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AluK. With an exciting year of business growth opportunities planned for the company, we are pleased to announce the appointments of three new Architectural Project Managers and a new Area Sales Manager to drive our new and enhanced product offer to architects and specifiers.
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Total Glass, one of the UK’s leading PVC-U window and door fabricators, has expanded its internal support team with three new appointments providing enhanced order processing and customer liaison facilities for all customers.
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Marketing graduate Jo Flinders has joined the Mila marketing team as a Marketing Assistant and has already been responsible for launching the company’s new YouTube channel.
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The UK’s largest processor, distributor, installer and repairer of glass and glass systems GLASSOLUTIONS has welcomed Adam Taylor to the business as its new Marketing Manager.
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Everglade’s family is growing. In its 35th anniversary year, Everglade has added 10 new team members.
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Exhibitions

Aluminium fabricators using the market leading LogiKal software had an exclusive preview at BAU of some of the innovative new features which are on their way in the latest version of the software.
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Flying the flag for British construction, Media 10, the UK's biggest design and build event company, has launched UK Construction Week
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Anticipation is growing for Vitrum 2015 - the international trade show specialized in machinery, equipment and systems for flat and hollow glass and in glass and processed products for industry - scheduled to take place October 6 - 9, 2015 in the Fiera Milano,Rho.
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April 2016 may seem a long time away but the Glass and Glazing Federation is already planning for Fensterbau Frontale 2016 in Nuremberg, Germany,
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Component supplier of the year ERA has announced its headline sponsorship of the MLA (Master Locksmiths Association) Expo which will be held at the Telford International Centre between the 2 – 4 October 2015.
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EcoBuild

BRE is the lead research and innovation partner for Ecobuild2015, the world’s largest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment, which this year will take place at London ExCel from 3-5 March 2015.
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Housebuilders and developers keen to procure the latest building materials should head to Ecobuild 2015 (3rd to 5th March 2015,
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At Ecobuild 2015, Internorm will be exhibiting its extensive range of energy efficient window and door systems.
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Synseal will be exhibiting for the third year in succession at this year’s Ecobuild, which is taking place at the ExCeL exhibition centre
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Epwin Group will be proving the diversity of low maintenance building products at Ecobuild 2015 with a display of housing through the ages.
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Black Millwork will be showcasing its full range of high quality fenestration products, plus highlights from its popular Andersen portfolio,
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‘Successful Sealing Has A System’ will be the theme of leading foam sealant tape producer ISO-Chemie’s stand (S2070) at Ecobuild 2015.
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Events

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) attended the UK Infrastructure Conference on the 3rd February at the Institute of Civil Engineers in Westminster and called for politicians and policy makers to put more emphasis on energy efficiency with regards to UK infrastructure construction projects.
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New London Architecture (NLA), the independent forum and think tank on architecture, planning and development in the capital, today launches its 10th anniversary programme of exhibitions,
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Tables are selling out fast for the 2015 GM Fundraising Spring Ball being held at the Holiday Inn in Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday 18th April. Traditionally a sell-out,
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As part of a continuing programme of investment, Bowater Doors - a company of The VEKA UK Group, will soon open a brand new showroom at its Midlands HQ.
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Mental health is a difficult subject to discuss, not least in the workplace. The British Safety Council is pleased to support Time to Talk Day and has produced a new video,
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Network VEKA is making preparations for its ever-popular AGM and Awards Evening on Saturday 21st March. With a large number of sponsors supporting the event (listed below), specialist hardware company ERA is the Main Sponsor,
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Glass

The automated Edgetech Super Spacer line has gone through the milestone of 1,000,000 units at Lancashire based Padiham Glass, manufacturers of high performance insulating glass units.
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In line with its commitment to offer premium products that will accommodate more dynamic design concepts, TuffX now offers a new Ultra Grey glass as part of its portfolio.
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Inagas, supplier of gas filling machines and test equipment for insulated glass units, has always prided itself on its ability to bring efficient gas filling solutions to businesses of any size,
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As part of its strategic growth plan Northampton-based CET Glass has invested in a new Bystronic high-speed IGU line.
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Machinery

Glass lifting and mini crane specialist Hird is offering glass installers the UK's largest vacuum lifter - reflecting a growing demand for "super heavy" glass lifting in the construction and building maintenance sectors.
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Leading specialist glass processors, TuffX, has invested in a new, fully automated vertical drilling machine with washer,
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Construction

Figures released by construction industry analysts Glenigan reveal £15.5 billion of stalled schemes came off the shelf during 2014 – up 17% on the previous year.
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A surge in office construction is helping to drive growth in the construction sector, according to figures released last week.
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A recent report shows encouraging signs for London construction after steady growth in 2014, positioning 2015 to be a strong year with forecasted growth at 5.3 per cent and a number of major schemes in the pipeline.
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Marketing

Yale Door and Window Solutions is encouraging its fabricator and installer partners to ‘Yale it’ in 2015.
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Purplex Marketing, has launched a new video division in response to customer demand.
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“Most companies who pioneered warm edge glass units alongside Edgetech are still customers today.
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Local radio listeners up and down the country will soon hear the dulcet tones of Network VEKA's Brand Ambassador, six-times World Snooker Champion,
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Internet

Digital specialist The Consultancy has hailed its on-going success down to word-of-mouth after revealing 78% of 2015 projects are due to client referrals.
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Deceuninck national trade fabricator FastFrameUK has launched its all new website, complete with a personalised animated explainer video.
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Brochures

To help the increasing number of installers that are joining Leads2trade’s Trusted Local Supplier network convert more sales, the company has launched its official ‘buyers guide’.
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Phoenix Doors, part of the MASCO UK Window Group Ltd, has redesigned its Cambridgeshire Collection PVC door panel brochure to reflect the full extent of its impressive product range.
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Synseal has published a 2nd edition of its Hardware catalogue, which now features the exclusive Performance range of window and door handles.
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Health & Safety

The British Safety Council will be holding a morning seminar in Manchester on Thursday 26 February 2015 at the Etihad Stadium with key speakers addressing a range of current health, safety and environmental topics affecting business and industry.
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Charities

Brave team members from PVCu window and door fabricator Rooms and Views are taking part in the Clatterbridge Skydive on the 29th March.
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With 2014 marking a number of milestones for GM Fundraising - including funds raised breaking the £1m marker and the 15th anniversary of supporting Hope House Children’s Hospices
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Training

Aluprof UK, the rapidly growing division of the successful European aluminium systems company, is now offering specifiers an RIBA-approved CPD for “The Use of Glazed Screens to Control the Spread of Smoke & Fire in Buildings,”
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Housing specifiers and managers in Scotland have an exclusive opportunity to gain the latest technical insights into selecting the most effective products and systems to deliver homes with the optimum building fabric.
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The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is pleased to support the Government’s initiative “National Apprenticeship Week 2015” to show how apprenticeships benefit businesses in the sector.
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Products

Crystal Direct has launched a fully reversible PVC-U window designed to reduce heat loss and improve weather tightness, and enhance the thermal efficiency.
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Evolution, the leading manufacturer of high quality timber alternative windows and doors, has standardised on Swisspacer inside for its new flush window.
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A premium range of windows and doors that is future-proof to 2019 has been enhanced with the addition of a pivot window by leading architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer.
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Titon has added the Horizon range of aluminium window and door handles to its extensive hardware portfolio.
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Hull-based Vulcan Windows has upgraded its composite and uPVC door ranges with high quality stainless steel hardware from leading supplier for the trade, Total Hardware.
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Following their most successful year ever for sales Howells Patent Glazing (HPG), has recently released their latest product, the Flat Glass Skylight.
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When taking on refurbishment and fitting jobs, fitters often deal with broken glass and glazed units, particularly when removing old glazing units. Packexe SMASH
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Newly available from leading sustainable building envelope specialist, Schueco UK Limited,
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Spectus Window Systems has launched a brand new range of thermal inserts, designed to improve thermal performance and help customers fabricate even more energy efficient windows and doors.
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The Trojan Group has just announced the launch of a new Pegasus window repair keep for use with its Pegasus High Security Window lock.
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ASSA ABLOY UK is transforming access control with the launch of Shine, a digital lock specifically designed for commercial glass doors.
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Fabricator Focus

One of the UK’s largest fabricators, Wellingborough based Astraseal has significantly increased its manufacturing capabilities with a £3m investment.
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Leading Lancashire Network VEKA installer AWC Windows and Home Improvements has reported a high number of leads generated from the life-size cut-out figure of Network VEKA Brand Ambassador Steve Davis in the window of its Oldham showroom!
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Scottish window, door and building envelope contractor CMS has become one of the first companies in the building and housing industry to embrace the recommended Living Wage.
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West Yorkshire based Deceuninck fabricator Diamond Windows recently opened its new factory and 1,000 square foot showroom. The expansion is a clear indicator of its recent growth, backed by Deceuninck’s support and service.
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Leading trade fabricator Frame Fast (UK) is one of the biggest names in window, door and conservatory fabrication in the Midlands.
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PVC-U glazing industry standards organisation Network VEKA has capitalised on the launch of its new-look website by revamping the process of activating its hallmark insurance-backed guarantees.
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2014 was a record year for Everglade. So good that in January it opened a second factory close to Everglade’s HQ in West London. The new factory features a Satellite XT cutting and machining centre, and new bead saws.
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Deceuninck and its customers were well ahead of the industry in 2014, growing 27% year-on-year. In June 2014 Deceuninck,
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Emplas is now offering one of the industry’s most competitively priced composite doors with Secured by Design as standard.
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Iceni Windows marked its 10th anniversary in partnership with REHAU and 12 years trading recently and decided to share its celebrations with some of its most valued customers.
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Fabricator Astraseal, has opted to use Insight Data to target new customers and manage sales and marketing activity, as part of ambitious growth plans for 2015.
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National trade fabricator CWG Choices opts for SWISSPACER inside its Beaufort AluK A-rated aluminium casement windows.
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Projects

An ageing council estate in Harrow has been given a new lease of life with a £2million investment including new triple glazing from CWG Choices installer Install Direct Ltd for the refurbishment of nearly 80 flats.
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Heating bills at a Cheshire school were cut dramatically as soon as its windows were replaced with high rated energy efficient units from Cheadle Glass and Glazerite Windows Ltd.
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Finchley’s new Memorial Hospital and Walk-in Centre achieves a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating, meeting environmental and sustainability targets central to the development of a community hospital.
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New thermally-efficient aluminium windows and doors have been supplied and installed at the Link Hotel in Loughborough by Total Glass, one of the UK’s leading aluminium window and door fabricators.
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Liverpool John Lennon Airport has started to develop its international connections and is expanding as an airport, with some help from TuffX Processed Glass.
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TuffX Processed Glass was contracted to supply a number of products from its leading, processed glass range for the renovation of Manchester Town Hall.
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Façade systems from architectural aluminium specialist, Technal, have been specified by Boyes Rees Architects as part of the major refurbishment of Royal Mail’s flagship Mount Pleasant Mail Centre in London.
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The team behind the new landmark Transport Interchange in Rochdale has been celebrating a series of award successes and recognition for excellence in architecture and engineering.Wicona
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A wide range of Metal Technology products has been installed at The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service's (NIFRS) new Community Fire Station and District Headquarters in Omagh,
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Facade products from Kawneer architectural aluminium systems have provided a “key” aesthetic in the first phase of a 10-year redevelopment of an estate in a Royal London Borough.
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A prestigious contract awarded to West Port Windows and Doors Ltd - manufacturers of high performance, bespoke timber windows and doors, has resulted in one of Carl F Groupco’s largest orders for fittings.
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Not every home suits Irish Oak woodgrain, says David Moors of Dorset installer Barrett’s Glass: “But when you find the right one and do it right, it can look superb.” Glazerite,
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Doors

3D Laminates, with its impressive reputation for its next generation CoolSkin door skins, is now the sole UK agent for Hornschuch, with its enhanced range of window-grade foils with Cool Colors technology, which have been proven throughout Europe.
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Distinction Doors, the UK’s biggest composite door supplier, has launched its Explore Colour brochure.
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Hurst Plastics is well on course for its best year ever in composite doors after making a significant investment into new machinery and additional production space to satisfy growing demand. READ MORE

Fabricators can now add triple glazing to the high-security commercial Jack Door with a new triple glazing bead from aluminium systems company, Jack Aluminium.
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Distinction Doors’ Finance Director, Vickie Brown, was recently invited to hear Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne speak at an Institute of Directors forum.
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Decorative Door Products (DDP) by RegaLead is delighted to announce the launch of a new custom sidelite service to provide the same great glazing styles for side panels as for composite doors, regardless of the size.
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Awards/Standards

Leading building science centre BRE introduces a national quality mark for new housing that will transform the way consumers choose the homes they buy and rent
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Minster Windows, the retail division of leading Rehau trade fabricator Yorkshire Trade Windows, was the headline sponsor at the recent Minster FM Local Hero Awards.
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Lister Trade Frames of Stoke on Trent have just been nominated finalists in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Sentinel Business Awards as contenders for “Business of the Year” 2015.
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Window and door hardware manufacturer, the Trojan Group are delighted to announce that their innovative Pegasus High Security Window lock has just been awarded a BBA
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CENSolutions was established to offer a plain English and added value approach to certification,
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Press Glass has been awarded with a CQC certificate, confirming its glass units meet the quality and safety standards for the Chinese market.
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Solidor are back in the finals again at the Sentinel Business Awards 2015 which covers North Staffordshire and South Cheshire,
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Green Deal

Following a number of complaints regarding Green Deal providers, Chloe Smith MP raised the issue in a debate in the House of Commons. Prior to the debate the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF)
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A lively first day at Ecobuild

Ecobuild opened at London’s Excel today, and judging by the Twitter activity, a lively first day was very much in evidence.

The glass and glazing contingent is again well represented with Saint Gobain taking up the lead and in true French fashion showcasing its Saint Gobain Boulevard and promoting its Multi-Comfort building concept.

Developed in response to the fact that the average human being can spend around 90% of their time indoors and because of this, the buildings people live and work in have a huge impact on their health and wellbeing, as well as their comfort.

I will be be at Ecobuild tomorrow and will be looking to bring more on this and other Ecobuild stories to you in next week’s issue.


Elsewhere we have more encouraging news for the construction sector as Glenigan tell us that construction activity is up 6% with the residential index showing the highest growth since last August, boosted by a 12% rise in private housing schemes. You can read the rest here.

We also have a welcome response to the conservative party pledge to build 200,000 homes for first-time buyers, but with a warning that it needs to be delivered by a range of builders to ensure good quality design and diversity. More on the FMB reaction can be read here.

We also hear that Nick Dutton erstwhile marketer at Synseal and Door-Stop has surfaced as CEO at trade fabricator and G 14 Award winner Polyframe. You can find out more here.

I hope you enjoy this week’s issue.

Please send all your news stories to news@the-glazine.com or should you wish to contact me directly
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This Week's News

Construction warms into spring

  • Glenigan Index for March finds construction activity up 6% year on year.
  • Residential Index shows highest growth since August 2014, boosted by 12% rise in private housing schemes.
  • Non-residential construction starts expanded by 5%, fuelled by gains in privately funded building.
  • Civil engineering back in the black, with project starts up 3%.
  • Public sector activity remains subdued due to continuing declines in health and community and amenity sectors.

A double-digit rise in private housebuilding has driven construction activity into positive territory for the first time this year, according to new figures from industry analyst Glenigan.

The Glenigan Index for March, which covers the value of projects starting on site in the three months to February, is 6% up on a year ago, with private housing back in the forefront of industry growth.

The underlying value of private housing schemes starting on site rose by 12%, taking the Glenigan Residential Index to 8% higher than a year earlier - the fastest rate of expansion since August. 2014. There was also some respite for the social housing sector, where starts were up on a year earlier for the first time since August, albeit by a modest 2%.

Allan Wilén, Economics Director at Glenigan, said: “Buoyant financial results statements released by several housebuilders in recent weeks point to housing market conditions remaining strong. Sales rates have remained level with, or above, rates seen during the first eight weeks of 2014, despite the number of mortgage approvals falling by 17% between January and December last year.”

 “A tightening of lending procedures by the Bank of England led to a cooling in mortgage lending throughout 2014. However approvals picked up by 2% between November and December - a sign that the reforms have bedded in and mortgage credit may begin to ease once more over the coming months.

“Moreover, the pipeline of potential schemes is strong. The underlying value of detailed planning approvals secured for private housing schemes has risen by 15% over the 12 months to January.”

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FINCHLEYS NEW MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
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Conservative housing plans need to focus on small builders, says FMB

Conservative Party plans to deliver 200,000 new homes for first-time buyers is a welcome ambition, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), but it needs to be delivered by a range of builders to ensure good quality design and diversity.

FMB Chief Executive Brian Berry said: “The FMB supports the ambition of the Starter Homes policy to improve options and affordability for first time buyers. This is a model which can be made to work, but it will be important to make sure it is delivered by a wide range of builders operating at different scales – and that most of the Starter Homes built are in addition to those which would otherwise be delivered.

“Taken together, announcements on housing set out by the Conservatives over the last few days amount to a welcome set of proposals. The continuation of more relaxed rules on home extensions until 2020 will support extra work for small builders and provide them with greater long term business certainty. What’s more, these proposals are good for home owners as they give them greater freedom to improve their properties with the consent of their neighbours. It should be recognised that by and large these arrangements have worked well.”

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MANCHESTER TOWN HALL
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Nick Dutton appointed as Polyframe CEO

Polyframe Group, the UK’s largest independent trade window, door and conservatory fabricator, has appointed former Door-Stop MD Nick Dutton as its Chief Executive.

Chairman Martyn Buckley said of the move: “We’ve come a long way since 1992 but we still have a long way to go, so we wanted a CEO with an impressive track record to help us get there. Nick's record speaks for itself – his ten years as Sales and Marketing Director of Synseal saw the development of its PVC-U window and conservatory systems, then as MD of Door-Stop he transformed the composite door market to become No 1 before it was sold to Masonite last year.”

Nick Dutton added: “Polyframe is a large, fast growing trade fabricator that’s led the way in helping fabricators to unplug their machines and focus on selling and installing. I’d noticed this exodus, which is why I was so excited about joining Polyframe.

The potential is enormous and Polyframe is already on the way to being a new type of organisation with a business model that will transform the industry - so I couldn’t say no!”

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An ageing council estate in Harrow has been given a new lease of life
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Burnley boss Dyche signs local stars for ‘home’ match

The VEKA PVC-U system has been chosen for Burnley FC Manager Sean Dyche's home renovation.

The windows, carefully chosen to give the authentic look of traditional timber but without the maintenance, will be matched by composite doors from VEKA UK Group partner Bowater Doors. Long-standing VEKA trade fabricator Glazerite and Network VEKA installer MG windows will complete the 'chain of quality' from raw materials right through to the finished project.



Dave Jones, MD of the Burnley-based VEKA UK Group said: “We're extremely proud of the systems we produce; the quality and expertise that go into them is the reason we've been leading the industry for so long. The fact that Sean Dyche, a man of such demanding standards, has chosen VEKA products and Network VEKA members to complete his refurbishment project further illustrates our commitment to quality.

“This premiership Manager has chosen the premier window and door organisation and - like all Network VEKA customers - he'll enjoy a host of benefits.”

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Renewable sector goes on growing with £5.2 billion worth of contracts in 2014

Some £5.2 billion of construction contracts – for 1,095 renewable energy projects – were awarded in 2014, including a record volume of over £1.7 billion of solar power projects, according to figures released this week.

The data, from Barbour ABI, show that last year renewable energy planning applications increased by 26% against 2013, continuing the trend of year-on-year growth in the sector. While the renewable sector benefited from high levels of investment in 2014, 45% (409 projects) of renewable wind projects submitted for detail planning were refused at the planning stage – considerably higher than the average refusal rate of 12 per cent across the construction sector.

The figures also show that solar energy projects had the biggest increase in approvals year on year in 2014 – up 59 per cent. Furthermore, 611 solar farms with a value of over £100,000 were submitted for planning in 2014, compared to only three solar farms in 2010, showing rapid growth for this sector over the last five years. Additionally the total contract values for renewable wind projects increased by 23 per cent year on year in 2014.

Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI said: “Looking across the construction industry as a whole, for wind projects refusals to be running at 45 per cent demonstrates there is clearly difficulties that likely range from the size and scope of the projects to public objections. On the flipside, wind projects contributed to 44 per cent (£2.27 billion) of the total amount of contracts awarded for renewable energy last year, boosted by many large-scale projects such as the £105 million Corriegarth and £52.5 million Millennium South wind farms.

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Heating bills at a Cheshire school cut dramatically.
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