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What is SketchUp? SketchUp Pro is like a pencil with superpowers. Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like. More advanced? Start modelling from CAD and terrain data, photographs or even hand sketches.

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Performance • We’ve sharpened “Face-Finder,” the code SketchUp uses to create faces while you’re modelling. • SketchUp is now self-aware of styles that help your model render faster.

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World Architecture Festival Awards: 2015 WAF and INSIDE Shortlists announced A staggering array of architecture and design practices from 46 countries are competing to win a coveted 2015 World Festival of Architecture Award following the announcement of the shortlist. The eighth annual World Architecture Festival shortlist consists of 338 projects across 31 categories, ranging from small family homes to large commercial developments and landscape projects. A substantial rise in entry numbers mirrors the global economic upturn in development and construction. The country boasting the largest number of shortlisted projects is Australia, followed by the UK and then Turkey – all of which have seen significant social and economic resurgence in the last few years. Fulton Center by Grimshaw

Park Tower by Studio Farris Architects

Cardedeu Chapel by EMC Arquitectura

Hotel & Thermal Spa Hotel by Gad Architecture

Gammel Hellerup High School by Bjarke Ingels Group

As usual a host of small practices unknown outside their own countries will pitch against the big names, presenting the shortlisted work to a 50-strong global awards jury. From small projects making a local contribution, such as a school in Burkina Faso designed for the architectural charity Article 25, through to large scale Olympic stadia transformations by US sports giant Populous, all manner of architectural interventions are celebrated.

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Major world architects shortlisted include Foster & Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Herzog & de Meuron, OMA/Ole Scheeren, Rogers Stirk Harbour, Rafael Vinoly Architects, BIG, Grimshaw, Heatherwick Studio and Carlos Ott.

Glowing Lantern Building by Robert Greg Shand Architects

Learning Hub, Nanyang Technological University by Heatherwick Studio

Regardless of their practice size and reputation, all shortlisted entrants will this year gain double exposure, having their projects exhibited across two continents. The shortlist can first be seen this week at the new satellite WAF London 24-27 June, before arriving at the annual World Architecture Festival 2015 in Singapore this November. All shortlisted practices will be vying to win not only their individual categories, but the ultimate accolade of ‘World Building of the Year 2015’. Singapore will present an opportunity for shortlisted architects to network and discuss the big conversations affecting the industry, as well also providing a chance for professional critiques from this years WAF ‘super jurors’: Royal Gold Medallist Sir Peter Cook (UK), Sou Fujimoto (Japan), Benedetta Tagliabue (Spain), Charles Jencks (UK/US), Kerry Hill (Singapore) and Manuelle Gautrand (France). Nan Tien Institute and Cultural Centre by Woods Bagot

Karuizawa Museum Cafe & Shop by Hideo Yasui + A.I.T

New North Zealand Hospital by Herzog and de Meuron

Running concurrently with WAF, INSIDE comprises of the most original and exciting interiors from the last 12 months. Nominations have poured in from 16 countries spanning four continents across the nine diverse categories that make up the awards. Among those competing are two dentistries, a music arena, two cinemas and a global TV studio. Shortlisted designers include Benoy, Hassell and Woods Bagot. Chinese practice One Plus Partnership cap off a successful year with three nominations and make up some of the 12 projects that have been shortlisted from China and Hong Kong. Host nation Singapore have eight projects nominated, Australia seven and the UK have five. Again all nominees will compete in the form of live presentations and debates to a distinguished jury during the festival in November.

Ribbon Chapel by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co. Ltd

The Interlace by OMA and Buro Ole Scheeren

WAF programme director Paul Finch commented: “We are delighted with the diversity and exemplar quality of submissions this year. Our international juries are in for a tough time deliberating on the category winners. We look forward to another inspirational event in Singapore this November.” WAF and its sister event, INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, are supported by sponsors including Grohe and Akzo Nobel. Media partners include the Architectural Review, the Architects’ Journal, and Dezeen, the leading online design hub. Yacht Club de Monaco by Foster + Partners

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WHILE building your own home is an exciting prospect, navigating the complexities of the British planning process can be a real turn-off for many prospective self-builders. However planning doesn't have to be a nightmare. Steve Mansour, Group CEO at CRL, talks you through the process and explains the types of permissions a self-build project will need.

build projects has also been one of the government's key housing initiatives, making loans available to community groups and releasing public land to accommodate new houses.

An introduction to self-build planning

WITH government moves to encourage self-build and the influx of TV programmes like Grand Designs the UK public's desire to construct their own homes has literally gone through the roof.

Unless you're fortunate enough to be an architect or qualified designer yourself, after you've found a suitable plot of land (although you don't necessarily need to have bought it to gain planning permissions), you'll need to hire in some professionals.

The appetite for self-build is clear – with around 12,000 new homes (or between 7-10 per cent of the UK's new housing stock) thought to be constructed in this way every year. Support for self-

Some self-builders opt to use a project manager as a way to run the entire project at arm's length, while others opt to pick architects, designs and surveyors themselves.

This year the new Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) were introduced and came into force on the 6 April 2015. There is now a requirement for domestic client’s to understand the Health and Safety requirements of a project. However, their duties as a client are normally transferred to the contractor, on a single contractor project; or the principal contractor, on a project involving more than one contractor. However, the domestic client can choose to have a written agreement with the principal designer to carry out the client duties. So having a professional team to guide you through the planning process is essential. Whatever route you go down, it's in your best interest to kick off the planning process as soon as you can. Consulting

with the local authority's planning department – either yourself or by proxy – is a great way to determine what you will, and won't, be able to do. Your local planning department is likely to have some preliminary guidance on their website, if not a full copy of the 'Local Plan' that informs planning constraints in the area. However, councils also offer more formal pre-application advice for a fee, although the cost – and quality – of this can differ greatly from authority to authority. This should hopefully give you a better idea of the key issues that may arise and take steps to sidestep or tackle these as necessary.

Refusal and appeals Having your self-build plans refused by a local authority can jeopardise the chances of your project ever coming to fruition in its current form. Given the increasing pressure local planners are under, previous refusals can fuel future ones – making a proposed site untenable in the eyes of the local authority. You can however appeal to the Department of Communities and Local Government's Planning Inspectorate if you think the application has been refused out of hand.

This guidance can be used to inform your design and when you're happy with the plans, you can formally submit them for planning approval. This will typically cost under £200, but can differ depending on where your new home is to be situated.

Finally as someone who sees successful self-build projects come to fruition regularly, I hope you are not deterred from building your own home. Constructing your own home is an exciting, and a highly rewarding, project and if the above guidelines are followed should be a relatively smooth process.

CRL is a leading 10 year structural defects and latent defects insurance company offering cover for new and ready built residential properties in the UK and Ireland. With a vast range of clients including architects, builders and developers, quantity surveyors, insolvency practitioners, fixed charge receivers, self-builders and structural engineers, offers bespoke solutions for all residential, commercial and mixed use properties with a fast turnaround and a high level of customer service.

While central government has set a target of eight weeks for planning applications to be assessed, some councils are better than others. However, there are financial incentives in place to encourage this and even the worst performers shouldn't make you wait an onerous length of time for a response.

This comes with its own set of complications and you're likely to have to wait for at least a year for a response after lodging your appeal. It is well worth talking to a professional consultant before deciding how to handle rejection.

Post-planning If everything goes smoothly and you're granted permission without any constraints – the paperwork, unfortunately, doesn't end there.

CRL’s ten-year structural insurance policies are recognised by all major mortgage lenders in the UK and Ireland and comply with the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) initiative. CRL is a leading 10 year structural defects and latent defects insurance company offering cover for new and ready built residential properties in the UK and oversees. For more information please: Visit: Email: Call: 0800 772 3200 / +44(0) 20 7127 5198

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However, we'd always advise consulting with a professional, if possible, before making any rash decisions regarding your application.

Unlike planning permission – Building Regulations are less open to interpretation and your project will succeed or fail based on whether it meets their criteria or not. You can find out more about these – and how to go about gaining approval – at the government's planning portal at: www.

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You will be able to track the progress of your application through the local authority's website and find out if any problems have been identified. Local planners are highly risk averse and in some cases it can be worth withdrawing and resubmitting an application that encounters difficulties, rather than waiting for refusal.

You will still need to ensure the project adheres to UK Building Regulations, a code which governs the safety and structural integrity of a proposed building.

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Rooflights and Building Excellence Rooflights play a vital role in the modern building but far too often they are overlooked or used as an afterthought. Rooflights are the common link to many aspects of building design and can help the designer, the building owner and the occupier to achieve a truly sustainable, energy efficient and enjoyable place to work and live in. Correct rooflight design at the outset of the building concept can have dramatic, positive effects on all aspects of the building from the owners potential asset value to the wellbeing and productivity of the final occupants. Rooflights are generally regarded as the most simple and cost effective means of introducing natural daylighting into the building envelope. Positioned within the roofscape, they are orientated upwards to conduct the maximum amount of light into the interior and can provide up to three times as much light as conventional windows located in walls, helping the building to more readily comply with the Building Regulations and improving the internal environment for the occupants. Rooflights also deliver a more even and useable distribution of natural light into a building, particularly in large structures where light is required deep into the building or in enclosed areas that cannot be lit through an external wall. The light that enters a building can be direct light such as that which passes through clear or transparent materials, or diffused light that is created by surface textures designed to create diffusion by surface refraction, or by materials that are translucent and naturally diffusing. It is now no longer acceptable to think purely in terms of a simple rooflight area percentage to ensure that the building achieves the right amount of daylight. Frequently it is simply assumed that all that has to be specified is a rooflight area of between 10% and 15% and the building will be well day-lit. However, with buildings now requiring Energy Modelling and Energy Performance Certificates, and the tools for designing daylight requirements are becoming even more sophisticated.

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For any building, there is an optimum target percentage of rooflights which will deliver the highest level of natural daylight into the building, making the maximum saving in energy usage and costs. Beyond that point, solar gain can add to the energy consumption if powered cooling systems become necessary. It is therefore vital that rooflights are specified correctly right at the outset; the correct balance of light, thermal and solar transmission properties should be taken into account and optimised for any building design. For example, it is no longer satisfactory just to state daylight factors for a room, as climate based daylight modelling should be used to assess the correct daylight requirement. This type of modelling takes into account the dynamic meteorological data that is now available. Indeed the Government, as recently as December 2014, published a benchmark document on the requirements for new schools to be modelled using a Climatic Based Daylight Model System. This will continue to spread to all types of building in the near future. With many Local Authorities insisting on a BREEAM assessment before they will give planning permission, it is vital to obtain the correct rooflight design, distribution and product type. Using low carbon rooflights is a good

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The basements were constructed using watertight concrete, with an external bentonite system installed as the first line of defence against moisture ingress, prior to the placement of the concrete. A continuous and linked internal waterproofing system was then installed using cavity drain membranes and liquid/cementitous applied materials. Cavity drain membranes were installed to all earth retaining perimeter walls and the lower basement slab. The system is designed to drain down from upper to lower level via discharge outlets from the bunded perimeter drainage channel at the upper level. At the lower level a recessed channel accommodates a continuous drainage conduit around the perimeter of both properties and is waterproofed with Triton’s liquid applied TT Vapour Membrane. Rodding eyes were

installed at 10LM intervals and at every change of direction to facilitate maintenance of the drainage system. The system drains to sumps in each property each fitted with Triton’s mains powered, twin Aqua Pump Pro system. The swimming pools, plant rooms, service trenches and lift pits are recessed into the lower basement level forming in effect a third basement level. Both pools and all walls at this level are waterproofed using Triton’s TT55, a cementitious liquid applied membrane combined with TTME elasticiser to accommodate changes in pressure caused by emptying and filling the pools and the noise and vibration from the lifts. A cavity drained system cannot be punctured so this system also facilitates the resin fixing of heavy plant to the walls in the plant rooms and service trenches.

Swimming pool recessed into lower basement level floor. Perimeter drainage channel at floor level runs around top of pool liner wall. Pool walls and floors are waterproofed with TT55/TTME with Fillet Seal detail at wall/floor joints.

The perimeter drainage channel at floor level of the lower basement continues at the same level around the top of the swimming pool liner walls and discharges behind the walls of the trenches and plant rooms to either of the two sumps recessed in each plant room floor. Platon P20 membrane continues the sealed cavity drained system across the floors of the plant room and service trenches. The bunded upstands at floor wall junctions, and other wall/ floor and wall/soffit details are sealed with Triton’s liquid applied TT Vapour Membrane and Corner Strip sealing material to create a complete and continuous internal waterproofing system across all substrates and levels of the basement. Triton Systems 01322 318830

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Offering high aesthetic values and superior craftsmanship, MWE stainless steel library ladder systems are available by D R Services. The ladders provide design solutions for a variety of situations and the comprehensive range embraces movable ladders to ladders with telescopic, autostop or hook on functions; custom ladders can also be supplied for an individual shelf unit, library, wine cellar or retail outlet. MWE library ladders are made from stainless steel and are engineered to blend ergonomic

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Solispost – the intelligent illuminated bollard Solispost is an attractive, innovative solar powered illuminated bollard that delivers lighting levels comparable to those of a conventional electric bollard but without the expense and upheaval of any connection to an electricity supply. Solispost provides illumination from dusk to dawn at a continuous low level which is automatically increased as its sensors detect the approach of a pedestrian or cyclist. This ensures a reassuring pool of light as the person progresses along the pathway whilst maximising power usage and minimising light pollution. • • • • • • • •

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Homes without a chimney are now able to bask in the glow of a fireplace thanks to revolutionary new bio-fuel technology. The EcoSmart Bio-Ethanol Fire Box is completely self-contained, and requiring no chimney or flue, can be installed in any home. The fireplaces are available from Smart Fire UK, the only UK distributor for EcoSmart Fire. The fire is fuelled entirely by bioethanol, a clean burning liquid, sourced from agriculture. Because the fire box needs no

chimney, flue, or extraction system, its design possibilities are virtually limitless. The fires have been designed to complement a wide range of building materials to create a traditional or modern look. The fuel is stored in the device’s internal reservoir meaning that there are no pipes or cables required during the installation process. The fire boxes start at £2750 plus VAT. For more information visit the Smart Fire UK website:

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Best installed during office fit out but often installed as retrofit, Sound Masking from AET has improved the office environment for many international companies throughout Europe over the last 20 years.

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Kebony unveils Villa Melkeveien, its latest residential project in Oslo Kebony today announces its latest residential project, Villa Melkeveien, in Oslo, Norway. Situated on a sunny hillside in Holmenkollen overlooking Oslo, the floor to ceiling windows provide spectacular views of the city, stretching out towards the Oslo Fjord. A strikingly modern building designed by LOGG Arkitekter, the villa is wrapped in horizontal Kebony cladding and glass and is truly breath-taking in appearance, contrasting and yet complementing to the other villas in the neighbourhood.

The four bedroom house, consisting of two main blocks in a T-shape formation, occupies 300m², with an additional 50m² garage. The large lounge and kitchen have direct access to the terrace and the spectacular views. The house also has a spa room and a separate guest area with its own kitchen and bathroom. Completed in 2014, after a two year build process, the house has been built on a previously unoccupied site. The modern family house was commissioned by an owner-occupier private client who appointed LOGG Arkitekter. Inspiration for the design was drawn from the spectacular scenery that surrounds the Vettakollen hill.

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Along with extensive use of stone, slate and glass on the exterior of the building, Kebony wood is used in the building’s cladding. Kebony was chosen for the build due both to its beauty and to its hardwearing qualities, sustainability considerations were also of importance to the owners and architects. Kebony is a Norwegian material, manufactured in nearby Oslo using sustainably sourced soft wood species such as clear and character grade pines. The wood is impregnated with a non-chemical bio-based product, heated and put under pressure, the resulting product is highly durable and maintenance free. As such Kebony diverts demand away from our tropical forests.

Diederik Advocaat Clausen, Partner and LOGG Arkitekter commented: “With Villa Melkeveien we have designed a house that is both at the epitome of luxury yet also environmentally friendly. Working with Kebony allowed us a nod towards the villa’s Scandinavian setting, offset with extensive glass to create a contemporary feel”. Adrian Pye, International Sales Director at Kebony said: “We are absolutely thrilled with this latest project, the house is of exceptional quality design and is a truly eye catching addition to the Vettakoillen hill side. When Kebony wood was specified by LOGG Arkitekter and we got involved in the project we knew from the designs that the house would be beautiful but the end result has surpassed expectations, we look forward to working with them again in the future”.

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Peter Hayes Sculpture “My main aim in my work is not to compete with nature; but for the work to evolve within the environment”. One of the major introductions into ceramics was digging Neolithic iron age and Roman samien shards on archaeological digs somewhere in Wales while trying to survive as an art student in Birmingham. I have always been interested in the history of ceramics – why and how ‘things’ are made of clay. This interest was extended after I spent several years travelling through Africa working with various tribes and village potters and being intrigued how, with limited technology and basic tools, they were able to get such exquisite, beautiful surfaces. I found the same inherent skills in India, Nepal, Japan and New Mexico. I tried to adopt

the ideas picked up from my travels in my own work. By building up layers of textured clay combined with burnishing and polishing of surfaces, I try to achieve opposites of rough and smooth. I have been working on large scale ceramic forms which I have placed in the landscape. My main aim is that the work should not compete with the landscape, but evolve within the environment. With this in mind I have introduced other minerals into the Raku ceramic surface such as iron and copper. With the elements of time and erosion, the individual piece takes on its own developing surface. Recently, one of these large commissions has taken me again to India. My client suggested I make it on site. Now I have discovered

Udaipur in Rajasthan and when my studio in Bath gets cold in the winter months, I can slip away to India. This has introduced me to other craftsmen and enabled me to work with a range of different materials, such as glass, marble, stone and Damascus steel. In practice I go by the set of my pants. I have always worked this way, not going by any particular rules or methods. I find it joyful to work with many different materials. Each has its own character, its own limits, its own tolerance – some materials fight back, some play the game. Finally I think it’s the material that is in charge and it will only let you make what it wants. It is my job to push it to its limits and somehow an equilibrium is made between maker and material.

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Based in Italy, ILVE have been making stunning bespoke cookers since 1952. Still a relatively new name in the UK, ILVE is renowned throughout the world for state-of-the-art cooking technology and exquisitely designed freestanding and built-in appliances. With an impressive collection of rangecookers available in sizes ranging from 60cm – 150cm which are now all equipped with precision digital temperature control and a wide choice of oven and hob configurations; ILVE range cookers can be tailored to suit any individual cooking style. ILVE also builds specialist built-in appliances such as Ice and Water dispensers, pizza ovens and high quality built in hobs, ensuring that there is the perfect ILVE appliance for every kitchen.

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The Schlüter®-WETROOM range is designed and tested to work together ensuring water only goes where it’s intended to - all this without compromise to the design of the room and with a system guarantee from one single supplier. Schlüter-Systems Ltd is happy to offer consultancy services throughout your project phases and offer advice and courses to help you stay up to date with changes in standards and available solutions via their RIBA accredited CPD seminar, Integrated Solutions for Wetrooms with Tile and Stone Coverings. For more information and to book request a CPD email or call +44 (0) 1530 813396 Find out more about Schlüter®-WETROOM range at

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An integrated approach, where products are designed as a system to work together, should be high on the list when deciding which solution to use in a wetroom or shower installation says Schlüter-Systems expert underflooring solutions provider.

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Keith Boad, Ideal Standard’s Managing Director, said: “AquaBlade not only offers best in class flushing performance, but outstanding aesthetics – it embodies everything we stand for.”

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Latest innovation from Norcros Adhesives is a breakthrough solution for tiling on to bituminous substrates Norcros Adhesives has cracked the problem of tiling on to bitumen and asphalt substrates with the latest addition to its Ultim8 family of readymixed tiling adhesives.

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The company has developed Ultim8 B+ specifically to enable easy and rapid tiling on to bitumen or asphalt surfaces or surfaces coated with contact adhesive residues. Up until now this has only been possible after carrying out a messy and tedious scabbling process to remove all traces of the asphalt and bitumen. This is particularly an issue in refurbishment projects, where it may be desired to tile over an old bitumen or asphalt surface. These are often found on floors where old vinyl tiles have been removed and on balconies, and the complications involved can greatly add to the difficulties of tiling in such areas. Bitumen surfaces are also encountered in new build, particularly in cellars, where bitumen damp proof membranes are often installed.

Ultim8 B+ is now by far the most straightforward solution for tiling in such circumstances, whether interior or exterior. The product operates as a system in which the installer firstly fixes Norcros 6mm Pro Board to the bitumen or asphalt surface using Ultim8 B+, a procedure which requires minimal preparation. The installer can then fix ceramic, porcelain or natural stone tiles to the surface of the board, using a cement-based tile adhesive, for internal or external use as appropriate. “Laying new flooring over a surface covered in bitumen residues often causes a major headache for contractors,” says Mandy Searle, head of technical services at Norcros Adhesives. “Now there's no need to spend time and money preparing the area by removing such awkward residues. This new product ends all the uncertainty and is a real breakthrough in this area.” Ultim8 B+ is available in a 15kg tub and shares a brand identity with the rest

of the Ultim8 range of ready-mixed adhesives from Norcros. This range includes Ultim8 - an acrylic-based wall tile adhesive for fixing ceramic tiles to a variety of substrates, suitable for large format tiles up to 400mm x 300mm. It has been formulated to have high initial grab, as well as superb non-slip characteristics to reduce the need for support battens. It is suitable for internal wall tiling in areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and domestic showers for bed depths up to 3mm. The adhesive has a long pot life for ease of use and minimal wastage. In normal conditions tiles can be grouted 24 hours after fixing. The range also includes Norcros Ultim8+. This is a ready mixed thin bed wall tile adhesive for fixing ceramic wall tiles to a variety of substrates. In addition to its non-slip characteristics, Ultim8+ is highly water resistant and suitable for internal wall tiling in wet areas such as domestic and commercial showers including power showers.

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With over 40 Years experience Novellini is the European and a World leader in the production and manufacture of Shower enclosures and trays, Baths, Whirlpools, Steam Enclosures and Wetroom solutions. In the last decade Novellini has made significant investments into environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and continues to strive towards ever more sustainable holistic production and distribution methods for the future. Over the years Novellini has continually developed shower trays, being one of the first companies to offer fully engineered large format shower trays in a number of sizes and colours as either low profile or more conventional raised with legs trays - all from UK stock. With the Olympic Plus shower tray - Novellini was one of the first manufacturers of large format shower trays to reintroduce the production of textured shower floor surfaces. For many years the Olympic shower tray by Novellini has been the only slip resistant

(non- enamelled) product in the European bathroom market. Novellini realised the importance of a more engineered shower tray from an early stage and pioneered the use of innovative materials and fabrication methods in the Olympic Plus shower tray, which today is still one of the strongest and most stable large format shower trays. The metal reinforced composite construction, now also used in the new custom tray, means that (unlike many low profile resin stone products), Novellini trays arrive on-site flat and ready to install. In recent years Novellini has developed the UK’s leading Wetroom and tanking product, with solutions to suit both timber and concrete installations. The Novellini Wetroom systems allow designers to create uncluttered, lowmaintenance, spacious, level access & fully tiled shower spaces.

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Maison Terrebonne Born from an extreme transformation of a typical 90’s bungalow, the “Maison Terrebonne” is located on a vast wooded plot of land. Although certainly contemporary, the new residence is built on the same foundations as the original house while preserving one of its principal characteristics; split levels. This principle is at the very heart of this building’s new architecture. This thorough building overhaul, in combination with a larger upstairs, was designed in order to meet the needs of a person living alone. Despite a small 1500 square foot living space, the residence offers vast open rooms with an abundance of natural lighting. The house now features three split levels that are each designed for a distinct set of functions that help establish a clear hierarchy between intimate and communal zones. These zones are designed to be very open in relation to each other and are only divided by the threshold created by the flights of stairs. Directly accessible from the carport and at the same height as the ground outside is the first of three levels that contains both the entrance vestibule as well as a small office. Even though this entry zone is also open, it is concealed from the living spaces on the level above. Once in the center of the staircase leading to the second level, the visitor comes face to face with a large window with a view on the woods behind the home. The kitchen can be found there, organized around a large wooden island whose materials stand out in relation to the neutral white walls. Along the large bay window adjoining the kitchen can be found the dining and living rooms. At the crossroads of all these levels is located a pure white block that naturally reinforces the intimacy between zones and around which gravitates circulation within the home. This block has a powerful effect on the upper portion of each level as a result of it being unattached to the ceiling, which allows for both an unobstructed line of sight and opulent natural lighting.

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The staircase and corridor leading to the owner’s private suite on the top level are located behind this central block and have a view on the inferior levels. Inside the cube and accessible only from the bedroom is a hidden bathroom designed with simple, clean lines. Though without a door, intimacy is preserved by the configuration of walls leading to the bathroom. Inside the bathroom, floor and walls are covered in a pearl white glass mosaic and it is modestly furnished with two white, minimalist blocks, bathtub and vanity. In order to accentuate the furniture’s monolithic appearance, doors with a smooth matte finish were placed on either side to avoid creating divisions at the front while a Corian sink was molded into the counter above. A thin setback kick space creates the impression that it isn’t attached to the floor while giving the bathroom a sense of space and lightness.

The bedroom is located at the very back and opens partially to the living spaces below. In order to limit visibility from the outside into this room, windows were voluntarily limited in height and therefore create long strips of light. At the rear, the room extends towards the woods by way of a loggia. From here the surrounding natural environment can be viewed without any obstacles thanks to the transparency of the glass railing barrier. The exterior is covered in natural eastern cedar siding that will fade over time to eventually further bear a resemblance to the bark of trees in the surrounding woods. Simple openings surrounded by black frames serve to punctuate the sheer volume of the house. The former garage has been replaced with a covered parking space that’s open on either end, and thus gives the impression that it was emptied. This openness creates a sense of transparency that, like all large openings, provides the space for nature to reclaim its place.

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A paint specifically for your deck

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Owatrol have developed a brand new Decking Paint specifically designed for decking. This fantastic new paint is suitable for new or weathered wood and for recoating old applications. It is fortified with Owatrol’s renowned Emulsa-Bond giving it unrivalled adhesion to both horizontal and vertical surfaces where other products would fail or at least need extensive preparation and priming. We’re so confident of this that we can guarantee it against peeling or flaking for 5 years on horizontal decking and 15 years on vertical fencing, cladding etc. if applied correctly. Our Decking Paint provides excellent protection against the damage caused by moisture and UV rays and the strong but flexible film means no peeling or flaking as your wood moves. It delivers high traffic performance on decking, even with heavy use. Owatrol’s Decking Paint is available in 10 different colours and is simply applied in 2 coats.

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Why should I use Owatrol's Decking Paint? The primary reason to use our Decking Paint is its unrivalled long-lasting protection for your deck. We're so confident that you'll get the results you hope for that it's guaranteed against peeling or flaking for 5 years on horizontal surfaces (15 years on vertical surfaces)! If applied correctly, our Decking Paint requires minimal maintenance and for a standard deck should require maintenance coats just every few years (often even longer). What can I use Owatrol’s Decking Paint on? Obviously the primary use for our new Decking Paint is for DECKING! However, you can also use it for many other purposes such as: • Cladding – including untreated solid wood, primed and previously finished fibre cement board and plywood • Decks, docks and other horizontal surfaces – including PTW, cedar, redwoods and hardwoods • Fences and other vertical surfaces • Trim boards • Outdoor wood furniture • Weathered vertical masonry including stucco, painted block, EIFS, etc.

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Earthborn paint confirmed as Ska compliant Earthborn has achieved its first Ska Rating Product Compliance label with its Ecopro Matt Emulsion. The RICS Ska Rating system enables specifiers to certify an office or retail fit-out for sustainability best practice. Ecopro Matt is a high performance, environmentally sound alternative to conventional emulsions. Totally oil, acrylic and VOC free, it is highly breathable and odour

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The Adoddle CDE leverages the Adoddle Model Server (cBIM) and the Appbuilder engine to deliver powerful functionality for the entire project team down to each and every individual user. All of your models are federated, instead of existing as files in different folders and projects. Even though ownership of component models remain with the originators, everyone has a clear view of the merged model within cBIM. The Adoddle Platform also: • Supports ACL so that the owners can update their own models and data is made available to other collaborators at the right time. • Supports cross model querying so everyone can see where objects are being used and where they could be used more effectively • Supports versioning so that everyone is working off the latest version • Supports accurate audit trails so that every user inter-action is tracked & reported on • Is flexible enough to allow people to work the way they want, whilst supporting rules that can also ensure all parties will follow agreed naming conventions

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Infinity Paint Company launches ‘on demand’ paint range We are pleased to announce the launch of Infinity Paint Company, the only online paint company that allows you to order exactly the colour, finish and quantity of paint you require from the comfort of your home.

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Jim Bruce, the Managing Director of Infinity Paint Company, in explaining the benefits said “We manufacture paint using a new and innovative system which produces paint 'on demand'. You can select precisely the colour and finish required without the compromise you may have encountered in the past with conventional paint suppliers. It also means you can order just the quantity of paint required, reducing unnecessary waste.” Colour selection is made via the website where customers have the option to select from screen or order free colour palette swatches of pure paint. It’s also possible to order tester pots in any colour and

any finish; a service only Infinity Paint Company can offer. It's easy to find the colour you're looking for by simply scrolling through the colour palettes, grouped in families; creams & whites, pinks & reds etc. You can make selections from the designer collection, which includes 240 specially selected shades, or the master collection, which holds an archive of thousands of colours. Choosing the right paint finish is also much easier. By selecting the spaces you want to paint; living room, bedroom, exterior etc. you are presented with a selection of appropriate paint finishes. Finally, the handy paint calculator assists with selecting the quantity of paint you require, it helps to stop you running short or buying too much paint.

Vicaima make it snappy with new doors App Deciding which interior door design or finish best suits a particular space just got easier, with the launch of a new mobile application from one of the UK’s leading interior door manufacturer’s. My Vicaima uses readily available Smartphone and tablet camera technology to capture and create a stunning visualization tailored made for the room it’s to be used in. Through the use of My Vicaima it is possible to take pictures of the space where you plan to install a door and then interactively test which Vicaima model or finish best suits the desired décor or ambience you are trying to create, with plenty of scope for individual choice. All the Vicaima products listed are clearly identified with model name, collection and finish and with a simple link to the Vicaima website more information is available if desired. The My Vicaima app also incorporates easy interaction with other platforms, making it simple to save the pictures taken and to share them via social networks or messaging. It’s the perfect tool for a quick, easy to use and mobile way to test your ideas and share them with others. My Vicaima is available for download on Google Play through the link The version for iOS is available from the Apple Store through the link

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With the recent launch of SketchUp 2015, the latest edition of the 3D modelling platform from Trimble Buildings Group. Designed for architects, engineers, design and construction professions and with more than 30 million unique activations in the past year, SketchUp is the most widely used 3D modelling software in the world today. The latest launch features a new 3D Warehouse and some interesting integrations with BIM (Building Information Modelling). Elmtec is the UK distribution partner in the UK and our dedicated team can offer you advice, support, and provide you with the latest updates. SketchUp Pro is a powerful tool for exploring and presenting your ideas in 3D. SketchUp is intuitive, allowing anyone to model in 3D quickly and accurately. Using 3D models, professionals can make informed decisions, communicate project details and share ideas with colleagues and customers. LayOut – part of the SketchUp Pro suite, lets you combine SketchUp models with text and 2D graphics to produce multi-page presentations, professional design documents and permit, construction and other dimensioned drawings. People from many disciplines use SketchUp to help them imagine their world in 3D, these include; Architecture and Design, Construction, Engineering, Digital Entertainment, and Education. SketchUP Pro’s interoperability with other commonly used CAD/3D tools and data has been improved significantly with the latest version. In incorporating three new features to export and classify models, the program is making key steps into the world of integrating design.

IFC Export – since the information embedded in information models is often used by other software programs SketchUp Pro 2015 now includes another important industry standard to its roster of supported exports – the IFC 2X3 file type. Classifer – this feature allows users to classify objects with the preloaded IFC classification, use alternate classification types or create a customised system for specific needs. Component Options – provides editable options relevant to an object’s classified type, allowing pertinent data about each object to be managed throughout the information modelling process. “BIM workflows are often complex and rigid processes, and we believe they don’t need to be,” said John Bacus, director of SketchUp product management at Trimble. “With the new release, we are enabling users to participate more effectively at any point in the information modelling process. We’ve added simple tools for adding structured others on their project teams, regardless of the tools being used.” SketchUp Pro licensing is now friendlier than ever before. Every SketchUp 2015 download starts with a 30 day trial of Pro features. Even better, 2015 Pro licenses can be used on a Mac or PC. For more information please contact Elmtec on 01844 263750, email or visit





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Softplan, the world’s most advanced residential design software, Introduces SoftPlan 2016, the ideal residential and light commercial building design solution. SoftPlan 2016 has all the tools of previous platforms and adds a host of new features and an attractive, interactive 3D display. 3D Walkthrough Animation A new feature that allows you to create custom walkthrough animations by capturing camera movements made in the 3D model or in one of SoftPlan's various 3D views. These walkthroughs are easy to create, modify and to distribute. Createcompellingvideosforyourclientsorprospectiveclients. SoftPlan automatically adjusts the views so you walk up or down stairs.

HDR Tone Mapping When the Tonal Mapping option is checked, SoftPlan uses an HDR (High Dynamic Range) to perform more detailed lighting calculations and then applies Tonal Mapping techniques to convert that image to one appropriate for display on computer monitorsandprinting. Thiscausesimagesthatwouldnormally appear washed out to have more pleasing lighting variations.

Automatic Presentation Views With a click of the mouse, you can quickly generate Presentation Views from floor plans found in the Model list. Presentation Views provide a top-down view of the drawing in 3D and can be generated in any of SoftPlan's 3D modes. Similar to other 3D views in SoftPlan, Presentation Views can be saved as SoftPlan drawings and detailed with paint and construction notes. Presentation Views can also be added to Plan Set Pages and printed along with your other floor plans, 3D images, and construction drawings. Each recorded movement becomes a frame on the timeline, building an animation that can be played back and saved. Add, remove, or modify frames using the timeline's editing tools and output settings to create detailed walkthrough presentations.

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AutoCAD to SoftPlan Conversion Wizard The AutoCAD to SoftPlan Conversion Wizard offers an unprecedented level of convenience for importing DWG and DXF file formats into SoftPlan. Import a single drawing, multiple drawings, or an entire project by following a series of easy steps to convert simple lines into walls and other SoftPlan items. Once you have selected a file to convert, SoftPlan creates a preview tab that automatically updates as you work. You can then choose which AutoCAD layers to import and. how to import them, change wall lines into the wall types you want to use, cleanup wall generation issues, and convert imported symbols into SoftPlan symbols and openings. In minutes, take a "flat" two-dimensional AutoCAD drawing and convert it into a SoftPlan three-dimensional "BIM" drawing complete with walls, doors, windows and symbols.

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Dockboot Holiday Home On the island of Schiermonnikoog off the north coast of the Netherlands, directly bordering the dune landscape, this modest, yet surprisingly spacious, environmentally sustainable holiday home blends perfectly into its surroundings. Due to the extended periods that the family stays there, the island’s maximum domestic footprint of 110m2 was insufficient. The majority of the building’s functions have been programmed into the underground floor, thus achieving the desired spatial quality and size, while maintaining the structure’s affinity with its surroundings. The L-shaped house is positioned very naturally in the dunes, and its form provides good differentiation between the private and public areas. On the private side, a glass façade offers the

occupants an excellent view of the beautiful surroundings. The street façade is closed except for a long horizontal window along almost its entire length, allowing passers-by to catch a glimpse of what is happening inside. As a result, the house is illuminated by sunlight throughout the whole day. The façade is made of larch-wood of varying widths and colours that will become increasingly grey over time, blending in further with the dunes. The roof – consisting of wood, zinc and moss sedum – will further contribute to this process. The height and form of both roof and façade have been continuously adjusted to the dune surroundings, which also enables the house to develop its own unique character.

The living-room consists of a large, bright open space where the different areas are defined and linked by the slanting roof surfaces. The relationship between the two floors combines privacy with a human scale, allowing family members to use the house in their own way without causing disturbance to others. The underground floor comprises the bedrooms, bathrooms and sauna. The patio – hidden from view at ground-level by a low wooden wall on the west façade – brings in both sunlight and ventilation. Natural materials such as wood and stone have been used on both the exterior and the interior of the house.

In the design, much attention was paid to making the house environmentally sustainable, not only through generous use of natural materials, but also by controlling energy usage. Good insulation, triple-glazed windows, solar orientation, natural shading on the south façade provided by an overhang, and maintenance of a constant temperature in the underground area all contribute to the sustainability of the building. The use of LED lighting wherever possible, and the fireplace in the living room, do the rest. The house fully lives up to Schiermonnikoog‘s ambition of being a self-sufficient island.

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Stunning steel screen by Clement London based Granit Architects, chose Clement Windows to manufacture and install this fabulous two storey steel screen for this residential project in Clapham. Clement’s EB24 steel window system was specified for its slim, strong sections, allowing maximum light gain. The screen which included a multipoint locking single door on the ground floor is polyester powder coated in RAL 9005 matt black and finished with a dark bronze effect handle.

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James Munro from Granit Architects said "Clement’s crittall style steel window is a fantastic looking, high quality product which added the contemporary industrial aesthetic required. With assistance from Clement we were able to create a double height glazed wall that flooded the library and basement with natural daylight. We would highly recommend specifying their product for future projects.” Clement premium windows have always been favoured by top end Designers and Architects in both the UK and overseas. As a result of this Clement windows can be seen in prominent high profile buildings around the World including The Eldorado in Manhattan, The Savoy and Ritz Hotels in London. More recent completed installations are Manchester University, Victoria Secrets Flagship Store and Bonham’s Head Quarters, both in New Bond Street, London. All Clement steel windows and doors are custom-made and hand crafted in their own factories to clients individual requirements. Tel: 01428 643393

ZERO TO OVER 90 AND STILL GOING STRONG Zero International was established in the USA in 1924 by two Hungarian immigrants who, starting out with ‘nothing’, named their new company ‘Zero’. For more than 90 years, Zero has been designing and manufacturing door and window sealing systems, and is known worldwide for its acoustic ‘Soundtrap’ systems. Zero Seal Systems Ltd was formed in the UK in 1997, and has rapidly become known as a reliable supplier of quality products to the architectural hardware, door and partitioning industries. As the company has grown, so we have added specialist products designed specifically for these markets. Today, the ZEROplus range is exactly what it says - Zero products plus other products that are specified by architects and used for door openings. Our product range now extends to virtually any item of hardware that can be fitted to a door; in fact we sell everything except the door! Not just door seals to seal it, but hinges to hang it, stays to limit it, bolts to bolt it, intumescent to fireproof it, panic bolts to exit it, louvres to ventilate it, windows, vision frames and porthole windows to let light through it, closers and floor-springs to close it, and door handles to operate it. Ancillary products now include finger protection strips, letter plates, door viewers, sliding door gear, door selectors, glass, louvre mesh, glazing tapes, frame fasteners, privacy screens and a lot more besides.







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We are an ISO 9001 certified business. ISO 9001 is the worlds most recognised quality management standard and helps us manage quality across all our operations by means of a Quality Management System (QMS). With ISO 9001 it backs up our claims and really assures our customers old and new that they are dealing with a company that has managed systems in place which are monitored to ensure we always offer the best possible service, both initially and aftersales. All our staff are hands-on and have spent time working in our warehouse and handling the products we sell. This means they can offer full product technical support whether on the phone, by email, or face to face. We believe service is vitally important and we have built our business on meeting and trying to exceed our customers’ requirements. We operate in an industry where service levels are notoriously poor and we have tried to buck the trend. Please give us a call on 01785 282910 to see for yourself.

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We take great pride in our customer service. Indeed, our business reputation has been built on the service levels we offer. Over the years we have steadily increased stocks to meet demand and maintain service levels. We now occupy a modern 12,000 plus square foot warehouse and office unit near Stafford. However we do recognise that nobody is perfect, and mistakes can happen. If something doesn’t go according to plan we will always do our utmost to put it right as quickly as possible.

GLOBAL SUMMER CASTING SHAPES FOOTPRINT DESIGN SOLUTIONS Synseal’s best-selling hybrid orangery, Global Summer, is now available in an extended range of building extension footprint styles thanks to a new 90 degree internal corner casting. Launched in May 2012, Global Summer was initially available in popular Georgian, Victorian and Gable conservatory styles which cater for the vast majority of orangery market applications, but the new 90 degree internal corner casting now allows more complex T-shaped and P-shaped orangeries to be constructed. “One of the very first installations of Global Summer was a special design calling for a 90 degree internal corner casting, so we hand-crafted components in our Research & Development department using the latest 3D modelling technology,” comments Phil Parry, Synseal’s Head of R&D. “Since then we’ve had a number of similar requests for more complex orangery footprint designs, so it made sense for us to invest in creation of a cast aluminium solution.”


“The new 90 degree corner casting helps us to create impressive and efficient hybrid orangery design solutions with an immaculate appearance for UK homeowners who are looking for affordable style,” continues Phil. “The devil is in the detail. Carefully-designed Global Summer components such as the additional decorative fascia joint cover castings really ‘wow’ consumers and deliver customer delight.”

Synseal’s Modena orangery has been installed at a detached Lancashire home to replace an existing two-storey building extension and conservatory, delivering an improved replacement extension which affords a truly modern and flexible living space. The aim of this project was to create a large kitchen-family room in the heart of the house, so the old conservatory was demolished and the rear wall of the original extension was removed, allowing the new extension to project further into the garden patio area. Boasting contemporary and linear aesthetic styling, the

Modena is primarily designed for urban townscape and modern suburban applications, presenting traditional orangery design features with a modern twist. In addition to an internal perimeter soffit which is typically 604mm deep, Modena’s striking decorative aluminium fascia is a unique feature, creating an additional overhanging external soffit which is just short of 60cm in depth. The technology used in the build, including Synseal’s exclusive Celsius performance glass, means this orangery extension is highly thermally efficient and can be used all year round.

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Refresh your colour palette with Vicaima Dekordor HD

The use of colour for Interior doors and doorsets can bring a new dimension to an environment, creating bright or relaxing hues to match a room theme or perhaps a corporate brand. With the latest colour trends very much in mind, Vicaima have launched 22 laminate faced options with their new Dekordor HD Colours range. Ideal for a multitude of applications there is something for everyone. The products, which are made to order, are available in a full range of performance options including; FD30 and FD 60 Fire rated, Severe Duty Rated, Security; including SBD entrance systems and sound reduction. As you would expect from a leading

interior door specialist, Vicaima offer complete project solutions. The scope and configuration possibilities make specification easy, with glazed options, pairs, over height dimensions, mobility widths and completely matching door and frame kits and sets, thus ensuring that individual requirements can be appropriately satisfied. A complete list of Dekordor HD Colours is available from the Vicaima website, alternatively; simply ask for a copy of the new literature. For further details about these and other products from the many Vicaima collections, visit or call 01793 532333.

MORE COLOURS STOCKED FOR GLOBAL CONSERVATORY ROOFS All colour options for Synseal’s Global conservatory roofs and Global Summer hybrid orangeries are now available directly from stock, to reduce lead times for these popular aluminium and PVC-U glazed roofing products which are supplied as made to measure kits to thousands of industry installers through Synseal’s extensive network of fabricator partners. In addition to White, the stock colour range now includes Anthracite Grey, Black/Brown, Chartwell Green, Cream, Golden Oak and Cherrywood. “While traditional White is clearly the favourite finish for all our footprint styles of conservatories

and orangeries, the continued surge in demand for alternative contemporary colour options is only going to increase as more and more consumers look for something a bit different” comments Synseal’s Head of Marketing Mark Schlotel. “Our Business Improvement team has been working hard to refine our production and warehousing processes so that we can efficiently hold more colour options in stock to ensure our roof kit lead time from placement of order to delivery is just 5 days. Swift turnaround in customer service is crucial to help our installing customers to make the most of market opportunities.”

Award-winning Knowledge Centre combines sustainability with striking design This striking building, which was opened this year in the centre of the Flemish city of Roeselare and features several bespoke Reynaers’ systems, has already won a host of awards. the façade with clear and green glass and a third white glass panel positioned approximately 12cm further forward. This gives a sense of greater depth to the curtain wall, which covers an area of 2,700m2.

Designed by architects BURO ll & ARCH+l, the building makes extensive use of Reynaers’ CW 50 curtain wall system, in both its standard form and with complex bespoke solutions, in order to accommodate the extensive use of glass on the project. The façade incorporates hundreds of diagonal sections as a stylish feature of the building’s design.

Head of Marketing at Reynaers Hugh Moss said: “The Knowledge Centre has won a number of awards, including the Benelux Aluminium Award, for its exceptionally sustainable renovation, and the Joinery Award, thanks to excellent execution and exceptional technical challenges.

A key part of the city’s regeneration, the building is based on an old bank, but only retains the original concrete structure. As part of the dynamic concept, three different types of glass make up

“We’re very proud that both our products and technical team have helped to contribute to this award-winning building.” The façade’s complexity meant that the fabricators on the project – De Witte Aluminiumconstructies NV – worked

As the façade featured several complex junctions, critical for effectively draining water, the fabricators produced a mock-up of part of the curtain wall on the building, in which all of the diagonal details and glass types were included. Reynaers high insulation doors and windows CS 86-HI and CS 86-HI/HV were also included on the project, to complement the building’s external envelope, along with sliding systems CP 155. The main contractor on the project was Stabag Belgium NV, Region West. Further details are available from: Reynaers Limited, Tel: 0121 421 1999, or email:, website:

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The Knowledge Centre Arhus – meaning ‘open house’ – is a public information forum and meeting place. It houses the city’s library and archive, as well as teaching facilities and meeting rooms, offices and social spaces.

in collaboration with Reynaers on the development of bespoke solutions to achieve the desired effect. These included T-shaped face caps for the enamelled white glass, special mounting brackets and flat face caps for the CW 50 transoms.






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Synseal’s recently-launched Celsius Solid Roof system is now fully approved and registered by the LABC (Local Authority Building Control) under certificate number EW550. Construction of a completely new structure or replacement of an existing conservatory roof with a solid roof will involve a statutory obligation to submit a Building Regulations application. “We know that submitting a Building Regulations application can seem a little daunting

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for busy roofing installers,” comments Neville Gleed, Synseal’s Roofing Technical Manager “so Synseal has partnered with the LABC and ASW Consultants to give two ways of making this process easier. The LABC provides the established public sector route to compliance and ASW are specialist private sector building control consultants who can also help our customers achieve local approval.”

Warema, Europe’s largest producer of solar shading products, has expanded its range of controls to include a WMS (Warema Mobile System) radio motor for roller shutters and awnings. This motor is equipped with an integrated 2.4 GHz radio receiver that enables wireless operation using Central, hand-held or wall-mounted transmitters and Warema’s WebControl (iOS and Android). The integrated radio motor is bi-directional and eliminates the need for bulky plug receivers. The new tubular motor also enables movements to intermediate positions with percentage precision, as well as accurate position feedback during operation via the WMS Central transmitter or the free WMS Webcontrol application for mobile devices and all commonly used web browsers. For more information about the Warema range of External and Internal Blinds and Awnings, please contact their UK Agent Jon McGowan from Corner Star

P C Henderson introduces new Universal Telescopic System P C Henderson, leading manufacturer of sliding door hardware systems, introduces Universal to its Telescopic range alongside the recently released Husky Telescopic system. Universal Telescopic is ideal for use with the Soltaire 120 system for top hung timber doors weighing up to 120kg. Telescopic systems allow all the doors to be linked together using toothed belt and pulley system so they move in a simultaneous action; they also incorporate the coveted ghost guide which keeps the area clean and free from trip hazards. In addition, the door panels can be neatly stacked into the wall cavity to allow for flexible open plan living. Extremely durable and corrosion resistant, Soltaire 120 has already made an impression on the market as a tried and tested quiet solution. Its superior features and quality such as anodised aluminium track and 316 stainless steel components are also suitable for external use. Available in two kits, a two door and a three door, this non-handed system is the perfect partner for room dividers and movable walls. P C Henderson is a member of the Door & Hardware Federation which represents all the key manufacturers and installers of industrial, commercial, pedestrian and garage doors and powered gates, as well as manufacturers of locks, building hardware and architectural ironmongery. To download the latest digital brochure please visit

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Our top quality windows and stunning bi-fold or sliding doors blend in with your home and lifestyle giving you a clear view of your outside space. We are based in Suffolk and celebrating ten years of dedication to our industry. Please visit or call Toby Golding /Antony Jackson on 01359 272646.

Aluprof Develops the Slimmest of Aluminium Windows Steel windows have long been admired by specifiers for their slim lines and unobtrusive looks. Aluminium systems companies have tried to replicate the ‘steel look’ with varying degrees of success - until now. With a fixed light and opening light aluminium face width of just 32.5mm Aluprof’s new ‘MB Slimline’ window offers both good looks and high thermal performance - something steel window systems cannot offer. U values of below 1.00 are achievable, as the new system will accept both double and triple glazing options coupled with aluminium profiles which use wide polyamide thermal break. With a wide range of profiles available, the ‘MB Slimline’ system can offer high inertia ratings and slim, deep profiles, offering the specifier the ability to use the system in any large, or small, window spaces.

With the UK head office and distribution base in Altrincham, Cheshire, Aluprof systems are specified on a growing number of residential and commercial projects across the UK. Systems are designed, fabricated and installed by selected, specially trained companies, to ensure each fabricated product meets Aluprof’s exacting standards. Further information is available on the company’s website at and specialist advice on the ‘MB Slimline’ system is available now from Aluprof on 0161 941 4005.

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Ideally suited to both new and replacement projects, in both residential and commercial environments, where slim lines are crucial to the aesthetic appearance of the building, the ‘MB Slimline’ system offers a complete solution.

‘MB Slimline’ is further proof of Aluprof’s innovative approach to fenestration solutions, establishing itself as one of Europe's leading systems companies. The new system joins a wide portfolio of aluminium systems which includes curtain wall systems, doors windows and high performance aluminium fire rated systems.

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A 28,500 m² roof area but only one side of the building on which fall pipes could be installed. That was the special challenge posed for draining the flat roof on Carl Durach GmbH & Co. KG's new building at Todtenweis in Bavaria. A siphonic drainage system guides the rainwater smoothly over the enormous roof into an infiltration structure and a soak away trench.

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From a roof area of 30,000 m² extended to 55,600 m² - that is a fair description of the current development at Carl Durach GmbH & Co. KG. The new build which was erected alongside an existing building 130 m in length on the company's site is designed to replace outdoor facilities which were previously rented. Since part of the current warehouse buildings is being converted, this created the need for additional space. Another aim was to modernise the entire logistics system. The latest extension now enables the majority of goods to be prepared and palletised ready for shipment from the production plant to dealers.

The developer did not want any underground pipes under the new building, in particular because there is an existing infiltration structure under the new building and the site also suffers from an unfortunate ground water level. The total volume of rain of over 720 litres per second in the main drainage system should be drained into the infiltration structure on the existing building and in a soak away trench located on the western side of the large company site. In view of the building's size of 160 x 160 m, therefore, individual rainwater sections of up to approx. 180 m were required before the water could be redirected from horizontal to vertical. This could only be achieved using a siphonic drainage system which, in contrast to a conventional system, does not need pipework installed to a gradient. Drainage in the "green area" The Kostra catalogue of the German Meteorological Service does not contain any special features for the town of Todtenweis. With annual rainfall of 310 l/s*hectare and once in a century rainfall of 584 l/s*hectare, the town is very average for the region. The main drainage system comprises 90 DN 70 SitaDSS Profi outlets which remove approximately 720 litres per second from the roof. They were also fitted with Sita retaining units to extend over the 12 cm think thermal insulation. 58 outlets of the same type were used for the emergency drainage system, once again fitted with Sita retaining units. If the emergency drainage system is activated by heavy rain, the emergency drainage lines, which can be identified by the yellow Sita retaining units, can remove up to an additional 440 litres per second on to areas on the outsides of the building which are freely submersible.

A total of 3300 m of PE pipes are interconnected under the roof area of the new building, which measures approx. 25600 m² and is connected to the 2900 m² existing roof, to form a complex drainage system. Whilst the emergency drainage system drains the water freely on to the site, the main drainage system feeds the rainwater through partly exterior ground pipes into the company's own infiltration structures and soak away systems - without adding any rainwater to the public sewers. Since all the water drained off the building runs to its western side, some enormous pipeline lengths were required. The installation of the various PE pipelines for the siphonic system, which are up to 180 m in length, required genuine long distance planning between the building contractors. A combination of the SitaDSS rapid installation system and the structure fastening systems supplied by Dietul based in Kehlheim hold the long distance siphonic pipeline system securely up to the points at which it transfers the water into the ground pipes because when the water flows into the pipe due to the vacuum, siphonic drainage systems tend to developed their own dynamic forces . To prevent this the horizontal pipes were fixed every 6.6 m to a rail on the concrete trusses using integrated channels. This inhibits the pipes extending in length due to heat and sagging, whilst any movement of the siphonic drainage system will be safely absorbed by the retaining construction.

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A living spiral staircase with open spaces for reading, drawing, relaxing and drinking tea forms the centrepiece of a newly created workspace in London’s Soho district. Designed by Paul Cocksedge Studio and completed this week, the unique sculptural staircase is a showcase feature of a contemporary office development by Resolution Property known as Ampersand. At 12.5-meters high, the staircase provides a dynamic connectivity between the building’s four office floors within a curvilinear atrium, embodying Ampersand’s creativity-meets-commerce brand. Paul Cocksedge’s design removes the load-bearing pillar from the centre of a traditional staircase design and replaces

it with a series of zones for relaxation, creative thinking and informal workplace interaction. Planting along the entire balustrade forms a ‘flying’ garden which can be tended by the building’s office community and there is potential for the staircase to include edible planting such as fresh mint. On the first level of the staircase a Zettel'z 6 light designed by Ingo Maurer hangs on wires creating a place to draw or leave messages. The second staircase houses a library of source books for creative thought.The staircase is of timber and steel construction, using Forest Stewardship Council compliant American white oak. Paul Cocksedge worked in partnership with Arup during the 13-month build programme.

Paul said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If a staircase is essentially about going from A to B, there is now a whole world living and breathing in the space between the two. I hope the Living Staircase will be used in ways we hadn't at all expected! This is the beauty of it: it allows so much space for all kinds of activities. I'm really looking forward to Ampersand's staff taking over the structure and making it totally their own."

Designed by architects Darling Associates, Ampersand provides 64,000 sq ft of high specification office space in a substantially remodelled and refurbished Soho building, with a roof terrace and new entrances on Wardour Street and Hollen Street. Developers Resolution Property adopted a designer-led ethos in their bid to create a stimulating and unusual workplace for prospective occupiers.

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Zero Carbon: Making it happen! The Centre for Alternative Technology launches new climate project. The environmental charity, CAT has launched a new research phase of its zero carbon Britain. The new project aims to draw in expertise from across a wide range of disciplines in order to build a comprehensive body of research around reducing carbon emissions to zero. A major part of the new project is to bring together architects, planners and policy makers to look at what needs to happen to the UK building industry in order to reduce emissions in that sector. The climate science couldn’t be clearer - to stabilise the climate system and stay below the globally agreed limit of 2ºC with high certainty, the world’s needs to move beyond fossil fuel based energy systems and eliminate human-made emissions of greenhouse gases almost entirely by around mid-century. Recent changes to policy by the UK government show a clear lack of joined up thinking around climate change issues, with cuts to funds for energy efficiency programs and withdrawal of support for the code for sustainable homes. Housing is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and it is imperative that there is the implementation of a zero carbon buildings policy. As well as look at energy efficiency issues, the next stage for housing development is to ensure that materials used in construction have low embodied carbon and are of low toxicity, factors that are often overlooked in sustainable design.

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Tackling such the complex global challenge of climate change requires a new kind of approach to thinking, which joining up research and practice across disciplines, borders, structures and scales. CAT's new project “Zero Carbon: Making it happen!” is actively seeking to integrate cutting-edge thinking from those working across the disciplines, to identify barriers to action and the means by which society can overcome them. Over the next 12 months, CAT will be building dialogues between solutions focused modelling and researchers working in architecture, planning, economics, psychology, sociology, community, history, politics, law, democracy, arts, culture, business & the media. CAT is also particularly interested in working with those who are practically in the groundsuch as architects, builders and those who face the challenges of a transition to a zero carbon society, first hand.




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Vaulted House Vaulted House is a new-build four-bedroom family house, located on an infill site, hidden behind a garage door in Hammersmith. It was previously a diesel contaminated taxi garage, surrounded by 11 party walls and overlooked by 24 neighbours. A series of sharply detailed vaulted roofs define different living zones on the open upper-ground floor. Roof-lights at the top of each vault flood the landlocked site with daylight. Large courtyards bring light into the bedrooms on the lower-ground floor. The roofs are covered in a striking chequered pattern of single-ply membrane. The vault geometry repeats in details of the house, including the fireplace, floors, windows and entrance.

A double-height den has access to the garden at the back for the children to play in. A separate study provides acoustic privacy with a view through to the living space. A big doublesliding pocket door opens up completely, turning the dining room into a loggia in the summer. Several of the 24 neighbours included active members of the Brackenbury Residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association. Detailed residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; consultations and the incorporation of their feedback into the design led to seven letters of support for the scheme at planning.

A mechanical heat exchange system and thick insulation make for an energy efficient home. A study allows for working from home or can become a spare bedroom for elderly relatives visiting. The entrance is stepped up to meet flood requirements but these are wide and gentle for ease of access.

The site is a former taxi garage and was designated as contaminated land. All 1.5m of excavated soil had to be tested and carefully disposed of. The garden walls are underpinned rather than demolished. A steel and timber frame spans off the existing walls to create the roof and floor structure. The roof is constructed from plywood over timber joists, covered with insulation and single-ply membrane. The geometry of the roof appears simple but is in fact incredibly complicated. It was modeled in 3D software, which enabled precise back and forth between consultants to ensure that the huge steel beams were completely hidden in the crisp angled finishes inside and by the roof finishes outside. Architects: vPPR Photographs: Ioana Marinescu, Noel Read

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The vaulted roofs are covered with two tones of single-ply roofing membrane to produce a harlequin pattern, breaking up the large area of roof and greatly improving the outlook, which was previously onto rotten asphalt roofs. Inside the house, the vaults meet at sharp plastered edges, concealing the downstand beams rather than expressing them. Vault-like elements are repeated obsessively at each scale of the design, forming sculptural chamfered edges to the windows, fireplace and TV wall. The timber floors are laid in a cross pattern that reflects the vaults above them.

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Anyone living in the southern half of England and in many other parts of the world will be fully aware of the effects of Limescale (Calcium Carbonate). There are two methods of dealing with Limescale: ‘chemical’ or ‘physical’. ‘Chemical’ has potential environmental impacts, and in California, now salt based softeners are being banned. More and more the ‘physical’ treatments are gaining traction. Fluid Dynamics is the UK’s oldest manufacturer of physical treatments since it started manufacturing in 1974.

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Most physical conditioners suffer from the criticism that there is no independent verification that they work at all and that is a big drawback. Despite Fluid Dynamics Track record that every new Waitrose and Marks and Spencer, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberley Clark and even the new Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi are customers, there is a reticence in using the “new technology”. US Government Testing: In 2012 Fluid Dynamics supplied one of their Scaletron units to the General Services Agency, part of the US Government that is responsible for all government buildings. The GSA run a programme to test products that they believe could have a

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Seductress as Venus, the shell calls for harmony and contemplation and recalls the fire as creativity and regeneration. Ideal for environments where sharing and beauty are at home, as well as in spas and hospitality areas of hotels.

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BEHA, has introduced its environmentally friendly ‘Ijaz’ wireless controlled panel heater system to the UK. The ‘Ijaz’ allows users to control any number of BEHA heaters up to a range of 300 meters enabling full, flexible and complete command of room temperatures throughout the home.

BEHA heaters are designed to heat homes and commercial properties. The large selection of eleven models comes in two heights and all heaters are finished in neutral white. The heaters can be painted to any desired colour and BEHA have now introduced glass fronted heaters in white, blue, orange and dark grey. Projecting from the wall just 83mm when installed, they take up very little room or wall space. Both the heaters and the wireless Ijaz system can be installed by anyone, avoiding costly plumbing or electrical bills.

Every BEHA panel heater can be made remotely controllable with the insertion of a special aerial receiver module which allows the user friendly touch screen ‘Ijaz’ controller to alter the heat emitted and turn the unit off and on. The heaters can be controlled individually or collectively in up to sixteen separate ‘zones’. They can also be easily set to heat only when required, ensuring lower fuel bills and minimal waste of energy. The result is a modern, flexible, easy to install and environmentally friendly alternative to old fashioned wet central heating systems. In

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Wellcome Collection London Transformation Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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Wilkinson Eyre Architects has completed a ÂŁ17.5m transformation of Wellcome Collection in London designed to accommodate growing visitor numbers and enrich the visitor experience. Originally Wellcome Collection was predicted to receive visitor numbers of around 100,000 a year, but before development works began in 2013 the venue welcomed more than 550,000 people a year.

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Wilkinson Eyreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intervention has reorganised the building in order to enrich the visitor experience and improve footfall through all publicly accessible floors. Working within the confines of the existing building, Wilkinson Eyre has succeeded in creating 40% more exhibition space, along with a new Reading Room, a new youth events space (The Studio), and a new research area (The Hub).The transformation has also improved Wellcome Collectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presence on the busy Euston Road and has expanded the atrium space to support increased visitor numbers. A dynamic new steel staircase has been introduced between the ground and second floors to enhance circulation between floors and entice visitors up to the expanded first floor gallery spaces and destination restaurant on the second floor. The 17.5 metric ton steel structure is sculpted into a flowing, swirling form, enticing the eye and drawing people up through the building.

The finished staircase is shot-blasted on the outside and the inside faces, which are closer to the public, were sprayed with a cold zinc and hot stainless steel solution that was hand-polished by one individual. A thematic exhibition gallery has been created on the first floor, replacing administrative offices. It completes a loop on the first floor, allowing visitors to circle around the building, linking the Medicine Man and Medicine Now permanent galleries to the new youth events space. The latter has been added as a purpose-built flexible contemporary studio for teenagers to creatively engage with science and art offering both hi-tech digital technology and low-tech modelling and making equipment. It brings together elements of common rooms, bedrooms, music studios and laboratories to create a unique environment for participatory learning.

improved lighting and user-friendly way finding helps to create a cosy and welcoming environment for the library users and staff.

The Research Library on the upper floors has received a completely new entrance and reception desk. A roof light above the new double-height space that houses the new stair links the second and third floors of the library to create an entirely interconnecting space across floors. A new warmer colour palette,

On the fifth floor, The Hub is an area dedicated to longer term research for groups of academics, artists and other creative minds to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects exploring medicine, health and well-being.

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The Wellcome Library on the second and third floors has been reconfigured to improve circulation and create a directlyaccessible public browsing zone encompassing the Reading Room and research library. The Reading Room has been transformed by AOC Architects into a space that bridges the gap between Wellcome Collectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events and exhibitions programme and the world-class Library, archive and object collections.




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A very extensive range of quality furniture is available for rooms of all types including bespoke designs where required. The company also provides a full soft furnishing service including making and installation. Architects, designers and clients find great benefit in dealing with one single company for all their furniture and furnishing requirements. This saves a lot of time and the coordination of everything is made much easier. Full project management is offered that includes delivery scheduling and placement by their

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The VITACORE® electronic system offers users intuitive access to LUCTRA® functions and the ability to control the brightness and

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Haworth Tompkins announces the completion of NT Future, an £80m refurbishment of the National Theatre on London’s South Bank. Opened in 1976, the NT is one of Britain’s most important 20th century buildings, and arguably the masterpiece of architect Sir Denys Lasdun. NT Future equips the National Theatre to sustain its position at the forefront of theatre, while regenerating the building to address a radically changed urban context. The National Theatre was designed to be welcoming, and openness lies at the core of NT Future. Audiences will benefit from the Dorfman Theatre (formerly the Cottesloe). Learning groups of all ages will be received in the new Clore Learning Centre. Foyers have been refreshed, and extended with an NT-run riverside café and bar, while landscape has been regenerated around the site. Meanwhile, the backstage workshops – perhaps the biggest factory left in central London – will offer a new engagement with the public both through greater visibility from the street and an internal public viewing gallery. Since Lasdun’s building was completed, the public river walk has been extended, Waterloo has been regenerated, and the South Bank has become a new centre for London. NT Future embeds the National Theatre at the heart of this transformation. NT Future has had a long development. Haworth Tompkins was appointed in 2007 to write a Conservation Management Plan for the building, in collaboration with the London Borough of Lambeth, English Heritage and the Twentieth Century Society. This approach created detailed understanding of Lasdun’s architecture as a foundation for the NT Future proposals.

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The resulting changes include a new production building, the Max Rayne Centre, to the south of the NT; reconfiguration of the Cottesloe Theatre to create the new Dorfman Theatre and Clore Learning Centre; opening up of the north-east corner, formerly a service yard, to address the river walk with a new riverside bar and café; remodelling of the main entrance; transformation of landscape and terraces; and refurbishment of the foyers. NT Future gives the National Theatre new spaces for education, design, digital production, and workshop assembly. Sustainability, based on work by environmentalists Atelier Ten, will be greatly strengthened. Public attitudes to Twentieth Century architecture are changing fast. NT Future aims to make Lasdun’s greatest building accessible to a new generation, while enabling the NT to develop their role at the forefront of world theatre.

The scheme’s lynch-pin is the Max Rayne Centre, a new production building to the south of the NT that houses a state-ofthe-art painting workshop, production offices, and a studio for designers, as well as departments relocated to enable change elsewhere in the building. Clad in aluminium fins and crumpled steel mesh, the Max Rayne Centre is designed to complement rather than replicate the NT’s masonry language, harmonising with Lasdun’s austere orthogonal forms. Its west-facing balconies enable the NT to address Waterloo Bridge and Upper Ground, while a glazed facade to the east opens up the painting workshop to passers-by. The Dorfman Theatre, named after a signature gift from Lloyd Dorfman, founder of Travelex and a long-term NT supporter, maintains the Cottesloe’s spirit while enhancing seating, capacity and stage equipment. Carried out in collaboration with theatre consultants Charcoalblue,

the changes will offer a better experience for audiences, and more flexibility for practitioners. The Dorfman will also be available for education use during the day, in conjunction with the Clore Learning Centre, whose education facilities have been converted from former workshops. The Dorfman Theatre foyer has been reconfigured for all-day opening, with access to the public Sherling High Level Walkway that allows visitors to see into the newly-refurbished workshops. The NT’s north-east corner, formerly a service yard facing the river, has been converted to public use with the creation of The Understudy, a new bar, Kitchen, a relocated café, and a new external entrance to House, the NT’s refurbished restaurant. All catering spaces will be run by the NT itself. They will activate a part of the river frontage that was formerly back of house, enliven the river walk, and offer a new welcome to visitors arriving from the east.

All around the building, landscape has been redesigned in collaboration with Edinburgh-based landscape architects Gross.Max to provide a more consistent setting for the NT. The Bank of America Merrill Lynch Terrace has been planted as a garden for the use of local residents as well as audiences. Signage, lighting and furniture have all been transformed.

A project as complex as NT Future has required Haworth Tompkins to develop a range of different architectural responses, from best-practice conservation of concrete (researched with the help of the Twentieth Century Society), through keyhole surgery to improve functionality and adjacencies, to development of an architectural language for new work both sensitive enough to respect Lasdun’s building, and robust enough to stand alongside it. These changes have been carried out within an intellectual framework that safeguards the NT’s precious primary fabric, while finding room for the NT’s own dynamism and freshness to be reflected in its public spaces. Haworth Tompkins said: “Denys Lasdun’s National Theatre is one of the great buildings of the Twentieth Century. We set out to build on Lasdun’s vision of

public openness so as to reveal it to new audiences and a changing context. NT Future will keep the National at the top of world theatre. With the South Bank coming to life, we hope our changes will help a new generation celebrate the extraordinary quality of its architecture.” Lisa Burger, Executive Director of the National Theatre, said: “We’ve worked with Haworth Tompkins for many years to bring NT Future to fruition. It’s been an immensely collaborative and rewarding process, and we are thrilled with the results, which will open up Lasdun’s wonderful building to the audiences and theatre practitioners of the future.” Architects: Haworth Tompkins Photographs: Philip Vile

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The National Theatre’s main entrance, much changed in the 1990s, has been remodelled to improve the connection with the river walk, aid wayfinding, particularly from the eastern approach, and restore the original 45-degree axial entry to the building. The riverside bookshop has been relocated to create life at the heart of the foyers. The main foyers have themselves been refurbished, with signage based on the original design, restored joinery and finishes, and a more transient layer of furniture and lighting to reflect the National Theatre’s own warmth and openness.





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The show, which runs over four days (24-27 January) has expanded Hall 5 as more quality industry names join the strong line up of exhibitors confirming its position as the UK’s number one furniture and furnishings event. Said Laraine Janes, co-director of the January Furniture Show: “Confidence in the market, and in our show, has meant we’ve already seen over 50 new companies sign up to join the 2016 show,

alongside an 85% re-booking from last year. We’ve also seen significant growth from existing exhibitors who saw real value in the show and have requested more space.” The unrivalled exhibitor list of over 400 major names attracts over 16,000 buyers that includes retailers, interior designers, contract buyers, architects and developers to the NEC in Birmingham – an ideal venue for the furniture industry’s national showcase. Parker Knoll, Lebus, Ultra Furniture, VIDA, Serene Furnishings, TCS, Rauch, Nolte Mobel, Tetrad, Alstons, Sherborne, Buoyant Upholstery, Baker Furniture, Gallery Direct, Blue Bone, Duresta, Willis & Gambier and Stone the Crows are just some of the big brand names that are taking bigger and better stands for the 2016 event ready to showcase their wares to the UK contract and interior design market. Said Laraine: “Those who are interested in sourcing products for commercial

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The new development has replaced 1960s buildings to provide 68,000sqft council offices, a library and one-stop shop, 20,000sqft retail, two new pedestrian streets, a market square, car parking and highways improvements. AHR responded to the challenge of the constrained and sloping town centre site creating two new pedestrian streets and a cluster of inter-locking buildings. This allowed over 50% of the site to be given over to new public realm and better integrated the development into the existing urban grain. Careful orientation of the buildings and an innovative acoustic louvre window system allowed full natural ventilation to be used throughout, despite the location within a busy town centre. At the heart of the brief was Bath & North East Somerset Council’s objective of creating a highly efficient, robust and flexible building that would minimise energy consumption and maintenance while providing first class civic facilities and a high quality workplace embodying a ‘one council’ culture.

AHR has built on extensive in-house research and worked closely with Environmental Engineer Max Fordham to develop a pioneering environmental strategy for the project: it is the first in the UK to implement BSRIA Soft Landings to target an exemplary DEC A rating, which it is expected to achieve in 2017 once it has been in use for two years. This rating will confirm Keynsham Civic Centre as one of the lowest energy consuming public buildings in the UK. The offices have already achieved an outstanding EPC A rating and the project is almost carbon neutral. Every aspect of the design of the building was considered to provide optimal environmental performance, starting with the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s orientation and form which reduced the requirements for mechanical ventilation and lighting. An innovative timber (CLT), steel and concrete structure not only created bright and welcoming interiors but also reduced heating requirements and construction time.

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One of the key objectives for the project was to facilitate a workplace transformation, allowing the Council to adopt a more flexible way of working which would also improve communication, collaboration and efficiency across teams and departments. AHR responded to this by arranging four wings around a central atrium which incorporates a large breakout area two touchdown decks. The atrium is the heart of the building, creating visual connectedness and opportunities for spontaneous meetings as users move across the building. Keynsham Civic Centre has provided Bath & North East Somerset Council with a landmark building which positions it at the heart of the community it serves and which embodies its commitment to that community and to its staff to be an exemplary Council, investing wisely, making a positive impact in every aspect of its work and looking to the future. Architects: AHR Photographs: Courtesy of AHR

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Silver Grey Granite was chosen because of its white and blacked flecked colouring which emphasised the

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Internet Gardener Here at the Internet Gardener we understand the importance of outdoor space and the many ways in which they can be utilised. Our experienced team specialise in luxury outdoor living for both domestic and commercial markets. Together, we have years of experience within the field of quality outdoor furniture and premium barbecues and have the expertise to help you make the most of your outdoor space no matter its size. Specialising in luxury outdoor patio furniture, barbecues and outdoor kitchens to suit your venue or home, our team know a thing or two so why not give them a call on 0115 9656820. Whether you have a certain budget or limited space, our helpful team are on hand to discuss your requirements and to advise you further. We can assist with many product areas such as:

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Rolling ladders are no longer just a simple solution to access problems; they are a key design feature in their own right. We have created a rolling ladder system that that can be tailored to solve any number of access problems within a variety of environments, without compromising on style and design. From the functionality of a warehouse, to the contemporary design of a city centre cocktail bar, or as part of a home makeover or renovation, we provide an extremely versatile product that offers style, substance and solution to even the trickiest of access issues. Individually hand足built by our carpenters in Oak, Redwood, Maple or Walnut for use in a home or working business environment such as an office or bar, our rolling ladders are a simple yet effective enhancement to your access solutions. We can also supply riveted aluminium ladders to access commercial, retail or industrial racking. Visit or call us on 01204 590 232

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KI’s new Breakout® improves worker wellbeing by transforming the open office landscape KI’s versatile Breakout® makes diversifying the open office landscape simple. This new, innovative modular third space system can improve worker wellbeing and productivity, without compromising space efficiency. Enhancing acoustic planning, it mitigates noise and visual distractions whilst encouraging activity-based working. By creating a variety and choice of work settings, Breakout® can help unlock the true potential of every individual.

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Designed and manufactured in the UK, it is formed of a series of reconfigurable upholstered panels and optional integrated accessories. Breakout®’s streamlined inventory of components can be assembled into a variety of heights and configurations to suit a multitude of applications, either as a standalone feature, or seamlessly integrated with workstations and storage including KI’s UniteSE and Work2 systems.

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NVELOPE, the market leader in rainscreen cladding support systems, recently introduced NH2, a system that can be used to support vertical elements. Satisfying safety standards, the NH2 cladding support system plays a major role in the aesthetic envelope of a building and provides added performance benefits. Architects simply need to access the Project Checklist section at and complete the simple two step data entry process. This demands project information on façade type, façade weight, average panel size, building height and storey height, substrate type, fixing method and cladding zone. They

can then submit this information together with their elevation and plan AutoCAD drawings. NVELOPE’s technical support team will provide a full Project Checklist response detailing the static calculations and setting out information for the support system, thermal calculations and indicative m2 price. Manufactured in the UK and developed using the highest specification alloys, NVELOPE products and systems are ideal for supporting a wide variety of façade materials. For further information on NVELOPE, visit www.nvelope. com or call the company direct on +44 (0)1707 333 396.

RigiSystems CladScreen – the new face of Greenwich Around 10,000 sq m of RigiSystems CladScreen façcade system have now been installed on block 1 of London’s prestigious new Greenwich Square development. While utilising the CladScreen system, most of the panels were custom engineered in order to fit in with the architect’s vision for this unique development in London’s heartland. Greenwich Square sits on the vacant brownfield site of the former Greenwich District Hospital. The new scheme contributes towards the ongoing regeneration of the area by providing new homes, a public destination and a community hub.

The residential provision comprises five blocks containing a range of dwelling types including apartments and town houses. A total of 629 new homes will be provided, while other amenities include a leisure centre with two swimming pools, dance and exercise studios, a fitness suite, a library, a residents’ service centre, a crèche and cafe, and a healthcare clinic. Architect is Make, and the CLadScreen installation was managed by Fleetwood Architectural Aluminium. For more information contact RigiSystems Ltd on 01905 750500, email

Radmat Quantum Demand for terraces and balconies have never been greater, but with the thickness limitation of traditional products there is a difficulty for a designer to insulate above a habitable space against a backdrop of increasing thermal requirements. This, together with the desire to maximise the glass façade and cater for a level threshold has created a near impossible task. Radmat Building Products ProTherm Quantum is up to 5 times thinner than traditional XPS board and will changing the way terraces and balconies are constructed, facilitating a revolution in the construction

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Plumis – Automist provides a simple and effective fire safety solution for creating open plan homes.

Pioneers of anti-slip stair-nosings Safetytread products are a range of bespoke, premium, high quality anti-slip stair nosings manufactured in the UK. The products are long lasting: made from recycled aluminium profiles and either a ‘carborundum’ or PVC-Composition filler. Safetytread is environmentally friendly and provides a more economical solution than cheaper plastic materials. The treads will add excellent slip resistance to any staircase (internal or external); can be tailor-made to fit the exact dimensions of a stair tread and are available in a wide range of colours. Not only do they give an extremely professional finish; they also highlight the importance of the health and safety of staff and customers.

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We will meet your stair nosing requirements with a tailor-made, bespoke solution, filled in your desired colour.

Truffle, London-based developer recently the undertook There’sano denying thatproperty homeowners appreciate the refurbishment of a 3-storey, Victorian, terraced house in freedom, light, and sense of space that go with open plan Hammersmith. Theopen project’s historicorbuilding layouts. Yet many planarchitect projectsand stumble are halted consultant, Peter Powlesland knew that ordinarily, a protected because the layout would create dangerous “inner rooms” fire escape route would have been required by Hammersmith whose only escape route passes through the open area. So Building Control. However, Peters client wanted an open-plan how can you provide open layouts with a safe fire escape lowest floor with no separation at all between the large kitchen route from these inner rooms? living room and the staircase; in other words, without a protected route to the front doorAutomist on the floor and fire thence Plumis is above, a discreet to the street. suppression appliance designed for use in homes. The system activates Building Control was, initially, that a protected route when adamant fire temperatures are detected would be required; however, the buildingHeat control officer by a dedicated Alarm, using a suggested that Peter should investigate Automist as a fine water mist Plumis to restore survivable possible solution to the impasse. The Automist system uses a conditions while occupants escape. high pressure pump to generate a fine water mist from nozzles Themonobloc product includes nozzles that mounted under a standard mixing tap, standalone on a worktop or on a wall that rapidly suppresses fire and mount on a standard walla plate thereby provides sufficient protection satisfy the which can betomatched to building light control requirements of switches many applications. It’s in connected to and sockets the home, the domestic water supply requires no tank andand a small pump that and can much be less significantly water than traditional sprinklers. need for located inThe a nearby cupboard. The less pipe-work and the prevention of potentially devastating result is almost invisible. home damage in the event of fire by suppressing flames and floor A minimal system can serve upcompelling to 32m2 ofreasons thus limitingAutomist smoke and heat were further area, and theAutomist. system isElite easily 96m2. For for choosing Fireextensible Safety are up theto principal kitchen/diners, alternative contemporary nozzle mounts accredited installers for Plumis Automist in the London area are also available usethe in conjunction with worktops and in this case theyfor fitted system comprising of two and spray-heads in an under-stair pumps, associated hoses andmatch taps, allowing an excellent to the design. cupboard at lower ground-floor level in just one day. In three-storey houses with an open plan ground floor, Automist can eliminate need for boxed-in staircase Peter had never tried the the innovative fireaprotection solution as longbut ashe thesays kitchen is separate anditaagain. suitable fire door before he would readily use “The spraycan be installed at first floor level, adding considerable heads were very discreet and did not impinge on our design. value and contemporary openhappy plan living a loftThe District Surveyor was very with it to and it was very converted AndThe more expansive open layouts may good value house. for money. value of 25 New Kings Road has also be possible the support of a fire engineer review increased a great with deal thanks to Automist which allowed us to and report where Automist may in complete theincluding open planapartments, design, which is currently so much allow bedrooms that sit off In a central living area. demand by property buyers. short, Automist saved the day!” For further information high For further information on on theAutomist Plumis Automist water mist systems range ofpressure water-mist suppression solutions Call Elite Fire Safety on +44(0)207 167 6560 call Plumis on +44 (0) 20 7871 3899, visit or or email

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SAFE STORAGE ASSURED WITH THE SECURE STOR FROM SECURIKEY Leading supplier Securikey has further expanded its comprehensive range of physical security products with the new Secure Stor range of security cabinets. Independently tested and certified for ultimate peace of mind, the Secure Stor range is the ideal security solution for storing large, bulky items in commercial environments such as hospitals, schools and retail premises. Built to the same high quality standards as Securikey’s popular Steel Stor range, Secure Stor security cabinets are fully tested to EN 14450 S1 by leading testing house VdS and are also Sold Secure approved, giving independent assurance of their optimum reliability. Manufactured using robust 3mm steel, the Secure Stor features hardened steel plates that have been added to protect all potential attack areas and incorporate an innovative 3 way locking system for additional security. Available in five sizes to meet a wide range of space and storage requirements, all models are fitted with a double bitted key lock as standard or, if required, Securikey can deliver cabinets fitted with an electronic lock to allow straightforward access for more than one authorised user. Securikey is a market leading supplier of safety and security products in the UK, offering an innovative, high quality and comprehensive range including cash safes, fire safes, key cabinets, digital door locks, modular vaults, mirrors and padlocks, with a solution to meet practically any requirement. For more information on the Steel Stor range or any other Securikey product, please contact Securikey on 01252 311888, email or go to

Benoy Establishes an On-The-Ground Presence in Melbourne, Australia Benoy, the international Architects, Masterplanners, Interior and Graphic Designers, is excited to announce the firm’s expansion into Australia with the opening of a Marketing and Liaison Office in Melbourne. The establishment of Benoy’s on-the-ground presence is in response to a number of successful project bids within the country.

Benoy has appointed former London Studio member Claire Reynoldson to lead the studio. An Australian native, Claire brings her knowledge of the local market and innate understanding of Benoy’s capability and indeed personality to her role. “We believe Benoy’s strong track record of entering new markets has come from our approach to appoint from within. Claire’s relocation from London to join us in Melbourne and lead our initiative has allowed us to continue our vision,” added Tom. Capitalising on the firm’s international network, Benoy Melbourne will be reinforced by the design company’s ‘One Benoy’ ethos

“I believe the relationships we have already built with some of Australia’s most notable developers and consultants are the tangible results of Benoy’s global mindset as well as an appreciation of its design integrity,” said Claire Reynoldson. Benoy’s proven portfolio is a testimony to its creative and commercial success. “I am looking forward to leading Benoy in Australia.” Benoy has the ability to draw on an international resource base to deliver innovative, thoughtful and forward- thinking design to its clients. This has proved to be a compelling offer in its markets around the world; Benoy now has projects in over 60 countries. “We are confident that Australia will play a significant part in our continued success,” concluded Tom. Benoy is located at Level 30, Collins Place, 35 Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia. The office may be contacted via telephone at +61 (0) 3 9900 6229 or email to

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“We are incredibly excited to be consolidating our position in Australia; the country presents such great opportunities. Settling in Asia in 2002 and subsequently opening five studios across the region over the last ten years, Australia represents a natural progression for Benoy,” commented Tom Cartledge, Benoy Global Director.

which facilitates the open sharing of resources and talent between its studios. Providing immediate design support to Benoy’s growing portfolio in Australia will be the firm’s larger teams in Singapore, Hong Kong and London.

Contemporary Buildings with Timber

Enthusiasm for architecture and engineering in timber is growing rapidly among a new generation of architects and designers. The reasons for the success of timber in construction today lie with the technological advances of timber and construction research:

design; all of which have been proven to be unfounded. Today we are able to build virtually any kind of timber building (a 24 story timber building is going up in Vienna in autumn 2015) with the same fire resistance as traditional builds and with good sound insulation.

Stommel Haus has pioneered healthy and contemporary timber construction in Germany. Franz Stommel, founder of the company over 50 years ago, was already building houses with untreated timber in the late 60’s when chemical wood protection was still mandatory in Germany. The development of a sandwich wall with a solid timber frame at its center enables Stommel Haus to build contemporary architecture; the advance in production techniques and logistics allows Stommel Haus to pre-fabricate bespoke homes and to assemble them on site, to be wind- and watertight typically within one week.

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Timber is a sustainable renewable material with a very positive CO2 balance. Timber has excellent thermal and antibacterial properties Timber is diffusion open and provides the means to build homes with excellent interior climate without the need for mechanical ventilation. At the same time, well-constructed timber buildings achieve very high air-tightness values – a Stommel house for instance typically reaches ≤1 m³/ (h*m²) at 50 Pa. Major progress in timber research and the application of the results in industry standards (such as DIN 68800) enable durable construction without the need for the chemical treatment of the timber.

Contemporary timber construction competes with other materials in terms of cost and has additional significant benefits such as the beauty and health aspects of the material, the fact that timber buildings can be manufactured off-site and the connection with the craftsmanship that is applied to design and build timber houses. Some architects, builders, administrative bodies, financial institutions and insurers still have persistent reservations about building in timber mainly caused by the perceived greater risk of fire, sound insulation and limitations of

There are virtually no limits in design, from traditional to modern, Arts-and-Crafts Style to Bauhaus architecture – all of the homes have excellent energy efficiency, air-tightness, compliance with industry standards and Building Regulations and there are no problems obtaining mortgages or insurance. No matter what the design of the house, the Stommel Haus principles in construction, production and assembly are always the same which enables the company to provide high quality homes over and over again. If you are interested in using high tech timber construction for your project, visit us at or write to

The bigger, the better.

At The London Tile and Mosaic Company, large format tiles have become the norm over the last decade. For all of us here, requests for a 90x90cm or 1mx1m size is nothing out of the ordinary. With the progression to 3mx1.5m sizes, what is out of the ordinary is the necessity to ascertain what a building's corridors are like, what width and height a stairwell or lift might be or whether there is a roof crane available before we can continue with a client's enquiry.

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Once logistical hurdles are overcome, large surface areas are quickly covered by these marvellous feats of innovation, from our largest 3x1.5m size, to the more manageable 1.5x1.5m or 1.2x1.2m for those without a roof crane. With creativity utilising technological advancement in this way, we believe it is now safe to say that the best things do not necessarily come in small packages. Tel. 0207 403 3190

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Oregon Urban Walls: 120x240cm Floors: 120x120cm

The Oregon Range This inspiring new range of cement effect Porcelain is available in four colours and three stunning sizes: 120x240cm, 120x120cm and 60x120cm. At only 6.5mm thick, these innovative slabs make for easy installation with large surface areas being covered in no time at all. Special skirting and step pieces are also available to minimise potential cuts and wastage. See more from this range on our website or visit us at our central London showroom to see them first hand. T. 0207 403 3190 18-20 Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YQ





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