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Education Pg 10-12 Health Pg 13-14 Social Housing Pg 15-17 Urban Regeneration Pg 18-19 ARCHITECTS CALL ON POLITICIANS TO BUILD A BETTER BRITAIN February 2015 n News n Doors, Windows & Entrance Systems n Education n Health n Social Housing n Urban Regeneration Public Sector building specification READER ENQUIRY 1 The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched its 2015 General Election campaign, #BuildaBetterBritain. All parliamentary candidates will be called upon to focus on the built environment issues that are important in most constituencies - building more good quality homes; ensuring we have well-planned places; developing flood-proof communities; delivering energy efficient buildings and retrofitting those that are not; providing a good quality built environment to accommodate our ageing population and encourage a healthier population; and addressing the dilapidation of our school buildings. The #BuildaBetterBritain campaign calls on the next Government to respond to the desperate need to build homes and make sure that we build homes that people want to live in and that enhance their lives. Equally, the planning system must become a visionary and inclusive process that can ensure the places we create are well designed for live, work and play. The next Government must look at ways to adapt to the needs of an ageing society, and promote healthier lifestyles, whilst schools need to be fit for purpose and able to meet Britain's sustained population boom - 256,000 extra school places were needed in England for the 2014 school year alone. Over the coming years, investment in new, lower carbon energy sources will mean that energy bills will continue to rise. And the next Government needs to build flood-proof communities by giving Local Authorities more power to block developments in areas vulnerable to flooding. RIBA President Stephen Hodder said: "The built environment is vital to the financial and social success of our communities and country and the health and wellbeing of its inhabitants. "RIBA's clear priorities for the next Government, set out in the Building a Better Britain report, is the basis for this campaign. Now is the time to talk about what that means locally and how every prospective MP can champion the built environment in their area." The government has announced a shortlist of areas set to become Housing Zones in England. The 29 areas outside London have a chance to become one of ten Housing Zones to share a £200 million pot for infrastructure and land remediation. The government said that most of the zones – on brownfield land - were expected to have enough capacity for between 750 and 2,000 homes. The ten Housing Zones will complement the 20 London Housing Zones that the GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES HOUSING ZONES SHORTLIST government has also planned. Last year, it stated that there was enough brownfield land across the country to provide up to 200,000 new homes, with ministers expecting planning permissions for 90% of the land to be in place by 2020. The 29 shortlisted areas include Thurrock Thames-Side Towns, (Thurrock council), Suffolk Rural Growth Housing Zone (Babergh and Mid-Suffolk councils) and Harworth, North Nottinghamshire (Bassetlaw district council). Councils were required to pair with developers to submit bids. A city primary academy has ensured the safety and security of pupils and staff with the very latest in school perimeter security. Shireland Hall Primary Academy in Smethwick, Sandwell, just three miles from Birmingham city centre, has specified 250 metres of 2.1m high HiSec V- Beam around the perimeter of the school on the corner of Montague Road and Edith Road. Zaun added one of the V-Beams to the top of the panels to add rigidity to the perimeter fence SHIRELAND HALL GIVES NEW SECURITY AN A STAR and ensure panels do not bow, following discussions with the architect and Birmingham fencing contractor Park Lane Fencing. In addition, 125 metres of Wolverhampton manufacturer Zaun's Duo6 panels have been installed by Park Lane. The safety and security of pupils and staff has always featured high on the list of priorities for schools. Sadly, random acts of wanton violence and sometimes retribution and an ever more stringent legal responsibility mean safeguarding has become of paramount importance. Levato Mono t. 0845 2700 696 e. w. Porcelain Paver System • 20mm porcelain pavers 40x80 45x90 60x60 75x75 30x120 40x120 60x120 • Eternal product - zero maintenance required – offering massive over-life savings • Ideal for balconies, roof terraces and piazzas, for both commercial & residential use • Height-adjustable supports from 9mm up to 550mm • High slip resistance

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