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Infrastructure & Regeneration | Health | Education | Social Housing | Product Feature PUBLIC SECTOR BUILDING SPECIFICATION 6 19 26 Issue 1 2018 | www.specificationonline.co.uk @MySpecNews COUNTY COUNCIL CONSTRUCTION REMAINS STRONG AS FOCUS TURNS TO MAJOR PROJECTS According to Glenigan's contracts leagues for the 12 months to the end of February 2018, 28 of the top 100 clients are some form of unitary authority, and aggregate spending has risen. The top 100 clients are behind £29.6 billion-worth of work and £5 billion of that total comes from councils. At the same stage in 2017, the 27 councils in the top 100 had committed to spending of £3.9 billion. The highest ranked local body in the latest tables is the Greater London Authority in 11th place after letting £494.9 million-worth of work although nearly half of this work comes from Transport for London. The biggest spending county council is Surrey County Council with orders of £302.8 million, which puts the authority in 20th place. Surrey has teamed up with Woking Borough Council for the Market Square development in Woking (pictured). A half-share of this project puts Woking BC in 26th place with orders totalling £245.9 million. Three other county councils are in the top 100 with Hampshire in 55th (with orders of £156.0 million), Cambridgeshire in 72nd (£131.6 million) and Cardiff a place behind (£131.0 million) Other councils are also teaming up with private developers. Manchester City Council is ranked 39th with spending of £202.3 million. A quarter of that total comes from a share of the £110 million MIF Factory project, which the council is working on with Allied London. Also, in the North West, Warrington Borough Council is ranked 45th with spending of £176.1 million on projects including the £50 million Bridge Street Quarter. Warrington is working on that scheme and a £19.6 million office scheme on Academy Way with Morgan Sindall. Instead of working with the HOUSING DEVELOPERS MUST ADOPT A 'FIBRE TO THE PREMISES' KITEMARKER Housing developers must adopt council proposals for a new Fibre to the Premises Kitemark to reassure homebuyers before completion that their new home will have a digital connection fit for the 21st century, the LGA says. Currently, developers only have an obligation to connect water and electricity before a property is sold, but do not have to pay any consideration to its broadband connectivity. While the Government's new draft of the National Planning Policy Framework aims to help councils' encourage developers to provide FTTP connections to existing and new developments it does not give them powers to hold developers to account. The LGA said introducing a new FTTP Kitemark is a simple, common-sense proposal which will make it clear to the public whether or BBA TESTS EVEN TOUGHER WITH NEW MACHINE Test experts at the British Board of Agrément (BBA) are making full use of their new Instron universal testing machine to pull, squeeze, twist, bend and tension building products under assessment, including those for the roofing, cladding, highways/car parking, house-building and civil engineering industries. The new load frame equipment is an upgrade to the BBA's previous machine, offering an additional test space, a widened scope of products to be tested thanks to an increased load capacity from 100kN to 250kN, greater levels of accuracy and stability and the latest Bluehill Universal software. not their new home will have a fully future-proofed internet connection. private sector, some local authorities are merging to increase spending power, such as the West Midlands Combined Authority, which is a grouping of 12 local authorities and three Local Enterprise Partnerships and ranked in 35th place with spending of £220.8 million. However, 17 of the 28 councils in the top 100 are in southern England. Those 17 councils are behind £3.4 billion-worth of spending, which illustrates that the north-south divide remains as clear as ever. We have built the ultimate can-do joist. By manufacturing to the highest specifi cation our I-Joists are light, strong, thermally effi cient, BIM compatible, FSC and PEFC certifi ed and PAS 2050 accredited (to cut a long list short). But it's also the back-up we offer that no one can equal. Our expert team of designers, engineers and regional technical support is always there to say 'yes we can'. jamesjones.co.uk/ewp EMAIL: jji-joists @ jamesjones.co.uk Despite years of austerity, more than a quarter of the construction industry's top 100 clients are either county councils or local authorities.

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