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Coast to Coast Charity Cycle

2015.07.29 BB Cycle Ed 1 2015.07.29 BB Cycle Ed 2Congratulations to our finance consultant Beverley Beresford for completing an impressive 900-mile cycle across the length of France to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. After nine days at the handlebars, battling through Mediterranean summer temperatures, Beverley raised over £3,600 for the vital Sheffield charity.

Beverley set this challenge for herself after visiting Bluebell Wood with her husband to hand over the donation from his own cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats. After seeing the hard work and care that went into improving the quality of life for both children with complicated medical needs and their families, she was inspired to do something similar for the charity.

With her husband in the role of coach, Beverley first learned to ride a road bike last year, and has been training since January 2015. The voyage began at Calais, 4th July. Averaging around 100 miles per day, (one of which included scaling a 5000 ft mountain) Beverley and her companions sustained themselves with beer, pizza and lots of sleep, eventually reaching Narbonne 12th July.

Enjoying a well-earned rest by the Mediterranean, Beverley and Colin also celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. Congratulations Beverley!

 

 

Head Office Façade Design Considerations

Original Structure

Works commencing at Clear Line Head Office 30 June 2015.

Works commencing at Clear Line Head Office 30 June 2015.

The two-story building was constructed in the 1960’s. It is composed of a steel framework, concrete floor slabs, a timber flat roof with asphalt coating, and brickwork to corners and gable-ends. The windows are constructed from non-thermally broken aluminium profiles with single glazing. This has resulted in great thermal loss, along with draughts around the vents where the seals have perished over time. Some years ago, in an attempt to combat this thermal inefficiency, a solar reflective vinyl film has been applied to the glass, but this is now badly scratched and degraded.

Aesthetically, there are unsightly air-conditioning units in front of the building and in general, the structural integrity will benefit from refurbishment.

Panoramic view of front façade works at Clear Line Head Office.

Panoramic view of front façade works at Clear Line Head Office.

Design Considerations

In order to bring the building into the 21st century, we arrived at an aesthetically pleasing design that that would be thermally efficient and economical. The front elevation will incorporate SG curtain walling with full-height electrically operated parallel opening vents.

Sequential removal and replacement of the curtain walling would also need to take into account the fact that the offices are still in use during the works.

High-performance Glass

The high-performance glass is partially tinted and reflective and will create a pure glass effect. It is anticipated that the façade glazing will achieve an overall U-value of less than 1.6 W/m2K.

Clear Line will be documenting the works’ progress over the coming months with weekly updates, challenges and images.