PSBJ (Public Sector Build Journal) is the industry’s leading monthly title for architects, contractors, LAs and heads of sites at schools, hospitals and leisure centres, looking to make informed decisions when specifying building products.
Welcome to the August issue of PSBJ…
As the country settles into its new-found freedom – for however long that may be – it’s full steam ahead as far as construction is concerned, all the while remaining cautious with COVID-secure measures still in place.
Meanwhile, as public-focused facilities start to re-open, it’s time to reflect on how these spaces can work harder, become more inclusive and be even more energy efficient. Leisure centres, for instance, are prime examples of facilities that don’t always function with the end-user in mind. Architect firm, GT3 Architects, has recently undertaken research to dig deeper into the barriers currently faced by leisure centre users, looking specifically at caregivers of young children. And with the summer holidays now in full swing, this has never been more relevant. Turn to page 12 to find out more.
Elsewhere, with the ongoing battle to prevent COVID-19 in our care homes, infection control should be top of the list of priorities for care home providers. The maintenance and upkeep of the interior space can play a huge role in combatting infection rate, with antibacterial and microbicidal paint – when used in conjunction with established cleaning routines – going a long way to limit the spread. Turn to page 28 to read about how one council embarked on a suite of infection control works using Seddon’s paint division.
Also in the issue, Brock Carmichael showcases a new medical centre designed for a new era, Daikin UK sheds light on Sustainable Warmth Competition funding and Marley discusses how to prevent the spread of roof fires in terraced and semi-detached housing.