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Legendary rock star Roger Daltrey CBE and railway enthusiast, Sir William McAlpine, opened the End of the Line cafe at Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway earlier this month. We are extremely proud to have been part of this project. Take a look at the video below to watch the unveiling of the plaque and to discover why The Who frontman loves railways.

Working with RHDR on Dungeness has been a great opportunity for Logic PM to deliver a project as the client required, by the date they needed and within the budget constraints we had agreed. With the initial main contractor going into administration two weeks into the project, we seized the opportunity to keep the impetus progressing and undertook the works through our own construction company, Logic CP.

At the project completion ceremony our Director, Nick Baster, was complimented on the team and our willingness to successfully undertake the project, congratulated by the General Manager and client Danny Martin and Sir William McAlpine and special invited guest, rock legend, Roger Daltrey.

East Kent College in Folkestone has secured over £1.3 million from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) to extend its training facilities and help boost construction skills in the county. The funding will be used to extend the existing construction training facilities at the campus, giving it an extra 1,089m² of training space. This will be used for teaching bricklaying, plastering and more to students when it is fully operational from January next year.

Graham Razey, Principal of East Kent College, commented that "the building would help to combat skills shortages in the construction industry, providing valuable training facilities for students." He added that “there is a real skills shortage in the construction sector locally..."

"The Construction Skills Network South East estimates that 970 more bricklayers alone will be required across the region by 2019. This new development will help ensure that we can meet that need while also providing opportunities for young people to secure sustainable careers locally.”

Geoff Miles, Kent Chair of SELEP and Chair of the Kent & Medway Economic Partnership claims that: “Improving the skills available to the construction sector will have an important impact on the economy of Folkestone and further afield in Kent."

At Logic PM, we welcome the news that more is being done to encourage young people to learn construction skills and enter the industry. There is indeed a skills shortage which needs to be resolved and more funding for education and training projects like this is needed. As an active member of the Kent apprenticeships scheme, we also advocate this route into the industry and would encourage school leavers to consider vocational training and apprenticeships.

According to an article published by Construction Enquirer this week, a Buckinghamshire care home has been fined after failing to ensure that asbestos was removed from old buildings before demolition work commenced.

A member of the public living in a neighbouring building raised concerns over the unsafe working practices at the former hospital site in Chesham.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors discovered that the former hospital buildings had been partially demolished by a contractor. However, Chesham Care was legally acting as the ‘principal contractor’ and had failed to ensure that asbestos containing materials were removed prior to demolition.

At High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court, Chesham Care revealed that they had failed to appoint a principal contractor or construction design and management co-ordinator in writing. By law this means that they had taken on the associated legal duties and roles of this position but clearly did not have the required knowledge or experience to do so.

HSE inspectors said that the works had been underway for around 3 months and found asbestos containing materials amongst the demolished building debris.

Additionally, Chesham Care had failed to record demolition arrangements in writing, the site was not securely locked and no welfare facilities were present on site. In the opinion of the HSE inspectors, there was also a serious risk of injury from collapse of partially demolished buildings.

Rauf Ahmed, HSE inspector, commented that: “Clients have a key role in safely directing their construction project. Making arrangements effectively at the start of a project can have a positive impact through the various stages to completion. Clients should make informed appointments, such as designers, principal contractors/contractors using competent sources of health and safety from the outset.”

Chesham Care admitted multiple failures of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007. The firm was fined £35,000 and also ordered to pay costs of £1321.60.

To avoid these costly and potentially dangerous mistakes, find out more about working with a RICS registered project manager. To discuss the health and safety compliance of your project, contact The Logic Group today.

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