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ISSUE 325 June/July 2015

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The 7 Series – Quality products for professionals Pioneers of the innovative 7 Series range of products to include the well renowned Tec7 MS Polymer based glue that bonds, seal and mounts, even underwater. Contech was first established in 2003 as suppliers to the Independent, DIY and Builders Merchants market throughout the UK and Ireland. Since then, the thriving company has gone from strength to strength adding all the buying groups in Ireland and


in 2010, Contech became a preferred supplier with NMBS in the UK. With a limited assortment and a wide range of uses, the 7 Series is a range of quality products for professionals, creating a number of possibilities that are so varied many professionals are able to use the products in highly creative ways. Resulting in them being awarded ‘The World Trade Centres Association Trophy’ in 2011.


The successful product range includes adhesives and sealants, cleaners and degreasers, expanding foams that stop expanding when they meet resistance along with penetrating oils that have been developed in Olen since 1978 and are ideal for use in the construction, production, repair and maintenance sectors. The focus of the 7 Series range is ‘innovation and quality’ coupled with an excellent customer service.

At Thermohouse, we manufacture and install a low energy building system consisting of Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF) walls together with a low energy floor and roof system giving you a complete airtight, thermal envelope. With Thermohouse, you can expect a healthier indoor environment, a reduction on energy costs, excellent thermal performances (to meet passive standard if required), elimination of all cold bridging, more creative innovative design opportunities, superior structural strength and an easy to install lightweight system with a substantially reduced building time.







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GLASS BALUSTRADES Structural glass and posted balustrades

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HS Conversion Kit Available to interchange HS55 Saw Head and HS55 Plastic Flail


Plastic Flail Cutting Diameter-550mm Will cut up to 25mm Excavator Range-2.5-7.5 ton



Diesel/Petrol Tracked Dumper

Saw Head Blade Diameter-550mm Will cut up to 8 inch Excavator Range-2.5-7.5 ton


Glass Balustrades of the Year Award Winner

Demon Designs offer an unrivalled range of balustrade systems from bespoke, fabricated steel and stainless steel to modular systems.

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We offer structural glass balustrades from a number of suppliers, and can tailor the installation to suit the customer. We can also offer a vast range of posted balustrades from budget, modular and mild steel to superb quality, fabricated stainless steel systems, to suit most budgets and lead times. With our modular systems, we can usually offer a very fast turnaround time.



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CONTENTS Building Excellence


Duralock Enistic Hauration

London Build Expo 6-11 Assa Abloy Biogenie Blok & Mesh CT1 Ltd Flowcrete Multimesh Ockwells Propellor Studios

Building News


Hello & welcome to Issue 325 of BCR UK… As with every edition, the team at BCR UK has been working extremely hard to bring you an issue that is full of innovative and exhilarating companies, and we believe that this could be the best yet! We have searched the length and breadth of the UK to bring you some of the most ground-breaking innovations and this month we are overjoyed to be highlighting the activities of Enistic and Slanetrac. Firstly, we would like to us on the accomplishments of Enistic. Due to their prominence in the industry; we have awarded them with the impressive ‘Commitment to Excellence’ profile. To find out more, turn to page 3. And secondly, we are highlighting the successes of Slanetrac by presenting them with the remarkable ‘10th Anniversary Award’ status. For more information, look no further than Page 4. I hope you enjoy reading this issue of BCR UK as much as we have enjoyed bringing it to you. Happy reading and we hope to see you for the next edition.

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Inta gets social with plumbers and installers British heating and plumbing product manufacturer, Inta, has stepped up its online presence with a host of social media competitions and a brand new website. The company, which has become the go to name for quality, style and safety, is encouraging installers to interact with it on Facebook and Twitter in order to keep up-to-date with its latest news and products, as well as regular opportunities to win products from its 2015 catalogues. In May, the manufacturer gave away five IntaKlean Magnetic Filters, worth around £100 each, to installers who submitted their dirtiest pictures, ranging from filthy plumbing installations to grubby cars. Inta is also giving away pairs of its stylish chrome thermostatic radiator valves, a CoolFlo safe touch thermostatic bar shower kit, and a selection of useful goodies

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including notepads, ice scrapers and AC indicator keyrings. The new website is home to the company’s complete range of products, and provides customers with detailed product information, as well as downloadable data sheets and manuals, as well as access to its free anti-scald e-learning package.

Inta unveils biggest ever catalogues British manufacturer, Inta, has unveiled its largest ever range of heating and plumbing products in its 2015 edition catalogues. With new additions across its plumbing heating and renewables, commercial and showering collections, Inta has become the go-to name for quality, reliability

Visit: www.intatec.co.uk to find out more, follow: @intatec on Twitter and ‘like’ Inta on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/Intatec

and style. Among the list of new products is the IntaKlean 2, the company’s secondgeneration of its bestselling magnetic filter, while Inta’s showering collection features its most stylish range of showers to date. To request a brochure, visit: www.intatec.co.uk or call: +44 (0)1889 272180.

Customised LED Displays, Signs & Screens that meet your needs synergy

exceedingly impressive track record which marks the company’s great success and continued reliability.

The business prioritises customer service through the provision of complete bespoke solutions, tailored electronic displays accordingly to suit the needs of individual companies. LEDsynergy takes care of all processes, from the Building and Construction Review is pleased to initial model through to its personalised design present LEDsynergy with its highly acclaimed and manufacture all the way to its installation and Commitment to Excellence profile. completion. Based in Hampshire, the outstanding electronic “As an LED screen and display manufacturer, LED display and sign manufacturer was originally we are able to offer a complete bespoke founded in 1982 and has experienced steady solution for your business,” explained Jeremy growth ever since. Over 30 years’ experience in Harwood, Managing Director at LEDsynergy. “We the sector has enabled the business to secure communicate with our clients all the way through itself as a principle frontrunner in LED production the process from concept to commissioning, and customisation. offering you the most cost-effective solution for your needs. All requirements can be catered for, as LEDsynergy has the competency to provide a “We offer no-nonsense, good advice with great string of large external full colour video screens as service and quality products. Our team of well as single line displays and simple clock units. specialists will develop a product and system Regardless of an organisation’s size or status, its that does the job you want, as we are passionate needs can be met satisfactorily due to the industry about what we do and about doing it well. We leader’s penchant for delivering comprehensive want to please so we’ll take time to solutions to both small independents and understand individual needs and international blue chip companies. build a system that meets certain requirements – this means that our Producing signs for many esteemed brands, customers receive a stunning solution LEDsynergy has created both indoor and outdoor at a cost-effective price.” masterpieces for a wide range of factions including financial tickers, highways & roads, Product quality is also of great factories, sports arenas, retail outlets, advertising significance; only the best components & promotional businesses and those working in are utilised in the production of these offices and medical centres. high calibre electronic signs, ensuring absolute value for money. Striving for LED Synergy provides exceptional products in the excellence ensures that LEDsynergy form of quality standard or bespoke LED displays, retains its prominent position in the clocks and counters which have been carefully industry; providing highly effective and refined after over 30 years of meticulous research dependable products and software to a and development. Approximately over 20,000 whole host of customers. installations have been conducted in this time; an A recent addition to the range is one of the lightest, thinnest and most energy efficient outdoor digital LED displays available. LEDsynergy has teamed up with one of the leading manufacturers in the USA to help to develop this innovative product. The modular LED panel’s high efficiency design reduces power usage by up to 60% over traditional systems and each module is fully sealed against the weather to achieve reliability in the most extreme weather conditions. The modules also

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have high resolution and image quality, providing the best picture clarity and colour capability from various distances. LEDsynergy has recently installed a bespoke monolith with full colour video screen at an award winning hotel and Jazz club in Hampshire. The stunning monolith display (constructed in powder coated steel) has two full colour electronic LED screens back to back and stands just short of 5 metres high. The top section has backlit text and the screens are both 10mm pitch, providing a superb medium for promotion and advertising events at the club. Working closely with the founder and owner of the club and his team meant that LEDsynergy could develop exactly what the club wanted, and it has certainly made an impact on its customers. If you want to find out more then get in touch with LEDsynergy today. Alternatively, you can visit the team at their offices in Andover, Hampshire, to admire the impressive and versatile displays at its well-furnished showroom. T +44 (0)1264 303030 sales@ledsynergy.co.uk www.ledsynergy.co.uk

Building Excellence

The Orion Group chooses Enistic for ESOS Building and Construction Review are pleased to present Enistic with the prestigious Commitment to Excellence profile.

Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS).

The Orion group, international specialist in the provision of recruitment services, has chosen Enistic to provide a straightforward path to guaranteed ESOS compliance.

Steven MacDonald, Business Management Systems CoOrdinator at The Orion Group, said, “We chose Enistic to work with for our ESOS compliance because we were impressed with their expertise in the measurement and targeting of energy use.”

The Orion Group is working with energy management specialist, Enistic, to handle the company’s energy monitoring and reporting of energy savings opportunities, which needs to be carried out to comply with the new Energy

Enistic offers an Easy ESOS scheme to offer companies a stress free route to guaranteed compliance. Starting with a free scoping meeting, Enistic’s energy management experts provide an action plan for the work required

to comply with the regulations. Darryl Mattocks, Managing Director of Enistic, said, “We are delighted to be working with The Orion Group. Our Easy ESOS scheme will take care of all the energy data collection admin and reporting necessary to comply with the scheme, meaning that the staff at Orion can concentrate on their work safe in the knowledge that we are getting the ESOS job done for them.” Contact T +44 (0)844 875 1600 info@enistic.com www.enistic.com

Hauraton drainage at Heslington East Campus, University of York With the Heslington East Campus site being quite flat, deep drains were not possible so rainwater from roofs, road and pathways had to be directed in a series of culverts, surface drainage channels and rills, eventually discharging into a lake. The Sustainable Urban Drainage Scheme included the control of rainwater from roofs via downpipes into a series of buried, stepped shallow culverts made from two sizes of FASERFIX® SUPER channel fitted with solid ductile iron covers. Surface water drainage with ductile iron gratings were provided in the same channel runs where channels crossed paved footpaths or asphalted areas. Pairs of FASERFIX® SUPER 300 channels fitted with solid covers were also installed adjacent to each other in the rills to create tunnels under roadways and paths. RECYFIX® SLOTTED channels with their unobtrusive galvanised slot inlets were specified

for the pedestrian routes and concourses. Colin Taff, Hauraton‘s Project Engineer comments about the project, “Over 1,600 metres of Hauraton drainage channel have been installed by Howard Civil Engineering Limited with no breakages reported during the installation stages.” For full case study, go to: www.drainage-projects.co.uk

RoSPA Awards Sponsor Airsweb will once again be sponsoring the highly sought after RoSPA International Sector Award at the RoSPA Awards 2015. This is the fourth year in a row that Airsweb will sponsor the awards, and the third year in a row of sponsoring the RoSPA International Sector Award, celebrating success in health and safety. The awards will take place at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre London on June 16, the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on July 14-15 and the Hilton Glasgow on September 17. The awards are said to present a high accolade for any business or organisation from a range of sectors.

Airsweb Marketing Manager, Lee Davies said, “The awards are a celebration of the dedication, hard work and commitment that QHSE professionals have to their organisations and the people within them.” Contact T +44 (0)151 289 6811

Duralock UK Ltd, part of the £45m development plans at Cheltenham Racecourse

The Duralock Performance Fencing range is approved by the Jockey Club, the largest racecourse group in the UK and is used prolifically throughout its 15 leading racecourses. This includes some of the most iconic courses in British racing, such as Aintree, Cheltenham and Epsom Downs. The development at Cheltenham is its largest single investment in facilities to date. Duralock crowd barriers and custom made gates can be found in most public areas, including the Driveway, Parade Ring and most recently, the newly repositioned Horsewalk. Our white racerail lines the entire course and our single post and rail

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can be found outside the new Weighing Room and Media Centre. Duralock UK Ltd was founded in 1991 and has built a solid reputation through extensive work in the UK and Europe. Now increasingly working for clients in the UAE and as far as Australia, Russia and the USA, Duralock is a truly global brand. The factory and head offices are based in rural Oxfordshire, ensuring hands-on control over all stages of production. Duralock has recently become an approved member of the Made in Britain campaign. T +44 (0)1608 678238 www.duralock.com


10th Anniversary Award

Specialist Manufacturer Slanetrac acknowledged for 10 Years in Engineering Excellence Building and Construction Review is pleased to present Slanetrac, commending the specialist mechanical engineering company for achieving the prestigious 10th Anniversary Award profile. Having been frequently recognised as an outstanding performer in the development of specialist mini track dumpers and peripherals for mini diggers and hedge cutters, Slanetrac has experienced steady growth and great success in the mechanical engineering sector during the course of its decade in the trade. Adrian Clarke, Sales Co-ordinator at Slanetrac, said this continued success is due to the company’s rapid growth and development, “We have progressed greatly over the past 10 years,” he explained. “This achievement is largely due to the expansion we have experienced through getting the Slanetrac name out there effectively. We have managed to significantly increase our

customer base by offering our services across all of the areas we operate in. “In terms of recent changes, we have experienced further expansions by selling to more companies across some of the main European countries (including Australia, America, Russia, France and Holland). We are looking to break into the Scandinavian market in the near future, and our main priority centres on the continuation of what we are doing in order to secure more sales.” The company, which is located in Slane, Ireland, is renowned for manufacturing the finest industrial components, built in-house at a fully-equipped production facility. As well as supplying track dumpers, hedge cutters, saw heads, plastic flails, swivel trims and steel wire brushes, the business also has the competency to undertake one off custom engineering duties. It can capably carry out all other specialist forms

Design Company of the Year

Bespoke Glass Solutions Building and Construction Review is proud to present Demon Designs as its selected Design Company of the Year. Renowned for their exceptional range of products and services to a wide variety of construction sectors, Demon Designs specialise in supplying and fitting bespoke architectural glass solutions, including Staircases and Balustrades, Splashbacks, Shop Fronts, Walk-On Glass Floors/Bridges, Glass Ceilings, Glass Roofs and Aluminium Curtain Walling. Their extensive work also extends to Customised Door Solutions, Automatic Entrances, Sliding Glass Doors, Shop Fronts and Glass Canopies. Located in Ford, near Arundel, West Sussex, the business caters for a wide range of clients, from small and medium sized building contractors and general builders to domestic customers and large construction companies. The types of projects the company undertake has ranged from fitting kitchen splashbacks and shower screens to installing automatic doors at the visually distinctive Walkie Talkie building on Fenchurch Street in Central London. “What sets us apart from other companies is our wide range of experience and in-depth product knowledge,” commented Dominic Meakins, Founder and Owner of Demon Designs. “Our in-house team each have over 20 years’ experience, along with a reputation for design excellence. We have provided design consultancy for a wide range of clients, including some competitors, and you can't get much better praise than a competitor asking you for advice! If it’s made of glass, we can do it!” Superior in the industry for their exemplary expertise and indisputable quality that can be provided by their proficient workforce, Demon Designs are a one-stop service for all glass product requirements. They supply a vast range of flush, individually fabricated double glazed acoustic doors achieving up to 44dB(Rw) acoustic performance. This bespoke service means products can be tailored accordingly, accommodating side hung or pivoting versions, self-closing or free swing.

An unrivalled selection of customised balustrade systems is available for purchase, in both fabricated steel and stainless steel. Posted Balustrades, Structural Glass Balustrades and Structural Glass Free Standing Balustrades are modular systems which typically can be installed with a very fast turnaround time. Glass Splashbacks can be provided in virtually any colour, complete with cut outs for plug sockets and light switches. These holes in the glass can be done highly accurately, and can be coordinated precisely to best meet customers’ particular needs. The company boasts the widest available range of colour for back painted glass and splashbacks, and they use toughened glass in all splashbacks near a heat source or with cut outs to ensure heat resistance and the avoidance of cracks. Growing year on year, Demon Designs has doubled its turnover every year since their establishment in 2011. Their on-going success has led them to experience an everincreasing demand for products and services. In order to cope with this growth the company recently moved into new, larger premises. The company is renowned for seamless customer service, from the initial consultation and order right through to the final completion. They can work off-plan or attend the site in question and carry out a full survey, and they have the capability of matching the glass utilised in projects to suit specific items, tiles or work tops. Dominic concluded, “We are overwhelmed with the success we have experienced in just 4 years and have always been dedicated to providing an advanced, efficient customer service catering to each and every client’s needs. The new facility is twice the size, and will feature a dedicated clean-room for manufacturing our flush, double glazed acoustic doors as well as allowing for more in-house capability. Our aim for the future is to continue this success and expand the company further whilst maintaining our promise to offer customers the best and most innovative products and services available.” T +44 (0)1903 733206 info@demon-designs.co.uk www.demon-designs.co.uk


involved in the plant works industry. It supplies the Slanetrac HC Hedge Trimmer attachments for mini diggers ranging from 1-7 ton as well as the Slanetrac HS55 Saw Head and Slanetrac RB45 Wire Brush attachments for mini diggers from 2.5-7 ton. Another popular product stocked in the range is the Slanetrac HT1000 Mini Tracked Dumper, which can run on either petrol or diesel and is specially manufactured to allow narrow access for open areas.

(Pictured) Adrian Clarke, Sales Co-ordinator at Slanetrac of engineering, including welding, machining, plasma cutting and fabrication. Slanetrac has established itself as a leading manufacturer, developer and producer of this particular equipment, serving clients such as end users, landscape gardeners and those

in January and INTERMAT Paris in April. They will be attending the Executive Hire Show next year, which will take place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry from 10-11 February 2016. Contact T 00353 469024858 slanetracsales@gmail.com www.slanetrac.ie

“Nobody else in the industry offers what we do,” Adrian continued. “Although it is admittedly a niche market, we stand out from our competitors because everything we do is completed inhouse. All of the necessary processes right from the build and design through to the manufacture and assembly is done internally, so we have a great deal of expertise in these areas.” The company has already attended many trade shows this year, including LAMMA 2015

Tooling News

Breaking the mould: Hitachi Power Tools provides tougher, faster and more advanced performance Hitachi’s tougher, faster and more advanced power tools are giving construction professionals the high performance and peace of mind they demand, explains Simon Miller, Brand Manager. Hitachi Power Tools are designed to give the very best performance, whatever the task may be. For material removing work, which can be a tough job and one where power and user comfort have to be combined, two new tools have been recently added to our range. These are the DH40MEY SDS-max rotary demolition hammer and the H90SG heavy duty breaker, both of which combine user safety with the powerful performance and resilience demanded by professionals. The DH40MEY SDS-max rotary demolition hammer features a brushless motor designed to reduce maintenance and increase durability. To increase performance, tool manufacturers like Hitachi are turning their attention to developing extremely efficient electric motors. Brushed motors produce sparks, friction and heat, so the introduction of brushless motors has been in an effort to maximize efficiency, sometimes providing as much as twice the performance of a brushed motor.

The brushless motor technology featured in the DH40MEY performs 50% more efficiently compared to conventional brushed motors. Brushless motors also improve dust proofing, which is important for installers as it gives the power tools a longer service life, saving you time and money, not just in respect of cleaning your power tools, but replacing them too. The brushless motor can increase working time by up to 40% when used on those longer high-volume drilling jobs. With Hitachi’s three-year warranty also available on the tool (online registration required), trade professionals can be assured of its performance levels and that it has been manufactured for a long life on site. Weighing in at 7.5kg and with a power output of 1,150W, the DH40MEY, with its aluminium housing, is therefore perfect for those tough demolition and material removal jobs. This mains powered tool provides high drilling performance, even with extension cables and it is compatible with petrol generators, thanks to Hitachi's unique compact and high efficiency inverter circuit. The DH40MEY also offers variable speeds, which can be changed at the touch of a

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button, and the large trigger and mode select switch are easily accessible. Drill bits can be mounted with one push and constant speed control technology makes sure no demolition power is lost. A low vibration rear handle and Hitachi’s User Vibration Protection (UVP) system increases operator comfort and safety. For bigger demolition projects, the powerful H90SG Heavy Duty Breaker offers class leading demolition performance. Weighing in at 32kg, the breaker has impact energy of 70J and a full load impact rate of 1,000/ min. The breaker again features the Hitachi User Vibration Protection (UVP) system, which restricts the tri-axial vibration to only 7.7 m/s2. The breaker’s aluminium housing body has also been designed to offer greater durability on site, while the low vibration handles have soft grips to further dampen vibration. Subject to terms and conditions, it is also backed by a three-year warranty for added peace of mind. This becomes available when the tool is registered online within 28 days of purchase. For more details on Hitachi Power Tools, visit: www.hitachi-powertools.co.uk

Commitment to Excellence

The UK's No. 1 Converter & Producer of Abrasive Products to the Retail Sector National Abrasives Ltd has been specially selected as a stand out exhibitor at the Totally DIY & Tools Show 2015. The company was met with great interest from visitors and secured itself as a notable name in the industry whilst attending the renowned exhibition in February, which took place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. National Abrasives Ltd was established in January 2005 in Croydon but soon outgrew the

building they were in and three years ago relocated to much larger premises in Reigate. Having the head office and the factory in the

same building makes it easier for Owner and Managing Director, Stephen Furnell to have a ‘hands on’ approach with running the business.

The company specialises in the conversion and manufacture of abrasive products from wide format jumbo roll. Using modern up-to-date machinery, the specialists produce abrasives for all industries including automotive, woodworking, plumbing and the retail sector.

opening day from the independents,’ followed by the larger companies (who usually visit on the Monday and Tuesday). This edition was no different to other years in terms of the quantity and quality of visitors, resulting in both new and repeat orders for the business.

The Croydon-based company boasts an extensive array of products. Its inventory includes abrasive rolls, abrasive mini rolls, cabinet sandpaper, cork sanding blocks, emery cloth, fibre & flap discs, flap wheels, floor sanding sheets, foam backed abrasives, portable machine belts, random orbit sanding discs, sanding sheets, synthetic steel wool, wet & dry and wire brushes.

If you would like any information regarding their vast variety of quality products, please contact the National Abrasives Ltd team on: 01737 242593, facsimile on: 01737 234720 or send over an email for a brochure and trade price list.

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Last year, National Abrasives Ltd launched in Las Vegas a new range of abrasives specially designed for the American dry lining market. This new range is now available in the UK and was shown for the first time in the UK at Totally DIY & Tools Show 2015. They received a lot of interest from builders’ merchants multiples for this range at the show and are currently in the process of following up these enquiries. Totally DIY has always been at the top of National Abrasives’ choice of shows in the UK, with orders mostly taken on the

The Totally DIY & Tools Show will be returning to Coventry next year for another jam-packed event, running from the 16-17 February 2016. Contact T +44 (0)1737 242593 sales@national-abrasives.co.uk www.national-abrasives.co.uk

(Pictured) Fred White, Sales Director

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London Build Expo Review

The leading new Construction TÜV UK Limited Exhibition for London and the South of England TÜV UK Limited provides services to the building and construction industry ranging from Management Systems Certification through to crane inspections and from Health & Safety through to Welding services. We attended the London Build Expo in order to promote our services, particularly those relating to two EU Directives, which have mandatory requirements for qualifying companies.

London Build 2015 burst into action from 18-19 June when it took place at the O2 in London. Thousands of construction industry specialists made an appearance at the exhibition this year for what turned out to be a highly successful edition. Dubbed the leading construction expo for London and the South of England, over 200 exhibitors turned up to the renowned event to gain a competitive edge in this demanding and ever-developing sector. Those who showcased had the chance to promote their latest products, services and solutions, subsequently increasing brand recognition and generating further trade. Visitors reaped the opportunity to liaise with major developers and contractors in construction and they benefitted from the knowledge and expertise offered by the various top level speakers who were present at the exclusive conferences and training workshops. As well as keeping fully up-to-date with the latest industry developments and finding

out about the most recent construction projects, those who attended could also approach the senior level executives (from a large number of local and international companies) who were present. The London Build expo is the perfect platform for professionals working in the construction market to network with likeminded individuals and obtain interest from potential new clients. www.londonbuildexpo.com

GreenUrban Technologies GreenUrban Technologies is a UK Engineering company offering a straight forward and costefficient approach to solutions that make a difference to the welfare and safety of workers and members of the public.

Enforced by Trading Standards, they have the power to stop a business from trading and to withdraw any products supplied after July 1st 2014. Businesses that are discovered not to be complying with CPR, will be unable to trade during the period needed to implement EN 1090-1 and will have to carry the cost of product recalls and fines. In severe cases, Directors may also be imprisoned.

The 2nd directive relates to ESOS (The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme) ESOS has been established by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in response to Article 8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU. ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment and energy saving identification scheme for large undertakings (and their corporate groups) and it applies throughout the UK. For the purposes of ESOS, an undertaking is a large undertaking if: ss It employs 250 or more staff, or ss It has <250 staff but has an annual turnover in excess of €50 million (£38,937,777), and an annual balance sheet total in excess of €43 million (£33,486,489). You must also take part in ESOS if your undertaking is part of a corporate group which includes another UK undertaking that meets

TUV UK at Stand F18 either of the conditions above. The compliance deadline for Phase 1 of ESOS is 5th December 2015. Failure to comply by the deadline could result in penalties, including fines of up to £90,000 and ‘naming and shaming’ on the Environment Agency website. We are offering clients 2 routes to ESOS compliance, ESOS Assessment or ISO 50001 certification. TÜV UK forms part of the TÜV NORD Group, who with a workforce of more than 14,000 in over 70 countries, is one of the world's larger technical service providers. Contact T +44 (0)208 680 7711 enquiries.uk@tuv-nord.com www.tuv-uk.com

CT1 – The ultimate development in sealing and bonding indoor and outdoor CTEC, the building product specialists, is a company who design, develop and distribute revolutionary problem preventing products for the construction and building repair market.

GreenUrban Technologies at Stand F26 Whether it is in the area of emission the highest level of direct ongoing reduction, cycle and support for complete peace of mind. pedestrian safety or the provision of high quality public access defibrillator Included in this is a comprehensive housings GreenUrban offers 2 year warranty on all GreenUrban cutting edge design and the latest systems, a full inspection and filter technologies across all sectors and to cleaning service and replacement and all sizes of organisation. upgrade filters to fit most makes and types of device. We have been at the forefront of the emission reduction industry since September 2015 will also see 2008, producing both niche OEM the introduction of the GLA Safer and retro-fit exhaust systems for Lorry Scheme aimed at protecting all types of diesel engine powered vulnerable road users (VRU’s) equipment including trucks, including cyclists, motor cyclists and buses, light commercial vehicles, pedestrians. power generators and mobile site equipment, allowing operators to These regulations, which will be achieve compliance with legislated enforceable in law and carry large emission levels across all sectors. fines for non-compliance, compel owners of vehicles over 3.5 tonnes From September 2015, the new to fit side guard rails (to lessen the GLA Non Road Mobile Machinery chance of fatal collision with VRU’s) regulations come into force, imposing and improved mirror systems to allow mandatory emission standards drivers a more comprehensive view for on Site equipment throughout around the vicinity of their vehicle. Greater London. GreenUrban’s ecotrap, ecotrap+, ecoNOx and GreenUrban’s cyclesafe range is costecoNOxt products are designed and effective, easily installed, offers a wide adapted to achieve compliance with choice of high tech upgrades and is these regulations, offering solutions fully compliant with GLA regulation, TfL to achieve levels of emissions from requirement and CLOCS guidelines. Stage 111a (for particulate matter) through 111b/1Vi (for particulate and To find out more about who Nox) to Stage 1Vfinal (for particulate we are and what we do, and Nox). visit: www.greenurban.co.uk, get in touch via telephone: GreenUrban offers free impartial +44 (0)1768 480111 or advice on emission reduction +44 (0)1768 480750 or solutions and is happy to combine email: info@greenurban.co.uk. design, supply and integration with


The 1st directive relates to EN 1090-1, Factory Production Control, required for CE Marking of Structural Metalwork From July 1st 2014 any ‘series’ manufactured structural metal components or kits that have been either made in the UK or imported, and to which a harmonised European standard applies, must comply with the CPR & CE marking requirements. The harmonised European standard that applies to structural metalwork is BS EN 1090-1:2009 and it is a criminal offence to supply structural metalwork after the 1st of July 2014 unless it conforms to this standard and carries a legitimate CE mark.

We developed an online tool ‘TUV UK EN 1090 Quickscan’ to help companies determine whether their products fall under EN 1090, thus requiring CE Marking.

They have now brought to the market, unique production standard products which have replaced the outdated and often poor quality products that professional trade’s people up until now have used. CTEC is responsible for the revolutionary CT1 which is commonly known as the Snag List Eliminator. CT1 has changed the world of sealants and maintenance repair. CT1, the revolutionary sealant can be applied on wet surfaces, even underwater. Has an Immediate seal. CT1 Is a sealant which is V.O.C Free (Volatile organic compound) absolutely no shrinkage and can be painted on! CT1 Sealant is also sanitary or bactericidal. In addition, to this CT1 is the strongest construction adhesive on the market. It can also bond materials like: ss All stone including marble ss All metals including lead ss Glass and most plastics. This unique sealant and construction adhesive replaces numerous products from just one tube. It is widely recognised as the ultimate development in bonding and sealing, and offers a unique adhesion on virtually any material, without the need for additional fixings. If you missed us at the recent London Build show, we are often at the largest trade shows in the industry, we are easy to find and our stand is always a hive of activity! As our Demo’s put your doubts at ease and Wow the crowd. Please jump onto www.ct1ltd.com, and see our videos with our trade recognised demonstrations and

CT1 Building Products at Stand E42 see for yourself how CT1 can: ss Be used underwater! With live demo ss Can Seal a leak whilst water still pouring at a fast rate ss Can bond on a wet surface Brick to Brick and Wood to Brick!

CTEC’s dedicated Research and Development team, continue to fulfil customer needs by daily asking questions and coming up with solutions. They continue to improve performance of their product range and work with their quality partners ISO 9001/2.

You can also call our Head office and go straight to our technical department and ask for specific application use, or ask our highly trained technical sales representatives at local stockists. Find out when we will be there next!

This is the reason the CTEC were invited to exhibit their technology at the recent London Build show, and that before CT1 was introduced the market seemed to be asking for the impossible but CTEC delivered on demand, and have changed the world of Sealants and Adhesives.

CT1 – The Snag List Eliminator, The Unique Construction Adhesive replacing 8 products in 1! All of CTEC’s Product range has been developed based on the same ethos. They are all unique in their quality and technology and all fill The Snag List Eliminator criteria.

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Contact T +44 (0)28 3083 4892 info@ct1ltd.com www.ct1ltd.com

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Joint presentation at London Build Expo Desoi GmbH and CK-Tech Ltd. made their first appearance together at London Build 2015. From office buildings via railway lines to hydropower plants: the number of construction and infrastructure projects in London and the rest of the UK has risen significantly, thanks to foreign investors and a growing domestic economy. This development has simultaneously increased the need for technical know-how and quality products within the construction industry. In order to respond to this growing demand, the teams of Desoi GmbH and CK-Tech Ltd. have for the first time participated with a joint stand at London Build 2015 – the largest building exhibition in London and Southern England – and have presented their products and services there.

Project Manager Bernd Kress, while company owner Kevin Stubberfield and sales expert Brian Howard participated on behalf of CK-Tech.

Desoi Injection & CK Tech Ltd at Stand B50 throughout the UK in sales, consultancy and training relating to sprayed concrete & membranes and injection in tunnel construction. The injection specialist from Kalbach – about 100 kilometres from Frankfurt – and the service company from Peterborough have been cooperating closely for over one year now. Within the cooperation CK-Tech markets Desoi's injection technology to operating companies and advises users on handling the various products. The partners presented their products and services at the two-day exhibition in London in order to deepen the cooperation further, discuss current technical projects, maintain existing contacts and acquire new customers. Desoi was represented by CEO Michael Engels and

The German firm of Desoi is one of the world's leading manufacturers of injection technology and products for sealing and renovation of all kinds of buildings, while CK-Tech specializes

MultiMesh (UK) Ltd, Stainless Steel Welded Wire Mesh and Welded Products

“It is our aim to expand injection technology know-how within the British market, and to supply high-quality injection technology for a wide range of applications. London Build 2015 provided us with the ideal platform for this purpose. We held numerous discussions and made many new interesting contacts,” Sums up Michael Engels. With Desoi's injection technology and CKTech’s training and support the partners will continue to act together in order to supply a comprehensive catalogue of quality equipment to the construction industry for all forthcoming projects, no matter how big or small.

We are a company that has over 30 years of trading history with the experience and quality in line with this level of manufacturing. We produce a wide range of products across the construction and architectural markets. Much of our capacity is dedicated to the manufacture of welded mesh panels framed or reinforced with rod, angle or rolled steel sections in both stainless

T +44 (0)843 886 3998 info@ck-tech.co.uk www.ck-tech.co.uk

Flooring covered by Flowcrete at London Build At London Build, architects and construction industry professionals from around the world found out how Flowcrete UK’s innovative flooring solutions create high quality, visually impressive surfaces.

(304 and 316) as well as mild steel. With considerable experience of many architectural mesh installations, we have progressively developed our range and are now pleased to introduce a wider range of styles and patterns. Multimesh UK have both the flexibility and the willingness to work with architects and designers to develop interesting and innovative patterns for all applications including sun screen and ceilings, staircase cladding, external facades, balustrades and interiors. T +44 (0)1744 820666 enquiries@multimesh.co.uk www.multimesh.co.uk

Living Hoarding

The resin flooring specialists demonstrated how a combination of sustainably manufactured screeds, underfloor heating and resin floor coatings can be applied within large-scale commercial and industrial constructions. The rapid installation speeds of these systems and the benefits that they have for end users has made Flowcrete UK a popular flooring partner for many of London’s high-rise residential developments. At Flowcrete UK’s stand, visitors watched a video on how to install the innovative Isocrete Alpha Screed. An evolution of traditional anhydrite flowing screeds, the Isocrete Alpha Screed can be supplied to the site either ready mixed or in a mobile mixing unit, depending on the project’s needs. The screed material is pumped to each level of the development, quickly supplying each floor with a self-levelling screed layer. A faster drying time than traditional screeds and a laitance free finish that doesn’t require sanding drastically cuts down on the installation time – a useful benefit for projects on a tight construction timetable.

Flowcrete UK at Stand B56 95% of the alpha hemi-hydrate calcium sulphate binder used in the Isocrete Alpha Screed is reclaimed from waste created by coal power stations, reducing the amount of industrial by-product sent to landfills. This cement free formulation also avoids the environmentally harmful side affects of producing and using cement.

range of colours, styles and effects to choose from. The durability of resin coatings means that the building’s architects and operators can rest assured that the final finish will retain its appearance and functionality for an extended period of time.

The Isocrete Alpha Screed can be combined with the Isowarm underfloor heating system, which can deliver efficiency savings of up to 30% compared to traditional heating methods.

The seamless resin terrazzo system Mondéco can even be installed in bespoke patterns to form unique pieces of art underfoot. Decorative aggregates such as mother of pearl, mirror glass, metal and marble are added into the finish of a Mondéco system to create a shimmering lustre across the floor’s surface.

Flowcrete UK’s wide range of decorative floor coatings attracted a lot of attention over the exhibition’s two days thanks to the ability of these systems to provide architects with a

Contact T +44 (0)1270 753000 uk@flowcrete.com www.flowcrete.com

The Rooflight Company design and manufacture innovative, design-led rooflights and roof windows Founded in 1993 by architect Peter King, RIBA, the Rooflight Company created the original Conservation Rooflight® which continues to lead the marketplace as the best product in its class. Today, this organisation is developing in the field of contemporary architecture and interior design. This was underlined when the Rooflight Company commenced production of its innovation – neo™. Featuring a sleek design and flush edge-toedge glazing, neo™ has unique properties and a frameless, minimalist appearance

Multimesh at Stand H14

The Rooflight Company at Stand A20 which complement modern architecture perfectly. Jamb-mounted gas struts mean that nothing clutters the view from the interior. As well as this, neo™ is top hinged so when open nothing encroaches into the room. Recent improvements to the neo™ Steel range include white internal linings and lowmaintenance self-cleaning glass. With 15 sizes available in the standard the range, neo™ is proving to be a popular modern rooflight alternative to generic centre pivot windows.

The Rooflight Company has built an outstanding reputation for design excellence with its unrivalled Bespoke Design Service. The in-house design team has the capability to take your brief and translate that into a complete solution including technical drawings, on-site surveys and installation support. If you would like to learn more about our Bespoke Design Service our RIBA Accredited CPD can be presented at your office.

Blok N Mesh are the UK’s market leader in temporary fencing and hoarding products, providing innovative solutions to worksites and events in the UK, Ireland, Europe and the rest of the world. We are committed to providing the industry’s most innovative, environmentally friendly and safe products at competitive rates with exceptional service. Our specialist areas include temporary fencing, steel hoarding, UPVC hoarding, internal hoarding, pedestrian barriers, POLMIL® security fencing, hoarding/ fencing graphics and general construction site safety products. Our presence in the UK and Ireland is covered by 18 nationwide depots with additional depots in mainland Europe. Although Blok N Mesh products can be found protecting sites across the globe. One of our most sought after products, particularly for London and other densely populated urban areas, is ‘Living Hoarding,’ an environmentally friendly hoarding solution with ivy and vegetation growing on the sides of the panels. This hoarding system provides a number of benefits including effective reduction of dust on site and minimising air pollution.

2015 is the first time the Rooflight Company has exhibited at the London Build Expo. This year, we exhibited our neo™ roof window at the show. The Rooflight Company will also be exhibiting at the Scotland Build Expo, Glasgow in November 2015. For more information about neo™ and our other roof windows visit: www.therooflightcompany.co.uk or call us and speak to one of our technically-trained team on: +44 (0)1993 833108.

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Blok n Mesh at Stand A67 Living Hoarding is a complete no dig solution ensuring that there is no waste on site. Living Hoarding’s primary benefits are: ss Up to 60% reduction of particulate matter ss 13 linear metres of Living Hoarding absorbs approx. 11g of dust per month ss Up to 40% reduction of nitrogen dioxide in the air ss Enhanced air quality within the environment ss A no dig solution; no waste is produced during the installation ss Ivy panels and structures are premade elsewhere to avoid site wastage ss Nothing is left on site when the hoarding is removed ss No obsolete components are left if the perimeter location changes ss Provides increased noise absorption through extra layers on the hoarding ss Significant reduction in ambient noises in local areas ss Minimal noise impact during installation due to no digging. Some of Blok N Mesh’s most notable work within London was the manufacture and supply of counter terror fencing to the venues of the London 2012 Olympic Games. POLMIL® was originally designed to meet extremely stringent security requirements for a variety of situations during the games which it successfully achieved. For all enquiries, please call our friendly sales team on: +44 (0)870 950 5788 or email: enquiries@bloknmesh.com.


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Excellence & efficiency with London plans powering growth archiTAB Solutions Limited A perspective from Chris Morris, CEO of Morris Site Machinery, celebrating 40+ years of British engineering success and announcing ambitious expansion plans into London and overseas.

This will be our first year exhibiting at London Build with our award winning range of generators and lighting towers. Construction sites rely on robust and reliable mobile light and power sources and our brands are the best performing in the market. We’re looking forward to making some good new connections at what promises to be an exciting new show for us. As a leading player in the site machinery market, we have just enjoyed a seminal business year delivering our best financial performance on record. To achieve this, we have invested in exciting brand developments, in our people and premises. We have expanded and upgraded our three current operations in Wolverhampton, Lincolnshire and Stirling and now our sights are firmly set on building our presence in London with a new depot, manager and sales representative supporting our growing customer base in the South of England.

Architab at Stand C13

With double digit growth forecast this year in construction projects in and around the capital, we fully intend to get our business in on the action. With many major site equipment hirers based south of river, we are currently negotiating

Software company archiTAB Solutions Limited has been pinpointed as a standout exhibitor at the London Build 2015, which took place from 18-19 June 2015 at the O2. Established in 2009, the business specialises in the provision of CAD Software and associated supplies. Its main areas of focus include Architectural CAD Software, Timberframe CAD Software, CAD Supplies and HP Designjets. Placed firmly in the computer software industry, the public company is based in Burtonon-Trent, Staffordshire. Aiming to deliver effective solutions to individual clients’ requirements, archiTAB provides three principle products – archiTAB ARCHITECTURAL, frameIT Timberframe CAD Software and archiTAB TIMBERFRAME.

archiTAB ARCHITECTURAL integrates various automated architectural features which enable efficient and meticulous designs. This particular CAD Software is predominantly convenient for architects, builders and building designers. This package produces plans, elevations, sections and 3D models effortlessly through the simple on screen design tools, meaning repetition is significantly reduced. Walls, openings and roof lines can subsequently be drawn with great accuracy and features can be easily adjusted wherever necessary. Furthermore, extra floors can be added with ease and


Morris Site Machinery at Stand B46 on a depot and team to fuel business there. London feels like the next natural next step for us to grow our sales and service offer here in the UK. On a personal note, having lived and worked in London for 10 years before moving back to my family business in the Midlands, I have a natural affinity with the city – its energy and potential. As a power generation company, it just feels like the right time to plug into the energy power station that is London! Moving forward, we have a singular vision. It’s about building our manufacturing abilities, efficiencies and scale. Our business is all about offering the best products at the best price. Part of the growth will also come from overseas where the business is continuing to grow its international footprint. Our largest export territory for our world leading SMC lighting tower range is Australia

but trade is growing across South Africa a and Africa and we are also focusing on developing our European footprint and building exports in Russia, Chile and Canada in addition to the all-important UK market. This really is an exhilarating time for our business and I’m deeply proud of our dedicated team here who share my ambitions and goals. We are all working towards an exciting step change, powering growth through providing the best products at the best prices with a customer centric ethos. Building on our world-famous brands, taking a southern focus for our UK business and bringing new products to market will ensure we remain the go-to company for top brands and ultimate performance. Contact T +44 (0)1743 232005 info@morrisandco.com www.morrisandco.com

Propeller Studios’ Construction Software Solutions go from strength to strength copied in their entirety with options for all foundations. The easy-to-navigate frameIT Timberframe CAD Software is considered the perfect tool for manufacturers and design practitioners in today’s offsite timber industry. Ideal for drawing up plans with comprehensive panel drawings and cutting lists for the manual production of timber frame panels, this individual programme enables projects to be drafted completely from scratch. The 3D model offers a visual reference to support separate plan and panel drawings, detailing all customised elements (from panel lengths, quantity of lintels and joint types to doors, windows and beam pockets). It capably features a selection of walls (internal/external, load bearing, non-load bearing) with the stud depth and thickness provided, as well as wall teeing options to change panel overlaps. Combining both packages resulted in archiTAB’s final specialist product, the complete design/build bundle named archiTAB TIMBERFRAME. This system incorporates all of the features mentioned above, including quick and easy detailing tools, automatic cutting lists and automatic elevations. For more information on this suite of straightforward yet highly intelligent software packages, get in touch with archiTAB today. T +44 (0)1283 716350 info@architab.co.uk www.architab.co.uk

Propeller Studios are in the middle of launching some fantastic new functionality to their already feature-packed construction sector software solution, EasyBOP. The web-based business management solution is designed for SMEs in the construction sector and related services that need to bring order and efficiency to their work processes and the new features allow even more areas of the business to benefit. The brand new E-tendering module allows EasyBOP clients to improve their supply chain management by running their own tendering process, while the planned works functionality has been improved to include Quantity Surveyor functionality, the addition of BOQ lists, valuations, bulk pricing, variations and cost to value reports. There have also been recent updates to the drawing register and the inventory module, where you can perform stock control between stores. In EasyBOP, Propeller has in effect created multiple standalone pieces of software, within the one solution, that all talk seamlessly to each other and share data across a single platform. The affordable solution has all the components

software and searchable from the one login. As a web-based platform, EasyBOP is available from tablet devices with access to the internet, which gives the ability for staff to update the system while they are out on a job; allowing stock control and reporting to be done on the fly, reducing the need for paperwork to be filed when staff return to the office.

Propellor Studios at Stand E12 necessary to run a business efficiently, encompassing Business Reporting, CRM, Invoicing, HR, Supplier Management and much more. And by sharing data across the different areas, duplication of entry is removed saving companies both time and money. The reporting functions allow companies to track their jobs, check POs and invoice details, who is working on a job, the forms completed or any other associated document. There is the functionality to manage projects, suppliers, people and plant. Everything is indexed by the

This makes EasyBOP particularly relevant for companies who deal with planned works and responsive repairs, or any other service where information needs to be collected over a large number of different locations. “We used to work on 6 different systems, which meant that if information was needed in more than one place it had to be duplicated. With EasyBOP we only use one system; everything can be linked together, is easy to find from one place and has saved us so much time.” Concrete Repairs Ltd For more information on EasyBOP, visit: www.easybop.co.uk or call Jason Darby on: +44 (0)1462 440077.

First Choice in Temporary Site Protection Ockwells is a leading supplier of Temporary Site Protection including protective coverings for Floors, Kitchens, Sanitary Ware, Stairs and Doors both internally and externally. Both standard and certified flame retardant products are designed to provide protection of materials and finishes in construction projects until the building is handed over at completion. Damage to high specification finishes is costly to repair or replace and this can lead to contract delays. All Ockwells branches carry extensive stocks of Temporary Site Protection products and experienced personnel are on hand to offer technical assistance and advice where required, including site visits.

As solution providers to local and national builders and contractors in commercial and residential construction, the awareness and importance of temporary site protection is growing at a significant rate. Ockwells proactively seek new products, innovations and offer first class service to ensure demands are met and exceeded. We are regularly testing products under both the LPS1207 and TS63 certifications to ensure compliance with “Fire Prevention on Construction Sites Joint Code of Practice” when in situ.

Ockwells at Stand D44

Ockwells have already made substantial investments in recent years in exhibiting at high profile venues. This commitment has continued with our recent

attendance at London Build 2015. Ockwells proved to be a very popular stand with our core range as well as our new and innovative products on display.

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Due to the success of London Build 2015, Ockwells will be exhibiting at both UK Construction Week and Scotland Build 2015. For the full product range and further information on certified products and our services please visit our website: www.ockwells.co.uk

London Build Expo Review

Can Hybrid Technology save Construction? By Rajesh Ram

Celtic and BiogenieEnGlobe at London build

In 2011, orders for new construction projects fell by 5% to £3.6B, which was less than half of the long-term average and just 30% of the 2007 peak. This sharp drop forced a lot of construction firms to make some extreme cuts to their workforce or go out of business altogether. With the decline in demand for new construction projects, how could firms make the biggest impact to their bottom line with a minimal investment without sacrificing quality or increasing project timelines? Moving from paper to electronics Rather than deploying yet another IT system in-house or investing more in marketing efforts, going paperless and cutting infrastructure costs by moving files to the cloud seemed to be the best option for these firms. The cloud enables construction firms boost productivity and collaboration, easily share project files and contracts, and eliminate headaches with managing paper copies of files. They can cut costs and time without sacrificing quality. Does the cloud provide all of the answers? While the cloud proved to be very beneficial for reducing costs and

Egnyte at Stand D40

easing business processes around collaboration and file sharing, it also came with many limitations. Especially for the Construction industry, these teams need continuous access to the latest blueprints and CAD drawings, and with limited bandwidth on job sites, the cloud can only handle so much. Editing and sharing blueprints with spotty Internet is difficult. These files are large! Putting in monetarily, for one job, a bound set of paper blueprints could cost an astonishing £15,000! Think about the impact on your network by working 100% digitally. This puts major constraints on the network and forces IT to invest in complex infrastructure such as WAN accelerators and caching appliances to support a cloud-only deployment. And, then there is the issue of losing access to files completely when the Internet is down. No access = loss of time, money and productivity. With these associated costs, should firms go back to the traditional route of printing the blueprints? With the high

costs associated with printing these blueprints every time a new version is created, and the issues with working from the wrong, outdated set of blueprints that can cause costly rework, going back is just not an option. So what’s the next step for construction companies? Are you looking to upgrade your infrastructure and improve your bottom line? Visit us at: www.egnyte.com or call: +44 (0)845 528 0588 for more information.

Celtic Englobe at Stand C2

Celtic-EnGlobe is one of the leading remediation and Brownfield Enabling Works contractors in the UK, with a proven track record of delivery after more than 20 years in the industry. BiogenieEnGlobe is the largest operator of Soil Treatment Facilities in the UK and has so far treated and diverted from landfill over 2 million tonnes worldwide. Both of these UK companies are part of Englobe Corp., a world leader in providing integrated environmental services which operates in the UK, France, Israel, the USA and Canada. For the Celtic EnGlobe side of the UK business, innovative, design led problem solving has been at the core of our successful delivery of costeffective remediation. Our team of leading specialists have pioneered a number of new technologies that have now been adopted as standard throughout the industry including surfactant flushing, chemical oxidation and in-situ stabilisation and solidification. By partnering with us, you are able to rely on our extensive experience and delivery capability. We listen and understand your needs, and by working closely together, we help you overcome the many

challenges associated with Brownfield developments. Biogenie-EnGlobe offers a world leading service in the bioremediation of contaminated soils, operating 24 treatment facilities worldwide, 4 of which are in the UK. This gives our UK businesses the flexibility to deliver an in house off site treatment and landfill tax free disposal route should that be the best option for the project. One of the primary reasons for us attending the London Build show was to help publicise our new soil treatment facility opening in July at Biffa’s Westmill site near Ware in Hertfordshire. This new facility is capable of treating a wide range of materials and contaminants, soils and some process wastes. It is permitted to accept 60,000 tonnes of material per annum and as with all of our Soil Treatment facilities the process is landfill tax exempt as all treated material is beneficially reused rather than disposed of in landfill void. Contact T +44 (0)1189 167340 sales@biogenie.co.uk www.biogenie.co.uk

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StruSoft – Leading Scandinavian engineering software Working in close co-operation with leading construction companies, engineering firms, consulting companies and precast factories around the world, StruSoft AB has achieved an invaluable reputation for providing an outstanding service. Their innovative and visionary development allows them to offer a unique, high-quality selection of software designed to improve productivity and operational efficiency in an industrialized building production process.

PC Richardson & Co (Middlesbrough) Ltd was established in 1918 and is a fourth generation family company. We are a highly specialised Engineering company that can provide its own Access to a wide range of Structures including Bridges, Viaducts, Chimneys and Tall Buildings. A core capability of the business is gaining access to the most difficult structures; whether over water from a lightweight bridge structure, to a high rise building upwards of 300m in height. We currently work across London on sensitive Structures such as the Walkie Talkie building and numerous Road and Rail bridges including Channelsea Bridge and River Lea Bridge that require surveying, structural repairs, steel re-strengthening, painting and masonry refurbishment.

Strusoft GB at Stand C6

StruSoft covers areas such as analysis and design as well as product modelling of building components and also provides qualified technical support and training. The head office is located in Malmö in Sweden with sales and support offices located around the world in in Gothenburg and Stockholm (Sweden), Denmark, United Kingdom, Turkey, Dubai, India and Australia as well as development centres in Sweden, Denmark, Hungary and India. The main software packages FEM-Design, WIN-Statik, PRE-Stress, IMPACT and VIPEnergy have been applied in analysis and design, 3D-modeling, detailing, assembly and energy. The software applications have been developed into well proven products, and are now used by customers in more than 20 countries around the world. The customers experience increased efficiency and productivity, time saving and increased quality when engineering buildings with StruSoft’s software applications.

StruSoft recently attended the London Build Expo 2015 where their FEM-Design was shortlisted for the 'Construction Software of the Year' award. The show was a great success for the company and they a great deal of interest from potential customers. The FEM Design is an advanced modelling software for finite element analysis and design of load-bearing concrete, steel and timber structures according to Eurocode. The unique user-friendly working environment is based on the familiar CAD tools what makes the model creation and structure editing simple and intuitive. The quick and easy nature of FEM-Design makes it ideal for all types of construction tasks from single element design to global stability analysis of large structures and makes it the best practical tool for structural engineers. Committed to continuing the improvement of all products, StruSoft provides the best service and support to every customer. To find out more visit the website at: www.strusoft.com

Hybrid Energy Storage Systems It is a fact that most of the energy produced from sources such as Generators, Solar, Wind plus a host of portable and renewable sources simply goes to waste. In order for any electrical generating source to be truly energy efficient the amount of electricity produced must be equal to the exact amount electrical energy required at any given time. This of course is neither practical nor achievable. Without an ability to store the ‘over production’, any energy producing source will continue to produce energy for which there is no demand. This energy as a result simply gets ‘dumped.’ In periods of little or no demand Wind Turbines continue to turn, Sun continues to shine on PV panels and Generator engines continue to run. Hybrid Energy Storage Systems act like a giant rechargeable battery. Whilst connected to an energy producing source it will harvest electrical energy that can then be held in storage for use at a later date. They are made up of a bank of rechargeable cells that contain the electrical energy, and deliver the power though a device known as an inverter that converts the stored energy into useable power. It will provide electrical energy in either single or 3Phase form, at a range of power outputs depending on the model. They can be used in a number of different ways depending on the situation and the application. They lend themselves perfectly where there are large variances in the load on a generator throughout a given period. They can, in these cases, be used to cater for all the base load requirement of a site without the need for a constantly running generator. They can also be used where there is a need for power and an engine cannot be used because of both noise and emissions


Civil & Structural Engineers, Access & Maintenance Specialists

Rentalspec Ltd at Stand B4 restrictions as well as where there is a very small load requirement for an extended period. Systems can be used indoors, without any issues and can be connected to generators, the mains, solar or a combination of all three to harvest and store energy. The performance of any energy storage system depends almost entirely on the cell’s which capture and discharge the ‘Electrical Energy.’ This is the battery, the technology and the heart of the system. Battery technology has moved on considerably in the last decade particularly in the area of consumer electronics such as mobile phones. Beyond this area, large capacity battery technology has lagged someway behind. Much of this type of technology is lead acid based or variant of. A-Bird has invested in the only systems currently available that utilise the latest Lithium Based battery technology. Lithium Batteries allow for faster charging and discharging and have greater depth of discharge allowing all the harvested energy to be used. Systems are approximately a 1/3 of the weight of comparative Lead Acid based systems and the life span of a Lithium cells is anything up to 3x that of Lead acid. T +44 (0)845 900 5774 www.rentalspec.co.uk

Previous projects have involved the following repair works using our in-house operatives: ss Renewal of Rail Bridge structure during 58-hour possessions. Refurbishment of masonry Viaducts ss Strengthening repairs to the Royal Border Bridge in Berwick upon Tweed ss Refurbishment of Redundant Viaducts ss Structural Repairs of Steel bridges including industrial coating

purpose made suspension platforms ss Installation of artificial stone (Bagrat) ss Installation of tie bars & Cintec Harke anchors ss Shot blasting& painting including sponge blasting ss Masonry block renewal ss Grouting voids and fissures using foamed concrete ss Masonry re-pointing.

PC Richardson & Co Ltd at Stand A12 ss Replacement of failed Bridge Bearing’s notably the Thelwall Viaduct, in which PCR installed the structural steelwork required to support these new bearings ss Strengthening of Irwell Viaduct ss Installation of Matrix gantries on M60 ss Installing Bridge support steelwork for Wigmore Viaduct ss Structural steel replacement ss Removal of rail timber decks and replacement with new steel decks ss Waterproof decking ss Erection of suspended scaffolding and

The company supplies qualified NVQ registered Platers, Riggers, Welders, ICATS painters as well as CSCS qualified Steeplejacks and Scaffolders, CPCS plant operators and IRATA qualified Access technicians. We are qualified to ISO 9001:2008, 14001:2004 & 18001:2007 and accredited to RQSC – The Register of Qualified Steelwork Contractors Scheme for Bridgeworks with a value up to £3 million. We are Achilles UVDB and RISQS verified and CHAS and SafeContractor accredited. We currently employ a total of Staff. T +44 (0)1642 714791 enquiries@pcrichardson.co.uk www.pcrichardson.co.uk

ASSA ABLOY UK at London Build Expo 2015 ASSA ABLOY exhibited at London Build Expo 2015 to highlight its new bespoke consultancy services and design led specification capabilities, all specifically created to accommodate sustainable building design.

almost instantly, providing users with an effective remote opening function. Tina Hughan, Marketing Director at ASSA ABLOY UK, said, “The UK construction industry is set for high levels of growth in the coming years, with London and the South of England expected to be at the forefront. With the introduction of UK Specification, ASSA ABLOY was very excited to be a part of London Build.

On stand A46 at London Build, UK Specification, a business division of ASSA ABLOY UK, was primed to showcase its ability to act in a design-led consultative capacity, offering expert advice, including knowledge of ground breaking influences such as BIM, on architectural ironmongery and doorset specifications. UK Specification’s newly launched Skyline range was also on display, combining aesthetics with function, ergonomics, safety, longevity and environmental responsibility. ASSA ABLOY Access Control complemented UK Specification to demonstrate the latest Aperio® portfolio, which now features wireless locks, cylinders, and escutcheons for online or offline integration into new or existing access control systems. ASSA ABLOY Access Control’s Aperio® innovative product portfolio includes wireless online and offline locks, cylinders and escutcheons – all innovatively designed to upgrade mechanically locked doors and wirelessly connect them online or offline to new or existing access control

Assa Abloy at Stand A46 systems, with minimal modification to doors and premises. The latest addition to the Aperio® range is its V3 platform, which improves the reaction time of its wireless locks. The Aperio® V3 platform has powerful electronics that enable remote unlocking commands to pass from access control systems to doors and locks

“From the global leader in door opening solutions, the launch of a new business division has evolved from an intense journey of learning and adopting BIM principles alongside understanding sustainable design. Complementing this, our popular Aperio® Access Control solutions highlight our intent to become the total provider of the highest quality architectural ironmongery and innovative doorsets. “London Build 2015 allowed us to bring together our extensive expertise from being part of ASSA ABLOY to provide added value and knowledge, together with the flexibility to directly engage with architects, design led contractors, property development companies and end users.” For more information on UK Specification, please visit: www.assaabloy.co.uk or join the debate on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/ company/assa-abloy-uk

Italian fittings and openings since 1954 Casit specialises in automation and control systems for entrances of any type including individuals, industry, community services and transit of people and vehicles. Operating since 1954, the company are constantly improving their product pipeline, system performance and security standards in order to provide the highest quality products and services. Their advanced product offering includes actuators for gates, overhead or sectional doors, automations for doors and windows, barriers, bollards and systems for main entrances of any type, of very large size and weight. Dedicated to quality, Casit products work perfectly in every climatic environment and activation frequency. They are extremely long lasting and reliable in order to provide the best solution, even for tricky and impossible projects. The company has made many significant advances over the years and today its products and systems are installed in almost every country in the world. Their plant has approximately 3,000m2 indoor premises, plus 5,000m2 of outdoor space. The production process takes place entirely inside the company where they carry out CNC machining, assembly, testing and inspections of the products. Everything is organised and checked

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Casit/Smart Automation at Stand F14 to ensure superior quality systems and guarantees functionality and safety over time for every type of product and work order. ‘Made in Italy’ is the main feature of the product range and complementary accessories, guaranteeing customers the upmost quality. Casit’s main goal is to carry out projects for any kind of automation and openings control and their mission is to offer the best solution in terms of Automation & Security. T 0039 0119688230/96881709688930 info@casit.it www.casit-italy.com/en

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Tenmat aims to build on year on year sales growth in the South of England TENMAT, the Manchester based manufacturer of Queen’s Award winning Passive Fire Protection products, is aiming to build on year on year sales growth by further expanding specification sales into the South of England.

TENMAT have built an enviable reputation with Building Control, particularly in and around London and the South East helped by their appointment as a supplier of Vent Duct Fire Sleeves (Olympic Village) to the London 2012 Games. This was achieved through project specific fire testing and close technical support with our partners and installers to ensure the products met stringent testing requirements.

London Build provided the ideal platform to reach a broad spectrum of potential specifiers and installers in order to promote TENMAT and the latest additions to the unique and innovative fire protection range. This includes a new and improved range of Low Profile Firefly 109+ Vent Duct Fire Sleeves. The new range offers the same industry leading performance

Tenmat Ltd at Stand A79

in a more compact design. The product is designed to fire stop plastic ducting by expanding rapidly in a fire situation to crush and seal off the duct and prevent fire spreading from one fire compartment to another. The range will shortly be CE Marked to add to TENMAT’s existing CE Marked fire protection range and will be the only CE Marked firestopping product for the protection of plastic ventilation ducting on the UK market.

TENMAT continue to invest heavily into research, development, fire testing as well as CE marking of the range to meet and exceed the expectations of an ever changing market. TENMAT are particularly proud of the fact that all products and materials are manufactured at their factory in Trafford Park, Manchester, also offering UK based sales and technical support. As passive fire protection products are critical life safety components, they fall under strict in-house quality testing and third party audit controls giving customers and end users peace of mind that the products will perform when called upon.

TENMAT continue to work closely with their network of partners and distributors to secure specifications for their products. To further enhance these efforts, a new Specification Sales Manager has been appointed for the South of England to work with and support existing supply routes. With a strengthening product brand, continued investments in product development and testing and expansion of the southern sales force, TENMAT expect to significantly boost UK sales through working together with their distribution network. T +44 (0)161 872 2181 info@tenmat.com www.tenmat.com

Whitesales – Rooflights and more Whitesales has over 20 years’ experience in the manufacture and distribution of speciality flat roofing products and has dedication and resource to fulfil the most demanding of requirements throughout the UK. Our experienced and expert personnel have an in-depth knowledge of industry regulations, which ensures we provide up-to-date advice on fully compliant solutions.

from smoke - Facilitate firefighting operations - Delay and/or prevent flashover and thus full development of the fire - rotect equipment and furnishings - Reduce thermal effects on structural components during a fire - Reduce damage caused by thermal decomposition and hot gases.

Why natural Smoke and Heat Exhaust Ventilation Systems (SHEVS)? “Being overcome by gas, smoke or toxic fume was partly or wholly the cause of death in over half (53%) of all fire fatalities.” Smoke control systems create and maintain a smoke-free layer above the floor, or help to reduce smoke and heat build-up, by removing smoke and hot gases released by a fire in the development stage. In doing this, smoke control systems help to:

From 1st July 2013, it became mandatory for all manufacturers to draw up a Declaration of Performance and apply CE Marking to all construction products covered by harmonized European Standard (hEN). Smoke vents are life-saving devices so classify as Level 1 under EN 12101-2. They must meet criteria in the following six areas: determination of aerodynamic free area; reliability; opening under load; low ambient temperature; wind load; and heat exposure.

- Keep escape and access routes free

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exacting standards of British Standard EN 12101-2 smoke regulations and fully compliant with Building Regulations ADB and ADL. The Es-Louvres exhaust heat and smoke, replacing deadly smoke-filled air with clean air. They’re extremely durable and impact-resistant (to EN 1873 1200 joules and ACR (M): 2011 – Class B), have high security features and can withstand large wind loads. Depending on whether you want natural light ingress, you can specify polycarbonate glazing or solid blades, they are also available as opening or fixed. Whitesales Ltd at Stand A72

19th June, was the perfect venue to launch our brand new Es-Louvre Smoke Ventilator and Es-Hatch Roof Access Hatch. Visitors were able to see these

products in action and feel the quality first-hand. The Es-range is designed for industrial, manufacturing and MOD buildings, comfortably exceeding the

Quality guaranteed SnagR is an innovative Web and Mobile site inspection and defect management system. It is a fully comprehensive and user friendly digitized process that replaces frustrating and error prone paperwork by allowing site engineers to capture a photo of any snag or inspection made, plot it on drawings with a single click, and communicate it to concerned parties. The result is a fast and efficient way of dealing with snagging and inspections for everyone on site or in the office.

Access to the central website allows you to house all of your projects data enabling you to publish reports and analyse your project to understand the situation onsite to deliver on time.

Snag R Software at Stand D74

SnagR is an Enterprise ready ‘Company Solution.’ It promotes the perfect delivery of projects – high quality and on time.

The easily accessible system is available to download in app form for free allowing you to engage your whole team and external contractors in the project. You can also work offline so there is no need for constant 3g or WiFi, simply sync when the work is done.

The company recently appeared at the London Build Expo, the leading new construction exhibition for London and the South of England, where they received a fantastic response for their innovative user friendly system. For more information contact SnagR on: +44 (0)1785 660005, email: sales@snagr.co.uk or visit the website at: www.snagr.co.uk

To find out more, download the Smoke & Access brochure from: www.whitesales.co.uk or contact Whitesales’ technical sales and support team on: +44 (0)1483 271371 or at: sales@whitesales.co.uk.

Life-saving in 60 seconds Whitesales has over 20 years’ experience in the manufacture and distribution of speciality flat roofing products. As a company, we have the dedication and resource to fulfil the most demanding of requirements throughout the UK. Our experienced and expert personnel have an in-depth knowledge of industry regulations, which ensures we provide up to date advice on fully compliant solutions. Certified Smoke Vent systems Our speciality smoke ventilators are independently tested and certified to EN 12101-2, meeting and exceeding the standard’s exacting performance requirements. The brand new Es-Louvre Smoke Ventilator and Es-Hatch Roof Access Hatch have been designed for industrial, manufacturing and MOD buildings. Our innovative environmentally-friendly rooflights are thoughfully designed to last the test of time...

Contact us now on 01483 271371 sales@whitesales.co.uk www.whitesales.co.uk

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Exhibition Spotlight An inspirational event BAXAB – A completely new on a Grand Scale covering technology

Handmade Bespoke Furniture

Proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, Grand Designs Live is set to make another comeback this year, running over the course of a 4 day period.

With a large number of period properties across the country, there is always a demand for top quality bespoke doors, windows, flooring and other top quality architectural joinery to complement the style of a house. Tudor Oak is one of the best, most reputable joinery manufacturers in the South East, with over 45 years’ experience in making unique joinery for most prestigious properties in this country and abroad.

Topcret presents BAXAB, the first virtually indestructible micro-flooring. No scratches, no stains, no marks, no burns. Nothing so thin is so hard.

The show, which is based on the highly popular Channel 4 TV series, will take place from the 8-11 October 2015 at the Birmingham NEC. Renowned design expert Kevin McCloud will return once again to present the exciting exhibition, which is on hand to feature over 500 exhibitors. Dedicated areas include interiors, technology, kitchens, bathrooms, gardens and general build, whilst live sessions from leading interiors experts and TV personalities will create a further buzz at this inspirational event. Keep up-to-date with all of the recent trends for your household by securing attendance at the biggest home design and improvement expo in the UK. Exhibitors will be able to enjoy exclusive show offers and discounts as well as competition giveaways and live demonstrations at their stand during the showcase. www.granddesignslive.com

The micro-coatings are on their peak. For several years, microcement have become very fashionable, and filled magazines of architectural publications with sophisticated finishes and desing possibilities. Every day we are covering more shops, terraces, swimming pools, large lounges, bathrooms, wet rooms and kitchens that flaunt a steely brightness, and the wavy movements, so popular on these kinds of materials. Waterproof and with the possibility of being applied over any existing surface on a fast installation process, it has become the perfect solution for both new constructions and refurbishment. But the traditional micro–coatings are not particularly resistant. As well as wood, they can be scratched easily to certain bumps or edges. Considering, also, granites and limestone floors can be stained with abrasive substances or acids. Until now all

micro-coverings have left signs of ageing on their surface, small cracks, marks and stains that are created by everyday use. Topcret laboratories have developed BAXAB, a completely different technology when enabled, for the first time, uses a material which is virtually indestructible. The high strength of BAXAB allows a prolonged and intensive use, not only in residential, but in commercial and public places with high transit areas. Contact T +44 (0)20 7624 2180 london@topcret.com www.topcret.co.uk

Tudor Oak has been selected as a standout exhibitor at the Grand Design Show 2015.

A joinery project usually begins with a site visit to take measurements, discuss requirements, colour and style. A designer then produces a sketch or a drawing of a proposed piece (if necessary), and a customised quote. Tudor Oak uses hand-selected oak to ensure the best quality because in such a craft, the wood selection is extremely important. For flooring all grades of timber can be used, depending on the need and the taste of the customer. Tudor Oak offers a complete service, from initial consultation, design, manufacture,

Fixings News

SPIT Epcon C8 extreme performance Epoxy Resin

The Epcon C8 Epoxy Resin from SPIT is a high performance resin specifically formulated for extreme rebar and stud applications requiring a high load capacity. Odourless, and Phenol and Styrene free, Epcon C8 is easy to inject at low temperatures and is approved for use in wet and diamond drilled holes. The first resin to achieve an ETA rating for rebar, Epcon C8 also holds an ETA Option 1 for cracked and non-cracked concrete. The resin as reliable in high temperatures as it is in low temperatures, with 100% performance at 60°C and 70% performance at 80°C. Epcon C8 can be used in dry and humid conditions as well as submerged holes, and boasts minimal shrinkage which enhance the long term performance of the resin in freeze/ thaw cycles.


Epcon C8 resin is CSTB Fire Rated for rebar applications, is vibration resistant and has been approved for use on the London Underground system by Transport for London. It also boasts a VOC A+ rating, and has been WRAS approved, which means that it does not cause any undue contamination to water, making it suitable for use in areas where water is intended for human consumption. When used in combination with SPIT’s i-Expert calculation software you can be sure of achieving a completely accurate specification or design method for the Epcon C8 resin, and any of SPIT’s other chemical and mechanical anchors. If you would like further information about SPIT Epcon C8, or any other resins in the SPIT range, please contact ITW Construction Products Customer Services on: 0800 652 9260.

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finish and joinery installation. They can also recommend a number of ironmongery manufacturers so that a client can select the door furniture and other joinery fixings according to their taste. T +44 (0)1622 743747 info@tudor-oak.com www.tudor-oak.co.uk

Environmental News

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Interiors News

Neolith – Extraordinary Surface Every so often a new material comes along that lights up the industry and brings new and exciting possibilities to kitchen design and designers. NEOLITH from THESIZE now distributed in the UK by QF Distribution Ltd is one of those products. QFD will stock over 20 surface finishes in a size of 3,200mm x 1,500m x 12mm to include solid colours and stimulating designs. NEOLITH is a sintered compact surface and belongs to a new and revolutionary product category born in the last decade with the aim of providing an innovative response to the most demanding architectural and design demands. NEOLITH manufactures state-of-theart products that combine functionality and beauty, new materials that define the future of construction.

NEOLITH is an extreme evolution which has resulted in a new kind of surface previously nonexistent and is composed from three groups which are 100% natural based elements.

NEOLITH, “The combination of designs, aesthetic appearance, technical features and slab size make NEOLITH an interesting alternative in today’s demanding market and NEOLITH can be used in a variety of ways, including worktops, splash backs and floor tiles.” Contact T +44 (0)1245 243929 sales@qfdistribution.co.uk www.qfdistribution.co.uk

ESTATUARIO with revolutionary technology, NEOLITH Digital Design (NDD)

This backed up by a 15 years certified guarantee for kitchen countertops. The sintering technology that THESIZE has developed to create NEOLITH uses a combination of extreme high pressure and temperature, giving birth to a surface with unique technical features, such as highly resistant to scratches and abrasions and high temperatures and colours that do not change with exposure to UV rays. Richard Barrett, Sales Director of QFD Ltd is naturally enthusiastic about working with




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Drain Pipes News

5 real reasons to choose steel We often get questions about comparisons of different materials. Very frequently the choice is between steel versus plastic or aluminum. Our choice at Lindab is, and has always been, steel. We will give you 5 real reasons to choose steel for your rainwater system rather than PVC or aluminum. Most of these arguments go for all steel systems, but we think that we add even more to this fantastic material. We have been processing steel for more than 50 years and we buy over 200,000 tonnes of steel every year, so we feel that we know what we are doing. We also put our products through rigorous testing.

1. Steel has the lowest carbon footprint of all rainwater systems materials With steel you get a cost-effective and environmental friendly installation that is 100% recyclable. Our Rainline system is made from sheet steel, a raw material that has a natural place in today’s approach towards sustainability. 2. Steel stays in shape Virtually, all materials are affected by differences in temperature and grow and shrink as the weather changes. Compared to aluminum and plastic, steel has a lot smaller movement factor. This means that your installation is much more likely to last as connections

and fixation points won’t take such a beating as with other materials. 3. It’s really long lived A rainwater system made of steel can last in excess of 70 years. To aid to the lifespan we rustproof the material with a 275 grams zinc coating. This gives the system a self-healing quality where scratches and cuts are automatically sealed by zinc ions that migrate to recoat the uncovered steel. 4. Strong as steel Steel is the foundation of all modern construction, and there is a reason for that. Steel is strong. Snow, hail, falling tree branches and other circumstances can easily break a rainwater system made from aluminum or plastic materials. And even though we recommend that you are careful during the installation, a steel system is much more heavy duty than its competitors. 5. Steel is actually cheaper than plastic or aluminum The initial cost for a steel rainwater system is higher. We’re not saying that it’s not. But if you take into consideration the lifespan and maintenance needed for the respective systems, you actually save money. The lifecycle cost for a steel system is considerably lower than any other system out there. For more information, contact: +44 (0)121 585 2780, email: rainline@lindab.co.uk or visit: www.lindab.co.uk

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Building News

Seton UK wins ECMOD award Top players in the UK multi-channel retail sector gathered at the exclusive Hurlingham Club in London earlier this month for the eagerly anticipated European Catalogue & Mail Order Direct Commerce (ECMOD) Awards. Presented by Sky News Anchor, Dermot Murnaghan, the event recognised the hard work, flair and commitment of businesses in the catalogue and multichannel retail sector. Seton UK, a leading manufacturer and distributor of health and safety and facilities management solutions, is proud to have won the prestigious Outstanding Customer Service Award against tough competition. Excellent customer service has always been the corner stone of the Seton business, giving customers the positive buying experience they expect and deserve. Winning this award is a fantastic endorsement of Seton’s exceptional service and ongoing commitment to customers. Jane Revell-Higgins, ECMOD Direct Commerce Awards Founding Director, outlines why Seton was a cut above the rest, “This was one of the most fiercely contended categories because in recent years customers’ expectations have risen dramatically. The Judges found that the

Pakawaste Ltd: Quality assured – Service guaranteed Established in 1976, Pakawaste Ltd is the market leader in the design, manufacture and supply of waste handling equipment. The company is based in Preston, Lancashire (head office and purpose built manufacturing base), whilst Regional Sales Managers and Pakawaste Engineers operate throughout the length and breadth of the UK.

(Pictured) Chris Humphrey, Sales and Customer Service Director & Linda Crossley, Telesales and Customer Service Manager with Sky News Anchor, Dermot Murnaghan

Seton entry ticked every box. There was a complete focus on the customer throughout all departments in the business, and an extremely engaged and highly motivated customerfacing team working hard to exceed customer expectations in every way.” Contact www.seton.co.uk

New Podium Ladder provides safety and comfort The world leader in ladders has turned working at height on its head, launching a ladder that feels so safe that tradesmen compare it to working on the ground.

point of contact, while the platform’s toe guard offers an added feeling of security for long standing comfort. Featuring the LOCKTOP design, the guardrail organises tools and accessories securely and conveniently, keeping them in easy reach for when they are needed and saving trips up and down the ladder.

The Podium Ladder from Werner sets a new standard in stepladder comfort, marrying a large standing surface with a high waist guardrail for maximum support, stability and range of motion.

The Podium model also features newly designed EDGE 360 bracing, where an integrated rail shield, edge bracing and over-sized footpads protect every inch of the bottom of the ladder.

An entirely new type of ladder, the Podium means tradesmen can benefit from four times the working range. Once on the extra-large platform users can reach in any direction, meaning that they can work continuously without having to reposition the ladder. The extended guardrail provides an extra

The Podium Ladder is now available; go to: www.wernerladder.co.uk to learn more.

Pakawaste offers the largest range of waste handling solutions in the UK, with products ranging from static to portable compactors, Rotokrush compaction units, vertical and horizontal balers, waste transfer stations, material recycling facilities (MRF’s), industrial and office shredders, bins and bin equipment and a variety of other specialist waste handling systems. A detailed survey/waste audit enables Pakawaste to recommend the right equipment for the material, volume and location it will be operated in. It also allows the experienced survey team to advise on the various waste management benefits of machine types such as balers vs. compactors and the possible benefits and savings you could achieve. They can even put you in touch with recycling companies in your area that will purchase the baled and other recycled material from you.

Pakawaste Ltd is proud to announce that they now have a further two ISO certificates giving them ISO 9001: 2008, ISO 14001: 2004 and BS OHSAS 18001 2007. T +44 (0)1772 796688 sales@pakawaste.co.uk www.pakawaste.co.uk

Adding value to your business Whatever the future, we can be certain of one thing, and that is of constant change. ISO standards mirror the pace of change, regularly revising standards to reflect the industry for today and tomorrow.

There are an array of ISO standards that your business can become certified for, including; BS OHSAS 18001 (occupational health & safety for companies particularly concerned with the health and safety of its employees). The ultimate global benchmark for quality management and without a doubt the mostly widely recognised ISO… is ISO9001 (used to evaluate the quality management systems of a business).

ISOs (International Standards) are woven into our lives as a trusted symbol of quality. Unknowingly, you come into contact with ISO Standards on a daily basis. Hundreds of signs and symbols are crossing language barriers to communicate important messages to you, from recycling logos on your drinks bottle to the stop signs in the road. There are many reasons why businesses should be making the public aware of their ISO certification. Firstly, the fact that you have obtained ISO certification clearly demonstrates that you care about quality, something

that is vitally important within the supply chain. You may also be surprised by the new opportunities that arise as word of your certification spreads.

“ISO 9001 is an excellent platform for any organisation gearing up for growth. It provides a tremendous framework within which to operate and achieve the company’s objectives.” Mrs. Mandeep Degon, Management Representative, Tile & Carpet Centre Contact T +44 (0)1666 826065 www.imsm.com

Starrett Core Ejector addresses an ago old problem

Market-leading manufacturer of commercial and industrial air curtains

Following comprehensive product testing and evaluation at its facility in Jedburgh, the L.S. Starrett Company is launching a cost-effective and simple solution to an age old problem. The company’s new Core Ejector for bi-metal hole saws has been designed and developed to effectively remove the slug of material that usually ends up inside the cup of the hole saw once it passes through the sheet material being cut.

Thermoscreens manufacture high quality easy to use air curtains. They are an international company committed to excellence and innovation, supplying HVAC solutions and products to fulfil customer’s needs by supplying an expanding range of niche products and services. Thermoscreens mission is to serve the contractor market with quality climate solutions available through a wide range of sources at a competitive price.

Comprising of a precision tapered spring and an aluminium pressure plate the Core Ejector has been created to improve productivity and efficiency, as well as operator health and safety. As Marketing Manager, John Cove, explains, “Safely removing the annular disc of sheet material that often becomes jammed inside the hole during normal operating conditions is an age old problem that many customers have faced. Usually the operator will stop the saw, remove the entrapped material by sliding a drift or even a screwdriver in to the slots in the side of the hole saw.


ejecting the disc of raw material before it becomes trapped. Fitting the Core Ejector is very straightforward as the saw’s pilot drill slides through the internal diameter of the nickel-plated spring. The narrowest wrap of the spring is precisely sized to sit on the shank of the drill, holding the Core Ejector in position so it rotates with the hole saw when it is in use and keeping it correctly located when it is not running. As well as the lost time required to perform this task, there is an obvious danger to the operator as the teeth of the saw are naturally sharp and will be at an elevated temperature.” The Core Ejector addresses these problems in a simple and reliable way. As the saw cuts into the sheet material, the aluminium pressure plate compresses the spring inside the cup of the saw. When the saw breaks through the spring will act on the pressure plate as it returns to its natural open state, effectively

Available in six sizes to cover a range of hole saw diameters, the Core Ejector works best for sheet material below 7mm thick with optimum performance achieved with material between 2 to 5mm thick. The range starts with the KA8-1 Core Ejector for saws between 20 and 24mm diameter, stepping in increments up to the largest KA8-6 for saws between 133 and 210mm diameter. T +44 (0)1835 863501 sales@starrett.co.uk www.starrett.co.uk

The company aims to grow new and existing markets offering the highest levels of sales performance and service, develop and adapt technologies and products for individual market needs, appoint partners who are true to the brands philosophy and vision, share knowledge and expertise across our sales network and group companies and maximise profitability and growth becoming a key contributor to the success of the CCS group. Thermoscreens have successfully incorporated BIM software into its systems. Designers use BIM to explore alternative concepts, conduct value engineering and optimise their designs, contractors use a BIM model

to ’rehearse’ construction, coordinate drawings and prepare shop and fabrication drawings and owners use the model to optimise building maintenance, renovations and energy efficiency, as well as to monitor life cycle costs. Due to the complexity of gathering all the relevant information when working with BIM on a building project, Thermosceens along with many other companies have developed software designed specifically to work in a BIM framework. These packages (e.g.: ArchiCAD, Autodesk Revit, ARCHIBUS EIM with BIM 4.0) differ from architectural drafting tools such as AutoCAD by allowing the addition of further information (time, cost, manufacturers’ details, sustainability and maintenance information, etc.) to the building model. Building Information Management (BIM) is a collaborative way of working as it enables more efficient ways of designing, creating and maintaining assets. Building information models are in their simplest for 2D or 3D computer aided design drawings but more commonly they have a further dimension which is the product or asset data.

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Whilst the concept of BIM is not new it now has greater impetus in the UK as the government has mandated that all public sector centrally procured construction projects will be delivered using BIM by 2016. BIM will be used through the complete lifecycle of a building project. During the design phase BIM can be used to detect collisions in the building components. BIM envisages virtual construction in order to reduce uncertainty and improve health and safety and simulate the potential impact of changing components. Contact T +44 (0)24 7638 4646 sales@thermoscreens.com www.thermoscreens.com

Building News

Groundsman TMC26 Turf Cutter & 345HD Turf Aerator Turf Cutting If you are involved in Landscaping, Grass Maintenance or Turf Renovation then you will most likely at some stage have a requirement for a good Turf Cutter. If given the opportunity to use a Groundsman machine, you will notice within the first few feet the smooth effortless cutting ability, ease of use and operating comfort the Groundsman range are renowned for. Groundsman two and four wheel drive Turf Cutters cut sod down to 7cm (3”) thick and from 30cm (12”) widths up to 60cm (24”) widths. A range of blades

De-bonding of capping or skirting is a recurring dilemma. Simply re-applying adhesive doesn’t work, as chemicals from the original capping or skirting have leached out and contaminated both the adhesive and the wall itself, rendering the surfaces unsuitable for re-gluing. Bacteria can also build up behind the debonded capping causing a potential health hazard.

are available that can work down to 13cm (5”) depth, these include a Trench Blade, Sub-soil De-compactor, Moledrain and a Cable-pulling Blade. The TMC26 is the general purpose model in the range, it is extremely capable in all types of grass surfaces and soil conditions, manoeuvrable in work, portable and easy to operate with the lowest hand-arm vibration levels (HAV) on the market. Turf Aeration Groundsman also specialise in Pedestrian Turf Aerators. The Groundsman 345HD has a long proven record of rugged reliability and performance second to none. This compact professional machine has an overall width of 80cm (32”) enabling it to access most garden gates, it can aerate all type of grass surfaces including Gardens, Parklands, Fine Lawns and Sports Greens. The crank driven plunge action mechanism will

drive the tines into the most compacted of surfaces to a maximum depth of 13cm (5”) with very little surface disruption. Quick change Hollow Core, Solid and Slitting Tines are available plus Cluster Tine Heads for thatch removal or surface preparation for over-seeding. Contact T +44 (0)28 2766 7049 enquiries@groundsmanindustries.com www.groundsmanindustries.com

Introducing the new Reisser Torsion range Reisser is an internationally renowned supplier of High Quality, High Performance Woodscrews and Power Tools Accessories aimed specifically at the professional trade. Reisser has grown to become a leading brand in the merchants’ industry, supplying to both national and independent distributors as well as the main buying groups.

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help to prolong bit life and provide a solution to the problem of premature tip breakage associated with the use of screwdriver bits in cordless impact drivers. The Torsion and Torsion Impact screwdriver bits come in attractive UK-sourced digital wallets and are displayed in eye-

Reisser’s new screwdriver bit range, Torsion and Torsion Impact, has been created with the professional user in mind. The new range offers a highquality alternative to generally available imported products. Made from premium grade V5 tool steel, the impact bits have a stronger tip design. This, combined with the use of higher-grade material, can

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Four stages of concrete repair at St Saviours’ Estate In brief Repairs to six blocks of flats were carried out by Ronacrete Approved Contractor Gunite (Eastern) Ltd for Lengard on behalf of Southwark Council. They used products from the Ronacrete RonaBond Concrete Repair & Coatings range as part of a larger refurbishment project costing around £4m. The project Main contractor Lengard was awarded an internal and external refurbishment project by the London Borough of Southwark. The refurbishment was carried out on six blocks of five, six and seven storey residential flats at St Saviours Estate, London SE1. The

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Revolutionary ‘security brick’ is a Knock on! screw outs a welcome must-have for every British home Replaceable addition for outdoor power sockets A new security product designed to be an integral part of a building is set to deliver unrivalled levels of protection against thieves attempting to steal valuable items stored in garages or outside properties. BrickLock is a revolutionary security anchor point that offers a flush joint when fitted into a brick or breeze block wall, or sunk into a concrete floor. Made from top quality British steel, the high security product is recommended for the new build market, but can also be easily integrated into an existing wall. BrickLock is suitable for securing bicycles, motorcycles, boats, ATVs, jet skis, trailers, caravans, as well as other valuable items, such as tool boxes, ladders etc. As it is designed to be an integral part of the wall or floor, the BrickLock securing point does not require any bolts – as is the case with boltdown anchors – and therefore, does not depend on them when having to withstand an attack. The product is designed and produced in

If you admit to getting the cable knock out wrong from time to time – and who doesn’t? – You’ll like the latest refinement to Timeguard’s top-selling range of IP66 Weathersafe outdoor power sockets and switches! They’ve done away with old-school cable knock outs and introduced replaceable M20 threaded screw outs.

the UK, taking into consideration the British building regulations. To this end, BrickLock is supplied with a foam insulation insert that also acts as support for mortar when installed into a wall. Thanks to its concealed appearance when installed, BrickLock can be utilised both inside a garage or shed, as well as outside of a property, offering unbeatable security for valuable items. For more information on BrickLock, go to: www.bricksecure.co.uk, or call LB Supplies on: +44 (0)1623 624500, email: info@lbsupplies.co.uk.

So, if you do make a mistake, you can simply screw it back in. You won’t lose the unit’s impressive IP66 rating either, which is more than enough for even the British climate, and can get straight on with the job. In the past, your options after making a mistake were to have to wire a device in awkwardly, accept that its weather proofing integrity was lost, or scrap it and buy another one. So this simple addition of screw-outs instead of knock outs will make your life a lot easier and reduce your costs. It is a pretty obvious feature for an outside socket you might think, but changes like these costs a lot to develop, test and then introduce on the

production line, and various other manufacturers have not yet been willing to invest. No doubt they will soon, as the market usually follows Timeguard as best it can. One thing no one else has been able to emulate is the superb appearance and ease of use of the Vision range. Timeguard’s mouldings allow for full sized polycarbonate windows that stay clear for years; while its patented neoprene seals that withstand opening and closing time and time again without compromising the IP66 rating when in use. The clear windows of the Weathersafe Vision models mean that users can see at a glance what the on/off status of an appliance plugged into an outdoor socket is, and this is clearly an added safety benefit. Naturally, the option of opaque covers is offered as well.

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The new product options cover all your core requirements with single and double gang switched sockets, with neon on/off indicators, RCD’s sockets and fused spur RCD’s. IP68 Connectors Also new this summer is a selection of IP68 outdoor power connectors designed to connect cable runs safely in outdoor installations. Ideal for extending cable runs when installing Weathersafe power sockets, the range includes in-line connectors, ‘T’ connector and junction box, supplied with various seal sizes for differing cable entry. The additional protection afforded by the IP68 rating means these connectors are tested to withstand continuous immersion and can be safely used outdoors at ground level. The new Weathersafe range features in the latest Timeguard catalogue, out June 2015, and will be in wholesalers from 1st July 2015. If you haven’t got your copy yet, email: csc@ timeguard.com or check out the specifications on the website at: www.timeguard.com


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Dickies keep hands safe Dickies, in collaboration with Kong, have carefully developed a new range of safety gloves, including Impact gloves with a glove to suit the most demanding of environments and tasks. The Dickies glove range is intended to offer something across a wide range of industrial sectors: construction, engineering, automotive, utility, mining and oil & gas. Dickies Impact gloves are manufactured from a wide range of carefully selected materials all combining to provide optimum safety, comfort and dexterity.

Depending upon the intended end use of the glove, padding and shock absorbent material, or Duraclad Rope Channel reinforcement, can be added to the palm. Other materials, such as foam nitrile, allow for an excellent grip. An EN 388 cut level 5 knit (ANSI/ISEA Level 4) can add additional protection. Waterproof variants are also available, as is a patented Diamond clad Silicone fused palm (Patent D568003), for the ultimate grip on wet and oily objects. High visibility options are also available in the range.

Metacarpal injuries are common when the worker’s hand slips and the back of the hand hits another object, severely bruising or even breaking the small bones in the back of the hand. To minimise this, Dickies Impact gloves have shockabsorbing TPR (Thermal Plastic Rubber) ergonomically added

The most incredible part of these Dickies gloves however is the fit and comfort, which is immediately apparent when trying on a Dickies impact glove.

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All of their products are combined into one innovative brand – ‘ZIPP’ – which will now be distributed through Master’s professional tool services offering. Master will offer the product through its usual sale channel, the highly trained and skilled customer service and sales team. In conjunction with this, Master is developing and launching a new and exciting offering via the Master web shop (www.masterwebshop.co.uk). Initially, a selected range of ZIPP products will be available from the web shop, especially tools for automotive and composite applications.

It will also continue to be developed to include other product types by Master Abrasives. The ZIPP brand keeps up with the most advanced designs of superior quality products, whilst competitive pricing and cutting edge technology ensures all products satisfy customer needs. The ZIPP brand adheres to ISO 9001 & CE standards to assure the quality of all ZIPP products. Visit our website or give us a call on: +44 (0)1327 703813 to find out more about this exciting offering, an enhancement on Master’s ‘Solutions for Industry.’

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Dickies is proud to announce that the UK Worker of the Year 2015 competition, to find Britain’s top workers and ultimately the UK Worker of the Year, is now in full swing. UK Worker of the Year 2015 is sponsored by Dickies, in association with Kawasaki. This year’s winner will have the luxury of being able to choose between a Kawasaki Ninja 300 and holiday vouchers up to the value of £5,000. Similar to last year, this year’s winner will also have the chance to win £100K cash at Brands Hatch at the final British Superbike meeting in October, should he/she predict the top 6 riders placing of the final BSB race.

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“Winning the competition has been great for me personally and my business. I would urge anyone who hears about the competition to have a go at entering or to nominate someone as an entrant. It costs nothing except a few minutes of time and those few minutes could prove to be incredibly worthwhile.” Maurice Morton, Sales & Marketing Director at Dickies added, “Given the on-going uncertainty that the country faces economically, a feel-good initiative of this type is more important than ever, to remind our nation’s work force that they have much to be proud of and look forward to.”

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Energy Efficiency Many homeowners are looking at ways to utilise renewable energy to power and heat their homes, be it by utilising heat pump technology or the installation of solar panels. Panasonic has recently been involved in a unique residential property where both solutions have been installed and are working together to provide maximum energy savings. Delivering Energy Efficiency in Warwickshire – Originally a four-bedroom residential property situated in a village in Warwickshire, the homeowners invested the help of Nexus Building Solutions for a complete refurbishment and extra twobedroom extension. The family was looking for a heating solution that would not only fit in well with the existing oil burner and radiators, but also provide reliable and superb-quality performance. Specifying 4kW Panasonic 250W HIC panels to accompany Panasonic’s T-CAP Monobloc Aquarea heat pump, PRO Partner Premium Installers of the month, Nexus Building Solutions has helped the property to benefit from extremely energyefficient and cost-effective underfloor heating, which runs through six different zones within the house. Supplying heat to an extension for an elderly relative, the bedroom, living room and downstairs bathroom, as well as a two-storey bedroom and living room for the rest of the family, now all benefit from Panasonic’s renewable technology.

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Chris Teale, a plumbing and heating engineer from Barnet, won UK Worker of the Year 2014 after wowing the judges with his drive and passion for plumbing.

UK Worker of the Year is a free to enter competition and is open to anyone who works in the UK aged 17 or over. The winner of UK Worker of the Year 2015 will be announced at Brands Hatch on the 18th October 2015.

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Master appointed official UK agent for ZIPP Air Tools Master Abrasives has been appointed as the official UK agent for ZIPP Air Tools. The ZIPP Air Tool brand is well established and offers a complete range of pneumatic tools for: assembly lines, professional automotive body shops and servicing bays, aerospace and industrial applications, composite manufacturers, the construction industry and precision planetary gear reducers for different Industries worldwide.

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Cost Benefits There were two key motivators which lead them to decide on a new Panasonic Aquarea air source heat pump. Firstly the cost benefits; having a new large six-bedroom property meant heating costs were significant and they were keen to find a solution that kept them warm while reducing their energy bills. Secondly the heat pump’s compatibility with solar thermal technology meant that the family could qualify for Government rewards from the FiT scheme and any surplus would go straight back into the pump. The family are now saving money every month compared to their previous fuel bills. “Since fuel prices continue to rise, we have seen a change in our customer’s heating needs, requirements and priorities,” says Avnash Jhita, Operations Manager at Nexus Building Solutions. “Faced with an economic climate that stretches outgoings, home- owners want energy-efficient heating and hot water on demand. Offering a heating solution that is affordable, reliable and offers an attractive return on investment, is vital for stimulating business.” Panasonic’s Aquarea heat pump does just this. With an impressive COP of

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4.75 and option to add on a Panasonic PV panel, consumers are provided with a completely renewable and cost-effective energy solution, which sits in perfectly with current government incentives. “We are delighted with the results from installing Panasonic’s Aquarea heat pump and PV solar panels,” says the homeowner. “Not only is the house warm and cosy, but the extra energy generated from the solar panels is transferred straight back into the pump. We’re so impressed that we’re currently in discussions with Nexus Building Solutions to install another Aquarea heat pump that will replace our oil system in the main house when a retrofit is required.” Contact www.panasonic.com/uk

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TEC UK bring pioneering air to air heat exchangers to the UK market Thermal Energy Components (TEC UK Ltd), a division of Klingenburg GmbH, have launched a range of pioneering, German precision built Counterflow Plate Heat Exchangers that recover up to 90% (by rigorous calculations) of existing room heat or cold air.

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The possibilities are practically endless. Andrew Patch, Country Manager – UK & Ireland, TEC UK Ltd, said, “Broadly speaking, counterflow exchangers are used wherever a circulation of air is undesirable. Since, in this design, the airstreams are wholly separated.” “Our high quality standards apply to Counterflow Plate Heat Exchangers as with all our products. Our customers appreciate their high stability and precision design and manufacture. They are hardwearing and easy to clean even in a dishwasher,” said Patch. Klingenburg’s special manufacturing

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With apprentices and house building top of the agenda at the state opening of Parliament, UK Construction Week has announced a string of training focused content at the show this October. Outlining the new Conservative government’s plans for the coming parliamentary term, the Queen revealed ambitious targets during her speech last week, which include building 200,000 starter homes over the next five years, as well as creating 3million new apprenticeships. While construction industry commentators have, for the most part, welcomed the renewed focus this will bring to the industry, others – including the Federation of Master Builders – have warned that the targets are inextricably linked, as without meeting the apprenticeships goal, the industry will not have the capacity to deliver such a high volume of housing construction. Recognising the growing significance of this issue over the coming years, UK Construction Week has placed a strong focus on training and development at the exhibition, with several skills-based sessions on the main seminar stage. In addition, the Homebuilding and Site Zones at the Build Show, one of the nine events to make up UK Construction Week, will look at the relationship between apprenticeships and house building in more depth. The Homebuilding theatre will kick things off with a keynote panel discussion asking how the industry can improve traditional skills training to overcome shortages. Led by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and joined by Andy George, Head of Talent Management at Barratt Developments and Seb Balcombe, Planning Manager at K10, the discussion will examine how builders can work more closely with schools and colleges to recruit entry level candidates – as well as looking at the impact of alternatives solutions, such as offsite construction. Later that morning,

Andy George will lead another session looking at best practice approaches to apprenticeships in housing and will share some of the insights he has gained during his time at Barratt Developments. In the Site Zone, the CITB will present a masterclass, sharing everything SMEs need to know about how apprenticeships can help their business. The session will look at how to start the process, designing an effective programme, choosing the right apprentices and making sense of the various schemes, funding and grants available. Nathan Garnett, Show Director, commented: “Apprenticeships will be absolutely critical to achieving the government’s ambitious starter home targets over the next few years – but this is not just an issue for the house building industry. Finding skilled labour is a struggle faced by the whole construction industry right now, but many people are unsure how to go about dealing with the issue. We hope that by providing a platform in which to debate the problem, share solutions and identify best practice, will go a long way to helping visitors and exhibitors start to overcome this challenge.” Bringing together nine shows under one roof, UK Construction Week will be the biggest construction trade event the UK has seen in years. Taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 6 – 11 October (with the trade only days from 6 – 8 October) the event will unite 1,000 exhibitors with an expected audience of 55,000 visitors. Visitors will be able to attend the Build Show incorporating Civils Expo, Grand Designs Live, Timber Expo, the Surface and Materials Show, Energy 2015, Kitchens & Bathroom Live, Plant & Machinery Live, HVAC 2015 and Smart Buildings 2015. For more information please visit: www.ukconstructionweek.com or follow: @UK_CW on Twitter.

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Your switch is their command… meticulously designed to enable users to save money whilst maximising efficiency at the same time. They have been individually certified by the Energy Saving Trust, so recommendations are rife, particularly because all of the goods are CE marked and compliant with all of the necessary industry standards.

Building & Construction Review is pleased to commend Energenie for being presented with its highly prestigious Product Innovation award. The pioneers in energy management specialise in the supply of innovative products for homes and offices that can help people to become more resourceful and environmentally aware. The business, which is based in Harlow, Essex, has roots dating back to 1996, but in those times its primary focus was on establishing itself as a power connections brand manufacturing converter plugs. The enterprise instantly soared to success; securing custom with some of the world’s most notable electrical product distributors (such as Sony, Bosch and GHD), and its reputation continued to strengthen, particularly in 2009 when the Energenie name was officially introduced. It was at this point when the company’s range extended considerably; liaisons with a highly-skilled inventor brought stand-by savers to the team’s attention and with it, the chance of even greater recognition. The trendsetters have since gained partnerships with many other industry giants, including Homebase, Tool Station and Amazon.

and security,” commented Oliver Tadd, Energenie’s Commercial Director. “Inevitably, the energy reductions are the biggest element; one notable example includes our smart radiators, which enable customers to save between 20-25% on their heating bill, which is a truly significant saving. “In terms of convenience, our products are so simple and easy to use because they enable people to control their lighting, heating and electrics, and all from the palm of their hand! This is particularly useful for the elderly and immobile who may be unable to reach out to operate switches and plugs.

Energenie has recently launched an exciting new subrange named Mi|Home; adapters, valves and monitors appropriate for home automation through a distinctive app. Based around smart home connected living, the revolutionary concept ensures that real time and projected energy prices can be monitored effectively by advanced technology which enables appliances to be controlled remotely from anywhere in the world. “This is a retrofit solution which will create

“The Mi|Home range is an ongoing development so we will be continually working on it, but there is definitely a growing interest in the smart product market - some people are just unaware that they can do all of this with technology. In the near future we will be looking into the expansion of new products for the homecare arena as well as exploring the possibility of breaking into the European market.” Energenie has confirmed that the brand will be exhibiting at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas 2015, which will be taking place from 25th – 29th November at Olympia, London. big energy savings for the user,” explained Oliver. “The line was launched in March at Ecobuild 2015 and it has only been on sale for a month but we have already received excellent feedback.

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“From a security point of view, our devices are incredibly beneficial. This technology ensures that your home can be kept secure whilst you are on holiday; you can effectively arrange for your lighting to come on at the appropriate times so you can attain complete peace of mind whilst you are away.” All of Energenie’s quality products are

Energenie’s power management products are ideal for use with computers, monitors, scanners, printers, audio visual systems and many other appliances. Its widereaching portfolio comprises of many eco and electrical components which enable significant energy usage reductions, such as specialist sockets, extension leads, adaptors, energy-saving power meters/ packs and radiator valves. Its LED lighting selection consists of spotlights, bulbs, motion sensors and LED tubes which create further cost cutbacks due to increased sustainability. Travel items are also available for both domestic and international purposes in the form of highly reliable portable chargers, adapters, connector sets and rechargeable batteries. “When it comes to the advantages of using Energenie products, there are three main pillars: energy savings, convenience

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