To be carried out over five years from 2018/19, the plans include proposals of investment in transport infrastructure, connectivity, economic development, peacemaking, creative programming, promotion and estate management. A delivery plan for the 112 hectare

Royal Docks Enterprise Zone was signed off by the board of the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP), which, as London’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is responsible for allocating funding raised through the Enterprise Zone. The Royal Docks is currently London’s only Enterprise Zone, a designated area where employers can access business rate relief and other financial support. The area which is now known as the

Royal Docks played an important role in the capital’s economy for more than a century from the mid 1800s, before falling into decline in the 1960s and 70s. The last vessel to be loaded there left the docks in December 1981. Around the same time, the wider regeneration of London’s Docklands began, leading to the creation of the Canary Wharf estate, the development of the Docklands Light Railway and the opening of London City Airport in 1987. Thousands of visitors are attracted to the area each year, the Royal Docks

offering exhibitions, events, water sports activities, bars restaurants and gardens. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said

the news “marks a major step forward in the development of this site, which has the potential to become not only an im- portant new business destination but also a key part of the capital’s cultural life.” He continued: “Through these plans to

attract businesses and talent into the Royal Docks, we are aiming to unlock this area’s potential to support the growth of innovative new businesses across all sectors of our economy. “The Royal Docks was once an eco-

nomic powerhouse – with these plans we are aiming to lay the foundations so that it can once again play a crucial role in the life of the capital.” Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz also

commented on the “exciting news,” praising the project for funding more “homes, highly skilled jobs, apprentice- ship opportunities for our young people and improved transport infrastructure to an area steeped in rich industrial history.” She believes the plans have the poten-

tial “to improve the lives” of residents, and “benefit the whole of London.” “I am really excited to be working with

residents, partners and the Mayor of London to help deliver this ambitious plan,” Fiaz concluded.

Timber frame is re-shaping the industry

Recent developments in the housebuilding industry look set to stimulate the market for timber frame construction, says Norbord marketing manager, David Connacher. The growth of timber frame is gradually changing long-established practices within housebuilding as the construction industry embraces

the idea of off-site manufacture. This slow and cautious approach is due mainly to the fact that offsite manufacture means a huge reduction in the site-based activities that define a traditional building firm. The reduction in on-site activity means that, once the building’s foundations are installed, erection of the main structure follows very quickly. New timber-framed homes can therefore be brought to market at a much faster rate. Vent-Axia Supports Clean Air Day 2018

Sussex-based Vent-Axia is delighted to support Clean Air Day on 21 June 2018. The day is co-ordinated by environmental charity Global Action Plan and aims to raise awareness of the risks of air pollution and the simple things everyone can do to improve their air quality and health. “We are pleased to support Clean Air Day as it continues to raise awareness of the importance of clean air, particularly

indoor air quality, and how everyone can make changes to improve their IAQ and their health” said Jenny Smith, Marketing Manager at Vent-Axia. Vent-Axia has been working hard to provide ventilation solutions to improve IAQ for households.

0844 856 0590 New I-Joist assembly line building completed

Structural work is now complete on the new 3,000m2

I-Joist assembly line building

at James Jones & Sons Ltd in Forres. The new line will see JJI-Joist production capability more than double from the 7.5 Million lineal metres per year the site currently produces to a potential 20 Million

lineal metres a year. Globe Machine are supplying the new I-Joist line and components will arrive on site in the coming weeks. Once commissioned, the new line should alleviate any concerns the UK construction industry might have over I-Joist supply due to on-going Brexit negotiations, with the world’s most advanced assembly line being on UK soil. Winner of Dulux Academy challenge

Barrie Thompson, a professional decorator based in North London won the 2017 Dulux Academy Design and Decorating Challenge. Run in partnership with Graham and Brown, wallpaper supplier partner to Dulux Academy, entrants were asked to submit their own

wallpaper design and take part in an installation challenge. Barrie explained: “This competition has been a valuable experience and I have since taken advantage of the courses available at the Dulux Academy, including Mural Effects and Feature Walls, which has given me the opportunity to develop my industry knowledge and really enhance the technical expertise I can offer my clients.”

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