Tag Archives: Heathrow

isite radar for april 08

On my radar today:

Low carbon uk

– a New Scientist / Arup online discussion forum

Your computer chip could warm your home

– a medium size data center could heat 70 homes

Ecotowns are not the answer to climate change or housing needs

Reducing the carbon footprint of the existing built environment must take priority. The government must focus its climate-change agenda on Britain’s cities precisely because they are the most prolific polluters. This should be a Guardian response against Simon Jenkins article crticising eco-homes – can no one be found to defend Eco Homes?

Companies will have to tell all on carbon emissions

All quoted companies will be forced to detail carbon emissions in their annual reports after the Government caved in to backbench pressure. What will this mean for construction and facilities management organisations?

Don’t blame the equipment

Can lessons be learned about training needs from the fiasco of Terminal 5’s opening?…the sophistication of the baggage-handling system – described by BAA as one of the most advanced in the world – surely emphasises messages about the importance of human capital.

… on Heathrow T5 and fm

Are the current problems and issues at Heathrow T5 a facilities management issue – one of usability, people and end user experience.

A glitch perhaps, but a costly one, in a very complex operation, one of the most complex airport moves ever, yet facilities are increasingly measured in the sense of users ‘experience’.

But with reportedly 6 months of dry runs of a terminal “built around the worlds most sophisticated baggage handling system”, the wonderful success of the design and construction will be marred, for a while at least, by operational, usability and fm issues.

The experience should have been, and probably will be one of a natural, logical journey that’s so calm, you’ll flow through.

All shine on the outside of a 4billion edifice, but nothing works, as one disgruntled passenger but it on BBC News.

listen up

One to catch tonight on Radio 3 at 21.45 GMT:

Philip Dodd tours the controversial new Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport and talks to architect Mike Davies, in charge of the project for the 19 years since its inception.  

Addresses the question can a major airport really be eco-friendly?

But more importantly, Van Morrison is in session and in interview on the Paul Jones show at 19.00 GMT