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Welcome... In healthcare environments, considering making improvements is approached with caution. Given the patient waiting lists of most facilities, works to infrastructure and services must be carried out within minimum disruption to patient care and appointments. Careful planning and execution is key to achieving a successful refurbishment, which was the case for St Thomas’ most recent revamp. In this month’s Upfront, PSBJ profiles this challenging 13-storey tower project. The building has been given a new lease of life as it had suffered from significant problems associated with water ingress, excessive solar gain and inadequate lift capacity. The East Wing project was managed by Essentia – Guy’s and St Thomas’ in-house infrastructure provider – and delivered by a team including Lead Building Contractor ISG, Architects Hopkins Architects, Engineering Consultants Arup, and Project Managers Mace. Hopkins’ competition-winning scheme saw the retention and refurbishment of the existing facade and the addition of new glazed cladding creating a double-skinned facade along the building’s western side and two new atria along the east, which house new bed lifts and an art installation by Tsai & Yoshikawa in a dramatic and light-filled environment. Turn to page 8 to see this impressively restored landmark on London’s skyline. Elsewhere in this edition, we bring you the latest high profile case studies and talking points on Drainage & Wastewater, Paints, Coatings & Finishes, Procurement, Lighting, Kitchens, Bathrooms & Washrooms and BIM. You will also find a dedicated focus on each of the four key areas of the public sector build market – Healthcare, Leisure, Housing and Education. I hope you enjoy this issue. Don’t forget you can also access all of the magazine’s features, product news and supplier information at your fingertips via PSBJ’s state-of-the-art app. To download your version free of charge, simply search ‘PSBJ’ on Google play or the App Store.
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08 Upfront East Wing at St Thomas’ Hospital has been given a new lease of life following an extensive revamp.
14 Housing Russell Roof Tiles is demonstrating growth in its sustainable offering, providing multiple sustainable options for the housing sector.
16 Talking Point Andrew Teacher, Managing Director of Blackstock Consulting, responds to the Government’s plans for estate renewal.
18 Technical Focus
Stuart Brown at CA Group explains that when it comes to modern construction methods, insulation is only part of the solution.
Evolution5 discusses how a historic London school was transformed to help address the pressure on education provision.
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Lendlease wins £80m contract with university Lendlease’s construction business has announced it has signed a major new contract with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). Lendlease has been appointed to undertake the enabling works and pre-construction services as principal contractor at the former Royal Mail sorting office at Copperas Hill, which is to be redeveloped into a flagship, state-of-the-art University building. Lendlease is the University’s preferred bidder for the whole project and already has staff on site surveying the existing structure, in order to strip it back to its frame ahead of developing it into a university building. The Copperas Hill development is expected to create a significant focal point for LJMU, and for the area of Liverpool City Centre where it is located, opposite Lime Street Station. It will create a gateway to Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter, and bring together the university’s Mount Pleasant and Byrom Street campuses. The new building will house the University’s three libraries (which will be combined into one facility), a central teaching unit with lecture theatres and seminar rooms, and study zones and IT suites.
Projects, part of the Eric Wright Group, includes part demolition and remodelling of the three-storey Westbury Lodge building. The works, commissioned by Blackpool Council as part of the Local Education Partnership, will provide much-needed accommodation for nearby SEN providers, Park Community Academy and Woodlands Special School and the project is due to complete in April 2016. Westbury Lodge will accommodate up to 50 young people aged between 16 and 19 and include specialist facilities designed for profound complex learning difficulties and education needs, such as severe autism and other rare syndromes. The building had previously been a children’s home before being converted into office space and remained empty until work began at the end of last year. This unique project stems from a shared vision to achieve outstanding outcomes for all youngsters, helping to overcome learning barriers and build better life chances.
Preston duo to develop educational needs facility
Morgan Sindall starts work at new Pines School
A six-figure project to transform a former council office block in Blackpool into a 4,000ft2 facility for youngsters with Special Educational Needs (SEN) is underway. Designed by architectural and planning practice, Cassidy + Ashton, the 18-week project, delivered by Eric Wright Special
Construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall has started work on the new Pines Special Education Needs (SEN) School in Marsh Hill, Birmingham, won under the Constructing West Midlands (CWM) framework for Birmingham City Council (BCC). The CWM framework was
set up by BCC and Acivico and covers the whole of the greater West Midlands region. The school is one of eight that Morgan Sindall will be working on in the region under the framework. The Pines School project comprises a £6.9m refurbishment of the derelict Josiah Mason College and Canavan building on Marsh Hill, which is due to complete in autumn 2016. The project will provide a modernised environment to suit the needs of the 200 reception to key stage six children with SEN. The school will be split across two buildings, both three storeys, and will include new teaching areas, shared halls, dining, kitchen facilities and external play and learning areas. The structure includes a number of sensory spaces that include specialist Speech and Language Therapy and Calm rooms for the children.
Framework success for expanding contractor Preston-headquartered Conlon Construction has secured a place on the North West Construction Hub (NWCH) Low Value Framework, comprising projects valued between £500,000 and £2m. Having been approved by the NWCH to the Medium Value Framework in February 2015, this latest batch of works covers both construct only and design & build projects across the North West of England. Twelve contractors have been selected for the Low Value Framework consisting of 10 lots over five sub-regions. Conlon ranked first in each lot. Speaking of the appointment, Michael Conlon, chairman at the family-run business, said: “Being appointed to frameworks such as these are testament to the quality of work that we deliver and to have been selected for two bands is a great opportunity for the business. “Procurement via frameworks is very common with public sector projects as it delivers greater efficiencies in terms of cost and timescales, so we’re pleased to have been pre-approved for work of this nature across the North West of England.”
Brutalist campus vision continued by new buildings Architect firm Patel Taylor has completed two new buildings at the Essex University campus, a new wing to the Albert Sloman Library and the new Silberrad Student Centre. These two projects have been carefully designed and located as a continuation of the original 1960s utopian masterplan for the university by Architects Cooperative Partnership. Using high quality materials and a calm rational aesthetic, these buildings will set a new standard for student facilities across the campus. The brief received by the architects was for a building that would complement the library and provide 24-hour student services, with integrated media and learning centres. However, Patel Taylor opted to split the purposes of the Library and Student Centre into two separate buildings, creating a landscaped space between, allowing each new building to have its own identity. Andrew Taylor, Director of Patel Taylor said: “The university have shown great vision and ambition for the future development of the campus and we have ensured that the library and student centre live up to these ideals. The original 60s plan placed student life at its heart and we’re now bringing this into the 21st century.”
Turner & Townsend plays key role in hospital redevelopment Global construction consultancy Turner & Townsend has helped the Trust prepare and win approval for the £485m 3Ts Redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital – one of the largest Treasuryfunded NHS projects in recent years. Turner & Townsend has managed the contract and commercial negotiations on the project alongside the main contractor Laing O’Rourke. The consultancy has also been Project Manager, Cost Manager and CDM-adviser on rehousing medical facilities while the redevelopment works take place. Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which started drawing up its Outline Business Case in 2008, was given formal approval by HM Treasury and Department of Health for the 3Ts Redevelopment of the hospital in October last year. The 3Ts Redevelopment is being carried out in three stages so that all the hospital’s clinical services can remain open and on-site throughout the programme. It will replace all the buildings on the front half of the hospital site, including the Barry Building which opened in 1828 – some 20 years before Florence Nightingale started nursing.
A new kind of cultural SARH shortlisted for prestigious crossing The Marylebone Road’s once bleak pedestrian innovation awards underpass has been transformed into an intriguing Wonderpass. Gone are the dingy walls and unreliable lighting: in its place is an engaging cultural walkway, offering pedestrians an enlightening way to cross the road.
Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) was shortlisted in two high-profile categories at the Housing Innovation Awards, with the transformation of the Penkside area of Stafford firmly in the spotlight. Known as ‘Total Place’, the £6.7m project caught the attention of judges in the Most Innovative Regeneration Scheme category, whilst the housing association’s Community Learning Programme, engagement days and estate ‘walkabouts’ saw it shortlisted for a Most Innovative Use of Community Engagement Award. Alongside a wide range of workshops and events, customer engagement runs through all levels of the organisation. Whilst Customer Inspectors play a vital scrutiny role, and make recommendations when they see room for improvement, the Customer Board focuses on improving landlord services.
Part optical illusion, part local encyclopedia, part gallery, The Wonderpass introduces a new kind of urban crossing – one that actually encourages lingering en route. The walkthrough experience includes five Cabinets of Wonder. Each invites the passer-by to peek inside to learn about Baker Street’s rich cultural history and has been designed in partnership with a local cultural attraction. The Wonderpass has been commissioned by the Baker Street Quarter Partnership and funded by Transport for London and Westminster City Council through the Bryanston & Dorset, Marylebone High Street and Regent’s Park Ward contributions. The Wonderpass is produced by Sing London, the participatory arts organisation that brought pianos, ping pong and Talking Statues to the streets of London.
A Staffordshire-based housing association was in the running for two prestigious industry awards for its commitment to regeneration and the innovative ways it engages with local communities.
LEP to deliver facilities at Ebbsfleet Garden City Lee Evans Partnership (LEP) is working with Land Securities and the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC) to deliver the next phase of the Ebbsfleet Garden City. The area, known as Castle Hill South, includes the first Local Neighbourhood Centre and comprises over 150 new homes, a 2FE primary school and a community centre along with associated commercial and community facilities. Alongside landowners and developers, LEP is working in line with the government’s objectives of creating highquality housing and communities supported by local employment opportunities, infrastructure and recreational amenities. LEP has carried out proving layouts for a total of 375 affordable housing units on behalf of Circle Housing, and planning permission has just been granted by Dartford Council for Phase 1 of the scheme, totalling 165 units. LEP’s application followed detailed discussions with Dartford Council and the EDC, as well as a public consultation with local residents in the Ebbsfleet district. The LEP Planning & Architecture teams are also working alongside Newcrest Estates Limited to develop the Castle Hill Neighbourhood Centre, which will include shops, a pub hotel, apartments, cafes, health centre and a convenience store.
FACT FILE: Client: Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Architects: Hopkins Architects Building Contractor: ISG Project Manager: Mace
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Engineering Consultants: Arup
NEW LANDMARK ON LONDON SKYLINE
East Wing at St Thomas’ Hospital has been a feature of the London skyline since it first opened to patients in 1966 and now the 13-storey tower has been given a new lease of life following an extensive revamp.
Project: St Thomas’ Hospital Location: London Architect: Hopkins Architects
Aquatic Flora I & II was chosen by the public and has been funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity
Image courtesy of Janie Airey Glazed cladding creates a double-skinned facade along the building’s western side
the T-shaped tower, which was originally built in the 1960s and suffered from significant problems associated with water ingress, excessive solar gain and inadequate lift capacity. Its redevelopment has allowed the hospital to improve both patient care and the working environment for staff in one of the UK’s largest hospitals.
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The East Wing project was managed by Essentia – Guy’s and St Thomas’ in-house infrastructure provider – and delivered by a team including Lead Building Contractor ISG, Architects Hopkins Architects, Engineering Consultants Arup, and Project Managers Mace. An innovative design solution, developed jointly by Arup, Hopkins and ISG, allowed the hospital to refurbish rather than empty, demolish and rebuild. Michael Taylor, Senior Partner at Hopkins Architects, comments: “Although it was in a bad state of repair when we started the project, nonetheless the original T-shaped East Wing building was clad with high quality materials – slate, stainless steel, hardwood and ceramic tiles. “We elected to carefully refurbish these, rather than replace them, and to provide protection from the elements with a new outer skin of glass which we pulled away from the facade to create two new triangular atria. “Extending the life of the building like this was much more sustainable than a new build and it allowed continued use of the wards, which was of utmost importance to the Trust on this tight urban site.” Hopkins’ competition-winning scheme saw the retention and
ST THOMAS’ HOSPITAL: EAST WING SITE PLAN
Upfront Image courtesy of Janie Airey
house new bed lifts and an art installation by Tsai & Yoshikawa in a dramatic and light-filled environment. The art installation – Aquatic Flora I & II – was chosen by the public and has been funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. It
East Wing at St Thomas’ Hospital has been a feature of the London skyline since it first opened to patients in 1966
features two large, nine-storey high vertical botanical forms which are artistic alternatives to the fish tanks commonly found in hospital waiting rooms. Image courtesy of Janie Airey
refurbishment of the existing facade (made of natural slate, teak, stainless steel and ceramic tiles) and the addition of new glazed cladding creating a double-skinned facade along the building’s western side and two new atria along the east, which
Two new atria house new bed lifts and an art installation
The addition of two new lifts are essential for critically ill patients who need to be transferred from the hospital’s A&E department to the intensive care units and inpatient wards in East Wing. The challenge of the East Wing project was to carry out the work with minimal disruption while clinical services, which include two intensive care units and 200 inpatient beds, continued to function as part of a busy city hospital. Steve McGuire, Director of Essentia at Guy’s and St Thomas’, says: "East Wing is home to some of the most important clinical services at St Thomas’, caring for some of our sickest patients. The rationale for the East wing project was simple – the building was leaking, it wasn’t energy efficient, and the lifts to take patients from A&E to intensive care and wards were not fit for purpose, and so a complete overhaul was needed. “Improving our infrastructure without disrupting patient care is a key priority and we are very proud that the East Wing project was completed without cancelling any appointments or treatments.” Stuart Deverill, ISG’s Southern Regional Manager Director, comments: “This complex and logistically challenging project has been a triumph of careful planning and considerate execution. Strong partnerships have been integral to the delivery of the East Wing scheme and we are delighted to have led the construction on this transformational project for the Trust.”
Upfront Image courtesy of Janie Airey
The original T-shaped East Wing building was clad with high quality materials – slate, stainless steel, hardwood and ceramic tiles
5m ST THOMAS’ HOSPITAL: EAST WING SOUTH ELEVATION St Thomas’ Hospital: East Wing South Elevation
ST THOMAS’ HOSPITAL: EAST WING
St Thomas’ Hospital: East Wing West Elevation
Lynne Tyas, Project Director at Mace, comments: “With more than 50 significant stakeholders, communication was always one of the key challenges. Extensive dialogue and surveys, including noise and disruption, during the pre-construction stage were critical to ensuring there was minimal disruption during construction. “The strategies developed and widely shared with the clinical teams instilled confidence that their needs had been understood and accommodated. This proved to be the cornerstone of the project.” Patricia Johnstone, Director and UKMEA board member for Arup, comments: “Our challenge was to help develop a costeffective, buildable design for a highly complex and constrained site. We needed to thoroughly renew the exterior of East Wing without disrupting the building’s intensive care units and wards. Arup’s team of building, facade, geotechnical and fire engineers are proud to have contributed to the creation of a better functioning and more attractive East Wing – one that clearly offers an improved environment for patients and staff.”
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Despite a difficult economic climate, social housing projects are gathering pace with recent figures showing a total of 66,640 affordable homes were built in England in 2014-15, 55% higher than in 2013-14.
topic high on the O neaffordable housing agenda is sustainability, and one supplier is demonstrating considerable growth in its sustainable offering, providing multiple sustainable options for the affordable housing sector. Russell Roof Tiles is the third largest manufacturer of roof tiles in the UK. The company recently became the only British roof tile manufacturer to have achieved an 'Excellent' rating for responsible sourcing and is a pioneer for sustainability within its sector and the larger housebuilding community. The manufacturer has recently been involved in a social housing project in Cambridgeshire.
Like many other cities within the UK, Cambridge is thriving and has become one of the most popular places to live in the country. Due to the significant growth within Cambridge, Cambridgeshire County Councilâ€™s 2012-2015 Housing Strategy Document aims to provide around 1300 much needed new, affordable homes between 2011 and 2015 for people who are on the full range of incomes in order to meet the demand for housing. According to the Housing Strategy Document most of the affordable housing planned will be provided by Housing Associations. However, as well as working closely with those
providers, the Council has also embarked on a programme of developing its own Affordable Housing. A significant Cambridge housing project has gone some way towards meeting the targets laid out by the County Council. 20 homes have been built on the council owned site, under a partnership between Cambridge County Council and Keepmoat, a national market leader in sustainable community regeneration and housing. Russell Roof Tiles, a leading independent manufacturer of a range of concrete roof tiles and fittings, had its Galloway tiles specified for this development due to the security and durability
Project: Affordable housing Location: Cambridgeshire Local Authority: Cambridge County Council
Russell Roof Tiles had its Galloway tiles specified for this development due to the security and durability of their interlocking design
of their interlocking design and the company worked closely with roofers Russell Roofing on the project. Galloway is a thin leading edge flat interlocking roof tile which has the appearance of a slate when laid broken bonded. Galloway is part of a series of thinner tiles that use 15% less raw materials than standard concrete roof tiles. The thinner design also makes them an aesthetic substitute for slate. As they are thinner, this also means that more can be packed onto a pallet meaning a lower carbon footprint when transporting them to site. Russell Roof Tiles was one of the first manufacturers to
The tiles fulfilled Cambridge County Council’s aims of building high-quality homes that are sustainable in the long-term
market with thin leading edge designs – responding to local authority planning requirements for a thinner profile. Russell Roof Tiles now has four thin leading edge products in total Galloway, Lothian, Polden and Moray produced in 13 shades. Thin Leading Edge tiles were created to be approximately half the thickness of standard concrete tile and are on average are 50% less than the cost of
most slate roofs. Concrete tiles are a long life, durable product which requires minimal maintenance once installed, which means they are more financially viable for social landlords as the cost is considerably lower over the lifespan of the roof. Whilst on this particular project the tiles also fulfilled Cambridge County Council’s aims of building high-quality homes that are
sustainable in the long-term. Product specification is the key to sustainable social housing. Whatever the method of construction, to assess the true sustainability credentials of a building, it’s important to take into consideration the wholelife environmental impact of the building products specified. Sustainable building products need to offer durability and longevity, not just low
A significant Cambridge housing project has gone some way towards meeting the targets laid out by the County Council
embodied energy. A roof is an essential element in the overall design of any home. As an integral part of the structure of a building, the materials used have the ability to alter the overall sustainability factor of a property. As roofing product development has evolved, the evidence suggests that concrete roof tiles are a far more sustainable option. Costing less both financially and environmentally. Andrew Hayward, Managing Director at Russell Roof Tiles, comments: “The developments across Cambridge has been brilliant to work on. Russell Roof Tiles makes every effort possible to provide sustainable, quality products for many social housing projects and it has been a delight to work on this development which provides so much opportunity for growth for the community. “Russell Roof Tiles is accredited with ‘Excellent’ for BES 6001: Issue 3, showing how serious we are about investing in sustainability right across our procurement process, from raw materials through to energy management throughout our production factories.” Using modern techniques now enables manufacturers like Russell Roof Tiles to replicate the traditional character of regional clay colours and profiles but with all the long term added benefits of concrete. Russell Roof Tiles’ ranges of slate and clay effect roof tiles are sympathetic to local materials and are more economic and sustainable than traditional materials. Its dry fix products are all fully compliant with the British Standard Code of practice for tiling and slating (BS 5534:2014). Russell Roof Tiles is currently working with a number of housing associations across the UK on a variety of social and extra care projects. It’s crucial that as the affordable housing landscape evolves, local authorities continue to work alongside housing associations to deliver more affordable housing and that sustainability remains high on the agenda for developers and tenants alike.
THE ESTATE WE’RE IN
The development includes a building designed specifically for families, a first for the UK property market
Andrew Teacher, Managing Director of Blackstock Consulting, responds to the Government’s plans for estate renewal. politicians have W hat ignored for decades is that poor housing is the root cause of many of society’s ills, something the Prime Minister has admitted. While Tony Blair’s Government did much to address Britain’s inner-city problems, it failed to fix housing. And despite dozens of announcements – and record low interest rates to borrow at – the State has not taken a major role in development since the 1980s. January’s announcement of plans to redevelop Britain’s sink estates through the setting up of an investment fund should be universally welcomed. As I’ve said on Sky News, the reality is that £140m alone is like a pinch of salt in the Atlantic when it comes to the amount of cash we need. Therefore, the key to this will be having the right structures in place to attract pension fund
investment, as the Government has suggested. There has been no better time for this: institutions have stayed away from residential property for over a generation. But poor performance of traditional investments – like bonds and equities – have made them look twice at price. It’s more stable, offers solid, often index-linked returns, and can help plug the gaps many pension funds have in their books through long-term capital growth. But pension funds hate risk. And there’s nothing riskier than construction and planning. Ensuring these projects can be adequately de-risked will be essential. Another critical element will be the rights of residents to return – something else that the government’s statement addresses. As I have written about
before in Inside Housing, largescale social housing regeneration projects often fail to put enough social housing back. Ensuring residents not only have the right to return but can afford to do so will be the key point here. We should see a commitment around having the same proportions of homes at subsidised rents for those who truly need them (rather than those people with jobs who have never bothered to let the councils know).
Creekside Wharf scheme Getting the mix of affordable and market rented homes right should not be too difficult. It’s already being done as we speak: private companies are now becoming the biggest delivery vehicles for affordable rented homes. In Greenwich, Essential Living, the UK’s first developer and operator of homes for rent,
Andrew Teacher, Blackstock’s founder, is an experienced journalist, editor and broadcaster with more than 15 years’ experience in the media, business and politics, who regularly appears as a market commentator on property and retail.
This is the kind of capital the prime minister is talking about harvesting through its £140m fund. He should invite these guys in for a cup of tea. In conclusion and as is ever the case, the key to this will be the detail. But the intent is laudable and the Government’s track record of promoting institutional investment in strong. Its Build to Rent Fund has helped cut the costs of developing for rent, for example.
The right advice
Creekside Wharf, situated in a unique location on Deptford Creek just 500m from Greenwich town centre, gained planning approval in July 2015 for the delivery of 249 new homes
Completion of Creekside Wharf is envisaged in mid-2018
won planning consent for 249 homes with a quarter to be for discount market rent. The rents will be between 55% and 75% of market value and will be pepperpotted within the scheme. The Creekside Wharf scheme won the Sunday Times Homes awards for Best Housing Project and was lauded by the Labour council for being “innovative” and “community-focused”. Proposals by Essential Living for a major 500 home regeneration scheme in west London at the Perfume Factory, part of the Old Oak Common regeneration zone, will be considered by Ealing Council with a similar offering of discount market rent homes. Up the road, also in Acton, HUB, a residential developer, is doing the same in its scheme funded by M&G Real Estate, one of the UK’s oldest institutions.
Up until now, the Government’s focus has been on promoting home ownership at all costs. In spite of warnings from the Bank of England (and anyone else who lived through the 2008 crash) that spiraling debt is risky, a barrage of proposals encouraging first time buyers to take out hefty mortgages with 5% deposits have come forward. This is short sighted. A greater focus on Build to Rent should be promoted by the prime minister, not least because companies like Essential Living, who are backed by London-based M3 Capital Partners, who manage global institutional capital, are already doing the sort of thing they are now promoting. Other major businesses like Legal & General and Greystar, an American developer and operator backed by global capital, are also entering the market in Britain.
Fizzy Living, another Build to Rent brand, are backed by Middle Eastern cash. The future of funding the homes we need will very much be in the hands of global players – not the same old housebuilders whose stock rises and falls in line with the economy. We need new ideas and above all, new money which can take a long term view, not a threeyear view in line with what shareholders demand. As the report I authored last August (“Funding Britain’s Rental Revolution”) showed, major investors are queuing up to come into the sector. Published by Addleshaw Goddard and the BPF, the report was widely covered by the FT, WSJ, BBC1 Breakfast and Radio 4. It noted that £30bn of institutional investment was already on the table. More recent estimates put this at £50bn.
Yet there are several things that need to happen for this to succeed. It will need the right structures in place to attract pension fund cash. Having the right advice here is key: they must seek advice from those who have already done this. Building large scale developments for market-price rent also needs to be prioritised. The prime minister cannot ignore this any longer. His housing minister Brandon Lewis has been highly supportive of Build to Rent. But many councils don’t have a clue. This has to change. Ensuring residents can actually afford to live in redeveloped estates is crucial if we’re to preserve the social fabric of our communities. All too often developers come in, cash out and shift people far away. This is morally wrong and highly unfair. It’s good to see this has been recognised. Finally, as Labour’s Lord Adonis said, we must build higher, getting away from silly rules preventing height and nimby attitudes against change. Many people in the Conservative Party itself oppose high density development, but it is the only way to do this. If you want to do more with the same space you have to build up. However, estate renewal makes far more sense than build outwards on green field land, creating more urban sprawl. In Michael Heseltine, the man who oversaw the regeneration of London’s docks in the 1980s, there’s nobody better-placed to manage this process. Let’s just hope he’s looking forwards and outwards at the solutions which are largely already in front of us.
A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO THERMAL PERFORMANCE When considering how best to improve the thermal performance of today’s buildings, insulation plays a significant role. However, according to Stuart Brown, Development Director for building envelope specialist CA Group Limited, when it comes to modern construction methods, insulation is only part of the solution. construction M odern methods take a far more holistic approach to the issue of ‘thermal performance’. It is no longer just a case of adding more and more insulation to improve a building’s performance, indeed since the introduction in 2002 of the Part L2A England and Wales regulation change, which required a 0.25W/m²K roof and 0.35W/m²K wall, it was agreed by academia and industry alike that we had almost reached the point of diminishing return. Yes, more insulation could be added, but its contribution in reducing CO2 emissions was minimal and, in fact, the act of increasing the
amount of insulation present in the building was beginning to have a negative impact in terms of increasing the embodied carbon of the overall build. In other words, the deeper the insulation, the more weight is added to the supporting structure, extending build programmes, escalating overall costs, reducing return and making projects less appealing from an investment perspective. So, if more insulation isn’t the answer, what is? Tests have proven that one of the primary causes of heat loss from a building is poor detailing. These details include junctions and
interfaces such as drip flashings, gutters and parapets which, when poorly designed and installed, can lead to significant
Thermally broken drip detail
When considering how best to improve the thermal performance of today’s buildings, insulation plays a significant role
levels of thermal bridging, the transference of heat from the inside of a building to the outside. To put this into context, some details such as drip flashings, which run around the entire perimeter of the building at the base of the walls can, if they are not designed and installed with care, act as huge heat conductors, drawing heat from the warm interior and allowing it
Technical Focus The issue of improved airtightness has become a key focus for developers and architects
to be wasted, by passing to the exterior of the building envelope. Thermal bridging also increases the risk of condensation inside the building. As a result of this phenomenon, the issue of improved airtightness has become a key focus for developers and architects, both in striving to deliver increasingly efficient buildings for their clients and in meeting the everdemanding enhancements to building regulations.
Direct savings Pre-empting the issue at the building’s conception through the specification of thermally robust details, which mitigate this ‘heat-sink’ effect, can deliver a significant thermal performance increase, with previous schemes having seen benefits of up to 10%. This translates into a direct saving on the building’s energy consumption, reducing PSI values and greatly enhancing compliance with building regulations. From the perspective of airtightness, robust detailing can deliver a reduction in a building’s associated heat loss by as much as 30%. This realisation has led to some building envelope specialists assigning technical teams to develop a ‘gold standard’
which highlights precise detail specifications, along with their individual U and Psi values. This information can be included in the building’s SBEM (Simplified Building Energy Model) calculation, which is required for all buildings being constructed today in the UK. In some cases, these details are delivered as standard, at no extra cost. However, where a choice of ‘standard’ and ‘enhanced’ details are on offer, the architect should carefully examine the options to determine which will provide the greatest protection against air leakage, prior to agreeing the specification. By taking a holistic approach, the developer can improve on the notional building, as described in the national calculation methodology, without any increase in cost. In fact, because improved thermal detailing does not require additional weight to be put on the roof and walls, the size of the rafters, purlins and rails does not need to be increased. All of this contributes to enhancing the building’s thermal performance while at the same time improving the overall build programme, which reduces prelims and attendances.
A typical drip detail, with a drip flashing pinned to the base cladding rail will produce a psi-value of approximately 1.60W/mK
With properly designed details, a psi-value could be as low as 0.00W/mK
A building with an inboard boundary wall gutter, complete with 1.1m high parapet will produce a psi-value similar to the drip detail of 1.60W/mK
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A BIM READY BRITAIN
The industry should set its sights on the long term goal with April 2016 as the starting point for our journey towards a Digital Built Britain
Martin Howe, National BIM Manager of SES Engineering Services (SES), talks to Public Sector Build Journal about inspiring, educating and enabling firms of all sizes to see the true business benefits of BIM.
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the public sector are ‘BIM ready’ and the industry is way behind the Government’s BIM timetable. That’s the widely reported headline from the latest major industry survey by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA). At face value, it’s certainly a worrying statistic. While we should now be turning the final corner in a concerted effort to meet the 2016 deadline for the mandatory use of ‘BIM Level 2’ on all Whitehall-procured contracts, you’d be hard-pushed to find a commentator who doesn’t think the industry collectively still has many challenges to overcome. We at SES strongly believe it’s time to instead dedicate our collective efforts to inspiring, educating and enabling firms of all sizes to see the true business benefits of BIM. It’s already clear from the ECA’s report that ‘awareness’ of BIM is high with nearly two-thirds of respondents saying that BIM Level 2 will be ‘good for the sector’ and 57% acknowledging it will shape the ‘future for building services’. One project on which BIM was invaluable for SES was the circa £4m contract to deliver full M&E services on the Centre for Process
Innovation’s National Biologics Manufacturing Centre (NBMC) in Darlington – a scheme led by Interserve. Object based modelling allowed the complex MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) systems to be coordinated, pre-fabricated and installed with exceptionally high levels of accuracy in collaboration with all project stakeholders; optimising efficiency and maximising value for both SES and the client. Through our commitment to the use of BIM on the CPI NBMC project, we estimate that, in terms of true value, the BIM process actually paid for itself through the mitigation of risk and improvements to business process efficiency. The 2015 NBS National BIM Report identified two of the main barriers for uptake of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as cost and client demand. It could be argued that the two are inextricably linked. Until the construction industry supply chain embraces new processes and technology to maximise business efficiency, reduces costs and increases profitability and value, our clients will not demand BIM. Now that BIM processes are fully implemented on all SES
projects, we are able to save several thousand man hours per annum, a figure which has been measured and quantified to demonstrate return on investment. As a direct consequence, SES are able to deliver: Enhanced interoperability and early collaboration of all project stakeholders Incorporation of best practice engineered solutions prior to arriving on site Maximised opportunities for offsite manufacture leading to less waste, increased safety and reduction of on-site labour and programme Reduced profit leakage through minimising rework and redesign, loss of productivity, late procurement decisions, snagging and defects Maximised time on site to manage health and safety, quality, labour, productivity, main contractor relationships and Soft Landings Our message is that the benefits of BIM are manifold and as we have seen at SES the adoption of new technology, process and culture does bring about increased efficiency and value. However, until there
Martin Howe is the National BIM Manager at SES and has played a central role in developing their BIM systems to ensure they are at the forefront of industry capability. is widespread and uniform adoption across the whole supply chain, our industry will not be able to realise the true potential of BIM. With this in mind we need advocacy from those who have made the transition, clear case studies showing return on investment and continued support and guidance from Government. With this in mind, our industry should set its sights on the long term goal with April 2016 as the starting point for our journey towards a Digital Built Britain.
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DUAL SITE SCHOOL TRANSFORMED
Project: The John Roan school Location: Royal Borough of Greenwich Images: Hufton+Crow
The scheme has created spacious, well-lit buildings that offer high quality facilities for both vocational and academic learning
In this article, Jamie Barrett, Managing Director of construction consultancy Evolution5, looks at how a historic school in London was transformed to help address the increasing pressure on education provision in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and considers some of the lessons learned from its project management. has one of G reenwich the fastest-growing
The original school, which was built in 1928 and is a neo-classical Grade II listed building, is at Maze Hill
school-age populations in the UK. This project was required to help address the increasing pressure on education provision in the area. The John Roan School is a secondary school, which dates back to 1677. It occupies two sites adjacent to Greenwich Park â€“ the lower school was located at Westcombe Park and the original school which was built in 1928 and is a neoclassical Grade II listed building, is at Maze Hill. State-of-the-art teaching facilities and flexible, transformational and inspiring learning environments were required to take the school into
the next century and expand places to 1400 pupils including 350 for sixth form students.
A three-phase solution Evolution5 was appointed to provide project management and cost management services to redevelop The John Roan School sites through Greenwich Councilâ€™s strategic partnership arrangement with Babcock International. The scheme was a complex, two-year new build, refurbishment and extension programme. It has created spacious, well-lit buildings that offer high quality facilities for both vocational and academic learning.
Remodelling and extension The listed building at Maze Hill was extensively and sensitively remodelled and extended to improve the classrooms and circulation areas, and to create new social, dining and learning spaces in one of the internal courtyards covered with an ETFE ‘floating pillow’ roof. A dedicated sixth form centre and ICT facilities have also been added.
Demolition and redevelopment The building at Westcombe Park was completely demolished and replaced with a new purposebuilt, three-storey 7845m2 school for years 9, 10 and 11. Decant sports accommodation was also provided during the build programme. The finished campus now accommodates general classrooms, design and technology laboratories, and an entrance atrium with stepped seating to create a performance space linked to the main curriculum and sports wings. There are multi-purpose and open-plan spaces for use as an open learning resource centre and break-out study areas; a winter garden, and drama and activities studios. A sports and amenity building doubles as a valuable community facility.
Refurbishment programme An unused school building at Royal Hill was refurbished to provide an interim decant facility for John Roan year 10 and 11 students. On completion of the new school at Westcombe Park, the Royal Hill scheme was upgraded and converted for
The building at Westcombe Park was completely demolished and replaced with a new purpose-built school
occupation by James Wolfe Primary School.
A highly complex project The redevelopment of The John Roan School was highly complex and involved many challenges: Children could not be displaced and teaching had to remain uninterrupted throughout, despite working in a live school environment during each phase. This involved moving year groups around and noise levels were carefully managed. During exam periods, construction activity levels were halted and then accelerated to maintain programme. This was a multi-stakeholder project which required continuous liaison and dialogue between different parties.
Managing the design and installation of a lightweight, transparent ETFE roof at Maze Hill connected to the listed building on three sides involved multiple agreements, a high degree of consultation with different interested parties and a visit to another application of this structure to inform the project management of the process. All finishes had to be signed off by the school before design close. To achieve this samples of furniture, wall colours, fixtures and fittings were obtained and ‘mock’ classroom areas created to attain feedback and a high degree of engagement with teaching staff. School technology was constantly evolving, with initial designs incorporating projectors, which moved to interactive white boards and finally touch screens. The construction budget was constrained and various funding streams had to be managed.
The listed building at Maze Hill was extensively and sensitively remodelled
Consistent and regular communications are essential on a project of this scale and with so many stakeholders and in the context of having to manage constantly changing requirements from the school. Site walks throughout the construction process were very useful to inform everyone what was taking place and when. Evolution5 conducted monthly meetings with school governors and took senior management
around the new buildings when it was safe to do so. These initiatives worked very well. The sample classrooms were invaluable in helping to obtain informed and constructive feedback on design detailing from teaching staff, whilst effectively managing the school’s expectations.
The client’s perspective Andrew Carr, Contracts Manager, Royal Borough of Greenwich Council, said: “We were kept up-to-date at every stage and the project management of this highly complex school redevelopment was excellent. The approach to communication was really helpful and we could pinpoint the project’s progress precisely, at any point. The consultancy team was fast to respond to any challenges and engaged with us at every level. They were extremely thorough, identifying any issues and the most appropriate solution. They did a great job on this challenging scheme and we can’t think of any areas they could improve on.” At the opening, Des Malone, Head Teacher of The John Roan School, said: “This is a landmark for The John Roan which opens our outstanding buildings fit for 21st century learning. We are all immensely proud of our very special school.”
Drainage & Wastewater
DEBUNKING PERMEABLE PAVING MYTHS
Priora Permeable Paving
As we continue to develop over green land, we are fundamentally altering the way rainwater affects our landscapes. Increased levels of impermeable, hard standing areas intercept and redirect surface water run-off before it has a chance to infiltrate naturally into the ground. This creates a number of problems, which are likely to get worse as global development continues. paving P ermeable combines hard standing
DRIVESETT TEGULA PRIORA Designed to allow rainfall to permeate immediately through the surface
with a proven Sustainable Drainage System (or SuDS), and works in a very different way to traditional paving. It is designed to allow rainfall to permeate immediately through the surface near to where the raindrop lands – so surface ponding is completely eradicated without the need for an additional channel drainage system. The water flows into a specially prepared sub-base, where the voids between the stones act as a temporary reservoir. During a rainstorm, the water is collected in the sub-base before it is released slowly, either by natural infiltration into the ground beneath the pavement, into the main sewer at a controlled rate via a flow restrictor, or a combination of both.
However, many are still wary about implementing permeable paving due to some common misconceptions. It is important to eradicate these modern day myths, as flooding is becoming an increasing concern for many, and when planning a construction project which involves hard landscaping it is vital to take drainage into consideration – even if the build isn’t taking place in a flood risk area. Preventing excess water run-off in all areas reduces the worst of the effects for areas which will be affected downstream. Marshalls’ water expert Chris Griffiths discusses some of the many commonly-held misconceptions surrounding permeable paving, and how developers shouldn’t fear using this product:
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it’s difficult to access and clear the underground pipes. Should permeable paving require any kind of maintenance, a surface brushing is all that’s required, so ongoing maintenance costs of permeable paving are usually lower than impermeable alternatives. 5 Can’t use permeable paving in heavy loaded areas
Work Marshalls has undertaken with Professor John Knapton has proven that permeable paving can certainly be used in heavy loaded areas. Our research (which comprised a combination of desktop studies, field testing process and in-situ performance data) proved that Priora blocks interlock better than standard block paving – reducing the pressure on the sub base by up to 40%. This makes permeable paving an excellent solution for heavy loading areas regardless of its hydraulic advantages. We have numerous case studies where Marshalls’ Priora paving blocks support the heaviest loads on the road. 6 Lack of aesthetic options Mistral Priora, Silver Grey, Skinners’ Academy, North London
1 Cannot be used on clay soils
It is commonly believed that because clay is dense and difficult for water to permeate, stored rainwater will ‘back up’ and fill up the sub base. This situation can be avoided using simple engineering. When the ground isn’t sufficiently porous to allow the stored water to infiltrate into the ground quickly enough, the sub-base can be tanked and outflow pipes installed to release the water to a specified location or watercourse at a controlled rate. The aperture of pipe dictates the rate at which the excess is released. This kind of tanked system (making up approximately 50% of Marshalls systems) can be used regardless of the ground conditions, and still slows the flow, holds back and cleans the water. 2 Damaged by frost/ freezing in winter
Any surfacing product which is slightly absorbent can potentially
suffer with frost during the winter months, as water collects in voids in the surface and then expands when it freezes – thus ‘blowing apart’ the surface. However, with permeable block paving, water never sits on the surface for long enough to freeze, as it flows quickly down the voids and into the sub base. This is not always the case with permeable macadam or permeable concrete, where the voids in the material are far smaller and therefore likely to collect rainwater. 3 Clog easily and stop working
We have been installing permeable paving for over 15 years and in all that time we have never experienced any issues with clogging. Even if mud or weeds appear to have blocked the voids, it’s important to remember that these aren’t impermeable materials! The gaps between Marshalls Priora blocks have been engineered to be far wider than they need to
be, so even when they appear to be clogged, water will still find its way quickly through to the sub-base. Even if the worst were to happen and a local area of a permeable pavement were clogged with some kind of impermeable material (a concrete spillage, perhaps), the water would flow to the nearest area that’s not clogged and infiltrate there. 4
Expensive to buy
As with any project, you have to compare the total cost of a system rather than just the surfacing product. Priced on a per metre basis, permeable blocks may be slightly more expensive than an equivalent area macadam surface, but when other factors such as linear drainage and water storage are factored in, permeable and nonpermeable paving projects work out at broadly the same cost. However, when linear drainage gets blocked, the rectification costs are significant because
Permeable paving now comes in a variety of colours and plan sizes, so there really will be a paving option suitable for every project. Marshalls offers many different types of permeable paving in numerous colourways in both block and flag sizes. In short, the management of surface water needs to be considered at the start of every build project in order to slow the flow and hold excess water back in the most effective manner. Ignoring the issue altogether or being cautious about implementing new SuDs solutions will only increase flood risk for catchments downstream. There’s no doubt that using green space and natural ‘soft’ SuDS solutions are the ideal way for water to be managed, but for trafficked urban areas which require hard landscaping, permeable block pavements are a pragmatic, dual purpose alternative which are easy to install and maintain.
INTELLIGENT HOSPITAL INFRASTRUCTURE
Project: Musgrove Park Hospital Location: Taunton, Somerset Predicted savings: £17m over 20 years
Chris Needham, Healthcare Solutions Lead at Schneider Electric discusses the role of HVAC in infrastructure for modern healthcare delivery and patient wellbeing.
The upgrades at Musgrove Park Hospital included free cooling alterations to remove mechanical cooling requirements
ospitals are the second most energy-intensive buildings to run after restaurants. Globally, the cost of operating healthcare sites, including energy costs, are on the rise. Whether building a new hospital, or retrofitting an existing facility, hospitals are under mounting pressure to do more with less, while also complying with strict regulations, ever-changing technology, plus health and safety measures. The Centre for Sustainable
Energy recently found that UK hospitals are one of the highest average carbon dioxide emitters in the country. In fact, energy alone makes up almost one quarter of the National Health Service (NHS) carbon footprint. At the core of this efficiency problem are outdated and siloed processes, along with legacy systems. Fortunately, new advances in technology now make it possible to integrate traditionally separate facility systems together to
form an “intelligent” hospital infrastructure. As a result, significant improvements in patient safety and outcomes and reductions in operational costs are possible. Through the use of intelligent infrastructure, hospitals can manage everything from HVAC to lighting to CCTV, patient journeys and valuable medical equipment assets. This improves both the environment of care and the bottom line. It’s vital that these platforms are flexible, scalable and repeatable, whilst delivering the right information, to the right people, at the right time.
Cross-system communication Acting as a central nervous system for the hospital an intelligent technology infrastructure integrates traditionally disparate systems. Power, building management, security and IT can be integrated to enable cross-system communication, as well as real-time monitoring, optimisation and automation. When a hospital’s systems can “talk” with each other without the need for complex interfaces, the resilience of the infrastructure
as a whole is strengthened and provides access to greater information and intelligence, leading to more effective use of all resources. Additionally, actionable information and real insight is provided by tools like Schneider Electric’s Power Monitoring Expert help manage power quality performance, and improve financial performance, energy availability and patient safety in healthcare facilities Constant power monitoring that provides real time status is vital to ensure network recovery time is reduced in case of a fault. This includes identifying and focusing on the most sensitive parts of the network as well as ensuring that standby system is consistently and effectively tested, thereby reinforcing predictive maintenance. Effectively managing heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions is the foundation for taking control of energy usage in a building, and optimising environments for enhanced performance and energy efficiency. In hospitals they are a vital part of the infrastructure and very high standards of design
Healthcare Hospitals are the second most energy-intensive buildings to run after restaurants
and operation are mandated as part of the government’s Health Technical Memorandum 00. HVAC controls connect to and are controlled by Building Management Systems (BMS) and respond to environmental conditions such as temperature, moisture and CO2. In hospitals, certain types of rooms have specialist HVAC pressure requirements. For example, operating rooms and ICUs may employ a positive pressure regime to help to reduce the risk of airborne infection, while isolation rooms may require negative pressure to prevent the spread of airborne pathogens. As HVAC is often responsible for over 40% of energy usage in any given building, in hospitals particularly, it is one of the areas where the most savings can be made. These savings vary depending on the equipment being controlled as well as the existing state of energy conservation technologies. Experience suggests that savings of between 15-30% are achievable in most cases. As an example, Schneider Electric is working with Musgrove Park Hospital, part of the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust to implement 180 technical energy saving solutions. These will save the hospital £17m over 20 years. This is as a result of reducing the hospitals’ energy consumption by more than 40%. One part of the project was a full overhaul of the
HVAC system including variable speed drives and control on air handling units and pumps. The upgrades included free cooling alterations to remove mechanical cooling requirements. Hospitals demand consistent and constantly available power to ensure safe, efficient and cost effective operations. Although the installation and management of critical power environments are both complicated and costly, losing the power supply simply isn’t an option when patients’ lives are on the line.
Critical power Hospitals are often directly connected to electricity substations to minimise the risk of power cuts. Nonetheless, it’s vital that hospitals have a power outage solution in place, which monitors critical power availability, power quality and schedules in maintenance at the most appropriate time, along with performing real-time diagnostics in the case of a power failure. The challenges faced by healthcare providers means that ensuring operational efficiency is vital. It is imperative that healthcare institutions get a health check of their own as well. This will allow them not only to check whether they are resilient and getting the most of out their infrastructure – but also to check whether they are compliant with the standards in operation. Consultants can help with resilience testing services
Schneider Electric is working with Musgrove Park Hospital, part of the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, to implement 180 technical energy saving solutions
to ensure security and assurance, along with design and audit services to help with upgrading any systems and providing retrofits, as well as providing strategy and advice.
Successful outcomes Understanding the condition and performance of a hospital’s systems and infrastructure is key to improving safety and efficiency. A successful and effective BMS system is at the core of the ability to do just this. The direct implications on health and wellbeing of patients, together with the need to ensure hygiene and cleanliness, and operational considerations make a BMS a significant factor in ensuring successful outcomes of patients. Connected, intelligent controls and equipment can
now deliver greater insight into the performance of hospital facilities and can provide a significant, measurable return on investment. The opportunities for savings that exist cannot be accessed through the traditional building approach as this leads to a hospital infrastructure with disparate systems, duplication of infrastructure and inefficient communication. A significant investment has been made over many years into developing solutions and technologies that can unlock savings, improve operational productivity and patient safety. These solutions are now a reality and are helping healthcare providers do more with less across the world.
CERAMICS PLAY A STARRING ROLE
Project: Multipurpose Educational Hall at the Gavina School Location: Picanya, Valencia
The judges for the Tile of Spain Awards for Architecture and Interior Design, chaired by architect Victor López Cotelo, have chosen the Multipurpose Educational Hall at the Gavina School, in Valencia, by Carmen Martínez Gregori, Carmel Gradolo Martínez and Arturo Sanz Martínez to receive top honours in the Architecture category.
year the prestigious E ach Tile of Spain Awards celebrate the creative and innovative use of Spanish ceramics in interior design and architecture across the world. The panel of judges praised “the simplicity and effectiveness” of this project, highlighting “the smart application of ceramics to resolve acoustic and light control challenges and to create a connection between the interior space and its surroundings”. The construction of the new multipurpose hall for sports and events was part of a recent extension to the Gavina school, which was originally built in the 1980s. The new stand-alone multipurpose structure features a sliding latticework facade made of Estartit by Cerámica
Ferres: square volumetric ceramic pieces enclosed within safety glass discs in a random colour combination, allowing for colourful shadows to be projected into the building.
The brief The architects were approached with the brief for the new school facility back in 2008 and went through a public consultation process involving both teachers and parents. The Gavina school is proud of an active extracurricular programme of sporting competitions and theatrical and musical performances, but the old school building was no longer large enough to accommodate its busy events calendar under one roof. One of the key requirements for the
new hall was versatility and easy adaptation to a variety of uses, from badminton tournaments to theatre productions. The architects also had to take into consideration the aesthetics of the existing 1980s school building and the surrounding rural scenery, and so design a contemporary but visually nonintrusive structure. Maximising sustainability was also a key consideration, in line with the school’s firm commitment to best environmental practices, therefore choosing natural materials that maximise energy efficiency was crucial. Last but not least, the architects had to meet a limited budget of €1.2m for the construction of the new facility and all its finishing touches.
The new hall features a sliding latticework facade constructed from 90m2 of Estartit glass-filled clay blocks by Spanish manufacturer Cerámica Ferres
FACT FILE: Architects: Carmel Gradolí, Arturo Sanz, Carmen Martínez Gregori Structural engineering: VALTER, Valenciana de estructuras Electrical and hydraulic engineering: Pablo Gómez Sanchez Construction Management and Quantity Surveillance: Francisco Vallet Ferrer Client: Escola Gavina Cooperativa Builder: ENSECON, Obras y Servicios
Leisure The Gavina school is proud of an active extracurricular programme of sporting competitions and theatrical and musical performances
The prestigious Tile of Spain Awards celebrate the creative and innovative use of Spanish ceramics
The new stand-alone multipurpose structure features a sliding latticework facade
The careful choice of materials was instrumental to meeting the brief and Spanish ceramics played a starring role. The new hall features a sliding latticework facade constructed from 90m2 of Estartit glass-filled clay blocks by Spanish manufacturer Cerámica Ferres. Each of these volumetric ceramic pieces has a circular cavity in the centre, filled with glass discs in various tones, allowing for colourful shadows to play across the white concrete floor of the hall. “The links with earth and nature were fundamental
and that is why we wanted to preserve the raw clay look of the facade ceramics, rather than go for rich glazes. The choice of colourful glass accents, on the other hand, create a subtly playful touch, making the space inviting for kids without being too overpowering. The building feels almost translucent, while in fact it is a solid structure,” says architect Carmen Martínez Gregori. However, the role of ceramics in this project goes much further than their high-impact aesthetics – they have also allowed for high
levels of acoustic and thermal insulation in the building and thus have increased its energy efficiency in line with the sustainability ethos of the school. Biomass heating was another very important feature introduced by the architects. “One of the engineering ingenuities of this project was allowing the relatively heavyweight ceramics to be mounted onto a series of sliding doors, which nevertheless are light and easy to move when opening up the interior to the sports pitch outside,” explains Gregori. The upper section of the facade features lightweight Perspex, screened behind louvres that span the entire wall and both the
framework and the flooring are finished in white concrete. To visually connect the new building to aspects of the adjacent 1980s original school block, the architects chose to honour both its shape and hue, while offering new structural solutions – such as a sliding ceramic facade and a smart system of internal walls that maximises acoustic absorption. In a contemporary reference to the white plastered brick facade or the original building, the new multipurpose hall features concrete and unglazed ceramics in a complementary colour palette.
Paints, Coatings & Finishes
A HEALTHY COAT More than 13,000 litres of Johnstone’s Trade’s Microbarr Anti-Bacterial Acrylic Matt has been used to deliver a stunning finish at the brand new Alder Hey in the Park hospital in Liverpool.
lder Hey in the Park is a truly world-class, patientfriendly hospital – making a crucial difference to the 270,000 patients and families who visit every year. Its vision is to be an inviting, warm, happy, calming and educational facility and provide a home-from-home for children who need care. Specifying materials that would help that vision become a reality was essential for main contractors, Laing O’Rourke, and architects, BDP (Building Design Partnership). They also needed to ensure that alongside delivering an aesthetically pleasing finish, they specified a high performance
hygiene coating that was fit for the unique issues that a hospital environment brings. This led them to select Johnstone’s Trade’s Microbarr range. The range helps prevent the spread of harmful bacteria that can lead to the proliferation of ‘superbugs’ like MRSA and E.Coli and was the perfect product for a project of this scale and significance. Microbarr Anti-Bacterial Acrylic Matt was applied over the course of the two-year decorating cycle, covering 51,000m2 of walls and ceilings. A wide variety of colours were used throughout the building, including warm grey,
Johnstone’s Trade’s Microbarr range features a high performance hygiene coating
avocado green, yellow, taupe, cobalt blue and olive. This helped to create the inviting atmosphere that was so important to the client and building’s designers. The involvement of Johnstone’s technical advisory department, PPG Extra, from the outset was pivotal to the success of the decoration work, with detailed specifications and colour consultation undertaken with the NHS Trust and architects in the early stages of the project. Ged Couser, Architect Director at BDP, said: “Colour is a critical aspect of the design solution, particularly for the interior spaces and it is used
Project: Alder Hey in the Park Location: Liverpool Architect: Building Design Partnership
Microbarr AntiBacterial Acrylic Matt was applied over the course of the two-year decorating cycle, covering 51,000m2 of walls and ceilings
imaginatively and strategically throughout. For example, it is used to highlight vertical circulation core locations, department receptions and bedroom ward groupings around nurse bases. This contributes to intuitive wayfinding, which is further emphasised by the otherwise neutral background colour to provide contrast. “We wanted to create an environment that was functional and efficient and which responded directly to infection control requirements. However, at the same time we wanted to create a place that lifted the spirits, and where colour was infused into the architecture, interior design, graphics and artwork in an intelligent and creative way.” Products from Johnstone’s Microbarr range have been used across a number of large-scale healthcare projects across the UK, most notably at Southmead Hospital in Bristol. The brand’s unique approach to the psychology of colour was also utilised at St Luke’s Hospital in Bradford recently, where it joined forces with leading artists to create an environment friendly for people with dementia.
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Those responsible for procurement still have to demonstrate that they have carried out appropriate due diligence when selecting a service provider or supplier
Those responsible for procurement in the public sector could claim with some justification that they are in an impossible position. Faced with a series of directives and ideals that are at variance with each other, or even directly contradictory, means toeing a very difficult line. David Stapleton, Chief Executive Officer of TenderSpace, explains more.
n the one hand, financial constraints imposed through both necessity and central Government policy lead to an unrelenting drive for “value for money” and greater efficiencies. And on the other, the laudable but difficult to obtain ideal of reducing bureaucracy for SMEs and allowing greater access to public sector procurement opportunities throws up almost as many problems as it seeks to solve.
The concept of driving efficiencies through increased competition cannot be faulted. SMEs are the engine of our economy and are just as likely to have the requisite experience as larger organisations, as well as being in a position to offer reduced costs. For SMEs themselves, access to a wider range of opportunities without the administrative and financial burden of completing lengthy and often bewildering PQQs should benefit the individual
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business. So far so good. But what’s the reality? Those responsible for procurement still have to demonstrate that they have carried out appropriate due diligence when selecting a service provider or supplier. So in fact the same questions are still likely to be asked of the supplier or service provider. Only now, requests will be arriving in a variety of formats – potentially leading to an increased administrative burden on all parties. Furthermore, the waters of public sector procurement are potentially as muddied as always. Last year the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) reported that more than 40% of UK businesses don’t know that bid-rigging is illegal. Procurement professionals are under a duty to demonstrate and maintain an appropriate level of scrutiny and transparency. To complicate matters further, there has recently been a high profile example of a prescribed procurement process being effectively ignored and contracts awarded purely on personal preference.
Maintaining appropriate levels of scrutiny and transparency becomes even harder for the procurer when costs are misrepresented as happened in a recently reported case in Wales involving one of the UK’s largest contractors. So, is there a discernable path to be followed that can help achieve the desired aims of openness, transparency, efficiency and competition for public sector procurement? We believe so and we don’t believe that a price needs be paid to achieve these goals. That’s why a common sense approach is at the heart of the tools TenderSpace offers. Profile Builder is a free and intuitive interpretation of PAS91 which allows suppliers and contractors to showcase their work via just one form – giving buyers all the information they need to make informed decisions. While Project Manager – another free tool in the TenderSpace box – allows specifiers and advisors to manage the procurement process from beginning to end in a secure and transparent way, with appropriate levels of scrutiny and management. Transparent, effective procurement may not become the industry standard overnight, but the more we all support intuitive and honest processes, the quicker the change may come.
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DIP THE LIGHTING BILL Local authorities across the UK are facing the challenge of providing high-quality public services at times of budgeting. To counter this, many are recognising the benefit of investing in energy efficient street lighting technologies as an effective means to drive down energy bills.
treet lighting across the UK is estimated to account for over a million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, which is enough to fill the Wales Millennium Stadium in Cardiff 35 times with the roof closed. The majority of the street lighting facilities are outdated, inefficient and extremely costly. Energy prices have risen 20% since 2009 and recently published National Grid forecasts suggest the price of electricity could double over the next two decades. With this is mind energy efficient street lighting is a smart investment option for local authorities, but many struggle to find the finance upfront to invest in these high-quality, modern lighting solutions.
The lack of up-front capital and minimal funding can often act as a barrier to many otherwise willing authorities. However, an increasingly popular Government-backed support programme is now helping to plug that gap for public bodies by making finance available for energy efficiency improvements, which can be cost-neutral in the short term and make significant carbon and financial savings in the medium to long-term. Interest-free funding from the organisation Salix Finance provides the ready capital needed for local authorities to implement energy efficient lighting upgrades across cities. Salix is funded by the Welsh Government, the Scottish Government and the Department
for Energy and Climate Change to support energy efficiency projects, such as street lighting upgrades, to cut carbon emissions and reduce energy bills. Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is a recent example of a local authority that has identified the opportunity to lower its energy bills by updating a number of its street lighting technologies across the county. Similar to many other local authorities, it lacked the initial capital required to implement these technologies. The council approached Salix Finance who were able to provide an interest-free loan to help revamp the street lighting across this industrial area of the South Wales Valleys.
Local Authority: Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Location: Wales Finance Provider: Salix Finance
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The upgrades to the councilâ€™s street lighting will see the county cut its annual energy costs by a projected ÂŁ370,000
Lighting The project was completed in four separate phases at four different locations of the county taking place across the course of a year. The projects required a loan of just over £2m to replace the outdated, SON-T lighting to a modern, LED replacement. The upgrades to the council’s street lighting will see the county cut its annual energy costs by a projected £370,000, amounting to savings of more than £7.4m over the lifetime of the project. In addition to this the scheme will save more than 1400 tonnes of CO2 each year, amounting to 28,000 tonnes over the project’s lifetime. The loan will be paid back over five and a half years funded from the savings to the council’s annual energy bills which means the project is of no extra expense to the Welsh local authority and effectively pays for itself. Chris Ridout, Street Lighting Engineer for Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, said: “After attending a Salix Finance seminar in Cardiff around three years ago, we were instantly interested in working with the
Interest-free funding from Salix Finance provides the ready capital needed for local authorities to implement energy efficient lighting upgrades across cities
company to reduce our carbon emissions and running costs for our street lighting. Since the LED installation has taken place we are currently saving around 75%, which is higher than we ever expected.” Tim Morozgalski, Programme Manager for Wales and NHS England at Salix said: “Merthyr Tydfil is an excellent example of installing street lighting in phases across the County. Since 2014, they are expected to have rolled out £2m of LED street lighting in two years. By splitting this large-scale project into phases, it has allowed the Council to start achieving carbon and financial savings road-by-road. LED street lighting
in proving popular amongst local authorities in the United Kingdom and we will be holding street lighting workshops in Wales to help support other Councils that are interested in getting interest-free loans to install new LED lighting and controls upgrades.” With a wide range of technologies available, building managers from across the public sector are faced with the difficult task in driving forwards with a low carbon behaviour change, but options such as a Salix loan, make the task a smooth process. To date, Salix has financed over £85m worth of loans to complete street lighting projects across the UK, resulting in over £315m
in lifetime savings. In addition to this, its work has saved over 1.3m tonnes of lifetime carbon savings. The establishment of the Salix investment, which is available to all local authorities across England and Wales, makes energy improvements in the public sector available. Furthermore, repayment instalments for the loan are usually covered by the sum saved through the immediate and often dramatic reductions in regular fuel bills. To find out how your public sector organisation can apply for interest-free funding, please visit the website direct.
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OVERCOMING COMMON CHALLENGES
According to The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), the Education (School Premises) Regulations stipulate that there should be at least 1 toilet for every 10 pupils under 5 years old and 1 for every 20 pupils over that age.
toilets refurbished by Venesta in the late 90s, The Royal Grammar School in Buckinghamshire felt that it was time they gave their students fresh, new, modern looking washrooms. However, having capacity for 1370 boys at their school meant that they needed something just as robust and durable as the last installation! They chose to install Venesta Award cubicles for this new project and felt reassured that by choosing a manufacturer with a proven track record they would be spending their money wisely and adding to the other excellent facilities they offer their boys. In summary, there are many things to consider when undertaking a school washroom refurbishment. Venesta aims to offer children the best facilities possible. However big or small the requirement, it has the experience and expertise to help.
www.venesta.co.uk it’s important that W hilst schools adhere to these guidelines, adding more, or new, toilets is a significant undertaking both in terms of time and budget. Working with a washroom manufacturer who understands this and can cater to your needs is extremely important, and will make a real difference to the whole experience. Recognised as an ‘Outstanding School’ by Ofsted, Lyons Hall is a popular choice for local children and is therefore becoming well over-subscribed. So, to meet the need for extra pupil places, a new 7-class base teaching block was commissioned. The first phase of the project incorporated new washrooms for the early years’ pupils and also washrooms for general use. For younger children, it is very important that they feel safe and secure when using the washroom. Using the school toilets when children are little can be a daunting thing so ensuring that the toilets provided are inviting to use, private enough to avoid any feelings of embarrassment but accessible enough to accommodate adult supervision where necessary, can be a challenge. A cubicle system that’s
available in a bright and engaging colour scheme, with varying height options and excellent safety features, such as antifinger trap hinges, is the perfect solution. Children feel confident using the cubicles and adults feel reassured over their pupils’ safety. That daunting feeling of visiting the school toilets can continue when students reach secondary school too. With many schools opting for communal, unisex WC areas, the need for privacy is great. This was the challenge for Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford. With unisex washrooms located in an open area, the washrooms needed to be easy to supervise whilst offering complete visual and audible privacy for the pupils. In this instance a seamless, flush fronted cubicle system with full height doors was specified in a vibrant green to fit in with the theme of the building. This created a washroom area that not only looked inviting to use but felt safe, secure and comfortable to visit too. As well as providing a cubicle system that looks good and keeps pupils safe, it is also important for specifiers to know they are getting the best for their budget. Having last had their
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Local government can reduce lifetime facilities and asset management costs by making smart use of BIM, according to Michael McCullen who is Chairman of Sitedesk, an innovative and dynamic software and services business specialising in collaborative BIM solutions. authorities are faced L ocal with juggling the constant need for investment in local resources and services, ranging from health and social care to education and infrastructure, with the ongoing austerity measures seeing their budgets dwindle further and further each year. They have no choice but to seek out ways of meeting local needs as cost-effectively as possible. One imperative is to respond to the challenge of a changing local demographic. A growing population puts pressure on local
housing, schools, healthcare and infrastructure. Following the lead taken by central government many councils are turning to BIM (Building Information Modelling) to drive greater efficiencies and cost savings from construction projects, seeking the 15% to 20% savings that central Government claims it can achieve. However, the cost of building itself is far from the only issue. Lifetime operation and maintenance costs are the sting in the tail for local building projects. As councils create buildings and
Construction team using Sitedesk on site at Rossall Beach
assets to support local needs, the key to balancing the books in future will lie in using BIM not only to realise cost savings today during the construction phase but using the organised recording of as-built construction information to drive efficient operation and maintenance programmes in the future. This means that councils must sometimes look far, far ahead at risks and costs. Coastal erosion is one such challenge; it creates a very real public safety risk for hundreds of councils around coastal Britain. It is in this area that one group of councils, collaborating on a stretch of North West coastline, have decided to use BIM. It is considered critical as a way not just to build coastal defences with the aid of 3D modelling, or even to do so efficiently, but to manage the lifetime costs and future maintenance of these vital structures. Carl Green of Wyre Council recognised early on the challenges of capturing data and making it useful for part of a coastal defence system project in Rossall, Lancashire. “I was determined that the next
generation of people who would be renewing the defences in 50 years’ time wouldn’t face the same challenges as my team,” says Carl. The team was keen to gain one of the major benefits of BIM: a much clearer view of total expenditure, CapEx and OpEx. “We looked at our requirements during the pre-design, design, construction and operational phases and decided on the data we would need to capture at each stage to meet these, and optimise asset management and minimise maintenance costs throughout the lifecycle of the project.” BIM has been mandated for centrally-funded government construction projects from April 2016 and the industry has been gearing up for this change since 2011. Today growing expertise in BIM is being put to good use: not only for centrally-funded projects but to address a growing demand from enlightened clients in the private sector and local government, who have an eye on the cost benefits to be had from BIM over the lifetime operation of their assets.
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Ecobuild is the leading exhibition and conference for the UK construction and energy market
Ecobuild returns in March with an increased and in-depth focus on the latest industry trends, challenges and opportunities – and how professionals from across the whole supply chain can capitalise on them. UK’s largest show T hededicated to construction and energy will provide visitors with access to invaluable industry insights and projections relating to all aspects of the construction sector through a mix of a highlevel conference, CPD-accredited learning hubs and more than 800 exhibitors showcasing a wide range of new products, materials, solutions and services. Attracting more than 40,000 industry professionals from across the whole supply chain each year, Ecobuild is the leading exhibition and conference for the UK construction and energy market. It attracts a broad range of visitors from architects to civil engineers, facilities managers to quantity surveyors. The 2016 event will see an evolved proposition for the event to focus on areas of industry growth and market priorities such as housing, infrastructure, next generation innovation, technology and people. Ecobuild 2016’s high-level conference is split into three daily streams. The first day’s stream
of Homes explores the most pressing, divisive and important decisions that the industry must take to deliver comfortable, sustainable, resilient places and homes. What do new-build and retrofitted homes and communities need to deliver, and at what cost? The second day focuses on Architecture and looks at the changing role of the architect, the importance of architecture across the built environment, the need for change and some of the most interesting and inspiring architectural projects. The Next Generation day looks to the future: how smart technology, changing demographics and wellness will drive design and construction in the future as well as how to address the skills gap and attract young talent to the industry. Ecobuild’s most exploratory, provocative and inspiring day – it is a must for all those with an interest in ‘what’s next’. Ecobuild 2016 will also feature six CPD-accredited learning hubs; Building Performance,
Design, Energy, #buildcircular, Infrastructure Revolution and Digital Building. A highlyprovoking seminar programme, it will provide visitors and exhibitors with the know-how to do their jobs better and the business case to help them make more informed decisions to address these challenges. The programme will be delivered by industry leading figures and organisations including Architype, Glenn Howells Architects, Marks & Spencer, British Land, Jones Lang LaSalle, BRE, ICE, Zero Carbon Hub and Willmott Dixon Energy Services. Resource is a show that is collocated with Ecobuild. It is devoted to increasing resource efficiency across all aspects of the construction industry and beyond. Resource is unique in its focus and scale, being the largest learning and networking opportunity for businesses and public sector bodies looking to reduce waste and reuse materials, recovering value from what was traditionally ‘waste’. The newly-introduced
#buildcircular theatre acts as the learning, innovation and networking hub for those interested to explore which circular economy principles could and should be adopted in the built environment, from building design, materials lifecycle thinking and construction through to intelligent demolition. #thinkcircular, the main stage debate of Resource, will examine practical, achievable, economically viable ways to adopt circular economy models. The largest and most comprehensive event of its kind, it is the global epicentre of learning and debate – a unique opportunity to further strategy and approach to resource efficiency that will generate new revenue and reduce the costs of waste. Reflecting the construction industry, Ecobuild is constantly evolving; ensuring that it continues to provide relevant, dynamic content and create opportunities to make new connections.
Evinox Energy to exhibit at Ecobuild Evinox Energy will be exhibiting in the District Energy Pavilion at Ecobuild, taking place from the 8th to the 10th March at ExCeL, London. Evinox specialises in communal and district heating systems, and manufacture its own range of modern heat interface units (HIUs), designed with efficiency and end user comfort in mind.
Ecobuild is the leading exhibition and conference for the UK construction and energy market, attracting over 40,000 industry professionals from across the entire supply chain. This year’s event is set to be bigger and better than ever, focusing on market priorities such as housing, infrastructure, technology and innovation. The District Energy Pavilion will provide visitors with the opportunity to meet with a selection of suppliers and industry experts all in one area, and includes a comprehensive, informative
seminar programme, featuring the latest information about efficient heat networks. Evinox will be presenting a seminar in the District Energy Pavilion at the exhibition, where it will be discussing efficient heat network design and management. Visit Evinox on stand E4280 to find out more about its metering and billing solutions, communal and district systems and smart control technology. Evinox’s systems combine effective HIU control with excellent after-sales, end user support
and flexible metering and billing services, ensuring the building owner has a hasslefree, efficient development and residents enjoy a comfortable and relaxed place to live. Evinox looks forward to welcoming you at the event. You can register now to attend the exhibition for free by visiting the Ecobuild website.
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Pegler Yorkshire to showcase Control range
Pegler Yorkshire, a market-leading manufacturer of plumbing and heating products, will be exhibiting on stand E2250 at this year’s Ecobuild. Pegler Yorkshire will continue to promote its range of Connect and Control products. Stand Control will focus on valves which support specifiers with their objective of delivering a more efficient building via energy and water management. Visitors will also be encouraged to sign up to My PY – Pegler Yorkshire’s personalised online tool. My PY allows users to create and build their own portfolio of information from learning tools including online training and CPD, to the latest price lists and specification clauses.
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Mapei will be exhibiting at Ecobuild’s 2016 show. Mapei’s commitment to sustainable development will once again be the focus of the exhibition; with the entire stand designed with a keen eye on recycling and reducing waste materials. At the end of the event, all materials not being reused will be donated to local schools and charities. Mapei will also launch its sustainability campaign ‘Green By Nature’ at Ecobuild. The stand will display a range of its eco-friendly products including; external wall insulation, ceramic tiling, waterproofing and resilient adhesives. A new waterproofing membrane will also be launched at the exhibition.
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Ancon to launch new products at Ecobuild Ancon Building Products continues to expand its range of high integrity structural fixings and will exhibit a number of new products at Ecobuild. Products on show will include the lightweight Nexus brick faced soffit system, a number of insulated balcony connectors and an exciting new development within the Teplo range of low thermal conductivity wall ties. Developed in partnership with cut-brick specialist, IbstockKevington, the new Nexus system is a lightweight simple-to-install solution to creating flawless brick soffits in any brick type. Ancon will also be focusing on ways of helping building designers to meet their thermal performance aspirations.
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DOOR CLOSER SOLUTION COURTESY OF RELCROSS AND BAMFORD DOORS Bamford Doors turned to Relcross to solve a problem at a development housing residents of a mixed age. The existing door closer was set for residents to easily-open, however was not strong enough to close and securely latch in windy conditions.
sing its extensive experience of the door closer market, Bamford Doors quickly decided that the LCN 4111 Smoothee was the ideal product for this installation. It is also a product Bamford Doors had used many times before and had confidence in both its performance and durability. In fact it has been tested to over 10 million cycles and was designed specifically for institutional, and other rugged, high traffic applications. Bamford installed a complete new doorset and an LCN 4111, which is supplied by Relcross in the UK. Now all the residents can open the door in all weather conditions and remain confident that it will latch correctly behind them. The closer is quick-and-easy to adjust and can be set up for a delayed closing to allow frail residents sufficient time to enter and exit before operating – all of which demonstrates the versatility of the Relcross LCN closer. The durability of the LCN range of closers is based on the forged steel arms and cast iron bodies used. There is no better material for a door closer than cast iron. The manufacturing process may be difficult – which is why just about every other closer manufacturer has
turned to aluminium – but the end product lasts for decades. Since internal wear and tear is negligible, even after extreme usage, regular readjustment of control valves and spring power is not necessary. The Bamford Group has been established for over 100 years and is a major supplier of engineered solutions to both the public and private sectors. Its clients range from the MOD, BAE Systems, councils, housing associations and the marine industry to architects, designers and main construction contractors. The group has a reputation as a quality precision engineering company that holds accreditations from Secure by Design, BS EN ISO 900:1, Construction Line, CHAS, CSCS, Safe Contractor, Certisecure and Atex – Explosive Atmospheres. The Bamford Security Door Division manufactures and installs engineered aluminium doors and screens which are very light in weight to fully comply with DDA Regulations, very strong against vandalism and are independently tested to Secure by Design. Bamford Doors are so confident in the quality of its engineered doorsets, that it offers a lifetime guarantee to its customers. Stuart McMaster, Sales and
Bamford installed a complete new doorset and an LCN 4111 which is supplied by Relcross in the UK
The closer is quick and easy to adjust and can be set up for a delayed closing to allow frail residents sufficient time to enter or exit
Marketing Director of Relcross, said: “We are very proud of our long relationship with the Bamford Group. They make superbly engineered doorsets and we feel that our LCN closers
are the ideal complement to such a quality product.”
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New degrees of excellence from Metal Technology Surrey University’s new School of Veterinary Science features high-rise curtain walling facades and door systems from Metal Technology. The school comprises three buildings totalling around 9000m2; an academic building, a veterinary clinical skills centre and a veterinary pathology facility. Metal Technology’s System 17 capped highrise curtain walling was central to creating the design aesthetic for the development, providing a structure tailored to the desired look without compromise on performance and efficiency. System 10 commercial doors from Metal Technology were also used to achieve an integrated finish. The system offers single or double-action pivot doors, in standard and anti-finger trap forms.
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Demonstrating once again that the REHAU TOTAL70 truly is a complete PVC-U system, Devonbased fabricator Interframe has for the first time manufactured innovative, parallel hinged sliding windows using only REHAU TOTAL70C chamfered profile. The windows were specified because they could provide almost twice the free air flow of standard top hung or casement windows and could deliver a greater number of air changes per hour. Compared with a casement window, a parallel window increases air flow all the way around so that fresh air is drawn in at the bottom and warm stale air is expelled at the top.
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REHAU TOTAL70 shows versatility in parallel window application
P C Henderson helps deliver public sector projects From April 2016, the Level 2 BIM mandate will require architects and developers working on government-funded construction projects to design and create buildings that meet the long-term needs of their public sector clients. Working at an early stage in BIM with support services, such as estates and facilities management teams, will help define aspects such as maintenance requirements and lifetime expectancy. P C Henderson’s components are available to download from its website, as well as bimstore, and contain all of the product data parameters and information needed to successfully schedule single or multiple sliding doors into a virtual model.
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Latest thermal break technology produces windows for next generation of solutions Integration is the key factor which underpins the latest product launch from Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems. Comar 9P.i framing systems offer fast-track, semi unitised construction for floor to ceiling glazing, allowing tilt/turn or casement windows to hang direct from the Comar 9P.i frame alongside rebated doors. Comar 9P.i offers U-values down to 0.77, creating a future-proof solution for its architectural and fabricator partners. Comar announced it has incorporated the technology from its Comar 9P.i system into the Comar 5P.i window range, and is now launching the Comar 5P.i Advanced casement and tilt/turn window system which integrates into Comar 9P.i.
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Total Glass aluminium windows reach new heights
Residents in two 15-storey high tower blocks at Sefton, Merseyside, are benefiting from warmer homes thanks to the installation of new energy-efficient aluminium windows, supplied and installed by Total Glass. Manufactured at Total’s Liverpool production facility using the Sapa 75 Si system, the fully reversible windows incorporate Sunguard SN70/37 solar controlled glass to allow for maximum light transmission, while reducing solar gain and preventing excessive heat build-up. The 270 windows were installed in the side and front-facing elevations of Chapel House and Dean House, which are managed by social housing provider, One Vision Housing.
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Kawneer systems help deliver a super-school Kawneer’s AA 100 zone-drained curtain walling, with patterned glass, was specified for Penarth Learning Community – a £48m super-school in the Vale of Glamorgan. A variety of Kawneer window and door systems were used, including the AA 541 top and side-hung casement windows and AA 3110HW horizontal sliding anti-ligature windows were installed in the respite area – which is a specially designed system for people with learning difficulties. The unique scheme has seen more than 200 special needs pupils taught in the same facility as 1280 mainstream secondary school pupils to deliver inclusive education and a wide range of learning opportunities under one roof.
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NORTEK KEEPS UNIVERSITY OF CUMBRIA STUDENTS WARM The University of Cumbria received complaints about its cafe at its Ambleside campus. The drinks were hot, but the environment was not, and was especially draughty near the entrance. Airbloc resolved the problem with an HVAC solution that combines the power of a highperformance air curtain in an exposed location with the aesthetic demands of the space. which is part of A irbloc, Nortek Global HVAC, supplied a high quality, highcapacity air curtain from its AC range. The unit maintains the internal conditions, delivering vastly improved comfort for students and staff along with significant cost savings.
The entrance opens up to the high ceiling cafe which links into a quiet working and reference environment. The challenge for the University of Cumbria was to source an HVAC system powerful enough to tackle the draughts of a westerly facing entrance that would also blend
The challenge for the University of Cumbria was to source an HVAC system powerful enough to tackle the draughts of a westerly facing entrance
While the main requirement was to ensure the cafe offered a warm and welcoming environment, noise was also a consideration
in with the architecture of the building. The Airbloc AC2000 air curtain provides an effective warm air barrier, which combats draughts and retains heat within the cafe, no matter how often the doors are opened. Fitting doorways up to 2m wide and 4m in height, the unit used a 24kW coil fed from the existing low pressure hot water (LPHW) wet system. This not only ensures reduced running costs, but also chimes with the University of Cumbria’s environmental approach to building management. Installed by PK Engineering of Carlisle on a frame and hung from behind, the air curtain provides a stylish as well as a powerful HVAC solution. The entrance to the cafe retains its clean lines because the system blends in with the natural metal, wood surfaces and textures. The AC2000 air curtain’s outer casing, which comes in white or metallic silver as standard, was customised with a brushed stainless steel finish. The unit also features a built-in illuminated exit sign with a battery back-up pack, which is mounted flush, negating the need for separate signage. While the main requirement was to ensure the cafe offered a warm and welcoming environment for students and lecturers, noise was also a consideration, as the building provides access to various university services and resources.
Sean Campbell, Mechanical Services Manager at PK Engineering said: “The University of Cumbria wanted an HVAC solution with low running costs that would not look out of place in the stylish cafe surroundings. “The Airbloc AC2000 air curtain is ideally suited to this application because it is powerful enough to cope with the demands of the exposed location, but not unduly noisy.”
Installation summary Aesthetic solution, with no requirement for additional exit signage Energy-efficient system reduces heat loss and building running costs by 80% Compact modular unit, surface-mounted to a frame at the entrance An effective barrier against draughts in an exposed hillside location
Technical summary LPHW heated AC2000 HW24EXT unit High-capacity performance with a 5000m3/hour airflow Unit incorporates a flushmounted, illuminated exit sign with battery back-up Customised brushed stainless steel outer casing blends into the entrance design
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Since adopting SystemCare – Sentinel’s water treatment programme for specifiers – a major city council has drastically reduced boiler breakdowns at more than 14,000 properties. The SystemCare schedule of chemical cleaners, corrosion and scale inhibitors, and test kits has proven a real success. The city council is a unitary authority made up of 35 wards that accommodate around 21,000 council homes comprising gas-based heating systems. One of the Council’s goals is to provide high quality, valued services to its tenants while maximising value for money. As a result, it takes great pains to measure the performance of its housing services over time – including how it compares to similar organisations – and is always looking for ways to improve.
Animation illustrates benefits of Hybrid VRF air conditioning
Mitsubishi Electric has released a video highlighting how the Hybrid VRF air conditioning system can remove the need for leak detection, whilst still delivering the control and efficiencies associated with VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) systems. The City Multi Hybrid VRF unit operates without using refrigerant in occupied spaces, whilst delivering highlevels of comfort to a building through the system’s modular two-pipe design. “We’ve prepared an animation explaining how the system works and how it helps operators comply with legislation such as BS EN378,” explains Mark Grayston, City Multi Product Marketing Manager. Find the animation on the company’s YouTube channel: https:// www.youtube.com/user/mitsubishielectric2
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Local authority reduces boiler breakdowns with Sentinel
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BSS welcomes market-leading pumps to product range BSS is offering a selection of quiet and robust pumps from Salamander. Whether mains or gravity-fed, the new range provides pumps to boost water pressures for both light commercial and domestic installations. The Salamander range contains the full suite of products including: HomeBoost mains water pump, ESP Super Boost Packs, CT Force pumps and the CT Xtra shower pump. The HomeBoost pump is an ideal solution for a low mains flow supply. The product can be fitted directly onto the incoming mains and improves water pressure and flow, either directly or indirectly, via a combi boiler or mains pressure-fed heating system.
Flood proof skirting boards provide room heating and wall drying
With recent weather events hitting the headlines, rebuilding and renovating has started on properties devastated by flood water. A momentum is building for developing products that are flood resistant such as waterproof plaster boards and paint, alongside water resistant floor coverings. ThermaSkirt is an aluminium alternative to conventional timber and MDF skirting boards, that not only is impervious to being submerged, but actually provides the central heating, replacing conventional radiators. Manufactured in rust-resistant aluminium, ThermaSkirt is available in a wide range of shapes and styles and can withstand being under water without the need to repaint afterwards.
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Inta goes HIPER for heat interface units Inta has introduced its ‘HIPER’ high-performance heat interface unit (HIU), designed to deliver heating and hot water whilst improving energy efficiency and minimising costs in multi-dwelling developments. Installed in shared residential buildings, the HIU distributes heating and domestic hot water from a central plant system to individual properties. By removing the need for each area to have a conventional boiler, gas flue and hot water cylinder, the interface units dramatically reduce build costs for developers. HIPER HIU boasts a factory-set, non-electric temperature control valve which prevents risk of scalding in the event of a power supply failure.
Setting the benchmark in school ventilation Future-proofing of requirements has enabled a school to employ state-of-theart ventilation to achieve a BREEAM very good standard. Ameon and ISG met the ventilation brief by using the Mistrale Fusion, by Gilberts Blackpool. 128 units have been fitted into the bulkhead of each of the classrooms and the nursery, with double direction grilles to provide compliant airflow of 8l/p/s into the room required by current Department of Education Building Bulletin (BB101) and PBSP guidelines. Installed through the facade, Mistrale Fusion mixes internal and external air to ventilate the internal space and deliver optimum internal air control for less than £5.00/room/annum.
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Altro solution helps transform Newcastle landmark An extensive package of Altro flooring and wall cladding products have been used top to bottom in the £18m refurbishment of one of Newcastle’s most striking landmarks – the 11-storey Parsons Tower, which is part of Newcastle College.
The recent refurbishment has given the building a striking contemporary gold and blue facade. The former sixth form block has been transformed into a multifaceted, state-of-the-art teaching facility. The refurbishment project was the brainchild of Redbox Design Group in Gateshead. Associate Sean Gallagher explains how specifying the right flooring and walling products for the new look Parsons Tower was vital for the project. “Parsons Tower is a physical beacon for Newcastle, and the college, therefore it had to satisfy a broad range of strict
criteria both internally and externally. “We chose Altro flooring and wall cladding for the building for a number of reasons; we know Altro products very well, it is reliable, durable, superb quality and very cost-effective against its competitors. “More specifically, Altro has products that tick all the boxes in terms of health and safety, hygiene and colour choice. In addition, its infrastructure is excellent, which means it offers a complete package of guidance and support throughout the duration of the project.” Sean continues: “We also chose Altro
Wood Safety flooring as an inlay into Altro Walkway 20 safety flooring for the refectory, this created a wayfinding effect that was key to the circulation theme we integrated into the entire building.” Elsewhere, Sean specified Altro Suprema for the retail area, corridors, stairs, toilets and hospital ward.
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Polyflor creates peace and quiet at Northampton Academy Seize the opportunity to be a TTA awards sponsor
There are superb sponsorship opportunities available at this year’s TTA Awards. These will enable companies to get pride of place for their brand at the tiling industry event of the year. The awards will be held on Saturday 14th May at St John’s Hotel and Conference Centre in Solihull. It will recognise the cream of the industry’s people, projects and products. Event sponsorship packages include many benefits including complementary tickets, numerous awards night branding opportunities and extensive pre- and post-event PR. Single places for the event cost £160 + VAT, tables for 10 are also available at £1440 + VAT.
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2500m² of acoustic flooring from Polyflor has helped to improve the acoustic performance of Northampton Academy. The classic, wood effect American Oak design from the Acoustix Forest fx PUR range was installed along corridors and staircases on multiple levels at Northampton Academy. This acoustic floorcovering produces an impact sound reduction level of 19dB, reducing the transfer of noise throughout this modern school building that accommodates approximately 1400 pupils. Polyflor’s Acoustix Forest fx flooring contains recycled material and is 100% recyclable via the Recofloor vinyl take back scheme. The collection has achieved an individually certificated BRE Global A+ rating for education environments.
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Launch of silicone and glue remover – FILAZERO SIL
Fila’s FILAZERO SIL removes new and old silicone, glue and sticky label residue. It can safely be used on absorbent and non-absorbent surfaces, including stone, grout, porcelain and ceramic, marble, glass and metal. The ready to use treatment has a highly viscous consistency, making it ideal for application onto walls and vertical surfaces, alongside countertops and floors. This consistency also ensures that the formula stays in contact with the treatment area and reduces the risk of it running off onto other materials. Hardened deposits are dissolved within 20 minutes and a plastic scraper is provided to lift thick residues, if required.
Karndean Designflooring completes bar and bistro The University of Kent looked to Karndean Designflooring to complete the look of its award-winning CARGO bar and bistro at Liberty Quays, Medway. The student hospitality venue offers a nautical and industrial style design complete with a statement concrete effect floor design. Taking inspiration from its maritime base in Medway, the university’s in-house team were immediately taken with Karndean’s large, rectangular Opus Urbus SP213
design with its stormy mix of light and grey tones, as opposed to a hard stone concrete floor. Looking to distinguish and zone out the
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bar and bistro areas, Karndean’s Urbus tile has been paired with Karndean’s authentic, mid-wood rustic timber effect Opus Ignea WP313 planks. The large 36 x 6” planks offer a modern look and feel against the complementary Opus tile design, thus creating a contemporary feel. Keith Williams, Head of Trading at the University of Kent, explained: “Having a central location with direct access from the street, we required a floorcovering to withstand high traffic and offer ease of maintenance. “Our Karndean floor delivered the functionality and visual finish required to complete our design, as well as being soft underfoot and suitable to cope with spillages. “What makes CARGO so special is not only the functional, visually and ergonomically attractive design, that clearly differentiates it from the competition, it’s the close-knit team that run the unit on a daily basis.” Winner of a prestigious U Dine Award for ‘Best Bar Concept’, CARGO bar and bistro will be enjoyed by more than 20,000 students.
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BAL expands specification support team
Building Adhesives (BAL) has hired two specification managers as part of its drive to expand its specification support team. Alan Thurston and Tracey Hopkins will work with architects and designers supporting them on M40/M20 specifications, providing project support and delivering RIBA-accredited CPDs. Tracey will deliver support in North West and South West London while Alan will work with clients in the Midlands. Alan has more than 20 years’ experience in the flooring sector, working alongside architects and contractors. Tracey has experience in the flooring and walling sector with companies including Interface, supporting designers, contractors, and architects on projects and delivering RIBA-accredited CPDs.
Polyflor presents Expona SimpLay loose lay LVT Polyflor has launched the Expona SimpLay PUR range of loose lay luxury vinyl tiles. The Expona SimpLay collection for heavy commercial interiors offers authentic reproductions of natural materials presented in an adhesive-free, ready to lay product. Expona SimpLay’s unique, non-skid honeycomb backing layer and thicker 5mm gauge ensures that the tiles stay in position to create a hardwearing floorcovering for high traffic environments. As it is a loose lay product, which can be installed over many different types of existing floorcoverings, subfloor preparation is significantly reduced and each plank or tile can be installed, lifted and reinstalled elsewhere without leaving residue.
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What is reverberation noise and why do we have it? When a sound source stops within an enclosed space sound waves continue to reflect off the ceiling, walls and floor surfaces until they die out – known as reverberation. Surfaces such as hard flooring and blinds will increase the reverberation time, amplifying sound levels. Hush Acoustics offer solutions to reduce reverberation noise levels, one of which is the Hush Absorber range which has a Class A absorption rating and complies with UK Building Regulations Approved Document E (England & Wales), Section 5 of the Scottish Building Standards (Scotland) and Approved Part G (Northern Ireland) alongside BB93 Standards for Acoustics in Schools.
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FILANO RUST joins awardwinning surface care range Fila has introduced a new ‘troubleshooting’ treatment to its awardwinning surface care range. New FILANO RUST is designed to remove new and old oxide deposits from a range of surfaces, including stone and ceramics. FILANO RUST has a highly viscous consistency, making it ideal for application onto horizontal and vertical surfaces, inside and outdoors – from delicate countertops and hearths, to outdoor paving slabs. FILANO RUST removes oxide tarnish from stone, marble, granite, agglomerates, porcelain and ceramic, terracotta and concrete. Its non-acid
formula makes it particularly suitable for delicate surfaces, including polished marble and acid-sensitive limestone. After 15 minutes contact, the treatment turns from a clear colour to deep purple, which indicates a reaction with the rust. Excess product is then wiped off and the surface rinsed with clean water. FILANO RUST is available in 75ml units and is safe to use in domestic
home and contract environments. It is offered alongside FILA’s award-winning range of surface care solutions, which includes surface cleaners, protectors and enhancers.
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Washing made easier with Twyford’s All range
Curves bring comfort with new Matrix basin New from Pressalit Care is an ergonomically designed wash basin – the new Matrix Curve – featuring a curved front edge and sloping sides. Just as much at home in a Changing Places facility as it would be in an educational, care or residential institution, the new Matrix Curve basin has features to perfectly suit users with limited mobility. Wide, sloping side edges enable users to lean and rest their elbows for stability. The curved front edge means users can be close enough to the basin to operate the tap, while the shallow bowl provides ample room underneath for wheelchair users.
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Twyford’s All washbasin and vanity unit includes special features to make access more convenient for everyone. The washbasins are available in three sizes with a semipedestal or vanity unit. They benefit from a shallow design and integrated finger grooves, making washing easier particularly for anyone who needs to be seated, or requires additional support. The All range includes two bath options which incorporate features including a moveable seat, chrome grips, reclined neck support and a recessed panel for closer access for carers. The range can be teamed with raised height or 700mm long projection toilets from Twyford’s other collections.
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Foremans starts work for Hampshire County Council Foremans Relocatable Building Systems – part of the Portakabin Group – has started work on a contract worth in the region of £500,000 to construct a much-needed youth centre in the Hampshire market town of Romsey. The scheme is Foremans’ fifth project for Hampshire County Council in the last year. The project will provide young people with a purpose-designed facility, in an accessible location close to a sports complex, cricket club and skate park. Foremans is constructing the building from recycled steel modules fitted out with all-new fixtures and fittings. The project is due for completion in Spring this year.
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Hultafors Tools new product catalogue for 2016
Students benefit from Waterloo’s air distribution Several ranges of air terminal products from Waterloo Air Products were specified for City University’s remodelling and refurbishment programme. VAV systems, grilles and diffusers were used throughout the Tait Building. An essential requirement for City University was good air flows combined with aesthetics. The grilles supplied from Waterloo, comprise frames and cores constructed from aluminium extrusions. They are designed to satisfy all exhaust applications and meet both engineering and architectural requirements. The diffusers are part of Waterloo’s standard range of louvred face diffusers. Constructed from aluminium alloy extrusions these high quality diffusers are suitable for integration within various ceiling types.
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Free to professional tradesmen and women around the UK, it’s packed with details of the world’s most innovative hand tools and accessories for working effectively, wherever you are onsite. Everything you find in the Hultafors Tools range carries the hallmarks of a company that has over 100 years experience in knowing what it takes to get a job done efficiently. Hultafors’ ingrained quality and innovation is found in every hand tool. Ergonomically crafted with built-in Fisco technology, there’s a host of tools for measuring and marking, chopping, striking and levelling, as well as the new range of saws and clamps.
Portakabin completes interim primary school in just 14 weeks Portakabin has successfully constructed and handed over a complete new 300-pupil interim primary school in Devon in less than four months. Portakabin provided more than 1200m2 of primary teaching accommodation for the relocation of Dartington Primary School. The project was delivered on time in a challenging timescale, despite exceptionally high-levels of rainfall during the programme. The modular buildings have been configured to create a village feel and a welcoming environment for children with imaginative age and function-related play zones. The buildings arrived onsite around 80% fitted out, with partitions, plumbing and electrics pre-installed to reduce lead times.
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Firestone's lining performance is award winner for Andrew
Firestone Building Products’ Linings Sales Manager, Andrew Cooper, has been presented with a global performance award thanks to the growth of the company’s UK linings business. The accolade comes just 16 months after Andrew joined the company, during which time Firestone has increased its sales by 15%, with further growth forecast for 2016. The award was presented to Andrew by Philip Moors, Firestone’s Managing Director for Europe and Asia, and the company’s International Vice President, Troy Geuther, at the Firestone annual kick-off meeting in Brussels. The trophy was one of just six awards presented to the company’s global team.
ASSA ABLOY Security Doors supplies conference centre ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, a global leader in door opening solutions, has recently supplied doorsets to a brand new conference centre. The Vox Conference Centre has recently opened at Resorts World, one of the largest leisure and entertainment centres of its kind in Europe. A range of Powershield doorsets were supplied, including Steel Personnel Doors to offer strength and durability. Powershield Fire Doors and Acoustic Doors were also installed into plaster stud walls; the doors were tested and Certifire approved for this wall condition. The doorsets were supplied with a polyester powder coated finish and factory fitted with ASSA ABLOY hardware.
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Permatrack specified for resurfacing of Ouse Swing Bridge IKO’s Permatrack Bridge Surfacing system was specified to resurface the Ouse Swing Bridge. Built as part of the Selby Bypass, the bridge was opened in 2005. However, 10 years on and resurfacing of the bridge was required – as well as to the roads either side. IKO’s system was chosen because of its waterproof mastic asphalt wearing course specifically for bridge decks, which offers improved material flexibility and maintains good rut resistance. The product when laid is not affected by water ingress or freeze thaw cycling and provides the necessary skid resistance when tested against requirements.
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Taking place 23rd to 24th March 2016, at the NEC, Birmingham, the event will be a platform for construction clients, architects, engineers and contractors to come together
EXPLORE OFFSITE IN THE HOUSING SECTOR
The nation’s media has been reporting on a UK housing crisis for many months, but is there now a climate for change in the industry? For those in the construction sector with fresh ideas and innovative technologies, this nationwide crisis has the potential to change the norm, which governs the way new homes are built.
xperts have hailed offsite construction as the only way to respond to the demand for new housing. Moving the construction of houses into factories enables the build to take place both efficiently and economically, making the national shortage of labour less of a concern.
The recent news that the Government is to release land with planning consent, is an opportunity yet to be realised which will allow small developers to build without having to navigate their way through planning obstacles. Offsite construction would be ideal for such projects as
the method does not depend upon environmental factors and offers a faster return on investment. The offsite method also facilitates the building of homes that are airtight, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable – a great benefit to housing associations.
A feature that has become increasingly desirable to homebuyers is that of custombuild, allowing homebuyers to choose the inherent features of their homes. However, bespoke builds do not need to slow down the construction process. Building offsite, supported by computer aided design technologies (such as BIM), has the potential to face the challenge presented by individual design. Explore Offsite in the Housing Sector is your opportunity to involve yourself in the industry’s new ideas and technologies. Taking place 23rd to 24th March 2016, at the NEC, Birmingham, the event will be a platform for construction clients, architects, engineers and contractors to come together and pave a way forward for the industry and the housing sector. With an outstanding line up of industry figures confirmed to share their expertise over the two days, this combined conference and exhibition is an essential event for any professional looking to delve a little deeper into the liveliest and most promising topic in UK construction. To book your ticket, or enquire about exhibitor opportunities, please visit www.exploreoffsite. co.uk or call 01743 290001. www.exploreoffsite.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org 01743 290001
SPEAKERS INCLUDE: • Tom Bloxham MBE – Director, Urban Splash • Jay Shaw MBE – Head of Business Development, Snoozebox • Andy von Bradsky – Chair, Housing Forum • Tom Ground – CEO, Legal & General Homes • Peter Andrew – Deputy Chairman, HBF • Andrew Orgorzalek – Partner, PCKO Architects • Stuart Carr – Director, Chapman Taylor • James Pickard – Director, Cartwright Pickard • Rory Bergin – Partner, Sustainable Futures, HTA Design • Rob Charlton – CEO, Space Group • Greg Cooper – Pre-Construction Manager, X-LAM Alliance • Steve Reid – Chief Technical Officer, Enviga Geothermal • Tony Woods – Offsite Construction Specialist, LHC • Jeff Maxted – Director of Technical Consultancy, BLP Insurance • Jerry Harkness – Regional Development Director, Circle Housing An outstanding line up of industry figures are confirmed to share their expertise over the two days
• Andrew Waugh – Founding Director, Waugh Thistleton
Harrow School has IAAF -standard running track The rebuilt athletics facilities at Harrow School included an IAAF-standard running track, facilities for long jump and all the main athletics events, plus a water jump for the steeplechase and an area for the pole vault event – a rare feature in UK school athletics facilities.
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Hauraton SPORTFIX components installed at the Harrow School sports complex include: drainage channels around the edge of the running track, sand traps and soft kerb edging around the long jump pit and a water jump kit on the steeplechase track. At any time in the UK, rain can stop play and on tennis hard courts the build-up of water can take some time to run away if attention has not been paid to the surface water drainage requirement. At Harrow School tennis courts this is not a problem as a discreet drainage channel run located just below the net efficiently drains away any excess rainwater. Over the years Hauraton has built up a fund of knowledge, second-to-none, of how to drain sports areas be they soccer grounds, athletic tracks or tennis courts. Other components in the SPORTFIX range include: electrical distribution shafts, service channels for cable management, pitch dish edging components and drainage channels specifically designed for artificial turf pitches.
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Plate heat exchangers for commercial applications
For large commercial applications a PHE is ideal as it is capable of producing hot water instantly at peak times. A hot water system using a plate heat exchanger (PHE) does not store hot water. The water is heated instantaneously, and only when required. A PHE consists of a pack of plates to transfer heat from the primary fluid to the secondary fluid. The plates and gaskets are arranged to form alternating channels between the primary and secondary fluids. The plates have a large heat transfer surface area and therefore considerably high loads are achieved from a compact plate heat exchanger.
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Business is booming for Designer Contracts It’s been a successful year for Designer Contracts. The company, which has a national network of 12 regional offices and a show home design division, saw a 14% increase in turnover to £34m for the 12 months to the end of October 2015 compared to the previous year. The company recently trebled its national distribution facility moving to a larger premises, increasing its size from 44,000 to 109,000ft2, a significant increase in height, offering three times the amount of storage capacity. It then expanded its regional facilities in North London, Essex and the South West.
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Pop Up Power Supplies at Chelsea Football Club Pop Up Power Supplies recently installed nine retractable service power units within the stadium arena at Chelsea Football Club. The half tonne units are buried out of sight, beneath the perimeter of the pitch, and are raised out of the ground when required. Chelsea technical services team needed a power solution to enable the ground staff to power its specialist hydroponic equipment to nurture the growth of the pitch. The solution was Pop Up Power retractable service units. The Chelsea ground staff now have access to multiple 63 A and 32 A TPN waterproof power feeds.
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SAVING WITHOUT COMPROMISE
Typically, for houses up to 3-storeys and individual flats, the code recommends category LD2
Kidde Safety’s Firex range of smoke and heat alarms offers housing providers and tenants reassurance and lower costs. Hard-wired, interconnected smoke and heat alarms, with reliable power back-up, should now be the norm for social housing. This is spelled out in the Code of Practice BS 5839-6:2013, covering both new and existing homes.
S 5839-6 takes the form of guidance and recommendations, and is not in itself mandatory. However, it does form the basis for Building Regulations and is used as a benchmark in housing standards (including HHSRS), specifications, legal, insurance or other situations.
Minimum standard While BS 5839-6 is based on a risk assessment approach, it recognises that in most cases guidance tabulated in the code can be applied as a minimum standard. It lists the minimum categories (locations for alarms) and grades (power sources) recommended for different types of housing. Typically, for houses up to three storeys and individual flats, the code recommends category LD2. This means smoke alarms in all escape
routes and any areas where fires may start, such as living rooms, plus heat alarms in all kitchens. The Code also recommends grade D hard-wired, interconnected smoke and heat alarms with back-up power. This is demanded by Building Regulations for new housing and changes of use, where batteryonly smoke alarms are not permitted. But grade D is also important for existing buildings. In another important change, the 2013 edition of the code now excludes grade F battery-only systems from all rented homes.
Long life, low cost The resulting growth of hardwired systems has developed interest in energy-saving products. In response, Firex smoke and heat alarms offer a substantially lower, maximum mains energy
consumption of less than 15mA – in the order of just 3.5W. This is lower than many household items left on standby and represents a 70% energy saving over previous models with significantly lower running costs for tenants and better sustainability credentials for housing providers. Another Firex innovation is the introduction of long-life, lithium battery back-up options for all three sensing technologies, alongside the usual loose battery and integral rechargeable battery versions. This provides back-up throughout the whole alarm life at a much lower price than rechargeable products. Firex alarms can also interconnect with Kidde’s 4MCO and 4MDCO hard-wired CO alarms, as well as with each other, using the unique Smart Interconnect feature. Here, the
Firex alarms can also interconnect with Kidde’s 4MCO and 4MDCO hard-wired CO alarms
alarms have different, distinct alarm sounder patterns for carbon monoxide and fire – an essential facility – supported by different display messages on the 4MDCO model. So, without the need for any further operation of the system (such as remote switches), Smart Interconnect automatically alerts occupants throughout the property of the specific hazard that confronts them. It allows them to respond quickly, making the right choice from the very different actions for either fire or carbon monoxide.
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Innovation in pumping systems T-T Pumps will be showcasing its range of package pumping stations at Ecobuild. Visit T-T Pumps on stand E3260 to see its Trojan range of package pumping stations. The Trojan above ground units are ideal for locations where space is premium. T-T will also be exhibiting its Planet range of package pumping stations. The Planet pumping stations provide an efficient and economical way of installing a sewage and drainage pumping station. The range of pumping stations contains a preformed chamber element, assembled offsite along with its own internal pipe work and valve system integral to the same chamber.
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VMZINC double lock standing seam and flatlock panels in ANTHRA-ZINC were used in the construction of the Macro Micro Studio at the University of Dundee. The zero-energy prototype was built in the Botanic Gardens by eight architecture masters students seeking to achieve ‘an off-grid, energy autonomous, Passivhaus’. The sustainable design is the UK’s first net-zero energy, live/work studio and showcases existing and emerging materials and services and renewables. VMZINC was among a consortia of over 50 manufacturers brought together to provide specialist expertise and materials prior to it being equipped with instruments to capture data on environmental performance and energy generation.
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VMZINC used in UK’s first self-built timber Passivhaus studio
With the recent completion of public realm regeneration at East London’s Brownfield Estate, Interpave has updated its case study on this exemplary project. Brownfield includes Architect Ernö Goldfinger’s listed, concrete high-rise blocks. Before regeneration, a key issue with the estate was the variable quality and character of the urban realm. With standard width carriageways, very wide pavements and no defensible space to frontages, the streetscape was bleak. The aim was to unify disparate elements of the site using a simple palette of hard landscape materials. Wherever possible, multi-use streets and spaces were developed using robust and high quality landscape elements.
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Snickers’ patented onsite knee protection
With long-term knee injuries all too common among professional tradesmen, Snickers’ patented knee protection system delivers the ideal solution. Leading the way in reliable and certified knee protection for professional tradesmen and women, the new D30 kneepads deliver the most advanced knee protection available today. With superior cushioning and protection, they are produced from D3O LITE – a high-tech material that’s flexible, durable and cut-resistant and complies with CE standard EN14404. These dynamic kneepads also have an advanced, ergonomic, injectionmoulded design that makes them shape comfortably around your knees while their specially designed air channels provide outstanding ventilation for maximum comfort.
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Portakabin Group wins awards for work with apprenticeships
The Portakabin Group has won three awards for its outstanding work with apprenticeships – two National Apprenticeship Awards for Yorkshire and the Humber, and Large Employer of the Year at the York Apprenticeship Awards. The National Apprenticeship Awards recognise excellence in businesses that grow their own skilled workforce through apprentices. The Portakabin Group was the regional winner in the Large Employer category and Martin Kennedy, Production and Logistics Trainer, won the award for Apprenticeship Champion of the Year. The Portakabin Group has also won the Large Employer of the Year category for the second consecutive year at the York Apprenticeship Awards.
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Knauf reinforces BIM revolution with contractor training In response to its customers' needs, Knauf is delivering one day courses introducing the Building Information Modelling (BIM) to first and second-tier contractors. Knauf believes the course is urgently needed due to the Government stating all projects should be adopting BIM from April 2016 – yet there is a lack of training being offered through accredited training bodies. Knauf also notes the lack of understanding in the market place from second-tier contractors and has invested in supporting its customers to understand BIM. Knauf will be offering further courses on BIM and supports the Kent BIM Hub forum.
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Focus & Innovation The Houses of Parliament with Elizabeth Tower, viewed from across the River Thames
NEWTON WATERPROOFING KEEPS HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT DRY The Houses of Parliament is a landmark that has dominated the London skyline for over 150 years, present in its current location in some form since the 11th century. Newton Waterproofing Systems is extremely privileged to once again share in securing the future of this historic building. of Parliament T heandHouses Newton Waterproofing go back a long time. The 30 year construction project to create the iconic gothic building that we all know today began back in 1840, shortly before John Newton & Company successfully established itself as the premier supplier of animal hair for plastering. As part of the construction, the original John
Newton provided his material to help create the magnificent ceilings of the new building. Over a century later, Newton was again on hand to install the newly-invented Newtonite ventilated damp proofing membrane to lower ground floor rooms suffering from water ingress from the adjacent River Thames. More recently, in the 1980s the Newton 805
Newlath membrane followed its predecessor, as it was also installed in several other lower ground floor rooms as remedial protection against damp. With such a long-standing relationship, Newton was delighted to return for this new project, which initially required a thorough site survey by Newton specialist basement contractor MacLennanUK, in order to specify a guaranteed waterproofing solution for the new build basement. Once the survey was successfully completed, MacLennanUK decided to consult directly with Newton, whose products and technical expertise were perfectly suited to the project requirements.
The self-healing characteristic of Newton 403 HydroBond allows penetrations through the membrane, whilst maintaining a watertight seal around the structure
This complex project required the design and installation of an external waterproofing membrane, an internal cavity drain system, and a polyurea roofing membrane to ensure a high standard of waterproofing.
Externally, Newton’s innovative, self-healing 403 HydroBond membrane was applied extensively to ensure a highperformance waterproof seal around the basement structure. Internally, Newton 508 and Newton 520 membranes were both applied from floor to ceiling as part of a complete System 500 cavity drainage solution. Once the finished structure was in place, the waterproofing was completed by the application of both a polyurea coating and further drainage membrane to the roof deck of the basement.
Result The completely waterproof structure is fully compliant with the requirements of BS 8102:2009, and will provide a durable and well-established waterproofing solution in this large new basement situated directly next to the River Thames. After utilising multiple Newton Systems to great effect, MacLennanUK also provided an insured-backed guarantee for the work undertaken, confident in the level of protection against water ingress. www.newtonwaterproofing.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org 01732 360095
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The MCIAT Professional Assessment is a flexible, rigorous, robust and quality assured qualifying process, based on performance and designed to recognise the diversity of Architectural Technology. Candidates must provide an in-depth critical analysis clearly summarising their professional experience. This should be a reflective report and should refer to challenges and successes encountered whilst working on projects and how any issues were resolved. Applicants should also undertake a self-evaluation highlighting their strengths and weaknesses in relation to their area(s) of practice. The Professional Assessment process is based on four core competencies: • Designing • Managing • Practising • Developing (self)
Who can apply for the MCIAT Professional Assessment? Any applicant working in or on, for example, academia, general practice, component design, refurbishment, small residential projects, large commercial projects etc within Architectural Technology, should be able to apply their own experience to the Professional Assessment process, but they must hold one of the following membership grades: ACIAT, TCIAT or profile candidate. Each application will be assessed on its merit. However, each applicant will need to demonstrate a sufficient level of knowledge and understanding and professional competence/experience in relation to their sphere/s of practice and demonstrate to the Institute they can meet the expectations of a Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT.
How much does it cost? To apply for the Professional Assessment, applicants are required to pay £300 for the assessment of the application and the Professional Assessment Interview.
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