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January 2016

FIT FOR THE FUTURE Council’s investment gets its community active

Greater flexibility

Dynamic duo

A sound choice

Passivhaus building is set to enhance pupil wellbeing

London Borough of Tower Hamlets updates school offering

AluK systems chosen for affordable housing


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Welcome... With Passivhaus credentials showing to contribute significantly towards pupil wellbeing, the public sector has witnessed an increased demand for schools that meet this standard. In this edition’s Education focus, PSBJ profiles the pioneering scheme for Burry Port Community School, which has enjoyed its first term in occupation, following a 12-month on-site delivery programme. Awaiting Passivhaus certification, it is set to become the first Passivhaus School in Wales. In a collaborative design process between Carmarthenshire County Council, and architects, Architype, this groundbreaking project is an outcome of Wales 21st Century Schools Programme; an investment fund by the government that is set to change the face of education in Wales. Elsewhere in this issue, PSBJ profiles the extraordinary revamp of two new schools for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Both the Central Foundation Girls’ School and the Phoenix School were originally housed in listed structures but they have been refurbished and significantly upgraded with new buildings and improved access. Turn to page 8 to read more. As you browse through this January edition you will find the magazine has taken on a fresh new look. Incorporating a revitalised layout and vibrant typography, the redesign aims to offer readers a more enjoyable and streamlined experience and its overall concept is now more aligned with the crucial talking points and issues affecting the sector. If you have any thoughts or feedback on our recent changes, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Simply contact me at the usual address hannah@mixedmediainfo.com In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this issue. Don’t forget you can also access all of the magazine’s features, product news and supplier information at your fingertips via PSBJ’s stateof-the-art app. To download your version free of charge, simply search ‘PSBJ’ on Google play or the App Store.

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08 06 News A round up of the latest industry updates including charity events, awarded contracts, partnerships and event news.

08 Upfront Architect practice Patel Taylor has revamped two schools in Bow for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

14 Housing Luke Smith at the NEF discusses the association’s role in using data to target energy efficiency programmes in Suffolk.

16 Talking Point Peter Kelsey, Managing Director of Designer Contracts, considers the impact of the new Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

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18 Technical Focus

22 Education

28 Leisure

Michael Earle, Technical Director at Safeguard Europe, discusses the importance of designing in flood resistance and flood resilience.

PSBJ profiles the first Passivhaus school development to be built in Wales, Burry Port Primary School, designed by Architype.

Oldham Council has invested in two new facilities in Oldham and neighbouring Royton, to facilitate an active community.

20 Legal & Business

26 Healthcare

30 Landscaping

Jason Ruddle, Managing Director of Elecosoft UK, discusses how BIM can be used to keep a tighter control on costs.

Altro products have been used to create a homely atmosphere in a new birthing unit at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Trade body Interpave discusses an unusual concrete block permeable paving project that focuses on water quality and wildlife.

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32 Doors & Windows

38 Disability

AluK aluminium window and door systems have been specified for the exciting residential development, Tredegar Place.

David Usher of InterAction of Bath looks at the growing challenge that an aging population poses to societal sustainability.

34 Play Equipment

40 RCI Show Preview

The Association of Play Industries reveals early findings from its research study into public play provision.

PSBJ profiles the upcoming highlights of the RCI Show 2016 – the established show for the roofing, cladding and insulation sector.

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42 Product Showcase

Potterton Commercial boilers are working alongside products from Andrews Water Heaters and SenerTec at Oakham School.

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INDUSTRY UPDATES

Each month PSBJ rounds up the latest public sector construction updates, from new contracts to industry awards.

Manchester’s first public square in 17 years opens The first public square to be established in Manchester this century has been officially opened by Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council. Sadler’s Yard, the new public space at the heart of NOMA, has been created between the iconic CIS Tower, New Century House and Hanover opposite Victoria Station. The new realm opens up previously closed-off walkways through the city and is the first new public space to be opened in the centre since Exchange Square was reopened 19 years ago. Named after, and inspired by James Sadler, a balloonist, chemist and pastry chef who made the first manned balloon flight from Manchester in 1785, it aims to celebrate the spirit of innovation that runs through Manchester’s history. Sadler’s Yard is also one of the first public spaces in Britain to be named through an online crowd-sourcing initiative after members of the public were invited to suggest names for the site via social media.

Morgan Tucker appointed to housing frameworks National consulting engineer Morgan Tucker is celebrating a double win after being appointed to two multi-million pound M&E frameworks for two different housing associations.

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On the Swan Housing framework, which is for four years, Morgan Tucker will be able to bid for work outlined in two lots – structural engineering worth up to £1.5m and M&E consultant worth up to £750,000. The L&Q Housing Association work, which is also set to span four years, will see Morgan Tucker be able to bid for M&E work in the organisation’s plans to complete a total of 5200 new homes at a cost of £960m. Swan develops affordable, rented projects, low cost home ownership projects, intermediate rent and key worker accommodation and properties for sale. It operates predominantly in London and the South East. It is expected that in excess of 500 homes per year will be developed over the next two years in and around London and Essex under Swan’s new framework, including large regeneration schemes at Swan’s developments at Blackwall Reach, Poplar and Craylands in Basildon. L&Q Housing Association, which operates throughout the South East, currently manages approximately 71,000 homes.

Historic school reaches new heights National architect practice Pozzoni has completed a £2m extension to the Grey Coat Hospital in Westminster, London. The project saw the popular 300 year old school extended to accommodate the increasing demand for pupil spaces and to increase its sixth form provision by 10%. The Grey Coat Hospital is spread across

two sites and it was the St. Michael’s Buildings on Regency Street that was used by year 10, 11 and sixth form students that benefitted from the extension. Pozzoni worked closely with the school and consultants, HUSH Project Management throughout the renovation. The contractor was Sharkey. The additional space on top of the sports hall has created a designated sixth form study area and breakout space as well as two new classrooms, each suitable for up to 30 pupils and a staff office. Siân Maddrell, Head Teacher of The Grey Coat Hospital, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer our sixth form such a wonderful space as well classrooms from which all will benefit. The project was funded in part from legacies from former pupils, for which we are very grateful."

Lead contractor named on 3Ts hospital redevelopment Laing O’Rourke has been named the lead contractor for the 3Ts redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital. The £484m investment will see construction begin in the first half of 2016. The nine year project will redevelop the front half of the Royal Sussex County Hospital site, with two new hospital buildings replacing the current out-dated facilities. The first of the new buildings is due to open in 2020 and the second in 2023. The first building to be redeveloped will be handed over to Laing O’Rourke between January and June 2016. Once the handover period is complete, the whole south-east quarter of the hospital will be under construction. However the Cancer Centre will remain open and functioning throughout the entire project. To ensure the smooth running of the hospital during the initial building works, the area for the first new building will be given over to construction in sections between January and June 2016. At the end of that period the entire south-east quarter of the hospital, with the exception of the Cancer Centre, will be undergoing construction.


UK’s first affordable rent-to-buy homes to be built in Plymouth In a national first, Plymouth-based housing companies Persimmon Homes and Rentplus have signed an agreement to develop 19 new affordable rent-to-buy homes in Plymouth to help tackle the region’s housing shortage and help people into home ownership for the first time. The properties are part of a 139 home development built by Persimmon Homes at William Prance Road, Derriford, as part of Plymouth City Council’s Get Plymouth Building programme. The first homes at Palmerston Heights are now complete and Rentplus is working with Tamar Housing Society to identify suitable tenants in need of an affordable rented home who aspire to buy their own home in the future. The Rentplus homes are available at affordable rents (up to 80% of local market rent) for an agreed period of between five and 20 years. Once the rental tenancy has finished, residents are given the opportunity to buy their Rentplus home and will be given a 10% deposit by Rentplus to do so.

Morgan Sindall completes £6.5m college extension Leading construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall plc has completed work on a £6.5m project to expand Harrow College in Middlesex. The project saw Morgan Sindall construct a four-storey business enterprise unit which now accommodates a total of 580 students and 140 staff. The new facility radically improves the teaching space at Harrow College with

both councils are working to deliver for the residents of Ashford and the wider Kent economy. The Ashford District Deal, which could be rolled out across the county if successful, has two main elements: A commitment to focus the combined efforts of both councils on delivering key strategic projects – known as Ashford’s ‘Big 8’ – that will help to unlock investment opportunities and deliver Ashford’s huge potential, which will benefit not only the borough of Ashford but Kent as a whole An agreement to improve the way the councils work together to make sure that the best quality outcomes possible are delivered as economically as possible on behalf of Kent’s and Ashford’s residents and businesses.

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state-of-the-art classrooms and open-plan areas for learning, and will help meet the growing demand for college places in the area. The building was developed with innovation and sustainability at the project’s core and has achieved a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of Excellent. It comprises full automatic air conditioning, with heat recovery ventilation, solar control glazing, low energy LED internal and external lighting. It also includes photovoltaic panels which generate electricity by converting solar energy. Morgan Sindall’s project team also delivered external landscaping which was designed and implemented with the aid of a specialist in animal habitats, to provide shelter for local bat, bird and insect species.

New council homes completed ahead of schedule The first five of 20 new bungalows in Birchwood have been completed by Woodhead Living ahead of schedule and are being prepared for their first tenants. Built on land formerly occupied by garages, these homes will help the council meet a growing demand for bungalows in the area and are part of a wider scheme to build 150 new council properties in Lincoln over six years. Woodhead Living is delivering the project on behalf of City of Lincoln Council, through the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa) using a ‘fabric-first’ approach, which means the team will be able to improve energy efficiency, and reduce carbon emissions without the use of complicated or expensive sustainable technologies. The construction process involves using an air tight and highly insulated fabric to reduce heating requirements and ensure energy bills are kept as low as possible. This approach also enables the bungalows to achieve a very impressive “B” EPC rating. The fabric-first method can also reduce the need for maintenance during a building’s lifespan, providing long term management benefits and efficiency savings.

Councils join forces Ashford Borough Council and Kent County Council have forged a closer working relationship to help deliver on a number of major development projects. The District Deal is the first of its kind in the county and is designed to deliver more the joint working of Ashford Borough and Kent County councils – putting innovation, creativity and quality at the heart of what

Edinburgh Council gives go ahead to The Registers City of Edinburgh Council has given the green light to a £60m Chris Stewart Group regeneration project, which will bring more than 700 jobs to the city centre. Approval of plans for The Registers, an area to the south east of St Andrew Square, will see two important heritage buildings given a new lease of life, new office accommodation and street level shops, bars and restaurants. On completion in Quarter 4 2017 the development is set to deliver an annual economic boost of £71.4m (GVA) for the city, alongside a significant ‘heritage gain’ for the area. A Chris Stewart Group development, it aims to replicate the success of Advocate’s Close in Edinburgh’s Old Town, which has won an array of national and international awards for its design. The Council approval followed an extensive consultation period and the presentation of robust evidence backing the development. The mixed-use scheme will create a vibrant and complementary mix of new offices, hotel, residential/serviced apartments, retail units and restaurants.

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Upfront

LEARNING TAKEN TO NEW HEIGHTS

Architect practice Patel Taylor has revamped two schools on nearby sites in Bow for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. the Central B oth Foundation Girls’ School and the Phoenix School were originally housed in listed structures but they have been refurbished and significantly upgraded with new buildings and improved access. The Phoenix School supports

150 pupils with special educational needs aged from 6-18. Its existing Grade 2* Listed building dates from 1952 and the new building acts as the main entrance as well as housing classrooms, a performing arts space, classrooms and social spaces for the older pupils as well

The Phoenix School is clad in a whitish brick and coloured curtain walling

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as a roof garden for vocational training. In addition, the existing school in the centre of the site was refurbished to house a library and Design & Technology classroom. It was imperative that all parts of the school became accessible and the new building has step-free access to all areas,

Contractor: Bouygues UK Location: Bow, London Architect: Patel Taylor Image Credit: Anthony Coleman

A minimalist brick cube protrudes from the corner of the site

including the basement and roof terrace. 95% of the whole building is now step-free for pupils and staff, with the exception of maintenance and plant areas. The school is clad in a whitish brick and coloured curtain walling, providing a dynamic and distinctive presence for the school on Bow Road. Its stepped profile ties the new building to its neighbours in height and a new lobby defines the entrance at ground level. Since completion, Patel Taylor has been commissioned to provide further designs for a ground floor staff room and roof level retractable canopy as part of the roof garden. At a larger scale, the Central Foundation Girls’ School looks after 1400 Secondary students. The main part of the scheme involved a two-phase construction of a science block incorporating a new school entrance, dining hall, auditorium, science classrooms and roof level playground. The second part of the scheme relocates the sixth-form teaching facilities from a remote outdated


Upfront The Central Foundation Girls’ School features a roof level playground

building into the remodelled 1930s building close to the main school. It incorporates a dramatic new entrance, library, teaching spaces, sixth-form common room and a roof garden. Lastly, existing buildings were remodelled and refreshed as part of a general school upgrade. A minimalist brick cube protrudes from the corner of the site and connects to the older building by a strip of curtain walling that houses a dramatic new stairway. The reddish hue of the bricks and the white render match the colour palette of the neighbouring brick and limestone listed building. The school grounds connecting the buildings have been extensively landscaped. Andrew Taylor, Director of Patel Taylor said: “We are proud to have radically transformed these two schools that serve the community in a host of different ways. Design plays such an important role in education and these schools are now better equipped to shape the futures of their students in the 21st century.” Patel Taylor was appointed by Bouygues UK as architects to work on delivery of London Borough of these schools as part of Tower Hamlets BSF school building programme. 

The building houses a dramatic new stairway

The Phoenix School supports 150 pupils with special educational needs aged from 6-18

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Upfront

PHOENIX SCHOOL Site location plan

PHOENIX SCHOOL South (Bow Road) elevation

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Upfront PHOENIX SCHOOL North elevation

PHOENIX SCHOOL North-South section

PHOENIX SCHOOL Ground floor plan

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Upfront

CENTRAL FOUNDATION GIRLS' SCHOOL Site location plan

CENTRAL FOUNDATION GIRLS' SCHOOL West (Coborn Street) elevation

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Upfront CENTRAL FOUNDATION GIRLS' SCHOOL North-South section 1

CENTRAL FOUNDATION GIRLS' SCHOOL North elevation

CENTRAL FOUNDATION GIRLS' SCHOOL South (Bow Road) elevation

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Housing

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

Luke Smith, Principal Energy Specialist at the National Energy Foundation discusses its role in using well-honed data to target domestic energy efficiency programmes and campaigns in Suffolk.

Client: Suffolk County Council Carbon Reduction Target: 60% by 2025 Partner: National Energy Foundation

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The council’s commissioning of the Housing Stock Database was motivated by its drive to effectively tackle fuel poverty

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The National Energy Foundation was appointed to develop a housing stock database

uffolk County Council has an ambition to reduce its carbon emissions by 60% by 2025, and recognises that investment in the region’s housing stock will be vital to hitting this target. As an essential first step, the National Energy Foundation was appointed to develop a housing stock database. This provides the basis of a detailed understanding of both the physical characteristics of the region’s housing as well as the socio-economic circumstances of its residents – information that is crucial in helping to design and appropriately target domestic energy efficiency programmes and campaigns.


Housing Suffolk County Council has an ambition to reduce its carbon emissions by 60% by 2025

With the Ordnance Survey AddressBase address list for the region and a 40% EPC sample at its core, the Suffolk Housing Stock Database identifies at an individual property address level the built characteristics and energy performance of housing for a variety of geographical scales from property address up to district/borough level. This data is then cross referenced with Mosaic householder data from Experian, thus offering insight into not only the stock, its energy efficiency performance and upgrade potential but also an appreciation of each household’s tenure and socio-economic status.

Database key features 310,000 addresses with individual property level insight into built characteristics and energy efficiency performance for all homes. 140,000 Energy Performance Certificate records as well as information from Land Registry, Xoserve, Census, Defra and also council-supplied information such

as conservation and listed building status and managed stock data. Experian Mosaic socioeconomic householder data mapped to all address points providing insight into householder demographics, financial circumstances, health and wellbeing and accessibility. 25 detailed archetype models mapped to the full stock, projecting the baseline energy performance for properties where an EPC is not present. Improvement upgrade packages modelled for all properties, indicating potential energy and CO2 savings as well as resident fuel bill savings and required investment estimates. User interface that allows all data to be searched, filtered and reported upon at all geographical levels – output area, Lower Super Output Area (LSOA), ward, local authority, town, postcode. The facility to search and review in isolation non-address level data such as LSOA and Output Area level statistics.

Initial three aims of the project Collate all the available Suffolk housing stock data. Provide an address-level database for the whole of Suffolk county, to support mailshot activities. Identify the scale of opportunities to mitigate fuel poverty, reduce domestic energy

consumption and deliver CO2 emission savings. The National Energy Foundation’s work is all about empowering organisations to act and make lasting impact. Cross-cutting databases such as this can revolutionise the way in which funding is sought and investment programmes are developed and delivered.

Exciting applications With no directly managed housing stock of its own, Suffolk County Council’s commissioning of the Housing Stock Database was motivated by its drive to effectively tackle fuel poverty across the region, as well as to ensure that investment in existing housing is appropriately directed to help meet its 2025 carbon emission reduction goals. For the first time, the database offers Suffolk comprehensive insight into all housing in the region – to a level far beyond traditional sample-based stock condition surveys. Whilst this obviously has immediate benefits in terms of targeting energy efficiency and carbon emission reduction programmes, wider uses and benefits include: Informing the application for, and targeting of, funding to support investment in energy efficiency measures.

Supporting the work of the council’s Housing and Public Health teams to deliver plans and programmes that aim to reduce the health effects associated with cold and poor quality housing. Identification of vulnerable and fuel poor households as well as the potential energy efficiency measures that will benefit them. Improved housing-related dialogue and activity in conjunction with other key stakeholders in the region, including other local councils, landlords and social housing providers. Targeting of other services and behaviour change campaigns related to housing and residents, including recycling and composting, planning and building control, housing regulation enforcement and also welfare and mobility. Following the project, the council and its partners can now design energy efficiency publicity campaigns for a targeted audience and which have more effective and tailored messages. For example, Public Health Suffolk is now working on a specific first-time central heating scheme to identify households most affected by fuel poverty, and can use the database to identify properties of a particular type, age and heating system. 

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Talking Point

A COMPETITIVE ROUTE TO PROCUREMENT

Last year, the New EU Procurement Directives were adopted in English law as the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. Peter Kelsey, Managing Director of Designer Contracts – one of the UK’s largest flooring contractors – considers the impact of the regulations and the frameworks alternative.

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he new Public Contracts Regulations 2015 is a landmark piece of legislation intended to shape the way the public sector tenders for years to come. The new regulations should simplify the tendering process and give a lot of

suppliers a number of benefits. But it’s not all good news for some. An authority has to balance various priorities, including quality, budget, delivery, timescales, policies on equality and sustainability. It also has

to support small medium enterprises (SMEs) and local businesses where possible. Under the new regulations, contracts over £10,000 and under £112,000 for central government and over £25,000 and under £173,000 for the wider public sector are now subject to open tendering. But these new rules mean that many more tenders will have to be prepared and evaluated, a hugely resource-intensive task on both sides.

Many businesses will work hard to make sure they can adhere to every requirement in the tender process

Tender process

The process of bidding for public contracts should be a more positive experience for all

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There has also been a tightening up on compliance and a greater need for transparency. You need to be able to demonstrate the business’s ability to meet requirements within the private and public sectors, signifying strong financial stability, compliance with legal requirements and competency, which means that for some authorities, using existing contractors will now become a thing of the past. Many businesses will work

With 40 years’ experience in the floorcovering industry Peter Kelsey is Managing Director of Designer Contracts, the UK’s largest flooring contractor.


Positive experience But whatever requirements we need to meet, for us service is fundamental to everything we do, which is why we moved our National Distribution Centre from one of the largest warehouses used by any flooring contractor, to one with

hard to make sure they can adhere to every requirement in the tender process, but we feel some companies will still struggle to get on the first rung of this complicated ladder. We are in a tough market with increasingly tight margins. To be able to compete in any tendering process it’s important that, as a company, we combine the buying power and delivery of a national business with local knowledge and customer service from our unique regional structure. However for both public bodies and businesses there is a much quicker, simpler and competitive route to procure a range of different products. Using a national framework, where organisations have already been identified through competitive procurement, eligible public sector organisations can appoint a supplier without undertaking a separate time consuming, costly tendering process. A ‘win, win’ for both parties. We are a preferred supplier

three times the capacity. We can’t just rely on manufacturers holding enough stock for our customers’ needs. We need to hold stock to deliver the best service. We have earned a reputation as one of the most reliable flooring contractors in the market. With over two decades’ experience in supplying floorcoverings across the UK, we offer a vast selection of products at competitive prices. From our 12 regional centres, we service a diverse range of businesses and organisations, covering single rooms to entire developments. Within our regions, each

team has extensive experience in the industry and is able to advise and develop a cost effective solution to ensure it provides excellent value for money. The process of bidding for public contracts should be a more positive experience for all, enabling businesses to compete more fairly and effectively. However, only time will tell what changes the new regulations will really bring and who will in fact benefit or more importantly who will miss out. Or if national frameworks will become even more popular. 

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to a number of national frameworks and procurement databases. They include ESPO, Procurement for Housing and the Crescent Purchasing Consortium. We also work with a number of social housing organisations, local authorities and other public sector bodies providing and installing flooring nationwide.

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Technical Focus

WATER WATER EVERYWHERE If you are constructing new homes in areas prone to flooding, it’s important to build in flood resistance and flood resilience, says Michael Earle, Technical Director at Safeguard Europe.

design. Do you need to design and construct the house to be flood resistant, flood resilient or both? A flood resistant house is constructed so that water cannot get into the building and cause damage. Flood resilience means constructing the house so that although water may enter, the impact is lessened, structural integrity is maintained and drying and cleaning is made easier. Government guidance document Improving the Flood Performance of New Buildings suggests that for low water depths, a ‘water exclusion strategy’ should be employed. A ‘water entry strategy’ is needed for higher water levels, with the guidance noting that a difference in water level of over 0.6m between inside and outside can possibly cause significant structural damage to standard masonry buildings.

Designing in flood resistance

With the problems that have beset Cumbria and the North West, we are reminded of the consensus that we can expect more rainfall

the problems that W ith have beset Cumbria and the North West, we are reminded of the consensus that – thanks to climate change – we can expect more rainfall, and more flooding in the future. So then the important thing is to design and build homes that

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might face flooding to cope with as best they may.

Where will it flood? An important design consideration is the type of flooding that is likely to occur because this will affect how long it could last. Groundwater

flooding, caused when the ground becomes saturated and the water table rises, can last for months; sea or river flooding can last days or weeks; infrastructure failure such as reservoir or canal floods can last hours or days. The likely depth of flooding will also impact on

The best way to stop water penetrating is to use waterproof concrete and seal all construction joints. For the floor slab, one solution is a waterproofing slurry, such as Vandex Super. This can be dry sprinkled onto the surface once the new slab can take the weight of a man and worked in using a hand or power trowel. Construction joints should also be treated with waterproofing slurry, along with an expanding waterstop such as Vandex Expaseal B Plus. The waterstop is installed at the centre of the joint between floor and wall, expanding on contact with water to form a positive seal against the concrete. In areas where the water will be coming through the ground, build the walls off the slab, removing the vulnerable vertical joint between floor and wall. Then use a waterproofing mortar, such as Vandex UniMortar 1, to form an internal fillet around the perimeter. If the slab is poured between the walls, apply an elasticised waterproofing slurry – for example Vandex BB75 E – together with construction joint tape to the junction between wall and floor. This


Technical Focus

solution requires loading with a screed, as this would be subject to negative water pressure. Services coming in through walls and floors should be designed to be watertight. If the services are penetrating concrete, a waterstop should be installed around the service before the concrete is poured to form a consistent seal. Services through masonry walls need a collar, which can be formed using waterproofing mortar and an elasticised waterproofing slurry.

Designing in flood resilience When designing for flood resilience, the goal is to make it as easy as possible to clean the interior of a house after a flood. Floors and walls should be finished with an easily cleanable surface such as tiles. If the floor surface isn’t water compatible it should be easy to take up and replace. Water compatible doors and woodwork should be considered. Electrical circuits and sockets should be situated above the expected water level and in a kitchen, appliances can

CROSS SECTION OF DRYROD DAMP PROOFING APPLICATION The Dryrod damp-proofing rod is a synthetic rod made from advanced polymers

be raised up off the floor. Where the design flood level means that a water entry strategy is needed, a cavity drainage membrane can help with the management of flood water. A cavity drainage

membrane, such as Oldroyd, directs the water down the walls into a perimeter drain with the water running to a sump where it can be evacuated using a pump. Services penetrating walls

treated with the cavity drainage membrane will require a collar detail using an overseal tape. Doors and windows should also be sealed. 

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STORMDRY AS PART OF A FLOOD RESILIENCE SYSTEM The purpose of Stormdry in this instance is not to stop flood water from entering the property but to limit damage and aid speedy restoration

KEY: 1 Safeguard Drylining System

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4 Dryzone Damp-proofing Cream 5 Stormdry Masonry Protection Cream & Repointing Additive No.2

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Legal & Business

TAKING CONTROL OF COSTS

Integrating the cost view in BIM allows LGOs managing new construction projects to keep a tighter control on costs

As the mandatory Level 2 BIM draws nearer, project teams are increasingly beginning to realise the model’s benefits. Here Jason Ruddle, Managing Director of Elecosoft UK, discusses how BIM can be used to keep a tighter control on costs.

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ocal authorities are slowly embracing BIM and waking up to the many benefits it brings in helping to manage not only design and build more efficiently, but also to reduce the costs of managing their built assets in the longer term. Level 2 BIM will become mandatory on centrally-funded projects soon, and it is becoming a recognised fact that it can deliver benefits on other local authority projects too. Local authorities are already acutely aware that they must do more with less funding, but with budgets stretched tighter every year, are they awake to every facet of using BIM to maximise returns and give greater clarity on costs? As BIM becomes a core process for managing construction, BIM technology is developing very rapidly alongside it. Now, the focus has moved from simply using BIM to establish smoother information handover to creating more integrated views of the process

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throughout – and cost planning is being integrated too. That should be great news for local authorities moving forward. Integrating the cost view in BIM allows LGOs managing new construction projects to keep a tighter control on costs, provide more accurate forecasts for all stakeholders and respond to any changes in prices much faster. David Chappell of Clarkson Alliance, one of our customers is clear on how this works: “We can advise at an earlier stage, help avoid discrepancies when structuring the model, and feed into the BIM Execution Plan.” Costs change over time from the original planning and can impact the total cost of a single project. Integrating cost with other as-built information means that any changes can be quickly reflected in the project plan and adjusted accordingly. By fully integrating costs, more informed decision-making is achieved. Incorporating cost management into the BIM process means that if price

changes occur, quick cost comparisons can be made and the lowest costs selected. These changes can then be mapped quickly onto the BIM project plan for tighter cost management. LGOs can also take lessons from the public and the private sector by purchasing materials just in time avoiding price hikes which help further to avoid going over budget. They can also link it to the eventual management of each asset, to manage costs over the buildings’ lifetime. Chappell adds: “Traditionally most cost planning involvement finishes on practical completion of the asset, but it could continue much further.” To get the most out of BIM it is vital that all information be shared which will serve to make the future much brighter for all local authorities for whom cost is and will continue to be a prime concern. Now is the time to bring cost-integrated BIM into the fold. 

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Education

A TRIUMPH IN INNOVATION The children of Burry Port town in Llanelli have reached the end of the first-term in their new school; the first Passivhaus school development to be built in Wales. pioneering T hescheme, conceived by Carmarthenshire County Council and designed in collaboration with Architype, forms the newly-named ‘Burry Port Community Primary School’ which brings together the town's once separate infant and

junior schools on one key site. The design embraces innovation and reflects the school and the Council’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. The project is one of the most recent to complete under the extensive 21st Century Schools

programme; a government funded agenda, set to change the face of education in Wales before 2018. Comprising three principle buildings, the £3.8m project is a mix of refurbishment and new build. The original 1980s infant

The project is one of the most recent to complete under the extensive 21st Century Schools programme

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Project: Burry Port Community Primary School Location: Llanelli, Wales Image credit: LeighSimpson Photographer

The design reflects the Council's ongoing commitment to sustainability

school has been rationalised and renovated, and a number of environmental defects solved as part efforts to modernise the existing building. The refurbishment has created four large, secure, open plan classrooms for the younger years and a 30-place nursery, incorporating multi-use space for teaching and messy play, breakout space, and access to a contained and covered outdoor area from each classroom. The new-build aspects of the scheme are a triumph of innovation and sustainability, not to mention a showcase for welsh timber, from which the buildings are predominantly constructed. The key stage 2 block, designed to achieve Passivhaus certification, accommodates years 3-6 in four new light and airy south-facing double-height classrooms. Meanwhile, upstairs a new staff-room and a number of one-to-one recreation and teaching rooms enjoy quiet and


Education The key stage 2 block accommodates years 3-6 in four new light and airy south-facing double-height classrooms

undisturbed comfort, thanks to the high acoustic qualities. The choice of Passivhaus as the primary energy target lies with Carmarthenshire County Council’s ongoing commitment towards long-term sustainability, with the standard providing the most rigorous energy certification in Europe. Based on simple principles, achieving the standard depends on high quality, meticulous design, coupled with a thorough and robust construction process. Delivered by Welsh contractors WRW Group, the entire scheme was constructed

in just 12, in a rigorous programme that concentrated on continuous airtightness and insulation to create a thermal free duvet layer, meeting the exacting measures demanded by this stringent standard. The Passivhaus building, currently awaiting accreditation, will support the school in operation, keeping the schools energy consumption low throughout the seasons. The ‘fabric first’ approach makes the building envelope do the hard work in moderating internal temperatures and in turn, will radically reduce utility

bills; between 60% and 90% a year compared to like-for-like accommodation built to UK building regulations.

Pupil wellbeing Besides the economic benefits of the scheme, which will allow the school greater flexibility to spend annual budgets, the Passivhaus credentials have shown to be considerably advantageous in the wellbeing of pupils and staff. Optimum internal conditions aid health and concentration, due to a constant supply of fresh air and reduced reliance on artificial

heat and light known to cause stuffiness and fatigue. Without doubt, the focal point of the new school is the central pod building, connecting the new and old elements of the school, with a striking elliptical building and curved covered walkway. This uplifting multi-use space is being used by the school for a range of activities, from assemblies and performances to quiet reflection and creative endeavors; all in line with the schools approach to a modern pedagogy. Constructed using the Brettstapel method, the pod is the first example of 

FACT FILE: Client: Carmarthenshire County Council Architects: Architype/Carmarthenshire County Council Landscape: Mackley Davies Associates Structural Engineers: Bingham Hall Partnership M&E Consultant: Troup Bywaters & Anders Main Contractor: WRW Group Acousticians: ION Acoustics

The timbers selected for the Brettstapel panels at Burry Port School were welsh grown Douglas Fir and Sitka Spruce

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Education This uplifting multi-use space is being used by the school for a range of activities

Brettstapel construction used in the education sector in the UK. The technique makes use of Wales’ abundance of low-grade softwood, often disregarded for structural uses in construction. The timbers selected for the Brettstapel panels at Burry Port School were welsh grown Douglas Fir and Sitka Spruce, processed by a welsh saw mill in Pontrillas. Originating in Germany, the Brettstapel process involves using short softwood lengths held together with hardwood dowels that swell and tighten with exchanging moisture content. The result is a solid timber panel, providing dual purpose as a load bearing wall or floor, and internal finish. In the case of the pod building, each panel forms a single facet of the pod, joined together to create the ellipse shape. The process reduces the need for intensive manufacturing methods, and eliminates the use of toxic glues or bonds, so is a highly sustainable alternative building method. Brettstapel provides a beautiful natural and healthy finish, and could open up a new market for welsh timber. The visionary and innovative scheme hopes to inspire a future precedent amongst the planned reorganisation of

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schools in Wales, demonstrating added value through long-term sustainability, in a scheme that recognises the environmental, economic and social implications. The school enjoyed their official open day last month, where the design and quality gained recognition amongst local authorities and affiliated peers in

the construction industry. Architype is currently developing another two schools in Wales to the Passivhaus standard with Carmarthenshire County Council, bringing an unrivalled understanding of the standards’ requirements, fortified from undertaking comprehensive post occupancy monitoring on three of their previous Passivhaus schools. With leaner methods being

sought in the delivery of welsh schools as part of the £1.4bn School Building Programme, Architype’s approach to school design is proof that even with reduced capital expenditure and much tighter budgets, efficiencies can be achieved that offer value for money whilst maintaining high quality learning environments. 

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The refurbishment has created four large, secure, open plan classrooms for the younger years


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DELIVERING HOME COMFORTS

The Meadow Birth Centre at Worcestershire Royal Hospital is a former antenatal ward and maternity triage which has been converted into four en-suite birthing rooms named Poppy, Cornflower, Daisy and Violet.

facility is run by T heexperienced midwives and offers a comfortable environment where birth is treated as a ‘normal’ process (without intervention), rather than a medical one. Mothers-tobe can also adjust lighting and choose music for the birth. Meadow Birth Centre has been designed to look and feel homely, colourful and bright, helping everyone involved to feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the process. This style of birthing unit is relatively rare but becoming more popular throughout the UK. Those involved with the project visited other birthing units to see what was already being done successfully. A selection of Altro flooring and Altro Whiterock hygienic wall cladding was used to fulfil the hospital’s design requirements to combine original

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and striking aesthetics with practicalities. Altro Whiterock Chameleon wall cladding was chosen to add stunning, bright blocks of high gloss colour in birthing rooms, corridors, kitchens and en suite bathrooms.These bursts of colour were used alongside Altro Whiterock White to create unusual and striking designs. Altro Whiterock is a costeffective sheet extruded from a high quality PVCu polymer. It is easy to clean, impact resistant and grout-free. It meets all current EU Directives on health and hygiene. Altro Whiterock Chameleon offers vibrant solid colours, or more natural tones, in a high gloss finish, allowing for bold designs or more muted interiors in a variety of customer-facing environments. Safety flooring was a must for the birthing unit, and Altro

Project: The Meadow Birth Centre Location: Worcester Contractor: Millane Contract Services Ltd

Worcester Royal Hospital has installed Altro Aquarius flooring and Altro Whiterock Chameleon cladding

Altro’s products have been a welcome addition to the new Meadow Birth Centre


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Aquarius – a specialist solution developed specifically for use in wet and dry areas, for shoe and barefoot use – was ideal for this environment which sees midwives, other staff and visitors plus mothers in and out of birthing pools with bare feet. Altro Aquarius is an innovative flooring suitable for any type of shoe, including hard and soft soled, rubber and trainers, as well as bare feet. Altro Aquarius revolutionises product selection. Users no longer have to assess the risk of slipping to those in shoes or barefoot and whether to install studded or standard safety flooring. Altro Aquarius caters for all these requirements, with one product that can eliminate the risk.

Ease of installation Altro Zodiac Smooth flooring was used in the unit’s corridors. It features tonal neutrals that work together, as well as vibrant, on-trend colours, many of which combine well with Altro’s wall cladding range palettes. Characterised by its monolithic look, Altro Zodiac is solid and reassuring, while offering enough complexity to deliver discrete and sophisticated installations with light and dark tonal areas where required. The non-directional design contributes to ease of installation. It is easy to maintain and can be welded to provide a hygienic surface, making it ideal for areas where infection control and high standards of cleanliness are required. Pinnacle Flooring was appointed to install the Altro products in the new Meadow Birth Centre. Estimator Aaron Jennings commented: “We have been installing Altro flooring for around 12 years, and for us they are the number one choice because their products are the best you can get, and the people are so good to work with. “We have only relatively recently added wall cladding to our portfolio, so the installation in the new birthing unit was a very exciting challenge for us. “We used 50m2 of Altro Whiterock Chameleon in total, in four colours to match each of the four birthing rooms. They were Moulin Rouge (red), Eau de Chic (pale green), Ocean Deep (dark blue), and Key Lime (bright

Meadow Birth Centre has been designed to look and feel homely, colourful and bright

green). Alongside this we used 70m2 of standard white Altro Whiterock. “In the birthing rooms we laid 200m2 of Altro Aquarius – again in four different colours to match each scheme. These were Tern, Salamander, Puffin and Swan, which are all muted colours. “In the corridors, we installed 150m2 of Altro Zodiac Smooth flooring, in two colours – Hologram and Meteor, which are both greys. “Overall, the project was very straightforward, and it took us three weeks with a team of two.

We find Altro’s products very easy to install, and the way both the architect and Altro work ensured smooth running from start to finish.” Meadow Birth Centre was built by Millane Contract Services Ltd. Commenting on the installation of the flooring and walling, senior contracts manager Steve Clark comments: “We were very impressed with the professional way in which Pinnacle Flooring carried out the installation of the Altro products. “They worked efficiently, co-operated well with everyone

on site, and finished the project according to the schedule. The finished result looks superb and we, and the client, are delighted.” Louise Turbutt, Meadow Birth Centre Midwife Team Leader said: “Altro’s products have been a welcome addition to our new Meadow Birth Centre; they have proved high quality and are easy to clean. “Being bright and bold, they enhance the environment of the rooms in the unit and help achieve the look we wanted.” 

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Leisure

FIRST-CLASS FACILITIES

Oldham Council’s investment in leisure to help make its communities a better place to live is proving an inspiration for other local council-owned facilities in need of refurbishment.

the opening F ollowing of Chadderton’s new £6.5m wellbeing centre and the £1.5m refurbishment of Saddleworth Pool back in 2008, there was a £1m redevelopment, funded by the council and Oldham Community Leisure, of Failsworth Sports Centre, including an exclusive teen gym. Now the council has ploughed a further £23m into two shiny new facilities in Oldham and neighbouring Royton, to deliver a modernised health and leisure experience for local residents, as well as creating 23 jobs – 14 of them local people – and 25 apprenticeships. So it’s been a busy time for Oldham Community Leisure (OCL), which manages all the borough’s leisure facilities on behalf of Oldham Council. Royton’s £8m leisure centre opened to the public at the end

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of September, with its sister site, the £15m Oldham Leisure Centre opening just over a month later at the beginning of November. At Royton the entire centre took 100,000 man hours to complete and 240 tonnes of steel, 55,000 bricks and 15,000 blocks to erect, as well as 730m3 of concrete in the foundations and floor slabs. Members and casual users benefit from a six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool with spectator seating. As part of the Olympic Facilities Legacy Fund, Royton Leisure Centre was awarded a grant of £134,000 from Sport England to support the pool’s installation and ensure the legacy of London 2012 lives on. The new pool, the country’s first full legacy swimming pool installation since the London 2012 Olympics, is the same design as one of the Olympic

training pools. Charles Johnston, Property Director at Sport England, said: “The pool at Royton Leisure Centre will ensure that the legacy of London 2012 continues to thrive in Oldham. Legacy pools have the potential to benefit thousands of people and I am really pleased that the local community in Royton and surrounding areas will be able to benefit from this innovative scheme.”

Data capture To monitor usage of the pool and maximise uptake, Gladstone Health and Leisure has supplied a range of software solutions including a specially developed access control system, which allows specific facility usage to be collected. OCL is using the system to capture swimming usage at reception touchscreen turnstiles.

Client: Oldham Council Location: Oldham and Royton Management: Oldham Community Leisure

Oldham Leisure Centre’s enhanced facilities will enable OCL to hold regional and televised competitions

All-inclusive members simply answer the question “Are you going to swim today” with a Yes/ No answer, which is in turn stored in the database for inclusion within the system reports. Royton Leisure Centre also boasts a separate learner pool and, between them, the two pools hold 580,000 litres of water. As well as exercise/ dance studios, there is an 80-station fitness gym fitted with Technogym’s OMNIA 3 functional training equipment, Element strength stations, Excite cardio range, Group Cycle bikes and a range of free weights. Meanwhile, Oldham Leisure Centre’s enhanced facilities will enable OCL to hold regional and televised competitions; on offer is a 25-metre, eight-lane swimming pool, an eight-court sports hall with seating for over 500 spectators, an indoor bowls arena,


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cafe and ample free car parking. “It’s been a rollercoaster of a year building up to the opening of these two new leisure centres within a few weeks of each other,” said Stuart Lockwood, CEO of OCL. “But the council’s investment has provided superior leisure activities for the area – helping to put the borough on the national sporting map and to ensure that an Olympic legacy lives on.” Both new centres are going through Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) accreditation – which means they can cater for the needs of disabled and non-disabled people, and feedback from the local community has been positive. Bernadette Fox, 61, previously travelled all the way to Rochdale to find a centre suitable for her disabled son’s needs. After visiting the new Oldham Leisure Centre she said: “It’s great. My son goes to the swimming baths in Todmorden with his carer. They’ve enjoyed it but when the winter is bad they can’t go. They’ve shown me around the disabled changing room near the pool – that was good. Now I will be bringing him here.” The old Royton and Oldham centres have closed for the final time, with the sites included in plans for further town centre regeneration. Demolition of the old Royton centre is already underway and will make way for the new centre’s 60-space car

Members and casual users benefit from a six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool

park, which is due to complete in March 2016. Jim McMahon, Oldham Council Leader, said: “After years of planning and hard work the opening of the borough’s new Olympic legacy centres is here. Both developments have been very much a local and joint-working effort with several Oldham businesses and organisations grafting hard to get the job done on time in a professional manner.

Improved health and wellbeing “We’re on an incredible journey for the borough, with several regeneration projects well underway and nearing

completion. These are two of the many projects I hope residents will be proud of and embrace.” Councillor Jean Stretton, Oldham Council Deputy Leader said: “This is a fantastic moment for Oldham as this amazing facility is a key element in the town’s transformation. Oldham Leisure Centre will not only serve as a first-class facility for residents and visitors but it will be an important community and social venue – and one that will have the correct specifications to attract major regional and national competitions in some sports. “We made a commitment following the London Olympics that we would provide facilities that would improve the health and wellbeing of our residents. We also pledged that the new facilities would create local jobs and a large number of residents and local firms have been involved in their construction too.” Anthony Dillon, Willmott Dixon’s Northern Managing Director, said: “I am delighted to see the opening of these two leisure centres with Oldham Council. Oldham Leisure Centre in particular was a challenging construction project and credit must go the council and the whole project team for delivering such a first class community facility using so much local labour.” 

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Included at Oldham Leisure Centre is an indoor bowls arena, cafe and ample free car parking

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The trade body Interpave discusses an unusual concrete block permeable paving project that focuses on water quality and wildlife, as well as engineering requirements. Hazeley Academy T he(formerly Hazeley School) is a purpose-built, state-of-theart secondary school in Milton Keynes. The project incorporates a sustainable drainage system (SuDS) scheme designed by Robert Bray Associates, incorporating extensive areas of concrete block permeable paving. Although the main building phases were completed in 2007, expansion has continued. Interpave recently revisited the site to explore the positive ecological impacts and long-term maintenance and performance implications of permeable paving and SuDS in areas around the main buildings.

Treatment within the pavement Here, two hard landscaped areas comprise footpaths, car parking, cycle racks and other paved areas, on land sloping away from the school

building. They are surfaced in concrete block permeable paving and asphalt draining onto the permeable paving. Because of the site slopes, the permeable pavement sub-base is divided into compartments by walls extending up from the underlying subgrade to the surface. Water flows from higher to lower compartments via flow control chambers, with access in case adjustment is needed. This provides a retention time enabling biological treatment of runoff with bio-remediation of organic pollutants like oils, milk and animal excrement. Roof water in down-pipes is also added to the permeable pavement sub-base through filter chambers and then diffuser boxes. At the bottom of the terrace

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of compartments, water discharges into two wildlife ponds, overflowing into a storm water sewer. Other, level play areas behind the school are handled in a similar way, with treated, attenuated water transferred under the building, via flow control chambers, where it joins the SuDS management train. Some of these areas were designed to collect rainwater for harvesting.

Project: The Hazeley Academy Location: Milton Keynes Project completion: 2007

paving. The surveys show an overall increase in the population of great crested newts and suggest that ‘Favourable Conservation Status’ on site has been achieved. This project takes a holistic approach and offers an impressive demonstration of concrete block permeable paving providing a controlled flow of clean water for wildlife habitats. The permeable paving provides effective water treatment generally without the need for other SuDS techniques, such as swales or filter strips, minimizing land-take. At the same time, wildlife is protected with an absence of gulleys and other traps. It clearly shows that permeable paving can be applied to sloping ground, with terraced compartments using flow control chambers, and can also accept roof water and runoff from adjacent sealed paving.

Problem-free Concrete block permeable paving has also proved to be a problemfree technology over the longer term, with straightforward, non-specialised maintenance. A new case study exploring all these aspects in more detail has just been published, which can be downloaded via the Interpave information resource. 

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A SOUND INSTALLATION The former site of a cash and carry in Bow, East London, has been demolished to make way for the new and exciting residential development, Tredegar Place.

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m2K. Approximately 2500m2 of AluK systems were installed at Tredegar Place over a period of 12 months. The new homes are in close proximity to the mainline railway line to Liverpool Street which gave the project teams further challenges to overcome. Enhanced system performance characteristics and acoustic requirements were needed for the windows and doors facing the railway lines. Window & Door Commercial took these needs into consideration and incorporated acoustic glass with the AluK systems, providing the homes facing the lines with adequate sound proofing as required by local planning conditions, Building Regulations and British Standards. The developer added an environmental feature with the installation of brown and green roofs featuring sedum and hardy plants. Requiring low maintenance and no additional irrigation, the plants offer a rich habitat for wildlife, boosting the development’s BREEAM credentials with its strong ecological benefits. The roof space was also designed to provide residents

with additional communal landscaped amenity space as well as private roof terraces. The project also followed Secured by Design (SBD) guidance to ensure that the development created a safe and accessible environment. Some of the key features incorporated in Tredegar

Project: Tredegar Place Location: Bow, East London Housing Group: Centra Living

AluK 58BW window system and 58BD and GT55 TB door systems were chosen for their slim sightlines and profile sizing

Place was the use of shared amenity space and play areas. An integrated lighting strategy was also utilised, employing SBD principles to create well-lit landscapes that avoid dark loitering spaces, allowing safe passage after dark. 

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PLACES TO PLAY UK families are concerned that their children may soon have nowhere to play and implore the government to address the situation urgently. That's according to early findings of new research by the Association of Play Industries which shows over half of parents are unhappy about the lack of high quality play facilities in their local area. a quarter (23.4%) say N early their nearest playground is in a poor state and 22.9% say their children rarely or never play there. Over half (52.4%) see no improvement in local play facilities and 15.1% say they’re getting worse. Nearly four in 10 (38.1%) are worried that playgrounds in their local community may close down altogether. As a result, they want the government to take action. Eight in 10 think there should be funding for more high quality public play facilities (82.4%) and investment in parks and green spaces for public recreation (81.1%). Over one third (39.8%) think that disadvantaged communities should be the focus of funding for playground improvements. Commenting on the findings, API Chair Mark Hardy says: “We have long been concerned about the decline in public play provision, so wanted to hear first-hand the views of families using these much-needed local facilities. Their observations and concerns are a real wake-up call. 98.5% think it’s important that

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their children are physically active but this research shows that many simply have nowhere safe to play. We’re particularly concerned that so many families (14.5%) said their nearest playground is derelict, unusable or unsafe. “The strength of feeling amongst parents that government should be making children’s play a priority is clear, particularly as we face a physical inactivity crisis that threatens to shorten our children’s lives. Children have a fundamental right to play, as enshrined in Article 31

of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and we believe the government is failing to honour its obligations.” In November, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for A Fit and Healthy Childhood, co-chaired by Baroness Floella Benjamin, launched its report and recommendations on play, urging the government to put a national strategy for play at the heart of government policy on child health and wellbeing. API Chair Mark Hardy says: “Not every family has access to

Not every family has access to a garden, park or safe outdoor space to play

Association: The Association of Play Industries Campaign: #nowheretoplay Launched: August 2015

Children have a fundamental right to play and it is believed the government is failing to honour its obligations

a garden, park or safe outdoor space to play. If we are serious about tackling the root causes of what are becoming catastrophic physical inactivity and child obesity epidemics, then we need to make available, provision of well-designed, high-quality, freeto-access public play facilities. “The relatively low capital cost required delivers wideranging value from physical and developmental benefits for children to addressing wider social problems like social exclusion, anti-social behaviour and community cohesion. With the launch of the national obesity framework due in the New Year, we believe it’s time for the government to move play up the political agenda and adopt a national strategy for play.” The API is collating an online gallery of declining public play provision and urges families to share images of disused, abandoned or neglected local play facilities on social media using the campaign hashtag #nowhere2play. 

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HVAC

IT’S ALL ABOUT HISTORY Potterton Commercial boilers are working alongside products from Andrews Water Heaters and SenerTec to bring heating and hot water to Oakham School, an independent school in Oakham, Leicestershire. relationship between T hePotterton Commercial and Oakham School has spanned 12 years, and the service and support offered by the boiler manufacturer is considered as important as the performance, reliability and efficiency of the products installed on site. Oakham School, founded in 1584, is an independent boarding and day school for girls and boys aged 10 to 18. Oakham School’s ethos is based on offering pupils a rounded education, where academic study takes the lead,

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but sport, music, the arts, the community and a range of other activities follow closely behind. There are 1000 pupils at the school, half of which live in boarding houses located across the site.

Interlinked system At the school, a total of 34 Potterton Commercial Paramount boilers are installed across 10 plant rooms, along with 13 MAXXflo water heaters from Andrews Water Heaters and four SenerTec Dachs miniCHP units. Working together as part of an interlinked system,

the products deliver ample heating and hot water for Oakham School’s wide range of facilities and its boarding houses. Commenting on the relationship between Oakham School and Potterton Commercial, the school’s Deputy Estates Bursar Patrick Trower explains: “I remember seeing an advert for an 80kW wall hung Potterton boiler in a leaflet. I was intrigued and really interested in learning more about it – and the rest is history. I arranged a meeting with Potterton Commercial

Project: Oakham School Location: Oakham Founded: 1584

Combined heat and power units are helping to reduce carbon at Oakham School

and subsequently began a rolling programme to convert all the boarding houses to sealed hot water systems, using Paramount boilers and MAXXflo water heaters. One of the reasons we opted for the MAXXflo was because of its unique design – it has four separate burners which all modulate. “We introduced the Dachs CHP units a few years ago; we were keen to use a ‘green’ technology that could deliver cost savings. We have a swimming pool on site, and that was ideal for our first


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Dachs installation because of the constant demand for heat. In the science faculty, we store the heated water in two buffer vessels, which are used to preheat both hot water and the heating services. “The SenerTec Service Engineer is very passionate about the technology, which really shines through when he’s on site. We can also monitor performance through the SenerTec DachsPortal, a useful online monitoring tool that provides access to the operating data.

Strong relationships “Everything we’ve had from Potterton Commercial, Andrews Water Heaters and SenerTec is all good, efficient, reliable kit that performs well, but it’s also the strength of our relationship with the sales and support teams and the long history we have that matters. We have shared lots of good experiences and receive great back up and support. “We have our own inhouse Gas Safe Registered maintenance team at Oakham School, and they regularly attend Potterton Commercial, Andrews Water Heaters and SenerTec training courses, and that support makes a big difference. We always know there’ll be someone available if we need any advice or technical assistance, which, for us, is essential. Keeping a heating

Potterton Commercial boilers are working alongside SenerTec Dachs CHP units and MAXXflo water heaters to provide heat and water across Oakham School

and hot water system up and running is important for any school, but for a boarding school it’s critical. Many of our students are here 24/7, so, much like a hotel, we need heating and hot water all day and all night. There’s constant demand, which is also another reason why the Dachs CHP units were a good choice for us.” Neville Small, Sales Director at Potterton Commercial, says: “Our relationship with Oakham School demonstrates that

it’s the ongoing support and service we offer, combined with reliable, efficient products, which makes a difference to our customers. We know that customers view our products as dependable and reliable, but this equally applies to our people.” The Paramount range of wall hung high efficiency condensing boilers features an ultra-reliable aluminium/ silicon heat exchanger and an industry-leading 10-year

High efficiency condensing boilers are delivering heating across Oakham School’s wide range of facilities and boarding houses

warranty. The boilers are easy to install and deliver exceptional energy efficiency due to the advanced combustion system.

Maximum performance The MAXXflo from Andrews Water Heaters is a former winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation. Featuring stainless steel tanks, the high efficiency units incorporate a fully modulating burner function to provide maximum performance combined with economical running costs. Heat input and water flow are carefully regulated to produce a closely controlled water temperature and the design protects against Legionella bacteria. Since the heat exchanger is sited externally to the storage tanks, virtually instantaneous hot water is available. The SenerTec Dachs is Europe’s biggest selling mini combined heat and power system. It uses an internal combustion engine that can be fuelled by either natural gas or LPG. Simultaneously producing electricity and heat, it is designed for use in larger residential buildings or commercial premises. 

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Disability

THE KEY TO DESIGNING FOR ELDERLY LIVING David Usher of InterAction of Bath looks at the growing challenge that an aging population poses to societal sustainability.

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or some time, the focus of architecture and estates management has been predominantly on environmental sustainability. Addressing issues such as energy efficiency and sustainable building techniques has been a necessary and correct approach for tackling fuel poverty and indeed climate change. However, while society has been fixated on environmental sustainability we have perhaps been underaddressing a major and growing issue within societal sustainability. Recently, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned that within the next 15 years, 24 countries will become ‘superaged’, having more than 21% of the population aged 65 or over. This will put an increasing and, in all likelihood, unmanageable strain on society, particularly the health service (whatever shape it takes). As society ages, a great many people will need care, whether in dedicated facilities or in the form of

domestic visits. However, the cost of delivering the necessary care will become unsustainable. It is a problem that needs to be addressed immediately. The way we design homes, buildings and environments is clearly failing to recognise this fundamental societal change. If we designed with elderly living in mind, it would serve to give people more independence as they age. This would in turn help to alleviate some of the strain on society.

Better living conditions A simple illustration is cooking a meal. In the typical kitchen environment, not designed for aged living, even the simplest tasks (such as reaching shelves, opening tins and handling pans) can be difficult for many elderly people, with the result that a carer must be dispatched. If kitchens were better designed – with shelves at a reachable height, easily operated dishwashers, simple, safe cooking facilities and so on – older people

The OECD has warned that within the next 15 years, 24 countries will become 'super-aged', having more than 21% of the population aged 65 or over

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As society ages, a great many people will need care, whether in dedicated facilities or in the form of domestic visits

could look after themselves and the need for carers would be reduced. This would result in better living conditions for older people and lower costs for the taxpayer. The key to designing for elderly living relies on accurate information about the elderly. What size are they? How far can they stretch? What weight can they lift? How mobile are they? How well can they see? These can be difficult questions to answer as there is a shortage of information about older people. However, ergonomists are now developing databases of anthropometry – the sizes and shapes of people – using new technology such as 3D scanners. A knowledge base is emerging that can and should inform all building design. Another technique ergonomists use is ‘link analysis’. This involves observing a task and recording

the physical movements around the workspace that it needs. For example, to make a cup of tea you might move from the work surface, to the cupboard, to the sink, to the fridge and back to the work surface. The kitchen designer can then position these items to minimise the distance travelled. Of course, the design must be optimised for the many differing kitchen tasks, so the available anthropometric and link analysis data form the fundamentals of a holistic approach to design. Only then can we truly achieve effective, future-proofed designs that support independent aged living and ease the strain on society. However, such a fundamental change will take some time to implement. We need to act now. Time is not on our side. 

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The MCIAT Professional Assessment

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

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

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

How much does it cost? To apply for the Professional Assessment, applicants are required to pay £300 for the assessment of the application and the Professional Assessment Interview.

For further information email our Membership Director, James Banks via james@ciat.org.uk or call us on +44(0)20 7278 2206


RCI Show Preview

ROOFING SHOW RETURNS TO RICOH ARENA

Event: RCI Show Location: Ricoh Arena, Coventry Date: 27-28 January

The UK now has a dedicated annual, national exhibition to support the roofing, cladding and insulation sectors

Do you want to see the latest products from the leading companies in the roofing, cladding and insulation sectors? Hear about the key issues affecting your sector? Or pick the brains of the leading experts? Well visitors to the RCI Show 2016 can do all this and much more. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, T heopens its doors for the RCI Show 2016 on 27 and 28th January 2016. The second instalment of the UK’s number one show for the roofing, cladding and insulation sectors has brought together over 130 exhibitors including a great mix of manufacturers, suppliers, leading trade associations and governing bodies, all ready to show their latest products and offerings, plus provide guidance and advice on all the key issues.

Product development This year a number of technical experts and leading industry experts will be on hand to explain how visitors can save money and time on site; highlight the latest product developments, plus answer the key questions visitors may have on business, industry and product-related issues.

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Whether you are looking to see where your sector is headed or perhaps to diversify into new areas, the RCI Show 2016 has representation from the pitched, flat, liquid, single ply and green roofing sectors, plus metal cladding, fixing and fasteners and insulation manufacturers and suppliers, as well as all the latest PPE and safety equipment providers.

Top demos and seminars The RCI Show 2016 will see the popular demo zones return, but bigger and better with 10 manufacturers from various disciplines giving practical demonstrations of their latest offerings and enabling visitors to get up close and ask the experts. Perhaps you’ll find the product will add something different to your business in 2016? Each day within one of the seminar theatres we will be

hosting a debate on some of the key issues affecting the industry. A panel chaired by Ray Horwood, Former Chief Executive of the NFRC, including roofing consultant and RCI Technical Note author Keith Roberts, the Construction Product Association’s Peter Capelhorn and Gary Wilburn of HPW Architects, will provide a lively debate on the key topics of how as an industry we can reduce call-backs on projects, and the importance of substituting with care when it comes to specification. These are issues that impact on projects throughout the UK, so make sure you don’t miss out! As the issue of skills shortages and concerns around training continue to affect construction, the RCI Show has teamed up with CITB to explain what companies in our industry can do to find and develop skilled workers. With this in mind, visitors will be able to

visit the CITB dropin clinic where experts will be on hand to answer any questions concerning taking on apprentices and funding for training, or up-skilling your workforce. This is just a small snippet of what visitors can expect to see at the RCI Show 2016. The UK now has a dedicated annual, national exhibition to support the roofing, cladding and insulation sectors, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to see, touch and hear about what’s current, plus the future of the roofing, cladding and insulation sectors. The RCI Show 2016 really is the route to success! 

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Cooling Solutions

COOL SOLUTIONS FOR RESIDENTIAL CORRIDOR OVERHEATING Dr Chris Iddon, Design Manager at SE Controls explores the growing issue of corridor overheating and studies into real buildings that are enabling effective solutions to be applied to the problem.

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n some ways, it is ironic that the issue of building overheating can be partly accredited to the increased drive towards improving energy efficiency. This has been recognised by the Zero Carbon Hub in its recent report into overheating in homes, as well as CIBSE’s latest revision to its ‘Guide A: Environmental Design’ (8th edition 2015), which specifically identifies the potential causes and consequences of corridor overheating. It wasn’t that long ago that if a building’s occupants got too hot, they opened a window or turned up the air conditioning to regain the internal temperature within comfortable parameters, although there are clearly some significant issues with this simplistic approach to temperature management. However, during the past 25 years or so, concerns over climate change, dwindling fuel resources and increasing energy costs, have resulted in a firmer legislative and regulatory environment governing building design and energy management. Within this framework, retaining heat within a building is usually a key design goal, as it reduces energy demand

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for heating and the cost of maintaining a comfortable internal environment, the application of these various energy reduction techniques can have some surprising and unintended consequences. Multi storey residential blocks, for example, are subject to the specifications for ‘leakage,’ ‘infiltration’ and energy performance, yet as Building Regulations deals only with the dwellings themselves a building’s circulation spaces are excluded. As innovative building designs seek to legitimately maximise

rentable space, this often creates ‘landlocked’ spaces that have no ventilation. Given that corridors are often sealed by fire doors and the practice of routing heating pipework through ceiling voids is a common solution, it is unsurprising that communal corridor temperatures can readily exceed 35°C. For a number of years, SE Controls has been directly involved with various consultants, developers and contractors to not only address the issue by providing specific solutions to improve ventilation and cooling,

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It is unsurprising that communal corridor temperatures can readily exceed 35°C

but also to obtain a more detailed understanding of the dynamics involved in the overheating of corridors and circulation spaces. By undertaking detailed studies of real buildings and combining them with theoretical computer thermal modelling, it has not only been possible to refine the modelling algorithms and make them even more accurate, but also design effective solutions can address the problem using a building’s existing smoke control system. As smoke control ventilation systems are a legal requirement in


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buildings over three storeys high, it makes financial and practical sense to adapt the existing system, enabling it to undertake the additional role of day to day environmental ventilation and cooling of circulation spaces. Among the various corridor overheating projects undertaken, one of the most interesting was a study SE Controls undertook that evaluated a London building with circulation space ventilation incorporated within the design from the outset and compared it to one in Kent where no similar

ventilation solution had been installed. As overheating issues typically become more intense during summer months, the study was conducted between 19th June and 29th December 2014, which also provided data during autumn and early winter for comparative purposes. Hourly temperatures in the first floor lobby of both buildings were monitored to obtain a clearer picture of the internal thermal profile, corresponding hourly external weather information from RAF Northolt provided

relevant ‘ambient’ temperature data for the same period. During the study, a MET Office Level 2 heatwave warning (max temperature of 30°C) was issued for 18th to 20th July. Over the duration of the study, the external temperature ranged from a minimum of - 6°C during December to a maximum of 30°C in July, giving and average of 12°C throughout the period. In comparison, the London building – which utilised its smoke ventilation system to provide supplementary environmental

ventilation – had an average temperature of 18.6°C with corresponding minimum and maximum figures of 10.3°C and 27.3°C respectively. However, in stark contrast, the Kent building with unventilated corridors recorded some disturbing results with temperatures ranging from 22.3°C up to an extremely uncomfortable high of 33.8°C with an average 28.5°C. Even more concerning, for 64% of the total monitoring period, the Kent property’s temperature exceeded 28°C, which is significantly above current CIBSE guidance on overheating thresholds where 28°C should be exceeded for less than 1% of the time. The comparative temperature distribution analysis for both buildings also showed a significant difference with the most frequent internal temperature for Kent being 28-29°C, meanwhile in London, the figures were 8°C cooler at 20-21°C. Although this study was focussed specifically on temperature parameters within the two buildings, where no ventilation is present in sealed or ‘landlocked’ spaces, the air will usually be stagnant and of poor quality, often containing pathogens along with other contaminants, which cannot be readily ‘flushed’ or vented from the building. By utilising existing smoke ventilation systems and adapting their operation, without compromising their life critical primary operation characteristics, a simple and cost effective solution is already available that mitigates overheating, improves air quality and helps buildings comply with relevant adaptive comfort guidelines. The only question that remains is, how many other buildings suffer from the same extreme overheating and air quality issues as those measured in Kent, which are likely to be caused unintentionally, purely by complying with Building Regulations? From the results of SE Controls’ own numerous research studies, the answer is ...“probably more than we think”.

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Floors, Walls & Ceilings

The impervious, waterproof nature of Flowcrete UK's resin flooring range was an important factor for Tower Hamlets when it revitalised its main circulation areas

FLOWCRETE UK HAS HOUSING COVERED

With a shortage of housing stock and an increase in demand it has become imperative that all developments, old and new, are made from materials that provide a high quality living space for residents while simultaneously being long lasting and cost effective. UK has launched F lowcrete a new RIBA accredited CPD seminar entitled ‘Renovating Communal Areas for Social Housing’ to help architects specify floors that meet the above demands. This seminar provides a detailed history of social housing environments, examines the different flooring solutions and the materials that will deliver a good return on investment, lifecycle efficiencies and a positive impact on sustainability.

Participants to the CPD will learn how to identify typical causes of floor failure while also gaining an in-depth understanding of the different technologies available. Led by one of Flowcrete UK’s flooring experts, the seminar will help architects to identify the correct specification framework for a social housing project, which is crucial to ensuring that the best floor finish is chosen for the task at hand.

Seamless resin flooring is highly advantageous in sizeable residential buildings

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To meet the sector’s needs, Flowcrete UK has created a range of resin solutions ideally tailored to the refurbishment demands of large-scale social housing projects. The resin flooring specialist has taken into account the aesthetics, sustainability, longevity, application practicalities and budgetary concerns typical of the social housing market. Seamless resin flooring is highly advantageous in sizeable residential buildings, as it is easy to clean and has an impermeable finish that won’t absorb unpleasant odours. The robust, long lasting nature of these systems minimises the need for refurbishments or repairs, avoiding these unwanted costs for the building’s operators. The impervious, waterproof nature of Flowcrete UK’s resin flooring range was an important factor for Tower Hamlets when it revitalised its main circulation areas. The chosen finish combined the decorative effects requested by the tenants with the anti-slip,

stain resistant, anti-graffiti and waterproof properties the large residential area required. Flowcrete UK has designed this range to minimise disruption to occupants during a refurbishment by using methyl methacrylate (MMA) technology, which speeds up the floor’s rate of cure and thus enables followon trades to start work, or residents to return to everyday activity, much sooner than usual. This fast drying speed was ideal for the Peckham Estate when it undertook a major refurbishment at a number of low cost apartment complexes. As part of the London Borough Council’s commitment to making local homes and neighbourhoods great places to live, all entrances, walkways, stairwells and balconies in the multi-occupancy buildings were given a new, colourful finish. Flowcrete UK’s social housing range includes Flowfast SHF and Flowfast SHQ for highly trafficked stairwells, corridors and external balconies as well as Naturewalk Pave, a bonded gravel system to replace loose stone and Deckshield Rapide SH which creates bright, anti-slip floors in back of house areas. Exposure to the elements can cause asphalt balcony floors to deteriorate, exposing the concrete substrate and steel underneath. Flowcrete UK’s balcony protection system has been formulated to simultaneously treat and protect this area of the building. Alongside solving flooring concerns, Flowcrete UK’s social housing range includes wall, ceiling and soffit solutions such as Deckshield Anti-Graffiti and Deckshield Anti-Carbonation. The latter has been proven to meet the National Building Regulations Class 0 for fire protection. This classification rates the system as a ‘low risk’ surface, protected from the spread of flames and the extreme temperatures released during a fire. 

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Silent students

Interiors which can generate the most unacceptable noise and echoes are most likely to be those where young people gather for work, play and socialising. Fortunately, there now exists a high performance solution which many architects specify in the form of Troldtekt acoustic panels. This solution has been used for Danish Social and Healthcare College which has relocated to the Aarhus suburb of Skejby. The new 13,000m2 building has been

designed by Cubo architects to create a great sense of student community. It is intended to be a town within a town arranged around a central hub, the natural

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place for students to gather and access all the various levels and departments. In particular, the ‘sitting stairs’ and galleried walkways offer good views of life in the complex while emphasising interest and human scale. Here, natural wood Troldtekt panels with a fine structure have been installed throughout the College to ensure good acoustics in the open and high ceilinged rooms while creating a particularly attractive and warm atmosphere. Danish manufactured Troldtekt acoustic tiles are specified throughout the UK and Europe and can be delivered as either FSC or PEFC certified panels. They are manufactured using 100% natural wood fibres and their benefits are high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and sustainability. They are used to improve acoustics in many different projects, such as schools, leisure centres, pools, commercial and public buildings. Available in various sizes and in three grades from ultrafine to coarse, they can be left unpainted or painted in virtually any RAL colour.

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Knauf AMF chosen for calm learning spaces

Knauf AMF ceilings and Heradesign wall panels were specified to provide outstanding acoustic control and visual appeal for Essa Primary School in Bolton. Heradesign wall panels and Thermatex Antaris ceilings offer the highest Class A sound absorption to control reverberation, and high sound attenuation to reduce the amount of unwanted noise, creating calmer, more productive spaces for learning. The school liked that the wall panels could be colour matched to their emblem and make an attractive feature in the classrooms. Heradesign offers designers freedom to choose the colour finish they want because the panels can be matched to almost any colour.

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Knauf AMF provides Class A sound solutions for Swansea University

A new £450m campus has transformed Swansea into a dual campus university. Knauf AMF Ceilings played its part in this pioneering development by providing ceilings with the highest standard of acoustic control. Ceiling contractor B.C.D.L. installed Thermatex Antaris A to reduce the amount of intrusive background noise. The tiles offer Class A sound absorption to help maintain a comfortable level of ambient sound. The aesthetics of the ceiling tiles were important to the interior design of the library. Antaris tiles have a bright white surface, creating a pristine, unobtrusive finish and help the architect realise their vision for a clean, minimalist look.

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Playtime with Polyflor safety flooring Polyflor’s recently relaunched Polysafe Wood fx PUR vinyl safety flooring was selected to help create a safe, child-friendly environment at the Paper Moon Day Nursery in Woodbeck, Nottinghamshire. The grey toned silver oak design from the Polysafe Wood fx PUR collection of sheet vinyl flooring was installed in the playroom areas of the new nursery. The popular Polysafe Wood fx range now features six new on-trend designs. Polysafe Wood fx is a decorative safety floorcovering available in 12 authentic wood effect designs with in-built sustainable wet slip resistance to reduce the risk of slipping in commercial or residential areas.

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Armstrong Ceilings helps transform the Parsons Tower An unparalleled range of acoustic ceiling systems from Armstrong has helped transform a 1970s tower of teaching into an “exciting and stimulating learning environment to reflect 21st Century education”. The £13m refurbishment of the 11-storey Parsons Tower which was built in 1973, shortly after the amalgamation of the College of Further Education and Technical College to form Newcastle College, features multiple material ceiling systems in areas

ranging from the main canteen through the lecture hall to a bespoke children’s AV space. The 7000m2 of Armstrong systems used at Newcastle College include Axal Vector metal lay-in tiles, Dune Max Tegular, Parafon Hygien, black Nevada

Board mineral tiles, black Mesh metal tiles, B-H 300 metal planks, MicroLook 16 microperforated metal tiles and Optima L canopies. In addition, Armstrong’s Axiom Vector profiles provided a seamless transition between plasterboard, other acoustic finishes and Axal Vector metal tiles. Externally, it presents a completely new face to the Newcastle city skyline while internally the floor plates have been altered to provide new and quality environments offering first-class learning and real-life working experiences for the expanding curriculum of Health and Enterprise. This includes training environments such as the hospital wards on levels two to seven – where Armstrong’s MicroLook 16 microperforated metal tiles have been used – as well as child care and specialist care ward where the students can practice and develop their knowledge. Reconfiguring the ground-floor and entrance/break out/lobby areas with Armstrong’s unique secure but accessible metal Axal Vector tiles has improved the arrival experience of staff, students and visitors and includes Armstrong’s black Mesh metal tiles above the semi-circular reception desk.

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Knauf Spray Plaster keeps boutique motel to tight schedule

Polyflor helps restore Lido Ponty to its former glory Polysafe safety flooring from UK manufacturer Polyflor was recently used to help return Lido Ponty, the National Lido of Wales in Pontypridd, to its former glory as part of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s £6.3m restoration project. Lido Ponty is a Grade II listed lido, originally built in 1927, which has now been transformed into a modern outdoor pool and adventure play park by main contractors Kier Construction. The Polysafe Arena PUR and Polysafe Modena PUR safety flooring ranges which offer sustainable slip resistance in accordance with HSE guidelines were installed by flooring contractors CS Flooring Solutions at Pontypridd’s new visitor attraction.

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Ready Mixed Spray Plaster developed by Knauf delivered the finest finishes on the fast-track construction programme to develop a major new London hotel, Motel One in Tower Hill. The bedrooms were finished with Knauf Deco Plus Plaster, which provides a textured finish and is applied using a rotary screw worm pump machine. The Ready Mixed Spray Plaster has many advantages, including cutting both waste and the need to add water on site while reducing hazards; there is no need for step ups or platforms as the plaster can be sprayed up to a height of 3m from floor level.

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Knauf Creanova combines aesthetics with practicality at LeSoCo

Architects designing the atrium at the entrance to LeSoCo – Lewisham College and Southwark College – employed Creanova panel from Knauf to provide the aesthetic appeal of real wood veneer. After being introduced to the project by HLS Installation, Knauf worked with the company to develop a fixing system and pre-cut panels that would simplify and accelerate the final installation. Developed to provide aesthetically versatility and outstanding performance, the Creanova panels are ideal for interior walls and ceilings and consist of a gypsum fibre panel, with a finished surface continuous pressure laminate or high pressure laminate coating, real wood veneer, lacquered or paint.

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Introducing Forbo's stylish, functional pinboard Designed primarily as a functional solution to share information, the Bulletin Board collection from Forbo is an indispensible choice for specifiers and end users who want to create a practical yet stylish notice board, functional wall or furniture surface finish that can enhance the interior design of a room. The flexibility, resilience and durability of Bulletin Board makes it ideal for educational buildings, offices, healthcare facilities and other environments where ideas and

information are exchanged. Manufactured from 91% natural raw materials and with a 43% recycled content, Bulletin Board retains its grip and does not crumble like

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traditional soft boards, as the pinholes close after extraction, ensuring a long and useful lifecycle. With an intense and colour palette, newly refreshed to complement modern environments, and the facility to cut the material easily, users are able to combine and contrast colourways to create a variety of bespoke patterns and designs. The 15 strong shades include warm sunset tones, muted concrete greys and bright accent colours such as salsa red, citrus orange and berry blue that can be used for highlighting and creating stand out features, The collection is available in lengths of up to 28m and 1.22m wide, with three key colours that can be purchased at 1.83m wide, making it well suited for large installations such as corridors or conference rooms. Julie Dempster, Marketing Manager at Forbo, said: “Pinboard solutions are often uninspiring and are usually an afterthought when it comes to building design. However, Forbo’s sustainable Bulletin Board solution allows designers to experiment with shapes, colours and sizes to create a functional notice board that will become a contemporary feature in any room.”

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Specifying a CFA member for your next flooring project could mean the difference between success — or a flooring failure. Most of the UK’s largest and best known Manufacturers, Distributors, Contractors and Consultants are CFA members — and for good reason. • CFA members promote high standards, knowledge and expertise • Specifying CFA members will maximize your investment and minimize costly flooring failures • All members have to pass a vetting process

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HVAC/HVP

Rinnai's comprehensive space heater range covers all options Rinnai Energysaver fanned convection powered flue gas fired space heaters are designed specifically for use in schools, community centres, libraries, conservatories and churches.

There is a new energy efficient addition to the Rinnai Energysaver fanned convection powered flue gas fired space heaters range. The Rinnai Energysaver 559FT has a sleek

in line with modern demands in terms of modern interior aesthetics, while offering exceptionally high efficiencies in operation and subsequently reduced running costs. Changes have been made to the operation board which is now an easy-to-use touch control pad sited conveniently and discreetly on top of the appliance. The unit is also supplied with a child lock to eliminate any problems of small hands tampering with the controls. The 559FT has an input of 6.4kW and output of 5.2kW. The streamlined unit measures 554 x 750 x 250mm. The Rinnai Energysaver 309FT, like the 559FT, sports a similar sleek casing and turns in net efficiencies of 88%. It has an input of 3.4kW and output of 2.92kW. The streamlined unit measures 695 x 465 x 257mm. Natural gas usage has been pegged at 0.31m3 while LPG consumption is 0.26kg/hr. Also available is the Energysaver 1004T with its impressive input of 11.6kW and outputs 10.23kW. Its measurements are 670 x 930 x 315mm and it has energy efficiencies of 96% under the guidance of Part L 2014. This puts it in the top rank of space heaters in its class.

look, the popular Energysaver 309FT also has a matching new streamlined look. Sporting a modern, sleek casing, the heaters simply blend into the background

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Heat Mat adds wall heating to product portfolio Header ATAG commercial boilers help Co-op store cut energy costs by 12% When the Co-op decided to replace the heating and air conditioning system at its Stockbridge store, the key objectives were to achieve significant reductions in both energy and maintenance costs; whilst being able to monitor energy usage, to keep future costs firmly under control. The Co-op facilities management team selected a system based around two high efficiency ATAG XL140 gas-fired boilers, supplied by ATAG Commercial. Reflecting its Dutch energy saving heritage and featuring ATAG’s tried and tested 316 stainless steel heat exchanger technology currently used throughout ATAG’s boiler range; the XL140 gives a class leading efficiency of 109.3% (EN677).

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Heat Mat is now offering wall heating as an alternative to radiators, following increased demand from specifiers and installers. Wall heating mats can be installed in bathrooms to dry towels instead of heated rails, or behind tiles in wet rooms to dry walls. They provide an alternative to radiators where hot surfaces are not appropriate, such as hotel bathrooms and communal spaces. Wall heating mats can be installed as a secondary heat source to supplement existing heating systems. Wall heating mats are available in a range of sizes from 0.6m2 to 11.6m2; each mat is covered by Heat Mat’s genuine lifetime warranty.

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New Airbloc ACV air curtains add style Nortek Global HVAC has introduced a new range of air curtains for applications where the aesthetic appearance of the system is particularly important to the end user. The Airbloc ACV Series minimises heat loss through open doors and is designed for use in exclusive shops, headquarters office buildings, hotel lobbies, golf clubs, conference centres and large glass-fronted structures. The three models in the range have a heating capacity of 16.2 to 34.6kW and deliver a powerful airflow, yet are quiet to operate. They are suitable for mounting vertically either side of the door opening, where the doors are a maximum height of 2000, 2500 or 3000mm.

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Mitsubishi Electric has launched a new 4kW Ecodan air source heat pump designed specifically to tackle the needs of new-build homes, with a system that matches the hot water requirements, whilst still meeting the lower heating demand of today's well insulated properties. New homes built today differ from previous ones because the requirement for hot water is likely to exceed the demand for heating for the first time. A reduction in fabric U-values and thermal bridging has reduced the energy requirements for

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Innovative new heat pump from Mitsubishi Electric heating and also allows for smaller plant. “What is needed is a new way of delivering energy efficient heating and hot water,” explains Jordan Jeewood, Ecodan technical expert for the company. “We have engineered the Ecodan QUHZ monobloc system to meet this need by providing exceptionally high efficiency in the production of hot water, along with renewable space heating for the home.” The Ecodan QUHZ unit is MCS-Approved and straightforward to install, delivering water at 70ºC to a packaged 200 litre thermal store. From this thermal store, mains water is heated

directly up to 65ºC via Mitsubishi Electric’s unique plate heat exchanger, meaning the homeowner receives hot water on demand. “This model uses CO2 as a refrigerant to ensure a large delta T between the flow and return temperatures to and from the outdoor unit,” adds Jeewood. “This delivers the high levels of efficiency that enable the system to meet the high hot water, low heating requirements of today’s new-build properties.”

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RODECA HELPS MAKE MUSIC AT MANDEVILLE More than 100 PC 2540 double-height 4mm Kristall wall panels as outer and inner faces were specified by Jacobs architects in varying hues of blue and green for a new £3.2m sports and music building at Mandeville School in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. steel-framed T hetwo-storey building comprises a new entrance foyer, four changing rooms, dance/ fitness and music studios and administration offices. Part of the brief from the county council was the requirement for wheelchair access throughout and this involved connecting two existing buildings with a height difference of 1.3m without the use of steps. Jacobs masterplanned the 1.5-hectare site with constant input from faculty staff and the board of governors and specified the Rodeca panels, which they

had never used before, as an alternative to glass which they are 200 times tougher than as well as potentially half as light. Architect Anthony Corke said: “The dance, fitness and staff areas all face the main entrance to the school. We wanted to provide these spaces with as much light as possible but still retain privacy. The Rodeca product allowed us to achieve both of these factors. The colour change in it also allowed us to create a unique shop front to the school. “The Rodeca product is connected to a curtain wall

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system which maintains the full light requirement sought from the outset.” Developments in the thermal performance of Rodeca panels mean they can now be manufactured with U-values as low as 0.71-0.77 W/m²K as a singlewall construction and 0.36-0.43 W/ m²K as a double-wall construction. As such, they can be used to allow natural daylight (with light transmission of up to 66%) into a building without compromising its thermal integrity and are capable of reducing energy losses by up to 80%. The 200m2 of Rodeca panels at Mandeville secondary modern school, featuring graphic silhouettes of sports people, were installed over one month of an 18-month build programme by specialist sub-contractor Roclad Systems for Kingerlee Ltd. It was one of four projects awarded at the time to the main contractor by the county council. Oxford-based main contractor Kingerlee Ltd said: “The threephase project commenced with essential service diversions and the formation of a new entrance crossover and parking area to

Project: Mandeville Secondary Modern School Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Wall panels: Rodeca

More than 100 PC 2540 double-height 4mm Kristall wall panels as outer and inner faces were specified by Jacobs architects

facilitate the scheme’s planning conditions. “The main works included demolition of existing buildings and the construction of a new steel-framed building with external envelope incorporating significant areas of glazing and curtain walling. The extensive external works package provided for a new frontage and welcoming reception to the school.” Rob Oliver at Roclad Systems said: “The polycarbonate panels were fixed to Rodeca’s standard details and have performed very well.” The 3430mm-long panels used at Mandeville School are relative small fry for Rodeca as the tongue and groove coupling of a polycarbonate panel proves an exemplar of modern and lean construction methods, with largescale building widths of up to 500mm enabling facades of more than 200m long to be erected and panel heights of up to 25m to be mounted in one piece. 

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One of the most unusual projects which dramatically illustrates the role of Kalwall cladding is Roundwood Youth Centre. The stunning 1358m2 facility is designed to provide deprived young people in the Brent area of London with a high performance social, leisure and training facility. Morgan Sindall appointed architects Saunders Boston who worked closely with Mace’s Design Studio, the original concept and planning designers for this landmark project. Of particular interest is the way in which the envelope is wrapped around a series

of offset building elements all of which are clad with Kalwall. This translucent cladding system was specified in order to flood the interior with evenly distributed diffused daylight, without glare or the harsh contrasts of light and shade. Energy running costs are reduced because of its superior

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The new greenhouse for youth insulation which means less reliance on artificial lighting. At night, the building glows. Kalwall, the most highly insulating diffuse light transmitting cladding and skylighting system available, also contributed to the building’s carbon reduction credentials and its ‘Very good’ BREEAM rating. Kalwall is distributed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by Structura UK, a leading supplier, fabricator and installer of glass curtain walling, rainscreens, glass atria, windows and other architectural glass building products. The company has had all three of its ISO certifications successfully renewed for three years: OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety Management, ISO 14001 Environmental Management certification and ISO 9001 Quality Management certification.

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P C Henderson hardware keeps homes secure With 73% of burglars gaining entry through a poorly secured door, installing accredited door hardware such as P C Henderson’s Securefold Ultra hardware is crucial to ensure that homes are protected against forced entry. Securefold Ultra is tested to the British PAS24 and the European standard, EN 1627 to ensure that the system has enhanced security features which protect the hardware against mechanical loads and human attack. Further to this, the system is accredited by Secured by Design (SBD), an organisation operated by the Association of Chief Police Officers that follows rigorous testing of the complete product to make sure it meets the latest security standards.

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The Window Company wins again The Window Company (Contracts) – a leading supplier and installer of PVC-U and aluminium windows alongside doors and curtain walling – has just become the first company to retain the 'Installer of the Year' title at the G-15 awards. The Chelmsford based commercial installer was convinced that it had improved further since it won the award for the first time in 2014, and it seems the judges agreed. Managing Director, David Thornton said: “We’ve made huge strides since last year; winning substantial amounts of business in the new build sector, reaching a record turnover and investing in expanding our premises and our team.”

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Designer Contracts sponsors local clubs

Two local sports clubs are all geared up to beat their rivals thanks to sponsorship from Designer Contracts. With the company’s help, the Titans – Maidstone’s under 13s rugby team and the Pilsley Community Football club’s under 9s – now have a brand new kit. Pilsley Community Football Club which is based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, has become something very special in the local community; the club has gone from training four children’s teams, to nine, in under 12 months. Maidstone’s Titans proudly wore their new shirts for their first home game of the season against Whitstable on Sunday 26th October.

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New school sets an efficiency standard

Designer Contracts continues to expand One of the UK's largest flooring contractors, Designer Contracts has expanded its regional facilities in North London, Essex and the South West. Based in a new development in Romford, the North London and Essex depot will be the largest regional office at 15,000ft2 – almost double the size of the previous premises. In the South West, its new unit in Topsham has enabled the team to treble its storage capacity, which follows a successful year for the Chesterfield-based business, which announced an annual turnover of £30 million in 2014 – a 16% increase on the previous year.

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Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, with its approved fabricator Veranti Systems, completed a new build 2 form entry Catholic Primary School in Poplar, East London. The overhanging roof ensures extra shading; with the roof line being reminiscent of Poplar’s ship building past and the skyline of London’s Canary Wharf featuring as the backdrop. Comar 5P.i. Top/ Side Hung and Fixed Light thermally efficient polyamide insulated windows were specified. These aluminium windows offer outstanding weather performance and reduce heat loss through the trademark P.i thermal break ensuring low U-values so energy bills are minimised.

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Senior's fluent design

As an international education provider operating across the world, the students and teachers of Education First (EF) are used to enjoying beautiful surroundings and the recently completed language school in Cambridge is no exception. With a key requirement of the scheme being the use of both natural light and ventilation, Senior Architectural System’s innovative Hybrid range of doors, windows and curtain walling has been specified to fulfil the exacting brief. The innovative construction of Senior’s Hybrid range, which combines the durability of aluminium externally with the environmental and aesthetic benefits of timber internally, made it the ideal choice for this ambitious scheme.

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design, manufacture and install high quality bespoke replicas of original steel windows. We offer several window ranges and our skilled craftsmen will make by hand to your specific requirements. The steel windows available can also meet modern performance criteria by complying with current Building Regulations. We understand traditional buildings as the Clement family have been producing superb steel windows for more than 100 years. Clement House, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 1HR Telephone: 01428 643393 www.clementwindows.co.uk info@clementwg.co.uk

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The new range makes it possible to add the aesthetic qualities of natural materials to any design

nuanced variations in an exciting green patina. Sintered Alloy depicts a rough brown yellow surface resembling traces of the forces of nature. Hardened Brown gives a strong brown surface with a touch of volcanic red. Tempered Grey provides a bright grey design, inspired by surfaces, stained and weathered by time. Casted Grey gives the depth in a weathered patina design on a raw dark grey surface.

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BRING FACADES TO LIFE Trespa has announced a new range of panels with seven unique decors and finishes, allowing the architect and specifier to express their individual design creativity in new ways. Now, any building can acquire instant character with decors inspired by natural materials and processes.

irregular, raw, The weathered surfaces of the high quality, durable panels allow structures to stand out in any environment,” says Lucas Stevens, Design Expert at

Trespa. “The new range makes it possible to add the aesthetic qualities of natural materials to any design. No matter how large or small the structure, the scalable, dimensionless

designs of Trespa Meteon Naturals bring both accents and complete facades to life.” The new Trespa Meteon Naturals showcase the next step in decor technology as they feature unique innovations. Firstly, their matt finish includes gloss elements. Secondly, the decors have metallic pigments. This combination of features creates a stunning effect on the facade. When you walk around the building, each elevation will totally change with the angle of light.

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Rusted Brown creates a beautiful design inspired by corroded surfaces grown by the elements over time, while Forged Alloy provides a natural, subtle patina touching a yellow gold surface. Corroded Green adds

“Trespa Meteon Naturals combine a timeless natural appearance with the solid durability associated with all Trespa products,” explains Lucas. “The panels have been tested extensively for weather- and UV-resistance. “The surfaces are easy to clean and 3000 hours of weather exposure simulator testing showed outstanding performance, guaranteeing the products’ longevity worldwide, which is why Trespa offers a 10-year conditional product warranty on the entire range.” The panels are the latest extension of the popular Trespa Meteon range. Trespa Meteon is engineered for vertical exterior wall coverings such as facade cladding, balcony panelling, sunblinds and other demanding exterior applications. With a broad range of colours, finishes and tactile effects, Trespa Meteon brings compelling aesthetic and almost limitless design possibilities to next-generation architectural claddings. Appreciate details and facade designs with instant character, which stand out in any environment. 

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The Golf Classic gets set for another year of golf

Thanks to sponsor Marley Plumbing & Drainage, the Golf Classic tournament has provided hundreds of golfers with the opportunity to play enjoyable golf for 24 years. The competition this year is set to be one of the best with all entrants competing for a place in the Grand Final held at Hanbury Manor Country Club’s acclaimed England championship golf course. The winners of the tournament receive an impressive trophy and £200 Pro Shop vouchers each. But there is more than one way to win, there are prizes for the Runner up team, Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive. Each two ball team plays in a six round knock-out competition and the first round tees-off in March 2016.

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The Portakabin Group wins award for business excellence The performance of the Portakabin Group and its continued success and expansion has been recognised with an Excellence in Business Award at the Yorkshire Post Business Awards 2015. The award for 'Best Company with a Turnover over £50m' was presented by Archbishop John Sentamu at a ceremony in Leeds; attended by more than 200 guests and hosted by the BBC Today Programme Presenter, Justin Webb. The award judges carried out a thorough business assessment of the company, which looked at its financial performance, approach to innovation, customer service, leadership, employee development, and risk management.

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Venture launches retrofit LED solution Venture Lighting Europe has created a brand new, advanced retrofit LED solution for street lighting with exceptional benefits for local authorities. The company has created the VLED Westminster module, incorporating its very latest lighting technology SUPRAX glass optic, as a retrofit solution for street lighting luminaires. Resulting in highly efficient lumen packages, this solution offers unrivalled energy savings. The new innovation offers local authorities the ability to extend the life of their existing street lighting to 100,000 hours and can be retrofitted to almost any existing luminaire. With improved energy consumption the module will also generate significantly reduced energy costs across the whole lighting scheme.

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Snickers winter warmers – the new wool sweater

Durapipe puts safety first at Alder Hey Durapipe UK has been involved in the major £237m project to construct Alder Hey in the Park, with two of its pipework systems installed to provide safe conveyance of fluids around the hospital. Reliable products and systems are vital to the successful operation of Alder Hey in the Park, with pipework no exception and so Durapipe’s Vulcathene and PLX systems have both been installed extensively throughout the new hospital buildings. Requiring a reliable chemical drainage solution, Vulcathene Enfusion was installed within all theatres and pathology laboratories to safely dispose of chemical and clinical waste, which is collected at source and transferred to the underground drainage system.

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This new 100% wool sweater is the ideal combination with Snickers undergarments to provide a truly warm and cosy wrapper when you’re out on site in the chilly winter months. The special wool weave is soft but also highly moisture-absorbant and breathable. It provides pure natural wool comfort to keep you warm in cold conditions, resists odour naturally and can be worn for long periods without washing. With a zip-up neck line collar, polyamide-reinforced elbows and lower arms for enhanced durability, it is a high quality, highly practical garment for keeping warm and looking smart at work.

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Simple airtightness solution is a BBA first

Specifiers and architects looking for a straightforward but healthy and effective air tightness solution for buildings, need look no further than Wraptite-SA, the only self-adhering vapour permeable air barrier certified by the BBA. The abilities of this single-component, externally applied air barrier from the A. Proctor Group have now been officially recognised by the BBA following comprehensive assessment at its laboratory in Watford. The product makes a significant contribution to a building’s thermal performance by preventing lateral air movement, but also helps maintain a healthy living environment and structure thanks to its high vapour permeability rating (Sd 0.039).

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Knauf know-how accelerates primary school construction

Jet Cox helps enlighten school pupils In harmony with the Department for Education’s desire for schools to offer a healthy and sustainable environment in which to learn and thrive, the gymnasium to a brand new school in South London has been constructed with five fully opening rooflights from Jet Cox, offering natural illumination and ventilation. The new facilities for the Floreat Primary School in the London Borough of Wandsworth, have been built by Neilcott Construction from Orpington. Jet Cox supplied the five barrel vault rooflights as a prime example of its widely specified Coxdome range – popular for hospitals, commercial premises and community buildings as well as educational establishments.

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Innovative fixing systems combined with top-class design and technical support from Knauf, has accelerated and simplified the construction of Hampshire’s first 'all-through' school. The drylining Sub-Contractor, MTEC Walling, believes that using Knauf’s Linear fixing system to install Cleaneo Akustik perforated plasterboard in the new school hall, shaved around 15% from this element of the construction schedule. The suspended ceiling consists of Knauf Cleaneo Akustik Circular 8/18 panels. Altogether MTEC Walling installed between 800m2 and 900m2 of Cleaneo Circular 8/18 using Knauf Cleaneo Akustik Linear Caps in the main hall of Rotherly House, the main entrance atrium and various classrooms.

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Kallisto selected to exhibit at ARCHITECT@WORK

Kallisto, the pre-cast concrete spiral and helical division of Milbank Concrete Products, has been selected to exhibit at the prestigious ARCHITECT@WORK exhibition on stand 12. On hand to offer advice on how to achieve stunning, durable precast spiral and helical stair case solutions, visitors to the stand can learn more about how each individual pre-cast staircase by Kallisto is individually designed, manufactured and installed to meet the specific requirements of each unique development. What’s more, its dedicated team of specialists will be available to explain the practical reasons behind utilising concrete stairs and how they can prove to be a superior and more versatile alternative to traditional methods.

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Solid Gear and Toe Guard – the new Safety Shoes Brands for the UK With a premium product portfolio that already includes tools and workwear in the form of the Hultafors and Snickers brands; the Hultafors Group is now launching a top quality range of safety shoes for the UK market to complement these market leaders. Now owned by the Hultafors Group, the Solid Gear and Toe Guard brands are the fastest growing in Scandinavia; where demands for safety, quality and value keep their boots one step ahead of the competition. All 23 different safety shoes have in-built, hi-tech designs that combine top quality materials, ultimate comfort and maximum safety.

 www.solidgearfootwear.com  info@solidgearfootwear.com  01484 854788

Structural Concrete Alliance announces 2015 winners The Structural Concrete Alliance has announced the winner of the 2015 Structural Concrete Alliance Award for Repair and Refurbishment as Concrete Repair Association member BerscheRolt for its concrete repair and coating works to the Barry Island Eastern Shelter in September 2014. The award was presented to the company by broadcaster Huw Edwards during the Concrete Society Awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, London on 4th November 2015. BerscheRolt Ltd completed concrete repair and coating  www.structuralconcretealliance.org.uk works to the Grade II listed Barry Island Eastern Shelter, as part of a significant regeneration of the  admin@structuralconcretealliance.org Eastern promenade for Vale of Glamorgan Council.  01420 471619

EAPFP backs European guide The European Association for Passive Fire Protection (EAPFP) has joined with CEPE (the European Council of paint, printing ink and artists’ colours industry) and EAIPC (the European Association of Industrial Painting Contractors) to release a European Industry Best Practice Guide on the Application of Intumescent Coatings to Constructional Steel. The Guide explains that the use of intumescent (reactive) coatings for structural steel is becoming increasingly widespread and highlights the importance of correct selection, application, installation and maintenance of these technical products, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, to ensure that the intended in-service performance is achieved.

 www.eapfp.com  admin@eapfp.com  01420 471616

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Curves and corners of the Matrix Angle Basin The Matrix Angle is an elegant, curved corner basin, designed by Pressalit Care to offer ease of movement in a bathroom where accessibility for lessabled users is a pre-requisite. Its sweeping curved front edge and configuration that allows for fitting in a right or left facing corner, means that the full size basin can be accommodated in a smaller bathroom without losing valuable manoeuvring space for wheelchairs. Even when a WC is situated on an adjoining wall, the curved front and shallow bowl of the Matrix Angle provide maximum space for access. The Matrix Angle’s shallow bowl provides wheelchair room beneath, while the extra-long integrated grip handles make it possible for users to move around securely

and rise to a standing position from a chair with maximum safety and support. Clear space at the front and sides of the basin surface provides an ideal area for additional leaning support, with the tap in easy reach. Even more flexibility can be gained with the installation with a rise/fall height adjustable Pressalit Care bracket. “The curved front edge to this corner basin not only gives it design appeal to fit into any contemporary bathroom, its shape adds useful flexibility for a smaller bathroom where space is limited but where manoeuvrability

cannot be restricted,” comments Andrew Lowndes, UK Sales Manager for Pressalit Care. Produced from the highest quality crushed marble, and with the design flair and expertise of Pressalit Care who have been providing specialist, top end sanitary ware for over forty years, every aspect of the Matrix Angle has been considered and tested from material, surface, design and function.

 www.pressalit.com  uk@pressalit.com  0844 880 6950

Recticel Insulation marks a BIM century

The Portakabin Group announced as preferred bidder The Portakabin Group has been announced as preferred bidder for seven infant and primary school projects in Surrey and Kent. The contracts for the Department for Education will be worth in the region of £28m. The projects will be constructed using a Yorkon off-site solution. The schemes have been identified by the Education Funding Agency for delivery under the Priority School Building Programme. Simon Ambler, Director of the Portakabin Group comments: “We are delighted to be able to demonstrate our ability to deliver high quality, affordable school buildings on time, on budget and to faster programmes to the benefit of children’s education.”

 www.yorkon.info  info@yorkon.co.uk  0845 2000 123

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Leading PIR manufacturer Recticel Insulation has marked a century by posting more than 100 objects with the award-winning NBS National BIM Library, the fastest-growing BIM library in the UK. Downloadable in the Revit, Vectorworks, AECOSim and ArchiCAD software formats, as well as the open IFC standard, the Recticel portfolio of BIM objects includes their three key brands – Eurothane, Eurowall and Powerdeck. This encompasses solutions for flat and pitched roofs, walls (including rainscreen systems) and floors. BIM objects are essentially a collection of product data used by the relevant software package to render a visual format as required to achieve the best collaboration across the construction project.

 www.nationalbimlibrary.com/recticel  technicalservices@recticel.com  0800 085 4079

Metal Technology systems meet the brief for Cornwall Council

When Cornwall Council decided to consolidate office facilities at the Beacon Technology Park in Bodmin, strong environmental performance was key to the brief. The Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole Architects’ BIM design featured two separate frames linked by an atrium and main contractor; BAM Construction utilised leading edge performance products from Metal Technology. Metal Technology’s System 17 SP with concealed vents and System 17 capped high rise curtain walling, formed the framework for the extensive glazed facades. System 17 SP is a structured glazing system designed to create visually impressive all-glass facades.

 www.metaltechnology.com  sales@metaltechnology.com  0289 448 7777


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