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Greenhouse Microsoft Research headquarters adopts a flexible design concept

Design & Desire Riverside school benefits from Technal’s striking facade system

Building Information Modelling Is BIM training fully accessible to all those in the supply chain?


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ecovery efforts in Oklahoma City are now underway following the devastation that was caused by a 1.3-mile-wide tornado. Along with a school, which was entirely destroyed, the residents of Moore saw their homes torn apart – it is estimated some 13,000 buildings were affected and at least 24 people have been announced dead. Our thoughts go out to the community, which must now endure the painstaking task of rebuilding homes and lives. Although no restitution for the damage caused, there are a number of organisations on hand to help with the aftermath and aid the rebuild process. Architecture for Humanity is just one not-for-profit organisation in the process of developing its long-term response to the Oklahoma disaster. The agency helps to support local and regional construction professionals and ensures communities are left safer and stronger. For more information on the service and pledge your support, visit www.architectureforhumanity.org

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Meanwhile in this issue, FC&A profiles a flexible design concept, which has been implemented for Miscrosoft Research’s new HQ in Cambridge. At the heart of the build is a commitment to sustainability achieving a BREEAM Excellent rating. Also in this month’s edition, aluminium facade systems specialist Technal unveils its redevelopment project at Yarm School, which has delivered state-of-the-art teaching accommodation and an outstanding venue.

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Voice of the Industry: Saracen Interiors’ Joint Managing Director, Mike Page, talks to FC&A about exploring new territory in order to get a competitive advantage.

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Greenhouse: A flexible design concept has been implemented for Miscrosoft Research’s new HQ in Cambridge. At the heart of the build is a commitment to sustainability achieving a BREEAM Excellent rating.

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Sustainability in Development: Fletcher Rae reflects on the responsibility of the architect to drive forward sustainable design solutions and promote change through engagement and dialogue with all stakeholders.

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Design & Desire: Aluminium facade systems specialist Technal unveils its redevelopment project at Yarm School, which has delivered stateof-the-art teaching accommodation and an outstanding venue.

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Greenhouse

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The facade solution includes high performance glazing, external solar shading and integral inter-pane blinds

Flexible T design concept Microsoft Research, one of the largest and most respected software research organisations in the world, has moved its European Research headquarters to a new 83,500ft2 building at 21 Station Road, in Cambridge. This project is the first completed office building in the regeneration of Brookgate’s CB1 Station Area, setting the standard for this high quality scheme.

The brief outlined a provision of animated street frontages

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he redevelopment of the 25 acre site – located in the heart of Cambridge’s central business district – will provide a state-ofthe-art transport interchange as well as a new public square, prestigious ‘grade A’ offices, premium residential, retail and hotel space and purpose-built student residence accommodation. Twenty One Station Road has stimulated the delivery of this new professional quarter, being the first new private office development in Cambridge in over 23 years. The measured success of this landmark building was attracting Microsoft Research Limited, one of the largest and most respected software research organisations in the world, from their outof-town location, to a sustainable location with greatly reduced car parking. Brookgate


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The design of the new space is subtle, functional yet high quality

Active frontages The brief also outlined a provision of animated street frontages that are not only sympathetic to occupiers’ requirements, but are also in accordance with the planning elements of scale, mass, architectural rhythm, urban spaces, grain and footprint. Microsoft Research’s new premises

The building delivers virtually column-free spaces achieving 86% NIA/GIA ratios

includes a 125-seat raked auditorium and ante space, flexible lecture space, 300+ studies and open plan spaces for staff, open and closed collaboration spaces, prototype and testing labs, a cafe and garden terrace, a gym, and a 5th floor terrace and meeting suite. The seven-storey, 83,500ft2 building was designed by Chetwood Architects. Leading, international multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy, Hilson Moran was responsible for the mechanical and electrical services design and sustainability as well as fire engineering, lift and facade access and acoustics. The building delivers virtually columnfree spaces achieving 86% NIA/GIA ratios and enabling natural light to be provided throughout. Core communal spaces encourage interaction and social engagement. There are areas for external visitors which further act as a break out space for the auditorium, which is capable of holding public exhibitions, but also be closed down for the exclusive use of internal researchers. The interior design for Microsoft Research was undertaken by Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will, which assisted in selecting the new location and building, and developed the strategic brief, concept and design for the interior spaces, in addition to working with Brookgate to adjust the shell and core to Microsoft Research’s requirements. The design of the new space is subtle, functional yet high quality. It inspires collaboration and is a canvas for researchers to generate ideas. Almost every surface is writable and has the best quality technology integration for collaborating both physically and virtually. While Brookgate developed the building

for Microsoft Research, it also wanted to make sure that provisions for future tenants were incorporated throughout the structural design to maximise the flexibility of the building long-term, including some to accommodate split tenancy and increased floor area for future tenants. A full height atrium is at the heart of the building, along with two internal accommodation stairs joined together, allowing future infill providing rebates and couplers into the edge beams and enabling a lightweight slab, supported on steel beams, to be inserted in the future. Building services installations, designed by Hilson Moran, ensure that systems are suitable for future tenant division, with split mechanical and electrical services risers, additional drainage and domestic water connections. The shell and core plant has built-in additional capacity to service the needs of the current and future tenant – in excess of BCO guidelines 2009. ‘Soft spots’ were also designed into the slabs to allow connections to the tenant plant room to be formed in the future without adversely affecting the ground floor slab.

Green vision Sustainability including green travel, environmental wellbeing and energy performance is at the heart of both the CB1 masterplan and the project. Hilson Moran was the sustainability consultant for the new office building, which achieved a BREEAM (2008) rating of ‘Excellent’. It also achieved a 42.7% Part L improvement over a typical office building assessed under the Part L 2006 assessment methodology. The facade and atrium design minimises solar gain while maintaining excellent levels of daylight. The facade solution includes high performance glazing, external solar

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pre-let the building to Microsoft Research on a 20 year lease. The brief for Twenty One Station Road was to develop a contemporary office space over seven floors with dedicated basement parking; floor plates to maximise efficiency and flexibility; almost column-free interiors; the potential to incorporate executive meeting suites; client entertainment facilities and garden terraces.

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Greenhouse

Microsoft Research’s new premises includes a 125-seat raked auditorium and ante space, flexible lecture space, 300+ studies and open and closed collaboration spaces

Core communal spaces encourage interaction and social engagement

Sustainable services Other sustainability features include: a central bin store specifically including recyclable waste provided in the basement; a 21m2 array of solar thermal collector providing nearly 20% of the annual hot water load, displacing 2 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually; the drainage system incorporating a SuDs system including both rainwater harvesting and attenuation. A grey water harvesting system is also provided and water saving taps, urinals, WCs and showers. Green travel features were also a key

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element. The building is within 250m of the nearest railway and bus stations, including the recently completed guided bus route. There are over 300 secure cycle spaces, with changing and shower facilities above those required for BREEAM, which means that just over 40% of the predicted building occupants can make use of these cycle spaces. There are also a limited number of car parking spaces available, resulting in less than one space per 22 occupants – to encourage the use of the public transport system. Innovative design features combined with its prime location as part of the CB1 masterplan have ensured that Twenty One Station Road meets the very specific and demanding requirements of a global leader in the technology sector, while making a positive impact on the regeneration of Cambridge. The arrival of Microsoft Research to Twenty One Station Road has also boosted CB1’s technology hub status and attracted international technology firm ARM to the development. A new business centre dedicated to providing flexible, fully-serviced office space for start-up

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companies and small businesses has also being created, and open for business. Twenty One Station Road also recently won the regional East of England ‘Commercial’ category at the RICS Award 2013.

shading and integral inter-pane blinds. The building services equipment is designed to enhance seasonal operating efficiencies, reducing overall consumption of energy through the use of high efficiency plant, fittings, heat recovery units and integrated BMS and lighting control systems. Energy efficient services plant was incorporated, which includes high efficiency Turbocore Air Cooled Chillers, ensuring Part L 2010 compliance and an EPC ‘B’ (38) rating. Solar thermal hot water pre-heat was also included in the design.

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Sustainability in Development

Taking the initiative Bob Fletcher, Joint Managing Director of North West-based architects, Fletcher Rae reflects on the responsibility of the architect to drive forward sustainable design solutions and promote change through engagement and dialogue with all stakeholders.

Fletcher Rae recently designed Nestlé’s new manufacturing and distributing facility in Buxton

meeting the demands of climate change. We must continually consider a wide range of factors – these include: site and building orientation; weather tightness and robust detailing; re-use of arisings from demolition; elimination of construction waste to landfill; water management; improved management of thermal comfort; insulation levels; use of renewable materials; exploitation of natural light sources; the harnessing of energy from renewable sources; and sustainable transport provisions – the list goes on! One development which illustrates these points is a scheme we recently designed for a student development in Lincolnshire. The proposed scheme comprised 224 postgraduate rooms over eight storeys – with a common room, enterprise centre, gym and ancillary facilities on the ground floor. The site is classed as brownfield and is bounded by a railway line to the immediate north, and existing buildings to the south and east. The west elevation faces directly onto a main road, in close proximity to a wharf and waterfront buildings.

Because the client’s aspiration was for a highly sustainable scheme, we were able to incorporate these elements into the concept design. Features, such as a large roof area, allow the provision of thermal solar hot water, while glazing in the rooms has been orientated to allow for oblique views out towards the street and to the waterfront. This mitigates any potential issues with boundary conditions and provides large expanses of south-facing vertical walls, which allow for the installation of extensive banks of photo voltaic panels. The boiler plant has also been designed to be fuelled, in part, by bio fuel, using waste oil from the food industry. Given that these are readily available eco design features, the question should be: what’s the next step? The challenge is to examine a more holistic approach to the development of our environment – aggregating strategies where, historically, individual developments were considered in isolation. We often have the opportunity to consider large landholdings for a phased strategic development, which may take 10

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oliticians have been pushing the sustainability agenda for the last two decades and, sad to say, the commercial property industry has been dragged kicking and screaming to the table. Over the last five to 10 years, design solutions have evolved to a point where sustainability in design is now a key component of an architect’s role as a consequence of legislation, planning policy and more recently clients criteria as a positive must-have from a commercial perspective. That’s great; job done; we should all give ourselves a collective pat on the back. Well, not quite. Having taken the building envelope – and its immediate demise – to approaching the limits of commercial viability and sustainable performance, where do we go from here? What’s more, who drives the next generation of sustainable milestones – the client, the developer or the architect? As architects, we have a desire to leave a lasting legacy; one that means our buildings are well-considered in their approach to

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Sustainability in Development years to develop out. However, both the economic and design model have to be right. We were recently instructed to look at a 175-acre former Coalite site, at Bolsover, which has remained derelict and unremediated for 30 years. In that time, no viable strategy has emerged. One of the main inhibitors has been a complete mismatch between a pre-recession local structure plan and the current market drivers and needs – with the end result being complete inertia. We are fortunate, however, to enjoy a long-standing relationship with an informed developer who understands the contemporary challenges of such complex sites. Through this partnership, we have been allowed to

develop a viable masterplan solution for a sustainable mixed-use development of 50,000m2 of industrial commercial space. The scheme will also comprise a major residential component of 850 homes and extra care facility with an energy centre at its core. The energy centre is based on anaerobic digestion (AD) and pyrolysis technology. AD is a series of processes in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in a sealed reactor or holding tank in the absence of Oxygen. The process generates a biogas, which can then be used to drive a reciprocating engine or gas turbine to generate electricity. Pyrolysis is a thermo chemical breakdown of organic

Fletcher Rae has achieved planning permission to develop two landmark Clydeside facilities on behalf of Peel Environmental

materials at elevated temperatures in the absence of oxygen. Pyrolysis differs from other high-temperature processes like combustion and hydrolysis in that it usually does not involve reactions with oxygen, water, or any other reagents. It will provide electricity at a reduced cost for the industrial development, together with secondary heat and steam for use in a district heating system. The energy centre, combined with contemporary sustainable construction methods, means that the project should achieve ‘Level Six Zero Carbon Housing’ – in line with the Government’s road map for new homes to become net-zero carbon by 2016. This means that extremely low energy costs and the highest levels of thermal insulation efficiency in construction, for both householders and commercial occupiers, makes the development an extremely attractive proposition for relocation when considering the running costs and re-sale values. The heat can further be converted to cooling for the commercial elements of the projects giving an efficiency of better than 90% on generation. Given the capital costs for establishing a central energy centre of up to £35m, the facility must generate a good rate of return financially over 25 to 30 years to be fundable and viable in the first instance.

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Fletcher Rae acted as the lead design consultant on the entire Nestle project

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This project is an example of what I believe that we should always be doing – pushing boundaries to achieve a more sustainable environment. This opportunity presents itself in a strategic master plan development of mixed or sameuse buildings, where real consideration


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can be given to the strategies of the ‘circular economy’, closing environmental and energy loops within an overall development. This has never been truer than in today’s economic climate, where clients will only favour green initiatives that can be objectively measured and that include short-term performance outcomes that can be quickly reported on. Let’s face it, cost will always be a factor, but the onus is on us as designers to demonstrate innovative and commerciallyviable initiatives that provide solutions with an enduring legacy. Ultimately, the final decision on any scheme will fall on the client, but industry experts have a vital role in influencing the quality and direction of developing the built environment. Sadly, our modern-day culture is one that thrives on disposability and our global supply chains are driven by profitability, not a desire to reduce energy consumption. That’s why the communities where we live, work and play need to be reconsidered in the full context of sustainability. This will have an impact on local plan policy, business and lifestyle adjustments, commodity and consumable production, and how we use waste as a resource. So, whose responsibility is it to put these ideas into practice? The broad stroke answer is everyone. However, as architects, clients rely on us to provide commercial and social innovation, to make a distinction and advance the delivery of our projects. The skill sets and technology solutions required to do this are already available – the onus, therefore, shifts to the architect to present viable solutions and promote change through engagement and dialogue with all stakeholders.

The proposed Lincolnshire scheme comprised 224 post-graduate rooms over eight storeys

The new production lines have enabled Nestlé Waters to significantly reduce its total energy output

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Voice of the Industry

Heading off the T beaten track The ongoing failure of the UK economy to pick up has greatly affected the construction industry at large, with nobody expecting to see any real signs of recovery before 2014. Michael Page, Joint Managing Director of office interiors specialist, Saracen Interiors, believes that those who will recover quickest and remain bouyant through the continuing tough times are those who widen their reach and seek out new business.

Slow recovery In the commercial sector, construction activity still remains subdued. Any recovery in this arena – and retail construction – is not expected to begin until at least 2014 and is anticipated to be slow. Like other sectors, the trend in the commercial sector is to shift away from capital intensive new build projects towards refurbishment and fit out. Although potentially good news for the fit out contractor, the flipside is that there is increased competition from the larger contractors who wouldn’t have chased such projects a few years ago. The profile of the competition seems to be changing across the board with many contractors wearing each other’s clothes in a bid to increase turnover. In the absence of a glut of large construction projects, the main contractor has little choice but to muscle in on the domain of the fit out contractors. Needless to say, it works both ways. The reduced scale of the construction projects presents opportunity to a range of specialist contractors and service offerings are being redefined by many in a bid to replace lost turnover and to stay in business. Trees that bend in the wind tend not to break and we all need to follow the direction of the wind in order to survive. Our policy has always been to put ourselves in our customers’ shoes and to provide them with the services that they need as well as the ones that they expect from us. We’ve approached this from a commercial perspective, in the last 12 months, acknowledging that customers who may not be in a position to have a

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The reduced scale of the construction projects presents opportunity to a range of specialist contractors

he general output in the UK construction sector fell by 6.3% in January. Figures show that the sector has indeed shrunk every month for the last six months and it is predicted that public sector work, in particular, will have fallen almost 20% between 2010 and 2014. Forecasts, in general, have been downgraded as the economy has been unable to improve. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is calling for the government to spend £1.25bn on affordable housing to generate more money for the wider economy and to create more jobs. The business secretary,Vince Cable, has also called for increased government borrowing to fund housebuilding. So what can those contractors who aren’t housebuilders, and sub-contractors, who are also feeling the pinch, do to survive unscathed in a hardened market?

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The trend in the commercial sector is to shift away from capital intensive new build projects towards refurbishment and fit out

Moving off track and exploring new territory isn’t neccesarily about treading on other contractors’ toes

is likely down to capital expenditure. Cost is always high up the pecking order when choosing a contractor, so it’s important not to lose sight of that and keep capital costs and ongoing costs significantly less than the competition. Moving off track and exploring new territory isn’t neccesarily about treading on other contractors’ toes. It’s about raising the bar and securing business by pushing a new tailored service offering to the fore that fits all your clients’ needs.

full fit out may require some refurbishment work to plug the gap, while those who can’t move at the moment may require some support with office churn. For the canny fit out expert, there is much to offer besides the brass tacks of fit out, depending on the sector. Saracen Interiors specialises in office fit out. Earlier this year, we launched three new divisions – Saracen Facilities, Saracen Small Works and Saracen Move Management – to highlight a commitment to a new flexible working order, where every client’s requirement in relation to their built environment counts.

One-stop-shop philosophy Facilities was launched as customer demand for facilities management took off. Again, the economy played its part. We had been supplying this service to a lot of existing clients primarily because it made sense – we’d fitted out their buildings and so we knew best how to maintain them. In the last couple of years, however, demand for this service has been driven by agents attempting to renegotiate contracts and wrestle power back from the larger FM companies as well as clients looking

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for a cost-effective solution by sourcing all their service requirements from a one-stop shop. Saracen Move Management has found its legs by engaging with the one-stop-shop philosophy – we’ll fit out your building, carry out refurbishments, maintain your services, look after your building and take care of office churn then we’ll oversee your move when it’s time to move on. The final piece of the jigsaw is the crucial piece, as always. Small Works was launched in recognition of the importance of the lesser value projects. It doesn’t take a recession for the dedicated contractor to embrace the ‘no job is too small’ philosophy. Under this banner, we take on a wide variety of projects ranging from a lick of paint to a full scale fit out. Although the contracts Small Works takes on don’t have an equal financial value to our other contracts, we always give them equal importance. Smaller jobs can lead to bigger jobs and, of course, other smaller jobs. The key is in remembering that the reason why some clients are refurbishing, fitting out and engaging with office churn rather than opting for new build or a move

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Aylesbury Vale District Council’s commitment to democracy is reflected in the provision of equal access for all

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Hudman of installer Rowsman suggested the pneumatic powered Relcross system as he has had considerable success with it before. The system has three main components. Firstly the door operator, the Relcross LCN REL.4800 Auto Equalizer. When the switch is actuated, air pressure is used to overcome the resistance of the spring to open the door. When the air is released the spring and hydraulics take over, closing the door in a controlled mechanical fashion. Secondly, each system – or group of doors – has a separate controller incorporating one air valve per door or pair of doors. Controllers are custom built to give optimum performance for each installation. Thirdly, all Auto Equalizer systems are reliant upon a source of compressed air to power them.The capacity of the compressor is selected carefully at the specification stage to accommodate the likely traffic profile (i.e. frequency of use of doors) and the distances

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BIM is the hot topic on the lips of construction industry professionals throughout the UK and Europe. An acronym for building information modelling, BIM involves the creation and use of coordinated data about a building project or asset, with all stakeholders working from one central digital model.

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IM is revolutionising design, decision making, clash detection, estimation, scheduling and predictive performance planning during a building’s full life-cycle. By modelling the building in the virtual environment first; problems are detected before construction begins, guaranteeing the building is constructed correctly first time, every time. The Government began a phased rollout over five-years beginning summer 2012, with a view to converting all appropriate projects into a 3D collaborative BIM environment operating at Level 2 on the UK BIM index by 2016. However, despite BIM being recognised as a vehicle with which time and cost savings can be levied, there does exist a myriad of questions and hurdles to consider when implementing BIM into an architectural practise or M/E consultancy. With the implementation of BIM rapidly gathering pace amongst building design professionals, legislative questions regarding who has overarching responsibility for the BIM model itself and

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the importance of communicating changes are now coming to the fore. It has also been concluded from numerous industry reports that a distinct lack of high-quality BIM components was one barrier to full adoption within the industry, with those that are available, not containing sufficient background data to allow the full potential of BIM to be levied.

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Online resource As the primary advantage of designing using BIM is the ability to extract comprehensive information at various stages of the design and asset management process, the ability to easily source and incorporate data-rich BIM objects will be fundamental going forward. An early frontrunner in the provision of high-quality BIM components are Contour Casings, who are the first UK company to offer a fully BIM-integrated fabrication website. At the heart of Contour’s new website is the technical Resource Centre, which includes an extensive range of BIM, DWG, project and product files – which can be instantly downloaded fast and for free. The concept behind contourcasings.

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Building Information Modelling

Seeking essential guidance? In order to fully utilise the benefits of BIM, a thorough training programme must be considered, but are the opportunities accessible for the whole supply chain? A number of BIM experts and users talk FC&A through the steps, approach or view they take on training within the model.

Andy Almond Partner at Pick Everard Architects

Michael McCullen Executive Chairman, Asta Development The speed of adoption of BIM is picking up, but many are still unsure of how to make full use of it, what tools are available and how to use them. Everyone involved in the process needs to understand how their role will be changed by BIM and to prepare for working collaboratively. Our customers have been telling us there is a real training need for not just education on what BIM is all about, but also for gaining ‘hands on’ experience of working with software tools and building a model. In response, we recently launched a training workshop in conjunction with Northumbria University and the BIM Academy. This has been designed to show how the use of BIM models, tools and processes can assist in the planning process and to develop an understanding of the common issues involved for working collaboratively with a BIM model.

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We began our Revit training programme at Pick Everard three years ago with the architectural discipline. Having delivered that phase successfully, we rolled out training for our structural engineering team earlier than planned, enabling us to link these two services in the BIM environment. Building services followed last year, once the software was compatible with UK standards. Part of our strategy has been to create a core team to mentor new users and to be Revit ‘champions’. We began with teams attending a three-day Revit Basic Essentials course, held in-house but provided by an external Autodesk training centre. This was followed by a two-day advanced course. Through experience, we revised our approach; a flexible, but intensive, five day in-house course gave us the ability to train staff ahead of new commissions and to tailor training to the project. Users moved straight from training to a live Revit project, which was highly effective.

Julia Evans Chief Executive of the National Federation of Builders In 2012, the NFB conducted a survey of SME contractors to assess several elements that may affect whether they are, or will be, competitive within a BIM-driven market by 2016. The results of that survey indicated a widespread awareness of BIM and recognition of its likely importance to respondents’ businesses, but also a low level of understanding. With the support of CITB, the NFB’s programme of support recognises that the adoption of BIM within organisations is more about best practice and collaborative behaviours than it is about technology. The software to support BIM is already out there and there are many software companies ready, willing and able to provide support in that area. The NFB’s programme of activity instead focuses around people and process, helping companies to unlock their potential to achieve the cost efficiencies and improvements that adoption of BIM can bring.

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Professor David Boyd Director of Centre for Environment and Society Research at Birmingham School of the Built Environment

Ashley Poole-Graham Assistant Environmental Manager at Speller Metcalfe Having now trained up an original base of staff, we have identified the various departments that will be trained in BIM and developed a bespoke training programme for each. Our BIM project strategy incorporates a training template that follows what our BIM champions have identified as appropriate or relevant, which at top level includes Revit Essentials, Revit Content Creation and Standards and Management training workshops; these elements have already been undertaken by the Ecobuild team through a series of external workshops. Internally, we have developed our resources as learning tools; our BIM library houses a range of articles, journals and reports that will aid in the training process and inform users. We are also recording any findings, mistakes and processes that will contribute to a Speller Metcalfe skills database that others can access, and any family files (components) previously created are stored to save time on future modelling.

Rob Charlton Chief Executive at BIM Technologies For us, training falls into two very distinct categories. Firstly there is the training in the use of the software itself. This is about skills and techniques. The second level of training is in relation to change management and explaining how the approach within construction needs to be adjusted to allow the adoption of Building Information Modelling. BIM is more than just a software solution and requires a complete rethink of how the industry designs, constructs and operates buildings. To achieve the maximum benefit from such an approach, the whole supply chain has to have an appreciation of the approach and has to be able to utilise the data as it flows from the outset of the project to operation. For this reason training and understanding across the complete supply chain from designers, constructors, sub contractors and operators is imperative.

There is a great move to produce training on the technicalities of BIM. This is essential but not sufficient. It is the way that BIM is used in organisations and by people that is as important. BIM is merely a tool and people need training in learning to organise its use effectively. As well as technical training there is a larger need for learning about organisational design around BIM and people utilisation of BIM. At the moment, these are just assumed to happen effectively because of the all-powerful model. This is not the case and organisations need to grasp the technology and integrate it effectively.

Stephen Hamil Head of BIM at NBS Before investing money in BIM, there are a number of great places on the internet where people can learn about the principles for free. For instance, on the NBS website theNBS.com/ BIM, there are well over 100 articles written by experts from all sectors of the construction industry that can help inform potential users. There also exists a number of informative LinkedIn groups and free conferences to look out for. Finally, in terms of free support, most of the institutes are now delivering online guidance, publications and events. Once you have decided to start on the BIM journey, it is crucial that there is top-down commitment in your organisation to deliver changes.You will also need advocates, who are prepared to help drive things through and provide support to others.

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Ensuring high quality of a supplier’s components can positively affect an organisation’s end product, and the timely delivery of these components is crucial to how a business customers view its reliability, and can minimise inventory; reducing obsolescence and lowering cash needs. Pedro Paulo, CEO of Gatewit, explains why a demanding purchaser doesn’t have to be a difficult purchaser.

Transparency can be established by ensuring that the qualification and selection process is known by all prospective suppliers

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business’s dependence on its suppliers is key to its productivity and profitability. A business can enjoy a competitive advantage based on its suppliers’ price, quality, reliability, technology, and industry knowledge. Businesses rely on their suppliers, so it’s in their interests to have the best possible relationship. Being on bad terms with suppliers could have an obvious detrimental effect on a business so it’s important to maintain a relationship which is as positive as possible. However, as the current economic climate demands that purse strings become ever tighter, tough conversations must be had between businesses and their suppliers. A delicate balance must be found if a business is to cut its costs whilst maintaining a healthy relationship with its supply chain.But there are steps that a business can take to ensure that being a demanding customer doesn’t mean being a difficult customer. Before the relationship has begun, transparency can be established by ensuring that the qualification and selection process is known by all prospective suppliers. Tension can arise otherwise, with suppliers unsure as to why their bid was not successful. This can also dissuade suppliers from future interactions with a company, which may be to the purchaser’s detriment.

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Once selected, contract terms should be negotiated, ensuring compliance with all eligibility and selection criterion, and establishing awareness of the penalties for breach of contract. During these negotiations, it’s important that expected quality standards and delivery schedules are well described and correctly interpreted by the supplier. And suppliers should be held to their agreement – allowing a supplier to break contract terms sets a precedent for future defaults.

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However, it’s important that organisations make sure that they have a sufficient database to validate negotiations with another supplier if theirs cannot guarantee delivery. And, in order to keep costs down, businesses should ensure their suppliers remain competitive by regularly requesting quotations, and always using more than one supplier in the bidding process. While this may all sound demanding, the purchaser too must ensure that it fulfils its side of the contract. Always paying on time, for example, will increase trust the supplier’s trust in a business. A purchaser can negotiate for favourable payment terms before they place an order but, once that order is placed, shouldn’t attempt to change the rules. If they can’t pay, they should contact the supplier to let them know why and when they will be able to complete payment.

Establishing trust Purchasers should always try to give their suppliers as much lead time as possible on orders, keeping them informed of any significant changes. And to further increase their suppliers’ trust, purchasers should involve them in aspects of their business strategy, treating them as key partners which are involved in their company’s success. They should keep preferred suppliers aware of what’s going on in their company – changes in key personnel, new products, special promotions and the like. In return, good suppliers may be able to help find new customers for the purchaser. So, by establishing a transparent, trusting two-way relationship, with all rules clearly set and agreed from the start, companies can strike that precious balance between maintaining a good relationship with reliable suppliers, and finding the best possible prices and service levels.

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Disability For the average business, disabled customers may already account for up to 20% of the customer base

Places toilet. Whatever description, all provide enough space, a hoist and a changing bench. They also advise that, where space is an issue, a unisex accessible washroom or toilet takes precedence, in that it can be used by all.

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Robin Tuffley, Marketing Manager at Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s leading supplier of disabled toileting solutions, looks at the latest developments impacting on accommodating the needs of disabled people away from the home environment.

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disabled people’s toileting needs, regardless of any legal issues. The 2010 Equality Act, which replaced the DDA, requires that if a disabled person would be at a substantial disadvantage, reasonable changes to the built environment must be made: that includes accessing toilet facilities. By law, adequate toilet and washing facilities have to be provided for employees/users and the needs of people with disabilities have to be considered. But designers often forget that many disabled people have, and need, carers to take them to the toilet. As a result, many ‘accessible’ washrooms are actually inaccessible! The 2013 Building Regulations Approved Document M which came into practice just a couple of months ago, BS6465-4 sanitary installations of public toilets, BS8300: 2009 accessibility good practice for buildings to which numbers of the public have access, the Department for Education’s BB102 and Statutory Instrument No 2 all now discuss the importance of ‘bigger and better’ disabled toilets, whether it is termed a hygiene room, accessible toilet, or Changing

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sense of place and identity To take account of intensive use in the academic year and out-of-hours use by the local community Materials that would be low maintenance and durable Introducing high levels of natural light with the minimum loss of space Consideration of the visual impact of the lit building at night and to use this to help identify the school’s facilities to its visitors A high level of acoustic performance to minimise noise transference To sensitively improve the river frontage

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arm School is an independent co-educational private day school near Stockton-on-Tees in the north east. Associated Architects were appointed to develop a masterplan for the school which is located in the heart of the historic market town of Yarm. The principle objective was to provide new buildings capable of supporting modern teaching practices and to meet the needs and expectations of students. The school has developed considerably since it was established in 1978. It has occupied a Grade II listed 18th century

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Friarage, a number of purpose-built facilities have been added, and two residential properties were acquired in 2003. The school’s plan was to expand the current teaching facilities on its three sites in several phases to minimise disruption to teaching, and to create a state-of-the-art theatre facility to help deliver its academic aspirations. The key design requirements included: To enhance the experience of staff, pupils and visitors to the school To provide facilities that would be modern, light and welcoming with a strong

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In this article, Ian Smith, Senior Manager at architectural aluminium facade systems specialist, Technal, looks at an ambitious redevelopment project at Yarm School which has delivered state-of-the-art teaching accommodation and an outstanding venue for performing arts.

This riverside scheme is generally three storeys high and has a rectilinear form to accommodate high specification classrooms


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All Technal’s systems were finished in dark blue-grey to complement the palette of materials selected for the building envelope

Fan construction The architects selected a considered palette of materials to create a visually interesting form for the new senior school buildings. These included pre-weathered zinc cladding, rendered panels, western red cedar cladding and aluminium curtain walling, which were chosen for their robustness, sustainability and quality of construction for technical performance and efficiency. The most recent phase of the senior school redevelopment focused on the construction of a fan-shaped performing arts centre. This theatre building has a sculptural

form to reflect its importance to the school. It provides a fully flexible auditorium capable of seating up to 800 people, and is connected by a double height entrance foyer which maximises the stunning views of the River Tees, to the riverside academic block. In the auditorium, an acoustic moveable partition can be drawn across the entrance to the stage to separate the forestage and auditorium from the stage area, allowing concurrent use as a fully independent studio theatre, and for the auditorium to be used for assemblies, lectures, music events, exams or dinner dances. The main auditorium seating is telescopic and has been designed to leave a completely clear flat floor if required. A large stage elevator that serves an orchestra pit can be pre-set to various levels, including basement for an orchestra ensemble, the main auditorium level or forestage level. Due to the close proximity to the River Tees, the internal floor level of the centre had to be raised above the surrounding external levels.The auditorium roof is formed with clear span 40m long curved steel trusses clad in elongated hexagonal pre-weathered zinc shingles for the vertical faces and a combination of faceted roof glazing and zinc standing seam cladding for the roof. Internally a combination of acoustically reflective, absorptive and diffusive finishes was selected to provide a high standard

of acoustic performance, suited to the multifunctional nature of the auditorium.

Striking contrast The auditorium and stage studio are clad in 40mm profile European oak timber slats radiating towards the centre point of the stage with absorptive or reflective acoustic backing. An extruded and randomised profile of the same timber slat is repeated on the rear auditorium wall to provide a degree of sound diffusion. A double height entrance foyer for the auditorium to make the most of the beautiful views over the river, was created using Technal’s GEODE-MX Visible Grid curtain walling.This system was also used for the dance studios, classrooms and corridors, filling the building with natural light.The GEODE-MX SG Mechanical option was selected for the music room – this system allows a flush glass facade and less visible aluminium. Technal’s FXi46 window system delivers high levels of natural ventilation throughout the project. Large bays of four side hung casements were inserted into the curtain walling and interspersed with western red cedar panels for the classrooms, with top hung windows and integrated rendered panels specified for the dance studio. In the corridor areas, the windows are electrically operated top hung systems, with contrasting enamel-stoved glazed spandrel panels also

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In the redevelopment of the senior school, which serves around 700 pupils, the centrepiece is an academic block overlooking the River Tees and spanning around 3700m2 of combined accommodation. It was designed to respect the scale and height of the listed Friarage building.This riverside scheme is generally three storeys high and has a rectilinear form to accommodate high specification classrooms and multi-use dance and drama group activity studios. Outside spaces include a courtyard for quiet contemplation, a series of ‘grand’ steps to provide a central meeting point and an outdoor terrace with views over the River Tees towards the hills in the distance. A combination of paving, decking and reinforced grass allow for relaxed outdoor space during regattas.


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Due to the close proximity to the River Tees, the internal floor level of the centre had to be raised above the surrounding external levels

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inserted into the GEODE curtain walling. According to the Project Architect, Barbora Bott at Associated Architects: “A key design element for the glazing was to achieve large spans with minimum sight lines to allow extensive daylight penetration and reduce artificial lighting. We were also looking for robust, low maintenance aluminium systems with good U-values, visual consistency across the project, a high standard of aesthetics, and value for money. “Technal’s facade products achieved all these criteria and have met our expectations. As a result, we would consider specifying them for other projects.” Specially-designed restrictors were used for the windows to the classrooms, and the position of the window handles was adjusted for the office areas on the east elevation, to allow easy opening of the windows which spanned floor to ceiling height. All Technal’s systems were finished in dark blue-grey to complement the palette of materials selected for the building envelope – white render, western red cedar horizontal panels, anodised aluminium perforated rainscreen panels, and pre-weathered zinc cladding. Low energy features of the project include a 110m deep ground source heat pump to provide underfloor heating for

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the whole theatre, solar panels to pre-heat water for changing rooms and toilet facilities; high efficiency gas boilers; high level brise soleil sun shading to reduce solar gain; heat recovery ventilation, and high levels of natural light to reduce the artificial lighting demand. The £20m redevelopment scheme and its diverse facilities are set to make a lasting impression on its students and on the local community, with its creative design for a bright and modern learning environment. And in recognition of this success, the performing arts centre has now been shortlisted in the RIBA North East Awards which celebrate the best in architecture and design in the built environment from across the region. It is an acknowledgement of a great building and recognition of the whole team’s effort, and most importantly, the school’s vision for high quality design.

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The most recent phase of the senior school redevelopment focused on the construction of a fan-shaped performing arts centre


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One such informal relationship changed to a formal alliance in 2011, when B & K Structures and the Austrian based Binderholz, created the X-LAM Alliance. The partnership brings together two of the construction industry’s most respected names with extensive knowledge in the field of engineered timber. The X-LAM Alliance formalises a long-standing working relationship and brings to the UK construction market a seamless and integrated way to supply cross laminated timber.

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With the development of lean approaches in construction, there is an increasing interest in optimising supply chain integration to improve the sourcing of products, materials and complementary services, explains X-LAM Alliance.

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nstead of competing against each other, companies are now taking a partnership approach, whereby, timber frame manufacturers, for example, are forming collaborations with downstream envelope solution providers. The development of a multi-faceted approach rationalises and safeguards supply chains and work schedules can be more effectively planned for associated and follow-on trades. Downstream supply chain markets, impact upon volume of work for upstream construction firms. This can affect procurement practices, tendering and pricing for individual project contracts or longer term agreements. For example, lack of integration can impact on the availability of materials and specified products; this inturn has implications on lead times, which in-turn impacts on costs and profit margins. As the construction industry grapples with the impact of the recession, new business models are emerging and relationships are changing from informal agreements to structured and integrated partnerships.

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B & K Structures, one of the UK’s leading solid timber structural engineering contractors, has pioneered the use of engineered timber, creating award-winning buildings in retail, commercial, residential, transport, healthcare, sports and leisure sectors. Nick Milestone of B & K Structures says: “There is a natural synergy between our companies, products and services. Our effective working relationship, together with a commitment to innovation, has resulted in our Alliance being at the forefront of European engineered timber research and development. Demand is rapidly increasing – in 2011, 45% of our projects used cross laminated timber which dramatically increased to 70% by the first half of 2012. In forming the Alliance our supply chain is secure and we can meet the increase in demand.” Binderholz is an Austrian specialist timber manufacturer with five production plants across the country employing in excess of 1150 staff and in 2012 Binderholz produced the most cross laminated timber in the world. Processing timber from the sustainable forests surrounding its plants, Binderholz manufacture cross laminated timber and glulam beams. Cross laminated timber is a structural two-way spanning timber panel that can be used to form walls, roof and floor panels as well as shear walls. It is produced by

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Optimise construction One of the major advantages of cross laminated timber is its inherent

fire resistance. It can be designed to accommodate substantial fire resistance and unlike steel remains structurally stable when subjected to high temperatures. Cross laminated panels can be produced with fire resistances of 30, 60 and 90 minutes. With experts in structural analysis, building physics, consultancy, planning and logistics – the X-LAM Alliance provides an all-encompassing in-house design, drawing, manufacturing and installation service – more details can be found at www. xlam-alliance.com.This structure allows the Alliance to optimise manufacturing, design and construction knowledge, as well as combining resources to deliver products,

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Product synergy Companies are increasingly concerned about the impact of their supply chain operations on the environment, as it can be difficult to balance environmental benefit with cost – the ‘Lean and Green’ dilemma. For any product ‘Lean and Green’ is a modelling approach that can help redesign global supply chains to be cost-efficient, minimise their impact on the environment and optimise delivery of products and services. It is therefore essential when forming supply chain partnerships to not only consider the synergy of products and services but equally to consider prospective partners approach to minimising environmental impact. The European partners of the X-LAM Alliance share the same environmental ethos and importantly, use only timber from sustainable sources, offering PEFC or FSC Certified Full Chain of Custody. Nick Milestone concludes: “Improving our supply chain, products and services by creating a formal partnership is proving a great success for both partners of our Alliance. In a way it is like a ‘marriage’ and before any formal agreement is reached, it takes a great deal of time, research and dedication to ensure you have found a compatible partner to enjoy a long and productive business relationship.

laminating and finger jointing soft wood timber lamellas at 90° to the layer below, this can encompass between 3 and 27 layers. Using a formaldehyde free adhesive between each layer gives a safe and environmental solution. Due to the nature of cross laminate construction, movement of the timber panels is dramatically reduced. Longitudinal and transverse movement is restricted to 0.01% and 0.025% per percentage change in moisture content respectively.

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RAIN/SuDS

A question of quality Surface water drainage can be an unlikely ‘unsung’ hero for developers keen to showcase environmentally sound projects with attractive landscaping features. Alex Stephenson, Director of Hydro International’s UK Stormwater Division and Chair of the British Water Sustainable Water Management (SuWM) Focus Group, explains more.

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For developers and contractors with a close eye on the bottom line – especially in the current economic climate – reconciling demands for swales, ponds or wetlands with a need to maximise a return on land use and minimise construction costs can be challenging. But SuDS solutions don’t have to be costly, or impractical. Choosing from the whole SuDS toolbox of ‘natural’ and manufactured techniques can often be the best way to achieve a solution that combines saleability with buildability. Why treat surface water runoff? As rain falls on impermeable surfaces it washes off pollution which is transported with silt and sediment carried in the flow. Depending on the site, pollutants can include litter, heavy metals, hydrocarbons and dissolved chemicals such as fertilisers and nutrients. If the runoff is left untreated, the receiving waters can suffer extensive and damaging pollution which affects the entire ecosystem.

Compulsory systems The EU’s Water Framework Directive (WFD) is driving improvements in water quality to meet the target of achieving ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ water quality status by 2015. In England and Wales, the Flood and Water Management Act is set to make SuDS compulsory for new developments of more than one property. Schemes will be approved by local authority SuDS Approving Bodies according to proposed new National

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Standards, which are expected to include stipulations for surface water treatment. There has been speculation that delays in implementation – now expected in April 2014 – have been due to developers’ concerns about the practicality and costs involved in the proposals. Legislation in Scotland is further advanced and already requires pollutant removal. Delivering effective SuDS solutions for pollutant removal is likely to require a number of stages or ‘levels of treatment’ to be incorporated depending on site conditions. Manufactured devices can be used to enable, enhance or protect ‘natural’ features, or be used by themselves to meet water quality objectives. They can help to overcome concerns about cost-effectiveness or land take of SuDS features. In response to the developing regulatory framework in the UK, Hydro has launched The Hydro StormTrain Series of surface water treatment devices. Four products, First Defense, Downstream Defender, UpFlo Filter and Hydro Filterra can be used independently or in combination to deliver a treatment train. Hydro International has developed a free online Surface Water Treatment Selection Tool which can be used to explore the options and costs of surface water treatment.

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Doors & Entrance Systems

Open up to space In light of recent research from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) which says a lack of space is one of the main causes of dissatisfaction with the home, Fergus Pickard, Product Development Director from P C Henderson offers advice to help projects gain vital space through the specification of cleverly-designed gear systems for sliding and folding doors.

principles of ‘designing out crime’. Owned by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), SBD focuses on crime prevention of homes and commercial premises and promotes the use of security standards for a wide range of applications and products. Their objective is to reduce burglary and crime in the UK through physical security and processes. There are different performance and test standards for burglar resistance for folding door systems, the European wide EN1627, and the UK specific PAS 24.

Enhanced security Both documents look to confirm that systems that have passed the prescribed tests offer an enhanced security performance from attack. Both demand similar testing for the system to withstand, it can be considered that PAS 24 focuses more on being able to resist high mechanical loads and dynamic impacts, while EN1627 expresses elements to test all the system against human attack. Whether interior or exterior, it is important to look for the right combination of a high performance product coupled with the style that can help create space for projects, whether new build or refurbishment. Being clever with the space available is key to creating a comfortable environment to live in.

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home by eliminating the room needed for it to swing and function. With the increasing trend to create an indoor/outdoor experience an innovative design approach to the existing interior floor plan is essential to create the open living environment. However, as this is probably the largest opening into a house, security is a high priority. Exterior folding doors can help create the vision but due to the opening size and considering the multiple points to secure, there is a need to ensure that the gear system provided has the high performance of a secure solution, together with the look and feel desired by the client. High performing hardware for exterior folding doors should be subjected to rigorous testing prior to claiming enhanced security features. Secured by Design (SBD) is the official UK Police flagship initiative supporting the

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CIH Preview

The CIH Housing Conference will deliver thoughtprovoking, practical and controversial debate

The CIH Housing annual Conference and Exhibition is the biggest and best attended event in the UK’s housing calendar. Housing 2013, taking place from 25-27th June, will bring together the whole of the housing sector – housing associations, local authorities, ALMOs, providers and partners, as well as leaders from the worlds of housing, politics, finance, other business sectors and the media.

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013 is set to be a big year in housing. The potential impact of Welfare Reform, direct payment of housing benefit, Local Authority self-financing and stimulus schemes for new build have been talked about for some time, but over the next 12 months we will see these big changes roll out and change the housing sector in some fundamental ways. The CIH Housing Conference will address all of the key issues facing the sector, delivering thought-provoking, practical and controversial debate and the very latest thinking and solutions to help you adapt to the changes ahead. This is the national housing event of the year, and the place to be to engage with and learn from some of the best minds in housing. Delegates will have the chance to benefit from the expertise of more than 100 speakers from government, leading lights from within the housing world, and experts from other sectors giving you their fresh

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perspectives around this year’s four key themes; Growth and Markets, Competition and Dynamism, Social Impact and People and Organisations.

Welfare reform Thousands of housing professionals will head to Manchester Central this June to take part in over 40 sessions looking ahead to the election in 2014 and what this might mean for the housing industry, addressing the myriad of issues surrounding welfare reform, discussing how we can maximise the opportunities for new build and, above all, focusing on the solutions needed to make these changes and challenges work for both housing organisations and their residents. Join us as leading experts take to the stage including Housing Minister Mark Prisk, Lord David Freud, Lord Michael Heseltine, TCPA Chief Executive Kate Henderson, Former Deputy Prime Minister

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John Prescott and many more. Pick up a wealth of strategic ideas, hands-on, practical advice and solutions and forecast the future in a range of keynotes, interactive panel discussions and debates. Over the course of the three days, more than 7500 people will flock to Manchester to share ideas, source providers and network. Networking is an integral part of CIH Housing with over 30 fringe activities held by individual clients, which will take place throughout conference and outside the main event hours, guaranteeing further networking into the night. This year, the organisers will host a Welcome to Manchester Dinner, incorporating the prestigious Housing Heroes Awards for the first time, on Monday 24th June. The dinner, hosted by financial journalist Naga Munchetty, will kick off conference week in style and is the perfect opportunity for delegates,VIPs, speakers, press and sponsors to meet and relax over a glass of bubbly before the start of a busy week. Grainia Long, Chief Executive, CIH comments: “Last year, the first CIH annual housing conference and exhibition in Manchester was a huge success – and I’m excited that this year will be packed with more debate, innovation, ideas and most importantly, solutions.”

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Evinox showcases solutions at CIH event Taking place from the 25th – 27th June at Manchester Central, the Chartered Institute of Housing exhibition is the largest and most well attended event in the UK’s housing calendar, bringing together more than 7600 people from across the industry with over 300 key suppliers. At the upcoming Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) exhibition, there will be a large number of free seminars and networking opportunities across the three-

day event, ensuring exhibition visitors really get the most out it. Evinox will be exhibiting at stand F57, where it will be discussing its complete

communal heating solutions, including PaySmart – its unique billing system that eliminates debt risk by enabling residents to pay for energy in advance. The company’s ModuSat Heat Interface range will also be on display, featuring a large range of models including twin plate and integrated storage units. With more than 12 years of experience in the Communal/District heating market, Evinox has been involved in the design and supply of equipment for many projects for both private and social housing schemes. Evinox specialises in providing integrated communal heating solutions – from initial survey to system design, product supply, ongoing trouble-free maintenance and a comprehensive support package including energy metering, billing and a revenue management service. In addition to this, Evinox will be unveiling its new ENE3 Compliant Room controller, which enables housing providers to gain credits towards the Code for Sustainable Homes.

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Wrekin Windows unveils new product at CIH Wrekin Windows, supplier of PVC-U windows and doors to the social housing sector, is unveiling its new Vertical Sliding Window System at this year’s CIH Conference and Exhibition held at Manchester Central.The Telford-based company has invested in design, research and development to create an authentic looking PVC-U sash window. For providers of social housing, the new Vertical Sliding Window System gives them the perfect solution to enhance the period properties in their portfolios, whilst remaining sympathetic to original architecture. Joining Wrekin Windows on its stand will be sister-company Permadoor exhibiting its range of fire doors. *

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Weholite confirmed for CIH Housing Exhibition 2013 Located at stand A49B, Asset will showcase its Weholite range of structured wall products made from the largest diameter high-density polyethylene pipe on the market aimed specifically at the housing sector. Products and applications include storm water attenuation tanks to manage excess water and prevent flooding, and its packaged pumping chambers.The Chartered Institute of Housing Annual Conference and Exhibition is the leading social and affordable housing event in the UK, bringing together housing associations, ALMOs and Local Authorities. Over three days, conference delegates will explore the key national issues facing the sector, share best practice and debate solutions to current and future challenges. *

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Weber targets housing sector Saint-Gobain Weber, UK formulator and manufacturer of innovative construction materials, is returning to the CIH Conference and Exhibition 2013. On stand F16, immediately opposite the Community Café, Saint-Gobain Weber will display an outstanding selection of External Wall Insulation (EWI) systems targeted at landlords in the social housing and refurbishment sector. The BBA certificated and Energy Saving Trust recommended EWI systems set an industry benchmark and will be showcased with supporting samples in a variety of finishes including scraped, dash, spray roughcast, synthetic, render brick and brick slips. *

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CPD Focus

New fenestration CPD for designers of building envelope A new RIBA approved CPD from REHAU gives architects and specifiers a useful insight into the current requirements for designing and specifying windows, doors and curtain walling as part of an energy efficient building envelope. Titled ‘Fenestration: Windows, Doors and Curtain Walling’, the CPD covers the benefits and drawbacks of the different materials and styles used in the UK fenestration market, the most suitable applications for different types, and the design considerations which affect their specification.The core competence seminar also covers the impacts of different Building Regulations on fenestration, sets out the relevant industry standards and thermal performance requirements. * jayne.blackborow@rehau.com

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Learning the right way for the highway Ultracrete, home to a range of market leading highways maintenance solutions, boasts bespoke outside and indoor

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training areas, specially developed for the highways industry. The facilities include an outside demonstration area, which closely mimics the external environment for carriageway reinstatement applications. Contractors can gain hands-on experience of using the full range of Ultracrete products. The indoor facilities include a number of meeting rooms that provide an ideal environment for presentations and theory. Ultracrete offers RIBA Approved CPDs which are available in half or full day formats and cover all stages of carriageway ironwork reinstatement using their HAPAS approved system. *

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Reap the benefits of polycarbonate cladding A CPD on the plethora of benefits of translucent polycarbonate cladding and roofing over other panels is available from Rodeca, one of the world’s pioneers in such systems. The CPD details how Rodeca panels help specifiers meet a host of performance criteria as well as offer a stunning, colourful aesthetic. Some 200 times tougher than glass, they enable light transmission between 5-65% and at the same time are highly efficient insulators of heat (< 0.71W/m²K) and sound (21-43dB). Lightweight but 200 times tougher than glass, they are manufactured with a tongue and groove coupling that enables quick and easy installation. *

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Online CPD supports inverted flat roofing specification RIBA has approved a new CPD online module from STYROFOAM manufacturer Dow Building Solutions, titled ‘Specifying insulation for inverted flat roofing’.The RIBA Online CPD offers information on extruded polystyrene products as an insulation choice for inverted flat roofs and gives key pointers to bear in mind when reviewing U-value calculations and specifying insulation material for such applications. Specifying insulation for inverted flat roofing can be accessed at www.ribacpd.com/ dow-building-solutions/02540/ overview/ and is part of the RIBA Core Curriculum.The CPD also provides information about the benefits of inverted flat roofs, and offers advice on how to assess the suitability of different insulation products. dbsuk@dow.com ( 020 3139 4000 *

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Low surface temperature radiators The aims and learning outcomes of this CPD presentation from

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SPAB building conservation and repair courses Spaces on the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) courses are still available but are being filled quickly. A variety of seminars and practical masterclasses on the repair and conservation of buildings are still available for booking and are an unrivalled source of information for anyone working with older buildings – architects, surveyors, engineers, builders and conservation officers.Some courses are recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) for CPD and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for Advanced CPD. *

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Floors, Walls & Ceilings

Vivid tiles transform workplace Westbond and Tessera carpet tiles from Forbo have helped bring a mill refurbishment project in Leeds to life for leading media buying agency MediaCom. New Tessera Circulate has been incorporated into the vivid interior design of the agency’s new base – a perfect reflection of its forward-thinking brand

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aving undergone extensive regeneration, the mill is now a hub for media businesses. MediaCom’s interior brief was clear: to create a lively and inspiring place to work, with the design conveying the personality and values of the business. Atul Bansal, Design Partner and founder of Sheila Bird Group, commissioned to design the scheme, immediately saw the potential of the new Tessera Circulate design. Boldly contrasting sharp geometric lines with organic curves, this random lay

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batchless carpet tile is ideal for all sizes of commercial installations. The tonal blocks of colour intersected by concentric circles that randomly connect across the floor create a refreshing and unexpected aesthetic.

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Pink, Graphite and Prune colourways were specified for conference rooms and breakout spaces. “It was really important to bring the space to life, and the carpet tiles from Forbo were the anchor around which we based the rest of the colours and textures,” says Atul. “MediaCom has a vibrant brand personality so it was essential that this was translated into the design. “Tessera Circulate instantly grabbed me with its contemporary aesthetic, and reflects the vibrant, fast-paced and youthful side of the business. The Westbond Colour tiles in Graphite represent the mature side of the brand and its long history, while the vivid pink tiles reflect the company’s sense of humour and echo the tones used in its literature and online presence.” Contrasts in colour and pattern highlight workstations, meeting areas and chill out spaces. As modular floor coverings, the carpet tiles lend themselves perfectly to this sort of application, and mix easily with other floor finishes. Simon Price, Director of MediaCom, comments: “We are extremely pleased with our new offices and the floor coverings from Forbo have certainly contributed to the lively, creative atmosphere. The colours and patterns are a great reflection of MediaCom’s brand values and have really helped transform the space.”

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Jaymart makes a Big 5 entrance At the recent Big 5 exhibition in Dubai, Jaymart demonstrated its capabilities as a specialist producer of bespoke matting systems. Alongside providing a corporate logo service, the company has positioned itself to work in harmony with architects meeting exact requirements for unique applications. Family-owned Jaymart Rubber & Plastics produces specialised aluminium entrance matting systems for commercial projects worldwide. The company’s most recent marketing efforts included showcasing its prestigious ranges in Dubai at the Big 5 exhibition, whereby a very special logo mat was produced for display. Sales Director, Paul Macfarlane, says: “We are very project-specific, as well as being specified architecturally, with bespoke matting systems that are

created for a specific installation. “Our entrance mattings focus on dust and sand removal for the Middle Eastern market and dust and water removal for the European market, so that they do not get trafficked into the building. Our products have been tried and tested, and come in any shapes and sizes from traditional rectangular to circular.” The company is also commissioned for corporate logos for airports, schools and hospitals, as well as for military bases

in the UK and abroad. Alongside entrance mats, Jaymart produces commercial and industrial safety floorings and specialist mats. In addition to creating its unique range of products, it works as advisor and researcher into new and innovative flooring systems in order to cater for the requirements of designers and architects. *

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Founders Collection celebrates Kährs’ heritage Kährs has introduced a new collection of rustic one-strip floors. A celebration of Kährs’ Swedish tradition and fine craftsmanship, the Founders Collection includes eight new oak designs and joins Kährs Original Range. Each floor is named after a member of the Kährs’ family, that founded the company in 1857, and features a striking combination of hand-crafted finishing treatments. Heavy brushing, handscraping and smoking emphasise the lively grained timber and tactile finish, whilst a distinct bevelled edge complements the boards’ single plank format. All floors from the new Founders Collection feature Kährs ethical, high performance construction. *

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Flooring is child’s play As part of its ongoing partnership with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Interface has helped to create a unique and vibrant indoor play area for young visitors to Whipsnade Zoo. Sandra Crewe, Corporate Partnerships Manager at ZSL, says: “We really wanted the Interface team to deliver this project as we knew they would create a stunning design without compromising on sustainability and performance.They have gone above and beyond our expectations, creating a vibrant play area to stimulate young minds through play, and it’s reassuring to know that the chosen tiles are durable enough to withstand heavy use for years to come.”

Sikkens unveils masterclasses Premium woodcare brand, Sikkens has announced that it will be launching a programme of video ‘MasterClasses’ to support and guide specifiers on the usage and presentation of wood in construction. Sikkens will be launching four video modules throughout the 2013 woodcare season, each of which will provide a wealth of information and insight on a range of specification challenges, from making the right substrate choice through to maintenance and colour advice.The first video, available to view on the Sikkens website, is live now and focuses on the role of wood in both internal and external modern construction. *

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Sound and light increases productivity

Innovative lighting and striking acoustic ceiling design have been brought together by Phillips and Saint-Gobain Ecophon to create a unique office solution which can improve workplace productivity. Designed to enhance worker well-being and boost concentration in open plan offices, Soundlight Comfort Ceiling combines the very best acoustic performance with the latest in lighting.The new innovation

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N&C Moderna recieves prestigious Contractor award Congratulations to N&C Moderna for being awarded Tile Contractor of the Year 2013 at the prestigious Tile Association awards. N&C Moderna were recognised for being able to offer the complete tiling solution for clients within a wide range of industries, specialising in ceramic, stone, mosaic, porcelain, glass, geometric and encaustic, heated floors, temporary flooring, wet rooms and more. With their strong market presence, they were acknowledged for being able to offer professional, high quality workmanship, with the ability to undertake any project from large standard domestic installations to carrying out the most intricate and unique commercial applications and design. *

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Kerakoll performs swimmingly The mural in this private swimming pool uses glass shapes inserted into water jet cut white tiles and illuminated from below. Kerakoll H40 Eco Tenaflex was chosen to fix the tiles due to its pure white colour, which is achieved by using Carrara marble, and extended open time allowing each part of the mural to be positioned precisely. Kerakoll Fugabella Eco Porcelana 0-5 was chosen as the grout due to its extremely smooth texture and natural anti bacterial properties, and the joints were sealed with Kerakoll Eco Silicone because of its high bond strength and anti mould characteristics. *

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Correct specification of flooring products not only increases the lifetime of a floor, but ensures performance is at the highest level. Ultra Floor believes priming is an essential part of the flooring installation process helping to dramatically reduce the risk of failure. There are three key reasons why you should prime every time. Firstly, priming reduces the floor’s absorbency. When wet smoothing compounds are applied to porous substrates, such as tamped concrete and timber, moisture can pass into the subfloor which in turn expels air. The moisture loss prevents full hydration of the binding materials in the compound giving a weaker strength product, whilst the air expelled causes pinholes in the cured product. An appropriate primer will minimise these issues. Secondly, priming increases adhesion. Correct priming serves as a bonding aid between the compound and the substrate. This is especially important in today’s market where a) the types of substrate are much more varied, and b) smoothing compounds are of a higher strength, thus

Beauty makeover treatment from Remmers The Beauty Shop in Huddersfield required an upgrade to the flooring of the ground-floor treatment and tanning rooms. The Salon required a change to the original colour scheme and selected a two coloured Remmers Colorid Flake system to be installed throughout.The revamp also required a corresponding darker floor to be installed in the tanning room due to the nature of the treatments. All of the floor areas were initially prepared; base coated with Epoxy BS3000 and then flaked with Colorid. All areas were then sealed with Epoxy UV 100 and two coats of Remmers PUR Aqua Top M to create the specified colours and design. *

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requiring greater adhesion. Thirdly, correct priming acts as an interface between materials preventing incompatibility or reaction. The use of a barrier primer will prevent this unwanted contact, avoiding a reaction and possible failure. The renowned Ultra Floor range includes Prime IT AR moisture tolerant, water based acrylic primer, suitable for absorbent subfloors, and Prime IT N polymer emulsion primer, which is recommended for use as a bonding aid. Use Prime IT N neat onto non absorbent substrates, to give a tough, well bonded primer, ready to receive a cementitious smoothing compound.

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BBA gets go ahead for Solid Wall CPS The BBA’s application to operate a competent person self-certification scheme for the installation of solid wall insulation has been accepted by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).The scheme covers the installation of internal, external and hybrid insulation systems and is an excellent complement to the BBA’s many Agrément Certificates for solid wall insulation systems.The scheme will mean installers can self-certify that their work complies with Building Regulations without the need for a separate assessment by Building Control. Surveillance visits by the BBA will be a requirement of the scheme along with notifications of all installations completed by scheme members. *

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Conren takes care of Prism floor Epoxy resin specialist, Conren has completed a flooring project for Prism Medical, provider of specialist bathing, handling, and moving equipment. An area of approximately 3000m2 was mechanically prepared to remove an existing coating which was delaminating. The area was then coated with two coats of Conren Dustguard epoxy resin coating in various colours, providing designated working zones within the production and dispatch area. The floor was then completed with demarcation lines and zebra crossings to delineate safe pedestrian access. To minimise disruption to the business, the work was carried out to a tight schedule during the annual shutdown. *

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Sudscape drives forward eco Toyota project The eco credentials of Toyota’s vehicle manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire have been boosted following the installation of a revolutionary landscaping product made from recycled car tyres, Sudscape. The Sudscape system has been installed on an area of the plant’s VIP entrance to the Assembly Building by principal contractor, Whitehouse Construction. The area hosts visitors and is used to demonstrate the technologies and environmental performance of the factory itself and the

cars which are produced. This is the second installation of the Sudscape system at the Toyota factory. An initial installation involved the factory’s ‘showcase’ area, and this latest project will see an extension to this, ensuring an aesthetically pleasing continuity.

Sudscape comprises a sub layer of recycled car tyres topped with a resin bound aggregate which is available in several colour options. It can be used indoors or outdoors, where its SUDS-compliant properties mean that it totally eliminates the risk of standing water. The rubber sub base is able to hold water in its voids before it can be naturally absorbed back into the water table. Unlike other landscaping products, it does not need to be laid on a tarmac or concrete base, making the installation process efficient and straightforward. The project was completed in just one week meeting an important deadline – an event celebrating 20 years of manufacturing in the UK which was attended by senior worldwide executives and local dignitaries. Wayne Langford, Sales and Marketing Director at Sudscape comments: “Sudscape boasts a superb combination of aesthetics, performance and sustainability. For Toyota Manufacturing UK, who are committed to a sustainability agenda, the fact that it is made from recycled car tyres makes a considerable contribution to that endeavour, and we are delighted to be playing a role in this.” *

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Buzon UK maximises outdoor space Maximising the ability to use premium flat roof spaces and balcony areas in apartment blocks, the high quality, adjustable screw-jack pedestals from Buzon allow the creation of paved, stone or timber decks that add value to new build and refurbishment projects. With Buzon pedestals, a lightweight deck can be built directly over single ply roofs without adding significantly to the structural loading of the roof or the building. They can also be placed directly on top of a warm roof without damage to the waterproof membrane or insulation layer. *

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Practice votes Yeoman Rainguard a winner

With over 20 years’ experience and a passion for stunning architectural design, Sutton Coldfield-based practice Janes Architectural, has specified Yeoman Rainguard Rainwater Systems on many of its award winning projects. Simon Janes, from Janes Architectural Practice, explained: “We first used Yeoman Rainguard seven years ago, as its products were the perfect solution for our projects, many of which are bespoke designed houses at the ‘high end’ of the market.We didn’t want to fit standard, plastic rainwater goods and Yeoman Rainguard’s XL Aluminium range really fitted the bill providing a high quality product with the traditional appearance required and good value for money.” *

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Anti-slip treatment for timber decking The striking and complex decked pontoon at Herons Quay, Canary Wharf was designed by the landscape architect with three key specification challenges, slip resistance, durability and aesthetics. The solution was John Brash AntiSlip Plus timber decking, European redwood slow grown for the best quality timber, which was preservative treated with a brown pigment to replicate the finish of a hardwood. The deck boards were treated to ‘Use Class 4’ to cope with the demands of a challenging salt water location on the Thames. Two JB Anti-Slip inserts were used to give a superior non-slip finish exceeding the HSE requirements for ‘extremely low slip risk’. *

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Finding the route to success Bollards International’s Cycleway Bollards were recently supplied by the main contractor CA Blackwell Ltd, for Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s £2.6 million project creating a series of strategic cycle routes connecting residents of North Solihull with key employment sites in the area. The Scheme, funded jointly through the European Regional Development Fund, managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Solihull Council, will develop and enhance existing cycling opportunities in North Solihull by creating an additional 13km of cycle friendly routes.The new routes will link into cycle improvements created through the recently completed Airport and NEC Integrated Transport Access Scheme, which was funded by the Department for Transport. Bollards International’s cycleway products met the scheme’s requirements on a

number of levels. In terms of performance, the bollards are extremely robust and ideal for eco-conscious customers as the inner structural core is manufactured from recycled steel. Furthermore, the bollards are moulded from engineering-grade polyurethane elastomer containing chemicals derived from a renewable source (rapeseed oil) and fillers from recycled materials. The bollard mould itself is also derived from real wood to give an exact wood grain finish. Ensuring the bollards remain of a consistently high quality, a top-coat of highperformance, two-part polyurethane paint

is used. This finish chemically bonds with the PU body eliminating any possibility of paint flake or chipping. It is the best product on the market for long-term durability and weathering resistance. Bollards International successfully manufactured and delivered a cost-effective, wood lookalike cycleway bollard, suitable for displaying traffic signs and symbols, whilst defining the cycle network in a stylish, environmentally friendly way. *

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Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Mira Beam shines new light on enclosures Designed to complement the rising demand for wetrooms and low shower trays, the Beam range of semi-frameless shower enclosures from Mira Showers – the UK’s leading manufacturer of showering products and accessories – combines both prestige styling and value for money. With an increased height of 1.9m from the top of the tray, Mira’s Beam enclosures are not only consistent with contemporary bathroom design chic, but are also tall enough to obviate the obstruction possible when a traditional height enclosure is ‘dropped’ to the floor or set on a low tray. The upmarket appearance has been achieved without compromising ease of installation as each wall profile is adjustable to up to 29mm, while the doors are supplied ‘un-handed’, meaning they are easily reversible for left and right hand opening. This means installers can deliver a clean, professional installation in a minimum of time and with minimum disruption. Each enclosure is supplied with all the

hallmarks of quality – a 10 year guarantee; power shower approval and the chrome finish demanded by 90% of consumers wanting this type of product. Combining contemporary styling with practicality and easy maintenance, Beam range of shower enclosures feature Easyclean coated glass and semi-frameless side panels and includes models to suit every situation and taste with no fewer than eight different formats including: pivot doors, bifold doors, sliding doors, side panels, quadrants, pentagon, wetroom divider panels and walk-in. Each door style features mechanisms to ensure trouble-free operation. Dual-roller bogies ensure smooth and consistent

Maxwood Washrooms stars in drama college Washrooms from Maxwood, combining contemporary styling with outstanding durability, are part of Cardiff’s award-winning Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Maxwood provided a full supply and fit service with purpose-designed toilet cubicles and hand wash vanity units for the multi-million pound facility near Cathays Park, which includes a 400-seat concert hall, Richard Burton Theatre, cafe and foyer and performance studios. The washrooms’ smart monochrome colour scheme with stainless steel and solid timber accents reflects the new building’s innovative design, which received a UK-wide RIBA award and three Welsh architectural awards. *

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TMVs now boast tectite technology Plumbing systems manufacturer Pegler Yorkshire has announced the launch of a new valve. The Tectite TMV series combine the latest in metal push-fit technology with protection against hot water scalding and thermal shock.The Tectite TMV utilises the latest innovations in metal push-fit technology and will provide connectivity to copper, stainless steel and PE-X and PB. It also benefits from additional push-fit advantages such as installed cost savings, as joints are made in a fraction of the time, heat free therefore no requirement for a hot works permit and rotatable joints which makes working in confined spaces easier. *

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performance of sliding doors (including quadrants). Bi-fold models incorporate a planet gear mechanism that correctly aligns the door, while the adjustable ball catch used on the pivot door offers additional installation flexibility. *

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Ultra Tile creates the ‘wow’ factor Ceramica Fix has used popular Ultra Tile products to create the ‘wow’ factor in student accommodation at two of Leicester’s impressive university campuses. The bathroom and kitchen in each flat were tiled using Ultra Tile Prime IT FP acrylic surface conditioner and flexible additive, ProSet SS tile adhesive and FlexJoint super fine grout. In this application, Prime IT FP was added to the adhesive to enhance bond and flexibility enhancing its performance. ProSet SS was then used to tile bathroom and kitchen walls with porcelain and ceramic tiles respectively. Joint finishing was completed using Ultra Tile FlexJoint grout in white and cream. *

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Mira’s Adept meets modern needs Hard on the heels of Agile, Mira’s first ‘high design’ mixer shower launch of 2013; the company has now introduced the Adept built-in mixer range for new installations. Stylish, compact and easy to install, Adept delivers a contemporary aesthetic combined with a host of benefits and accessories that will appeal to the end-user, developer, installer and stockist alike. To complement the range there is a choice of upmarket accessories that can be retrofitted to meet individual tastes, enabling developers to offer buyers the chance to trade up. These accessories include an extra parking socket for the showerhead, soap holders and shower gel dispensers. Customers can select from six models, all guaranteed for five years and featuring separate temperature and flow controls complete with large, long-life filters and replaceable cartridges for easy servicing. The range comprises the Adept BIV and BIV Eco, with 90mm multi-mode showerhead; the Adept BIR with a 200mm deluge shower head; the Adept BIR+ with a

250mm deluge shower head; the Adept BRD which has a 90mm multi-mode showerhead and a 200mm deluge head; and the Adept BRD+ which has a 110mm multi-mode showerhead and a 250mm deluge head. Both the Adept BIR+ and the Adept BRD+ are premium products that will be distributed through showroom channels. Specifically developed to provide the integrated appearance of a built-in mixer, Mira Adept mixers are easier to install than most built-in valves thanks to features such as the miniature valve body with back-plate.The miniature valve means there is less digging out and the plastic backplate makes mounting the value onto the wall or stud work much easier.

All models come with the Magni-flo system that gives up to three times more flow and are suitable for all systems apart from the Mira Adept BIV Eco which requires a minimum of 0.5 bar pressure because it features a water-saving regulator that cuts the flow to 6 litres/minute in order to meet the Code for Sustainable homes.

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STEAM FREE MIRRORS AND WARM FLOORS WITH demista™ AND Cosyfloor™ Tired of peering through a steamed up mirror when applying makeup, styling hair or shaving? There is no need to wipe clear, or open windows wide on a frosty morning, when you install a selfadhesive demista™ pad behind the mirror. Simply wire into the lighting system or use a separate switch to ensure a clear view in the steamiest of bathrooms.

Why step out of a warm bath, or shower, on to a cold floor when you can have the luxury of Cosyfloor™ under floor comfort heating. The system is safe to use in wet areas, ideal for bathrooms, wet rooms, kitchens, and other areas where water may be spilt.

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Roofing, Cladding & Insulation

Protection against inward migration A circle has no beginning and has no end. This means compared with a conventional rectangular (horizontal-headed) opening, a circular opening requires a different approach to protect it against damp ingress. Contrary to what one might expect, one of the most vulnerable areas with any circular opening within a cavity wall is at the bottom – the 6 o’clock position. Concentrations of water can end up at this lowest point so protection against inwardly migration needs to include safeguarding this area also. A swift and reliable approach is to incorporate a preformed circular cavitray. Known as the Type K and manufactured from solid petheleyne dpc, the Type K is supplied in one piece ready to envelop the circular window. It fits snugly onto the frame, physically wrapping it, establishing a 360° barrier. The entire window outer edge is covered and the frame isolated from the damp masonry it abuts. More importantly,

the Type K cavitray extends within the cavity outwardly around the entire opening, establishing a physical dpc integrity barrier between both skins of masonry. At the top, the Type K can either be built into the inner skin or the self-supporting cavity upstand may pressure-hinge against it. The designer has a choice that makes this versatile circular cavitray suitable for both traditional and timber frame construction. At the bottom the forward integrity flap ensures water cannot permeate inwardly at the vulnerable 6 o’clock position. Cavity Trays manufactures circular cavitrays in a range of diameters to suit all cavity widths. The 360 degree approach

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UNILIN offers thermal performance

Kingspan delivers for M&S A new Marks & Spencer’s distribution centre in Castle Donington has achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating with the help of Kingspan Multibeam and Multichannel, Kingspan Insulated Panels’ Structural Products & Systems. Kingspan Multibeam is a purlin and rail system which is suitable for bay spans of up to 15m. Kingspan Multichannel sections are designed to complement the Kingspan Multibeam system, providing a robust construction. Kingspan Insulated Panels’ Structural Products & Systems have been awarded a Gold Standard under the Steel Construction Sustainability Charter. *

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UNIPUR PLUS Structural Insulated Roof Panels by UNILIN, now offer architects and specifiers 0.15W/m2K thermal performance across a span of 4.2m, dramatically improving the thermal performance of large roofs, while cutting down on building material and speeding up installation. UNIPUR PLUS panels are available in a range of depths with the 192mm thick panel achieving a U-value of 0.15. More impressive is the ability of UNIPUR PLUS to deliver this performance consistently over a 4.2m span up to a pitch of 45˙.The panels comprise two timber rafters fixed to and stabilised by a rigid facing board that also forms the ceiling finish. *

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Leister UNIROOF for single ply roof membrane The latest model in the range of Leister single ply membrane roof welding machines, the Leister UNIROOF 240v, ensures a consistent 40mm overlap weld particularly for smaller installation areas, or in areas that are confined but still need to meet the technical requirements of 40mm. Based on the design of the already well-established 110v Uniplan Roof, the UNIROOF provides more power and therefore welds more metres per minute when welding plastic membrane.The Leister UNIROOF employs the same operating controls as the Varimat V making it straightforward and intuitional to use for materials such as PVC, TPO, ECB and EPDM. *

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Shackerley ceramic granite facelift at private hospital As part of the multi-million pound refurbishment at a Nuffield Health private hospital in Tunbridge Wells, architects at Kendall Kingscott in Bristol specified Shackerley’s Sureclad ceramic granite ventilated facades to give the dated, red-brick exteriors a facelift. “Our aim was to dramatically improve the facilities and patient experience at the hospital,” comments Mark Palmer, Project Architect. “Whilst the interior refurbishment was our priority, the exterior styling, dating back to 1968, was also in need of a radical makeover.We wanted to provide a new outer envelope that would present an upmarket contemporary image befitting the newly modernised healthcare facility. Overcladding was the obvious solution.” After considering a wide range of different facade installation methods and materials the architects opted to use Shackerley’s Sureclad

system in conjunction with a travertine effect ceramic granite facade panel. “We were impressed by the appearance and quality of the ceramic granite,” says Mark. “From a distance it looks slick and streamlined as you would expect from an engineered material, yet at close quarters it has a very natural stone look with real depth and texture.” Specification of the Sureclad system also provided an opportunity to upgrade the environmental performance of the building, as Mark explains: “We used Kingspan K15 insulation in the cavity behind the ceramic

granite to significantly improve the thermal efficiency.” “As a practice we’re very pleased indeed with the final results,” concludes Mark Palmer. “Shackerley’s Sureclad ceramic granite cladding system offers an attractive and extremely cost effective way to completely transform the appearance of a building and at the same time enhance its environmental performance.We will certainly consider proposing this approach again.” *

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LEVATO MONO, a next generation paver system Pavers comprised of a 20mm single layer of loadbearing porcelain stoneware, with incredible technical and aesthetic features. Self-levelling and height adjustable pedestals allow for rapid installation over uneven sub-surfaces and any waterproof membrane.

Just a few of the benefits: • • • • • • • • •

Ideal for roof terraces & balconies ‘Floating’ floor - installation over single ply membranes High load bearing - static load up to 1 tonne per paver Eternal product - massive over life savings Zero maintenance Slip resistance: BS pendulum test up to +65 wet Timber & stone effect - 11 finishes available Completely non-pourous Lightweight - 45kg per sqm

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Roofing success for serpentine project With a name like The Serpentine, it’s no wonder that this snaking housing project called for a flexible roofing solution. The £11.6m regeneration scheme in Aylesbury saw a former MoD site transformed into an affordable, sustainable housing development, comprising 94 terraced houses forming a continuous curved building. After the existing building was demolished, a timber-frame structure was erected to form the development’s snaking shape. Accurate Roofing was tasked with installing the roof element, with Sika Sarnafil single ply specified for its flexibility and suitability to tricky detailing. But, says the roofing contractor’s Adrian Humphries, the shape posed a number of technical challenges. “The main challenge was the unusual construction method used by main contractor Denne,” he reveals. “This saw the huge timber structure erected from opposite ends, section by section, until eventually meeting in the middle. The

main reason for this was to overcome the fire hazard that working in a complete, elongated structure otherwise posed. But this meant the roofs had to be weathered section-by-section before meeting in the middle.” The roof features a total of 3800m2 Sika Sarnafil membrane in Lead Grey. The shape and pitch of the roof called for the utmost precision when installing the main membrane as well as the various detailing. Adrian adds: “The roof’s curvaceous nature meant that we had to install the single ply in sections on a steep 20-degree pitch to make sure the standing seam

profiles were precisely measured to create the stunning visual appearance of the finished roof.” Adrian says Accurate Roofing is proud of this prestigious project: “The Serpentine put our skills to the test, but we are pleased to have overcome the challenges on time, on budget and to the satisfaction of all involved. All agreed it is one of the most spectacular constructions due to its size, innovative construction method and unusual shape.” *

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Institute of Roofing welcomes 19 Langley staff

Nordic waves from Aurubis London’s Holland Park School has been completely redeveloped with a new building that takes an innovative approach to controlling and optimising sunlight, with a brise soleil of curved fins clad in copper and copper alloy supplied by Aurubis Architectural. Maximising natural lighting with extensive glazing, while controlling glare and solar gain, proved central to architects Aedas’s strategy for design of the facades.The west facade is defined by a series of vertical fins – each clad in Nordic Brown pre-oxidised copper, Nordic Brass or Nordic Bronze – which combine to take on a strong, dynamic three-dimensional character. *

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An impressive 19 members of staff from Langley Waterproofing Systems Ltd (Langley) have been put forward to become members of The Institute of Roofing this month.The move to induct so many members from the same company during a single application process is unprecedented and affirms the commitment of the national roofing and waterproofing expert to providing the best service and most skilled members of staff in the industry.The 19 members of staff have applied to join the Institute at a variety of levels, from Affiliate through to Fellow, based on their roles and experience. *

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Reduce carbon emissions with Kingspan Sol-Air Kingspan Insulated Panels has re-launched Sol-Air, a simple and intelligent solar air heating system. Previously known as EnergiPanel, Sol-Air absorbs incident solar radiation and converts it into heat energy, warming air to be pumped through a building’s heating system. Aimed at significantly reducing a building’s carbon emissions, Sol-Air can also help deliver LEED and BREEAM credits. As well as its sustainability credentials, Sol-Air provides rapid payback on investment and is perfect in winter months when heating demand is high. Kingspan large scale test facilities have shown that heating costs could be reduced up to 20% when Sol-Air panels are used. *

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The MCIAT Professional Assessment

– a new qualifying route What is the MCIAT Professional Assessment?

The MCIAT Professional Assessment is a flexible, rigorous, robust and quality assured qualifying process, based on performance and designed to recognise the diversity of Architectural Technology. Candidates must provide an in-depth critical analysis clearly summarising their professional experience. This should be a reflective report and should refer to challenges and successes encountered whilst working on projects and how any issues were resolved. Applicants should also undertake a self-evaluation highlighting their strengths and weaknesses in relation to their area(s) of practice. The Professional Assessment process is based on four core competencies: • Designing • Managing • Practising • Developing (self)

Who can apply for the MCIAT Professional Assessment? Any applicant working in or on, for example, academia, general practice, component design, refurbishment, small residential projects, large commercial projects etc within Architectural Technology, should be able to apply their own experience to the Professional Assessment process, but they must hold one of the following membership grades: ACIAT, TCIAT or profile candidate. Each application will be assessed on its merit. However, each applicant will need to demonstrate a sufficient level of knowledge and understanding and professional competence/experience in relation to their sphere/s of practice and demonstrate to the Institute they can meet the expectations of a Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT.

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FastframeUk completes complex new build

The Mary Hare School, for the profoundly deaf in Newbury, Berkshire, can now benefit from the provision of their newly built accommodation block. The main contractor for the build was Sir Robert McAlpine and the company subcontracted the installation of the windows and doors to Fastframe Uk. The complexity and demanding nature of the project meant that an experienced and high quality contractor was required. It was Fastframe Uk’s portfolio of successfully

Sika launches new joint sealants Global building product manufacturer Sika has launched two new joint sealing solutions to add to its extensive range of commercial building facade sealants. In meeting the high performance standards expected of architects and specifiers, the new SikaHyflex joint sealants are highly durable, cost-effective and will enable a ‘one stop shop’ for all commercial building applications.The SikaHyflex 250 Facade is more suited to masonry application including precast concrete panels, while the SikaHyflex 260 Facade can be used where high UV resistance is paramount such as the sealing of metal facade components or the perimeter sealing around windows. *

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completed high profile projects together with the reassurance of the Deceuninck products the company manufactures that helped to secure the contract in this instance.

The architect had designed the building to include very high specification windows to ensure maximum safety and energy efficiency. Extended folding openers were required to meet a specific ventilation requirement but also protect the pupils inside. A Tremco EDPM membrane needed to be fitted with the cavity closers to create excellent heat retention. The glass specified was 6.2mm Pilkington Suncool to maximise energy efficiency. Paul Moody at Fastframe Uk says: “PVCu windows offer excellent energy efficiency these days and the specification on these windows shows just how far the technology has come. It was a pleasure to work to such exacting standards.” FastFrame Uk installed Deceuninck’s 2800 series with a Foiled coating in Anthracite Grey on the outside and white on the inside, matching in with aluminium doors in the same colour. Fastframe Uk’s fitting teams worked alongside other trades at the site to ensure the contract was completed on time, something that meant a great deal of planning and practicality was required. *

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Litchfield Group launches Masterdor thermal door

Masterdor has developed an ultra-high performance thermal door, which delivers a U-Value of 1.0W/m2K combined with 60-minute fire protection.The unrivalled Masterdor Thermal Fire door, which is suitable for domestic and commercial use, delivers excellent thermal performance, as well as structural strength and a high resistance to warping, bowing and twisting, in the event of a fire. This door acts as a reliable reliable barrier to the passage of smoke and/or fire for a full hour. Tested in accordance with British Standard EN1634-1, the Masterdor Thermal Fire door passed 60-minute time-temperature curve tests at temperatures of up to 1000°c to achieve excellent fire integrity rating. *

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Dulux Trade revamps Weathershield colour guide Paint manufacturer, Dulux Trade, has updated its Weathershield colour guide to include a selection of its most popular woodcare colours.The resource has been designed to provide inspiration for specifiers, and to help them select the perfect colour palette for any project.The pre-made schemes – divided into classic, country and contemporary categories – ensure that colour selection for any type of building is simple. Giving exceptional, long-lasting protection to exterior masonry, wood and metal trim,Weathershield products deliver outstanding performance whenever there is a need to enhance the appearance of outdoor surfaces.

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Tormax automatic access at Toyota plant

Upgrading the experience for visitors to Toyota’s vehicle manufacturing plant in Derbyshire, a set of TORMAX bi-parting glass automatic doors were installed to provide easy access between the Visitor Centre and the factory for the electric tour train. TORMAX advised using its advanced IP-65 rated operator as the door had to be mounted externally due to positioning of structural steel mullions. “TORMAX

worked successfully with the main contractor to install the entrance system within a tight two-week deadline, ensuring it was ready for a large 20 year anniversary

celebration event attended by 50 VIPs,” comments Ian Clemson, Principal Engineer, Facilities and Environment at Toyota. “The new automatic sliding door system is a practical addition that also adds aesthetic prestige.” The TORMAX entrance incorporates a concealed induction loop that will be activated by the tour train to automatically open and close the glass doors, allowing safe entry and exit from the Assembly shop. The IP-65 rated sealed units are designed to deliver ongoing performance in a range of challenging environments including swimming pools, clean rooms and even hospital operating theatres which need to be pressure-washed. Manufactured to be corrosion-free these superior operators also allow automatic access to be installed in salt-laden air such as on cruise ships. “The entrance looks suitably impressive and has received positive comments from visitors,” explains Paul Lawson, Area Manager for TORMAX. “A second TORMAX entrance is due for installation shortly.”

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Swish products impress at Redrow Development

Love at firstsite with GEZE UK Manufacturer of door and window control systems, GEZE UK, has created an all-glass dual entrance for firstsite, a world-class contemporary visual arts organisation in Colchester. Two giant pivoted glass door leaves were installed, each with a smaller door leaf cut out within it. Single Slimdrive SL operators were then fixed through glass onto each smaller door leaf. These were then interfaced to work as a pair, so the smaller doors automatically slide apart as visitors approach, providing easy access for all and minimal heat loss. When the larger doors are required, the power can be quickly disconnected with the automatic doors open. *

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Residents of Redrow’s prestigious new housing development in Lytham St Annes are enjoying attractive and warm homes, thanks to Swish window and door systems. Swish’s ‘A’ rated casement windows were used for the family homes and villas in the development, while curtain walling was also used for the villas, plus the apartments. Beck Brown coloured foils were utilised for the curtain wall and windows, in order to create a modern, aesthetically appealing finish. Some of the larger properties on the development also feature sliding patio doors, which adhere to Secured by Design specifications. *

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Litchfield Group launches Sheerframe Bi-fold door

The Litchfield Group, manufacturer of PVC windows and external doors, has launched a pioneering bi-fold door system with a 0.8W/m2K U-Value.The Sheerframe Bi-fold door achieves industry leading thermal performance and energy efficiency thanks to a unique four-seal design.This promotes unbeatable air and water tightness, for lasting durability and weather resistance.The high performance system also features Sheerframe’s five-chambered PVC profile, which improves strength while minimising heat loss.The innovative profiles are made using 100% lead-free PVC, utilising calcium stabilisers for an environmentally friendly, totally recyclable product. *

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New lease of life given to university accommodation In this market two things are important: proactive lead generation to secure contracts and high quality workmanship to ensure total customer satisfaction. A recent contract undertaken for the University of Aberdeen by Deceuninck and FastframeUk demonstrates the importance of these factors perfectly. John Duckworth, Commercial Manager at Deceuninck, supports Deceuninck customers by actively securing commercial opportunities for them and supporting them through the tender process. One new commercial marketing initiative – an e-marketing campaign to specific commercial markets – proved particularly fruitful. One lead came from the University of Aberdeen. The University was looking for a contractor who could replace steel windows in student accommodation blocks as part of a wider refurbishment project. The job required a contractor who could handle a large scale contract – the first of

GEZE UK launches CPD on new EN 16005

As a new European safety standard for power operated doorsets comes into force, GEZE UK is the first company to offer British architects a CPD seminar explaining the implications of EN 16005. Approved by RIBA, GEZE UK’s new training seminar will explain how EN 16005 addresses the potential hazards and hazardous situations relevant to power operated doorsets and the ways in which it supersedes and differs to the more familiar BS 7036. GEZE UK’s new CPD seminar will provide architects with the accurate information they need to ensure compliance by identifying which products should be specified for particular locations and applications. *

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the building’s aesthetics. Turnaround time from initial enquiry to completion of the first phase was remarkably rapid and demonstrated Deceuninck and Fastframe’s commitment to attention to detail and careful planning, especially important in a contract of this size and location. The accommodation blocks have been given a new lease of life aesthetically, not to mention the benefits of improved energy efficiency and security.

the two phases of the contract required 270 windows to be replaced, some with folding openers to ensure the safety of residents. Expertise in colour was also needed: coloured PVC panels needed to be installed between the windows to improve aesthetics. Finally, efficiency was essential to minimise disruption to student residents. Deceuninck fabricator FastframeUk was awarded the contract and the company proved more than capable of completing the job successfully. Two teams of fitters installed 270 tilt and turn and casement windows in Deceuninck’s 2800 decorative series. PVC panels in anthracite grey were installed between each window to enhance

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Rehau hosts successful Passivhaus seminar

More than 25 delegates attended Rehau’s recent Passivhaus design and construction seminar from across North Wales including representatives from local architects, surveyors, councils and health authorities. The seminar allowed delegates to explore some of the more complex aspects of Passivhaus design and to see close up how the features of a product like Rehau’s Geneo self reinforced window and door system make them suitable for Passivhaus specifications. Solar Windows was at the event to demonstrate successful applications of the Geneo technology in the UK. Based on the event’s resounding success, Rehau has a third seminar in London scheduled for September. *

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Alu-Timber introduces EFT curtain walling

After extensive research and consultation, the next innovation from market leading timber/aluminium facade supplier, Alu-Timber, is now available. Alu-Timber EFT is a 60mm curtain wall system which offers Capped, 2sided Structural Glazing with vertical or horizontal capping, and 4sided Structural Glazing. As standard, Alu-Timber EFT is available in Larch engineered timber. For design flexibility, Alu-Timber offers a palette of timber species. The external aluminium can be finished in a myriad of polyester powder colours or anodising. AluTimber also introduces the unique Alu-Timber EFT magnetic fixing. Not only is the transom supporting the facade vertically but it ensures integrity, security and loading into mullions. *

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Doors, Windows & Balustrades with Hörmann’s unique twin rollers that add to the stability and longevity of this door. The open ended aluminium floor rail is easy to keep free from leaves and dirt and guides the door panels securely, essential for both the manual and automatic versions. Double automatic safety cut-outs on the opening and closing cycle, plus the designed in finger trap protection, on both the inside and outside, add to the safe operation of this door. 42mm thick polyurethane insulation enhances the strength and rigidity of each panel and combined with the flexible weather resistant seals, keeps the elements out. Available in three styles, one panelled and two ribbed options, and three finishes – Woodgrain, Silkgrain and Decograin. There are 15 preferred colour options as well as the standard white and a Golden Oak Decograin finish. To add to the styling detail, there is a range of seven coloured handles required for both manual operation and for the handle operated wicket door function.

Simple garage access with Hörmann HST The Hörmann HST side sliding sectional door offers the benefits of a modern, insulated, sectional door for garages where headroom is limited. Smooth, quiet and safe, this new door features the world’s first handle actuated, automatic wicket door function. A simple press of the handle or handset will open the door to a predetermined point.

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DR Services launches super-fast website

Air curtain collaboration at Drapers Gardens Air curtain specialist, JS Air Curtains, and entrance specialist, Blue Chyp, have recently supplied and installed four revolving door air curtains at Drapers Garden office complex in the City of London. JS Air Curtains’ Rotowind range was designed to meet the specific conditions of a revolving door. By combining a Rotowind with a revolving door system, cold air is prevented from entering.The main body of the Rotowind air curtain is mounted above the door with the curved air outlets creating a barrier around the inner opening of the doorway. *

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A specialist distributor and installer of sliding systems and glass fittings is looking to the future with the launch of its new website, which is clear, concise and very easy to navigate. DR Services’ homepage features high quality, scrolling photographs to inspire the surfer as to the potential architectural applications for glass in both domestic and commercial situations. Beneath these images are sections to guide the viewer around the website. Under ‘What We Do,’ for example, are further subsections such as Engineering, Large Scale Glazing and Corrective Services – the latter detailing the fact that the company can rescue situations caused by previous trades. *

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Contemporary office project selects Sapphire Balustrades A bespoke package of balustrades and associated steelwork from Sapphire Balustrades is providing function with style in an international media company’s new London offices. Glass and stainless steel balustrades, with custom-detailing such as illuminated handrails and back-painted glass panels, are installed to stairways and atrium voids in the state-of-the-art office accommodation in Camden. Sapphire manufactured and installed all internal balustrades and also supplied the large steel structure for the central staircase. The comprehensive product package was supported by Sapphire’s unique personal service from concept to completion, ensuring a high quality installation which satisfied the aesthetic specification and met functional and regulatory requirements. *

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Flamebreak ticks all the boxes As popularity of James Latham’s high specification door blanks, Flamebreak, continues to grow, the UK’s largest independent timber and panel products distributor is now offering them directly from stock at every one of its nine nationwide panel sites. Available as FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), Flamebreak door blanks are manufactured with a special three layer tri-laminated hardwood timber core, which helps to eliminate gaps, rippling and telegraphing. They are also lightweight and have an excellent substrate for easy machining and conversion, making them

easy to handle and fix. The Flamebreak range boasts an extensive list of industry recognised accreditations and certifications including; British Standard BS476 (Part 22 1987) and BS EN1634 – 1 as well as PAS23 and PAS24. Flamebreak door blanks also hold DD171 and BS EN 1192 ratings for durability and wear and tear and have been successfully tested to meet the requirements of the BWF Certifire Scheme as well as attaining BMTRADA Q Mark. Plus, the benefits of these high specification door blanks don’t end there. Flamebreak achieves U-values of 0.9/m2K for thermal insulation as well as sound

insulation readings as high as 35dB. Latham’s Manager for doors, Steven Dennard, says: “The benefits of Flamebreak door blanks are there for all to see. They boast a long list of technical and environmental features and weighing in at only 31kg each for a plywood faced 2135 x 915 x 44mm, means a single door blank can easily be worked and machined by one man.” Flamebreak door blanks are not only technically superior but also aesthetically superior too and can easily be laminated, painted or veneered. *

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Double winners at the National Heat Pump Awards The third National Heat Pump Awards held at the ICC Birmingham last month proved to be a crowning moment for Space Air Solutions. Under the category, Product Innovation – Ancillary Product, Space Air’s unique Daikin Altherma Accessory Kits won the main award. Space Air has been designing and manufacturing ancillary components, to fully optimise the efficiency of Daikin systems, for over 32 years. The company now has a library of over 2000 existing templates and more than 500 stock items. Neil Afram, Managing Director of Space Air Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Daikin Distributor Space Airconditioning plc, maintains that each Daikin Altherma heat pump system installed should be, as closely as possible, a replica of the next. With this in mind Space Air developed its unique Daikin Altherma accessory kit. The kit ensures that each installation is fully compliant with current regulations, creates a uniform

standard across all projects, fully optimises the efficiency of the system and extends operational life; in turn this reduces trouble-shooting calls. The purposely written literature that goes out with the kits has been developed to educate end users, heating engineers and plumbers alike. Double winners, Space Air was also presented with the special ‘Recognised for Excellence’ Award for ‘Energy Monitoring’. Neil Afram comments: “Every Space Air supplied Daikin Altherma system comes complete with a consumer watt meter to monitor the system’s energy consumption and provide readings, which are also taken at time of annual maintenance. As each system is also provided with the Daikin

Altherma accessory kit, the actual readings when compared to the original predictions are often outperformed.” The Daikin Altherma c-series wall-hung split heat pump system manufactured by Daikin Europe was also highly commended during the Awards gala event.

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Vent-Axia showcased Ultra safe heating within Dwelle Micro Building solutions from British fan manufacturer Vent-Axia showcased its Sentinel Kinetic Jaga MVHR within a Dwelle Micro Building at the recent Grand Designs Live. Dwelle, the Manchester-based architects, presented a brand new range including a scaled-down slice through one of their timber framed structures.The flexible Sentinel Kinetic is a whole house heat recovery system.Warm, moist air is extracted from ‘wet’ rooms through ducting and passed through the heat exchanger before being exhausted outside. Fresh filtered incoming air is preheated via the integral heat exchanger which recovers up to 88% of the heat energy that would otherwise be wasted. *

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Hudevad – 165 years of history in manufacturing This year Hudevad marks its 165th year of manufacturing products having started life in the 19th century making cast iron domestic appliances and has evolved to where it is today – an acknowledged pan-European leader in the manufacture of heating product solutions in the form of radiators for all residential and commercial sites. Hudevad radiators adorn art galleries, prestige office interiors, hotels, homes, apartments, retail, and heritage sites – there are products in virtually every possible conceivable type of building. Key to the company’s longevity is the commitment to quality in product design & development and manufacture. *

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Building Elements and we have the opportunity to admire the work of others in the same field.” The winning projects will be announced at the Awards ceremony on 27th June 2013 at the Royal Aeronautical Society in the West End of London. The Galvanizers Association is the source of free information and advice about the hot dip galvanizing process and the galvanizing industry.

Galvanized coatings of distinction

Powdertech (Corby) is entering the prestigious Galvanizers Association Galvanizing Awards (GAGA 2012) with two notable projects in the Duplex Category for projects that feature galvanized steel coated with an organic coating. Powdertech Sales Director, Richard Besant, explains: “This year is the 20th anniversary of the competition. So I think it is about time we stood up to be counted amongst our peers. We are particularly proud of our work at Gresham Mill in Berkshire where we coated architectural galvanised metal on the exterior of the carefully restored Victorian facade.

“At Heron Quays on Canary Wharf the approach was entirely contemporary: we galvanized and powder coated the perimeter balustrade around a pontoon. “Entering and attending an awards ceremony like this is inspiring; we appreciate the aesthetic and performance qualities of projects we have worked on

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Technal launches new visualisation tool Technal has launched the only visualisation tool currently available in the UK for architects and specifiers to produce 2D and 3D drawings and 3D renders for architectural aluminium facade designs.TechSketch has been developed following consultation with leading architects to enable building designers to sketch out initial concepts and ideas quickly and easily, incorporating Technal’s GEODE-MX curtain walling, MODAL low rise glazing, brise soleil sunshading, sloped glazing, and window and door infills.This is an easy-to-use software package for building designers to create and visualise a true-scale facade in Technal’s products, improving accuracy and saving time.To view a demonstration, see www.techsketch-by-technal.com *

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Increased demand prompts new website Foremans Relocatable Building Systems, the UK supplier of preowned Portakabin buildings, has launched a new website, www.foremansbuildings.co.uk, to meet the rising demand for second hand modular buildings. Mike Williams, Managing Director of Foremans, says: “Our aim with the new site is to showcase the best applications of our buildings from across the UK to provide visitors with a really useful source of information to help the procurement process – from the specification of layouts, colours and finishes, to finance options, and the full range of planning, design and refurbishment services that we can provide.” *

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Portakabin achieves top rating for stability Portakabin, a leading modular building manufacturer, has achieved the highest possible rating from Dun & Bradstreet, the world’s leading source of business information. This award puts Portakabin in the top 15% of all companies in the UK and Ireland for financial stability. The ‘rating 1’ status, which Portakabin has achieved for another year, indicates that the business is low risk and maintains its high creditworthiness. Portakabin also offers unrivalled commitment to customer service. Over the past 10 years, it has delivered an unprecedented 99.7% of buildings on time and on budget.

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BaitSafe – the best kept secret in pest control BaitSafe has recently been installed in a prominent five star London hotel, targeting severe rodent issues in the walls and ceilings of the kitchens and reception areas. It has also been specified for use in the kitchens of a high profile entertainment facility, targeting pest issues safely and securely out of the reach of employees. These all feature an ultra discreet solution, protecting customers and staff from the negative attention that pests can create. BaitSafe can be installed at build stage or retro-fitted and can’t be moved, emptied or accessed by anyone but your pest controller, ensuring that access to bait is controlled and protected. *

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Dickies’ competition proves a hit at Oulton Park UK Worker of the Year 2013, which officially launched over the Dickies British Superbike Weekend, proved a sensational hit amongst thousands of racing fanatics. UK Worker of the Year 2013 is sponsored by Dickies, in association with Suzuki. This year’s winner will be able to take home a Suzuki Swift car or if they prefer, a Suzuki bike. This will mark the fourth year of the competition presented by the legendary workwear company, Dickies, which seeks to recognise and reward excellence in the British workforce. The competition is free to enter and open to any UK worker aged 17 or over. *

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Three elevator brands merge to form Avire KNX UK unveils award winners At the KNX UK Association’s AGM 2013, the Annual Award winners were announced. KNX Champion was Stephen Payne of Theben who received the accolade for his commitment to the promotion of KNX technology. Stephen also received, on behalf of Theben, the Award for the Best New KNX Product.Winner of the KNX Installation of the Year was systems integrator Entech Limited for the new ITV offices at Salford Quays. Also at the AGM, new Board members were appointed – Simon Allen, Bespoke Automation; Richard Sagar, Sagar Smart Homes; John Preston, Philips Lighting; Paul Russell, Schneider Electric; Andy Davis, Siemens.

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Avire – the new home of E-Motive, TL Jones and Memco – offers an extensive range of safety and communication products. With manufacturing locations in Singapore, China, India and the Czech Republic, and sales offices in 13 locations worldwide, Avire is a truly global brand. Avire’s products include light curtains, electronic displays, emergency telephones and LED lighting. Explaining the new company’s mission, Managing Director Paul Simmons says: “Avire is dedicated to innovation and excellence and is united in a single goal: to give our customers unrivalled quality and value, in a name they can trust.”

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Helifix in tune with conversion requirements To meet strict Building Regulations governing its change of use from a former carpet warehouse to a modern city academy, the Grade II listed ‘Piano Building’ in Kidderminster required 1500 linear metres of stainless steel HeliBar from Helifix to reinforce and secure brick panels on all elevations.The contract was won by Eden Group of Birmingham, an Approved Installer of Helifix’s proven repair and reinforcement systems. Eden channelled-out every other mortar joint before bonding 7m long x 8mm diameter Helifix HeliBars into the cut slots with HeliBond cementitious grout.The HeliBars were overlapped by 500mm to ensure continuous reinforcement within the brick panels. *

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BIM forms part of new Higher Apprenticeship

Dulux Trade reaches new heights

Building information modelling (BIM) forms an important part of the new Higher Apprenticeship in Engineering Environmental Technologies which will be available from July. The NVQ Level 4 qualification is for people working in the construction and building services sectors. MITIE and Balfour Beatty are two of the industry giants to have helped shape the qualification, which has been welcomed by The Chartered Institute of Building. City & Islington College is the lead partner developing the qualification supported by Sector Skills Councils SEMTA, SummitSkills and Construction Industry Council (CIC) on behalf of Construction-Skills.

A range of premium coatings from Dulux Trade has been selected to protect and enhance The Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building. Dulux Trade Metalshield Satin Finish was used on the core metal work located throughout the 72 storey building, including the metal doors and frames. To achieve a top quality, contemporary finish for the walls and internal structural columns, Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt was specified in a Pure White shade (RAL 9010), and for the internal woodwork and trim Dulux Trade Diamond Satinwood was applied. * (

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Recycling unit to engage the user The launch of Wybone’s multi-sensory, solar powered Strobe signifies an industry first in interactive recycling. This allencompassing design includes audio-visual feedback and tactile Braille text ensuring inclusivity. Every aspect of this unit has been designed to encourage and promote recycling and ultimately boost recycling rates, whilst also engaging the user. Transparent panels help to quickly identify waste streams on approach, whilst audio messages “thank you for recycling” trigger the deposit counter and flashing LEDs. Bespoke audio messages and artwork options make the unit unique to each location whilst solar power creates a standalone unit with minimal installation.

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Definitive resource from Videx Security Product Builder 8 from Videx Security is the definitive method for any distributor or installer looking to create both door entry and access control systems in any format, from the simplest to the most complicated.The user can now create a professional, detailed estimate from just one program.The most important feature of Product Builder 8 is that it allows the creation of a door entry or access control system from the same CD. No prior knowledge of Videx products or systems is required. Using a simple five-step wizard, users are guided through the creation of a system that can include not only products from the traditional Videx product range, but also the latest VX2200 & VX2300 systems, kits, GSM and access control products. *

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Memco celebrates product milestone Leading provider of lift safety and communication systems Memco is about to supply its two millionth set of light curtains. To celebrate this milestone, Memco is running a global competition. Five customers lucky enough to find a gold ticket included with their set of Panachrome or E-Series detectors will be able to claim a special prize. Memco’s products are installed all over the world. Buildings and transport facilities protected by the company’s light curtains include the London Underground, the British Library and Terminal 3 at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. *

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Alpro introduces adjustable transom closers Alpro Hardware has added an adjustable spring strength transom closer to their extensive range of architectural hardware. The unit uses the same footprint as the existing closers and so is easily retro fitted into existing applications, as well as new installations. The unit uses all the standard accessories which are available as both part of the transom closer kit and as optional extras. The unit has adjustable closing and latching speeds and is available in both hold open and non-hold open models. Designed for aluminium doors, the new unit allows for ease of installation and low maintenance. *

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