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15 Aug 2019
Four more politicians back SELECT campaign for regulation of electrical industry

MP Whitford and MSPs Beattie, Burnett and Simpson add their names to electrical association’s Wall of Support

Four more politicians have become the latest high-profile figures to back SELECT’s long-running campaign for recognition of electricians as a profession.

MP Philippa Whitford and MSPs Colin Beattie, Alexander Burnett and Graham Simpson have each added their names to the association’s Wall of Support, which shows the organisations and individuals supporting the ongoing campaign for Protection of Title.

In his ‘brick’ on the wall, Mr Beattie, SNP MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, said: “Putting regulations like this in place are not only vital in making Scotland’s homes safer, but also support the industry and those who work within it.

“It is of great importance that those who are properly trained and qualified in the field are the ones that we trust to cater for Scottish homes.

“Ensuring that they are certified not only guarantees that they are competent to do the work, but also strengthens the entire sector with electricians who are qualified to practice properly.”

Dr Whitford, SNP MP for Central Ayrshire, said: “I am happy to add my name to SELECT’s Wall of Support. As householders are being discouraged from carrying out electrical work on a DIY basis, it is important that anyone they employ to do the work is appropriately qualified.”

Mr Burnett, Conservative MSP for Aberdeenshire West, also gave his backing to the #BackTheBrick campaign, saying: “The privilege of calling yourself an electrician should be limited to those who are qualified at this highly skilled profession. Not only will this prevent rogue traders from carrying out electrical work that could be unsafe, but it could also help reduce costs to the consumer, by preventing further repairs required on shoddy work.”

Voicing his support, Mr Simpson, Conservative MSP for Central Scotland, added: “Poor quality electrical work causes huge dangers to homes and business across Scotland. It is therefore vital to ensure that only properly trained and suitably qualified people carry out such work.”

The politicians’ endorsement comes as part of growing cross-party support for the campaign. Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie and SNP MSP Clare Adamson added their names earlier this year, along with Conservative MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston and the Greens’ Alison Johnstone.

Politicians also voiced their support when SELECT visited the SNP conference in Edinburgh in April and the Scottish Conservatives’ get-together in Aberdeen in May.

The issue has now progressed through the Scottish Parliament and a Member’s Bill is currently being prepared for discussion later this year.

SELECT Managing Director Alan Wilson said: “We welcome this latest support and are grateful to these four politicians for backing our ongoing campaign to make electrician a regulated profession.

“Regulation of the electrical industry is vital if we are to improve safety for both domestic and commercial consumers across Scotland.

“We will now continue to raise awareness of this issue and work towards our ultimate goal – making it an offence for someone to call themselves an electrician when they have no, or inadequate, qualifications.”

Other bodies that have contributed a brick to the wall include the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB), Unite the Union, Electrical Safety First, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Scottish Association of Landlords, the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group and the Energy Saving Trust.

View the SELECT Wall of Support at http://bit.ly/selectwallofsupport

14 Aug 2019
SBCC offers contract subscription service as it launches new website

The Scottish Building Contracts Committee (SBCC) has launched a new website that offers a wealth of practical advice and help.

The new site will enable visitors to discover exactly how the pan-industry body provides definitive guidance on building contracts and construction law in Scotland.

More info on he Glasgow Architecture news page.

13 Aug 2019
Architect-Led design team sought for £1.1m Harmeny School Learning Hub
Harmeny School intends to appoint an architect-led multidisciplinary design team for their proposed new Learning Hub to be located within the school’s 35-acre estate in the village of Balerno, Edinburgh:
Harmeny School Learning Hub

13 Aug 2019
MPACT Group Strikes Sweet Note of Success at Heriot-Watt University
Building services experts at MPACT Group Ltd have extended their growing track record as trusted high-end refurbishment specialists with the successful upgrade of the Gardener’s Cottage as a new facility for the Music Department at Heriot-Watt University.

Music Department at Heriot-Watt University
photograph courtesy of MPACT

Located in the Riccarton Estate on the south side of the main avenue to the University, the Grade B listed cottage was one of several outbuildings surrounding Riccarton House, the central point of a landscaped parkland estate first developed in the late 18th century by Thomas Craig, and then by Sir James and Sir William Gibson-Craig. Although the main house was demolished in 1956, many original buildings, such as the Gardener’s Cottage, remain.

Previously serving as a University creche, the cottage has been refurbished to meet the needs of the University’s Music Department, which is involved in a wide range of activities from classical Scottish to jazz and junk music. Its groups have travelled to perform for audiences throughout Scotland, from Orkney to Knoydart and from Skye to the Borders.

Heriot-Watt University Music Department Edinburgh
photo courtesy of MPACT

Based in Loanhead, near Edinburgh, MPACT Group has been expanding its reach in recent years as it transforms from a local concern into a nationally-operating enterprise. The firm has developed a well-deserved reputation for its ability to undertake challenging and sensitive projects, which in recent months has included the restoration of Rutland Square townhouse in the heart of Edinburgh.

The work was completed on-budget within the original eight-week timeframe. MPACT Group was appointed to the project by Edinburgh-based Surveying Solutions, part of the UKBS Network of Building Surveyors.

MPACT Group director Mike McGuire said the project adds to the company’s growing list of credentials as a trusted provider of fit out, refurbishment and M&E services to project managers operating throughout the UK.

“From a small, local concern first set up in 2007, M-Pact has established itself as a highly capable supplier on contracts of both historical and architectural importance,” Mike said. “It is extremely satisfying to be in a position to meet the needs of such prestigious clients.”

MPACT Group operates on a strong corporate social responsibility agenda. The business has also won a number of awards within the electrotechnical industry in Scotland, most recently being named 2018’s Best Large Contractor by trade body SELECT.

6 Aug 2019
RSA Annual Exhibition 2019 – Open Architectur