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Specifiers Journal 2015-2016

Specifiers Journal 2015-2016

Specifiers Journal Contents Featured Editorials British Security Industry Association p.6 ICOM Energy Association p.16 Renewable Energy Association p.28 Hot Water Association p.29 Structural Timber Association p.53 Stone Federation Great Britain p.68 National Insulation Association p.90 Association for Specialist Fire Protection p.98 Featured Projects Education p.39 Commercial p.48 Housing p.76 Restoration/Conservation p.114 Public Buildings p.116 Classified Listings p.126 Introduction We are facing a housing shortage (an under–supply of 30% less new affordable homes being built, when compared with 2007–8). Stamp duty changes, will help younger homebuyers. The demands on the intrusion into the Green Belt, with the enthusiasm for burgeoning Garden Cities, and in certain cases Local Plans which do not fully address the concerns of expanding into the Green Belt and have no policy/strategy for making better use of Brownfield sites. This applies particularly in Town Centres, where an increasing number of unused properties such as shops and redundant factories are not seen as an attractive proposition to some Developers. The Challenge must be to stimulate more incentive to develop Brownfield sites, possibly with a new Greenfield levy to subsidise Brownfield Developments. The construction industry as a whole needs to consider how to strike a balance between global and local values allowing for cultural as well as brand manifestation. Other challenges include new CDM Regulations under the guidance of H.S.E. by re–aligning the co–ordination function and cut down on the ‘mixed messages’ of the current version of the Regulations. We are now returning to the Age of Minimalism in the New Millennial era, searching for more privacy and creating quiet zones when at work. Face–to–face interaction is growing with the increasing use of Skype, add to this the ever growing popularity of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. These are leading us towards the possibility of becoming too sedentary at work (which appears to contradict the belief that the human body was never intended/evolved/formed to be seated). So the trend to have standing/mobile flat–pack desks may help to reduce/reconcile sitting for too long. The layouts of our office space and our activities at work should encourage more exercise in the workplace. We face a world of increased conflict, environmental challenges, mass migration, with reducing resources where economic growth is expected from emerging markets such as China, India, Brazil, Russia and South Africa. More sustainable energy harvesting solutions, with a reduction in waste, must be one of our greatest challenges. Editor Front Cover Image: Droylsden Academy situated in Tameside, Greater Manchester see page 39 for full feature We would like to thank everyone who has contributed and/or reviewed material included within this issue of Specifiers Journal. Copyright The Architects’ Publishing Partnership Ltd., 2015. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be used, reproduced, stored in information retrieval system or transmitted in any manner whatsoever, without the express written permission of The Architects’ Publishing Partnership Ltd. Whilst the most meticulous care has been taken in the prep a ra tion of this publication, the publishers, editors and staff cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies, errors or omissions, or any consequences arising therefrom, at any time. The Architects’ Publishing Partnership Ltd Venture House, Cross Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 7PG Tel: 01625 511645 Email: research@app-publishing.co.uk www.app-publishing.co.uk/specifiersjournal Production/Digital Editor: Paul Heath Sales & Editorial Co-ordinator: Helen Constantinou ISBN 978-1-898340-04-1 (SMC1215) SPECIFICATION JOURNAL 2015-2016 3