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"A forgotton space is being transformed into a vibrant public realm."

 Casey have begin work on the second phase of public realm at the heart of NOMA in Manchester city centre.

 The new development will create a public square between the iconic CIS Tower, New Century House and Hanover, providing a safe and welcoming space that promises a mix of cafes, restaurants, bars and shops nestled amongst the characterful buildings of the NOMA listed estate. The work is due to be completed by September 2015.

The December  2014 edition of construct is now available.

Featured in this issue are a royal opening, an award and what it takes to ensure a successful passivhaus project.

Read it here.

The October 2014 edition of construct is now available.

The European Agency for the Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) launched its Healthy Workplaces campaign "Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress" in May this year.

For European Safety Week that happened this month, we produced this newsletter for all our colleagues. It's a message that is relevant to everyone, wherever their workplace, so we thought we would share it with you. 

 

ukpassivhausconference2014Our John Hyland is presenting at the UK Passivhaus Conference 2014 on 16 October and he'll be talking about the challenges faced from a contractor's point of view in achieving Passivhaus Standard on a retrofit project

It goes without saying that it is harder to achieve the required standards in a retrofit property than a newbuild, so the EnerPHit Standard was developed as the Passivhaus Standard for retrofits. The four requirements to achieve the Standard relate to:

•   Annual space heating requirement
•   Upper limit for total primary energy demand
•   The frequency of excessive internal temperature
•   Air leakage.  This will have a huge impact on the other three!

There are very many issues that an inexperienced contractor may come across when carrying out this type of work.

John HylandIf you were at the UK Passivhaus Conference 2014, you may have seen our John Hyland talking about the challenges faced from a contractor's point of view in achieving Passivhaus Standard on a retrofit project

It goes without saying that it is harder to achieve the required standards in a retrofit property than a newbuild, but which ever you are working on, there are certain things you need to have in place to ensure a successful project.

Here are some notes from John's presentation.