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News Archive - May 2009

BEAMA forms domestic heat pump association 29 May 2009
BEAMA has created the BEAMA Domestic Heat Pump Association and its chairman is Chris Davis, head of Renewables at Dimplex.

Wolseley reports on thousands of UK job cuts 28 May 2009
In the nine months to April 30, 2009, restructuring in UK and Ireland included headcount reductions of 2,819 workers, according to the plumbing and heating firm's interim management statement, published today.

New appointments at Balfour Kilpatrick 28 May 2009
M&E firm Balfour Kilpatrick has strengthened its health, safety and environment team with two promotions

Jobless engineers 'underselling' transferable skills 28 May 2009
Redundant engineers are failing to grab job opportunities here and abroad, says one specialist recruitment firm.

Shepherd leads M&E work worth £13m 28 May 2009
Building Services firm Shepherd Engineering Services (SES), has been appointed by BAM Construction as the main M&E contractor to work on the University of York’s campus extension.

RDM buys Resorsys 27 May 2009
HVACR controls firm Resource Data Management (RDM) has acquired software developer Resorsys.

London HEVAR gets third seminar theatre 27 May 2009
A third seminar theatre has been added to London HEVAR 2009, the HVAC exhibition which runs from September 23-24.

Airco given £500,000 air conditioning contract 27 May 2009
Hull-based firm Airco Group has landed a £500,000 contract to service and maintain air conditioning units in 153 schools, libraries and offices across East Riding for the next five years.

SkillPIPE, SkillPLUMB and SkillELECTRIC heat up in June 27 May 2009
The North of England heats of SkillELECTRIC and SkillPLUMB 2009, along with the first ever SkillPIPE semi-finals is taking place on June 3-4.

Lindab opens Norwich branch 26 May 2009
Lindab Ventilation has opened a branch in Norwich to bring the company's range of fans, ducting, air movement and fittings to customers in East Anglia.

22 contractors named in academies shortlist 26 May 2009
A shortlist of 22 contractors has been announced to procure the design and build of academies in local authorities not yet part of the Building Schools for the Future programme.

EIC fits out Tesco stores for £1.9m 22 May 2009
M&e specialist EIC has completed work in three Tesco Home Plus stores after securing a £1.9m m&e contract.

KPMG counts on ABS for £2.75M m&e work 21 May 2009
M&E contractor ABS London has scooped a £2.75 million project to install mechanical services in new Birmingham offices for KPMG.

Heatrae Sadia creates electrical division 20 May 2009
Heatrae Sadia has launched an electrical division, covering electric central heating boilers, panel heaters, water heaters and solar thermal products.

Johns wins Welsh heat of Skillplumb 18 May 2009
The plumbing industry tested out its plumbing talent at the Welsh heat of SkillPLUMB 2009 -a two-day sector skills competition.

Ener-G grows UK CHP base in Salford 18 May 2009
Sustainable power business Ener-G has opened a new UK factory in Salford to keep pace with global demand for its renewable and energy efficient technologies.

London HEVAR brings more Heat Pump talks 18 May 2009
It proved to be such a hit in Manchester, that organisers behind HEVAR have hooked up with the Heat Pump Association again to offer more in-depth briefings on heat pumps for the London HEVAR 2009 exhibition

Bailey Off-Site rises to the occasion 18 May 2009
NG Bailey is lowering into place the first of 14 prefabricated modules at Heathrow airport's Terminal 5 to supply all low temperature hot and cold water and domestic services to the new terminal.

New MSC meets changing needs of project management 18 May 2009
City University London has launched a new MSc in Project Management, Finance and Risk to meet the changing nature of capital goods supply and use. Recently manufacturers have recognised the need to sell maintenance and support services instead of just the goods, which demands a new style of ‘performance-based’ contracts.

Funding boost brings more M&E apprenticeships 18 May 2009
Building Engineering Services Training (BEST) is one of two m&e training providers to share in £11m of government funding to create more apprenticeship places.

Southwark schools give Balfour Beatty BSF work 14 May 2009
Transform Schools, which manages Balfour Beatty Capital's schools schemes, has secured funding for Southwark's £200 million Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

Low Carbon grant deadline looms 13 May 2009
Firms still have time to apply for a Low Carbon grant before the June end deadline.

Collapsed heating duct, injures 14 school kids 12 May 2009
Fourteen children were injured when heating ducting in a school sports hall collapsed.

Centrica buys into EDF's UK nuclear business 11 May 2009
British Gas' owner Centrica is investing £2.3 billion (€2.5 billion) in the EDF Group's UK nuclear power business.

HETAS puts the freeze on prices 11 May 2009
HETAS has decided not to raise the price of its solid fuel and biomass competent persons scheme this year, to help out installers during the recession.

Mandelson consults on rules to stop trade union blacklisting 11 May 2009
Business secretary Peter Mandelson has announced the government's intention to introduce new regulations to stop union members being denied employment by blacklists.

Batchelor goes it alone to set up new firm Supply Air 07 May 2009
A former Systemair managing director Steve Batchelor has set up a new ventilation company called Supply Air, which began trading on May 1.

Tender hand extended by Plumb Center's commercial arm 07 May 2009
Heating and plumbing supplier Plumb Center is rolling out 38 centres of excellence nationwide this year to help commercial plumbing firms find everything they need under one roof, including help tendering for work.

Powerminster administers emergency repairs for Yorkshire tenants 07 May 2009
Sheffield-based Powerminster Gleeson Services has been chosen to provide an emergency repairs service to tenants in 880 properties across South Yorkshire.

Balfour Kilpatrick does m&e work for boys in blue 07 May 2009
Balfour Kilpatrick has been awarded a £4 million contract by Mansell to do m&e work at Greater Manchester Police's new divisional headquarters.

Faber Maunsell renamed AECOM 06 May 2009
Faber Maunsell has changed its name and branding to AECOM, the name of its parent company, with effect from May 4.

Trade union heavyweight makes blacklist claims against Robert McAlpine 06 May 2009
A prospective head of the trade union giant UCATT has lodged a legal claim against Sir Robert McAlpine, after discovering he was one of 3,213 workers added to a blacklist.

Rok backs repair campaign to save construction jobs 05 May 2009
About 250,000 construction jobs could be saved by a government rethink concerning the repair of empty buildings, says repair and maintenance specialist Rok.

HVCA welcomes breakdown in Working Time Directive review talks 01 May 2009
HVCA has welcomed a recent breakdown of discussions on a review of the European Working Time Directive which, had they continued, could have resulted in the abolition of the UK "opt-out".

Emcor wins contract for m&e services at 110 Fetter Lane 01 May 2009
Emcor Group (UK) has announced that its engineering services division has been awarded a multi-million pound contract for the installation of all shell and core mechanical, electrical, and public health services at the 110 Fetter Lane development in central London.

Wolseley cuts 269 jobs and closes depots 01 May 2009
Wolseley is to cut jobs and close distribution centres in Didcot and Chorley.

Britannia's in the army now 01 May 2009
A military training school has been refitted by Britannia Kitchen Ventilation to better equip military chefs wanting to feed the UK armed forces on operations, exercises and in barracks.

May Day! May Day! Can they fix it?... No they can't! 01 May 2009
With two May bank holidays upon us, the HVAC industry is bracing itself for a host of DIY enthusiasts armed with a shiny set of tools and a keen intent to inflict on their homes all the construction skills they have 'learned'.

Bosses pledge to give students Capital Xperience 01 May 2009
Construction bosses gathered last night to commit to a sixth form work placement scheme known as the 2009 Capital Xperience.