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50th Anniversary For Laboratory Pioneer

TEL, the UK based pioneer of the fume hood airflow controls and monitors critical to the respiratory protection of laboratory workers worldwide, this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Established in 1969 as a manufacturer of temperature controllers, the company began to produce airflow controls and monitors in the early 1990s, when electronic engineer Graham Eady joined as co-owner.
At that time, laboratory workers only had basic pressure monitors for protection – if any protection at all. A new British health and safety standard, BS7258, was introduced in 1994 to safeguard their health, and Eady spotted a gap in the market for protective equipment.
Beginning with the launch of the first airflow monitor, the AFA2A, TEL embarked on a journey to become the world-leading specialist in the manufacture of airflow controls and monitors, its products used in hundreds of thousands of laboratories globally.
As environmental sustainability grew in importance throughout all sectors of the economy, TEL’s products, designed to deliver energy savings, won the loyalty of fume cupboard manufacturers, contractors and users across the world.
After Graham assumed sole ownership of the company in 1989, he was joined in 2002/3 by his sons Andrew and Richard, both also electronic engineers, who went on to become directors of the company.
Now based in Glossop, Derbyshire, and with an international supplier network spanning Europe, the US, Africa and Asia, TEL has worked on a number of laboratory projects recognised in leading sustainability awards, such as the Green Gown and S-Lab initiatives.
Said Richard Eady: “That TEL has achieved its 50th anniversary in such robust health is testament to a combination of factors. The firm is an expert in the field of sustainable airflow controls and monitors, and provides customers with a remarkable level of customer service – a factor that is, I think, partly attributable to its status as a family firm.”
Added Graham, now retired: “I am extremely proud of TEL. Proud of its pioneering role in the respiratory protection of laboratory workers, proud of its commercial success and of course, proud of its longevity.”
TEL provides a full-service offer, including product and laboratory design consultation, product supply and installation, training and technical backup.


ABM UK retains London's City Hall contract

Following a rigorous tender process, ABM UK is delighted to have been awarded a further five-year contract with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to provide City Hall - one of the capital’s most iconic buildings - with office and public area cleaning and porterage services. The win follows several recent contract awards for prestigious local government and commercial office, banking and finance environments.
ABM will deliver daily housekeeping, cleaning, porterage, hygiene and laundry services as part of the contract for The GLA’s prestigious headquarters in Southwark and also their demised space within the London Fire Brigade’s HQ. 
The retention will see ABM’s attentive and collaborative approach to embedding sustainable practices continuing, including the use of water-based cleaning solutions and products which are 100% environmentally-friendly. In addition, as a high-profile building, maintaining a clean, safe and welcoming environment will continue to be at the top of the company’s agenda, delivered by a flexible, experienced and hard-working team.  
John McPherson, ABM UK Managing Director, commented: “We’re incredibly proud to have retained this contract and to be paying the London Living Wage as a minimum to each member of the team. We look forward to working closely with the GLA to provide an adaptable, customer-focused service which ensures that its staff and visitors experience a safe, clean and well-run environment.”
ABM UK is a facilities management specialist in cleaning, security, mechanical & electrical maintenance, critical and guest services. ABM’s clients include: The Greater London Authority; Transport for London; The O2; British Land; Hammerson; Savills; and London's Heathrow Airport.


Evolution Calls For Security To Be Integral To BIM

Security needs to be part of the early design, not an afterthought

Evolution, the integrated Fire and Security solutions business, says the security industry is being too slow to adopt and adapt to BIM – Building Information Modelling – and reap the benefits it can bring in the design and commissioning of new security installations.
But it also believes that architects and contractors are being similarly slow to engage with security businesses early in the design process, unintentionally creating problems – and adding cost – that could be avoided with greater foresight and planning.
As a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics within a facility, BIM allows information to be shared quickly and easily among interested parties, not only in the initial stages of a building’s design, but also after its completion.
For some reason, however, security – and the impact of security design – is not yet a core part of BIM thinking. Whereas architects are principally concerned with how the building looks and ‘flows’, little thought seems to be given to operational security requirements, despite the significant impact on the location and siting of power, conduits, and lighting.
As Evolution’s Brendan McGarrity explains, security integrators are being engaged after the event, and not before: “Installing high-speed gates and turnstiles after the event on a marble floor is clearly going to be more challenging, impact programme, affect the aesthetics – and be significantly more costly – than if the installation (and the practical considerations) had been factored into the initial planning and design.
“Similarly, when a risk profile demands a CCTV view of a particular area, but the view of that areas is obscured or there is no way of affixing the camera to the necessary wall, then that too could have been addressed at an earlier stage.”
A building that is built with a specific purpose, Brendan says, is different from a general commercial premises that may house future tenants with very different needs, but there will still be core elements of security in ‘shared’ areas that need to be accommodated:
“But in the same way that the architect may consider the ducting for the HVAC, and include it as part of the BIM model, so too should there be a conversation with the security integrator. By engaging with all parties, at both the design and the fit-out stage, we can collectively save everyone from a whole heap of trouble, inconvenience and cost further on down the line.”

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