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March 30, 2021

BUILDER RESTORES WW1 MEMORIAL TO FORMER GLORY 100 YEARS ON

The easing of lockdown came right on time for the official rededication of a restored World War One Memorial in the Midlands – exactly 100 years after it was first unveiled. It ensured the perfect finale to a painstaking two and a half year quest by Leicestershire builder and developer

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ENVIROVENT LAUNCHES NEW MECHANICAL EXTRACT VENTILATION SYSTEMS

Ventilation systems manufacturer EnviroVent has launched its new MEV 160 and MEV 300.  These are versatile, compact, high performance mechanical ventilation systems ideal for houses, apartments and other communal residences, such as care homes and student accommodation.  The MEV 160 and MEV 300 are designed to significantly enhance indoor air

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

March 30, 2021

BUILDER RESTORES WW1 MEMORIAL TO FORMER GLORY 100 YEARS ON

The easing of lockdown came right on time for the official rededication of a restored World War One Memorial in the Midlands – exactly 100 years after it was first unveiled. It ensured the perfect finale to a painstaking two and a half year quest by Leicestershire builder and developer Adrian Burr to renovate the desecrated and damaged monument in time for its centenary. Burr, chairman of award-winning developers Springbourne Homes in Market Bosworth, discovered the overgrown and abandoned memorial shortly after acquiring the site for his current Hornsey Rise development in Wellsborough, Leicestershire. He explained: “It was covered in brambles and weeds, its plaque had been stolen and it was in a very sorry state. “Clearly it was a monument but it wasn’t until I launched a nationwide appeal for information that I finally discovered its full story and significance.” That appeal went out in November 2018 and proved a resounding success. The archives at a London Library revealed that the Memorial had been erected in 1921 in memory of 380 members of the NATSOPA printers union who were killed in WW1 between 1914-1918. Old photographs showed it had been the centre piece of a Remembrance Garden at the former NATSOPA Memorial Care Home which had once stood on the Wellsborough site. A book charting the history of the NATSOPA union also provided all the names of the 380 victims. Burr immediately commissioned the renovation and relocation of the imposing granite relic into a new Peace Garden at Hornsey Rise and held an uplifting rededication ceremony on Monday March 29, fittingly on the centenary of the opening of the old Memorial Home. He added: “We desperately wanted to celebrate the Memorial’s restoration and relocation on its centenary but the Covid restrictions had us really sweating over whether the timing would be right. “It turned out to be perfect and I’m so happy and relieved that we managed to make it happen exactly 100 years after it was first unveiled. “At Springbourne Homes we always strive to do the right thing which is why we’re so pleased to have been able to safeguard an important part of the history and heritage of our Hornsey Rise site.” BBC TV filmed the rededication ceremony which included VIP guests Tony Burke, Assistant General Secretary of the Unite Union, which absorbed Natsopa, David Humberston from the At Risk War Memorials Project and Valerie Jacques of the Western Front Association. Ann Field, from London’s Marx Memorial Library, whose research was so valuable to the restoration project, also attended alongside local historian Nigel Palmer from the Market Bosworth Society. Unite union chief Burke said: “It is wonderful to see this memorial restored and resplendent again so we can once again commemorate the sacrifice of the NATSOPA print workers who sadly lost their lives in the first world war.” Humberston said: “Far too often we hear of memorials being lost forever and far too rarely do we hear of companies or individuals investing both time and money to preserve the history of a Memorial and the memory of the men it commemorates. “The role of Adrian Burr and his company Springbourne Homes in both reconstructing and researching this NATSOPA Memorial is therefore exceptional and worthy of the highest praise.” Burr has even acted to ensure the full history of the Memorial, the NATSOPA Care Home and the Hornsey Rise site is now accessible to all via a QR code situated in the Peace Garden. For more information visit: www.springbournehomes.co.uk

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Osprey Awarded Contract to Load Out World’s Most Powerful Tidal Turbine

Osprey Group is delighted to work with Orbital Marine Power to aid in the final planning stages of its ground-breaking tidal turbine, the Orbital O2 2MW. Orbital’s marine technology has the potential to unlock a new source of clean, predictable power for millions of people, homes, and businesses around the world. Moored via anchors in powerful tidal stream or river currents, the tidal turbine’s underwater rotors capture the hugely dense, predictable, renewable energy that flows in the world’s ocean and river currents. As a team, Osprey’s 25-year marine heritage provides the transferrable skills necessary to deliver an end-to-end project plan incorporating inland water, onshore, and offshore specialist logistics. The Orbital O2 turbine itself is being assembled in Dundee. A line-configuration of Self-Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs) will be used to move the equipment from its construction site to a launch site, where it will be loaded onto a barge. In a world’s first, the barge will then be taken to the float-offsite and submerged to a depth of seven metres, from which point the O2 will be floated off and tugged out into position. Nigel Fletcher, CEO, Osprey: “The innovation behind our logistics lets us develop new methods of logistics’ deployment, and it enables us to transfer those techniques from one sector to the next. We’ve been working with all kinds of renewables’ clients for 25 years. We’re thrilled to win this contract and be delivering these services to a client that has the same shared ethos and values – validating the benefits for the planet of combined engineering expertise and a commitment to delivering cleaner energy.” The O2 tidal turbine will be installed in Spring, 2021 at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. Images and footage will be available.

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ENVIROVENT LAUNCHES NEW MECHANICAL EXTRACT VENTILATION SYSTEMS

Ventilation systems manufacturer EnviroVent has launched its new MEV 160 and MEV 300.  These are versatile, compact, high performance mechanical ventilation systems ideal for houses, apartments and other communal residences, such as care homes and student accommodation.  The MEV 160 and MEV 300 are designed to significantly enhance indoor air quality with multiple extract points to simultaneously draw moisture-laden air from the wet rooms, whilst minimising the migration of humidity to other rooms.  They have airflow rates up to 74l/s for the MEV 160 and 111l/s for the MEV 300 and can achieve extremely low Specific Fan Powers down to 0.19 W/l/s , suitable for applications with a kitchen plus six additional wet rooms. These systems are extremely compact with a low profile of 16cm, making them perfect for areas where space is restricted.  They can be wall, floor or ceiling mounted, horizontally or vertically with just four fixing points. The MEV 160 and 300 have also been designed to connect to either standard 125mm rigid ducting or 75mm/90mm Fast Track range of ducting as an option.  EnviroVent’s innovative Fast Track Ducting range ensures rapid installation, up to twice the speed of traditional screw and glue and provides a sustainable airtight connection. Rory Percival, Head of R&D and Technical at EnviroVent, explains: “These are two extremely high performance MEV systems, which will prove to be very effective in improving indoor air quality.  They have been designed to be very user-friendly and with ease and flexibility of installation in mind and feature six twist, fix and release entry points.  They are also very compact and have minimal noise levels, making them ideal for domestic ventilation projects.” Weighing just 5 kg, they are simple and quick to install by one person, featuring an easy push button commissioning pad, enabling the installer to correctly set the required airflow rate quickly and effectively.  The MEV 160 and 300 run continuously at a low level to ensure good indoor air quality.  Intellitrac® humidity tracking comes as standard, which constantly monitors the humidity level, meaning no user intervention is required.  Use of Intellitrac® means that as humidity rises and falls, the motor speed responds in direct correlation to control condensation quietly and efficiently. The MEV 160 and 300 can also be connected to the AirSens® range of Indoor Air Quality Sensors. These provide an easy-to-read colour coded display, showing the current air quality at any time.  AirSens® is  available in three different models to detect Carbon Dioxide, Volatile Organic Compounds and Relative Humidity. EnviroVent is a Harrogate-based manufacturer of residential ventilation equipment, employing over 230 people across two sites.  The company has over 25 years’ experience in delivering sustainable products that are built to last the life cycle of a building.  For more information on improving the air quality in your home, find your local EnviroVent Specialist Ventilation Advisor, via the website www.envirovent.com or by calling 0345 27 27 807.

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North East Civil Engineering Contractor is First in Region to Achieve Carbon Neutral Status

W M Donald Ltd, based at Netherley, Stonehaven and Inverness are the first Civil Engineering Contractor in the North of Scotland to achieve carbon neutral status. With over 160 employees, and a fleet of 100 vehicles, W M Donald are widely recognised as industry leaders in civil engineering construction. Their team played an important role in servicing the majority of the recent key infrastructure projects in the North East, including AWPR, Counteswells, Chapelton of Elsick, Grandhome, Kingsford Training Facility, and Nigg Bay Harbour. The company has already achieved ISO accreditations 9001, 14001, 45001, and operates from a newly constructed “low carbon” office built to the best practice standards for environmental performance through design, specification, construction and operation (BREEAM). The building has many low energy elements including Air Source heat pumps for heating and hot water and 100 kW of Photo Voltaic   panels to offset electrical demand. Achieving Carbon Neutral Status was just one of many objectives that the W M Donald senior management team have set out to demonstrate their commitment to continuous improvement, and to protecting the natural world. Aberdeen-based consultants, Carbon-Zero, were responsible for carrying out the review of W M Donald’s practices, and highlighting ways of reducing their impact on the environment. Current initiatives being rolled out by W M Donald include installation of 4 nr 21KW electric car charging points, electric pool cars and purchasing of green electricity units, with several more already planned or in the early stages of implementation. Ewan Riddoch, Managing Director, W M Donald said: “Everyone from Directors to Site Teams are extremely proud of our carbon neutral status. It clearly demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement. Embracing new and improved ways of working is at the heart of everything we do, and it has been brilliant to see our whole team get behind the process of achieving this standard. “The team from Carbon-Zero have been an incredible support, especially as most of this assessment was carried out during Covid-19 restrictions. With their continued guidance we are now working on additional environmental initiatives that our team and clients will also benefit from.” Brian Johnstone, Business Development and Assessor, Carbon-Zero said: “In the efforts they have made in establishing their low carbon operations base, and their ongoing carbon management commitment, WM Donald are an example to all businesses of what can be achieved in reducing their carbon emissions. They should be commended for their foresight and congratulated on becoming a Carbon Neutral business.”

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