Erraid Davies

erreaid

davies

How Fantastic!

Scotland’s youngest ever competitor and the youngest person competing at the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 secured the Bronze medal for SB9 100m breaststroke in 1 minute 21.68 seconds! Just goes to show what you can achieve with hard work and determination.

Well done Erraid!

Promised you a miracle

Commonwealth Games 2014

The Commonwealth Games officially get under way this evening with the opening ceremony in Celtic Park. The organisers have promised that the ceremony will reflect ‘the voice, personality and character’ of Glasgow.

“The city has always taken a different approach – to host the Games in a Commonwealth way but also in a Glasgow way,” says David Grevemberg, the Glasgow 2014 chief executive. “I’m proud to say that we’ve been able to stay true to that. We’ve tried to create a world-class event but also stay community relevant. We’ve always thought about resonating at a local level but also showcasing Glasgow.”

More than 4,500 athletes will compete across 17 events in the next 11 days. From athletics at Hampden Park to rugby at Ibrox, from the triathlon in Strathclyde to the swimming at Tollcross, the hopes of 71 nations and territories will play out on the track, across the streets and in the water of a city with a rich sporting history.

Scotland has targeted its biggest medal haul in the history of the Commonwealth Games and organisers hope things will begin with a bang on Thursday evening in the pool, when Michael Jamieson and Hannah Miley are expected to kick off the nation’s biggest multi-sport event in history with home victories.

Usain Bolt, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah and David Rudisha are among the stellar names that will grace stadiums and screens in the coming days. Other heroes will emerge while hearts will also be broken and dreams ended in Glasgow, a fitting stage for feats of bravura that will live long in the memory for those lucky enough to witness them.

At a cost of £575m these Games have united a city that, at times, other sports can divide. The baton relay that climaxes inside Celtic Park on Wednesday night, when the Queen will declare the Games open, has passed through every local authority in Scotland to rapturous applause, while on the streets of Glasgow the signs of something significant brewing are everywhere. From the road closures to the bunting, the new accents and the foreign faces, the anticipation is palpable.

Manchester hosts SUSY

Mosaic_500x285

Later this month, Manchester is hosting this year’s SUSY conference.

Topics on the agenda include: Dark Matter, Quark Flavour Violation, Precision Susy and Models of Susy.

Haven’t a clue what we’re talking about?

Since its inception in 1993, this annual conference has become the world’s largest international meeting devoted to new ideas in high energy physics.The aim of the conference is to bring young and renowned scientists together to explore the current status of theories of new physics in general, and SUperSYmetry and Grand Unification in particular, in light of the LHC data at CERN.

Whether physics is your thing or not, you are welcome to stay at our Dreamhouse Apartments in Bloom Street and Deansgate.

Tour de France London – where to watch the race

tour_de_franceAs London locks down in preparation for the Tour de France on Monday, Canary Wharf, the Royal Docks and the Lea Bridge Road through East London have been tipped as the best spots to watch the Tour by the man who designed the course.

Gary MacGowan, TfL’s Programme Manager Major Road Events, said: “For the best views you can follow the Central line on the Tube that will take you to sites in Redbridge and Waltham Forest within walking distance of the route. All those places on the Lea Bridge road will look fantastic.

City airport will also be fantastic and the Royal Docks. Excel is also a good bet – you go to Greenwich and come across on the Emirates Airline with a great view.

“Aspen Way in Canary Wharf I’d also recommend as riders will be on the elevated section. The race will get there about 3.30pm. We expect a finish at the Mall at 3.40pm-4pm depending on how fast the riders are going for the full stage. The forecast is for a fast race as it is flat the whole way.”

Two helicopters will also film the race, meaning airspace over City airport will be shut for a short period.

All the action will also be shown on giant screen at  three fan parks in Trafalgar Square, Green Park and the Olympic Park at Hopkins Field opposite the former Olympic media centre.

Contact us for last minute availability on our London serviced apartments.

Spectator points and nearest stations:

The Sprint – Epping

Hopkins Field at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Spectator Hub – Stratford

West Ham Lane for Hairpin – Stratford

Green Park Fan Park – Green Park

Trafalgar Square Fan Park - Charing Cross

Tower of London – Tower Hill

Houses of Parliament – Westminster & Waterloo

Westminster Bridge  – Westminster & Waterloo

St James’s Park – St James’s Park

The Mall – St James’s Park, Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus, Green Park & Hyde Park Corner

Buckingham Palace – St James’s Park, Green Park, Victoria & Hyde Park Corner

Victoria Embankment - Embankment, Blackfriars, Canon Street, Monument, Mansion House, Temple

Useful links

Le Tour de France – Stage 3 official guide

Transport for London – Travel Advice & Disruption

Is this the shape of the future for Dreamhouse Apartments?

contour-crafting.png

You describe your dream apartment and we’ll 3D print it for you.

3D printing has been around since the 1980s when it was first demonstrated by US engineer Chuck Hall. Early on, there was a lot of excitement about how this technology could transform the construction industry as it could do away with the need for tradesmen, scaffolding, certain health and safety regulations and so on. The advancement has, however, been very slow and most objects created by 3D printing have remained relatively small in size. But this appears to be changing.

Dutch architect, DUS, is currently undergoing a 3D project to print a house in Amsterdam, which in its finished form, will be a 13 room canal house. The process consists of printing the interior and exterior walls at the same time with spaces left in between for electric wiring and pipes. These spaces are then filled in with concrete for insulation and reinforcement. Each room will be separate structural entities which are then placed on top of each other to form a house, with the proposed project expected to take three years to complete.

There was even more excitement within the industry when a Chinese construction firm recently announced that it had 3D printed 10 houses in less than 24 hours, at a cost of $4,800 each. The building was made using a giant 3D printer which is apparently 32 metres long, 10 metres wide and 6.6 metres high, using ‘ink’ from a mixture of high-grade cement and glass fibre.

We’re seeing the technology used by UK based firms too. Over the past year, architect firm Foster & Partners has become the second-biggest users of 3D printing in the world after Nike, announcing plans to print a domed moon-base for the European Space Agency.  Zaha Hadid’s architecture firm 3D printed a skyscraper project, which included 207 scale-model towers which ended up as a chess set.

There is some debate whether the Chinese houses genuinely win the race to build the world’s first 3D printed house because it was printed in various parts which were then assembled, rather than being printed as one single item. Either way, these advancements are pretty exciting and this could be just the start of a huge change for the construction world and properties as we know them.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 01-25 August

edinburgh-fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks. In 2013 there were 45,464 performances of 2,871 shows, making it the largest ever arts festival in the world. And this year is set to be even larger.

The Fringe story dates back to 1947, when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to perform at the (then newly formed) Edinburgh International Festival, an initiative created to celebrate and enrich European cultural life in the wake of the Second World War. Not being part of the official programme of the International Festival didn’t stop these performers – they just went ahead and staged their shows on the ‘Fringe of the Festival’ anyway – coining the phrase and our name ‘(Edinburgh) Festival Fringe’.  Year on year more and more performers followed their example and in 1958 the Festival Fringe Society was created in response to the success of this growing trend.

You can view a copy of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Programme here.

If you are visiting Edinburgh this summer, check out our fully-serviced apartments – all ideally located in the city centre close to all the sights and festival venues.

edinburgh-fireworks_henedinburgh

Refurbishment going well at new Glasgow Apartments

 

IMG_2958

Refurbishment work on our new apartments in Glasgow is going well.

The building has some beautiful period features which we are preserving carefully.

We are still on target to open in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games so if you are looking for any last minute Glasgow accommodation, do contact us.

New Dreamhouse Apartments to open in time for Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Dreamhouse Apartments are delighted to announce that we have secured new apartment accommodation which will be open just in time for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Situated at 242 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 4QZ, and opening mid-July, there will be two 2-bedroom apartments and four 1-bedroom apartments. Centrally located, the apartments are close to all of the Galsgow 2014 Commonwealth Games venues. If you would like to book one of these apartments, then please contact us on +44(0)845 226 0232.

scaff1

Top 5 reasons to stay in a serviced apartment rather than a hotel

We’ve been doing some research lately into why our guests choose to stay in one of our Dreamhouse apartments rather than a hotel. It seems that most of their comments fall into one of the following top 5 reasons to stay in a serviced apartment rather than a hotel:

1 – Price

Apartments work out cheaper than staying in a hotel. The reason for this is because you are not paying for all the facilities that a hotel provides, but that you don’t use. Many of our guests say that they have no need for a fancy restaurant, a gym, spa, swimming pool or six staff to check them in, carry their bags and show them how the TV works. Our guests, however, do want a nice bedroom and some space to relax or entertain. If this sounds like you, then you might find that staying in an apartment gives you better value for money.

Image

2 – Having a kitchen

Even if you are just staying for one or two nights, sometimes you don’t want to eat out every single meal. Our guests tell us that they love the fact that they can buy what they want to eat, cheaply and locally, and then just eat it when they are ready. All our apartments have excellent kitchens that are well-equipped so, if you do fancy cooking up a culinary feast or even throwing a dinner party, you can. But if you just want to heat up a tin of beans and make some toast, that’s fine. Oh yes, and you can chill a nice bottle of wine in there too!

Image

3 – Space

As well as a kitchen, renting one of our Dreamhouse Apartments means that you will have a living and dining area. Rather just having a bedroom, as you do in a hotel, you will have the whole place to yourself which means that you can spread out and relax as much as you want. And if there are several of you, then one of our two or three-bedroom apartments is a much better, and cheaper option, than staying in a hotel. And more space means more light. Our apartments are all light and airy, much nicer than a stuffy hotel room.

Image

4 – Home comforts

For many of our long stay or relocation guests, they love the home comforts that make them feel more in charge of their own life, and reduce that feeling of being ‘displaced’. Simple things like having a washer and dryer and ironing board can make life a lot simpler as you don’t have to bring lots of clothes with you. And having free Wifi means you can surf the net for pleasure or business without any additional cost. And just having all that extra space, loads more drawers and shelves, means you can settle in and spread yourself out.

Image

5 – Ideal for groups and families

If you are travelling with a group of friends, or with your family, it can sometimes be hard to find enough rooms, especially in the high season. Our Dreamhouse apartments offer you a way to all be together, and able to share the same common space – so you can run around and make as much noise as you want without worrying about disturbing other guests. It’s simply more fun and more relaxing.

Fire at Glasgow School of Art

Sad news for Glasgow – there has been a fire at the world famous Glasgow School of Art. Fire crew worked hard to put out the flames and have hopefully saved around 90% of the listed Charles Rennie Mackintosh building which dates back to 1909 and is considered by many to be his greatest work. Hopefully the Mackintosh Library and he Hen Run – that famous corridor that runs along the roof linking the east and west wings, and historical key pieces, live to see another day.