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Build Focus: Leisure Hong Kong welcomes Foster + Partners-designed Ocean Terminal extension

Greenhouse Torontonians’ daily commute brightened up with two vivid station designs from Will Alsop

Design & Desire Jean Nouvel’s extraordinary Louvre Abu Dhabi lights up the night sky on Saadiyat Island


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rain stations, airports and cruise terminals experience the highest level of footfall than any other public building.Trudged by commuters and sauntered by globetrotters, these central hubs are the fulcrum of travel in every town, city and capital; both for their architectural intrigue and, equally, for their utilitarian intent.The visual appeal of these structures is crucial to the infrastructure of all towns and cities across all quarters of the globe. Two recent public transit projects that boast compelling aesthetics have been welcomed by Canadians in the capital of the region of Ontario. Designed by British Architect,Will Alsop – whose architectural practice, aLL Design, is known all too well by Torontonians for its avant-garde designs – the Pioneer Village and Finch West stations comprise two of six new stations in the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension project.The two brightly-coloured, eye-catching edifices have been designed to inject a touch of “cheer” and “joy” into the daily commuter’s everyday routine, as Alsop explains:“I have to assume that on one of those really cold, miserable January mornings... there will be people down there travelling to a job that they’d probably rather not do.What I want them to feel is a little bit of cheer, a little bit of joy.” To read up more on the two recent additions to Toronto’s already impressive skyline, turn to page 12. Elsewhere in this month’s issue, we voyage across the North Pacific to Hong Kong where Foster + Partners has revealed the bustling region’s new gateway for thousands of cruise liner passengers. Sited opposite popular tourist hotspot,Victoria Harbour – which is known for its unrivalled views across Hong Kong’s remarkable skyline – Ocean Terminal in Harbour City has been designed as a form of cascading terraces on the water’s edge offering visitors outstanding 270° panoramas of the city. Flick to page 34 for a closer look at Hong Kong’s latest addition. I hope you enjoy this edition. Don’t forget you can also access all of the magazine’s features, product news and supplier information at your fingertips via Future Constructor & Architect’s state-of-the-art app.To download your version free of charge, simply search ‘fc&a’ on Google Play or the App store.

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Contents

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News 10 Industry Updates:

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

20 Voice of the Industry:

With the skills shortage hitting headlines and Brexit predicted to exacerbate the scarcity further, it’s imperative that construction companies begin to outsource.

24 Legal & Business:

With cyber attacks on the rise, many businesses are seeking certification to demonstrate their commitment to cybersecurity.

46 Surface Design Show Preview:

2018’s event boasts a packed programme of events and will launch with an opening night debate.

48 ARCHITECT@WORK Preview:

This year’s show focuses on light and its ornamental effects on architectural features.

Features 22 Technical Focus:

Here Andy Swift, National Sales Manager at ISO-CHEMIE, looks at how the latest technologies can enable fenestration specialists to take a holistic approach to energy rated windows with ‘smart’ foam sealing tapes.

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Portfolios 30 Building Envelope: RCI:

Having specified Firestone’s RubberGard EPDM on a previous scheme, developer JR Smart turned to the company once again when it came to the construction of a sevenstorey landmark commercial scheme in Cardiff.

34 Build Focus: Leisure: Boasting unrivalled views of Hong Kong’s major tourist attraction Victoria Harbour, Foster + Partner’s new cruise terminal extension has been designed as a form of cascading terraces.

38 Ceilings & Acoustics: Armstrong Ceilings has mirrored the external striking aesthetics of Scotland’s latest veterans centre through to the stunning interior in a ceiling solution that seamlessly marries impressive looks and outstanding acoustics.

40 Lighting & Electricals:

Zumtobel Group Services has been involved in one of the biggest projects in the lighting industry at Oslo Airport.

12 Greenhouse:

Will Alsop has brightened up the streets of Toronto with two vivid, striking train station designs to improve the daily commuter’s everyday trek.

16 Sustainability in Development:

Vietnamese-based firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects has built the Ting Xi Bamboo Pavilion. Situated in a suburban area, surrounded by a lush forest near the centre of Xiamen, the project has been constructed using bamboo due to its sustainable benefits.

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Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors to the public in November last year. A result of a cultural collaboration between two countries, the Louvre Abu Dhabi took inspiration from Arabic architecture and has been designed as a ‘museum city’ in the sea.

47 Product Showcase:

A dedicated focus of industry news, products and case studies to help architects and key decision makers make informed choices.

42 Floorcoverings:

Like many restaurateurs, Italian Chef Alessandro Borghese was in search of originality when specifying materials for his much-anticipated restaurant. Addressing both his aesthetic and functional requirements, Borghese opted for Neolith to create the ultimate dining environment.

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In Brief

More architects than ever pay their retention fee on time 38,783 architects paid their 2018 annual retention fee on time, which represents 97% of the register. The Architects Registration Board’s 2018 annual retention fee was due on 31st December 2017. As a regulated profession, architects are legally required to pay their retention fee of £107, held for the fourth year running. The fees collected from registrants cover the regulation of the profession in the public interest. The Architects Act 1997 requires ARB to hold an accurate register and so those who did not pay their fee on time have been removed under Section 8.2 of the legislation.

BSRIA launches its famous Blue Book 2018

The famous Blue Book contains invaluable industry information.This includes key contacts (including BSRIA North); conversion data; key performance indicators; market statistics; legislation and financial information. BSRIA’s services, training courses and current publications are also covered. Steve Sansom, BSRIA’s Information & Knowledge Manager, said:“This edition details all the services offered by BSRIA with key contacts of our experts.We have retained sections on building services, technical data and legislation and updated our Brexit material.”

dhf welcomes tougher Building Regulations

dhf (Door & Hardware Federation) has welcomed recommendations made in the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety’s Interim Report.“We fully support the proposals presented by this report, particularly pertaining to appropriate qualification of those responsible for manufacture, installation, repair and maintenance,” says dhf’s CEO, Bob Perry.“We have been actively lobbying for this and are pleased to work with other bodies in the industry to achieve this objective.”

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Breaking ground on UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, laid the foundations for the UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai on December 17th 2017.

The ceremony, also included the signing of the official agreement for the UAE’s participation in the expo, which was signed by His Excellency Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of the National Media Council (NMC) – the entity tasked with overseeing the construction and management of the UAE Pavilion at international expos – and Her Excellency Reem Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and DirectorGeneral of the Expo 2020 Office.

Ridgeon Group appoints Suzanne Britter as HR Director

Stephen George + Partners backs future growth

CAPD Complete Build Solutions brings in John Totty

The Ridgeon Group has appointed Suzanne Britter as HR Director. She joins the business following six years at Ladbroke Coral Group. Suzanne will develop Ridgeons’ brand reputation as an attractive employer, promoting the company’s long-standing reputation for providing a supportive, trusted and enterprising working environment for employees.

Stephen George + Partners is positioning itself for future geographic and sector growth with a series of internal promotions. Current Managing Partner, Michael Barker, will take up a new role as Senior Partner. James Nicholls will replace him as Managing Partner. Ian Yallop will take on a new role as Chairman, focusing on strategic development of the partnership.

Covering an area of 15,000m2, the UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is set to be ready by the end of 2019. H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority

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John Totty, who previously headed up Totty Construction, is the newest addition to the fast-growing team at Leedsbased CAPD Complete Build Solutions and will oversee business development. The family-run company was founded in 2011 and since then has established an impressive portfolio of work across both the residential and commercial sectors.


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In Brief Brooke Homes to bring complete three-storey house to ecobuild

The pavilion, designed by Santiago Calatrava, has the shape of a falcon in flight which symbolises the leadership and pride of the country.The design components reflect the values ​​ of openness, communication and tolerance, aligning with the main theme of the exhibition, which calls for international cooperation to improve the quality of life through sustainable development. For Santiago Calatrava, having the opportunity to participate in the design of the pavilion is “an honour, given that it constitutes a project of great global importance. We are convinced that once its construction is completed, it will become a symbol of the bold and daring spirit of the Emirates that will last over time”.

The pavilion covers an area of more than 15,000m2; it is made up of four floors with the top storey dedicated to hospitality with an area of 1717m2. Meanwhile, a 588m2 mezzanine floor will house support units, and the two remaining floors consist of more than 12,000m2 of exhibition space.The entire structure is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. The NMC approved the design submitted by Santiago Calatrava after a sevenmonth design competition, where nine international architecture firms submitted 11 different concepts. Entries were evaluated based on strict criteria, including the extent

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to which they successfully embodied the main theme of the expo, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, as well as their representation of UAE heritage, balancing the country’s past and future. Arabtec Construction (a subsidiary of Arabtec Holding) is building the pavilion; the company won the contract after competing against national and international companies. Arabtec Construction is a leader in the national and regional construction sectors, delivering mega-projects such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport and other landmark construction projects across the UAE.

think I was designing social housing, but just housing. Good London housing.’” - @ollywainwright

“Very sad to hear of the death yesterday of the wonderful Neave Brown. Architect of our estate and champion of social housing. Our thoughts are with his family” - @AA_Estate

“RIP Neave Brown. Social housing extraordinaire and creator of London’s beautiful Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate. May his legacy live on and plans to build sensitive, considered homes that benefit wellbeing continue” - @catsims

Futurebuild Events has announced details of the first in a series of exclusive full-scale builds that will be showcased at the event in March. A complete three-storey home constructed by Brooke Homes will form an integral part of the event’s Offsite District, which brings together the most innovative, exciting and inspiring brands in this rapidly developing sector. Offsite construction is a key focus for ecobuild 2018 and the build will offer attendees a unique opportunity to experience the full benefits of this revolutionary approach to house-building. The three-bedroom home can be completely constructed in just five weeks.

Timber reaches for the sky with new roof designs House-builders are urged to review their legacy roof designs as the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) committed to switching to building design standard Eurocode 5 on 1st January. By switching to Eurocode 5,TRA members will work with the most up-to-date codes and better software to give customers a quality service.TRA members will no longer be accepting work using British Standard designs and all existing designs must be phased out by 1st July 2018. Building Regulations only refer to Eurocodes and so, all newcomers to the trussed rafter industry are being trained to Eurocode 5.

Architecture’s £4.8bn contribution to UK economy at risk The RIBA is warning of the economic consequences of a bad or no deal Brexit for the architecture sector in a new report ‘Global Talent, Global Reach’.This new research shows that the UK’s world-leading architecture sector is particularly exposed to changes on the global stage because of its pre-eminent position as an exporter and its reliance on international talent. RIBA’s report reveals; the UK’s position as a global architectural hub, attracting the very best talent from across the EU and earning more from exports than any other EU nation, is at risk if access to European architects is cut off.

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A colourful commute for Torontonians British Architect Will Alsop’s practice, aLL Design, in collaboration with The Spadina Group Associates (TSGA) – a joint venture of IBI Group, LEA Consulting and WSP – has designed and completed two of six stations on the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) new TYSSE (Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension).

The bus station canopy – also corten steel – has a huge cantilevered roof, the surface of which is planted with meadow grasses, to create a ‘green roof’ and to provide shelter for waiting passengers

T The station will serve as an integrated regional transport hub serving up to 20,000 subway passenger trips daily, providing 1881 commuter parking spaces and two separate regional bus terminals

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he Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Project will provide a critical extension for the existing TTC subway system across the municipal boundary between the City of Toronto and the Regional Municipality of York. Pioneer Village Station straddles the border of York Region, beneath the intersection of Steeles Avenue West and Northwest Gate, anchoring a corner of York University Campus. The station will serve as an integrated regional transport hub serving up to 20,000 subway passenger trips daily, providing 1881 commuter parking spaces and two separate regional bus terminals. The location is otherwise underdeveloped and it is intended that the station entrances and bus terminals will create a public focal point that will serve the future development of the surrounding area, beginning with Steeles Avenue West.


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The subway station’s entrances were designed as a pair of sculptural structures; their height exceeding that necessary, to increase their visibility

Pioneer Village station straddles the border of York Region, beneath the intersection of Steeles Avenue West and Northwest Gate

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The subway station’s entrances were designed as a pair of sculptural structures; their height exceeding that necessary, to increase their visibility – “We learn a lot from cathedrals,” commented Will Alsop. Rendered in weathering steel, these two structures mirror each other in shape and scale. The bus station canopy – also corten steel – has a huge cantilevered roof, the surface of which is planted with meadow grasses to create a ‘green roof’ and to provide shelter for waiting passengers. Both Pioneer Village station and Finch West station comprise beautifully executed concrete work – in Pioneer Village the interior walls are faceted, highly-polished concrete and the supporting columns along the length of the platforms are angled and ovoid in section.

‘LightSpell’, designed by realities:united, Berlin, is a ‘super-sculpture’; a hybrid between art and the lighting of the subway station. The interactive installation consists of a suspended array of 40 light elements that run along the ceiling throughout the station. Each element produces the alphabet; special characters and numerals, enabling passengers to send messages that appear on the display. The debate on censorship of this installation is ongoing. Pioneer Village station incorporates the following environmental initiatives: Cool roofs and green roofs Increased daylight levels to reduce electric lighting power usage LED lighting in pylon signs, and energyefficient lighting in illuminated wayfinding signage to reduce power consumption

Water-efficient plumbing fixtures Energy-efficient HVAC system Reduced stormwater runoff into the municipal drainage system by utilising green roof landscaping and soft landscaping areas adjacent to other building runoff areas Short-term bicycle parking spaces Landscaping with native and droughttolerant species. Finch West station is located at the intersection of Keele Street and Finch Avenue West.The hydro corridor to the north of the station accommodates commuter parking for 347 vehicles, passenger pick-up and drop-off with associated access roads from Keele Street. Bruce McLean, Alsop’s long-term collaborator, was appointed as the artist for the station, and in this particular case, the art is totally integrated into the architecture of this structure.

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Rendered in weathering steel, the two structures mirror each other in shape and scale

McLean was inspired by ancient architecture – the external columns at Finch West refer to Greek caryatids and those supporting the underground roof were influenced by 6000-year-old Minorcan pillars that would have supported underground houses.The sculptural concrete forms are integrated with the supporting columns of the substation and entrance buildings, the bus canopy and doubleheight columns. Every visible aspect of the public space of this project aims to blend the boundaries between art and architecture.

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Of both Pioneer Village and Finch West stations, Alsop said:“I have to assume that on one of those really cold, miserable January mornings... there will be people down there travelling to a job that they’d probably rather not do.What I want them to feel is a little bit of cheer, a little bit of joy.”

Both Pioneer Village station and Finch West station comprise beautifully executed concrete work

Finch West Station incorporates: Cool roof and green roof Increased daylight levels to reduce electric lighting power usage Energy-efficient HVAC system Reduced stormwater runoff into the municipal drainage system by utilising green roof and soft landscaping areas adjacent to other building runoff areas 100 secure and 13 short-term bicycle parking spaces Landscape design with native and droughttolerant species Integrated public art Barrier-free with one fully-accessible entrance Maximising height and volume of station.

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Design & Desire Regional showpiece in Azerbaijan hosts the nation’s cultural programs

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The spatial structure is quite simple and consists of two main components: the first being a bamboo building and the second being a back of house area

Going for green Designed by Vietnamese-based firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Ting Xi Bamboo Pavilion is situated in a suburban area, surrounded by a lush forest near the centre of Xiamen – a beautiful coastal city in China. The functional requirements primarily consist of a restaurant and a cafe lounge with 200 seats. In addition to this, the internal space is designed to be a flexible space that can host many different types of events.

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span between them and is 14m in length from the edge of the eaves on one side to the other. The back of house space contains service functions such as a WC, kitchen, staff room and storage. All of these programmes are contained within a shallow pond that surrounds the building. The 14 columns give form to the bamboo building as they dynamically fan out in four directions from their base and as a result become impressively thick, forming a void inside.

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amboo is the green material of the 21st century due to its excellent CO2 absorbability and rapid growing ability, as well as its characteristic mechanical strength and extreme light weight, which is competitive with other structural materials. The spatial structure is quite simple and consists of two main components: the first being a bamboo building and the second being a back of house area. The bamboo building contains 14 columns with an 8m

Fact File Location: Xiamen, China Site area: 1150m2 GFA: 480m2 Design firm: VTN architects (Vo Trong Nghia Architects) Principal architect: Vo Trong Nghia Project architects: Hidetoshi Sawa, Le Phuong Uyen, Nguyen Van Thien Client: XIAMEN JUN HAO REAL ESTATE DEVELOP CO Bamboo contractor: VTN architects (Vo Trong Nghia Architects).


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Bamboo is the green material of the 21st century due to its excellent CO2 absorbability and rapid growing ability

The bamboo building contains 14 columns with an 8m span between them and is 14m in length from the edge of the eaves on one side to the other

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Since the interior space is required to be air conditioned, a major challenge was keeping the inherently permeable bamboo structure airtight. The architects solved this by installing arch-shaped glass panels between the columns and the walls. Also, partition walls composed of bamboo layers, rubber sheets and a thatch finishing were placed within the columns to make them airtight also. The gabled roof, which has a maximum height of 6.4m, allows natural light to permeate inside and provides a pleasant atmosphere to this dynamic room. The gently curved interior form allows people to experience the layered frame structures, which further the user perception of the depth of the space. The service area, located adjacent to the bamboo building, is compactly designed so that it sits below the bamboo building’s eaves yet still meets the minimum functional requirements in the design’s plan. The bamboo has been treated with a traditional Vietnamese method in order to naturally reach the high-quality and longterm durability that the project demands. This type of treatment can last from 30 up to 50 years. This natural treatment also contributes to the architect’s sustainable design approach of the project. By using vernacular bricks of the region, the new building will integrate itself well within its context and harmonise with its surroundings.

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If recyclable waste gets contaminated and disposed of at landfill, the contractor is likely to incur landfill tax and extra disposal charges

Beat the skills shortage – save time with outsourced waste management

Takeaways Brexit has sharpened concerns that the construction skills shortage may deepen, with RICS estimating 8% of jobs could be at risk Waste management involves a shifting regulatory landscape and complex practical challenges, that place severe demands on contractors Outsourcing waste management is an effective way to save time, get a great service and beat the construction skills shortage.

Uncertainty around the status of EU workers after Brexit has sharpened concerns about the construction skills shortage in Britain. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) estimates that the industry could potentially lose up to 176,000 jobs, or 8% of its workforce, depending on the details of any deal that the UK Government negotiates with Brussels. Waste management – a he situation is worrying because specialised responsibility there is mounting evidence that

Outsourcing waste management will ensure that a business has a specialist, professional partner that takes care of each part of the process, from planning and procuring equipment to monitoring and disposing of waste. Outsourcing from a reputable recycling and resource management service can save contractors time, money and headaches.

there are already significant problems across half of the UK finding the skills and talents to get particular jobs done. One effective solution is to outsource important and tricky functions such as waste management so that your skilled, specialist people can undertake what they do best and put the risks and costs of deceptively complex areas in specialist hands.

It can be particularly tricky to find people with reliable skill sets in specialist areas like waste management. As a construction business, you probably work across a number of sites, sometimes spanning a sizeable geographical area.That means having a waste management plan in place for every location, each of which ideally needs regular visits to make sure its system is working properly.

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Although waste disposal sounds like a straightforward process to a layman, construction managers know that it’s anything but. Waste segregation, landfill avoidance, rapidly changing regulations and shifting sustainability requirements are complicated, time-consuming responsibilities, placing severe demands on contractors.

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Outsourcing waste management will ensure that a business has a specialist, professional partner that takes care of each part of the process

An efficient plan will maximise the amount of waste that’s recycled or reused, and that involves on-site waste segregation, requiring extra space at the site and workers with specific knowledge. If recyclable waste gets contaminated and disposed of at landfill, the contractor is likely to incur landfill tax and extra disposal charges. There may even be fines for disposing of hazardous waste improperly, even run-of-the-mill items like empty paint tins or sealant tubes. If you manage waste in-house, you’ll have to keep on top of an ever-shifting regulatory landscape, master complex practical challenges and find a steady stream of workers with specialist knowledge, against the backdrop of a construction skills shortage that may be about to get worse. The alternative is to outsource waste management to an expert partner, with a detailed grasp of regulations and logistical requirements.

An efficient plan will maximise the amount of waste that’s recycled or reused

Planning and insight They’ll also have the detailed knowledge to ensure that your waste management plan is effectively designed and implemented. Modern waste management involves so much more than simply disposing of waste and it requires a wealth of specialist knowledge and expertise. There is already a premium on talent in

the industry and Brexit adds an element of uncertainty about the availability of EU workers into the future. Outsourcing waste management to skilled professionals is an intelligent way for managers to beat the construction skills shortage.

A reputable outsourced waste management supplier will provide guidance about best practice across the spectrum of challenges that a contractor may encounter. They will have handled each aspect of the process before, for many different types of construction projects, so whatever problem your project might entail, they’re likely to find a solution.

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Energy efficiency: insulate the installation Andy Swift, National Sales Manager for foam tapes supplier ISO-CHEMIE, says that with the latest technologies, the entire window installation – and not just the frame – can be energy rated effectively. Here, he explains further.

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n fact, it could be said that in the light of the many innovative products available, that it’s perhaps ‘criminal’ that a lamentable number of installations remain unchecked or unregulated, leaving in their wake a legacy of problems that can last for years and cost thousands of pounds to rectify in the long run. Heat will always find the fastest exit as it comes up against the A- or A+-rated window and this is invariably the 10mm or so expansion gap left around the window when it was originally fitted.This is normally left empty but some uncontrolled volume of spray foam can be injected to fill the void before a silicone trim is applied for a smart-looking finish. Unfortunately, as expedient as this might be, none of these solutions create a measurable, long-term, high-performance thermal, acoustic or airtight barrier: the U-value of the installed window is simply reduced, which leads to heat loss and, ultimately, financial loss.

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If Building Regulations remain lenient, we will continue to see window and door developments that only just meet minimum standards. But installers deserve better insulating products to improve energy efficiency and save money for their end-users, and the latest generation of high-performance foam sealing tapes, which use ‘smart’ foams impregnated with different substances to create a measurable U-value as low as 0.6wm2k, offer superb thermal insulation and acoustic sound reduction by 63 dB. As these installation tapes are completely weathertight against driving rain up to hurricane force wind speeds, installers can quickly apply them around the frame during initial fitting. This provides the assurance that they have completed a comprehensive A-rated installation rather than just supplying an A-rated window. This is a benefit that can be sold on to deliver enhanced energy efficiency advantages for customers and property owners.

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JOINT SEALING Companies in the fenestration sector can still do more to improve overall energy efficiency and sealing tapes, such as ISO-BLOCO ONE, are one way that this can be achieved. The multi-purpose foam tape enables installers to quickly and easily seal windows from inside the building during construction, avoiding the need to use time-consuming and costly external access systems like scaffolding and ladders. This can provide cost savings of up to 70% when compared to traditional three-component


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systems – hiring access systems, with the associated health and safety issues, can add significantly to the overall cost of a newbuild or renovation project. Moreover, because the foam sealant can be used in the wet and rain the installation of windows can be undertaken regardless of external weather conditions, avoiding time-consuming, expensive delays. This can add up to potential savings of hundreds of pounds per day. Self-adhesive ISO-BLOCO ONE provides a high-performance seal for window and door joints up to 30mm wide and is impermeable to driving rain at a minimum of 1000 Pa – 66% higher reliability than most conventional joint sealing tapes. The internal airtight seal has been tested at 1000 Pa pressure difference (20 times more than UK Building Regulations) and found to give less than 0.1m³ of air loss. At the same time, depending on tape width, it will also supply a U-value of 0.6 and reduce sound by 63 dB, straight from the box. Once installed, the tape ensures structures are better protected from

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elemental factors like wind, dust and moisture ingress by accommodating the changes in structural movement caused by environmental, cyclical and settlement factors. The product complies with energysaving regulations (EnEV) on windows and doors as well as the RAL quality assurance association and can accommodate extremes of temperature changes, from -30°C to +80°C. BLOCO ONE offers a single-product ‘fit and forget’ solution for fast and effective sealing based around the European RAL principles of three-level sealing – the inside seal area is more airtight than the external one, allowing any trapped moisture inside the joint, or within the wall, to escape outwards rather than into the building. ISO BLOCO ONE, among other similar products, provides installers with the confidence to assure customers that energy efficiency is at least as good as the window. In this way, the fenestration industry is improving the way it looks after its reputation and customers.

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Legal & Business

Cyber Essentials represents the most basic level of cybersecurity, and requires organisations to complete a short questionnaire regarding their current security controls. Cyber Essentials Plus, however, requires an organisation to undergo a more thorough assessment.

Matt’s primary role is to expand the hosted solutions division of Quiss Technology and to liaise with software vendors to help them develop their Software as a Service (SaaS) offering. He is a regular commentator on industry topics, covering subjects as diverse as cybersecurity, hybrid cloud solutions, new technology and the Code of Connection (CoCo).

Demonstrate your commitment to cybersecurity As cyberattacks become more frequent and sophisticated, businesses are seeking Cyber Essentials Plus certification to prove their commitment to cybersecurity. According to Matt Rhodes, Commercial Services Manager at Quiss Technology, simply claiming proficiency in dealing with potential attacks is no longer acceptable, as clients are adopting stricter vetting processes when it comes to selecting a supplier.

The Cyber Essentials Plus certification requires your organisation to have: Boundary firewalls – these devices are designed to prevent unauthorised access to or from private networks but require good setup to achieve maximum effectiveness Secure configuration – ensuring systems are configured securely to suit the requirements of an organisation

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Access control – only allowing those with authority to have access to systems Malware protection – ensuring the most up-to-date virus and malware protection had been installed Patch management – ensuring the latest supported version of applications is used and all the necessary patches have been applied. Only once a company successfully passes these tests can they be awarded the badge, which can be displayed on their website.

Staying vigilant For serious businesses committed to achieving strong cybersecurity, Cyber Essentials Plus is the only option worth considering. The Cyber Essentials Plus scheme provides a well-defined standard that is suitable for organisations across all sectors, including charities, schools, universities and local authorities. While the basic Cyber Essentials certification is a good and necessary starting point for businesses, the extra checks involved with Cyber Essentials Plus make it the best option.

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Achieving compliance If your company is serious about achieving Cyber Essential Plus status, the first step is to visit the www.cyberaware.gov.uk website and select one of the official accreditation bodies listed. Once you have received Cyber Essentials certification, you will need to start the compliance process by introducing the appropriate controls to your system. When looking for support to help you achieve Cyber Essentials Plus, it is important you contact an IT specialist with plenty of experience in helping clients achieve compliance. Finally, the security and business advantages of becoming Cyber Essentials Plus compliant is undeniable, but achieving certification should only be the start of your company’s efforts to achieving optimum protection. More sophisticated assessments are available to companies looking to push their security further than the Cyber Essentials scheme, including penetration testing and simulated targeted attack and response, which assesses specialist business functions with a market or country influence.

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here are currently two different certifications available to businesses – the standard Cyber Essentials and the Cyber Essentials Plus. Cyber Essentials represents the most basic level of cybersecurity, and requires organisations to complete a short questionnaire regarding their current security controls. Cyber Essentials Plus, however, requires an organisation to undergo a more thorough assessment, based on internal security assessments of end-user devices. Using a range of specialist tools and techniques, the Cyber Essentials Plus assessment directly tests that individual controls have been implemented correctly, and recreates various attack scenarios to determine effectiveness.

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Design & Desire

Starry, starry night The much-anticipated Louvre Abu Dhabi opened to the public on November 11th last year, with a spectacular week-long series of celebrations. Designed by French Architect Jean Nouvel, the spectacular design of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s dome forms a cluster of stars when illuminated, lighting up the night sky. All images ©Roland Halbel

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t is the first museum of its kind in the Arab region and offers a new perspective on the history of art in a globalised world. An iconic architectural masterpiece designed by Jean Nouvel, it is located on the waterfront in Abu Dhabi’s cultural district on Saadiyat Island. The inaugural installation in its spacious collection galleries will present 600 works of art, half from its own rich holdings and half consisting of stellar works visiting from its 13 partner museums in France. Louvre Abu Dhabi is the result of a unique collaboration between Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and France.The museum’s collection spans the history of humanity and will explore a universal narrative through artworks and artefacts from all over the world. Pritzker-prize-winning Architect Jean Nouvel sought inspiration for the concept of Louvre Abu Dhabi in traditional Arabic architectural culture and designed Louvre Abu Dhabi as a ‘museum city’ in the sea. Its contrasting series of white buildings take inspiration from the medina and

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low-lying Arab settlements. In total, 55 individual but connected buildings, including 26 galleries, make up this museum city. The facades of the buildings are made up of 3900 panels of ultra-high performance fibre concrete (UHPC). The museum design is a collaboration between traditional design and modern construction techniques. The tranquil environment encourages visitors to enjoy the ever-changing relationship between the sun and the dome and between sea, buildings and land. A vast dome, 180m in diameter, covers the majority of the museum city. This impressive structure is visible from the sea, the surrounding areas and Abu Dhabi city centre. Constructed by Waagner Biro (a specialist in steel structures), the dome consists of eight different layers: four outer layers clad in stainless steel and four inner layers clad in aluminium, separated by a steel frame 5m high. The frame is made of 10,000 structural components preassembled into 85 super-sized elements, each weighing on average 50 tonnes.

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The dome in figures 7850 unique stars Eight layers of cladding 180m diameter 565m circumference 7m width.

The dome’s complex pattern is the result of a highly studied geometric design. The pattern is repeated at various sizes and angles in the eight superimposed layers. Each ray of light penetrates the eight layers before appearing or disappearing. The result is a cinematic ‘rain of light’ effect as the sun’s path progresses throughout the day. At night, it forms 7850 stars visible from both inside and out. This ‘rain of light’ effect has been the subject of many models and mock-ups over the years and is one of the defining features of the concept. The dome is supported by four permanent piers, each 110m apart, hidden within the museum buildings to give the impression that the dome is floating. The interior dome elevation is 29m from the ground floor to the underside of the cladding. The highest point of the dome is 40m above sea level and 36m above ground floor level. Louvre Abu Dhabi’s complex engineering concept has made it one of the most innovative and challenging museum projects built in recent times.


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Jean Nouvel has designed Louvre Abu Dhabi as a museum city (medina) which combines traditional Arabic inspiration with contemporary design and cutting-edge energy-efficient engineering

is now to express what is universal throughout the ages. Its architecture makes it a place of convergence and correlation between the immense sky, the sea horizon and the territory of the desert. Its dome and cupola imprint the space with the consciousness of time and of the moment through an evocative light of a spirituality that is its own. “All climates like exceptions. Warmer when it is cold. Cooler in the tropics. People do not resist thermal shock well. Nor do works of art. Such elementary observations have influenced Louvre Abu Dhabi. It wishes to create a welcoming world serenely combining light and shadow, reflection and calm. It wishes to belong to a country, to its history, to its geography without becoming a flat translation, the pleonasm that results in boredom and convention. It also aims at emphasising the fascination generated by rare encounters. “It is rather unusual to find a built archipelago in the sea. It is even more uncommon to see that it is protected by a parasol creating a rain of light.

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The construction of the museum took place from 2013 to 2017. Prior to completion, Louvre Abu Dhabi had already received three international awards: winner of the ‘Project of the Future’ category of the Identity Design Award in 2015; the European Steel Design Award in 2017, received with Waagner Biro, the Louvre Abu Dhabi dome specialist, and winner of the ‘Most Prominent UAE Project’ category of the Identity Design Award in 2017. Jean Nouvel has designed Louvre Abu Dhabi as a museum city (medina) which combines traditional Arabic inspiration with contemporary design and cuttingedge energy-efficient engineering.Visitors can walk along promenades overlooking the sea underneath the iconic dome, comprising 7850 unique metal stars set in a complex geometric pattern. When sunlight filters through, it creates a moving ‘rain of light’, reminiscent of the overlapping palm trees in the UAE’s oases. Jean Nouvel commented: “Louvre Abu Dhabi embodies an exceptional programme in the literal sense of the word. Its vocation

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Design & Desire

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s complex engineering concept has made it one of the most innovative and challenging museum projects built in recent times

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“A double dome 180m in diameter, offering horizontal, perfectly radiating geometry, a randomly perforated woven material, providing shade punctuated by bursts of sun. The dome gleams in the Abu Dhabi sunshine. At night, this protected landscape is an oasis of light under a starry dome. “Louvre Abu Dhabi becomes the final destination of an urban promenade, a garden on the coast, a cool haven, a shelter of light during the day and evening, its aesthetic consistent with its role as a sanctuary for the most precious works of art.”

“The possibility of accessing the museum by boat or finding a pontoon to reach it by foot from the shore is equally extraordinary, before being welcomed like a much-awaited visitor willing to see unique collections, linger in tempting bookstores, or taste local teas, coffees and delicacies. “It is both a calm and complex place. A contrast amongst a series of museums that cultivate their differences and their authenticities. “It is a project founded on a major symbol of Arab architecture: the dome. But here, with its evident shift from tradition, the dome is a modern proposal.

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When sunlight filters through, it creates a moving ‘rain of light’, reminiscent of the overlapping palm trees in the UAE’s oases


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Building Envelope: RCI

The contractor was involved in the project at the design stage to ensure that sufficient provision was made for drainage in terms of the number and size of drainage outlets

A capital workplace in Cardiff A seven-storey landmark commercial scheme in the centre of Cardiff’s Commercial Enterprise Zone, Number Three Capital Quarter, will provide 77,931ft2 of high-quality office space with a central atrium and terraces on the sixth and first floors providing features that will ensure a pleasant and functional workplace for occupiers.

Prestige and performance Conveniently located close to Cardiff’s railway stations and within easy reach of both the city centre and Cardiff Bay, Number Three Capital Quarter is part of a major investment in the city’s Central Business District. The specification of the office building not only needs to reflect

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the prestige and quality required to attract occupiers today but also needs to withstand the test of time to provide an extended service life for continued highcalibre accommodation in the future. As a critical element of the building envelope, the roof build-up had to be aligned to this specification philosophy and the decision to use a RubberGard EPDM membrane from Firestone was driven by the developer. Explains Gary Foster from JR Smart: “We had used Firestone’s RubberGard EPDM membrane on previous schemes on the Capital Quarter development and had been very pleased with how quickly and easily it could be installed with a neat finish. “The service life of the roof is very important for these high-calibre office schemes as it will reduce maintenance

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requirements and ensure the building retains its Grade A performance. We’re confident the strength and durability of RubberGard EPDM will give us a ‘fit and forget’ solution, which – as the membrane will be obscured by the paved overlay – was a vital factor in the specification.”

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Firestone worked with Envirotek to develop the specification for the membrane, assisting with wind loading calculations and optimisation of the membrane material to support a safe installation process


Building Envelope: RCI The detailing required for the fullyadhered RubberGard EPDM membrane at Number Three Capital Quarter was considerable. The Envirotek team had to interface the membrane with abseiling hooks around the perimeter of the seven-storey roof, which will be used for window cleaning purposes, along with steel columns that support maintenance gantries, structural steelwork installed on the roof to create visual shielding for rooftop plant and support steelwork for a solar PV installation. For all the penetrations, Envirotek used Firestone’s QuickSeam FormFlash, an uncured EPDM flashing laminated to cured seam tape. The tape was used to fully-encapsulate any details and regular site visits from Firestone’s technical support team ensured that all elements of the installation were fully compliant with the manufacturer’s guidelines.

The RubberGard EPDM membrane has been installed by Firestone-licensed contractor, Envirotek, on the main roof area at seventh-floor level along with the terraces at sixth- and first-floor level. The contractor was involved in the project at the design stage to ensure that sufficient provision was made for drainage in terms of the number and size of drainage outlets to maximise roof performance and avoid any risk of standing water.

Extensive detailing Envirotek began the installation by priming the concrete roof with a bonded vapour control layer.To further aid drainage to the outlets designed into the roof, a tapered insulation scheme was then installed, creating a fall to the drainage points.This was installed

as a two-layer insulation system, with flat insulation board followed by the tapered board to deliver the required U-value. With the insulation in place, the RubberGard EPDM could be adhered to the roof. Firestone worked with Envirotek to develop the specification for the membrane, assisting with wind loading calculations and optimisation of the membrane material to support a safe installation process with high standards of integrity for the finished roof. Comments Neil Jones from Envirotek: “We have used RubberGard EPDM on many projects but the technical support and training provided by Firestone help to ensure that we deliver the highest standards of quality and workmanship on every scheme with a team that are confident with even the most complex of details.”

The RubberGard EPDM membrane has been installed by Envirotek on the main roof area at seventh-floor level along with the terraces at sixth- and first-floor level

Finishing touches The building has been designed with a 1.3m parapet wall around the perimeter of both the main roof area and the terraces, and the roofing scheme required a solution that could be taken up and over the top of these walls with a metal capping termination. On the main roof area, Envirotek took the insulation up the wall, followed by the fully adhered RubberGard EPDM membrane. For the terraces, the RubberGard EPDM was adhered directly onto the concrete face of the parapet wall and terminated at the top of the wall with a metal capping, before being obscured by a 50mm cement particle board, which was mechanically fixed to the internal face of the wall to provide a decorative finish, visible to any occupant standing on the terrace. Indeed, with the installation now complete, none of the RubberGard EPDM membrane is visible. Both the roof and terrace areas have been finished with 600 x 600 x 50mm paving slabs, which have been mounted onto support pads to protect the RubberGard EPDM membrane from abrasion and aid drainage. For the terrace areas, adjustable support pads enabled the paving to be laid as a flat walking surface, level with access to the sixth- and firstfloor doorways, despite the falls created by the tapered insulation. The Number Three Capital Quarter development is now almost complete, helping to energise the commercial property landscape in Cardiff and encourage growth and investment.

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Build Focus: Leisure

Watching the ships roll in Hong Kong has welcomed the opening of its latest cruise terminal. The Foster + Partnersdesigned Ocean Terminal extension comprises a five-storey multi-purpose building boasting three lower floors dedicated to the Harbour City shopping complex and two upper floors for car parking.

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new gateway for thousands of international cruise liner passengers, the extension to the Ocean Terminal in Harbour City, Hong Kong, has opened to the public.With stunning new outdoor spaces for dining and leisure capitalising on the unmatched

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panoramic views of the harbour, this new expansion will be the best place for visitors to immerse themselves in a unique waterfront experience, creating a new landmark for Hong Kong. The terminal has the distinct advantage of being located directly opposite Victoria

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Harbour, boasting unrivalled views of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline. Standing right on the water’s edge, visitors have 270° views of the city, from the Kowloon Peninsula in the northeast to Causeway Bay in the southeast.This new public plaza – in the form of cascading terraces looking out towards the


Build Focus: Leisure The terminal has the distinct advantage of being located directly opposite Victoria Harbour, boasting unrivalled views of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline

Fact File Client: Harbour City Estates Appointment: November 2012 Construction start date: 2014 Completion: 2017 Site area: 6033m2 Area (gross): 9300m2 Green area: 1229m2 Number of floors: five

Marine deck level – F+B & Cruise facilities Deck one to deck three – F+B and retail Roof – garden and event spaces Height: total of roof – 24.52mPD; overall building height ~20.3m Length: 62m Width: 57m Capacity: 4162 people Structure:

Bore pile to seabed foundation New structure installed in between existing piles and beams Steel structural frame Building envelope mainly aluminium cladding on steel frame Large-format low-e glazing units Parking facilities:

Coaches: six Car parking provided in the existing building: 1160 Materials:

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Luke Fox, Head of Studio and Senior Executive Partner at Foster + Partners, said: “By introducing a new series of public spaces to the site, right down to the waterfront edge, we aim to create a ‘new living room’ for the people of Hong Kong and its visitors right in the heart of the city.”

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harbour – provides a new outdoor space for the people of Hong Kong and a distinctive gateway to the city for its visitors.The building embraces the city’s al-fresco dining culture, turning the undeveloped end of the cruise terminal into a vibrant entertainment hub right in the centre of the city harbour.

Soffit designed to taper out to minimum thickness enhancing the architecture and to maximise frontage out to the surrounding environment At the southern and northern sides, the terraces have a shading mechanism to minimise solar gain from the high-level sun All large-format glazing units are double low-e coated glazing, meeting OTTV requirements for building efficiency Link bridge provides building permeability for enhanced natural ventilation Terraced steps intended to function as a lighting device where natural daylight is introduced through the glazed slots between the steps into the internal atrium space reducing the need for artificial lighting during the day Water-efficient fittings.

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Build Focus: Leisure The building also offers retail, dining and lounge facilities, with a stepped outdoor seating area

The connection to the existing terminal is seamless, and the design introduces a new central diagonal circulation spine that connects the roof level to the marine deck via a series of escalators cascading down through the public spaces

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Architecturally, the form of the building is a direct response to its climatic context

Architecturally, the form of the building is a direct response to its climatic context. Its wide cantilevered terraces shade the lower levels, protecting them from the harsh tropical sun. The balustrades, angled to tie in with the overall geometry of the building, extend downwards as louvred shading devices for the terrace below. The building also offers retail, dining and lounge facilities, with a stepped outdoor seating area from which to sit and enjoy the view. The steps feature glass risers that admit natural light deep into the internal atrium. The connection to the existing terminal is seamless, and the design introduces a new central diagonal circulation spine that connects the roof level to the marine deck, both physically and visually, via a series of escalators cascading down through the public spaces.

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Ceilings & Acoustics

The DGS system was first covered with 100 x 6mm plywood strips to which the black acoustic fabric was fixed

Bespoke Armstrong ceiling stuns in Scotland An Armstrong suspension grid for plasterboard ceilings, which is up to 40% quicker to install than traditional systems, has been used as the foundation for a completely bespoke, visually stunning day care centre ceiling that was created at a fraction of the cost of a specialist solution.

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rmstrong’s Drywall Grid System (DGS) was used to form a curved ceiling at Scottish War Blinded’s new Hawkhead Centre for visually impaired veterans in Paisley, Scotland. Other Armstrong systems have been used in a different new building on the same former garden centre site – the Jenny’s Well care home for older people with sight loss, run by Scottish War Blinded’s sister charity Royal Blind. The Hawkhead Centre, designed by Page\Park Architects, features 1500m2 of Armstrong’s DGS facetted system in the atrium/foyer, formed to a radius and using acoustic insulation above, a black acoustic fabric and finished with birch-faced plywood planks 165 and 225mm wide.

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This steel-framed facility provides an easyto-navigate layout through the gymnasium hall, workshop, art room, living skills kitchen, IT room, therapy room and quiet garden room. The Jenny’s Well care home features Armstrong Ceiling solutions in the main entrance, reception and manager’s offices, all the corridors, back of house staff areas, kitchens and toilets.These included 1000m2 of Armstrong’s Perla and 250m2 of Ultima + dB Cradle to Cradle-certified tiles, as well as 350m2 of Dune Max, all mineral with tegular edges installed on an Armstrong 24mm exposed grid. In addition, it featured Clean Room-rated Parafon Hygien tiles to the main kitchen and humidity-resistant Hydroboard tiles to laundry areas and toilets, both square-edged

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600 x 600mm in a 24mm corrosion-resistant grid.The use of a 200mm-high Axiom profile also provided a solution for ceiling level changes with a pre-finished bespoke upstand. This 54-bed, two-storey facility has been organised in a layout of three ‘pavilions’ to the north-east and west and a ‘gateway’ building to the south-east providing access. The CE Marked and Cradle to Cradlecertified DGS and other Armstrong systems were supplied by CCF in Glasgow and installed for main contractor CCG (Scotland) Ltd by specialist sub-contractor Brian Hendry Interiors, a member of Armstrong’s Green Omega network of sustainably-certified installers, whose squad of specialist fixers completed over a sixmonth programme.


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Managing Director, Brian Hendry, said: “This was a very challenging project, requiring careful pre-planning, the highest attention to detail and accuracy in setting out. Quality was of the highest standard of installation and required exact sizing to ensure the finished timber planks fitted to the DGS, all aligning through. It is a testament to the quality and hard work of our fixers and the experience of our supervisor that this project looks so impressive. “The DGS system was built using a jig to pre-determined radii and then raised and installed at high level to provide a curve.As a unique and bespoke installation, we had to constantly liaise with the architects to ensure their aesthetic requirements were met and verify all the different components which meant the complete ceiling could be built within the tolerances required. “The Armstrong Drywall Grid System facetted system was a perfect fit for this type of bespoke ceiling which could be altered on site, allowing much more flexibility compared to the specified traditional MF pre-determined off-site curved grid system.Armstrong’s Drywall Grid System was also quick and easy to install.” Page\Park Architect’s Martin Flett said: “The ceilings are crucial to the visual impact of the building and the integration of building services and acoustics. “The Armstrong system forms the frame for the decorative ceiling linings and building services integration. It dovetailed well with the aesthetic and performance requirements and is clever in how it allows you to form a curve from a facetted framing system.” Armstrong DGS installation specialist (North), Martin Dalby, explained that the DGS system was first covered with 100 x 6mm plywood strips to which the black acoustic fabric was fixed.Then the fixers used pre-finished 9mm plywood perpendicular to the ply lining to provide the finished aesthetic. Acoustic insulation was installed within the void to ensure high acoustic performance to the rooms and spaces below. He said:“The advantage of using the DGS on this project was that a very expensive bespoke system to provide the finish was not required.The DGS facetted system had a relatively low lead time compared to other solutions in the market and the components were extremely cost-effective. “Fitting the finished timber was the slowest part of installing this system but because of all the planning and setting out work carried out early on in the project with the fitting of the DGS framework, we had avoided all the lighting bays and there was no further work to be done altering the system.”

The fixers used pre-finished 9mm plywood perpendicular to the ply lining to provide the finished aesthetic

The Hawkhead Centre, designed by Page\Park Architects, features 1500m2 of Armstrong’s DGS facetted system

The CE Marked and Cradle to Cradlecertified DGS and other Armstrong systems were supplied by CCF in Glasgow

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Lighting & Electricals The emergency lighting system from ZGS monitors all escape sign luminaires in the new terminal, making sure that visitors can leave the building safely in the event of an emergency

ZGS checks in at Oslo Airport The extension at Oslo Airport is one of the biggest recent projects in the lighting industry. Zumtobel Group Services (ZGS) connected 21,200 luminaires, installed a record-breaking 32 eBox devices and supported the customer every step of the way. Thanks to the outstanding results, ZGS has now been trusted with the job of modernising other parts of the airport.

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slo Airport is getting ready for the future. A second terminal was opened at Norway’s biggest and most important airport in April 2017 and a third one is currently being planned. At the same time, the somewhat dated Terminal 1 is all set to be revamped in the near future. The Zumtobel Group was the full-service provider of the complete lighting solution in Terminal 2. ZGS installed intelligent lighting controls and emergency lighting systems to go alongside 21,200 LED luminaires from Thorn and Zumtobel and various components from Tridonic. At the same time, ZGS helped the customer with additional services right from the very start, advising the project managers and providing specialist training for the numerous electricians.

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Imitating nature The larger the building, the greater the importance of intelligent control systems. This is certainly true in the case of the 117,000m2 terminal at Oslo Airport. As well as effectively and efficiently regulating the large number of luminaires, the ZGS systems also adapt the lighting in line with the natural daylight situation. A Skyscanner device mounted on the roof constantly checks the current lighting conditions and sends this information to the LITENET lighting management system. LITENET then enables the best combination of artificial light and daylight – not only in terms of intensity but also when it comes to light colour. This saves up to 82% energy and creates unparalleled visitor experiences.

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The airport’s retail area lighting is separate from the lighting controls system in the terminal. Each shop is managed individually via LITECOM.This allows the shopowners to adjust brightness levels and select lighting scenes according to their individual needs.

Safety through service As the largest eBox emergency lighting installation worldwide, the ZGS emergency lighting system at the airport is a true record-breaker. With 32 eBox central emergency power supply devices, ZGS controls a total of 5000 Zumtobel ONLITE escape sign luminaries. The eBox devices also make sure that power is always provided. All 32 supply modules are visible on a browser-based programme and can be managed easily from any computer.


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The larger the building, the greater the importance of intelligent control systems

The airport’s retail area lighting is separate from the lighting controls system in the terminal

The airport operator, Avinor, has additionally ensured legal compliance with all the rules and regulations by signing an annual ZGS maintenance contract. This agreement includes functional tests required by law, software updates and data storage, enabling ZGS to guarantee full system functionality at all times. Thomas Knoop, Executive Vice President of ZGS, sees this installation as an indication of a wider trend:“In this project, we’ve again seen what customers really want: complete solutions that cover everything from luminaires to controls and maintenance services.The latest request to update the emergency lighting system in Terminal 1 really confirms the success of our business model.”

The ZGS systems adapt the lighting in line with the natural daylight situation

While the lighting in the terminal is controlled with LITENET to reflect the amount of available daylight, the shops are equipped with individually programmed LITECOM control units

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Floorcoverings

Like a Rolling Stone In summer 2017, pioneering Italian Chef and culinary rock ‘n’ roller, Alessandro Borghese, made Neolith the material of choice for his hotly anticipated restaurant ‘Alessandro Borghese – il lusso della semplicità’ (The Luxury of Simplicity). He wanted to use the sintered stone to amplify his colourful, dynamic and fast-paced approach to cooking. A desire for originality and an admiration for the surface’s versatility irresistibly drew Borghese to Neolith.

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Floorcoverings The restaurant and what goes into it needed to reflect the high standards of the cuisine

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sed throughout the 700m2 restaurant, a deliberate and considered mix of tones and contrasts including woods (Neolith La Boheme), marbles (Neolith Calacatta, Blanco Carrara BC01 and

Onyx), metals (Neolith Iron Corten) and granites (Neolith Nero Zimbabwe) were applied. This evoked the atmosphere of the golden age of the 1930s transatlantic cruise liner with a signature Borghese twist.

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This decision reflects a greater appetite amongst hospitality designers for stone which mimics natural materials whilst also using opposing surface textures in conjunction to create a multi-sensory experience. Neolith Calacatta Silk was specified for the bar worktops, a colour fast becoming a go-to choice for professional chefs for its aesthetics as much as its practicality. Calacatta was also used for the restaurant walls, bathroom vanities and the stairs. In an exclusive interview, Chef Borghese highlights how he can now plate his adventurous concepts and culinary inventions straight onto the surface without the danger of staining or tainting the stone. He compares it to the craft of an artist. “If I was a painter,” he highlighted, “Neolith would be my canvas.” Taking this concept one step further, the restaurant also uses smaller, bespoke-cut pieces of Neolith as plates for tapas-style dishes. The small plates, which combine delicate food on an elegant backdrop are a real hit amongst Alessandro Borghese – il lusso della semplicità’s diners. Commenting on the use of Neolith within the restaurant, Borghese said: “Cooking is definitely the new rock ‘n’ roll. A glamorous industry with universal appeal where accomplished performance is essential to success. The cooking might


Floorcoverings A wide range of Neolith colours have been specified for the different areas of the restaurant, giving each space its own distinct identity

be exceptional but the restaurant and what goes into it needs to reflect the high standards of the cuisine. I was attracted to Neolith for its variety of sublime colours and patterns as well as an admiration of the skill and care behind its production. Like me, Neolith seeks perfection, offering an ideal stage on which to bring my vision to life and let my imagination run wild!”. Alfredo Canelli, who designed the restaurant’s interiors to Alessandro’s specifications, added: “We have used a wide range of Neolith colours for the different areas of the restaurant, giving each space its own distinct identity. For Chef Borghese, the possibilities presented to work directly onto the surface with oils, vegetables, fruits, fish and meat is amazing. It’s easy to clean, it does not scratch, it does not stain and it does not leave odours. Above all, it’s so hygienic you can eat your meal directly off the stone itself. It’s these qualities which make it a flawless addition to the restaurant.” Alessandro Borghese – il lusso della semplicità is a destination characterised by a warm, international atmosphere which bills delicious, honest food as the central performer alongside strong support from Neolith surfaces.

Alessandro Borghese – il lusso della semplicita; washroom floor; Neolith La Bohème and vanities Calacatta

Alessandro Borghese – il lusso della semplicita; bar worktop

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Surface Design Show This year, over 200 exhibitors will highlight the very best in surface design

The Surface Design Show 2018 will be held at the Business Design Centre, Islington, from 6 to 8th February

Surface Design Show uncovers superior surfaces for 2018 For more than 10 years, the Surface Design Show has been connecting innovative and exciting materials with an audience of architects, specifiers and designers. The Surface Design Show – held at the Business Design Centre, Islington, from 6 to 8th February – is the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces.

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all designed to inspire and engage. Some of the events included will be the opening night debate. Organised in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and New London Architecture (NLA), it will highlight the issues facing young Londoners as they seek to become homeowners. RIBA President, Ben Derbyshire, will lead a panel of experts debating the topic ‘A crisis for the next generation – is London just for the wealthy?’ Peter Murray, Chairman and CoFounder of NLA, will chair the event which takes place from 18:30 until 19:30 on Tuesday 6th February. The ever-popular PechaKucha Evening, hosted by Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects, takes place on Wednesday 8th February at 18:30. An informal and fun presentation of inspirational slides, the confirmed line-up includes Hannah Corlett, David Kohn and Jessica Reynolds. Surface Spotlight Live, which debuted in 2016, is an exciting opportunity for architects and designers to discover the newest and best materials in the industry. The 2018 display will be collectively curated by trend expert Sally Angharad,Treniq – an international interiors network – and Colour Hive, which forecasts trends and colours. Debuting in 2017, Stone Gallery reflects the rapidly growing stone market in the UK

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and the important relationship between stone and surface design. Officially supported by Stone Federation GB, the first Stone Gallery attracted exhibitors from Europe and beyond; all looking to link up with the international architects and designers that make London the world’s design hub. Light is a vital partner to surface design, changing interior and exterior surfaces dramatically. Now in its fifth year, Light School, presented by Light Collective and supported by the Institution of Lighting Professionals, will help attendees discover the best of new lighting design and learn about the important partnership between surface and light.

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t is the place where industry professionals can immerse themselves in the latest materials for the built environment and gain new insights and network with likeminded designers, architects and suppliers. This year, over 200 exhibitors will highlight the very best in surface design. Returning exhibitors include V4 Wood Flooring, Grestec and Pintark by Loco Design which produces beautiful hand-crafted surfaces in multiple combinations of materials and finishes for interior and furniture applications. Whilst new exhibitors include SoundSpace, Daedalian Glass and Bolton Textiles, which will be launching a number of collections at the show including Sinclaire-Barbarini – an exciting collection of weaves inspired by tapestries from around the globe. Christopher Newton, Director of the Surface Design Show, comments: “Materials really matter to architects and designers, that’s why the Surface Design Show has become such an important source of knowledge and inspiration. It’s not just the variety of materials being displayed by our exhibitors that excite them, it’s also the presentations, the international awards and the displays of the most innovative materials currently available.” The Surface Design Show 2018 will once again have a packed programme of events

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James Latham will be showcasing new decors from Decospan including the Nordus range

James Latham returns for SDS 2018 James Latham returns to London’s Surface Design Show in February, where once again it will be showcasing one of the biggest and most varied collections of interior and exterior surface solutions in the UK.

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his year, Lathams will be featuring a number of exciting new products and range additions for 2018 and as well as its usual impactful, eye-catching stand on the ground level (208) it will also be utilising its permanent Product Specification Showroom which is located on the Gallery level of the Business Design Centre at suite 301. The showroom, which made an immediate impact among the architect and design community when it opened in summer 2016, has just undergone a major refurbishment allowing James Latham to feature an even bigger range of its panel and timber products. The suite also hosts a regular programme of

events including new product presentations and launches, RIBA-accredited CPD seminars, networking events and training. Chris Sutton, Managing Director of James Latham, commented: “The Surface Design Show focuses on the latest trends and developments in surface solutions, connecting these materials with an audience of architects, specifiers and designers so it is the perfect platform for us. “And with lots of exciting new products and range additions on the stand for 2018, as well as our impressive new-look showroom, we’re predicting an extremely busy and successful show.”

James Latham will also be showing the HI-MACS Structura range

As well as Latham’s highly experienced and knowledgeable team of product specialists, during the show, its A&D specification team – who are permanently based in the showroom – will be on hand to discuss the company’s extensive range of products, providing expert advice to architects and designers and helping them to keep abreast of the latest trends and developments in surface solutions. This year, products which James Latham will be showing comprise the latest range additions from supply partners including: Abet Laminati, Garnica, Egger, Kronospan, XyloCleaf,Valchromat, Accoya, LG HIMACS, KYDEX and UPM composite decking plus an exclusive new product launch will be announced with veneer supplier Decospan. The Surface Design Show 2018 takes place at the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 OQH, between 6 and 8th February 2018. 8 www.lathamtimber.co.uk

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ARCHITECT@WORK Preview Especially for ARCHITECT@WORK, DAPh has created new work that fits within the theme of ‘Architecture and Light’. DAPh, an abbreviation of Dutch Architectural Photographers, is a collection of specialised architectural photographers who, through collaboration and exchange of knowledge, elevate architectural photography to great heights. Among DAPh’s clients are architects, architectural magazines, construction companies and project developers.

ARCHITECT@WORK will return to Olympia, London, from 24 to 25th January

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ARCHITECT@WORK, the carefully curated two-day trade show aimed at architects, interior designers and specifiers, will return to Olympia National Hall, London, for its 2018 edition from 24 to 25th January. Light theme ver 100 leading international

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architectural suppliers will showcase new products and offer the latest innovations in surface solutions, lighting technology as well as interior and exterior fixtures and fittings. All exhibitors go through a rigorous selection process, with an external judging panel overseeing the product selection, to ensure that this is one of the UK’s most highly respected trade shows of its kind.

The latest architectural innovations revealed

ARCHITECT@WORK has commissioned UK-based Tack Press to produce a series of filmed interviews with architects, designers and engineers in the @Work film series.The creatives discuss their lives at work: how and why they do what they do, what impact their practices have on the industry and the role lighting has in today’s architectural scene. This visualisation of the lives of architects and their contemporaries will be available online prior to the show.

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The theme for ARCHITECT@WORK UK 2018 is light. To honour this, the SCIN Gallery will present LIGHT FANTASTIC, an exhibition that explores how light reveals itself and affects our interaction with materials. Light enhances architectural features and materials while also being a powerful emotional force that creates different experiences.

Talks programme Wednesday 24th January 15:00 Living with Light A panel of expert designers will showcase the effect light can have in our homes, from artificial lighting to buildings shaped to let the sunlight in and create mood, atmosphere and space. 16:15 Frozen Light Photography and architecture have a long and complex history.The best way to communicate buildings and spaces to a global audience is to freeze them in a moment in time as light enters the camera lens. How is this changing in the 21st century, with the proliferation of smartphones and an obsession with social media? 17:30 Lighting London At night, the city comes alive and lighting takes on a new role to shape our experiences of the urban landscape.The ways we interact with public spaces, bridges, streets, squares, bars and

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nightclubs are being constantly redesigned to inspire and delight once the sun goes down.

Thursday 25th January 15:00 Leading Lights in Workplace Wellness We spend the majority of our waking hours in the workplace but often the lighting is uncomfortable, if not detrimental to our health. Employees understand the importance of health at work and now often choose their future roles based on the quality of life they will get in the office.Why then are we so far behind with the design of artificial and natural lighting in the workspace? Who are the bright sparks leading us out of the dark? 16:15 What Architects Should Know About Lighting Paul Nulty discusses the role of the lighting designer in contemporary architecture, paying particular attention to common mistakes he often encounters and the innovative

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solutions that his team employs to create interior and exterior spaces which are well-lit and inspiring.Working closely with clients, architects, interior designers and engineers, Paul has built up an award-winning studio on the basis that collaboration is key to create atmospheric spaces that don’t take a toll on the planet. He believes that education and open discourse are paramount to make beautiful environments for everyone. 17:30 The Art of Light and Art Cultural venues often lead the charge in terms of high-end design, with huge technical challenges brought about by the requirements for sensitive and beautiful works of art.Visitors to galleries and museums expect inspiring spaces and these buildings often go on to win a raft of design awards. An informed panel of speakers will discuss their projects and the complex issues they face, both in the UK and abroad.


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

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

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

REHAU support for industry forum REHAU is sponsoring the Building Services Forum 2018 as part of its commitment to supporting the professional development of its specifier and installer customers. The Building Services Forum is a one-day event being held on 8th February 2018 at the Building Centre in London.The event offers a full programme of CPD-accredited seminars, discussions, networking and the chance to see the latest products and technology innovations for the building industry. As well as sponsoring and exhibiting at the event, REHAU will be hosting a breakout session following the conference at the REHAU Hub. * jo.trotman@rehau.com

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

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

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Demands for larger transom spans in excess of 3000mm and unsupported multi-storey mullions are a possibility

New mullions and transoms unveiled for Comar 6EFT Due to demand from its architectural and fabricator clients, Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems is pleased to launch additional new mullions and transoms for its innovative Comar 6EFT Curtain Wall system, with the highest Ix and Iy values available on the market today. As Comar 6EFT has been developed to be the specifier-preferred system in the UK, demands for larger transom spans in excess of 3000mm and unsupported multi-storey mullions are a possibility.Where there are different glazed areas in the same envelope

the company has also extruded high-span mullions and transoms in the most popular box sizes, which mean that the same box size can be used throughout the project to ensure that all fixing and plaster lines throughout the facade are continuous.

Today’s design complexity, requirements for aesthetics and complex building shapes are key considerations.Aluminium offers the unique advantage of easily being extruded and manufactured into almost any custom shape with ease.With the current focus on energy efficiency, designs must also take into account ‘thermal’ criteria and thermal breaks are incorporated.These breaks provide a significant decrease in the thermal conductivity of the curtain walling.The science of curtain walls now means that aspects such as thermal expansion and contraction, building movement, water diversion and thermal efficiency for cost-effective heating, cooling and the lighting of a building are built in to the system and its design. To provide a flexible approach to aluminium facade engineering Comar’s 6EFT Curtain Walling System utilises Europeanwide design and extrusion expertise with Comar’s market-leading supply, support and delivery. With its exceptional design flexibility, Comar 6EFT provides highperformance solutions for both new-build and refurbishment facades. It is a flexible standardised system that provides bespoke solutions. Comar’s 6EFT delivers capped curtain walling with 50mm standardised sightlines and includes options for: Four-sided structural glazing which achieves a cutting-edge facade with no visible aluminium sightlines. Two-sided structural glazing with horizontal or vertical capping, concealed vents where a feature and bespoke finish can be achieved through a variety of cover caps. Concealed vents, all systems can include side- or top-hung opening vents. Facetted glazing options for all systems are available in 7.5º increments, both convex and concave. The system is pressure equalised, mullion drained ensuring water drains freely to the outside. Comar 6EFT has undergone rigorous tests for the latest BS and EN standards at Taywood Engineering, with exceptional results. Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems is the largest British, privately-owned aluminium systems company in Europe. Comar designs, extrudes and distributes over 700 integrated profiles to a nationwide approved fabricator network for use in aluminium curtain walling, window, door and ground floor treatment applications.

Where there are different glazed areas in the same envelope the company has also extruded high-span mullions and transoms in the most popular box sizes

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Notes from the Comar design team... BIM ready. With thermal foam and triple glazing, U-values are reduced to 0.77, creating a future proof solution. The latest thermal break technology including foam.

Large 62mm glazing pocket for acoustic or triple glazed glass.

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Latest Thermal Break Technology Produces the Next Generation of Windows. Comar’s Design Team brief was to specifically meet architectural demands; low U-values, matching slim sight lines for both the casement and tilt/turn windows, large glazing pocket for acoustic glass, Secured by Design and large sizes. For our fabrication and contractor partners, performance with built in fast-track fabrication and installation.

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The technology from the Comar 9P.i system has been incorporated into the Comar 5P.i window range. This ensures the Comar 5P.i Advanced Casement and Tilt/Turn window system integrates seamlessly into Comar 9P.i framing and creates the option for standalone high performance windows, up to 2.5m high with U-values as low at 0.77. BIM Models available at Comar Partners: www.comar-alu.co.uk/login/. ARCHITECTURAL ALUMINIUM SYSTEMS


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‘Order…Order’ in transformation of courthouse into sumptuous five-star hotel It was once a building where juries deliberated and judges passed sentences, the police investigated crimes and arrested criminals. However, this magnificent Grade II Listed magistrates court and police station on Old Street has been converted and given a fresh lease of life after a period of dereliction and now stands as a sumptuous five-star boutique hotel. To change this Grade II Listed building from a courthouse to a hotel, careful consideration had to be given to find ways to improve the thermal performance as well as mitigating the ingress of noise from the busy streets outside, to create a warm and peaceful haven for guests. The primary windows could not be removed; so Selectaglaze was approached by contractor McAleer and Rushe to provide a solution. 106 units were installed including curved, raked and a beautiful

double-floor feature window which was 5.287m high and 2.045m in width. Secondary glazing is an independent window installed on the room-side of a building which reduces noise ingress, making a reduction of 45 dB easily achievable. Furthermore, secondary glazing can reduce heat loss by up to 50%. With great attention to detail paid to the design and build of this magnificent conversion, Old Street Hotel is on target to achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating.

Selectaglaze will be showcasing a variety of secondary glazing products at the Listed Property Show (stand B22) from 24 to 25th February 2018 at Olympia, London. 8 www.selectaglaze.co.uk

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P C Henderson expands Soltaire range with Centrefold and Endfold Cool deals for wheels in Texas

A new 300,000ft2 BMW dealership has been completed in Grapevine, Texas, with an eye-catching external solar shading solution, courtesy of Levolux. The development, designed by Tricarico Architects in collaboration with Gensler and Associates, comprises a south-facing, two-storey showroom with the capacity to accommodate 35 vehicles.To shield staff, visitors and vehicles from direct sunlight, a solar shading or brise soleil element was required for the showroom. As a world-renowned solar shading and screening specialist, Levolux was invited to develop a cost-effective solar shading solution applied externally. The solar shading solution comprises an imposing high-level canopy that extends across the two-storey showroom. 8 www.levolux.com * info@levolux.com ( 0208 863 9111

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

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Solar shading specialist supercharged with major machinery investment Louvre and solar shading specialist Solinear is gearing up for growth with a major machinery investment.The company has purchased a SBZ 122 3-axis CNC from global machining expert elumatec. The SBZ is one of the most popular and respected aluminium profile machining lines in the world, internationally renowned for its efficiency, reliability and outstanding overall performance. The acquisition comes as York-based Solinear put plans in place for a major expansion over the next few years. Alongside acquiring the SBZ 122 itself, Solinear has also purchased eluCad, the market-leading machine programming software from elusoft, elumatec’s software development arm. * mail@solinear.co.uk

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SEALING SYSTEMS

Service team growth for GEZE UK

GEZE UK has expanded its service division and created six supervisor positions to work across its regional offices and oversee continued quality and improvement alongside an increasing market share of the UK’s service industry.The field operations supervisors’ key roles will be to support engineers in the field – ensuring continuity of service and setting quality standards to further enhance the customer experience. Each field operations supervisor will be responsible for a number of engineers, spanning two or three offices.This is intended to encourage the development of best practice and will be overseen by GEZE’s Service Operations Manager, Adam Presdee.They will spend most of their time working alongside the engineers to provide support, expertise, monitoring and assessment.Their management duties will also include training, reviews and audits of completed works. * info.uk@geze.com

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For the Welsh National Velodrome in Newport, Newport City Council wanted a very quiet heating system that could maintain different temperatures for competitors and spectators. To heat the race track and badminton courts area, a Nor-ray-Vac continuous radiant tube system from Nortek was specified for the race track and badminton court area, while three AmbiRad linear tube heaters were installed above the seating areas.

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

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

What is ErP? ErP is part of the Ecodesign regulation (EU) 2015/1188 which, along with the implementing Directive 2009/125/EC, is an EU policy aimed at improving the energy efficiency and other environmental performance criteria for ErP, such as radiant and warm air heaters.

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

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What are the requirements? Each Lot provides the minimum energy efficiency and environmental values for each heating technology. Any product that does not comply with the requirements cannot be marketed and sold within the EU – including the UK. Following the referendum in the UK to leave the EU, the requirements of Ecodesign will still have to be complied with as it could take up to two years to finalise the process. Even then, unless new UK legislation is introduced, ErP will continue to be one of many methods employed by the Government to reduce the environmental impact of heating technology. Lot 20 (radiant) has a max NOx emission of 200mg/kWh input plus a minimum seasonal efficiency of 74%. Seasonal efficiency is a combination of thermal efficiency, radiant efficiency and electrical power consumption. Lot 21 (warm air) has a max NOx emission of 100mg/kWh input plus a minimum seasonal efficiency of 72%. Seasonal efficiency is calculated from airflow temperature rise, thermal efficiency and electrical power consumption. Lot 21 also applies to AHUs and includes the performance of any heating/ chilling coils, where human comfort is the primary heating purpose.

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Essentially, other than outdoor (heating an outdoor space) units, air curtains or ambient units, all products need to comply with either Lot 20 or Lot 21, plus the motor efficiency ErP regulation.

Implementation date: Each lot has a different date. Lot 20 (radiant heaters) came into force on 1st January 2018. Lot 21 (warm air heaters). Minimum seasonal efficiency came into force on 1st January 2018, with the maximum NOx levels applicable September 2018. The second tier for ErP will be 2021, whereupon seasonal efficiency will increase to 78% and maximum NOx emission for gaseous fuels will be <=70mg/kWh input. Crucially, the minimum criteria for Lots 20 and 21 are applicable for new installations and when replacing existing products.As a result, customers can be assured that the heating equipment they are purchasing is highly energy-efficient and emissions of harmful environmental pollutants are constrained. Unlike other products, warm air heaters and other commercial heating appliances are directly planned and purchased by HVAC professionals, the regulation 2015/1186 excludes warm air heaters and other commercial heaters from mandatory energy labelling. However, product literature and free access websites of manufacturers must indicate the seasonal efficiency and NOx emissions for each product or system. 8 www.nortek-erp.com * erp@nortek.com ( 01384

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Impressive results for Evinox ModuSat under BESA HIU testing Evinox is extremely proud to announce that the ModuSat XR heat interface unit has been tested to the BESA (British Engineering Services Association) UK Standard for HIUs, achieving impressive results all round. Launched in late 2016, the BESA UK Standard for Heat Interface Units was introduced to help designers and specifiers evaluate the performance of a particular HIU on their network.This new standard aims to provide HIU benchmarking, similar in many ways to the

well-known SEDBUK scheme for domestic boilers. Currently, only a handful of manufacturers have published results for the HIU test regime, with Evinox being one of the first to undertake the testing process.

With an overall VWART of just 33.4ºC, impressively low domestic hot water return temperatures and the ability to deliver flexible Keep Warm operation, the BESA test results provide a clear, independently verified confirmation that the Evinox ModuSat XR range delivers outstanding heating and hot water performance for modern heat networks. Mike Shaw, Commercial Director at Evinox Energy, commented: “We believe independent testing is a vital step forward for the communal and district heating industry, and as one of the UK’s most established HIU manufacturers, we were determined to be involved from the early stages. Our latest ModuSat XR and XR-ECO models have been developed very much with the new standard in mind and we’re confident that this regime from BESA will lead to more efficient heat networks being designed and delivered.” The BESA standard is currently optional for HIU manufacturers, however, Evinox believes this will be a mandatory requirement in the near future, and asks designers and specifiers to start insisting on the use of BESA-tested units for their heat network projects going forward. 8 www.evinoxenergy.co.uk

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Floors, Walls & Ceilings Interface creates dynamic interior for tech hub

One Canada Square skyscraper houses 200 fast-growth startups in a specialised tech hub having been transformed using products from modular flooring specialist, Interface.“We wanted to create a vibrant networking space where our members would be proud to work and meet with potential customers and partners,” explained Asif Faruque, Head of Content at Level39.The design is inspired by the triangular motif of Level39’s logo and brand. Carpet tiles from Interface’s Human Nature collection – which is inspired by textures found in the natural world – were used to create a bold, airy meeting space and a striking corridor, complete with small break-out areas for one-on-one discussions. * interface.uk@interface.com

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Marmox Thermoblock tackles thermal bridging around Harrogate home’s basement structure Some 180 Marmox Thermoblocks have been supplied to a regional builder for the construction of a high-specification home near Harrogate, with their unique combination of insulating and load-carrying properties being used to tackle cold bridging where the two storeys above ground meet the basement structure which contains a swimming pool and other recreation areas. The partially filled external wall of dense concrete blockwork, with an outer leaf of quarried stone, was raised on the continuous course of Thermoblocks. As a loadbearing composite product, Thermoblock has been developed to be incorporated into various wall constructions as a horizontal layer, equivalent to a course of bricks. * sales@marmox.co.uk ( 01634 835290

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Remmers leads the way with lowemission resin flooring

Remmers’ Epoxy OS Color New is a coloured epoxy self-smoothing resin system suitable for industrial and commercial applications. Its high mechanical strength coupled with excellent chemical resistance makes it ideal for industrial environments whilst its innovative reduction in VOCs means it is perfect for commercial applications such as schools, hospitals or retail areas. Epoxy OS Color New is one of a select band of Remmers’ solvent-free epoxy resins that holds AgBB certification thanks to a huge reduction in the use of harmful ingredients when compared to standard resin flooring.These market-leading improvements come alongside the usual high-quality product performance that Remmers’ clients have come to expect. 8 www.remmers.co.uk * clairemitchell@remmers.co.uk ( 01293 594010

Surface Styling offers a world of design inspiration Knauf Aquapanel Exterior Render System gains BBA certificate Knauf, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of lightweight building products and systems, has achieved thirdparty certification from the British Board of Agrément (BBA) for the Knauf Aquapanel Exterior Render System. In achieving this certification, specifiers, architects and installers can be assured that the Knauf render system adheres to the highest quality standards in the industry. A team of technical experts from the BBA have rigorously tested, inspected and certified that the Knauf Aquapanel Exterior Render System is fit for use as a ventilated exterior wall panel system. Paul Tollervey, Head of Technical at Knauf UK, said:“BBA certification is recognised throughout the UK construction industry as a symbol of quality and reassurance.” 8 www.knauf.co.uk * info@knauf.co.uk ( 01795 424499

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Imagine having a resource at your fingertips that could take the headache out of sourcing multiple surfaces for interior projects. That resource is Surface Styling, a unique specification platform that offers the latest design inspiration from over 40 leading surface material brands. Surface Styling brings cuttingedge material innovations to UK designers and specifiers with a portfolio of more than 12,000 product lines to choose from. Products on display at the Surface Design Show will showcase the versatility of the Avonite, Studio Collection and Hanex solid surface ranges, Malmo vinyl flooring and Parkhouse Digital, a new large-format, bespoke digital printing service. * info@surfacestyling.co.uk ( 0845 603 7811

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Latest tiling innovations from BAL at Surface Design Show 2018 BAL is returning to the Surface Design Show to showcase a number of new products that greatly enhance its offering to architects, designers and contractors. BAL will be exhibiting new full system solutions, as well as the latest innovations to ensure external tiling solutions are safe, problem-free and maintain the highest aesthetics on stand 616 in the Stone Gallery. BAL’s design-led finishing products and full system support for specifiers will also be showcased along with RIBA-approved CPDs. Paul Telfer, Head of Specifications at BAL, will be presenting the company’s latest RIBA-approved CPD – ‘External Tiling Solutions for Balconies and Terraces’ – at the show preview evening at 19:00 on Tuesday 6th February in the CPD/Stone Hub. * info@building-adhesives.com

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Knauf Windliner obtains BBA certificate Knauf, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of lightweight building products and systems, has achieved third-party certification from the British Board of Agrément (BBA) for its Windliner Sheathing Board. The BBA evaluates manufacturer’s products and systems, and awards certificates as recognition of the product’s quality and reliability for use in the marketplace. Knauf Windliner has passed all tests, on-site evaluations and quality management checks, reassuring architects and specifiers of its use as an external sheathing board. Paul Tollervey, Head of Technical for Knauf UK, said: “In gaining a BBA certificate for Knauf Windliner it demonstrates Knauf UK’s investment in quality production and its ability to provide clients with a third-party accredited product. This has been a vital ingredient for us to help ensure acceptance with specifiers, building control, local authorities and insurers.”

The certificate assessed Knauf Windliner on its strength and stability, confirming its credentials as an external sheathing material regardless of wind actions and racking loads. It has also been recognised for its reaction to fire, achieving a classification of A2-s1, d0 in accordance with British Standards.This gives no height restriction for its use when specified in a full system and tested in accordance with the BRE performance criteria. In addition, Knauf Windliner boards have been recognised for their water resistance and weathertightness during the construction phase and prior to completion of the external facade. Finally its durability was assessed, determining that the boards have an expected service life equal to that of the building in which it has been installed.

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ColourGrain Surfaces meets trend for statement finishes

An innovative new interior and exterior wood cladding, ColourGrain Surfaces, is being unveiled to builders, architects and designers at the Surface Design Show 2018 on stand 334. ColourGrain, a uniquely beautiful, bespoke painted timber cladding that brings architectural environments to life, has been developed by Herefordshire Joiner and Master Craftsman, Simon Davey. Using a variety of timbers that can be FSCsourced, each hand-finished ColourGrain plank undergoes up to 10 different processes, including sandblasting and up to eight coats of exterior lacquer in over 50 striking shades.The result is a highly practical, softly reflective textured surface that adds atmosphere, warmth and individuality to almost any interior wall or architectural feature. 8 www.colourgrain.co.uk

Just 48 hours from start to finish with Bradite’s tough new floor paint system Bradite has introduced a tough, fast-drying protective coating system for the commercial and industrial sectors that allows contactors to complete a job in just 48 hours from start to finish. Part one of the system is highperformance two-pack, water-based ES40 Floor Primer designed for use on interior dense, power floated, non-porous concrete, ceramic and terracotta tiled floors. Part two of the system is Bradite’s new Rapid PW74 Coating and Floor Finish, which used in combination with ES40 Floor Primer can provide a traffic-ready floor space in just 48 hours. * sales@bradite.com

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F. Ball helps install Premier League flooring in charity football club build

Flooring preparation products donated by F. Ball have been used to install floorcoverings in an function room at CB Hounslow United Football Club, Middlesex. Stopgap 1100 Gypsum, Styccobond F46 pressure-sensitive acrylic adhesive and Styccobond F41 carpet tile tackifier were used to install a combination of wood-effect vinyl sheet and carpet tiles over an anhydrite screed. F. Ball’s Stopgap 1100 Gypsum was applied to create a perfectly smooth surface ahead of the installation of the floorcoverings. Styccobond F41 carpet tile tackifier was then used to install high-quality, bitumen-backed Desso carpet tiles to create a border around room. Lastly, wood-effect, Tarkett vinyl sheet floorcoverings were installed over the middle section of the floor using F. Ball’s Styccobond F46. 8 www.f-ball.co.uk * mail@f-ball.co.uk ( 01583 361633

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Schlüter specification insight: minimising build-up in the manor Schlüter-Systems used its specialist technical knowledge and a number of key product solutions to minimise floor build-up and guarantee complete waterproofing provision in the refurbishment of one of Ireland’s most magnificent country houses.

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et in 840 acres of grounds, Adare Manor has been the subject of an 18-month-long renovation – its most extensive in 25 years. 40 new bedrooms have been added to this 19th-century Neo-Gothic masterpiece as well as a host of new facilities; including a swimming pool, boardroom, cinema, spa and 350-capacity ballroom. Stone was extensively specified as part of the project. Schlüter-Systems was initially engaged to provide a waterproofing solution for Adare Manor but was eventually able to assist on a greater scale.

Area: bedrooms and bathrooms (floors) Action: minimising height for uncoupling, underfloor heating and waterproofing Through use of multi-functional products, Schlüter was able to put forward a singlesource solution that reduced build-up from 10 layers to six and saved 19mm of height, as well as eliminating the need for a smoothing compound. The floor build-up was approved by lead architect, ReardonSmith, and main contractor, John Paul Construction.

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Underfloor heating, uncoupling and waterproofing – four layers to one Underfloor heating, uncoupling and waterproofing provision was simplified from four layers to one, using the electric underfloor heating system, SchlüterDITRA-HEAT-E. Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT matting is only 5.5mm thick and was laid onto a 1mm bed of flexible adhesive, giving a build-up of just 6.5mm. As opposed to needing a layer of encapsulation above it, the system features studded matting and the cable clips securely within it, avoiding the need for tape or adhesive and enabling even spacing. Acoustic matting – a slimline variant Schlüter assisted by exchanging the proposed matting of 10mm thickness for Schlüter-DITRA-SOUND matting of only 3.5mm thickness, saving 65% of build-up for acoustic reduction measures. This matting offered the same dB rating and could be installed using a standard polymer modified adhesive. Area: bathrooms/golf clubhouse, including spa (walls) Action: providing guaranteed waterproofing For areas of high moisture, waterproofing is an essential consideration and it takes on an even greater significance when it comes to preserving historic buildings – Adare Manor has stood for 185 years and the intent of the restoration is to see it through at least the same again. A secure waterproofing system Schlüter’s complete waterproofing system for these areas consisted of SchlüterKERDI-200 waterproofing membrane, KERDI-KEBA sealing band and KERDICOLL-L adhesive. These products work together to form a CE Marked waterproof solution that will stand the test of time. As well as the above solutions, Schlüter-Systems also provided its original uncoupling mat, Schlüter-DITRA-25, for use under the flooring of Adare Manor’s new ballroom and its golf clubhouse and spa. The company is proud to have been specified on such a scale for this prestigious project. 8 www.schluter.co.uk * pr@schluter.co.uk ( 01530

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Refuse-to-Fuse: Victaulic announces effective, simple method for pipe joining Victaulic, a world-leading producer of mechanical pipe joining solutions, has announced the European premiere of its Refuse-to-Fuse solution. This new technique enables HDPE (high-density polyethylene) pipes to be coupled without the need for fusion. HDPE pipes are widely known and popular for their flexibility, long-term reliability and corrosion resistance. They are widely used, especially in the gas, water and wastewater sectors. The pipes are usually coupled using electrofusion or mirror welding, which require costly equipment and qualified personnel with a good command of these techniques. Victaulic’s new Refuse-to-Fuse process makes it possible to couple pipes of both small and large diameters without fusing in just a matter of minutes. The installation is very simple, requiring only a socket

or impact wrench. Furthermore, it is up to 10 times faster than standard fusing techniques. “Cooling periods and wait times are no longer required. Once fastened, the pipes are tightly coupled and completely sealed,” says Frank Börstler, Sales Engineer at Victaulic. With external diameters of 63 to 225mm, the 905 installation-ready coupling is pushed over the plain end of the HDPE pipe. As the nuts are tightened, a double row of stainless steel teeth around the coupling’s internal circumference grip the

exterior of the pipe’s plain end. All that’s needed to hold the coupling in position and guarantee a tight seal is to secure the two halves of the housing at their bold pads. For diameters greater than 225mm, the coupling’s springs grip the twin-grooved HDPE pipe. Here, too, the two halves of the coupling housing are tightened bolt pad to bolt pad. 8 www.victaulic.com

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Pendock covers for Sevenoaks’ rebuilt primary school Novus gets historic building looking shipshape

Novus Property Solutions has reconfigured one floor of the prestigious Cunard Building in Liverpool to create a modern training facility which reflects the building’s heritage. A team of operatives from the contractor’s Liverpool office reconfigured the first floor layout from one large, open-plan space, into seven individual training rooms and one kitchen area. Striking the balance between restoring the building’s original features while creating a practical modern space was one of the main challenges of the project. Novus had to carefully repair and preserve the coving before repainting it as it was in a poor state of repair in places. 8 www.novussolutions.co.uk * info@novussolutions.co.uk ( 01782 237249

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Pendock has recently supplied MX and CH pipe boxing profiles to cover pipework at Sevenoaks Primary School. MX profile is a two-sided pipe casing, suitable for high or low levels and can be installed vertically, horizontally and at corners to cover pipework and heating services, soil, vent and rainwater pipes. Hardwearing and maintenance-free, the ply boxing is manufactured at its Telford premises and can be supplied in a wide range of colour options.The MX range comes with a comprehensive range of accessories, including external and internal corners, butt joints, stop ends, access panels and a boxing pack to facilitate smooth installation and enable a professional finish to be achieved. * sales@pendock.co.uk ( 01952 580590

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SFS Fasteners for Birmingham’s new tallest building Building envelope contractor Longworth is working with SFS in the construction of two iconic towers in the heart of Birmingham. Graeme McIlroy, SFS Regional Sales Manager, comments: “It was a pleasure working with Longworth on this prestigious project. It’s a perfect demonstration of our powder-coated fastener’s capability which enables over 200 RAL colours. For this project, we were happy to go that extra mile to ensure a truly bespoke finish for our powdercoated fasteners and ensure the architect’s vision of the building could be fully realised. Tower one looks set to be a stunning building and I’m sure Tower two, which will be clad in shades of silver, will make a striking contrast.” * info@sfsintec.biz ( 0113 208 5500

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Building Elements Saracen increases turnover by almost 50% Avire expands product range with Microkey acquisition

Avire has acquired SETCO S.A (www. microkey.es), a specialist in emergency telephones, GSM wireless transmission and monitoring systems for lifts, which is marketed under the Microkey brand. Rob Lewis, Managing Director at Avire, said: “This is a really exciting time for Avire, Microkey and our customers.With the addition of Microkey’s cutting-edge technology to Avire’s global footprint, we have created the clear market leader in terms of size and technology. Not only is this good news for our customers now, but with the increased R&D resource, we are expecting even more customer-focused products in the near future.” 8 www.avire-global.com * pr@avire-global.com ( 01628 540100

Saracen Interiors has announced an increase in its turnover of almost 50% following one of its most successful trading years to date. The workplace consultant starts 2018 with its largest ever forward order book and, with new clients responsible for 80% of last year’s turnover increase, the company is expecting a record year ahead. Continuing its geographical expansion with the opening of new offices in MediaCity, Manchester, Saracen has used its increased presence to secure more business in the North. Director, Michael Page, explains: “We’ve won some big contracts this year, including one of the largest in our history, which was the fit-out of a landmark, iconic building in Yorkshire.” * enquiries@saraceninteriors.com

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The Key Safe Company saves the day The Key Safe Company is helping landlords provide unrestricted access to Airbnb properties and allow tenants to check in at any time of the day. Judith Dunn operates a holiday let in Edinburgh as an Airbnb host and found herself faced with the recurring problem of constantly waiting around for guests to arrive late at night. Judith commented: “I went away myself and booked my own Airbnb on a city break. When I arrived, I was met with a key safe, which contained all the keys to the home.” The Key Safe Company distributes the Supra C500 KeySafe, a secure metal key box providing a safe method of externally storing keys. * sales@keysafe.co.uk ( 01905 770333

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Building Elements At a time when living space is at a premium and keeps having to work harder, Drexus Pave Drain can provide subtle but effective demarcation

How Drexus Pave Drain is set to change the face of drainage For centuries, drainage has been considered a purely functional element of any design. So much so that it’s often something landscape architects try to squirrel away and hide – anything to ensure it doesn’t detract from the overall look and feel of the space that’s being created.

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ssentially, drainage is viewed as a necessary evil, with metal grated systems a particular eyesore.All too often expensive slot drainage is the only solution left standing – purely due to the relative subtlety of the product, at least when compared to the alternatives. But that’s all now set to change. In a huge leap forward for the industry, landscape architects no longer need worry about how to incorporate drainage or conceal it from view. In fact, there’s now a reason to actively embrace it. Marshalls is a UK-leading hard landscaping provider – and now can supply drainage that blends with its concrete paving and natural stone ranges. With Drexus Pave Drain, Marshalls can provide a discreet natural stone-topped drainage solution in the exact same material as the paving that surrounds it.This means the drainage can either blend into the landscape to effectively hide it, or be contrasted to offer some form of delineation to frame a public space and create a design feature.

Drexus XL Natural Stone Pave Drain In short, drainage no longer needs to be a barrier to great design.With Drexus Pave Drain it can actually contribute to the aesthetic appeal and the functionality of an outdoor space.

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Delineation Pave Drain can be used as an effective delineator between pedestrian and vehicular areas instead of a line of paving – essentially killing two birds with one stone. It was recently installed at a hospital bus interchange where the drainage is being used as a delineator between the road and pavement. As emergency vehicles need access a kerb was inappropriate, but Pave Drain was still able to make the layout clear to both pedestrians and vehicles. A line of drainage can also be supplied in a contrasting colour to be used as a border around a public space. As the product can now be rendered in the same texture and material, it no longer looks unsightly but instead functions as a design feature in its own right. At a time when living space is at a premium and keeps having to work harder, Drexus Pave Drain can provide subtle but effective demarcation, creating the sort of zoning that allows great public areas to do all that’s increasingly being asked of them.

Blending Where a landscape architect still wants to hide the drainage, it can now be created in the same material and colour as the surrounding paving – allowing it to be subtly integrated into the paving design. It means there is no longer any need to resort to ugly grates or expensive slot drains, marking a huge step forward for the industry.

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Where a landscape architect still wants to hide the drainage, it can now be created in the same material and colour as the surrounding paving

Thistle Street lies at the heart of Scotland’s capital city in Edinburgh’s New Town. Engineers at Edinburgh City Council were looking to improve drainage around the walkways in this essentially flat area.With pedestrian safety and comfort in mind, they wanted to minimise the issues of ponding and standing water, creating effective channels and falls while retaining the character of these charming city streets. Marshalls’ Drexus Pave Drain provided the perfect solution, offering a unique aesthetic for linear drainage. Utilising Marshalls’ expertise in both concrete and natural stone, Pave Drain offers an effective combined paving and drainage solution which perfectly complements natural stone paving products, including the Scoutmoor Yorkstone installed on Thistle Street. 8 www.marshalls.co.uk

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High capacity channel system drains main car park at Castlegate Business Park The 107-space car park at the new Costa, KFC outlets, Castlegate Business Park, Dudley, West Midlands, is drained with 44m of Hauraton’s RECYFIX MONOTEC high capacity channel drainage system. The Castlegate Business Park is already home to restaurants including Frankie and Benny’s and Pizza Hut, as well as a Showcase Cinema and offices. Hauraton introduced the MONOTEC system in January 2016. The Castlegate development joins numerous installations successfully completed in the United Kingdom. The RECYFIX MONOTEC channels installed in the car park’s red block/asphalt surfaces have a nominal grating width of 100mm, an overall height of 380mm and a cross section of 355.5cm2. Having a total water capacity of just over 1566 litres, the channel runs drained an area of over 1233m2.

All RECYFIX MONOTEC 1m-long channel component is of a sturdy monolithic design where the HEELSAFE grating and the tongue and groove linking system are integral to the channel moulding.The whole unit is made of tough, virtually unbreakable polypropylene (PP) formulated to be very resistant to daily temperature fluctuations from frost conditions to strong sunlight, including the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum. Complying with the requirements of EN 1433, the PP is given its UV resistance by adding just sufficient stabiliser so that the structural strength of the material is unaffected and a consistent appearance is maintained.The MONOTEC channels have a loading category of up to Class D400.

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Promat UK completes major new factory programme Air intake screens protect data centre’s chillers from damage

A large data centre’s chillers have just been given valuable protection from contamination through the fitment of RABScreen air intake screens. The Hibernia Atlantic data centre is located on a one-acre site on the north-west coast at Southport, Lancashire. Paul Hanstock Air Conditioning, which installed the chiller cabinets and provides quarterly servicing, recognised a potential contamination problem and specified RABScreen air intake screens as the solution to the problem. RAB Specialist Engineers Ltd surveyed the site and subsequently supplied and fitted large RABScreen filter media up to 15ft in length to cover all sides of the three Daikin chiller cabinets. 8 www.rabscreen.com * info@rabscreen.com ( 01635 248633

Promat UK, manufacturer of fire, thermal and acoustic solutions, has completed its multi-millionpound development programme to create a new headquarters and manufacturing plant in Lancashire.The 66,000ft2 facility,­The Innovation Centre at Heywood near Manchester, gives Promat UK a state-of-the-art platform to grow its business and respond to the growing demand for high-performance insulation and reliable passive fire protection in all markets, including the door, window and industrial sectors.The completion of the move comes as Promat UK announces that it has also now achieved its transition to the 2015 updates to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, the two key internationally recognised quality and environmental management standards. * sales@promat.co.uk

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IP65-rated toilet alarm kit announced Baldwin Boxall has announced the availability of IP65-rated toilet alarm products. Fully tested and certified, users can connect the units to the manufacturer’s four-way toilet alarm panel or one of its EVC systems – Omnicare or Care2. There are four products in the range: a ceiling pull cord, reset button, call button and call and reset point. The units, available separately, are designed so that they can be combined with the UK manufacturer’s standard toilet alarm products. This makes it possible for installers to fit the IP65-rated items where required, such as the pull cord and reset button in a shower with a standard overdoor light outside the room. * mail@baldwinboxall.co.uk

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Powdertech Corby celebrates the beauty of metal Where once powder coatings, in their primary role as metal protectors, firmly hid the underlying metal from sight, the ability to protect and at the same time celebrate the natural beauty of metal has made many more design choices available to architects, designers and fabricators.

Over recent years, Powdertech Corby has developed unique ranges of powder coating materials that follow trends in style and developments in technology. Evolution and Anomatch, both part of the company’s ‘Collections’ range, make a point of using powder coatings to reflect the natural aesthetic appeal of metal itself, in addition to protecting it from corrosion and abrasion. Anomatch enhances the metal with a lustrous sheen, creating an alternative finish to anodising. Anomatch achieves a homogeneous appearance within and between batches of material and across different materials; this is very difficult to achieve with anodising. Evolution uses powders to reflect the beautiful patination effects which occur naturally through oxidation on metals if left exposed – except in this case the metal is not exposed, but protected by the powder coating. Protecting the underlying metal and at the same time celebrating the natural beauty of metal is the objective of these powder collections. Designers can achieve stunning effects with the latest powders from Powdertech. 8 www.powdertechcorby.co.uk * pcl@powdertech.co.uk ( 01536

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Kerakoll: the natural choice for Smeg flagship store First phase of €10m Dublin school transformation complete Western Building Systems has completed the first phase of a major contract at Firhouse Educate Together National School, Dublin, 24 with a total contract award figure of €10,299,000.00.The project forms part of the Department of Education and Skills’ wider Design and Build Schools 20162017 framework.WBS was appointed to complete the build of two new schools at the Firhouse Campus.The project involved the detailed design, construction, removal of existing schools, landscaping and access route improvement for the site which accommodates two schools.WBS also recently completed a major new contract at Letterkenny Educate Together National School, Co Donegal. 8 www.westernbuild.com * contact@westernbuild.com ( 0288 774 0740

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Smeg’s new flagship showroom has just been opened at 14 Regent Street. All three floor levels are covered with the same beautiful industrial wood flooring in solid whitewashed oak.The flooring is from the Kerakoll Design House Collection. Legno+ Small Natural is solid oak 42 x 300 x 10mm flooring with chamfered edges and ends, and a handworked finish, which is covered in situ with two micro resin layers, one decorative, the other protective.The subfloor was consolidated using EP21, liquid damp-proof membrane, and L34 Flex adhesive was used. Both these products have very low VOC emissions and are solvent-free. * info@kerakoll.co.uk ( 01527 578000

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Ideal Commercial announces industry first Free Commissioning offer

Ideal Commercial Boilers is very pleased to announce the launch of its Free Commissioning offer. All Evomax, Imax Xtra, Imax Xtra EL and Evomod boilers installed after 1st January 2018 will be eligible for the offer, that could be worth up to £233 per boiler. The introduction of the Free Commissioning offer is a first for the UK commercial boiler market. “As the market leaders, we are always looking at new ways to offer our customers more,” commented Darren Finley, Chief Commercial Officer of Ideal Commercial Boilers. A new online commissioning booking process will make the Free Commissioning offer as easy as possible for customers to claim. * commercial@idealborders.com ( 0844 543 6060 8 www.idealcommercialboilers.com

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In this issue, Zumtobel Group Services has been involved in one of the biggest projects in the lighting industry at Oslo Airport. Elsewhere,...

FC&A January 2018  

In this issue, Zumtobel Group Services has been involved in one of the biggest projects in the lighting industry at Oslo Airport. Elsewhere,...