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A recent report by Scape, a public sector owned built environment specialist, has estimated that as many as 1,600 new primary schools will need to be built by 2024 in order to accommodate Britain’s rising young population.   In fact, even by 2019, the report expects the amount of primary school pupils to rise from 4,376,000 to 4,658,000. London alone will require 2,600 extra 30-pupil classrooms by 2020. And all this in a country where parents already struggle to place their children into their ideal schools.   It goes without saying, there is a lot of work to be done.   But whilst it might seem daunting for the educational boards and contractors...  Read More


  In any dwelling where vulnerable people reside, it is the responsibility of the landlord to provide a safe living environment as part of their overall Duty of Care. Now, the increasingly pressing issue of fuel poverty should fall under that umbrella too.   In the context of social housing, the considerations for councils and social landlords are more complex than you might initially think. How they heat these premises is just one example of something that can make a genuine difference to their residents – should the attention it deserves be applied correctly.   It begs the question, why aren’t more councils prioritising the installation of heating systems into their social housing that are...  Read More


  Jan Kriekels is the CEO and Owner of Jaga. It is Jan’s commitment to sustainability that drives Jaga’s entire philosophy. Here, Jan gives his take on the Paris Climate Summit COP21. Any time that a global consensus to drive sustainability happens is great. Events such as the Paris Climate Summit COP21 are undoubtedly key to reversing the energy-thirsty habits we have developed.   But whilst the gesture is encouraging, unfortunately, the commitments that seem to result are only recommended – nothing agreed is obligatory. It is a start, but not enough.   The goal is to limit further warming of our planet to well below 2°C, with 1.5°C being the target. Now, at...  Read More


  In April 2016, the collaborative use of BIM Level 2 in all government procured buildings will become mandatory, with all asset information relating to a project becoming electronically shareable in a common environment.   Since the government revealed this as part of its BIM Strategy in 2011, many businesses within the construction sector have been scrambling to optimise their BIM capabilities. It is an issue that impacts businesses throughout the entire construction supply chain, from architects to contractors to product manufacturers.   However, as we stand here now, there is a risk that many companies will be left behind. From the latest surveys carried out by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), it is the...  Read More

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