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Tengbom wins prestigious architecture prize for equestrian centre Tengbom

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“A top-class whole where the modern exterior is matched in the interior”. This is how the jury motivated its choice in the Swedish Fortifications Agency’s architectural competition when awarding first prize to Tengbom for the new equestrian centre for the Swedish Mounted Royal Lifeguards at K1 in Stockholm. The prize ceremony was held on 19 November at the Swedish Army Museum in Stockholm.

The Fortifications Agency’s architectural prize is awarded every third year. The prize is intended to develop military building traditions and inspire good architecture in defence properties. Three entries were made ahead of the 2014 awards and the first prize went to the equestrian centre Kavallerikasern 1 (K1). The centre was designed by Tengbom who were also general consultant for the assignment.

The jury’s motivation includes: “The building is awarded the Swedish National Fortifications Agency’s architecture prize for 2014 for its elegant adaptation to both the Royal National City Park and the barracks environment as well as for a top-class whole where the modern exterior is matched in the interior.”

“We are both proud and extremely pleased to have won this competition. Our idea was to try to create an equestrian centre which is both functional and well-adapted to the cultural-historical environment. The design theme is a symmetrical axis which goes through the principal building’s main entrance and cuts straight across the parade ground. A suitable approach for a military building,” comments Jan Izikowitz, project architect at Tengbom.

The building was inaugurated in the spring and is used by the Lifeguards, the Swedish Mounted Royal Lifeguards and the Police Cavalry for education and training, but can also be used for public shows and competitions. It has seats for 750 spectators and contrasts with the surrounding brick buildings with its Falu red wooden facade, horizontal windows and asymmetric roof lanterns.

Public Health England Report Reveals 20% of Legionella Control International

The world’s leading legionella risk management experts are

urging London organisations to be more aware of the risk of legionella after a recent report shows the number of cases rising year on year in the capital. The new report published by Public Health England titled “Legionnaires' disease in England and Wales 2013” has highlighted the disproportionate number of cases of this potentially fatal disease affecting Londoners.

In 2013, there were a total of 384 cases of legionellosis reported in England and Wales, with 284 of them classified as confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease. Of this number, 58 were in the London area, which represents just over 20% of all Legionnaires' cases. Worryingly, this is up on recent years, with 26 cases in the capital in 2011 and 40 in 2012.

This is not the first time in recent years that the threat of Legionnaires’ disease has been highlighted in London. The potential for a problematic outbreak of the disease in the city has been stressed before in 2012, when a leaked report from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) said that London was at risk from a “catastrophic” outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. The reason for this, the report stated, was a poor management of evaporative condensers and cooling towers near the then forthcoming London Olympic venues and busy transport hubs. The HSE report contained details of its inspections in the area at 62 sites around the city, which were completed as part of London’s preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Staggeringly, at over 70% of the sites inspected, the health and safety measures were found to be of an insufficient standard - meaning that they were not being effective as they could be in preventing an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. According to the


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new study published in October 2014, things still aren’t improving in London in regards to

controlling legionella bacteria. The report doesn’t make any conclusions as to the reasons why people in London are at a higher risk of contracting the disease, however it seems that compliance with the law is still a problem in the London area. Legionella Control International offer an independent and impartial risk management service to clients who need to effectively manage the risk in commercial environments.

Experienced legionella specialist, Rob Boon, heads Legionella Control International’s London and South East team and is horrified by these figures which have come to light. He explains, “The findings of the latest Public Health England report highlights the fact that there is still work to be done to protect Londoners from the effects of Legionnaires' disease. Although outbreaks are fortunately fairly rare, the ramifications are real and can be devastating to those involved. It is essential that business owners, landlords, property owners and those responsible for managing properties satisfy their legal obligations to ensure that legionella is not ignored and left unmanaged within their properties.

“Fortunately, it is relatively easy to implement risk management controls to ensure that the bacteria does not get a hold. UK tenants and businesses require complete compliance in this area which is why those that fail to observe the law can face hefty fines and civil action.”

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