Refurbishment

The Perfect Finish: Two Schools Score Dulux Smarter Spaces £10,000 Design Prize

The Perfect Finish: Two Schools Score Dulux Smarter Spaces £10,000 Design Prize

Two lucky schools have been announced as winners of the annual Dulux Smarter Spaces competition and are each set to receive £10,000 worth of colour and design services.

Lawley Primary School in Telford and Highdown School & Sixth From Centre in Reading will revitalise their education environments with help from the leading paint manufacturer’s Smarter Spaces team, which puts pupils at the heart of design in schools.

A Brief Guide to School Toilet Regs

Paul Thorn

When planning washroom facilities for school premises, there are various best practice design guides to point you in the right direction, such as how to choose the perfect urinals for your school or college

However, when it comes to swotting up on the rules and regulations that must be followed when installing amenities, it can be difficult to find the right information, with many people pointing out inconsistencies between varying versions of government guidelines.

Amthal’s gold star for security with the Orion primary school

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The Orion Primary School is working directly with Amthal Fire & Security to create bespoke fire safety and security solutions at its new and growing site, to protect pupils and staff, inside and outside the classroom.

The Orion Primary School is part of a federation of two schools that forms a large learning community.  In 2014, it moved to its current site, doubling in size to offer a four-form entry.  The school continues to expand to offer the very latest learning facilities and commit to its ‘Gold Star Primary Learning’ approach to its students and provide a brighter future.

Benefits of Outdoor Play

Benefits of Outdoor Play

As the summer months approach, it is the perfect time to get outdoors and be active.  Playing outdoors and being active is extremely important for early year’s children. Only 21% of boys and 16% of girls aged 5-15 are achieving the recommended daily levels of physical activity.

The British Journal of Sports Medicine reported findings of a study which demonstrated that the interest in exercise wanes during childhood, around the ages of six. It is therefore vitally important for children to engage in play from an early age. Playing outdoors and being active, not only builds physical development but it also provides a gateway to other forms of exercise.    

              

Smarter Surfaces has made its mark at Milan Design Week 2017

Smarter Surfaces has made its mark at Milan Design Week 2017

Smarter Surfaces has made its mark at Milan Design Week 2017 and attracted the attention of one of Italy’s biggest publications.

Recently returned from exhibiting at Salone Del Mobile, one of the top furniture shows in the world, Smarter Surfaces stood out from the crowd and was spotted by and featured in top Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera.

Salone Del Mobile features thousands of innovative and exciting exhibitors but journalists at Corriere Della Sera singled out Smarter Surfaces products as standing out from the rest  commenting "Walls are usually dead. They become alive with Smarter Surfaces products.”

 

Thousands of school pupils benefit from multi-million building project

Thousands of school pupils benefit from multi-million building project

A multi-million pound building project has been completed that will give more than 8,000 school pupils across Hertfordshire, Luton and Reading access to top-quality education facilities. 

The £135m project was undertaken by developer and investor Kajima, and partner Interserve Investments, and saw the completion of seven state-of-the-art schools, comprising Kings Langley School, Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School, Goffs School in Cheshunt, Longdean School in Hemel Hempstead, Reading Girls' School, Stopsley High School in Luton, and Westfield Academy in Watford. 

The rebuild was part of the government's £4.4bn Priority School Building Programme, which is rebuilding or refurbishing those school buildings in the very worst condition across the country. 

Plugging in to modular buildings – lighting controls in the education sector

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As a growing population puts further strain on the demand for public services and school places, local authorities are turning to modular buildings to construct lower carbon buildings more quickly. These buildings, which are typically manufactured offsite and pieced together, demand an alternative approach when it comes to lighting control solutions. Martyn Frear, Business Development Manager at CP Electronics looks at key drivers behind the modular building boom and what this means for the lighting control industry.

Modular buildings…a viable option?

Plugging in to modular buildings – lighting controls in the education sector

lighting controls

As a growing population puts further strain on the demand for public services and school places, local authorities are turning to modular buildings to construct lower carbon buildings more quickly. These buildings, which are typically manufactured offsite and pieced together, demand an alternative approach when it comes to lighting control solutions. Martyn Frear, Business Development Manager at CP Electronics looks at key drivers behind the modular building boom and what this means for the lighting control industry.

Modular buildings…a viable option?

The Best in Automated Gate Design and Installation

The Best in Automated Gate Design and Installation

IQ Gates are the UK’s leaders in automated gate design, engineering and installation. With more than 20 years of experience in automated entrance gate installation and dedicated exemplary design, IQ Gates offer a service that is unparalleled to any other. We offer a wide selection of services to ensure that existing automated gates continue to work correctly and safely throughout their lifetime as well as one off repairs and safety health checks. IQ Gates are able to advise and create impressive and secure entrances to residential or commercial properties with incredible design and installation. We are happy to be affiliated with many gate safety advocates including Gate Safe, to ensure that all gate installations are well engineered, legal and safe.

 

A secondary school chooses a refurbished building from foremans for its 1st sixth form

Portakabin Group

ONE OF THE TOP-PERFORMING SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ENGLAND CHOOSES A REFURBISHED BUILDING FROM FOREMANS FOR ITS 1ST SIXTH FORM

 

Foremans Relocatable Building Systems, a member of the Portakabin Group and the UK’s largest supplier of refurbished Portakabin buildings, has handed over a purpose-designed sixth form centre at Higham Lane School in Nuneaton, following completion of a £1.6 million contract. 

Smarter Surfaces Announce New Dry Erase Wallcoverings Range

 Smarter Surfaces

Smarter Surfaces, traditionally known for multi-award-winning Smart Wall Paint, has expanded into the wall coverings industry.

Initially the product will be introduced in two versions: Smart Dry Erase Wallcovering and Smart Projector Wallcovering (Dry  Erase, Low Sheen). They are the first in a range of functional wallcoverings being added to the existing collections.

Synthetic surface specialists, Bradleys Surfacing Systems

Edenhurst school children & teachers

Synthetic surface specialists, Bradleys Surfacing Systems were recently commissioned by Edenhurst Preparatory School in Newcastle-under-Lyme to install a new multi-sport facility. 

The new AstroTurf has converted the school’s former tarmac tennis courts into a multi-use games area suitable for football, hockey, netball and tennis.

Former Stoke City FC footballer, Ricardo Fuller officially opened the new AstroTurf pitch during a special opening ceremony on October 14th in front of staff, pupils, parents and VIP guests. 

Energys boiler management controls boost Devon schools’ economy drive

Energys boiler management controls boost Devon schools’ economy drive

Hyde Park Junior and Infant Schools in Plymouth were equipped with four Energys Dynamic Burner Management Units in just a single half-day of work.

From low-consumption lighting infrastructures to more acutely optimised heating systems, schools and colleges of higher education throughout the UK are beginning to reap the benefits of technologies designed to boost operational efficiencies and reduce energy bills. As a company with a variety of solutions in this area, Energys is well-placed to observe this ongoing transition – and has a rapidly expanding portfolio of project credits to prove it.

A Stockroom Clean-Up Checklist for Retailers

In the hustle and bustle of everyday activities, it can be exceptionally difficult to keep a stockroom clean and organised. The resulting chaos too often takes its toll on productivity and motivation. 

At Action Storage, we’ve almost 30 years’ experience helping retailers craft and reorganise their storage space, so we thought we’d share our checklist for tackling an unruly stockroom:

1. Discard old or obsolete items