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Denso™ encourages customer confidence

At Winn & Coales (Denso) Ltd, it’s extremely important to us that our customers feel confident in applying our corrosion prevention and sealing systems. Ensuring the longevity and costeffectiveness of every application begins with helping our customers select the most suitable Denso products for their individual project requirements, along with offering free product application training that’s available throughout the UK and beyond.

A signature of our commitment to unrivalled customer service, our comprehensive training is available to distributors and contractors alike and can be undertaken at our dedicated training centre in London, on-site, or even virtually, to suit customer needs. Our highly knowledgeable Denso regional managers cover the entirety of the UK and Ireland to provide customers with training in correct and complete application methods. Recent training sessions include site visits to branches of Wolseley UK and Jewson Civils

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The beauty of ‘oldschool’ joinery

If you’re looking for ‘old-school’ traditional hand tool joinery, look no further than Bluerun Ltd. The Essexbased company prides itself on not using CNC machines, creating all drawings by hand and assembling everything in-house. The result is stunning finished products, lovingly completed to the highest standards.

The family-run business has been manufacturing bespoke joinery items for over thirty years to the commercial and domestic markets. Working in the style of artisan craftsmen, the team carry out all manner of projects in the conservation/heritage sectors, internal and external windows, gates, decks, doors, fitted furniture, pubs, offices through to more unusual customised designs like wendy houses or 10-metre-high oak hardwood trebuchets!

The advantage of running a familyrun business is the meticulous attention to detail for each product and with this customer-centric focus in mind, Bluerun is hoping to add a shop to the website. This will include items manufactured during the COVID Lockdown, when orders slowed down, such as mirrors, tables and clocks.

Across commercial or domestic joinery service, Bluerun is happy to take enquiries for all jobs, large or small. The company has manufactured replacement casements for listed buildings, where the existing glass needed to be re-used and side sliding sash windows for listed buildings.

With all eyes on the 2050 UK Government net zero targets, Bluerun has implemented its own sustainable best practices through installing LED lights throughout the workshop, in place of fluorescent lighting.

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From Hardware to Water Management, Roofing & Cladding, Site Management & Equipment, this month we cover a vast range of topics, industry events and innovative approaches all designed to enhance the construction industry.

On pages 4-5, we feature Independent Access Sales (IAS), winners of our Innovation Award in Site Management & Equipment. Soon to be exhibiting at this years Vertikal Days Expo on the 11th-12th of September, the company will be showcasing from two stands its range of Easylift Spider Platforms and SOCAGE Truck Mounting Platforms. This inciteful interview with Managing Director and Owner, Richard Martin, reveals his wealth of industry experience that spans

Innovation Award 4-5

over 30 years.

Managing Director and Owner, Richard Martin, has booked two stands at Vertikal Days to showcase Easylift Spider Platforms and SOCAGE Truck Mounting Platforms.

Water Management 6-7

If our water usage patterns don’t change, the UK will have an ongoing water deficit of 4,000 Megalitres per day by 2050.

SALTEX Review 9

Saltex maintains position as Europe’s leading grounds management show.

London Build 2023

Expo Review 18-19

London Build, the UK’s leading construction & design show, opened its doors with more than 350 exhibitors.

April’s chosen Industrial Fire Detection Solutions Company of the Month is market-leaders Hochiki Europe. We highlight the company’s Addressable Life Safety products that have become an innovative solution for optimised fire safety management in largescale applications as well as its modular plug ‘n’ play products used to identify incidents instantly, providing optimised fire safety responses across hospitals, retail outlets, airports, educational establishments and high-rise buildings. We spoke to Craig Taylor, Strategic Marketing Manager, about The Hochiki Training Academy and how the

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company is utilising this as a learning platform to provide blended online and in-person classroom-based learning for operating engineers. Page 25.

Show reviews in this issue: London Build 2023; Homebuilding & Renovating Show Farnsborough 2024; SALTEX 2023.

Other notable features include: a valuable insight into landscaping and turfcare specialist LS Products BV and its Eco Clipper range page 23; Gold & Wassall’s new website launch on page 10.

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In this issue of Building & Facilities News, we are delighted to select Independent Access Sales (IAS) with our Innovation Award in Site Management & Equipment

Vertikal Days is the largest lifting equipment event in Europe, including the showcasing of products such as major cranes, aerial lifts and telehandlers. It is fitting that Independent Access Sales will be exhibiting at this year’s expo from 11th12th September at Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire. Managing Director and Owner, Richard Martin, has booked two stands to showcase Easylift Spider Platforms and SOCAGE Truck Mounting Platforms.

“We want to make an impression and

Vertikal is all about demonstrating machinery on-site – having two stands allows us to exhibit the Easylift and SOCAGE platforms. Our Spider Platforms are from 13M up to 53M and SOCAGE truck-mounted platforms from 14M to 100M. Our Easylift platforms bring a range of benefits from accessing different terrains and sites, like narrow footpaths or gates with smaller width dimensions. This gives the owner operator assurance and flexibility in business: simply put – more control over what to do in different environments,” explained Richard.

For tree surgeons for example, this allows operators the advantage of closing the Easylift Spider Platform down to 1M working width to take down a narrow footpath in a forest, to setting up on a hill to work at great height.

With a full range of models on offer, the Easylift offers optimised compact, lightweight and versatile aerial work platforms. The Easylift R130 model affords safety and efficiency, with access to awkward and hard-to-reach places. With a working height of 12.2M, horizontal outreach of 6.5M, 320° turret rotation and basket load of 200kg, it is easily operated by one person. The width of 0.89M and height of less than 2M makes this a perfect choice for accessing narrow routes or low floor loads and can be powered through electricity, diesel and lithium-ion batteries.

Independent Access Sales (IAS) has made an instant impression since starting back in 2020, as a successful heavyweight distributor of SOCAGE access platforms across the UK. Despite still being a relatively new company on the market, Managing Director and Owner, Richard Martin, brings a wealth of industry experience, spanning over 30 years.

It is an operator’s dream for maintenance, installation, inspection or work at height/ tight spaces and with joystick controls for accurate positioning and adjustable stabiliser system for uneven surfaces, this intuitively designed platform provides safety and efficiency.

“If I were to name a ‘flagship’ model of Easylift: it would be the Easylift R420 handsdown. The unique caterpillar work platform operations at a working height of 53M, with an outreach of 16.50M and a basket load of 230kg. It affords versatile aerial work platform functionality on another level and ideal for the maintenance and cleaning of tall buildings with tight spaces, like airports and shopping centres. There are numerous additional options such as a passage width of 1.4M, movable basket arm and basket rotated by 180° and can be easily stabilised for variable levels.”

With old school customer service and tacit knowledge planted firmly at the heart of the company, IAS offers an extensive range of access platforms to a range of industries such as: facilities management, construction, heritage restoration to tree surgery and many more.

“Customer service is our modus operandi,” explains Richard.

“We pride ourselves on understanding the industry inside out, we know the lingo and understand that trust is a core principle for many businesses. I have just returned from a business factory trip to Bologna in Italy with a party of tree surgeons.

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platform: IAS is at Vertikal Days

They were interested in the mechanics of SOCAGE truck-mounted platforms, namely the positioning of the exhaust. It is important at IAS that we give our personal touch to customers – our business is built on solid strong customer service, from supplying spart parts, providing a comprehensive consultancy service, service and maintenance schedule and of course, at the heart of what we do: providing a wide range of access platforms to England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland.”

IAS sell market-leading manufactured platforms, such as Easylift Spider Platforms, SOCAGE Truck Mounting Platforms and Leonardo HD by Bravi HD and has gone from a new business on the market with no stock, to selling over £2 million worth of Spider machines during the last two and a half years.

“Our future plans are to grown organically and respectfully, through developing our business further and giving our customers’ outstanding customer service. We have a web of engineers strategically positioned across the country, from senior engineers to subcontractors, from Bristol to Glasgow. We are happy to train operators during an in-depth handover. We are looking forward to our SOCAGE Road Show, starting in May this year. We will be demonstrating at Vehicle Road Shows, with our truck mounted models. If any companies would like a private on-site demonstration, we are more than happy to oblige – please contact us on the details below,” outlined Richard. Under the expert helm of Richard,

IAS benefits from 35 years industrial experience across scaffolding, supervisory roles to surveying.

“I started work as a young labourer on a Battersea scaffold site years ago, quickly working my way up to supervisor. This led onto working with cradle platforms (suspended platforms/swing stages) and I learnt how to skilfully erect these suspended systems, before supervising again.

“Later on, my work as a surveyor built up my knowledge further, allowing me to now in my present role talk to customers with a wealth of background knowledge. Customers like to be addressed by a manager who intrinsically understands the industry and my tacit knowledge allows me to quickly understand the needs of our customers. In total, I have worked with access platforms for over three decades, allowing me to understanding the complexities of working at height.”

Based in Huntingdon, IAS offers a full, comprehensive service, including reminders for six-monthly inspections, with all servicing and maintenance arranged effortlessly and certificates supplied by the in-house team, ensuring industry compliance. With such expertise on offer, it is no surprise that IAS benefits from many repeat customers and exceptional word of mouth recommendations.

The addition of the SOCAGE truck line has opened up the product portfolio and has like the Easylift Spider, become popular with new and existing customers.

The SOCAGE 20T carries larger loads up to 230kg and is an ideal mounted platform choice for challenging work at height. The SOCAGE 21DJ works at a maximum height of 20.3M across all industrial and urban applications and is frequently also a popular choice. By exhibiting at Vertikal Days 2024, attendees and trade colleagues will get a chance to see how these mastery truck lines operate.

The SOCAGE 37DJ has a larger load capacity at 280kg, has a working height of 37.30M, turret rotation of 700° and horizontal reach of 21M. Like all SOCAGE models, it benefits from intuitive design and even with its heavier load capacity, has an in-built stabilisation system (standard automatic stabilisation, with additional fixed vertical stabilisation SOCAGE H+H), making this a flagship design for optimised safety.

“We are here to help our valued customers scale the heights, providing the perfect access platform for each and every scenario. Whether you’re a homeowner, contractor, tree surgeon, business owner, or work

within an area of building and construction, IAS work to find the best and most reliable access platform for your project.

“We are consummate professionals and use our passionate expertise and experience to ensure only positive outcomes. We are approachable, reliable, and honest, and because we are a small company we give customers our undivided attention, backed up by a market-leading aftersales service that we are proud of. Over the years, we have built up an excellent reputation and when a company comes back to us to buy a second or third machine, we know we are doing something right.”

From scaffolding in Battersea, to managing Independent Access sales, Richard and his team have set new standards for the access platform market. Scale new heights today with Easylift Spider Platforms and SOCAGE trucks from IAS: the experts with the best aftersales service in the business.

IAS will be at: ARB Show 2024: 17th-18th May, Westonbirt Arboretum. and Vertikal Days 2024 from 11th-12th September at Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire.

For more information or to speak to Richard Martin directly, see the details below: M 07483 246878

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Water Neutrality: The challenge

If our water usage patterns don’t change, the UK will have an ongoing water deficit of 4,000 Megalitres per day by 2050. Some water companies are introducing a new strategy to manage the ever-growing demand caused by increasing population and new developments – ‘water neutrality’.

The continued growth in population and housebuilding means that reductions in leakage and domestic consumption have not been enough to offset the increasing demand. In all regions, even in our traditionally wetter regions water companies in response to OFWAT guidance, will

be introducing Environmental Incentive Schemes in the near future.

The common elements in all these schemes are:

s Consumption reduction

s Water reuse, and

s Water offsetting

In some areas of England, particularly the southeast and some coastal areas, future developments are being restricted further and will not be permitted unless ‘water neutrality’ can be demonstrated. This requires both existing and new properties to reduce consumption to the extent that overall water usage levels do not increase despite the additional homes.

New developments could be required to supply a water neutrality statement with the planning application. This statement must: s confirm that there would be no increase in water consumption, for example through a combination of water efficiency, water recycling and offsetting measures. s includes a water budget showing details of the proposed water consumption, any mitigation measures, and mechanisms to secure them in advance of occupation/ use.

Reducing water consumption

two formats:

An example of the new guidance for consumption reduction have been given by Untied Utilities. For a scheme to be eligible to meet the new Environmental Incentive Schemes they must design for:

s Water efficiency 100 lpppd and flow regulator (14l per minute), and/or

s Property level SuDS (installation of water butt/ raised planter/ rain garden)

For one element of these new requirements there is an easy solution – Groundbreaker’s LoFlo®. Reducing water flow to a property to 14L/min is one of the criteria for meeting these new consumption targets.

LoFlo® is available in

s NRv2 LoFlo®, which fits into the meter housing adjacent to the meter, or s LoFlo® InLine, which is fitted after the stop tap inside the property.

Flow restrictors can be installed at the meter, with the permission of the water company, or after the stop tap on the main water supply. Introducing whole site flow restriction can cost as little as £20 per property.

A fit and forget solution – how it works ‘Over supply’ of water, ie. water flow rates that are higher than required to provide an adequate supply, results in waste of water. Running taps when brushing teeth, showering, or rinsing cups uses more water than necessary. Installing flow restriction devices has been proven to reduce consumption and are an accepted water efficiency measure for water neutrality statements.

Approximately 40% of domestic water usage is from bathroom and kitchen taps and showers. ‘Eco’ or water saving shower heads and tap flow restrictors are designed to restrict the water flow to a single outlet are highly effective but fittings these come at a price, even in smaller properties.

The alternative, and now a recommended method for achieving water consumption reduction, is whole site flow reduction. Fitting a device such as Groundbreaker’s LoFlo® to the water supply, regulates the level of flow entering customer premises

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challenge of water scarcity

– regardless of network pressure. As the flow of water into the premises is limited, then the amount used in ‘time controlled’ activities is also limited – but without providing a degradation of service. More importantly not requiring any intervention or behavioural change on the part of the customer, so leading to ‘natural’ reduction in consumption. As an added benefit, the Groundbreaker’s LoFlo® have the unique property of providing whole site protection against contamination by back flow (up to fluid category 2) as standard.

The total package

Combining flow reduction with smart metering is currently believed by many in the industry to be the most effective methods to reducing water consumption. Groundbreaker also supply the surface mounted meter housing that provide the best environment for smart meters and are now the only acceptable option for some UK water companies.

The additional benefit of Groundbreaker is that its unique design allows for what is effectively a ‘plug and play’ style installation. Not only does this take the water supply out of the critical path, but enables future site development, without the need for a new supply to be installed. Allowing it to be installed at any time during the construction period.

The concept is simple. Water services are connected to an externally mounted, preinstalled water service controls. This allows

flexibility in the management and scheduling of connection to the mains supply. For modular build projects the pre-installation and certification of plumbing can facilitate early approval of water services to a plot. This simplification of the connection allows for improved efficiency and reduces the time required for highway closures and cost of reinstatement.

Design out leak paths: comply with Water & Construction Industry Guidelines comply with ‘Water Safe’ initiatives.

The unique location of the Groundbreaker water management system future proofs the network and minimises the risk of developing leaks. The position of the meter allows for an unjointed water supply. This removes additional joints in the water supply pipe hence maintaining the integrity of the supply. The use of an uninterrupted supply has been recognised as best practice by Water UK and the Home Builders Federation.

Steve Leigh, Managing Director of Groundbreaker, commented, “Portsmouth Water have demanded surface mounted meter housings as the standard required for all new properties for over 15 years. Working with them we have established the effectiveness and reliability of Groundbreaker.”

He continued, “With the need to maximise the effectiveness of smart metering programmes, I can’t see that there is a viable alternative – putting smart technology in a hole in the ground just does not work.”

Achieving targets

Although it is recognised that improvements to the vast UK water network cannot be achieved overnight. The new policies being introduced by our major water companies will take UK water usage towards the targets required to maintain a secure supply and work towards UK Net Zero targets.

For further information on how the new conservation guidance may affect future developments, contact your local water provider. For further information on the full range of Groundbreaker products, visit:

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SALTEX maintains position as Europe’s leading grounds management show

SALTEX 2023 welcomed over 7,900 visitors to the bustling two-day exhibition, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 1-2 November 2023. But it’s not just the quantity of visitors that was so impressive in the face of Storm Ciaran but the quality, say show organisers, the GMA.

Geoff Webb, CEO, Grounds Management Association, says, “The show data demonstrates that SALTEX continues to deliver on an extremely high level of quality attendees: 25% of visitors hold senior managerial positions at their place of work and nearly 80% play a role in the purchasing decision-making.”

It’s certainly a view held by exhibitors too as Rob Edwards, marketing manager of tractor business unit at Kubota, confirms, “Without doubt, SALTEX ‘23 was a great success for Kubota. As the leading event in the UK for grounds management, it was the ideal way for us to showcase our range, as well as launch our innovative new products to the market.

“The format, where products, services, forums, and training are brought together in one place attracts the right customers and we were very busy throughout the show. The GMA does an excellent job of delivering SALTEX, and we are very pleased with the sales, press and marketing opportunities that the show delivered.”

This year, visitors attended from every corner of the UK, as well as a growing international attendance from across the globe. It’s clear that the global appeal of the show continues to grow, with a 20% increase in international exhibitors attending SALTEX this year.

The addition of

Sports floodlights & planning

Sports facilities are increasingly looking to LED floodlights to save energy and maintenance costs. While everyone loves the sharp clean light on the pitch, the instant switch on and clever controls, there are two other aspects to consider:

Lighting Columns:

s Can they take any extra weight –some LED floodlights are heavier than the existing?

s Are they in good condition – if > 20 years of age have they been inspected and tested?

s Are the base holding down bolts corroded?

Planning Permission:

The secondary, and often forgotten, consideration is planning permissions and being a good neighbour. The Local Authorities (LA) vary in their approach – is a change to LED simply a maintenance upgrade, a change of a planning condition or is full planning permission required?

s Check your existing permission – days/hours, are you increasing light levels?

s Check ‘obtrusive light’ limits –this restricts light spill levels at house windows and visually how bright your floodlights are against a dark sky from these windows.

s Bats are a legally protected species and need to be considered.

Even if your floodlights have been there for years, a resident can complain to the local authority – light is a statutory nuisance – and this can result in an abatement notice to stop or restrict the light.

For further advice, please call Lights4Sport.

Contact: Martin Roche, Lights4Sport Freephone 0800 389 7361

new feature areas including The Clubhouse brought together people from across different sporting communities including women in turf and the cricketing world. The exciting new Community Sports Zone, also saw buoyant business which proved of great benefit to the grassroots and volunteer audience.

Geoff Webb adds, “SALTEX has delivered for the industry once again – it’s the perfect platform to showcase the UK turf sector globally and is a success story for the UK as a whole. For the show to maintain its position as the leading free grounds management show in Europe is testament to how highly regarded and valuable the show is perceived to be in the industry.”

SALTEX will be back at Birmingham NEC on 30-31 October 2024. This is our pick of the best exhibitors from last year’s event, listed here in alphabetical order: Groundsman Industries & Lights 4 Sport. Further details can be found on this page.

Groundsman grass maintenance machines

Since 1990, Groundsman Industries has developed its unique range of grass maintenance machines and accessories for maximum performance and durability from its factory base in Co. Antrim, N. Ireland.

Two and Four-wheel drive Turf Cutters deliver effortless sod cutting with low operating vibration levels. These versatile machines can be fitted with sod blades 30cm to 60cm wide to cut 1cm to 7cm thick sod plus Revetting blades to cut Multiple Strips for sod-walling or bunker building. A Guillotine attachment is available to measure and chop the sod into lengths for easy handing or relaying. Trench, De-compaction and Mole-draining blades can cut down to 12cm deep.

Groundsman Aerators are available from 60cm to 180cm working widths. All use Groundsman’s proven durable Elliptical Plunge Action mechanism for aeration down

to 15cm. Quick-change Tines for Solid Spiking, Hollow Coring and Chisel Slitting are available for plus Cluster Tines for dense pattern needle and micro hollow aeration, thatch removal and over-seeding.

The incredibly efficient Flexblade Core Collector is available from 0.8m to 2.3m widths to fit many makes of aerators as well as Groundsman to core and collect in one pass plus three point linkage mounting for follow-up core collection.


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enquiries@groundsmanindustries. com

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A prosperous year ahead for Gold & Wassall!

Gold & Wassall Hinges has established itself at the forefront of the industry since its inception over 200 years ago. With its manufacturing facilities situated in Tamworth in Staffordshire, Gold & Wassall provides an impressive range of services for design, production and manufacture of hinges, all produced in house and distributed throughout the whole of the UK. Boasting an enviable reputation within the industry, the company has positioned itself firmly as the UK’s number one manufacturer of hinges.

Gold & Wassall has provided its services to various customers throughout its years in operation and serviced customers from construction to engineering companies. With a proven track record of quality, reliability and durability, Gold & Wassall ensures it maintains complete control over the design and high quality of its goods.

our customer service and treat every customer fairly and with respect.”

In keeping with the company’s goal of providing unrivalled customer service, Gold & Wassall also provides an abundance of finishing options for its customers. The company is dedicated to providing not only durable, high-quality hinges, but also to understanding the importance of an aesthetically pleasing, customised design. In light of this, the company is able to customise colour, add branding and create a smooth premium finish to all products. Gold & Wassall Hinges’ array of finishing options are the perfect complement for its hinges to create a smooth premium finished look.

based on their required dimensions. This will help customers utilise our full range of hinges, showing hinges that they might not have found or considered previously,” added Scott. On the website you will find their complete range of hinges from continuous/ piano hinges, butt and backflap hinges and standard, to heavy duty and bespoke made to order hinges. Using the company’s automatic section which contains eight lines of automated machines, Gold & Wassall is able to make hinges quicker and to almost any length. The company also maintains the specialist tooling for these machines which can complete multiple operations in each press.

Please note: Gold & Wassall is the only hinge company whose hinges are UK made and all of Gold & Wassall Hinges’ stock is available for immediate dispatch.

We asked Scott Bareham, Sales and Marketing Manager at Gold & Wassall, what makes the company stand out and how would he describe its services.

“All our hinges are manufactured in house, in our purpose-built facility in Tamworth, Staffordshire. We have been manufacturing hinges for over 200 years using a mixture of tried and trusted methods along with modern technology. Our offer of a bespoke hinge service enables us to manufacture any hinge for any application, and as we have over 200 years’ experience, we are greatly knowledgeable in what we do. Our services portray the highest quality ensuring each product goes through a rigorous testing procedure and receives the upmost attention to detail. We pride ourselves on

New this year, Gold & Wassall announced the launch of its brandnew website!

“The new website has been a long-term project. Initially, the website needed updating for technological and security reasons, however we thought it would be a good idea to give everything a freshen up. As well as detailing all of the usual information, we have also now made it possible to download CAD drawings and 3D models of each hinge. Furthermore, we have introduced our new ‘Hinge Finder’ which allows the user to narrow down suitable hinges

The new website also keeps customers informed on the latest news, events and promotions with regular blog posts. The hard-work and expertise that has gone into the creation and deployment of new website will be instrumental in bringing Gold & Wassall’s vision for the next few years to life.

Following its fantastic start to 2024 by unveiling its brand-new revamped online platform, Gold & Wassall is poised for an extremely busy and successful next few years. We asked Scott if the company had any more plans for 2024 and beyond.

“Throughout this year, we hope to continue to strengthen following the pandemic and period of economic uncertainty. We are also looking to expand on our growing relationships with overseas customers as well as further grow our UK customer base.”

Be sure to explore Gold & Wassall’s complete range of products, learn about its commitment to excellence, and connect with them through all social media channels.

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Gold & Wassall Hinges is the leading name in hinge manufacturing in the UK.

Since 1790, our family owned company has been manufacturing hinges of all types, including continuous hinges, heavy duty hinges, butt hinges and special purpose hinges.

Our impressive stock range boasts over 25,000 continuous hinges and over 120,000 other hinges, all ready for despatch on our next day delivery service.

With centuries of combined expertise, our team has the skills and knowledge to assist you with all your hinge requirements.


Homebuilding & Renovating Show Farnsborough Review

Let’s go to the show

From practical tips to inspiring advice and the latest products, it’s all under one roof at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show, the go-to exhibition for self builders and renovators, held at Farnborough’s International Centre from 13-14 January 2024.

No matter what stage your project is at, the show will help you to bring it to life! Come along for tailored, one-toone advice; browse 1,000s of new and innovative products to improve your home; and discover the ins and outs of everything from planning regulations for extensions and managing renovation budgets, to stylish kitchen design and integrating underfloor heating.

Self-build specialists, renovation experts and leading brands are all under one roof. Discover the latest products, understand how to maximise your budget or seek an architect’s opinion. From small plots to big builds, this is the place to pick up tools and tips from the brightest and best in the business.

The Home Energy Academy helped visitors to understand how they can make the most of the energy in their home, save money on their bills and reduce their carbon footprint with free advice at the Advice Centre. Also new to the Show, Home Energy Hour came to the Theatres, with talks designed to inform visitors of the latest trends and advancement in home energy to help visitors make their homes leaner & greener.

The show returns next year to Farnborough’s International Centre from 18-19 January 2025. This is our pick of the best exhibitors from this year’s Farnborough show, listed here in alphabetical order: Andrews Smart Homes, Arctic Cabins, Caravantastic, Dowers Kitchens, Duration Windows & propertyCEO. Further details can be found on this page and the next.

Smart home and security specialist

Andrews Smart Homes and Home Cinema was at the South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2024 at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre from 13-14 January, to showcase its popular range of Media Wall, CCTV and Alarm Systems.

Based in Colchester, Essex the small, independent company has been providing premium smart home solutions for over forty years across London and East Anglia.

Working with top-leading brands such as Sonos, Bose, Hikvision and Ajax, Andrews Smart Homes works closely with builders, architects and interior designers to deliver the best systems money can buy.

The complete in-home

entertainment experience brings unrivalled multi-room audio & video distribution. At the touch of a button, homeowners can choose from multiple integrated entertainment such as iTunes, Spotify, Blu-ray and much more across the same or multiple rooms. Compatible with 4K HDR video, the system offers cutting-edge technology.

With more homeowners and businesses concerned about security, Andrews Smart Homes offers advanced CCTV and alarm systems, from wired and wireless CCTV systems to the unbeatable Ajax wireless alarm. Wired CCTV systems provide optimised video quality for extra reassurance, including 4K and 8K ultra-high definition. Wireless CCTV systems meanwhile use Wi-Fi or cellular networks to transmit data, perfect for remote monitoring and are easy to install.

The Ajax wireless alarm system comes with options such as smart home integration, CCTV integration and through the Ajax mobile app.

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But the Homebuilding & Renovating show is held seven times throughout the year (see website for details) and the next show is at Glasgow’s SEC from 11-12 May 2024.


Static caravans, versatile solutions

Caravantastic was back at the South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2024 at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre from 13-14 January, to showcase its range of static caravans.

With three showrooms located in Devon, Somerset and West Sussex, the company supplies over 150 new and used static caravans to trade and retail customers across the UK, Ireland and Europe.

The sister company Lodgetastic meanwhile offers an extensive range of luxury lodges from its site in Taunton, Somerset. With staycations remaining popular, Caravantastic offers static caravans fit for a King with luxury kitchens, elegant master suites, with a home from home cosy feeling. The luxury Delta Hideaway static caravan for example, comes with double glazing, central heating and French doors, perfect for all seasons.

The three showrooms offer a one-stop shop for all trade and retail customers, with an expert sales team on-site to discuss all specifications, price options and transportation logistics.

Static caravans offer versatile accommodation and office solutions from housing workers in remote, rural areas including seasonal work, through to accommodation whilst undertaking self-build projects, through to temporary insurance solutions for homeowners impacted by fire or flood damage and are available in a range of budgets and preferences.

In addition to selling new and used static caravans, Caravantastic will buy static caravans from private sellers.

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Dowers Kitchens’ cutting-edge designs

Dowers Kitchens is a leading provider of bespoke kitchen solutions, renowned for its commitment to craftsmanship, innovation, and customer satisfaction.

Guy and Pam Cheeseman have been designing and handmaking truly bespoke kitchens for more than 35 years. Their passion for design excellence and dedication to pushing the boundaries of contemporary kitchen aesthetics has enabled them to transform many spaces into culinary masterpieces that inspire and delight.

when closed. Build time is around 2-4 weeks (size and complexity depending) and comes complete with delivery and instalment.

Making each element of a new kitchen by hand means Dowers stays true to its values. Its showroom that is based in Liss, Hampshire, has many examples of worktops, handles, finishes, drawers, units and more.

A particular service worth mentioning is Dowers kitchenette concepts that are proving the perfect solution for second homes, studio flats and offices. Dowers can create a beautiful, fully-functional selfcontained kitchen that fits any small space. The all-in-one kitchen in a cupboard is bespoke, handcrafted, made-to-measure and looks like a stunning wooden cupboard

From its workshop located in the South Downs, Dowers services extend from the initial CAD designs right through to the finished product. Furthermore, if your home office is part of a wider project, Dowers can make, fit and project manage the whole programme including electricians, plasters and plumbers. Now that’s a truly bespoke service!

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propertyCEO is one of the UK’s leading property development training companies, bringing together over 75 years of development and business experience from its two founders, Ritchie Clapson CEngMIStructE & Ian Child.

Part of the pin Partnership, propertyCEO teaches landlords, investors, business owners, and professionals how to develop small-scale property projects that make six figure profits, working in their spare time alongside their existing businesses and careers.

Critically, we teach our students how to leverage the skills they already have and then add the development know-how, the business

DURATION WINDOWS: Your One Stop Shop For All Aluminium Products


Duration Windows is the UK’s leading aluminium windows, doors and roof manufacturer, trading for over 38 years. Product innovation, technical competence and high quality is achieved daily with our highly skilled team & top of the range machinery. We have a wide variety of products available including Bi-fold Doors, Sliders, Secondary Glazing, Roof Systems, Modern and Traditional Windows,

skills AND the mindset support to take action and create life-changing transformations, even if they’ve never developed property before.

If you’ve ever thought about taking on a small development project, NOW is the perfect time to take advantage of the latest permitted development rights.

To find out what it takes to develop property the right way, and to discover why there has never been a better time for landlords and investors to get into smallscale property development, visit our website at: or contact us at: enquiries@

and our incredibly popular Heritage Range. Our large in-house fleet delivers Nationwide directly from our factories in Canvey Island, Essex. We also offer a Fast Track service allowing customers to have their bespoke order in just 48 hours!

We believe in our products so much that we offer a free 10 year guarantee on all of our ranges due to a strong supply chain and using the best materials in the industry. Take a look at our website to see our full range of products and get your quote within minutes with our online estimator. Alternatively, you can visit our showroom to touch and feel our products for yourself.

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Arctic Cabins BBQ Huts

We are Arctic Cabins – a family run business, over 20 years in the making who manufacture and install the finest quality BBQ cabins in the UK. We have designed our unique BBQ cabins in the traditional Finnish style from sustainably sourced, slow-grown Scandinavian Redwood Spruce. An Arctic Cabin will become the heart and soul of your garden, perfect for family get-togethers as well as romantic evenings, just steps from home.

Our cabins not only look great, they are also practical too; warm and snug in the winter and they offer some welcome shade in the summer. Our trademarked sloping wall design for

extra space and comfort means they feel incredibly spacious whilst being cosy too. Fitted with a premium quality, adjustable central BBQ unit inside, you can enjoy cooking and socialising outside all year round, without the British weather ruining your plans!

We offer 4 sizes plus 2 Arctic Bars, which are sure to give you that holiday feeling any time of year and offer the cosiness of the much loved country pub without ever leaving home – the ultimate garden retreat!

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The growth of green roofs and Carlisle’s root resistant portfolio: A solution for sustainable living

As our towns and cities grow thanks to increasingly high density property development, a lack of green spaces has a wide-reaching impact on people, wildlife and the environment. Green roofs provide an opportunity for new buildings to be part of the solution; addressing the need for homes, businesses and public services, while providing green spaces that offer a boost to wellbeing, habitats and urban drainage.

CARLISLE’s Green roof specification: A solution for sustainable living

Carlisle Construction Materials has wideranging experience of green roof build-ups with a number of waterproofing system solutions that offer both root-resistance and the robust performance required to protect the building with a fit-and-forget roof covering suitable for a buried application.

For example, the RESITRIX® waterproofing system from Carlisle – a hybrid roof covering that combines the elasticity of EPDM with the robustness of a bituminous membrane in a single ply system – is often specified for green roof projects. The roofing system has a certified 50 year service life, as tested by the Institute Süddeutsches Kunststoff Zentrum (SKZ), and offers excellent root resistance. The system also has excellent sustainability credentials, ensuring it aligns with both the functionality and sustainability requirements of biophilia-focused projects.

RESTRIX® was the system specified for the Earth Lab, an environmentally-focused education centre in Oxfordshire, developed by the Earth Trust. The project saw the Trust redevelop an existing barn and RESITRIX® was specifically chosen due

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to its environmental credentials and high flexibility. The Carlisle FG40 solvent-free primer was used to prime the deck and the 100% root resistant properties of RESTRIX®, both across the body of the membranes and at the seams, meant that it no separate root resistant cap sheet layer was required.

Carlisle’s ARBOFLEX® PU liquid waterproofing is often frequently specified as the roof covering as part of a green roof build-up. For example, at Neptune Wharf, a major residential development comprising eleven apartment blocks in East London, each block has been specified with the ARBOFLEX® PU 20 year liquid waterproofing system, which will provide excellent root resistance, along with ease and speed of installation and effective waterproofing protection.

The SURE-WELD® TPO roofing system from Carlisle is also ideal for green roof projects, with root resistance tested to DIN EN 13948:2007. SURE-WELD®’s advantages for large flat roof areas makes this an excellent

choice for industrial or warehousing projects, as well as for projects that combine green roofs with solar installations.

Finally, Carlisle’s HERTALAN® Easy Cover EPDM roofing system is also suitable for green roofs. With FLL-approved root resistance, a 50 year service life and enviable environmental credentials, including recyclability at the end of its lifecycle, HERTALAN® Easy Cover offers another green roof option from Carlisle.

Making the right choice

The right choice of green roof specification begins with the most suitable waterproofing system. CARLISLE’s expert team can advise on the most appropriate system solution from the company’s varied roofing range, aligned to the design and buildability requirements of the project.

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Tremco CPG UK’s Flowcrete brand launches Low Emissions Resins range

Tremco CPG UK’s Flowcrete brand are pleased to announce the launch of their low emissions resins range in the UK. This family of high-performance and aesthetically pleasing solvent-free epoxy flooring systems, coupled with low VOC emissions, and enhanced properties, promote a more sustainable approach to construction.

The range, fully EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) certified, complies with the requirements for building certifications such as LEED, DGNB and BREEAM. The coatings are certified and audited by Eurofins Consumer Product Testing and they carry the label ‘Indoor Air Comfort Gold’.

With over 40 years at the forefront of resin flooring technology, Flowcrete has been supplying both the industrial and commercial sectors with innovative, fit-forpurpose solutions for floors and that is why we are excited to launch our latest innovation – a low

emissions range. Considering that a significant portion of our daily lives is spent indoors, prioritising indoor air quality becomes paramount. Opting for low emission products not only contributes to improved health but also demonstrates our commitment to environmental well-being.

Still delivering the performance you’ve come to expect, Flowcrete’s resin range actively enhances a site’s aesthetics, safety and cleanliness levels and now indoor air quality.

To find out more about our Low Emissions Resin Range, visit our website at: or contact us to speak to one of our friendly sales team to request a specification.

Zentia introduces the Oplia product family

Zentia, the UK’s market leader in complete ceiling solutions, proudly announces the launch of ‘Oplia’, the latest family addition to its product portfolio. Formerly recognised as Perla, the renaming reflects Zentia’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of design and functionality in ceiling tiles.

The range, launched on 10th January, offers a diverse set of visual and acoustic solutions for interior spaces. All tiles within the range have a smooth, laminated finish for a sleek aesthetic. Oplia hA dB, Oplia hA and Oplia hA+ offer excellent sound absorption, Oplia hA dB and Oplia dB offer impressive sound attenuation

NE Fasteners celebrating 39 years 1985-2024

NE Fasteners Limited, a family owned company, is celebrating its 39th year of business. With Nigel Elliott setting up in his garage in Halesowen, it soon became apparent his indepth knowledge and expertise of the trade was invaluable and he’s still very much involved on a day to day basis. This would not have happened without loyal and supportive customers, suppliers and staff alike.

We primarily specialise in screws fixings & fasteners for the DIY, hardware, building, joinery and furniture manufacturing sectors. NE Fasteners prides itself with offering expertise, competitive prices from local and internationally sourced standard and bespoke products.

Our warehouse is situated in a 7,000ft2 warehouse in Cradley Heath in the West Midlands. We are able to provide a wide range of finishes, including zinc, electro brass, black chrome, satin chrome, bronze and

properties, and alongside Oplia Triangles the range provides the ideal solution for a wide spectrum of communal interiors such as offices and classrooms.

Alongside white, 34 new exciting colours have been added to the range to experiment with design, create defined zones and assist with wayfinding. Each tile has a high light reflectance of 86% and extremely low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) content, offering overall enhanced health, wellbeing and productivity for the end user.

The Oplia dB tile delivers an enhanced sound attenuation performance of 41dB, reducing the sound between adjacent spaces, and making it a great addition for private offices and boardrooms, or multi-let buildings. Alternatively, the Oplia hA dB is an ideal solution for flexible working spaces, with excellent levels of sound absorption and sound attenuation in one tile.

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nickel, and packaging options, ensuring that many buyers consider us to be a key and valued supplier.

More recently, Screwshop has evolved from its established sister company NE Fasteners and has also proven a huge success with its online shop. After 5 years in operation, we have grown year on year and seen an increase in sales during the recent pandemic. We are now looking to increase stock and make it even easier for customers to order.

With friendly and experienced staff, our aim is to offer excellent service with our next day deliveries and give an opportunity for our customers to let us manage all fixings, fasteners and component requirements competitively.

Have a look at our online shop at: or give us a call on 0121 559 8866 with your enquiries and we will give you our best attention and prices at all times.

Linaker opens new Belfast & Dublin offices

National M&E specialist Linaker is expanding its offering in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with new offices opening in April 2024. The two new regional hubs, located in the capital cities of Belfast and Dublin, will service secured contracts that will add over £5 million of revenue per year to Linaker’s current portfolio. Recruitment of key personnel began earlier this year with the appointed Irish Business Director set to oversee the delivery of bespoke services to engineer the perfect environment for each building.

The expanded operations will continue to provide the range of services already available across the UK, including six core elements: mechanical, electrical, air-conditioning, heating, supplementary and sustainability. Each service will be self-delivered by Linaker with the same combination of technical expertise and commitment to duty, courtesy

of their highly trained engineers. Linaker is set to welcome more business in its new Irish operations as extensions to their existing portfolio of clients.

Claire Curran, Managing Director, says, “This is an exciting time for all of us at Linaker, where we are able to expand our already extensive network of offices to provide even more for our current and new clients. Each office will have full operational infrastructure, ensuring service delivery based on comprehensive local knowledge.”

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Service Sealing Solutions Ltd gets our seal of approval

Service Sealing Solutions Ltd is the sole UK distributor for the sealing industry’s top manufacturers; DOYMA and HKD.

DOYMA granted Tina McAra, company director, the exclusive rights to distribute their products in the UK in August 2018, leading to the formation of Service Sealing Solutions Ltd.

Taking her own experiences into a brandnew solo business venture, in 2018 Tina contacted DOYMA in Germany and asked whether she could take on the distribution in the UK. DOYMA were pleased to hear this as no-one else in the UK had the knowledge about the parts that Tina had, therefore, DOYMA granted Service Sealing Solutions Ltd exclusivity in the UK.

Service Sealing Solutions Ltd has grown tremendously over the last four years and is now classed as one of the UK’s

top specialists in providing the best in German engineering with products that are designed to solve all watertight duct sealing requirements and prevent against structural damage.

DOYMA’s product range is mainly suitable to builders of commercial properties and many of Service Sealing Solutions Ltd’s custom has come from large projects in London including the infamous HS2 and Kings Cross station. Due to the high level of water tightness in DOYMA’s products, services such as rail and other forms of transportation have many electrics installed underground making it vital to have a product that maintains a trusted watertight construction.

Service Sealing Solutions Ltd

Service Sealing Solutions Ltd will always endeavour to ensure customers receive the very best product suitable for their requirements. In closing, Tina mentioned the importance of their service to the building and construction industry. “When you are planning a build, it is easy to forget the little details that make sure your building stands the test of time. Correct sealing can help keep the building’s utilities accessible, making any maintenance easier to complete with little disruption. Service sealing systems also prevent structural damage because wherever service ducts are installed through walls, ceilings or floors, penetrating water may cause damage to buildings. Through working with DOYMA, we are able to provide bespoke sealing answers to many different problems.”

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Service Sealing Solutions Ltd visits DOYMA

Service Sealing Solutions Ltd is the sole UK distributor for the sealing industry's top manufacturers; DOYMA and HKD. Service Sealing Solutions Ltd supply the full range of DOYMA and HKD products, to suit all situations from sealing power cables, communications cables, pipes and ducts and district heating pipes, permanently preventing an infiltration of gases and water into the building. DOYMA’s products are designed to solve all watertight sealing requirements and prevent against structural damage. DOYMA products are also guaranteed watertight for 25 years.

HKD which is now owned by DOYMA, manufactures a vast range of pipe sealing systems and service ducts with a guarantee that its products can withstand up to four bars of pressure. All of the HKD product range can be combined with the DOYMA’s Curaflex range, one of the most popular DOYMA ranges.

Service Sealing Solutions Ltd specialises in high-quality service duct sealing systems for utility services and watertight seals, offering the highest level of

Husband and wife team, Jim and Tina, have recently visited DOYMA in Germany to find out about the innovative products that DOYMA has been developing

expertise to developers and specifiers for sealing against water and gas entering around service entries in basements and high-rise buildings.

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A totally unique experience

London Build, the UK’s leading construction & design show, opened its doors with more than 350 exhibitors who packed out Olympia London’s Grand Hall from 15-16 November 2023. This year’s show featured a record number of product launches and industry innovations from its exhibitors.

London Build’s visitors got the chance to enjoy a packed two days of major exhibitors from across the globe. There were 35,000+ registered visitors including contractors, architects, civil engineers, developers, local councils, house builders/associations and construction professionals. Visitors enjoyed 500+ incredible speakers across 8 conference stages including Future of Construction, Digital Construction, Fire Safety, Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusion and more, as well as 200+ hours of CPD masterclasses and training.

There were live product demos, exclusive networking parties co-hosted with leading industry bodies, entertainment and live music at the UK’s biggest Festival of Construction with DJs, musicians, live performances, celebrity guests, entertainment and competitions and endless networking opportunities with leading architects, developers, housebuilders, contractors, government and more.

With London Build 2023 showcasing the latest products transforming the construction industry, the show is a must-visit for anyone in construction, development or property.

Show highlights included Meet the Buyers with Procurement Teams exhibiting from Laing O’Rourke, Skanska, Costain, BAM, Bouygues, Morgan Sindall and more, and Architect’s Hub with project displays and 3D models of upcoming projects from leading architects across the UK including Gensler, HLM, Bell

Stoneworld is more than just a family business – it is a testament to our passion for stone that spans over two decades. With an unwavering commitment to quality and innovation, we continually source premium stone products to enhance your interior and exterior projects. Our wealth of knowledge in all aspects of stone allows us to provide expert advice on stone selection, laying patterns, suitability, and more.

Located in Great Milton, Oxfordshire, our state-of-theart workshop is where our stone pieces are meticulously crafted using cutting-edge technology. Our skilled masonry team utilises the latest machinery to bring your dream designs to life, whether

it involves bespoke stone cutting or intricate work. We take pride in our relentless pursuit of technological advancement, ensuring that we can fulfil even the most ambitious architectural, sculptural, or landscaping requirements with precision and efficiency.

At Stoneworld, no project is too ambitious. Our dedication to delivering impeccable results is evident through our investment in the latest stone masonry technology. From providing expert guidance on stone selection and suitability, we are committed to turning your design ideas into reality.

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The Expo also played host to the UK’s largest networking events for Women in Construction and Diversity in Construction, as well as an inclusive Ambassador Programme supporting Women, D&I, Sustainability and Mental Health in Construction.

London Build 2024 Expo returns to London’s Olympia next year from 20-21 November 2024. This is our pick of the best exhibitors from last year’s event, listed here in alphabetical order: Baldwin Boxall, Cirrus Research & Stoneworld. Further details can be found on this page and the next.


Introducing OmniCALL

Introducing OmniCALL, Baldwin Boxall's revolutionary Emergency Voice Communication system with unparalleled features. Experience the groundbreaking 2-core loop system, reducing installation time per outstation by up to a half and eliminating traditional 4-core cables. Enjoy simplified installation with nonpolarity dependence, reducing the risk of wiring errors.

OmniCALL offers versatility with loop and radial-wired compatibility (on the same system), breaking free from the 200m cable rule. Benefit from extended loop distances, halving copper cable needs for cost-effective and ecofriendly solutions. The system also boasts reduced power consumption for a sustainable environment.

Ensuring compliance to BS5839-9, OmniCALL features an advanced remote induction loop and standard Disabled Refuge Remotes with Braille and luminescent text for inclusivity. Seamlessly integrate Assistance Alarms directly into the DRS remote for efficient installations.

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BAM Design, Broadway Malyan and many more.

Cloud-based monitoring made easy with Cirrus Research

At Cirrus Research, we’re a pioneering name in the field of noise measurement and environmental monitoring. We continuously push the boundaries of innovation with our cutting-edge solutions, which is why our cloud-based monitoring solutions stand out as remarkable additions to our fleet of noise and environmental monitoring instruments.

The Quantum Indoor is built to assess noise levels within indoor workspaces, making it an ideal tool for monitoring in factories, public buildings and residential areas. Equipped with advanced sound level meter technology, it accurately captures noise data, helping users identify potential noise-related issues and take appropriate mitigation measures.

On the other hand, the Quantum Outdoor is designed to tackle not only environmental noise monitoring, but also other environmental impacts. Ideal for use on railways, at airports, on construction sites, at mines and other external activities, this solution can simultaneously monitor:

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s Dust and Gaseous Pollutants

s Vibration

s Weather

s Wind Speed and Direction

With its robust features, Quantum Outdoor can withstand varying environmental conditions whilst delivering reliable and precise data.

Complementing both the Quantum Indoor

and Quantum Outdoor is the MyCirrus Cloud platform, which exemplifies our commitment to enhancing user experience and data management.

This platform is a comprehensive cloud-based system that facilitates seamless data storage, analysis, and sharing. It allows users to remotely access their noise measurements, generate insightful reports, and collaborate easily with colleagues or stakeholders. This capability is especially valuable in a world where remote and hybrid working are becoming increasingly popular amongst employers and employees, enabling realtime decision-making and timely interventions based on accurate noise data.

In a world where noise pollution is increasingly recognised as a significant environmental concern, these solutions provide a holistic approach to noise monitoring. Whether it’s ensuring occupational health and safety within enclosed spaces, evaluating the impact of transportation networks on urban areas, or simply improving overall quality of life, the Quantum Indoor, Quantum Outdoor, and MyCirrus Cloud are invaluable tools that underscore the commitment of the team here at Cirrus Research to advancing noise management technology.


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Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Ventilation for the built environment –combatting mould

It’s well known that poor indoor air quality contributes to respiratory and allergy problems. Inadequate ventilation leads to condensation and consequent mould growth. Vectaire’s MVHRs help solve these problems. Incorporating two fans they deliver low level continuous ventilation –extracting stale, damp air from wet rooms, and intaking fresh air. The two, separated airflows pass through a heat exchanger, recovering heat from outgoing air and filtering it before transferring it to the incoming, fresh air supply for ducting to the living areas providing a comfortable environment

loft or cupboard installation, are for residential properties up to 170m2. They recover up to 94% of the heat from extracted air with variable choice of trickle, boost and purge speeds, summer bypass and integral frost-stat. They are available with or without LCD and humidistat. The ‘AT’ versions (sound tested by BRE) operate almost silently (sound levels down to <5 dBA).

The two other models in this range are the Maxi for areas up to 250m2 and the Maxi Plus for areas up to 400m2

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Fujitsu’s new controller is better by design

Fujitsu General Air Conditioning UK is introducing a sleek new local controller for Airstage systems designed to blend seamlessly with any installation space.

A Good Design Award winner in 2022 and selected as a finalist in the 2023 IDEA awards, the UTY-RVRY model is mounted on a frosted panel and uses mirrors and glass to create a unique floating appearance which complements the interior design. Information is only visible during operation, with the controller appearing as a mirror at other times.

Coloured LED lighting indicates different modes of operation and the light can be switched off to eliminate glare at night, making it an ideal option for hotel rooms. The screen can also display branding or corporate logos when not in use; images are sent via Bluetooth and saved in the flash memory built into each controller.

The controller is intuitive to use, with swipe motions rather than buttons. The screen is resistant to smears due to an anti-fingerprint coating and offers exceptional visibility from any angle. Multiple controllers can be programmed via a Bluetooth connection from a smartphone,

using the AIRSTAGE Remo Set, a free app for technicians to set up wired controllers. Settings from a controller can be downloaded, adjusted or copied to another unit, making installation of similar systems or indoor units quicker and easier.

System operating data can be viewed from the controller, making service and fault-finding easier. This functionality can be restricted via AIRSTAGE Remo Set depending on project requirements and to ensure unauthorised users are unable to change system settings. In addition, refrigerant cycle data can be accessed from the controller.

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Cool & Sustainable –

Chilled Water Systems

Chilled water is a key element for maintaining comfortable temperatures in commercial buildings, and is typically deemed crucial for occupant wellbeing, productivity, and even equipment functionality. While various cooling systems exist, chilled water tanks play a vital role in ensuring efficient and reliable cooling, particularly in large buildings with many users – such as modern offices spaces, as well as schools, colleges and care facilities.

Cooling systems work by circulating chilled water through a closed loop connected to heat exchangers that transfer coolness to the building’s air. Central to this system is the chilled water tank, acting as a thermal reservoir that stores pre-cooled water generated by either a chiller or heat pump. This stored water allows the chiller or heat pump to operate less frequently, reducing energy consumption and wear and tear.

Chilled water tanks offer versatility and can be integrated into various cooling systems. The most common applications are based around chiller plants, fan coil units (FCUs) or air source heat pumps (ASHPs). When used in combination with traditional chillers, tanks create a buffer, allowing the chiller to operate in longer cycles even during peak demand periods. This reduces energy costs and extends chiller lifespan. In buildings with FCUs, the chilled water tank provides the cool water circulated through the FCUs’ heat exchangers, cooling the air in individual rooms or zones. Chilled water tanks can also be integrated with reversible ASHPs. During cooling periods, they store chilled water; during heating seasons, they could be used as thermal buffers for hot water generated by the heat pump, although designated tanks for heating and cooling are recommended for larger-scale commercial applications.

higher is reduced. The buffer effect of tanks also optimises chiller operation for improved system efficiency, reducing wear and tear and extending its lifespan.

Employing the tanks also ensures a consistent supply of chilled water, this helps prevent temperature fluctuations creating more comfortable conditions for a building’s occupants.

Chiller water tanks can also be combined with solar thermal systems to sustainably generate a portion of the cooling needs. While this may sound counterintuitive, the heat captured from solar thermal collectors can be deployed in an absorption chiller where the captured heat boils a refrigerant, creating vapour. This vapour expands and cools, producing chilled water. Compared to traditional electric chillers, solar thermal systems can save significant energy, reducing reliance on the grid and lowering electricity bills, not only during the summer months but also contributing pre-cooling in

Deploying the tanks delivers several advantages. Critically storing chilled water reduces energy consumption since the tanks allow chillers to operate less frequently, minimising energy use and associated costs. Tanks can also store cool water during off-peak hours. By enabling peak demand shaving, reliance on the grid during peak periods when electricity prices are often

Integrating a tank seamlessly into existing or new cooling systems requires careful planning and expertise and, depending on capacity needs, space needs to be dedicated for installation. To address the wide variety of demand across public sector buildings Adveco offers system design and a comprehensive range of vessels, from its Chilled Water Tank (CWT) range of versatile carbon steel primary vessels to its premium range of Chilled Water System (CWS) vessels. The latter feature high-capacity connections at high and low levels providing greater versatility to cater for a wide range of system

applications with moderate to high flow rates. These tappings enable the tanks to be used with multiple cooling sources, including chillers, heat pumps and FCUs. With a wide range of capacities starting at 300 litres up to 5,000 litres and working pressures from 3 to 10 bar (on request) even the most demanding or complicated system design can be easily accommodated.

Whether a chilled water tank is the right fit for your building depends on several factors including size, cooling demand, budget and sustainability goals. Larger buildings with high cooling needs benefit most from the efficiency gains offered by chilled water tanks and with multiple connection options compatibility is maximised enabling the tanks to be integrated with various systems. While the initial investment might be higher for premium models, long-term cost savings need to be considered, both in terms of potential energy savings and reduced operational costs over time. This and the capability to facilitate the use of renewable energy sources for cooling also helps to contribute towards sustainability objectives and achieve strategic goals as part of a building-wide net zero initiative.

Chilled water tanks will increasingly play a important role in optimising cooling systems for commercial buildings if, as predicted, ambient temperatures continue to climb, offering numerous benefits from energy savings and improved comfort to flexibility and potential integration with renewables. However, careful consideration of investment costs, space requirements, and system compatibility is essential. By thoughtfully evaluating your needs and seeking professional guidance, you can determine if chilled water tanks are the key to unlocking a more efficient, sustainable, and comfortable cooling solution for your built space.
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Union Industries closes out competition with installation of its Ramdoor

Union Industries, the UK’s leading manufacturer of bespoke industrial doors, has helped Esterform overcome multiple issues with the installation of its cutting-edge high-speed Ramdoor.

The project was overseen by Union Industries’ new Technical Sales Engineer, Gary Clayton. A sales and engineering professional with almost 20 years of experience across various sectors, Gary will cover the regions across the south of England for the sales division of Union.

Tenbury Wells-based Esterform, the largest independent converter of PET in the UK, faced operational setbacks with its previous high-speed door due to poor performance, escalating repair costs and frequent failures during adverse weather conditions. As a result, it decided to replace its existing door after selecting Union Industries’ robust Ramdoor.

The Ramdoor has been engineered to achieve a

Class 5 wind resistance rating, making it able to withstand strong winds and to remain operational even during severe weather conditions.

Achieving this rating is supported by a number of the Ramdoor’s features, including its thick Ramhide door curtain material, which is high frequency welded together, giving the strongest fabric joins available.

In addition, it has heavyduty wind-brace and wind-bar systems for added strength, plus extra-deep side-guides, which all contribute to the Ramdoor’s ability to cope with high wind loads and pressures. Like other doors in the Union range, it also benefits from a ‘Crash Out’ facility, in case of vehicle or personnel impact to the bottom beam, thus ensuring minimal downtime and repair costs.

The Ramdoor at Esterform has been equipped with visual and audible warning systems, to

Landscaping & External Works

Tree surveys for development

Barnes Associates Ltd – Providing tree surveying to Architects, Town planners and developers, throughout the UK. Trees are our speciality from Tree Constraint Plans, Arboricultural Impact Assessments and Tree Protection plans.

Arboricultural Method Statements are often a conditional item these need to be practical and involve the whole team to be successful, we act as retained arboricultural consultant for site inspections.

Our associate ecologists provide Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) appraisals and associated reports, landscape plans and management plans are also provided.

We problem solve when building near trees. Protected trees even with TPO (Tree Preservation Orders) can often be built near with the right approach and techniques.

We work with your design teams to ensure a smooth process for our clients. Tree plans are provided in CAD 2D and 3D along with drone imagery if required.

Our tree surveyors are experienced and qualified to high standards.

Our Tree Diagnostic team provide Tree Root Radar scans providing root mapping services, along with Tree stability testing of trees throughout the UK.

Contact Ian Barnes, Director and Lead consultant, with your project needs, in total confidence.

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enhance safety and functionality in a high-noise environment. These additional extras ensure that employees are alerted to the door’s operation, allowing them to take necessary precautions.

Darryl Gunn, Group Technical Manager at Esterform, said, “Union’s Ramdoor has proven to be a game-changer for us, providing a robust solution to our challenges. We appreciate the professionalism and expertise demonstrated by the Union Industries team throughout the entire process.”

Gary Clayton, Union Industries’ Technical Sales Engineer, said, “Union Industries remains at the forefront of innovation, delivering bespoke industrial door solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of its clients.

“The successful installation at Esterform showcases the reliability and durability of our Ramdoor. We are committed to delivering solutions that not only meet but exceed our customer’s expectations, ensuring optimal performance and longevity.

“It’s a great time to join Union; their reputation is second to none and I look forward to working with new and existing customers.”

T +44 (0)113 244 8393

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Gary Clayton, Union Industries’ Technical Sales Engineer

Green horizons: Nurturing landscapes and turf care

Modern technology has revolutionised lawn care, rendering the old rotary mower as somewhat obsolete in this day and age. Today, there is a much larger emphasis on sustainability, aesthetics, and functionality when it comes to landscaping, an industry that continues to evolve offering innovative solutions for both residential and commercial spaces.

The integration of smart technology is revolutionising the way landscapes are managed and maintained, and the Eco Clipper Mowing System is becoming increasingly popular, offering efficient grass cutting while minimising noise and emissions.

The Eco Clipper range consists of large area mowers that help field managers minimise mowing costs while producing a professional cut. The Eco Clipper mowing system was originally developed to replace the traditional cylinder and rotary mowers in turfgrass production. The aim was to retain the cutting performance of a well-tuned cylinder mower, but not the high maintenance requirements and sensitivity to mowing conditions, such as wet grass and weeds.

Manufactured by LS Products BV, Eco Clipper is the next-gen in electric mowing. Harnessing the power of technology with a commitment to sustainability and innovation,

the Eco Clipper range of machines have an undeniably long-term cost-effective benefit. By eliminating greenhouse gas emissions and reducing noise pollution, it also helps mitigate the negative effects of traditional lawn care equipment on air quality and community well-being making it a fantastic investment for municipalities and businesses looking to enjoy significant savings over time while supporting sustainable practices.

“We originally aimed for maintaining lawns, but now, semi-roughs and orchards can also be mowed well with the Eco Clipper system. We have made some updates that make the mowing system more suitable to also mow in longer grass. Furthermore, we are developing an autonomous mower with a working width up to 513cm. In March 2024,

we launched our new front mower the Eco Clipper FM343 (pictured above). This is a 343cm wide mower for compact tractors that is 170cm wide in transport. This mower is suitable for mowing sports and recreational fields, but the first mower we have delivered mows areas around a water pumping station. This is usually much longer grass with a lot of unevenness. In such cases this mower is also proved to do a very good job,” added Syb Leijenaar, Dutch inventor of The Eco Clipper® Mowing System.

At the introduction of the EC-FM343 the operator’s initial reactions to the new

mower and the supervisors were that full of amazement that this mower still had such a clean cutting pattern in wet long grass. They claimed that their old 5-section self-propelled mower would have smothered in these conditions!

“The Eco Clipper electric mower is very quiet compared to hydraulic or belt driven mowers and, when combined with the lightweight tractor, can mow much earlier in wet fields than self-propelled mowers. In addition, The Eco Clipper mower deck is fuel-efficient,” added Syb.

As consumer awareness of environmental issues continues to grow, the demand for eco-friendly lawn care solutions like the EcoClipper is expected to rise. By harnessing the power of cutting-edge technology, Eco Clipper has demonstrated itself as the number one choice in lawn care for its ecofriendly design, performance and ability.

For the turfgrass market, LS Products BV will demonstrate its products at a show at Tillers Turf on the 5th of June 2024.

For more details on the full Eco Clipper range, please visit:

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Specialists in Safety

DCON Safety Consultants is passionate & highly committed to continually improving health, safety & wellbeing management in collaboration with our clients. The safety and wellbeing of our people, our client’s staff and those around them is at the heart of our business. DCON Safety Consultants’ resources have extensive experience in the provision of health and safety consultancy services and the provision of specific health and safety advisory services in the large complex project and development public and private market environment.

Our unique approach to the services we provide is focused heavily on assisting our clients, firstly by obtaining confidence that you have compliance and secondly, showing how you might improve performance. The skills, knowledge and experience of our staff places them at the forefront of their profession, and

we welcome the opportunity to bring such resources and benefits to our clients.

DCON Safety Consultants is able to prioritise and specialise in the highest levels of informed and intelligent advice, senior project resource allocation and compliance assurance. DCON Safety Consultants understands that every project contains both benefits and risks and the company is dedicated to helping assess each individual clients needs, utilising its team of highly experienced construction professionals consistently to ensure each client’s best interest and statutory conformity.

One of the main benefits of engaging with DCON Safety Consultants is its utilisation and primary resource of its exceptional team of technical construction and safety consultants who provide team-oriented services on an as needed basis. DCON Safety Consultants uses both its experienced team’s knowledge and support of its portfolio of alliances with other key individuals and organisations, to support clients in matters involving all divisions of design and construction safety.

Providing a transparent, reliable service, DCON Safety Consultants has gained a strong reputation for its responsible, trustworthy and efficient service. Dedicated to maximising quality, minimising risk and managing compliance, DCON Safety Consultants is well equipped to provide integral advice and services for its clients.

Principal services provided by DCON Safety Consultants includes that of a Project Supervisor for the Design Process (CDM Advisor Plus), Pre-Planning Compliance, Safe Design Adherence, Health & Safety Strategy Creation, Client Advisory Roles, Physical Site Safety Auditing and Expert Witness. Through these services, DCON Safety Consultants support and influence the design of proven, health, safety & wellbeing strategies that seek to help its clients achieve high-quality, cost-effective work for the safe design, construction & operation of their assets.

DCON Safety Consultants provides its services for a wide and varied selection of customers, which includes public sector departments, corporate owners, real estate developers, main contractors, design professionals and infrastructural

bodies. No project is too simple or too complex for its team of high-quality PSDP consultants. DCON Safety Consultants’ team of consultants are construction professionals, which individually average 20+ years of experience in the built environment. This vast knowledge base and skillset, enables the company to provide tailored, distinctive and innovative ideas born from traditional PSDP service inputs and outputs.

For any further information on the company, please see the details featured below or give them a call on the number stated: T +353 (0)1 611 1556

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Industrial Fire Detection Solutions Company of the Month

Your safety, our technology

In this issue of Building & Facilities News, we are delighted to welcome market-leaders Hochiki Europe as our Industrial Fire Detection Solutions Company of the Month.

The Fire Safety Event is the largest gathering of UK fire safety professionals and is back at the NEC Birmingham from the 30th April-2nd May 2024. Hochiki Europe is our Top Exhibitor, with its impressive range of fire safety products including: Latitude, Ekho Hybrid Wireless & FIREscape Nepto.

The illustrious journey for Hochiki started over 100 years ago, when it was first established in Tokyo in 1918. Over time, it grew exponentially to become a globally-leading manufacturer of commercial and industrial fire directions solutions. In 1972, the Hochiki America Corporation was founded, followed in 1993 by the newest division: Hochiki Europe.

Hochiki Europe manufactures and distributes products to Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with a strategic focus on fire detection systems, wired and wireless products & emergency lighting.

“Our Addressable Life Safety products partnered with a Latitude fire safety panel is an innovative solution for optimised fire safety management in large-scale applications. The modular ‘plug and play’ products can identify incidents instantly, providing optimised fire safety responses across hospitals, retail outlets, airports, educational establishments and high-rise buildings. What’s

and in-person classroom based learning to operating engineers. The curriculum content consists of fire safety topics, with a large focus on Hochiki’s product range such as Latitude, Ekho Hybrid Wireless, FIREscape Nepto Emergency Lighting range and ESP range. The training academy launched this Spring and already has 120 subscribers to date. Engineers will be able to familiarise themselves with the products and importantly, how to install them during practical sessions.

more, our open protocol can integrate easily with existing fire safety systems, for instant operationality,” explained Craig Taylor, Strategic Marketing Manager.

Following the Grenfell fire tragedy in 2017, the Hackitt Report criticised the current UK building regulations and fire safety systems as ‘not fit for purpose’. Demanding a ‘culture change’ to drive the delivery of safe buildings now and in the future, Dame Judith Hackitt gave an impassioned call to arms.

With this in mind, Hochiki Europe is focused on driving fire safety standards forward across the industry. In addition to the robust product portfolio, the Kent-based division has launched a training academy for fire safety professionals working across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa. The Hochiki Training Academy provides blended online

“Our academy is unique in that it follows an engineer throughout their career rather than the business they work for. Throughout the life career of an engineer, they may work for different companies, but they can top-up their knowledge throughout with our training courses,” added Craig.

Hochiki prides itself on staying ahead of the curve and owns the world’s largest purposebuilt fire test laboratory. In the fire safety sector, precision and accuracy are paramount and this allows the Group to robustly test and refine its growing premium product portfolio. This cutting-edge R&D facility has allowed the seamless development of products such as the ESP addressable range.

The Ekho Hybrid Wireless Fire Detection system is a standout flexible hybrid solution that can be seamlessly integrated into existing Hochiki ESP Intelligent hard-wired systems. The wireless Translator module is hardwired to the fire alarm control panel loop and communicates continuously with the wireless devices, with up to 10 translators per loop and up to 126 expanders/field devices on each translator. This is perfect for installations where the more traditional fire cables are not

possible, such as heritage buildings, sites with multiple remote buildings or where asbestos is present.

If you’re looking for a nextlevel, compliant emergency lighting system, FIREscape Nepto is a unique selftesting and self-monitoring system, designed with LED luminaires and exit signs connected with 40V cabling. The back-up batteries provide a vital three hours’ worth of power, compliant with British Standard BS 5266 for emergency lighting requirements. Providing an emergency lighting system for all built environments, the FIREscape Nepto solution offers additional sustainability benefits. The product has been produced by fully recyclable materials and with integrated LED technology, this is designed to reduce carbon emissions.

“We are more than a fire safety solutions company. We are driving fire safety standards through our new training academy, allowing more engineers to access our product range, keeping building safer now and in the future.

“Every month we offer free webinars, open to all, on pertinent topics such as VADs, IS Systems, Multi-Sensor testing, and False Alarm Reduction, the recordings of each can also be accessed through our website at a later date.

“We have always offered next-level technical support and customer service, alongside our premium range of products.

“We are furthermore delighted to be launching our ‘Vision 2030’ – this is a cohesive best practice agreement across our UK, USA and Japan manufacturing sites to begin to streamline our global product range as we “Move ahead as One Hochiki.”

“Watch this space and see you all at The Fire Safety Event 2024,” concluded Shinsuke Kubo, Managing Director.

For more information on all products or to speak to an expert sales operative, see details below: T +44 (0)1634 260133

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Shinsuke Kubo, MD

Union Industries rises to the challenge

Union Industries, the UK’s leading manufacturer of bespoke high speed doors, has helped Britain’s largest bakery brand overcome adverse weather conditions with the installation of three Bulldoors.

Led by the fifth generation of the Warburton family, the company approached Union to assist in combating strong winds at its Burnley site, which already has a Bulldoor as well as two Matadoors from the range.

It first approached Union Industries in 2004 to install a Bulldoor, which continues to operate effectively and efficiently two decades later.

Union’s Bulldoors are often

regarded as the ‘reliable workhorse’ of rapid roll doors and are known to perform more than 1.4 million cycles per year, making it a popular choice across multiple sectors. They feature specialist ‘CrashOut’ and ‘Auto-Reset’ damage protection facilities, and offer control outputs for options such as airlocks, traffic control systems and remote monitoring, while aiding temperature control for ambient and chilled environments.

The market-leading, bespoke, high-speed roller doors help to prevent the severe drop of ambient temperature in buildings, especially evident in the winter months, eliminating any potential impact on production environments.

T +44 (0)113 244 8393

West Suffolk Hospital acquires fleet of tugs from Bradshaw EV

West Suffolk Hospital, which is managed by West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, has recently taken delivery of six all-electric PT400 pedestrian tow tractor tugs.

The fleet of tugs were supplied by the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of industrial electric vehicles, Bradshaw Electric Vehicles, which has been operating since 1976.

All PT400 pedestrian tow tractors have been leased on a 5 year contract, with an option to extend beyond the contract’s end.

Acquired as a part of a fleet replacement programme, the Trust took the decision to upgrade its small taskforce of tugs after its predecessors – a fleet of six PT300s which were also procured directly through Bradshaw nearly a decade ago – had come to the end of their lifespan.

Such was the extent of the use of the previous PT300s that they had clocked up over 100,000 miles, all within the West Suffolk Hospital site.

As a result of their low speed and exceptional manoeuvrability they provided the perfect solution to the Trust, who primarily use the tugs for the delivery of meals for the hospital’s patients as well as transporting laundry, heavy medical instruments and furniture within the confines of the hospital building.


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Boasting a four tonne tow capacity and a generous 500 kilogram payload, West Suffolk Hospital’s new PT400s are specifically designed to tow large loads safely and effortlessly.

ModCon Cabin Trader Ltd

ModCon Cabin Trader was formed in 2017 by Alan Willetts of whom has 25 years experience of working for some major manufacturers in the Modular & Portable Building Industry.

ModCon Cabins as it is also known manufactures and supplies Steel Anti Vandal Portable Cabins, Containers, Modular Buildings and all site ancillary items associated with the Portable Building Industry. Please visit:

Items such as Portable Offices, Canteens, Toilet units, Drying units, Storage Containers, Chemstores,

Smoking Shelters, Effluent Tanks, Staircases are regular and repeat produced items that we manufacture for our clients.

Based in Gloucestershire in the South West we are logistically nicely placed around all the major motorway networks for ease of transportation.

Our workforce are all very skilled and experienced fabricators of whom have many years experience working within our industry & so know the expectancy of our customers requirements so you can be sure that if you approach ModCon Cabins to undertake your work you are in very good hands!

Being that all items produced are mostly built on a jig and to customers own specification we are open to undertaking bespoke enquiries too so please feel free to engage with us here at ModCon Cabins even if you have a rather random enquiry for certain products.

Why not also take a look at ModCon Cabin Traders other side of the business which is an Auction/Resale website that allows all and sundry to utilise the site to sell new & used Portable Building products which operates very similar to a well-known auction/resale site we are all familiar with, however only for products relating to our industry.


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