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August 2017 Newsletter

The secret of anti-terror architecture: Your city is safer than you realise

No one wants to live behind barricades and barbed wire, but everyone wants to feel safe, particularly in the wake of horrifying, unforeseeable massacres such as the recent terror attack in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas. The problem is that erecting fortress-like protections is, in a way, giving into terror — it allows fear to dictate how we live.

But what if cities could be secured against terror, without looking like war zones? Yours might be, already. Read more...

Howe Green “raises the bar” at former Olympic site

During the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympic Games the International Press and Broadcast Centre played host to the world’s media. 20,000 journalists were at the heart of the action, reporting the latest triumphs and Olympian feats to a global audience estimated to be over 4 billion people.

Fast forward to 2017 and these key buildings continue to form a central element of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Centre is undergoing a commercial redevelopment to become Here East – the exciting digital quarter for East London.

Investment in new wards at County Hospital Stafford protected by Yeoman Shield

County Hospital, Stafford, have invested in 4 new wards which are to be opened throughout the year, offering more patient beds and spacious areas conducive to patient care and staff wellbeing.

The first of such wards to be opened is Elderly Care, Ward 15, which - now containing 28 beds with 12 single en-suite rooms, four, four bedded bays, a dedicated rehabilitation/therapy space, counselling and day room – is a great improvement on what was previously available. Read more...

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The Merits of No Maintenance Construction

Moses Gate Country Park near Bolton had beautiful wooden walkways and bridges, now they have fallen into disrepair - boarded off with warning signs.

The lakeside decking is warped and covered in broken chicken wire to help prevent slippage on the green slime that has bedded into the wood.

It’s a disappointing sight, far removed from the original inspiration.

A tax payer investment now lost to the community. Read more...

Farrow Court Sheltered Housing

Farrow Court is one of Ashford's older sheltered housing schemes. Planning permission was granted to redevelop the site to provide a new dementia-friendly facility comprising a much larger day centre for use by the local community as well as the residents of Farrow Court.

Oxden Floors Limited were contracted to supply and install floor coverings to 33 flats and communal areas totalling 4000 square metres as part of the new build works of Phase 1.

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Demand for specialist cladding fuels SCS expansion

Demand for specialist cladding fuels SCS expansion

SCS, CA Group Limited's specialist cladding division, has announced the appointment of two new members to the team, following a string of business wins including Winvic’s Helix, in Birmingham and Rushden Lakes, the £140m retail, leisure and tourism destination in the Nene Valley, Northamptonshire. Read more...

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Lobby to Shaft AOV’s to British Product Standard BS EN12101-8

Only smoke control components that have been tested to product standards should be selected for smoke control systems e.g. BS EN12101 and BS ISO21927 [Source. BS 7346-8:2013]

With the implementation of the construction products regulation all construction products covered by a harmonised European standard must bear a genuine CE mark. To satisfy the prerequisites of CE marking Smoke Control dampers must be tested and certified in accordance with British standard BS EN12101-8. Read more...

JJI-Joists and EWP by James Jones & Sons

Whatever you ask of it, a JJI-Joist has the answer every time. No ifs. No buts. No matter how complex or awkward the job, we have built the ultimate can-do joist.

By manufacturing to the highest specification our I-Joists are light, strong, thermally efficient, BIM compatible, FSC and PEFC certified and PAS 2050 accredited (to cut a long list short). But it’s also the back-up we offer that no one can equal. Our expert team of designers, engineers and regional technical support is always there to say ‘yes we can’. Read more...

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Trim-Tex Drywall Products

Trim-Tex has been designing and producing the industry's finest and most innovative line of vinyl drywall accessory products for over 45 years. Besides being economical, vinyl drywall accessories are more flexible and durable than metal and will not rust, kink or dent.

Trim-Tex coined the phrase "drywall art", which accurately describes the adaptive use of materials and accessories to enhance the standard flat and squared edged world of drywall. Read more...

Traditional building with solid timber … the EASY way!

Rationalised Post & Beam Timber Frame Structures in Green Oak, Douglas fir, Redwood, or Glulam

Hand Crafted for you!

Choose from the UK’s largest range of Standard Self-Assembly

Garages, Carports, Balconies, Home Offices, Studios, Garden Kitchens, Pool Rooms, Biomass Plant Rooms, etc. … with or without raised eaves and rooms in the roof. Read more...

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Trim Acoustics - Defender

With more than twenty five years technical expertise and practical experience Trim Acoustics can offer a wide range of solutions. Read more...

The Needs and Challenges of Fall Arrest

When choosing fall protection measures Fall Arrest comes down at the bottom of the hierarchy, but is still the only option for many workers.

Understanding why it is the last option in the hierarchy and what the real issues are helped SpanSet take on what we see as currently one of the most important challenges in work at Height. Read more...

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Architect Projects Summer 2017 - Read our latest issue

Hello and a very warm welcome to our summer edition, having recently read the latest Barbour ABI report it is encouraging to see that the latest 3 month rolling average for UK construction is at a staggering £ 5.5 billion, which is an indication of a health industry for all concerned.

Maber Architects recent project South Staffordshire College’s AgriSTEM Academy has just been completed which has created a fantastic learning facility addressing the future of UK farming with innovative training for the agri-tech industry as well as training people for work in other advanced manufacturing and engineering industries.

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