Month: April 2014

‘Unprecedented’ demand for Newcastle riverside eco-homes

A stylish sustainable housing development which will transform part of Newcastle’s east end has really captured the imagination of people on Tyneside, who have given an overwhelming response to the plans to create an entirely new riverside community. Developer Carillion-igloo is experiencing “unprecedented” demand for the new homes which are under construction in Newcastle’s Lower Ouseburn Valley, an area transformed through urban regeneration from a stagnant post-industrial wasteland to a vibrant, creative, contemporary hub of activity. The Malings development – named after the famous Maling Pottery which operated on the site during the Victorian era – will provide a brand new neighbourhood on the east bank of the Ouseburn, comprising 76 low-energy, eco-friendly homes. The new homes will be marked by the quality of their design – and that’s official. The Malings is the only housing scheme on Tyneside to be honoured with a Built for Life quality mark, the industry standard for the design of housing developments – quite simply the sign of a good place to live – announced by Planning Minister David Boles MP last Thursday. Carillion-igloo received nearly 200 requests to attend the sales launch for prospective purchasers, held at Toffee Factory close to the Malings site. 60 per cent of the initial 32 homes were snapped up within three hours of becoming available for reservation by potential buyers. The demand was such that people...

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Compliance Surveys: Keeping Business Green

Air conditioning systems are now such a common feature in the workplace nowadays that we probably take them for granted. Even our cars come equipped with systems to keep us cool while driving and many public buildings have them in place as a matter of course, allowing workers and visitors to remain cool and comfortable when the weather takes a turn for the hot. Government laws require that those in possession of an air conditioner have it inspected every five years. The inspection should be carried out by an external energy assessor to determine whether the air conditioner is running in an energy efficient manner and is in keeping with government regulations. Failure to have your air conditioner assessed will result in a fine, so this is clearly not to be ignored. Air conditioning inspections are particularly relevant for organisations such as multi-site retail companiesand businesses. It’s the responsibility of a business to ensure that the environment in which employees work is kept suitable, such as making sure that the temperature is kept regular.  Naturally, businesses will want the air conditioning in their buildings to be running properly and at all times; after all, irregular temperatures can have a negative impact on employee performance and motivation. However, ideally the air conditioner used should be running as efficiently as possible too. An efficient air conditioner can lead to significant reductions...

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£35k boost for Newcastle’s east end as Carillion igloo builds neighbourhood

£35,000 will be invested into Newcastle’s east end this year thanks to a new partnership which aims to capture imaginations and bring together people from different communities. The new venture sees Carillion-igloo – the developer behind The Malings, a 76-home sustainable housing scheme taking shape on the banks of the Ouseburn –  teaming up with Helix Arts in an effort to help local people from differing social backgrounds to engage creatively with each other, existing creative industries and with the ongoing regeneration of the Ouseburn Valley. There is the promise of new opportunities for both employment and learning along the way. The partners intend not only to engage with the creative community of the Ouseburn Valley, but also to capture the imaginations of people living within the neighbouring communities of the Byker Estate and St Ann’s. Carillion igloo’s long-term goal is to ensure that both the new residents of The Malings housing development and people living in neighbouring areas enjoy a positive relationship with the current Ouseburn Valley communities. To this end, Carillion-igloo is providing £35,000 to fund a programme of activities exploring the themes of renewal and sustainability, designed and co-ordinated by Helix Arts and delivered by local people for local people. The programme offers the following opportunities: Young mums from Byker who run Y-Eat, a catering business set up by Newcastle YMCA, have been chosen to provide...

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Blaze at County Durham Church Reveals Toxic Materials

Last week, asbestos was discovered by firefighters when tackling a blaze in a church hall in County Durham. Residents and local government have raised concerns about the disturbance of the hazardous material, which is considered toxic and can cause Mesothelioma, and in some cases, death. Leading asbestos management firm Lucion Environmental commented on the incident, in the hope of further raising awareness of asbestos in built environments. Lucion’s Patrick Morton stated: “The fact that asbestos was found in a building of this type and age is no surprise, the material was widely used for roofing, insulation and other industrial purposes until as recently as the turn of the millennium. We are all familiar with the grey, corrugated asbestos roofing used on many of our steel-framed industrial buildings. Normally low risk unless it’s moved or damaged, asbestos cement can explode under some conditions whilst subject to fire causing thousands of small pieces of debris to shower nearby areas. Likewise when this material is disturbed it also releases hazardous fibres into the environment. Properly managed, asbestos fibres will cause little risk to the population at large, but as always with asbestos it is those who work most closely with the material who have the greatest exposure and carry the greatest risk of developing asbestos related illnesses. In this case that will be the firefighters who attended the incident and worked so...

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