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Welcome to our blog, written by members of the QED team.

This is an outlet for news, observations on renewable energy, sustainable development, urban regeneration and movable buildings and even the occasional rant! (Please note these do not necessarily represent the opinions of QED as a corporate entity).

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Ecotherapy: the natural selection for teambuilding days

Ecotherapy: the natural selection for teambuilding days

Most of us spend our work life at a desk in a strip-lit office, and the closest we'll get to a plant is the obligatory Yucca in reception. That's why we, the team at QED, welcomed the ethos of the Brighton-based Centre for Ecotherapy with open arms recently.

A not-for-profit social enterprise, the Centre for Ecotherapy provides support for vulnerable people in the local Brighton and Hove community through the use of nature-based and horticultural therapies, mindfulness and practical activities.

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Renewing the British dream or fantasy?

Politics is a strange game - spin and rhetoric with little truth to be seen - politicians just don't say what they mean these days. The Prime Ministers Speech on 4 October 2017 was no different:

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Westminster. We have a problem.

  • 4 million working people will need access to affordable homes if there is full employment by 2024.
  • Over the last 40 years, fewer than 150,000 homes have been built per year. We need 250,000 to keep up with demand.
  • In the last decade, London has lost 8,000 social-rented homes.
  • Supply of new affordable homes dropped by more than 70% in Greater London in 2015-16 compared with the previous year.
  • Approximately 50% working households renting privately are receiving housing benefit because they don’t earn enough to cover rent and living expenses.
  • £1,000 extra is being spent to keep roofs over the heads of private renters – rising to £3,300 a year in London.
  • Almost 1 in 3 housing benefit recipients are renting from private landlords.
  • Taxpayers contributed £9.3bn in housing benefit to private landlords last year, nearly double that paid 10 years ago. Providing enough affordable housing, could save £1.5bn a year.
  • Currently there are around 5000 unintentionally homeless people in London. Significant numbers are children/pregnant women living in emergency B&B/hostels.
  • Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has said that problems with housing are the ‘biggest risk’ to the UK economy. It’s hard to run a business if your employees find it hard to get a home.
  • The future for our cities looks bleak if those who make, maintain and repair things, who care for the ill and old, who clean, who cook and wait in restaurants and who look after and teach children, move away. Our communities rely on police officers, refuse collectors, nurses and shop assistants. The creative and inventive types will go too and they are currently a big part of the UK’s sales pitch to the world.
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Ghost Train - Jenny Lind steam locomotive

Originally posted on November 12,2010 by Jon Mills AKA "Mr Watt", the designer of the the sculpture. We love this project at QED. The lighting is all signed off and having walked past it at night recently and observing it appear we thought you might be interested in the story of why there is a "ghost train" above New England Road, Brighton. Below is Jon's earlier blog. More information on Jon, Mr Watt and his other works can be found at www.metaljon.com

Enjoy

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Happy New Year from all at QED!

Looking back, 2015 was an exciting year for us.

We picked up two major awards for our shipping container accommodation project together with Brighton Housing Trust.

We were named by 24 Housing as “Innovation of the Year” and won Inside Housing’s “Innovative development of the Year Award”.

As QED continued to grow our team has expanded with Mark Uren, Architect and James Ormiston, Surveyor joining in the latter half of the year. In November we moved into our nice new offices at the foot of the South Downs, Sussex.

2016 whilst young, is looking like being another exciting year.

February will see us start work on site on a new portable Visitors Centre in Hastings, together with further announcements surrounding our next generation of portable accommodation product.

We wish you all a successful and healthy 2016 and look forward to our paths crossing.

If you are passing please do stop by and say hello!

Best

Ross

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