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Collaberation to shake up construction

A new collaboration aimed at transforming the future of the UK’s construction industry has been announced.National framework provider Pagabo has struck a research agreement with the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), aiming to together challenge current methods in the construction sector, and pioneer fresh ideas and innovations that embrace new technology and advanced manufacturing methods.

Joining them in the venture are C4DI, the Hull-based incubator company that promotes growth in tech businesses, specialist data centre company Yondr and industry leader Lord Bob Kerslake. Just a few weeks into the new relationship, vital research into harnessing technology to streamline health and safety methods on construction sites is already under way.


Gerard Toplass


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Freefoam chat

Freefoam has launched a series of Fireside Chat videos designed to open up discussion about important industry topics.
Covering all things roofline, the videos feature Colin St John, Freefoam commercial director as he talks about issues such as the changing roofline market, the complexities of the supply chain, colour and innovation, and the importance of forging strong ties with customers.

 Freefoam marketing manager Louise Sanderson says: “We’ve developed a series of informal videos so installers, stockists and the wider market can learn more, and agree or disagree, about important issues and trends that affect them...



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CMS  director wins IoD Scotland award

CMS Group support services director Martin McCrimmon has been named the 2020 Institute of Directors (IoD) Scotland Director of the Year – 'Social Value & Sustainability Impact' at this year’s virtual awards ceremony, in recognition of his achievements in delivering the company’s pioneering sustainability strategy over the past 14 years.

In winning the inaugural ‘Social Value & Sustainability Impact’ award, sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland, McCrimmon has triumphed in a category that aims to honour the most ethical, socially responsible or ‘green’ business leaders in Scotland and the UK.

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Manufacturers urged to digitise product data

A new initiative aims to get manufacturers in the construction industry to take ownership of their product information. A series of articles are being produced and manufacturers are encouraged to join a discussion group to share their views.The project is producing a Plain Language Guide for manufacturers setting out why digital product data is important and how manufacturers can benefit by taking simple low-cost steps. The project is supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Construction Products Europe and the UK BIM Alliance.


Is your firescreen CE marked? 


The ‘CE mark’ is a certification mark that is widely used throughout the EU. It is a declaration from a manufacturer that the product supplied is tested and meets the minimum health, safety and environmental requirements that allow it to be sold in any European member state. The product ‘kit’ refers to all the components that make up the product from various nominated manufacturers such as the framing system, glazing and hardware, there can be no part substitutions. The product, such as supplied in a firescreen, including doors and glazing is supplied to site complete in a fabricated form.



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Time to draw a line in the sand


Following yet another controversial glazing industry pre-pack administration, Gary Morton of the Boing Boing Group gives his take on the practise, and how the industry should respond.

Once, there was a real stigma attached to going bankrupt – and as a society, it’s good we’ve become a little more compassionate.

Sometimes, businesses fail through no direct fault of the people that own and run them, and those people deserve our understanding and support, if appropriate.

But it is also feasible for companies to take advantage of our collective generosity and goodwill.

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Sustainium Group acquires Wolverhampton Glass


The Sustainium Group has acquired West-Midlands based Wolverhampton Glass, window, door, and conservatory installer.

Sustainium was launched by industry Neal Harper with the aim of acquiring local home improvement companies, building on their established reputation, and investing in their future, with particular focus on low-carbon and sustainability.




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