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City council appoint Keepmoat to overhaul seven towers in city in two-year deal
Keepmoat has won a £18m contract to refurbish seven multi-storey towers in Aberdeen.
The firm has been appointed by Aberdeen City Council for the two-year Seaton 7 project to enhance the energy efficiency of the towers and refurbish the exterior and public spaces in each block. The new project follows on from a similar scheme elsewhere in the city.
Works will include installing a ‘rainscreen’ overcladding system for each tower block, new energy efficient windows, structural repairs and upgrades to public spaces such as the entrance and foyer.
Aberdeen City Council’s Convener of Communities, Housing and Infrastructure Committee Councillor Neil Cooney said:
“We have already renovated four blocks in the Seaton area and this will be another seven which have been identified through our asset management plan as requiring renovation work. The work will include overcladding, new windows and energy efficiency measures.
“The benefits of this are that as well as making the homes fully wind and water tight for the future the tenants or residents will benefit from reduced fuel bills through being connected to the city’s award winning Combined Heat and Power system (CHP) which generates an average of 50 percent saving on bills and 90 percent saving on carbon emissions.
Eamonn McGarvey, regional managing director for Keepmoat in Scotland, added: “We are delighted to be working with Aberdeen City Council on the ‘Seaton 7’ project.
“Over the next couple of years, the delivery of this project will see the energy efficiency of the buildings greatly improved, which will significantly benefit residents by providing warmer homes and allowing them to reduce utility bills while enhancing the Aberdeen skyline.”
The programme is expected to start in the next few weeks with Keepmoat employing 80 people for the work.
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Small construction firms were owed an average of £484,000 by their trade debtors last year, research has found. The study of 550 company accounts for the 2013-14 financial year by debt recovery legal specialists Debt Guard Solicitors found the average SME construction firm was owed £484,000 by trade debtors. Trade debt represents money owed to a business – including current invoices and overdue payments – for goods and services supplied to customers over the course of its financial year.
The survey found smaller companies of between ten and 49 staff were worst hit and were owed an average of £627,000 by trade debtors, which equated to 16% of their turnover on average.Medium-sized firms of between 50 and 249 employees were only slightly better off with average outstanding trade debts of £969,000, which equated to just 13% of their turnover on average. Firms with 1-9 employees and a turnover less than £2m each had an average trade debt of £41,000, accounting for 14% of turnover.
Mark Burgess, chief operating officer at Debt Guard Solicitors, said: “This research highlights the financial headache caused by outstanding and unpaid bills in the construction sector.
The payment performance of well-known companies such as Tesco has been widely reported in recent weeks but waiting to get paid isn’t a just a problem for businesses supplying large companies. A survey by the Institute of Directors found that two thirds of small businesses had suffered as a result of not being paid on time.
My Credit Controllers has launched a new web tool to help affected businesses calculate the compensation they are owed by late-paying customers.
“Though it has been a statutory right since 2014 for businesses to bill commercial customers of any size for compensation when payments become overdue, this is not widely known,” said Sam White, CEO of My Credit Controllers. “Our online calculator shows you the interest and compensation payments you have a right to add to your bill.”
“We think the right to add charges to late invoices should be more widely known. For that reason we’ve provided instructions for others who want to add the calculator widget to their own websites.”
The UK Chancellor, George Osborne has given a clear signal that he is determined to introduce even more deep cuts for 2015. Will it damage the fragile recovery? Osbourne remains confident that his austerity measures are working but he still retains many critics who hope he is not too premature with his comments. With less than 4 months until a general election, business remains edgy over recovery prospects.
Poor results of large retailers announced in January 2015 following a dreadful Christmas trading period, gave rise for serious concerns. The UK is not out of the woods by any means, so caution on cashflow has to remain uppermost in most companies planning. In a recent Credit Management Index report there was comment that firms are marginally seeing a improvement in their cash collection.