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Tony Wall Appointed Airdri Group CEO

Tony Wall Appointed Airdri Group CEO

The Airdri Group, a leading designer and manufacturer of hand dryers and elevator products, has confirmed the appointment of Tony Wall as Chief Executive Officer from 1 st May 2018. Reporting into Bruce Philipps and the Airdri Board, Tony will oversee the day to day operations of the group in Oxford, Chicago, Shanghai and Guangzhou and will have a strong focus on sales growth across the key products and markets in which Airdri operates.
“We are delighted that Tony will be joining us and look forward to the benefit of his extensive experience in engineering, sales, research and development and people management. Over the past four years we have established a strong operating platform, bringing hand dryer manufacturing in-house, establishing two elevator manufacturing ventures in China, investing in a new state of the art facility in Guangzhou to service our customer needs better and bringing in the right level of talent to ensure everything we do is high quality. The next stage in our development is to drive company growth and we are confident Tony is the right person to lead that charge” said Bruce Philipps, Airdri President.
Commenting on his appointment Tony Wall said “I am very much looking forward to joining Airdri and working with the team on expanding our market share whilst continuing to provide a world class service to our customers. Innovation and quality are at the heart of all we do and will continue to be a major focus over the years to come.”
Tony is currently the CEO at Ipro Solutions Ltd, a UK based company with operations in Asia, that offers complete manufacturing solutions with one point of contact for a wide range of bespoke, high quality engineered components and assemblies, including plastics, metals and electronics. Prior to this, Tony held appointments across varying sectors including Managing Director of the Air Division at Qinetiq PLC for five years, a leading global company in the research, evaluation and development arena. He started his working life as a Royal Air Force Engineer Officer.


 
INDUSTRY FEEDBACK SHAPES ECOBUILD 2018 SEMINAR PROGRAMMES AND WORKSHOPS

INDUSTRY FEEDBACK SHAPES ECOBUILD 2018 SEMINAR PROGRAMMES AND WORKSHOPS

ecobuild, the number one event for forward-thinking professionals in the built environment, has revealed more details about its extensive programme of CPD accredited seminars and workshops. They have been developed and curated alongside leading industry partners and influencers to provide support, insight and real solutions to the biggest issues facing the industry.
This collaborative approach runs through the whole of ecobuild, from the central conference programme, which is focused on global issues including delivering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda and the Paris Agreement, to the Sustainability Showcases and the futurebuild districts. These districts each have their own focused seminar programme.
Martin Hurn, managing director of ecobuild owner Futurebuild Events Ltd, said: “We have a fantastic line up of speakers across the whole of ecobuild this year. Our seminars will address some of the most pressing issues facing the built environment and will allow visitors to help come up with the practical solutions that are so desperately needed. Most importantly, each and every topic has been developed and shaped directly based on industry feedback.
“This also goes for the workshops running across the three days. We have worked very closely with workshop providers to ensure we’re delivering the training, insights and discussions that the industry have asked for. ecobuild 2018 is the industry’s event, and we want to ensure that every aspect of it is curated and approved by industry itself.”
CPD-Accredited Seminar Programmes – An Overview
The Building Performance seminar programme will cover issues including quality, low-carbon housing stock and the circular economy. Sponsored by Kingspan Insulation, the programme hosts a variety of industry professionals including Dr Michael Sansom, Associate Director of the Steel Construction Institute; George Martin, Chief Executive of the Building Performance Network and Chair of the Sustainable Development Foundation and Jon Bootland of the Sustainable Development Foundation and ASBP.
The Energy & HVAC seminars, including daily sessions delivered by CIBSE, include speakers from The Carbon Trust, AECOM, and BEAMA. As well as addressing issues such as intelligent and connected buildings, efficient heating and energy, and the Clean Growth Strategy, the programme also includes a seminar chaired by Matthew Rhodes of Energy Capital on integrating electrical vehicles into the built environment.
In the Timber district, the Timber Talks seminar programme – in association with the Structural Timber Association – will address social housing, private housing and healthcare within the industry, among other issues and opportunities. The speaker list includes high-profile names and organisations, including Giancarlo Torpiano, Structural Engineer at Arup, Neil Gething, Director of Net Zero Buildings and Peter Blunt, Managing Director of Innovare Systems.
Brought to you by MPA The Concrete Centre, the Concrete seminar programme will host speakers including Jenny Burridge, Head of Structural Engineering at MPA The Concrete Centre, and Owen Gallagher, Plasmor on behalf of Modern Masonry, discussing pressing issues and innovative thinking including energy efficiency, sustainability and offsite and hybrid solutions.
The Green & Blue Infrastructure seminar programme will address key topics including garden cities, biophilic design and healthy places. Sponsored by ACO, the speakers list includes Johanna Deak Sjӧman, Planning and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Mak Gilchrist and Will Sandy from The Edible Bus Stop Studio, and Ben Bost, City Planner at Transport for London.
District Energy will host a seminar programme brought to you by The UK District Energy Association, discussing topics including customer solutions, metering, and innovations in networks. Included in the speakers list are Ian Allan, Head of Research and Development at Switch2 Energy Limited, and Simon Woodward, Chairman of ukDEA.
Explore Offsite masterclasses will be held in the Offsite district at ecobuild 2018, covering key topics including digital construction and infrastructure, housing, and volumetric modular units. Among the high-profile speakers and businesses included in the programme are Darren Richards, Managing Director of Cogent Consulting, Bjorn Conway, CEO of ilke Homes, Rob Charlton, Managing Director of Space Group, and Richard Crosby, Head of Modular & Offsite Construction and the Education and Skills Funding Agency. 
The Infrastructure seminar programme, brought to you by the Institution of Civil Engineers, will address a variety of important issues in the industry, including the future of drainage, machine learning and automation and sustainable living. Chris Broadbent, Director at BREEAM infrastructure and Managing Director of CEEQUAL Ltd, Nicole Lazarus, Oxfordshire Programme Manager at Bioregional, and Nathan Baker, Director at Engineering Knowledge ICE, are just some of the names on the speaker list for seminar programme.
The University of Brighton’s Responsible Futures WASTEZONE – which makes up part of ecobuild’s Sustainability Showcases – will also host a seminar programme curated by the business’ co-founders, Duncan Baker-Brown and Nick Gant. Considering the implications of the circular economy, the possibilities of full-scale functioning prototypes and the benefits of locally sourced materials, Duncan will be joined by speakers including Professor Walter Staehel, Founder of Products Life Institute and Geanne Van Arkle, Head of Sustainability in EMEA at Interface.
Seminars can be attended by anyone with an ecobuild ticket with no prior-seat booking. Spaces will be given on a first-come first-serve basis at each theatre.
Workshops
Futurebuild Events Ltd has committed to ensuring this year’s event provides industry-leading educational content and extensive networking opportunities. As part of this commitment, the conference will host workshops run by various exhibitors, sponsors and partners to encourage relationship building and knowledge sharing.
The Business District will host a youth conference, Enterprise Europe’s matchmaking event and workshops from the CIAT, Energiesprong and Bioregional.
Across the three days, BRE will deliver the Quality and Performance in Construction – Technical Workshops at their stand. Sponsored by Kingspan Insulation these sessions will address how the industry can build sustainably, responsibly and productively.
Also within the Building Performance district, RIBA will host daily briefings, speaking on Brexit, the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the development of a joint memorandum of understanding with CIOB and RICS and a risk tracker toolkit.
City Plumbing Supplies and Plumbing Trade Supplies will host other business speakers in the Energy & HVAC district as it runs workshops addressing heat pump funding solutions for registered providers, solar PV and battery storage funded solutions for registered providers and the private sector and funding solutions in a post subsidy world.
Those looking to join any of the workshops need to be registered for ecobuild in advance and select that they want to attend a session. Partners will then get in touch to confirm places. Spaces are given on a first-come first-serve basis.
To register for ecobuild 2018 and be part of an industry defining discussion, visit: www.ecobuild.co.uk/register


 
Salisbury Group enters local government market by unveiling Aylesbury contract


Salisbury Group enters local government market by unveiling Aylesbury contract

Salisbury Group, the leading facilities management (FM) and maintenance company, has secured an important agreement with Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC). The contract includes the provision of mechanical and electrical planned and reactive maintenance services to all Council sites and facilities across the Vale.
The three-year contract marks Salisbury Group's entry into the local government sector. It will see the company apply its central government expertise and multi-site, mobile engineering capabilities to support AVDC in achieving its strategic goals. The Council has the option to extend the contract by a further two years.
Salisbury Group won a competitive tendering exercise and its submission was praised for its high quality solution and its focus on the importance of delivering value across a range of areas, as well as its cost effectiveness. The two organisations are now working closely together to mobilise the contract, with services due to commence on 1 April 2018.
Ed Swales, CEO of Salisbury Group, said:
"This is an important milestone for Salisbury Group as we enter the local government sector. This is the first step in a strategy to take the experience we have gained from working with central government and use it to bring value to another public sector environment. We are fortunate to have gained a client that has a clear vision for what it wants to deliver for its residents. We are committed to supporting AVDC by providing high quality services at excellent value for the people of Aylesbury Vale."
Teresa Lane, Assistant Director of Aylesbury Vale District Council, added:
"AVDC's property portfolio plays an important part in generating income. This contract is designed to help us achieve our ambitious vision and goals."


 
Idom Merebrook Reaches Milestone in Swansea University Refurbishment Project

Idom Merebrook Reaches Milestone in Swansea University Refurbishment Project

Idom Merebrook, the UK brand of Idom Group, a leading international engineering consultancy with a base in Cardiff, will complete their first year on site this spring at Swansea University, Prifysgol Abertawe. The high profile refurbishment programme is well underway and encompasses two of the University’s most renowned buildings.
The work is part of a £72 million development programme on the University’s Singleton Campus, designed to create world-class facilities for student learning and living, and to establish a centre for scientific research excellence.
Idom was appointed by Kier Construction under their SCAPE framework, to provide structural design services for the refurbishment, temporary works and new facilities for the Taliesin Arts Centre and the Talbot Building both located on the 47 acre Singleton Campus.
The Taliesin Arts Centre is situated at the heart of university life and is a popular entertainment venue for both students and the local community. First built in 1984, the venue puts on over 50 live shows a year, houses a popular cinema and a museum of Egyptian antiquities. The Taliesin will soon be home to a new £2million Student Learning and Creativity centre, due to be completed on the ground floor level next year.
Idom’s scope of work on the venue has focused on refurbishment of the old building and includes partitioning, temporary works and structural amendments.
Idom has also been engaged to facilitate the remediation and refurbishment of the engineering faculty at the Talbot Building. This will house the TATA Steel Innovation Centre, an innovative testing facility and centre of engineering excellence. Once complete, the building will provide a hub for collaborative projects between TATA, the University and local government.
Idom Merebrook, Managing Director, Ramon Ramirez commented:
“The new development on Swansea’s Singleton Campus is a very exciting project to be involved in. Innovation and great design are at the heart of this entire project and our team has responded to a highly innovative brief, which engages well with the specialist skills within our business.
Idom has been involved in the design of many entertainments venues and university campuses, so is well placed to help create a new facility of which the University will be proud.”
As part of their scope of work, Idom Merebrook has undertaken a structural assessment to design and modify the building fabric and incorporate the new structures.
The work is designed around the construction of a new steel fatigue testing facility which requires special design consideration to deal with onerous vibration loading – a potential cause of fatigue failure in buildings.
The team has also designed the plinths to house the testing machines, the steel gantry to enable the loading of test samples and has undertaken the radar scanning of concrete slabs to provide information on construction and carried out performance capacity analysis.


 
Surge in poison-resistant rat numbers sparks trade body warning

Surge in poison-resistant rat numbers sparks trade body warning

A national trade body is highlighting the importance of expert pest control after a report revealed a new generation of rats carrying a genetic mutation which makes them resistant to conventional poison.
The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) says it is more important than ever to be protected professionally in light of the findings in a new study by the University of Reading.
The report, commissioned by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU), has identified "the massive extent of L120Q resistance across the whole of central southern England."
And while the report highlights the situation in the region, it makes it clear that the data is not available for the rest of the UK.
Dee Ward-Thompson, BPCA Technical Manager, said: “The study highlights the fact that resistance is growing in rat species across a swathe of the country.
“It also reports that rats without the genetic mutation are being killed off by poison, so the resistant species are taking their place, leaving a growing population of resistant pure-breds.
“With their numbers expanding there could be a significant risk to public health if their population is left unchecked, in both urban and rural environments.”
The study reveals that L120Q is the most severe form of rodenticide resistance identified to date.
Ms Ward-Thompson added: “The rise in resistance could be due to a number of factors.
“However, it is most likely the spread has been accelerated by the application of rodenticides, by amateurs such as home and business owners doing it themselves, or employing an unqualified individual to try to resolve the problem.
“The clear message is that, to be effective in tackling this issue, people should not attempt to self-treat rats.
“Professional use only rodenticides are often more successful, but most are subject to strict legislation, so it has become more important than ever before to make sure infestations are treated by experts.
“Rats must be dealt with by those with the skills required to understand rodent behaviour and their habitat, and who know how to treat any particular strain.
“By employing a member company through the BPCA referral service, the public can be sure they’re using a qualified technician who is able to purchase and apply relevant products that can tackle such issues of resistance.
“We’ve established strict criteria to ensure the professionalism of our members so companies carrying our logo will carry out safe, effective and legal treatments.”


 
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