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Winners and losers in spending review Dennis Flower email@example.com
The government’s spending review has been met with widespread disappointment across the building services industry, despite positive news surrounding education funding. The government has committed more than £21bn to rebuild 261 schools by 2017, bringing the original plans forward by two years, according to chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander. He said: “We’re investing to create a million new school places in a decade across the country.” Around half this total will be accounted for by the creation of places in primary and secondary schools, he announced. Stating that £10bn has been allocated to the repair of schools, Mr Alexander said that this represented “enough to clear the urgent backlog”. The spending review also revealed plans to create 180 free schools, 20 technical colleges and 20 studio schools by 2016. The combination of newbuild and repair and maintenance requirements will be welcomed by many contractors who have
continued to report disappointing order levels. However, the news that the Department of Energy and Climate Change has received an 8 per cent reduction in its budget was widely condemned. As a result, the Renewable Heat Incentive will receive less funding than previously expected. A total of £424m has been allocated for 2014/15 and £430m for 2015/16. Bosch Group head of government and external affairs Neil Schofield said: “The chancellor is sending a clear message that the future is not renewable energy. “The constant delays to the introduction of the domestic RHI have led many in the heating industry to believe that there
is no real commitment from the government towards domestic renewables. “The new policy of starving the domestic RHI of vital cash effectively sounds the death knell for the scheme.” The £6m increase for 2015/16 would barely cover inflation on the commercial RHI budget, Mr Schofield said. Plumb Center head of sustainability Tim Pollard said: “We understand that times are tough and the government has to do what it thinks is best. “I don’t think that anyone can argue that the government and the energy sector need to work together to tackle rising fuel costs.” Although the publication of strike prices of projects within the government’s Contracts for Difference was seen as more positive, Renewable Executive chief executive Gaynor Hartnell said the omission of dedicated biomass power within these “is striking”. GET MORE ONLINE Register to HVN’s website for free to get greater access to all the latest HVAC news and views hvnplus.co.uk
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Inside EUROPE VOTE SLAMMED
The recent vote by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee has resulted in a number of responses calling for an urgent debate regarding the F-Gas Regulation. Page 3
Mary Kerr has written exclusively to H&V News to give her view of the blacklisting saga, following the recent BBC Panorama programme that raised a number of questions surrounding the issue. Page 6
GREEN DEAL NO SHOW
Figures released on uptake of the Green Deal show that after more than 38,000 assessments, only four were listing as pending and none had been completed at the time of reporting. Page 7
The sum allocated to the first phase of the Priority School Building Programme Special report, page 15
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CONCERNS OVER F-GAS VOTE What with the government’s latest spending review, the recent European Parliament vote on F-Gas, figures released for the Green Deal and resurgent interest in blacklisting in light of the BBC’s Panorama programme, it seems industry developments are like the buses at the moment – tending to emerge in concentrated groups. There are, as always, a number of other topics both surrounding and in addition to these subjects, many of which will run as standalone items on hvnplus.co.uk. But the latest development in the EP’s F-Gas legislation (see page 3) will be seen as the most worrying by many readers, representing everyone’s worst fears over the loss of sovereignty caused by the impact of dictats issued by Brussels.
EP’s F-Gas legislation represents everyone’s worst fears over the loss of sovereignty caused by dictats issued by Brussels”
Editor’s choice Learning curve
Our feature charts the ups and down of funding for projects for schools, with the debate also becoming a major discussion point following the government’s recent spending review, highlighting the shortage of school places and the need for urgent action.
Industry experts give their views on the use of chilled beams, which are deemed to be suitable for both new-build and retrofit projects and provide an adaptable and efficient solution to deliver high levels of comfort for building occupants in a variety of settings.
The involvement of Balfour Beatty Engineering Services in Cambridge University’s Sainsbury Laboratory was highly influential in the project gaining a BREEAM Excellent rating. The company had to meet high energy demands while maintaining the award-winning architectural intent.
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I’ve spoken to a number of contractors concerned over the impact this could have on their clients, the majority of which were feeling fairly secure in the current refrigerant actions agreed with their maintenance provider. The blacklisting saga is yet another industry issue which continues to have negative connotations for individuals, companies and organisations. The exclusive letter from Mary Kerr (see page 6) has been published in full on our website to show another side of the debate. While several of the former users of blacklists have pledged to change their ways, it seems there are even more questions raised by both Ms Kerr’s statements and the recent Panorama programme.
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Widespread concern over European F-Gas decision Dennis Flower email@example.com
A number of concerns have been expressed by industry bodies following the European Parliament Environment Committee report on proposed amendments to the F-Gas Regulation. The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations said the committee had exploited a loophole that would allow the rapporteur a mandate to begin negotiations with EC members behind closed doors. This was described as sidestepping the normal process of permitting MEPs an open discussion on the amendments. “Essentially it was a dark day for democracy in Europe,” said FETA director general Cedric Sloan.
“Horse trading behind closed doors will hold the future of the RACHP industry across Europe to ransom,” he said. The European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee said the proposed restriction of HFC use will put pressure on users because alternatives were not “fully commercially available”. It also expressed concern about a proposed introduction of a tax on the sale of HFCs in Europe of up to 10 euros/tonne CO2 equivalent. EFTC chairman Nick Campbell described this as “unbelievable” and said it could cost EU companies and consumers up to €1.2bn per year. Spanish MEP Cristina Gutiérrez-Cortines said she was concerned over a number of
aspects of the recent vote. The countries of southern Europe would be particularly affected, she said, where high temperatures make refrigeration equipment essential. “This banning is only beneficial for Nordic countries, Germany and Austria that hold the companies that are supposed to have developed alternatives to F-Gases,” Ms Gutiérrez-Cortines said. The European Heat Pump Association said it was pleased to see that the vote had not added heat pumps to the Annex III list of banned items. However, the introduction of a heat pump definition that did not align with the Energy Performance of Buildings directive should be augmented by a set of precise definitions, the EHPA said.
Briefs Acquisition completed
The purchase of heating and ventilating component supplier A R Ellis has been announced by Anglo Nordic. A R Ellis has relocated from its Horton, Surrey, premises to a base in West Molesey.
Energy management ‘first’
GDF Suez company Cofely has been certified to the international ISO 50001 Energy Management standard in recognition of its energy management operations, and has claimed to be the first in its sector to attain a UK-based certification.
Strong results for Norland
Company purchase no longer up in the air The purchase of specialist airhandling products supplier SK Sales by SIG has been announced for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition complements and expands the SIG network, product offering and expertise for the HVAC market, the statement said. The SK Sales Air Trade Centre branches will be rebranded in the months ahead. SIG Distribution managing director Paul Gordon said: “SK Sales is an exciting business and provides us with a platform for further branch expansion. “SIG has a major presence in mainland Europe in the air management category and this acquisition strengthens our position.” hvnplus.co.uk
Waldeck looks to London
Joint SK Sales managing directors Alan Taylor and Jason Kemp will continue to lead the business as part of SIG The number of SK Sales branches will increase to 22 when the rebranding exercise is complete. These will also offer the range of SIG own brand products SIG says its partners will also benefit from new revenue opportunities as a result of the purchase
The latest audited accounts for Norland Managed Services show it achieved profits of £21m from a turnover of £384m for the year to April 2013. Revenues and profit rose by 23 per cent, the company reported.
H&V News regrets to announce the death of Geoffrey Cutting MBE last month at the age of 88. He served the B&ES, then known as the Association of Heating, Ventilating and Domestic Engineering Employers, from 1961 for 28 years as director. Mr Cutting also founded the SEC Group.
Consulting engineering firm Waldeck Engineers is increasing its presence in London, with the recent appointment of engineering manager Dawid Powezka soon to be followed by the recruitment of another CAD technician as well as a design engineer.
Proposed L8 update
The HSE has launched a consultation on its proposals to update an Approved Code of Practice for the L8 standard of control of legionella in water systems. Available on www.hse.gov.uk, the deadline for response is 23 August 2013.
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Briefs MBE for WaterSafe chairman
Asbestos exposure scandal hits children’s hospital Chris Berkin firstname.lastname@example.org
WaterSafe chairman and fellow of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering Chris Sneath has been awarded an MBE for services to the plumbing and heating industry.
Scots see renewable support
It has been revealed that Scottish communities are now receiving approximately £5m per annum from a number of onshore wind farms, which is expected to increase as more developers sign up to schemes in the future.
A Scottish health board has been fined for safety failings that led to workers and contractors being potentially exposed to deadly asbestos fibres. Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that the Greater Glasgow Health Board had failed to properly manage the asbestos risk in a basement plant room of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, H&V News’ sister title Construction News reported. The court heard that a survey in February 2009 had identified the presence of materials containing asbestos in various locations within the plant room and noted that they were in good condition and presented a low risk.
It is often many years before asbestosrelated diseases appear” The survey recommended the materials be labelled and their condition monitored. Another survey in January 2011 found that some of the materials were in a poor condition and now posed a high risk, recommending removal and environmental cleaning of the area. The matter was reported to the Health and Safety Executive
after asbestos swab samples came back positive. An investigation by the HSE found that the health board had taken no action since the 2009 survey to monitor the materials. The court also heard that employees of the health board and outside contractors regularly had to access the plant room. The health board pleaded guilty to Regulation 4(10) of Asbestos Regulations and was fined £6,000. Following the case, HSE inspector Eve Macready said: “The dangers posed by the presence of asbestos are clear. “There is no known ‘safe limit’ and it is often many years after exposure before asbestos-related diseases appear – so it is important that exposure to asbestos fibres is kept to an absolute minimum.”
‘Unique’ platform launched
GSH Group has launched its Energy Monitoring Application integration platform, which the company says brings together its energy management and engineering management systems and is described as the only one of its kind in the sector.
BIM for beginners publication launch
Fuel poverty discussed
The Keepmoat Ideas Exchange event has been held in Manchester and featured tackling fuel poverty as the central topic on the third day of the three-day initiative, which discussed future problems facing Britain’s energy sector.
EPC support to save energy
The Property and Energy Professionals Association has championed the use of energy performance certificates following information released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change claiming that energy-saving measures can boost house prices.
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ECO brings business to building services firm Heating contractor BSW Building Services has reported success within the Affordable Warmth Initiative of the government’s Energy Company Obligation. Working with boiler suppliers and local authorities, the scheme was described as “excellent news for the heating industry” by BSW operations director Troy Bellière. “It provides the opportunity for contractors to increase their productivity by generating additional business from householders who are unable to meet the cost of upgrading their systems,” he said.
The Construction Products Association and the NBS have launched the BIM for the Terrified publication, aimed at manufacturers who do not have an understanding of building information modelling. Level 2 BIM will become mandatory on all central government building procurement contracts from 2016. For more information: constructionproducts.org.uk
New ECO role Scottish energy-saving firm Direct Savings is intending to increase its work within the Energy Company Obligation and Green Deal, and has employed Will Henshelwood to develop new opportunities in the future. hvnplus.co.uk
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News Briefs New MD for J&S
Chris Yates (left) has been appointed managing director for Johnson & Starley, following the retirement of Glenn Page after 33 years with the company. Mr Yates was formerly deputy director of the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council.
Distribution sales director
John Ryszkowski will take the position of sales director for distribution for Vent-Axia in August, when Steve Archibald, who currently occupies this role, leaves the company. Mr Ryszkowski was formerly national account manager for Wavin Plastics.
Sarah Greatorex has been appointed executive secretary of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group, following the retirement of John Nelson. Her appointment follows a distinguished academic career, including holding the position of principal at Colchester English Study Centre.
New role for ICOM
Tahsina Khan has been appointed to the new role of membership support engineer for the ICOM Energy Association. In addition to member support, she is tasked with developing specific projects to update members with the latest industry developments.
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Completion of Edinburgh conference centre project announced A major refurbishment project for the Edinburgh International Conference Centre has been completed by NG Bailey. The project included moving floor technology to enable reconfiguration of the floorspace, plus a new entrance, café and seven-storey office development. NG Bailey’s engineering division provided all electrical engineering for the scheme, including a new HV and LV electrical power distribution system, and worked closely with the City of Edinburgh Council alongside main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine.
Former CA employee hits back at blacklisting claims Dennis Flower email@example.com
Mary Kerr, who was previously employed by The Consulting Association in a bookkeeping capacity, has provided H&V News with an exclusive insight into the running of the blacklist – the subject of an ongoing Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry. Her letter follows the recent BBC Panorama programme and includes a rebuttal of the claim she was a partner in The Consulting Association, run by her husband Ian, who died last year. She says her initial role as bookkeeper was latterly extended to “very part-time clerical assistant”. The Consulting Association was shut down by the Information Commissioner’s Office in 2009.
The details were supplied by ‘very experienced HR personnel’” Blacklisting continues to be a subject of debate and controversy in the construction sector. In her letter to H&V News, Ms Kerr also states that she is considering legal action against the BBC and tells of her plans to write a book about the blacklisting saga. Commenting on her husband’s statement to the Scottish Affairs Committee shortly before his death, she says Mr Kerr “told the whole truth”, but says this has since been questioned.
“The CA list was never a big deal,” she says, adding that this is supported by information seized by the ICO. The Panorama programme included accusations that some workers had been wrongly included on the list, which had caused considerable hardship. Ms Kerr states that the information came from “very experienced HR personnel and it would be reasonable to assume they were putting in reliable information”. The role of workers’ unions in supplying details for the blacklist is also questioned by Ms Kerr. The fact that there were shortages of skilled labour at the time is another relevant factor, she says. The full version of Ms Kerr’s letter can be viewed online at www.hvnplus.co.uk/kerr-letter hvnplus.co.uk
News Green Deal statistics reveal low take-up by households Dina Patel firstname.lastname@example.org
Only four households in the UK have pending energy-efficiency measures paid for by the Green Deal and a further 241 ‘new’ applications are in the system, according to government statistics. The figures are low given that by 16 June, the cut-off date for the figures, 38,259 GD assessments had been carried out. The Department of Energy and Climate Change, which released the statistics, said: “Under the policy framework, it is expected that a high proportion of ‘new’ and ‘pending’ Green Deal Plans will result in measures installed and charges starting to accrue.” Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker said the numbers were lower because it had taken time to set up software systems and finance for household Green Deal plans. He said: “The very first wave of Green Deal Finance Providers have only just got their individual finance terms and conditions
This was to be anticipated, as only a few of the 60 Green Deal providers are able to offer finance at present”
in place and gone live with their software systems that operate this whole new product. “However, the good news is that we expect up to 50 authorised finance providers to be active by the end of the year, massively increasing the access to finance in the market.” Keepmoat sustainability director Nigel Banks said: “The take-up figures are very low, but this was to be anticipated as the legal con-
tracts to offer Green Deal finance are not in place, meaning only a few of the 60 Green Deal providers are actually able to offer finance at present. “It is frustrating that these legal contracts were not in place sooner but we expect this to be resolved in the next few weeks.” Mr Banks added: “People need to remember the Green Deal is just one finance option available. “There are other significant grant subsidies available, such as the Energy Company Obligation, which means people can get home insulation and free replacement boilers for those on qualifying benefits.” The Green Deal launched on 28 January in England and Wales and on 25 February in Scotland. In addition, 206 GD assessor organisations and the 1,798 GD advisers they employ had been accredited up to 16 June. ALL THE GREEN DEAL NEWS at our dedicated online section hvnplus.co.uk/news/green-deal
Briefs BRE Trust to enter Brazil
UK built environment charity the BRE Trust, will extend its operations in Brazil by opening a new research centre within the University of Brasilia in the country’s capital.
Illegal gas fitter prosecuted
A plumber caught working illegally on gas has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), following a tip-off from a Gas Saferegistered engineer. Gary Dunne-Bathurst, a 54-year-old Norfolk plumber trading as G D Bathurst, was ordered to pay £100 in costs and given a 12-month conditional discharge.
New boiler demand
A total of 3,600 new boilers have been fitted in Northern Ireland under the government’s £12m Boiler Replacement Scheme, which was introduced in September 2012.
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News round-up Retirement, gas, green deals, education Airedale technician retires
Harry Wardman has retired from his position of senior test technician at Leeds-based air conditioning manufacturer, Airedale, after 28 years of service. Mr Wardman joined Airedale, following 22 years as a field-based electrician in 1985. He later moved into the Airedale test centre, originally building prototypes and ultimately taking responsibility for product testing. He was sponsored by the Company to study for qualifications in refrigeration and electronics. Airedale product development director George Hannah said: “Harry has been at the heart of our development, and his vision and technical ability have been a key factor in our growth. We wish him a very enjoyable retirement.” Major shale gas find
A new study by the British Geological Survey has found that the UK’s Bowland shale play holds shale gas resources of up to 37.6 trillion cu m. The Carboniferous Bowland Shale gas study: geology and resource estimation summarises the background geological knowledge and methodology which has enabled a preliminary in-place gas source calculation to be undertaken for the BowlandHodder shale gas play across a large area of central Britain. This large volume of gas has been identified in the shales beneath central Britain, but not enough is yet known to estimate a recovery factor, nor to estimate potential reserves. Other areas in the UK have shale gas and shale oil potential, and later in 2013 the Jurassic shales in the Weald Basin of southern England will be the subject of a further BGS/DECC study. Trust tops survey
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Balfour Beatty awarded £1.5m M&E contract Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) has been awarded a £1.5m services contract for the Royal College of Art’s (RCA) new applied art building located in Battersea North, London. This facility is the largest dedicated centre for postgraduate applied art in the UK and the new four-storey building will provide 2,700 sq m space for teaching and workshop areas. BBES is installing mechanical and electrical services to the building following completion of the M&E design by Wallace Whittle and Partners. The first site
Half of householders surveyed said that a clearly displayed certification mark from a trusted organisation presented by a tradesperson was now more important than price when choosing a contractor. Small local firms topped the survey for the type of organisation householders would be most likely to hire. GIB’s £2.3bn green deals
Since its launch in 2012, GIB has committed funds to 11 green infrastructure transactions with a total value of £2.3bn. This direct commitment of £635m has mobilised £3 of private sector money for every £1 invested by GIB in each of its priority sectors. GIB chairman Lord Smith said: ‘We are building a new institution and want to behave with the highest standards of transparency and accountability. “Our annual report sets out full details of our investments and operations during our first few months; including details of our green impact.” GIB chief executive Shaun Kingsbury said: ‘In our first, short year we’ve made great strides in
activity is to survey the existing plant capacities and performance to validate the design, as this plant will power all the new installation equipment. Works are being carried out for Vinci Construction UK, working with consultants Max Fordham
£2.3bn Value of green infrastructure transactions GIB has committed to since its launch in 2012
& Partners. The project will be completed in time for the start of the academic term in late 2015. The new building is to be named The Sir Po-Shing and Lady Helen Woo Applied Art Department in honour of the couple’s association with the RCA.
putting in place the foundations upon which we will build an enduring institution’. EAL welcomes funding
Chancellor George Osborne’s commitment to fund a programme creating 20 University Technical Colleges, 20 school studios and 180 new free schools per year has been welcomed by EAL, the awarding organisation for industry qualifications. The reforms, aimed at ‘equipping young people with the skills that they need to succeed’, have been welcomed for providing a clearer vocational path from education to industry. Domestic refurb initiative
BRE has launched a new founding member’s initiative for users of the BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment scheme at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference in Manchester. Introduced in 2012, BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment provides a design and assessment method for refurbishment projects, aiming to improve the sustainability and environmental performance of existing dwellings. hvnplus.co.uk
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Sectors, data, contract leads EDUCATION The underlying value of education starts (valued at £250k-£100m) posted doubledigit year-on-year contractions in every quarter of 2012, so an increase of 13 per cent in the first quarter of this year will come as welcome relief for contractors operating in this sector. Though provisional figures for Q2 appear to be weaker, 2013 overall is expected to see a stronger performance than the previous year, according to intelligence provider Glenigan. The regional picture during Q1 was generally positive, with the south-eastern corner of the UK proving particularly lucrative for education work. Both the East and West Midlands, London and the South-east recorded strong values and improvements during the three months, while the East of England, South-west and Yorkshire & the Humber also posted solid figures. Scotland and the North-west’s values were also respectable, despite year-on-year falls. Stand-out schemes that put shovels in the ground during Q1 included the £60m contract for the redevelopment of Sparsholt College in Winchester, being delivered by Thomas Vale Construction; extension works worth £13m for Loughborough University, for which Mansell is the main contractor; and the £12m construction of a new SEN primary school in Plumstead, London, where Graham Construction is on site. Looking ahead, after a period of weak activity the education sector is looking more positive. Schools were ring-fenced in the spending review last week, giving a degree of certainty for the industry, though spending in other areas of the sector is likely to fall. The government’s Priority School Building Programme will 10 3 JULY 2013
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be the principal driver of activity in the near term, while the chancellor’s protection of science-related investment in the spending review should also ensure continued opportunities in this area. Glenigan is forecasting a 13 per cent increase in the value of starts this year, compared with a 28 per cent decline in 2012; activity is expected to accelerate towards the end of 2013. This is backed up by an improving pipeline of work, with planning approvals increasing 33 per cent year on year in the five months to May 2013. Growth is set to flatten out in 2014 as the sector adjusts to government measures.
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ONS CONSTRUCTION REDUNDANCIES These figures show the total number of construction sector redundancies across the UK per quarter, according to the Office for National Statistics. The latest data covering Q1 2013 show that approximately 17,000 redundancies were recorded throughout the wider industry, representing a fall of around 5,000 compared with the previous quarter, and allaying for the time being fears of continued increase. The quarterly movement from Q4 2012 to Q1 2013 was 22.7 per cent â€“ as was the year on year change. These redundancy figures usually lag behind any improvement in the industry and peak when the cycle has turned.
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ONS CONSTRUCTION JOBS FILLED (millions) 2.05
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These numbers from the ONS show the total number of job positions filled across the construction industry. The decline in the number of jobs filled had been gradually slowing over the course of last year, and Q1 2013 recorded the first increase since Q4 2011. The number hit 1,994,000 in the first quarter of the year, compared with 1,983,000 in the previous quarter. This marked a quarter-on-quarter increase of 0.55 per cent, but the figure was still 2.59 per cent short of the same period in 2012. Nevertheless, industry analysts are reporting cautious optimism in terms of employment in the near term.
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Opportunities Contract leads Midlands/East Anglia plans approved
DERBY £0.59m n 22 Main Street Breedon-onthe-Hill Planning authority: North West Leicestershire Job: Detail Plans Granted for 9 houses Client: Alexander Bruce Estates Developer: David Granger Architectural Design, The Old Dairy, Mill Street, Packington, Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1WN Tel: 01530 560939
BIRMINGHAM £13.5m n Alcott Hall Junior & Infant School, Lime Grove, Coleshill Heath Primary School Planning authority: Solihull Job: Detail Plans Granted for school & caretakers house Client: Solihull MBC Agent: Baart Harries Newall, 1 Wilderhope House, Pountney Gardens, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 7LG Tender return date: 29th July 2013. Tel: 01743 361261
NOTTINGHAM £2.5m n Phase 2, Halfords, 50 Teal Close, Victoria Business Park, Netherfield Planning authority: Gedling Job: Detail Plans Granted for 3 retail units Client: Crown Estate Agent: Mountford Pigott Partnership LLP, 50 Kingston Road, Surrey, New Malden, KT3 3LZ Contractor: Longcross Construction Services, Sherwood House, 12 Maisies Way, South Normanton, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 2DS Tel: 01773 814550
RUGBY n 95 Clifton Road
Planning authority: Rugby Job: Detail Plans Granted for medical centre Client: GPI Agent: Bournville Architects, Estate Office, Oak Tree Lane, Bournville, Birmingham, West Midlands, B30 1UB Contractor: Wildgoose Construction, Fallgate, Milltown, Ashover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S45 0EY Tel: 01246 590066
North/North-east plans approved
BARNSLEY £1.7m n Lund Lane, The Close 12 3 july 2013
Planning authority: Barnsley Job: Detail Plans Granted for 22 houses Client: Cornell Group Ltd Developer: Brewster Bye Architects, 5 North Hill Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2EN Tel: 0113 275 4000
Golden Smithies Lane, Wath-uponDearne, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S63 7ER Tel: 01709 766000
KEIGHLEY £0.92m n Waterside Business Park, Keatley Road, Silsden Pennine Playgrounds
NESTON £0.51m n Home Farm, Chapel House Lane, Puddington
Planning authority: Bradford Job: Detail Plans Granted for 12 houses Client: Pennine Playgrounds Ltd Developer: Waller & Partners, Ground Floor, 1 Mill Field lodge, Cottingley Business Park, Cottingley, Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16 1PY Tel: 01274 561645
HULL £12M n Land at Exeter Grove, Ganstead Grove, Rimswell Grove/Wyton Grov Planning authority: Kingston-UponHull Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 157 houses & 18 flats Client: Hull City Council Agent: MPSL Planning & Design Ltd, Commercial House, 14 West Point Enterprise Park, Clarence Avenue, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1QS Tender return date: 17th July 2013 Tel: 0161 772 1999
LEEDS £5M n Morley Newlands Primary School, Wide Lane, Morley Planning authority: Leeds Job: Detail Plans Granted for school building Client: Leeds City Council Agent: NPS Humber, Earle House, Colonial Street, Hull, Humberside, HU2 8JY Contractor: Wates Construction, West Court, 196 Gelderd Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 6DB Tel: 0113 231 1880
SCARBOROUGH £2.8m n Land north of Eastfield, Northwold Road, Eastfield Middle Deepdale Development Planning authority: Scarborough Job: Detail Plans Granted for 60 care flats & 3 commercial units Client: Sanctuary Group Agent: P+HS Architects, Queens House, 34 Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2DE Contractor: Keepmoat Homes, Callflex Business Park,
North-west plans approved
Planning authority: Cheshire West Job: Detail Plans Granted for 9 residential units Client: Spencer & Roe Developer: John Rose Associates, Berkeley Court, Borough Road, NewcastleUnder-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 1TT Tel: 01782 382275
WARRINGTON £2M n Site of former Leisure Centre, Chiltern Road Planning authority: Warrington Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 6 commercial units Client: Consolidated Property Group Ltd Agent: Bower Design, Craycombe House, 73A Bold Street, Hale, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA14 2ES Tender return date: 15th July 2013 Tel: 0161 927 9533
PRESTON £1.6m n Land at Jubilee Road, Walmer Bridge Planning authority: South Ribble Job: Detail Plans Granted for 12 houses/7 luxury houses & 4 flats Client: Redrow Homes Lancashire Agent: Heyes & Company, Berkeley Barn, Berkeley Drive, Cuerden, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 6BY Contractor: Redrow Homes Lancashire, Redrow House, 14 Eaton Avenue, Matrix Office Park, Buckshaw Village, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 7NA Tel: 01772 643700
ROCHDALE £1.8m n Land at the boundary of Osborne Street Planning authority: Rochdale Job: Detail Plans Granted for 32 houses Client: Great Places Housing Association Agent: Eden Building Design, Great Oak Farm, Mag Lane, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 0TF Contractor: Harbur Construction, 3000 Aviator Way, Manchester, M22 5TG Tel: 0161 2661088
Scotland plans approved
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Planning authority: Western Isles Job: Detail Plans Granted for distillery buildings Client: Isle of Harris Distillers Developer: John R Coleman, 39 Glasgow Road, Kirkintilloch, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G66 1DA Tel: 0141 776 3035
OBAN £0.83m n Tigh Na Sith, North Connel Planning authority: Argyll & Bute Job: Detail Plans Granted for 5 houses & 5 cottages Client: Mr. & Mrs. G McPherson Developer: Greenfields Design Ltd, 2b Bank Street, Alloa, Central, FK10 1HP Tel: 01259 216500
KILMARNOCK £2.1m n Cattle Market ste West, Langlands Street Planning authority: East Ayrshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for 28 flats, 9 houses & 2 bungalows Client: MacTaggart & Mickel Agent: CMM Architects, Fergus House, 127 Fergus Drive, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G20 6BY Contractor: MacTaggart & Mickel Ltd, Atlantic Quay, 1 Robertson Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G2 8JB Tel: 0141 332 0001
PORTREE £1.5m n Land at Home Farm, Dunvegan Road Planning authority: Highland Job: Detail Plans Granted for 32 residential units Client: Lochalsh & Skye Housing Association Agent: Wittets Ltd, Riverbank, Broadford, Isle Of Skye, IV49 9AB Contractor: Compass Building & Construction Services Ltd, Corrie Lodge, Millburn Road, Inverness, Highlands, IV2 3TP Tel: 01463 710002
South-east/London plans approved
CHISLEHURST £1M n The Crest, Raggleswood Planning authority: Bromley Job: Detail Plans Granted for luxury house Client: Mr. Timothy Joseph Developer: IK Wyatt Building Design, 11 Woodlands Rd, Orpington, BR6 6EB Tel: 01689 859236
PLANS APPROVED Projects that are approved but are at pre-tender stage
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FARNHAM £1.2M n 1 Harveys Furnishing Group, Wrecclesham Rd Wrecclesham Grovebell Industrial Estate Planning authority: Waverley Job: Detail Plans Granted for 3 retail units Client: GMS Estates Developer: Foundations Architects & Designers, Old Chambers, 93 - 94 West Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7EB Tel: 01252 720 838
LONDON £1.5M n 312-320 Earlsfield Road Planning authority: Wandsworth Job: Detail Plans Granted for 6 flats Client: Viridian Housing Agent: Geoff Beardsley & Partners Limited, Elfin House, 1a Elfin Grove, Teddington, TW11 8RD Tender return date: 19th July 2013 Tel: 0208 614 4374
BASILDON £1.6M n Land north of Tesco, Mandeville Way, Laindon Planning authority: Basildon Job: Detail Plans Granted for 20 houses Client: Reliant Building Contractors Ltd Agent: Hall Needham Associates, Hollinwood Business Centre, Albert Mill, Albert Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL8 3QL Contractor: Reliant Building Contractors Ltd, Elm Tree Court, 101 Elm Tree Road, London, NW8 9JT Tel: 020 7266 7839
ROMFORD £6.6M n Land adjacent to Darlington Gardens Hilldene Avenue, Hilldene, Harold Hill Planning authority: Havering Job: Detail Plans Granted for 54 houses, 44 flats & 2 luxury houses Client: Notting Hill Housing Agent: PCKO Architects, 45 - 51 Lowlands Road, Harrow, HA1 3AW Contractor: Countryside Properties, Countryside House, The Drive, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3AT Tel: 01277 260 000
WEST DRAYTON £2.4M n Cherry Lane Primary School, Sipson Road Planning authority: Hillingdon Job: Detail Plans Granted for school (extension) Client: London Borough of Hillingdon Agent: Mace Limited, Stag
House, Old London Road, Hertford, SG13 7YY Contractor: Lakehouse Contracts, 1 King George Close, Romford, RM7 7LS Tel: 01708 758800
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FAIRFORD £4.5M n Lakes, 103, 103a & 104 London Road, Cotswold Water Park Planning authority: Cotswold Job: Reserved Matters Granted for 59 houses & 1 leisure building Client: Cygnet Investments Developer: Hawkes Architecture, The Bull Pen, Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst, Saynden Farm, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 0HX Tel: 01580 892739
NEWPORT £0.27M n Newport West Retail Park, Docs Way Planning authority: Newport Job: Detail Plans Granted for restaurant/cafe building Client: Nottinghamshire County Council Developer: Willdig Lammie Partnership Ltd, Tregleath House, 1 Serpentine Road, Newport, Gwent, NP20 4PF Tel: 01633 254711
NEATH £1.2M n Land at 58 Cardonnel Road, Skewen Planning authority: Neath & Port Talbot Job: Detail Plans Granted for 17 houses Client: Green Hill Construction Limited Agent: Green Hill Construction Limited, The Green House, Esperanto Way, Newport, Gwent, NP19 0RD Contractor: Green Hill Construction Limited, The Green House, Esperanto Way, Newport, Gwent, NP19 0RD Tel: 01633 290159
SWANSEA £1.6M n Russel House, 31 Russell Street Planning authority: Swansea Job: Detail Plans Granted for 18 flats Client: Gwalia Housing Association Agent: Hyde & Hyde Architects, Royal Building, 10 Princess Way, Swansea, West Glamorgan, SA1 3LW Contractor: T Richard Jones (Betws) , Betws Industrial Park, Foundry Road, Ammanford, Dyfed, SA18 2LS Tel: 01269 591103
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Special report Schools
Education work must not lose its focus on energy Funding of education projects has seen many ups and downs since the coalition entered office and continues to give cause for concern The axed Building Schools for the Future initiative was one of the first casualties of the current government’s agenda when it came to power in 2010 as it attempted to rein in spending and reduce the deficit. Having provoked widespread protests at the time, fast forward to the present day and the wisdom of the programme’s cancellation is being questioned again, following growing concerns that the UK is facing a considerable deficit in school places. With an increasing number of schools in a poor state of repair, which was also linked with asbestos-related problems earlier this year, many commentators view the education sector as in serious need of additional investment. The government’s Priority School Building Programme is starting to make progress, however (see front page), with contracts recently awarded to major contractors including Carillion, Kier and Wates for schools worth £110m. Within this, Kier was awarded a £30m deal for seven capitally funded schools, the latest to come to market under the £400m phase of the PSBP. Wates won the £33m East of England batch of priority schools and Carillion was awarded the £47m North-west lot. In addition, seven schools in Bristol, Devon, the Isle of Wight, Poole, Southampton and Wiltshire are to be rebuilt or refurbished. hvnplus.co.uk
Bam Construct was also awarded a £75m contract to build seven schools in London, plus a £27m deal to deliver four schools in the Midlands. Carillion was the winner for the North-west 1 batch, which includes eight schools in Blackpool, Cheshire West and Chester Halton, Manchester and Tameside. This is the company’s first contract win of its type. The Education Funding Agency recently announced plans for the £700m private finance element and said the rest would be capitally funded. Firms on the EFA’s contractors’ framework are expecting £269m of new work across four schools batches to be procured in the near future. Fuelling concern
This still leaves thousands of schools facing the issue of rising energy costs. The £10bn recently allocated to school repairs, however, should provide building services suppliers with more opportunities in this area. Remeha Commercial managing director Mark Northcott says schools need to find energysaving measures that will allow strained budgets to cover rising operating costs without draining funds away from students. “With utility bills escalating due to spiralling fuel prices, improving the energy-efficiency of the heating in school buildings is a prime starting point for local
Schools under the PSBP will involve standardised designs
£100m Value of PSBP schools work awarded to Carillion, Kier and Wates
authorities and business managers seeking to lower energy bills and carbon emissions,” he states. Whether the building is new or old, affordability is a key factor in choosing the appropriate energy-saving heating solution. Mr Northcott says modern condensing and super condensing boilers require relatively low initial outlay and deliver rapid financial payback with proven results. “Retrofit has more than halved energy consumption for some schools,” he says. “Clean burning and low in both carbon and NOx emissions, they will lower the school’s carbon footprint and meet all 3 JULY 2013 15
Special report Schools (continued) environmental requirements for new and old buildings alike.” Disruption is minimal, Mr Northcott continues, with schools able to carry out installations during term time with no interruption to heating service. Super condensing heat recovery systems score even higher when it comes to improving the energy-efficiency of old school buildings. “Super condensing technology balances sustainability with affordability to offer even greater carbon and energy savings in old buildings by allowing old heating systems – which by their nature require more energy – to achieve maximum combustion efficiency at all times, while using otherwise wasted energy for the benefit of space heating,” he says. Alternative funds
Another solution to the scarcity of funding that could help schools tap into solar technology is the use of ‘crowdfunding’, as recently reported by the Guardian. The idea allows individuals to invest or donate small sums in a project, providing an alternative to traditional fundraising tools. The report included the Solar Schools example – a UK project helping communities crowdfund the cost of solar panels for their school by gathering a number of small donations from parents, pupils and local businesses. Those participating usually have to raise a minimum of £8,000 to install a solar system, including donations of as little as £5 to sponsor a virtual solar tile. The Solar Schools scheme was also featured within the third Annual National Greening Education Conference and Exhibition, entitled The foundations of a sustainable future, which took place in May. Presented by Govtoday in association with The Carbon Trust, the conference – for which H&V News was the media partner – examined the role to be played by the education sector through the 16 3 JULY 2013
Modern boilers will meet a school’s environmental requirements for new and old buildings alike” Mark Northcott, Remeha Commercial
temperatures can increase heating bills by up to 40 per cent.” It is also important to adhere to maintenance schedules to ensure efficiency of equipment, he added. Smart ventilation
greening of schools and drive for sustainable thinking. The conference also investigated the roles that both colleges and universities will play in both the reduction of carbon emissions and the fostering of future leaders for a low-carbon economy. This message was further endorsed by Carbon Trust manager for technical change Joseph Williams, who spoke about the importance of school carbon management. Mr Williams explained the importance of schools reducing their carbon emissions while explaining the support available. “Over the past few years, financial cutbacks mean most schools struggle to justify the cost of buying expensive energysaving technologies, even where the longer-term business case is good,” he said. He emphasised the need to change behaviours of staff and pupils to make saving energy a priority. “The opportunities for saving are well known: while schools are aware that lights and computers use a lot of energy, many find it difficult to change behaviour,” he said. “Heating schools when they are unoccupied or to excessive
This report shows that fresh air and cutting artificially increased temperatures improve school work” Mike Sullivan, Cosaf
A further study on schools was recently published in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers journal. The article suggested the performance of school children in the classroom was negatively affected by poor ventilation and temperature control. Field studies carried out by two professors in identical classrooms at a school in Denmark examined the effect of different room temperatures and quality of air on the performance of children carrying out every day academic tasks. The results found that increasing the outdoor air supply rate and reducing artificially elevated classroom temperatures improved the performance of many tasks. UK ventilation services firm Cosaf says the study shows the need for a similar approach in UK classrooms. The company’s managing director Mike Sullivan said this area is often overlooked when schools are designed. “With tighter budgets in the present financial climate, the temptation is to cut corners on anything that isn’t directly related to improving exam results,” he says. “However, this report shows that fresh air and cutting artificially increased temperatures improve school work.” SCHOOL DEALS See the latest education jobs hvnplus.co.uk/news/contracts
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Special report Chilled beams
Adaptability is key to chilled beam success Industry experts examine chilled beams’ ability to match various building requirements, including both new-build and retrofit projects Greater efficiency has become the main selling point for virtually every new product launched onto the building services market in recent years. It is certainly one of the recognised benefits provided by chilled beams, which have proved popular with specifiers and designers in various settings within the commercial sector. These products also boast a number of other benefits – particularly adaptability, as chilled beams can be used within both retrofit installations and new build projects, according to industry experts. Further advantages include low noise levels, suitability for use in offsite construction procedures and their capacity to improve comfort levels of buildings. The latter is seen as a crucial factor within commercial facilities, the majority of which are, of course, workplaces for large numbers of employees. Staff productivity is understandably a high priority for any employer, therefore any product that assists in delivering a comfortable environment, along with other aforementioned advantages, will be a welcome component of the building’s HVAC system. The same rules apply to chilled beams as to any other product or system, in that correct procedures have to be observed for such benefits to be successfully delivered. The building services sector is fortunate, however, in that this hvnplus.co.uk
particular technology is understood by a growing number of engineers; as a result, installation standards are generally high in the majority of cases. The correct use of controls has long been recognised as an important factor in the successful installation and commissioning of all types of system, and this is another highly relevant area for chilled beams. A correctly installed and controlled chilled beam system will be able to quickly adapt to changing conditions to maintain comfort levels and avoid any build up of condensation. Cost drives beams
The increasing price of utilities highlight the benefits of chilled beams, according to SAS International marketing manager Malcolm Stamper. He says: “With increasing concern about the cost and sustainability of energy, energy consumption is a fundamental part of choosing the most appropriate technologies for heating and air conditioning solutions.” As each and every building will have different requirements, it is the role of a design engineer to select the most cost-effective and energy-efficient solution for a particular application, Mr Stamper continues. Choosing a solution that is flexible as well as energy-efficient is also crucial for the majority of
Chilled ceiling systems can be installed within 100 mm ceiling voids and therefore useful for older buildings” Malcolm Stamper, SAS International
refurbishment projects, with constraints in the building design or fabric needing to be considered. “Chilled ceiling systems can be installed within 100 mm ceiling void and therefore useful for older buildings where minimal floor-to-ceiling heights need to be maintained,” he says. “They incorporate a single piece copper or aluminium element into the rear of a standard suspended metal ceiling tile. “Flow and return temperatures are typically between 14 and 17 deg C; this means that they can also be linked to renewable 3 JULY 2013 19
Special report Chilled beams (continued) options such as ground-source heating and cooling systems.” Designing and testing mockups of chilled beams in a climate controlled test laboratory demonstrates the project performance criteria that can be achieved. “By simulating these project environments the level of thermal comfort can be determined,” Mr Stamper explains. “At construction stage, offsite manufacturing of chilled beams and ceilings improves certainty of the build programme, which reduces overall construction time and cost.” Ensuring a good fit
Such design considerations are taking on an increasing degree of importance in a project’s development, according to TROX air water systems product manager Iskender Gençer. “There is a growing awareness that, when designing air conditioning and ventilation systems, ‘one size does not fit all’,” he says. “Instead of just meeting the theoretical requirements of the space, designers are taking into consideration potential problem spots, perhaps areas close to glazing, IT-intensive spaces, or places where ceiling height is higher or lower than average.” Mr Gençer explains that this is being driven by two key priorities: the greater visibility of buildings’ energy-efficiency performance, and the need to reduce energy consumption without sacrificing comfort conditions. These dual priorities create new challenges for the building services engineer. “A designer may need to specify a wider range of units while keeping the number of suppliers to a minimum to ensure clear accountability,” he says. “At the same time, additional technical input is often needed to prove designs ahead of installation.” Emphasising the importance of focusing on the design element, Mr Gençer says meeting customer demand has shaped 20 3 JULY 2013
There is a growing awareness that, when designing systems, one size does not fit all” Iskender Gençer, TROX
his company’s development in recent years. He also stresses the need for specifiers to be offered a wide choice, enabling problem zones to be tackled effectively without having to resort to the added expense of designing a unit from scratch to meet the requirement. “We have also invested in the ongoing development of our testing laboratories and a growing number of customers are making use of these to ensure designs deliver in terms of both energy performance and comfort for building occupants,” he says. Critical control
As well as concentrating on product design, Fläkt Woods Air Climate Solutions managing director Dene Kent says it is important to ensure chilled beams are matched with effective controls. “Chilled beams have long been a popular choice for commercial premises, especially offices,” he
Ensuring a chilled beam system is optimised relies heavily on the control systems” Dene Kent, Fläkt Woods Air Climate Solutions
says. “It’s hardly surprising, given their inherent energy savings and their ability to provide comfortable indoor environments with lower air movement and low noise levels. “However, ensuring that a chilled beam system is optimised for the application relies heavily on the control systems in place, not only at room level but throughout the ventilation and cooling system.” Using an office block as an example, Mr Kent says there are a number of factors to consider that will affect the amount of cooling required, including the levels of occupancy; room layouts; different floors; and individual zones. Such a situation requires a more holistic approach to the whole system, encompassing the air-handling unit (AHU), air terminal devices and sensors. This not only ensures the lowest possible operating costs are achieved, but also, by linking controls systems with the AHU and other components, it is possible to ensure air-based cooling is used before liquid-based cooling – further optimising running costs. As chilled beam technology has evolved, Mr Kent continues, many models can also be supplied ‘demand controlled-ready’, and can track occupancy with a combination of CO2 and occupancy sensors. Such systems can reduce costs by up to 25 per cent compared with traditional constant air volume systems. “Another feature that is becoming increasingly common on chilled beams – and should be considered by consultants – is the adjustment of air throw,” Mr Kent adds. “This helps to provide an even flow to all areas of a building and optimise occupants’ comfort.” HVAC INNOVATIONS Find the latest products online hvnplus.co.uk/products
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Special report Case study
Stirling effort for awardwinning laboratory The M&E requirement for a new Cambridge laboratory included an extensive list of installations for Balfour Beatty Engineering Services The Sainsbury Laboratory, located within the University of Cambridge’s Botanic Garden area, is an 11,000 sq m, two-storey plant science research centre. Designed by architect Stanton Williams, it was awarded the Stirling Prize for Architecture last year. The £13m M&E contract delivered by Balfour Beatty Engineering Services for main contractor Kier played a key part in the building receiving a BREEAM rating of Excellent. The company was tasked with meeting the lab’s high energy demands through the use of sustainable initiatives, while maintaining the architectural intent. BBES accordingly installed 1,000 sq m of photovoltaic panels and photocell-controlled electric lighting, using daylight as the main source of light for the majority of working hours. Other green solutions included rainwater harvesting and water monitoring, designed to further increase energy efficiency. The company also installed
All the M&E services had to be designed and installed into tight ceiling spaces” Steve Rowland, BBES
fume cupboards, ventilation, chilled water, heating, BMS controls, air conditioning, lighting, power and security systems. BBES utilised its Modular Systems+ facility to deliver and install the plant room and 18 prefabricated risers. These contained modules for ductwork and pipework, which form a continuous ribbon around the L-shaped building. The advantages delivered by the company’s offsite manufacturing facility included reducing hours spent on site, which also improved health and safety, while the installation quality was also guaranteed to be of a high quality through the use of factorycontrolled assembly. This included the testing of all components before they were delivered to the site. The process has also been credited with providing a solution to adverse weather conditions, as production can continue when onsite working is affected. The reduction of waste is another positive factor delivered by offsite manufacturing, BBES says. Modular approach
The company explains that using its Modular Systems+ facility enables projects to include a more sustainable approach to building services delivery. “The laboratory’s high specification and energy demands, particularly in the plant growth
herbariums, was a challenge in terms of M&E design and installation, as Stanton Williams’s aim was for a clean, uncluttered aesthetic throughout the building,” says BBES project manager Steve Rowland. “This meant all of the building’s extensive M&E services had to be designed and installed into tight ceiling spaces within this concrete-framed building.” The three key components of safety, efficiency and sustainability were all included in this highprofile project, resulting in the delivery of a high-quality working environment for some of the world’s leading scientists. 3 JULY 2013 23
Industry interview Graham Russell
Looking to the future of energy management Viessmann MD eyes the next generation of storage and distribution Energy storage has been high on the industry and political agenda for some time, with the added issue of government payments to wind farms owners to shut down at times of over-supply recently entering the mix. These topics are very much on the radar of Viessmann managing director Graham Russell, who is keen to explore options of power to gas. The idea behind this is to use the oversupply of renewable technologies, such as solar PV and wind, to create synthetic methane which can then be stored as gas within the National Grid. “Severn Trent Water has quite a sizeable biogas plant of ours,” he says, highlighting the potential. “But there’s a much more fundamental level that I think the government needs to understand, in terms of driving green energy. There’s this obsession with electricity, but they don’t quite know how they’re going to achieve it.” Very little electricity is actually
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used for heating, he explains, but power to gas would be focused mainly on generating heat – and will provide carbon savings. This method can also take advantage of existing infrastructure and the UK has the best gas grid in the world, Mr Russell states. Power to gas can also accept a percentage of biogas without affecting current installations, he adds, citing Germany as an example, where there are plans to use up to 6 per cent biogas within its natural gas supply. He also compares the inefficiencies of the electrical grid, which loses a considerable percentage of power, with that of the gas grid, which loses very little. “But every existing appliance can be adapted to run on 100 per cent biomethane,” he says. “It’s as simple as converting a boiler from natural gas to LPG.” Methodology
Both wet and dry fermentation methods can be used to create biogas, Mr Russell says. “We’re using biogas with combined heat and power units and any over production is put through a Carbotech unit to create synthetic methane,” he explains. “My view is that until the government starts to look differently at domestic heat, we will continually have arguments about how we produce electricity, whereas an
An efficient decarbonised electricity grid could work in symbiosis with a decarbonised gas grid”
efficient decarbonised electricity grid could work in symbiosis with a decarbonised gas grid.” The government is also not thinking laterally enough about the subject of sustainable urban development where domestic heating is concerned, he says. He refers to the German Efficiency Plus project, which has seen carbon savings through improved building fabric, efficiency and substitution methods, the latter of which has been accelerated through the use of biogas. Mr Russell also expects district heating to grow in the UK. “In the city, on the gas grid, district heating is a very efficient method of providing heat to multiple homes,” he says. There is also potential for the use of liquid air to store energy (see H&V News 22 May, p7) and this would work well with solar thermal technology in domestic settings, Mr Russell says. It could also feed in to district heating systems and provide added efficiency. With millions of homes on the UK gas grid and the majority of homeowners comfortable with gas boilers, the sensible option is to continue seeking ways of using this fuel more efficiently, he argues. Off-gas areas will continue to show increasing uptake of alternative technologies, Mr Russell says, due to the cost of oil and LPG. hvnplus.co.uk
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Cutting costs and hitting standards as easy as DCV
Maintaining the HVAC system under a lease
Almost universal reliance on mechanical ventilation with heat recovery to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes requirements in today’s airtight homes is inhibiting use of equally-efficient and, in some cases, better methods. Modern homes are now so well insulated that efficient ventilation delivering the best indoor air quality (IAQ) has to be integral to the build to avoid problems with the fabric (such as mould and condensation) and health issues. Increased emphasis on standard assessment procedure (SAP) has led to a situation where MVHR systems are seen as the only option to ventilate airtight homes adequately and still meet target emission rates (TERs). This is not the case. Specifiers are led by the nose by accepted practice incurring extra costs for clients who then have to maintain systems at an unforeseen cost. For example, it can cost £80 a visit to change filters and perform a service. It can be more – in urban areas this essential maintenance could be required twice a year. Such costs are exactly what hardpressed local councils and social housing agencies need to avoid.
A recent Technology and Construction Court Case raises issues that may affect building services consultants and contractors. Sunlife Europe Properties v Tiger Aspect Holdings and Tiger Television, published in March 2013, concerned an upmarket office and retail building at a prestigious London address. The premises were built in 1973/74 and fitted out with a modern, integrated heating ventilation and air conditioning system. The lease was a full repairing contract of 35 years and was due to expire in March 2008. Over the years, tenants had failed to maintain the premises as the lease required them. In 2000 the first defendant looked at taking over the lease and commissioned a report that found the premises in a poor state of repair. A reverse premium was paid in this regard of £490,000 by the outgoing tenant. The new tenant carried out a limited refurbishment but understandably did not want to spend vast sums on repairs, including the HVAC system. When the lease expired, the landlord established that the premises had not been kept in good and
Across the board, specifiers are signing off on building houses by using convenient SAP tick boxes and putting a millstone round the necks of their clients in ongoing maintenance costs. The effect is that councils are spending too much money. There are many properties that could achieve Code 4 by other means, namely by adopting non-MVHR demand controlled ventilation (DCV) instead. DCV was championed in the 26 3 JULY 2013
2009 NHBC report, Indoor air quality in highly energy-efficient homes – a review, which said: “The next drive by the industry will be for advanced controls and, in particular, for DCV. “If the energy savings resulting from the potential reduction in fan operation and heat loss are to be realised, the ‘building empty’ and ‘room empty’ minimum ventilation rates must be determined.” A humidity-controlled DCV system offers nearly the same performance as an 80 per cent heat recovery system – at half the price – and needs virtually no maintenance. They certainly do not need filters changing. However, the industry is beginning to see past SAP. One major housing association has recently committed to building a tranche of houses incorporating DCV. More social housing providers need to wake up to the savings they and their clients can make here. The sector could save millions using DCV systems that are about 50 per cent cheaper to install, have no filters to replace and negligible costs in operation. The benefit of a DCV system is that it can pretty much be fitted and forgotten – for up to 30 years. Specifiers and contractors need to take a more informed view, consider all options and press government to overhaul SAP to recognise DCV technology and offer a level playing field for all energy-saving ventilation product to be judged. Colin Hone is sales director at Aereco
The court said the tenant just needed to leave the building with a 1973 H&V system that was in good repair”
substantial repair and condition. The tenant had no defence to this point. The case is about the damages payable by the tenant. An interesting point is that the court was clear that the tenant is only required to return the property in a good condition with mechanical and electrical systems in good working order. Systems’ state
The question is whether, at the end of the lease, the HVAC system is in a good enough condition to let to the type of tenant for the particular building. The rent may be lower because of an outdated system, which is not the tenant’s problem or concern, provided the system is workable and the premises able to be let. The court was clear that the tenant is not required to modernise the system or bring it up to date with current standards unless legally required. It was found that the tenant did not need to leave the building with a state-of-the-art HVAC system judged on 2009 standards; it just needed to leave the building with a 1973 HVAC system that was in good repair. However, if a piece of equipment cannot be repaired then it must be replaced with one which is at least its equivalent. HVAC contractors and consultants will naturally advise a client to repair or replace an out-of-date system with a new, economic system. However, this case is a reminder that if your client is a tenant, it may not be appropriate to do so, taking into account all of the economic factors the lease introduces. It may be worth approaching the landlord regarding replacing the system at its own cost rather than settling for a repair job of an out-of-date system. Kim Teichmann is senior associate at Thomas Eggar
Better business: technical Commissioning humidifiers, temporary systems HUMIDIFIERS
Avoid humidifier issues at point of commissioning
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The last thing a contractor needs is to have to return to site to correct an issue with a humidifier installation that has arisen at the commissioning stage. To avoid this, here are some of the most frequent issues we see, with advice on how to get it right first time. First, consider location: the most convenient place to put a steam humidifier isn’t always the best. Consider access for servicing and put the unit as close to the point of steam delivery as possible so steam pipes can be kept short. If the piping is too long, steam will condense prior to being released in the duct, reducing efficiency. Ideally keep them under 5 m lagged copper or 3 m flexible steam hose. Take 1 m off for every elbow. Also avoid sags or deadlegs where condensate can build-up without running to drain. Consideration should also be given to drain piping. Steam humidifiers can release water between 60-100 deg C, so lowgrade plastic piping can melt and bend. Some models will temper drain water prior to release, therefore if this is an issue, select an appropriate humidifier. An air gap is always required but don’t position a humidifier over an open drain, as steam rising from it can re-enter the unit and cause corrosion or electrical faults.
Whether planning a HVAC system renovation, anticipating additional capacity requirements or preparing to handle a worstcase system failure scenario, experienced facility managers know that preparation is essential. Make sure that all parties understand their roles and responsibilities, as a well-thoughtout plan can dramatically reduce the time required to find, install and start up a temporary cooling and heating system. Consider planning in advance and have a standing agreement with a rental service provider. It can reduce response time by twothirds, which means you can get a HVAC system up and running in hours instead of days, or days instead of weeks. Creating an effective HVAC renovation or contingency plan includes four fundamental steps: n Gathering and documenting key information – information collected about the building and its current HVAC system. This is also the time to consider factors such as design specifications, current and anticipated system load, climate conditions, recent and planned building alterations and any special challenges or concerns. n Analysing and identifying needs: with a renovation project,
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condensate into the lance’s drain. Locating a steam lance too high or low in a duct may also cause a problem, as different humidity levels in the airstream could result in condensation on ductwork and poor humidity control. Running a steam humidifier on hard water will inevitably increase maintenance. Limescale left behind after the water evaporates will need removing from the boiling chamber more frequently. Careful consideration ought to be given to humidifier selection in hard water areas to reduce servicing as much as possible. Installing an electrode boiler humidifier could cost the end-user dearly in replaceable boiling cylinders. Using a resistive humidifier with an easy-to-service, cleanable cylinder will present better value, even with its higher capital cost. Cold water humidifiers could also be a more appropriate option. Water treatment, such as reverse osmosis or water softeners, can reduce humidifier maintenance in hard water areas and also improve humidity control. As a resistive steam humidifier will be draining less to combat mineral build-up, the water temperature and steam delivery is more consistent. These are just a few things to consider before installing a humidifier but the most important thing to remember is to get advice from a quality supplier. Such firms are keen to help ensure a contractor’s initial install visit is his only install visit. David Marshall-George is UK sales manager at JS Humidifiers
A plan can reduce the time required to find, install and start up a temporary system”
Performing modifications in advance will reduce cost and response time in future” plans are reviewed with the goal of identifying where temporary heating and cooling capabilities will be needed to ensure continuous HVAC operation before, during and after installation. For a contingency plan, it is crucial to evaluate potential risks to the cooling and heating system and determine what will be required to provide continuity during various types of emergencies. n Developing recommendations: the facilities team and rental service provider can work together to recommend a suitable approach, including suggesting facility modifications to prepare the building’s system for temporary heating and cooling. Performing these modifications in advance will reduce both cost and response time in the future. n Drafting the plan: draft the HVAC contingency or continuity plan and, if possible, incorporate into a building’s more comprehensive crisis or renovation project plans. After the plan is approved, complete an agreement with the rental service provider. These firms can help you deliver on those expectations while improving operational performance, meeting special needs and preparing to respond when problems occur. They also understand that temporary cooling needs can arise at any time and require quick and efficient actions to ensure that temperature and indoor comfort are reliably maintained. Aidan Flannery is strategic account manager at Trane UK
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Wind farms, hospitals, offices, golf clubhouses Control technology installed at wind farm The construction of a purpose built state-of-the-art administrative base and associated storage facility located on the Walsingham Estate in Egmere has now been completed. Until recently, Scira Offshore Energy, the team responsible for the long-term running of Sheringham Shoal wind farm, was housed in temporary offices. Locally-based LSI Architects and Mansell Construction Services were appointed. Eyre of Norwich became the mechanical and electrical contractor, who in turn appointed EMC (a Priva partner also based in Norwich) to undertake the control technology. Control technology and touchscreens from Priva Building Intelligence have been installed. The equipment controls and monitors underfloor heating/ cooling and ventilation grilles. www.priva.co.uk
Radiators installed at state-of-the-art hospital
Air curtain collaboration at office complex
Renewable energy for golf clubhouse
Refurbishment for Moorfoot building
Jaga has installed its ultra-safe, energy-efficient and robust Maxi LST and Basic radiators at Keir Hardie Health Park in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. The £30m healthcare development was built as part of the Design for Life NHS Trust Framework Agreement. The-state-of-the-art, 100,000 sq m centre has replaced the outdated health facilities. www.jaga.co.uk
Four revolving door air curtains have been installed at Drapers Garden office complex in London. Blue Chyp was called in by its partners, Boon Edam, who had installed four revolving doors at the 16-floor office complex. JS Air Curtains’ Rotowind range was designed to act as a low-speed fan, forcing cold air into a room with each rotation. www.jsaircurtains.com
The Bells Hotel and Golf Club located in the Forest of Dean has opted for a renewable energy solution to heat its golf clubhouse and function rooms. The heating and hot water for the golf club is now provided by a Hamworthy Herz Pelletstar 45 kW biomass boiler and a 1,000-litre buffer/accumulator vessel. The boiler complies with the Renewable Heat Incentive. www.hamworthy-heating.com
Shouksmiths have been awarded the £2.5m mechanical and electrical services contract for the refurbishment of Sheffield City Council’s Moorfoot building. Working for the main contractor Henry Boot Construction, the multi-million pound project comprises vital service upgrades, including making the building as energy efficient as possible. www.shouksmiths.co.uk
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Radiators, ducting, chillers, fittings, heat exchangers Myson Radiator Myson has unveiled its new ground-breaking heating solution, the ULOW-E2; the UK’s first ultra-efficient radiator, driven by E2-Technology. Specifically designed to work with lower system temperatures, and to produce high heat outputs from smaller sizes, the ULOW-E2 uses innovative E2-Technology to automatically switch between static and dynamic operation in a single heat emitter. Intelligent controls, which automatically switch between static and dynamic operation, enable the ULOW-E2 to provide heat rapidly when required. As well as being an efficient low temperature radiator in winter, during summer months the ULOW-E2 provides gentle air movement in a pleasant summer breeze effect to freshen the room. www.myson.co.uk
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Omega Flex Gas piping systems
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Greenwood Airvac has added a new product to its Guaranteed Installed Performance (GIP) range with the introduction of ComfoTube ducting. Ducting plays a crucial role in the delivery of GIP as it can impact the performance of ventilation by up to 50 per cent, and it is especially important in systems where the ducting is installed in the building fabric. www.greenwood.co.uk
Clivet is presenting SPINchiller2 Duct, the new high-efficiency liquid chiller unit with ducted air for refrigerant condensation, plus innovative electronicallycontrolled plug fans. Clivet has heavily invested into research and development and the result has been a completely redesigned hydronic system product range with series of chillers and heat pumps. www.clivetaircon.co.uk
A new fitting has been introduced by Omega Flex, manufacturers TracPipe semi-rigid gas piping system. The ‘elbow’ enables TracPipe to be run at a right angle from a connection, while allowing a conversion from TracPipe to copper. TracPipe can now be connected directly to a gas meter outlet connection at a 90 degree angle, enabling it to be routed out the back of the meter box. www.omegaflexcorp.com
Xylem Lowara UK has launched a new range of advanced brazed and gasketed frame plate heat exchangers specifically designed for domestic, commercial and industrial applications. The new heat exchange plates combine a chevron-style heat transfer between the frame and pressure plates for superior efficiency, and the design keeps installation simple. www.lowara.com
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LG’s Artcool range of indoor split and multi-split units rings the changes over more conventional white wall mounts, combining aesthetics and energy efficiencies for the domestic and light commercial markets. The top-of-the-range Artcool Gallery wall-mounted unit resembles a framed picture and comes with a changeable photo for the front panel. LG also offers a
selection of conventional standard white wall-mounted units and also the Artcool Mirror unit, with a striking mirror finish. The LG Artcool Gallery units are energyefficient, rated A/A,while the Artcool Mirror offers an A++ rating and utilises the latest DC inverter drives, inverter driven fan motors and sophisticated controls. www.lg.com/uk/air-conditioning
In September and October 2013 Marflow Hydronics is running free training courses across the country on pressure independent control valves. Aimed at consultants, designers, specifiers and those who want to improve their skills and specifiy, purchase or commission a PICV, the courses will provide delegates with knowledge on how they work, how best to design and how to make
systems more economical. The half-day sessions will look at using PICVs today, simplified design and installation, cost implications, commissioning and what’s in store for the future. The courses are free, but delegates must have a reasonable knowledge of water distribution systems already to get the most out of the day. www.marflowhydronics.co.uk
For all those who have been intimate with an endoscope, the new DC50 Boroscope from Martindale Electric is the mechanical equivalent – but it’s not suitable for human use, we hasten to add! Used to inspect and troubleshoot all those difficult to get to spaces in facilities and manufacturing environments, the Boroscope takes your eye where your head can’t reach.
Fläkt Woods has launched LYRA – a highly efficient cassette chilled beam that provides extremely quiet cooling from a compact unit. LYRA sits flush in suspended ceilings and is effective in exposed soffit installations with casing adaptors and snap on front panels. Available in two sizes (600 mm and 1,200 mm) and suitable for cooling, heating or mixed-use, LYRA utilises
Featuring a waterproof illuminated camera head, which is attached to a flexible goose-necked-style lead, the DC50 offers users a clear light visual of the object under inspection. Easily adjusted to access images from a range of hard to reach locations, pictures are clearly displayed on to the integrated 320 x 230 TFT monitor. www.martindale-electric.co.uk
multi-directional diffusers and a flow pattern control system to produce a comfortable environment for a wide range of office and commercial applications. The flow pattern control system has three different air flow settings (low, medium and high), as well as the option of two fixed nozzle sizes to achieve maximum air flows. www.flaktwoods.co.uk
Kingspan Tarec has raised the bar for pipe insulation design and performance with the launch of its next generation Kooltherm Pipe Insulation solution, featuring passivated, impregnated liner technology, with an optional Theatre Black finish arriving shortly. The product is manufactured using Kingspan Tarec’s continuous online production process, which creates minimal
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waste (less than 5 per cent for recycling) and cuts labour time when compared with less efficient conventional phenolic pipe insulation manufacturing. The inclusion of passivating foam additive and liner in the manufacturing process creates a fully borecoated solution, tackling the risk of surface moisture causing joint or fittings failure. www.kingspantarec.com
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Ecoflam has supplied two BLU 700 kW LPG burners as part of a refurbishment of the heating and hot water system at Woodbury Park Hotel and Golf Club, near Exeter. The low NOx BLU burners were fitted on the existing boilers – which supply the hotel and leisure facilities – to upgrade the ageing system from oil to LPG. With outputs from 270 to 25,000 kW,
Laura Ashley fireplaces from Katell have once again been selected by O’Flanagan Homes to provide key focal points in their 14 three- and four-bedroom homes at Clarendon Square in Earlsdon, Coventry. O’Flanagan Homes has been so impressed with the quality, styling and service provided by Katell they decided to fit Katell’s Laura Ashley Fuchsia fireplaces
the versatile BLU range is suitable for domestic, commercial and process applications. With an adjustable combustion head with a turndown ration of 1:5, the BLU burners can complement a wide variety of combustion chambers. Plus, all models have a highly efficient fan ventilator which is designed to give flame stability. www.ecoflam-burners.com
at Clarendon Square. The fireplaces, in ivory with black granite back panel and hearth, feature the Rosemoor electric fire in chrome with coal and remote control. Electric fires were ideal for the homes as they eliminate the need for a flue but still provide a welcoming and realistic flame effect with or without the heat turned on. www.katell.co.uk
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Xpelair Ventilation Solutions has launched the ConneX range of RF controls – the ideal command solution for the commercial and housing markets that puts users in complete control of their ventilation requirements. The battery-less ConneX controllers can be used with up to 10 units of the same size at a distance of 25m – particularly crucial in large commercial settings where multiple
Myson has introduced the use of the most energy efficient A-rated circulating pumps with all Myson FLOORTEC underfloor heating systems. This will reduce electricity consumption by up to 80 per cent when compared with a standard constant speed pump and electricity usage from standard speed controlled pumps by up to 60 per cent. Efficiency such as this could save the
units will be key to attaining IAQ levels. Rather than adjusting units individually, multiple units can be adjusted at the touch of a button. To complement the design of the RF controls, the GX EC3 RF range of Carbonlite commercial fans has been designed specifically to provide optimum ventilation performance with the RF controller. www.xpelair.co.uk
average household up to 10 per cent on energy bills, the company says. Myson FLOORTEC systems draw on extensive experience in the heating industry, using A-rated circulating pumps which offer the very best in energy performance following the development of the AUTO adapt feature. www.myson.co.uk
Advanced Engineering has announced the addition of a world-leading filter-drier to its comprehensive line-up of AC & R products. Offering excellent value for money, the extensive Dry All range is manufactured to high standards – resulting in its approval by every leading European, Japanese and American OEM. Dry All has manufactured more than 5m filter-dryers. Its units are a
solution to the issue of moisture and solid contaminants in ACR maintenance. These elements can, in the short term, restrict the flow of refrigerants and make systems less efficient. In the longer term, however, they can cause much more serious problems – acid build-up, sludge, component corrosion, freeze-ups and system shut-downs. www.advancedengineeering.co.uk
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Specifiers and consultants can now obtain a free CD from REHAU containing all of the technical information they need to specify subsurface heating and cooling systems from the pipework system specialist. The disk contains all of REHAU’s specification literature including product guides, technical and CAD drawings as well as required specification phrases.
A Shade Greener, a leading firm in the free solar industry, is tracking its fleet of more than 200 vehicles with the award-winning Quartix system. The tracking of its cars and vans, which operate throughout the country, is helping the firm run a more efficient and greener fleet and benefits many of the company’s departments.
The Marylebone Project works with vulnerable homeless women, and its building’s heating system was long overdue an upgrade. Building services consultant Mervyn Hayes Associates found it had five inefficient boilers and two leaking cylinders. The boilers were replaced with three Mikrofill Ethos 130 kW condensing boilers, reducing output to the heating system and
Kamco has introduced the CombiMag Dual, a combination of the well-proven CombiMag magnetic filter and the CombiHeat power flushing heater, in a compact twin-cylinder unit. The CombiMag cleans heating system water during a power flush, so debris is not re-circulated through the boiler. It cuts the amount of time and water required to power
Specifications manager for heating and cooling products Tony Harbour said: “The guide is intended to give specifiers the tools they need in a user-friendly format, as well as lots of useful information on pipe sizing, flow rates, system temperatures and installation guidance.” Copies of the CD are available from Jo.Trotman@rehau.com. www.rehau.co.uk
With A Shade Greener running the entirety of its operations in-house, including sales, surveys, home visits, installations and post-installations, each head of department has a large and busy team to manage. Quartix’s fleet management reports are also used to keep on top of any maintenance due on the vehicles. www.quartix.co.uk
adding a welcome boost to the hot water system with two new Extreme 500 hot water loading systems. A Mikrofill EFD (electronic filling device) and a 1000 l expansion vessel were also included, as the system had originally been open vented. All equipment was installed by Chatham-based contractor Hadene Building Services. www.mikrofill.com
flush and protects the boiler from large amounts of corrosion debris. Regulations require a flushing chemical be used in the cleaning process. Most chemicals are more effective when heated, and Kamco has included an electric heater unit alongside the magnetic filter to ensure systems can be heated even if the boiler is non-functional. www.kamco.co.uk
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The versatility and aesthetics of the Rund air curtain from JS Air Curtains has cured BUPA’s winter draught problems at the reception of its offices in Staines. The air curtain has been custom-designed so it can be easily removed during the summer months when it isn’t required. Despite underfloor heating and a glass façade, the large reception atrium suffered
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And finally... The first Moon landing showed that anything is possible if you put your mind to it” Paul Featherston, operations director for London and the South-east at J S Wright, on cricket, Coldplay and giant bottles of aftershave If you were blessed with the necessary talent, what would your dream job be? A professional cricketer. Hitting the winning runs off the last ball of the last over of the last match to secure the Ashes for England against Australia… in Australia. It just doesn’t get any better than that. What’s the most played song on your iPod? Coldplay’s Fix You. Such an emotive song with its great lyrics and haunting melody. What’s your favourite quote? ‘The older I get, the better I was.’ If you could witness any event, past, present or future, what would it be? The first Moon landing. It showed that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. What would you name the autobiography of your life? No regrets (Well, maybe a few!).
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Wyatt Earp – to see if the legend matched up to the real person. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Play the guitar and read music. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Spend, spend, spend! What’s the best and worst gift you’ve ever received? The best gift I have ever received was my son. The worst gift I received was a giant-sized bottle of Blue Stratos (aftershave) from an in-law that is no longer an in-law! What’s the best work-related thing that you did recently? Setting up a London office for J S Wright. It’s been a huge challenge with a lot done and a lot still to do. What should the building services industry be doing to help itself in the current climate? The government needs to re-start spending on big infrastructure projects and give companies the incentive to invest in apprenticeship schemes. It should also support smaller companies with greater access to cheaper and more easily available funding.
M&E employers were told they were unable to complete major projects unless they offered employees significant extra benefits above the basic rate of pay, according to the Amicus union. CORGI’s revamp of the ACS accreditation process, including a requirement for all gas operatives to provide written evidence “confirming on the job” experience, was acting as a deterrent for cowboys who want to turn their back on illegal practices by undergoing assessment to gain official registration, industry insiders said. All oil tanks, including those used for heating purposes, should be subjected to an annual ‘MOT’, the environment minister was told. The call was made by Environmental Industries Commission director Merlin Hyman, who wrote to Elliot Morley MP. British Gas announced that following an extensive review of its sales force for fires and fireplaces, it had decided to disband it later in the year.
NAPIT backs club NAPIT has announced that it will be the new shirt sponsor of Chesterfield Football Club for the next three seasons. The NAPIT logo will appear on the club’s home kit for the 2013/14 season, with the ElectricSafe logo appearing on the away kit. The company will also feature in match-day programmes and on pitch-side advertising boards.
Vaillant deal Vaillant has announced it will be sponsoring British world champion sidecar racing drivers Ben and Tom Birchall. Vaillant will sponsor the drivers during their busy racing season which will include competitions like the prestigious Isle of Man TT. The Isle of Man TT is the biggest closed road race in the world with huge international appeal, attracting tens of thousands of visitors every year.
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