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An injection of colour is set to provide the starting point for a major village regeneration scheme in North Wales, aimed at attracting investment opportunities to the local area. Building Products reports.

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New school needed every two days, says Scape Group

Local authorities will need to build the equivalent of 11,200 classrooms and as many as 1,600 new primary schools in the next nine years, to meet the needs of Britain’s growing primary population, according to research from Scape Group. The study revealed that more than 11,000 new primary school classrooms will be needed by 2024 with 336,000 extra primary school pupils forecast. A new school will need to be created every two days to meet the shortfall. With the number of primary school pupils in England expected to rise from 4,376,000 in 2015 to 4,658,000 in 2019, Scape Group said local authorities face a fierce challenge against a landscape of tight budget constraints. London’s boroughs will see the biggest increases in the primary population, with the number of pupils set to increase by 146,000 between 2015 and 2020 and accounting for a quarter of extra pupils nationally. London therefore needs ...

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British manufacturers concerned about changes to renewable energy policy

The majority of British manufacturers are concerned about changes to renewable energy policy and the bureaucracy that surrounds it, according to research by npower Business Solutions. The survey of 100 decision-makers in the manufacturing industry revealed that 65% are concerned about how upcoming reforms may impact their investment in renewables. Four in five (81%) said it is important that British businesses influence changes to the Climate Change Levy (CCL) and Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC). While, 74% of manufacturers agree or strongly agree that there is too much energy-related bureaucracy for businesses, despite Government efforts to simplify policy. A majority (57%) think current and planned energy policies don’t reflect the needs of British businesses. These figures come in the midst of a time of great change for the energy industry. The Chancellor recently promised to review the business energy regulatory framework and a consultation has been launched to discover the opinions ...

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Attack of the clones

Dave Hughes, global product manager at Stanley Security Products, looks at methods for ensuring that token cloning doesn’t compromise the security of access control systems.

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Stop the rot

Dr. Eric Rirsch, R&D director at Safeguard Europe, argues the case as to why specifiers should not be dissuaded from installing external wall insulation to properties, even though it can play a role in exacerbating the effects of rising damp.

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CBI chief blasts Government’s ‘green’ policies

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has hit out against the UK Government’s approach to energy efficiency and renewable technology. Speaking alongside the former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore, and the chief executive of Christian Aid, Loretta Minghella at an event organised by the environmental think tank, Green Alliance, CBI director-general John Cridland argued that certainty and clarity of direction are critical to developing long-term business investment in a low-carbon future. In his speech, he praised the steps that had been taken so far in the UK, but also warned that recent changes risk destabilising industry. Cridland said that the UK has “built up real credibility on climate leadership and low carbon investment,” but the roll-back of renewables and mixed messages on energy efficiency meant that the Government “risks sending a worrying signal to businesses.” “We need all countries to pull in the same direction at the Paris Summit [in November] ...

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