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Network Rail targets 10% savings in £47bn CP6 plan Network Rail has set its sights on an extra 10% of cost efficiencies across its maintenance and renewal operations in its latest fiveyear business plan. “The potential pipeline for development and delivery of enhancement schemes in England & Wales will be set out in a plan for rail investments to be published by DfT in due course. “The potential schemes for development in CP6 reflect some of the most pressing issues for the railway for which delivery funding is not yet available.” Network Rail intends to develop early contractor involvement and collaborative working arrangements to deliver efficiencies. The Control Period 6 spending plan, published today will see Network Rail deliver its largest ever spend of £47bn. Crucially, the plan recognises the important role that Network Rail’s 4,000 suppliers will play in delivering this work efficiently. Out-going chief executive Mark Carne, said: “We must deliver efficiently to drive down costs. Over CP4 and CP5 we have reduced the operating and maintenance cost per passenger kilometre by around 40%. In this plan we will achieve a further 10% improvement in real terms efficiency, offset by cost pressures of 2%.” He added: “Significant improvements in our business planning at a route level will drive more efficient delivery in CP6. Efficiency savings will also be achieved through smarter working, more efficient use of the railway and better technology. “We will ensure that the optimum life cycle cost balance is achieved between maintenance and renewals using asset management techniques and that gross renewals efficiency improves by 11%.” developer-update.co.uk
The plan notes the challenges that occurred in the last five years, where workloads were uncertain for industry, leading to inefficiency and cost pressures. It calls for stable and consistent activity levels to allow contractors to maximise the efficiency of delivery. Importantly the plan also commits Network Rail to sustain its strong record on health and safety, looking for a halving of lost time injuries during the five years. This compares with the expected 37% reduction in the current CP5 spending period. The Plan does note a significant drop off in spending on enhancements projects in CP6. This is driven by the decision by the Department for Transport to deal with enhancement projects on a case by case basis, rather than fund through the control period settlement. It states that because of a focus on delivering schemes deferred from CP5, few new enhancements will be considered for funding in the early years of CP6.
“We will continue to drive change through collaboration, cross industry engagement and improved communication of our expectations for behaviours, competence and performance, using national performance metrics and efficiency targets,” states the report. We will reinforce standard approaches to improve cost control and benchmarking, and build a culture of commercial accountability for what rail works ‘should, will, did cost and why’.” CECA chief executive Alasdair Reisner said: “The rail sector is the single largest driver of activity for the UK’s infrastructure contractors. As such, members will welcome the additional clarity that has been provided by the publication of today’s Strategic Business Plan. “The last five years have proved challenging for industry due to volatility in the flow of work in the sector. Network Rail has recognised that this uncertainty needs to be addressed if we are to deliver an ef cient and affordable service to the travelling public. Industry is ready to deliver the CP6 programme. We look forward to working with Network Rail to achieve this, while also making the case for further investment in enhancements.”
Industry News 05
Eurotunnel “very interested” in Boris bridge between England and France The French operator of the Channel Tunnel has given the Boris bridge proposal a boast, by writing a letter to the UK prime minster in support of a second permanent connection between England and France.
Although the idea was initially ridiculed by several industry figures, Eurotunnel’s letter makes it clear that a second permanent connection between the two countries is already part of the company’s plans.
In a letter seen by the Telegraph, the chief executive of Eurotunnel Jacques Gounon, said that he was “very interested” in the idea of a second permanent link between the two countries.
“The idea of a second fixed link is something that we regularly consider in our long term plans, and we would be delighted to engage with your officials to explore the possibility further,” Gounon’s letter continues.
The letter was sent in response to a proposal made by foreign secretary Boris Johnson, that a 22-mile-long bridge should be built across the English Channel. It was shortly after dubbed the Boris bridge.
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Eurotunnel has also pointed out the company, which operates the only permanent link between the countries, has the first option to build any second link between England and France.
Johnson reportedly made the suggestion during an Anglo-French summit on 18 January 2018. During the meeting he is understood to have said that England and France only being connected by the Eurostar rail tunnel was “ridiculous”.
The creation of a future second link between the two countries was included in the terms of the Treaty of Canterbury and the Concession Agreement, which were both drawn up in 1986 to set out the terms for the Channel Tunnel.
Architecture firm Benoy establishes presence in LA Additionally, there has been global team growth and 50 promotions worldwide, reinforcing the brand’s culture of collaboration between colleagues and studios to ensure design excellence. Founded in 1947 in the UK, the design firm has been building on its philosophy that good design not only defines how people view a place, but more importantly how they experience it. Headed up by Directors Barry Hughes and Jacqueline Beckingham, the new studio marks the firms expansion in North America. Tom Cartledge, CEO, Benoy, said, “Opening an LA studio is a longawaited ambition for Benoy and its addition to our portfolio is an integral part of our global network. I am
excited for the opportunities ahead of us and look forward to working with Barry and Jacqueline on new projects and new clients in the US.” This follows a successful year for the design firm with projects won on every continent, across all sectors particularly in the aviation field.
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Architects of New Misk Art Institute in Saudi Arabia Discuss Design Vision Amid a backdrop of rapid societal and political changes, Saudi Arabia’s creative community of artists, architects, and designers seem poised to experience a wave of change. Last week, the Misk Art Institute, a new organization of artists and designers backed by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Misk Foundation, announced its inaugural year of international programming, which will include the country’s first national pavilion at the upcoming Venice Architecture Biennale and the start of designs for a new ground-up headquarters building. Beyond the physical spaces that Saudi designers and architects will soon inhabit, the institute’s director Ahmed Mater, an internationally acclaimed artist with a selfprofessed interest in documenting the country’s “unofficial histories,” is himself proof of a new generation of leadership. At another point in the country’s history, 38-year-old Mater’s appointment may have been unlikely, but today he has received significant support from both the Saudi government and major global cultural institutions like the Museum of Modern Art, which provided the venue for Mater’s announcement in New York City. With Mater at the helm, the Misk Art Institute—the management of which is about 60 percent women—will begin its first major building project in Riyadh this year. For Mater, the creation of a dedicated building in the Saudi capital is a chance to propose “a new vision of what an institute of [the] 21st century will look like,” and to create a base for an organization whose reach aims to extend far beyond the country. Mater is overseeing the design, which will be conceived by the international team of Italian architect Michele De Lucchi and his firm, aMDL, and London-based firm Skene Catling de la Peña, along with support from Factum Arte, a multidisciplinary workshop in Madrid that uses technology to reproduce cultural heritage and hosts contemporary artists. Though officially selected by a jury in October after participating in a design competition for the building, the team formed organically out of a series of collaborations with the Madrid-based studio. Factum teamed up with Charlotte Skene Catling, one of the founders of Skene Catling de la Peña, to design and install the 2016 exhibition Scanning Seti: The regeneration of a Pharaonic Tomb, still on display in Basel, Switzerland. Factum has also worked with De Lucchi for about a decade at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice on various exhibitions and the conversion of a former monastery’s dorms into a library. developer-update.co.uk
Factum’s founder Adam Lowe says the design team was borne out of conversations with Mater (who has created several recent works at Factum) about the goals of what the Saudi institute’s new space could be. “This collaboration of different skills seemed ideal,” he wrote in an email. “All parties committed to working on this idea and … we are delighted that our approach to the development of this artist-led initiative was selected.” Though it’s “early days,” as Skene Catling put it, their various experiences at Factum will influence the design for the institute, which they will be developing in stages. For De Lucchi, the Madrid studio is a guide for how to incorporate the programmatic elements of the new institute, which will include gallery spaces, a theater, classroom and office spaces, and makers’ labs and studios, with new technologies that will be added into the building. “Without the experience of Factum Arte, this would be not possible,” he said. Skene Catling, who is interested in exploring how land forms and climate could shape the ultimate form of the Misk Art Institute’s new home, notes that the building must reflect the needs of the artists who will be using the space. “If you think of the demographics of that country being 70 percent of it under the age of 35, there’s a huge wave of energy and rethinking of how things are articulated,” she said. “We have to spend time out there with this group of people in order to define much more clearly what the brief is.” Though no concept design is yet available, Mater himself has one design precedent he pointed to as an inspiration for the direction of the institute’s final design: Tuwaiq Palace, an undulating social club for both foreigners and locals, designed by Atelier Frei Otto in 1985. The building received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1998. Mater, who spent the better part of the last decade documenting how development has transformed the holy city of Mecca, has no interest in building a spectacle. “We don’t care about [an] iconic building,” he said at the press event last week. Rather, he hopes the new headquarters for the Misk Art Institute will seamlessly reflect its surroundings.
Industry News 07
The Sloterdijk skyline Work On A State Of in Amsterdam is set The Art Warehouse In for a new landmark Derbyshire Has Started Team Crossroads is the winner of the biggest ever Amsterdam housing construction tender. With a specification of over 30,000 sq m, Crossroads responds to the ever-growing demand for good, sustainable and affordable homes in the Randstad, the Dutch megalopolis. With its polder roofs and green terraces and façades, Crossroads sets out to create a more environmentally friendly Amsterdam. Crossroads realizes an unprecedented urban quality thanks to its beautiful architectural profile. Due to its modular structure, the tower has optimum flexibility and differentiation. In addition, it will house public facilities aimed at the neighbourhood as well as residents. Spatial quality and ensuring social safety are key design drivers. The overall concept with its two striking residential towers refers to a weathered rock in a green valley, which gradually becomes narrower and more angular. On and around the second ground level, greenery grows along the towers. This ‘Green Hug’ provides climate control, collects surplus water, reduces noise and improves air quality. The rainwater runs down the façades and terraces, flowing into a basin in the shape of a reflective pond with lilies in the ‘Secret Garden’. In this mysterious place to visit beneath the railway bridge, people and nature meet each other in an industrial landscape. The Secret Garden connects the two residential areas with each other. In this garden are green terraces, a plank bridge, a walkway through the water, artificial lighting and light art. Various artists will show their work here. The 90-metre- high western glass tower is slender and rectangular, the open treatment of its corners offering maximum views. The east tower is 40 metres high and is the studenthousing tower, dynamically constructed from rotated blocks. All facilities are concentrated at the entrance, which is located on the station side. In addition to the various state-of- the-art techniques applied to the acoustics, climate control system and water storage, a special feature is that it is even possible to control housing costs. Team Crossroads is a collaboration between TBD and MVSA Architects, with partners Kondor Wessels Amsterdam, Delva Landscape Architects, De Dakdokters, VIAC and Klimaatgarant. Construction will begin at the end of 2019.
Partners Richardson Capital LLP and Thorngrove Land & Property Limited have officially announced the start of the work at Nickel 28, a 261,000 square feet distribution warehouse on the South Normanton Industrial Estate in Derbyshire. The appointed contractors, Winvic Construction Limited, have managed to finish clearing the site and are currently ahead of the 40 week construction programme. “We are very excited to have reached this important milestone and aim to have the unit ready for occupation by August of this year. Our decision to develop this scheme speculatively is testament to our confidence in this superb warehouse, which will address an obvious gap in the logistical market for fully available, high quality and well located accommodation,” said Lee Charnley, Managing Director at Thorngrove Land & Property. The new high bay warehouse will feature associated office accommodation, generous lorry parking facilities, a large 50m yard, a secure gatehouse, 24 dock loading doors, and double stacking entrance road. It is located on High View Road, which is less than one mile from junction 28 of the M1. “Having completed the demolition of the existing facility, we are delighted to commence construction of the new 261,000 square feet building and we are on track for completion at the end of the summer,” concluded Danny Nelson, Director at Winvic. The joint letting agents of the new warehouse are Commercial Property Partners and Cushman & Wakefield. Winvic is the UK’s leading ‘shed’ specialist, delivering millions of square feet every year for the industrial and distribution sector. However, they offer services in projects across a multitude of markets, including fit-out, infrastructure, civil engineering, residential accommodation, education, and many more. Established in 2001, Winvic is a privately owned company that excels in the delivery of construction projects on a national scale. developer-update.co.uk
08 Editor’s Choice
P C HENDERSON HARDWARE SPECIFIED FOR ELEPHANT HOUSE IN WALES P C Henderson’s Straight Sliding 307 door hardware has been specified for the main access door to an elephant house at Skandavale Monastery in Carmarthen, Wales. The monastery, which is home to a resident community of 25 monks and nuns, welcomes over 90,000 pilgrims to worship in its three multi-faith temples each year. As well as its temples, the monastery is also home to an onsite hospice and animal sanctuary. The most famous resident of the monastery’s animal sanctuary is Valli, a three tonne Sri Lankan elephant who resides in an enormous purpose built elephant house. Built just five years ago, the elephant house features heated walls, sandpits, a waterfall, plunge pool as well as a large sliding access door, measuring 3.9m x 3.2m, which Valli opens herself. After just five years the original sliding door hardware (not manufactured by P C Henderson) was unable to cope with the force in which Valli uses her trunk and head to open the door and so the track collapsed, meaning a replacement was needed. Brother Stephan, who resides at Skandavale, contacted P C Henderson to specify a track which would be robust and hard wearing enough to cope with Valli’s strength. The door itself weighs 500kg but due to the extra force being used, developer-update.co.uk
our Straight Sliding 307 system was specified, which can cater for doors weighing up to 2000kg. Brother Stephan commented “Prior to the new home being built, Valli lived in a different elephant house which utilised P C Henderson’s sliding door hardware for the main access door. This lasted the full lifetime of the home, approximately 15 years, despite the huge scale of force being subjected by Valli. When the hardware on the new home started to bend after just 5 years, there was no doubt that we would go back to using P C Henderson. We’re very pleased with the new system, which is now fully installed. It’s easy to see that the design and material of the track and components are of the highest quality and we’re confident
it will withstand the test of Valli over the years”. Situated in over 300 acres of woodland and pasture in South West Wales, Skandavale Monastery is ran entirely by full time volunteers and relies solely on voluntary donations to keep it running. P C Henderson’s Straight Sliding system is available in five different ranges to cater for maximum door weights of between 150kg and 2000kg, making it ideal for anything from light commercial doors right up to heavy and large industrial applications. The system is available for wooden and metal doors and allows doors to slide to one or both sides and are also suitable to cover any width of opening.
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Living the Dream in Appledore. Brian and Fiona Tilke, are no strangers to creating grand designs. Having already completed a self-build in Appledore, they wanted to downsize. A neglected 1960’s bungalow came onto the market in the most unique location in Appledore Devon. Whilst all the building work was underway, Brian and Fiona then set their creative minds to the allimportant kitchen design. A central island unit was key to this vision and Fiona loves the colour red and wanted to incorporate this strong colour into ‘her’ kitchen. “I’ve always wanted to use red in my kitchens and friends and family were sceptical” said Fiona. “But I think the red, when contrasted with the other colours in my kitchen looks amazing.” After their initial consultation, the couple sat down with Ashgrove kitchen designer, Luke. “What we liked about Ashgrove Kitchens and their designer Luke, was their ability to listen” says Fiona. “We tend to get a little excited and throw loads of ideas into the melting pot but developer-update.co.uk
their knowledge and experience really helped bring about exactly what we wanted.” The final design was approved but further enhanced as the space in the kitchen became more fully realised. Tall units were added on the right to make even more use of the wall space adjacent to the utility room. These units not only make a bold statement in Fiona’s favourite colour, but are also extremely practical. They incorporate both an oven and a microwave at chest height which make the appliances so much easier to use - plus, of course, lots and lots of essential storage space. As a contrast to the red, Luke and Fiona decided on a dark grey gloss (anthracite) material to feature within the central island unit and the remaining storage cupboards of the kitchen. Quartz worktops in ‘twinkle white’ further enhance the colour combination and provide a large area for the preparation of food. With all that food preparation, the sink plays a very important part, so it’s vital that it’s position is well thought out. Positioning the sink in the corner not only helps bring a nice balance to the kitchen but also provides more worktop space.
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Rinnai, the UK leader in hot water heating units and systems for all commercial and residential sites, has announced that it is holding its price for the second year in succession - in the face of reports that some other manufacturers are increasing prices by almost 5%. Two other manufacturers are reportedly ghosting through price rises of between 3 - 4.5%. “We see no justification whatsoever to submit price increases and seek to stabilise market prices for our customers. We offer what we believe is a first-class product proposition of energy efficiency, economic cost in use, limitless hot water on demand where you only pay for the fuel you use to heat the water, completely compliant with all existing or pending UK and EU legislation”, says Rinnai Managing Director Tony Gittings. The Rinnai natural gas or LPG water heaters guarantee a limitless supply of accurately temperature controlled safe and useable hot water. The Rinnai range delivers energy saving performance and low greenhouse emissions through new low NOx burner technology. All units and systems can be installed as stand-alone or manifolded to provide unlimited hot water for the largest of all commercial sites such as big hotels, busy gyms, high rise offices etc. Water temperature is and can be pre-set through easy-to-use built in digital controls, eliminating the risk of scalding. The newly updated Rinnai Infinity range is designed for use directly off the developer-update.co.uk
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WALTON FLOORING CENTRE TO GROW BEYOND EXPECTATIONS The flooring retailer Walton Flooring Centre is a North West based domestic and commercial flooring supplier and the winner of two Retailer of The Year awards for both the Merseyside and Knowsley regions in 2017. They are a flooring business that is resolute to continue to grow with a drive and determination that is unstoppable in 2018 and beyond, with growth and expansion plans for the North West and beyond. After projecting a turnover of £2.5m by the end of last year, they were delighted to see their business adding over 15% to this projection, smashing a goal they were unsure they could achieve at the start of that year. Walton Flooring Centre has gone from strength to strength and now has its sights set on opening a further three stores this year, with the aim of reaching a turnover of £8m by the end of 2019, doing this by adding stores to their portfolio in new regions such as Cheshire and Lancashire. James Harper, Managing Director, who turned 30 at the end of 2017 opened his first store in Walton, Liverpool in October 2011. After a particularly good first year, he started to realise that he wanted to create a retailing format that could be rolled out across the region. He went on to open his second store in Wavertree in 2013, just four miles from the Walton store. He soon added Burscough into the mix, which was initially a tough move, due to it being slightly out of the region. James kept focused and true to his belief that the format could work and the store quickly became the most profitable of the three. After basing their head office in Huyton, Knowsley in 2016 and opening their fifth store on the Wirral last year, achieving the two Retailer of the Year accolades have helped recognise and reward the team for all their continued efforts. These awards have also enabled the business to thank their customers for choosing Walton Flooring Centre as their preferred flooring supplier. developer-update.co.uk
Today it is a business that has grown beyond anything James had envisaged back in the early days. All achieved under its own steam and without any external financial backing. There is a genuine drive that is felt across the entire business and excitement that he is keen to share with those that will become part of this independent family business. James recognises that the business could not have grown without the support of the communities in which it is based, and he is looking to develop a structured programme of activity in 2018 that can contribute back, by offering free flooring products and fittings to local causes. He is also keen to give his employees the chance to provide their skills and expertise for free to causes in need. Another passion for James is to develop close links with employability organisations and apprenticeship schemes to bring in young talent, that can grow as the business grows. After starting his first job in the flooring sector when he was just 20 James knows the academic route isn’t always suited to everyone. He has the aspiration to support the growth and development of young people in becoming integral to the success of the Walton Flooring Centre business. James comments - ‘I went into business initially to make money but quickly realised that employing people to work for a business that has their best interests at heart will always create a more successful business, where everyone benefits. I am so proud of how far we have all come and winning the awards in 2017 cemented the fact that I have a fantastic team. I am looking to bring more like-minded people into the fold, to grow with our business’.
Health and in the Health and wellbeing have driven interior design and dĂŠcor thinking for a while now, but much of the focus has been on the workplace. That makes sense, as work is such a key cause of stress and ill health. As employers seek to improve staff retention and increase productivity, perhaps health and wellbeing at home is sometimes taken as a given, or put into the mix alongside affordability, sustainability and practicality.
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But physical and mental health issues don’t switch off when we leave the office. As we spend about 47% of our time indoors, at home, its design and décor has a bigger impact on our lives than we think.
Opulent or cosy? Careful use of space has a wide range of psychological and physical benefits. Eating together and sharing experiences enhances social wellbeing and a sense of inclusion. Open plan design can be a boon – multi-use areas for cooking, dining and entertainment really aid family cohesion, especially when well juxtaposed with quieter rooms for reading, relaxation and, obviously, sleep. There’s more to it than just the floor plan. Well-organised storage space reduces stress. A built-in gym is nice, but simply having a place to store bicycles and other sporting equipment also facilitates a healthy lifestyle. High ceilings are often described as opulent and studies have shown that they promote creativity and social interaction, while lower ones benefit focused activities like studying, hobbies and work.
Too cold, or too hot? Cold in the winter and heat in the summer are the biggest health factors in most homes. The World Health Organisation recommends temperatures between 18 and 24°C for healthy living. This affects a whole range of design decisions from the type of heating used to insulation and on to glazing. Something that is often overlooked is the ease-of-use of the heating control system. The stress caused by poor controls only heightens the effect of the cold. Then there’s damp. Moisture generated by cooking, laundry, bathing and breathing increases bacteria, dust mites and mould, leading to respiratory infections and asthma. In British homes, there is a constant battle between retaining heat and providing adequate ventilation. Designs need to incorporate good ventilation in problem areas like kitchens and bathrooms, allow background ventilation throughout the home, and include some windows that open wide for occasional ‘purge ventilation’.
Rock n Roll ain’t noise pollution Actually, it can be. Noise from neighbours is the main detriment to our acoustic comfort. Being kept awake at night affects your health, and conflict with neighbours leads to stress and depression. Soundproofing the floor, walls and ceiling can combat this, as can noise reducing curtains. Increasingly, room acoustics are used by interior designers to improve comfort and reduce stress. Can the design aid the clarity of hearing within the home, can it help make speech more intelligible? Both are known to improve social wellbeing.
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Let nature in Cold, moisture, noise – so much of the discussion is about keeping things out. However, one of the most effective ways of promoting health and wellbeing in the home is to let nature in. Natural light is a biggy. It reduces anxiety and depression, improves sleep, and helps people recover from illnesses faster. Plus, the sun is a zero-carbon source of lighting. Often the advice is to fit wide windows high up and skylights to maximise natural light. However, don’t overlook the importance of a view. Being able to gaze into the distance is good for the mind and the eyesight. A useful home office tip is to have the desk facing a window. Windows should also be used to allow fresh air into the house to improve air quality, reduce moisture and remove odours and impurities. Positioning windows on opposite sides of the home allows for cross-ventilation, which is the best way of renewing the air supply. Houseplants can also aid air purity. All these aspects of wellbeing in the home can be underpinned by the use of natural colours and textures. Warmer hues are ideal where social interaction takes place, for a cosy and optimistic setting. Soft blues and greens have a calming effect and feel restful and relaxing. Natural stone and wood grain textures under foot create a physical and psychological connection to the outdoors that sets the mind at ease, and subliminally promotes a sense of belonging.
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19 The treatment plant you choose should be around 95% efficient thus allowing long intervals before de-sludge is required. The waste water must be cleaned to a standard meeting the usual discharge level requirement. You must apply for either an exemption certificate or permit before making a discharge we can assist with this and advise on the method of discharge, be it a ditch, stream, watercourse or soakaway. Thethe treatment plant you choose As system breaks down and aerates the solids, the should be around 95% efficient items such as wipes, sanitary introduction of non-degradable thus allowing long intervals products etc. should be avoided at all times in any treatment beforeThis de-sludge required. The and increase the need to plant. will clogisup the system waste water must be cleaned to empty the unit, follow this instruction and typical emptying will a standard meeting be around 3-5 years,the it isusual also recommended no medicines, or discharge level requirement, you harsh chemicals enter the unit, try to stick to Eco brands and must apply for either an exemption stagger washing throughout the week. certificate or permit, before making a discharge we can assist with this and advise on the method of discharge, be it a ditch, stream, Simple solution sewage watercourse or soakaway.
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This helps to keep emptying schools, hotels, offices and system on an annual basis and • Allthe labour expenses for servicing www.webuildit-ltd.co.uk or5 years. minimum of We Build Itapplications. Ltd Service Contracts periodless low. industrial this will take on average and call outs are covered so(01746 781782). call than an hour to complete. It will there are no hidden costs. Our Other Products include Emergency breakdown cover for 12 months. If you• to meet Emptying is NOT included theof all serviceable Maintanance, Spares And also help your legal • Theincost parts find us at Stand E217 at The Please Mini SAF’s (for offices and you have any problem with your unit, call us and agreement as the Bio-Pure does not Servicing requirements with the Environment will be free of charge. This National Home Building & Renovation we will come out and fix it free of charge. require emptying for 3-5 years. rebuilding the air pump, outbuildings up to 4 persons) Agency. includes show, NEC Birmingham Pump Stations (standard and The consumer needs easy to follow replacing the diaphragms and advice for their sewage treatment bespoke) We Build It Ltd Service Contracts also the air filters. • Sludge return is carried out as Septic Tank Units Visit usConversion at required. This is the removal of (used as secondary treatment settled sludge from the outer for underperforming septic scum ring back into the centre tanks) chamber to be re digested and For a full range of our treated again. This helps to keep products and servicing visit the emptying period low. 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VELUX® launches MyDaylight first virtual reality app for The app enables homeowners to design their own room, visualising the real effect of daylight, with 3600 view and virtual reality options.
MyDaylight is a powerful new app by VELUX that enables homeowners to design their own room or renovation project by easily selecting parameters such as floor dimensions, roof height and ceiling pitch. They can then customise further by adding windows, floor and wall finishes, the room’s location, and more. After approximately ten minutes, they receive a digital simulation which can be viewed in 3600 or virtual reality, and gives a life-like recreation of the room and the changing effects of daylight inside. developer-update.co.uk
The app bridges a gap, leading homeowners from imagination to implementation: “Many people who are looking to reshape their home find it difficult moving from imagination to concrete proposals. The app brings homeowners one step closer to the home they have envisioned, as the 3600 and virtual reality visualisations make it both tangible and achievable,” says Grant Sneddon, Daylight Expert, VELUX. Fueling the home renovation market digitally The do-it-yourself market is booming, with Europeans spending as much as
– the world’s renovation design EUR 377 billion on home improvement in 2016 [European Home Improvement Monitor, 2016]. Meanwhile, the building industry is becoming ever more digital, and with MyDaylight, VELUX is empowering homeowners with a groundbreaking digital tool to inform their home investment decisions. Sneddon continues: “As the market for home improvement is growing and our customers are getting more digital, we see a clear business potential in launching an app, which for the first time will enable homeowners to see just how much daylight can change a home, adding value and ensuring that the renovation pays off. “We anticipate it will boost sales revenue throughout 2018 and beyond thanks to new renovation projects triggered by use of the app.” Private capital available for renovation projects across Europe reaches a staggering EUR 30 trillion [Copenhagen Economics, Healthy Homes Barometer 2017], and providing homeowners with the best possible information is key to unlocking this potential.
“The search for inspiration is truly moving into the online space. With this app we meet our customers where they are. Homeowners can investigate different renovation ideas wherever they are - on the bus, the train or at home,” says Sneddon. The time spent browsing on mobile devices is accelerating and has almost doubled across Europe, from an average of 53 minutes per day in 2012 to 1 hour 38 minutes in 2016 [Global web index 2016]. Today, more than 515 million Europeans are internet users, while 296 million are e-shoppers, corresponding to 43 per cent of Europeans over the age of 15 [Ecommerce Europe 2016 Report]. E-commerce increased from EUR 402 bn to EUR 510 bn from 2014 to 2016, while mobile commerce is expected to triple from 2014 to 2018 [E-commerce report 2015]. World first using cloud and virtual reality technology in a home renovation app
The future is digital The app is a unique opportunity for homeowners to experiment with different renovation options, and a mobile application means the service is available anywhere, anytime – thereby meeting the growing consumer trend for online customisation, browsing and shopping.
For the first time ever, homeowners have the benefit of the most cutting-edge technology in order to experience daylight in an environment matching the specific characteristics of their own home. “We are using advanced new technology, which no company has ever deployed before, to provide an immersive feeling of light and space. You can customise your own room in the rendering, helping to take your ideas and inspiration to the next level,” adds Sneddon. The rendering technology is built on cloud and virtual reality gaming technology taking the app to new levels.
To imagine and design with daylight in mind you simply: 1. Download the MyDaylight app 2. Configure your space by plotting in data, such as floor dimensions and roof pitch 3. Create different daylight designs by playing with the positioning and size of windows 4. Within minutes, you will receive a notification that your personal daylight render is ready (expect around 1 minute for loading of your simulation the first time you see it, as it loads a big data file) 5. With the rendering saved on your phone, you will be able to experience the room in both 360° and VR formats. VR goggles will make you feel as if you were standing in the middle of the room you just created! You can play with endless scenarios and designs and create as many simulations as you like. Time and imagination are the only limits. The MyDaylight app is free of charge for everyone and available in the Apple and Google Play Stores from today Monday 29 January 2018 in Great Britain, Ireland, Denmark, Austria, Belgium and Slovenia, and on 30 January in Germany. In February, it will be available in Poland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Spain and Hungary, and more countries are to follow later in the year. A version for the US will also be available later in the year. developer-update.co.uk
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Midland Fixings Launches its 2018 Fundraising Programme MIDLAND FIXINGS, the building services and products supplier, is set for a busy year with staff spearheading a new fundraising programme.
In 2017 alone, the company, which is headquartered in Beeston, Nottingham and operates throughout the UK, donated a total of £35,000 to various different charities. This year, Midland Fixings is keen to build on that success with its employees taking part in new fundraising challenges every two months in support of several local and national charities carefully chosen by people within the business. Treetops Hospice Care, Nottingham Framework, Cancer Research UK and Guide Dogs for the Blind are just some of the charities that will receive much-needed donations. To kick off the fundraising, six brave members of staff will be taking on developer-update.co.uk
a Man vs. Food challenge in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK on Friday 9 February, which will involve seeing who can eat the most in 60 seconds. A team of keen cyclists will then pedal the Pennines in a 350km cycle challenge on 7 and 8 March to raise all-important funds for Breast Cancer Care. Adrian Fowler, managing director of Midland Fixings, said: “As a familyowned business, we feel it’s important to promote a sense of community within the company and a corporate social responsibility programme is a great way to bring people together. The staff have come up with all the fundraising challenges, chosen the charities and everything is going to be completely run by them.” Midland Fixings currently employs 50 members of full time staff. The Nottingham-based fixings supplier provides tailored solutions and
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This October sees the launch of Hudson Reed’s latest bathroom collection, which includes some exciting new product launches, perfect for the housebuilding sector. Spanning all bathroom categories, the new collection is aspirational and fashion-led, taking inspiration from the latest European designs straight off the bathroom catwalk.
Left: Fusion Fitted Bathroom Furniture - New Gloss Grey Bottom left: Sarenna modular bathroom furniture, available in a range of finishes. Below: New Grace wall-hung ceramic range – boasting beautiful organic curves and sleek lines
New product launches complement the already popular ranges in the Hudson Reed bathroom collection and continue to offer outstanding quality and product innovation, with many products manufactured at Hudson Reed’s own factories throughout the UK and overseas. New ranges include the beautiful ‘Grace’ ceramic range (pictured), a stunning wall hung suite, including a rimless w/c, with elegant lines and curves that make for a real bathroom statement. The freestanding bath range is also expanding with the addition of a number of new contemporary models in various styles. Bathroom furniture is a key growth sector, so the range has been enhanced to include some sophisticated new designs, including new on-trend colour options within the Fitted Furniture range, such as a Gloss Grey (pictured) on the ‘Fusion’ range - a cool grey gloss offering a clean graphic look.
For a touch of upmarket style and glamour, one of the best selling furniture ranges within the Collection, the chic ‘Sarenna’ Modular Furniture range (pictured), has been updated with new finishes. This luxurious range should really appeal to the discerning homeowner with its bold yet elegant style, and fine attention to detail with a quality finish. The selection of touch sensor mirrors has also been extended, incorporating the latest technology fusing aesthetics with great functionality - from motion sensor LED lighting features to Bluetooth with speakers. Completely brand new to the collection, is a stylish range of infrared heaters, the latest solution for energy efficient heating within the home. Consuming typically, 30% less energy than conventional radiators, this innovative range offers the latest in modern space heating, and is ideal for use anywhere in the home. With some highly competitive prices available to housebuilders and developers across the whole portfolio of bathroom products from Hudson Reed, contact the company now for further information on: T: 01422 417100 or visit the web site:
42 Bathrooms & Washrooms Throughout the world Novellini creates inspiring bathrooms that appeal to individuals at home, via our merchant partners. Working alongside architects and designers, we create beautiful and functional bathrooms that complement the home, helping to create tranquil spaces promoting Well-being within the living environment. Based in the beautiful market town of St Albans, Hertfordshire, we have a small but well stocked Showroom with multiple displays of enclosures, trays, baths and steam cabins. In order not to be disappointed please book in advance of your visit making sure we have the product your require on display. Supported by vast stocks at our warehouse in Birmingham and serviced by experienced staff ready to support your needs. All our products are maintained by our qualified service engineers and supported by parts readily available from stock. Our products are available nationwide through our merchant partners and retailers. Please use our dealer locator link to find your nearest dealer or call us directly for more information on 01 727 229 922
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MOTO HELPS IMPROVE ACCESS ‘UP NORTH’ Disabled travellers can venture further afield with the opening of the most northerly Changing Places on the M6. MOTO Hospitality has opened its latest assisted accessible facility, supplied and installed by Closomat, northbound at Southwaite. The room- which gives people who need help to toilet, and their carers, the appropriate space and equipmentcan be accessed from both sides of the motorway, via a footbridge. MOTO is setting the standard as high as possible for disabled travellers: not only does the Changing Places at Southwaite include the ceiling track hoist, privacy screen and adult-sized height adjustable changing bench that are core requirements, the standard washbasin has been upgraded to a height-adjustable version, and the conventional WC upgraded to a Closomat Palma Vita wash & dry toilet, as noted in the new BS8300: 2018, to offer greater independence and dignity to users. “The Changing Places toilet is part of our drive to deliver even better customer satisfaction,” explained Kirsty Woods, MOTO Hospitality marketing & PR manager. “The toilet, with its extra space and the highest level of equipment that can provided in a Changing Places, means that visitors who need physical or technical help to go to the toilet, and their carers, can now enjoy a comfort break, knowing there is somewhere suitable for them.” Under Building Regulations and British Standards, a Changing Places should be provided in any building to which numbers of the public have access, in addition to conventional wheelchair-accessible facilities. Closomat is Britain’s leading provider of helpful toileting solutions, at home and away, including Changing Places and their similar Space to Change facilities. developer-update.co.uk
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