L&G given go-ahead for prefabs

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » L&G given go-ahead for prefabs previous nextLand & New HomesL&G given go-ahead for prefabsThe Negotiator29th June 20200302 Views Legal & General (L&G) insurance group has received planning consent to build Britain’s biggest housing projects – with homes built almost entirely in a factory.The 154-home scheme in Selby, North Yorkshire, will be the first full modular housing development delivered by Legal & General, from buying the land through to design and construction.Each unit’s walls, floors and ceilings are made using the factory’s four giant, computer-operated cutting and milling machines. Finished modules, wired, plumbed, decorated, carpeted and fitted out with kitchens and bathrooms, are loaded on to a lorry and delivered to sites. A home can be a single module or several joined together.L&G is aiming to make 3,000 modular homes a year by 2024. Rosie Toogood, 52, head of the insurer’s modular homes business, said, “In a post COVID-19 crisis environment, the speed of delivery will be more important than ever before.”Selby prefabs North Yorkshire prefabs Rosie Toogood prefabs Legal & General insurance group June 29, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Former Rightmove chief backs soon-to-launch sales progression proptech

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Former Rightmove chief backs soon-to-launch sales progression proptech previous nextAgencies & PeopleFormer Rightmove chief backs soon-to-launch sales progression proptechJason Busby, who headed up the portal’s sales operation for over a decade, is now a non-exec director of Breezemove.Nigel Lewis8th September 202001,134 Views Former Rightmove commercial director Jason Busby has joined soon-to-launch sales progression start-up BreezeMove as a non-executive director.The appointment, which is in addition to his work for recruitment firm Rayner Personnel, is designed to bring his 15 years’ working in sales at Rightmove to bear on the fledgling firm.“Over the last 15 years I’ve wondered how technology can fix the problem of protracted property transactions, the related uncertainty and the waste,” says Busby.“That technology now exists in BreezeMove and I am excited to be involved in assisting with the development of the product to really help vendors and in turn how that will benefit the industry.”Estate agentLiverpool-based BreezeMove has been built to align the estate agent, the conveyancer and respective buyers and sellers in each transaction.It has already signed up several well-known conveyancing firms including Michael Rose Bayliss, Jackson Lees and LawComm Solicitors.The platform created a considerable stir a few weeks ago when it announced that it would be free for agents to use but pays them a referral fee of approximately £500 per transaction once a house move completes, and is already been trialled by several multi-branch estate agencies.“All of us within the property industry accept that the moving transaction is broken and getting worse,” says Phil Melia, CEO and co-founder Breezemove.“Our technology will solve that, bringing down the time taken between offer and completion and reducing fall-throughs and stress accordingly.”Visit Breezemove.jason busby Phil Melia BreezeMove Rightmove September 8, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Stage Whispers: The Set designer

first_imgThe role of a set designer is simple – create an environment where the searing soul of the play can be acted out, where actors can exist and bring the script to life for the wondering audience. On a budget of £20-50. With receipts. And six sheets of plywood, measuring 8’ by 4’, one bicycle, and Botley road to negotiate. Not to mention the four tins of emulsion paint, 15 paint brushes, 3 rollers and 2 paint trays. Events conspire against the humble ‘settie’. The director looks at the flats, painstakingly hammered together, painted in hues of brick and urban grime, and points out, in that famous, nerve-shredding phrase, that it is “all wrong”. They had shifted the ‘conceptuation’ from urban grunge to a calm garden in high summer. In an email during the vacation. So why was grime still visible? Oh, and cut that wood more quietly, with no sawdust. And no scratches on the floor, or paint on the curtains, as the Theatre Management doesn’t like it. Now. Or else the whole get-in will run late, and the lighting person needs that ladder, right now. The everyday materials of set construction also seem trip up the settie. Plywood rejects domination by nails, paint tins cling to their lids with the tenacity of a limpet in its shell, hammers develop a passion for your fingertips, and sawing causes bloodshed which, more often than not, stains the backdrop better than any cheap paint from the B&Q in Blackbird Leys. Bloodstains, at least, can generally be passed off as artistic license. And then, once the whole misbegotten, nailed, duct taped edifice is erect, it will come crashing down because some clod-hopping actor will lean on it, causing hysterics and general fury. This isn’t to say that wood isn’t a preferable staging material to the other possibilities a settie is presented with. Rumour has it Tom Richards is only now – and only just – being talked out of plans to build an actual brick wall in the OFS for his bid for Edward II next term.Being a set designer is not a bundle of laughs. But the sight of a stage coming to life, backdrop glowing in the lights, the doors opening and closing smoothly, actors not falling over any protruding set or mauling themselves on any overlooked nails, must be one of the most gratifying parts of this whole theatre affair.last_img read more

In Short

first_imgDawn finalises buyDawn Foods has completed its acquisition of Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients from Royal Cosun, effective 30 June 2011. Over the next 12 months, Unifine will be fully integrated into Dawn Foods.Elisabeth renamedBakery and dessert supplier Elisabeth the Chef has changed its name to Senoble UK. Effective 1 July 2011, the name change follows the purchase four years ago by the family-owned Senoble Group, of France. General manager Jean Christophe Pierrard said that, apart from a change of factory signs, everything will stay exactly the same.Cost forecast raisedBakery products supplier CSM Global has revised its prediction on the cost of its raw materials from E200m to E240m for the full year, as costs increased further than expected in Q2 of its trading year. The firm said it had “stepped up the level of price increases to compensate”. CSM will publish its first-half results on 10 August.Firkins’ site for saleFirkins Bakery’s old production site and head office is up for sale. The 43,000sq ft freehold premises in West Bromwich, is on the market for offers in the region of £650,000. Martin Bloomer Associates is also offering the opportunity to rent it for £65,000 per year. Call 01384 457206 for details.last_img read more

Press release: Foreign Secretary visits school for International Women’s Day

first_imgAppallingly 90 per cent of world’s poorest children leave school unable to read and write. That is why the Foreign Secretary will push for a firm commitment from each of the 53 Foreign Ministers attending the Commonwealth Summit to make girls’ education a priority. He will argue that illiteracy and poor schooling are the root causes of poverty, instability and extremism.Mr Johnson also took part in a Connecting Classrooms session about the links between St Leonard’s and its sister school in Sierra Leone. UK support means that over 8,000 marginalised girls, and 2000 children with disabilities in Sierra Leone now attend secondary school.Connecting Classrooms is a UK aid backed programme that connects 31,000 schools in more than 50 countries to help children experience other cultures, learn from one another and become good global citizens.Further information Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @BorisJohnson and Facebook Media enquiries Email [email protected] Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Providing every girl with at least 12 years of quality education will solve many of the world’s problems, Boris Johnson told pupils during a surprise school visit today (Thursday 8 March). The Foreign Secretary made the remarks during an impromptu trip to St Leonard’s Church of England Primary Academy in Hastings to mark International Women’s Day.Mr Johnson spoke to more than one hundred pupils about his international campaign to persuade every government to deliver a minimum of 12 years of quality schooling for every girl by 2030. He said he hopes that the pupils would use their voices to become powerful activists for less fortunate children in other parts of the world – and in turn solve many of the biggest problems we face today.Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson said: Globally 130 million girls are not in school and in conflict zones, girls are two and a half times more likely to be out of school than boys. Archaic groups like Boko Haram act with impunity kidnapping girls just because they want to learn. When we empower girls to read and write and have the skills not only to survive but thrive, countries are healthier, more prosperous and crucially more stable. Young people make up 60 per cent of the Commonwealth, that’s why during the Commonwealth Summit I will call on leaders to prioritise girls’ education to ensure that no girl is left behind, because educating girls is the single most powerful spur to development. For journalists Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedInlast_img read more

Home-based baker’s deal with Tesco

first_imgHome-based business The Chocolate Brownie Company has struck a deal to supply 50 Tesco stores in Wales, on an introductory price promotion.Set up by entrpreneur Vicky Critcher, the business will launch its packs of 12 bite-size white chocolate chunk brownies on the promotion, until the end of September. Critcher will also run a series of in-store tasting events for customers at Tesco’s major Welsh stores during the promotion. The brownies are actually produced at Barons Patisserie in Cardiff, to Critcher’s recipe, which enables The Chocolate Brownie Company to offer the volumes needed to supply a major multiple like Tesco.  The brownies are also listed by Pieminister’s Leather Lane shop in London, and Critcher is also targeting the products at major airlines.last_img read more

Opening Year Dialogue with President Faust and Charlie Gibson

first_imgPresident Faust and Charlie Gibson’s Opening Year Dialogue was held on Tuesday, September 21, at Sanders Theatre at 4 p.m.last_img

Art for art’s sake

first_imgLeave it to Harvard students to stay busy even during a nominal break from school. Undergraduates took advantage of myriad offerings during the recent winter recess, including the arts intensives centered at Arts @ 29 Garden.Utilizing the University’s newest arts space, students explored their funnier sides, tapped out poetry on machines, danced, fused architecture with fiction writing, and tried the stage.Arts @ 29 Garden is a new initiative born out of the University-wide Arts Task Force that two years ago called for Harvard to further integrate the arts into its curriculum and everyday life. The new space on Garden Street is aimed at promoting creativity, collaboration, art making, and experimentation among faculty, students, and visiting artists.With Harvard’s new academic calendar, many students now have more time to explore areas of interest that they might not have been able to fit into their busy schedules during the fall and spring semesters. For many students, the restructured winter break gave them a chance to experiment with their inner artists.Freshman Ginny Fahs took a weeklong creative writing workshop that connected her to her poetic side in a relaxed, informal way.“I love to write, and I don’t have the time to do it. This week was just so unstructured and free, and our activities were unconventional and fun. A lot of it felt like play. I felt like I had time to actually develop my ideas and develop my writing.”As part of the class, students typed out strings of letters on paper towels using old typewriters in an effort to connect the characters to the visual arts. They also wrote poems on pieces of cardboard boxes, read a book about Buckminster Fuller, the Harvard-educated engineer, author, inventor, and futurist, penned works inspired by Fuller’s poetic style, and traipsed off to see the recent play “R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe,” at the American Repertory Theater, along with students from all of the intensives.“It was a very process-driven workshop,” said poet and visual artist Jen Bervin, who ran the creative writing intensive. “The aim wasn’t really to create finished work but to create new thinking about page space and composition and approaches to writing … to activate a lot of different learning and thinking at once.”The monthly salon series at Arts @ 29 Garden, “Salon @ 29,” held on Feb. 3, focused on the January Arts Intensives held in the space. During the evening, students and their instructors discussed their workshops.Freshman Angelique Henderson, an economics concentrator who plans to pursue a secondary concentration in dramatic arts, said the intensive theater program, which included sessions on monologue work, auditioning, and the business of acting, “was a blast.” She said she developed “a close bond” with other students in the theater group.That work has already paid off; she was recently cast in “for colored girls/for black boys,” a March production of the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club.“I felt like it was a real test of what I had learned,” said Henderson.Sam Weisman, an artist with the A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training who was an instructor in the theater intensive, said it was “refreshing” to work with the students.Older, more experienced actors tend to hold onto preconceived notions and are protective of what they have learned, said Weisman. But his Harvard students were eager and willing to experiment.“Everyone gave themselves over to everything they were doing in a tremendously constructive way, which as a teacher I found very refreshing,” said Weisman.Some students opted for laughter, taking a workshop with comedians Jimmy Tingle and Jane Condon. Students who wanted to move more took a dance intensive with Liz Lerman and Dance Exchange artists Keith Thompson, Vincent Thomas, and Sarah Levitt.Others explored the nexus of architecture and the written word in a class geared toward helping them learn the basic concepts of architectural design and representation.Jawn Lim, a doctoral design candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), ran the course. He and course co-creator Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor in Architectural Theory and associate dean for academic affairs at the GSD, challenged students to consider concepts like architectural structure. The class fused architecture with fiction.“We sought structural and spatial potential that is found both in text and architecture, and in so doing pushed the students to invent visionary designs by identifying organizing systems that parallel both architecture and text,” said Lim.Students first wrote a brief story describing an architectural scene. They then reworked their texts based on small plastic models they created. The students also developed stop-motion animations of their constructions and listened to lectures on concepts like utopia and Fuller’s architecture to help inform their designs.“A lot of them showed that they were meant to be designers … they were hungry for the opportunity to think with their hands, to design something,” said Lim of students whose concentrations ranged from economics and philosophy to physics and comparative literature.He called the concepts learned during the workshop invaluable.“Even if they end up working as a surgeon, they think in three dimensions now … they can imagine space and form a little more fluidly. If they end up in government, they think in systems, they think in processes. The way they can apply the experience to their future careers is unlimited.”“Those few days of intense studio work have shown me the power of pushing the boundaries of my imagination,” said sophomore Yuanjian Luo, a visual and environmental studies concentrator and participant in Lim’s class who is considering a career in graphic design.For Lori Gross, the associate provost for arts and culture who helped to coordinate the program, which was aided by the Office of the President and Provost, the Dean of Arts and Humanities, and the Office for the Arts, the intensives allowed students to explore and experiment with new artistic practices.“There was a lot of crossover. Students in the theater track danced, and the dancers quoted Shakespeare. Participants created a new community of artists by working across disciplines they may have never before encountered or studied.”last_img read more

Lessons from teaching in COVID times

first_img Related Bridget Terry Long, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, added that hers was one of the first Schools to commit to remote learning for the entire year, which give them a head start in redesigning courses. Just as important, she said, was that the models for student support also got a second look. She cited the creation of “student success teams” that drew staff and faculty from across the School to support students in the face of the pandemic, racial inequities, and impending recession. Also, admissions was opened to candidates who would not have been able to come to Cambridge. “We started to see this as an opportunity to build something new, rather than feeling that we were compromising.”Amanda Claybaugh, dean of undergraduate education, noted that the Faculty of Arts and Sciences drew some early criticism for going remote but that the decision proved to be the right one. “The FAS has been very conservative, first about our ability to offer in-person learning, then our decisions about how many students to bring to campus. As our peer institutions had to walk back their more ambitious plans, we felt it was more important to give our students whatever certainty we could give them.”Making the call early left plenty of time to ensure that faculty could receive training in remote teaching. “This meant that more than 1,000 instructors did weeklong training over the summer. We could say to them, ‘If you make this small set of changes, it will have a big impact on your course.’”Students, she said, occasionally complained that they were being asked to do too much work or that professors were always contacting them. “These are good problems,” she said. “We see that as a success.” The pandemic has transformed education at Harvard, requiring students and faculty to innovate with online learning. During a Tuesday plenary, deans from across campus looked back on the year with a sense of achievement — and a bit of fatigue as well.“This could have been a disaster, but instead you collectively have turned this into a tremendous opportunity for the University,” Provost Alan Garber told the members of Tuesday’s panel, “Teaching and Learning at Harvard: Looking Back, Looking Forward.” This was the first of six virtual panels in a three-day series, “Teaching in Unprecedented Times,” presented by the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning in partnership with Teaching and Learning Centers.Garber compared the faculty and staff’s efforts over the past year to impossible challenges sometimes given to test the limits of engineering students, such as building a robot out of string and marshmallows. Because faculty have proven so resourceful, he said, “The future of education at Harvard is brighter than it would have been without the pandemic.”Moderator Bharat Anand, vice provost for advances in learning, asked each of the panelists to share key lessons from the past nine months.“It’s fair to say we have appreciated teaching in person more than ever, and we realize how much of a profoundly human experience this was,” said Dan Levy, a senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School who this year published “Teaching Effectively With Zoom.” He praised the creativity that faculty showed in reimagining their classes, but admitted that teaching and learning online can be tiring. “It was simply exhausting for most of us. Zoom fatigue and screen fatigue are real. Taking one course online is not the same as taking all of them online in the midst of a pandemic, and I don’t think we’ve recognized that fully.” “It’s fair to say we have appreciated teaching in person more than ever, and we realize how much of a profoundly human experience this was.” — Dan Levy, Harvard Kennedy School Scholars tell of muddling through, insights gained, small wins, and a rescue pup named RBG Many groups spent the summer rethinking pedagogy and technology A dark year of sickness, reckoning, loss — and periodic bits of lightcenter_img Srikant Datar, faculty dean at Harvard Business School (HBS), discussed the challenges presented by teaching case method online, without the live discussions and breakout rooms to which students were accustomed. HBS approached this by recruiting “online learning facilitators” — staff members from across the School who supported faculty — and by devoting a week to mock classes for practice. Since many students were on campus, they also experimented successfully with a socially distanced hybrid classroom. This led to the problem of virtual students feeling left out, which was solved by rotating students between the live and virtual settings. Above all, he said, HBS benefits from its willingness to experiment.Looking forward, the panelists said that current innovations will leave a positive mark on post-COVID education. One likely result will be larger, more diverse hybrid classrooms. Datar said that these would likely include postgrad students. “It would be fabulous if alumni could increase the class size just by coming online — but increase it in a way that their contributions would be extremely valuable because they’re older and know certain things that our students would benefit from learning. But can [class size] go even larger, like double or triple? Those would be interesting experiments to try.”As the pandemic persists, Claybaugh pointed out that many students are still yearning for more personal interaction. “One thing we’ve learned from students is that they like to be put into different breakout rooms, because they just want to meet other students. They’re able to maintain ties with their close circle of friends, but they want that casual interaction reproduced. The College is trying to do that socially, but that’s where Zoom fatigue sets in.” she said. “Once they’ve done all their schoolwork on a screen they don’t then want to socialize on a screen. And that’s a real challenge. When they write to me and say, ‘What will you do to enable us to socialize?’ I always say, ‘You don’t want what a 50-year-old lady thinks you should do.’ I hope this is a time for young people to figure out new ways to interact online.” Preparing grad and professional Schools for remote fall Experts blame mistrust, politicization, and fear for school response, widening inequity K-12 education appears on downward slide as pandemic continueslast_img read more

Taking Healthcare IT to the Modern Data Center

first_imgIT infrastructure is a core part of today’s modern healthcare business.  It is critically important that clinicians, staff and patients have information, tools and resources at their fingertips during all points of care. VCE is passionate about providing solutions that enable customers to transition to the modern data center.  For these reasons, we are dedicated to providing a standardized, stable and predictable environment that provides the foundation for Healthcare IT.This video, narrated by Chris Mohen, EMC Healthcare Industry Lead, focuses on how regulatory and compliance requirements such as Meaningful Use and Accountable Care are driving change in the delivery of care.  As a result, providers need to transform processes and upgrade people skills.  Hear how EMC Converged Platforms provide a stable and secure environment to build a modern data center.Watch how Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center transformed their IT organization to meet its business challenges and enabled their clinical staff to provide improved patient care.  See how HealthEast Care System successfully deployed a new Epic EMR with challenging project timelines, while reducing cost and enhancing service delivery.If you would like to hear more about EMC and VCE solutions in healthcare IT we will be available at this years HIMSS confrence at EMC Booth #1921 on the Exhibit floor.If you will be present for the event we also invite you to attend the HX360 event opening session at HIMSS on Monday, February 29th, 9:15-10:00 a.m. at the Venetian Hotel (Sands Convention Center).Chad Eckes, EVP and CFO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will join a panel discussion on “Building and Sustaining Innovation Capacity” along with CxOs from Cedars-Sinai Health System, Franciscan Alliance Information Services and Harvard University Health Services.last_img read more