The Government is to invest nearly £49 million to improve the quantity and quality of education for engineering. The announcement follows the publication of the ‘Review of engineering skills’ carried out by Prof. John Perkins. The funding includes £30 million for employers to bid for to address shortages of engineering skills in sectors with specific needs. There is also an £18 million for a new elite facility at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry as part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.
The low-carbon regeneration of East London has taken a major step forward with the acquisition by Cofely of the energy centre connected to the ExCel exhibition and conference centre in East London. The transaction makes possible future development to link this scheme to Cofely’s existing district-energy network at the Queen Elizabeth Park and Stratford.
Julia Evans is to become chief executive of BSRIA in May 2014 when Andrew Eastwell retires from the company. She is currently chief executive of the National Federation of Builders, a position she has held since January 2006. The federation campaigns on issues that impact the construction industry, such as procurement, utilities, sustainability and funding. As such, she represents the industry at high-level Government and industry forums and is an active media commentator and policy influencer.
Architects’ work levels have shown their first annual increase since 2009, according to the Future Trends Survey published by the Royal Institute of British Architects. This survey started in January 2009, and the latest figures suggest an aggregate upturn in project enquiries this Autumn. A statement from RIBA says, ‘RIBA chartered practices are increasingly optimistic about their medium-term future work flows.’
The sea provides the heat source for the Nibe heat-pump installation that meets the extensive heating and hot-water needs of a new marina building operated by Inverness Marina. These shore facilities provide visiting yacht crews with shower and laundry facilities. The building also includes a classroom area and the main marina office.
Jaguar Land Rover’s 365 ha Gaydon Centre site in Warwickshire has achieved a 21% reduction in operational CO2 emissions since 2007, despite significant work to extend its facilities. Contributing to these savings has been a Trend BEMS, which achieved energy savings of 4.3 GWH in the five years up to 2012 and 1674 t of CO2.
The new £12 million building of Pakefield High School in South Lowestoft was built according to low-carbon resource-efficient standards and now aims to maintain those standards throughout the building’s life with the help of a Priva building-management system.
With poor indoor air quality being estimated to cost two million healthy life years annually throughout Europe alone, Alan Macklin of Elta takes a look at the HealthVent project.
HEVAC president Mike Nankivell highlights the importance of filters to indoor air quality and why IAQ should be considered alongside energy efficiency.
Advances in boiler and water-heating technology over just 20 years impressed Tony Cella, site manager of Queensbury Academy in Dunstable when he embarked on an ambitious replacement programme in the west block — in the winter.
Tim Winter, head of engineering with professional-services firm KPMG, explains how completely overhauling how assets were managed and maintained brought very positive results.
Keeping up with legislation and the need to reduce energy demand and carbon emissions demands major improvements to existing buildings. Mike Goodwin sets the background for CIBSE’s new TM53.
Clients became transfixed by renewables after the Merton Rule, but it’s all about energy efficiency in these more pragmatic times, says CIBSE Patrons chairman David Fitzpatrick.