SARACEN FAST TRACKS CARWEB

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Saracen Interiors has started work for vehicle registration search and technical data supplier, Carweb, at the company’s new offices in Tonbridge, Kent. The full fit out follows on from a project that the leading workplace consultant completed for sister company, motor claims processing expert, Audatex at the beginning of this year and is expected to take just six weeks to complete.

Valued at £200,000 and covering approximately 4000 square feet of commercial space, the fit out started in August and has been undertaken as a fast track project to enable Carweb’s team to move into the offices as soon as possible.

CRL sources structural defects insurance for award winning developer

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CRL has arranged structural defects insurance warranties for an award winning developer’s office to apartment conversion in Southampton.

Zelda Investments, who recently completed the refurbishment of the former concrete 1960s office block at 66-70 Oxford Street, turned to CRL when they were looking for a company to source a 10-year warranty certification to protect against any future structural issues.

Renamed Oxford Heights, the building has undergone a radical transformation and is now 12 stunning flats and two penthouse apartments.

The refurbishment of the landmark building had a number of constraints due to its position at the start of the Conservation Area of Oxford Street. The prestigious location is popular with cosmopolitan restaurants and bars.

The design team retained the look and feel of the original building, while striving to bring new vibrancy and a modern twist to the outdated building.

ECOBUILD 2017 CALLS FOR UK RESEARCHERS TO SHARE LATEST INNOVATIONS

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Ecobuild 2017 has launched an industry-wide call for research that highlights the latest UK built environment innovations, to showcase at this year’s exhibition.

In partnership with the ARCC network – a UK-wide platform to develop and exchange knowledge and evidence to inform policy and practice, funded by EPSRC – Ecobuild’s organisers will showcase the latest innovative ideas and initiatives from both academic and commercial research and development teams at 2017’s event.

Submissions could include future materials and processes in early development stages, the improvement and innovation of more sustainable solutions for the construction industry, or insight into the application of materials used in other sectors for the future of the built environment.

Take the Wakaflex ‘Tug-O-Waka Challenge’ at UK Construction Week

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With nine shows under one roof, UK Construction Week at the NEC (18th-20th October) sees roofing specialist Klober exhibiting for the first time. It will be on stand B4/622 in Hall 4’s BMF Pavilion, focussing exclusively on Haus Profi lead-free flashings. Usable for roofing upstand work and sealing penetrations for boiler flues, Wakaflex can be stretched by up to 50% to make complex detailing easy. Visitors will be able to take the ‘Tug-O-Waka Challenge’ to get ‘hands-on’ proof of the product’s unbeatable bond strength, the first ten to do so being guaranteed a prize!

Yeoman Shield’s new Guardian Twin Handrail

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Yeoman Shield’s new Guardian Twin Handrail was installed as part of the ward refurbishment project recently undertaken at Barnsley Hospital, South Yorkshire.

A 350+ bed hospital built in the 1970’s and serving a quarter of a million people in the Barnsley area, the hospital demands a constant regime of maintenance throughout its premises. 

Maintaining its high standards, Barnsley Hospital have improved the surroundings and facilities in 6 of the hospital wards, including the discharge unit, female trauma and elective orthopaedic unit.

As part of the refurbishment project Yeoman Shield were employed to remove the old bump rail and handrails and replace them with the dual purpose Guardian Twin Handrail to corridors and waiting areas throughout the 6 wards.

£17.3m redevelopment of SOAS University of London’s iconic Senate House completes

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Construction of SOAS University of London’s £17.3 million redevelopment of the North Block of its iconic Senate House, has been completed by GRAHAM Construction.

The project has transformed an underused courtyard to create a multi-purpose space through the addition of an architecturally-ambitious glass roofed-atrium constructed between the existing Grade II* listed buildings. Two Olympic swimming pools-worth of spoil were excavated through a window on a conveyor belt to produce a double height space that maintains natural ventilation to the North Block’s upper levels. Providing an additional 1,000 sq m, it will be home to the new Student Hub which includes student finance, careers and enterprise services with a breakout area and café.

Construction workers reminded to slap on the sun screen

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HSS Hire, the national tool and equipment hire company, is helping construction workers beat the heat this summer thanks to an innovative new poster campaign and ensuring free sun screen is available at the new multi-million pound Bloomberg site in Central London.

Backed by Cancer Research UK, the campaign is part of a sun safety initiative devised by HSS Hire and Sir Robert McAlpine aimed specifically at construction workers, who have been identified as an ‘at risk’ group by health authorities when it comes to skin cancer diagnosis.

Specifically designed by HSS Hire, the unique sun reactive posters feature a simple graphic of an apparently featureless, colourless face in a hard hat – but which, when exposed to ultraviolet light, dramatically morphs into grim “life” as a skull in a shock of vibrant colour.

Kebony adds sustainability to city hang-out

Last year, the Malmö Municipality in Sweden unveiled the opening of Slussplan, a brand new urban park. One year on, Slussplan Urban Park has proved to be a great success, offering a public space without the use of tropical hardwood, ensuring sustainability at its core. The park combines a unique stairway providing access to Malmö’s historic canal, green space for the residents of the surrounding neighbourhood and triangular seating made from sustainable Kebony wood.

Bordered by the existing buildings, the triangular park is divided into two parts featuring circular vegetation beds adorned with shrubs and plants on one side and an active urban square on the other. The park vaunts an art installation by David Svensson, which was unveiled at the park’s opening last year by Ola Melin, director of Urban planning division in Malmö.

CLADDING SOLUTION ENSURES ISLE OF SKYE SELF-BUILD DREAM HOME SITS SEAMLESSLY IN ITS SURROUNDINGS

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Marley Eternit’s market-leading, corrosion-resistant profiled sheeting has been specified for a striking self-build residential project located at Fiscavaig, on the beautiful and rugged Isle of Skye in Scotland.

The three-bedroom family home has been designed by the team at Rural Design Architects, who are based on the island.  They responded to their client’s brief by delivering a memorable and robust building that is entirely in keeping with the local agricultural vernacular, with the profiled sheeting exterior helping to reflect and complement the ad hoc buildings forming an important part of the surrounding rural landscape.

Gill Smith from Rural Design Architects explains: “The house form and aesthetic is inspired by rural, agricultural sheds and it was therefore important to use a cladding material that was authentic to this vision.  In addition, as the project was to be self-built, the materials we specified had to be easy to source, cost efficient, flexible and demonstrate proven performance credentials.  That is why we selected Marley Eternit’s Black Profile 6 sheeting.”