Latest Developments in Neighbourhood Planning – September’s RTPI Yorkshire and Leeds Beckett University Conference

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At our recent conference in collaboration with RTPI Yorkshire we welcomed six fantastic speakers to discuss the latest developments in Neighbourhood planning.   Opening the conference was Steve Hoey, Head of Neighbourhood Planning & Housing at Locality, who delivered a national overview of local planning uptake, what neighbourhood plans can achieve on the ground and why people should get involved.

Next up was Robert Pritchard, Principal Associate at Eversheds Sutherland who spoke about neighbourhood planning and the courts covering the hugely important issues of legislation and policy.  Grete Smith of Fishwick & St Matthews Neighbourhood Forum then talked about life in Inner East Preston and how they are now two years after the brexit referendum asking the question “was it all worth it”.  Our final speaker of the morning was Ian Mackay, Neighbourhood Planning Manager at Leeds City Council who presented on the key lessons for planners, five years on from the introduction of the Localism Act 2011  which mandated neighbourhood planning and gave greater powers to communities to have a say in area development which affected them. The session concluded with a question & answer session.

Following a delicious buffet lunch of sandwiches, fruit and cake we resumed the presentations with Leeds Planning School’s Dr Quintin Bradley, a Senior Lecturer and group Chair who gave an overview of housing and neighbourhood planning – following on from much discussion generated from previous Leeds Planning School (formally Leeds Planning Network) events.

Our final speaker of the day was John Curtin from the village of Clifford who spoke about the Clifford Neighbourhood Plan which is now a legally binding planning document, “made” by Leeds City Council in March earlier this year (Details here).  It was very interesting to hear about their journey to this point and how they envisage the plan working for all going forward.

Overall a very interesting and informative day was had by all with great feedback from our delegates. We look forward to hosting another session with RTPI Yorkshire as part of their conference series very soon! Details about the RTPI Yorkshire Conference Series and upcoming events can be found on their website at the following link.

In the meantime, all the slides from the 21st September event as well as the live social media stream can be viewed and downloaded as follows…

RTPI Yorkshire Conference Series @ Leeds Beckett University. Thursday 21st September 2017. Slideshow.

Social Media Twitter Stream 

Defining Procurement Success (Joint event with CMI NEYH, CIBSE Yorkshire and Proxima)

Webster’s dictionary defines success in a fairly straight forward way – an accomplishment, or meeting of an aim or objective. Success in the procurement field, however, is a more nebulous concept. Perhaps that’s because procurement’s objectives aren’t usually clearly defined. Or perhaps, more accurately, it’s because procurement’s objectives are defined quite differently by its practitioners and the business leaders they serve.

Regardless of the sector in which you work this event will be of interest, being clear about what you want, regardless of whether equipment or service, is key to business success. This event will provide the opportunity to explore with experts in the field of procurement.

Join us for a discussion on procurement trends and how enlightened organisations are unlocking the hidden potential within their suppliers.

SPEAKERS

Andy Williamson is the Category Director for Property and FM services at Proxima, with over 30 years’ of experience as a commercial procurement practitioner working within the Construction, Defence, Education, Financial Services, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Leisure and Retail sectors. His team supports Clients property programme activities both nationally and internationally covering 126 million square feet and 11,000 properties.

Lex Henderson is a Procurement Specialist for Property and FM services at Proxima. Specialising in property, construction and facility management procurement, Lex has a broad spectrum of experience gained over 15 years’ experience within the Distribution, Financial Services, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Leisure, Public and Retail sectors.

 

 

Just Published: Observations on regulations, standards, quality and experience in the wake of Grenfell

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Not what anyone wanted: Observations on regulations, standards, quality and experience in the wake of Grenfell

Christopher Gorse and John Sturges: Construction Research and Innovation, Issue 3

Abstract

While many factors will have contributed to the catastrophe at Grenfell Tower, it is clear that the structure itself behaved in a way that no one could possibly have intended. In this article the authors sample the bewildering and sometimes apparently contradictory directions provided by building regulations, and review how fire safety precautions, while seeming adequate on paper, can be undermined on contact with observed on-site practice.

 

The standards and regulations of the UK construction industry are highly regarded internationally but the Grenfell Tower fire has called into question the industry’s procedures, their enforcement and the quality of UK construction. The events of 14 June 2017 led to an unprecedented loss of life. Without second guessing the enquiry, there are some obvious problems: the external facing materials including the cladding combusted too easily, the fire spread rapidly both vertically, laterally and through the building, there was little resistance to the spread of fire and it was difficult to extinguish. Almost every aspect of the industry’s safeguarding regulations and procedures appear compromised or overlooked. With hundreds of buildings considered to be at risk and the many cladding systems now condemned, it is evident that the industry is either unaware of the regulations and standards that apply or is neglecting responsibility for fire safety. Questions must be answered and the tragedy of Grenfell must be acknowledged to restore confidence in industry standards and processes.

Close up of Grenfell Tower on 16 June 2017 (credit: ChiralJon/Wikimedia Commons).

The full paper can be viewed at the following link

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20450249.2017.1368260

 

Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise leaders crowned at Leeds Sustainability Institute annual awards

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The winners of Leeds Beckett University’s annual RISE Awards, that celebrate research, innovation, sustainability and enterprise have been announced by the School of Built Environment and Engineering.

The RISE awards (#RISE2017 for the social media savvy!), organised by the Leeds Sustainability Institute were established in 2015 as a means of bringing together both industry and academia to highlight new sustainable initiatives, schemes, technologies and products being developed or in use today. Presented by Gaynor Barnes from ITV Calendar and sponsored by CITU UK, a leading low carbon homes developer, eighteen awards were handed out in front of an audience of over one hundred and twenty individuals at the Marriott hotel in Leeds last Thursday night. Winners came from a vast array of environments, specialisms and backgrounds with accolades awarded for best research, sustainable developments, social value, enterprise, collaboration and education and training amongst others. All entrants, highly commended and winners displayed the passion and dedication to do things better and to elevate the spaces around us to being fit for twenty-first century living.

The awards were a fitting grand finale to Leeds Sustainability Institute International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design (SEEDS) conference held on the Wednesday and Thursday of that week at the Rose Bowl in Leeds. Chaired by Professor Chris Gorse, this international conference, now in its third year, explores how buildings and spaces can be designed to reduce negative impacts on the environment, with keynote speakers, workshops and presentations focusing on how to readdress the balance between the built and the natural environment.

The event included a rousing keynote from Jonathan Wilson and Kevin Gillespie (pictured) from CITU UK.

Professor Chris Gorse, Director at Leeds Sustainability Institute says

“The RISE and SEEDS events bought together industry and academia to engage in research and celebrate achievements though industrial impact. Industry innovation showcased at the RISE awards was of the highest quality and the SEEDS presentations delivered by professors and scholars, from across the globe, were thought provoking, leading edge and held the potential to shape our world for the better. This two day event represents everything that is good about Yorkshire, the conference brought out the best in people, working together to achieve significant and positive impact. It is an absolute pleasure to be hosting such prestigious events.”

Colin Jones (pictured), who entertained our guests throughout the evening with his fantastic swing and jazz repertoire

Winners on the RISE awards night included SES Engineering Services, BAM Construction, Interserve Construction, CETEC, Henry Boot Construction and Cardiff Metropolitan University along with a number of inventive products from Halo Clean Tech, Arc Building Solutions and EMS Ltd. Two Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) projects managed by Leeds Beckett Enterprise Services were also victorious; a project with Amey exploring ways in which psychology can be used to improve organisational health and safety and exploring sustainable food through meat free alternatives working with Quorn foods.  In addition, guests were treated to a welcome drink, three course gourmet meal and entertainment provided by our top trumpeter Colin Jones.  The awards ceremony also raised a tremendous £634 for Kidney Research Yorkshire thanks to the generous donations from the attendees.

If you are interested in being involved in RISE awards or SEEDS going forward please contact Liz Schofield on 0113 812 1902 or via email to  riseawards@leedsbeckett.ac.uk . We look forward to hearing from you!

All the social media tweets and images from the RISE awards can be found at the following link

All the images can be found at the link below along with a list of winners


Created with flickr slideshow.

 

Our winning / highly commended projects

Field and Laboratory Research

Winner – Hydraulic Modelling of District Heating Systems submitted by Hydraulic Analysis

Highly Commended – Assessing the health and wellbeing of staff and students in the Rose Bowl at Leeds Beckett University submitted by CETEC

Product and Element Interface 

Winner – New Eco-crib Wall Design Project submitted by Hahn Plastics

Highly Commended – Improving existing deprived dwellings in Wales: evaluating occupant thermal comfort and health and wellbeing submitted by Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Design, Innovation & Creativity

Winner – Workpods at Doncaster, Sheffield Airport submitted by Henry Boot Construction

Highly Commended – Central Square submitted by DLA Design

New Technologies

Winner – National College for High Speed Rail submitted by Willmott Dixon Construction

Highly Commended – Halo Clean Tech Ltd

Sustainable Developments (Domestic & Non Domestic) & Energy

Winner – Halo Clean Tech Ltd

Highly Commended – M62 submitted by A-one+ Integrated Services

Heritage Award for Restoration and/or Retrofit

Winner – University Technical College (UTC) submitted by BAM Construction

Highly Commended – Revival submitted by YEME Architects

Behavioural Change

Winner – Meat Alternatives in Family Weight Management submitted by Isabelle Kelly, Quorn Foods

Highly Commended – Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust submitted by Interserve Construction

Vision and Sustainability (Sponsored by CIOB)

Winner – Lower Royd radical ‘whole house’ retrofit submitted by Green Building Store

Highly Commended – Sustainabilities submitted by Interserve Construction

Social Value

Winner – Mantis submitted by EMS Ltd

Highly Commended – Meat Alternatives in Family Weight Management submitted by Isabelle Kelly, Quorn Foods

Enterprise

Winner – Revival submitted by YEME Architects

Highly Commended – Oxypod submitted by 21C Eco-Energy

Collaborative Working

Winner – Applying Psychology to improve and understand accident risk in a large safety critical organisation submitted by Amey

Highly Commended – New Wortley Community Centre, submitted by The Project Office

Highly Commended – St Nicholas Primary School, Beverley submitted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Education and Training

Winner – A Yorkshire company teaches the world to sing ‘Gaia’ submitted by Asset Wisdom Ltd

Highly Commended – Defence National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) submitted by Interserve Construction

Fire and Safety

Winner – Fire Stopping and Effective Edge Sealing at the party wall and eaves submitted by Arc Building Solutions

Highly Commended – ROCKWOOL B.V. / Rockpanel

Health, Safety and Wellbeing

Winner – East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Highly Commended – “We are safer together – zero harm” submitted by SES Engineering Services

Special Award for Collaboration and Value

Winner – Social Value submitted by Interserve Construction

Highly Commended – Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust submitted by Interserve Construction

The SEEDS Award

Winner – Continuum, maintaining energy efficient spaces submitted by Test Consulting Ltd

Highly Commended – Whetley Mills submitted by YEME Architects

The Impact Award

Winner – Delivering a 21st Century curriculum for a 21st Century World submitted by Class of Your Own Ltd

Highly Commended – Victoria Quarter submitted by Aura Conservation

The Chairs Award

Winner – University of Leeds, School of Chemical and Process Engineering submitted by SES Engineering Services

Highly Commended – Delivering a 21st Century curriculum for a 21st Century world submitted by Class of Your Own Ltd

RISE Awards back for 2017

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We are pleased to announce that following on from 2016’s highly successful event, the RISE awards are back for another year highlighting and rewarding the most pioneering initiatives in Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise. Hosted by Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University we are inviting applications now for new and innovative products, technologies, processes, projects and schemes. If it challenges the status quo, we want to hear about it!

Completely FREE to enter, submissions are encouraged across 14 different categories. With awards for industry leaders in energy efficiency, new technologies social value, research and more up for grabs we are sure there is a category for you! Previous winners have come from a vast array of environments, specialisms, companies and backgrounds – what matters to us is that entrants display the passion and dedication to do things better, pushing our industry forward and driving up standards.

The winners will be revealed on 14th September at our prestigious RISE business dinner at the Marriott Hotel in Leeds.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OF HOW TO ENTER

RISE BUSINESS DINNER AND AWARDS CEREMONY

Thursday 14th September 2017, 7pm onwards (approx 11pm finish)

Leeds Marriot Hotel , 4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6ET

Dress Code: Business Smart

BOOKINGS

£680 + VAT for a table of 10

£70 + VAT for an individual place

The evening itself will be the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your initiative amongst your peers, maximising your exposure and bringing your expertise to a new audience. Our vision is that as well as celebrating achievement, the RISE awards will be a breeding ground for future successful industry, academic and third sector collaborations. There will be plenty of opportunities for entrants to have ongoing engagement with Leeds Sustainability Institute and the wider University community both at and beyond the awards.

All ticket prices include a networking reception with welcome drink, a three course dinner, our awards presentation and entertainment.

Click here to book your place

CHOSEN CHARITY

WITH THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS

 

Industry leaders crowned at Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2017

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Last Friday saw the culmination of six months of meticulous planning by the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber team based at Leeds Beckett University to bring you this year’s #CEYH2017 awards and what an incredible night it was! Held at the Queen’s Hotel in central Leeds, we welcomed over 350 of the region’s construction and property professionals to our 10th Anniversary celebration of the best examples of industry achievement in the last twelve months.

 

Sponsored by Galliford Try and once again hosted by Danni Hewson, BBC Look North’s business correspondent and industry champion, attendees were treated to networking drinks and a three course summer themed meal, set against our spectacular Yorkshire and Humber AV backdrop of Burnsall Village. We also welcomed Rosie Millard, Chair of Hull City of Culture as our keynote speaker for the evening who gave a captivating presentation on everything Hull has been up to this year so far and a taster of what is still to come. Rosie’s speech definitely went down a storm with our Humber contingent who are rightly proud of their home city! Continuing the Yorkshire theme was our awards playlist featuring only bands from the region; Def Leppard, the Cult and Chumbawumba to name a few; and our Yorkshire coast themed fun photobooth where attendees posed with hats, ice creams and even an inflatable seagull against a picture of Scarborough.

Our host for the evening, Danni Hewson from BBC Look North with an opening address on security

However the real regional stars were the outstanding projects, schemes and organisations who made up the CEYH2017 finalists. Fourteen awards were handed out in total covering the key best practice themes of Constructing Excellence as well as the much coveted and fiercely contested “Selfie of the night”. A special Chair’s award was also handed out posthumously to Dr Andrew Platten, former Associate Dean of Arts, Environment and Technology at Leeds Beckett University who was tragically killed in a cycling incident last July. In honour of Andrew, this year’s chosen charity was Brake and the team were thrilled to raise over £2500 through donations and raffle entries. Many thanks to Keelham Farm Shop, Queen’s Hotel, Snap Recipe Box and East 59th for their generous prize donations. 

(Left: Lisa Kendall from Brake UK collecting their cheque, Right: Our lit up bike in tribute to Dr Andrew Platten who sadly passed away in a cycle incident in July 2016)

However the real winner on the evening was the industry itself. The sheer diversity of projects from local regeneration schemes to multi-million facilities demonstrates once again that the Yorkshire and Humber region is at the forefront of pushing boundaries, driving up standards and finding new ways to work collaboratively to achieve mutual cross sector benefit. So all we have left to do is extend a huge THANK YOU to all our sponsors, supporters, entrants, judges and participants. We look forward to seeing you again in 2018!

If you are interested in being involved in #CEYH2018 (sponsoring, entering or assisting) please contact Liz or Donna on 0113 812 1902 or via email to ckeevents@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!

GALLERY

CEYH Awards 2017 - Official Photos

SOCIAL MEDIA FEED

FULL LIST OF WINNERS AND HIGHLY COMMENDED

Client of the Year (Sponsored by Addleshaw Goddard)

Winner – Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Nominated by Interserve Construction

Highly Commended: The University of Sheffield, Nominated by Faithful+Gould

 

Digital Construction (Sponsored by Shulmans LLP)

Winner – National College for High Speed Rail – Rail Training Academy, Willmott Dixon Construction

Health, Safety and Wellbeing (Sponsored by SES Engineering Services)

Winner – East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Highly Commended – Sheffield Retail Quarter Phase 1, Turner & Townsend

Innovation (Sponsored by Henry Boot Construction)

Winner – The Willerby and Derringham Flood Alleviation Scheme, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Highly Commended – M62 J22-25 Lighting – Energy Saving, A-one+ Integrated Services

Integration and Collaborative Working (Sponsored by Trimble Solutions)

Winner – A1(M) Leeming to Barton improvements, Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture

Highly Commended – Edward Boyle Library Refurbishment, Galliford Try Building Ltd

People Development (Sponsored by Kier Northern)

Winner – Engage for Success Programme, A-one+ Integrated Services

Highly Commended – Attracting and developing early talent, NG Bailey

Preservation and Rejuvenation (Sponsored by Leeds Beckett University)

Winner – Leeds Kirkgate Market Refurbishment, Interserve Construction

Highly Commended – Edward Boyle Library Refurbishment, Galliford Try Building Ltd

Highly Commended – Victoria Quarter Conservation, Aura Conservation Ltd

Project of the Year Buildings (Sponsored by Gosschalks)

Winner – Leeds Kirkgate Market Refurbishment, Interserve Construction

Highly Commended – Leeds City Council Housing PFI Regeneration Project (Little London, Beeston and Holbeck)

Project of the Year Civils (Sponsored by Turner & Townsend)

Winner – Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme, BAM / MottMacDonald Joint Venture

Highly Commended – Sandsend Road Coastal Protection Scheme, Balfour Beatty

SME of the Year (Sponsored by YORHub)

Winner – Anderson Green Ltd

Highly Commended – Britcon Ltd

Sustainability (Sponsored by Faithful+Gould)

Winner – Central Square, DLA Design

Highly Commended – East Riding of Yorkshire Council Civil Engineering Services

Value (Sponsored by Britcon)

Winner – Yorkshire Water in collaboration with Turner & Townsend

Highly Commended – Gatecrasher Apartments, Cartwright Pickard

Best of the Best (Sponsored by Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Club)

#tbim2017 – Summer Half Day Conference

Wednesday 12th July 2017, 13.00 to 17.30 with registration and buffet lunch from 12.00

This year’s summer conference has keynote presentations about BIM and digital adoption from both a client’s perspective and the latest BIM guidance published by the British Institute of Facilities Management.

Mark Stogell of PCSG will present on how Sainsbury’s has developed its digital portfolio as well as appropriate BIM processes for their assets.

Paul Thomas from Turner and Townsend, the author of the British Institute of Facilities Management BIM Guide, will give an overview of how BIFM are adopting digital data in their own processes and from design and construction teams.

So not only some great keynotes but also our fantastic blend of round tables discussions led by Bond Bryan Digital, Stroma Certification, Solibri, and BIM Academy.

We look forward to seeing you at our hosts Squire Patton Boggs for another great afternoon’s learning.

Click here to book your place!

Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber Awards 2017

Gala Presentation Evening – join over 350 of your professional peers!

Friday 7th July 2017, 18:30 onwards

The Queen’s Ballroom, Queen’s Hotel, Leeds

Held every year in July our awards are a celebration of the very best the regional construction industry has to offer, recognising and rewarding the pioneering individuals, projects and organisations that are truly moving our sector forward. Our ethos for these awards is that they serve two primary functions ;

  1. An opportunity for your teams to get recognition and reward for the work they do and an understanding of how it contributes to the wider reputation and image of the industry.
  2. An opportunity to promote sector wide collaboration, offer multiple opportunities for networking, forging and brokering new relationships and sharing learning so that we can all build that little bit better.

Even if you haven’t entered this year, there is much value to be gained from attending, viewing the projects shortlisted and mingling with some of the region’s most influential companies and professionals.

2017 THEME 

10 YEARS OF CELEBRATING CONSTRUCTION IN OUR REGION! CEYH (and it’s various guises) have been running these awards for ten years now. In celebration of that fact, Hull’s Capital of Culture 2017 status and the region’s ongoing recognition as a premier tourist destination, this year we are celebrating all that is great and good about Yorkshire and Humber, from innovative buildings, beautiful art and architecture to picture postcard scenery and cutting edge music! We have plenty of surprises planned for the evening itself so book now and join in the fun!

BOOKINGS

Our awards are still excellent value compared with similar corporate ceremonies and every year we work hard to give you maximum exposure for the price of your ticket. All ticket prices include a networking drinks reception, a three course dinner with coffee & chocolates, entertainment, professional hosting and much much more!

£800 + VAT for a table of 10

£85 + VAT for an individual place

 

 

Constructing Excellence Breakfast – Disability Access in the Built Environment

On Wednesday 28th June 2017 we are pleased to be hosting another breakfast event focussing on Disability Access in the built Environment.

 

The seminar will be delivered Richard Dryden, Associate Director at Turner & Townsend (UK & Eire).

We know that modern estates design and management needs to be inclusive and meet the demands of increasingly sophisticated users with a plethora of different physical and mental abilities:

Richard is Turner and Townsend’s (UK & Eire) national lead for Access and Equality Services. A consultant member of the National Register of Access Consultants Richard is highly noted one of the most qualified access specialists in the UK. He has provided consultancy services at delivery, commission manager and project director levels for a wide variety of clients across a varied range of business sectors and is a proficient in elimination of risks and addressing solutions in the most cost effective way. In addition he has had several articles published in business press and professional journals.  Richard is also a Trustee & Company Secretary for Disability Sport Yorkshire CIC, along with regularly undertaking inclusive environment assessments for the Civic Trust.

 

This seminar, delivered entirely by Richard, will provide practical advice, guidance and understanding on best practice for creating a fully accessible environment. He will talk about some of the projects/estates he has consulted on including how to develop long term accessibility plans which conform to the Equality Act 2010.  He will also cover key issues that estate managers, contractors and construction teams should be aware of.

 

This event would be particularly suitable for estates and facilities directors, service and disability directors, senior leadership teams, key clients, architects, project managers and anyone involved in designing, contracting and managing buildings.

 

Click here to book **please note, directs you to Leeds Beckett University online store

 

This event is £35 or free to Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Club members

 

 

thinkBIM Summer Conference – Wednesday 12th July 2017

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**Suitable for clients, Facilities Managers, Estates Managers, Building Managers and anyone who wishes to know how to use digital to maximises building assets**

Wednesday 12th July 2017, 13.00 to 17.30 with registration and buffet lunch from 12.00

Squire Patton Boggs, 6 Wellington Place, Leeds, LS1 4AP 

This year’s summer conference has keynote presentations about BIM and digital adoption from both a client’s perspective and the latest BIM guidance published by the British Institute of Facilities Management.

Mark Stogell of PCSG will present on how Sainsbury’s has developed its digital portfolio as well as appropriate BIM processes for their assets.

Paul Thomas from Turner and Townsend, the author of the British Institute of Facilities Management BIM Guide, will give an overview of how BIFM are adopting digital data in their own processes and from design and construction teams.

So not only some great keynotes but also our fantastic blend of round tables discussions led by Bond Bryan Digital, Stroma Certification, Solibri, and BIM Academy.

We look forward to seeing you at our hosts Squire Patton Boggs for another great afternoon’s learning.

Click here to book your place!

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