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The British Safety Council Warns UK Businesses of Introducing Robots in the Workplace

Technology threatens the safety of employees in the workplace, claims the British Safety Council (BSC). In a recent report entitled Future Risk, the BSC has highlighted the potential risk that new technology and machinery will have on the UK workforce. The report, published by Robertson Cooper on the 21st of February 2018, urges businesses, trade unions, educators and governments to help make the inevitable introduction of robotics into the workforce as smooth as possible for all parties involved.(1)

What technology is behind our cities?

From crowd simulation software to geographic information systems, the amount of technology that goes into the design of city spaces is huge. Read on as we explore the tools that designers use in the planning process of building a city.

What management software is used?

Crowd and pedestrian management software is one of the technologies that is used as part of urban planning. It is capable of simulating thousands of people so that they can be imported into digital models of city spaces. The simulated agents can act intelligently according to set guidelines.

Wrightstyle introduces enhanced fire door system

Wrightstyle, the leading international supplier of advanced glazing systems, has introduced a new door system that provides 90 minutes of integrity and insulation (EI90).

The new 8050 series of thermally broken fire doors are fully compatible with Wrightstyle’s SR60 curtain walling system, and provide a new level of aesthetic appeal.

The door system is available in either single leaf (1606mm wide x 3062mm high or 1534mm wide x 3222mm high) or double leaf (3102mm wide x 3062mm high or 2958mm wide x 3222mm high).

The £534,000 contract covers the refurbishment of the Pathology Laboratory at the Tameside General Hospital

SPIE UK has been awarded a contract with Tameside Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, at Tameside General Hospital. The work involves the strip out and refurbishment of the Pathology laboratory in New Fountain House and incorporates all new flooring, ceilings, decoration, joinery, fixed furniture, sanitary fittings and mechanical and electrical installations. The contract is worth £534,000, and will take place over a 10-week period that began mid-March.

The implications GDPR will have on your business’ CCTV

If your business has a CCTV system in place, you need to prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation — commonly referred to as GDPR. Set to be introduced on the 25th of May 2018, considering what actions you must take is essential to ensuring your company does not face the tough consequences that have been set out.

You’re currently following the Data Protection Act (DPA), but once GDPR arrives, it will replace DPA and you will have to become GDPR compliant. Even though it is a piece of European Union legislation, it is likely that Britain will adopt this even after Brexit — meaning that your company should be prepared.   

Bauder Ltd has launched its roofing solution for construction within flood sensitive, urban areas.

The expansion of towns and cities has seen exponential use of impervious surfaces, resulting in artificially high rainwater runoff rate, posing new challenges to the construction industry. The lack of natural infiltration and incapability of the existing drainage systems to deal with the volume of rainfall is resulting in increased instances of flash flooding and standing water. This has prompted the introduction of Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SuDS) legislations by local authorities. New developments in built up, flood sensitive areas are now required to incorporate some form of SuDS to obtain planning permission. As Malcolm Wearing of CRM Rainwater Drainage explained, SuDS options are limited with a blue roof being, in most instances, the most efficient and cost-effective solution.

Panasonic unveils datanavi Solution for Heating & Cooling Maintenance

  • A new way to connect with your smartphone
  • Harnesses Panasonic’s unique ‘Light ID’ technology
  • Support tool for commercial AC commissioning and maintenance

 Panasonic has unveiled a new app which gives the user instant access to detailed product information, to support quick and informed maintenance of its heating and cooling solutions. The datanavi app, powered by Panasonic’s innovative Light ID technology, delivers essential product information directly to the smart device of the product owner or maintenance professional, allowing them to quickly and easily complete commissioning and maintenance tasks.

Clad in success

New Dublin construction business set to hit a million in its first year

The new branch of a major architectural products supplier, which started trading in Dublin just eight months ago, is on target to hit the €1 million mark in its first year of trading. Vivalda, which is the UK market leader for the supply of cut-to-size cladding and facades for the construction industry, opened its doors in August 2017 and has seen its wide range of products find a receptive market in Ireland.

Brian Austin appointed as new CEO of TÜV SÜD UK & Ireland

TÜV SÜD has appointed Brian Austin as its new CEO for the UK & Ireland. He takes over responsibility, from retiring CEO Michael Valente, for seven specialist divisions with a total turnover of £55million.

How To Avoid Building A Cowboy Workforce

Carl Meredith is the Managing Director of ,that combines technology with manual checks in order to provide users with a choice of affordable quotes from quality tradespeople.

Those working in the trades are often plagued with stereotypes, with media reports of cowboy builders and horror stories abounding via word of mouth, bringing a lot of suspicion to the trade. If you’re a genuine worker, it can be hard to navigate, but if you’re running a business and employing other people, it’s even harder. 

Ashford Borough Council adopts corporate property management strategy as drive to become self-sufficient of government grants gathers pace

Ashford Borough Council, recognised as one of the most entrepreneurial local authorities in the UK, has adopted a corporate property management strategy to handle its fast-expanding asset portfolio.

The council operates like a business and has already made great strides in transforming from a traditional local authority to become a commercial organisation. Entrepreneurial thinking drives Ashford Borough Council forward as it faces up to delivering services at a time when grant funding from the government will fall to zero by 2019/20.

Design honour as Artize Tailwater collection tap from luxury bathroom specialist Jaquar wins 2018 Red Dot Award: Product Design

Tap designed by Danelon Meroni studio for luxury bath brand Artize from global bathroom solutions specialist Jaquar recognised in prestigious international awards.

The distinctive style of the Tailwater collection tap in the Artize range from luxury global bathroom brand Jaquar has been honoured in this year’s prestigious Red Dot Award for Product Design.

Tailwater was created for Jaquar’s premium Artize range by the London-based Danelon Meroni design studio, and combines sleek lines inspired in the natural world with expertly-engineered industrial design.

Birkdale invests for the future

Investment in new premises, increased inventory and its people, to drive brand innovation and place customer service at the heart of the business.

Birkdale Sales, the UK’s leading wholesale supplier of gate and fencing accessories, is embarking on a major new investment programme in its brand, products, premises and people.

John Abernethie, Managing Director, stated:  “2017 was a challenging year in terms of logistics for Birkdale. However, with the benefits of the investments now in place, Birkdale is able to offer industry leading products and service once again.”  

Aluminum helps overcome bi-fold door myths and boost property prices

Misplaced concerns are deterring some members of the public from carrying out simple renovations to increase the value of their home, research reveals.

Increasing the levels of natural light coming into a house is well known to raise a property’s list price. Popular ways to achieve this include introducing skylights, creating new window spaces and installing bi-fold doors.

However, unfounded judgements about the suitability of bi-fold doors are discouraging some members of the public from using this solution to improve their homes.

Construction Contractors Warned: Choose Your Tax Agent Wisely

Tax Preparation Specialist Issues Warning to CIS Contractors to Use Caution to Avoid Risking Wrath of HMRC

One of the UK’s leading tax experts today issued a warning to construction contractors working under the CIS (Construction Industry Scheme) to choose their tax agent wisely. David Redfern, of DSR Tax Claims, issued his warning after seeing a number of prospective new clients who had been badly advised by previous tax agents, landing them in serious trouble with HMRC for inflated and incorrect expense claims. Highlighting his Knowledge is Power campaign, aimed at construction contractors, he urged those on the lookout for a new tax agent to be aware of those tax agents making unrealistic promises as well as those encouraging contractors to embellish their expense claims.