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Oxford Belfry ExteriorThis year’s Summer General Meeting will be held on 7 June at the Oxford Belfry, near Thame.

The day will start with coffee and bacon rolls (from 09.00) and the meeting at 10.00.

We are delighted to welcome Suzannah Nichol, CEO of Build UK who will give an update on the industry post Carillion. Liz Steel from CITB will also provide an update on the changes within CITB.

A buffet lunch will follow a discussion forum and an opportunity to raise questions.
You can reserve a place by contacting ASUC direct – programme here

If you would like to display a pop-up banner at the event please download the form here. Places are limited and the cost is £250 plus VAT.

Following lunch there will be a meeting on the FIG (Foundations Insurance Guarantee) to which all members are welcome – particularly those with an interest in this sector. If you would like to attend please call or email ASUC.


Russell MottA benefit of using an ASUC specialist contractor is the knowledge that all members have been independently audited to ensure best practice in H&S, monitored training programmes, are financially stable and can offer the ASUC insurance backed guarantees.

ASUC is delighted to announce that it has appointed Russell Mott of ATAS – Auditing, Training & Assessment Services UK – as its independent H&S auditor

Having worked in the construction and specialist sectors for most of his career, and more recently with trade and industry bodies, Russell set up ATAS UK offering audit, training and assessor services. With a strong and practical foundation in Health & Safety, he holds NEBOSH and IOSH certification.  He has wide experience in SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) and providing quality assurance regimes (Audit the Auditor) to maintain UKAS certification.  He is also an approved IRCA (International Register of Certified Auditors) SSIP Assessor.

ATAS delivers quality independent auditing, training and assessment services to the construction and specialist sectors in the built environment, cost effectively structured on the size and complexity of each individual organisation.

Russell Mott is based in Essex and you can contact him on: 07826 556787


Recent changes in legislation mean ‘large’ companies have a duty to report publicly on their payment policies, practices and performance every six months. This means all companies who meet at least two of the following three thresholds in the last two preceding financial years:

  • £36 million annual turnover or above
  • £18 million balance sheet total or above
  • 250 employees or above 

The reports have to be produced per entity meeting the thresholds (i.e. not on a group basis) and need to be signed off by a director of that entity.

If you think this may affect your company see the detailed information about what is required in the Government Guidance.

Build UK will be benchmarking its contractor members on their results from the end of July to ensure that the information is accessible for the construction supply chain.


Subsidence Forum Annual General Meeting

This year members enjoyed a well attended AGM at the Oxfordshire Hotel, and following a networking coffee were given an update by the Chairman, Mark Scoble. There were presentations on the work of the special interest groups: Training and Education from P Issacs and Tree Root Claims Liaison from Ian Brett-Pitt.

Once the formal AGM business had been conducted there were presentations from Clive Edmonds of Peter Brett Associates on the ‘Pinner Wood School Project’ and John Parvin of Zurich Insurance on Catastrophe Claims.

The day concluded with a networking lunch and a chance to talk to exhibitors Helifix Ltd and Shire Structures.

UK Construction Week 9-11 October 2018

UKCW18The UK’s largest built environment event, UK Construction Week (UKCW), is free to attend and consists of nine shows: Timber Expo, Build Show, Civils Expo, Plant & Machinery Live, Energy 2018, Building Tech Live, Surface & Materials Show and HVAC 2018 plus Grand Designs Live.

ASUC’s Technical Consultant, John Patch, will be speaking on Tuesday 9 October at 14.30. The session is From Wasted Space to Living Spaces – availability of brownfield land for housing development in England. Sunday Times journalist Helen Davies will host the discussion afterwards.

For more details visit

Property Care Association Conference

Robert Withers, ASUC’s Chief Executive has been invited to present a talk on Basements at the PCA’s Conference. This will be held on 13 September at Warwick University.

For more details visit:

Subsidence Forum Training Day

The 2018 Subs Forum Training day will be held at Tewin Bury Farm Hotel, Hertford Road, Welwyn, AL6 0JB on Wednesday 17th October 2018.  

This year the event will include practical demonstrations, taking delegates out of the classroom and offering them the chance to view live displays.

ASUC members have the opportunity to support the event by providing demonstrations on the day – for instance piling rigs and structural repairs. This is an excellent opportunity to reach a wider audience and you can call Emma Simmonds for more information or complete this form.


This year’s AGM and Annual Awards will be held on Friday 23 November at 1 Moorgate Place, London. The venue is a beautiful grade-II listed venue in the heart of the City of London, located just five minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street, Moorgate or Bank underground stations, and only eight miles from London City Airport.

MPW LogoWe are delighted to announce that MPW Insurance Brokers will be the headline sponsor. MPW has long been associated with ASUC and worked closely on our auditing procedures and supporting members.

Full details or the event, award entries and sponsorship opportunities will be available shortly.


TwitterASUC has produced a short guide to using social media and online marketing tools. Twitter and other platforms are a free way to publicise your own company and ASUC. We add any posts from members into our own live stream on the ASUC website.

For more details click on this link – or pass it on to your marketing team so they have the ASUC tags to hand.


ASUC Online Survey

Each ASUC member has been sent a copy of its training record as at the end of 2017 to update and check on progress. The consolidated data will be presented at the General Meeting in June.


NVQ 2 OSAT (On Site Assessment and Training) is available in the following:

Further Qualifications

Contact Jeff Haggerty, ASUC Assessor, for details of costs and grants. Jeff 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.


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.

Searching for courses in the Directory is open to everyone, you do not need a login to access it.

Initially, only short duration training which last from 3 hours to 29 days are on the Directory. At launch we have a small number of ATOs advertising several hundred courses; this will grow as more training standards are published and ATO numbers increased.

Liz Steel, CITB Advisor, will be attending ASUC’s June General Meeting and will be able to provide an update on progress with the Directory and well as the various funds available to members to assist with training programmes.


Contract Guidelines

ASUC has a range of useful publications which include advice on underpinning and mini piling, structural repairs and basement construction all freely available from the website. To download copies, please register or go the Log In Area if already registered.

  • Guidelines to Contracts and Procurement
  • Guidelines on safe and efficient basement construction directly below or near to existing structures (Endorsed by the HSE).
  • ASUC Guidelines to Safe and Efficient Structural Repairs
  • ASUC Guide to CDM 2015 changes for domestic underpinning, structural repair and basement contracts
  • Guidelines on Safe and Efficient Underpinning and Mini Piling Operations
  • TGN O1: ASUC recommended minimum site investigation for typical domestic 1, 2 and 3 storey buildings
  • TGN 02: ASUC recommended minimum standards for underpinning typical domestic 1, 2 and 3 storey buildings Stage 1:  Overview of the process


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