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Industry welcomes chancellor’s house-building boost

Mr Osborne is imposing a requirement on local authorities to put local development orders on over 90% of brownfield sites that are suitable for housing. “This urban planning revolution will mean that in effect development on these sites will be pre-approved – local authorities will be able to specify the type of housing, not whether there is housing,” he said.

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Design costs for temporary structures set to fall

The faster, digitised and more user friendly guidance has been hailed as a ‘step change’ that will drive up standards for access firms, enhance site safety and dramatically speed up the design process for the most common temporary structures. It includes a software package that can generate generic designs that automatically comply with European Standard BS EN 12811.

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Tender price rises will take time to reach pre-crash levels

Aecom’s analysis:

  • Forecasts a 3.9% rise in UK tender prices for 2014
  • Shows that the high demand for skilled labour remains apparent affecting labour rates which typically range between £140 to £170/day for bricklayers for example. Bonus incentives can improve these figures.
  • Predicts that, should construction workload expand to levels forecast over the next few years, the skills crunch will become more evident. In response to this higher demand, construction organisations are increasingly considering the use of imported labour, mostly from the EU.

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Mr Plant Hire offers on-site Abrasive Wheel training for 2014

This course can either cover the use of these machines in general or your candidates can bring their own machines and we will train them in the safe use of these. Course includes; Methods of storing, handling and transporting of abrasive wheels, Mounting of abrasive wheels, film and review, selection, inspection, mounting, dressing and truing rest-adjustment.

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Where to get training in plant hire operation

Some plant hire specialists, like Mr Plant Hire, offer a convenient and cost-effective way of training your operators.

IPAF training london Based in Enfield, North London, Mr Plant Hire has its own fully accredited IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) training and PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association) training centre. Courses are run regularly with IPAF courses occurring on an almost daily basis with PASMA courses taking place weekly.

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