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Press Release: Star Players join BW

BW: Workplace Experts has recruited a number of high profile industry professionals to further strengthen the BW team these are:

Dale Harding – Commercial Director

Alan Sandell – Project Director

Clive Yorath – Contracts Manager

Pete Flynn – Contracts Manager

Dale Harding, previously the Managing Director of OD Interiors is appointed as Commercial Director of BW’s Core team, working closely with Peter Nagle in his new role as Operations Director.

Dale has over 25 years of experience in the fit out and refurbishment sector, with companies such as Mansell, Overbury and Mitie Interiors.

Dale Harding, Commercial Director at BW comments: “ I am delighted to be joining BW at this exciting next stage of its  development. I have watched this dynamic business go from strength to strength and I am excited to be part of its continued success.”

Alan Sandell joins from Overbury in the position of Project Director. Alan began his career as a carpenter, quickly progressing through the management structure to work on a number of high profile projects in both construction and fit out sector in the retail, education, leisure, media and commercial sectors.

Alan Sandell, Project Director at BW says: “I am looking forward to pursuing the extensive opportunities presented by BW, It is a fantastic opportunity to share the wealth of knowledge and experience gained. I share the companies values and principles to deliver to the highest standards with in the industry.”

Clive Yorath, previously Construction Director at Citysq Ltd will join BW as Contracts Manager. Clive has vast experience in the industry managing large projects across many sectors including high quality (end-user) residential, heavy structural commercial office refurbishment, Cat B office fit out and Grade listed offices. 

Clive Yorath, Contracts Manager at BW says: “When I left Citysq, I intentionally took time assessing a number of different businesses in the market and I was overwhelmed with BW’s authentic vision for the future of the business. There is a buzz about BW in the market and the progressive thinking behind that is palpable when you are with the team.”

Pete Flynn has also been appointed as Contract Manager at BW, moving from Overbury, he is Chartered Builder and Chartered Civil Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the sector. Pete Flynn is delighted to join the equally experienced management team at BW, he says: “The BW team is very focused on delivering a great customer experience and journey with exciting plans to grow BW’s market share significantly in the next few years. This is a great time to join this dynamic and exciting business.”

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Barclays backs national expansion of facilities management business

Saltire Facilities Management Ltd, a leading provider of central heating and electrical services across Scotland and the UK, has secured £2m of funding from Barclays to drive growth plans and streamline business overheads.

The Bellshill based company provides central heating installation and maintenance services for local authorities and the private sector. The Barclays deal, which saw the company bought out from existing shareholders, will finance further development of Saltire’s business plans to bolster its growing client base.

Saltire Facilities Management is led by Finance Director David Weston and Managing Director John Reynolds and employs over 300 engineers. In addition to installation and maintenance offerings, customers benefit from a 24/7 support line, emergency call-out service and professional certification, with all services designed to be safe, cost-effective and sustainable.

This transaction is the latest in a series of deals from Barclays supporting businesses across the country via its SME fund. Launched in June 2016, the £500m fund provides access to capital for businesses across all sectors with turnover up to £25m and reflects Barclays’ commitment to fostering a positive environment for Scottish enterprise to thrive.

The deal between Saltire Facilities Management Ltd and the bank was led by Corporate Development Directors Malcolm Crawford and Jennifer Doran.

David Weston, Finance Director of Saltire Facilities Management Ltd, said: “As our business continues its success, it was important that we partnered with a bank which could help make our short and medium-term goals a reality. The local Barclays team showed a clear understanding of our business and structured a compelling funding package for us.”

Malcolm Crawford, Corporate Development Director for Barclays in Scotland, added: “Our SME fund is a tailor-made offering for organisations like Saltire Facilities Management who wish to grow, diversify and develop their businesses.

“The company has a strong track record of success and continues to identify new avenues of trade. The management team has a strong desire to evolve the business and we will work closely with them to help achieve those ambitions.”

 

About Barclays

Barclays is a transatlantic consumer, corporate and investment bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.

With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 85,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

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New telephone pod brings peace of mind

In response to the trend for enclosed private areas that facilitate individual headspace and support increased focus and privacy in the workplace, Boss Design has widened its popular range of telephone pods to include TP4.

TP4 provides a much-needed place to concentrate and deliberate, and is ergonomically a better solution for short-term periods of focused work. Incorporating an integral shelving option, this latest pod provides the ideal area to make private calls and encourages creative and individual working – all vital for a more productive working environment.

Commenting on this latest addition, Sales Director, Oliver Ronald, says: “Lack of privacy and noise are two of the biggest gripes of the open plan office. Our popular range of telephone pods not only help eliminate distractions, they are designed to meet the needs of the multi- workplace.

“TP4 goes one step further in providing the perfect getaway space to ‘drop in’ to or make a private call, by offering a short-term solution to focused working that many offices can’t provide. It also leaves meeting rooms free for larger groups that need the space,” adds Oliver.

TP4 is PIR operated, featuring single LED down lights, LED extrusion in the square tile and LED sheet tiling – enabling the whole panel to be illuminated – to support close, accurate working. Exterior wooden cladding options, together with an extensive choice of fabric bands and white, red and green occupancy lighting, all contribute to the optimum look and feel of this model. Furthermore, the pod may be personalised to suit individual business needs and branding.

Alongside TP4, Boss Design offers three other telephone pods. Whilst TP1 provides the perfect getaway space and offers the ideal solution for individual privacy, TP2 comes complete with a shelving area to place working or personal items, and is perfect for short periods of headspace. TP3 incorporates all of these features with the added option of personalising the space with branding or other designs.

Contact:
Boss Design: +44 (0) 1384 455570 Boss Design London Showroom: +44 (0) 20 7253 0364 www.boss-design.com

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Schools benefit from SPIE’s Energy Management initiatives – saving over £1 million in energy costs during first four years.

SPIE UK is delivering a high quality Facilities Maintenance (FM) service to over 70 schools in the UK across numerous private finance initiative (PFI) contracts. Located in the catchment areas of Scotland, Liverpool, Wirral, Salford, Manchester, Halton and Kirklees, West Yorkshire, these schools feature a range of facilities with energy management and improvement a priority. Already in the fifth year of 25-year term contracts, SPIE has saved many of these schools over £1 million in energy costs. These savings can be attributed to a bespoke, remotely managed energy monitoring and Building Management System (BMS).

SPIE combines energy performance and system controls, delivering a proactive approach that’s co-ordinated with our central team of engineering and energy experts. This expertise supports our operational teams at each facility, with Facilities Management (FM) services extending right across these diverse contracts – often covering infrastructure and asset management including caretakers, swimming pools, engineering systems, energy monitoring and building management systems. Our engineers work alongside a central team of energy experts to provide clients with proactive energy specialists who carry out daily checks, adjustments and problem solving across many of the school buildings. This information is then used to change or modify system operations accordingly to improve building energy performance, whilst also setting targets for future improvements.

Moreover, by closely aligning energy monitoring with BMS operations, our team can log performance, establish trends and quickly identify any operational issues that need to be resolved.

Many of the PFI school contracts also feature a range of performance management reporting and benchmarking tasks, carried out by our Central Engineering Team, working closely with our local maintenance teams. These include water consumption data collection, energy and water use analysis, weather monitoring, target setting, meter reading and ‘in use’ analysis reconciliation, as well as BMS monitoring & scheduling, plus site visits for audits and reviews of systems and buildings.

Sustainability-related benefits are being delivered across these PFI contracts, with improvement plans resulting. One contract in particular, representing eight high schools and a primary school, has saved 384 tonnes of CO2 over a two-year period (2012-14). This is the equivalent of a standard car driving nearly 900,000 miles.

There’s so much more that has yet to be achieved, including better connectivity to off-site monitoring, integration of expertise and reinvesting energy savings into new facilities. Our latest innovation features a plant refurbishment service that will improve life cycles, increase efficiency and minimise cost/operational disruption.

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The air that I breathe

Dave Carson from P-Wave says that although washrooms play an essential part in our health, comfort and wellbeing, all too often they fail to reach the required standards; but it doesn’t have to be that way.

The Hollies, and later Simply Red – though we won’t talk about that – had a hit containing the lyric “Sometimes, all I need is the air that I breathe…”. I’ll be honest and admit I’m pretty sure they weren’t talking to about washrooms, but you could be forgiven for thinking they may have been given the unpleasant aromas that envelop all too many of these facilities. Sometimes visitors really are left gasping for breath after taking a ‘comfort’ break.

A facility’s washroom is rarely neglected – and often there will be inspection records or even customer feedback buttons to prove it – but unfortunately they often look and smell like they are a low priority to the buildings management. Even with high specification fixtures and fittings and regular cleaning, the overriding impression can be of an unpleasant pong, making a visit a less than favourable experience.

The power of smell

It is a very subjective topic, but many believe smell to be the most powerful of our senses. Whether that’s true is for better minds than mine to decide, but smell certainly plays an important part in our lives, whether evoking memories or warning of danger. When you are exposed to a bad smell you certainly know about it. This makes getting the washroom experience right vital to the overall impression of your building. Even if facilities are cleaned regularly, a bad smell will give the opposite impression, so the last thing you want to leave people with is a lasting memory of an unpleasant smell.

Given the disproportionate amount of a facilities manager’s time and effort washrooms involve, it’s no wonder that there are many hundreds of products on the market looking to resolve the issue. However, unfortunately many air freshening options just don’t live up to their inventively scented names or last the distance. The right products can beat the smell over a sustained period of time, tackle odour causing bacteria and reduce maintenance issues, such as blocked drains.

Five hints to help tackle nuisance odours

  1. Air fresheners

Perhaps an obvious option when taking on bad smells, but get the right one and it really will improve the atmosphere in your washrooms. Look for products containing strong, pleasant fragrances that can effectively mask bad odours. These can make an immediate and long-lasting improvement. Users should feel welcomed by the scent rather than repelled by an unpleasant stench. As well as whole room air fresheners, look for washroom specific products like toilet bowl clips and urinal fresheners.

  1. Everything in its place

The main cause of bad smells in the washroom is bacteria from urine in drains or splashback on the floor. Once the only way to tackle this was to drop a scented blue block into urinals and hope for the best. However, with new products 95% of splash back can be prevented thanks to new protrusions on urinal and trough screens.

This keeps urine off the floor and grouting where it would soak in and cause a bad smell, even with regular cleaning.

  1. Keep the pipes clear

Debris such as discarded bits of chewing gum or tissue can cause blockages in pipes resulting in slow flowing water or worse blockages and overflows. These can be minimised by choosing urinal or trough screens which can trap this sort of material and stop it getting into the drains.

  1. Get additional help

It’s not just the cleaners who help reduce the smells in washrooms, products which include the right enzymes – or odour controlling ‘good’ bacteria – can help eliminate malodourous ‘bad’ bacteria which feeds on urine. Cutting out the smell at source in this way is far more effective and environmentally friendly using an array of harsh chemicals.

Reduced chemical use has many advantages, not least from a health and safety point of view as there is less danger of spillage.

  1. You get what you pay for

It’s easy to think all products are the same, or that it’s not worth investing in washroom products. I think it’s worth paying that bit extra for quality as it can soon bring its rewards. For example, the best urinal screens will combine a strong air freshener, with splash back control and odour tackling enzymes; removing the need to buy separate products. Top quality products can last a month resulting in cost savings in the longer term and reducing the time spent cleaning the washroom and purchasing products.

…And to love you

Washrooms are crucial in maintaining building users’ health and wellbeing, especially through hand washing. However, a bad smell can put people off using them, or staying long enough to wash their hands properly – with the result that germs are more likely to be spread throughout a facility, with a likely impact on sickness and absenteeism.

The second part of the song lyric mentioned earlier is, of course, ‘…and to love you’. Now I’m not saying a better smelling washroom will make your visitors and staff fall in love with you, but by providing hygienic and lasting solutions, you and your building could certainly go up in their estimation!

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Key associations backing Fire Safety North

Fire Safety North makes its debut at EventCity Manchester on 10-11 October and is being supported by a number of key associations in the fire sector.

Fire Safety North is the ideal place to network with like-minded professionals and to share best practice. The event is being supported by key industry associations the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM), Association for Specialist Fire Protection, National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers, British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association and the Association of Insurance Surveyors (AiS). Both the Ais and IFSM will be hosting open meetings on 10 Octoberat Fire Safety North and all delegates are welcome to attend.

Delegates will be treated to more than 14 hours of free educational content that is being split across two theatres – The Fire Safety Keynote Theatre (Sponsored by Advanced) and the Fire and Evacuation Theatre (Sponsored by Fire and Security Matters magazine).

In addition, delegates are invited to attend breakfast briefings on both days where they will enjoy a bacon roll, refreshments while networking and enjoying sessions on understanding passive fire protection (10 October) and tall building fires (11 October). The sessions start at 8am, which is an hour before the doors open, and will end provide attendees with an exclusive first look at the exhibition.

CPD hours are available for all the seminar sessions and the content line-up is not to be missed. Day one will focus on complying with legislation with delegates invited to take part in a fire safety mock trial. Leading fire safety prosecutor Warren Spencer will lead the prosecution against a defendant in a case under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 while a leading barrister will attempt to convince the jury of the defendant’s innocence. Delegates will then be given the opportunity to be judge and jury so make sure you don’t miss out on this lively and interactive demonstration of life in a court room for fire safety offences.

Warren Spencer has prosecuted more than 100 cases under the Fire Safety Order and in a separate seminar he will share some of the most common pitfalls that have led to prosecutions against companies across the UK.

In another interactive session, experienced fire safety trainer Roy Smith will deliver a live chemical explosion demonstration, which will show the devastating effects of not safely storing chemicals.

Day two will provide a focus on business continuity and disaster planning, including a session from Manchester City Council about how it responded to the recent bombing at the Manchester Evening News Arena. The Welsh government will also deliver an address about how it successfully passed legislation that makes it a legal requirement to install sprinklers in all new buildings. There will also be sessions on how to eliminate false alarms and the role of the responsible person.

Fire Safety North is co-located with the long-established Health and Safety North and there will be more than 130 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and innovations in the fire and health and safety sectors. Fire Safety North will feature leading brands such as Advanced, C-Tec, Wagner, Gerda, FirePro, Evac+Chair, EMS, Jactone, BT Redcare and many more.

You can attend Fire Safety North for FREE! For more information or to register to attend visit www.firesafetyevents.com

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New Control Centre helps Sheffield City Council lead fight against congestion

A new Urban Traffic Control Centre containing the latest video wall technology has helped Sheffield City Council monitor millions of journeys and fight congestion in its first 12 months of operation.

In the last year the system has aided the smooth running of 200 major events as well as the management of 1,000 road incidents such as accidents and breakdowns and 100 road closures, lane restrictions, diversions, demonstrations and marches.

eyevis UK installed eight 55-inch extremely narrow bezel EYE-LCD-5500-XSN-LD-FX displays in the 24/7 control centre when it relocated to Sheffield Town Hall from Carbrook, where it had operated since 2008.

It also installed a Netpix 4900 video wall controller configured for multiple analogue video feeds, IP video feeds, graphic PC data and web browser feeds.

Sheffield City Council had identified and specified eyevis UK as their display wall solution.

In its first 12 months operation the control centre has:

  • Facilitating the smooth running of around 200 events per year
  • Monitored approximately 50 football matches at Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United with in excess of one million spectators.
  • Overseen around 90 Sheffield Arena events with in excess of 720,000 visitors.
  • Helped manage large city-wide events such as the Yorkshire Half Marathon, Sheffield 10k Run, Tramlines, Sky Ride, City Centre Grand Prix Cycling, After Dark, Mosborough Music Festival
  • Had an operational input at around 100 planned roadworks (road closures, lane restrictions, diversions, etc,), demonstrations, marches, etc.
  • Helped manage 1,000 incidents such as road traffic collisions and breakdowns

eyevis is a leading global manufacturer of intelligent control room video wall solutions.

These include industrial modular displays, LED illuminated rear projection and the narrowest bezel industrial LCDs; video wall controllers and video wall control software.

A Sheffield City Council spokesperson said: “Sheffield City Council has been pleased with the new video installation and has been using it to great effect to manage traffic flow across the city.”

eyevis UK managing director Steve Murphy said: “As well as the challenge of carrying out work in a listed building, the project needed to be completed within tight timescales and whilst the building was operational.

“Our installation has offered an uninterrupted 24/7 service, which is key to the successful operation of such an important control centre.”

eyevis UK provides video display solutions and audio visual solutions to a range of clients.

Its equipment is installed across the UK in CCTV control rooms for local authorities, banks, road traffic monitoring, emergency services, blue chip retailers, security services, prisons and other Government buildings.

EYE-LCD-5500-XSN-LD-FX displays are 55-inch seamless LCD monitors for video wall installations. The displays offer full HD resolution with 1920 × 1080 pixels, direct-LED backlight technology and a mechanical bezel width of only 3.5mm between two displays.

The Netpix 4900 video wall controller is a network based graphic controller for the management of video wall systems, single displays or projectors. The controller creates a big joined desktop for network-applications, video and graphic sources.

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BFM Magazine is partnering with the Contamination Expo Series 2017

BFM Magazine has joined forces with the Contamination Expo Series 2017 as an official partner ahead of the event’s highly anticipated return on the 27th & 28th of September at ExCeL London.

The Contamination Expo Series is simply unique; it’s Europe’s largest event designed to further the protection of the environment and management of contaminated land, water, and air by bringing together the latest solutions, the most innovative suppliers, and the industry’s greatest schedule of seminars led by the world’s most prominent experts.

This standout exhibition regularly attracts partnerships with major players from across the industry. BFM Magazine’s inclusion in the 2017 show only reinforces this reputation further and adds to the growing roster of large organisations choosing this event to showcase their latest offerings and ground-breaking innovations.

Over 3,000 contamination professionals will flood the exhibition hall to engage with over 150 innovative environmental suppliers, 120 CPD-accredited and expert-led seminars, interactive debates, live demonstrations, one-to-one advice from industry experts, unparalleled networking opportunities, and much more.

Guests can filter between areas dedicated to land remediation, hazardous materials, spill response, clean air technology, geotechnical & geoenvironmental, nuclear decommissioning, and more, as well as the Flood Expo and M&CCE Expo next door.

To discover more reasons why this event is unmissable and to book your free ticket, visit the Contamination Expo Series website.

If you’re a supplier and are interested in exhibiting your products or services to the thousands of contamination professionals in attendance, contact Event Director Daniel Rogers on +44 (0)117 990 2005 or Daniel.Rogers@prysmgroup.co.uk.

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Surge in electro-mechanical hardware makes ongoing FM training more important than ever

 

Allegion UK Commercial Leader Pete Hancox suggests that facilities management training needs to keep pace with rapidly developing building technologies for building and occupant wellbeing.

In the UK, the staff who manage our facilities can come from all walks of life. Ask any facilities manager about how they got into the trade, and then go and ask another, and you will more than likely get two different answers.

Why is this? Traditionally, people in the Facilities Management sector have often ‘fallen into’ the industry, explained the FMJ (Facilities Management Journal) in their ‘From the tools: The Making of the Manager?’ feature (March 2017). Our facilities managers could have worked their way up from frontline positions such as cleaning, catering, engineering or security. Increasingly, we can also see academic graduates choosing facilities management roles, too.

To become a facilities manager, the UK’s National Careers Service website simply states that “there are no set requirements, but you’ll usually need a qualification in facilities management.” Once you become a facilities manager, bodies like the British Institute of Facilities Management and Royal Institute of British Architects can provide training and CPD courses, but it is all optional to development – there is no legal requirement to train.

This is in stark contrast to other professions where wellbeing is concerned. Take gas engineers, for instance. Gas engineers in the UK, according to a leading jobs website, reed.co.uk, must have relevant qualifications, usually an NVQ Level 3 in Gas Installation, and also be Gas Safe registered. Apprenticeship is a common route for attaining a gas engineer position, too.

Of course, diversity in our industry is welcome, and diversity is known to bring outside-of-the-box solutions. However when we start comparing the two professions, we can start to see how gas engineers will be ‘singing from the same hymn sheet,’ whereas our facilities managers could be working from all manner of different pages.

For the future of facilities management, this very diversity could potentially be harming our buildings, and our occupants’ wellbeing, as opposed to aiding them. We could be creating an environment where knowledge levels, procedures, best practices and the way building hardware solutions are selected is all different and varied.

While it could be years before we reach a standardised route similar to that of gas engineers, we should at least be encouraging our facilities managers to complete ongoing training, particularly to keep pace with daily developments.

The Electro-Mechanical Game Changer

 We are now coming to a stage in the door hardware industry where development is rapidly overtaking existing knowledge. Electro-mechanical ‘smart’ hardware means the ability to unlock doors from phones, control access to secure areas and remotely lockdown, these are all functions that would be greatly beneficial in any facility manager’s life.

Fully integrated building solutions and biometrics are also becoming more readily available and affordable, so that we can give our facilities managers greater control over their buildings, as well as scalability for the future.

Choosing the right solution is a lot more difficult though, one which requires a comprehensive analysis of the building, the users, the ongoing maintenance and the ability to upscale or upgrade in future.

Ongoing training is crucial in this respect. Without a proper understanding of the technology, it can be quite easy to make a decision that is not beneficial to the long term sustainability of the building. For the facilities management team, it can eventually lead back to compromising health and safety.

A case in point happened as recently as 2016, when a fire door in a hospital that was fitted with a self-closing device shut on an elderly patient, causing injury. Unfortunately, this injury contributed to that patient’s death. Intended to be an aid for the door, it has instead caused accident and a tragedy.

After the case, the Department of Health suggested that risk assessments should be carried out on all fire door closing devices to assess appropriate closing times, taking into account the occupancy of the building. For facilities managers who are ‘self-taught’ and have little knowledge in these electro-magnetic devices and risk assessments, we can immediately see how ongoing training in this area will benefit them.

 The impact on health and safety compliance

 Without question, the role of the facilities manager is to guarantee the health and safety of occupants, and there are strict guidelines and classifications to door hardware that must be met.

However, the varying level and difference in understanding of door hardware leads to different ideas between the supply chain. Architects strive for the aesthetic; facilities managers must comply with health and safety regulations but also meet budgets; installers and contractors look for products that are retrofit, or quick and easy to install, and choice of hardware becomes based on those factors.

As a result, while compliance standards can be met, these competing forces mean the solution or hardware that is chosen may not be best for the users.

Fire doors are another area that require debate and thought. Heavy in nature, but a necessity to fire safety, they can become dangerous when the hardware used with them does not facilitate easy passage or use. Primary school children may not have the strength to push open doors, while in care homes, mobility and escape in a fire situation becomes an issue.

The easy, perhaps even cost-effective, option would be to select a manual fire door closer, compliant to the weight of the fire door. However, we would advise in these situations to help those building occupants by choosing an electromagnetic door closer instead that is linked to the fire alarm system. In this way, you can legally hold open fire doors, aid daily passage and use, reduce wear and tear and still stay within compliance.

Another case where an electromechanical device could potentially have prevented injury occurred in 2015, where a mother claims her five-year-old daughter lost part of her finger in a fire door at school after being left unsupervised.

Margaret Chan’s daughter got her finger caught in the heavy fire door at Cuddington Croft Primary School in Cheam, Surrey. The incident is claimed to have occurred after the child was left unattended after being “sent back into the school building toilet alone unsupervised via a classroom where there are two fire doors”, said Margaret. The school could not tell the mother what had happened, as the incident was ‘unwitnessed’ (Daily Mail, 2015).

Short-term costs, long-term gains

As with all training, there is an associated cost. It can be hard to see past this cost if benefits are viewed as minimal or not even applicable to current situations. In facilities management, it is even harder to see why we need training in disciplines such as biometrics or computer-aided systems, when traditionally these applications have only been used in select, sensitive buildings.

However, we as manufacturers are constantly exploring technology that can enhance door hardware capabilities and the customer experience, simply because it is our duty to continue innovating for the better. Technologically enhanced door hardware will soon be more accepted as the norm as we become accustomed to the benefits it offers, as well as if costs on such hardware continues to fall.

Therefore, if we do not encourage our facilities managers to train, in the end we are ultimately costing more to our buildings, and to the welfare of our occupants, than the initial outlay of training may be suggesting.

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Tansun infrared heaters maximise outside dining at The Lighterman

The Lighterman at Granary Square, Kings Cross is a new contemporary design of public house and a landmark site in the new Kings Cross development. And Tansun infrared heaters are playing their part by enhancing the exterior space for the warmth and comfort of customers.

This new project by Open House Projects, has seen The Lighterman join the group’s two others in London’s Fitzrovia and follows the theme of a modern interpretation of the traditional pub with casual dining, drinking and socialising using modern British menus with European influences.

Inspired by the Victorian Lightermen who worked on the flat bottom barges, known as ‘Lighters,’ The Lighterman has a contemporary design over three floors with stunning views across Granary Square and Regents Canal.

Tansun infrared heaters were selected by Open House Projects for the outside terrace where Tansun’s Bahama single 1.5kW heaters are discreetly integrated under seven parosols with four heaters per parasol.  Hannah Burke, Project Manager for Open House Projects is delighted with the result commenting, “The Tansun heaters really do allow us to take the inside out, making our terrace functional over the cooler months and evenings so generating increased revenue from customers’ outdoor use”.  She continued, “We were delighted to find the Tansun heaters as they are very sleek looking units and can be specified in any RAL colour.  We chose graphite grey to complement the masts of the parasols and so they are not at all intrusive, and at the same time have low glare and look warm.  The heaters have been very successful and we hope to use them on other projects in the future.”

The Bahama infrared heaters from Tansun are a flexible design easily fitted onto awnings and parasols to become part of their structure and are IP rated.  Available in single 1.5kW or double 3kW appliances, the stylish heaters can cover an area of up to 22 sq.metres and their glare-reducing gold reflectors have a smooth, parabolic finish for powerful heat dispersion.  The Bahama heater provides customers with low glare heaters that fit discreetly into many environments in the standard colours of white, grey or black.  The design is also available in any RAL colour with Tansun’s bespoke colour service which allows heaters to be powder coated in a wide range of colours with additional corporate branding if required.  The Bahama heaters can be made to fit awning or parasol profiles or indoor / outdoor venue colour schemes to suit customers’ needs.  The heaters come with a full two year Tansun warranty.

All of Tansun’s products are manufactured in the UK and designed using premium components.  Tansun has been established for thirty-five years and pioneered the concept of infrared electric heaters in collaboration with Philips technology.  The company offers the largest range of domestic, commercial and industrial infrared heaters in the world, providing maintenance-free, safe and healthy heating appliances.

Further information is available from Tansun on 0121 580 6200, by emailing sales@tansun.com or by visiting the company’s website at www.tansun.com .

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