With the world still in the grip of COVID-19, the built environment is having to respond. While lockdown is easing, it is being done on the condition that social distancing and hygiene are top of the agenda for individuals and businesses. This means changes to the places we work, shop and relax; changes that are likely to remain until next year at least.

Last month, the UK Government announced its plans to encourage the nation to “build, build, build” as part of its efforts to kick-start the UK economy post-coronavirus. While there is much to be admired in this sentiment, we must not lose sight of other important issues the construction and building product manufacturing sectors need to address, particularly around sustainability.

Powdertech Corby has launched three new powder coating Collections, showcasing some of the most popular shades and textures in its wide repertoire. Finding the right shade for an external or internal architectural project is a rewarding part of a designer’s work but can be time consuming and frankly quite overwhelming with the number of shades now available.

Kalwall® translucent cladding has been used in another project at Heathrow Airport. This time it has been specified for a new 10,000m2 state-of-the-art premium cargo terminal. Designed by specialist logistics architects Gebler Tooth Architects, this temperature-controlled facility has been built to handle pharmaceutical and other premium cargo.

There have been huge technical developments in cladding solutions in recent years and with architects demanding a more aesthetic approach to the building envelope, Heath Hindmarch Chairman of PSP Architectural, considers the balance that has to be struck in meeting design, energy efficiency and environmental expectations.

The current pandemic has generated a pressing need to radically adapt virtually all indoor space, from hospitals to hotels, from commercial offices to education facilities. Responding to this, Style, the UK’s market leading operable wall specialist, has launched a new ‘social distancing’ section of their website, highlighting exactly how modern moveable partitioning systems can be effectively utilised to create safer environments for everyone.

Simpson Strong-Tie, leader in engineered structural building solutions, has launched a comprehensive range of connectors and fasteners to serve the growing demand for CLT construction, along with a brand new ‘Connectors & Fasteners for CLT Construction’ catalogue.

By offering some of the lowest U-values available, the patented PURe® aluminium window system from Senior Architectural Systems has become a firm favourite in the residential sector.

F. Ball and Co. Ltd. has helped to support frontline NHS workers as part of SalutetheNHS.org, a major non-profit initiative, set up to provide one million nutritious, free meals to these vital NHS staff over a three-month period as they have fought the coronavirus pandemic.

With sales of timber homes and buildings heading towards £1bn in the next 12 months*, Andy Swift, sales and operations manager, UK & ROI for ISO-Chemie, considers sealant tapes for timber frame structures and accommodating differential movement.

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