Industry Events

Fire Door Safety Week 2017 | 25 September – 1 October 2017

This year's edition of the Fire Door Safety Week is set to run from 25th September to 1st October. The aim of the initiative is to stop the legacy of neglect and promote awareness of the critical importance of fire doors.

"With the horrific events of recent months, the importance of Fire Safety has rightly never been more in the spotlight," explain the organisers - including the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), the Fire Door Inspection Scheme and the Fire Kills campaign. 

"The tragedy at Grenfell was closely followed by concerns in Camden about the state and lack of Fire Doors in tower blocks and problems being exposed through the press elsewhere.  As the media frenzy inevitably dissipates, it is beholden on us to ensure that lessons are not just learned, but that we affect change."

With this in mind, the Fire Door Safety Week is offering a bank of information to help people and businesses manage their Fire Door issues, from the Fire Door Best Practice Guide to the Five Step Check, from awareness posters to hard hitting films. This advice covers a range of sectors including social housing, private rental properties, hotels, commercial buildings, educational establishments, care homes, hospitals and other types of public buildings

 

How to support the Campaign

"The number of supporters is already growing", the organisers add. "If you haven’t already, you can pledge your support here and we’ll add you to the list, promote your involvement and keep you updated with our news. A number of events are already planned, including those organised by Arnold Laver, Midland Building Products, Hodgson Sealants and Lorient UK. London Fire Brigade is working with the British Woodworking Federation to deliver a fire door safety conference at the Building Centre in London on 28th September (with proceeds going to the Children’s Burns Trust). We are also backed by the Government’s Fire Kills campaign, the Fire Sector Federation, the Passive Fire Protection Forum, the Association for Specialist Fire Protection and Children’s Burns Trust."

 

Social media engagement and Supporter pack

Last year, following Fire Door Safety Week, Rutendo Chitiga and Terry Brown of the Balmoral Estate Tenants Organisation were awarded the Fire Door Ambassador Prize for inspiring hope and awareness in organising its own annual fire door safety campaign. This campaign focussed on tenant awareness and came about as the result of the death of a young expectant mother in a fire in 2015 in a high rise flat on the estate. Major contractor Willmott Dixon won the award for rallying the troops and getting 3,000 employees to carry out the biggest mass fire door inspection ever. London Fire Brigade were also recognised for benchmarking knowledge with its active promotion of the campaign and hosting a superb seminar and debate for its fire safety inspectors.

"Social Media is a key way of getting the message out there and any help you can lend in cascading relevant resources from the online toolkit is gratefully received", the BWF and its partners conclude. "Remember everything in is freely available, you can use to develop pages on your website from our content. We also want to encourage supporters to send any images of dodgy fire doors or wedged open doors (via our #clickitkickit campaign), follow @FDSafetyWeek or #FireDoorSafetyWeek on twitter for updates, use your Linkedin profile to share stories and even link up with Fire Kills and Theodore Firedoor on Facebook."

"The Fire Door Safety Week Supporters Pack helps to draw out some of the key ideas and activities and provides a snap shot, but if you are interested in organising an event, have any initiatives that would support the aims of the campaign or have an idea for specific resources targeting your community that we could help produce, please let me know we’ll make contact."

 

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Vision 2017 opens in two weeks’ time, 6-7 June, Olympia London

Vision 2017 - one of the premier built environment events aimed at architects, designers, specifiers and their clients - is fast approaching.

The event - to take place in Olympia, London, on 6-7 June 2017 - provides an international focus for innovative products and building solutions, bringing together thousands of industry professionals for two days of learning and business.

The programme and exhibition is CPD certified and centred around Materials Innovations, Technological Insight, Offsite & Modular Construction and Architectural & Design Evolution. In addition to exhibition, Vision 2017 will present a series of talks and events in collaboration with the RIBA, BRE, the London Festival of Architecture and New London Architecture. Major architectural practices from the UK and abroad will take part in the talks programme with many timber related talks.

Arup will discuss the engineering challenges behind “The Smile” - the most ambitious structure ever built in cross laminated timbers (CLT), while Korlam will present the technical and commercial benefits or Kielsteg, one of the most innovative new technologies in the timber construction industry. Other topics will cover innovations in engineered timber and CLT roles in modular and volumetric construction.

Register now for you free ticket to Vision 2017 at www.visionlondon.com/register

Visit Vision website for more information www.visionlondon.com

 

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CLT and Offsite Solutions grab the spotlight at Materials 2017

On 25-26 April 2017 the ILEC Conference Centre in London hosted Materials 2017.

The first edition of the conference and exhibition brought together architects, specifiers, manufacturers, suppliers from across the building materials sector, showcasing innovative Construction projects and products.

The conference was opened with a keynote speech from Andrew Boff, Chairman of the London Housing Committee, who made a strong case for the potential of pre-fab methods of construction and innovation of materials in this area in disentangling the ongoing housing crisis affecting the capital. “Pre-fab doesn’t equate to bad quality, or bad design,” said Boff “London’s housing density needs to rival that of Osaka or Rio.”

Following on from Andrew Boff’s keynote talk – Craig Liddell, Legal & General CLT (cross-laminated timber) Solutions Manager, gave an introduction to his business’ approach to modular off-site construction solutions. Liddell, making a case for CLT in the context of sustainability, asserted that “the entire population of Europe, which is 750 million people, could live in a CLT home and we would only require 25-30% of Europe’s forests being managed, harvested and used in exactly the same way it is today.

Andrew Waugh of Waugh Thistleton architects, the London-based practice specialising in the exclusive use of CLT, gave a compelling presentation referencing a number of their projects made from CLT. Waugh argued for the material’s contribution to a new “holistic architecture”, with the design and manufacturing process offering “a much more direct connection between architect and finished project”.

The evening reception brought together FRIBA Daniel Moylan (Co-Chair, Urban Design London), John McRae (Owner, Orms) Russell Curtis (Director, RCKa), and Adam Parker (Associate Director, Greig & Stephenson) to debate the impact of Brexit upon the architectural and construction professions. Curtis opened the debate, positing that “cultural exchange is of great benefit to creative industries, especially architecture.” While McRae argued for the opportunity that Brexit will offer in allowing the architectural sector to regroup, engage with, and influence governmental choices.

[Photo courtesy of Materials 2017]


 

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Explore Offsite Education: conference & exhibition | 18 May 2017 | London

On 18th May 2017, Explore Offsite, in collaboration with the Education & Skills Funding Agency, will hold an integrated conference and exhibition event in London focused on the offsite construction sector.

The event aims to create a platform for construction clients, architects, engineers and contractors to come together and discuss the latest offsite solutions in the education sector.

The conference comes at a time when the government has just confirmed that an investment of c. £2 billion is to be allocated to rebuild or refurbish 277 schools across England.

This marks the second phase of the priority school building programme (PSBP), which presents the opportunity for offsite construction to play a major role to help meet challenging targets. One of the most frequently cited benefits of offsite construction is the speed of construction that it offers, with the time required to construct and commission an offsite building being typically reduced by 50-60 percent in cases where large elements can be prefabricated.

The complete conference programme is available here. For further info and online registration, click here.

 

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Mark Farmer to be keynote speaker at Explore Offsite Futures 2016

Mark Farmer, CEO and Founding Director of the Real Estate & Construction Consultancy Cast, is confirmed to speak at Explore Offsite Futures on the 24 November at the NEC, Birmingham.

Mark was most recently commissioned by the Construction Leadership Council, at the request of government, to undertake a review of the UK’s construction labour model. The report under the banner of 'The Farmer Review of the UK Construction Labour Model' and subtitled 'Modernise or Die'- has now been delivered and has focused a great deal of media attention towards the construction industry's dysfunctional training model, its lack of innovation and collaboration as well as its non-existent research and development (R&D) culture.

One of the main suggestions within the report, is that the UK construction industry needs to embrace offsite manufacture, and therefore Explore Offsite Futures is your opportunity to hear directly from the author and the Q&A session will provide answers to your questions about this report.

Mark will be discussing ‘Building a Mature UK Pre-Manufacturing Sector: Implications of the Farmer Review’ at Explore Offsite Futures.

You can book your place at the event by following this link: http://exploreoffsite.co.uk/book

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