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News FMB: no boom in new-build homes

The UK is unlikely to see a signifi cant rise in the number of new homes being constructed, it has been suggested. Brian Berry, director of external affairs

at the Federation of Master Builders, believes the current situation doesn’t look promising. He said: ‘We are not overly optimistic at this stage that we are going to see a massive rebound in house building.’ His comments follow the publication of fi gures from the National House Building Council, which showed that the number of homes registered by house builders increased in February. Berry suggested that the sector is being hampered by a lack of available mortgage fi nance, while the ‘extra costs’ involved in building homes continue to hamper the sector.


British businesses need clear guidelines when it comes to health and safety, according to the British Safety Council. Neal Stone, director of policy and research at the organisation, noted that fi rms are sometimes unsure on how best they can comply with health and safety law. He added that such regulations also prove burdensome for small companies, such as electrical contractors.

However, he added that ‘expert, simple and proportionate advice’ about complying with health and safety law ‘will help get rid of the perception that it is just a burden weighing business down’. Stone was commenting after the government proposed to reform the country’s health and safety system, with the aim of easing the regulatory burdens on business.

Get smart on home technology

This year’s CEDIA Home Technology Event will take place at ExCeL London on 28-30 June and will feature a series of half-day talks for electrical contractors on opportunities in the smart homes sector.

The programme is designed to help electrical contractors better understand the smart homes market and will feature presentations to introduce

Following the talks, contractors will have the opportunity to take part in a tour of the show fl oor

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the industry. It will help ensure that contractors are equipped with the right knowledge either to migrate their business successfully from electrical contracting into custom installation, or grow their company by partnering with successful custom installation fi rms. Following the talks, contractors will have the opportunity to take part in a tour of the show fl oor to familiarise themselves with the key brands and products in the industry.

‘Electrical contractors are keen to

fi nd out more about the smart homes industry to help diversify and grow their businesses,’ said Sally Bent, marketing manager for the Home Technology Event.


Technology Event 2010

NG Bailey secures

Southampton contract

NG Bailey has secured a contract to provide services to Southampton City Council as part of an £15m repair of the City’s civic centre. The contract, worth £5m to NG Bailey, involves the installation and commissioning of all mechanical and electrical services in the Grade II listed building, which houses council offi ces, a Guildhall venue, the city’s art gallery, library and the emerging Sea City Museum.

Southampton City Council appointed main contractor, Wates, for the major project, with NG Bailey providing specialist services in a two year contract, due for completion in July 2013. It is the fi rst major works upon the Grade II listed building since the 1930s and will, besides protecting its heritage, help achieve the Council’s wider accommodation restructure. This sees Council staff moving from seven to three buildings, saving the council £700,000 per year in rent and rates from 2014/15. NG Bailey’s operations

director, Adam Rowland, said: ‘We are delighted to have been appointed to work on this prestigious project. NG Bailey has a proven track record and many years experience in the public sector, including museum, gallery, auditorium and government building projects. This, as well as our technical capability and collaborative approach, has helped to highlight us as the best candidate for the job.’



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