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How convenient are your public conveniences?

On the face of it the most accessible loos would appear to be a design disaster. All that space but with all the facilities crammed into a corner? But in terms of usability it’s perfect, and also perfectly obvious. Many disabled people need the extra space to accommodate their mobility...
OKI Systems

How Smart Printing Saves Costs and Drives Efficiencies in Government

By Andrew Hall, marketing manager, OKI Systems UK Ltd Central and local government are continuing to feel the squeeze of austerity with the Conservative administration planning additional savings of £20bn from departmental budget cuts, which will be set out in the autumn spending review. So how can departments make further spending reductions...
OKI Systems

How Smart Printing Saves Costs and Drives Efficiencies in Government

By Andrew Hall, marketing manager, OKI Systems UK Ltd Central and local government are continuing to feel the squeeze of austerity with the Conservative administration planning additional savings of £20bn from departmental budget cuts, which will be set out in the autumn spending review. So how can departments make further spending reductions...

Ordnance Survey: Connecting the lives of everyone in Britain

We are Britain's mapping agency. We make the most up-to-date and accurate maps of the country. But we're also a digital business, and we use our content to help governments, companies and individuals be more effective both here and around the world. What we do In fifteen short years, we’ve changed...
OKI Systems

The Advantages of ‘Paper-Light’

By Andrew Hall, marketing manager, OKI Systems UK Ltd Despite moves to make businesses ‘digital by default’ and targets to ‘go paperless’; it is quite likely that most companies need to progress through various hybrid states before reaching the ultimate goal.  For some it may be impossible to eliminate the use...
About access

Disabled access exemption can pose trip hazard

With most regulations, an offer of exemption can easily encourage temptation. The provision which can allow exemption from certain access requirements within the Equality Act 2010 is one example, but the strings which are attached can still trip you up. The terms of the exemption do not amount to a get-out-of-jail-free...
About Access

A reasonable approach to improving access for disabled people

Ten years after the deadline passed for businesses to make sure their premises and services were accessible, it may be considered surprising to find that many are still vulnerable to claims for discrimination. Then again it may be entirely predictable. There are still many people who do not recognise the...

Asta Development powers up its range with a trio of product launches

Asta Development has officially released the second version of Asta Powerproject BIM and is rolling the product out via its global reseller network for the first time. Asta has also launched the estimation tool Bidcon BIM into the UK and is adding to the capability of the recently released...
Saint Gobain

How To Boost Education Through Building Design

Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the sustainable habitat and construction markets, has identified five key elements that contribute to our comfort levels indoors; thermal comfort, audio comfort, visual comfort, indoor air comfort and economic comfort. Stacey Temprell, Residential Sector Director at Saint-Gobain, explains how it is bringing My Comfort,...
About access

Access audits will clear the way for more customers

Never mind narrow doorways which create difficulties for someone with a disability. A bigger problem is narrow thinking, and that’s the main issue that we try to address with access audits. One audit involved a large events venue. The brief was to look at the café and restaurant, which were to...
Callsafe Services Ltd

Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015: Training

Training Effective training should enable all of the dutyholders to achieve compliance with the regulations in an efficient and cost-effective way, achieving the objectives of not hurting people without reducing, and sometimes enhancing, the efficiencies on the project and for future maintenance, cleaning, etc. The courses available from Callsafe Services Limited...
Saint Gobain

Saint-Gobain Puts Comfort First

We spend roughly 90% of our time indoors or in vehicles, so it’s fair to say that the buildings we live, work and play in everyday can have a significant impact on our comfort, health and wellbeing. Stacey Temprell, Residential Sector Director at Saint-Gobain, discusses how Saint-Gobain is improving...
About access

An inclusive approach to evacuation plans

It is vital for a business to have facilities and procedures in place to help disabled people move around a building – and it is even more important to have effective systems in place to help them get out. When the need arises to evacuate a building the likelihood is...
Kingspan

Staying On Top Of Heat Loss

Having gone through another chilly winter, many of us will now count the cost with a sizeable heating bill landing on the door step. Rather than accepting this annual ritual, now is the time to get pro-active and to look at ways of cutting heat loss down to size....

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