Since the introduction of fire safety laws over ten years ago, fire safety is a legal necessity, and most commercial properties in the UK are fitted with compliant fire doors. Despite progress in raising awareness and improving standards, there have been fatal incidents, where inadequate or poorly fitted doors have contributed to the outcome. In one tragic case, the inquest ruled that death could have been avoided (1), if a self-closing fire door had not become stuck on the floor, preventing it from closing. Correct fitting is critical to ensure that fire doors remain compliant and meet the appropriate standards. Tests to certify doors to a declared fire resistance period (typically 30 or 60 minutes) become redundant, if not fitted properly or maintained over years of wear and tear. The consequences for safety are frighteningly obvious – one incident highlighted where blocked exits and door faults trapped hotel residents (2) and there are plenty of video examples where door-sets fail to impede fire (3) as planned. The financial implications for the building manager and owner are significant with hefty fines for fault or negligence. Property management companies are held to account in cases where the council carry out inspections, such as Kier Stoke (4). However, the laws and standards can be confusing – and EU policy makers are urged to review them for the hotel and tourism industry (5). Alarmingly, statistics from Fire Door Safety Week (6) indicate that 45% of building managers do not know how to spot a problem with their fire doors.
Our latest case study aboard the luxury ‘My Mosaique’ yacht, analyses the performance of the XCommNet internet bonding service in an environment where many internet providers find it difficult to perform and achieve their optimum output. This case study highlights not only the performance of XCommNet throughout this project, but also its adaptability and flexibility to perform in challenging circumstances. The My Mosaique yacht required fast and secure internet to ensure smooth operation during business meetings and discussions at a leading international corporate event and the below report provides a detailed overview into how XCommNet achieved this.
Savings result: 22.5% £96K Three district councils with a combined baseline spend of over £428k for the supply of electrical components. The tender was based on the average cost to rewire a property across 1 bed, 2 bed, 3 bed & 4 bed properties.
The British Library and 17 library authorities across the country are involved in the Business & IP Centre national network. These are: Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Greater Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Exeter (Devon), Portsmouth, Norwich (Norfolk), Hull, Northampton and Wellingborough (Northamptonshire), Middlesbrough (Tees Valley), London Borough of Enfield, London Borough of Haringey and tri-borough Cultural Community Solution of Harrow, Ealing and Hounslow. Contribution to corporate priorities The national network contributes to local economic growth. Description of the work and the relationship The Business & IP Centre national network is transforming city libraries into engines of innovation, economic growth and social mobility. The Business & IP Centres are physical hubs where people can come together to learn, network and access free and low-cost advice and support in protecting and commercialising a business idea. Current centres are in central libraries in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield. The national network has proven potential to create essential knowledge-based businesses and jobs in devolved cities across the UK at a relatively low cost, due to its consolidation of existing resources, knowledge and public buildings, as well as its unique public-private partnership model. The project was kick-started in March 2012, with £100,000 from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), which enabled the British Library to develop a blueprint of its model and conduct feasibility studies in five major cities, based on a successful pilot in Newcastle. Enterprising Libraries was initially a £1.3 million partnership between the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Arts Council England (ACE) and the British Library, which enabled Newcastle Business & IP Centre to sustain its service and another five pilot projects in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, to become operational centres. It also supports ten innovative satellite projects to work with the centres in a hub and spoke model. The ten are: Devon (Exeter), Enfield, Haringey, Hull, Greater Manchester, Middlesborough, Norfolk (Norwich), Northampton and Wellingborough (Northamptonshire), Portsmouth and Cultural Community Solutions (covering Harrow, Ealing and Hounslow). Based on early successes and, in order to sustain the network over 2015/16 and bring on two new pilots from the satellite projects in Northampton (Northamptonshire) and Exeter (Devon), DCLG and ACE granted the British Library a further £400,000, in addition to the British Library’s commitment of £253,000 in cash and non-cash resources.