Category Archives: Government & Local Authorities

High Line-Inspired Park proposed in Queens

When plans for the High Line were first revealed it made quite an impression on the design community. The converted elevated rail line, long abandoned by New York City, was threatened by demolition until a group of activists fought for its revival and helped transform it into one of the most renowned public spaces in Manhattan. Now Queens, a borough with its own abandoned infrastructure is on its way to redeveloping the land for its own version of the High Line, to be known as the Queensway Cultural Gateway.


Windhager UK has supplied 23 biomass boilers to tenants of Warwick District Council after it won national funding of £118,000 to install wood fuelled heating systems into its homes.

Westward Ho! for resin bound

Ronacrete Approved Contractor Avalon Surfacing has transformed the promenade and village green footpaths at Westward Ho! seafront by laying RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing, part of a refurbishment project by Torridge District Council.

New Wing opens at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy

The new wing at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, Fife is now open. The 500 bed extension to the existing hospital was delivered by Balfour Beatty for NHS Fife through a Public Private Partnership.

Welcome to Total Lighting Solutions Ltd

Total Lighting Solutions are an independent lighting design and supply company.

Utilising the latest design software, we prepare lighting schemes, technical specifications, and problem solving options. Our track record in this specialist field allows us to provide creative solutions that are fully integrated with the architectural design of a given building environment. Our independence ensures that we recommend the most appropriate luminaires from high quality, to ex-stock availability for instant delivery, to competitively priced fittings for those tight budget projects.


Designing and constructing a new school is a major project for any community, especially when it involves replacing a village school building that has served the local population for the past 100 years. 

Portsmouth City Council chooses DMS to protect deaf and hard of hearing people

Portsmouth City Council has installed DMS (Deaf Message Service), a new fire safety product that informs deaf or hard of hearing people when the fire alarm sounds, in its civic offices.

DMS gives deaf and hard of hearing people the freedom to move around public places like supermarkets, shopping centres or libraries without worry of missing an emergency situation, informing them when the fire alarm sounds. It also helps service providers and employers comply with the Equality Act.

An ‘Outstanding’ specification

The SusCon centre was developed as a sustainable construction and research centre, and has included the use of NBT’s woodfibre insulation system throughout, helping the building to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM Education rating of 88.85%. Building Products reports.

Located in Dartford, Kent, SusCon was designed by Stephen George & Partners for a public/private partnership led by Dartford Borough Council, ProLogis and North West Kent College. The construction provides an exemplar airtight and highly insulated building which boasts the sustainable materials and construction methods, high level skills and best practices that SusCon promotes.
SusCon has been constructed to provide pioneering new courses in sustainable construction as well as providing a facility for research and demonstrations of innovative construction methodologies. Its 1400m2 building comprises three different structures: a steel frame workshop building, a timber frame breakout facility and a concrete frame teaching block, which includes ten classrooms, office areas, a kitchen and a café. Various finishes were employed for different elements of the building, including timber cladding, NBT’s Baumit render and aluminium timber composite curtain walling.

The rendered timber frame walls are insulated using NBT’s Diffutherm woodfibre insulation system, specified to provide an airtight and highly insulated structure. The system features NBT’s Diffutherm woodfibre external wall insulation, which is fixed directly to the timber cassettes. The cassettes are infilled with Thermafleece sheepswool insulation, provided by NBT, and are lined internally with OSB.
Similarly, the timber clad timber frame walls feature the NBT Pavaclad system. Beneath the cladding is NBT’s Pavatherm Plus woodfibre insulation, fixed in a continuous layer over the timber frame. Thermafleece infill insulation is installed within the timber cassettes and OSB is again used on the internal face.
Both the Diffutherm and Pavaclad systems form a thermal shell, which reduces thermal bridging and has achieved a U-value of 0.18W/m2K for the exterior walls and an airtightness level of 7.08m3/hr/m2 @50Pa. The building’s low heat loss contributes significantly to the achievement of an expected CO2 emissions level of only 7.9kg/m2/year.

NBT’s woodfibre insulation meets with the building’s responsible sourcing, low toxicity and high recycled content material requirements. It locks up more carbon than is used throughout its manufacture and delivery to site, and, due to its 95% plus waste wood composition, is wholly recyclable.
The building also employs various other sustainability measures, including the use of a biomass boiler to provide renewable energy, rainwater harvesting for the flushing of toilets and provisions for solar thermal panels.