mental health
Mental-health awareness — Paul McLaughlin.

Industry bodies face up to mental-health challenge

The Building Engineering Services Association, the Electrical Contractors’ Association and CIBSE Patrons have joined forces to work with the Samaritans on a campaign to address the growing problem of mental health and workplace stress in the building-engineering-services industry.


Project starts dip on referendum uncertainty

Developers delaying their commitment to new projects until after the EU referendum is suggested by Glenigan as the reason for the value of work starting on site in the three months to May being 5% down on the same period a year earlier. The decline was largely due to a sharp drop in project starts during May against a year earlier.


MediaCityUK submits plans for doubling in size

MediaCityUK is set to double in size over the next decade under plans submitted to Salford City Council. Up to 10 new buildings are envisaged, with a development value of over £1 billion.

NG Bailey, Land Securities

NG Bailey teams up with Land Securities in energy-savings success

A 12-month energy-reduction scheme for Land Securities, delivered by NG Bailey, has achieved a 9% fall in energy use at a number of the property company’s key London sites — including 5-6 New Street Square (pictured). The jointly funded cost-neutral pilot scheme exceeded the energy-saving target set by Land Securities.

Adcock wins award

Adcock Refrigeration & Air Conditioning has won the Family Business of the Year Award 2016 for East and East Anglia. The company was founded in 1964, and the judges were impressed with the long-term view that Adcock has taken since its inception, its response to changing market conditions, strong family values and dedication to the people in the business — many with long service and other benefitting from the in-house training academy too.

Gilberts solves air-movement issue for Exhibition Centre Liverpool

The air-movement system for the halls and main atrium of the new £66 million Exhibition Centre Liverpool was designed and supplied by Gilberts (Blackpool). Built by ISG, the venue is Europe’s only purpose-built interconnecting arena, convention centre and exhibition centre. It provides 8100 m2 of space in a complex that includes the new 4-star hotel Pullman Liverpool.

Waterloo delivers ventilation for Embassy Gardens residential development

The prestigious Embassy Gardens residential development in the South Bank redevelopment area in London features an extensive range of Waterloo grilles and diffusers that were specified throughout the apartments and communal areas. This complex of 1982 homes forms a horseshoe around the new diplomatic precinct, home to the Dutch and US embassies.

BIM and facilities management

Ged Smith of Waldeck Consulting, discusses why BIM is central to effective facilities management.

Nittan smoke detectors overcome false alarms at UAE due to steam

With so many false alarms in student accommodation at the University of East Anglia being caused by steam escaping from bathrooms and activating smoke alarms — around 20 a week — the university has replaced its smoke detectors with Nittan’s Evolution EV-DP dual-wavelength photo-electric smoke detectors. 4500 Nittan devices, including more than 2500 EV-DP smoke detectors, have been installed by Global Fire Services in the 24 accommodation buildings across the 320 acre UAE campus.

Taking effective control of ventilation

Are some approaches to demand-controlled ventilation so complex that they are not effective in reducing overall cost and carbon footprint. Andrew Bott of Nuaire shares his views.

New IAQ standards for schools

The BB101 guide for ventilation in schools is being updated. Roy Jones of Gilberts (Blackpool) looks at its implications.

Prioritising maintenance

With BSRIA recently having updated its guidance to business-focused maintenance, Jo Harris gives an insight into where the concept is now, 12 years on from the original guidance, and how it can be used to prioritise maintenance requirements.

Enjoying the benefits of energy-efficient retro-fitting

The increasing abundance of retrofit solutions for lighting, heating and other key building systems offers the potential to improve energy efficiency — but without incurring the sometimes intimidating costs associated with entirely new installations, says Kevin Cox of Energys Group.



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