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emco entrance mat systems The secret to a safe, clean and inviting reception is created at the start by specifying a bespoke entrance mat system from emco. Telephone: (+44) 01952 / 256446

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emco Bau Entrance Matting emco Bau focus on sustainability and resource-saving


arket leader in Germany, number one matting provider worldwide – this is the standard emco have achieved for many years in the field of custom-made building entrance mats. Customers rate us as a reliable and high-performing partner known for its high-quality, individually designable products in combination with a high quality of support and comprehensive service provision. However, the last thing we want to do is rest on our laurels. Our activities as a company are constantly focused on sensible solutions and strategies with which we consistently meet the requirements of the market and at the same time increase our commitment to producing ecologically faultless and resource-saving products. Sustainable buildings and modernisation call for an integrated approach where all component parts, component manufacturing and products are taken fully into consideration. For this reason we proactively pursue the goal to be recognised as a strong, sensitive decision making company while supporting the need for sustainability and resource-saving in the area of entrance mat systems. With an appropriate product and service support, we want to become the trailblazer in this segment. Accordingly, we are, for instance, the first manufacturer of high-quality entrance mat systems to become a member of the German Society for Sustainable Building Construction (DGNB).

Exceptional variety of design and styling When developing our solutions, we are above all else, guided by the customer with their corporate or individual wishes and needs. Consequently, our product range comprises of a wide choice of components, designs and colours, which enable custom-made solutions to be put together easily to meet quality architectural standards in any combination of profiles. Thanks to the flexible production methods employed in our World Wide production facilities in Germany, France, Turkey, the Czech Republic and China, we can manufacture any individuality designed - bespoke matting system incorporating unusual shapes combined with a wide choice of colour, even logo’s. Whichever system is chosen, it is always manufactured to suit the exact requirements of the building concerned. We take into account, frequency of use, levels and type of dirt being deposited on the mat, which emco system will maximise its cleaning ability using the best inserts to create a mat that performs at its best. We also support, as the best possible solution for preventing dirt trafficking into a building, a systems designed on the principle of 3-zone cleaning by a single provider. This is a combination of external matting, (zone 1), an internal aluminium mat with a carpet insert, (zone 2) followed by a secondary carpet without aluminium profiles, (zone 3), this triple system is by far the most efficient way of removing course, damp and fine dirt protecting your internal floor finish. Alongside high functionality, our systems stand out for their individual design ability, which enables system variants optimally designed to fit in with the structure of the building and the entrance area. A wide variety of colours promotes both harmonious tone-in-tone combinations and exciting contrasts to their surroundings. Furthermore, many of our entrance mats can be printed individually and so this means they can be used as advertising, image and information media in addition to being a great mat. The use of the versatile Cromojet printing technique allows motifs of any kind to be reproduced in an exceptional variety of colours and to a high quality. There is also great flexibility as regards styling. Our entrance mats can be designed as visual eye catchers or to suit structural conditions by giving them curves, oblique’s or cut-outs. We have also developed a radially curved mat specially intended for harmonious integration into entrances with revolving doors or just as a fantastic feature to make a great impression.

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The overall effect and individuality of an entrance area can also be visually upgraded by the use of unique additional components. The Lumina LED light-frame system, for instance, gives the building entrance an ambience through elegant illumination, making entry to it a special event. A further possibility for visual accentuation is offered by a stainless-steel profile with an individual name or lettering applied to it and integrated into the entrance mat to make a purposeful attention-grabber. We have made the once rather lowly “doormat� into an exciting, innovative, ecologically unobjectionable product, which is now a firm feature in the building construction sector. And we shall also strive to be an innovator within our industry by continuing to increase our technological, quality and service while ensuring our future products are in line with the Green issues and standards that are a big part of our future so that we can remain the world’s best problem-solver in the area of custom-made entrance mats for any buildings.

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Industry News August 2018

Costa Rican Surf Hotel combines past and present The Gilded Iguana Hotel is a destination that addresses modern comforts and adapts to a new wave of travellers Playa Guiones, in the town of Nosara, Costa Rica has long been known by the wider international community of surfers as a hidden gem and off-grid paradise of white sand beaches and constant waves. Decades ago the first wooden house in town was built close to the beach-break and in time this simple structure became the perfect resting place for transient surfers as well as a gathering venue for music, food, and interaction. The Gilded Iguana was born! Today Nosara still attracts avid surfers from around the world however it has also become a destination for yogis, the wellness community, and families looking for healthy fun and adventure. Everyone shares a common goal to preserve the natural habitat and the low-key unpretentious essence of the place. Studio Saxe was commissioned to expand and rethink the entire Gilded Iguana Hotel as a destination that addresses modern comforts and adapts to the new wave of travellers coming to the area whilst preserving the rich historical importance of the location.Together with the owners, we decided to restore and revitalize the existing dilapidated house structure as a tribute to the memory it holds for locals, travelers, and the town at large. The new restaurant that now sits there has already become a town favorite for food, concerts, and general gatherings. The Gilded Iguana beach-house historic restoration is also one of very few samples in Costa Rica that acknowledges

the importance of preservation of traditional tropical architecture. The studio worked hard to complement the existing house with new structures poised around the property amongst the existing trees and in turn create a heart center framed by a fantastic communal area-pool for all guests to enjoy. The new Room Buildings along with the Reception and SPA areas combine elements of the old house such as the simple wooden frames and balconies with typical handmade palm thatch “palapas” commonly found on the beach for shade. In contrast to typical enclosed and hermetic hotel developments in Latin America, the Reception area and Restaurant at The Gilded Iguana completely open up to the town of Nosara creating a subtle, relaxed, and unpretentious atmosphere where anyone can come in.The architecture and interiors throughout combine simple and unpolished materials such as teak, palm thatch, jute fabric, and concrete tiles with modern tropical furniture made with local materials and craftsmanship. Room Buildings cater to a varied type of traveler depending on their orientation. Pool Rooms are ideal for families, Jungle Rooms create a more private experience, and Surfer Rooms promote a more social interaction amongst travelers. Each room has a large outdoor terrace that brings the outside in and allows for bedrooms to be connected strongly to the outside. Private gardens are incorporated into showers and the play of light and shadows constantly fills every space with an acute awareness of the natural environment. Architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe explains: “The Gilded Iguana Hotel is designed as a harmonious “dialogue” between the tropical identity of the past and a new toned-down, unpretentious, and timeless tropical modernity that sits softly in the landscape and reflects the relaxed town atmosphere which most wish to preserve.” Sustainability


The Gilded Iguana Hotel was conceived through Bioclimatic Design to take advantage of solar orientation, shade, wind currents, and others to create comfort through passive strategies of temperature control. Additionally, Studio Saxe worked hard with active sustainable technological measures such as water recycling through water treatment systems, solar hot water, and energy harnessing through photovoltaic. Locally resourced materials, such as teak from certified sustainable farms, and local manual labor was used throughout the project to create a positive impact in the town of Nosara and generate new jobs for the community.

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£450m ‘super prime’ London scheme to start

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Warwick Uni submits major expansion plan The University of Warwick has submitted hybrid plans for the next phase of its campus development involving nine new projects. The largest projects being submitted for detailed planning include a £54m Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building and £33m new Faculty of Arts building.

London developer Fenton Whelan is in talks with firms to start its £450m luxury residential scheme of 57 flats in Kensington, central London.

Outline planning has been submitted for the seven other projects including new student residences with up to 1,000 beds and a multistorey car park at the Gibbet Hall campus to relieve pressure on Warwick Medical School and the School of Life Sciences and helping to address car parking issues on local residential roads. Subject to planning, work is expected to start on the landmark biomedial and arts buildings in early 2019.

The 190,000 sq ft mixed-use development, known as Park Modern, will boast views across Kensington Gardens onto Kensington Palace in central London. Flats will be priced from £2m to £30m.

The IBRB, known as project 7, will bring together up to 300 biomedical researchers from across the School of Life Sciences and Warwick Medical School to fight human diseases. BAM, Kier, Graham, Morgan Sindall and Willmott Dixon are in the running for the project, which is to be built at Gibbet Hill in Coventry

Work is set to start in October on the three-year build once demolition of existing buildings is complete.

The student experience for undergraduates and postgraduates will be enriched through the provision of a new 400-seat lecture theatre and many new social and collaboration spaces.

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Industry News August 2018

CE MARKINGS NO GUARANTEE OF SAFETY Dave Cox, Head of Sector – Construction at Arco discusses the unseen risks for your business


lthough we enjoy the benefits of working in one of the safest places in the world, with the lowest incident rates of work related deaths in the EU, there’s a gap in the compliance process that is putting UK workers at risk of injury, even though they are using CE-marked PPE they believe will protect them. As a health and safety manager, you may believe that you and your people are fully protected and compliant when you specify or buy PPE. The reality is that some CE marked PPE is failing, putting wearers at risk of injury and businesses and individuals at risk of loss of reputation, fines and even possible imprisonment. The evidence is undeniable,


particularly in the area of a number of CE marked safety footwear and gloves that are freely available on the market. Independent laboratory testing in 2017 showed that around 40% of non-metallic footwear and 30% of rigger gloves failed surveillance testing, despite carrying the CE mark. With around 600,000 workers each year reporting that they have suffered an injury at work, the consequences of failing to apply due diligence to PPE purchasing are huge. Without a robust process in place, accidents and injuries could be life changing and not just for end users but for the individuals (and the businesses they work for) who are involved in specifying and purchasing the

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Industry News August 2018

‘BEST PRACTICE’ GUIDELINES UPDATE ACCOMMODATE DISABLED STUDENTS New ‘best practice’ guidelines have been published that, for the first time, specifically address disabled student accommodation . In the bathroom, it can provide a stylish wall track system, that integrates with a range of fixtures such as grab rails, heightadjustable or fixed washbasins, shower seats, enabling quick and easy adaptation to individual occupant needs. Its range of wash & dry toilets take accessibility into higher realms of inclusion and intimate hygiene, with contemporary styled floorstanding, wall-mounted and height adjustable variants. Wash and dry toilets have the added benefit of satisfying cultural and religious considerations, regardless of the enhanced hygiene they provide against conventional wiping.

Simultaneously, Britain’s leading provider of disabled toileting solutions, Closomat, is announcing new developments that enable providers to comply, stylishly, with a unique package from specification, through fitting to future service & maintenance. The options help enable providers to meet the growing number of disabled students, which now represents almost 10% of the student population in the UK! BS8300:2018 Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment extends the remit of compliance covered under its predecessor BS8300:2009. The latest version is not specific to new build projects, and applies to all building types that require permanent sleeping accommodation for disabled people.


It also, for the first time, incorporates a specific

set of criteria for student accommodation bedrooms. Under the new guidelines, up to 4% of bedrooms should be wheelchair accessible, up to 1% of rooms should include a fixed track hoist system, and up to 5% should be easily adaptable for independent wheelchair use. If only one accessible bedroom is provided, it should include an accessible shower room, with the preferred solution being a level access shower with shower seat if required, and include a WC. The adaptable rooms should have the space and design features to allow for addition of grab rails, shower seats, with ceiling height to allow for a track hoist (2.4m). Closomat offers a range of contemporary ceiling track hoist systems that can be tailored to individual needs, enabling movement and transfer within a room, through to an en-suite, or beyond.

“Accessibility is a growing consideration in building design,” explains Robin Tuffley, Closomat marketing manager. “Disabled student numbers have increased by 56% in less than a decade, so it’s a sector that accommodation providers need to consider, and address. “As the new British Standard points out, because such accommodation is booked or reserved in advance, there is greater scope for it to be adapted correctly, as required, to suit an individual student. It goes so far as to advise that in effect a ‘show flat/ bedroom’ should be provided on build completion so people can asses how their requirement may be met!” Closomat’s website is the ‘go to’ resource to help take the first steps towards efficient accessibility provision, including design guidance, white papers, CAD blocks, NBS specification clauses and case studies.



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Safety, it’s a matt Kärcher expands its range of safety vacuum cleaners and presents two new machines in the M and H class categories1.


Developed for use in the construction trade and industrial environments where there are large volumes of fine dust, this new generation of robust, wet and dry vacuum cleaners quickly make achieving maximum cleaning performance easy and safe.

any loss of suction power. They also optimally select the filter cleaning interval, depending on the quantity of dust being vacuumed: this enables large quantities of dust to be collected without the need for manual filter cleaning.

Featuring the new sensor-controlled, automatic filter cleaning system (Tact), the vacuum cleaners detect when the flat pleated filter needs to be cleaned and quickly reverses the air flow, to blow air through the filter, enabling continuous operation for the user without

Suitable for collecting large volumes of safe as well as hazardous substances, such as asbestos dust, the PTFE-H flat pleated filter (HEPA 13) used in the H class models, is the first cleanable filter in a wet and dry vacuum cleaner for this dust class: with a filtration level of 99.995%.

1 Dust class L: Low-risk hazardous dusts such as lime or plaster dusts. Max. transmittance: ≤ 1.0%. Dust class M: Medium-risk hazardous dusts such as wood (beech, oak) or paint dusts. Max. transmittance: < 0.1%. Dust class H: High-risk hazardous dusts such as carcinogenic dusts or mould. Max. transmittance: < 0.005%.

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As well as the outstanding features of our existing NT vacuum cleaners, these new models also include: electronic filter detection and air flow monitoring, so the vacuum cleaner only starts when the filter is correctly installed, which ensures optimal safety for the user. If the air flow falls below a certain value, a warning signal sounds that indicates a blockage or full container. Thanks to its grounding conductor and conductive accessories users are effectively protected against an electrostatic charge, which can occur when vacuuming dry dusts. Sturdy housing with a bumper at the front and large metal castors provide ultimate stability, transportability and a long service life – making it easier to move the equipment from site to site. The flat, non-slip top provides a secure hold for the user’s toolbox, and slots on the machine allow accessories to be stored securely.

Additionally, new bayonet locks and large clips on the floor nozzle allow the quick change of accessories between wet and dry applications, without the need for any tools. The suction hose now connects directly

into the container head allowing maximum use of the container space, and a significant reduction in noise when vacuuming small quantities of dust make these machines a powerful ally.


August 2018

Eurobrick – the benefits of brick slip cladding for modern construction Traditional methods of brick building have been challenged for some time now by the flexibility of brick slip cladding which offers a quick, easy and robust solution for new build and retrofit projects, whether installed on- or off-site. Eurobrick has been leading the brick slip cladding sector for nearly 30 years, working across a wide range of sectors, for household names such as McDonalds, TopShop, Portakabin, Premier Inn and Cambridge University. Director Richard Haines outlines the benefits here:

“Speed of delivery is an important consideration for most of today’s building projects, particularly when modular and modern methods of construction are being used. Brick slip cladding is the perfect fit for fast track building methods and offers many benefits, not least; it can be quickly installed on most structures by semi-skilled labour, on- or off-site.

There are now a huge variety of brick slips available from traditional characterful styles to smooth, crisp edged contemporary ones. Eurobrick’s wide range of brick slips allows for most design aspirations including using them alongside other finishes such as timber or render, to create a contemporary mixed palette. Adding layers of insulation provides better thermal performance and, along with the overall slim profile, helps to meet the U-Value targets of a project. If space is at a premium, building upwards is achievable with Eurobrick too. Systems are light-weight which helps to simplify the overall design and they can also be fitted to most substrates, including timber, steel frame and SIPs. Brick slip cladding is durable and will weather and age in the same way as conventional brickwork, requiring little to no maintenance. Eurobrick’s systems are BBA certified and we also offer a 25 year product guarantee. There are many advantages to using brick slip cladding, but perhaps the most notable is the aesthetic advantage of achieving a real brick finish without compromising on speed of delivery. This alone has given it a firm place in the future of modern construction.” For more information on Eurobrick Systems please visit


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The UK’s leading voice for manufacturers and distributors of construction materials has teamed up with RIBA Publishing to produce an up-todate guidance for loft conversions. safety, windows, stairs, doors and insulation, and will be valuable to architects, builders and homeowners looking for knowledge on best practice and compliance with Building Regulations in their conversions. Duncan King, Technical Manager for the Construction Products Association said:

The essential Loft Conversion Handbook by RIBA and the Construction Products Association offers up-to-date comprehensive guidance The new Loft Conversion Handbook comes as a highly anticipated update to 2010’s The Loft Conversion Project Guide, which was produced with the objective of helping both the public and building contractors understand Building Regulations. The new book builds on this and brings together crucial information and solutions offered in the Approved

Documents and third tier guidance, such as industry literature, in one concise, fully illustrated guide.

“This comprehensive guidance ticks all the boxes for a successful project by streamlining the whole process for both construction professionals and homeowners alike by overcoming the issues associated with such work.” The book is available to order now on the RIBA Bookshops website for £30.00. Order your copy here:

It aims to bridge the gap between the professional building sector and DIY loft conversion projects by cutting jargon and offering effective, compliant solutions. It covers some of the main considerations for loft conversions including fire


HIGH GLOSS FLOORING Is this the coolest flooring ever?

EXKLUSiV FLOORS JOIN THE MARVEL UNIVERSE CLASSIC MARVEL COMIC BOOK COVERS AND CHARACTERS ADORN HIGH-TECH PANELS TO TURN FLOORING INTO A FOCAL POINT Believing flooring was lacking some punch, EXKLUSiV Floors are excited to introduce the ultimate in superhero super-merchandise: authentic classic Marvel prints on high-gloss flooring. Super-fans and newcomers alike can now have flooring worthy of Asgard, and make their home come to life with their favourite Marvel comics. It’s the perfect way to take a room to the next level – whether it’s where you store your comics, your gaming or entertainment room, or even a feature in the kids’ bedroom. From beige to boom EXKLUSiV Floors was set up with a single vision: to turn flooring into a focal point. With that alternative in mind, EXKLUSiV partnered with Marvel Comics, a company that knows a thing or two about grabbing people’s imaginations. The two have worked closely together to create designs that will revolutionise the way people see flooring.

A page from the classics Designs originate from the early days of Marvel - long before the Marvel Comics Universe hit the big screen and became a phenomenon - and feature a number of the most famous characters. With 40 unique panels, each floor really feels one of a kind. There are authentic panels alongside the covers collectors may well spot an iconic issue or two as they walk through their home. German technology ensures top quality A hard-wearing flooring product made with the latest manufacturing technology was a must for EXKLUSiV, so it sought to benefit from Germany’s long heritage in manufacturing quality. Working closely with a forwardthinking manufacturer, the company developed its product with unique technologies built in. The EXKLUSiV Marvel flooring is not just scratch and fade resistant, but it’s also high gloss – the designs are sure to pop off the floor.

Easy to install - no superstrength required Changing the appearance of your room has never been easier; EXKLUSiV’s Marvel flooring uses an easy-to-install click-fit system. Attention and care was paid to the edges of the flooring; there’s even rounded edges, giving an authentic comic book finish. Stand on the shoulders of your heroes Says Shiraz Hussain, founder of EXKLUSiV Floors: “After years of experience in the flooring industry, we noticed that floors were all just a bit... plain. Whether it was plain wood, carpet or laminate, it all lacked character and design. We saw this as a missed opportunity. After all, the floor is the biggest space in your home other than walls, so why not make more of it?” “It’s our mission to end lowquality boring flooring and bring about a new high-tech approach and design precedent. With our flooring, you can quite literally stand on the shoulders of your heroes.”

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Specialising in quality timber products from solid boards, precision engineered, parquet to bespoke staircase and cabinetry, the Treehouse showroom in London’s Notting Hill carries an extensive range of hardwood species rich in character, colour and form.


orking directly with clients, designers or architects, supplying materials or providing full installation, Treehouse can advise on all aspects of specification including the selection of timber, method of fit, design detailing and bespoke finishes. Treehouse was established in 1997 by furniture maker John Tate who with a passion for wood, has over 25 years experience in the industry.

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THREE REFURBISHED STAIRCASES AND WENGE FLOORING IN A HAMPSTEAD HOME Liasing directly with the client and interior designer Hazel Collins, Treehouse Flooring was commissioned to refurbish the flooring and staircases in this 3 storey home in Hampstead. Treehouse now offer their own bespoke colours, using traditional methods and eco friendly oils.

Clad an existing staircase with new treads, risers and scotia in engineered Oak with solid nosing, side returns and scotia.

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Offsite Supporting UK Infrastructure Infrastructure will be a key driver of construction activity in the UK over the next few years. Major projects such as HS2, Thames Tideway and Hinkley Point C, with further power, road, rail and water projects are anticipated to provide growth of over 12% in 2018/ 2019.

Premier Modular Ltd have seen this upward trend and have taken the opportunity to work in partnership with some key contractors and consultants to deliver some exciting projects over the last couple of years. Premier’s exceptional customer service, innovative products and build quality, mean it has become one of the UK’s premier suppliers of modular building solutions. Premier demonstrated its capability to deliver a modular solution on a massive scale by providing a series of modular complexes at Hinkley Point C in Somerset. Focusing on innovation, balanced with standardisation as well as ensuring value for money, the project comprised 38,000 sqm of offices and welfare facilities,

to house personnel during the construction phase. Off the back of this valuable experience, several buildings were supplied for Thames Tideway as office and welfare accommodation. Dependent on site timescales these were provided on both a hire and purchase basis. The client’s core drivers were to deliver a cost effective solution whilst upholding the ethos and brand of the project. Premier were chosen for their ability to deliver a solution within budget coupled with their experience of working on sites with complex logistics as the modules had to be delivered to site by barge down the River Thames Premier was extremely pleased when they then got the chance to work on the enabling phases of HS2 Phase 1 in London. The provision of a double storey office and community centre on the Euston station site was the start of a great relationship with Costain Skanska as they endeavour to put the infrastructure in place to support this huge project. Premier puts great value on forming strong, mutually beneficial client relationships and looks forward to working with Costain Skanska and other contractors on future HS2 projects.

In striving to provide a solution that suits the client’s unique demands, the flexible and innovative Premier has developed a solid reputation for focusing on attention-todetail, quality and longevity of the products it delivers – resulting in the company gaining recognition from award bodies in 2016. This included the Offsite Awards where they gained a ‘Highly Commended’ for The Best Use of Volumetric Construction at New Islington Free School, Manchester

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Windows & Doors August 2018

‘The Importance of Natural Light’ When designing both residential and commercial buildings, the provision of natural light, both for energy efficiency and wellbeing plays a crucial part in the process.

line appearance, but the profiled design of the components give it a truly ‘industrial’ appeal.

Whilst windows need to remain functional, allowing them to be opened, to safely carry glazed units and ensure thermal efficiency, the profiles need to be a slim as possible to allow as much natural light into the building space as possible. Until recently, the slimmest profiles have only been available in steel, but now, more efficient systems designed in aluminium are available with very slim sight lines. One of the most advanced systems is designed and supplied into the U.K. market by the leading Polish systems company, Aluprof. The ‘Industrial Window’ was


developed in Poland to enable many of their historic buildings to be refurbished with similar slim window profiles. Here in the U.K. the system has been used on both new and refurbishment projects. One of a growing number of developments in the U.K. and Ireland, Valentine Place in London, is a new build development consisting of various apartments and mews style houses located in a built up area within Southwark. The importance of using as much available light as possible, lead the design team to specify the ‘MB60 Industrial’ system. Not only does the system offer a slim sight

Aluprof UK’s head office and extensive distribution centre is located in Altrincham, Cheshire. Aluprof systems are increasingly being specified on a wide range of residential and commercial projects across the UK including Passivhaus projects. Systems are designed, fabricated and installed by selected, specially trained local companies, to ensure each fabricated product meets Aluprof’s exacting standards. Further information is available on the company’s website at and specialist advice is available directly from Aluprof’s UK offices on 0161 941 4005.

August 2018 Windows & Doors

Pura Facades appointed sole UK distributor of VetaBric brick slip panels Architectural cladding specialist Pura Facades has been appointed as the sole UK distributor of VetaBric, the latest entrant to the fastgrowing brick slip panel market.


he lightweight panel alternative to traditional bricks can accurately reproduce the aesthetic of the majority of brick brands. It is also available in a new, ultra-thin, pre- mortared joint, which gives a distinctive, sleek and modern look to the facade. Weighing just 12.5kg per m2, VetaBric panels offer a lightweight alternative to brickwork and can be erected safely by trained construction site workers. While architects love the creative possibilities that VetaBric can bring to projects, contractors appreciate the speed at which the panels are hung – up to a third quicker than traditional bricklaying according to Pura’s commercial director James Butler. Commenting on the UK launch of VetaBric, he said: “Given the dearth of skilled labour and long lead times of bricks in the UK, solutions such as VetaBric are becoming much more popular with developers, architects and contractors. And despite being only 25mm thick, we’re finding the product to be dense and rigid – therefore very robust once installed on site. A project we were recently involved with

– a residential development in Thornton Heath, South London – shows how effective brick slip can be. The project was finished on time and within budget, thanks in some measure to the adoption of VetaBric.” Manufactured off-site, VetaBric supports the UK’s move towards modular construction methods. It can be fixed onto a wide range of substrates including masonry,

lightweight steel or timber frames – all using the extensive range of fixings provided by Pura. Manufactured in Lille, northern France, VetaBric provides a joint free solution to facades, as any visible fixings are hidden by mortar applied once the panel is installed. To find out more about VetaBric, go to


Windows & Doors August 2018

Something old, something new When a homeowner or specifier requires a classic look, with contemporary performance, only a PVC-U system will do. VEKA Group Sales Director Neil Evans explains how keeping ahead of the curve when it comes to design and development allows customers to enjoy a ‘yesteryear’ aesthetic with a ‘future proof’ product… Research has shown* that flush casements are continuing to grow in popularity, as increasing numbers of homeowners request these versatile systems. In fact, in a relatively flat market, the demand for these casements indicates an area of rapid growth. In response to these figures and forecasts, VEKA has launched the slimmer sightline FlushSash (an evolution of the ever-popular standard FlushSash) that includes a patent-pending concealed mullion and completely uninterrupted views when both windows are open. A 20% reduction in sightlines not only allows for more glass in the design, and therefore more light, as well as a greater feeling of air and space, but also creates a traditional ‘French window’ effect, with all the modern security, safety, and efficiency requirements our customers have come to expect. This system is available for both VEKA and Halo customers. Previously, such slim sightlines were most commonly associated with wooden windows and the FlushSash makes a fantastic, modern counterpart. For traditional timber aesthetics, customers can take advantage of a wide range of realistic woodgrain options from the 29-strong Variations colour collection – yet also benefit from the FlushSash’s U-value of 1.0, mechanical jointing


option, enhanced security and hardware options, plus low maintenance, when compared to real timber window frames. It isn’t just the Heritage sector that can benefit from these casements however, as we have seen both the FlushSash and the Vertical Slider equally at home in new-build city projects as they are in Georgian house renovations - especially with grey frames. As such, VEKA has expanded the ex-stock colour range and there are 14 shades available from stock for FlushSash and 8 for the Vertical Slider; including Anthracite Grey for those wanting the aluminium ‘Grand Designs’ look. The Vertical Slider itself showcases run-through horn detailing, just as a timber sash would, but with the additional benefits of low maintenance requirements and high-spec safety and security. Overall, these developments are not made to simply show off what we can do at VEKA, they have been made specifically to allow our customers to meet the demands of their customers. VEKA Group has a long history of analysing and evaluating market trends, and then reacting to them accordingly, so our customers can expect the very best in product and service, which also has a knock-on effect on the service they pass down the chain. FlushSash sales are going through the roof at the moment, with an 88% increase of installations (that’s over 335,000 frames in one year), and the market share of flush casements has doubled; now hitting the 5% mark. It’s worth noting that the new slimmer sightline FlushSash has not replaced the standard FlushSash, which has proved extremely popular in the Heritage sector for VEKA and Halo customers in recent years. Often coupled with traditional internal hardware such

as monkey tail handles and dummy peg stays, the FlushSash achieves A+ rating with ease, is PAS 24 and Document Q ready, and can be offered with either 28mm double glazed or 36mm triple glazed units, for impressive performance when it comes to both thermal and acoustic insulation. Of course, the increase in interest and demand for these products at consumer level means that there are more options on the market for all involved. It’s our job at VEKA to make sure our products don’t just meet the expectations of end users but continue to exceed them, meaning our own customers remain at the top of the Heritage sector – and every other – for years to come. To find out more about any of the above products – ‘old and new’ – or for advice on sales, marketing, installation queries, colour options or anything else, please call 01282 716611 email or visit

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Interior Design August 2018

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DANLERS’ new range of “Casambi-enabled” occupancy detectors use Bluetooth Low Energy communication to control lighting without the need for any wiring between the controls and the luminaires. Any number of Casambienabled luminaires and controls in a building will automatically form a mesh network, and the Casambi

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Safety August 2018

70% OF US FORGET IF WE’VE LOCKED OUR DOORS New research reveals extent of carelessness around home security, impact on insurance claims •

property, and returned to find they had left a door unlocked 70% had at least once either themselves left a property, or knew someone who had left a property, and had then returned to double check if they had locked the doors because they had forgotten if they had done so Of those who had been burgled because they forgot to lock their doors (7%), 49% had their insurance claims affected as a result

The findings come as recent statistics show house break-ins in the UK have increased by 21% over the past 12 months, with police budget cuts meaning burglaries are increasingly unlikely to be investigated unless there is evidence of violence or fraud to gain entry. Furthermore, the majority of home and contents insurance policies will be invalidated should a burglary occur due to a door being unlocked. London Key has developed a solution to those who forget to lock their front doors – a simple, low-cost key that has an inbuilt switch. As the door is locked, the switch on the key changes colour from green to red; therefore just by looking at the key when out and about, users will be able to know if their door is locked. The key is completely mechanical, requires no batteries and will retail from £4.99. Seven in ten of us have left a property and been unable to remember whether we locked the doors, while six in ten of us have left a property and returned to find we had left a door unlocked. These are the findings from new research commissioned by home security company London Key, whose innovative door key enables users to instantly know if their doors are locked when they are out and about.

Regev Sido, Founder of London Key, said: “These shocking figures reveal the extent of property owners forget to lock their doors – something which, in a moment of carelessness, is very easily done. “With burglary rates on the rise, it has never been more important to ensure your property is secure – which starts with making sure you have locked all your doors. “With London Key we are offering a simple, affordable

The research found that, of 1,200 British adults surveyed: •


69% had at least once either themselves left a property, or knew someone who had left a property, and had then forgotten while out whether they had locked the doors or not 58% had at least once either themselves left a property, or knew someone who had left a

means of ensuring your home is secure, and providing peace of mind to those who regularly forget to lock their doors.”

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Don’t play with fire We all await the inevitable changes to legislation and good practice, following Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of risk critical building products such as fire doors and fire door assemblies and how this will shape future product specification. Understandably anticipation has resulted in concern amongst specifiers and stake holders as they try to evaluate their current practices and identify potential weaknesses. After all the specification of fire doors is a very serious matter and as we all know can have far reaching consequences if wrong decisions are made. It is little wonder therefore, that for specifiers using Vicaima products, any feeling of anxiety and apprehension regarding past, current and future use of fire doors is not an issue; providing of course that they have been correctly installed. In addition to doors, Vicaima also manufacture a range of door kit solutions via our EasiFit and Portaro brands. These products include a full scope of performance characteristics for current and future industry specifications, namely:

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Fire Tested to BS 476 Part 22 and BS EN 1634-1:2014 Secure by Design approved products Acoustic performance, both inherent and additional as required FD30 to FD90 rated, with fire and smoke solutions Durability with DD171 and EN 1192 severe duty rating Mobility provision via glazing and dimensional flexibility Environmentally sound (all products are FSC Certified) Long life with a 10 Year Guarantee

As specialist fire door manufacturers Vicaima go beyond simple compliance to provide ultimate peace of mind. Vicaima uses fully solid cores and a traditional stile and rail perimeter to enable reliable fixing of ironmongery. After all sometimes it is what you cannot see that makes the difference.

One of the recommendations outlined within the Independent Review, is the need for third party accreditation. Here Vicaima adhere to not one but two nationally recognised bodies to verify the performance of products, namely BWF-Certifire and BM TRADA Q-Mark. In each case traceability is assured with the use of tamper evident labels and plastic plugs to provide clear understanding of fire rating and of course origin of manufacture. You or indeed future custodians of fitted fire doors will be left in no doubt simply by looking at the top edge of any Vicaima fire door, where clear identification including a detailed inkjet stamp enables Vicaima to establish complete control of our products throughout their lifecycle. For more information regarding Vicaima performance solutions visit


August 2018

Wrightstyle remembers the Summerland tragedy W

rightstyle Limited is an international steel and aluminium glazing company, designing, manufacturing and installing systems to mitigate against fire, bomb/blast and ballistic attack. Jane Embury, the company’s marketing director, looks back at one of the worst fire tragedies in the British Isles. Last year saw the appalling catastrophe of Grenfell Tower, which will no doubt see the introduction of new fire regulations for the manufacture and installation of external cladding. Tragically, codifying by catastrophe is nothing new, so it’s worth remembering another fire that happened 45 years ago this August. Until Grenfell, it was the worst peacetime fire in the British Isles since 1929, and the worst disaster in the history of the Isle of Man. It changed building regulations across the country because, most tragically, poor design and inappropriate building materials allowed a minor fire to become a major conflagration.


baths, an artificial sunshine zone, a children’s theatre, an underground disco, waterfalls, and restaurants and bars with live entertainment throughout the day. One promotion extolled the centre as “a holiday town where it never rains, the wind never blows and the temperature never gets chilly. Outside it’s raining yet here you are relaxed in your shirt sleeves, gently perspiring in a tropical 80 degrees.” Year-round artificial sunshine was achieved by a transparent roof comprising acrylic bronze-tinted sheets. There were seven floors in total and the building had a capacity for more than 5,000 people.

The 1973 fire was at the 3.5 acre Summerland resort on the Isle of Man, which advertised itself as the biggest and most innovative entertainment centre in the world. The British Tourist Authority described it as “an outstanding tourist enterprise.”

For just over two years the waterfront centre attracted visitors from all over the world. It appeared that the vision behind its creation was working, taking Manx tourism into a bright future. On the evening of Thursday 2nd August 1973 an estimated 3,000 people were enjoying themselves at the resort.

Designed to attract visitors away from cheap overseas resorts, the centre had an indoor heated swimming pool, saunas, Turkish

However, three schoolboys on holiday from Liverpool were hanging around at the back of the building next to a dismantled

fiberglass kiosk. They were illicitly smoking and the fire they inadvertently set off killed 50 people and gutted the complex. The small fire in the kiosk triggered a number of fire events. First, the kiosk collapsed against the exterior wall of the building, which contained both asbestos and bitumen – with limited fireresistance. Second, this set fire to interior sound-proofing material, which also had poor fire-resistance, causing an explosion which ignited the highly flammable acrylic sheeting which covered much of the rest of the building. The acrylic then melted, allowing oxygen to flood in and drop burning material inside, starting more fires and injuring people trying to escape. Third, the fire spread quickly across sheeting on the leisure centre walls and roof, and through vents that were not properly fireproofed. Indeed, some parts of the roof comprised wood-wool slabs with felt and chippings on top. In addition, the building’s open-

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plan design included many internal spaces that simply acted as chimneys to spread the fire. The subsequent enquiry found that there was an absence of compartmentation in the space above the entrance floor, and a lack of adequate protected escape stairs. Making things worse, the fire service wasn’t alerted for almost 30 minutes. Because of previous false alarms, Summerland’s alarm panel had been modified to create a delay to the automatic fire brigade alert. The mains wiring then burned through and prevented the alarm from sounding. Indeed, the alarm was only raised by a ship two miles out to sea which reported that “it looks as if the whole of the Isle of Man is on fire”. It was the Coastguard that called the fire service and, at its height, 96 of the island’s 106 firefighters attended the fire and all of its 16 fire engines. Further compounding the tragedy,

there was little or no attempt to evacuate the 3,000 people inside the centre. In a rush to escape, many were crushed and trampled because of locked exit doors. Many others then made their way to the main entrance, causing further crushing. If that wasn’t bad enough, emergency lighting failed after the main electrical supply was mistakenly turned off and the emergency power generator failed to start. The main factors in the tragedy – inappropriate building materials, lack of compartmentation and protected escape routes – all came under scrutiny in the subsequent public enquiry. While no individuals or groups were blamed, changes to building regulations to improve fire safety were introduced nationwide. Central to those changes were better approaches to contain fire and ensure that escape routes were

protected – areas that Wrightstyle, with our advanced steel glazing systems, have particular experience and expertise. Our compatible systems, with the glass and steel framing systems tested together, are accredited to EU, US and Asia Pacific standards. However, as we always advise: specify the glass and steel as one unit: in a fire situation, the glass will only be as protective as its frame, and vice versa. The Summerland steel skeleton was demolished in 1975, although a smaller centre reopened in 1978. It closed in 2004 and was demolished in 2005. Most sadly, with Grenfell Tower firmly in mind, it’s tragic that it sometimes takes significant loss of life to improve building and fire regulations. 29

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AET Flexible Space, underfloor air conditioning specialists have just completed a Cat-B Fit-out of the first floor at 11-12 Hanover Street for incoming tenant, Canadian property investor, Quadreal. The underfloor system at the prominently positioned Mayfair offices was originally installed in the year 2000 for Japanese construction company Teisei and has proved to be an adaptable services solution for the building over the past 18 years.

Underfloor Air Conditioning Fit-out at Hanover Street The system at Hanover Street is the CAM-C system with underfloor supply air and underfloor return air. Each floor is effectively one zone, with a single CAM downflow unit supplying conditioned air to the underfloor plenum. This conditioned air is supplied into the workspace via fan terminal units, known as Fantiles which are recessed into the floor plenum. Approximately 80 standard size TU4 Fantiles are located over the building’s five floors and a fully stringered Nesite raised access flooring system supplied by AET is installed throughout.


The original refurbishment of the property was specified to a high standard, designed by Architect, D.E.G.W offering a large, open plan floorplate, a generous floor to ceiling height of 2.7m, featuring full height glazing, 600mm2 carpet tiles for added flexibility and a high specification metal tile ceiling. M+E Consultant, Roger Preston & Partners specified the underfloor services solution to permit this high specification and offer maximum flexibility for future change and reconfiguration according to tenant demands.

AET engineers worked with fit-out contractor Think-inside on the recent Cat-B works. The space had been returned to Cat-A status after the previous tenancy ended, leaving a blank canvas for new first floor occupier Quadreal. An initial validation survey of the UfAC system on the first floor identified repairs required to the underfloor baffle and a number of damaged return air grilles to be replaced. The underfloor baffle being essential to maintain properly as it divides the underfloor plenum into supply and return air paths. As well as the essential repairs, three additional Fantiles were supplied to cater for occupational increase and Quadreal opted to install sound attenuator boxes beneath all Fantiles in order to minimise noise transfer between cellular offices and grant additional privacy. Five Flextouch wall controllers were installed in the boardroom and offices permitting users easy control of temperature and fan speed as well as CO2 monitoring. The services upgrade and interior fit-out works were completed in

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The Perfect Plumber’s Mate: Maximising Efficiency and Boosting Productivity with Geocel®’s Trade Mate Plumber Range

In today’s busy and competitive plumbing and building environment, tradespeople are searching for new ways to offer better and more efficient working. Choosing the right products provides ample opportunities for boosting productivity, helping plumbers offer an extended range of services to their clients while maintaining extremely high standards. Geocel®’s Trade Mate Plumber Range includes a range of different technologies offering a selection of hard-working products that make it easier than ever to achieve a perfect finish and job well done, in good time. Including silicone sealants, silicone greases and non setting putty it is the ultimate plumber’s mate ultimate tool kit, they can all be re used boosting efficiency. At the forefront of the range is Geocel® Trade Mate Sanitary Seal. This versatile product makes sealing sanitary units and non-porous surfaces of all kinds easier than ever. Tack free within the hour, it’s quick curing easy to use silicone formula provides excellent adhesion, without the need for primers and is suitable for use on a wide variety of substrates.


It can be applied to sanitaryware,

ceramics and plastics for a guaranteed smooth seal and finish. Once cured, Geocel® Trade Mate Sanitary Seal will remain totally water resistant. Its added fungicide and high movement capability gives it the added attraction of looking clean and tidy for longer without the risk of shrinking, cracking or discolouration.


Geocel® Trade Mate Plumber’s Putty is ready mixed so always ready to use - saving time and money on everything from a quick-fix repair to a new installation jobs. Stored correctly it will last for 12 months, so it’s a great tool box standby. Its non-setting pliable formula makes it suitable for use on sanitary joints for bedding in sinks,waste pipes and vanity units inside and outside the home.

Replacing fiddly PTFE tape it’s nonsetting, adhesive formula means it can be set up cleanly and dismantled with ease and speed, whenever joints have to be repaired or replaced. It comes in boxes of six, handy 50 ml tubes so you’ll never run out.

It can be applied to a wide range of substrates, including metal, PVC, vitreous enamels and ceramics, too. A solid, long-term choice, it won’t crack and is not affected by most cleaning products without perishing or peeling. Geocel® Trade Mate Plumba Joint is another essential part of any plumbers’ kit; offering a quick and reliable way to tackle seals and repairs to tricky threaded fittings and to fix emergencies and leaks. The low odour, clear neutral silicone product comes ready mixed, meaning less mess and faster working time, and remains flexible even after

It won’t stain copper fixtures or fittings and is fast cure meaning it’s tack free in one hour. Its sister product, Geocel® Trade Mate Plumba Thread has been developed to create an instant, low-pressure watertight seal in metal pipe systems.

Speaking about the range, Geocel’s Product Manager Mark Pereira said: “We know that plumbers and the trade in general are looking for new ways to grow their businesses and expand the range of professional services they offer. Geocel®’s Trade Mate Plumber Range has been developed in response to these needs, to provide the kind of cost-effective and easy to use solutions that plumbers want. Used together or as individual items, this Trade Mate range of products gives the professional Plumber the performance they demand on every job, every day.”








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Case Study August 2018

What’s hot in heating? The IPG and IRSAP UK outline current trends in the heating sector, from independent businesses to radiator designs Robin Beal, Managing Director of The IPG: “The hot spell outside continues, and while the sun shines, many homeowners are taking the opportunity to get their heating systems in order. Consistent warm weather makes renovation projects inside the home less disruptive, which we think explains the recent increase seen in sales of boilers, radiators and other heating supplies across many of our members’ stores, as tradesmen turn to their local independent specialists for the best deals and advice. One of the major benefits of carrying out renovation and repair work when your heating system isn’t in use is that you can take your time weighing up your options, and making sure you choose the right system for the property. At this time of year more than ever, our members see their customers make full use of their face-to-face consultancy, their knowledge and experience and their personalised customer service.” Simon Morris, Marketing Manager for IRSAP UK Group (which owns The Radiator Company & Supplies4Heat): “Perhaps the biggest trend for design at the moment is the increasingly popular matte black and dark grey colours. These colours are appearing in bathroom showrooms on showers and taps, which is driving a demand for matching towel rails and radiators. For materials, aluminium is on the way up due to its contemporary designs and excellent thermal properties, particularly for lower dT systems. Finally, cast iron is still going strong especially with polished or special finishes, as are classic copper and brass finishes which are continuing to prove popular especially in kitchens and industrial inspired interiors.”


Pro Rail Services choose GKD Technologies RCI’s for new Doosan RRV fleet Pro Rail Services is a family owned and run rail project management business, established in 2012, based in Rudgwick, located in the heart of the West Sussex countryside. Richard Rowell is the company’s Operations Manager, who is responsible for looking after the Plant & Haulage Division which includes RRV’s (Road Rail Vehicles), Civils Plant Equipment, OTP (On Track Plant) operators, purchasing, haulage and logistics planning for all projects. >>


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The company has recently invested over £2.5million in new kit. Richard Rowell said, “We have recently ordered four new Doosan machines – the first two machines, Doosan DX140 parallel offset RRV’s specifically designed for excavating on track drainage. All the RRV’s we have ordered are fitted with the GKD 3RCi + Space Guard rated capacity indicator system. The machines, and the GKD systems, were supplied by G.O.S Engineering, who specialise in road/rail conversions, as well as civil conversions.” Richard added, “We currently have two Kobelco SK-135 RRV’s which have two years left of their sevenyear life span on the ECC’s. Both are fitted with the older versions of the GKD 3RCi, which are non ALO (adjacent line operation)


compliant. In the many years of using the 3RCi’s we have found them to be reliable and prefer the GKD brand over competitors’ systems – I really think that GKD has the leading edge. With the GKD system there’s more leniency and capability to lift more and with more accuracy when working on cant’s and not restricted using sectors. The new 3RCi with Space Guard, fitted on the new Doosan’s, will allow us to work adjacent line open and travel under live overhead wires, we are very much looking forward to putting these machines to work.” Colin Sim is one of Pro Rail Services lift planners / RRV Operators. Colin has been using the GKD range of safety systems for many years and he feels that

GKD are the best available on the market. Colin said, “GKD’s systems are user friendly and very straight forward, where others are too complicated – I really can’t fault the systems. They also have far more options, which include a lift planner, where you are able to go online and download the guidance for weight and stability for your specific machine, as it’s not a case of ‘one size fits all’ – all models of machine have different capabilities and set-up.” GKD also offer a really good backup service and their screens are very reliable. The data record option is also very useful as you are able to tell exactly what the machine has been doing and in what mode – which should an accident occur it’s good for evidence purposes. The Space

August 2018 Guard feature which has dual sensing allows for more accuracy, sensor malfunction and electronic failures will also help productivity.” The Pro Rail Services new Doosan fleet will comprise two Doosan DX140 tracked parallel offset RRV’s and two wheeled heavy-lift Doosan DX270 RRV’s, which also come with the optional 5.5m long reach dipper arm. The company is also investing in a range of attachments which include vegetation management attachments i.e Mulcher/ Flails, Log Grabs, Chippers, as well as the two brand new Pladdet suction units from Holland which is currently undertaking it’s PA (Product Acceptance) for rail use. The suction unit is fully remote-control and is used for safely excavating ballast, carrying out drainage clearance works within catchpits as well as working alongside their jetting units. Richard reported that there is already a job in the pipeline for this machine – no pun intended! Pro Rail Services customers include Bam Nuttall, Network Rail, Balfour Beatty and Keltbray Rail to name a few. Due to UK Network Rail Standards, all machines working on any rail infrastructure project with OTP, must have an approved safety system installed which is where the GKD system comes into its own. GKD is the market leader with the vast majority of the machines operating on Network Rail fitted with a GKD system. Many civil companies, such as Skanska, are now insisting on height and slew monitors and other safety systems are installed on machines working on their projects. Richard said, “Despite all the safety systems on machines, as soon as you use an excavator for lifting, it then falls into the ‘crane category, therefore as well as machines, we are required to supply a competent/certificated specialist personnel (Crane Controllers) including PTS OTP operators. All of operators are experienced with multi attachment competencies, which include, excavator, crane, grab, clamshell, trailer, piling, auger, and tandem lift licences and other rail safety critical resources. It’s another aspect to Pro Rail’s business which also includes haulage and rail project management.” Richard added, “Since gaining our POS licence, our clients are often calling on our expertise to carry out their projects as we take pride in our work and ensure we act as more of a partner to complete works rather than just a supplier. We are often called out to cover the emergency ‘reactive work’, which the most recent was a landslip on nearby Ockley station, where the bank had fallen on the track. We mobilised quickly with our client Bam Nuttall and got the job completed safely and effectively allowing commuters to get to work in the morning. Therefore, we need reliable equipment to work with – and the GKD systems provides just that.” Pro Rail Services has an ongoing investment plan to grow the business further, Richard concluded, “We are continuing to invest in our RRV fleet as well as future plans to invest in some smaller plant for specialist rail projects – ranging from 1.5 to 8 tonne civils machines fitted with the GKD systems to enable us to carry out possible future ALO restricted projects.”


Case Study August 2018

Providing access to quality repairs WernerCo, the leading supplier of BoSS access towers, is providing a unique service to its customers to extend the life cycle of its products while ensuring their equipment is serviced to the highest standard. The BoSS Service and Repair Centre, located at WernerCo’s facilities in Maldon, provides technical support, tower repairs and maintenance through its team of fully trained BoSS technicians. As part of the offering, the Service and Repair Centre repairs BoSS access towers, podiums and its MiniMax access towers to ensure they are in safe working order. Ideal for hire customers whose towers may be subject to a lot of wear and tear, it prevents costly replacement fees and ensures all repairs are fully compliant to the relevant standards. It is crucial when repairing and replacing tower components they are from the same manufacturer, as working at height equipment should comply with specific standards, which gives approval to the overall tower structure rather than specific components. Sophie Ellam, product manager for WernerCo, commented: “Our after-sales service is ideal for our hire customers who are stocking a lot of equipment, which is often on the move. It’s not uncommon for equipment to come back damaged so having towers repaired by the trained BoSS technicians offers a whole host of benefits. “It provides users with the assurance that genuine components have been used and quality control procedures have been met. All our repairs conform to the Kitemark standard meaning once repaired a tower is as good as new.” The centre offers pioneering plasma cutting and welding technology to ensure that all the work is carried out to the highest standard and the equipment is etched with a unique code to allow users to trace the service history, offering additional peace of mind.


WernerCo has an extensive range of access towers including the MiniMax Towers and the BoSS range. These products conform to the relevant British or European standards ensuring that they meet minimum safety requirements. To find out more about WernerCo and its comprehensive range of BoSS access towers or for more information on its Service and Repair Centre visit, or contact

August 2018

INSULATION SHORTAGE HALTS CONSTRUCTION: ‘HAVE A PLAN B’ SAY RETAILERS Contractors are being warned of delays in delivery times of up to 4-5 weeks, compared to the usual 3-5 days for popular mineral wool insulation products. Despite UK manufacturers running production lines at full capacity, the industry is struggling to keep up with growing demand. Chosen in part for fire ratings post-Grenfell, mineral products are increasingly popular. A previous shortage of PIR products caused by a factory explosion affected the industry for 18 months, however this latest problem has the potential to be worse, according to experts. Increased demand for popular brands is causing long delays. This calls for a change of approach says Duncan Voice, Store Manager at Insulation Superstore. “The industry needs to know the serious impact of these delays and to buy in advance or have a ‘plan B’, he says. “We are always honest about

extended delivery lead-times and do all we can to minimise customers’ disappointment. But some orders have been cancelled as project managers are forced to return to the drawing board. “We are here to problem solve, so when customers are ‘up against it’, we’re able to recommend alternative products which can be on site within days, offer excellent performance and are easy to install. “We’re seeing an upsurge in sheep wool insulation sales which provide excellent thermal and acoustic performance. Contractors are finding the price is offset by avoiding costly delays on site. “Consumers are educated about the benefits of using natural products, with great credentials in terms of safer installation, better air quality and lower environmental impact.” Read more about alternatives to mineral and glass wool here https://www.insulationsuperstore.

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Tools, Equipment & PPE August 2018

Uplifting old floor screed and tiles

The Preparation Group’s contracting division PPC, has prepared, removed and finished millions of square metres of surfaces, carrying out projects where the finished system has failed or for refurbishments across floors, roads, steel platforms and car parks. The Preparation Group was recently appointed to uplift the floor of an old gym as part of a total refurbishment project. Half of the 1200m2 floor area comprised of a 3mm latex screed and the remainder, 10mm ceramic tiles.


A gas powered 600 ride-on MultiStripper was employed with a pick attached to the front of the machine to break up and lift the tiles. The pick was then swapped for a flat blade to remove both the latex screed and residual deposits of ceramic tile adhesive. One of the heaviest and most

powerful machines available on the market, the 600 is designed for heavy duty applications with high production capabilities. Its strong downforce and forward drive motion effectively removes a wide range of materials including carpet, wood, vinyl and resins, up to 10 times faster than manually operated models. It is also designed for access through a standard doorway. A MSS150 multi-surface stripping tool was used to complete the edges, which is trolley mounted with a wide angle of operation

and features anti-vibration for operator comfort. The whole area was cleared with the removed material lifted into skips for disposal. The final stage was to grind the surface using the TerrcoÂŽ 3100SP self-propelled Grinding and Polishing machine, leaving it flat and smooth ready for the application of a new sports floor and latex and vinyl for the adjoining rooms. T: 01522 561460

External Works & Landscaping August 2018

GREEN ROOFS – BASIC UNDERSTANDING AND COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS The increase in the number of green roof specifications over the last few years has led to more people, be they architects, builders or roofing contractors being exposed to a new and unfamiliar technology which is roof greening.


ick Day, Managing Director at Optigreen Ltd answers some of their customer’s most frequent questions.


roof but will have been designed to create a specific habitat for plants, insects and birds. Neither of these types of roof are designed to be accessible apart from for maintenance purposes.

There is a requirement for an “extensive” green roof, what does that mean?

What is a Blue Roof?

An extensive green roof has a relatively shallow depth build-up, is not usually irrigated and has a low maintenance requirement. Vegetation would typically be drought tolerant plants such as sedums, mosses and wildflowers. Another term that is sometimes used is a “biodiverse” roof. This is still essentially an extensive

A Blue Roof is a flat roof designed to allow controlled attenuation of rainfall during an intense or storm event as part of a Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems Policy (SuDS) policy. A Blue Roof can be created at roof level or on a podium and will be designed to store water temporarily and release it from the building at a

controlled and managed rate, usually over a period of 12 -24 hours after the rainfall event. The build-up will normally consist of a storage or void board working (rather than a drainage board) with adjustable or controlled outlets with a green roof surface or alternatively paving or pebble finish.

Does my green roof need a separate root barrier? The easiest way to achieve root protection is to use a suitable root resistant waterproofing membrane. The minimum requirement is that the

waterproofing membrane should be certified to FLL guidelines* in terms of root resistance and/or should have BBA certification as being suitable for use in a green roof application. If the project is new build this requirement can normally be accommodated within the waterproofing specification. If the green roof is being retrofitted and the existing waterproofing is not being replaced a separate root barrier layer should always be used.

drainage board in conjunction with a filter mat to create separation between the ponding water and substrate layer. A space should always be maintained between the maximum level of ponding water and the filter mat to avoid any capillary action and subsequent waterlogging at the base of the substrate layer. Optigreen’s standard 25mm depth drainage board for example can accommodate a maximum ponding water depth of 15mm.

roofs the waterproofing layer is separated from the green roof by the insulation board.

Can green roofs be laid at zero-degree falls?

This is generally more of a concern with warm or cold roof construction as on inverted

Contact Optigreen with your green roof questions at: 0203 5899 400

There is a wealth of independent technical information on green roofs available from The Green Roof Organisation (GRO) in the GRO Green Roof Code 2014. This has been developed as a code of best practice for roof greening in the UK. A copy of this can be downloaded at

Where a green roof is required on a roof with zero-degree falls, provision should be made within the green roof specification to cater for ponding water that may occur because of back falls or a build-up of waterproofing layers around outlets. This can be achieved using a suitable profiled * FLL (Forschungsgesellschaft Landschaftsentwicklung Landschaftsbau) *FLL Guidelines 2008: Guidelines for Planning, Construction and Maintenance of Green Roofing


External Works & Landscaping August 2018

LANDSCAPE has released the impressive line-up for their CPD Accredited Seminar Programme online featuring some of the industry’s elite The awardwinning, highly acclaimed industry trade show, LANDSCAPE is returning to Battersea Park for yet another successful year this September. Website:

Proudly supported by over 40 different renowned media titles and trade associations, LANDSCAPE provides a vibrant environment to select, source and network with contacts from across the industry. With over 200 exhibitors showcasing everything from lighting and outdoor structures to living plants and trees. Our CPD Accredited Seminar Programme is continuing to give exhibitors and visitors alike the chance to meet prominent names in the industry and secure lucrative and promising partnerships at LANDSCAPE 2018. LANDSCAPE is thrilled to announce their industry leading Seminar Programme is also now online!


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interest, there’s something for you. Amongst our star-studded line-up some of the most notable sessions include Arit Anderson discussing “Gardening in a Changing Climate”, Danny Clark (The Black Gardener) touching on “Five Easy Garden Fixes” and a panel discussion featuring Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer’s Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Prick London’s Gynelle Leon, Indoor Garden Design’s Ian Drummond and Simply Garden’s Sarah Wilson who’ll be debating on the topic of “The Space Between – Where Indoors Meets Outdoors”. Each session is CPD Accredited allowing our visitors to gain points whilst they learn. These sessions will take place both on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th September across four Seminar theatres at Battersea Park. Admission is FREE to the show including all seminar sessions! Simply apply for a ticket online at There is no need to register your interest for seminars, just turn up on the day. To see who’ll be joining the impressive line-up this September visit for the full programme online. The show is open from 10am-6pm on Tuesday 18th September and from 10am-5pm on Wednesday 19th September. Register for your FREE ticket at:


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EcoChoice is a specialist importer of exterior timbers for cladding, decking, landscaping, civil and marine projects. A prime example of their expert service is Hastings Pier Pier which was the Winner of RIBA’s latest Stirling Prize.


Hastings Pier has won the biggest award in British Architecture the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building in the UK. Originally designed by Londonbased architects - dRMM, the pier, nicknamed ‘The Plank’, fought off stiff competition against five other contestants to scoop the prestigious RIBA award.

Re-building of the once neglected pier, which originally dates back to 1872, was a community-led project taking 2 years to complete. The result is an aesthetically stunning, accessible and sustainable structure for all to enjoy. The RIBA prize jury were particularly impressed by the involvement and fundraising efforts of the local community

who were determined to rebuild the pier after it suffered irreparable storm and fire damage. Ecochoice played a fundamental role in the realisation of the community-inspired project, and was commissioned by the Hastings Pier Charity to supply all of the 35x145 mm FSC© certified Ekki decking planks as well as customised joists, handrails and steps for the 11,000 m² pier. EcoChoice’s decking products can be found at Ekki (Lophira Alata), is an FSC© certified timber sustainably sourced from West Africa. Naturally durable, it outperforms other timbers in sea water (and sometimes even concrete), making it the perfect timber choice for Hastings Pier as well as a range of marine and civil applications such as sea defence groynes, fenders and even footbridges.

The timber is so heavy it sinks in water, so transportation needed to be organised with care and precision, requiring multiple bundle deliveries weighing no more than 1 tonne to comply with load restrictions at the pier. The generous staircase leading up to the rooftop belvedere of the visitor’s centre is a particularly attractive feature. It’s made from FSC© certified Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry), a beautifully grained sustainable timber often used for internal flooring, and again, supplied by Ecochoice.

construction which Derbyshire describes as a “masterpiece of regeneration and inspiration”. Ecochoice, sustainable timber specialist, is delighted and proud to have been involved in the Hasting Pier success story. Contact us today on 03456381340 to see how we can help you with your civil or marine projects.

“The architects and local community have transformed a neglected wreck into a stunning, flexible new pier to delight and inspire visitors and local people alike,” said RIBA president and prize jury chairman Ben Derbyshire. The ‘People’s Pier’ is a triumph of community spirit, architectural innovation and sustainable


Case Study August 2018

Crown Outdoors


‘Retractable roofs allow you to get the most out of your outdoor by transforming your terrace or garden into a relaxing space that can be used all year round. We offer the largest range of garden rooms with a retractable roofs in the country. We have a fantastic range of glass rooms, retractable sails, parasols, sun awnings and outdoor furniture. For every outdoor area there is a customised solution that is totally unique to that particular space. That solution needs to be integrated and it needs to bring each aspect of the environment together as one homogenous mass. Our mission is to create just such an outdoor space and it will be an innovative new and welcoming space for everyday use.’

External Works & Landscaping August 2018

Eco-friendly decking firm Composite Prime help fight war on plastic Composite Prime® says demand for its decking range made from the latest composite technology has soared as consumers shun plastic. Sales director Charles Taylor says: “Our entire ethos is centred around a range of products that offer low maintenance and long life, are socially responsible and kind to the environment, safe and child-friendly. Not only is our slip-free composite decking comfortable to walk on barefoot, but it’s also naturally splinter-free.


ith around eight million tons of plastic polluting the earth’s oceans every year the race to protect marine life and fragile corals is growing ever more urgent every day. Playing a part in tackling this challenge is one of the key priorities for Composite Prime Ltd, a Yorkshire-based eco-friendly decking firm. Composite Prime’s concern for the environment is an ethos shared by employees who are passionately committed to tackling dangerous environmental changes both globally, and locally. This priority is reflected in the company’s work processes and the results can be seen in the composite decking range which is attracting growing interest. The company’s HD Deck ® Dual and HD Deck ® XS products combine Forest Stewardship Council FSC® 100% certified hardwood timber from well managed, sustainable sources and


recycled plastics, seen as a crucial consideration in the current global campaign to reduce plastic waste. Composite Prime takes great pride in its environmental credentials - using sustainable friendly materials throughout the manufacturing processes of its entire range of decking products. ONE MILLION plastic bottles are bought EVERY MINUTE around the world — and that number will top half a TRILLION by 2021. Less than half of those bottles end up getting recycled. In the last six months alone, Composite Prime has saved the equivalent of 9,520,000 plastic milk bottles from landfill and recycled the equivalent of 121,500,000 plastic bottle caps. Starting from scratch just two years ago, Composite Prime® now has over 70 stockists nationwide and has seen business performance double in the last 12 months.

“Sustainability is a byword. Both stockists and endusers have the satisfaction of knowing that they are selling and buying a product that’s great for the environment. Consumers are increasingly switching to composite materials

instead of plastic and as global challenges around plastic waste and the ability to plant forests to meet future timber demands increase, composite provides a sustainable and genuine alternative to timber. “There has been extraordinary growth and very positive feedback in the last twelve months alone, which suggests there is enormous potential for expansion into other sectors.” Doing our bit for the environment - Composite Prime

August 2018 External Works & Landscaping

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Tools, Equipment & PPE August 2018

SELECT THE BEST WITH SIKA PRO SELECT The sealants and adhesive range from Everbuild – A Sika Company is growing with the launch of Sika PRO Select, a fantastic new range bringing the renowned Sika technical expertise to the trade user.

This extensive new range consists of ten products including Sika MaxTack Super Charged, an extremely fast setting adhesive with a fixing time of just 20 minutes and the ability to bond to a variety of surfaces, both indoors and outdoors and even underwater. The PRO Select range also includes Sika MaxTack Ultra Clear, a 100% transparent, high strength sealant and adhesive, Sika MaxTack Ultimate, an extra strong hybrid sealant and adhesive for use on almost every application imaginable, SikaSeal Multi Purpose Silicone and Sika MaxTack Instant Grab SF. So whatever the application, there is sure to be a suitable product in the Sika PRO Select range.


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August 2018 Tools, Equipment & PPE

Hultafors Group Acquires Hellberg Safety, Scandinavia’s Leading PPE Innovator The Hultafors Group which owns Snickers Workwear, Solid Gear Safety Footwear and Hultafors Tools has acquired Hellberg Safety.

Hellberg Safety is a specialised supplier of PPE Equipment which includes highly advanced hearing protection products, face protection and communication solutions for personal protection. David Clark, managing director of the Hultafors Group UK says, “We are delighted with this acquisition given that Hellberg PPE products complement the Snickers Workwear and Solid Gear

Safety Footwear product portfolios perfectly - in particular the recently extended Snickers Workwear HiVis working clothes range “. “We will now be able to offer the UK market an even more extensive range of top quality premium brand products, ideally suited to protect the personal wellbeing and safety of the discerning professional tradesman and woman”.

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Tools, Equipment & PPE August 2018

With 35 years of manufacturing experience, Fisher & Company lead the way with quality and reliability in Solar Belisha Beacons Our tried and tested Solar Powered LED Belisha & Refuge Beacon range are fast becoming the product of choice and are the perfect addition to our Mains Powered LED versions and complete our full range of Belisha and Refuge Beacons MD - Neil Fisher says “ We are extremely proud of our Solar Belisha Beacon range and have supplied a range of buyers such as supermarkets, universities, contractors, facilities companies and wholesalers for delivery to both the UK and overseas. We have even created some very unique, bespoke Solar Belisha Beacons for a large UK & European client which required additional research and product development to meet the clients exacting high standards and specification – which we met and exceeded, to everyone’s delight.


Everyone who has seen our Solar Beacon is very impressed with the product” Our commitment to quality of product and customer service are an important part of our success story. We continually monitor and improve our products through feedback and testing to ensure we continue to manufacture and supply the very best product to our customers. Here at Fisher & Company we’ve been making Feeder Pillars for well over 20 years and have established a reputation for excellent quality and service, and a niche as an extremely capable bespoke manufacturer. Our metal Feeder Pillars are made from raw material in our Somerset factory to our own drawings and designs, shell only or pre-wired and our

GRP Enclosures are made for us in Wales to very high standards to complete our full range of styles, sizes and finishes. We supply to a wide and varied clientele across the UK and overseas, from a single Mini Pillar to large batch orders of bespoke GRP. We also make Digging Tools certificated to BS EN60900 and Highways Lighting and Sign Brackets in galvanized steel or aluminium. Bespoke items are a speciality. +44 (0) 333 666 2122

August 2018 Tools, Equipment & PPE


ENGEL WORKWEAR, the Danish company which is recognised as one of the World’s leading manufacturers of comfortable and practical workwear includes the ‘Galaxy’ range amongst its collection.


ne of the company’s bestselling brands, ‘Galaxy’ offers a comprehensive selection of smart and functional clothing with the emphasis as much on comfort, style and fit as it is on being protective and hardwearing; the trousers are narrower than

normal, the jackets slim-cut and all garments are available in a choice of three colour combinations giving wearers a pride in their appearance and a professional image. Designed to suit every type of workplace situation the collection also consists of soft-shell and winter jackets, a comfortable fleece cardigan, bib-overall, boiler suit and shorts with fabrics made from durable, two-ply cotton/ polyester yarns; most items feature several spacious pockets and many other shared functional details such as concealed buttons and zippers, adjustable jacket cuffs and CORDURA reinforced jacket elbows.

The company also offers the Galaxy ‘Light’ range which includes the 210 g/m2 ‘Light’ work jacket (1290-880) that has a longer, pleated back for added freedom of movement and stylish reflectors on both front and back for greater visibility. Available with or without matching trousers (2290-880), each incorporate many practical details giving maximum comfort, weather protection and quick and easy access to tools and personal accessories; both garments are made from 65% polyester, 35% cotton and are available in a choice of Anthracite Grey or 3 other colour combinations, in sizes XS-4XL. All Engel products are available from The Workwear Trade Centre, Milton Keynes; Telephone: 01908 561569; email: sales@wtc-workwear. and Anchor Safety, Ipswich; Telephone: 0800 328 5028; email: For more information visit: email: Mark McBrayne at or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197


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