In this edition:


Eddie the EagleThe glamorous surroundings of the world-famous entertainment venue, the Cafe de Paris, were the backdrop to this year’s ASUC AGM, Lunch and Awards.

The ASUC Chairman, Simon Haslam, welcomed members to the meeting and thanked the sponsors: Knightbuild, Mixamate, MDIS, M J Rooney and Franki Foundations, for their generous support of the event.

He then highlighted some of the achievements of 2017, and future ambitions, beginning with the continued expansion in associate membership with the addition of Delta Membranes, Mixamate Concrete and Triton Systems this year.

For more details on the AGM read more here.

After a three-course lunch for the capacity audience of members and guests, the well-known British ski-jumper Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards gave an entertaining insight into how a former plasterer found fame as an unlikely Olympian, before the presentation of the ASUC Awards 2017. Read more here


Chief Executive, Rob Withers, presented this year’s Awards with Eddie the Eagle. This is the third year of the ASUC Awards and both the event itself and the standard of the applications had grown year on year. The winners were:

Foundations Insurance Guarantee Awards sponsored by MDIS

Basement Guarantee Awards sponsored by MDIS
– Project up to £300k in Value – Winner: BASEMENT FORCE
– Project over £300k in Value – Winner: ABBEY PYNFORD GEOSTRUCTURES

Defects Insurance Guarantee Awards sponsored by MDIS
– MEDIUM TURNOVER – Winner: UNDERPIN & MAKEGOOD (Highly Commended: Morcon Foundations)
– LARGE & EXTRA LARGE TURNOVER – Winner: FALCON STRUCTURAL REPAIRS (Highly Commended: Abbey Pynford Geostructure)

Training Awards sponsored by M J Rooney
– SMALL TO MEDIUM COMPANY – Winner: GEOSTRUCTURAL SOLUTIONS (Highly Commended: Morcon Foundations)
– LARGE COMPANY – Winner: ABBEY PYNFORD GEOSTRUCTURES (Highly Commended: W11 Construction)
– EXTRA LARGE COMPANY – Winner: KNIGHTBUILD (Highly Commended: Falcon Structural Repairs)

Project of the Year sponsored by ASUC
– Basement (value up to £2m) – GEOSTRUCTURAL SOLUTIONS for Wilton Crescent project
– Basement (over £2m up to £7.5m) – KNIGHTBUILD for Cadogan Gardens project
– Basement (over £7.5m) – W11 CONSTRUCTION for Sunshine project in Notting Hill

Best Achievement Award sponsored by Knightbuild
– Winner: DELTA MEMBRANES for innovation in providing flood proof housing stock and testing – technology which is now utilised in many ASUC basement projects

Photos of the award winners are available here.


In the second half of the year, two more companies have joined the growing ranks of ASUC Associate members:

Mixamate Concrete and Screed

Mixamate LogoMixamate offers an alternative to the bulk delivery of ready mix concrete & ready mix screed that doesn’t mean manual mixing. It is the only mix on site concrete and screed company in the UK that batch by weight at site.

This means batching plant quality concrete can be brought to basement and awkward access projects in London and the South East. With a fleet of vehicles fitted with pumping equipment the material can be pumped from a single vehicle.

This provides a super-convenient mix on site concrete delivery service that supplies concrete mixed on site & floor screed when you want, where you want, and in whatever quantities you need. So only the exact amount needed is delivered – no more, no less. Read more…

Anthony Way, Edmonton, London N18 3QT / / 0208 8078071

Triton Systems

Triton Sytems LogoTriton Systems supplies waterproofing products to meet the requirements for Type A, B and C waterproofing systems as defined in BS 8102: 2009, the code of practice for the protection of below ground structures from water from the ground.

Any of these systems, or a combination of two or more, may be specified in a structural waterproofing project.

To make life easier for the specifier or contractor who ideally will be looking for a single point of supply and support, Triton supplies a comprehensive range of each type of system. All Triton’s systems are backed up with expert technical support. Read more….

Units 3-5 Crayford Commercial Centre, Greyhound Way, Crayford, Kent DA1 4HF / / 01322 318830


Contract GuidelinesLaunched at the AGM, the latest in its suite of documents is the ASUC Guidelines on Contracts and Procurement.

It offers a guide to the typical contractual processes and provisions that a contractor may encounter.  The intention is to help organisations and individuals involved in agreeing contracts, to achieve the avoidance of unnecessary disputes or hardship arising for anyone.

It has been compiled from selected case law, legal best practice and advice drawn from the substantial library of published material freely available to the public.The document is intended to raise awareness of contractual matters and is not to be taken or interpreted as contractual or commercial advice. If in doubt, legal advice must be sought to ensure that the business is not exposed to unnecessary risks.

To download a copy of the latest Guidelines visit the Document Download Area of the ASUC website.


At the AGM this year, the following were confirmed as the officers for the coming year:

Chairman Simon Haslam Vice Chairman Ross King
Technical Consultant John Patch Underpinning & Subsidence Rep Glen Purcell
Basement Rep Dermot Rooney Engineered Foundations Rep Phil Jones
Immediate Past Chairman David Gakhar Executive Director Rob Withers
NON EXECUTIVE ROLES: Associate member Rep Mark Scoble
Training Jeff Haggerty Training Administrator Lisa Hennessey
H&S representative Tim Emery H&S Consultant Wright Way Services
Financial Audits Anthony D’Arcy Secretariat Lauren Fairley AGM


ASUC Online Survey

Progress has been made year on year in using the annual survey to capture information from members on turnover, guarantees issued, CITB Levy paid and claimed as well as a detailed overview of training and qualifications. ASUC has set targets for training, which are broadly being met, but we have identified areas where it is felt improvements are necessary to continue to provide a trained workforce for our sector. ASUC will work with members to identify courses and training opportunities as the challenges of 2018 present themselves – including anecdotal evidence of the labour market tightening because of Brexit .

Estimate your 2018 CITB Levy

To help you see what your future Levy may look like under the 2018 Levy Proposal, CITB has produced a simple calculator. This calculator will give you a guide of what Levy your organisation may pay from April 2018 under the proposed Levy rates of PAYE 0.35 % and Net CIS 1.25%.

To help you use this calculator use your latest Levy Return, likely to be the 2017 Levy Return, which has your calculations based on the 2016–17 tax year.

The actual amount your organisation will pay will be provided in the 2017 Levy Assessment that you will receive in the Spring of 2018.

The CITB levy is expected to be unchanged from: 0.35% on total PAYE and 1.25% net CIS

Visit estimate-2018-levy for more information

NVQ2 Qualifications

OSAT (On Site Training and Assessment is available in the following:

The cost for the level 2 diploma is £756.80 per candidate and £885 for level 3 diploma. In scope companies (CITB levy payers) can claim back a grant of £400 per candidate plus a bonus of 22% (subject to conditions).
Please note there has been no increase in charges for OSAT in 2017. However, with falling numbers of registrations this is likely to be reviewed to ensure the fees reflect the costs of offering these services.

Jeff Haggerty, ASUC Assessor, is happy to discuss all your training and qualification needs and put together a programme that suits your working schedules. Contact him on 07885 659798.

Further Qualifications

CITB’s Agenda for Change

Following the result of the concensus vote the CITB ambition is to be more agile and focused on delivering outcomes for industry. The vote did show a desire for it to have a long term role and that a levy system is still a valid mechanism to raise funds for investment.

Under its ‘Agenda for Change’ the CITB will adapt its approach, focusing on three industry priorities:

You can read a short prospectus on this here and more information on two of the initiatives: a Construction Training Directory and Construction Training Register read below.


The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is increasing the standardisation and transferability of training in the construction industry and is launching a Construction Training Directory to support this.

The Construction Training Directory is a searchable online directory of construction-related training courses, tests and qualifications which are delivered by Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) to defined training standards.

To ensure the Training Directory is available by April 2018, CITB will be engaging with employers and ATOs to:

Where the employer also provides training, they will be able to register to become an ATO, in addition to using the Training Directory to identify suitable training.

Where relevant, these products will be supported by automated grant payments, which means that on successful completion of a course which qualifies for grant payment, the ATO will trigger an automatic payment, direct to the employer’s bank account.

In April 2018, CITB will also launch the Construction Training Register an online register that holds individuals’ transferable, construction-related training achievements and qualifications. Over time it will build a comprehensive picture of skills training across the UK.

On successful completion of the training course the ATO will input training information into the Construction Training Register. This will allow employers to view the transferable training achievements and qualifications of employees, enabling training needs to be identified and allowing for better planning of training and workforce development.

To view an overview of the Construction Training Directory, and for more information click here.


To see more Project Stories, Galleries and Press Releases from ASUC members visit this page.

U&M awarded CB status U&M Group awarded Chartered Building Status

The U&M Group is proud and delighted to announce that the company has joined the CIOB Chartered Building Company Scheme.  Read more…

Underpin and Makegood / / 0208 805 4000

Neil Foundations at Birling Gap Neil Foundations ensures safe access at Birling Gap in Sussex

The chalk cliffs at the Seven Sisters have been described as one of the most beautiful walks in the UK and now you can safely reach the beach thanks to Neil Foundations.  Read more…

Neil Foundations Systems Limited / / 01252 550222

Rooney CN Specialist Award nominations Rooney Construction finalists in four CN Specialist Awards categories

M J Rooney Construction Ltd has been selected by the judges as a finalist in four categories at the CN Specialists Awards 2018, the only national awards that recognise the best specialist contractors from across the whole of the UK.  Read more…

M J Rooney Construction Ltd / / 020 8850 0018

Delta Membranes Seymour St Waterproofing for basement project in Seymour Street London

Delta Membranes’ expertise ensures the new basement in the Portman Estate’s 90,000 sq ft redevelopment of 1-9 Seymour Street is perfectly waterproof despite the challenges of working within a multi-facaded property.  Read more…

Delta Membranes / / 01992 523523

Knightbuild Award Knight Build Strike Gold

At the annual Considerate Constructors Scheme National Company Awards 2017 held at London’s Four Seasons Hotel recently, Knight Build has been recognised as one of the top performing construction companies in the UK.   Read more…

Knight Build Ltd / / 01277 810777

Triton Alan Sleigh Two concrete specialists strengthen Triton team

Triton Systems has recently made two appointments: Alan Sleigh joins as Commercial Manager and Steve Tomlinson as Technical Manager.  Read more…

Triton Systems / / 01322 318830


Construction Industry Brexit Manifesto

Build UK is supporting the Construction Industry Brexit Manifesto, along with Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), Construction Products Association (CPA), Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), Federation of Master Builders (FMB), Home Builders Federation (HBF) and National Federation of Builders (NFB).

All of these major construction umbrella groups and federations agree that the construction industry should be viewed by the Government as a strategic industry, as without it Ministers will be unable to meet their ambitious plans for the delivery of new homes and infrastructure projects. Read more…

Tax Guidance for Build UK members

Members can access the Construction Industry Joint Taxation Committee’s (JTC) monthly tax guidance newsletter as a key benefit of Build UK membership. The newsletter is publicised monthly on Newsline and includes guidance on challenging issues and direct responses to taxation queries. Read more

Build UK Newsline

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Following the introduction of the FIG scheme (see item above) a new leaflet has been produced which covers all three of the ASUC guarantees – the DIG, BIG and new FIG.ASUC Guarantee Leaflet

The leaflet provides brief details on all three schemes and their benefits as well as a checklist of ten good reasons for having an ASUC guarantee.

The brochure freely downloadable from the website and can be printed as required.
To see a copy click on this link


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