5 of the Biggest Risks for Health and Safety in 2018

OSHCR, occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register warn UK businesses of 5 risks in 2018 that could damage their workforce and business.

#1 AI Introduction

The introduction of automated intelligence in workplaces may cause an increase in anxiety at work and mental health conditions. The fear of losing your job to a robot has been a popular topic in the news this year, and this potential threat to employees may contribute to a rise in workplace stress and anxiety.

RMIG City Emotion Spirit

The City Is Not Just About Buildings …

RMIG City Emotion Concept

The city or any urban area is not just about buildings but a place for emotion and the aesthetic appeal requires our full attention. City Emotion by RMIG is for everyone who decides to prioritise the “beautiful” and innovative. RMIG’s City Emotion captures the passion for creative urban design by offering innovative technologies and materials. RMIG can help you realise the most ambitious architectural projects, the projects that will give the conurbation all its emotional value.

‘BEST VALUE’ PAYS ALL ROUND…

Delivery of ‘best value’ is being given a new approach- at least as far as sanitary requirements are concerned.

Under current Building Regulations, and best practice guidance (British Standards), if space is a limiting factor in toilet provision, the acceptable ‘catch-all’ is to install a unisex, wheelchair-accessible toilet, to be available for use by anyone visiting the premises.

Carillion’s demise: what lessons can we learn?

Angus Dent, CEO, ArchOver

As the dust begins settling on the collapse of Carillion, we move to the damage assessment phase – but question marks remain over the fate of at least 43,000 jobs. 30,000+ small businesses are thought to be owed money by the firm, and although credit insurers have confirmed that they will pay out compensation totalling £30 million, that only accounts for a small portion of the debt owed. Carillion had £1.5 billion worth of outstanding payments, a £2.6 billion pension debt and issued three profit warnings in just five months.

A Quarter Of Home Owners Regret Buying Their Property, With Almost Half Having To Fork Out Over £4.5k On Unexpected Issues

A home interiors specialist has discovered that as many as one in four British homeowners have gone on to regret the purchase of their home.  Unexpected and expensive issues that have arisen, smaller than expected rooms and refused planning permission are all listed as reasons for this disappointment.

Britons who are unfortunate enough to discover that the home they’ve purchased has unexpected issues, need to find £4,550 in the first two years of owning their property in order to get these problems fixed.

Health and Wellbeing in the Home

Health and wellbeing have driven interior design and décor thinking for a while now, but much of the focus has been on the workplace. That makes sense, as work is such a key cause of stress and ill health. As employers seek to improve staff retention and increase productivity, perhaps health and wellbeing at home is sometimes taken as a given, or put into the mix alongside affordability, sustainability and practicality.

But physical and mental health issues don’t switch off when we leave the office. As we spend about 47% of our time indoors, at home, its design and décor has a bigger impact on our lives than we think.

High performance curtain walling from Reynaers creates eye-catching façade

Reynaers’ cutting-edge aluminium curtain wall system forfacades and roofs has created new angles for a modern office building.

French company Groupama opted for maximum transparency and benefit from superb thermal efficiency for its premises in Charters, southwest of Paris.

Its building was designed by architects Agence Franc Gérard and covers 4,400m2, with an envelope in pre-oxidised copper panels. The impressive staggered façade curtain walling, created from Reynaers’ CW 50 multi-level product, incorporates vivid coloured glass inserts.

Specflue supports wood stoves as Whitehall announces consultation

Leading flue, chimney and renewable heat technology supplier Specflue has defended clean-burning wood-fuelled stoves following the announcement of a government consultation on the impact of solid fuel on air quality.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is seeking information on the use of fuels such as wood, house coal and manufactured solid fuel for domestic heating, and the effect that changes to the availability of these fuels would have on consumers and businesses: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/airquality/domestic-burning-of-wood-and-coal/

Idom Merebrook Reaches Milestone in Swansea University Refurbishment Project

Idom Merebrook, the UK brand of Idom Group, a leading international engineering consultancy with a base in Cardiff, will complete their first year on site this spring at Swansea University, Prifysgol Abertawe. The high profile refurbishment programme is well underway and encompasses two of the University’s most renowned buildings.

The work is part of a £72 million development programme on the University’s Singleton Campus, designed to create world-class facilities for student learning and living, and to establish a centre for scientific research excellence.

Doncaster, Yorkshire, UK is ALIVE! The Tyram Lakes Hotel, Spa and Resort

Since Rothgen Capital UK announced the launch of the latest funding round for The Tyram Lakes Hotel, Spa and Resort in Hatfield, near Doncaster in Yorkshire UK, Doncaster as an area has been attracting a significant amount of new attention, both domestic and internationally.

As well as Doncaster’s undeniable horse racing heritage, it has a surprising amount to offer in other areas. This has recently been demonstrated by Amazon, IKEA, Tesco, Lidl, BMW, Asda et al who are all utilising the convenient geographical location for their large distribution centres, plus Doncaster’s obvious proximity to significant transport and travel capabilities, including Doncaster Sheffield (formerly Robin Hood) airport. Amongst other news of note, the Yorkshire Wildlife Park has recently announced its £50M expansion which will potentially make it a top UK destination.

Assembly calls for £5,000 cost cap on landlord funding contribution

Around 9,000 people in the UK died last winter, as a result of living in a cold home.

Fuel poverty has a profound impact on the health of an estimated million households, that are unable to sufficiently heat their homes.

A London Assembly motion agreed today, calls for the Mayor to support the £5,000 cost cap in his Fuel Poverty Action Plan. It also asks that he write to the Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth to urge the adoption of a higher cost cap to ensure that the most vulnerable people in London are not left in dangerous and unhealthy homes.

Property experts line up for the Ideal Home Show 2018

Phil Spencer, Charlie Luxton, Martin Roberts and Kunle Barker head to the Ideal Home Show sponsored by Zoopla*, running from 17 March to 2 April at Olympia London.

These household names bring their insightful property knowledge and specialist areas of expertise to the UK’s leading home exhibition. On-hand to provide tips and advice to the public, visitors can see them live at the show on the Super Theatre stage throughout the 17-day event.

Recent data from property website Zoopla shows the average price of a home in Britain increased in value by £9,652 over the course of 2017, with each property going up by £28 per day. Given the strength of the current market, it’s crucial to spend wisely whether securing a dream home or looking to maximise investments. The Ideal Home Show is here to help, with the nation’s favourite property expert, Phil Spencer, heading the show’s formidable celebrity foursome. He will answer questions in his Q&A session and share experiences of top TV shows Location, Location, Location and Love It or List It.

KITCHENAID RETAINS FOOD AMBASSADORS

The KitchenAid Serious About Food campaign sees the continued appointment of Edd Kimber and Grant Pierrus in 2018 as ambassadors for the premium appliance brand.

The Serious About Food campaign is the challenge of innovation and the excitement in exploring new possibilities and flavours. The continued appointment of campaign ambassadors Edd Kimber and Grant Pierrus is anticipated to drive awareness of the campaign and the KitchenAid brand.

Steve Buckmaster announced as new Sales Director at BRITA Professional

Water filtration specialist, BRITA Professional, has appointed Steve Buckmaster as its new Sales Director.

Buckmaster has been an essential part of the BRITA team since 2002, leading on the development of sector plans while coordinating with the Catering Equipment Distributors Association (CEDA). His hard work and passion for the company has led to a 25% increase in sales in the catering sector in the last five years, a work ethic he plans to take forward to his new role.

Altecnic reduces water wastage with new flow regulating ball valve

Architects, construction companies, local authorities and housing associations can make homes and other buildings significantly more environmentally friendly by specifying and installing the new Calflow® flow regulating ball valve from Altecnic, the UK’s leading provider of high-quality plumbing and heating components.

Renowned over 30 years for the design and delivery of innovative plumbing and heating solutions, Altecnic has introduced the new Calflow valve to minimise water wastage, which can lead to major water cost savings for home owners. This is achieved by combining a ball isolating valve and an automatic flow regulating valve into one valve body, which maintains a constant flow of water to an individual outlet – such as a tap, mixer, shower or thermostatic mixing valve.