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ASSA ABLOY Issue Response To MHCLG’S Implementation Plan

A new whitepaper is available from ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions, issued in response to the MHCLG’s Building a Safer Future: An Implementation Plan.
Led by Dame Judith Hackitt, an Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety was published, in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. This called for the development of an “implementation plan that will provide a coherent approach to delivering the recommendations in her Review.”
Building a Safer Future: An Implementation Plan is the response from the Minsitry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The plan sets out how Government and industry will achieve the systematic overhaul required to improve building and fire safety.
Many of the key points and areas of action covered in the Implementation Plan were also highlighted in ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions’ initial response to the Hackitt Review, available to view here:
Speaking on the proposals put forward and the latest whitepaper, Brian Sofley, Managing Director at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions, Door Group, said: “We are pleased that the latest plan is in line with many of the recommendations we supported on how the industry can tackle the important issue of fire safety.
“The plan sets a statement of intent from the Government for construction and manufacturing industries. Its comprehensive approach to fire safety products will ensure that, through third-party certification, standards and safety requirements are integral, not just at the manufacturing stage, but during installation, inspection and ongoing maintenance.
“Our latest whitepaper demonstrates the alignment between Government and the construction and manufacturing industries in the approach to ensuring a safer built environment for all.”


BPCA set out its stall to the FM industry at PestEx

The key role pest management plays within the UK’s facilities management sector was on display with a record turnout at the British Pest Control Association’s exhibition and conference PestEx.
Representatives from across FM organisations visited the biennial event, to see first-hand the innovation and best practice at the heart of the pest management industry.
Figures reveal that the show was the most successful to date, with BPCA reporting a record 11 per cent increase in figures compared to the last PestEx in 2017.
The unique requirements of the FM industry were well-represented, with guest speakers, displays and technical insight tailored for the audience.
Ian Andrew, BPCA Chief Executive, said: “PestEx is a commitment to our members’ continuing professional development.
“It’s vital that the FM industry is protected professionally when it comes to pest management, and the event showed just how far our work has evolved, and continues to evolve, in terms of innovation, technology and best practice to help protect public health.
“Without effective pest control, public health and safety, the environment and corporate reputation can all be affected. It was encouraging to see the great steps being taken by cleaning organisations and our members to ensure the right outcomes are achieved.”
PestEx took place in March at ExCel London, directly next door to the Cleaning Show.
In the evening, the British Pest Management Awards (BPMAs) were held to celebrate the outstanding work across the pest management sector in protecting public health.
The winners of the awards were:

  • Community Initiative of the Year – Contego Environmental Services.
  • Innovation of the Year – NBC Environment
  • Team of the Year – Lancaster City Council Unbugged
  • Unsung Hero – Ken Vigar, Safeguard Pest Control and Environmental Services
  • Young Technician of the Year – George Rickwood, Rokill
  • Local Authority of the Year – Lancaster City Council Unbugged
  • Sole Trader of the Year – Phil Martin, PGM and Son Pest Control
  • Small Company of the Year – Abate
  • Company of the Year – Cleankill Pest Control
  • Lifetime Achievement of the Year – Dr Jonathan Wade


Regal London Secures Planning Permission For Aparthotel Development On Commercial Road, Whitechapel, E1

Leading developer, Regal London, has been granted planning permission for an aparthotel at 73-77 Commercial Road, Whitechapel. Operated by Dublin-based Staycity, through its ‘Wilde’ brand, the project is being developed by Regal London and designed by Dexter Moren Associates.
A long-term lease of the property has been agreed between Regal London and Staycity. Iceni Projects provided the planning consultancy to Regal London and Staycity.
The property will be the second ‘Wilde Aparthotel by Staycity’ in London, following the opening of the first on The Strand in March 2018.
When complete, the Wilde Aparthotel will occupy 68,795 sq ft over 14-storeys and offer 156-bed accommodation, with each studio or one-bed apartment having its own kitchen facilities, as well as in-room technology including a 43” flat screen smart TV and touch control panels for lighting and air conditioning.
Onsite facilities will include a 24-hour reception, guest lounge, fitness room, weekly housekeeping, laundry room, and a café open to both guests and the general public, providing active frontage onto Commercial Road. There will be a chamfered corner at the junction of Greenfield Road and Commercial Road to maximise footfall and provide an engaging public realm directly outside the site.
Simon De Friend, Joint CEO, Regal London, comments:
“Staycity’s second Wilde offering is set to become a valuable asset for local professionals, the residents of East London and guests alike.
“Tower Hamlets’ vision for Whitechapel, alongside the pending arrival of Crossrail, has spurred regeneration along Commercial Road. New residential and commercial offerings are continuing to emerge, attracted by the proximity to the City and Old Street as well as the thriving arts and culture scene.
“Wilde is the latest chapter in Whitechapel’s transformation and as Regal London’s first purely leisure project, it signals a milestone in the company’s strategy to pursue more hotel-led developments in the capital.”
Neil Short, Staycity Development Director, London said:
“This letting demonstrates that Staycity is an increasingly viable alternative to office and residential uses in central London. Commercial Road is a great fit for our Wilde brand with its close proximity to the City as well as hipster East End haunts, making it ideally placed for both business and leisure customers. Well served by rail and tube services guests will also benefit from the new Elizabeth Line opening in nearby Whitechapel station in 2019.”
The project is due to break ground in summer 2019 and the hotel is expected to be complete by 2021.

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