As we fully embrace the summer months, we’re being hit with the news of a new wave of COVID infections in the UK. Coupled with recent changes to the Building Regulations – particularly Part F – this means our attention to ventilation and infection control within our buildings isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
In this month’s issue, we talk to Ian Rogers, Sales Director at Gilberts Blackpool, about the new factors influencing ventilation specification. Here, Ian looks at the pressures placed on architects to meet both COVID and environmental demands when designing spaces. Turn to page 22 to read the whole story. We also talk to Andrew Cameron, Founder of leading hand dryer and washroom accessory company, Intelligent Facility Solutions, about how the popularity of touchless washrooms was already growing before the pandemic hit. Andrew explains how technologies, such as UVC and photocatalytic air and surface sterilisation, are helping to reduce the spread of infection. Head to page 24 to find out more.
Elsewhere, we put Mark Ellson, Director of Holmes Miller, in the limelight in this month’s Q&A, Sarah Virgo from Wood for Good runs through everything you need to know about engineered timber, and we profile a sustainable theatre design and uncover supermarket Aldi’s new HQ in our portfolios.
ON THE COVER:
At the beginning of March, the new ALDI Nord Campus in Essen-Kray, Germany, was opened after a construction period of almost three years.