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The 2020 edition of ARCHITECT@WORK (running from 29 to 30th January at the Old Truman Brewery, London) focuses on ways design and architecture intersect with nature.

Architects can discover the best in material innovation from across the world, all in one place at this year’s Surface Design Show. Held at the Business Design Centre in Islington from 11 to 13th February 2020, the show – now in its 15th year – will focus on the thought-provoking topic of ‘Close to Home’.

Gavin White from leading liquid applied roofing specialist, Sika Liquid Plastics, discusses the importance of supply chain technical support in managing hazards and avoiding risk.

There are billions of pounds of art exhibits covered by the Government Indemnity Scheme – thanks to top-level security solutions – security solutions that are available to all architects and developers, says Toby Humphreys, Product Development Manager of industry-leading physical security specialist Charter Global.

Working within restricted space on a new, ambitious social housing development in Barnsley, a fully adoptable stormwater attenuation tank manufactured from Polypipe’s Ridgistorm-XL large diameter pipe has been installed as a key element of a project-wide sustainable water management scheme.

Targeted as an innovation project by Morgan Sindall, the A414 upgrade to Edinburgh Way in Harlow, Essex, will be the first installation of a large-diameter, complete structural wall plastic pipe attenuation system directly beneath a live carriageway.

When it comes to the public realm, planners often talk about how to make spaces more inclusive, welcoming and liveable. However, the security of public areas is paramount, something which was reinforced by the tragic terror attacks seen across Europe over recent years.

Glass is one of the most practical and versatile construction materials, and it can also be one of the most colourful, as Scott Sinden, Managing Director of glass processing expert ESG Group, explains.

The construction industry encompasses a vast number of rewarding careers. For example, it has been found that construction-related employment in Great Britain increased by 3.8% in 2017, exceeding its pre-downturn peak of 2007 to reach the highest level on record. Showcasing the rising popularity of construction-based roles, this figure embodies our progress, says Russell Stilwell, Founder of RSE Building Services.

Owners, operators and manufacturers of lifts must satisfy a wide range of regulations, standards and international directives, writes Chris Meering, Regional Director at TÜV SÜD Dunbar Boardman.

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