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November 6, 2018

CloserStill sees record-breaking Day One of Cloud Expo Europe and Data Centre World 2016, alongside brand new launch events Cloud Security Expo and Smart IoT at London’s ExCel

Cloud Expo Europe and Data Centre World 2016, hosted at ExCel London 12-13 April, were back in full force yesterday to open Day One with over 15,000 visitors and huge support from a world-class speaker line-up and exhibitor community.   Joining the co-located events for 2016, Cloud Security

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Unit International in $4.2bn Iran power deal

©Reuters More On this topic IN Energy Istanbul, June 4 — Turkish energy company Unit International has reached a $4.2bn deal with Iran’s energy ministry to build seven natural gas power plants there, in what it said was the biggest investment in Iran since the lifting of sanctions. The power

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HORBURY SECURES FIRE SAFETY CONTRACT WITH CASTLES & COASTS HOUSING ASSOCIATION

Castles & Coasts Housing Association, based in Carlisle, has appointed Horbury Property Services, part of the Horbury Group, to provide fire safety services across its housing portfolio. The contract, which started in September, will see Horbury Property Services providing fire door and fire compartmentation remedials followed detailed fire risk assessments.

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New CEO appointed at PropTech leader GoReport

Anthony Walker FRICS has been appointed chief executive officer at PropTech business GoReport, taking the reign as it continues to expand its portfolio of digital surveying solutions for the commercial and residential property sectors. Anthony Walker has more than 30 years’ industry experience as a surveyor and project manager. He chairs

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DTE Acquires Cambridge Roof Truss

Donaldson Timber Engineering (DTE), the manufacturer of structural timber components, has expanded its offering with the acquisition of Cambridge Roof Truss. The strategic acquisition will further supplement its existing product offering across Southern and Midlands regions of the UK. “The acquisition of Cambridge Roof Truss further extends our reach in

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AH Plant Hire Upgrades Its Plant Body

Chester-based AH Plant Hire has upgraded its 14-year old Andover Trailers plant body with a 32-tonne 8×2 rear steer Scania G450. The new acquisition joins two other Andover-built plant bodies in service with the company, mounted to a 2010 17-tonne 4×2 Mercedes-Benz Atego and the original 2004 26-tonne 6×2 Scania.

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November 6, 2018

CloserStill sees record-breaking Day One of Cloud Expo Europe and Data Centre World 2016, alongside brand new launch events Cloud Security Expo and Smart IoT at London’s ExCel

Cloud Expo Europe and Data Centre World 2016, hosted at ExCel London 12-13 April, were back in full force yesterday to open Day One with over 15,000 visitors and huge support from a world-class speaker line-up and exhibitor community.   Joining the co-located events for 2016, Cloud Security Expo and Smart IoT London both proved their place alongside the industry heavyweights, with bustling aisles, impressive conference streams and a cutting-edge showcase of products and services from across the burgeoning markets. Day One highlights included an opening keynote address from UK Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey, who argued the need to push for a ‘Gigabit Britain,’ inspiring businesses to embrace technological innovation and encouraging investment into research and development projects nationwide. The Navisite Cloud Keynote Theatre was also host to the first edition of organiser CloserStill’s Women in Technology Initiative, which saw a lively and inspiring panel of female leaders discuss their personal successes and the challenges faced during their illustrious careers. Panelist Alejandra Leon Moreno, IT architect and digital business at Inter IKEA Systems, shared her own experience of climbing from a 3D startup prize winner to an internationally renowned expert on digital transformation and enterprise architecture. The Oracle IoT Futures Forum theatre also featured a dynamic presentation delivered by R ‘Ray’ Wang, principal analyst and founder of Silicon Valley-based Constellation Research, which opened the debate around IoT as a business model shift – “Businesses must move from gut to data driven decisions,” he said. Wang argued for a future built on insight, where businesses no longer compete against each other but battle for user experience and outcomes. Speaking at the end of Day One, CloserStill managing director of technology, Thomas Standley, commented: “Yet another roaring start to Cloud Expo Europe and Data Centre World, and what a welcome for Cloud Security Expo and Smart IoT London! The events have seen enormous growth over the years and yet again we’re hearing hugely positive feedback from our exhibitors across all industry vectors.” Even after the first day, Standley was overwhelmed by the visitor numbers and vendor enthusiasm for 2017: “We’re significantly up on delegates this year, and exhibitors are very happy. Our stand sales are already ahead of this point last year. We’ve sold over half of the floorplan for 2017 after the first day alone, with many more expected to book tomorrow.” Particularly happy with the first day of business, Colin Bridges, senior director, North Europe at Cloud Innovator Sponsor, Mellanox Technologies said: “We’ve been really busy. We’ve been coming here for two years, and it’s a good opportunity to bring our products to a new client base. It’s a good show for raising awareness and getting our brand out there. Three quarters of the people we’ve seen are end users so it’s been a really good first day for us.” Soojin Choi, marketing director at Penta Security and silver sponsors of Cloud Security Expo added: “We’re here from South Korea and this is our first UK event. It’s been the perfect opportunity to expose our brand. We’ve had lots of people visit the stand who want to learn about us – it’s been very successful.” Data Centre World visitor Hiren Joshi, director at Alternatum IT, added: “I would definitely recommend this event to all my team and clients too. I will be bringing them all along next year! I have attended in previous years, and have been very impressed with this year’s show. Data Centre World is really on their game this year!” Delegate Samuel Sigbehm, director at CompTTEC, said: “This is my third year of attending. It’s a really excellent event. I attend many talks and seminars, but this is the best. The speakers are very knowledgeable and interesting. I’ll definitely be coming back in 2017.” For real-time updates follow: @CloudExpoEurope #CEE16 @DataCentreWorld #DCW16 @CSE_London #CSE16 @Smart_IoT #SmartIoT16 Source link

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Unit International in $4.2bn Iran power deal

©Reuters More On this topic IN Energy Istanbul, June 4 — Turkish energy company Unit International has reached a $4.2bn deal with Iran’s energy ministry to build seven natural gas power plants there, in what it said was the biggest investment in Iran since the lifting of sanctions. The power stations, to be built in seven separate regions of Iran, Turkey’s eastern neighbour, would have a combined installed capacity of more than 6,000MW, the company said in a statement. The US, EU and UN lifted most sanctions on Iran in January under a deal with world powers whereby Tehran agreed to curbs on its nuclear programme. Turkish companies have seen the move as a major trade and investment opportunity, with the car, clothing, textiles, machinery and chemicals sectors also seen offering potential. “Unit International has reached a deal with the Iranian Energy Ministry worth some $4.2bn to build natural gas combined cycle power plants,” Unit said, adding the agreement was signed at a ceremony in Tehran on June 1. Unit International is owned by Unal Aysal, the former chairman of major Istanbul soccer club Galatasaray. Mr Aysal said that when completed the power plants would meet 10 % of Iran’s energy needs. Construction of the seven plants was planned to begin in the first quarter of 2017. Source link

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HORBURY SECURES FIRE SAFETY CONTRACT WITH CASTLES & COASTS HOUSING ASSOCIATION

Castles & Coasts Housing Association, based in Carlisle, has appointed Horbury Property Services, part of the Horbury Group, to provide fire safety services across its housing portfolio. The contract, which started in September, will see Horbury Property Services providing fire door and fire compartmentation remedials followed detailed fire risk assessments. Horbury Property Services will be working across 250 different residential schemes on behalf of Castles & Coasts Housing Association, including apartments and houses, as well as supported and sheltered accommodation. Richard Sutton, General Manager at Horbury Property Services, said: “This is the latest in a number of fire safety contract wins with social housing providers. As FIRAS-approved contractors we have the experience and skills to be able to deliver fire safety works to the highest standards to ensure compliance to the regulations.” As well as providing passive fire services, Horbury Property Services provides a full range of works, which can form part of planned maintenance programmes.  This includes fire alarm and emergency light testing, plus ceiling and dry wall partitioning inspection, installation, repair and maintenance of fire doors, joinery works, flooring installation, portable appliance testing, electrical testing and installation work, building fabric repairs as well as external cladding and render repairs. In addition, the wider Horbury Group provides painting and decorating, flooring refurbishment and installation, amongst others. The company has its head office in South Yorkshire, plus regional offices in London and South Wales, ensuring a national capability. This regional presence enables its teams to successfully deliver responsive repairs or large planned refurbishment and maintenance programmes. Horbury Property Services is FIRAS certified for the following: Fire Rated Partitions & Ceilings; Fire Rated Timber Doorsets; Penetration Sealing Systems; Cavity Barriers and Fire Door Maintenance. Castles & Coasts Housing Association Limited (CCHA) was formed following the merger of Two Castles Housing Association and Derwent & Solway Housing Association. CCHA owns and manages more than 7,000 homes across the North of England. For more details, visit www.horburypropertyservices.com or call 01709 917555.

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New CEO appointed at PropTech leader GoReport

Anthony Walker FRICS has been appointed chief executive officer at PropTech business GoReport, taking the reign as it continues to expand its portfolio of digital surveying solutions for the commercial and residential property sectors. Anthony Walker has more than 30 years’ industry experience as a surveyor and project manager. He chairs the RICS Building Surveying Professional Board Group on which he also leads on PropTech, and he developed and led the PropTech offer at Trident Building Consultancy for over four years. He has also held a number of senior positions within the public and private sector including 10 years with the Department for Education where he led the Property Data Survey Programme, the largest single building surveying programme in Europe covering more than 52 million square metres of internal area. Anthony said: “PropTech is my passion and has been central in my professional life for over 20 years. Most recently I’ve witnessed first-hand how much simpler and effective GoReport makes intelligent data capturing for surveyors on site and the added value it brings for their clients. Their customer service is something that stands them out in this space. I’m really looking forward to being a part of the continued growth and development of this innovative company.” David Bell, GoReport executive chairman, said: “Anthony is regarded by many as a thought leader on PropTech and through the work he has carried out with the RICS, he has influenced others on the benefits of embracing technology. He is widely respected by his peers for his knowledge and vision. We are delighted Anthony has agreed to join us at such an important time. The unique combination of Anthony’s knowledge, passion and experience will play a valuable role in building our success and propelling GoReport to the next level on our exciting growth journey.” Belfast-based GoReport is best known for its software for surveyors, project managers and estates managers, capturing site data electronically to convert into vital property management information, reports and data analytics. The new CEO has spoken many times about the benefits of PropTech and its positive impact on productivity. Anthony’s first speaking engagement for GoReport will be at the RICS Building Surveying Conference in Scotland on 15 November, on PropTech’s potential to positively disrupt building surveying.   www.goreport.com

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PLANNING GOES IN FOR 10 & 13 STOREY OFFICE DEVELOPMENT SET TO CHANGE NOTTINGHAM LANDSCAPE & CREATE THOUSANDS OF JOBS

THE MOST transformational office development scheme to happen in the East Midlands in more than a decade has been submitted to Nottingham City Council, creating thousands of jobs – and setting a ‘cornerstone’ for the city’s Southern Gateway. Developers Peveril Securities and Sladen Estates have lodged a planning application to bring 62,022 sq m of Grade A office space to Unity Square, the 1.14 hectare site in Queensbridge Road, opposite Nottingham Train Station. The eagerly anticipated scheme will advance the £250 million Southern Gateway regeneration project – creating a new business district within an area of the city desperately in need of redevelopment. The planning application encompasses two office buildings – the first being ten storeys and the second being 13 storeys high. The build will be in two phases with landscaping and an attractive urban space connecting Unity Square and the station, creating a stunning entrance to this part of the city. The height and scale of the office buildings, along with urban spaces is set to create a brand new city landscape. Peveril Securities and Sladen Estates purchased Unity Square in 2015 and demolished the derelict car park buildings last year. Unity Square is seen as a crucial area of redevelopment with huge potential – and a cornerstone of Nottingham City Council’s vision for the city’s Southern Gateway, said Ralph Jones, MD of Peveril Securities. Today’s planning application hails the next step of the Unity Square story – and development is likely to commence early in 2019. The contractor is Bowmer & Kirkland. Jones said: “There is significant long-term investment in this area of the city. Nottingham Train Station was the catalyst and coming up is intu Broadmarsh’s forthcoming redevelopment along with other significant schemes expected over the next couple of years. “It is an exciting time for Nottingham with many significant schemes on the horizon and cranes expected on the Unity Square site in the next 12 months. “Looking ahead, the occupiers of Unity Square will be at the heart of this regenerated area of Nottingham, allowing them to take advantage of the multitude of local facilities and excellent transport links.” “The city council has been proactive in supporting the scheme which has generated strong interest from a number of office occupiers. Now that the existing buildings on site have been demolished, it is possible to see the huge potential for not just this site, but for the city as a whole,” said Nick Sladen, Sladen Estates’ chief executive “Unity Square is a major piece in the Southern Gateway jigsaw. “Unfortunately, Nottingham has struggled to provide Grade A office space over the last few years. Unity Square will help to bridge that gap. “With hundreds of people working in offices in Unity Square, we see ourselves as helping bring forward an entirely new business community – breathing new life into the southern gateway – and boosting the Nottingham economy. “There will be significant job creation up to and during the build programme, and once complete local eateries and shops will benefit from the hundreds of people working there. “Unity Square will benefit from Nottingham’s superb transport links – bus, train and tram -and it will create a magnificent backdrop for commuters arriving from Nottingham Station – providing the sort of dynamic surroundings you’d expect to see as you step from the train in one of the UK’s Core Cities. “We have strong occupier interest in the site, which is why we’ve submitted a planning application. Peveril Securities and Sladen Estates have an in-depth knowledge of the local market and national development, along with contracting expertise, and has the scale, expertise and resources to bring this scheme to fruition,” Sladen added. Lorraine Baggs, head of investment at Invest in Nottingham, said: “Unity Square is a prominent high quality development in this significant part of Nottingham – already seeing a massive resurgence in attracting multi-million pound regeneration. “The scheme indicates the growing confidence in Nottingham as a city which is ripe for both occupiers and developers and we anticipate other substantial interest over the months to come. 2019 is gearing up to be a momentous year not just for Nottingham’s regeneration plans as a whole, but for this area of the city to considerably advance its landscape.” Based in the East Midlands, and headquartered in Derbyshire, Peveril Securities and Sladen Estates have an established background in the regional commercial property market. They have a track record of delivering large-scale developments across the UK. Over the last 20 years, they have jointly completed projects worth more than £500 million in sectors including office, industrial, leisure and student accommodation. Peveril Securities and Sladen Estates have a portfolio with a development end value of around £750 million. Peveril Securities and Sladen Estates bought the Unity Square site from Peel Land and Property Group in 2015 for an undisclosed sum. The site came with planning approval for a mixed use scheme of office, hotel, retail and leisure. This new planning submission will supersede the previous application.

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DTE Acquires Cambridge Roof Truss

Donaldson Timber Engineering (DTE), the manufacturer of structural timber components, has expanded its offering with the acquisition of Cambridge Roof Truss. The strategic acquisition will further supplement its existing product offering across Southern and Midlands regions of the UK. “The acquisition of Cambridge Roof Truss further extends our reach in the UK, meaning wherever our customers are, we are on their doorstep; providing the best in quality and local service with a national distribution network. It’s a fantastic business, and we’re extremely pleased to be bringing the full team into the DTE family,” said Jonathan Fellingham, Managing Director of DTE. Fife-based DTE is the UK’s largest and longest established manufacturer of roof trusses, engineered joists, beams and spandrel panels, with over 30 years’ experience. Adding to the company’s eight manufacturing sites across the UK, this acquisition provides DTE with a unique national distribution network. Cambridge Roof Truss Limited (CRTL) was established in 2014 and it designs, manufactures and supplies roof trusses, joists and spandrel panels to leading housebuilders and construction companies in the UK. The company has built a reputation for being a marketing-led, sales driven business with a renowned customer service ethos. “I am very proud of the reputation we have built, and for putting our customers and the service we provide to them at our core. By joining forces with DTE, we can offer a broader set of manufacturing capabilities with the resource and operational experience necessary to fully support our customers,” said Cambridge Roof Truss Managing Director, Jack McMinn. There will be no changes for clients or suppliers of CRTL.

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AH Plant Hire Upgrades Its Plant Body

Chester-based AH Plant Hire has upgraded its 14-year old Andover Trailers plant body with a 32-tonne 8×2 rear steer Scania G450. The new acquisition joins two other Andover-built plant bodies in service with the company, mounted to a 2010 17-tonne 4×2 Mercedes-Benz Atego and the original 2004 26-tonne 6×2 Scania. “We’ve looked after our original Scania and both the truck and body have been brilliant. We calculated that the vehicle has been loaded and unloaded close to 120,000 times, and it’s still going strong – if that isn’t a testament to the build quality and longevity of Andover’s products, I don’t know what is,” said Andrew Heaton, Director at AH Plant Hire. The new body boasts Andover’s trademark low-profile deck, which sees the cross members transect the body runners, as well as a double crank beavertail connected to a pair of 2.8m long hydraulic power toe, and knife edged ramps. The ramps go alongside a hydraulic winch to aid loading and unloading and 10 pairs of lashing points on the deck for maximum load security and flexibility. The combination of the double crank beavertail and longer ramp length creates a shallower load angle, helping to improve safety when loading and unloading. AH Plant has also decided to include additional lighting under the bed and inside the toolboxes, helping to make operation at night as safe as possible. “The ability to develop a plant body to our specific requirements is what makes Andover stand out from its competitors – that and the fantastic level of customer service we have received from them since day one. It sealed our decision to remain loyal to Andover with this latest order,” said Andrew Heaton. The new vehicle will be on the road six days a week, clocking up close to 75,000 km a year and expected to remain in service for around six years.

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