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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


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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!



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QED at the Showman’s Show 2015

The QED Team descended on the Showman’s show this year to explore the possibilities and exciting new events products coming to market in 2016, from portable toilets to portable hotels weren’t disappointed!

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Shipping container accommodation questions

Below are my responses following an enquiry from a student investigating the viability of container homes as permanent dwellings.

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Interim or meanwhile use in development control and planning

Planning policy and the planning system, however necessary is in serious need of an overhaul. It is long winded, bureaucratic, time consuming and expensive never mind just how infuriating and frustrating the experience can be for built environment professionals let alone the general public.

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