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18.05.2022 by Lucy Healy, Senior Architect, Pick Everard

Sensory Spaces: An Architect’s Guide to Designing for Children With Autism

It is often said that if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism. Whilst this quip might be true, it suggests that the task of designing suitable environments for people with autism is extremely challenging. Improving the accessibility of our entire built environment for people with PDD is ultimately the end goal, but we need to focus primarily on the first environment an individual experiences outside of the home, school.

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17.05.2022 by Asha Patel, Strategy, Innovation and Growth Director, LHC

Applying ‘Constructing the Gold Standard’ together – a provider and supplier perspective

Five months on from Professor David Mosey’s ‘Constructing the Gold Standard’ report, I meet Claire Bailey-Jones, head of business development from Novus Property Solutions – a supplier with which LHC Group has a longstanding working relationship – to discuss the key lessons the sector can learn to make tangible, practical differences.

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16.05.2022 by Phillip Blackmore

The Benefits of MMC & Procurement Barriers to Adoption

The need for new housing has never been greater and with the Government aiming to deliver 300,000 new homes per year by mid-2020’s there needs to be a radical change in the way new homes are built. There’s some consensus around increasing housing supply to address the backlog of housing need, but there’s less agreement about how best to achieve it.

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12.05.2022 by South West Procurement Alliance

1,000 Homes for the Future Will Benefit South West Residents

People across Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset will benefit from a new partnership to build more energy-efficient homes for rent and ownership.

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09.05.2022 by Emily Bull

Could community building be the answer to loneliness?

It’s mental health week for 2022! SWPA enjoy taking this time to take stock of the last year and see what we can do better for our team over the coming year.  

This year we have decided to do something a little different, because this year’s theme of loneliness ties into a topic we are huge advocates of – building communities. 

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22.04.2022 by Emily Bull

It’s Earth Day 2022!

The statistics are bleak, we need to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century to keep the global temperature below 1.5°C to avoid the worst consequences of the biological and ecological crises.  

All to often the reality of this is overwhelming, and many of us have no idea where to begin or what to do. Earth Day 2022 gives us the perfect call to action – invest in our planet.

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20.04.2022 by South West Procurement Alliance

Collaborative working – the key to delivering successful housing projects

Collaboration has long been recognised as a goal in the construction industry, Constructing Excellence created the Collaborative Working Champions; which has identified 10 themes as most essential in achieving superior performance from fully integrated collaborative working in the UK construction industry. 

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06.04.2022 by Richard Croucher, Ian Williams’ Business Manager

In conversation with Ian Williams

In this latest article, SWPA finds out more about Ian Williams, one of only a few businesses to be appointed across multiple frameworks with us, including the vitally important Fire Safety (FS1-P) framework and fire door lot on the Doorsets, Fire Doors and Communal Entrance Doors (C8) framework. We caught up with Ian Williams’ Business Manager, Richard Croucher.

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28.03.2022 by Ventro

4 Fire Door Regulations You Need to Know

Fire doors are an essential aspect of fire safety for any property. They’re designed to stop the spread of fire and smoke in a building for long periods. This ensures escape routes are protected so people can evacuate a building safely and provides more time for firefighters to extinguish a fire.

There are several regulations in the UK associated with fire doors. This article will provide a breakdown of each and what they entail.

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08.03.2022 by Emily Bull

Time to #BreakTheBias for International Women’s Day 2022!

International Women’s Day 2022 is recognised across the globe, IWD celebrates women’s achievements and champions gender equality, this year IWD calls for us all to break the bias!  

Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Once we recognise that bias exists, we can all take responsibility for our actions and begin to positively change and challenge actions that don’t enable an equal playing field.  

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