Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

Saniflo Sanifos 100 used in floating house

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A futuristic-looking, single-storey, three-bedroom floating eco property built on a once-abandoned inlet on the River Severn in Worcestershire is using a series of pumps and the award-winning Sanifos 110 lifting station. Built during Covid lockdowns, the home has no fixed foundations, instead attaching to piles in the bank, and rises …

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Construction activity falls at fastest rate since May 2020

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The UK’s construction sector recorded a fall in activity in December 2022, with the rate of decline the fastest since May 2020. New orders fell at the fastest rate for over two-and-a-half years and optimism for the year ahead dipped into negative territory for only the sixth time on record. …

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Rebrand brings together Alloway Timber & Putney Builders Merchants


Alloway Timber has merged with its sister company Putney Builders Merchants (PBM) under one brand, Alloway Timber & Builders Merchants. The family-owned merchant will now have a simplified offer to customers, ensuring all products are available under one roof. Alloway Timber was founded in 1971 by Joe Alloway (senior) and …

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Encon Construction Products adds TenCate geosynthetic solutions from stock

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Encon Construction Products, the specialist distribution division of The Encon Group, has added global geosynthetic supplier TenCate, and its Miragrid GX and GX T geogrids, available from Encon’s nationwide branches. The biaxial geogrids are manufactured from engineered materials and ideal for subgrade stabilisation and base reinforcement applications. Miragrid GX is …

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The year in question


The return of what has been stolen from us. The childhood of our children, the peaceful old ages of our parents. The year is 2035. The venue is the Fig and Duck Pub in the market town of Middle Whingeing. Yes, they do still have a few pubs – we’re …

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Snickers Workwear’s New Winter Jackets

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Snickers Workwear’s new Winter Jackets feature a protective shell to deliver effective wind and water protection to keep users warm, dry, and ensure the effectiveness of the clothing underneath. The wearer will avoid getting too warm, thanks to the insultation combined with ventilation features. The range includes new FlexiWork Quilted …

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Huws Gray and John Barnes surprise customer

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Independent builders’ merchant, Huws Gray has given away a Grono pod worth £15,000 to one of their customers and football legend and competition ambassador John Barnes presented the prize to the winner. The competition has been open to all customers purchasing from any Huws Gray or Buildbase store throughout the …

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How a Structured Training Programme Will Retain the Youth

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In putting together a training programme, regardless of size, there should be clear aims in mind. Lots of young adults will be leaving school and entering the workforce or picking up apprenticeships as opposed to heading straight to a college or university. With the abundance of choices for our kids …

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Cost of living concerns see showering surge

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More people in the UK are turning to showers rather than baths as the cost-of-living crisis continues to bite. That’s according to research from shower manufacturer Triton, which says there this offers even more opportunity for merchants to emphasis the economic benefits of electric showers . The shower manufacturer’s latest survey of …

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Snickers Workwear’s New Mid-Layer clothing

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Snickers Workwear’s innovative and sustainable Mid-layer clothing has excellent breathability for efficient body-temperature management. The new autumn-winter styles include the FlexiWork High-Vis Hoodie which is stretchy, versatile and made from a 2-layer mesh fabric and recycled polyester fibres. This Class 1 Hoodie comes with glow-in-the-dark and flashes and plenty of …

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