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February / March 2014

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Education Pg 11-13 Health Pg 14-15 Social Housing Pg 16-17 Urban Regeneration Pg 18-19 ROCKPANEL BREATHES FRESH LIFE INTO LANDMARK PROJECT An ambitious project in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham is breathing fresh life into a deprived neighbourhood. The £16 million project at the Edward Woods Estate in Hammersmith, West London has used the decorative ROCKPANEL façade cladding among other building materials to rejuvenate the tower blocks and the surrounding area and is as a result fostering greater GOVERNMENT REVEALS MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING PLAN Feb/March 2014 n News n Health n Education n Social Housing n Urban Regeneration Public Sector building specification COST OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS SURVEY RISES An extra £6m will need to be found by a government agency to check the condition of school buildings across England. The National Audit Office said the Education Funding Agency had been given "inconsistent data" by local councils. As a result, the agency faces costs of £6m in unplanned spending to conduct a survey of 8,000 schools - which could divert money from other projects. The Education Funding Agency (EFA) was set up by the Department for Education in April 2012 in an attempt to improve efficiency, accountability and transparency in the education. READER ENQUIRY 1 A blueprint for the future of Britain is how the Government has described the infrastructure spending plan for the next two decades which will see £375bn of investment in energy, transport, communications, and water projects. Although no new money will be forthcoming, the insurance industry plans to spend £25bn over the next five years and Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said the plan would lead to "long- term sustainable growth". "Underground, overground, on shore, offshore, wired or wireless, tarmac or train track. You name it, we're building it right now," he said. "There are projects going on in every part of the country." Previous infrastructure spending programmes have been criticised for slow progress, but he said that of the 646 projects outlined in this plan, 291 had already been started or completed. Katja Hall, chief policy director of the employers' organisation, the CBI, said: "With the majority of national infrastructure projects earmarked to be delivered by the private sector, the insurance industry's £25bn investment is good news." Jeremy Blackburn, UK head of policy for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics), said the government should prioritise regional transport infrastructure investment. The decision by insurers L&G, Prudential, Aviva, Standard Life, Friends Life, and Scottish Widows to invest in infrastructure follows changes in European rules pushed for by the UK which incentivise investment in a wider range of assets. Prudential has already invested £40bn in UK infrastructure, including property. pride and social cohesion within the community. The façade system specified for the tower blocks was a combination of ROCKPANEL cladding and ROCKWOOL Rockshield. The ROCKPANEL cladding applied in these tower blocks is fire-safe and rated with European Fire Classification B-s1, d0. Its recently introduced FS-Xtra boards offer even greater fire-safety. The ROCKPANEL boards specified also benefited from a ProtectPlus finish, an extra protection layer which gives optimum protection for external cladding against weathering, UV radiation, graffiti, and pollution and has excellent self-cleaning properties. As a result, the façade will maintain the aesthetics for decades to come with minimum maintenance required. NEW REVIEW INTO CONSTRUCTION OF SOCIAL HOUSING An independent and wide- ranging review into how more social homes can be built has been launched. Led by Natalie Elphicke, chair of Million Homes, Million Lives, and Keith House, Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council, the review will assess if councils are making sufficient use of their existing powers and flexibilities to deliver new social housing. It could mean councils would use their property portfolio more effectively to finance housebuilding by selling expensive vacant properties and using the receipts to build new affordable homes. The government has also committed to fund 165,000 new affordable homes over three years from 2015, resulting in over £23 billion of public and private sector funding available for social housing. LMR600 Roof System: strong, moisture-tight and long-lasting. In other words: the LMR600 is one of the most highly developed industrial roofing systems in the world. Unit 10, Evans Business Centre, Mitchelston Drive, Kirkcaldy, KY1 3NB | Email :

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