Public Sector

December 2015

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 3 Product News. . . . . . . . . Pg 4-5 Education . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 6-7 Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 8-9 Social Housing . . . . . . . . Pg 10-11 Urban Regeneration . . . Pg 12 Interiors & Lighting . . . . Pg 13 Drainage & Water Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 14 Structures & External Walls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 15 WELCOME It has proved another challenging 12 months right across the public sector and as we head into a new year all the indications are that it will continue to be characterised by various trials and tribulations. The public sector has borne the brunt of successive governments' attempts to tackle the economic downturn. First the coalition and now the Conservative Government have targeted spending cuts at the public sector in an attempt to kick-start economic regeneration in other areas. Indeed, the Government's concerted effort to "get Britain building again" appears to be working for some. But in the public sector, it is akin to asking organisations to improve services, invest in new facilities, whilst keeping both arms tied behind their backs. Another focus for the Government has been infrastructure and in the Chancellor's Spending Review at the tail-end of 2015 there was a big emphasis on encouraging growth by putting serious money behind its commitments to HS2, the Northern Powerhouse and transport in London. However, as Richard Threlfall, KPMG's Head of Infrastructure Building and Construction, points out this is tempered by the 37% cut in the Department for Transport's operating budget which surely raises concerns over the Department's capacity to drive forward its substantial pipeline of projects. Grosvenor House, Central Park, Telford, TF2 9TW T: 01952 234000 F: 01952 234003 E: T A N N E R S T I L E S P U B L I S H I N G TSPMEDIA CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Paul Groves EDITORIAL CO-ORDINATOR Devan Morgan ADVERTISEMENT PRODUCTION Charlotte Wall DESIGN & ARTWORK Kat Jones Terms and Conditions - While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of all articles and information appearing in Public Sector Building Specification the publisher does not accept liability for errors and omissions, printing or otherwise, that may appear in this publication. The journal includes photographs provided and paid for by suppliers. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or any retrieval system without the consent of the publisher. CIRCULATION MANAGER Becki Everitt ADVERTISEMENT MANAGER Martyn Smith TELESALES Nicky Vandesande PUBLISHER David Stiles "There also remains a huge inconsistency between the slick sound bite of devolution revolution and the reality that it is central Government is still signing the big cheques and deciding which schemes it wants to support," he added. "Only when the Government transfers material control over tax revenue from the Treasury to the regions will we see real devolution of power and the ability of the UK's major cities to plan and deliver long-term programmes of infrastructure investment." If 2015 was, once again, a bit of a stuttering and stumbling 12 months for the public sector then 2016 we can probably expect more of the same. On a slightly more positive note, we bid a warm welcome to 2016 with news from the Homes & Communities Agency that the social housing sector remains in rude financial health. Let's hope it continues. Best Wishes Paul Groves, Editor 02 Contents To make an enquiry - Go online : Send a Fax: 01952 234002 or post our : Free Reader enquiry card READER ENQUIRY 2 READER ENQUIRY 3 .com mylyft the art of elevation mylyft by Lyfthaus Limited, Steeple Bumpstead, England, CB9 7BN T. 01440 731111 Contemporary styled access for all. Architecturally inspired, refined, discrete and beautifully engineered. A statement fashioned in steel and glass. Standard and bespoke designs intended for prestige locations worldwide. premium platform lifts A premium wheelchair access platform lift range designed to complement the built environment and support your creative vision. Brush stainless steel or choice of painted finishes MODULAR SHOWERING SOLUTIONS LEAK FREE DESIGN BUILD ZERO MAINTENANCE DURABLE & RELIABLE RECYCLABLE QUICK & EASY TO INSTALL 25 YEAR GUARANTEE ISO 9001 REGISTERED ISO 14001 REGISTERED S H O W E R I N G S O L U T I O N S Telephone 01423 771645 Email R TAPLANES

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