Aug 18, 2018 Last Updated 8:05 AM, Aug 13, 2018
Disabled toilets are subject to a range of suggested regulations to ensure public cubicles provide adequate space for accessibility and wheelchair manoeuvrability. Yet when it comes to disabled toilet usage – specifically,…
Iain Entwistle, Product Marketing Manager at Meesons A.I., looks at the problems that can arise as a result of tailgating in restricted areas of a building, and how it can be prevented.
Following the aftermath of the Grenfell Fire tragedy, Scotland has recently reviewed its laws regarding the installation of smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to provide a higher standard of protection throughout…
Upgraded ceiling and floor systems are a great way to improve acoustic performance – particularly when it comes to social housing developments of multi-tenant occupancy. Here British Gypsum Residential Sector Manager, Sarah…
As local authorities face increasing pressure to make efficiency savings, leisure centres, with their high and constant demand for heat and power, are a natural target for improvement. Combined heat and power…
With marine plastic pollution possibly proving to be the biggest environmental issue of our time, Chris Coxon, Head of Marketing at Eurocell, spoke to Jason Leadbitter, Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility Manager…
University campus buildings and student accommodation facilities are complex infrastructures and, with so many security requirements, it can be challenging to keep on top of them and the hurdles they impose. Andrew…
Yvonne Campbell, General Manager of Vivalda Scotland, believes that despite the well-meaning recommendations of Dame Judith Hackitt and Sir Martin Moore-Bick, architects and specifiers working in the public sector are still calling…
When recreation centre Sapphire Ice & Leisure opened in Romford this January, it became the UK’s first example of an ice rink built on a floor wholly and directly above a heated…
The new dedicated Breast Unit at Salisbury District Hospital has patient experience at its very core. A truly collaborative approach saw designers, staff and suppliers work with patients and their loved ones…
Centrepoint has recently published a report on youth homelessness in the UK which suggests that there is a much higher level of underlying youth homelessness than official figures indicate – with an…
The Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC) for Cranfield University in Bedford, located on the perimeter of the airport, is a landmark building delivered in partnership with Rolls-Royce and Airbus.
Now known as Bristol’s creative quarter, the Paintworks story began as the development of Phoenix Wharf, a brownfield site which housed an original Victorian factory complex. Today, it is a mix of…
Shane Taggart at Western Building Systems explains why modular off-site building techniques are the Government’s secret weapon in the fight against low productivity levels within the construction sector.
We often hear that collaboration is improving rapidly in construction, thanks to digital technology. Elecosoft’s Jonathan Hunter explores how this can transform the operations of the large sites and strategic projects which…
Structure-borne noise is a growing problem for multi-occupancy buildings – but there are ways to reduce it, says Lee Nichols, Product Development & Business Manager at Monarfloor Acoustics, part of the BMI…
A new £28m leisure centre in Romford is one of only a few in the UK to feature a floating ice rink above a competition swimming pool. Toby Buckley, Managing Director of…
Schools need good quality daylight. This readily available and sustainable natural energy resource is widely recognised as one of the best ways to improve the happiness and wellbeing of building occupants. It…
An undulating ribbon of Corian forms the high-impact first impression of the magnificent new Menai Science Park (M-SParc) by FaulknerBrowns Architects.
Minesh Patel, Business Development Manager at Centrica Business Solutions, discusses a new Government fund for the development of heat networks across the UK and how using combined heat and power solutions to…
Ryan Simmonds, Sales Director for Framing at voestalpine Metsec, explores the importance of only specifying framing materials which have been fire tested, and the options available to the industry.
Tight deadlines, space limitations and stringent hygiene requirements – these are just a few of the many obstacles contractors must overcome when working in a challenging healthcare sector. That’s why, after winning…
There are six major challenges faced by today’s social landlords that mean that the pressure to provide accessible housing will only increase. James Dadd, Marketing Director at AKW, a leading provider of…
With a population of less than 140,000 people and the mainland a ferry ride away, the Isle of Wight has struggled to close the engineering skills gap for years. So, with this…
Terror atrocities using vehicles are now rife across the world as the vehicle as a weapon (VAW) becomes sadly the latest deadly terrorist attack method of choice. The chilling trend serves to…
Brooklands Museum, home of British aviation, has refurbished an old hangar to house a new exhibition and mezzanine level, requiring a simple lift for disabled access. Minimal structural supports and no head…
A term long used in the technology and digital industries, UX (user experience) is now frequently driving consumer expectations of all devices, including heating appliances. Christian Hadley, Head of Product Marketing at…
The introduction of Certikin’s OC-1 filter media two years ago has transformed swimming pool filtration, both in terms of energy consumption and ease of maintenance. One of its many legions of fans…
A modern yet sympathetic design is the hallmark of the £25m new High Wycombe Leisure Centre featuring a Proteus copper-clad entrance pod.
Space is a valuable commodity within most organisations these days, perhaps even more so now within schools and colleges where average classroom sizes continue to creep up year-on-year.
The sharp increase in severe weather events such as droughts, storms and flash floods over the past decade has emphasised the need for educational facilities to employ effective, future-proof water management solutions.…
There are few things which strike fear into social housing tenants’ hearts more than the potential of damp and mould lurking within the walls, floors and ceilings of their home. It is…
With Britain still in austerity, public sector bodies face increasingly difficult times, both financially and operationally. Despite funding gaps getting larger, the demand for new schools, hospitals and leisure facilities continues to…
Profile 22 has supplied its Optima Casement solution to 62 social housing properties in Rusholme, Manchester, for Arawak Walton Housing Association.
Back in 2010, a Government greenhouse gas emissions survey of the public estate found the worst offenders included many of the country’s hospitals, writes Jan Ponsford, Director at Virtus Consult.
Award-winning UK construction, refurbishment and fit-out contractor, Gilbert-Ash, has recently completed an extensive £16.2m rebuilding and remodelling of UCL’s renowned Faculty of Laws facilities in Camden, London.
Halifax’s Grade I Listed Piece Hall is a true monument to the town’s industrial heritage. As part of Calderdale Council’s ambitious plans to conserve the building and transform it into a cultural…
Dave Raynor, Product Manager at Watts Water Industries, discusses how the desire to reduce carbon emissions in public sector buildings is encouraging greater awareness of the components required to fulfil these objectives.
As we approach a year since the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, its implications for local authorities and registered providers for housing design, construction and ongoing management remain unclear, says Nigel Morrey, Technical…
Keeping hygroscopic salts at bay in an unusual Victorian refurbishment was the role for a new type of flexible membrane from Safeguard Europe – a leading specialist in damp- and waterproofing, and…
Preventing the growth of Legionella is extremely important, especially in a leisure centre where so many water systems are in place.
Sean Conlon from Conlon Construction discusses the design and construction of the BREEAM-rated ‘Excellent’ One Hatfield Hospital in Hertfordshire, highlighting the elements of best practice that could be rolled out to other…
Here Alan Davison, Building Surveying Senior Partner at Pellings, weighs up the pros and cons of each consultancy framework option for the best results.
With the much-publicised General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect this month, the public sector is facing a range of challenges to ensure compliance in time for the deadline, writes Mike…
The iconic Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare has been sensitively renovated and remodelled by Weston College Group to create both community and new educational learning facilities. Chris Meir, Sales Director at Remeha, looks…
As our principal method of communication, speech allows us to interact with others, comprehend vocalisation and learn. So, when our auditory system is hindered, the communication between one person and another can…
John Moss, Head of Social Housing Sales at EnviroVent, looks at how the recently released English Housing Survey demonstrates why indoor air quality should be a priority for social landlords.
Regeneration in the East of England is shaping a new future for communities across the region, boosting the local economy and future-proofing its long-standing position as a location with the infrastructure and…
The green roof segment harbours a great deal of potential and will become increasingly significant as climate change continues. Cities are expanding, and the global population is growing steadily. As building development…
SaarFloor Noppe Stud Tile flooring in a variety of colours was recently used to help create an inspirational, educational environment in the refurbished Keith Green Building, home to the School of Architecture…
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