Hill International and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) have announced that the international series of Masterclass courses is to be presented in Manchester for the first time in its 10-year history on 1st July 2010. Organised by the CIOB and consultants, Hill International, the event features leading construction and legal experts from the region and further afield. The Masterclass focuses on minimising risks of disputes and delay & disruption in the construction industry.
to handle the challenging task of designing a house to fit the unique site. The house prompted praise from the planning inspector when the local council’s decision was overturned.
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Landmark planning decision gives the green light for the ‘Earth House’. The exceptional quality and innovative nature of the house design were two of the factors cited by the planning inspector in granting planning permission at appeal for a self-sufficient rural home. The appeal was brought by the couple planning to live in the house at Bow Brickhill, who
commissioned JWA Architects,
An interior design student who doodled some ideas for new wallpaper designs has won first prize in a design competition and will see her work printed by a major wallpaper manufacturer. Oana Berdan, 21, is in her second year of a degree in Interior Design at
the University of Portsmouth.
She won first prize in a competition by luxury wallpaper manufacturer Cole and Son to design contemporary wallpaper.
TRADA Technology Ltd has
published a new Wood Information Sheet, Principles of Green Oak Construction. The reference to green oak framing is not strictly limited to oak, however, but covers
Stand Alone Accommodation
Sam Minionis and Eli Mordoch, Directors of My Space Pod Ltd, are
absolutely delighted to have achieved BBA Approval for their Modular Building System. The My Space Pod modular building system is a stand-alone, single accommodation unit marketed mainly for student halls of residence, nurse's accommodation, budget hotels, holiday homes and emergency relief housing.
suburban housing densities. Cost: Free to view
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May and June see an active programme of events at The Building Centre with a new exhibition in the Main Gallery:
Sustainable Suburbia: A Walkable Garden Suburb
10 May - 6 June
New housing in England continues to be built on an average of 25 dwellings per hectare (dph) although more than half of this is built at less than 20 dph. Far greater densities could be achieved, which would bring the benefits of walkable communities, sustainable public transport and lower infrastructure costs while still allowing privacy and security. This exhibition will showcase the findings of a new report, by MJP Architects, which examines the possibilities and benefits of higher
Café Gallery: Strata
17 May - 12 June
This exhibition celebrates London´s tallest residential tower. Strata SE1 is a 148 metre high 43-storey residential development that has created a new landmark on the London skyline. The first building in the world with integral wind turbines, it sets a new benchmark in terms of environmental strategy. This 408 apartment development is also a major catalyst for the ongoing regeneration of the Elephant & Castle area. Cost: Free to view
Launchpad Gallery FORMTEXX - Freeform Facades
Extended exhibition - Free to view
FORMTEXX launched its unique double-curvature facades at The Building Centre, where you can view the exhibition in the Launchpad Gallery. These facades are manufactured using the technology and precision of
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the use of any un-dried or ‘green’ hardwood. The two species most commonly used in the UK are European oak and, to a much lesser extent, sweet chestnut. Both are durable timbers with very similar properties and both are available with either FSC or PEFC chain of custody certification.
The UK Timber Frame Association (UKTFA) has
cemented its position as the definitive voice of the UK timber frame industry with the launch of its new look website. The re-vamped www.uktfa.com
has been specifically designed to be the driving force behind the UKTFA’s aim to establish timber frame as the construction method of choice for an industry recognizing the need for a more carbon efficient future.
Winner of the regional Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’
Superb Insulation Properties
Developed in Europe by Lhoist and manufactured and distributed in the UK by Lime Technology Tradical®
Hemcrete® the innovative
lime and hemp based renewable and highly thermally efficient alternative to conventional masonry cavity walls, has achieved British Board of Agrément (BBA) approval.
automotive mass production. The digital design and manufacture of complex geometry sheet metal work is now a seamless reality. It’s not rapid prototyping - it is rapid manufacturing on an industrial scale. FORMTEXX has developed an entirely new category of sheet metal processing which produces custom double curvature components to the finish quality and precision of the high end automotive industry. It does this robotically, without fixed tooling, and in the quantities anticipated by major construction projects. This exhibition also demonstrates how the supporting FORMTEXX software is unique in offering superior analytical processes and creative tools for panel tiling based on user-definable parameters such as panel shape, size, orientation, split lines, minimum radius, cost factors, materials selection, fixings and sub-structures. The software uses a proprietary graphics engine similar to those used in the Gaming industry. And all this in blistering real time!
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(RICS) Community Benefit Award, Leicester Grammar School triumphed at the East Midlands awards dinner. Leicester Grammar School’s architects Pick Everard were among over 200 property professionals attending the annual regional celebration held at the Belfry Hotel in Nottingham to honour the best new projects in the built environment.
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The PJH Group New Build Division has been appointed as a member of Constructionline, the UK register of pre-qualified construction services. This Government standard supplier accreditation is the largest database of its kind in the construction industry targeting 8,000 buyers in public and private sector organisations. By becoming an approved supplier, PJH has met the exacting standards required by Constructionline, such as financial stability, environmental policy and health & safety criteria.
Hot Water Storage
Fabdec Ltd has achieved BBA approval for their Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems. These systems are for use in domestic, commercial and public buildings with domestic hot and cold water services to BS 6700 : 1997. The systems are for connection to mains water supply at pressures up to 12 bar.
Also, in June, there are a range of talks and seminars, including:
Biomass in the City
Monday 14 June, 1.30pm - 5.30pm
Biomass has a huge role to play in delivering renewable energy – the Government estimates it could meet around half of our total renewable targets by 2020. Biomass heat is central to delivering this as it is the most cost-effective technology by far, can be deployed at a wide range of sizes and applications, and receives strong support in the plans for the Renewable Heat Incentive, which were published in February 2010. This workshop is produced by the Renewable Energy Association and The Building Centre. CPD Certificates Provided Cost: £145 + VAT to attend (includes refreshments and course materials)
The Building Centre also provides Venue Hire, an Information Centre and Guideline and Training Courses as well as an online product directory www.specifinder.com
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