Our next MBN UK Members’ Meeting takes place on Tuesday 25 September 2018, between 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Malta House, Malta High Commission, 36-38 Piccadilly, London W1J 0LE.
We are delighted to have joining us as a guest speaker Armando Raish from Biotecture, who will be talking about living walls and sustainability. (http://www.biotecture.uk.com/) Biotecture is a designer and supplier of hydroponic, modular living wall systems, an innovative, UK based company, managing projects across the country, and working with partners in Scandinavia, mainland Europe, North America and the Middle East. Their vision is to transform urban architecture for the well-being of people and planet through innovative use of vertical greening. They work on principles of collaboration, integrity and excellence, believing that their shared expertise will bring the best results.
Image is from the http://www.biotecture.uk.com/living-walls/ page.
Please register online to attend – only registered attendees will be allowed into Malta House. Late registrations may not be allowed entry. Guests must either be invited or accompanied by a named MBN member. If you wish to attend but do not know any MBN members, kindly contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note you will also need to carry a photo ID for security purposes.
It is fair to say that the Maltese construction industry needs to work on its image and move from what is currently perceived as a speculative entity that seeks to exploit and disrupt our islands’ limited resources to one that is perceived to be key contributor in positively shaping and improving our built environment. In the UK similar ‘image’ issues have since 1997 been addressed through the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS – https://www.ccscheme.org.uk) which in the CCS’ own words ‘If all construction sites and companies presented an image of competent management, efficiency, awareness of environmental issues and above all neighbourliness, then they would become a positive advertisement, not just for themselves but for the industry as a whole.’ Words that surely resonate with the image that needs to be presented by the Maltese construction industry.
The CCS scheme is in essence very simple. Any stakeholder in the construction industry registers with the CCS and agrees to abide with the Code of Considerate Practice when undertaking construction work. The Code of Considerate Practice covers the following five principles 1. Care about appearance 2. Respect the Community 3. Protect the environment 4. Secure everyone’s safety and 5. Value the workforce. Adherence to these principles is monitored as construction works progress by CCS inspectors who give a score out of 10 to reflect adherence to each principle. It is quite common in the UK for clients to make achieving a minimum CCS score (e.g. 35/50) a requirement of the construction contract.
Given the inherent simplicity of this scheme, key stakeholders within the Maltese construction industry have a great opportunity to show leadership by embracing and promoting the CCS principles above. Some implementation ideas that come to mind include
Written by Charles Saliba
Members of the MBN Property and Development Community met on the 09 November 2017 for their final drinks for the year at GŎNG Bar, located on level 52 within The Shard, London. The GONG Bar is the highest hotel bar in Western Europe and offers incredible views across the city of London. In keeping with the tradition of having drinks in places of architectural interest, GONG Bar derives it’s name from “dougong” – a unique structural element of interlocking wooden brackets, used in traditional Chinese architecture and which is also featured in the bar.
From left to right Perit Ian Borg Bellanti (http://rise.eu.com/), David Harrison (http://harrisongroupuk.com/), Adolfo Harrison (http://www.adolfoharrison.com/), Perit Charles Saliba (https://www.arcadis.com), Eng. Alexandra Vella (http://www.hoarelea.com/) and Dr. Fredrick Ellul (http://www.robertbird.com/).