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News Archive - February 2010

Pimlico Plumbers to expand workforce 26 February 2010
Pimlico Plumbers, one of London’s largest independent plumbing companies, is expanding its workforce by 25% as it continues to meet the growing demand for its range of property services.

Illegal gas fitter gets second HSE prosecution 25 February 2010
A rogue gas fitter has been prosecuted for a second time after continuing to carry out illegal gas work without being registered.

HVCA president elect joins Delron Services 25 February 2010
HVCA president elect Martin Burton has joined Maidstone-based Delron Services Ltd (DSL) as contracts manager with special responsibility for developing the company's commercial contracting arm.

Teamwork message delivered in HVCA and ADCAS publication 24 February 2010

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In a bid to foster better teamwork between mechanical services contractors and ductwork specialists engaged by them as sub-contractors, the trade associations ADCAS and HVCA have published a second edition of its Working Together document.

Farthing to further Advanced Air's sales 23 February 2010
Former Trox sales director Terry Farthing has been appointed technical marketing consultant for Advanced Air.

A-Gas website tells firms about refrigerant phase out 23 February 2010
Refrigerant specialist A-Gas has launched a new website to help firms react to the virgin HCFC use ban.

Building services game for a world cup and ball 22 February 2010
Professionals from building services are invited to demonstrate team work skills and raise money for the Everyman cancer charity at the Building Services World Cup on June 12-13.

Taxman considers amnesty for heating engineers 22 February 2010
Permanent secretary for tax Dave Hartnett has suggested that gas fitters could be the next professional group to be offered a disclosure opportunity.

Floods don't stop EIC's M&E work 18 February 2010
Workington residents living on the north side of the town, faced a three hour, 40 mile detour to a supermarket when floods collapsed bridges across the River Derwent but EIC soon came to the rescue.

NG Bailey gets on track at King's Cross 18 February 2010
NG Bailey is working with Vinci Construction to deliver m&e work at King's Cross station

Cripps joins Balfour Beatty ES 16 February 2010
Balfour Beatty Engineering Services has appointed Matthew Cripps as business development manager for London and the South East.

Polypipe buys Silavent Ventilation 16 February 2010
Polypipe has acquired the goodwill and assets of the Silavent group.

Carbon reduction guide published 16 February 2010
M&E Sustainability has published expert guidance, for both clients and building services engineering contractors, on the achievement of carbon reduction in large public and commercial organisations.

Jacqui Smith MP visits Mikrofill 16 February 2010
Jacqui Smith MP recently visited Mikrofill (current Midlands Business of the Year winner) to discuss concerns over apparent loopholes in legislation which could offer unfair advantage to older, less efficient products which had been approved to dated standards.

Wolseley HQ recycles more than 90% of waste 16 February 2010
Wolseley’s UK head office and Sustainable Building Center (SBC) in Leamington Spa has increased recycling levels to around 90% and says zero waste goes direct to landfill from the sites.

IPAF summit makes safety a management issue 15 February 2010
This year’s Access summit, organised by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), will focus on “Safety is a management issue” and includes a talk by the former COO of United Airlines at the time of the 9/11 attacks.

50% of boiler scrappage vouchers unclaimed by public 15 February 2010
Despite 400,000 enquiries from the public about the boiler scrappage scheme, more than 50% of the government's 125,000 vouchers are yet to be claimed by householders in England.

M&S launches home energy services division 15 February 2010
Marks & Spencer is launching a new Home Energy Services division offering UK householders energy efficient products.

NG Bailey scores £12m Brighton goal 12 February 2010
NG Bailey has been awarded a contract to provide mechanical, electrical and information communication technology services for the development of a new state-of-the-art stadium for Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.

Balfour Beatty ES wins £3.2m refurb contract 12 February 2010
Balfour Beatty Engineering Services has been awarded a £3.2m contract by Barr Construction, working for Fife Council, to supply and install mechanical and electrical services for the refurbishment of Carnegie Leisure Centre in Dunfermline.

CIBSE Conference focuses on resilience 12 February 2010
CIBSE National Conference 2010 Resilience and Buildings Services – How to Secure the Future 27th & 28th April, British Museum, London

Construction starts down as snow stalls projects 12 February 2010
The value of construction projects starting on site in January was 8% lower than in January 2009, according to the latest Glenigan Index.

Four seasons acquires JCW Air Conditioning 12 February 2010
The Four Seasons Group, the nationwide air conditioning, ventilation and building services specialist, has acquired JCW Air Conditioning.

New chairman for CITB-ConstructionSkills 12 February 2010
James Wates has been appointed as the new chairman of the Industry Training Board, CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced.

Revenue holds up for BSS 12 February 2010
The BSS Group has issued its Interim Management Statement for the first 19 weeks of the second half of the financial year (October 1 2009 to February 10 2010).

Rolling start of ductwork apprenticeship scheme 12 February 2010
Ductwork apprenticeships within the m&e sector have received a welcome boost in the form of a new alliance.

Ruskin appoints group sales director 12 February 2010
David Fitzpatrick has been appointed sales and marketing director for the three brands that comprise Ruskin Air Management: Actionair, Air Diffusion and Naco.

Deadline approaches for 5% VAT cut on repairs 11 February 2010
As the petition deadline looms, the building services industry is being urged by campaigners to back the Repairing Britain campaign calling on VAT on building repairs and maintenance to be cut to 5%.

Stolen boiler gets its launch 09 February 2010
Keston Boilers has finally launched its Q37 boiler - three months after thieves stole the prototype model of the boiler from the company's HQ.

This week brings Manchester HEVAR 09 February 2010
The HVAC show Manchester HEVAR offers debate on hot issues, CPD seminars, live product demos and exhibitors' stands.

Deadline for ASHPs permitted development consultation looms 04 February 2010
Whether or not the government should allow air source heat pumps to be installed in the UK without planning permission being sought, is the focus of a government consultation which ends on February 9.

Zip Heaters buys Instanta 03 February 2010
Zip Heaters UK has bought Southport-based instant hot water goods manufacturer Instanta.

Nu-Way's 2010 training courses announced 02 February 2010
Nu-way, the burner specialist division of Enertech, has announced its 2010 schedule for gas and oil burner training.

Plumbing firms petition for boiler scrappage in Scotland 01 February 2010
A petition urging the Scottish government to follow Westminster by introducing a boiler scrappage scheme in Scotland, has been posted by SNIPEF (Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers' Federation).

Miliband releases FIT and Renewable Heat Incentive details 01 February 2010
The UK government has today released details of its Feed-In Tariff (FIT) scheme which from April 1, pays those installing small-scale low carbon technologies for the electricity they produce.