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Construction Company SDC Saves Space, Time and Money with New SMART OKI Multifunction Printers

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“Building sites can be a tough environment for any printer. It needs to be able to cope with anything, from dust and mud clogging up its insides to rough-handling by a constant stream of users and being moved from site to site” says Kit Lock, IT technician at award-winning construction company SDC.

WILDFOWL AND WETLANDS TRUST (WWT) & THAMES WATER ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR A NEW LONDON DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

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WWT London Wetland Centre announces development plans funded by Thames Water set to open in time for the peak summer season at London Wetland Centre. Local Barnes-based commercial and residential refurbishment specialists, fuse design + build (www.fuse-db.com) is the appointed contractor to deliver innovative designs in order to convert the existing theatre building into a multi-purpose venue. It will appeal to visitors and school groups and provide a unique setting for corporate days, weddings and other event hire all year round.

London Wetland Centre, an award winning nature reserve, attracts 200,000 visitors a year to its world-renowned nature reserve and conservation area at Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT. The theatre space at the London Wetland Centre opened in 2000 as a key part of the visitor centre complex. The aim of the new development project is to cater for the multitude of day to day activities and events that the WWT has to offer in its unique setting.

Trade Showrooms Are Shedding Old-Fashioned Stereotypes

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Trade showrooms still play a vital role in the decision making process and are breaking down old stereotypes in a bid to attract a harder to please younger audience, a new study* reveals.

The research, which was commissioned by the leading British manufacturer of bi-folding doors and windows, Origin, found that 71 per cent of those interviewed would visit more than one showroom before making any final purchase decision, so the trade has to be at the top of its game to achieve that all-important sale.

Stereotypes and inequalities that once existed in showrooms are now becoming a thing of the past, with only 13 per cent of UK showroom visitors feeling they were treated unfairly due to gender. Only 8 per cent of those questioned had the preconception that showrooms are outdated.

Whilst many of these stereotypes have been overhauled, there are still improvements to make. Overall satisfaction scores averaged just 6 out of 10, and 16 per cent of those questioned assumed that a trade showroom would be too much of a sales focused environment.

With only 1 week to go make sure you have registered for the most inspiring Surface Design Show to date

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In less than a week, on Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th February, over 150 exhibitors will be showcasing 1000’s of interior and exterior surfaces when Surface Design Show 2016 returns to London’s Business Design Centre. Professionals can register for free to attend via the show website, ensuring they are the first to discover the newest and most exciting surfaces on display.

GEZE creates elegant entrance for treehouse

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Set in a site of special scientific interest, the Patricia Thompson Building for Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Oxford has been designed around a treehouse concept providing an oasis of calm amongst the trees for anyone affected by cancer.

The main entrance to the building, which is built on stilts, is approached via a land bridge and features a pair of integrated all-glass system (IGG) swing doors each powered by a TSA 160 UFO underfloor operator  from GEZE UK. The building was designed by architect Wilkinson Eyre and has been shortlisted for World Architecture Festival Awards 2015.

The IGG system was specified because the profile and fittings are integrated invisibly between the panes of glass so there are no bulky or visible elements on the surface of the glass. At the same time, the TSA 160 UFO is concealed under the floor meaning that neither the operators nor the doors detract from the overall design of the centre, which thanks to its expansive glass facades gives panoramic views of the trees throughout.  The TSA 160 UFOs are tamper proof, easy to maintain and virtually silent in operation and can operate door leaves of up to 120kg in weight.

Explore the latest Surface Trends at Surface Design Show 2016

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Surface Design Show 2016 is the perfect place to explore the latest trends in surfaces for the built environment. Taking place from 9-11 February at London’s Business Design Centre, over 150 exhibitors will be showcasing the best in exterior and interior surface design giving visiting architects, designers and specifiers the chance to discover the latest trends for 2016/17.

Since its inception in 2005 the Show has become the destination for industry people to see, touch and explore the latest materials, gain new insights and understand how environmental considerations are impacting architecture and interior design.

Discover the Newest Surface Innovations at Surface Design Show 2016

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Surface Design Show 2016, incorporating Light School takes place at the Business Design Centre, London from 9 – 11 February. SDS16 is set to feature over 150 national and international exhibitors many of which will unveil new surfaces designed specifically for the design and construction industries.

Since its inception in 2005 the show has become the destination for industry people to see, touch and explore the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with like-minded designers, architects and suppliers.

LONDON COLLEGE USES CYGNUS WIRELESS FIRE ALARM SYSTEM DURING BUILDING DEVELOPMENT

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Development at Westminster Kingsway College, a further education college in the heart of central London, has seen the creation of more space and the re-fitting of existing areas in the college.

During this construction work, contractors BAM Construction Ltd have employed some 200 Bull Products’ Cygnus wireless fire alarm devices. Linked to a central Cygnus control panel, there are 53 Cygnus call point alarms, 105 smoke detectors and 29 heat detectors, and a number of interface units which link with a new fire alarm system installed in the existing building.

The Cygnus alarm system certainly came into its own recently, when fires started in two separate parts of the construction area. The first event was a power surge causing a fire in one of the classrooms which was spotted visually by one of the electricians who raised a fire alert through manually operating the Bull Products’ system. In a second event, fire broke out in the UPS room and this was automatically detected by the Cygnus system and an alert sent to security staff who called the fire brigade to attend and put the fire out.