Panasonic announces winners of third PRO Awards

anasonic has announced the winners of its third PRO Awards. The bi-annual awards celebrate stand- out Panasonic installations across Europe that demonstrate excellence in design, specification and installation. This round of the PRO Awards attracted the highest number of submissions to date, with entries from over ten European countries competing for: Best Residential Project, Best Hospitality Project, Best Retail Project, and Best Commercial Project. Together with the main categories, the judges also bestowed four special recognition awards for Best Innovative Project, Best Energy Performance, Best GHP and Best Sustainable Project. “This year’s PRO Awards have once again left us greatly impressed by the high standard of entries received across Europe. The winning entries show immense commitment and passion for the growth of sustainable heating and cooling, whilst delivering effective solutions in each category. We would like to applaud everyone who entered,” commented Albert Blasco, European marketing manager at Panasonic Heating and Cooling. The winners were selected by an international judging panel of independent


industry experts. David Frise, UK Judge and CEO of BESA said: “The Panasonic PRO Awards shows a high standard of Panasonic projects and it was great to see the innovative focus on design, energy performance and sustainability. Congratulations to the deserving winners.” Winners will receive a trophy and a trip to Japan, which includes a visit to the Panasonic Global Headquarters and the ground-breaking Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town. They also receive a professionally written case study to use for PR and marketing purposes, plus international recognition for their excellent project.

Energy from water: a guide to the new alchemy

new Code of Practice offering guidance on harnessing energy from water in the ground for heating and cooling has just been published. Groundwater source heat pumps (GWSHPs) have huge potential to provide low carbon heating and/or cooling to buildings and are an underused technology in the UK. ‘CP3 Open-loop groundwater source heat pumps: Code of Practice for the UK’ aims to encourage adoption of the technology and raise standards across the supply chain, ensuring GWSHPs are designed, built, operated and maintained to a high standard, providing greater confidence for specifiers, developers and property purchasers.


Phil Jones, chair of CP3 steering committee, said: “The rapid decarbonisation of the electricity grid means that heat pumps are THE low carbon solution for providing heating and cooling in buildings. Ground water provides a relatively constant temperature source, making GWSHPs an efficient

technology throughout the year. This new Code of Practice sets out minimum standards to give the building sector confidence in applying GWSHPs correctly.” The Code has been produced as a joint project between the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA) with the backing of the Heat Pump Association (HPA), and had been supported by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

CIBSE, GSHPA and HPA are also working to develop training to ensure the skills necessary to implement the Code of Practice are available across the sector.

Ground Source Heat Pump Association chairman, Bean Beanland, points out that ground and water source heat pump technology is extremely well suited to the UK climate and is the technology of now. CP3 Open-loop groundwater source heat pumps: Code of Practice for the UK is available from the CIBSE Knowledge Portal at


Former garden centre site to be transformed into £12m luxury care and retirement living development

tepnell has been awarded a £12 million contract to deliver a new luxury care facility in Eastcote, Solihull featuring 84 rooms and apartments. The construction team has recently started on site to deliver the 78- week scheme on behalf of Cinnamon Care Collection, providers of luxury care homes and retirement developments. The build comprises three two-storey buildings; a 50- bedroom care home and two additional apartment blocks featuring 34 retirement apartments, all surrounded by landscaped gardens with facilities such as a restaurant and café-bar. The brownfield site will be transformed into private care facility offering a range of services including day care, dementia care, nursing care, residential care and short-stay care.


John Rawlinson, West Midlands regional director for Stepnell said: “We are

proud to be working with one of the top 20

recommended care home groups in the country. “This disused site was where a former garden centre once stood and is now being transformed into specialist new homes for older people in the local community. At the project’s peak we will have an 80-strong team on site working to deliver the luxury new facility.” Albert Josephs, head of development, said: “This is

the third project the client team have negotiated with Stepnell after the experienced team delivered two earlier schemes in Oxfordshire & Gloucestershire. “We have very high standards and our residents expect the uppermost quality from our luxury care and retirement facilities. I am confident that Stepnell will deliver an excellent development to add to our growing portfolio.”

lbion Valves (UK) Ltd, a leading supplier of valves to the industrial and building services markets in the UK has opened a sister company, Albion Valves (International) Ltd. This new company will be providing valves and fittings to the Middle East, Africa and Southern Asia, and will be serviced by a dedicated team based in the UAE. This comes at a time when the construction sector in the Middle East and North Africa is booming, with regional governments continuing to invest in infrastructure projects such as Dubai Expo 2020, Qatar 2022 World Cup, New Cairo Capital in Egypt and large residential construction projects in Saudi Arabia.

Albion expands its horizons A

Albion Valves (International) Ltd has been established to support its growing network of distributors in the region and will have a large stock holding in Jebel Ali Free Zone to service these distributors and customers efficiently.

Jason Thomas, sales director at Albion Valves (International) Ltd, commented: “Everyone at Albion is excited for this new venture. It comes at a time when business in the region is strong and there are plenty of opportunities to be had. Albion have a strong reputation in the UK for their quality products, comprehensive range and high customer service levels and we hope to build upon this to open doors for us in the Middle East, Africa and Southern Asia.”

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