Aspex supplies innovative doorsets to two global high-tech companies

Aspex, one of the UK’s leading architectural ironmongery and doorset companies, has secured two major contracts to supply doorsets to two of the largest high-tech companies in the world.

Aspex has supplied more than 160 doorsets to one of the biggest social media networking platforms, Facebook, and British microchip giant, ARM Holdings.

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Specialist multi-utility and civil engineering company, blu-3, is helping to support serving soldiers returning from army bases in Germany as part of a major resettling programme by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

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Mixed-use developments set to become priority for London councils in 2018, say Travis Perkins

Developers in London are likely to see an uptick in demand for mixed use developments in 2018 as local authorities seek to protect essential services, according to builders’ merchants Travis Perkins. Increased interest is expected following the Mayor of London’s draft 2017 London Plan, officially launched on Friday 1st December, called on councils to “allocate an appropriate range and number of sites that are suitable for residential and mixed-use development”.

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Ramboll appointed by Welsh Government as lead designer for A55 Junctions 15 and 16 Improvements project

Engineering, design and consultancy company Ramboll has today announced their successful bid to lead the design team appointed to upgrade two junctions on the A55 North Wales Expressway.

The aim of the improvement project is to remove two traffic bottlenecks and provide free flowing junctions for this vital stretch of road. Between 1970 and 2000 the entire length of road was fully reconstructed to form a dual carriageway link between Chester and Holyhead, and it has since been designated as part of the E22 Trans European Network Route between Dublin and Moscow. The length of Euroroute within the UK (Hull to Holyhead) comprises grade-separated interchanges allowing the free flow of traffic, apart from the at-grade roundabouts at junctions 15 and 16.

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Partnership yields significant fuel efficiency improvement and accident reduction for CEMEX UK

Building materials supplier CEMEX UK has achieved a 10% reduction in ‘blame-worthy’ accidents over three years and a six per cent improvement in fuel efficiency in the past year alone since partnering with Northampton-based telematics specialists, Isotrak. CEMEX, which supplies cement, aggregrates,  asphalt and building products in the UK,  has partnered with Isotrak to monitor and report on driving performance criteria to improve safety, compliance and efficiency of the vehicles responsible for supplying the asphalt and aggregate products.

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Are Interns the Key to Improving the Skills Gap in the Construction Sector?

Johnathan Bulmer, Managing Director of Cleveland Containers, discusses addressing the skills gap in the construction sector, and whether internships are the answer.

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Lux Intelligent, the leading emergency light testing system, has been specified to replace an obsolete system at Plas y Brenin, the National Mountain Sports Centre in the heart of Snowdonia.

The Centre is the home of mountain sports, providing both residential and non-residential courses catering for all ages in a range of mountain and water sports.

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Top five tips on how to overcome the construction skills shortage by getting the best out of your recruitment agency

Simon Girling is Founder and Director of Girling Jones Recruitment – Construction, Engineering and Property recruitment consultancy

Undoubtedly, the UK construction industry plays a huge role in the country’s employment figures. Approximately 10 per cent employment in the UK (equivalent to three million jobs) falls under the construction umbrella. The industry also continues to hold its own in the UK. Across the Eurozone, the construction industry has decreased by 0.2 per cent (from Feb 2017), whereas productivity had increased by 2.2 per cent in the UK.

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Grafton Group future proofs its operations with a Six Degrees Group Managed Network Solution


Grafton Group plc is one of the UK’s largest independent building materials group, owning brands including Selco, Buildbase and Plumbase. With operations primarily in the UK and Ireland, the Group has strong national and regional positions in the merchanting, DIY retailing and mortar markets.

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When to recommend a small house builder for a custom-built house

Ryan Abell, owner of Abell Building Services, describes when it can be more advantageous to use a small house builder for custom house projects.

House building seems to continually be at the top of the agenda for the Government, but it is also a very popular way to invest money into something that is personal to you, or which will bring investors the greatest benefit.

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