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Asia Pacific

Savills IM to Acquire Brisbane Office Building for Pan-Asian Fund

Savills Investment Management (Savills IM), the international real estate investment manager, has agreed to acquire HQ South, an A-grade office building in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane from M&G, for its flagship pooled pan-Asian strategy fund. The asset comprises a modern 14,588 sqm building in the thriving near-city Fortitude Valley precinct, with 1,503sqm in food and beverage…

design

RS Announces Winner of Global Engineering Talent Competition

RS Group has named the winner of its Air Quality Project which was launched last year as part of a wider DesignSpark #ActivistEngineering programme to cultivate new engineering talent across the globe.The initiative was created to engage and inspire design engineers to create new ideas and technology to help deal with the vast challenges presented…

News

Extending BIM to Doors

ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions have launced an app-based custom configuration tool for creating, visualising, modifying and managing door openings. The Openings Studio™ BIM application provides access to complete doorset information at all stages from product concept to product care, helping builders and architects to design and specify doors and hardware with live BIM connectivity –…

News

Making Wood Glow

Seattle-based lighting innovator LightArt is bringing natural materials to light with its first curated selection of wood grain colors and shades. Introducing Woods: a collection of wood-inspired shades and laser-cut patterns for LightArt’s signature fixtures. Designed with parent company 3form’s signature Varia resin, the biophilic print materials emulate complex textures found in nature and come…

design

Rochford Unveils New Fleet Under New Partnership with Norse

Bin collection in Rochford won’t look the same for at least the next eight years following the delivery of a new refuse collection fleet as part of a waste and street cleansing partnership launched between Rochford District Council and Norse Group in July.  Now out on the streets on bin collection days, the newly branded…

Case Studies

Designing Flood Defences to Stand the Test of Time

Kasper Fredriksen, sales engineer with Sulzer, explains how the company’s design expertise is ensuring the protection of a Danish town from flood damage until (according to company estimates) 2110. Looking ahead at rising sea levels, water utilities in low-lying areas need to be planning how to handle increased risks of flooding. In Denmark, defenses in…

Construction

BAM to Deliver £84m Mental Health Care Unit in Wales

BAM has been commissioned by Betsi Cadwaladr University (BCU) Health Board to develop the detailed design for a new inpatient adult and older persons mental health unit at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan near Rhyl, Wales. The Welsh Government has approved the Health Board’s outline plans and the scheme can now proceed to a full…

design

Evolution Launches Life Safety Systems Division

Evolution has launched a new dedicated Life Safety Systems division that builds on almost three decades of fire safety systems’ expertise in the UK. Services to be provided by the new division include the design, installation and maintenance of critical safety systems including sprinklers, fire hydrants, automatic opening vents (AOVs) and gas suppression systems, as…

Construction

Refurb and Reuse vs Demolition and Rebuild

Stuart Byles and Lee Stuart, technical directors at UK contractor Pexhurst Services, discuss key take-homes on BREEAM standards from a recent Refurb and Reuse vs Demolition and Rebuild roundtable with FM Magazine. Refurbishment has been relatively late to BREEAM standards in comparison to new builds, and still seems to be in the early stages with…

Automation & AI

The Future of Warehouse Automation

Nick Hughes, sales manager at UK intralogistics provider Invar Group, considers the key influences and technologies that are shaping fulfilment operations in warehousing. Today, customer service levels are the ultimate driver of warehousing strategies as a result of ever-increasing expectations that are driving change. Along with the rapid growth of ecommerce, there is a strong…

design

University of Arizona Revitalizes Campus with Addition of Student Success District

An interconnected ‘Student Success District’ designed by The Miller Hull Partnership in association with Poster Mirto McDonald has recently been completed at the University of Arizona’s Tucson Campus. The complex project redefines the Main Library and the Bear Down Gymnasium, reorients the entry to the Albert B. Weaver Science-Engineering Library, and merges them with a…

design

LightArt Expands Small Profile Acoustic Lighting Offering

The Acoustic Stratta and Acoustic Baffle ranges from LightArt meets the need of designers for minimalist architectural lighting fixtures with nrrow appertures and linear sound-dampening. Described as the company’s “most slender and sophisticated” designs to date, both product lines have been imagined for high-traffic commercial spaces and can be specified as individual pieces or in…

design

Launch of Innovative Off-grid Lighting System

Scottish solutions business Eco Group has launched an innovative off-grid lighting system to cut energy bills and reduce the carbon footprint of businesses in partnership with renewable energy solutions specialist Kight Off-Grid Solutions. Eco Off-Grid is a standalone LED street lighting system which works independently from the grid. Powered by solar and wind energy, it can…

Blog

The Latest Vegas Mega-Casino Looks Like a Winner

It’s easy to think of Las Vegas as something of a finished product from a real estate and construction perspective. After all, there seem to be almost more casinos, hotels, and miscellaneous entertainment venues than visitors know what to do with already. At the same time though, there’s still quite a bit of space around…

design

Veolia and Miracle-Gro Launch Recycling Scheme for Plastic Compost Bags

A new UK recycling operation involving Veolia, garden product brand Miracle-Gro, and Dobbies Garden Centres is set to address the environmental impact of caused by around 100 million bags that are used for compost, soil and chipped bark each year. Developed from successful trials, the process will be the first time these low-density polyethylene (LDPE)…

design

Launch of First Ever CIBSE-accredited On-demand Lighting CPDs

Lighting brand Signify has launched the first on-demand continuing professional development courses to be accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers for specifiers, lighting designers, facilities managers and installers who need to respond to challenges created by sustainability and SARS-Cov-2. The courses are an addition to over 700 already being offered by the…

design

Young Entrepreneur Launches New Engineering Academy

Clyne Albertelli, 25, who founded start-up Co-Lab Engineering in June, has launched an Engineering Academy to encourage collaboration between industry and SMEs in developing solutions to real-life challenges using rapid approaches to problem solving he learnt in the nuclear sector. The Academy’s first six-week ‘sprint’ project is scheduled for October, with the programme focusing on…

design

AMP&RSAND Signs Achitectural Firm as Tenant for San Diego Campus Redevelopment

AMP&RSAND has signed a lease with Harley Ellis Devereaux Corp (HED) at its creative office redevelopment on the site of the former San Diego Union-Tribune Publishing Company campus in San Diego’s Mission Valley area in a deal brokered by Cushman & Wakefield. The national architecture design, engineering, and planning firm is leasing 10,549 square feet…

China

Rescheduled CIFF Guangzhou Attracts 50.19 Million Online Visits

The 49th edition of FM Industry partner event, the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF), has concluded successfully with a hybrid event hosted in Guangzhou following postponments caused by the Covid-19 pandemic attracting 50.19 million online visits. Organised under the marketing tagline, ‘Build a Better Home Together, Serve the New Pattern’, a seminar series at the…

design

Summer School: A Fire Safety Curriculum

As educational facilities revel in a summertime of empty hallways and classrooms, Sue Corrick, EMEA Product Manager at Allegion UK, explains why it’s the perfect time to assess fire door hardware. The great British summertime has arrived, known for its quintessential rainy days, packed out beach fronts and extended educational term breaks. By the time…

design

Industry Recognition for Hi-vis Aramark Uniform Designs

Aramark Uniform Services has been selected as the recipient of two Network Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) Image of the Year Awards. In 2022, NAUMD received 98 award submissions from 38 different companies with the panel judges selecting the winners of 17 awards. Submissions were judged on design originality, branding projection, functionality, and…

design

The Haunting Impact of Decisions Past

Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) revisits a fire in a commercial laundry facility in the United Kingdom to argue building operators must look beyond current safety regulations. Recent years have highlighted the impact of design decisions on fire safety during the construction of buildings and the ensuing need for remediation. It…

design

ViaWest Group Invests in New Class A Industrial Project in Denver

Phoenix-based commercial real estate investor and developer ViaWest Group is making its first foray into the Denver market with the construction of a 134,400 sf industrial facility. The Downtown Distribution Center, a Class A industrial development on a 9.32 acre site just north of Downtown Denver is scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of…

design

The Future Lands for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Accompanied by a New Hotel Opening

An attraction that has been years in the making has finally been cleared for takeoff at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) in Florida. Gateway™: The Deep Space Launch Complex formally opened to the public Wednesday with a grand opening ceremony attended by Delaware North CEO Jerry Jacobs Jr., KSCVC Chief Operating Officer Therrin Protze and…

design

The Science of Air: Installing Modular Structures in Manufacturing Facilities

Paul Jakse, VP Sales for industrial solutions supplier AeroGo explains how largely redundant hovercraft transport technology is being used to resolve obstacles to erecting modular structures within factories. Construction of modular structures in many manufacturing facilities has historically proven challenging, especially the material handling process. Space available tends to be too restricting and the modular…

design

A Day at the Races for Factory Staff

Staff at Scottish glass and aluminium specialist Cube Glass have been treated to a Day at the Races to celebrate the firm’s 10th anniversary. Eighteen employees and closely-related sub-contractors joined managing director Gary Thorn on a Park’s of Hamilton coach ride to Chester in northwest England on May 27 where they stayed overnight before heading to…

Case Studies

RHASS Pavilion Features Stunning Masonry Design

IG Masonry Support has delivered eye-catching masonry design for a single-storey pavilion that is being used as an event space by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) in Ingliston near Edinburgh. Designed by architect Holmes Miller and constructed in 2021 by contractor Robertson Central East and subcontractor Haymarket Limited, the Royal Highland…

design

Schneider Electric Announces ETAP Digital Twin Integration

Schneider Electric has integrated its EcoStruxure Power Operation systems with ETAP’s Electrical Digital Twin on a continuous real-time basis to help operators understand power system behaviour under different real-world or plausible operating scenarios. New operating procedures may be designed and validated against contingencies utilising their familiar EcoStruxure Power Operation human-machine interface without the risk of affecting…

Construction

Trelleborg Launches Earthmover Tire for Loading Operations

Trelleborg has taken on the challenge to improve earthmoving operations with the release of its newest radial tire, the EMR1031, designed to perform on the most demanding terrain, from sand to rock or extra hard surfaces. Manufactured using a cut-resistant compound, the tire features a premium sidewall protector for damage protection and longer tire life,…

design

Architectural Studio Rebrand Reflects New Multidisciplinary Design and Community Focus

After five decades of leadership in architecture, interiors, branding, and planning, U.S. design practice Gould Evans has rebranded as Multistudio to reflect its renewed focus on multidisciplinary design which embraces interconnectedness and collaboration.   The rebrand also reinforces the studio’s commitment to building a culture that seeks diverse perspectives and utilizes design to positively impact the communities…

design

Aura Blockchain Consortium Welcomes Mercedes-Benz

The Aura Blockchain Consortium has announced Mercedes-Benz as its fifth and newest founding member. The consortium was established to realise a common ambition shared by its international players in the luxury industry to raise standards in relation to innovation transparency and blockchain technology, and increase customer trust in members’ sustainable practices and product sourcing. Mercedes-Benz…

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