How Polyteck Ensures That London’s New Buildings Are Desirable (and Stay That Way)
Estimated to be roughly 2,000 years old, London is one of the oldest major cities in the world — and as one of the world’s largest financial centers, it continues to grow.
Of course, population growth means that new buildings become a necessity, both for the people who will call London home and the businesses that will employ them. As the home to four World Heritage sites, it is naturally important that new structures reflect the city’s rich heritage and are equally desirable in and of themselves.
To that end, Costas Polycarpou, founder of Polyteck is among those leading the charge to ensure that the city’s future growth continues to build upon its legacy.
A primary area of emphasis for Polycarpou is regenerative development — the idea of redeveloping existing spaces and putting in new buildings that better meet the needs of the community.
“There isn’t much undeveloped space left in London,” Polycarpou notes, “and at the same time, there are many structures that are no longer suitable for their intended use. With regenerative development, we can work with local stakeholders to determine the right mix of housing and commercial spaces. A transparent approach with the community and holding ourselves accountable is vital for getting results that will ultimately benefit everyone involved.”
The lack of new space for development has led to dramatic changes in London in recent years — such as a proliferation of skyscrapers better suited to handle growing business needs. Of course, not every old building can be turned into a skyscraper. Careful community involvement becomes a necessity to ensure that the right structures are going into the right areas.
By taking the needs of the local community into account, such development efforts have a true regenerative effect that benefits all stakeholders.
Refurbishing Existing Properties
Creating desirable spaces doesn’t merely happen by replacing older structures. “We have many buildings in London that are absolutely amazing and full of history — but they don’t fully meet the needs of our modern world,” Polycarpou explains.
“Fortunately, it’s not an either/or proposition. We don’t have to tear down these gorgeous structures. Instead, we can restore their most defining features and refurbish them to account for updated electrical support, access control, HVAC, plumbing and more.”
Polycarpou notes that many buildings that fit these needs are still actively being used — an issue that isn’t all that surprising, considering London’s history. Many of the city’s homeowners don’t even know when their house was originally built, sometimes requiring a fair amount of research to find the answer.
Such structures — whether used for business or a personal residence — have likely already had their fair share of upgrades made in the past to account for then-new conveniences. Polyteck’s approach seeks to refurbish these spaces to make room for current tech improvements, while keeping intact the unique historical features that make them so desirable in the first place.
“Refurbishing and restoring a space offers a unique opportunity in the world of construction,” Polycarpou says. “The combination of modern amenities with historic ambiance is something you cannot achieve in many other places outside of London.”
Ongoing Maintenance and Monitoring
Of course, Polycarpou and Polyteck understand that it isn’t enough to construct new buildings. London has stood for generations, and the new buildings that aim to make the city more desirable today must be built to stand the test of time.
While ongoing maintenance is an obvious need for any structure, Polycarpou sees the biggest opportunity in remote monitoring. “With traditional facilities maintenance, you often wouldn’t discover a problem until things got out of hand. Remote monitoring solutions use smart sensors to carefully track any system — HVAC, plumbing and so on. This technology allows us to monitor everything from temperatures and refrigerant pressure to water leaks and energy consumption. Immediate alerts mean a faster response, and more efficient results.”
This is especially important when dealing with older structures, which are more likely to have energy efficiency problems and other maintenance issues.
Active monitoring through internet of things (IoT) devices allows maintenance teams to take on a more proactive role in replacing worn components before they fail completely. Refurbishments and routine maintenance alike can be scheduled based on the insights gained from monitoring to keep everything running smoothly.
Rather than needing to shut down a facility for days or even weeks at a time, this proactive approach ensures more consistent maintenance that decreases building down time while also keeping the structure in pristine condition.
A Bright Future for London
Overall, Polycarpou is optimistic about London’s future.
“The city continues to grow for good reason. We just need to make sure that the buildings that will be welcoming these people to London — regardless of whether they are commercial or residential — are sending the right message. Desirable and durable buildings are ultimately the foundation for a strong city that will continue to grow and flourish.”
While the city certainly poses its fair share of development challenges, it is clear that strong community input and innovative providers that embrace the latest technology will help new structures — and refurbished existing spaces — stand tall for many years to come.
Metgain’s First Year Success Celebrated with Largest Crypto Event in Thailand
After gaining immense success since its launch a year back, MetGain is gearing up for the biggest celebration of the year.
MetGain is a platform that has gained a lot of prominence in the world of decentralized finance (DeFi) due to its unique and powerful features. It offers a variety of services, such as an NFT marketplace, launchpad, staking, and swapping facilities, all in one place. This has attracted a lot of attention from people interested in Web 3. The team behind MetGain has done an excellent job creating this platform, led by Chief Technical Officer Greg Thomas and Blockchain Specialist Naruto James, along with a team of Security Strategists from the Netherlands.
What makes MetGain stand out from the rest is its NFT marketplace, which allows users to access exclusive rights to characters, music, videos, and unique themes. The platform also offers a digital wallet and is backed by Tron crypto swapping, making it secure and fast for financial transactions. Additionally, its launchpad helps users set up their coins for investment, connecting fundraisers with potential investors. The platform is designed in a user-friendly way that makes it easy for users to find recently launched digital assets that can yield maximum returns.
The reason MetGain has managed to outdo other crypto exchange platforms is because it provides investment opportunities across diversified digital assets, making it a favorite among investors. Its highly secure system and quick order executions have made it an attractive option for many users. It has been a year since the platform stepped into the blockchain space and since it’s launch it has managed to successfully create a mark by offering exceptional services and products which are at par with the industry. Now, MetGain is organising its first anniversary celebrations in Thailand which will be one of the biggest events the crypto industry has ever seen.
Many industry experts are scheduled to visit the celebratory event including Dato Zahir fadil and Mohamad Aizit from Malaysia, Ziniya Sechin and Kevin O’Leary from Thailand, R.K. Reddy and Santosh P Nayak from India, Rini Putri, Yasim Rehayu and Koneya Binti from Indonesia, Rosiny Russal from Phillipines, Mizghao Lee and Pin Zoo Shew from China and Ramaarjuna Ratne from Srilanka. All eyes are on this event which will perhaps be one of the biggest we have seen in recent times.
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