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News Archive - March 2009

Balfour Kilpatrick awarded £2.4M Victoria Quay contract 31 March 2009
Balfour Kilpatrick has been awarded a £2.4M contract by Dalkia to provide lighting controls replacement for the Scottish government’s Victoria Quay building in Edinburgh.

Aspiring young plumbers graduate 31 March 2009
Eleven aspiring young plumbers have gained 6022 and 6032 City & Guilds plumbing certificates with help from The Princes’ Trust.

Integral launches technical services division 31 March 2009
A new division from Integral UK, a leading supplier of property maintenance, is offering a one-stop shop for fire, security, BMS controls and data cabling.

Prentice joins Air Trade Centre 31 March 2009
Air Trade Centre has appointed Chris Prentice as regional sales manager for the midlands area.

John Lewis hands rare supplier award to Kershaw 30 March 2009
Specialist mechanical and electrical contractor Kershaw Mechanical Services has been publicly thanked by the John Lewis Partnership for work on its stores.

Bosses must spot signs of recession stress 27 March 2009
Bosses are being warned to watch out for signs of stress among their staff by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) which has launched a new website about the issue.

Lack of integration threatens UK's sustainable buildings 27 March 2009
The construction sector must avoid the 'silo effect' and work together to deliver the UK's sustainable buildings, says a new report launched at the House of Lords.

Andrew Sykes makes Blerk top sales man 26 March 2009
HVAC hire specialist Andrew Sykes Hire has appointed Charles Van Blerk as the head of national accounts for its heating, cooling and air conditioning division.

Want to work for OZ? Trades needed down under 26 March 2009
Australia is still asking British construction workers to apply for visas to work down under.

MP tells government to enact 'blacklist' act to protect H&S 25 March 2009
Labour MP Michael Clapham has urged the government to protect H&S by using its clout as a client to stop firms that use blacklists from getting public sector work.

Priva GM named businesswoman of the year 25 March 2009
Meiny Prins, the general manager of Dutch firm Priva, has received a businesswoman of the year award at The Hague.

Geberit unveils its HQ in Warwick 25 March 2009
Swiss piping and sanitation specialist Geberit has unveiled its Warwick headquarters and training academy.

LSC's CEO steps down following FE failings 24 March 2009
The Learning and Skills Council's chief executive Mark Haysom has stepped down with immediate effect, following difficulties faced by his further education college rebuilding programme.

Ceres Power secures fuel cell manufacturing base 23 March 2009
A Horsham building has been secured by alternative energy group Ceres Power as a UK base for the manufacture of fuel cells for its CHP programme with British Gas.

Sabien Technology becomes controls supplier for capital 23 March 2009
Sabien Technology's M2G boiler load optimiser has won it approved supplier status to help cut London's carbon emissions.

Crunch time brings branch time for BSS Industrial 20 March 2009
The recession has not stopped pipeline and heating supplier BSS Industrial from investing in a new trade counter in Portsmouth.

Skerritt picks Horton for CEO job 20 March 2009
Nottingham M&E contractor Skerritt has hired the former md of Powerminster Gleeson Services to the post of CEO.

Forget nursery tales, this council votes for straw bales 20 March 2009
The first little pig may have come a cropper when he chose straw as a building material, but planning permission has been granted to construct the first council houses in the UK with straw.

New contract wins boost Kershaw 19 March 2009
New contract wins have been announced by specialist mechanical and electrical contractor Kershaw Mechanical Services.

Cofathec and Elyo merger leads to Cofely name 18 March 2009
Cofely is the name of GDF Suez's new energy and facilities services company formed by the merger of Cofathec and Elyo.

Spanish officials say Ola! to Merton Rule 18 March 2009
Representatives from Madrid, Catalonia, San Sebastian and Valladolid have visited Merton council officials to discuss the merits of the renewable energy planning policy the Merton Rule and the future of monitoring carbon dioxide emissions.

Gas Safe Register gears up to go live 18 March 2009
Gas Safe Register is the official gas safety body in Great Britain and the Isle of Man from April 1 and it is gearing up to let everyone know that the Corgi gas register is on the way out.

Inside job -Prisoners are fans of installation work 17 March 2009
Training the installers of the future is underway in all corners of the UK including HMP Wolds -a category C prison which has been supplied with Polypipe fans to run an electrical course.

Parliament to consider barring blacklisters from public works 17 March 2009
Ministers in parliament will be urged to bar contractors linked to a construction industry blacklist from public works.

Air Conditioning Accessories made Sanyo distributor 16 March 2009
Sanyo Air Conditioners has appointed Air Conditioning Accessories as a distributor.

ENVIRON becomes Carbon Trust assessor 16 March 2009
Four specialists at global consultancy firm Environ have been accredited as assessors for the Carbon Trust standard, making them four of only 25 assessors in the country.

Simply the best: Underfloor heating is top performer 16 March 2009
The UK underfloor heating market is outperforming most of the construction market despite a small decline in 2008, says a new report.

£4 billion for academies signals more work for contractors 16 March 2009
A £4 billion plan is now out to tender to get academies designed and built in local authorities, not yet involved in the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

Kershaw secures biggest order in its history 11 March 2009
A single order to the tune of £7.7 million has been given to Kershaw Mechanical Services - the highest sum ever secured by the company.

Vaillant and Honda develop CHP for homes 11 March 2009
German heating specialist Vaillant and Japanese firm Honda are to jointly develop a gas-powered micro-combined heat and power (CHP) system for the European market.

Baxi makes fuel cell deal with Ballard 11 March 2009
European heating manufacturer Baxi Innotech has entered into a fuel cell supply agreement with Canadian firm Ballard Power Systems.

Systemair acquires Energoplus 10 March 2009
Ventilation firm Systemair has agreed to buy Energoplus, effective from May 1.

Boilers shut down in nearly 200 Wimbledon flats 09 March 2009
Gas supplies and hot water have been switched off in 198 flats in Wimbledon following the failure of one boiler which resulted in many more being shut down.

BSS Industrial appoints new director 09 March 2009
Heating and pipeline supplier BSS Industrial has appointed Tim Harvey as key account director for the industrial sector.

No 'doom-mongering' -154,000 jobs may be at risk say SummitSkills 09 March 2009
More than 150,000 jobs may go says SummitSkills, which has published a report predicting the recession's impact on the building services engineering (BSE) sector.

Wolseley unveils £1 billion fundraising effort 06 March 2009
The latest restructuring move by building supplies firm Wolseley involves a placing and rights issue to raise £1 billion to cut its net debt.

Construction firms probed in blacklist scandal 06 March 2009
More than 40 construction firms are being investigated by the information watchdog for using a secret blacklist to vet workers.

Construction grants feel recession's pinch 04 March 2009
Record claims for construction grants last year have resulted in a cutback in the number and size of funds offered by the CITB-ConstructionSkills Grants Scheme.

Lord Borrie backs bill amendments 04 March 2009
Last night in the House of Lords, Lord Borrie took up the struggle for payment security in the construction sector and pushed for the industry's need for the payee to initiate the payment process.

Code for sustainable buildings launched 04 March 2009
A code for sustainable buildings catering for existing as well as new non-domestic buildings has been recommended in a report launched today at Ecobuild' 09.

New MD for Elta Fans 02 March 2009
Elta Fans has appointed David Osgerby as its new managing director.

Safety inspectors to raid 1500 refurb sites in March 02 March 2009
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is to inspect 1500 refurbishment sites in the UK to weed out poor health and safety standards.