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Go Fund Me in memory of Ray Schofield, Newcastle depot manager

4 December 2018 Email this article

We are very sorry to announce that Ray Schofield, our depot manager at Newcastle, has passed away. Though only with Facelift since the summer, Ray made a big impact. He was liked by colleagues and customers alike and always ready to share the considerable expertise he built up during 12 years in the plant hire industry. He has been described as a “warm, kind and caring family man&rdquo ... more

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CPA Card Scheme Open Meetings 2019

2 December 2018 Email this article

Following a meeting organised by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) in April focussed on the topic of Training of Plant in Construction (TOPIC), the CPA will be hosting a series of meetings in 2019 focussing on the current issues surrounding card schemes. The need for discussions on this topic was instigated by the announcement made by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) th ... more

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Oh Christmas tree...

2 December 2018 Email this article

As people up and down the country venture out to buy their annual Norwegian Spruce, we’ve been taking a look through some of our Christmas projects over the last decade In 2012, for example, we were tasked with putting up the 18 metre Christmas tree that graces London’s Trafalgar Square each year. Gifted to the UK by the people of Norway as a token of gratitude for our support during ... more

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CITB sells CPCS scheme to NOCN Group

2 December 2018 Email this article

The CITB has agreed to sell its Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) to NOCN Group, one of the sector’s largest Awarding Organisations (AO). The move comes as part of CITB’s Vision 2020 programme of reform to better meet the demands of British construction. CITB will take on a more strategic and influential role focusing on securing the right training mix, high standards ... more

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HSE announces changes to Asbestos Licensing Procedure

2 December 2018 Email this article

At the end of October 2018, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced that from 1st December 2018 HSE asbestos licence renewal applications will be made electronically and the evidence to support those applications will be emailed (and in later implementation stages uploaded) to HSE at the same time. There will also be a new, more detailed, application form. From now on, the Asbestos ... more

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Skip and diesel price hikes are bad news for builders and home-owners, say FMB

2 December 2018 Email this article

Nearly two-thirds of builders have had to pass skip price increases on to clients and a fifth have had to pass on diesel price rises, making home improvement projects more expensive for home-owners, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The FMB’s research found: Three quarters of builders have said that the price of skips has risen over the past 12 ... more

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£5m boost from CITB to get hard-to-reach candidates into construction

2 December 2018 Email this article

The CITB’s biggest-ever funding opportunity opened last month, with a £5 million commission to help attract under-represented groups into the construction industry. Pathways into Construction will help connect employers with people who traditionally don’t enter construction, including the unemployed, women of all ages and full time learners who study construction but struggle to ... more

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Build UK SmartCard Audit Demonstrates Value of Smart Technology

2 December 2018 Email this article

Build UK, a trade body for the UK’s construction sector, has published the results of its annual audit of industry skills cards which was carried out across member construction sites on 3rd October 2018. The Build UK SmartCard Audit, which was delivered in partnership with CECA, CSCS and Reference Point, saw over 47,000 cards checked across 711 sites. 80% were read smartly, using eith ... more

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Open Doors 2019 – Site Registration live and this time the whole supply chain can take part

2 December 2018 Email this article

Open Doors Week 2019 will take place from Monday 18 March to Saturday 23 March and the website is now officially live for members of Build UK to state their interest in taking part. Open Doors, delivered by Build UK in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) as part of the Inspiring Construction campaign, sees Build UK members open sites for the public to go ‘behind ... more

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Facelift flashback: F100 entry on the Dollis Road Viaduct

2 December 2018 Email this article

This time in 2011, we had a great entry to our regular F100 Facelift photography competition. Our operative Brian took this photo of the Facelift team working at the Dollis Road Viaduct, the highest structure on the London Underground Network. For this job with Tubelines Rail, we deployed a Mantis 22/24, Mantis 38 and Bronto 52m to support us in upgrading and fixing the brickwork on the Vi ... more

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