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Xtend & Climb Home Telescopic Ladders

October 30th, 2009 1 comment

Xtend & Climb Home Telescopic Ladders

Xtend & Climb Home Telescopic Ladders

Xtend & Climb Home Telescopic Ladders

Introducing the all new Horizon Xtend & Climb Home – arguably the most compact ladder on the market!

It stores at a mere 0.68m and opens up to an amazing 2.59m – meaning you can store it in the most confined spaces such as under the stairs, under the bed or between the fridge and the washing machine and still be able to access lofts, windows and high wardrobes.

Introducing the all new Horizon Xtend & Climb Home – arguably the most compact ladder on the market!

It stores at a mere 0.68m and opens up to an amazing 2.59m – meaning you can store it in the most confined spaces such as under the stairs, under the bed or between the fridge and the washing machine and still be able to access lofts, windows and high wardrobes.

Xtend & Climb Home has a new ergonomic design, making opening and closing the ladder even easier, especially for those with smaller hands.

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Hilary Benn to deliver his first lecture to the architecture profession

October 30th, 2009 Comments off
RIBA

RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is pleased to confirm that the Rt. Hon Hilary Benn MP, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) will be delivering his first direct address to the architecture profession about climate change at the RIBA on Wednesday 28 October 2009. His speech is a highlight of the ongoing International Dialogues: Architecture and Climate Change lecture series, sponsored by Gleeds.

In this high profile keynote speech Mr Benn will focus on the essential issue of adaptation – for homes, commercial buildings and infrastructure – in reference to the DEFRA’s UK Climate Projections (UKCP09) which provides information on the possible future climate. UKCP09 shows we can expect warmer and wetter winters, hotter and drier summers, sea level rise, and more severe weather including heat-waves and flooding. The speech will be followed by a panel discussion, chaired by RIBA President Ruth Reed, with leading industry experts on the challenges and opportunities for the built environment resulting from the changing climate.

Speaking about his lecture, Hilary Benn said:

“The groundbreaking UK Climate Projections 09, launched in the summer, show the scale of the potential challenge we face as a result of climate change. For the first time they set out the probability of changes to our climate – giving us the ability to judge risks and plan our response.

“These projections will certainly help the architectural profession, as they build, plan and manage risks in the future. Architecture must take account of carbon and adaptation to create climate resilient buildings, infrastructure and places.

“This is a really important task for the architectural profession to take on. I welcome the lead that the RIBA is giving in highlighting the need to reduce our emissions and design buildings that can withstand the climate of the future.”

The International Dialogues: Architecture and Climate Change series began in February 2006 with a talk by Wangari Maathai and has continued to give a platform to leading visionary thinkers, practitioners and policy-makers from disciplines such as environmentalism, architecture, urbanism and art. The series invites contributors to consider and debate the issues of globalisation and the socio-economic, cultural and environmental role that cities and our urban landscape must embrace to enable the transformation towards a low carbon world.

Through this programme of talks and debates the RIBA aims to encourage a wider understanding of the role of architecture and sustainable design solutions in both adapting and mitigating the effects of climate change through expert presentations and talks.

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12 firms vie to revive the derelict Richard Rogers site

October 30th, 2009 2 comments

rogerssiteBritish Land asks young architects to find uses for the City’s abandoned ‘cheese grater’ tower

A dozen young architects have been shortlisted for a temporary ideas competition to fill the site of Richard Rogers’ “cheese grater”, which was mothballed by the developer last summer.

The move by British Land has come as a shock to Rogers Stirk Harbour, which was only told of the plans earlier this month.

Opening up vacant plots is part of a wider initiative by the City of London’s planning authority to force developers to turn to alternative uses for sites indefinitely put on hold by the credit crunch.

Shortlisted firms include Young Architect of the Year 2009 finalists Duggan Morris and Glowacka Rennie along with 2007 winner, Carmody Groarke, with submitted ideas for the Leadenhall tower site ranging from a city farm to a viewing platform.

The winning design, which could sit on the site for up to five years, will be announced by competition organiser Wordsearch in the next few weeks.

The Corporation of London is determined not to have the Square Mile riddled with derelict plots and one shortlisted architect said the developer had been “bounced” into the initiative. British Land declined to comment.

Christine Cohen, chairman of the planning committee said “We need something on the site rather than a hole. There are various sites in mind [for similar schemes] in the City.”

Other high-profile developments across the capital are also looking at temporary uses, including the troubled Chelsea Barracks, which is considering an antiques fair, and Noho Square — originally intended as a Candy & Candy mixed-use development — which may be turned into allotments.

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FMB say Tory housing plans are an “act of faith”

October 29th, 2009 Comments off
Housing Plans

Housing Plans

Conservative plans to increase the number of new homes whilst simultaneously giving local people more say as to where and if these homes are to be built are an act of faith, the Federation of Master Builders has warned.

Conservative Shadow Housing Minister Grant Shapps announced the plans yesterday.

FMB director of external affairs Brian Berry said: “It is very encouraging that the Conservative Party acknowledges the need to build more homes and has come out as pro-development.

“But whether its proposed financial incentives to match pound for pound the Council Tax revenue on all new homes for a six year period will be sufficient to persuade local authorities of the need to build new homes in their area remains to be seen.”

He added: “There is the danger that the Conservative proposals in attempting to please everyone will end up pleasing no one.

“The simple fact is that this country needs more homes to tackle the current housing crisis and these homes need to be built somewhere. Giving more power to local communities to decide on housing policy may sound good but in practice may mean that in certain parts of the country fewer and not more homes will be built.”

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RICS Awards – 2009 winners revealed

October 28th, 2009 Comments off

St Paul's Cathedral Tercentenary Project

St Paul's Cathedral Tercentenary Project

The St Paul’s Cathedral Tercentenary Project was today given the accolade of Project of the Year 2009 at the RICS Awards Grand Final.

Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud hosted the event at the Honourable Artillery Company in London, in which property projects from across the globe competed to be crowned winner in the categories of Regeneration, Building Conservation, Community Benefit and Sustainability, before the Project of the Year Award was presented to the scheme considered to have excelled in any (or all) of these groups.

Winning projects, originating from as far as Australia, were announced before London’s St Paul’s Cathedral took the top honour.  Simon Pott, Chairman of Judges, commented

“This is a remarkable project that has rejuvenated a truly timeless building for the local area and wider community. The care and attention taken in its restoration, in both its exterior and interior has given it a completely new lease of life.”

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Mammoth Hire launch new Tool & Equipment Hire forum and blog

October 27th, 2009 5 comments

Mammoth Hire

Mammoth Hire

Mammoth Hire have now launched their new Tool & Equipment Hire forum and blog. If you want to keep posted on the latest special offers for tool and equipment hire or post a question for the Hire Team about a product or part of their service – this is the website for you! Forum signup is fast and FREE and allows you to post questions directly to the Mammoth Hire Team.

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Sitemaster Manual – Sitemaster Building Manual – Sitemaster Building TS Manual

October 26th, 2009 2 comments
Sitemaster Building eManual

Sitemaster Building eManual

Mobile CAD Surveying are now offering all their customers who take a training day with them a FREE 176 page Sitemaster Building Manual and Sitemaster Building TS Manual. The manual also covers PowerCAD Sitemaster Office 4.

This is a very comprehensive manual covering all aspects of the Sitemaster software.

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Hilti PD38 Laser Measure

October 23rd, 2009 6 comments
Hilti PD38 Laser Measure

Hilti PD38 Laser Measure

We believe this to be the best laser measure on the market today.

Unrivalled worldwide. Forget what you know about warranties.

Hilti tools are built to take a lot of punishment. But even if a defect occurs,  Hilti will take care of it quickly and professionally, for up to
2 years completely free of charge. After that we put a limit on what a repair can cost – for as long as you keep on using your Hilti tool. Hilti give you a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty against manufacturing defects. That’s not just reassuring to know, it’s unique in the power tool business.
Used as the laser measure of choice for most surveyors using the Sitemaster Building software
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RICS supports action plan to transform skills across housing and regeneration sectors

October 22nd, 2009 Comments off

rics-lionRICS has joined forces with over 2o organisations to launch a pioneering action plan that will overhaul place-making skills and improve the delivery of homes and communities.

This is unprecedented in scale and ambition, the ground-breaking action plan – Delivering Better Skills for Better Places – will accelerate the development of a flexible, knowledgeable and highly skilled workforce and ensure that there are enough people with the technical, specialist and transferable skills to deliver sustainable communities.

The aims of the action plan are to:

  • Attract new entrants and retain existing people in the core professions
  • Develop generic skills in areas like low carbon, climate change, empowerment, community cohesion, risk sharing, negotiation, process re-modelling, place leadership and partnership working
  • Ensure technical and specialist skills like planning, urban design and skills for changing economic markets are updated in line with new processes, standards, legislation and economic conditions.

Collectively, the partners will develop a framework to promote joint learning, encourage greater partnership working, share knowledge and expertise, support continuing professional development, attract more people to take up a career in the sector and create flexible career progression paths.

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Mammoth Hire – Tool & Lifting Equipment Hire UK

October 21st, 2009 1 comment

Mammoth Hire

Mammoth Hire

National Tool Hire delivered to your door
Mammoth tool hire is supplied by Hire Station, one of the UK’s leading tool hire companies. We have a choice of over 2,000 products to choose from including carpet cleaners, cement mixers, mini diggers, floor sanders, power tools, scaffolding, cranes, surveying equipment and much more. So, no matter how big or small your commercial needs, home or garden projects are, we now have the equipment you need.

We Make Hire Easy one call is all it takes
It’s really easy to hire from Mammoth and all items are available for next day delivery (Mon-Sat AM). If you order before noon we can often deliver your equipment the same day, anywhere in the UK. Our hire periods vary from a day, weekend, 7 days or longer. Annual contracts and special offers also available. We also offer specialist safety equipment – just call our hire team for more info.

Save Money 25% or more off other National Hire rates
Hire almost any piece of equipment from our range and find that our prices are over 25% cheaper than other National Hire companies including Speedy, Brandon and HSS. Open a corporate account and get even greater savings, just speak to one of the team for these ongoing great offers.

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