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Nortech’s MRC350 Helps Gunnebo Improve Visitor Experience At The Shard

Nortech’s MRC350 Helps Gunnebo Improve Visitor Experience At The Shard

Access control system specialists Nortech have recently worked with The Gunnebo Security Group to install its MRC350 motorised card capture readers at the Shard in London.
Standing at 87 storeys high, the architecturally distinctive Shard building with its crystalline facade houses a mixture of high end office spaces, restaurants, apartments, a five-star hotel and a public viewing platform. The challenge for Nortech and Gunnebo was to secure the entrance with a system that had a modern and elegant design to complement the building while being 100% effective at preventing unauthorised access.
Gunnebo was able to provide a combination of slimmed-down high speed gates and half-height turnstiles controlled with Nortech’s MRC350, a motorised card capture reader that is designed for use at entrances and exits. Compatible with Gunnebo access control systems and turnstiles, the MRC350 units enable high speed flow of staff and visitors.    
The sleek and stylish nature of Gunnebo’s SpeedStile FL range was a great fit with the synergy and beauty of the Shard building. This was a key deciding factor on the SpeedStile FL products being chosen for this project.
Simon Preston, Marketing Manager at Gunnebo UK commented, “The integration allowed us to provide the Shard with a stylish, efficient and secure access control solution, which eliminated bottlenecks whilst maintaining the flow of visitors and staff. We are very pleased with the result.”
The Nortech MRC350 is designed to be cost-saving because of the infrequent need to replace unreturned cards. It avoids the need for dedicated visitor turnstiles or gates and the intelligent ‘Capture or Return’ mechanism enables the same reader to be used for both staff and visitors. The MRC350 can be used to read any ISO proximity or smart cards, using integrated third party readers so that bottlenecks at entry and exit points are avoided.
As a front-end device, the Nortech MRC350 card capture reader can replace any standard proximity or smart card reader and provide the added capability of capturing cards under instruction from an access control unit. It can be integrated into roadside pedestals, turnstiles or any appropriate housing as an OEM card reader for access control applications. The card data is read by an attached reader and passed onto an access control unit. The access control unit then makes a decision based on this data and signals back to the card capture unit to either capture or return the card, and to indicate whether or not the card has been accepted. The MRC350 card capture reader can use third party readers to support any card format, making it ideal for integration into existing systems.
Nortech has supplied products and solutions to the security industry for over 25 years as an independent British company. The company uses extensive experience and expertise to create new security products to fit their clients’ needs and designs everything with the customer in mind.


 
BDO’s Satvir Bungar recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

BDO’s Satvir Bungar recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Satvir Bungar, Managing Director of Mergers & Acquisitions and National Head of the Facilities Management Sector at BDO LLP, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018 for his services to corporate finance.
Satvir joined BDO more than a decade ago and has made a significant impact within the firm’s M&A advisory business, both in the Midlands and across the UK.
He has led high-profile UK and cross-border M&A transactions, working with entrepreneurs, listed companies and the private equity industry. Satvir is particularly well-known as an expert in the Facilities Management sector.
Commenting on his award, Satvir Bungar said: “Receiving an MBE for services to corporate finance is a tremendous honour of which I am incredibly proud. I believe this accolade is testament to the many talented clients and team members that I have had the pleasure of working with over the years at BDO.”
Paul Eagland, Managing Partner at BDO LLP, said: “On behalf of the firm, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Satvir. We are thrilled by this recognition of his exceptional contribution to corporate finance.


 
White Light on the Flipside for Selfridges Exhibition

White Light on the Flipside for Selfridges Exhibition

Selfridges is one of the world’s finest department stores, welcoming over 20 million visitors every year. Constantly wanting to provide their customers with a unique shopping experience, they frequently house different exhibitions and immersive events. Their latest is The Flipside: a multi-sensory exhibition which has just opened. Following their previous work with Selfridges, White Light was approached to provide the complete technical support for The Flipside.
The Flipside is located at The Old Selfridges Hotel and allows customers to journey through a vast, one-of-a-kind space where the world’s most forward-thinking brands and creative minds intersect with radical ideas.
The Flipside features a range of individual brands including Louise Vuitton, Thom Browne, Gareth Pugh and Google Pixel 2. Working alongside Lighting Designer Richard Howell, Production Electrician John Delaney, Designer Chiara Stephenson and Sound Designer Alex Baranowski, WL had to ensure that each designer’s brief was brought to life and that each brand had its own idiosyncratic experience.
Richard comments: “Each brand was distinctive, yet each one had to be immersive. For Louis Vuitton, the brief was to invite visitors to explore a deeply modern way of looking at travel. As part of the design, there were different islands each containing items of opulence and luxury. We had to highlight this through the use of bespoke lighting and rigging.
He adds: “With the Gareth Pugh section, Selfridge’s wanted their customers to experience the designer’s ground-breaking installation, which touched on themes of escape, freedom and clarity. As this was a particularly immersive experience, we drew on ultra-short throw projection lenses along with a bespoke soundscape to couple the projection”.
WL spent two months preparing for the exhibition, including numerous site visits to The Old Selfridges Hotel. The WL team then spent two weeks on site installing the equipment.
Over the next few weeks, the exhibition will be used for a range of events, each centred on the themes of Radical Luxury.


 
SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year announced

SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year announced

£1500 of Schneider Electric equipment for Farnborough College
4th June 2018 – Congratulations to Matt Taylor from Farnborough College, who was crowned the SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year for 2018. As the winner of the competition, Matt received £1,500 of Schneider Electric equipment for both him and his college. Congratulations also go to Luc Mathlin from DCET in Exeter, who came a close second, receiving £500 worth of equipment for him and his college.
Launched in 2010 by SNG Publishing, the competition gives students the opportunity to be recognised for their hard work and skills. The competition brings together lecturers, employers, industry leaders and manufacturers to support the next generation of electricians and encourage them in their career development. The 2018 competition was entered by 71 apprentices keen to show off their skills.
Following the regional heats held across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to assess students on both practical and technical merits, Matt and the other finalists were invited to 3M’s Customer Innovation Centre to compete for the title.
Matt reached the final after finishing first in the South East regional heat. To win the competition, he had to complete the toughest test featured to date. This involved wiring, conduit bends, a consumer unit, switches, and bulbs, which were all live tested at the end of day two. As the competition’s Platinum Sponsor, Schneider Electric donated all of the materials for the competition bays.
Schneider Electric was proud to be the Platinum Sponsor for the second year running, and to support all of the students on their journey through the competition and beyond.
On finishing first in the competition, Matt said “I’m ecstatic – I just didn’t see myself winning. I entered to give myself a challenge and I’ve definitely achieved that. The other competitors were great and what I’ll take away from this is the knowledge that I can do something that I thought I couldn’t”.
Jocelyn Golding, Electrician Channel Programme Manager at Schneider Electric, said, “We are delighted to have the opportunity once again to recognise and reward the talent among young electricians, and support students on their journey.”


 
Keeping compliant across the UK: Some differences in environmental legislation

Keeping compliant across the UK: Some differences in environmental legislation

By Simon Knott, Managing Director of environmental consultancy Naturally Compliant
In comparison with many other parts of the world, the UK has a commendable record of protecting the environment from damage and for working constructively with engineers and contractors to mitigate the effects of necessary operations.
The relevant legislation is by its nature complex, and busy construction professionals engaged in engineering activities need to be up to speed with what they can and cannot do while remaining compliant with the regulations.
The picture is complicated by the fact that, since devolution of powers to the nations of the UK – a process which has accelerated in recent years – there are significant differences of approach between England and Wales and Scotland.
This article, which is for the purpose of information only and does not constitute legal advice, attempts to illustrate some of the main differences between the countries and to remove potential confusion over definition and context.
In Scotland, working on or near water is covered by the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (as amended) while on the rest of the UK mainland the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 pertain.
In England and Wales, for engineering purposes, works on or near a main river will be completed under an exemption, a standard rule permit or bespoke permit. The Environment Agency has clearly defined what a main river is, through issuing an official map to make the information accessible.
However; any engineering works that has the potential to obstruct flow in an ordinary water course, requires consent from a flood defence consenting authority. An ordinary water course is defined as every river, stream, ditch, drain, sluice, sewer (other than a public sewer) and passage through which water flows and which does not form part of a main river.
In Scotland, work on any surface water on a 1:50,000 scale map requires either registration, a simple licence or a complex licence.
If the water in question, however, is not on a 1:50,000 scale map – for example a small burn which needs to be bridged – contractors do not need to contact the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA). But they do still have to follow the General Binding Rules for their activity or they may be deemed non-compliant.
The Scottish system is in some ways preferable, since everyone is working to the same guide-book. In England, contractors have to contact the Environment Agency or the flood defence consenting authority – usually the council – and interpretations of the regulations by individual council officers can vary.
There are differences, too, in the wording of the regulations regarding pollution. Scotland and the Controlled Activities Regulations refers to a pollution control regime where activities are controlled by General Binding Rules, Registrations, Simple Licences and Complex Licences. Importantly, this applies to the whole water environment and unlike some engineering activities, authorisations may be required for discharges to a receiving body not on a 1:50,000 scale map.
In England and Wales the Environmental Permitting Regulations are again relevant however your activity may be authorised by a Regulatory Position Statement, an Exemption, a Standard Rules Permit or a Bespoke Permit. However, the receiving body is defined as surface waters, e.g. rivers, streams, estuaries, lakes, canals, coastal waters, or on to or into the ground.
In regard to protected species, the Wildlife and Countryside Act covers the whole of the UK. However, through various acts, it is implemented differently. One of the major differences is that the Scottish wording of the Act includes often “Recklessly”, for example:
“Subject to the provisions of this Part, if any person intentionally or recklessly
1.    kills, injures or takes any wild bird;
2.    takes, damages, destroys or otherwise interferes with the nest of any wild bird while that nest is in use or being built”
Meaning that an offence is committed if harm is done – whether or not there was prior intent to harm.
In both cases, the legislation is well-intentioned and should be embraced by responsible professionals in the construction sector for whom best practice should in any case be second nature.
However, a breach of the regulations – even if unintentional – can have ramifications for companies far beyond the penalties imposed by the regulatory agencies. In our environmentally aware and hyper-connected age, reputations built over years can be damaged in a day.
No working contractor can know the ins and outs of all compliance requirements and that is why it is imperative to seek professional advice at the earliest stage in any proposed project, large or small.


 
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