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20.05.2022 by Lucy Healy, Senior Architect, Pick Everard

Sensory Spaces: An Architect’s Guide to Designing for Children With Autism

It is often said that if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism. Whilst this quip might be true, it suggests that the task of designing suitable environments for people with autism is extremely challenging. Improving the accessibility of our entire built environment for people with PDD is ultimately the end goal, but we need to focus primarily on the first environment an individual experiences outside of the home, school.

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22.04.2022 by Emily Bull

It’s Earth Day 2022!

The statistics are bleak, we need to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century to keep the global temperature below 1.5°C to avoid the worst consequences of the biological and ecological crises.  

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28.03.2022 by Ventro

4 Fire Door Regulations You Need to Know

Fire doors are an essential aspect of fire safety for any property. They’re designed to stop the spread of fire and smoke in a building for long periods. This ensures escape routes are protected so people can evacuate a building safely and provides more time for firefighters to extinguish a fire.

There are several regulations in the UK associated with fire doors. This article will provide a breakdown of each and what they entail.

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17.01.2022 by Emily Bull

World Religion Day 2022

World Religion Day was held on the 16th  of January this year, and although Team WPA were unable to meet in person to acknowledge and celebrate, the spirit of the day is embodied within our team.

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10.12.2021 by Emily Bull

Fuel Poverty Awareness and Beyond

Last week, on the 3rd of December, it was Fuel Poverty Awareness Day. The statistics behind the day are shocking to say the least.

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26.10.2021 by Emily Bull

Black History Month 2021

The theme for this year’s Black History Month is Proud to Be; at WPA we can’t think of a better message to get behind. On a personal level we hope that our colleagues, partners, customers, and suppliers all feel proud of who they are and their heritage – and that they can express it in the inclusive environment we strive for as part of LHC.

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22.10.2021 by Mary Bennell

Social Value – The People Approach

As we are all aware social value is a wide-ranging topic which has become more prevalent in the public sector since the inception of the Social Value Act (2012). The squeeze on public sector budgets has exacerbated the need for social value to help generate the desired value for money outcomes.

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07.10.2021 by Tony Woods

Unlocking the value of MMC for social housing

With the many challenges and pressures facing the housing market today – and in particular those faced by the social housing sector – it’s time for providers to start exploring new solutions.

Take up of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) is slower for the social sector than amongst private companies, but mounting and almost overwhelming issues demand that all possible avenues are investigated.

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02.06.2021 by Emily Bull

WPA Supporting Pride Month and Beyond

All workplaces can benefit from the positive effects of a culture of diversity and inclusion, they are well documented with increases in productivity, creativity, and profits – the key message that many of these metrics miss is that at the heart of these numbers people exist. At the core of it, when your employees feel happy, comfortable, and safe to be themselves they perform better.

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12.05.2021 by John Skivington

It’s boom time for MMC – time to get involved says SWPA

You will have read a lot about modern methods of construction (MMC). You may have even investigated where you can incorporate it into your plans. But if you haven’t introduced it to any of your projects yet, now’s the time, thanks to a significant development in government policy, says John Skivington, Group Director of LHC, the contracting authority for SWPA.

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