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May 26, 2022

PEEPs omitted from enactment of Fire Safety Act 2021

The government has announced it will not be implementing the recommendation for Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs) from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, instead opting to remain with the controversial ‘stay put’ policy. The government is facing criticism from across the fire safety sector, as well as from campaign groups and

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Silva Provide New Affordable Homes in Hartland Village

Silva Homes, Hart District Council and St Edward celebrated the handover of 36 brand new affordable homes in Hartland Village, Hampshire, at an official event held on Thursday 12 May.  Delivered by St Edward in partnership with Hart District Council, the affordable homes will be managed by Silva Homes and made

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Barhale wins critical Lincolnshire drainage work

South Holland Internal Drainage Board (IDB) has awarded Barhale a contract to install, reinforce and renovate vital drainage works in Lincolnshire. The infrastructure and civil engineering specialist will renovate the inlet, outfall and surge chamber at Dawsmere Pumping Station, a crucial part of the network of flood defences in and

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Cyberhawk and Shamal Technologies Deploy Visual Intelligence

Cyberhawk and Shamal Technologies Deploy Visual Intelligence

Cyberhawk has signed an agreement with Shamal Technologies to digitally transform the way major construction projects are managed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Shamal Technologies is a leading geospatial company that delivers end-to-end data acquisition, visualization and analytics solutions that can reduce operational risk. The company is the first

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Cavanna Homes Strikes Gold at the Building Excellence Awards

Cavanna Homes Strikes Gold at the Building Excellence Awards

Westcountry homebuilder Cavanna Homes has been presented with top industry accolades at the Devon Building Excellence Awards 2022 for its Kings Orchard development in Stoke Gabriel, near Totnes.  The 53-home Kings Orchard scheme was shortlisted for Best Large Development by Devon Building Control and picked up the gold award on

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

May 26, 2022

PEEPs omitted from enactment of Fire Safety Act 2021

The government has announced it will not be implementing the recommendation for Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs) from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, instead opting to remain with the controversial ‘stay put’ policy. The government is facing criticism from across the fire safety sector, as well as from campaign groups and bereaved relatives of the Grenfell Tower residents, having previously promised to implement the inquiry’s recommendations in full.  The Home Office published a consultation document which outlined their reasoning, stating that they believe it is not ‘proportionate’ to follow the recommendations and will continue to place its faith in ‘stay put’ advice in most buildings. The response also stated that there were “significant issues” with the “practicality, proportionality and safety” of PEEPS, and that “we are currently unable to mandate PEEPs in high-rise residential buildings.” The Home Office also said it intends to replace the proposal to require evacuation plans and PEEPs with “an alternative package of initiatives.” This goes against a recommendation from Phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry – published in October 2019 – which advises the government to place a legal obligation on building owners to outline Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs) for residents in the event of a fire. Grenfell United, a campaign group for people affected by the fire, said: “We are enraged at the government, whose sole focus continues to be profit and not public safety. We’ve fought for years to create a legacy for our 72 loved ones, and to prevent another Grenfell. But five years on, the government has reverted back to the same policy in place before Grenfell. “This policy resulted in 41% of those living with disabilities dying at Grenfell. It left them with no personal evacuation plan and no means of escape. They didn’t stand a chance. This report is a disgrace. “Disabled people have the right to leave their homes safely. The government must implement the recommendation from the Phase 1 report of the Grenfell Inquiry and ensure personal evacuation plans for disabled residents.” In responding to the government’s PEEPs consultation, the Commissioner of London Fire Brigade, Andy Roe said: “It’s vitally important that people feel safe in their own homes and have certainty about how to leave their building in the event of a fire or other emergency. “PEEPs were a key recommendation from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and we want to work with government, communities, and other partners to make progress on evacuation plans. We will be responding to this consultation.” The Home Office has launched another consultation on Emergency Evacuation Information Sharing (EEIS), which would require designated “Responsible Persons of the highest risk buildings to assess the needs of their most vulnerable residents and consider what might ‘reasonably be done to mitigate any risks to fire safety.” A Home Office spokesperson said: “The Emergency Evacuation Information Sharing package we are consulting on would require those responsible for fire safety in higher risk buildings to properly assess the needs of the most vulnerable and take steps to mitigate any risks. “While the vast majority of buildings are completely safe, we are determined to do more to improve fire safety, which is why these landmark reforms will ensure mid and high-rise blocks are properly assessed for fire risks.” The inquiry published 46 recommendations in 2019, of which 21 have now been incorporated into law, according to the Home Office.

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Panattoni submits plans for 417,570 sq ft speculative logistics development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Panattoni, the largest industrial real estate developer in Europe, has submitted a planning application for one of the largest speculative logistics facilities in South Yorkshire. The application is for a 417,570 sq ft facility, called Panattoni Doncaster 420, next to Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Panattoni acquired the 18.4-acre site with outline planning consent from Peel L&P in March. Panattoni Doncaster 420 will be built to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and EPC ‘A’ ratings with many sustainability features, such as electric vehicle charging points and 15% roof lights. It also will benefit from 15m clear internal height, 34 dock doors, three level access doors, a 50m yard with parking for 74 HGVs and up to 1.5 MVa of power. Panattoni is aiming to start construction later this year with completion in the third quarter of 2023. Connecting the motorway network, air cargo, and multi-modal rail freight via iPort nearby, Panattoni Doncaster 420 will provide access to both consumer and industrial markets across the UK and the world. Doncaster Sheffield Airport is one of the UK’s fastest growing airports, expanding by 13% over the past five years and connecting to 36 destinations in 15 countries. Dan Burn, Development Director at Panattoni, said: “This is a superb logistics site with direct access to local, regional and global markets. Our planning application has been submitted just six weeks after we acquired the site, which reflects our desire and ability to bring much needed speculative development forward as quickly as possible”. CPP and Colliers International have been appointed as letting agents alongside Burbage Realty.

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Silva Provide New Affordable Homes in Hartland Village

Silva Homes, Hart District Council and St Edward celebrated the handover of 36 brand new affordable homes in Hartland Village, Hampshire, at an official event held on Thursday 12 May.  Delivered by St Edward in partnership with Hart District Council, the affordable homes will be managed by Silva Homes and made available to people in and around the local area. The affordable homes are one, two and three bedrooms apartments and houses, with bespoke architecture that reflects the local vernacular. The homes are split between affordable rent and shared ownership. The shared ownership scheme allows first time and low-income buyers a chance to get onto the property ladder with a lower deposit. Cllr Stuart Bailey, Portfolio Holder for Community, said: “We are delighted with the development of these new homes which will allow local residents of Hart to live in the new vibrant community of Hartland Village. The development provides much needed affordable homes for local people who have been waiting on our housing register for some significant time. We have been working closely with Silva Homes to let these homes to those who need them most.”  Paul Vallone, Chairman of St Edward said: “Quality, affordable homes are at the heart of our vision for creating a mixed community at Hartland Village. We are pleased that we can help more people access affordable rent and shared ownership, assisting more local people onto the property ladder.”  Alan Ward, Chief Executive of Silva Homes said: “Silva Homes is delighted to have worked with in partnership with St Edward and Hart District Council to deliver new affordable homes at Hartland Village. Providing high quality, safe and secure homes is at the core of what we do, and it is vital that we keep working together to help tackle the housing crisis.” Residents at Hartland Village will be able to benefit from a 100 acre network of nature-rich open spaces, including a 70 acre Country Park and 6 miles of trails. Once the development is complete there will be a bustling village centre with a traditional green, community hall, shops and places to eat, drink and enjoy local life. There will also be a new primary school and nursery within the village and St Edward has appointed a dedicated Community Advisor to help new arrivals get to know each other and settle in. Affordable homes at Hartland Village start from £100,000 for a 40% share of a property with a full market value of £250,000. For further information, please visit www.silvahomes.co.uk.

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Barhale wins critical Lincolnshire drainage work

South Holland Internal Drainage Board (IDB) has awarded Barhale a contract to install, reinforce and renovate vital drainage works in Lincolnshire. The infrastructure and civil engineering specialist will renovate the inlet, outfall and surge chamber at Dawsmere Pumping Station, a crucial part of the network of flood defences in and around Holbeach. Dawsmere Pumping Station removes to the sea water collected by the network of local drains and is essential for the protection of the surrounding land and villages which typically lie one metre below high sea level. An unusual additional operational consideration is that, because the pumping station is located next to RAF Holbeach, the site must undergo “sweep and watch” protocols for unexploded ordnance before and during excavation work. Keven Stobbs, general manager at Barhale, described the pumping station at Dawsmere as in the front line of defence for the land behind the seawall. “South Lincolnshire, and specifically the South Holland area, is among some of the lowest-lying inhabited land in the UK,“ he said. “The system of drainage has been successfully developed and managed over centuries but we are more regularly facing extreme weather conditions so the process of maintenance and upgrade is hugely important. “When carrying out work, we don’t like to take any component out of the system for too long so have been introducing innovative approaches to accelerate delivery. At Dawsmere, we will use a dam formed from one tonne bagged aggregate which can be deployed and removed very quickly. Barhale regional director James Haddon sees the company’s selection for the South Holland IDB contract as a testament to the company’s expertise and experience across the water sector. “South Holland IDB is engaged in a long-term project to enhance the resilience of this important agricultural area and we are delighted to have been selected to work with them to deliver their programme.”

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Cyberhawk and Shamal Technologies Deploy Visual Intelligence

Cyberhawk and Shamal Technologies Deploy Visual Intelligence

Cyberhawk has signed an agreement with Shamal Technologies to digitally transform the way major construction projects are managed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Shamal Technologies is a leading geospatial company that delivers end-to-end data acquisition, visualization and analytics solutions that can reduce operational risk. The company is the first in Saudi Arabia to develop solutions that integrate artificial intelligence technology with unmanned systems.  Cyberhawk is a world leader in visual data solutions for energy infrastructure and capital projects. The UK firm captures images of critical infrastructure using drone technology, which is analyzed using Cyberhawk’s cloud-based visualization software, iHawk. As part of the agreement, both parties will combine data acquisition and analytics expertise to launch a powerful Visual Intelligence solution for major capital projects in Saudi Arabia. Shamal Online, the name given to the new data management and visualization platform, will be powered by iHawk. Cyberhawk will also provide technical knowledge transfer support and scale up drone surveying operations for planned construction projects within the region. The construction monitoring solution will support project managers to track milestones, coordinate vendor activities, and schedule future onsite work. The fully enabled IoT solution will empower project managers to make evidence-based decisions by integrating seamlessly with third-party sensors and APIs. Geospatial information, including imagery acquired from ground cameras, CCTV, drones, and autonomous technologies will form data layers for analysis on an unprecedented scale. The agreement was signed during a ceremony held at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) which is an institute focused on driving innovation, economic development, and social prosperity in Saudi Arabia. The partnership is aligned with the Saudi 2030 vision to form strong international alliances and invest in a highly trained Saudi workforce to develop progressive industries and futureproof the economy. Building, Design and Construction Magazine | The Home of Construction and Property News

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Cavanna Homes Strikes Gold at the Building Excellence Awards

Cavanna Homes Strikes Gold at the Building Excellence Awards

Westcountry homebuilder Cavanna Homes has been presented with top industry accolades at the Devon Building Excellence Awards 2022 for its Kings Orchard development in Stoke Gabriel, near Totnes.  The 53-home Kings Orchard scheme was shortlisted for Best Large Development by Devon Building Control and picked up the gold award on the night. Cavanna Homes was also recognised for having the Best Partnership with a Local Authority for its liaison with South Hams District Council on the same project at the Awards.   “This is the ultimate endorsement which has been earned by everyone who worked on the site from beginning to end. The location, how the development process was run, and the quality of the homes we delivered have contributed to this award,” said Mark Wyatt, Build Manager for the Stoke Gabriel scheme. Categories were assessed on compliance, quality, accessibility, energy conservation and sustainability of their projects, and recognised for the outstanding contributions of their teams who achieved the highest standards of construction. “We are incredibly proud to have received the gold award for our homes at Kings Orchard, and to have been nominated and awarded for the partnership formed with South Hams District Council. This is a very well deserved recognition of our hard work, attention to detail and collaboration with communities,” added Cavanna Homes’ Managing Director, Keith Miller. Winners of the Devon Building Excellence Awards will now be put forward for the regional LABC Building Excellence Awards with the potential to go through to the LABC Grand Finals which will take place next year.    Cavanna Homes has a been building beautiful new homes across the Westcountry for almost 100 years and is currently bringing forward new communities in Hemyock, near Cullompton, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Tavistock and Bude. Building, Design and Construction Magazine | The Home of Construction and Property News

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