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Salisbury Group enters local government market by unveiling Aylesbury contract

Salisbury Group, the leading facilities management (FM) and maintenance company, has secured an important agreement with Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC). The contract includes the provision of mechanical and electrical planned and reactive maintenance services to all Council sites and facilities across the Vale.
The three-year contract marks Salisbury Group's entry into the local government sector. It will see the company apply its central government expertise and multi-site, mobile engineering capabilities to support AVDC in achieving its strategic goals. The Council has the option to extend the contract by a further two years.
Salisbury Group won a competitive tendering exercise and its submission was praised for its high quality solution and its focus on the importance of delivering value across a range of areas, as well as its cost effectiveness. The two organisations are now working closely together to mobilise the contract, with services due to commence on 1 April 2018.
Ed Swales, CEO of Salisbury Group, said:
"This is an important milestone for Salisbury Group as we enter the local government sector. This is the first step in a strategy to take the experience we have gained from working with central government and use it to bring value to another public sector environment. We are fortunate to have gained a client that has a clear vision for what it wants to deliver for its residents. We are committed to supporting AVDC by providing high quality services at excellent value for the people of Aylesbury Vale."
Teresa Lane, Assistant Director of Aylesbury Vale District Council, added:
"AVDC's property portfolio plays an important part in generating income. This contract is designed to help us achieve our ambitious vision and goals."


Idom Merebrook Reaches Milestone in Swansea University Refurbishment Project

Idom Merebrook, the UK brand of Idom Group, a leading international engineering consultancy with a base in Cardiff, will complete their first year on site this spring at Swansea University, Prifysgol Abertawe. The high profile refurbishment programme is well underway and encompasses two of the University’s most renowned buildings.
The work is part of a £72 million development programme on the University’s Singleton Campus, designed to create world-class facilities for student learning and living, and to establish a centre for scientific research excellence.
Idom was appointed by Kier Construction under their SCAPE framework, to provide structural design services for the refurbishment, temporary works and new facilities for the Taliesin Arts Centre and the Talbot Building both located on the 47 acre Singleton Campus.
The Taliesin Arts Centre is situated at the heart of university life and is a popular entertainment venue for both students and the local community. First built in 1984, the venue puts on over 50 live shows a year, houses a popular cinema and a museum of Egyptian antiquities. The Taliesin will soon be home to a new £2million Student Learning and Creativity centre, due to be completed on the ground floor level next year.
Idom’s scope of work on the venue has focused on refurbishment of the old building and includes partitioning, temporary works and structural amendments.
Idom has also been engaged to facilitate the remediation and refurbishment of the engineering faculty at the Talbot Building. This will house the TATA Steel Innovation Centre, an innovative testing facility and centre of engineering excellence. Once complete, the building will provide a hub for collaborative projects between TATA, the University and local government.
Idom Merebrook, Managing Director, Ramon Ramirez commented:
“The new development on Swansea’s Singleton Campus is a very exciting project to be involved in. Innovation and great design are at the heart of this entire project and our team has responded to a highly innovative brief, which engages well with the specialist skills within our business.
Idom has been involved in the design of many entertainments venues and university campuses, so is well placed to help create a new facility of which the University will be proud.”
As part of their scope of work, Idom Merebrook has undertaken a structural assessment to design and modify the building fabric and incorporate the new structures.
The work is designed around the construction of a new steel fatigue testing facility which requires special design consideration to deal with onerous vibration loading – a potential cause of fatigue failure in buildings.
The team has also designed the plinths to house the testing machines, the steel gantry to enable the loading of test samples and has undertaken the radar scanning of concrete slabs to provide information on construction and carried out performance capacity analysis.


Surge in poison-resistant rat numbers sparks trade body warning

A national trade body is highlighting the importance of expert pest control after a report revealed a new generation of rats carrying a genetic mutation which makes them resistant to conventional poison.
The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) says it is more important than ever to be protected professionally in light of the findings in a new study by the University of Reading.
The report, commissioned by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU), has identified "the massive extent of L120Q resistance across the whole of central southern England."
And while the report highlights the situation in the region, it makes it clear that the data is not available for the rest of the UK.
Dee Ward-Thompson, BPCA Technical Manager, said: “The study highlights the fact that resistance is growing in rat species across a swathe of the country.
“It also reports that rats without the genetic mutation are being killed off by poison, so the resistant species are taking their place, leaving a growing population of resistant pure-breds.
“With their numbers expanding there could be a significant risk to public health if their population is left unchecked, in both urban and rural environments.”
The study reveals that L120Q is the most severe form of rodenticide resistance identified to date.
Ms Ward-Thompson added: “The rise in resistance could be due to a number of factors.
“However, it is most likely the spread has been accelerated by the application of rodenticides, by amateurs such as home and business owners doing it themselves, or employing an unqualified individual to try to resolve the problem.
“The clear message is that, to be effective in tackling this issue, people should not attempt to self-treat rats.
“Professional use only rodenticides are often more successful, but most are subject to strict legislation, so it has become more important than ever before to make sure infestations are treated by experts.
“Rats must be dealt with by those with the skills required to understand rodent behaviour and their habitat, and who know how to treat any particular strain.
“By employing a member company through the BPCA referral service, the public can be sure they’re using a qualified technician who is able to purchase and apply relevant products that can tackle such issues of resistance.
“We’ve established strict criteria to ensure the professionalism of our members so companies carrying our logo will carry out safe, effective and legal treatments.”

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