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February 18

Issue 96

Zaha Hadid’s Bee’ah HQ Bee’ah HQ’s dune-like contour forms

Voice of the Industry BS 8612 for dry-fixed roofing systems – get it right with Redland’s expert guidance

a man-made oasis in the heart of Sharjah, UAE

Build Focus: Workplace Cundall maintains sustainability principles in a first-class fit-out project at its own Hong Kong office


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Front cover: The Zaha Hadiddesigned Bee’ah Headquarters is located in the heart of Sharjah, UAE. See page 12.

Magazine February 2018


to Future Constructor & Architect...


here’s something inexplicably alluring about inconspicuous architecture; perhaps it’s the element of surprise that a building exudes or the mystery a structure is enshrouded in. It’s the unexpected that draws our consciousness to these buildings; especially those that seamlessly imitate their climatic and geographical location. One construction that possesses such elements is Zaha Hadid Architects’ project for leading UAE environmental and waste company, Bee’ah. Situated deep in the conservative emirate of Sharjah, amidst rippled heat mirages, lies the waste company’s brand-new energy-efficient, sustainable headquarters. Futuristic yet discreet, the building’s dune-line configuration complements the surrounding harsh desert environment. Designed by British-Iraqi Architect Dame Zaha Hadid herself, before passing in 2016 – alongside Architect, Patrik Schumacher – Bee’ah’s headquarters is designed as a duo of assemblies in a cluster realisation.The two dunes interconnect via a central courtyard creating an oasis effect within the interior of the building.The unique project is a true reflection of Bee’ah’s ethos as an environmentally-conscious company and will enable the corporation to achieve further progression within the environmental sector of the UAE.Turn to page 12 of this month’s issue to view one of the last projects of the great Zaha Hadid. Hopping across Khalid Lagoon, a five-minute stroll just west of Bee’ah’s new headquarters, brings us to our next project, the Butterfly Pavilion. Designed by German studio 3deluxe, this biomorphicinspired build offers tourists and residents of Sharjah a multisensory experience responding to the senses in a dialect that declares tranquillity and relaxation. As the name suggests, the crystalline glass structure acts as a butterfly aviary housing over 500 exotic butterflies in a biophilic interior immersed in flora and vegetation. For more information on how 3deluxe achieved the correct climatic conditions necessary for the Butterfly Pavilion’s inhabitants to thrive, flick to page 26. I hope you enjoy this edition. Don’t forget you can also access all of the magazine’s features, product news and supplier information at your fingertips via Future Constructor & Architect’s state-of-the-art app.To download your version free of charge, simply search ‘fc&a’ on Google Play or the App store.


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News 10 Industry Updates:

FC&A rounds up this month’s industry news, including awarded contracts, completed projects and much more.

22 Voice of the Industry:

With the NHBC being the driving force behind the recent changes to BS 8612 Dry-fixed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems for Slating and Tiling it’s imperative that contractors and designers ensure compliance to circumvent costly failures.

24 Legal & Business:

The recent collapse of construction giant Carillion has brought to light the importance of adopting a reform of retentions legislation. Here Jonathan Hyndman, Partner at Rosling King, looks into the benefits.

Features 30 Technical Insight: Timber:

Alex Goodwin, Chairman of the Structural Timber Association (the STA), presents the association’s first feature instalment of 2018 with a break-down of its annual survey of UK structural timber markets.

32 Masonry:

Bricks, Blocks & Stone:

Andrew Minson of the Modern Masonry Alliance (MMA) predicts the forthcoming events the house-building industry should be considering for the year ahead.


34 Build Focus: Workplace: Taking lessons learned from its WELLcertified London office, Cundall has completed an extensive fit-out at its Hong Kong headquarters with biophilia, sustainability and employee wellbeing at its core.

38 HVAC/HVP: January marked the implementation of the new legislation surrounding the way seasonal efficiency of heating equipment is calculated. Are you ready for the ErP directive? Here, Nortek helps HVAC professionals on their way to compliance.

40 Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms:

The concrete trend in kitchen design is at an all-time high. However, it’s worth considering alternatives that boast similar properties to this industrial element. Here, Caesarstone explores the aesthetic and eco-benefits of using quartz as a substitute for concrete.

12 Bee’ah Headquarters,

Zaha Hadid Architects:

Boasting stunning dune-line aesthetics amidst a sandy desert landscape, the Bee’ah Headquarters – designed by Zaha Hadid Architects – uses 100% green, renewable technology for its energy provisions.

18 Atatürk Cultural Center, Tabanlıoglu Architects:

Serving as an architectural icon for the city of Istanbul, multi-purpose venue, Atatürk Cultural Center, functions principally as an opera house.The transformation of this significant building, however, will open up to the future generations of Turkey.

26 Butterfly Pavilion, 3deluxe:

Architecture meets nature in 3deluxe’s Butterfly Pavilion project on Al Noor Island in the UAE city of Sharjah.The project has seamlessly amalgamated modern-day technology with the natural environment in a design that speaks an architectural organic language.

42 Virtual Reality: VR is proving popular in the manufacturing sector for its power to change and communicate with designs and manufacturing processes before their completion. In this article, EU Automation explains how this new way of interacting is beneficial to those working in the engineering sector.


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Industry Updates


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FC&A rounds up the latest industry news

In Brief

Redrow launches UK’s first dedicated house-building degree Redrow in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Coleg Cambria, one of the UK’s largest colleges, have established the UK’s first dedicated housebuilding degree. LJMU has also validated the qualification. The first students to embark on the degree programme will be Redrow team members, and they will start their course in 2018. Over the coming years, Redrow hopes to open the degree out to other house-builders. The threeyear degree gives candidates a full overview of housebuilding skills; these include house-building quality, project management, health and safety, business skills, negotiation, right through to relevant aspects of law, mathematics and economics. Six modules will be completed each year by students.

Frank Gehry unveils plans for Ocean Avenue Project, Santa Monica The Ocean Avenue Project was born out of a desire to create something truly special for the city of Santa Monica. The recent adoption of the Downtown Community Plan (DCP), together with the opening of the Metro Expo Line, makes this an opportune time to develop a project on this site.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects joins Perkins+Will One of Scandinavia’s most recognised design firms, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, has joined global architecture firm, Perkins+Will, in a strategic partnership that extends Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s international reach and reinforces Perkins+Will’s commitment to sustainability and design excellence. By combining Perkins+Will’s 83year legacy of design excellence with Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s illustrious Danish design pedigree, the united firms will make even greater contributions to the canon of cultural and civic architecture, according to Perkins+Will CEO, Phil Harrison. “Part of what makes this partnership so special is that Perkins+Will and Schmidt Hammer Lassen share a common set of values: design excellence, sustainability, innovation, and the highest level of client service,” Harrison says.


Personnel Perkins+Will makes strategic promotion to London studio

Award-winning KLH Architects boosts team

Global architecture and design firm, Perkins+Will, has announced the strategic promotion of Richard Jordan to Head of Corporate Interiors at its London studio. Richard will be responsible for maintaining and building on the company’s position as one of London’s top-three corporate interiors firms, leading a group of 70 designers and driving the team’s continued growth.

KLH Architects has appointed Emma Lawrence as interior architectural designer straight out of completing her BA (Hons) interior architectural design degree at the University of Suffolk. Emma was the proud recipient of the RIBA Suffolk Interior Architecture Student Design Award 2017 at the endof-year degree show, presented by Bryan Wybrow and Alan Wilkinson of KLH Architects.

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Eric Wright Construction builds board Eric Wright Construction has announced four director appointments. Dan Gosling has been promoted to Commercial Director, while Steve Reid has been named Pre-Construction Director. Meanwhile, John Harnett steps into the role of Operations Director after joining the business in 2015 and James Eager becomes Surveying Director, having joined Eric Wright Construction in 2016.

Industry Updates The proposed development is based on and will fulfil key aspects of the DCP, which was informed by extensive community outreach by the City of Santa Monica. Its design will add an element of distinction in the community. The Ocean Avenue Project is a mixed-use cultural, retail, residential and hotel development designed by American-Canadian Architect, Frank Gehry, on approximately two acres at the corner of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Blvd. The project includes approximately 115 hotel guest rooms, banquet and amenity space, 24,000ft2 of ground floor restaurants and retail along Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica Blvd and 2nd Street, 79 residential apartment units (including 19 rent-controlled units and 18 affordable units) and a 40,000ft2 museum/cultural building. The site has 25% open space at the ground level and a 5000ft2 observation deck for the public on the rooftop of the hotel and has an approximately 2.6 FAR (4.0 is permitted under the DCP). The project retains and rehabilitates two existing landmark buildings on site.

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In Brief David Miller Architects achieves BIM Level 2 certification

The David Miller Architects (DMA) practice has been awarded BIM Level 2 Business Systems Certification that proves it is meeting all the requirements of the BIM Level 2 standard. Some of the firm’s previous projects include Intu Watford, Blackfriars Road, JP Morgan Media centre and more. Sean McCormick, BRE Senior BIM Advisor, said: “Congratulations to David Miller Architects for their recent certification which will help them continue developing technology-led design solutions to resolve complex problems on construction projects.Technologies will all have a significant influence on how we build in the years ahead and BIM will be right at the heart of it.”

New edition of CIBSE Lighting Commissioning Code L published The latest advantages in lighting technologies and controls are addressed in the new edition of Lighting Commissioning Code L, published by CIBSE and the Society of Light and Lighting.The document advises on the stages, activities and actions required to commission lighting installations, including luminaires, emergency luminaires, lighting controls and interfaces with other services. It has been revised to incorporate new technologies, such as LED-based luminaires, the latest innovations in lighting controls and the, now common, practice of integrating luminaires, emergency lighting and lighting controls into one single installation.

RIBA responds to Draft London Plan The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the publication of the Mayor of London’s Draft London Plan. RIBA President Ben Derbyshire said: “Me and my team at the RIBA look forward to working with the Mayor of London and his design advocates to deliver a better and more sustainable London.The UK’s housing crisis is at its worst in the capital, so I am pleased to see the Mayor of London taking the issue of affordability seriously in the new London Plan. Architects have a vital role in helping to achieve his targets and ensuring new homes are well designed and will stand the test of time.”

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Bee’ah Headquarters, Sharjah, UAE

Inconspicuous dune-like structure for Bee’ah HQ Bee’ah, the Middle East’s leading fully integrated environmental and waste management company, has commissioned Zaha Hadid Architects to build its new headquarters in Sharjah, UAE, following the 2013 international competition. Recognising that awareness and education are essential to achieving its goals, Bee’ah operates the Bee’ah School of Environment (BSOE), which aims to develop a ‘greener future generation’ through environmental learning and tools that help children understand their vital role in environmental responsibility. To date, 174,000 children in over 210 schools across the emirate have participated in its ongoing programmes. Educational facilities and exhibition spaces within the new headquarters’ visitor centre gives Bee’ah additional opportunities to increase its community engagement and outreach initiatives.

The formal composition of the new Bee’ah Headquarters has been designed to provide its interiors with high-quality daylight


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he new headquarters is part of Bee’ah’s ongoing investment to transform attitudes and behaviours in individuals, communities, businesses and cities by providing the infrastructure, tools and support to achieve their environmental goals. Working towards achieving its zero waste to landfill, cleaner air and water, renewable energy and sustainable future targets, Bee’ah is developing and providing coherent and sustainable environmental solutions to meet the challenges of the community it serves.




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Bee’ah Headquarters, Sharjah, UAE

Bee’ah’s new headquarters will enable the company to manage and deliver further advancements in environmental services

The 7000m2 building is located on a 90,000m2 site adjacent to the Bee’ah Waste Management Centre


of-life vehicle and metal shredding facility as well as a number of other recycling and material processing facilities. Bee’ah, as an organisation, is converting waste from being something that is a consumptive by-product of society to something that can be core to society’s future. This has been achieved by transforming both materials (through recovery and energy generation) and society (via social outreach and educational programs) to create an integrated ecosystem for the future. The Bee’ah Headquarters embodies these principles by providing the company with an administrative centre of sustainable construction of LEED Platinum Certification, with ultra-low carbon and minimal water consumption in operation

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and minimised material consumption in construction. The new building and site will also be used as a learning resource to demonstrate practical environmental awareness to the wider community. Bee’ah aims to set new standards in the UAE through utilising 100% green renewable energy sources to power its new headquarters and is ensuring that the maximum amount of recycled materials recovered from waste are used in its construction. The headquarters has been designed with environmental considerations woven into every aspect of the design using a hierarchical approach to; first, limit the need to consume resources; where resources are required, to minimise their consumption; and, finally, to offset consumption of resources through the harvesting of renewable systems.


Bee’ah’s new headquarters will enable the company to manage and deliver further advancements in environmental services. These include even greater operational effectiveness of its Waste Management Centre which represents an entirely new approach to managing waste in the region with a number of industrial, commercial and residential waste diversion operations and facilities that include: the Material Recovery Facility (the third largest in the world); the Construction & Demolition Waste Recycling Facility; the Tyre Recycling Facility (the first of its kind in the region using an environmentally-friendly cryogenic processes); the Compost Plant which processes organic and green waste into fertiliser; the industrial and wastewater lagoons to process liquid waste; the end-

Bee’ah Headquarters, Sharjah, UAE

Fact File: Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) Design: Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher ZHA director: Charles Walker ZHA project director: Tariq Khayyat Project team: ZHA project architect: Sara Sheikh Akbari ZHA team: B John Simpson, Gerry Cruz, Drew Merkle, Maria Chaparro, Matthew Le Grice Design team: ZHA project architect: Kutbuddin Nadiadi ZHA team: Gerry Cruz, Drew Merkle,Vivian Pashiali, Matthew Le Grice,Alia Zayani, Alessandra Lazzoni, Dennis Brezina,Yuxi Fu, Xiaosheng Li, Edward Luckmann, Eleni Mente, Kwanphil Cho, Mu Ren, Harry Ibbs, Mostafa El Sayed, Suryansh Chandra, Thomas Jensen, Alexandra Fisher, Spyridon Kaprinis, John Randle, Bechara Malkoun, Reda Kessanti, Eider FernandezEibar, Carolina López-Blanco, Matthew Johnston, Sabrina Sayed, Zohra Rougab, Carl Khourey, Anas Younes, Lauren Barclay, Mubarak Al Fahim Consultants: Structure/facade: Buro Happold, London MEP: Atelier Ten, London The Bee’ah Headquarters provides the company with an administrative centre of sustainable construction of LEED Platinum Certification

Cost: Gardiner & Theobald, London Landscape: Francis Landscape, Beirut Local architect: Bin Dalmouk Renders: MIR Project data: Site area: 90,000m2 Floor area: 7000m2 Height: 18m

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Bee’ah Headquarters, Sharjah, UAE

The two dunes intersect and connect via a central courtyard that forms an ‘oasis’ inside the building

The building’s structure has been developed in conjunction with Buro Happold to minimise material consumption through architectural and structural integration


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Designed in response to its natural environment to provide comfort for visitors and staff alongside minimising energy and resource consumption, the formal composition of the new Bee’ah Headquarters has been informed by its desert context as a series of intersecting dunes orientated to optimise the prevailing Shamal winds, and designed to provide its interiors with highquality daylight and views whilst limiting the quantity of glazing exposed to the harsh sun. The 7000m2 Bee’ah Headquarters is located on a 90,000m2 site adjacent to the Bee’ah Waste Management Centre. The large site enabled the development of the design as an array of dunes within its desert landscape leading to the two central dunes of the headquarters. The two primary dunes of the Bee’ah Headquarters house the public and management section (entrance lobby, auditorium, visitors’ education centre and gallery, as well as management offices) and the administrative section (departmental offices and staff cafe).The two dunes intersect and connect via a central courtyard that forms an ‘oasis’ inside the building – enhancing the natural ventilation and maximising indirect sunlight to the public and administrative spaces within. The building systems of the new headquarters have been developed in conjunction with Atelier Ten to minimise both the energy required for cooling and the need for potable water consumption.







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In milder months, the facade is operable to allow natural ventilation – minimising the need to provide cooling to the building.When conditioning is required, it will be optimised for energy conservation via the use of ventilation energy recovery – allowing fresh air into the spaces with reduced energy impact, and the waste heat that would normally be rejected from the chillers into the atmosphere is to be harvested to provide free preheating of the domestic hot water supplies. The exterior finishes of the building have been selected to reflect the sun’s rays and help to further reduce energy consumption by providing a local heat profile that is akin to the natural desert environment (rather than the high heat profiles associated with conventional roofing systems). These active and passive energy approaches are calculated to reduce energy consumption by 30%. All power required for the building will be generated via lowand zero-carbon sources, principally from the adjacent Bee’ah Waste Management Centre’s conversion of municipal waste (that would otherwise decay in landfill) into energy, together with large arrays of photovoltaic cells incorporated within the site’s landscaping. The building’s structure has been developed in conjunction with Buro Happold to minimise material consumption through architectural and structural integration. Individual elements of the building’s structure and skin are of standard orthogonal dimensions, enabling significant portions to be constructed from materials recovered from the local construction and demolition waste streams managed by Bee’ah, minimising demand for new materials. Bee’ah’s expertise and experience of recovered water recycling for non-potable use has enabled the design to be developed for exceptionally low potable water consumption. Internal fixtures and fittings will be installed to conserve water to exceptional levels. Native or adaptive species of vegetation will be incorporated to minimise the need for irrigation, with recovered and recycled non-potable water being used where irrigation is required and landscaping. The new Bee’ah Headquarters is defined by the same principles that are the foundation of the company’s mission to provide integrated environmental and waste management services to meet the future challenges of its community. Bee’ah is leading by example in creating a work environment that continues its commitment to deliver coherent and sustainable environmental solutions.

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Atatürk Cultural Center, Istanbul The transparency will provide a clear view of the red outer shell filling the volume of the main opera hall

A cultural icon for 21st century Istanbul

The Atatürk Cultural Center will be built to accommodate performances of international stature


he centre will appeal to a general public greater than other facilities have previously been possible to accommodate. Although it will mainly serve as a new opera house, the centre will also have venues ranging from cinema and theatre to exhibition halls, cafes and restaurants. The Atatürk Cultural Center will be built to accommodate performances of international stature and designed to contemporary requirements and current technologies. As a very comprehensive urban structure, the centre is also expected to be a major attraction for the city’s residents and thousands of tourists visiting from around the world. The announcement of the new Atatürk Cultural Center was made by Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


Murat Tabanlıoglu, Founder of Tabanlıoglu Architects – the architect practice for the centre – said: “It is very gratifying to have taken over such a heritage, beyond that, of course, we see this building to be a permanent cultural symbol for Turkey and the world. I was very excited to be invited by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism months ago to work on this project.” He shared his feelings and added: “Since the needs and functions of a cultural establishment and the building have changed over time, they have to be renewed in spatial, structural and modern terms with current solutions. It is inevitable to incorporate technical requirements and possibilities into such a structure, especially at the point of performing a very special and complex function like opera. Eventually, architecture, technology, infrastructure

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and systems needed fresh blood for the performance of opera and ballet, and the recent condition of the centre did not meet the need. Moreover, like people – in terms of structure – the buildings get old and weaken. So, of course, with the principle of staying true to the collective memory of the city, we kept the dimensions and its significant facade of the 1960s, and conveyed the building into the 21st century.” The building is planned to measure highly on a sustainability criteria, and evaluated to the highest standards of technological performance and architectural design, in the context of its surroundings as well. AKM will be one of the world’s most prominent opera houses and cultural centres, providing unrivalled, rich performances that often require complex technologies for staging, lighting and acoustical excellence.

The design programme The arts and culture units articulated in the main building, which will house 2500 seats, include a large hall with natural acoustics. Hence, the new AKM will be transformed from a single unit into a large, comprehensive cultural complex. Alternative and secondary features, such as smaller concert halls, theatre halls, cinemas, libraries, design shops alongside cafes and restaurants between them, will be located at various levels along the culture street that is passed through the annex; the low-rise serial buildings connected to each other and, ultimately, to the main building via their lobbies. These capacities are also independently accessible from the street level.


The new Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM) transforms a 1960s classic for cultural life into a new urban magnet for future generations.

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Atatürk Cultural Center, Istanbul and natural materials will be used in the construction, recalling the fact that many of the materials came from abroad during the period when AKM was first built. Now, thanks to the modern production capacity that Turkey has achieved today, local products will be used.

A sensitive eye to the past Architecturally, with its multi-layers and alternative functionalities, AKM is also defined as a basis for sociocultural consensus; a valuable metropolitan tool that lives every hour of the day, with contemporary aesthetics and a high representation value, and at the same time, an inclusive and embracing urban magnet. One of the most important Modernist buildings of Istanbul, AKM will survive preserving its significant values through the creativity and richness of the original architecture while updating the requirements of its functions, as well as meeting the qualities of urban life of the new century. The new Atatürk Cultural Center, planned to be completed in 2019, will also serve as a case study on the architectural structures of the 1960s, a base for academic discussions in setting the principles of their protection and preservation, as many of the countries in the world today retain much older buildings, while the 1960s buildings are being demolished.

Through the cascading extension with a green landscaped roof, a second entry, or a secondary piazza, is granted that will be formed in the direction of the congress valley where the Atatürk Library and Technical University are located. Being public buildings, one of the most notable elements of opera houses are squares. AKM defines the edge of the Taksim Square, and the new project enhances the relationship with its unifying and connective accomplishment through art and cultural activities. More transparent than the old one, AKM’s facade will be reconstructed, enlivened by one of the biggest screens in the world, so that the performances realised on the stage inside will simultaneously broadcast on the screen for the public, through high-quality display. This transparency will provide a clear view of the red outer shell filling the volume of the main opera hall; the powerful image of the bright semi-sphere will emphasise the presence of the opera house. On the roof of the main structure, there will be a restaurant affording panoramic views of the Bosphorus. Along with opening the spectacle to the public, it is envisaged that this meeting place will provide an opportunity for financial support for the operation of the cultural centre. Besides the unquestionable cultural advantage to be gained through the reestablishment of AKM, local products

One of the most important Modernist buildings of Istanbul, AKM will survive preserving its significant values through the creativity and richness of the original architecture


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AtatĂźrk Cultural Center, Istanbul The building is planned to measure highly on a sustainability criteria, and evaluated to the highest standards of technological performance

Besides the unquestionable cultural advantage to be gained through the re-establishment of AKM, local products and natural materials will be used in the construction

The new AtatĂźrk Cultural Center, planned to be completed in 2019, will serve as a case study on the architectural structures of the 1960s

As a very comprehensive urban structure, the centre is expected to be a major attraction for the city’s residents

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Voice of the Industry

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Fixing dry-fix If properly specified, dry-fixed ridge, hip and verge systems create trouble-free roofs that remain maintenance-free for years. The new BS 8612 Dry-fixed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems for Slating and Tiling will help both contractors and designers get it right, says Kevin Ley, Technical Manager at Redland.


anuary obviously saw the publication of a new British Standard that governs the selection, quality and testing of important dry-fixed roofing systems: BS 8612 Dry-fixed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems for Slating and Tiling.This is a muchneeded document.There is a plethora of dry-fixed roofing products on the market and a widespread misperception that these are commodity products with little variation between brands – apart from price.That just isn’t the case, as some find out to their cost. Dry-fixed products must be compatible with the tiles or slates on the roof, they must be correctly fixed and they must be properly


designed. Failure to select the right systems leads to roofs with problems: verges that are hanging from the edge of the roof; ridge tile and verges blown off by the wind; unsightly black staining down gable-end walls due to verges which do not shed rainwater properly etc.

From wet to dry Though dry-fixed products have been on the market for decades – Redland introduced its very first dry verge in 1966 – demand has burgeoned over the last five years.As a result, there’s also been a growth in the number of companies supplying lower cost, and often lower quality, products.

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The switch from traditional wet-fix to dryfix was driven by changes to NHBC guidance. In 2011, NHBC analysed its claims figures and discovered that 60% of them were related to roofs and of all roof-related claims, over half involved mortar. This obviously led to new NHBC guidance in 2012 which said that all bedded ridge and hip tiles had to be mechanically fixed, and then to the revised version of BS 5534 Slating and Tiling for Pitched Roofs and Vertical Cladding – code of practice in 2014 which regularised these changes. As a result, many developers have migrated to dry-fix systems as they are far faster to fit than double-fixed wet systems. Clearly, as the number of dry-fixed roofs increases so does the risk of problems related to dry-fixed systems. Sometimes these problems are caused by failures in the products and systems themselves. It could be that the fixing systems cannot withstand the wind loading, the adhesive on the ridge roll has not stuck adequately to the roof tiles, or the physical design of a verge causes water to run down the face of the wall. We have seen some other manufacturers’ verges that have been perfectly installed but,

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Failure to select the right systems leads to roofs with problems: verges that are hanging from the edge of the roof; ridge tile and verges blown off by the wind and unsightly black staining down gable-end walls

due to their design, have caused extensive staining after only a few years. In the worstcase scenario, if these problems are not dealt with, the wall of the property becomes damp with all the ensuing issues that can cause. In other situations, installers are to blame. For instance, we hear of the wrong type of fixings being used – whatever came to hand – to fix a roof verge piece or in some cases, there are no fixings at all because the roofer has wrongly assumed they are not needed.This problem is often exacerbated by the product arriving without any fixing instructions. Prior to BS 8612 the dry-fix ridge, hip and verge market has been largely unregulated other than via third-party certification and so this is why the market has been crying out for the implementation of a British standard.

Getting it right The new standard aims to ensure that none of the above problems occur. It talks about material properties, dimensional tolerance, required performance and how dry-fix systems should be tested to demonstrate that they conform and are fit for purpose.

Dry-fixed products must be compatible with the tiles or slates on the roof, they must be correctly fixed and they must be properly designed

One important new requirement is testing for resistance to wind uplift and horizontal forces. While BS 5534 currently says that dry-fix verges and ridges can be used if they can withstand wind uplift forces, it does not say how the products should be tested to verify this. The new BS 8612 defines tests to determine mechanical resistance to wind load and shows how specifiers should use data from these tests to verify whether a product is suitable or not, given the wind exposure of the location under consideration. The standard also sets down a test for dryfix ridge-roll products to measure whether they can meet the profile of the roof tile at ridges and hips without breaking or splitting. A third test checks whether roof verges shed the water away from the surface of the wall, to avoid staining and damp issues. The type and quality of the material is also specified, with respect to durability. Plastics must withstand UV exposure without significantly changing appropriate mechanical properties within certain limits. Ridge-roll products must cope with freeze-thaw cycles and the impacts of heat and humidity.

Dry-fixed for the future Given the fact that NHBC has been a driving force behind these changes we can expect it to mandate the use of dry-fixed systems that are compliant with BS 8612 in the near future. Over time, it is likely that all products will be updated so that they meet the standard. In the meantime, specifiers must check that dry-fixed products meet the standard and that they are compliant with the slates or tiles on the roof. BS 8612 says that manufacturers must provide, if requested, a product declaration of performance which includes design resistance to wind-loading and states which tiles they can be used with. They must also issue instructions – which the contractor must follow! It is important to get this right. Failures are costly, wasteful and distressing for the homeowner. Reputable manufacturers will be more than happy to provide technical information and advice on this subject to specifiers and installers.

Prior to BS 8612 the dry-fix ridge, hip and verge market has been largely unregulated other than via third-party certification

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Legal & Business

Jonathan advises a range of clients within the construction industry on all forms of industry standard and bespoke construction contracts. Working closely with the RK Real Estate Group and utilising his construction and banking expertise, he acts for property developers and funders on a wide variety of real-estate development projects, advising on development agreements and joint ventures, acquisition as well as development finance and the preparation and negotiation of construction documents.

Retentions: has the construction industry had enough following the Carillion disaster? The use of cash retentions is commonplace in the construction industry. Some £3bn of retentions remain outstanding in the UK construction industry at any one time. With the collapse of Carillion, however, has the industry had enough? Jonathan Hyndman, Partner at Rosling King, investigates.


Reform of retentions in construction contracts has long been called for and the Construction (Retention Deposit Schemes) Bill, introduced as a Private Members’ Bill, received its first reading in the House of Commons on 9th January 2018; the bill’s second reading is scheduled for 27th April 2018. Carillion’s collapse has brought the importance of the proposed legislation sharply into focus. The intention behind the bill is the introduction of secondary legislation requiring cash retentions to be paid into a Government-approved scheme and so ringfencing them from the other assets of the party holding the retention; the party to whom the retention is due will still be incentivised to complete on time and remedy defects, but in the event of the retention holder’s insolvency, the cash

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retention, held in a Government-approved scheme, would fall outside the insolvency process and would be available for downstream release before any creditor distribution. The proposals have met with widespread support through the construction industry with the statutory deposit scheme required in relation to deposits paid by tenants of shorthold tenancies to landlords being cited as a working example. Reform of retentions is overdue and welcomed. The intended protection of retentions against upstream insolvency in the construction industry will, unfortunately, come too late for Carillion’s sub-contractors and suppliers.


y deducting and retaining a percentage of the value of the works from interim payments due to the contractor during the construction phase, developers can be seen to enjoy an element of protection against late completion and defects arising during the rectification period. Similarly, main contractors will deduct and retain a percentage from each interim payment due to their sub-contractors again, to be released when the sub-contract works have been completed and when the sub-contractor has made good any defects. Widespread and persistent failures to release retentions on time or at all, whether as a result of simple breach of contract or the insolvency of the party holding the retention, has encouraged contractors at all levels of the supply chain to price the risk of their retention not being released into the contract sum.

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Butterfly Pavilion, Noor Island, UAE

Unleash your senses

The Butterfly Pavilion is an iconic design element of Noor Island. Together with numerous installations, small structures, light, media objects, unusual plants and a musical soundscape, it gives rise to a holistic, multisensory experience.


n oasis of peace and tranquillity amidst a sea of high-rises, 3deluxe’s Al Noor Island Park is the answer to the global challenge of creating new urban spaces that are both inspiring and thought-provoking, include electronic media in their design and still take their location and culture seriously. And the result, on Noor Island, is a 21st-century landscaped garden where technology meets nature, light meets shade and the modern meets the traditional in a complex spatial experience.

The 2.4 ha  Island of Light  in the middle of the Khalid Lagoon has become a platform where both residents and visitors can engage with the city on intellectual, emotional and physical levels. Initiated by André Heller, the project – which was commissioned by Shurooq, the local state development authority – provided an opportunity for the company to come up with ideas without having to worry about function and yield. 3deluxe transcended the boundaries between the different disciplines, orchestrating a multisensory experience based on a walk-in, tactile sculpture. Here, where architecture, design, flora, sound and graphics overlap, a complexity of design emerges that fully involves viewers, making them part of the overall experience.

At night, the lounge looks like a starry sky


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The idea of transformation permeates all aspects of the project. How can a forgotten island be transformed into a poetic landscape? And how can nature and architecture, light and water, the hypermodern and the traditional come together in a walk-through installation? The former brownfield at the heart of the city has been transformed into a unique experience. Clear design principles lead to ever-new relationships and form a multisensory whole. Far removed from any form of megalomania, Noor Island is one of the showpieces among the new builds in the Gulf region.

Butterfly Pavilion, Noor Island, UAE

Until quite recently,Al Noor Island could only be reached by boat, but it now boasts a meandering, almost 100m-long, fibreglass bridge; seamless, as is its aluminium balustrade. This is not simply a piece of engineering connecting two locations at the shortest point between them, but rather a transitional zone that encapsulates the idea behind the island itself – contemplation. From the entrance, with its projecting shadow roof, visitors follow a winding path that slows them down step-bystep, making for constantly changing views of the city, lagoon and island.

An organic language Several of the Butterfly Pavilion’s approximately 4000 aluminium petals are forever shimmering through the branches.The viewer’s eye follows the momentum in search of the strongest light – discovering it in the ornamental roof that rises above the butterfly sanctuary itself like a protective curtain, a perforated sheath which, like the classic wind towers in Arab architecture, produces a cooling effect. At almost 15m in height, the pavilion – which houses some 500 tropical butterflies, a shop and a cafe – is almost as high as the tops of the surrounding palms and leafy trees.

The pavilion was designed to fit in with the established eco-system on Noor Island. The architects at 3deluxe took their inspiration from the chimney effect created by the tapered structure, thereby creating a climatic buffer zone between inside and outside.The intricate casing protects the butterfly biotope, creating shade without excluding the daylight. On the contrary, it is as if the cafe and the glass insect house are flooded with light.The shadows of flowers make their way across the floor and walls. Images of the ornamental roof blend with the floral patterns of the plants that appear to be growing out of the floor in the tropical house.Architecture merges with nature to create something new, an  archinature , which adopts Arab ornamentation and building traditions just as much as foliage and tendrils.

Characterising climates Tropical butterflies only live for a few weeks. This makes the climatic conditions necessary for them to prosper – all the more complicated. The designers at 3deluxe created a biotope set to 26°C with slightly increased humidity at the centre of a 230m2 crystalline glass corpus, the height of which increases With from 3.5 to approximately 5.5m.


Ever-changing panoramas

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Butterfly Pavilion, Noor Island, UAE

At almost 15m in height, the pavilion – which houses some 500 tropical butterflies, a shop and a cafe – is almost as high as the tops of the surrounding palms and leafy trees

The shadows of flowers make their way across the floor and walls

The interior of the 150m2 Noor Island Cafe refreshes the senses, with visitors surrounded by perceived and genuine coolness


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What is natural becomes artificial, what is manmade imitates nature.A landscape made of Krion, a heart-shaped solid surface merges the horizontal with the vertical, tubs of plants with seats. The butterfly house illustrates the design principle of  multi­layered atmospheres – the solid surface is resplendent with patterns and embellishments, walk-in tattoos that echo the ornamental roof. Natural fields appear to be growing directly out of the material itself with its floral pattern which, depending on position, could be the ground or a vertical garden.Along boardwalks, visitors make their way through a landscape that suspends conventional boundaries.They find themselves standing in an  all-over structure which transforms walls, floors and ceilings into a single entity, a play between layers and the overlapping of shadows, projections, real and printed plants.

Immersed in nature The interior of the 150m2 Noor Island Cafe refreshes the senses, with visitors surrounded by perceived and genuine coolness. Organically shaped custom-built furniture, plants and five translucent partitions mark out an island of repose, with folding screens reminiscent of petals creating intimacy. Coated in liquid glass (a special ultratransparent resin) and sealed, the colourful ornaments on the floor are particularly striking, as is the elaborate seating and its counterparts, oiled and printed wooden tables, whose graphic designs combine different elements of the island, butterflies and flowers, transforming them into a virtual lace blanket.

Butterfly Pavilion, Noor Island, UAE

3deluxe transcended the boundaries between the different disciplines, orchestrating a multisensory experience based on a walk-in, tactile sculpture

Wayfinding and orientation Busy lines characterise the plaza surrounding the Butterfly Pavilion. The lines of the floor penetrate the transparent facade, literally guiding visitors into the building. Ceramic tiles, ornamental lines, water basins and sunken Washingtonia palms mark out a place where nature and civilisation come together. Hybrids spring up, something between furniture, plant troughs and works of art, solid surface seating with hand-milled ornamentation.

Cultural reflection This slightly terraced pavilion is a place for discussions and readings, with petals serving as seats. Four solid surface walls form a sweeping curtain onto which integrated beamers project Arab calligraphy. At its centre, directly beneath the blossom that forms its roof, is the poetry fountain, a fascinating water feature and background for light projections.The Literature Pavilion, an open structure for about 40 visitors with no climatic sheath, is reminiscent of a stylised Bedouin tent where people sit on the floor – cushions and blankets are covered in a fabric specially woven in Germany. It also boasts a real bookshelf and a projection screen for moving pictures plus a contemplative

section, an open book in/about nature.The Butterfly and the Poetry Pavilions were designed to complement each other, with the larger pavilion focusing entirely on the physical and sensual world and the smaller one functioning as a place for meditation, for resting in the open air. Displaying a skewed perspective, the flower, with its undulating seating builds a bridge between culture and personal experience.

In a new light In the daytime, as its Arabic name suggests (light), Noor Island is a veritable island of light, which is why shade is so very important. The path with its double loop leads visitors beneath tall trees and past special plants, sculptures and biomorphic seating that sounds out one of the island’s central concerns – ‘how natural can the artificial actually be?’. We are looking at points of transitional experiences that cannot be placed in one particular category. And thus the way people look at things changes when their eyes focus on strangely shaped trees and carefully arranged succulents and cacti, sculptures and pavilions that transcend the boundaries between nature, horticulture and architecture. As soon as shadows start to play on the ornamental roof over the 3D jungle landscape that is the Butterfly Pavilion, as floral patterns fall over tropical plants, encountering flitting butterflies, all kinds of different levels overlap. The ever-changing interplay between artificial elements and natural growth is the fundamental characteristic of Noor Island.

The intricate casing protects the butterfly biotope, creating shade without excluding the daylight

What appears latent during the daytime comes completely into its own after twilight when the island becomes a stage. The two main attractions, the Butterfly and the Literature Pavilions, spring to life. At this point, 1800 LED lamps take charge of the Butterfly Pavilion. Over the course of a half-hour programme, they test the boundaries of perception, dissolving the architecture in a cloud of light. And the Literature Pavilion is no less impressive. A projector screens a second, fluid level onto the graphics on the fountain. Flowing like a meditative river, star-shaped holes in the roof start to pulsate.

At night, the lounge looks like a starry sky. Projections from the ceiling lamp cast shadows and engender the play of light on the ceiling, walls and floors. Reflexes penetrate from inside to outside, escaping through the golden roof into the landscaped garden.

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Technical Insight: Timber

Scottish Government is working with SFHA, Homes for Scotland, Sottish Innovation Centre and the STA – in an effort to build 50,000 affordable homes in the lifetime of the current Parliament

STA annual survey of UK structural timber markets The STA’s annual survey of UK structural timber markets forecast continued growth within the sector as companies are taking advantage of market opportunities. These opportunities include factors such as advances in offsite construction supported by modern manufacturing processes and computerised technology. Alex Goodfellow, Chairman of the STA and Managing Director for Stewart Milne Timber Systems, discusses the findings of the report and outlines the STA’s priorities for 2018.


The STA has been working with the UK Government’s All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and the Welsh Government in promoting the benefits of timber frame for house-building


ur latest annual survey focuses on an analysis of timber trends across 2016, with emphasis on the quality, value and growth in market share – together with demonstrating the capability and available capacity within the timber frame sector. This report has been developed to illustrate to Governments and the wider construction industry that our sector delivers quality structural systems and has the ability and willingness to upscale to meet market demand. The sector has made good progress again during 2016 with housing volumes holding up and I am delighted to report that the market

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share for timber frame has increased to 28.4% – with housing starts up to 52,705 and forecast to continue on this upward trajectory. Confidence remains high for those companies reporting – with volumes expected to grow to 88,000 by 2021.This represents an ambitious year-on-year growth forecast of circa 10% for timber frame. Both the NHBC and LABC are reporting unprecedented levels of housing starts in structural timber. This is impressive enough but if we add to this the other construction sectors that are currently using timber solutions such as structural insulated panel systems, crosslaminated timber and glulam – it is obvious the whole sector is ‘on a roll’! We are

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There is an emerging market for more advanced off-site solutions

The volume of opportunities from housebuilders, developers, contractors and clients remains strong

currently compiling a report across these structural timber sectors which will be published shortly and will provide robust details to substantiate anecdotal evidence. The Westminster and devolved Governments are focused on the UK housing crisis. This has generated numerous initiatives and discussion and whilst all have not delivered as they had set out – there is definite encouragement from the top to build more homes. This is an opportunity we cannot miss, and we must continue to influence and lobby all aspects of Government. We must also maintain our close contact with key industry influencers, specifiers and stakeholders.

Scottish Government is working with SFHA, Homes for Scotland, Sottish Innovation Centre and the STA – in an effort to build 50,000 affordable homes in the lifetime of the current Parliament. In addition, the STA has been working with the UK Government’s All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and the Welsh Government in promoting the benefits of timber frame for house-building and the sector’s ability to deliver the additional volumes required. The volume of opportunities from house-builders, developers, contractors and clients remains strong and there is an emerging market for more advanced

Site Safe has been developed by the STA to ensure its members work closely with principal contractors and clients to give clear, concise information and assistance to the principal contractor regarding fire safety

off-site solutions. We have made significant strides throughout 2017 in the work we have done to represent our sector, promote our members and protect our industry. The STA’s principal objective is “to promote and increase the use of structural timber within the UK construction industry”. Through research, training and technical knowledge sharing across the structural timber industry, our mission is to raise the bar in terms of sustainability, quality, innovation, health and safety. The STA is making a difference as we strive to amplify the professional way in which member companies go about their businesses.We represent a wide spectrum of companies who operate across the timber construction industry including suppliers, manufacturers, erectors and designers. Our latest quality initiatives include the STA Assure Membership & Quality Standards Scheme and Site Safe. STA Assure has received formal recognition from four of the industry’s leading structural warranty and building control bodies – LABC Warranty, Protek, CRL Management and Premier Guarantee. STA Assure is designed to benefit both clients and our members by offering reassurances to the construction community by promoting the differing accreditations and quality standards held by individual STA member companies. Site Safe has been developed by the STA to ensure our members work closely with principal contractors and clients to give clear, concise information and assistance to the principal contractor regarding fire safety on construction sites. The first 11 months of my time as Chairman of the STA have flown by and the next year is crucially important. The STA board have identified five strategic objectives for the year ahead. To grow market share and the use of timber structures and systems. Increase the efficiency and productivity of our sector. This will be underpinned by improving the quality of our sector to boost market perceptions, market capability and value. Enhancing risk management is important – supported by robust business systems that protect and serve the sector. And, finally, achieving a fair-trading deal for all our members in business trading. We have a marketplace that is growing, and we are in demand. The STA will operate with integrity and provide a professional approach to all the challenges we face, but we can also push forward with confidence in 2018.

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Masonry: Bricks, Blocks & Stone

A new start to 2018 The tail end of 2017 was not without its fair share of announcements relating to the UK house-building industry. With a raft of budget commitments to increasing new starts and aiding first-time buyers through to an industrial strategy white paper containing a sector-specific deal for construction, there’s plenty to be optimistic about as we enter 2018, says Andrew Minson of the Modern Masonry Alliance.


he year will not be without its fair share of challenges, for example, the portentous skills gap and a need to recommit to supporting British business. Just two of an everincreasing list, both need to be confronted and surmounted.


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With the above in mind, here are a few thoughts we all should consider over the coming months. We welcomed the Chancellor’s intention to build an average 300,000 homes per year by 2025 when announced last November.

Masonry: Bricks, Blocks & Stone path have been lacklustre. The focus was placed more on financial gain than on learning a vital set of skills which will help school-leavers secure employment. So too have these essential skills been downplayed and not given the requisite air-time in the classroom or the career advice services. It’s an unavoidable truth that to build quality constructed houses we need a proficient, diverse and homegrown workforce which can meet the expected increase in new starts over the next decade. We urgently need Parliament, our educators and the construction sector itself to communicate its strengths more effectively to capture the hearts and minds of our future workers. There’s a great opportunity for our country’s youth to get involved in an exciting, profitable and essential industry. We need to ensure we can consistently promote our sector’s many assets to the next generation.

Structuring the career path

The Government’s commitment to boosting the British manufacturing sector is a welcome one, but as we know, actions speak louder than words. In the past, there have been plenty of hollow statements and empty promises where support for British industry is concerned. Concrete and masonry products are generally produced in the UK and are manufactured using mostly UK constituents. It is a vital sector and one which the Government should be championing, especially with the implied trade deficit which will result following Brexit. The late former-Prime Minister (and consummate house-builder) Harold Wilson once said: “I’m an optimist, but I’m an optimist who takes his raincoat”. Taking his cue, we would also be slightly reticent than over-confident in this case. We’ll wait to see what happens next with great anticipation. From the perspective of the Modern Masonry Alliance (MMA), we represent a robust area of manufacturing which will be heavily involved in the push to build more new homes over the next decade. Over the next year, we’ll ensure we share our expertise with house-builders and developers to help them meet the sizeable new-build targets set by Government. Particularly, we will champion the use of masonry in such projects, emphasising its benefits from both a structural and cost perspective.

One of the greatest challenges facing the construction sector is a predicted skills drain. It will be felt acutely, especially if the largely itinerant workforce are restricted from practising in the UK (due to potential new border arrangements arising from Brexit). This will potentially have a detrimental impact on new-build numbers not to mention other major infrastructure projects. We urgently need to adopt a more sophisticated approach. Past attempts to make construction an attractive career

Our housing stock must be durable, robust, long-lasting, fire-resistant, flood-resilient and energy-efficient

The best of British

Concrete and masonry is a vital sector and one which the Government should be championing, especially with the implied trade deficit which will result following Brexit

Over the past five years, a steady increase (57%) in new-build stock has already been registered and the announcement highlighted a positive, upward trend. This, no doubt, comes as encouraging news to aspiring homeowners and renters alike. Good news aside, we need to be realistic. Delivering this policy will be a demanding task, building 300,000 houses (a 60% increase on current activity) is a stretch for all of the aspects of the housing industry. Careful preparation and contingency planning will be essential to the process. Above all, it’s vital that no corners are cut, our housing stock must be durable, robust, long-lasting, fire-resistant, floodresilient and energy-efficient. As an advocate of good practice across the house-building and developer sector, we promote premium materials to ensure homes can stand the test of time. The industry must guarantee any new starts are quality homes, fit-for-purpose.

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Build Focus: Workplace Cundall’s Hong Kong office has been designed to incorporate as many WELL Building Standard and LEED principles as possible

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho... Cundall’s new Hong Kong office is a showcase in how to cost-effectively deliver a first-class office fit-out whilst creating a healthy, efficient and future-proof space that is both kind to the environment and puts the wellbeing of occupants at the heart of the design.


he 3500ft2 office, located on the seventh floor of The Hennessy, an iconic building in the heart of Wanchai, is an expression of the international multi-disciplinary engineering company’s belief that sustainable design can forge a workspace that promotes individual wellbeing as well as inspiring creativity and collaborative working. By taking a holistic approach to sustainability – as well as lessons learned from its own WELL-certified office in London – Cundall’s Hong Kong office has been designed to incorporate as many WELL Building Standard and LEED principles as possible. Andrew Marks, Director of Cundall Hong Kong, says: “We have tried to incorporate as much sustainability and wellness into our new office as possible to ensure it is enabled to meet LEED and WELL accreditation. To do that, we had to make sure nothing in the initial build was going to preclude us from achieving the standards at


a later date. Whether that entailed the use of clever engineering solutions to deliver fresh air supply or specifying build materials that are environmentally-friendly – the space demonstrates our creativity and love of great sustainable design and highlights the importance of implementing health and wellbeing into workplace designs within Asia.”

A highly efficient workspace The main office area is open plan and flooded with natural light from the 4.5m floor-to-ceiling windows. Some 90% of the office workstations have access to views and, by installing PVC-free blinds against the windows, solar glare is controlled to optimise visual comfort. Both MEP and sustainability disciplines work side by side in the main office area to maintain Cundall’s ‘one team’ philosophy, developing the social and professional links that underpin Cundall’s shared values and understanding. A large breakout area has

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also been created where staff can have more informal discussions and comfortably share information. Making the most efficient use of space extends to the two meeting rooms where a four-person and a 10-person meeting room can be opened up to become a 14-person large space via a movable partition wall. The flexibility of the space is further enhanced by a glass partition wall between the large meeting room and the breakout area that can completely fold back into its housing and open up the space for a variety of functional needs.

Reduce, reuse and recycle An upcycle approach has been incorporated into the sustainable building design at The Hennessy, with a conscious decision to reuse existing materials rather than buying new alternatives. The most striking expression of this approach can be found in the feature wall within the reception area which utilises reclaimed wood from an old Hong Kong fishing trawler that once worked the South China Sea. Much of the furniture has been reused from the previous office, with only six new sit-stand desks introduced allowing users to position their workstation at a level convenient for sitting or standing. Personal bins have been removed and replaced with a centralised waste-management system for staff to recycle their waste.

Build Focus: Workplace By placing luminaires only where they are needed, a 25% better lighting power density than the ASHRAE 90.1-2010 standards has been attained

An upcycle approach has been incorporated into the sustainable building design at The Hennessy

Materials were also key to pursuing the WELL Building Standard, by using only products that contain very low or zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

Where new materials were required, every effort was made to source locally


Without compromising the design and effectiveness of the lighting, fluorescent light fixtures have been reused from Cundall’s previous office to create a comfortable lighting scheme that meets both WELL and LEED standards. Costs-in-use are kept to a minimum by using efficient lighting with occupancy detection and daylight-dimming controls. By placing luminaires only where they are needed, rather than flooding the floor with unnecessary illumination, a 25% better lighting power density than the ASHRAE 90.1-2010 standards has been attained, as well as gaining maximum points against the interior lighting power credit under LEED. Bearing circadian rhythms in mind, all workstations have at least 200 equivalent melanopic lux present between the hours of 9am and 1pm, which the sensor will automatically reduce if the light levels are too high (after 1pm). Pendant lights from the previous meeting room have been upcycled and reused in the new office breakout area and, by using colour-changing lightbulbs that can be operated via remote control, an adaptable and flexible space has been created to suit various functional needs and moods. “We have managed to achieve a WELL and LEED standard office within the constraints of a very tight budget,” says Andrew Marks. “A key factor in this has been to reuse and upcycle equipment from our previous office such as lights and desks.

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VOCs have an exceptionally negative impact on the human body and Cundall undertook a rigorous process of identifying potential sources

“In reusing our light fittings in a different way we haven’t needed to spend large sums on new lighting – we have simply reused our existing lights in different areas and in a more exciting and architectural manner.”

Materials and quality Where new materials were required, every effort was made to source locally and ensure they were of the highest quality and made from sustainable materials – for instance, all new cabinetry and partition walls are made from FSC-certified plywood and MDF. Materials were also key to pursuing the WELL Building Standard, by using only products that contain very low or zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and avoiding other materials that could give off unhealthy emissions. The longevity and ageing of the materials were dominant in the selection process to ensure low or no maintenance under daily wear and tear. By removing carpeting and raised flooring in the office, the epoxycoated flooring reflects the natural light and is durable, easy to maintain and helps to save on material use and waste. The longevity and ageing of the materials were dominant in the selection process to ensure low or no maintenance under daily wear and tear


A breath of fresh air In a preoccupancy survey of staff, access to fresh air and excellent thermal comfort were identified as crucial elements for the new office.

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Using its engineering expertise, Cundall has designed an innovative ventilation solution that uses pre-fabricated fabric air ducts – a first for Hong Kong. The system does not require installation of metal ductwork, diffusers and insulation material and is thus quick to install and represents a fifth of the cost of a regular fabricated ductwork system. The fabric air duct creates great comfort, is condensationfree, hygienic and healthy – as well as easy to clean and maintain. Cundall has been conducting its own research on biophilia – the instinctive bond between humans and nature – to prove the positive impact that plants can make in a workplace and how they can be used to improve air quality in an environmentally-friendly way. Visitors to Cundall’s Hong Kong office will immediately see an embodiment of this through a vision panel installed in the feature wall, behind which is shelving full of planters featuring a striking array of greenery. In addition to this eye-catching plant display at reception, planters have been installed on window sills offering plenty of opportunities to fill the office with air-cleaning plants and as much natural greenery as possible.

Build Focus: Workplace Making the most efficient use of space extends to the two meeting rooms

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) have an exceptionally negative impact on the human body and Cundall undertook a rigorous process of identifying potential sources – such as sealants, paints and adhesives – and specifying low-emission alternatives. Taking some of the lessons learned from its WELL-certified London office, Cundall realised that specifying low-VOC materials and products was just a first stage, which had to be taken through into day-to-day cleaning and maintenance practices. Low-VOC cleaning products also had to be identified and used to maintain high indoor environmental quality. Harnessing the latest information technology, an interactive building performance dashboard will monitor the indoor air quality – as well as energy usage – of the office, with the data displayed via a live feed to monitors in the breakout area.

A practical demonstration of sustainability

The feature wall within the reception area utilises reclaimed wood from an old Hong Kong fishing trawler

The prominent location in the heart of Wanchai allows Cundall to use The Hennessy office as a showroom

The Hennessy is located at the heart of Wanchai and is close to many forms of public transport, including trams, buses and trains. A staff travel survey shows that 96% of Cundall staff commute via public transport or walking, which is supported by the office location. Cundall believes in investing in its people; recognising that succeeding in the “battle for talent” is fundamental to business success over the next decade. The Hennessy office is a key tactic in that battle, with the quality of office fit-out and location supporting the drive to attract and retain the best staff. Cundall set out to create an exceptional and sustainable workplace for its staff, within a tight budget. The prominent location in the heart of Wanchai allows Cundall to use The Hennessy office as a showroom to demonstrate the benefits of affordable, quality, sustainable, healthy buildings and allow clients to re-evaluate what is possible, desirable and available to the market. “I’m proud of the office we’ve designed,” concludes Andrew Marks. “That we can provide an office for our staff of such high standard is an expression of where we are and how well we’re doing in the region and truly puts Cundall on the map in Hong Kong and Asia. I look forward to introducing the office to our clients and being able to say to them: this is what we’ve done in our office, just imagine what we can do in yours.”

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Danny Packham is European Product Manager – warm air and radiant – at Nortek Global HVAC

Following the referendum in the UK to leave the EU, the requirements of Ecodesign will still have to be complied with as it could take up to two years to finalise the process. Even then, unless new UK legislation is introduced, ErP will continue to be one of many methods employed by the Government to reduce the environmental impact of heating technology.

ErP – are you ready? New legislation has changed the way that the seasonal efficiency of heating equipment is calculated. Danny Packham, European Product Manager – warm air and radiant – from Nortek Global HVAC, outlines the key points.


as-fired warm air and radiant heating systems are long-standing technologies associated with effectively heating large, open (industrial or commercial) spaces. By burning the fuel at point of use currently provides an efficient thermal and seasonal efficiency, however, the way in which manufacturers will calculate seasonal efficiency (from 1st January 2018 onwards) is changing due to ErP (Energy-related Products) legislation coming into force. We would like to give you an insight into the impact this legislation will have.

What is ErP? ErP is part of the Ecodesign regulation (EU) 2015/1188 which, along with the implementing Directive 2009/125/EC, is an EU policy aimed


at improving the energy efficiency and other environmental performance criteria for Energy-related Products (ErP), such as radiant and warm air heaters.

How is equipment categorised? For ErP, products have been divided into product groups or ‘Lots,’ with warm air heaters using gaseous or liquid fuels contained within Lot 21 and radiant heaters within Lot 20.

What are the requirements? Each Lot provides the minimum energy efficiency and environmental values for each heating technology. Any product that does not comply with the requirements cannot be marketed and sold within the EU – including the UK.

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Lot 20 (radiant) has a max NOx emission of 200mg/kWh input plus a minimum seasonal efficiency of 74%. Seasonal efficiency is a combination of thermal efficiency, radiant efficiency and electrical power consumption. Lot 21 (warm air) has a max NOx emission of 100mg/kWh input plus a minimum seasonal efficiency of 72%. Seasonal efficiency is calculated from airflow temperature rise, thermal efficiency and electrical power consumption. Lot 21 also applies to AHUs and includes the performance of any heating/chilling coils, where human comfort is the primary heating purpose. Essentially, other than outdoor (heating an outdoor space) units, air curtains or ambient units, all products need to comply with either Lot 20 or Lot 21, plus the motor efficiency ErP regulation. Implementation date: Each Lot has a different date. Lot 20 (radiant heaters) came into force on 1st January 2018 Lot 21 (warm air heaters). Minimum seasonal efficiency came into force on 1st January 2018, with the maximum NOx levels applicable September 2018.

HVAC/HVP The second tier for ErP will be 2021, whereupon seasonal efficiency will increase to 78% and maximum NOx emission for gaseous fuels will be <=70mg/kWh input. Crucially, the minimum criteria for Lots 20 and 21 are applicable for new installations and when replacing existing products. As a result, customers can be assured that the heating equipment they are purchasing is highly energy-efficient and emissions of harmful environmental pollutants are constrained. Unlike other products, warm air heaters and other commercial heating appliances are directly planned and purchased by HVAC professionals, the regulation 2015/1186 excludes warm air heaters and other commercial heaters from mandatory energy labelling. However, product literature and free access websites of manufacturers must indicate the seasonal efficiency and NOx emissions for each product or system. Air curtains are not considered warm air heaters by the scope of this directive.

Will the NOx reduction affect products? It should not affect the products, but may affect product offers from manufacturers. What it will do is ensure that some of the older technologies are withdrawn or modified to ensure compliance.

How does ErP seasonal efficiency differ? On initial appearance, the ErP seasonal efficiency looks to be a lot lower than the current Building Regulations seasonal efficiency calculation, however, when these minimum thermal and radiant efficiencies are added into the ErP seasonal efficiency calculator, the approximate results are as follows:

Therefore, a net increase of approximately 2% will be realised for warm air heaters and 3% for unitary radiant heaters manufactured 1st January 2018 onwards. As mentioned before, ErP seasonal efficiency is calculated differently and produces a different result. A figure that is far lower than those previously used in the NCM tool (i.e. SBEM), therefore, please ensure that the relevant seasonal efficiency figure is entered when carrying out your calculations.

Remember, the seasonal efficiency shown by manufacturers on websites, technical manuals and sales brochures post-2018 will be ErP seasonal efficiency. To summarise ErP Lot 20 (radiant heaters) came into effect January 2018 meaning the seasonal efficiency must be greater than 74% ErP Lot 21 (warm air heaters) seasonal efficiency came into effect 1st January 2018 meaning the seasonal efficiency must be greater than 72% Seasonal efficiency will be calculated differently (to include electrical power consumption).The current minimum seasonal efficiency would be 70% for warm air and 71% for radiant, if we applied this calculation to our existing Building Regulations requirements.

ErP Lot 21 (warm air heaters) max NOx levels comes into effect September 2018.


Gas-fired warm air heaters (atmospheric) = 70% (2% below) Radiant (unitary) heaters = 71% (3% below).

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01: Not only does quartz last longer than almost all other surface options, it is easier to clean and will keep looking good for longer. Quartz doesn’t need sealing, treating, polishing or any other form of maintenance. A simple wipe clean with a mild household detergent and warm water will usually suffice.

02: Quartz is waterproof and highly resistant to mould and mildew, making it the perfect material for damp or wet areas such as showers, wetrooms and bathrooms.

Quartz vs concrete – battle of the surfaces The industrial concrete trend has been around for some years, featured on TV and in high-end architectural and interior design magazines. Poured concrete kitchen worktops, splashbacks and cladded walls are becoming highly fashionable, but there are shortcomings with the real thing, explains Jon Stanley, Vice President of Marketing at Caesarstone UK.


When specifying for a new project, it is important to look into the eco credentials of suppliers. Caesarstone, for example, is the first quartz manufacturing company to have received the British ISO 14001 certification – a standard that recognises competence in environmental management and performance. The Caesarstone Concrete series embraces the trend for industrial decor and raw materials used in design. The Concrete Series comprises a variety of finishes that exquisitely achieve the coarseness of concrete to create a real design statement. The addition this year of 4033 Rugged Concrete strives to push these boundaries even further. Rugged Concrete will make a daring and bold addition to a room; its urban-inspired design, accentuated by dark grey tones and unique imperfections, offers a textured look to its finish.


specialist is required, it is costly, can be messy and timeconsuming to make; prone to cracking, staining and bacterial growth. Not to mention the environmental impact of real concrete production is huge, even without the added weight of trend-led demand in residential design. Concrete also needs considerable maintenance. A true virtue of Caesarstone’s Rugged Concrete quartz material is its tactile texture; it has a coarse appearance that authentically emulates the randomly pitted finish of concrete, whilst remaining smooth to the touch. Quartz is an ethical choice for eco-aware architects and is not so much an imitation, rather a superior alternative. Innovators such as Caesarstone use up to 42% reclaimed quartz in some materials, making a real impact on preserving the world’s precious resources. Sustainability and an awareness of the environment should be a fundamental part of any serious business.

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03: Quartz is one of nature’s hardest minerals and consequently quartz surfaces are impervious to scratches and staining, ensuring that they will stand up to the rigours of even the most well-used family homes. 04: Quartz surfaces are highly versatile and can be used for kitchen worktops, splashbacks shower returns, wall cladding, bath surrounds and flooring. High-quality quartz can even be thermoformed into curved shapes.

05: There is an enormous variety of colours and patterns. Caesarstone offers 44 different products from gorgeous singlecoloured surfaces to complex natural marbles and granites, through to urban styles such as concrete. For traditional and luxury schemes, choose marble styles like White Attica and Calacatta Nuvo. From the contemporary loft look, try Rugged Concrete.


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ecobuild is returning to ExCeL, London, in March under the new ownership of Futurebuild Events

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he event is not only being shaped through comprehensive industry feedback but also with direct input from leading industry influencers. These include Lynne Sullivan, Nathan Baker, Julie Hirigoyen, Darren Richards and Peter Murray, who are all members of the ecobuild Steering Group, which is helping to set the agenda for the event. Martin Hurn, Managing Director of Futurebuild Events, explains:“New, independent ownership offers a unique opportunity to completely overhaul the event. We believe that to be as relevant and valuable as possible, we need to understand and act on what built environment professionals want to see at ecobuild.We see our role as to facilitate the agenda, rather than dictate it.”

The CPD-accredited conference programme This year’s conference takes its lead from global environmental targets, with sessions reflecting the concerns of the built environment industry and formulating practical recommendations for action. Some of the big issues represented by


the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda and the Paris Agreement will provide the focus. Speakers include experts in their field, such as Jane Duncan, Paula Caballero, John Elkington and Bill Dunster.

ecobuild sustainability showcases Surrounding the conference arena will be the ecobuild sustainability showcases, home to the some of the most innovative solutions to the issues facing the built environment.The showcases will truly put sustainability at the heart of the event. They will feature two full-scale builds, including the zero net carbon home from ZEDfactory – designed to minimise fossil fuels and annual energy bills. It offers a complete response to the housing crisis. The Edible Bus Stop returns with The Hive, a pocket park highlighting biodiversity, biophilia, health and wellbeing. Another highlight is the WasteZone, curated by Architect, academic and activist Duncan Baker-Brown, which will allow visitors to discover waste’s potential.

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The futurebuild districts The conference arena and sustainability showcases are surrounded by the futurebuild districts, each of which will act as an immersive and stimulating area where people, brands and companies will be able to network and develop profitable relationships. These include: District Energy Building Performance Infrastructure Timber Concrete Offsite Green & Blue Infrastructure Energy & HVAC. The dedicated focus of each district will encourage valuable relationship building and discussion around the big issues shaping the agenda in the built environment.

Key partnerships ecobuild is working with a number of strategic partners who are contributing to the overall strategy and shape of the event to ensure it is wholly reflective of the industry’s needs. Notable partners include the Considerate Constructors Scheme, the RIBA, CIAT, NLA, Bioregional, CIBSE, the Edible Bus Stop and the Edge.The event will also host the BREEAM Awards and the Offsite Construction Awards.

ecobuild is returning to ExCeL, London, in March and, under the new ownership of Futurebuild Events, things are set to be very different. The event is being designed and built around the industry, bringing to life the latest technology, freshest thinking and most innovative materials.

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The thermal properties, eco credentials and jointing integrity of polybutene pre-insulated and pre-fabricated Flexalen pipe technology will be highlighted by Flexenergy at ecobuild. As one of the UK’s leading pipe and valve specialists for district heating schemes, Flexenergy specialises in the supply and fabrication of pipe for heating, hot water and cooling systems. The company is the sole distributor in the UK and Ireland of Flexalen pipe technology, manufactured by Thermaflex. The low-carbon Flexalen pipe delivers significant heat loss benefits and energy efficiency gains to district heating schemes and sustainable energy projects, such as biomass CHP, geothermal and heat recovery networks, making Flexenergy the preferred product partner for many consulting engineers, energy managers and contractors. * ( 01592 773167


Ancon to launch new products at ecobuild

Ancon will be launching its latest fixing innovations at ecobuild on stand C62. The stand will focus on structural fixings that are opening up new possibilities in zero and ultra-low-energy construction by minimising thermal bridging, including its insulated balcony connectors and ultra-low thermal conductivity cavity wall ties. Ancon will also showcase a brick-faced support system that allows designers to achieve exciting masonry facade aesthetics, quickly and easily on site. Heading up the displays will be Ancon’s unique, BBA-approved, multi-award-winning Teplo wall tie range. Manufactured from pultruded basalt fibres set in a resin matrix (0.7W/ mK), a material over 60 times more thermally efficient than steel (50W/mK), Teplo ties are widely specified in Passivhaus or similar low-energy developments. * ( 0114 275 5224



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A world of innovation for a world of change Celebrating an impressive 32 years, kbb Birmingham – one of the UK’s largest and most established kitchen, bedroom and bathroom events – returns to the NEC, Birmingham, from 4 to 7th March 2018.

The four trends are: 1. Society: Evolving customer behaviours alter the meaning of lifestyle design, e.g. DIY-conscious early adopters outsource cutting-edge design and smart space innovations fuelling the installer skills shortage. 2. Smart technology: Be it future or fad, ‘smart’ is creating new possibilities for those on both sides of the debate, e.g. virtual reality transforms showroom buying behaviours and voice recognition modifies our use of space, whilst reactionaries revert to traditional kitchen and bathroom design.


3. Disruption as opportunity: ‘Disruptors’ change the construction landscape, heralding new design opportunities, e.g. uncertainty surrounding Brexit stimulates house price stagnation driving a growing refurbishment market fuelled by mature, equity-rich homeowners undertaking bigticket kitchen and bathroom projects. 4. Materiality: UK consumers demand higher quality products and materials, e.g. worktops continue to dominate the kitchen furniture market driving innovation and diversification in the surfaces sector. The Innovation Awards, in partnership with Blum, aim to discover and celebrate brands that are producing products, methods and ideas that align with the theme’s four trends, to help shape the future of the industry.The award entries will be judged by an esteemed panel of judges including kbb’s Brand Director, Joel Butler, and the winners will be announced at the show for visitors to be able to cast an innovative eye on the winning products. kbb Birmingham 2018 sees the return of great British companies along with new international exhibitors including, Smeg, Sensio, Perrin & Rowe,Villeroy & Boch, Crosswater,

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Karonia, Caple, Carron Bathrooms, Franke, Nolte, BLANCO, Samsung, Dansani, Blum, Hettich, Novy, Roper Rhodes and Impey. Joel Butler commented:“I’m really looking forward to another successful year at kbb Birmingham, and particularly how the community will explore and learn from this year’s theme.We’re welcoming a range of new and returning exhibitors, all of which will showcase a high calibre of products, methods and ideas. I would recommend visitors try and spend more than one day at the show.” Join the conversation with 16,000 industry buyers from 4 to 7th March, at the NEC, Birmingham.Visit the website to register for your ticket and for more information on what you can find there, plus details of how to get there and where to stay.


ollowing the success of last year’s theme, Future, kbb continues to forecast forthcoming trends and challenges facing the UK KBB community, identified by partner, AMA research. Bringing you a world of innovation for a world of change, kbb Birmingham will manifest four challenges and trends in each feature across the four days, providing innovation, inspiration and insight to help businesses grow in a world of change.

kbb Birmingham Preview Showerwall relaunches at kbb with new branding and an exciting range update Showerwall will unveil an exciting range update and new brand identity at kbb Birmingham on stand C60, hall 20.The 100m2 stand will showcase Showerwall’s newest decors and texture innovations including concrete, brick and woodgrain designs. In addition, a new acrylic collection will offer standard or bespoke digital print options.The range revamp aims to open up the design flexibility of laminate wall panelling to an even wider range of customers for domestic and commercial projects. Showerwall is a 100% waterproof system, available in a choice of panel sizes that are fast and easy to install and come with a 15-year guarantee.

Caple returns to kbb Birmingham

Multi-award-winning leading appliance specialist, Caple, is raising the bar with its ‘biggest and best ever stand’ at this year’s kbb Birmingham. Step onto the Caple K100 stand to feast your eyes on stunning models from Caple’s new wine cabinet collection and discover its striking, new-look Sense range of high-performance cooking appliances. Its signature Sense Premium range will be showcased for the first time since its redesign, and guests can be inspired by the design-led models from Caple’s comprehensive sink and tap portfolio.Take advantage of exclusive show deals, and attendees can even their your luck and enter one of the competitions Caple will be running throughout the four-day show. 8 * ( 0117 938 1900

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Reznor was able to work with Pegasus to provide the ideal heating solution for Derby FC

Derby County Football Club – first heated concourse in the UK

When Mel Morris bought into Derby County Football Club in May 2014, he not only bought into the club but into the loyal fan base too. Being a lifelong Rams supporter himself, he was conscious of the important contribution that fans provide to a football club.


ride Park is home to 30,000 fans on match days and the importance of providing a warm and comfortable environment for spectators was paramount to Mr Morris, especially with more and more families attending games and the winter months being so cold.The heated concourse is thought to be the first one in the UK and has received a very warm welcome from fans with the club receiving some very positive feedback verbally and through social media. It has been

an excellent valuable initiative adding to the enjoyment of a match day experience. Over the last three years numerous improvements have been made to the club with the most recent being the £1m stadium upgrade which includes a new PA system, a state-of-the-art UEFA-grade lighting system, a new £300,000 pitch with undersoil heating with a mix of real and artificial grass and a new heating system in the concourses of the north, east and south stands, paid for by Mel Morris himself.

The heated concourse is thought to be the first one in the UK and has received a very warm welcome from fans with the club receiving some very positive feedback verbally and through social media

Derby County spokesman, Paul Tyrrell, said: “We are continuously looking for ways to improve the level of service and quality of the match day experience for our supporters. Many enhancements have been made to Pride Park recently and our decision to introduce a new heating system in our concourses was a vital element of this upgrade programme. “The heating system is one of the first to be introduced to stadia in the UK and we are delighted with it. Importantly, our supporters will feel the benefit of it for many seasons to come.” Reznor was able to work with Pegasus, to provide the ideal heating solution for Derby FC. The concourse is open to the pitch, therefore, the outside air would constantly infiltrate into the area. The Reznor Nor-RayVac system was ideal as the system transfers energy by means of electromagnetic waves, hence passes through the air without heating it. This system heats surfaces rather than the air, meaning an increased efficiency. Another major benefit of radiant heat is to be able to create an environment without stuffiness. The Nor-Ray-Vac system was designed and implemented by local contractor, Pegasus, and provides blanket heat coverage of the concourse, eliminating any cold spots and has an estimated potential fuel saving of 25% over an equivalent warm air system in this type of environment. As the concourse is situated underneath the stadium seats, the versatility of the system design meant the flue was able to be installed horizontally through the exterior walls. With the installation covering the north, west and family stands, the total system installed comprised nine LR burners suspended at 6m high and two unitary Vision U-Tube radiant heaters. The family and west stands are situated at either end of the pitch and each is arranged in two temperature zones controlled by Reznor SmartCom3 with just two discharge flue points. The north stand has four temperature zones providing flexibility when segregating the stand when the club increases the away fans allocation. Radiant tube space heating is proven to meet the HVAC challenge posed by the open environment of football stadiums, reducing fuel consumption without affecting comfort levels to deliver sustainable cost savings over the long term. 8 * ( 01384


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Hammersley House refurbishment features underfloor air conditioning AET Flexible Space has just completed another West End project in London at Hammersley House, 5-8 Warwick Street. The six-floor property offers both retail and office accommodation and was acquired by Royal London Asset Management from Development Securities for £8.85m. The 16,311ft2 building has been stripped back to the core and undergone a full redevelopment. M&E Consultant, MTT, specified the mechanical services design for the refurbishment and AET Flexible Space worked in conjunction with the appointed M&E Contractor,WBS Mechanical Services, to deliver the underfloor air conditioning system specified for the 11,000ft2 of Grade A office accommodation on floors one to four. With underfloor systems, fully conditioned air is fed into the plenum by zonal downflow units (CAM), which is then supplied into the workspace via fan terminal units (Fantile)

recessed into the floor. Systems can be either chilled water or direct expansion, configured with either floor-level or high-level return and they can easily integrate with passive or other ventilation systems. The final system specification at Hammersley House is a CAM-V direct expansion (DX) system, with underfloor supply air and return air at high level. A total of seven CAM-V downflow units provide conditioned air to the four floors, with two zones on floors one to three and a larger single unit for the

smaller fourth floor.These each are connected to respectively sized, high efficiency Daikin VRV4 heat pumps located on the rooftop.The underfloor void is 400mm, more than adequate to accommodate the standard TU4 Fantile unit which all have additional 500W heaters for additional performance. 8

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Rinnai hot water – instant, continuous, limitless and sensibly economic Rinnai has announced that it is holding its price for the second year in succession – in the face of reports that some other manufacturers are increasing prices by almost 5%. Two other manufacturers are reportedly ghosting through price rises of between 3 to 4.5%. “We see no justification whatsoever to submit price increases and seek to stabilise market prices for our customers.We offer what we believe is a first-class product proposition of energy efficiency, economic cost in use, limitless hot water on demand where you only pay for the fuel you use to heat the water, completely compliant with all existing or pending UK and EU legislation,” says Rinnai Managing Director,Tony Gittings. The Rinnai natural gas or LPG water heaters guarantee a limitless supply of accurately temperature-controlled safe and usable hot water.The Rinnai range delivers energy-saving performance and low

greenhouse emissions through new low-NOx burner technology. Water temperature is and can be pre-set through easy-to-use built-in digital controls, eliminating the risk of scalding.The newly updated Rinnai Infinity range is designed for use directly off the mains, with no need for large, ungainly and energy-inefficient storage vessels. Rinnai Heavy Duty water heaters are highefficiency gas continuous flow water heaters with outputs up to 69kW. Incoming water temperatures of up to 60°C are accepted, making the HD50i suitable for secondary return systems.Water can be delivered at high volume with minimum gas consumption.

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Johnson & Starley’s confidence grows in wake of ErP In October 2009, the European Commission (EC) published a framework Directive for Energy-related Products (ErP), thereby extending the scope of application to products that use, generate, transfer and measure energy. This includes products under the previous scope (e.g. electrical appliances) as well as other products such as windows and insulation. The objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other adverse environmental impacts throughout the lifecycle of a product. Emphasis is being placed on the design and development stages of a product with a view to improving its energy efficiency. From a product perspective, there are really two main aspects that manufacturers need to consider, namely seasonal efficiency of the appliance and the emissions, notably of nitrogen oxide.The regulations establish how these factors are calculated, but the essence is to increase the efficiency of the appliance whilst reducing its emissions of nitrogen oxide.

There are essentially two critical dates that need to be recognised. For all warm air heaters, the requirements for seasonal efficiency must have been achieved by 1st January 2018. For all warm air heaters, the requirements for emissions (NOx) must be achieved by 26th September 2018. For Johnson & Starley air heaters, this means that the standard efficiency Hi-Spec and Economaire ranges did not meet the seasonal efficiency requirement on 1st January 2018. Those looking to upgrade their stock will wonder what the availability of spare

parts will be.There is no need to worry. Johnson and Starley has always been committed to keeping spare parts for heaters available for as long as possible and will not be making exceptions for these or any model ranges. Parts will be available for a minimum of 10 years after production of these two models of heaters has ceased. Johnson & Starley currently supplies spares for heaters that are 50 years old as the company believes the cost of ownership is extremely important to its customers. 8

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New Condair RO for better humidity control

PACE scheme and MCS certification make Viessmann financially attractive

Condair is launching the Condair RO-A reverse osmosis water filter, specifically designed for use with humidification systems. The Condair RO-A removes 95% of dissolved solids from a humidifier’s supply water in order to reduce maintenance, improve energy consumption and benefit ongoing running costs.When operating on regular mains water, a steam humidifier will frequently need to drain hot water and replace it, in order to dilute mineral levels in the boiling chamber.This process requires more energy to heat the incoming cold water. By operating a steam humidifier on reverse osmosis (RO) water from a Condair RO-A, these drain cycles are reduced by up to 97%.This, in turn, reduces energy and water consumption of the humidifier and enables a close humidity control of up to ±1%RH. *

The Viessmann Vitovalor 300-P fuel cell boiler has been reduced in price from £18,000 to £9990, largely as a result of Viessmann’s participation in the new European PACE project. It has also gained MCS certification, entitling owners to claim approximately £6000 over 10 years from the Government’s Feed-in-Tariff. The 45% price reduction makes the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell boiler as affordable as a heat pump, but it has the additional benefit of producing electricity as well as domestic heat. 8 * ( 01952 675000


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Kensa Heat Pumps shortlisted for four awards Kensa Heat Pumps has broken its record at the H&V News Awards by securing four shortlisted entries at the prestigious awards to be announced in April. The H&V News Awards is the longest-running and largest ceremony devoted to heating and ventilating services in the UK. Kensa’s winning track record at the awards includes ‘District Heating Project of the Year’ and ‘Retrofit Project of the Year’ in 2017. Kensa’s 2018 shortlisted schemes feature UK-wide district ground source heat pump upgrades in social housing flats, bungalows and houses, fire stations, council depots, and an educational facility for the blind. * ( 0845 680 4328

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Waterproofing & Drainage This year, over 200 exhibitors will highlight the very best in surface design

Anyone for half a million mugs of tea? Launched in 2017, the Newton Membrane Recycling Service is the first recycling scheme of its kind in the UK waterproofing industry. Now, with the release of Newton Waterproofing Systems’ first annual recycling report it is also possible to get an insight into quite how much HDPE plastic was sent for recycling in 2017 instead of landfill, and how Newton saved enough energy to make 519,690 mugs of tea.


ne of the primary forms of below-ground structural waterproofing, cavity drainage membranes are manufactured from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and are designed to last for the lifetime of the building in which they are installed. However, each year the UK waterproofing industry sends hundreds of tonnes of membrane off-cuts to landfill, as there was previously no service available for collecting and recycling the material. With the environmental credentials of many new projects coming under increased scrutiny by assessments such as BREEAM, the ability for any company to utilise a recycling service that allows them to trace their waste is a valuable asset when undergoing sustainability assessments. Finally, the importance of the environment in construction will only increase – as Stuart Foster, CEO of not-for-profit recycling charity RECOUP, states: “Environmental issues are increasingly in the spotlight. The plastic and construction industries are under more pressure than ever before to do the right thing in terms of the environment.”


How does it work? Available through Newton’s network of Specialist Contractors (NSBCs), the service collects the waste membrane on delivery backloads from across the UK and Ireland, and processes it at Newton’s Kent headquarters. Returning it in this way also ensures that no extra emissions are released in the process of collecting the membrane. From Newton, it is recycled by a third party and manufactured into new construction products, therefore, achieving a fully ‘closed-loop’ recycling process. Most important, however, is that the entire Newton Membrane Recycling Service is transparent and traceable. It is therefore possible to track where all waste material is generated and produce reports for participating companies, from contractors to specifiers, on how much they are recycling and how much energy they are saving.

What have been the results? As a result of Newton’s significant efforts to improve its environmental impact and ensure the sustainability of its operations, in 2017 a total of 3.255 tonnes of membrane was collected for recycling.

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Whilst 3.255 tonnes sounds like a lot, what does it actually mean? To help translate this rather obscure amount into real terms, it is possible to convert 3.255 tonnes of HDPE into several more quantifiable measurements: By recycling this quantity of HDPE plastic, Newton has avoided the release of 3.74 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) into the atmosphere, which would have been created in the manufacturing of new, virgin HDPE To create the same quantity of emissions by burning fuel would require 1702 litres (1.24 metric tonnes) of petrol Both of these quantities can be equated to the generation of 14,616 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy Finally, at an average of 0.028kWh per cup, this amount of energy would therefore be enough to make 519,690 cups of tea! Finally, and perhaps more importantly than the above figures, it is also hoped that innovative new schemes such as these will act as motivation for other construction industry suppliers to start considering their own processes and the ways in which they too can improve their environmental credentials.

Get involved To get a list of NSBCs who can provide the recycling service on your project, contact Newton directly for a list of companies in the area.


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Waterproofing & Drainage

RECYFIX MONOTEC drains car park at Home Bargains store, Prescot Parkway A new Home Bargains store at Prescot Parkway, Merseyside, opened its doors to customers last spring. The 2415m² (25,973ft²) store is located just off the Manchester Road, near the M57. It features a wider range of goods such as health, beauty and household items including a 698m² (7500ft²) garden centre. The store’s 131-space car park is drained by some 151m of RECYFIX MONOTEC, Hauraton’s high capacity channel drainage system. The new Home Bargains store joins the numerous installations successfully completed in the UK. Two MONOTEC sizes were installed in the Home Bargains car park’s red block surface, both channel sizes having a nominal grating width of 100mm. The larger channel has an overall height of 380mm and provides a cross-section of 355.5cm2. The smaller channel has an overall height of 230mm and provides a

cross-section of 190.5cm2. The 151m of channel installed has a total water capacity of just over 5078 litres. All RECYFIX MONOTEC 1m-long channel component is of a sturdy monolithic design where the HEELSAFE grating and the tongue and groove linking system are integral to the channel moulding. The whole unit is made of tough, virtually unbreakable polypropylene (PP) formulated to be very resistant to daily temperature fluctuations from frost conditions to strong sunlight, including the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum.

In addition to the car park drainage, two sizes, 100 and 200, of the company’s RECYFIX PLUS channels were also installed in the service yard against the retaining wall, the 105m of channel being supplied with HEELSAFE ductile iron gratings for a D400 loading category. 8

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Roofing, Cladding & Insulation

Historic chocolate works preserved with Sika Sarnafil Eight years after being put on the ‘At Risk’ register by English Heritage, the landmark Terry’s Chocolate Factory has a new lease of life, following extensive refurbishment. The 1926 Grade II Listed building now starts a new chapter as a care village owned by Springfield Healthcare. Once home to famous brands such as Chocolate Orange, the factory and offices were closed in 2005 and fell into disrepair over the subsequent decade. Eventually, the building, which is part of a 27-acre site, was acquired by Henry Boot Developments for conversion.The renovations included a full roof refurbishment that was undertaken by Hull-based roofing contractor L.A. Hall using a Sika Sarnafil single-ply system. One of the key focuses of the work was to preserve and retain the Art Deco features of the building while increasing its lifespan. A vital element of the repairs was the work on the existing flat and slate roof areas that were in a very poor state, and a roof for the new additional floor of the building.

Principal contractor Simpson (York) brought L.A. Hall on board to complete the roofing works, which comprised a number of disciplines, including heritage Westmorland slating, single-ply zinc cladding and leadwork. L.A. Hall suggested using a Sika Sarnafil system for the flat roof areas, as it matched the client’s requirements for longevity and sustainability, and is the company’s preferred membrane choice. The project’s conservation officer was initially concerned that the system would be too shiny, but Sika Sarnafil provided a number of samples and, after discussions, the specification was welcomed by all parties.

The project was complex due to the multiple roof areas and detailing. To begin, the existing slating on the central north light roof slopes, which remained in place as part of the new scheme, was recovered using a fully adhered Sika Sarnafil system including G410-EL membrane in lead grey. 8

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Even more reasons for entering the 2018 Schueco Excellence Awards Landmark museum benefits from dramatic renovation

Xtralite has provided rooflights to a popular tourist attraction in the heart of London that has benefited from a dramatic £23.75m renovation.The National Army Museum is home to the country’s best collection of army memorabilia and a series of new displays. During the renovation, the building was remodelled and several rooflights required replacements. Xtralite was commissioned to provide bespoke rooflights via the contractor for the project. Rooflights were chosen due to the thermal values offered and the compliance above and beyond Part L Building Regulations. In addition, detailed specifications were met including a feature rooflight (measuring 11 x 5.86m) in the atrium of the building flooding the area with natural light. 8 * ( 01670 354157


According to Schueco UK, innovations being introduced for the 2018 competition mean that there are now even more reasons for entering the Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation. New co-sponsor, Architecture Today, will be adopting a multi-media approach to ensure the deepest engagement with the architectural profession and specialist contractors.The Technical Seminar will host expert speakers who will review some of the winning entries and provide in-depth analysis of each project.The Gala Luncheon will take place on 21st June at the Saatchi Gallery, London. Further details and an online entry form can be found via the website.The closing date for entries is 5pm 23rd April 2018. * ( 01908 282111 8

Sika roofing cuts installation times with Sika C-250 Spray Adhesive A new spray-applied insulation adhesive from Sika roofing is set to cut installation times by up to 20% for the company’s network of more than 400 Sika-trained roofing contractors. The latest in a suite of spray-applied products from Sika designed to make installation quicker and easier for contractors, Sika C-250 Spray is suitable for use across all Sika roofing brands – Sika Liquid Plastics, Sika Sarnafil and Sika-Trocal – and is compatible with all substrates. Each recyclable 25.4kg metal canister of Sika C-250 Spray contains 18.4kg of adhesive; sufficient capacity for an approximate 140m2 installation area. The targeted spray nozzle ensures accurate, efficient distribution of adhesive. *

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Roofing, Cladding & Insulation Redland tiles and Innofix Clips top off awardwinning development Sto helps bring the Written Word to life

A ventilated rainscreen cladding system from Sto has been used to form the crowning section of The Word, National Centre for the Written Word.The challenging design highlights the versatility of the StoVentec R system as, despite the difficulty of application, a high standard of finish was achieved. StoVentec R was used to create the building’s topmost section, which complements the striking combination of glass and cladding. StoVentec board was also used to clad the ground floor of the building.Work to further develop the cladding system design and overcome the installation challenges involved close liaison between FaulknerBrowns Architects, Aire Valley Exteriors and Sto, which made many site visits and provided technical support to the project. 8 * ( 0141 892 8000

The award-winning Crossway development in Widnes, Merseyside, employs the revolutionary Innofix Clip developed by Redland and two of its tiles to achieve a weatherproof envelope in the shortest time possible. The estate comprises 12 plots in a mixed development all roofed in Redland Grovebury double pantiles in colour slate grey and Redland DuoPlain interlocking plain tiles in colour blue. “We chose these two specific tiles to meet concerns from the planning department, and the Innofix Clip was a definite benefit because all these buildings are timber-framed, so it’s imperative to get them weatherproof as soon as possible,” comments Architect Nicola Toomey. * ( 01293 666700


A great piece of work in Halifax

The new multi-million-pound Central Library and Archives facility, which is adjacent to the recently transformed Grade I Listed Piece Hall in Halifax, benefits from a Levolux solar shading and ventilation solution.A custom external solar shading solution comprises rectangular and trapezoidal-shaped aluminium fins, and external tensioned blinds.The rectangularshaped fins, each measuring 400mm wide by 100mm thick, create several frames that project in front of glazed openings on the east-facing elevation.The largest frame, with an opening measuring 7m high by 3m wide, is set within a larger array of horizontal, trapezoidal-shaped fins. In total, 23 fins are fixed horizontally at a pitch of 450mm, between aluminium carriers. * ( 0208 863 9111


Proteus bronze facade better by degrees at Royal Holloway

A design that is as respectful as it is exciting are the hallmarks of the £57m new Emily Wilding Davison Building at Royal Holloway, University of London’s Egham campus, clad using Proteus HR TECU Bronze materials.The east side of the striking 10,000m2 building, which expands the university’s library provision, now features the beautiful brown-red to browngrey and ochre tones of Proteus HR’s TECU Bronze cladding panels.The scheme, designed by Associated Architects, features Proteus HR panels which consist of an aluminium honeycomb core for strength and rigidity, structurally bonded between two thin gauges of TECU Bronze material, to create an optically flat face with tight radii. * ( 0151 545 5075


Marley Eternit launches new convenient Slater’s Tub Marley Eternit has launched a Slater’s Tub to make it quicker and easier to install fibre cement slates to BS 5534 requirements. The container is designed to sit perfectly on the battens and contains all of the fixings needed to install 1000 slates. Removing the need to have loose bags open on the roof, the Slater’s Tub contains 2000 copper nails and 1000 copper disc rivets in two sections ready to use. Daniel Redfern from Marley Eternit comments: “The Slater’s Tub is more cost-effective than buying the nails and discs separately and we’ve designed it with roofer convenience in mind. The fixings are in one container and it’s safer than having two loose bags on the roof.” *

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Aggregate Industries’ roofing hits the high ranks at historic hall Aggregate Industries’ Building Products team has helped to restore the roof of a historic hall, in Rutland, to its former glory, after supplying 700m2 of its Bradstone Cotswold roofing tiles to the project.The hall originally had Collyweston Stone Slate on the roof, which needed to be replaced, but the managers required a new product that would resemble a similar colour and effect. Aggregate Industries’ Bradstone Cotswold roofing tiles did just that. Having used the Bradstone Cotswold tiles previously, when a small section of the roof was rebuilt, the client knew exactly where to come when it came to replacing the whole roof. 8 * ( 01530 510066

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Floors, Walls & Ceilings

Schlüter-Systems – at your service When you’re specifying for a tile or stone project, products are only half of the story; you also need a manufacturer with the right set-up and supporting resources. Within Schlüter-Systems, there are two teams primed to help you: the specification team and technical department provide tailored one-to-one support for your specification journey. For any one project, the specification team provides a dual point of contact within a close-knit partnership; each officebased consultant is matched with an area specification consultant out on the road, to provide focused advice and support. Projects are handled on an end-to-end basis, meaning that each expert pairing possesses full internal project knowledge and builds an ongoing trusted-advisor relationship with you as a client. The specification team also provides a first-line technical response, promptly referring through to the technical department, if required.

The technical department of SchlüterSystems provides a variety of services, delivered succinctly by an experienced team. Such provisions include a full design service for the hydronic underfloor heating system, Schlüter-BEKOTEC-THERM, as well as creation of comprehensive CAD drawings for wetrooms, drains and substrate buildups – which can often be turned around in 24 to 48 hours, dependent on complexity. The department also provides a safety net for specifiers’ own CAD drawings, adjusting them if necessary and confirming compliance with Schlüter’s guidelines. As a

project advances, they can provide continued technical support, not only by telephone and email but also via FaceTime and on-site visits as desired. Warranties are available on both a product and project basis. Training is delivered to installers at Schlüter’s offices and on the road.The Schlüter Approved Installer Network (SAIN) consists of certified installers who have completed full training with the company, providing reassurance to specifiers of compliance with Schlüter’s standards.A range of CPDs are also available covering key product areas. 8 * ( 01530


Polyflor launches Polysafe Quattro PUR

Polyflor has just announced the launch of its new Polysafe Quattro collection.This innovative safety flooring range offers barefoot and shod sustainable wet slip resistance with a studfree finish for enhanced comfort underfoot. Polysafe Quattro has been specifically designed to provide a high degree of slip resistance in continually wet areas within the healthcare, residential care, housing and leisure sectors.This includes areas such as changing rooms, walk-in showers, wetrooms, adapted bathrooms, spas and pool surrounds. As the potential for slips is higher in wet environments, it is important to choose an HSE-compliant safety flooring such as Polysafe Quattro which offers sustainable slip resistance, assured throughout the product’s guaranteed life. * ( 0161 767 1111


Remmers repairs Bawdsey Radar Station Built in 1938 and protected by concrete blast walls, Bawdsey Radar Station was the world’s first operational radar station.The walls had decayed steadily since the building was vacated in 1991, leaving the top layer of reinforcement exposed to the elements. Being a heritage site, traditional concrete repair techniques were not allowed. Working in partnership, Remmers and Concrete Renovations Ltd devised a way to repair the walls by using Remmers’ restoration materials. Remmers’ coloured mortars were used to repair and simulate the colour of the original concrete alongside Remmers’ migrating corrosion inhibitor and impregnation cream as part of the 25-year maintenance plan. *


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Affordable housing development benefits from Magply performance Off-site timber frame systems are evolving with an increasing market share in the construction industry with speed of build becoming a major factor along with fire risk and weather-damaged products during the construction phase. One supplier addresses all three factors, including an affordable housing development in Essex, utilising Magply boards as an internal lining board to internal and external walls.The project at Buckingham Green, Basildon, has seen T.T.F.C erect a total of six new homes. The two, two-storey and four, three-storey houses have been supplied in panel form by Wexford-based T.T.F.C. 8 * ( 01621 776252

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Interface unveils lowest carbon footprint carpet tile backing

Preparing the flooring surface

Interface has launched CircuitBac Green, a high-performance modular carpet tile backing created using a mix of carbon-negative bio-plastics and mineral filler.The bio-plastics used in CircuitBac Green offer the first carbon-negative alternative to current backing materials.The composite material used in CircuitBac Green stores carbon which is beneficial to reduce the carbon footprint of products and supports the move toward creating carbon-negative products. For example, a modular carpet with CircuitBac Green could have a carbon footprint as low as 2.3kg CO2 eq./m2, compared to 5.9kg CO2 eq./m2 for a typical Interface product with Graphlex backing.

Preparing a wooden floor for the application of a finish can be a long and tiring process. Osmo UK provides professionals with a quicker and easier option that changes the way in which wood is treated. To achieve an attractive, aesthetically pleasing wooden floor, it is important to ensure the flooring surface is prepared before the finish is applied. Traditionally, oil finishes require the surface to be sanded very finely to ensure the surface remains smooth. To achieve this result, extra sanding work is required. When using Osmo’s ecofriendly wood finishes, the surface no longer requires fine sanding. Due to Osmo finishes being very viscid, and containing both oils and waxes, the wood absorbs the finish to provide a smooth surface, resulting in the extra level of sanding not being required.



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Event space expert specifies Style again

Heckmondwike’s planks steal the show

Partitioning specialist, Style, recently installed a comprehensive solution for another new etc.venues event facility in Piccadilly, Manchester. This is the eighth time Style has worked with etc.venues and Synergy Architects, having previously developed partitioning wall systems for seven prestigious room hire amenities in Central London. On this occasion, Style was contracted to deliver flexibility to a large open area, allowing hire opportunities to be fully capitalised by dividing the space into numerous rooms of different sizes.A total of nine DORMA Variflex movable walls were installed, providing exceptional acoustic privacy of 55 dB between the divided areas. Style recommended DORMA Variflex for Manchester as it is a highly adaptable system that can be finished in a wide variety of designs to reflect the etc.venues individual look.

Heckmondwike, UK-leading fibre bonded carpet manufacturer, has seen a rise in demand for carpet planks in commercial settings, as designers and specifiers look to create ever-more inspirational interiors. Carpet planks, which are sold in a standard 25 x 100cm size, are available across Heckmondwike’s Supacord, Broadrib, Iron Duke, Night Sky and Array ranges. Carpet planks are popular as they replicate the minimalist wooden floor look, without the acoustics of timber flooring or the risk of slips, trips and falls. Available as planks, Heckmondwike’s Supacord is the most popular fibre bonded carpet range manufactured by Heckmondwike. Available in 42 colour options, it has an A+ BREEAM rating, which helps a project achieve its environmental credentials. Supacord is renowned for its durability and colour fastness and retains its aesthetics for years to come.



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CPD Focus

Armstrong CPD explains the advantages of metal ceilings

Wetroom Design and Specification CPD from CCL Wetrooms The popular Wetroom Design and Specification CPD from CCL Wetrooms guides architects through the process of designing and specifying a watertight wetroom.


un free of charge at a time to suit your practice, the 45-minute technical presentation is a comprehensive seminar covering all aspects of wetroom design and specification. This includes wetroom design and layout, waterproofing, drainage, floor build-up and installation. An informative section on how wetrooms can help meet the Lifetime Homes Standard is also covered within the session. Howard Ball, CCL Wetrooms’ Director, commented:“The Wetroom Design and Specification CPD will provide architects with in-depth knowledge of the wetroom specification process, that we hope will enable all participants to confidently design and specify wetrooms across their residential, hotel and leisure sector projects.” The seminar includes a 15-minute question and answer session and all participants will receive a certificate upon completion.The face-toface session enables the presenter to respond immediately with advice on any current wetroom projects that architects are working on. CCL Wetrooms is a UK-leading manufacturer of wetroom systems and waterproofing membranes and has been providing architects and house developers with high-quality drainage and waterproofing solutions across the commercial and residential sectors for over 30 years. *

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A RIBA-approved CPD which details the benefits of specifying metal systems is now available from Armstrong Ceiling Solutions.The presentation, which gives architects a onehour CPD credit, recognises the degree to which metal systems now play in Armstrong’s already peerless portfolio.The reasons given for specifying metal ceiling and wall systems are numerous and varied, from their aesthetics (a crisp, clean, hi-tech visual in flat, curved or sculptured forms, and linear or modular layouts) to their durability, withstanding rigorous handling, with edges that do not chip and surfaces that do not flake.The CPD also takes architects through the manufacturing process for tiles, planks, canopies and bespoke (curved, radial and trapezoidal) systems. *

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Saint-Gobain Weber introduces WeberSpec and RIBA-approved CPD Saint-Gobain Weber manufactures a range of high-quality products for professional tile fixers and applicators and is recognised for bringing innovative, highperformance technologies to the market.“WeberSpec is a completely free M40 specification

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tool constructed on an easy-touse platform, but when advice is required, our technical team is on hand,” says Tracey Dempster, Head of Marketing at Saint-Gobain Weber.“To support WeberSpec, we have also introduced a new RIBA-assessed CPD,‘Floor Tiling onto Calcium Sulphate Screeds’. This is a subject frequently raised by architects, contractors and applicators with our technical team.” The main learning aim of the new CPD is to assist in the design and specification process. *

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Vortice runs RIBAapproved CPD sessions covering MVHR Vortice is running a series of RIBA-approved CPD seminars this year.The first two focus on mechanical heat recovery systems, one for the domestic market and one for commercial applications. Named ‘Why ventilation with heat recovery is the right choice’ and ‘Commercial mechanical ventilation with heat recovery guide’, each seminar lasts between 45 minutes and an hour, including time for questions. Russell Beardsworth from Vortice said:“With indoor air quality coming much higher up the agenda for everyone involved in specifying projects, we realised that there was a need to explain the impact of legislation, recent innovations in heat recovery systems and the effect they can have on the health of a property and its occupants.” *

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Doors, Windows & Louvres

Solinear has invested in a dedicated website, offering free-to-download BIM files of an extensive array of its louvre and solar shading projects

What is BIM? BIM. Three letters that are radically reshaping the construction landscape – and that, for those of us in the industry, are becoming increasingly hard to ignore.


t’s possible that you might know BIM inside out already. If so, good work – you’re more prepared than most, and excellently positioned to face whatever 21st-century construction throws at you. But if you don’t, you’re far from alone. A lot of people have a vague awareness of BIM and what it is – but not enough to know how they can apply it in their own working lives.

Let’s go back to basics. What is BIM? The bad news is that a precise, universally agreed upon definition doesn’t exist. In fact, the exact meaning is still hotly debated. But here’s the good news – the loose principles the experts do agree on have huge potential to help architects improve efficiency, cut costs and make their construction projects bigger and better than ever. The first thing you need to grasp is that BIM isn’t a ‘thing’; a physical object, a piece of software or similar. It’s a process. BIM stands for Business Information Modelling. At its simplest, it’s a way of collaboratively designing and carrying out construction projects using digital technology. On a BIM project, all the key data is stored digitally, so it can be accessed and edited at any time, by any of the individuals or organisations involved.


That information might include specifications, schedules, performance requirements, cost plans and more. It’s also likely to include technical drawings – and under BIM, all the different drawings supplied by various members of the project team are combined into one 3D model to ensure they fit together. The non-graphical data is then linked to that model – so that if a user clicks on a window product in the model, for example, they’re shown information on who made it, how long the lead times are, how it performs and when it’s likely to need replacing. Together, it’s known as a project information model – and it structures information more clearly, making it easier for people working on the project to find the data they need, and letting teams build high-quality assets more efficiently. What’s more, it becomes a hugely valuable resource for end-users when the project is complete. Once the building has been handed over and is in use, the project information model becomes an asset information model and can help users better understand how the finished structure is performing. There’s obviously a cost to making your organisation BIM-capable – much of which goes on training. But that expenditure is heavily outweighed by the potential benefits.

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It’s estimated that badly organised information adds as much as 25% to the cost of the built environment – and that by using BIM to make that information clearer and easier to access can yield efficiency savings of up to 20%. For architects, BIM offers the opportunity to work collaboratively, embed quality control in your work processes, and achieve a consistency of output that raises customer confidence and helps you build your brand. It also lets you significantly boost your efficiency, without constraining your ability to be creative. Over time, you’re able to accumulate 3D models of various building components, leaving you with a kit of parts you can use to design a huge variety of different buildings. But architects are doing relatively well on the BIM front.The organisations who are lagging behind the most are sub-contractors and suppliers. Many aren’t yet able to offer the sort of 3D product drawings that can be incorporated into project information models. As BIM becomes more widespread and specified more frequently – BIM level 2 is already compulsory for all publicly procured construction projects in the UK – businesses like these are going to become increasingly difficult to deal with. But at Solinear, the company is fully on board with BIM. It has invested in a dedicated website, offering free-todownload BIM files of an extensive array of its louvre and solar shading projects for architects to incorporate in their projects. 8

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New Crittall steel window meets tough specification Latest advancements in high-performance Crittall steel window design have been successfully combined with traditional aesthetics to meet the exacting standards demanded by one of the United States’ major Ivy League universities. Both the client and architect called for Neo-Gothic-style fenestration to blend with the design of classrooms, student accommodation, offices, libraries and dining halls for the new college buildings. A variety of bespoke window shapes was required, some with curved tops, others with Gothic-style heads and trefoils, but all had to satisfy tough thermal and acoustic requirements. Crittall turned to its Berkeley range which was modified with the addition of triple glazing comprising an exterior true leaded glass panel separated via a vented cavity to an interior insulating glass unit. An exterior putty-effect sloping glazing detail was used to replicate old puttyglazed windows, but using an interior

glazing bead for ease of servicing. The slim sightlines that are a hallmark of Crittall steel windows perfectly matched the characteristic appearance of traditional, single-pane, putty glazed fenestration. Traditional welded steel bullet-style hinges, hardware patterns and back plates were incorporated but offering modern functionality and safety. The bespoke Berkeley windows were hot-dipped galvanised and polyester powder coated so as to achieve durability combined with low maintenance. The system also had a matching profile variance offering a 45-minute UL fully-accredited and tested fire rating for particular parts of the building.

These specially designed windows contributed to the building meeting the Gold certification standard of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council. 8

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Eurocell opens up new vistas with StudioGlide

Eurocell is extending its range of bi-fold doors with the launch of StudioGlide, a breakthrough aluminium bi-fold system that promises minimal sightlines, maximum performance and unlimited flexibility. StudioGlide will fit any aperture because it is scaleable to frame heights of up to 2.5m and widths of up to 6.5m. Comfort – and lower heating bills – are assured by highspecification energy-efficient glass and a thermal break in the frame that reduces heat loss so that StudioGlide can achieve U-values as low as 1.6W/m2k for double glazing and 1.3 W/ m2k for triple glazing. * ( 0800 988 3049

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Hueck UK expands Lambda series with new open-out window Hueck UK has extended its well-regarded Lambda series of products with the unveiling of Lambda WS 075 OU, an outwardsopening window. This innovation complements its open-in window, WS 075. Lambda WS 075 OU is a well-designed outwards-opening window with optimum thermal insulation properties, efficient processing and a diverse range of possible applications. This design is compatible with the HUECK Lambda WS 075, DS 075 and Trigon 50 systems; this is due to its component-sharing principle. The Lambda WS 075 OU has an overall depth of 75mm which provides a narrow profile view, this allows a very finely structured appearance to be achieved. *

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GEZE UK has expanded its service division and created six supervisor positions to work across its regional offices and oversee continued quality and improvement alongside an increasing market share of the UK’s service industry. The field operations supervisors’ key roles will be to support engineers in the field – ensuring continuity of service and setting quality standards to further enhance the customer experience. Each field operations supervisor will be responsible for a number of engineers, spanning two or three offices. This is intended to encourage the development of best practice and will be overseen by GEZE’s Service Operations Manager, Adam Presdee. 8 * ( 01543 443000

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Patient safety key as Harrogate hospital turns to Crittall Fendor Cygnet Hospital Harrogate is a long-established mental health hospital that provides support and treatment for both NHS and privately funded patients. A recent decision to replace and upgrade the windows led to the specification of specialist units by Crittall Fendor, an expert in highsecurity fenestration. “We chose Crittall Fendor as they are recognised as the benchmark standard in patient safety,” says Cygnet’s Director of Development and Facilities,Tom Wilson. “The industry is aware that the CleanVent window is the best one. It ticks all the boxes.” The CleanVent has been developed as a response to the specific needs of clinicians working in secure mental health hospitals. It is designed to maintain security while being cleaned and also provides no projection to which a ligature can be fixed, a particular consideration where patients being cared for may have a predilection to self-harm.The robust window is available in steel, aluminium or a hybrid of both materials.

“In terms of the strength of the windows and the practicality of cleaning them it leaves the competition standing,” says Mr Wilson. For the Harrogate contract, Crittall Fendor worked directly for Cygnet removing the original windows and installing the new ones. Aluminium CleanVent were specified except for the front elevation of the building where taller, narrower steel-aluminium SwingVents were used. Tom explains:“These offer the same characteristics as the CleanVent, but the design is more flexible and enabled us to meet the aesthetic requirements of the local planners.” Cygnet has been providing specialist mental health services for almost 30 years and has hospitals at some 20 locations around the UK. The company’s relationship with Fendor – which was acquired by Crittall earlier this year – goes back several years.

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Style meets substance at Roehampton Eurocell’s Modus system aids Gothic revival The Grade II Listed Barnes Hospital is a French Gothic-style building where patients from Manchester Infirmary were sent to convalesce.The building is now receiving a new lease of life as developer Henley Homes creates the Barnes Village around it.The challenge for Henley and its construction division, Reis Construct, was to find windows for the new-build houses that would complement the character of the hospital’s originals.The original specification called for an aluminium and timber profile. However, Reis elected to substitute these for Eurocell’s Modus flush sash casement window.The Modus windows offered a more costeffective solution while delivering better performance than the original specification. 8 * ( 0800 988 3049


Black Millwork and Andersen Windows have supplied a range of products to a new-build development in Roehampton, London. For Harepath, the company tasked with leading the project; this meant procuring building materials that provided high-quality performance specifications. Black Millwork and Andersen Windows were the ideal choice for this installation. Chris Ackley, member at Harepath, commented: “During the last five years we’ve witnessed unprecedented demand for property in London.With people paying more to live in the capital there’s been an increase in expectations. As such it has become paramount to only use premium building materials. Black Millwork and Andersen’s products represent just this; they satisfy the two major criteria: strong performance specs and high-end aesthetics.” * ( 01283 511122


Kawneer glazing systems help breathe new life into Heron Hall Architect and contractor worked together to bring steel-style Kawneer windows to the £17m rescue of a partly derelict college. Kawneer’s GT70 slimline renovation windows as fixed lights and top-hung casements are complemented by AA100 curtain walling, AA541 fixed lights and top-hung casement windows as well as series 190 doors on the redevelopment of a former Middlesex University site in Enfield, north London. The glazing systems by leading UK manufacturer Kawneer were installed over a year by JPJ Installations – the GT70 windows replacing the original steel windows on the Art Deco facade and the mullion-drained curtain walling, AA541 windows and Series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors on the concrete frame extension. * ( 01928 502500

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119 Ebury Street – Best Global BREEAM Residential Refurbishment Award 2015 Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has successfully transformed a Grade II Listed hotel into three of the most sustainable, energy-efficient apartments for rent in the UK, with the assistance and expertise of Selectaglaze. 119 Ebury Street is situated in the central location of Belgravia. It was originally built as a single dwelling and was then renovated into a hotel. Recently it has been converted into three energy-efficient apartments which led to 119 Ebury Street becoming the first listed building to receive a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating in the UK. Grosvenor sought to create highly sustainable apartments which feature whole house ventilation and heat recovery; this was accomplished using the most recent engineering systems and low carbon technologies. Grosvenor asked

Selectaglaze, based on their long working relationship, for an advanced secondary glazing solution. Once the designs were agreed, Selectaglaze installed a total of 18 Series 25 units, which are a vertical sliding system with high capacity spring balances, ideal for treating larger windows that require thicker glass.The units were glazed with Pilkington Spacia, which is an evacuated sealed unit only 6mm thick with a centre pane U-value of 1.0.The secondary glazing treatment dramatically improved the overall U-value and assisted in achieving high airtightness levels.

Founded in 1966, Royal Warrant Holder Selectaglaze has worked on all types of buildings, from museums to new-build hotels. Selectaglaze will be showcasing a variety of secondary glazing products at ecobuild 2018 at ExCeL, London, on stand C84. 8

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P C Henderson expands Soltaire range with Centrefold and Endfold

Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, is pleased to announce the launch of Soltaire Centrefold and Soltaire Endfold in to the product range.Available in a variety of kits, the new products cater for wood and metal doors with a maximum door weight of 45 and 75kg.The kits are compiled using the ultra-smooth Soltaire hangers with the robust yet attractive Securefold 50 folding hinges.Together they offer a commercial grade system that is suited to areas of heavy usage such as conference rooms and schools that is easy to specify thanks to its kit pack presentation. * ( 0191 377 7345


ISO-CHEMIE tape seals ground -breaking new housing project ISO-BLOCO ONE tape has been used to provide a highperformance airtight, acoustic and thermal seal for a ModCell TAM project located in the grounds of the Filwood Community Centre, Bristol. TAM is also one of the most environmentallyfriendly building systems in Europe, combining advances in high-quality, low-energy design with the innovative use of renewable construction materials. Sustainability is a key driver of the project, so the ISO-BLOCO tape has been used to seal the expansion joints and gaps around the window and door frames. This will significantly help to achieve an excellent Passivhaus target of <0.69m³/hour/m² measured at 50 Pascals airtight seal per completed building. *

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Intastop offers easy installation door edge guard

A popular PVC-u door edge guard range from leading door protection specialist Intastop is now offering even greater choice. Celebrating 25 years, the company continues to protect doors, people and places in this specialised field and now has a 10mm PVC-u door edge guard version added to its extensive range, the largest in the UK. The PVC-u 10mm door edge guard is fitted with intumescent fire and smoke seals which are vandal-resistant yet easy to replace making all Intastop PVC-u door edge guards ideal for maintaining fire integrity and door safety, an essential part of fire door safety maintenance in keeping people and buildings safe. 8 * ( 01302 364666

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Paints, Coatings & Finishes

Powdertech Corby keeps it real with Landscape Powdertech Corby has added more shades to its Landscape range – a collection of high-performance architectural polyester powder coatings with shades and textures reflecting those found in our natural surroundings. For the designers of the ‘Justice Court’ collection of retirement homes in Cromer, Norfolk, Landscape offered a perfect solution for coating the aluminium guttering and eves system, as well as the fascia on

the building. The design intention was that these aluminium elements should resemble the feature stone band running in contrast across the red brick of the building and become design statements in their own right.

“We tested a number of Landscape shades to find the closest match,” commented Richard Besant, Sales Director at Powdertech Corby. “‘Sandstone’ was a clear winner,” he continued. “Recent photographs of the building show how well this shade has worked – you could be forgiven for thinking that the architects have included guttering made of stone. We currently have over 40 shades and textures in the Landscape range.” 8

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Protect outdoor surfaces with TeknosPro’s Siloksan range Chocolate factory renovation project hits the sweet spot

The former Terry’s Chocolate factory in York has been transformed into a spectacular Chocolate Works Care Village with the help of Johnstone’s Trade’s high-performance products. Opening earlier this year, the £7m renovation was part of a wider multi-millionpound expansion programme by Springfield Healthcare. Johnstone’s Trade worked closely with decorating firm HEC to provide a range of high-performance coatings products that met the high-quality specification on the project. Johnstone’s Trade’s Covaplus Vinyl Matt and Acrylic Durable Matt were used on the walls and ceilings of the interior building to provide a durable finish, making it ideal for high traffic areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, hotels, hospitals and public buildings. 8 * ( 01924 354354


Perfect for reinforcing and protecting outdoor spaces, CEapproved Siloksan Façade is manufactured for use on concrete, plaster, lime-sand brick and mineral boards.The waterborne, full-matt silicone emulsion paint is permeable, both UV light and heat resistant and features water-repellent technology which prevents corrosion from acid gases. Siloksan Façade does not require a separate priming coat when used in conjunction with Siloksan Gel for the first coat. A waterborne gel containing polysiloxane, Siloksan Gel improves the water-repellent qualities of Siloksan Façade, preventing rain and splash water from seeping into surfaces. Perfect for use on wood and other surfaces that are required to ‘breathe’, Siloksan Gel enables water vapour from within exteriors to escape. * ( 01608 688925


Winter wood care made easy with Safeguard’s Roxil range

Wet weather – especially in winter – can be particularly harmful to outdoor wood because moisture impacts adversely on the dimensional and structural stability of timber: something preservatives cannot stop. Repeated swelling and drying of wood means it will eventually warp and even crack. New silicone emulsion technologies make this a thing of the past, with timber protection and ‘wood winterisation’ now made easy thanks to Roxil Wood Protection Cream from Safeguard Europe. Roxil Wood Protection Cream is a silicone cream emulsion used to invisibly treat absorbent wood with a single-coat application, protecting it from the effects of damp and moisture. * ( 01403 210204

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Building Elements Off-site education project handed over 17 weeks ahead of programme

The McAvoy Group has handed over the £20m Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy in Slough 17 weeks ahead of programme, allowing the school to benefit from earlier occupation.The project is one of the UK’s largest ever modular schools. It demonstrates a number of new innovations which contributed to its early completion and reduced the programme by around six months compared to site-based construction. Constructed by principal contractor McAvoy, the three-storey, 8750m2 building is an exemplar off-site education project which has a design inspired by the world-leading Harvard Business School.The use of a McAvoy off-site solution reduced the build programme to just 53 weeks and helped to address the issue of restricted access to the brownfield site. *

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De-bug timber with Safeguard’s destructive insect treatment guide Safeguard Europe has produced a superb guide on the problem of larval infestation of timber, how to accurately identify the cause and how to treat it.There are several species of ‘woodworm’ native to the UK, and it is important that anyone involved in building maintenance or refurbishment can recognise them. Safeguard’s Woodworm Identification and Treatment volume is packed with detailed colour photography on the likely species to be encountered in Britain – and through all their life stages. In addition to allowing the reader to identify woodworm, the guide covers how to check whether a woodworm infestation is still active or has died out, and how to treat minor infestations of common species effectively, and for the long term. * ( 01403 210204


Flexcrete coatings in a rainbow of colours Over 10,000m2 of external walls of a prominent office and manufacturing building in Taiwan have been coated in a rainbow of colours using an anti-carbonation coating manufactured by UK-based Flexcrete Technologies, part of the AkzoNobel group of companies.The reinforced concrete building, which is fittingly known as Rainbow House, is located in Neihu,Taipei. Flexcrete’s Monodex Ultra coating was specified for application to the external walls to protect and brighten the building’s outward appearance. A total of seven colours were produced in Monodex Ultra to BS RAL colours in shades of light grey, steel grey, red, mint green, peach, sage and sky blue. 8 * ( 01772 450950

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Offsite Solutions named in LSE’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Europe’

Offsite Solutions has been recognised as one of the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Europe.The report is a celebration of the most dynamic, high-growth businesses across Europe.To be included in this prestigious listing, companies need to show consistently strong revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their UK peers. Richard Tonkinson, Executive Director of Offsite Solutions, said:“This is the second year that Offsite Solutions has been identified as an ‘inspirational business’. 8 * ( 01278 780807


A new height-adjustable washbasin with enhanced features that assist hygiene control has been launched by Pressalit Care. Known as the Matrix M, Pressalit Care has developed new integrated power buttons for raising and lowering the basin and, to aid all-important hygiene control, has incorporated all plumbing into a discreet, concealed unit.The Matrix M also features Pressalit Care’s highly regarded grab handles at the front of the basin. Hygiene is a top priority with the Matrix M basin.The concealed plumbing aids hygiene control; the smooth curved lines of the bowl make cleaning easy and integrated handrails, as well as providing valuable support, have smooth lines and no hard-to-reach corners. * ( 0844 880 6950


Promat Glass delivers fire and acoustic solution for luxurious Trinity properties

A project to create a residential development in a Cheshire conservation area, which has given a new lease of life to a unused church, has demonstrated how Promat UK’s fire-resistant glass range represents the assured choice for developers. One of the building’s key features is the 3m-wide communal corridor. The 45mm glazing units provided by Promat UK were required to achieve strict acoustic and fire protection standards, in numerous shapes consistent with the Gothic-style windows. The solution was a sealed unit specification incorporating EI60 fire-rated insulated glass units. * ( 0800 588 4444

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