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New President Calls On CIBSE To Adapt To Change

Stephen Lisk, incoming President, has made a resounding call for CIBSE to accelerate its evolution in response to a rapidly changing world.
Lisk’s Presidential address focussed on the pace of change within the natural world as well as the construction sector and the regulatory climate in which it operates: it stressed the vital importance of education and expert guidance to ensure that the built environment provides positive spaces for living and working into the future.
A major theme for Lisk’s year in office will be the importance of collaboration between all the professionals whose experience should influence the design of buildings. It is an appropriate focus for a non-engineer – Lisk is a ‘lighter’– leading an institution with engineering at its heart.
It is in such collaboration that Lisk sees the value and relevance of a professional organisation such as CIBSE: constructive debate between like-minded profession producing the most comprehensive and practical solutions to building design challenges.
Of course there is little point in producing expert commentary without also communicating it to the widest possible audience. On this subject Lisk commended the CIBSE Knowledge Portal and Build2Perform Live as excellent examples of initiatives that increase accessibility and fulfil the Institution’s aim of sharing its knowledge to the benefit of all.
The speech committed to continue and accelerate the pace of change within CIBSE with the objective of building “a virtuous circle of competency”. Members and, critically, the huge number of participants in CIBSE’s special interest groups who are not CIBSE members, should be prepared for some radical new thinking in the way CIBSE engages with and consults its unique corps of expert contributors.
Stephen Lisk has some 30 years’ experience in the lighting sector. Originally from New Zealand (where he used the CIBSE Lighting Guide as his reference), Stephen immigrated to the UK in 1999 to work in the lighting industry, ultimately establishing his Bristol-based lighting studio One Eight Light. He is a past President of the Society of Lighting and Lighting, of which he has been a member for approaching twenty years.
Stephen Lisk succeeds Peter Wong as CIBSE President and will, in turn, be succeeded by Professor Lynne Jack, Director of Heriot-Watt University’s Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, who will be supporting Lisk in her capacity of President-Elect during the coming year.


New £150m children’s hospital gets the Polypipe treatment

Polypipe, the UK’s leading manufacturer of sustainable drainage and water management solutions, has supplied more than 300,000 Permavoid and Polystorm-R components for water attenuation systems at the new £150m Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh.
The hospital complex at Little France is set to provide the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, department of clinical neurosciences and child and adolescent mental health services with a purpose-built location that consolidates three key departments on one central site in the city.
Polypipe, working with primary contractor Multiplex, has supplied 11 shallow attenuation tanks, that will hold a combined volume of up to 2020m3, installed at key points across the site. The tanks have been installed under parking bays and beneath crucial entrances, including the hospital’s Accident and Emergency departments by civil engineer and groundwork specialist, Crummock.
An intelligent sub-base replacement design was needed to store the appropriate level of water, above the high water table, that gathers on the site during heavy rainfall. Following discussions with Polypipe’s technical team, the Permavoid geocellular system was chosen by the project Consultant Engineer as the primary engineered solution. In addition, Polypipe supplied the additional attenuation tank using components from their Polystorm Range, which included Polystorm R, Polystorm Inspect and Polystorm Access.
The Permavoid tanks are being used beneath permeable and non-permeable paving, wrapped in geomembrane to make the tanks watertight for attenuation. Permatex, the polypropylene geotextile, has been installed between the Permavoid layers to ensure passive water infiltration into the tanks.
The innate strength of Polypipe geocellular solutions makes them ideal for heavily trafficked areas, and the 95% void fill ratio of the Permavoid system enhances ground attenuation by storing excess water below ground level, mitigating the risk of localised flooding.
Demonstrating how the breadth of Polypipe’s range can provide a solution for any challenge, ten of the tanks installed used Permavoid 150mm, to hold a volume of up to 1780m3, with one tank using a combination of Polystorm-R with Polystorm Access, and Polystorm Inspect, supplying a further 240m3 volume tank.
With adjoining hospital departments needing to remain open and accessible during construction, a carefully coordinated delivery schedule for the products on site needed to be devised between Polypipe, the selected merchant, PDM, and the onsite project managers, to minimise disruption to patients and medical staff.
PDM, which worked with Crummock to manage the order and delivery of all components from Polypipe, to the site, demonstrating the benefits of a collaborative approach across the project.
Jonathon Mays, procurement manager at Multiplex, said: “Polypipe was a clear choice for this project as its technical experts were able to assess on-site requirements, and define the right products and quantities needed. By working with merchant partner, PDM, the easy to install Permavoid and Polystorm-R systems could be delivered to site on a timely basis and quickly put into position. Using a geocellular system also reduced the amount of land that needed to be excavated from the site.”
Rosie Cheetham, marketing manager at Polypipe Civils, added: “There were a number of interesting challenges on this project, including the contractor’s need to keep the site open to hospital traffic, and the high water table on site posing a technical problem to solve. The onsite teams were able to co-ordinate deliveries to meet strict installation schedules – ensuring disruption on-site was kept to a minimum, and the geocellular tanks, positioned above the high water table, provides a high tensile strength and flexibility that will be able to endure all levels of traffic for years to come.”
The Royal Hospital for Children and Young People is set to welcome its first patients later this year.


UKLPG Appoints Peter Westwood As New Chief Executive

UKLPG, the trade association for the LPG industry, has announced the appointment of its new chief executive. Effective from 1st July 2018, following the completion of his employment with Insite Energy, Peter Westwood will succeed Rob Shuttleworth who retired this month after 12 years in the role.
Peter’s energy career began in 1992 when he joined Total in Aberdeen. Initially focusing on organisation design, he soon transferred to the commercial arena, negotiating contracts including gas sales, natural gas processing and joint venture agreements.
A move south to join TXU in Suffolk saw Peter take on strategy development and his remit expanded downstream to include trading and retail across Europe, as well as broadening into electricity. When TXU was acquired by E.ON in 2003, Peter became head of retail strategy, representing the company in industry and Government forums to influence decisions on issues such as the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and smart metering.
Given the opportunity to start up a central heating business for E.ON, Peter could not resist the challenge. This decision shaped the next fourteen years of his career as he went on to develop two other energy related companies, most recently Insite Energy, a specialist heat network metering business.
Appointed to lead the trade association at an exciting time for the industry, Peter comments: “UKLPG has achieved considerable success in building awareness of the many benefits of LPG to the Government, end users and stakeholders. I am delighted to be asked to bring my experience to continue to build on these successes and take the organisation to the next level in response to the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy.
“Along with the fantastic UKLPG team in Kenilworth, I look forward to representing the membership going forward”.
UKLPG chair, George Webb added: “I am delighted that Peter will be joining UKLPG. With his background in strategy within the energy industry, Peter’s experience will prove invaluable in the next phase of growth for UKLPG and I very much look forward to working with him”.

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