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August 2, 2018

Are the Robots really coming?

Robotics, automation and artificial intelligence have been. But how much is reality and how much is scaremongering? Here’s what our think tank poll respondents say Join the Think Tank to have your opinion reflected here — editorial@fm-world.co.uk 15 September 2016 | FM World team newsdesk@fm-world.co.uk Rob Farman Some robotic support is inevitable 

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Orange Armstrong Ceilings help the sun rise on a regeneration first

Orange ceiling and wall systems by Armstrong feature on a flagship office building. Ceiling and wall systems by Armstrong have provided form AND function for an award-winning Grade A office building at the heart of one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK. Armstrong’s R-H 200 standard perforated metal hook-on

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Builders that blacklisted workers pay £75m

Almost 800 workers who were blacklisted by construction companies for their political views and union activities have won an estimated £75m in a wave of new settlements. Under the deals 771 workers will each receive an average of £65,000 after the industry agreed to pay £50m in compensation as well

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Paulo Mendes da Rocha announced as Royal Gold Medal winner

Leading Brazilian architect to receive UK’s highest honour for architecture The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is delighted to announce that Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Brazil’s most celebrated living architect, will receive the 2017 Royal Gold Medal. Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is

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LINCOLN PUPILS TO BENEFIT FROM SCHOOL’S ECO-FRIENDLY STEPS

THE money a secondary school is expected to save by taking small steps to become more eco-friendly will be pumped back into the curriculum – benefiting more than 1,200 students in Lincoln. More than 1,600 LED lights are being installed at the North Kesteven Academy – in North Hykeham –

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Off Grid Energy Provides Solution for Kennington Tube Station Project

Kennington Tube station has seen the installation of Off Grid Energy’s largest and most powerful temporary power hybrid – the gridtogo™ – a battery that helps tackle air and noise pollution levels in construction. The installation is part of the Northern Line Extension plans, which will extend the London Underground

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Construction Products Manufacturing Is Starting to Catch-up

The £56 billion UK construction products manufacturing industry has started its catch-up activity lost during the first three months of the year due to adverse weather conditions, show the Construction Products Associaton’s (CPA) State of Trade Survey for 2018 Q2. “These results fit the profile of construction catch-up from a

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Dormakaba Secures Contract with University of Southampton

The University of Southampton and dormakaba, the access and security solutions manufacturer, have agreed on a new three year service contract, which will see the company provide its 5 Star service programme to access systems throughout the campus. Having the contract under one provider, as well as having valuable technical

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August 2, 2018

Are the Robots really coming?

Robotics, automation and artificial intelligence have been. But how much is reality and how much is scaremongering? Here’s what our think tank poll respondents say Join the Think Tank to have your opinion reflected here — editorial@fm-world.co.uk 15 September 2016 | FM World team newsdesk@fm-world.co.uk Rob Farman Some robotic support is inevitable  Between 1998 and 2000, I had a break from FM and worked as commercial manager at  BT’s R&D centre, Adastral Park, in Martlesham. Back then, articles in BT Technology Journal spoke about driverless cars.  Today, 16 years later, we are seeing some of that technology deployed to aid parking. We’re also seeing Google trialing driverless cars and Uber embarking on driverless taxis. Online retailer Amazon recently demonstrated how it uses both robots and people in its warehouse in Dunstable, and you may recall that Forth Valley Hospital won the BIFM Award for ‘FM Excellence in a Major Project’ in 2011, where “patients will never see trolleys of laundry, waste or food and drink being wheeled around because of the use of automatic guided vehicles”, or so-called ‘robotic porters’. Robotics will advance steadily from warehousing into retail and I can imagine driverless trucks delivering to supermarkets overnight and robotic assistants stacking shelves during the quiet hours when people would prefer not to work. I can also imagine driverless window cleaning cradles with robotic cleaners. So why not robotic mail sorting in the post room? Robotic mail delivery? Robotic cleaning in offices? Robotic catering? Rob Farman is principal at Abacus FMEC Chris Kane  Robot age calls for courage We need to adjust to the digital age, where choice is ubiquitous and the business landscape complex. FM is on the cusp of significant change, where harnessing AI and robotics will pose a big challenge for those intent on maintaining the status quo.  My business partner Euan Semple speaks about how “much of the routine busy-work that fills our days will be done by machines. They will get smarter and faster than we can imagine. Staying ahead of them will call for creativity, insights, and courage”. Could it help us get to grips with supporting both the people and the place agenda? That would be something of real business value. The alternative is steady decline. Chris Kane is principal at Chris Kane Associates Kat Fulton They’re coming – and retail’s leading the way The retail sector has made extensive use of robots in warehouses to help package and ship orders, but a new generation of robots is graduating from the ‘back of house’ into the shops. For example, the OSHbot; customers type on its touchscreen menu to find a particular item they want, then follow the robot to the product location. Other retailers, like Sephora, have recognised the potential to automate transactions by moving to digital shopping. Shops have little or no stock, acting more like a ‘try before you buy’ showroom, which requires fewer staff. At ISS, we always look to enhance service and make working life easier for our own people by developing and adopting new technologies. We recently entered a partnership with IBM for building sensor technology that delivers data to improve workplace performance. While process automation has brought demonstrable benefits, organisations still recognise the power of genuine human interaction, which we know excellent service experiences depend upon. For now, we can breathe a collective sigh of relief‚ but there’s no doubt that the robots are coming. Kat Fulton-Allen is solutions director, finance & retail services, ISS Facility Services James Spires AI will soon Play a greater role in buildings Robotics, automation and artificial intelligence are disruptive technologies that will play a key role in the future of our industry. Their vast scope is only just beginning to be recognised. In our own service delivery we are pioneering applications of robotic process automation to carry out a variety of tasks without risk of error or downtime. Aside from increases in productivity and efficiency, it will release more of an FM’s time to concentrate on the people-focused and customer service elements of the role. We see AI systems playing a greater role in disciplines such as air quality, environmental and energy management within buildings in the near future. The impact of AI or machine learning technologies will be a built environment that is more responsive to the behaviour of its occupants. FM providers will need to think and operate differently, embracing innovative start-ups and SMEs and partnering with them to get the best from fast-moving, new technologies. James Spires is strategy director for Engie   Source link

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Orange Armstrong Ceilings help the sun rise on a regeneration first

Orange ceiling and wall systems by Armstrong feature on a flagship office building. Ceiling and wall systems by Armstrong have provided form AND function for an award-winning Grade A office building at the heart of one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK. Armstrong’s R-H 200 standard perforated metal hook-on planks with acoustic inlay within a concealed grid, were specified by regular Armstrong users Falconer Chester Hall Architects for the feature ceiling of the atrium of the Kingsgate building at Birkenhead in Wirral Waters which was built at a cost of £11.4 million. They are complemented by Armstrong’s W-H 1000 standard perforated metal wall system on the four-storey walls, hooked on in a vertical brickwork pattern to match the ceiling. Both of these systems were supplied by Armstrong in bespoke sizes to aid installation … and in bright orange! The metal tiles in the atrium are complemented by Ultima+ OP Tegular mineral tiles and Ultima+ SL2 planks in the open-plan offices and circulation areas. This ceiling system (and the suspension grid too) is Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certified in line with Kingsgate’s BREEAM “Excellent” rating. Manufactured with up to 64% recycled content, the Ultima+ range is available in three core densities that allow specifiers to engineer sound absorption and attenuation for optimum acoustic performance – standard Ultima+ giving medium density, Ultima+ OP giving low density (both of these variables were used at Kingsgate) and Ultima+ dB giving high density, up to 41 dB.  Stephen Fieldsend of Falconer Chester Hall said the Armstrong systems were specified to reduce acoustics in the open plan office areas which serve as the core business for The Contact Company in its role as a contact centre and in the main atrium with its feature wall and ceiling. “We have worked with Armstrong continually on office developments. On this one particularly the Armstrong materials interface fantastically well with the other materials used on the project. We had continual help from Armstrong for the visual aesthetics to the main atrium space,” said Mr Fieldsend. Their brief had been to design an office building of almost 5,000m2 that would set a standard for future development within the regeneration area and also meet the aspirations of both the developer (Longmeadow Estates) and their prospective client. Flexible open-plan office spaces allow greater flexibility for the call centre which takes up three of the four storeys, with offices and meeting rooms on the top floor. While its design concept references Liverpool’s past and the trading vessels that once negotiated the waters on its doorstep, the building remains forward focused on sustainability. A heavily glazed façade reduces the building’s reliance on artificial light and this element is further helped by Armstrong’s Ultima+ tiles which feature an even brighter whiter smoother surface that gives 87% light reflectance to help achieve 16% cost savings compared with indirect lighting*. FCH added: “The building has transformed a plot of empty derelict land into a modern, environmentally friendly office development, having been designed to meet the BREEAM Excellent standard for sustainability. All specified materials have significant green credentials. “It has been described as a `strategic flagship development’, and is the new home of one of Wirral’s leading employers – helping to secure their future in the locality and providing a statement of confidence in a new enterprise zone. Another indication of its success is that it was finished on budget and two weeks early, demonstrating a rigorous approach to providing value for money and to construction timetables.”  Built on former dockland in less than a year by Eric Wright Construction of steel frame and concrete floors, the building’s ceiling and wall systems were installed over three months by a team of eight from specialist sub-contractor CLM Drylining. Kingsgate (formerly the Tower Wharf project) is one of the first flagship schemes to be constructed within the 500-acre Wirral Waters regeneration scheme, part of the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone which was one of the first four locations established by the Government designed to attract investment and accelerate growth. The £10 billion development comprises two schemes led by the Combined Authorities and local authorities – Wirral Waters and Liverpool Waters. Located on either side of the River Mersey at Liverpool’s famous docklands, the two projects are among the largest regeneration schemes in the UK. Kingsgate won Best Commercial Building in the 2016 North West RICS awards which said: “This high-quality office development, built on a former derelict land site, has added much-needed Grade A office accommodation to the Wirral Enterprise Zone and brought around 400 jobs to the area. Judges praised the project team — Longmeadow Estates, Eric Wright Construction and Falconer Chester Hall — for kick-starting the Wirral Waters Regeneration Project with such an exemplary building whose design echoes the shipping heritage of the area.” ENDS *In accordance with the Brinjac Engineering Study 2006.   http://www.armstrong.co.uk/project-gallery/index.asp?locale=en-gb&masterGeographyId=commclgeu&projectId=557&photoId=100015 Source link

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Builders that blacklisted workers pay £75m

Almost 800 workers who were blacklisted by construction companies for their political views and union activities have won an estimated £75m in a wave of new settlements. Under the deals 771 workers will each receive an average of £65,000 after the industry agreed to pay £50m in compensation as well as about £25m in legal fees. More IN UK Business & Economy Some of Britain’s best known building firms, including Carillion, Balfour Beatty, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke and Sir Robert McAlpine were accused of blocking workers whose names appeared on a list held by a shadowy trade group based in the Midlands. Unite the Union announced on Monday that it had reached a settlement with eight construction companies that will see 256 workers share more than £10m of compensation. The GMB has also revealed that it settled for 116 blacklisted workers at a total of £5.4m plus £3m of legal costs in April – and can now divulge the terms of that arrangement. Other settlements have also been obtained by the union UCATT and by a law firm called Guney, Clark and Ryan. The industry had already set up a compensation scheme worth an estimated £10m three years ago but unions continued to fight for more generous payouts. The unions also called for a public inquiry into what they describe as a shameful incident in industrial relations. The existence of the blacklist was uncovered seven years ago by the Information Commissioner’s Office when it raided the Droitwich offices of the Consulting Association. The list allegedly stretched to 3,213 named individuals with personal information — gathered over more than 15 years — including political views and union activities. In some case the paper files included details of personal relationships. The colour coded files also included the details on nearly 200 environmentalists and animal rights campaigners. The mainly paper database was used by the construction groups to vet recruits and share information across the industry. The aim was to identify suspected “trouble makers” taking part in trade union activity or raising health and safety concerns. The industry has always claimed that the practice did not amount to “blacklisting”, which usually means automatic discrimination. But it has accepted that its secret vetting system infringed workers’ rights to confidentiality, privacy and reputation. “Unite is proud to have fought right to the end to get the maximum we believed was possible against companies that had to be dragged kicking and screaming to make unprecedented admissions of guilt last October,” said Howard Beckett, director of legal services at Unite. “In addition to financial compensation, admissions of guilt and formal apologies, the companies have agreed, as a result of this litigation, to issue guidance to site managers to ensure blacklisting is not occurring on a local level.” Dave Smith, secretary of the Blacklist Support Group, said the result was a “historic victory for the trade union movement” after years of denials and cover-ups. Tim Roache, GMB general secretary, said the companies involved had thought that they were above the law: “Finally they have been held to account in public and at great cost to them financially and reputationally. Government and employers’ organisations must never forget this sordid episode.” Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2016. You may share using our article tools. Please don’t cut articles from FT.com and redistribute by email or post to the web. Source link

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Paulo Mendes da Rocha announced as Royal Gold Medal winner

Leading Brazilian architect to receive UK’s highest honour for architecture The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is delighted to announce that Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Brazil’s most celebrated living architect, will receive the 2017 Royal Gold Medal. Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved by Her Majesty The Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence “either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture”. Awarded since 1848, past Royal Gold Medallists include Zaha Hadid (2016), Frank Gehry (2000), Norman Foster (1983), Frank Lloyd Wright (1941) and Sir George Gilbert Scott (1859); Oscar Niemeyer (1998) is the only other Brazilian architect to have received the honour. Born in Vitória, Brazil in 1928, Paulo Mendes da Rocha has received international acclaim for his significant contribution to architecture. Mendes da Rocha’s numerous notable cultural buildings, built in his particular Brazilian Brutalist style with exposed concrete structures and rough finishes, are widely credited with transforming the city of São Paulo. In 1957 he completed his first celebrated building, the Athletic Club of São Paulo, followed by a large number of further public buildings in the city including Saint Peter Chapel (1987), the Brazilian Sculpture Museum MuBE (1988), Patriach Plaza (1992-2002), the Pinacoteca do Estado gallery (1993) and the FIESP Cultural Center (1997). Outside São Paulo, notable buildings include the Serra Dourada football stadium in Goiás (1973), Lady of the Conception Chapel in Recife (2006) and Cais das Artes arts centre in Vitória (2008). Despite Mendes da Rocha’s international reputation, there have been just a few chances to experience his work outside his home country, with the significant exception of Brazil’s pavilion at Expo ’70 (Osaka, Japan) and Portugal’s National Coach Museum (Lisbon, 2015). Speaking about the award, RIBA President and chair of the selection committee Jane Duncan said: “Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s work is highly unusual in comparison to the majority of the world’s most celebrated architects. He is an architect with an incredible international reputation, yet almost all his masterpieces are built exclusively in his home country. Revolutionary and transformative, Mendes da Rocha’s work typifies the architecture of 1950s Brazil – raw, chunky and beautifully ‘brutal’ concrete.  “Paulo Mendes da Rocha is a world-class architect and a true living legend; I am delighted he will be presented with the Royal Gold Medal, one of the world’s most important honours for architecture.” Paulo Mendes da Rocha said:  “After so many years of work, it is a great joy to receive this recognition from the Royal Institute of British Architects for the contribution my lifetime of work and experiments have given to the progress of architecture and society. I would like to send my warmest wishes to all those who share my passion, in particular British architects, and share this moment with all the architects and engineers that have collaborated on my projects.” Paulo Mendes da Rocha has previously been honoured with the Mies van der Rohe Prize (2000), Pritzker Prize (2006), the Venice Biennale Golden Lion for lifetime achievement (2016) and the Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award (2016). The Royal Gold Medal will be presented to Paulo Mendes da Rocha in early 2017. ENDS Notes to editors: 1. For more press information contact: Melanie Mayfield melanie.mayfield@riba.org 020 7307 3662 2. Images can be downloaded from https://riba.box.com/s/9uartks04ojanjztyndlvrz6zflzuttx 3. For more information on the Royal Gold Medal visit https://www.architecture.com/RIBA/Awards/RoyalGoldMedal/RoyalGoldMedal.aspx 4. The 2017 Royal Gold Medal selection committee comprises RIBA President Jane Duncan with Sir Peter Cook, Neil Gillespie OBE, Victoria Thornton OBE and the 2015 Royal Gold Medallist Sheila O’Donnell. 5. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. www.architecture.com Follow us on Twitter for regular RIBA updates www.twitter.com/RIBA 6. Paulo Mendes da Rocha – Biography Paulo Mendes da Rocha was born in October 1928 in the city of Vitória- the harbor capital of Espírito Santo, son of the naval engineer Paulo Menezes Mendes da Rocha and Angelina Derenzi, daughter of an Italian family that had emigrated to Brazil. When his father assumed the coordination of the Naval and Harbor discipline at the Polytechnic School of the São Paulo University (USP) in 1940, the family moved to São Paulo. Paulo Mendes da Rocha graduated from the Mackenzie University Architecture School in 1954 and built a career planning houses, schools, apartment buildings, museums, several urban projects, stations and sport equipment, furniture and theatre sets.  Soon after his graduation, in 1957 he won a national competition for the construction of a gymnasium – the Clube Atlético Paulistano. This work brought him public recognition and won the principal award at the 6th Bienal of São Paulo, in 1961 – Grande Prêmio Presidência da República. In 1968, he won the national project competition for the Brazilian Pavilion at Osaka Expo 70 and travelled to follow the development of the construction in 1969. Among several international honors, he has been awarded with the Mies Van der Rohe Foundation Prize for his Pinacoteca de São Paulo project. He was selected in 2000 to represent Brazil at the 7th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. He received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2006. In Brazil, he was twice honored with the Ordem do Mérito Cultural, in 2004 and 2013. He also received twice the trophy from APCA “Associação Paulista de Críticos de Arte”, in 2012 and 2015. In 2016, he was awarded with the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at Venice Architecture Biennale and with the Imperiale Praemium in honour of Prince Takamatsu in the category of architecture in Japan. He joined the academic world in the sixties when invited to teach at the School of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo. He taught at the University of São Paulo from 1960 to 1969 and from 1980 till 1998; in 2010 he received the title

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LINCOLN PUPILS TO BENEFIT FROM SCHOOL’S ECO-FRIENDLY STEPS

THE money a secondary school is expected to save by taking small steps to become more eco-friendly will be pumped back into the curriculum – benefiting more than 1,200 students in Lincoln. More than 1,600 LED lights are being installed at the North Kesteven Academy – in North Hykeham – during the summer holidays by Lincolnshire-based Greenio, a company that specialises in the installation and maintenance of renewable energy systems. Once completed, the project will offer savings of over 125,000kg of carbon dioxide per year – saving the school more than £270,000 over the next 15 years, or almost £25,000 annually. Paul Allison, head of finance at North Kesteven Academy, said: “Our students and 150 members of staff will return to the school in September to a brighter and better working environment. “It is a pleasure to be working with Greenio as it is a local company that has a great track record of delivering renewable projects, specifically in the education sector in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. Our governors instantly gained confidence in Greenio that we would see required savings in what is, for us, the largest one-off project on our site in the last five years – especially at a time when funding for the sector is under great pressure. “We enjoy some outstanding facilities at North Kesteven Academy and are proud of our breadth of curriculum and the opportunities presented to our students, especially in the performing arts. The money we will save from this project can be ploughed back into building on this.” Using an innovative funding model, the installation is cost neutral, with the school paying the difference in savings for the duration of a five-year payback period in order to cover the capital cost of the equipment. Anna Wooster, managing director of Greenio, said: “We have been working with the North Kesteven Academy since the beginning of 2016 so we are looking forward to helping the school take steps to become more eco-friendly over the summer holidays. “We’d also like to thank Paul Allison for his hard work on what is the biggest project the school has seen over the past five years. He took the scheme on when he first started at the academy over 12 months ago, taking it through the multiple different stages before getting it finalised and signed off by the governors. He has been a big driving force in making this happen, which will have a major benefit to Lincoln pupils for decades to come. “LED lamps have revolutionised energy-efficient lighting, taking over from incandescent and standard fluorescent tubes. Customers can enjoy the benefits of a system that delivers significant savings in fuel costs and carbon emissions as LEDs consume up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs. “Schools changing their lightbulbs will always be in a positive position as there are no upfront costs. We have been involved in dozens of educational projects since we started in 2013 and many schools have bought new equipment such as laptops and books with the money they have saved. Others have invested in their staff development and even hired extra members of staff.” Greenio, based in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, is now starting to work with local councils across the UK to reach out to schools and offer them cost-saving heating and electrical solutions. Anna added: “Our engineers will be working at North Kesteven Academy throughout the summer holidays, however for previous educational projects, we have worked during term times, including late out-of-hours shifts, to ensure the smoothest transition and ensure no classes are interrupted.” To learn more about this project, or to find out how you can improve your carbon footprint and save money, contact Greenio on 0800 810 0565.

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Off Grid Energy Provides Solution for Kennington Tube Station Project

Kennington Tube station has seen the installation of Off Grid Energy’s largest and most powerful temporary power hybrid – the gridtogo™ – a battery that helps tackle air and noise pollution levels in construction. The installation is part of the Northern Line Extension plans, which will extend the London Underground (LU) network from Kennington to Battersea Power Station via Nine Elms. “Our hybrid power system delivers a cost saving, cleaner solution that also significantly reduces noise pollution in a sensitive residential area and is the biggest hybrid system for temporary power we have supplied,” said Danny Jones, CEO at Off Grid Energy. The gridtogo™ battery storage solution has a power output of 195kVA, which reduces generator running hours, which consequently results in an improvement in fuel efficiency and a substantial reduction in polluting emissions, CO2 and noise pollution. Its storage capacity of 350kwhrs also sets the bar for energy storage technology in temporary power. “With a power output of 195kVA and storage capacity of 350kWhrs it is conceivably the most powerful temporary power hybrid unit in the UK with the largest battery storage capacity in the UK for temporary power. The added flexibility that comes from dual power supply and improved power quality means that the solution delivers a multi-layer win: lower cost, cleaner air, less CO2, elimination of noise and greater power supply resilience,” said Danny. When the battery located inside the unit is charged and the demand for power is low, the generator can automatically turn off and the energy stored in the battery is used to supply the load. The features of the gridtogo™ help considerably cut running costs, CO2, noise pollution, and air quality levels while simultaneously reducing carbon footprint. Due to the residential location of the station, the contract required a silent solution in order to continue construction work during unsociable hours. By implementing the Off Grid Energy silent high power gridtogo™ system along with a modern super silent generator it allowed full power demand to be met 24/7, reducing the need to run the generator, enabling construction work to continue.

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Construction Products Manufacturing Is Starting to Catch-up

The £56 billion UK construction products manufacturing industry has started its catch-up activity lost during the first three months of the year due to adverse weather conditions, show the Construction Products Associaton’s (CPA) State of Trade Survey for 2018 Q2. “These results fit the profile of construction catch-up from a weather-affected Q1. As we’ve moved from a freezing Spring to a hot Summer, groundworks and work on external structures has been able to resume, and this has been reflected in increased sales for heavy side manufacturers,” said Rebecca Larkin, CPA senior economist. Acting as an early indicator of wider activity in the supply chain, construction product sales are very important and the results of the survey signpost to a rise in total construction output levels over the next 12 months. An increase in activity was also reported by heavy side manufacturers, with sales in Q2 rising for 40% of firms, following two previous quarters of falling sales. A decrease of 29% was reported by the light side manufacturers, which was the weakest performance since 2012 Q3. This reflects the lagged impact of the industry’s decline in Q1, as light side products such as insulation, boilers, glass and lighting tend to be used at the end of the building process. “The disruption in Q1 is likely to have delayed interiors and finishing works starting on site, which is evident in the decline in light side sales during Q2,” said Rebecca. “Manufacturers’ product sales, capacity utilisation and new hiring are all still expected to increase over the next year, but price pressure is coming from all directions across fuel, energy, raw materials and labour, which is likely to be felt throughout the construction supply chain.” A return to growth is anticipated by manufacturers, with 43% of heavy side firms and 27% of those on the light side expecting an increase in sales over the next 12 months. Input cost inflation continues to persist, however, particularly for the energy-intensive heavy side, which is experiencing the pass-through of rising global commodity prices on fuel and energy costs.

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Dormakaba Secures Contract with University of Southampton

The University of Southampton and dormakaba, the access and security solutions manufacturer, have agreed on a new three year service contract, which will see the company provide its 5 Star service programme to access systems throughout the campus. Having the contract under one provider, as well as having valuable technical expertise, will massively benefit the University. The University of Southampton has been looking into combining all access solutions, new installations and service maintenance programmes with one company for a while. Due to dormakaba’s quality access solutions and deep knowledge of the site, the University trusted its ability to provide an excellent service by warranting a three year contract. Dormakaba understands the importance of systems and access solutions working efficiently, safely and remaining compliant with building regulations, which is why they provide a bespoke, web-based integrated management system that delivers less breakdowns, extended operation life, low rate of repairs and increased security and safety. Its contracts are also tailored to suit the specific requirement of the business, including how frequently the buildings are used and plans for future modernisation. The 5 Star contract includes a full year’s servicing for one price, planned preventative maintenance (PPM), call-outs within working hours and all labour and parts free of charge for necessary replacements. The maintenance of all the access systems covering Southampton University’s campus is conducted by dormakaba’s accredited and fully trained engineers 24/7. Moreover, the contract includes the servicing of both dormakaba and non-dormakaba equipment, allowing all access needs to be met by one sole supplier.This is a crucial benefit for the university as its complex campus is spread across the city. Facilities management are able to save time, foresee complications and manage expenses easily by dealing with one single supplier who is familiar with the site requirements. The company has had a working relationship with the University for over a decade, having a detailed knowledge of the campus and its specific needs. Nick Hopkins, Project Sales at dormakaba, said they were “really proud” of its relationship with the University of Southampton and given this new service contract is the first to be renewed under dormakaba, it shows they are “able to offer the highest quality technical support and expertise.”

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BRAND NEW HOMES IN SOUTH BRISTOL A STEP CLOSER, AS DEVELOPERS “TOP OUT” NEW COPPER BUILDING

Developers working on the redevelopment of Lakeshore in South Bristol have reached a major milestone at the new £20m Copper Building today – a 170m long structure which will soon flank the Northern boundary of the former Imperial Tobacco site. Joint venture partners, and developers of the building Urban Splash and Places for People, alongside architect Nick Brown of Ferguson Mann, gathered on the roof of the new structure to mark the “topping out” construction milestone, which sees the 7-storey building now at its highest point. Copper Building will offer 136 new apartments for local people, many of which will be launched for sale next month. Guy Ackernley is director of residential sales at Urban Splash – the company who restored the original Grade II Listed Cor-Ten building at the site, before turning its attentions to the land where the factory once stood. Speaking at today’s event he said: “It’s been quite the milestone reaching the building’s highest point and being able to enjoy some stunning views of the 10 acres of gardens and a panoramic aspect of the surrounding area too.” Added Mary Parsons, Places for People: “Our working partnership with Urban Splash continues to flourish and I am delighted that we’ve marked another achievement today as we strive to bring more beautifully designed new homes to South Bristol.” Designed by Ferguson Mann, the architecture practice founded by former Bristol Mayor George Ferguson, the new building draws its inspiration from the nearby orchards whilst also reflecting the designs of the original Skidmore, Owings and Merrill Cor-Ten building. Nick Brown from the practice explained: “Clad in copper, the building’s warm exterior complements its adjacent Cor-ten steel cousin – the original ‘70s building – across the way. We’ve revived the original connection of the two buildings with a new entranceway that opens up a view down to the original structure, echoing that now lost connection between the factory and office. Ultimately, by designing a new building which very much has a relationship with the existing one, we’ve certainly enhanced this already awesome community.” Elaborating on the autumn sales event – which will take place on Saturday 29th September – Guy concluded: “The homes here are going to be very special with the entire South façade featuring fully glazed balconies overlooking the original building, lake and vast outdoor space. They really are set to be stunning properties. We cannot wait to bring these much anticipated homes to market in September, before welcoming our residents next year.”  Residents moving into the building next year will benefit from 10 acres of gardens as well as being in close proximity to the centre of Bristol. Anyone wishing to register their interest ahead of the sales launch should email live@urbansplash.co.uk or visit https://www.urbansplash.co.uk/blog/designing-lakeshores-copper-building for more information.

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