Jan 23, 2018 Last Updated 12:58 PM, Jan 4, 2018
Operators of public sector buildings and those who specify their security measures need to balance risks versus response versus costs then think outside the box for the most appropriate and proportionate physical,…
Across the public sector, there is a continuous need to manage and service many different types of buildings to ensure they are habitable and in excellent working condition; those responsible must do…
Sevenoaks Leisure Centre is set to benefit from a £1m investment, which will see a complete redesign of the fitness facilities over two floors, including the transformation of a large, underused toddler…
ARCHITECT@WORK, the carefully curated two-day trade show aimed at architects, interior designers and specifiers, will return to Olympia National Hall, London, for its 2018 edition from 24 to 25th January.
Islwyn High in Caerphilly is an ambitious project to amalgamate two former schools in a new purpose-built development. Part of the 21st Century School Programme across Wales, the impressive three-storey building comprises…

Proactive planning

The future of the NHS has been surrounded by a great deal of negativity in recent years. It’s a service we all cherish, yet every week we are met with a new…
Duncan Voice, Store Manager at Insulation Superstore, outlines why architects need to learn a valuable lesson from the Grenfell Tower tragedy and take back control of specification.
Technological innovation has dramatically altered methods and practices utilised by construction firms in recent years. The University of Essex training centre site is a prime example of modern building techniques improving efficiency…
The UK economy has slowed significantly in the last few months, with the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) revising national growth down from 2% at the start of the year to 1.5%…
When looking to buy new external doors, getting value for money is arguably the most important consideration, but increasing financial restrictions on both property owners and landlords mean there is extra pressure…
South Shropshire Housing Association and Kensa Heat Pumps have completed an off-gas heating retrofit programme featuring ground source heat pumps in rural properties in Cleobury, Shropshire.
Dr. Alex Mardapittas, CEO of leading energy storage and voltage optimisation brand Powerstar, discusses the impact of power failures in the public sector, and how new technology can eliminate the risks associated…
Proteus Facades has helped create a striking new feature on the University of Northampton’s Riverside Campus in the form of a 26m flue shaft on its new £6.9m biomass plant, completed with…
In this article, Richard Tonkinson, Executive Director of UK-leading bathroom pod manufacturer Offsite Solutions, looks at how an NHS trust is moving en-suite bathroom construction off site.
External wall insulation (EWI) can help eliminate potential problems associated with moisture and damp to create buildings that excel in terms of comfort and breathability, enhancing the health and wellbeing of occupants.
The Association of Play Industries (API) has released a new alarming report focusing on the decline of playground provisions from across the nation. Here, the API reveals the findings.
The threat of flooding is increasingly linked to climate change and expanding urbanisation. Leeds narrowly escaped a major disaster during the 2007 floods and since then there have been several localised flood…
How does roof drainage with a negative pressure result in a positive outlook for installers working on challenging building designs in notoriously wet climates? Jonathan Briafield, Senior Product Manager at Geberit, takes…
Two brand-new services in the west of Scotland for blind and partially sighted individuals opened their doors last month for the first intake of patients.
James Griffiths from heating, cooling, plumbing and infrastructure solutions provider, Uponor, discusses why thermally active building systems (TABS) could provide the answer to more energy-efficient public buildings.
Having transformed King's College's majestic 18th century Gibbs’ Building in 2015, Thomann-Hanry has completed an extensive clean and restoration of the Grade II Listed Chetwynd Court, with equally spectacular results. Here, PSBJ…
Bidders and public purchasers want efficient and effective procurement processes for construction contracts ensuring that the best bidder can be identified without requiring bidders to spend disproportionate time, cost and energy in…

Wood you use timber?

Social landlords need to invest for long-term financial value as well as to recognise their wider responsibility towards the planet. Here Tony Pell, Chair of the Wood Window Alliance, explains why.
In a fire emergency, it is a race against time to prevent flames from spreading beyond control – meaning a working fire door could be the difference between life and death, says…

Delivery with a difference

Increased demand for specially designed and built schools that provide the best possible learning environment for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) is improving provision and driving forward innovation…
Mobility problems are the most commonly reported impairments by disabled people, yet the environment in which they have to live and work is not always designed to meet their needs. This can,…
In recent years, the homeless issue has developed into a crisis, not only within the UK; but worldwide. Spaces are designed with many specific reasons, some of which intend to defend an…
A new £21.6m leisure centre planned for Chelmsford will mirror its serene surroundings by the River Chelmer as architect firm Pick Everard has used eco-friendly and aesthetically-pleasing design features.
Mike Turner, Executive Director of leading property services specialist and UK-leading painting contractor Ian Williams, talks to PSBJ about the latest innovations in paints and coatings.
Here, Rachel Gundy, Category Manager for Ceilings and Partitioning at CCF, discusses how, thanks to product advancements, it is now easier than ever before for specifiers to meet the project requirements of…
Replacing three existing trust-owned facilities, the brand-new multi-award-winning Banbridge Health and Care & Day Care Centre, Northern Ireland, specialises in health and social care in a high-quality, aesthetically-pleasing establishment.
In 2015, the University of Leicester launched a £19.5m project to replace the roof and glazed facades of its world-famous Engineering Building. This challenging and complex project involved replacing 2500 glass panels…
Luxonic recently lit the halls and classrooms of Scotland’s Faith Schools’ Joint Campus, East Renfrewshire Council’s project to bring together two previously separate faith schools onto a new shared site. Accounting for…
Phoenix Software, a leading IT supplier to the public sector, and global tech giant VMware have recently revealed that housing associations are struggling to effectively store and manage data, affecting how well…
A secure building helps to prevent and limit damage from break-ins, acts of vandalism and arson. However, what is often overlooked is how the design of a building or site can also…
There are compelling reasons why local authorities and other public sector organisations are thinking hard about implementing district energy networks now. Not only can these networks contribute to delivering low-carbon development and…
Steve Joyce, Business Director North with SES Engineering Services – one of the UK’s premier building services design and installation contractors – talks about how communicative collaboration played a fundamental part in…
This year’s UK Construction Week promises to be the most impressive yet, with 35,000 visitors and more than 650 exhibitors. It takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 10 to 12th October.
The kitchen is the most dangerous room in UK homes, whilst also being the most under protected. James King, Sales Director at FireAngel, highlights the level of risk associated with household kitchens…
East Yorkshire’s newest family attraction, William’s Den, is enjoying a very busy first season, and it’s not hard to see why with such exceptional play facilities.
With classroom sizes steadily on the rise, space is increasingly becoming a valuable commodity for many schools these days.
Those responsible for the construction of sports surfaces or facilities will have the opportunity to learn from the industry’s leading opinion formers, further their career prospects and see new products and services…

London Build returns

London Build is back from 25 to 26th October with more content, networking and entertainment than ever before, and you can sign up for a free ticket today.
The tragedy at Grenfell Tower has highlighted the need for closer attention to be paid to fire safety when constructing high-rise buildings.
Forest Pennant, the commercial brand of Forest of Dean Stone Firms, has completed a public art commission in Bristol, supplying bespoke-cut slabs of Pennant sandstone for a reinstated public highway and social…
When specifying building products for a public sector care home environment, it goes without saying that, alongside budget considerations, it’s vital to have residents’ needs front of mind. A successful care home…
With the publication of the revised memorandum – HTM 04-01: Safe water in healthcare premises – the Department of Health (DH) has set a renewed and strong focus on the control of…
A high-quality new home development has provided 32 much-needed affordable flats and houses for residents in Bristol.
Here Tracy Kirk, General Manager of Sales and Marketing for Hochiki Europe, tells PSBJ why the life safety sector needs to focus on educating duty holders across the public sector built environment…
The demand for social housing in the UK continues to grow at a much faster rate than its current level of supply. Figures from Shelter suggest that there are more than 1.8…

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