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Issue 39 - Winter 2006
Raising the bar for construction
Leading lights from the construction sector joined fellow professionals and their guests at the LABC National Built in Quality Awards 2006 in October to acknowledge those outstanding projects that are helping to raise the bar for construction
Other National articles
Building futures in Uganda
LABC sponsors commercial success
LABC meets sustainable challenge

South East
Berkeley Homes and Wandsworth Council – a winning partnership
A successful partnership between Wandsworth Council and Berkeley Homes - nurtured at the landmark Chelsea Bridge Wharf development - was officially recognized when it scooped top prize in the Best Partnership with a client or housebuilder category
Berkeley Homes and Wandsworth Council – a winning partnership
New England in Snodland
End of tenancy cleaning in London
Council leads on energy efficiency

South West
Dartmouth's rebirth on the waterfront
One of the finalists in the Best Housing category of this year's LABC National Built in Quality Awards was the prestigious £19m Dart Marina mixed use development in Dartmouth, South Devon, completed under the auspices of LABC's Partner Authority Scheme
Dartmouth's rebirth on the waterfront
Sustainable to The Core

Midlands
Community spirit drives construction
A Sikh community centre built by volunteers in Handsworth, Birmingham, was one of the finalists in the Best Public/ Community project category of this year's LABC National Built in Quality Awards
Community spirit drives construction
Pescod Hall makes smart move
Campus boost for University Quarter
Project SLAM redefines partnership in construction

North
Avoiding trouble at t'mill
Winning top prize in the Best Housing or Residential project category at this year's LABC National Built in Quality Awards was the redevelopment of the Silk Warehouse, part of the Lister Mills complex in Bradford
Avoiding trouble at t'mill
Stimulating construction
Quality shines at Lebberston Hall
First phase completion for £450 million regeneration scheme
Clever buildings promote green environment

Wales
Partnership helps transform Cardiff's brownfield sites
An innovative five-year partnership between the Council, Leadbitter Construction and registered social landlords in Cardiff is helping to transform a once run down area of the city
Partnership helps transform Cardiff's brownfield sites
Police move to benefit the arts
Consultants to the built environment
Fly-half legend seals Building Control partnerships

From the Chief
Taking the strain out of housebuilding
While housebuilding has never been an easy option in construction, the pressure on the sector to produce the goods quicker, cheaper and via more sustainable methods, continues to grow

Interviews
Home truths and the housing crisis
The National Housing Federation (NHF) represents 1,400 independent, not-for-profit housing associations in England and together its members provide two million affordable homes for around five million people
Preparing the ground for London 2012

Health and Safety
Revised asbestos regulations now in force
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006, which were laid in Parliament in October, came into force on November 13
Working at height

Sustainability
Conservation of fuel and power - another broken promise?
The Government manifesto commits us to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% by 2010. John Boanson, architect / Technical author, National Building Specification, argues that there is no way that the current energy regulations are going to save anywhere near this target

Building Research
How eco-friendly is your housing development?
Ursula Gardner of BRE looks at what it takes for a development to be awarded the EcoHome standard, and what more developers can do to ensure the houses they do build perform better, including the use of renewable energy sources
Sounding out new schools

Concrete Corner
Masonry homes can make lowest whole life CO2 impact, says report
New research by independent consulting engineer Arup shows that when it comes to reducing the operational CO2 emissions the utilisation of thermal mass is paramount. Andrew Minson, head of framed buildings at The Concrete Centre, explains

Fire Safety
Fire protection in high density housing
Graham Ellicott, Chief Executive of The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP), discusses some of the key technical issues regarding fire protection in multistorey, high-density housing projects

Legal
Reasonable access
The close dovetailing of Part M of the Building Regulations to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) represents a clear shift in both access policy and legislation, writes Simon Loveday, Partner, Vizards Wyeth Solicitors

Timber Research
Could timber save the planet?
Timber frame buildings are helping the construction industry meet new Building Regulations, while at the same time helping to save the planet, writes Robin Lancashire of TRADA FrameCHECK

Security
Security: an estate-wide concept?
Most of us are accustomed to thinking about home security on an individual basis but a combination of well established design practices and the advent of new technology is allowing builders to consider the subject from the perspective of entire residential developments

LABC Update
LABC lead on modern methods of construction
LABC are working with both UK and overseas off-site manufacturing and construction companies to ensure that their systems are fully compliant with the Building Regulations

Recruitment
Addressing the skills shortage in construction
Mike Bialyi, Director, CITB-ConstructionSkills, is responsible for promoting training and engaging stakeholders for CITB-ConstructionSkills