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Issue 814 • May 2016

Secret, Secure, Configurable Panel Fixings Button-fix was officially launched in 2012 by Iain MacDonald of Granfit Holdings and Tony Wills and Brian Watson from Wills Watson Associates. The company is renowned for the development, manufacture and testing of an innovative panel fixing product revolved around saving fitters significant amounts of both time and money. Named a secret fixing for its invisibility and strength, Button-fix is a highly versatile and efficient product acting as a perfect fastener for interior fit-outs, renovations and furniture projects. Acknowleged for their quality build and unmatched accuracy, the configurable fixings have been actively used by designers, builders, architects, furniture designers, plumbers, ship interiors specialists, lighting installers, washroom manufacturers, fitters and joiners and are suitable for applications such as exhibitions, display stands and internal signage.

are surface-mounted or fully flush and are locked securely into place with a distinctive ‘click’ sound. The new Router Multijig, which was launched last October, comes complete with interchangeable plates for the seamless integration of its associated products and is transparent with etched guide marks to allow for easy positioning on the work piece.

“Once used, we have found that fitters love using Button-fix and often request that it be specified in their project plans,” commented Head of Sales and Marketing Julie Freedman. “Although we predominantly serve the manufacturing, furniture, washroom and fit-out markets, we are continually hearing from customers who are keen to show us the new ways they have used Button-fix.

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“This flexibility is largely due to the many product benefits that come with the fixings. Not only are they incredibly easy to use but they are extra strong and visually pleasing, enabling your panels to be secure but movable. In addition, they are supported by a reliable in-house technical team and an excellent level of invaluable customer service.” Button-fix offers a wide range of fixings in order to provide a better choice for its customers. Available

For more information on the separate styles of panel fixings and their individual applications, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a company representative today. Alternatively, you can visit the Button-fix website and browse the video and photography page to explore the varieties and pinpoint which product would be the best suited to your individual needs. in four different types – Type 1 Fix (for connecting parallel panels), Type 1 Bonded Fix (for applications where screw fixing is not an option/possible), Type 1 Fix Flush (for panel-to-panel contact) and Type 2 Fix (for connecting 90° panels) – the products

T +44 (0)20 8150 7190 info@button-fix.com www.button-fix.com Twitter: @buttonfixJulie

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3 adjustable leg Tripod ladders offer the perfect solution for gaining access on uneven ground or difficult to reach places. These 3 legged ladders are perfect for use as: • Step ladders • Hedge cutting ladders • Orchard ladders • Garden ladders • Window cleaning ladders • Caravan cleaning ladders • Campervan cleaning ladders • Greenhouse cleaning ladders, • Conservatory cleaning ladders as well as for many other uses. Aluminium 1.8m fully adjustable tripod ladders are robust but amazingly lightweight ladders.

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Do You Need a Tree Report from a Qualified Arborist? When developing a site, the focus is often on the buildings, access and parking, the green space outside can easily be overlooked. Trees can be regarded as a problem, something to avoid or remove at the earliest stage. However, with care, they can enhance many developments. The pre-development assessment (Tree Constraints Plan) identifies which trees are most suitable for retention, and how they can enhance the site. This includes screening and those which could provide focal points. Established trees provide maturity to a site which can otherwise seem harsh and new. Tree retention needs to be carefully considered. The design and layout of the development should reflect both the needs of the trees being retained and those of future residents. As a tree officer, I guided many applications with trees. One where I was not involved incorporated a mature oak tree in to the rear garden of a new home. It dominated the setting and did not enhance the setting, making the property a less attractive home. With care, this can be avoided.

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Natural Stone Specialists Building Solutions UK is incredibly pleased to present Rockford with its industry recognised Commitment to Excellence profile. The UK’s largest importer and supplier of natural stone products Rockford operates from its strategically situated showroom and distribution centre in Middlewich, Cheshire. Serving customers throughout the country and across Europe, the recognised expert has cemented its status as a real frontrunner in the industry after operating for over 10 years with an unmatched level of professionalism and care. The wide-reaching range can be divided into the following product categories: natural stone (walls, floors, mosaics, borders, basins, driveways, patios, wall cladding and sealing, cleaning and fixing capabilities), wood flooring (engineered wood flooring, skirting & trims, adhesives, primers, underlays and Treatex Hardwax oils), and porcelain tiles (in matt, polished and riven options).

“Our diverse and evolving variety of products is imported from over 22 countries around the world,” commented Dwayne Farrell, Sales Manager at Rockford. “From the contemporary to the traditional, any style and taste is catered for. Our range incorporates products for interior and exterior use as well as domestic and commercial applications, making Rockford your reliable supply partner and the name to remember for all of your natural stone requirements.” “The successful inception of our contracts department at the end of 2008 solidified our reputation and standing within our industry,” concluded Dwayne. “In just its first year, our contracts department saw the completion of many projects in both the commercial and residential sector and is developing rapidly, forging new and lasting relationships with architects, designers, contractors, builders, tilers etc.… “In conjunction with our contracts department,

we also offer a bespoke sourcing service, so do not fear if you can’t find what you’re looking for on our website. We can produce almost anything you need to your exact specification in the majority of our materials. No project is too small or too large, so let us know today what you are looking for and see how our team can be of assistance.” Rockford is that committed to ensuring customer satisfaction that it even offers free samples upon request, so if a product on the company website catches your eye then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Any other enquiries are welcomed by the approachable group, so what are you waiting for? Contact the natural stone specialists at your earliest convenience and you won’t be disappointed with the results. Contact T +44 (0)1606 841000 sales@rockfordcompany.co.uk www.rockfordcompany.co.uk

Professional Services, Home & Platform Lifts News

The Best Choice for Platform & Home Lifts With over 35 years’ experience in the Disabled Access market place, Access and Platform Lifts Ltd supply a quality range of Platform lifts, DDA Platform lifts and Domestic lifts, along with exceptional customer service. Offering a complete service from the initial survey to the installation and aftercare, you are guaranteed to receive the help and advice you deserve. From Budget Lifts through to deluxe units, Access and Platform Lifts aim to provide the best answer for your vertical access requirements. The company offer the widest range of access lifts for both public buildings and home domestic use. Platform Lifts are designed to give ease of access to all floors at an affordable cost. They can be installed with minimal builders work with a small pit and can be installed within a shaft or standalone units with their own enclosure. You can even have a Platform Lift with full cabin and sliding lift doors to give a fully automated Lift.

T +44 (0)1909 486704 info@accessandplatformlifts.co.uk www.accessandplatformlifts.co.uk www.liftsforhouses.co.uk

The Sign of Building Quality The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) holds the prime position as the UK’s largest trade association in the building industry. The not-for-profit organisation was established in 1941 and has since gone from strength to strength, operating both nationally and regionally courtesy of its strategically placed offices in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The FMB works explicitly to maintain, promote and protect the interests of both small and medium-sized building companies, representing their practices and opinions in order to increase awareness of the work that they do. The independent firm specialises in the provision of reliable support and advice to help clients to meet their expected building and construction goals. The group, which acts as a mark of building quality and excellence, helps organisations to deliver superior services with great value, subsequently strengthening their brand identity and position in the marketplace.

and dedicated builders and specialists are selected to become part of the FMB.

Members are readily accepted if they fulfil the set criteria and pass all of the essential checks, because only the most scrupulous

T +44 (0)20 7025 2900 membership@fmb.org.uk www.fmb.org.uk

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Architectural aluminium Building Solutions UK is extremely proud to present its highly prestigious and industry acclaimed Commitment to Excellence profile to Alumen Ltd. Through investment in machinery and highly skilled staff, Alumen has a solution for any aluminium doors and windows requirement be it commercial, trade or retail. Established in 2011, the family run business is an experienced Smart and Scheuco fabricator offering a wide range of aluminium windows and doors as well as low rise curtain walling and a range conservatory roofs and own brand rooflights and lanterns. “We provide the highest quality at the best value prices so that the high end aluminium home improvement market opens up to more people,” commented Managing Director, Alan Robinson. “Our heritage in aluminium along with experience gained through manufacture and installation, means we offer a range of products with everything expected from an off the shelf, quick turnaround product but with exception quality and attention to detail.”

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Continuously adding to their exceptional portfolio, Alumen has recently launched the ‘Rooflights from Alumen’ range of contemporary aluminium rooflights and lanterns. Compromising of three distinct families – the Aether, Helios and Olympus, these square or pyramid rooflights are available as fixed or opening with a wide variety of size, shape, colour, glazing and opening options available. Standard sizes range up to 3,000mm x 1,000mm are always in stock, with prices

starting at £595. Over 45 standard stock items are available on next day delivery across the UK. “Following the successful launch of our own brand rooflight range we will soon be introducing ‘Bi-folds from Alumen’ to the market,” explained Alan. “Sliding and bi-fold doors are the new “must have” home improvement product and aluminium, due to its strength and stability, is the fast becoming the material of choice. “The ability to powder coat aluminium with any colour imaginable is also a major advantage and these two main properties are why installers are moving away from PVC for these types of products. With our heritage in aluminium fabrication it is important for us to maintain a part of this growing market.” With continued investment in new product ranges and infrastructure, Alumen is continually moving forward. They recently won a ‘Schuco Excellence Award’ for a project carried out in Teddington, Greater London. Based in Kettering, Alumen have a manufacturing facility and stunning aluminium home improvement showroom for their use as well as for customers to bring home owners to a unique place where they can compare different aluminium profiles all in one place. For more information or to visit the showroom, contact Alumen using one of the sources below: Contact T +44 (0)1536 737377 info@alumen.co.uk www.alumen.co.uk

Construction, Advice and Project Management Self Build Assistance (SBA) is a Londonbased company specialising in the provision of bespoke construction services and selfbuild guidance for projects of various sizes and levels of complexity. Over 20 years of industry experience has enabled the group to become experts in project management, overseeing everything from loft conversions and conservatory installations to extensions and full-builds. SBA can organise trusted professionals and unmatched build costs to assist customers planning minor and major schemes. The team of experts will be on hand to manage and finish the designated jobs at a cost pre-arranged to suit any budget, working to exact specifications outlined in previous consultations. Self-build advice is granted where appropriate along with the procurement of trusted contractors who can untangle the associated planning and building regulations, and personal project management services can be offered to those intending to build their own home or undergo a renovation in an existing property. Support is readily offered by founder David Jardine Wilkinson (also a member of The Institute of Chartered Builders) and SBA is pleased to act as your one port of call during the project, although

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you can take the reins over the build and financial process if you so wish. SBA’s full range of principal services covers the following: planning permission, design, property information, surveys & foundations, budgeting & finance, site logistics, planning & programming, local authorities processes (including building control), legal issues, procurement of subcontractors, contract agreement, practical & technical advice, online support and site visits. For a professional and easy to understand service developed around your personal construction venture, choose SBA, the project management experts. You can rest assured that you will receive quality results at a cost-effective rate safely delivered by highly qualified and experienced professionals. T +44 (0)208 118 2013 info@selfbuildassistance.com www.selfbuildassistance.com

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Bespoke Joinery from Edinburgh to Aberdeen Building Solutions UK is incredibly proud to present Bill Pitt Manufacturing Joinery Ltd with its richly deserved Commitment to Excellence profile. The expert in customisable and cost-effective joinery, which is based in Kirriemuir, Scotland, has been facilitating the requirements of homes and businesses ever since its establishment in 1998. The company was founded by Bill Pitt, who with 35 years of industry experience was the most ideal candidate to start up such a specialist woodworking organisation. It was Bill’s background as an employee at a joiner’s workshop and a timber sales representative that inspired the entrepreneurial individual to pursue his dream of setting up his own business. The knowledge he had gained during this time – and feedback from customers who noticed his potential – encouraged Bill to take the necessary steps to form Bill Pitt Joinery in response to the gap in the market he had discovered. Following market research it became apparent that there was a growing need for bespoke joinery services, so Bill began to build the business, which started out as just himself and an apprentice. After moving workshops three times the group – which now

homeowners and businesses on large and small projects.

comprises eight employees – finally settled into a facility in Woodside, which they have occupied for 11 years now. “When I started the business I decided to operate with the well-known philosophy of treating others how you would want to be treated,” Bill informed us. “Subsequently, it is the standard of our business to customer relationships that really set us apart from our competitors, enabling us to facilitate the needs of clients across the board. We work with everyone from house builders and joiners to individuals renewing properties and extending houses, putting in loft conversions and new windows.

handrails, balustrades, staircases and timber windows & doors made from materials more superior than those found on the high street, the group also act as a reliable joinery partner for those undertaking renovations or new builds, working alongside both

There’s no need to settle for any less than the best when it comes to bringing your furnishing dreams to life, so get in touch with Bill Pitt Joinery today for the custom products that will take the aesthetic of your property’s interior to the next level. Free consultations and quotes can be arranged upon request. T +44 (0)1575 575576 info@billpittjoinery.co.uk www.billpittjoinery.co.uk

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“What makes us stand out the most is our flexibility: we don’t get fazed by complexity and we enjoy a challenge, so we rarely turn down work. Although we specialise mainly in doors, windows and staircases, we readily accept commissions for bespoke pieces of furniture and have been known to manufacture and install fire surroundings/mantelpieces and dining room tables and the like. We even install big sliding doors and spiral staircases (which many manufacturers aren’t willing to do).” Bill Pitt Joinery’s product offering includes a range of fittings and furniture that can be developed precisely to meet individual customer specifications. As well as supplying components such as

Bill Pitt Manufacturing Joinery Ltd FROM TRADITIONAL JOINERY TO CNC MACHINING IF IT’S MADE OF WOOD, WE CAN MAKE IT Boasting more than 34 years in the joinery trade. Bill Pitt and his team offer bespoke joinery services to residential and commercial clients throughout Angus and beyond. An independant, local business, we specialise in the manufacture of bespoke joinery products. Undertaking projects both large and small, we have developed an excellent reputation from the quality and reliability of our workmanship and service.

Telephone: 01575 575576 Fax: 01575 573514 | www.billpittjoinery.co.uk Woodside, Mid Road, Kirriemuir Angus DD8 4PJ

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Build your success with Metcon Building Solutions UK is extremely proud to present its highly prestigious and richly deserved Commitment to Excellence profile to Metcon Construction Limited. When involved in the extremely demanding and constantly evolving construction market, you need a quality and reliable concrete contractor who is committed to the success of your project; Metcon is just that. Taking the stresses away, the company can provide a team

are equipped to deal with any requirements. And, when you need more than standard concrete construction, Metcon provide a range of solutions and services including pour and finish, footers, foundation walls, site concrete and excavation. of skilled tradesmen who are fully qualified to meet your needs. Whether it’s a flatwork crew for

a single slab pour or a complete project crew from foundations to sidewalks, the dedicated team

“With the construction market in a state of constant change there is one thing you can count on; and that’s Metcon,” commented JP McLaughlin, Managing Director at Metcon Construction Ltd. “With the pressure of deadlines, budgets, weather delays, and all the daily demands on your time a

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The company headquarters are located approximately 40 minutes northwest of Dayton. This location allows Metcon to primarily serves clients along the I-75 corridor from Northern Kentucky to Lima, as well as the I-70 corridor from Springfield, OH to Richmond, IN.

concrete contractor that you can count on to safely deliver quality and service is foundational.

In 2008, Metcon expanded its operations in Middletown, OH to aid in better serving clients in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.

“We are committed to the success of your clients, and to providing you with crews of skilled and trained technicians and finishers to deliver the quality you deserve. Your needs are as real and varied as the structures you build. With the tight schedules being required by owners, you need a team that can perform effectively in any environment.”

With a total of nine crews staffed with 40 to 50 employees, the workforce is in place all year round to service your concrete needs. Strong relationships with the area’s best suppliers and specialty contractors further support your goal of a timely project delivery.

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Contact T (937) 4479200 www.metconltd.com

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Quality, advanced brickmaking Building Solutions UK is proud to present its highly prestigious and richly deserved Commitment to Excellence profile to The Bulmer Brick and Tile Company. Sitting as it does on deep deposits of London Bed clay, our site has been a source for brick and tile making since at least the fifteenth century. By the nineteenth century it was making and supplying its wares to quality buildings and by way of the River Stour, finding outlets to London. Today our work is closely associated with the restoration and conservation of buildings countrywide; the emphasis being on producing bricks to match the original in all aspects, each brick and special being hand made from purpose made moulds, fired in one of our coal fired, down draught kilns that can create a myriad of colours and textures so necessary when matching early examples of brick. Our significant

collection of purpose made moulds have all been made on site, from drawings, samples or just a photograph and measurements; some copings turning the scales at over fifty kilograms, requiring at least two makers to fill the mould before then turning out the piece.

embellishments not seen before that demonstrated their wealth and power. The revival of this technique in the early nineteenth century with the coming of the ‘Gothic’ age saw its use over wide areas, particularly in civic buildings, banks, schools churches, smart town houses and shops. Amongst our moulds

Our clay seams offer a number of differing clays able to cater for the widening range we provide. We are able to dig clay that once ‘washed’ produces the highest quality red ‘Rubbers’ that match originals made within three miles of our site and supplied to St Pancras Station for its erection between 1868 – 1874. We were proud and delighted not only to make the Rubbers, but cut and rub them, supplying them to site ready to lay when St Pancras Station underwent it’s facelift in order to become the terminal for the Eurostar train service.

today, we still number many originals made and carved in the 1880’s expressly for this market and now coming out of retirement to restore and repair examples suffering the ravages of time. The clays fulfill less well known roles as pozzulans when mixed in lime mortar,

as clay lump and as daub when creating wattle & daub, reinforcing the ties with our past and their importance to our world today. T +44 (0)1787 269232 bbt@bulmerbrickandtile.co.uk www.bulmerbrickandtile.co.uk

Bulmer Brick and Tile Company is a long established family business on the site of a brick making yard dating back centuries. Bulmer bricks are made from the finest London Clays, dug continually from our own clay seams since Tudor times. All our bricks are entirely hand made using traditional methods. We specialise in restoration and conservation of old buildings; working closely with architects and contractors to produce our facing brick to the specification required for your particular building. Although we aim to have a stock of the more common sizes, dimensions and texture are made to order, so that each building receives the correct brick for the work. The kilns are unique coal fired down-draught kilns, loaded, unloaded and fired by hand in a long and labourious process, ensuring each and every brick has had our personal attention. No artificial colours, tints or dyes are used in our process. The beautiful range of colours from orange to dark red and purple comes purely from the firing process, just as it would have been over the centuries. We make a huge variety of brick specials, including terracotta, plinths, squints, decorative chimney bricks, string course bricks and over 500 different types of coping which increases on a weekly basis. All the specials are moulded from wooden moulds, which are made in our own carpentry workshop.

By contrast, we have continued to supply a wide range of sizes and types to restore and conserve Henry VIII’s grand Palace at Hampton Court, a floor at Greenwich and bricks to numerous of his ‘houses’ around the countryside. His courtiers were to take up his love of building, and for a brief moment decorated their splendid buildings with the ‘new’ material, ‘Terracotta.’ For this they required the assistance of foreign craftsmen, believed to be either Italian or French, whose skills gave brickwork

We also have a range of garden edging and decorative plaques depicting floral patterns, some of which are made from original moulds over 100 years old. We have our own brick cutting workshop where we can create cut and rubbed arches, either loose or on steel lintels ready to lift into position, and can cut specials or cut and bond from customer supplied material. Our own clay is prepared by a variety of methods to produce a BBT Fully Washed Rubber for use in fine Georgian Rubbed work and in other grades that can be easily cut and rubbed on site if required.

www.bulmerbrickandtile.co.uk

Premium Quality Acoustic Building Products Building Solutions UK is incredibly pleased to present Trim Acoustics with its highly prestigious Commitment to Excellence profile.

their noise issues, which can be increasingly frustrating and in most cases, intolerable. As well as offering a wide range of products, the group have the competency to take on new build projects, bespoke design commissions and house conversion specifications; tasks which require careful consideration of customers’ individual preferences and expectations.

Consistently impressing clients for over 25 years, Trim Acoustics is a commendable company best noted for its expertise in building acoustics. Positively impacting the trade within such a lengthy space of time has enabled the business to become a trusted name in the industry with a solid reputation for manufacturing and supplying soundproofing materials of the best possible quality. Back in the beginning, Trim Acoustics focused predominantly on flooring, but the team behind the brand soon realised that expanding into the arena of acoustics may be beneficial to them. Fast forward to current day and the organisation is now a renowned specialist in the provision of tools for both domestic and commercial use, stocking products from the UK’s major manufacturers (Sound Reduction Systems, Hodgson & Hodgsons, Instacoustic, Monarfloor and Cellecta being a few examples). High performance components such as

“Trim Acoustics is a well-established company with lots of technical knowledge in the field – this is one aspect that we really pride ourselves on,” commented Steve Aylott, Supervisor at Trim Acoustics. “In addition, most of our items are always in stock, so when this is the case we can guarantee to deliver within a few days.

Acoustilay, Maxiboard and Reduc Flooring form part of the company’s impressive inventory, along with Trim Acoustics’ own range of Defender floor and wall products, which are suitable for both household and commercial applications. Associated accessories are also available for purchase in the form of resilient bars, plank plasterboards, underlays, drill point screws, acoustic foam, joint adhesive, anti-vibration pads, Duoseal Acoustic Mastic, isolation tape, wire mesh, high density mineral fibre, absorbers, T&G MDF and acoustic door bars. Trim Acoustics prides itself on its knowledge of acoustics; this expertise enables many clients to overcome

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Our ever-increasing presence and fantastic reputation has enabled us to distribute our products nationwide. “Whether transforming buildings from houses to flats or offices to flats (for example), we can capably assist customers as this is a key specialism of ours. We can work to reduce noise levels in factories or assist in the construction of new recording studios, and we also help with the daily problem of noisy neighbours. In essence, this flexibility means that we don’t have a set customer base as such; our products can be utilised by all types of individuals. This includes architects, builders and the general public, and common applications include

schools, halls and auditoriums.” Trim Acoustics operates four branches covering North & South London, Wales and the Midlands. Each base houses a consistently stocked facility offering prompt delivery services whereby items can be sent directly to the chosen property. Solutions can be developed either over the phone or onsite, and once the query has been identified, the correct resources for the job in hand can be delivered within a couple of days. Contact T +44 (0)20 8443 0099 www.trimacoustics.co.uk

Manufacturing and supplying soundproofing materials for domestic and commercial use for 25 years Trim Acoustics has for more than twenty five years been at the forefront of building acoustics, supplying quality acoustic products from the UK’s major manufacturers to the building industry and domestic market. Providing technical advice, site surveys and specifications to architects and developers, Trim Acoustics can assist with projects ranging from house conversions and new build properties to bespoke designs for customers who have specific requirements. Trim Acoustics offers solutions for floors, ceilings and walls that can achieve Document E standard and with a wide range of quality acoustics products stocked at our four branches covering Greater London, West Midlands and the South West we can offer a prompt delivery service direct to site. As part of Trim Acoustic’s ongoing expansion we now offer a full sound testing service to Document E standards, using ‘state of the’ art test equipment and approved test procedures our trained technicians can achieve very accurate test results. This information is then formulated to produce a comprehensive test report.

Please contact: 020 8443 0099 or visit: www.trimacoustics.co.uk

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Recycled Plastic Decking Second Life Products Wales (SLPW) Ltd has been granted with our highly regarded Commitment to Excellence profile, we are pleased to report here at Building Solutions UK. The foremost manufacturer and distributor of 100% UK recycled sheets and recycled plastic supplying to the trade has a history that dates back over 25 years as the sister company of Birch Farm Plastic Collection Ltd, a family business specialising in the collection of agricultural polythene. The last 11 years has been a particularly productive period for SLPW, who has effectively refined its branding and expanded its operations to the degree where they can capably supply their customers throughout the width and breadth of the country.

its selection of specialised 8 x 4 recycled sheets. This particular EKOply sheet, for which they are the sole UK distributor, is now available in 10mm and 19mm sizes and comes with a highly beneficial anti-slip surface. The most recent development, however, is the expansion of its EKOply sheet colour range, which provides customers with greater choice in terms of the aesthetics of the product.

The organisation, which is based near

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THE GUARANTEED ULTRA-EFFICIENT SCREED FOR UNDERFLOOR HEATING Thermio+ screed by Anhydritec-Gyvlon is the first screed designed for use with underfloor heating in the UK. Thermio+ is made from selected admixtures to enhance its thermal conductivity, this means the UFH system can be operated at lower temperatures, thus saving money on fuel bills.

organisations within the agricultural and equestrian verticals.

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+ performance: up to +30%* of increase of Thermal emission coefficient for a maximised return of your heating floor – 30% more heat emmitted to the room.

As well as being more conductive, Thermio+ is compressively and flexurally stronger than traditional screeds which have to be installed much thicker. In today’s demanding construction market, floors which can offer savings in reduced weight/thickness Thermio+ ticks the right boxes.

+ comfort: up to +80% higher thermal diffusivity for a response time – faster transmission of temperature increase

Gyvlon Thermio+ is a fluid screed offering fast installation (up to 1,000m2 per day), due to its fluid nature the screed fully encapsulates the heating pipes.

+ saving: up to 8%* of saving for heating bills – Due to increased response and higher emission

Thermio+ can be installed up to a maximum bay size of 300m2. As with all Gyvlon products, the Thermio+ screed offers a typical recycled element of approx. 36% Get + from your heating system.

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Swansea in South Wales, offers a vast selection of low maintenance outdoor recycled plastic sheets and products such as sheeting furniture, planters, fencing, lumber, signage, bollards and sheeting. This includes both standard and bespoke solutions that are designed to meet exacting standards and different applications for everyone from local authorities and those working in the landscaping industry to

GYVLON THERMIO®+ IS THE ONLY SCREED WITH A GUARANTEED THERMAL PERFORMANCE

The supplied EKOply recycled sheet is the leading product of its kind as the only prototype that is almost identical to the Ecosheet in regards to its structure, appearance and specification. The furniture, meanwhile, is created using Plaswood, recycled plastic wood made from waste agricultural plastics, and is processed in a way that reduces significant amounts of energy consumption and carbon emissions. SLPW works in accordance with over 100 stockists across the UK for

“Working within the recycled products supply, manufacturing and distributing sector, we supply reprocessed plastic lumber profiles and 8 x 4 recycled sheets throughout the UK and beyond for use in a wide range of applications,” Company Director, Cheryl Birch informed us. “We also manufacture street furniture from the plastic lumber to schools, local authorities, caravan parks and hotels across the nation. “All of our products are recycled and can also be reused at the end of life. Because

of this we are in the position to offer long term solutions to those managing projects that demand little or no maintenance costs whilst avoiding the occurrence of any ongoing issues. We are now concentrating on the expansion of our stockists, as we want to break into new marketplaces, targeting shop fitters, builder’s merchants and the like with our 8 x 4 sheets.” If you would like any further information about how these cost-effective products can save you money whilst positively impacting the environment then please get in touch with SLPW today. T +44 (0)1269 826680 slpwadmin@btconnect.com www.slpw.co.uk

Thermio+ has been given BBA Agremont certification in the UK and is tested by CSTB in France

Anhydritec Ltd – Unit 221, Europa Boulevard, Westbrook, Warrington WA5 7TN

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Environment & Emissions Excellence

Smarter, safer, greener Building Solutions UK is extremely proud to present Green Urban Technologies Ltd with its highly prestigious and richly deserved Environment and Emissions Excellence Award. Providing real benefits for business and the environment, Green Urban Technologies design, manufacture and install exhaust filtration systems which comply with a range of On and Off Road European Emission Standards. Their innovative systems ensure engine emission reduction from all types of diesel and gas powered equipment. They manufacture retro fit and niche OEM exhaust systems that improve tail pipe emissions by removing particulate and or NoX. Green Urban also service, repair and refurbish all makes of E4/E5 and E6 OEM exhaust systems. Green Urban was set up in 2004 by Nigel

Standley and Alex Mullen. With over 30 years’ experience in automotive and emission reduction industries, the pair wanted to offer cost-effective exhaust solutions to the commercial vehicle industry. Over the years, the company has gone from strength to strength and now employs over 20 people across the UK. “We generally manufacture direct replacement systems rather than universal ‘kits’ using the same fitters and technicians for installation and any remedial works,” commented Brian Firth, Technical Sales Manager (North) at Green Urban Technologies. “We manufacture in the UK, utilising market leading technology sourced worldwide and our size and flexibility means that we can offer bespoke integration services for both small and large volume projects. “We are passionate about what we do and can deliver solutions to customers

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that our competitors shy away from. We relish a challenge and enjoy delivering a high-quality personal service to our clients. No job is too small for us, or too much of a challenge. We have the flexibility within our team and facilities to design, manufacture and install exhaust systems to all types of vehicles – be it standard production units or fully custom systems.” Green Urban is constantly evolving and improving its product and service offering to ensure customers receive a first class service. The company offers a wide range of high quality stainless steel emission reducing exhaust systems to convert vehicles and equipment from Euro 1, 2 and 3 status up to Euro 4, 5 & 6 standards (Off road Stage 11, 111 & 111a to 111b and 1V). All on road systems are TfL (LEZ) approved with off road systems being Energy Savings Trust accredited.

to cope with the growing demand for our products and services we have recently moved to a larger factory and office premises.” In the very near future Green Urban intends to be working with a range of clients to provide them with a post warranty service for the cleaning and replacement of euro 6 exhaust components.

For more information, contact Green Urban using one of the sources below: T +44 (0)1768 210111 info@greenurban.co.uk www.greenurban.co.uk

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New products have now been designed which are available to convert Euro 4 minibuses to virtual Euro 6. Using a smaller range of components whilst maintaining quality, this innovative process has taken exhausts from full sized public service buses and downscaled them to fit on 13/15 seater minibuses, which are increasingly being used for school runs and other social and community activities. “We don’t know of anyone else doing this type of work on this scale” concluded Brian. “Our aim is to continue to grow and diversify by further developing the repair maintenance and refurbishment offer, making us the ‘go to’ company for exhaust and after treatment solutions; we like to think of ourselves as the Exhaust Professionals, and in order

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The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is a specialist trade association acting as the main representative for businesses involved in all aspects of the manufacture of flat glass and products and services for all types of glazing. The organisation is the main hub of information for companies in the UK and internationally who construct, supply or fit glass and glazing products in both commercial and domestic sectors. This covers legislation as well as industry standards for health & safety and quality levels.

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As well as providing protection for homeowners (when purchasing glass or glazing products and services), the GGF opens up a whole host of opportunities and advantages for its members. Those associated with this professional body will be considered as stand-out companies in the field, as membership indicates compliancy to the highest possible standard as well as best practice in the industry. Members will

also be kept completely up-to-date with all advancements within glass and glazing, effectively placing them ahead of non-GGF registered competitors. The GGF membership base comprises manufacturers and installers of energy efficient windows (in homes and commercial buildings), the performance glass used in all building types (from houses to high-rise tower blocks) and the components that are used to manufacture every type of glazing. T +44 (0)207 939 9101 www.ggf.org.uk

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Bring natural daylight into any room with the UK designed and manufactured Rooflights from Cambs Glass Ltd. Research shows that you only need an area of 15-20% of a building’s roof to provide enough natural light to benefit the health of the building’s occupants. Rooflights also help reduce the energy consumption and emissions from the building. Furthermore, glass rooflights tend to be less obtrusive than windows or facades, whilst offering greater flexibility when designing the room. Cambs Glass are the principal sliding rooflight specialists in the UK. Offering market leading rooflights at market leading prices. Our extensive range of rooflights are all beautifully designed, thermally efficient and backed by a ten year guarantee. Cambs Glass are able to provide standard geometries such as mono pitched, dual pitched, barrel vaulted, pyramid, conical, domed and lantern rooflights. Unlike most other rooflight manufacturers,

Cambs Glass operates their own large inhouse glass processing facility. Producing sealed units to the highest of standards. During the manufacture, all units undergo a stringent three-point quality control system. This ensures every unit reaches the highest standards in thermal efficiency and meets all current building regulations. Our range of rooflights can be supplied in patent glazing, silicone/structural glazing or frameless glazing options. To find out more, visit our website: www.cambsglass.co.uk, contact Cambs Glass technical sales and support team on: +44 (0)1638 640038 or email: info@cambsglass.co.uk.

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Totally DIY Excellence

Safe and secure behind the scenes Building Solutions UK is pleased to have selected Stanley TV Mounts as the Best Company to have appeared at the Totally DIY Show earlier this year. The impressive collection of high quality TV wall mounts received a fantastic response at the show which took place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. This superior collection consists of 20 different models which are designed to fit any size of TV in any viewing position providing support and guaranteeing safety. With a fully equipped range of Static TV Mounts, Tilts TV Mounts and Full Motion TV Mounts, you are sure to find the perfect product to suit your needs. The Static collection allow for positioning of the TV in a flat, fixed,

up, down and side-to-side to the desired position.

stationary position securely and safely to the wall. The impressive tilt collection is ideal for TVs mounted high on walls to get proper viewing angle due to its versatility of positioning the TV at up and down angles. The Full Motion TV Mounts offers the most versatility in TV positioning. TVs can be adjusted

Stanley TV also provides an innovation TV Top Shelf. The easy to install shelving system for all Flat Panel TVs provides instant space for mounting your soundbar, speakers, cable boxes, gaming systems and any household item. The unique system offers an easy locking tab for quick installation, solid steel construction, rubber foot for non-marring, thin profile bezel, no slip padding and no scratch undercoating. They are thin to fit most TVs (5" deep), hold 10 lbs of weight and are easily adjustable. In order to suit every application, they are available in three widths including Small 6" Wide, Medium 12" Wide and Large 24" Wide. As a global product organisation with

sales subsidiaries in the US and UK, Stanley TV are launching throughout Europe this year. “With quality and innovation as the main core values of the business we are committed to establish a Stanley retail brand and achieve market leadership within five years,” commented Nick Swash of Stanley TV Mounts. “Operating from a base in South Wales and across multiple channels, we are looking for business partners who can help us achieve our goal.” For more information on the quality range, contact Stanley TV Mounts on: +44 (0)1656 649000, email: sales@stanleytvmounts. co.uk or visit the website at: www.stanleytvmounts.co.uk.

Roofing & Chimneys News

The Voice of the UK’s Rooflight Industry Established in 1998, the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers (NARM) is a fundamental trade association for rooflight specialists. It effectively acts as the main port of call for those working in the sector, providing authoritative and industry-specific information for all of its esteemed members. NARM also oversees the advancement and upkeep of related rules and regulations, actively advising the government on future policies and concentrating on the application of thorough procedures in the provision of natural light in built environments. The group represents those working within rooflight design and manufacturing; experts in the production of in-plane profiled rooflights, continuous barrel vaults, modular domes/pyramids, panel glazing systems and architectural glazing systems for skylights, lantern lights and atria.

Membership is only permitted to those committed to delivering top quality customer service, promoting good quality practice in all aspects of the business. Associates focus particularly on compliancy and further development, offering balanced advice on the use of rooflights, rooflight materials and rooflight systems with clarity and confidence. In addition, the products supplied adhere with all of the appropriate UK and European Standards and Building Legislation. Contact T +44 (0)1908 692325 admin@narm.org.uk www.narm.org.uk

DAVID FLEMING CHIMNEY CONSULTANT With over 25 years’ experience in the specialised chimney engineering sector of the construction industry, we are capable of advising on any project large or small. David Fleming Chimney Consultant do not supply or install any systems, however we have experience of every chimney system and remedial lining system on the market. This allows us to give professional, understandable and above all impartial advice, to discover the most effective and economical solution to your chimney problems. Ensuring the most suitable and costeffective solutions are recommended and allowing a specification for the chimney works required to be taken to the market. David Fleming Chimney Consultant can reduce the costs of chimney construction and repair by giving clear, understandable advice on exactly which system or repair is required. We can also recommend suitable companies who specialise in the particular system or chimney repair required.

For more information, contact: 01580 240059 M: 07565583456 | Email: david@chimneyconsultantco.uk www.chimneyconsultant.co.uk

STANDARD AND BESPOKE ARCHITECTURAL ROOFLIGHTS AND ROOF GLAZING Available in many colours, with options in glazing which include the latest Thermally Efficient self cleaning glass. You may require a simple Mono-pitch glass Rooflight, a large Lantern Light or a feature Orangery Glass Roof, all of which come with our renowned pre and post delivery service, which includes site surveys, detailed drawings and full nationwide installation, if required. If you prefer your rooflight to be designed and supplied only, for installation by your builder, we are pleased to advise and provide detailed fixing instructions, along with telephone support to ensure speedy installation. The same service is given to a single supply only rooflight, as it is to a substantial and complex feature installation, both being important elements to any project.

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Homebuilding News

Making the most of mineral resources Solutions UK is extremely proud to present its highly prestigious and industry acclaimed Product Innovation profile to Francis Flower. Renowned for their services in milling, grinding, blending and storage of fine mineral powders, Francis Flower recover, reclaim and recycle mineral by-products from industry for the benefit of customers and the environment. They provide an exceptional range of products and services to customers primarily in the construction and agriculture industries but increasingly in the paints, plastics and pharmaceutical sectors. Francis Flowers’ unrivalled expertise along with over 50 years’ experience in the industry has led to the company becoming a leading provider of specialised mineral materials and services for a range of industrial sectors. The prestigious company is the

that those using anhydrite screeds can improve the co-efficient performance of an underfloor heating system by up to 25% by reducing reaction times and reducing the required flow temperature.

owner of the UK market leading brand- Gypsol. Manufactured in the UK, Gypsol acts as an exceptional alternative to sand/cement screeds and polished concrete. At the forefront of liquid screed development and innovation, the Gypsol brand has grown significantly since its creation three years ago and has gained the majority of the market. It is made mainly from a recycled material and makes for the perfect supplement to underfloor heating.

A notable product in the Francis Flower portfolio is the Solida System, which is designed to provide a whole house heating solution by combining existing technologies and the Gypsol based flowing anhydrite floor screeds. The process involves incorporating Gypsol screed in separating floors in order to maximise desirability, asset value and useable space.

When compared to the more outdated and traditional flooring systems, Gypsol has proven to be more advantageous in a multitude

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Gypsol Screeds – Sustainable excellence because our environment matters GYPSOL anhydrite screed binder: The new name from an established manufacturer: ss Offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to labour intensive and problematic traditional sand cement screeds ss Can be used with or without underfloor heating ss Well suited to all building types. Whether you are an architect, designer, main contractor, self builder or a flooring contractor, our website is designed to ensure that you have at your fingertips all of the information neccessary to maximise the benefit of GYPSOL screed in your project. Gypsol anhydrite binder is manufactured to CE certified standards by Francis Flower – the only wholly UK-based independent manufacturer of anhydrite floor screed binders.

of ways. Not only is it significantly cheaper, less problematic and more environmentally friendly (as it is constructed predominantly from a recycled material), it is also incredibly easy to apply.

“This system enables the screed to go on the first floor on timber floors, ensuring homeowners encapsulate underfloor heating effectively,” Paul explained. “As a sustainable alternative to radiators, the Solida System improves a house builder’s green credentials massively as it reduces energy use. We now have a number

“The Gypsol product is a highly useful, innovative creation,” commented Paul Pepper, Managing Director of Francis Flower. “Since introducing the product three years ago we have received a fantastic amount of interest and sales have soared. We provide the basis for our customers to produce a high quality floor screed and we create the demand in the market for them to sell into.” of customers using the Solida System, including the renowned timber frame manufacturers Oakworth Homes.”

Architects, designers, main contractors, self-builders and flooring contractors utilise this specialist ingredient in order to effectively enhance their industrial projects. The incorporation of Gypsol over underfloor heating systems lessens costs and increases sustainability, and tests have confirmed

“We provide the highest quality products and systems to help your company create the best products possible,” Paul concluded. “Our aim is to continue to develop more innovative products and work on our systems to further improve thermal conductivity. We also have other exciting products and systems we are working on that due to be launched in the near future.” Contact T +44 (0)1928 574574 ff@francisflower.co.uk www.francisflower.co.uk www.gypsol.co.uk

Gypsol is used as the primary ingredient in pumpable selfsmoothing screeds. Whether you are an architect, designer, main contractor, self-builder or a flooring contractor, our website is designed to give you all the information you need to get the most out of Gypsol screed in your project.

Please contact: 01928 574574 Email: ff@francisflower.co.uk | www.gypsol.co.uk Please follow us: @GypsolScreed

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Software News

One Industry, One Voice When it comes to the representation of all wholesale distributors of building materials in the UK, there is only one trade body completely committed to the cause: the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). Working on behalf of the whole merchant industry, the BMF is the sector’s foremost authority on the building supply chain representing the merchant – supplier – contractor route to market. With over 480 members (building material manufacturers ranging from small companies to national groups), the federation is also the industry’s leading provider of training for merchants, distributors and suppliers. The BMF keeps all of its members updated on current affairs affecting the marketplace and adequately informed with its specialist training schemes that cover everything from apprenticeships through to product/ selling skills, manager development and foundation degrees. It also specialises in the provision of its expert services specifically designed to maximise efficiency within business environments.

The BMF’s roots can be traced back to 1908, although it was officially formed in 1978 out the back of the National Federation of Builders & Plumbers Merchants. It has since gone from strength to strength, remaining loyal to its mission statement, “To be the one trade association builders merchants and their suppliers need and choose to belong to.” T +44 (0)2476 854980 info@bmf.org.uk www.bmf.org.uk

Health Furniture News

Representing the Industry British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is a trade association acting in the best interests of its members; manufacturing companies spanning different industry strands including upholstery, cabinet, bathroom, kitchen, office and mattress & beds. The reputable organisation, which has impressively been in operation for over six decades, focuses on the growth and promotion of businesses working within the British furniture sector. Its main aim is to represent its members whilst promoting high standards on a national and international level. Association with leading suppliers, retailers and ancillary companies makes membership particularly profitable for industry professionals, and significant advantages of joining forces with BFM include access to impactful

solutions, support and trade data (as well as a multitude of networking opportunities and the implementation of core strategies designed to reduce expenditure and encourage sales). BFM recently launched its Great British Furniture Campaign, a scheme developed to increase awareness of the factors that make British made items of furniture attractive to consumers, retailers, contract specifiers, architects and the wider audience. For more information on the trade body and its game changing initiatives then please get in touch with the business today. T +44 (0)1494 569124 www.bfm.org.uk

Architecture News

The Royal Institute of British Architects The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) was established in 1834 to oversee the general advancement of civil architecture and to effectively promote and facilitate all of the associated practices. It has since developed to become a massive industry-specific organisation complete with a large membership base comprising approximately 40,000 worldwide members. Its main aim is to provide the necessary standards of training and support that will place all of the businesses under its name at the peak of their profession (both in the UK and overseas). The RIBA acts as the collective voice of architecture; championing superior designs and influencing the impacting UK government policy and legislation. Working alongside authority figures, the trade body works to improve upon the design

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quality of public buildings and new homes and communities through both quality architecture and its talented members. Membership brings many exclusive benefits; the businesses selected will be able to access a whole range of services which will strengthen their performances in the sector and help them to consistently grow and develop. RIBA doesn’t rely on government funding – it’s the members, sponsors and charitable trading operations that make its incredible work come to fruition. T +44 (0)207 580 5533 info@riba.org www.architecture.com

Mike Free, Architectural Designer, Extensions & Alteraions We have many years of experience in the building trades and we use the knowledge gained to produce a solution to your problems and a design to fulfill your desires. All too often some designs are either impractical or too complicated and therefore too expensive to build. We endeavour to provide you with a design that works! Whatever your requirements, we can help you in a sensible and practical way to obtain a design solution to satisfy your dreams. We are a Glastonbury, Somerset firm with National ambitions. We do not use a local representative to deal with you, nor Franchises! We deal directly with you at all times and we therefore build up an understanding of your property and your needs.

Extensions – Garage Conversion – Disabled Access – Listed Building Consent Planning Permission – Kitchen – Bathroom – Architectural Design

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Building News

The Sign of Building Quality The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) holds the prime position as the UK’s largest trade association in the building industry. The not-for-profit organisation was established in 1941 and has since gone from strength to strength, operating both nationally and regionally courtesy of its strategically placed offices in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The FMB works explicitly to maintain, promote and protect the interests of both small and medium-sized building companies, representing their practices and opinions in order to increase awareness of the work that they do. The independent firm specialises in the

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provision of reliable support and advice to help clients to meet their expected building and construction goals. The group, which acts as a mark of building quality and excellence, helps organisations to deliver superior services with great value, subsequently strengthening their brand identity and position in the marketplace.

Impact Technical Services (ITS) exhibit at MACH 2016 At last week’s Manufacturing Technologies (MACH) event, Impact Technical Services, the UK leaders in dust, fume and mist extraction, continued its drive to improve awareness on local exhaust ventilation (LEV) laws, as stipulated in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations. Over 17,500 manufacturing companies that attended the event had little or no

Impact Technical Services works in partnership with Danish extraction and ventilation equipment supplier GRAM to deliver a wide range of products and services to the UK market, providing an effective and efficient solution to UK manufacturer’s dust, fume and mist extraction issues. Since being founded in 1989, ITS has performed hundreds of site assessments each year, helping to make Britain’s manufacturers compliant, and their valued employees safe. To avoid fines and to protect your workforce, manufacturing industry professionals can arrange a free workplace extraction assessment by contacting Impact Technical Services on: +44 (0)116 2448855 or email: enquiries@impactts.co.uk.

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Saving Lives and Reducing Injuries The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is a trade association that aims to prevent the occurrence of accidents at the workplace, in the home, on the road and at leisure through the implementation of safety-focused education. The registered charity – which has disclosed that more than 14,000 people in the UK die annually as the result of preventable accidents – endeavours to save lives and reduce injuries with its campaigns. Gathering data, undertaking research, developing policies, informing the public, auditing and providing expert consultancy are all activities prioritised by RoSPA, the widely appreciated organisation that has been running for almost 100 years. RoSPA operates with the philosophy that life should be as safe as necessary – not as safe as possible. This simply means that unless risks are intolerable, comprehensive and thorough accident

Building Fabric of the Future

SuperSIPs are a dynamic Structural Insulated Panel manufacturer based near Ipswich. The owners have over 50 years experience in the Building Industry and almost 20 years experience in SIPs and associated industries.

prevention is about managing these risks safely – not banning such activities altogether. This effectively ensures that businesses can run smoothly without becoming vulnerable to needless intervention. Contact T +44 (0)121 248 2000 help@rospa.com www.rospa.com

SuperSIPs can help with the integration or combination of many complimentary products., from Ground Source Heat Pumps to Under Floor Heating, from Mechanical Ventilation & Heat Recovery, to Solar Hot Water. SIPs provide the ideal Building Fabric for the incorporation of many Energy Saving and Money Saving products. With SIPs being suitable for such a wide variety of buildings, no job is too small or too large!

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+THE TIMBER ENGINEERING EXPERTS Scotts Timber Engineering is an exciting new company that has been established in the West Midlands, with the support and resources of a well established and respected family business, Scotts of Thrapston. This new, innovative company specialises in timber engineering, taking the benefits of environmentally friendly timber as a construction material and exploiting its strengths to achieve 21st century design solutions. Scotts Timber Engineering personnel have the expertise to design and supply high quality roof trusses, easi-joist metal web beams, spandrel panels, feature trusses and timber frame solutions for almost any application.

For more information, please give Scotts Timber a call on: 01527 520550 Email: trusses@scottste.co.uk | www.scottste.co.uk

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Do You Need a Tree Report from a Qualified Arborist? When developing a site, the focus is often on the buildings, access and parking, the green space outside can easily be overlooked. Trees can be regarded as a problem, something to avoid or remove at the earliest stage. However, with care, they can enhance many developments. The pre-development assessment (Tree Constraints Plan) identifies which trees are most suitable for retention, and how they can enhance the site. This includes screening and those which could provide focal points. Established trees provide maturity to a site which can otherwise seem harsh and new. Tree retention needs to be carefully considered. The design and layout of the development should reflect both the needs of the trees being retained and those of future residents. As a tree officer, I guided many applications with trees. One where I was not involved incorporated a mature oak tree in to the rear garden of a new home. It dominated the setting and did not enhance the setting, making the property a less attractive home. With care, this can be avoided.

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