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May 18

Issue 99

Helical heights for Italian horizon

Break through architectural barriers

Make your scheme watertight

Zaha Hadid Architects’ Generali Tower

Unleash your creativity with Alumasc’s

Why EPDM met the brief for a unique

graces the skyline in Milan’s large-scale

expert guidance on industry-leading

curved roofing scheme at Oxford

CityLife masterplan

roofline innovations

University’s Middle East Centre



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Front cover: Zaha Hadid Architects’ Generali Tower is just one high-rise masterpiece that makes up the tripartite of sky-soaring structures in Milan’s CityLife scheme. See page 18.

Magazine May 2018


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hen designing a structure, regardless of the intent or style, an architect’s creativity and ingenuity are put to the test. The composition, contour and visual presentation of that build will be an accurate portrayal of both the architect’s artistic talent and the master craftsmanship of the contractors involved in the fabrication of the build. However, many essential functionalities of a building can restrict an architect’s creative skills and hinder the artisanship of the contractor. In this month’s issue, Ivan Colvil from Alumasc Skyline tackles this all too familiar obstacle and reveals one of the principal complexities that many construction professionals commonly encounter. On page 40 of our May edition, Ivan considers the limitations faced by today’s architects at the peak of a building – the roofline. Here, he explains how architectural innovation can often be constrained by a scarcity of materials, construction methods and, vitally, budget. As well as performing as vital protection for structural support, both the roof and roofline are exceeding their functionalities and appear to be serving as a primary eye-catching feature in many structures across the globe. With innovations such as green and blue roof modifications, many architects seem to be focusing their imagination up towards the sky. One architectural house that has pushed the structural envelope of roofing design is Zaha Hadid Architects. The practice’s design for Oxford University’s Middle East Centre at St. Antony’s College is one of curved elegance that reflects the university town’s picturesque landscape. Carlisle Construction Materials (CCM) Europe explains, on page 38, how the use of its waterproofing EPDM membrane made the striking edifice watertight. I hope you enjoy this edition. Don’t forget you can also access all of the magazine’s features, product news and supplier information at your fingertips via Future Constructor & Architect’s state-of-the-art app. To download your version free of charge, simply search ‘fc&a’ on Google Play or the App store.



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News 10 Industry Updates:

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

28 Legal & Business:

July will mark the month that energy efficiency is brought into play within the UK Wiring Regulations. Ensuring you’ve got all the information that’s required to meet this standard, Mahendra Mistry from Bureau Veritas caught up with FC&A to discuss the directive.

34 Voice of the Industry:

Andrew Minson, Executive Director at Modern Masonry, unveils the findings of a recently-conducted survey on the UK housing market.

Features 30 Stairs & Lifts: CAD and CAM innovations have alleviated pressure from many architects and designers. In this article, Simon Bartlett and Richard Blackman from joinery company,Woodbase Joiners, discuss the benefits they’ve observed since switching to CAM-based software.

32 Disability:

Disabled toilets have been commended by the British public in a survey conducted by the Formica Group, with respondents approving their cleanliness and spatial designs. Here, Joe Bell looks further into the company’s statistics on disabled toilet design and privacy.



Portfolios 36 Build Focus: Hospitality: Andy Barrons from Construction Solutions talks FC&A through the complexities encountered when transforming a previous municipal building into a state-of-the-art hotel.

Insight: Roofing: 38 Technical The spectacular Zaha Hadid Architectsdesigned Middle East Centre at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, boasts a striking contour. Appearing almost like a mirage, the build’s complex roof was made watertight by Carlisle Construction Materials (CCM) Europe.

Rain/SuDS: 40 Landscaping: Practicality and pragmatism are often two primary constraints that can impede the creativity of architects when designing buildings. Here, Alumasc Skyline explains how to overcome these hurdles when it comes to a building’s most essential element – the roofline.

42 Clerkenwell Design Week Preview:

The highly-anticipated CDW returns this month to illuminate the streets of London’s most creative design hub.

14 Printemps Haussmann Verticalité, UUfie:

Parisian department store, Printemps Haussmann, features a stunning veil-like three-dimensional form that pays homage to the store’s original stained glass domes that sat within the establishment back in 1894.

18 Generali Tower, Zaha

Hadid Architects (ZHA):

Milan’s CityLife masterplan includes three grandiose high-rise towers from some of the world’s best architectural houses. Here, FC&A explores ZHA’s helical masterpiece that graces the Italian city skyline.

24 Taussig Cancer

Center, Stantec:

Senior Associate and Healthcare Leader at Stantec, Catherine Zeliotis, gives FC&A a guided tour around Ohio’s latest healthcare addition. With a clean, minimalist palette, Taussig Cancer Center puts its clients’ wellbeing at the centre of its design.


With the Government announcing its plans for a thriving zero-carbon London by the year 2050, it’s essential for electrical contractors to switch onto the benefits of opting for heat pumps to heat and cool larger-scale city centre apartments.

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Industry Updates



FC&A rounds up the latest industry news

In Brief

Building for a sustainable future Troldtekt is one of a select number of companies chosen to participate in Reversible Experience Modules – Europe’s largest collection of products designed for reversible or circular buildings. Chosen as one of the most forward-thinking and sustainable-driven companies, Troldtekt is perfect for this initiative which showcases products for the BAMB Materials Passport database concept. BAMB strives to deliver a circular building industry giving products a material passport. Materials Passports developed in BAMB are sets of data describing defined characteristics of materials in products that give them value for recovery and reuse at the end of a building’s life – avoiding the need for scrappage and sending to landfill but allowing for reuse and regeneration. The concept of Reversible Building Design is for the design of buildings which can be easily deconstructed, or where parts can be removed and added easily, without damaging the building or the products, components or materials.

DHF reacts following police investigation into Grenfell

DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) has re-issued its call for the use of factory-prepared doorsets in the wake of recent findings regarding the Grenfell tragedy. It has been reported that a police investigation has found a number of the doors to flats in Grenfell Tower did not meet test standards and could only hold back a fire for half the time they were designed to; just 15 minutes as opposed to 30. The Tamworth-based trade association believes that installing a complete factory-prepared doorset that has been tested as a complete unit, manufactured under a third-party certification scheme, installed and maintained by companies certified to do so under third-party certification, provides a plethora of benefits, namely, safety, peace of mind, reduced installation time and, ultimately, costs.


ARADA appoints ZHA to design Aljada’s Central Hub Following the international competition, ARADA has appointed Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) to design the Central Hub, the centrepiece of Aljada, the developer’s renowned masterplan in Sharjah, UAE. Developed with environmental considerations integrated throughout to minimise the consumption of resources, the proposal conceptualises the moment a water droplet strikes the earth’s surface, captured in an array of elliptical buildings designed to channel prevailing winds into civic spaces and courtyards to facilitate cooling during the summer months. The central observation tower is surrounded by vibrant public squares with water features irrigated by recovered and

recycled water.Tensile canopies sustain a microclimate at ground level for verdant gardens of species native to the region. The heart of the AED 24bn Aljada mixed-use development, the 1.9 million square foot Central Hub will be a new focus for the UAE and a significant addition to Sharjah, regarded as the cultural capital of the Arab world. Aljada’s Central Hub will be a major destination for tourists and residents in its own right, offering world-class amenities complemented by

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community facilities as well as retail and dining experiences. In line with ARADA’s mission to build sustainable urban environments, the Central Hub’s design will incorporate the use of treated wastewater for irrigation, while the architecture will incorporate active and passive measures to lower the demand for indoor cooling. The first phase of the Central Hub will create a lively, familyfriendly destination with a series of attractions and activities for residents of Sharjah to enjoy the Aljada site throughout the year; including an adventure activity zone, a food market showcasing home-grown delicacies and special outdoor event spaces. Aljada was launched by HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah in early September 2017.The 24 million square foot project has become Sharjah’s fastest-selling residential community.

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.

Double senior appointments for BakerHicks’ building services department BakerHicks has appointed two senior executives to its building services team. James Chorley and Graham Furness take on the newly-created roles of Head of Mechanical and Head of Electrical respectively. In his new role, James Chorley will be the mechanical engineering lead for BakerHicks, overseeing the delivery of its trademark sustainable building services designs. With more than 45 years’ experience, Graham Furness joins BakerHicks to lead the electrical engineering team.

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BDG architecture + design fills new associate director role With over 25 years’ experience in workplace design at a number of leading London consultancies, Matt Jackson joins the BDG architecture + design team in the position of Associate Director. Matt’s work draws on an extraordinary portfolio which includes numerous milestone projects in the industry and revolutionary designs for large retailers, top legal firms and financial service providers. Matt enjoys every opportunity that can further develop a better solution for the users of a space and processes that happen within it.

Industry Updates

In Brief BRE and Measurabl announce integration with BREEAM standard

BRE has announced the launch of its integration of BREEAM, the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings, with Measurabl, one of the world’s most widely adopted sustainability software for real estate. The integration automatically syncs BREEAM’s GreenBookLive – a registry of BREEAM certifications – with Measurabl’s platform to improve the accuracy of sustainability reporting to protocols like GRESB and CDP and simplify the tracking and maintaining of sustainability certifications for building owners and operators.The integration is available at no cost to buildings worldwide registered with Measurabl and certified with BREEAM.

Brick numbers keep on rising


“‘It’s a historic occasion one that will go down in history...We depend for every breath of air we take, every mouthful of food we eat, upon plants. And plants all over the world are in trouble.’ ~ Sir David Attenborough, speaking on the reopening of the #TemperateHouse.”

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“16 apprentices have worked on the Temperate House project. 10 as part of Kew’s horticultural team and 6 on the restoration of the building itself.” - @kewgardens

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The number of bricks manufactured in the UK rose by a healthy 10% compared to January 2017, according to ONS figures.This shows UK manufacturers continuing to increase production numbers, building on the 10-year high of two billion bricks that was recorded for 2017. Deliveries also showed an increase, with the year-on-year comparison showing a 9.3% rise over the last 12 months. To put this in context, NHBC figures showed a 5% rise in the number of new houses completed in 2017 over the previous year – suggesting that rising brick production is more than keeping pace with increased demand in house-building.

New ISO 45001 is launched BSI has published the first global standard for occupational health and safety management – ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management – requirements with guidance for use. ISO 45001 was created to address the global need to improve work-related health and safety of workers – over two million of whom die each year from work-related incidents, and an even higher number of occupational health issues. Led by the UK, the new international standard was developed with input from over 70 countries across five continents. ISO 45001 specifies requirements for creating an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, with interpretation guidance to enable an organisation to improve OH&S performance in the workplace.”

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Industry Updates

Architect in Profile After studying architecture at the Technical Universities in Munich and Aachen, Velimira Drummer began her professional career in Germany at various small- and medium-sized firms, working on residential, mixed-used and healthcare projects. Having always had an interest in bringing international best practice and a placemaking approach to her work, Velimira moved to London in 2004 and joined the practice that would later be acquired by Stantec, where she is currently Interior Leader, Associate and Senior Architect.

Two projects stand out as milestones in Velimira’s career; the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, being one of them

Velimira Drummer works at Stantec London


Had you always wanted to pursue a career in architecture? My love for architecture and design runs in the family. My grandfather was a well-recognised Architect in Bulgaria and used to take me to places he’d designed. He even designed the house where I lived with my family, including the interior spaces, custom-made furniture, joinery and lighting selection. So, after briefly dreaming of becoming an astronaut (doesn’t everyone?!), I set my sights not only on being an architect but on becoming a ‘place-maker’ who would design beautiful spaces. Who has been your greatest source of inspiration? The first and enduring influences were my family. I learned from my parents and grandparents that the work you love gives purpose to life.

What has been your most notable project to date? I’ve been very fortunate to work on some very highprofile and innovative schemes, so it’s hard to choose. For me, though, the healthcare projects stand out because you know from patient feedback that you have made a difference to people’s experience through good design. Two projects stand out as milestones in my career; the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, involved a unique site in the beautiful wetlands of County Fermanagh and the design drew upon the project’s rural setting to create a microcosm of community life, improving access to healthcare for the whole region. The Naufar Wellness Centre in Doha, Qatar, was my first design experience in the Middle East and its patient-centred model brings

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together medicine, architecture and art to create vibrant therapeutic environments that enhance the human experience. How do you approach your projects? My international background has shown me that a sense of place is really critical to the success of a project, so I always take inspiration from the location of the project and the people who are going to use it, drawing on feedback from stakeholder engagement. I am particularly interested in incorporating local design aesthetics into my projects to develop an architecture that creates a sense of community with contemporary, timeless and culturally-appropriate designs. What can we expect to see from Stantec over the next year? This is an exciting time for Stantec. Our Centre for Tissue Repair project at the University of Edinburgh will complete in 2019, forming part of the university’s Institute for Regeneration and Repair, which will be a worldleading facility and home to around 600 researchers. Our London and Calgary architectural teams and Dialog Architects are also collaborating on one of the largest cancer centres in the world. We’re also involved in several interior workplace projects for international clients in London along with healthcare, education, research, workplace and cultural projects around the world.

Along the way, I’ve also met inspirational people in all four countries where I lived – Bulgaria, Germany, the UK and the UAE. They taught me a lot about architecture and design, and also about cultural sensibility and adaptation. As a female architect, I have been really inspired by Zaha Hadid; both because of her determination to become one of the world’s most prominent architects and her success in that regard, and because of the artistry in her paintings and the unique elegance of her architectural forms.

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Printemps Haussmann Verticalité, Paris

Architectural psychedelia France; a country rightfully recognised for producing some of the world’s most discerning architects and designers – from Jean Nouvel, Le Corbusier and Jean de Chelles through to Gabrielle Bonheur and Christian Dior. While the nation’s cities and towns boast historically-significant ornamental architecture that flank its charming bars and cafes, the contemporary designs produced both for and from this design-rich realm are equally notable. Here, FC&A explores one of France’s modernday designs – a kaleidoscope-like ‘veil’ concealed inside a Parisian mall by Canadian-based practice, UUfie.


The original interior had featured an atrium with a massive spiral staircase. Sadly, much of this was destroyed by disastrous fires and removed during the modernisation of the building. Since then, Printemps has restored the Art Nouveau building’s facade and the stained glass dome, which are both recognised as historical monuments in Paris. Looking forward, a new project was commenced to reintroduce a new grand atrium to equal its landmark status.

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Location: Paris, France Floor area: 2000m2 Number of storeys: 10 (B1F-9F) Design period: 2013-2016 Construction period: 2016-2017 Client: Printemps Design architect: UUfie Producer: Yabu Pushelberg Local architect/site coordination: S.C.O Facade and structure engineer: T/E/S/S atelier d’ingénierie Lighting consultant: Inverse Structure consultant: Khephren Ingénierie MEP consultant: GLI – Groupe Ekium Metal fabricator: Sipral



rchitectural studio, UUfie, has designed the new vertical circulation space in the renowned department store Printemps Haussmann in Paris, France.The project was a part of the revitalisation of Printemps Haussmann to introduce a circulation from the lower ground floor up to the ninth floor. Founded in 1865, Printemps has had a long history in revolutionising the ways of shopping.

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Conceived as a public interior space that is read through experiencing the depth and layering.Visitors approach through a darkened vestibule leading to the newly-installed escalators. Behind the one-way mirror wall that conceals the escalators, reveals the veil through the tinted glass view. As people move vertically through the space, the one-way mirror opens to give an unobstructed view of the veil.The progression up and down provides a different perspective and moments to experience the transformation of colours. The geometry of the veil conceived by connecting the four corners of the void with pure curves in plan and elevation. The combination of two-dimensional curved panels gives the overall three-dimensional shape. The one-way mirror, when viewed from the void, creates a moment of fascination. The veil is mirrored to create the image of a biconvex geometric space,

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a completed symmetry that can be seen from the side, top and below. On the retail interior, the veil is perforated to allow interior lighting to transfer. The transparent dichroic glass fills each opening and creates a surface with infinite gradation. The effect is sensitive and scenographical, and its energy is translated into the retail concepts on each floor. Started as a competition in 2013 with the team produced by Yabu Pushelberg, the project negotiated the constraints of the existing building and strict fire regulation, while exhibiting both ingenuity in architecture and engineering.The construction was completed in only eight months while the stores were able to remain in operation.The result is a space that is symbolic of Printemps, its meaning in French being ‘spring’.

The space features a delicate threedimensional form based on a concept of a vertical dome, also called a veil. It is reminiscent and a homage to the store’s iconic stained glass domes seen in 1894. It weighs 24 tonnes but appears to float in front of the vertical circulation with a glass floor and mirror ceiling. It is 25.5m high and 12.5m wide, consisting of white-painted aluminium sheets laminated to create a floral relief. The pattern is an interpretation of images found in the original stained-glass transposed into a repetitive pattern. It respects the tradition of the Art Nouveau motif found in nature. It is then randomised to form approximately 17200 petal-shaped openings.This revealing a transformative array of colours through the effect of dichroic glass.As a contemporary interpretation of stained glass, it has the similar iridescent quality to the surface and appears like a burst of fireworks or falling blossoms.


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Generali Tower, Milan All images: ©Hufton + Crow

Helical heights for Zaha Hadid Milan tower


Travelling back into the not so distant past, many may recall Daniel Libeskind’s vertical state-of-the-art PwC Tower for Milan’s CityLife masterplan that adorned the news pages of FC&A’s third edition of 2018. Adjacent to Libeskind’s impressive structure, informally known as ‘The Curved One’, proudly soars Zaha Hadid’s helical, striking Generali Tower. Collectively, the houses of Libeskind, Hadid as well as Arata Isozaki and Andrea Maffei, who designed the third tower in Milan’s CityLife high-rise tripartite – CityLife Tower – have all delivered a majestic addition to Milan’s skyline.

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Generali Tower, Milan


enerali Tower is within the CityLife masterplan that has redeveloped Milan’s abandoned trade fair grounds following the fair’s relocation to Rho Pero in 2005. Located above the new Tre Torri station on Line 5 of the city’s metro system, CityLife opens the 90-acre site to year-round public use for the first time; providing new civic spaces, public parks and residential areas, in addition to shopping districts and corporate offices. When fully complete in 2020, CityLife will be the largest new civic space and public park created in the city since Parco Sempione opened 130 years ago; welcoming more than seven million visitors, workers and residents each year. CityLife will include 1000 new homes, offices for more than 11,000 staff, the new 42-acre public park, piazzas as well as kindergarten. Aligned at ground level with three of the city’s primary axes that converge within CityLife, the 170m (44-storey) Generali Tower connects with its surrounding public piazzas and park; the curvilinear geometries of its podium defined by the perceived centripetal forces generated from the staggered intersection of these three city axes at the tower’s base. This vortex of centripetal forces at ground level is transferred vertically through the tower by realigning successive rhomboid-shaped floorplates to twist the tower about its vertical axis. This helical twist reduces incrementally with the height of each floor above street level, giving all floors a fractionally different relationship to the floors above and below. As the tower rises offering broader views across Milan, the twist orientates the tower’s higher floors to the primary south-east axis leading to Bramante’s 15thcentury tribune of Santa Maria della Grazie, and beyond to the centre of the city. With its interiors to be completed this summer, Generali Tower will house up to 3900 employees to meet their continued growth as one of the world’s largest financial institutions. The tower excels in all international benchmarks for efficiency while respecting Milan’s rigorous local building codes. Its double facade of sun-deflecting louvres flanked by glazing provides extremely efficient environmental control for each floor and ensures excellent energy performance, contributing to Generali Tower’s LEED ‘Platinum’ certification by the US Green Building Council. Inclined perimeter columns follow the twisting geometry of the tower to mirror


the inclined alignment of its external facade units. These perimeter columns also maximise usable office space within the tower’s coherent formal envelope. An integral element of the CityLife redevelopment that has created a new civic, residential and business district near the centre of Milan, Generali Tower is defined by its surrounding urban fabric to connect directly with the city.

The architecture of the tower is visible, what we don’t see but makes such a peculiar building physically feasible, are the structures, visible only when the construction is growing. This is the result of the structural design by Redesco (Research-Design-Consulting), a true Italian excellence in the engineering sector that has authored the structures of some of the most important buildings of the recent modernisation of Milan.


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As the tower rises offering broader views across Milan, the twist orientates the tower’s higher floors to the primary south-east axis

Generali Tower, Milan FLOOR ROTATION KEY: 1. LEVEL P38 2. LEVEL P30 3. LEVEL P22 4. LEVEL P14 5. LEVEL P06


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Conceiving and developing the structures for the Generali Tower has been the perfect example of structurearchitecture interaction. Starting from a complex set of problems, the Redesco team applied a holistic approach based on the premise that “simplicity is complexity resolved” (K. Brancusi), thus imagining and implementing a structural system that did match with architecture, safety, economy, functionality and buildability in the most efficient way. From the beginning of the project, some main challenges had to be addressed: above all, how to cope with the torsion of the tower, induced by the warping of the columns around the core, while choosing the most efficient materials, shapes and construction methods. Once set the conceptual basis of the project in terms of structural members layout, Redesco decided, after a thorough evaluation of structural alternatives, to go for a reinforced concrete structure, being the one that maximised the benefit/cost ratio. A more efficient structure, albeit extremely more complex to design and calculate than any solution made of steel. Concrete means a highly non-linear material: the structure’s deformations are evolving during and after construction. To control and forecast with precision the evolutive behaviour of the structure has been the key to success, not only in order to understand how internal forces and stresses changed in the structural organism but moreover to allow the facade, internal elements, installations to be designed to strict tolerances and no waste. The complexity of the spatial resisting phenomenon of the tower required to dwell into the most advanced structural engineering tools and methods, and to perform a substantial amount of research. The leading of ZHA proved to be a key factor to success since the strict and creative cooperation with the architects led to a clean, simple, extremely optimised layout of the structure and a deep coherence of all the building’s elements.



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Generali Tower, Milan

The podium Redesco has been in charge of the structures of the ‘free form’ volume of the podium, which is the visible part above the upper plaza level. The complexity of this structure arises from the coexistence of an extremely high number of constraints; from one side, the columns could only rest on


the regular grid of the parking structures below; on the other side, the freedom of form, internal arrangement, density of functions of the podium asked for an extremely sophisticated structural strategy. The structural arrangement was born by parametrically coupling of the external surface to be respected and the internal constraints: the whole structural frame was generated automatically by combining all the constraints in a graphic algorithm. Based on this frame, that includes very long spans, column deviations and cantilevers, optimisation and recurrent operations have been carried on the structural members in order to achieve the maximum costefficiency and structural soundness. All the structures are in steel, including the facade substructure that consisted of many hundreds of different frames. Finally, one of the most challenging aspects of the structure is it’s being built across a series of structural joints: joints between different parts of the underground parking structure and joints between the tower base and the surrounding systems.A sophisticated study of details and structural behaviour, that allows each different part to settle independently, has been carried on. Also for the podium, Redesco has been appointed to design and follow the structures from the conceptual stages down to the detailing and construction phase.

Similar to the challenge of structural physics, the innovation of this project consisted in implementing a method that would pair with the parametric approach of Zaha Hadid Architects.All structural simulations, analysis, drawings and detailing were developed with advanced tools and in-house software that followed the mathematical method set by the architects in designing the tower’s shape.The whole structural design, from concept to final construction documentation, has been created by means of parametric tools.The final stage of the design has also been implemented in BIM, in full coordination with other design disciplines. Redesco’s role in the Generali Tower structural design has been extended from the initial conceptual stages all the way through to the construction phase, so that we had the chance to follow the design until the tiniest detailing, rebar scheduling, steelwork joints and details and moreover to cooperate with the contractor in defining construction methods, sequences, monitoring of the structural behaviour and checking of results.

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Taussig Cancer Center, Ohio

The simplicity of the external envelope, the organised nature of the layout and the clean lines, and finishes of the interior create a sense of calm, security and order

Ohio Cancer Centre delivers model for simpler patient journeys and collaborative care Catherine Zeliotis, Senior Associate and Healthcare Leader at global architectural practice Stantec, discusses the innovative approach to building design and layout at the Taussig Cancer Center at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.


he need to simplify the patient journey and minimise the stress of treatment has become a catalyst for improvements in cancer treatment and care, prompting more creative approaches to cancer centre design. Some of those inspirational cancer centre environments are in the UK, including Stantec project, the Guy’s Cancer Centre, which was opened by the Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust last year. There are many examples of cancer centre innovation and best practice further afield,


including the Taussig Cancer Center at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, which provides a model for simpler patient journeys and more collaborative approaches to care.

Developing the brief

Appointed as the healthcare architect for the Taussig Cancer Center, Stantec worked with Cleveland Clinic to develop the brief and explore service provision and layout requirements.The core vision was for treatment to be delivered by tumour type with interdisciplinary care.

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The building was designed onto an elegant and simple plan, dividing the rectangular floor plate into north and south zones. The north zone is the location for the chemotherapy infusion suites, providing a relaxing treatment environment where patients benefit from natural light and views of green space, without over-exposure to the sun. Meanwhile, the south zone is taken up by the clinics, where patients have consultations with their clinical team. Sandwiched between the two zones, and running the entire length of the floor, are back-of-house staff and clinical support areas. The patient lifts, reception and waiting areas are located centrally in the plan with open views to both north and south, allowing for intuitive wayfinding along light-filled corridors. Radiotherapy treatment and imaging are located on the lower ground floor, due to the weight and shielding requirements of the linear accelerators (linacs). The building design also incorporates natural light on the lower ground floor thanks to an allglazed skylight above the linac circulation route. There is also an internal connection to the car park via the skyway, a high-level internal link between the Cancer Center and the rest of the campus buildings and car parks.

Taussig Cancer Center, Ohio

The core vision was for treatment to be delivered by tumour type with interdisciplinary care

The Taussig Cancer Center’s ‘compassionate minimalism’ creates tranquillity, order and lightness of both structure and internal space

While there has been a concerted effort in the UK to move healthcare environments toward a more homely, reassuring look and feel, the Taussig Cancer Center’s ‘compassionate minimalism’ creates tranquillity, order and lightness of both structure and internal space. Stantec worked with William Rawn Architects to deliver a building that is very contemporary and articulates a forwardfocused, science-based approach to pioneering new treatments. The simplicity of the external envelope, the organised nature of the layout and the clean lines, and finishes of the interior create a sense

of calm, security and order, inspiring confidence in the very highest standards of advanced treatment and care. The colour palette is neutral and the finishes are extremely high quality, taking account of feedback from facility management teams on cleaning regimes and from clinical teams on elements such as storage space and workflows. Accents of wood complement the extensive use of glazing in the facades, developing the connection between indoor and outdoor space and enhancing the feeling of openness. Artwork and individually chosen pieces play an important role in enhancing the minimalist interior spaces.These carefully

curated artworks support wayfinding throughout the building, providing a sense of location against the blank canvass of the clean, white interior. Indeed, a sense of place has been embedded into the design at every level. Both the chemotherapy infusion rooms and the consultation rooms have been designed on a standardised model with a consistent layout and specification for each. Identical rooms provide clear benefits, with clinical teams able to find everything they need instantly, reducing wasted time, disorientation and the potential for human error, while patients benefit from a sense of the familiar.

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Aesthetic considerations


Taussig Cancer Center, Ohio

Appointed as the healthcare architect for the Taussig Cancer Center, Stantec worked with Cleveland Clinic to develop the brief and explore service provision and layout requirements

Collaborative treatment and care


Accents of wood complement the extensive use of glazing in the facades, developing the connection between indoor and outdoor space

haematology, bone marrow and apheresis clinics. Lung, head and neck, gastrointestinal and brain tumour clinics are located on the third floor, while genitourinary, skin, gynaecological and breast, including a breast imaging suite, are located on the fourth floor. Each of the tumour clinics comprises a clinic and an infusion treatment module supported by multi-disciplinary workspaces and clinical support rooms, along with ‘touchdown’ spaces for social workers, pharmacists and other health-related disciplines that may be involved in the care, treatment or additional needs of individual patients. Each clinic module includes 10 identical examination/consultation rooms grouped around the fully-glazed ‘team work’ room, where oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, palliative care providers, oncology nurses and advanced practice providers can review therapeutic decisions and treatment plans and provide decisions while the patient is still in the building.

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Similarly, each infusion suite comprises 16 treatment stations: 10 private rooms with shared en-suites and six semienclosed bays.

A new model

Both aesthetically and with regards to organisation, the Taussig Cancer Center at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio pushes the boundaries of cancer centre design and creates a model where the layout of the building is central to the concept of collaborative care and a simpler, more familiar patient journey. The project benefitted from involving the design teams from site selection right through to determining the finishes and furnishings, enabling the teams to put stakeholder consultation and the client’s desired outcomes at the heart of the design process.

The $276m, seven-storey, 37,000m2 outpatient facility incorporates 126 exam/consultation rooms, 98 infusion treatment rooms, six linear accelerators, a Gamma Knife suite, a pharmacy and haematology lab services. On the ground floor, there is a generous drop-off area with valet services and volunteers who man the main reception to help patients with wayfinding. Patients and family have access to a number of public areas at main entry level and first floor, including a cafe and dedicated areas for spiritual and complimentary therapies, including yoga, music and art therapy, and a meditation centre.There is also an accessories boutique, operated by a licensed beautician, where patients can select a complimentary wig that they can take home with them the same day, benefit from a make-up service or select from a range of prosthetics, hats, scarves and accessories for both men and women.The 4th Angel Mentoring Program also operates from this location, enabling patients to drop in for support and advice from mentors who are living with cancer or have survived their cancer journey. The ground floor also houses the core ancillary services that are key to every cancer patient’s journey, including the haematology laboratory service, which has 14 semi-private cubicle spaces, and a retail dispensing pharmacy. The large number of clinics (126) and infusion bays (98) have been broken down into recognisable modules following the tumour model approach.The second floor provides the internal connection to the skyway; the patient services; a dedicated 10-bay clinical trials area monitored by specially-trained nurses and research assistants; and the

Legal & Business

While it’s not unusual to see new regulations bring in new requirements, the 18th Edition will constitute one of the biggest shake-ups to the UK Wiring Regulations to date – with energy efficiency introduced for the very first time.


ith this brings a renewed focus on the energy efficiency plight and the integral role that the modern contractor has to play in helping customers to reduce their energy use and carbon footprint while, in turn, boosting their green credentials. While this, of course, requires a new mindset and applied learning for the busy contractor, it will pay dividends in the long-run. Here Mahendra Mistry, Technical Manager for Electrical Systems at Bureau Veritas, tells you what you need to know.


The advent of sustainability is undoubtedly transforming the role of the modern contractor.Today, the task is to not only ensuring that all electrical systems and equipment are in safe and working order to support the core business of an organisation cost-effectively, but also to ensure it operates in the most energy-efficient manner possible. Currently, non-domestic buildings in the UK account for 17% of our energy consumption and 12% of greenhouse gas emissions1. Thereby a majority proportion of our green economy lies with the UK’s business and industry; particularly as they are usually bigger premises than domestic properties, so energy efficiency measures are more cost-effective. This is seen in a raft of green initiatives and legislation with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), the ErP Directive, Energy Performance Certificates, the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, the Waste Resources Action Plan (WRAP), and more. The result is that the UK’s businesses need to get serious about their energy and increasing onus is being placed on the contractor who must play a major role in this transition by developing in-depth knowledge of the latest green products and solutions. Yet until this point, there has been no official best practice regulation around the

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Part 8: giving energy efficiency the green light

design and installation of energy-efficient technology – meaning it has been all too common for installations to be chopped and changed, with little regard to the distribution of electricity or potential losses. Cue the arrival of the 18th Edition this July, which, for the very first time, goes beyond just looking at solely safety requirements to include a new section designed to ensure energy efficiency is incorporated into electrical installation designs as a prerequisite rather than just as a ‘nice-to-have’. Comprising 25 pages of expert guidance, the new Part 8 takes a different approach to electrical installations, with a view to lessening environmental impact, reducing energy losses and, in turn, energy costs, using energy only when required and potentially at a lower tariff, reducing maintenance by ensuring equipment is installed correctly and enhancing general lifetime efficiency. Key energy efficiency performance measures include lighting and the benefit of replacing traditional standard filament, halogen and fluorescent lights with superefficient LEDs as one of the easiest ways to cut energy costs. Equally, power factor correction is covered, being an increasingly sought-out energy-efficient measure which employs the use of high-quality, reliable capacitors that compensate for any reactive non-working reactive power demand; restoring power factor as near to unity as possible. Further measures included in Part 8 include guidance around the best practice installation of transformers and cables, with a view to negating losses through the installation of more energy-efficient models supported with a strategic design, alongside with guidance on smart metering, load balancing and harmonics, and more. Although all of this, of course, is nothing new – it is a clear sign of the times and the growing sense of urgency around energy-efficient technology and smart installations – and the good news for the electrical contractor in-the-know is greater demand for smart solutions driving new business opportunities. As such, the recommendation is for contractors to invest time and resource into familiarising themselves with Part 8, along with the wider 18th Edition and the changes it brings. Indeed, it may mean time off the tools and extra training, but the likelihood is it will pay dividends in the years to come. 1 Consultations/Current-Consultations/The-Futureof-Heat-Non-domestic-buildings

Stairs & Lifts

Staircon allows Woodbase Joiners to show its clients designs as a 3D representation, manipulating it to view it from different angles

Woodbase Joiners blends craft and technology to drive business growth Woodbase Joiners is a traditional joinery business, which has successfully blended craft knowledge with modern technology to gain business benefits and drive its growth.


anaging Director, Simon Bartlett, and Co-Founder, Richard Blackman, invested for the future a decade ago. After much deliberation and significant research, they chose a Maka PE70 five-axis CNC router and Staircon software from Elecosoft. Today, this combination keeps the company busy constantly, delivering top-quality, bespoke staircases for customers including architects, interior designers, developers and private clients.

potential choices: “The huge benefit of a CNC machine is its ability to do most of the work you do traditionally by hand, or with less sophisticated machines – but software to drive the process is key.We found a handful of different software packages, some connected to a machine manufacturer, others, like Staircon, which are available to the whole market.We investigated four in depth. Staircon stood out as having more advantages, and fewer of the disadvantages, compared to other systems.”

on site.You can draw the staircase out quickly, and work out exactly how it will fit in the space – but, the brilliant bit is that, if you think it won’t quite work, you can easily take a tread out of the bottom part of a flight and add to the top end, add a winder, and do all the things you used to do longhand with a calculator and sketchpad, or on the drawing board, until everything works out. It used to be a time-consuming process, requiring a significant depth of embedded skills.”

Smart choices from the start

Designing success

Turning vision into reality

Woodbase Joiners invested in digital before the last recession and has never regretted it. Choosing the right machine was important, but selecting the right software was essential. Simon chose Staircon from an array of

The benefits of the software became apparent early in the design process: “With Staircon, we can design something on-screen directly from a set of dimensions provided by an architect or builders, or those taken

Staircases are hard for customers to envisage. Simon explained:“The one thing people struggle with more than anything else is the concept of the staircase. It’s a large threedimensional thing, which you can’t live without,


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Stairs & Lifts

Choosing the right machine was important, but selecting the right software was essential for Woodbase Joiners

which will be used all the time, so it’s vital to get it right – but people simply can’t visualise them. I used to do my best when we worked in two dimensions with flat paper drawings – I would show sketches and photos to try and show people what their staircase was going to look like, and the implications of their design choices – but often it was a real struggle for them to understand. “For most private customers who are building a high-end bespoke house, it’s the first staircase they’ve ever ordered – so they need a lot of help and guidance.The benefit of being able to use Staircon to show meaningful images on a screen is incalculable. You can show what you have designed as a 3D representation, manipulate it to view it from different angles, put walls in or take them out, change the timber or paint colour, and swap balustrade styles – it makes life so easy.You can inform and guide people, help them to understand the options, and to make decisions that they will be happy with, even if all they came in with were some Pinterest ideas and cuttings from a glossy magazine.With the aid of the software, they feel they have designed the staircase themselves.” Difficulty in comprehending the intricacies of staircase design and engineering is not

Architects turn to the experts to turn their concepts into a workable reality

limited to first-build private customers. Even architects turn to the experts to turn their concepts into a workable reality. Simon related a recent challenge:“In one Central London project, involving some complex dog-leg flights, the staircase design, as proposed by the architect, need to be supported on steel.The details of this element were undecided when we received the original design, so it opened a can of worms...we must have redrawn it three times to help the architect, designer and structural engineer agree on a scheme.We designed the staircase, then the steel support components, to enable the steel fabricators to manufacture the components off-site, ready to fit into the building.”

Design changes made easier

Managing the inevitable design alterations has become easier. Simon said:“On most jobs, there will be several changes to manage.With Staircon, we can often make amendments simply and quickly, instead of going back to the drawing board…but the beauty with Staircon is how specific it is.You have all the right staircase elements to hand, such as handrails, tread styles, balustrades and to alter the overall rise just takes the click of a button.”

Accuracy beyond measure Joinery is precise: every element must fit perfectly. Skilled craftsmen have done this for centuries – now Woodbase can go further. “The precision of today’s manufacturing is accurate to beyond any woodworkers’ wildest dreams. Now, if you want to work to tenths of a millimetre you can. If you want a riser to measure exactly 174.8mm rather than 175mm, that’s what it will be. A skilled craftsman using conventional methods can get close, but now everything is exact and fits first time.There are endless benefits to producing components on the CNC machine, all enhanced by the support of Staircon. For instance, when working with timber like oak, you might machine a stair string up, sand it, leave it overnight only to find a big split has appeared in the middle. In days gone by, you had to set it all out again, set up the router jig again, and router all the housings out a second time.Today, you can take a new piece of wood, and the programme is there.You just press a button to re-run the string, and in 10 minutes you’re back to where you need to be. How did we ever manage without it?”.

With the aid of the software, clients feel they have designed the staircase themselves

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There is a clear preference for more room to be given to people, and that architects and designers should allow for this when allocating space to their washroom designs

Joe Bell from the Formica Group discusses attitudes to disabled toilets and the influence of specification.


he loo, the restroom, the powder room, the washroom, call it what you may, we all spend a lot more time noticing them and talking about them than you think. To understand opinions on how the British public feel about public and workplace toilets, and to uncover how the washroom needs to be optimised, we conducted our own research. As part of the survey and resulting White Paper, ‘Lifting the Lid on Washrooms’, the topic of disabled toilets revealed some interesting findings. While almost three quarters (71%) of people surveyed said they didn’t like using public toilets because they find them unhygienic (68%), smelly (68%), poorly equipped (54%) and lacking in privacy (41%), this was not the case with disabled toilets. In the survey, respondents were able to give their own free-text responses to the state of disabled toilets they have used. Contrary to the experiences of using standard public or workplace loos, disabled people gave a big thumbs up to the experience of using these conveniences. “Disabled toilets I’ve used are great, and have plenty of room for my wheelchair”, said one respondent, while another wrote: “They are regularly checked and cleaned”. When questioned about what is most important for them, ‘comfort’ was the word disabled people used the most.


By and large, this seems to be what they experience, perhaps because the regulations for these toilets are much more black and white. Understandably, disabled toilets are larger as there is a raft of regulations to ensure all public cubicles can accommodate wheelchair manoeuvrability. Disabled toilets must be at least 2220 x 1500mm wide, have a door 900mm wide, able to open 950mm outwards. Basins need to be such that hands can be washed while still seated on the WC, and grab rails must also be present at specific heights. Perhaps this explains why other (non-disabled) adults questioned for this survey hone in on disabled loos when the opportunity arises – such as when the queue for standard toilets are too long or, and this is a popular reason, if they want to find a toilet that they believe is cleaner. For example, the data shows more than half (52%) of people think it’s acceptable to bypass a long queue and use a disabled loo if it’s not being used. But it’s the clear belief these toilets are used less frequently and are therefore cleaner that is also telling. A fifth of people (20%) say it’s acceptable to use disabled toilets when these are the cleanest option. But it’s not just disabled people who are appreciating the space afforded to them that the regulations insist on. Around 15%

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Disabled toilet etiquette and specification

of non-disabled respondents think they should be able to use a disabled toilet to benefit from the additional space it provides, while the same proportion again think it’s acceptable to access disabled toilets for the additional privacy they afford. With privacy ranking as a major concern amongst adults using loos outside their home (41% claim work/public toilets do not give them enough privacy), the sanctuary a larger, disabled toilet gives them is obvious. This suggests architects and other space/ workplace designers should arguably take note. There is a clear preference for more room to be given to people, and that they should allow for this when allocating space to their washroom designs.

Contrary to the experiences of using standard public or workplace loos, disabled people gave a big thumbs up to the experience of using these conveniences

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Voice of the Industry

We require a long-term solution to housing Modern Masonry’s recently-conducted homemakers survey unveiled some intriguing findings on the nation’s view of homeownership and the housing market. Here Andrew Minson, Executive Director at Modern Masonry, gives readers an indepth insight into the verdicts; highlighting the highs and lows of the nation’s current and future house-building activities.


ver the last few months I have read the various announcements regarding the UK housing market with interest; in particular, February’s story on the decade-high number of first-time buyers. On the surface, UK Finance’s figures look positive for the property market, but without an increase in new homes, this increase is likely to be short-term. As is now widely agreed, the UK needs more new housing in order to meet public demand for more routes to affordable homeownership. Modern Masonry recently conducted a survey of 2000 British adults to gauge their thoughts on the UK housing market.The


findings indicate a healthy appetite for new homes but a distinct lack of awareness about how Government is going to increase stock and simultaneously offer quality, value-formoney houses. According to the Bank of England, interest rates are likely to rise. As an inevitable consequence, lending terms will become more stringent and fewer people will be able to afford large mortgages. Many more will be priced out of the market. Furthermore, the increase in the resale of formerly buy-to-let properties is a temporary fix, as only a finite number will be freed-up. In fact, in many respects, it is no fix at all as we also need more rental homes.

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The findings Our data showed that almost one-fifth of respondents (17%) will be looking to rent on their next move. Interestingly, one in 10 of over 55s will be looking to rent their next property. We mustn’t disenfranchise this important part of the housing mix in our aim to make the market more favourable to first-time buyers. It is encouraging to see that a significant number of people have realised their homeowning aspirations through the Government’s Help to Buy loan (134,558 between 2013 and 2017). However, our survey also indicated that just over half the public polled (51%) were unaware if they were eligible or lacked knowledge about the scheme. Perhaps more needs to be done to raise awareness of this initiative and other options for first-time buyers (such as the shared ownership model). Masonry is the primary building material in over 80% of UK new-build housing and provides a good value and energy-efficient solution. The masonry industry has increased production to meet current demand and is well placed to increase capacity further to meet the demand from the intended 300,000 new homes per annum.

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Andrew Minson is Executive Director at MPA and is responsible for The Concrete Centre, British Precast and Modern Masonry. He joined The Concrete Centre in 2004 following 10 years with Arup in building engineering where he worked in multi-disciplinary teams developing integrated solutions. He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Structural Engineers and Institution of Civil Engineers.

Fit-for-purpose properties There’s no doubt that the British take their homes seriously. If we’re not putting up shelves, mowing the lawn or staining the fence, we’re no doubt watching Grand Designs explaining to each other knowingly why that space-age carbonneutral windmill will never come in on budget. But when it comes to what we really value in a home, the picture becomes more complicated.

Last month we published an in-depth report, ‘A Dream Home:An Exploration of Aspirations’, squarely focused on finding out both the house buying aspirations of the British public and their perceptions of which qualities are intrinsic to the concept of the home. The document reveals a number of interesting findings. In an industry where the public’s voice is not often heard, this research aims to give clear insight into what UK buyers and renters think.

High-performance homes What do buyers and renters look for in a new home? When asked to choose multiple attributes from a large list, energy efficiency (93%), premium sound insulation (92%), robust construction (92%), low insurance premiums (89%) and ease of modification (72%) scored highly. Homebuyers also need to see value for money: cost of energy bills (49%), cost of running (48%), cost of purchase (46%), lifespan of the home (34%) and durability (32%) are all significant concerns. Alongside the tangible impact of reducing bills, well-heated spaces also add to the less measurable quality of cosiness – an attribute that was cited by a considerable number of respondents as the thing they love most about their home.

Additionally, people expect their residences to be safe.This includes high levels of fire resistance (94%) and flood resilience (87%). Respondents also required the assurance that an abode is protected from negative human impacts such as bad neighbours and excessive noise (66%). As such, it is unsurprising that quiet was considered an important factor by 91% of people. All these considerations are inextricably linked to the types of material used within residential construction.

Mighty masonry A high proportion of people highlighted both the short-term and the long-term value of masonry. Most felt these materials are of the highest standard (88%) and the most flexible when it comes to extensions or modifications (71%). A high proportion of people also singled out masonry’s thermal performance (88%) fire resistant qualities (71%) and energy efficiency (62%). Less than 1% consider pre-fabricated, modular homes to be built from the most robust building material and only 3% think timber is a strong solution, compared to 80% who feel masonry offers the most robust homes.

In pursuit of an increase in housing numbers, the quality, performance and longevity of homes must be paramount.We need to use robust and durable materials that will last well into the next century if total housing stock is to increase in the long-term. As you will expect, we are a vocal supporter of the Government’s pledged house-building policy; however, the country’s need for cost-effective and long-lasting houses must not be forgotten in the dash (for trying) to increase numbers. It’s easy to become complacent when we are familiar with housing lasting over 150 years, but the resistance to moisture and rot, resilience to fire and robustness of masonry should not be taken for granted. First-time buyers want their investment to retain its value, and UK plc need a growing housing stock.

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Build Focus: Hospitality

The project has involved complex temporary works and structural remodelling, delivered by Construction Solutions as a specialist subcontractor to McLaren

From municipal building to boutique hotel Andy Barrons from specialist structural refurbishment contractor, Construction Solutions, discusses the temporary works and RC requirements of the Camden Town Hall Annexe hotel project in Central London.


amden Town Hall Annexe, a 1970s concrete-framed extension to the main town hall building, is currently being transformed by McLaren Construction from an eight-storey council office block into an 11-storey, 270room boutique hotel for developer Crosstree. The project has involved complex temporary works and structural remodelling, delivered by Construction Solutions as a specialist sub-contractor to McLaren. The structural works programme included strengthening the building to enable the addition of three storeys, removal of two cores, creation of a new goods lift shaft and provision of a curved ‘scenic lift’ on the


external Euston Road elevation, maximising views of St Pancras Station, located opposite the scheme. Not only has the programme required meticulous sequencing of temporary works, demolition and structural alterations, it has also been carried out on a confined Central London site while the adjoining Camden Town Hall building has remained fully occupied and in public use throughout.

Crane installation One of the first elements of the structural and temporary works package was to create the infrastructure for the tower crane, which has been required as a programme-critical

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The project has involved complex temporary works and structural remodelling, delivered by Construction Solutions as a specialist sub-contractor to McLaren

piece of infrastructure to overcome the lack of space or oversailing ability at the site. The Construction Solutions team dug a pit in the basement down to the level of the piles that had already been completed by the piling works contractor. Steel rebar was then installed, and the yellow crane posts were lowered into position before being anchored in place by the concrete pour. The tower crane was then lifted into the building in sections and assembled insitu. The Construction Solutions team will return to site to break the supports out of the concrete when it is no longer required on site, demolishing the temporary crane foundations and reinstating the slab.

Build Focus: Hospitality In order to take out the two cores without jeopardising the structural integrity of the building, a void was created for a shear wall within the existing structure, positioned adjacent to the neck of the building. Rising from sub-basement level to the underside of level four, the shear wall will ensure the core stability of the building and has been formed as a substantial reinforced concrete structure, requiring stitch drilling of the first-floor transfer beam without drilling into any of the existing rebar.

Once the rooftop demolition had been completed, a new slab could be cast to enable the construction of the additional storeys

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Temporary works Construction Solutions worked closely with the project’s structural engineer, HTS, throughout the programme design and delivery to ensure that the works on site accurately reflected the loading calculations and demolition tolerances for the building. HTS designed the temporary works and, utilising these designs; Construction Solutions carried out a thorough survey of the building, including ferro scanning of each slab to ascertain the exact location of every piece of rebar.The amount of steel rebar that can be removed as part of the structural alterations has been precisely calculated as part of the engineering process, and Construction Solutions had to make certain that cutting equipment did not damage or destroy structurally-critical existing reinforcement. The first of the temporary works to be erected was the steel supports for the goods lift core, which rises from sub-basement level to the underside of level eight. Customfabricated temporary steelwork was installed to support the structure so that large areas of the slabs could be removed. Once the temporary steelwork was in place, voids could be created for permanent steel columns, which are precisely positioned in 10 locations

around the internal perimeter of the existing structure, rising from the transfer slab on the first floor up to the full height of the existing building.These columns will increase the loadbearing capacity of the existing structure to enable the addition of three new storeys. Once the steel columns were in place, additional rebar was added, and the slab was cast back around the columns to reinstate the slab.

Shear wall With the columns and the temporary steelwork in place, Construction Solutions was able to excavate the new core for the goods lift. Once again, this had to be carried out with minimal removal of the existing rebar and there was zero tolerance for any damage to the reinforcement within the 1200mm first-floor transfer beam, which is critical to the structural integrity of the whole building. The area where the 1970s building narrows to connect with the older section of Camden Town Hall, which will be retained as a civic building, is known by the project team as the ‘neck’ of the building and it is here that the two redundant cores were removed.

Pragmatic approach Throughout the complex programme, the McLaren and Construction Solutions teams have taken a proactive, problem-solving approach to managing the challenges of the scheme which is scheduled for completion later this year.

The Construction Solutions team dug a pit in the basement down to the level of the piles that had already been completed by the piling works contractor

The loading requirements for the additional storeys were such that both the new lift core and the shear wall had to be completed and cured to full tensile strength before the erection of the steelwork could begin on the new storeys. Following close collaboration with the concrete supplier, Construction Solutions changed the specification to a suitable self-compacting concrete that would allow monolithic construction of the strengthening slabs while offering the required tensile strength. Preparation for construction of the new level 9-11 extension also involved demolition works to the original 700m2 plant room. To overcome the need for traditional decking methods, a detailed overlapping plate system was introduced with back-propping to allow demolition of the structure. A Brokk remote-control demolition robot was used to enable the site team to stand back from the work area to operate the equipment via a unit attached to their torso and connected to the robot.This equipment is part of Construction Solutions’ in-house fleet of plant and machinery and was critical on this project to provide a safer and faster solution. Once the rooftop demolition had been completed, a new slab could be cast to enable the construction of the additional storeys. Once again, the speed and efficiency of the Construction Solutions team in installing the steel reinforcement and casting the new slab was programme-critical, as construction of the additional storeys could not begin until these works had been completed and the concrete had cured to full tensile strength.

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Technical Insight: Roofing

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Zaha Hadid Architects designed a sculptural new building with a shimmering stainless steel facade for the Middle East Centre

Curved for the future Founded in 1957, the Middle East Centre at St. Antony’s College serves as the University of Oxford’s facility for research and teaching on the Arab world including Iran, Israel and Turkey from the 19th century to the present day. The centre has been housed at 68 Woodstock Road (the former rectory of the Church of St Philip and St James, built in 1887) since 1978.


he heart of the institute is the extensive archive, which was created in 1961 and has been continuously expanding.To date, it contains more than 400 collections of private documents and more than 100,000 historic images. The centre was also getting an increasing number of students, and the steady growth of the archive and library led to space constraints, so a spatial solution was required. The university turned to Zaha Hadid Architects, the London-based architecture firm, with a global presence and well known for its unique and striking designs. Zaha Hadid Architects designed a sculptural new building with a shimmering stainless steel facade for the Middle East Centre. The new building doubles the space available for the Middle East Centre’s expanding library and archive, providing almost 1200m² of additional floor space and a new 118-seat lecture theatre.The Middle East Centre holds Oxford University’s primary collection on the modern Middle East, a world-class collection of private papers and historic photographs


used by scholars and researchers with an interest in the region. Known as the InvestCorp Building, the lecture theatre will allow the centre to expand and host seminars, lectures and debates – much of which is open to both the university and the general public. The extension demanded sophisticated design and creative thinking.“We have a heritage-protected building on one side, and in the middle of the property there is also a large Californian sequoia growing,” remarked Johannes Hoffmann, Project Manager in charge of Zaha Hadid Architects. The new construction closes the gap between the listed institutional building of the Middle East Centre in Woodstock Road no. 68 and the dormitory of St. Antony’s College located in Woodstock Road no. 64/66. The design also considers and maintains a respectful distance from the 100-year-old Californian sequoia; the west facade conveys a height between these two existing buildings and a drainage system laid in the ground protects the root system of the natural monument.

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Structurally, the building comprises a cast in-situ concrete frame, the first-floor slab of which will cantilever out, partially supported on a large V-shaped column on the west side to give the impression that the stainless steel tunnel above is floating. The tunnel itself will be formed around a ribcage-like structure of 34 thick curved glulam beams positioned on top of the first floor slab and clad in the reflective stainless steel. The architects, in turn, orientated themselves with the height of the existing university buildings in the eastern facade, which faces the inner courtyard of the campus. “The design has a very complex shape that could be compared to the shape of a horse saddle,” commented Stewart Orton,Technical Services Manager at Carlisle Construction Materials (CCM) Europe’s UK office. From the eaves of the Middle East Centre, the facade rises to a remarkable 13m height of Hilda-Besse building, a 1970s Brutalist-style college building dominating the inner courtyard. The curved eastern facade contributes to creating around 1200m² of space for the Middle East Centre.The building includes a basement and two and half floors. The ground floor includes a cafe and an open-plan multipurpose area.A freestanding staircase leads from the entrance area to the upper floor which houses the central reading room of the library.The reading room is well lit with 25 peardrop-shaped skylights. Due to the rise of the building to the south, the architects were able to get a sufficient room height so that a second floor level for the reading room of the archive

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could be achieved. The glazed south facade offers a complete view of the campus. The glass surfaces of the facade designed as a post-and-rail construction were provided with a screenprint in dot form.A column-free lecture hall with 117 seats was built in the basement.With new archive space and the use of roll racks, the architects succeeded in doubling the existing archive space, so that sufficient storage space is now available for the future expansion of the collection. The basement floor is largely glazed and so the supporting structure made of orbit is revealed, the upper floors and roof are enclosed in a reflective stainless steel panelling. Around 300 freely-formed, partly doublycurved panels made of 2mm-thick stainless steel sheet with electropolished surface were used. To achieve the impression of a continuous flowing stainless steel skin, the horizontal joints between the homogeneously reflecting surfaces were designed as hair joints. Only the 10mm-wide vertical joints interrupt the dazzling outer skin. The individual facade elements vary in shape and size between 1.5m wide and up to 5m in height. “In order to maintain the illusion of a homogeneous outer skin, we wanted to use as few panels as possible,” explains Johannes Hoffmann. “This is all the more important if you use a reflective material that clearly shows gaps. Due to the reflective metal panelling, comparable to a ‘studded bathroom mirror’, the volume of the structure seems softer and therefore gained a nickname ‘softbridge building’ during the design process.”




Due to the rise of the building to the south, the architects were able to get a sufficient room height so that a second floor level for the reading room of the archive could be achieved

A complete EPDM facade waterproofing solution The roof and facade of the expressive design by Zaha Hadid Architects merge seamlessly with each other for the ‘InvestCorp Building’. To prevent water from penetrating, the architects specified a complete waterproofing solution from CARLISLE CM Europe. Under the reflective outer skin of the sculptural geometry is a substructure made of laminated timber covered with 18mm plywood boards. A sealing system with coordinated components from CARLISLE CM Europe was installed. The entire structure was covered with self-adhesive ALUTRIX 600 vapour barrier membranes installed on FG35 primer. This made the building watertight during the ongoing extensive construction and detailing. The details were further sealed with HERTALAN KS96 sealant as added watertightness. Then 120mm-thick PU insulation boards form the thermal protection layer bonded to the ALUTRIX layer. The waterproofing layer was formed with HERTALAN Easy Cover EPDM membrane which was installed to prevent water from penetrating the structure. The 1.3mm-thick EPDM membrane was glued with contact adhesive HERTALAN KS205 to give it longevity. “Condensation naturally forms in the cavity beneath the stainless steel panels of the outer skin and the entire building, as any condensation or water ingress is addressed by the EPDM membrane,” explains Stewart Orton, CARLISLE CM Europe’s Technical Services Manager.

The reading room is well lit with 25 peardrop-shaped skylights

The installation and sealing of the 25 peardrop-shaped skylights in the roof with EPDM membranes required special attention. Each skylight has a drainage system that collects rainwater and drains it via a hidden drain in the interior.

Why EPDM? A waterproofing system used on flat roofs has much to endure. Above all, moisture, thermal and mechanical stresses (wind, sun, cold, precipitation and so on) lead to serious material demands which quickly age many waterproofing systems. It is no wonder that the procedure for producing EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber) received a Nobel prize.


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Landscaping: Rain/SuDS

The Greenfields assisted living complex in Leighton Buzzard involved creating an impressive curved roof over the entranceway

The roofline: an emerging architectural opportunity In this article, Ivan Colvil, Technical Sales Manager of Alumasc Skyline, explains why roofs and rooflines offer the perfect platform to show off creativity and style.


reative flair and imaginative ideas are part of what defines architecture. But such structural freedom of expression can often be constrained by the practicalities of available materials, construction methods and, of course, budget. However, recent innovations are removing some of these limitations, allowing architects to be more daring than ever with shapes, colours and features. Modern manufacturing processes are putting a new generation of designs within reach for even the most everyday commercial or domestic projects.And this newfound freedom and flexibility is extending in a surprising direction: up on the roof. In addition, with the increasing use of blue and green roof technologies to add both amenity and occupant experiential value to buildings, the roof’s overall visual qualities are becoming yet more critical, particularly if it is to achieve a seamless blend with features and components


used across the external wall structures. But in doing this, it is important to ensure that the core waterproofing and drainage functions of the roofline are not impaired.

Dramatic shapes, smooth lines and excellent performance Forget the straight lines of a standard flat or pitched roof.A roof can be any shape an architect can visualise. From a vast sweeping wave to a ‘butterfly wing’ inverted-pitch roof; anything is possible.Whatever the shape, fascia, soffits and copings have to work with the drainage system to ensure rainwater is effectively managed from roof to drain. For example, the construction of the Greenfields assisted living complex in Leighton Buzzard involved creating an impressive curved roof over the entranceway. In the past, it may have proved problematic for contractor Tetraclad to find fascia and soffits to fit.

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But significant advances in production techniques such as CAD and SolidWorks meant the products could be designed and supplied specifically for the project. Unusual angles or curves in the roofline are no longer restricted by existing shapes of construction products. Indeed, fascia and soffits can do so much more than simply provide weatherproofing and a neat finish. They can be a central part of more creative designs, such as allowing the roof to overhang the exterior wall to achieve a dramatic effect.‘Bullnose’ fascia go a step further by incorporating a curved outer edge to create a smooth finish that is pleasing to the eye and works particularly well with an overhang. An example of roofline products extending beyond simple practicality can be seen in a recent luxury development in Jersey.The project – to build four £2m homes – involved roof-clad overhangs and a complex fascia/ coping system.Architect, Scott Smith, specified

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An example of roofline products extending beyond simple practicality can be seen in a recent luxury development in Jersey

A recent refurbishment project by Tatehindle Architects in Spitalfields in London required fascias to be colour-matched to other exterior features of the building for a seamless look

can achieve a smooth, seamless look from all angles without having to worry about where the guttering will go – and contractors are safe in the knowledge that rainwater will be safely and effectively dealt with.

‘Dressed’ for success Roofline and rainwater components don’t need to be hidden away, however.There is a growing trend towards using fascia, soffits, copings, bargeboards, gutters, downpipes and windowsills to ‘dress’ a building.These humble construction elements are standing out for all the right reasons, with architects using different shapes and profiles, unusual materials, oversized components or adding a splash of colour. In fact, roofline products are now available in pretty much any colour imaginable. These can be used to contrast other building elements – for example, a fascia in red, a soffit in white and gutters

and downpipes in black. Alternatively, they can be made to complement the colours on existing building materials, such as on windowsills and doors. A recent refurbishment project by Tatehindle Architects in Spitalfields in London required fascias to be colour-matched to other exterior features of the building for a seamless look that is appropriate for the building’s historic location. New window and door surrounds allow more natural light to filter through and create a striking entrance that has helped transform an ordinary 1980s office building into something stunning. Sourcing the right products is no longer a barrier to creative architecture. Thanks to modern manufacturing techniques, roofs and rooflines offer the perfect platform to deliver building designs that are unexpected, bold and memorable.

exactly the look he wanted, knowing he could have products tailored to meet his design. The balconies required an unusually wide specification for the soffits and fascia, but new techniques allowed the bespoke design of the products to the exact dimensions needed – all within budget.The result is a strong look with clean, sweeping lines – and design elements that work harmoniously to perform their practical purpose. And this is a crucial point.While roofline and rainwater elements provide an exciting opportunity to achieve bold and striking aesthetics, it’s important to bear in mind the practical purpose they are there to serve.The most beautiful roof in the world is worthless if it doesn’t keep the rain out, so it’s vital for architects and contractors to work closely together to ensure designs can be easily and practically installed. A perfect example of this is the development of rainwater systems that are integrated within fascia and soffits.Architects

‘Bullnose’ fascia go a step further by incorporating a curved outer edge to create a smooth finish

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Show Previews CDW is proud to present an installation created by Kinetech Design in collaboration with Amari Interiors for one of Clerkenwell’s most renowned sites; the Arch of St John

For the third consecutive year, Scale Rule will present the Next Generation Design Pavilion in the Garden of St James

This year’s CDW puts architects front and centre


DW Presents will bring specially commissioned public installations, offering a fresh insight into design and materials.The Fringe gives visitors a chance to explore the rich creativity within the area; from tours of Clerkenwell’s colourful history to mindful meditation and origami demonstrations, local practices will open their doors to host an array of workshops and displays during the festival. Conversations at Clerkenwell, in partnership with Mapei, has also become an important arena in which to raise industry issues with a selection of high-calibre speakers exploring current industry topics. Integral to the festival’s unique structure, the CDW Presents programme offers an insight into temporary architecture, materials and use of public spaces. Partnering exciting architecture and design practices with suppliers of innovative products creates inspiring results.Visitors can experience new approaches and installations in key locations spread along the CDW ‘exhibitions trail’, which connects the festival’s seven unique exhibition venues all for free. CDW is proud to present an installation created by Kinetech Design in collaboration with Amari Interiors for one of Clerkenwell’s most renowned sites; the


Arch of St John. St John’s Gate saw the first performances of some of Shakespeare’s most famous works, including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Macbeth. Kinetech Design has drawn on the history of the arch and showcases its strong kiri-origami structure evoking an Elizabethan ruff. A number of practices including TDO Architecture have been commissioned to create wayfinding sculptures in polystyrene that will be situated around Clerkenwell during the week.The sculptures will be produced by Bakers Patterns which specialises in polystyrene modelmaking and manufacturing. studio DA, a new practice formed by Russian For Fish and Pierre d’Avoine Architects to work on special projects, will also be involved in the project, and its sculpture will be based upon the ghost story of Clerkenwell. In 1762, a landlord claimed a ghost haunted his house and his daughter, and regular seances were held in the crypt of St John’s to determine whether this was true. It wasn’t. Hakwood, a global leader in the design and manufacture of quality wood flooring and wall tiles, returns to CDW in collaboration with Shape London to reveal the interactive installation ‘Behind Closed Doors’ located at the entrance to Spa Fields. Shape London will

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design a 3.2m-high pop-up street scene of Dutch townhouses decorated with Hakwood wall tiles. Each house will have a small door revealing a series of miniature interiors designed by various architects from Shape’s Dragon Fly Place.The hidden rooms will be placed at various heights to invite visitors to interact with the installation and ‘discover’ all the rooms which contain Hakwood flooring. For the third consecutive year, Scale Rule will present the Next Generation Design Pavilion in the Garden of St James. The pavilion aims to inspire a younger generation interested in the constructionrelated professions and is a result of a series of educational workshops, bringing GCSE students together from across London. Elements at CDW brings together a leading selection of ironmongery, hardware, switch plates and architectural accessories. New for 2018, the exhibition will take place within a street-market-style pavilion on St John’s Square, becoming a go-to destination for designers looking for the perfect finish.

From 22nd to 24th May, Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) will brighten up the streets of London’s most creative design hub, revealing a brand-new series of collaborations for the ninth edition of one of the UK’s most inspirational design-led events.

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Guests at the Mapei World Specification Centre enjoying Mapei’s CDW 2017 events

Mapei Are Sustainability – Clerkenwell Design Week 2018 Mapei Are Sustainability – a global corporate focus to protect the earth, use energy and resources sustainably, minimise waste and develop and supply products with end-user safety in mind. As a leading company in the global construction market, the Mapei Group is taking further steps towards social responsibility – ethical behaviour, the quest for excellence and transparent communications are its corporate values – and this year will be showcasing its sustainability commitments through daily events at Clerkenwell Design Week 2018.


uest speakers will be presenting daily ‘Lunch & Learn’ sessions from 11:30 to 12:30 at the Mapei Specification Centre during Clerkenwell Design Week, with a buffet lunch and refreshments provided for delegates*. Presentation topics include ‘External wall insulation (EWI) and Sustainable protective and decoration coatings’ on 22nd May, ‘Sustainable roofing solutions in collaboration with Polyglass’ on 23rd May and ‘Specifying sustainable flooring’ on 24th May. On Wednesday 23rd May, renowned sustainable Architect, Charlie Luxton, will be presenting from 19:00 to 20:00 at an Italian evening event (18:00 to 22:00) where Italian food and drink, plus music will be provided, please email to register your interest. East London-based florist, Grace & Thorn, will be holding daily Terrarium planting workshops, 13:00 to 17:00, with

the aim to help people in the city live a greener life. The workshops operate on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability. For a second year, Mapei UK is working closely with established architecture practice, Harper Downie, to present an installation as part of the official installation series. Mapei’s installation will host ‘Conversations at Clerkenwell in partnership with Mapei’, an arena for world-class talks and programmes, located in the Design Fields. The installations embrace the special character of the area by using public spaces to present a wideranging mixture of solo shows and street installations. Collaboration and working together is a principle inherent to Mapei’s ethos with this project reflecting Mapei’s strong relationship with architect practices and the wider specification supply chain. The Mapei Group invests 5% of its annual turnover into research and

development activities with a total of 70% of this sum channelled into the development of environmentallyfriendly products. Mapei also produces Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to help architects, design engineers and other buyers have a better understanding of a product’s sustainability characteristics and its impact on the environment. Certification bodies and protocols for buildings, such as LEED and BREEAM, have implemented criteria for sustainability and imposed specific requirements for construction based on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method. Booking is essential for these events as places are subject to availability – please visit www. to reserve your place. *

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Taking place from 22nd to 23rd May, at the NEC, Birmingham, edie Live will help you understand how you can capitalise on the smart-city transition

Achieve your sustainable future today at edie Live The utopia that is the smart city – where data is used to manage assets and resources efficiently – has been on the agenda for over a decade. But it’s only now, with developments in IoT, AI and other technological advances, that it has moved from possibility to reality.

100+ suppliers Across the two-day event, you will discover innovative products and solutions from more than 100 suppliers that will help you to increase energy efficiency, drive down consumption and boost the bottom line. Exhibitors include BRE, DANLERS, EcoCooling, Eurosite Power, GivEnergy, Invisible Systems, Matt:e, Munters, NQA Certification, Orsis, SMS Plc, Solid Energy and The Monarch Partnership.

and CPD-certified Energy Innovation and Energy Efficiency Theatres, equipping you with the tools you need to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. With speakers including representatives from Nestlé, Rolls-Royce,The World Green Building Council, National Trust, Landsec, EDF Energy, National Grid, the Freedom Group and the Energy Networks Association, the energy seminars take an end-to-end approach to energy management. From demand response to energy storage, key policy updates to new frameworks and standards – edie Live has got it covered.

Free one-to-one advice clinics Be coached to overcome your business energy challenges in our free one-toone advice clinics with industry experts. Topics include onsite generation, demand response, sustainable development goals and carbon management.

Mission Possible workshops Shape your future strategy, unlock the value of energy technologies and co-create the solutions to key energy management challenges in the Mission Possible workshops. Subjects include ‘getting to grips with your data’, ‘achieving a flexible energy future’ and ‘getting serious about the SDGs’. The workshops will be facilitated by the likes of Manchester City Football Club, William Jackson Food Group, Hilton, Aston University and Severn Trent Water, with guest experts including E.ON. With an enhanced focus on sustainability in the built environment, edie Live is the UK’s only event tailor-made to fit the needs of business leaders. Register for your free edie Live 2018 pass, the latest show news, exhibitor list, keynote and seminar schedules via the website.


aking place from 22nd to 23rd May at the NEC, Birmingham, edie Live will help you understand how you can capitalise on the smart-city transition to achieve a sustainable future for the built environment.This is ‘Mission Possible’. With a focus on energy, resources, the built environment, mobility and business leadership, edie Live will empower individuals and organisations to move from ambition to action across all areas of sustainable development. “Mission Possible is about inspiring and helping businesses achieve a sustainable future today, and edie Live is the perfect setting to bring this mission to life,” said edie’s Content Director, Luke Nicholls.

Keynote and seminars With session titles including ‘corporate sustainability and the fourth industrial revolution’ and ‘taking the lead on the built environment’, the keynote stage will host the likes of the UK Green Building Council’s Head of Industry Engagement, Alistair Mant, who will talk about the built environment; closing the green building policy gap and developing smart, sustainable cities. Be inspired by thought leaders and best practice case studies in edie’s free-to-attend


With speakers including representatives from Nestlé, Rolls-Royce,The World Green Building Council and the National Trust, the energy seminars take an endto-end approach to energy management

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Visit Casca’s new showroom at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week Visual display products are often the last thought during an office refurbishment – and sometimes neglected completely.

This means that an expensive refit can be spoiled when a client hastily makes a purchase decision based on immediate need. All too often, ‘traditional’ whiteboards and noticeboards are installed, and this can have a detrimental effect on the overall appearance and functionality of any workspace. Casca is a brand synonymous with quality and style, and Casca Glass writing systems have been a feature of the interiors world for several years. Casca has now partnered with some of Europe’s leading brands to bring the finest quality visual display and presentation products to its new showroom in the heart of London’s Clerkenwell. Now, for the first time, architects and interior designers, as well as discerning endusers, can view these products under one roof to keep abreast of the latest products and ensure that the ‘finishing touch’ to their office layout is included in the form of designled wall-mounted boards. Come and see Casca at 5 Albemarle Way to see how your space can be transformed. 8

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British Ceramic Tile set to celebrate homegrown design at CDW British Ceramic Tile will be opening its showroom doors from 22nd to 24th May inviting visitors to join the team during Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW). One of the UK’s few remaining tile manufacturers to design and produce products here in Britain, the company is incredibly proud of its long-standing heritage and its in-house design credentials and will be marking the occasion through a range of activities that reflect the best of British.Three days packed full of guest talks and partner collaborations, the company has secured other like-minded big name brands from across the kitchen, bathroom and interior design industries to come along and showcase their products. * 0207 490 0338 8

Domus to launch ‘Piano’ from Mutina at Clerkenwell Design Week Domus will host the official UK launch of new tile collection ‘Piano’ from Italian design house Mutina during Clerkenwell Design Week, from 22nd to 24th May. Created by French design team Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Piano is a striking, colourful partially glazed porcelain tile collection available exclusively from Domus in the UK.With the Piano collection, Mutina rediscovered the technology of doublecharged clay, enabling them to obtain different textural effects in a wide range of colours.The slight variation in size and specific use of glaze creates a ‘vibrating’ effect, similar to the shimmering image of reflections on the water, creating an optical illusion of a non-geometrical figure. *

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Amtico showcases design prowess at Clerkenwell 2018

Global flooring manufacturer, Amtico, will return to Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) for the third time, showcasing its latest collections of luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) and carpet, while also debuting its exclusive ‘pop-up’ design booths. Based in the Garden of St. James, stand PB1, the Amtico design team will be available throughout the event, hosting one-to-one sessions for designers and specifiers alike – presenting the perfect opportunity to discuss any aspect of an existing or upcoming flooring project. The pop-up booth will allow designers to collaborate with Amtico experts and seek advice on a flooring scheme, from an initial chat, through to sketching ideas and exploring design possibilities. 8 * ( 0121 745 0800

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Heat pumps could present the ideal solution for many of the UK’s numerous new apartment buildings

A new solution to electric heating challenges in apartments The draft London Environment Strategy, published by the Greater London Authority last year, sets out the authority’s plan to tackle environmental and energy challenges in the capital. It makes clear that if the target of making London zero carbon by 2050 is to be achieved, big changes need to be made to the way in which heating and cooling systems are designed. Mark Deeney, Business Development Director for Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation, considers how heat pumps can contribute thanks to an innovative new approach to heating and cooling city centre apartments.


et to make London one of the greenest cities in the world, the London Environment Strategy is a blueprint for environmental excellence, detailing Sadiq Khan’s ambitious plan for London to become zero carbon by 2050. In addition to this strategy, the Greater London Authority (GLA) is setting the standard for lowcarbon homes through its Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG), published in 2016.


Carbon tax As part of this green approach, GLA is planning a carbon tax on new developments in the capital. In essence, developers must reduce the Dwelling Emission Rate (DER) of a dwelling to 35% below the Target Emission Rate (TER) required to secure a pass in Part L of the England and Wales Building Regulations. The remaining carbon, expressed in tonnes, must then be offset in the form of an abatement payment which is set by each individual borough.

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The GLA recommends a price of £60 per tonne paid for 30 years or £1800 per tonne remaining. For a 200-plot development, this is an abatement payment of approximately £174,600 based on 97 tonnes remaining. This payment must be paid to the local borough at the commencement of works on the site, and the developer must submit their energy assessment to the borough as part of the planning process. Therefore, the overall energy strategy should be decided before planning permission is granted.


Reducing emissions What does all this mean for electrical contractors? Well, as you might expect, heating and cooling have a big part to play in the drive to reduce Dwelling Emission Rates. London’s 3.4 million homes are responsible for around one-third of London’s total greenhouse gas emissions and if these ambitious targets are to be achieved, London’s new and existing buildings “must get their heat and power (needed increasingly for cooling) from local and renewable energy sources, enabled by efficient systems such as heat networks,” says the GLA. There are two key points here – both of which present installation opportunities for forward-thinking electrical contractors. Firstly, that we must move away from using natural gas to other energy sources, including renewable energy and the heat that is wasted from industrial and commercial processes. Secondly, that we must maximise the opportunity of local, decentralised, low-carbon energy, particularly in London, where it is particularly well suited because of the urban density. Decentralised energy ranges from small production, such as electricity from solar PV panels, to larger-scale systems based on local energy resources utilising heat pumps that supply communal or district heating or cooling through a network of underground pipes connecting it to homes and buildings.

A heat pump solution One of the biggest opportunities lies with new apartment buildings, and there is a proven technology which can satisfy both of the points made above; heat pumps. Compatible with decentralised systems, capable of maximising renewable energy and with an innovative new approach, heat pumps could present the ideal solution for many of the UK’s numerous new apartment buildings. And that could be good news for those electrical contractors already working with

By creating energy loops, designers can replace the high-temperature system with a cool, low-pressure system, maintained by the building’s central plant room

renewable heating technologies – or indeed those looking to open up new business opportunities by doing so. Current new-build dwellings in the UK are at risk of overheating due to a number of factors which include more stringent regulations on airtightness and fabric performance, increased living density, singleaspect apartment design and high internal gains.This risk is exacerbated in city centre multi-residential buildings, where internal gains and solar gains can be more significant due to an increased urban living density. Overheating can, of course, be addressed using mechanical cooling via dedicated chiller plant and a chilled water network, but this often masks the symptom without addressing the cause. It also does nothing to reduce the DER, and so the financial impact of the carbon tax for London developments. The answer could lie in using a series of ‘energy loops’ within the building, as pioneered by the unique new Zeroth Energy System from Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation (GDHV). By creating such energy loops, designers can replace the high-temperature system with a cool, low-pressure system, maintained by the building’s central plant room. Lowtemperature water flows around the building’s main loop to each apartment, which all have their own ‘mini loop’ where an individual heat pump produces chilled or heated water to the desired temperature.The water can then be passed to fan coils, which deliver cool or warm air into a room through vents in the ceiling or wall, or to underfloor heating, or smart electrical, fan-assisted wet radiators. With this innovative approach, the central plant only needs to fill the balance of heating for the entire building, rather than servicing the total heating or cooling requirements of every resident at once. It is more environmentally-friendly, as less total energy is required to heat and cool the entire building, and it is far more cost-effective, the benefit of

Mark Deeney is Business Development Director for Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation

which can be passed on directly to residents in the form of lower average heating or cooling bills. For contractors, of course, there are increased installation opportunities too, with an individual heat pump in every dwelling. There is another advantage too. For London developers, this system also provides an opportunity to significantly reduce the amount of carbon tax they might pay for a development. Based on the GLA recommended figure of £1800 per tonne, the total saving when using Zeroth as the distribution system is £24 per apartment. If air source heat pumps are used instead of Combined Heat and Power (CHP), GDHV calculates a carbon tax saving of £399 per apartment – nearly £80,000 on a typical 200-plot development. Whilst the exact figures will vary by project due to the mix of dwelling types and differences in carbon payments required by boroughs; it is clear there are benefits to this new approach for cooling and heating using heat pumps in multi-dwelling buildings. And when you can consider that modern apartment buildings now represent more than 50% of the planned new-build housing stock in the UK, there will be ample opportunity for contractors to help realise those benefits.

Based on the GLA recommended figure of £1800 per tonne, the total saving when using Zeroth as the distribution system is £24 per apartment

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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.” *

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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., 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. *

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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. *

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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. *

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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. *

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Nortek’s ErP-compliant range includes PREEVA EC (heating and ventilation unit), which provides combined heating and ventilation with optional cooling

ErP – Nortek is ready Warm air, radiant and heating products are now affected by European regulations.


arm air heaters are subject to Lot 21 of the directive and radiant heaters Lot 20. Minimum efficiencies for warm air is now 72%, and radiant heaters is now 74%. Crucially, these minimum criteria are applicable for both new installations and when replacing existing products. As a result, customers can be assured that the heating equipment they are purchasing is highly energy-efficient and emissions of harmful environmental pollutants are constrained. Nortek’s ErP-compliant range includes PREEVA EC (heating and ventilation unit), which provides combined heating and ventilation with optional cooling.


The units are available with a wide range of heat outputs and cooling capacities. The PREEVA EC units are available as non-condensing heaters with thermal efficiencies above 91% or fully condensing heaters with thermal efficiencies of 102% (ncv). The design combines high thermal efficiency, quality components and ease of maintenance for enhanced life expectancy and reduced lifecycle costs. The PREEVA EC range incorporates an EC plug fan, which provides a wide range of air duties and external static pressures. The addition of the optional mixing box enables air filtration.

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A new captain takes the helm at Evinox Energy Evinox is thrilled to announce that Terry Mahoney has taken the helm as its new Managing Director. Terry originally joined Evinox in 2010 and through his most recent role as Operations Director has been pivotal to much of the company’s recent success, including the delivery and ongoing support of key projects – such as Battersea Power Station; and the evolution of Evinox’s manufacturing capability. Terry said of his new position:“I’m delighted and flattered to be appointed as Managing Director at Evinox.This is an exciting time for the business, with planning regulations and Government policy continuing to support the deployment of district and communal heating, the market continues to thrive and evolve.” He continued:“As an established, marketleading heat interface unit manufacturer, Evinox offers innovative products that are built with quality components and assembled to world-class manufacturing standards.This has been confirmed by the impressive efficiency

performance achieved by the Evinox ModuSat heat interface unit, which was tested to the UK standard from BESA.” The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) UK test standard for heat interface units (HIUs) was recently introduced to enable designers and specifiers to evaluate the performance of HIUs on their network. Currently, only a handful of manufacturers have published results for the HIU test regime, with Evinox being one of the first to undertake the testing process.The results achieved provide a clear, independently

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Rinnai is happy motoring aboard the Bedroam bus Rinnai has had one its products featured on prime-time television, being a fleeting start of the small screen. The Rinnai product, a 17e, was on Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces, presented by George Clarke. ‘Bedroam’ is the brainchild of Ollie Kemp, a Farmer, Motor Racing Competitor and enthusiast from Melbourne,Yorkshire. He realised there was a lack of onsite accommodation at events that would allow

competitors to stay close to their expensive and irreplaceable racing gear and has been quick to come up with an innovative idea. The constructive and enterprising result of Ollie Kemp’s well observed discontent

is the Bedroam bus, complete with 18 Japanese-style pod bedrooms. As well as using it himself for motorsport meets, Bedroam is available to hire. The Bedroam has two fully-equipped and fully-functional bathrooms with a shower, toilet and sink. Sinks and showers are supplied with safe temperature-controlled hot water from Rinnai Infinity water heaters working on LPG, complete with MC91 controller, via motion sensor-operated taps.Two Rinnai Infinity 17e external units fitted to the back of the bus drawing water from a bespokedesigned tank; designed and supplied by Barratt Tanks of Ferrybridge,West Yorkshire. “I first saw the units in operation at an event...On my return, I researched Rinnai online and spoke to my friend Andy, a registered Gas Safe Engineer, who then ordered and undertook the installation.” Andy Dixon, who runs his own plumbing and heating service, explains: “Rinnai’s technical guys were very helpful when I phoned them initially for some advice and installation of the units was really easy. I will definitely be using Rinnai again,” says Andy. 8 * ( 01928


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Indoor air quality (IAQ) is such an important feature in any home, and for Avery Healthcare, it was important that its newest 78-bed retirement village had the very best ventilation installed. Harniss was appointed to install a selection of ventilation fans by Burton upon Trent-based Vortice, whose expertise in the area is second to none. Vortice Specification Manager,Tony GreenHurst, said:“We were delighted to be able to work with Harniss to provide their client with precisely the right ventilation.The CBZ and Hexamotion products we used for the project were selected as a bespoke solution. Our technical team carefully considered all the requirements before coming up with recommendations.” 8 * ( 01283 492949


‘Northern Powerhouse’ is being given a whole new meaning with the opening of Calderdale’s new multimillion-pound Central Library & Archives in Halifax. Calderdale Council’s BREEAM-rated ‘Excellent’ building utilises sustainable strategies to reduce its carbon footprint including a highly insulated building envelope and ground heat source pumps, to name but a few. Also, through engineering innovation from Blackpool-based Gilberts, the edifice is self-ventilating.This is achieved by using BMS-controlled actuated dampers within the facade and at roof level. 65 no Mistrale 75 glazed natural ventilation units fitted with acoustic attenuation, and LTHW heat coils to warm incoming air, have been built into the facade by main contractor GRAHAM Construction drawing fresh air into the library. *

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Green energy firm’s innovative heating system to make a splash A swimming pool is at the forefront of a renewable energy revolution which creates heat from waste water. In the first project to be delivered by a new joint venture between Scottish Water Horizons and East Midlands-based SHARC Energy Systems and one of the first of its kind in the UK, Campbeltown’s Aqualibrium leisure centre will be heated by the use of ground-breaking technology which places a focus on sustainability. The centre and swimming pool is operated by Argyll & Bute Council and the £1m project will meet 95% of the facility’s heating needs and use just 25% of the energy it currently takes to heat it with gas. * ( 0115 870 0021

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Landscaping, Water Management & Drainage

Newton can boast third-party approvals for all three Types of waterproofing, as defined by BS 8102:2009

NHBC and BDA approvals for Newton Waterproofing The name of Newton Waterproofing Systems has long been synonymous in the UK with the highest levels of product quality and technical service, and this reputation has now been further reinforced by two more of the company’s products achieving new, third-party Agrément approvals.


s a result, Newton can now boast third-party approvals for all three Types of waterproofing, defined by the British Standard for waterproofing (BS 8102:2009) as Types A, B and C.

Two new Agrément approvals In order for any product to achieve Agrément approval, they must undergo rigorous testing that follows precise installation instructions in order to confirm their compliance and durability under the specified method of installation. Considering this detailed and exacting level of testing, Agréments are therefore recognised by individuals and companies across the construction industry, including architects, specifiers, engineers and the NHBC, as a reliable third-party standard. The two new approvals, granted by the Kiwa testing house, are as follows: BDA Agrément BAB-18-026-P-A-UK, awarded to the liquid-applied, flexible waterproof membrane Newton 107F, classified as ‘Type A’ waterproofing. Agrément BCAC-17-002, awarded to the high grade, hydrophilic waterbar Newton 315 Polymer-Waterbar, classified as ‘Type B’ waterproofing.


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The two new Agréments from Kiwa now sit alongside Newton’s existing selection of product approvals, including: BDA Agrément BAB 16-031/03/A, awarded to the Newton HydroBond System, another kind of external Type A waterproofing. BBA Certificate 94/3010, a comprehensive certificate that covers Newton’s entire range of internal Type C waterproofing and above-ground dampproofing membranes. Importantly, what all of the above effectively means is that Newton can boast third-party approvals for all three Types of waterproofing, as defined by BS 8102:2009.

All accepted by the NHBC Perhaps one of the most important aspects of all of the approvals mentioned above, however, is that Newton is now not only able to provide a complete range of external, structural and internal waterproofing products and solutions, but that it is also able to do so with a product range that is accepted by the NHBC on any project in which Newton is involved.

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As a UK-leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes, the importance of working alongside the NHBC, not just for Newton but for all companies involved in new home construction, cannot be underestimated. “This complete set of approvals are the result of years of close cooperation between Newton and the experts at Kiwa and the BBA, and we’re proud to now be able to offer this extra level of technical assurance to specifiers and customers. By working alongside the NHBC as well, we are confident that our approved products can contribute significantly towards their aim of improving the construction quality of new homes being built in the UK,” commented Warren Muschialli, Managing Director at Newton Waterproofing Systems.

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The Government has introduced PAS 170, a series of requirements that will transform how local authorities, specifiers, architects and facilities managers can protect against the vehicle threat from criminals and accidental impacts

A new security standard to protect people and places Criminal ram raids cost the public and private sectors millions of pounds in damages every year. But, up until now, there has been no tested and proven standard for an assured security product to protect against this risk. Roger Knight, Marshalls’ Head of New Product Development and Engineering for Landscape Protection, explains what the new PAS 170 standard will provide and the benefits for businesses and Government organisations.


rotecting people and infrastructure is now a core consideration for planners and security advisors in planning new and existing buildings, public spaces and events. City councils and district and borough authorities have increased their focus on security measures that can mitigate against these incidents, and we’ve seen a growing number commission and install protective street furniture manufactured to the British Standard Institution’s (BSI) PAS 68 and IWA 14.1. Incorporating this measure is an essential part of protecting people, places and infrastructure. But, it is equally important that the type of product installed is proportionate to the threat posed. Up until now,‘anti-ram’ has covered lowerrated products, but a tested standard providing an assured security product for this level of threat hasn’t existed.To meet this need, the Government has introduced PAS 170, a series of requirements that will transform how local authorities, specifiers, architects and facilities managers can protect against the vehicle threat from criminals and accidental impacts.


PAS 170 differs to PAS 68 and IWA 14.1 in that it delivers a testing standard for vehicles of up to 2.5 tonnes travelling between 10 and 20mph. This means that street furniture manufacturers can conduct a greater number of product tests using a wider range of vehicles and speeds, providing an organisation more choice in security products. The knock-on effect is that specifiers and architects can now access cost-effective, tested products for sites such as shopfronts, ATMs and high streets, where there may only be a need to specify security to mitigate against incidents involving lowspeed passenger vehicles. Until now, there was no testing standard available to assure buyers of the speed or weight this type of product could withstand or how it would perform. PAS 170 will provide organisations with this assurance and enable them to reduce their insurance premiums. We have a range of Rhino Anti-Ram bollards which are tested to PAS 170 and can be tailored to factor in landscape restrictions, such as limited excavation depth or the requirement for lift assist to enable vehicle access.

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Retailers on the high street, specifiers and business owners, in general, are concerned that large, intimidating barriers may create an environment of fear among the public. Marshalls has four bollard cores that have been developed to PAS 170 standards – three of these were tested at 10mph and one at 20mph. These can be specified at this standard with decorative sleeves in various materials, complementing any surrounding area. It’s vital that those responsible for shaping public spaces recognise there is no one-size-fits-all response to the risks posed by vehicle incidents. The threat level should govern the type of security specified, and the new PAS 170 standard provides specifiers and security professionals assurance that the products they choose provide the level of protection specified, offering greater peace of mind in areas where the threat of vehicle attacks is lower.

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Winning with permeable paving An exemplary sustainable drainage (SuDS) scheme – designed by SuDS consultant and landscape architect Robert Bray Associates, and featuring innovative applications of concrete block permeable paving – has won the top prize at the 2017 Landscape Institute Awards. Bridget Joyce Square in Australia Road, White City, London, is a SuDS park with community at its heart. Its design introduces the innovative concept of concrete block permeable paving as a thin overlay, replacing a tarmac road surface, on the original road base. In this SuDS landscape, designed in association with McCloy Consulting, rainwater is removed straight from the surface without gulleys, then attenuated and treated within the paving before being released horizontally via stainless steel slots into adjacent, wellplanted basins. Finally, flow control chambers on outlets from the basins protect the combined sewer. Thus, rainfall remains within

the landscape until storms have passed and the sewer can deal with water again. Consultation with local people and a realisation of the potential for the site led to an integrated design that linked two disconnected spaces and created a social arena celebrating rainfall. Concrete block permeable paving was used to break the existing formal road alignment and introduce a ‘piazza’. Local residents were keen to retain memories of a low wall in front of the school, used as a balance beam in their youth. From this, a thematic ‘Wiggly Wall’ was born and became part of a ‘ribbon’ motif that united the linear spaces and symbolised the bringing together of the community.

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Central Saint Giles takes control with Keraflo’s Tanktronic

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One of London’s most vibrant developments has retrofitted Keraflo’s advanced electronic tank management system,Tanktronic, to help it take more precise control of its cold water storage and usage. Central Saint Giles includes 408,000ft2 of office space, restaurants, cafes,‘green’ roof terraces and a public piazza. Its substantial water use and cooling needs are managed through four huge tanks, each holding between 65,000 and 75,000 litres. Retrofitting Keraflo’s Tanktronic has not only resolved a flooding issue, but it is also enabling ABM Technical Solutions to maximise the system’s operational effectiveness while furthering sustainability goals.Tanktronic comprises a simple-to-set-up control unit, which can control and monitor water and temperature levels in up to four individual tanks, a connection box and a sensor assembly.

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) and AquaSpira, have signed a new collaboration agreement that will realise a new generation of adoptable rainwater attenuation solutions focused on optimising performance while minimising installation and maintenance costs. In bringing together AWMS’ range of Gatic linear drainage systems and AquaSpira’s innovative large diameter Composite Steel Reinforced (CSR) pipe, engineers and contractors will benefit from significant breakthroughs in material technologies and a wealth of design and on-site experience. Offering a 95% weight saving over an equivalent concrete pipe, AquaSpira’s large-diameter CSR pipe system significantly reduces installation time and costs.



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The conversion project took the historic Grade II Listed building previously known as St Olave’s Grammar School, located at Bankside in London, and transformed it into a luxury 70-room boutique hotel

Schlüter specification insight: wetrooms fit for a Maharaja

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Here, Schlüter-Systems zones in on the complete wetroom solution provided for the Lalit Hotel, London – one of the company’s grandest projects of 2016/17 and finalist in the ‘Listed Building (Over £5 million)’ category of the AJ Retrofit Awards 2017.


he conversion project took the historic Grade II Listed building previously known as St Olave’s Grammar School, located at Bankside in London, and transformed it into a luxury 70-room boutique hotel that fuses the best of Indian and British culture. Lalit London is the 13th hotel of the Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, and the first based outside of India. EPR Architects, leading on the project, elected to utilise Schlüter’s complete wetroom system to provide secure waterproofing and appropriate drainage for each of the floor-level showers in the en-suite wetrooms. In each of its wetrooms, Lalit London features Schlüter-Systems’ integrated CE-Marked wetroom solution, including Schlüter-KERDI-LINE drainage system, along with Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT-E underfloor heating and Schlüter-JOLLY/QUADEC wall profiles.

Insight Waterproofing is an essential provision for any building that incorporates areas subjected to high levels of moisture; many of the materials available to back tiles are merely water-resistant and therefore require additional finishing processes to prevent the ingress of damp. In order to protect both the tile covering and the fabric of the impressive 19th-century building, the walls of the Lalit London wetrooms incorporate the readyto-tile waterproof foam-cored substrate


Schlüter-KERDI-BOARD, providing even and secure coverage. Schlüter-JOLLY and -QUADEC, in a polished chrome, anodised aluminium finish provide use-appropriate, aesthetically-pleasing protection for the small ceramic tiles that were then applied to the walls of Lalit London’s wetrooms. Schlüter-KERDI-LINE is a component linear drainage system for the construction of floor-level showers with ceramic tiles and natural stone. It consists of a formed stainless steel channel body with a grate and frame structure that can be seamlessly adjusted to the thickness of the covering, from 3 to 25mm. Both horizontal and vertical drain variants were used in the Lalit London project, complemented by the designer frameless channel cover, Schlüter-KERDI-LINE-D, which allowed for the subtle blending of drainage provision with the patterned unglazed vitrified tile used for the wetroom floors. Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT-E incorporates uncoupling and electric underfloor heating into one solution, which is fully compatible with Schlüter’s wetroom systems and keeps assembly heights to a minimum.This last factor is particularly useful in the case of renovation projects, in which build-up often has to be minimised to ensure flow from room to room. Use of one manufacturer as the source of your wetroom system results in a solution that is guaranteed to last and easier to specify; with Schlüter-Systems’ assistance, Lalit London’s wetrooms are both beautiful and practical.

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In each of its wetrooms, Lalit London features Schlüter-Systems’ integrated CE-Marked wetroom solution, including Schlüter-KERDI-LINE drainage system, along with Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT-E underfloor heating and Schlüter-JOLLY/-QUADEC wall profiles

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Laminates for a sound performance by absorption Abet Laminati’s continuing partnership with Print Acoustics – a division of Belgian company Triplaco – has proven popular in helping combat the ongoing problems of sound reverberation in commercial, public sector, school, restaurant, retail and residential environments. Modern design trends for minimalist interiors coupled with hard surfaces creates issues with sound pollution bouncing around interior spaces affecting ambient noise levels and the associated discomfort for users.

Noise can also impact on the success of a space. In education, for example, many studies have shown that noise impacts learning. A Bronzaft and McCarthy study showed that New York City students

were hampered in their reading skills by elevated noise levels. Students 70m from an elevated subway track lagged behind their peers on the quieter side of the building, between three months and as much as one year. There are over 500 Abet colours and woodgrain finishes available for use as wall cladding, for cabinet doors or freestanding units. They are specially designed to embrace the hospitality, retail, commercial, education and residential sectors where noise pollution can be a problem particularly in meeting rooms, music rooms, restaurants, school halls, sports halls and shops. Various micro-perforations or groove patterns present a deeply embossed surface giving a sculptured and tactile feel coupled with an aesthetically-appealing look, whether used as individual modules for localised sound dampening or installed across a whole wall to create an attractive and sound-absorbing feature with a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) up to 0.85. 8 * ( 0207

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Conren launches new website

Conren has launched its new website.The focus of the website has been to improve the format to make it even easier to source the latest technical information on Conren’s wide range of resin coatings, screeds, waterproofing compounds, highways, anti-skid and safety surfacing.The design of the site has specifically taken into account the use of smartphones and tablets to quickly download and view datasheets and technical literature whilst on the move.The company’s brochure ‘Surfacing Solutions’ is also available to download from the site. Help is also at hand for architects and specifiers who can now access the appropriate NBS specification clauses and BIM Objects for Conren’s extensive range of surfacing products within the product section. *

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Quick Dry colour solutions from Crown Trade Providing specifiers with a quick-drying and low-odour solution, Crown Trade’s full range of Fastflow waterbased trim paints can now offer even greater design flexibility with the opportunity to tint to hundreds of different colour options. Following on from the successful introduction of tinted colour options for Fastflow Quick Dry Gloss, additional colours are now available across the full range, which also includes Fastflow Quick Dry Satin and Fastflow Quick Dry Primer Undercoat. Combining a huge array of different colours and hues with all the benefits of water-based paints, the Fastflow range is a key part of Crown’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. *

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A New Beginning from Armstrong

The use of its new Dune eVo tile on a recent volunteer-run project has prompted Armstrong Ceiling Solutions to launch a competition via social media which gives a community organisation the chance to win a new ceiling.The next-generation, ultragreen Dune eVo tile was specified by Maber Architects for a new bunkhouse for the Drum Hill Scout Campsite in Derbyshire.As the new bunkhouse signifies a new beginning for the delighted Derbyshire scouts, now Armstrong wants to offer the same opportunity to other community groups through its #eVoNewBeginnings campaign. 8 * ( 0800 371849

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The most efficient decking system on the market Cost-effective. Faster install. No visual fixings. Premium-quality timber, guaranteed for up to 50 years. This is GRAD... The new GRAD decking range from Alfresco Floors is a fast-fit, invisible fixings system that gives you prestigious, high-end

results – with significantly less effort than traditional installation methods. Alfresco Floors introduced its GRAD decking

system to the UK in 2017, and since then most of its decking contracts have used it. The company considers GRAD to have three clear advantages over traditional timber decking, which combine to make it the most efficient and effective system we have ever seen in the UK. GRAD’s first advantage is the aluminium support rails on which it sits. GRAD’s second advantage is the unique ‘hidden fixing’ clip system it uses to instantly secure the specially profiled boards onto the support rails. GRAD’s third advantage is the latest timber technology used for its board options. Finally (and most importantly), what does all this mean to the aesthetics and economics of a commercial decking contract? The GRAD system means that you can now enjoy highend, high-spec, composite or premium quality timber decks – installed with no visible fixings in about half the normal time. Compared to the best-performing composite and hardwood systems, a GRAD deck is cheaper to buy, quicker to build and visually stunning. 8 * ( 0208 977 0904

New terrazzo floor innovation shimmers in London’s Leicester Square

A new and innovative MMA terrazzo flooring system has been installed as part of a restaurant refurbishment project in one of London’s most prestigious locations. Embracing the art of shared dining in the heart of London’s most iconic square, Leicester Square Kitchen offers relaxed luxury in a sophisticated yet unassuming setting. On the edge of the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel, Leicester Square Kitchen is the third restaurant from the group behind Monmouth Kitchen and Mayfair Kitchen. Leicester Square Kitchen offers a fairly extensive menu split into a selection of contemporary Mexican and Peruvian-inspired dishes served in a bright, clean space. Close to 100m2 of Mondéco Rapide – a new fast-turnaround seamless resin terrazzo flooring system from Flowcrete UK – has been installed by applicator


partner, Milestone Industrial Flooring, in and around the restaurant’s central bar area. Flowcrete has reinvented traditional resin terrazzo systems with Mondéco Rapide; a fast-curing, flexible terrazzo resin system, which offers a significantly reduced project downtime and can be laid over a variety of substrates. Mondéco Rapide provides a luxury finish with extensive design potential including colour and pattern options featuring locallysourced British marble aggregate blends. It is a four-component system that provides a non-porous finish in a range of decorative colours. Mondéco Rapide is ideal for a variety of different environments including airports, hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and shopping centres.

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Based on methyl methacrylate (MMA) technology, the system has been designed to reduce the overall installation time associated with epoxy or polyurethane resin terrazzo flooring systems by up to 75%. 8

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Tile care made easy with new FILA KIT CERAMICA FILA’s new KIT CERAMICA provides a complete maintenance solution for ceramic and porcelain tiles. Contained within a sturdy recyclable carry box, the kit includes three treatments for cleaning after laying, grout stain protection and ongoing maintenance. It provides an ideal ‘leave behind’ for new installations and for sale in retail environments. Special kit promotions will run during the spring and summer, including discounts, a complimentary point-of-sale podium and voucher incentive programme. KIT

CERAMICA contains three best-selling FILA solutions – DETERDEK, FUGAPROOF – in a new pump-spray format – and FILACLEANER. Designed for the initial ‘builder’s clean’,

DETERDEK is a safe, concentrated acid cleaner that removes grout and polymer residues. It has a buffered acid solution, so it doesn’t release fumes or erode joints and metal profiles like traditional muriatic acid. After the initial clean, and once tiles have been rinsed, FUGAPROOF is applied to joints to sanitise the grout and protect it from water and stains.The VOC-free, waterbased treatment is odourless, quick-drying and it doesn’t affect grout colour. Its new spray applicator also quickly and accurately pumps the protector onto the grout line, without atomising particles and contaminating the air.As well as safeguarding the tile’s aesthetic, FUGAPROOF also makes ongoing maintenance easier and has GEV and ECIPLUS environmental certification. The third kit product, FILACLEANER is a concentrated, pH-neutral detergent suitable for manual cleaning and for use with scrubberdryer machines.At a daily maintenance dilution of 1:200, no rinsing is necessary, and it leaves no residue. It can also be used at a lower dilution for deep cleaning of all surfaces. 8

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With Rockfon you can have your cake and eat it Following a €12m restoration, iconic Dublin landmark Bewley’s Grafton Street has reopened. Rockfon Mono Acoustic ceilings are installed throughout to create a comfortable acoustic environment.The restoration of its interior has seen many original features restored to their former glory.There are new additions too, including the expansion of the in-cafe bakery which enables customers to see Bewley’s pastry chefs and bakers create delicious treats. Architect, Brendan Duffy, commented:“The introduction of Rockfon acoustic ceilings throughout, directly fixed to the plasterboard ceilings, minimised the visual impact on the building fabric, particularly the ceiling covings. In addition, the spray-applied finish to the Rockfon panels provides a seamless ceiling in keeping with the original plasterboard ceilings.” *

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Silentflor acoustic flooring helps create stylish burger restaurant interior Silentflor vinyl sheet flooring from Polyflor’s collection of acoustic floorcoverings was chosen for the interior design scheme of a brand-new burger restaurant,The Counter Custom Burgers at The Quay in Glasgow. Approximately 220m² of heavy commercial Silentflor flooring in Light Industrial Concrete was fitted in the front of house areas of the restaurant which can seat up to 100 covers.Another 100m² of Polysafe Standard safety flooring with sustainable slip resistance was also used for the back of house kitchen and staff zones. Made in the UK, the Silentflor range includes 36 stunning designs in a 3.7mm gauge and 0.65mm wear layer format. *

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Long Rake Spar unveils Natural Selection brochure

Long Rake Spar is pleased to announce the launch of its new Natural Selection brochure for 2018. The brochure showcases over 20 new products for 2018, alongside Long Rake Spar’s exclusive Platinum. Featuring highresolution wet and dry product photos, inspiring lifestyle images and helpful information icons; the brochure can be used in-store or on-site to guide product choice. The new brochure is part of a programme of retail support products that Long Rake Spar is introducing for UK stockists. The brochure is available to view on the company’s website, and copies can be requested via the sales office on the number below. 8 * ( 01629 636210

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Floors, Walls & Ceilings Imperial Bricks introduces new Reclamation Handmade bricks 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 * ( 01293 594010

Imperial Bricks has added a new 3" Reclamation brick to its range following growing demand. It’s also available in a metric version, suitable for new-build projects across the UK. Historically used on traditional buildings in the region, the imperial-sized Reclamation Handmade is ideal for a period property extension, renovation or new-build that requires a sensitive approach.The rustic red handmade brick is a like-for-like alternative to genuine reclaims which are difficult to source.The Reclamation Handmade brick undergoes a traditional weathering and tinting process to produce a reclamation finish for an instantly aged appearance. Also in the range is the non-reclamation Handmade which is available in imperial and metric sizing. *

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Magply specified for roof build-up on Ballymena ‘large church facility’ 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. * ( 01621 776252


Scouts herald a ‘New Beginning’ thanks to Armstrong Ceiling Solutions

Saint-Gobain Weber and Hodgson Mazda Newcastle drive together

Ceiling systems from Armstrong are helping to herald a new beginning for Scouts in one English county as part of Armstrong’s ‘New Beginnings’ initiative to support community projects by offering a ‘New Beginning’ for their ceiling space. Armstrong’s new Dune eVo tile, which is 100% recyclable and provides class-leading visuals and improved acoustic performance through a new surface, has been used alongside moisture-resistant Hydroboard in a new bunkhouse for Derbyshire Scouts.The Cradle to Cradle-accredited system comprising 190m2 of Dune eVo Tegular tiles on a Prelude 24mm grid with TLS cross tees features in the entrance, main hall and corridors of the 368m2 new bunkhouse, while the 56m2 of Hydroboard Tegular tiles feature with non-corrosive grid in the kitchen, shower rooms and toilets.

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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Discover the new Rigid Acoustic Fleece Light in weight and with a wide array of colours, thicknesses, densities and patterns, the Rigid Acoustic Fleece is the ideal acoustic finish for any interior when used as a core material, or as a complete finished solution. Thanks to in-house cutting and fabrication, Acoustic GRG can provide limitless design possibilities. With sustainability at the fore, Acoustic GRG’s new RAF is made from 100% PET, and contains a minimum of 35% postconsumer recycled material, making it a fully recyclable and sustainable product. RAF is manufactured in Europe, offering a smaller carbon footprint than those of competing products from Asia or Australia. For your health and peace of mind, RAF is VOC-free, non-toxic and non-allergenic and has a Class 0 fire rating. RAF has a wide range of applications, both decorative and functional, including wallcoverings, pin boards, room dividers, desk screens and ceiling rafts and baffles. With absorption values of up to Class A,

RAF is an optimal answer for the requirements of both educational, domestic and commercial interiors. Trusted experience – Acoustic GRG has been trading for over 25 years and is at the forefront of the acoustic industry in the UK. Its long-standing workforce and diverse skillsets ensure that its manufacturing experience and collaborative approach will give you the best possible solution, while its acoustic pedigree, large product knowledge and experience allow the company to offer you the right advice. All solutions are fully customisable for a bespoke, tailored finish. Contact Acoustic GRG today for more information.

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London hotel continues to make rooms more comfortable with secondary glazing The Arch London is a majestic boutique hotel located in one of the most characterful of London districts, Marble Arch. Selectaglaze had previously installed 40 secondary glazing units to guestrooms and suites overlooking Great Cumberland. The hotel wished to further improve the standards of energy and noise insulation, particularly to the suites at the front of the building, which were not covered previously. The latest installation included Series 60 tilt-in vertical sliders, which is useful when windows have unequal pane sizes or if frames are needed to fit close together. On the fifth floor, rooms were treated with the slimline Series 10 two-pane horizontal sliding unit. Selectaglaze worked closely with front of house to ensure installation was undertaken with minimal disruption to guests and normal running of the hotel.

“At The Arch London, our goal is to provide the most comfortable and enjoyable stay to all our valued guests.We had to look no further than having Selectaglaze assist us in realising our goal by adding more secondary glazing to some of our rooms, both to cancel out noise ingress and also to prevent heat loss,” said Ray Goertz, General Manager. Founded in 1966 and a Royal Warrant Holder since 2004, Selectaglaze has gained a reputation as a leading secondary glazing specialist, creating sensitive designs with low visual impact. Selectaglaze will be exhibiting at the Independent Hotel Show (from 17 to 19th October); on stand I55.


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Eurocell Modus sends sound attenuation into Orbit

Barrier partners with Colcom

Barrier Components has partnered with leading Italian component manufacturer, Colcom, adding quality glass accessories for interior architecture to its product portfolio for UK customers. Barrier Components now holds a wide selection of Colcom hardware, available from stock at its Purfleet facility or on special order for UK distribution. The popular BILOBA, EVO and UNICA stainless steel hinge systems for glass offer a minimalist styling to both internal and external frameless glass door installations in a variety of settings. BILOBA is a collection of self-closing +90°, -90° opening hydraulic hinges. UNICA is an oil dynamic hydraulic hinge for installation on exterior doors and is ideal for installing in any type of setting. 8 * ( 01708 891515


Orbit Housing’s Fordham House in Stratford-upon-Avon aims to raise the bar for rented accommodation. Designed for key workers in the town, the 82-apartment block will provide enhanced protection against noise, a superior maintenance and repair strategy and additional facilities such as secure internal bike storage rooms. Much of the budget for these above-and-beyond features have come from the specification of Modus PVC-U windows from Eurocell in place of the aluminium frames originally specified. “We saved a significant amount without compromising on the specification or the design,” says Orbit Commercial Director, Adam Cooper.“And from a planner’s point of view, they look identical.” *

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REHAU shortlisted for National Recycling Awards 2018 There’s much to celebrate at REHAU as its TOTAL70 co-extruded profile has been shortlisted for the National Recycling Awards 2018. The National Recycling Awards identify and celebrate best practice and innovation in recycling and waste management across the country. This year, REHAU entered the popular TOTAL70 co-extruded profile into the ‘Recycled Product of the Year’ category which recognises innovative recycled products that exemplify the best of sustainability. REHAU’s TOTAL70 co-extruded profile uses recycled material from firstgeneration PVC windows to create brand-new high-quality, energy-efficient window frames. The core of the TOTAL70 co-extruded window profile is made up entirely of postconsumer waste, with only the outer skin made of new polymer for a flawless finish. * ( 01989 762650

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SFS hinge technology raises the bar at 2018 Fensterbau Frontale SFS has reported a successful four days at the Fensterbau 2018 exhibition, with the show providing the ideal platform for door manufacturers to explore why its latest range offers unparalleled adjustability, aesthetics and performance across every type of doorset. Star of the show was the W-TEC 3D hinge range which SFS offers in any RAL colour to deliver a visually-stunning result in contrast or to colour match. This highly engineered concealed hinge, available in two versions for standard and slim doors, provides a perfect solution for aesthetically-led heavyweight timber doors used in high-end residential, commercial and hospitality applications. The quality of W-TEC 3D’s design and manufacture leads the market with its excellent stability and mechanical adjustability enabling precise installation and delivering longterm reliability.

Another popular hinge technology option for timber doorsets that attracted strong interest from visitors was the Easy 3D hinge. This well-established, stainless steel hinge range is well-liked by manufacturers and installers across Europe due to that fact it can be mechanically adjusted in three dimensions whilst fitted in-situ. This makes it much easier to achieve a textbook timber door installation, every time. In the UK, SFS is renowned for its Dynamic hinge ranges for PVC-U, aluminium and composite doors, and Fensterbau provided the latest insights into how this range continues to evolve.

Alongside the market-leading Dynamic 2D, which is designed to create highperformance rebated doorsets thanks to its profile-specific sash plates, was Dynamic 3D. This offers the same highly-engineered quality and aesthetic appeal, but with an additional level of adjustability. 8 * ( 0113 208 5500

Modern, stylish and on-point: Matte Black hardware makes an impression With alternative finishes being a growing trend in interior design, CRL has introduced an array of Matte Black hardware, a stylishly sophisticated option for modern environments. Giving specifiers more choice when selecting door hardware, the Matte Black finish from CRL creates a minimal look, blending seamlessly into the overall design of any space. The lean towards alternative finishes is particularly prevalent in bathroom design, with CRL now offering a full range of shower hardware in this latest striking Matte Black finish. The finish is available on many of the brand’s best-selling ranges including Geneva and Pinnacle hinges, door knobs, support bars and U-channels for a coordinated look throughout the bathroom. The Matte Black series also includes the popular Deluxe Serenity sliding shower

door system for one sliding panel and the new Cambridge and Contempo bypass sliding shower door systems. This is suitable for two sliding panels, giving access from both sides of the shower and offers greater flexibility in design. Sleek and modern, this latest finish to join the CRL line-up is a natural partner to many of the most popular material choices for the bathroom, including glass, stone and wood. For offices and similar interior spaces, CRL Langle Office partition systems and the new CRL380 hydraulic patch fitting are also among the new products available in Matte Black.

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SFS provides a single secret fix solution for Cembrit rainscreen range Installing Cembrit fibre cement rainscreen panels as thin as 8mm using mechanical secret fixings just became quicker, easier and safer thanks to the innovative new range of TUF-S rivets by SFS. Extensive testing by SFS demonstrated how TUF-S challenges the convention that installers need to use different fasteners for different panel materials and thicknesses. Until now, no other rivet of this kind has provided a reliable secret fix for panels manufactured in both HPL and fibre cement. The TUF-S range is designed to eliminate the risk of overtightening which can ruin the aesthetics of a facade and result in very costly damage. It consists of nine variants of A4 stainless steel fixings, with a carbon steel mandrel, that can be used to secure a range of panel thicknesses to the rainscreen support clips

using the GESIPA Powerbird Pro tool. The rivet’s design provides a wide range of installation benefits to save time and money, and deliver a safer, better quality overall result. The performance of TUF-S for 8mm Cembrit panels was proven by SFS through a series of load tests conducted in its laboratory in Switzerland. This allowed for a set of technical values to be calculated to enable facade engineers to easily determine the number of fasteners and clips required to accommodate different locations, wind loadings, etc. Ged Ferris, Cembrit UK Marketing Manager, says: “We are pleased that SFS

have developed an innovative mechanical secret fix system for use with the standard 8mm thick rainscreen cladding boards. The combination of SFS rear rivets and Cembrit boards creates an attractive facade, uninterrupted by visible fixings.” 8

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TORMAX automatic access for top hotel and spa Richard Reeve to take Axim to new heights

Following a significant redevelopment, Rudding Park Spa near Harrogate was recently voted ‘Best UK Spa Hotel’ by the Sunday Times. The impressive new facilities are accessed via state-of-theart TORMAX fully automatic sliding doors. The contemporary glass doors are all powered by in-house-designed iMotion drives, delivering unsurpassed reliability with whisper-quiet operation that reflects the luxurious environment of this outstanding spa hotel. TORMAX was contracted to deliver automatic access solutions by aluminium glazing expert, HW Architectural. Specifically designed to deliver reliable operation even in high moisture environments, four TORMAX iMotion 2301.IP65 sliding door operators give visitors automatic access to the pool areas. Elsewhere in the hotel, TORMAX iMotion 2202 bi-parting and single sliding doors were specified, offering discrete, unobtrusive automation for a minimalist solution.

TPG,The Parkside Group, is pleased to announce that Richard Reeve, Sales Director, will be exclusively looking after one of its major divisions, Axim Architectural Hardware. Richard is excited to take the hardware brand to even greater heights. He said:“Axim is one of the most trusted brands in the industry for reliability and quality. Axim celebrated 30 years of business last year and, having worked throughout the industry, I know that the Axim TC-8800 series of concealed transom closers is well known for its superb long-term performance – and, as part of TPG, Axim is backed up by market-leading delivery to its European-wide network.” Over the last 30 years, Axim has developed its product range to include all hardware that top-quality commercial doors require.



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SFS listens to rainscreen customers and responds with three-day lead times Responding to market feedback, SFS has invested in a new assembly facility in Leeds to provide high-quality, colour-matched AP rivets for rainscreen cladding. The full range of AP rivets is now available in three days’ lead time in more than 100 standard colours. Andy Stolworthy, Director of Product and Market Development for SFS, comments: “The company’s new investment brings key manufacturing processes to Yorkshire that were previously handled in France. The move has been driven by UK customer feedback for shorter lead times on highquality coloured rivets, and illustrates how SFS is equipped to listen to the challenges that its customers face and respond in the most effective way.” The result for customers is the convenience of being able to source AP rivets in a wide range of RAL colours in considerably reduced lead times.

AP rivets are now available in 100+ standard colours that can be powder coated ready for despatch in just three days on orders placed before 12.00 noon, up to a maximum of 5000 pieces. Additional volumes and bespoke colours can be easily accommodated too, with lead times depending on the specific requirements. SFS’ AP rivet leads the market for securing rainscreen support systems in face-fixed rainscreen applications. The Grade 5 aluminium body delivers ease of installation, durability and long-term assurance. Three flange sizes – 11, 14 and 16mm – and a range of rivet lengths provide a solution

for securing the most widely specified rainscreen panels to a support frame. SFS’ powder coating processes ensure there is no paint on the mandrel. 8 * ( 0113

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Uncompromising fire protection with SYSTEMGLAS Ferro

P C Henderson wins Export Award at this year’s North East Business Awards

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).

Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, has been crowned the winner in the Export category at this year’s North East Business Awards – Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside region.The awards are the biggest of its kind in the UK and aim to celebrate successful and innovative businesses that are achieving fantastic things. P C Henderson will now go on to compete against the winners of the Northumberland and Teesside heats in order to win the overall Export Award.Trevor Cossins, Managing Director at P C Henderson, said: “We are delighted to once again be recognised for our exporting achievements.Taking a tailored and localised approach to each specific market has allowed us to significantly grow and sustain the exporting side of the business.”



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Doors, Windows & Louvres James Latham is delighted to announce that the Moralt FireSound 59mm has been successfully acoustically tested as operational interconnecting doors to an acoustic value of dB68

Sound investment As the exclusive UK distributor of Moralt high-performance door blanks, James Latham is delighted to announce that the Moralt FireSound 59mm has been successfully acoustically tested as operational interconnecting doors to an acoustic value of dB68.


nterconnecting doors are now extremely popular within the specification market for all kinds of applications. For example; between hotel bedrooms, in nightclubs or music studios where sound needs to be blocked out or in commercial offices and administration buildings which have meeting rooms where greater confidentiality is required. Steven Dennard, Group Door Manager for James Latham, commented: “This highacoustic performance from a timber-based door product highlights the superior quality


of the Moralt FireSound 59mm door blank; UK-stocked up to sizes 3050 x 1220mm which also boasts a fire rating of up to FD90 under BS 476 Part 22.” Mr Dennard added: “The technical features and benefits of the Moralt FireSound 59mm, coupled with its environmental credentials – the door blank is FSC-accredited – make it a really attractive option for specifiers and it is generating plenty of interest in the market.” A single-leaf Moralt FireSound 59mm door on a pivot hinge with a floor

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spring and available exclusively through James Latham in the UK, has also been successfully tested to dB42. Again, these doors which work in both swing directions, allowing it to revolve up to 180˚, are proving to be extremely popular among architects and designers as they can create a true design statement. 8

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Senior provides the perfect match for Manchester’s new pitch-side hotel Enjoying a prime location overlooking the Lancashire Cricket pitch at Emirates Old Trafford, the stunning views enjoyed by the residents of the new Hilton Garden Inn hotel have been framed by high-quality aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling supplied by Senior Architectural Systems and fabricated and installed by specialist, T.A. Anders & Co. Through early engagement and collaboration with main contractor Galliford Try, Senior’s specification team were able to advise on the most costeffective solution to delivering a glazing package that met with both the desired aesthetic and performance requirements of architect firm ICA and the client. Senior was also able to make recommendations to assist with the appointment of a specialist installer, with the contract going on to be awarded to T.A. Anders & Co. The company,

which has extensive experience of working in this sector, also worked with Senior to deliver the glazing package for Fleetwood Town FC’s new training ground. Senior’s slimline SF52 aluminium curtain walling was used alongside the manufacturer’s SPW600 aluminium casement windows and robust SPW501 aluminium commercial doors. The rooms at the rear of the hotel, which directly overlook the cricket ground, feature Senior’s patented, thermally-enhanced

PURe SLIDE aluminium sliding doors which open onto individual balconies that can also be used as private corporate boxes during events at the cricket ground. Careful consideration was given to the acoustic performance of the glazing package, particularly on the front elevation of the hotel which is located close to a main road. To further enhance the comfort of the hotel’s guests, Senior’s innovative PURe SLIDE doors offer exceptional low U-values and improved thermal efficiency. 8 * ( 01709


SFS opens the door to contemporary colour A new approach to creating beautiful designer doors with an original colour aesthetic is now possible thanks to the new W-Tec 3D+ hinge by SFS. This ground-breaking hinge allows designers to rethink the visual impact of the hinge within the doorset, providing the option to colour contrast for bold aesthetics or harmonise the hinge’s colour to complement the door and frame. European designed and built, W-Tec 3D+ is a highly engineered premium-quality hinge which offers unparalleled levels of stability and three-dimensional mechanical adjustability to enable precise installation and long-term reliability. It can also be used for fire doors with a rating of up to 60 minutes, subject to appropriate doorset testing. *

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Former tax office transformed with a little help from REHAU An office building once used by HM Customs & Excise is being transformed from a dull office block into luxury apartments. The stark lines of the 1960s building, located in Lytham St Anne’s, are being replaced with balconies and winter gardens, drawn together with rendered facades, large sections of glazing and aluminium-effect REHAU windows and doors. Andrew Roberts of Tustin Developments said: “From the outside, the building was dull but structurally sound, so we decided to keep the floor slabs, support columns and stairwells intact and transform the front facade. We used REHAU curtain walling, which gives the building a wow factor, but on a practical note it also ensures each apartment is flooded with light.” *

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Celebrating the best in Scottish architecture GEZE UK will be celebrating the best in Scottish architecture when it sponsors the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards Dinner for the fourth year running.The event will take place at The Hilton Glasgow, on 20th June 2018. Awards will include the announcement of the RIBA Awards for Scotland, the Forestry Commission Scotland/Wood for Good Timber Award and Historic Environment Scotland Conservation, among others.The 2018 awards have a 25-strong shortlist which comprises a diverse range of projects including; Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, Oriam, Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre, in Edinburgh, and the redevelopment of the 19th-century McEwan Hall, also in Edinburgh – all of which feature GEZE products. 8 * ( 01543 443000

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Roofing, Cladding & Insulation

New wind calculator tool from Tyvek helps to calm the storm

The Tyvek Knowledge Centre BS 5534 Wind Uplift Calculator is also now BRE tested and calibrated as accurate and in full compliance with all the requirements of BS 5534

Roofers request a new, easy-to-use wind uplift calculator to determine correct roofing underlays.


oofing contractors take pride in professional installations that can stand the test of time. Selecting the correct roofing underlay is critical – getting it wrong could be expensive in many ways,” says Bradley Cameron, Technical Manager at Tyvek and AirGuard Building Knowledge Centre. “A crucial quality is the ability to withstand ‘underlay ballooning’, where impact with the outer covering can dislodge the tiles or slates and cause injury, considerable damage or risk of water ingress. Identifying the best membrane for the job can be tricky, which makes a useful new wind uplift calculator tool an indispensable source of advice.

Relying on the five BS 5534 wind zones alone is insufficient “The BS 5534 standard splits the UK into five zones, each with a different requirement of resistance to wind uplift. However, using this method alone risks allowing materials with insufficient strength to be used when they are not suitable as the zonal approach does not take into account a number of requirements of the standard. These include site altitude, ridge height, pitch, site topography, ceiling condition, proximity to a body of water, slope on site and rural or town location. “The standard, when applied as written, does distinguish between the unrestricted membranes available (such as Tyvek Supro with a taped lap) and materials with a very


restricted use across the UK. The test itself is based around a traditional installation technique, and the use of an expensiveto-fit counter batten is not shown or described in the test method. If a counter batten is used on refurbishment work, it will alter all the fascia and gable heights etc., creating even more work and expense. “We are all familiar with the term ‘buyer beware’, and this is certainly the case in this instance. Key phrases such as ‘BS 5534-compliant’, ‘specifications available’ or ‘all zones compliance’ may offer a sense of security, but when used without the certified wind uplift figure, mean very little in terms of performance.

“Almost instantly, it will assess individual aspects and recommend the membrane best suited for the job…and every project, whatever its location, is unique. Determining the correct roofing membrane that will be durable over the years is important to any roofer’s professional reputation, their peace of mind and the building owner’s financial risk. The Tyvek Knowledge Centre BS 5534 Wind Uplift Calculator is also now BRE tested and calibrated as accurate and in full compliance with all the requirements of BS 5534, currently a unique stamp of approval.” For more information on Tyvek airtightness systems or to access the new wind uplift calculator, visit the website.

The new wind uplift calculator tool: a more accurate assessment for better outcomes


“DuPont Tyvek offers a new, tried and tested wind uplift calculator tool (http:// that goes beyond BS 5534 zonal criteria. It’s quick, easy to use and it’s free. Just enter the relevant information by selecting dropdowns in seven categories: Country (England, Scotland or Wales) Wind zone (from the five wind zones identified in BS 5534) Terrain Building height Ceiling type Distance from water (sea, lakes, rivers, etc.) Slope.

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Roofing, Cladding & Insulation Tameside College achieves peak performance

Redland dry verges to meet and beat BS 8612 Redland has launched two new dry verge products to coincide with the publication of BS 8612:‘Dry-Fixed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems for Slating and Tiling’ – the new British Standard which aims to ensure that dry-fixed products are adequately designed and installed to be fit for purpose. Redland’s new dry verges – the DryVerge and Rapid DryVerge – are specifically designed to not only meet the requirements of BS 8612, but also to be best in class.The dry verges have been designed to be even easier and faster to fix than their predecessors.The verges feature an effective stop-ended starter unit that makes it far harder to get fitting wrong. 8 * ( 01293 666700

The £10.5m Advanced Technologies Centre at Tameside College in Greater Manchester benefits from a radical external screening solution, courtesy of Levolux.The design for the building was handled by architect firm, IBI Group, and includes a host of eye-catching features.The most visible of these is the external screening solution which effectively wraps around the building. Levolux was able to draw upon its unrivalled experience of delivering similar solutions, to meet challenging project requirements. The custom solution comprises perforated aluminium panels, secured against an inclined supporting structure, with integral horizontal walkways.The screening structure was not only required to create a striking architectural feature but also performs as an effective solar veil. *

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SFS fasteners chosen for Curtis Moore’s Glasgow Quay refurb projects Precision engineered stainless steel fasteners by SFS have enabled Curtis Moore to deliver new roofing in two refurbishment projects at Glasgow’s Springfield Quay. Chosen to provide a reliable and secure fixing for Kalzip standing seam roofing panels, SFS fasteners were used for both roof replacement projects at Hollywood Bowl and ODEON Cinema. The 5500m2 ODEON Cinema roof features curved roof sheets which are 53.5m in length. It was a roofing project that presented a number of challenges. Such was the success of the solution provided by Curtis Moore, that the company was awarded the adjacent project – Hollywood Bowl. *

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Urban surroundings enhanced with perforated metal

ROCKWOOL and C40 collaborate on urban building renovation

The facade of the multi-storey car park at Chalmers Technical University in Gothenburg, Sweden, shows how perforated metal can work in perfect harmony with modern architecture. 2000m2 of perforated sheets in corten and aluminium, manufactured and supplied by RMIG, have been used to create a facade that gives the car park a contemporary aesthetic look, fitting in with the site’s surrounding brick buildings. The design of the facade gives the end-users of the car park a safe environment as well as a degree of privacy. The 3.0mmthick aluminium and corten sheets were perforated with an R30U60 and R50U60 pattern and finished with a powder coating surface treatment.

ROCKWOOL Group and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group have formed a 14-month joint research effort to demonstrate the climate and other benefits that building renovations can generate and to assist cities in making cost-efficient investment decisions. Buildings today account for about 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions and global energy consumption. In C40 Cities, buildings account for an even higher percentage of greenhouse gas emissions – up to 60% – and thus represent a significant opportunity for cities to reduce their climate impact while improving their citizens’ health, wellbeing and safety. A key focus of the research collaboration will be to develop an assessment methodology to assist cities in measuring this broader range of benefits that energy and related building renovations can generate.



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Roofing & Facades

All elements of the building fabric were selected to meet a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ design requirement and the SureClad natural granite ventilated facade system was precision-fabricated by Shackerley

Shackerley delivers a natural finish at The Point Occupying a waterfront location at Millwall Inner Dock, The Point is a three-storey data centre development by TH Real Estate, one of the world’s largest property investment management firms.


uilt to meet the secure data storage requirements of Canary Wharf occupiers, the centre has been designed to complement the quality and aesthetics of other buildings in the vicinity. To achieve this, the exterior has been clad with natural granite from Shackerley’s SureClad® ventilated facade system range. The largeformat quarried stone facade panels are complemented by eye-catching integral louvres, also in highly polished natural granite, specially fabricated by Shackerley to cover a series of large ventilation grates. Delivered as a design and build project by North East contractor Metnor Construction, the £21m scheme boasts an impressive building envelope specification. All elements of the building fabric were selected to meet a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ design requirement and the SureClad natural granite ventilated facade system was precision-fabricated by Shackerley to ensure the cladding addresses the complexities of the building’s design to provide a prestige aesthetic and robust finish. Explains Mike Dunn from Metnor Construction: “Shackerley worked with our design and procurement team from the earliest stages of the specification to ensure the materials used meet the aesthetic, durability and functionality requirements of the building, resulting in the use of the SureClad system using natural granite in two colourways.”


Shackerley sourced a product that offers an ideal match with adjacent buildings, cutting, finishing and pre-fabricating the required panels in-house at the company’s ISO 9001-certified quality assured manufacturing facility in Lancashire. The cladding specification called for two highly polished granite colourways; a white granite with silver and dark grey speckling to ‘frame’ the dark-tinted glazing and create the louvres, and a black granite with grey marbling to create feature entrances. In total, Shackerley supplied 3425 separate granite items that had been custom-fabricated for the scheme.

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Mike Dunn continues: “Shackerley was able to accommodate all the demands of the scheme and provided all elements of the facade, including all the necessary primary support structure to site, with the granite panels, all fully pre-fabricated with the SureClad Hang On system to ensure a secure, robust installation that could handle the weight of the natural stone facade material.” Amongst the complexities of the project was the need for precision cutouts on the feature entrance canopies. To cut the black marbled granite for these sections, Shackerley used special water-jet cutting and shaping equipment. Fabrication of the louvres was a unique element of the project, calling upon the expertise of Shackerley’s experienced technical team and advanced cutting, polishing and shaping equipment to produce each section. Mike Dunn adds: “The louvre detailing is an unusual and complicated element of the building design and getting this right was vital to the finished appearance of the building. “Shackerley’s technical expertise and production capabilities meant that we were able to procure the complete facade system including the louvres for the external elevations from a single supplier, ensuring consistency of materials and finish across the building.”


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Shackerley sourced a product that offers an ideal match with adjacent buildings, cutting, finishing and pre-fabricating the required panels and integral louvres in-house

Roofing & Facades

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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Building Elements

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 thirdparty-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.

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 * ( 01620


Pyroguard delivers five-star service to luxury Indian hotel

Software development and market diversification is focus of joint KTP

When the Indian Hotels Company commissioned the design of its Vivanta by Taj – Dwarka, the latest luxury five-star business hotel just outside New Delhi, fire safety regulations scuppered the use of lifts which opened directly into the corridors of the hotel. With the architects hoping to realise their vision of space and light on the ground floor, but the fire officer demanding fire safety partitioning around the base of the lift shafts, Pyroguard tendered a highperformance solution. Pyroguard envisaged a lobby encased in glass and steel, capable of delivering best-in-class performance credentials. The company designed a modern glass wall, with a glazed door and stylish, thin steel frames which were independently fire tested by Efectis France. The scheme amendment was accepted by both the architects and the fire officers.

Visual asset and data management specialist Return To Scene, part of James Fisher and Sons, has joined forces with Robert Gordon University (RGU) for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). The two-year project aims to develop and translate Return To Scene’s software, R2S, already a proven game-changing technology for the oil and gas industry. Claire Fleming, Business Support Director at Return To Scene and Chair of the project’s Local Management Committee, commented: “We’ve been collaborating with RGU’s Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment since 2016. Our research for academic conference papers identified parallels in industry challenges for these massive global markets, to those we have worked to solve within oil and gas.” *

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Building Elements Chocolate factory renovation project hits the sweet spot McAvoy uses BIM technology for off-site Surrey school

The McAvoy Group has handed over a new school building at West Hill School in Leatherhead, bringing the number of education projects now completed by McAvoy for Surrey County Council to more than 40.The project at West Hill featured extensive use of BIM to help address the complexities of the site. It was manufactured off site to reduce disruption and was ready for occupation on time and after less than eight months on site.The scheme links the traditionally-constructed main building and an existing modular classroom block on a highly constrained, fully operational school site.The new building expands the teaching spaces for children with learning and additional needs. 8 * ( 0288 774 0372

The former Terry’s Chocolate factory in York has been transformed into a spectacular Chocolate Works Care Village with the help of Johnstone’s Trade. Ensuring the interior design equalled the grandeur of the building was essential, as was creating a durable finish that wouldn’t fade over time and could withstand wear and tear. Johnstone’s Trade worked closely with decorating firm, HEC, to provide a range of highperformance coatings that met the high-quality specification on the project. Johnstone’s Trade’s Covaplus Vinyl Matt and Acrylic Durable Matt were used on the walls and ceilings of the interior building to provide a durable finish, making it ideal for high traffic areas. *

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Surrey school employs Pendock style inside and out

The Salesian School, Chertsey, has benefitted from a £1.3m extension, with Pendock contributing to the appearance and functionality of the building. Pendock was tasked with producing three rectangular-shaped laminated column casings for the lobby of the school, as well as three square section stainless steel column casings for the exterior. Scott Hill of Drake & Kannemeyer commented: “We have used Pendock encasements internally on our projects, in this instance though, I had the exterior steel stanchions I wanted to do something with. Sure enough, Pendock manufactures something suitable in stainless steel, and while I knew how I wanted them to look aesthetically, Pendock offered good design assistance to ensure ease of installation.” *

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Pressalit Care’s Hinged Arm Support wins European design award Pressalit Care’s popular Hinged Arm Support has received a leading European design award, a Red Dot Award 2018, for its product design. Part of the acclaimed Pressalit Care Plus range, the Hinged Arm Support offers a number of practical benefits for users, including being ergonomically designed to aid performance; robust for a sense of security and flexible for manoeuvrability in the bathroom. Its range of colours caught the eye of the judges as well as its sleek, attractive – and relevant – design.Available in bright, contemporary colours to coordinate with other elements in the bathroom, these not only enhance bathroom decor but, importantly, aid recognition for those users with poor eyesight. *

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New appointment to reinforce Saracen’s design offering Saracen Interiors has appointed Senior Designer, Alanna Brown. The appointment is expected to drive forward the company’s plans to enrich its award-winning design proposition, with bold and creative high designs and concepts that borrow from a broad range of influences and references. Alanna has worked as a Designer across a number of sectors, including retail and leisure, and is experienced in all aspects of interior design from conceptual development and space planning to furniture design and colour coordination. She will be involved in all aspects of Saracen’s design service, maintaining a presence from early pitch stages to project completion in order to ensure that the vision and scope of each project are fulfilled. * ( 0208 226 2161


uvex techware – leading the way in smart PPE

Intelligent PPE, enhanced with a range of integrated digital functions through smart electronic devices worn on the body, is the latest innovation from uvex.The company’s exciting new wearable digital technologies, applications and solutions are the absolute latest advances. Equipped with sensors and actuators that can interconnect PPE, they also react, interact and communicate with the wearer, according to the situation. This imparts increased safety, protection and comfort to the wearer on the most vulnerable parts of their body.Techware digitally enhances the safety features and ergonomics of uvex’s range of PPE.With the increasing digitalisation of the workplace, uvex techware allows customers to integrate their PPE into this new environment with ease. 8 * ( 01252 731200

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Building Elements

The RICS inaugural Digital Built Environment Conference – taking place on 21st June 2018 – will help firms and individuals to harness the capabilities of property technology

Embracing the PropTech revolution – join the debate The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is set to bring together industry leaders to debate the latest PropTech opportunities for property design, management and construction professionals.


ts inaugural Digital Built Environment Conference – taking place in London on 21st June 2018 – will help firms and individuals to harness the capabilities of property technology at all stages of the property lifecycle. “Digital technology has the power to dramatically reshape the way we work and the built environment around us. The pace of change is accelerating, therefore, it is vital that the surveying profession embrace these new innovations to achieve efficiencies in their day-to-day practice,” explained Ann Bentley, Global Practice Director at Rider Levett Bucknall and Conference Chair. The programme includes key sessions for those working in construction roles such as quantity surveying and project management, as well as building surveyors and facilitates managers.


Topics to be covered include: How to enhance collaboration using BIM Increasing construction output using 3D printing and robot construction Transforming 2D designs into immersive digital models Using data to improve the maintenance and operation of a building’s lifecycle. Setting the tone for the day will be a thought-provoking panel debate where CEOs and industry leaders will discuss how technology continues to influence the profession, and what a surveyor’s role may look like in the future. “Building on the previous success of our flagship BIM Conference and our wider commitment to developing the profession and standards in relation to property technology – we are launching the RICS

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Digital Built Environment Conference,” said Sean Tompkins, Chief Executive of RICS. “Digital technology continues to transform so many aspects of the industry – driving demand for key data analytics, new ways of working, and a shifting professional skillset. This new conference will equip you with the latest insight, technical information and guidance to help you enhance your practice and deliver added value to your clients,” he continued.

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Powdertech Evolution – a perfect complement to a C16th barn The EvolutionTM range of architectural polyester powder coatings, from Powdertech Corby, comprises over 70 stunningly original shades. Taking inspiration from natural elements, Evolution celebrates the versatility of powder coating and allows architects and designers to achieve the look they need, together with using the most appropriate materials for the job and satisfying planning requirements on a local level. ‘Peat Fire’, a shade from Evolution Stone Age, has recently been used in rural Hertfordshire, to coat the aluminium roof of a barn conversion. Using materials, shades and textures that work in harmony with rural surroundings is always an important consideration for designers and planners. The new roof of the C16th barn is constructed with Cadisch Welltec perforated profiled aluminium panels over a waterproof membrane.Visible rooflights on

such an ancient barn were not permitted but some light is able to penetrate through unobtrusive rooflights which are entirely covered by the perforated Welltec. The outline of the windows can just be made out in the photograph. The corrugated effect already lends a rustic charm to the roof. To complete the look, the panels and ridge cappings totalling over 200m2, were pre-treated in a chromefree system and powder coated in Evolution

‘Peat Fire’ at Powdertech’s Corby plant, before being delivered to site for installation. “The earthy Peat Fire coating instantly gives an aged look to the roof,” said Richard Besant, Director Powdertech. “This is a shade that one might expect on a weathered ‘tin roof’ – but in this case the metal stands no risk of becoming weathered – it is benefitting from the high-performance protection afforded by the Evolution system.” 8 * ( 01536


Simpson releases ‘Builder and Plasterers Essentials’ brochure New Lo-Seal Trap granted seal of approval by BBA

CCL Wetrooms is delighted to announce that its new Lo-Seal Trap has received a British Board of Agrément (BBA) certificate following a comprehensive product testing programme.The rigorous process involved laboratory tests, on-site evaluations, quality management checks and production inspections and assessments set by the BBA. Recognised throughout the construction industry as a symbol of quality and reassurance, BBA certification is a mark of quality, safety and reliability that the product is fit for purpose. Designed as the central element of the Linear Screed Drain and the Modular Wet-Floor System, the new Lo-Seal waterless trap at a cutting-edge depth of only 45mm, has been developed specifically for use in wetroom construction projects with screed depths of below 70mm. 8 * ( 0844 327 6002


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.” *

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Washroom Washroom makes off-site work at new Paddington Central offices Washroom Washroom has utilised its off-site service to deliver the perfect design solution for a high-specification office washroom and changing area. 4 Kingdom Street, the first building developed by British Land at Paddington Central, is a nine-storey building encompassing a number of wellbeing design features.Washroom utilised its off-site construction methods in order to fine-tune the design before installation on site.The full-height Alto toilet cubicle doors were specified with a real wood veneer finish, stained to match the solid Douglas fir timber panelling in the reception area. Washroom took the lead on this and undertook several trials, adjusting the colour of the stain until a near-perfect match for the distinctive pale grey Douglas fir was achieved. * ( 0800 999 8888

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FC&A May 2018  

In this month's issue of Future Constructor & Architect, Zaha Hadid Architects’ Generali Tower graces the skyline in Milan’s large-scale Cit...

FC&A May 2018  

In this month's issue of Future Constructor & Architect, Zaha Hadid Architects’ Generali Tower graces the skyline in Milan’s large-scale Cit...