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Highgate House by SHH

SHH had designed the clients’ previous home quite a few years previously, but the clients decided it was time to move on, as they wanted more lateral living with their children, maximising light and daytime spaces on one level. They were therefore on the lookout for a new property, which SHH helped them find, to re-create according to their vision for their ideal next generation home. The client on this project was a family: husband and wife with two children aged 9 and 3. Other members of the household include a live-in housekeeper and additional day-time staff. The family has a very active lifestyle – eg gym, swimming, cycling and walking - and also have pet dogs. He works in banking, whilst she runs the home and family.

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The overall project: A six-bedroom detached family house, rebuilt from scratch with a retained 1970s neo-Georgian façade, which had to be retained as a planning stipulation.

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The brief from the clients was to create a home where they could live with their young children and also entertain, all on one level. The home also had to maximise light and provide useful daytime spaces. The property also features a swimming pool in a new glass extension to the rear, as well as a half-acre garden and a new subterranean plant spaces where the services for the pool and the house are located. The brief was also to be as eco-friendly as possible, with ground-source heat pumps; insulation that is double the statutory requirement; rainwater harvesting and a large bank of solar panels across the south-eastern extension, which look like ordinary roof tiles and which furnish the home’s hot water and pool heating.

The kitchen: The client asked for a practical, working family kitchen. This was absolutely not a ‘show kitchen’. For easy family living, the kitchen area spills over into the breakfast area and also runs alongside the children’s playroom, with the children and pet dogs kept containable in this part of the ground floor by a bespoke sliding screen, which shuts this area off at night (by retracting into the kitchen units) when the clients are entertaining and using the reception and formal dining space. These rooms all open up within a sequence, each with its own style and yet connected visually to the others in the single open-plan space – as a modern interpretation of an enfilade. A utility area also leads off from the playroom. This area, with underfloor heating beneath the stone floor, also serves as a wet room for showering the pet dogs, as well as for housing vacuum cleaners and other major household items (although there is also a dedicated linen utility room on the first floor). The clients’ lifestyle was the main driver for the design, along with a desire for the kitchen to be both sleek and practical, whilst robust enough to take heavy daily use. The dark anodised aluminium finish put in by Bulthaup absolutely fulfills both of these criteria. The kitchen has a very contemporary look overall, with a fairly masculine, sleek feel created using robust, high-quality materials.

The materials used include reconstituted stone flooring, which we had cut in huge 3.2 x 1.2m slabs, so that there were as few joints showing as possible. The flooring was all laid prior to the kitchen going in, so that the kitchen itself could be changed if required at some future point without the client having to replace the flooring. The counter tops are in white reconstituted stone. Splashbacks are in white, back-painted glass. Cupboards are a mix of dark wenge veneer and brushed, anodised aluminium. Lighting is predominantly formed from a black ceiling strip with lights set within it, including directional lights and downlights over the counter space, plus additional lighting on the extract itself.

Living Spaces: The whole ground floor is open plan, with the kitchen leading into an informal dining space, followed by a lounge and finally by a formal dining area, which features one of the scheme’s major design features – a monolithic 3.5m wide and 1m thick floor-to-ceiling limestone fireplace, which acts as a dividing wall on the ground floor between the lounge and the formal dining areas, with the fire visible on both sides. The structure was treated with resin to fill any gaps, before being fully polished with the end result indistinguishable from a single block of stone. Extension: As the property had a large garden, there was easily enough space for a pool, which is housed together with a spa, toilets and changing area in a rear glass extension with surrounding terracing, which is directly accessible from the double doors of the dining room. The clients were South African and so very used to an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. They are also very sporty and therefore wanted easy access to the garden and a series of fitness facilities, including a gym area, which forms the first part of the pool extension, with the pool itself and the other facilities a half-flight of stairs further down. The pool also opens completely on the south side to make the best use of available sunlight.

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The extension also had to take account of a huge, listed copper beech tree, whilst planning permission stipulated that the roof of the pool complex had to be the same height as the garden fence. This in fact created an advantage for the scheme as the wind was thereby shut out, creating a great sun trap. The upper pool area flows out into a pond and the view from the dining area is of the upper green roofing. Upper floors: The master suite and children’s bedrooms are on the first floor for easy access, with guest and staff accommodation (for the client’s livein housekeeper) on the second floor.


Holiday Lodges benefit from some Flex love‌.. Dalby Holiday Lodges called on pipe specialists Flexenergy to take charge of the distribution system for domestic hot water and central heating at their holiday cottage complex in East Yorkshire, using their eco-friendly Flexalen 600 material. The all year round complex comprises a main house and four lodges equipped with central heating, double glazing and all furnished to a high standard. The site owner, chartered environmentalist Andrew Cowley, was looking to replace the individual LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) heating systems within each cottage and in the main house with technology that would not only be less expensive to run, but also eco-friendly. So he opted to change to a central wood-burning Biomass Boiler, with heat exchangers in each cottage and in the main house, with the help of Flexenergy.

Pointing to a Winning Solution Center Parcs holiday villages are well known for their sympathetic style of building, reflecting the landscape around them. Working together with Wood & Wood International Signs Ltd, Powdertech (Corby) Ltd optimised the design of over four hundred and fifty steel posts for galvanizing, and coated them with Powdertech Wood Finish (PWF), Sherwood Oak, to meet Center Parcs’ aesthetic criteria and requirement for maintenance-free durability. Using Powdertech PWF combines the natural look of wood with the strength of steel and a life expectancy in excess of fifteen years. Powdertech has recently launched PWF Roughwood, extending the range to give textured wood effect finishes for internal and external applications across a range of markets, from retail, signage to architectural. For further information on Powdertech (Corby) Ltd and the benefits of powder coating please call 01536 400890, visit or email

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The Sioo treatment is totally environmentally friendly and provides a beautiful smooth natural finish, strengthens the surface fibres, kills and prevents algae formation and insect attack, retards water and provides long life. The Sioo products are being specified by architects and customers across the UK.

The Principal’s Lodge at Newnham, one of the 31 colleges at the University of Cambridge has received a major upgrade of its existing corrugated aluminium roof in order to improve installation properties and aesthetics. The new roof now includes 500sq m of Sika Sarnafil single ply roofing system, installed by leading flat roof specialist and contractor Cambridge Polymer Roofing. To ensure that disruption to staff and students was kept to a minimum, Buildings Manager at Newnham College worked closely with main contractor Cambridge Polymer Roofing to manage the project appropriately.

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Converting a conventional swimming pool to a natural one is easier than you’d think. Imagine a swimming pool, and what do you see? A slab of sterile blue water, surrounded by tiles? It doesn’t have to be like that: imagine instead a pool of fresh, clear water, fringed by native plants and visited by dragonflies. Plenty of people are doing just that – the upsurge of interest in natural swimming pools, which I have been working on in the UK since 2000, has convinced many owners of conventional pools to aspire to a natural one.

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Stone & Stonework Hanson sets new sustainability targets 2020 …the drawings satisfytowards on many PETER MAGYAR

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Hanson UK’s 2013 Performance and sustainability report shows many on-going positive achievements in the company’s sustainability performance against a backdrop of falling production volumes and a tough operating climate.

Dr. Kendra Schank Smith, Author, Chair of the Department of Architectural Sciences, Ryerson U.

The report covers the calendar year 2012 and reports on performance against five clear themes – people; …he draws like carbon; water and biodiversity, waste a clairvoyant… and raw materials and systems. It to gradually was an important year for Hanson in complete the terms of measuring its sustainability complex form performance as many of the targets set when the business became fully that seems only integrated exist in Peter in 2008 had December 2012 as the end-point.

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of Architecture – University of Texasmessage in “The clear to emerge is that we have done well, despite having Austin experienced the toughest few years the industry has seen for more than a Former Director of the generation. German ArchitectureInevitably some key targets were missed as our efforts were Museum, Frankfurt hampered by the continuing fall in production volumes which meant many of

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Kawneer systems go the Quartermile in Scotland

Glazing systems from Kawneer feature on the redevelopment of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Glazing systems by leading architectural aluminium supplier Kawneer feature on one of the largest and most comprehensive regeneration schemes in Scotland.

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Kawneer’s AA®110 curtain walling and AA®4110 doors feature on a total of four new-build blocks of apartments at the multi-awardwinning* £500million Quartermile development. Kawneer-approved specialist subcontractor Charles Henshaw and Sons has installed them on blocks Q20 and Q21, is currently (February 2014) installing them on block Q22, and will be installing them on block Q23 for main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine. The Kawneer systems involved are AA®110 SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) mullion-drained and AA®110 zone-drained curtain walling with 65mm sightlines, AA®603TE tilt slide doors, AA®4110 sliding doors and AA®100/AA®110 concealed window

vents. Formerly the home of the historic Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, the 19-acre site is located within a conservation area on Edinburgh’s Victorian fringes and includes nine listed buildings. It lies between the heart of the city and the parkland of the Meadows and falls within a central area of Edinburgh that was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995. Master planners Foster and Partners’ scheme for its renewal for developer Quartermile Management Services extends the practice’s investigations into the creation of sustainable, mixed-use urban communities. The infirmary was originally open and accessible but a cumulative series of additions had the effect of rendering it impenetrable, isolating it physically and visually from the surrounding city. The starting point for the regeneration scheme therefore,

was to open up the site, creating a network of pedestrian routes and landscaped public spaces that drew the park directly into its heart, creating a strong sense of place and reinforcing pedestrian connections to the centre, allowing it to become an integral part of the city once again. New construction is combined with the selective refurbishment of the historic buildings, with the new woven carefully into the grain of the old. When complete the development will provide 900 apartments, 350,0002ft of Grade A office space, a five-star hotel, and 55,0002ft of retail space including restaurants, cafés and shops. The apartment buildings are located at the quieter edges of the site, while offices and shops are concentrated in the centre. The commercial buildings frame a new square, shaded on three sides by colonnades and animated by the exposed glass lifts of Quartermile Two, a seven-storey office building.

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SIKA LIQUID PLASTICS SUITS ICONIC LIVERPOOL COTTON EXCHANGE BUILDING A Sika Liquid Plastics waterproofing system has proved to be the perfect fit for one of Liverpool’s most historic office buildings, The Cotton Exchange. Registered Sika Liquid Plastics contractor and national concrete repairer, Grade 2 Specialist Structural Repairs, based in the North West, were specified for the job after the company applied to go on a Liquid Plastics contractor scheme. Part of the process Grade 2 had undertaken was to put three projects forward, The Cotton Exchange being one of them. Grade 2 were briefed to carry out isolated concrete repairs to wall areas along with restorations to all the decoration works to the exterior of the property. The Cotton Exchange also required a Sika Liquid Plastics product that was watertight, ensured longevity and was aesthetically pleasing to the human eye; this led to the specification of the Sika 618 and Sika Reemat premium being installed. “The building is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building; it has a very unusual looking roof, it looks a bit like an air-raid shelter,” Grade 2’s operations manager Steve Parry comments. “The shape of the roof caused a few problems for us, especially when the application of the first coat had been completed as we kept slipping off it when applying the final coat, due to the unusual contour of the roof. However, working with a liquid applied membrane certainly made the job a lot easier.

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“It was finished on time, on budget and the client is very pleased with the outcome of the repairs so it has been a very successful project for all involved.”

LEE JAEHYO 31 October - 13 December 2014

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WASHROOM SOLUTIONS FROM LATHAMS As part of its new range of washroom solutions, James Latham is now offering moisture resistant, high performance melamine faced chipboard (MFC) as well as a range of matching compact grade laminate (CGL). The moisture resistant MFC incorporates two decorative melamine surfaces which are bonded to both sides of the high density chipboard under high pressure and temperature. They will be offered in 10 different decors.

Both of these new range additions will be colour coordinated with Latham’s existing range of high pressure laminates (HPL) and 2mm thick ABS edgings.

James Latham’s washroom solutions package includes: Moisture resistant MFC in panel sizes; 2800 x 2070 x 18mm, Compact Grade Laminate in sizes; 3660 x 1830 x 12mm and High Pressure Laminate in sizes; 3050 x 1310 x 0.8mm. In addition, 3660 x 1530 x 0.8 mm is now available directly from stock at all nine of James Latham’s nationwide panel depots. James Latham also offer a large range of MFC (Melamine Faced Chipboard) and MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) to order. For more information on Latham’s extensive product range please phone 0116 257 3415, e-mail or visit

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Also available, is a selection of matching compact grade laminate (CGL) in 14 different decors. Compact grade laminate offers the ultimate performance in the most demanding environments. The panels are extremely resistant to impact and have surfaces and cores that are totally impervious to water.

James Latham’s Group Product Champion for Melamine, Paul Morson, commented, “These latest additions, of both moisture resistant MFC and matching compact grade laminate mean that we can now offer a true ‘one-stopshop’ washroom solutions package to our customers.”

Bella Figura: High-end boutique hotel J.K. Place opens its first site in Rome

Baths and shower surfaces made of superior Kaldewei steel enamel 3.5 mm underline exclusive interior design concept

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St. Ives, September 2014. – The J.K. Place, one of the most prestigious boutique hotels in the world, has now opened a 5-star establishment in the heart of Rome. Located centrally at the Via Condotti, it offers its guests a vibrant city centre atmosphere combined with the private ambiance of a high-end hotel. The rooms of the historic building, which dates back to the 17th century, are furnished with an exceptional sense of style. Equally as much emphasis on exclusive design and superior quality “made in Germany” was applied to the bathrooms of the J.K. Place Roma, which feature baths and enamelled shower surfaces made by Kaldewei. With its superb city centre location and incorporated J.K. Café, the third opening of the prestigious J.K. Place hotels co-owned and co-founded by Ori Kafri has the potential to develop into a trendy hangout in Italy’s capital. As a member of the “Leading Hotels of the World”, a collection of international luxury hotels, the J.K. Place Roma blends individuality with premium quality at 5-star level. The design of the establishment bears the hallmarks of renowned Italian architect Michele Bönan, who already

designed the glamorous J.K. Place Capri and J.K. Place Firenze for Kafri and his partners. Bönan created the new luxury boutique hotel in the old School of Architecture of one of Rome’s universities with great attention to detail. The combination of modern and antique design elements with exclusive works of art makes the hotel a cut above the rest: 30 individually styled rooms and suites with wood panelling and achingly beautiful bathrooms featuring classic Carrara marble are inspired by the pleasures of a sweet life – the “dolce vita”. Stylish bath interior from Kaldewei offers pure relaxation The high-end interior of the bathrooms at the J.K. Place Roma feature Classic Duo baths alongside Conoflat shower surfaces made of Kaldewei steel enamel 3.5 mm as the perfect basis for a personal retreat. Both designs were created by the Italian design office Sottsass Associati. The Classic Duo bath radiates timeless elegance and comfortable functionality. Two ergonomically shaped backrests make it ideal for sharing in ultimate comfort. The shower areas of the J.K. Place Roma are also appointed with Kaldewei quality products. The Conoflat derives its characteristic design from the central enamelled waste cover, which blends absolutely flush with the shower surface made of Kaldewei steel enamel. Providing equally as

comfortable a shower experience with floor-flush access and elegant design, the Superplan and Superplan Plus models integrate harmoniously with the appealing bathroom concept of the boutique hotel. Kaldewei – bathroom design of the finest Hoteliers, architects and interior designers worldwide opt for Kaldewei products “made in Germany”, as their perfect synergy of functionality, superior quality, cost effectiveness and premium design have stood the test for decades. All baths, shower trays and enamelled shower surfaces of the premium manufacturer are made of superior Kaldewei steel enamel 3.5 mm, a uniquely durable and robust material that shows no signs of wear even after years of intensive use and therefore meets the stringent requirements of a high-end hotel. Along with exceptional hygiene properties, Kaldewei steel enamel also excels in other areas including quick and easy cleaning making chemical detergents unnecessary and steel enamel products the ideal choice for any hotel. As a result, Kaldewei provides hotels and investors with product solutions that are both aesthetic and reliable – guaranteed for 30 years. Further information and illustrations are available from Kaldewei’s virtual press office:

Twyford’s new Energy Collection is rich with features and benefits Twyford has launched its new Energy Collection, offering a range of ceramics, furniture and shower enclosures that cater for a wide range of projects, customers and budgets. Ideal for the commercial, social housing and domestic sectors, the Energy Collection gives scope and flexibility for designers, architects, specifiers and contractors. The stylish e500 is a fashion-forward range designed to hit the market sweet spot for great design, quality and value. Design-wise, it reflects the latest trend for slimrim washbasins, which are available in round or square designs. Complementary and versatile furniture is also available in high gloss white or grey. The e200 range recognises the growing need for spacesaving designs and is packed full of clever features to bring bigger-bathroom benefits into compact spaces. Corner basins, short projection washbasins, integrated towel rails and space saver furniture are just some of the features that make this range ideal for the smaller bathroom. e100 has been designed and developed to provide all round style and quality at great value prices. The versatile range includes washbasins in both round and square contemporary designs and an extended choice of toilet

designs, adaptable to all applications to suit all sectors, including toilets and washbasins that cater for people of all ages and all levels of ability to support multi-generational living. Two shower enclosure ranges, es200 and es400, which have the added-value benefits of anti-limescale treatment and 6mm safety glass as standard, complete the collection. All of the ranges come with the trusted quality of the Twyford heritage brand. There are 57 new products in total, developed to combine fashionable styles and excellent value for money. And backed by a 25 year guarantee for ceramics and a lifetime guarantee on shower enclosures, Twyford is assuring customers of quality and purchasing confidence. The Energy Collection is available now and can now be downloaded from the unique SpecMaster on-line specification tool by architects, designers, specifiers and contractors. It’s also available on Twyford’s newly upgraded website, with a new suite of literature. For further information on Twyford, contact Tel: 01270 879 777 or visit

The e500 range hits the market sweet spot for quality, design and value and reflects the latest design trend for slim-rim washbasins.

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The e200 space-saving range packed with clever ideas to deliver bigger bathroom benefits.

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Lifetime Wet Rooms – The Perfect Shower Space For Life

In the early 1990s the idea of Lifetime Homes was developed by a group of housing experts. They were concerned that many homes were inaccessible and impractical for a significant section of society, including the elderly and those in wheelchairs. They wanted to see homes that were designed with the flexibility to create an inclusive and comfortable place to live for all generations and abilities throughout their lifetime. The bathroom is a key area of a Lifetime Home and On the Level has many years of experience in the design and manufacture of wet rooms with easy, barrier-free level access. In fact, a wet room is by its very nature suitable for all ages and abilities because it can offer wide, safe access and also wheelchair access. On The Level’s patented Birch ply wet room formers easily take the weight of a wheelchair and the company offers numerous accessories to create a comfortable wet room for those with reduced mobility. A wet room can be practical, luxurious, minimal, functional – whatever design you choose, your wet room will provide a safe and flexible shower space to be enjoyed for life. For more information visit

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Dumbarton Academy Breaks All Records Dumbarton Academy has opened the doors of its impressive new school building, costing a cool ÂŁ15.5 million and has won the title as the quickest secondary school ever built in Scotland! Tobermore, the world class paving and walling manufacturer supplied a vast expanse of paving for the immaculate scheme. Dumbarton Academy is a nondenominational, co-educational comprehensive school in the heart of the town of Dumbarton, which is situated on the banks of the river Leven. The Academy has a long and proud history receiving its royal charter over an astonishing 500 years ago. The new school building has welcomed approximately 700 pupils into 57 modern classrooms on a campus measuring 10,518 square metres.

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Designed by Keppie Design, the amazing new building is used for vocational classes. Pupils will benefit from having a hairdressing studio and construction area on site, preventing young people from travelling to separate colleges to learn these skills. The site includes a stunning 'Walk of Life' timeline of the school's history etched into

the entrance path, a fitness trail around the playground featuring outdoor gym equipment, a music garden outdoor performance area with seating for 30-40 people and a school garden offering outdoor dining areas. This is in addition to two flood-lit all-weather pitches, a grass pitch and a 100m running track. The incorporation of these elements speaks volumes of the type of education facility Dumbarton Academy is, in promoting choice and for young people to fulfil their potential in whatever area they see best. The main contractor on this scheme was the brilliant BAM Construction who used twin wall precast concrete to build the school instead of steel and brick. As well as increasing the quality of the structure this building method also saved time and enabled the school to be built in just 62 weeks! Dumbarton Academy is also on target for a BREEAM Excellence Award for promoting the use of energy saving measures such as solar panels. The building is environmentally responsible and energy efficient with the inclusion of a number of renewable technologies such as photo voltaic

cells, solar / thermal hot water heating and a biomass boiler. Tobermore's world class paving was the ideal choice of landscaping materials for the grounds of the pristine new school building at Dumbarton. Tobermore's Hydropave Pedesta in the warm tones of Heather and soft Natural is featured; With all the versatility of Tobermore's standard and most popular paving products, Hydropave Pedesta is a permeable paving product with a rectangular profile which allows the creation of distinctive hard landscaping designs while reducing the risk of flooding and pollution. As flooding has become more common across the UK in recent years, new developments must now be designed to minimise any increased surface run-off. These innovative landscaping products from Tobermore were laid by Advance Construction. For more information on Tobermore’s world class paving and walling collection, call 0844 800 5736, email or visit

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RDF Building Services is a Yorkshire based principal contractor that undertakes renovations, refurbishments and new builds as well as having extensive experience on listed buildings and within the conservation sector. We are able to deliver projects through our directly employed labour thus controlling costs, H&S, timescales and quality. This is proven through us winning a LABC Building Excellence award and also achieving a Silver ROSPA award. We also have our own joinery workshop that can complete separate joinery packages on a supply or supply & install basis. The joinery manufacturing team can match existing profiles as well as creating new bespoke pieces. We manufacture our own design of traditional lead weighted sliding sash windows and Yorkshire sliders as well as standard casement windows. 0113 231 9910

ArtHouse alternating and stacked balconies choose Schöck Structural thermal break units from Schöck continue to feature strongly in significant projects that involve the thermal partitioning of balconies and other cantilever connections. One of the latest completed projects being ‘ArtHouse’, part of the King’s Cross Central Regeneration project, just north of St Pancras International and Kings Cross stations. It offers 143 high quality one, two, three and four-bed residential apartments; 29 of which are for affordable housing. ArtHouse is an intriguing design. The façade utilises part glazed terracotta tiles and there are four residential clusters with interconnecting towers finished in polished stainless steel. The combination of towers and private roof terraces form an interesting castellated roofline to the building – with a further unusual feature being the incorporation of alternating and stacked balconies. The prevention of thermal bridging was an early design consideration. Not only to minimise any resultant heat and energy loss, but to prevent condensation and mould growth forming.

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The Isokorb type K from Schöck, for concrete-to-concrete connectivity, is incorporated into the ArtHouse development. In addition to providing an efficient thermal break between the varied connection profile and the concrete structure, it also transfers bending moment, stress and shear forces. The type K provides BBA Certification and LABC Registration, as well as comfortably exceeding the requirements of BRE IP1/06 and Part L of the Building Regulations. Here the temperature factor used to indicate condensation risk (fRSI), must be greater than, or equal to, 0.75 for residential buildings. A stipulation comfortably exceeded by incorporating the Schöck product into the design.

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Until a few years ago, material choices were limited to timber and steel systems, but with advances in design and materials, aluminium framed products are now quickly becoming the specifiers choice. Aluprof have designed each of their fire rated products to perfectly complement their standard systems. So for any part of any screen, window, door or curtain wall aluminium framing can be fire rated and can still retain the slim sight lines of standard systems. Some solutions are unique to the industry and available only from Aluprof such as the fire rated, silicon joint curtain wall system MB SR50NEI Efekt tested to EI60 class. The company’s new brochure entitled, 'Fire Rated and Smoke Exhaust Systems', explains in detail each product and rating. Aluprof systems offer some of the highest fire protection ratings in Europe, some reaching EI120 - that's two hours fire and smoke protection. Each system has been tested according to UK industry standards with various specialist glasses and all are fully covered by the UK's 'Certifire' certificate of approval. Frames are designed, fabricated and installed by selected, specially trained companies across the UK. Aluminium frames using a combination of machined plasterboard slips, ceramic cores, stainless steel clips and intumescent strips, ratings can be adjusted to suit any application. Further information is available on the companies website at and specialist advice is available from Aluprof on 0161 941 4005.

Are basement leaks your fault?

Probably. Leaks in new basements are caused by poor workmanship and poor workmanship often starts in the design office. The more levels of defence against water ingress, the more each specialist team of installers can rely on another specialist team and cut corners themselves. Result? Leaks. Why? Because neither the client, the designer nor the main contractor ensure anyone does their work properly. A building control officer was recently overheard saying that, when he worked for a water authority, it took months to stop all the leaks in brand new reinforced concrete water tanks – because the workmanship was always terrible. Yet the UK's Concrete Society found that membranes had a limited life and that the simplest way to build a waterproof basement was with properly waterproof concrete and good workmanship. However they stress the need for supervision. The problem in the UK is that poor workmanship is more competitive than better workmanship and that is the fault of clients, designers and management. It is all very well saying that, as well as membranes, internal drainage will deal with leaks, the client has lost a lot of money and valuable real estate and hundreds of people employed to do a good job have run away, paid well for a bad job.

If he wants tapes in the joints he can pay for them. If he wants others to put on membranes he can pay for them. If the basement needs internal drainage later he must pay for it.

Is this far-fetched? No. It happens with increasing regularity already in the UK. Is it costing more? No, it is costing far less. It might add a week to a month-long contract but when these basements are finished they are finished. Unlike most that are not waterproof till months later. Why is this better than a BBA certificated water-resisting admixture? Because the suppliers of these admixtures insist that a C35A concrete mix is used and BS 8007 states that such concrete properly placed etc. will not visibly leak. They only guarantee the sound concrete which never needs repair. They repair, at extra cost, the leaks through dirt, voids and cracks. None prove they make concrete impermeable. In fact none improve C35A by very much. 15 years or so ago, the Japanese created a product that makes concrete completely waterproof. We stock it and supply it from the biggest producer in Beijing. It is an extremely powerful plasticiser that disappears when the concrete begins to set, the effect is very much denser concrete that has no capillary network. Nothing can get through. We get proof at every project that absolutely, completely waterproof concrete was delivered. So clearly if there were ever any leaks it would be the fault of workmanship, either of design or on site, and only the culprit would pay not the client. Sample certificates can be viewed here www. This basement by a self builder is completely dry from the concrete alone.

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What we do for our clients is prove to BS EN 12390-8-2009 that their concrete is fully waterproof and we offer training and supervision to the workforce. If this is rejected we make notes throughout each pour. At the tender stage the sub contractor needs to understand that fully waterproof concrete will be delivered and that what he does to or with the concrete to create leaks is down to him to repair.

Sub contractors who know they must repair all the leaks stop causing leaks and become more competitive saving many thousands of pounds and months of work later.

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Terminal 2A Heathrow Luis Vidal + Architects

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The new Terminal 2A at Heathrow Airport, when it opens its doors on 4th June 2014, will give a sense of delight and ease to passengers which has been missing from air travel for too long. Designed by luis vidal + architects (LVA), the new terminal makes generous use of natural light, enhancing the passenger experience. Navigation is much more instinctive than is usual and, in addition, for the first time in a major UK airport, passengers will have immediate access to the gate areas, which will be within sight of the retail and catering facilities. This should reduce passenger anxiety and make travelling a more pleasant experience. Luis Vidal + Architects has achieved this with a design which is bold in concept and rational in execution and

this delightful experience has been created in a project that has satisfied stringent requirements for timescale and budget. The undulating roof maps the passenger journey through the terminal into three zones – check in, security and departures. The unique design uses simplistic repetition in its elements, making it both fast and economical to build. The use of the natural lighting from the northern facing windows is diffused and reflected within the terminal by the use of a fabric roof lining. This is yet another first for HAL (Heathrow Airport Limited) and is just one element of an environmental strategy which aims to reduce the CO2 generated by the terminal by 40 per cent. While the idea of the undulating roof with its vertical

Architects: Luis Vidal + Architects Location: Terminal One, Heathrow Airport (LHR), Hounslow, Greater London TW6 1AP, UK Team: O.T. Ferrovial Agroman, Fhecor, Cg Proyectos, Solventa, Hoare Lea Consulting, Davis Langdon Schumann Smith, Warrington Fire Research, Reef Associates, Siemens-Vanderlande, Immodo, Carma, Euroestudios, Merebrook, Fractal, Gleeds Area: 210000.0 sqm Year: 2014 Photographs: Courtesy of LHR Airports Limited

start. This provides the best quality of light in the northern hemisphere – the one with the least heat gain and the least dazzling.

Part of this was because the fabric soffit that has been used on the roof interior was not one that had been used at Heathrow previously, except in one minor application. ‘We had to go through endless analyses to prove that it would work,’ said Luis Vidal. ‘We had to show that it could be cleaned, and that the acoustic properties were suitable.’

This is why artists’ studios are traditionally angled to use north light, and why saw-tooth factory roofs have the vertical lights facing north. It was important to ensure that at all times passengers had a comfortable experience, so the architect carried out detailed computer simulations and also built mock-ups at the Bartlett school of architecture.

Even more important, the architect had to demonstrate that the combination of the geometry and the reflective properties of the fabric would allow a good quality of light – bright but not glaring. Using north light was a good

In addition the architect devised a lighting system for the roof using subtle colour-changing LEDs. The lighting makes the roof form appear to float, adding to the sensation of lightness.

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north lights has remained virtually unchanged since the early days of the concept designed by LVA, a great deal of detailed work went into proving and refining the concept.

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The temperature of the colour of the LEDs changes gradually through the day. This means that although the passengers will not be aware of the changes, they will be in a lighting environment that echoes the effects of a typical sky – warm colours at sunset and sunrise, a cool blue at midday, and an indigo blue at night. This should help to prevent some of the disorientation that comes with international travel, and will complement the actual sky which, unusually for air terminals, departing passengers will be able to see at all times. The sequence of the roof, and the view of the final destination, will lead passengers through the terminal in a manner that is as instinctive and natural as possible. There will be no chicanes, no dark corners – and passengers will be able to see the departing aircraft as they progress through the terminal, both helping them with navigation and bringing back some of the excitement of air travel which has tended to vanish in the last few decades. The continued commitment to sustainable construction on Terminal 2 began before any of the new building had been erected, with the demolition of its predecessor. More than 90% of the demolition material was reused. Terminal 2A has been designed to be as energy-efficient as possible. In addition to the use of natural light, there are large overhangs to provide shading on the East and West facades, so minimising solar gain. On the South façade there is a brise soleil consisting of aluminium solid tubes and metallic louvers. In addition, there are a number of elements that will reduce the use of fossil fuels on the terminal. There are photovoltaic panels on the south facade, and there is a combined heat and cooling power plant set up to operate either with biomass or with gas. Rainwater from the roof will be collected and used for non-potable uses.

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In addition, there are water abstraction bore holes both to provide water for flushing the WCs and exchanging heat with the power plant and the chalk aquifer in the subsoil. In fact, Terminal 2, will be the world’s first airport terminal to be awarded BREEAM rating for its sustainable building design.

A window at the seat of learning As part of the extensive remodelling and improving of schools across the London Borough of Islington, Reynaers aluminium systems have been installed throughout Islington Arts and Media School in a multi-million pound scheme that has turned the school into a vibrant, modern learning facility.

Transformation of the school was completed after new building, extensive renovation and remodelling of the entire site took place as part of the schools improvement programme within the Borough. A Foundation Trust, Islington Arts and Media School saw the impressive scheme, designed by architects BDP, carried out in association with Balfour Beatty’s Transform Schools initiative, A critical part of the scheme was the substantial new build delivering state-of-the-art facilities with new science laboratories, ICT suites, arts, dance, drama, media and music classrooms and practice rooms, new sports hall and a dedicated theatre. Bold sweeps of Reynaers CW 50 curtain wall feature on both the new main entrance and the expansive new facilities adding large expanses of glazed areas bringing natural light right into the heart of the school. Strategically located runs of Reynaers Brie Soleil offer sun screening, minimizing the effect of solar gain and glare, while allowing the ingress of daylight. Installed within the fenestration all through the new building are Reynaers CS 77 parallel opening windows. They combine ease of operation with highly efficient ventilation, compared to top hung windows, along with optimised safety and security. Facilitating greater internal air movement they allow the effective passage of stale air out of the classroom, refreshing and enhancing the learning environment by helping to reduce the concentrations of carbon dioxide which can build up in specific areas of a classroom. Reynaers Vision 50 door systems are installed on the major thoroughfares within the new building and are also on the main entrance area. Suitable for high usage in busy areas they offer stylish design combined with excellent performance and low maintenance. Main contractor on the project was Balfour Beatty and architectural systems fabricator was M. Price Ltd.

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The Wellington Hospital, HCA – London’s No.1 private hospital group

SCHUECO FIRE-PROTECTION SYSTEMS BENEFIT FROM INDUSTRY UPTURN According to leading aluminium systems supplier Schueco UK Ltd., the continuing upturn in activity in the UK building industry – particularly in respect of commercial properties – has led to an increasing demand for all types of their fire-protection products One of the few companies in the UK with a truly comprehensive range of fire-protection systems for façades, doors and windows, Schueco is constantly refining its offering to ensure that, whatever the application, it can offer a complete solution at a competitive price. All but indistinguishable in appearance from standard products, Schueco fire-protection systems have been independently tested to EN 1364/1634, meeting all the necessary criteria for Integrity (E) – the prevention of the spread of flame – and Integrity/Insulation (EI) – the prevention of the spread of flame and the provision of a barrier to heat. The Schueco fire protection range includes single and double Schueco ADS 80 FR doors which can be specified with either a 30-minute integrity or 30/60 minute integrity/insulation rating and, like every system in the range, they meet the performance classification of EN 13501. To upgrade from a 30-minute to a 60-minute specification, special heat insulation material is introduced into the aluminium profiles and the glazing is uprated accordingly. Doors and screens that meet an EI90 rating (90-minute) are also available.

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The doors are offered with a variety of tested side and top lights including radiused and angled shapes, allowing a wide range of approved design options. While more commonly employed internally, Schueco fire doors can be supplied for external applications as well. All types of doors can be specified with either face-fitting or barrel hinges and standard or EN 1627 burglar-resistant locking options. In addition to fire doors, Schueco UK also offers aluminium fire protection façade systems (designated FW 50+ BF and FW 60+ BF) and skylight systems with 30- and 60-minute protection, all tested to EN 1364. Also available is a Schueco AWS fire window offering up to 30-minute integrity/insulation (EI). To complement its fire products offering, Schueco UK runs specialist training courses at its Milton Keynes HQ. On completing the SAFE course, a successful trainee gains official certification as a Schueco-Approved Fire Expert. For further information about any aspect of Schueco’s comprehensive range of fire-protection systems, please email

NEW FULL HEIGHT SOFFIT OPTION FOR GLOBAL SUMMER A full height soffit is now available as an internal design option for Synseal’s best-selling hybrid orangery, Global Summer, in depths of 300mm and 450mm. Launched in May 2012, Global Summer has proven popular with UK consumers and offers a “shelf-style” orangery soffit as standard, 300m in depth and 140mm in height, to provide a perimeter ceiling detail and house downlights or audio speakers. The full height orangery soffit has been designed to be fitter-friendly as possible. The kit comes with everything required to install on site with the exception of plasterboard and features an easy to fix galvanised steel framework, foam strip to stop ingress of insects into the soffit void and discreet privacy film can be applied to roof glass to conceal the soffit void when viewed from an upstairs window.

SYNSEAL GOES ON EVOLVING WITH TRIPLE–READY SYNERJY Synseal has added a 36mm triple glazing option to its innovative SynerJy system to accommodate triple insulated glass units. The company has responded to the growing consumer demand for energy efficiency when it became one of the first suppliers to achieve the recently introduced BFRC A+ and Certass A* ratings, not just for SynerJy but all of its window systems including Legend, Shield and Evolve VS designs. Synseal has also gained BBA approval for the use of Plastic Thermal Reinforcements in its foiled profiles in place of steel, enabling even lower U-Values to be achieved. SynerJy is the youngest of Synseal’s stable of three window systems and has won acclaim from day one for its elegant ovolo curves and easy-glazing j-bead, breaking the mould of all fully sculptured systems before it. Designed for both the new-build and replacement markets, it is not only stylish in looks and strong on performance but also easy and trouble-free to fabricate as its users will testify. Alongside SynerJy are the original and ever-popular Shield, a chamfered system with clean-cut lines, reflecting a traditional PVC-U window style, and the versatile Legend system, originally introduced to give installers greater access to the much sought after commercial market but since then also becoming a firm favourite in domestic retrofit. All three PVC-U window systems share the same 70mm front to back dimensions so each can be found playing their part in every sector of the industry.

All of these market-leading products are backed up by full marketing support including a wide range of specification and retail literature, ensuring not only the right technical advice but also aspirational selling materials to present the correct professional image to the consumer. Mark Schlotel concluded: “With such a broad range of products and services, we genuinely believe there is no other system supplier that can come close to us in providing everything that a fabricator or installer could ever need.”

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Synseal may be unique on offering such a range of complete window systems but even that is only part of the overall picture, which also includes hardware, Global Glass, the Evolve range of fully-manufactured and CE Marked sliding sash windows and bi-fold and patio doors, the best-selling Global conservatory roof system – including hybrid Global Summer and Capella designs to add orangery styling at a more affordable price – the proven K2 roof and the Venetian, Rio, Integra and Modena true orangery solutions in traditional or contemporary styles.

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Dynamic new residential project reinterprets historic Manchester canalside Ian Simpson Architects’ Tariff Street given go-ahead Planning has been granted for a new 11-storey building designed by Ian Simpson Architects. This residential development, for Town Centre Securities PLC and GMI Construction Group, will provide 91 new homes, and forms part of the wider Piccadilly Basin regeneration scheme. Overlooking the Rochdale Canal and marina, Tariff Street will comprise a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments and will start on site in 2015. The building is comprised of three distinct volumes, folded and cranked to create a layered composition. A modern reinterpretation of the local area, the first tier of the three layers responds to the scale and materials of the neighbouring Grade II* Listed Jackson’s Warehouse employing red brick as a reference to the surrounding context. The second volume is clad in aluminium and oriented to reinforce the line of mill buildings that are located along the canal’s edge. Resting on top of this is a cantilevered glass volume that will provide unrivalled views of the surrounding waterways and city centre. Ian Simpson Architects has developed the design through consultation with English Heritage to help shape a project that responds well to its immediate context. The announcement of Tariff Street marks another landmark building for Ian Simpson Architects in Manchester. Others include the Beetham Tower, Urbis and No1 Deansgate, all of which are projects completed in the city where the practice originated.

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Saint-Gobain PAM UK launches new range of cast iron shower drain kits Saint-Gobain PAM UK, part of international materials company SaintGobain, has launched a new range of complete cast iron shower drain kits, adding to its innovative range of VortX drainage products. Supplied boxed, each kit features a VortX shower drain body, bottle trap and stainless steel grating, which is available in a standard finish, or can be polished to order. The shower drain bodies are manufactured in cast iron and are grey epoxy coated. The shower gullies are available in 110mm OD vertical spigot and 60mm OD vertical and horizontal spigot options. The VortX bottle trap is removable and incorporates a twist lock fitting of dip tube and cup. Manufactured in ABS for high chemical resistance, the bottle trap features a fastening operation that is both simplified and robust. Each shower drain can be connected to any pipework material with a 110mm and 60mm OD. There are four grating options available; a 150 circular grating for vinyl floors, a 150 circular decorative grating for vinyl floors, a 150 square grating for tiled floors and a 150 square decorative grating for tiled floors.

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Ecological waste water and sludge treatment Advanced Aeration Ltd offer a full range of sewage treatment systems for domestic, commercial and Industrial waste water applications and also for major water utilities. The environmentally friendly Bio-Bubble system produces a very high quality effluent suitable for re-use or, without any further treatment being applied, can discharge to a watercourse. Also, sludge waste production is far lower than conventional forms of treatment meaning far fewer tankers. Over the years, Bio-Bubble have continued to offer a robust solution to environmentally sensitive and specialist sites. Unit L, Fishers Grove, Farlington, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO6 1RN

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XXL siphonic drainage system The latest XXL high-bay warehouse of French wine wholesaler Les Grands Chais de France in Landiras, Bordeaux towers a massive 37 metres into the air. The siphonic drainage system which removes rainwater from the 3,045 square metre flat roof in DĂŠpartement Gironde which is heavily influenced by the Atlantic climate is quality German workmanship, made in Rheda-WiedenbrĂźck.

There is a great likelihood that wine bought by a large German discount chain comes from this high-bay warehouse. One of the largest logistics centres in the French wine trade has been growing here for decades on a site measuring 72 hectares amidst the pine landscape typical for this region. Les Grands Chais de France has a workforce of over 500 people who prepare around 1.3 million bottles every day in the small 2000-strong community of Landiras. Founded just over 35 years ago by Alsace-born Joseph Helfrich, the group of companies is now the second-largest dealer in France and the largest wine exporter in the country. The company now wants to almost double its storage capacity of 22,000 pallets as soon as possible. At the end of March 2014 another section was added to the enormous logistics centre - a new high-bay warehouse reaching 36.75 metres into the sky covered by a massive flat roof. Franco-German collaboration Just as the Germany love French wine, the French developer appreciates German craftsmanship. He engaged Hammersen Elementbau GmbH based in Osnabr端ck in Lower Saxony to act as general contractor. In turn Hammersen brought V-Tech Lochmann & Semmelmann GbR on board, an installation company with international experience in high-bay logistics. Rolf Semmelmann: "Cross-border projects require lots of advance planning as a result of the bureaucracy involved, for example every employee and vehicle has to be registered." Estimated rainfall "There is no such thing as the Kostra Calaogue or data from the German Meteorological Service in France to provide information on local rainfall figures", says Thomas Glunz from V-Tech Lochmann & Semmelmann GbR. "The roof drainage systems therefore had to be calculated using standard values. A figure of 300 l/s was used to estimate the rainfall volume r(5,5) whilst 600 l/s was used for the once in a century rainfall event r(5,100). The entire siphonic drainage system was calculated and designed on the basis of this calculation.

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Long pressurised pipeline An effective siphonic drainage system is based on the pipelines being completely filled, in other words a fill level of h/d = 1.0. This is why DSS outlets which are fitted as standard with SitaAirstop are used, to prevent the ingress of air caused by the "Coriolis Effect". Freed from water and air eddies the completely filled pipeline system can develop the desired vacuum and high suction force which make DSS systems so effective. Function without a collapse in the flow is based on a different view of all outlets and pipe sections in which, for example, parameters such as fall height, pressure loss from friction and flow resistance are also used in the pipeline. The longer a pipeline, the greater the pressure loss. To ensure that the physical conditions can be satisfied, sizes must be selected which have a low pipe friction pressure gradient per metre. The alignment of the 130 metres of flow routes in Landiras required a relatively large size gradient. Whilst the longest flow route was designed to be relatively large, the individual connecting pipelines for the shortest flow route had to be designed in a very small size. To generate suction effects in a siphonic drainage system, the vertical fall pipe, for example, must at least have a size which is less than the horizontal manifold pipeline. On this basis of these hydraulic calculations, a total of 600 metres of PE pipes in diameters from DN 200 to 40 were installed in Landiras. The two drainage pipelines deliver the collected rainwater down on the southeast side of the logistics building. The rainwater from the main drainage system goes into the network of ground pipes, the fall pipes for the emergency drainage system end 100 centimetres above the ground where they allow the water from a once in a century rainfall event to flow freely onto areas which

can be flooded safely. Pipe installation like a circus high-wire act As a result of the height of the building, the construction of the wide-ranging pipelines under the insulated trapezoidal steel roof was similar to a high-wire act in a circus. As with any high-bay warehouse, the building shell and roof were install once the skeleton of the building had been erected. Thomas Glunz: "The erection of a high-bay warehouse is like playing with Lego, but on a gigantic scale." For the erection work the installation team were able to use the basket systems which the logistics team had already installed in the 12 m wide corridors between the high-bay shelving. The cavities between the shelving, measuring approx. 3.4 m in height, were also used as platforms and the erection work was completed by trained industrial climbers who were protected with safety harnesses. Strong fastenings Rolf Semmelmann: "Five metre long PE pipe elements, connected to a fall pipe plunging a good 30 m downwards - that all makes the fastenings extremely important.. Beforehand the system was calculated based on the weight which would be achieved when all the pipes were full. Consideration was also given to the special forces which act on DSS systems. The clips to hold the pipes on the wall were then designed on this basis. They were secured to threaded plates, thick steel plates with a one inch or half inch thread into which threaded rods were screwed. These are special fastenings. We have proof that these clips will hold the system in place even when exposed to the most extreme load case, in other words when the pipes are completely filled." The installation work at great height was made easier by the Site fastening system which enables the DSS PE pipes to be installed on a prepared rail system to save time. This system for fastening to a building is also designed to absorb the stresses and movements of a siphonic drainage system and dissipate them safely into the building and roof structures. Because when the water flows into the pipeline system due to the vacuum, siphonic drainage systems tend to develop their own dynamic by oscillation. "Strategically" positioned fixed points at the start and end of each manifold pipe compensate for thermal changes in length - expansion and contraction as the temperature changes. Summary The incessant heavy rain which prevented the installation work in the first four weeks demonstrated how important an effective flat roof drainage system is in the seaside location of Landiras. But the perfect interaction between the various contractors and the systematic construction of the various system components meant that building project was completed just in time.

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Small number of outlets for lots of rain 12 SitaDSS Profi outlets were used for the main drainage system to protect the flat roof which measures 29.58 m wide and 102.84 m long against the French rain in the Atlantic. As a result of the efficiency of the siphonic drainage system, which operates on the basis of the pipes being filled and creating a vacuum, this rather small number of outlets will be enough to provide the calculated total drainage volume of 90 l/s in the main drainage system. Each main drainage outlet will drain approx. 8.5 litres per second into the ground pipeline almost 37 m below. And if a once in a century rainfall event occurs, a battery of 12 additional outlets of the same type are available, fitted with yellow Sita retaining elements for emergency drainage. Each main drain has an emergency drain next to it which comes into play at a defined retaining height of 55 mm so that the

emergency drainage system can remove a further 90 l/s in the event of very heavy rain. The six pairs of outlets, in other words 12 outlets per side, were positioned at the lowest points on the two sides of the flat roof. Sealed Sita retaining units were used to bridge the 120 mm thick heat insulation of the steel trapezoidal plate roof. The planner selected the outlet version with the desired connecting sleeve to provide a secure connection to the 1.5 mm PVC roofing membrane. To ensure that German craftsmanship could be provided here too, personnel from a German company which is active throughout Europe worked on sealing the flat roof. Martin Bonn, Managing Director of Helmut Schmidt GmbH: "The outlets were supplied to the site with connecting sleeves which had been specially manufactured for the roofing membrane type and were then welded by us using hot air to produce a homogeneous material. From our long experience we know that outlets with a foamed membrane flange provide particularly secure connections. In view of the exposed location close to the sea where high winds are prevalent, this is definitely an important additional safety factor."


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The building comprises a number of distinct architectural elements that provide clarity to the composition both as a whole and as a legible expression of its constituent parts. These elements include the primary stability structure, the ladder frame, the office floor plates, the northern support core, the external envelope and the public realm.

tower containing all passenger and goods lifts, service risers, on-floor plant and WCs. Three groups of passenger lifts serve the low, mid and high rise sections of the building, and are connected by two transfer lobbies at levels ten and 24.

The structure aims to reinforce the geometry defined by the development envelope, which in turn creates the distinctive tapering form, and takes the form of a perimeter braced ‘tube’ that defines the extent of the floor plates. The ladder frame contributes to the vertical emphasis of the building, and encloses the fire-fighting cores that serve the office floors. The frame also visually anchors the building to the ground.

The position of the northern support core relative to the office areas means that the structure is not required to be over-clad with fire protection, allowing the whole to be designed and expressed as visible steelwork. This articulated steel frame provides clarity to the whole assemblage.

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The office floors take the form of simple rectangular floor plates which progressively diminish in depth by 750 millimetres towards the apex. Office floors are connected to the structural ‘tube’ at every floor level without the need for secondary vertical columns at the perimeter. The northern support core is conceived as a detached

The highly transparent glazed enclosure makes manifest the structure and movement systems within; its physical presence is a striking and dynamic addition to the City and a unique spectacle for the enjoyment for passers-by. The building is designed to express all the constituent elements behind a single glazed envelope. Facades to the office areas require the highest comfort criteria in relation

to heat loss, daylight, glare control and solar gain. Here, the facade is supplemented with an internal layer of doubleglazing, forming a cavity which incorporates the structural frame. The external glazing incorporates vents at node levels to allow outside air to enter and discharge from the cavity. Controlled blinds in the cavity automatically adjust to limit unwanted solar gain and glare.

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The lower levels of the building are recessed on a raking diagonal to create a large public space that opens up to the south. The spectacular scale of the semi-enclosed, cathedral-like space is without precedent in London and will create a major new meeting place and a unique destination in itself. Overlooking the space are generous terrace areas within a bar and restaurant that provide animation and views into the public space and beyond. This enclosure is open at ground level to give access from all directions. The public space is fully accessible by means of a large, gently raked surface connecting St Helen’s Square with Leadenhall Street.

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Project Team:

Aaron Massingham, Aleksandrina Rizova, Amy Learmonth, Andrew Yek, Andy Young, Andy Bryce, Ben Nicholls, Benjamin Darras, Carmel Lewin, Charles Meloy, Christine Geneste, Colin Moriarty, Daniel Behr, Daniel Lewis, Daniel Wright, Dirk Krolikowski, Eleanora Bressi, Jack Newton, Jacqueline Yeung, James Chapman, Jan Guell, Joanna Pencakowski, Jo-anne Cowen, John Mcelgunn, Justin Lau, Kairo BadenPowell, Louise Palomba, Mark Gorton, Mark Hallett, Maurice Brennan, Nic Mitchell, Patricia Sendin, Rory Kofoed, Russell Gilchrist, Serena Croxson, Simon Davis, Simon Tonks, Stephen Light, Tim Mason, William Thorne, William Wimshurst, Zoe Webber Design & Build Contractor: Laing O’Rourke Structural & Services Engineer: Arup Landscape Design: Edco Design London Quantity Surveyor: DL Aecom Project Manager: WSP Strategic Planning & Consultation Strategy: M3 Consulting Planning Consultant: DP9 Townscape Consultant: Francis Golding Cdm Coordinato: Bovis Lend Lease Building Inspector: Corporation of London DS Office Cad Software: Bentley Microstation

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Quality Driven by Remmers Established in 2004 and formally known as Blackhorse Car Sales, Lex Autolease Car Select in Oldbury has over 500 cars displayed in their showroom. The 2000m2 showroom space along with the 600m2 workshop space required a high gloss smooth finish flooring to upgrade the executive used car sales operation. The existing old liquid polymer screed floor surfaces were badly cracked and damaged and needed refreshing and upgrading to better withstand the frequent and abrasive movements of the cars. Capeland Industrial Flooring took on the challenge, which involved repairing, levelling and finishing the existing flooring with a slightly flexible floor topping that complemented the high end motor car sales. Remmers Epoxyflex PH SL was chosen for its ability to provide additional protection from reflective cracking. Three different shades of grey were employed throughout the buildings for demarcation and to highlight safe pedestrian routes. The works were completed within a stringent timescale and budget much to the clients satisfaction.

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TOUGH IN ANY CLIMATE Jaymart, who are renowned for their safety credentials, ever evolving product range and breadth of product experience, have recently added to their vast specialist flooring and matting portfolio. Jaymart’s tough and versatile Remp ZERO synthetic rubber flooring range boasts high performance characteristics. On an eco note, all products in this range are environmentally friendly, inherently anti-bacterial so ideal for hygiene sensitive environments, and can be easily recycled. Where slip-resistant safety, comfort, noise reduction, low maintenance, hygiene and durability, and of course quality, are key requirements, Jaymart’s Remp range meets all the criteria in the brief. For further information visit or contact T: 01985 218994, or E:

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UKT – Pioneers of an Innovative Heating and Air Conditioning Technology The brand UKT (United Klima Technologies) has been pioneering the development of heaters and air-conditioners without an external unit for 18 years. In 1999 UKT introduced its own “Single Hole Technology” to the market. This novel technology eliminates the impact of visible parts on a building exterior, restoring the architecture of the urban areas currently devastated by old style air conditioning devices that are incompatible with their surroundings. UKT air conditioners do not have a bulky box installed outside, whirring and rusting over time unlike conventional Split or PTAC systems.

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As the inventor of this technology UKT guarantee a number of advantages gained from using the system: low installation costs, ease of maintenance, high energy efficiency, high performance, uncompromising design and low noise levels. UKT’s success is formulated by a creative and unorthodox approach to engineering. A combination of components miniaturisation, integral heating with a heat recovery/exchange system that boosts cooling efficiency, the latest state-of-the-art noise reduction technology, high end materials such as stainless steel and aviation grade aluminium come together to create a diversely adaptable range of products. This exciting technology has already been supplied throughout Europe for use in hotel chains, residential, commercial, industrial and offices, luxury yachts, railway locomotives and engineering infrastructure projects such as tunnelling and other construction applications. UKT has years of unrivalled experience offering a bespoke consultancy, design and manufacturing service for various clients including: developers, architects, civil engineers and military. With 16 different air conditioners and 100 customisable variants it means UKT offer the most diverse and adaptable product range in the world. If you require a project specific climate control solution there is a high chance you will find what you need at UKT. Now based in Kent at their high specification manufacturing facility, UKT is fully independent, harnessing technology to swiftly transform concept in to creation. For more information on UKT go to:, email:, call: +44 (0)1797366889

The ‘Vertical’ Air Conditioner. A slim line all-in-one heating,  cooling, ventilation and dehumidification system. UKT’s units installed in apartments. Just a discreet 8” diameter  grille visible on the building exterior. The grille can be colour coded to match the surroundings.

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Had a hectic day? There is nothing more heavenly than walking into a luxuriously warm bathroom to take a relaxing shower or bath. Vasco is launching its new designer radiator “Cocos Plus” which is perfect for those in search of instant warmth in the bathroom. This super-compact new kid on the block is ideal for limited spaces and it is quite a dazzler when it comes to clever design.

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The bathroom is the focal point of wellbeing and serenity in our homes. Constructors and renovators are constantly in search of solutions that combine the comfort of warmth with the stimulation of our senses. To achieve this, Vasco set up a complete innovation programme ( where Vasco designers and scientists combine eye-pleasing design, high heat dissipation and smaller volumes.

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Designer radiator with punch The new super-compact heavyweight Cocos Plus has a unique design which transforms it into a jewel in your bathroom. The radiator is made up of smooth horizontal tubes that form hoops, neatly finished with a vertical cover plate running down one side. The contrast of the horizontal lines and the sleek vertical strip creates a contemporary design that will stand out in any room with the clever shaping seamlessly combining radiator and towel rail in one device. Also, thanks to its limited size, Cocos Plus complements the growing trend for compact building design. There are lots of new features, allowing resident designer Wim Segers to prove once again that Vasco is and remains the reference in the world of designer radiators. “Cocos Plus is a real ‘heat cannon’. We’ve never been able to get so much warmth out of so compact a volume”, says Johan Jame, Product Manager at Vasco. “By the way, powerful doesn’t necessarily mean wasteful. This generation of radiators is extremely energy-efficient and suited to low-temperature heating systems.” Cover plate: for an even sleeker look and rock solid mount The vertical collectors are concealed by a flat cover plate which makes the entire radiator look more contemporary, but also makes it safer because the cover hides the radiator’s sturdy wall mount. Development of the connections and wall mount systems has resulted in practical installation and safe and efficient use. Cocos Plus is available in a broad range of RAL, natural and metal colours. Dimensions: width 500 or 600mm and height 1002mm, 1302mm, 1542mm or 1842mm Prices start from £ 559.00 incl VAT

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Central London’s new ‘home of film’ completes – BFI headquarters reopens The British Film Institute (BFI) has completed the redevelopment and refurbishment of its central London headquarters on Stephen Street. Designed by Ben Adams Architects (BAA), the BFI is providing a welcoming new facility for the film industry in the heart of the West End. Following the relocation of the BFI Reuben Library to its South Bank venue, the BFI has refurbished the screening rooms and rethought the vacated spaces to host a range of functions, including industry launches, meetings for partners from across the UK coming to London and educational workshops.

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The completed works have reinvigorated the existing 1950s building, including a complete overhaul of the ground floor space and reconnecting the offices to the street. BAA has worked closely with Softroom Architects, who are responsible for a new Benugo’s restaurant also on the ground floor. Known as the Stephen Street Kitchen, this new eatery will further enliven the relationship between the building and the streetscape while seamlessly ‘bleeding’ into the open-plan reception area.

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A new canopy has been purpose-built at the entrance, while at the rear of the building a new planted, terrace space has been installed to create a social space in a previously neglected part of the site. Also covered by a canopy, this area can be enjoyed throughout the year. Inside the office building, the reception and waiting area has been redesigned and spaces have been opened out to accommodate new events and activities, as well as accessible meeting places. This area has now been better connected to the basement level, creating a light-filled entrance to the lower level screening rooms. Ben Adams, architect: “The key space created by the new build is the well-designed restaurant and terrace areas, which are open to the film industry and members of the public alike. The deals done and cultural discussions about film that take place in these spaces could help set the course for the British film industry in the coming decade.” Founded in 1933, the new BFI headquarters underlines the growth of the organisation’s activities in supporting the film industry and creating more opportunities for people to enjoy and engage with film.

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This creates a kinetic sculpture whose silhouette is both legible and extraordinary and which is well suited to the position next to the canal. The five fabricated steel beams forming the deck open in sequence, with the first rising to an angle of 70 degrees and the last achieving the required clearance over the canal of 2.5m tall by 5.5m wide at mid channel. Shaped counterweights assist the hydraulic mechanism and reduce the energy required to move the structure. The bridge balustrades are formed from twin rows of inclined stainless steel rods, overlapping to form a robust yet filigree and highly transparent structure.

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night Architects: Merchant Square footbridge Paddington, London London’s newest movable footbridge, at the heart of Merchant Square, the mixed use waterfront development at Paddington Basin, has opened to the public this month.

The handrail houses a continuous low energy LED downlight which will provide excellent and uniform functional illumination of the walking surface and the edge, as well as offering an attractive lighting feature. The bridge forms part of the overall regeneration masterplan of Merchant Square that will create a new focus for Paddington based around a new waterside garden square featuring a dedicated event space and water maze. When the whole regeneration project is complete Merchant Square will comprise six buildings. The three remaining buildings include 1 Merchant Square, an iconic 42 storey skyscraper incorporating apartments and a boutique hotel. In total, Merchant Square will provide over 600 residential units and 500,000 sq ft of office space. Richard Banks, CEO of European Land, the developer of the Merchant Square scheme, said: “Bridges are a crucial element of the built environment at Merchant Square and, therefore, it was important for the new footbridge crossing the Grand Union Canal to enhance the public realm, not only practically but visually. Knight Architects have achieved this by introducing vertical movement to the design to create a bridge that is highly visible and dramatic. Old Metalworks 10 Queens Road High Wycombe Bucks HP13 6AQ

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GEZE Pod is the Perfect Solution for Places For People

A gloomy unappealing entrance at The Pavilions in Preston has been transformed with the installation of a light, spacious and draught proof curved lobby from GEZE UK, the UK’s leading manufacturer of door and window control systems. GEZE’s Slimdrive SC curved sliding automatic doors were specified by architects Summers-Inman to create a stunning focal point and welcoming entrance in the extended reception at the Places For People Group’s headquarters.

Places For People also wanted to control access to the building so the outer doors allow visitors into the lobby, while the inner doors are

Kaz said: “Summers Inman wanted to create an unusual and stylish entrance, but one that would also be both modern and practical. Installing curved doors can increase the size of the entrance by up to 40 per cent compared to sliding doors, making them ideal for entrances with controlled access, as visitors are able to enter the lobby area yet don’t feel cramped.” The entrance was specifically designed to complement the shape of the building, which is angled with the entrance positioned at its heart, as well as allowing for pedestrian traffic flow. The doors and leaves are formed from GEZE’s ISO Slim profile sections and powder coated in RAL 5013 cobalt blue and glazed with 10mm clear laminated safety glass. In addition, glazed side screens are positioned on each door. Both sets of doors are powered by GEZE’s energy-efficient Slimdrive SC, a curved automatic door operator

which is both sleek in appearance and extremely quiet in operation. Part of GEZE’s popular Slimdrive range, the operators are just 7cm high so they can be mounted almost invisibly, making them the ideal choice for this stylish new entrance. They have also been designed and tested to meet the requirements of all relevant standards and regulations, including Building Bulletin 93, Approved Documents B and M, as well as assisting with the vigorous demands of the Equality Act. Speaking about the new entrance, Dan Tipping, Building Surveyor at Summers-Inman said: “As well as looking dated the original reception had manual doors meaning staff had to get up to let visitors in, and it was cold in winter and hot in summer. The new circular lobby has created a stylish modern entrance that compliments the design of the extension and perfectly meets the company’s needs.” For more information about GEZE UK or the Slimdrive SC curved sliding automatic doors visit or call 01543 443000.

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The property management firm commissioned the entrance as part of the refurbishment of its Preston offices. The spherical shaped lobby is designed to maximise space and light and features two sets of automatic bi-parting curved sliding glass doors. As well as aesthetics, one of the primary aims of the project was environmental control; a key benefit of a lobby is that it maintains air temperature providing a comfortable environment for staff, while meeting the highest efficiency standards.

activated by the company’s reception staff. Kaz Spiewakowski, managing director of GEZE UK, explained that Summers Inman chose an elliptical entrance because it provided the perfect solution for access control.

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EQUITONE [natura] has helped create a striking futuristic facade on the £16 million BREEAM ‘Excellent' rated Pathology building at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton. The fibre cement material creates a tactile, smooth surface that allows the natural variegation of the fibre cement finish to be seen through the semi-translucent coating. This contemporary architectural aesthetic was also felt to complement the glass curtain walling used around the stairwell on the South elevation of the new pathology building. David Holt, Director at Keppie Design, said: "We specified a fibre cement facade for the new pathology building to create a uniform, matt finish appearance in a dark colour to contrast with the existing surrounding buildings and make a visual statement.” He added: “The material met with the team’s environmental performance standards as well as creating a striking contemporary facade. The rainscreen facade was very easy to specify and we found the help provided by the Marley Eternit’s commercial team and availability of colour samples extremely useful.” The fibre cement facade panels are fixed to an aluminium support framework using a structural adhesive which helped retain the visual purity of the fibre cement panels by creating a sheer, smooth facade. The facade design incorporates 100mm of rainscreen insulation and the walls achieve a U value of around 0.2 W/m2K.

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Well established in the market, Vitrabond is globally recognised by Architects, Builders and Installers as the superior ACM rainscreen cladding panel solution. With large stock levels, vast colour range and continual product development, Vitrabond is readily available to meet your requirements. The composition of Vitrabond is extremely rigid and yet easily formed into many shapes to suit any design requirement.


Elliott has completed the £5.9m design and build of the Staff Accommodation Block at Peterborough City Hospital in just 22 weeks from delivery of the final module.

that the building has been created in a modular design because that means it will be easier to extend in the future, if necessary.”

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An Elliott modular solution was selected for this development principally because of its appealing modern aesthetic and bespoke design capabilities, combined with a high quality, state-of-the-art fit-out. The aesthetic appeal and quality of the completed building was felt to be an effective way of attracting more medical students to work in the city in the future, ultimately benefiting the population in and around Peterborough city. Elliott’s innovative design and build modular solution maximised efficiencies by quality controlled manufacture and a reduced on-site installation time, helping achieve the value for money criteria on this project. Caroline Walker, acting chief executive at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The new accommodation block offers our staff good quality accommodation at the City Hospital site. We like the fact

The building has a 60 year structural design life with a 25 year structural warranty. Bernard Quenot, Managing Director of Elliott, said: “We have a long track record of providing high quality building solutions on time and within budget. More customers are choosing our modular solutions first and foremost because they look appealing to potential occupants as well as the fact they perform over the long term.” Elliott has over 50 years’ experience of delivering innovative design and build solutions and is able to help clients achieve the highest environmental ratings and carbon neutrality. The company is able to act as concept designer and Principal Contractor to ensure full compliance with all relevant legislation. For more information on Elliott, visit www.elliottuk. com or call: 0800 085 8231. Alternatively, email:



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The gin-maker Bombay Sapphire commissioned the creation of the company’s first in-house production facility, which will also be open for members of the public to visit. Formerly a water-powered paper mill, the site contained more than forty derelict buildings, many of historical significance, which have been regenerated and restored as part of Heatherwick Studio’s master plan. Central to the development of the master plan is the River Test, which was previously almost invisible, contained within a narrow high-sided concrete channel and largely covered over as the site had intensively developed over many years. The river became the central organising device to make sense of the complex site and this accumulation of facilities. The river has been widened and its banks opened out and planted in order to transform it into a route that draws visitors through the site to a newly defined courtyard at its centre, surrounded by historic buildings. To make the water visible and valuable once more the river has taken on more than twice its original width and its banks reshaped with planted foreshores.

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The original project brief included provision of a separate visitor centre. However the design team believed this not to be necessary, preferring to allow the public a more authentic experience by getting closer to the distillation process and seeing the sculptural copper gin stills in use. Heatherwick Studio’s master plan proposed the creation of two new glasshouses to grow specimens of the 10 exotic plant species used in the Bombay Sapphire distillation process. These glasshouses, one of them containing a humid tropical environment and the other a dry temperate Mediterranean climate, emerge from the northern still house to sit within the waters of the widened river. The connection to the still house allows waste heat from the distillation process to be recycled to maintain the warm climates for the plant species to flourish. The fluid geometry of these new glass buildings was influenced by recent advances in glass technology and by Britain’s rich heritage of botanical glasshouse structures. This new botanical distillery has achieved a BREEAM ‘outstanding’ rating for sustainability; the first facility in the drinks manufacturing industry to be awarded this rating. Architects: Heatherwick Studio Location: Laverstoke, Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28, UK Project Team: Thomas Heatherwick, Katerina Dionysopoulou, Eliot Postma, Alma Wang, Ville Saarikoski Area: 4500.0 sqm Year: 2014 Photographs: Iwan Baan, Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio



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The UK’s leading planning and design consultancy, Barton Willmore has created an interactive presentation space for employees and visitors in their new Head Office in the centre of Reading using British Gypsum’s innovative Thistle Magnetic Plaster. When designing the new space, Barton Willmore recognised the need to create an interior which really furthered and encouraged creativity and collaboration amongst its team members. The firm wanted to move away from noticeboards and glass or metal panels, as it felt these were too restrictive and provided limited opportunity for interaction, so specified British Gypsum’s Thistle Magnetic Plaster in five rooms, including the studio, conference rooms and breakout area. Romy Panesar, Architectural Associate at Barton Willmore, said: “Our clients really value our creativity and imagination when they approach us for new projects, so it was vital that our offices could enhance this and offer a fun, inspiring space, where the whole team can collaborate on new designs.” Jason Silcox, Managing Director at Ideal M&E, the principal contractors for the project, added: “To give Barton Willmore the space it required, we needed innovative interior design solutions that could open up the entire office as a blank canvas for creativity, rather than limiting themselves to just a computer or small noticeboard. Thistle Magnetic Plaster gave the client precisely what was required.” The magnetic plaster, from British Gypsum’s ‘Rooms Made For You’ range, is a finish coat plaster specially designed to attract magnets. The plaster turns the entire wall into a fully interactive surface without the risk of damage from drawing pins or other tools, making it ideal for helping the Barton Willmore team to work together to create imaginative building designs for clients. It also provides a smooth, high-quality finish that blends seamlessly with other surfaces in the room, and can be decorated as standard without any loss of magnetic effect. In addition to the space which Thistle Magnetic Plaster gives for interaction and collaborative working, the material was also easy for local sub-contractors, H&L Ceilings, to apply, without any need for specialist tools or preparation. Darren Hopkins, Director at H&L Ceilings, commented: “We were able to apply the new plaster in exactly the same way as a standard product, with no fuss or mess. “This kept the time we spent plastering the rooms to a minimum, helping us to deliver the quality finish we expect from our work and meet the tight six-week timeframe required by Ideal M&E and Barton Willmore.”

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Graham Lloyd, Project Specification Manager at British Gypsum, concluded: “The solutions we proposed for Barton Willmore’s offices gave the architects more space for creative thinking, as well as the flexibility to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

Designing for durability The Timber Decking and Cladding Association (TDCA) is offering a material sourcing service where it will contact potential suppliers on your behalf to generate a list of those willing and able to meet your specific needs for individual projects. This and designing for durability are common themes in the daily stream of enquiries received by the TDCA. In response, the organisation is urging specifiers and users of timber to tighten up on specifications by detailing the durability required in line with relevant standards, particularly for support structures as these can be overlooked. Sourcing accredited materials will help in the pursuit of acquiring durable products; DeckMarkTM and CladMarkTM are the quality accreditation schemes operated by TDCA for its members. Broadly speaking you have a choice to design to 15, 30 or 60 year desired service

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either be enhanced by a suitable means or excluded (suitable means includes pressure impregnation with preservative or wood modification). With pressure treated timber, the TDCA stresses the importance of obtaining evidence of treatment which includes confirmation of the standard of treatment and the conferred desired service life. TDCA online resources covering this and other subjects are designed to help specifiers, designers and installers alike to design for durability. There you will find technical help and publications free to download and if you can’t find what you need, you can use the association’s enquiry service. Find the TDCA decking website at Find the TDCA cladding website at

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