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BP 10 October 2016

EDITOR’S CHOICE EDITOR’S CHOICE No fading from paints Seagulls landing in Lancing 8 BUILDING PRODUCTS | OCTOBER 2016 Training pitched to workers Joinery manufacturing and woodworking member companies of the British Woodworking Federation can now benefit from the BWF Made in Britain initiative to promote their role in bolstering the British manufacturing industry. Speaking at the recent BWF annual dinner, the federation’s acting president Sean Parnaby (pictured) said: “The BWF is proud to be a manufacturers’ organisation and we must do more to promote the strength of domestic manufacturing. “This is not an inward looking campaign, it is a rally call. The joinery and woodworking industry needs to be recognised for the value we offer, to use our collective voice to influence the commercial and political environment post Brexit. We are proud to be BWF members and British Makers, and it is critical that we work together to promote the benefits that we deliver to the market and the wider economy.” According to the federation, the UK joinery market is worth about £3.8 billion a year, with an estimated 60,000 employees and the highest ratio of apprentices in the construction sector. In its widest sense woodworking (combining carpentry and joinery) remains the highest sector of employment in construction. BWF represents more than 700 member firms accounting for a combined turnover of over £1 billion a year. www.bwf.org.uk Backing Britain Used by Brighton & Hove Albion FC as a new training base, the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre in Lancing has won the Royal Town Planning Institute South East top award for Excellence in Planning for Community and Wellbeing. Local solicitor DMH Stallard has been involved with the football club for many years, looking after all its planning needs, and was again called upon with this particular scheme. The centre boasts a ‘category one status’ under the Premier League’s new Elite Players Performance Plan and ranks alongside any of the training grounds built by the biggest Premier League clubs. Speaking about the performance centre, Paul Barber, Chief Executive at Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, described the venue as, ‘one of the finest football training and academy facilities anywhere in the world.’ The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) judges commented that: “Whilst the emphasis of this entry is on community and wellbeing, it also achieves other aspects of environmental and economic sustainability through green credentials and locally focused employment and generation income. “The accessible location was chosen through a robust sit selection process that provided the opportunity to life Mash Barn ward, one of the most deprived wards in the region, particularly in respect of health and education, where the economic benefits of the Training Ground would have the greatest impact.” www.dmhstallard.com With Redland achieving accreditation as an approved provider of the Basic Competency Programme for pitched roofing, those working as roofers lacking formal qualifications can now enjoy CITB-funded training. This certification, when combined with a Working at Heights CSCS Health & Safety Test pass, entitles both apprentices and ‘old hands’ to apply for the three-year Red ‘Experienced Worker’ CSCS ‘ticket’, allowing them to work on site while looking towards the next level of qualification. The main objective of the BCP is to support roofers without either a full competency or an official roofing qualification in obtaining one; and help them to convert their green CSCS cards to the Blue Skilled Worker CSCS version. It will also help those in other trades, perhaps already holding higher level CSCS cards, to change sector or add to their skill sets. The BCP is endorsed by the CITB, the NFRC Competent Roofer scheme and CSCS. The two-day course covers areas such as pitch, scale, orientation, setting out, constants, estimating, understanding BS 5534; plus practical ‘how to’ sessions on the installation of roofing systems, both single lap interlocking and double lap plain tile and slate. The course is delivered from Redland’s National Training Centre based just outside Cirencester, Gloucestershire. www.redland.co.uk Now in its 22nd year, the National Painting and Decorating Show will be taking place this year at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, on November 29 and 30. The organisers promise that the show will again be buzzing with plenty of new product launches, live demonstrations and a full timetable of free Masterclasses in two ‘open area’ theatres. Covering every category in the fast changing decorating sector, this busy two-day event will feature the products, materials, tools, tips, techniques, textures, colour trends and decorative effects required by all involved in new build and refurbishment works. Not only does it aim for the sharp end of the industry – namely the professional painter and decorator – it also has plenty to interest the architect and anyone who specifies paint finishes. Those interested in attending can get free admission by visiting the show’s website. www.paintshow.co.uk


BP 10 October 2016
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