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The bridges of the future The extraordinary vision of one Britishbased experimental architect for a formally dubbed ‘ghost town’ in China



Ethical sourcing: the untold story Marshalls-sponsored event questions why construction’s ethical sourcing considerations are “light years behind” other industries



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Front cover: British-based Architect Margot Krasojević’s proposal for Ordos City is a solarpowered, dragonflylike pedestrian bridge. See page 28.


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he past few months have been a bustling period for the construction sector; from reviews to the Building Regulations, trade show season kicking off and the independent public Grenfell inquiry taking place. While much of the publicity surrounding the sector has been of a pessimistic attitude of late, at the FC&A office we’re celebrating. June signifies the month of our 100th issue of FC&A, and we’re proud to have followed industry affairs through the good, the bad and the ugly. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our readership and contributors for their dedication and support and look forward to continuing to work with you all over the future issues. Moving onto industry news, May 17th was D-day for Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. Dame Judith’s delivery seemingly failed to start off on the right foot as Chair Clive Betts expressed his disappointment that members were not permitted access to an embargoed copy of the review prior to the session. Many figures within the industry welcomed the review on account of its tighter specifications for material testing, however, what was apparent from the consensus of both the industry and the public was a prominent streak of disappointment across the board due to the review falling short of a ban on flammable cladding. Five days after Hackitt’s review much of the industry strolled the streets of Islington for one of the industry’s leading events, Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW). This year’s show has proved to be a success for many within the sector and, as always, has been declared as an inspirational day for the industry. While many of you were actively roaming the streets of CDW, the first floor of Marshalls Design Space in Compton Courtyard on the last day of the show was a hub of ethically-considerate activity. A Marshalls-sponsored event, ‘Changing the Narrative for Ethical Specification in Construction’, brought together several leading voices from the worlds of human rights and ethical sourcing. What was evident from the event was that the construction supply chain urgently needs addressing when it comes to the consideration of ethical sourcing to catch up to other realms.



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News 10 Industry Updates:

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

32 Legal & Business:

Following the recent prosecution of a Leeds-based house-builder for illegally polluting a watercourse, the Environment Agency has released a new Regulatory Policy Statement. Dr Richard Coulton, CEO at Siltbuster, explains how this guideline will impact the industry.

38 Voice of the Industry:

Stewart Milne’s Stewart Dalgarno talks house-builders through the investments that can be made if digitalisation is adopted.

Features 14 Roundtable: While spectators eagerly wandered the streets at last month’s CDW, several industry professionals gathered at the Marshalls Design Space to discuss ethical sourcing within the supply chain at a Marshalls-sponsored event. Here, FC&A reports.

34 Masonry: Bricks, Blocks & Stone:

Eurobrick Director, Richard Haines, exposes the benefits of opting for brick slip cladding systems for residential applications.



Portfolios 40 Build Focus: Retail Design: With the use of shopfront glazing systems becoming commonplace amongst today’s retailers, it’s imperative that specifiers take careful consideration when opting for a glazing package for retail applications. Senior Architectural Systems explains all you need to know for a hassle-free specification.

Focus: 42 Technical With the move for office-to-residential applications on the rise here in the UK, Chris Willett, Managing Director at Schöck, looks at the complications faced when replacing old, inefficient cantilever balconies in retrofit projects.

Access: 44 Building Architectural practice, gpad london, has vastly improved the building accessibility at a Brutalist 15-storey office building in Cardiff.

48 Doors, Windows & Balustrades:

Providing a clean, seamless and neat finish, glass balustrades are growing in popularity. Here Simon Boocock, Managing Director at CRL, looks at a few considerations that are often overlooked by specifiers.

50 Fire Protection:

There have been mixed emotions around last month’s Hackitt Review. Here, FC&A looks at the unanimity.

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20 Tencent HQ,

NBBJ Architects:

Tech giant Tencent specified New Yorkbased NBBJ Architects to plan its new HQ. Designed as two high-rises appearing to be embracing, the design continues within the interior where GKD’s golden metal fabric adorns the ceilings.

25 Lagos’s Wooden Tower, HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates:

With population on the rise, high-rise buildings are commonplace within applications of urban density.With gross floor area in decline within urban contexts, the only way is up. Here, FC&A looks at one architect whose tower design rises above others.

28 Revolving Solar Sail

´ Bridge, Margot Krasojevic:

The once labelled modern-day ghost town of China, Ordos City’s population has increased since its media criticism nine years back. As part of its progress, Ordos City Government has commissioned a London-based experimental architect to design a pedestrian bridge to float upon Wulanmulun River.


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In Brief

NBS connects UK, Canada and now Australia with structured information NBS has updated its free-touse BIM Object Standard and National BIM Library with content for use across Australia, adding to its existing UK and Canadian content.Widely adopted across the UK and used around the world, the NBS BIM Object Standard will allow manufacturers to share their product information digitally across all three countries, and allow designers and specifiers to download country-specific standardised objects from the NBS National BIM Library.This update from NBS which provides technical information, specification and BIM tools to construction industry professionals, was announced at the BiLT conference in Australia in May and is another step to promoting international adoption of the standard.

The RIBA demands end of desktop studies for fire safety

The RIBA has published its response to the Government’s consultation on the use of ‘desktop studies’ to certify fire safety regulatory compliance, ahead of the publication of Dame Judith Hackitt’s final report on the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. The RIBA is extremely concerned that the Government may continue to allow the use of desktop studies, simply rebranding them “assessments in lieu of the test.” Desktop studies have been a significant contributing factor in the regulatory failure revealed by the retrospective cladding testing programme introduced after the Grenfell Tower fire. Immediate Past President of RIBA and Chair of RIBA’s Expert Advisory Group on Fire Safety, Jane Duncan, says: “The proposed assessment in lieu of a full fire safety test suggested by the Government’s consultation is effectively no better than renaming a desktop study – simply a form of window dressing.”


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100 issues of FC&A This month we’re celebrating our 100th issue; 100 issues of outstanding state-of-the-art architecture and design. Born out of the movement towards sustainable architecture, FC&A has grown from strength-to-strength throughout its eight years of publishing. Here, we follow FC&A’s journey exploring its transformation since it was established in 2010. Publishing house, Mixed Media Information, was established in 2010, when Managing Director, Sam Ball, purchased ‘Constructor & Architect Magazine’. As the former Sales Manager on the publication, Sam recognised the need for the magazine to move towards the needs of its readers. With rapidly-growing attitudes shifting towards sustainable construction and the habits of traditional print-based media evolving, Sam began to think of the future of construction and multichannel publishing platforms. ‘Future Constructor & Architect’ was produced from an analysis of a changing construction and architectural market, and today prides itself

on its powerful and thoughtprovoking content and up-to-date industry-appropriate news. In recent months, FC&A has expanded its global reach by focusing more on the international market. Exceptional examples of architecture from the world over have recently adorned the pages of FC&A, reaching out to an extended cohort of contractors and architects.That said, FC&A’s dedication to UK architecture and ever-evolving Building Regulations and standards still remain a prominent force that weaves its way through the pages of each issue. FC&A is the industry’s leading ‘must-read’ specification resource,

inspiring and informing those key decision makers within the building and architectural trade.The monthly printed and online publication is renowned for delivering powerful, thought-provoking editorial content and exclusive project profiles amidst an enviable catalogue of product launches in a vibrant and refreshing design. It prides itself on its unprecedented level of credible editorial coverage; whether it be impartial commentary or technical content. As well as timely industry comment and legislation updates, FC&A covers recent projects and reviews the latest sustainable building products on the market.

New board appointed at Yorkshire practice

New director of BREEAM announced

Personnel Perkins+Will makes senior appointment Helen Gowland has been appointed as Associate Principal and Workplace Consulting and Change Management Leader in the London office of global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will, as it continues to strengthen its workplace consultancy team. A specialist in spatial design strategy, estate strategies, workplace consulting and change management, Helen will lead the European consultancy team out of the London studio. She joins from CBRE where she worked in supporting GSK’s Worldwide Real Estate and Facilities group to plan how the UK research and development sites should be developed over the next five years to support business demands.

Race Cottam Associates is restructuring its senior management team.The new leadership will be spearheaded by long-serving Director David Speddings, who succeeds company Co-Founder David Cottam as Managing Director. Joining the company’s new board of directors will be Laurie Cottam, who will take the lead in the company’s civic, public sector and commercial projects, and Pauline Lake, who is responsible for business development and specialises in the school sector.The changes come on the back of a period of sustained growth for the practice, which was established in 1993.

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Ethical and sustainable construction champion Dr Shamir Ghumra takes on a new role at the helm of BREEAM – the leading international portfolio of sustainability standards (including CEEQUAL and Home Quality Mark) that has been driving global improvements in buildings and infrastructure for over two decades. Formerly Director of Sustainable Products at BRE, Shamir has a strong background in ethical construction, leading on the development of BRE Global’s Ethical Labour Standard BES 6002 as a way for organisations to evaluate and eradicate modern slavery from their supply chains.

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The RIBA has called on the Government to create a new approach to trade support that will help the architecture sector continue to thrive after Brexit. With one in five architects looking to expand internationally but most practices working only in the UK, a new approach to trade is vital if the UK wishes to harness the untapped export potential of leading global services like architecture. RIBA President, Ben Derbyshire, says: “If the UK is to retain its role as a global centre for architecture, the Government needs to help by supporting the sector to export its services.The UK’s leading role as exporters of architectural services can be developed in support of the postBrexit economy if Government follows the recommendations set out by the RIBA.This includes guaranteeing mutual recognition of professional qualifications with the EU and new agreements with other countries.We must continue to be a global-facing nation if we are to benefit from Brexit; our economy and our leading industries depend on it.”

Considerate Constructors Scheme announces National Site Award winners The Considerate Constructors Scheme – the organisation established to improve the image of construction – has announced the winners of its prestigious 2018 National Site Awards. The very top-performing construction sites were awarded the highest level of recognition with the scheme as 2018’s ‘Most Considerate Sites’. These are: Minton Lane – Northern Gas Networks (project value under £500k), Lovell Partnership Norwich – Overbury (project value £500k to <£1m), Hutton C of E Primary School – John Perkins Construction (project value £1m to <£5m), Eastern Balancing Reservoir – Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure (project value £5m to <£10m), Bravo Taxiway Realignment – Ferrovial Agroman (project value £10m to <£50m), and Greenwich Peninsula Upper Riverside – Mace (project value £50m and over).

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Architect in Profile Born and raised in Rome, Nicole Portieri moved to Seattle, then NYC to shape her career in internationally-renowned architecture firms, before subsequently opening her own office. Here, she guides FC&A through her career. constraints of the project is paramount. Projects have an intrinsic intelligence, and it is for the architect to reveal it and bring it to the fore. I also think constraints can provide great design opportunities; it is the architect’s role to elevate the brief. Once set, that design intelligence is crucial in sustaining the project through its long journey to completion.

Had you always wanted to pursue a career in architecture and design? Growing up, I was constantly drawing; I’d just sit down and draw. I thought I wanted to be a fashion or jewellery designer. After high school, I decided that studying architecture would be a more sensible choice and I developed a passion for it, delving into the creative process with real application.

Nicole Portieri is the Design Director of the commercial architecture department at Woods Hardwick



Who or what has been your greatest influence and source of inspiration? I have two inspirations. The first is Rome, where I had the good fortune of growing up. I would study architecture books sitting inside the building I was reading about. From Roman to Baroque, it’s all there. I could marvel at space, light, material, scale, detail, the passage of time, the use of the building and admire the work of the great masters without going very far.

The second was my internship with Luigi Pellegrin. He was an Architect with a capital ‘A’ – a highly charismatic man who believed in architecture as the highest art for its responsibility towards humanity and nature, permanence and evolution. What has been your most notable project to date? The design of the new Community Hall for Potton in Bedfordshire.Taking advantage of its lovely natural setting, the design is simple and compelling with a focus on providing a flexible, exciting venue for its intended user mix. Layout, massing and landscape blend the interior and exterior. Having now passed the planning stage, the design has helped move forward the vision of the community group responsible for the hall. How do you approach your projects? With a holistic and integrated approach. Understanding the brief, client aspirations and

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What do you think is the greatest challenge for architects today? Being valued for what they add to the human experience. Poorly designed space is a huge environmental waste. What advice would you give to newly-qualified architects? To work hard, as there is a lot to learn, and to remain inspired through research, reading and experimentation. What can we expect to see from Woods Hardwick over the next year? As the Design Lead for the commercial studio; over the next year, you can expect to see a continued commitment towards design work that is supported and inspired by technical and delivery excellence.

Taking advantage of its lovely natural setting, the design for the new Community Hall for Potton is simple and compelling with a focus on providing a flexible, exciting venue for its intended user mix

What do you think is the greatest challenge for designing in sustainability? Understanding what sustainability really means for each project, asking the right questions, finding opportunities to integrate solutions early on in the design. Also, allocating the proper resources and using them to their maximum potential is a challange.

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FC&A Roundtable

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John Morrison, Chief Executive of the Institute for Human Rights & Business

Emma Crates, Business Journalist and Author of CIOB Modern Slavery Report

Shaun McCarthy OBE, Director, Action Sustainability and Chair, Supply Chain School

Mary Bowman, Partner at Gustafson Porter + Bowman

Sue Hurrell, Special Projects Manager for the Welsh Government

Elaine Mitchel-Hill, Business & Human Rights Lead at Marshalls plc


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The organic beauty of natural stone is one that captivates all; whether you’re an architect­­, specifier, procurer or even a homeowner. Perhaps it’s the attraction of stone’s inherent characteristics that is so pleasing to the human eye; from the sheer elegance of sandstone to the endurance of pure limestone and the strength of granite. However, hidden deep in the roots of the UK’s favourite aesthetically-pleasing hard landscaping materials a distressing story is, all too often, concealed; a narrative that’s enshrouded in child labour, underpaid and underprivileged workers and a society that’s stripped bare of fundamental human rights. Amongst the few advocates spearheading the challenges faced by modern slavery in the hard landscaping realm, proudly stands Marshalls, the UK’s leading hard landscaping company whose dedication to ethical sourcing has gone above and beyond many of its peers within the natural stone sector. As part of its commitment to responsible sourcing, the morally-considerate supplier sponsored an insightful roundtable during last month’s Clerkenwell Design Week at the Marshalls Design Space in the heart of London’s design quarter. In this article, FC&A uncovers the findings.

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age to his own children sitting amongst a pile of sandstone picking out small chips. Chris’ encounter radically transformed Marshalls’ ethical agenda, and today the company is established in the hard landscaping industry for its dedicated support for human rights within the supply chain.

Construction: playing catch-up

The Marshalls-sponsored event, ‘Changing the Narrative for Ethical Specification in Construction’, brought about some unpleasant home truths for the industry, revealing that, in fact, the sector is “light years behind” others when it comes to the recognition of slavery in its supply chains. For the seven professionals faced by an audience of discerning architects, specifiers and procurers on Thursday 24th May on the first floor of Clerkenwell’s Compton Courtyard, this was a predicament that gravely needed addressing. Facilitating the event, John Morrison, Chief Executive of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, kicked off the evening’s discussion suggesting panellist Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey offer the audience a brief insight into modern-day slavery.“In many respects...slavery has existed for thousands of years in different civilisations, and I suspect many are familiar with the Transatlantic Slave Trade – which springs to mind,” responded Young.“When I first began exploring the subject, many were under the impression that we abolished slavery years ago,” however, “you can’t abolish something by willing it away through law.”

Proceeding her response,Young went on to explain how slavery is, in fact, still rife within today’s supply chain; and detailed how it’s disguised itself in different modes. “Various forms of enslavement have mutated and transformed into other kinds of ‘creatures’,” she resumed. “There are severe, shocking cases of people sold in chains on the streets of Libya and Thai fishermen who have been thrown overboard when they are unwell due to a lack of ‘productivity’. We have that extremity at one end of the spectrum, and at the other, we have workers who are paid below the minimum wage and working long hours. Overall, the global estimate is that over 40.5 million people are in one form of enslavement or another. “Slavery is a tremendous problem that’s perpetuated by criminals and terrorism... by and large, it’s a total scourge which we feel needs eliminating. It happens in every country and industry across the world. Some industries are at a higher risk than others, and I would say construction is one such industry. “Construction is playing catch-up with other sectors concerning awareness,” added Young. She highlighted Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, which was characterised as “essential with regards to what we’re discussing this evening.” She continued: “Section 54 requires all companies with a turnover of £36m or more to make a statement outlining what they’re doing to try and eliminate modern forms of slavery from their supply chains. The act comprises six headings which act as guidelines.”

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e all have a part to play when it comes to morality; we all know what’s right and what’s wrong and, to lead a more conscientious lifestyle, many of us make subtle purchasing substitutes in our day-to-day life. The majority of our duty takes place outside the office; paying that little bit extra for a bunch of bananas at the local supermarket or considering the cotton pickers behind that out-of-hours lounging t-shirt by opting for Fairtrade choices. So, if we pay so much attention to the items we put on our back and the food we consume, why shouldn’t these ethical judgments follow us back into the office and play a role in the specification process? Next time you’re out and about – whether it be meandering through crowds on your daily commute or ambling along on your day off – take a moment to stop and look at the very ground you’re walking on.The likelihood of natural stone laying beneath your feet is high; you may take a second further to admire its beauty or even contemplate a similar component for the project you’re currently working on. But amongst your thoughts, have ethical considerations crossed your mind? For many specifiers, ethics may be lost in an overwhelming haze of aesthetics, cost and durability. However, for Chris Harrop, Group Marketing and Sustainability Director at Marshalls, the moral concerns of modern slavery in the construction supply chain are front of mind. Marshalls’ ethical journey began 13 years ago in 2005 when Chris travelled to India. On his visit, Chris witnessed two young girls of a similar


FC&A Roundtable According to Young, the six headings included within Section 54, in fact, aren’t mandatory. She revealed that, astonishingly, many companies ‘believe’ that modern forms of slavery do not take place within their supply chain; therefore, investigatory actions do not take place. “This is something I want to change,” enthused Young. “...We come across many statements that claim ‘we have zero tolerance towards modern slavery’ – ...this is meaningless.What we need is something that outlines exactly what a company is doing.When we receive statements from companies that declare there’s no modern slavery within their supply chain, we’re incredibly sceptical.”

“We come across many statements that declare ‘we have zero tolerance of modern slavery’ – this is meaningless” – Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey, OBE

Material sourcing and value engineering

Moving to his next point, John Morrison addressed Emma Crates, Business Journalist and Author of CIOB’s Modern Slavery Report. “Lola previously mentioned that construction is a sector that has a significant amount of risk,” begins John. “If we take into account the issue of material sourcing, where is the risk?”, he questioned. “The risk is everywhere,” returned Crates. “You’re dealing with hundreds of thousands of components on every project.The risks are at every level.” With Brexit on the horizon, Crates predicted that material sourcing is only going to get worse: “If you consider that importations account to approximately 30% of all materials in construction; 62% of those will come from EU supply chains. Currently, even if you believe that your procurement is reasonably ethical, wait another couple of years because people will be scrambling as they are suffering from a shortage of materials.” Recalling a recent conversation she had with Ian Hunter of the Materials Council, Crates revealed that many are more concerned with the durability, cost and aesthetics of a product rather than the sustainability and ethical properties. Placing ethical sourcing within the sustainability agenda, she then unveiled that products’ sustainable credits are often regarded as a “bolt-on” in the industry. Crates later shone the spotlight on risk within the sector: “There’s no real incentive for companies to talk about risk because if you do talk about it; you’re attracting trouble, but no one’s going to solve slavery that way.”


John Morrison added to Crates’ case, referencing the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh where, in 2013 – due to the building’s structural failure – the eight-storey building collapsed killing 1134 people. He recollected: “...None of the high-street retailers wanted to talk about the working conditions, and...brands were denying that they were sourcing from that factory until people found branded logos in the building’s rubble – that’s literally what it took. There was no incentive for them to know who their suppliers were sub-contracting, and it seems similar in the construction industry – there’s no incentive to know.” “I think on some level, it’s also overwhelming,” remarked Emma.“Where do you start? There are many materials and products out there. For example, if you look at an MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) product; you’d have to trace the process all the way back to where the metal is mined. Some companies are trying to do this; however, they’re at the very early stages.”

“There’s no real incentive for companies to talk about risk because if you do talk about it; you’re attracting trouble, but no one’s going to solve slavery that way” – Emma Crates, Business Journalist and Author of CIOB Modern Slavery Report

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Taking responsibility

Mary Bowman, Partner at Gustafson Porter + Bowman, discussed her knowledge of ethical sourcing.“My experience of ethical sourcing is through Marshalls, and we’re currently working on a project in Stratford’s International Quarter for which we specified Indian sandstone.We went out to the quarry and met the independent assessors who were looking at ethical practices and how the stone was being quarried.What I found interesting through talking to them was that the workers don’t mind working long hours and weekends, which you may think isn’t good practice; however, the workers wanted to get home to their families for the festival days.You have to assess how to work within the culture. “We do specify stone and, unfortunately, it’s one of those industries where child labour is prevalent, and quarriers often work in inhospitable conditions. If you’re sourcing from Europe and a product has a CE Mark, there’s a guarantee, but if you’re sourcing from China, Brazil or India, for example, you’re not entirely sure what the practice is.” Reflecting on the comments made, Bowman suggested a solution to decreasing the prospect of modern slavery in the supply chain. She noted: “I think a policy is one way we can change things.The people that have the power are the planners. If you’re specifying a product, you have to provide samples to show the planners and

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“If you’re specifying a product, you have to provide samples to show the planners and get your project signed off. If there were a requirement to expose the stone’s origin and whether it was ethically sourced, that would certainly change things.” – Mary Bowman, Partner at Gustafson Porter + Bowman

Working hand-in-hand

Elaine Mitchel-Hill, Business & Human Rights Lead at Marshalls plc, explained how the company is leading the way in ethical sourcing. “We stepped into this process initially through child labour,” she revealed.“We then began to look at the wider ethical picture, and that led us to UN Global Compact. Of course, what we do has to be for the right reasons; however, there also needs to be a commercial advantage. Perhaps we’ll reach a point when there won’t necessarily be a commercial advantage because everyone is doing it, and I do think we might be entering a phase where, hopefully, there will be a commercial advantage for companies to do the right thing.”

Elaine moved on to discuss Marshalls’ ethical framework, Ethical Risk Index (ERI). Marshalls’ ERI offers its customers greater transparency of the brand’s collections. Allowing for informed decision-making in an easy-to-understand format, the ERI states the ethical credentials of each stone and is ranked based on 10 dimensions.Talking of the framework, Elaine said: “The ERI has demonstrated a commercial advantage. It’s a product that’s been built out of this journey and hinged around the implementation of the ETI Base Code inside the supply chain, and latterly our human rights approach acts as a wrap around that also.”

“We stepped into this process initially through child labour. We then began to look at the wider ethical picture, and that led us to UN Global Compact.” – Elaine Mitchel-Hill, Business & Human Rights Lead at Marshalls plc

Follow the trend

Shaun McCarthy OBE, Director, Action Sustainability and Chair, Supply Chain School, talked of his work at London’s 2012 Olympics: “I chaired the commission for a sustainable London 2012; which acted as an assurance body for the Olympics. It was my job to report to Government and the

“Looking at a typical top-tier construction contractor, around 80% of their revenue goes to their supply chain, so you would argue that supply chains are essential, and they certainly are. I don’t think most know what their supply chain is behind tier one.” – Shaun McCarthy OBE, Director, Action Sustainability and Chair, Supply Chain School

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get your project signed off. If there were a requirement to expose the stone’s origin and whether it was ethically sourced, that would certainly change things.”

public about whether London had delivered the most sustainable games on record, and I concluded that, indeed, it had. Nevertheless, there was unfinished business surrounding ethical principles in the supply chain; which in this case, came down to merchandise. A best practice process was initiated; all the suppliers signed up to Sedex, they were all audited; the audits reviewed, and my team audited the auditors – it was a fantastic process.Then, an organisation named the Play Fair Alliance placed undercover workers in two factories in China and discovered 100% breaches of all 10 principles of the ETI Base Code. So, the full registration, audit and database process, ultimately, did not work.” One arena that appeared to make a recurring appearance within discussion was the fashion industry. Many labelled the realm as one that has made significant improvements in reducing the risk of modern slavery in its supply chain. McCarthy gave an example of just how far behind the construction industry is when it comes to due diligence. He referred to another element of his work at London’s 2012 Olympics, where he was in conversation with Adidas, the clothing sponsor for the games. The sports brand was informed of Shaun’s work for the games, and he travelled over to Germany to investigate the brand’s processes. According to McCarthy, Adidas is aware of every factory that produces one of its garments; but its knowledge doesn’t stop there; the sports giant knows the origin of every metre of fabric used to create its garments. Relating his experience back to the construction sector, McCarthy told: “In the construction sector, it’s the job of the procurer to procure something and to deliver business outcomes through a supply chain in a way that offers value for money and, indeed, as a result of the modern slavery act, to make sure that’s done in an ethical way. Looking at a typical top-tier construction contractor, around 80% of their revenue goes to their supply chain, so you would argue that supply chains are essential, and they certainly are. I don’t think most know what their supply chain is behind tier one.”


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The public sector

“If you are unaware of what’s happening in your supply chain, there’s a possibility that you could be tolerating slavery” – Sue Hurrell, Special Projects Manager for the Welsh Government



Concluding the evening’s discussion, a delegate from a UK infrastructure group within the audience expressed how alarming it is that few questions are asked on the topic within the industry. He quizzed the panel on what the industry needs to change.“Much can come from professional education, on the road to becoming a qualified architect,” replied Bowman.“And, also having discussions such as this is a great way of raising awareness.” “At Marshalls, we’re trying to share our information,” answered Elaine. “As a result, we’ve undertaken risk mapping for the countries where we source our materials, and we’ve transparently shared that. We’ve taken that approach and gone further and created an Ethical Risk Index around each of our products. What we’re trying to do is make it easier for you to engage with us and increase your knowledge in what you’re buying so it’s a more comfortable choice.”

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Sue added: “...You have to take it one step at a time and have the confidence to do so. Just saying everything’s fine and we’ve got zero tolerance to modern slavery is not what we want to hear. There’s no way we can solve this issue immediately; it’s an issue that we’ll continually struggle with. We can’t be perfect, but we can be better.”

Near the end of the evening’s discussion, John Morrison moved the discussion onto the public sector. Sue Hurrell, Special Projects Manager for the Welsh Government, opened: “If you’re all stating that construction is behind in this game, then the public sector is even further behind. It’s tough in the public sector. If you take a local authority, for example, they buy into masses of markets; they may have four people in their procurement team and, in fact, much of that procurement is going out to various areas. So, there’s a huge challenge there in understanding, knowledge, awareness and cost pressures for public bodies.” When asked about the Welsh Code of Practice for Ethical Employment in Supply Chains, Hurrell explained: “Our code of practice touches on ethical employment within supply chains and the recognition that slavery doesn’t only occur in isolation. It also moves onto unlawful and unethical practices, unfair use of zero-hour contracts right through to positive practices, such as paying the living wage, so it’s all-encompassing. If you are unaware of what’s happening in your supply chain, there’s a possibility that you could be tolerating slavery.”

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Tencent HQ, Shenzhen, China

Golden membrane as an expression of corporate philosophy In China, the name Shenzhen is associated with frenetic pace. The city’s metamorphosis from a fishing village with 30,000 residents into a 15 million-strong metropolis took just 30 years. A start-up at this location required only two decades to become the world’s fourth-largest industrial enterprise. Tencent, the high-tech concern that started out as an email provider, has already overtaken Facebook in terms of its market value.


ew York-based NBBJ Architects designed the new HQ of the highflying company as a statement of a new era of campus buildings.Two towers made of glass and steel, that shimmer in the sun and unite the copper-coloured pedestrian bridges, resemble robots hugging one another. When deciding on the cladding for the large atrium, the company went for a golden metal fabric from GKD (Gebr. Kufferath AG), which was recommended by French Designer, Alain Bony. Shenzhen lies directly on the border with Hong Kong in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. Named an exclusive economic zone in 1980, the once sleepy fishing village has developed into a prosperous market economy under state control. Countless skyscrapers today form a skyline that can hold its own in comparisons with Manhattan. One in three smartphones sold in the world is fabricated here.Yet Shenzhen has developed from the world’s workbench into China’s Silicon Valley.The majority of residents are less than 30 years old. Numerous international concerns are based here, and nowhere in China is the per capita income higher.Thanks to massive economic growth, Shenzhen is one of the fastest-growing cities in China, making property in the city a geographically restricted commodity. Despite being one of the city’s most famous children, internet giant Tencent is still not well known outside China.The inventor of the two most popular apps in China – QQ and WeChat – is today also a market leader for online games, and offers video streaming services, and generates 20% of its revenue from advertising alone. The company has been working hard on international expansion for quite some time and has shareholdings in various companies, including Snapchat and Tesla. It has been enjoying constant and fast growth since being founded in 1998.

Just one year after completion of the first new company building in Shenzhen for 15,000 employees, planning work started on a new global HQ, which offers enough space for a further 12,000 employees. Tencent commissioned renowned American architecture firm NBBJ, which has already built many award-winning headquarters for high-tech companies such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, or Samsung, to design the new building.The team around Jonathan Ward fended off six competitors to win the order with an entirely new campus concept.Tencent was looking for a traditional campus based on the US model. The goal was to create a comfortable, central meeting point in a spacious, attractive and


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Campus idea implemented vertically

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natural environment, where people could automatically meet, chat and find new ideas. However, the plot for the new HQ was located right in the heart of the city at an intersection of the multi-laned city expressways. As such, the only way to secure sufficient space in the small footprint was to design a skyscraper. Yet Tencent was concerned that a building of this type would not allow employees from various teams, departments, corridors and floors to engage in regular contact with one another. NBBJ, therefore, merged the benefits of both approaches – inspiring spaciousness and innercity spatial efficiency – to create a completely new concept that reimagines the campus idea and implements it vertically.To this end, the concept of a skyscraper was divided up into two buildings and then given the qualities of a classic campus.The Tencent Seafront Towers comprise two towers, boasting 50 and 39 floors respectively, which were constructed to give the appearance of being slightly intertwined with one another.The offset height reduces the load of the tropical winds common in the region, while at the same time providing ventilation for


the atrium located between the two towers. The towers also provide shade for one another and thereby support the intelligent integrated energy concept.

Bridges as links to real life

The key to the vertical campus concept, however, are the three sky bridges, which cross as horizontal meeting areas. From a visual perspective, the copper-coloured walkways give the towers a soul, as they appear to be hugging one another.They are logically referred to as links and make a contribution to movement and networking with topic-specific offers.While the link on the first floor above the lobby with cafe, exhibition space and auditorium is used for cultural exchange, the central link on the 21st floor is ideal for rest, recovery and health promotion. Staff can relax and unwind here in meditation rooms, a basketball court, a gym, a swimming pool, games rooms and even a running track.The highest of the three links on the 34th floor is dedicated to the topic of knowledge, boasting a library and multiple

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conference rooms. All of the links have roof terraces containing landscaped gardens.To ensure that they cater to their intended function as places of communication, collaboration and inspiration, the architects at NBBJ designed an elevator system for the HQ, so that all employees can regularly spend time in these meeting areas. Express elevators from the lobby travel only as far as the bridges.The employees then enter local elevators to take them to their floor. From a design perspective, this is the fastest way to reach any office or location in the towers. This makes the links the perfect counterpart to the central square in a traditional campus, where employees automatically meet, even if they work in different buildings.They engage in spontaneous conversations here on their way from the bus station located beneath the towers or the parking areas to their office, in the queue for the juice bar or even on their way to play sports.Thanks to the bridges, these social meeting points are distributed across the entire HQ like in a city.This allows social networks, the key focus of operations

Tencent HQ, Shenzhen, China

Golden network as a filter between inside and out

The conceptual design of the lobby, which is open to the public from two sides, provides for additional hustle and bustle, as well as social meetings.This makes it a much-used route from other parts of the city to the Nanshan high-tech district. Just like the entire building, this central intersection between the inside and outside world was designed by the architects as a conscious statement of networking.When cladding three sides of the atrium, which is located above the lobby, the architects, therefore, chose metal fabric from GKD. A total of 1850m2 of this material is used to create a golden net that encapsulates the three-floor auditorium. Some 28 panels,

each measuring 4m wide and 16.5m high, were used to create these hanging shrouds.Their sophisticated texture facilitates views into the atrium from the lobby, as well as open views down into the entrance hall.The textile shell also serves as efficient fall guard protection here.Visually, it acts like a delicate veil in harmonising the effects of the corridors and rooms of the atrium located behind it. GKD was commissioned with developing a new special fabric for the design of the cladding.To create it, golden-anodised aluminium wires and tubes were interwoven in three-wire warp wire groups made of untreated stainless steel at varying intervals.The various diameters of the fabric components – 4mm-thick wires and 12mm-thick tubes – lead to significant differences in tension in the weaving process. These were wholly equalised using special weaving techniques so that the fabric reliably complies with the static requirements of the large-format skin. Installation of the fabric also required the expert from Germany to demonstrate its decades of expertise. For example, the tubes had to be aligned precisely

in the panels to create the appearance of a seemingly endless texture. Definition of the golden colour to be used was also a particular requirement of the planners.The homogeneity of this colour not only needed to be guaranteed across the entire area, but also had to meet the high expectations of the designers with regard to the appearance of the fabric when viewed in various light conditions.The subtle lustre of the soft golden colour chosen allows the atrium to appear caressed by the sun and lends the lobby a sense of warmth to contrast with its cool grey marble floor, walls and aluminium screens. In the atrium itself, the selected colour scheme also matches the wooden finish of the wall and ceiling cladding.The golden membrane then acts like a fine business card for the HQ, which underlines the image of a truly important concern thanks to its size and aesthetics and combines this with maximum interaction of the environment and employees.

for Tencent, to become genuinely accessible and experienceable.This systematically designed and yet organic networking produces precisely the kind of synergies that lead to the collaboration and inspiration Tencent strives for – as a prerequisite for further growth.


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Chaoyang Park Plaza, Beijing

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Lagos’s Wooden Tower, Ikoyi, Africa

The urban lung With population growth on the rise across the globe and gross floor area (GFA) in decline, architects have been looking to the sky in search of alternatives to meet the world’s housing demand for many years. However, with the development of high-rise alternatives for residential applications, many towns and cities have become densely urbanised and often neglect biodiversity, connecting us back to our natural habitats. One architect practice, however, is changing the face of high-rise structures in the populous city of Lagos.

Fact File Official name: Lagos’s Wooden Tower

Location: Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria

Site area: 13,000m²

Gross floor area (GFA): 40,176m²

Footprint area: 1134m

Gross volume (GV): 135,108m³

Building height: 87m

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Lagos’s Wooden Tower, Ikoyi, Africa


KA | Hermann Kamte & Associates has revealed the first wooden skyscraper proposed in Africa. Lagos’s Wooden Tower is among the winners of the inaugural WAFX Prize. It is announced as one of the world’s most “forward-looking architectural concepts” and the ‘Best Cultural Identity Project of the Year’. HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates has unveiled its proposal for a wooden residential tower in downtown Lagos; the most populated city in Africa with


more than 16 million inhabitants. The design of the skyscraper of more than 40,000m2 was directed by Architect Hermann Kamte, CEO and Founder of HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates. The architect expresses that this architectural concept of a wooden tower aims to improve the living conditions of the inhabitants of the city of Lagos. The tower is a residential unit that develops around cultural and urban themes. The project located in Ikoyi, a luxury residential area, is built on top of

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an existing structure. The challenge was ‘how the roof of today can be the plot of tomorrow? How to build a new city above the existing one. What is plan B for the future?’. The project focused on the reinvention of a new urban fabric with the hypothesis of a solution and sustainable construction with wood. In addition, the city of Lagos has forest resources that can produce timber. The existing Abebe Court is a complex of four structures. It consists of four bedrooms and three apartments spread

Lagos’s Wooden Tower, Ikoyi, Africa

top, there are housing units with one, two, three and four bedrooms. The height of the tower allows it to benefit from natural elements such as ventilation and lighting. The floors are surrounded by greenery and terraces. The building envelope is a sunscreen, beyond its cultural significance. The greenery in the space creates beauty, sensitivity, naturalness, aesthetics and comfort for the residents. With its microclimate effect, it is a giant lung in an urban space which helps to reduce

the surrounding pollution. The terraces allow you to enjoy the sky and the city as well as the beautiful landscape. The roof is a landscaped and living space; it has a restaurant and a garden. In this project, the approach of the architect team was made in the consideration of; cultural parameters, the predominant and historic human group of the city of Lagos: architecture and Yoruba culture and traditional Yoruba culture.

over four floors. There are amenities: swimming pools, a gym, tennis courts, a children’s playground, parking lots, water treatment and sewage treatment and electricity generators. The tower is organised in three blocks above an existing structure. Each block consists of six current floors. The envelope of each block corresponds to a particular Yoruba tribal symbol. The blocks are connected to each other by gathering space and sports or recreational activities for residents. From the bottom to the


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Revolving Solar Sail Bridge, Eerduosi Shi, China

Dubbed a ‘modern ghost town’, ‘stillborn city’ and ‘failed utopia’ due to its abundance of infrastructure yet lack of migrants and business back in 2009, Ordos City’s population today has indeed grown since the media’s judgements nine years ago. So much so that the Ordos City Government has commissioned London-based experimental Architect Margot Krasojevic` to design an out-ofthis-world pedestrian bridge crossing the Wulanmulun River.



Building bridges of the future

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Revolving Solar Sail Bridge, Eerduosi Shi, China

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Revolving Solar Sail Bridge, Eerduosi Shi, China The bridge’s flexible walkways adapt to different quays and span across the river, expanding and folding accordingly. The hydraulic walkway is supported by the river bank’s landing docks while the main body of the bridge is kept afloat by the sail and its rotator. The walkway’s and the ring frame’s weight distributions prevent capsizing. The primary ring frame has eight marine floatation airbags to further stabilise the sail rotation. The sails are made of lightweight aluminium frame, clad in a carbon fibre reinforced polymer. They are suspended from a rotating mobius ballast chamber which is hydraulically operated by a thruster to rotate and fill with water in order to revolve the sail and relocate the bridge. The rotating mobius element is made from lightweight aluminium enveloped in stabiliser fins and photovoltaic cells which power the thruster. It consists of five ballast tanks which fill with water and rotate the sail

from horizontal to vertical. The other four tanks are left filled with air so that the sail remains buoyant when used either as a bridge or sailed to a new position. An array of cylindrical cross flow turbines skim the water’s surface. Acting as a raft, their buoyancy helps support and stabilise the bridge’s primary structure. When the bridge is in use, the sail is lowered and acts as a canopy over a seated area for people to enjoy the views and the platform gardens. The bridge unhinges from the hydraulic triangular section ring frame and rotates into a vertical position in order to sail down the river. Solar panels line the walkway providing energy for the three electric motor generators. The bridge can be towed, sailed or motored into different locations along the Wulanmulun River.


he bridge consists of a main floating section which gives buoyant support to three expanding walkways, and a carbon fibre triple sail which is raised and lowered by the buoyancy rotator. The bridge is a flexible structure that can relocate by sailing along the river to its new position. To do so, it folds into multiple sections that stack into each other. A hydraulic telescopic secondary structure supports the pedestrian walkway. Expanding and contracting into the main body of the primary structure, its movement depends on where the sailboat bridge is berthed or sailing to. The bridge can be moored along the quayside, sailed into any location along the river or permanently positioned using caisson foundations which are floated and sunk into position, thus stabilising the bridge. Screw-in moorings, along with nine-tonne anchors, provide further stability to prevent drift.



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Legal & Business

The Environment Agency’s new Regulatory Policy Statement (RPS) comes in the context of the Environment Agency recently prosecuting a Leeds-based house-building company £120,000 for illegally polluting a watercourse, by not controlling silty run-off

Dr Richard Coulton, CEO at Siltbuster, talks to FC&A about what the Environment Agency’s new Regulatory Policy Statement means for those working within the construction industry.


he Environment Agency’s new Regulatory Policy Statement (RPS) sets out the circumstances under which water can be discharged off site without the need for a Bespoke Discharge Permit. It also states that contractors need a permit if they want to discharge off site into the surrounding environment anything other than clean water.This comes in the context of the Environment Agency recently prosecuting a Leeds-based house-building company £120,000 for illegally polluting a watercourse, by not controlling silty run-off. It should be noted that the new sentencing guidelines remove any economic benefit derived by committing the offence, always making it cheaper to prevent the pollution incident. “It should not be cheaper to offend than to take appropriate precautions,” Judge Francis Sheridan said at the trial of Thames Water, fining them £20m for polluting the river.

Before work starts Given that most UK soils contain silts or clays, almost all construction projects will potentially generate unclean wastewater.


Therefore, any construction work that companies predict will not meet the criteria outlined in the RPS must have a Bespoke Discharge Permit. This means that contractors need to be better prepared than ever, forcing them to be more proactive in their planning around the management of excess waters on-site. They will need to implement accurate and clear plans to either treat the wastewater on-site, or find an alternative, and often more expensive, disposal route, either by tinkering off site or discharge to a sewer which requires prior approval of the local utility company. As a collective, the construction industry will have to be more aware of the issues surrounding wastewater and, in turn, become more educated on the appropriate water treatment solutions available prior to carrying out any pumping. In fact, those in charge of sites will need to be able to distinguish between clean excess water due to rainfall and contaminated/dirty water created by construction processes and siltpolluted site run-off in order to minimise volumes requiring treatment.

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Planning is paramount The RPS effectively makes the preparation of a Site Water Management Plan prior to commencing work mandatory, no matter if a Bespoke Discharge Permit is required or not. For those sites that require a permit, a clear and well-thought-out plan is essential, not only to guarantee a permit is granted but also to ensure the smooth running of the project.

The plan must: Endeavour to minimise risk and the amount of contaminated water generated by isolating clear surface and groundwater as far as possible from construction activities. Isolate concrete wash water and any potentially oil-contaminated water from the rest of the site. Estimate the amount of contaminated water that will be generated and put in place suitable treatment methods. Include contingency plans to cover the scenarios that are unlikely, but still possible. Demonstrate adequate site operator training and awareness of the environmental issues associated with the risk of waterborne contamination. Document the procedures put in place and provide evidence of compliance.

Act now Complying with these requirements clearly represents planning and a major increase in workload for engineering and environmental departments. It requires specialist knowledge of not only the proposed construction works but also hydrology and appropriate methods of water treatment. To help companies prepare, Siltbuster provides technical support, CPD-accredited courses plus bespoke and tailored technical training days.

What do the EA’s dewatering guidelines mean for construction companies?

Dr Richard Coulton is CEO at Siltbuster


Masonry: Bricks, Blocks & Stone To be in keeping with the surrounding area, a London Stock-style brick was sourced to be used with Eurobrick’s insulated X-Clad system and Light Sandstone Europoint mortar, providing an attractive contemporary design for the Leighton Road development

Brick slip cladding – the flexible solution for residential projects A brick finish remains as popular as ever within British architecture but traditional methods of brick building have been challenged for some time now by the flexibility of brick slip cladding which offers a quick, easy and robust solution for newbuild and retrofit projects, whether installed on- or off-site.


These systems can generally offer a quick, versatile solution for all residential construction projects


urobrick, a UK-leading specialist in brick slip cladding systems, has nearly 30 years’ experience working within many different sectors, including residential, retail, leisure, modular construction, education and the public sector. Eurobrick has been involved with many residential projects over the years, from retrofit and refurbishment to new-build developments. Here Director, Richard Haines, outlines the benefits of brick slip systems, as seen on some more recent residential projects. “We have noticed a marked increase in enquiries for residential projects over the last couple of years, and the scale of projects has increased too. This is partly due to the flexibility of brick slip cladding, especially in the context of ever-evolving modern construction methods. These systems can generally offer a quick, versatile solution for all residential construction projects, whether that’s new-build, renovation or something more complicated. “With increasing pressure to create better-insulated homes, the option of adding layers of insulation with brick slip cladding can be a smart way to achieve better thermal performance and the overall slim profile means the thickness of walls is reduced while saving on space and energy bills. Insulation can usually be supplied in a range of thicknesses to help meet the U-value targets of a project. “The Cotton Exchange in London involved the sympathetic conversion and redevelopment of a dilapidated warehouse into 34 loft-style residential apartments by developer, Reichmann Properties. As part of the redevelopment, 2400m² of Eurobrick’s X-Clad system was installed to renovate the exterior and provide insulation. As it’s a lightweight system, it was easier to handle and cut to size on site, when installing directly to the existing walls. Three different colours of brick slips were used, including Ibstock Chelsea Old Funton, Ibstock Leicester Weathered and Ibstock Bevern Dark Multi slips along with Standard Grey and Light Sandstone Europoint mortars, which helped to create the overall distinctive multi-coloured finish and give the building a new lease of life. “A brick finish is sometimes a requirement to fit in with existing buildings in the surrounding area.The wide range of brick slips now available allows for matching the finish of existing structures, or even for overcladding building extensions and the original buildings to create a seamless finish. It is also possible to have brick slips cut if a specific brick is required, although this is a more costly option.


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Masonry: Bricks, Blocks & Stone

To minimise disruption, the new floors for the Norwood Road project were constructed with an insulated timber frame, and Eurobrick’s P-Clad system provided a quick, lightweight solution for a real brick finish

At Norwood Road, the original building included a large ground-floor retail unit, which was to remain, but the snooker club and offices on the floors above were to be demolished

As part of the redevelopment at the Cotton Exchange, 2400m² of Eurobrick’s X-Clad system was installed to renovate the exterior and provide insulation


“In some areas where space is at a premium, building upwards is achievable with brick slip cladding systems too, which are generally lightweight and do not require the foundations associated with traditional masonry.This helps to simplify the design and engineering of the project. Cladding can also be fitted to a number of different substrates, including timber steel frame, CLT and SIPs. “Norwood Road is an example of this type of development. The original building included a large ground-floor retail unit, which was to remain, but the snooker club and offices on the floors above were to be demolished. They wanted to build two new floors over the retail unit to include nine residential apartments. The project was challenging as the store was to remain to trade during construction and the existing foundations and building structure could not be altered. To minimise disruption, the new floors were constructed with an insulated timber frame, and Eurobrick’s P-Clad system provided a quick, lightweight solution for a real brick finish. LB&F installed specially cut

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Wienerberger Bronsgroen brick slips and corners to the P-Clad system which was alternated with render panels to create a distinctive mixed finish. “Brick slip cladding is durable too. Kilnfired clay brick slips weather and age in the same way as conventional brickwork, and a brick slip exterior will require little to no maintenance. It is important to note that the lifespan of different cladding systems may vary, and so this should be checked with the suppliers. It should also be noted that not all available brick slip systems have been through an independent rigorous testing and certification process. Confirmation of certification from the cladding supplier should always be requested. “There are many advantages to using brick slip cladding for residential projects. But most notably, achieving a real brick finish alongside the benefits of flexibility and speed of delivery are making it a firm favourite with many construction professionals.”

“For a more modern finish, brick slip cladding systems are flexible enough to be used in conjunction with other cladding systems such as timber, render, decorative rainscreen cladding etc, so a mixed palette of finishes, popular for creating a contemporary look, is also achievable. “Leighton Road is a new-build development on a popular tree-lined road in North London, constructed by Freed Construction for Reichmann Properties. The four-storey building at the front of the property comprises residential spaces along with a commercial office space to the ground and lower ground floors of the property, with another residential building linked by courtyard at the rear. The residential space includes a mix of two-bed apartments, two-bed maisonettes and three-bed duplexes. To be in keeping with the surrounding area, a London Stockstyle brick was sourced to be used with Eurobrick’s insulated X-Clad system and Light Sandstone Europoint mortar, providing an attractive contemporary design.


Voice of the Industry

In a bid to drive the sector forward, Stewart Milne Group – in partnership with the CITB and MacTaggart and Mickel Homes – undertook a pilot study to assess the case for digital working and the benefits that new 3D technologies could deliver

House-builders in line for £575m savings if digitalisation adopted Stewart Dalgarno, Director of Product Development at Stewart Milne Group – the independent, award-winning house-builder and leading timber systems manufacturer – discusses how utilising digital technologies in the design and build process can bring added value and yield savings for UK house-builders.


K house-builders are faced with the challenge of delivering quality new homes, on time, within budget and at scale, and in today’s modern world, the suitability of traditional design, construction and aftercare services is being questioned. In a bid to drive the sector forward, Stewart Milne Group – in partnership with the CITB and MacTaggart and Mickel Homes – undertook a pilot study to assess the case for digital working and the benefits that new 3D technologies, such as BIM, virtual and augmented reality and clash detection, could deliver.


The study concluded that using digital technology in construction could provide savings of £3500 per plot and yield many more benefits. Based on UK Government figures, nearly 165,000 homes were built in the year to June 2017, which leads to a potential combined saving of £575m could be realised for house-builders. Digitalisation is the answer to faster design, planning approval, improved quality, productivity and early sales revenues. By replacing 2D working practices with 3D digital technology, developers could effectively prepare themselves for future challenges and increase their competitiveness and efficiency.

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Stewart Dalgarno has spent close to 30 years working for Stewart Milne Group, progressing to Managing Director of its timber frame operations. His current role is responsible for all product and process development across the group, as well as chairing the group design and technical forums within Stewart Milne Homes. Traditional 2D paper-based processes are susceptible to accuracy discrepancies and changes which can add significant time to the design process as plans must be re-drawn and laboriously updated. Design conflicts are often not identified and the risk of error is high as drawing revisions are difficult to track and require multiple reworking.

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By working digitally, there could be a 50% increase in the likelihood of a positive planning outcome, a reduction in the planning cycle by about a third and a cost of disruption saving of approximately £600 per plot

By putting digital technologies into practice, Stewart Milne Group is confident that a positive planning outcome can be achieved for its own developments and those of Stewart Milne Timber Systems

general lack of collaboration, led Stewart Milne Group to create culture change plans as part of the study.These plans included measures to improve collaboration, behaviours and trust, as well as training and upskilling for a variety of different roles and functions across the business and supply chain. Stewart Milne Group’s study is demonstrating the many advantages of adopting digital technology, including the financial-, time- and efficiency-related savings that can be achieved as well as the value generated. However, to be successful, the advantages of digital technologies in housebuilding must be made clear. Organisations must prepare their teams for change and ensure full commitment towards more integrated and collaborative working. Organisations that remain 2D will find it increasingly difficult to deliver cost and

material efficiencies. They risk losing their competitive edge and, as traditional 2D systems become outdated and unsupported, profitability becomes increasingly limited. Companies that embrace 3D digital solutions will become more valued, profitable and attractive. Whilst successful implementation will require investment and sustained effort, Stewart Milne Group believes that digital technology solutions will provide a clear, immediate and sustained payback. Stewart Milne Timber System’s clients are already realising the benefits from the UK’s first BIM library for timber frame systems, pushing their businesses and the sector forward by incorporating new collaborative ways of working digitally.

To overcome this, Stewart Milne Timber Systems launched the UK’s first digital BIM library for off-site timber building systems. Featuring over 100 Stewart Milne Timber Systems’ wall, floor and roof systems; architects and designers can easily create ‘smart’ digital models of new homes, so different teams can collaborate and compare with 3D information. Using the 3D digital models, design revisions are faster, easily tracked and less costly to produce, with inconsistencies flagged early and resolved more promptly. A digital-enabled planning and design process streamlines drawings and generates accurate visualisations showing clear design intent. By working digitally, there could be a 50% increase in the likelihood of a positive planning outcome, a reduction in the planning cycle by about a third and a cost of disruption saving of approximately £600 per plot. By putting digital technologies into practice, Stewart Milne Group is confident that a positive planning outcome can be achieved for its own developments and those of Stewart Milne Timber Systems. The benefits of digitalisation extend into the construction phase, as the technology has the potential to improve on-site safety for workers by a third and minimise the risk of, and time needed for, snagging and defects, leading to a potential saving of £250 per plot. As well as value added benefits across the construction phase, digital technology can also be used to support the sales process and reduce marketing related costs.The study indicated that sales rates for homes could increase by 20% when realistic 3D models were shown.Time and money is also saved as marketing images can be generated directly from the digital model, and as VR technology becomes more mainstream, there will be opportunities to give customers an immersive virtual walkthrough of their prospective homes and developments. Based on the study and the Stewart Milne Timber Systems BIM library, the business case for shifting to digital 3D design, construction and marketing is clear and compelling. However, the transition from traditional 2D practices won’t be realised overnight, and the fear of failure can be a challenging hurdle to overcome. As well as evaluating the benefits of digital house-building, the Stewart Milne Group study also investigated the challenges of supply chain adoption. Of the 74 housebuilding suppliers surveyed during the study, more than 90% were not BIM-ready, and 59% admitted they were not even aware of BIM or looking to develop digital solutions. The low level of digital technology readiness, coupled with deep-rooted culture and the


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Build Focus: Retail Design

A large out-of-town retail complex, for example, often features a greater use of glazing in order to create an eye-catching facade that is easily visible from the approaching road networks

Window shopping In a sector where brands are always looking at new ways of catching the eye of the consumer, the design of shops, department stores and retail developments can play a huge role in increasing both footfall and sales. Chris Murray, Contractor Developer Manager with leading fenestration designer and manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems, takes stock of what specifiers should consider when picking out the perfect glazing package.


ith companies needing to showcase their wares in the most literal sense, the use of glazing is a core design feature of retail buildings. However, delivering fenestration packages that meet the sector’s complex performance characteristics but still allow individual retailers to create a strong brand identity demands careful consideration.

Package deals Although the retail sector features many different building types, glazed facades are commonplace, and the popular ‘shopping list’ of fenestration products comprises shopfront glazing, curtain walling and commercial door systems. For projects that only require ground floor or low-rise glazing, shopfront systems offer the ideal solution to creating an inviting shop floor that has the required level of


visibility. As shopfront glazing systems are usually only appropriate for single-storey applications, it is a popular choice for smaller retail units or for refurbishment projects where the overall look of existing facade materials must be been retained. Curtain walling systems come in where shopfront glazing stops, as they can be used for high-rise developments and for projects that require glazing to span multiple floors. Commercial door systems are another key requirement for this sector, with swing and automatic opening systems being the most popular. Low thresholds that provide ease of access and anti-finger trap stiles, although not a legal requirement, are an important consideration in ensuring safety standards are met.The robust nature of aluminium door systems which means they require little or no maintenance, again, make them a tried and trusted product choice for the retail sector.

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Personal shoppers From a design perspective, the benefits of specifying aluminium fenestration systems are vast. Firstly, the inherent strength of the material allows much larger and taller glass panels to be safely accommodated within attractive slim frames.The quality of today’s aluminium curtain walling, door and window systems also provides specifiers with an aesthetically-pleasing solution that offers full compliance with the relevant performance requirements such as energy efficiency, security and weather-resistance. Aluminium fenestration systems can also be powder coated in virtually any colour. This design flexibility is an essential way for larger retailers to reinforce brand identity but is also an effective way of creating a bespoke and individual look for the smaller more independent stores.

Retail requirements The retail sector features a range of different building designs which all require a different approach to the specification of fenestration systems. A large out-of-town retail complex, for example, often features a greater use of glazing in order to create an eye-catching facade that is easily visible from the approaching road networks. Similarly, shops located within a busy high street will face unique design requirements depending on the neighbouring architecture and individual town planners. However, creating the perfect shop window requires more than just meeting specific aesthetic challenges as a building that performs poorly in terms of maintenance and operational efficiency can make a serious dent in any profit margin.

Build Focus: Retail Design

The quality of today’s aluminium curtain walling, door and window systems provides specifiers with an aesthetically-pleasing solution that offers full compliance with the relevant performance requirements

A one-stop shop solution One consequence of the rise in online shopping is that more retailers are investing in out-of-town distribution centres and although they are subject to a different design code to traditional retail outlets, the need to create an energy-efficient building envelope is still a key factor. Although new-build projects may offer some flexibility in that they can be orientated to minimise solar gain, there is often still a requirement to combine high-performance glazing systems with shading and ventilation.

Shops located within a busy high street will face unique design requirements depending on the neighbouring architecture and individual town planners

It is, therefore, vital that careful consideration is given to how these individual elements of the glazing package can work together, as well as looking at the coordination between other interfaces that comprise the total building envelope, particularly in terms of how the fenestration systems work alongside the cladding or external facade material. Here, early and close collaboration with the systems manufacturer and specialist installers can prove extremely beneficial in ensuring that the specification of the glazing package is both appropriate and cost-effective for the client. Indeed, specifying products from manufacturers that can supply the full suite

of products and that have an established and experienced network of fabricators and installers can bring numerous cost and time savings to a project. The use of BIM can also help by flagging up potential risks and, more importantly, provide the perfect forum in which cost-effective and practical solutions can be identified. As the nature of retail buildings must adapt to become more sustainable, aluminium fenestration systems can provide excellent value for money in a sector that is facing major changes in terms of how and where people shop.


It is vital that retail premises create light and airy interior spaces that not only showcase the products effectively but are also pleasant environments for both customers and staff. As such, this market is particularly reliant on the use of artificial light and air conditioning, but this can have a negative effect on running costs and carbon emissions. Specifying windows, doors and curtain walling systems that offer improved thermal performance and can achieve compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations is, therefore, essential. Aluminium glazing systems have evolved to offer improved thermal efficiency, and by specifying doors, windows and curtain walling systems that can achieve U-values that are far lower than stipulated in the current Building Regulations, major improvements can be made to the overall carbon footprint.There is also the opportunity to offset high carbon emissions in mechanically cooled areas and make potential costs savings by removing the need to specify more expensive sustainable solutions such as photovoltaic roof panels.


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Technical Focus

Atrium Point is currently one of the largest schemes of its type in London and will realise a mix of 290 studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments, with many of the units benefitting from a retrofitted cantilevered steel balcony

Thermally-efficient balconies for retrofit or renovation

The replacement of thermally-inefficient balconies during old housing stock renovation and retrofitting balconies to officeto-residential conversion is in demand. But it is crucial that dedicated solutions are chosen for the task and that the products can provide verifiable performance values, says Chris Willett, Managing Director of Schöck.


t has been a long-held view by some that renovation of old housing stock can make a positive contribution to the longer-term housing shortfall in the UK.As long as the schemes are cost-effective and create energy-efficient buildings that perform to the required standards of new builds.These days, you can add the renovation and retrofitting of former office premises into the mix as well. There were few of this type of development before 2013, but now that the planning laws have been permanently relaxed, applications and starts for office-to-residential conversions across the UK have risen dramatically. There are, of course, many challenges in undertaking both housing stock renovation and office-to-residential conversion. But the replacement of thermally-inefficient cantilever balconies, or the retrofitting of new cantilever balconies, has its own demands – particularly the avoidance of thermal bridging, which is an important issue.


Consequences of thermal bridging

Cantilever balcony connections with a high thermal conductivity and which break the insulation layer when projecting through the building envelope, are prime causes of thermal bridges and should be given special attention. One of the consequences is local heat loss, resulting in more energy being required to maintain the internal temperature of the building. This is certainly a very important aspect of thermal bridging, but there are other issues too. Low internal surface temperatures in the area of the thermal bridge can cause condensation if they are below the dew point of the air. And this, in turn, can lead not only to structural integrity problems with absorbent materials such as insulation products or plasterboard, but the occurrence of mould growth. Once mould has formed, it has

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potentially serious health implications, particularly for older people and children, in the form of allergies and respiratory diseases.

At the very least the solution must meet UK Building Regulations

Meeting current UK Building Regulations with the chosen balcony solution is the very minimum standard and, ideally, the approach taken should demonstrate compliance with other industry certification and registration standards as well. There are three main dedicated methods for renovation and retrofitting that enables cantilever balcony connectivity to meet regulatory thermal performance standards. The first technique is the incorporation of an IPE beam into the existing ceiling, where concrete is then poured in to prevent any slippage of the construction towards the balcony. A structural thermal break is already fixed to the top plate, before it is positioned in the ceiling, ready to be connected to the cantilevered steel balcony. This implementation option has proved itself many times and is economically justifiable, but is only workable if it is possible to access the ceiling interior. This solution is, therefore, not ideal. A more traditional alternative is ‘posted’ balconies with four supports. However, with inevitable security concerns and an ever-increasing need for ground floor vehicle access, especially in busy urban areas, this is no longer such a favoured option.

Technical Focus By far the most attractive proposition is to attach a load-bearing structural thermal break directly into the concrete slab face of the building, to which a cantilevered steel balcony can then be attached. This solution requires drill hole positions to be marked with a template on the face of the building. Holes are then drilled into the concrete slab, adhesive injected and the load-bearing reinforcing rods of the thermal break slipped into position and anchored by means of the pre-injected adhesive. Structural screed is poured into a special pocket between the concrete slab and the thermal break to ensure a perfect contact between the two structural elements. Once both the mortar and the screed are cured, the structure is ready for the new balcony to be connected. One of the most effective structural thermal breaks on the market for this purpose is the Isokorb, which is a ready-to-install component. It has a 120mm insulation thickness and standard heights of 160 to 220mm, which offer different design options for integrated, energy-efficient connectivity. It is ideal for office-to-residential retrofitting, or housing stock renovation. And, in the case of existing housing stock renovation, because the installation is entirely external, any residents present can remain in the building; and there is no risk of damage to internal finishes and decoration either. An additional feature is that this particular product has been fully certified as an ‘Energy-saving component’ by the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt, Germany. When this type of thermal break is incorporated, the required domestic dwelling fRsi value (the temperature factor used to indicate condensation risk that must be equal to or greater than 0.75) is always comfortably met.

Cantilever balcony connections with a high thermal conductivity and which break the insulation layer when projecting through the building envelope are prime causes of thermal bridges

An experienced design team is essential

One of the most effective structural thermal breaks on the market is the Isokorb, which is a ready-to-install component

Atrium Point – one of the largest conversion projects in London Atrium Point at Sudbury Hill in North West London, previously the London headquarters of the international contractor M.W Kellogg, is a good example of an office-to-residential scheme. The existing office buildings are being sustainably refurbished, with solar panels,

air source pumps and heat recovery units, all contributing to meet CO2 reductions in the redevelopment. It is currently one of the largest schemes of its type in London and will realise a mix of 290 studios, oneand two-bedroom apartments, with many of the units benefitting from a retrofitted cantilevered steel balcony.

Unlike new builds, product selection for renovation is subject to certain restrictions. The solution will depend on the specific project requirements, the existing building and its structure, as well as the development of customised design proposals. It is essential that an experienced design team is on hand to provide extensive technical support on all these issues throughout the project. This should include product selection advice for the different options; building physics detail; framework conditions; methods for undertaking a building inventory; dimensioning examples and a comprehensive checklist.


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Building Access

Material finishes specified empathise with the context of the existing Brutalist architecture All images: ©Peter Savage

gpad breathes life into Brutalist office building

The curtain wall glazing combines natural light with a well-lit double-height atrium space


The ground- and first-floor lift lobbies have been fully refurbished with the addition of an inviting ancillary cafe for building users to meet clients and colleagues in a relaxed environment. Additional ground-floor seating with extra capacity on the mezzanine floor offers various break-out spaces for occupants. Simon Fancourt ARB RIBA, Architect at gpad london, comments: “Our brief was to provide tenants with a large accessible grand reception that would impress clients visiting the building. We chose a dramatic pendant feature lighting installation suspended above the double-height atrium to create a magical experience as you pass through the large revolving entrance doors. The 5.3m-wide entrance stair, floor-toceiling terrazzo wall panels, polished plaster columns and large-format concrete floor tiles express our design intent to create a feeling of grandeur for employees and visitors alike.”

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Material finishes specified empathise with the context of the existing Brutalist architecture.Taking inspiration from the heavy mass concrete construction, the internal finishes use robust materials such as concrete, terrazzo, glass and steel to provide continuity and longevity for the building user.



he lightweight two-storey glass and steel new-build extension creates additional generous lobby space with a new timber veneer and terrazzo top reception desk as well as matching panel surrounds. The curtain wall glazing combines natural light with a well-lit double-height atrium space that offers improved building access through the use of innovative high-quality design. Careful design of the new entrance accommodates the change in ground levels, and the installation of a platform lift from street level provides an accessible entrance to facilitate all users. A new accessible speed gate manages building access control. It can also be used as a regular gate at peak times to allow good user flow in and out of the building. The reception desk is no longer obscured from visiting clients and is in a prominent position directly opposite the entrance for enhanced user experience and access management.

BCO-award-winning architectural practice, gpad london, has completed a 5705ft2 new-build reception extension at Brunel House, Fitzalan Road, Cardiff. The lightweight glass and steel extension juxtaposes the existing Brutalist architecture of the 15-storey mass concrete office building. A new entrance with reception, external landscaping and signage gives the building an enhanced facelift and new brand identity.

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Building Access

The ground- and first-floor lift lobbies have been fully refurbished with the addition of an inviting ancillary cafe

The lightweight two-storey glass and steel new-build extension creates additional generous lobby space


In-depth building analysis and environmental modelling enabled the specification of curtain wall glass to the reception. The light, bright and airy space provides the required thermal comfort through 8mm Pilkington Suncool external pane and 8mm Pilkington Optiwhite internal pane to give a true low-iron glazing that is clear when viewed from the outside and is also thermally-efficient.

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Simon adds: “This particular project to create a ‘grand, but accessible entrance’ required consideration of the building functionality for all users combined with carefully choreographed aesthetics between the use of materials, colours and textures. The success has been delivered through high-quality, sustainable design and the use of innovative detailing.”

The use of lighter material colour finishes on the walls and floor provides a striking contrast to the feature elements such as bronzed flat bar steel handrails and balustrades. This colour scheme provides continuity throughout the building – inside and out – with bronzed external bollards, cladding panels and curtain wall glazing transoms and mullions to provide visual connections that have a contemporary appearance.





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Doors, Windows & Balustrades

Giving an uninterrupted view from high-rise buildings, glass also creates a neat, minimal and uniform look

Glass houses

A key trend in external and internal architecture is towards glass balustrades. While the aesthetics are unarguably very appealing, there are a number of considerations for specifiers to be aware of. Simon Boocock, Managing Director of CRL, takes a look.


lass is a trending material for balustrades and balconies, due to its versatility and unrivalled visual appeal. Giving an uninterrupted view from high-rise buildings, glass also creates a neat, minimal and uniform look which is a big advantage on building exteriors. Juliette balconies made from glass are becoming particularly popular, especially for buildings where the interior is compact. A big advantage of a Juliette balcony is that it enables a French window or patio door to be chosen instead of a


conventional window, filling the room with light, increasing ventilation and creating a greater sense of space in smaller rooms. The balcony itself provides a safety barrier by means of the balustrades or railings and does not generally require planning permission, which accounts for its rise in popularity to a large extent. In addition, unlike a bolt-on balcony or other types which have a deck, they do not need the foundations of a property to be reevaluated to accommodate them. This makes them a more widely used solution for refurbishment and renovation projects.

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CRL’s Juliette Balcony System features a modern design and sleek, clean lines creating the desired visual effect without being a headache to install.The system offers peace of mind with 316-grade stainless steel for weather resilience and comprises four connectors, plus two cap rails of 3 to 4.2m length, suitable for 12 to 25.52mm glass. Available in brushed and polished stainless steel finishes, the system has been tested to a width of 2400mm. While the aesthetic qualities of a glass balcony or balustrade are unarguable, installing them does raise challenges in terms of safety, both for the installer and the end-user. Here, it is a question of choosing the most appropriate system for the job, and one that makes the task safe and simple both on the initial install and at times when maintenance is required. Systems that need to be fitted from the outside in will require scaffolding, which adds to the time and expense of a project, and are overall much trickier and even more dangerous to install than systems that can be fitted from an internal position. Traditional wet-fit balcony systems need to be held securely in place, usually with cement, to ensure a tight fit, which can be messy too, particularly when fitting the balcony retrospectively on to a building. Often too, the architectural hardware used for installation is heavy and cumbersome, particularly when working at awkward angles and from height and can even compromise the minimal aesthetic of the glass if poorly designed.

Doors, Windows & Balustrades Juliette balconies are growing in popularity on UK buildings. These fall under Part K of the Building Regulations Act 2000.

While the aesthetic qualities of a glass balcony or balustrade are unarguable, installing them does raise challenges in terms of safety, both for the installer and the end-user

Problem solvers

Safety, security and fantastic views Both Taper-Loc dry-glazed railing systems and Juliette balcony systems tap into the big trend for frameless glass balustrades and balconies. With less architectural hardware providing an improved aesthetic when compared to standard vertical posts, and what hardware is on show being available in a number of on-trend and attractive weather-proof finishes, a minimalistic, high-end look is achievable with no compromise on safety.


Specifiers need to be mindful that the general Code of Practice for barriers in and around buildings is confirmation to BS 6180:2011 and a system that can be fixed back to the stone or brickwork of the building will offer the best solution in terms of security. However, a dry-glazed railing system suitable for frameless glass balustrades, such as CRL’s Taper-Loc system, is a hassle-free alternative to the mess and awkwardness of working with cement. This solution simplifies the fitting and maintenance process, enabling installation from the safe side of the balcony or balustrade, which is particularly useful in retrofit projects or when a broken glass panel needs to be changed as it eliminated the need for expensive scaffolding, cuts installation times and provides safety and security for installer and end-user. Juliette balconies are another option and are also growing in popularity on UK buildings. These fall under Part K of the Building Regulations Act 2000, stipulating that gaps in any railings must not be more than 100mm and that the top of the balcony must be at least 1100mm from standing floor level. Ideal for buildings with compact interiors, a glass Juliette balcony enables a French window or patio door to be chosen instead of a conventional window, filling the room with light, increasing ventilation and creating a greater sense of space.

Specifiers need to be mindful that the general Code of Practice for barriers in and around buildings is confirmation to BS 6180:2011


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Fire Protection

The Hackitt Review – the verdict Almost a year on from the devastating Grenfell Tower blaze, the ordered Hackitt Review was delivered at the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee session on Thursday 17th May. While many welcomed some aspects of the review, others weren’t as accepting when it came to the review falling short of banning combustible cladding. Here, FC&A looks at some of the responses from both the industry and the public realm.

FSF President, Brian Robinson: “The Fire Sector Federation (FSF) welcomes the completion of the review and recognises the direction is consistent with the UK’s approach to general health and safety. “We are pleased to see a greater focus on the recognition of responsibilities and control of the fire safety building performance through the whole process from planning to building occupation and throughout the life of a building.We also support the creation of the Joint Competent Authority. “The report gives us a direction of travel, but it is now up to the Government to drive the recommendations forward, particularly those on regulation and testing, and to set and enforce high standards. Dame Judith has formulated a long-term


plan which will take time to achieve. The lack of an interim arrangement and the need for substantial further work does not give confidence in an immediate or longterm outcome which will provide residents with the reassurance they need. “We are concerned that the proposals do not go far enough to ensure the fitness for purpose of designs, materials, products and building processes. The industry needs direction, and this is just as important for contractors, sub-contractors and facility managers working on site every day as it is for members of professional institutions. “While we welcome the recognition that the industry should take responsibility for developing suitable guidance and standards, the challenge is not for the construction sector alone. We believe that it is vital for the wider fire sector to be significantly involved in any arrangements and will collaborate widely to help develop the far-reaching solutions required to solve this highly complex problem.”

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RIBA President, Ben Derbyshire: “This review should have been a defining moment – a set of findings to bring real and meaningful change to the complexity and confusion surrounding core Building Regulations guidance. Whilst there are elements of Dame Judith Hackitt’s review that we very much welcome, we are extremely concerned that it has failed to act on the urgent need to immediately protect life safety through a more detailed programme of simplified and improved regulations, standards and guidance.The review recognises that the changes it recommends will require legislative change and take time to fully implement. In the meantime, we are left with confusion and lack of clarity. We will be continuing to stress our detailed concerns to Government.”

Association for Specialist Fire Protection CEO, Niall Rowan: “The ASFP supports the report as aiming to deliver a better-built environment with fire safety given the proper consideration it deserves. “We believe the focus on high-risk residential buildings (HRRBs) is a good place to start, but we would like to see many of the recommendations rolled out progressively to cover the great majority of buildings since the issues raised are applicable to all buildings and not just HRRBs.

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Managing Director of Vivalda Group, Ben Jayes: “We were expecting a far clearer statement from Dame Judith, which would include banning any combustible material on tall buildings. We had also hoped to see sharper teeth when it came to independent building inspection; however, this appeared to have been overlooked in favour of tighter regulations outlined in the report. “On a more positive note, while it is encouraging to see that the role of ‘dutyholders’ within the planning, design and construction phase of building projects is given weight, I can’t help feeling let down by the final review. We were expecting something stronger.

“Independence and simplicity are the antiseptics we need to guard against unsafe buildings – this all feels too weak to affect the major culture change that’s needed in the construction industry.”

NAPIT Group’s Chief Executive, Mike Andrews: “We are pleased to see that this report has seen the clear benefits of the selfcertification model. Since our foundation 25 years ago, NAPIT have believed in selfcertification as a way to ensure compliance with the Building Regulations, and we go further than the recommendations suggested by Dame Judith by requiring that all operatives, rather than just a qualifying supervisor, are assessed as competent in the registration process. We welcome the creation of a Joint Competent Authority to ensure that work done in higher risk properties reaches the desired standards. “We support the suggestion that bodies which accredit competence should themselves be accredited. Schemes which are accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) require installers to be competent and to be regularly assessed to demonstrate their ongoing competence. This approach is currently in use by all Competent Person

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“Hackitt Review needs close scrutiny before recommendations are accepted. Direction of travel is good but it needs to be robustly checked by industry.” - @NathanGarnett

“The UKBIM Alliance welcomes the Final Report by Dame Judith Hackitt, ‘Building a Safer Future: Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety’” - @UKBIMAlliance

“Clarrie Mendy, Bereaved #Grenfell relative shocked that #HackittReview won’t ban dangerous cladding. Government must step up properly.” - @HackneyAbbott “Dame Judith Hackitt’s Government-sponsored review of Building Regs following the #GrenfellTower fire is reported to be recommending that there should be no outright ban on the use of flammable cladding. The world truly has lost its mind!” – @clicktypenter

Schemes, including those run by NAPIT, and by the Quality Mark being developed in the wake of the Each Home Counts Review. All members registered on our Competent Person Scheme receive a card outlining their competence, and this has worked successfully in practice. ECS Gold Cards for electricians, which are mentioned in the report, are not UKAS accredited and do not require the ongoing assessment of actual installation work.”

“I simply cannot believe how, one year on from the Grenfell Tower fire, the Hackitt Review doesn’t recommend that combustible materials are banned and that desktop studies – where materials are approved without a fire test involving an actual fire are banned. A betrayal.” - @DavidLammy

“Grenfell survivors and industry experts join to call on the Government to go further than today’s Hackitt Review and ban combustible cladding on tall buildings.”- @LabourSJ

“The greater emphasis on considering fire safety early in the design process and so building what was designed is in alignment with the work we have been doing with RIBA on the creating a Fire Safety Overlay for the RIBA Plan of Works. Furthermore, to have a dedicated dutyholder is also a logical step in coordinating fire safety throughout the construction process and prevents responsibility being passed onto others when problems arise. “The ASFP also strongly supports the suggestion that third-party product certification be made mandatory.This is something for which we have been campaigning for many years.”

“MPs to explore how systemic and cultural changes recommended as part of the #HackittReview can be applied to the #construction industry as a whole”- @UK_CW “Grenfell Tower fire review concludes indifference and ignorance led ‘race to the bottom’ in building safety practices with cost prioritised over safety – Dame Judith Hackitt” - @BBCBreaking

“Dame Judith Hackitt, author of Grenfell Tower review: ‘the lack of discipline has shocked me’”- @Channel4News

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Vision changes venue for 2018 event

Vision 2018 is taking place from 21st to 22nd June at Islington’s Business Design Centre. The event showcases the latest developments in materials, products and technology alongside a rolling programme of lectures, seminars and debates examining the key issues facing architecture and construction today.


office space for Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and a private home with sustainable features including straw bales, sandbags and load-bearing gabions. Pioneering Eco-Architect Bill Dunster will reflect on the legacy of BedZED, the UK’s first large-scale mixed-use sustainable community, and the practice’s subsequent work including the ZEDlife plan, a toolkit to deliver a safer, more equitable society with reduced dependence on fossil fuel. Experts will be looking at the impact of new technologies on contemporary life. Architect Harbinder Singh Birdi of Hawkins\Brown will ask how technology will transform the way we travel, Paul Foulkes from WAGO will be looking at the way building automation can contribute to health and wellbeing while smart building specialist Mapiq will present its data-driven behavioural approach to flexible, user-focused workplace design. Other speakers include Maria Smith, head of transdisciplinary architecture and engineering practice Interrobang, who will be discussing the practice’s conversion of the Hoover building, a Grade II* Listed Art Deco office building in Ealing, Patrik Schumacher, Principal

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of Zaha Hadid Architects, who sparked controversy by calling for social housing to be scrapped and public space to be abolished and a roster of Stirling Prize-winning Architects including Paul Monaghan, Chris Wilkinson and Alex de Rijke. Now in its fourth year, Vision 2018 has changed venue to be closer to the heart of the design community and is bigger and better than ever. A wide range of exhibitors will be showcasing and demonstrating new products, materials, systems and technologies designed for the built environment. There will also be a rolling programme of practical CPD-certified learning sessions on technology, products and materials and changes in legislation.The exhibition continues into the evening on 21st June with Vision Late Night.Visitors can view the exhibition and join a range of evening events including a drinks and networking reception sponsored by Architecture Today and New London Architecture’s annual PechaKucha, a series of punchy fast-paced talks designed to inspire, entertain and provoke.


ision 2018 has joined forces with Architecture Today to produce a high-profile conference programme where some of the biggest names in the industry discuss the challenges facing architecture and construction and suggest solutions and set out their thoughts as to how to adapt and thrive. Leading names in urbanism will be discussing contemporary theory and practice. Ben Rogers, Director of think tank Centre for London, will be asking whether London can be both prosperous and fair. Sunand Prasad will present Penoyre & Prasad’s proposals for Himley Village, a highly sustainable scheme of 1700 new homes which will form part of the 6000-home NW Bicester eco-town. And Max Farrell will be talking about the principals of city-making. The architects behind some of the most celebrated sustainable housing projects will be reflecting on their most famous projects and their legacy. Sarah Wigglesworth will discuss her seminal project Stock Orchard Street. Described by the Architects’ Journal as “the most influential house in a generation”, the building incorporates


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There’ll be strategic, topical debates including discussions on ISO 45001, sentencing guidelines and prosecutions

Safety & Health Expo 2018, one of the UK’s largest health and safety events and conferences, returns to ExCeL, London, from 19th to 21st June.


ndustry-wide there’s a definitive need for a more holistic approach to all-inclusive wellbeing and the huge benefits that this brings to employees and businesses alike – and Safety & Health Expo is driving this change in proud partnership with NEBOSH, HSE, IOSH and RoSPA. New for 2018 – the Occupational Health & Wellbeing Zone The brand-new Occupational Health & Wellbeing Zone will have a dedicated seminar theatre sponsored by Acre, and a relaxation zone with yoga classes. Hear industry leaders share their personal stories on mental health and wellbeing. Discover how to create your own culture of wellbeing to eliminate stress, increase resilience and give your business a real competitive advantage. New products and services from 300+ world-leading suppliers Source from a range of behavioural safety, risk management, training and occupational health products and services from trusted names including Traka, Mascot International, Draeger, Evac+Chair, Ikar GB, RRC International and Safety Media.

CPD-accredited seminars – Ruby Wax OBE to speak An incredible line-up of aspirational speakers in the Safety & Health Expo Keynote Theatre, supported by Safety Media includes Comedian and mental health expert Ruby Wax OBE, Nicky Moffat CBE and Sir Clive Woodward OBE. Plus, there will be strategic, topical debates including discussions on ISO 45001, sentencing guidelines and prosecutions as well as Carillion’s collapse, to name just a few. Operational Excellence Theatre, sponsored by Kelvin TOP-Set The ‘dos and ‘don’ts’ of occupational health and risk assessment, including a look from a HSE perspective. Seminars include ‘Making business and safety even better’, ‘Accident investigations’, ‘The migration from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001’ and ‘Working at height: lessons learnt from recent incidents and prosecutions’. Professional Development Theatre, sponsored by Principal People Supporting leaders and future leaders of the profession, seminars are focused on career development and qualifications, soft skills and behavioural safety and culture.

The fashion show will give the chance to see innovations from leading suppliers demonstrated by catwalk models

Lone Worker & Driver Safety Theatre, sponsored by DriveTech With plenty of case studies up for discussion, this theatre will address best practice in lone worker health and safety. Industry awards This year, Safety & Health Expo will play host to the Professional Clothing Show Awards, the RoSPA Awards and the SHP Rising Star Awards, which returns for its fourth year. The Legal Clinic – in association with Turnstone Law and 2 Hare Court Tap into the latest thinking and advice. Lawyers from Turnstone Law and 2 Hare Court will be on hand to answer all your health and safety legal questions in a free, roundtable discussion. Virtual reality in health and safety Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service is using VR technology to give drivers a totally immersive look at a pre-crash environment. Try it out and learn about other applications for VR in health and safety. The Professional Clothing Show Source new and innovative workwear inclusive of footwear, gloves, badges and ties alongside PPE solutions.The fashion show will give the chance to see innovations from leading suppliers demonstrated by catwalk models.

Safety & Health Expo – driving change in the profession for 2018


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UK Delivery Stream at Housing 2018

Dedicated to building the homes we need to fix our broken housing market, UK Delivery Stream looks at best practice and innovations in construction, examining the quality and safety of housing stock and exploring the future of the industry and funding.This stream is targeted at delegates, local authority housing companies, housing association development directors, house-builders, architects and consultants.

For over 60 years Housing has been the place to meet the largest and most diverse audience of sector professionals, stay connected, discuss political and economic challenges, and connect with influential business leaders.


eginning with an awards ceremony for over 800 people, followed by 10 streams of excellent learning and unrivalled networking opportunities, Housing is bursting with relevant, innovative content and networking including; a free leadership programme, over 150 seminars, over 60 fringe events, an award-winning fringe, the largest housing procurement event, an off-site demonstration village and a business transformation and technology event. Supported by the Chartered Institute of Housing and a firm fixture in the housing minister’s calendar – Housing 2018 is where the sector meets.

What’s on at Housing 2018? 1. Europe’s largest gathering of housing professionals Join 11,000 attendees over three days for the largest event in the housing calendar. 2. Be where your suppliers are Meet over 300 of the leading exhibitors/ suppliers, ranging from house-builders, contractors, repair and maintenance, energy, technology, tenant services, legal, IT, software and more.


3. Gain knowledge Free learning sessions are located across the exhibition and offer the chance to update knowledge, build skills and gain practical tips to take back to the office and implement straight away. 4. Be part of the evolution Launching at this year’s Housing 2018, TECH@Housing is a brand-new event where visitors can discover the latest innovative business transformation and future-proofing technologies. 5. Off-site 2018 Working with Homes England, GLA, MHCLG, NHBC, BRE, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and other leading organisations, Housing 2018 is building an off-site village for 2018. 6. The fringe Be part of Housing’s most provocative and alternative theatre that is unafraid to challenge the status quo and ask the difficult questions. Expect cutting-edge sessions that will explore leadership, ending homelessness and managing change.

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In conversation with the disrupters The ingredients of place Construction skills: the future of the industry post-Brexit Quality at the heart of all we build Building better faster Shared ownership: funding the fourth tenure Mixed-tenure development: the perfect mix We love Build to Rent Building out homelessness.

Speakers Andy von Bradsky, Design and Delivery Advisor, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Cllr Clare Coghill, Leader, London Borough of Waltham Forest David Cowans, Group Chief Executive, Places for People Jacqui Daly, Director of Residential Research and Investment, Savills Mark Farmer, Founding Director and Chief Executive, Cast Kate Kennally, Chief Executive, Cornwall Council Peter Murray, Chairman, New London Architecture Alistair Parvin, Co-Founder, Wiki House Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities, Bristol City Council Isobel Stephen, Director of Housing Supply Sue Riddlestone, Chief Executive and Co-Founder, BioRegional Nick Walkley, Chief Executive, Homes England.

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CPD Focus

New CPD on brick matching for renovation and new builds Imperial Bricks has introduced a new CPD to guide architects, specifiers and developers to gain a better understanding of brick matching techniques, including recognising brick types, brick blending, colour correction and the use of brick slips for interiors and external facades.The new RIBA-approved CPD is titled ‘Innovative Brick Match Solutions: A Practical Guide to Achieving the Best Brick Match’. Ruth Hughes, Specification Manager at Imperial Bricks, commented: “Many people are yet to learn of the range of handmade, wire-cut and pressed bricks available, and which are suitable for buildings of different periods and character. Our CPD will open up opportunities to those who have previously been restricted in their brick choices for extending or renovating their current properties or building new houses in conservation areas.” * cpd@imperialbricks.co.uk

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SFS pushes the envelope in new RIBA-approved CPD Leading roofing and cladding fastener systems and door hinge manufacturer, SFS, has launched a new RIBA-approved CPD seminar programme for building specification professionals, providing the latest technical insights into creating high-quality and safe building envelopes. Five complimentary CPD seminars are now available to book at www. sfsintec.co.uk, which can be delivered at clients’ offices and are worth double points to RIBA Chartered Architects. All the seminars provide up-to-the-minute technical information and guidance for designing in longevity, safety, security, legislative compliance and client satisfaction. With seminar topics including support systems for rainscreen cladding, envelope airtightness and thermal efficiency, fixing of warm roofs, designing roof safety systems and hinge technology, the CPD seminar programme utilises a wealth of technical know-how from right across the SFS Group. * uk.info@sfsintec.biz

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Damp for the discerning with new Safeguard CPDs Safeguard Europe has revised its CPD seminar programme on the two major, and commonly confused, causes of damp to simultaneously provide either broad or in-depth briefings on this troublesome property defect. When tackling any kind of damp, the single most important factor is correct identification of, first, type and then, second, cause.The first in the new RIBA-accredited CPD series from Safeguard – Dealing with Dampness – is an overarching introduction to the problems of rising and penetrating damp that will give architects, builders and other specifiers enough information to help them tell the difference between the two and determine sources, while giving options on how to remedy the situation. * info@safeguardeurope.com

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Offsite Solutions launches UK’s only RIBA-accredited CPD for bathroom pods Offsite Solutions has launched the only RIBA-accredited CPD training programme for bathroom pods. Entitled ‘Modular bathroom pods – what, why and where?’, the seminar examines all aspects of bathroom pod specification to

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help architects, contractors and developers design and procure factory-built bathrooms, en-suite shower rooms and wetrooms more effectively.The programme looks at how to get the best out of this type of off-site construction and the latest innovations and technical advancements in bathroom pod technology.The interactive CPD workshop, which includes a presentation and a question and answer session, can be arranged at a time and venue to suit attendees. * info@offsitesolutions.com

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New RIBA CPD app covers subfloor preparation and adhesive selection F. Ball and Co. has made its RIBA-assessed CPD tutorial available to download as an app. The tutorial covers all aspects of subfloor preparation, including the varying requirements of different subfloor types, moisture testing and providing effective moisture protection, and the installation of a suitable levelling compound to create a smooth, blemish-free finish. The CPD module also details how to specify the correct adhesive, taking into account the floorcoverings being installed and the environment in which they will be situated.The tutorial can be completed in one go or in sections until it has been fully completed, upon which a certificate of completion is issued.The tutorial is worth one hour of CPD credits. * mail@f-ball.co.uk

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HVAC & Air Management

Comfortable working temperatures and greater control over energy management prompted an investment in Nor-Ray-Vac continuous radiant tube heating from Nortek Global HVAC, under the Reznor brand

Nor-Ray-Vac provides comfortable environment at Hull train depot Hull Botanical Gardens LMD is a fuelling point that carries out train ‘A’ examinations overnight. The depot is staffed by six level five fitters and three maintenance assistants along with six cleaners based at the depot, with the night shift being the busiest and coldest shift. As the majority of the work is carried out overnight and large doorways remain open for long periods, operatives were working in single-figure temperatures, particularly in the colder winter months.


ith the rail shed being unheated and night time being the busiest shift, a new heating system was of paramount importance to Network Rail. Comfortable working temperatures and greater control over energy management prompted an investment in Nor-Ray-Vac continuous radiant tube heating from Nortek Global HVAC, under the Reznor brand. The train depot at Hull Botanical Gardens is 99m long, 16m wide and has two train tracks running through the length of the shed with two roof heights of 7 and 11m. It now benefits from the Nor-Ray-Vac system of 19 burners with ducted fresh air supply due to the diesel fumes from


the engines, arranged in six temperature zones with just four discharge fans, to give the client economic flexibility of working. Suspended from the roof, the heaters emit infrared rays that warm only objects and people in its path. They do not waste fuel heating the volume of air in the building. This will ensure that Network Rail’s heating costs are kept to a minimum. The entrance and exit doors often occupy the full width of rail shed buildings and may be left open for many hours a day. When doors are open at both ends, a wind tunnel effect is created, and cold air at high velocity is drawn into the shed. The problem of keeping the shed warm enough for personnel to work comfortably is

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compounded by the north-south alignment of the tracks which is a severe problem at night when there is no sunshine to warm the interior. The Nor-Ray-Vac system provides even heat coverage throughout the building, with rapid warm-up time and low noise operation. Economy and effectiveness are the two key criteria specifiers required to answer when selecting a heating system for rail maintenance sheds. Finding a solution to both in a single heating system can be challenging. However, one form of space heating technology is ideally suited to this cold and often inhospitable working environment – Nor-Ray-Vac radiant tube heating. Low operating costs are achieved by concentrating the heat at low level, where it is most needed, without heating the volume of air in the building. Rapid response times reduce running costs further. Such flexibility means that warmth is felt by people in the building within minutes of start-up and no fuel is wasted bringing the air to a comfortable temperature. Since the Reznor radiant system burns fuel at point of use, there are no distribution losses to take into account. Emeg successfully removed the redundant system and installed the Reznor Nor-Ray-Vac system producing a comfortable working environment for operatives, especially those working the night shift.

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Grenfell Review will lead to testing times One year on since the Grenfell tragedy, the building services industry must be prepared for a far more rigorous approach to fire safety testing, according to Andrew Collard, Actionair Product Manager at Swegon Air Management. A review team chaired by Dame Judith Hackitt published its final report earlier this year (May 2018), setting out to make the system of product testing a clear priority and clear goals for improved fire safety

through the long-awaited revisions to Part B of the Building Regulations. The Hackitt committee stated that the widespread use of ‘desktop studies’ to determine product suitability was

Underfloor air conditioning fit-out at Hanover Street AET Flexible Space has completed a Cat-B fit-out of the first floor at 11-12 Hanover Street for incoming tenant, Canadian property investor, Quadreal. The underfloor system at the prominentlypositioned Mayfair offices was originally installed in 2000 for Japanese construction company, Teisei, and has proved to be an adaptable services solution for the building. The system is the CAM-C with underfloor supply air and underfloor return air.

Each floor is effectively one zone, with a single CAM downflow unit supplying conditioned air to the underfloor plenum.This conditioned air is supplied into the workspace via fan terminal units, known as Fantiles, which are recessed into the floor plenum. Approximately 80 standard size TU4 Fantiles are located over

undermining the quality of the specification process. It called for test results and the details of those who produce them to be made public and for testing to simulate ‘real life’ operating conditions. While the practice of desktop studies seems likely to remain part of the compliance process; the fall-out from Grenfell has undoubtedly led to demands for a more rigorous approach based on ‘real life’ operating conditions. As manufacturers of fire/smoke dampers, we have seen a marked shift in demand for more physical testing of our products, fire safety installations and record numbers of enquiries for technical assistance with installation. Not only is the testing of products important, but it also ensures that in reality, tested methods are followed correctly by trained professionals. The changes called for by the Hackitt Review are creating a significant shift towards more comprehensive testing and a more thorough design process to support the increasingly rigorous professional standards that have emerged from the report. 8 www.swegonair.co.uk

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the building’s five floors, and a fully stringered Nesite raised access flooring system supplied by AET is installed throughout. The original refurbishment of the property was specified to a high standard, designed by architect firm D.E.G.W, offering a large, openplan floorplate, a generous floor-to-ceiling height of 2.7m, featuring full-height glazing, 600mm2 carpet tiles for added flexibility and a high-specification metal tile ceiling. M+E consultant, Roger Preston & Partners, specified the underfloor services solution to permit this high specification and offer maximum flexibility for future change and reconfiguration according to tenant demands. AET engineers worked with fit-out contractor Think Inside on the recent Cat-B works. The space had been returned to Cat-A status after the previous tenancy ended, leaving a blank canvas for new firstfloor occupier Quadreal. An initial validation survey of the UfAC system on the first floor identified repairs required to the underfloor baffle and a number of damaged return air grilles to be replaced. 8 www.flexiblespace.com

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HVAC & Air Management TorFloor RdB chosen to heat renovated 1820s house Vortice introduces Vort HR 200 BP to heat recovery range Vortice has reintroduced its compact heat recovery unit – the Vort HR200 BP. There is a growing need for smaller heat recovery units with the increase in new-build highrise apartment blocks and smaller dwellings, and the Vort HR 200 BP provides the ideal solution.This centralised continuous mechanical supply and extract ventilation unit removes stale air from the wetrooms and creates a permanent air path throughout the home.The unit has a fully automatic thermal bypass, frost protection and is quiet running. A sleek Italian design ensures that it matches other whitegoods whilst its compact size makes it perfect for fitting into a kitchen cupboard. 8 www.vortice.ltd.uk * technical@vortice.ltd.uk ( 01283 492949

A recent renovation project carried out on an early 19th-century townhouse in London’s Holland Park area has made use of the innovative new TorFloor RdB system, manufactured by underfloor heating specialist, OMNIE. The specification was the result of the project team’s desire to reduce sound transmission between the different levels of the building while taking advantage of the excellent heat delivery and other physical performance characteristics for which TorFloor has become renowned over the years. In common with the standard system, the RdB version is an ideal means of deriving optimum performance from heat pumps or, as in this case, a high-performance gas boiler. * projects@omnie.co.uk

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Consort Claudgen launches new Heat brochure

Consort Claudgen’s new Heat brochure is now available in print and online. The full-colour, 48-page product directory has been designed with ease of use in mind and to assist readers in selecting the right products for their heating requirements and application. It provides information and comprehensive explanation of various heating systems including the SL and RX Wireless Control Heating System, and Electronic 7-day Timer models. Two receiver units which can be retrofitted to existing compatible heaters have also been introduced, allowing the heaters to be wirelessly controlled by either an RX or SL wireless controller. * sales@consortepl.com ( 01646 692172

Evinox team of CIBSE-certified Heat Network consultants expands Evinox has added to its CIBSEcertified technical and design team, with Design Engineer Arturs Kokins becoming the latest to successfully complete the CIBSE Heat Networks Code of Practice course, passing his final exam with flying colours. The CIBSE Heat Network qualification is recognised across the industry and covers a broad spectrum of considerations for communal and district heating systems, demonstrating the depth of knowledge Evinox can offer to its customers in the design of heat network systems. Arturs joined Evinox in early 2017 as a Graduate Engineer and has since developed his skills and gained valuable experience working on a number of key projects. These include managing bespoke testing with BSRIA for a large development in London where Evinox is supplying heating and cooling units.

DANLERS’ Outdoor Security Switch range is neat and compact and now benefits from an IP66-rated polycarbonate enclosure and, therefore, can be installed across a greater range of challenging environments. Included in the range is: an IP66 Compact Person Detector with improved time lag options and upgraded photocell range of 10 to 1000 lux, the IP66 Twilight Switch which turns lights on from dusk to dawn, a new IP66 Twilight Switch featuring DANLERS’ ‘Intelligent’ photocell which reduces the risk of hunting and over-illumination. And lastly, the IP66 Dusk Switch with new ‘Intelligent’ photocell and LED feedback for determining time on duration from two to 16 hours. The IP66 Dusk Switch turns lights on for a timed duration and resets itself when enough light is available ensuring lights are not left on unnecessarily. * sales@danlers.co.uk

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Landscaping & Water Management With access control and egress being imperative to the site, and to avoid impeding on the day-to-day operations of the data centre, Jacksons installed a double layer of security, combining 4m-wide rising arm barriers with automated bi-folding speed gates. Hydraulically operated and with minimal moving parts, bi-folding Speed Gates produce a smooth and fast action, perfect for facilities where the speed of opening and closing is essential for the security of the premises.

To meet the stringent security requirements of the 32,000m site, Jacksons installed 172m of Securi Mesh Plus SR2, galvanised and polyester powder coated RAL 6005 (green), three matching bi-folding speed gates to control access and egress to the site and three 4m rising arm barriers


Complementary aesthetics

Balancing security and aesthetics for Kao’s state-of-the-art data centre Kao London One, situated at the heart of the LondonStansted-Cambridge corridor, is one of the UK’s most advanced data centres. The facility features state-ofthe-art technology, offering world-class capabilities for a variety of local, national and international data-driven industries such as media, banking and retail.


n the UK, data centres are classed as critical infrastructure, where a breach can have severe consequences on public safety and service availability; consequently, they must be protected against a range of cyber and physical threats including sabotage, terrorism and trespassing. The first phase of the £200m data centre campus was completed at the start of 2018 and required a robust and extensive high-security perimeter solution. Throughout the project, Jacksons worked closely with JCA, the principal contractor for the design and build of Kao London One. JCA’s innovative use of technical infrastructure and building engineering expertise delivered Kao Data a market-leading facility that provides the highest standard of efficiency, resilience, connectivity and operational sustainability.


To meet the stringent security requirements of the 32,000m2 site, Jacksons installed 172m of Securi Mesh Plus SR2, galvanised and polyester powder coated RAL 6005 (green), three matching bi-folding speed gates to control access and egress to the site and three 4m rising arm barriers.

Tom Absalom, Managing Director at JCA, commented: “This end-to-end construction project demanded a high level of perimeter and gate security but also aesthetic appeal, to complement the cutting-edge building design. Our business has a rigorous approach to the selection of sub-contractor partners, and we expect excellence in both competence and cooperation, in order that projects are completed on time and on budget. Jacksons Fencing delivered a first-class service and brought significant experience and knowledge to the process. We would certainly work with them again in the future.” Cris Francis, Head of Commercial Sales at Jacksons Fencing, commented: “Jacksons successfully balanced the need for security, access control and aesthetics to deliver a robust and complete perimeter security solution for the project at Kao London One. With data centres now playing a vital role in the UK’s infrastructure, we were delighted that our products were chosen to secure such a significant site, it is a testament to the high quality of our products and the expertise of our team.”

Installed around the perimeter at the height of 3m and featuring double-skinned mesh up to 2.4m, Securi Mesh Plus SR2 provides an ideal solution for high-security sites such as Kao London One

High-security solutions Installed around the perimeter at the height of 3m and featuring double-skinned mesh up to 2.4m, Securi Mesh Plus SR2 provides an ideal solution for high-security sites such as Kao London One. Accredited by LPCB and Secured by Design, having achieved LPS 1175 SR2 certification, the fencing is resistant to attacks from a range of tools and features a number of anticlimb properties, while also providing an aesthetically-pleasing appearance.

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Landscaping & Water Management

An introduction to Hauraton DRAINFIX CLEAN As we approach another winter, thoughts start to turn to darker nights, colder day’s storms and flooding. In recent years, a lot has been talked about flood prevention, planning for bigger and bigger storm events and the need to deal with surface water. There is also a growing acceptance that SuDS is not, as often labelled, just a green fad, about building a pond or putting a green roof on a garage. It’s also not just an easy way to blow a hole in the construction budget. All too often, SuDS are just thought of to be constructing a pond or building a swale, whilst these have their place in any SuDS scheme, a sensible design approach makes use of a mix of vegetative, hard landscape and proprietary systems to create a robust and workable solution. There is a need to look at creative SuDS and an acceptance that there is no onesize-fits-all scheme. Hauraton DRAINFIX CLEAN has been developed as a proprietary drainage

channel with the unique ability to collect, store, clean and then discharge surface water. During the cleaning process, the product has been extensively tested and will remove of 99.5% TSS (total suspended solids), 99.9% TPH (total petrol hydrocarbons), 99.8% zinc and 99.8% copper. It is widely accepted that the SuDS manual produced by CIRIA is the go-to guide for designing of SuDS; Hauraton DRAINFIX CLEAN is included in this guide under chapter 14 which deals with proprietary systems. Over several years, trial sites were set up in Germany with DRAINFIX CLEAN, regular sampling and extensive testing has led to the product being awarded a coveted Dibt certificate.

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Gatic adds new car park solution to its Filcoten range Gatic Civil Drainage, a global leader in access covers and civil drainage systems, has expanded its growing Filcoten range with Parkline. Introduced for car park applications, and ideal for renovations of existing parking decks, Parkline comes with the same high-performance benefits as other products in the Filcoten range. Filcoten is an innovative grated channel drainage system manufactured from a breakthrough high-performance concrete (HPC). It provides market-leading levels of installed strength and stability for significantly longer, trouble-free operational life. It is also 100% recyclable and the only drainage channel to be made with renewable energy. Filcoten Parkline is suitable for load ratings of up to C250 and is wheelchairfriendly with almost no height difference to the surrounding road. It is ideal for replacing existing drainage systems, with an innovative locking system for quick and easy installation, and secure drain

covers that can be easily removed for cleaning and access as required. Its crosssection and monolithic construction prevents noise when cars cross over it and prevents grates from getting clogged. Its intelligent design includes innovative connecting elements made from corrosion-resistant stainless steel for efficient water conductivity. Sales Director, Martin Neale, comments: “Gatic is committed to ongoing improvement and development of its products so we can supply the best solutions for a wide range of drainage projects. Our Filcoten range includes Pro G, Pro V, Tec, Self, Pave and now Parkline

with load classes from A15 for pedestrian areas to F900 for heavy-duty applications where a more robust system is required.” 8 www.gatic.com * info@gatic.com ( 01304


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Celebrating 170 years of UK waterproofing Established in June 1848, Newton Waterproofing Systems is the oldest supplier of waterproofing and damp proofing products to the UK construction industry, and 2018 sees the company celebrate an incredible 170th year of trading.


he company is still family owned and family run, and it is this family ethos and independence, coupled with its expertise and willingness to innovate that has allowed Newton Waterproofing Systems to continually compete and grow.

Both of these introductions were so significant that, although the component products are constantly upgraded, the concepts have remained at the heart of damp proofing and waterproofing best practice for the past 40 years.

Humble beginnings

Innovation and expansion

In 1848 the original John Newton recognised an opportunity to supply plasterers hair and ancillary products to the construction industry, collecting his raw materials from the tanneries in Bermondsey, South London. (Image 1) Such was his success that he supplied high-profile projects including the rebuilding of the Houses of Parliament in the 1850s, and John Newton and Company went from strength to strength.

The turn of the millennium saw more innovation, and in 2003 Newton introduced the industry’s first approved contractor network, the ‘Newton Specialist Basement Contractors’.The network’s entry criteria maintains the high standards and guarantees required for Newton products, and now includes 40 of the best specialist waterproofing contractors across the UK and Ireland. The rapid growth that this generated also meant that Newton finally outgrew its original premises, and after 164 years in South Bermondsey the company relocated to Tonbridge, Kent, in 2012. (Image 4)

Inventing damp proofing With the introduction of plasterboard in the 20th century rapidly eroding demand for plasterers hair, Newton was forced to diversify. Consequently, in 1937 the company designed and introduced the UK’s first physical damp proof membrane, ‘Newtonite’. An immensely popular product, Newton sold over five million square metres of the innovative membrane between 1945 and 1983. (Image 2)

The new generation It was during this time that Christopher Newton, great-grandson of the original John Newton, began his tenure at the family firm. From stoking the boiler in 1963, Christopher rapidly rose to Chairman in the 1970s, where he remains to this day. With Christopher at the helm, the company recognised the need to exploit new technologies and move with the times, resulting in two major developments: 1. Inventing ‘Newlath’, the first meshed damp proofing membrane that could be directly plastered onto, launched in 1984. 2. Utilising protective membranes below ground, resulting in the first Newton System 500 basement waterproofing solution in 1986, consequently installed in thousands of UK properties. (Image 3)


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Complete solutions The 21st century Newton Waterproofing Systems continues to grow, with 33 employees providing solutions for architects, developers, contractors and homeowners on projects from the smallest domestic basement, to highend properties, commercial developments and extensive civil infrastructure projects. However, the company has not lost sight of the values of its family beginnings or its independence, and as Christopher Newton observes, it is this autonomy that allows the company to continually stand out from its competitors: “I have always been proud to say that Newton is a family-run company, with a strong ethos that provides the foundation for the 21st century company. Alongside our independence this grants us complete impartiality and a valuable freedom, allowing us to grow and improve whilst consistently offering the highest levels of service and sourcing new and innovative solutions.” – Christopher Newton, Chairman.

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Landscaping & Water Management Marshalls understands that selecting the right combination of colour, blend, size, pattern and texture is imperative to the visual success of your scheme

Create the shared spaces of your imagination with Marshalls As you’d expect from the UK’s market leading hard landscaping manufacturer, Marshalls’ extensive range of concrete paving provides you with the choice and flexibility you need to create the shared spaces of your imagination.


arshalls understands that selecting the right combination of colour, blend, size, pattern and texture is imperative to the visual success of your scheme; its paving gives you all of the tools you need. The Marshalls portfolio offers complete design creativity with its broad range of colours, ranging from subtle warm tones to cooler, contemporary colours and even

The Marshalls portfolio offers complete design creativity with its broad range of colours, ranging from subtle warm tones to cooler, contemporary colours and even vibrant, bold shades

vibrant, bold shades which are ideal for highlighting statement projects. Different coloured paving can transform an open space through either subtle, incremental colour variations, or bold contrasts of solid colours which add personality and impact to the finished scheme. Also, blending different types of paving together in bespoke combinations creates innovative and unique palettes which can alter the mood of a space.

The dimensions of paving units and the orientation they’re laid in can affect the feel of a space. Linear planks draw the eye to surrounding features whilst smaller elements create a busier, more traditional feel. Combining mixed sizes together on a scheme allows you to balance the functionality of multi-use spaces with eyecatching design creativity. Patterns can visually break up large expanses of paving, adding interest and playfulness to flat surfaces. The juxtaposition of soft, flowing curves and straight regimented lines can lend personality to otherwise bland areas. Banding, lines and shapes can also subtly denote different uses, eliminating the need to clutter spaces with distracting signage. Mixing coarse, smooth and polished textures across a single scheme can not only create striking visual differences but also help to denote different uses and even warn of potential hazards. Texture can create subtle banding across schemes in which colour isn’t a design option, provoking a uniquely tactile response. All of these factors can be addressed with the Marshalls paving range. And thanks to the company’s years of experience, you can be sure that we’ll provide you with the most cost-effective sub-base design and installation method to ensure that your schemes stay looking good with minimal maintenance for years to come. 8 www.marshalls.co.uk/commercial * info@marshalls.co.uk ( 01422


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Roofing, Cladding & Insulation Thanks to RMIG ImagePerf technology, it was possible to reproduce the design on to the 243 perforated sheets at of the MSCP in Victoria Street that made up the facade, covering an area of 800m2

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Creative cladding adds extra dimension to Victoria Street and Times Square MSCP

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Great architecture must stand out and blend in at the same time. Architect firm Leach Rhodes Walker chose perforated sheets from RMIG for the facade cladding of two new multi-storey car parks to combine functionality with a creative dimension. The Bridge Street multi-storey car park has a remarkable facade made from an astonishing 3500m2 of perforated sheets manufactured and supplied by RMIG

Technical characteristics: Raw material: Aluminium 1050 Pattern: RMIG ImagePerf Thickness: 3.0mm Finishing operations: Folding and cutting Surface treatment: Powder coating MSCP Victoria Street multi-storey car park, Liverpool, England

MSCP Times Square, Bridge Street multi-storey car park, Warrington, England

Technical characteristics:

As part of the redevelopment of Bridge Street in Warrington, Cheshire, a multistorey car park has been constructed, providing the town with more than 1000 much-needed parking spaces. This massive eight-storey car park has a remarkable facade made from an astonishing 3500m2 of perforated sheets manufactured and supplied by RMIG, with RMIG ImagePerf technology being used to create the vivid perforated patterns.

Raw material: Outer skin – aluminium J57S anodised Inner skin – aluminium EN 1050 Pattern: RMIG ImagePerf


Thickness: 3.0mm Finishing operations: Folding Surface treatment: Powder coating

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When designing the facade of the MSCP in Victoria Street, Liverpool, the architects wanted to pay tribute to the city’s fishing industry and decided on a modern interpretation of the fishnet pattern. Thanks to RMIG ImagePerf technology, it was possible to reproduce the design onto the 243 perforated sheets that made up the facade, covering an area of 800m2. In addition to the perforated facade cladding, RMIG also supplied expanded metal for the ground level of the MSCP. Both the perforated sheets and expanded metal provide the necessary ventilation and light for a facility of this kind. 8 www.city-emotion.com * info.uk@rmig.com ( 01925


Roofing, Cladding & Insulation

Save time – no need to prime

Sika Sarnafil has launched its latest flat roofing innovation, a completely unique ‘peel and stick’ self-adhered singleply membrane that does not require a primer. Quick and easy to install, it also mitigates the potential risks associated with adhesives and primers, making it a trusted choice for contractors and specifiers alike. The G410-15 EL SA membrane combines Sika Sarnafil’s tried and tested BBA-certified single-ply membrane with new self-adhesive technology, researched and developed in Switzerland.The adhesive is factory installed, removing the need for on site application. Thanks to this new technology, the membrane does not require a primer and is free from volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Not only does this significantly speed up the installation process, but it is also beneficial from a health and safety and environmental perspective, alleviating the risks for the specifier, contractor and client. The absence of VOCs means that the new system is especially well suited to sensitive environments such as hospitals, schools and other public buildings that could be in use during roofing works.

Dean Grady, Product Manager for Single Ply Membranes at Sika, said:“This new roofing system was born out of listening to our customers and finding out what they really need.As market leaders, it’s important to constantly reassess the market and develop new technologies to advance the installation, health and safety and sustainability of roofing products. “We’re not a company to rest on our laurels, and the launch of our new self-adhered membrane proves just that. It’s an industry first that is fast and straightforward to fit faultlessly while giving architects and clients the reassurance they need when it comes to specifying a safe and robust roofing system.” Supplied as part of a complete system, the G410-15 EL SA membrane must be installed with SarnaTherm G insulation in order to qualify for the Sika Sarnafil guarantee.

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Icopal guide reveals roofing’s hidden fire risks Top marks for SpecMaster on mixed ownership estate Employing the Redland SpecMaster service has proven beneficial to Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council (MBC) when it re-roofed 40 properties on one of its estates.This specification avoided unsightly, expensive detailing and also accelerated the roofing programme through introducing the Innofix Clip. BAAS Construction brought in the SpecMaster service to help Wigan. “The 15-year guarantee is important to us because it means that we shouldn’t have any unexpected financial burdens put upon us at Wigan and, in the unlikely event that there is a problem, Redland will still attend site and rectify the issue free of charge,” Brian Hampson, Project Manager, explains.The 15-year guarantee covers weathertightness, durability and design liability. 8 www.innofixclip.co.uk * sales.redland@monier.com ( 01293 666700

Flat roofing specialist Icopal, a BMI Group company, has produced a six-page guide that explains the fire risks of flat roofing and how to mitigate them. Recent years have seen a string of serious fires, such as the £60m Kelsey Academy incident, which have occurred because roofing contractors weren’t aware of flammable elements on the roof.TorchSafe Detailing, Guidance Document for Reinforced Bitumen Waterproofing sets out when roofing membranes can be torch applied, and when they can’t. It also underlines the responsibilities of all those involved to ensure that a roof installation is safe. * john.curley@bmigroup.com

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Trivallis chooses inclusive Redland package for peace of mind On-site training, top-quality workmanship and a market-leading 15-year guarantee led Trivallis, one of the largest social landlords in Wales, to choose the free-of-charge roof specification service offered by Redland when it needed to re-roof the Maerdy estate in Rhondda, South Wales.The 96 properties on the estate were due for re-roofing, explains Lee Tapper from Trivallis: “The service ensures that we meet the current British Standard, we get the technical advice that we need and we get the guarantee from Redland which means we know we don’t have a problem with the roof for 15 years.We know that our properties our watertight and that our roofers know exactly what they’re doing.” * sales.redland@monier.com

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Doors, Windows & Facades

With the latest addition of the multi-width machine, the company can now also produce U-track sections ranging from 65 to 254mm in thicknesses ranging from 1 to 3mm

EOS Facades reveals major investment programme As one of the leading steel framing systems innovators, with over 11 years’ expertise across all construction sectors, EOS Facades’ expansion programme continues with a major extension to the company’s advanced off-site manufacturing facility and the development of a new fabrication plant.


n addition to the five Howick steel framing machines currently in operation, EOS has invested in a new multi-width (boxer) machine and installed overhead cranes for lifting and moving frames and steel coils around the extended facility. This work has been undertaken in preparation for the increased workload with the development of a complete walling solution and load-bearing panelised systems to support off-site initiatives. Steve Thompson, Managing Director of EOS Facades, said of the expansion programme: “We have invested in our own fabrication plant to be self-sufficient in manufacturing our ancillary parts such as angles, brackets, windows and sills. This will support our market-leading ‘lump-sum’, allinclusive pricing initiative and complement our ‘total supply’ offering – enabling us to support the volumetric modular building sector together with high bay and continuous walling industries.” EOS Facades’ existing range offers 65-, 100-, 150-, 200- and 250mm-deep sections in gauge thicknesses ranging from 1.2 to 2mm and section lengths are fully customisable. With the latest addition of the multi-width machine, the company can now also produce U-track sections ranging from 65 to 254mm in thicknesses ranging from 1 to 3mm with the capability to run all of the slotted head track profiles.

Tried, tested and warrantied – Thruwall systems EOS Facades is now part of Etex Building Performance which brings together the products and solutions of three major construction material companies.


Through combining its expertise in drywall, passive fire protection and steel framing systems, the group has created a range of unique solutions from the building envelope to internal linings, partitions and penetrations. The factory extension has also been created to manage the increasing volume of work with the development of the Etex Building Performance Thruwall system, integrating the product ranges from the group including Siniat, Promat and EOS Facades. Steve Thompson continued:“The combination of expertise from the Etex Building Performance group means that we are uniquely positioned to create a range of tested and warrantied Thruwall systems. Meeting building performance requirements for fire, thermal, weathering, acoustics and airtightness – the newly-launched Thruwall systems provide an ‘all-in-one’ certified and warrantied solution providing crucial time and costs benefits.” The fully tested non-load-bearing infill Thruwall solutions for the external building envelope combine BBA-certified noncombustible A1 external sheathing, engineered steel framing system and internal wall linings. With a turnover of over £200m, Etex Building Performance Group backs the Thruwall Systems with a 30-year warranty.

CPD factory tours EOS Facades runs accredited CPD factory tours for architects, contractors, engineers and clients at the company’s advanced manufacturing facility in County Durham. Hosted by the EOS technical team together with the Etex Building Performance specification team, the tours are completely free to attend. The tour features design,

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estimating, quality control procedures, labelling, floor coding and traceability processes and includes examples of the innovative Thruwall system types. Following the tour, the EOS technical team will present a CPD session covering a variety of topics relating to this technology plus examples of best practice applications and project examples. This will be the first opportunity to see EOS Facades’ expanded operation. To register your interest for the next CPD-accredited factory tours, taking place 20th September, please email Hannah Jones via the email below.

EOS Facades is now part of Etex Building Performance which brings together the products and solutions of three major construction materials companies

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Doors, Windows & Facades Materially show-stopping

New England style with lightweight composite cladding from Eurocell Eurocell is bringing a touch of the American East Coast to these shores with the launch of Coastline, a New England-style lightweight composite cladding range. Ideal for refurbishment or new build, Coastline can transform existing low-rise housing stock, giving it a modern, contemporary feel, or provide new properties with a touch of class and kerb appeal. Made from an innovative patent-pending composite material, it guarantees up to 10 years of weatherproof performance thanks to its unique composition: it offers minimal contraction and expansion whatever the weather conditions, come frost, rain or shine. 8 www.eurocell.co.uk * chris.coxon@eurocell.co.uk ( 0800 988 3049

Sensitivity in designing offices in materials akin to their localities clinched Piercy & Company the GEZE UK-sponsored BD Office Architect of the Year Award 2018. The practice pipped contenders to the title with an impressive portfolio – each development projecting a narrative through forms and materials that “resonate on a local level”. At Spring Place, Kentish Town, this will be conveyed in a steel-clad industrial vernacular. Said Kaz Spiewakowski, GEZE UK’s MD: “We were delighted to sponsor Office Architect of the Year again. Piercy & Company epitomises the quality of design and creativity needed to produce standout developments that blend material elements with their surroundings.” * info.uk@geze.com

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Senior brings a positive outlook to Hope Street Xchange

Aluminium glazing solutions from Senior Architectural Systems have been specified to create a light and spacious design and meet the thermal, acoustic and aesthetic requirements of a new commercial development in Sunderland. Led by the University of Sunderland and designed by GSS Architecture, Hope Street Xchange mixes distinctive modern architecture with the sensitive refurbishment of a Grade II Listed building to provide a contemporary new workspace.The glazing package for the building was installed by Hadrian Architectural Glazing Systems for main contractor Clugston Construction and features Senior’s slim profile SF52 aluminium curtain wall, SD and SPW500 aluminium doors and the patented thermally-enhanced PURe aluminium window system. * info@sasmail.co.uk

Carl F Groupco confirms growth of high-spec hardware Carl F Groupco endorses the findings of the ‘Door and Window Fittings Market Report – UK 20182022’ produced by AMA Research. The established fittings supplier confirms demand for both highspecification products and mainstay lines. Affirming growth in electronic multi-point door locks, Carl F Groupco reports that SmartSecure – the company’s electronic locking and access control brand, has seen a seven-fold increase in year-on-year sales to March 2018. Early adopters include housing associations and fabricators who recognise the benefits of added value opportunities, the access control options for domestic use and a wide range of applications supported. AMA research findings also showed that multi-point locks comprise 62% of the market, a fact which underscores the continuing importance of the FUHR 881 locking system supplied by Carl F Groupco.

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VMZINC corrugated facade for Hackney apartments gpad london’s design of eight apartments over a doctor’s surgery in Elsdale Street, Hackney, features VMZINC curved and perforated Sine Wave cladding in dark ANTHRA-ZINC.The Art Deco building extension has been named ‘Zinc House’ and is the first project to feature a curved element using zinc in such a profile. Sitting at the convergence of two streets, the use of yellow inset balconies gives added visual distinctiveness to the project. An expanding mesh element of the facade also allows natural light to flood into the stairwell.The Sine Wave zinc has a corrugated profile and can be fixed either vertically or horizontally on a wooden or metal framework. In addition to ANTHRA-ZINC, it is available in QUARTZ-ZINC, five standard and bespoke PIGMENTO colours and AZENGAR, the first engraved zinc to be used in construction.

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Doors, Windows & Balustrades Now, most corporate environments will, at a minimum, have some form of soft security measures. Implementing technology that has the capabilities to monitor and record user activity, in turn, helping to safeguard against security and fire threats as well as block unauthorised access attempts.

The emerging trend of integrated intelligent buildings Here, Boon Edam discusses how today’s climate has led to the emerging trend of integrated, intelligent buildings.


istorically, access control systems have been predominantly located within high-security environments, like that of banks or Government buildings. However, in today’s security-conscious world, it’s rare to walk into a building that doesn’t have any form of security system installed.Various driving factors have contributed to this change, for example, monitoring pedestrians regarding fire regulations, protecting internal equipment or data and, more obviously, preventing and protecting the building from any unauthorised intrusions.

Soft security solutions The decline in manual signing in and out of buildings has become apparent for many headquarters. Now, most corporate environments will, at a minimum, have some form of soft security measures. Implementing technology that has the capabilities to monitor and record user activity, in turn, helping to safeguard


against security and fire threats as well as block unauthorised access attempts. Access control systems are flexible solutions that provide essential information to help companies establish building access trends such as, peak times of day, track time spent within the building and monitor specific areas of the building for attendance purposes. For many corporations, it is crucial that employees and visitors only have access to their designated departments within the building. Soft security measures help provide companies with the assurance that access is granted solely to approved individuals’ identity devices. Proximity cards are making access and security more seamless than ever before, providing the solution to the heightened demand for personnel access control within corporate buildings. Card systems that integrate security, privacy and convenience allow the organisation to achieve a new level of security assurance.

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Hard security solutions Restrictions on access within public buildings have unquestionably risen year on year. Constraints concerning gaining access to receptions, lift lobby areas and, upper office floors are a natural expectation today. One of the main reasons behind the development of access control systems within commercial buildings is the gradual move from typical nine-to-five working hour days. Anytime, anywhere and anyplace working has led to a move away from manned entrances to fully automated secure entry systems. The development of biometric security has improved significantly over the past eight years. When discussing biometric security, it’s no longer a case of referring to a standard thumbprint reader now, technology has progressed into retinol scanners and facial recognition within access systems.The additional layer of security has become a common trend within data centres where the risk of stolen or lost cards presents a threat for unauthorised access into areas such as server rooms. High-security revolving doors can also benefit from added security features such as ceiling sensors for the prevention of tailgating, contact mats for user detection and weight systems to assess the load imposed by the user. Revolving doors also have the benefit of being secured, so rotation begins following a signal from an integrated access control system. 8 www.boonedam.co.uk

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Doors, Windows & Balustrades With the Sidey Kitfix System, windows and doors can be accurately fitted at the factory stage

First fix 11 windows in just 23 minutes Timber frame and SIP panel manufacturers can speed up the installation of windows and doors by using the Sidey Kitfix system. 11 windows can be first fixed in 23 minutes. They are installed when the walls are horizontal in the factory, and the innovative Kitfix brackets are twist-fitted to the window or door frame.


ressure is on for builders and developers to get on- and off-site faster. This means looking at ways to reduce the time spent installing windows and doors. “With the Sidey Kitfix System, windows and doors can be accurately fitted at the factory stage,” says Steve Hardy, Managing Director of fenestration and off-site construction specialist, Sidey Solutions. “It’s quick too – 11 windows can be first fixed in 23 minutes. They are installed when the walls are horizontal in the factory, and the innovative Kitfix brackets are twist-fitted to the window or door frame. Airtightness, thermal and acoustic seals can also be included at this stage. “This system makes transportation simple, and once on site, the panels are erected as normal. This means homes are wind- and watertight, secure much sooner and makes the build much faster. It also eliminates the need for separate deliveries of windows and doors, with no site storage required either. “The latest changes to planning laws announced 5th March mean there is even more pressure to get the job done quicker,” adds Steve. “Choosing Kitfix to install windows and doors will help builders and developers build fast.” 8 www.kitfix.co.uk

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Doors, Windows & Balustrades ISO-CHEMIE tape has new low-carbon homes sealed

ISO-CHEMIE’s expanding foam sealing tape has been specified for a low-carbon housing project, which incorporates the latest developments in sustainable building technologies. More than 240 properties at Little Kelham on Kelham Island, Sheffield, feature ISO BLOCO ONE tape, which provides a high-performance airtight, acoustic and thermal seal for hundreds of new doors and windows. Sustainability is a key driver of the scheme, so self-adhesive foam tape has been used to seal the expansion joints and gaps around the window and door frames. This will significantly help to achieve a Passivhaus target of <0.69m³hour/m² measured at 50 Pascals airtight seal per completed building.

Key calculations at the press of a button

A time-saving tool to help professionals tackle complex calculations for the design of window systems is being launched by GEZE UK. WinCalc 2.0 is an online specification platform that allows users to populate design and specification data to identify and plan suitable window configurations. The system is intended for architects, architectural ironmongers, fabricators, M&E companies and consultants. It can be used to calculate requirements for both manual and electric window drives for natural ventilation, smoke and heat extraction, and SHEVs (smoke and heat exhaust ventilation systems), and design the most appropriate emergency power control unit while incorporating calculations for cable crosssections and planning. 8 www.geze.co.uk * info.uk@geze.com ( 01543 443000

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Levolux balconies impress at Westmount A new development in St Helier, Jersey, showcases a revolutionary ‘bolt-on’ balcony system, which was designed, manufactured and installed by Levolux. The Westmount development accommodates 245 one-, two- and three-bed apartments. All apartments benefit from private balconies or roof terraces. To meet challenging requirements, Levolux developed six types of balcony for the development. The shape and size of balconies supplied by Levolux vary considerably, from rectangular to more irregular trapezoidal shapes and larger L-shaped balconies that extend along two elevations. Unlike conventional balcony designs, which use standard components and are assembled during installation on site, Levolux’s ‘bolt-on’ balconies are formed from custom components and are fully assembled at their premises prior to installation. * info@levolux.com ( 0208 863 9111

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Uncompromising fire protection with SYSTEMGLAS Ferro

Now it’s time to lift and slide Comar’s product range with Comar 7Pi LS+. Innovative lift and slide gearing provides smooth operation for door configurations up to 12m wide and 3m high, creating true glazed sliding walls. From one system, Comar 7P.i LS+ provides delivered solutions, for the summer months to maximise the opening space with the three-track slider which creates two thirds clear opening, whilst in the winter, the lowest U-values keep out the cold. Innovation comes from Comar 7P.i LS+ offering unique solutions from one system, which means that with the same profiles you can provide lift slide or straight rolling gear, standard or slim interlock, enhanced performance with the inclusion of thermal foam and double- or triple-track configurations.

The steel framing system that was introduced in the UK to provide EI fire protection in butt jointed glazing is now available as a complete, safety-assured glazing system with the launch of the SYSTEMGLAS Ferro range from Promat UK. SYSTEMGLAS Ferro is a complete glazing system suited to contemporary interiors with the fire glass, steel framing, beading and setting blocks supplied directly by Promat UK for maximum traceability. As a butt jointed system successfully tested to facilitate large uninterrupted spans of glazing in a vertical or horizontal formation, SYSTEMGLAS Ferro allows buildings to benefit from maximum natural lighting within rooms, without compromising on integrity and insulation (EI) fire protection of between 30 minutes up to 120 minutes (CERTIFIRE CF5452).

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With its minimalist look of contemporary and urban-inspired shapes, the ceramic line creates a luxurious oasis in everyday life

Each product has undergone rigorous testing in three key areas; easy installation, no water spraying whilst washing hands and plenty of hand space

GROHE Cube Ceramics: style and function Cube, GROHE’s premium ceramic collection, offers clean lines and linear shapes that allow specifiers, architects and designers to create stylish, statement bathrooms within projects across an array of hospitality, commercial and urban spaces.


rmed with superior technical know-how, the award-winning GROHE design team developed the washbasins, toilets and bidets with a view to match the geometric shapes of its Eurocube, Lineare, Allure and Allure Brilliant ranges, ensuring a perfect combination of form and function. Each product has undergone rigorous testing in three key areas; easy installation, no water spraying whilst washing hands and plenty of hand space. Innovative technologies behind the Cube Ceramic products ensure to maintain maximum hygiene and maximum comfort for the user. Project designers and specifiers particularly benefit from the ceramic product category and its accompanying PerfectMatch solutions.The design process is now simplified, and complementing bathroom fittings can not only be purchased from a


single source but have been tried and tested to offer some of the best recommendations on the market. GROHE’s website offers an accessible, intuitive platform that allows its clients to browse a selection of fittings and its matching ceramic products via an illustrated slider presentation, with additional product information readily available. With its minimalist look of contemporary and urban-inspired shapes, the ceramic line creates a luxurious oasis in everyday life. Designing a holistic and contemporary bathroom has never been made easier with Cube; the perfect balance of style and function. 8 www.grohe.co.uk

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KBB Simple and fast installation with NexSys Pressalit Care opens hands-on showroom

Pressalit Care has opened a demonstration showroom at its Reading offices that features its range of accessible bathroom products. With the ability to adjust the layout to replicate different bathroom scenarios, Pressalit Care can demonstrate to those looking to install or adapt an accessible bathroom, the space and flexibility requirements needed by wheelchair users and those who need assistance. “By opening this showroom, architects, specifiers and end-users are able to see at first-hand how their bathroom will look, how the individual elements can be adjusted to suit the individual and where they need to be positioned to allow ease of use,” says Andrew Lowndes, UK Sales Manager at Pressalit Care. 8 www.pressalit.com * uk@pressalit.com ( 0844 880 6950

NexSys shower surface is an innovative new four-in-one complete installation-ready system, consisting of a waste channel, sloping support, sealing and an enamelled shower surface enabling ultra-simple and fast installation. The elegant design of the narrow waste channel, with brushed stainless steel cover, complements the floor-level shower surface’s minimalistic look. The NexSys shower surface is available in a range of size options for maximum flexibility. All Kaldewei steel enamel bathroom solutions are 100% recyclable and are supplied with a 30-year guarantee. * info-uk@kaldewei.com

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Methven Black range chosen for new London development Methven UK has secured a contract to work on a landmark luxury residential development in London. Situated in Vauxhall, the new Keybridge development, built in distinctive brick, comprises six individual buildings, offering a total of 595 new homes from studio to three-bedroom apartments. Methven has provided a selection of products from its recently-launched Methven Black collection for the Keybridge Capital building, which consists of 125 apartments. All bathrooms in the new development will feature a Methven Krome hand shower, Krome wall-mounted 200mm shower head and arm and Kaha concealed thermostatic mixer valve with three outlets, all in matte black, as well as a matte black bath fill and overflow. * customercare@uk.methven.com

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Armitage Shanks launches Doc M packs

Armitage Shanks has launched Doc M packs making it easier for specifiers and building managers to ensure their facilities fulfil Part M of the Building Regulations and satisfy the 2010 Equality Act. Itemised packs, floorplans and guidance are available for single toilet facilities, multiple toilet facilities, hotel facilities, public shower facilities and washrooms. Armitage Shanks has extended its range of Part M products which meet the stipulations of the act, which requires that commercial and public buildings are entirely suitable for the use of disabled people. New to the Part M offering is an improved range of back-to-wall and wall-hung WC pan designs, which offer a more modern aesthetic. * enquiries@idealspec.co.uk

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Roman launches updated Project Specification Guide Roman has developed and updated this guide specifically for architects, designers and specifiers working on significant projects such as hotel and major housing developments and condominiums. Uniquely, it allows you to pick and choose every single part of your showering solution, from your hinges and handle, to the bracing, seals and glass design. Roman also offers solid surface fabrication and moulding manufactured to any specification required – allowing you to build a bathroom concept to totally suit your individual project. This guide not only presents Roman’s capabilities but also introduces you to the Roman team and ethos and its headquarters where the manufacturing process takes place as every Roman product is made in Britain. * brochures@roman-showers.com

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Offsite Solutions expands range of GRP pods

Offsite Solutions has expanded its range of GRP composite pods with the development of a hybrid design to offer an enhanced level of finish for higher specification student accommodation, hotels and apartments for market sale or build-to-rent.The GRP hybrid pods create highly robust, low-maintenance and cost-efficient bathrooms for large-scale projects which require additional design features for a contemporary appearance. The shell structure of Offsite Solutions’ GRP pods can now be fabricated to incorporate ceramic tiles with options for completely tiled walls, inset feature walls or bands of tiles.These hybrid bathroom pods allow even more aesthetic flexibility for GRP units – with all the time and quality benefits of off-site construction. 8 www.offsitesolutions.com/grp-hybrids * info@offsitesolutions.com ( 01278 780807

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Floors, Walls & Ceilings Ralph chose the 1200 x 1200mm Solo Square panels in a white finish.These were installed on each face of a symmetrical partially sloped ceiling creating quite a dramatic aesthetic result.

Fact File: Architect: Ralph Annesley, AECOM Ceiling contractor: Jim Buchanan, Buchanan Ceilings Project size: 35m2 Products: Solo Squares (24 panels)

T Ecophon brings down reverberation sound levels in residential project When Ralph Annesley set out to improve the quality of sound within his own home, he chose to install Ecophon Solo Squares. Here, he describes the problem and why he chose Ecophon. The Ecophon team then worked with Ralph to create a look that is both effective acoustically and harmonious with a residential environment rather than a more commercial space

he space which had a reverberation noise issue was a large, open-plan, busy family area used as a kitchendiner and a living space,” explains Ralph.“As with many new-build domestic properties, features such as large areas of glazing, floor tiling to facilitate underfloor heating and high ceilings created a pleasant spacious space to be in. “However, as a result of this, there was very limited opportunity to introduce enough soft furnishings to bring down the reverberation sound to a comfortable level. I wanted to bring those levels down to create a gentler ambience and chose Ecophon Solo squares as a solution. I had experience with this product before in a commercial design situation and had initial reservations. I knew they were effective, and contacted Andrew Acheson at Ecophon who was able to suggest possible solutions for my project.” The Ecophon team then worked with Ralph to create a look that is both effective acoustically and harmonious with a residential environment rather than a more commercial space. “I chose the 1200 x 1200mm Solo Square panels in a white finish.These were installed on each face of a symmetrical partially sloped ceiling creating quite a dramatic aesthetic result and, more importantly, bringing down the reverberation sound to a very comfortable level.This proved to be a cost-effective solution, and I was very pleased with the end result.The squares were also expertly installed by Buchanan Ceilings who had been suggested to me by Andrew.” Ecophon’s Andrew Acheson added:“Our products are usually specified for commercial projects, but Ralph and I were able to work up a solution that suited the aesthetic of the space while working well acoustically.This shows how versatile Ecophon’s products can be across many different types of applications. Hopefully projects like this one can inspire homebuilders and owners to realise that we don’t have to live with poor acoustics in the home.” 8 www.ecophon.co.uk

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Floors, Walls & Ceilings

A host of new finishes for Schlüter’s slimmest tile edge profile The latest development from Schlüter-Systems allows slimline edge protection to blend even more seamlessly with installations of the moment. Due to popular demand, slimline wall edge profile, Schlüter-FINEC, is now available in a host of fashionable finishes that complement current tiling trends. It is the latest solution to receive the

Schlüter-TRENDLINE treatment; all of the TRENDLINE textured finishes, plus matte black (MBW) and matte white (MGW), can now be applied to the profile.

The app for perfect floors Continuing to act as a reliable partner for architects and contractors, UZIN has launched a free app for smartphones and tablets.

In addition to the new finishing options, customers also have three new heights of the slimline profile to choose from 9, 11 and 12.5mm.These new options open up the FINEC range for use with a great range of tile thicknesses, enabling fine and elegant corner detailing for a wider range of installations. Released in 2016, TRENDLINE is a range of textured finishes for wall profiles. Its finishes include options such as ivory, beiges and greys that are the perfect match to greige coverings or concrete, right through to rustic brown to tie in perfectly with wood or graphite metal finishes. FINEC is a relative newcomer to the Schlüter range but has made a considerable impact since its release in autumn 2017. Its subtle appearance within an installation satisfies the demands of both tile protection and design aesthetics, making it a popular choice for specifiers and tilers alike. The collaboration of these two popular ranges further strengthens Schlüter’s profile offering, allowing customers to select from an increasingly diverse pool of options for quality edge finishing. 8 www.tileprofile.co.uk * pr@schluter.co.uk ( 01530


The UZIN app is designed to help you with advice and guidance regarding flooring specifications. It now includes the UZIN recommended adhesive guide where you can find adhesive recommendations for a variety of floorcoverings from leading manufacturers. The app also includes the UZIN Floor Navigator, your companion for a perfect floor installation and specifications. Simply select the type of subfloor and type of covering. It will then recommend what products to use. These instructions can be saved, printed or sent by email as PDF file. You can also find UZIN product information, product and safety data sheets. It also includes helpful videos regarding the most frequently asked questions about problematic flooring installations. If you would prefer to speak to the technical team about a flooring project, the UZIN app also includes a list of regional technical sales managers you can contact. 8 www.uzin.co.uk

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Floors, Walls & Ceilings Expona Commercial luxury vinyl tiles create stunning effect at the Falcon Hotel

Remmers exhibits at Hayward Gallery The world-renowned Hayward Gallery is a contemporary art gallery within Southbank Centre, London. As part of a two-year restoration project, Remmers’ restoration products were selected by Cemplas to complete extensive concrete repair and renovation works to the internal architectural concrete elements of this prestigious major arts venue. Remmers’ Arte Mundit was applied to remove the decades of superficial dirt that had built up on the concrete walls and ceilings. Arte Mundit is a self-vulcanising cleaning paste that dries into a peelable natural latex. It provides thorough water-free removal of residues to varied substrates, and there is no development of dust making it the ideal product for specialised restoration projects. 8 www.remmers.co.uk * sales@remmers.co.uk ( 01293 594010

Graham Flooring installed approximately 150m² of Expona Commercial PUR luxury vinyl tiles in the Tanned Chevron Parquet design as part of the boutique hotel’s ground floor refurbishment project. With 14 bedrooms, the Falcon Hotel is a historic building, originally established in the 17th century as a coaching inn. This product is one of the outof-the-box design floor options in the Expona Commercial collection which allows flooring contractors to create a chevron parquet effect quickly and easily, with minimal cutting required. A twist on the traditional parquet trend, this design is created by simply laying the full planks next to each other to produce the chevron effect. * info@polyflor.com

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Interface carpet tile helps to improve indoor air quality

Architects and designers continue to seek out new solutions for critical problems in the built environment, including issues such as poor indoor air quality; proven to affect health, wellbeing and productivity. Interface has unveiled a unique carpet tile range, Conscient, that emits virtually zero VOCs, one of the biggest contributors to poor indoor air quality. Conscient provides the carpet tile industry with a new benchmark, addressing the impact that the products used in a space have when measuring indoor air quality. Each layer of the carpet tile has been selected to provide people who use a space with the best air quality without compromising on the design, aesthetic or sustainability of their environment. * interface.uk@interface.com

Formica Infiniti – Formica Group introduces next generation of surfacing

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Saint-Gobain Weber and Hodgson Mazda Newcastle drive together

A material like no other, Formica Infiniti uses technology developed by Formica Group to deliver an anti-fingerprint and anti-marking surface with a colour palette that is unrivalled in the market. The post-formable properties of the product means Formica Infiniti will maintain its shape and integrity. Architects and designers now have more freedom to create streamlined interiors and, with the option of curved matte surfacing, an additional tool to bring design concepts to life. An evolution in surfacing, Formica Infiniti’s contemporary matt finish marks the introduction of a new generation of laminate, designed to add the sensorial dimension of touch to material. Suitable for vertical and horizontal application in commercial environments, Formica Infiniti offers 20 decors.

Commercial floor screed and tile fixing products by Saint-Gobain Weber have been specified for the refurbishment of the showroom at the Hodgson Mazda dealership in Newcastle upon Tyne. The 330m² floor space accommodates new cars that offer a wide range of solutions. The original showroom floor was covered with carpet and ceramic tiles. It took a team of applicators to remove the covering and diamond-grind down to a clear and level surface. The floor was then treated with weberfloor 4716 primer, a styrene acrylate dispersion that should be diluted with clean water, which is designed for use on a wide range of substrates. The primer regulates the porosity of the substrate and improves adhesion of flooring products while reducing the formation of pinholes.

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Floors, Walls & Ceilings Magply specified for roof build-up on Ballymena ‘large church facility’ Sto helps to keep things quiet for new landmark building The StoSilent Distance A2 110 acoustic system has been installed to assist with the acoustic challenges of attenuation and reverberation and also enhance speech clarity within this major new London landmark building.The acoustic system has been installed at One New Ludgate, as part of a project to transform a 1980s city building into a contemporary new mixed-use development. The project was built on an island site.The twin-height, multi-storey refurbished building now offers over 179,000ft2 of busy office and retail space, and so excellent acoustic design and balance formed an important part of the project.The StoSilent Distance system was the perfect option. 8 www.sto.co.uk * info.uk@sto.com ( 0141 892 8000

The Gateway on the outskirts of Ballymena is one of the most ambitious private developments ever undertaken in Northern Ireland. The 12,000m2 church facility comprises a 1650-seat auditorium with wrap-around malls and recreational, training and other ancillary facilities, where the complex roof construction is making use of Magply boards. The recently-completed 3600m2 roof over the auditorium and sports hall uses perforated metal decking to span the main steelwork, with an infill of ROCKWOOL insulation. This is then covered by a vapour check membrane and a layer of 12mm-thick Magply boards, specified to carry 150mm of Hardrock DD underlay and a further 60mm of Hardrock Multifix insulation which is weathered by a Sarnafil single-ply roofing membrane. * sales@magply.co.uk

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ClicWall offers enhanced assurance for projects needing an FR rating For projects where an FR rating is needed, ClicWall, the innovative decorative wall panelling product from Unilin, can be specified with confidence. Available exclusively from IDS in the UK, ClicWall is available on a standard or fire-retardant MDF core and comes in 93 decors ranging from plain white and other contemporary plain colours to fashionable woodgrains and minerals. When installed to manufacturers’ guidelines, ClicWall can achieve a guaranteed fire resistance of 60 minutes using a metal substructure and 30 minutes using a timber substructure, both achieving the relevant European certificate for non-bearing partition walls. * solutions@idsurfaces.co.uk

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Building Elements

Anomatch™ powder coating for understated style Powdertech Corby has recently completed powder coating the exterior facade of Senator House, in the St Paul’s Cathedral area of London. This refurbishment project includes additions to the office block with a new seventh-floor roof terrace, a cafe, new landscaping and a re-clad exterior. The refurbishment programme was committed to significantly improving the energy performance of the building and demonstrates how existing buildings can be transformed to make them suitable for today’s modern working environment. The original facade was covered by 4000m2 of a new modern aluminium facade, elements of which include 181 window hoods, plus associated closer angles formed as frames, spandrel panels, fin cassettes, kick plates, copings and pressings. The architects were keen to use Powdertech’s Anomatch range, to achieve the visually interesting yet subtle appearance of anodising across the entire

facade. Powdertech supplied samples of a number of shades from the range, the client’s final decision being Anomatch 547. Anomatch creates a homogeneous finish across different metal batches and joined sections and provides excellent resistance to corrosion. A lower grade aluminium can be used, rather than the high grade needed for anodising, thereby saving costs, and the turnaround is quicker than that of anodising. With a 25-year guarantee, Powdertech Anomatch has created a professional, durable finish, ensuring that the building will remain a visual asset to the area for many years to come.

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Simpson releases ‘Builder and Plasterers Essentials’ brochure The Golf Classic 2018 – as the weather hots-up, so does the competition The Golf Classic 2018 second round is underway, with golfers of all abilities competing in this iconic, national five-round knockout competition. Entrants are playing for the chance to win a place in the Grand Final, taking place in September at the renowned Slaley Hall, Northumberland.The first round teed-off in March and, thanks to a change in the weather, golfers played some enjoyable golf in good company under blue skies.This year there really is everything to play for. Slaley Hall is a sumptuous Elizabethan mansion nestled in 1000 acres of beautiful Northumberland countryside. Its Hunting Course is a European Tour venue and is known as the ‘Augusta of the North’. 8 www.thegolfclassic.co.uk * info@thegolfclassic.co.uk ( 01892 752300


One of the world’s largest construction manufacturers, Simpson Strong-Tie, has released a new catalogue of structural connectors, beads and meshes aimed squarely at the repair, maintenance and improvement sector. The 2018 ‘Builder and Plasterers Essentials’ brochure includes all of the core products that the professional builder or plasterer reaches for when renovating or extending homes. Simpson’s Sarah Greenway explains: “We wanted to provide something more accessible to the builders’ merchant. We spoke to our customers, and they told us what they really like to see in the catalogue (and what they don’t particularly need), and this is the result – a brochure focused entirely on the things that matter to the RMI sector.” * sgreenway@strongtie.eu

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Ecological Building Systems takes airtightness on tour

To celebrate BBA approval of its pro clima Intello Plus Intelligent Airtight Membrane, Ecological Building Systems and Pro Clima have announced a seminar tour that will bring airtightness insights to five locations around the UK. Kicking off at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon on 16th October, the Air Tightness Tour then visits London, Belfast and Glasgow before culminating at The Studio in Birmingham on 22nd November. Each event will include a packed full-day programme of technical presentations and discussion topics from Pro Clima, the Ecological Building Systems team and the BBA, along with practical installation demonstrations, a keynote speaker presentation and a roundtable discussion. * pennyrandell@ecologicalbuildingsystems.com ( 01228 711511 8 www.intellosealofapproval.com

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Building Elements Saracen appoints project consultant Saracen Interiors has introduced Project Consultant, Perry Scofield, to the team as part of the leading workplace consultant’s strategy to bolster its share of the London commercial property market. Perry has a good working knowledge of the London commercial property market and is adept at building new relationships and identifying opportunities. Responsible for early client liaison and relationship development, Perry is expected to support projects in the initial concept and planning stages. He commented: “Saracen is an ambitious and dynamic group. Everyone on the team shares the same ethos and resolve, and I’m excited to be part of a company that is clearly enjoying a strong, continued growth trajectory.”

Pendock column casings help create stylish reception class at Croydon school

Pendock was tasked to supply eight column casings to conceal original reinforced concrete roof supports as part of a major refurbishment contract carried out within a South London primary school.The work at Woodside Academy, Croydon, was carried out by Westwise, a Welling-based building company specialising in refurbishment projects for education and other sector clients. Project Manager of Westwise, Mr Huseyin Asim, commented:“We used the straight and curved column sections supplied by Pendock to conceal the reinforced concrete columns as part of our fitout, which also included a new false ceiling. Everything was completed on time before the start of the new academic year, and the school’s authorities were very pleased with the results.” * sales@pendock.co.uk

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bimstore expands team with appointment of new sales director bimstore is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Quinn as its new Sales Director. Paul brings with him an in-depth knowledge of the design and specification market, BIM and the digital construction industry. As Sales Director, Paul will be responsible for the management of the sales team and developing and implementing sales strategies to deliver growth in the UK and international markets whilst maintaining superior levels of customer service. Paul commented: “bimstore are dedicated to helping the industry become smarter through digital construction and innovation. The team here at bimstore are fantastic, there really is so much talent and an extraordinary sense of teamwork.” 8 www.bimstore.co.uk

Edinburgh’s Quartermile scheme protected with Bull Products

Dempsey joins Niglon growth drive in West Midlands

Bull Products has secured a contract to supply its innovative Cygnus Fire Alarm System to one of the largest regeneration schemes in Scotland. Quartermile in Edinburgh will feature a cosmopolitan mix of luxury apartments, vibrant cafes and thriving businesses in a prime city centre location.The project, which will be worth £400m once complete, will include more than 1000 apartments, a hotel, 300,000ft2 of office space and 78,000ft2 of leisure space for bars and restaurants. Bull has been contracted to supply more than 145 of its Cygnus Fire Alarm devices including the Fire Call Point and Heat Detectors, which will ensure workers are thoroughly protected throughout the duration of the project. * enquiries@bullproducts.co.uk

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Safeguard shows the expert way to tackle flooding With more than five million homes in England and Wales at risk of flooding, Safeguard Europe has produced a simple yet definitive guide to protecting property: Designing for Flood Resilience and Resistance. Drawing upon its 35 years’ experience, the company has created several flood management systems which illustrate the various mechanisms by which flood water can enter a property and how to stop it, as well as detailing the internal and external remedial works necessary for habitable reinstatement. There are two main approaches to tackling flooding – water exclusion and water entry strategies, alternatively known as flood resistance and resilience respectively – and the guide explains both and how to deploy them. * info@safeguardeurope.com ( 01403 210204

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Niglon has appointed Dan Dempsey to the post of Area Sales Manager for the West Midlands, continuing the company’s focus on extending its field sales team as part of a sustainable growth strategy. Taking on responsibility for sales, customer support and communication with new and existing wholesaler customers throughout Shropshire, Staffordshire, Oxfordshire and Niglon’s home patch of the West Midlands, Dan brings more than a decade of sales experience to his new role. After beginning his career in sales and customer support in the financial services sector, he moved on to work for Mercedes in a sales capacity before moving into the electrical sector. 8 www.niglon.co.uk

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Channel 4 upgrades to Millboard Premium wood-free decking manufacturer, Millboard, has supplied a spectacular new terrace at Channel 4’s Westminster headquarters as part of a wider refurbishment project. Millboard’s authentic, hand-moulded Enhanced Grain decking was selected as a safer and more attractive alternative to the badlyworn existing timber terrace at the broadcaster’s distinctive head office.

Millboard was first contacted by contractor Well Done Construction regarding the exciting project in 2017. Acting under main project manager GTA Interiors, Well Done Construction had been instructed to renovate an existing terrace at the Channel 4 building for staff to use as a breakout area. While the terrace offered a beneficial outdoor space for employees, the timber decking had stained badly over time with algae growth that made it dangerously slippery when wet. In refurbishing the terrace,Well Done Construction’s aim was to provide a surface that not only looked appealing but was also low maintenance and safe in all weathers. Millboard’s decking was chosen as it has the appearance of naturally aged timber, but resists algae growth and offers excellent non-

slip properties, even when wet. No special treatments are needed to keep it in good condition, and it will not rot, warp or split, so is much more long-lasting than wood. Millboard offers a full flooring solution, with a design and system available for almost any application. For the Channel 4 project, Millboard supplied 370m2 of Enhanced Grain decking in Charred Oak, together with matching fascia boards and square edging, fitted with a Plas-Pro sub-frame. Well Done Construction wanted to lay the decking radially out from the building to fill the quarter circle shape of the terrace. 8 www.millboard.co.uk

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Firemac receives Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2018 North Berwick-based Firemac has received a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category, for its Firemac FM Fabric PSA, a high-performance self-adhesive glass woven fireresistant fabric that is applied to galvanised steel ductwork to create a fire-resistant ductwork system. Firemac FM Fabric PSA is the latest innovation from the company which revolutionised the fire-resistant ductwork sector when it first introduced its third-party-certificated fabric-based Firemac FM Fabric system to the UK some 15 years ago. Firemac FM Fabric PSA is sold directly to ductworkers, allowing the fabrication of fire-resistant ductwork to be completed under factory-controlled conditions, and without the need to rely on third-party suppliers. This has put the full contract, both standard ventilation ductwork, and fire-resistant ducts in the hands of the ductworkers themselves.


Firemac FM Fabric PSA is an innovative glass fibre fabric less than 0.5mm thick and backed by a self-adhesive coating which makes it lightweight, durable and quick and easy to apply without any curing time. This speeds up supply and, due to the lightness of the fabric, the ductwork does not need any additional supports. Manufactured in the UK, Firemac FM fabrics were fixed to the ducts using a spray contact adhesive, but in 2013 the company began to develop a fabric backed with a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA). With no need for the adhesive to be applied as part of the fabrication process, the new Firemac FM Fabric PSA has halved production times.

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The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are awarded for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility. 8 www.firemac.com * info@firemac.com ( 01620



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