Tune in for this week’s architecture, design and construction news – with a brief commentary from our Development Manager, Daniel Thompson!
Review of building and fire safety regulations launched following Grenfell Tower disaster
Independent reviews of building and fire safety have been launched, following the Grenfell fire on June 14th. The announcement came last Friday, after numerous high-rise residential building failed to pass the British Research Establishment fire tests. Read more at dezeen.com >>
D. T. > Initial BS8414 fire testing has shown the system used on Grenfell does not meet acceptable firesafe standards. Dynamic Cladding Glass with a Non Combustible system rating is a sound option to future-proof your material selection.
Gatwick plans further £1.2bn investment
Following an anticipation of growth in demand, Gatwick announced its investment plan for the next five years, which totals up to £1.15bn. Aircraft stands will be reconfigured, a new hangar will be built in partnership with Boeing, Pier 6 will be extended and a new domestic arrivals facility will be added to Gatwick’s South Terminal. Read more at infrastructure-intelligence.com >>
D. T. > Joining the long list of UK airports investing in major upgrades to increase capacity. Dynamic Cladding were fortunate to have Gatwick consulting team view the recent blast testing conducted on the DynaPanel materials.
DfT green light five new rail stations with £16M investment
Department of Transport has announced a £16M investment for new railway stations. The project is due for completion in March 2020 and will include 5 new railway stations across England and Wales, improving rail service and creating new leisure and business opportunities. Read more at ukconstructionmedia.co.uk >>
D. T. > Almost daily we see announcement into rain infrastructure across the country. Dynamic Cladding are in-tune with project opportunities for platform linings and facades utilising DynaPanel Glass systems.
Construction self-employment jumps to over 1m
After construction union Unite requested a Freedom of Information request the Government released figures that show nearly half of the UK construction workforce is self-employed. This may be indicative of the rise of bogus self-employment schemes. Read more at constructionenquirer.com >>
D. T. > Following Government law changes, self employed workers are now more visible
CoMED / ad2 architekten ZT KG
Custom made interior fitted furniture, “garden folding” made of glassfibre concrete panels and folded facade made us fall for this astonishing creation by ad2 architekten ZT KG. See more at archdaily.com >>
D. T. > Futuristic design utilising coloured glass as feature cladding; providing flat reflective surfaces.
Following a report by experts at Trenton Fire, John Radcliffe Hospital is closing its Trauma unit for up to a year.Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will have to improve the safety of the unit before it can be reoccupied again, which includes the replacement of cladding. Read more at constructionenquirer.com >>
D. T. > As part of the nationwide concerns over fire safety and facades, decision taken to relocate patients to eliminate risk whilst refurbishment works are undertaken.
WHY wins Edinburgh’s Ross Pavilion contest with design featuring undulating roof gardens
American studio wHY is the winner to create a new events pavilion in Edinburgh. £25 million Ross Pavilion was chosen over 6 other teams and will house a visitors centre and a cafe. See more at dezeen.com >>
D. T. > Stunning integration of modern glass into the landscape, well done wHY Architects Team.