Feb 16, 2019 Last Updated 2:53 PM, Feb 5, 2019
From 5 to 7th February, Surface Design Show 2019 will take place at London’s Business Design Centre to provide a platform for architects, designers and specifiers to explore the best in interior…
As the UK’s only dedicated wet leisure exhibition, SPATEX 2019 is designed for all building and construction industry supply chain professionals involved in swimming pools, spas, saunas, spa enclosures and the world…
ARCHITECT@WORK, a carefully curated annual two-day trade event aimed at architects, interior designers and specifiers, will move to Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch for the seventh London edition from 30th to 31st…
As we rapidly turn into a nation of apartment dwellers, particularly within our major cities, then balconies, flat roofs and service areas such as walkways and stairwells have grown in importance. With…
In this article, Richard Tonkinson, Executive Director of the UK-leading bathroom pod specialist Offsite Solutions, looks at the benefits of off-site manufacture for bathroom construction.

Improve efficiencies

With the Government set to favour off-site manufacturing on all publicly-funded projects this year, Paul Arnold, Remeha’s Product Manager, looks at how councils are using off-site-fabricated, bespoke-designed heating equipment to improve efficiency…

It’s in the air

Good building design is much more than the aesthetics; it helps to create spaces that fuel innovation, creativity and productivity. At the initial design stage, the focus is often placed on the…
Wall panels are becoming increasingly popular in the public sector as the quality and variety of designs have improved. Scott Beattie, Managing Director of leading panel manufacturer Fibo UK, looks at the…
It’s not just businesses that are expected to have an awareness of their carbon footprint – schools are increasingly under the spotlight too. Anna Wooster, Managing Director of renewable energy company Greenio,…
Although the public sector is regularly involved in a vast number of construction projects; whether it is refurbishing or developing new schools, housing or civic buildings, there is still a regrettable unawareness…
The importance of fire safety has been at the forefront of the public’s and industry’s consciousness following the devastating Grenfell Tower tragedy. The Hackitt review, as well as the enhanced media scrutiny…

Let the light in

Scott Leeder, Commercial Director at VELUX Modular Skylights, looks at the benefits of optimising the levels of natural light and ventilation in long-term healthcare and assisted living facilities.
With new and advanced burglary methods, it’s important that local authorities and social housing landlords are kept up-to-date with changes in security legislation. Here Vivienne Taylor, Specification Manager for Yale Door and…
Thomasons has delivered engineering services in the Chase Farm Hospital redevelopment. Here, PSBJ looks at the civil and structural engineer’s involvement in the extensive project.
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.
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