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Flexible learning Modern masterplan breaks design convention

Health check design challenges for the glass industry

Sustainable platform PSBJ unveils Ecobuild highlights

Public realm the potential of play to enhance communities

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Cover image Since 2006, architecture firm Patel Taylor has been instrumental in the phased masterplan of Lowther Primary School, a dynamic community primary school. See page 34.

Welcome. . . With Government investment anticipated across the public sector, Ecobuild is the must-attend event for all specifiers embarking on key public sector projects. From 5th to 7th March, London’s ExCeL will host over 1500 exhibitors specialising in sustainable construction and design and more than 1100 expert speakers. Editor Hannah Frackiewicz Managing Director Sam Ball Publication Manager Steve Gull Account Executive Adam Barron Studio Manager Chris Lilly Artworker/Sub-editor Ben Bridgeman Accounts Simone Jones Publisher Mixed Media Information Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ T: 01622 232702 F: 01622 816874

Along with a number of specialist seminars presented by ministers and government officials, highlights for the 2013 event include The Green Deal Terrace. This is a timely attraction, given the role of local authorities and other local partners in ensuring effective and intensive delivery of this important initiative. A number of ‘pods’ will also be present where visitors can hear experiences of public/private partnerships on successful delivery of the Green Deal. To help readers forward-plan their visit, we have featured a selection of leading suppliers making their mark at the event. Amongst these is Timberplay, which has diversified its product offering with street furniture and sustainable lighting. Also on show will be new launches from Smart Architectural Aluminium. At the heart of these is the company’s new MC600 Smart Wall curtain walling and Smart Wall commercial door. For more information and to view the full feature line up, turn to page 42. Also, be sure not to miss Mixed Media’s dedicated show guide – a supplement that will be printed with the March edition of Future Constructor & Architect, PSBJ’s sister title. This will be found online at or you can contact the team to request a subscription. Also in this issue, we pay tribute to Glasgow’s new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Emirates Arena. As an instrumental part of the team, curtain walling specialist Wicona unveils how the venue, constructed for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, will go on to provide a sporting landmark and legacy for Scotland. Elsewhere, this month’s Healthcare focus addresses key design challenges in hospital environments. With security, hygiene and privacy being high on the list of priorities, Essex Safety Glass discusses how the glass manufacturing industry is responding. I hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming Ecobuild event. Please feel free to come by and say hello to the team – you will find us on stand N10.

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08 Upfront Wicona unveils its recent contribution to Scotland’s new landmark sporting venue, the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

14 Housing Improve communication in social housing repairs and maintenance by adopting a smart approach. COINS explains how mobile technology can assist.

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SolarTech’s Managing Director, Shaun Taylor, discusses whether education institutions can really benefit from solar PV installations.

With greater thought given to how, why and where children play, Robin Sutcliffe, Chairman of Sutcliffe Play, considers the potential of public realm.

Birmingham City Council looked to Ex-Or to deliver a fully integrated light management system for its flagship offices.

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Panel Systems addresses how a contemporary building envelope can be achieved using bright and durable architectural panels.

Triton Systems reveals how a number of its products are now available as BIM objects on the NBS National BIM Library.

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28 Healthcare Scott Sinden, Managing Director of Essex Safety Glass (ESG), explores how the glass manufacturing industry is responding to security, hygiene and privacy.

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Mandeep Bansal, Technical Services Manager of Knauf Drywall, discusses the relevant building standards and partitioning solutions available.

34 Education Patel Taylor showcases its recent primary school redevelopment project which has successfully broken away from a traditional institutional feel.

36 Security Fingerprint readers enable companies and institutions to adopt a secure, ‘open-door’ policy, 24/7. Reader manufacturer, ievo, identifies the full range of possible applications.

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42 Ecobuild Preview Along with a round-up of new launches due to be shown at the event, PSBJ highlights a host of special features and inspiring attractions.


48 Product Showcase A round-up of industry news, products and installations helping public sector associations to make informed choices when planning and specifying.

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Notices unveiled for new timber framework Contract Notices for public sector procurement consortium LHC’s new Timber Window and Door Products (TW3) framework arrangement have recently been set, affording timber product manufacturers and suppliers the chance to bid for a share of the millions spent by the public sector in this area. This is the next step in the process towards approving companies for this framework, which could open doors for successful bidders to contracts with local authorities, housing associations and other public bodies in England, Wales and Scotland. Interested companies are now able

to download the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) from LHC’s website. Companies should be aware that they have 37 days, in line with OJEU requirements, from publication of the Contract Notice to complete the PQQ. John Skivington, Director of not-forprofit consortium, LHC, says: “This is a fantastic opportunity for timber window and door companies of all sizes to win a share of this valuable market. The tendering process will identify suitable contractors who will be appointed on a regional basis, and promoted to LHC’s database of member and user contacts.”

United House awarded major contract by Circle Specialist London housing contractor United House has signed a £150m major repairs and maintenance contract with Circle, one of the UK’s largest housing groups, following an intensive EU procured selection process. The contract, estimated to be one of the biggest in the sector, covers an initial five year period and is worth up to £30m per year, with an option to extend this for a further five years. As part of the contract, United House has made a commitment to support Circle’s pledge to enhancing life chances, including a new employment and skills training programme which will see around 50 new apprentices taken on to help deliver the works. Circle has approximately 14,000 tenanted properties in its Southern Region requiring refurbishment. United House will start work on site in all areas at the start of April 2013. Jeffrey Adams, Group Chief Executive of United House, says: “We have built a strong long-term relationship with Circle Housing Group and it is a real achievement for us to be awarded this large scale contract. We are absolutely committed to making this project a success and look forward to delivering a significantly better quality of life for the residents in the communities we will be working.”


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Nationwide Windows wins at Welsh Housing Awards Nationwide Windows has announced that it has been awarded the Most Community Focused Contractor accolade at the CIH Welsh Housing Awards. Now in their sixth year, the awards were created to showcase the very best in innovation and excellence in the Welsh housing sector across both

Leadbitter completes new homes for Chard The Leadbitter Group has handed over 21 new affordable homes in Chard, Somerset, to social housing provider Yarlington Housing Group. The two- and three-bedroom houses meet Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and will be available for affordable rent with eight of the

public and private sector organisations. Nationwide was nominated for the award for its partnering work with Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG). Nationwide Windows invested some £475,000 to help upgrade 3410 North Wales homes to WHQS, with a manufacturing facility based in Bangor, which also resulted in the creation of 35 new jobs (including 10 apprenticeships) in an area with the highest unemployment in Gwynedd. Managing Director John Whalley comments: “We are thrilled that our work alongside CCG has been recognised with this accolade. The Nationwide Windows approach has always been, not to simply install windows into houses, but to install them into peoples’ homes. It’s often these softer parts of a partnering arrangement that make the difference between success and failure. Winning the Community Focused Contractor award certainly endorses this approach.” units for sale under low cost home ownership. To achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, the homes were built with highly insulated walls and floors, plus roof spaces with a very low air permeability rate. The houses also have mechanical ventilation and heat recovery units, which take residual heat from the bathrooms and kitchens and heat fresh air being drawn into the house. This reduces the amount of energy required to heat the houses and keeps all the rooms very well ventilated.


BBES awarded £1.7m M&E hospital contract

£1m skills boost for Birmingham Willmott Dixon has further underlined its objective to be a major enabler of growth and opportunity in Birmingham by investing in a new £1m academy. The company announced its intent earlier last year to create a skills academy capable of training 2000 people a year. Willmott Dixon 4Life Academy, opened on 30th January, is a 14,000ft2 property at Electric Avenue in Aston. The new academy will offer training programmes ranging from short courses in electrical compliance and renewable technology to life-time skills such as NVQ and City & Guilds qualifications, accreditation on the Construction Skills Certification as well

as supporting development of Willmott Dixon’s 22 Birmingham apprentices. The Willmott Dixon 4Life Academy will also act as a National Centre of Excellence for the company across the UK and demonstrates its firm commitment to the West Midlands, where it employs nearly 1000 people and is responsible for the long-term repairs and maintenance of 60,000 properties for Birmingham City Council. Mick Williamson, Managing Director for Willmott Dixon Partnerships, says: “Skills play a crucial part in the prosperity of all cities and The Willmott Dixon 4Life Academy is a statement of our ambition to play a strategic role in the long-term growth of Birmingham.”

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES), one of the UK’s largest mechanical and electrical building services businesses, has been awarded a £1.7m health contract for the design, supply and installation of mechanical and electrical services associated with the development of the Combined Services Department (CSD) at Morriston Hospital, Swansea. The existing Artificial Limb and Appliance Centre (ALAC) unit will be refurbished and a new three-storey extension constructed to provide specialist clinical accommodation for a range of services. The unit will allow complementary services to be located under one roof while greatly improving accessibility, dignity and privacy for patients. BBES’ customer is BAM Construction and the ultimate customer is Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.

Pick Everard hits £100m milestone Pick Everard, a leading independent project management, quantity surveying, architectural and engineering firms, has reached the £100m project value milestone in delivering schemes through local authority controlled company Scape’s first National Programme, Project and Cost Management Framework. This provides a range of cost consultancy services to help public sector clients ensure best value for the taxpayer’s money. The news comes just over a year on from Pick Everard’s appointment by Scape. Scape offers strategic procurement arrangements and

standardised designs to deliver cost, time and efficiency savings to public sector construction schemes across the UK. Alastair Hamilton, Pick Everard Partner and Framework Director, says: “We’re seeing a number of excellent schemes coming to fruition, and that’s extremely encouraging given the current climate. Our public sector clients are telling us they value the independent and professional service we offer, in particular because our teams are able to offer an expert opinion on whole life costs and the long-term viability of projects.”

Community Levy holding back new housing The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) on new developments is hindering rather than helping smaller house-builders trying to meet the growing UK housing shortage, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned. Nick Boles MP, the Planning Minister, today outlined plans to give

up to 25% of the CIL charged on new homes directly to community bodies such as parish councils, in a bid to ease local objections to new development. But the FMB restated its opposition to CIL in principle, saying the building industry needs less not more bureaucracy and red tape. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the

FMB, says: “While we appreciate the Government’s attempts to tackle the yawning housing deficit by incentivising new development, it is difficult to see how this latest announcement is going to kick-start the building of the quarter of a million new homes Britain needs every year just to keep up with demand.”

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Upfront an outstanding community facility and a lasting legacy for the people of Scotland.

Regeneration catalyst

Versatile venue The Wictec 50 'stick' curtain walling was sufficiently versatile to accommodate the technical complexities of this challenging project

The Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome is a state-ofthe-art building which integrates a variety of sports facilities into a single complex. With the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow less than 18 months away, Ian Smith, Senior Manager at aluminium facade specialist Wicona, looks at the facade solution created for the event's showpiece building, a lasting sporting legacy for the people of Scotland.


he Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome is the most significant building to be constructed for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. It has created a new world-class sporting landmark


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for Scotland, one of the largest indoor sports facilities in Europe, and Scotland’s first indoor velodrome. The new facility is set to attract sporting competitions of the highest standards to Glasgow and will provide

Designed by 3D Reid and built by Sir Robert McAlpine, the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Emirates Arena was completed at a cost of £116m and is being hailed as a catalyst to major investment and regeneration in the area. Built on a brownfield 10.3h site adjacent to Glasgow Celtic FC’s Celtic Park Stadium, the complex is one of the most versatile, flexible and innovative structures of its type in Europe. This is an interlinked project which offers three different sporting venues – a 2500 capacity velodrome, an arena with seating for 5000 spectators, and a multi-purpose 2500m2 sports hall. In addition to these showpiece facilities, the scheme also accommodates an array of leisure amenities for the local community which includes a gym, dance studios, fitness suites, and treatment rooms, as well as centralised office space for several Scottish governing sporting bodies. The biggest challenge for the building designers was to integrate such a variety of sports facilities into a single complex. The result is a predominantly rectilinear building divided into three distinct but interlinked areas to reflect its multiple functions. The arena at the south end is the largest and the velodrome is positioned at the opposite end – with the central ‘hub’ located between the two.

Distinctive form Sweeping curves have been created to the corners of the velodrome to visually and dramatically express its distinctive oval-shaped form. Here, Wicona’s Wictec 50 faceted curtain walling was specified by the architects to follow the curve of this striking building. Bull nose aerofoil caps add further interest to the facade by accentuating the horizontal profiles. The Wictec 50 ‘stick’ curtain walling was sufficiently versatile to accommodate the technical complexities of this challenging project. The system has been used extensively


Sweeping curves have been created to the corners of the velodrome to visually express its distinctive oval-shaped form

contract, the Wictec 50 curtain walling system was sufficiently robust to accommodate large unsupported spans of glass up to 4m long and to have a uniform appearance on every elevation. Special connections for the transoms and mullions were engineered to take the heavier loads for these spans.

The system also delivered slim sections to maximise natural light, and profiles of 50mm for the different configurations, providing visual consistency across the project.

Technical complexities Screens of 77m long were constructed in the Wictec 50 grid system to


both in the UK and internationally and features a 50mm profile which has an extra-narrow face width, both internally and externally. The suite has a wide range of structural aluminium profiles for vertical, angled, sloped and faceted applications and optimum creative freedom. There are also options for additional security, fire protection and bullet resistance without altering the appearance of the facade.

Unify functions To help unify the disparate functions of the building, a palette of three principal materials was used across the building envelope. Charcoal grey acid etched precast concrete panels form a continuous plinth around the building. Above this, the scheme is clad in silver insulated aluminium panels interspersed with large expanses of Wicona’s curtain walling with its horizontal emphasis. The velodrome is differentiated from the rest of the building with the use of diamondshaped aluminium panels for the curved walls and the faceted curtain walling. Fabricated and installed by Dane Architectural Systems in a £1m facade

The scheme is clad in silver insulated aluminium panels interspersed with large expanses of Wicona's curtain walling with its horizontal emphasis

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Upfront glass. Wicona also supplied the glazing for the atria roofs and light wells, and the curtain walling for the entrance at level 2. Commenting on the specification of the Wicona curtain walling for this high profile project, Rolf Basler, architect for the building envelope at 3DReid says: “The Wictec system could accommodate all the technical complexities of this project in terms of spans, loads and uniformity of appearance for both the grid and faceted elements. The system was well fabricated and the project was supported by valuable technical input from the Wicona team.”

Symbolising heritage

The velodrome is differentiated from the rest of the building with the use of diamond-shaped aluminium panels

enclose the arena, and the curtain walling spans four storeys on the hub block that links the two sporting venues. Here the glazing was specified to withstand high wind

loads. The facade system was finished in a dark grey polyester powder coating to complement the other envelope materials, and the glazed units used solar control

The new facility is set to attract sporting competitions of the highest standards to Glasgow

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The building features around 3000m2 of architectural concrete cladding in an almost black exposed granite aggregate finish. This echoes the region’s coal mining heritage, and to further enhance that theme, a ‘shiplap’ pattern represents the different seams evident in an exposed coalface. This cladding solution brings its robust, durable, acoustic and thermal qualities to the project. Another distinctive element of the complex is the dramatic cantilevered overhang which runs continuously along the roof, helping to further unify

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Upfront the building and bring all its component parts together. This structure projects 18m outwards above the curved glazed facade of the velodrome, adding further drama to this majestic landmark.

Flexible facilities

The dramatic cantilevered overhang which runs continuously along the roof, helps to unify the building

open its doors as a showpiece venue for the Commonwealth Games, funded by the Scottish Government and other partners. Not only is the arena an excellent venue for the 2014 Games, it is also a world-class

venue for Glasgow, creating a legacy for the rest of Scotland for years to come.” Glasgow Councillor Matheson adds: “This is a truly world-class venue that will be the new home of indoor sport in Scotland. The arena was built for the people of Glasgow…. and by investing in new facilities such as this we will help inspire a generation to become more involved in sport. We can’t wait to see the arena filled with local people and elite athletes alike over the coming months and years.”

State-of-the-art facilities in the arena and velodrome include a 200m long hydraulic running track, telescopic seating to allow good sightlines for spectators, a 250m high-banked indoor cycle track with a multi-use in-field area, and space to erect additional temporary seating. The scheme also incorporates a community sports centre, four flood-lit five-a-side pitches, a 1km outdoor cycle track, and an indoor roller sports facility. This project is the product of an entirely different brief to London’s Olympic Velodrome, which was an iconic, sculptural form. Glasgow’s velodrome complex has a simpler geometric arrangement which encloses a multi-purpose facility. It has a functional ingenuity that will provide both a vital and well used community resource and a world class venue to inspire future generations of sports people and deliver a genuine sporting legacy for the city. The Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, says: “It’s amazing to see the arena

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The curtain walling spans four storeys on the hub block that links the two sporting venues

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Client: Glasgow City Council Project Managers: Davis Langdon Architects: 3D Reid Main contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine Facade system: Wicona Facade contractor: Dane Architectural

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Housing the logical solution. COINS FM replaced the disparate systems formerly used by Ian Williams: in-house solutions for financial and facilities management that were linked to a third party mobile solution. The introduction of COINS has provided a fully-integrated solution to improve business efficiencies.

Scheduling devices

Like all businesses, local authorities are measured on KPIs and this is where mobile working has had the most impact

Smart maintenance Applying mobile technology to delivering the planned and reactive elements of social housing maintenance provides significant financial and sustainability benefits to the client and the housing maintenance contractor, and keeps tenants happy too. Here, COINS looks at how this is being achieved both out in the field and back at the office.


he effective delivery of service maintenance requires efficient management of field operations. However, managing field operatives can be challenging as it can be difficult to keep track of both them and their paperwork. Field operatives often carry out work in the order that they want, and meaningful control over what is done and when, is problematic. Furthermore, because real-time information is not available as the job progresses, the customer cannot be kept informed about the status and completion of jobs. Communication is vital to the efficient running of a service management team, both out in the field and back at

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the office. Mobile data solutions can improve communication and provide the required visibility, transparency and integrity of data.

Keeping track Ian Williams Group is one of the UK’s leading property services companies and is at the forefront of providing services to the built environment, with particular expertise in social housing. For an organisation with 500 field-based operatives servicing over 350,000 homes a year, keeping track of people, jobs and costs is imperative. The decision to install a fully-integrated FM system to control back office functions and front line tasks was

Ian Williams’s workload is split between capital works (installing kitchen and bathrooms and general refurbishment) and response maintenance. The latter is managed using the COINS Facilities Management module (COINS FM) and mobile technology employing handheld PDAs. Each day the service centre staff receive their repair requests from housing association clients in COINS FM via the client hub, which creates a job within COINS. The job is sent to the scheduling system, which matches the job to the postcodes and skill sets of the field operative closest to the job and then allocates an anticipated timescale to complete the task. Before leaving home, each operative receives and accepts his first job on his mobile device, updates the status once on site and again, finally, on completion of the work. Every piece of data keyed into the PDA is transmitted back to COINS in real time so that all system users know the position of each job and operative. Work can be set out as a schedule of rates or on a simple job description basis. Materials can be costed and charged to jobs using the mobile device, providing a much better view of which jobs/customers are profitable and which are not. PDAs also enable the operative to show proof of work completed via signatures, photos and time and date recording. Although it is a mobile application, lack of a signal does not hinder getting work done. Operatives can continue to work, pick up and complete jobs even if there is no mobile signal because the data is stored on the mobile device. The details are sent back to COINS when a connection is re-established, without the loss of data. The use of dynamic scheduling


The introduction of COINS has provided a fully integrated solution to improve business efficiencies

Ian Williams with differentiation within their market place. Steve says: “In our sector, integrated FM and mobile solutions are imperative. Our customers expect it and we expect to have some degree of integration with their business in order to provide efficiencies.”

It is essential to have good data to support reporting and invoicing clients. With Mobile FM technologies, the back office no longer keys in data from paper works orders – hence eliminating new typos, wrong allocations and exception handling. Also, customers can be billed more quickly since


means there is no driving to the office to pick up job sheets in the morning or drop off paperwork at night. The scheduling system only sends one job at a time to each operative. If a job takes longer than anticipated, then the system issues the next job to someone else close by using a GPS based device. Emergency appointments can also be scheduled in this way. A van inventory facility ensures that all materials required for each individual job are matched to the van stock, avoiding time-wasting trips to stores to restock. The inventory also provides for better audit control and accountability.

Maximum efficiency Mobile technology maximises a field operative’s performance and efficiency, enabling them to spend their time working rather than collecting job sheets from the office. “Optimising the productivity of each operative and delivering the best service to our customer is what we strive for and this is made easier using the COINS solutions,” says Steve Harvey, IT Manager of Ian Williams Group. This has resulted in a 30% increase in productivity. The COINS FM solution provides

PDAs enable the operative to show proof of work completed via signatures, photos and time and date recording

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Housing information returns from the field accurately and in real time. Office planners no longer have to chase timesheets or a job’s status, since they are received directly from the PDA. The administrative time savings are significant, far outweighing the investment in the technology.

Smart savings

The use of dynamic scheduling means there is no driving to the office to pick up job sheets in the morning or drop off paperwork at night

first local authority in the UK to deploy mobile technology into field operations to manage responsive repairs for over 10,000 properties receiving around 50,000 orders per year.

Customer satisfaction

Applying mobile technology to deliver social housing maintenance provides significant financial and sustainability benefits

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Dave Poole, Responsive Repairs Manager, says: “Eight years ago, mobile working was in its infancy and this radical change was met with some resistance. Now our operatives wouldn’t be without their PDAs.” Like all businesses, local authorities are measured on KPIs and this is where mobile working has had the most impact. Says Dave: “Our appointments made to appointments kept ratio has risen from 32% to 93%, but has been as high as 98%, whilst our Right to Repair response rate for 24 hour, 72 hour and 7 day deadlines

now runs at 99%. This is all due to the implementation of mobile technology, enabling us to provide operatives with real-time information in order to carry out their job more effectively.” For managers, mobile field apps can leverage the data produced to provide a true insight into their customers and service delivery. Tighter integration between mobile apps and central systems can also help increase productivity. Having a combination of FM software, fully integrated PDAs and dynamic scheduling delivered electronically is becoming vital to the housing service maintenance sector. It produces both time and cost savings and allows service maintenance companies to keep a competitive edge.

Mobile takes paper out of the process and leads to significant environmental efficiencies. It can also reduce mileage costs, because travelling between jobs is scheduled effectively and therefore kept to a minimum. We should not underestimate the effect that empowerment of mobile technology has on the field operatives, from easy data input and abolishing tedious form filling, to the reduction in travel. The PDA is now a most welcome addition to their tool box. COINS-mobile integrates with any back office system, not just COINS. For non-COINS users, a staging database is set up within the customer’s firewall and jobs are saved to the database and picked up by COINS-mobile. Conversely, COINS-mobile takes the data captured on the PDAs and saves it to the staging database for the customer to pick up and integrate into their back-end systems. Chesterfield Borough Council was the


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Lessons from solar energy SolarTech's recent Shropshire installations incorporated a pupil interface to enable students to see for themselves how green energy works and how it can help the environment

With the recent reductions in the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT), there has been some degree of confusion and a loss of confidence in the low carbon sector with some potential customers now questioning its economic benefits. In light of this, Shaun Taylor, Managing Director of SolarTech, discusses whether solar energy is still a good deal for schools.


hen the Feed-in-Tariff was first introduced, it prompted an initial surge of new companies setting up in order to make a fast profit from solar energy. Then, once the tariff rates had dropped, many installers went out of business or chose to leave the market, leaving customers without support. Given the changeability of this relatively new industry, should schools and public sector organisations be wary of investing in solar energy? The reality is that solar energy is still an excellent proposition, particularly in view of the rising cost of traditional fuels. The return on investment on solar installations remains broadly the same at 10% as the FIT payments have come down in proportion to the falling cost of solar panels. Furthermore, with fierce competition from foreign imports and with the overcapacity of many manufacturers,

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customers can potentially benefit from even better deals. Schools and public sector organisations not only gain from the generation of free electricity, with their buildings future proofed against any further increases in electricity prices, but they can usually recoup their installation costs within approximately 10 years, whilst receiving income from the FIT, at a fixed rate, over the life of the 20 year tariff.

Raising awareness However, some of the finance deals on offer should be viewed with a degree of caution. So called ‘free PV installation’ packages may fund the initial installation costs, but this is usually at the expense of the 20 year income, which the finance company or installer would receive. If you cannot make the upfront capital investment, it is usually better to opt for a short-term lease

package, which will at least allow you to benefit from all of the FIT income. Environmentally, the benefits of solar energy are still considerable. Not only can significant reductions be achieved in the carbon footprint of the school building, but the solar PV installation can also be used to raise awareness of renewable energy in the local community. In fact, in order to maximise the educational benefits of renewable energy, some of our recent solar installations at schools in Shropshire and Wokingham Borough Councils have incorporated a ‘web portal’ or a pupil interface to enable students to see for themselves how green energy works and how it can help the environment. However, as this is still a relatively young and rapidly changing industry, the importance of thoroughly vetting installation companies cannot be overemphasised. Although the majority of current installers are legitimate businesses with considerable experience in installing and maintaining solar PV systems, customers need to safeguard themselves against rogue traders.They

Talking Point need to be sure that the company they are dealing with will still be in business in the future, in case there are any problems with the system or it requires maintenance. For this reason, schools should always check the solvency and trading-record of their proposed installer – ideally the installer should have at least five years experience in renewable energy, specifically in the public sector, and be able to provide reliable testimonials or preferably reference sites as examples of their work.

Proven inclusivity It is also advisable to opt for companies that do not rely solely on solar PV, but have sound experience of different renewable energy technologies such as solar hot water, biomass, wind power or ground and air source heat pumps. This way, the company is more likely to continue operating in the future. Furthermore, a multi-technology company is more able to give balanced and independent advice as to the most appropriate renewable energy solution or combination of solutions to suit a school’s requirements.

The reality is that solar energy is still an excellent proposition, particularly in view of the rising cost of traditional fuels

Reputable installation companies will always hold professional accreditations including: MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) approval, demonstrating compliance with industry standards; CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) accreditation, which ensures that they comply with or exceed health and safety law; as well as ‘safe contractor’ accreditation and compliance with CDM (Construction Design and Management) regulations.

It is also important that your installers are CRB checked, as work could take place during school term time. Reputable installers will usually supply high quality equipment rather than simply opting for the cheapest imports on the market. The guarantees on the solar panels should be a minimum of 25 years and the guarantee on the inverter should be no less than 10 years. Some companies still only offer ten years on the panels and five-year warranties for inverters (which are the most likely components to fail) – in which case it is worth paying to extend these.

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Shaun Taylor is the Managing Director and founder of SolarTech Ltd. Established in 2003, the company has considerable experience in delivering multi technology renewable energy solutions to schools and other public sector organisations. A strong advocate of promoting environmental best practice, Shaun sits on a number of consultation committees.

If the company you appoint is accustomed to adopting the role of principal contractor – which involves taking full responsibility for heath and safety, surveys, planning permissions, full structural checks and liaising with third parties, as well as the installation and offering a maintenance contract – then you can be confident of receiving a professional job with nothing being overlooked, skimped or left to chance. Providing these considerations are taken into account, investment in solar PV is certainly still a good deal. In fact, it is probably the most beneficial and forward thinking environmental and financial decision a school or public sector organisation can make. Public Sector Build Journal 19

Roofing & Cladding tough, Steni Color facing panel, backed with insulation, that was only 98mm thick, but which met all thermal performance requirements on this project. The edge of the panels were rebated to allow fixing into the aluminium glazing system, creating a contemporary facade. The composite panels were supplied in a half-matt powder coated finish to provide added durability and longevity.

Colour fusion

Life in colour

With continued investment in urban regeneration, the existence of bold and contemporary exteriors has never been so apparent. Danny Phelan, Sales Manager of Panel Systems, looks at how architectural panels are increasingly being selected for their aesthetics, helping to create iconic buildings.


nnovation in materials and fabrication techniques means that today’s composite panels combine striking aesthetics with reassuring long-term low maintenance. Composite panels are being increasingly used to overclad existing buildings or are incorporated within the design of new structures, creating a contemporary or authentic appearance. Modern materials also provide a

greater range of surface textures and colours, which means being able to offer more options to specifiers looking to create engaging buildings. For many specifiers, it is simply a case of understanding the materials available in the creation of composite panels and this is particularly important when it comes to choice of colour. Aesthetics are still the number one reason that architectural panels are chosen, especially for modern urban and city centre locations. On a recent project, the architects for the refurbished City School in Sheffield chose Steni Color cladding in six distinctive shades, orange, yellow, grey in three shades and black. Steni Color was specified due to its wide colour palette which meant the building facade could reflect the school’s logo.

Thermal performance

The composite panels were supplied in a half-matt powder coated finish to provide added durability and longevity

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The school has undergone a major development, with new buildings added and existing ones transformed with decorative insulated composite cladding panels. We produced and supplied 400m² of composite panels using a

Specifiers know that with composite panels they have the reassurance that performance is guaranteed

The colours were carefully chosen so the exterior of the building has an appealing, eye-catching design, both from a distance and when standing directly outside it. The effect from a distance of the reverse elevation of the building is of complementary colours blending into one another in a colour spectrum that starts with orange shades and stretches through to grey. This was part of achieving the architect’s aspiration to create ‘a contemporary fusion of texture and colour’. This look also complemented the existing Steni Color which was used as a cladding material on a number of the refurbished school buildings, but as an infill panel on this latest phase of the redevelopment. This project achieved what it set out to do – creating buildings with a complementary and contemporary look but which offered a high level of energy efficiency. Specifiers know that with composite panels they have the reassurance that performance is guaranteed, due to the fact that the panels are manufactured in factory-controlled conditions. The exceptionally low U-values possible with modern composite panels allow designers to increase the amount of glazing to maximise natural light in the building. The result is that rather than windows having to be smaller, in order to conserve energy, gains in thermal performance from high performance composite panels offset some of the losses of incorporating large glazed areas. With a wide choice of colourful and aesthetically-pleasing materials available, there are endless possibilities for creating striking buildings through composite infill panels.

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Play Equipment areas, recognising the impact of vehicles on the playfulness of streets and the quality of street life. The idea is that residential streets should be designated to give pedestrians greater priority over cars, opening up the spaces and making them less structured to encourage children to play and inhabit them. Sadly Homezones in this country fell victim to the car lobby and nimbyism and in the few that have emerged many are quite formal and definitely not child centred. However the battle is not yet over and there are more viral approaches that are proving more effective!

Flexible play facilities

From the perspective of regeneration, Cutsyke Playforest successfully acts as a focus for the community

Progress in the public realm In recent years there has been a growing awareness of the relationship between children and public spaces, which has resulted in greater thought being given to how, why and where children play. This has proved productive and stimulating, particularly in the field of regeneration. In this article, Robin Sutcliffe, Chairman of Sutcliffe Play, addresses the potential of public realm and the use of consultation.


he term public realm is best left undefined allowing the imagination to roam freely over all possibilities, but if a definition had to be given, then the best would probably be “all freely accessible public spaces�. Increasingly Town Planners and Developers are recognising the value of improved public realm. One only has to think of such places as Somerset House, in London or the route between Sheffield Station and City Square, where, in both instances programmed

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fountains have attracted families to play. Another recently-created space is Granary Square in Kings Cross. In this instance they are building children’s play into their masterplanning. The use of programmed fountains in this way is becoming rather ubiquitous and it would be nice to see more water sculptures like that in the Town Centre of Friedrichshafen or better still simple playable features or sculptures. Homezones in Holland tried to bring child-friendly spaces into residential

Interestingly the experience that Sutcliffe Play has had working with Local Authorities to make their public realms more play friendly has resulted in the use of our loose parts system SNUG being utilised, enabling local authorities to introduce play facilities that can be used for public events but have the flexibility to remove it when not in use. Consultation in making the public realm more child friendly is a very powerful tool giving identity, ownership and pride to communities, as well as bringing together groups of disparate and sometimes antagonistic people. Sadly, when abused it merely becomes a way for professionals to abrogate responsibility. Here are three example of successful consultation making a real contribution to the regeneration of communities. The first example is from Sarajevo just after the Civil War. It was described to us at a Child in the City Conference in Bruges in 2000 by a Landscape Architect from Canada who led the process. She described how the two communities of Serbs and Croats came together through consultation and involvement for the first time since the war to create this playground. People who had been very close friends before the war and who had become bitter enemies during the war, who at the beginning of the process were unable to speak to each other, slowly rediscovered their friendship. After completion it became the first place of political neutrality, where both communities could meet in safety. It

Play Equipment is one of the best examples of how a common interest in children’s play, shared by all humanity, is healing and unifying.

Social cohesion

Sutcliffe Play's recent Upton project helped bring the community together

Playworkers and resulted in maps of where children of different ages played and where their parents had played (usually the same places!), where they felt “safe” and where they felt insecure. The maps were then used as a basis for playful interventions and playgrounds across the village, which were themselves the subject of further consultation. Teenagers located themselves mainly in the 70 acre wild recreational area of the village, while the younger age groups were nearer to areas of housing. The project was definitely successful in bringing together the community of Upton and making the village into a more child friendly place. It also developed a strong relationship between our factory and the village. It was a fascinating process, subsequently described in a Groundwork leaflet.

However, by working with Steve Warren and the community we succeeded in developing a site-specific installation that was both playful and iconic. From the perspective of regeneration it has acted as a focus for the community – it has never suffered from vandalism and gives Cutsyke an identity that previously it lacked. It is to Cutsyke what the Angel of the North is to Gateshead. So in conclusion there is real evidence that use of children’s play in the public realm, particularly through consultation makes communities cohesive and resilient, but also enhances their quality and pleasure.

On a much lesser scale, but still important is the need for this sort of unification within all regeneration. In my experience one of the commonest symptoms of the need for regeneration, other than poverty, is a breakdown of social cohesion. Upton village, where Sutcliffe Play is based, is a remote community in the top tenth percentile of deprivation as a result of mine closures in 1965. It divides neatly into the West End, which is wealthier and generally home to incomers and the East End which is the more traditional mining community. Groundwork (Wakefield) began by scoping the community structure and created a committee to include representatives of the Parish Council, Groundwork, the Local Authority and Sutcliffe Play. Slowly a plan emerged to develop a play map of the village through consultation with the school, the Youth Centre and by door to door leafleting and canvassing. All of the consultation was led by experienced

Community involvement

Fountains and sculptures make for simple but effective play features

Cutsyke Playforest was the winning design by Steve Warren of Estelle Warren, Landscape Architects in Leeds of a regeneration competition sponsored by Channel 4 and Wakefield Council as part of a project to involve the media more in the process of regeneration. The brief for the competition was put together by the community of Cutsyke and the winner was selected by the children. We got involved to help realise the winning scheme, which involved inclined “trees” that were cantilevered from the ground, supporting 4m-high nets, not an easy task!

A loose parts system enables local authorities to introduce play facilities that can be used for public events but have the flexibility to remove it when not in use

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Interiors Ex-Or’s MLS Digital Managed Lighting System was installed throughout the building to control the 4000 light fittings situated in open plan office areas, corridors, meeting rooms, washrooms and lobby areas. The Ex-Or MLS Digital Managed Lighting System provides fullyintegrated lighting management which uses communicating presence detectors that share information on occupancy patterns throughout the building. This means it automatically provides optimum lighting conditions – delivering light only when it is required, ensuring no energy is wasted. Rows of work stations within the open plan areas are controlled by the MLS. In addition, intelligent daylight sensors in work areas close to perimeter glazing and the four internal atria ensure maximum benefit is derived from natural lighting.

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Rows of work stations within the open plan areas are controlled by the MLS

Making light work In order to create an efficient working environment for its flagship office development, Birmingham City Council looked to Ex-Or to deliver a fully integrated light management system. Not only did the system need to provide maximum levels of light, it also needed to ensure no energy was wasted when not required.


ighting management from Ex-Or has helped Birmingham City Council make the claim that its new £38m flagship office development is the UK’s most environmentallyfriendly council property ever built.

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10 Woodcock Street in Aston comprises 22,000m2 of accommodation on five floors and will accommodate more than 3000 council workers when it becomes fully occupied.

Increasingly, large organisations such as local authorities are turning to lighting control to eliminate the unnecessary use of lighting in their buildings. This helps them meet their environmental commitments under schemes such as the CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment) and BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method). The extensive use of lighting management, and the incorporation of a number of sustainable solutions within the building, mean 10 Woodcock Street is on target to achieve an “Excellent” BREEAM rating. Birmingham City Council wanted to achieve a modern 21st century enhanced working environment for its employees, whilst making substantial savings in energy use. As well as delivering significant energy savings, the MLS Digital Managed Lighting System plays its part in providing an optimum lit environment in which occupants can work with maximum productivity. EMCOR Group (UK) carried out the lighting installation on behalf of main contractors Thomas Vale Construction. Luminaire UK supplied the speciallydesigned light fittings to EMCOR and commissioned Ex-Or to provide lighting


The completed building houses a range of best practice sustainable features including combined heating and power supply, passive ventilation, rainwater harvesting, and photo-voltaic panels to generate electricity. It even has a ‘brown roof’, a rooftop garden designed to attract local wildlife and to provide additional building insulation against heat loss. The new building has been developed as part of the Working for the Future programme and will ensure the council delivers more than £100m of savings over the next 25 years.

Birmingham City Council has achieved a modern 21st century working environment for its employees

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Ex-O's MLS Digital Managed Lighting System was installed throughout the building to control 4000 light fittings

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Security glass manufacturers are seeing an increased need for high level security glass from health estates

A security healthcheck

Every hospital will present its own distinct set of building design challenges, with security, hygiene and privacy high on the list of priorities. With glass accounting for a significant proportion of a hospital building's envelope, Scott Sinden, Managing Director of Essex Safety Glass (ESG), explores how the glass manufacturing industry is responding to all three design challenges.


he task of securing assets, visitors, employees and facilities can be difficult to meet in any working environment; however, few institutions have to deal with the daily level of pressure and unpredictability

that hospitals do. After all, some large hospitals can see as many as 8000 visitors a day. Unfortunately, flexible visiting hours and the presence of lucrative items such as computers, expensive medical

equipment, and high concentrations of drugs make hospitals a prime target for theft. The extent of the problem is highlighted by The Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) report detailing that crime costs the NHS at least £600m a year. Startlingly, this figure comes at a time when the Government is making £20b of NHS savings. It is no wonder then that security glass manufacturers are seeing an increased need for high level security glass from health estates.

Secure environment

An opaque glass solution can offer privacy in sensitive care areas

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Already, ACPO is proactively advising hospitals to ‘design crime out’ by introducing building products with the ability to guard against sustained deliberate attack. For A&E departments up and down the country this is going to involve glass, even if it is just the entrance and glass screen separating

Healthcare reception. In fact, ACPO’s guidance clearly states that “high risk locations need greater protection commensurate with the assessed risk”. The challenge, of course, is in identifying the right glass products suitable for those areas more at risk. With shifts in demographics and service offerings, not to mention increasing crime, it is important that the right type of security glass is selected. Careful consideration needs to be given as to whether the glass needs to protect against vandalism, theft or both.

Glazing standards

Protective coating, ClearShield, being applied to glass at St Thomas' hospital, London

European Standard BS EN 356:2000 (Glass in building, Security glazing, Testing and classification of resistance against manual attack). Quite simply, it aids specifiers wishing to determine whether a security glazing unit’s intruder resistance is commensurate with LPS 1175 for doors, shutters, grilles and other related facade systems. The previous method of classifying

Glass is not anti-bacterial, it is the 'non-stick' performance of specific products applied to the glass that makes it effective against micro-organisms and germs, including hospital superbugs

the attack resistance of security glazing (BS EN 356) was considered to be incompatible with that employed within LPS 1175: Issue 7. This was due to two main reasons.

Measuring resistance Firstly, BS EN 356 does not classify glass according to its resistance to different levels of attack based on the tools and time available to an intruder. Secondly, the tests contained within BS EN 356: 2000 do not evaluate the glass’ susceptibility to attacks involving the creation of small holes through which locking hardware may be manipulated and/or through which protected items, such as drugs and hospital equipment may be removed. The classification system presented within LPS 1270 is more complex. The standard confirms the glazing’s resistance to the creation of three different sized holes. These represent varying risks ranging from small slots to large holes through which items such as drugs, equipment and confidential documents may be stolen or even complete access in which an intruder may climb through security glazing. The tools and time that the glazing must withstand match those that


Manufacturing security glass has become a very complex and sophisticated business with varying requirements and an endless number of options. However, the array of variations means that for every type of risk, there is a security glass product available. Take for example, standard LPS 1270, recently introduced by the Loss Prevention Certificate Board. The publication of LPS 1270 was a major step forward for the security glazing industry, yet those specifying for public sector buildings may not be aware of its existence or indeed the reasons behind its introduction. The LPS 1270 standard was developed to enhance the current level of security offered by glass tested to

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Healthcare products classified in accordance with LPS 1175: Issue 7 must resist. Moreover, LPCB certification of LPS 1270 also requires on-going quality surveillance audits offering health estate managers peace of mind.

A question of privacy

The British Medical Association report on 'The Psychological and Social needs of patients' suggests that exposure to light is effective in reducing depression

have traditionally been seen as two conflicting design aims; achieving both optimal light without compromising on privacy. In fact, in January 2011 The British Medical Association report on ‘The Psychological and Social needs of patients’ suggests that exposure to light is effective in reducing depression, even for those hospitalised with severe depression. 86% of directors of nursing said hospital design was “important” to the performance of nurses, the most crucial aspect being the design and organisation of the hospital environment. Moreover, for those looking to embrace the use of glass as a means to provide discretion in place of curtains, especially in high-dependency post-operative areas, privacy glass is proving particularly attractive, especially where incidents of HCAIs are deemed more of a risk.

Infection control

Switchable privacy glass provides instant seclusion allowing patient discretion and dignity

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Interestingly, at the end of 2011, researchers at the University of Iowa swabbed 43 hospital curtains several times a week for three weeks to get 180 samples, and found that 26% were contaminated with MRSA and 44% with enterococcus. It would be incredulous to believe that we didn’t face the same problems in the UK. But how does glass fit into the equation? Traditionally, silver and copper coatings have been applied to glass

to provide an anti-bacterial surface. However, only the layer of bacteria in direct contact with the coating is killed. Any residual bacteria will survive. Glass is not anti-bacterial in itself. Rather, it is the ‘non-stick’ performance of specific products applied to the glass that makes it effective against micro-organisms and germs, including hospital superbugs. There are products available that chemically bond to the surface of the glass to create a transparent, ‘non-stick’ barrier delivering durable, long lasting protection. It makes the glass more hygienic by reducing the adhesion and growth of microbes, and reduces the time and energy requirements for glass maintenance by 50% on average.

New solutions With design now being recognised by the Department of Health as being capable of addressing difficult problems within the NHS, Lord Michael Bichard is right in stating that designers have “a great opportunity to really make a difference to staff and patients.” Traditionally, glass has been seen as a somewhat conflicting material, certainly in terms of privacy and security. However, the glazing industry continues to respond with a series of technical advances to ensure no compromise needs to be made in order to maximise space and natural light.

With an estimated 3.3 million square metres ‘under-utilised’ space across the NHS estate, it will come as no surprise that there has been an increase in the use of privacy (switchable) glass within the healthcare setting. Switchable privacy glass provides instant seclusion when switched to its “off” state allowing patient discretion and dignity at all times, allowing a ‘redundant’ space to be effectively transformed. Using a minute electrical current, healthcare staff can immediately switch the glass from clear to private (opaque) and vice versa. Quite simply, the glass involves a PDLC film being encapsulated between two or more glass sheets. When the electrical supply is switched on, liquid crystal molecules align and incidental light passes through, making the glass clear. The use of privacy glass can potentially have far reaching effects on staff and patient well-being since it provides a solution to what

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Life of leisure Appointing a leisure design and build specialist to run a project allows local authorities to benefit from their experience and technical expertise

With leisure centre customers demanding more from their facility, local authorities are being pushed to bring their buildings up to 21st-century standards. So how can these tired old facilities be given a facelift that levels the playing field with private sector gyms?


ver recent years, local authority leisure centres have been steadily losing business to private gyms. Their reputation for being old, tired and shabby is a turn-off for paying clients, who are tempted away by more expensive but higher quality options. But many local authorities are now realising that by remodelling and refurbishing existing facilities to compete with members-only gyms, they can reverse their falling customer numbers

Many local authorities are now realising that by remodelling and refurbishing existing facilities they can become profitable again

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and become profitable again. “Customers today have higher expectations of council leisure facilities, and local authorities have become increasingly aware of the need to meet those demands,” explains Ian Cotgrave, Managing Director of leisure design and build specialist Createability. “To generate revenue, local authorities have to keep up with the private sector by providing equivalent facilities and standards at a lower price.” Bringing a dreary, dated local authority leisure centre up to 21st-century standards can have a marked impact on customer numbers, satisfaction and, ultimately, profit. “In the past, you’d walk into the male changing rooms and see a row of football-style showers with no screens, and peeling, painted walls,” continues Ian. “Nowadays, forwardthinking local authorities are installing fully-tiled changing areas with timber lockers and LED lighting. Separate male and female wetside changing rooms are being replaced with family-friendly unisex changing villages, while reception areas are open-plan and welcoming and gyms are fully air-conditioned rather

than relying on portable fans.” Creating a private sector ambiance on a public sector budget can be a challenge, especially as it’s often hard to see an outdated facility’s potential. However, appointing a leisure design and build specialist to run the project allows local authorities to benefit from their experience and technical expertise. “Financial constraints mean that not many local authorities have their own architecture and design departments anymore, so outsourcing to a company which has the technical skills to manage the project, from initial concept to completion, is often the key to success,” says Ian.

Improvement on budget Take, for example, Rainbow Leisure Centre in Epsom and Ewell, Surrey. This £1m refurbishment by Createability, completed in January 2012, involved updating the existing facility to include a day spa with four treatment rooms, a gym area with 134 Technogym stations, aerobiking room, studio, and upgraded changing rooms with new lockers, benches and shower cubicles.


Readdressing spaces The secret of a successful refurbishment is to make the existing space work harder. “Leisure centres often have huge sports halls that are severely underused, so one strategy might be to split the hall in half and put in a mezzanine floor with a gym on top and a cafe and play area downstairs,” suggests Ian. In another facility, Northumberland’s Wentworth Leisure Centre, an indoor bowls court was taking up 25% of the centre’s space, but only generating

At Northumberland's Wentworth Leisure Centre a 10-pin bowling facility, which now brings in 25% of the centre's revenue

Bringing leisure centres up to 21st-century standards can have a marked impact on customer numbers, satisfaction and profit

2% of its revenue – and only during the winter months. Createability came up with the idea of replacing it with a 10-pin bowling facility, which now brings in 25% of the centre’s revenue. Appointing an outsourced partner also helps keep costs down by tapping into their insider knowledge. “It’s important to take a practical approach to remodelling space,” explains Ian. “For instance, a client might suggest moving the changing rooms to the front of the leisure centre, but if all the drainage and services are at the back, that would involve a lot of additional expense, so we would suggest alternatives.” Incorporating energy-saving measures into the refurbishment can generate further savings long-term. “Lighting, hot water and air-conditioning are among the biggest running costs for leisure centres,” says Ian. “Putting photovoltaic solar cells on roofs, replacing conventional lighting with LEDs, fitting water-saving devices to shower heads and even using gym stations to generate electricity through a dynamo process can all prove costeffective over the next 10 to 15 years, even if the initial outlay is greater.” Createability also encourages its clients to consider the longevity of the equipment and fittings they choose. “Our philosophy is that it’s worth investing in the areas that need to be robust and long-lasting; it’s false economy to put down the cheapest carpet possible, if you can get one that’s guaranteed for 10 years for only slightly more,” says Ian. Timescales for revamping a leisure facility can vary from 12 to 16 weeks

for a smaller contract, through to six months or more for bigger projects. However, centres are usually kept fully operational throughout, with phased openings of new facilities and tasks such as major electrical switchovers carried out at night when the centre is closed. “Local authorities can’t afford to lose revenue, so it’s important to minimise downtime,” says Ian.

Worthwhile investment “The results speak for themselves. A remodelled, refurbished leisure centre is something for a local authority to be proud of, which makes it easy to market. Facilities like improved gyms and studio space help them tap into the campaign against obesity, while features such as soft-play areas and swimming pools are appealing to families, whereas private gyms target a very specific professional clientele.” As a result, some centres are managing to drop their prices while still seeing increases in revenue by attracting greater numbers of customers. Ian concludes: “A local authority will only make improvements to its leisure facilities if they’re confident that their revenue will increase as a result. But while breathing new life into a centre that is past its sellby date involves a lot of expertise and insight, I relish the challenge of turning a drab and dreary building into something that, when you walk through the door, has an unexpected wow factor.”

Other projects have included innovative features such as soft-play areas, climbing walls and even indoor skate parks. So how can such drastic makeovers be implemented on limited local authority budgets – which can vary from under £200,000, up to the £2.5m contract currently underway at Llantrisant Leisure Centre in Wales? The key, says Ian, is to refurbish the existing space, rather than starting from scratch. “The temptation with a tired, shabby building is to knock it down, but that’s a costly option compared to remodelling what’s there already,” he explains. “Mostly, the bricks and mortar are sound; the facility just needs an update.” Public Sector Build Journal 33

Education The building is organised around a double-height multi-purpose hall which opens out to the playing fields to the south. A kitchen which contains a teaching kitchen and a servery, services the hall, alongside a chair store and PE store which enable the hall to be kept clutter free and flexible. The accommodation on ground floor is completed by an ICT/library space, toilets and a learning resource room.

Inspirational learning

Phase 2, effectively doubled the size of the school taking it from single form entry to two form entry

Cohesive strategy Since 2006, architecture firm Patel Taylor has been instrumental in the phased masterplan of Lowther Primary School, a dynamic community primary school. The successful Phase 1 scheme was procured under a traditional contract. However, the additional challenge of Phase 2 was to maintain the quality of design and finish, as Sam Selencky, Senior Architect, explains.


rom the outset the school has had a strong vision and an aspiration to create quality learning environments backed up by a belief that these environments would make a tangible difference to children’s learning and help engender a sense of pride in their school. Phase 1 of the masterplan, procured under a traditional contract, was completed in 2009. A new build extension to the east of the school was built to house a foundation stage learning facility that replaced an existing aging nursery building. Phase 2, which was completed in September 2012 under a Design and

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The successful Phase 1 scheme was procured under a traditional contract. An additional challenge of Phase 2 was to maintain the quality of design and finish with a project that was procured under a Design and Build contract. This was achieved by producing a robust set of employer’s requirements equivalent to RIBA workstage E, and making sure that contractor bought into the vision of the project. The relationship and understanding forged with the contractor’s architect Penton Architects was also key to the success of the project. The school had a strong vision setting out the kind of learning environments they wanted to create. Delivering this vision of high quality, inspirational spaces which avoided an institutional atmosphere, with standard education budgets, brought with it a series of technical challenges. Eliminating corridors and designing circulation spaces so they offer flexible multi-purpose uses makes

Build contract, effectively doubled the size of the school taking it from single form entry to two form entry, through the construction of a new build twostorey extension to the west of the existing school.

Logical planning The masterplan set up a simple diagram, placing the existing Victorian school at the heart of the site flanked on either side with modern additions which opened out to the playing fields to the south. This set up a cohesive progression across the site from east to west as the children moved up through the school.

The building is organised around a doubleheight multi-purpose hall which opens out to the playing fields to the south


the building very efficient in that all the floor area provided is usable space. This also sets up a progression of stimulating spaces and eliminates problem areas for the school in terms of behaviour management. In order for this approach to be successful, careful consideration had to be given to the acoustic performance of the spaces including walls, ceiling and doors. The random pattern of the internal timber cladding, acoustic plasterboard and vaulted ceiling steps all act as acoustic attenuation as well as acting to deinstitutionalise the space.

Safety measures Making the double height hall act as the building heart and arranging the spaces off this, including an open gallery, has created a truly striking space, which also gives legibility to the building. It also brought with it challenges including fire safety that needed to be overcome. In order to provide an additional escape route from first floor a bridge was introduced to link the new building with existing school. This had the knock on benefit of making the existing school building fully accessible for the disabled via the lift in the new building. The hall has a fully glazed southern elevation which gives extensive views out to the generous playing fields, and enables the school to spill outside for lunchtimes and performances. The amount of glazing to the southern facade meant that careful consideration needed to be given to glare and overheating. A perimeter rooflight with opening lights

disengages the vaulted hall roof from the surrounding walls and enables natural cross ventilation through the hall as well as bringing light in deeper into the plan.

Design harmony A roof canopy cantilevers out over the southern facade shading the hall from high summer sun and a series of sliding micro-louvre panels offer year round solar shading and glare control. Electronically operated roller blinds also allow the user control of light levels for assemblies and performances. A similar approach was developed for the first floor classrooms which have floor to ceiling glazing to the entire north wall and a strip rooflight to the rear of the classroom, bringing natural light to the back of the room and allowing cross


The school had a strong vision to create a quality learning environment that would make a tangible difference to learning

ventilation of the space. Key concerns for the school in expanding to 2 form entry were making sure that the new school remained coherent and kept the same feel and ethos it has worked hard to establish and that any loss of play space area was minimised. Phase 1 set a tangible benchmark of quality and ambition for Phase 2 to build upon. Patel Taylor’s multi-disciplined approach of combining architecture, urban design and landscape strategies led to a masterplan which could be delivered incrementally whilst maintaining a cohesive whole, and was true to the vision of the school. The continuity of retaining the architects and contractor from Phase 1 meant that the established collaborative process was able to be maintained and made for a harmonious design and construction process. The massing of the new building is configured to maximise the amount of external play space. The first floor classrooms cantilever out toward the tree lined street, which enabled the building to be positioned closer to the boundary without clashing with the tree protection zones and maximised the playspace to the south of the building. Cantilevering the staffroom also increased the amount of playspace available, as well affording it panoramic views across the school grounds and giving effective supervision of the grounds.

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Security and maintain. With fingerprint readers employers are able to accurately identify correct rates of pay plus efficiently assess the hours worked by employees.

Control access

'Open door' policy Fingerprint readers are fast becoming the preferred choice for access control. Not only do they provide top level security but they are both hassle free to install and extremely discreet and professional in appearance. Reader manufacturer, ievo, explains the common misconceptions and full range of possible applications.


ingerprint readers today are much more advanced in terms of security than they were five years ago. The most common misconception about fingerprint readers is that they store the actual fingerprints themselves. Whilst this may be true for some readers this is most definitely not the case for the higher quality readers. Within these, fingerprint images are not stored, instead numerical data acts as the user’s identity which is stored on the opposite side of the door. This is what makes the biometric security system so successful within today’s market. We are now seeing fingerprint readers integrated within many public buildings. The education sector has been one of the most prominent within the media to install the system. The

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tiered access provided by fingerprint readers is one of the major features. Readers can be placed throughout the site ranging from a main entrance, sports hall, common and staff rooms with different access levels for each. Biometric readers also have the ability to integrate into many leading time and attendance and access control software facilities which can be incredibly useful for tracking pupil’s cash exchanges as well as access levels throughout the school. These benefits are why the healthcare industry is now investing in this technology to increase their security. Alongside the features mentioned, fingerprint readers are able to track employee’s time and attendance. This feature is both easy to set up

Biometric readers have the ability to integrate into many leading time and attendance software facilities

The care home sector is another area benefiting from the advances in biometric technology. Some choose to adopt an ‘open door’ policy or a manned reception desk. Others even choose to elect to answer the doorbell to every caller. None of these solutions are ideal in terms of security or, indeed, human resource costs. A fingerprint system allows the care home and residents to control access permission at the main entrance and on all individual room doors. It therefore provides the ability to adopt a secure, ‘open-door’ policy, 24/7. The registration process consists of collecting individual’s data and training staff how to use the system. The time scale of this can vary depending how many individuals you are enrolling, however to put it in perspective, enrolling a school of pupils and staff would only take a couple of days. The advances in biometric technology have enabled fingerprint readers to be integrated into many access control systems including turnstiles and pods. This allows for a professional look. Today fingerprint readers can even be manufactured in a variety of colours. It seems there are no limits to how to make fingerprint readers in sync with your building.

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Acoustics & Sound sound insulation between spaces and between corridors or stairwells and other spaces; impact sound insulation of floors; reverberation in teaching and study spaces; speech intelligibility in open plan spaces; and sound absorption in corridors, entrance halls and stairwells.

Sound transmission

Utilise the manufacturer's technical support team to choose the appropriate wall and ceiling constructions to deliver the desired acoustic performance

Silence in class

The acoustic performance of a school is now considered a critical concern of successful teaching. Mandeep Bansal, Technical Services Manager of Knauf Drywall, discusses the relevant building standards and partitioning solutions available.


ow easy it is to be heard in the classrooms, corridors, sports halls, assembly rooms and dining halls of educational establishments was historically a low priority. The result is now that, as the Department of Education admits, “unfortunately a large number of classrooms in the UK currently suffer from poor acoustics”. There is a clear link between poor acoustic performance and children suffering educationally – you can hardly learn what you have never heard. Children with normal hearing often cannot make out what is being said in class and, unlike adults, cannot guess at missing words to fill in the gaps. Special needs children face even greater issues because they need low ambient noise levels to be able to hear and understand. Teachers suffer too from poor acoustic conditions in classrooms because constantly having to raise voices or even shout to keep control leads to problems. Recent reports show that teachers form a disproportionately large percentage of voice clinic patients. All of which is why Section 1 of

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Building Bulletin 93 (BB93) addresses Specification of Acoustic Performance, laying down performance targets with the aim of achieving acoustic conditions that “facilitate clear communication of speech between teacher and student and between students and do not interfere with study”. The performance standards cover indoor ambient noise levels; airborne

The Bulletin also provides specific guidance for different areas according to their classification in terms of activity noise and noise tolerance. For example, a music recital room has very high activity noise (as the ‘source room’) but also very low noise tolerance (as the ‘receiving room’) meaning there are specific performance requirements to their construction. None of this is an issue because the partitioning industry has spent a lot of time and money in researching and developing products and methods of wall and ceiling construction that will provide the solutions. For manufacturers the issue of sound absorption comes down to four types: airborne sound transmission between rooms and in circulation spaces; impact sound transmission; reverberation; and external noise. Versatile systems exist that meet all the application and construction needs when dealing with the above four sounds absorption types. With a standard partition, using different boards and insulation will solve sound absorption problems. And specifying a complete system from one manufacturer can ensure that all the components have

Sound absorption comes down to four types: airborne sound transmission between rooms and in circulation spaces; impact sound transmission; reverberation; and external noise

ACOUSTIC PANELS WALLSORBA™ acoustic panels are used as wall linings to absorb sound. They are simple and easy to install even to unfinished wall surfaces. They are available pre-decorated in a wide range of colours. Three different versions are available. They can also very easily be cut to size on site. Noise reduction coefficient 0.92 (i.e 92 %).

CLOUDSORBA™ acoustic “ceiling hanging panels” are an innovative method of absorbing reverberant noise in rooms without the visual appearance of just another one of those boring suspended ceilings. The stunning visual effect of acoustic ‘clouds’ on a ceiling space leaves an occupant or visitor with an impression of flair and forward thinking on behalf of the designer of the room or hall.

Soundsorba manufacture and supply a wide range of acoustic panels for reducing sound in buildings.

WOODSORBA™ timber acoustic wall and ceiling panels combine the beauty of real wood panelling with high acoustic performance. The panels are 18mm thick, hence offer extremely high impact resistance from footballs etc and ideal for sports centres and factories as well as schools and offices.

Soundsorba’s highly skilled and experienced acoustic engineers will be pleased to help will any application of our acoustic products for your project. Please contact us on telephone number 01494 536888 or email your question to:

ECHOSORBA™ stick-on acoustic panels are extremely high performance noise absorbers. Echosorba II sound absorbing wall and ceiling panels are used widely in schools, offices, music studios, lecture theatres, multi purpose halls, interview rooms, training areas and cinemas. They meet the requirements of BB93 of the building Regulations for acoustics in school building and are class 0 fire rated hence meeting the Fire Regulations as well.


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been comprehensively tested together and will guarantee a full integrated warranted system. For instance, a twin frame isolated system will provide separation which, combined with high performance plasterboards and insulation, can realise exceptional acoustic sound reduction of up to 76dB (Rw). Another exceptional solution available is perforated and patterned plasterboards designed to absorb sound (reverberant) energy. The holes in the plasterboard allow noise to pass through but its path is disrupted taking energy out on its return and reducing echoes in a room. The acoustic performance (or dB(Rw) rating) of a wall or ceiling is tested under laboratory conditions and is useful for comparison purposes between products but there is a difference between what happens in the lab and what occurs on site. Crucially, BB93 does not specify performance in terms of dB (Rw), laboratory conditions, but in terms of Dntw which measures performance on site. As a result an allowance has to be made for the factors that affect the acoustic performance of a wall or ceiling which might be due to workmanship,

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flanking transmissions or the number of penetrations through a wall to allow for sockets, pipes or even doorways. For example, if one type of wall construction performs at 60 dB (Rw) in the laboratory then one could see a performance ranging from 52Dntw to 54Dntw on site. On average, one sees a 10% drop in performance between what is achieved under laboratory conditions and what is possible on site.

Critical acoustic performance If you need to change the specification to take account of multiple penetrations in a wall there are a number of design solutions available. For instance, pipe penetrations for small pipes up to 40cm diameter should have mineral wool secured around to the pipe with wire or mesh. For pipes with a diameter up to 160mm, a fire collar is fixed to both sides (in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations). For pipes and ducts above 160mm diameter, ‘C’ Studs and ‘U’ Channels form an opening for the duct. Putty Pads can also be installed to maintain the acoustic performance behind the electrical sockets. They are quick and easy to install and are

Specifying a complete system from one manufacturer can ensure that all the components have been comprehensively tested together

capable of maintaining a fire rating of up to 2 hours in suitable systems and an acoustic rating of up to 60dB(Rw). Another complication is that the same wall construction will often perform differently according to its location, depending on the volume of the rooms concerned. For instance, you can have an identical wall construction dividing two classrooms of the same size that will perform adequately but which is inadequate when it is dividing a gymnasium from a music room. The surface area of the wall and the volume of the room are critical to the acoustic performance and must be taken into account, together with the relative size of the source room from which the sound originates and the receiving room, and the proposed use of the rooms. For instance, a music room next to a quiet classroom will need a different wall construction to the same music room next to, say, a dining hall. The fourth factor affecting acoustic transmission is flanking – where sound passes over the top, around or under the primary partition – which typically occurs at the junctions between walls and will require specific detailing to reduce or prevent. There are a number of design details available to solve this issue – such as abutments at T-junctions where the fixing at the junctions should be made from stud to stud and extra studs can be included if required. There are also two different high performance flanking details: one shows a break in the plasterboard which helps to prevent flanking sound transmission. All these details can be achieved with the same components used across other standard partitions in the school. The manufacturer’s technical support team will work with the acoustic consultant and the architect to choose the appropriate wall and ceiling constructions to deliver the desired acoustic performance. In particular the support team would work to streamline the design so that the number of wall and ceiling types is kept to a minimum and so reduce the number of components required on site.

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Back by popular demand, The Ecobuild Arena returns to the show floor with a cuttingedge programme of high level discussion, debate, new thinking and challenging ideas

Sustainable approach Following the Government's autumn statement outlining a much welcomed ÂŁ5b switch from current to capital spending across the public sector, specifiers working in the public sector should attend Ecobuild (5th to 7th March 2013, ExCeL London) - the world's largest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment.


s demand increases for better understanding of sustainable construction practices, Ecobuild connects public sector specifiers seeking to procure innovative and sustainable solutions for their latest design and construction projects. With the public sector responsible for 40% of EU construction activity and buildings responsible for 36% of EU CO2 emissions, public sector construction needs to be sustainable and innovative (source: DEFRA web site). Ecobuild should be a date in the diary for every decision-maker working for local and central government and the public sector, offering more than 1500 exhibitors and 1100 expert speakers, plus dozens of interactive and educational attractions. Set to be an exciting year, 2013 will see a wealth of new content showcased at Ecobuild. Back by popular demand, The Ecobuild Arena returns to the show floor with a cutting-edge programme

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of high level discussion, debate, new thinking and challenging ideas. Ministers and government officials will be joined by experts from leading organisations such as the RIBA, the UKGBC, Environment Agency, Arup and the Construction Industry Council, as well as academics from the leading UK universities driving the climate change debate from the US and beyond. Ecobuild also has commitment from The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to provide ministerial speakers to be announced soon.

Inspire and inform Ecobuild will also offer a fully CPD accredited educational programme which will include a 12-stream, 3-day seminar programme featuring an additional 700 speakers. With a focus on practical case study learning, technical detail, policy guidance updates from key associations and the latest academic thinking, the

broad ranging programme covers a range of subjects, including brand new for 2013: Water, Waste and Recycling, Refurbishing Britain and Property. The perennial favourites will also return including Self Build and Renovation, Designing and building with Passivhaus principles, Better Through BIM and Standards, Guides and Regulations. As 14 million homes are set to benefit from the Green Deal by 2020 and DECC outlines the role of local authorities and other local partners as key in ensuring effective and intensive delivery of this important initiative, The Green Deal Terrace at Ecobuild is a must-see for government decision-makers.

Expert advice Visitors should also check out the local authority and social housing pods to hear real-life on the ground experience of public/private partnerships from many leading public sector organisations and their plans for successful delivery of the Green Deal. Ecobuild 2013 will feature leading companies showcasing the latest innovations in solar (commercial and domestic), bioenergy, combined heat & power (CHP), building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), heat pumps and small scale wind technology. At Ecobuild 2013, visitors can learn about the future of energy at Ecobuild’s reinvented Solar Hub. Sponsored by Rexel, this exciting feature will provide a series of free-to-attend talks and presentations, plus one-to-one advice from a range of top industry experts. As a major consumer of electricity in public sector buildings, lighting should also be a top energy saving priority. New for 2013, The Light Box will take visitors on a journey from day to night; showcasing the latest sustainable lighting technologies as they walk through this inspirational feature. From daylighting design and energy efficient LEDs, light bulbs and Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL), to emerging technologies such as sunlight transportation, visitors will learn how to implement sustainable lighting solutions that dramatically reduce energy consumption and address the latest environmental regulations. For architects tasked with design and

Ecobuild Preview specification of public sector buildings, the new Future Materials Gallery is a must-see. Mind-blowing innovations will be on display, from self-healing concrete and use of ‘biomimicry’ – stone, cement and wood substitutes, to heat responsive ‘thermobimetals’ metals that act like human skin, and the pioneering application of ‘blue smoke’ – the world’s lightest solid, to create see-through doors, windows and structures without fear of heat loss. Following extensive industry feedback, Ecobuild will introduce a brand new ‘Water, Waste and Materials’ stream as part of its highly anticipated 2013 seminar programme. Chief industry leaders from WRAP, Arup, British Land, Drivers Jonas Deloitte, Quintain Estates & Development, Construction Products Association (CPA), Landscape Institute and University of Sheffield will join forces to create a lively programme as part of Ecobuild 2013’s fully CPD accredited 12 stream, three day seminar programme featuring 700 speakers.

Talking points

Head of Construction & Refurbishment, Richard Buckingham and ‘Zero water developments – achieving the ideal’ headed up by Celeste Morgan, Sustainability Director, AECOM NW. According to DEFRA, £458.9m of UK public sector funding was spent on UK biodiversity during 2010/11. In support of this work, the ever-popular Biodiversity Pavilion returns to Ecobuild as part of a new Working with Nature zone. Industry leaders such as CIRIA, RESET Developments,, British Beekeeper’s Association, Trees for Cities, Bat Conservation Trust, Wildflower Turf Ltd and Habitat Aid, will cover hot topics such as ‘Biodiverse habitats on and in commercial buildings’, ‘Supporting biodiversity through Green Infrastructure and onsite water management’, ‘Establishing a wildflower meadow – biodiversity wins gold at the Olympics!’

Ecobuild connects public sector specifiers seeking to procure innovative and sustainable solutions for their latest design and construction projects

and case studies from the housing sector on ways communities are working with nature to improve local green space. The new Working with Nature will also bring together the Green Infrastructure Pavilion in association with DEFRA which will sit right at the heart of the exhibition, next to the Ecobuild Arena where ministers from DEFRA, DECC and BIS and high-level industry speakers will take to the stage for big debates, policy announcements and future thinking. Natural, Sustainable will focus on practical, sustainable solutions to design, specification and development, working with natural sustainable materials. Check out hands-on demonstrations of construction with straw bale, rammed earth and chalk, timber, clay, lime and cob and talk to suppliers and training organisations supporting this emerging area of the low carbon construction industry.

Experts will cover hot topics such as ‘Operational waste – how to reduce it, how to handle it and how to reuse it’ chaired by Mr Tony Yates, SLR Consulting, ‘Getting the sustainability brief right for responsible resource use and management’ hosted by Dr Bill Addis, Buro Happold, ‘Designing for resource efficiency’ with WRAP’s

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The Wandsworth Group will be assisting specifiers to understand the energy-efficiency benefits of KNX smart home technology at this year's Ecobuild at a joint stand with partner company, Jung. The Wandsworth Group is the exclusive UK distributor of Jung’s products including its market-leading range of KNX intelligent control and visualisation tools. Designed to co-ordinate lighting, heating, A/V systems and blind controls in any domestic or commercial property, the KNX systems available from The Wandsworth Group combine advanced technology with simple to use touch screen panels. And because they utilise KNX protocol – the only globally-

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Changing attitudes to sustainability in specifying flooring and the latest resource-efficient products for new and refurbishment projects will be a key focus for Carpet Recycling UK at a seminar on March 7th at Ecobuild 2013. A full information-packed CRUK seminar programme will highlight current developments in carpet recycling and how carpet materials can be used as a valuable new resource for innovative products and high-end applications. Three thought-provoking seminar sessions will examine sustainable practices in waste carpet recycling, new flooring manufacture and specification, supported by CRUK, the industry-backed association for waste carpet reuse and recycling. *


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Commercial systems specialist Smart Architectural Aluminium is to showcase a number of new products at this year’s Ecobuild exhibition. At the heart of the company’s stand will be a 4 x 6m metre run of MC600 Smart Wall curtain walling, complete with a new Smart Wall commercial door which is being launched at the show. The new rebated swing door delivers excellent U-values and weather protection and with an anti-finger trap, is ideal for schools, hospitals, libraries and other public buildings. The Smart Wall Commercial Door is available with either a low or rebated threshold and may be retro-fitted if required.

recognised open intelligent controls protocol – the controls and tools offered by The Wandsworth Group can be integrated with thousands of other KNX products from nearly 300 different manufacturers. Visitors to The Wandsworth/Jung stand will be able to find out how a KNX installation can align functions such as heating, lighting, air conditioning and blind controls providing energy savings of 40% with shading control, 50% with individual room control, and 60% with lighting and ventilation control simply by avoiding energy wastage.

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2012 Queen’s Award Winner, Ancon, will showcase the latest innovative structural fixing solutions that are helping to change the way that sustainable low energy buildings are designed and constructed. Solutions on show will include low thermal conductivity cavity wall ties, such as the Ancon TeploTie, an innovative basalt-fibre tie used in many groundbreaking low-energy developments; and new Staifix RT2 275mm, the first high thermal performance Type 2 stainless steel wall tie to enable the use of 150mm wide insulated cavities in multi-storey low energy construction. Also featured will be a range of Ancon Thermal Breaks, designed to reduce thermal bridging. *


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Partnership powers regeneration

A major regeneration currently taking place at Myatts Field North in Lambeth will transform the area into a new mixed and sustainable community. Sustainability is at the heart of the redevelopment with an 80% planned reduction of carbon emissions. A combined heat and power plant installed on the estate will provide heating and hot water to the entire development via a district heating network. E.ON is providing the district heating network using an Energy Centre located in an existing ‘submarine’ structure, which will supply heat in the form of low temperature hot water for space heating and domestic hot water.

From this network, Evinox ModuSat heat interface units contained in each dwelling will convert the heat generated by the Energy Centre into independent, fast recovery hot water and highefficiency heating for each residence. This

A visit to the BSRIA stand should go a long way towards settling fears and suggesting positive action to assure compliance to Building Regulations. BSRIA’s specialist staff will be on hand to discuss problems and suggest lines of action to overcome them. Particularly featured will be equipment to ensure compliance with the latest Building Regs Part F covering domestic ventilation performance but also procedures for compliance with Part L dealing with Airtightness and Part E handling Acoustics will be exhaustively covered. BSRIA will also be speaking as part of the Ecobuild Conference and Seminar Programme, discussing a masterclass on ventilation and heat recovery. *


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Sound choices from Marmox

Expert in insulation – waterproofing, sound minimising, thermal insulation and fireproofing – Marmox will show a wide and diverse array of products including several recent additions to its range. Especially featured will be the lightweight Multiboard range that is equally suited to wetroom applications and for sound insulation elsewhere in the home. Additionally, specialised insulation products will be demonstrated such as Showerlay panels ideal for creating sloping floors in wetrooms ready for tiling, Thermal Bridging Blocks for areas where loadbearing insulated walling is required, Bath Panel Kits and many others. *


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removes the requirement for individual boilers and a gas supply in each home. This type of heating system provides residents with the same autonomy as if they had their own boiler and just as with their own independent heat source they pay for only the energy they use. The ModuSat heat interface units in each home incorporate an energy meter, which accurately monitors and records the energy used to provide heating and hot water. There is no requirement for a flue, gas supply or additional room ventilation in each dwelling, making installation simpler, with easy access for servicing and minimal maintenance requirements. The regeneration will make a significant contribution to retained dwellings meeting Decent Homes standards and also provide new homes to existing residents, whilst at the same time providing for additional housing, including affordable homes.

2013 looks set to offer yet more success for Euroheat, not least due to the introduction of the long awaited domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). This year Euroheat will be showcasing its range of boilers and stoves, including the latest in domestic pellet power, the K10, an automatic boiler which offers outputs of 10kW – 26kW – perfect for the averagesized family home. “The K10 is a great choice for many homeowners considering moving away from fossil fuels; our most competitively-priced pellet boiler, it presents an excellent alternative, particularly for those who have previously relied on oil,” says Simon Holden, co-founder of Euroheat. (

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SPSenvirowall urges action on Green Deal

Insulation experts have urged the government to tackle the confusion surrounding the Green Deal to help cut household and business energy bills and boost the economy. footprint, and create jobs in a hard pressed construction industry. “There is still a lot of education to be done as there appears to be a considerable amount of uncertainty of how it will be delivered. The government and our industry needs to invest more effort in promoting and explaining the Green Deal or it

Fakro GB will be highlighting its extensive range of roof windows, roofing accessories and loft ladders. On display will be the quadruple-glazed FTT U8 Thermo, with a U-value of 0.58W/m2K – the most efficient currently available. The company will be placing heavy emphasis on factors of aesthetic value and functionality such as use of close-grain, knot-free redwood pine, the lamination technique, double vacuum treatment, 3-coat matt lacquer finish of which have set the industry standard. Operating handles in the base of the sash and automatic vents in the top of the frame also provide up to a 10% bigger glazing area.


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The gate opened on October 1st 2012 for initial assessments on properties but there is concern over uptake since climate change minister Greg Baker admitted in November that not a single assessment had been lodged by homeowners on the government’s official register. The Green Deal, officially launched on 28th January, will let participants pay for energy-saving improvements over time through their electricity bill. Repayments are intended to be no more than the amount a typical household would save in energy costs. Mitch Gee, Managing Director at SPSenvirowall, says: “The Green Deal is an excellent initiative attracting private finance to help households make the investments needed to improve the thermal efficiency of their properties, cut energy bills, shrink the country’s carbon

might be very slow to take off, with it possibly requiring legislation that would incentivise the domestic householder and landlords to upgrade the thermal performance of their properties. “Without that kind of intervention the Green Deal may never achieve the aspirations this government has for it and a great opportunity may be lost.” To learn more about SPSEnvirowall’s response to the Green Deal stop by the company’s stand at Ecobuild, where it will also be presenting live demonstrations of its products.

Timberplay’s enviable reputation has been built on its ability to deliver outstanding play spaces including natural features, hard and soft landscaping plus sustainable equipment manufactured by their partner Richter Spielgerate. Diversifying from environmentallysound, design-led play areas, Timberplay has formed partnerships with like-minded, ethos-driven brands; sustainable lighting and street furniture from Santa & Cole, who have attained cradle-to-cradle certification on some products, bespoke wheeled sports park elements, seating stones and, organic design from Concrete, as well as robinia Multi-Use Games Areas from TransAlp. (

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Roofing, Cladding & Insulation

The VMZINC system proved to be an economical solution with the added benefit that installation could take place during winter months

A stunning combination of VMZINC Quartz-Zinc and Pigmento vertical interlocking facade panels have been specified by architect BDP in its design of the £80m University of York campus expansion at Heslington East.


DP was invited to masterplan and design the individual buildings, the cladding inspiration for which was explained by Project Architect Andrew Lees: “Our vision for the design was prompted by the rural surroundings and specifically by the lakeside location. “We felt that the elevations should reflect colours which stemmed from

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flora such as bulrushes. Though we were not initially familiar with the Pigmento colour range we subsequently realised that their subtle shades of grey, green and red would enable us to create a colour palette which was visually analogous to the rhythm of multi-stemmed plants.” Initially the cladding specified was coloured fibrous cement panels. During the detailed design stage, however, the VMZINC system proved to be a more economical solution with the added benefit that installation could take place during winter months. 3m long panels in 375 and 400mm widths were used to suit the structural modules with a continuous 20mm ventilated air gap behind the boarding of the entire facade. The architects are particularly pleased with the way in which the zinc responds to changing light conditions and viewing angles of the multifacetted facades. Andrew Lees adds: “A particularly satisfying feature of the zinc is the crisp

shadow gap that is achieved between adjacent panels. This gives the skin of the building a textured sophistication and the ability to form a continuous ‘wrap’ around both the straight and curved sections of the facade.”

Textured wrap Housed in two wings overlooking the existing lake and embracing a courtyard garden, the first phase has undergraduate and postgraduate software laboratories and two more in which the Human-Computer Interaction research group undertakes much of its work. A fully-glazed atrium connects the wings at all levels while a glass link leads to the seminar and common room pod which nestles in the centre of the courtyard as a garden pavilion. This organic timber structure acts as a counterpoint to the zinc clad wings that surround it. The last words go to fellow Project Architect Tony Robinson who says: “The VM Zinc product was the making of Computer Science and Law and Management Buildings.” Elizabeth Heaps, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University adds: “The buildings are absolutely stunning. They are so striking and aesthetically they are just brilliant.”

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Roofing, Cladding & Insulation

Kingspan reveals unique software tool The Toolkit series from Kingspan has become a leading cold rolled steel purlins, rails and channels design software in the industry. It is now used by over 1500 practices in the UK and includes the design of cold rolled steel products, CAD details and much more. This online software enables users to design to the new Eurocodes as well as British Standards. Toolkit 8 also incorporates the latest BreVe3 wind analysis engine. BreVe3 implementation includes satellite measured topography sourced from NASA and Microsoft Bing mapping to pinpoint exact wind measurements of a given project site. Visit to register.

Sika-Trocal launches new technical bible Sika-Trocal, supplier of single ply roof membranes, has launched its new and updated Technical Manual. Designed to be a ‘technical bible’ for specifiers and architects, the new manual combines comprehensive information on all of the Sika-Trocal single ply membranes in one publication. The Technical Manual has also been updated to include all of Sika-Trocal’s latest products – including the self-adhesive vapour control layer Svap 5000E SA, Sika-Trocal lightning conductor clips, and new rigid PVC scuppers and outlets. Latest industry standards and good practice are also included within the manual. (



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Improved fire protection A new intumescent cavity barrier solution for use in rainscreen cladding systems has been launched by Promat UK. The Promaseal RSB-V and RSB-N barriers form part of the Promat Promaseal Fire Stopping Range, and provide architects, specifiers and contractors with a new option when it comes to creating effective fire protection for rainscreen cladding. Promaseal RSB-V and RSB-N are available in different widths and pre-cut units, to suit cavity depths ranging from 50mm up to 450mm. This makes them easy to install and suitable for a wide range of applications. Fitting brackets are supplied with these products.

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Kingspan system is one step ahead Kingspan Insulated Panels has announced that its premium performance Membrane Lined Insulated Gutter System has become the first, and only, gutter system to be approved to LPS 1181 by the Loss Prevention Certification Board. The large scale fire test simulates the conditions of a developing fire, providing a determination of the fire growth performance of external cladding products. Mark Harris, Divisional Building Technology Director at Kingspan Insulated Panels comments: “This ground-breaking achievement demonstrates our on-going commitment to develop products that improve the fire safety of buildings for the benefits of the occupiers, the building owners and their insurers.” *


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Kemper System liquid waterproofing Kemper System’s ‘Stratex’ warm roof system was the ideal solution for Castle Contractors when it recently completed the refurbishment an assembly hall roof at Matthew Moss High School in Rochdale. The Kemper System solution was chosen for its performance, speed of installation and the 25 year BBA certified expected working life of the Kemperol waterproofing membrane. This longevity is further supported by installations with proven performance of over 40 years in the UK. Kemperol liquid waterproofing is laid in a single process saturating a reinforcement fleece which cannot delaminate and cures to form a seamless, hard-wearing, elastomeric membrane. *


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Waitrose takes off with Kingspan Kingspan’s KS1000 LS Longspan insulated panel system has played a part in creating a contemporary look and meeting the challenge of a special curved feature for a striking new Waitrose store at Kings Hill, near Maidstone. The clean lines required for the modern design were achieved using Micro-Ribbed Kingspan KS1000 LS Longspan in an attractive Pearl shade from Kingspan’s Spectrum colour coating range. Gale Construction specified and installed 860m2 of the Kingspan Longspan insulated wall panels in a 120mm thickness to deliver a U-value of 0.18 W/m2K. The panel is able to achieve airtightness as low as 5m3/hr/m2 at 50pa. (

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Doors & Windows

Selectaglaze helps protect works of art Tate Liverpool's commitment to sustainability has recently seen improvements to the gallery's conferencing areas on the fourth floor and the fourth floor galleries which host special exhibitions and displays year-round. As part of the brief, Building Surveyor Drivers Jonas Deloitte needed to ensure that the gallery's environmental conditions were optimised to protect the works of art on display.

The large traditional single glazed windows overlooking the docks capture light throughout the day and so offer superb viewing conditions but also need to provide the required environmental conditions for the display of art works. To help find a solution, Drivers Jonas Deloitte consulted with the UK’s leading

secondary glazing specialist, Selectaglaze and the company’s local partner, Fenestral. With a wealth of experience within listed and historic buildings Selectaglaze and Fenestral were uniquely placed to understand the very special nature of Tate Liverpool’s requirements. Following trials, the preferred solution was a pair of white powder painted hinged casements arched to follow the window line. With flush hinges, white gaskets and concealed locking the frames provide minimalist lines. Tate Liverpool requested special protection against damaging UV light, which was achieved with 6.8mm clear laminated

glass together with an additional specialist UV film. Multipoint locking and high compression seals ensure tight seals and so help maintain temperature and humidity within the gallery. The hinged panels allow easy access for cleaning and maintenance. After a full assessment by Tate Liverpool staff who supervised the process, the work was undertaken outside gallery opening hours and caused no disruption to the art work on display.  *

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J.Banks scoops major award

Bespoke entrance for Finsbury Circus Geze UK has recently embarked on a challenging installation in Finsbury Circus, comprising a listed building and a floor made from the thick steel hull from a ship and a traditional wooden entrance lobby. At the entrance, although Geze UK’s discreet Slimdrive SCR was the ideal choice, a bespoke solution was required, as it was impossible to dig into the listed, steel floor. Instead of creating a floor ring from hollow steel tubes, Geze UK made a specially fabricated floor ring from a stainless steel sheet just 15mm thick. This was then machined on to the floor and every fixture was surface mounted. (

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Hardware manufacturer J.Banks has won the Midlands region Business Growth Awards in the prestigious 2012 EEF Future Manufacturing Awards. The annual business awards are hosted by EEF, the UK manufacturers’ organisation, and recognises excellence in enterprise, innovation, environmental performance and skills development. Beating off stiff competition from many of the UK’s foremost household names and major multi-national organisations, the midlands-based manufacturer, best known for its comprehensive range of door, window and specialist bi-fold hardware products, is justifiably proud to have received this acknowledgement of the company’s performance. *


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Rehau launches thermally-efficient profiles PVC-U systems specialist Rehau has added a new range of thermally-efficient, multi-chamber profiles to its market leading 70mm window and door system, now branded Rehau TOTAL70. Tests have confirmed that the new Rehau TOTAL70C thermally-enhanced six chamber profile can achieve a U-value as low as 1.29 W/m²K in a standard sized window, and the five chamber profile can achieve 1.48 W/m²K with full reinforcement and 1.39 W/m²K with standard reinforcement. They allow fabricators to more than offset the cost of the additional PVC-U material used in their extrusion by utilising a wider range of glass and spacer bar solutions. *


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Floors, Walls & Ceilings

Fresh look for student accomodation A range of specialist coatings from Dulux Trade has been used in the refurbishment of a seven-storey student accommodation building to create a stylish place for students to live in Nottingham. Dulux Trade Diamond Matt, Mouldshield Fungicidal Eggshell and the newly reformulated Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt were selected to provide a modern, durable and welcoming design for iQ Nottingham. iQ, a student accommodation specialist, acquired the building in November 2006. As the building hadn’t had a major redecoration for many years, iQ needed to bring it in line with the high standards of its other properties, and also ensure it would be a popular place for students to reside in the city. Dulux Trade Diamond Matt was

applied to the walls in the bedrooms, lobbies and reception area. Dulux Trade Diamond Matt is a tough, washable matt emulsion which is 10 times tougher than most silk emulsions. The main walls were painted in Cornflower White to create a *

contemporary and homely feel, and for the bedrooms, Roasted Red was used to create striking feature walls. As for the lift and lobby areas, Perfectly Taupe, a light brown shade, was contrasted with hints of Luscious Lime to inject vibrancy into the communal areas. For the ceilings, the newly reformulated Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt was applied in White. The high opacity emulsion gives excellent coverage and application for the large surface ceilings. To protect and enhance the bathroom walls, Dulux Trade Mouldshield Fungicidal Eggshell was used in Mineral Mist, a light blue shade. It’s ideal for wet areas as the fungicide inhibits the growth of mould and fungi and provides a superior resistance to condensation than conventional emulsion coatings. The heavily trafficked communal areas, such as the main corridors and kitchens, were re-decorated using Dulux Trade Satinwood in Ebony Mist 3. This high performance coating was chosen because it provides a hardwearing and dirt resistant finish.


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An education on acoustics

Polyflor tucks in Polyflor, manufacturer of commercial and residential vinyl flooring, has recently had some of its SimpLay Loose Lay product installed at the famous Slattery’s patissier and chocolatier in Whitefield, Manchester. Installed by local firm, Winton Flooring, the SimpLay collection of loose lay vinyl tiles and planks has been developed for a wide range of commercial interiors. Featuring a 5mm gauge and 0.7mm wearlayer, the range meets the demands of the toughest commercial spaces while offering the flexibility to highlight specific floor areas and easily change the floor design if required – eliminating prolonged disruption. (

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Troldtekt acoustic ceiling tiles have been specified by Architype architects for Oakmeadow School, Wolverhampton, one of the UK’s first Passivhaus primary schools. A major contribution to the comfort of pupils and staff is the use of Troldtekt ceiling tiles in the classrooms and sports hall. The tiles offer high performance sound absorption in the study areas which need to be quiet, calm and healthy and the play areas. Architype Director Jonathan Hines comments: “Troldtekt acoustic ceilings are one of the solutions which have helped to meet our design and performance objectives – in this case optimising the acoustic environment using a natural and beautiful product.” *


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Renderplas launches new support tools Renderplas has launched a new website and brochure range which together provide the richest source of information on PVCu beads currently available in the UK. In addition to offering a high quality sales tool for trade counters, the new loose-leaf literature can be collated into customised packs to suit individual project requirements. The new user-friendly web site at www. offers instant access to useful online tools, real-time technical data and downloads at the click of a mouse. *


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The evolution of random lay carpet tiles In line with current interior trends, Forbo Flooring Systems has refreshed its best-selling Tessera Mix random lay, batchless carpet tile range with eight new contemporary colourways. This attractive and innovative floorcovering combines tone and shade with a subtle geometric design, creating a distinctive and attractive flooring solution. Individual tiles are laid in a completely random fashion to deliver an attractive, multi-layered and seamless aesthetic that enhances floor spaces of any scale. The new colourways include black and charcoal Obsidian, teal Glacier, the rich jewel hues of Ruby, Amethyst and Jade, and the natural earthy shades of Sahara, Husk and Stone. These are presented alongside seven existing, timeless references, resulting in a completely refreshed and confident modern colour offer. Designed in accordance with Forbo’s green design principles, Mix is manufactured in the UK using advanced tufting technology to create a high performance, durable product at an economical pile weight. The use of

solution dyed yarns ensures long lasting colour fastness and resistance to fading. A true random lay tile, Mix generates less than 2% fitting waste, as almost every last off-cut can be used, and speed of installation is increased as there are no directional rules to follow. Being batchless, future workspace



expansion and reorganisation can be accommodated without concern over colour matching, and as there is no need to order and store spare stocks, wastage is reduced further still. Forbo’s random lay, batchless carpet tile portfolio also includes the newlyintroduced Tessera Circulate collection.

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Dulux Trade updates product guide Dulux Trade has added to its extensive range of support services and resources, with the introduction of its updated Professional Product Guide. Designed to help appliers select the perfect solution for every job, the guide brings together all the latest information on the entire Dulux Trade product range in one easy to use booklet. Along with additional reference material, the booklet contains key information to support appliers in making the perfect choice, such as application details, benefits, and technical data, as well as useful hints and tips on how to work with each product most effectively. *


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Uzin provides safe choice Uzin products were used to install the floor at the new entrance and reception at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Due to this sensitive environment, UZIN NC 160 Special Edition levelling compound was used to keep emissions to a minimum. As a response to health and safety concerns Uzin has developed Uzin NC 160 Special Edition which has been awarded an EC1 R Plus classification for being very low emission and provides the most ecological approach for flooring installations. Not only does Uzin NC 160 Special Edition meet environmental requirements such as BREEAM, it also provides fantastic coverage. *


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Steps to recovery

Polyflor, manufacturer of commercial and residential vinyl flooring, has announced that around 10,000m2 of its flooring has recently been installed in the new Women and Children’s Unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital. The Pearlazzo PUR range in a variety of different colours has been installed and several designs have been wajerjet cut into the floor for added effect. Within the new BRE Global rating scheme Pearlazzo PUR achieves a BRE A+ rating in major use areas such as healthcare and education and Pearlazzo PUR is 100% recyclable through the Recofloor vinyl take-back service and contains 25% recycled material. (

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Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Trio accolade for Franke Washroom Systems Franke Washroom Systems, part of the international Franke Group specialising in stainless steel washroom and catering products for commercial installations, has won a trio of business awards at the annual Derbyshire Times Business Awards. The three wins included top prize of the night for The Derbyshire Times Business Awards 2012 Overall 2012 Business of The Year. The company also received Apprentice of the Year and, for its new WUDU product; Business Idea of the Year. The Franke Washroom Systems WUDU is a brand-new range of stainless steel washing, and ablution station designed specifically for use in mosques and other Muslim places of worship. Franke Washroom Systems also received a Runner-Up award for Community Contribution in recognition of its work with apprentices, local schools and hospice and youth

sports sponsorship. A final Highly Recommended award was received too for its high level of customer service. Managing Director Andy

Dukelow comments: “Thank you to everyone who voted and to my team for all their hard work. It’s wonderful to be recognised on our home patch.” For further information about the product line-up from Franke Washroom Systems, contact the company to request a product guide and price list.  *

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Quality care extends to building services

Appropriate facilities enable inclusivity Wakefield College has just completed a major expansion scheme, including the building of its new SkillsXChange. Included in the build programme was the creation of two special accessible toilet facilities, supplied and installed by disabled toileting solutions provider Total Hygiene. Initially commissioned to enable one specific student to be able to access the college, the facilities have enabled an additional 15 or so students to take advantage of further and higher education at the site. The hygiene rooms include space for the disabled person and up to two carers, hoist, a height adjustable washbasin and Clos-o-Mat ‘wash and dry’ toilet. (

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Leading care home operator Barchester Healthcare is adopting an innovative approach to fulfill its ethos of delivering high quality care. In its new, 60 bedroomed Kingfisher Lodge Care Centre in Saltford, Avon, Barchester has turned to leading ventilation solutions provider Passivent to design and deliver a package that ensures each area is efficiently and appropriately ventilated, with optimum energy efficiency. As a result, each of the en-suites attached to every bedroom has Passivent MEV (Mechanical Ventilation), with the communal and administrative areas ventilated using Passivent’s innovative GenAiration intelligent humidity sensitive mechanical ventilation with heat recovery system (iMVHR). *


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All change in toileting facilities The need for accessible toilet facilities is being met, with the development of the concept of Changing Places toilets for people who need the help of at least one carer – a concept which has already become good practice under British Standards. Through the efforts of the Changing Places campaign, sponsored by leading disabled toileting solutions provider Total Hygiene, already almost 300 Changing Places toilets have been installed across the UK, enabling disabled people to participate in day-to-day life. A Changing Places toilet includes feature such as a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench and a tracking hoist system or mobile hoist. *


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Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms The new PLUS track system from Pressalit Care sets new standards in accessible, multiuser bathroom design. Combining flexibility with functionality, Pressalit Care's unique track system offers new and improved height and horizontal adjustment. Giving a high degree of flexibility that benefits users and their carers, the Pressalit Care PLUS system makes financial sense for hospitals, care homes and educational establishments looking for long term value. With soft, rounded edges and a choice of new, bold colours, the ergonomically designed Pressalit Care PLUS system features a wall-mounted track which allows easy movement of individual bathroom elements such as wash basin and shower seat. The horizontal track makes it possible to move these elements along the wall, making space for wheelchair access without compromising on carers’ movement, while the vertical track enables simple height adjustment with

The benchmark for accessible bathroom design an easy to operate lever lock. Design and function go hand in hand in the PLUS system. Several elements can be fitted safely onto the track such as basin, shower seat, toilet and arm supports. Combined with other elements in the system, including grab rails, toilet seats, back rests, curtain rails and folding seats, the result is a comfortable and usable bathroom that offers long term value. With hygiene all important, the PLUS

Interplan's robust rating St Ambrose and Buchanan High is a £44m new build development comprising the amalgamation of two existing schools and Townhead Community Centre in Coatbridge to accommodate around 1300 pupils. North Lanarkshire County Council appointed contractor Balfour Beatty which in turn selected Interplan Panel Systems to supply and install its robust Splash washroom cubicles. Interplan understand the need for forward thinking and space optimisation which is why Splash is available in standard height or floor to ceiling, providing the client with high quality, flexible products which meet design aspirations. *


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Mereway celebrates trio of awards Mereway scooped three national awards last month. Mereway won two industry awards, the first a silver award from consumer magazine House Beautiful in the Best Luxury Kitchen category for its traditional bespoke English Revival collection.The second was awarded by the trade magazine Designer Kitchens and Bathrooms. Mereway took gold in the Product Innovation Award (Marketing Category) for its ‘Live Life the Mereway’ marketing concept. The third award was presented by the trade association EEF Future Manufacturing. Mereway is a People Management winner in the 2012 regional awards, beating a host of well-known companies including Jaguar, Land Rover and Rolls Royce. *


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system has been designed to offer the highest levels of cleanliness. Smooth, round edges with the minimum of slits and grooves makes for efficient cleaning. Offering flexible solutions that maximise all available space even in the smallest of areas, the PLUS system meets the requirements of BS8300:2009.

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AKW extends Luda range

Specialist in independent living solutions, AKW, has added a new addition to its stylish Luda electric shower range, expanding its appeal to a wider market. Now available in an 8.5kW version, the Luda and Luda S new offering provides the installer with an easy fit shower solution, whilst keeping all the unique core functionality of the 10kW option. The only electric shower designed specifically for the care market, the Luda range provides a choice of models that are safe and easy to use in a distinctive teardrop design. The 8.5kW model is quick and easy to install, avoiding the need for expensive upgrades. (

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Focus & Innovation

Hauraton supplies super systems Hauraton surface water drainage channels have recently been supplied at a new Sainsbury's Superstore in Northumberland. The company's iron gratings were also specified in the car parks, service area and access roads due to their ability to be quickly removed for cleaning and easily re-fitted. Architects Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson designed the Sainsbury’s Superstore at Alnwick, Northumberland. Working in collaboration with Sainsbury’s, Northumberland Estates, the Local Authority and other stakeholders,

the contemporary scheme integrates beautifully with the surrounding landscape and neighbouring buildings. The store has a net sales area of about 1674m² (18,000ft²) and a gross internal area of 3255m² (35,000ft²) including the

associated service area and a car park with 232 spaces. The works included the building of a partial culvert to an existing waterway, landscaping work and access roads from Alnwick town centre. Hauraton supplied 565m of its FASERFIX SUPER KS surface water drainage channels with loading Class E600 ductile iron gratings to drain the car parks, service area, and access roads. The FASERFIX channels featured SIDE-LOCK, the company’s patented boltless system that allows the ductile iron gratings and covers to be removed quickly and re-fitted easily for channel cleaning. For example, 10m of cover can be removed in about 90 seconds with just 70 seconds to replace all 20 covers.  *

Accurate illumination

Legrand has launched AlphaRex3 – a range of one and two channel, DIN rail mounting digital time switches that deliver an unrivalled package of user benefits. Key aspects of the range include an astronomical light control function, which enables the switch to respond to natural light conditions and removes the requirement to install an additional light sensor; and an offset function that permits the user to extend the preset sunrise/sunset settings by up to 120 minutes. This latter function makes AlphaRex3 ideal for applications such as illuminated street signage where the client needs to capture high pedestrian footfall during peak commuting times. (

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Mila Maintenance meets 100% target Recognising the need to service elderly and vulnerable residents, London Housing Association L&Q has not only contracted out the reactive maintenance on windows and doors in 60,000 of its properties across Greater London to Mila Maintenance, but has also imposed a strict 24-hour time limit for all emergency repairs like these to be carried out. Mila Maintenance is well equipped to meet the series of strict Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) laid down by L&Q within the terms of the three-year maintenance contract. Over the past five months, for example, Mila Maintenance has achieved the 100% target for responding to all emergency repairs within the 24 hour time limit. *


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Gain full lighting control Danlers’ new batten-mounted ‘Intelligent’ Photocell switch is capable of delivering significant energy savings at low cost. By virtue of its radical new calibration process, this control can distinguish the difference between artificial and natural light delivered to the photocell and by doing so removes the site specific addition of artificial light from any decision to automatically switch the lights on/off. This technology has a GB patent pending No. 1219746.3. This UK manufactured control mounts onto the end of lighting battens via the 20mm knock out and comes with a 1m lead to connect to the ballast. *


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Focus & Innovation

Changing the perception of off-site

Greater demand for ventilation Leading roof ventilation expert Glidevale maintains that allowing air in and out of a building’s roofspace is vital. With buildings becoming more energy efficient, the need to ensure a condensation-free loft has never been more important. Some 20% of the air entering a dwelling leaves via the roof with additional moisture load. The average household generates up to eight pints of water vapour a day, simply by bathing, cleaning, cooking etc. That moisture goes into the warm air, and rises, condensing when it hits colder surfaces in the roofspace. (

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Off-site construction specialist, Yorkon, has launched a new video to help change the perception of off-site construction and to demonstrate just what is now possible with the latest developments in modular technology. The video, which can be viewed online at follows the launch of the new Yorkon building system which is set to revolutionise off-site construction in the UK. It now has thousands of different configurations and permutations and its innovative structure can accommodate almost any architectural design, size, site or building footprint. *


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Dow Building Solutions – manufacturer of extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation – has become a member of the Passivhaus Trust in recognition of its role in Passivhaus construction. The Passivhaus Trust is an independent, non-profit organisation that aims to promote the principles of Passivhaus as a highly effective way of reducing energy use and carbon emissions from buildings in the UK. “We’re really pleased to welcome Dow Building Solutions into the Passivhaus Trust family, as it offers materials and expertise which are highly relevant to this exciting method of building design,” comments Roger Southcott Membership & Events Co-ordinator. *


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Off-site construction specialist, Yorkon, has delivered a two-storey modular classroom building in a completely enclosed courtyard at Ninestiles School – an outstanding ‘convertor’ academy in Birmingham. The sub-contract package was awarded to Yorkon by principal contractor Thomas Vale Construction. The building has provided the school with six new classrooms to help meet the increased demand for places and has replaced an outdated facility. Features include brick cladding to the ground floor with a contrasting white finish to the upper floor; windows, doors and aluminium cladding panels in anthracite grey; a full height glazed stairwell, and a link corridor to the main school.


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Long Rake Spar extends granule range As the UK’s main supplier of dried aggregate granules to the resin surfacing industry, Long Rake Spar is committed to sourcing and developing the most extensive product selection available in the industry. As part of this commitment it continually seeks to introduce a selection of exclusive new products, all of which are supplied washed, dried and screened to the highest specification to produce clean, closely sized granules. New for 2013 are four additions to the range Golden Quartz, Winter Rose, Alaskan Grey and Angular Tweed. These products are suitable for systems used in applications for medium traffic use. Visit Long Rake Spar on stand S1850 at Ecobuild. *



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Tactile seating solutions

Outside spaces can now benefit from a more playful seating solution with a range of Seating Stones available exclusively in the UK by Timberplay. These attractive products are created from fibre glass concrete, so are exceptionally hard wearing, but being relatively light are suitable for both outdoor and indoor environments. A tactile material, the feel is reminiscent of pebbles in a river bed; the form, texture and look is attractive to both children and adults alike. There are three stones in total, ranging from 160cm width to 240cm. They are available in a number of colours, including grey, anthracite and terracotta. (

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Portakabin achieves zero waste target

Design on the street

Portakabin, a leading modular building specialist, has achieved its objective of zero waste to landfill at its manufacturing centre in York a year ahead of its December 2013 target. This significant milestone follows further improvements to the waste management processes across the York site, which have included waste streaming and segregation for recycling. Any non-recyclable waste is now incinerated for power generation. Portakabin has also made significant progress over the past year in other areas including a reduction in carbon output of 7.5% as part of the Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment.

An inspiring new collection of design-led street furniture from Landscape Forms has been launched in the UK, by Cheshire-based Bailey Artform. Aimed at helping landscape architects and specifiers to enrich outdoor public spaces, the award-winning Landscape Forms product range combines innovative urban design with functionality and sustainability to create aspirational and effective landscape architecture. As exclusive UK distributor and installer of Landscape Forms products, including the ground breaking Metro 40 collection, the company is set to open up new innovative and forwardthinking urban design possibilities for landscape architects and specifiers.





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Foremans publishes new health and safety paper Foremans Relocatable Building Systems, the UK’s largest supplier of refurbished Portakabin buildings, has published a new paper – A Client’s Guide to Health and Safety during a Construction Project. The new paper, which can be downloaded from the Foremans website,, offers 10 practical steps to help construction clients improve health and safety planning. Foremans’ modular buildings are supplied in single and multi-storey configurations and can be designed and refurbished if required for a wide variety of uses, including offices, teaching blocks, transport depots and hospital ward accommodation. (

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Windhager boilers feature in four awards Four awards recently presented at The Renewables Roadshow were for projects where Windhager biomass boilers have been specified. Liberty Energy took home an impressive three awards on the night including Renewables Installer, Commercial Installer and Biomass Installer of the Year. Liberty won the Renewables Installer award for its installation for Winchester County Council where 10 Windhager 10kW BioWIN boilers were installed to replace electric and coal fires in semi detached houses. Renuvo won the Residential Renewables award for its installation for Warwick District Council Installation where 23 Windhager 12kW VarioWIN biomass boilers were installed for tenants in the area. *

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Architectural aluminium glazing systems specialist, Technal, has opened a new purposedesigned and highly sustainable headquarters in India featuring its Géode-MX curtain walling and brise soleil sun shading systems.The 4000m2 building in Bangalore represents a significant investment for the Group. It is targeted to achieve LEED platinum status and has a projected annual energy consumption of less than 60Kw/hr/m2. The installation of the Technal Suneal brise soleil system, as well as a pergola and roof glazing, generates around 18Kw of electricity per hour – approximately 30% of the energy required to light and power the building.

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Landmark project for Wicona

The Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome have just been completed, creating a new world class sporting landmark for Scotland. The Wicona aluminium Wictec 50 curtain walling solution was specified by 3DReid to accommodate large unsupported spans of glass of up to 4m long. The system also offered slim sections and consistent profile sizes across the project.Fabricated and installed by Dane Architectural Systems in a £1m facade contract, the curtain walling was faceted for the velodrome to follow the curve of this striking building and was used with curved bull nose caps to add interest to the facade. (

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SHOWCASING THE FUTURE OF DESIGNER RAILING SYSTEMS. SHOWCASING THE FUTURE OF DESIGNER RAILING SYSTEMS. We are proud once again to be demonstrating our award winning modular railing systems at theonce hugely successful ecobuild exhibition. Live winning demonstrations willrailing be We are proud again to be demonstrating our award modular taking place throughout the day, along with exhibition. expert presentations, Q-railing CPD systems at the hugely successful ecobuild Live demonstrations will be “The specifiers guide to balustrade” and the launch of d line and Q-lights. taking place throughout the day, along with expert presentations, Q-railing CPD “The specifiers guide to balustrade” and the launch of d line and Q-lights. Visit us at ecobuild 2013 in the South Gallery, Stand S710. Visit us at ecobuild 2013 in the South Gallery, Stand S710. Q-railing Unit 706, 707 - Centre 500 Q-railing Lowfield Drive Unit 706, 707 - Centre 500 Newcastle-under-Lyme Lowfield ST5 0UU Drive Newcastle-under-Lyme United Kingdom ST5 0UU United Kingdom

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PSBJ February 2013  

PSBJ February 2013