Dec 18, 2018 Last Updated 11:34 AM, Dec 18, 2018
Stuart Doggrell, Water Heating General Manager at Fabdec, discusses how developments in water heating can improve efficiency and sustainability for housing associations and improve standards for residents.
Standing since the 1930s as one of the most enduring landmarks on the London skyline, Battersea Power Station is currently undergoing a spectacular mixed-use redevelopment. Set to bring a £20bn economic uplift…

Safe and sound

When employing anyone to undertake building work, it is crucial that safety is of the utmost importance and this is especially true when employing roofing contractors. Working at height comes with many…
With increasing focus on integrating children with special hearing requirements alongside mainstream pupils, it’s more important than ever that consideration is given to the acoustic environment of schools from the earliest design…
Typically, when people think of asphalt, they think of the standard black variety. However, as modern construction practices and building design has evolved, so has the choice of asphalt with today’s market…

Child’s play

The opening of Streatham Common play area marks the end of many years of planning by the passionate Friends of Group and Lambeth Council. This significant investment in play is part of…
Leisure centres are a hive of activity, with a vast range of visitors and staff requiring different levels of access. Security can be critical and complex at these facilities, so why is…
In every walk of life, it stands to reason that you get what you pay for. Quality comes at a price and it’s hard to think of a single example where you…
In this article, Geoff Fawkes, Director of The McAvoy Group, looks at how off-site construction is helping to address the housing crisis by increasing productivity.
With energy efficiency high on the agenda for facilities managers of public sector buildings, it’s crucial that heating systems are not only cost-effective but deliver maximum carbon savings too. Steven Evans, National…
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to revolutionise water controls in health and care services. Marcus Judge, Director of IT at Kohler Co EMEA – which includes water controls specialist Rada –…
Recent news has revealed that the Government has pledged to invest £2bn in building social housing properties over the next 10 years. Whilst this will certainly help mitigate the shortfall of social…
The King’s Road Boiler House, acknowledged as being “the finest in the kingdom” when completed in 1923, is strategically located at the heart of Newcastle University’s historic campus, adjacent to the students’…
Paul Hutchens is Director of Midlands-based solar specialist, Eco2Solar. He is a board member of the Solar Trade Association (STA), the UK-leading solar industry voice, and Chairman of the STA’s New Build…
A latest industry report has predicted the number of connected devices being used worldwide will grow to 20.8 billion by 2020*. As the development of IoT technology advances and subsequently the popularity…
Drawing on the latest admixture technology to adapt to changes in cement chemistry, the Sika Watertight Concrete system not only increases the use of replacement materials (GGBS, PFA) but allows the use…
There’s a strong focus on the importance of natural light in the home at the moment, and an increasing number of house-builders are recognising that this aspect of the build is a…
Createability has finished work on a three-phase £8.5m complete redevelopment of Bath Sports and Leisure Centre that has already seen usage figures jump 71%.
Safety in schools and education facilities is a highly emotive subject and one that is never far from the minds of parents, teaching staff, estate managers, caretakers and local education authorities. Here…
As the construction industry continues to come under new pressure to deliver incredibly complex road improvement projects within limited budgets and timeframes, innovation has a major role to play in driving efficiencies,…
The Government has produced new draft ‘Approved Documents’ for Building Regulations Part B in England, in an attempt to clarify statutory guidance on fire safety guidance. But they don’t go far enough…
Helen Revitt, Regional Director and Health Sector Lead at architecture and building consultancy AHR, explains why the healthcare sector is increasingly embracing modular solutions.
What’s driving change in social housing design and build? Are the factors different now than they were 10 years ago? Epwin Group, a leading manufacturer and supplier of PVC-U windows, doors and…
A new way of delivering high-quality schools is proving that investment in children’s wellbeing in Wales is paying off. The £8.5m Ysgol Parc y Tywyn project provides 350 school children from the…
Phil Chell of Sika Liquid Plastics discusses opportunities and challenges in building improvement funding in the academies sector.
When the 74th annual SALTEX exhibition opens its doors at the NEC, Birmingham, on 31st October and 1st November, visitors can not only look forward to a comprehensive product display spread over…
The importance of physical education in schools is well documented – not only for encouraging pupils to exercise but also for developing life skills such as teamwork. Having the appropriate sporting facilities…
Peckham Rye Park is an open space within the London Borough of Southwark. A vibrant community space, Peckham Rye has been engaged in an improvement programme over the past few years, which…
Many within the Building Information Modelling (BIM) community believe that without the strong backing of Government, this technology-based construction methodology would not see the level of visibility and general acceptance that it…
Paul Lang, Chief Executive Officer of Caledonian, looks at the evolution of modular buildings and how off-site construction can help to alleviate the housing crisis in the UK.
Modern policing comes with a complex set of challenges and thus demands facilities that can accommodate those evolving needs. When Bonny Street Police Station, an ageing 1971 structure near the Blackpool waterfront,…
Luxury vinyl tiles (LVTs) and vinyl planks have become an increasingly popular choice of floorcovering as the quality and variety of them have improved. Given customers' high expectations for finished results, it’s…
Slough Borough Council is investing more than £62m in regenerating leisure facilities across the borough with a view to getting more people, more active, more often.
It is no secret that the biggest challenge facing the UK public sector over the next generation will be how it can adapt to serve an increasingly ageing population. The UK has…
The UK Government has announced its Clean Growth Strategy in response to the need for action against our rising carbon usage problem.
At first glance, the c.£2.8m Rathview Mental Health Facility, Omagh, is not what you would expect. In fact, it would be hard to know it was a healthcare building at all.
Dan Bourke, Social Housing Regional Manager at EnviroVent, looks at a recent study of mould involving four social landlords in the South East and Midlands, including contributing factors and recommendations for avoiding…
The pressure to meet an ever-increasing demand for school places is one that has been felt by local authorities across the UK for a number of years, with the requirement for places…
The construction industry is brimming with projects, products, innovations, debates and regulations, and keeping up is challenging.
London’s leading construction and design show, London Build, will return to Olympia, London, on 23rd and 24th October.
Healthcare Estates is only one month away, and the event will be celebrating IHEEM’s 75th anniversary and the 70th birthday of the NHS.
The 2018 Fire Door Safety Week campaign is set to run from 24 to 30th September and will accelerate education and build awareness about the critical role that fire doors play in…
Despite numerous benefits, there is often a misconception that roof tiles made from something other than a natural product are inferior. Mark Parsons, Technical Director at Russell Roof Tiles, explores why those…
Here Anthony Barnett, Technical Marketing Manager at Armacell UK, looks at how fire-rated, closed-cell materials can both insulate and create a firestop to achieve reliable protection on pipework through walls and ceilings…
A high school is due to save more than £320,000 over the next 15 years just by changing its lightbulbs, thanks to renewable energy company Greenio.
A swimming pool is at the forefront of a renewable energy revolution which creates heat from wastewater.
High levels of natural light and ventilation are the hallmarks of Tree Top Village in Newcastle, a retirement village with an inspirational design that achieves its goal through the extensive use of…
When the School of Design at the University of Leeds wanted vibrant flooring for its Clothworkers Building South, it brought in architectural practice, Farrell and Clark, which chose Amtico’s versatile Signature collection…
The summer of 2018 may well rank as one of the hottest on record but the heatwave will come to an end, and for those four million households living in fuel poverty1,…
It’s no secret that having a diverse workforce benefits businesses in a myriad of different ways. In the public sector specifically, diversity allows organisations to better understand the wants and needs of…
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