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Smart Stent now Feels the Squeeze by Alerting Doctors and by Also Keeping them Safe

Engineers have been working to try and develop a smart stent. The idea of this is to try and detect any changes that are in the blood and it also helps doctors to monitor the amount of blood that is being pumped through the arteries as well. Those who work in engineering jobs or even in electrical engineer jobs will know more than anyone how incredible this is. The stent device actually uses medical grade steel and it looks very similar to that of a commercial stent.

The idea is that the stents are implanted into the arteries. They are designed to try and stop heart attacks but the problem is that a lot of people have experienced restenosis. This is otherwise known as narrowing of the arteries, but this can easily lead to a ton of complications. It can even lead you to experiencing medical intervention as well. A team over at UBC have stated that the monitors all work to detect subtle changes in the blood flow and that all of this is done through the arteries. The stent has the ability to detect this at the earliest stage and it also makes them very good at detecting any problems during recovery after an operation. The stent function has been edited so that it is now a miniature antenna. This is a micro sensor and it is incredible to think that it could go on to save so many lives. Of course, only time will tell if the whole thing is going to come into play or not, but it could help a lot of people and it could also help doctors to try and keep their patients way more safe as well so this is well-worth the research.

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De Matos Ryan has Won the Appeal for a £12m Performing Arts Revamp

De Matos Ryan has won the appeal for a £12m arts revamp. The revamp is especially interesting for those who work in architecture jobs. This job is really going to be spectacular and the performing arts job is going to really set the whole thing apart from the other buildings that are in the area. Some of the finest minds in the area are going to be working on this project and it is especially interesting to think about how the whole thing is going to come together.

Of course, the build is going to take quite some time and there isn't much to be said about when the completion date will be. The build has won the appeal to go ahead and the whole thing is going to come to well over £12 million. A lot of people have been working to design the whole project and it is going to be interesting to see how the whole thing is going to come together. The project is interesting a lot and the winning bid has gone to a very reputable company. Of course, only time will tell if the whole thing is going to come together for this year but it is a great sign to say the least.

This appeal is going to mean great things for the future and the fact that it is going to be for a performing arts centre is even more interesting to say the least. That being said, there is certainly a long way to go and the whole thing may take some time yet until the whole project really starts to come together. That being said, it will be interesting to see how the whole thing comes together.

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Office S&M Have Submitted Plans for a Multicoloured Home in a Bedford Garden

Emerging practice office S&M have submitted designs for a multicoloured property at the bottom of a back garden. This is located in Bedford. The designs will try and create a 240m, two-storey home and this is going to be built in the infill site. It is for a retiring couple and they are looking to downsize their property if possible, but that is only if the plan actually goes ahead. When you look at the architects, you will find that Salmen House were shortlisted in the AJ Small Projects for this year and they stated that the proposal was an expression of what a detached property can actually be used for.

If the house is approved then it will have some stunning exterior cladding and this will come complete with corrugated concrete. It is also going to have a heather glazed terracotta coating as well, so the whole thing will be really spectacular. The house is designed to give the best practice to those who are in a wheelchair and it also provides very ample access to everyone on the upper floors as well. You even have a wheelchair wet room as well, and this is ideal if you work in architecture jobs. The proposal for the new build is going to be three bedrooms in total and it is also going to be a two-storey property as well. It is their aim to try and deliver a superior family home at the end of a garden site. It is going to be ample-sized and it is also going to be incredible when it is all finished. Only time will tell if the whole thing goes through, but these are certainly very exciting times to say the least.

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More Than €1 Billion Invested in DataCentres in Q2

Host in Ireland   announces the release of its latest report, “Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2018 Q2 Update.”

According to the report, momentum in investment in Ireland’s data centre industry continues to grow with more than €1 billion of new projects announced over the past three months. The research study, created by Host in Ireland in collaboration with Bitpower, builds on the baseline set out in the 2017 report, addressing the sustainability of the Irish data industry.

With Apple’s decision not to progress with its €850 million data centre investment in Athenry, County Galway, Ireland, there was concern that the impact of the decision would affect Ireland’s ability to attract continued investment in data centres. However, the 2018 Q2 Update report indicates that 10 new data halls were announced between April and June 2018, and that in total more than €1 billion will be spent in the construction and operation of the facilities with an initial €500m being spent over the next three years.

Additionally, eight new data centres are in construction with a further 12 having received planning permission. Moreover, data centres in Ireland have employed 5,700 people in full-time positions between construction and operational roles while generating €1.6 billion direct and €2.6 billion in indirect economic benefits to Ireland since 2010.

Overall, €1.2 billion was invested in constructing data facilities here last year with forecasts indicating total investment for 2018 will be €1.1 billion. About €1.5 billion is expected to be invested in new facilities next year, with a further €1.4 billion in 2020.

According to figures compiled by Host in Ireland and Bitpower, 46 data centres are currently in operation in the Republic, with the largest cluster southwest of Dublin. An additional eight new facilities are under construction with a further 12 having received planning permission.

The report reveals total data centre capacity in Ireland is currently 483 megawatts (MW) of power with a further 138MW of power under construction. Overall, capacity is expected to grow to more than 1,200MW by 2024.

“Ireland’s contribution to the global data centre industry continues to grow with demand increasing for Irish companies, skills and expertise to lead projects across the U.S., Europe and Asia cementing our position as a global industry player,” explains Garry Connolly, Founder and CEO, Host in Ireland.  “As the Ireland Data Hosting 2018 Q2 report shows, Ireland remains attractive as a country at the forefront of an industry that is building modern digital infrastructure, and data hosting has evolved to become one of the pillars for attracting foreign direct investment into the country.”


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Planning permission granted for redevelopment of iconic Docklands building

Planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment 30 - 32 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2.

The building, which used to be owned by U2, is one of the last remaining original warehouse buildings on Dublin’s quays.

Originally used for the importation of tropical fruit into Ireland, the building, which is being developed by Irish property fund IPUT, will deliver over 70,000 sq. ft. of offices, and will include a new six storey office block at the rear of the building.

The design incorporates the addition of two floating, fully glazed office floors, which will provide panoramic views over the River Liffey.

"The Tropical Fruit Warehouse will be an exceptional building, a cutting-edge, efficient modern office space which also incorporates a thoughtful restoration of the historic warehouse buildings," Niall Gaffney, IPUT chief executive, said.

"We are excited about the unique letting opportunity that the Tropical Fruit Warehouse represents which will further support the anticipated 20pc growth in our dividends over the next 3-5 years."

In a statement today IPUT said that the original warehouse would be sensitively restored, and the development will also incorporate a "significant investment" for the general public, creating a pedestrian connection to Whitaker Square from the River Liffey activated by a café and an artist’s studio at street level.

The development has been designed by Henry J Lyons Architects, and construction is due to commence in the latter half of this year, with the building ready for market delivery in the latter half of 2020.


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Builders sought for ‘rapid delivery’ modular apartments

The first prefabricated “rapid delivery” apartment scheme for homeless families is to be installed in Dublin city centre by next March.

Dublin City Council has this week sought tenders from modular housing builders to provide and erect “portable” apartments at a council-owned site on Fishamble Street close to Christ Church Cathedral.

The derelict site at 29 and 30 Fishamble Street, previously occupied by two 18th-century buildings, had been earmarked by the council for a pilot owner-designed and built apartment scheme, but after several years of preparation this plan was shelved in 2015, and the site has remained vacant.

Two years ago, the council completed its first rapid-delivery modular housing estate in Ballymun to house homeless families living in hotels, and has since completed similar schemes at sites in Finglas, Drimnagh and Darndale.

However, the Fishamble Street development will be the first apartment block using modular housing technology, where the units are prefabricated off-site and then assembled on the ground over a short period of time.

The council first announced plans to install factory-built apartments at Fishamble Street in November 2016 after visiting a “stackable” apartment scheme built by Lewisham Borough Council in south London.

London example
The four-storey apartment blocks on Lewisham High Street were built in 12 weeks at a cost of about £150,000 (€168,000) per apartment. The borough council plans to leave them in place for three years, after which they will be “unstacked” and moved to another location.

The apartments have a 60-year lifespan and are designed to be relocated up to five times.

The Fishamble apartment block has been designed for the council by Walsh Associates architects as a small-scale development of a five-storey apartment block with one one-bedroom apartment on the ground floor, and four two-bedroom apartments.

As with the Lewisham development, the apartment block is to be “portable” and have a 60-year life span. The successful bidder will be expected to start construction on site by the end of November 2018, with a completion date of mid-March next year.

Original plan
The council had originally hoped to have the apartments in place last year, but delays in the development of the modular housing sites resulted in a postponement of plans for the apartment project.

In 2013, the council had designated the Fishamble Street site for a “citizen developers” project. This was to involve owner-occupiers designing and building their own apartments on the site which the council would provide at a cost of €150,000.

Several groups applied to develop the site, which the council estimated would cost about €1.2 million, including the purchase price.

A successful bidder was chosen but, in late 2015, the group withdrew its expression of interest and the council shelved the project.

The council will shortly seek tenders for a second rapid-delivery apartment scheme at Bunratty Road in Coolock. This much larger project will see the construction of 64 apartments in four, four-storey blocks, along with 14 modular houses. Unlike Fishamble street, this estate will be used to accommodate people on the council’s general housing waiting list.


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Construction begins on EU-funded ‘best data centre in the world’

A pan-European consortium has celebrated ‘breaking the ground’ in Sweden for its new data centre project.

The demand for data centre capacity is constantly on the rise in parallel with the increasing need to reduce environmental impact. This project has been conceived in an effort to drive development as far as possible to meet and unify these conditions.

Joining forces to design and validate a future proof concept, the group consists of Hungarian data centre engineering specialist H1 Systems, UK based cooling provider EcoCooling, German research institute Fraunhofer IOSB, Swedish research institute SICS, and infrastructure developers Boden Business Agency.

Located in Boden, Sweden (and hence the data centre is named Boden Type DC One), the goal is to build the prototype of the most energy and cost-efficient data centre in the world.

The project was initiated in October 2017 after being funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The prototype facility will accommodate 500 kW of IT load and is expected to be up and running by the end of the year.

Boden Type DC One has a budget of approximately €3 million over 36 months in which the experimental data centre will combine technologies innovatively to test and validate feasibility of a highly energy efficient and environmentally friendly prototype in real operation.

”The project is giving us a unique opportunity to look at how we can optimise the installation, operation and maintenance of our cooling systems by using a mix of analysis and technologies to improve efficiency for the industry,” says EcoCooling managing director Alan Beresford.

According to the consortium members, particular focal points of the project will be workload balancing, airflow efficiency, and modularity.

The operational measurement and design optimisation of the data centre will provide templated information and analysis for facilities looking to redeploy the solution in their chosen location.

The wooden structured data centre located within Boden’s data centre hub is expected to be completed and operational by November this year.

”It is nice to see yet another facility emerging in our data centre park. This research project will certainly add great value to data centre efficiencies in the Nordics and the rest of Europe,” says Boden Business Agency director of data centre development Nils Lindh.


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South Korean fund emerges as highest bidder for docklands offices

A South Korean institutional investor is closing in on a deal to buy the second of five office buildings being developed in the Dublin docklands by Sean Mulryan’s Irish property company, Ballymore, and its Singapore partner Oxley.

The Asian fund has emerged as the highest bidder, at around €105 million, for No 2 The Landings, which attracted at least five bidders: two Korean and three European.

Selling agents Knight Frank and CBRE were quoting €98.8 million for the investment, which is expected to show a net initial return of about 4.5 per cent. The building has been prelet to the international services office provider WeWork on a 20-year lease with no break options.

The initial rent will be about €4.822 million, reflecting an average rent of €511.6 per sq m (€47.53 per sq ft). The lease provides for a fixed increase at the first review to €5.327 million.

The spectacular eight-storey office building has an overall floor area of more than 9,245sq m (99,513sq ft) and 23 car parking spaces. It is at the rear of the first block, No 1 The Landings, adjoining the recently completed Central Bank headquarters and the spacious PwC building.

The block overlooks the new Central Square and is finished to the highest specifications, including 4-pipe fan-coil air conditioning and a full-height atrium with three panoramic 21-person lifts.

WeWork is one of the world’s leading serviced office operators, with a reported value of $20 billion.

The Dublin Landings development will also include three further office blocks currently under construction to provide an additional 28,700sq m (308,926sq ft) of office space.

The sale of No 1 and No 2 The Landings at significantly more than the guide prices will be seen as an important endorsement for Ballymore, which has completed some of the most spectacular office and apartment developments in the UK over the past three decades.

Ballymore’s success with the first of The Landings blocks was greatly helped by the fact that the first tenant was a State agency, the National Asset Management Agency.

It also holds a 20 per cent equity stake in the entire docklands development.


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Glenveagh to raise €215m in share placing as Oaktree sells half its stake

Glenveagh, the homebuilder that listed on the Irish Stock Exchange last year, said on Tuesday evening it is raising €215 million in a share sale to fund more land acquisitions and development.

Separately, Glenveagh revealed that its main shareholder, US private equity firm Oaktree, plans to sell 55 million shares – equivalent to 8 per cent of the company’s current issued share capital and half of the investment firm’s current stake – into the market.

Glenveagh, formed from the combination of residential development sites accumulated by US private equity firm Oaktree following the Irish property crash, and the assets of Maynooth-based builder Bridgedale, raised €550 million in its initial public offering (IPO) last October.

The share sales, being managed by securities firms Jefferies and Davy, would take advantage of a surge in the value of the stock from €1 to €1.236 since the flotation.

The company said last month at its annual general meeting (agm) that it had already deployed €404 million of the capital raised in IPO.

Significant progress
“We have made significant progress since our initial public offering (IPO) and are ahead of schedule in meeting our IPO targets of acquiring land for residential building, constructing and selling houses and apartments, and scaling our business as a plc,” said Glenveagh’s co-founder and chief executive Justin Bickle on Tuesday.

“The Irish economy continues to perform strongly, with significant unsatisfied demand for housing. Despite that demand, the residential market remains chronically under-supplied. Glenveagh is constructing homes quickly and efficiently and is benefiting from being a listed plc.”

Pipeline sites include approximately €65 million of sites in exclusivity and approximately €361 million of sites under active negotiation, the company said.

Incentive plan
The company’s current land bank has the scope to deliver 10,120 houses and apartments, 31 per cent of which are shovel-ready and 97 per cent of which is zoned residential. As of the time of its agm, it had commenced work on 12 sites, with 700 residential units under construction.

Glenveagh disclosed earlier this month that its three key executives had received €22.5 million of shares in the company under a lucrative incentive plan tied to the IPO.

The plan entitles the executives – executive chairman John Mulcahy, chief executive Justin Bickle and chief operating officer Stephen Garvey – to convert so-called founder shares into ordinary stock over a period of five years, subject to the company hitting a minimum annual return shareholder of 12.5 per cent.


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Northern Ireland firm in £50m Liverpool FC link

Northern Ireland construction company McLaughlin and Harvey has been linked to a £50m contract to build Liverpool Football Club's new training complex.

Subject to all planning approvals, work on the Premier League giant's new facility is expected to begin in October in the Kirkby area of Merseyside, the current location of the club's training academy.

According to industry publication Construction News, Mallusk-based McLaughlin and Harvey has been awarded the contract for a range of facilities spread over a 34.6 hectare site.

The project will see Liverpool FC's entire first team and academy combined in one central complex.

It includes new first team pitches, a full-size covered pitch and the creation of an area for parents of academy players. It will also see the construction of a new two-storey, 91,500 sq ft training centre.

London-based KSS is the architect tasked with designing the scheme.

It is currently involved in a similar project with Premier League rivals Leicester City. KSS also worked on the new Main Stand at Liverpool's home ground Anfield and the new number one court at Wimbledon.

Reports that McLaughlin and Harvey won the contract follows an announcement by the firm last month that it had opened a new office in Liverpool city centre.

The work is expected to be completed by the spring of 2020.

Led by Philip Cheevers, McLaughlin and Harvey now employs around 450 people, with premises in Mallusk, Glasgow, London and Edinburgh.

The Liverpool deal follows confirmation earlier this year that the firm doubled its pre-tax profts to £11m in 2017.


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