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Jon Hill, technical manager at Polypipe Ventilation, examines recent developments in ventilation ducting technology and provides advice on specifying the correct systems.

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Mayor approves City of London’s tallest tower

A new tower that will house 12,000 workers in 100 businesses will be built on a site that has lain disused for four years, after the Mayor of London’s office approved development plans. The redesigned tower at 22 Bishopsgate in the City of London will rise up in the place of a partially constructed seven-storey building – formerly known as ‘The Pinnacle’ – which was abandoned in 2012 as a result of the economic downturn. The new 62-storey building will be the tallest in the ‘Square Mile’ at 295 m, sitting alongside the Heron Tower, the Walkie Talkie (20 Fenchurch Street) and the Cheesegrater (Leadenhall Building). The building will provide 185,000 m² of office space for about 12,000 people in 100 companies. The high-rise office tower will also feature a restaurant and bar, retail space and a viewing gallery open to the public. The City of London gave planning permission ...

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New research predicts steady growth for Care Home construction market

Steady growth is forecast for the UK Care Home construction market, according to the latest findings from AMA Research. The ‘Care Homes Construction Market Report – UK 2015-2019 Analysis’ found that in England and Wales, demand for care home operators to build new facilities is still strong, with many new care homes registered during 2014/15. Nearly all new care home development currently taking place is targeted at private payers in affluent areas of the country, such as the South East. As a result, care home investors and developers are now seeking sites and homes in these strong regional locations, although the rest of the UK is also seeing a growth in new build care homes. However, the competition for land, particularly from the residential development market is reducing the number of readily available opportunities. Care home capacity has increased over the last five years and total care home sector revenue ...

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Inverted guidance

Andrew Orriss, head of business development at SIG360, explains the importance of correctly using inverted flat roofing insulation that meets Building Regulations standards to reduce a growing performance gap in the construction industry.

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Tall building trend leading to water pressure challenges, says Dutypoint

The growing trend for tall buildings in London will present challenges for M&E specialists when it comes to maintaining water pressure and supply, according to speakers at an event organised by Dutypoint, manufacturer of water pressure and conditioning systems. The company invited speakers from property consultants GL Hearn, who also co-author the annual London Tall Buildings Survey, and engineering consultants Mech2O, to speak to an audience of M&E consultants. James Cook, planning director at GL Hearn, highlighted the extent of the capital’s tall building trend with the results of the 2015 London Tall Buildings Survey, revealing there are 263 tall buildings of more than 20 storeys currently in the pipeline of which 81% are for residential use. Simon Whatley, former principal mechanical engineer with Thames Water and now director at Mech2O, explained the impact such development could have on London as a water-stressed area, and the obligations of water utility ...

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Soundproof roof

Paul Barrett, product manager at Rockwool, takes an in-depth look at one of the firm’s latest flat roofing projects for Kier Construction’s own regional HQ in Cambridge.

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Precaster FP McCann acquires Buchan Concrete

FP McCann has further strengthened its precast concrete arm with the acquisition of Buchan Concrete Products. Buchan is known for its range of concrete products, which are utilised on large-scale civil engineering projects and building schemes including schools, hotels, and university student accommodation. FP McCann has purchased its operations in Byley, Cheshire and Drakelow, Staffordshire. CV Buchan, as the company was originally known in the 1930’s, was established as an engineering contractor. Over the years, the company developed into a manufacturer of precast concrete products in the civil engineering market supplying both the UK and overseas contracts, but with the growth in off-site modular construction, the company responded by targeting the building sector and today most of the company’s activity is in this area. Other Buchan precast concrete products that will compliment the FP McCann range include utility pits, ground beams, dock leveller pits, walls and a variety of reinforced concrete walling systems. ...

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Government review to evaluate housebuilding ‘red tape’

Housebuilders will have their say on what they consider to be the barriers to the construction of new homes, in a new ‘Cutting Red Tape’ review launched today by the Government. Building on the work of the Housing Implementation Task Force, this review will aim to uncover the issues that have the biggest effect on housebuilders and seek the views of smaller firms to understand the unique pressures they face. The wide-ranging review will capture the experiences of all those involved in building homes, including developers, planners and trade associations. Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “We are determined to remove barriers faced by housebuilders to ensure we continue to keep Britain building as quickly and safely as possible. “We want to hear the views of firms big and small so we can remove unnecessary red tape and help housebuilders do what they do best, building the homes we need.” The ...

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