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Government to give £1m to arts centre hit by fire during refurb

Mar 20th 2015 -- Annette McGill

The government has announced that it is giving Battersea Arts Centre £1million to help the Centre recover form a major fire and continue with planned redevelopment work.

On March 13th a fire at the Centre caused significant damage to the roof and two large formal halls in the building.  Some 80 firefireghters were called out to deal with the blaze. Nobody was injured.

Government's New Solar Strategy targets Commercial and Community Roofs

Mar 5th 2015 -- Annette McGill

Energy Minister Greg Barker has announced plans to turn public buildings, schools, factories, and community buildings into "solar hubs".

The Minister was launching the Governments new strategy document on solar energy.  This includes a range of proposals which could make it easier for charities to install solar pv on their buildings.   

New global measurement standard for office buildings

Nov 29th 2014 -- Annette McGill

A new standard that will bring transparency and consistency to global real estate markets has been launched. 

The International Property Measurement Standard for Offices (IPMS for Office Buildings) is the result of a global effort to create a uniform method for measuring property. It is set to replace dozens of existing standards currently in use around the world.

New regulations on storing petrol

Oct 9th 2014 -- Annette McGill

A new law on storing petrol came into force at the beginning of October 2014.

Charities may well store petrol for mowers, vans or buses. It is easy to overlook a petrol can in a corner of a shed. But the HSE warns that petrol is highly flammable and can give off vapour which can easily be set on fire. This means there is always a risk of a fire and/or an explosion if there is any source of ignition nearby.


New Planning Court Signals Intentions

May 31st 2014 -- Annette McGill

The new Planning Court for England and Wales started work in April -- and in one of its first cases the judge has rejected an application for a judicial review as “totally without merit”. 

Commentators say the robustness of the Court’s decision signals a determination to cut through lengthy appeal processes which can delay projects for up to a year. 

HSE launches new web resource to combat Occupational Disease

May 18th 2014 -- Annette McGill

HSE has launched a new website to help organisations prevent work-related illnesses. 

Occupational disease is a big problem: in 2011/12 there were an estimated 1.1 million working people suffering from a work-related illness, with around 450,000 new cases of work-related ill health. An estimated 12,000 deaths each year are caused by past exposures to harmful substances at work.