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TECHNICAL & PRACTICE - UPDATE

Gollifer Langston Architects' portable ICT classroom, which is one of approximately 30 pilot projects for the DfES' Classroom of the Future programme, has recently been installed at Haverstock School in Camden.

The 2.5 x 9.5m module is transportable by at-bed lorry and extends to 4.5m in width when installed on its four hydraulic legs. All it needs to be up and running is a power point. The classroom, which accommodates eight workstations and a large LCD screen, consists of a steel frame with aluminium sandwich panels on the exterior and is lined with clear-lacquered plywood inside. The classroom is intended to travel to other Camden schools to provide ICT support.

Robust Details has launched the third edition of its handbook, 'Robust Details Part E: Resistance to the Passage of Sound'. The handbook includes 23 robust details for new homes which are approved alternatives to mandatory pre-completion sound testing. Included is a new detail for a solid dense-block masonry separating wall, so far approved only for use in attached houses.

www. robust details. com A recent CIRIA seminar looked at the UK's future fuel supply. Many of our nuclear plants are coming to the end of their useful lives and will require major refurbishment - do nothing and they could all be gone by 2035. We are now a gas importer, but North Sea output is declining and most estimates project only another 20-30 years of supply. Research at Southampton University is exploring one alternative - harnessing the tides. The UK has the best tidal (and wind) resources in Europe.

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