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Project in Focus – Bodmin Jail


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Case Study: Cemex Climafuel Store Building


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Interview – Andy Phillips, Clyde Radiators


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Review: Healthcare


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Green Life Buildings becomes LABC Assured

Green Life Buildings (GLB) has announced that its GLB M2 advanced building system has been awarded LABC Assured status. The GLB system uses world class and unique to the UK insulated panels where the design means the insulation enhances the strength and resilience of the panels, allowing more space available for insulation, and less of other materials need be used. Once in position onsite, they only require a thin layer of concrete applied to both faces. This system makes the panels the lightest to handle of any building system (per square metre) and provides unmatched properties for resilience, safety, comfort, speed of build and low carbon. LABC Assured is a one-off building regulations and standards assessment process and, as the only scheme of its kind supported by all local authorities, it streamlines the building regulations application process. GLB’s panels, which weigh no more than five kilograms per square metre before concrete coating, can form walls, floors, landings, roofs, stairs, and internal partitions meaning multiple family homes can be constructed almost entirely from the material in less than six weeks. The system can also be made to any specification and tailored to work with any design. Chris Williams, MD of GLB, said: “We are delighted to achieve LABC Assured Status; when developers and builders now use the GLB system the experience of getting building control passed on a building will be quicker, easier and cost less, as the system has been evaluated and has the LABC Assured certificate. “As the GLB M2 advanced building system is unique in the UK, it's great to not have to explain the system every time to get building control passed. Having the LABC Assured certificate means that developers and builders can gain confidence that our system meets expectations of building regulations.” 2 • July/August 2021

Sundolitt awarded BBA Certification for Extruded Polystyrene Inverted Roof Insulation Boards Sundolitt’s extruded polystyrene (XPS) 300 Inverted Roof Insulation Board has been awarded BBA certification. The insulation board is suitable for the inverted roof concept (above roof waterproofing) on new or existing domestic and commercial trafficked flat roofs, and balconies and terraced roofs subject to pedestrian access. The high thermal performance insulation board is overlaid with Sundolitt’s WRL (water-flow reducing layer) membrane with a gravel ballast or paving slab finish applied on top and will ensure the insulation system is warrantied for the lifetime of the building. Sundolitt XPS offers exceptionally low moisture absorption through its closed-cell system which helps maintain excellent thermal performance in wet environments such as with inverted roof, whilst its strength and stability is unaffected even by water absorption, immersion and diffusion. Colin Morrow, General Manager, Sundolitt comments: “We are delighted that our XPS 300 inverted Roof Insulation Board has been awarded BBA certification following rigorous testing. This is the second product in recent months to be accredited and is part of our drive to ensure we manufacture and supply proven, high-performance insulation products to the construction industry.” Inverted roofs are cost effective solutions and cost savings can be made by installing Sundolitt XPS Inverted Roof Insulation board over the weatherproofing. Insulating over the weatherproofing prolongs the life and reduces maintenance of the membrane by reducing stresses caused by temperature extremes and UV exposure. CO2 blown and utilising no harmful greenhouses gases in manufacture, Sundolitt XPS Insulation can be fully recycled at the end of its life. Our third-party accredited Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) confirms Sundolitt XPS has a GWP of less than five and an ODP of zero. All Sundolitt sites are accredited to global Quality Management Standard BS EN ISO 9001:2015 showing comprehensive assurance of our commitment to quality in every part of our business.


S&P UK expands product range to meet increased demand for fresh air circulation in buildings Ventilation specialists S&P UK has expanded its range of high efficiency heat recovery units to include the RHE 15000, offering the highest rate of air flow designed for large spaces – a significant upgrade in capabilities for the range. It comes amid huge importance for delivering fresh air into buildings, such as colleges, offices and hospitals. The RHE range uses a Thermal Wheel Heat Recovery to gain the optimum thermal efficacy with a sophisticated control system. The RHE 15000 can deliver 4m³ per second, making it highly suitable for schools and colleges, commercial offices and retail. The unit can be supplied as a standard part or customised to meet specific application requirements. S&P UK most recently supplied an RHE 15000 as a custom

order to include an electric heater to City College Norwich, where the unit was craned four storeys high onto the roof of a major £9.1m extension. Lee Page, Sales Director at S&P UK, said: “We have been supplying the RHE product for a number of years but by expanding the range, this allows the option for us to supply this product with a much higher airflow. “As with all our products, we offer our own technical expertise so we worked with the M&E subcontractors for this particular project from recommending the RHE 15000 as the most suitable product based off drawings provided, right through to site installation.” The RHE air handling series is designed for internal and external siting.

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Offsite Solutions bathroom pods used on three student schemes developed by Mace Offsite Solutions, the UK’s leading bathroom pod specialist, manufactured more than 1,400 shower pods in contracts worth over £3m for three student housing schemes developed by Mace.

"A major development for student housing contains an incredible amount of plumbing. To replace the bathrooms with a single ‘product’ makes much more sense.

The Offsite Solutions design team worked closely with Mace to develop a standardised ensuite pod solution for use on multiple student schemes. The GRP composite pods were used for the West Wing in Cardiff, The Depot in Exeter, and most recently, West Way Square in Oxford. Each pod was fully fitted out and finished in the factory and had only left and right-hand variations for maximum efficiency in offsite manufacturing. According to Trevor Bonnage, Operations Director at Mace Developments: “Pods are an ideal solution for student schemes to speed up construction and improve quality.

“We like Offsite Solutions’ products and particularly their GRP pods which have a moulded tile-effect finish. This feature makes a huge difference to the pod aesthetic and avoids any issues with ceramic tiles needing replacement over time. We have to have complete confidence in the quality and water tightness of the bathroom pods. I can report that Offsite Solutions have demonstrated this on all three schemes.” GRP composite bathroom pods are specified for projects where robustness, longevity and ease of maintenance are primary considerations. Offsite Solutions is the only pod manufacturer in the UK to

use a panelised construction for its GRP bathroom pods. For further information, visit, call 01278 780807 or email

Saniflo outdoor pump range extended Sanifos is a range of underground pumps leading macerator supplier, Saniflo. Three original pumps with capacities between 110 and 500 litres were originally introduced to take the waste away from buildings with no gravity drainage by a pump that could be sited underground. Now, this range has been refreshed with two model upgrades and extended with a number of new models. The Sanifos 280 replaces the original 250 and offers an additional 30 litres capacity, whilst the new Sanifos 610 provides a huge 110 litres additional capacity over its 500 litre predecessor. Both models have two macerating options – a grinder or a vortex impeller and can pump up to 14 metre and 16 metre respectively. All models feature a wired alarm for early warning of any problems, whilst the Sanifos 610 offers a choice of single or twin pumps, three phase or single phase, stop and check valve and a SMART unit as standard on models with two pumps. 4 • July/August 2021

For public buildings or for multiple smaller buildings, Saniflo has introduced four large capacity models starting with the Sanifos 1300 which can pump waste up an impressive 17 metre. This unit features two pumps mounted on a cast iron mounting base with stainless steel guide bars. A choice of inlet height position is available and a template is provided for this purpose. Three further models – the 1600, 2100 and 3100 – enable customised lifting station solutions according to the project in hand. This includes single or three phase, alarms and control boxes, covers, float and pump options, as well as multiple connections required. Whether it is for a full house, an extension, a series of glamping pods or the installation of a washroom, the Sanifos pumps provide a solution when traditional drainage is not available or civils works are too costly and troublesome.


Windermere Museum prioritises accessibility pedestrians throughout the elegant new café, TORMAX also installed two, full-glass automatic swing doors. Delivering minimalist automation, the swing doors are invisibly powered by in-house designed iMotion 1401 operators. Neatly concealed within the floor spacing, the 1401 door drives feature none of the working parts that commonly wear out, ensuring exceptional reliability and a long lifespan.

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Blending seamlessly with the beautiful lakeside setting, the £20m development that is Windermere Jetty Museum tells the 200-year story of boating in the region. Enhancing the native aesthetics of the main entrance building, TORMAX was contracted to install a double set of full height, automatic sliding doors, giving clear access for all visitors. Encouraging unhindered movement of

Owned by Lakeland Arts and designed by awardwinning architects Carmody Groarke, Windermere Jetty Museum is one of the first contemporary buildings on the shores of Windermere in over 50 years. Principally funded by the National Lottery, the museum is home to an internationally significant collection of 40 vessels and skilfully depicts the rich history of boats and boat building in the Lake District. Architectural glazing and design company UKTOP, specified TORMAX to supply the automatic doors throughout the Museum. “We are immensely proud to have been involved in this award-winning project,” comments Simon Roberts, md for TORMAX. “The interior décor of the café has an emphasis on clean lines and natural materials so the use of invisible automation for the swings doors was essential to maintaining architectural integrity.”

WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED 3-5 DAY LEAD TIMES! Materials shortages, price rises, shipping problems – it’s been a challenging year for everyone in our sector. But at SSQ, we’re still offering the same outstanding service we have for the last 40 years – a world-leading selection of quality natural slate products, quick lead times, and thousands of pallets of stock ready to go in depots across the country.

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Three Deanestor projects win Scottish Property Awards

Sundolitt XPS floor insulation specified for Greggs National Distribution Centre Deanestor, a furniture and fitout specialist, has provided furniture and fitout services for three projects which have won awards at this year’s Scottish Property Awards. The largest scheme was a £3m contract for the furniture and fitout of Inverurie Campus. The £55m project won Development of the Year (Public Buildings). Built by Robertson Construction, the campus for Aberdeenshire Council was delivered by hub North Scotland and will accommodate up to 1,600 primary and secondary school pupils. In the healthcare sector, the new acute mental health wards at Stobhill Hospital won Healthcare Development of the Year. The £10.7m purpose-built wards represent the latest in clinical thinking for inpatient care in mental health and have space for up to 40 inpatients. The team who worked on the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow won an Outstanding Achievement Award. The £38m project was led by Balfour Beatty to deliver this temporary facility during the Covid-19 pandemic and to an extremely short programme. Ramsay McDonald, Managing Director of Deanestor Scotland, said: “The fact that Deanestor worked on three very different and significant award-winning schemes really demonstrates our wide-ranging expertise and the quality of our work. The furniture and fitting out makes an important contribution to the success of any project, whether it is an inspiring learning environment or a healthcare facility to enhance the patient experience. “Our sincere congratulations to our clients and everyone who worked on these ground-breaking projects. We were pleased to play our part and look forward to working with these teams on future schemes.” For further information, visit, call 01623 420041 or email 6 • July/August 2021

Sundolitt’s XPS floor insulation has recently been installed for Greggs as part of the expansion of its new Balliol National Distribution Centre. A total of approximately 7500m2 XPS 500 SL was specified for the cold store floor, laid in two layers, able to withstand the calculated floor load and prevent freezing of the ground below the floor. Main contractor Clegg Food Projects are working on the major expansion to the Greggs site. This new 80,000 sq ft facility, close to Greggs first shop, supports the company’s ambitious expansion plans to increase the number of shops nationwide. With temperatures inside cold stores as low as -30°C, Sundolitt XPS was chosen as the floor insulation, as it maintains its thermal performance in long term temperatures between -50°C and +75°C. Alongside excellent thermal conductivity the insulation is odour-free, rot-proof and resistant to moisture and is unaffected by freeze/thaw cycles. Sundolitt XPS provides exceptional load-bearing performance with strengths available up to 700kP which is vital for cold store floors which are subject to heavy and concentrated loads from racking systems and forklift truck traffic. Bryan Mawer, Sundolitt, comments: “This is a key project supporting the growth of a major and very popular bakery, keeping them close to where the business first began. We are proud to have supplied XPS floor insulation for this project, another successful cold store installation where the excellent strength and thermal performance characteristics of XPS have been recognised.” For further information, call us on 01786 471 586 or email


Manhattan apartments warm to Wraptite® airtight offsite solution AIRTIGHTNESS An exciting project to create a seven-story modular building featuring a series of modern New York apartments has been fitted out with the high-performing Wraptite® airtight membrane. The superior airtightness performance of Wraptite from the A. Proctor Group is an ideal solution for offsite developments, delivering huge benefits to the combination of in-factory manufacture and on-site construction. East Broadway Residences is located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York. The building has been designed and manufactured as a volumetric offsite project by Brooklyn based architects Think! Architects to create an apartment block consisting of 63 volumetric modules. OCCA Offsite based in Istanbul, Turkey is the manufacturing contractor for the volumetric modules. One key benefit of Wraptite concerning offsite is that it is designed to ensure that the performance of the factory fitted membrane is not compromised during transportation from factory to site. Wraptite offers a simplified system and provides a fully self-adhered vapour permeable air barrier certified by the BBA and combines the important properties of vapour permeability and airtightness in one self-adhering membrane. The self-adhesive membrane was applied in the factory, bonded externally to the exterior walls and roof. Ensuring the membrane was held firmly in place was critical to maintaining the quality of the system during ocean transportation and stacking at the construction site. Applied externally on the outside of the structural frame, Wraptite simplifies the process of maintaining the envelope’s integrity, as there are fewer building services and structural penetrations to be sealed. Window frames were installed offsite and detailed with the Wraptite self-adhesive membrane to attain a watertight window and facade system. Each of the volumetric modules was fully furnished with bathrooms and kitchens including MEP systems and as well as fire sprinkler systems. A site installed rainscreen facade from natural stone was mechanically installed on site. The installation of Wraptite was a rapid process due to its advanced, easy to apply self-adhesive design and ensured complete water tightness during all phases of manufacturing and the final installation on-site. The high vapour permeability of Wraptite allows the substrate beneath to dry quickly and moisture vapour to escape, and reduces the likelihood of mould, mildew, condensation, timber distortion and metal corrosion.

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Newton Waterproofing contributes to £165m creation of one of London’s grandest hotels Newton Waterproofing has made a significant contribution to the £165m transformation of a unique, Grade I listed building in Piccadilly into one of London’s grandest hotels.

of guaranteed waterproofing systems, is working closely with architect PDP London and enabling works contractor Deconstruct UK throughout the design and installation process.

The 18,000m2 Cambridge House project includes six adjacent Grade II listed residences, while a four-level basement will house a spa as well as the hotel’s back-of-house and servicing areas.

Deconstruct UK Project Director Mark Makinson comments: “Newton have been involved from the outset and have provided a first-class service to ensure we provide a robust solution to this prestigious project.”

To deliver a reliable, watertight solution for this project, Newton Waterproofing, the UK’s leading independent designers and suppliers

There are currently three main buildings where extensive excavations are taking place, requiring differing waterproofing solutions to cater for

the new-build basement areas and existing elements – all up to four storeys below ground. Buildings 1 and 3 are both benefitting from the full Newton CDM System cavity drain membrane waterproofing solution, which will capture, depressurise and remove any ingressing ground water via a series of Trojan-Pro pump chambers. Meanwhile, Building 2 utilises numerous products across new and existing structures, including 403 HydroBond (installed by Newton Specialist Contractor MacLennan Waterproofing) and 315 PolymerWaterbar to the new concrete attenuation tank, which will also be coated internally with the cementitious 103-S liquid membrane. The same two products were also used alongside Newton’s flexible 107F liquid membrane and 106 FlexProof for construction joint waterproofing in areas where the existing brick structure interfaces with a new concrete slab.

Cambridge House project, Piccadilly, London

SIKA UK appoints new General Manager Global building product manufacturer, Sika, has appointed Tom Forsyth as General Manager – a role that will see him build on the continued growth of the company across its multiple UK markets. The new appointment will see him build on the already wellestablished Sika brand in the UK. In 2021, the company is aiming to achieve 15% growth in net sales whilst maintaining profitability levels. Major focuses that will help the company achieve this centre on key initiatives to grow e-commerce channels, further develop its network of specifiers, strengthening relationships with key specialist distributors and add to the Sika contractor networks. The company will also continue to focus efforts on developing inter-company business. 8 • July/August 2021

Newton Waterproofing Managing Director Warren Muschialli comments: “As of June, the waterproofing is underway and on-track on all three buildings, with Newton’s site services team delivering an exceptional quality assurance and training service on the installation of our products. We are very proud to have been involved in this prestigious project from the start, providing our reliable services to what I’m sure will be a huge success when complete.”

Tom Forsyth General Manager, Sika




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Good construction means ensuring that everything fits together just as it should. Paul and the team at Aquarian work closely with their supply partners to ensure their brick cladding systems are fit for purpose. So when an enquiry is received, the Aquarian team knows exactly which solution to offer. The Building Safety Bill is set to create a clear pathway for the future on how residential buildings should be constructed and maintained. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has outlined the next key step in an extensive overhaul to building safety legislation, giving residents more power to hold builders and developers to account and toughening sanctions against those who threaten their safety. The Building Safety Regulator will oversee the new regime and will be responsible for ensuring that any building safety risks in new and existing high rise residential buildings of 18 metre and above are effectively managed and resolved, taking cost into account. This will include implementing specific gateway points at design, construction and completion phases to ensure that safety is considered at each and every stage of a building’s construction, and safety risks are considered at the earliest stage of the planning process. These changes will simplify the existing system to ensure high standards are continuously met, with a ‘golden thread’ of information created, stored and updated throughout the building’s lifecycle, establishing clear obligations on owners and enabling swift action to be taken by the regulator, wherever necessary. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP said: ”This Bill will ensure high standards of safety for people’s homes, and in particular for high rise buildings, with a new regulator providing essential oversight at every stage of a building’s lifecycle, from design, construction, completion to occupation. “The new building safety regime will be a proportionate one, ensuring those buildings requiring remediation are brought to an acceptable standard of safety swiftly, and reassuring the vast majority of residents and leaseholders in those buildings that their homes are safe.”

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Style secures Horizontal Sliding Walls (HSW) Moveable and partitioning wall specialist, Style, has further strengthened its partnership with the dormakaba Group by securing the exclusive UK distribution of its interior glass Horizontal Sliding Walls (HSW) range. The partnership means that Style will now offer a complete end-to-end process for architects, contractors and end user clients for the specification, provision and installation of dormakaba’s HSW partitioning systems. Julian Sargent, Style’s Group Managing Director, said: "dormakaba’s HSW range is a world-leading portfolio of single glazed moveable partitioning wall systems, popular in airports, shops, shopping centres, stadiums, high rise winter gardens and banks. “It means Style now has sole UK distributor rights of the full suite of moveable wall solutions from dormakaba/ Hüppe enabling us to fulfil our customers’ requirements in totality as well as expand into new markets – something we are thrilled to have achieved.” The relationship between Style and dormakaba is not a new one. The two companies forged a pioneering relationship over 15 years ago when Style became Dorma Hüppe’s exclusive UK partner for its moveable walls range.

Since then, the partnership has gone from strength to strength, which is why dormakaba has entrusted Style with its highly desirable HSW interior glass systems range. Andreas Tiedtke, dormakaba’s Global Business Owner Interior Glass Systems, Vice President AS DACH, said:“We are delighted to extend our relationship with Style. "As the UK’s most prestigious moveable wall contractor, they can offer a complete solution to UK customers doing what they do best at securing specifications and installing our HSW range across our core target markets while we focus our time and investment in developing world-beating products.”

QuickBlock wins Circular Economy Award and secures £80,000 funding The innovative construction product QuickBlock has won the Circular Economy Award at the Scottish EDGE finals with an award of £80,000. The Award, introduced by Zero Waste Scotland, was given to the company for their unique rapidassembly building blocks made from 100% recycled plastic. Similar in concept to children's building blocks, QuickBlock allows structures to be assembled at speed without any additional tools, materials or skilled labour required. Ideal for a wide variety of applications, QuickBlock is flat-packed and easy to transport at a fraction of the weight of traditional blocks. Once on site, blocks can be in-filled to add strength and stability if required. Accepting the Award, CEO Andrew Vincent said: “It’s reusability means that structures can be assembled, disassembled and used again in different locations or to build entirely different things. Not many products are recycled, reusable and recyclable at the end of their life!” Andrew Vincent – CEO, QuickBlock

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Newland Homes breaks new ground with zero-carbon homes

Glazing Summit sees surge in sponsors Momentum is gathering pace for this year’s Glazing Summit, with six big-name sponsors coming on board for in just one month. Leading hardware distributor Window Ware and window and door manufacturer Shelforce, which featured on ITV’s Made In Britain in April, are both involved for the third time in a row.

Newland Homes has started work on its inaugural scheme of zero-carbon houses in North Somerset, laying the groundwork for homes which far exceed the current building regulations, and play a key role in meeting the UK’s climate goals. The 32 highly-efficient, detached three, four and five bedroom homes in Tickenham, between the towns of Clevedon and Nailsea, will utilise Vaillant’s award-winning air source heat pumps (ASHP), the aroTHERM. The zero-carbon homes have been orientated to maximise solar gain and constructed with high levels of insulation to deliver significant energy savings. Depending on the orientation of the roof, between 12 and 20 high-performance solar panels by Viridian Solar will be installed to each property to generate electricity.

And sponsoring the event for the first time will be aluminium fabricators AluFold Direct, external shading experts Caribbean Blinds, plastic glazing accessories design and manufacturer Glazpart, and ventilation and air management systems manufacture R W Simon. The Glazing Summit takes place on Thursday 21 October at Edgbaston Stadium and Conference Centre, Birmingham, and will bring together industry leaders for a day-long series of panel debates, discussions, and networking, concluding in the evening with the exclusive Leaders Dinner. According to Andrew Scott, Glazing Summit Founder and CEO of organisers Insight Data and Purplex Marketing, the surge is due to the return of live events after the pandemic – and the need to come together as an industry to discuss the future. “When we announced we would be returning to Edgbaston Stadium, provided restrictions were lifted, earlier this year it really wetted the industry’s appetite,” said Andrew. “That has been reinforced by the calibre of sponsors already on board this early in the year and the six sponsors who signed up in May alone. It really shows how valuable the industry views the Glazing Summit.” The six new sponsors join Yale, Unique Window Systems, ODL Europe, Reynaers Aluminium, and Edgetech, Carl F Groupco Limited, the Council for Aluminium in Building, MACO, Vertik-Al, Chase Taylor, Glass times, and Building Products Magazine.

SSQ lead times hold strong despite market disruption The last 12 months have brought unprecedented disruption across roofing, construction and the economy more generally. But at SSQ, the 40-year old natural slate specialists whose products are sought after all over the world, they’re managing to maintain consistent supply despite the ongoing challenges in the supply chain. As well as owning the quarry in Argentina that supplies its celebrated Riverstone phyllite, the company has depots around Britain that allow it to hold large amounts of stock. With thousands of pallets of Riverstone already in the UK, SSQ has been able to maintain lead times of just three-tofive days. For further information, call 020 8961 7725. July/August 2021 •



Premier Modular wins place on £330m public sector building framework

Premier Modular, one of the UK’s leading offsite construction specialists, has been awarded a place on the new £330m LHC Modular Buildings Framework. Premier’s appointment to the framework covers the design, supply and installation of both temporary and permanent modular buildings to NHS trusts, local authorities, social landlords, and other public bodies for the next four years. LHC is one of the longest-established public sector procurement specialists. Its MB2 framework includes buildings for education, healthcare, emergency services, offices, community facilities, student accommodation, and can also be used for residential projects that form part of a mixed-use development. It is designed to give public sector construction clients easy access to modular buildings for hire and bespoke offsite solutions for permanent applications. David Harris, Managing Director of Premier Modular, said: “Our success in so many lots and geographical regions on this prestigious and long-established framework highlights the scope, quality and diversity of our hire buildings and offsite construction solutions for public sector clients across the UK. “The framework allows public sector construction clients to radically reduce the time and cost of procurement, with the additional benefits of instant access to project data, guaranteed service levels, best value pricing, and faster project commencement.” Dean Fazackerley, Group Procurement Manager at LHC, said: “Pre-approved suppliers such as Premier Modular, have won their place on this framework based on the high quality of their work and the long-term value they can deliver. “The consistent quality of modular construction can help increase efficiency, lower lifetime costs and help local authorities, NHS trusts and other public sector bodies achieve their net zero targets by providing better fabric performance and solutions that deliver real social value and community benefits.” For further information, visit, call 0800 316 0888 or email 12 • July/August 2021

SET THE STANDARD FOR CERTIFICATION AND PERFORMANCE WITH HOWE GREEN Howe Green’s durable 7500 Series and 1050 Series Floor Access Covers are independently tested to BS 476 Part 22 to support construction professionals in achieving the highest levels of compliance, without compromising on quality or functionality. CERTIFIRE accredited for Fire Integrity and Insulation for up to two hours, the resilient Floor Access Covers provide permanent, discreet and secure access to underground services for a diverse range of applications, from healthcare to infrastructure. Ensuring building professionals consistently meet legal compliance, without impacting on the chosen visual appeal, the Floor Access Covers are constructed of high quality aluminium or stainless steel, dependent on specification requirements. Frequently specified for both interior and exterior applications, the Floor Access Covers are suitable for installation with all types of hard floor finishes, including stone, tiles and ceramics. Specified for high profile infrastructure and construction projects across a range of industries, Howe Green’s innovative Floor Access Covers offer unrivalled levels of certification, performance and ease of installation. As a member of the official Made in Britain organisation, Howe Green manufactures its extensive portfolio of floor access solutions at its UK headquarters in Hertfordshire to exact client and project specifications, meeting the functional and aesthetic requirements of any environment. For further information on Howe Green’s fire integrity and insulation certified floor access solutions, visit or call 01920 463230.







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or its latest cover story, Building Products spoke to new Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) president Tony Smith.

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND? I have been working in the glass and glazing sector for 45 years at various levels and in a variety of businesses. I have covered most aspects of the sector, including production management, sales, technical and commercial. For the last fifteen years, I have been working at Pilkington, which is part of the NSG group. My role for twelve of those fifteen years has been working in business development, research and design, and operations. I have also been working with the government and ministers on behalf of the industry. I have also been involved with the GGF for around thirteen years and recently became its President; but I will still be working for Pilkington on a part-time basis. HOW HAVE YOU SEEN THE GGF EVOLVE IN THE PERIOD YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED? Like any organisation it has had its growing pains and there have been times when we needed to take some decisive action. I am going to be concentrating on solving legacy issues, and also devoting time to developing our members’ businesses and supporting our shareholders. This means tweaking the culture of the business to enable it to deliver excellence to customers and shareholders. 14 • July/August 2021

WHAT ARE THE KEY CHANGES YOU ARE LOOKING TO MAKE IN YOUR NEW ROLE? I am keen that we continue our relationship with the government. The management of this pandemic must have been atrociously difficult for ministers - and of course some mistakes have been made - but the effort has been great. At the GGF, we have really focused on making sure everybody works in a safe way during the pandemic. Much of this work has been around flammable cladding, and we have been working with other industry bodies and the government to investigate this area. It has been an eye opener for the government, and we put on a huge testing programme at Pilkington in Germany. Our overriding message to government is talk to us, involve us and we're willing to help. By working together, we can cut costs for consumers and reduce government spending.


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE SECTOR CURRENTLY? The word I would use is buoyant, but of course, it has some challenges too. These are around supply issues and the management of supply chains, which is difficult now – especially with parts coming from the Far East. The sector has also seen production issues due to COVID-19, and delivery issues too, due to the shortage of container ships; or for the cost of service from those container deliveries; and of course, you have


the infamous Suez Canal incident recently. There are also material shortages across many sectors, and we know the issues around silicon chips, for example, and Polymer is in short supply. This impacts not only our sector and architects but also the automotive industry. I would also like to conclude this question by noting that, in the UK, we have three glass producers - Pilkington, Saint Gobain and Guardian, and two of the furnaces

they need to make glass have had to come down for repair. This is a coincidence, but it put pressure on the supply chain for glass, with everyone working hard to manage the impact of that. CAN YOU TALK MORE ABOUT SOME OF THE POLITICAL ISSUES YOU WILL BE TACKLING AS PRESIDENT? As a team here at the GGF, there is a particular focus on net zero. I know that Kwasi Kwarteng MP and the Prime Minister are both heavily focused on net zero and

sustainability. We have 100 million windows and 30 million doors which are below modern standards, that need to be replaced. This is the difference we can make. FENSA has 6,500 customers, for example, so we are in a good position to assist government with its green and sustainable agenda. Like Green Deal, the Green Homes grant scheme has been very frustrating, though. Cont. July/August 2021 •



I predicted it would not work well. There has been some success and Lord Callaghan has put a brave face on it, but it is not where the aspirations were. HOW ELSE CAN WINDOWS AND DOORS HELP WITH THE SUSTAINABILITY AGENDA? A 25% saving of heat loss can be achieved by upgrading windows in existing properties, so it is a nobrainer, and the message together with government – and with input from the Construction Products Association – let us make this happen because achieving net zero is very important. Another big area for us is safety and it is something we are obsessed with. Grenfell has had a terrible impact on us all in the sector, and we must continue to ensure the products we install protect life. YOU HAVE ALSO SAID THAT TRAINING AND SKILLS IS A MAJOR DRIVER FOR YOU TOO? Unemployment is around 4.8%, whereas it is nearly 9% in France. This shows that even with the impact of COVID-19, we are not reaching the predicted levels of unemployment



of around 11%. This is giving us a tight labour market, and everyone is fighting for employees. Yes, you can create a robot to build a car, but what you cannot do is create a robot that fits windows, and it is not likely that you ever will. You may start to see robots on building sites because this works when you are involved in system build and it is modular, but with windows, you cannot do that. To tackle the skills shortage in our sector, manual skills need to be championed because it is not a failure to be working in construction. The reality is that there is not room for everybody to have desk space and a digital job.

We must make our industry appealing to school leavers and help them to develop their skills because we are quite disadvantaged. HOW DO YOU MAKE IT MORE APPEALING FOR THOSE LOOKING TO WORK IN THE SECTOR? The sector can offer you jobs that can pay well and they are highly skilled. You will spend four or five years to become fully trained and every installation is different. You need to be good at maths and you need to be a good diplomat too and take care in your job. It is a long-term and sustainable career, and I have also seen many in our sector who have started on the tools and ended up launching and running their own business. AS WE MOVE OUT OF THE PANDEMIC, WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHALLENGES YOU SEE THE SECTOR FACING? The Immediate challenge is a shortage of materials, and labour cannot be picked up easily either. You are also seeing that lead times are extending because of these two things, and that, in turn, is hampering revenue return for HMRC. I also feel that we need to get Regulation 7 out of the way too, as it is quite damaging. Another worry for some is the move to window u-values that will be down to as low as 0.8/ 0.6 because that can mean triple glazing, but we are also seeing an active market in vacuum glazing too. WHY IS THERE A CONCERN AROUND TRIPLE GLAZING? It is around the weight of the unit and the hinges and fittings, which can bring technical challenges. We have had the ability to get to these required u-values for over ten years, but it is about convincing those in the industry to do it. I would also say that, if government want us to do that, maybe there is a way they can help the industry financially. Particularly as those manufacturers already tested to the current CE Mark are being asked to undergo exactly the same testing for the new UKCA Mark, should the ruling go ahead which is an unnecessary duplication of resources and workload. 

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New ‘Protech Radon 400’ Gas Membrane added to product portfolio

iContact is Simply Diverse A brochure to explain the diversity of a product with massive capabilities has been published by Strand Technologies. iContact uses GSM/GPRS to enable real-time reporting across a range of security critical applications and access control systems for global remote monitoring, alerting, diagnostics and remote control.

Radon protection has become a hot topic for the construction industry. Once regarded as something only to worry about in specific regions of the UK, experience has led to a more robust approach to assessment and mitigation in recent years. The main challenge of dealing with radon is that there is no practical way of eliminating or neutralizing its source. Contrasted with other ground gases that are the result of pollution or historical land usage, radon is the product of natural geological processes that have been going on for eons. High radon concentration is linked to the regions in the UK with the most granite bedrock such as South West England, the Peak District, and Aberdeenshire. The only way to manage the risk of dangerous in-house radon concentrations is to prevent the radon from getting indoors in the first place. The most common way to do this is through the installation of a ground gas barrier membrane. In response, the A. Proctor Group Ltd. have unveiled their latest ground gas protection membrane: Protech Radon 400. This membrane is reinforced to resist stretching and elongation, and can be used with both solid and suspended ground floor applications. Made of virgin material, Protech Radon 400 is extremely robust but remains flexible and easy to handle, even at very low temperatures. The membrane junctions can be taped or welded and, at just over 0.4mm thick, makes detailing quick and easy.

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It can be fitted to a range of electro-mechanical equipment – making it a versatile option. It works by collecting data which ‘talks’ to its parent – a specially developed software package produced with Python programming. This is accessed via a user gateway that allows the client to remotely manage the assets. The brochure highlights how the system works, where it can be used and provides technical details for specifiers and technologists. It can be downloaded via icontact iContact has a proven track record of being used in many types of environs including commercial, retail, manufacturing and warehousing premises – providing facilities managers with the tools for rapid diagnostics, performance reporting and essential remote locking/unlocking. iContact can be used for access control in facilities which operate entry tags, PIN numbers and card management – providing access history and alerts for unauthorised access attempts and to manage systems within specialised markets. Simon Bowden, Sales and Business Development Director for Strand Technologies said that iContact was a small product with big capabilities: “If you are managing buildings remotely or oversee a large estate with multiple assets, iContact can help you do so remotely with improved connectivity. It provides a cost-effective solution that is compatible with wider building management control but can also be used as a stand-alone system – making it ideal for both new and retrofit developments." For more information contact: or visit:


Selectaglaze security secondary glazing: the unseen levels of security Under physical attack secondary glazing works by providing a second barrier to entry. At lower risk levels it must prevent manipulation of the locks and catches or removal of the glass or glazed panels. As the performance increases it must resist levering or use of cutting tools including penetration of the glazing, which at higher risk levels will be a sophisticated combination of glass, resin and polycarbonate. Secondary glazing can protect occupants and contents from the effects of an explosion by containing the flying shards of glass from the breakup of the primary window under the blast load. Fixings, frame, locks and glass are all designed to work in harmony deflecting and yielding to absorb the blast wave. Protection from firearm attack is achieved by several layers of glass of various thicknesses laminated together. The front layers of glass are designed to shatter, thereby absorbing the initial impact energy, subsequent glass and interlayers absorb the lower level shock waves. Lighter, thinner bullet resistant glass can be produced using polycarbonate in the lamination.

Fire resistant glazing provides a protected escape route for occupants. Specialist glass, together with fire and intumescent seals set within appropriate framing, resists the intense heat of a fire. Secondary glazing can provide an efficiently sealed envelope in clean, positive, or negative pressured environments. Fitted on the inside of primary windows or in partitions, it can be used to stop the ingress of dust and grime and provide a protected space for blinds. For further information, please contact Selectaglaze on 01727 837271. Email:

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Euramax Solutions:

Seven decades of excellence


hey say age is just a number, but when it comes to the glazing industry, there is a lot more to it than that. Nick Cowley, Managing Director of Euramax Solutions, charts the company’s history, from humble beginnings through to a lucrative future.

Not many of today’s manufacturers can say they were around in the 1950s, but Euramax Solutions has spent the last seven decades serving the industry with high-quality products and services. The company has built a steadfast reputation amongst its ever-growing customer base, that has carried the business far into the 21st century. If you were to visit the Barnsleybased company today, you’d be met with a 205,000 sq ft, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility producing an expansive range of uPVC windows and doors using cutting-edge lean manufacturing techniques. You would meet over 210 employees, capable of producing over 4,000 frames per week and completing a finished window or door in just twoand-a-half minutes. It is a very different picture to the company’s early days – after all, a lot has changed in 71 years. So where did it all begin? Originally called Ellbee, the company first started out in 1950 as a family run business in Leeds, manufacturing windscreens for tanks, cars and farm vehicles. By the 1960s, there was a growing demand in the UK for leisure boats, and so Ellbee followed the trend and began manufacturing aluminium windows for this market. 20 • July/August 2021

The next decade saw a boom in demand for leisure and travel, and by the 1970s, the company had expanded its aluminium range to include windows for caravans.

During this time, the company also developed a DIY division to supply the building market.

Then came the uPVC revolution of the 1980s – this new fashionable material was taking the market by storm, and by the middle of the decade, uPVC accounted for 75% of the 12 million windows sold each year to British homeowners.

The 21st century By now, Ellbee had built a strong reputation for itself as a leader in the industry, and as a result, in 1993, American company Omnimax purchased the business in order to spearhead the European windows offering – and rebranded them to Euramax Solutions.

As a result, Ellbee soon entered the booming scene, quickly becoming the first UK Company to supply uPVC windows to the static caravan market and the first to develop an internal clamping system for efficient window installation – something that is still used in the industry today.

At the turn of the century, the company was at the forefront of product development, and in the years that followed, it secured lucrative agreements with builders merchants Wickes, Travis Perkins and Selco, forging a new route into the building market.


In 2013, Euramax Solutions relocated to its new headquarters in Barnsley, and in 2019, Nick Cowley joined the company as the new Managing Director. “Joining a company with seven decades of experience behind it was an absolute privilege, and one of my first roles was to come up with a strategy to take the business even further,” Nick comments. “Soon after joining, Euramax Solutions entered the off-site construction industry, bringing a quality-focused, automotive approach to the sector.” The road to success Earlier this year, it was acquired by Modular Group Investments (MGI), allowing it to expand and develop its product portfolio and better understand its customers’ needs. Today, Euramax Solutions is an industry leader, supplying high quality uPVC products to the off-site

and modular construction, DIY and merchant, holiday home and leisure markets. And with its lean, automotive approach to manufacturing, the company has been able to significantly reduce processing times, delivering quality products at a faster rate and providing excellent customer service. Nick comments: “Turning 71 is an incredible milestone for Euramax Solutions – there aren’t many manufacturers out there who can say they’ve survived seven decades. The company has seen the evolution of the glazing industry, from the leisure market surge of the 50s and 60s, and the uPVC boom of the 80s, through to the modern products we see today. "It has also seen the evolution of production processes over the years, constantly adapting to meet market trends and demand.

“Amidst all the changes, however, it’s the team here at Euramax Solutions that really is the backbone of the company. Some employees have been here for over 40 years, a true testament to the value we place on our staff.” When a company has been leading the way for over 70 years, it’s proof of a consistent level of service, an ability and willingness to change with the times, and to develop and evolve its products and services. Age may be just a number to some, but you cannot put a price on seven decades of experience. In that time, Euramax Solutions has grown from humble beginnings as a small, local supplier, to a trusted national manufacturer of innovative products with a strong reputation for reliability, consistency, and trust – and a bright future ahead. 

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‘I recall a couple of other times in history when we were meant to change but we didn’t, but this feels different’ Bright future for the UK office sector


uilding Products brought together seven industry experts for a debate about the UK offices sector, and to assess current take-up levels, inward investment, and mixed-use developments. DOES THE

PANDEMIC REPRESENT A THREAT TO UK OFFICES? AND HOW DO YOU ASSESS THE OUTLOOK FOR THE COMMERCIAL PROPERTY SECTOR? Dr Walter Boettcher: "If you read the press, you might think so, but I do not think so. Computers were meant to 22 • July/August 2021

do away with paper in the 1980s but office paper consumption is up by 80%. I believe the same will happen with office space. "Some trends we are seeing though is that the pandemic has accelerated flexible leasing and back officing plans for many businesses. I would also say that the ESG and sustainability agenda has been given a shot in the arm over the last year and the sensitivities around the workplace have changed forever. "Let us not write off the sector though,

as real estate is only down by -1.5% compared to finance, which is -2.3% and hospitality, which is down by 50%. It has been resilient and office rent collection has held up too, with 92% collected in 2020 in London and another 5% in payment plans. Regional rates outside of London are even better, with 98% collected in 2020. "Finally, if we can get renewed confidence on the transactional side and not just the occupier side – and this will come from investor confidence – then we will also be


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looking at a sector moving into growth territory next year." Tom Morris: "Of course, it has been a difficult last year for the office market and the big question now is how much office space do people want? I am optimistic on this front, and whilst a new way of working will be here to stay, many companies will still require office space. Just look at Google who will now be welcoming back 60% of its workforce back into offices, for a three-day week." Hayley Blacker: "I am also optimistic and what I am seeing in the office market is that smaller to mediumsized businesses are confident about returning and their teams want to come back into an office. Yes, that’s going to change with quieter spaces, less desks and different design choices and fit outs, but it’s happening. "Corporates and larger businesses are a bit more hesitant though, and they are still deciding what they will do with their space; but I believe in

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the long-term, many will keep their office space. I would also end by saying that landlords are starting to look at their portfolios now.

"Monofunctional locations are likely to be challenged too and the most successful destinations will be flexible and have choice."

"Landlords are also looking at their portfolio and seeing how they can adapt their office space to be built better and embrace sustainability and wellbeing."


Toni Riddiford: "I am still seeing long-term confidence in the viability of offices as a physical space, albeit in a different form and with hybrid-working in mind. Workers are generally looking for a split between the office and home, but this needs to be balanced against what each business needs. "Certainly, with office space I am seeing a raising of standards and an acceptance that good is no longer good enough. Furthermore, if attendance to the office is no longer the default, then we need to find out about the space around offices too and how these can be made even better.


Sarah Trahair-Williams: "Mixeduse developments hold the keys to bigger and more successful urban centres because there is an increasing appetite from all generations to live, work and play in central areas without a car. "The recent high court judgement for Sports Direct and Mecca – demanding that rents accrued must be paid – is interesting too as retailers will need to decide on whether they continue, and this could see retail assets that will need to be repurposed and this is where development opportunities lie. "Finally, I would also say that as a broader point we need to ensure we do not just push the new homes agenda and we need to factor in commercial property and mixed-use development space because the office is not dead and there will be a requirement for office and retail."

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IT HAS BEEN TOUCHED ON BUT WHAT PRACTICAL ACTION IS BEING TAKEN AROUND THE SUSTAINABILITY AGENDA? Jo Charles: "The built environment accounts for 40% of carbon emissions globally and 11% of this is coming from the construction of buildings and 28% from the running Jo Charles Richard Bonner Sarah Trahair-Williams of the buildings. Associate Director Head of Sustainability Commercial & Operations Director This shows what an Cubex Willmott Dixon Construction Arcadis influential role the sector can play and to bring these investment into the commercial "The right industrial strategy is numbers down, we are now seeing important too, to ensure businesses property sector will be mixed-use leaner construction methods and will invest. I also want to point developments and the build to rent some construction methods even out that a client of ours, called sector. being taken offline. Henderson Asset Management, has "We do not just want to overbuild just signed off on 90,000 sq ft of office "Using local providers is also residential though, and cross border space in the heart of London. This is becoming more prevalent and investors are aware now that if there underpinned by a strong business questions are being asked about is a mixed-use development that case for good office space and a supply chains and the performance has some residential, some office sign of future intent." of buildings and products. Investors space and some retail or leisure or are playing close attention too and industrial storage – it has the capacity Tom Morris: "Transactions into the they are backing projects that meet office market stands at £4bn for the to mitigate risk in their investment certain sustainability criteria, and last year, which is 30% down on the portfolios, which makes them they are demanding more from last five-year average. This is because desirable investments. developers." people have not been able to move "Return on a residential and around and it has been hard for commercial real estate mix has investors as they have not been been running on 4%-7% per year, but "INWARD INVESTMENT WILL BE able to travel to the UK, so this has, of the volatility has been nil. Compare course, impacted investment into the DRIVEN BY THE GROWTH OF THE this to industrial volatility, which has UK property sector. REGIONS, AND THERE IS A CLEAR been high, for example. Mixed- use GOVERNMENT AGENDA TO "There is also currently some barriers and re-purposing of assets preserve SUPPORT AREAS THAT ARE to getting deals approved by economies of scale by clustering investment committees because of CONSIDERED TO HAVE BEEN LEFT certain activities, which is why they rent moratoriums, but this will start BEHIND TOO. " are attractive for investors." to unlock and the certainty that Richard Bonner Richard Bonner: "Inward investment investors need will come with it." will be driven by the growth of REGARDING RENTAL RATES, HOW the regions, and there is a clear HOW IS INWARD INVESTMENT INTO government agenda to support areas HAVE THEY BEEN HOLDING UP? UK COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACE that are considered to have been left Tom Morris: "Better than expected as HOLDING UP? behind too. Each region must create we anticipated we might see a drop Walter Boettcher: "As you would a compelling offer though, as to why in headline rents, but this has not expect it has been down, and this they should attract inward investment, happened across the major cities. is not just because of COVID-19 and there needs to be a very clear Take up levels were of course down, but because of Brexit before it too. plan for collaborative public and with London at 55% and the South What will be key to attracting inward private sector investment. East at 30% for example as occupiers 24 • July/August 2021


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were unable to make business decisions and renewed current leases. "This was not because of an unwillingness to move and invest, but a statement that they will not be doing so now but potentially in the future. "With cities that have constricted supply like Bristol, take up has only been down by 14%, so this has helped rents to stay steady." WHAT ARE THE MAJOR THREATS TO THE SECTOR IN THE FUTURE?

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Walter Boettcher: "All I am hearing and seeing is opportunity and we have been hampered from pushing these agendas, first because of Brexit and now because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But I feel that we are on the cusp of a big generational change. I recall a couple of other times in history when we were meant to change but we didn’t, but this feels different." 

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RIVERSTONE ULTRA HELPS REJUVENATE CORNWALL’S HISTORIC BODMIN JAIL SSQ’s Riverstone Ultra phyllite excelled on a complex installation on one of Cornwall’s most famous historic buildings. In 2021, indigenous slate isn’t exactly easy to come by. Of the over 50 slate quarries that once existed across the UK and Ireland, the vast majority have since ceased operation. What’s more, those that remain often produce very little material, with lead times that can sometimes be measured in years. When you’re tasked with preserving a historic building, that may even be a piece of Britain’s history, that means you’re presented with a problem. How do you maintain the period character of a structure that was originally fitted with an indigenous slate roof, which is now well past its prime and needs replacing? Over 200 hundred years of history That was a dilemma recently faced by the custodians of Bodmin Jail – the famous Cornish prison, originally built in the late 1700s, then remodelled in the second half of the 19th Century by Victorian penal reformers. Grade II listed, the buildings that still exist today were completed in 1881,

and were given to the Admiralty for use as a Royal Navy prison not long afterwards. However, in the 2020s, they’re used for a very different purpose – the site has been comprehensively renovated, and transformed into a luxury boutique hotel with 100 beds, as well as a major Cornish tourist attraction. It was during that renovation that attention inevitably turned to the buildings’ roofs. As you’d expect, the original structures had been roofed with Cornish slate – but after more than a century’s service on the notoriously windswept Bodmin Moor, they were in serious need of replacement. Not just a substitute It was at this stage that SSQ became involved in the project. The project’s managers wanted a roofing product that could emulate the aesthetics of the 600 x 300 drylaid Cornish slate that made up the original roof, but that was more readily available. Cont. July/August 2021 •




That led them to consider SSQ’s Riverstone Ultra phyllite – both for its similarity to Cornish slate in terms of its strength, colour and geological profile, and its long track record of being approved by Cornwall Council’s Historic Environment and Planning Team. However, Riverstone wasn’t just accepted as a substitute for Cornish slate – in many respects, it exceeds it. Its water absorption and durability are far superior, for example. Overcoming access challenges The installation itself took place over a period of four months, using a similar dry-laid method to the one that had been used on the site’s original roof. The slates were laid using a 200mm gauge. They were copper nailed twice onto 500 x 200 factory-grade treated counter battens, which were fixed to a ply roofing deck using a Permavent Apex Air breather felt. Access was a challenge throughout the project, which, combined with the height of the roof, meant the slates themselves had to be graded and sorted on the scaffold board.

They were separated into three different thicknesses – thin, medium and thick – and then laid, with the thicker slates at the eaves course, and the thinner slates cut and dressed under the lead flashing. Honouring historic heritage The slating was set out using true chalk lines at a regular 200m gauge. Perpendicular chalk lines were set at 1015mm centres to ensure that an average tolerance of 3-5mm was retained between slate side joints, to allow for minor movements in the roof sub-structure. Slates at all hip and valley junctions were laid using a close mitred detail, to ensure the clean lines of the glazed apex weren’t interrupted when adjoining the slate roof areas. The mitred valley and hips were weatherproofed using lead soakers 28 • July/August 2021

treated with patination oil, which were interleaved with the slates and fixed, so that they extended to a minimum of 150mm down each side. The finished result was a roof that had been seamlessly integrated with the modern design of the renovated buildings’ roof structure, in a way that protected the centuries-old building underneath and honoured its historic aesthetics. 

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ith hotel guests placing more emphasis on hygiene measures than ever before, hoteliers will be looking to implement measures that help to reassure and encourage bookings without detracting from the overall guest experience. Here, John Hardman, Product Marketing Manager at dormakaba, explains how low-contact access control solutions can help to meet these objectives.

As we emerge from the recent pandemic, hotel operations must continue to combine a robust security scheme with the convenience and welcoming experience that today’s traveller expects and should also consider solutions that create a safe environment. It is an increasingly important consideration for travellers, with recently revealing the search term ‘hygiene’ has increased by 60% since the beginning of the pandemic. Within the hotel premises, visitors and staff will come into contact with all areas of the hotel building and these surfaces can present a risk relating to bacteria and transmission. It is, therefore, recommended to specify solutions that contribute to infection control, and in turn, help hotel owners to instil guest confidence, enhance their reputation and increase business. A touchless guest journey One of the key areas that can achieve this objective effectively is to reduce contact with surfaces and minimise touchpoint areas within the

building, where possible. At the main entrance, automatic sliding or swing doors, or automatic revolving doors that rely solely on sensor detection to open and close, completely remove the requirement to touch the door surface before entering the hotel, as well as provide increased convenience for guests carrying luggage. Furthermore, these solutions also provide a harmonious overall appearance to the exterior façade, thus contributing to the overall aesthetic appeal of the hotel. Similarly, inside the building, automatic opening or sliding doors should take preference where possible. Not only does this strategy reduce the number of manually operated doors and touchpoints, it also improves the overall access and flow for users throughout the building. For areas that require controlled access by either staff or guests with the right permissions, solutions that minimise the need to touch keypads or code locks can be implemented, such as RFID cards or better still, mobile access using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to communicate with the locks or access readers. By implementing such a solution, all hotel users are provided with their own specific access rights for the entire building, which is sent to their smart phones and for guests, specifically, this offers a contactless yet secure experience for the duration of their stay.

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Guests are afforded the flexibility to check-in via an app on their smart device and then use the same device as a ‘virtual key’ to access their room via Bluetooth connectivity. This removes the need for any unnecessary face-to-face contact with hotel staff, which is ideal for social distancing, as well as the necessity to carry physical keys, fobs or electronic keycards. What’s more, this contactless approach can be achieved throughout the estate to minimise physical contact on everything from internal doors to car park barriers.

solutions. These allow fire doors to be held open during regular use to eliminate contact with the door surface, but close automatically upon activation of the fire alarm or in the event of a power failure, so that the fire door performs as intended. These devices also enable increased air flow and ventilation and improve visibility for hotel users to maintain social distancing.

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Any door closing device should comply with BS EN1154 Controlled Door Closing Devices, or BS EN1155 for electromagnetic closers and fire door holders, and be CE marked to this standard. It is also important to look for CERTIFIRE Approved door closers to ensure the door closer will perform as required. A holistic specification The challenge for designers and specifiers looking to create a welcoming and secure hotel environment is to now balance this strategy with the implementation of hygiene solutions that promote contactless and barrier-free access.

Specifying this secure, encrypted technology enables hotel operators to control, monitor and audit the activity and security of the hotel from a central source. With optional online capabilities, hoteliers can remotely control any person’s access rights - for example, changing a guest’s room, extending a stay, or restricting access to areas at certain times of the day. In addition, notifications such as ‘door open or door ajar’ are possible. Contactless fire doors It is possible to reduce contact with fire doors with the specification of hold-open or free-swing door

Furthermore, access for anyone with physical impairments or disabilities is improved, in line with the Equalities Act 2010.

▴ John Hardman Product Marketing Manager, Dormakaba

Partnering with an experienced door hardware and access control specialist that can provide a holistic approach, encompassing access requirements and security whilst meeting fire strategies and Building Regulation approvals, will help to ensure the best possible suite of options are specified for each project. 


Sustainability in the hotel sector


teve Richmond, Head of Marketing and Technical at Building Solutions, talks to Building Products Magazine about his views on the hotel and leisure sector.

WHAT TRENDS ARE WE SEEING IN THIS SPACE IN REGARD TO HOW HOTELS AND LEISURE AREAS ARE BEING BUILT OR ADAPTED? Sub-par or short-sighted design has always been a risky strategy in hospitality, but with new hygiene measures and adaptations required to bring customers back to hotels and leisure outlets, this now seems untenable. Additionally, findings from accounting firm PwC suggest that only 55% of rooms are expected to be filled in 2021 and numbers will slowly recover to pre-COVID levels over the coming years. Given these twin trends and pressures, there has been a greater focus on ‘healthy design’ that can best attract visitors. Given the comparative scarcity of guests, the onus is on specifiers to select building solutions that meet the hygiene demands of the modern, eco-conscious consumer, while ensuring a satisfactory stay. This demand for reduced environmental impact was echoed in our most recent survey of 180 M&E contractors and architects working in the hospitality space. Specifically, 65% of respondents said leaving a high-quality building for future generations was a high priority, with sustainability a key concern for those specifying for hotels. Yet despite this, the research showed a disconnect, in that 52% of those surveyed said wellbeing was ‘often’ valueengineered out of a hotel’s original design. More worryingly, 33% said this ‘always’ happens. Around 700 new hotels are currently in planning across the UK, so it is important that hygiene measures do not get forgotten in this new building rush. Consequently, it is

vital that building professionals avoid this urge to embrace a race-to-the-bottom mentality postCOVID. WHAT PRODUCTS SHOULD ARCHITECTS AND SPECIFIERS BE AWARE OF AND WHAT PRODUCTS CAN MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE? It must be noted that hygienic design extends to all aspects of a hotel or leisure outlet’s construction, including building services. Accordingly, there are a wide variety of products available that can make a positive difference across all aspects of buildings being developed or retrofitted within this sector. Polymer drinking water pipes, for example, have no cavities on the fitting, which is vitally important in a hotel environment where plumbing pipes can stand idle for long periods of time. As such, the lack of cavities in the joints greatly reduces the risk of microbial growth. Additionally, the new generation of RAUTITAN metal fittings are now lead-free, eliminating the risk of leeching and far exceeding UK drinking water legislation. WHAT ROLE IS SUSTAINABILITY PLAYING WHEN DECIDING ON WHICH PRODUCTS TO USE? Our survey of M&E contractors and architects working in the sector saw sustainability cited as a main concern by respondents, which is hardly surprising given the pressure the industry is under to decarbonise. The development of polymer-based pipework solutions is also showing

Steve Richmond Head of Marketing and Technical, Building Solutions

the importance of sustainability. As well as enjoying a cavity-free design that greatly reduces the risk of microbial growth, statistics from the British Plastic Federation’s (BPF) Pipes Group also demonstrate clear sustainability benefits. Specifically, when comparing the cradle-to-grave Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) of polymer and copper plumbing pipe and fittings, the BPF found that the global warming potential in polymer is around three times less than in copper and the ozone layer depletion is around four times lower. As material choice becomes an increasingly high priority to proving a building’s sustainability credentials, findings like these will clearly influence the product specification process. Considering guests’ increasing prioritisation of environmental concerns, opting for more ecofriendly solutions will also have other ancillary benefits, including the ‘halo effect’ demonstrating best green practice to potential customers may have on ongoing business. 

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An award-winning project


teel construction specialists Robinson Structures have seen their hard work for an impressive project for Cemex, the building materials solution company, well and truly pay off.

Highly complex The 700 tonne, £3m Cemex Climafuel Store Building, approximately 32m in span and 21m high to eaves from the lowest level, consists of a singlespan, braced, steel building with roof trusses, multiple floor levels, cranes, and basements.

When building materials solutions company Cemex wanted to expand its facilities in Rugby for the production of concrete materials and also have a new storage building, Robinson Structures was the perfect choice.

Featuring 192 pre-cast concrete panels and 1250m of handrailing, the building has multiple mezzanine floors to one end and a smaller canopy area, which is the full width of the building and approximately 14m to the eaves to the other, and is stabilised utilising vertical and roof bracing.

The Derby-based company, one of the most recognised names in the steel construction industry, are specialists in the industrial sector with extensive experience in large-scale, complex builds. The large, single-span processing plant is so impressive, it scooped first place in the ‘Industrial Projects’ category in the recent 2021 UK Tekla Awards.

The main part of the building is divided in two along its length by a dividing concrete wall with steel sheeted wall above, and each side of the building has an overhead crane running along the length. Robinson Structures Operations Director, Ashley Robinson, said: “This prestigious project was a highly

complex structure, multi-level design, to accommodate various plant and machinery as well as an extensive truss structure, to create an open space within the storage area of the building. “All aspects of the project, from the main steel through to stairs, handrails, mesh and chequer plate flooring, were completed in sequence, utilising both in-house and external drawing offices through model sharing. “There was a requirement to lift the hoppers and conveyor machinery into place during the steel frame erection, which meant a tightly sequenced steel erection programme to ensure the main structure and secondary steelwork was at the correct stage for this to happen working alongside Cemex sub-contractors.” Award winning The use of client BIM models and Tekla software were also invaluable, and the Cemex Climafuel Store Building impressed the judges enough at this year’s 2021 UK Tekla Awards to help Robinsons Structures become the 2021 Industrial Projects winner, beating off some tough competition. “We are absolutely thrilled to win the Industrial projects award at the 2021 UK Tekla Awards. We were extremely proud to have been involved in this project, and we would not have been able to complete it without Tekla software,” added Ashley. “Accolades like this show our quality and demonstrate to our clients that we provide them with the best service. It’s a very welcome endorsement of what we do and how we do it.” "We are extremely proud to have been involved in this project and it’s the perfect example of how Robinson can collaborate and thrive on large-scale, complex projects in the industrial sector.”

Construction of the new Cemex climafuel store building in progress

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There could be more success on the way, as the project has been entered into the 2022 Global Tekla Awards.



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ricks are well known for their ability to retain heat from the sun. However, as John Osborne explains, new technology could make them even more useful. He also considers other recent developments in blocks and pavers.

Bricks used to dominate the construction of buildings. Then, blocks effectively took over as a structural material, relegating bricks to the role of cladding. Now, as a result of some innovative research in the USA, bricks are becoming a smart material. Red bricks – some of the world’s cheapest and most familiar building materials – can be converted into energy storage units that can be charged to hold electricity, like a battery, according to new research from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. “Our method works with regular or recycled bricks, and we can make our own as well,” said Julio D’Arcy, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Washington University. "The research is taking into account the trend

to plug in more devices, often to recharge them. The technology also screens the bricks from electrical interference. Also, unlike lithium batteries, it has been claimed that the technology is much safer.” Interesting work is also going on in the UK. “Innovative brick design and manufacturing techniques are continuing to transform the creative building design possibilities available to architects," says Darren White, Sales Director, Vandersanden UK. He claims the brick manufacturer is at the forefront of this drive and has expanded its range of new brick colours and textures to reflect market demand. “Grey brickwork is a favourite choice for architects seeking to create a distinctively classic design that can also feel effortlessly cool and contemporary”, said White. "Bivio is a new multi-grey, facing brick with shades of white, featuring contrasting darker grey tones for a contemporary finish. Quartis and Rega are also part of the high-quality, grey brick range, both manufactured from 100% natural resources with a base material of Westerwald clay, a natural, white clay from Germany.” Cont.

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FEATURE One of the key innovations from Vandersanden is the launch of its coated bricks. Vandersanden claims it is the first company to develop a viable, large-scale coating solution to provide superior protection against efflorescence as well as secondary protection against the effects of pollution. “This innovative and environmentally sustainable process has now been fully rolled out across the entire Vandersanden handformed brick range available to UK specifiers,“ said White.

Vandersanden worked with Belgian University, KU Leuven, to develop the solution, which treats bricks with a special coating after the firing process. The process penetrates to a depth from 5mm to 15mm whilst retaining the original colour of the brick. White claims the liquids contain no harmful substances or chemicals that can damage the brick or the environment, and is automatically applied at Vandersanden’s manufacturing facilities in Belgium and The Netherlands. A coated brick has exactly the same pore structure as a non-coated brick, and the number of pores and their size remain the same. However, as the walls of the pores are covered with a water-repellent layer, the water droplets are no longer attracted to the walls and will not be absorbed. As the pores remain open, the bricks also retain their resistance to frost.

▴ Darren White Sales Director, Vandersanden

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White added: “Vandersanden’s unique ECO brick slips go one step further than cut brick slips in terms of efficiency. They are not cut from full bricks, but moulded and fired as slips. This helps to reduce material loss and consumption of raw materials and energy. ECO brick slips offer a three-way win: ecologically, aesthetically, and cost-effectively.” Also, he said there has been a focus on sustainability. “Europe's largest brick-producing family business is

taking the lead in the transformation of the construction industry and is in pole position to become the most sustainable and innovative company in the brick sector”, claims White. "Vandersanden recently launched its first sustainability report. In the report, Vandersanden lays down specific objectives for 2023 related to corporate well-being. For example, the business is aiming to reduce its environmental impact by 15% compared to 2020. "Other successes include a new tunnel kiln in Tolkamer that emits 25% less carbon dioxide, the launch of coated bricks, an investment of €500,000 in Vandersanden's communities and the preparations for the manufacture of carbon dioxide-neutral bricks. The production of carbon dioxide-neutral bricks for the construction of one house absorbs five tonnes of carbon dioxide, whereas with traditional bricks three tonnes of carbon dioxide would be released." White added: "The pandemic has created some shortages of building materials, however, we have not been affected with supply – it is the increased demand that nobody expected or forecasted which is the challenge. Close communication and the managing of expectations with our customers is critical to enable us to meet supply.”


▴ Chris Standley Housing Manager, Modern Masonry

MANUFACTURERS OF BLOCKS ARE ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS Chris Stanley is Housing Manager at Modern Masonry, a body that seeks to ensure developers and designers, customers and occupants understand the benefits of masonry solutions. It provides guidance on design of stonework and brickwork. They also influence organisations with the evidence of how masonry can contribute to a sustainable built environment. It is supported by the Aircrete Products Association, Concrete Block Association and Mortar Industry Association. Stanley said: “Over the last decade, our membership has invested heavily in ensuring blocks are as eco-friendly as possible, in line with the drive towards Net Zero 2050. Having already exceeded the 2020 milestone, things are looking positive for the next one in 2030. "The last few years have seen considerable investment made into the make-up of blocks, with many manufacturers working to produce the material in a circular way. "Primarily, we’ve looked at the composition of the blocks, from exploring the use of recycled aggregates, alternative cementitious materials such as PFA (Pulverised Fly Ash) and FBA (Furnace Bottom Ash) to ensuring that all constituents used

in a block are 100% recyclable. This ensures as much embodied carbon is recaptured at end of life, and eases pressure on excavating virgin resources. "Both by-products of the steel industry, where once these waste materials sat redundantly on slagheaps across the UK, they are finding a new lease of life in concrete products. Used in conjunction with cement, it creates as strong a chemical bond with a significantly lower carbon footprint, and is fast becoming standard industry-wide.” There has also been concern about how COVID-19 has affected the supply of these products. There have been some shortages of cement. “We’ve actually been relatively lucky compared to other building product categories," said Stanley. “Over 95% of the concrete blocks used in UK construction, predominantly in house building, are manufactured in the UK using domestically sourced raw materials.

"Further, it is common best practice for any building product manufacturer to maintain a healthy stock surplus to meet spikes in demand, whatever the socioeconomic climate. All our members reported healthy stock in their yards to fulfil existing, ongoing and some ad hoc orders during the short time of uncertainty, with little disruption. "I think the current situation is going to be far more challenging to those construction products and build methods which rely on imports from the European Union. Structural timber is one which instantly springs to mind. Given most of that material category is grown on mainland Europe, importers are going to face numerous customs challenges and substantial tariffs, making it far less cost-effective.” Paving manufacturers are also responding to the current challenges facing the UK. These include climate change, especially the prevention of flooding. Cont. July/August 2021 •




Chris Hodson is a consultant to Interpave, the modular paving association, promoting precast concrete paving blocks, flags and kerbs.

▴ Chris Hodson Consultant, Interpave

He said:“Precast concrete modular paving is enjoying a renaissance, with its unique capabilities to deliver the changes needed to our towns and cities in response to climate change, the pandemic, pollution and improved well-being. Adopting the principles of ‘modern methods of construction’, factory-produced modular concrete paving and kerb units deliver fast, low-cost installation, particularly for retrofitting with limited intervention work. Then, layouts can easily be altered and units taken up and re-used, offering sustainable ‘paving for change’. "Good paving design and materials help create ‘places for people’ ,and attractive spaces will encourage walking and cycling as well as make ‘limited traffic neighbourhoods’ more acceptable. It is also central to the rejuvenation of our high streets and other developments affected by the growth of on-line shopping and home-working. Precast paving provides a unique combination of predictability, safety and accessibility for all, with scope for endless variety in shape, scale, colour and texture, giving designers freedom to enrich the urban environment.” Hodson added: "An additional, key consideration for the paved environment is 'storm-water flood prevention', now being addressed by sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) – a requirement for all 40 • July/August 2021

types of development. Concrete block permeable paving (CBPP) is increasingly popular as a proven, multifunctional SuDS technique. In addition to structural paving, it also provides an inherent drainage system with no additional land take for water storage, treatment or conveyance. "CBPP also removes water-borne pollution and provides a gradual flow of clean water, enabling safe, open SuDS features on the surface, enhancing amenity and biodiversity. "It eliminates pipework, gulleys and manholes, and therefore costs less than conventional drainage and paving. It provides a well-drained, firm and slip-resistant surface, accessible to all without interruptions, potholes or puddles.” TREES ARE ALSO VERY IMPORTANT Hodson said:“Most recently, the importance of CBPP in retaining and introducing trees, and other green infrastructure, within developments – a key planning requirement – is now being recognised. For example, the National Model Design Code says: "All schemes will be expected to follow national policy by achieving a 10% net gain in biodiversity. All new streets should include street trees."

"But measures must be put in place to nurture and allow trees to mature, enabling them to actually deliver their real potential – including net carbon storage, urban cooling through shading and evapotranspiration, biodiversity and public well being. "Development design that facilitates sustenance of trees and other green infrastructure is therefore crucial. CBPP offers unique opportunities to collect, attenuate and treat rainwater runoff, removing pollutants and sustaining green infrastructure. "It allows the same pattern of runoff transfer to the ground as natural vegetation, allowing water to reach tree and shrub roots, despite providing a hard surface above. "This beneficial relationship with trees while retaining accessibility is recognised by the current Code of Practice for accessibility in the external environment, BS 8300-1:2018: ‘Tree grilles should be avoided. Smooth or paved permeable surfaces should be used wherever practicable’.” Innovative thinking and a desire to work with specifiers and clients to solve problems is likely to sustain the vibrant market for bricks, blocks, and pavers for the foreseeable future. 


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Architectural masonry –

The new kid on the block


s the current popularity for Architectural Masonry shows no signs of slowing down, Sean Welch, Area Sales Manager at Forticrete, explores why these cost-effective building materials are supporting construction professionals in achieving a new generation of residential properties that offer real kerb appeal, without compromising on durability or performance.

Whilst concrete masonry blocks have been around for decades, they have traditionally been specified more for commercial projects, based on their superior strength, minimal drying shrinkage and low maintenance properties. However, in more recent years, concrete masonry blocks have been rising in popularity with developers, facilitating a real step-change within the industry in regards to the building fabric of residential developments, particularly throughout London and the surrounding areas of South England. Offering the opportunity to replicate the high-quality appearance of natural stone, combined with the associated performance and resilience benefits of commercial developments, concrete masonry blocks

are an economical and effective construction method that supports unlimited design freedom and delivers uncompromising quality. Providing a comprehensive range of finishes, profiles and shades, concrete masonry blocks are enabling developers to construct a new generation of residential properties that create outstanding aesthetics without causing additional strain on budgets or resources. These diverse finishes include rugged, tactile textures, such as Splitface, Shot-blasted and Fairface, which emulate the natural appearance of stone to deliver an affordable alternative that provides a high-quality and robust surface finish for the entire lifespan of the property. It also enables new build developments to seamlessly blend into their surrounding environments as soon as they are constructed. 42 • July/August 2021


them to be installed across the whole building fabric, including below DPC level. The low dry shrinkage properties also helps to minimise the frequency of movement joints installed throughout the masonry wall, with joints required every nine metres externally and every 12.2 metres internally, in ideal conditions. This means the overall design of the exterior isn’t restricted to a certain visual design or specific use of multiple building products to ensure the suitability and water tightness of the house. The addition of complementary concrete masonry solutions, including arches, lintels, radius blocks and square or circular column surrounds, can also support professionals in customising each house, whilst still achieving a cohesive identity across the whole development.

© Photography by Ivan Jones and Architect Daniel Marmot

Available in an assortment of colours, from Bathstone, Straw and Terracotta, to Damson, Pewter and Flint, the exterior character of each property can be further customised to create a visually striking home that captures the immediate attention of prospective buyers. For more contemporary developments, smooth concrete masonry blocks that feature delicate, tactile finishes are a popular choice for creating sleek exteriors that combine rich blends of selected natural aggregates. This includes Polished Florentine® and Trentino finishes, which are also available in a suite of colour variations. The use of concrete masonry blocks can also produce a unified aesthetic across the entire exterior of a property, as the blocks have a higher resistance to moisture due to their low dry shrinkage, which enables

The combination of functionality, performance and aesthetics is further bolstered through the proportion of the blocks, which provide increased dimensional stability. This significantly aids ease of installation when on site, whilst simultaneously reducing the quantities of mortar required. Concrete masonry blocks also offer impressive environmental credentials, supporting housebuilders in specifying products that are recognised within the Code for Sustainable Homes and the Green Guide to Specification as an A or A+ rating. As construction professionals across the UK continue to set the pace for a new standard of housing that revolutionises the visual and performance capabilities of the building fabric, the specification of concrete masonry blocks can support professionals in achieving the most effective, economical and ecological building exteriors possible.  For further information on Forticrete’s market leading offering of Architectural Masonry, visit: or call 01525 244900.

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ÜEVO HOME director Amar Dhillon shares how the company is tapping into a growing market for luxury aluminium home improvements.

For nearly 25 years, specialist contractor Fleetwood Architectural Aluminium has been successfully serving the commercial market with high-quality windows, doors, curtain walling and rainscreen cladding systems. 44 • July/August 2021

This year, as part of its growth strategy, the company has expanded into the domestic market with the launch of NÜEVO HOME, a bespoke architectural and structural glazing business that specialises in manufacturing and installing luxurious home improvement products within a variety of high-end domestic settings in and around London. Director Amar Dhillon comments: “Fleetwood Architectural Aluminium started in 1997 as a commercial

fabricator, and has over the years grown as a group to include housing developer Mackenzie Homes, 4 Square Construction, Glassbox Façades, and pressed metal fabricator Presstek. “With years of commercial experience behind us and with the industry more buoyant than it’s ever been, we felt this was the perfect time to expand. “There’s huge demand out there for smaller projects, and with a



sightline available and two to six panels of up to 4m wide and 4m high, multiple track as well as threshold options, these sleek double sliding patio doors also offer the possibility of an innovative pocket system, smoothly disappearing into a wall cavity when fully opened for a truly minimalistic architectural feature. wealth of experience behind us and a cutting edge 85,000 sq ft manufacturing facility just outside London, we’re perfectly suited to meet this demand.” Outstanding product range Since launching, NÜEVO HOME has partnered with leading aluminium suppliers Schüco, Cortizo and Reynaers, and first in their range is the EvoFold bi-fold door, a stunning product designed to seamlessly merge home and garden. Allowing for over 94% glazing areas, EvoFold delivers one of the slimmest sliding-folding systems on the market, while boasting a fully integrated flush threshold and superb thermal insulation thanks to an integrated polyamide thermal break. Next in the range is the EvoSlide sliding door – with 20mm interlock

As well as the traditional manual operating system, NÜEVO HOME also offers the EvoGlide sliding door, a modern and practical automatic motorised system ideal for luxury home automation. Complete with top of the range automatic door gearing and with the capacity to handle a maximum weight of 700kg, EvoGlide is especially favourable if your renovation project requires substantial panel widths, delivering effortless accessibility with a touch of a button. Next in the NÜEVO HOME product range is the super stylish Nüminium entrance door. These come in impressive panel heights of up to 3m, with a maximum panel weight of 220kg while exceeding building regulation requirements for energy efficiency.

Also available is the Schüco entrance door. Renowned for their innovative ‘less frame, more glass’ arrangements, these doors combine exceptional security, thermal insulation, weather resistance and endurance features. What’s more, these doors protect homes from unauthorised entry thanks to BlueCon, a state-of-theart locking system that allows homeowners to lock and unlock their doors using high-tech Bluetooth software via their smartphone. Expert service Amar comments: “With over two decades in the commercial sector, we’ve got the experience and expertise to deliver a fantastic service to the domestic market as well. “We’re very excited about branching out, and we look forward to seeing how NÜEVO HOME can benefit our customers in the greater London area looking to make the most of a buoyant market. “If you’re a developer, contractor, architect or house builder wanting to tap into the higher end of the market, give NÜEVO HOME a call today.” 

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It’s time to take a proactive approach to fire testing and certification


he formation of the new National Construction Products Regulator, combined with the release of the Draft Building Safety Bill and the findings of the Grenfell Inquiry, is forcing the construction industry to take accountability for the adequate testing and certification of all fire integrity building products.

Profab Access, a leading UK manufacturer in the design and construction of riser doors and access panel solutions for ceilings, walls, and partitions, is supporting architects, specifiers and contractors in achieving a new standard of compliance throughout each stage of the design, construction and maintenance processes.

The Grenfell Inquiry has highlighted the inefficacy of the government’s current testing regime and its enforcement, including associated complications with how key building information is obtained and interpreted by relevant individuals throughout the construction and maintenance stages of a development. It has also exposed concerning ambiguities with regard to current guidelines and regulations, not only in relation to the testing of the building materials that are being specified and installed, but the roles and responsibilities of each individual throughout these pivotal stages to ensure continued compliance. With regard to fire integrity riser doors, there are current disparities between the guidelines outlined in


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BS EN 1634 Standard and Annex B of Approved Document B2. As a result, some manufacturers may currently only conduct their own product assessments, whilst others may undertake rigorous product testing and certification. It is here the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure the fire integrity products they are supplying to the industry are not only compliant, but suitable for the proposed application. However, this accountability is also shared by the customer, who has a legal obligation to evidence comprehensive due diligence. This can be achieved by requesting demonstration of compliance and subsequent testing reports, not just product assessments, for each building component specified on their project.


By working in partnership, manufacturers and construction professionals can ensure best practice by requesting and supplying comprehensive testing and certification evidence to prove the building materials specified are compliant. In response to this, Profab Access understands its responsibility to support architects, specifiers and contractors in ensuring the building products they install throughout new build and retrofit projects are not only fit for purpose, but fit for the future. As a result, Profab Access leads the field in accreditation as the first manufacturer in the UK to supply riser doors and access solutions that have been independently, bi-directionally fire tested by an accredited thirdparty. This supports construction professionals in going above and beyond industry standards and regulations to specify the highest possible certification possible with regard to fire integrity. Profab Access’ fire-rated Riser Doors and Access Panels are provided with CERTIFIRE independent thirdparty certification to provide ultimate levels of fire safety. The INTEGRA 4000 Series Riser Doors are supplied with an up to four hour fire rating, while the PRIMA 1000 Series Access Panels and VEGA 1500 Series Riser Doors are provided with a two-hour fire rating. This successfully future proofs every project to ensure the materials meet the legislative requirements of tomorrow. As the building materials are physically tested in both directions, professionals can be confident the product will withstand exposure to fire and smoke from both directions for the allotted time period. This adequately prevents the spread of fire throughout a multi-storey building, as the opportunity for the fire to enter the riser shaft through a riser door located in a corridor and exit through another riser door in a different area or floor of the building is entirely eliminated. By specifying these solutions, professionals can provide a clear audit trail of test evidence that confirms compliance with all relevant regulations, by demonstrating the integrity of the riser door for the specified duration. This includes the maintenance of the riser door’s frame, limitation of the spread of fire and the transmission of radiant heat. By choosing products that

have undergone product testing and certification by an accredited third-party, professionals can prove they have fulfilled their duty of care in terms of best practice and that the product will not fail in the event of a fire. Access Solutions Access solutions, such as riser doors, are typically installed within shaft walls by utilising plastic packers. This ensures the door is level with the surrounding frame and a flush finish is achieved. However, whilst this is a common method of installation, it is potentially time consuming to complete, and requires a number of different components. An additional concern is that these packers may not have been adequately tested or certified, either independently or in conjunction with the riser door themselves. Mastic is also required as part of this installation process, which may contain halogen compounds that emit toxic gas when heated. This

presents potential safety concerns for building occupants, in the event of a fire. To overcome these issues, manufacturers have revolutionised industry expectations by providing construction professionals with a new generation of steel riser doors that are supplied with patent-pending adjustable frames as standard, which have undergone rigorous third-party testing and certification as part of the entire doorset. As the National Construction Products Regulator and Draft Building Safety Bill will set a new standard for testing and compliance, manufacturers and construction professionals can take a proactive approach that doesn’t wait for legislation to be enforced. By working in partnership, professionals can ensure due diligence is consistently fulfilled through the request and supply of comprehensive testing and certification evidence. July/August 2021 •





e recently caught up with Andy Phillips, Managing Director at Clyde Radiators, to find out about his role, how the industry has changed throughout his career and the challenges it faces today.

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND? I have over 20 years of experience working in the kitchen and bathroom sectors, and since joining IRSAP in 2011, I have progressed through the business in a number of roles. This year, I was delighted to be appointed as Managing Director for IRSAP and its family of brands - including Clyde Radiators. Throughout my career I have gained valuable experience and industry 48 • July/August 2021

knowledge that will help me to drive the business forward in this role. WHAT DOES YOUR ROLE ENTAIL? My primary responsibility is to oversee all business activity for Clyde Radiators – across sales, logistics, warehousing, finance, purchasing, marketing and more – to make sure business runs efficiently and smoothly, and importantly, that we are providing the best service to our customers.

WHAT TYPE OF PROJECTS ARE CLYDE RADIATORS TYPICALLY INVOLVED IN? Clyde Radiators has a long heritage in heating specification, and for over 100 years, has accumulated a vast knowledge of the commercial and residential heating market. We have a dedicated team of technical advisors and estimators to help architects and specifiers plan the most appropriate heating solutions for healthcare, education, commercial and residential projects.



HOW IS TECHNOLOGY IMPACTING THE SECTOR? One of the biggest changes I’ve seen in the heating sector is the move towards digital. Over recent years, we have seen a huge shift in how specifications are being drawn up, with an everincreasing appetite for utilising Building Information Modelling (BIM) to aid this process. We understand that BIM offers specifiers more flexibility and design freedom, and significantly streamlines the build process. As such, we are working hard behind the scenes at Clyde to bring our entire catalogue up to date with this offering. We want to ensure that our customers have all the tools available – whether it be BIM or our specialist one to one advice, in order to quickly assess how Clyde products can contribute to an entire scheme and ensure everyone working on a project is referring to the same, up to date information. By involving us from the early development stages, we are able to review plans and drawings and take customers through the products we offer (including cast iron, aluminium, steel and low surface temperature (LST) radiators) to make a full quotation based on the exact project specifications and briefs. We can also provide clearly defined lead times in line with project timescales to ensure work runs smoothly and to schedule.

HOW IMPORTANT IS SUSTAINABILITY TO YOUR BUSINESS? The global focus on carbon emissions and energy efficiency is certainly impacting the way that heating is specified. The importance of reducing energy consumption for buildings is an ongoing concern, and architects are, of course, now scrutinising areas where efficiencies can be gained. From a heating industry perspective, this has naturally led to a significant

increase in the specification of heating solutions that can make a positive difference to a building’s energy efficiency, as part of an overall design strategy. For example, radiators manufactured from aluminium are growing in popularity thanks to its impressive conductive thermal properties and low water content. In addition, electric models also offer great environmental benefits and electric heating is compatible with micro generation technologies such as solar panels, photovoltaics and wind turbines, which have a lower carbon impact. From our own business perspective, at Clyde Radiators, we are striving to achieve a neutral carbon footprint and make our processes more sustainable. For example, our manufacturing facility in Italy utilises solar power and we are also currently reviewing our entire packaging process to adopt new methods and technologies that will help us to become more sustainable. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES FACING YOU AS A LEADER? The proposed Brexit ruling that requires all CE marked radiators to be retested to a new UKCA mark is currently our biggest challenge. If the changes are enforced, all radiators sold in the UK will need to be completely retested by 2022, and with an estimated 11,000 ranges and just one approved test laboratory in the UK (BSRIA), it could take decades for all radiators to be retested to meet legal compliance. As members of the Manufacturers Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC) industry body, we are working with the Government to find workable alternatives, particularly as those manufacturers already tested to the current CE Mark are being asked to undergo exactly the same testing for the new UKCA Mark, should the ruling go ahead which is an unnecessary duplication of resources and workload.

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At Clyde Radiators, I am pleased to report that we are in a good position to deal with this changeover. We anticipated the ruling some time ago and have been speculatively working hard to reduce the impact on our business and our customers, to effectively manage the transition, should the ruling go ahead. Whatever outcome of the consultation, Clyde Radiators will be compliant. ARE YOU OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE SECTOR? The future is bright. Firstly, the new UKCA Mark, despite the potential logistical challenges of the changeover, will make it easier to identify non-compliant, illegal radiators that are being sold in the UK. We welcome any spotlight that is shone on manufacturers that are using misleading figures so that only compliant, tested products are specified - and therefore the end user and environment are protected from substandard and low-quality products.

Secondly, the demand for heating will not change. However, the specification of radiators is evolving. Like-for-like specifications for radiators are fast becoming a thing of the past, and the commercial,

education, healthcare and residential sectors are now utilising the wide choice of radiator designs, styles and finishes available to them to create spaces that are not just functional, but also beautiful. 

CRITTALL SPANS THE GLOBE A major live arts venue, that in its heyday hosted The Beatles, Buddy Holly, the Rolling Stones and Cilla Black, has been restored to its art deco glory with the help of Crittall windows. The Globe, Stockton, is the biggest live entertainment venue between Leeds and Newcastle and will re-open shortly with a capacity of 1,650 people seated or up to 3,000 standing. The re-birth is eagerly awaited as the theatre has been closed for the past 45 years. A major refurbishment and restoration programme has been led in recent times by Stockton-on-Tees Council, supported by grant aid from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Grade II listed building dates from 1935 and was designed by architect Percy L Browne. Crittall windows were installed originally, and these have been replicated in the restoration by the use of bespoke Corporate W20 profiles finished in Turkish Blue.

Anthony Dillon, Managing Director of main contractor Willmott Dixon said: "It has been fantastic working on the restoration of the Globe Theatre, breathing new life into a really iconic building for the community. We look forward to seeing it become a cultural hub once again for future generations to enjoy."

Crittall also supplied its Cold Formed Doors for the three entrance doors and an additional power assisted door for disabled access.

The theatre will play a central role of the Tees Valley Combined Authority’s ambition for the sub-region to be named City of Culture 2025.

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Cladding solution provides modern touch for Townhouse project


hen the developer and architect of a stylish townhouse project in South London needed a proven brick cladding system, they opted for Gebrik, courtesy of Aquarian Cladding Systems. The result was stunning.

▴ Jazz Rigden Sales Director

Specialist external brick and terracotta cladding systems supplier Aquarian Cladding Systems has provided a perfect modern construction solution on the historic Dulwich Estate in South London. Designed by Syte Architects and built by Aspect Construction for specialist developer Lightbox, Edward Milner Terrace is a collection of five-storey townhouses built using modern building techniques and laden with smart tech features.

With strong emphasis on the Georgian and mid-century aesthetic of the area, the contemporary townhouses were clad with the Gebrik Brick Cladding System, courtesy of Aquarian, combined with copper, zinc and large feature windows. Originally, Lightbox specified another brick cladding system, but the fire at Grenfell Tower underlined the importance of only using correctly detailed solutions that were proven

to be safe, regardless of height. Neither the developer nor architect were satisfied with the information provided by the supplier, and so instead opted for the Gebrik solution, which had more robust and extensive fire test data, including five successful BR135 Classification Reports. Its performance was also supported by Aquarian’s responsive and professional technical service. In addition, with a range of over 700 brick finishes to choose from, project architect Rob Whitlock was able to specify a cream handmade textured brick that met the sensitive planning requirements for a site that included 21 protected trees. Matthew Horn of Lightbox explained: “We wanted a product that reflected our modern approach to construction, and Aquarian offered the perfect solution of Gebrik, a modern building solution that suited the constraints of our steeply sloping, wooded site. “We required an externally insulated cladding system that ensured we had maximum internal room sizes on our concrete structure, was quick to install and easy to use. The

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lightweight and compact nature of the product was also an important feature on our complex site.” The thickness of the product worked extremely well for the scheme, and as no cutting of the brick on reveals was required, there was a saving on time and money thanks to speedy installation. The Gebrik system could also be fixed directly into the concrete of the end units, which had exposed textured walls. With a U-value of 0.19W/m2K on a 328mm total wall thickness, SAP issues were also greatly reduced.


Aquarian were on hand with their technical expertise and support, and Matthew added: “A key driver in our shift from our original supplier was the responsiveness of the Aquarian team. Our architects were given the information they required to drive the project at concept stages, and it gave us confidence to see the project through in liaison with Aquarian. “The Gebrik system has been easy to use, fast and cost effective, and the Aquarian team have been responsive and informative throughout.”

For Aquarian’s Sales Director Jazz Rigden, Edward Milner Terrace is yet another success story for Aquarian and Gebrik. “The development is hugely impressive, and we’re delighted Lightbox found Gebrik to be the perfect solution at Edward Milner Terrace,” said Jazz. “Our systems are tried and tested, and they guarantee simpler, faster builds that require little or no maintenance, performing precisely as they should.” 

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or healthcare facilities, ensuring that all patients, staff and visitors can access the building and move through it unimpeded is essential. Here, Scott Copeland, Category Manager at IronmongeryDirect, outlines the requirements of Approved Document M, with regard to doors and their hardware and how those responsible for the building can ensure they comply.

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and equipment, must not restrict access to people with disabilities. Whilst not a legal requirement, British Standard 8300:2018 provides best practice design guidance for creating accessible and inclusive environments in public buildings. As one of the elements of a building most frequently interacted with, the correct specification and installation of doors and their hardware is essential to ensure a building is fully accessible. Approved Document M provides maximum opening forces that must be met for all manually operated doors. This applies to entrances and exits as well as internal doors, including fire doors. The regulations state that the door and its hardware must produce an opening force at the leading edge of below 30 Newtons (N) between 0° and 30° degrees and below 22.5N between 30° and 60° degrees.

This can be challenging to achieve on entrances with a manually operated door, due to the need for it to be weather tight and resist wind forces. Therefore, while the regulations allow entrance doors to be manually operated, powered doors often provide a simpler way to ensure an accessible entrance. Sliding, swinging or folding action doors are all acceptable under the regulations, and can be manually activated with a push pad, or automatically with a motion sensor. Even if compliance can be met with a manual door, a powered alternative may be more suitable for healthcare buildings, due to the increased likelihood that users of the building will have mobility issues. It is important to note that revolving doors are not considered an accessible option, due to the issues


they can present for people with reduced mobility, visual impairments or who use an assistance dog, as well as people with children. Where a revolving door is fitted, a separate manual or powered door that complies with the requirements must also be provided. The same opening force requirements also apply to interior doors, but it is often easier to achieve without the need for powered doors. However, Approved Document B: Fire Safety requires that fire doors be fitted with a self-closing mechanism, defined as 'A device that closes a door, when open at any angle, against the frame.' To allow both requirements to be met, high-quality, variable power door closers should be used. This will allow the force needed to open the door to be adjusted on site to suit the door, hardware and location. It is important to select a door closer that is suitable for the size and weight of the door and is CERTIFIRE approved for use on a fire door.

However, even where the opening forces are kept within the stated limits, reducing the number of doors will be beneficial in many healthcare facilities. This will make it easier for people with reduced muscle strength, as well as simplifying the movement of beds or wheelchairs. An approach to achieve this, and one that is recommended by Approved Document M, is to use hold-open or free-swing devices. Hold-open devices are designed to keep the door open until a fire alarm is triggered, at which point the door is automatically released to close using a standard door closer. Electromagnetic door closers with a free-swing function also allow the door to be opened and closed with minimal force during normal use. However, in the event of a fire or power failure, the mechanism delivers safe and automatic closing of the door. Furthermore, where doors are fitted with a latch, the hardware must be easy to operate for everyone.

This includes any non-fire interior doors as well as toilet cubicle doors. The regulations require that the opening components, such as the handle, must be easy to operate with one hand using a closed fist. Finally, for those with visual impairments as well as people with conditions such as dementia, it is important that key components and surfaces have a strong visual contrast for easy identification. This includes contrast between the door surface and hardware. To help ensure a clear visual contrast, there is BS8300 compliant hardware, such as handles and latches, available in a range of bold colours. Selecting the right door hardware will have a significant impact on the accessibility of the building and experience of patients, visitors and staff at healthcare facilities. There are a range of options available, but it is important to select components that are suitable for the location and application. For more information, IronmongeryDirect has created a ‘BS8300 Regulations Refresher’ guide, highlighting the key products that can help buildings meet accessibility requirements. To read the guide, please visit www. July/August 2021 •






electing a cable management system for healthcare environments can be a vital consideration when it comes to infection control. Here, Barry Roberts, National Specification Manager at Marshall-Tufflex explains how the specification of antimicrobial cable trunking systems can help to minimise the spread of germs and bacteria.

Ensuring that spaces remain hygienic is high on the agenda for building owners and facilities managers of healthcare facilities. The CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) identifies hightouch surfaces within the healthcare environment as a particular risk for the spread of healthcare associated infections (HAIs) between patients and healthcare personnel, that can present life threatening consequences if not managed properly. As such, the cleaning and disinfection of surfaces is vital in reducing the transmission of HAIs and a fundamental part of the effective management of any healthcare environment. For increased hygiene, specifiers should be looking for antimicrobial solutions and materials that help to further minimise risk wherever possible. As a commonly touched surface, cable management trunking has the potential to become a breeding ground for microorganisms and pathogens if not managed correctly. The antimicrobial properties of silver have been well documented and products that incorporate 56 • July/August 2021

silver ion-based technology can offer continuous protection against bacterial growth. Therefore, PVC-U and ABS based cable management solutions manufactured with silver ion antimicrobial protection are ideal for healthcare environments, as the silver ingredient disrupts the key cell functions of bacteria and prevents them from reproducing on the trunking surface. It is important to recognise that the silver ion formulation can either be added to PVC-U trunking during the manufacturing process or applied to the surface as a coating postproduction. If silver ion coated trunking is scratched or damaged, it will expose areas where bacteria can survive and multiply, so it is recommended to select products that have silver ions incorporated in during manufacturing. To be certain that the system is antimicrobial and provide customers with the added reassurance that the trunking will protect building occupants, a UV light can be shone on the surface. Antimicrobial, or ‘Bio’ trunking will reflect blue under UV light rather than violet. Bio trunking made from ABS-based material can be identified by the label.

The specification of antimicrobial trunking does not replace the need for cleaning, so it is important to ensure that normal cleaning routines are maintained. Furthermore, consider the product design as products that feature a smooth or curved surface with minimal corners and crevices will be easier to clean thoroughly to ensure full protection. The PVC-U silver ion cable management products should also meet the ISO 22196:2011 standard and be compliant with the European Biocidal Products Directive (BPD). Trunking should also be specified in line with the Wiring Regulations and BS EN 50174 to ensure that cables can be housed safely, and Approved Document M of the Building Regulations, which advises that face plates around electrical sockets differ in colour from their background to help those with a visual impairment locate them more easily. Selecting the right cable management system will not only ensure compliance with the latest regulations but will also help to minimise the transmission of disease and risk to building occupants. 

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EJOT LAUNCHES NEW ETA-APPROVED THROUGH-BOLT FOR OPTION 7 CONCRETE EJOT has developed a new high-performance ETA (European Technical Assessment) approved through-bolt – also known as an anchor bolt – to provide dependable anchoring into the full range of Option 7 non-cracked concrete applications. The EJOT BA-C NC is a torque-controlled expansion anchor which transfers the load into the base material via friction grip between the anchor’s expansion sleeve and the sidewalls of a drilled hole. This provides a reliable, economical fixing system for non-cracked concrete applications, such as warehouse racking, stadium seating, columns, guard rails, façades, staircases and machinery installation. Being ETA-approved, installers have total assurance of the performance capabilities of BA-C NC. This independent stamp of approval for anchors demonstrates that the through-bolts are safe and versatile to use for the wide range of Option 7 applications. Installation of BA-C NC through-bolts is easy in just four steps - drill and clean the hole, insert the anchor through the fixture, and then apply the recommended installation torque with a calibrated torque wrench. Thread diameters available from M8 up to M16 in length options that range from 75mm up to 175mm.

BA-C NC complements EJOT’s recently upgraded range of technical through-bolts for Option 1 cracked and noncracked concrete, BA Plus. These precision-engineered through-bolts provide high strength and equally reliable performance in the most demanding concrete applications up to seismic standards, including in tight spots where the anchor spacing is limited and edge proximity is close. To contact technical support, email: or call 01977 687040

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Veneered Doors - Loved for millennia, re-imagined for tomorrow With the introduction of Vicaima’s new Naturdor brochure, a vast array of real wood veneered door options has been revealed. Presenting specifiers, developers and designers with an unrivalled choice of grain configurations and tonal possibilities, together with textural feel and surface sheen options. If this were not enough, Vicaima have also expanded their ever-popular stained veneers and image enhanced veneer technology, creating an almost limitless array of opportunities for interiors, whether commercial or residential. Traditionalists will enjoy the extensive selection of veneers, available in both Crown Cut and Quarter Cut options, together with an optional deep textured finish on selected veneers where desired. +44 (0)1793 532333 58 • July/August 2021

However, for those looking for fresh inspiration, Vicaima have extended the selection of stained and image enhanced veneers with two new ranges in particular. Naturdor Stained Extra builds upon the fashionable Exclusive EX70 collection, with a vertical or horizontal quarter cut stained Ash veneer in 3 contemporary matt shades: Warm Umber, Dark Taupe and Charcoal Brown. These doors can also include an optional V shaped decorative groove, finished in a complementary tone. For the more adventurous, Naturdor Vision offers a welcome and inventive spectrum from light to dark, for rooms and spaces where openings offer a focal point and comforting interaction with their surroundings; whether for living or working.

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We’ve combined our relentless pursuit of innovation with Zehnder’s German engineering to bring some new, heavy-weight lifting stations to the commercial and industrial sector. They’re available in one or two pump options and in single or three-phase specifications. So, it doesn’t matter if it’s a factory or an office block, we’ve got the power you need to get the job done. July/August 2021 •



New ROCKWOOL® SP Firestop OSCB simplifies rainscreen fire stopping Responding to the market’s need for simplified specification of fire stopping solutions in rainscreen systems, ROCKWOOL has streamlined its range of open state cavity barriers (SP Firestop OSCB) to provide a two-hour performance rating for both 25mm and 44mm open cavities. Designed for use in conjunction with ROCKWOOL RAINSCREEN DUO SLAB®*, SP Firestop OSCB is fully tested to ASFP TGD-19 and is proven to provide up to 120 minutes fire integrity and insulation. ROCKWOOL SP Firestop OSCB is now available for cavity widths up to 600mm, inclusive of a 25mm open air space (OSCB 25), or cavities up to 425mm with a 44mm air space (OSCB 44). ROCKWOOL SP FIRESTOP OSCB IS Tested to ASFP TGD-19, providing up to 120 minutes fire integrity and insulation Available for cavity widths up to 600mm (OSCB 25) and 425mm (OSCB 44)* Easily identifiable white (OSCB 25) and red (OSCB 44) weatherproof polythene wraps

Caribbean Blinds – Cuba Awning The Cuba awning is the crème de la crème of the Caribbean Blinds range, with its contemporary, rectangular, flush-fitting, full cassette design that appears an integrated part of the façade and neatly conceals the awning when retracted. The heavy-duty folding arms with drop forged joints feature quadruple stainless steel sheathed cables with tensioning twin springs to ensure optimum fabric tension at every position, suitable for the most demanding of applications. Concealed fixing brackets and screw-less ALU end plates elegantly finish the awning off, whilst optional LED lighting can be built onto the underside of the cassette. Practical and stylish, a Caribbean Blinds outdoor retractable patio awning outstretches, creating a striking roof over the terrace to provide the ultimate alfresco living space. Blocking the sun’s heat, these large patio awnings keep family and friends cool on even the hottest of summer days, whilst offering shelter from those unexpected and often persistent rain showers. Caribbean Blinds awnings will effectively block out the sun as well as the rain. Damaging ultraviolet rays are blocked and bright light is filtered to eliminate glare. With optional LED under awning lighting and instant infra-red heating, you can create a pleasant atmosphere on the terrace to enjoy all year round.

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Easy to store, handle and install


Up to 14m wide x 3.75m outward


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Light, wind & heat automatic functioning


Corrosion resistant aluminium


Face, top and bespoke


Powder coated to any RAL colour


Over 100 material designs and options

To learn more about SP Firestop OSCB, visit the ROCKWOOL Ventilated Façade Resource Hub: *SP Firestop OSCB is only compatible for use in conjunction with ROCKWOOL RAINSCREEN DUO SLAB® **ASFP Technical Guidance Document 19: Fire resistance Test for ‘open-state’ cavity barriers used in the external envelope or fabric of buildings

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Energy Rating: g-value up to 0.03 (97% heat block)

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S250 for smaller commercial closed heating and cooling systems. Appropriate for locations such as schools, restaurants and larger domestic properties, it is designed to operate almost silently. The S250 has been created in response to increased demand for lowtemperature systems, such as in underfloor heating where it is difficult to detect where air can be released from. Air in a system leads to corrosion and a destructive sludge, also creating noise from components such as pumps, which would cease to work efficiently. Spirotech UK Business Director Rob Jacques said: “Unlike with higher temperature systems where you can predict where air will appear and then expel it with deaerators, in the new low-temperature systems, it’s often impossible to determine where that would be. With a vacuum degasser, this is no longer an issue, improving efficiency and extending years of service.”

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Vacuum degassers play an important role in helping to keep systems operating at optimum levels. They work by decreasing the pressure in the vacuum vessel that sits within the unit, liberating dissolved gases from the system liquid in the vessel, which accumulate at the top and can then be expelled. The S250 processes up to 74 litres of liquid each hour and operates at just 41decibels.

OSO – SUPER SERIES RANGE OF CYLINDERS OSO are well known for their manufacturing excellence and innovation and the SUPER SERIES range of cylinders demonstrates those qualities from Europe’s largest cylinder manufacturer. The SUPER COIL SC has a unique patented design, making installation quick and efficient, in conjunction with a system boiler, the SUPER COIL becomes a part pre-plumbed cylinder. This cylinder incorporates concealed wiring, a blending valve, temperature and pressure relief valve and expansion vessels, all hidden under a lid. There is also space to fit the motorised valve and all pipework. The connections are on top of the cylinder, making the SC cylinder fast and easy to install. When tested in real life conditions, more SC cylinders were installed in the same time as other UK competitors’ products, due to the efficient design, labour saving up to 70% off installation time. The SUPER COIL cylinder has a smooth, limescale-resistant heating coil, ensuring efficient heat transfer, and is supplied as standard with an ultra-grade INCOTEC immersion heater as backup, which can be connected to solar panels. The SUPER COIL cylinder is easier to install and the shortest domestic hot water cylinder system on the UK market, which provides unrivalled space efficiency and ease of maintenance.

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F.H. Brundle ramps up GRP flooring range

Invicta Pearl block paving

INVICTA RANGE Brett Landscaping has introduced the new, highperformance Invicta range - the first block paving product to use the new AggTech surface technology developed by the company.

F.H. Brundle have significantly expanded their selection of GRP flooring products, bringing more choice to customers across multiple sectors who need highly safe, versatile and effective flooring products.

The Invicta range has a specially formulated surface layer, creating a hard-wearing paving block with a durable but vibrant finish, which shimmers in different lights.

New additions to the company’s extensive range include GRP, 6m-long, anti-slip decking planks, suitable for a wide array of applications, such as mezzanine floors, pedestrian bridges and walkways, decking and flooring, as well as flood defence barriers.

Through this new AggTech process, natural aggregates are used on the surface of each paving block to create a durable finish. The Invicta range will be available in four colours: Pearl, Moonstone, Onyx and Citrine. The colours are complementary, so the different shades can be laid and arranged to meet a bespoke design brief, or to the preferred style and taste of the homeowner or client. For added design flexibility, the block paving will be available in five single-size packs using 80mm thick blocks, with sizes ranging: 600x200mm, 300x200mm, 300x100mm, 200x200mm, 200x100mm There is also an Invicta Trio pack which is made up of three different block sizes in 60mm thickness: 105x140mm, 140x140mm, 210x140mm Included as part of the Invicta range are additional Invicta Flow paving blocks, which are manufactured with a unique nib design for applications where permeable paving and a SuDS solution is a requirement.

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Five robust and slip-resistant GRP floor grating products are also available, offering strong corrosion-resistance, a high weight-to-strength ratio and an integral quartz grit top. These come in four colours – green, grey, yellow and sand. In addition, Brundle supply GRP tread covers with contrasting nosing to aid visibility, landing covers and nosing. “GRP is an extremely versatile material with a whole range of benefits,” comments Paul Smith, F.H. Brundle Head of Marketing. “It’s strong, while remaining very lightweight. It’s an affordable alternative to other materials, and with a lower residual value, meaning its less likely to be stolen – and it’s both non-conductive and fire retardant, so great for use in high-risk areas. “It’s resistant to both weathering and corrosion – and taken together, that makes it an outstanding choice for a whole range of uses throughout the public and private sectors."

If you’d like to learn more about our range of GRP flooring products, call 01708 253545 or please visit

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atest research from Waterwise estimates that over two billion litres of water is used each day across Britain through showering, the equivalent to almost 800 Olympic-size swimming pools. With the Environment Agency predicting an extra 3.6 billion litres of water will be required each day by 2050, to meet the nation’s rising demand. Here, Martin Walker, CEO of Methven, explores how architects can help to significantly reduce the water usage of new build developments, specifically within the bathroom.

As national water usage continues to rise at an alarming rate, architects and specifiers are under increasing pressure to improve both the water and carbon efficiency of new build properties. With the bathroom presenting the biggest source of daily water output, professionals can take a fresh approach to the technologies and products specified throughout these rooms to support the overall water efficiency of the property, without compromising on quality or aesthetics. In 2016, the Government updated Approved Document G, requiring all new dwellings to achieve water efficiency of 125 litres per person per day, with an ‘optional’ requirement of 110 litres per person per day. As conversations throughout the industry continue to address the potential for the optional 110 litres obligation to become the new legal requirement, architects can take a proactive approach to the showering solutions specified by choosing products that feature a flow rate of eight litres of less. Ensure compliance This will not only ensure the property is compliant with current and future 64 • July/August 2021

regulations, but simultaneously futureproof it, supporting the new homeowners in actively reducing their water and energy usage, and most importantly, their ongoing bills. Historically, some water efficient showerheads, particularly those at entry level that are commonly constructed of white plastic, have gained a negative reputation

with consumers for having poor performance and forcing compromise on the overall bathroom aesthetic. While many of these products may have significantly reduced the flow rate of water used per minute, the overall function was so limited that individuals had to shower for up to twice as long, resulting in the same


▴ Martin Walker CEO Methven

level of water usage as a normal shower head. As a result, Methven research concluded this led to a proportion of homeowners being sceptical of water efficient products and ultimately replacing the shower head with their original, or less efficient, model to gain better performance and visual appeal. So, how can architects help to minimise the overall water output of the bathroom, without comprising on the showering experience for future homeowners? Latest advancements in showering technology is delivering a new generation of high-quality, visually appealing chrome showers that feature a contemporary construction, whilst also providing the lowest flow rates available. This includes systems that offer a flow rate as low as 5.7 litres a minute, without compromising on the overall showering experience for the homeowner through the development of twin-jet technology, which creates optimum water droplet size and pressure, delivering over 300,000 droplets per second. The result is a full-body showering experience that provides individuals with the highest standards in performance, whilst simultaneously using less water.

Whilst the quality of the overall showering experience is essential, aesthetics are also a key priority for architects when specifying waterefficient showering solutions for new residential developments.


Taking the place of ordinary white sanitaryware is a new era of showering and wider bathroom solutions that offer both style and performance. This is showcased with the current popularity of matte

black and metallic finishes, as potential homeowners search for monochrome bathrooms and en suites that feature sleek, streamlined aesthetics combined with eye catching highlights. By choosing a complementary range of high-quality showers, tapware and accessories from a single manufacturer, professionals can create an effective and cohesive appearance throughout an entire bathroom that creates a first-class finish, whilst actively reducing water usage, yet increasing overall functionality. Whilst the requirements outlined in Approved Document G may not be updated soon, architects have the ideal opportunity throughout next year and beyond to proactively improve the overall water efficiency of new developments by specifying innovative showering technologies that work to actively reduce flow rate, without also reducing performance levels.  July/August 2021 •




WHAT NEXT FOR THE KITCHEN INDUSTRY? or classroom at various stages of the pandemic. Again, because of the pandemic and ever-changing shopping habits, there is a need for more and better planned storage space in the kitchen. XXL units and clever storage solutions are proving extremely popular.


o find out, Building Products spoke to Tim Spann, who is National Sales Manager at Keller Kitchens.

What are the key trends impacting this space? Colour trends come and go, but Dark Blue, Olive Green and Deep Red/Burgundy have experienced a meteoric rise in popularity in the last twelve months. Contrasting colours or finishes between islands/base units and wall cabinets remain popular. A surge in multi-space design has been driven by the need for the kitchen to become the home office 66 • July/August 2021

What products are architects and specifiers looking at from a commercial and residential perspective? Sustainable, sustainable, sustainable! From BTR (Build to Rent) to luxury penthouse, striving to become carbon neutral is the biggest current driver in the new build sector. Greater choice is expected at EPP level, where it is now possible to emulate the look of more expensive finishes, such as natural woods and veneers, with the superb 3D melamine and similar materials with substantial savings. Using these materials adds longevity to the kitchen at the same time. How are products helping with the sustainability agenda? At all levels, the drive for having sustainable sources is stepping up at a prolific rate. This will only become more and more important as we, as a nation, fully grasp the size of the challenge we face. Whilst the sustainability agenda has been evident in the building sector

for some time, we are now starting to see consumers asking questions and looking for sustainable options. As a carbon neutral manufacturer, we are seeing increased demand for our products. Being at the forefront of sustainability has been key to our business growth and will always lead our thinking. In commercial spaces, how is technology being utilised in light of the pandemic and more automation? With regards to automation, our factory is more advanced than most production facilities in our industry. For example, the use of robotic lines feeding machinery with materials has revolutionised the way we work in recent years. The main benefit of this level of automation is efficiency and cost savings, enabling us to keep prices down and major wins in becoming a carbon-neutral manufacturer. In the commercial space, our retailers have developed many working practices that have helped them trade through challenging times, such as Zoom and Teams meetings. Using these techniques to put kitchen briefs together and present back concepts to their customers has been very productive. Some of these methods will continue to be used to good effect going forward. 


Zip Water launches touch-free drinking range Leading manufacturer of instant drinking water systems, Zip Water, has bolstered its range of touch-free products in response to the pandemic.

Featured product: Zip HydroTap Touch-Free Wave

The innovative collection, which includes touch-free taps and water dispensers, is aimed at reducing touchpoints and the risk of contamination in communal spaces. The products have been enhanced or developed for the post-pandemic world and have been released to coincide with the gradual return of employees to the workplace. Zip HydroTap Touch-Free Wave – The latest innovation to the HydroTap range, this sleek and streamlined HydroTap dispenses instant filtered boiling, chilled and sparkling water without the need for manual touch. Infrared sensors activate the flow and a unique two-point safety lock prevents the accidental dispense of boiling water. Offering 25 times more effective filtration than a standard water filter jug, it is the market leading product. Zip HydroChill HC03 Touch-Free – Ideal for reception areas and meeting rooms, this touch-free floor-standing water dispenser is mains fed and dispenses chilled or ambient filtered drinking water. It includes integrated UV sterilisation technology at dispense point and a nano silver surface coating that kills 99.9% of bacteria in 24 hours. Zip HydroBoil Touch-Free Adaptor – This touch-free adaptor is a simple and low-cost solution for access to contactless boiling water. It is available for both HydroBoil and Econoboil models and is a great solution for ‘back of house’ areas and office kitchens. Instanta SureFlow Touch-Free On-Wall Boiler – This contactless wall-mounted boiler uses infrared sensors to provide instant boiling water. It can be pre-programmed for timed dispense or operate on an on-demand basis. On top of this, being wall-mounted means it doesn’t take up valuable worktop space. Instanta SureFlow Touch-Free Counter-Top Boiler – Choose from on-demand or pre-programmed timed water dispense, for a contactless boiling water solution. Slimline and stylish, this product is also insulated for minimal heat loss.

“Our products have been designed to offer impressive safety innovations as well as style. Not only do they reduce contamination but, with the fast and reliable dispense of drinking water, they limit congestion in communal areas.” Victoria Himsworth HE AD OF M ARKE TING | ZIP WATER UK

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'The fact we’re still installing gas boilers is a disgrace'

Let’s take gas boilers as an example. As a country, the UK relies on them more than almost any nation in the world – only the Netherlands, home to the largest natural gas field in Europe, uses it more in heating. And as we all know, gas boilers are terrible for the environment. So much so that, in 2019, the UK government announced that they’d be banned by 2025. So here’s the baffling thing – we’re still installing tens of thousands of them in new-builds around the country every year.


ow genuine can construction’s commitment to sustainability really be when we still install thousands of gas boilers every year? Nick Gander (pictured) and Rod Davies of Energy Carbon ask the question.

We’ve all felt the shift in the public mood. Just a few years back, in the mainstream, climate change was still treated like a fringe issue. Now, there’s more talk about the environment than ever – and sometimes, remarkably, it even translates into action. However, before we get too excited, there are still some vital areas where we’ve made no progress whatsoever. 68 • July/August 2021

A grown-up conversation It’s that more than just about anything that makes us fear our industry’s much-trumpeted commitment to ‘sustainability’ is actually just spin. The evidence for man-made climate change has been around for decades. Scientists were warning about it in the 1970s. By the 2000s, it was widely known that humanity’s vast use of fossil fuels was releasing greenhouse gases that were causing the climate to heat up – which, before long, could bring about catastrophic consequences. So, here’s what should’ve happened: industries like ours should’ve had a sober, grown-up conversation, drawing on the reams of scientific evidence that’s existed for the best part of five decades, and made a pledge to collectively act. And we

should’ve abandoned gas boilers years ago. Doing the right thing isn’t always easy It’s easier said than done, of course. Turning away from gas to electric would dramatically increase the strain on the National Grid – and if that energy shortfall was made up by fossil fuel-burning power stations, it could end up causing more environmental damage than scrapping gas would achieve. And one of the reasons gas heating is widespread is because it’s cheap. Any large-scale shift away from it would have to be accompanied by subsidies to support those on low incomes. But doing the right thing isn’t always easy, and these are all issues we could work around. If we’d grasped the nettle years ago, as we should’ve done, we’d have long since ironed out any problems and be well on the way to a greener future. But we didn’t. We all knew sustainability was important – but we put what was convenient for us ahead of what was right. As an industry, it’s time we took responsibility for our environmental impact, put the welfare of the nation and everyone on the planet before our own short-term gain, and embraced innovative, sustainable alternatives instead. 




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VENTILATION SPECIALISTS OFFER FLAT-PACKED HEAT RECOVERY UNITS Leading ventilation experts S&P UK have developed its range of heat recovery units with the addition of a flat-packed model – with the first being supplied to the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum in London. The RHE series comprises a range of highly efficient heat recovery units with the flat-packed range delivering up to 3 m³ per second of fresh air, enabling the units to be installed in to tight or difficult to access locations. S&P UK were most recently approached by design consultants Webb Yates who were looking for a heat recovery unit to supply to the V&A Museum which could provide enough airflow whilst being able to fit through a small access area to the required location. On reviewing the air flow requirements for the museum and the space provided, S&P UK recommended the RHE 2500 which can be transported in 15 separate components weighing up to 34kg per piece. Lee Page, Sales Director at S&P UK, said: “This project was so unique as we were given such a tight space to work with. It was the perfect opportunity to showcase our new flat-packed version of the RHE series which could be sent through a window and built within one of the small museum courtyards.



“These units are usually designed to be located inside a building, however due to the lack of space available within the museum, the unit had to be located outside and so we adapted the unit accordingly to meet the client’s requirements.” Once built, these units can be up to 2.5m x 1.6m in size so the introduction of this innovative flat- • July/August 2021

packed model means that S&P UK can provide an exceptional product to spaces in which the standard product would not fit. On appointment to the project, S&P UK provided a full site survey including the recommendation of the appropriate product. Their engineers then attended site to build the product from flat-packed form and returning to site for controls set up after the installation. Mark Freeman, Electrical Design Eningeer at Webb Yates, said:“We were referred to S&P UK who were quick to establish the appropriate unit for this project having been provided with full details of the air flow requirements together with the measurements of the space we had to pass the unit through. “S&P UK provided an impeccable service throughout with attention to detail from the build of the unit itself right through to the aftercare of the product.” Operating nationally, S&P UK Ventilation Systems is the UK subsidiary of global manufacturer Soler and Palau, a leading fan, air movement and ventilation systems provider offering over 10,000 products along with technical sales support and consultancy. The Spanish owned group has global operations spanning over 90 countries and includes major R&D centres in Europe, Singapore, USA and Brazil.

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ALUTECH COLLABORATES WITH TECH ALUMINIUM SYSTEMS ON THE FORGE The Forge is a stunning new build apartment complex in Digbeth, Birmingham, that utilises Alutech’s aluminium systems for the windows and doors. Fabricated by one of Alutech’s longest standing commercial fabricators, Tech Aluminium Systems, the steel frame building features Alutech’s SL160 systems for lift and slide doors, as well as Alutech’s W72 and W62 window systems. The project was self-managed by the development company and what really sets it apart is the way in which the specialist trades were asked to design their own interfaces with the structure of the building and liaise with each other to devise workable solutions. One of the elements incorporated by Tech Aluminium Systems with Alutech was a special seal that was used on the windows to keep rain out while other construction work was being carried out. 72 • July/August 2021

Tech Aluminium Systems Director, Keith Douglas, commented: “Conventionally, where brick-built new builds are concerned, the installation of windows and doors is reliant on the construction of the openings, which can often be delayed. But in this instance, the steelwork of the building went up quickly and the window apertures were created, meaning quick progression of the project.” Keith continues: “We worked collaboratively with Alutech in the UK and Belarus to devise a solution for the project that worked well with the other elements of the building. The result is an impressive-looking project that all parties were very happy with.” Selecting the right glazing for a project can be challenging. Alutech’s SL160 aluminium lift & slide doors system combines state-of-the-art performance sliding hardware with great aesthetics to provide the perfect, effortless sliding door solution.

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