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Casey has just made its inaugural Apprentice of the Year Award.

With 20 apprentices working wth Casey at the moment, it was a difficult choice. So difficult that we made two awards!

Above, on the left, you can see Chris Casey making the award to Aston Rogers. On the right is Michael Dawkins receiving his award.

Mike, who has been with us since the beginning of 2012, has worked on variety of Casey schemes. He is currently working on a project in Prestatyn, for the charity Salford by the Sea. Aston has been with us since September 2013 and is a Six Town Housing resident.

Well done to both of you and good luck to all our other apprentices next year.

 

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Casey has been awarded two new social housing contracts with Six Town Housing, taking its property refurbishment total to 2000 as part of a £15.8 million neighbourhood project, funded by Bury Council.

Casey, which has worked with Six Town Housing since 2008 and has completed 1,692 house refurbishments to date, will contract 45 per cent of its workforce from Bury, including ten NVQ placements, to deliver the next phase of the project to deliver 454 homes across Trinity Green and Heath Avenue residential estates.

These new works involve kitchen, bathroom and heating installations at the houses on instruction of Six Town Housing, an Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) that delivers neighbourhood services to approximately 8000 homes across Bury on behalf of Bury Council.

NICK7518Casey were delighted to take part in the TeenTech South Yorkshire event last week.

TeenTech brings teenagers together with companies who are leading the way in innovation, and scientific and technological research, with the intention of showing that there are plenty of career paths available that they might not at first think about.

Casey were involved in facilitating a challenge designed by Efficiency North that aimed to test the thought processes and problem solving ability in pre-GCSE students in a 'Crystal Maze' type challenge. The environment was created to resemble a construction site, with PPE and small tools on show to add to the realism. The students were tasked with answering 4 questions across each of the following areas: science, technology, engineering and maths. The questions linked their study with real life, at the same time giving the students an insight into potential careers in the construction sector.

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"A forgotton space is being transformed into a vibrant public realm."

 Casey have begin work on the second phase of public realm at the heart of NOMA in Manchester city centre.

 The new development will create a public square between the iconic CIS Tower, New Century House and Hanover, providing a safe and welcoming space that promises a mix of cafes, restaurants, bars and shops nestled amongst the characterful buildings of the NOMA listed estate. The work is due to be completed by September 2015.

ukpassivhausconference2014Our John Hyland is presenting at the UK Passivhaus Conference 2014 on 16 October and he'll be talking about the challenges faced from a contractor's point of view in achieving Passivhaus Standard on a retrofit project

It goes without saying that it is harder to achieve the required standards in a retrofit property than a newbuild, so the EnerPHit Standard was developed as the Passivhaus Standard for retrofits. The four requirements to achieve the Standard relate to:

•   Annual space heating requirement
•   Upper limit for total primary energy demand
•   The frequency of excessive internal temperature
•   Air leakage.  This will have a huge impact on the other three!

There are very many issues that an inexperienced contractor may come across when carrying out this type of work.