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Visqueen Gas Barrier receives updated BBA Certification

We are pleased to announce that they have received their renewed BBA Certification for the Visqueen Gas Barriers.


Visqueen Building Products Gas Barrier has achieved re certification due to it being retested in line with the new requirements to BS8485:2015. The Visqueen Gas Barriers meet the standards outlined in the BS8485:2015 document and has also passed BS ISO 15105-1, which is the methane permeability testing that these products must pass.

The Certificate relates to Visqueen Gas Barrier, a gas barrier and damp-proof membrane, for use in concrete ground floors above and below slabs not subject to hydrostatic pressure, to protect the building against moisture, radon, methane and carbon dioxide from the ground.

The key factors of the Gas Barriers which were assessed are, the resistance to water vapour, resistance to underground gases, resistance to puncture and the overall durability of the Gas Barrier. Continue reading

Output for UK Construction industry falls in November 2015

According to recent figures from the Office for National Statistics, the output for the UK Construction Industry fell towards the end of last year. ‘Output’ is defined as the amount charged by construction firms to customers for the value of work (produced during the current reporting period) excluding payments to contractors and VAT.

Output for UK Construction industry falls in November 2015

The figures from the first half of 2015 indicated a positive outlook however a drop in output throughout summer and autumn extended into the winter months and resulted in a 1.1% decrease in output, the largest drop since May 2013.

There was an estimated decrease of 0.5% in Construction output in November 2015, compared with October 2015. Housing repair decreased by 0.2% while all new work was the largest contributor to decrease, by 0.7%. Overall figures for the output of the Construction Industry dropped by 1.1% compared to November 2014.

Construction output estimates are a short-term indicator of construction output by private sector and public corporations within Great Britain. Download the full report here. Continue reading

London office construction increases by 18%

Construction in London has now returned to the peak levels of 2009, according to new data.

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According to the latest Deloitte London Office Crane Survey, office construction in the capital is up by 18% over the past six months to 11.1 million square feet.

There have been 26 new starts on office schemes, adding three million square feet to the pipeline, additionally there has been a 21% rise in let space under construction.

Although volume of new space completed in 2015 is expected to be down on 2014 and 2013 (just 3.3 million sq ft will complete in 2015), the rise in demolition levels (to 6.4 million square feet) indicates more construction work is imminent.

Available office space continues to be in short term supply and completions in 2015 have done little to alleviate this.

Much of the activity is attributed to the Crossrail project generating office developments. Continue reading

The changing demographic of the construction site

In the UK, construction accounts for 6% of the economy and it still remains the most dangerous land based work sector. The output is expected to steadily rise over the next five year however; this post-recession pick up is starting to pose a whole different set of health and safety threats.

The changing demographic of the construction site

Research by QBE recently revealed that almost 7 in 10 firms are planning to recruit additional skilled staff in the next twelve months; however half of these firms are concerned about the availability of fully trained employees.

The construction site demographic is changing, and as a result; there are a considerable amount of older workers as well as an increase in foreign labourers, and with this comes additional health and safety challenges.

ONS figures show that 35,000 construction workers are aged 55 and above, therefore it is inevitable that the physically demanding work combined with the normal effects of ageing can lead to premature physical decline. Therefore in order to capitalise on their experience, more firms are now ensuring that older and more skilled workers stay on to guide and train the younger ones, therefore putting them in less physically demanding work. Continue reading