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Member and industry related news to help keep you up to date in the areas of trade, health and safety, training and funding.

27th July 2020

CONSTRUCT Launches Two Metre Hardhat Sticker Campaign During COVID-19

The Trade Body for concrete structures has launched a campaign to help encourage 2m social distancing on construction sites across the UK.

CONSTRUCT’s bright hardhat stickers feature the 2m distance rule in order to embed new behaviours on site while social distancing measures are in place.

The stickers act as a visual reminder for operatives to keep them and those around them safe on site.

While the Government in England has moved to the ‘one metre plus’ rule, the guidance remains to keep at least two metres apart where possible, to help stop the transmission of COVID-19.

The stickers are in line with Government advice and the Site Operating Procedures (SOP) published by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC).

The stickers include a link to CONSTRUCT’s COVID-19 information hub for both workers and companies on the latest information and support.

The hardhat stickers are free to order and available to CONSTRUCT members and non-members alike. Order by emailing enquiries@construct.org.uk with the quantity, contact information and delivery details.

Be part of the campaign by posting on social media and tagging @CONSTRUCT_CSG on twitter or use #2mHardHat

Visit www.construct.org.uk/covid19 for all the latest guidance and support in regards to COVID-19.

CONSTRUCT Chairman, Neil Marney said:

“Implementing social distancing measures on site is a massive challenge for our industry, particularly on sites with cramped working conditions.

“All our members and clients are working together to implement the SOP, but behavioural change is key to every worker playing their part to keep them, workmates and families safe from COVID-19.

“Our hardhat stickers are a simple yet effective way to give a regular reminder to everyone on site to keep their distance where possible.”

CONSTRUCT Trade Association Manager, Dave Campbell said:

“Our hardhat campaign is part of a huge effort to keep our members’ workforce safe in the ever-changing landscape of this pandemic.

“We have pivoted our efforts to help contractors make sense of the flood of information from Government, clients, CITB, to name a few.

“We’ve opened up the stickers for free to all of industry – not just members – because we recognise that to beat COVID-19, every contractor on a site needs to adhere to social distancing.”

You can download the press release here.

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22nd July 2020

CONSTRUCT Lobbies to CITB for a Second Time to Support Member Training Activity

CONSTRUCT has written to CITB for the second time, requesting additional measures to increase access to funding, speed up grant claims, and ensure crucial standard development work continues ready for the ramping up of training in the months to come. You can read the full letter here.

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24th March 2020

CONSTRUCT Calls for Coordinated Measures to Support Construction Workforce

Download the PDF press release here.

 

CONSTRUCT Concrete Structures Group has written to card schemes, awarding organisations and
CITB calling for a flexible, coordinated approach to ensure the construction industry’s workforce can
continue to operate in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

These measures include accepting expired cards on sites for a temporary period, extensions to
qualification deadlines and measures to ease cash flow through grants and levy reduction.
With construction sites using card schemes including CSCS, CPCS and NPORS to permit access for
only qualified and trained operatives onsite, the pandemic poses a number of issues for the
application and renewal of cards, completion of qualifications and cash flow relating to levies and
grants.

 

CONSTRUCT has welcomed statements from the card schemes in response to the pandemic, but in
most cases, these do not go far enough to support industry.

 

CONSTRUCT has called for all card schemes to coordinate their advice, with clear guidance issued
to main contractors to ensure construction workers can continue to access site where they have been
unable to renew expiring cards.

 

The Health Safety & Environment (HS&E) Test – which underpins card schemes with their occupation
qualification – CONSTRUCT wants administered remotely while test centres are closed.
CONSTRUCT wants Awarding Organisations such as NOCN and City & Guilds – who award
qualifications such as NVQs and provide End-Point Assessments for apprenticeships – to look at
flexibility in extending deadlines to ensure operatives can complete their studies.

 

CITB have been asked to process grant claims quickly and work with Government to look at
temporary levy payment holidays and deferral options, with the latter similar to tax payment deferrals
announced by the Chancellor.

 

Neil Marney, CONSTRUCT Chairman said:

 

“This pandemic is an unprecedented and unknown threat to CONSTRUCT members’ workforce and
our businesses survival.

 

“Our primary focus is always to ensure that the workforce is healthy and safe, but where they can
continue work, CSCS and all affiliated schemes need to offer a single and coordinated message to
the primary contractors.

 

“Our employees must be able to gain access to site and continue to work, even if the assessment and
renewal systems cannot work as normal, with the temporary measures applied in a consistent way
across the construction industry.

 

Steve Hammond, Chairman of CONSTRUCT’s Concrete Frame Training Forum, said:

 

“Training is grinding to a halt as providers cancel provision, and since the Prime Minister’s
announcement on tougher measures, we will see a total shut down of the system.

 

“Where our teams are able to keep building, we must provide flexibility in the system so we do not
lock out skilled operatives and we retain our investment in the workforce of the future – our
apprentices”.

 

Dave Campbell, CONSTRUCT Trade Association Manager, said:

 

“Margins are tight at good times in construction, so every agency and organisation that can help
construction keep building, must take the necessary measures to do so.

 

“CITB has an opportunity to ensure our members are given the support they need for training that has already taken place, and to support the retention of apprentices by bringing forward grant.

 

“But crucially, CITB needs to help keep our members’ cash flow as healthy as possible by not
collecting levy in the short-term and deferring payments in the medium to long-term.

 

“Companies can only pay grant if they stay trading – our survival is CITB’s survival.”
You can also read the letters issued by CONSTRUCT below:
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19th March 2020

CONSTRUCT support surrounding COVID-19

The impact of the Coronavirus or COVID‐19 has accelerated significantly, with the Prime Minister asking everyone to avoid non‐essential contact with others and unnecessary travel. We know that actions so far and the potential for a ‘lockdown’ are causing serious concern for every member, and across the whole of the construction industry.

Build UK members are reporting that the majority of their sites are operating, and that they will continue to do so unless they are told to otherwise.

During this period, CONSTRUCT wants to ensure that the information we provide is consistent across the construction industry, so through our membership of Build UK, we will work with them, the CLCCITBCECA and FMB, so that we will share all information and use our resources effectively to avoid duplication.

A letter has been sent to the government, signed by all parties calling for additional support for the industry, including:

  • Ensures all construction sites across the UK are able to remain open, as long as they are able to do so responsibly.
  • Instruct all public sector construction clients to continue to pay their contractors and supply chain.
  • Consider implementing financial measures, such as the deferral of  VAT & PAYE payments, that will reduce the burden on business and keep cash moving as long as possible.

You can read the full letter here.

CONSTRUCT are also making approaches Awarding Organisations, CPCS and CSCS about further flexibility in the renewal and new application of cards and qualifications, to ensure that operatives can continue to work in the light of training and assessments being suspended during this any ‘lockdown’.

CSCS has released information the steps they are taking during this period, including requesting leniency of access on site where they have not been able to sit the HS&E Test, and they have extended the grace period for renewal from 6 to 12 months.

CONSTRUCT members do have access to expert advice as part of their membership, including:

  • Health & Safety
  • Training 
  • Contractual and Legal
  • Employment & HR
  • Credit Checks
Members have been provided with the relevant contact information via email to access these services, or please contact us on 0844 249 1355 or email enquiries@construct.org.uk if you need assistance

Like many of our members, CONSTRUCT’s office based staff will now be working from home and all external meetings and engagements are being rearranged.

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27th February 2020

Bookings Open for CONSTRUCT Day 2020

Bookings are now open for CONSTRUCT Day 2020, which will be held on Friday 25 September! This year, the event is set out to be bigger and better than ever, as we are excited to announce that the event will be held at the spectacular London venue, Tobacco Dock. Located just east of the City of London, Tobacco Dock is one of the capital’s biggest venues and is the perfect location to hold the highly anticipated annual event. To book places at CONSTRUCT Day, please complete our booking form and return to enquiries@construct.org.uk.

With our new venue, there are now more opportunities to promote your brand in front of the industry’s key players. Tobacco Dock offers a vast range of branding opportunities throughout the venue, so with our various sponsorship packs you can get your company name seen by all! CONSTRUCT Day is a sell out event with over 600 guests in attendance, and offers an excellent opportunity to be associated with best practice in the sector, as well as raising your profile. To find out more about sponsoring CONSTRUCT Day, take a look at the Sponsorship Pack. If you have any questions or are interested in getting involved, contact Megan Gee.

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24th February 2020

Member Interview Series: Phil Petz – Byrne Bros

CONSTRUCT recently interviewed Phil Petz, Director of Byrne Bros. Phil discusses various challenges that the sector are facing today, such as the reduction of embodied carbon in concrete by the use of polymers and de-skilling work by using standard systems. Read the full interview to also find out Phil’s opinions on how common standards can support the sector and how partnering between main contractors and Tier 2 contractors could be improved. You can access the full interview here.

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27th January 2020

Member Interview Series: Toby Hemsley – Stephenson Group

CONSTRUCT recently interviewed Toby Hemsley, Managing Director at Stephenson Group. Toby argues that the biggest challenge in industry remains as recruiting the next generation, particularly employees on-site. He explains that a way of tackling this could be “making the supervisor’s role compelling and rewarding to attract new talent and encourage individual development and advancement”. Toby also discusses the best ways to reach out to the younger generation in order to tackle this issue, and what other opportunities are in store for the concrete structures industry. You can read the full interview here.

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19th December 2019

Member Interview Series: Martyn Price – O’Halloran & O’Brien

CONSTRUCT recently interviewed Martyn Price, the Workforce Development Director at O’Halloran & O’Brien. Martyn highlights the main challenges that the concrete structures industry is facing, including the industry’s ‘image problem’. He goes on to talk about the breadth of opportunities available in the industry, but the lack of pathways to take advantage of them. Martyn also covers topics such as collaboration, resources and showcasing talent in the industry. “We struggle to articulate the breadth of opportunities we’ve got and the real technical and professional opportunities there are within the sector.” You can read the full interview here.

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3rd December 2019

Member Interview Series: Steve Regan – Carey’s Civil Engineering

CONSTRUCT recently started interviewing member companies to get an insight into the challenges members face, but also their achievements and goals in the constantly changing concrete industry. Our second instalment with immediate past Chairman, Steve Regan of Careys Civil Engineering, gives an insight into the implications of Brexit, and what consequences this will have on the sector, as well as speaking about what Careys are doing to tackle these issues. “One of the things we’re looking at now is how a construction business can work with agility”. You can read the full interview here.

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9th October 2019

CONSTRUCT Awards 2019: Winners Revealed

The winners of the CONSTRUCT Awards 2019 were announced at the glittering awards ceremony in conjunction with CONSTRUCT’s flagship event, CONSTRUCT Day. The event took place on Friday 4 October 2019, with an excellent turnout of over 500 industry guests in attendance.

Following the exhibition and networking in the morning, the awards commenced and were hosted by the hilarious comedian, Hal Cruttenden. Five winners were recognised for their outstanding achievements in the sector, from innovative new products and systems, to the hardworking, committed workforce that support the construction industry. The categories included; Projects over £2.5m, Projects under £2.5m, Health & Safety, Unsung Hero and Young Achiever.

Careys Civil Engineering took home the Projects over £2.5m Award for their project, Principal Tower. The project demonstrated a number of firsts in the UK for high-rise construction, including the installation of optical fibre cables in the concrete columns and walls.

Oliver Connell & Son was awarded the Projects under £2.5m Award for the Royal College of Pathologists. This project was a great demonstration of how concrete can be made sustainable through the use of ribbed floor slabs, making the overall structure lighter.

J P Dunn Construction won the Health & Safety Award with their innovative new system, Deck Box.

Dave Heneghan from A J Morrisroe & Sons was awarded Unsung Hero, and Macauley Stock from Southern Concrete was awarded the Young Achiever Award.

CONSTRUCT would like to thank everyone who donated to our official charity, the Lighthouse Club. Guests raised over £6,000 for the charity, which will go towards helping relieve poverty suffered as a result of an accident, disability or ill health by people employed or formerly employed within the building and civil engineering industries and allied trades in the UK including their widows and children.

CONSTRUCT Day was incredibly well supported and without the support of our sponsors, we would not be able to put on such a fantastic event. Our thanks go to Premium sponsors: BRC Reinforcement, Hunnebeck, Marney Construction, MPB Structures and PERI; our Standard sponsors: RMD Kwikform; and our Award sponsors: EasyBuild, Invisible Connections, Ischebeck Titan and Rawlplug.

CONSTRUCT Chairman, Neil Marney said:

“The standard of entries at this year’s CONSTRUCT Awards was extremely high, and to see the hard work and excellence celebrated by the sector at such a joyous event makes me proud to represent CONSTRUCT as Chairman. CONSTRUCT Day never disappoints and is always a brilliant opportunity for members to come together and network in a relaxed, enjoyable environment. Although it has been a tough year for the construction industry, the high standard of work shown by our members proves that even in difficult circumstances we are able to produce quality construction to the highest standards.”

You can download the full press release here.

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