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British Gypsum launches innovation in Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology

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LOCK AND LOAD: British Gypsum has launched a digital construction tool that enhances the use of its Building Information Modelling (BIM) objects

BRITISH GYPSUM, part of Saint-Gobain Interior Solutions, has launched a groundbreaking digital construction tool that enhances the use of its Building Information Modelling (BIM) objects.

The first-of-its-kind, cutting-edge technology makes it easier to maintain the golden thread of information and acts as a reliable single source of truth.

BIMlocker is a digital solution that provides an additional layer of security and support within British Gypsum systems.

It is a free plugin security wrapper that enables users to increase accuracy and accountability across projects.

And it seamlessly integrates with Revit software, offering enhanced data validation capabilities to mitigate potential risks of specification data corruption, without compromising the design process.

Architects, specifiers, and quality controllers will benefit from BIMlocker’s design preservation features.

It safeguards the quality, integrity, and accuracy of system performance data, and provides peace of mind that British Gypsum product data remains faithful to the original system test substantiation throughout the design process.

Paul French, Head of Digital Construction from British Gypsum said: “Demonstrating compliance, accountability, and integrity has never been more important within our industry. [WL1] Our new BIMlocker software provides reassurance as an invisible layer of security that acts as a valuable aid to construction supply chains in the Building Safety Act era. It eliminates any ambiguity and ensures complete transparency.”

“Anyone choosing BIMlocker can have complete confidence that they are managing risk in the design process. The supply chain demands accurate and reliable product data, and BIMlocker is the ultimate solution. making it effortless for everyone to uphold the highest standards and to make the right decisions.” he added.

British Gypsum is part of Saint-Gobain Interior Solutions and is committed to making a positive change in building design and design for the well-being of its end users.

Constant research and development ensure that its solutions meet the current and future performance needs of all buildings, from simple to complex.

It is committed to achieving net zero carbon by 2050, with checkpoint targets set by Saint-Gobain for 2030.

To download BIMlocker, please visit www.british-gypsum.com/bimlocker

 

The Chief Executive of Manufacturing NI, Stephen Kelly, pays a visit to Camden’s manufacturing facilities in Antrim

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GUIDED TOUR: Brian Lavery, Chairman at Camden; Stephen Kelly, Chief Executive, Manufacturing NI

MANUFACTURING NI Chief Executive Stephen Kelly visited Camden’s headquarters this week to witness the company’s steadfast commitment to sustainability.

During his visit, Mr. Kelly toured the extensive 550,000 ft² manufacturing facilities spanning two locations in Co. Antrim, with a focus on key areas such as closed-loop recycling and extrusion facilities.

Camden’s recycling facility plays a pivotal role in its circular manufacturing, helping the company achieve a 70% reduction in carbon frame emissions.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Camden boasts a workforce of 450 employees.

SUSTAINABILITY: Mark McEvoy, Camden Sales Director and Mark Lavery Camden factory Manager, show Stephen Kelly around Camden’s recycling facility

Expressing his thoughts during the visit, Stephen Kelly said: “Camden has been quietly leading the way in Northern Ireland in terms of closed-loop manufacturing for over 13 years.  As one of Northern Ireland’s main employers with ambitious growth plans, Camden is ideally positioned to provide high-quality, low-carbon uPVC window and door solutions to both the UK and Irish markets.”

Mark McEvoy, Commercial Sales Director at Camden, added: “We were delighted to welcome Manufacturing NI’s Stephen Kelly to Camden to see the company’s commitment towards creating economic opportunity and reducing carbon emissions throughout our production process.

“Camden is proud to be an above national minimum wage employer. As we enter our 40th year, we do so with a continued commitment towards sustainable manufacturing and investing in our people.”

Potholes cost UK drivers £500m in 2023 – Here’s how you can claim compensation for any damage caused to your vehicle

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WHEEL OF MISFORTUNE: Potholes cost UK drivers £500m in 2023

The cold winter weather makes for some hazardous driving conditions but also has a profound effect on the condition of the UKs road network.

The wet weather and sub-zero temperatures of the season contribute to thousands of potholes that develop on our roads every year.

In 2023 alone, there were almost 630,000 potholes reported to local authorities across the country, costing drivers as much as £500m in repairs.

If you’re one of the unlucky motorists to have obtained damage from a pothole, there may be a way you can get compensation for the cost of your repair bills.

John Wilmot, founder and CEO of car leasing comparison site LeaseLoco, explains exactly how motorists can make a claim for costs of repairs and how potholes could potentially damage your vehicle if you hit one whilst driving.

What damage can a pothole cause to your vehicle? 

Tyre Damage – One of the most common issues caused by potholes is damage to tyres. Driving over a pothole could result in a puncture, bulges and cracks in the sidewall of your tyre.

In some cases, a pothole could inflict enough damage to burst the tyre completely, depending on the angle and the speed you drive over an incoming pothole in the road.

The cost for a replacement tyre can range from anywhere between £50 to £500 each depending on the size and type your vehicle requires.

Misaligned Wheels – Hitting a pothole can also cause issues with wheel alignment. Potholes can jolt your suspension components, bending tie rods, control arms, or other parts responsible for keeping your wheels aligned.

This can cause an array of problems such as uneven tyre wear, pulling to one side and your vehicle overall feeling less responsive whilst driving.

While vehicle realignment is a relatively easy fix and costs around £50 at your local mechanic, replacing suspension could cost anywhere between £100 and £600, depending on the severity of the damage.

Alloy Wheel Cracks – The wheel itself could also be damaged by the impact of a troublesome pothole, especially lightweight alloy wheels.

A pothole can cause stress points that weaken the metal of your wheel, leading to cracks emerging over time and increasing the chances of the wheel shattering completely. This poses a serious safety risk, especially when driving at high speeds.

Getting your wheels refurbished is the best way to fix cracks before they become a bigger problem. Costs all depend on the size of your wheel and the severity of the damage, so expect to pay up to £120 per alloy.

Cracks in the Windscreen – Hitting a pothole at force sends shockwaves through your car, which puts stress on the windscreen.

If you have an existing chip in the glass, a pothole has the potential to cause further damage by turning it into a crack.

This could result in a failed MOT, along with a fixed penalty and a fine if the crack causes an obstruction of the view ahead. If your car insurance covers windscreens, the cost to repair or replace is usually low as you’ll only be liable to pay the excess outlined in your policy.

You may find your car insurance premium rises come renewal time however, which could increase motoring costs long term.

Damage to Steering – While less common, potholes can also cause damage to the components linked to the steering systems such as the rack, tie rods and control arms.

Sudden jolts from deep potholes in the road can cause stress cracks and even bend these components, which could lead to reduced steering precision or even loss of control.

Like all repair costs, it all depends on the severity of the damage and the type of vehicle you drive. For a small family hatchback, a replacement steering rack could cost as much as £600. Factor in labour costs and you could be looking at a bill pushing £900.

NOT N-ICE: The wet weather and sub-zero temperatures contribute to thousands of potholes that develop on our roads every year

How can I claim compensation for pothole damage? 

The process for claiming compensation for pothole damage is pretty straightforward, providing you have all the necessary information and evidence to support your case.

Take the necessary steps below to make a claim for pothole damage:

Gather evidence – If it’s safe to do so, take photographs of the damage caused to your vehicle, as well as the pothole itself. Bear in mind that most local authorities class a pothole as being at least 40mm deep – anything less than this could be harder to claim against. Other evidence worth collecting include the date, time and location of the incident, road signs and other potential hazards.

Get costs on vehicle repairs – It’s worth getting estimates for the costs of repair work prior to making a claim, as this can provide further evidence and proof that the damage to your vehicle was caused by a pothole.

Ensure you keep estimates or invoices from conducted repairs which can be uploaded to solidify your claim.

Identify the responsible authority – Before reporting a pothole, it’s important to conduct some research to find out who is responsible for maintaining that particular road.

The Government website allows you to enter a postcode which reveals who is most likely to be responsible for road maintenance in that area, which could be a local council, or the Highways Agency if it’s an A road or part of the motorway network.

Reporting the pothole – Most local councils or the Highways Agency have online systems where you can report potholes in any roads they are responsible for maintaining.

Often, you can upload any photographic evidence of the pothole and include information on the damage caused to your vehicle.

Ensure that you note the exact location of the pothole so the local council can take action.

If you lose your appeal – Not all claims are successful and if you’re unfortunate enough to lose your claim for pothole compensation, you can appeal the decision.

You could obtain the inspection record of the road that the pothole is on via a freedom of information (FOI) request. This could help you find out whether the road was inspected and repaired regularly.

If the maintenance record isn’t up to scratch this could provide you with evidence of negligence and increase your chances of a claim. All authorities will allow you to appeal, therefore it’s worth considering if you’re unsuccessful the first time round.

Struggling to know what HOUSE SURVEY you need? COMPARE MY MOVE have all the answers

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TAKE THE SURVEY: Compare My Move has seen an 88.7% increase in people looking for all types of house surveys in the last year

THE start of 2024 has brought with it a sense of stability in the housing market, with house prices on the rise and an increase in people enquiring about conveyancing solicitors and removal companies.

With this stability, we are seeing a huge increase in people looking for house surveys.

Compare My Move has seen an 88.7% increase in people looking for all survey types between December of 2023 and January of 2024.

Although all survey types saw a significant increase, the Level 3 Building Survey saw the largest increase, almost doubling in enquiries at the start of 2024.

Many factors go into what survey you’ll need for your specific property, and it can be difficult to know what factors will influence the survey you need.

Compare My Move’s Ultimate Survey Flowchart is designed to help you figure out what survey you need or whether you’ll need a survey at all.

Different types of surveys

There are four different types of surveys that you may need when buying a property, a snagging survey, a Level 1 condition report, a Level 2 homebuyer report, and a Level 3 building survey.

Each report will cover different issues that will be surveyed in different ways and at different depths.

Snagging Survey

If you’re buying a new build house, a professional snagging survey will provide you with a list of any “snags” to be passed on to the property developer before you move in.

These snags can range from small defects to major faults. Typical smaller issues include cracked tiles or loose door hinges, while larger issues could be structural problems like external brickwork.

Although you can create a new build snagging list yourself, hiring a surveyor is recommended as they’ll have more knowledge of what to look for.

The surveyor will provide a thorough report with all issues listed.

Level 1 Condition Report

Previously known as Condition Report, the Level 1 Survey is the most basic and therefore cheapest RICS survey. All nearly new flats and homes will be best suited to the Level 1 Survey.

It’ll provide an overview of the property’s condition, but not in great detail. No surveyor’s opinion, advice or valuation is given, only obvious defects and the condition of the services like gas and water supply will be flagged.

Level 2 Homebuyer Report

Also referred to as a Home Buyers Survey or Home Buyer Report, the Level 2 Survey is suited for conventional properties built less than 50 years ago.

It highlights any major issues with the property such as subsidence or damp and will look at defects both internally and externally.

The Level 2 Survey only looks at issues that are surface level and won’t check under floorboards or behind walls.

Your surveyor will mark any major issues as a ‘3’ in the report and minor ones as ‘1’.

The report will also include an insurance reinstatement figure and a market value.

Level 3 Building Survey

Previously known as a Building Survey, a Level 3 Survey is best suited to older homes or non-standard construction houses.

This could include thatched cottages, steel frame houses or PRC properties. It’ll look at the condition of the roof, the integrity and structure of the walls and the state of the floors.

Your report will detail each aspect inspected and will include any recommendations your surveyor has on repair work.

If requested the report may also contain cost considerations for the elements included.

Is It Worth Getting a House Survey?

A property survey can save you £5,750 on average in repair work, research by RICS discovered.

As a survey will highlight any repair work, this allows you to negotiate your original offer and the final cost of the property.

This can ultimately save you thousands of pounds in repairs.

How Long Does a House Survey Take?

A Level 1 Survey will take between 2 and 4 hours as it is the most basic survey type. The Level 2 will also take 2-4 hours, but if the surveyor needs to gain access to certain areas, this can take longer.

The Level 3 survey will take the longest with an average timescale of 4-8 hours, depending on condition and size.

What Survey Would I Need in Scotland?

In Scotland, it’s the seller’s responsibility to order the Home Report. It must be carried out before a sale is complete to ensure that buyers are aware of the property’s condition.

The Home Report is made up of a single survey, an energy performance certificate and a property questionnaire.

The single survey provided will produce reports like that of a Level 2, with similar issues and defects being recorded.

Bathroom renovation costs surge in 2024: Buildiro CEO advises on cost-savings strategies

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BATHROOM COSTS SPIRAL: So always research the latest prices as you begin your bathroom project

THE average cost of updating a bathroom has risen substantially compared to previous years according to the CEO of Buildiro, Luke Polach.

Polach said: “With careful planning and the right materials, a bathroom renovation can offer an excellent return on investment. However, he warns of the crucial need to consider the escalating costs of materials, which have recently surged.”

“For instance, moisture-resistant plasterboard, a fundamental component of any bathroom renovation, has seen an average price increase of 15% compared to the previous year. The average cost of a bathroom remodel in the UK in 2024 reflects the changing prices of materials,” Polach explains. “A standard bathroom update that cost £2,000 last year may now be closer to £2,300, primarily due to increases in raw material costs.” he added.

Currently, in the UK, the costs of materials, fixtures, and fittings for small bathroom remodels vary considerably. A breakdown of typical expenses includes bath installation, ranging from £100 to £800, shower installation, priced between £350 and £500, and walk-in shower installation, with costs spanning from £200 to £1,100.

Buildiro’s analysis highlights specific material cost increases, such as hardwood plywood, which has risen from £34 to £42 on average.

Interestingly, some materials, such as a 25kg plaster bag, have managed to maintain their price point, offering some stability in budgeting for certain aspects of remodelling.

Despite some materials maintaining stable prices, others such as CLS Timber 2.4m have also experienced significant jumps, going from £2 to £3.50 on average.

Polach suggests when trying to gauge the true cost of a new bathroom, you should consider the following if the bathroom is a renovation or a new-build installation:
●  The size and scale of the bathroom suite.
●  The type of tiling or flooring you choose.
●  The heating choice such as radiator or underfloor heating.
●  Whether you really want to add a stand-alone tub, a waterfall shower, or convert the suite into a wet room.
●  If you need to change the window position or doorway to accommodate larger bathroom suites.
●  The labour cost and your timeframe for the installation and refurb project.

BUILDIRO CEO: Luke Polach

Polach also sheds light on interior design trends shaping the cost landscape of new bathrooms in 2024, which have a focus on sustainability over a rip-out and brand-new style, which is great news for your bank account.

Moreover, as sustainability becomes a key focus in interior design trends, Polach notes that eco-friendly materials and water-saving fixtures are gaining popularity among UK homeowners.

While features like smart showers and heated floors enhance convenience and energy efficiency, careful consideration is crucial due to their potential impact on project costs.

Tiny homes also have their advantages, and small bathroom remodel costs are far less than larger properties.

Since there is far less material required, less labour is needed and so the cost of this type of refurb is pretty affordable.

Understanding the market changes and planning accordingly is vital for a successful renovation. Polach advises, “Always research the latest prices as you begin your bathroom project. Using Buildiro can provide up-to-date information to help manage your budget effectively despite market fluctuations.”

To assist homeowners in navigating these challenges, Buildiro enables customers to compare current prices from various suppliers, ensuring they secure the most cost-effective options for their bathroom renovation materials.

By comparing prices on Buildiro, you can make informed decisions and possibly offset some of the increased costs by finding the best deals available, ensuring that your bathroom renovation is both beautiful and economically viable.

BUILDING THE FUTURE: Challenges and opportunities for NI’s construction sector

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CATHAL CARVILL: Partner and Co-Head of Construction and Engineering, Arthur Cox

By Cahal Carvill, Partner and Co-Head of Construction and Engineering, Arthur Cox

With some major legislative, contractual, and policy changes on the horizon for the construction and infrastructure sector, 2024 presents a dynamic blend of challenges and opportunities.

The Stormont stalemate unfortunately continues to slow the pipeline of public infrastructure investment, which remains curtailed by the ongoing political impasse.

According to a recent report from AECOM, public sector work remained subdued due to no significant government-led investment decisions.

On a more positive note, there was significantly higher growth in the independent private sector, particularly from US investors, with 7.8 per cent year on year output growth in private sector construction, most significantly in maintenance and repair (up 17per cent) and infrastructure (up 9.3per cent).

Despite the political inertia in Northern Ireland, recent consultations have been issued in four key aspects of house building, most notably the consultation relating to the acceleration of the restriction on conventional oil heating for new dwellings in NI.

Further consultations relate to the potential impact of revised guidance timing on homebuilders, assessment of proposals affecting homebuilding costs amidst challenging economic conditions and housing shortages, and integration of changes, especially photovoltaic (PV) and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, ensuring feasible grid connections.

These consultations may see formal legislation being developed around energy-related emissions in the housing sector during the course of 2024 in an attempt to accelerate the journey towards net zero emission targets.

Sustainability and ESG continue to be buzz words in the construction industry in 2024.

Many involved in the construction sector have returned from COP28 with renewed commitments and ambitions to tackle the ongoing climate crisis.

SUSTAINABILITY: Near zero emissions and resilient buildings by 2030

At COP28, the Buildings Breakthrough was launched, an initiative which seeks to strengthen international collaboration around decarbonisation of the buildings sector, with the target being near zero emissions and resilient buildings by 2030.

The construction industry will also have a significant part to play in the Department for Agriculture and Rural Affairs’ 2023 and 2040 Emissions Reduction Targets and First Three Carbon Budgets.

The Department for the Economy is also progressing with its Draft Circular Economy strategy in 2024 which will require the construction industry to play a pivotal role in the transformation from a linear to a circular economy.

The most obvious contributions being the continued increase in the repurposing and redevelopment of derelict and vacant commercial buildings.

Key provisions of the Building Safety Act 2022 (‘BSA’) came in to force in England and Wales in October 2023 and 2024 will see further implementation of the legislation with new rules for duty holders fully taking effect.

Although the whole of the BSA does not extend to Northern Ireland, there are certain elements of the new regime that do apply here, such as the adoption of the New Homes Ombudsman Scheme.

The New Homes Ombudsman has already held a number of roadshow events in Northern Ireland highlighting her services, including dispute resolution and compliance, and the roll out of the New Homes Quality Code for developer and new homeowners.

We expect to see more activity from the Ombudsman in Northern Ireland in 2024.

The much-anticipated Phase 2 report from the Grenfell Inquiry is due to be published in 2024 and is expected to criticise certain participants in the processes that led to the buildings non-compliant cladding.

The report will not only have a significant impact at regulatory level, but upon all aspects of the construction industry, particularly those focused on high-rise developments, of which there are a growing number receiving planning approval in Northern Ireland.

The Public Procurement landscape will change significantly in 2024 following the UK Government‘s review of the procurement regime post-Brexit.

This review has resulted in the development of the Procurement Act 2023 which is expected to come in to force in Northern Ireland in October 2024.

This 2023 Act will replace the current Public Contract Regulations 2015, the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016, along with the Concession Regulations 2016, amounting to the biggest change in public procurement in Northern Ireland in the last decade.

Lastly, Spring 2024 will also see the publication of the long awaited JCT 2024 Edition suite of building contracts.

The suite is to include a new JCT Target Costs Contract, updated to reflect the Building Safety Act as well as new insolvency grounds and the objectives of the Construction Playbook.

This will be an interesting development given the widespread use of the JCT form of contracts in Northern Ireland.

With all of this change coming in 2024, the construction industry will remain an interesting and dynamic sector.

However the demise of Tolent and Buckingham Group in 2023, as well as other tier one contractors reporting major losses, provides a reminder of the challenges the industry faces, challenges which will no doubt continue throughout 2024.

Breedon Group plc opens new advanced tile factory in Northern Ireland that will see its production increased by over 80 per cent

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NEW FACTORY: Breedon’s new facility will ensure the Group remains at the forefront of tile manufacturing in Northern Ireland

BREEDON Group plc is pleased to announce the opening of a new concrete tile production factory in Northern Ireland.

The leading vertically-integrated construction materials company that operates in Great Britain and Ireland, will open the new facility in Lisburn, County Antrim.

Breedon’s significant investment at this site will reduce local supply chain constraints and enable quicker and more efficient processes in order to produce high-quality tiles at a faster production rate.

The new factory contains advanced, modern equipment, increasing Breedon’s tile production capacity in the region by over 80%, from 12 million to 22 million tiles per annum.

This new facility will ensure the Group remains at the forefront of tile manufacturing in Northern Ireland.

BUILT TO LAST: Breedon roof tiles

The new plant in Lisburn will boost the local economy and will drive innovation and manufacturing capabilities in Belfast.

The site has been designed with sustainability as a key consideration.

The successful ESG journey of the tile business and the significant decrease in carbon generated per m2 of tiles, is something the team is exceptionally proud of.

 Jude Lagan, Managing Director, Cement and Products at Breedon Group, said: “I am proud to see the opening of this impressive facility in Lisburn, demonstrating our commitment to our business in Ireland, whilst benefitting the wider region, providing more supply and enabling secondary and tertiary industries to thrive.”

ASSA ABLOY’S new BIM software opens the possibility of seamless management of door projects

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MAKING AN ENTRANCE: Openings Studio™ integrates with design software, so door assets can be designed, priced, manufactured, installed, inspected, and maintained from the same data

ASSA ABLOY’S Opening Solutions has launched a video showcasing its new BIM software called Openings Studio.

This computer program offers the possibility of creating and visualising openings for complete door, frame and hardware schedules and specifications, enabling the golden thread of information.

Openings Studio™ integrates with design software, meaning door assets can be designed, priced, manufactured, installed, inspected, and maintained from the same data, ensuring a seamless and transparent connection from design intent through to product in service.

This unique time and cost-saving application ensures compliance, giving peace of mind.

There’s the option to create door solutions from scratch or select from a customised library, making it simple to create modifications to meet project-specific standards.

Door solutions can be exported with ease through various types of reports in PDF, Microsoft Excel and Word formats.

During construction, submittals can be reviewed, and materials can be tracked for ordering and delivery.

What’s more, Requests for Information (RFIs) can be officially logged and managed, and directives can be changed.  Cut sheets and installation guides are also housed within the programme.

Ideal for both new construction and existing openings, Openings Studio™ also allows facilities managers to have a single point of reference to inspect, record, maintain, and service doors, hardware, and access control systems.

Brian Sofley, Managing Director at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland, said: “Managing door projects in traditional spreadsheet programmes can be extremely inefficient and ineffective, with limited ability to share that information easily. Openings Studio™ streamlines communication in the estimation, specification, ordering and delivering process, making sharing information effortless.”

“Workflow and door projects are digitalised and all the door information is stored in the cloud, allowing it to be securely accessed from anywhere in the world via a desktop computer smartphone or tablet. This is a game-changer for building owners, facilities managers, contractors, locksmiths, distributors, consultants and more.” he added.

To find out more about BIM, Openings Studio™ and how ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions can help your organisation,  please call: 0845 071 0882, email: ukspecification@assaabloy.com or visit: bit.ly/3UMVtnE

CITB NI Women in Construction Summit 2024 Final will take place on Wednesday, March 13

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FINAL COUNTDOWN: Rotha O’Boyle form Martin & Hamilton Construction, Rachel Dorovatas from CITB NI with summit host Sarah Travers
CONSTRUCTION Industry Training Board NI (CITB NI), and the Women in Construction Network will host the third Women in Construction Summit, on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at Crowne Plaza Hotel.

With a focus on ‘Redefining Foundations’, the summit will honour women whilst exploring and challenging business foundations within the NI construction industry.

Research reveals that women working in construction are on the increase with 37% of new entrants into the industry that came from higher education are women.

Women make up around 14% of construction industry professionals and this number can only be set to rise with more and more women choosing construction jobs.

While this is encouraging, events such as Women in Construction Summit aim to inspire continued growth and development as well as challenge existing foundations to allow this to happen.

The full-day conference will challenge the business foundations within the construction industry and will present inspirational stories, business advice and career development for women currently working in the construction industry, those thinking of joining and for employers who support diversity or best practices in the industry.

Key topics include performance culture, growth mindset, sustainability, AI, mentoring and networking.

he Summit will help attendees gain insights into career management, discover influential role models and seize the opportunity to expand professional networks.

Hosted by former BBC Journalist Sarah Travers, the summit will feature keynote speaker and transitional change specialist Breda McCague.

From startups to multinationals, her twenty years in the Reserve Defence Forces support to coach and inspire everyone to take control of their own career path. 

The Summit will also feature Jules Coleman, co-founder and CTO of resi.co.uk, the UK’s largest residential architecture practice.

Panelists and guest speakers include Oonagh O’Reilly and Marie-Claire McGreevy from MCO Performance, Nicky Scott, Women in Business NI Cathy Brennan, Resourceful Planner, As well as representatives from a range of NI construction businesses and women-focused organisations.

Looking forward to the Women in Construction Summit 2024, Rachel Dorovatas, from CITB NI, said: “ We are looking forward to welcoming guests, speakers and panelist to our 3rd Women in Construction Summit. The theme of this year’s summit is Redefining Foundations which, throughout the day, will focus us to explore, discuss and challenge the current and future of our industry.   The built environment is truly for everyone, and the more inclusive our industry becomes, the better equipped we are to cater to the diverse needs of our communities.”

Rachel added: “As our workforce ages, faces skill shortages, and rapidly incorporates modern technologies, it’s vital for the construction sector to build a culture that truly values diversity and balance. This culture not only enhances our ability to meet the challenges ahead but also fosters innovation and resilience in the face of an ever-evolving landscape.”

Tickets for the Women in Construction NI Summit are £90  visit citbni.org.uk or follow CITB NI on Facebook, Twitter/X, Instagram and LinkedIn #Womeninconstruction.

Kilwaughter Minerals Enhances Product Suite With Launch Of GP Mix

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Kilwaughter Minerals has further enhanced its suite of industry-leading products with the launch of its latest premium general purpose render, GP Mix, through its K Rend brand.

Boasting a cutting-edge new formula with reduced drying times and improved workability, GP Mix is suitable for use as a float coat, scratch coat and masonry mortar. The product replaces its existing GP Mortar product which has been a successful part of the portfolio for several years.

The product delivers a number of major benefits for the housebuilder market, giving the same final appearance as traditional sand and cement render mix while being suitable for internal and external use, as well as being suitable for hand or machine application.

The arrival of GP Mix to the market comes less than two years after Kilwaughter Minerals’ K Rend brand launched K Mono, a one-coat, one-pass through-coloured render product that has revolutionised the UK and Ireland housebuilder market.     

Caroline Rowley, Head of Business Development at Kilwaughter Minerals, said: “The launch of K Rend’s GP Mix further enhances Kilwaughter Minerals’ stellar pedigree as an industry leader in the UK and Ireland construction market. We are renowned for our innovation, expertise and reliability, all of which are encompassed in this latest product.

“Our talented research and development team have worked to ensure that GP Mix is a consistent and reliable product that hits all of our customers’ key touch points, leading to a product that delivers flexibility, ease of use and effectiveness.

“It has better performance through diesel and electric machines as well as improved workability. We’re really looking forward to the series of demo days we’ve organised with many of our merchant partners that will allow applicators to get a first look at how great this new product is.

“Economic, social and environmental sustainability is at the heart of all of our operations and was very much at the forefront during the concept, design and manufacture stages of our latest product.”   

GP Mix is part of the K Rend Eco range that utilises cement replacement technology and delivers a fine texture finish.

Further benefits include excellent weather resistance and durability, consistent quality compared to site mix, a fine texture finish and the fact it can be used in conjunction with most paints, including K Paint. 

For more information on the UK and Ireland’s market leading render manufacturer and its services, go to www.k-rend.co.uk 


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