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September 6, 2022

FIRETHORN TRUST LAYS THE GROUND FOR SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION WITH CARBON-SAVING AT PETERBOROUGH DEVELOPMENT

FIRETHORN TRUST LAYS THE GROUND FOR SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION WITH CARBON-SAVING AT PETERBOROUGH DEVELOPMENT In line with Firethorn’s commitment to be a market leader in sustainable development, the three-unit scheme will feature innovative products and an advanced specification for occupiers, setting the standard for future logistics. As part of its ongoing

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PEXHURST PROVIDES SUSTAINABLE FIT-OUT TO BESTOBELL ROAD WAREHOUSE

Fit-out specialist Pexhurst is currently refurbishing a spacious industrial unit for SEGRO, the leading UK Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). The project involves the fit-out of an existing warehouse located at 160-161 Bestobell Road, Slough and is set for completion in September 2022. The warehouse is conveniently situated on the

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LIFE IN LIVERPOOL BEGINS FOR RODGERS LEASK

NATIONAL engineering consultancy Rodgers Leask has continued its regional growth strategy with the opening of a new office in Liverpool – the practice’s first location in the North West and its fifth nationally. Based in Horton House business centre in Exchange Flags, the location offers a prime central spot for the practice which

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MODERN MODULAR AFFORDABLE DEVELOPMENT IN DONCASTER MARKS MILESTONE

A retirement development on Cooke Street in Bentley, Doncaster that is using a modern method of construction, where the homes are produced off-site, has marked a major milestone. The development of 20 affordable retirement bungalows and apartments is being constructed on the site of former council offices and a depot. Designed by

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Aqualisa Appoints New Director of Sales

Aqualisa Appoints New Director of Sales

Aqualisa, the UK’s leading designer, developer and producer of innovative shower products, has hired Glenn Payne as director of sales within its specification division. In this new role, Glenn will report to Aqualisa sales director Tim Creedon, and will spearhead the expansion of its business in the specification, housebuilder and

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Best Property Management Companies in Modesto

Property management in the United States grew by more than 4% in the last few years. It’s a service that bridges the gap between investors and renters, whether you’re dealing with residential or commercial properties. As an investor, you’ll be able to get a return on investment (ROI) from a

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

September 6, 2022

FIRETHORN TRUST LAYS THE GROUND FOR SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION WITH CARBON-SAVING AT PETERBOROUGH DEVELOPMENT

FIRETHORN TRUST LAYS THE GROUND FOR SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION WITH CARBON-SAVING AT PETERBOROUGH DEVELOPMENT In line with Firethorn’s commitment to be a market leader in sustainable development, the three-unit scheme will feature innovative products and an advanced specification for occupiers, setting the standard for future logistics. As part of its ongoing investment in research and development, Firethorn identified the short- and long-term advantages of PrimX as an alternative to traditional concrete flooring, becoming the first developer to bring the product to the UK logistics space. Delivering environmental benefits – including a 30% reduction in construction time and a 70% decrease in CO2 emissions – the jointless system is designed to save money, enhance safety and increase high-load resistance over time. Paul Martin, Development Director at Firethorn Trust, said: “We are always striving to innovate and do things differently, working with best-in-class teams to deliver pioneering solutions that will set the standard for occupiers and sustainability. We’re proud to be the very first UK logistics developer to use PrimX flooring, knowing that it will provide substantial environmental benefits, both now and in the future. “The time and investment that we spend exploring these products is what we believe sets Firethorn schemes apart, and is central to our unwavering commitment to innovation, sustainability and improving tenant experiences.  Bringing industry-leading products and build methods to the market means that we stay ahead of the curve and can create future-proofed logistics solutions that meet our own ambitious ESG targets, as well as the evolving needs of our occupiers.” An ultra-high performance concrete, PrimX features a shrinkage control system that makes it possible to cast indoor slabs of unlimited size and geometry. Featuring steel fibre reinforcement, the slab’s design is up to 60% thinner than traditional alternatives, whilst providing a higher load-bearing capability. Paul Martin continued: “This is the first of many innovations that will take the industry forward, and we’re proud to be at the forefront of sustainable development. We are implementing actions to reduce our environmental impact at every level of the business, and at every stage of our projects, and our Peterborough South scheme is a prime example of the Firethorn standard.” The first PrimX pour has now taken place at Peterborough South, which is being delivered by Glencar Construction, with completion due in Q4 2022. The development will be net-zero carbon in construction, with a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ specification. Its infrastructure will feature more than 40,000 sq. ft. of photovoltaic arrays and 48 electric vehicle charging points. Future occupiers can also benefit from a clear internal height of 15m, up to 52.5m yard depth and an impressive 3MVA of power. The scheme is located just six minutes from Junction 17 of the A1(M) and adjacent to Fletton Parkway, allowing quick and easy access to the motorway network and local labour force. All enquiries for Peterborough South should be directed to the scheme’s letting agents, Savills and Lambert Smith Hampton.

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BREEAM Excellent Globe point is first new office development to complete in Leeds in 2022

On behalf of CEG, BAM Construction has completed its 37,800 sq ft seven-storey office development on Globe Road, marking the first new build office to be delivered in Leeds this year. BAM Construction commenced the development in May 2021. Simon Sutcliffe, Construction Director for BAM added: “We are delighted to have completed Globe Point, it is a striking building and delivers the highest quality office space. This is the first of many of CEG’s developments in the Temple area and we look forward to starting the second office development in the near future.” Globe Point provides next generation workspace for over 400 people and its striking flat iron design offers spectacular views across the city from the roof terrace gardens. Designed to BREEAM Excellent, the workspace maximises natural daylight to deliver healthy, flexible workspaces. The ground floor café kitchen and business lounge will open in autumn creating a vibrant use at this site which lies just a few minutes’ walk from Leeds City Station’s southern entrance. Marketing and data science agency, Jaywing, is taking the 6,437 sq ft third floor. Antonia Martin Wright, head of investment at CEG, said: “Globe Point has been designed to deliver the highest quality workspace in a great location close to the station. It is the first of our developments to complete in the Temple district, and a first for Leeds this year. It is set to create a buzz in Temple and, as the numbers of people living and working in the area continues to grow, this will help to support the fantastic bars, restaurants and other amenities, including our events space partnership with Chow Down.” Fox Lloyd Jones and Knight Frank are marketing the building on behalf of CEG. Nick Salkeld from Fox Lloyd Jones said: “Globe Point is an exemplary landmark building at the gateway to Temple and sets the benchmark for the wider masterplan in Leeds’ most exciting district. “It’s a market leading product which has responded to current day occupier needs and boasts best in class features including business lounge, café facilities. The workspace has a truly unique ceiling detail with a mix of coffered and trucell finishes and can be offered in both traditional and fully fitted solutions. It’s added much needed Grade A supply to the market where occupier demand remains high particularly at the prime end.” CEG has worked with specialist local consultants on the project. Sarah Dodsworth, Founding Partner of interior design consultancy Ekho Studio, said: “Globe Point is an interesting and unique project that will both fit with and elevate the surrounding area. It’s a special scheme, and one we’re really proud to be associated with. “The ground floor building amenity has been designed as a community space, reflecting the diversity and energy that is synonymous within this vibrant city neighbourhood. It offers a daytime to evening coffee bar, kitchen and events space with a mix of dwell spaces in which to lounge or co-work.  “Every design solution represents the commitment to delivering a sustainable and healthy end product. The statement bespoke artwork pieces further reflect and celebrate the grain and architectural richness of the area, whilst the large video wall creates opportunities for events and social gatherings.” Award-winning Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is the architect for Globe Point. Amanda Whittington, Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios said: “The workplace and what tenants want is changing and this building has pre-empted this. Globe Point is part of a wider masterplan that is really going to revitalise and lift the area, and as one of the first buildings within the masterplan, its position at the head of the site creates a new landmark for the area.  The detailing of the brickwork, crown and curved glazing come together with the informal and natural materials of the interior design to create an exciting new destination for Leeds.” Globe Point is the first of CEG’s developments to complete within the Temple district of the city. CEG has also handed over Drapers Yard on Marshall Street to Labcorp for the fit-out of its life science centre of excellence. This new headquarter facility is set for completion early next year and will boast a new façade, roof top amenity space with a green, sedum roof and new landscaping and planting.

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PEXHURST PROVIDES SUSTAINABLE FIT-OUT TO BESTOBELL ROAD WAREHOUSE

Fit-out specialist Pexhurst is currently refurbishing a spacious industrial unit for SEGRO, the leading UK Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). The project involves the fit-out of an existing warehouse located at 160-161 Bestobell Road, Slough and is set for completion in September 2022. The warehouse is conveniently situated on the popular Slough Trading Estate in close proximity to a number of local amenities and transport links.  Built in 1988, the single-storey unit stands at an expansive 20,120 ft2 and is in need of modernisation. The client’s ambition is to transform the 34-year-old unit into a state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable industrial and warehouse space. Pexhurst were commissioned by SEGRO for the project, working alongside Hollis as the contract administration and project manager. This is an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) focussed scheme, with a net-zero carbon operation targeting BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and EPC ‘A+’ standards. Pexhurst was the contractor of choice, due to their experience on fit-outs of this calibre. The project required many sustainable initiatives designed to combat air pollution, reduce water wastage and improve energy efficiency. The most distinctive detail on this project is the living green wall on the warehouse’s exterior; providing not only an aesthetically pleasing attribute, but measurable sustainability impacts. The living green wall will significantly increase air quality, producing 94kg of oxygen and extracting 71kg of carbon dioxide per year. In addition to this, Pexhurst are also installing EV chargers and cycle shelters to the exterior, promoting sustainable travel. The bike sheds will also feature green roofs. Additionally, Pexhurst has installed 136 kWp of photovoltaics onto the roof, which is designed to save 26 tonnes of CO2 annually (equivalent to planting over 1,200 trees per year). The team are also installing energy efficient LED light fittings with PIR sensors and daylight sensors. With regards to improving air quality, Pexhurst are installing air source heat pumps, fresh air ventilation and carbon dioxide sensors to reduce energy consumption. The design is also water efficient, entailing waterless urinals, self-closing push taps and dual flush WC cisterns. Moreover, all carpets used in the space are carbon neutral. Pexhurst have participated in the ReEntry scheme whereby old carpet tiles from site were reused, repurposed or recycled and donated to local businesses and charities, ensuring that nothing goes to landfill. Pexhurst are also providing planting and nesting boxes for birds and bats, ensuring that local wildlife is suitably accommodated for. Pexhurst are enthusiastic with their progress on this project, as they are on track to hit their BREEAM ‘Excellent’ target, accounting for only the top 10% of refurbishment or fit-out projects in the UK. However, the extensive sustainability measures implemented by Pexhurst on the fit-out suggest that the project may even achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ grade, which accounts for less than the top 1% of the UK’s refurbishment or fit-out projects. Pexhurst’s experience is proving invaluable on this sustainable warehouse fit-out project. The contractor’s skill is ensuring that a decades-old warehouse is modernised and fit for use  and is contributing to a healthier ecosystem.

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Spencer Group to complete major refurbishment works on historic bridge ahead of 200th anniversary

Bridge works specialist Spencer Group has further strengthened its credentials after being selected to revitalise an historic crossing ahead of the structure’s 200th anniversary year. Spencer Group, which has carried out maintenance and repair works on some of the UK’s most iconic bridges, has been awarded a series of contracts for further major refurbishment works on the Menai Suspension Bridge as it approaches its bicentenary in 2026. The Grade I listed structure is the second oldest operational vehicular suspension bridge in the world. Opened in 1826, it crosses the Menai Strait between the island of Anglesey and mainland North Wales. The primary focus of the work includes a £1.5m restoration project to repaint the entire main span underdeck of the 417m-long bridge. Working on behalf of client UK Highways A55 Ltd, Hull-based Spencer Group has designed bespoke moving gantry platforms to enable its team to access the currently unreachable main span underdeck in order to shotblast, inspect and repaint the area. The works will begin once designs are complete and environmental approvals have been granted, as the Menai Strait is protected as a Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a wetland area of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. In addition, Spencer Group has been appointed to strengthen the handrails of the pedestrian walkways on the approach spans to both sides of the bridge. Early designs and trials are underway as the team works with heritage organisations to ensure designs meet requirements in keeping with a Grade I listed structure. The works are targeted to be complete by late 2022. A further project will see Spencer Group replace the majority of the vertical road deck hangers, which suspend the deck from the main chains of the bridge. Due to run throughout summer 2023, the project is in the early design stages as the Spencer Group team assesses various methods for hanger replacement and off-site manufacture of specialist components. A fourth project will involve Spencer Group upgrading and improving the bridge’s street and decorative lighting, installing a more modern, efficient and environmentally friendly LED system. Survey work for the scheme was completed earlier this year and Spencer Group trialled illuminating the Anglesey arch of the bridge, with UK Highways A55 Ltd inviting key stakeholders and members of the local community to view the lighting and share their feedback. Spencer Group is now working with UK Highways A55 Ltd to develop and agree the final specification for the lighting project, which will begin later this year. While a completion date has yet to be agreed, the light installation phase will begin in 2023. The latest contract wins come after Spencer Group successfully completed a project to remove, replace and then resurface the footway panels on the approach spans on both sides of the bridge. Luke Fisher, Sector Lead for Bridges and Structures at Spencer Group, said: “We’re delighted to play a significant part in preparing the Menai Suspension Bridge for its 200th anniversary, supporting UK Highways A55 Ltd and their client, the Welsh Government, to ensure this remarkable structure looks its best for its bicentenary year and beyond. “UK Highways A55 Ltd identified that the bridge is suffering from corrosion and needs repainting. For the underdeck painting scheme, we designed the moving gantry platforms, which are unique to this project, and our industry-leading capabilities in this sector formed a significant part of the bid. “We’re proud to have been awarded these contracts and to be given the opportunity to further demonstrate our ability to find innovative solutions to complex challenges of this nature. “We’re also supporting the Menai Heritage Museum in Anglesey to raise awareness of both bridges over the Menai Strait, as well as the importance of civil engineering among local school pupils and college students. We’re giving talks and leading bridge walks to inspire the next generation.” Spencer Group also facilitated a successful visit from Ed McCann, President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), and Deborah Sims, former President of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), to the Menai Suspension Bridge in July, enabling positive discussions about the current projects and the history of the bridge. Kerry Evans, Operations Manager for UK Highways A55 Ltd, said: “As we prepare for the 200th anniversary of this magnificent structure, a series of major maintenance projects are in development. “UK Highways A55 Ltd is looking forward to working with the team at Spencer Group again as we embark on the underdeck painting works and the replacement hanger project.” To find out more about Spencer Group’s bridges expertise visit www.thespencergroup.co.uk/our-work/bridges/

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LIFE IN LIVERPOOL BEGINS FOR RODGERS LEASK

NATIONAL engineering consultancy Rodgers Leask has continued its regional growth strategy with the opening of a new office in Liverpool – the practice’s first location in the North West and its fifth nationally. Based in Horton House business centre in Exchange Flags, the location offers a prime central spot for the practice which was first established in a single office in Derby in 1984 and now offers structural, civil, geo-environmental and transport planning services across a range of sectors nationwide. The office will be headed up by divisional director Chris Pollett, who was influential in the successful opening and establishment of Rodgers Leask’s Nottingham office in 2021. He said: “Having worked in Liverpool earlier in my career, I’m proud and excited to be leading our latest expansion. I feel that there is a gap in the market that will allow us to offer something different for developers, contractors and architects, although we already have many existing relationships that we’re looking forward to reigniting in this great city. “Among the range of sectors we work in, industrial and logistics is particularly buoyant in the North West and there is a busy housing market – both of which are increasing client demand for our support and expertise. We’re situated in a prominent location in the centre of Liverpool and our experts will be contributing to projects in close proximity as well as in the surrounding areas.” Joining Chris in the Liverpool-based team is principal engineer Gavin Briscoe, senior engineer Daniel Cahill and technician Abbie Butler. The practice – which also has offices in Derby, Nottingham, Birmingham and Bristol – expects the regional team to grow quickly and become a go-to local business for the next generation of talented engineers. There is currently more than 90 staff working for Rodgers Leak nationally, though a number of vacancies are currently open which will enable the business to grow. Paul Spencer, managing director at Rodgers Leask, said: “It’s very promising times for the business. Having a base in Liverpool will allow us to provide our new and existing clients with an even better service – a growth approach that has worked for us elsewhere in the country. “It’s important to us that we choose the right locations for expansion and in Liverpool we’re confident it has the right credentials. For example, strong local universities offering good engineering degrees give us a platform to support and attract graduates in entering the industry. While the ongoing regeneration agenda and increasing investment gives us confidence that improvement to important elements of the city, like transport links, can be replicated in other areas of infrastructure.” Established contacts of Rodgers Leask already operating in the region include St Modwen, Vistry and Sytner Group, as well as Warrington Borough Council. These relationships and many more have led to significant projects over the years, including residential developments such as Vulcan Works in Newton-Le-Willows and Chapelford Urban Village, and commercial schemes including the Kirkby town centre regeneration. For more information on Rodgers Leask, please visit https://rodgersleask.com/.

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MODERN MODULAR AFFORDABLE DEVELOPMENT IN DONCASTER MARKS MILESTONE

A retirement development on Cooke Street in Bentley, Doncaster that is using a modern method of construction, where the homes are produced off-site, has marked a major milestone. The development of 20 affordable retirement bungalows and apartments is being constructed on the site of former council offices and a depot. Designed by Brewster Bye Architects for Housing 21, all the modular units, which were built in Hull by specialist contractor, M-AR, have now been delivered and installed. The brickwork is already up to damp proof course level and the external cladding and landscaping work on the development is due to complete soon.  Mark Henderson, from Brewster Bye, said: “This modern method of construction is proving very popular because the units are constructed off-site and delivered completely finished, including electrics, plumbing and interior paintwork, so it’s fast and efficient. “The three-storey apartment building will offer 12, one and two bedroom, apartments, and there will be eight, two bedroom bungalows, which will all be finished with traditional materials including a palette of red brick with light render features, stone effect head and cills, slate effect roof tiles and anthracite grey windows and doors. “The high-quality houses all enjoy spacious plots, generous gardens and parking spaces. The layout of the properties has been carefully designed to create a characterful development with its own attractive identity.” The development sits next to an existing, popular retirement living development also owned and managed by Housing 21 – Minden Court. A spokesperson for Housing 21, said: “There is plenty of demand for quality retirement accommodation in the area, so this was an ideal site for these much-needed homes, and it will appeal to the over 55s market throughout Doncaster. Close to a variety of local shops and an attractive park, where residents can enjoy pleasant walks – it’s a great place to live.” Housing 21 is a leading provider of retirement and extra care living for older people. It is a not-for-profit organisation that operates in over 240 local authority areas. Brewster Bye is one of the UK’s leading architecture practices in the retirement housing sector. Visit: www.housing21.org.uk for more details.

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Aqualisa Appoints New Director of Sales

Aqualisa Appoints New Director of Sales

Aqualisa, the UK’s leading designer, developer and producer of innovative shower products, has hired Glenn Payne as director of sales within its specification division. In this new role, Glenn will report to Aqualisa sales director Tim Creedon, and will spearhead the expansion of its business in the specification, housebuilder and developer channels. “It’s a particularly exciting time to be joining Aqualisa. The company’s powerful heritage in bathroom innovation, as well as its solid reputation for reliability and customer service, makes it an exceptional brand. I look forward to being able to advance its presence in the specification channel throughout the value chain, and increase the team’s coverage to a national level. This is an outstanding opportunity to extend Aqualisa’s business in the property development, architectural and specification arena,” commented Glenn Payne. Joining Aqualisa from construction materials company Knauf, Glenn used to hold the position of head of sales for the UK and Ireland. Previous appointments have included head of projects for Grohe and head of business development at Whiteleaf Furniture. With a career spanning more than 20 years in the construction product, KBB and furniture industries, Glenn brings extensive experience in sales strategy development, with an established track record in new business generation, building key stakeholder relationships and driving profitable revenue growth. In his new position at Aqualisa, Glenn will accelerate the specification project pipeline and increase conversion ratios, with plans to expand the sales team and lead the Aqualisa, Elisa and Gainsborough brands into new sectors. “I am extremely pleased to welcome Glenn to the Aqualisa specification team. We will benefit greatly from his significant experience and achievements in the industry, as well as his proven background in negotiation, successful project delivery and commercial growth,” added Tim Creedon, sales director at Aqualisa. Glenn holds a BA Hons Degree in Interior Design from the Surrey Institute of Art & Design. A father of two girls, Glenn likes to spend time with his family, and his favourite pastimes include golf, cooking and travel. Building, Design and Construction Magazine | The Home of Construction and Property News

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Best Property Management Companies in Modesto

Property management in the United States grew by more than 4% in the last few years. It’s a service that bridges the gap between investors and renters, whether you’re dealing with residential or commercial properties. As an investor, you’ll be able to get a return on investment (ROI) from a property without having to be as hands-on.  If you’re a Modesto investor looking to beef up your portfolio, it pays to learn which pros are the best around. We’re happy to help.  Keep reading to learn all about the most skilled property management Modesto can offer.  G3 Real Estate G3 Real Estate is a family-owned property management business that serves the Modesto area. They have more than five decades of logistics experience, and also specialize in real estate matters of all kinds.  The company regularly updates its property listings to help people find the best opportunities on the market. When managing property, they handle matters like office spaces, warehouses, retail, raw land, and agriculture. It’s a customer-focused company that values agility, teamwork, and trustworthiness.  Ziprent When you need property management in Modesto, Ziprent is another excellent option. The company was founded in 2018, and already has nearly 2,000 properties that they manage.  They are an excellent resource if you’re thinking of getting into rental property investments and need a quality manager. Aside from the fact that they manage property in Modesto, Ziprent also serves more than 230 other cities. Because of this, you can count on their wide range of experience, and the fact that they have seen a little bit of everything that the industry brings.  Countryside Property Management This is yet another Modesto property management company that you can lean on. The company has more than a decade of experience serving clients and provides full service to the central valley area.  Some of the services that Countryside Property Management provides include: Repair and maintenance for rental properties Advertising vacant rental properties In-depth financial reporting for rentals Inspections for move-ins and move-outs Executing rental agreements and collecting rent They have strong leadership and can provide the branding and presence that you need for your rental properties.   Valley Oak Property Management Finally, Valley Oak has some of the best Modesto property managers that you’ll find. This is a company that stresses trust for its client, and they offer a wide range of services that can help you out.  They have plenty of experience helping clients in the local area and are skilled, knowledgeable, and available. You can conduct business using their 24-hour online portal and can count on quick replies for all of your needs and concerns.   The Best Property Management Modesto Has to Offer If you’re looking into the best property management Modesto can provide, the four above offer an excellent starting point. You’ll feel cared for knowing that you have a top-notch company watching your back, and your tenants will also be in good hands.  G3 Real Estate would be happy to hear from you! Use our website to get in touch or call 800-321-8747.

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