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Milk shed conversion harnesses technology to create home of the future

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A stunning barn conversion in rural Leicestershire has been hailed as an outstanding example of the energy efficient home of the future.

The former milking shed – part of the Hall FarmBarns development on the edge of the village of Scraptoft – was converted to the highest possible specification by developer Onsen Homes in conjunction with Staniforth Architects and main contractor Brown and Green.

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ICE kicks off 'Commit to Infrastructure' election campaign

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The Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) General Election campaign began this week, marking the start of a programme of activity to ensure that whichever party wins the General Election, the public will benefit from Government placing infrastructure at the heart of its economic plans.

ICE’s “Commit to Infrastructure” campaign started with the launch of a paper of the same title - issued to MPs across the political spectrum to aid their understanding of the importance of infrastructure to local communities as well as to the wider UK economy.

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Towable compressors are compact, powerful and energy efficient

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Providing a dependable, efficient and environmentally-friendly source of quality compressed air in a compact, towable unit are the important benefits of two new portable compressors introduced by HPC KAESER. Compact and simple to operate, the M114 and M115 portable compressors are both powered by 85kW engines and deliver similar free air deliveries up to 9.7 m³/min (342 cfm) at 10 bar.


Both compressors meet the requirements of the Stage IIIB emissions as standard and feature the recently developed SIGMA Control Smart controller which provides users with valuable operational data including maintenance due alerts. The M114 is powered by an efficient Deutz engine equipped with an oxidation catalytic converter, whilst the M115 features a new generation Kubota engine and a diesel particulate filter.

The M114 is available in 10, 12 and 14 bar versions and can be equipped with various compressed air treatment options to suit a range of applications. For example, a compressed air after-cooler and centrifugal separator along with filters and / or plate heat exchangers for reheated or dried compressed air.

With a new chassis design and further optimised compressed air treatment features, the M115 is available in 7, 8.6, 10, 12 and 14 bar versions. A new axial condensate separator is installed downstream from the compressed air after-cooler and the separated condensate is re-evaporated via the hot engine exhaust gases. Furthermore, if the reheating option is chosen, the compressed air discharge temperature can be regulated, which is especially useful for surface blasting applications.

There is also the option of a more powerful generator (8.5 or 13 kVA) which upgrades the M115 compressor into an even more powerful portable unit if required

In addition to the towable, chassis-mounted models which include a run-on brake and fixed tow-bar, there are stationary versions of both models also available.

For further information on the full product range visit www.hpccompressors.co.uk 

Willerby Landscapes receive the BALI Grand Award for a record fifth time

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At the 38th BALI National Landscape Awards on 5th December, BALI Registered Contractor Willerby Landscapes took the Grand Award for a record fifth time. This unprecedented achievement comes at the height of Willerby’s professional reputation and recognises their work to take the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, South Park Plaza into legacy.

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CCRI debate the future of the countryside in London

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For the first time in 25 years, the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) is holding a major event in London which will provide a platform for discussions about the future of rural areas and their growing connection to urban environments.

The Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI), is a unique partnership between the University of Gloucestershire, the Royal Agricultural University and Hartpury College. It is the largest specialist rural research centre in the UK, having expertise in all aspects of research in policy and planning for the countryside and the environment of the UK, Europe and further afield.

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ASSA ABLOY tests high efficiency thermal door

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Security Doors, a division of ASSA ABLOY UK, the global leader in opening solutions, has tested a new high-efficiency thermal door offering excellent insulation. 

The thermal door has achieved a U-Value of 1.6W/m²K in both single and double door configurations, exceeding thermal energy efficiency standards referred to in Part L Building Regulations guidelines, which require external pedestrian doors to achieve a U-Value under 2.2W/m²K. 

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Enhanced water treatment registration module by ALS Environmental

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ALS Environmental have a track record of working in partnership with our clients to develop bespoke solutions in both analysis and reporting. In August ALS Environmental began work on building a customised registration and reporting module within our Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). The addition of the Water Treatment module to our LIMS has been combined with an update to our online reporting system, WebTrieve.

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7 day WAC as standard from ALS Environmental

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ALS Environmental are pleased to announce that as from Monday 3rd November 2014 they are reducing their standard turnaround time for the analysis of Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) samples to 7 working days. This is a 30% reduction in their standard turnaround time and follows extensive work from their operations teams.

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Assa Abloy UK provides sustainable products to green service station

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Assa Abloy UK is supplying products to an environmentally friendly motorway service station that has been designed to reflect the local landscape.

Gloucester Services is based in the Cotswold countryside, on the edge of an area of outstanding natural beauty and great care has been taken to minimisethe environmental impact of the development and to preserve the views from the surrounding area. The buildings and petrol station are covered in grass and local stone has been extensively used, it is hoped the project will achieve BREEAM Excellent rating.

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