Monthly Archives: February 2007

HSE Construction Info-Net and CDM Events

Just received the CONSTRUCTION INFO-NET  from the HSE – if you haven’t signed up to this free email service it is well worth doing so.

The info-net report covers CDM 2007 UPDATE, CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS, (note this link for details of the CDM awareness seminars – one in the NW on the 20th March).

You can download the pdf from here .  HSE Construction Info-Net Feb 07

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Councils Need to Innovate

In advance of Wednesdays meeting on Public Procurement,   News today via Contract Journal:

Local authorities need to consider more innovative approaches to delivering public services, 4ps chairman Cllr Edward Lord will tell delegates at the organisation’s second annual conference tomorrow. There has never been a more important time for partnership working in the local government sector,” he will say.
“Innovation, together with value for money, goes to the heart of the rationale for the public, private and third sectors working together toimprove services for local people.”

Whilst searching through this story the following raised my interest:

4PS are the local governments project delivery specialists – mainly for complex projects but their website contains useful information. aims to provide access to below-threshold public sector contract opportunities for suppliers

And of course the OGC (Office of Government and Commerce) website, documentation guides and Delivery Toolkit. In addition the OGC’s report 2005-15 Construction Demand / Capacity Study report is worth reading to understand short term future trends for public procurement and construction delivery. Download a copy here: 2005-15 Construction Demand / Capacity Study

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Another major customer announces green future plans

Following in the trend of Asda, M&S and the NHS, the John Lewis Partnership have announced plans for a green future for its energy and buildings. All future John Lewis and Waitrose stores will be based upon sustainable designs.
This will affect all aspects of new buildings and refurbishment projects, from design and planning through to construction and maintenance.

Stuart Hampson, chairman of John Lewis Partnership said via Sky News “The scale of construction work now in prospect presents a tremendous opportunity for us to develop and implement new standards to minimise our impact on the environment and on the communities of which our shops are a part.”

We are seeing trend of customers to green their built environment performance. However, following on from the Stern Report and Constructing Excellences briefing on the Stern Review, this will place even more pressure on our industry to develop its skills knowledge and understanding : there are far too few people out there with the right skills and knowledge at the moment. It will also be of interest how this ‘greening’ drops down the supply chains.

Click here for more information on the Stern Report and CE Briefing

This makes the Elevate Carbon Challenge all the more important as we prepare for a green future.

The Lancashire Best Practice Club event in April will address sustainability issues. Check out the Events Page for more information.

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How do we clean the chimney??

Death Wash

Is this your contract? organisation? or one of your suppliers? A well thought through method statement maybe – but how do we clean the chimney? Once again the impact of mobile phone cameras and ease of access to the website can affect the reputation of your business. And this is in the north west.

More information at the Building website

The Elevate Carbon Challenge

Andrew Platten writes …

I hope visitors find the site interesting, I for one would like to see any evidence in Lancashire of the following on construction sites:

zero carbon developments
examples of locally manufactured triple glazing, low energy structures
examples of water conversation and recycling
closed loop recycling and waste management
examples of group transport to and from sites

If someone has a brig idea then I am interested in talking to you, any new technology which saves energy and or carbon emissions in the house or on the site.

Leave your comments here….

Next Event – Public Procurement

Details of the next event can be found here.   Public Procurement Invite

Public Sector Procurement:

Meeting the Challenge

Over the next 4 years, central and local government is working on becoming more efficient. It wants to make savings in its procurement spend in the construction and facilities management sector. This move, an outcome of the Gershon Efficiency Review, will have a big impact on the UK construction industry and its supply chain – on anyone tendering for or working on any government contract.

Weds 28th Feb 4pm at Lancaster University.