A sound solution from SE Controls for The Recording Rooms student accommodation

using an integrated smoke and heat exhaust ventilation system from SE Controls to provide smoke free escape routes for more than 250 students. Located in the Selly Oak area of Birmingham near the university campus, the £12.5 million building was designed by Glancy Nicholls Architects and incorporates 267 bed spaces in five different room styles including cluster en-suite, studio apartments and even a penthouse, as well as a gym and communal lounge. Within the Recording Rooms, which takes


its name from the recording studio that was originally located on the site, there are three individual zones, ranging from three to seven storeys high, with each having a dedicated smoke control system linked to the building’s master BMS and fire protection system. The SE Controls system is designed to

he Recording Rooms, one of Birmingham University’s newest student accommodation blocks, is

Controls OS2 SHEVTEC Controllers linked to the OSLoop Control System. The seven-storey zone incorporates two

protect the building’s four stairwells and corridors on each floor, by keeping them free of smoke and enabling clear escape routes to be maintained in the event of a fire. Two of the zones, which are three and four

storeys high, each has an escape stair core protected by automatically operated side hung windows on each floor and automatic opening vents (AOV) at the head of the stairs. The systems in each zone are operated by SE

escape stairs, which combine a mechanically ventilated smoke shaft with natural smoke ventilation, incorporating automatically operated smoke doors, and side hung windows, as well as AOVs at the head of stairs and tamper proof MCPs. Michael Scrimshaw, Business Development Manager for SE Controls explained: “The design of the building meant that it was essen- tial to provide effective smoke control in each of the different multi-storey zones. We have a significant amount of experience in code compliant and fire engineered solutions for student accommodation. By combining both mechanical and natural smoke ventilation, we were able to deliver a solution that fully utilises the advantages of both technologies to provide a safe environment for students.”

01543 443060 What impact are new Metro Mayors having on the construction sector?

In early May 2017 six city regions in the UK elected metro mayors, or ‘combined authority mayors’ to change the political structure in the UK, with some decision-making powers to be devolved to a regional level. Amongst the most high-profile people to be elected as a metro mayor was former Labour leader candidate Andy Burnham – for the Greater Manchester region. Leon Friend, who is Managing Director of prestigious aluminium window and door supplier Hueck believes that the rollout of American style mayors will have a long-term positive impact. The devolution bill, which allows the creation of these metro mayors, is also very flexible and could even facilitate the devolution of a variety of issues from the national government to local authorities in the future. This means that even more opportunities are likely to arise for aluminium suppliers, manufacturers and the construction sector as local authorities are given more and more power to invest their grants where they see fit. Hueck has already supplied its systems to many projects based in central London and Manchester this year.

01217 671344 Gatic launches new precision engineered access covers

Gatic Civil Drainage, a global leader in engineered surface water drainage, adds to its range of high performance access covers with the launch of LFA assist lift for rapid access, and Composite solid and vented covers with ThruBeam®

environments with slow moving traffic, such as aircraft pavements, taxiways of civil airports and dockyards. They are manufactured from Ductile Iron, M-Struts®

technology. The LFA assist lift achieves a load rating of F900 and is designed for heavy duty for a maintenance free alternative to conventional gas

struts, and stainless steel grade 304. A key benefit of Gatic’s new LFA covers is that they can be lifted and closed by a single operation for easy and quick access to underground services. Other technologically advanced benefits include automatically engaging anti-accidental closure mechanism, a slam latch, a locking feature that requires a single Allen key for opening and an integrated lifting handle. All these features allow for easy access, without comprising user safety or the security of the access cover. Gatic’s Composite is a comprehensive system of single duct and multi-span access covers and frames suitable for a load category of up to B125.

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