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New President Calls On CIBSE To Adapt To Change

New President Calls On CIBSE To Adapt To Change

Stephen Lisk, incoming President, has made a resounding call for CIBSE to accelerate its evolution in response to a rapidly changing world.
Lisk’s Presidential address focussed on the pace of change within the natural world as well as the construction sector and the regulatory climate in which it operates: it stressed the vital importance of education and expert guidance to ensure that the built environment provides positive spaces for living and working into the future.
A major theme for Lisk’s year in office will be the importance of collaboration between all the professionals whose experience should influence the design of buildings. It is an appropriate focus for a non-engineer – Lisk is a ‘lighter’– leading an institution with engineering at its heart.
It is in such collaboration that Lisk sees the value and relevance of a professional organisation such as CIBSE: constructive debate between like-minded profession producing the most comprehensive and practical solutions to building design challenges.
Of course there is little point in producing expert commentary without also communicating it to the widest possible audience. On this subject Lisk commended the CIBSE Knowledge Portal and Build2Perform Live as excellent examples of initiatives that increase accessibility and fulfil the Institution’s aim of sharing its knowledge to the benefit of all.
The speech committed to continue and accelerate the pace of change within CIBSE with the objective of building “a virtuous circle of competency”. Members and, critically, the huge number of participants in CIBSE’s special interest groups who are not CIBSE members, should be prepared for some radical new thinking in the way CIBSE engages with and consults its unique corps of expert contributors.
Stephen Lisk has some 30 years’ experience in the lighting sector. Originally from New Zealand (where he used the CIBSE Lighting Guide as his reference), Stephen immigrated to the UK in 1999 to work in the lighting industry, ultimately establishing his Bristol-based lighting studio One Eight Light. He is a past President of the Society of Lighting and Lighting, of which he has been a member for approaching twenty years.
Stephen Lisk succeeds Peter Wong as CIBSE President and will, in turn, be succeeded by Professor Lynne Jack, Director of Heriot-Watt University’s Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, who will be supporting Lisk in her capacity of President-Elect during the coming year.


 
New £150m children’s hospital gets the Polypipe treatment

New £150m children’s hospital gets the Polypipe treatment

Polypipe, the UK’s leading manufacturer of sustainable drainage and water management solutions, has supplied more than 300,000 Permavoid and Polystorm-R components for water attenuation systems at the new £150m Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh.
The hospital complex at Little France is set to provide the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, department of clinical neurosciences and child and adolescent mental health services with a purpose-built location that consolidates three key departments on one central site in the city.
Polypipe, working with primary contractor Multiplex, has supplied 11 shallow attenuation tanks, that will hold a combined volume of up to 2020m3, installed at key points across the site. The tanks have been installed under parking bays and beneath crucial entrances, including the hospital’s Accident and Emergency departments by civil engineer and groundwork specialist, Crummock.
An intelligent sub-base replacement design was needed to store the appropriate level of water, above the high water table, that gathers on the site during heavy rainfall. Following discussions with Polypipe’s technical team, the Permavoid geocellular system was chosen by the project Consultant Engineer as the primary engineered solution. In addition, Polypipe supplied the additional attenuation tank using components from their Polystorm Range, which included Polystorm R, Polystorm Inspect and Polystorm Access.
The Permavoid tanks are being used beneath permeable and non-permeable paving, wrapped in geomembrane to make the tanks watertight for attenuation. Permatex, the polypropylene geotextile, has been installed between the Permavoid layers to ensure passive water infiltration into the tanks.
The innate strength of Polypipe geocellular solutions makes them ideal for heavily trafficked areas, and the 95% void fill ratio of the Permavoid system enhances ground attenuation by storing excess water below ground level, mitigating the risk of localised flooding.
Demonstrating how the breadth of Polypipe’s range can provide a solution for any challenge, ten of the tanks installed used Permavoid 150mm, to hold a volume of up to 1780m3, with one tank using a combination of Polystorm-R with Polystorm Access, and Polystorm Inspect, supplying a further 240m3 volume tank.
With adjoining hospital departments needing to remain open and accessible during construction, a carefully coordinated delivery schedule for the products on site needed to be devised between Polypipe, the selected merchant, PDM, and the onsite project managers, to minimise disruption to patients and medical staff.
PDM, which worked with Crummock to manage the order and delivery of all components from Polypipe, to the site, demonstrating the benefits of a collaborative approach across the project.
Jonathon Mays, procurement manager at Multiplex, said: “Polypipe was a clear choice for this project as its technical experts were able to assess on-site requirements, and define the right products and quantities needed. By working with merchant partner, PDM, the easy to install Permavoid and Polystorm-R systems could be delivered to site on a timely basis and quickly put into position. Using a geocellular system also reduced the amount of land that needed to be excavated from the site.”
Rosie Cheetham, marketing manager at Polypipe Civils, added: “There were a number of interesting challenges on this project, including the contractor’s need to keep the site open to hospital traffic, and the high water table on site posing a technical problem to solve. The onsite teams were able to co-ordinate deliveries to meet strict installation schedules – ensuring disruption on-site was kept to a minimum, and the geocellular tanks, positioned above the high water table, provides a high tensile strength and flexibility that will be able to endure all levels of traffic for years to come.”
The Royal Hospital for Children and Young People is set to welcome its first patients later this year.


 
UKLPG Appoints Peter Westwood As New Chief Executive

UKLPG Appoints Peter Westwood As New Chief Executive

UKLPG, the trade association for the LPG industry, has announced the appointment of its new chief executive. Effective from 1st July 2018, following the completion of his employment with Insite Energy, Peter Westwood will succeed Rob Shuttleworth who retired this month after 12 years in the role.
Peter’s energy career began in 1992 when he joined Total in Aberdeen. Initially focusing on organisation design, he soon transferred to the commercial arena, negotiating contracts including gas sales, natural gas processing and joint venture agreements.
A move south to join TXU in Suffolk saw Peter take on strategy development and his remit expanded downstream to include trading and retail across Europe, as well as broadening into electricity. When TXU was acquired by E.ON in 2003, Peter became head of retail strategy, representing the company in industry and Government forums to influence decisions on issues such as the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and smart metering.
Given the opportunity to start up a central heating business for E.ON, Peter could not resist the challenge. This decision shaped the next fourteen years of his career as he went on to develop two other energy related companies, most recently Insite Energy, a specialist heat network metering business.
Appointed to lead the trade association at an exciting time for the industry, Peter comments: “UKLPG has achieved considerable success in building awareness of the many benefits of LPG to the Government, end users and stakeholders. I am delighted to be asked to bring my experience to continue to build on these successes and take the organisation to the next level in response to the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy.
“Along with the fantastic UKLPG team in Kenilworth, I look forward to representing the membership going forward”.
UKLPG chair, George Webb added: “I am delighted that Peter will be joining UKLPG. With his background in strategy within the energy industry, Peter’s experience will prove invaluable in the next phase of growth for UKLPG and I very much look forward to working with him”.


 
Workspace® Commits To Best-In-Class Connectivity By Seeking Wired Certification For 50 Buildings

Workspace® Commits To Best-In-Class Connectivity By Seeking Wired Certification For 50 Buildings

•    London’s largest flexible space provider has already certified 15 locations, which achieved the international commercial rating scheme’s two highest rankings
•    Workspace has made a long-term commitment to provide its 4,000 business occupiers with an exceptional technology infrastructure by securing a rating of Wired Certified Gold or above for 50 buildings across its portfolio by 2019
Workspace® today announces its commitment to certifying 50 buildings across its portfolio to a Wired Certified Gold rating or above by international connectivity rating scheme WiredScore by 2019. To date, WiredScore has certified 15 of Workspace’s locations at a Wired Certified Gold rating or above – reflecting Workspace’s ambition to provide the highest standards of digital infrastructure across its portfolio.
Workspace hosts a diverse community of around 4,000 businesses in well-located spaces across the Capital, including the City, Kennington, Farringdon and London Bridge. Each enterprise, from newly formed start-ups to multinational corporations, comes with its own unique set of needs and ambitions, but one thing that all modern businesses have in common is a reliance on exceptional connectivity. The partnership with WiredScore represents one element of ‘The Workspace Advantage’: the company’s ambition to furnish London businesses with the best office environment to help them succeed. This includes world-class technology infrastructure, design-led locations with space to grow, and opportunities to network and collaborate.
Chris Pieroni, Operations Director, Workspace, said: “London is the world’s financial hub, one of the globe’s tech capitals and a growing hotspot for creative industries. Given the Capital’s strength in attracting and growing business, you would expect all businesses to have access to the same standard of high-speed, resilient connectivity. Instead there is a significant variance, which has traditionally disadvantaged smaller organisations that don’t have the resources for a dedicated team to maintain their digital infrastructure. In fact, one in four small businesses in the UK are held back by unreliable internet connections.
“At Workspace, it’s important for us to play a leading role in providing London’s most enterprising businesses with the environment they need to succeed. We have already achieved Wired Certified Gold or above at 15 locations and intend to roll out the accreditation across our portfolio. The work we are doing to secure these ratings reiterates our commitment to the needs of our occupiers and the globally recognised seal of approval should reassure our customers.”
Mark Bembridge, CEO of Smartology, based at Workspace’s Metal Box Factory in Southwark, said: “As an advertising technology company, it is crucial that our own tech capabilities are of the highest quality, and the Wired Certified Platinum rating gives us peace of mind that the infrastructure in our office will support our operations. We are encouraged to see Workspace’s continued dedication to facilitating reliable connectivity for its customers, which was a driving factor behind choosing Metal Box Factory as our London base.”
William Newton, President & EMEA Managing Director, WiredScore, said: “Connectivity is critical to business operations. By seeking a Wired Certified Gold rating or above for 50 buildings of their portfolio, Workspace has demonstrated its outstanding commitment to delivering excellent connectivity in its properties and making sure its tenants are in a space they can thrive in.”
Wired Certification champions cutting-edge technology by providing the definitive certification for rating the connectivity of office buildings. To date, 400 million sq ft of commercial real estate has been Wired Certified globally. All 15 of the Workspace locations that have been certified have secured a Wired Certified Gold rating or above – which confirms that they provide world-class, secure and resilient connectivity that meets the needs of customers’ now and future-proofs the properties for the years ahead.
Workspace secured its ratings by providing tenants with immediate access to high-speed internet connectivity, best-in-class levels of infrastructure diversity and robust emergency back-up services to protect against service disruption. Workspace owns its properties and therefore has full control of, and can regularly upgrade, the digital infrastructure in line with changing connectivity requirements.
Workspace’s Metal Box Factory in Southwark and Mare Street in Hackney are two of the few commercial spaces in London to have achieved the Wired Certified Platinum rating for connectivity – alongside notable buildings such as The Shard and BBC Broadcast Centre.


 
Virtus Consult secures NHS SBS Framework place

Virtus Consult secures NHS SBS Framework place

Leading multi-disciplinary real estate consultancy Virtus Consult has been appointed to the NHS Shared Business Services (SBS) Framework, after its application to participate in the proposed Framework Agreement was accepted.
Having submitted its proposal in January 2018, Virtus Consult can reach a greater number of public-sector organisations, looking to procure Construction Consultancy Services in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.
The four-year contract, will develop an effective partnership between Virtus Consult and the NHS SBS, providing the business with an opportunity to maximise sales and build working relationships with a number of high-profile members and associates.
Virtus Consult Director, Jan Ponsford, said: “It is gratifying to learn that our all hard work has come to fruition and we have been successful in the specific lots targeted, including: Project Management, Quantity Surveyor, Principal Designer Services and Energy Efficiency and Associated Products.
“Securing the NHS SBS Framework Agreement will ensure more public-sector organisations can now benefit from our experience, expertise and cost-effective services to help them save money on all their future infrastructure and energy efficiency projects.
“Using the Framework means that no formal tendering is required, allowing participants to save valuable time and money during the procurement process, while offering organisations the freedom and flexibility to choose the suppliers they want to work with.
“The Framework will help publicise our business to a much wider customer base, as it is made available free of charge to all public-sector organisations in the UK, including but not limited to the NHS, blue light services, universities, schools and other local authorities.
“From a business perspective, we’re also able to directly offer our services to a group of core members who have paid a fee for the complete portfolio of NHS SBS Framework Agreements, meaning we are targeting customers that are actively seeking professional support.
“Given our industry experience and history delivering projects for a range of public sector clients, we believe the SBS Framework will further solidify our position within the industry, while helping us grow and secure new business.”
Nathan Hodgson, Category Manager at NHS Shared Business Services, commented: “The aim of this Framework is to provide estates, facilities and capital teams a compliant route to the market for the provision of consultancy services from a wide range of specialisms.
“It delivers a range of pricing options for both traditional design and build options, allowing customers to identify the support they require directly – streamlining the entire procurement process.
“We were especially impressed with Virtus Consult’s application and after careful consideration decided to award the NHS SBS Framework to the business on a four-year contract.
“Given its abundance of industry experience and proven track-record delivering projects across a range of different sectors, we are sure that Virtus Consult will experience the true potential of the SBS Framework and the benefits it offers businesses.”


 
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