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News Archive - September 2009

Heatrae Sadia's factory blaze leads to outsourced work 30 September 2009
Work at the Heatrae Sadia factory in Norwich has been partly outsourced after some of the building was gutted by a fierce blaze.

Housing association pleads guilty to boiler blast deaths 30 September 2009
A housing association and the plumber it employed, are awaiting sentencing, after both pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches, following a boiler explosion that killed a woman and her dog.

Decline slows for construction product sales 29 September 2009
The sale of construction products has continued to decline, despite the recent optimism in the housing sector, according to the latest Ernst and Young/Construction Products Association Activity Barometer.

Carbon Reduction Commitment will increase demand for CHP 29 September 2009
The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) will have a positive impact on the market for CHP in buildings, when it comes into effect next April, a message reinforced at the Heat & Energy 09 conference.

Tenth National Training Awards Launched 29 September 2009
SummitSkills has launched the 2010 National Training Awards, an awards scheme celebrating the achievements of the building services engineering sector’s finest talent.

Henderson Green set to celebrate a decade of success 29 September 2009
A leading UK building services engineering consultancy is marking its 10th anniversary with a Halloween networking event at its new Southampton premises.

Plumb Center delivers the goods 29 September 2009
Plumb Center has launched a guaranteed, next day* delivery service across all of its branches, with the option of having the goods delivered directly to site, wherever it may be.

New director at Ambitemp 29 September 2009
Jason Mitchell, 35, a senior manager with practical and sales experience in electrical and mechanical engineering industry, has joined the board of m&e group Ambitemp.

Gledhill gets new md 25 September 2009
Plumbing merchant Gledhill has hired Dave Gledhill to take on the role of managing director, replacing Simon Carin, from October 1, 2009.

Duct workers tackle issues with Will Carling's help 25 September 2009
The ductwork industry will gather at Twickenham stadium, home of England's rugby union, to talk tactics on October 8.

Registration offers for London HEVAR end today 22 September 2009
The chance to pre-register your attendance to the HVAC show London HEVAR 2009 (September 23-24) ends today at 4pm.

London HEVAR 2009 hosts 76 HVAC stands...and a masseuse 16 September 2009
Fancy champagne? A free X-Box perhaps or i-Pod? Maybe a head and shoulder massage will do? Visitors to the HVAC show, London HEVAR (Sept 23-24) will not only see 76 product stands, attend seminars and be treated to a free lunch, but can reap the rewards of giveaways.

SEC Group submits names for construction advisor job 16 September 2009
The Specialist Engineering Contractors' group has put forward the names of the individuals it believes has the right credentials to take on the top job of chief construction advisor to the government.

Rok taps into £140m in contracts 14 September 2009
Property repair and maintenance specialist, Rok Plc has been picked to become a partner in eight framework agreements which are expected to generate up to £140m in revenue for the firm in the next five years.

Weak leadership and poor eco-attitude hits sector performance 14 September 2009
Weak leadership and a poor eco-attitude is leading to poor performance in the building services sector, according to research by SummitSkills, the sector skills council for the industry.

Hiltons Building Services completes £3.3m mechanical job 14 September 2009
Nottingham-based building services specialist, Hiltons Building Services has completed the mechanical work for a flagship campus for Derby Collage.

Construction workers hit in £6m industry scam 11 September 2009
Construction workers are being urged to contact their tax office to find out if they've been affected by a £6m construction fraud.

Sustainability -'the ray of light that we need' says HVCA president 10 September 2009
Some 170,000 construction workers lost jobs in 2008, a figure that may rise to 250,000 by 2009's end, but HVCA president Graham Manly told those at the trade association's luncheon, that industry's ability to rise to the carbon reduction challenge could be its 'saviour'.

Sentinel signs up to CIPHE charter 10 September 2009
Runcorn firm Sentinel Performance Solutions is the latest company to sign-up to the 'Expect to See' charter drawn up by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

DECC opens £7.2m hydrogen and fuel cell competition 10 September 2009
A competition for up to £7.2 million of funding for firms to develop hydrogen and fuel cell technology was launched on September 10.

Britain's got talent - with a world class plumber to prove it 09 September 2009
Twenty-two year-old Christopher Lonsdale from County Durham was awarded a medallion for excellence in plumbing and heating for impressing judges at the Calgary 2009 Worldskillls competition.

Rogue trader's false NICEIC claims puts him in the dock 07 September 2009
A fraudster falsely claiming to be registered with NICEIC has been prosecuted by the electrical registration body after pleading guilty to six charges, in respect of the Trade Descriptions Act. (NICEIC's chief operations officer Kathy McCarthy pictured)

Six battle for Britain's first SkillPIPE crown 07 September 2009
Six talented m&e workers have emerged victorious from the SkillPIPE 2009 semi-final contest and will now go on to compete in Britain's first ever UK SkillPIPE finals.

Down but not out: Construction activity dealt another blow 04 September 2009
After suffering the sharpest fall in activity on record during the first quarter of 2009, the construction output figures from ONS for the second quarter of 2009 highlight a further deterioration in construction activity.

Waterloo signs up Barkair for North East 03 September 2009
Ventilation specialist Waterloo Air Products has signed a deal with Barkair to help increase sales and maintenance support in the north east of England.

Carbon Trust loans encourage SMEs to scrap inefficient equipment 02 September 2009
September sees the Carbon Trust gearing up to help more small and medium sized firms cut energy costs by offering them loans and launching its 'Big Business Refit' programme.

Kershaw gets £900,000 m&e job at Birmingham hospital 02 September 2009
Kershaw Mechanical Services has won a £900,000 contract to design and build the mechanical services for a new outpatients department at the Birmingham Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.

Alfa Laval acquires South Korean heat exchanger firm 01 September 2009
Heat exchanger manufacturer Alfa Laval has bought 90% of the shares in the South Korean company Leader Heat Exchanger (LHE).