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News Archive - April 2009

HFC cuts receive US backing 30 April 2009
THE US government looks set to back calls for a curtailment of the use of HFC refrigerants in what is being described as a 'phase-down'.

New NAS must boost apprenticeship numbers 28 April 2009
A National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) has been launched this month to manage apprenticeships across England and increase the number of apprenticeships available.

Merlin does the trick in Hell's Kitchen 28 April 2009
Gas safety specialist S&S Northern’s Merlin system proved to be the magic ingredient for Hell’s Kitchen 4.

TeamBuild 2009 - One weekend to solve construction quest 27 April 2009
Young construction professionals nationwide are invited to enter TeamBuild 2009, the competition which asks workers from different disciplines to work together to solve a construction problem - in one weekend.

Radiant Control recruits Uponor man 27 April 2009
Radiant Control has appointed former Uponor employee Mick Pearce to the post of Business development manager.

Ed Miliband picks air source heat pumps for Warm Front 24 April 2009
Ed Miliband, the secretary of state for the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced the inclusion of air source heat pumps and solar thermal heating initially as pilots in the Warm Front scheme.

US pump maker to buy Germany's Laing 24 April 2009
German pump maker Laing GmbH is to be bought by US firm ITT - the makers of Lowara pumps.

Darling's 2009 budget leaves industry with mixed emotions 23 April 2009
The construction industry has welcomed the government's introduction of a top up scheme for trade credit insurance in the budget, but many fear it will not reach recession-hit firms in time.

Women in construction get funding boost 20 April 2009
A successful initiative set up to support women working in the construction sector, has been granted £420,750 further funding to continue.

Curzon opens branches in Sheffield and Abingdon 20 April 2009
Curzon, the specialist heating spares supplier, is opening two more branches, taking the total branch network to 37.

Construction industry calls for VAT cut in budget 20 April 2009
The construction industry has united in its call to the chancellor of the exchequer to cut VAT to 5% for property refurbishment in the budget this month.

NG Bailey wins Great Ormond Street Hospital project 17 April 2009
NG Bailey has been appointed by BAM Construction to deliver all mechanical, electrical and information communication technology (ICT) services for Great Ormond Street Hospital’s new clinical building.

ACE warns: Scottish government must act to avoid construction meltdown 17 April 2009
The Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), has urged the Scottish government to take decisive action to stave off a potential meltdown in the Scottish construction sector this summer.

First batch of BEST candidates get certificates 17 April 2009
Skills Pay, the Train to Gain scheme run by Building Engineering Services Training (BEST) has seen its first batch of candidates become certificated by City & Guilds for NVQ level 3 and NVQ level 2 in Heating and Ventilating (industrial and commercial) Gas.

London street reveals gas safety nightmares 16 April 2009
Gas Safe Register may have gone live this month, but Gas Safe experts visiting residents of one London street were greeted with unsafe gas appliances a great deal of ignorance when it came to gas safety awareness.

Buckley Joins Faber Maunsell | AECOM 15 April 2009
Faber Maunsell | AECOM has appointed of Rob Buckley as sustainable design director.

Moves to simplify health and safety take effect 15 April 2009
The health and safety laws should be easier to understand and comply with from this month.

ACE urges members to lobby MPs about construction investment 15 April 2009
Leading construction industry business association, the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), has urged its member firms write to their local MPs in a bid to prompt the government into supporting the construction industry with increased investment in infrastructure projects and the built and natural environment.

New consortia gets green light for Diploma places 15 April 2009
Schools minister Jim Knight announced this month that 57 new consortia – groups of employers, schools, colleges and training providers – have been given the green light to offer places on the Diploma in Construction and Built Environment (C&BE) from September 2010.

Poisoned girl's story told in Gas Safe Register video 15 April 2009
From April 2009, the Gas Safe Register replaced Corgi as the register of approved gas engineers in the UK and a new video about the importance of the scheme is out now.

Riello fired up about new hire 14 April 2009
Burner specialist Riello have promoted employee Bernard Dawson to the new role of technical sales director.

Henderson Green moves to grow team 09 April 2009
Engineering consultancy Henderson Green is expanding by relocating to larger period premises and bringing new staff on board.

ABS London secures £1.5m m&e contract 09 April 2009
M&E contractor ABS London has scooped a £1.5m project to refurbish an office development in the capital.

Abbott joins Faber Maunsell 07 April 2009
Phil Abbott has joined Faber Maunsell | AECOM as associate director within its Acoustics division.

Balfour Kilpatrick works on UK's largest wind farm 07 April 2009
Balfour Kilpatrick has secured an m&e contract to work on the largest onshore wind farm in the UK.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries buys M&E firm 06 April 2009
Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe (MPSE), a subsidiary of MHI, has bought Belgium m&e firm Maintenance Partners.

BSS buys Direct Heating Spares for £5.7m 03 April 2009
The BSS Group (BSS), a leading distributor to specialist trades, has acquired Direct Heating Spares (DHS) from the Gough family for £5.7m.

Powerminster celebrates major contract success 03 April 2009
Sheffield-based Powerminster Gleeson Services has renewed its contract with Incommunities (formerly Bradford Community Housing Trust) for a further four years.

Balfour Kilpatrick sets sights on Auckland 02 April 2009
Mike Auckland is the newly appointed commercial director for Balfour Kilpatrick.

British Gas New Energy buys £1m stake in Econergy 01 April 2009
Centrica, through its British Gas New Energy division has bought a 19% share of Econergy for £1 million.

All change: CORGI Trust consults on a new name 01 April 2009
In an effort to demonstrate its independence from CORGI, the CORGI Trust is consulting with members about changing its name.