Ecobuild - 3rd-5th March 2015
16 December 2014
British Precast and The Concrete Centre will be hosting a Concrete and Masonry Pavilion at Ecobuild 2015. The exhibition at the Excel Arena, London, is the UK's leading event for sustainable design and construction. The Concrete and Masonry Pavilion will provide visitors with information, displays and access to experts. Visiting the Pavilion will equip delegates with how concrete and masonry products can contribute to a sustainable built environment.
The Pavilion also includes a seminar space by The Concrete Centre which will host guest speakers, for example from Zero Carbon Hub and London Climate Change Partnership. Session topics will include thermal efficiency, flood resilience and specifying sustainable concrete.
If you have any queries about the Pavilion, please contact us.
Architectural & Structural Precast Association launch website
09 December 2014
The newly formed Architectural & Structural Precast Association (ASPA) is pleased to announce the launch of their new website. Visit aspa-uk.org for information, guidance and updates from the Association and ASPA members.
Prestressing Code of Practice published
25 November 2014
The new Code of Practice for the Safe Stressing of Prestressed Concrete Products has been published and is now available for download here.
The stressing of prestressed concrete is acknowledged to be a potentially high-risk activity and this Code of Practice brings together the many developments in best practice within the prestressing industry as well as in Health and Safety legislation. The Code has been developed by British Precast, our members (full list of those involved are stated within) and with the Health & Safety Executive who have also endorsed this document.
British Precast is committed to achieving a high standard and universal approach to health and safety and this Code of Practice represents just one of our initiatives in this area.
Safety & Health Awareness Day November 2014
13 November 2014
British Precast held a successful Safety & Health Awareness Day on 12 November 2014 at The National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull.
Over 70 delegates were in attendance and presentations were given by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Shakespeares Solicitors, Howes Percival, DVSA (VOSA) and from British Precast member companies. A range of current issues were discussed from a corporate and legal perspective and the Member Charter for the new Prestressing Code of Practice, endorsed by the HSE, was also launched during the day. It was fantastic to see so many members positively showing support to raising health and safety standards in the industry.
BIM Working Group Meeting
7 November 2014
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a process for managing the information produced during a construction project, in a shareable format, from the earliest brief stage through design, construction, operation and finally demolition, in order to make the best and most efficient use of that information.
The implications of BIM are most striking for precast producers. An initiative by British Precast has therefore led to the establishment of a BIM Working Group, with the purpose of identifying and developing collective action for the precast industry. The next Working Group meeting will take place on 25 November at Leicester Racecourse and is open to all MPA members. The meeting will include guest presentations from various BIM working parties and suppliers.
For more information and to register your place for the meeting, please contact us.
2014 Creativity in Concrete Award - Winner: William Mitchell
30 October 2014
British Precast is pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 British Precast Creativity in Concrete Award is William Mitchell; concrete sculptor and innovator.
William is recognised globally for his distinct works of art which incoporate colour using various types of concrete. With a career spanning decades, William Mitchell is reputed to have the largest and most protected collection of concrete artwork in the world. He has published an autobiography 'Self Portrait, The Eyes Within' - please click here for book information.
It is therefore with great pleasure, that British Precast was able to present the 2014 Creativity in Concrete Award to William at the Concrete Society Awards on 29 October at The Grosvenor Hotel, London.
Please click here for full press release.
Safety & Health Awareness Day (SHAD) - 12 November 2014
27 October 2014
Places are booking up fast for British Precast's next Safety & Health Awareness Day (SHAD) which is taking place on 12th November 2014 at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull.
This SHAD will cover current topics from fatalities
to transport critically from both a corporate and legal perspective and has been designed specifically for directors, executives, leaders and managers. The day will be opened by the HSE who are expecting all British Precast members to attend.
We are also pleased to be launching the Member Charter for the new factory Prestressing Code of Practice
on the day.
For further details and to book, please click here. Please note, places are strictly limited so book now to secure your place.
Invisible Connections Ltd
27 October 2014
Due to the increasing success of two of two key products for concrete construction, J&P Buidling Systems have created a separate trading environment called Invisible Connections Ltd. The company is located next door to J&P, and is staffed on a dedicated basis by highly experienced people from J&P. As an example, Cliff Billington has consolidated his specialism with the telescopic connectors by becoming Technical Director of Invisible Connections Ltd.
To find out more, please visit www.invisibleconnections.co.uk.
Submission Open for Best Practice Awards 2015
06 October 2014
We are pleased to announce submission for next year's prestigious Best Practice Awards is now open. We are accepting entries for the following categories: Health & Safety, Innovation, Project and Sustainability (Full and Associate Member).
Entry forms are available for download here (zip file). The closing date for entries is 13 February 2015; please make sure get your entries in as soon as possible. Winners will be announced at the Black-Tie Annual Dinner on 24 June 2015.
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Annual Review 2014
British Precast has published the 2014 Annual Review.
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Sustainability Matters - 2014 Update
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Safer by Competence
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Sixth Sustainability Performance Report
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Statement on CE Marking of Cast Stone
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Bespoke Precast Suppliers
Architects and designers have all long known the flexibility of precast concrete, and now British Precast has launched its dedicated list of Bespoke Precast Suppliers.
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