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January 11 Issue 11

Voice of the Industry Why good design is no accident

Design & Desire

Spotlight on the LABC Building Excellence Awards


A new twist on insulation at The Skewed House

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Front cover: The new Herbarium and Library Wing at Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens, designed by Edward Cullinan Architects Image © Simon Feneley

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ew Year, new start and all that. So, my new year’s resolutions are not holding up that well – the massive sort out of my office and desk and the ‘keeping it all organised’ for 2011 has already fallen by the wayside, I’m no thinner or fitter, and the number of wine bottles in the recycling bin hasn’t got any less. I’ve balloted the office though, and realised that I’m not the only one with wildly optimistic expectations! So, hmm, congratulations to Russia for the 2018 world cup, and surprisingly (to say the least) Qatar for 2022 competition. But what of FIFA’s famed ‘legacy’? I’m sure the construction of a dozen or so stadia will provide thousands of construction jobs, but I can’t see how they can be re-used to any community benefit afterwards. Qatar is 11,437km² (for comparison,Wales is 20,779 km²) and has a population of 800,000, of which 90% live in the capital Doha, leaving a heck of a lot of possibly under-utilised stadia dotted around the country afterwards! A lot of British top-flight clubs can accommodate 40,000 fans (and a World Cup stadium would need to do this) – ten of these would mean that at any given time 50% of Qatar’s population could be at the football! Sustainable? This is like south Wales (south Wales, not even all of Wales) getting the world cup, and although I’m slightly biased towards this country, I think that building twelve world-class football stadia in south Wales wouldn’t be the best of ideas - and don’t get me started on hotel room provision, a point on which FIFA express doubt with our bid…! Our Olympic preparations will be getting well underway this year though, and I think that’s going to give us a really good chance to show the world what a great constructive nation we are.

Wishing you a very happy 2011, Regards,

Juliet Davies Editor Future Constructor & Architect


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Voice of the Industry: James Fisher of Bilco on working at height, and why good design is no accident


Legal & Business: Equality and diversity is a business imperative, says Martineau’s Jane Byford


Profile: People buy from people, claims Jim McEwan, Business Development Director at the Armoury Group

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Roofing:The importance of understanding the differing ventilation needs of roof types


Paint and Coatings: An illuminating look at advances in paint technology


Drainage: Protecting homes in flood risk areas


Insulation: A new twist on insulation at The Skewed House

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Greenhouse: A new 5,000m² Herbarium and Library Wing at Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew provides a modern archive


Sustainability in Development:Workspace at the Grade II listed Great Central House in Marylebone Station gets a 21st century upgrade


Design & Desire:We feature five projects from the LABC Building Excellence Awards


n e im c e p s e n A fi A new 5,000m² Herbarium and Library Wing at Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, designed by Edward Cullinan Architects, provides a modern archive for vulnerable pieces of the existing collections and will allow for future acquisitions. FC&A are given a tour.

Fact File Architect: Edward Cullinan Architects Client: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Main Contractor: Willmott Dixon Consultants: Buro Happold Structural Engineers; David Bennett Associates; Atelier Ten Environmental and Services Engineers; Chris Blandford Associates Landscape Design Public Funding: DEFRA


he buildings are not part of Kew’s visitor attraction, but since 1853 they have housed a botanic library and dried plant specimens collected from all over the world.The priceless collections include over 7,000,000 specimens and also contain unpublished information on the exploration, discovery and investigation of the world’s plants and fungi, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition there are letters of botanists such as Sir Joseph Banks, George Bentham, Sir


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English grown Western Red Cedar has been used to clad the curving forms

William and Sir Joseph Hooker, and Charles Darwin.The new building was deemed vital for Kew if it is to retain its internationally pre-eminent position as the world’s leading centre for the study of plant diversity. Kew is a World Heritage Site and the design had to integrate with and enhance the setting for the existing listed building and protected trees near the banks of the Thames.The site plan drawing demonstrates how a circular set of rooms

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both connects to the old herbarium and is a compositional device, pivoting the orientation of the new archive vaults to align with the old boundary wall. The vaults required a massive concrete structure both for its strength and for thermal qualities as a cold store.The concrete is fair-face to high architectural standard; even the floor is a bare polished concrete topping.This hard environment allows few places for pest to harbour, like the Herbarium beetle, one of the key


Three materials are used to compose the exterior elevations; brick, cedar and pale bronze aluminium curtain wall

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threats to the collections.The building vaults are cooled by mechanical air handling system, however the energy is supplemented by a ground source heat pump to greatly minimize CO2 emissions. Design concept Three materials are used to compose the exterior elevations; brick, cedar and pale bronze aluminium curtain wall. A fiery red brick was chosen to clad the vaults, its colour being inspired both by Kew Palace and by the rubbed red bricks of the old Herbarium wing’s lintels and quoins.The brick walls are 9” deep with cavity construction behind them; this has allowed a Flemish bond to be used with a natural colour mortar and flush joints like the old Herbarium. An important concept of the design was that the brick cladding to archive continue on the interior of the buildings so one is always aware of the importance of the vaults.The red brick provides the only colour of the interior palette acting, as a foil to the cool concrete and white plastered walls. To enter the vaults, botanists walk along

an undulating western corridor where the deep curves allow for tables to lay specimens out for view in daylight. Once inside the vaults, another bay window has been provided on the eastern side of the building, again to allow the specimens to be laid out and viewed in daylight. From the bay windows, the three storey brick façade can be viewed in detail. Here another golden brick has been used, with a charcoal coloured special brick set in to provide a pattern of raised bosses supporting a cedar trellis.The brick details were devised to embellish the austere windowless walls of the archive vaults.

be as minimal as possible.The site, on the northern boundary of Kew Gardens, is extremely sensitive and the architectural response needed to consider several heritage and conservation restrictions.

Choosing a heavy concrete structure and leaving the surface exposed means that once it is cooled or heated to the desired temperature it takes less energy to maintain that temperature

English grown Western Red Cedar has been used to clad the curving forms which envelope all the offices, seminar, reception and reading room.The cedar will naturally silver over time and create an even more satisfying palette of materials complimenting the fiery brick of the vaults. Conservation restrictions The new wing, at 5,000m², is the largest wing of the Herbarium complex, yet its impact on the surrounding area was to

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Greenhouse Kew is a World Heritage Site and the design had to integrate with and enhance its setting

The building is mostly air-conditioned; only the top floor office and reception areas left naturally ventilated

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As the project was publicly funded by DEFRA, the design was to be BREEAM assessed. RBGKew required a minimum rating of ‘VERY GOOD’ - however the design team achieved an ‘EXCELLENT’ rating. Passive measures were taken with regards to configuring the building in a way that requires less energy to cool, heat and light.

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The cedar will naturally silver over time

Choosing a heavy concrete structure and leaving the surface exposed means that once it is cooled or heated to the desired temperature it takes less energy to maintain that temperature.This is critical for archive buildings where materials stored should not be subjected to sharp fluctuations in temperature and humidity. This heavy concrete structure is then wrapped in cladding systems with high levels of insulation, carefully detailed to mitigate air leakage though the building fabric. Natural ventilation Because of the constraints of the site, the building has long east and west elevation which are not ideal for good day lighting and solar gain.To overcome this, bay windows and slot windows were designed to control the light, with largest areas of glass face north or south with brise soleil shading. The building’s use as an archive requires control of temperature and humidity levels, it is mostly air-conditioned; only the top floor office and reception areas left naturally ventilated.To reduce the energy required to run the air conditioning system, a ground source cooling installation has been employed. Ground water is drawn at a constant temperature from deep boreholes and circulated through heat


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exchangers allowing less fossil fuel to be expended to achieve the required archive environment. The old Mycology building was demolished to make way for the new wing, however the demolition rubble was not carted off the site but crushed and used and subbase material under the foundations.The contractor also separated out building off cuts and waste in different skips to allow recycling of materials where possible. Reducing CO2 emissions Atelier Ten Engineers have made initial calculations on the performance of the building as constructed.The building can

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The brick walls are 9” deep with cavity construction behind them, allowing a Flemish bond to be used with a natural colour mortar and flush joints like the old Herbarium

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be monitored over the seasons of its first year in use and its lifetime through additional sub-metering that have been provided to measure performance. Initial calculations reveal that the building performs at a 23% improvement on 2006 target CO2 emissions at 11.95kg CO2/ m²/year. A key factor in achieving this is that the air leakage test results recorded a rate of 5.07m³/hr/m² at 50 Pascal, a 25% improvement on BREEAM target, and a 50% improvement on Building Regulations Part L requirement. Careful detailing and construction of the cladding systems account for this success.The ground source cooling installation will greatly reduces the CO2 emissions.

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Sustainability in Development

On the right track Over 100 years after its initial opening, office space at Marylebone station has been redesigned to meet the needs of twenty-first century business. FC&A take a look around these unusual workspaces.


rchitects Metropolitan Workshop have transformed the Grade II listed Great Central House in Marylebone Station, which sat unoccupied for 30 years. They were commissioned in 2007 to convert the five floor red brick building for ‘The Office Group’, who had seen the potential of this well located and characterful space to become part of their folio of contemporary serviced workspaces.

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The new lift and hallway lead to the first floor reception which is the hub of the business community

Marylebone Station and Great Central House were built in 1899 providing the London terminus to the Great Central Railway.The project, which sits in Dorset Square Conservation Area, provides 1,400m² of modern office environment and retains the original historic features. Metropolitan Workshop has worked closely with client and Westminster City Council to maximize the use of the former railway offices.

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A key design element was the introduction of bespoke ‘carriages’ within the very wide corridors

Fact File Project: Great Central House, Marylebone Station Architect: Metropolitan Workshop Client: The Office Group Main Contractor: Contrada Interiors The character of the railway building has not been forgotten, with an emphasis on bespoke fit out items such as the use of new ‘railway carriage’ meeting alcoves that take advantage of the existing wide corridors.These upholstered carriages offer quiet break out space from the open plan work areas and privacy for telephone conversations. The new lift and hallway lead to the first floor reception which is the hub of the business community. A previously unoccupied roof space has been cleverly adapted to provide a distinctive garret office.

The original cast-iron roof frames were retained throughout and provide a unique character


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The project was shortlisted for a BCO (British Council for Offices) 2010 Award.

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Upholstered carriages offer quiet break out space from the open plan work areas and privacy for telephone conversations

FC&A talks to Edward Rhodes, Associate at Metropolitan Workshop, about his work on Great Central House, Marylebone Station. Were there any difficulties regarding the listed status which impacted on your plans, and did your design have to allow for views to/of the existing structure? The building’s listing did impose some restrictions for the project, but as the architectural response to the space was intended to be a ‘light touch’ with the retention and restoration of as much of the fabric and interior finishes as possible, our proposals were supported by the local heritage officers. One intervention which we did obtain consent for, but that has yet to be realised, was the introduction of two folding, sliding meeting rooms for the Boardroom, the main heritage space. These are designed to be free-standing, not touching any of the Boardroom’s panelled interior, and at the same time able to be opened out to form combinations of open-to-closed meeting spaces.

What can you tell us about some of the methods used? One of the innovative methods employed in the refurbishment, was the contractor’s proposal to utilise a floor mounted access frame.This enabled the original sash windows to be removed, overhauled and re-fitted from within the building, rather than externally using scaffolding.This was obviously commercially efficient, but being above a mainline London railway station, also provided a safe and secure way of working, enabling the contract to run independently of the station’s operations. Were there any difficulties regarding removal of contaminated materials and how were these overcome? The site had remained empty for more than thirty years and had begun to fall into a state dereliction. Having been untouched and not in any way modernised, there was some asbestos on site, together with the affects of pigeon infestation.The extent and impact were identified by surveys and removed by specialist contractors at the outset of the works. And therefore didn’t

cause any difficulties to the main contract. Are there any structural features of note in the adaptation of the roof space? Additional ‘found’ space was discovered by crawling into a previously isolated roof space. Services and new rooflights had to be introduced to make the space usable, but structurally it required very little work. The original cast-iron roof frames were retained throughout and provide a unique character to these ‘found’ office spaces. What is your overall favourite feature? A key design element was the introduction of bespoke ‘carriages’ within the very wide corridors. A new wall was designed both to line and to provide a series of recessed spaces off a central corridor.This wall forms pockets to conceal fire doors, seating, telephone booths and two-person meeting ‘carriages’. These all respond well to the modern office environment and provide places for people to continue to work away from their desks.

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The greater the potential danger to workers in carrying out certain tasks, the greater is the requirement for employers to ensure their people are safe, well-equipped, and protected as much as possible against risks.

Working at height, especially on roofs and industrial buildings, can be a hazardous and sometimes dangerous business. The onus is on architects and designers to take all necessary steps to reduce the risk of serious injury to those working in challenging front-line activities, says James Fisher, general manager at Bilco UK.

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alls from height remain the most common cause of death in the workplace. In 2008/9 there were 35 fall-related fatalities and more than 4,600 major injuries. In addition, over 7,000 other injuries resulted in employees being off work for three days or more after falling from height. Many falls in the workplace involve ladders.The latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) indicate that incidents involving ladders account for more than 25% of all fall injuries. Sometimes this is due to misuse but often accidents are caused by or are related to the equipment being unfit for purpose. The continued use of lean-to ladders is a particular concern. HSE statistics for 2009 show that 10 of the 11 ladder-related deaths involved movable equipment which was also a significant factor in most of the 2,400 accidents that resulted in serious injuries.

Provisional HSE figures for 2009/10 indicate there were 65 deaths from accidents at work in the construction and manufacturing sectors alone with a ‘higher proportion’ of reported injuries due to factors including falls from height and falling objects. Construction workers and roofers are not the only people risking serious or fatal injuries by carrying out tasks at height. Building maintenance staff, security personnel, window cleaners, painters and decorators, among others, are also at risk. Often those risks could be reduced by the proper design of buildings and access systems to allow people to work safely at height. The good news is that the number of work-related falls from height has decreased in recent years.The willingness of employers to embrace HSE regulations that set out specific requirements for all types of work at height has been a major factor in the declining number of accidents

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Voice of the Industry James Fisher, general manager, Bilco UK

involving people working on roofs, ceilings, hatches, skylights, ladders and scaffolding. Credit is also due to those manufacturing companies that work in partnership with employers and regulatory bodies to provide appropriate equipment and machinery to improve safety standards. The greater the potential danger to workers in carrying out certain tasks, the greater is the requirement for employers to ensure their people are safe, wellequipped and protected as much as possible against risks. It is therefore important for architects, designers, and suppliers of equipment and machinery to understand the risks facing those working in challenging environments and make it easy to provide appropriate protection. HSE requirements stipulate that employers must do all that is reasonably practicable to prevent anyone from falling and state that: where possible, working at height should be avoided work equipment or other measures to prevent falls should be used when working at height is unavoidable work equipment or other measures should be used to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall should one occur The penalties for any company found guilty of deliberately flouting the rules and neglecting their responsibilities towards their workers’ safety will become more far more severe with the introduction of the new Health and Safety (Offences) Act.The range of offences for which an individual company owner can be held personally liable is being extended and the maximum penalty is to rise from £2,000 to £50,000 – a move welcomed by trade unions and legal representatives acting on behalf of injured workers. Companies can be prosecuted if they breach the Work at Height Regulations


Work equipment or other measures to prevent falls should be used when working at height is unavoidable

2005. Employers convicted of corporate manslaughter can expect fines of at least £100,000 and possibly closer to £500,000 depending on specific circumstances – and individual directors can be sent to prison. Building designers, architects and specifiers therefore have a vital role to play in ensuring there is safe access where maintenance personnel and window cleaners, among others, need to get on (and off) roofs. Hatches need to be appropriately sized and sited to enable people and equipment, where necessary, to be taken on and off roofs. Designers need to consider whether a ladder is a safe means of access, given how the hatch will be used, or whether the hatch should be designed to be accessible from stairs. Designers should also consider whether equipment can safely be manhandled through the hatch or whether a hoist or similar should be provided on the roof. Product selection is too often left with the contractor – and that can lead to a price-influenced solution rather than a safety-conscious option. Many issues need to be taken into account when selecting an appropriate roof access hatch, especially key performance factors including: what is the purpose of the hatch? can it be operated within the Manual Handling Regulations?

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can it withstand high winds? does the hatch provide adequate security? what about thermal and air leakage performance? Using lean-to ladders should be avoided at all costs. In addition to the 10 fatalities in 2009 involving movable ladders, a further 2,396 accidents resulted in either serious injury or health problems which forced those concerned to take more than three days off work. Significantly, only 183 accidents involved fixed ladders. For most businesses, the safety of employees at work has always been of paramount importance.There are, of course, always exceptions. But the introduction of much more punitive measures, with potentially substantial financial ramifications for those employers who continue to skirt round their responsibilities on safety, may serve to concentrate some people’s minds. Suppliers are driven by customer needs and in many instances their needs are determined by health and safety requirements. Instances of falls are declining.The goal must be to provide companies with the means to help them further reduce the risk to people’s safety and well-being at work.

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Drainage & Waste Water

Hauraton sail through stormy weather Neptune Developments, in conjunction with the North West Development Agency and Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council are determined to make New Brighton ‘the place to be’ on the Wirral. Hauraton are making sure the rain and seawater don’t corrode their investment.


t nearly £100 million, the project was split into two phases. Phase One has been completed with and extensive upgrade of the sea wall, promenade and redevelopment of seafront properties including the award winning Floral Pavilion and Conference Centre. Phase Two includes a new supermarket, water sports training centre, a new model boating lake, and a public lido and gymnasium. With such a massive property investment in the resort, it was essential the existing sea wall, promenade and associated drainage system were improved for both rainwater and sea water run-off during stormy weather. Corrosion resistant As the land along the promenade is contaminated with salt, and sea water would be entering any installed drainage system, all the components used had to be corrosion resistant. Only after an in-depth technical discussion between Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, Curtins Consultants, Bowmer & Kirkland, the main contractors and Matt Denniff, the Hauraton engineer, it became apparent the company’s RECYFIX® HICAP® high capacity surface water drainage channel was the most cost effective solution that would stand up to the harsh environment and meet all the specification requirements.


725 metres of RECYFIX® HICAP® 150 injection moulded channels were installed at the foot of the sea wall.The underground channel components are made from 100% recycled PolyethylenePolypropylene (PE-PP), and therefore not susceptible to corrosion.The integral ductile iron slot gratings on both channels and access points being treated with a corrosion resistant coating (KTL).This treatment is absorbed by the ductile iron allowing Hauraton to give a life time guarantee against rusting and so alleviating concerns raised by Curtins. As it was possible for large volumes of sand, either wind-blown or carried over the wall by rough seas, the Class F900, 14mm traffic mesh grate was chosen as it offered the best option. Flexibility in design A further 1024 metres of RECYFIX® HICAP® 150, 200 and 300 high capacity drainage channels with KTL treated Class D400 Pedestrian Heelsafe gratings are, or will be, installed in the other Phase One and Two sites. “With this project, our HICAP® system allowed the consulting engineers and contractor flexibility in design and installation, reducing the number of channel runs normally required to drain a given area,” observed Tim Connolly, Hauraton’s

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Director of Sales and Marketing. “What’s more, each channel installed weighed less than 25kg so eliminating the need for mechanical handling.To further reduce hassle on-site, end-of-run caps and pipe connection sockets are supplied with other connection points moulded into the sides and/or bottom of each channel”. These features together with the technical support provided by our engineer ensured the project was installed without hitch – much appreciated by the main contractor Bowmer & Kirkland and ground work company Churngold Limited”. Online Enquiry 007

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y d u t s a : t h g u a r d o n Mo g n i h c t a c in Wind Walworth Academy opened in 2007 and moved into its new building in January 2010, uniting the whole school on a single site for the first time; and Monodraught Windcatchers ensure the breath of fresh air continues!


he academy serves 180 students in each year, in six classes, and opened a sixth form in September 2010, so that Walworth students can continue their studies to age 18. A key resource of the new 1,200m² building is a double height multi-use school hall/auditorium and a full size sports hall. The latter, together with other facilities, provides an excellent resource for the local community as well as for Walworth students who, besides using the hall for physical exercise also used it for mental exercise when sitting school examinations. Ventilation elsewhere in the Academy is achieved with cross ventilation using opening windows. However, for the hall, which is designed for an occupancy level of 270 people, cross ventilation was not considered practical. Gifford, the engineering consultants on the new build project, therefore adopted a Monodraught natural ventilation strategy featuring six 1200mm circular Windcatcher natural ventilation systems. Harness the wind’s potential Monodraught Windcatchers are based on an innovative technology that can

eliminate the need for air conditioning and in turn, reduce the carbon emissions produced by burning fossil fuels.They are widely recognised as the most effective means of harnessing the wind’s potential as a renewable energy source by using wind pressure to cleanse and ventilate areas within buildings. And they are used extensively to provide natural ventilation in areas where cross ventilation and singlesided ventilation are not practical or as effective. Roof mounted and designed to operate with virtually no moving parts, Windcatchers use established atmospheric principles and the natural effects of the wind to bring fresh air into a building and extract stale warm air, using only natural forces. A downwash of cool air Dampers can precisely control airflow through Windcatchers dependent on the internal temperature and CO2 levels, and at night can be programmed to open fully, providing a downwash of cool air that leaves interiors feeling fresh and clean for the following morning, reducing energy costs and the academy’s carbon footprint. The Windcatchers in the sports hall are

Online Enquiry 011 fitted with motorised volume control dampers, linked to a Monodraught iNVent intelligent natural ventilation control system, which uses sensors to monitor the temperature and CO2 levels in the hall at all times.The natural ventilation strategy is also integrated with the hall’s high level radiant heating and the school’s building management system. “We have used Windcatcher natural ventilation systems on a number of projects,” director Philip Kite says, commenting for Gifford, “We know they work well in sports halls and provide a very cost effective solution.”

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! e h t a e r b d n …a The best quality products, the most imaginative building designs and the most progressive construction techniques can all be compromised through poor detailing and inadequate workmanship. Ged Ferris of Cembrit offers some advice on proper ventilation of roof spaces.


nsuring that a roof space is properly ventilated is an essential step when replacing or refurbishing a roof. Proper ventilation is vital in order to prevent the build up of condensation and related problems which result when a roof space is unable to ‘breathe’. Achieving the optimum level of ventilation, without aesthetic compromise requires good familiarity with current building regulations combined with excellent knowledge of current installation practices. There are many ways to ventilate a roof, and one method that has increased in popularity in recent years is by using a breather membrane, also called vapour permeable underlay. The invention of breathable underlay has certainly made life easier for many in the roofing and building trade. Convenience is often cited as a reason for their popularity (fit a breathable underlay when


installing your slates and tiles and you can forget about any other sort of roof ventilation).This common misconception has given rise to the belief that if you use a breathable underlay there is no need to ventilate a roof in the ‘normal’ way, as the underlay will take care of ventilation, right? Wrong! As with any product that makes life easier, its use has become so widespread that some of the finer installation details have been forgotten or overlooked. Adequate ventilation will always be important, especially when using tight fitting roof coverings. Traditional specification Breathable underlay is manufactured from either polypropylene or polyethelene. It is structured to allow it to perform two seemingly conflicting functions; prevent water from penetrating inwards, while at the same time allowing water vapour to diffuse outwards - as long as the membrane is correctly fitted. Correct fitting means that the membrane has to

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be completely sealed.The membranes are laid as overlapping sheets: each overlap has to be sealed and additionally any break caused by a penetrating pipe or cable will also have to be sealed.The gap between the membrane, any abutment walls, dormers and chimney breasts will also need to be sealed. If sealing of the membrane is not correctly undertaken too much water vapour can enter the batten void. The permeability of the underlay can reduce the need for passive roof space ventilation which is associated with the more traditional specification of reinforced bitumen underlays and proprietary air vents.This passive ventilation can take the form of openings at the eaves, ridge and plane of the roof.With more uneven and granular surfaced roof coverings gaps between the slates or tiles, can also be sufficiently ‘air open’ without the existence of an underlay, which was typical practise until the middle of the last century. Both


Correct installation is vital to ensure optimum performance

It is important to correctly ventilate fibre cement slates

With any tight fitting or interlocking roof system there will be a need to have additional ventilation between the batten void and the slates

can help to reduce the damaging risk of condensation build-up. Fortuitous ventilation For example, the high humidity that can be generated in a loft space is a perfect breeding ground for mould, fungi, dust mites and other micro-organisms.This may aggravate respiratory problems such as asthma and allergies. Damp can also cause premature deterioration in wood timbers and insulation material, not to mention articles stored in the roof space. Despite this, roof ventilation is often inadequately or incorrectly installed. Perhaps the most important point is that fortuitous ventilation through the slate/tile joints and laps should not be solely relied upon to remove the risk of harmful condensation. In addition to this, Fibre cement slates are ‘tight fitting’ i.e. smooth and uniform and a roof finished in fibre cement slate will lack the passive ventilation achieved by more uneven

materials so the batten void will still require ventilation.This point is covered by the current British Standard on control of ventilation of buildings.Within the definition of BS 5250: 2002 fibre cement slates must be considered as a ‘tight fitting’ roof and consequently the roof space and/or batten cavity must always be ventilated regardless of the type of underlay used. Sections to of BS 5250: November 2002 give design guidance appropriate to particular roof constructions. A positive contribution Breather membranes have many advantages over traditional underlays as far as durability is concerned, and with certain roof coverings can probably speed up installation and possibly reduce the need for some ventilation accessories. When used with fibre-cement slates the roof must still be ventilated. Unfortunately, this is often over looked (and sometimes ignored), and the likely result is an ugly

looking roof slope with the possibility of significant remedial work, inconvenience and arguments about responsibility. It is worth reinforcing the point that with any tight fitting or interlocking roof system such as fibre cement slate there will be a need to have additional ventilation between the batten void and the slates. Failure to do so will result in the build up of moisture, even with a breathable underlay.The development of breathable underlay has contributed much that is positive to the building trade but their introduction has caused confusion over the need for roof ventilation. Nothing can beat expertise in any field and the BSI Codes of Practise, if followed by a competent and conscientious practitioner, should result in a problemfree construction and ongoing excellent performance.

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Paint & Coatings

Shedding some light The main role of decorative coatings in interior design has traditionally been as an integral part of creating a colour scheme, however, with new advances in paint technology, many decorative coatings now provide benefits beyond pure aesthetics. Alex Briggs, Brand Manager at Dulux Trade talks to FC&A about how paints and coatings can be used to fulfil the criteria of a design scheme.


ecent revisions to Part L of the Building Regulations mean that developers are now under more pressure to install and maintain fixtures and fittings that make reasonable provision for reducing the environmental impact of buildings. Specifying smaller windows is one way to do this. Coupled with the increased use of lower wattage light bulbs, this can reduce the amount of light in a room with a potentially dramatic visual impact.

natural light is often a key tool in creating an inviting design scheme.Therefore, with the latest Building Regulations in place, many specifiers are now looking at alternative options and exploring less conventional methods to make a room feel attractive and welcoming.

For commercial properties, lower light levels can pose a dilemma for architects, as

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Light-reflective technology better reflects both the natural and artificial light

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Windowless rooms present particular illumination problems

In addition, the use of light-reflective paint allows for the lights in a room to be switched on an average of 20 minutes later every day, all of which equates to turning off one in every five traditional 60W filament light bulbs. Optical brighteners The technology behind this product reduces the amount of light absorbed by a painted surface, reflecting more light back into the room. Incorporating optical brighteners, more reflective paint components and cleaner tinting recipes, the paint not only increases light reflection in the room, but also creates the impression of more space; a fantastic advantage when working with limited natural lighting. In comparison to traditional paints, the light-reflective paint absorbs an average of 50 per cent less light than conventional emulsion paint, boosting the luminance. This intensified luminance within a room which is particularly noticeable in corners - creates the impression of additional space. What’s more, light reflective paints are available in a range of colours and finishes, not just standard shades of white. The architectural design of hotels is a perfect example of how light can play an important role in creating a particular ambiance. One interesting example of a project where light-reflecting paint technology has been used as an integral


part of the design scheme is the niteniteTM hotel in Birmingham. No windows? No problem! The niteniteTM hotel offers chic but comfort-conscious interiors and a perfect location to explore the city. Most interestingly, the design of this hotel is unique, in that the bedrooms have no windows.When niteniteTM cityhotels was looking for a decorating solution suitable for use in all 104 bedrooms at its Birmingham hotel, the company turned to Dulux Trade to provide the perfect product for the job; its revolutionary Diamond Matt Light & Space paint.The Lumitec paint technology used in the product meant it was ideal for use in the windowless rooms of the niteniteTM hotel. With a high number of visitors using each bedroom, hotel walls are prone to marks, chips and dirt. Offering a tough and washable matt finish, with excellent durability and stain resistance, this paint range is an ideal decorating solution for this market. It increases the decorating maintenance lifecycle and provides long term cost benefits for the hotel. Delivering sustainable solutions In an increasingly demanding market, specifiers need to ensure that they are delivering sustainable solutions that do not compromise the overall impact of an

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internal design scheme, and there are now products on the market that have been specifically developed to meet architects’, and their customers’ needs.With many companies increasingly looking to reduce their carbon footprint, they are relying on suppliers to offer solutions that will help them improve their green credentials. It is therefore essential that specifiers are aware of the products and technologies that are available to them, and can share these with their customers.

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Design & Desire

l o r t n o Quality c Local authority building control is all about achieving excellence through building standards, technical innovation and sustainable designs, and the recent LABC Building ExcellenceAwards certainly reflect this. FC&A look at some of the winning entries.

Cityspace, Sunderland This £12m project, completed in September 2009, is the centrepiece of a masterplan to develop the City Campus of the University of Sunderland. Designed to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard the centre provides a dining area for 100, cafe, multipurpose space, six court sports hall and 70 station fitness area. A new space called ‘Citystudio’ utilises an innovative system of moveable wall panels to provide a central campus venue for a wide range of events including exhibitions, performances and seminars.


A high level of flexibility has been designedin to ensure that multiple activities can take place simultaneously providing maximum utilisation throughout the day and over the academic year.The sports reception has been positioned deeper into the building and in this way the wider diversity of facilities comes to the fore. A central, triple height space provides the focus for the building from which all of the amenities are clearly visible. One of the distinctive features designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects is the concrete and coloured

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oo many times the work of local authority building control goes unnoticed; feedback on a project during the design stage or during development is often not acknowledged because the collaborative approach results in no formal enforcement being carried out.The LABC believe this form of early guidance leads to a better working relationship with clients, ultimately resulting in the impressive work that is featured in their awards scheme.We’ve had to pick just five from a total of eleven awards, to see those we couldn’t feature please look at

Fact File Category: Best Commercial Building (Large) Architect: FaulknerBrowns Architects Contractor: Morgan Ashurst glass external façade which delivers real impact within the campus and conveys a culture of modern University life for students and staff alike. Standing on the site of an outdated Hall of Residence and Student Union centre, Cityspace is a University-run facility with a modern and diverse outlook focussed around fitness, social and cultural events.

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Ker Street, Devonport


orking with Devon & Cornwall Housing Association and Midas Homes, LHC is combining urban design, architecture and public realm design expertise to deliver a great place to live which is contemporary and yet informed by its historic context. When complete in 2013, the Ker Street area will be transformed. Run-down, council properties will be replaced with new homes to include houses with gardens, and new apartments. A much improved mix of market and affordable housing will positively address the area’s underlying physical and socio-economic make up. New high-quality public space will reconnect Ker Street – the main corridor route with views down to the Guildhall – to the rest of Devonport and the waterfront. Long term sustainability, safety, accessibility, flexibility and ‘future-proofing’ have been integral to the masterplanning and to the architectural design. Fact File Category: Best Technical Innovation Architect: LAPD Architects Contractor: R2 Building Services


his project incorporates a modern day Archimedes screw (originally invented over 2300 years ago), photovoltaic panels to generate electricity and ground source heat pump providing heating from energy in the river. Sustainable design is very much part of the practice’s philosophy when designing schemes for clients. For this conversion of a grade II-listed silk mill, Hallidays Developments has created a complete energy system with several innovative technologies complementing one another.

The project is being realised in two phases.The award-winning first phase comprises the redevelopment of the Bullring and buildings on the north side of Ker Street. Here the existing drab, grey blocks of flats have been replaced with a combination of 48 different-sized houses with gardens, apartments and 1254m² of office accommodation creating a mixed-use environment with day-long activity. In total the Ker Street project will deliver a total of 196 houses and apartments, with a tenure mix of approximately 42% affordable and 58% private ownership.

Fact File Category: Best Social/Affordable Housing Development Architect: LHC Architects Contractor: Midas Homes

Dandridge’s Mill, East Hanney, Oxfordshire

A Hydro Screw converts the weight of water in the neighbouring river into rotational energy. This, backed up by solar PV, is then used to run a state-of-the-art heat pump that harnesses heat energy from the bed of the river. An advanced insulation system makes sure that this energy is not dissipated without effect, and operates 25% more effectively than Building Regulation requirements, unheard of in a period property. Respond online or using free reader enquiry card


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The Neville Childhood Epilepsy Centre, Lingfield, Surrey Fact File Category: Best Community Building Architect: Lee Evans Partnership Contractor: Buxton Building Contractors


he form and layout of this bespoke building was generated by a genuine commitment to create an unrivalled research and medical centre within the environment of a school and college specifically for students with epilepsy and special needs, for use by this community and the wider fraternity. 1960’s legacy buildings have been extended and remodelled to house the specialist facilities which include post-surgery

Phases 4a and 5, Pentre Nicklaus Village


entre Nicklaus is a unique site affording spectacular views over the Loughor Estuary to the Gower Peninsular beyond. The design responds in the form of a


“New England” coastal village and the principle of “first floor living” allowed the housetype designs to maximise the stunning views. In the housetypes that form the edge of the development, the

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rehabilitation and teaching accommodation to supplement the residential medical assessment unit, as well as outpatient consultation rooms and a conference centre for paediatric epilepsy training.The spaces are designed for young people aged 6-19 years with a wide range of complex neurological conditions in addition to epilepsy, including Aspergers and autism as well as moderate to profound and multiple learning difficulties.

Fact File Category: Supreme Winner, and winner of Best Housing (Large Developer / Development) Architect: Powell Dobson Architects Contractor & Owner/ Developer: Machynys Homes Construction main living areas have large glazed walls that lead to south, south – west facing balconies and in all instances, the open plan interiors continue the contemporary, light, airy feel belonging to the minimal coastal aesthetic.Through the materials of white rendered walls and coloured timber boarding, and in its built form, the scheme aims to create a blend of the contemporary and the traditional, reflecting the coastal location. It was a conscious decision to use natural materials to blend with the stunning natural environment that surrounds the development. All aspects of the village belong to the same aesthetic – the landscape is coastal, using palm trees, natural grasses and timber groynes. Even the signage takes the form of words and numbers burnt into timber. It is truly an integrated design approach.



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Ted Todd opens a state of the art Design Centre Ted Todd Hardwood Floors have opened the UK’s first unique state of the art design centre at their premises in Warrington. Upon passing through the doors, the atmosphere is warm and friendly and offers visitors the exclusive opportunity to immerse themselves in an exquisite range of solid and engineered hardwood floors. The large centre, open seven days a week offers a non pressurised environment displaying the largest range of quality FSC hardwood flooring in the UK, a fully comprehensive design library with a range of inspirational images and story boards, meeting room, refreshment areas and interactive workbenches. Experienced professionals are readily available to offer both technical and educational information on all aspects of hardwood flooring and offer all the right ingredients to inspire the start of your design journey. The centre is the ideal venue for visitors to enjoy choosing a floor, it is not merely about a choice it is about involving visitors in the process from learning about the product and its origins, viewing and taking away samples to working with one of the Ted Todd team and creating your own floor design on the interactive work benches. The Ted Todd design centre is all about the experience and joy of picking a stunning hardwood floor which adds priceless beauty and value to your home and your lifestyle.

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Legal & Business

Amongst equals? Discrimination in the workplace still exists and is giving rise to more litigation than ever, despite 40 years of legislation to combat it. Jane Byford, Partner & Head of Employment at Martineau, explains why equality and diversity is a business imperative.


ctober saw implementation of the Equality Act 2010, which consolidated existing legislation and introduced new concepts with far-reaching effects.This comes at a time of changing demographics, an ageing population, a more ethnically and religiously diverse workforce, more people with disabilities in the workplace and an increasing number of women at work, many of them wishing to work part time.To maintain competitive advantage, employers must recruit and retain the best employees and attract a more diverse range of clients/customers. Diversity can no longer be regarded as a minority interest issue; it must be at the heart of every business. What changed? The Act harmonises, simplifies and strengthens the existing law, which had become complex and inconsistent. It brings together nine major pieces of legislation and around 100 statutory instruments. Protected characteristics are introduced, making it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. The main changes are: new concepts of disability-related and indirect disability discrimination have been introduced and employers are prohibited from making preemployment health enquiries unless done for certain prescribed reasons allowing the use of hypothetical comparators in direct gender pay


claims and making contractual pay secrecy clauses unenforceable removing the requirement for individuals to be under medical supervision before gaining gender reassignment protection and extending indirect discrimination to cover transsexuals providing protection to those who are perceived to have, or are associated with someone who has, a protected characteristic harmonising the definition of indirect discrimination across all protected characteristics removing the requirement for a comparator in victimisation claims, so it is only necessary to show that a detriment has been suffered extending protection from third party harassment to all protected characteristics permitting tribunals to make recommendations that benefit the wider workforce and not just the claimant Are further changes planned? The Equality Act passed into law in the last few days of the previous Labour Government and although the Coalition Government is broadly supportive of the Act, there are a number of its provisions which will be subject to further consultation and/or consideration, including: should certain public authorities consider socio-economic disadvantage when taking strategic decisions about how to exercise their functions and how best to implement the public sector single equality duty?

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Jane Byford, Partner & Head of Employment, Martineau

whether the definition of race should be extended to include caste whether to introduce the concept of combined discrimination based on the interaction of two protected characteristics, e.g., race and sex whether to allow employers to recruit or promote someone from an underrepresented group where they have a choice between two or more equally qualified candidates whether the requirement for large employers to report on their gender pay gap should only be enforced where an employer has already been found liable for discrimination the proposal to scrap the default retirement age of 65 from October 2011. If implemented, no new notices of intended retirement may be issued after 6 April 2011 What should business do now? Employers should review their policies and procedures to ensure they are compliant with the new laws. However, it’s unlikely that employers will need to think differently about discrimination, as the Act essentially consolidates existing law rather than recreating it. Employers should be aware of the changes and the fact that the publicity the Act has received means that employees may be more inclined to enforce their rights. However, the bottom line is that employers should continue to follow good employment practices, be inclusive, treat employees with dignity and make decisions based on merit and not preconceived stereotypes.

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Taken at the flood The underground structure can be used as either a temporary storage tank or a soakaway


he developments, aimed at providing housing for the local community, are both situated on the former site of the old Filands School in Malmesbury. Although not located in an area particularly vulnerable to flooding, the sites had a requirement for an effective attenuation system to keep the stormwater flows to the existing levels prior to re-development and not create any additional flood risk.

Intesio would deliver a reliable and robust attenuation solution.”

As a proven solution for larger attenuation schemes in residential areas that are subject to high levels of above-ground traffic, Intesio’s AquaCell Core system provided the design flexibility required for this £13 million site development.

The Intesio solution centred on the AquaCell system, which allowed for lateral flow and a direct connection to the assembled storage tanks. BBA approved and able to meet all the technical requirements of the NHBC, the modular nature of the AquaCell Core units released valuable ground space to the developer by offering a smaller footprint compensated by extra depth whilst still achieving the optimum storage capacity. In total, installation firm, Aquatek (now trading as Charcon Aquatek), installed 5,000 units of AquaCell Core with a storage volume of 584m3 in just three days.

“We needed to ensure this former brownfield site adhered to planning regulations in terms of the agreed stormwater flow rate,” said Gary Male from Persimmon Homes. “We used AquaCell Core to reduce the size of an existing balancing pond, which when combined with Wavin’s drainage, soil and waste and rainwater systems, offered a complete solution which met the needs of the development.We were confident that

“Working closely with Persimmon Homes and Charles Church, plus sub-contractor Galtec, the tank was installed with a fully welded membrane by a four man team in a short space of time, saving the development time and costs associated with plant excavation and spoil removal,” explained Aquatek Managing Director, Dave Fozzard. “Seam welds were tested and inspected by Wessex Water in accordance with Wessex Water’s adoptable tank

New developments have to conform to much legislation regarding rainwater run-off and storm water control, to limit any sudden increase of flow to existing drainage. FC&A look a customised flood-risk management solution for two new developments in Wiltshire, provided by Intesio from Wavin, for Persimmon Homes and Charles Church. Approximately 650m3 of clay was excavated to install the attenuation tanks

specification.This system will provide optimum functionality over a long period of time.” Groundworks and Civil Engineering sub-contractors, Galtec, excavated approximately 650m3 of clay using a specialist 20 tonne excavator, to enable Aquatek to undertake the installation of the attenuation tanks.

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Drainage The modular nature releases valuable ground space by offering a smaller footprint compensated by extra depth

PROJECT TEAM: Adoption: Wessex Water Agreement: Persimmon / Charles Church Acceptance: Wilshire CC Specificers: Cole Easdon Consultants (Consultant Engineers) Merchants: Keyline Installation: Aquatek Ground worker: Galtec Of the excavated clay, about 425m3 was then removed from site and taken to a licensed landfill site, whilst the remaining 225m3 was transported by 10 tonne dumpers to a designated storage area, before being re-used as backfill once the installation of the tank was complete.

The optimum solutions provided by the Intesio brand on site also included the installation of not only AquaCell Core, but also Wavin’s silt traps, clay and plasic drainage, soil, waste and rainwater systems to ensure an overall solution for drainage across the developments.

“The suitability of the land for AquaCell Core was agreed between the developers, their designers and Wessex Water at a very early stage of planning,” explained Galtec Contracts Manager, Rory Sweeney. “This project was successful due to the collaborative working between all organisations to achieve a common aim.”

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What goes up… Clearing the way for construction of the new Library of Birmingham located in Centenary Square

Jim McEwan, Business Development Director, Armoury Group

What was your first job, and when did you join the industry you are currently in? I suppose I consider my first job was as an assistant architect with Frank Burnet, Bell & Partners, as it was then, a position I held whilst studying architecture at Strathclyde University. I spent every spare moment when not studying surveying buildings and preparing building control drawings on the fledgling AutoCAD system. Although I have always been in the construction sector, I transitioned from putting buildings up to taking them down in the early noughties, when I was head-hunted for a business development director’s role with a large national demolition contractor. Did you have plans to achieve this, or was it a series of events? Obviously you don’t choose to study architecture on a whim; I think it’s either a lifelong ambition or it’s not. So I always had plans to be part of the construction sector, which as a proud Scotsman, I belive is part of our DNA. Over time in the sector, I realised that I actually had more interest in


Fact File Name: Jim McEwan Town of residence: Sheffield Position/Company: Business Development Director, Armoury Group the process of business, than in the actual detail of construction. I have always been a ‘people’ person and although it’s a cliche to say it, I still believe, ‘people buy from people’. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how good you are if you don’t have the necessary people skills and understand the art of negotiation, you won’t be a success, reagrdless of the sector you work in. I know a huge number of people in the sector and I like to think I get on well with most if not all of them. I have always worked in businesses that understand a client’s needs and try hard to deliver value and my current position is no different; people know they can trust me and the company I work for, so it’s not luck but careful selection on my part. What has happened along the way that helps you in your position today? I’m always grateful to Balfour Beatty, who employed me in my first business development role, more than 10 years ago. They recognised that my communication

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A significant contract to demolish an ageing campus at Sheffield Hallam University, part of their ongoing redevelopment scheme

and relationship skills were probably better than my abilities as an architect at the time. I recently undertook an MSc in Project & Construction Marketing at Sheffield Hallam University and firmly believe education is a continuous process; the day you think you know it all, is the day you should think about retiring. However, I also believe that on-thejob training is the best way to learn anything, regardless of whether you are a board director or an apprentice just beginning your career. I was fortunate to meet Armoury’s managing director, Tony McClean, in 2009 and discovered we shared a vision for the future of the demolition industry, based on technological advancement and sustainability – so I suppose that was a chance meeting that helped my career and everyone needs a bit of luck to succeed. Do you think that industry newcomers will have the same opportunities as you had? The economic problems that have beset

Profile the construction sector will have a knock-on effect beyond the direct lack of spending on projects. Firstly, the sector doesn’t look a terribly attractive proposition for any young person looking to build a career, particularly given the pay scales relative to other industries. Secondly, the imposition of higher tuition fees is expected to reduce the number of students applying to university, which must limit the number of new architects, and given the pre-eminent position of British architects that can only be bad for the sector and the UK. However, as I said before, architecture is a calling and not a choice made lightly, so I hope we will see less fallout from the changes to the education system than other sectors. How much has your industry changed since you have been involved – and have you caused any of these changes? The demolition idustry has changed quite dramatically from the common perception of wrecking balls, flying debris and huge piles of rubble lying on sites for long periods. Demolition has become far more precise; a common analogy sees its development following that of surgical techniques, which has improved from wholesale limb removal to keyhole surgery with the prospect of robots undertaking the next generation of surgical tehniques. I guess we got there first with the robots as we have used them for years and they continue to make our operations safer and more efficient. Sustainability has also been a key driver to changes in the industry, with a commitment on our part as a company to recycle everything we demolish.We are currently running at 96% on our recycling and expect to reach 100% in the next 12-24 months. I’d like to claim credit for affecting these changes across the entire sector, but I can only claim credit for my part in efficiencies at Armoury. What advice do you wish you’d been given at 25 (or 35!)? Be memorable. Sometimes being nice and doing a good job isn’t enough. In a working life of 50 years or more you get to interact with probably more than 50,000 business people, so being remembered by just 10% of them will make your life so much easier; particularly if you undertake a business development role and hope to influence the buying decisions of a lot of people in the sector. Do you think advice can be given to people, or does everyone have to make their own mistakes? Advice is important, but people don’t have to take it. Often people take advice and apply it in their own way, when it is appropriate for them and I think that’s the best way to do it. If someone else already made the mistake and their advice helps you avoid making the same one, then great, take it – there’s enough opportunity in life to make your own mistakes without repeating other people’s. Where do you see yourself/your industry in five/ten years’ time? The economy and the sector will have recovered; changed for ever, but recovered. I hope still to be part of the operation here at Armoury Group. It’s a forward looking business, with great ambition to develop a national profile and that plays to my strengths and my desire to see the business grow. I’m still young enough to want growth and excitement over consolidation and stability; at least that’s what I tell myself every morning before each new client meeting.

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A new twist on insulation

The design certainly avoids the repetitive ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to housing


he Skewed House featured in an exciting vision of the future of UK housing at Scotland’s first ever Housing Expo last summer, and was selected to be one of the Expo’s 52 homes showcasing the latest concepts in natural and energy efficient housing.The Expo is intended to inspire forthcoming housing developments across the Highlands and the rest of the UK. Achieved through the manipulation of an offset roof ridgeline, the skewed design of the property was chosen for its capacity to create a more dynamic relationship between the interior and exterior, and to avoid the repetitive ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to housing. As a result, the


The Skewed House is a single storey property situated in Milton of Leys, Inverness, built as a result of Oliver Chapman Architects’ winning entry in the 2007 Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland competition. FC&A take a look at an extremely well-insulated structure.

internal volumes open up to the underside of the pitched roof and therefore avoid the monotony of uniform flat ceilings. Otherwise, the construction of the Skewed House is fairly conventional.The entire exterior of the timber frame property, including the roof, is finished in cedar shingles. So which characteristics of the Skewed House qualify it as an example of energy efficient, sustainable housing worthy of a plot in Scotland’s Housing Expo? In this case, it is the materials used to form the building envelope of the property that are predominantly responsible.The Skewed House is insulated using NBT’s natural

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woodfibre insulation systems, which, as well as being manufactured using wood waste from FSC certified sources, are also carbon negative i.e. they lock up more carbon than is used in their manufacture and delivery to site (approximately 1.2 tonnes of CO2 is locked up for every tonne of finished product used). In addition, at the end of its life the insulation materials can be recycled, used for thermal energy production or, as a last resort, composted; meaning none of it need be sent to landfill. Minimal thermal bridging Natural woodfibre insulation systems from Natural Building Technology (NBT) insulate the house, with the NBT Pavaclad system insulating its external walls and

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People Counting You Can Count On Pedestrian Footfall Pedestrian Flow Rates Crowd Density Analysis Queue Management Occupancy Management Crowd Management Studies Building Utilisation Monitoring Building Management System Integration Axiomatic has been at the forefront of people counting technology since 1994, helping to transform the way many organisations measure footfall, pedestrian flow rates and queuing behaviour, and make strategic decisions with regards to managing the occupancy of specific sites. Our strong academic links and supplier partnerships help bring innovations like queue counting and dwell time analysis to market. Our new web-based SQL reporting is a breakthrough in clear information display, making multi-site reporting easier than ever. We ensure we understand each client’s goals and challenges, then respond with a solution that cost-effectively gets results. With pressure on architects, building operators and facilities managers to minimise costs and optimise building use, a system to measure and help maximise efficient usage by staff and visitors can provide valuable information in space planning. We offer a range of solutions from basic beam counters to monitor footfall trends, to advanced thermal and video counters that can accurately monitor flow rates, queuing, crowd density and occupancy levels. Our technical team including software and hardware experts can quickly assess everything you need and get the right solution in place.

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Insulation and instead, condenses within the wall structure, it can lead to poor thermal performance, decay of the building fabric, and can create the ideal environment for the breeding of pathological organisms, such as moulds and dust mites.

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the Pavafloor system insulating its floor. Pavaclad woodfibre insulation system features Isolair woodfibre boards installed in a continuous layer over the building’s timber frame, with Pavaflex woodfibre batts as infill insulation between the studs and OSB boards, in conjunction with SIGA airtightness tapes, used on the internal face to provide racking strength and airtightness. Pavaflex woodfibre batts are also installed as infill insulation between the rafters of the roof. Exceptional airtightness and thermal insulation is achieved as a result of the woodfibre’s excellent thermal conductivity, and the properly installed systems’ capacity to form a highly efficient thermal shell, with minimal thermal bridging. Indeed, the use of NBT’s systems led to a considerable improvement in the thermal performance of the Skewed House compared to Building Standards’ requirements, with an improvement of 25% for the walls, 14% for the floors, and 42% for the roof.

effective ventilation systems in place, particularly as houses become more and more airtight, as they ensure good air quality and also regulate the humidity of the internal environment. However, even where ventilation systems are installed together with vapour barriers and sarking membranes, moisture may still get into the building fabric. Poor workmanship, service penetrations, replacement of windows and doors and building movement, as well as damage during the construction process, will reduce such barriers’ effectiveness and leave the structure vulnerable at some stage. If moisture is not effectively removed,

High vapour permeability NBT’s woodfibre insulation systems possess an additional, and fundamentally important, characteristic which enables them to avoid these problems; breathability. This means the woodfibre material has high vapour permeability, hygroscopic and capillary active properties which enable the absorption of excess moisture when required.Then, via capillary action, the woodfibre is able to return that moisture safely back into the outside atmosphere, or into the room as water vapour, when conditions allow.Thus, NBT’s woodfibre insulation systems provide the house with a ‘self-healing’, passive mechanism, by which it can regulate moisture levels within its structure. The Expo is now closed for public viewing whilst final construction work is carried out, but will be opened as a living community when that work is complete, at which time, the Skewed House will provide for its occupants a home that is not only sustainable and energy efficient, but also structurally sound and healthy. www.oliverchapmanarchitects. com

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edicated to providing integrated solutions, Hörmann design, engineer and produce a wide range of products that includes dock levellers, dock shelters, integrated control panels, warning light systems, fire doors, security doors and pre-cast concrete loading bay sections. This whole solution approach sets Hörmann apart and makes the company a true onestop-shop for their customers.With on site project management and service support that matches their class leading products, Hörmann deliver high quality, cost effective solutions for all applications. Working with architects, developers and builders from the planning stage is seen as a key element of the new product development process that has kept Hörmann at the forefront of the industry. A company philosophy of quality without compromise has established a strong reputation for high quality engineering. However, winning the prestigious Red Dot Design Awards for the sophisticated design of their ASR40 and ALR Vitraplan industrial doors demonstrates that high performance and functional engineering need not compromise aesthetic appeal. Adding value Designed to blend in with the glazed façades of many modern buildings, the frame construction of the ASR 40 features a fine uniform profile and invisible section


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seams to make it indistinguishable from the fixed elements of the facade.The design allows for more natural light and is ideal for showrooms or exhibition areas allowing an unimpeded view. The ALR Vitraplan is based on the frame of the ASR door but features flush-fitting, wide panel glazing.The door frame is completely hidden so visually nothing detracts from the glazed appearance currently available in grey and brown options as favoured by many current designs. For domestic properties the UK market is changing, and with the introduction of the Energy Performance Certificate, for all homes bought, sold or rented, thermal efficiency has become a key product feature. Space-saving, insulated, weathersealed, automatic sectional garage doors are already established as the standard across Europe and are now gaining popularity across the UK, as they add value to any home. Precision engineered The garage door, which can represent a significant proportion of the frontage, is still often overlooked when home improvements are considered but can radically improve appearance and add value. With up and over, roller and sectional garage doors available in a vast range of styles and colours Hörmann have the right door for every application.

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A range of matching entrance doors can also help to give any home a dramatic face-lift. As you would expect, the precision engineered entrance doors from Hörmann offer class leading thermal efficiency and high levels of security in a wide range of contemporary and classic designs. With the most extensive product range and highly flexible production processes, Hörmann are able to produce the doors you need that still benefit from the economies of scale you would expect from long production runs. With the capability to create one off designs and a desire to develop new products and solutions, Hörmann not only have the knowledge and expertise, but also the desire to add value to your project. Online Enquiry 025

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Instructions clearly understood with non-verbal method statements During an international customer satisfaction survey, Schöck discovered that due to the significant percentage of migrant workers being employed on construction sites throughout Europe, language difficulties were resulting in on-site communication problems affecting correct product installation procedures. As a leading specialist in the thermal break sector across Europe, Schöck naturally has a vested interest in maintaining high service levels and ensuring its Isokorb® range is installed as effectively and efficiently as possible. As a result, the company has developed an iF Product Design Award(1) winning package of method statements that are totally pictorially based and do not require any dialogue or written word. The instructions feature the character ‘Ebi’, who is the web mascot for Schöck throughout Europe and he carefully guides any user through the correct installation procedure on a step-by-step basis, using only simple graphics. The method statements, which are available for every product in the Schöck Isokorb® range, are now being used universally. Michael Currier, MD for Schöck Ltd comments: “The reaction has been really positive. This simple solution helps avoid basic installation errors and the efficiencies gained on so many sites can only be beneficial to both contractors and ourselves”. (!) The iF Product Design Award is conferred annually by the iF International Forum Design. Along with the red dot design award it is recognised as the most important international product design award, attracting more than 2,000 product entries from around 37 nations every year.

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Downsizing: from high-tech to low-tech The construction and thermal management of buildings still consumes the most energy, far exceeding manufacturing, air traffic or cars; Solarlux is working to ensure structures are more Co2mfort-able.


ontemporary architecture is called upon to provide answers, by producing intelligent designs which confront the challenges of the future; saving energy, reducing CO2 emissions and preserving resources. With a new-build office for its Dutch subsidiary at Nijverdal, Holland, Solarlux is already meeting these requirements with an innovative downsizing concept.The brief was to present new energy-saving perspectives while providing a link between the new building, the company’s corporate identity, and the company headquarters in Bissendorf, as well as reflecting the firm’s responsibility towards the environment. Architect Wolfgang Herich’s main design aims were energy efficiency, maximise independent energy supply and the use of as little technical climate control and artificial lighting as possible.The result is a development that expresses the company’s corporate identity and philosophy in stunning architecture style. The Co2mfort façade is the core element of the building.With it Solarlux has met the challenges of a future-proof office with an innovative concept, putting the focus of climate control firmly on the users. It’s an idea taken from the past – the double window. In the Solarlux project, the idea has been extrapolated to create a doubleskin façade by using the company’s own products to produce a future-proof result. The Co2mfort façade A thermally insulated façade of SL65

Online Enquiry 034 folding wood and glass doors, with a panel height of 3m, envelopes the office space. In turn this façade is encompassed by SL25 XXL frameless floor to ceiling slide-andturn-system which forms an uninsulated glazed shell.The double façade creates an accessible façade corridor on three sides. The primary function of the outer glass façade is to provide protection from the elements, while the inner façade is designed as a thermal barrier between indoors and outdoors. Both façades can be opened independently to varying degrees, allowing staff to determine their preferred ambient room temperature manually. The building has no need for a mechanical ventilation system. Options range from a completely closed façade to partial opening variations, to working “in the open air”.

The double folding façade aims to motivate users to interact with their premises.The opportunity for personal preferences, natural light, and the interrelation created with the world outside when the façade is open enhances employee well-being and has a positive influence on productivity. The Co2mfort façade concept ensures that the solar warmth generated between the two façades is used to heat the rooms in winter. In summer, excess heat is expelled by opening the outer façade. When it comes to thermal building management, this leading producer of folding glass doors has set the standard for sustainability and CO2 reduction with the development of its Solarlux Co2mfort façade.

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We’re not saying you’ll see all of these in every BBA Certificate but you’ll always see the results of a focused and rigorous evaluation of the product concerned and our judgement on its fitness for purpose. We inspect product manufacturing and set up a surveillance regime to ensure the product specification is maintained as long as the Certificate is valid. We look at sites where the product is installed, so we can see how it behaves in practice and we test in our UKAS accredited laboratories, or assess data from other qualified laboratories, to ensure that products we approve will perform satisfactorily. And that’s not all - manufacturers are subject to regular inspection audits and the Certificate is reviewed thoroughly every three years. We don’t leave anything out, so all you have to ask is:

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he breakthrough fire door system from Wrightstyle now offers designers internationally a range of entirely new and fully-glazed interior or exterior door options. Glazed fire doors that offer complete practicality coupled with absolute fire safety. Singles, doubles, rebated, unrebated The Wrightstyle unlatched doors, are available in single or double leaf format, fully glazed, using non-selective door leaf push/pull technology, offering a wide range of surface finishes including stainless steel. The double leaf door system is available in either rebated or un-rebated options, meaning that there does not have to be an overlap between the doors, this allows each door to be opened separately and simultaneously from either direction, and

is ideal for heavy traffic thoroughfares and busy corridors. Wide choice of accessories Adding further to the door aesthetics and practicality, options are available for the hinges and closer mechanisms, to be completely concealed within the framing system, offering a fully flush-faced door with no visible furniture.This entirely new concept in door fire safety significantly pushes the design envelope because, for the first time, it provides a technological solution for what has always been an interior design problem. Unlatched glazed fire door – problem solved Until now, interior fire doors in their closed position had to be manually opened with a handle and latch, providing a less than optimal solution in a busy working

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e k o p s e b r o f e l o r y Ke n o i t a r t s e fen The life of an iconic listed university building has been extended for future generations of students with innovative new window systems from Sapa playing a key part in the restoration.


enestration is the major component of the facade of the Arts Tower at Sheffield University, a Grade 2* listed building which has undergone a major refurbishment programme. Market leaders Sapa Building Systems were able to provide a bespoke system to meet the demands of English Heritage. “The entire building envelope was replaced by sliding windows from Sapa’s new Dualside Vertical Sliding Window range,” said Sapa’s Commercial Director, Jon Palethorpe. “The range is noted for its high weather rating which was an important part in the design brief.” A prime example of post war modernist architecture, the first phase of the project was the restoration of the Arts Tower façade, perhaps the most important element as the key requirement was to replicate the visual appearance in line with the original iconic post-modern architecture as well as improving thermal insulation and weather performance.The design brief issued by Main Contractor BAM Construction UK included 1,700 vertical sliding windows, fixed to the concrete structure and providing minimal


sightlines to make the most of dramatic views across the city from the upper floors. Extremely supportive Sapa Building Systems worked with building facades expert Parry Bowen. Sapa supplied their new Dualside Vertical Sliding Window, with the design teams from both Sapa and Parry Bowen working jointly on further developments to provide the client with a bespoke solution to the demands of this very exposed listed building. “We were given a very precise design brief, as to be expected when putting together a scheme on a Grade 2 listed building,” said Josh Bowen, Managing Director of Parry Bowen. “We had to closely replicate the sightlines of the original windows, provide beaded vertical sliding windows for easy glass replacement and meet high weather and thermal value performance. Sapa Dualslide met all those requirements and both Sapa’s and Parry Bowen’s design teams worked closely together to bespoke the standard window system, with new sections.We have always found Sapa to be extremely supportive when tackling complex contracts.

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Comprehensive testing A quality anodised finish and slim sight lines - essential for English Heritage’s requirements - were other supporting factors in the choice to use Sapa and a comprehensive testing programme on the windows proved the experts at Sapa had indeed come up trumps. Another key in the quality controls required was Sapa’s ability to design, extrude and anodize ‘inhouse’. Air permeability, water tightness and wind resistance tests all produced remarkable results for a window configuration that is normally susceptible to leaks and draughts. This is emphatically not the case with Dualslide. “The Sapa Dualslide window system has enabled us to bring an iconic 1960s building into the 21st century,” said Parry Bowen’s Project Manager Paul Casterton. “The integration of the Sapa window system with a number of bespoke extrusions has satisfied the requirement to match the original façade. More importantly, it also provides the required performance to comply with the latest building regulations.” Online Enquiry 037

Access Stannah: here to help by answering your questions With over 300 lift engineers out on the road making 227,000 site visits in one year Stannah get asked a lot of questions. ‘Lifts: your questions answered’ is a handy spiral-bound booklet that really does answer many of your questions about owning/ managing lifts, escalators and moving walkways. They’ve included up-to-date statutes and guidelines, information on refurbishment and improving energy efficiency of your existing lifts and, most importantly, how to ensure the safety of passengers and lifting equipment. And, of course, they have included a section outlining how they can help with all your servicing, repair and refurbishment requirements – not only for Stannah products but for products from all manufacturers, all over the UK. Request your copy of ‘Lifts: your questions answered’ now!

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Cemscape sets the tone! Form meets perfect function in a new agricultural building recently constructed on a farm in the Lake District. Featuring Cembrit’s Cemscape - the low sheen version of Cemsix fibre cement corrugated sheeting - the new building blends seamlessly into the rugged landscape thanks to careful choice of construction materials while adding valuable extra storage space for the farm. Cemscape is a standard six inch profile fibre cement corrugated sheet in a matt black finish. It is ideal for single skinned agricultural buildings as the sheets are rust proof, weatherproof and will not rot or decay. Online Enquiry 040

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Marley Eternit has unveiled “Rainscreen Cladding insulation solutions”, a comprehensive new guide that highlights the benefits of fibre cement cladding as an overclad and thermal insulation solution.The 20 Online Enquiry 041 page brochure provides invaluable information to specifiers looking to gain the benefits of a rear ventilated cladding solution on both existing and new build projects.The brochure provides details of Marley Eternit’s comprehensive cladding range including; Natura Pro, Natura Plus,Textura, Pictura, Operal, Cedral Weatherboard and a selection of fixing systems, and how these products have already been used in commercial, housing, education and healthcare applications.

A suite of technical guides into selecting and using STYROFOAM-A insulation in roofs, basements and floors is being made available online by Dow Building Solutions. STYROFOAMTM-A comes in a range of thicknesses and is lightweight yet robust with high strength and excellent moisture resistant properties. It can be used for roofs (ROOFMATETM-A), basements (PERIMATETM DI-A) and below concrete floor slabs to help prevent thermal bridging (FLOORMATETM-A). The new downloadable guides provide a detailed overview of the variety of STYROFOAM-A products available, advice on how to install them as well as stockist information.

Axter bring life to roof space There is more to roofing than just dead space, and Axter uses its expertise to design roofs that fulfil a valuable function, taking the form of an amenity for access, perhaps a biodiverse site to help retain rainwater and contribute to SUDS, or of a place to generate electricity. Axter offers solutions for all these aspects incorporating specially conceived and manufactured waterproofing membranes suitable for each application.Their extensive and intensive green roofs can be designed to help reduce urban temperatures and to gain a Surface Water Credit (SUR1) as detailed in the Code for Sustainable Homes. Online Enquiry 043


YBS SuperQuilt does the double Domestic properties can now achieve U-Values of 0.18 on internal roof applications utilising just two layers of a thin, flexible, itch-free, lightweight multifoil insulation membrane. SuperQuilt is the only multifoil capable of achieving this. Installation is simple, straightforward and requires no protective Online Enquiry 044 clothing or specialised tools. Agrément tests confirm these figures when installed with a 25mm air gap either side of each layer. Such an installation effectively deals with all forms of heat loss (conduction, convection and particularly, radiation) in one single lightweight, flexible blanket.

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PullnGrip: every tool box needs a pair PullnGrip Limited offer a new patented clamp which is a useful replacement for cable ties, hook and loop straps, G clamps and traditional bungee hook cords in many everyday situations. The PullnGrip™ Contractor’s Clamp is one of those ‘every tool box needs a pair’ type of items.They have a multitude of uses from strapping, holding, gripping, clamping, bundling, fixing, hitch, fasten, tie, clasp, secure, attach etc. Freeze Master Ltd claim that the clamps are a cross sector product and can be used not only as an extremely handy contractor’s device but also in the sports, home, garden and leisure marketplaces. It is therefore said to have ‘one million and one uses’. PullnGrip™ Contractor’s Clamps are tough and designed to be quick to fit and quick

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Intelli Heat: It’s Radiant! The next generation of bathroom heating has arrived… yes, yet again, Intelli Heat stretches the boundaries of energy efficient electric heating by introducing their stunning new range of stylish designer bathroom heaters, the Acanto and Helisea. Quite unlike anything you’ve seen before, these bathroom heaters not only act as towel warmers, they are primarily effective space heaters that ensure maximum comfort in any bathroom setting. The Acanto and Helisea incorporate new radiant technology that ensures minimal ecological impact, they diffuse a high level of heating but limit energy consumption. Heat is evenly distributed by irradiation, drying towels and ensuring the perfect temperature in a bathroom, just as would


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James Latham’s new dedicated flooring division opened its doors for business on 4th January 2011. The new ‘one-stop-shop’ will see Latham’s extensive range of solid and engineered wood flooring, as well as adhesives, screeds, underlays and liquid DPMs, all displayed under one roof. The impressive new showroom will be located at Latham’s Thurrock site, just minutes from the M25. Latham’s introduced a range of pre-finished wood flooring across all nine of its depots seven years ago which included its now well established and highly regarded Bausen brand, however, the business has evolved and grown to a point where a centralised and specialist division is now required.

Ancon can fix it Ancon TeploTie wall ties have been installed by Aston Homes on Devon Cottage, a new superinsulated detached dwelling in Cookham Dean, Berkshire.TeploTie forms part of Ancon’s low thermal conductivity wall tie range.These fixings improve the energy efficiency of masonry cavity walls by minimising thermal bridging.TeploTie is manufactured from basalt fibres and has a thermal conductivity of just 0.7W/mk.The walls comprise traditional brickwork, a 260mm full-fill cavity and 140mm wide blockwork.The property uses masonry walls and concrete floors to provide thermal mass which will help maintain stable room temperatures.The brick façade also blends with the surrounding conservation area. Online Enquiry 056

Steni UK is a winner! An anti-slip flooring system from Steni UK has won a place on the coveted Achilles roster of pre-qualified suppliers to the transport sector. Steni Antislip is a composite of glass fibre polyester resin and stone whose fine aggregate surface is over-bonded with clear resin to give a long-lasting anti-slip surface. Suitable for timber, metal and concrete, it can be installed easily on new and old ramps, steps, walkways, pontoons, Online Enquiry 058 bridges and deckings. Antislip has won the approval of Achilles, the organisation that works to identify, qualify, evaluate and monitor suppliers to continuously manage risk throughout the supply chain.

Conren launch new website Specialist resin manufacturers Conren Limited launch their new website in January 2011.The focus of the new website has been to improve the format to make it even easier to source the latest technical information on Conren’s wide range of resin coatings, screeds, waterproofing compounds, highways anti-skid and safety surfacing. Design of the new Online Enquiry 059 website has specifically taken into account the expanding use of Smart phones to quickly download and view datasheets and technical literature whilst on the move.The launch of the website coincides with a milestone year for Conren who celebrate 40 years of trading in 2011.


James Latham and HIMACS flying high James Latham and HI-MACS are enjoying a year of strong performance and high growth, with two months of record sales, a growing team (including new sales manager Steve Nock) and sights firmly set on new markets for the future.With June and September averaging an increase in sales of over 22% compared to the same period in 2009, the UK’s largest timber and panel products distributor is on course to hit the tough targets set for this year with HI-MACS becoming increasingly favoured by architects in search of design oriented, highly durable material. Online Enquiry 057

OSMO gets Tuff with Taylor 2071 One of the high performance flooring adhesives available from Osmo UK is Taylor 2071 Tuff-Lok Z-Link, a resin-based adhesive formulated for the installation of engineered wood flooring.Taylor 2071 is a suitable adhesive for all types of engineered wood flooring, including dry-back parquet, wood plank and acrylic impregnated plank. Solvent-free Taylor 2071 offers speedy installation with its non-slumping formula for easy trowelling. It is soluble when wet so an easy cleanup is assured: just use water to remove the adhesive (while still wet) and there will be no damage to the wood. Online Enquiry 060

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Garador: made to measure comes as standard Garador in Yeovil is the home of one of Europe’s most advanced production facilities for garage doors; its advanced technology produces a mass array of doors every day. One of the special features of the Yeovil facility of which MD Simon Hipgrave is particularly proud is the ability to be able to offer bespoke doors of all sizes. “A fundamental difference with our doors, compared with others, is that our technology allows us to build our panelled doors horizontally instead of vertically, this gives us much more scope and flexibility with made to measure doors without the need for unsightly make up pieces,” he explained. Anything is possible in terms of size of the Garador range of Georgian, Beaumont, Cathedral, Horizon and Carlton.The doors are available from 6ft 6in x 6ft 0in, right up to 16ft 4in wide by up to 8ft high, in increments of just 10mm. Garador is the only UK manufacturer able to offer this versatility and the service is proving extremely popular with its customers.

Online Enquiry 065 Simon added, “The demand for bespoke size doors is quite high, particularly for refurbishment projects. Our technology is set up so that this can be achieved with any compromise to the aesthetics of the door in ‘one-off’ sizes without interruption to the manufacture of standards sizes.” Although white is still the most popular colour, all of these Garador doors are available in brown, red, light blue, steel blue, green and black to offer even more choice to the customer.

‘A’ rating for REHAU REHAU has announced that its market leading REHAU Heritage vertical slider has been simulated and successfully tested to achieve an ‘A’ Window Energy Rating (WER) using standard components and without the need for thermal inserts.This enables fabricators and installers to meet the requirements of all those retail customers looking for an A rated supplier of vertical sliders, but who don’t want to compromise on authentic looking styling.The REHAU Heritage window has long been able to achieve a B or C rating in any sash combination, and can satisfy Part L of the Building Regulations with a U-Value of less than 1.6. Online Enquiry 066

Willmott Dixon bet on Kawneer Curtain walling, windows and doors from leading architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer are proving fundamental to the performance of Epsom racecourse’s new grandstand. According to Roberts Limbrick, architects for design and build contractor Willmott Dixon, the Kawneer products, including framing systems, “met all the requirements of the performance specification in terms of sizes, aesthetics, thermal performance and air tightness.” AA®100 dry-jointed curtain walling and 451PT thermal framing system were installed at all levels of the hospitality facilities, AA®601 integrated casement windows in multiple locations, patio doors to the second floor hospitality boxes, and series 350 severe-duty commercial entrance doors to main entrances and public spaces. Online Enquiry 067


Mumford & Wood are ahead of legislation Mumford & Wood, the specialist premium manufacturer of high performance timber windows, French doorsets and entrance doors can claim the exceptionally low U-value of 1.4W/m²k for single or double fully glazed doors in the iconic Conservation™ range of period-style products.This measurement is well within the new Part L Building Regulations, October 2010, specification which requires a minimum U-value of 1.8W/m²k for glazed and panelled timber doors. “This puts us ahead of current legislation,” says Owen Dare,Technical Manager, “and prepares us for the changes that will inevitably affect all manufacturers in the next round of Part L target reductions due in 2013.” Online Enquiry 068

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Doors, Windows & Façades Levolux beats a ‘sustainable’ drum Levolux have supplied a striking Solar Shading solution for the new, four storey £8m South Devon College University Centre.The top floor of the 2,300m² development offers spectacular views, particularly from the south facing curved drum section, which features 360° glazing and allows access onto a balcony. Levolux developed a custom shading solution for the building, with contrasting arrangements of fixed, horizontal Aerofoil Fins and Louvres that are integrated into the building’s facade. On the curved drum section of the building, Levolux installed its Infiniti® Fin system, comprising 400mm wide extruded aluminium Aerofoil Fins, with a matt silver powder coated finish. Online Enquiry 069

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A CPD seminar “Specifying industrial doors; what to look for” from Kaba Door Online Enquiry 070 Systems has recently been approved by RIBA.This informative presentation guides forward thinking architects through industrial door specification, with advice on correct application, the implications of legislation and energy efficiency directives and innovations in industrial door drives and controls. Seminars can be booked through RIBA or by calling Kaba direct.The Kaba website also features a CPD request form and details of other seminars available. Kaba Door Systems has over 80 years international experience in the design, manufacture and installation of a leading range of commercial and industrial door systems.

An all-new, high insulation window system from Reynaers, the CS104, will make its debut at EcoBuild.With a Uw value of 0.78 W/m²K for complete window frame, it meets and will be certified to the PassivHaus standards. Other new Reynaers products to feature will include the new sliding system CP130 and the innovative curtain walling system CW60 Solar that incorporates photovoltaic panels. All emphasise quality, comfort, security, sustainability and Online Enquiry 071 recyclability, key features of the entire Reynaers product range. Reynaers is a member of the ‘Secured by Design’ scheme; a range of the company’s products have been awarded the ‘Police Preferred Specification’ status.

GEZE UK helps educate Exeter GEZE UK is once again proving it’s a degree above the rest as several of its elegant door closers are installed at Exeter University. Select Architectural Ironmongery specified more than twenty of GEZE UK’s TS 3000 B surface mounted closers and a GEZE Boxer, an integrated cam action door closer, during the refurbishment of the 1950’s Senate Chamber.The prestigious refurbished doors at the chamber’s entrance needed to be both accessible and safe, so GEZE’s TS 550 double action closers were specified.TS550 floor springs, which fitted within the existing floor cut outs, minimised the impact of the installation. Online Enquiry 073

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A full array of Oventrop valves was used in the Rose Bowl building, at Leeds Business School, part of Leeds Metropolitan University. The building provides a state-of-the-art learning environment inside a five-storey signature glass building. M&E contractor, N G Bailey specified Oventrop valves for the cost and flexibility of the good, robust product range. A wide range of Oventrop valves was installed including TRVs and all those on the heating and chilled pipework systems, pump arrangements and strainers.The systems were based on active chilled beams to provide space conditioning through ventilation.

The Lancasters hinge on Simonswerk The restoration of the Lancasters, Bayswater, is due for completion in summer 2011.The French Renaissance style terrace houses date from the mid nineteenth century, and the 77 apartments include over 800 windows and 1650 doors. Combining lavish contemporary living with Victorian style requires classic design conscious architectural ironmongery with exceptional technical performance - the multi-award winning TECTUS door hinges from leading manufacturer SIMONSWERK. Over 1,500 TECTUS door hinges in a bright nickel plated finish have been supplied to this luxurious development adding to the already outstanding reputation SIMONSWERK UK have secured in the residential, leisure and commercial building sector. Online Enquiry 074

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Building Elements movemanSKG on top form! Thanks to movemanSKG, Cowbridge Comprehensive School in Wales can accommodate less able students, teachers, and visitors. Two Prestige platform lifts, added as part of a £21.5m development project, ensure classrooms and facilities are fully accessible to wheelchair users. Cowbridge Comprehensive has approximately 1,400 students and is one of the best-performing secondary schools in Wales, having achieved 94% A*-C at GCSE level in 2010. It used to be spread across three sites; the lower school in the south-west of Cowbridge town and the middle school/sixth form in the northeast.The development project, completed in September and funded largely by the Welsh Assembly Government/Vale of Glamorgan Council, amalgamates Cowbridge Comprehensive onto one site. Contractors refurbished four blocks and added a large new building, which features classrooms, science laboratories and a reception. movemanSKG’s lifts reside in two of the refurbished buildings. Both carry loads of 400kg and accommodate a wheelchair user plus an attendant.The first Prestige, located in the sixth form and IT block, has its own integral shaft and a standard 1100mm x 1500mm platform. It is a two stop unit with doors that resist intense heat for up to one hour, helping to maintain the building’s integrity in a fire. The second Prestige is in the school’s maths and humanities block.

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All on show with BuildStore Whether you’re building a retirement bungalow, a big house for a growing family, or a truly eco friendly home, all the advice, inspiration and knowledge you need is at the National Self Build & Renovation Show in Swindon 25th–27th February. With an exciting mix of experts, seminars, exhibitors, educational exhibits, life-size houses and audio tours, the show includes hands-on demonstrations, one-to-one consultations with leading industry experts and professionals, topical and informative presentations and seminars, and an opportunity to see and learn about the latest products, materials, and systems. Book free tickets via BuildStore’s website now. Online Enquiry 076

Step On Safety don’t slip up! Step On Safety Ltd., the anti-slip flooring specialists, introduce Timbergrip, a revolutionary anti-slip material for exterior timber decking. Timbergrip Decking Strips have been designed for retro-fit onto existing decking; their unique convex design ensures a low profile fit, reducing trips. A durable and effective angular quartz grit is applied to the top surface, which provides exception slip resistance in accordance with BS 7979 – 2. Additionally, Infil Strip Decking Strips are available for new build installation; simply cut your rebated timber decking to size, and then drop the anti-slip surface into place. Ideal for walkways, staircases, and access ramps. Online Enquiry 077


Ford Windows gain ‘Secured by Design’ Ford Windows is the latest specialist new build window fabricator to be granted Secured by Design status on its Eurologik 70 mm PVC-U Window System. The company has gained certification to BS7950: 1997 specification for enhanced security performance of casement and tilt/turn windows for domestic applications (BBA certificate number 05/4242 refers). Ford Windows offers casement, tilt & turn and vertical sliding windows, patio, French and bi-fold doors. It holds BBA (British Board of Agrement), BS Kitemark and SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) certification, in addition to becoming Secured By Design licence holders.

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Alpro: an open-andshut case! Alpro’s extensive product range encompasses electro-mechanical access control products and is complimented by a wide range of mechanical door furniture tailored to the Online Enquiry 079 commercial aluminium OEM marketplace.This market leading company offers concealed transom door closers (for use in DDA compliant systems), a wide and varied range of pull handles, keypads, electric bolts, a new range of electric strikes, and a complete range of narrow stile door locks, all held in their warehouse for next day delivery to the customer.The majority of these products are manufactured from recyclable materials such as aluminium.

Uni chooses Fendor’s fire glazing Building 85 within the campus of Southampton University is the new home for the Institute of Life Sciences. Core to the design was the use of sustainable and low maintenance materials, a category which included fire glazing systems from Fendor. Over 40 different fire glazing elements were required for the interior of the building, ranging from screens, doors and panels offering 30 minutes fire rating in the atrium to 60 minute fire rated doors and screens in the lift lobby.The Fireline range of fire resistant glazing meets all legislative and safety requirements for fire integrity and fire insulation. Online Enquiry 082

Flag-Soprema meets highest Online Enquiry 080 criteria The new £9.7m Bournville school consolidated the existing Infant and Junior Schools into one, doing away with buildings dating from the 1930s and 40s. Sustainability criteria required achievement of a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating, so Flag-Soprema worked closely alongside Approved Contractor Central Cladding Systems to secure specification of its Flagon TPO single ply membrane for the roof waterproofing. As the first TPO to achieve a BRE Green Guide A+ rating, a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, EPC B-Rating (with a score of 36) and a recycled content of 22% were achieved. FlagSoprema TPO liners all have a life expectancy in excess of 30 years.

Hörmann offer more for less Hörmann’s high performance RollMatic roller garage door is now even better value for money with an increased size range and significantly reduced prices.The class leading RollMatic has a barrel casing as standard to conform to all legislation, and features Hörmann’s patented tension spring technology.This ensures ease of operation and prevents the door closing suddenly, even when operated manually.The automatic operator has an integrated mechanical security kit with emergency release in the event of power failure.The RollMatic is one of a vast range of garage and entrance doors from Hörmann that can meet any design challenge. Online Enquiry 081

Helifix help rethink refurbishment Helifix structural repair products were used at the BRE’s landmark project, ‘Rethinking Housing Refurbishment’, which examined how housing renovation methods can be improved to provide sustainable, energy efficient homes fit for 21st century living.The scheme involved the transformation of a disused and dilapidated Victorian stable block into modern accommodation and visitor centre. Helifix installer Underpin & Makegood secured an unstable gable end wall, stitched cracks and restored structural integrity to failed masonry affected by ground movement. Helifix engineers designed the concealed repairs after being asked by the BRE to provide a reliable, nondisruptive, solution. Online Enquiry 083

Laidlaw sets new standards For the £30m Abbeywood Community School in Filton, Laidlaw Solutions worked with Alec French Architects and BAM Construction to schedule a highly complex doorset specification. The installation included a proximity system using Mifare smart card technology and a combination of online / offline control units. Battery powered electronic handle sets were also fitted to classrooms, offices and staff rooms throughout the school.The use of both online and offline control units lends itself to the way the school chooses to manage its security, online readers providing updates and system changes each time a card is presented.

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Building Elements Yorkon are on top Off-site construction specialist and Portakabin subsidiary Yorkon has completed the installation phase of a challenging project to expand facilities at Harrogate District Hospital by craning a new storey on to an existing ward building.The use of off-site construction is minimising any disruption to the hospital during the building project, will significantly

reduce the programme, and overcame the challenge of severely restricted access. Working over a weekend and using a 500-tonne crane,Yorkon installed the fullyfitted steel-framed modules in just two days without the need for decanting the building below. Online Enquiry 085

Glidden Trade Introducing KRION® Porcelanosa unveils new Acrylic KRION™ is the Solid Surface from Porcelanosa: it is very hard, compact, Eggshell nonporous and uniform throughout its Following a period of intensive product reformulation and investment, trade paint brand, Glidden Trade, has launched an enhanced version of its former Acrylic Eggshell. Glidden Trade Durable Acrylic Eggshell has been specifically designed to deliver Class C durability, a lower sheen and a flatter final finish. Developed with performance and value firmly in mind, Glidden Trade Durable Acrylic Eggshell is ideal for projects where budgets are limited, and delivers a washable and hard-wearing solution for high traffic areas. What’s more its fast recoating times support specifiers in meeting the strict timescales of new build or refurbishment projects. Online Enquiry 086

Technal publishes specifiers’ guide Architectural aluminium glazing specialist Technal has published a new guide to specifying MODAL, the UK’s first low rise façade system to achieve such a high level of security, performance and thermal efficiency as standard. MODAL uses a highly engineered and innovative modular framing system, which reduces work on site and gives specifiers the widest choice of configuration options currently available in the UK for low rise façades.This provides robust, stylish, secure and high performance glazing for applications such as schools and colleges, healthcare facilities and leisure projects. Online Enquiry 089


entire thickness. KRION™ is available in two versions; STONE and LUX. Each of these versions has been developed with different applications in mind.This is a new-generation material, with an exclusive composition that contains a high percentage of mineral fillers (ATH) with a low percentage of acrylic resins or polyester resins. KRION® LUX has a characteristic smooth, velvety finish and offers limitless possibilities thanks to its thermoforming and backlighting properties. Online Enquiry 087

Bathroom solutions from Taplanes Leading shower cubicle and bathroom pod manufacturer Taplanes Ltd provide pre-fabricated solutions to universities, schools, housing associations and several major hotel groups throughout the UK and Ireland.Taplanes pre-formed shower enclosures overcome the inherent problems associated with conventional bathroom areas, offering both one-piece and sectional designs.The sectional designs are primarily aimed towards the refurbishment sector allowing the units to be maneuvered into the most restrictive of locations with ease. All Taplanes products are provided with a considerable degree of flexibility. Size, shape and specification details can all be tailored to suit with full AutoCAD drawings provided as required. Online Enquiry 088

Foremans’ approach adds up Figures just released by Foremans Relocatable Building Systems, the UK’s largest supplier of recycled and refurbished modular buildings, have shown how its approach is delivering outstanding customer satisfaction. Foremans has successfully delivered 96% of its projects on time and 99% on budget in the last three years.With an average score of 91% for overall satisfaction, including both building and service quality, over the last two years, 100% of customers surveyed would recommend Foremans building solutions. A further endorsement of the Foremans’ approach is the fact that 80% of its business is from past customers. Online Enquiry 090

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Simpson StrongTie releases new software Simpson Strong-Tie has expanded its innovative software range to include ‘Connector Selector’, helping customers select the lowest Online Enquiry 091 cost connectors via the company website.The software is a free service and offers a comprehensive and up to date product list which allows customers to find the products most appropriate for their connection. ‘Connector Selector’ organises products by lowest installation cost, with a built-in ‘job list’ enabling users to track projects and print off a shopping list, whilst keeping a record of their preferred hangers.The programme also takes into account connector load adjustment factors, such as slopes, skews etc, along with specifying proper model numbers.

FAAC forge ahead FAAC approved installer Automatic Entry Systems has recently completed its largest sliding gate installation Online Enquiry 094 using a FAAC 844 three-phase operator, for the world’s largest independently owned forgemaster, Sheffield Forgemasters International, spanning an opening of 10m. Cost-effective and efficient, FAAC’s 844 range of sliding gate operators are the ideal solution for controlling gates in demanding applications. High level durability is achieved through an oil-bath lubrication system which reduces the wear of the mechanical components and ensures smooth running of the gate. Exceptional safety features, include a special twin-disk, anti-crushing clutch and adjustable torque settings to optimise the minimum force required to operate the gate.

Online Enquiry 092 The Cube in Birmingham has been unveiled. Featuring 20,000 Wicona unitised panels that form a dramatic, glistening façade, the project is the UK’s largest application of Wicona’s façade system. Designed by Make, the £100m 23-storey mixed-use scheme pushed the boundaries of design and construction. Wicona’s unitised curtain walling provides a geometric blend of projecting gold, silver and bronze anodised aluminium panels and glass. The panels have three different depths, casting a variety of shadows to add texture to the external façade. Internally, glazed unitised panels twist up through a central courtyard and ‘explode’ at the top, crowning the building.

No9 Studio: seeing is believing © Peter Dean No9 Studio UK are all about producing what the client wants, so they do not produce lines of products, just bespoke work. It really is as simple as that - if you can imagine it, they can make it, and at a surprisingly affordable price. Since they cater to all clients’ wishes, and are not restricted to mould shapes and sizes, they really can make what you Online Enquiry 093 want, and not what they have in store. Their motto is “If you can imagine it we can make it”, so contact them for a DVD now, seeing is believing!

Chris Connor joins Ringway Chris Connor has joined Ringway, in the role of Term Services Managing Director. Chris has a high profile in the highway service industry and has worked in senior roles in both the public and private sectors. His experience covers consulting, term contracting, integrated highway services and highway service direction as a strategic Client. “We are delighted to see Chris joining Ringway and bringing such a wealth of industry experience,” said Group Managing Director, Scott Wardrop. “Chris’s role will be to develop our businesses further, and allow us to capitalise on the opportunities that exist for outsourced infrastructure services in the coming years.”

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Regulations response from James Jones James Jones and Sons,Timber Systems Division’s, FSC accredited JJI-Joist™, has recently attained a new ETA from TRADA detailing its updated structural properties. New building regulations indicate most future homes will contain a heat exchange unit, requiring large duct holes to be incorporated into the floor scheme. In response, James Jones’ most recent addition to the JJI-Joist™ system’s portfolio is the Service Hole I-Joist, which enables larger MVHR services to be run through the joist web in locations otherwise not permitted in an I-Joist; making it more attractive to specifiers of commercial buildings that have increased service requirements. Online Enquiry 096 Respond online or using free reader enquiry card


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Balcony Systems are ahead of the curve! Stunning curved patio doors supplied and installed by Balcony Systems transform the appearance and enhance all-year round use of a swimming pool extension at a Hertfordshire home. Adding tremendous space and light, the doors have three sliding panels that allow Margaret and Andy Demetriou of Broxbourne to ‘bring the outside in’ during hot summer days. Panoramic views to the garden can be enjoyed when taking a dip or relaxing – whatever the weather.

glass area to enhance the view. Everyone who sees them is stunned by how beautiful they look,” says Margaret. “Once you’ve seen them, you don’t want flat glass!”

Curved glass was an essential part of the specification and the couple’s decision was firmly sealed after seeing another Balcony curved patio door installation at apartments in Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex. “The curved doors are wonderful; they’re so much prettier than conventional options and the smaller frame profiles leave more

Working with their builder, Balcony’s team completed the installation process smoothly and on time.The couple have since hosted visits from several potential purchasers of curved patio doors. Online Enquiry 097

Marigold extends poster campaign Hand protection expert Marigold® Industrial has extended its hand protection poster campaign following the overwhelming success of the original launch.The original poster campaign highlighted how not wearing the right gloves at work could have a significant impact on someone’s social and family life, encouraging glove wearing. Such was the success of the poster campaign however – with over 100 construction companies, including some of the biggest names in the industry, requesting the posters within a week of the launch – that Marigold® Industrial has produced three new generic hand protection posters to add to the existing ones. Online Enquiry 099

JSP: a fitting solution A new concept in combined eye and respiratory protection by JSP is proving an effective and inexpensive solution to the issue of silica dust, released by natural stone and many common building products such as concrete and brick. FilterSpec® combines a mask and disposable filter with safety spectacles or goggles in a way that allows respiratory and eye protection to work together with maximum effectiveness. FilterSpec®, and a goggle version called FilterSpec Pro® combine eye and respiratory protection in one integrated PPE unit. They satisfy HSE concerns, and eliminate the enduring problem of leaky masks, lens fogging and wearer discomfort. Online Enquiry 098

Dickies announce Worker of the Year Dickies is proud to announce that John Stone from Westerham in Kent has been crowned as the inaugural UK Worker of the Year.The workwear giant launched the feel-good initiative to recognise excellence in the British work force in April. At a gala awards ceremony on 29th October at Pinewood Film Studios, John was honoured for his work in helping save lives as a Fire Protection Engineer in Kent. John then made his choice from three brand new Renaults that were on offer as the main prize, choosing the Renault Grand Scenic over the Megane Hatchback and Trafic Van. Online Enquiry 100

IronmongeryDirect slashes prices in 2011 catalogue With over 1000 prices slashed and 400 new lines, the new IronmongeryDirect catalogue is available from 4th January 2011, with over 11,500 products kept in stock, ready for next day – as standard. Product lines include Biometric Finger Print Door Locks and the ERA Locca collection of remote control door locks, wordlock padlocks, telescopic window bars and a new range of stylish door hardware from Italian designers Manital.The customer service team at IronmongeryDirect are trained to Guild of Architectural Ironmongery (GAI) industry standards and can advise customers on the right products for the job as well as the latest building regulations. Online Enquiry 101


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