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Adversing: 01622 699116 Editorial: 01354 461430 Excellence rewarded at the BCIA Awards 2018

inners of the 2018 Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards were announced last month during a gala dinner at the Hilton

Multi award-winning Lucy Porter hosted this year’s awards which celebrated the best of the building controls sector. Chartwell Controls claimed the first accolade for Independent Building Controls & BEMS Installer of the Year while the Engineer of the Year Award went to Miles Moss of Detail Design Engineering.

Greg Smith of E.ON Control Solutions clinched the Young Engineer of the Year Award and the company also won the Best Service & Maintenance Provider Award. Portal Building Controls scooped the Energy Management Award for the London School of Economics energy refit, which is achieving upwards of £230,000 p/a in energy savings. The Technical Innovation of the Year – Products Award was won by Global Associates for their innovative product, global spaces, which interfaces clients’ room booking and reservation systems within the BEMS environment. Demand Logic clinched the Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects Award following installation of their Data Acquisition Device (DAD) at 155 Moorgate, which identified projected savings of £25,000 p/a, while One Sightsolutions Ltd won the Contribution to Training Award.

The Outstanding Contribution of the Year award went to Alan Braybrook of Sontay. BCIA President, Jon Belfield, said:

Transport for London awards first longterm drone licence

Group plc, has become the first contractor to win long-term Transport for London approval to use drones to carry out of asset surveys.

M uThis year’s BCIA Awards winners with the evening’s host, Lucy Porter.

“I am delighted to present this award to Alan; he has dedicated his entire working life to the HVAC sector, rising through the ranks to being instrumental in transforming the focus of Sontay onto the international stage. “I would like to offer my congratulations to all of the winners and thank all of the sponsors and media partners for their continued support.”

Theresa May opens the UK’s first biomass training facility in Berkshire

rime Minister and Maidenhead MP Theresa May has officially opened The Energy Centre at Berkshire College of Agriculture in her


constituency. It is the UK’s first renewable energy training facility at a Further Education college. The facility – pioneered by biomass company LC Energy in partnership with Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) and Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership – is an important first step in addressing the skills shortage in the UK’s renewable energy sector.

The opening of The Energy Centre at BCA will lead to courses which will enable – for the first time – students aged between 16 and 19 to gain accredited technical qualifications in renewable energy, marking a key development in delivering the

uLe to right: Tim Smith, CEO, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, Gillian May, Principal, BCA, Theresa May MP and Mark Lebus, Managing Director, LC Energy.

skills required by employers to help the UK meet its renewable energy targets. The UK has been allocated a target to increase the proportion of its renewable energy use to 15% by 2020. Mrs May said: “I was very pleased to go back to Berkshire College of Agriculture to hear of the innovative work the college is doing and to open the

new energy centre. It’s vital that young people have the education and skills to take on the jobs needed for the future. So I was pleased to be able to meet with students who, through using the new energy centre, will be given the training and opportunity to make a real difference to help protect our planet for future generations.”

Following a 12-month testing and approval process, Lanes Rail can now use drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), during its extensive maintenance work for Transport for London (TfL). By using drones, Lanes Rail, based at Rainham, East London, expects to improve data gathering, speed up the surveying process, enhance safety, reduce the risk of operational disruption, and cut surveying costs. Lanes Rail Director

aintenance specialist Lanes Rail, part of Lanes

Matthew Todd said: "Using drones, combined with advanced imaging and analytical technology, will deliver significant service and sustainability benefits for us, for TfL, and for the travelling public in London. "We have led the way in trialling the use of drones to survey structures for London Underground. Now we're the first contractor to obtain formal long-term licence approval for their use from TfL, which opens up exciting opportunities." Lanes Rail is responsible for maintaining and repairing a wide range of assets across the London Underground network on behalf of TfL. This includes track drainage, station buildings, bridges, power sites, and engineering depots.

Engineering apprence Josh receives cerficate from Amber Rudd MP

training certificate – it was presented to him by Amber Rudd, the MP for Hastings & Rye and, at the time, Home Secretary. Ms Rudd visited Marshall-Tufflex’s manufacturing base in Hastings during National Apprenticeship Week. As well as presenting Josh with his graduation certificate, Ms Rudd also met apprentices Sam Humphrey, Jon Aherne and Max Loring and was shown around the cable management production plant by Nigel Cutting, Manufacturing Manager Ms Rudd said: “I visited Marshall-Tufflex to see how it was marking National Apprenticeship Week and how their apprentices are getting on. It was really encouraging to hear the passion and enthusiasm they had for their work and see the value they are adding to the company.” Marshall-Tufflex has been championing apprenticeships for a number of years. The company linked with SIGTA to recruit and train the apprentices, who were assigned mentors and worked towards an NVQ Level 3 Advanced Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering qualification.


arshall-Tufflex engineering apprentice Josh Hayler won’t forget receiving his end-of-

uAmber Rudd MP presented MarshalTuex apprence Josh Hayler with his endoftraining cerficate.

Kevin Page, Marshall-Tufflex Chairman, said: “We were delighted to welcome Amber to our headquarters. She is a great advocate of businesses and young people in her constituency and made her support really personal by finding the time to drop in and present Josh with his certificate and spend time with our other apprentices. They all really appreciated it, as did we.”


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