On 22nd April, Chancellor of the Exchequer Alastair Darling delivered the UK's first official carbon budget aimed at tackling the problems of climate change to achieve a low carbon future.
Darling announced that £405m is to be provided to finance the development of low-carbon energy and advanced green manufacturing sectors. A further £375m will support energy and resource ...
Mace's Steve Dawson comments on what the 2009 UK Budget might indicate in terms of recovery in the housing sector.
Presenting a difficult combination of high borrowing and promises of future spending cuts, Alistair Darling's 2009 budget drew fire from many quarters, with a general feeling among those in the housing industry that it didn't go far enough. The big question is, what does the ...
Mace construction operations director Dean Emblin collected a Silver Considerate Constructors award on behalf of the whole Ropemaker team at a ceremony held at the Gibson Hall, City of London. Over 7,000 projects across the country were deemed eligible for an award, however only 3% were deemed worthy of a 2009 Silver or Gold award. Dean acknowledged the support of the whole team but paid ...
UK Construction magazine has dedicated a feature in its latest issue to Mace Plus' central London retail redevelopment at Dering Street for Legal And General Property. The magazine profiles the job in detail, an interesting combination redevelopment that combines preserved Victorian elevations with complementary new facades whilst adding 21st century retail space and luxury residential ...
Public Sector Director David Bill presents a Mace sponsored rugby kit to Matthew Lantos and Steve Rigby, Head and Deputy Head of Preston Manor High School.
The sponsored rugby and football team shirts were handed over to mark the grand opening of the new sports hall. Mace delivered the school expansion project that comprised the sports hall, classroom block and refurbishment works to existing ...
Mace's utilities team's paper 'How to avoid an 18 month delay to your project' discusses how to avoid the pitfalls inherent in construction projects with significant utilities interfaces (power, water, telecoms). The article was originally published in Building magazine, and covers the many utilities issues which may affect a project or programme, but which might not have been top of a project ...
Mace has handed over the £4.2m new build extension to Fosse Way Special School in Radstock, under the Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES) project management framework. The school was handed over on time and within budget and is another demonstration of Mace Group's continued public sector presence in the south-west.
The new building replaces the current temporary classrooms with a new ...
Mace has been working with client Majid Al Futtaim Properties to deliver the new Mirdif City Centre shopping mall in Dubai, which has just been awarded the first 'Leed Gold' rating for a shopping mall in the region. Leed Gold is the second-highest rung on the ratings ladder, which measures the environmental friendliness of buildings.
The mall will also set another first by being the first in ...
The Mace team at Ropemaker, the 21-storey commercial development in the City of London, has won a Silver Considerate Constructors award. Over 7,000 projects across the country were deemed eligible for an award, however only 3% won silver or gold.
Dean Emblin, construction operations director on sitecollected the award on behalf of the team at the ceremony in the City of London.
George Humfrey, ...
Mace Plus was awarded a commendation from Westminster City Council under the Considerate Contractors scheme for its Oxford Street / Dering Street project.
More than 300 sites across London were entered for the award and the project for client Legal and General, was amongst 70 short listed. Mace Plus managing director Mark Castle said: "The award is testament to the hard work that the team has ...
The Mace transporation team has won a gold award at the prestigious RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2009 for its work for client Metronet.
David Rawlins, RoSPA awards manager said: "The Mace rail team has shown a commitment to protecting the health and well-being of its own and other companies employees. Entering the RoSPA awards reinforces the message that good health and safety ...
Mace has helped Imperial College, London and Birmingham City University to sign up to the WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) 'Halving Waste to Landfill' voluntary agreement. Mace is currently on the WRAP framework and directly influenced both institutions in their decision to help reduce the amount of construction waste sent to landfill.
Imperial College is the first higher education ...
Phil Butler of the Mace waste sector team, has had an article published in the Institution of Civil Engineer's 'Civil Engineering Proceedings' publication. The article describes some key lessons learned on waste projects undertaken by the team to date.The waste sector team is gradually gaining a reputation for helping its local authority clients make significant step changes in the way they ...
Director for the Mace Business School Brian Moone reports there have been minimal changes to lead times. Only two categories have altered; concrete works lead times have decreased by a further two weeks to nine weeks, which follows a short-lived increase six months ago and specialist joinery has fallen to 14 weeks.
In his quarterly 'lead times' feature for Building magazine he also comments: ...
Lead times may have levelled out, but if you are commissioning the latest green technologies there could still be a bit of a wait. Brian Moone, director of Mace's Business School gives an idea of what to expect in his quarterly contribution to Building magazine.
The economic climate means that lead times are either falling or remaining static as suppliers, manufacturers and contractors compete ...
A Mace Macro project received a royal visit when Her Majesty The Queen opened the new head office of the Royal British Legion in London. Macro has been commissioned to provide facilities management operational services at Haig House for an initial six month period.
The move to new headquarters in Borough comes at a time when the Legion - which celebrates its 89th anniversary this year - finds ...
Mace Plus has secured four new projects with a combined construction value of £95m in the first quarter of 2009, defying the otherwise bleak economic outlook.
Two of the four new projects are for existing client Oxford University: the Oxford Molecular Pathology Institute (OMPI), a c. £20m research laboratory, and a £18m book depository that will house eight million books including the world ...
Bahrain Bay's Arcapita headquarters development has achieved one million man-hours without a serious or reportable accident. This achievement is made all the more impressive given the difficult cultural challenges that face projects in the Middle East.
Andrew Mitchell, Mace project leader for Arcapita commented: "one million man hours without a lost time incident or reportable accident is a ...
The Mace Group are providing pre-construction planning as part of Woking Borough Council's £70m Hoe Valley Scheme. Services being provided by Mace include project management, cost consulting and CDM consultancy.
Mace Sustain were appointed as CDM consultant on the project in March 2009, taking on the approach of establishing and maintaining a project specific design risk register which has ...
Como has maintained its position as one of the top three fit-out contractors in the London fit-out market, according to a recent independent survey.
Carried out by Metropolis Property Research, the report covers fit outs comprising more than 20,000 square foot in central London over the last five years and focuses on large fit out deals (Cat B) of new and refurbished space which accounts for ...