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Building Products December 2017

NEWS | BUILDING PRODUCTS Find more construction industry news at: buildingproducts.co.uk Consultant remains positive for post- Brexit UK construction sector UK construction and property consultancy, Thomas & Adamson, believes plenty of opportunities remain in a post-Brexit UK, despite the negative outlook among many for the construction sector in 2018. Chris Narrowmore, partner at Thomas & Adamson (pictured), said: “The outcome of Brexit for the construction industry will ultimately depend on the terms of any Brexit deal and the industry’s ability to adapt to its new situation and capitalise upon that. “We expected a downtown on the back of Brexit, but it hasn’t kicked in fully across the UK yet. There are still real opportunities out there. The main concern is how UK based major funds will be looking to place investment. This could initially mean more outward investment rather than into the UK. That said, we have seen a fair amount of foreign investment in 2017 – Estate Perimeter fencing with style Parkland Bow Top Sphere Top Visit www.fhbrundle.co.uk to view or download a copy of the new Master Catalogue today! For a competitive quote or for more information; DECEMBER 2017 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 9 Mayor appoints UKGBC chief executive as LSDC commissioner The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has appointed Julie Hirigoyen (pictured right), chief executive of the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), as a commissioner to the London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC). Established in 2002, The LSDC advises the Mayor of London on sustainability issues including ways to improve and protect Londoners’ quality of life, now and in the future. Julie has been appointed alongside nine other new commissioners, who will serve alongside the newly appointed chair, Dr Ashok Sinha, and existing commissioners, to help the city ‘meet the challenges of a rapidly growing population, rising inequality and mitigating climate change’. Responding to her appointment, Julie said:“I am delighted to have been appointed as a commissioner to the LSDC. Our urban environment has a significant influence on carbon emissions, resource consumption and nature, whilst impacting on Londoners’ health and wellbeing and delivering socio-economic value.” Roofing accreditation scheme launched An accreditation to protect and support the growth of the roofing industry has been launched by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC). The certification, which is the result of a collaboration between the NFRC and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), aims to improve efficiency, upskill the workforce, encourage the use of new technology and attract new talent. Speaking at the annual NFRC suppliers’ conference, James Talman, chief executive of the NFRC said: “The industry recognises that it is faced with an ageing workforce, structural challenges which limit its professionalism and lacking career paths. Our aim is to address some of these issues and make sure roofing contractors have the support they need to operate efficiently and confidently.” Mark Noonan, industry relations director at CITB, said the accreditation was focused on engaging with existing and potential contractors to create a career learning programme which would ‘inspire and motivate’. He said: “The CITB is placing its support with the NFRC to create the sustainable demand for professional roofers in the built environment and by doing so ensuring that employers and clients benefit from an accredited workforce.” The programme of delivery for the accreditation, which has received CITB funding, will be chaired by Jon Vanstone, chair of the Competent Person Forum and Trade Association Forum. THE FENCING SPECIALISTS Email: sales@brundle.com Web: www.fhbrundle.co.uk Tel: 01708 25 35 45 Fax: 01708 25 35 50 BRUNDLE F.H.BRUNDLE SERVING THE TRADE SINCE 1889 especially into the UK student accommodation market.” While forecasters at trade body ConstructionProducts Association believe the sector will expand just 0.7% in 2018, the slowest rate in six years, it remains positive about the overall construction output growth for 2017, which it reportedly expects to be 0.3% higher than previously thought, at 1.6%, beating the CPA’s previous estimate of 1.3%. James Talman (left) and Jon Vanstone


Building Products December 2017
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