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A £40 million redevelopment and refurbishment of the University Library was approved by the University Council in January 2016, with work due to start summer 2016.
Wright & Wright reworks Oxford’s Magdalen College library into a design-led study hub Students at Oxford University’s Magdalen College have had their library transformed by Wright & Wright Architects. The Grade II* listed 1850s building was originally built as a school hall. It had been reworked into a library by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1930, whose efforts included the installation of a new floor. But despite his changes, there were only 48 desk spaces and not enough shelving to hold all the books.
The Library building at Whiteknights opened in 1964 and was extended in 1985. This major redevelopment comes after the first £4.4m phase revamped the study spaces and furniture on the 2nd to 5th Floors back in 2013 and 2014. The next phase of the project will increase space for individual and group study, and will make better use of the space currently available on the Ground and 1st Floors. The redevelopment will provide better access and security across the building
‘Scott had altered the building so much that we could gut the inside,’ says Clare Wright, founding partner of Wright & Wright. So the Camden-based as well as improving its energy efficiency, as a result of improved insulation and
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ventilation. New lifts will be installed, and an improved service for borrowing and
News firm built a free-standing, three-storey oak structure in the building, a ‘room-withina-room’ technique they had used at the Women’s Library in east London. ‘We really like playing off the old fabric of a building,’ Wright adds. Meanwhile, much-improved administrative offices and another reading room are housed in the lower ground extension that sits beneath the school hall building and runs in an L-shape along one side of Longwall Quadrangle. Natural light is delivered via roof lights and from big windows that look out onto the newlylandscaped garden. The garden’s wide steps, which double as seating on sunny days, encourage students to break with centuries of tradition and cut diagonally across the lawn.
linoleum tops. The architects were also responsible for the design of the robust-looking reading lamps. With the workstations and Allermuir ‘Open Lounge’ seating for the less formal areas, the library can now accommodate 120 students.
The new library spaces are decked out with Barber & Osgerby chairs, designed in 2014 for the Bodleian Libraries. Desks were designed by Wright & Wright and complement B&O’s seating, with their blue
Through this £10.5m project, one of Magdalen College’s unloved corners has been turned into one of its most popular spots.
returning books will be put into place.
complete the project. We will combine traditional and crucial functions such as book and journal collections with group study facilities, great digital access and multi-purpose spaces. Our Library has never been a static, sepulchral space. It has continued to evolve over its 50 year history and as these excellent new facilities become available to students and staff.’ Vice Chancellor, Sir David Bell
Through this £10.5m project, one of Magdalen College’s unlovedcorners has been turned into one of its most popular spots.
location of the façade leading on to redefined landscaped frontage. The exterior of the building will be totally 6. Introduction of improved automated re-clad and will have replacement windows services for borrowing and returning fitted throughout, providing a striking focal books. point at the heart of the Whiteknights 7. External cladding and new windows campus. to improve building sustainability and energy saving. The Library will remain fully operational 8. Upgrades to all roof finishes and to students across the entirety of the thermal insulation. redevelopment, with work anticipated to be 9. Removal of backlog maintenance. completed by the end of 2019. No building 10. Expansion of the café spaces, including work will take place at all during exam opening glazed doors onto external al periods. fresco areas. 11. Reduction in Library energy use of around 40%, with carbon emissions BENEFITS reduced by 30% through efficiency improvements gained with the 1. Study seating capacity increased by replacement of mechanical services 200. and improved thermal insulation. 2. Installation of 3 new 16-person lifts serving all floors, plus a new book lift. ‘The Library has always played a central 3. Toilet capacity increased with toilets role in our life and work, with its location available on all floors, including at the very heart of the University’s disabled and gender neutral provision. 4. Significant improvements to wheelchair Whiteknights campus. We have invested £4.4m in the top four floors of the Library accessibility. as a first phase of redevelopment and 5. A new clearly-defined entrance, with this major new investment of £40m will improved security, in the central
‘Where you learn can impact on how well you learn. To be successful, the learning environment has to be a physically and emotionally comfortable place. This is what the University Library will achieve with
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News Where you learn can impact on how well you learn. To be successful, the learning environment has to be a physically and emotionally comfortable place. This is what the University Library will achieve with the refurbishments planned: a learning environment that supports many styles of learning.’ Dr Helen Bilton, Associate Professor of Education, Senior Tutor, National Teaching Fellow, SFHEA
the refurbishments planned: a learning environment that supports many styles of learning.’ Dr Helen Bilton, Associate Professor of Education, Senior Tutor, National Teaching Fellow, SFHEA
PROPOSED WORK SCHEDULE The following schedule is provisional and subject to change as the project develops. Spring 2016: Award-winning firm ISG Fit Out appointed contractor. Summer/Autumn 2016: Building site prepared and protective hoardings erected inside and outside the building. Forthcoming works
t Demolition and construction around
the Ground Floor’s outer edges and the Basement; new lift core installation begins; south stair core demolition. Construction of new stair core. t Refurbishment of the 1st Floor – area closed completely, aiming to reopen autumn 2017 with new individual IT workspaces, IT group study spaces and group study rooms. t Ground Floor refurbishment; extended café, extra study spaces, new entrance, staircase and lifts. Existing lifts and staircase closed for demolition to create new print and refreshment areas on each floor. t 4th Floor refurbishment; improved heating and insulation, additional toilets, print and refreshment hub. t 3rd Floor refurbishment; improved heating and insulation, additional toilets, print and refreshment hub. t First section of 2nd Floor refurbishment – the rest remains open. t Second section of 2nd Floor refurbishment – first half reopens. t 2nd Floor refurbishment completed; improved heating and insulation, additional toilets, print and refreshment hub. Basement works. t Refurbishment due to be completed.
FAQS 1. Why is the University investing even more in the Library? The £4.4 million refurbishments in 2013
and 2014 created a variety of attractive, modern study space on the 2nd to 5th Floors. This further investment will now refurbish study, teaching and refreshment space on the remaining 1st and Ground Floors, and address issues throughout the building such as improving heating, ventilation and insulation; along with overall building access and operational workflows. We will retain the high quality and popular furniture and fittings installed in 2013 and 2014. 2. Will students be disrupted during term-time and exams? We are minimising disruption throughout the build. Work will cease entirely during the summer University Exam Quiet Period. In the revision period leading up to exams, only less intrusive work will be carried out, away from student study space. 3. Will the University provide alternative study/PC space in other buildings during the project? Yes. The University has provided additional study space at RUSU’s The Study @ TOB2 (at Earley Gate) and identified alternative quiet study spaces across Whiteknights and London Road campuses (subject to teaching timetabling and departmental use). Check daily availability with the new Free Room Finder and the current PC availability page. Existing space includes RUSU’s The Study (Whiteknights) and unused teaching rooms which can be booked via Room Bookings. 4. Will I see the benefit of all this building work around me? You will see the Library environment improving year on year. The new IT suite on the 1st Floor will be completed first, followed by Ground Floor improvements including the expanded café and new entrance, lifts and stairs. The upper floors will change less but benefit, one by one, from better heating and ventilation. 5. Why can’t you do the work in the summer vacations, when fewer students are here? Although we were able to do this for the smaller refurbishment projects between 2013 and 2014, the current refurbishment project is a significantly larger undertaking
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that will take longer to realise. Work will need to carry on throughout the year but will cease during summer exam periods when students are revising in the Library. 6. Why don’t you just build a new library? The Library already occupies the prime site at the centre of the Whiteknights Campus, convenient to all. Siting a library elsewhere would disadvantage some schools. Building, or renting, temporary accommodation during a re-build on the present site, would cost considerably more, besides being more inconvenient. Our plans ensure the Library can remain fully operational throughout the refurbishment. 7. Will all my books be available during the course of the refurbishment? Yes, the books will remain accessible throughout the project, though they will move location within the Library as work is carried out on different floors. Print journals will be moved off site but as most journal usage is now online via the Library website this should not cause inconvenience. 8. I’m not a member of the University but use your Library for study. Can I still come in? Yes. Non-members will still be able to use the University Library (except at exam revision time, as previously). When barriers are in action, Campus Card holders will be able to swipe through automatically; visitors will be asked to sign the Visitors’ Book before being admitted individually.
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Kier gears up for £85m Eastbourne mall expansion Work is set to start on a major extension of Eastbourne’s Arndale shopping Centre after an international investor has funded the next phase of the retail and leisure scheme. Kier has already delivered the first £2m phase of the extension to create a contemporary glass atrium at the Centre’s West Entrance and new facades to the
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Weâ€™re looking for people like you to choose just one day of the year as your Lighthouse Day and help our charity continue its vital work.
Why we still need your help Over 45% of all occupational cancer cases in the UK are directly attributed to working in construction
Every year there are on average 40 fatalities on our building sites
Every year there are over 2,000 major accidents that incapacitate the worker in such a way they cannot return to work
Every year over 1.7 million man days are lost through injury or illness in our industry
Every year there are over 69,000 new cases of work related d illness reported that can be direcctly attributed to working within construction
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Itâ€™s estimated that for every 300 near misses reported and investigated, it is almost certain that a major incident will have been prevented. Alarming ďŹ gures show that we still have much to do to make our industry safer and to make sure that every person goes home safely at the end of their working day.
A pilot programme for the app was launched in September and we are currently looking for companies in the industry to help us pilot the development of the app.
So with money from the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charityâ€™s Health and Safety Innovation Fund and with the support of the Berkeley Innovation Fund we have developed the â€˜Take5 Constructionâ€™ app.
Why do I need the Take5 Construction app? Currently there is no requirement for companies to have any kind of near miss reporting system and HSE only become involved if an injury or death is reported, and then itâ€™s too late. Many companies are still running time consuming paper systems and there is no uniformity in capturing near miss incidents or for recording safety improvement ideas.
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MK K announces next phase of £60m investment The investment programme by Hermes Investment Management and AustralianSuper includes the recently completed £10 million refurbishment of Sunset Walk. The next phase will see the development of new state of the art customer facilities on Deer Walk including a customer service lounge, family facilities and WCs. In addition, work will begin this Spring on a new 1,400 space multi–storey car park adjoining John Lewis. Other initiatives will embrace the latest digital technology with a new Centre:mk app, website, social media platform, signage and wayfinding.
B&K wins Altrincham hospital redevelopment Bowmer & Kirkland has won a contract worth around £20m to build a new health and wellbeing centre on the site of the former Altrincham General Hospital. Manchester property firm Citybranch is developing the 88,000 sq ft hub project, which will be let NHS Property Services on a 30-year income strip lease, a structure that allows the NHS to acquire the freehold interest at the end of the period for £1. B&K is due to complete the new healthcare facility to be known as the South Trafford Health & Wellbeing Centre in Spring 2018. The site, within the Old Market Place Conservation Area of Altrincham, has been cleared of eight former hospital buildings for work to start in March. The four-storey clinical development will also incorporate a new Altrincham library and tourist information centre, the Trafford co-ordination centre, a mix of community services and therapies, a pharmacy, clinical suites and training areas, minor surgery suite, as well as retail space p and a café.
Speaking on behalf of Hermes Investment Management and AustralianSuper, Ed Sellick said: “ Our £60 million programme of investment is designed to enhance the experience for visitors, leading to increased sales for our retailers and restaurants. As the town of Milton Keynes enters its 50th year, at Centre:mk, ‘Re-Imagining an Icon’ is seeking to re-equip the UK’s first listed shopping mall for the 21st century. It is about reflecting and paying homage to the building’s iconic status, whilst at the same time reappraising what happens inside and, finally, the role Centre:mk plays in Milton Keynes.” Centre:mk has seen several new additions to its line-up over the last 18 months. Premium brands Jigsaw, Hobbs, Joules, Cath Kidston, Kiehl’s, Molton Brown, The White Company and Pandora have all opened new stores on Sunset Walk. Smiggle, T2 and Flying Tiger have also launched stores while Ask has recently opened a new restaurant opposite John Lewis
Cordant Projects Wins M&E Contract For Eleven Moxy Hotels Cordant Projects, part of the Cordant Group, has secured a significant contract to play a key role in the development of eleven stylish hotels across the UK. The Kevin Duffy, centre director added: “Centre:mk plays a significant role regionally as we provide a critical mass and diversity of offer unavailable elsewhere. The investment in the malls, wayfinding, facilities and customer service will collectively allow us to build upon the place making we have created and further improve the space. These plans ensure Centre:mk is always relevant for the consumer and retailers and will create a refreshing, exciting and modern look and feel within the iconic destination.”
National Trust Clandon Park design competition to launch in six weeks The National Trust is to launch a worldwide search for a multi-disciplinary design team to restore and renew Clandon Park and its 18th-century Palladian house, which suffered a major fire in April 2015. The Clandon Park International Design Competition is due to launch on March 9 and run for six months. It will be managed by Malcom Reading Consultants (MRC), which has a website for registrations of interest. The conservation project of Clandon Park, located near Guildford, Surrey, will be the National Trust’s biggest in a generation. Details of the landscape elements of the project are still being discussed but will be modest, as the National Trust’s responsibility for the land around Clandon is not extensive. However it is anticipated that landscape
contributions will be part of the overall scope of work for the project. More detailed information should be available at the competition’s launch. Clandon Park’s project director, Paul Cook, said: “This international design competition is the first to be held by the Trust for such a significant historic building; signalling our desire to attract the best design talent to work with us. “Clandon Park represents a ground breaking moment in British architecture, moving from Baroque to Palladianism. It is this significance that we hope will inspire both British and international architects to enter the competition and bring Clandon back to life.” MRC specialises in competitions for museums and arts, heritage, and non-profit organisations and recently organised high-profile contests for the Illuminated River, the Museum of London and Tintagel Castle Bridge. Architect and chairman Malcolm Reading said: “We’re delighted to manage this competition for the National Trust. Even shrouded in scaffolding, Clandon’s Palladian proportions are compelling in their purity. This is an exceptional proposition for architects, engineers and landscape designers: to recreate Clandon so that it lives up to both its past and its future.” The gardens at Clandon Park re-opened in September 2015 . They were Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s penultimate design and the designs he created were completed in 1814. Leading 17th century garden designers George London and Henry Wise also worked on the gardens.
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News company will provide a range of mechanical and electrical (M&E) services during the construction of the Moxy Hotels under a framework agreement with Vastint Hospitality, part of the Vastint Group, the international real estate organisation. Under the terms of the £19.6 million deal, Cordant Projects will be primarily responsible for the design and build of all the M&E aspects of the 11 hotels. This includes a new 437-room development at Heathrow, a 294-room hotel in Stratford and a 213-room complex in Edinburgh. The other hotels will be based in Milton Keynes (213), Southampton (212), Bristol (206), Glasgow SSC (200), Cardiff (183), Glasgow (180), Edinburgh
Fountainbridge (180) and York (102). The remit includes all heating, air conditioning, lighting, ventilation, electrics and digital installations. In addition, Cordant Projects will utilise its extensive experience to design and fit internal sprinkler systems within each room, as well as throughout corridors and other public areas of the hotels. Giedrius Malakauskas, Construction Manager at Vastint Hospitality, said: “When working on major projects, it is vital to partner with organisations that are reliable and have the ability to continually deliver exceptional levels of service. During discussions it quickly became clear that Cordant Projects matched
our requirements. The Moxy Hotel brand is designed to revolutionise the traditional economy hotel experience and excite the next generation of travellers and we look forward to completing this latest project.” David Parratt, Business Development Director at Cordant Projects, said: “We are extremely pleased to secure this fantastic opportunity to further expand our footprint within the hospitality and leisure sectors. We remain committed to providing world-class services that help our clients meet their objectives whilst also delivering exceptional value. This is a key reason behind our continued growth and ongoing success.”
Shaylor start £14m civic hall refurb civic halls got underway today after city council chiefs appointed a contractor. Enabling works for the £14.4 million revamp of the Grade II listed building were completed last year. Shaylor Group has now been handed the job of carrying out the phased scheme that will see major changes to the Civic Hall and
Wulfrun Hall. Both halls will reopen at their current capacity for a series of public events between October 21 this year and January 1, 2018, with big names like Jimmy Carr, John Bishop, Jon Richardson and Ed Byrne already booked to perform, as well as the Grand Slam of Darts. The Civic will then close again but the Wulfrun Hall will remain open to stage events, with
work continuing on construction of its new rear balcony during daytime hours.
Bringing Offsite Construction to Life - Explore Offsite at Ecobuild Masterclasses A ground-breaking exhibition of offsite construction solutions, the largest of its kind ever seen in the UK, will be a key component of Ecobuild 2017. Forwardthinking companies that are making the most of the opportunities provided by offsite construction are relishing the chance to demonstrate their technology within Explore Offsite at Ecobuild. Taking place alongside the exhibition, Explore Offsite at Ecobuild masterclasses will provide a platform to learn about the latest in offsite technology developments with expert information and seminars on solving the housing shortage, using offsite technology to construct a more sustainable environment, and how the industry is responding to unprecedented demand through greater investment in lean manufacturing systems. Free CPD accredited Offsite Technology Masterclasses will run daily throughout the show to offer an independent perspective of the offsite construction sector. Intensive training sessions will address the drivers and benefits of using offsite construction technology, and provide visitors with the knowledge to successfully apply these techniques. The Offsite Technology Masterclasses will host 48 speakers over 18 hours of presentations across 14 sessions. The masterclasses will cover six topics including: Modular Volumetric Technology, MEP &
Pod Technology, Structural Timber Technology, Roofing Technology, Concrete Technology and Light Steel Frame Technology. Speakers include: t Stephen Wightman, Caledonian Modular Ltd t Darren Richards, Managing Director, Cogent Consulting t Rory Bergin, Partner - Sustainable Futures, HTA Design LLP t John Skivington - Director, LHC t David Harris, Divisional Director, Premier Modular t Steve Newell, General Manager, Portakabin t Julia Evans, Chief Executive, BSRIA t Graham Cleland, General Manager, NG Bailey t Paul Cooper, Managing Director, Ormandy t Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive, Structural Timber Association t Nick Milestone, Managing Director, B&K Structures t Tim Snelson, Associate, Arup t Nic Clark, Managing Director, KLH t James Talman, Chief Executive, NFRC t Elaine Toogood, Senior Architect, Concrete Centre t Dr Michael Samson, SCI
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Technical Development, The British Constructional Steelwork Association t Robert Clark, Managing Director, Fusion For more information, and to book your free place, please visit www. ecobuild.co.uk/ exploreoffsite
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Fires in warehouses and large single storey building are more frequent than is generally thought. Recent research has shown that there are 621 fires in warehouses in England and Wales each year. This means that one in five warehouses in England and Wales will have a fire, requiring the attendance of firefighters, over the course of its lifetime. In Scotland 39 warehouses were affected by fire during 2013-2014. While there may be fewer fires in warehousing than in manufacturing, the impact on business in financial terms can be disproportionately higher through loss of property, stock and the costs of business interruption. All of these fires have economic, social and environmental costs for the locale, the country, as well as industry.
Why this success? The success is in part due to the simplicity of a sprinkler system: there are no computers or wiring – so no false alarms. The cost of maintenance is extremely low – running to less than £1000 per year on average and sprinkler systems have a very long service life. This is due to strict adherence to standards for components, design and installation. Systems in the UK are most often installed to BS EN 12845: 2015, an exacting standard which has evolved over the years.
significant premium discounts and/or lower policy excesses for premises protected by automatic fire sprinklers. Where there is an insurance interest, the requirements of BS EN 12845 are often augmented by the need to comply with the Technical Bulletins of the LPC Rules for Automatic Sprinkler Systems or the alternative standards mentioned above.
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Sprinkler heads are strategically positioned at roof level, and if appropriate, within storage racking. These heads are connected Systems may also be installed to NFPA or to the water supply via a network of FM Global standards when requested by the hydraulically balanced supply pipes, which client or insurer. When systems are installed are distributed throughout the warehouse. by Third Party Certificated companies, the Once the sprinkler installation has been client will be provided with a Certificate of activated, the fire is usually brought under Conformity under one of the industry’s third control quickly. The system can also party certification scheme. Making warehouses fire safe operate local alarms to aid evacuation and through an Alarm Experience has Receiving Centre Experience has shown that the most cost effective shown that the alert the fire and approach to protect property from fire is to fit an automatic most cost effective rescue service to the approach to fact that there is a fire sprinkler system. This will provide reliable detection, protect property fire on the premises. alarm (local and remote) and fire suppression at all hours of from fire is to fit an automatic fire Only the sprinklers the day and night, 365 days a year and statistics show that 97sprinkler system. 99% of fires in sprinkler-protected buildings are controlled or closest to the seat of the fire This will provide extinguished by the systems. reliable detection, will operate and in alarm (local and many cases only remote) and fire suppression at all hours one or two sprinklers will actually activate. Due to the strict standards in place for of the day and night, 365 days a year and Another common myth is that all sprinkler sprinkler components, design, installation statistics show that 97-99% of fires in heads operate simultaneously, this simply and the third party certification, the fire sprinkler-protected buildings are controlled does not happen. The water discharged by insurance industry will normally offer or extinguished by the systems. these few sprinklers is invariably less than
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the water which would have been used by the fire brigade. It is essential that the supply of water needed by automatic fire sprinkler systems is reliable and guaranteed. This means that water should be supplied directly from a suitably sized service main or other approved sources of water. This could be a river, canal or water storage tank. However, due to the size, height and fire load in today’s warehouses it is likely that in most cases the public water supply will be not be able to provide the necessary pressure and flow rates for the system and therefore it is common for pumps and tanks to be required for reliability.
Environmental issues There are a number of other reasons for reducing fire incidents and losses attributable to fires in unsprinklered warehouses. With the ever-increasing awareness of the impact on the environment of the products of combustion and of contaminated firefighting water, a reduction of any kind would be beneficial. Products of combustion can travel extensively in the water used for firefighting, and the contaminants in smoke may be deposited several miles downwind. Likewise, water used may enter domestic or agricultural water supplies and the effects experienced over a wide area. In 2011, a study by Bureau Veritas Assessing the role for fire sprinklers showed a reduction in water wastage and carbon emissions if sprinklers are installed in singlestorey commercial and industrial premises.
High Fire Risk Storage One of the issues which most concern the fire and rescue service is the storage of highrisk materials – especially those involving flammables, toxic chemicals or substances, which can produce serious environmental damage. Modern warehouse/logistics management often demands quick turnaround of consignments and it is possible that the warehouse managers may not be aware of exactly what is being stored.
buildings. Sprinklers control or extinguish fires before the fire service arrives and allow safer access for crews to extinguish any residual burning.
Cost Benefits of Sprinkler Protection The installation of sprinklers must be considered at the start of any building project. Why? Because by doing so, developer and business owners can gain a significant return on investment. Sprinklers allow a developer or business owner to:
t Enhance the project design with more open space, extended fire escape travel distance
t Increase the design
density of the overall development t Reduce building costs due to a reduction in passive fire protection elements and ratings t Increase revenue and profit due to a greater number of units developed t Increase the sustainability credentials of the building t Make the project more marketable as it offers a unique selling point to the customer t Reduce the cost of the sprinkler systems themselves if considered early t Allow the units to be more insurable with premium reductions in most cases
The British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association’s (BAFSA) primary objectives include providing authoritative information on the benefits of sprinkler systems and how sprinklers can play a significant role in saving life and property from the devastating effects of fire.
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ARE YOUR METERS LEGAL? Get ready for the new change in legislation QIn October 2016, legislation governing the design and manufacture of energy meters is set to change.
urrently ALL electricity and gas meters installed in the UK for billing or prepayment of energy MUST by law (Electricity Act 1989) be of a type approved by Ofgem (Office of Gas & Electricity Markets). There are no exceptions or exclusions. In October 2016 Ofgem legislation will be replaced by new MID regulations (Measuring Instruments Directive). Ofgem regulations will still apply to existing meter installations but Landlords could be liable for prosecution if they install meters that do not meet the new MID requirements.
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Consumer protection The purpose of these regulations is to protect the consumer by ensuring that all meters are manufactured under controlled conditions in order to guarantee long-term accuracy and quality assurance. It is therefore essential that Holiday Park owners and Landlords understand their legal obligation to use approved meters for billing their consumers for energy. Ask your meter supplier for a copy of the MID Approval Certificate for YOUR METERS or visit the Government website to see if your meter is listed and approved: - https://www.gov.uk/ government/publications/schedule-4-uk-nationally-approvedelectricity-meters. Further details from Energy Controls Group Ltd., PO Box 1141, Stratford Upon Avon, CV37 1XN. www.econtrols.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Consumer conﬁdence The purpose of these regulations is to protect the consumer by ensuring that all meters used for billing purposes are manufactured under controlled conditions in order to ensure accuracy and reliability. It is essential that Landlords and Property Managers understand their legal obligation to use approved meters for billing their consumers. The consequences of using unapproved meters are that consumers may have a right to refuse to pay for their energy and the Landlord may be liable to prosecution.
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GM building contractor invites accident victim to get hardhitting safety message across An award-winning building contractor has used the story of a roofer falling 33ft onto a brick wall below to get a serious health and safety message across to construction workers. R & M Developments, one of the North-West’s leading contractors, invited Dylan Skelhorn from safety education organisation Proud2beSafe to talk to their 120 employees about his terrible experience, which left him lucky to be alive.
punctured his lung and fractured his pelvis in two places. He is now 40% disabled and in constant pain and told of his ordeal, ruefully ending his talk by locking the safety harness that should have been in place on the day to his crutches. “My boss did not care about health and safety,” he said. “In fact he even faked HSE documents saying we had special dispensation to work at height. I did not think for myself that day – I should never have taken that risk.”
Willmott Dixon Construction, talked about the perception of risk lessening as you get used to something. “If you have worked with the same machinery every day for two years you can become a bit immune to its dangers.” He called for individuals to feel empowered to show leadership when it came to safety. “There is an obligation to look after yourself and others and having the confidence to ask – does that look right?”
Once physically active in and out The event was supported by of work Dylan had to battle for key clients two and half of R & M years to get a It really made me think, not just about Developments myself and fellow workers, but of the effects of compensation – Manchester deal, which accidents on people at home.” Janie Howarth, Airports Group, amounts to Concrete Finisher at R & M Developments Willmott Dixon just over £6K Construction a year for the Tom Milne, Capital Delivery and Kier Construction – who rest of his working life. “Not also contributed as part of an Director from Manchester really enough to live on,” he said. ongoing commitment to a safer Airport Group, said there supply chain. were learnings for guys on According to Proud2beSafe around 100 workers a year have construction sites. He said: “If things don’t feel right then take accidents serious enough to Thomas McKenna, Director of make them wheelchair bound, R & M Developments said the five minutes to stand back and day was deliberately designed put your finger on what it is adversely affecting, on average, to ‘shock and awe’. “We wanted that is wrong. It could save a over 40 other people - family, life.” He also said issues should colleagues and friends. it to support why our health and safety controls exist, how be pointed out to bosses by important it is to work safe and workers on the ground. “Guys Janie Howarth, who is a if you don’t what can happen.” should interact with customers Concrete Finisher at R & M on site visits and walk arounds Developments, said of the day. Former chimney sweep Dylan, and not to be frightened of “It really made me think, not was working on a chimney in discussing problems with ‘the just about myself and fellow June 2011 when he slipped, fell suits’.” workers, but of the effects of over 30ft and landed on a brick accidents on people at home.” Mike Lane, a Director at wall below, breaking ribs which
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‘Budding Brunels’ construction workshop inspires the next generation the newly appointed architects, project managers, quantity surveyors and structural engineers applied what they had learned to an imaginary brief to deliver a new building on the site of 55 Colmore Row. Drawing on their new knowledge of the roles, the students first prepared and then explained their proposals to an interview panel of sector experts. Tom Glover from Construction Youth Trust explained the principles driving the programme. He said: “The sessions during the three days are structured to explore the range of roles careers in the construction sector provide. What we find, time and again, is that students automatically assume that working in construction or engineering is all about physical labour. We want to open their eyes to the richness of possibilities the construction sector can provide.
Leading construction charity, Construction Youth Trust, delivered a 3 day construction careers workshop to students in Birmingham with infrastructure company Morgan Sindall. With funding from John Connaughton and AG Manly, construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall has thrown open the doors of its Colmore Row site to provide 25 students with a three day construction workshop, as they explore careers in the sector. Working with Construction Youth Trust - a charity which helps young people in England and Wales into careers in construction the group from Aston University Academy of Engineering and South & City College Birmingham have spent three days in the city on a discovery mission exploring all aspects of the construction sector providing a detailed understanding the range of roles available in the sector, Construction Youth Trust’s Budding Brunels programme. The group visited the site of 55 Colmore Row where Morgan Sindall is delivering a £30 million redevelopment for IM Properties which is transforming the building into 160,000 sq ft of Grade A office space in the heart of the city.
“Careers are as diverse as they are rewarding and we know those who engage are enormously enthused by the whole experience.” Dave Kelly, Morgan Sindall’s framework manager added: “The skills shortage facing UK construction companies is well publicised and as a business we take our responsibility seriously when it comes to highlighting the opportunities available. We do everything we can to provide real, meaningful opportunities for young men and women who want a career in construction. “As signatories to the Birmingham Business Charter, we were only too happy to engage with Construction Youth Trust and their fantastic programme.” Construction Youth Trust will continue to work with the construction industry throughout the UK to further build upon the industry-led approach to filling future skills shortages through awareness raising workshops.
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On day one, the students, in four teams of five members, were assigned roles and guided around the development by a team of graduates from the contractor’s project delivery teams. Then, over the following two days,
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Museum of London move to Smithfield Market passes funding hurdle Plans to redevelop famous Victorian location see £180m raised toward £250m target Plans to turn one of London’s finest Victorian market buildings into a museum for the capital have moved closer after the Museum of London said it had raised £180m toward its £250m target for the redevelopment. In the first big funding milestone for the project, the City of London Corporation — the Square Mile’s local authority — will contribute £110m and the Mayor of London £70m — City Hall’s largest investment to date in a cultural initiative. The scheme will see the museum move to a new location among the current disused market buildings at West Smithfield, leaving its old site next to the Barbican complex free to be redeveloped under a separate plan for a world-class concert hall. The Victorian structures, including the General Market and Fish Market, will be revamped under a scheme by architects Stanton Williams and Asif Khan, with a glass-topped dome bringing light into the building, an innovative spiral escalator and a series of underground chambers to display some of the institution’s 6m objects over nearly 9,500 sq m of gallery space. The museum will submit its planning application to the City of London Corporation in 2018, with a view to opening its doors in 2022. City Hall’s £70m contribution will not come from its existing budget: the City of London Corporation will lend it the money, which it will pay back to the local authority over 25 years. The Museum
News of London aims to raise the rest of the funding through a public campaign and by tapping corporate sponsors and private philanthropists. Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, said the contribution was part of his pledge to make culture a “core priority” of his mayoralty. “This major landmark project will be a jewel in our crown . . . It will rejuvenate West Smithfield, protecting its heritage while also creating a dynamic new public space — strengthening London’s credentials as an international powerhouse for culture.” Much of the money will be spent on securing the 1880s buildings, which are in a state of disrepair, having been allowed to deteriorate since their closure. A previous plan to develop the buildings as offices and retail was blocked by the government in 2015 after meeting opposition from heritage campaigners angered by the proposed destruction of the roof and other parts of the buildings. The site languished throughout the 1990s and 2000s but is at the heart of an area that has seen rapid redevelopment. The disused General Market sits close to the Central Market, which continues as a wholesale meat business, as well as the renewed transport hub of Farringdon, part of the Thameslink rail network, London Underground and the east-west Crossrail line, which is expected to open fully in 2019. The museum is central to the Corporation’s plans for a so-called “cultural hub” in the area, in partnership with the Barbican Centre, the Guildhall School of Music, London Symphony Orchestra and the Museum of London. Its current building, at a busy transport junction on London Wall, can only be accessed via a series of pedestrian walkways above the road and does not allow room for expansion of the collection.
This major landmark project will be a jewel in our crown . . . It will rejuvenate West Smithfield, protecting its heritage while also creating a dynamic new public space — strengthening London’s credentials as an international powerhouse for culture.” Sadiq Khan, mayor of London,
Housing & Infrastructure Prosper in 2016 as the rest of Construction Struggles After a year of unpredictability for the economy as a whole, overall contract value figures for the construction sector reached £70 billion, decreasing by 5 per cent compared to 2015. However, according to the latest edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI, Housebuilding continued to grow across the majority of the year, with total value of contracts at £23.6 billion, a year-on-year increase of 11 per cent. Furthermore from the Housebuilding sector, the planning activity also increased in 2016 with the total value of projects reaching an advanced planning stage of £49.8 billion, an increase of 19.2% from the value in 2015. Another sector that saw an increase in yearly contract value was Infrastructure with a 1.9 per cent increase, reaching £19.3 billion. Infrastructure also had nine of the top ten highest value construction contracts in 2016 (see figure 1.1). Value
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(Figure 1.1, Source: Barbour ABI) Four construction sectors saw a decrease in contract value across 2016; Industrial, Medical & Health, Education and Commercial & Retail, which saw the biggest drop over the year, decreasing by 32.6% compared to 2015 figures. Top ten highest value construction contracts awarded in 2016 Value Sector East Anglia offshore wind farm £1,800,000,000 Infrastructure Beatrice offshore wind farm £1,255,600,000 Infrastructure Galloper offshore wind farm £750,000,000 Infrastructure M4 Junctions 3-12 smart motorway scheme £657,370,000 Infrastructure Tees renewable 295MW energy plant £650,000,000 Infrastructure 22 - 24 Bishopgate - offices / retail / restaurant £500,000,000 Commercial & Retail Sellafield - clean up decommissioning programme £500,000,000 Infrastructure M1 J13-19 - smart motorway scheme £472,560,000 Infrastructure Wyfla Nuclear power station £450,000,000 Infrastructure Manchester Airport T2 Transformation project £450,000,000 Infrastructure Commenting on the figures, Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI, said: “It is clear from our yearly figures that the Housebuilding sector was the main component of growth across 2016. Even after the initial shock of the Brexit vote, where many housebuilders share prices fell in excess of 20 per cent, this did not hamper activity with both the current and future pipelines of work remaining strong.” “However Infrastructure cannot be overlooked, with nine out of ten of the biggest projects across all of construction coming from this sector. Overall for Construction in 2016, output remained healthy but contract award values did decline.” “With important political decisions likely to come in 2017 that could have implications on construction activity, particularly in the commercial sector, it would seem that the future will be difficult to predict, as Britain’s trading position remains unclear for now.”
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MPs to vote on £4bn parliament restoration plan Parts of Palace of Westminster are increasingly derelict with collapsing roofs and crumbling walls MPs and peers will vote within months on a plan to move out of their neo-Gothic parliament for six years during a huge restoration project that will cost at least £4bn. The 19th century Palace of Westminster is known around the world, but parts of the estate are increasingly derelict. A study last year found large amounts of asbestos, potentially deadly fire risks, collapsing roofs, crumbling walls and leaking pipes. A report on Wednesday by a cross-party committee said that, without repairs, the building “faces an impending crisis which we cannot possibly ignore”. The move would be the first time MPs have left the chamber since bombing took place during the second world war. Under the proposals, the overhaul would take place at some point between 2022 and 2028. High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our T&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email email@example.com to buy additional rights. It has estimated that the cost of doing it this way would be £3.9bn — at the bare minimum — against £6bn if contractors worked around MPs in a 32-year rolling programme. MPs would work out of Richmond House, part of the Department for Education. Peers could, meanwhile, be housed elsewhere, for example in the Queen Elizabeth conference centre. A new “delivery authority” would be charged with implementing the mammoth task and would be based loosely on the body that made the 2012 London Olympic Games a success.
Members of the committee include Chris Grayling, a cabinet minister, and Baroness Stowell, former Conservative leader in the Lords.
Emergency repairs at the moment cost nearly £50m a year. Wednesday’s report pointed out that the estate has not had a significant renovation of its mechanical and electrical services since the mid-1800s.
Chris Bryant, a Labour MP on the committee, said: “All the evidence points to having to move out of the whole palace simultaneously. That is the lowest risk, most cost-effective and quickest option.” The proposals still have to pass the considerable hurdle of gaining the approval of members of both the Commons and the Lords. Theresa May, prime minister, rejected a newspaper report that she firmly supports the proposals. “It is wrong to claim that the prime minister has taken a view,” said her spokeswoman. Ministers have until now been loath to press ahead with the proposal to revamp the entire property because of worries about how the public might view the large cost to taxpayers. Yet the parliamentary authorities are under pressure to restore the Unesco world heritage
site, a mix of largely Victorian buildings that also includes the 900-year-old Westminster Hall and the modern Portcullis House. Emergency repairs at the moment cost nearly £50m a year. Wednesday’s report pointed out that the estate has not had a significant renovation of its mechanical and electrical services since the mid-1800s. MPs and peers on the committee took evidence from scores of witnesses including conservation experts and architects. They ruled out alternative plans such as building a “temporary building on rafts” in the middle of the river Thames. The committee rejected the idea after concluding that it would pose security issues and would “severely impede” the passage of river traffic. They dismissed building a temporary building on Horse Guards Parade because it was too far from the House of Lords, while shifting Parliament to another city, for example Birmingham, was rejected because it would mean having to shift the whole of the civil service out of London. The idea of turning Parliament into a museum was rejected because it would still require billions of pounds of necessary improvements. The Scottish National party was the only main party to oppose the restoration programme: “I didn’t find that too surprising,” said Baroness Stowell. “They don’t even believe in the UK.”
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Glenn Christiansen, Health, Safety and Sustainability Director at Carillion Construction Services, said: “Having the flexibility to buy or hire the G5 defibrillators is ideal for us, as the size of our teams and how and where they are deployed changes frequently, so we needed an arrangement that reflects this.
Working closely with Cardiac Science Carillion has already installed a minimum of one AED in all 150 locations across the country.
“It means each and every one of the people who work for us across the UK, whether based on a temporary or at one of our permanent sites, will have access to what we believe to be the best AED therapy available. AEDs are proven to save lives.”
Cardiac Science, said: “Cardiac Science prides itself on providing not just the best AED equipment but also the best support and advice on introducing them into a business. “We came up with a simple range of options for Glenn and his team to present to colleagues, including CardiAcademy, an easy to access online training programme to build confidence in using the equipment at site level.
On many sites, an assessment of travel times Glenn again: “We have included the donation has meant that more than one AED had to be of several AEDs into our nationwide CSR purchased, so that programme, this year “Having the flexibility to buy or hire the G5 defibrillators is ideal supporting Hospice the time taken from receiving an alert to for us, as the size of our teams and how and where they are deployed UK. In recent months deployment is kept changes frequently, so we needed an arrangement that reflects this.” two hospices in the to a minimum. As a Midlands are also result over 300 AEDs Glenn Christiansen, Health, Safety and Sustainability Director at now benefiting from Carillion Construction Services are now deployed. vital AED protection.” To meet the changing needs as contracts start, ramp up, and come to completion Cardiac Science has arranged that the units, along with a range of accessories such as cold weather storage bags for example, can be bought or hired. Hiring has been a particularly popular way of deploying a device and is part of a range of access options from Cardiac Science.
In fact since the introduction of the AED policy there have been a number of nonwork related cardiac arrests at Carillion Construction Services sites. Glenn again: “Emergency services told us we had, without doubt, saved lives as a result.” Shaun Ingram, UK Managing Director of
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Barking 900-home regeneration project approved Barking and Dagenham Council’s planning committee has given the go ahead for the redevelopment of Vicarage Field retail centre in Barking town centre - a project that will includes 900 new homes, restaurants, shops, communal gardens, orchards, and play spaces. The development also includes a 150-bed hotel, space for start-up businesses, a 650-seat cinema, a primary school, and health care facilities. In approving the outline scheme, the councillors have agreed to implement several measures to allay the public’s concerns, such as minimising construction noise and specifying a detailed design to ensure the development is of a high quality. The scheme has now been referred to the Mayor of London, who will make a final decision on the fate of the project. “We welcome the Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of the Vicarage Field Shopping Centre site in Barking town centre,” says Peter Cornforth, director of retail at Benson Elliot. “This follows a full engagement programme with communities and the Council and we look forward to continuing this dialogue as we progress towards the next stage.” “This redevelopment really puts the green into Vicarage Fields,” adds Councillor Dominic Twomey, deputy leader of Barking and Dagenham Council. “It paves the way for a 21st century retail experience, balancing the needs of consumers and brings with it entertainment outlets, homes for Londoners, amazing green leisure facilities and up to 1,000 new jobs for local people.”
McBains Cooper welcomes Apple to Battersea Power Station Apple’s recent announcement that it is to create a spectacular new headquarters at Battersea Power Station has been welcomed by leading interdisciplinary property consultants McBains Cooper, which is advising the banks behind the £9 billion redevelopment of the iconic building. The iPhone and iPad maker’s plan to move 1,400 staff from eight sites around the capital into what it calls “a new Apple campus” at the Grade II* listed former electricity generator, gives the whole project a vital lift at a key early stage, said the consultancy. McBains Cooper was initially appointed in 2013 to advise the consortium of lenders behind the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station Phase 1 (Circus West), including CIMB Bank, HSBC, Standard Chartered, Maybank and OCBC which was followed by appointment on both Phases 2 & 3 by a further consortium again led by CIMB. Providing project monitoring and technical advisory services, its due diligence concentrates on programme, development costs, contractual arrangements, procurement, planning and site conditions - highlighting risks and proposing solutions under the financial agreement. This lately included reviewing technical aspects of Apple’s lease and what the technology giant requires for its new state-ofthe-art HQ. A spectacular rooftop garden will be a key feature of Apple’s lease of 471,000 square feet of office space at the site, which will also include a large reception, lounge and atrium with a series of pod type offices and meeting rooms. Richard Davies, Director at McBains Cooper commented: “To get a world-renowned name like Apple into Battersea Power Station as an anchor tenant at this early stage, with work not due to complete on the Power Station until 2020, is a real coup. Being a part of the scheme this early means they can have a real say in the, design and build of their space, which is ideal for any tenant and developer “The news of Apple coming in, just ahead of the first residents moving into apartments on the site around Christmas, reinforces the confidence and positive belief in the development. More widely it will help steady post-Brexit UK business nerves as it signals that a popular and progressive global consumer brand strongly believes in London as a great place to live and work, both now and for many years to come.” Phase II of the project involves the restoration
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The news of Apple coming in, just ahead of the first residents moving into apartments on the site around Christmas, reinforces the confidence and positive belief in the development. More widely it will help steady postBrexit UK business nerves as it signals that a popular and progressive global consumer brand strongly believes in London as a great place to live and work, both now and for many years to come.” Richard Davies, Director at McBains Cooper and conversion of the actual power station, considered the largest brick building in Europe, including the dismantling and rebuilding of the four chimneys. Around 250 apartments are set to be created within and above the original building, together with offices, shops and restaurants, leisure and recreation facilities, an auditorium and rooftop gardens. Phase III will see the construction of 1,300 homes, a medical centre, a 160-bedroom hotel and 350,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and leisure space. Constructed either side of a new pedestrianised high street named ‘Electric Boulevard’, phase III will act as the main gateway into the 42-acre site, linking it with the new station for the Northern line extension. The north west chimney of the building will feature a glass viewing lift taking visitors over 100m into the sky for breathtaking views across London while riverside walks between Battersea and Vauxhall will open up the whole complex to leisure visitors, tourists and day trippers. Richard Davies added: “The completed Battersea Power Station project will be a real must destination for people to live, work and visit, helping to revitalise this whole area of south west London.”
Block Paving/Hard Landscaping ‘Slate’ and ‘Silver’ add strength and durability
Permeable block paving has provided a sustainable solution to the car park at a modern leisure complex for Northern Ireland’s Newry & Mourne District Council. Lauren Elliott, Head of Group Marketing at Acheson & Glover reports.
a heat recovery system installed and a UV pool treatment plant and rain water harvesting element incorporated.
Situated approximately 40 miles from Northern Ireland’s capital city, Belfast, Newry has a population of just over 26,000 residents.
Permeable block paving would be an essential component in achieving the dual objectives of accessibility and functionality, offering suitable levels of drainage for this urban town centre location.
An £8.5 million facelift for Newry & Mourne District Council’s existing leisure centre, at Rooney’s Meadow and stretching to Frank Curran Park and Jennings Park in the town, saw it transformed from a dated building into Ireland’s latest leisure complex. The complex provides a modern and inviting hub for the whole community, encouraging an uptake in leisure activities for all ages and breathing life into the town. Consisting of a modern eight-lane swimming pool, exciting water features, Olympicstandard seating as well as separate family areas, the centre is anticipated to bring more visitors than ever before, meaning a 150-space car park and public plaza were required to facilitate traffic and footfall. There is also a moveable floor on the eight-lane competition pool, which provides greater flexibility of services that the leisure centre can provide, thereby widening the visitor demographic and encouraging those of all ages and abilities to use the centre for various activities. Newry & Mourne District Council specified
Acheson & Glover (AG) was called in by contractor Felix O’Hare to provide a newly launched product that would create the hardwearing exterior, befitting an aesthetically pleasing and modern interior, while also helping to meet the project’s overall environmental commitments. the new facility must provide accessibility and functionality with a modern, high-spec interior that would encapsulate the overall ambitious future vision for the town, enhancing yet complementing the existing town centre for residents and visitors. Critical to the project was a sustainability aspect, with solar thermal panels being introduced to heat the water,
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Acheson & Glover (AG) was called in by contractor Felix O’Hare to provide a newly launched product that would create the hard-wearing exterior, befitting an aesthetically pleasing and modern interior, while also helping to meet the project’s overall environmental commitments.
The leisure complex’s outdoor landscaping is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland to use AG’s Xflo Plaza permeable paving block system, specifically developed to provide
quality aesthetically pleasing block paving finishes. The system provides the functional permeability performance required in a sustainable urban drainage system (SuDS), designed to mimic the natural movement of stormwater and replace conventional stormwater drainage systems. All of the block systems have been designed to allow an initial surface infiltration in the order of 2000 litres/sec/ha. Surface water flows through the joints and is absorbed into the underlying voided sub-base where the water is treated, stored and slowly released into the ground (infiltration) or the surface water drainage system (attenuation). The enlarged spacers on the sides of the block create 7mm-wide joints, which allow surface water to pass through the paving.
Terrapave flags were also integrated into the design, setting the project apart. These are manufactured from carefully selected granite materials from quarries throughout Europe and are available in complementary ground and textured finishes, ensuring the architect’s vision for the building was complemented and realised from all aspects of the final build.
The end result is a fantastic new facility with impressive, sustainable hard landscaping, which has also assisted the development in being on target to achieve ‘Disability Sports Northern Ireland’s Inclusive Sports Facility’ Accreditation.
The end result is a fantastic new facility with impressive, sustainable hard landscaping, which has also assisted the development in being on target to achieve ‘Disability Sports Northern Ireland’s Inclusive Sports Facility’ Accreditation.
The product’s granite aggregates provide strength and durability – key for this complex structure situated in the heart of Newry city, attracting high levels of visitor footfall and required to stand the test of time. Used in ‘Slate’ and ‘Silver’, the colours were hand selected to enhance the urban look of the leisure centre complex, all while offering certain natural qualities that would blend with the green playing fields in was situated near. The textured washed surface gives the appearance of natural granite stone but with the quality assurance of concrete block paving.
Photos: © Paul Lindsay / Chris Hill Photographic
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News Benoy Confirms Heathrow Airport Appointment Benoy has confirmed its appointment to the future redevelopment of London’s Heathrow Airport this week. The British design firm will join the team delivering the Commercial Masterplan for Heathrow’s ambitious expansion plans which will see it transformed into a next-generation, world-class airport. Supporting the Lead Architect, Grimshaw Architects, Benoy’s commercial masterplanning scope will be site-wide and consider enhancement opportunities across each of the terminal areas. Earlier in the year, Benoy was one of four British firms shortlisted by Heathrow, alongside Grimshaw, Zaha Hadid and HOK, to deliver bold new ideas and conceptual designs to push the boundary of what Heathrow could be as the country’s global aviation gateway. Speaking on behalf of Benoy, CEO Tom Cartledge commented, “We are honoured to be joining such a passionate and outstanding team to help bring
to life this groundbreaking vision for Heathrow.” “From the start of the selection process, we have shared and believed in the same outlook as our client; to blend a powerful people-centred approach within a convincing commercial and urban matrix. We are committed to seeing Heathrow continue to become a fully integrated and sustainable airport which will drive innovation and showcase the best of British design and can’t wait to get started,” said Tom. Barry Weekes, Head of Design at Heathrow Airport said, “We are very pleased to welcome Benoy with their commercial masterplanning expertise to our design team and know they will add value and experience to our ambitious design and engineering schedule. We will use their tremendous talent to build an expanded airport Britain can be proud of, playing a key part in a
prosperous and outward looking trade nation.” Benoy has been strengthening its presence in the Aviation sector since its work on the Hong Kong International Airport enhancement in 2010. The firm is currently delivering two of Singapore Changi Airport’s most high-profile future developments, Terminal 4 (T4) and new international attraction Jewel Changi Airport. Benoy is the Concept Design Architect and Interior Designer for T4 which will open at the end of 2017 and the Retail Interior Designer and Aviation Facilities Planner for Jewel. This year will also see Benoy celebrate its heritage as a British designer with its 70th anniversary.
Three-quarters of new luxury apartments by MHA London rented to students in capital’s tech hub t Property developer MHA London delivers
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The high-end apartments at 30 Old Street include air conditioning, floor-to-ceiling glass roof terraces and balconies, triple glazing, and intuitive lighting.
“Our team has transformed what was a rundown office block into a contemporary residential building with sought-after, high-spec apartments. It’s the attention to detail that marks this project out with intelligent lighting, triple glazed windows and hardwood flooring.
new high-end residential development in Old Street - 75% of apartments rented to students week – include floor-to-ceiling glass terraces, triple glazing, air-conditioning and Smart technology
UK property developer MHA London has transformed a 1960s Brutalist-style office block in the capital’s tech hub into luxury, high-tech apartments – three quarters of which are now rented out to students.
The interior of the post-industrial style building, which boasts views over London’s skyline from St Paul’s Cathedral to the Shard, has been designed by the architect MWA, along with MHA’s in-house team and showcases the developer’s expertise at delivering a high-spec development.
The eight units – six two-bed apartments and two three-bed penthouses ranging from
Hossein Abedinzadeh, founder of MHA London, said: “We’re extremely proud of this unique
“The development is inadvertently catering to a new breed of undergraduate as six out of eight of the apartments are now rented to students. The high spec and price tag is not the usual accommodation you’d expect for someone still in education.”
A bright future ahead for the Laindon Shopping Centre! “A regenerated Laindon Shopping Centre is the fresh start Laindon really needs… and 2017 is the year we can finally make it happen!” says Geoff Pearce, Swan’s Executive Director of Regeneration and Development. Swan Commercial Services, a subsidiary of Swan Housing Association, submitted a planning application in November that proposes wholesale redevelopment of the failing shopping centre to bring about a brand new high street with shops, a new Swan office, a modern health centre and homes. Swan widely consulted on its plans and was delighted that 83% of those local residents who participated in the public consultations support the proposals. Swan is eagerly awaiting Basildon Council’s decision on whether to approve the plans, which is expected in Spring 2017. They are keen to get the long awaited regeneration underway and have indicated that, should Basildon Council approve the planning application, enabling
works could begin by the end of 2017. Geoff Pearce, Executive Director of Regeneration and Development at Swan, added: “We are eagerly awaiting Basildon Council’s decision on our planning application to help build a bright future for Laindon, that has a vibrant new high street with shops, landscaped space, homes and a re-provided health centre at its heart. The redevelopment of the Laindon Centre is long overdue and our application is the chance for a fresh start and, if approved, will give Laindon the retail led regeneration it has waited so long for. We have worked hard to develop a viable plan for this regeneration and are determined to succeed where so many other previous owners have failed. We are thankful for the huge support we received from people in Laindon and Langdon Hills during our in-depth consultation and we urge local residents who support our plans to get behind us by endorsing our plans once more to help ensure that, this time, we really can make this regeneration a reality.”
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