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Education Pg 7-9 Health Pg 10-12 Social Housing Pg 13-14 Urban Regeneration Pg 15 OPPORTUNITIES IN PUBLIC SECTOR CONTINUE TO IMPROVE Spring 2014 n News n Education n Health n Social Housing n Urban Regeneration Public Sector building specification READER ENQUIRY 1 The latest Glenigan Index, which covers the value of projects starting on site during the previous three months, is 10% higher than a year ago - powered by robust growth in the private housing, hotel and leisure and utilities sectors. Private residential activity increased by 21% from the same period in 2013 - confirming its position as the key driver of growth in the Glenigan Index for May. Elsewhere, further growth in civil engineering shows that opportunities are improving across the industry, with the underlying value of starts up by 21%. "Roads and rail investment was stepped up during 2013 and announcements by the government and Network Rail suggest that relatively high levels will be sustained to the end of the current Parliament and beyond," commented Allan Wilén, Economics Director at Glenigan. "However we anticipate work to stabilise somewhat in 2014, with the pace of growth easing from the 13% rate seen last year." The utilities sector recorded a 47% rise and work in the sector looks set for further growth, with increased investment into renewable energy in particular. Meanwhile, a 17% increase in new education developments was sufficient to offset falls in the weaker public sector areas of health and community and amenity. The picture of growth remains positive across much of the UK, with rising activity across the southern English regions, Wales and Scotland. The monthly Glenigan Index is based on extensive research of every construction project starting in the UK over the previous three-month period, providing an indicator of developing activity and future output in the industry. Skanska Balfour Beatty, a construction joint venture working on behalf of Connect Plus for the Highways Agency, has delivered a 12-mile section of all lanes running motorway in England nearly six months early. The M25 scheme between junctions 5 and 7 in Kent and Surrey is part of a new generation of the technology- driven improvements on the strategic road network known as 'smart motorways' aimed at achieving increased overall capacity, shorter journey times and reduced congestion. An overhead technology system provides drivers with optimum driving speeds to ensure that these goals are achieved. A comedy TV producer, a neuroscientist and the housing minister are among the guest speakers at the National Housing Federation's Annual Conference and Social Housing Exhibition. John Lloyd - the man behind QI, Have I Got News For You, Blackadder, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Spitting Image - joins neuroscientist and entrepreneur Beau Lotto and Kris Hopkins MP on the bill at the conference. ECLECTIC MIX OF SPEAKERS TO SPARK DEBATE Happening in Birmingham between September 17-19, the conference, which is themed 'Great ideas create change', promises some of the most exciting debate the housing sector has seen this year. Federation chief executive David Orr, who will kick off the conference by offering his bracing vision for housing and how we can work towards it, said: "It is an opportunity to exchange opinions, skills and experience and to debate the housing landscape in a forum which aims to challenge and inspire." Forward-thinking hospitals in London have recently piloted BRE's new BREEAM In-Use (BIU) scheme for the healthcare sector with excellent results, demonstrating their commitment to healthier patient & staff environments, lower running costs & sustainable buildings and management practices. As part of an on-going campaign on green issues across the whole of the NHS and a one day event held at St. Bart's Hospital in May (Healthcare in Focus), both Bart's & Great Ormond Street Hospitals have recently piloted the BREEAM In-Use methodology on their buildings. HOSPITALS HAVE A GREEN HEART BREEAM In-Use is designed to support building managers, owners and occupiers in reducing the running costs and improving the environmental performance of their existing non-domestic buildings. Recently adapted for the healthcare sector, BIU allows clients to find out how well they are doing currently in terms of sustainability and then have a clear pathway for improvements. In terms of the assessments themselves, Bart's put three of their buildings through the methodology; an Outpatients' facility and Pathology & Pharmacy building both in Whitechapel, as well as a new- build project in the City. They scored just under 50% across the assessments on all three projects, with the new-build scoring 63% for occupier management and reaching the 'Very Good' category. Great Ormond Street used BREEAM In- Use to assess the environmental performance of their Octave Bonar Wing to identify potential opportunities for improvements and to benchmark them. They scored an average of 56% across all three parts. MADE IN THE UK ■ Hidden waste system ■ Hi-Flow waste drains at 28ltrs per minute ■ Stylish looks and attractively priced *Marleton Cross Limited Trading as The MX Group The MX Group * Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire GL20 8JF. Tel: 01684 293311 sales @ mx-group.com www.mx-group.com HIDDEN WASTE A New Hidden Waste Expressions Shower Trays Range

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