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April 11 Issue 14

Drainage & Wastewater How wetland treatment systems maximise biodiversity

Sustainability in Development Urban redevelopment at Printworks

Design & Desire

Green getaway – Bournemouth’s eco hotel

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Front cover: A striking bronze aluminium cladding gives Printworks a sharp contemporary architectural finish (Glenn Howells Architects)

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o Ecobuild is over for another year – what did you make of it? I think I missed more than I actually saw, it was HUGE! It certainly showed how seriously the subject of sustainability in the construction industry is taken, from those at government levels down to the individual house-holder. I noticed there was much more focus on retro-fitting and what can be done to help existing buildings achieve high levels of insulation and even to incorporate renewable energy schemes in existing buildings and communities. Concentrating sustainability in the built environment on newbuild is surely going against the ‘re-use, reduce, recycle’ mantra; problems are thrown up as we have such a great variety of types of build in this country, pre-war solid walled terraces, and post war non-traditional or ‘system-build’, but some great schemes to include these properties in energy efficiency plans were shown at Ecobuild, and also here in the pages of FC&A! And in a month where conversations about Ecobuild have dominated the UK’s built environment, much of the rest of the world seems to be in a re-building frame of mind, with the earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan destroying so many homes, businesses, and lives.There can’t be a single reader who wasn’t moved by the images on the news. Our thoughts are with everyone affected. Regards,

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Voice of the Industry: Michael Farnsworth, Managing Director, Stormsaver says that as water reduction is a compulsory element of the CSH, it should be raised up the agenda


Legal & Business: David Sugden, Chairman of the Passive Fire Protection Federation discusses builtin fire protection and the legislation relating to fire safety assessment


Profile: FC&A talks to Melissa Taylor, Senior Sustainability Consultant at Hilson Moran

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Structural: How using structural concrete improves thermal mass and reduces the need for air conditioning


Doors,Windows & Façades: David Greenyer discusses the trends in the design and application of revolving doors for commercial and public buildings


Drainage & Wastewater:The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust explain how to deal with effluent and stormwater whilst maintaining or increasing greenspace


Expo Preview: kbb London – what’s the latest for kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms

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Greenhouse: Page\Park’s RIAS competition winning £2.65m new build facility for the Scottish War Blinded in West Lothian


Sustainability in Development: Printworks, a new London landmark mixed-use development designed by Glenn Howells Architects


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Enter the Dragon!

In 2009 the Scottish War Blinded Charity based in Wilkieston, outside Edinburgh, commissioned an ‘iconic new building’ which would replace their existing 1950s facility on the site. FC&A are given a tour of this innovative design.


he Charity’s brief stated that the £2.65m building had to “Meet the needs of the service users vacating the existing facility; and the forecast needs of the many more who will join them in the new centre. It should be light and modern, with a Services theme and take cognisance of users’ visual impairment.” The brief also emphasised the need for a clean structural build with wide spanning spaces and limited physical obstacles/protrusions. The commission was the subject of an RIAS’ Competition, and Brian Moore, then Director of RIAS Consultancy, which organised the Competition, said of the brief, “It presents the difficult and potentially conflicting challenges of creating a building which will be at the same time architecturally exciting and meet the unique needs of those with visual impairments.” The submission from the winners, Page\ Park Architects, Glasgow, successfully incorporated the essential elements of the brief in a stunning, innovative, timber-clad design, featuring a spectacular curved roof,


inspired by a Chinese celestial dragon. Oriental inspiration Jamie Hamilton, Project Architect with Page\Park, explains that they didn’t have to travel too far for their oriental inspiration. “When we first visited the existing 1950s facility at Linburn, one of our team spotted a memorial plaque in the display room which featured a Chinese celestial dragon. The carving inspired us both in terms of its twisting shape and form, but also its associated Chinese symbolism and resonances with the armed forces.” Work began on the project in November 2009 and it was completed earlier this year, taking just over a year to build. Structurally, the 800m², single storey, larch clad building consists of a series of steel portal frames which, says Project Engineer Douglas Walker of engineering consultants SKM Global, “allowed the complex curved geometry to be achieved using simple construction techniques which could be erected quickly and safely on site.” Internal flow The building houses a workshop, art space,

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Page\Park Architects’ RIAS competition winning Linburn Centre © Page\Park Architects

Greenhouse training areas, a gym, therapy spaces and offices, as well as a remembrance room and has capacity for 35 day visitors, many of whom will be veterans of recent conflicts: the range of facilities reflects the changing demographic of the centre’s users.

The design has a strong focus on internal flow, with an open plan arrangement feeding off one circulation spine. It incorporates strong natural and artificial lighting, the use of contrasting flooring and wall textures and a sensory garden along the south side of the building.

Fact File architects: Page\Park (Karen Pickering & Jamie Hamilton) Structural engineers: SKM (Douglas Walker) consulting engineers: Harley Haddow (Kevin Yardley) contractors: W H Brown Construction (Grant Macintosh) JJi-Joist Suppliers: James Jones and Sons Ltd,Timber Systems Division (Ross Brown)

A series of steel portal frames allowed the complex curved geometry to be achieved using simple construction techniques which could be erected quickly and safely on site Š Page\Park Architects

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The brief emphasised the need for a clean structural build with wide spanning spaces and limited physical obstacles/protrusions © W H Brown

“Given that the main users of the building will all be visually impaired, the internal organisation of the building had to be as simple as possible so that the users can form a mental picture of the building, and navigate their way around it with ease and independence,” said Hamilton. Prefabricated panels The necessity of open plan spaces without protruding structural support made the geometry of the building challenging. In order to get around this problem, the external walls, which support the larch cladding and the windows, were all formed from prefabricated panels, manufactured from James Jones FSC certified, UK produced JJI-Joists, used vertically. “The clients’ brief was that the building should be environmentally friendly, and these I – joists gave additional depth and

so enabled extra insulation to be used, giving the building a more energy efficient performance,” explained project engineer Douglas Walker. “In addition, the depth of the studs also meant that the supporting steel columns of the main frame could be hidden within the external walls, ensuring the curves of the facade were uninterrupted, as were the internal spaces. From a structural point of view the I-joist panels provided an efficient, light weight and easy to install solution for the facade. The low depth ratio was particularly important as the joists had to span up to 5m in places.” Curved façade The engineers also worked with the I-joist

JJIs’ depth enables steel columns to be concealed within external walls © Page\Park Architects


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suppliers to develop a plywood plate connection which successfully deflected the load of the roof off the wall studs and onto the steel support.This connection also served to guide the head and base of the wall panels into the curve required for the façade. By March 2011 the building was in use and Rosie McLauchlin, Centre Manager at Linburn, was gradually introducing small groups of users into the facility. “It is a beautiful building and we are now structurally complete,” said McLauchlin. “We are busy furnishing the various areas, introducing some soft finishes into these tall, airy spaces, and looking forward to bringing in larger groups of users.”

Open plan Linburn Centre, showing central spine, stud walls, and undulating zinc roof © Page\Park Architects

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Sustainability in Development The building fits well within its environment and links adjacent new developments with the older surrounding urban fabric

A striking bronze aluminum cladding provides a sharp, contemporary architectural finish


he building is a high quality development, created with style innovation and using sustainable materials will become a focus for the continued regeneration of the area. Nine storeys high, Printworks’ scale and form are sympathetic to the surrounding area.The development pays careful attention to place and use to ensure it enhances the area for new and existing residents of Elephant and Castle. Printworks consists of a main 7-storey block (1 level of offices on the ground floor and 6 residential above) with a 2-storey top set back from the main facade line at roof level. A striking bronze aluminum cladding provides a sharp, contemporary architectural finish and neatly conceals the balconies, giving each apartment its own private outdoor space. Outside, a landscaped courtyard provides a large, tranquil, green space for residents to enjoy. Comprising 68 one-bed, 76 two-bed and 20 three-bed apartments, with a total of 97 open market homes for sale, each apartment has been built to the highest specifications featuring top quality fittings such as premium reconstituted stone worktops, in-built appliances and bespoke contemporary bathrooms. Delivered in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the UK’s national regeneration agency, an additional 43 homes will be made available to key workers under the London Wide Initiative (LWI).These homes are built to the same

Hold the press! Printworks, a new landmark mixeduse development designed by Glenn Howells Architects, is located on Amelia Street in the heart of one of London’s most vibrant regeneration areas. The development incorporates innovative construction methods, with excellent design and exemplary sustainability standards.

high quality as those on the open market. Printworks also boasts a landscaped courtyard; a tranquil, green space for residents to congregate and make a community. Residents on the upper floors will also benefit from spectacular views of London, with almost every London landmark in sight. As well as attractive design features, Printworks’ sustainability

credentials are perfect for anyone wanting a ‘green’ lifestyle. Its shape gives a large roof area which will incorporate renewable energy devices to generate electricity, as well as harvesting grey and rainwater. “Printworks is an important project in the wider regeneration of the Elephant and Castle,” said Glenn Howells. “It was our intention from the outset to create

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a building that creates new pedestrian links within the area, provides excellent homes and a striking high quality building for Southwark.We are delighted to have had the opportunity to develop such an exciting and successful project with First Base who have shared our ambition for the project.” Barry Jessup, Development Director at First Base added, “We’re really proud to make this contribution to a very important area of central London.The architectural, cultural and social impact of Printworks make this scheme a huge asset to the local community, I really believe that this is going

to prompt many people to re-evaluate Elephant and Castle as a destination.” Throughout the planning consultation, Glenn Howells Architects and First Base worked with local residents to look at ways in which the ‘Section 106’ funds could be best used at a local level.The resulting solution was to launch a design competition to create a fresh look for the public realm, which would fuse together older buildings and new developments in the area throughout creating a more safer, greener, more attractive, distinctive and accessible development for all its residents. Run in conjunction with the Architecture

Residents on the upper floors benefit from spectacular views of London

Foundation, participants and local residents were asked to analyse in detail and respond creatively to the different challenges of the Amelia street streetscape.

High specification include premium reconstituted stone worktops

Three stair cores which divide the building in four sections are flooded with natural light via glass louvres


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Sustainability in Development FC&A talk to Harald Hughes, the project architect for Printworks. Did you have any difficulty in meeting the client’s brief? The challenge was to create a residential block with a high density on a relatively small site, which only has a narrow frontage to a public road and is adjacent to a railway line. At the same time a sheltered communal garden with biodiversity landscaping and children’s play area had to be integrated in conjunction with an underground car park.Therefore various detailed massing options were investigated to establish the most adequate solution. Did you use any materials/ methods new to you or to the market, and if so, why were these chosen? The building was constructed with a post-tensioned structure, which we used for the first time for a residential building.This was mainly chosen to speed up the construction process and helped to reduce the floor slab thickness.The façade was built with a unitised façade system with a unique alu-rainscreen. This was chosen due to precision the conceptual façade design required from the construction. In addition construction speed and site logistics also lead to this approach. Site access for construction was constrained and the building was erected without use of scaffolding.

connection to a planned communal multiutility network for heating and grey water to reduce emissions further. Services are installed which will allow use of grey water for WCs and washing machines. A rainwater harvesting system which provides grey water for irrigation of the communal garden has been installed. In combination with a storm water attenuation tank it helps to reduce flood risk and to reduce service costs in the future. A biodiversity roof will provide habitats for plants, insects, invertebrates and birds and will contribute to rainwater attenuation. Also parts of the courtyard landscaping have been arranged to accommodate a wide range of plants and nesting places for birds. Eco labelled white goods with A rating and low energy lighting for apartments and communal areas are used throughout the development to reduce energy consumption. Highly efficient gas fired central heating plant which supplies heat to all apartments has been installed. Apart from energy efficiency the benefit is to minimise the space required in apartments.

Additionally, secure and weather-tight bicycle storage for residents to encourage cycling; balconies and terraces to all apartments and communal garden with children’s play area to provide amenity space without need for travelling; the building envelope has a high level of sound insulation to achieve low internal noise levels within an urban environment for healthy living conditions. BRE EcoHomes ‘Very Good Rating’ certificate has been obtained. What is your favourite aspect of this design? The massing of the building fits well within its environment and links adjacent new developments with the older surrounding urban fabric.The unique pattern of the façade in combination with anodised aluminium planks and the curved shape of the building create a very interesting appearance with varies when viewed from different angles; the reflective nature of the aluminium reacts to different light conditions. Also, the three stair cores which divide the building in four sections are very spacious and flooded with natural light via glass louvres on two sides from where one has views over wide parts of London.

At roof level a two storey top is set back from the main facade line

Did the city centre location cause any site problems, and if so how were these overcome? The building is located on a former industrial site, which was used for Printworks. Some contamination was present so that the top ground layer of landscaped area had to be exchanged. In addition remains of concrete foundations including some large blocks of mass foundation had to be removed. What made you chose specific sustainability features? 10% of predicted energy consumption of the development will be generated on site with photovoltaic panels which are installed on the roof as an emission free energy source, which does not generate any noise and is visually hidden. Allowances have been made for a future Respond online or using free reader enquiry card


Voice of the Industry Energy usage seems to dominate both the news headlines and the ‘Zero-Carbon’ agenda, whereas water efficiency, one of the key measures, seems to have been almost forgotten. Michael Farnsworth, Managing Director of Stormsaver, says that as water reduction is a compulsory element of the CSH, it should be raised up the agenda.

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t is over two years since the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) was introduced in the UK with the target of achieving ‘Zero-Carbon Homes’ by 2016. In this era, with a more environmentally-aware public, conscious of the need to reduce their impact on climate change, there is a growing desire


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Voice of the Industry Fact FilE Name: Michael Farnsworth Position/Company: Managing Director, Stormsaver Industry Sector: Sustainable/Rainwater Harvesting

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Sustainable water strategies Developers and architects need to think clearly about their sustainable water strategies as part of the CSH and look for a cost-effective option which significantly reduces the load on the mains water supply.Water saving devices, such as rainwater harvesting systems, should be both considered and specified. Systems, which can be fitted in both domestic and commercial builds, ensure a high energy efficiency performance rating by helping to drastically reduce carbon emissions and saving up to 50% of annual water consumption. In some cases, the systems can also offer the option of being connected to other energy saving devices, including solar panels and small wind turbines, meaning lower operating costs and lower CO2 emissions. Rainwater harvesting works by collecting rain from roofs and filtering out leaves and other debris, before storing the water in the main storage tank.The water is then pumped into the property to be used for most non-potable functions, including toilet and urinal flushing. Rainwater is also soft and therefore not subject to problems associated with limescale, making it particularly suitable for use in washing machines.The lack of chemicals and contaminants in rainwater also make it a great choice for uses such as watering gardens and vehicle washing. Environmental impacts The overflow system allows easy discharge into storm drains during heavy rainfall and


the small control unit, which is simple to install and can be fitted inside a kitchen cupboard, can automatically switch to mains water when rainfall levels are low. Harvesting systems ensure that rainwater is used effectively for domestic use and helps to reduce unnecessary environmental impacts connected with overuse of mains water. There is on average 18 times more rainfall in the UK than the population’s net consumption each year, and the rainwater storage reservoirs can store enough water to service a building for up to 21 days. Looking at historic rainfall data in the UK, it is common to receive at least one downfall within a 14-day period and therefore a correctly sized system can provide a continuous supply of water, but this does entail storing much greater volumes of water than are required of a greywater system (where water is recycled from domestic appliances such as washing machines, baths, showers and sinks, excluding the kitchen sink). Following the installation and commissioning of a rainwater harvesting system, users benefit from comparatively low maintenance, clear water and reduced utility bills. Water efficiency The installation of a specialist rainwater harvesting system can also ensure that your build complies with the recent changes to Part G of the Government Building Regulations, introduced earlier last year.These changes have placed significant emphasis on the need to save and re-use

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water. Part G limits water usage to 120 litres for inside use and five litres for outside use per person, per day. Rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling systems can play a huge role in reducing a property’s reliance on mains water, protect against spiralling utility costs and can even cut water usage by half, compared to full use of mains water. Stormsaver’s new Monsoon system uses 90% less energy than some other rainwater harvesting systems and offers an exceptional entry price for developers, combating the notoriously high prices connected with most sustainability and conservation products. Overall, with the development of the Code for Sustainable Homes and the Part G amendments, there is a real chance for water efficiency to be top of the agenda. Our Monsoon range is the lowest priced on the market and has the lowest associated costs, so I truly believe that as builders and developers create new homes across the UK and reach for higher levels of the Code, by adopting sustainable building techniques and low-cost resourceefficient measures, they can make a real difference to the environment and society we live in.

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SentryGlas®- clearly strong A visual highlight of the Champalimaud Foundation´s recently completed biomedical research facility in Lisbon, Portugal, is the lightweight steel and glass bridge that connects its two buildings. The glass envelope encasing the bridge consists of curved panels of laminated glass made with DuPont™ SentryGlas® interlayer. of 8 mm tempered HST glass + 2.28 mm SentryGlas® interlayer + 8mm tempered HST glass.The panels are held in place by four custom-designed clamp plates from Bellapart, located at the glass vertices, whilst vertical steel rings positioned at every two meters along the envelope are used for its support.


uPont™ SentryGlas® was specified by the structural engineers Schlaich Bergermann und Partner and the specialist contractor Bellapart on the basis of its decreased deflection and superior post breakage behaviour as compared to laminates made with PVB. Moreover, the proximity of the research facility to the sea meant that the excellent weathering and durability performance of laminates made with SentryGlas® were further criteria for their selection. The ‘Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown’ was designed by Charles Correa Associates of Mumbai, India, and comprises two buildings set in a large public area that accommodate treatment units, research laboratories, an auditorium and exhibition area as well as the offices of the Champalimaud Foundation itself. The buildings are connected by a 21-meter long steel and glass bridge, implemented by Schlaich Bergermann und Partner of Stuttgart, Germany, Prof. Schneider from TU Darmstadt, Germany and Bellapart of Olot, Spain.The curved glass envelope for the bridge consists of several laminated glass panels, each typically measuring 1950x1320mm and produced by the Spanish laminator Cricursa using a comparatively lightweight construction

Calculations by Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, carried out in partnership with Prof. Schneider of the TU Darmstadt, confirmed that in order to achieve a comparable rate of deflection in similarlysized laminated glass panels using a PVB interlayer, glass thickness would need to be increased from 8+8 mm to 12+12 mm. Not only would this add significant weight to the installation, requiring a more substantial supporting structure, but it would also become difficult to achieve the required radius for the curved panels. Laminated glass panels Familiar with SentryGlas® from previous projects, Bellapart repeated the glass load calculations for a laminated glass panel made with the DuPont interlayer to ensure compliance with safety requirements, as Carles Teixidor, industrial engineer at Bellapart explains: “Our own calculations verified the low rate of deflection of the laminated glass panels with SentryGlas®, below L/100 in the 8mm + 8mm construction, which is achieved despite exposure to quite high wind loads resulting from its geometry as well as its proximity to the sea. Moreover, the excellent post-breakage performance of laminated tempered glass with SentryGlas® in the event

of failure of non-vertical installations was key: thanks to the high stiffness and limited creep of the interlayer, there is an extended period between the potential failure of the two glass components and the detachment of the panel from its fixings, enabling more time for its repair or replacement and limiting the potential for danger to passersby.” With the bridge being installed just a few metres from the sea, the superior edge stability of SentryGlas® also came to the fore on the glass panels with open edges at either end of the bridge. “There was no weather seal used to protect these panels from the external environment, yet the outstanding edges stability of SentryGlas® will ensure that no appreciable edge delamination and no measurable moisture intrusion occurs,” confirms Carles Teixidor. The ‘Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown’ was officially inaugurated on the 5th October 2010 by the President of the Republic of Portugal. +49 6102 182638

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g n i t a r b Cele mass The growing demand for sustainable design, the tightening of Part L of the Building Regulations, and rising energy bills call for a re-evaluation of air-conditioned offices. Guy Thompson, Head of Architecture and Sustainability at The Concrete Centre, thinks this adds to a growing realisation of the sustainable and economic benefits of exposed concrete structures.

Thermal mass can provide a sustainable method of cooling that reduces or even avoids the need for air-conditioning


he operation of buildings in the UK accounts for some 50% of the total UK CO2 emissions. A significant proportion of this is due to air-conditioning and, with its installation predicted to rise by 8% annually, the share of air-conditioning related CO2 emissions looks set to rise by some six million extra tonnes every year by 2020.This makes the application of full air-conditioning systems harder to justify, especially when faced with rising energy costs. In addition, the Building Regulations now include overheating limits for non air-conditioned buildings to future-proof them against the impact of climate change.The net effect is that energy-guzzling air-conditioned offices are increasingly being viewed as an anachronism. Increasingly, designers are realising the


potential of thermal mass which, when used in combination with night time ventilation and cooling, can provide a sustainable method of cooling that reduces or even avoids the need for airconditioning. Often referred to as Fabric Energy Storage (FES), the basic approach is to expose the soffit of concrete floor slabs which can then absorb heat gains during warm weather and so reduce the internal temperature.The introduction of cool night air ventilates and cools the soffits in readiness for the following day.

The use of concrete construction often raises questions concerning the level of embodied CO2 when compared to other structural materials. Some passively cooled concrete office buildings may have a higher embodied CO2 that is, however, quickly offset by the reductions in ongoing operational CO2. Some design teams have already reported an offset period of less than a year whilst even the most pessimistic comparisons have demonstrated an offset period of only 6 years.

Design flexibility The UK variation in diurnal temperature rarely drops below 5oC, making night cooling effective. As an alternative, or in addition to night-time ventilation water cooling may be used which can offer improved flexibility and control of slab cooling.

The use of FES offers a good deal of design flexibility ranging from simple, naturally ventilated systems to more sophisticated mechanically ventilated or water-cooled systems that are suitable for projects with high cooling loads. Initially, FES was used for prestigious bespoke office buildings however a turning point in the market

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Structural There are a number of generic FES systems.These include: 1. Exposed soffits with natural ventilation Flat or profiled floor slabs used in conjunction with natural ventilation.This may be wind-driven or a combination of wind and stack ventilation 2. Exposed soffits with underfloor ventilation The void created by a raised floor is used as a plenum for mechanical ventilation. Air enters the occupied space through floor diffusers.This system is often used in conjunction with an exposed, profiled slab and openable windows to provide a mixed-mode solution. 3. Exposed hollowcore slabs with mechanical ventilated air flow Precast hollowcore concrete slabs with mechanical ventilated air flow via the cylindrical cores in the slabs, providing good convective heat transfer between the air and concrete. Further heat transfer is provided by the exposed underside of the slab.

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4. Exposed soffits with water-cooled slabs Precast or cast in-situ slabs with water cooling via embedded polybutylene pipework which can be used in conjunction with a night-time ventilation strategy. has now been reached. Driven by higher costs, greater sustainability awareness and increased regulation, more and more speculative office projects are adopting a high thermal mass FES approach as the clients and tenants demand lower operating costs, long-term usability and sustainability and a good return on investment. Thermal linking Thermal mass can be provided by all structural elements but the bulk of it is provided by concrete floor slabs.This is not only because of the larger surface area available for heat transfer but also because the soffit can be exposed for radiant heat transfer. It is inaccurate to state that there is no additional thermal mass benefit beyond 100mm as this fails to take account of

weather patterns when hot periods require additional thickness for heat absorption long after the 100mm has become saturated. It also fails to take account of the ability of designers to utilise underfloor ventilation to provide thermal linking on the topside, thereby significantly increasing the effective thickness that can be exploited. In addition, the middle of the slabs can be linked through the use of active systems.

5. Chilled beams with exposed or partially exposed soffits Concrete soffits (flat or coffered) with chilled beams suspended directly below. A permeable ceiling may be used, or the soffit left exposed. FES is provided in the usual way using natural and/or mechanical ventilation.

Instead of the over-serviced offices of the past, the use of exposed concrete structures is facilitating a return to basics with air-conditioning being either minimised or even eliminated by the use of natural ventilation and thermal mass.

More and more speculative office projects are adopting a FES approach as the clients and tenants demand lower operating costs, long-term usability and sustainability

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Making an entrance Doorways and entrances offer the first impression of any building, and can give an expectation of the quality of the interior; David Greenyer of Record (UK) discusses the trends in the design and application of revolving doors for commercial and public buildings.


irst impressions tend to be lasting ones and a building’s main entrance is therefore a key aspect to any project – whether new build or refurbishment – where the architect will normally wish to make a bold statement.There is strong evidence also, that the technological advances that have been made in respect of revolving doors over recent years has played a major part in enabling consultants to realise their ambitions. And as is the case in so many walks of life – size matters! What Record (UK) has witnessed in the many different contracts with which it has been involved across the sectors has been a shift towards specifying ever bigger revolving doors.While in practical terms there is rarely any physical need to incorporate a door with a diameter larger than 2.5 metres, it is now quite common for designers seeking to push this figure to four, five or more metres. For one contract currently being undertaken, the diameter of the bespoke revolving glass door is 5.5 metres. Significant impact The heights, too, are steadily increasing with stunning new internal lobby to Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum featuring an installation by Record/Blasi that stands at four metres tall. Located within a room height glazed screen, this has the effect of not only making a bold design statement, but also of maximizing the visibility of the historic aspects to the building’s interior spaces.


Transparency then is an attribute that comes very near the top of every architect’s or interior designer’s wish list. Very few companies in the sector, though, have the technical capability to comply with designers’ demands for maximising glass area and simultaneously minimizing the amount of metal framework required. The type of glazing chosen of course has a significant impact on the extent to which this can be achieved, and there is a direct correlation between weight and openness: glassnost one might call it. So while single glazing featuring laminated safety glass is the normal selection, both double and triple glazed units can be incorporated, but with an increasing impact in terms of sight-liens.

entrance.This allows those with mobility problems or even people moving large objects, easier access to the building.

Easier access As is often the case, developers have also had to deal with the conflicting demands of different parts to the Building Regulations and other legislation. While Approved Document L to the Building Regulations is setting ever more stringent targets on energy saving, Part M and the Disability Discrimination Act have concentrated primarily on the accessibility of entrances. So although a well engineered revolving door is the most energy efficient means of moving pedestrians in and out of large properties, they are not favoured by wheelchair users; whether or not the door is powered. The simple recourse for the specifier is position an automatically opening ‘pass door’ on one or both sides of the main

Great sophistication Beyond the visible aspects to revolving doors, the top manufacturers are also now able to offer customers great sophistication in terms of the operating systems and the way they can be monitored as well as controlled. So not only can the motors be hidden away in the floor beneath the assembly, but instead of the ubiquitous knob control giving three or four settings, Record’s new generation installations feature an RCD panel which can give direct feedback, either to the concierge, via a monitor, or to the building management system (BMS). This facility offers real benefits in terms of safety and maintenance implications, as parameters such as door speed can be reported along with any fault status.

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The other alternative facilitating the passage of unusual loads through a revolving door is to provide for the rotating leaves to be moved to the side, something record can readily accommodate as part of its custom build service.This mechanical metamorphosis takes only a few moments for maintenance staff to achieve, and in some instances, record has also combined this adaptation with the flexibility of being able to rotate and therefore shorten the surrounding walls, effectively creating even more width to the entrance gap.

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being obscured, and improved fault analysis therefore enables the situation to be dealt with more quickly and economically.

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Alert signals can also be sent to the facility manager’s lap top or by text to his mobile phone.

No UK building is more closely associated with its host city than the Liver Building.So when it came to refurbishing the building, it was essential that it retained its historic status while meeting the ever changing demands of the contemporary workplace. A Grade I listed building, it first opened in 1911 as the custom built home of the Royal Liver Assurance Group, it is now arguably the only privately owned primary landmark of any UK city, linked to the identity of culture and identity of Liverpool so much that it is a key part of Liverpool’s UNESCO designated World Heritage City status. One of the first buildings in the world to be constructed from reinforced concrete it also broke new ground from an architectural perspective, inspiring other buildings such as the Manhattan Municipal Building in New York and the Seven Sisters in Moscow.

and feature lighting installed.The atrium was also designed to accommodate the later addition of a mezzanine deck - a lightweight structure with perimeter walkways and staircases connecting the levels, all to provide an elegant costeffective way of increasing the overall leasable floor space of the building.

The project with main contractor and designer Claremont Group Interiors has been ongoing as part of a programme of work, the initial two phases of which completed in the summer of 2010.The first phase included the refurbishment of the building’s West Entrance Atrium, to create a suitable sense of having arrived in an iconic building, complementing the identity and values of the building and its owners.The refurbishment aimed to sympathetically reinvigorate the existing features of the atrium. The solution entailed retaining the atrium’s original features, including the original arches to the columns, the staircase to the basement, the circular light dome, roof glazing and stained glass windows. From the remaining space, the light fittings, roller shutter, frames, glazing to arches and water feature were stripped out. Columns, arches, ceiling coffers and walls were refurbished, redecorated and replaced. A new tiled floor was laid over the existing floor and new direct and indirect ambient Respond online or using free reader enquiry card


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P C Henderson’s new security concept P C Henderson, the UK’s leading manufacturer in sliding door hardware, is introducing a new security concept in residential and commercial exterior folding doors – Securefold-Ultra.


he system operates effortlessly and combines the direct benefits of exterior folding doors with a highly, weather and corrosion resistant system. SecurefoldUltra offers designers the opportunity to create and indoor-outdoor experience which maximises flexibility and space without compromising security at a time when rising insurance premiums and security concerns are a major influence on all householders’ buying decision. Securefold-Ultra has obtained, after extensive trials, HAS ENV 1627 European security certification - this is designengineered anti-burglary resistance due to a number of cleverly designed components including; an attack resistant hinge which incorporates a security pin and unique central interlocking hinge leaf preventing a burglar from tampering or removing the hardware from the door; a Flush bolt manufactured from extruded aluminium and incorporating a 10mm diameter 316 stainless steel bolt which is impervious to any attack or potential break-in; all hardware incorporates security screws to prevent the hardware from being disengaged from the hinge ensuring 3 points of locking on every door seam. Weather resistance Securefold -Ultra has been tested according to the latest EN-norms for: air-tightness, water tightness and resistance


against wind force - reaching an impressive 9A (600 Pa) rating for water tightness.The design also includes an optional aluminium DDA compliant threshold and bottom channel - concealed under the door to increase and improve weather resistance. These features make the system ideal to withstand severe weather conditions and be corrosion resistant in the harshest of environments – even prominent coastal areas. Extensive testing At the heart of the Securefold-Ultra system are the two and four wheeled load bearing hangers which can take timber doors of up to 75kg weight.The solid, 316 stainless

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steel hanger uses high speed bearings, along with guide bearings machined from state-of-the-art polymer. All components have undergone extensive cyclic testing exceeding the maximum European BS EN I527 grade of 100,000 cycles. As with all Henderson products, Securefold-Ultra is easy to install – comprehensive instructions are supplied with every pack. P C Henderson has invested substantially in training and infrastructure in the past year and has as dedicated Technical Services Team that are on hand to deal all installation or specification query.


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Green get-away! In early 2007, archipeleco were delighted to be selected to be the architects for what their clients described as ‘the first eco-refurbishment of a hotel in the UK’. Lucy Pedler, director archipeleco architects, tells FC&A that they faced up to more than simply a sustainable renovation and refurbishment project! FAct File Architects: archipeleco limited, Bristol client: City Eco Hotel, Bournemouth M&e engineers: BEP service engineers, Cardiff cost consultants: Holloway Squire Partnership Quantity surveyors, Hampshire Main contractors: Spetisbury Construction limited, Hampshire M&e subcontractors: Wessex, Hampshire

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ur client, City Eco Hotel, comprised four very dedicated people who had collectively a great deal of experience in both running a hotel and a successful business but were new to the area of sustainable building. However, they were committed to creating a low impact yet high quality hotel and their wish was to take a handsome but rather unloved Victorian hotel in Bournemouth and turn it into a ‘deep green’ boutique hotel, a unique offering in the town.This aim included so much more than not washing guests’ towels every day but went to the heart of the hotel’s renovation and future activities. This included an extensive range of solar thermal panels on the roof, a CHP gas boiler for the heating and hot water (when the sun didn’t shine) plus generating some of the hotel’s electricity, natural materials throughout including hand printed locally made wallpaper made in the UK using vegetable inks, locally made 100% wool carpets and solid wood furniture made in the UK using trees felled by storms or tree surgeons. The first of two major hurdles to


overcome was the fact that the building is Grade II Listed. Although an attractive building, it had practically no original interior features and the outside had, over the years, been unsympathetically altered so the Listed status was felt to be unjustified. However, Listed it was and we had to work with a conservation officer who was going to use this fact to make sure that any work carried out on the building would take it back to its original state, even if it meant increasing the carbon emissions the building was responsible for or making it more difficult for disabled people to use the hotel (examples of this were not allowing us to put an additional handrail – as required by Part M of the Building Regulations – on the main entrance stairs and requiring a cumbersome additional door to the accessible lift to cover up what was, in their

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The building is Grade II Listed, but had practically no original interior features and the outside had, over the years, been unsympathetically altered

opinion, unacceptable aluminium faced lift doors). A challenging situation This situation proved to be extremely challenging – we are architects committed to minimising the impact on the environment of all our work and our

Design & Desire expertise in this field was why our clients had hired us.Yet on many occasions, barriers were erected to prevent us from achieving our goals.There are many examples, but three stand out as unacceptable compromises made in the name of protecting an unexceptional ‘historic’ building: There was a generous 100mm cavity in the external walls of the oldest part of the hotel which, once filled, would have significantly improved the heat retaining properties of the building but the conservation officer was having none of this. Despite our in-depth understanding of how interventions of this nature change the movement of moisture across the building fabric and our details that would have addressed this issue, the cavity had to be left unfilled. The second example was that of the windows. Our clients wished to replace all the existing windows , mainly single glazed (not original) timber windows plus a few ugly double glazed uPVC windows with high performance double glazed traditionally styled timber windows. Again our efforts were dismissed as ‘harmful to the historic nature of the building’ and we had to put single glazed windows where the windows were replaced, something that as a sustainable design practice we were deeply unhappy about. Thirdly, the roof mounted solar thermal panels were only accepted if they could not be seen from the street – we had to reduce the number of panels as two of them might have been able to have been seen if someone strained their eyes from a single vantage point a long way down the street.

has risen out of the ashes and opened to the public in April 2010 after an investment of some £5m on the refurbishment. Our clients have thought of every environmental impact of the hotel from the construction through to the running of the hotel, from training their staff to understand the philosophy of the business through to an on-site water filtration system with inhouse (re-usable) bottles. Working with a committed client on the design was very enjoyable – they were keen to learn and carried out extensive research on things like sourcing ceramic tiles (using Johnson Tiles that have 35% recycled content with a single firing process rather than the normal twice-fired process), low flow shower heads (one of the clients painstakingly installed various shower heads in her own home to test them out, settling for a 10 litre/minute flow rate) and options for reducing the impact on the laundry activities – by washing inhouse they have been able to use an ozone system linked to the washing machines allowing wash temperatures as low as 15 degrees. Comfort levels Having a knowledgeable and open minded M&E engineer was critical to achieving the eco-aims of the hotel and we worked well with services engineers BEP of Cardiff (now retired). BEP had a similar

Bathrooms include ceramic tiles that have 35% recycled content (with a single firing process rather than the normal twice-fired process), and low flow shower heads

outlook to our architectural practice in that at every stage of the process, we assessed the sustainability of the options and advised our clients on the one with the lowest impact. An example of this was deciding what to do with the single glazed windows. As we were not allowed to replace the windows with double glazed units, we asked BEP to assess the carbon savings of various other options such as secondary glazing and draught stripping. The client chose the latter and used the Ventrolla system, well recognised as one

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A green phoenix The second hurdle was that, ten weeks before completion, the hotel suffered from a devastating fire, the flames of which totally destroyed the roof and the water used to put the fire out destroyed the rest.This resulted in huge amounts of unplanned construction waste as most of the interiors were damaged beyond repair – this thwarted the attempts to minimise waste during construction and created some tension between the client, the design team and the contractor. However, like a green phoenix, the hotel Respond online or using free reader enquiry card


Design & Desire of the best for window renovation.This improved comfort levels in the hotel by reducing draughts but unfortunately still did not deal with the significant radiant heat loss through single glazed units. Another important decision was specifying the heating and lighting systems. As already mentioned, solar thermal panels and CHP were low carbon options and low energy CFL and LED lighting has been used throughout the hotel.The intelligent lighting system in the hotel is designed so lights only come on when required – daylight sensors turn off public area lighting when sufficient daylight is present and motion detectors turn corridor lighting down when no-one is present at night. We worked with BREEAM assessors, ‘eight associates’ in London to establish if the hotel could achieve an Excellent rating and work is still being carried out to determine the final rating.Working with ‘eight associates’ has reinforced our opinion that starting the discussions on the sustainability of a project early on in the design process is absolutely essential so that we could make informed decisions throughout the design development and minimise any backtracking which might result in redundant work. The challenges were substantial on this project and we could have achieved much more if our hands had not been tied, but we are very proud of the results and so is


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Bournemouth as the hotel (appropriately named ‘The Greenhouse’) won the “Small Hotel of the Year” at Bournemouth’s Tourism Awards and was shortlisted for the Edie (Environmental Data Interactive Exchange) Awards for Environmental Excellence 2010’. Lucy Pedler is also director of a not for profit organisation teaching sustainable building practices to construction professionals throughout the UK. Please visit their website www.

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Legislation under fire Built-in fire protection must be at the heart of design. Ignoring it can lead to tragedy, and responsibility can be laid at the door of everyone from the original designer to the risk assessor who carries out the fire safety assessment, warns David Sugden, Chairman of the Passive Fire Protection Federation.


assive fire protection. It may not sound exciting or cutting edge but it is fundamental to the future of all buildings and their occupants. Passive or built-in fire protection saves lives and it saves businesses, but at the Passive Fire Protection Federation (PFPF) we are aware that it is often relegated to the bottom of the heap when it comes to designing a new building or renovating an old one. It’s understandable – modern materials and methods are so different from the traditional that it is difficult to apply existing knowledge to completely new situations. But it is the responsibility of everyone working in construction, from the specifier and designer through to the installer, to be aware of the implications for fire safety in every stage of construction. It is essential to use the correct materials in the correct way and to ensure that compartmentation is maintained throughout. It’s worth repeating some basic points. Built-in fire protection works by preventing the spread of flames and smoke from the original fire. Compartmentation (providing fire separation and isolation) and protected escape are vital.The elements of a fire-protection compartment are walls, partitions (especially glazed partitions) ceilings, floors, beams and columns, doors and windows. Each of these can be given a rating based on how long it can continue to function in case of fire. In order to gain approval from Building Control any design must demonstrate that it complies with


regulations. Smoke must not be able to creep through the walls, under floors or above the ceilings and there will be no ducting from one apartment to another. Compromised safety But we all know that changes get made to the original plan – economies are made or supplies delayed and seemingly unimportant changes pass unnoticed as building goes on.The original built-in fire safety is compromised and nobody notices. Specifiers and architects need to ensure that what is specified on the plans is what is delivered and installed. It isn’t good enough to think any substitute will do. Safety certification for a specific product is for a specific set up and as soon as that changes the certification is invalid. A recent report, Compartmentation in Roof Voids BD2846, commissioned by the Department of Communities and Local Government and carried out by Exova Warringtonfire, has confirmed the PFPF’s fears about inadequate compartmentation. It is difficult to check fire safety provision in roof voids as the details are often unclear in the design and it isn’t a mandatory inspection point for Building Control. Postconstruction inspection can be destructive so, when pressure mounts to meet time and budget targets, the whole issue slips down the list of priorities.This report is only concerned with compartmentation in roof voids, and has found serious problems. The PFPF knows that these problems can apply throughout a building.

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David Sugden, Chairman, Passive Fire Protection Federation

Serious inadequacies Unfortunately it often takes a tragedy to highlight problems with fire protection. Six deaths at Lakanal House in July 2009 were a high price to pay to discover that fire and smoke was able to spread from floor to floor and break out in areas far removed from the original blaze. More fortunate were the residents of Pacific Wharf, where serious inadequacies in passive fire protection were discovered during the course of repair work, and rectified before there was a similar tragedy. The law now puts the responsibility for fire safety principally on the owners and operators of a building, but it doesn’t end there.The first court cases have been brought following various fire tragedies, and prison sentences and large fines have been handed out where serious breaches in fire safety have occurred.We are now seeing prosecutions of constructors and even risk assessors so who’s to say anyone is immune? Are you sure your design is compliant with the latest regulations? Is it being modified for economy or speed? Was the specification changed? The PFPF recommends using third party certification for all fire critical elements – and that includes installers.The best components are useless if they are incorrectly installed. The consequences of failure could be catastrophic so it is worth checking, and double checking. For more help and guidance consult the PFPF website at

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The handle / paddle need to be operable even when side pressure is applied to the door. Products carry a classification code with 9 digits: box 4 indicates Fire Resistance with 0 = not approved for use on fire/smoke door assemblies, A = suitable for use on smoke door assemblies and B = suitable for use on fire and smoke door EN 179 for emergency escape doors – assemblies based on a test unacceptable methods of egress confirming that the product is suitable for fire/ smoke doors.The 9th digit indicates the type of acceptable operating mechanism: A = lever handle operation and B = push pad operation. Can you explain the fire testing of hardware and doors? Fire doors will be nominated as either FDKS (Fire Door Keep Shut) or FDKL (Fire Door Keep Locked). Doors are tested with hardware, with both doors and hardware carrying a code to confirm their fire rating. An example of this is: FD 30 S. FD confirms that it is a Fire Door, tested for 30 minutes, with the S to indicate that it offers a smoke seal. Doors and hardware are rated with a rating based on the results of the test and recorded in minutes.

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What are the acceptable forms of door escape on emergency exits? Firstly, standard EN179 covers emergency escape doors, which applies to areas of a public building that are non-public areas with trained staff whereas EN1125 covers panic escape doors applicable in public areas and assemblies.This standard EN 179 for emergency escape doors – acceptable methods of egress defines acceptable methods of egress: the product must be tested and approved; the standard covers the complete product, lever handle lock case strike etc, which needs to be the same configurations as is tested. EN179 provides for escape at all times from the escape side of the door.

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Daydream believer‌ Forum House is a project Melissa worked on as part of the Wembley masterplan

What was your first job, and when did you join the industry you are currently in? My first job was as a weekend shop assistant for the Body Shop at the age of 14. In 1984, following my Architecture degree, I worked as an Architectural Assistant for Spence and Webster Architects. I continued to work in Architecture and also set design and construction until I had my first child in 1991. After taking a Masters degree at CAT, I was asked to join the staff as a lecturer. A few years later I was keen to apply my sustainability knowledge and experience in a more mainstream environment, and in 2005 was lucky enough to be offered a part time position as Sustainability Consultant at Hilson Moran.


Did you have plans to achieve this, or was it a series of events? I studied Architecture because it was the only subject I could find that combined Arts and Science. My interest in environmental issues began at primary school in the seventies during a visit to an exhibition about waste and our impact on the natural world.This enthusiasm was developed further while working at the Body Shop, which allowed me to see that businesses can be both ethical and highly successful. The most inspiring part of my degree was a lecture from Walter Segal whose practical architectural solutions addressed important social and environmental issues. Small scale low tech solutions have been applied and tested at CAT over the years, but having grown up in London, I had questions about their application in large scale urban developments. My work at Hilson Moran allowed me to experience the commercial and practical challenges associated with bringing sustainability into the mainstream. What has happened along the way that helps you in your position

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Fact File Name: Melissa Taylor Family: Partner Jason, and children Jake 19 and Zoe-blu 16 age: 48 town of residence: London Position/company: Senior Sustainability Consultant with Hilson Moran today? The engineering expertise and strong research and development ethos at Hilson Moran allowed me to develop the knowledge and experience, which I feed back to my students. Evidence emerging from research into the real performance of buildings is demonstrating the risks associated with new design solutions and technologies.The approach at Hilson Moran is to give advice based on proven, practical and effective solutions, while retaining a questioning attitude to everything. Having children was important in focussing my mind further onto environmental and social issues. But without the support that I have received at Hilson Moran, it would have been impossible to balance my various work and family commitments. Looking around in the industry, there are too few

Profile women with a family, in senior positions. Do you think that industry newcomers will have the same opportunities as you had? It is definitely harder for everyone now. My children are entering a world where young people are told that there are “no jobs or opportunities, and the world is going to hell anyway”. I think the most important thing is to be yourself, and to remain open and flexible.You never know how your skills may become useful.The world is changing so fast, and we need people who can use science in creative ways. How much has your industry changed since you have been involved – and have you caused any of these changes? During my six years at Hilson Moran, the sustainability industry has definitely grown up.The construction industry has lurched from a complete lack of interest in sustainability, to a cynical bandwagon approach, to genuine interest in the benefits that it has to offer.The sustainability industry is now at a stage where there is a split; between those that are happy to tick boxes and specify ‘eco-bling’, and those that are committed to producing genuinely sustainable solutions. Hilson Moran has always been part of the latter group, exploring new solutions and working with clients and design teams to identify best practice. I hope that through the RIBA certified Hilson Moran CPD seminar and my lectures at CAT, design teams have learned to treat sustainability as a creative opportunity, rather than the box-ticking exercise that it can so easily become. What advice do you wish you’d been given at 25? I wish I’d learnt more about economics and politics.We can create good buildings, but it is the people who use energy and resources. I also wish I’d realised how valuable daydreaming is. I recently saw this quote from Albert Einstein, written on a wall at the Eden Project. I think it says it all: “Imagination is more important than knowledge”. Do you think advice can be given to people, or does everyone have to make their own mistakes? I think people don’t generally learn from advice until they experience the results of their actions. I do, however, think it is important to give people confidence to do things differently. Architects have a unique ability to imagine solutions to the problems we presently face. But without sustainability expertise, they often hand over responsibilities to engineers, contractors and consultants, resulting in a fragmented process and a poor product. It is only by working together, and with building users, all the way through, that we can produce the beautiful, comfortable, usable, effective, sustainable buildings that we need. Where do you see yourself/your industry in five/ten years’ time? If we do our job well now, I would hope that in 10 years time the industry will have been transformed, and Sustainability Consultants will no longer exist in their present form. If we are still trying to improve buildings in 2020, then I fear it may be too late for us to have a meaningful impact. Hopefully the industry will be confident about designing and constructing good buildings by then. Of course, we mustn’t forget the importance of the people using these buildings, but that’s a whole other story…

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Wetland wonderland How do you deal with effluent, pollution and storm water, manage increasing water and sewage costs and at the same time increase green and blue space? WWT Consulting explain to FC&A how, using only natural processes, wetland treatment systems maximise biodiversity.


astewater treatment and reuse has become a key issue.WWT Consulting, a subsidiary of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), is the UK’s leading specialist wetland consultancy. In addition to ecological surveys, visitor centre and habitat design, designs and builds high-performance wetland treatment systems (WTS) with a difference.WTS can also be designed for stormwater retention, bring people and wildlife together for recreation, education and general wellbeing, and provide a livelihood. All profits raised through the consultancy are gifted back to WWT to support its valuable conservation work. At the recent Ecobuild event in London Dr Matthew Simpson and Phil Shepherd, from WWT Consulting talked about how to design and build these wetland treatment systems and gave a number of examples of the additional benefits that


these had brought to communities. Important habitats There are massive challenges facing the management of water.These include climate change, with predicted increased intensity of rainfall events likely to cause more flooding, and threats to water quality through agricultural, domestic and industrial pollution. Poor water quality results in the loss of water related biodiversity as well impacting human health.WWT Consulting’s designs have sustainability at their heart and harness the power of nature to clean and store our water better. “Wetlands are important habitats across the globe,” explained Shepherd. “We are just harnessing their power in different ways.We are using the microbial magic of wetlands to clean our water – and it’s really only since we started producing so much dirty water that we realised how

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good wetlands really are at cleaning it. We’ve designed systems throughout the world for a wide range of organisations including zoos, visitor centres, schools, domestic properties, commercial buildings, industrial facilities and landfill sites both in agricultural and urban environments.” How WTS work Nature is good at regulating toxins in the environment and wetlands are perfectly Aerial views, before, of the LWC London Wetlands Centre, in Barnes

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Drainage & Waste Water CASE STUDIES: Twycross Zoo’s WTS’ first growing season

Zoo poo! WWT Consulting undertook a series of projects at a UK zoo to redevelop some of their animal and visitor facilities. Fundamental to the zoo masterplan was sustainable water treatment and reuse, and creative landscaping. Obviously, with large animals like elephants, the effluent treatment capacity would need to be pretty big! The main wetland system comprised 19 ponds, over 1.6 hectares, with hybrid planting to treat the visitor and animal exhibit effluent and provide storage for an extreme rainfall event. The result is that aesthetics have improved, the zoo is making operational cost savings, the wetlands contribute to biodiversity action targets and the zoo has a valuable native habitat that it can promote.

The key is knowing exactly what is in the water or effluent before the system is designed, as different pollutants need different types of wetland systems and planting.

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equipped to clean water, becoming known as ‘nature’s kidneys’. A WTS is an engineered system designed to mimic the biological, chemical and physical processes of a natural wetland. Early designs relied solely on common reed but it is now known that a variety of plant species and communities improve treatment and enhance biodiversity. Basically the physical, chemical and biological processes that occur within the plants and soil within wetlands transform, lock up or remove harmful pollutants like nitrogen, ammonia, phosphates, heavy metals, and pathogenic bacteria allowing water to be discharged safely or reused.


Sustainable solutions WTS are cheaper to maintain than conventional sewage treatment plants due to low energy requirements, a comparative lack of technical equipment to maintain, and no or low consumables that require replacing. No chemicals are released into the environment and they provide wildlife habitat which benefits biodiversity. If designed appropriately we can also use these systems to increase our stormwater storage capacity. Last but not least they provide a wealth of opportunities to study and a beautiful environment for us to relax in – it is well recognised that green and blue spaces improve people’s health by reducing stress and breathing related illness. Systems can be designed to cater for a wide range of effluents including domestic sewage, industrial wastewater, phosphate sensitive catchments, agricultural runoff, acid mine drainage, landfill leachate, stormwater, hydrocarbon contact

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School for thought A garden-based WTS at a High School in Wigan takes inspiration from the shape and function of a kidney. It consists of reedbed treatment ponds, a polishing marsh and a wildlife pond with “pond dipping” platform.Wastewater from the toilets is treated and provides a supply of off-mains grey-water thus reducing the school’s water bill.The system also slows the passage of storm water into local streams reducing flood risk. A key use of the wetland is also to provide habitat for wildlife – giving the school an outdoor learning space and an area that can be enjoyed by students. In the future the school plans to create allotments for the students which will also be irrigated by the grey water. wastewater, and commercial buildings/ visitor centres. “In summary – wetland treatment systems can provide a perfect range of sustainable solutions for the management of wastewater and storm runoff whilst providing recreational spaces, habitat for wildlife, livelihoods for local communities and the reduction of flooding,” concluded Dr Matthew Simpson, Associate Director at WWT Consulting. “Not only that – they look beautiful and bring wildlife and people together.”





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kbb London is the capital’s only event devoted to the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom industry. In its launch year, the show is set to attract a multitude of professionals with the leading theme of “Innovation”, for three days of kbb business, networking and education, taking place from 15th to 17th May at ExCeL, London.


wealth of the industry’s wellknown brands will present their latest developments, including technologically advanced products, architectural open plan kitchens and interactive storage spaces. Among the recognised industry brands featuring at the show are Abode, CDA, Kohler, Nobilia, Nolte, Perrin&Rowe, Poggenpohl, Samsung, Scavolini, and Triflow Concepts. Poggenpohl will showcase their latest +ARTESIO collection of open plan kitchens. Created in collaboration with renowned designer and architect Hadi Teherani, the project is an eclectic fusion of design and construction.With the technological advancements presented by other companies, such as CDA and Nobilia, the event will inspire with a forward-thinking vision of the future of kbb industry.


Pioneering brands The kbb London Innovation Awards will recognise the brightest product design ideas from the kbb’s pioneering brands.Among the submitted products are Teuco UK’s recessed tubs, S-Box’s interactive storage spaces and CDA’s touch-screen ovens. Nobilia will further promote technological ideas with an innovative stand involving touch screens and digital presentations on how to implement forward-looking designs into the kitchen environment. Product concepts ‘We are very excited to showcase original projects and product concepts at the show, and contribute to the continuous development of kitchen, bedroom and bathroom designs,’ said Andrew Vaughan, kbb brand director. ‘We want to inspire architects and interior designers who visit kbb London and provide them with a

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business and networking platform perfect for future fruitful collaborations’. A series of free seminars will discuss the industry’s latest achievements and forthcoming trends. Representatives of branding agency Seymourpowell will present their findings from European design trade shows and unveil the future trends of the kbb industry. Colour trends for 2012 will be discussed by Global Color Research and well-known eco-designer Oliver Heath will host a lively debate on Eco-Chic - implementing sustainable solutions in high-end designs. For more information about kbb London and to register, and attend the event for free, visit For daily show updates and industry news join the kbb community on Twitter @kbbevents

kbb London Preview Wedi: get creative in wet rooms and bathrooms wedi, the world recognised brand name synonymous with tiling preparation systems for wet areas, continues to lead the way in creative and practical solutions for wet rooms, walk in showers and bathrooms. The wedi Fundo system opens up a whole new world of design possibilities for walk-in showers, wet-rooms and bathroom design in general. It gives architects, designers and users the confidence to create solutions with complete design freedom. wedi Fundo designer showers unique combination of wedi Board on the walls and floors in conjunction with the wedi Fundo walk-in shower base provides a complete peace-of-mind solution that’s also quick and easy to install. Key to the success of wedi is the fact that the material itself is completely waterproof – not just ‘moisture resistant’ like some solutions. In essence, wedi Fundo is a low level shower base constructed with a ready-made fall to the drain position, all ready for tiling in anything from the thinnest mosaic right up to the thickest stone or marble tile or slab. Each unit comes complete with its own specially designed drain, which includes a polished stainless steel grid.

Design flexibility is at the core of all of the wedi systems and specifiers and builders can select from square, rectangular, round, spiral or quadrant standard shapes, or even have tailor-made designs to exactly suit their requirements!


Mereway spring forward Taplanes: a fitting solution Soft shapes and textural finishes are what it’s all about this year, and this Spring Leading shower cubicle and bathroom pod manufacturer Taplanes Ltd provide pre-fabricated solutions to a variety of end users throughout the UK.Taplanes pre-formed shower enclosures overcome the inherent problems associated with conventional bathroom areas. Both one-piece and sectional designs are available.The sectional designs are primarily aimed towards the refurbishment sector allowing the units to be maneuvered into restrictive locations with relative ease. Size, shape and specification details can all be tailored to suit with full AutoCAD drawings provided as required.


sees Mereway Kitchens introduce some irresistibly stylish products into their Italian inspired Cucina Colore collection.Whilst white never goes out of fashion, the current trend sees combinations of vibrant, interesting woodgrains and softer organic hues.With this in mind, Mereway Kitchens have launched new finish Coco Bolo; a flat slab MFC door with a striking, linear woodgrain available in a light textured matt finish or sleek high gloss finish. 028

Kermi turn up the heat The classical and timeless Arbonia range of column radiators is a front runner in the extensive programme of heating solutions now available from Kermi.With exceptional heat output and a vast range of sizes and configurations Arbonia Column radiators open up many opportunities in the wider contract market. Buildings of all types can be catered for including schools, hospitals, hotels and all commercial building developments; the range is ideal for larger period domestic properties. Convex or concave angles are no problem and bay window or curved models are also available. 029

British Ceramic Tile: nature inspired A new beige colourway has been added to the Wintergarden range of ceramic tiles from British Ceramic Tile, the latest addition to their popular Laura Ashley collection of tiles. The large format light & dark beige 248x398mm wall tiles have a crackle glaze effect, and a gloss finish. A coordinating feature tile is also available in light beige with a delicate floral design.The 248x80mm strip has shimmering glass & platinum highlights and is designed to work with both the light and dark plain tiles for a more classical look. 030 Respond online or using free reader enquiry card



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Landscaping Ultrascape: The Quay To Salford’s Media Community Ultrascapes’s Pro-bed HS, Pro-Prime and Flowpoint have been performing to the highest standard at Manchester’s £650 million development, MediaCity UK. Specialist landscape paving contractor, English Landscapes, specified Ultrascape products to help construct the 40,000m² of paved areas at the high profile development project MediaCity UK in Manchester. Located at Salford Quays on the banks of Manchester’s historic ship canal, MediaCity UK is the first purpose-built media community in the UK. The project is one of the largest public realm paving schemes in Europe. Over 2000 tonnes of Ultrascape Pro-bed HS bedding mortar was supplied in bulk silos which provided a perfect base for the stone to be laid on. Ultrascape’s Pro-Prime slurry primer and the innovative Ultrascape Flowpoint flowable rapid setting grout were also used throughout the development. Flowpoint is the ideal solution for any sizeable scheme, enabling large areas to be grouted with this pourable material and simply washed away with no staining. From fine bedding concrete and slurry primers to high performance flowable grouts and surface protection liquids, all Ultrascape materials conform to the British Standard (BS 7533 parts 7 & 12,

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Flick through virtually any industry magazine and it’s full of water management systems, reasons why they’re important to use, what will happen if they’re not used and how their use will benefit all of us in the long term. a truckload of aggregate would be used – but why excavate 3 cubic metres and use 4.8 tonnes of stone, when 1 cubic metre of Stormbreaker weighing 67kg holds the same volume of water?


f course a contractor or householder hears these kind of messages everywhere they turn - whether it’s saving money on house insurance or using sustainable materials, there is always pressure to look at options, get the best deal and make the biggest difference. The reality is we don’t all have the time to do this. A self-build property developer has countless issues to consider when constructing the home they planned and saved for. And although planners and contractors are skilled at multi-tasking, any way of reducing workload is always welcome. This need for efficiency, along with quality, service, and compliance with UK legislation, are always at the forefront of the product development process at Fernco


Environmental.The result is two systems – for rainwater harvesting and for surface water soakaway. Both water management systems contain everything you need! The Stormbreaker Soakaway is a modular system assembled using 0.4 cubic metre kits. Each kit contains the geotextile, the adhesive tape, and installation instructions, and the system’s modular set up is suitable for virtually any location and any depth of dig. Importantly though, the system goes a long way toward compliance with Part H of the Building Regulations, which lists the use of a soakaway as the preferred method of managing excess surface water. There are several methods of creating a soakaway though, and of course the storage volume has to be proportional to the surface ground area. Conventionally,

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Looking at transport, environmental impact and depth of dig, which would you choose? Also designed with ease of purchasing and installation in mind, is the Stormbreaker Rainwater Harvesting system.This high spec product contains everything you need, with a host of installation and operation benefits besides.The system is also preassembled, containing a stainless steel submersible pump, leaf filter, calmed inlet pipe, pedestrian duty cover, cabling, a compact control unit, a low level sensor, the list continues… Who wants to arrive on site with a set of bulky components in separate packaging, perhaps arriving on separate deliveries from different suppliers? Installation, maintenance and commissioning services are also available. For more information on these systems, our backwater protection ranges, for a quotation, or to arrange a site visit, call the office on 01226 340 222, or log on to


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Polypipe is top notch The latest Elegance uPVC cast iron lookalike system from Polypipe, the Elegance Ogee, is notched to look just right for period property providing a secure fit and countering the problem of gutters becoming dislodged from their retaining clips during warm weather due to heat expansion, making leaky joints a thing of the past.These benefits, in addition to the lightweight construction of the new guttering system, make handling, assembly, and installation as simple as possible for installers.

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Stormsaver, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of rainwater harvesting solutions, is proud to support the United Nations’ World Water Day 2011. On 23rd March,World Water Day focussed international attention on the importance of urban freshwater and place higher significance on investment in sustainable water management strategies. “In cities, particularly in the developing world, supplies of fresh water are continuing to decline and water availability is a significant issue.We need to all take a role in World Water Day to highlight issues and engage with governments, organisations and communities to find a solution,” said Michael Farnsworth, managing director of Stormsaver. 037

WPL gain LABC registration The Diamond packaged sewage treatment plant, RainRetain rainwater harvesting systems, and percolation tunnels now save you more time and money than ever before as they gain LABC registration. A key part of installing any form of sewage treatment plant, rainwater harvesting system or percolation tunnel soakaway system can be the planning and building control approval process. LABC registration takes the strain out of building control approval processes as once a product, like the WPL Diamond, has been approved by the LABC; those details are then shared across the entire LABC network and are immediately recognised 038 by all LABC surveyors in England and Wales.

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Energy efficiency conference The German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce is organising a conference on Tuesday 17th May 2011 at One Great George Street, London.The oneday conference aims to bring together high level experts and companies from Britain and Germany.Topics to be discussed include the future of passive houses and carbon neutral housing. Attendance is free of charge and registration will start at 9 am. Directly after the conference, there is an opportunity to have one-to-one meetings with participating German companies. Information and registration under: energy-efficiency/energy-efficiencyconference/


Klober’s VPU options Recent cold winters have put the performance of some vapour permeable underlays (VPUs) in the spotlight following an increasing number of roof condensation complaints to the NHBC. Its new directive requires VPUs to be supported by ridge or high level ventilation though this does not apply to air-open underlays such as Klober Permo Air.This means Klober can uniquely offer all three roof ventilation options with VPUs such as Permo Forte/Light/Ecovent being used with either ridge ventilation or vent tiles and vapour closed membranes such as Klober Sepa Forte/Light with eaves and ridge ventilation.


Tick Mark for John Brash John Brash was the first supplier in the UK to offer factory graded battens that comply with the requirements BS5534:2003 +A1: 2010, the code of practice for slating and tiling. The battens are characterised by their red stained finish and ‘BS5534’ stamp, which confirms they have been stringently tested to British Standard.The production processes used to manufacture JB-RED have been independently certified by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), which awarded the company its prestigious Tick Mark status for excellence in grading and preservative treatment of its roofing battens. JB-RED roofing battens are made using sustainable timber from an FSC source. 042

Comar unveil high performance systems After extensive research and consultation with key supply partners, Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems unveil the new Comar 9P.i High Performance Framing,Windows and Door System. Offering two options of construction, ladder frame or mitre frame, 9P.i windows and 9P.i doors hang directly from the frame, reducing the need for additional outer frames, creating a truly integrated solution. Building typologies differ from refurbishment to new build, so Comar 9P.i has profile widths of 80mm or 120mm creating greater design flexibility.Three levels of thermal performance, standard, multichamber and multi-chamber thermal foam, create U-values of between 1.6 to 1.0 for a typical grid size with opening vents. 043

Corking ideas from Alumasc The thermal and sustainable benefits of cork insulation were key in its specification for a unique social housing refurbishment scheme in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire, the first significant use of Cork EWI on social housing in the UK.The 54 Cussins properties on the Staffordshire scheme were constructed after the Second World War to a non-traditional design with steel frames. The engineers and project managers, Michael Dyson Associates Ltd specified Alumasc’s Swisspan External Wall Insulation system with 50mm Cork panels, which is perfectly suited to non-traditional or problematic refurbishment applications. Cork is designated an A+ rating in the Green Guide to Specification. 045

It’s all light with Kingspan Sporting pupils at a new allthrough school can look forward to a bright future following the opening of their state-ofthe-art Sports Hall, where a revolutionary architectural wall panel from Kingspan Insulated


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Floors, Walls & Ceilings Granwax doesn’t slip up! Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive reveal that 35,000 serious slip accidents occur in workplaces across Great Britain every year. Granwax intend to remedy this! Until recently the wooden floors at Wolverhampton Civic Hall had been maintained with a regular scrub and dry, and an application of wax. Floors such as this without a proprietary slip resisting finish are prone to very low levels of slip resistance.

finishes, Granwax Barrier Seal was applied to the floor after sanding.The floor was then coated in two coats of Granwax Masterfinish, and a final coat of Granwax Clearsafe.The clear, fast drying finish is very hard wearing and easily maintained with a simple maintenance routine.

Beaver Floorcare was asked to assess the problem floors and offered a complete service to produce the most slip resistant floor surface. “The previous floor surface was shown to have a high slip potential after testing,” explained Beaver’s Tom Campton. “In order to create the best surface that would minimise the slip hazard, we tested the slip resistance of five different specialised finishes at the venue using the HSE approved pendulum test.”

Beaver Floorcare will monitor the performance of the floor quarterly. “The initial inspection after a club night in one of the halls was exceptional,” said Tom. “Whereas the previously waxed floor allowed liquid to seep into the flooring and created slip hazards, the newly finished floors allow liquid to sit on top of the surface and be cleaned off quickly and easily as though nothing had been on it.”

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Mapei join UK-GBC Mapei, a leading manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and chemical products for building has reinforced its longstanding commitment to providing a sustainable built environment by becoming a member of the UK’s Green Building Council (UK-GBC).The UK-GBC campaigns for a sustainable built environment. Its members work together to develop consistency and leadership on sustainability across the construction sector. Mapei is a proud innovator of environmentally responsible solutions. Many of Mapei’s products have been granted EC1 certification – for extremely low levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). Mapei also manufacture more than 150 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) compliant products, the industry’s largest selection of 053 eco-friendly products.

Hidden strength from Round Wood Having made significant investment in high-end decking boards, you may want to consider using the ArchiDeck Hidden Fastening System. ArchiDeck clips screw into the sub-frame and slot into the sides of adjoining boards, cutting out the need for unsightly face screws. This allows for a clean, contemporary look, that displays the deck to its full potential. Round Wood of Mayfield, who also supply a wide range of hardwood decking boards, are the exclusive distributors of ArchiDeck products within the UK. Uniquely, they also offer to pre-groove your decking for use with decking clips, eliminating the need to cut the required rebate on site with a biscuit jointer. 054

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Ecobuild Review ABC: a concrete alternative for foundations Announcing how eco-friendly build solutions don’t have to come with a premium price tag, Richard Robinson of ABC Anchors told visitors to Ecobuild 2011 that screw piles are gaining in popularity as a realistic alternative to concrete foundations. “It all comes down to quick installation,” said Richard. “And time costs money.” Describing the structural steel tubes, that literally screw into the ground with a welded helix as doing the same job as concrete, he said their 49mm and 60mm round piles on display at Ecobuild are ideal for jobs such as single storey house extensions, conservatories or other lightweight structures. Yet as removable and reusable foundations they don’t come with the same eco penalties as concrete. “With conventional concrete foundations, you are creating a deep and permanent underground mass of some of the least ecologically friendly building material available. And you are

looking at a week or more of work for the same result that ABC screw piles could deliver in a few hours. And that’s apart from all the removal and transportation of subsoil, not to mention the vehicles moving on and off site,” added Richard. “Laying concrete is also very weather dependent.” Recognising the ecological as well as cost and convenience benefits, leading screw pile manufacturers ABC Anchors offer a full service foundation solution. Manufacturing the screw piles as well as the unique hand held drivers for installing them, ABC Anchors are far from simply being an ‘off

the shelf’ product, with the team taking a proactive involvement to ensure each job runs smoothly.With all the kit made at their Wiltshire manufacturing base, ABC Anchors are well placed to advise on custom projects. A team of highly skilled engineers are able to assess site requirements and to make adjustments as necessary.


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Logwise introduce Honka After their success at Ecobuild 2011, Logwise, the sole UK importers for Honka log homes from Finland, the world’s largest log home manufacturer, will be introducing HonkaFusion™, a log home guaranteed to reduce energy use in the home. Honka log homes are proven to be 50% more airtight than the average log home and this equates to an annual saving of around 20% on heating bills. Independent testing has shown that Honka Fusion™ houses are well insulated, airtight, and energy-efficient.



Milliken Contract used Ecobuild to showcase its recently launched Carbon Neutral certified ranges that provide sustainable carpet tiles across a broad spectrum of public and commercial locations. Product developments on show included the Formwork, Fixation, Shadowbox, Scattergraph and Paste Up collections, and a new brochure highlighting the company’s innovative approach to sustainability.The company’s range of high performance carpet tiles feature a unique 85% recycled content PU cushion backing.


Steico’s sustainable success Steico, Europe’s market leading manufacturer of wood fibre insulation and construction products, introduced several new developments at Ecobuild 2011 and new literature covering the expanded UK portfolio. Alongside its extensive ranges of flexible and rigid insulation panels Steico announced a new ultralam laminated veneer lumber flange for its Steicojoists; a new sealed waterproof Steicoprotectadek engineered floor; and a prototype fire retardent version which is now under final test. Insulation products on display included Steicoflex, Steicotherm and Steicouniversal. 061

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Steni UK Dulux “Step Towards Greener” Cladding panels from Steni UK have helped to deliver a landmark ICI Paints AkzoNobel, the world’s leading decorative paints and performance coatings company, unveiled its latest sustainable product and service developments at Ecobuild.These included paints with lower embodied carbon and a ground-breaking sustainability programme for painting contractors that are members of the Dulux Trade Contract Partnership.Visitors were also introduced to the pioneering Dulux Trade Contract Partnership sustainability initiative, Step Towards Greener. As part of the programme, Dulux Trade works with its Contract Partner members to develop company specific policies that embed sustainability throughout their operations, and ultimately, reduce the impact of commercial decorating.


mixed-use project in London. Steni’s Colour fibreglass reinforced polymer composite panels were specified by Church Lukas architects to create a strong white feature frame around the facades of Derwent Point including a vertical column on the junction of two red routes into London.The Steni panels, which feature a smooth, UV-resistant surface of electron beam-cured acrylic produced without the use of solvents, were installed using industrial adhesive.They are completely resistant to weather, water, chemicals and impact, and fire classified to SITAC standard (approval certificate no 0478/98).


ACO’s ‘system chain’ The strength of the wider environmental agenda that is now driving both the UK and the global construction industries was reflected by the record numbers of visitors to ACO Water Management’s stand at this year’s ecobuild. Themed around ‘The System Chain’, ACO’s new approach to understanding and designing sustainable drainage, the stand drew interest from architects, developers and contractors from around the world looking to explore the latest solutions for applications across all facets of the built environment. A special ACO Ecobuild Guide that describes The System Chain and gives a review of all the divisions and product ranges is available from ACO Water Management.


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Schueco launch new brochure New from Schueco UK is a 16 page, fully illustrated brochure of Schueco’s latest aluminium fire and smoke protection doors, screens, windows and façades. As might be expected from a company with over 60 years of experience, the range is comprehensive and the glazed systems themselves have been proven in use all over world.The brochure includes detailed

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Smart Systems: smart choice Smart Architectural Aluminium has recently launched their new Alitherm 300 residential window system, designed to exceed the latest requirements of the Building Regulations Document L 2010.The system incorporates an extended Polyamide thermal break which improves the overall U Value of the profile, allowing Alitherm 300 to achieve a Window Energy ‘A’ Rating when used in conjunction with the correct double or triple glazed unit.The 53mm Profiles have the option of either ovollo, chamfered or square edges. Profile options are available for both standard and slimline friction hinges.



Balcony Systems returns to ExCeL

Samuel Heath has introduced two new centre door knobs to its Profile and Contour range of high quality solid brass door fittings; Profile offers a simple, smooth finish which creates a timelessly elegant style, whilst Contour features intricate detailing and the classic concentric circle pattern that has become its hallmark.With a range of finishes, from contemporary chrome to more traditional polished brass, warm polished nickel and stainless steel, the Samuel Heath centre door knobs will provide designers with the potential to create classic or contemporary looks in a wide variety of situations, from luxury homes to boutique hotels.

specifications, performance criteria, size parameters and suggested applications. In order to help ensure the right choice of system, it also contains guidance about the fire protection performance classifications of EN 13501-2, together with information on Document B and the Fire Safety Engineering Approach.

Balcony Systems returns to Grand Designs Live in May with its market-leading range of stunning curved patio doors, elegant glass and aluminium balustrades and affordable Juliette balconies. Its stand B124 at Excel will demonstrate how its innovative and simple-to-install products open up limitless design possibilities for all types of new build and refurbishment projects. Balcony’s unique system relies on the aluminium handrail to provide all the required strength, so in many cases, straight or curved balustrades require no vertical supports.This allows unobstructed views to the outside and more light inside; optional self-cleaning glass coating available across the entire product range greatly reduces maintenance.


Better views with Eagle SG&W New technology pioneered by Eagle SG&W Ltd, means that large sheets of glass can simply be ‘glued’ together using silicone, omitting the need for solid supporting structure, giving an uninterrupted view in/out and bringing light and space to a room.The glass panels meet with all the latest heat efficiency regulations, so won’t add to your energy costs, this is thanks to a layer of argon between the two sheets of toughened glass that make up each unit, plus a special thermal coating, you can also add solar-control coating for very sunny places. 070

Levolux delivers at Central St Giles When acclaimed architect, Renzo Piano designed Central St Giles, a new 500,000 sq ft, mixed use development in central London, he created a bold scheme, with a number of distinctive, colour coordinated features. Levolux was chosen to develop an unique solar shading solution, incorporating its external screening louvres, custom doors and gates and its internal high performance roller blinds. A new custom louvre, with a ‘Z’ profile and 80mm pitch, has been applied to a total surface area of 510m² at ground floor level on the commercial block.The louvres’ continuous appearance and neat mitred corners create an attractive, ventilated facade, concealing unsightly service areas from view.


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Curved glass patio doors from Balcony Systems add value and space with a stunning visual impact. Allowing more light into a property than flat glass, they are ideal for making the most of panoramic views. The system’s flexibility caters for curved openings in virtually any radius, any colour and any size. 073



For Peter and Helen Johnson, curved glass provided the specialist design solution at their new home, built in the modernist Lutyens style on the site of a former 1960s bungalow overlooking the River Dart at Kingswear in Devon.

A curved glass balcony, also supplied by Balcony Systems, keeps the uninterrupted views across to Dartmouth. Posts and clamps are not needed to secure the glass panels in place as the aluminium handrail provides all the necessary structural support.

Wayford, a four-bedroomed property, takes its architectural inspiration from the late 19th century Arts and Crafts Movement.Two semicircular sliding curved patio doors installed one above the other create a unique ‘turret-effect’ on the front elevation, blending contemporary style with traditional design. On the ground floor, there is a pair of sliding doors on a 1.5 metre radius. Directly above on the first floor, an identical pair on the same radius with two sliding panels open onto a cantilevered balcony.

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Affordability and aesthetics are key advantages of the curved patio door and balcony system, according to David Johnson, Director of Totnesbased EJW Architects Ltd. He comments: “I am very pleased with the Balcony system’s appearance, performance and price.This costeffective system has opened up a whole new market. It is something we will use again for future projects.”

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Doors & Windows Reynaers support Leadersflush Shapland: built to last Passive Building EnduraCor , the doorset core from Leadersflush Shapland, ™

Innovation and technological development by Reynaers Aluminium sees the introduction of Concept System 104 (CS104), a dedicated energy efficient window and door system that achieves unparalleled insulation values for aluminium profiles, ideal to support Passive Building.The most thermally efficient system of its kind in the UK, CS104 achieves a market leading Uw value of 0.77 W/m²K. Ideal to complement other energy efficient materials for Passive Building, CS104 offers Uf values down to 0.88 W/m²K.The high strength and stability of the Reynaers CS104 system allows it to support triple glazing for large vents of up to 1400mm x 2400mm.


Schueco marry new to old As part of the redevelopment of the Grade II* Listed offices of Salisbury District Council at Bourne Hill, architects Stanton Williams designed a new free-standing, glazed building that makes extensive use of Schueco’s FW 50+SG façade system. Despite the differing materials used, the new building and the old mansion work well together, proving that when the overall design is right, ancient and modern architecture can co-exist in complete harmony.The building, designed to achieve an ‘excellent’ BREEAM rating, also features a design ‘first’, a window that operates automatically behind a feature grill that lies flush with the glass in the Schueco façade.


is 100x more durable than multi-layered chipboard according to a recent independent test.Warrington APT’s test went beyond the standard EN1192 soft and heavy body impact tests to reflect the everyday rigours that doorsets endure in harsh environments like schools and hospitals. EnduraCor’s superior components, comprising flax board core, mdf sub-facing and softwood stiles and rails, underpin its superior durability by providing an outstanding fixing capacity for ironmongery.This cost-effective solution could significantly reduce ‘whole life’ repair and maintenance costs; an ongoing concern in school and hospital buildings. Ultimately, it may never have to be replaced. 075

Schueco UK thanks design practice In November 2010, careyjones Architects was officially renamed careyjones chapmantolcher - a change which marked an exciting new era for a practice which has been at the cutting edge of urban design and regeneration for over 20 years. On 18th February 2011, Schueco UK paid its own tribute to the practice when Architectural Team Leader, Ian Duffy, presented careyjones chapmantolcher Director, Rob Cunniff, with a copy of Schueco’s impressive book ‘Façades – Building Envelopes for the 21st Century’ as a thank-you for the practice’s longstanding support for Schueco’s systems.The presentation took place in the Leeds Studio of careyjones chapmantolcher, which also has 077 established studios in London and Manchester.

Solarlux launch super-efficient door The launch of a super-efficient folding glass door marks a significant development. Solarlux have launched their most efficient glass door to the UK market. Combining four core elements that enable the door to achieve a U value of 0.80Wm2K, the new SL97 wood/aluminium folding glass door is specially designed with the demands of energy saving in mind. By using wood internally and a combination of insulating material and protective aluminium externally as well as triple glazing, the SL 97 has been able to combine the advantages of four materials.The company envisages applications both in luxurious private homes and multi-storey 079 high-quality rented and owner-occupied flats.

TORMAX: an automatic improvement Creating a more prestigious and welcoming main entrance, St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Birmingham now benefits from an internal lobby area created by two sets of bi-parting TORMAX automatic sliding doors. TORMAX iMotion® 2301 door operators incorporate cutting-edge technology to deliver a sustainable, low energy solution that both optimises operational performance whilst maximising energy efficiency. Quantum Construction Ltd


contracted TORMAX to supply and install automatic doors as part of a larger refurbishment to the front entrance which included the removal of concrete steps to allow easy access for all users, as well as the installation of a contemporary glass canopy.

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Latham widens door-blank range James Latham’s extensive range of Moralt and Flamebreak door blanks are now available nationwide, from every one of its nine UK panel sites. Kilma, one of the Moralt door blank range, is fast becoming the preferred choice for architects involved in PassivHaus projects where they are increasingly being used in the construction of highly insulated, self-heating houses which are required to meet exacting and stringent construction specifications. Engineered specifically to comply with the latest building regulations, Moralt Klima thermally insulating door-blanks boast a U-value of 0.89 which has won praise from the industry for helping the ideal house retain more heat than it loses. Flamebreak door blanks are manufactured with a special three layer tri-laminated hardwood timber core, which helps to eliminate gaps. They are available in a wide range of thicknesses, sizes and surface finishes, and can be supplied as lipped or un-lipped.The Flamebreak range, which has been manufactured and tested in accordance with British Standard BS476 (Part 22 1987) achieve PAS23 and PAS24 and have recently been tested and attained DD171 accreditation as well as being successfully tested to meet the requirements of the BWF Certifire Scheme.

“We now have a really comprehensive range of door blanks to suit every requirement,” said Latham’s Product Champion for Doors, Steve Frommont. “Morlat offers significant benefits to two very different markets. In public buildings where acoustics are a priority, as the name suggests, Moralt Firesound offers the perfect balance between sound and safety, whereas for those searching for exceptional insulation and who may have been set demanding energy saving targets, Moralt Klima can help to create the selfheating house of the future.Weighing in at only 31kg each for a 2135mm x 915mm x 44mm, a single door blank can easily be worked and machined by one man.”

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IronmongeryDirect adds product lines The new IronmongeryDirect catalogue offers outstanding value with over 1,000 prices cut by up to 30%. In response to customer feedback IronmongeryDirect has continued to expand its product range by adding over 400 new lines.The catalogue features over 11,500 products kept in stock, ready for delivery the next day as standard – IronmongeryDirect ensures that trade customers

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Fakro roof window: lowest U-value yet

The bi-directional Kalzip FC façade system is stylish, non-penetrative and extremely costeffective. Installed on vertically fixed modular click rails, each lightweight panel is simply hooked at the top and then clicked into place at the bottom – quick, easy and ingenious! Kalzip FC façade’s innovative bidirectional installation capability (top down / bottom up) allows flexible project scheduling where on-site requirements such as scaffolding or subsequent construction work can be coordinated independently of the fixing process. Suitable for all common substructures, the rear-ventilated Kalzip FC façade system is ideal for external, internal, new build and refurbishment applications.

Fakro’s FTT U8 Thermo® centre pivot roof window offers an exceptional heat transmission co-efficient and U-value of 0.68 W/m2K.With a 30% thicker sash than a traditional double glazed centre pivot window, the 32mm thick triple-glazed unit provides a U-value of 0.5 W/ m2K. An automatic air vent provides continuous adjustment of the air flow as external air pressure changes while the patented topSafe® system provides the highest standard of security and safety currently available – Class 4 EN13049.The FTT was recently supplied to the Scottish Housing Expo project for use in homes built to the Passivhaus standard. 084


Get healthy with Technal Architectural aluminium glazing specialist Technal, in partnership with fabricators Quest Solutions, has supplied around 1,500 windows for the new £250m Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield – the UK’s fastest-built large acute inpatient hospital. Featuring strong design themes of space, light and colour, the 708-bed hospital uses a shallow space plan, a series of courtyards, and windows to all occupied rooms to maximise natural daylight and help create a sense of wellbeing throughout. Pivot window systems from Technal’s FXi46 range were specified for ease of cleaning on the upper floors, and fixed lights and top hung windows from the FXi65 suite were installed to the other areas.



JS Air Curtains’ warm welcome JS Air Curtains has supplied a 2m bespoke Zen air curtain to the Manzil Banqueting Hall in Manchester. On the inner facing side the air curtain incorporates an Exit sign plus four clocks, showing the time in Manchester, Mecca, Medina and Islamabad, and on the outward fascia the air curtain has an illuminated Welcome sign. Manzil Banqueting Hall is one of Manchester’s most prestigious restaurant and conference venues and can seat up to 1,000 diners in two lavish halls.The Zen air curtain is situated on the main entrance, protecting the reception area from the outside elements whilst also acting as an architectural and functional element. 086

Remmers Wood Coatings – Now in the UK Remmers, Europe’s leading manufacturer of specialised building, repair and protection products for the construction industry have launched their top quality exterior joinery coatings in the UK. Remmers’ Induline range of Opaque and Translucent Exterior Coatings offers excellent durability, elasticity and blocking resistance giving a 10 Year maintenance free guarantee. Opaque coatings are of high opacity and build and are available in RAL, NCS, BS4800 and many more, while the Translucent coatings offer excellent clarity and feel and are presented in more traditional ‘timber’ finishes such as pine, mahogany etc. 088

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Wrightstyle in UK first Wrightstyle Limited has become the only UK steel glazing system specialist to offer a complete design, fabrication and installation service, offering a turnkey solution and a quality guarantee at each stage of the contract process.


he company, which supplies glazing systems, fabricated products and fire resistant glass worldwide, can now offer its UK customers a cost-efficient service, that includes a full design and fabrication service at the company’s own specialist facilities – and an installation service using only Wrightstyle accredited personnel. This gives subcontractors, contractors and specifiers, the option for single sourcing a steel glazing contract; often for complex design applications to just one company – negating the need for ordering from multiple supply chains, and then using further sub-contractors to fabricate and install the finished systems. The company has appointed Chris Lainsbury as its Contracts Director, with responsibility for the management of all site activities. Chris, who has worked in the curtain walling and specialist glazed façade industry for over 25 years, brings a wealth of experience on all aspects of site activities, and his appointment reflects Wrightstyle’s continual commitment to total quality management of all its projects, including the training of accredited installers.

Wrightstyle undertakes installer training programmes at its UK headquarters, to ensure that it has a network of technicallyadvanced installers, trained by the same personnel that originally designed, tested and developed the systems. Wrightstyle has long championed the case for governments to ensure compatibility between glass and framing elements in high-performance systems, arguing that in some cases, the components being proposed may never have been brought together and tested as one unit - to ensure compatibility. Wrightstyle’s systems have all been compatibility tested as one unit, worldwide. For example, in the case of blast resistance, a recent 500 kg of TNT-equivalent explosives were used in a successful lorry bomb test.This policy of continually testing all elements ensures and guarantees the systems’ compatibility to perform, against fire, ballistic and explosive attack. The company has said publicly for some years, that building regulations internationally should require proven

compatibility, otherwise the integrity of the glazing system could be compromised. The decision to offer subcontractors, contractors and specifiers, the option of an installation service takes that guarantee-led approach one step further. “It gives us a real advantage because, for the first time, we can put our company name behind each step in the design to installation process. In other words, it’s not just about compatibility as far as the system is concerned, it’s about a cost-effective and total-quality approach at every stage,” said Chris Lainsbury, Contracts Director. “This gives us the ability to offer our customers a closed loop option. They no longer have to manage several different companies in the design, supply, fabrication and installation chain. We can handle all those specialist stages and my function is to ensure that we have an absolute focus on effective contract management and customer satisfaction.” In the past year, the company has supplied products to a nationally-prestigious chapel in the USA for fallen Marine Corps soldiers, to a FIFA World Cup stadium in South Africa, and the Dubai Metro system. Wrightstyle also supplies across the UK and Ireland where its systems can be found in a wide variety of commercial, government and retail applications.

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Floors, Walls & Ceilings Forbo launches new linear looks Forbo Flooring has refreshed the entire colour offer of its Coral Brush Activ textile ‘clean-off’ entrance matting range and brought the on trend linear concept into foyers and reception areas with a unique colour co-ordinated ‘lines’ design. Coral Brush Activ can be used in all types of entrance areas and provides an ideal solution wherever the brief calls for attractive textile flooring that can simultaneously absorb moisture and remove dry soiling.The new colour palette of 25 solid and blended shades has been carefully collated to allow specifiers to combine Brush Activ with other Coral ranges and other types of flooring in the Forbo portfolio.The strong directional appearance of the unique new ‘lines’ design, available in seven contemporary, practical colourways, offers even more opportunities for creativity and integration. Coral Brush Activ’s renowned dirt and moisture removing capabilities are the result of incorporating three types of yarns in the construction, each of which performs a different function.Whilst capillary yarns with their large surface area absorb moisture, active scraping yarns help to brush soil particles from shoes and the heavy duty textured yarns help Coral Brush Activ to retain its good looks and withstand heavy pedestrian and wheeled traffic in the most demanding locations. Coral entrance flooring also meets ecological concerns as it is the only textile entrance flooring system to have Building Research Establishment (BRE) accreditation.


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Innovative flooring manufacturer Burmatex has completed a 4,000m² refurbishment project with design and build company, Claremont, and their client, U.S. marketing company, Acxiom.The design brief was to deliver a positive user experience for the well-being of the staff through use of colour, space and layout. For this, loop pile carpet tile Sector was specified for the main areas of the building in a colourway commissioned especially for the project using Acxiom’s corporate colour. Bright accent colours in tufted cut pile tile Axis and linear loop pile tile Scan were also used to define breakout areas and meeting rooms.

This year Franco Finishes Ltd celebrates 20 years of manufacturing polished plasters, natural renders, plasters and 3D architectural castings. Starting with a basic range of products which can be modified to achieve specific finishes, Franco Finishes have enabled architects and designers to create individual walls to match the overall concept of their projects, whilst offering technical advice on detailing and performance. From internal or external thin coat stuccos, giving a natural Portland or limestone feel, to highly polished surfaces in swimming pools and bathrooms and sparkly marble on external wall insulation, Franco Finishes can offer a comprehensive range of exciting finishes. 091


Uzin solve sticky problem Within the flooring industry there is a growing demand for products which help reduce emissions and diminish health risks. Flooring installation products labelled with the GEV sign EMICODE EC1® are solvent-free, very low emission and guarantee excellent indoor air quality as well as providing the most ecological approach for flooring installations. Uzin Ltd have developed several solvent-free products with low VOC emissions and have a range ecological adhesives suitable for installing carpets. As with all Uzin products, solvent-free means 0% solvents. Even Uzin’s most basic universal adhesive, KE15, is solvent free and has been awarded an EC1 classification for very low emissions.


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Sustainable Building Acheson & Glover achieves ISO 14001 Acheson & Glover (A&G), a leading supplier of premium quality hard landscaping products, has achieved the Environmental International Standard ISO 14001. Patrick Sherry, Health Safety and Environmental Manager for A&G, says achievement of the Standard is great recognition of A&G’s commitment to environmental best practice at all levels, from the workers in the quarries to senior management. A&G was awarded the Standard in February 2011. “Environmental awareness has always been high on our agenda,” explains Patrick. “We’re very conscious of the impact of the business on our surroundings and with eight sites, ranging in size from 16 acres to 130 acres, qualifying for ISO 14001 was a huge challenge. However, our existing energy management, waste and anti-pollution policies contributed greatly and our energy awareness days have been a regular practice at all A&G sites with every member of staff getting involved. “Reducing our carbon impact is important financially as well as environmentally,” continues Patrick, “as the Carbon Impact Tax will apply in 2012, so getting into the habit of turning off lights and appliances is a step in the right direction.”

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Kerakoll show eco credentials

With greater emphasis being placed on energy efficiency and space reduction within modern office planning and construction, the revolutionary Kell Server Cabinet will come as welcomed news for the architecture and construction sectors. In typical usage, the Kell Server Cabinet can reduce server noise by a perceived 90%, CO2 emissions by up to 97%, and, compared to a Server Room, floor space by 90%, operating costs by 98%, and capital costs by up to 80%.The UK manufacturing company provides a unique range of products that can be suited to any office design, removing the need for a dedicated server room.

Kerakoll products were used by Taylors Etc Design Ltd in two high profile residential projects recently. Cabot House, Bristol is a mixed commercial and residential building where sustainability was given a high priority, and Kerakoll products were chosen because of their eco credentials. Hayes Apartments, Cardiff is a complex of luxury flats developed to a very high specification. In both cases Kerakoll adhesives and grout were used in the bathrooms of the apartments. Eco Flotex Grey was used for the floor and H40 Eco Ideal on the walls, with Fugabella Eco 0-5 White, Anthracite and Iron Grey grout.





Fantech breezes into Tesco Portlaoise, Ireland Fantech Ventilation has supplied its largest-ever order for car park ventilation equipment for a turnkey project at a new Tesco superstore in Portlaoise, Ireland. The Dublin-based company supplied a wide range of fans, grilles, diffusers, air handling and heat recovery products manufactured by Elta Fans.The order comprised fifty eight JetVent Axial Fans, eighteen unidirectional car park fans and eight Long-cased Axial SmokeVent Fans (25 m³/s), and with an additional four Long-cased Axial SmokeVent Fans (30 m³/s) eventually involved the supply of products worth over €210,000. The fans were all supplied with full ancillary packs to ensure ease of installation and operation. 100

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Dry-Deck 20: put in a new wet room anywhere Walk-in showers and wet rooms are the way forward, we all know that. Now, thanks to the trusted Dry-Deck 20, you can install a beautiful modern wet room easily and affordably anywhere in a building. The Dry-Deck 20, made by Whale, has been designed specifically to solve shower drainage problems in modern shower rooms where gravity drainage is not an option. Its innovative design and unique features make it perfect for locations where the drainage down pipe is remote from the shower and for loft conversions where height constraints apply and it is not desirable to raise the floor level. Dry-Deck 20 is designed to handle a maximum flow rate of 20 litres a minute to cover most modern mixer and power showers. It also has a number of additional features: • its flow rate adjusts to changes in the shower’s flow rate

Whale’s product Manager Omar Beggs said the Dry-Deck 20 is a unique solution to pump water from a shallow gulley into the waste drainage system.The Dry-Deck 20 is the perfect solution for all walk-in showers and wet rooms in difficult locations,” he said. “It is like no other product on the market and already interest from architects and builders is at an exceptionally high level.Wet rooms are here to stay and we are delighted this product is making such a difference in the market.”


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Hamworthy launch “Fleet” Hamworthy Heating’s new Fleet range of condensing boilers promises to change the way the industry views commercial boiler solutions.Their innovative approach offers Fleet condensing boilers in wall hung and floor standing configurations, with outputs from 40kW to 1050kW. Using common components and exploiting its expertise in floor standing modular boiler design, Hamworthy has produced ultra-compact modules for both horizontal and vertical boiler applications. At the heart of the Fleet is Hamworthy’s new sectional heat exchanger, which has been designed for use in all the wall hung and floor standing boilers, allowing each product to be easily configured with a total of 47 different models.

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Oventrop valves have been used for Phase 1 of the new Aston Student Village (ASV) at Aston University’s Campus in Birmingham City Centre to provide effective control and hydronic balancing in heating systems for 1330 student en-suite bedrooms. Plant rooms in each building are connected to Birmingham District Energy Company’s combined heat and power district heating scheme. From those connections MTHW feeds were 103 taken to plate exchangers for LTHW to serve the radiators in each student room and domestic hot water throughout using Oventrop valves. All the DHW returns from the student rooms and kitchens were fitted with Oventrop Aquastrom T Plus multifunction secondary circulation regulating valves.

In control with Warmworld Warmworld launch their best ever Dataterm IHC, with a stylish new look and advanced features along with wireless sensors. Aimed at the market sector that want simple installations and less wiring thus reducing labour time and setup, the new Dataterm IHC is even more flexible than before, allowing for daily hot water programming as well as daily heating .The Dataterm system can reduce fuel burn on average by 25% per annum; combine this with improved comfort levels and it’s all tied up, from single heating zones through the Multizone 4 giving complete control of up to four heating zones and hot water from a single panel. Respond online or using free reader enquiry card



Stairs & Balustrades Sapphire’s balustrade in award winning design Clothing retailer Primark once again specified Sapphire’s balustrades, handrail and glass walling for its award winning store in Bristol, and the project, designed by TTG Architects of London, was awarded Store Design of the Year! Sapphire’s service and products contributed to the fantastic result. Sapphire has worked with Primark for many years on projects across Europe.The successful and longstanding working relationship is based on Sapphire’s excellent product quality, backed by first-rate service and support. Contractor Patton Fit Out says: “Sapphire’s technical expertise and contribution was invaluable.They helped to develop the client’s glass wall project into a practical solution which interfaced well with surrounding trades.” The contractor explains that Sapphire’s reliable

Warm to F H Brundle Warmagrip DDA handrailing is the ideal solution for a “warm to the touch” continuous handrail and with new components added to the range, meeting site specific requirements couldn’t be simpler. A full range of slip resistant flooring products helps meet the requirements of the UK Building Regulations and those obligations required under the DDA. Step nosing, tread covers, landing covers, fibre flat sheet, Duraline and Tactile Flooring, can all be easily laid on top of almost any surface to provide a cost effective and fast solution to unwanted problems.



service was “particularly important in those final time-critical days and weeks when their rapid response really assisted in the timely completion of the work to a high standard.” The project, completed in 2010, involved the installation of Sapphire’s Onyx balustrade and handrail for the stairs, and its Crystal balustrade and glass merchandise walling in the atrium.


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Memco and its sister company TL Jones have teamed up to supply 185 Pana40+ 3D elevator door safety systems and 600 dot matrix elevator displays to the Delhi Metro in India. Memco’s Pana40+ 3D system incorporates two independent detection systems: the first is a light curtain of infra-red beams criss-crossing the elevator car’s doors; the second is a 3D proximity detection system in the landing zone. Any object interrupting the direct beams or reflections within the 3D detection zone will trigger the system and re-open the elevator doors.

Laidlaw supply City refit


The ‘Mint Hotel Tower of London’ is one of seven city centre hotels in the rebranded City Inn group. Its £65m refit saw Laidlaw Solutions supply over 2100 quarter-cut veneered doorsets with frames, architraves, ironmongery and access control. Most were of an American White Oak finish, with Dark Walnut specified for conference and meeting rooms. Bespoke ironmongery and VingCard Access Control was factory-fitted with Orbis Commercial softline door closers and accessories in Satin Stainless Steel.The integrated package avoided any potential for on-site disruption associated with multi-supplier provision.

Aalco’s new balustrade system Aalco is the UK’s largest independent multi-metals stockholder and provides a wide range of solutions for the built environment – internal and external, structural, cladding and decorative.The range of aluminium, stainless steel, copper, brass and bronze provides a complete selection of finishes, colours and textures for every situation.The company has recently extended its stock of stainless steel architectural products to include an exciting range of handrail and balustrade solutions.Working with architects, designers and engineers, Aalco provides design solutions to suit any environment which will be compliant with all legislation and regulations. 109

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Deb goes Global Deb has launched a ‘Global Range’ of products set to revolutionise hand hygiene in the workplace. For over 65 years, Deb has been providing skin care solutions in the form of hand hygiene products and dispensers, for all types of workplace and public environments, spanning industrial, commercial, automotive, healthcare and food sectors. So, what makes this product range different? With an approach to Product Development that focuses on Chemistry & Dispensing Technology, the range has been devised to meet the skin safety needs and cultural diversity of local and international organisations; showcasing Deb’s latest technologies, ‘best-in-class’ formulations and rigorously engineered dispensing systems.


New helmet range from Petzl Each model, BEST (nonvented shell) or VENT (closable vents in shell), offers increased comfort and adaptability. Rim mounted headband adjustment wheels of the latest PETZL CentreFit system ensure a precise fit, with the shell suspended on a broad six-point webbing cradle for comfort and ventilation. All models accommodate hands-free lighting using integral headlamp clips. The new PETZL PIXA industrial lighting range can also be fitted directly onto the front of the helmet via a discrete moulded in slot. Available accessories include the PETZL VIZIR EN 166 standard fold down visor, transparent and reflective stickers for individual marking and replacement headband foams.

College chooses Foremans Sparsholt College Hampshire, near Winchester, has chosen the highly sustainable recycled modular building approach from Foremans Relocatable Building Systems to expand its teaching accommodation.The entire project was completed by Foremans just four months from receipt of order. Each building is partially clad in timber from sustainable sources to help them blend into the surrounding rural environment, and were fully refurbished and fitted out off site at Foremans’ production centre. Each recycled modular building was fully refurbished with new windows, wall linings, partitions, M&E services, doors and flooring, creating high quality teaching accommodation for the College’s permanent use.


‘Changing Places’ go wild! Marwell Wildlife, a conservation charity, has opened the first ever ‘Changing Places’ accessible toilet in a UK zoological park.The new toilet, designed, supplied and installed by ‘Changing Places’ campaign sponsor Total Hygiene, is also the 250th of its kind to be opened in the UK since the campaign began five years ago.The ‘Changing Places’ toilet at Marwell includes the standard specification required for ‘Changing Places’ status of a minimum 12m2, height adjustable changing basin, hoist and washbasin, and further incorporates Total Hygiene’s top-selling Clos-o-Mat ‘wash and dry’ toilet, which eliminates the need for manual cleansing with toilet tissue.


RIDI Lighting launches IRIS RIDI Lighting has announced the UK launch of it versatile Spectral luminaire, IRIS.The decorative, circular T5 luminaire provides a striking touch to any commercial lighting design. Available in surface mounted, suspended, wall mounted or recessed versions, with fully customisable decorative interior colour foils, IRIS will be suited to a wide range of applications, from the boardroom right through to office and core areas. An added feature on the suspended version is the integrated wire/ cable suspensions that reduce the need for unsightly electrical cable feeds.



Gledhill has a ‘Torrent’ of benefits Gledhill Building Products, the cylinder specialist, has re-launched its range of Torrent thermal stores. The open-vented Torrent MultiFuelStores are now available in five different models suitable for use with various renewable heat sources. Each model includes all the tappings as standard, allowing for future upgrades and making the Torrent virtually

future-proof.The Torrent is designed to be the heart of an alternative energy system and is suitable for use with heat sources including solar panels, heat pumps, traditional boilers and – unlike unvented cylinders – uncontrolled heat sources such as solid fuel woodburning stoves.

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Building Elements Yorkon reduce programme time Roto and Space Kier Eastern, working with off-site specialist give a unique Yorkon, has reduced the programme for a major new hospital building at Colchester General ‘reach’ When Limburg an der Lahn hospital, Dortmund, needed a new radiation therapy centre, an elliptical ‘pod’ constructed of steel and concrete was placed on a hillside. All the work had to be done from the solid ground of the foundation and not externally, as workers only had solid ground directly underneath the construction. The extra 11m of reach from the Space 11, together with its ability to slew through 300 degrees, adds an amazing ability to the already versatile Roto machine. And the Roto, of course, is equally able to be a forklift or even lift materials when needed!


Helifix: for a cracking extension A large single storey extension at St John’s Parish Church in Boxmoor, Hertfordshire, had developed extensive cracking on all elevations following thermal and moisture related shrinkage of the external ‘stone effect’ concrete blocks.To restore full structural integrity to the building the Helibeam System, from masonry repair specialists Helifix Ltd, was installed on all external walls. Long lengths of stainless steel HeliBar were bonded into channelled-out mortar beds, drilled behind the buttresses, bent around corners and returned into the reveals where possible.This provided a rapid cost-effective solution and, with all repairs being fully concealed, left the property unmarked. 117

Hospital by around six months. Kier was Principal Supply Chain Partner appointed under the ProCure21 framework to provide the new facility as part of a £20m contract – the biggest development in the hospital’s recent history.The building was manufactured and fitted out off site and installed by Yorkon in a £10m sub-contract, reducing time on site to just 10 months. The new Yorkon pre-installed concrete floor has been used throughout – the first time this award-winning modular technology has been 118 used for a complete building.

Marigold keep working hands safe Hand protection specialist Marigold® Industrial has extended its highly successful XRT range with the launch of two new products.The highly acclaimed XRT mechanical glove range has now been bolstered by the launch of XRT MechaniX AV glove and XRT Insulator. For those working with plant and equipment that have vibration risks, the XRT MechaniX AV benefits from an ergonomically designed palm insert that absorbs and dampens shocks and vibrations to the hands. The new XRT Insulator is designed specifically to keep the hands of workers warm and protected when undertaking tasks at temperatures as low as -30°C; ideal for use in cold stores, construction and general outdoor work.


Dickies: let it rain! Dickies have the perfect answer to keeping you warm and dry this spring! The Eisenhower Waterproof Quilted Parker Jacket is fully lined with strong, stitched and taped seams and is designed with contrast panels to the shoulders and sleeves; it is made from 100%, 120gsm nylon with a PU coating, and a 100% polyester 190T taffeta lining with 180gsm quilting. The jacket has no less than eight pockets of various sizes including one for a mobile phone, all of which are easily sealed off against the elements with magnetic closure flaps or waterproof zips. There’s also a zipped internal access point to facilitate the addition of a corporate logo.

LABC recognise Simpson Strong Tie Industry leader Simpson Strong Tie recently announced the news that both its patented Heavy Engineered Strap (HES) and Light Engineered Strap (LES) ranges have been recognised for use by the LABC as a registered solution, strengthening the company’s impressive portfolio of revolutionary products. 40% lighter than conventional 5mm restraint straps and thinner at only 1.5mm, both the HES and LES perform as well as conventional straps in terms


of structural strength and robustness due to their unique design. CE approved, the HES and LES are suitable for vertical and horizontal restraint applications, come in a range of sizes and are easier to handle and store.

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pril will be a pretty quiet month if you look at the calendar – a two week school holiday, and a four-day Easter week-end (for the ‘employed’ – it’s probably working as normal for self-employed!). And then what we called Whitsun in old money, the May Day week-end that’s being extended by ‘that wedding’. Makes you wonder when we’re going to get any work done this month! Our publication director, Sam Ball, will be running the Brighton marathon on Sunday 10th April.This is his first full marathon, although he has previously completed a half marathon in only in 1 hour 49 minutes! Sam is running in aid of Unicef; please help him reach (and beat) his fund-raising target by going to and making a donation. Regards,

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