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Greenhouse New sustainable Criminal Justice Centre meets policing needs for the future

Sustainability & Development Coventry University’s added faculty – a translation of science vs nature

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fter years of careful design and construction, delivery of a project on time and on budget is triumphant.When that delivery is recognised in the form of the UK’s most coveted and prestigious architecture award, industry professionals can appreciate the sheer dedication invested, not just by the architecture firm, but by the project team as a whole. It is with this that FC&A congratulates Stanton Williams and associated partners on its recent Stirling Prize achievement for Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. Referred to as a timeless piece of architecture that intelligently disguises the building’s complexities, Sainsbury Laboratory provides flexibility for future expansion and balances stringent requirements for security. With ‘sustainability’ at the core of all major projects, the definition of this buzzword is constantly evolving. As seen in the Sainsbury Laboratory, accounting for future expansion is key to ensuring a seamless development – this can incorporate the aesthetics, functionality and, primarily, resources. One such project that has recently addressed this model is featured within FC&A’s Greenhouse focus – Northamptonshire’s Criminal Justice Centre. As well as significantly reducing predicted carbon footprint via a number of energy efficient systems, it has also been designed with expansion in mind. Turn to page 6 for further details on this sustainable build. Elsewhere in this issue, FC&A profiles a stunning project based at Coventry University. The new Faculty of Engineering and Computing, designed by Arup Associates, is a unique concept translating elements of science and nature in all aspects of the design. In addition, Lakesmere demonstrates how off-site construction can still lead to a sustainable working model and International Timber sheds light on the new EU Timber Regulation that comes into play as of March 2013. I hope you enjoy this issue, and as always, if you would like to comment on any of the articles featured, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Greenhouse: FC&A profiles Northamptonshire’s newly-built Criminal Justice Centre, which has implemented various energy efficient systems to reduce carbon impact.


Sustainability in Development: Coventry University’s new Faculty of Engineering and Computing is a uniquely-designed concept, which translates science and nature through striking build elements.

Design & Desire: Architect Jestico + Whiles demonstrates how challenging space restraints can be overcome to produce striking structures, as seen with its recent London Borough Market project.



The CJC is an impressive, purpose built facility that will serve the county in the future

Build on conviction The new 5138m² CJC at Northampton Business Park, in Brackmills, built by principal contractor Kier Construction, replaces and upgrades small, outdated cell facilities at Campbell Square, Weston Favell and Wellingborough police stations, providing a modern, 40-cell custody facility which meets latest Home Office design guidance.


onstruction of the purpose-built, £9.5m Criminal Justice Centre (CJC) and flagship project for Northamptonshire Police is now completed and operational. There is over 2000m² of specially-built office space for police officers and staff involved in the custody and criminal justice process. Inside, it is a bright, clean and purpose-built facility, with

plenty of natural light. A flexible approach to space planning and building services distribution offers the ability for expansion and to add a further 20 cells in the future. The new development is integral to the police force’s estate strategy and a significant investment for the police authority.The estate has been re-aligned; releasing leasehold properties and

temporary modular buildings making sure services are located appropriately and effectively to meet Northamptonshire’s policing needs in the future. A Pick Everard team, providing Project Management, Employer’s Agent, Construction Design Management Coordinator (CDMC) and Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) Technical Advisory services was lead by Partner Alastair Hamilton,

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Greenhouse who comments: “Our target was to deliver over £2m savings by using a robust value engineering and risk management approach and by adopting thorough, efficient tendering processes.The process was extremely successful and we were delighted that the target savings were achieved.”

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The build in Bradninch, Devon confirms how fast delivery can still offer quality construction, plus provide a vast array of energy efficiencies

The biomass heating strategy, with zoned, highly efficient lighting, daylight dimming, resilient power and plant back up, zoned custody ventilation, close temperature controls and heat recovery, meets the client’s aspirations and uses economic solutions with short pay back periods and lower energy benchmarks than similar facilities. Rainwater harvesting was also originally included but then downsized in favour of a sedum roof; a better alternative that reduces the amount of heat lost from the building, reduces water fall off and

The completion of the new CJC marks the successful culmination of several years’ work and provides much improved custody facilities, as well as additional office space

provides a beneficial micro-climate that also helps filter airborne pollutants in the atmosphere. Rainwater harvesting redesigned on a smaller scale provides rainwater for irrigation to feed landscaping and police


He adds: “This is a development designed with space and operational efficiency at the forefront. Clearly defining the operational requirements and adopting rigorous procurement processes delivered price and programme certainty. Change is always expensive in construction projects so our role was to safeguard the client’s interests and also help to deliver buildings that responded to the needs of Northamptonshire Police.” The BREEAM target for the CJC project was ‘Very Good’. An in-depth feasibility study completed early on included dynamically modelled options for energy efficiency and carbon reduction. Solutions taken forward to the detailed design included renewable energy, rainwater harvesting and water management. Users were involved in the design process and visited other sites successfully using similar energy sources for heating and hot water. By designing the main boiler so that it can run on either wood chip or pellets means that there is always a choice between two fuels, depending on the security of supply and fuel cost at the time. Selecting a biomass boiler took advantage of the potential for Government tariff incentives which will provide a Renewable Heat Payment to the users for each kilowatt per hour used and which are also guaranteed for 20 years.

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• Resilience to all power, uninterrupted power supply and plant providing an N+1 (Normal plus one) design • Smoke control and fire strategy design • Water management with flow controls minimising usage and leak detection via Building Management System monitoring • Highly efficient lighting and controls, zoned to provide flexible use of the space • Reductions in CO2 and energy use over conventional systems, with flexibility in biomass fuel choice • Use of building materials that positively contribute to a reduction of cooling requirements • BREEAM ‘Very Good’ target achieved • Flexible fuel sourcing solutions • Flexibility for future expansion

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Fact File Client: Northamptonshire Police Architect: Pick Everard Main Contractor: Kier Construction Project Management, Employer’s Agent, CDMC and M&E services: Partner Alastair Hamilton purpose built facility that will serve the county in the medium and long-term future.”

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vehicle wash-down points, reducing the use of the potable (mains) quality water supply. Alastair Hamilton: “Compared to a similar facility built five or six years ago, this CJC is so more advanced in terms of energy efficiencies.The specification is high yet still essentially, delivers excellent value for money over the predicted 50-year lifespan of the building.” Inspector Dick Lewis from Northamptonshire Police says: “The completion of the new CJC marks the

successful culmination of several years’ work and provides much improved custody facilities, as well as additional office space, for the Force and the county.The benefits are significant, providing the very best environment for officers and staff who work there, together with facilities and processes that meet the needs of the people we bring into custody. Our contractors have worked extremely hard to deliver the project on time and within budget and the result is an impressive,

The specification of the CJC is high, yet still essentially delivers excellent value for money

Pick Everard’s specialist police and custody team is currently delivering a number of projects of similar scope and complexity for police forces across the UK.The firm is working with Thames Valley Police on a £3.3m HQ, with Surrey Police on a 24 cell custody suite, and South Wales Police on rationalisation of custody suite facilities in the region with the construction of two brand new custody centres with office accommodation, at sites in Bridgend and Merthyr Tydfil. For the Metropolitan Police, the £2m refurbishment of a training facility in Sidcup was completed earlier this year and a major, £17m 1970s office refurbishment programme in Putney has started on site this month, part of a wider estate rationalisation programme that will help drive efficiencies in the property occupancy and bring about positive behavioural change in the workplace through new ways of working. It is also targeted to realise a carbon footprint reduction of 65%.

Inside, the CJC is a bright, clean and purposebuilt facility, with plenty of natural light

There is over 2000m² of specially-built office space for police officers and staff involved in the custody and criminal justice process


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Sustainability Susta in Development Natural efficiency, as evident in a beehive, is translated to the building’s facade

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Coventry University’s Faculty of Engineering and Computing has moved into its iconic new £55m home, which is not only architecturally stunning but highly sustainable. The state-ofthe art building, designed by Arup Associates and built by Vinci Construction, is part of the university’s overall £160m redevelopment plan for the city centre campus.

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Geometrical scale changes in the windows reflect in turn the smaller academic units

learning approach for teaching engineering, computer science, and mathematics in a move away from transmission style teaching. With an environmentally-led design, the concept for the building is an illustration of the balance of science and nature, utilising technology to reduce the impact on the natural world.The BREEAM Excellentrated building is intended to be a literal representation of the factors influencing design, so that in itself it can be used as a living tool for teaching students. Supported by a state of the art IP backbone, the design also creates an ideal collaborative learning facility which reinforces the bonds with the Automotive and Aerospace Industry, which is a strong local tradition for the City of Coventry. The building includes extensive workshops, a wind tunnel testing facility, lecture theatres, communal interactive spaces, teaching spaces, academic offices, and a roof top experiment area. The duality of science and nature is represented by the two blocks around a square.The southern Nature block, a one- to four-storey building, is conceptually

a raised ground plane extending from the green space to the west.This plane is planted with an extensive green roof providing a variety of different ecological habitats. In counterpoint, the four- to seven-storey Science block occupies the northern part of the site and is highly engineered in appearance, and offers the main window into the faculty.

Dual interaction Central to achieving the conceptual and educational aims is the incorporation of an Interactive Zone, which sits behind the front window, acting as a didactic skin, informing the activity within.This zone contains the circulation and breakout spaces, offers the public face of the building, and is at the heart of the teaching, as well as being a central feature of structural and environmental function. Internally, the Interactive Zone is a three-dimensional contiguous space that relates all levels together by sightlines and circulation through voided openings. It promotes the new pedagogy by allowing the visitor or building user to understand

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esigned by architects and engineers from Arup Associates, the flagship building is open and accessible and aims to bring together education, industry, and research, and intends to accommodate and transmit the faculty’s progressive new project-based


Sustainability in Development adopted, allowing the structure and services of the building to be largely exposed to provide a learning tool to the students. The Interactive Zone within the Science building allows for private and group study as well as social interaction with a cafe area, and seating booths at upper ground, first and second floors. Classrooms have been designed to encourage multi-nodal learning around collaborative bespoke desks.

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Stairs weaving through the breakout decks in the Interactive Zone afford access to upper levels

the building concept in a highly transparent fashion, allowing users to orient themselves at all times, and offering the interstitial nucleus of flexible meeting spaces vital for collaborative learning. The Science/Nature metaphor has been exploited further, using mathematical beauty, bio-mimicry, and astronomical geometry, in deference to the mathematical and engineering science academic curricula, as an influence on the development of the design concept into the building arrangement. To give order and connection between the two blocks and the Square both Ptolemy’s Theorem and the theory of Harmonic Proportion have been employed to define the footprint geometry, which gives rise to the tapered plan form of the two buildings. Nature offers many examples of efficient and beautiful geometry.The most common geometric shape in nature is the hexagon. Because of its natural efficiency it is found at all scales from the atomic to the geological, and best demonstrated in the


structure of a bee-hive. As the south and west facing facade is the shop window into the interactive zone, a hexagonal window geometry is adopted to convey the notion of busy colony.The octagonal shape was shown by study to be more effective than rectangular for the required shade canopies. Geometrical scale changes in the windows reflect in turn the smaller academic units, the larger teaching spaces, and the prominent break-out spaces of the interactive zone.

Linear form The building has been planned on seven main levels and allows circulation to be as intuitive as possible. Orientation in the Science block is made legible via the Interactive Zone with clear lines of sight to all areas. Open stairs create a quick link between the busy Upper Ground Floor and First Floor connected by the Interactive Zone. Stairs weaving through the breakout decks in the Interactive Zone afford access to upper levels. A simple palette of materials has been

The facades of the Science block which face the inner courtyard are one of the most striking elements of the design.The facades are formed from a lightweight timber grid, onto which insulated panels with an anodised aluminium louver profiled surface are fixed.These panels form an interlocking hexagonal pattern with opening windows shaded by aluminium hoods. Other facades of both the Science and Nature buildings are more conventional, but share the same language of external aluminium louver panels and timber structure.The buildings are unified by a rendered base and an aluminium parapet at roof level, with integrated bat boxes in the case of the Nature building. Bats are a rare species within Coventry city centre and are known to be roosting at Whitefriars Abbey adjacent to the site. Arup worked with the master planners to provide new tree planting that will provide a continuous habitat link between the Abbey and the Nature block, ensuring use of the roof by bats and providing bat roosts integrated into the cladding.There are no existing examples of green roofs designed specifically for bats and again this project will set a precedent. Meanwhile, the facades are responsive to the building user, providing comfort through high insulation performance, and interactive elements including opening windows and blinds. The ECB is designed to be a low energy building and incorporates several sustainable features that help make it a BREEAM Excellent facility. Natural ventilation is the default system wherever possible and appropriate. At the third and fourth floors the academic offices are naturally ventilated throughout the year by a series of opening windows. For more intensely occupied spaces a mixed mode approach of natural ventilation supported by a mechanical system is adopted. Windows in the hexagonal facade have

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Sustainability in Development The Interactive Zone within the Science building allows for private and group study as well as social interaction

The structure of the building is exposed to provide an effective learning tool for the students

by locally-sourced wood pellets, however a solar hot water system contributes to the hot water production.The system is backed-up by conventional gas boilers that provide ‘top up’ at peak times. The biomass boiler and solar hot water system combined contribute 10% of the required renewable energy offset.

Renewable agenda Cooling is provided by an air-cooled chiller. The chiller has a ‘free cooling’ cycle and when ambient conditions are suitable, it saves energy by utilising only outside air to provide cooling to the building.The chiller supplies chilled water to air handling units

and local fan coil units when required. Cooling to mission critical computer equipment rooms is provided using a water cooled direct expansion system.The heat rejected to this system is recovered and used to pre-heat the building’s domestic hot water and provide underfloor heating to the interactive zone.The building was designed to achieve a minimum of 20% improvement on the Part L Building Regulations carbon emission targets. Paul Ivey, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computing, commented on the building’s completion:“I am delighted to have this new home for the Faculty. Our students can look forward to advanced, innovative education, informed by the latest research and driven by the need of employers. Once again Coventry leads and inspires, and the future looks great.” Michael Beaven, director of Arup Associates, said: “The success of this building is a tribute to the vision of Coventry University and the collaborative relationship we have enjoyed with them throughout the project. “Together with sound environmental principles, the building concept is an illustration of the balance of science and nature, utilising technology to reduce the impact on the natural world.The faculty’s progressive pedagogy is directly reflected in the design of the building, creating a living tool for teaching students.”

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It’s important to consider the impact of all planning conditions set right from the beginning of a project – to avoid having to meet an unfeasible stipulation

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here has been a huge shift in the energy efficiency requirements for new builds over the last 10 years, with the Building Regulations 2010 aiming to reduce the carbon emissions of a dwelling by 25% when compared to the 2006 version, and a whopping 40% compared to the 2002 Building Regulations – it’s all part of the government’s drive to meet the rather ambitious target of all dwellings being ‘zero carbon’ by 2016. Even when ‘zero carbon’ isn’t quite defined in the absolute terms you might expect, it’s still a massive challenge, hence the fast pace of the regulatory changes. But it doesn’t end there. Planners have proven that they are keen to implement what they view as ‘best practice’, and raise standards on environmental issues to a level that is above and beyond the requirements of the Building Regulations, even above more localised initiatives such as the London Plan. The result is that the list of planning conditions for a consented scheme is growing longer and longer, and can sometimes contain


onerous requirements that need to be reviewed, and possibly challenged, right at the beginning of a project. This is why it’s important to check through all the planning conditions listed when they are issued in draft format, in order to ensure that unfeasible requirements aren’t made at the eleventh hour. Additionally, it’s worth bearing in mind that the phrasing relating to a particular issue – such as the requirement to attain a particular rating under the Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) scheme – can vary significantly between planning authorities, so careful attention must be paid to the exact wording on the draft in question. While some planning authorities only require the submission of a Post Construction Code certificate at the end of a project, to prove that a specific CfSH standard has been achieved, some planning authorities require the submission of the Interim Code Certificate before commencement on site. Of course, it is always advisable to undertake detailed design before starting on site, but this is not always done on

projects for a number of reasons. Firstly, it can take a number of weeks to prepare the evidence required for the assessment, and to obtain the Interim Code Certificate, and this needs to be included within any programme. In addition, BREEAM assessments can take between 6-12 weeks to obtain certification depending on feedback from the BRE during the auditing process, and this can have major impacts on programme if a pre-commencement condition is in place. Even a small difference in the way a particular condition is stated can make a significant impact on a scheme. For t

It’s not uncommon for architects to act as planning consultants in the initial stages of an application, but with the rapidly shifting regulatory landscape and the enthusiasm of planners keen to raise standards even further, it’s easy to get caught out and end up agreeing to a condition that can’t be met. John Simpson, Managing Director of AJ Energy Consultants, offers some advice.

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Attention to detail This type of situation is particularly critical where no review has been undertaken pre-planning to establish the feasibility of meeting a particular Code, BREEAM or renewables target – it should never be assumed that planners are always aware of whether a building is actually able to meet the criteria set. It is therefore important to get all consultants and specialists to review the planning conditions at the earliest possible stage. Just by way of an example, on one recent scheme we were able to suggest minor wording changes to get the development registered under the BREEAM scheme at the time of design and submission, rather than the much more onerous updated version.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that there could possibly be a considerable period from the date of planning consent to work actually starting on site, and in this case there could potentially be a number of critical updates to Building Regulations or environmental assessments during that period. It is therefore a good idea to fully review all planning conditions in both draft and final form, and see whether the scheme needs to be registered with any environmental assessments as soon as possible to prevent any further delays due to any requirement for redesign work. In short, it’s perfectly possible to avoid falling into the trap of agreeing to a planning condition that can’t be met (or at least, can’t be met without great additional expenditure), but it’s important to start considering the potential impact of the planners’ wish list at the earliest possible stage – as soon as the draft is issued. By following this simple procedure, a lot of time and money can be saved, and this is always to be considered a very good thing.

example, builds that require 10% of energy to be provided by on-site renewables may have a very different energy strategy from those that require a 10% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, even though both conditions are trying to respond to the same national policy. Thermal solutions – such as solar collectors for domestic hot water or biomass – will be more appropriate for the type of situation where a 10% renewable energy stipulation is in place, whereas electricity generation solutions – such as photovoltaic panels and wind turbines – will be more suitable where there is a requirement to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 10%. Another factor that is worth being aware of is that there are regular updates and changes to the various environmental assessments, such as BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes, and in this context the exact wording of the planning condition can be very important. For example, a commercial scheme may have been registered and designed to comply with the 2008 BREEAM assessment prior to the planning submission. However, if the planning condition notes that a BREEAM assessment is required

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“Paints – even water-based products – contain resins or binders which may be flammable. Although a single coat of emulsion on a bare plasterboard surface is unlikely to form a hazard, over many years a build up of multiple layers of conventional paint over any surface can become a significant fire risk, particularly in corridors, stairwells and other areas forming part of a fire escape route. “This is a serious concern for both private and public sector organisations which have a duty of care to minimise fire risk and guard against potential loss of life, injury and property damage.” Applied on the walls and ceilings of corridors, stairwells and other communal

areas that form part of a circulation area or fire escape routes, Timonox can help provide additional time for a building to be safely evacuated. The coatings work by limiting the oxygen around the flames through the release of non-combustible gases, and by using a formulation that provides a barrier to the flammable paint layers beneath. Crown Paints offers a free site survey programme, to ensure specifiers looking for the facts about flame retardant paints get the right advice on the subject. Vernon adds: “As part of the site survey process, depending on the project, our specialists will make an assessment of the age and condition of the existing painted surfaces and can take a flake of the existing paint away for analysis, as this will show what coating system needs to be applied to offer the optimum protection. “These individual surveys ascertain the precise condition of surfaces to be painted.Ultimately, this means the site survey prevents over or underspecification and ensures that the very best, tailored solution can be recommended. “For example, we often find for 80% of projects where Timonox is specified, only two coats of the product are needed. This makes optimal use of budgets for our clients. “We can also establish that there is often no need for the client to undertake the costly removal of existing coatings.” Crown Trade’s latest video, The Right Paint For The Job, found at com/crowntradetv, includes footage of a burn test, which compares Timonox against conventional paint.

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Retail Focus With proven expertise in delivering retail projects, Conamar was invited by John Lewis to tender for a number of projects within the overall Oxford Street refurbishment works

Rapid expansion The next few years hold significant milestones for John Lewis. Having recently acted as the Official Department Store Provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Partnership will also celebrate its 100th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the opening of the first John Lewis on Oxford Street.


pened by John Lewis in 1864, the Oxford Street flagship store began as a drapery shop and in 1905 Lewis acquired a second store, Peter Jones in Sloane Square, London. His son, John Spedan Lewis, founded the John Lewis Partnership in 1920 after formulating this approach during his days in charge of Peter Jones. Since then, the Partnership has continually sought to improve its customers’ experience – as well as never knowingly being undersold, it has placed considerable importance on the shopping environment itself with physical changes to its stores to reflect latest brands and most modern shop fits. As part of this commitment, John Lewis has invested significantly in the refurbishment of its Oxford Street flagship store.The Partnership follows three clear priorities: design intelligently, build responsibly and work efficiently, ensuring that all are designed to suit their surroundings, are built responsibly and operate sustainably, helping to keep the


company’s environmental footprint in check. Family-owned contractor Conamar has worked with John Lewis for over 20 years, one of a number of blue chip clients for which it offers a full range of building services, from small, specialised refurbishments to multi-million pound design and build contracts, specialising in construction, fit out and refurbishment. As a result of its experience and proven expertise in delivering retail projects, The menswear department on the ground floor, which is home to labels such as Ted Baker,Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren, was increased in size to 17,000ft2

Conamar was invited by John Lewis to tender for a number of projects within the overall Oxford Street refurbishment works, which included works to the children’s fashion, schoolwear, nursery, haberdashery and craft departments, as well as more recently, the beauty hall and menswear departments. The £4m works on the shop’s fourth floor childrenswear, nursery, toys and haberdashery departments, were carried out over 14 weeks in 14 phases, with two phases carried out simultaneously over approximately two weeks for each phase. The phasing was strategically planned through negotiation with John Lewis to reduce the impact on sales and ensure products remained available throughout the project. One of the aims for the project was to increase the fourth floor sales area by reconfiguring the space and reducing the size of two stock rooms. Existing floor finishes were removed throughout and replaced with a mixture of predominately Kahrs timber flooring and Urbe feature

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The store’s beauty hall – expected to become the fourth best-selling beauty department globally – was expanded by 50% and refurbished

A model concept Meanwhile, the menswear department on the ground floor, which is home to labels such as Ted Baker, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren, was increased in size to 17,000ft2. Conamar’s work centred on installing a new concept shop fit, with new oak fitting rooms created and a bespoke tailoring department fitted out with wallpapers, carpets and mirrors. Other improvements included installing the same flooring and lighting as the beauty department, while and right across the ground floor modifications were made to the air handling units and new heater batteries were installed. According John O’Connell, Conamar’s Contracts Director for the projects, the main challenge throughout was working in a live environment. He comments: “The most significant part of our work was making sure that the public was safe and the works were segregated so we could deliver multiple phases across a number of floors at any one time.

“The logistics of the project was also a challenge as there were multiple deliveries coming through just one loading dock, with the use of only one lift. However, deliveries were mostly out of hours on a just-in-time basis to minimise damage and waste in accordance with our commitment to sustainable construction, so we were able to keep everything on track and on time for John Lewis.” John Lewis’s Implementation Manager, Julian White, agreed: “The pace, with which the project was developed, delivered and launched so quickly without compromising the quality, is testament to the team’s hard work.”

ceramic walkways. Above the walkways, suspended from the soffit through the existing suspended ceiling, Conamar also installed steel powder-coated rafts linking the entire floor and promotion points. The project also included upgrade work to the two lift banks located at this level. New plasterboard walls and SAS ceilings were installed to create room sets for nursery furniture and feature walls throughout the fourth floor. Walls and ceiling features were painted with a vibrant yellow to denote the transition between each department – for example from nursery furniture and buggies through to toys and children’s shoes. The next phase of works – Project Olympia – reached completion in May, ready for the 2012 Olympic Games, and included the significant refurbishment of the menswear department and the beauty hall, partly to take advantage of the increased footfall projected as a result of more visitors coming to London this summer. The store’s beauty hall – expected to become the fourth best-selling beauty department globally – was expanded by 50% and refurbished. The new layout introduced a range of new brands focusing on fragrance and niche assortments such as haircare, skincare, and nails in stands around a central sales area,

complementing the existing beauty brands already established at the store. The works consisted of a new stone raised access floor throughout the ground floor, with matching stone floor tiles where a raised access floor was not possible.This raised access floor provided flexibility for the installation of services from the floor below to facilitate drainage and plumbing serving the various beauty concessions. A new ceiling comprising a mixture of SAS ceiling and MF ceiling with feature troughs and new feature lighting including twin gimbles were installed throughout.

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Legal & Business However, what is clear is that the EUTR is more demanding than any current certification requirements.

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From 3rd March 2013, the new EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) prevents illegally harvested timber and timber products from being placed on the EU market. But as a purchaser of timber would you know what to look out for to ensure the timber you are purchasing comes from a legal source? Procurement Director for International Timber Malcolm Ellis explains the regulation and highlights what to look out for when ordering timber.


llegal timber poses a real threat to the UK timber industry. In 2010 a report stated that 25% of the total imported volume of timber was illegal. This is a huge problem, especially when you consider that every two seconds a football pitch size piece of forest is lost and half of that is due to illegal logging. Regulations like the EUTR are a positive step towards effectively targeting illegally harvested timber. However, in order for it to impact on the trade then purchasers of wood have to be vigilant and ensure the timber they use has all the required paperwork, as only then will we start to have a positive effect on this illegal industry. The largest proportion of illegal


timber comes from tropical sources so the new regulation will have the biggest impact on tropical timber species and the organisations that import hardwood, tropical hardwood plywood and manufactured products containing these products. However, it is not exclusive to tropical timber so even if you are looking to work with other species it is still important you understand what is required of your supplier. From a purchaser’s perspective, one of the most common misconceptions is the belief that if a product is certified then it conforms to the regulation. At present this is not the case, although key certification bodies such as the FSC and PEFC are reviewing their schemes to try and make sure this will be the case.

Be vigilant with timber

Timber operators, such as International Timber, who bring timber products into the EU market first-hand are working hard to ensure they have the correct mechanisms in place to accommodate the requirements of the EUTR by March next year. We have done this is by adopting the Responsible Purchasing Policy framework used by the Timber Trade Federation to ensure conformance. This includes a sustainability questionnaire which will clarify the sustainability credentials of the shippers. From a purchaser’s perspective check whether your supplier is operating within these initiatives or if they have introduced a system of Due Diligence. If they have, then you can be confident that the timber you purchase is conforming with the EUTR. Don’t be afraid to ask to see copies of all relevant information. If your supplier has a system in place then these should be easy obtainable, as they are required to have them on hand in case of a visit from enforcing bodies.

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Indirect supply Rainwater can be used for any use non-potable application which includes toilets,washing machines and any outside use. The question remains which form of supply is suitable for the application. Designer and manufacturer of harvesting equipment, Rainwater Harvesting, outlines how to provide a cost-effective solution through indirect supply. addition, during absence from the home, the system will automatically refresh the water in the header tank after three days. This prevents any chance of bacterial growth. The main aim of the most advanced systems is to make them easy to install and make them user friendly to the client.

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A further advantage is that rainwater harvesting is not only seen as a means to save on mains water consumption as a way of alleviating flood threats. The Flood and Water Management bill (April 2010) encourages the uptake of sustainable drainage systems by removing the automatic right to connect to sewers. Despite all nature’s warnings, government policy does not encourage rainwater harvesting enough. The Code for Sustainable Homes encourages it lukewarmly for social housing, and Building Regs do now at least set a limit (albeit a very low one) to water consumption in all construction. The time has come to make rainwater harvesting a key route to reducing mains water use.


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his new market structure comprises three main elements: a vertical glazed screen and roof fronting the High Street and Beadle Street, a glazed infill roof that protects the area between the new and existing viaducts and Globe Public House, and a small retail unit that sits beneath the bridge. The form of this composite structure is completely open to the rear, where it opens out below the existing and new viaduct structures providing a flexible market area to extend the Green Market that has for so long occupied the site next to Southwark Cathedral.The open public space is paved with a grid of granite setts and asphalt, which continues the theme of the existing Green Market area paving, and a new York Stone route leads pedestrians obliquely across the space towards a new entrance to Borough Market that has been created in Beadle Street.

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One of the main challenges of the Borough Viaduct project stemmed from its location in a densely developed and historic part of Southwark as well as a conservation area

Design challenge Network Rail has been carrying out major new infrastructure and replacement building work for Borough Viaduct as part of the Thameslink Programme – its installation proving to be a major feat of engineering and management. The most recently completed element within the project is the striking new glazed corner market that looks out onto Borough High Street and will be occupied by Borough Market. 28

The new market screen structure comprises a simple steel frame that sits on a reinforced concrete raft, which bridges a multitude of differing ground conditions including filled former basements. Circular columns support glazing rails that in turn support overlapping glass panels. The high street frontage also incorporates a pedestrian opening with a top hung steel gate bearing the Borough Market motif. Although the principle of the structure is fairly simple, the geometry of the screen enclosure is actually very complex. Except at the corner section, the rails supporting the glass ‘shingles’ are not horizontal and in fact are all set at different angles to suit the back of pavement grade and achieve the high corner ‘prow’. The facade was meticulously modelled in 3D to ensure that all components would fit. The glazing panels are all open jointed at perimeters and there are open joints along the top and bottom edges of the screen that allows the enclosure to ventilate. The gently sloping glazed roof of the corner element and infill are designed to take the load of maintenance personnel and therefore incorporate a man-safe cable system. The glazed roof surfaces also comprises a printed leaf design that reduces solar gain and casts attractive dappled shadows below. The perimeters

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The facade was meticulously modelled in 3D to ensure that all components would fit

The glazed roof surfaces comprises a printed leaf design that reduces solar gain and casts attractive dappled shadows below

aluminium cladding sections to reduce cold bridging. The parts of the viaduct soffit visible to the public are illuminated with LED wash lighting that highlights the form of the high level structure and provides a sense of continuity along its length. In addition, the high street bridge incorporates LED uplighting into its truss, adding more drama to the scene.

Dense development One of the main challenges of the Borough Viaduct project stemmed from its location in a densely developed and historic part of Southwark as well as a conservation area. The construction of the viaduct has involved demolition, modifications and rebuilding to a large number of sensitive adjacent sites.

The design and implementation of the works has been complicated by the proximity of the existing functioning rail structures, London Underground infrastructure (Northern and Jubilee Line tunnels) and the numerous adjoining properties and local businesses. Below the Victorian rail viaduct existing shopfronts have been removed to make space for the civil engineering works. Jestico + Whiles was originally appointed in 2001 and developed a design that was submitted under the Transport and Works Act (TWA). Given the impact of the proposals, two public enquiries into the proposals were required, and the quality of the replacement buildings needed to be established before work could commence. J+W worked closely


of the glazed roof abut the new viaduct’s acoustic barrier, and flashings and gutters prevent water from entering the open market space below. The small retail unit, triangular in plan and also steel-framed, is fullyglazed on two sides and abuts part of the existing brick viaduct. It has entrances to the high street and market facades, and a generous internal volume with a soffit approximately five metres high. Meanwhile, the bespoke external facade comprises sealed double glazed units arranged on plan in a saw-tooth profile. Opposite sides of each unit are fixed alternately to the front and rear of solid steel mullions that span from the ground floor to roof level. The mullions are clad internally and externally with insulated

The high street frontage incorporates a pedestrian opening with a top hung steel gate bearing the Borough Market motif

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The new market screen structure comprises a simple steel frame that sits on a reinforced concrete raft

(now Post Office) and will be fronted by a small public plaza.This site has been affected by the discovery of remains of a significant Roman baths now preserved below the raft slab.

Seamless transition On Stoney Street, the Listed Wheatsheaf public house found itself on the route of the new viaduct. Rather than demolish the listed building, the upper storey was removed and the rest of the building remodelled to provide replacement accommodation at basement, ground and first floor levels. A site next to the pub accommodates a steel maintenance stair structure, clad in stainless steel mesh, and the remainder of the site will be transformed into a beer garden. The first significant new-build element to have been completed on the project

in 2009 was the temporary Jubilee Market, provided to compensate for market trading area lost during the construction period. Completed in 2009, this distinctive structure is made out of a group of six steel columns that support an arrangement of tubular truss branches and an inflated ETFE roof. Network Rail and Skanska, the principal contractor has invested heavily in managing the works to make it as painless as possible for the local community. Despite many challenges and a long gestation period, the Borough Viaduct project is steadily reaching its conclusion and will ultimately provide much improved accommodation and public spaces in this important, historic and vibrant part of London.


with WS Atkins and Network Rail and the scheme was eventually approved by the Secretary of State in 2006. In addition there were a number of other stakeholders and interested parties to satisfy, including Southwark Council, English Heritage, The Borough Market Trustees and Southwark Cathedral. Other ongoing works as part of this project includes the reconstruction of a section of Borough Market. The project has utilised the best of the historic cast iron and steel structures and refurbished them off-site. These were reassembled in a new configuration with complementary new structures to reinstate the covered market space with a largely glazed roof. A new retail and office building on Bedale Street incorporates a Portland stone clad portico entrance to Borough Market. The retail unit also links the street and inner market space. On Borough High Street, a new Portland stone and zinc clad building will provide retail space at basement and ground levels with three upper floors of office accommodation.This building replaces a larger terrace that was demolished to facilitate the bridge erection.The facade of the new building is set back flush with the adjacent listed former St Thomas’ Hospital

The small retail unit, triangular in plan and also steel-framed, is fullyglazed on two sides and abuts part of the existing brick viaduct

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Fear not of fade

Despite being a relatively new structure, a building’s facade can often appear worn and weathered by the elements after a short period of time. Stuart Burns, Director at Dura Composites, explains why UV is nothing to be afraid of, and how composite is increasingly being considered alongside traditional hardwood and softwood. of installing a quality timber composite product when specifying cladding. Typically offered with a warranty of up to 25 years, the composite option is particularly well-suited to construction projects that are being undertaken in a number of different stages, over a long period of time.

Fade resistant For example, the colour stable quality of our Dura’s own timber composite cladding product, Dura Cladding, was a key factor for Darin Shaikly, Managing Director of Lanswood, when he was deciding which materials to use for the company’s Lanswoodpark development at Elmstead Market, near Colchester.With various stages of the business park being built over several years, it was important that the facades used did not fade at different rates. Darin had been planning to use timber until he realised the value of choosing a

quality composite product instead. He explains: “We were originally planning to use natural wood cladding boards, but once we became aware of the benefits of Dura Cladding it was the obvious choice. The fact that Dura Cladding does not suffer from colour fade like wood made it a natural choice for a phased project like this.We’re delighted with the results and look forward to the boards serving Lanswoodpark for many years to come.” Darin is clearly a happy customer, but with so many products on the market offering varying degrees of colour stability it’s not always easy to know which one to plump for. That is why, as with any product, it is imperative to make sure the one you choose has been tested to a recognised standard so you can be confident in its performance. The fact that composite products can be offered as a bespoke solution



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Colour stability Tests exist for moderate and severe climate zones giving specifiers piece of mind when faced with a certain set of climatic conditions. It is this test that Dura Composites have used to demonstrate the colour stability of Dura Cladding and the one that proves –

Chemical compounds alter the way light impacts on the product, protecting it from light-induced degradation

after an initial minor fade – the product will remain colour stable throughout its lifetime, retaining up to 90% of its original colour. Retention rates like this are reassuring for clients who want to know that their bespoke colour choice will still look good years down the line.

Extending the envelope It was one of the main reasons Edgbaston Priory Club – one of the country’s most prestigious private leisure clubs – opted for Dura Cladding at its recently completed indoor tennis centre development in Birmingham. Specifying a light grey flush finish the club can be confident that fade will not be a problem over time and that their specific colour choice will stay consistent across the exterior envelope of the building for many years to come. The high-performing colour stability of quality composite products doesn’t stop at cladding. Quality timber composite decking

has the same UV resistant qualities and provides the perfect solution for those looking to extend the envelope of their building and maintain a consistent look. And while composite products still represent less than 10% of the current decking market, there’s no doubt that its colour-stable qualities are helping to drive rapid growth and attract big name distributors. In fact, early sales indications from Arnold Laver, a newly acquired distributor and stockist of our own colour-stable Dura Deck timber composite decking product, suggest that composites are already proving popular amongst traditional hardwood and softwood fans.The attraction seems to be that Dura Deck does not require regular staining and painting, has a longer life cycle and, of course, is better protected against fade from UV.

to specific climatic conditions is great news for specifiers. A trusted global supplier like Dura Composites can vary the level of inhibitor included in the composite mix to suit any project.Whether it is a hotel in the deserts of Dubai or a self-build home in Clacton, more or less can be added to cope with the specific level of UV light as necessary. However, this variation in real world conditions and the control that can be exercised over the manufacturing process means consistent comparisons for the purposes of testing are not always easy or helpful. Other external factors including the angle of the product to the sun, changes in temperature, varying exposure to moisture and different levels of shading throw in a whole new set of variables, as well as the type of polymer used. Despite this there are a number of national and international standards which do offer acceptance criteria for different parts of the world in respect of specific materials. The ISO 4892 Part 2 Standard demonstrates a material’s performance when exposed to xenon-arc light in the presence of moisture.This reproduces the weathering effects that occur when materials are exposed in actual end-use environments in daylight or daylight filtered through window glass.

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The off-site rule

Off-site construction methods provides a very tangible opportunity to embrace many of the key objectives to achieve ‘greener’ buildings. The term Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) has dominated social and political agendas, but has the industry really got to grips with combining the theories of off-site product design with the need to successfully embrace green principles in the total off-site construction process?


lthough certain elements of off-site construction have been around for several years, it wasn’t until the publication of such influential pieces of research as the Barker Review and the Egan Report that the MMC era truly began. Immediately,

the first systems that were launched to the market were the ‘guinea pigs’ and although they were vital in facilitating the continued development of MMC, the use of such products was not without its risks.

Multiple benefits The many advantages offered by offsite construction are vast. From speed of installation owing to the fact that work can be completed under factory controlled conditions and is therefore not affected by poor weather, to the potential financial savings that can be made through reduced labour costs, it is easy to see why so many clients would like to use MMC on their next project. However, it is more important to consider the individual requirements of the specific project and in particular, to ensure that the project is both commercially viable and practical in its delivery. For example, where a site is particularly small or if access is restricted, it is unlikely that the project will benefit


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there was a gap in the market and many manufacturers and contractors were keen to become the first to satisfy this growing demand for off-site solutions. Although it would be unfair to regard this as merely a knee-jerk reaction to the various reports, understandably


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PREMIER LOFT LADDERS Industrial and commercial businesses, public organisations and homeowners are doing their utmost to make the very best and most cost-effective use of their finances. Often, this motivates them to find practical and economical ways of optimising the space in existing properties by moving upwards rather than moving out. For instance, homeowners are making better use of their lofts for storage and businesses are increasing storage space through the use of mezzanine floors and by utilising the space afforded by flat roofs to locate such things as plant, motor and boiler rooms. The market leader in this area is Premier Loft Ladders. The preferred choice of architects and building industry professionals throughout the UK, Premier leads the field in design, technology, energy efficiency and quality and is recognised as being the foremost supplier of concertina style aluminium and folding or sliding style wooden loft and access ladders. Prices are extremely competitive, in fact the company will match the price of any like for like product found at a lower price elsewhere! For further details plus advise and quotations, please contact Premier Loft Ladders by any of the following: T: 0845 9000 195 F: 01394 214413 E: W:

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Modern Methods of Construction from off-site manufacture or the use of complete modular systems. Instead, the delivery of individual components for onsite assembly may be more appropriate. Off-site manufacture lends itself perfectly to projects that feature standardised elements, such as roofs and wall panels, which can be value-engineered off-site under factory conditions, quickly and efficiently packaged and then delivered to site. When dealing with projects that contain complex and varying elements or bespoke features however, this important value is often lost.

By providing such a speedy solution,Thru-Wall ensured that the Academy was able to open in time for the 2012 academic year

Sustainable agenda

Off-site manufacture lends itself perfectly to projects that feature standardised elements, such as roofs and wall panels

is the innovative Thru-Wall product, developed in close collaboration with key supply chain partner, Hemsec Installations, which provides a unique, modular, fast-track and sustainable construction solution. This off-site product solution helps to minimises transportation, optimises material usage and significantly improves the overall performance of the facade. The many benefits that Thru-Wall offers made it the ideal solution for use on the new £38m Manchester Creative and Media Academy, where the Thru-Wall

structural panels were manufactured off-site before being delivered to site and were installed within just 10 days. By providing such a speedy solution, Thru-Wall ensured that the Academy was able to open in time for the 2012 academic year.

Considered approach If the industry is to truly embrace off-site construction and maximise the many benefits that it undoubtedly does bring, the specification of MMC needs to proactive, considered fully at the design stage and pushed by the architect as well as the contractor. To maximise the benefits of MMC, the design of the project must be agreed and ‘frozen’ as soon as possible to allow manufacturer of the components and with this comes the need to be able to finance the work at the beginning of the project. The ability to meet these immediate costs must be considered if the scheme is to remain profitable. A more considered approach would undoubtedly help to facilitate repeat business, which in turn would give the manufacturing industry the encouragement and support it needs to be able to develop new innovations. There is no doubt that off-site construction is the direction that the industry must take but the real issue is how quickly we get there.

A tailored approach is therefore essential. Important factors such as the individual client, timescales and budgets must be considered and in some cases, traditional methods of construction may actually offer the better solution. Timing, as they say, is everything and Lakesmere has resisted the pressure to offer an off-site solution without first ensuring that the product and more importantly the timing was right. Several years of research later and Lakesmere has achieved a greater understanding of the true value of off-site solutions and through close collaboration with their supply chain manufacturers, have developed products that tick all the boxes both on paper and on the sustainability construction agenda. Leading the charge for Lakesmere


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Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms Top accolade for Freedom range Symphony, the fitted furniture manufacturer, has added yet another award to its collection, after being awarded the Innovation Award at this year’s Celebrating Construction in South Yorkshire (CCISY) Awards.The award, which was presented to Symphony for its Freedom range – a fully adaptable and flexible kitchen that provides a wealth of design elements to assist those with impairments retain their independence in their own home – was awarded because of its innovative and market-leading approach to kitchen design.The Freedom range includes simple design elements such as eye-level appliance housings and pull-out drawers to provide easier access to unit contents for those with physical impairments.


Bathroom specialist takes success to Sleep Victoria + Albert Baths’ Cabrits Experience was so successful at Focus 2012, the British brand is sure visitors to the upcoming Sleep event will give the same response. The Focus ‘Cabrits Experience’ challenged visitors to the Victoria + Albert Baths showroom to try the new ergonomically-designed Cabrits bath. Those who ventured included leading architects, interior designers, members of the press and the Modenus Blog Tour consisting of 22 enthusiastic bloggers from the UK and USA. The Cabrits will be on display at Sleep 2012, as Victoria + Albert Baths continue to invest in 031 attracting hotel specifiers.

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Magnet Trade Contract Kitchen Solutions provides an unrivalled range of quality kitchen products tailored to budget and requirements.The company works on all aspects of local authority, new build, social housing and private development projects where high quality, durable products and reliable project management are required. Established in the UK in 1918, it has long been part of the UK’s strong manufacturing heritage, and it continues to produce over 30,000 cabinets a week right here in the UK. Magnet Trade Contract Kitchen Solutions is now part of the Nobia Group, Europe’s largest supplier of kitchens to both the trade and retail markets.


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Caple’s modern mix Kitchen supplier Caple has softened the contemporary look of lacquer with a more natural shade in the Saraya Cloud & Chestnut kitchen. The Saraya Cloud & Chestnut kitchen comes from Caple’s Radiance collection, where high fashion, catwalk chic features highly on the style agenda. Sleek, off-white, Cloud doors are covered in sumptuous high gloss, which bounces light around the room and instantly provides the wow factor. Meanwhile, the more muted shade of Chestnut creates a feeling of warmth in this modern kitchen scheme, which looks complete with integrated door handles for a seamless flow.



The brand new Lustre Worktop collection from UK manufacturer Mereway Bathrooms is inspired by opulence and beauty.The new range comprises 14 avante garde finishes in marble, granite, sparkling and solid colours that offer infinite design possibilities for bathroom designers. A superior product that is made to last, Lustre worktops boast a high quality construction whilst offering consistency in colour and finish. Available in seven shapes, Lustre is a completely solid cast product which is manufactured from natural materials and pigments, mixed with a durable resin binder then topped with a high-gloss polyester gel coat, making its surface highly durable, heat resistant and extremely hygienic.


Symphony adds green award to its mantle Symphony, a leading fitted furniture manufacturer, has added yet another prestigious award to its collection, after being awarded Zero Waste to Landfill status. The award, which recognises sustainable practice, was devised with the help of Leeds Paper Recycling (LPR), a local recycling company that ensures 100% of waste from Symphony’s manufacturing processes is recycled, reused or reconstituted for other purposes. Simon Collyns, Marketing Director, comments: “Symphony is proud of its latest achievement.We’ve worked closely with LPR to ensure that zero waste as a result of our manufacturing processes, goes into landfills.”

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To the manor reborn

An Edwardian manor house in Manchester has had its 110-year-old lead flashings ‘replaced’ thanks to the flexibility of Kemperol V210 cold liquid-applied waterproofing membrane from Kemper System.

Rather than replace the lead with lead, specialist contractor, Clark & Son, cleaned and prepared the existing damaged lead substrate before applying the Kemperol V210 membrane over the top


authentic appearance without any loss in performance. Rather than replace the lead with lead, specialist contractor, Clark & Son, cleaned and prepared the existing damaged lead substrate before applying the Kemperol V210 membrane over the top. Kemper System supplied the cold liquid-applied membrane in ‘anthracite’ to create an authentic lead-coloured finish which ensures that the house retains its Edwardian appearance.

Authentic application

Clark & Son applied Kemper System’s solvent-free ‘R’ Primer to the substrate and, while this cured, the installation team

cut pieces of Kemper System’s 120g nonwoven fleece to size and shape, marking each piece to identify where it would be laid. The team then saturated the fleece in the Kemperol V210 membrane before applying it to the lead substrate. The same method was used on all the flashings, drips, roll effects on the timber joins and the flat areas of the turrets. Ronnie Clark from Clark & Son comments: “Stripping off all the damaged lead and replacing it with more lead would have made the job a lot more expensive and would have required more time on site. The Kemperol V210 resin saturates a reinforcement fleece and cures to create a flexible, durable membrane that cannot delaminate, adheres directly to the prepared substrate, and looks just like the original lead.” Roofing technology has moved on since this roof was first constructed and Kemper System’s liquid membranes mean that we can now offer an aesthetically authentic solution with technically advanced performance that will continue to look good and perfom for many years to come.” Rowsley Manor’s owner, Clare Ward, adds: “The leaks from the turret were causing damage to the restored plasterwork on the ceilings of the rooms below. Using Kemperol V210 to replace the lead has given us a cost-effective solution that will last for at least 25 years… no more leaks!”


owsley Manor in Eccles was originally built for a wealthy cotton merchant at the turn of the 20th century, before being requisitioned as offices during World War II. It then spent 50 years as a residential home for elderly ladies before being left empty and derelict.The lead flashings on the house’s distinctive turrets managed to survive but were cracked and damaged due to age and differential movement. After spending more than a decade lovingly restoring the house to its former glory as a private residence, the current owner decided to replace the lead and opted for a solution that will provide an 039

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Enhancing external facades Formica Group remains on the cutting edge of building envelope art and science with VIVIX® facade panels, the innovative lightweight rainscreen cladding solution that redefines the landscape of contemporary construction for both new builds and renovations.


oday, building facades have taken on a new significance.There is a constant need for innovative and affordable means to rejuvenate and refurbish properties.With a range of exterior cladding solutions available, architects are increasingly choosing materials that are not only decorative, but also practical, functional and contribute to the performance of the building as a whole. VIVIX exterior facade panels offer opportunities to play with colour and shape while providing thermal insulation benefits that can contribute to a building’s energy efficiency.VIVIX panels can complement or add interest to residential developments and are also used for office buildings, public, cultural and sports facilities, transportation centres, industrial buildings and educational facilities. Developed in consultation with leading architects,VIVIX architectural panels are available in plain colours with sophisticated neutrals and striking accents, nature-inspired abstract patterns and rich woodgrains. The VIVIX range provides the possibility to create exclusive looks in a creative and cost efficient way. In addition to facades and cladding,VIVIX panels can also be used for exterior applications such as balconies,


decorative screening and fencing or to accent an entrance way of a building.They can be used to differentiate between floors or levels, or simply to design an innovative pattern to make a building stand out. “VIVIX panels allow the architect or specifier to take into consideration appearance, design and maintenance when choosing exterior cladding,” comments Simon Wild, European Marketing Director at Formica Group. “The advantages of this type of rainscreen application become apparent especially when refurbishing a building. An old housing block of flats which has poor thermal insulation due to the age of the building, can be redesigned to include energy saving modern materials that will provide an outstanding insulative performance.These materials, together with VIVIX facade panels, can completely transform a concrete or brick building into one with a modern design now wrapped around it, reducing the running cost dramatically. At the same time, tenants of such a building would not be disturbed as all the installation work is on the outside of the building.” For a social housing project in Helsinki, architect Pentti Kareoja of ARK-House chose panels for exterior wall cladding

VIVIX® panels can be used to differentiate between floors or levels, or simply to design an innovative pattern to make a building stand out

of new apartment blocks. Specified in three woodgrain decors, the lightweight panels were supplied to the size of a full floor height which meant that joints were eliminated, creating a seamless appearance. Whilst appearance and freedom of expression were important, so were cost efficiencies and facade panels manufactured by Formica Group answered the demands for easy maintenance, ecological factors and competitive price, making them the ideal choice for this project. VIVIX panels can be fabricated away from the building for efficiency, but if required they can easily be cut on site.They can be used with a variety of fixing systems, from simple timber battens to proprietary metal systems and hung by visible facefixing or by concealed fixing arrangements depending on the aesthetic requirement. The panels can easily be cut into a variety of shapes and sizes to express a whole variety of design concepts. They cause minimal environmental impact as determined by Formica Group’s Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). All of Formica Group’s Global manufacturing sites and distribution centres have achieved the internationally-recognised Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody (COC) certification. Formica Group is also the first laminate manufacturer in the world to be awarded the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Reduction Label. A product brochure “VIVIX®, a Fresh Perspective in Architectural Panels” by Formica Group is available to download at


VIVIX® exterior facade panels offer opportunities to play with colour and shape

Buildings featured in these images are clad with solid phenolic, engineered exterior facade panels manufactured by Formica Group. Formica, VIVIX, and the Formica anvil device are registered trademarks of the Diller Corporation. © 2012 The Diller Corporation. A Fletcher Building Company

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Steni provides a youthful exterior Aggregate cladding panels from Steni UK were recently specified for a landmark youth centre in Havering. The new build is one of the UK’s first operational zero-carbon buildings for a range of reasons ranging from aesthetics to practicality. Some 600m² of Steni’s sparkling white Nature panels, which are manufactured from a fibreglass reinforced polymer

SST launches media library DVD Simpson StrongTie has responded to changing business needs by launching a media library DVD, allowing distributors to use its marketing assets for print and online platforms. Available on request, the DVD includes SST’s complete range of product catalogues, covering building connectors, corrosion resistant fixings and chemical anchor systems, as well as animations and videos of product installation and troubleshooting techniques. In a first for the UK connector sector, the DVD also features a library of over 500 high resolution brochure images in jpeg format, which are ready for use on a variety of platforms including professional print and web.


composite with a surface of aggregated natural stones, were used as a rainscreen system at the landmark myplace youth

centre in the London borough of Havering. The £4m project is the town’s first operational zero-carbon building and one of the first of its kind in the UK. It has delivered a BREEAM Excellent rating with energy efficient features such as natural ventilation and daylighting, high insulation levels and solar panels. The Steni Nature panels, which were face-fixed with colour-coded screws and the lower levels finished with an anti-graffiti coating, were specified by architects Jacobs for main contractor Apollo Property Services Group for a trio of main reasons. Project architect Shelley Smith says: “We specified the Steni panels due to their speed of installation, ability to be easily replaced and the fact they are more aesthetic than render.We also needed a panel that was tough and durable for the environment.” Available in 17 different natural stone colours and up to five different grades including the micro-fine used at myplace, the panels are water, impact and UV-resistant.As a rainscreen system, they are also installed as a dry trade and as such are not subject to the vagaries of the British weather.


High performance masonry Saint-Gobain Isover, leading developer of sustainable insulation solutions, in partnership with the Aircrete Products Association (APA), has added a further masonry separating wall solution to its Robust Details portfolio. Robust Details E-WM-24 incorporates Isover RD Party Wall Roll, aircrete blocks manufactured by APA members and a standard 8kg/m³ plasterboard. It offers house builders the option to build a high performing separating masonry wall using aircrete blocks without the need for a wet parge coat, achieving three credits towards the Code for Sustainable Homes. The detail, developed with the APA, exceeds regulation compliant thermal and acoustic performance for the separating wall element. 044

Everything’s premier except the price Knauf Marmorit, render systems specialist, has been specified by Speymills Contracts to provide its Noblo system for the new Premier Inn Hotel and Brewers Fayre Restaurant in Widnes, Cheshire. Knauf Marmorit’s Noblo marble-based textured render finish was chosen due to its low maintenance, high performance and its ability to be installed in colder damper winter months where a silicon option would not be advisable.The render was applied to a mixture of both timber frame and blockwork as Noblo is easily worked to a variety of textured finishes. It is a premixed dry mortar with a lime/ cementitious binder, and is water repellent, vapour-permeable and weather-resistant.

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Xtratherm collaborates with Swedish housebuilder Xtratherm, a leading manufacturer of high performance insulation products, has been working in partnership with Swedish housebuilder Skanska on the development of high quality Scandinavian style homes near Cambridge. For its latest residential development at Clay Farm, Cambridge, Skanska turned to Xtratherm to provide suitable high performance insulation products and technical expertise to ensure the 145 homes met the insulation standard. The houses are built with a ‘green agenda’ in mind and use the highest performance energy conservation materials, including Xtratherm Cavity Wall Plus wall insulation. Danny Kearney, Xtratherm Group Technical Manager comments: “Xtratherm have been at the forefront of pushing performances of materials that have been commonly used for many years in the UK, not only in terms of thermal performance per cm thickness, but in

Carea provides the finishing touch For a new 5300m² mixed use development at 32-42 Bethnal Green Road, the developers and architect were faced with the challenge of creating an aesthetically pleasing contemporary building in the heart of a London conservation area but one that could also meet the highest standard of sustainable design. By providing its Acantha cladding panels to the seven storey building, cladding specialist Carea was able to help the development meet its sustainability targets but also give it a stunning exterior finish. Chosen in a riven textured finish and in Iceberg, Bordeaux and Basalt colours to create symmetry in the building’s decorative facade, the high quality of each Carea cladding panel creates a stylish finish which met the architect’s vision.



areas such as insulation continuity.” The design called for a wall insulation U-value of 0.16W/m2K. After looking at the full specification and the construction preferences required by Skanska, Xtratherm met the Skanska Technical Team along with the architects. It was decided to use one of Xtratherm’s unique products, Cavity Wall Plus (XT/CWP), an enhanced PIR with an excellent thermal conductivity of 0.021W/m2K. Not only did this meet the required U-value, but the engineered T&G jointing of the Xtratherm insulation allowed for very effective Thermal Bridging detailing to be achieved.

This improved the overall energy performance of the properties and the engineered jointing avoided the delta penalty normally applied to square edged insulation boards. A similar result was achieved by the use of Xtratherm (XT/ UF) material in the ground floor. Following this successful collaboration, Skanska is planning to partner Xtratherm on future projects, not just for its residential arm but across the whole Skanska Group.


Danelaw ultimate Centre Parcs experience The ‘new for 2012’ two-storey Treehouses at the Centre Parcs Holiday Villages have been fitted with Hambleside Danelaw’s Dry Fix mortarless GRP Valley Troughs, meaning that Hambleside’s roofing products have yet again been specified for another project of a top quality brand. The Treehouses are designed for families or friends who want the ‘ultimate’ Centre Parcs experience with views of the forest. Blue Lines Roofing with 25 years of specialist project experience chose Danelaw valley troughs in conjunction with Centre Parcs technical services because they complemented the Treehouses’ design and decor perfectly. 048

Durable cladding systems from A.Proctor The A. Proctor Group recently supplied its Regent timber cladding system to a Hastoe Housing Association development in Tatworth. Architects, PRD Taunton, were impressed with the finish, appearance and durability of the Regent cladding. Regent timber cladding is produced with micronized copper, a revolutionary new wood preservative from leading technology supplier Osmose. The MicroPro system utilises patent pending micronizing technology to grind copper particles so small that they can penetrate into the wood in solid form. Micronized timber offers benefits such as 15 Year warranty against rot and decay, lighter, consistent, natural colour plus better paint and stain stability. 049

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Latham’s cladding range is second to none Timber and panel products specialist, James Latham, is now offering a wide range of timber cladding directly available from stock. Latham’s entire timber cladding range is either FSC or PEFC certified and has been carefully selected to ensure that it meets the highest standards of quality. Western Red Cedar is a popular choice among architects and builders due to its superior dimensional stability. As well as shrinking and swelling much less than other timber, it stays flat and straight

and resists checking, making it the ideal material for both internal and external cladding projects. Plus, it has a rich colour, meaning that projects using Cedar, if properly maintained, will look fantastic year after year. Latham’s Timber Manager, Danny Jones comments: “Aside from its aesthetic appeal, this remarkable wood has outstanding physical characteristics. Western Red Cedar contains natural preservative oils making it highly resistant to decay. It’s also lightweight and easy to cut and handle, reducing installation time.”

Danny adds: “As well as Western Red Cedar, we also offer Siberian, Larch, Thermo-wood and Accoya directly from stock. In addition, we offer bespoke machining on request as well as treatments such as Tanalith and Aquavac plus a full range of fire retardant treatments. We also offer a staining and lacquering service for all depots.”


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Forbo weaves quality into new tile Tessera Weave is a high quality textured carpet tile from Forbo, designed for commercial, recreational, hospitality and public sector interiors, and combines discreet good looks with a superior environmental profile. A highly versatile loop carpet tile with a subtle linear grain, Weave is available in 19 vibrant tonal colourways and is suitable for broadloom, tessellated or quarter turn installation. Manufactured according to Forbo’s green design principles, using

advanced techniques it has a richly woven appearance that belies its low pile weight. The combination of rich texture and compact loop pile make Weave ideal for use in high traffic applications. Weave’s appealing tactile quality is

achieved using contrasting twists of yarn with tonal highlights. The yarn itself is made from Aquafil Econyl polyamide – consisting of 100% recycled industrial and post consumer waste, including unlikely source materials such as abandoned fishing nets. Further adding to its environmental credentials, and demonstrating Forbo’s commitment to sustainable design, Weave is produced in the UK using ‘green’ electricity from renewable sources Weave can be combined to great effect with other Forbo floorcoverings in modular formats, such as Marmoleum, Flotex and luxury vinyl tiles, and with other Forbos floor coverings, to create fully integrated designs that meet the individual requirements of each application area.

Dulux Trade adds dimension to white Dulux Trade has created eight beautiful collections of whites and offwhites, designed to work with a variety of interior building materials from timber and metal, to stone and terracotta.The Dulux Trade White Dimensions collection, which can be found on the Dulux Trade website, has been specially created to inspire architects and designers.The collections are:Warm Wood and Timber; Cream Brick and Stone; Frosted and Coated Glass; Slate, Stone and Concrete; Iron and Metal; Dark Wood and Timber; and finally, Brick and Terracotta.The eighth collection, Problem Solving Whites, brings together colours that are suitable for spaces that may seem too dark, too cool or too bright.




Remmers provides seamless surface Having outgrown their previous site, a new purpose-built, state of the art Audi car centre was constructed on a 3-acre site in Leicester. The Audi specification of a 600m2 floor including a wooden wall structure with just one single construction joint sweeping into the main showroom floor area was met by Remmers to perfection. Specially coated aggregates to exact granule sizing and colour were also supplied and installed. Steel trims were sourced and powder coated to the exact same colour as the floor to hide any transitions giving the floor and wall the appearance of one sweeping finish. 054

Yeoman Shield set to brighten up interiors Always at the forefront of new ideas and designs, Yeoman Shield, one of the UK’s market leaders in wall and door protection, has launched a new range of Protection Rails, Handrails and Corner Protectors which come with a 20mm wide contrasting coloured strip.Offered in 34 colours, the contra strip can also be used as a directional guide to departments such as X-ray, colour coding areas and flagging up hazardous corners. The contra strip can also be manufactured in specific corporate colours to enhance and complement company branding within a building. 055

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Floors, Walls & Ceilings CBS flooring makes the grade

When it comes to maintaining heritage buildings, every detail counts. Syon Park, the ancestral home of the Duke of Northumberland, turned to CBS for specialist advice in replacing the flooring as part of an upgrade to the ladies’ cloakroom facilities adjacent to its Great Hall. Syon Park sought a solution that was not only practical but also in sympathy with the design of the Great Hall, which is widely recognised as an early example of Scottish architect Robert Adams’ work. CBS used vinyl flooring in black and white to replicate the star and bring a fresh new look with a traditional feel to the refurbished washroom facilities.

Business School gets a majestic finish Dulux Trade Weathershield Smooth Masonry Gloss has been used in a major refurbishment project at the main building of the London Business School, situated in London’s Regent’s Park.The colour was originally inspired by the Regency buildings that edge around the perimeters of the world-famous public garden, so was a perfect fit for the project. Dulux Trade Weathershield Smooth Masonry Gloss is a high gloss quality emulsion coating. Its smooth formulation discourages dirt retention whilst the added fungicide inhibits mould growth. It is also particularly suitable for use in changeable weather conditions and is shower resistant in 30 minutes after application.

Polyflor scores with PUR Cardiff team changing rooms at The Cardiff Millennium Stadium have been kitted out with Polysafe Standard Silver Birch flooring and they have had their logo waterjet cut into the floor for added effect. Cross-linked and UV cured, Polysafe PUR vinyl flooring is a super strength reinforcement designed to make Polysafe Standard PUR even easier to clean, provide optimum appearance and colour retention as well as improved soil release. Using a micro mop maintenance regime, chemical usage, energy intensive cleaning and water consumption are significantly reduced and life cycle maintenance costs of up to 60% are achievable over a 15 year period when compared to untreated safety flooring.




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Floors, Walls & Ceilings Engineered additions for Ted Todd Ted Todd has introduced two unique 20mm engineered ranges, Residence & Plancher Du Quercy. The Residence range features up to 3m long, 300mm superwide handfinished boards in a choice of four finishes. The Plancher Du Quercy range features unique boards which are hand-worked to emphasise the flow of grain and the denser knots. There are six beautiful finishes from cool hues of white and grey through to the rich warm tones. Both ranges are available from stock and are suitable for installation over underfloor heating and will make a stunning addition to any interior.


New laminate collection goes on Parade Abet Laminati has introduced the Parade Collection, created by Giulio Iacchetti.This is an innovative and quirky range of 12 digitally printed laminate decors each available in three colour shades. Parade is made up of two major groups. One comes from the study of six different units developed through a strong digital approach.The other is the result of freehand drawings subsequently scanned and processed in order to complete the graphics of the entire laminate panel.The six digital-age inspired decors are entitled The Moduli family and include Tartan, Fishbone, Rockets, Paesemio, Knock-Out and Artichoke while the Fatto A Mano family include Furrows, Betulla, Yayoi, Massaua, Derby and Canvas.


Milliken launches Build-It! collection Following the successful launch in the Spring of its Urban Collective range, Milliken has announced the latest addition to its portfolio of designs with Build-It! The new collection applies the same design research that inspired Urban Collective, but in a more graphical way. The new Build-It! Collection uses Milliken’s proprietary Millitron high definition pattern technology and a palette of warm and cool weathered greys to create a variety of pieces, from which you can compose a unique image, suggesting the paradoxical structured and chaotic elements that are apparent in a modern urban landscape.



Plan.a new entrance The new plan.a entrance matting has recently been introduced to COBA Europe’s ever-increasing range of commercial matting products, which now includes both PVC and bespoke aluminium systems. Custom-made to order and competitively priced, plan.a is a heavy duty, eco-friendly solution to dirt and moisture control in buildings.The aluminium profile is made from 30% recycled materials, while the flexible PVC linking joints make handling and fitting a much easier task than many similar systems. Plan.a is available in 12 practical colour options to complement both traditional and contemporary interiors, and can be manufactured to fit all shapes and sizes of entrance areas.


Extra protection for composite panels A new fire protection system launched by Promat UK has been designed to meet a growing market demand and help dispel confusion surrounding the subject of foam-filled composite panels.The company’s new Promat Promaclad system offers a retrofit solution for the upgrade of existing foam-filled composite panel applications and delivers either 60 or 120 minute fire protection.The Promat Promaclad system offers a reliable solution for wall constructions up to 10m in height. It can be installed over the existing panels with minimal disruption and adds an extra fire-resistant layer which ensures that the panels are kept well below the auto-ignition temperature of the core material.


Innovation accolade for Ancon The Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, David Moody, has presented fixings specialist, Ancon Building Products, with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation, the highest accolade that any UK organisation can achieve for product development.The 2012 Award was presented for Ancon’s groundbreaking Lockable Dowel, an innovative component that is used to accommodate shrinkage and transfer load at joints in long-span concrete floors. Ancon Marketing Manager, Annabelle Wilson, says: “Like many of the world’s most successful inventions, the concept behind the Lockable Dowel is very simple. However, it has taken Ancon’s market knowledge, engineering expertise and manufacturing excellence to turn it into the world-leading product that it is today.” 066

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M+W Group acquires Senior Hargreaves The global engineering and construction company, M+W Group, has acquired one of the UK’s leading providers of air movement and ventilation ductwork solutions, Senior Hargreaves. According to M+W Group’s UK CEO, Peter Greenhalgh, the strong synergies between the two companies made the acquisition a logical step in the Group’s development: “We are very happy to have concluded the acquisition of Hargreaves Ltd. The Hargreaves team has a long history and extensive experience in technology based projects which fits well with our strategic plans for sustained growth in our target markets of science & research, technology manufacturing facilities and energy based programmes.” 070

Double dose of pipework solutions Durapipe UK has supplied two of its plastic pipework systems to a development of 56 new-build residential apartments in West London, Burlington Green. After working extensively with Durapipe in the past, engineers Arnold James used Durapipe PVC-C and SuperFLO systems, specified in sizes up to 110mm. Durapipe PVC-C was selected to supply the water to the heating and hot water services from the energy centre to the apartments, while Durapipe SuperFLO was chosen for the boosted cold water applications and to distribute cold water to the flats.


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Ventilation that looks right Rytons LookRyt is a new range of 125mm dia. core ventilators.The unique design features Rytons LookRyt panels, the face plate of which is suitable for wallpapering or painting in any colour for a discrete appearance.The revolutionary design of Rytons new LookRyt panels has angled openings around the rear of a flat face plate.This gives a multi-directional air flow allowing air to disperse evenly into the room.There are eight new LookRyt AirCores with fixed open louvre panels for ventilating boilers, stoves and fires and a further eight sets with a controllable panel for adjustable background room ventilation to meet Part F of the Building Regulations.



Sponsored by boiler distributor, Atag Heating, the 11th St Wilfrid’s Hospice ‘Nab’ Challenge (held off Chichester Harbour) attracted a record number of entrants, raised over £20,000 for a worthy charity and provided a spectacular day’s sailing in near perfect weather conditions. The amount raised for the hospice exceeded last year’s donations which means the total raised by the ‘Nab’ Challenge since its inception is expected to be close to £150,000. The Atag trophy for the boat that raised the most money was won by Derrick Pope, who raised £3200 through sponsorship of his yacht Valkyrie. 073

New Vitodens 200-W boilers expand output range Viessmann has launched two new models to its line of Vitodens 200-W gas-condensing commercial boilers, now offering even higher outputs of 125 and 150kW.This means the range can be cascaded to produce outputs of up to 900kW – 60kW more than previously.The first boilers to be supplied with a high efficiency pump as a standard accessory, the Vitodens 200W range contains technology not yet legally required by the Energy related Products (ErP) directive; where the boiler has an internal pump they are required by 2015 and 2013 where the pump is external.The high efficiency pumps are controlled by the boiler’s Vitotronic controller, which modulates their speed according to the boiler heat output. 074

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Motorists are being warned of a growing number of potholes which have emerged on our road network after the recent heavy downpours. Potholes, inevitable after periods of wet weather, are caused by water seeping into the cracks of the road causing the surface to break up. In order to effectively repair these, Ultracrete offers a solution. Wet weather adversely affects pothole repair. Hot mix asphalt (HMA) is difficult to lay in wet weather, the rain cools the mix too soon to finish compaction and this can cause premature failure. Furthermore the water will most likely soften the base, weakening its structure. Traditional HMA and associated equipment is difficult to transport to remote sites too, especially in poor weather conditions. Ultracrete’s Permanent Pothole Repair, the first ever pothole repair material to receive HAPAS Approval is a flexible cold lay asphalt (macadam) that can be used in all weathers and is the ideal solution for

New Condensate Traps from Dallmer Dallmer has recently introduced a range of Condensate Traps specifically designed to drain the condensed water created by air conditioners, chiller cabinets, dehumidifiers and other heating and cooling appliances. The new Dallmer Condensate Traps, which utilise the STOP technology, consist of two models, the 138 and the 136, although the latter has a further variant, the 136.3. The new additions to the Dallmer Condensate range, manufactured in polypropylene and conforming to DIN 19541, are reliable, well designed and precision made, offering valuable choice in a market sector where demand is fast expanding.



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Hydro solves car park flooding Behind the beaches of St Ives, Cornwall, lies Trenwith car park. Here a retrofit SuDS scheme, based on Hydro International’s stormwater storage and infiltration technologies and Hydro-Brake Flow Controls, has alleviated flooding problems at a busy town car park, caused by the frequent heavy rainfall. The primary protective installation comprises a drainage channel along approximately 100m across the slope, interconnecting a series of infiltration pits where Stormbloc is installed. The outflow of the channel is connected to the second line of defence, an attenuation storage tank, comprising nearly 140m3 of Stormcell with a Hydro-Brake Flow Control device at the outlet.

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DVS sheds light on Passivhaus standard The most energy efficient building standard demands the most energy efficient building products. To show its commitment to the Passivhaus standard, DVS is setting new benchmarks for flat roof skylights. Passivhaus represents a very high standard of energy efficiency in modern construction. Structures built in compliance to the Passivhaus standard only contain components which feature exceptional energy efficient qualities, conserve a large amount of energy in buildings thanks to their insulation properties and thus provide an extremely airtight building envelope. Energy efficient rooflights harness the free and natural resource of daylight, and therefore reduces the requirement for artificial lighting, with obvious benefits for the environment and the financial cost for the building owner.The introduction of natural daylight has many other advantages, such as creating a pleasant and healthier living, working and/or learning environment,

substantiated by independent research. Following independent assessment by the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt Germany, DVS has launched Passivhaus certified skylights.The FEenergysave is a highly energy efficient flat roof skylight which has achieved the top efficiency class; the Advanced Components phA category. For larger area roof glazing the PR60energysave system has also achieved Passivhaus certification, another phA Advanced Component. The most energy efficient building standard demands the most energy efficient building products and this is at the core of DVS’ entire range of rooflights – all are supplied with total product U-values, verified by calculation data-sheets for the

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Sapphire ensures safety and style Sapphire Balustrades has manufactured and installed a complete package of high quality balustrades for a new eight-storey apartment block in Watford. Design elements from Sapphire’s versatile Crystal, Onyx and Opal balustrade systems were cleverly combined to create bespoke solutions throughout Rainbow House, from the central atrium and communal stairways to apartment balconies and penthouse terraces. Sapphire’s design and fabrication expertise ensured specific requirements were met, including high wind loadings on complex corner balconies and customised fixings to complement external cladding.


New UK addition for Schueco Jansen New to the UK is the Janisol Folding Wall from Schueco Jansen, for both commercial and domestic markets. Made from thermally-insulated steel profiles, its robust, durable, allwelded construction makes it suitable for both inside and outside use.Top-hung on rollers, the Schueco Jansen Janisol Folding Wall uses roller guides and a floor channel to ensure a smooth and quiet operation at all times. Leaf sizes up to 800mm wide x 2700mm high can be achieved with a leaf face width of only 25mm and, with an intermediate leaf-to-leaf dimension of only 105 mm, the Janisol Folding Wall delivers very slim and elegant sight-lines.



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Geze UK has a new automatic sliding door operator on the market, and it’s quieter, stronger and even more versatile than before. Launched in response to demand from architects and specifiers for an even quieter yet aesthetically-pleasing operator that can carry heavier doors and be more adaptable to variants in finished floor levels, the Slimdrive SL NT automatic door is the latest innovative addition to Geze UK’s popular range of Slimdrive operators, which are just 7cm high.The new model is capable of carrying door leaves of up to 125kg and the new roller carriage enables much greater adjustment for easier installation and a better fit.

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Dale offers Stormproof solution Beautiful made-to-order Stormproof timber windows and doors by Dale, the UK’s fastest growing merchant-distributed timber fenestration supplier, have been specified by developer Amelia Properties for private new build chalet-style homes in West Sussex. The boutique development of semis and detached properties has been constructed on the site of a single bungalow in the busy village of East Wittering, located just a few miles south of the cathedral city of Chichester. Using an eco-friendly design that incorporates timber frame, rain water harvesting, solar panels, under floor heating and Dale double glazed Stormproof timber casement windows, French doors and entrance doors, these new homes are thermally efficient, light, spacious and comfortable while low energy consumption will result in reduced CO2 emissions. The properties reach the Code for Sustainable Homes standards required by the Local Planning Authority as part of the approval process. Dale’s Stormproof windows and doors were specified for the additional protection they provide in areas of severe

weather conditions. In this location on the English Channel, subjected to brutal winds that blow in from the coast, the perfect product choice has been made. Stormproof windows feature advanced draught sealing and together with rebated sashes provide robust protection. This design lends itself perfectly to modern buildings, new builds and replacement projects. Stormproof windows and glazed doors feature highly efficient double glazing units that provide exceptional levels of insulation. High security is achieved with strong multi-point locking mechanisms and internal beading. Stormproof windows by Dale, which are manufactured from engineered timber that won’t twist, stick or warp, have been independently tested for Weather Tightness and Operation & Strength for both top and side hung

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Alu-Timber and its approved fabricator 3D Aluminium Systems has recently worked on a new build academy in West Sussex.This new £28m academy which replaces the existing college is the first of four for West Sussex Council. AluTimber, from The Parkside Group, was specified due to the flexibility it offers. All profiles are kept in stock which means challenging site deadlines can always be met.The extensive range of profiles create options for large glazed framing areas which integrate seamlessly with AluTimber windows and doors.The complete Alu-Timber range includes casement, tilt & turn windows, open-in and open-out doors, framing and curtain walling.



JS Air Curtains has supplied four custom air curtains for a concealed installation at 110 Cannon Street, where they have been discreetly embedded into the walls. JS custom designed each of the four 1.5m air curtains with air inlets and outlets at 180° to each other to enable the air to enter at the back and be emitted from the front. Two sets of two 1.5m air curtains were then connected vertically to form 3m towers, which were concealed within the walls on either side of the building’s main doorway.The air curtains prevent the glass revolving door from acting like a slow moving fan.


Schueco’s UK first BIM library Leading building envelope and solar products specialist, Schueco UK, has announced another UK first – a library of aluminium fenestration objects developed specifically for use with Building Information Modeling (BIM). The library includes windows, doors, sliding doors and sliding/ folding doors. In addition, Schueco’s range of curtain wall profiles can be assigned to Autodesk Revit generic facade systems. For Schueco Network fabricators, the company will also be launching an important upgrade to its powerful SchuCal+ design, estimating and processing software in early 2013. This will provide a two-way connection between SchuCal+ and Revit and allow architects to send generic drawings which can then be populated with Schueco products. 095

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Doors, Windows & Balustrades Tectus offers advanced hinge technology Simonswerk’s award-winning, fully-concealed Tectus hinges allow for three-dimensional adjustments to obtain perfect door alignment, contain maintenance-free bearings and present a flush fitting clean line design. Created for safety, these hinges are available in an unrivalled range of high quality surface finishes and size options with the new TE 645 3D version carrying up to 300kg door weights.The Tectus A8 model accommodates door fascias and claddings up to 8mm. Meanwhile, the Tectus Energy option, featured at the recent London 100% Design show, integrates permanent power transfer.The new Tectus FR fire-rated range, now incorporates the intumescent material within the hinge body.


Sleek appearance with Aluma Sapphire Balustrades has developed a semi-frameless fixing option for glass infill panels for its Aluma aluminium balustrade system. This allows particularly neat detailing as the glass infills simply slot into the Aluma baluster uprights and/or handrail profiles, removing the clutter of traditional patch lugs, leaving a sleek, crisp appearance. Sapphire’s latest enhancement for the Aluma range provides specifiers with a cost-effective alternative to traditional framed balustrades while integrating the style of a structural glass balustrade. The range not only provides excellent aesthetics but gives ultimate corrosion resistance through the use of high grade aluminium extrusions.

Levolux takes care in Surrey A Timber Fin Solar Shading solution from Levolux has been installed at the new West Hall Care Home in Surrey.A naturallyeffective Solar Shading solution was essential to prevent excessive solar heat gain from occurring throughout the year. In total, Levolux installed 777 Timber Fins and 72 Timber Columns, divided equally between the three oval-shaped clusters, all engineered from sustainably-sourced untreated Western Red Cedar, graded as No.2 clear and better. Now complete, the West Hall Care Home provides highly sustainable, energy efficient and comfortable accommodation, which will enhance the lives of its elderly residents.





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Sandtex Trade puts specifiers in the picture For a complete exterior protection system, look no further than Sandex. The brand’s highly skilled team of experts has been developing high performance solutions for over 50 years, as evident in its technically-advanced portfolio. In addition to comprehensive reference guides, Sandtex’s team can help every step of the way. been awarded a British Board of Agrément Certificate for up to eight years’ durability. For a durable but more subtle midsheen finish, Sandtex Trade Eggshell X-tra is the recommended top coat. Both decorative coatings flex with the substrate as it expands and contracts, thereby alleviating flaking and cracking, and both contain advanced UV inhibitors to provide maximum resistance to fading.

Versatile solutions For exterior metalwork including ferrous and non-ferrous metal surfaces and weathered or treated galvanised steelwork, Sandtex Trade Rust Inhibiting Primer Undercoat is the recommended foundation. This versatile corrosion resistant combination product can be used in conjunction with Sandtex Trade Metalgloss X-tra, or with Sandtex Trade Eggshell X-tra, depending on the finish required. The Metalgloss X-tra system also boasts 10 years proven performance. Colour choice is also assured with Sandtex Trade Flexigloss X-tra, Metalgloss X-tra and Eggshell X-tra all available

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andtex Trade’s range of high performance trim coatings offers outstanding protection and aesthetics to preserve and protect exterior joinery and metalwork. Four different trim coating systems are available, which can be used to deliver a high gloss or contemporary eggshell finish on both types of substrates. For exterior woodwork such as doors, architraves and window frames, Sandtex Trade Flexible Primer Undercoat provides a premium foundation for decorative finishes. It has an adhesion promoting formulation and will flex with the substrate as it moves. Where there is a requirement for exterior woodwork to have a traditional high sheen finish that will stand up to the elements, Sandtex Trade Flexigloss X-tra, used over Sandtex Trade Flexible Primer Undercoat will deliver up to 10 years proven performance (manufacturer’s guarantee) and has


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Rollalong jubilant over a job well done

Modular building specialist, Rollalong, has recently completed its fourth and largest development at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) at Headley Court. The Jubilee Rehabilitation Complex was opened by TRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall following a fast-track nine month contract period for the 5500m2 facility. Previous experience in working with the DMRC team at Headley Court was a tremendous advantage for this latest development, enabling the project team to hit the ground running and develop the Stage C report within four weeks. Re-establishment of the earlier project team involving DMRC, DIO, PriDE and Rollalong ensured a well-motivated, focused and experienced team could drive the project from day one. Initial design and planning was a collaborative effort. The project team liaised closely with the planning department at Mole Valley District Council to ensure that the mass, height

and location of the new facility would minimise the environmental impact on this sensitive area. As a consequence, the external design of the building utilises a mix of timber cladding and green render to blend in with its surroundings. As well as mandatory building regulations to meet, 10% renewables were required and a BREEAM Very Good rating. The Jubilee Rehabilitation Complex provides clinical and rehabilitation facilities for amputees, mostly from Military casualties with single, double or triple prosthetics.

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Slough’s symbol of urban regeneration Curtain walling from architectural aluminium system specialists, Technal, has helped to create a highly visible new gateway and transport hub for the Berkshire town of Slough.The new bus station is a striking, curvaceous and futuristic metallic design featuring a series of gentle undulating roof canopies. The only straight lines in the project are in the glazed facade which was created using Technal’s Géode-MX62 curtain walling. Finished in dark grey, the Géode-MX62 curtain wall, which was developed to accommodate larger dimensions and maximise natural light, allowed clear spans of 6m to be created. Technal’s robust aluminium commercial doors were also used for the Slough scheme. 103

Advanced aspiration detectors System Sensor, part of Honeywell, has extended its aspiration portfolio with the launch of FAAST LT, which offers highly effective fire detection for EN54-20 Class C applications where standard methods of detection are not the optimum solution. FAAST LT is designed for use in environments where access or maintenance is restricted, aesthetics are important, or in harsh environments where extremes in temperature, humidity and airflow may cause detector failure or false alarms. As a Class A device, FAAST LT provides high sensitivity detection in small mission critical applications such as small data server rooms.


Denso delivers new training centre Anti-corrosion and sealing specialist Winn & Coales (Denso) has launched a new training centre at its London head office and factory premises.The area comprises a customised workshop, primarily designed for the application and demonstration of the company’s coating and sealing product. These features are all contained within a controlled environment and can be used all year round, in any weather. Denso is confident that the creation of this new centre will enable it to fully demonstrate the virtues of its products and systems to customers as well as being a perfect venue to hold regular training sessions for many applicators/contractors.

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The Cavity Trays advantage There are cavity stops of various styles for horizontal and vertical installation. Passive rectangular profiled stops close the cavity permanently. Intumescent stops leave the cavity partially open and rely on heat activation. Now there is a third type of cavity stop that offers benefits not available with these alternatives. The Type SAF cavity stop from Cavity Trays of Yeovil is a passive parallelogram stop providing both fire-stopping and acoustic arrestment within the cavity. Where Part E calls for buildings to have both fire and acoustic stop provision, a Type SAF stop can be used to fulfil both functions in one product installation, and at one cost. Being a permanent passive barrier means it is in place to also prevent the spread of smoke that generally manifests and can be drawn through cavities in

advance of heat and fire. Statutory regulations state smoke must be inhibited from spreading beyond where a fire originates. The parallelogram profile with a sloping top and sloping bottom is used to advantage. The shape can act as its own dpc/deflector and any water penetrating the masonry above drains naturally forward. Unlike traditional cavity stops, the angled top guards against water

tracking towards the inner skin as there is no horizontal surface offering bridging opportunities. The shape of the Type SAF (sloping+acoustic+fire) permits adjoining lengths to simply lap either above or below a neighbouring length and in so doing the sloping advantage, the acoustic advantage and the fire and smoke stop qualities are maintained.


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Signbox re-launches new look e-shop Sign manufacturer, Signbox, has re-launched its e-commerce website to improve the visitor experience and extend the product offer. Part of Signbox’s portfolio of services is the e-shop to provide customers with off-the-shelf signage available with a quick turnaround, typically within a few days from placement of order. The website features a completely new style of fire exit sign, part of a range of safety signs that are EN 7010 compliant.When EN 7010 comes into effect, any safety signage installed in new projects in workplaces and public areas that do not comply will be illegal.



Coatings from premium woodcare brand, Sikkens, have been used in the creation of a unique development of luxury Treehouses at the prestigious Chewton Glen Hotel in Hampshire. Sikkens Cetol Novatech, a translucent woodstain with a semi-gloss finish, designed to enhance the natural beauty of the wood, was specified for the cladding. It also offered long lasting protection to keep the lodges looking pristine for longer. For the canopy edges and link bridges, Sikkens Cetol BL Opaque was selected to complement the marine grade plywood used in the development. The water-borne product offered a sustainable solution in comparison with traditional opaques, and also provided added durability. 108

Flexible tiles offer unlimited possibilities

Solus Ceramics introduces Flexstone – a unique flexible wall tile that can be applied to flat and curved surfaces.The range, which is made from a natural laminate slate plate backed with fiberglass and polyester, comes in 12 natural stone finishes.Thin enough to bend easily, Flexstone has been applied to a number of projects including spiral staircases and rounded ceilings. Flexstone is perfect for renovation and restoration and can be successfully applied directly to existing wall coverings including tiles, concrete, plasterboard and wood, providing the initial substrate is of suitable quality. Flexstone is also suitable for outdoor applications.

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Dali partnership provides added choice for customers

Dali Lighting, the UK designer and manufacturer of energy efficient LED lighting, has signed partnership agreements with Toshiba and General Electric (GE) that will allow it to offer a full range of LED products from the two leading global technology companies. Toshiba and GE LEDs, suitable for firsttime and retrofit applications in both commercial and domestic installations, will be offered under Dali Lighting’s Get Turned On scheme. This innovative approach allows customers to switch to LED with no upfront financial outlay and immediately benefit from energy cost savings of up to 80%.

Under the scheme, Dali Lighting installs LED lamps free of charge, and then over a period of either one year or 18 months, customers make payments to purchase the LED lamps.The key to the new scheme is that these payments can be wholly offset by the savings in energy bills. At the end of the payment term, the customer owns the LED lamps and can benefit from the full energy saving for the remaining life of the products – often up to seven years or more. Numerous formats of Toshiba and GE LED bulbs can now be supplied by Dali, they include candle, GLS and ‘Golf ball’ lamps for retrofit applications, and a wide choice of downlights, floodlights, panel lights, track mounted products and even IP-rated LEDs for new installations. “These are important and significant agreements for DALI Lighting that will

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benefit our customers and help speed the uptake of cost saving and ‘green’ LED lighting technology,” says Managing Director, David Eeles. “We can now offer customers the choice of Dali,Toshiba or GE product under our Get Turned On scheme with the products and flexibility to address both new and retrofit installations.”


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The premier way to utilise loft space Commercial businesses and homeowners are doing their utmost to make the very best and most cost-effective use of their finances. Homeowners, for example, are making better use of their lofts for storage and businesses are increasing storage space through the use of mezzanine floors. One prerequisite of the utilisation of these spaces is the need for access stairways to be safe, robust and well-situated. In addition, many seek suppliers who can offer add-on features and options to enable them to customise stairways to meet specific requirements. Premier Loft Ladders leads the field in design, technology, energy efficiency and quality and is recognised as being the foremost supplier of concertina style aluminium and folding or sliding style wooden loft and access ladders. Premier’s primary stairway is the Supreme – a concertina-style, ready-to-fit ladder superbly engineered and manufactured in Germany at the factory where the concept of the concertina retractable ladder originated. Suitable for a maximum floor to ceiling height up to 4600mm, the standard Supreme is made from high strength die-cast aluminium alloy components

contained within and attached to a laminated wood trapdoor and lining. The Supreme with a weatherproof roof hatch for flat roof access would normally be supplied with a single seal at the top of the lining for when the roof hatch closes, but can now we offered with a double seal to the roof hatch to improve energy saving.The standard single seal under the top cover would allow up to 35mm of insulation around the outside of the hatchbox.The special double seal can allow anything between 80 to 120mm. The flat roof access is just one of a choice of several options and accessories offered with the Supreme. These include electrical operation, 30 or 90 minute fire resistant casings, vertical access, suspended ceiling application, top operating mechanism, insulated trapdoor, telescopic handrail (to one or both sides), an upper level guardrail and protective feet.


Rapid expansion for AKW Group

Power tool proves durability claim

An inherited garden power tool is set to keep going for many years to come thanks to DMMP Limited. A Maruyama customer, Gary Harris, decided to replace some worn parts so contacted DMMP to see if they could help. Commercial Director of DMMP Colin Hood says: “Gary soon discovered that we are the sole UK distributors, so we were his first port of call. He called us, but as we don’t hold spare parts for a 1996 model we were more than happy to contact Maruyama’s European headquarters in Brussels and, as they hold the parts, they were ordered, dispatched and delivered to Gary within 24 hours.”



Transport specialist, AKW Group Plc, has invested in a new purpose-designed headquarters building from Foremans Relocatable Building Systems.The two-storey office scheme at Trafford Park near Manchester is a recycled and fully refurbished modular building. Foremans has also supplied a single modular building for use as a driver’s rest room and canteen.The building for AKW comprises 16 steel-framed modules that arrived on site refurbished and almost fully fitted out, reducing disruption to the company’s existing operations. Only the structure of the building was recycled, which allowed AKW to benefit from the speed, quality and lack of disruption of off-site construction, whilst also 115 reducing its carbon footprint.

Wireless monitoring for Barratt Homes The Hanham Hall development by Barratt Homes on the outskirts of Bristol has created great interest due to its commitment to the long term monitoring of domestic energy efficiency. In order to do this, 185 Wi5 systems were ordered from BSRIA.They will undertake a monitoring period of three years commencing as each dwelling is completed and inhabited. Each home will be checked for utilities consumption – gas, electricity and water – and in addition a random selection of houses will be monitored for internal environmental living conditions.The wireless Wi5 kits are easily concealed and designed to be largely unnoticed by the householders being monitored. 116

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Lafarge starts afresh as Siniat

Lafarge Plasterboard has changed its name to Siniat, marking the start of a new chapter for the company. JeanMichel Desmoutier, Managing Director for Siniat, explains: “We wanted to move away from a functional name focused purely on products, to one that captures our commercial ambitions for the future. We will continue to focus on delivering high-quality products, but our customers are increasingly looking for consultants to offer expert guidance. Siniat reflects our transition to valued advisers, as well as first-rate suppliers.” The launch of Siniat follows the leading manufacturer’s acquisition by international building materials company Etex in November 2011.

Portakabin, the modular building specialist, has launched WardSpace, a new range of options for standardised hospital buildings to help healthcare providers rapidly expand facilities to reduce patient waiting times and meet more stringent Government targets.Portakabin WardSpace provides ready-to-use and fully equipped buildings for interim or permanent use which can be delivered very quickly, sometimes in just days, enabling hospitals to meet waiting list and response time targets and to manage demand for bed spaces. WardSpace features a central core that accommodates a nurses’ station, dirty and clean utilities, reception, waiting area, toilets and showers, and any other essential facilities. 118

Ultimate charity challenge A team from interior building products distributor, CCF, has beaten the Commando Challenge to raise over £12,000 for Happy Days Children’s Charity. Set in the Lake District, the 22-strong team from nationwide CCF branches, came together to tackle a number of physical tasks which form part of standard Royal Marine training including 16.5km of canoeing, a 10km climb to the top of Helvellyn mountain and a 20km bike ride, all in less than twelve hours. CCF has been supporting Happy Days for over three years. The children’s charity provides holidays and days out for disadvantaged young people aged 3 to 17 with special needs.


Intastop goes mobile With an increasing number of website visitors accessing company pages via smart phone technology, leading supplier of door and wall protection, Intastop, has launched a new mobile site. “It’s imperative to stay ahead of the competition not only via our core product offering but also via our marketing techniques. Using only traditional marketing methods will now invariably exclude a proportion of our customers,” says Sarah Barsby, Marketing Director for Intastop. “It is imperative for companies today to provide tools for their customers that make the process of research, whether that be for product or company services, as easy and simple as possible.”


Nuclear lab to benefit from modular build Britain’s newest laboratory for the analysis of radioactive materials has just arrived on site at Dounreay in Scotland.The project, which is under construction by off-site specialist Yorkon, is also the first nuclear facility of its kind to be built using modular construction, and one of the most complex and remote modular building projects ever undertaken in the UK. 35 steel-framed modules have just been craned into position in only four days, significantly reducing disruption to operations at Dounreay.The off-site approach is reducing the programme time for the building envelope by around 50%. Construction of the 1300m2 building is scheduled for completion in Spring 2013. 121


Roofshield restores iconic build Roofshield was recently used as part of the roof refurbishment on Hamilton Hall, St. Andrews. The benefits of Roofshield, a high performance vapour and air permeable membrane from The A. Proctor Group were significant. The very low vapour resistance, combined with high air permeability reduces any risk of interstitial condensation, and there is no requirement for a separate vapour control layer. Iconic Grade B listed Hamilton Hall, which overlooks the 18th green of the Old Course in St. Andrews has been transformed, returning it to its glory days and creating 26 luxury apartments, a members lounge, restaurant and a public bar and grill.

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West Hertfordshire College utilises Low-E glass to minimise solar gain during the day

High spec solutions for campus redevelopment


he campus redevelopment and new build by BAM Construction utilises several Reynaers Aluminium systems, with architects The Weedon Partnership specifying Reynaers CW50 Structurally Clamped Curtain Walling to provide an uninterrupted and visually impressive facade that maximises natural light entry. Conscious too of the sustainability requirements of the building from the outset the architects designed the campus to maximise internal space in order to facilitate the wide range of activities. The building utilises Low-E glass to minimise solar gain during the day. Solar panels are incorporated in the green roof for heating purposes and rainwater harvesting and re-use is in place resulting in a building that boasts a low carbon footprint. High performance, aesthetically pleasing Reynaers Eco 50 window systems feature throughout the college while perfectly dovetailing into the overall design of the


building.The Eco system is specifically designed for ease of installation, helping to reduce fabrication costs. Constantly in use,Vision 50 doors combine style with durability, easily handling the heavy usage requirements associated with campus installations. Designed specifically for ground floor applications they are used throughout the college. Vision 50 offers maximum flexibility in fabrication while meeting the highest levels of operating performance. Fabricators on the project were Fleetwood Architectural Aluminium. Unusually, the college boasts a ‘street’ of facilities open to the general public featuring cafe, gym, spa, restaurant and spacious recreational areas, with gardens, courtyards and a central atrium. In addition, there are a number of dedicated open spaces for art and culture exhibitions for the community. “With the construction of any type of learning facility it’s important that we can help to create a good environment for youngsters to have the best opportunity

of developing,” says Paul Duffy, Reynaers Sales Director. “Not only does West Hertfordshire College look superb, but it’s also energy efficient and boasts a low carbon footprint.”

A vibrant and dynamic campus at West Hertfordshire College in Watford is the result of a new, state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility boasting the latest technology and a unique ‘street’ that is open to the public. In order to complement the striking interior and increase build performance, a number of Reynaers’ solutions were specified.

CW50 Structurally Clamped Curtain Walling provides an uninterrupted facade

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The VS600 vertical sliding window is a brand new innovation to the Smart product range. VS600 incorporates the traditional styling of sash windows with the advantages of modern thermal aluminium profile.

Smart Architectural Aluminium has announced their new MC 600 curtain wall system has successfully passed CWCT testing on the first attempt. The system achieved test results of Air: 600pa, Water: 600pa and Wind: 2400pa.

A traditional sash window that may be used in heritage and conservation areas where Georgian and Victorian architecture is predominate. The ease of operation and excellent natural ventilation rates means that VS600 is also suited to high occupancy buildings. The window offers a flush opening with no projection into or out of the building, this style of window is frequently used on schools and hospitals. VS600 hardware has been designed alongside the experts at Caldwell and utilises various standard hardware designs. As well as the vertical sliding sash, VS600 features a ‘tilt in’ operation that facilitates the cleaning of the external glass. The system features low line glazing gasket that will accept 28mm sealed units. The system can achieve overall U Values of 1.6W/m²K and a W.E.R. B rating. VS600 windows also feature concealed drainage and a concealed coupling option. Assembly of VS600 is optimised through square cut outer frame and sash joints which require minimal machining aiding fabrication.

MC600 is a new curtain wall system capable of providing impressive, practical & economic glazed facades as a solution for both small and large scale multi-storey commercial buildings and ground floor treatment. The system has been designed with efficient fabrication in mind. MC600 benefits from an interchangeable transom/mullion profiles that allow fabricators to utilise the same section for both purposes whilst achieving consistent sight lines. MC600 is assembled on-site by a stick build system and can incorporate Smart window and door inserts.

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FC&A November 2012  

FC&A November 2012

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