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s the world changes, environmental organisations are pushed to their limits and the nature of their work shifts consequently. This was the case for conservation leader WWF, which found their headquarters was no longer fit for purpose. The organisation therefore embarked on creating its own dream building to spread its message and to showcase its wildlife conservation work to thousands of visitors a year, including industry representatives, designers, architects, students and the public. Turn to page 6 to read how WWF together with construction partner Willmott Dixon made sure The Living Planet Centre was constructed to the highest sustainable standards as part of the overarching goal to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding rating. Also in this issue, FC&A profiles the striking installation of a stained tulipwood form sculptured around the existing staircase in a converted office building. Home to Chrysalis Records HQ, the development is in an enviable location and now benefits from a stylish glazed entrance to enhance the impact of this eye-catching feature. As well as balancing simplicity against its complex form, the architects also had to consider the acoustic performance. Turn to page 28 to find out how the overall structure achieved this and more. Elsewhere, we bring you the latest high profile case studies and talking points covering HVAC, RAIN/SuDS, Roofing & Cladding and Floors, Walls & Ceilings – as well as our regular advisory and legal columns. I hope you enjoy this issue. If you wish to comment on any of the contributions featured within the magazine, please do not hesitate to get in touch at the usual address. In the meantime, on behalf of the FC&A team I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Hannah Frackiewicz Architect firm Stiff + Trevillion has used American tulipwood to build a sculptural timber form inside a converted office building in North Kensington, west London. See pg 28.

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Voice of the Industry: Infrastructure projects such as railway stations can’t afford to be delivered late. Here, SAS discusses the importance of prefabricated products and systems when working in live environments.

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Legal & Business: The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has been urged by MPs to reconsider plans to axe the Sustainable Homes policy that has helped to create a thriving sustainable building industry in the UK.

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HVAC: EnOcean considers the development of energy harvesting wireless technology for the intelligent connected home, increasing security and comfort, and reducing energy consumption.

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RAIN/SuDS: Terry Sloman, Regional Sales Support Manager at Burdens Utilities, discusses stormwater management and how to prepare for extreme weather by future-proofing properties and developments.

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Roofing, Cladding & Insulation: Welsh Slate’s Heather Blue roofing tiles were selected by Dewis Architecture for the roof of the new BREEAM “Excellent” Ogwen Valley visitors centre in the Cwm Idwal area of the National Park.

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Flooring: In this two-part special, FC&A profiles Northcot, whose bricks were on prominent display as part of an inaugural exhibition at the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London. Meanwhile, Itec revs up for a new installation at Harley Davidson.

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Greenhouse: Wirral Art Studio provides a secluded environment for budding creatives to take inspiration from the shore. The placement of the structure was the first challenge to overcome, however reusable building foundations offered the perfect solution.

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Sustainability in Development: As the world changes, environmental organisations find the nature of their work shifts as a consequence. This was the case for conservation leader WWF, which found its HQ was no longer fit for purpose.

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Design & Desire: American tulipwood has been used to refurbish a former Victorian warehouse, providing light and spacious new office accommodation whilst retaining the original character facade.

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Shore Cottage Studio is now a working space for the clients to produce artworks and to host workshops and courses

Foundations S for creativity Shore Cottage Studio is a unique project undertaken by Swift Garden Rooms and Jackpad for artists Sue Barnes, Laura and Kris Heath on the shores of the beautiful windswept Wirral Peninsula. This artistic family’s objective was to combine the glorious seascape where they live, with a working environment designed to inspire all those who come to share it.

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hore Cottage Studio runs short courses for artists who may be starting from scratch or looking to expand their creative practice; the courses are led by practising artists and are inspired by and rooted in nature. From a construction perspective there were a few challenges – the house and studio are cut off by tides twice a day so there’s a lack of access for materials and machinery and the plot is on a strip of clay, rock and sand. This was never going to be a straightforward build. With unrivalled views over the tidal Dee Estuary to North Wales, this is an ever changing, dynamic space with exposure to the elements. The family developed their business plan which would utilise their artistic


Greenhouse Driftwood and shells added a special welcome to visitors approaching the entrance

talents, created a story board designed to communicate their brief and set about finding the perfect partners to deliver the project. Being highly artistic, business-savvy and enthusiastic, the family were looking for partners who would have similar values surrounding their ambitious project. They found Poynton-based Swift Garden Rooms and sat down with director Martin Lawson and designer Mike Jolley to describe their vision and explore how to make their dream happen. Martin Lawson explains: “We’re always keen to build relationships with our clients first, get under the skin of the project and understand the objectives before we begin to put pencil to paper.” The clients, being typically thorough, already knew what practical boxes had to be ticked and the Swift designers produced innovative ideas that combined such function with flair and met a business-like budget. The building required: • A unique and bespoke design with a stunning appearance

• Huge opening glazed doors to connect with the garden area • Panorama window overlooking the vast shore and seascape • Plumbing for work sinks and dedicated electrical layout for work stations • An environmentally friendly solution that respected the ecology of the plot Experience meant that Swift Garden Rooms knew precisely which partners they’d like to choose to deliver this building which is now creating such a

positive and powerful reaction from all who see it. Swift engaged the skills of architect Matthew Jarman of Maydean Design in Poynton to prepare the planning application and ensure that every angle was explored, so that the building and its construction was planned with empathy for its situation in an area of special scientific interest and beauty.

Structural support Martin Lawson had also worked with Leicester-based Jackpad for a number of years and knew that their innovative environmentally friendly foundations made of 100% recycled and recyclable materials

The Jackpad system overcame the fall in the ground and was the first element to be installed

would be perfect for this sensitive location as there would be no requirement for digging footings and filling them with concrete. As Martin Lawson commented: “Jackpads may be the least sexy element of the build, but without those clever foundations there would have been no building.” These seemingly simple supports have been tested to within an inch of their lives and having passed Building Control’s strictest scrutiny, provide portable foundations for temporary and permanent modular buildings throughout the UK. As Shore Cottage Studio literally is on the shore, access for deliveries of building materials is non-existent, everything had to be transferred to tractor, trailer and 4 x 4s to be brought along the delicate and very bumpy beach, with a weather eye on the tide tables. Planners needed to be sure that strategies were in place to minimise the impact on the beach and wildlife and the local community had to be happy that nothing detrimental would be done to their beautiful environment. The clients, Swift Garden Rooms, Matthew Jarman and Jackpad all recognised that this was going to be an amazing space and after some assessment, it turned out that TV architect and ‘Renovation Man’ George Clarke agreed – the project featured on Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces programme on 21st November 2013. After a period of beautiful summer

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Greenhouse A reclaimed wood block floor provided a beautiful base for reclaimed handmade sinks and furniture

weather, the first day of the build arrived, as did the Channel 4 film crew and torrential rain! There was no denying the fact that the film crew was particularly keen to concentrate upon the delicate moving of thousands of pounds worth of very heavy glass across a windy, rough and inhospitable half mile of beach. The sheer bulk of materials and the massive sections of glazing made this the most demanding day of the whole installation period.

Respectful to nature The whole ethos of this project was to be in tune with nature, respectful of the position of the plot and timing had to take into consideration the migratory patterns of protected wading birds. The Jackpad

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base for reclaimed handmade sinks and furniture. Driftwood and shells added a special welcome to visitors approaching the entrance. The entire building was completed within 14 days – ahead of schedule, within budget and signed off by the Building Inspectors. Shore Cottage Studio is now a working space for the clients to produce artworks and to host workshops and courses.

These seemingly simple supports provide portable foundations for temporary and permanent modular buildings

system overcame the fall in the ground and was the first element to be installed, then the SIP panels that Swift uses in their construction – these systems are all created offsite, minimising waste. The clients used packaging for their fire and recycled delivery pallets into furniture for the finished studio. The SIP panels are eco friendly, include excellent UV values and structural rigidity and require virtually no extra processing on site. This is a well insulated, very efficient building with trickle vents and extraction just for the laser cutter used in the studio. This was a ‘Swift’ project in more ways than one. The Jackpad foundations were set within three hours, another five hours later, the ring beam had been fabricated, the base of the floor adjusted, the sole plate accurately aligned and fixed and the first wall panels glued, screwed and insulated in place. By day two, all walls were complete, the roof was on, all was stable and ready for windows. Day three saw the 4m wide aluminium doors and 2.5m wide panorama window and the Firestone roofing membrane in place – suddenly this building was connected with its seascape. The fourth day brought first fix for cables and pipes in readiness for plaster boarding and by day six the plasterers had transformed the interior so that the clients were given an indication of the perfection of their own Amazing Space. Once the plaster had dried, the final fit for electrics and plumbing completed, the clients brought their own unique skills to bear inside. A reclaimed wood block floor, personalised with laser cut seagulls and set in a wave design provided a beautiful

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The £20m highly interactive new facility allows the WWF to bring to life its activities protecting and preserving the natural world to thousands of people © WWF

As the world changes, environmental organisations are pushed to their limits and the nature of their work shifts consequently. This was the case for conservation leader WWF, which found its headquarters was no longer fit for purpose. The organisation therefore embarked on creating its own dream building to spread its message and to showcase its wildlife conservation work to thousands of visitors a year, including industry representatives, designers, architects, students and the public.

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international network in Woking also provides a spacious, open plan new working environment for WWF’s 300 UK based staff, who have relocated from its previous base in Godalming. As the company responsible for building The Living Planet Centre, Willmott Dixon made sure it was constructed to the

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rom the underground heat pumps to the solar panels on the roof, WWF has created the greenest building it possibly could. The Living Planet Centre is at the forefront of sustainable design and construction. Designed by Hopkins Architects and constructed by Willmott Dixon, the building itself is an inspirational educational resource. The £20m highly interactive new facility allows the WWF to connect, engage and bring to life its activities protecting and preserving the natural world to thousands of people a year through the unique WWF experience which includes four different Learning Zones.

Unique experience Designed collaboratively by Jason Bruges Studio and WWF with assistance from Conrad Partners, each zone evokes the sights, sounds, scents and ambiance of their diverse natural environments, including specially commissioned films and soundtracks. Quotes inspired by nature are etched into the wooden fins forming each structure, and concealed LEDs use light in harmony with the music from hidden feonic speakers to create a unique experience. The new UK hub of the charity’s

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Fact file Architects: Hopkins Architects Main Contractor: Willmott Dixon Construction Structural Engineer: Expedition Engineering Environmental Design Consultants: Atelier Ten Landscape Architects: Grant Associates

The Living Planet Centre project provides a great opportunity to identify, highlight and share the possibilities and benefits of sustainable construction

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highest sustainable standards as part of the overarching goal to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding rating. This was essential to WWF’s commitment to ensure resources used in the building came from sustainable sources, with key highlights of The Living Planet Centre’s construction including: • 80% of aggregates used by volume throughout the construction was recycled

recycling. Importantly, all timber used is responsibly sourced and the story of the building’s environmental construction and performance features in the visitor centre. John Waterman, Managing Director of

A vivid and memorable feature of the Centre is its 80m arched diagrid curved timber roof using extensive glass to cascade the entire building with daylight

• 98.9% of building elements classed as Responsibly Sourced by the BRE • So far, it’s classified as BREEAM Outstanding at design stage, with a final targeted BREEAM rating of 90.5% • An industry leading 99% of construction waste diverted from landfill • Materials had 42% reduction in embodied carbon through design and procurement choices

Four specially designed recycled aluminium wind cowls provide natural ventilation as air circulates through the Centre

A vivid and memorable feature of the Centre is its 80m arched diagrid curved timber roof using extensive glass to cascade the entire building with daylight, while four specially designed recycled aluminium wind cowls provide natural ventilation as air circulates through the Centre. The water management system includes rainwater harvesting and © WWF

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Sustainability in Development Willmott Dixon at the company’s Cobham office said: “We have a fine track record for delivering sustainable buildings that influence and shape thinking of future projects. We’ve seen this in schools, health and leisure facilities and with the Living Planet Centre we’re proud to have worked with WWF to create a fantastic facility that will push the barriers of what we can achieve with sustainable property.” Richard Barlett, Sustainability Manager for Willmott Dixon added: “For a long time, WWF has been working out of an office not fit for purpose, and one that has made it practically impossible to reach out to local communities and spread their message more directly. One of the main values of The Living Planet Centre for WWF is the fact that it will allow them to achieve this and much more besides. They also saw The Living Planet Centre project as a great opportunity to identify, highlight and share the possibilities and benefits of sustainable construction.”

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Top 10 sustainability features 1. Air ducts and heat pumps allow WWF to tap into the constant temperatures beneath the ground to heat or cool the building. 2. The curved timber ‘diagrid’ roof and the glass on it optimise natural light throughout the building.That reduces lighting demands.

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the natural world and brings WWF’s vital work around the globe to life for us, right here and now.” “As WWF’s new home, the Living Planet Centre allows us to open our doors and invite visitors of all ages in for the first time ever,” said David Nussbaum, CEO of WWF-UK. “I think this will help people really connect with our place in the natural world, and the vital conservation work they help us to fund. But our passion for nature has to be matched by a commitment to use the planet’s resources sustainably, and we can now practise what we preach from a building that shows what can be achieved when we are determined. That’s vital as we focus on making real impact in our work – we want a world with a future where people and nature thrive, and we’ve got big ambitions. Just two examples: by 2018 we want to safeguard ten of the world’s most iconic and threatened species, and we’re intending to increase significantly the area of forests and oceans that are properly protected and managed. These are huge challenges, but we’re looking forward to tackling them.”

The Centre was officially opened last month by one of its ambassadors, Sir David Attenborough before its opening to the general public. Commenting on WWF’s new home, Sir David said: “It’s a fantastic eco-building that shows not only how it’s possible to use our planet’s resources wisely, but also helps us all connect with

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3. WWF will generate its own electricity from the sun with carefully positioned solar panels on the roof. This is expected cover up to a fifth of the building’s electricity use. 4. The appliances used will be among the most energy efficient around. WWF will monitor the building’s energy use carefully, and display this data within the building. 5. The building has used recycled materials where it can, and all wood comes from responsibly-managed forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). 6. Shrubs, trees and flowers, and put up boxes have been planted to attract birds and bats. By encouraging biodiversity WWF wants to bring the natural world onto the site. 7. Rainwater and ‘grey water’ from showers and hand basins is used to flush toilets and water plants. 8. In the construction of the building, WWF made sure as little waste as possible was sent to landfill. 9. WWF is always looking for ways to reduce its air travel, and improved video conferencing facilities will really help. 10. The new building can be reached easily by public transport and plenty of sedum-covered bike racks (and showers!) have been provided to encourage staff to cycle.

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Voice of the Industry

Engineering quality and value

Factory solutions which can be installed quickly and delivered just in time have an advantage in live environments

Infrastructure projects such as railway stations cannot afford to be delivered late. Projects also need to be balanced against the need for future proofing. Here, Andrew Jackson, Marketing Director at SAS International explains why these elements need to be addressed from the design stage; being involved at the earliest stage enables a manufacturer to ensure performance whilst taking responsibility for delivery.

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oday’s contractors have to deliver project value, limit risk and have the comfort and benefits of allencompassing warranties for clients. Working directly with the manufacturer installer can provide a single point of contact from start to finish. Prefabricating products and systems in turn can provide better quality control, reduction of lead times and safer working.

These large scale projects are not without their own unique set of challenges for the project team, and the bespoke approach is therefore critical. New build transport projects are setting the standard for the future, designed around today’s passenger experience and movement with large sweeping areas allowing for stress free journeys.While large volumes of people have to be accommodated in transit

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The demand for innovative and interesting interiors must be balanced with the use of functional products

consideration must also be given to ease of access for maintenance and cleaning, crucial for longevity.While security and safety also place special demands on material choice. Refurbishment of the existing fabric can be harder than an ambitious new build.With a new build project there is opportunity to realise innovative technical design features right from the design stage. While refurbishment projects need to work within the constraints of existing fabric and structural dimension. The fit out of any transport hub is a challenge. Design, material choice, durability, the risk of issues on site during installation and programme slippage have huge repercussions for ensuring projects are delivered on time and to budget.This is where using prefabrication can have a significant benefit. Working in live stations poses many complications including limited hours working in a fully operational station as well as the actual location, therefore factory solutions which can be installed quickly and delivered just in time have an advantage in these environments. Prefabricating products and systems

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Voice of the Industry under factory-controlled conditions allows better quality-control and compliance to tolerances and other performance criteria. It can reduce lead-times and improve quality. Site health and safety is improved and usually fewer operatives are required on site. SAS International’s Architectural Metalwork solutions are specified for many stations around the world. A striking example is the bespoke suspended soffit linings and binnacles specified for Blackfriars Station, London. Blackfriars serves as the main terminus between Kent and South London, and is visited by more than 44,000 passengers a day. Many of the materials required for the construction process at Blackfriars were carried on barges on the River Thames to avoid road congestion in this central London location. Balfour Beatty managed the multidisciplined construction team who delivered this unique transport project.This included the coordination of night-time working and traffic management which was necessary for works alongside a busy railway line. The complexity of carrying out construction and renovation work for such projects underlines the importance of partnering with manufacturers to enable this.

Refurbishing existing fabric With refurbishment projects limited ‘As Built’ information will mean architects may have to investigate the existing fabric, propose a solution and start fabrication almost simultaneously. Design and construction work for Waterloo’s refurbishment has been carried out with the potential constraints posed by the late-Edwardian era site and building fabric.

SAS International has worked successfully on three separate phases of Waterloo station’s refurbishment alongside a range of designers and project teams.The most recent phase to be completed was in 2012 where a new balcony level was incorporated to maximise retail space whilst accommodating the growing number of passenger journeys. A very modern aesthetic was chosen for the balcony which still manages to expose the older stone and brick vertical interior facade. By specifying metal cladding, with toughened glass for the balustrades, the BAM design team chose a durable and sympathetic material choice. While at Liverpool Central Station, SAS International worked with the main contractor Morgan Sindall at early design stage of the refurbishment, assisting in selection of materials to replace the original Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) and Melamine cladding installed in the 1970s. Replicating the existing cladding line, whilst using the old sub-grid, posed a challenge at design stage to ensure the new Vitreous Enamel panels were installed correctly.This was overcome by designing notches in the sideflanges with adjustable brackets fixed to the flange to suspend panels.The new panels, with impact resistant and anti-drumming backings, were designed to keep weight to a minimum, so as not to impose excessive loads on the existing sub-grid.The overall thickness in many cases could not exceed the original Melamine size to coordinate with the existing escalators and avoid any reduction in floor area.The Liverpool Underground Stations refurbishment project has been undertaken by construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall on behalf of Network Rail.

Off-site prefabrication manufacture of architectural metalwork products can mean installation is quicker

Andrew Jackson is Marketing Director at SAS International and is currently a member of the management board of the Association of Interior Specialists.

Durability for longevity Individuality of each station design is also important but one detail that is key is how materials not only help create the final look to enhance architectural vision, but will ensure that future generations will benefit from the facility. Balancing aesthetics with the performance qualities of materials is therefore high on the agenda. Durability within a transportation hub is a key influencer on material choice. The demand for innovative and interesting interiors must be balanced with the use of functional products. The ability to design in options from the outset for effective ongoing maintenance and ease of access, along with consideration for increasing number of passengers, provides for time and resource savings in the long-term. Off-site prefabrication manufacture of architectural metalwork products can mean installation is quicker, which causes less disruption to such a busy environment, and in addition it helps reduce site waste and limits the environmental impact.

Delivering long-term value

Balancing function with aesthetics will remain the biggest demand when considering products for transport projects. Ultimately clients and contractors want to deliver project value and limit risk. Working closely with a manufacturer from an early stage can help deliver long-term value and best practice throughout.

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Monodraught has announced the next generation of its award-winning Cool-phase system, representing the company’s latest innovative application of phase change material (PCM) as a thermal energy store to actively ventilate and cool buildings.

The ability to design complex geometry for Cool-phase air flow components has optimised the flow of air to create a far more effective and efficient system with improved controls that also provide BACnet compatibility.Ventilation rates vary from 0.1 m³/s to 0.3 m³/s. The combination of a new modular design, fewer components and lighter weight also makes Cool-phase faster and easier to install using the highly efficient ‘Gripple’ system. Exposed void, suspended ceiling and facia models are available. The minimum ceiling void required for a suspended ceiling installation is now reduced to just 400mm. Commenting for Monodraught, Technical Director Nick Hopper says: “Coolphase has exceeded our expectations in terms of design, performance and energy efficiency and we are delighted that the second generation of the system offers the building services industry such a dramatic improvement to any alternative ventilation and cooling strategy.”

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Brickwork as a material was chosen to embody a sense of timelessness, tradition and practicality

A new monastery in Liverpool has won this year’s Architect’s Choice Award at the annual Brick Awards which took place on 14th November at the Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel in London.

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mpressed by its grace and elegance, over 100 registered architects and architectural students voted for the Carmelite Monastery, which was built for the Carmelite Sisters and completed in March 2013. Designed by architects Austin – Smith: Lord and built by brickwork contractor Nobles Construction, the monastery embodies the daily cycle of prayer, manual labour, communal mealtimes and private reflection whilst being a comfortable and modest home. Silence and light articulates the architecture which is calm, ordered and uplifting. Although modern in its expression, the architecture acknowledges the tradition of monastic design in its form and layout. Monasteries have always been sustainable communities and this building is no exception. Designed to minimise its energy requirements the building incorporates natural ventilation, improved insulation, maximised daylight and renewables such as ground source heat pump and solar water

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heating. Brickwork as a material was chosen to embody a sense of timelessness, tradition and practicality. Flemish bond was used as the background weave that can be modified by projecting and recessing the headers to add texture and pattern. Thus the headers are projected on the curved facade of the chapel, creating a rich texture that together with the curved form expresses the modest chapel as the most important building in the community. On the third storey the headers have been recessed to define the datum set at the top of the second storey that acts as a horizontal line tying the composition together. The colour and texture of Wienerberger’s Con Mosso facing brick is soft and rich and equally suitable for internal and external use. The brickwork has been used internally most notably in the chapel and the cloister adding texture and robustness to these spaces.

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Within the chapel interior the headers project at the higher level, in this instance to break up sound reflections to avoid standing waves setting up. The rich textured outer core of the chapel interior provides the perfect foil to the pure smooth white inner chapel. In addition to the Architect’s Choice Award, there were 13 category awards and the Supreme Winner, each showing excellence in different aspects of design, construction and the use of brickwork. The Carmelite Monastery was also shortlisted for the Innovative Use of Brick and Clay Award. The Brick Awards is one of Britain’s most respected design competitions. Organised by the Brick Development Association, the annual contest provides the definitive showcase for what brick can achieve with projects being entered from right across the globe.

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Automated intelligence In modern houses, windows talk to the heating system, washing machines to the power meter and smart phones to the blinds. Home utilities with communication capabilities increase security and comfort, reduce energy consumption and provide technical assistance to the elderly. Here Armin Anders, Vice President Business Development, EnOcean GmbH discusses how energy harvesting wireless technology can flexibly network intelligent homes.

WiFi has proven to be invaluable for transferring large amounts of data from multimedia devices

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he smart home is no longer a thing of fiction but an accepted fact among the general public, as proven by recent figures. By 2017, smart homes in Germany are expected to increase to more than 20%, which is equivalent to more than eight million households within the next five years – a potential billion euro market in Germany alone. The results of a survey on the attractiveness of smart homes to customers support these statements: more than 65% of 500 respondents found the services attractive or even very attractive. The addressable market is therefore over 20 million households in Germany alone. At the heart of a smart home is automation for a residential building, in which the individual components, gadgets, wall switches, sensors and relay receivers,

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are networked to form an intelligent system. As a result, the building systems (lighting, heating and shading), security technology and other home devices can be controlled automatically as well as visualised and changed from a multimedia device. The networking of individual components and a central control makes the home more comfortable and also more secure, while saving energy at the same time.

Wireless innovation The central control logic is to be found either in the cloud, or, as a safer option, in a separate device in the house. Decentralised intelligence makes it possible to use local emergency functions, like turning the lights on or off, during a system failure. Residents can run the different applications from mobile devices such as smart phones or

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tablets. Classic controls such as light switches and hand-held transmitters are also available to the user, if their smartphone is left in the car, for example. Modern smart home solutions use wireless technologies.Wireless solutions address existing buildings, which outnumber new ones, thanks to easy retrofitting and, therefore, provide clear advantages against classic wired systems.Two principally different wireless technologies are needed: on the one hand,WiFi has proven to be invaluable for transferring large amounts of data from multimedia devices.WiFi uses a lot of energy though, and can only be used by permanently powered or daily recharged gadgets. On the other hand, transferring data, such as measurements or conditions, from sensors, wirelessly installed in windows, furniture or walls, as well as from integrated valves and ventilation flaps, preferably requires energy saving wireless radio. The energy harvesting wireless technology from EnOcean has been optimised for these ultra-low-power data transfers. Instead of batteries, miniature solar cells, mechanical motion converters and thermal converters provide the necessary energy. Changing the batteries, maintenance work usually required during the most unfitting of circumstances, is no longer needed, as the technology is energy-autonomous.The technology can also be easily connected to all systems that communicate over WiFi, as well as over Ethernet/IP, KNX, BACnet or LON via gateways. Based on the energy harvesting wireless technology, a wide range of energy-


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The networking of individual components and a central control makes the home more comfortable and also more secure

Integrating applications Data security and reliability play a big role in the smart home. EnOcean radio already offers the basics for a reliable two-way communication in home automation and uses secure frequency bands. For a higher level of data security, an encryption mechanism can be used. The data packages are encrypted with an AES-Algorithm with 128 bit-keys. Furthermore, every telegram comes with its own rolling code. A forever

changing authentication code is generated, based on the rolling code and the AES encrypted data package, and then validated by the receiving system. The same proven mechanism also takes place by locking or unlocking a car with a wireless key. For even higher requirement of data security, application-specific encryption mechanisms can be integrated too. The present trend for smart home solutions is developing into the direction of improved design as well as the application areas security, comfort and saving energy. Security and comfort are seen as bare necessities for the user, the advantages are obvious. The HVAC discipline (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) has an enormous potential for saving energy. After all, the heating system accounts for more than 70% of the delivered energy consumed

Different control modules are conceivable, depending on the degree of automation and networking

to install, and they require no maintenance. They eliminate the burdensome need to change batteries once a year. In further optimised systems, the heating boilers are also integrated into the batteryless wireless communication system. As a result, the boiler can directly communicate with the heating valve, or users can control not only the individual radiators but also the entire heating system from a smart phone, based on real-time data.

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autonomous applications is now available for the connected home, including batteryless switches, intelligent window handles, temperature, moisture and light sensors, as well as presence sensors, relay receivers and control centres. Complete smart home systems with energy harvesting wireless technology are also available.

in private households. The goal of intelligent heating control is to supply heat to rooms only when it is needed. Different control modules are conceivable, depending on the degree of automation and networking. In the simplest scenario, the radiator valve controls the room temperature. The valves determine the temperature itself. An optional room temperature sensor can also provide more precise measured values wirelessly. Unlike classic radiator valves, daily and weekly timedependent as well as presence-dependent profiles can be generated for the valve. Residents have different options for setting a desired temperature: by using either an app on the smart phone or a stationary control in the building. They can also adapt the valve in the usual way. Enormous progress is being made in this part of the networked home, thanks to energy harvesting wireless technology – new heating valves use the difference in temperature between the heating system and the environment to provide energy for changes in stroke as well as for communication. Without cables or batteries, these wireless devices are especially easy

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Legal & Business have been successfully embedded in Building Regulations over the six years since the policy was introduced. DCLG has not set out a replacement mechanism to drive sustainability in the future. The Committee recommended that DCLG: • Examines the latest research on the decreasing cost of clean energy technologies • Maintains and refreshes the CSH as a tool for local authorities to lever in sustainability

Sustaining the housing standard The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has been urged by MPs to reconsider plans to axe the Sustainable Homes policy that has driven up home building standards and helped to create a thriving sustainable building industry in the UK.

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nvironmental Audit Committee Chair Joan Walley MP said: “The Secretary of State should think again before demolishing the Code for Sustainable Homes.The policy has been a big success in driving up home building standards, delivering local choice and supporting green exports. Building materials manufacturers in the UK told us that they use the Code as a green kitemark when they sell their products abroad.” The cross-party Environmental Audit Committee criticised the Department for its decision to remove local authorities’ discretion to set high standards on energy and water saving – using the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) – in favour of a lowest-common-denominator national standard. Joan Walley MP pointed out: “The Coalition Agreement promised that the Government would ‘return decisionmaking powers on housing and planning to

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local councils’, but this decision bulldozes local choice in favour of a one-size-fits-all approach designed to benefit developers who want to build homes on the cheap.” DCLG’s proposed needs test on the application of sustainability standards by local authorities also risks becoming a lawyers’ charter, according to the MPs. It could curtail local choice, delay the construction of new homes and compel local authorities to incur unnecessary legal fees. The inquiry found that DCLG failed to take into account the latest evidence on the declining capital costs of fitting clean energy technology to homes in its Housing Standards Review.The MPs also discovered that the 2016 zero carbon homes standard has been successively watered down. The report pointed out that the CSH is a proven policy mechanism for driving incremental improvements in sustainable home building. Once-difficult-to-achieve lower-level CSH standards on energy use

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• Retains CSH standards on sustainable construction materials to support green exports and green growth Joan Walley MP concluded: “Hundreds of thousands of homes have to be built in the coming decades. Smart energy and water saving measures – which will ultimately save homeowners money on their bills – must become the norm if we want our homes to be fit for the future. “The Code for Sustainable Homes incentivises developers and designers to think about sustainability from the outset of a project and throughout the development process. It is a proven and flexible way of pushing up home building standards and should not be dropped.”

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Preview 2014

Championing a greener built environment As Ecobuild (4-6th March 2014, ExCeL London) gears up to celebrate its 10th anniversary, organiser UBM Live Built Environment is delighted to announce some of the new plans for 2014.

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ach year Ecobuild hosts the most comprehensive showcase of sustainable construction products in the world. It provides a platform for businesses representing the entire spectrum of sustainable construction products for new build, refurbishment, residential, commercial and industrial projects. Ecobuild brings together the entire supply chain in order to realise the vision of delivering a more sustainable built environment. Alison Jackson, Group Director of Sustainability and Construction at UBM Live Built Environment, comments: “The ambition to create a sustainable built environment through better design and construction is at the heart of Ecobuild. It drives economic growth and ensures a built environment that is fit for purpose and contributes to global priorities such as climate change, energy security and job creation. “Ecobuild’s aim is to bring industry

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professionals together with a common purpose – to create a cleaner, greener, efficient and more sustainable built environment.” In 2014 the Ecobuild experience will be easier to navigate than ever before, thanks to the introduction of three core areas to the event. The Sustainable Design and Construction zone focuses on the topic that has been at the heart of Ecobuild since it launched a decade ago. Here, visitors can learn about the latest design ideas, future construction materials, lighting and technical solutions to sustainable construction challenges. New and existing innovations, such as the role of Building Information Modelling (BIM) will be a central feature of the 2014 show.

The Ecobuild 2014 experience will be easier to navigate than ever before

information exchange, led by internationally renowned academics, ministers, industry leaders and celebrity speakers. All speakers will now appear on the show floor and there will be two spectacular arenas to house the conference programme. In addition to the two Ecobuild arenas, UBM will also introduce six new content zones to the show floor. Building Performance & BIM, Refurbishment & Retrofit, Green Energy, Design,Water,Waste & Materials and Future Cities will host Ecobuild’s seminar programme and drop in advice clinics delivered by industry leading organisations. Visitors can see innovative solutions and get practical advice with dozens of inspiring and interactive attractions. 2014 features will include: Solar City, Practical Installer, Regeneration Film Festival, the Royal Docks Ideas Competition and the Biodiversity Pavilion. Ecobuild continues to enjoy the support of leading industry bodies and it is delighted to announce some of its key partnerships for next year including: UK Green Building Council – Lead Partner for Ecobuild 2014, UK Trade & Investment – Government Partner, BRE – Research & Innovation Partner, backed by Lead Supporters Carbon Trust, CIBSE and RICS.

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Design & Desire

The structure houses the offices’ reception desk, providing the reception team with a presence that many would envy

Sweet sound of A transformation Architect firm Stiff + Trevillion has used American tulipwood to build a sculptural timber form inside a converted office building in North Kensington, west London. Made from panels of stained tulipwood, this feature is not only decorative but also functional. The architect designed it to disguise an ugly staircase which the budget did not allow the designer to replace. And, in a space dominated by hard surfaces, it also serves an important acoustic purpose.

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merican tulipwood has been used to refurbish a former Victorian warehouse, providing light and spacious new office accommodation whilst retaining the original character facade. A sculptural timber form is the most striking thing that visitors see when they enter the reception of a converted warehouse building in North Kensington, west London. The structure houses the offices’ reception desk, providing the reception team with a presence that many would envy. The architect was not responsible for turning the building into offices. That had already been done, and those offices housed the headquarters of Chrysalis Records, which had been at the forefront of the 1980s New Romantics movement in the UK, publishing bands including Spandau Ballet and Ultravox. Since then it had changed hands several times. The client wanted to make the most of the building. It decanted Chrysalis to the upper floors, and Stiff + Trevillion designed a new reception space by roofing over an existing courtyard. This both gave the building a more imposing entrance, and provided an area that could be used for informal meetings. The architect went for a simple industrial aesthetic, with a glazed entrance. It has exposed the underside of the new metal deck roof, installing glazing around the perimeter at the junction with the existing buildings, to bring in light. The floor is of polished concrete. This ‘industrial luxe’ feeling was however in danger of being compromised by the presence of what Andrew Trevillion, director at Stiff + Trevillion, described as a ‘clunky 1980s’ staircase in the middle of the space. Since there was not


Design & Desire enough money to replace it, the architect decided instead to disguise it – not in a way that tried to make it recede into the background, but by celebrating and transforming it.

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The timber enclosure is so interesting precisely because it has a form that would never have been generated naturally

Brewery it has been coloured a rich mid brown, with a finish that also gives it Class 0 fire rating. And one of the over-riding factors, Trevillion said, was that “it takes a good edge.You can get a sharp arris on it”. This was vital since those edges play such an important role in the success of the sculptural conceit.

Precise fixing At the Phoenix Brewery, the tulipwood has been coloured a rich mid brown, with a finish that also gives it Class 0 fire rating

With a restricted budget and a relatively large amount of timber, the other attraction of tulipwood was that it is one of the more affordable hardwood species, thanks to the abundance with which it grows sustainably in the United States. Because the different elements had to be fixed – they were pinned – in a specified order, according to Trevillion “the contractor thought it was rather complicated at first. But once we explained, they realised that the job was quite straightforward.” The angling of the battens provides a range of surfaces on which sounds can be absorbed or bounced around, softening what would otherwise be a very reverberant acoustic in the space. The way these are arranged is slightly

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By roofing the courtyard, this gave the building a more imposing entrance, and provided an area that could be used for informal meetings

The timber enclosure is so interesting precisely because it has a form that would never have been generated naturally, but instead accommodates the twists and turns of the stair. It is made up of four horizontal layers, each set at an angle to the one below with the horizontal surfaces generated between the layers used to accommodate uplighting and downlighting. The lowest layer is carved down to an appropriate height to accommodate the reception desk with, in this case, the horizontal element forming the surface of the desk. By making the ‘sculpture’ work so hard, there is an essential simplicity to balance the complexity of the form, doing away with any extraneous elements. The carcase is of softwood, with a painted wooden board attached, to which are fixed American tulipwood battens, each measuring 20 by 30cm. The edges of the battens have been cut at angles, with three or four variations which give the lively, irregular almost rippling effect that is so attractive. “At first we just specified that we wanted a hardwood,” Trevillion explained, but when he investigated further he found that tulipwood was ideal for his purposes. Although he was aware of the material, he had never used it before but he would, he said, use it again. He liked the fact that it was light coloured, with few markings and that it took a stain well – at the Phoenix

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Design & Desire Stiff + Trevillion designed a new reception space by roofing over an existing courtyard

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One of the best value and most versatile US hardwood species, tulipwood is widely used in construction, furniture and interior joinery. Although relatively light in weight and soft, American tulipwood has excellent mechanical properties and has a very high strength to weight ratio making it ideal for

laminated beams and structures. Tulipwood is often painted or stained, but the use of natural finishes to show off its exciting colour variations and grain patterns, is increasing.

reminiscent of the interior of some concert halls, but there is an important difference. Acoustic design for performance spaces is a specialist subject, calling for the use of highly skilled consultants, since it is vital that, as near as possible, every member of the audience should hear the music in ideal conditions. In a social space like the reception at the Phoenix Brewery, it is simply important that the sound experience is pleasant, and that people can talk with a degree of intimacy. The acoustic design does not therefore call for complex calculations. Instead an architect’s instinct and understanding of materials is sufficient. And that is what happened here. Trevillion did not know exactly the impact that the timber form would have on the acoustic of the space, but he knew that it would improve it. And this proved the case. “If we had not done this, the space would have been impossible to sit in,” Trevillion said. Instead it is welcoming and attractive, with some carefully chosen furniture. It fulfils the role that the client was looking for thanks, in large part, to the tulipwood enclosure that the architect designed. American tulipwood (Liriodendron tulipifera) American tulipwood has a creamy white sapwood which may be streaked. The heartwood varies from pale yellowish brown to olive green. This green colour tends to darken on exposure to UV light and turn brown. The wood has a medium to fine texture and is straight grained.

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RAIN/SuDS

Planning for the future Following the severe flooding that parts of the UK experienced in 2012, it is becoming increasingly clear that the most effective course of action would be to prioritise planning for how to manage these situations in advance. Here, Terry Sloman, Regional Sales Support Manager, Burdens Utilities, discusses stormwater management and how to prepare for extreme weather by future-proofing properties and developments.

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he subject of stormwater management is fast becoming one of the UK’s primary concerns in the area of environmental issues we need to be prepared for. According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), more than five million properties in the UK are at risk of flooding, which equates to one in every six homes in the UK.

With the government announcing that it is taking measures to better protect more than 64,000 more homes through 93 new flood defences, the £294m scheme has been criticised for favouring the ‘big cities’ rather than rural areas that were significantly hit by high levels of flooding in winter 2012. Since rain records began in 1766, the amount of rainfall has continued to increase in the UK. It is estimated that flood damage

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costs the UK more than £1 billion. High volumes of stormwater run-off place increased stress on existing drainage systems and urban watercourses. When a previously undeveloped site is built on and paved over, stormwater run-off from the newly impermeable surface increases by up to 80%, which places greater pressure on existing watercourses and drainage infrastructure. The traditional means of dealing with increased stormwater is just not viable anymore. As we move forward, we need to acknowledge the challenges that stormwater presents, but then consider how we can future-proof new and existing developments to cope with these growing pressures. Ever since the Pitt Review in 2007, the importance of considering surface water risk has become enshrined in a development’s planning stages. However, to improve our ability to withstand the levels of flooding witnessed in recent years, section three of the Pitt Review, entitled ‘Reducing the risk of flooding and its impact’, should still be the top priority. The latest Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) have been developed to cope with the demands that heavy rainfall can place on an area. Indeed, integrated systems incorporating attenuation tanks, large capacity drainage channels, lagoons or ponds, porous paving and rainwater harvesting are now an essential part of any new development. The solutions available include stormwater infiltration modular cells, large diameter pipework, separation tanks and flow control regulators. In order to achieve smarter stormwater management, a collaborative relationship between all stakeholders is required. This will lead to long-term benefits: enhanced public spaces, greater biodiversity and increased land value. It is our responsibility to take action for delivering a more effective stormwater management strategy in the UK today, to improve our quality of life in the future.

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Roofing, Cladding & Insulation

Dewis Architecture’s brief from the Cwm Idwal Partnership was to design a landmark gateway building for the reserve while respecting its sensitive natural environment

Ascent begins with sustainability

transformed by main contractor Derwen Llyn over 14 months into a landmark centre featuring an office, interpretation area, changing areas and food kiosk. Gareth Moriarty Owen of Dewis Architecture said: “The site is subject to extremes of weather so longevity of material specification was of paramount importance. But we also specified Welsh Slate because of the quality of the material, its environmental benefits, the specialist knowledge and advice, and its close proximity to site. “It was specified for the roof material as it was the most durable and suited material for the roof concept which was random diminishing courses chosen to reflect the striations and layers of the surrounding mountain ranges. “It also satisfied local planning authority stipulation on the use of slate products that said slate roofs are to have slate of uniform colour and texture consistent with natural local Welsh slate. I personally would not specify alternatively sourced roofing slates from any other location, China or Spain, as they are vastly inferior, do not have the same weathering characteristics, and are from different veins or build-ups of slate deposits. “The wall and floor materials were chosen for their numerous benefits – the external cladding was sourced from slate tips following site visits to hand-

Elements from almost all of the portfolio of Welsh Slate products were specified for Ogwen Valley visitors centre in Snowdonia for a whole host of reasons, only one of which was the quarry’s close proximity.

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ome 320m² of bespoke sizes of Welsh Slate’s Heather Blue roofing tiles from the company’s Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda were selected by Anglesey-based Dewis Architecture for the roof of the new BREEAM “Excellent” Ogwen Valley visitors centre in the Cwm Idwal area of the National Park. These were complemented by 140m² of Heather Blue floor tiles throughout the building, 80m² of cladding to external and internal walls from the Cwt Y Bugail quarry in Blaenau Ffestiniog, and 30m² of traditional “crawiau” slate slab finish to external boundary walls. In addition, 500m² or 100 tonnes of hardstandings from glacial boulders were sawn to form slabs to a thickness of 80mm (and flame textured for improved slip

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resistance) at the quarry five miles away. Dewis Architecture’s brief from the Cwm Idwal Partnership, which brings together the Snowdonia National Park Authority, Natural Resources Wales and the National Trust, was to design a landmark gateway building for the reserve while respecting its sensitive natural environment. And they met this by designing an organic building which takes its architectural concept from the surrounding materials, topography and ground formations such as glacial synclines and buttressing.

Local landmark The former warden’s office/garage/ workshop and snack bar, which was originally built in the 1970s and attracts 125,000 visitors every year, has been

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The new building to achieve three things – it had to be sustainable, fit for purpose and fitting to its environment

be sustainable, fit for purpose and fitting to its environment. With the help of Welsh Slate, it fulfils all of these.” Welsh Slate Architectural Manager Markus Bischoff added: “This project was particularly important to us for several reasons. Firstly, it’s a flagship building that’s right on our doorstep that makes full use of a wide variety of our product portfolio from two of our quarries. “Also, Emyr said the new building had to be sustainable which Welsh Slate certainly is, as it is a completely natural product that can be re-used at the end of its shelf life. This can be up to hundreds of years for some roofing slates so that shows just how fit for purpose quality Welsh Slate is. And given the fact Welsh Slate has been

500 million years in the making on our doorstep makes it immensely fitting to its environment.” Gareth has specified Welsh Slate many times over the past 10 years in practice. “It is basically used on every project, whether as a roofing material to satisfy planning obligations or purely as a matter of personal affection for the material I’ve grown up around,” he said. The £600,000 centre was funded by the CAN strategic project (Communities and Nature) through Natural Resources Wales and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

pick the suitable stock by both the head stonemason and myself. Similarly, the glacial overburden was sourced from Penrhyn, less than five miles away from site, from stock piles previously used as barrier material on the roads leading up to the quarry. These were sawn at Penrhyn and transported to site, therefore providing enormous environmental benefits reflected in the BREEAM scores. Welsh Slate were on hand throughout the project with manufacturing suggestions and advice in this regard.” He added: “The finishes provided by Welsh Slate form an integral part of the project, closely linking the building to the site and its natural surroundings. Also, slate’s sustainability was of high importance due to the BREEAM requirements. “The Welsh Slate products complied with the aesthetic and performance requirements of the project excellently, fulfilling them in every way possible. They interface beautifully with the other natural and man-made finishes which is a testament to its natural value and flexibility. “The Welsh Slate elements afforded the building the opportunity to reflect natural elements such as the buttressing seen on the nearby mountain, Tryfan, and the angular synclines visible from Cwm Idwal, formed by glacial erosion during the last Ice Age.

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Slate fit for purpose Emyr Williams, Director of Land Management at Snowdonia National Park Authority, said: “We wanted the new building to achieve three things. It had to

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Flooring

Itec revs up for installation Some 350m2 of contemporary resilient flooring from Itec Contract Floors now covers the floors of the Harley Davidson section at the specialist M & P motorcycle parts and accessories showroom in Swansea, setting off the world-famous bikes to perfection and acting as an integral part of the venue’s industrial-inspired interior scheme.

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hosen in modern grey Papilio 697 from the popular Concept Cemento collection by Itec Contract Floors, the new flooring was supplied by MCD Wales and fitted by Artisan Flooring Ltd of Swansea, and provides an on-trend appearance to ensure that the floor looks just as good as the legendary motorcycles. Featuring a 0.7mm wear layer that is treated with HyperGuard+ PUR, Papilio 697 is renowned for its exceptional durability and its ability to withstand even the highest footfall. “M & P approached us looking for a floor surface that complemented its existing stripped-back and industrial design scheme, and after carefully considering many samples from Itec Contract Floors

we finally settled on the Concept Cemento in Papilio 697 due to its contemporary metallic grey finish,” comments Mark Stevens, Director, Artisan Flooring Ltd. “Complementing the pared-down interior finishes and fittings within the showroom, such as the industrial-style cabinets housing clothing and accessories, as well as contrasting with the natural wood countertops and desk areas, Papilio 697 delivers a striking look and ensures that the Harley Davidson section really stands out.” Simple to maintain, the new flooring requires minimal maintenance even despite the fact that many bikes are taken out for test-drives and then wheeled back into the facility for cleaning. This easy cleanability is a major benefit for large venues that

experience high volumes of traffic, and, as Mark Collings, Managing Director, M & P Swansea, explains, was a significant contributing factor that led to the floor’s specification: “When refurbishing the Harley Davidson area, we required the new flooring to be hardwearing and in keeping with the stylish decor of the showroom as a whole, but it also had to be easy to keep looking good by members of staff in-between visits by specialist cleaners. The Harley Davidson motorcycles and accessories at M & P are a major attraction for hundreds of bike enthusiasts every week, so it is only natural that this section regularly suffers from trodden-in dirt brought in from outside. With its protective wear layer treatment, Concept Cemento Papilio 697 gives us ultimate peace of mind and can be simply swept and wiped clean. “On-budget and providing us so far with impeccable performance, we are very happy with our new flooring from Itec Contract Floors,” summarises Mark. Concept Cemento Papilio 697 was fitted using Itec’s pioneering Invisiweld coldwelding installation method that gives an almost imperceptible join for a seamless finish.

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Natural synergy © 2013 Jörg Baumann Adrián Villar Rojas, installation view,Today We Reboot The Planet

It’s not often that bricks are the centrepiece of an acclaimed exhibition, however, Northcot bricks were on prominent display as part of the inaugural exhibition at the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London.

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he ambitious project involved the restoration and conversion of a classical 19th century brick gunpowder store, known as ‘The Magazine’, and the creation of a light and transparent extension designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, which complements the neo-classical architecture of the original building. This is Zaha Hadid Architects’ first permanent structure in central London. The Grade II* listed building was originally designed in 1805 to store munitions during the Napoleonic wars. It comprises two raw brick barrel vaulted spaces (where the gunpowder was stored) and a lower square shaped surrounding structure with a frontal colonnade. The building was in military use until 1963 and, since then, has been used by The Royal Parks to store flagpoles from The Mall. Having been brought into public use for

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the first time in its 208-year history as a prestigious gallery space, its opening was marked by a site-specific exhibition by the young Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas, who has gained international renown for his dramatic large-scale sculptural works, predominantly made in clay and brick. In this, his first UK exhibition Today We Reboot The Planet, Villar Rojas presented a potent mix of myth and imagination, with a number of fantastical clay sculptures, including a dramatic life sized elephant, which appeared to push against the gallery wall. Independent English manufacturer, Northcot Brick supplied 45,000 wirecut bricks from its popular Multi Red Rustic range, to cover the entire interior floor of the Gallery. In this installation, the artist re-imagined the architecture and original purpose of the historic ammunitions store and responded to the original brick vaulted Powder Rooms that sit at the centre of the building.

Reverting to tradition Chosen predominantly for their form and character, the loose-laid bricks added warmth of tone and variation of texture, as well as making an engaging ‘tinkling’ sound as they were walked upon. Adrián Villar Rojas draws much of his inspiration from the rawness and immediacy of traditional handmade brickmaking, which takes place on the brick farm in his hometown of Rosario in Argentina. This return to an old and traditional practice – similar to that of returning to clay as material and sculpture as a form – was the artist’s path for inventing a symbolic world that speaks to the imagination. Northcot Brick is a traditional English manufacturer, known primarily for its characterful handmade bricks, which are also made using bench mould techniques that have hardly changed over the centuries, and which are fired in the timehonoured way in one of the last remaining coal fired kilns in the UK. Michael Brown, Managing Director of Northcot Brick Ltd said: “We are delighted to have been involved in such a prestigious project. As a company, Northcot is passionate about making traditional characterful bricks, which have aesthetic value and appeal. As such, we feel a natural synergy with the work of Adrián Villar Rojas, whose exhibition we were keen to support.”

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RICS conference moves from ‘Why BIM?’ to ‘How BIM?’

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A new CPD has been launched by Franke Washroom Systems to support a new generation of commercial washbasins and washtroughs made from the company’s own moulded solidsurface – Miranit.The new CPD highlights both the standard range of Miranit basins from Franke Washroom Systems that have been available for specialist applications for a number of years, but now includes a bespoke offer too. Highlights of the CPD include: the benefits of using solid surfaces in washrooms; the properties of Miranit including material detail; the benefits of using Miranit over ceramics; cleaning and maintenance; and standards and approvals.

RIBA approved CPD seminar by glass and glazing specialist GLASSOLUTIONS. ‘An introduction to Electrochromic Glazing: Dynamic Control of Solar Heat Gain and Glare’ by the Saint-Gobain Group company, which recently launched SageGlass in the UK, explains the sustainability and performance benefits of electrochromic or ‘active’ glass for windows, skylights and curtain walls, that tints or clears to modulate solar heat gain and glare. * enquiries@glassolutions.co.uk

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Raising the profile of hardwood doors Urban Front is pleased to announce that it has joined the RIBA CPD Network and its CPD seminar entitled Specifying Hardwood Timber External Doorsets is now available to architects and construction professionals. Learning aims include information on insulation, passive house, challenges with maintenance, accessibility and door security. The CPD is also very visual and offers various opportunities to touch and feel samples and lasts approximately 45 minutes. * elizabeth@urbanfront.co.uk

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Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating, has been granted a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) approval by CIBSE for its Combined Heat and Power (CHP) training programme. The new training course, aimed at consultants, contractors and specifiers, covers a multitude of CHP topic areas including the principles of CHP, sizing, typical applications, potential CO2 savings, legislation incentives, installation requirements, service and maintenance and many more. The half day training course can be held at the client’s premises or arranged at Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating’s dedicated training and assessment academy at its Worcester headquarters. * training@uk.bosch.com

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Acoustic Fins are creative to the core Global advertising agency, Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) London HQ has been redesigned and refurbished from a conventional office layout into an inspiring and welcoming open plan studio space designed for creativity.

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entral to the redesign of BBH HQ is a triple height studio which runs through the core of the building. As well as allowing in light to fill the space, it creates a new open, flexible working area ideal for encouraging social interaction and creative thinking. Visitors to the agency are directed to the central studio on arrival and architects and designers, Urban Salon, wanted to give the area a warm, welcoming feel. To help achieve this, they specified the use of natural materials. Heradesign Superfine acoustic Fins from Knauf AMF, fitted the brief perfectly and were installed under the existing barrel vaulted roof. The vertically suspended Fins were formed using 25mm thick mineral wool panels wrapped around a solid timber board on both sides. The characteristic natural texture of wood wool lends itself perfectly to the design

theme as Urban Salon Director, Alex Mowat explained: “We designed specially formed V-shaped Fins produced in a custom-made light-grey colour on one side and standard white on the other to complement the natural colours of the bamboo and textiles used elsewhere in the central studio. The Fins provide solar shading and at the same time allow daylight to pass through the original glass roof. Along with the other acoustic materials, the Fins help reduce reverberation times in the large open space where 400 people work together.”

Suspended statement The Fins were suspended in the roof space of the central studio and are affixed to steel RSJs. Frost Interiors installed the Fins and Managing Director, Stephen Frost, explained how they developed the design of the Fins with help from Knauf AMF’s

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technical team. “We worked successfully with Knauf AMF to turn the design of the Fins into a reality, making them lightweight and easy to install. We used solid machined sections of timber mechanically fixed to the upper face of the top flange and lower face of the bottom flange to provide fixing points for the Heradesign panels. An additional section of timber was introduced at the base of the Fins to hold the material in the triangular position.” The Heradesign panels are available in various sizes, face patterns, edge details with an unlimited range of colours including RAL, NCS or StoColor offering architects a unique product to create truly original interiors. The Heradesign Fins create a bold architectural statement which are perfect for a modern space and are practical. They are ideal for areas where a suspended ceiling is not viable but acoustic control is necessary. The Fins provide excellent sound absorption in what would otherwise be a hard, reverberant space. *

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Karndean Designflooring’s new AR app projects virtual flooring Karndean Designflooring has unveiled a brand new Augmented Reality (AR) app which allows users to view any Karndean floor in real time. Using cutting edge AR technology, the sophisticated app brings flooring ideas to life and for the first time, allows specifiers, contractors, architects and interior designers to view any Karndean floor in a commercial space during the specification process. The free app can be used to demonstrate which Karndean floors suit the style and shape of any commercial space. With access to the full Karndean Designflooring catalogue via the app’s innovative Touch Selector, specifiers and designers can explore and test out any floor. 8

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Incorporating all the proven benefits of its predecessor, Apertura, the Cleaneo Akustik range of perforated plasterboards from Knauf comes newly-equipped with Cleaneo Akustik technology to provide improved air quality for a cleaner and safer working environment.The range is further enhanced with four new boards that offer a foursided tapered edge profile that enables the boards to be taped and jointed. Available in 20 different perforation patterns to offer complete creative freedom, Cleaneo Akustik plasterboards cut the amount of pollutants and odours while still delivering their market-leading acoustic performance. *

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Witherford Watson Mann specified Kerakoll adhesive and grout for the tiling in the renovation of Stirling Prize winning Astley Castle, because of the company’s reputation for high quality environmentally friendly products. H40 Eco Tenaflex Grey was used as the adhesive for both walls and floors. It is fully stable even in the presence of water which could have been a problem as there are places where the tiling touches the original castle walls which are still in the process of drying out.The grout used was Fugabella Eco 2 – 12 which is a low absorption water repellent grout. It contains a natural fungicide and bactericide. * (

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UZIN products were used to install 600m2 of new safety flooring following a refurbishment of Wigan Youth Zone – a centre which aims to help young people develop achievable aspirations. Contractor iFloor UK turned to UZIN because minimising risk was essential on such a prestigious project which involved installing an intricate flooring design at the heart of the building. Firstly UZIN PE 280, a rapid primer was applied to the floor before UZIN NC 160, a heavy duty levelling compound was installed. UZIN KE 66, a fibre reinforced adhesive was then used to install the safety floorcovering.The subsequent finish was outstanding. *

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Tarkett to utilise phthalatefree technology Tarkett – a leader in innovative flooring and sports surface solutions – has announced it is to use phthalate-free plasticizers in its vinyl flooring production in Europe in 2014. As part of Tarkett’s commitment to greater sustainability and eco-innovation, these new phthalate-free products have been designed to improve indoor environment and air quality.The phthalate-free plasticizers selected by Tarkett are approved for food contact containers and can be used for toys intended to be placed in the mouth by children.Tarkett is committed to re-thinking its products, manufacturing processes and business models according to the ‘Cradle to Cradle’ and circular economy principles. *

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Mapei specified for Olympic Legacy sports pavilion Mapei’s Mapefloor System was specified at the recently completed Leyton Jubilee Park Sports Pavilion, in East London. Part of the Olympic Games Legacy Scheme, the new facility was funded by the Olympic Delivery Authority to improve play facilities and the surrounding landscape. As part of the project, over 350m2 of Mapefloor I 350 SL resin flooring was installed throughout the Pavillion’s changing areas by Resin Flooring Specialists.The two-component multi-purpose epoxy resin formula provided a strong surface which is highly resistant to abrasion. Neutral-toned Mapefloor I 350 SL was coupled with a grey Mapecolor Paste (RAL 7040) to achieve the desired aesthetic. *

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Dulux Trade paint data now available in BIM format Dulux Trade has become the first paint manufacturer in the UK to make its coatings available as BIM objects. The data is available from the manufacturer’s dedicated specifier website, www. specifytradepaint.co.uk, as well as www.duluxtrade.co.uk and the NBS National BIM Library – www.nationalbimlibrary.com/duluxtrade – an online resource that allows construction professionals to locate and download quality generic and proprietary BIM objects. BIM allows architects, designers and contractors to access detailed product information in a digital format and incorporate it into 3D computer aided design (CAD) modelling for building projects. This makes it easier for specifiers to find products with the right physical and functional characteristics. *

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Interface announces participation in Healthy Seas initiative Interface, a leading carpet tile manufacturer, has announced its participation in the ‘Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear’ programme – a new initiative designed to address the growing environmental problem of marine waste. Interface is the first flooring company to participate in this global programme, founded by yarn manufacturer Aquafil, conservation group ECNC Land & Sea Group, and Dutch manufacturer Star Stock, as part of Interface’s long-term ‘Mission Zero’ sustainability goal.The Healthy Seas initiative aims to recover the fishing nets and recycle them into ECONYL yarn that can be used for a wide range of textile products. *

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Experts at Tarkett have worked a Party Rings biscuit design into the floor of a cafe. Commissioned by 2 Sisters Food Group, owner of the Fox’s Party Rings brand, the design brings a whole new meaning to the idea of enjoying tea and biscuits. Sonic cutting equipment was used to create the flooring, made using Tarkett’s iQ Eminent vinyl range, ensuring the designs fitted perfectly and appeared seamless. Tarkett’s iQ Eminent vinyl range is made using a minimum of 25% recycled content and is 100% recyclable. iQ Eminent vinyl also includes Tarkett’s Unique Surface Restoration technology. *

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Simpson Strong Tie updates extensive product catalogue Glitter and glisten with Polyx-Oil

Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes expert, expanded its renowned Polyx-Oil range earlier this year by adding the most exciting product to date – PolyxOil Tints. Bringing new and exciting colour tones to this market-leading range, PolyxOil Tints will bring a touch of elegance and glamour to any room.The range includes gold and silver tones which with a special level of pigmentation, achieves a glitter finish, especially when the sun catches it. Other colours include white, honey, amber, terra, graphite and black. Based on the original Polyx-Oil product, it retains the natural beauty and character of the wood in a perfect way. *

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Industry leader Simpson Strong-Tie has updated its Heavy Duty Fixings and Resins catalogue to include its latest anchors for concrete and masonry such as the THD concrete screw.The company’s extensive anchor product range, which includes expansion and undercut solutions and adhesive systems and accessories, has been developed and tested in the company’s state-of-the-art facilities to significantly improve the safety of buildings and other structures.The THD concrete screw, which can be used in both cracked and non-cracked concrete, features self tapping interlocking anchoring, integral washer and immediate loading. This economical anchor is ideal for medium duty loads and high volume use. *

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Drainage & Landscaping Southwest One specified Ronacrete’s RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing Lunar Blend and RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing Bristol Blue glass

RonaDeck provides platform for inspiration Christ Church First School in Frome, Somerset wanted to create a sophisticated space for outdoor learning and education as part of a wider classroom extension project.

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he theme for the project was ‘be inspired’. “The school wanted the children to experience a space not traditionally found within infant education. They wanted to create a space which would be able to house the whole school or intimated groups of children for performance, teaching and learning,” says Michelle Martin, Landscape Architect, Southwest One. Southwest One, working in partnership with Somerset Council, designed, tendered

and project managed the creation of the outdoor learning space which includes an amphitheatre, shade sails, cipher entrance archway, planters with seasonal planting and sculptured acrylic spheres for seating. The area was surfaced with RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing.

Compliant paving Southwest One specified Ronacrete’s RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing Lunar Blend for the main performance area and

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RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing Bristol Blue glass for highlighting the performance ring. The SuDS compliant permeable paving system was laid by Ronacrete Approved Contractor Avalon Surfacing Ltd. The RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing System was supplied in two components which were mixed together with a drill and paddle before being added to the aggregate blend. The aggregate and resin were then mixed in a high capacity forced action mixer. The mixed material was poured onto the substrate, spread to level and trowel finished at a thickness of 15mm. After completion the paving was ready for foot traffic within four hours and ready for vehicles after 1-2 days. Ronadeck Resin Bound Surfacing satisfies SuDS requirements, allowing rainwater to quickly and easily drain through the porous surface. All blends have been tested for slip resistance in wet and dry conditions; test results show the risk of slip to be low. RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing is a UV stable resin bound aggregate surfacing; its functional properties and decorative appearance make it an attractive choice for a wide range of paving applications. Further benefits include: 15 year product warranty from an approved contractor; range of natural aggregate blends offering a choice of colours and shades; highly porous allowing free drainage of rainwater (SuDS compliant); UV stable resin prevents yellowing, maintaining the appearance of the surfacing; and recycled aggregates available. *

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Harmer SML provides waste solution for landmark project The Harmer SML lightweight cast iron soil and waste system from Alumasc has provided a robust drainage solution at one of London’s most recent landmark projects. Neo Bankside is a multi-award winning development located next to Tate Modern on the cultural South Bank of the River Thames. It comprises four hexagonal towers housing 217 residential apartments, a business centre, leisure club and private landscaped gardens. Designed by architects Rogers Stirk

Harbour & Partners and consulting design engineers Hoare Lee Consultants, this large scale project demanded a reliable, cast iron soil and waste solution that would deliver high levels of efficiency. Following close involvement from Alumasc working alongside Hoare Lee, the Harmer SML system was specified for use in the buildings’

soil & waste and rainwater stacks and was installed by M&E contractor Interserve Engineering Services. The Harmer SML range has recently undergone a number of developments, which now present contractors and specifiers with a superb package of design and installation benefits. In addition, advances in cast iron technology have ensured that Harmer SML products are fully attuned to modern construction needs. The system is durable, recyclable, quick and easy to install and requires low maintenance. Engineers and designers also have the reassurance that the new Harmer SML range meets the new UK requirement for CE Marking, while installers can further benefit from the introduction of new ductile iron brackets. These brackets can be used for vertical and horizontal rainwater stacks without the need for pipe stack supports – saving costs for both the contractor and end user. The brackets are manufactured in accordance with BSEN877 – the European standard for lightweight cast iron pipes and fittings. *

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Passengers arrive two by two The expertise of Brett Landscaping in providing specialist kerb solutions for buses has been instrumental in the redevelopment of the coach drop off point and waiting area at Twycross Zoo. Louise Bhara, Estates Manager at Twycross Zoo said: “After researching the options available, we decided that the Kassel Bus Boarding Kerb from Brett Landscaping represented the ideal solution for us – and our customers.” Kassel is specifically designed to allow coach and bus drivers to position their vehicles close to the kerb – in many cases leaving a gap of below 40mm – for fast, safe and easy passenger access. *

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A new case study from the trade association Interpave discusses how master-planning, urban design, hard landscape and external surfaces have been integrated with sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) – featuring concrete block permeable paving – on a major, phased development in Oxfordshire. Great Western Park is being developed over 9 phases on 160 Ha of essentially green-field land to the immediate west of Didcot. Once complete, it will eventually provide 3000 new homes and related facilities. The use of concrete block permeable paving is an essential component at the head of an intergrated SuDS management train throughout this major new development. *

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Yeoman Shield appoints new Area Sales Manager Yeoman Shield has expanded its sales force and recruited Chris Mears as a member of its UK sales division covering the South West region. Chris will be responsible for sales of Yeoman Shield wall and door protection products to many different market sectors including healthcare, education, retail, sports & leisure centres, hotels, public transportation stations and airports. Based in Barry, South Wales, Chris who has over 15 years sales experience will be covering the South West area including Avon, Bristol, Ceredigion, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Dyfed, Gwent, Powys, Somerset, Mid, South and West Glamorgan. *

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Treescape porous tree grilles Using a patented design of aggregate, shredded bonded recycled rubber tyres and resin bonded stone along with a galvanised steel subframe and tray system, CIS Street Furniture in collaboration with Sudscape are able to offer the only true 100% porous SUDs compliant tree grille available to the UKmarket.

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Ultra-slim doors reflect trend for grand designs With the UK launch of its Hi-Finity ultra-slim sliding patio doors, Reynaers at Home has made it simple for architects and homeowners to bring to life any contemporary grand design that requires uninterrupted floor-to-ceiling glass. Structurally glazed to keep the aluminium frame to a minimum, Hi-Finity doors are designed for the outer frame to be fitted behind the brickwork.With the resulting floor-to-ceiling glass and only a 35mm

weather resistance, noise reduction and security, helping to keep any home cosy, safe and warm.The doors include a 35mm interlock between each panel, a soft-touch slim-line handle and concealed electronic locking system.The fully automated version has a hidden motor to open and close the door smoothly at the push of a button. Working in partnership with a growing UK network of reputable fabricators, installers, architects and builders, Reynaers at Home prides itself on offering fast lead times for delivery plus outstanding customer service and support.

aluminium interlock between door panels, the Hi-Finity door delivers stunning aesthetics with no compromise on energy efficiency, weather resistance or security. Available in industry-leading sizes, these innovative doors provide huge expanses of glass that create a jaw dropping design feature. Underpinned by exceptional engineering expertise, the doors are available with a maximum door height of 3500mm and a maximum door panel weight up to 500kg. By combining the huge panels in a range of double track and triple track designs, Hi-Finity doors extend design possibilities in terms of size while ensuring smooth operation with even the heaviest of loads. Each Hi-Finity sliding door meets industryleading standards of thermal insulation,

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Leading global provider of security and safety solutions Ingersoll Rand has launched a white paper on bomb blast doors, as a comprehensive guidance document for specifiers of high-risk building projects. Designed to provide an overview of the current regulatory environment surrounding counter-terrorism measures in the construction of highrisk environments, the paper offers specifying professionals a wider understanding of advisory documents, quality standards and market leading products.The paper summarises important documents produced by the Department of Communities and Local Government which aim to assist in the design of public places deemed at risk of terrorist attack – such as airports, embassies and retail outlets. *

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Aluminium window solutions by Reynaers are bringing aestheticallypleasing designs, innovative structures, strength and optimised energy efficiency to two new residential housing blocks in King’s Cross Central. The new buildings are part of an affordable housing scheme in one of the most significant sites of development and regeneration in Central London.The new buildings are equipped with two particular aluminium window systems by Reynaers: CS 38-SL and ES 50. Each system was chosen for its strength, insulation qualities and narrow structural elements. Fabrication and installation was by Red Architectural.

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Vicaima cares for the community Ideal Care Homes (part of the LNT Group) has 38 residential and dementia care homes in the Midlands and the North of England.Vicaima has supplied a total of 6500 Oak Natur doors which have been fitted throughout these developments in both public areas and private rooms. Oak Natur was chosen in a pre-finished flush option to reflect the stylish design and high interior specification of these homes. This high quality range is both beautifully designed and competitively priced, making it a viable commercial proposition where such a large quantity of doors is required. *

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Anti-ligature interleaf hinges from Phoenix The unique Phoenix Interleaf Continuous hinges from Cooke Brothers are now available with reduced ligature end caps as a specified option. The new Phoenix Interleaf hinge reduces the typical gap created by a traditional heavy duty continuous hinge from 12mm down to a mere 3mm. Ideally suited for 44mm and 54mm timber and metal doorsets, the aesthetical lines of the Interleaf hinge completely fills the void between the door and frame, reducing the risk of finger trapping considerably. Incorporating the Phoenix high performance maintenance free polymer bearings, the new CE marked Interleaf hinges have been successfully tested to BS EN 1935: Grade 14 (160kg) and is CERTIFIRE approved. *

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Technal helps to create distinctive new school A range of facade systems from architectural aluminium glazing specialist, Technal, has helped to create a state-ofthe-art learning facility and a new beacon for the community in Bridgwater, Chilton Trinity.Technal’s GEODE-MX Visible Grid curtain walling was used on every elevation – for the full height entrance atrium, teaching spaces, informal breakout areas, swimming pool and sports facilities. Top hung FXi65 casement windows naturally ventilate the school and were used as ribbon glazing, inserted into curtain walling in the main entrance facade, and in composite configurations of up to five units to create large bays for the classrooms in each of the three curriculum wings. *

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Sapphire Balustrades brings style to harbour-side homes Striking balustrades from Sapphire are adding ‘wow-factor’ styling to a new multi-million pound development on Dorset’s idyllic Sandbanks peninsular. Bespoke balustrades were manufactured and installed by Sapphire for internal and external applications in nine exclusive properties. Recessed, integrated balconies to selected properties in the new residential development feature glazed balustrades from Sapphire’s Crystal frameless, structural glass system with hidden base fixing details.The glass balustrades’ seamless appearance enhances the contemporary, uncluttered effect of the facades and the use of toughened laminate glass enabled the balustrade to be used without a handrail to match this seamless appearance. *

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Secure solutions from Total Glass at luxury apartments Total Glass has supplied the complete quality window and door solution, including two of its award-winning High Security Aluminium Communal Entrance Doors, for an exclusive apartment development in Ainsdale, Merseyside. Manufactured from heavy-gauge aluminium, the aestheticallypleasing doors have been installed to the front and rear of the development, built by Sand Developments next to the rail station in Shore Road. Combining kerb appeal with market-leading strength, security and durability, all Total Glass communal entrance doors carry Secured by Design and PAS23 & PAS24 accreditation on both magnetic and electronic shoot bolt locking versions, assuring residents’ safety at all times. *

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Expansion necessitates new FAAC UK HQ FAAC UK, part of automation industry leaders the FAAC Group, has recently relocated to new larger headquarters in Basingstoke due to significant growth and expansion of the UK business in recent years.The impressive new building includes a bigger warehouse, more training and showroom facilities for customers and larger office and workshop space for staff.The warehouse allows increased stock holding, enabling next day supply on the majority of products and includes a designated trade counter for an enhanced customer service experience. Purpose built training facilities provide space for up to 25 students and utilise the latest technology, including an interactive projector. *

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Mereway introduces a new kitchen concept Mereway Kitchens is celebrating the very essence of being British with an impressive launch of its new English Revival modern classic collection; a range which features unique iconic furniture pieces, distinctive colour palettes and the very finest in quality British craftsmanship. Modern Classic is a new sensation that Mereway is driving to market in the form of a new contemporary slab door in-frame range which offers a real bespoke look. Driven by British consumer taste, Mereway’s new Modern Classic look presents a fresh, exciting new style; a flat slab door with subtle horizontal grain, the removal of cross rails and delicate beading within the solid timber frame which presents an exciting modern twist to in-frame kitchen design. The new range presents iconic furniture pieces, created as individual ‘specials’ which include beautiful tall glazed units and bookshelves, American style fridge freezer housing with end panels, spice racks and

slim shelves to display artefacts and store accessories.The new styling of these units feature a gentle upward sweeping curve and stainless steel bars for a contemporary look, bringing together practicality and aesthetic splendour. The introduction of painted interiors on cabinets, open end units and open shelving is another exciting concept presented which is also available for the current successful inframe shaker collection too. A new approach to colour allows the consumer to select from a fabulous collection of 25 colours that can reflect their chosen style. Introducing a new concept; ‘colour ties’ presents a fresh approach to colour

selection, by suggesting four popular palettes using harmonious colours and a suggested complimentary colour. Earth tones, greens, greys and blues are the core colour choices, with tonal shades to perfectly complement each other.

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Impey Showers re-engineers the shower seat Impey’s revolutionary new SlimFold shower seat and bench is stylish, surable, safe and functional. It bears weight of up to 40 stone and has a profile of just 111mm when folded.The bench has a profile of 55mm. SlimFold comes in 10 colours and has an RRP of £175 (plus VAT) and can be fitted from heights of 417mm which ensures safe transfer between standing and sitting or from a wheelchair.There is no maximum height restriction. *

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As part of the innovative Select programme from Hansgrohe, the new ShowerSelect concealed thermostat sets make selecting and turning the different functions on and off both intuitive and pleasing: with the simple push of a button. There are no complex electronics, just a reliable mechanical control that is also easy to install in conjunction with the tried and tested iBox from Hansgrohe. The new Select ready-to-use sets are available in five different functional versions, ranging from a thermostat with a simple On/Off function for one outlet through to a combination featuring a ShowerSelect shut-off valve for up to three different functions.

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Kaldewei – the reliable partner for shower floors

At the 4 star Radisson Blu hotel in Hamburg, the hotel management decided to replace all tiled shower areas in the hotel following problems with black spots and leakages. The new showers had to be of high quality, durable and easy to clean, and they needed to fit in with the hotel’s modern design. In the end, the ideal partner for these renovations was found in Kaldewei. The affected rooms in the hotel were closed and all 252 tiled shower areas are now steadily being replaced. Cleaning and heavy use do not leave even the slightest scratch in the hard, pore-free surface of Kaldewei 3.5mm steel enamel. The surface without tile grout ensures lasting good looks and also improves hygiene properties. *

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New appointment at Lecico Bathrooms Lecico Bathrooms has announced the appointment of a new Chairman. Bill Acton former Managing Director of MKM building supplies brings with him to the role vast experience and knowledge in the KBB industry. Bill forms part of a new board for Lecico bringing a wealth of experience. His appointment, along with the remainder of the newly selected board, marks a new chapter for Lecico Bathrooms. Managing Director of Lecico Bathrooms Graham Bucktrout says: “Bill, a current nonexecutive Director, joins our team as Chairman from the 1st January 2014. As Chairman he will contribute to our strategic direction, future vision and development.” *

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Positive air entry Introducing or upgrading the ventilation of an existing roof is commonly an obligatory undertaking when the thermal insulation within the roof space is increased. To provide air entry and exit opportunities ventilation apertures are introduced through the soffit on opposing sides of the property. Once ventilation apertures have been established, air can flow into and out of the roof space (as long as the insulation laid within it is restrained from blocking the flow route where the converging roof timbers approach plate level). After the soffit apertures have been drilled to provide 70mm holes, the installer may choose whether the Type

CSV Circular Soffit Ventilators are fitted in a ‘see’ or ‘no see’ manner. Type CSV ventilators have a deflecting louvered face, providing positive air entry and insect screening. Unlike standard grille ventilators, rotating the Type CSV so the louvers slope downwards towards the property masonry face results in the ventilation openings being almost hidden from view, when viewed from the ground. The soffit can maintain a continuous unbroken appearance. Alternatively, fitted with the louvers facing the opposite direction – outwardly – provides a punctuated soffit appearance. The installer has a choice. The Type CSV is available in various colours and has one of the highest airflow ratings of 2100 mm², which means fewer need be installed to provide the required performance level.

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RICS Award building features Sapa facade One Angel Square in Manchester, part of the £800m NOMA development, is the landmark head office of The Co-operative Group and opened earlier this year.The £100m building has a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating and incorporates a number of key environmental features. Covering 30,000m², the building’s exterior is constructed from Sapa’s Elegance72 unitised curtain walling system in a design made especially for the project.The double skin facade, which is one of the first in the UK, utilises a cavity between its inner windows and outer glass panel structure to help maximise passive solar gain as well as improve ventilation. *

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A giant step for Hydrotech hot melt Alumasc’s Hydrotech Hot Melt Waterproofing System has been used on the roof of the new National Trust Visitor Centre at the worldfamous Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. from GBS Roofing, said: “Using Hydrotech was a major advantage when it came to dealing with the unpredictable weather conditions that exist on such high ground right on the coast. Most waterproofing products need to be installed in one go, but the versatile nature of Hydrotech, meant it was ideal for the stop/start nature of the installation, due to the heavy rain and 40mph winds. “We’ve been working with Alumasc for over 20 years, and always find major benefits when installing their products. The Visitor Centre was a success for all concerned and

Created by architects Heneghan Peng, the brand new Visitor Centre is part of an £18.5m investment at the site and boasts a striking design, inspired by the bold material and geometric lines of the Causeway itself. The tried and trusted Hydrotech system which has had zero product failures in over 50 years of use worldwide was specified by main contractor Gilbert Ash and installed by GBS Roofing of County Down. Covering a total of 1800m2, Hydrotech provided seamless waterproofing ideal for highly detailed schemes such as this. Commenting on the project, Chris Pegg

we look forward to many more successful projects in the future.” Alumasc’s Hydrotech hot melt system is perfectly suited for zero falls applications on inverted green roofs and hard landscaped podium structures in new build applications and is manufactured using 10% postconsumer recycled material. Hydrotech is BBA accredited and has European Technical Approval.

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Clay tile inspiration Marley Eternit is demonstrating the inspirational roof designs that can be achieved with its range of clay plain tiles through the launch of a new brochure and interactive flipbook for architects and specifiers. With the widest range of UK manufactured clay plain tiles on the market, Marley Eternit is launching the new brochure and flipbook to showcase the versatility of clay as a roofing material, as well providing the tools and support to make design and specification as straight forward as possible. This includes a design detailing section for key features such as turrets, eyebrow dormers, curved roofs and vertical tiling, as well as access to a range of technical support, including a library of CAD drawings and specification tools such as Tilefix and Specrite. The new clay inspiration brochure and flipbook contain details of Marley Eternit’s extensive range of colour, texture and camber options. They also demonstrate how the tiles can be used to create beautiful clay roofs across different building sectors,

adding traditional charm to heritage and refurbishment projects or contemporary character to modern designs. The new clay inspiration brochure and flipbook also contain details of additional environmental credits that can be achieved using Marley Eternit’s range of clay tiles, which have the ability to achieve an A+ rating in the BRE Green Guide to Specification and provide the maximum credits through BES 6001 towards BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes. In fact, Marley Eternit is the only roofing manufacturer to have verified the carbon footprint of its clay tiles with the Carbon Trust and the carbon footprint of every tile is detailed in the new brochure for the first time.

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Klober high performance lead substitute Easy-Form Plus is a reinforced flashing designed specifically as an alternative to lead and for bridging gaps of up to 5cm. Its metal mesh provides flexibility and rigidity while enabling the material to be stretched by up to 30% without using a forming tool or damaging the surface. A butyl adhesive backing is suitable for most dry surfaces without priming, so Easy-Form Plus is ideal for heavily profiled tiles.The release paper is cut along the length for added convenience. 5 metres rolls are available in terracotta, brown, anthracite and lead grey and widths of 250, 300 and 450 mm. *

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Chris Gimson is taking over as Commercial Director for STYROFOAM-A and XENERGY insulation manufacturer, Dow Building Solutions, in February 2014. He succeeds Jayne Law, who has been in the position since 2004. In 2012, she was awarded an MBE for services to the insulation industry. Chris joined Dow as part of the acquisition of Flexible Products in February 2000, for which he was European Managing Director. During his Dow career, Chris has been a Senior Account Manager for the cushion packaging business, managed the STYROFOAM business in Ireland and directed the core composite STYROFOAM business. *

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VMZINC publishes 40page facades brochure The new VMZINC Facades guidelines to design and specification brochure adds to technical literature published in 2013 on roofing and rainwater systems. It contains information on fully supported and rainscreen facades and explains the underlying principles of standing seam, flat lock, interlocking panel, overlapping panel, sine wave and composite panel systems. Sustainability is examined in relation to extraction, processing, use, maintenance and ultimate disposal, with a BRE audit having given up to an A+ Green Guide rating. Systems are available in six pre-weathered colours which all develop a natural, self-protecting patina. *

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Ventilation solutions for excellent indoor air As a specialist in natural and acoustic ventilation RENSON provides window vents, louvre panels and continuous louvre systems that ventilate buildings and meet the acoustic requirements. The Invisivent EVO AK is a self-regulating acoustic flap ventilator, installed above the window frame. This acoustic window vent offers a maximum airflow of 15.9 l/s/m at 2 Pa and a sound reduction in open position up to 48 dB. RENSON Sonovent is a thermally broken acoustic vent, available in 16 different *

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aluminium solutions, allowing the passage of air in and out of buildings whilst protecting these buildings and other installations from wind, rain and vermin. Fitted with acoustic properties these systems also block noise. Today, RENSON offers a complete range with noise insulation Rw (C;Ctr) ranging from 6 to 17 dB, and even higher.

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Reznor launches efficient industrial condensing heaters Strike the perfect balance CVO Fire has extended its range of Contemporary Fireplaces by adding new Balanced Flue Gas Fires. These energy efficient fireplaces have excellent SAP ratings and are room sealed. Available in a wide range of sizes from 600mm to 2000mm wide in five separate styles, front only, left side, right side, three-sided and tunnel (or see through). These glass fronted fireplace designs are energy saving with over 85% efficiency. CVO Fire has many award-winning fireplace designs available for different installation requirements – with and without a chimney including its 100% energy efficient “open flamed” flueless gas fires which require no chimney. *

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Reznor, global leading manufacturer of commercial and industrial unit heaters, has launched the ‘world’s most energy efficient range of industrial condensing unit heaters’. Featuring an entirely new primary heat exchanger and an advanced burner with ‘pull through’ combustion and premix technology, ‘RHeco’ has been developed by Reznor to deliver ground-breaking thermal efficiencies of up to 109% never seen before in the industry.This high efficiency means the RHeco will become eligible for Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) and when combined with the energy savings made over a heating season, an extremely favourable payback period is achieved – especially when compared to a conventional heating system. *

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Sentinel launches new SESI Leading European water treatment specialist Sentinel continues to innovate by expanding its range of scale protection devices with the addition of the Sentinel SESI. The Sentinel SESI is a cost effective way to help ensure Part L1 compliance and protect a property against the damaging effects of limescale. It works by treating the hard water mineral salts as they flow through the system, preventing them from settling as a tough layer of limescale. It uses a natural electrolytic process, making it an environmentally friendly and relatively inexpensive method of limescale protection. The life expectancy of the device is 10 years, during which time the device requires no maintenance. *

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Monodraught donates to charity build project In September, natural ventilation, daylighting and cooling specialist Monodraught supplied and installed free-ofcharge a number of its natural ventilation and natural daylighting systems to ‘The Little Miracles’ Project as part of BBC’s charity Children in Need, DIY SOS: The Big Build. ‘Little Miracles’ is a Peterborough-based, parent-led centre support group and charity for children with additional needs, disabilities and life-limiting conditions. Set up by Michelle King in 2010 after she was refused access on public transport because of her son Oliver’s medical equipment; Little Miracles now helps 700 families and has over 2500 children registered to use the centre. Built in Peterborough in just ten days in September, the Little Miracles site was erected on a gifted 2½ acre site, which includes an old, run down concrete prefab. While the new site is bigger than the Charity’s previous property, its existing building was not fit for purpose and had the

potential to cause significant problems to many of the families who desperately rely on the help given by Little Miracles. There were no disabled toilets, access ramps or changing facilities, and the existing climbing structures were unsafe and condemned. The building contained asbestos, was not secure and had none of the sensory equipment so many of the children depend upon. Monodraught’s contribution was to supply and install three WINDCATCHER X-Air 140 natural ventilation systems complete with an iNVent fully-automatic control system, to provide natural ventilation to the main hall. In addition, nine 300mm diameter SUNPIPE natural daylight systems were supplied and

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installed to serve the main corridor next to the living wall and toilet areas. All of the systems were donated and installed free-of-charge by Monodraught. A team of four installers and a project manager completed the installation in just two days, amongst all the other activities involved in completing a brand new building from the ground up in less than two weeks!

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Surface care covered with free FILA app Fila has launched a free smartphone app – FILASOLUTIONS. Developed for trade professionals, retailers and customers, the easy-to-use ‘how to’ app provides a comprehensive surface care resource – from advice on an ideal treatment, to a ‘coverage calculator.’ It is available to download from www. filasolutionsblog.com/en/download-app-2 or Google Play and suitable for all smartphones and tablets.The new Fila app includes seven main function menus, two of which include: Treatment systems which identifies the ideal Fila treatment for any natural surface, from natural stone to wood, whilst Treatment stages recommends the most suitable solution/s for each treatment stage; pre-treatment, initial wash, protection, finishing and maintenance. *

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Third CDL handbook is published Constructive Details Limited (CDL), a joint venture by the BBA and Robust Details Ltd (RDL), has launched its third handbook of masonry detail junctions developed for the Aircrete Products Association whose members include H+H UK, Hanson, Quinn Lite and Thomas Armstrong.The publication of the latest Constructive Details handbook for solid external walls completes the set for aircrete blocks, with the common constructions of partial fill, full fill and externally insulated solid walls all now being covered. It is available for download free of charge, along with the other handbooks, via a dedicated Resources page on the CDL website.

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Eircom gets a facelift from Remmers The Eircom exchange building, constructed in the 1970s, consists of a rendered exterior of architectural interest and features curves and round porthole style windows.The exterior render was suffering with a high degree of cracking. Repairs to the render were carried out using Betofix RM, a fast cure feather edge repair mortar prior to application of the coating system. Remmers Elastoflex system was chosen to accommodate the anticipated movement and give a high degree of finish to the exterior.The Elastoflex system incorporates mesh reinforcement within a highly elastic coating compliant with EN1504 – surface protection coatings. *

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Helifix launches Crack Injection Kit New from structural repair specialists Helifix, the Concrete Crack Injection Repair Kit is a low viscosity, fast curing epoxy sealing system for repairing cracks in concrete. Easy to use, the kit contains the necessary components, materials and instructions for an efficient and reliable crack repair that will cure in around 12 hours to be as strong as the concrete. The kit is suitable for repairing cracks from 0.2mm to 6mm wide. The main components are CapSeal, a rapid cure thixotropic injection port adhesive and crack surface sealer, and CrackFix, a low viscosity, 100% solids epoxy. * (

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On 1st September, a new company called Sapa AS became a reality – a newly-formed joint venture of the profiles, building systems and precision tubing operations of Sapa and Hydro.This union of the two businesses now means the company can enjoy a strong local presence and demonstrate technical expertise on all continents. The new venture is present in over 40 countries, creating a global turnover of 43 billion NOK. Sapa group will become a market leader in the building systems sector with five brands developing products and services dedicated to serve all specific needs of their customers worldwide:Technal,Wicona, Sapa, Domal and Askey. *

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Zero carbon Hemcrete home delivers outstanding performance For a Hampshire couple, building a new house that would impact on the environment as little as possible both in construction and running costs was their number one priority. They instructed Inspiration Architects of Newbury to design a smaller house utilising one of the most environmentally friendly materials available – Tradical Hemcrete. This bio-composite building material made from hemp shiv and a lime-based binder delivers a negative carbon footprint. Supplied by Oxford-based Hemcrete Projects – part of the Lime Technology Group – it also offers a unique combination of insulation and thermal inertia, properties that combine to create buildings with very stable internal environments that require very little heating or cooling. *

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Golf Classic is on course for 22nd successful year The Golf Classic is the national golfing tournament for the UK construction industry.The six round knock-out competition starts in February 2014, culminating in the Grand Final played on the prestigious Championship Arden Course at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club. All Finalists enjoy a free golf, gala dinner and overnight stay.The winners are presented with a beautiful trophy and £200 Pro Shop vouchers each. Sponsors of the 2014 event include Marley Plumbing & Drainage, Rockfon and Nexans.The Golf Classic is proud to continue its support for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation working in partnership with Cancer Research UK.

New Magnum spreader is ready for winter DMMP Limited has announced a new Magnum spreader which has joined the Leicestershire-based company’s stable of expert winter tools and machinery.The new spreader is simple to use, maintain and store so will have a positive impact on the way many organisations deal with ice and snow this winter.The Magnum Poly Insert Spreader sits neatly on the back of a three-quarter or one ton pick-up and effortlessly deals with the issue of spreading salt when ice and snow is expected. It will be available in various sizes and models and will appeal to contractors who need to respond quickly and efficiently to changes in the weather. * (

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Portakabin Sales launches groundbreaking new Customer Charter Portakabin Sales has launched a Customer Charter which provides a firm commitment that it will complete every building on time as part of its market-leading approach to service excellence and for even greater peace of mind for all its customers. If this is not achieved, one per cent of the contract value will be refunded for every week a project is delayed, up to £25,000. Simon Ambler, Director of Portakabin Sales comments: “We have developed this unique Charter and commitment for customers purchasing either our modular or single modular buildings, to highlight the outstanding service levels that we promise to achieve on every project.” *

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Skype calls on Signbox’s digital glazing Signbox has successfully completed an extensive signage project for the stylish new London offices of Microsoft subsidiary Skype. Signbox worked in close partnership with RAW Unlimited, the brand and environmental graphic designers, to print over 1000m2 of optically clear Lintec film that provided manifestation across all the glazed partitions and doors. Produced in-house utilising its Durst Omega 2 technology, the digital glazing graphics created privacy screening whilst still maintaining a light and airy feel to the spaces. Importantly the manifestation had to work with Skype’s AV technology, by blending the dot pattern in critical areas for each and every room. *

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Ex-Or Warranty assures reliable lighting solutions

For 30 years Ex-Or has provided products of the highest standard for its customers, supported by their expertise in innovation and manufacturing reliable lighting control solutions.To demonstrate the confidence in its products, Ex-Or now offers a 5 year warranty on its product ranges which include LightSpot and MLS Sensors, Connect and Connect Digital Lighting Control Modules, as well as MLS Lighting Control Systems.This further underscores Ex-Or’s commitment to provide products that customers can literally fit and forget. In addition to 100% manufacturing line testing, Ex-Or also subjects products to various tests to ensure dependability. *

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New appointment ensures future growth for Intastop Intastop, a leader in the provision of products that safeguard interiors, has strengthened its market position by the re-structure of the management team and the appointment of a Steve Woodhead as Sales Director. Steve boasts over 20 years in management roles within the healthcare construction industry. He joins the Doncaster-based company as it grows from strength to strength having already achieved its five year business plan in just three years. With the continued expansion of Intastop, Phil Barsby, now takes on the role of Business Development Director within the company. *

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Crown Paints reveals 2014 Colour Influences Crown Paints has revealed its latest colour predictions – setting out eye-catching palettes on trend for Spring/Summer 2014. Offering an insight into the top colour forecasts for the next year, the new Crown Paints’ Colour Influences reveal the latest shades of interest to specifiers, working on interior and exterior projects across residential, commercial and public spaces. The expert team behind the colour forecasts collaborated on three different collections, each delivering a striking theme. Ombre is the first collection, which features skilful grading, allowing the hues to blend into a bright, fun statement of colour. The second, Edit, draws heavily on a Japanese influence, combining a pared-back, simplistic elegance with bold shades.The final collection is Unexpected, which gives soft pastels a strong edge. Judy Smith, Crown Paints’ Colour Consultant, said: “The way that colours change year to year is fascinating. It’s not a

Senior’s systems combine to stunning effect

A new Clinical Block at Worthing Hospital has benefited from innovative Hybrid casement window systems and aluminium entrance doors from manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems and also incorporates Senior’s own glass, ensuring the use of a complete system. Specifying Senior’s glass system, with ClimaGuard A+ coating, in conjunction with the company’s Hybrid system ensured the smooth logistical running of the project. Senior’s Hybrid Series 2 top swing system, specified by HLM Architects for the new building, ensures the new wards are flooded with natural daylight, creating a tranquil, peaceful environment which suits the needs of patients and staff. * (

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case of a particular shade going out of fashion and another taking its place – it’s about responding to the latest influences to find interesting and innovative ways of combining colours to make them look new and exciting.” A limited number of 2014 Colour Influences brochures are available for specifiers and can be ordered by contacting the Crown Trade Specification Team.

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School ‘delighted’ with Yeoman Rainguard

Applefields School in York, has transformed its appearance by replacing old and damaged plastic rainwater goods with Yeoman Rainguard Aluminium gutters and pipes.With an attractive black textured finish, the 150 x 100 MOG gutters and 100 x 75mm downpipes have created a smart, professional appearance. “We are absolutely delighted with the way it looks,” enthused Tony.The XL Aluminium range allows it to be successfully incorporated on both traditional and modern buildings. Strong aesthetic qualities, ease of installation and value for money make it equally popular for many different applications such as schools, churches, supermarkets, offices and retail outlets. *

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Zero carbon scheme sealed with ISO-Chemie foam tape The first off-site units under production for a low energy housing scheme in Nottinghamshire will feature high performance expanding sealant tape technology from ISO Chemie. ISO Chemie’s ISO-BLOCO One tape has been specified by the Mansfield-based Spinelock Group to provide an airtight sealing solution for its advanced structural floor, walls and roofing system, used in the construction of zero carbon emissions (A+ Energy Performance) homes.The external seal area provides weather resistance and breathability with a minimum resistance of 1000 Pascals (hurricane forces), while the intermediate seal area provides extra thermal and acoustic properties, with a U-value between 0.55 and 0.8 subject to tape size. *

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swipe to see more! for or iPhone, iPad and Android Free download available now BROWSE | SPECIFY | SOURCE | DIGEST Inex is the comprehensive online specification portal for interior and exterior design professionals. To support the fast-paced lifestyles of our audience, all Inex content is pushed via the stylish and easy-to-navigate app for smart phone and tablet users. The Inex app is a vital portal for accessing information on the move.

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Building Elements Mila has an IP65 rating which is suitable for commercial and domestic uses

Heightened security with National Lighting Figures from the 2012 Commercial Victimisation Survey estimated there were 9.2 million incidents of crime against businesses in England and Wales last year. A frightening statistic for any business or landlord. Here, National Lighting discusses the importance of specifying a reliable outdoor lighting solution.

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Lighting, a vast range of security products are available for exterior installation, which include buried uplighters, exterior bollard lighting as well as security spotlights and floodlights. One example is the Magma LED floodlight which illuminates instantly and can be either wall or ground mounted. It has an IP65 rating, which means it has been designed to resist dust, heavy rain and even jet sprays. It comes with an integrated LED driver, constant current 350ma, and fixing accessories. Its low energy consumption means

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it provides an energy efficient option and reduces maintenance costs, another essential consideration for businesses. Mila is a modern day alternative to a traditional floodlight. This LED floodlight, with an IP65 rating, is suitable for commercial and domestic uses. It provides a high luminosity option with low energy consumption meaning it is also an energy efficient choice. The cool running temperature, because of the LEDs, means it is also cool to touch. The consideration of where external lighting is best positioned in commercial premises is of paramount importance. Identifying dark, hidden areas or those not covered by CCTV and using sensor controlled lighting can be a great way to put off determined thieves and vandals. And, of course, ensuring that energy bills are kept down at the same time is equally important, especially if lighting needs to be lit all night, and that is where LED fittings can offer many benefits. National Lighting has a wide and varied range of security and exterior lighting to suit any commercial property and its expert team are on hand at their trade counters or on the phone to advise you on which is the best product to suit your business needs. *

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