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JLL reshapes focus on flexible space with appointment of Dan Brown as head of Flex Space, EMEA

Establishment of new team highlights JLL’s commitment to meeting growing client demand for flex space.
JLL has appointed Dan Brown to lead its newly created EMEA Flex Space team. Whilst the team’s focus spans a range of real estate sectors, the flexible office market alone in Europe has more than doubled in size since 2014. This appointment is aligned with JLL’s strategy to make it easier for clients to access its range of flex space services, and grow its business in this part of the market.
Brown has more than 12 years’ experience in real estate, and joined JLL in 2012 to lead the London Serviced Office team. Prior to that, he was a commercial real estate agent at UK-based workspace operator Landmark. In his new role, Brown will lead JLL’s leasing agency and advisory services for corporate and investor clients looking at the flex space market, helping them to build bespoke strategies into their portfolios, and identify the best deals.
The flexible office market across Europe has seen dramatic growth in recent years, and in 2017 alone the total amount of flex space in the top 20 largest markets globally grew by 30%, equivalent to around 1 million square meters. In cities such as London it now represents 20% of take-up.
Guy Grainger, CEO, EMEA, JLL, commented: “The rise of flex space is just one of a number of structural changes taking place in the real estate sector globally. The creation of this new team and Dan’s appointment to lead it are key first steps in helping us to continue to fulfil the needs of our investor and occupier clients as this exciting part of the market evolves.”
Dan Brown, head of Flex Space, EMEA, JLL, said: “Demand for flex space is gathering momentum, and it’s here to stay. It continues to rise up the agendas of corporates and investors alike because of a stronger focus than ever on employee experience and fundamental changes in the way people live, work and play. I am excited about developing the team and to helping to shape and support our clients’ flexible space strategies and requirements as this dynamic part of the market continues to grow and mature.


Lutron Launches Vive Wireless Lighting Control System to Provide Simple, Scalable Solutions for New and Existing Commercial Buildings

Vive is installed up to 70% faster than wired systems with minimal disruption to building occupants
Lighting control pioneer Lutron Electronics today launched its Vive wireless lighting control system, which makes it easier than ever to bring energy-savings and comfort into new and existing commercial buildings.
Vive is easy to design, simple to install, and extremely flexible, easily adapting to the changing needs of a building over time. It is ideal for all sizes of commercial office spaces, primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities with options that specifically suit the unique needs of each different space type, with scalable solutions that offer the right level of control to meet each tenant’s specific needs.
The innovative solution was triggered by the needs of European installers and commercial end-users, who need to install products quickly and efficiently due to tight time requirements – which if not met, can lead to a loss of revenue. In answer to this, the simple and scalable Vivesystem installs up to 70% faster than wired systems, reducing labour time and cost. What’s more, as of 1st April 2018, EPC regulations demand landlord’s premises meet a minimum energy standard, meaning retrofitted offices must be remodelled in the most efficient way possible. To help meet regulations, Vive offers a limited impact on buildings through the use of wireless technology.
For building owners and facilities managers, Vive represents a flexible lighting control solution that easily transforms any building into a more versatile and productive environment. Scalable components allow owners to start small with one room, and progress to full floors, full buildings, and even to a multi-building campus, all managed seamlessly as a single system. Vivehas also been proven to save energy and improve efficiency of building operations.
To contractors, Vive represents a reliable, simple, time-saving product that is versatile enough to control all light sources in any size commercial building. It adds value to any job, whilst reducing call-backs.
David Ribbons, Senior Director of Sales, Europe & Africa at Lutron said, “We are delighted to bring to market a solution that addresses the needs of our European customers on so many levels. The simplicity and speed of installation means Vive is perfect for retrofit and renovation of existing and listed buildings, and also meets regulations for new buildings.” Ribbons continues, “We’re proud that Vive can improve building productivity from a maintenance point of view, while also minimising downtime and disruption to work for occupants. The fact that it can be used on any smartphone, tablet, or PC also makes it very intuitive and easy to use, and creates a more comfortable environment for occupiers all round.”

Design flexibility
Lighting control saves energy and promotes productivity; however, existing buildings, which account for billions of square metres of potential lighting retrofits, face significant challenges with lighting controls that require extensive new wiring, or are expensive and disruptive to the space. Vive offers a simple and scalable solution, allowing anything from area switching and presence detection, to individual wireless control of each fitting, all tied together with a wireless hub for central control and monitoring. Controls can be easily matched to a fixture package — switching, DALI, 0 –10V, in any combination – and the system can be expanded at any time, adding control options, new areas and upgrading software to add new features.

Wireless installation
Vive wireless solutionS install up to 70% faster than wired systems. Setup is as easy as pushing a button or using a smart device through an intuitive app, meaning there is no manufacturer commissioning required, which further reduces time and labour cost. Meeting changing space needs and budget requirements is simple, as this can be scaled up or down at any time without any new wiring, which in turn eliminates the needs for call backs. By using BACnet protocol, it is also simple to connect with other building systems at the time of initial installation or when there is a decision to expand.

Vive leverages Lutron’s super reliable Clear Connect RF wireless technology. The Vive system components include load controllers, sensors, wireless remotes, and a wireless hub. Vive can seamlessly integrate via BACnet with other building/energy management, HVAC, IT and audio-video systems. Lutron sensors employ patented XCT sensing technology which provides exceptional prevention of false-ons and false-offs, and recognises the difference between fine human motion and background noise.
Maximise productivity and building performance
Vive allows facilities managers and building owners to monitor, adjust and manage their system from any smart device, and quickly adjust lighting controls to accommodate building churn, improve occupant comfort and enhance energy efficiency. Vive Vue software also provides the ability to tie multiple Vive hubs together in one software interface. Built with the Vive wireless system, Vive Vue software delivers the advanced intelligence necessary for today’s smart buildings and the IoT.
In terms of energy savings, it is a fact that lighting uses more electricity than any other building system. However, Lutron solutions can save up to 60% or more of that lighting energy, with ViveVue software enabling the ability to monitor energy saving over time.

Vive is expected to ship in November. Visit for more information.

Vive will be on display during LuxLive (London ExCeL, 14-15 November 2018) at the Lutron booth (Booth #H12).

Vive is a trademark of Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.


Envirocall Ltd leads Emma Bridgewater clean up after fire

On 17th August 2018 six fire crews tackled a blaze at the Emma Bridgewater factory site in Lichfield Street, Stoke-on-Trent.
The fire caused significant damage to the factory.
Through its partnership with Unitas, Envirocall Ltd has been appointed to undertake the environmental clean-up of the fire damaged parts of the factory.
The urgent need to get the whole factory back into working order as soon as possible, coupled with Envirocall’s excellent track record for helping Clients to overcome critical obstacles, made the Company the natural choice to lead the clean-up operation.
Envirocall is deploying 14 personnel, working in shifts, for 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, over a period of 8 weeks in order to clear the site, ahead of rebuilding work.
Mick Tynan; Managing Director of Envirocall said “We are delighted and honoured to be able to assist Emma Bridgewater in this way. It is a credit to the strength of our partnership with Unitas that we have been chosen, and a vote of the highest confidence in the ability, commitment, and professionalism of our employees.”
Emma Bridgewater is an important contributor to the economy of Stoke. It employs more than 270 people and adds more than £5m each year to the local economy.
The company is one of the few enduring ‘Potteries’ success stories in a sector that has seen more than 20,000 people lose their jobs since the turn of the century.

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