This Month's News
despite residential lull
The value of all construction contract awards in October was £4.9 billion based on a three-month rolling average, which is an increase of 4.1% on September, and an increase of 28.5% when compared with October 2018, according to the latest figures from industry analysts Barbour ABI.
The residential sector accounted for 28% of all contract awards, closely followed by the industrial sector with a 22% share. The total contract awards value for the residential sector was £1.7 billion which is a decrease of 9.5% on September and is 12.5% lower than for October 2018. On the other hand, industrial contract awards values have increased by 39.9% on September with a total value of £735 million.
G19s set to be biggest
and busiest yet
It’s already broken all records with the most entries ever – and now the G19 Gala Dinner and Awards evening on Friday is set to be the biggest yet with more guests than ever now booked to cheer on the winners at the industry’s leading awards event.
“We have just topped 600 ticket bookings for the first time in our 16-year history and we are still taking calls for more,” said organiser Tony Higgin, “We knew from the number of awards entries – around 80% up on last year – that this year was creating quite a buzz but the bookings for the night prove we are in for a record year in every way.”
Go girls – the GM fundraising females are back
The GM Fundraising women are back in the saddle, promising to top their 2017 Paddle2Pedal triumph with their 2020 challenge, Peak, Paddle, Pedal.
The 12-strong all-female crew are committed to raise at least £3,000 each for Hope House Children’s Hospices with the aim of topping their £100,000 2017 total with their latest hike, bike and canoe marathon.
Report sheds light on effect of dark ‘unhealthy’ homes
Living, learning and working in unhealthy buildings, including dark and damp homes, adversely affect children and will cost UK £55.6 billion over the next 40 years, according to a report by Velux and the Rand research institute.
The findings are from the 2019 UK Healthy Homes Barometer report which adds that Children are particularly at risk, with 9,500 British children living in an unhealthy home who also have a serious illness.
CSCS card scheme launched for auto doors
The Door & Hardware Federation has launched a CSCS-approved card partner scheme in collaboration with the Automatic Door Suppliers Association for anyone working with industrial doors, domestic garage doors, automated gates & traffic barriers and metal or timber doors.
Commercial manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens explained: “Whilst not a legislative requirement, CSCS cards are supported by the government and provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the appropriate training and qualifications for the job that they are doing.