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400,000+ readers leisure opportunities 30 April – 13 MAy ISSUE 605 Daily news & jobs: Duchess becomes patron of NHM

Te Duchess of Cambridge has been announced as a patron of the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London, with hopes she will inspire the next generation to conserve the planet’s diversity. Te announcement follows

the Duchess officially open- ing the museum’s Treasure Gallery in November. She also met with NHM

scientists studying biodiver- sity during her trip to Borneo with the Duke of Cambridge last year, which was part of their Diamond Jubilee Tour. The Natural History

Museum, located in South Kensington, has the world’s largest natural history collec- tion, with more than 70 million specimens, and attracts five million visitors a year. At the Treasure Gallery launch, the Duchess said: “William and I are just two of millions of

S&P merges with AFL Architects

S&P has merged with AFL Architects to form AFLS+P, now one of the larg- est architectural practices in the UK. Keith Ashton, former chief executive of S&P and now one of six Principals of AFLS+P, said: “Tis merger adds to our skill base and allows us to offer more services to our existing clients internationally. We share the same values, with a strong emphasis on developing creative and innova- tive design solutions that maximise commercial value and are fit-for-pur- pose as well as the future.” Details:


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Te Duchess at the opening of the museum’s Treasures Gallery

people who have passed through these doors and marvelled at the spectacular wonders of the natural world, housed in this beautiful gallery.” Details:

College launches new training spa

Scotland’s James Watt College has launched Te Eden Spa at its Finnart Campus in North Ayrshire, where students can train in indus- try standard facilities. Te spa includes 22 treatment beds, sepa-

rate relaxation areas, a dispensary and a full reception and waiting area to give customers a professional experience. Te spa is open to the public with a range of

dry spa treatments available, including mas- sage and muscle therapies. Curriculum manager and make-up artistry

lecturer at the college Morven Aikmen said: “We decided to go for a full refurbishment of the department because many of the facilities

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were spread across the college and some areas were becoming a little tired.” The Salon, also located on the Finnart

Campus, provides hair styling, facials and nail treatments. Details:

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£4.5m will be invested in new fitness technology

Fitness First plans £20m capital investment

Fitness First is planning a capital invest- ment of £20m in 2013 in an attempt to return the brand to UK market leader. The spend will cover essential main-

tenance, major refurbishments and an investment of £4.5m in fitness technology, marking the largest phase of innovation in the company’s history. Products and features at clubs will

include hot yoga studios, cool down air showers, interactive screens with virtual personal trainers and high definition screen treadmills. Details:

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