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Case Studies Kebony - 04 Located in Marinstaden, Sweden, AquaVilla has unveiled the completion of its largest floating home. The unique and remarkable property named ‘Sjövilla 210’ perfectly embodies Scandinavia’s ambitious design culture, constructed with materials chosen to function to the highest standard in marine conditions. 100 NORFOLK - 16 Beyond an acute awareness of elements such as context and the needs of its community, ODA New York’s brand DNA is earmarked, in particular, by a special dexterity with—or even mastery of—the city’s byzantine zoning code; a kind of sixth sense for navigating the various restrictions and regulations in a way that enables ODA to consistently challenge architectural convention. Lancaster - 22 Lancaster University is seeking a new Chair of Architecture to lead the development of an innovative new set of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. M&G - 26 M&G real estate acquires major commercial development in edinburgh for £49 million.

Warwick Street - 44 Squire and Partners has extensively re-modelled an existing 1980’s building to create a vibrant development that maintains its previous office and retail uses, but makes a more meaningful connection with the surrounding Soho Conservation Area by creating a contemporary crafted design. Piuarch - 54 A land of infinite differences, of practically irreconcilable cultures, of sea and mountains, plains, lakes, small towns and hamlets unique in the world: this is Italy, and it is precisely its complex physiognomy – an extraordinary group of identities – that inspired the theme of the Italian Pavilion at the 16th edition of the Biennale Architettura 2018. “Arcipelago Italia. Sky House - 64 Negotiating the steep topography of a lake-side site, this holiday house consists of two volumes stacked on one another.

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BDP- 28 The is the new headquarters for CityVerve Innovate UK’s Internet of Things city demonstrator. The Bright Building is the first building in our masterplan for Manchester Science Park and is home to various tech and start up businesses providing offices, meeting areas, laboratories, restaurant facilities and a gym.

Hounslow West - 38 The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved plans for a mix of 176 affordable homes and social housing located on the Bath Road, Hounslow.



Located in Marinstaden, Sweden, AquaVilla has unveiled the completion of its largest floating home. The unique and remarkable property named ‘Sjövilla 210’ perfectly embodies Scandinavia’s ambitious design culture, constructed with materials chosen to function to the highest standard in marine conditions. Complementing AquaVilla’s dynamic design ethos, Kebony, a beautiful wood recommended by leading architects, was selected for every piece of timber used throughout the build including the exterior walls, pontoon deck and roof terrace.


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The brainchild of Richard Bergstrom, AquaVilla is now Sweden’s leading developer of buildings on water following twenty five years of research and development. This exciting concept encompasses an innovative infrastructure solution in which Aqua Pier and Aqua Docking Buffer guarantee that all villas remain permanently anchored and completely unaffected by the movement of the sea.

AquaVilla’s largest home is an inspiring feat of architecture and design, which is synonymous with the growth of the company to date. Constructed on a 12 x 18 metre concrete support on the seabed, the beautiful home is as much a product of the innovative materials used, as the creative idea that inspired it. Kebony proved to be the perfect material for this project; its resistance to wear and weathering was a key consideration when choosing the material given the waterfront location of Sjövilla 210. Developed in Norway, Kebony’s revolutionary technology is an environmentally friendly process which modifies sustainably sourced softwoods by heating the wood with furfuryl alcohol - an agricultural by-product. By polymerising the wood’s cell wall, the softwoods permanently take on the attributes of tropical hardwood including high durability, hardness and dimensional stability. In addition, the smooth nature of the Kebony wood is suitable for those walking on the decking with bare feet; the wood does not get too hot making it pleasing for visitors to stand on during the height of the summer.   At the heart of AquaVilla is a core connection to the surrounding environment. Through the installation of an Aqua Energy System, which utilises energy from nearby water to heat properties, and the company’s assurance to using space effectively, AquaVilla has consistently demonstrated its commitment to the environment. The use of Kebony for the external walls, decking and roof terrace in their largest villa to date, further reiterates this strong commitment to revolutionary environmental technology.  

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Jonas Wikström at AquaVilla commented: “The construction of our largest villa is a true achievement for all involved. Building a home that floats on water was never going to be easy; however the selection of high quality materials such as Kebony ensured its smooth and timely completion. We are delighted with the final outcome and are very much looking forward to working with Kebony again in the future.”

Per Thyberg, Country Manager at Kebony Sweden said: “The completion of Sjövilla 210 is a momentous occasion for AquaVilla who should be incredibly proud of the ingenuity and innovative design that was incorporated throughout this project. Kebony is delighted to have contributed to their largest floating home and we can’t wait to see how the wood develops over time.”

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It is not necessarily the largest projects that provide the bigger challenges and this was certainly the case for structural thermal break specialists Schöck, at 83-85 Weston Street in Bermondsey. Located a short walk south from London Bridge station, in an area with very disparate architectural styles, the Weston Street development is an intriguing minimalist, modern aesthetic design. It comprises eight interlocking split-level apartments, with two and three bedroom apartments arranged over half levels; and stacked above 5000 sq ft of commercial space on the ground floor. The external envelope features a brickwork outer skin over a loadbearing concrete inner skin and amenity space is a combination of stepped roof terraces – and unusually large cantilevered concrete balconies.

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It was these heavy balconies that provided the challenge for Schöck, who have a reputation for solving demanding structural thermal break connectivity issues. Working closely with the precaster, the decision was taken to optimise the solution by utilising two different types of Schock Isokorb. The first, for

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Beyond an acute awareness of elements such as context and the needs of its community, ODA New York’s brand DNA is earmarked, in particular, by a special dexterity with - or even mastery of - the city’s byzantine zoning code; a kind of sixth sense for navigating the various restrictions and regulations in a way that enables ODA to consistently challenge architectural convention. That zoning facility is on full display in the brand’s latest multifamily masterstroke. Indeed, located on NYC’s lower east side, 100 Norfolk quite literally turns convention on its head. Situated on a narrow lot between Delancey and Rivington Streets, Norfolk’s site would ordinarily dictate a fairly standard form: a planar rectangle which, per setback rules, would be constrained beyond a certain height, offering the best light and views to a limited few, likely at a premium.  It’s a tired and inherently exclusive format, and one which ODA effectively eschews with one brazen question. Instead of locating the bulk of the building’s mass at its base - where fresh air and sunlight are diminished, and street noise abounds - ODA wondered whether the massing could essentially be reversed,

with a narrow base rising to a more expansive top. Basically, could 100 Norfolk be oriented upside down? Leveraging its masterful command of zoning laws - including those pertaining to the transfer of available air rights - ODA looked to a neighboring property for the answer. Or, more accurately, ODA looked above it, where the firm identified 11,000 square feet of unused air space ripe for construction. In order to harness that space within height limitations, they opted to invoke a dramatic series of cantilevers. Instead of simply reaching upward, Norfolk also extends sideways, broadening progressively outward every two floors above the sixth. That horizontal (in addition to vertical) growth at its upper half yields the “upside down” distribution that ODA was after a narrow base ascending to an expansive top - and renders Norfolk an infill project that performs more like a corner property: with more units situated towards the top, enjoying suffusive sunlight and enviable views. Unlike the more traditional, penthousetopped model, in Norfolk, these benefits are democratized, enjoyed by the majority of tenants. Those elements are enhanced by an ample glass curtainwall, which interfaces with Bernard Tschumi’s nearby building, and facilitated by structural trusses that support the building’s bold cantilever. Leaving the trusses deliberately exposed serves as a visible celebration of the project’s game changing morphology.

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In addition to light and views, Norfolk’s morphological feat confers several other significant advantages. Namely, it generates a top floor with double the bottom’s footprint, thereby allowing for a massive rooftop terrace. ODA’s engagement with the adjacent property extends to that building’s roof as well, which is integrated as a second terrace chockablock with amenities and contributes to the project’s total of 7,800 gross outdoor square feet.

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Exemplifying both the brand’s visual and technical prowess, the complexities of this project are fleshed out in ODA’s soon-to-be released book, Unboxing New York, offering a peak behind the curtain of their remarkable body of work.


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Lancaster University is seeking a new Chair of Architecture to lead the development of an innovative new set of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Based in the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA), the new Architecture courses will connect Lancaster’s highly-ranked research base with its gold-rated teaching track record to offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a top-ten university setting. Scheduled to launch within three years, Architecture in Lancaster is anticipated to give students access to LICA’s internally-renowned research expertise. Research at LICA engages design and the creative arts with science and technology as well as humanities and social science (ranked in Times HE World rankings 2017 world top 100). Strong relationships with architecture practices and established industry partners are planned as a core part of the curriculum. The new Chair will have the opportunity to shape and lead the development of architecture at Lancaster in the run up and launch over the next three years. Due to Lancaster’s research-led teaching, students will not only have the ability to think creatively and critically but they will also have the practical skills needed to translate Lancaster’s worldleading research into practice.

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Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster University Professor Simon Guy said: “Students can expect to draw upon the energy of our outstanding research environment which cuts across fields from design to environment. They will also gain inspiration from our access to some of the UK’s most diverse and interesting built environments, as well as Lancaster’s excellent teaching reputation. “We anticipate that our students will have the opportunity to make a contribution to the future of the Northern Powerhouse through live projects and briefs with leading industry partners in the practical part of the curriculum.” Architecture at Lancaster will be designed to benefit from our research-driven culture and strong connections with the University’s Institutes of Social Futures, Data Science, Material Science, the Health Innovation Campus and Lancaster Environment Centre.

Between them, these Institutes are tackling some of the most pressing challenges in the built environment from reducing urban pollution and making our homes smarter to developing groundbreaking building materials and designing healthier homes. Director of LICA Professor Judith Mottram said: “Our vision is for Lancaster Architecture students to have something very special. Not only will they be capable of designing great buildings, but they will draw from new research in many fields about multiple aspects of the world we live in.”

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M&G Real Estate has acquired a four-acre mixed-use development site - The Haymarket - in Edinburgh for £49.1 million. With a gross development value of circa £280 million, the site has planning permission for the development of three Grade A office buildings totalling 350,000 sq ft, provision for 40,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, a 190-room hotel and a 172-room aparthotel. The acquisition extends M&G Real Estate’s office development portfolio in Scotland and follows deals to fund the construction of Quartermile 3 and Quartermile 4 Edinburgh, in addition to plans to provide a £100 million best-in-class workplace at The Grid in Glasgow, which has already been awarded Scotland’s second ever WiredScore Platinum rating for digital connectivity. With environmental excellence and well-being at the forefront of the design, The Haymarket will be built to the highest sustainability standards, with state of the art digital infrastructure, technology and connectivity.   The site provides an opportunity to expand the Scottish capital’s growing financial quarter - the Exchange District – which is located next to Haymarket train station, connecting passengers to Glasgow and is also close to tram services serving Edinburgh airport.   Edinburgh is a leading European financial and business centre and is home to more FTSE 100 companies than any UK city, with the exception of London. Edinburgh proved resilient through the financial crisis but the supply of office accommodation in Edinburgh is at its lowest for over 10 years – a situation unlikely to improve due to limited new supply.

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Chris Perkins, Head of Business Space, M&G Real Estate, comments: “With the current supply/demand dynamics, bringing 350,000 sq ft to the market will reinforce the Exchange District as a prime hub for business in Europe. Whilst Edinburgh remains an attraction for heritage tourism, its rejuvenation as a business and leisure location over the past few years rightly places it amongst Europe’s leading cities.   “As a provider of investment solutions across geographies, sectors and product types, this investment reinforces our strategy of acquiring assets with potential for sustained income, strong capital appreciation located in targeted growth zones.” Savills represented M&G Real Estate.

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Lighting is key to the building, which offers 24/7 access for its users. An internal lighting installation in the atrium can be viewed from the inside, but is also seen externally from surrounding areas including the University of Manchester  campus. A mix of intimately lit and large open spaces alongside the specially lit landscape allows for flexibility.


ALL WEATHER IN-CEILING (AWC) SERIES SPEAKERS FORECASTING GREAT AUDIO WHATEVER THE WEATHER The ‘All-Weather’ Series of In-ceiling/wall speakers from leading UK specialist Monitor Audio carries the brand’s quality discreetly into extreme environments, such as bathrooms, beach houses, boats, and saunas, proving that there is no environment beyond the reach of great sound. Not only are the four AWC models equipped with the excellence of over four decades of award-winning speaker engineering, their stealthy flush-fitting design includes a heightened level of water, dust, corrosion, UV and temperature protection, providing custom installations with long-term reliability in the most challenging conditions. Developed using all C-CAM driver systems derived from the company’s critically acclaimed hi-fi speakers, the AWC series comprises stylish two-way 61/2” and 8” models (AWC265 and AWC280) with single speaker stereo (T2) variants, the AWC265-T2 and AWC280-T2. Anodised black for stealthy In-ceiling/wall integration, the C-CAM bass drivers combine co-axially with Monitor Audio’s renowned 1” C-CAM tweeters, which are twinned and angled on the T2 versions to deliver high performance stereo sound from a single unit where space is limited. Protecting the drive systems are low profile trimless grilles engineered from high-grade stainless steel and fixed using special non-corroding rare earth magnets for easy utility. The rear of each model is polymer encased to prevent the ingress of dirt and moisture. Where it meets ceiling or wall, a layer of specially formulated EPDM barrier material ensures a long-lasting waterproof seal. Also at the back, silicon-guard-protected push terminals are joined by high frequency level adjustment controls, designed to optimise response in a range of environments from wide open spaces to tiled pool areas. Trouble-free and secure installation is offered through Monitor Audio’s innovative Tri-grip fixing system, which is easier to install than conventional ‘dog’ fixings and provides three times the clamping surface area for a better surface seal, maximising bass response and midrange clarity.

• High Performance C-CAM bass and high frequency drivers • Stainless Steel ‘Trimless’ grille – strong and resistant to corrosion • Non-ferrous Samarium Cobalt magnets for grille attachment – prevent rust and corrosion • IP55 certified for Extreme climate conditions: Salt Spray, UV stability, Water, Vibration, Anti-corrosion • Patented Tri-grip dog leg fixings • EPDM barriers to prevent moisture • EPDM is an extremely durable synthetic rubber membrane (ethylene propylene diene monomer) • Gold plated push terminals with silicon cover • Stainless fixing screws with Silicone covers • Tweeter level attenuation (internal) – set prior to installation • Applications: bathrooms, beach houses, boats, saunas, pool rooms; universal outdoor installation • Models: AWC265, AWC265-T2 AWC280, AWC280-T2 For more information email Additional technical details are available at monitoraudio com

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The AWC series, along with their ‘Climate’ range of weather-proof speakers extends the choice of robust and super-discreet architectural speaker options from Monitor Audio.



OPERA 2PH BLACK Available Now Discover the beauty from within Discover Opera Designed by Marco Pellici and manufactured in Italy, Inspired by the industrial trend, not only does this chic model feature a distinctive handle cut into the glass, created to provide more generous access to the shower space. A sophisticated system that allows the door to open and close softly. This mechanism is cleverly concealed inside the profile of the door, making the enclosure look as good on the inside as it does on the outside. Available in matt black, matt white and chrome finishes, Opera meets demand for the current monochrome interiors style, making it the ideal choice for any modern bathroom. Give your showroom the edge with Opera by Novellini.

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TATE BRITAIN 1,300m2 of Schlüter®-DITRA 25 uncoupling membrane is ensuring a crack-free finish for the tile within 2016 Turner Prize nominee Anthea Hamilton’s recent commission for the prestigious Duveen Galleries.

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One British artist a year is invited to produce a new work for the signature space, which constitutes the heart of one of the UK’s most famous art galleries. Hamilton’s response, entitled ‘The Squash’, combines performance and sculpture in an immersive experience. The installation involved tiling the length of the Duveen Galleries. Contacted by curator Linsey Young, Schlüter donated its market-leading uncoupling membrane for use beneath the white tiles laid above the galleries’ terrazzo floor. The Schlüter®DITRA 25 was installed and tiled over the days and weeks in the run-up to the exhibition opening on 22nd March. Creating a striking contrast with Tate Britain’s neo-classical architecture, the commissioned work will remain in situ until 7th October, following a 6-month run anticipated to attract around 700,000 visitors. © Tate (Matt Greenwood) 2018

© Tate (Seraphina Neville) 2018

One performer per day takes to the tiles from 10am-6pm, clad in their choice of one of seven costumes designed by Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director of luxury clothing and accessory brand, Loewe. All are inspired by different types of squash and pumpkins, taking their lead from Hamilton’s initial source of inspiration for the commission: a 1960 photograph that she discovered several years’ ago, capturing a scene from a dance by American choreographer, Erick Hawkins.

DITRA 25 was again utilised, on this occasion for uncoupling

Whether supporting a renowned artist through sponsorship or providing solutions for permanent features, Schlüter-Systems is delighted to play a role in the endeavours of Tate Britain. For more information on how Schlüter-Systems can help with your tile and stone projects, call 01530 813396, email pr@schluter. or visit Tate Britain Commission: Anthea Hamilton ‘The Squash’ Tate Britain, 22 March – 7 October 2018

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The project marks Schlüter-Systems’ second involvement with Tate Britain; in 2011, the company was engaged as part of a £45 million renovation of the Grade II listed Millbank building, led by architecture firm Caruso St John. The renovation involved the creation of new education and events rooms, including the art gallery’s Djanogly café and opened in November 2013.

provision beneath agglomerate stone or unglazed porcelain floor tiles, dependent on the rooms and areas in question. Cement-free tile backerboard, Schlüter®-KERDI-BOARD, can be found supporting wall tiling in the WCs and kitchens; Schlüter®-DILEX movement joints, in a number of variants, can be seen within the floors and walls of these areas, helping to maintain crack-free coverings.

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The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved plans for a mix of 176 affordable homes and social housing located on the Bath Road, Hounslow. The transformative scheme was designed by Colwyn Foulkes & Partners for A2 Dominion and was previously granted planning consent by the London Borough of Hounslow in December 2017. The site, which was previously home to a Morrisons supermarket that had been derelict for a couple years, will now be demolished

as part of the proposals. There will also be space for an 8,000sq ft food store. Senior Partner Nick Colwyn-Foulkes said; “The Mayor has made it clear that tackling London’s housing crisis is his number one priority. New and revolutionising developments, such as this one on Bath Road, will help provide plenty of much-needed affordable homes. With 50% social housing and 50% intermediate tenures with the option to buy and rent.” A report by the planners to the London Borough of Hounslow said: “The proposed buildings are considered to be sensitively designed and located to ensure they do not detract from the character of the area.”

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Joseph Ash Galvanizing is a UK leader of steel finishing services including galvanizing, spin galvanizing, shot blasting, powder coating and duplex coatings services. When it comes to corrosion protection, the company provides the highest standards of quality available and serves all types of customers from large construction companies and fabricators, to local authorities and architects. One of the most effective ways to protect steel and enhance its aesthetic appeal, is by treating it with a duplex coating: a synergy of hot dip galvanizing and powder coating suitable for all types of steel architectural projects.

to weather damage. If, however, the steel has also been painted or powder coated, the synergistic effect acts as an extra barrier, which slows down the zinc erosion rate and provides a far superior level of protection to extend the life of steel. The additional benefits of a duplex coating are: durability; ease of repainting; economical; sustainable; environmentally friendly; and guaranteed for up to 40 years (dependent on the type of powder used). Duplex coating services are provided by the company’s Joseph Ash Medway plant, who provide a wide variety of durable finishes from metallic to textured, in a huge range of bright colours with varying matt, satin and gloss levels.

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LISTED COUNTRY HOUSE SAVED FROM DERELICTION A Category B listed country house near Peebles, Scotland, has been brought back to life following many years of neglect. As in most historic houses, the walls of Hallyards do not have a damp course, which means that moisture rises up them and needs to evaporate away. At some stage lime plaster had been replaced with gypsum plaster but this had damaged walls by preventing them from breathing. Owner Mike Gush said: “For the internal decoration we chose Earthborn Claypaint because it is highly breathable and works well with lime plaster. We’ve chosen shades that complement the stone floors and slate worktops, aiming to create a bright and airy feel.”

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Claypaint is a unique, clay based emulsion that maximises the natural properties of clay to create a high performance, highly breathable paint that covers exceptionally well and gives a distinctive, ultra matt finish. It is virtually VOC free and does not give off any toxic emissions so it is safer for the health of building occupants and the environment. Its eco credentials include the stringent EU Ecolabel. Claypaint is available in Earthborn’s signature palette of 72 shades. Bespoke colours can be developed through the nationwide network of Earthborn stockists such as Ian Russell Paints of Edinburgh which supplied the paint for Hallyards.

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WARWICK STREET Squire and Partners has extensively re-modelled an existing 1980’s building to create a vibrant development that maintains its previous office and retail uses, but makes a more meaningful connection with the surrounding Soho Conservation Area by creating a contemporary crafted design.

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High quality office and retail spaces are provided within the existing building structure behind a new facade, while a new top floor is expressed as an irregular folded mansard. The new facade establishes a rational frame of glazed Umbra Sawtooth bricks with stone spandrels, animated with vertical bands featuring ‘woven’ green tiles that pay tribute to the area’s textile history, and relate to the glazed tiles which define the surrounding streets. A series of full height glazed bays at ground floor create impactful retail units, while a canopied entrance marks the office reception.

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The metal-clad top floor creates a bold interpretation of a modern mansard roof, the erratic playful form making a nod to Soho’s history of rebellion and the inherent creativity which defines the local culture.

SCHUECO’S NEW PANORAMIC SLIDING DOOR OFFERS SLIM SIGHTLINES AND MAXIMUM TRANSPARENCY System development is an integral part of Schueco’s corporate DNA and the urge to improve can lead to new solutions that provide benefits for architects and end-users. The new Schueco ASE 67 PD sliding door is a typical example of this.

The slimmer of the two options, which has a 57 mm frame, is especially suitable for use in renovation projects; it offers a lower overall frame cost but without impacting on excellent levels of sound insulation (up to 46 dB).

When Schueco UK launched the ASS 77 PD series of ‘panoramic’ sliding doors in early 2012, the move was widely welcomed by architects looking for a door offering maximum transparency that could span very wide openings and yet still operate effortlessly.

A completely flat threshold is designed to eliminate the possibility of accidents, while still allowing the door to deliver watertightness to 300 Pa and wind resistance to Class C3.

The door can be configured in a variety of opening combinations utilising two, three or four leaves, each up to 3.2 metres wide and 3.5 metres high. Depending upon the particular specification and the level of insulation required, the moving vent can be doubleor triple-glazed. Using a simplified method of construction which makes it easier to manufacture, the Schueco ASE 67 PD door is available in two options with different outer frames.

The deeper 90 mm option caters for even greater weather performance as it delivers watertightness to 600 Pa whilst maintaining the aesthetics and sound insulation of the 57 mm system. Both versions offer a very slim central mullion width of 31 mm and can accommodate glass widths ranging from 36 mm to 49.6 mm. A choice of two locking options, one in the centre and one on the side, ensure that this new system offers architects considerable design flexibility and security. For further information on the Schueco ASE 67 PD sliding door, please email or visit

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Today, a brand new development of these doors – designated Schueco ASE 67 PD – is set to prove equally impressive. It provides the same minimal sightlines with an outer frame that remains concealed in the building structure, resulting in a huge ‘panoramic’ area of clear glass.

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stablished 1982, stablished in 33October years ago Touch Ironmongery is one of in October 1982, Touch London’s leading ironmongers. Ironmongery is one of London’s Originally called “A Touch of leading ironmongers. Originally Brass”, the firm changed name in called “A Touch of Brass”,their the firm 2003 in reaction to slowly advancing changed their name in 2003 in reaction market changes in architectural ironto slowly advancing market changes mongery which is no longer supplied in architectural ironmongery which is solely in brass, and to alsoinreflect no longer supplied solely brass,the and broader rangethe of products and finishes to also reflect broader range of that they sell. products and finishes that they sell. In In fact fact today, today, Touch Touch can can supply supply aa wide wide range range of of finishes finishes including including Brass, Brass, Satin Satin Brass, Brass, Polished Polished Chrome, Chrome, Satin Satin Chrome, Chrome, Polished Polished Nickel, Nickel, Satin Satin Nickel, Nickel, Copper, Copper, Bronze Bronze -solid -solid and and plated, plated, BMA, BMA, Antique Antique Brass, Brass, Black, Black, Pewter, Pewter, Ceramic, Ceramic, Leather, Leather, Stainless Stainless Steel, Steel, Satin Satin Stainless Stainless Steel, Steel, Gun Gun Metal, Metal, and and the the list list keeps keeps growing. growing. Whatever Whatever finish finish you you require, require, Touch Touch can can help help you you get get the the right right look. look.

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Touch Touch occupy occupy their their recently recently refurbished refurbished showroom showroom at at 210 210 Fulham Fulham Road, Road, Chel-

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Robust UK is launching their new glazed fire resistant steel profile and doorsets. ‘GLAS-DOR’ can provide up to 2 hours of fire resistance with a core of fire resistant insulation for glazed doors, sliding doors, partition walls and window sections. The introduction of GLAS-DOR brings new opportunities for building design, as Paul Williams, Sales Director at Robust UK, explains: “Building on the experience and knowledge from over 20 years trading history with our sister company in Sweden, we are very pleased to be able to offer the new Robust GLAS-DOR system. “Architects and building engineers can now specify fully glazed steel doors and wall partitions in areas that need to meet fire and security requirements and is perfect for use in offices, shopping centres, airports, hotels, hospitals, schools and similar public buildings.” The doors and wall partitions are built using the Stalprofil SP35000 and SP76000 systems. Both carry a variety of UK and European test evidence for fire, security and acoustic performance which Robust will be adding to with a programme of UK specific testing.

GLAS-DOR Door and Wall Sections can make up the fire cell partitions in, for example, corridors, main passageways and stairwells used as evacuation routes in the event of a fire. The solid fire-resistant insulating core between the steel profiles

The systems can be adapted to suit requirements and are type approved, with features including finger trap gaskets, round windows and arches. The systems have profiles adapted for modular locks (85 mm) as well as narrow (20 mm) and wide (130, 180 and 260 mm) profiles. These tested and approved systems also come in a wide variety of heights and widths. Wall sections up to 3.45m height and with a free edge have been tested as per EN 1364-1 to ensure compliance up to EI 120, and 4 metres height sections up to EI 60. Robust GLAS-DOR is manufactured in Robust’s brand new facility located at their headquarters in Stoke-on-Trent and is available made-to-measure. More information on Robust GLAS-DOR can be found at

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Robust fire resistant sections in steel have been tested in accordance with BS476: Part 22: 1987 for wall sections up to 120 minutes integrity and insulation, doorsets up to 90 minutes integrity and 60 minutes insulation as well as double leaf sliding doors with top and side lights for 30 minutes integrity.

effectively reduces heat transfer from the side of the door or wall exposed to the fire.

ENTERING AN ERA OF ELEGANCE Giving the Moderne a contemporary edge while maintaining the tenets of iconic 1930’s design has been realised in the redevelopment of a prestigious London building. No 1 New Oxford Street – formerly known as Commonwealth House – now has an entrance which echoes its proud heritage, combining sleek elegant aesthetics with modern convenience.

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The automatic circular sliding doors from GEZE UK make quite a statement, providing an entrance which blends seamlessly into the curved and streamlined contours of a building which stands proud, like the prow of a ship, on a site where New Oxford Street and High Holborn meet at an acute angle. Unlike the sharp geometrics of the similarly placed Flatiron building in New York, No 1 New Oxford Street projects a rounded nose to its edifice, topped off by a modern-faced clock tower designed by its original architect Henry Philip Cart de Lafontaine in 1939. Its new entrance had to meet this exacting vision. A GEZE Slimdrive SCR was used to provide the light and airy entrance,

flanked by curving glass panels to the side which flow into the original columns, and topped with a glazed fanlight overhead. This frontage allowed the sliding doors to be recessed into the entrance, allowing it to seamlessly flow into a new lobby area. One of the benefits of the Slimdrive SCR is that it combines high performance while remaining discreet. It has a low operator height of just 7 cm and is therefore very unobtrusive. In this case, the Slimdrive SCR was fitted as freestanding entrance – the 360° drive solution is usually incorporated into a building’s facade – but as this entrance was recessed, the installation was adapted to the bespoke requirements of the design. A circular canopy and black glass wrap was placed over the doorway, blending into the metal framework of the frontage. This included additional detailing by Fleetwood Architectural Aluminium (FAA) which simulated the art deco style. The canopy determined where the sensors could be fitted, so GEZE UK worked with Fleetwood to ensure that the design brief was met while ensuring that the sensors still performed correctly. GEZE’s GC 365 sensors were used - combining motion and safety

detectors which operate the open and close mechanism while alleviating the need for separate sensors. Light rings featured in the lobby area have also been fitted inside the drum of the door – again reflecting the art deco style. And an air curtain was fitted into the installation to blow warm air over the entrance and stop cold air pushing into the building. Outside, over the top of the impressive double-height entrance is faced with dark green tiles which evoke the style of the modern/ deco aesthetic. This has been one of Lafontaine’s original design features but was considered too risqué by the Crown Estate at the time and was never applied.


Orms architects conscientiously researched the creator’s intentions and the effect is truly mesmerizing and so evocative of the time. The entrance now leads into a distinctive mono-chromatic lobby with terrazzo flooring, fluted glass walls, gold coloured reception desk and a ‘Guggenheim-inspired’ stepped inner atrium that echoes the glamour of a bygone era. It incorporates a curved wall of back-lit white fluted glass which illuminates the reception with twin pendant lights referencing the geometrical forms of art deco. The entrance was specified within a detailed brief by Orms Architects, which devised the plans for the £38 million refurbishment of what was created to be an ‘ultra-modern building of imposing appearance’. Said Andy Howland, GEZE UK’s Sales and Marketing Director: “This project is an outstanding example of how the refurbishment of an historic building can enhance its facilities while remaining true to the vision of its original architect. “Orms had very detailed requirements to refit No 1 New Oxford Street to such a high standard in order to future-proof the building to the demands that would be placed upon it. We are delighted that GEZE products were incorporated into this scheme which can rightly take its place among the landmark architecture of the capital.” Kam Sagoo, Design Manager for Fleetwood Architectural Aluminum said that the level of detailing and installation needed to be very precise. “GEZE UK was brought early during the design process and numerous meetings were held, with all relevant parties present, to fully understand the design intent, the detailing, coordination, sequencing, logistics and installation. “Having an established relationship with GEZE UK meant that we could forge ahead with the technical design and realise a viable and compliant solution. The result is a stunning entrance screen which blends the GEZE Slimdrive SCR system effortlessly with the FAA bespoke facade.”

It totals 12,250 sq ft of retail and 95,000 sq ft Grade A office space. Owned by TIAA Henderson Real Estate, its occupants now include H&M’s luxury brand COS.

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The redevelopment has added 10,000 square feet across ninestorey and incorporated new lifts and bridge decks into the previous courtyard which overlook the new full-height glazed atrium at its heart.

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Piuarch’s Valtellina Diary Store has been selected for “Arcipelago Italia. Projects for the future of the country’s interior territories”, the theme of the project by curator Mario Cucinella for the Italian Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (May 26 - November 25, 2018), promoted by the MiBACT. A land of infinite differences, of practically irreconcilable cultures, of sea and mountains, plains, lakes, small towns and hamlets unique in the world: this is Italy, and it is precisely its complex physiognomy – an extraordinary group of identities – that inspired the theme of the Italian Pavilion at the 16th edition of the Biennale Architettura 2018. “Arcipelago Italia. Projects for the future of the country’s interior territories” is in fact the theme of curator Mario Cucinella’s project at the famous

Venetian kermesse: it contains those places, often far from the nerve centers of production and the increasingly international business districts, where the landscape it is still largely rural and authentic. In this cross-section of the Bel Paese, the exhibition investigates and celebrates the territories of tradition, which are facing or have been able to face small but significant changes with exemplary actions. The map moves from the south to the earthquake-hit areas of central Italy, up to the Alpine settings in the north: it is this geographical belt in particular that concerns the Valtellina Diary Store project, designed by Piuarch for an invited competition and selected by Mario Cucinella for the exhibition at the Italian Pavilion, scheduled from May 26 to November 25, 2018.

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An expansion of an existing building in the municipality of Postalesio, in the province of Sondrio, the Valtellina Diary Store presents itself as a balanced narration of the transformations taking place in the colder parts of our nation. A hinge between the old and the new, which links the historical typology of the alpine malga, or summer hut – a building characterized by a low profile and a single volume that provides shelter from winter snow and summer sun – with its own contemporary interpretation, thus establishing an enduring relationship with the area to which it belongs. ​​

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The building designed by Piuarch is 54 meters long and 21 meters wide, and is covered by a single large roof with front and side overhang, faced with sheet metal on the outside and wood inside, creating an area of about 1000 square meters, 340 square meters of which are outdoor spaces. On the two short sides, the roof extends for another 9 meters from the building profile, forming a large covered square.

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On the long sides, instead, the roof lowers until reaching a height of 2.2 m and a width of 3 m, facilitating access to the cooperative’s commercial areas and creating a pleasant dehors connected with the complex’s functions, including the sales area, bar and restaurant. There is no visual boundary between inside and outside, and the completely transparent façades erase any separation and make the notable pitched roof seem almost to be hanging in the air. The flooring also articulates the same conditions of continuity: made from local stone, it defines the square and the covered area

of the design, enriched with exposed laminated wood structures and opaque curtain walls, also in wood, that enclose the central core containing the services and the conference room. Traditional materials and the return to a local building type thus seal this complex’s link with the history of the area, while the large glass walls open to the theme of modernity and, above all, to the panoramic view of the still virtually uncontaminated rural landscape of the Valtellina.

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER AT NEW CROSSRAIL STATION Artwork doesn’t usually measure over 50 metres long and weigh several tonnes, but that’s the challenge that Wrightstyle, the advanced glazing systems supplier, has to overcome as it completes work on Farringdon station on London’s Crossrail project. The enormous artwork entitled Force and Energy was commissioned by the Crossrail Arts Programme, which is integrating art into several Elizabeth Line stations to reflect the ambition of London’s new railway and the communities it serves. British artist Simon Periton drew inspiration from the nearby Hatton Garden diamond district, and his artwork is a sequence of gemstones that will roll and tumble across the station’s interior walls – over 45 glass panels of up to three metres tall and two tonnes in weight. Wrightstyle is completing three elevations of structurallyglazed curtain walling, measuring 54 metres long and six metres tall, working for the station’s joint venture consortium of BAM Construction, Ferrovial and Kier. The Elizabeth Line is expected to fully open at the end of this year and will increase London’s rail capacity by 10% when it is fully operational. The new Farringdon station is expected to serve 82,000 passengers every working day.

Wrightstyle is currently working on seven stations on the Elizabeth Line, including Bond Street, Paddington, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel and Woolwich.

Wrightstyle has particular expertise in major transportation projects, both in the UK and internationally, with recent completions including a major railway hub in Hong Kong and the renovation of the iconic frontage of London’s King’s Cross station. The company is an international leader in the supply of guaranteed systems to mitigate against fire or ballistic or bomb attack – and has live tested its systems against both car and lorry bomb attack, using up to 500kg of TNT-equivalent high explosive. “Crossrail is the largest construction project in Europe and passenger safety is, of course, the paramount concern of the design team,” said John Woodcock, contracts manager, Wrightstyle. “That’s the reason why our systems have been specified across several new stations on the Elizabeth Line. We have great experience in the transportation sector, and our systems have been subjected to international testing in Europe, the USA and Asia,” he said. The artist Simon Periton talks about his inspiration here.

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The £14.8 billion Elizabeth Line has 40 stations, including ten new stations, and will have up to 24 trains running each hour in both directions on its 100 kilometre route.

Specialist glass from Hero Glass was chosen for the project “which pushed the capabilities of normal glass design, but which also successfully fuses art and architecture in this remarkable building,” according to Lee Coates, UK Director, Hero Glass. The glass panel artwork was created using a silk screen print process in Hero’s factory which gave the visual result the artist was looking for.

URBAN FRONT We are very excited to be introducing a new steel door to our products later on this year with some exciting new textures and finishes including a rust, black, bronze finishes and leather options with sizes up to 2m wide. Available for delivery in early 2019. The past year has seen a real interest in ‘alternative’ finishes for doors and metal is right at the top of the list.  

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REYNAERS OFFERS GOLD STANDARD IN LUXURY LIVING AT CLELAND HOUSE Leading aluminium systems company Reynaers has helped to achieve a quality finish for Cleland House – a brand-new gold standard residential development in Westminster, London. The build is one half of Berkeley Homes’ dual venture Abell and Cleland. The luxury homes are set across two beautifully designed buildings in John Islip Street in the heart of the capital, close to the banks of the river Thames and within easy reach of the Houses of Parliament and Tate Britain. The development is located next-door to the international headquarters of Burberry and the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton, which offers in-house dining services to Cleland House residents. The transport links of St James’s Park, Westminster and Victoria are within easy walking distance. The apartment complex, sympathetically designed by the Stirling Prize-nominated DSDHA Architects, features Reynaers’ CS 77-HI windows and CW 50 curtain wall aluminium systems in a beautiful bronzed powder-coated finish. The prestigious building combines uncompromising levels of specification from fabricator M Price, with quality materials and complex structural engineering. An intricate curve to Cleland is supported on cantilevered crosswalls between the second and fourth floors so that columns don’t impact the views through a double-height lobby, leading through to the courtyard. Frosted glass brings natural daylight into the stylish entrance. Marketing Manager at Reynaers Rebecca Cope said: “Cleland House is a fantastic development in the heart of London and we are very proud to add this latest luxurious project to our extensive portfolio of first-class buildings.” Further details are available from: Reynaers Limited, Tel: 0121 421 1999, or email:, website:

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PROJECT DETAILS Project address: Cleland House, 32 John Islip Street, Westminster, London SW1P 4FE Developer: Berkeley Homes Architect: DSDHA Architects Fabricator: M Price Reynaers systems: CS 77-HI windows and CW 50 curtain walling

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Negotiating the steep topography of a lake-side site, this holiday house consists of two volumes stacked on one another. The lower volume nestles into the landscape so that it is barely visible as one first approaches the house. The upper volume rests on the lower one and on a concrete pier to form both a bridge and a cantilever. This massing strategy allows for increased access and permeability of the site and emphasizes the charged relationship between the building and the ground. The upper volume contains living spaces and opens up towards the lake while the lower volume is more enclosed and houses bedrooms. Responding to the need for accessibility for guests with disabilities, as well as thinking of the clients’ ability to use the building far into the future, a study/bedroom and accessible bathroom are provided on the main level. The roof of the lower bar becomes a terrace allowing elevated views and a direct connection to the living spaces.

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The factory-inspired skylights are rotated to admit north light without heat gain while orienting the solar panels due south so the house can generate all of its own power. The combination of vertical skylights and a fully glazed south-facing facade result in a generously daylit interior. A covered walkway shades the main wall of glass from summer sun while admitting lower winter sun to passively heat the dark-dyed concrete floor. Simple, low-maintenance, long-life materials are used on the facade, including a reflective standing seam metal roof and a lapped heat-treated (petrified) wood cladding, while the interior is lined with formaldehyde-free plywood. Playful elements are placed throughout from a glazed brick socle for the wood stove, to scattered colourful coat-hooks and a custom undercroft swingbench.

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“Finding a sustainable solution that assisted in the reduction of annual repair costs to some areas of our older building stock was paramount as we embarked on this project. With over 1700 young people and staff moving about our site daily, we wanted to create spaces that both felt fresh and clean whilst also improving the overall image of some of our older spaces. “Yeoman Shield was excellent from start to finish, great communication and advice during the quotation process. Their own dedicated fitting teams were super-efficient and met with all our H&S requests. Ultimately the end product is stunning and we are seriously considering rolling this programme out over further areas within the Academy.” Commented Mrs A. Jackson – Estates Director, Macmillan Academy.

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RINNAI HOT WATER INSTANT, CONTINUOUS, LIMITLESS AND SENSIBLY ECONOMIC FOR EVERY TYPE OF COMMERCIAL SITE Rinnai, the UK leader in hot water heating units and systems for all commercial and residential sites, has recently completed yet another installation at a caravan park and holiday multi-activity centre.

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Rinnai HDC 1500e external unit, fuelled by LPG, was installed at a site in rural Herefordshire as part of regular upgrades on the complex. The hot water was for a very specific function - the Disabled, Laundry and Dog Wash rooms providing, and it needed to supply more than 940lt/hr at times of high demand. The unit has a maximum output of 54kW and weighs just 31kG. Due to space and configuration constraints the Rinnai 1500e unit was selected and installed neatly on an external façade and accessorized with a pipe cover box to deter any vandalism and provide weather protection. As this is a pre-manufactured unit, no additional flue or ancillaries required, aside from standard pipe and electrical connections. The installation was easily completed in less than a single day. LPG is increasingly popular for caravan sites as it gives extra flexibility on fuel and very good cost savings for the owners and

operators. LPG is one of the cleanest off grid energy sources and as such is the ideal fuel for water heating applications in rural areas that are off-grid. According to Chris Goggin, Rinnai’s Operations Director, Rinnai Infinity continuous flow water heaters combined with LPG gives end users, such as caravan site owners, for example, an unrivalled energy efficient and environmentally friendly solution. And our units are delivered to site LPG-enabled.” Rinnai, the UK’s leading manufacturer of the ErP A-rated Infinity range of continuous flow condensing gas-fired water heaters, supplies the best energy efficient range of low-NoX water heating units currently on the market. Advanced condensing heat exchangers combined with innovative down firing pre-mix burner technology ensures that every cubic metre of LPG is used to the maximum on HDC 1500e. One of the site concerns was Legionella proliferation, therefore a ‘SMART’ controls for the secondary return DHW systems in the form of an advanced temperature control system which allows for safe running of water at 42°C core temperature during the

LPG IS ONE OF THE CLEANEST OFF GRID ENERGY SOURCES AND AS SUCH IS THE IDEAL FUEL FOR WATER HEATING APPLICATIONS IN RURAL AREAS THAT ARE OFF-GRID. day and 60°C at a time when the building is closed was used. By the time the building reopens, core temperature is 42°C for safe use. Another Rinnai innovation addresses an age-old industry problem with hot water delivery - lime scale build-up. The company’s integrated scale control system is an innovative solution and comes in the form of an LC (lime check) code on the display of the controller.

Rinnai’s HDC range offers condensing technology with up to 107% gross efficiency, ultra-low-Nox of less than 20 ppm, a widely expansive modulation range of 59.5kW-2.8kW and high flow rates of 37/ltr/min. Add to these benefits are the peace of mind of an extended warranty, a top A-rating exceeding the

demands of eco-labelling legislation, the flexibility of external wall mounting and delivery to site with all relevant accessories and the knowledge that the HDC range is future-proofed against future regulatory and legislative changes. For more information on the RINNAI product range visit www.

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Almost all water-fed appliances, including plate heat exchangers, boilers and water heaters will accumulate scale deposits when used within hard water areas over time. Lime scale consists of calcium carbonate (calcite) with lesser amounts of other calcium salts such as the sulphate. Sometimes lime scale deposits contain corrosion debris and this scale build-up can affect the water heaters by reducing their efficiency and overall performance. Ultimately, ongoing use with hard water may shorten the lifespan of conventional water heating appliances and systems. To safeguard against this Rinnai units continually self-monitor for lime scale deposits around the heat exchanger. If a lime scale build up has being identified, a message is sent to the built-in interface panel on the front of the appliance. The message is displayed as ‘LC’, which alerts the end user that it is time to call a Rinnai service agent to perform a lime scale flush to clear the potentially harmful deposits. This avoids and eliminates the adverse effects associated with lime scale build up, including lower energy efficiencies and rapid product degeneration.


Rinnai offers what is said to be the most energy efficient and cost-effective range of LPG-compatible A-rated eco-labelled continuous flow hot water heating products for any type of site or application. The Rinnai Infinity range includes the 16i (36.8kW output giving 16 litres of useable hot per minute) and the 17e for external mounting (29.7kW output giving 17 litres of hot water per minute) – condensing models within the range can deliver up to 107% net thermal efficiency. For heavy-duty applications the Infinity HDC1600i/e produces the lowest NOx emissions on the market - below 20 ppm NOx. The HDC1600i Low NOx can boost thermal efficiency up to 108%

(based on net calorific value) and can keep to more than 97% even in the minimal heat LPG. The Infinity HDC1200 models also achieve energy performance of 107% net thermal efficiency while the larger HDC1500 internal and external models turn in 105% net thermal efficiency. The Rinnai Infinity Low NOx HD55i internal water heater is a room sealed, wall hung, LPG or natural gas fired continuous flow water heater.  Capable of supplying in excess of 780 litres @ 50ºC degrees rise per hour, while producing less than 20 ppm NOx, this unit combines environmental cost efficiencies and quality product offering. Up to 25 units can be cascaded to supply any specification.

LPG users can also take advantage of Rinnai’s Bespoke Package Design, created to provide better on-site efficiency and is supplied to site in bundles. The package also includes scale protection options to maximise system efficiency. Another innovation from Rinnai is the Infinity Solo condensing low NOX water heater – this is the first Rinnai product for the UK to combine the advanced technology of its wall mounted continuous flow water heaters with a stainless-steel storage cylinder in one compact unit, boosting recovery rates of as little as 19 minutes and low standing losses. This system is ideal for light commercial requirements where services limit the use of continuous flow.

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Comments Chris Goggin, Associate Director, Rinnai UK: “Contractors, Installers, site owners and end users can rest assured that these units, when used with LPG, offer the best energy savings and performance available for a hot water system. LPG is one of the most energy efficient forms of fuel available now, and our units take full advantage of their benefits.”

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Fab House is a new modular constructed house typology designed by TDO architecture, working in collaboration with George Clarke for joint venture developers Places for People and Urban Splash. It is the latest architect-designed house typology in the House by Urban Splash portfolio.

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In North Tyneside, a terrace of ten houses has been built on The Plateau of Smith’s Dock in North Shields, the former site of a thriving shipyard which has lay dormant for the past 30 years, and is now being transformed into a vibrant new neighbourhood by the joint venture. Earlier precedents in the US portfolio include Town House, designed by shedkm, a custom-build design whereby consumers could select their own floorplan. The terrace of ten Fab Houses sits in a masterplan alongside a crescent of 24 Town Houses and an 80unit apartment, the Smokehouses, designed by SimpsonHaugh, which is still under construction. It’s no secret that the UK is suffering a housing shortage.

In an age of increasing automation, modular fabrication could revolutionise productivity in this sector. With modules prepared in an off-site facility, site risks and scheduling concerns are minimised, resulting in a cost effective and waste efficient process which in contrast to traditional construction practices, ensures a more consistent quality. As Fab House proves, design doesn’t need to be sidelined in the process. TDO has applied smart design strategies to finesse the detailing to create a house typology which is low cost and material efficient, without sacrificing beautiful contemporary living spaces. Working in close collaboration with the off-site contractor SIG from the outset, TDO looked for ‘free detail’ to expose, to bring character and quality to the interiors. For example, the timber ceiling joists in the modular cassettes of the floor plates have been exposed, a strategy which increases floor-to-ceiling heights to 2.88 metres, whilst ensuring material continuity with the birch-faced plywood staircase, which is treated as a sculptural object inserted into the open-plan reception space. The birch ply stairwell is top- lit by a skylight, which, combined with floorto-ceiling windows in the reception space and master bedroom, floods the interiors with natural light.

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TDO also identified opportunities to make efficiencies in the fabrication process, for example by deploying central alignments in the cladding system so that the contractor did not have to align four corners, only two. The tolerances are increased and the final appearance much better controlled. The centre alignment of the cladding extends to the windows and doors, setting the overall rhythm of the building and establishing a structured and satisfying composition in the terrace. Services are concealed in a services zone behind the cladding, which can be connected externally on arrival direct from the factory floor. This gives a sense of weight and permanence to the façade not commonly associated with modular builds. This is emphasised with the specification of dark grey Equitone board, offset by the Corten steel shroud around the porch which creates shelter from the elements whilst referencing the site’s industrial heritage. Tom Lewith, director, TDO Architecture, said: “We are delighted to have contributed to this pioneering project. Fab House is the culmination of a rewarding design collaboration with George Clarke and extensive R&D with SIG Off-site. Modular construction has a vital role to play in reaching housebuilding targets, and as a young practice we’re excited to be part of this.”

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On behalf of the joint venture partners, Nigel Brewer, Places for

People, said: “One of the key components within our plans at Smith’s Dock is modular housing, and we commissioned TDO in collaboration with George Clarke to design an exemplar modern methods of construction (MMC) pre-fabricated house type which would form part of our first phase. The result is 10 striking homes which are perfect for contemporary living. The TDO team has managed to plan out a space compatible with modern life and I’m delighted that our shared vision is now a reality.”

A Passion For Quality At Robeys we have a unique approach when it comes to helping create a fabulous home. Continuously pushing the boundaries in order to supply high quality products, our portfolio includes premium quality brands to compliment any type of interior and exterior lifestyle. With nearly forty years of experience helping our clients build homes of distinction, we know that our customers demand much more from us which is why we are keen to expand our unique product range with the help of the finest craftsmen from around the world. Our purpose built riverside showroom, situated in the heart of the UK in Belper, Derbyshire, boast over 250 exquisite products many exhibited in lives displays. Beyond our showroom, we have established a solid reputation for quality products and are acknowledged as ones of the UK’s leading suppliers of exclusive fireplaces, stoves, cookers and refrigerators. With a network of valued retailers supplying most parts of the UK and Ireland, the level of care, technical knowledge and attention to detail provided by our highly-trained staff is what makes dealing with Robeys such a pleasure and is the reason why so many of our customers come back time after time.

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Rediscover fire with Ortal. Creating large room sealed gas fires in the most spectacular formats since 1986, Ortal offer a varied product line of over 80 models including island and curved fireplaces. Adding an unexpected architectural feature that bring wonder to any surround, Ortal’s state-of-the-art gas fires provide heating solutions that are both creative and effective. With extensive industry knowledge and the close attention paid to worldwide trends, many of Ortal’s exclusive innovations have been patented allowing them to provide partner clients, designers, architects and private customers the most effective and cutting-edge design solutions. Ortal welcomes the vision of its clients combining innovative technology with unique designs and solid engineering to develop

However, it is the Urfeuer open fireplace that is the real showstopper of this brand. Manufactured by Brunner for over 20 years, Urfeuer translates into ‘primal fire’ and with its modern, straight line design and minimalistic cast iron protective lining, the Urfeuer has no glass and no technical fuss, allowing you to be as close as possible to your fire. In addition to the above, we are also UK importer and distributor of classical and contemporary fireplaces and stoves from the renowned Italian manufacturer Piazzetta and award-winning, Ecodesign ready wood burning and gas stoves from Danish brand RAIS. Details of our full range of fires and associated products with much more information can be found on our website www., alternatively you can call us on 01773 820940.

LATHAM’S LATEST DECORS HAVE THE ‘X’ FACTOR James Latham, UK distributor of the exclusive, high-end decorative panel Xylocleaf, has just announced the addition of 13 brand new decors to its range.

These features make Xylocleaf a popular choice for all kinds of applications from feature walls, to worktops and cupboard doors, desks, shelving, panelling and even internal doors.

Already available in more than 80 different styles and finishes including wood grains and linens, this latest collection has seen the range of laminate decors bolstered to 52, offering an even greater choice to architects, interior designers, furniture makers and specifiers looking to add dimension, depth and texture to their projects.

Because the surfaces are made in the form of panels, laminate sheets and matching ABS edge banding, textures, finishes and colours can be blended, allowing different parts of a design scheme to feature matching or contrasting items, creating a fluid and contemporary finish throughout.

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The new collection sees the addition of such distinctive and striking finishes as Ares, Matrix, Maloja, Esperia and Concreta. Samples can be obtained by contacting your local James Latham depot and details can be found at

SALICE PROVIDE THE IDEAL INGREDIENTS FOR MEREWAY KITCHENS Salice UK are delighted to be working in partnership with Mereway Kitchens, supplying their Eclipse pocket door system and Wind lift system for installation within their ranges. Mereway Kitchens are leading independent manufacturers of high quality kitchen furniture, with a reputation for producing outstanding products, complemented by an unprecedented level of customer service. Their inspirational kitchen collections offer something for all tastes, budgets and lifestyles.

Salice’s Eclipse is widely recognised as the market leading pocket door system, innovatively designed to optimise space in a host of applications from larder units for kitchens, to hide away appliances like washing machines, freezers or even sinks. Eclipse offers movement that features soft opening and closing, cam-assisted opening action, cushion door insertion and a simple installation and adjustment. The system is individually configured for each application and supplied fully assembled, complete with full drilling details, and ready to install. Salice are also providing Mereway with their Wind lift system which is suitable for both small and large wall mounted cabinets, offering easy access and complete utilisation of the cabinet storage space. Characterised by compactness and elegant design, Wind combines the highest levels of performance with smooth and perfectly controlled movement.

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Wayne Frost of Mereway Kitchens said, “We have been delighted with the performance of Salice’s Eclipse pocket door system and Wind lift system. They offer versatility, ease of installation and reliability and have been manufactured to the highest standard”.

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Bespoke LED lighting solutions by JPR Lighting JPR Lighting offer bespoke LED lighting design and manufacture. Working with some of the best Architects and Designers in the industry from high end residential and hospitality to large scale commercial projects.

At Rollins we are an extremely friendly company and very passionate about any works we carryout, we work to our own high standards and carry out a lot of repeat business with all our clients. Our expertise falls in commercial to large industrial to which we offer a full range of services: • Installation of new Switch gear from 100A to 2500A • Cabling and containment systems. • Design and build of bespoke controls systems for production lines, plant rooms, safety controls systems and BMS. • Stand By Generators and UPS installations. • Bespoke Ventilation Systems

• Extensive Fire Alarm installation integrating with Sprinkler, Air detection and Gas detection. • Access control systems of over 100 doors for 500 + personnel • Telecoms & Data Network cabling including fibre terminations • IP CCTV systems • Internal & External lighting installation and controls. • Fit out works We have: • Up to 100 full time staff • Fleet of over 25 vehicles Recently relocated to purpose built premises • Over 3 decades’ industry experience Tel: +44 0 1945 440779

JPR LIGHTING +44(0) 1252 413 291 Tel:01277 363636

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UK based Lighting Company with 25 years experience in supplying standard and purpose made lighting solutions for the Commercial market.



Richard Andrews Architects is a thriving design-led architectural practice providing services to commercial and domestic clients across the UK from their offices in Newport, South Wales. Formed in late 2012, Director Richard Andrews has nurtured a young and vibrant team dedicated to delivering efficient, creative and sustainable buildings. All the individuals who join Richard Andrews Architects share a common goal – to improving someone’s quality of life, - it is the driving force behind their work and shapes how they collaborate with clients on a wide variety of schemes, including Education, Residential, Extra Care, Office, Leisure and Retail, delivering a full architectural service.

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The RIBA Chartered practice has an outstanding reputation locally for their domestic extension and new build projects that unlock space and light. For example, the team were recently approached by a private client who wished to create a dynamic kitchen / family room plus space for and office and library through rejuvenating their internal space. Associate, Lewis Shaw proposed a ground floor steel framed extension to span the rear of the property. With an open plan kitchen, diner and family room featuring modern Crittall style doors leading to the garden. Large frameless skylights and wrap around windows go further to enhance the space. The client’s request to maximise natural light and their view over the garden was addressed with a second side extension, housing a library area leading onto a spacious end office. By the inclusion of a large wrap around corner window the space is flooded with natural light. The exterior of the property will be finished with a crisp white render, designed to contrast beautifully against panels of timber cladding for a sleek, modern completion. The team also love using their architectural experience to problem solve and help clients make the most efficient use of their space, whilst respecting the purpose and needs of the building. Currently working on a multimillion pounds wedding and events centre in Guildford, which is located in beautiful scenery the team have designed the walls of the building to cut physically into the landscape. Allowing a curved south facing glass façade to the front. The whole build has a softer edge and an air of romance within a contemporary design.

GREAT PRODUCT AND FAST LEAD TIME Trendgrey Construction Limited is a successful building company based in Warwickshire. Specialists in challenging construction projects, they are also a long-standing customer of ARP. Working on a project recently in Arlington Avenue, Leamington Spa, Trendgrey Construction required an Aluminium Rainwater System for a newly built three-storey property consisting of six flats and a two storey-maisonette. To ensure the project progressed smoothly, Nigel Hancock, Area Sales Manager – ARP met with John Yates, the Quantity Surveyor – Trendgrey Construction to discuss the extent of the project. With over 100 metres each of gutter and downpipe, along with associated accessories, it was quite a sizeable project. Nigel visited site prior to the order being placed to make certain that the swan-necks were set out and measured correctly and to deliver samples of the product for client approval. ARP’s Sentinel beaded half round aluminium gutter and Colonnade flush joint downpipes were polyester powder coated to 7016 anthracite grey within ARP’s in-house PPC line and were ideal for this project, as they are made from a naturally occurring material, which is abundantly available, fully recyclable and noncorrosive. This lightweight and easy to install system offers the new contemporary style required for this building. John Yates, Quantity Surveyor commented “Great product and good fast lead time”.

ARP pride themselves in offering a quality solution for all your roofline and rainwater challenges and will work with you to fulfil your requirements. Give us a call today on 0116 473 5678.

UK’s No.1 supplier of timber cladding options Vincent Timber offers the largest range of timber cladding products and decking solutions in the UK – supplying countrywide a wide selection of durable

It’s what’s on the outside that counts

species and profiles, some with pre-finished colours, providing attractive low maintenance solutions to cope with all weather conditions. Visit our website for electronic brochures and an extensive gallery section.

Tel: 0121 772 5511 | Fax: 0121 766 6002 | E-mail: Vincent Timber Limited, 8 Montgomery Street, Birmingham B11 1DU

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technical assistance,

Images: MSCP Victoria Street, Multi-storey car park, Liverpool

Perforated metal in modern architecture

RMIG case studies

The creative use of perforated metal in urban design shapes the framework of our surroundings.

Among the many projects where perforation has been used in urban design the following two multi-storey car parks are recent examples of the functionality and versatility of perforated metal.

Perforated metal offers a whole new level of freedom for designers and architects who want to influence the cityscape of tomorrow and breathe new life into urban areas.

Versatility and functionality Perforated metal offers a unique versatility and functionality when it comes to design, material and use. A good example is the use of perforated metal as decorative facade cladding, where it also serves as an efficient sun screen that does not require power or manual adjustment to work.

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Using perforated metal as a decorative part of buildings, interiors and facades creates countless possibilities. To assist professionals within the building sector to obtain the best possible results, RMIG has established a complete process that gives the needed support. RMIG’s perforation experts are there to offer advice and guidance for the whole journey – from the conception of the idea to the choice of materials, patterns and finishing treatments to the final product manufacture.

MSCP Victoria Street Multi-storey car park, Liverpool When designing the facade of the MSCP in Victoria Street, Liverpool, the architects wanted to pay tribute to the city’s fishing industry and decided on a modern interpretation of the fishnet pattern. Thanks to RMIG ImagePerf technology, it was possible to reproduce the design on to the 243 perforated sheets that made up the facade, covering an area of 800 m2. In addition to the perforated facade cladding, RMIG also supplied expanded metal for the ground level of the MSCP. Both the perforated sheets and expanded metal provide the necessary ventilation and light for a facility of this kind.

Technical characteristics Raw material: Aluminium 1050 Pattern: RMIG ImagePerf Thickness: 3.0 mm Finishing operations: Folding and cutting Surface treatment: Powder coating

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Images: MSCP Time Square, Bridge Street, Multi-storey car park, Warrington, Cheshire

MSCP Time Square, Bridge Street Multi-storey car park, Warrington, Cheshire As part of the redevelopment of Bridge Street in Warrington, Cheshire, a multi-storey car park has been constructed, providing the town with more than 1,000 much-needed parking spaces. This massive eight-storey car park has a remarkable facade made from an astonishing 3,500 m2 of perforated sheets manufactured and supplied by RMIG, with RMIG ImagePerf technology being used to create the vivid perforated patterns.

Building further on these achievements, RMIG continues to explore and develop the many different ways to use perforation in modern design, and to this end, they collaborate closely with architects, designers and entrepreneurs to conceive new and bold ideas that will influence the shape of our cities. RMIG provides perforated and expanded metal for a wide variety of applications. As the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier within the industry, RMIG has the experience and logistics to offer you the right solutions for the right price.

Technical characteristics Raw Material: Outer Skin -Aluminium J57S Anodised Inner Skin - Raw material: Aluminium EN 1050 Pattern: RMIG ImagePerf Thickness: 3.0 mm Finishing operations: Folding Surface treatment: Powder coating

In addition to exterior cladding, RMIG supplies products and solutions for construction and architectural purposes such as car park and security screening, acoustic wall linings, ceilings, lighting, street furniture, balustrades and walkways. RMIG has local representation in 13 countries in Europe, with a total of 15 sales offices/production units, plus other local representatives in many overseas countries.

To individualise and strengthen its design and architectural efforts, RMIG has chosen to market their creative solutions under the name of City Emotion. The RMIG City Emotion concept has already been used for a wide range of projects all over Europe, providing invaluable experience for the future.

RMIG provides extensive local expertise and freedom of choice, whether it is express stock deliveries or tailor-made solutions for specific design requirements.

For further information visit Email: Tel: 01925 839610

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Visqueen has achieved Zero Waste to Landfill certification from Valpak at its Heanor and Rhymney manufacturing sites.

Architectural aluminium systems by Kawneer are helping a unique fellow UK manufacturer realise ambitious business plans.

Zero Waste to Landfill certification means a site sends no waste to landfill; sends limited amounts of waste to energy-from-waste (EfW); and demonstrates a commitment to continual improvement in waste reduction and diversion.

Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors have been used on the £20 million new global headquarters and R&D, training and production facility for Rayner Intraocular Lenses in Worthing, West Sussex.

As part of its ISO 14001:2015 accreditation for environmental management, the sites put controls in place to reduce the amount of waste they were generating through effective staff training, raising the profile of waste management on site, and increasing the segregation of waste.

Rayner designs and is the only UK manufacturer of intraocular lenses (IOL) and proprietary injection devices for use in cataract surgery. When Sir Harold Ridley designed the world’s first IOL in 1949, he chose Rayner to manufacture the ground-breaking invention. Now the company’s product range is available in more than 80 countries. WWW.KAWNEER.CO.UK

3 BIRD BRICK HOUSES – MULTI AWARD WINNING PERMANENT NESTING SITES FOR BIRDS AND BATS, AS FEATURED ON BBC’S COUNTRYFILE. We design and manufacture brick-matched bird and bat boxes that are integrated in, and blend with the host wall. Modified boxes work with render, stone and weatherboarding. Our unique brick matching service gives the nesting box a perfect match to the building, achieved through use of the host wall’s bricks. Bird Brick Houses attract a wide variety of UK birds: House Sparrows, Swifts, Starlings, Redstarts and Tits. Our oak-lined bat box was designed in conjunction with specialist ecologists. 30 years’ expertise in construction is available on the team to assist you in meeting planning requirements; see also our devoted Architects website page. 01323 483227

4 SOLUS CERAMICS HITS THE BACK OF THE NET IN LONDON Leading tile supplier, Solus Ceramics has helped transform an Olympic venue to a multi-use football and athletic stadium located in the heart of London with the use of its floor and wall tiles. Built to host London 2012, the former Olympic Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London Stadium is now home to West Ham United in the Premier League, to UK Athletics, as well as playing host to global entertainers in concerts through the summer months. Charged with designing permanent hospitality spaces, strategic design consultancy 20.20 needed to balance the needs of stakeholders such as West Ham United, Newham Borough Council and UK Athletics, while creating innovative spaces that were fitting for the legacy of the stadium. For more information, call Solus Ceramics on 0121 753 0777, email or visit













KE Isola 2 arched-roof pergola emerges from one of the wonderful residences located at the Roman Castles, which are intended to be used for exclusive receptions.

The next generation of LED is set to shake up the lighting sector with an innovation that takes luminaires into a new realm. UK manufacturer Integral LED leads this charge with another radical design that stays true to its intention of ‘re-inventing lighting for an LED age’. The launch of its new Multi-Fit downlight range heralds a new direction in the LED lighting journey and puts ‘adaptability’ at installation at the centre of its design.

A suspension system specifically designed to meet the exacting requirements of data centres has been launched by Armstrong Ceiling Solutions.

Windows specifically designed by leading UK manufacturer Kawneer for the healthcare sector are bringing four-fold benefits to a new £40 million mental health hospital.

The new Prelude® 24 Max™ grid provides excellent load carrying capability and adaptability, with an extremely efficient method of suspending cable trays, bus bars and other mechanical elements to avoid air leakage through the ceiling tiles.

Kawneer’s AA®3110HW windows maximise ventilation while minimising the risk of self harming.

The customer was in need of an adaptable structure, which could allow him to work with no worries both in good and bad weather conditions.

The Integral Multi-Fit downlight is the first of the next wave of LED units, aspiring to be the most versatile lighting fixture available. Essentially, the new product is a universal light that fits almost every size of ceiling cut-out likely to be encountered in the field. Web:

In an environment where a constant, carefully calibrated temperature is a non-negotiable factor, the engineered system components provide the optimum conditions to avoid air leakage that could lead to overheating or spiralling cooling costs.

For a virtual tour of Atherleigh Park, go to:

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The structure leans on a valley and stands in front of a swimming pool, where it is often exposed to the wind: a glass wall was built on the front part, the rest was closed with Vertika awnings, in order both to be protected and to keep all the visibility thanks to the transparent PVC cloth, considering the spot’s natural beauty.

They feature anti-ligature elements such as a wraparound gasket that breaks into harmless pieces when there is an attempt to remove it, together with a drive mechanism for opening the window that cannot be used as a ligature point.






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A leading member of the Steel Window Association has manufactured and installed bespoke double glazed W20 frames for the refurbishment of a former brewery building in South London, with the replacement fenestration fulfilling various technical as well as planning requirements. West Leigh Ltd carried out the £130K contract on the Plough Brewery, Wandsworth Road, for Marston Properties working closely with specialist restoration architect, McDaniel Woolf in order to satisfy the concerns of local conservation officers. For further information on the Steel Window Association, please visit www.steel-window-association. or call 0844 249 1355

10 PHILIP WATTS DESIGN Crushed, is the exquisite solid bronze door handle collection by Philip Watts. Crushed handles are hand made by skilled craftsmen using age old techniques in Philip’s own workshop in Nottingham. The ever-expanding range has been designed for use across your whole interior scheme from small drawer knobs and wardrobe handles all the way up to giant two metre entrance handles. Excitingly, Philip is currently developing the Crushed lever handle, due to launch later this year. Visit the OXO tower showroom or website for more beautiful examples of unique door furniture.

11 AWARD-WINNING SYLKA GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH One of the world’s leading producers of luxury carpets and rugs, SYLKA, has continued to enjoy ongoing success in 2018, thanks to its award-winning services and collections. Already crowned at a top international award earlier this year, the internationally recognised firm is currently working with a number of top designers on projects ranging from luxury residential developments to boutique retail locations and some of the world’s top superyachts. Utilising the innovative NuSilk™ micro-fibre system, SYLKA’s fauxsilk range combines the beautiful characteristics of silk with extreme durability, at a fraction of the cost.

12 ESL What we offer We provide our high-quality seating manufacture and upholstery service to hotel chains, restaurants and casinos. • Full design 8c layout service • Manufacture of bespoke pieces • Vast fabric library • Short lead times Design & Manufacture Operating from our fully equipped factory in Glasgow, ESL have become one of the UK and Ireland’s biggest providers of furniture and seating for the Hotel and Leisure Industry. We pride ourselves on our commitment to you the customer. We work to our expected lead times and operate a year-round customer care service. All of our products fully comply with all relevant EU and UK safety legislation.





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During the construction of Lillmunkens Förskola preschool in Munkfors, great importance was given to the build’s environmental and sustainability credentials. Environmentally friendly and nontoxic materials were used for both the building, including the exterior cladding, and the permanent furnishings and furniture.

A powerful CPD presentation on the role of Cradle to Cradle™ design in the built environment has been approved by RIBA for Armstrong Ceiling Solutions.“The circular economy and Cradle to Cradle™ design,” presentation is designed to help architects understand the concept of a circular economy and the industry drivers and business case for adopting circular design principles. It also helps them evaluate the performance characteristics of ceiling systems designed for circularity.

VIVIX® by Formica Group was specified by KLARA Architects and Sweco Architects as part of the facade to complement the wood panelling. The panels were also used in the areas subject to high wear and tear such as the entrances, stairs and storage spaces. The durability of the panels being ideal for environments subject to high traffic footfall. Website: Email: Tel: +44 191 259 3512

The CPD pulls no punches when it explains how “the making of things is destructive” and how the construction industry has to change from its traditional “take, make, dispose” process to designing buildings for disassembly and re-use.

SHADEZONE If you are looking to provide your client with an all-weather canopy option, look no further than Shade Zones’ Louver blade canopy range. Our louvered canopies are the perfect addition to any business or residential property. Our canopies act as an extension to the existing building. The Camargue is an innovative terrace covering that is equipped with a bladed roof system that can be exquisitely enclosed on all sides with a combination of integrated wind-resistant drop down Fixscreens, glass sliding walls and Loggia sliding panels - that allows use all year round. For any further information contact our sales team. T: 01482 482050

16 KARNDEAN DESIGNFLOORING ADDS NEW DESIGNS TO OPUS COLLECTION Karndean Designflooring is expanding its Opus collection with six new contemporary designs including three woods, three stones and two exclusive smaller ‘herringbone’ tile designs. As well as expanding its limed wood effect designs, Opus presents mixed material and limestone designs for the first time. Designed with a wide variety of commercial specifications in mind, Opus is most recognised for its stylish selection of grey tones and is available in an extra-large plank (48” x 9”), tile (18” x 24”) and small tile (18” x 3”) designs with a preferred 2.5mm thickness, 0.55mm wear layer and enhanced R10 and R11 slip resistance ratings. For more information visit Karndean Designflooring T: 01386 820 104

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17 KINGSPAN LIGHT + AIR LIGHTS UP BRIGHT SPARKS A bespoke daylighting solution from Kingspan Light + Air has helped to create optimal learning conditions at the newly-constructed Deans Primary School in Salford, Manchester.

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Designed using climate-based daylight modelling, the highperformance Kingspan Kapture Prismatic Skylights with climate control glazing were strategically placed to achieve a light uniformity of over 90%. The product’s contoured form captures light at low sun angles, ensuring the internal spaces are illuminated all day, saving up to 80% on artificial lighting. Tel: +44 (0) 1352 716100





Architectural glazing systems by leading UK manufacturer Kawneer were specified for the most significant external change to the £3.6 million refurbishment of a library at one of Kent’s most prestigious independent boys’ schools.

International wood flooring brand, Havwoods has introduced a new range of engineered wood blocks to its popular Design Collection. Pushing the boundaries of creative surface design, a beautifully patterned floor can be created with ease from a choice of three distinctive geometric shapes: Mansion Weave, Diamond and Stretch Hexagon. Each shaped wood block is available in a choice of three contrasting tones, which can be used as a single-finish floorcovering or mixed-andmatched together.

Kawneer’s AA®100 mulliondrained curtain walling with bespoke fin caps and AA®541 concealed vents along with AA®720 entrance doors feature on a stunning new 13.5m high circulation tower topped by an AA®100 rooflight at the Smythe Library at Tonbridge School. WWW.KAWNEER.CO.UK

Embracing the natural characteristics of wood, the Design blocks’ engineered oak construction offers a high performance and durable board, which can be laid over underfloor heating. +44(0)1524 737000

20 LEICA GEOSYSTEMS ALLOWS REAL-TIME, IN-PICTURE 3D MEASUREMENT WITH THE BLK3D Leica Geosystems, part of global leader in digital solutions Hexagon AB, has introduced another industry-first solution in its BLK line: the Leica BLK3D, a hand-held device that allows instant and accurate in-picture 3D measurement. Its edge computing capabilities eliminate the need for network connections or cloud services, ensuring architects can make faster decisions within their daily workflow and increase productivity.Equipped with a wide variety of advanced technical features, the BLK3D represents a modern and compact measuring system which facilitates the democratisation of reality capture - making exclusive technologies available to a wide variety of professionals. For more information and reservations visit






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FRILUFTSLIV: INTERIORS INSPIRED BY RECONNECTING WITH NATURE Last year was all about hygge; we spent the winter months indoors, cosied up by flickering candle light with blankets, hot chocolate and muted colours. But as spring is finally giving way to summer, as people try to draw away from a sedentary lifestyle and more towards fitness, and as we attempt to take breaks from modern technology and embrace digital detoxes, we’ve noticed a new trend emerging: Friluftsliv. The philosophy of friluftsliv is nothing new in Scandinavia. In Norwegian, the definition of friluftsliv is “free air life” and has no equivalent English word or notion.

23 CTD ARCHITECTURAL TILES Part of the Saint-Gobain family, CTD Architectural Tiles specialises in the supply of high quality ceramic tile finishes and tiling solutions across all sectors in the UK commercial specification market. With clients in a variety of sectors including the leisure, retail, hospitality industries, CTD Architectural Tiles is committed to bringing customers the latest innovations in product and in service. With unparalleled expertise and technical knowledge, the team works with industry leading, innovative manufacturers to offer a complete portfolio of ceramic and porcelain tile ranges to suit the architect, interior designer, developer and specification professional. 0800 021 4835

24 ARMSTRONG LAUNCHES ITS ULTIMATE CEILINGS AND WALLS GUIDE The ultimate guide to ceiling and wall solutions is now available from leading UK manufacturer Armstrong. The company’s new Main Line Brochure makes it even easier for architects and designers to specify ceiling and wall solutions thanks to a simplified but inspiring layout. The new catalogue illustrates with stunning architectural photography and technical drawings the interior solutions that help to enhance comfort, save time, improve building efficiency and overall performance, and create beautiful spaces for office, education, health, retail and transport applications.

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Timber frame and SIPs panel manufacturers can speed up the installation of windows and doors by using the Sidey Kitfix system. Pressure is on for builders and developers to get on and off-site faster. This means looking at ways to reduce the time spent installing windows and doors. “With the Sidey Kitfix System, windows and doors can be accurately fitted at the factory stage,” says Steve Hardy, Managing Director of fenestration and offsite construction specialists Sidey Solutions. “It’s quick too – 11 windows can be first fixed in 23 minutes. They are installed when the walls are horizontal in the factory and the innovative Kitfix brackets are twist fitted to the window or door frame. Air tightness, thermal and acoustic seals can also be included at this stage.


DEBBIE FLEVOTOMOU ARCHITECTS London is set to become home to one of the largest automated waste collection systems (AWCS) in Europe after Barking Riverside Limited, a joint venture between London & Quadrant (L&Q) and the Mayor of London, selected Envac to handle the waste of almost 10,000 homes at Barking Riverside London.

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The move will see up to 460 Envac waste inlets installed instead of the 19,000 traditional bins that would have been required had AWCS not been selected – a reduction of almost 98 per cent in containers. Two waste fractions, residual and mixed recycling, will be collected via the waste inlets, which will be conveniently situated near people’s homes. Once the inlets are full, or at pre-programmed emptying times, fans located at the collection station create a negative airflow, ‘sucking’ waste at speeds of over 40mph through a subterranean pipe network measuring 15km in length.

E ach automated collection cycle for the entire 178 hectare site will take minutes as opposed to multiple waste collection teams and vehicles taking all day to empty on-street bins – a process that typically has a negative environmental impact.   Envac began installation work on the development in September. The first phase of the system, which will serve around 1,700 homes, will launch in 2019.   Matthew Carpen, Project Director at Barking Riverside London, comments: “Our sustainability-led ethos and commitment to making this a clean, green and pleasant area in which to live led us to this ground-breaking method of waste collection.   By integrating Envac and making waste collection one of the key environmental strands of Barking Riverside London, we’ve not only ensured that waste collection will operate sustainably and effectively, but also taken the carbon emissions and traffic safety aspects attributable to a constant flow of waste collection vehicles out of the equation.”   Barking Riverside London anticipates that the system’s inclusion will reduce waste vehicle-related carbon emissions by at least 90 per cent as multiple waste collection vehicles, each of which typically empties every bin, are no longer needed.  

The system is one of over 800 installations to have been built since the company formed in 1961, has a lifespan of between 60 to 80 years and remains operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Dave Buckley, Managing Director of Envac UK, adds: “We are now beginning to see a huge shift in the way major developments tackle

For more information on Envac visit

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Envac estimates that the system will replace hundreds of daily empties required to service 19,000 bins, made possible by having eight industrial vehicles running full time every day.

waste collection. Whilst Envac can be used as a way in which to free up space generally assigned to bin storage for further commercial development, such as building more apartments, Barking Riverside London has taken the decision to install it simply because they want to make the site as pleasant a place to live as possible. As London’s population continues to rise and the physical and aesthetical limitations of rolling out more bins becomes apparent, Barking Riverside London has not only demonstrated a strong and long-term commitment to the environment, but also the residents and the communities it will ultimately serve.”

Concealed outside. Revealed inside. Schueco’s FWS 60 CV aluminium façade features a concealed vent that makes it impossible to distinguish from outside which vents open and which are fixed. The result is elegant, state-of-the-art, floor-to-ceiling ribbon windows that present a sleek, unbroken external appearance. Also ideal for punched openings, the façade combines narrow face-widths with high levels of functionality and Ucw values as low as 0.85 W/m2K. For German engineering made in Britain, there’s only one name.

Archetech Issue 37 2018  

Archetech offers Architectural Services to all those who are initiating, planning and implementing architectural projects.

Archetech Issue 37 2018  

Archetech offers Architectural Services to all those who are initiating, planning and implementing architectural projects.