peratives across the building services

contracting sector will receive salary increases of more than 5% by 2020, following the latest round of national wage negotiations between employers and the trade union Unite.

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) – representing the industry’s employers – settled on an hourly rate increase of 2.5% from this October followed by a further 2.75% rise from October 2019.

Both parties described the process as “positive and constructive” as they confirmed the second phase of the four-year national operative wage settlement. Phase One, which covered October 2016 to September 2018, also included a forward commitment of

improved index benefits and an additional day of paid annual holiday entitlement, effective from February 2020. Unite and BESA are also committed to keeping the dialogue going in order to address issues of “mutual concern”, including the skills shortage and the need to increase the number of apprentices being recruited into the industry.

Collaborave “A very positive

collaborative spirit has developed between the negotiating parties over recent years,” said BESA head of employment affairs Paula Samuels. “This has allowed us to reach a conclusion that is fair and in the interests of both the employers and the

operatives, who provide the skills that are vital to our

industry and its clients.” She added that having constructive dialogue was particularly important this year because of the growing economic uncertainty caused by Brexit and the collapse of Carillion, which had thrown many industry supply chains into chaos. “This is an extremely challenging time for employers in our sector, which makes planning for the future a very tricky exercise,” said BESA President and chief negotiator Tim Hopkinson. “However, we also have solid grounds for optimism. There is growing demand for our specialist skills and expertise as the UK embarks on an ambitious

infrastructure programme and seeks to upgrade its commercial and residential building stock.

“It is extremely helpful,

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Panasonic Sponsors RAC Cooling Industry Awards

anasonic has announced it sponsorship of the 2018 RAC Cooling Awards for the second year running. The sponsorship is part of a series of activities throughout 2018 where Panasonic has been celebrating its 100th year of trading and 60 years of Heating and Cooling.


The RAC Cooling Industry Awards celebrate the industry’s achievements in meeting the environmental challenges through innovation and attract an audience of 600 senior cooling, fridge and AC professionals. A celebratory awards and gala dinner event is due to be held on 26th September 2018 at the London Hilton Park Lane Hotel.

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New network launched for female electricians

therefore, to be able to conclude these important negotiations positively so everyone can look to the future,” he added.

Peel Energy announces plans to install district energy at Liverpool Waters

Property, has announced plans to develop a district heat network at its Liverpool Waters


development, under the name of Mersey Heat. The first phase of the network is centred on existing buildings around Princes Dock along with planned new developments along the waterfront. The heat network will deliver low carbon hot water for the use of space heating and hot water provision within the buildings.

Peel Energy will operate the network through an energy services company called Mersey Heat, which will be responsible for system design, construction of the generation

eel Energy, the low carbon energy arm of Peel Land and

plant and operation of the network, providing low cost, low carbon reliable heat to the building owners and occupiers.

Liverpool Waters includes the regeneration of 60 hectares of former dockland to create a high quality, mixed use waterfront development which will bring huge commercial and retail opportunity as well as over 9,000 new homes Muir Miller, Managing Director of Peel Energy, which also developed the wind turbines at Port of Liverpool said: “We believe that Mersey Heat can make a significant positive impact on the low carbon credentials of the project and provide cost benefits to developers and occupiers as well.”

network has been launched to allow women working ‘on the tools’ in the electrical industry to connect, share views and advice, and create a forum for discussion and ideas. Open Circuit has been established by the charity Women on the Tools, in partnership with industry bodies the Joint Industry Board (JIB), Certsure and ECA. Any working or training female electrician is eligible to join the group, which is on Facebook.


All organisations involved are now encouraging female electricians to join the group and calling on

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electrical contractors to promote the network to their female employees. Women on the Tools’ Business Development Manager, Andrea Kelmanson said: “We believe that the ‘Open Circuit’ network has the capacity to reduce the isolation experienced by many individual

tradeswomen, to become a forum for sharing information and ideas, to be a place for making and developing work contacts, as well as becoming a way of enabling the experience of women electricians to be accessed and heard.” groups/opencircuit


Oshore wind cable contract sparks investment in Wrexham facility

This will be Peel’s second district heat project after the successful installation at MediaCityUK in Salford.

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Cable installer and supplier Prysmian Group has won a £multi-million pound contract to supply cables for the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, Hornsea Project Two. The wind farm, currently being constructed by Ørsted, will be 89km off the Yorkshire Coast. When operational in 2022, it will be able to supply 1.3 million homes with green electricity. More than 300km of inter-array cables will be supplied by Prysmian Group, with 900km of cable cores manufactured in Wrexham. As a result of the order, Prysmian Group is upgrading its Wrexham facility to become the first UK facility to manufacture submarine array cable cores.



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