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January 12, 2016

Why Security Plays An Important Role In Building Design

With the vast array of security solutions currently available on the market, from access control for gates, to 24 hour CCTV coverage and sophisticated intruder alarms; choosing the right system to fully meet your needs can be a difficult task. However, the choice can be made much more simple if

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Why Having a Generator on Site Is Important

Generators are extremely important for any business and are included in most systems to top up battery storage or to meet electricity requirements, and are vital for emergency procedures should you face a power cut. Below we have explained why having backup power on your site is important. Types of

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January 12, 2016

Why Security Plays An Important Role In Building Design

With the vast array of security solutions currently available on the market, from access control for gates, to 24 hour CCTV coverage and sophisticated intruder alarms; choosing the right system to fully meet your needs can be a difficult task. However, the choice can be made much more simple if you consider the options available to you during the planning stages of the new-build process. Security aspects of a building are seen by many as something that should be tackled after a build has been completed. However, doing so can result in costly changes needing to be made in order to ensure your property caters to your specific security needs. Ian Ellis has stated that “People know the potential risk associated with security; what is necessary is to make security a priority that is introduced into the design as early as possible.” Thought leaders in the industry, Banham, who have been providing innovative security solutions of the highest quality for almost a century, ensured that security played a huge role in the design phase of their establishment; that was completed in August. Design factors of their new build include an alarm receiving centre and engineers stock, among others. When asked about incorporating security into the design, Lucie Banham said: What we don’t want is security to infringe; we want to fit the security at this building which is for our customers; we want to show our customers and say, this is subtle, you won’t notice it, but every door has access control, there’s security everywhere. But it’s subtle…People don’t want obtrusive security.” By building a design that incorporates relevant security facilities, Banham created an appealing space that worked with them, rather than attempting to force-fit their security measures post-build. Randy Atlas, from Atlas Safety and Security Design specifies that “Security [also] needs to be seen as a set of architectural features – and not just things like bollards in front of a lobby, but also how and where mechanical equipment is sited within a building, accessibility to the physical aspects of a building’s communication networks, and more.” While preventative methods such as bollards are a valuable option in regards to protecting your property, far more technical methods are now being utilised in addition to these. Deciding ahead of time where all your security equipment will be stored, and where the optimum placement of security cameras is should be communicated to your architect; to enable them to incorporate these factors into their designs. Trying to force-fit your optimum security system will result in either costly alterations needing to be made, or a sub-standard system being implemented that does not fully meet your needs. By informing your architect that you are planning on every door having access control will allow them to consider this during the design process. Better yet, having your security team and architectural team working parallel to one another will ensure that your security requirements are adhered to at all times. General risk assessments should be conducted during the design process, providing the perfect opportunity for you to discuss security measures with both your architectural team and security team; ensuring a smoother process that covers all of your bases effectively. Banham has been providing effective security solutions for decades, and so it makes sense that security is evident throughout the entirety of their property; something that industry leaders are calling for more and more.   Image Credit: https://pixabay.com/en/blueprint-ruler-architecture-964629/

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Why Having a Generator on Site Is Important

Generators are extremely important for any business and are included in most systems to top up battery storage or to meet electricity requirements, and are vital for emergency procedures should you face a power cut. Below we have explained why having backup power on your site is important. Types of generators There are two types of generators, petrol generators and diesel generators. Petrol generators are designed to provide unmatched economical performance while delivering a reliable power output. It doesn’t matter what industry you work in, whether it’s for heavy duty industrial work, or for areas where disruption is kept to a minimum, these petrol generators will provide the level of output you require. Diesel generators are available in a fantastic range of power outputs and offer up to 10kVA of power in both single phase and three-phase. With these you don’t need to worry about noise, you can choose from silent and super-silent units. Why should I invest in a generator? Imagine you are at work, going about your usual day-to-day activities, assisting visitors in the building, and all of a sudden the power goes down – your company would look highly unprofessional to your visitors. Not only this but having a generator also ensures that all workers are able to continue with their day-to-day tasks, meaning you and your staff do not suffer a financial loss. If you are travelling to various remote locations for work, then a lot of the time you have to supply the power yourself. In these cases portable generators come in handy, and even if a company does allow you to use their electricity, you and your company appear more professional if you have your own source of electricity. Having back up power in health care industries is especially important, this is because life support machines and other compulsory tools are crucial in sustaining human life. If you want to invest in generators but aren’t sure where to begin then contact a professional who will be happy to advise you of the best type of generator for your business. Pramac Generators are the leading generator suppliers and on hand to assist with your requirements.

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THE PORTAKABIN GROUP ACHIEVES UK CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY FIRST WITH NEW UNIVERSITY TECHNICAL COLLEGE CONTRACT

The Portakabin Group has been awarded the £14 million design and build contract for the UK’s first university technical college (UTC) to be built off site.  Opening in September 2016, the Global Academy will provide academic and vocational training for 14-19 year olds who want to work in the broadcast and digital media industries. Designed by the Portakabin Group and architects Surface to Air, the building has a forward-thinking, innovative design to reflect the creative ethos of the new Global Academy. Advanced off-site technology using a Yorkon building solution from the Portakabin Group will seamlessly integrate both modular and site-based construction.  A significant proportion of the work will be completed off site at the Portakabin Group factory in York in order to meet the challenging programme for completion in time for the start of the 2016-17 academic year. The technically-complex building is also designed to deliver a demanding acoustic specification for the broadcast studios, with triple glazing and specially-engineered air conditioning. Commenting on the project, Simon Ambler, Director of the Portakabin Group said, “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract for the UK’s first UTC to be built off site. This is part of a really exciting regeneration scheme, which will create a landmark education facility to give young people fantastic, practical training for the broadcast and digital media industries.” “This is a hugely significant project for the construction sector.  It demonstrates the architectural flexibility of a highly engineered Yorkon off-site solution from the Portakabin Group and how an outstanding building design can successfully integrate different construction methods. It also illustrates really well how we can deliver an inspiring, animated and intelligent building in a very short timescale and on a highly complex site.” The Global Academy will house a sports hall, theatres and a cinema, which will be linked to a four-storey modular building by a dynamic, full-height central atrium space. There will be extensive facilities for TV and radio broadcasting, including radio studios, TV studios, flexible teaching spaces, informal learning zones to facilitate interaction, a café and dining area. The scheme is being constructed by the Portakabin Group on the heritage brownfield site of the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes in the London Borough of Hillingdon. The site will also require the Portakabin Group to carry out complex groundworks, extensive excavations for district heating, and the construction of a new sub-station. University technical colleges are technical secondary schools for 14 to 19 year olds, teaching the inventors, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow.  They offer a broad curriculum that combines an academic education with technical and practical learning.  UTCs use the latest equipment and technology to provide an environment where students can thrive and develop the skills employers need. The governing body of each UTC is controlled by a business sponsor and a university. For further information about Yorkon off-site building solutions from the Portakabin Group for primary, secondary and further education, call 0845 2000 123, email info@yorkon.co.uk or visit www.yorkon.info.

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