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Almost half (49%) of consumers believe greater collaboration between local councils, property developers and social housing associations is critical if the UK is to build the right mix of properties in future.

Collaboration critical if the right mix of homes are to be built, say consumers That’s according to a research report published by Eurocell plc, the UK’s leading manufacturer, distributor and recycler of PVC-U window, door, conservatory and roofline systems. Other factors identified by respondents as critical to ensuring the right mix of homes is built included providing more opportunities for public consultation during planning decisions (35%), more powers being given to local planning authorities for better local oversight (29%) and more strategic leadership at a national level (21%). The findings are part of a report by Eurocell that explores how the communities of the future may look. It includes insights from five architects from practices BDP, Stanton Williams, TOWN and Urbanist Architecture. When asked about the current mix of homes being built, half of the 1,000 respondents reported that they felt not enough affordable

homes for first time buyers were being built, while an almost identical number (49%) said they believed not enough social housing was being built. This fell to 31% when asked about the amount of private rental (PRS) options being built, while 37% said that not enough homes in general were being built. As a result, two fifths of respondents, who were equally split between private renters, home owners and social housing tenants, said that PRS, social housing and homes to buy should be of equal priority as more homes were built. However, 28% identified social housing as the priority, 17% said homes to buy and 10% said PRS options should be the priority. Analysing the findings, Doriano Chiarparin, architect at Stanton Williams, commented: “Unless there is a push towards more social and affordable housing in city centres, land values alone tend to create socially segregated cities. In any productive

environment, you need different levels of skill, different types of people and levels of affordability – so there definitely needs to be more support towards affordable residential and social housing in order to keep cities working.” The public’s view on their preferred housing mix for the communities of the future certainly provides food for thought. The UK has typically been a nation of aspiring property owners. However, these findings suggest that there could be a shift towards more continental attitudes towards homeownership where renting is far more common. As the construction sector continues to design, plan and build the communities of the future serious consideration will need to be given towards this issue to ensure that the needs of consumers are being met. The research is part of Eurocell’s ‘Future Communities’ report which can be downloaded in full here.

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Editor’s Choice February 2020

Why your fleet needs an integrated dashcam solution Dashcams are increasingly cited as the best way to improve safety for a commercial fleet of vehicles. The very presence of a dashboard camera reduces the likelihood of an accident, improves driving styles and encourages better habits among your fleet. Drivers are automatically more conscious of their behaviour when it is being filmed - but there are other benefits to adopting dashcams as part of your telematics solution, for your drivers, your business and everyone else.

Giving context to accidents Installing an integrated dashcam to support your vehicle tracking system is a wise move, especially if it integrates seamlessly with your existing fleet information. In the unfortunate event of an accident, footage from the precise moment of the collision can be retrieved to give context and clarity to what exactly transpired. Whilst a business may already be able to confirm the location, speed, braking and acceleration details at the time of a collision, supporting video footage can provide further insight to the vehicle’s movements. Dashcams can provide valuable and unique information for the journey in question, such as: • • • • •

other vehicle’s movements the exact moment of a collision driver behaviour around the time of the event the weather conditions on the road any developing hazards that may have affected the drivers

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Businesses often face unfair claims against their drivers and having dashcam footage to defend them can be invaluable. Footage can prove which driver was at fault, leaving very little room for speculation.

This safety net can reduce stress for drivers and give them peace of mind that footage can easily be supplied as evidence for any specific section of the journeys they make. An integrated dashcam solution that is linked with your vehicle tracking system will successfully support your drivers in the event of false accusations from the public, customers or other businesses. Some vehicle tracking systems allow businesses to access dashcam recordings directly from the fleet’s journey logs or route maps, making the retrieval of the video footage very simple. In events such as these, the dashcam is not only protecting your staff, but also your company reputation. The device can save your business from incurring costly insurance payouts, insurance premium hikes and can help to recover any vehicle repair costs that stem from accidents.

Driving style coaching A vehicle tracking system’s driving style analysis feature can be a fantastic tool for driving style coaching - scoring systems can be utilised to track progress and highlight where improvements can be made amongst a business’ fleet. This process is enhanced when dashcams are in the mix, as relevant footage will provide examples and give context when businesses are discussing low driving style scores with drivers and help to explain why they are seeing these scores.

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It’s hard to justify dangerous actions, such as braking harshly due to not leaving enough space ahead of the vehicle, when the unique situations are available to play back. Therefore, drivers become more accountable for their behaviour, in the knowledge that their employer will be able to see if they had reason to put stress on the vehicle or respond in a certain way. Many vehicle tracking systems will integrate with the dashcam to automatically flag highspeed or significant G-Force events, making this even easier for businesses to manage. With this system in place, a driver’s progress can be monitored more closely and it’s a lot clearer when improvements are being made. The use of dashcams sends a positive, safety-conscious message not only to a company’s employees, but also to the public.

What to look for in a dashcam solution • Look for a dashcam that integrates with your telematics system – this way it will work as an extension to your valuable vehicle tracking data • It’s beneficial to opt for a solution with cloud-based storage, rather than keeping the data on the camera itself. In the latter scenario, if the camera is lost, so is your data • HD footage will provide a clearer account of what was going on around the vehicle and show crucial vehicle registration plate details • Usability is key – look for devices with inbuilt event triggers to alert you, such as high-speed/significant G-force events • Lastly, it’s important that you can request footage for a specific time or location, for example following a collision or insurance claim

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Industry News February 2020


urges construction industry workers to undertake asbestos training

In 1999, there was a total asbestos ban in the UK, but the deadly building material is still claiming the lives of more than 5000 people every year.


ork undertaken by construction workers, such as cleaning out debris and discarded material in properties built before the year 2000, puts them at increased risk of coming across disturbed asbestos fibres and developing deadly asbestos related diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma (terminal cancer of the lung linings). With asbestos used widely for decades prior to its ban, it is estimated to be present in thousands of buildings in the UK, as it was used in many building products, mixed with other materials, therefore making it almost impossible to detect. Additionally, it may also be present in premises soils and surrounding grounds.


A worrying lack of awareness of the deadly construction material means workers are unwittingly putting their own, and other’s lives at risk every time they undertake work that disturbs the fabric of a building, built before 2000.

intended to help workers avoid carrying out work that will disturb asbestos containing materials. However, for those workers who are planning work that will intentionally disturb asbestos fibres, then a higher level of asbestos training will be required.

Asbestos kills *20 tradespeople in the UK every week, making it the single biggest cause of workrelated deaths. UKATA is urging every tradesperson to ensure they undertake the appropriate level of asbestos training relevant to their role. Craig Evans, UKATA Chief Operating Officer, explained: “Too many people are exposing themselves to asbestos unknowingly because of a lack of awareness of the material. “Any person who may potentially come in to contact with asbestos in their day to day work, must legally receive the correct level of information, instruction and training. Asbestos awareness training is

“Since UKATA was established ten years ago, we’ve provided asbestos training to around two million people, but this is still not enough particularly when you consider how many tradespeople there are in the UK. “Asbestos awareness training is widely available throughout the UK. The sacrifice of half a day’s work to attend asbestos awareness training could ultimately save your life and safeguard those around you.” UKATA is a leading authority on asbestos training. To find a UKATA approved asbestos training provider near you, visit or for free advice call our team on 01246 824437.

Over 5,000 people die in the UK each year due to asbestos related diseases. It is a legal requirement that all who may come across asbestos in their day to day work have been provided with the relevant asbestos training. Asbestos can be found in many products used in building materials and may also be present in soils and surrounding grounds.

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New MapleMBSE release from Maplesoft improves workflow of systems engineering process MapleMBSE 2020 offers enhanced flexibility, communication, performance Maplesoft™ announced in January a new release of MapleMBSE, the software that enables companies to employ a Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) process within their design projects without requiring every stakeholder on the project to be an expert in complex MBSE tools. The latest release, MapleMBSE 2020, offers improved workflow for creating and documenting models.


MapleMBSE provides a streamlined, Excel®-based interface to the systems model with task-specific views for editing the model directly, thereby ensuring consistent information and knowledge sharing across the design group. The familiar Excel interface enables subject matter experts to obtain and analyze the information they need to make decisions, and to feed the results back into the model. By eliminating the need to funnel everything through a small

number of systems engineering tool experts, MapleMBSE democratizes the engineering process and significantly reduces the overhead, time, and errors that typically come with using a standard systems engineering tool. The new release provides more flexibility in working with the model, including the ability to view and edit previous revisions of the model easily to support experimentation and “what if” scenarios, to revert changes and return to a previous state, and to create, view, and modify documentation for model elements for improved transparency and traceablity. In addition, improved performance means the time to load a MapleMBSE model has been significantly reduced. “Most project stakeholders aren’t trained to use complex MBSE tools, nor should they have to be. In the past, true stakeholder involvement has been

very difficult to achieve, and yet it is vital to the success of the project and the organization. With MapleMBSE, it is easy for all stakeholders to contribute to the systems engineering process,” says Paul Goossens, Vice President of MBSE Solutions at Maplesoft. “This new release further improves the workflow to support efficient and effective model development and communication.” In addition to connectivity with Teamwork Cloud from No Magic, which allows customers to seamlessly access models created in a number of different tools, including MapleMBSE, MagicDraw®, and Cameo® Systems Modeler, the new release also has ability to integrate MapleMBSE with the latest release of IBM® Rational® Rhapsody, as well as other SysMLbased tools. MapleMBSE customers include Nissan, Honda, NASA JPL, Sandia Laboratories, and Lockheed-Martin Space Systems. For more information, visit MapleMBSE

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Specialist state of the art architectural visualisation business arrives outside of city hubs Lincolnshire entrepreneur launches Architectural Imaging Solutions to bring state of the art technology to the property and construction industry


Lincolnshire based entrepreneur has launched a brand new business designed to help property developers, estate agents and home buyers, to visualise new projects in full 3D imagery – before a single brick has been laid. Louth businessman, Gary Rance, launched Architectural Imaging Solutions (AIS), the company that specialises in images and animations to demonstrate in beautiful high definition the finished version of architectural and construction projects based on its basic plans alone. Whilst the architectural visualisation industry is booming in America and has experienced huge growth in UK, specialists are difficult to come by, especially outside of business hubs. With an education in design, property, construction and architecture has long been a side-passion for Rance, with three home builds largely designed and project managed himself under his belt. Yet, even with his experience and depth of understanding of property and construction, he often found himself nervous about what a final build would look like. How big will the rooms be? How well will the spaces flow? What materials and colours should be used to get the desired final effect? Limitless questions with only Rance’s imagination to satisfy them – and even his relatively well-trained mind’s eye couldn’t satisfy the queries of others who struggled to see his vision.

and buyers to see a realistic vision of their home or project in true-to-life imagery and video formats before committing to costly building work. Not only does this allow an exciting preview of the property to come, it also provides a crucial stage for feedback and changes to be made to any aspect of the overall design to ensure that the property invested in fully meets or exceeds expectations. Founder and owner of AIS, Gary Rance says: “At AIS, we use state of the art modelling, rendering and editing software to take basic plans and turn them into beautiful, high definition, images and videos. We even offer a facility whereby clients can take a virtual tour of their future home. “We have chosen to dedicate ourselves to this service at AIS to allow our company to be at the forefront of the technology available in this area, and offer something truly unique and mind-blowing to our clients wherever they are based. Whether it’s helping one-off builders, bigger scale developers, or estate agents who need quality assets to sell new build properties off plan, we are passionate about providing the best visualisations that current technology allows and an experience that is truly enjoyable for our clients.”

It was this hurdle that planted the seed in Rance’s mind that it couldn’t only be him struggling to visualise the final fruits of a construction project. And if it made him nervous, how many people were being put off completely from building their dream home for fear their significant investment would not yield the desired result? Hence, AIS was born. AIS showcases the latest technology in architectural visualisations to bridge the gap between the design and construction phases of property development. The company’s aim is to help home builders, sellers


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‘X-TREME’ 4-WAY STRETCH FLEXIBLE COMFORT FROM ENGEL WORKWEAR Recognised for its comprehensive range of well fitting, stylish and practical workwear, Danish manufacturer ENGEL build further on their reputation in the UK with the introduction of their new ‘X-Treme’ 4 - Way Stretch’ work trousers.


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Industry News February 2020

Companies advised to check paperwork on used forklifts CFTS explains why employers should demand to see a Thorough Examination Report Companies purchasing or hiring used forklift trucks are being urged to make sure that they see a valid Thorough Examination Report for every machine they bring on site. “Any piece of materials handling equipment must be fit for purpose and not pose a risk to health and safety,” said Geoff Martin, Chairman of CFTS — the body behind a UK national standard for the Thorough Examination of lift trucks. “A Thorough Examination Report will show you that the truck has been assessed and whether there are any faults on it. Without the Report, you have no assurance of the truck’s condition.”


It is a legal requirement that forklift trucks receive a Thorough Examination at least once every 12 months. Employers have a responsibility to ensure a truck has valid documentation when taking

possession under any kind of lease, hire or loan agreement. “Insisting on checking the Thorough Examination Report when you get a truck is a sensible thing to do as it gives you peace of mind,” said Mr Martin. “More importantly, you are fulfilling your legal obligation to your employees to provide safe equipment. If you are investigated by the HSE and are deemed to be acting negligently then you could personally face a significant fine or even prison; and will shoulder the responsibility and guilt if one of your staff is injured.” Designed specifically for lift trucks and based on HSE guidance, a CFTS Thorough Examination embraces all specified requirements of LOLER and PUWER regulations, plus a 34-point inspection of forklift attachments. It can be

applied to a wide range of vehicles, including counterbalance trucks, telehandlers, rough terrain trucks, man-up models and reach trucks, and certifies that they work in accordance with legal standards. Mr Martin added: “All our CFTSaccredited companies must provide an up-to-date Thorough Examination Report with their trucks, in compliance with the law. If you are in any doubt about the inspection status of a used truck that you have purchased or hired, I would recommend contacting your local CFTS member to arrange a Thorough Examination.” CFTS established a national standard for Thorough Examinations in the UK forklift truck industry. For more details, please visit or call 01344 623 800.

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p and down the country fires are happening in the back of recycling and waste vehicles, and at waste facilities, due to the incorrect disposal of batteries. New YouGov research released today has brought to light that shockingly only 43% of the public realise that, if damaged, Lithium-ion batteries can spark fires. As the nation declutters post Christmas Veolia, the UK’s leading resource management company, is calling on the public to reclaim the value of batteries and recycle them properly to prevent fires but also preserve valuable resources. Found in a number of consumer gadgets and more and more household items, lithium ion batteries can become damaged in transit or by handling them and potentially cause fires when they are in flammable wastes (paper, plastics). Fires in waste vehicles are up by 37.5% since 2017. One of the biggest culprits is from Lithium-ion batteries which when thrown away and damaged by the vehicles compactor can set alight. The research shows that people are unaware of the consequences of damaged Lithium-ion batteries, and perhaps also the benefits of recycling them. All over the UK Lithium-ion fires are igniting great issues, with recycling and waste plants also suffering with more than 300 fires a year. Fresh YouGov research, on behalf of Veolia, highlighted that just over half of the public always remove batteries when disposing of their old electronics. Removing batteries from electronic devices and placing them in special disposal containers, such as those available at Veolia Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs), is the key to ensure that they are safely and carefully recycled in the correct facilities.

Preventing Battery Fires Veolia is calling on the public to dispose of their batteries safely to stop fires Leaving a battery in any device, however small, can be as hazardous as leaving a smouldering BBQ in the waste - another source of waste fires.

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Buildings, Designs February 2020

How Houses Have Changed Over the Past 100 Years There’s no place like home, as the saying goes. But what makes an ideal home can be quite personal. The wide variety of houses available today in terms of design and architecture is a reflection of the huge shift in how the general population live. We’re not just talking about the caves our ancient ancestors used to live in, but just how much has changed over the last century. Over the past 100 years, there have been huge changes in how houses are designed and built, from the introduction of indoor plumbing to luxurious extravagances like stained glass windows. There has also been a huge change in the construction industry as a whole, which has affected housing for everyone. Join us as we take a journey through how homes have changed over the last century, explained by the experts at Build-Zone.

1901 The turn of the century saw the end of the Victorian era. This meant that many of the homes in the early 1900s were Victorian style. Railway travel became more accessible, while patterned bricks and roofing tiles became popular. During this time, it was common for there to be a fireplace in every room to keep the house warm, while stained glass windows and ornate ‘gable’ trim also became fashionable. More and more homes were also built with the addition of front porches. This ranged from fully enclosed concrete designs to partial coverings. They are still seen on homes built today. But, one of the most revolutionary changes to houses during this era was the introduction of indoor plumbing. Richer households even had indoor flushing toilets, rather than the traditional outhouses. This was not a requirement for poorer houses, and poor/affluent houses had different regulations back then.


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1901-1918 Following the Victorian era came the Edwardian period, which brought different things to houses and the world of construction. The number of rooms in houses began to decline, but the rooms that were constructed were built to be more open and airy. Porches continued to be an important feature of a house, showing status and wealth. The very upper classes had large and opulent porches. The simpler design is matched with wide hallways, bigger windows, and simple interior features. This roomier design was achievable because these homes were often built in the suburbs, rather than inside cities. Arguably the most defining factor in Edwardian architecture was the desire to add handmade touches to the home, in response to the mass production seen in the Victorian era.

Post WW1 Up until 1918, the difference between living standards for the rich and the poor was vast. The class divide resulted in huge differences in housing, but, after WW1, the government made its first real attempt at restricting the gap between how the classes live. With the war, came the reminder of the value of human life, sparking the ‘Addison Act’ which was the beginning of what we know today as council housing. The proposed houses were to have a parlour, living room and scullery. This age set in motion the right to access housing for all.

1930s In 1922, King Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered, and this, in turn, inspired the art deco style which echoed through to the design of houses at this time. New materials became more commonplace in house building, such as concrete and steel. This was an important era for houses because it’s when boxy semi-detached houses became very popular. It’s one of the most common architectural styles you see in Britain today. The semi-detached homes were designed with curved bay windows and hipped roofs. Another particularly important part of the 1930s was the introduction of the precursor to the Structural Warranty. It was brought about to combat the lesser building standards of the post-war era. This was a revelation, and an invention which has been developed into the structural warranties we see today from companies like Build-Zone, providing comprehensive cover to housing developers and homeowners.


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Post WW2 Just like after the first world war, the postWW2 era brought a resolve to build affordable housing for all. There were also lots of houses to be rebuilt. One of the most popular styles of housing of this time was ‘Airey Houses’, which were prefabricated buildings that could be built quickly, as the main material was concrete slabs. But, this choice of material makes these types of houses difficult to heat - leading some councils to add more insulation in later years. During this period, people also preferred their houses to be detached or semi-detached, rather than terraced.

The Building Regulations Act 1965 Change was afoot in the 1960s, as buildings were finally adapting to the times. To improve the standard of buildings throughout England and Wales, the first set of national standards were introduced in the Building Regulations Act of 1965. These standards defined what qualified as building work and the notification procedure that must be followed when starting, carrying out and completing building work.


It also outlined the structures that were exempt from the regulations, such as temporary structures, as well as requirements for specific aspects for building design. This regulation ensured that a proper procedure was followed when building a structure, increasing the quality of buildings throughout England and Wales. In other words, the Building Regulations Act was the first introduction of the 10-year structural warranty, something in which Build-Zone has offered to UK clients since 2003.

Housing Boom The popularity of terraced houses resurfaced during this time, as well as high-rise buildings. This was likely due to the fact that there was still a large amount of housing needed after the war. The terraced houses were thought to be more modern and radically new, reaching their peak during the 70s. Although terraced houses were experiencing a resurgence in popularity, the previously mentioned high-rise buildings were replacing some of them. In fact, the demolition of seemingly outdated terraced housing became an issue in some areas, such as Leeds. Residents were against the demolition of back-to-back housing, claiming they were a great fit for older people or those with a low income. (According to The Place of Home: English Domestic Environments)

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The Building Act 1984 Two fundamental changes were made to the Building Regulations Act, which ultimately changed the industry. Functional performance standards were introduced, set in terms of what was adequate, reasonable or appropriate, supported by statutory guidance in the Approved Documents. Competition was promoted within the building control sector through the addition of private sector approved inspectors. (Such as Build-Zone.) As a result, standards became flexible and supported innovation. This increased the efficiency of the construction industry, while also maintaining the quality that the original act intended. Lenders also started requiring structural warranties to protect investments.

Modernisation in the 90s The 1990s came with the need for a modern version of Victorian developments, which saw the trend for builds that were defined by their mock timber framing, rendered walls and cottage features. Unfortunately, this housing development was stifled by the recession in the 90s, and it only recovered properly once the 90s ended. This recession saw house prices plummet, but that didn’t stop other styles, such as postmodernism, from flourishing.

Housing Today The houses of today display that modern architecture is on the rise. You’ll see an array of housing styles from modern developments with thatched roofs to sustainable, environmentally friendly builds. So, the past 100 years has seen a lot of change in the housing industry and it’ll be interesting to see what the future holds for construction in the years to come.


Raising expectations:

Ceiling design in the experience economy Armstrong Ceiling Solutions’ marketing communications manager Isabel Blanco reflects on life in the era of the experience economy: a time where every activity, every transaction and every surrounding is an experience.



e live in the era of the experience economy: a time when even the most commoditised space is subject to shared experiences and open feedback. A time where great experiences become the expectation, not the exception. And thanks to the democratisation of the internet and social media, for whatever space you find yourself in, you’ll find an online mirror of it.

Elevating experiences through the ceiling

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It fosters competition and drives the creators and facilitators of these spaces to try harder and create positive experiences for the end-user. In every space within this experience economy, design and architecture must play their part in improving the experience. And the ceiling space is central to this ambition.

Modern mineral tiles ceiling systems deliver cutting-edge performance in light reflectance. High-white finishes help bathe indoor spaces in natural daylight. This boosts occupants’ experience, in everything from increased productivity and concentration to happiness and general wellbeing.

Ceilings can fundamentally shape people’s experience of a space. They bring in light, sculpt the soundscape and enhance air quality - transforming a simple, functional space into a worldclass experience. Materials and design choices are crucial to achieving this.

Similarly, suspended ceiling solutions can create a more pleasing visual environment, some by concealing services above and some by creating a more vibrant sense of space, effectively shaping and directing sound. Providing a balance between acoustics and aesthetics, which helps ensure that teachers are heard in classrooms and students in lecture halls, means students can learn more effectively. They transform the wards of hospitals into welcoming spaces for healing to happen, or ensure office workers can concentrate on quiet working as much as they can collaborate. It all combines to elevate experiences beyond the spatial element of the environment. But what part do regulations and standards play in this context?

February 2020 Buildings, Designs thinking beyond ourselves to our impact on the planet. By securing points in terms of sustainability, we can kindle that trend and align our spaces with a more positive ecoexperience. Using Cradle to Cradle Certified™ solutions is one way that this can be achieved.

The symbiosis of environment and experience

The push for credits BREEAM and green building certifications increasingly characterise our spaces - how they’re designed, built and function. These programmes are characterised by credit systems. That’s all that separates, for example, a BREEAM Outstanding project from one that is Good. Across every category, from energy and innovation to wellbeing and waste, there is a continual push for credits at every stage of the design and build process. Here, the ceiling contributes again: visual, acoustic and thermal comfort, the minimisation of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), recycling and hygiene - all play their part in securing credits. This essentially improves the experience of the environment for everyone involved.

In environments like hospitals, schools and public or retail spaces, bacteria and infections can also present risks. The use of passive inhibitors offers a first level of protection as well as contributing to the greater technical performance of a space. But over and above this, by inhibiting the growth and spread of bacteria, they enhance the experience of a space. It’s another example of how the technical performance behind a space can contribute to the experiential factors in people’s minds. The experience economy coincides with a growing trend for responsible consumerism; for

User-centred design and keeping wellbeing front of mind are essential to creating great experiences. Just think about retail environments: supermarkets undergo regular in-store reshuffles as they seek to improve not simply the environment but the experience. By doing so, they transform these hubs into desirable destinations. The same applies for work environments and hospitals that are rated for comfort as much as capability. Ultimately, every space is a shop window - how it appears, how it sounds, how it feels and how it performs, its impact on our planet, and its potential for future generations. All of this combines into how a space becomes an experience. And with this in mind, is how we need to design.

Behind the experience Designers need to get the fundamentals right to score the essential points needed to create a great experience. Safety and hygiene are two examples. In terms of safety, ceiling solutions must conform to all relevant fire resistance/reaction standards. Equally, the use of ‘anti-seismic’ solutions adds reassurance to projects in earthquake areas. These features do far more than simply safeguard lives. They also add reassurance to the overall experience.

To learn how Armstrong Ceiling Solutions can help you transform your environments into experiences, visit


Buildings, Designs February 2020

Supreme Concrete cements support for merchants at Selco Builders Warehouse Conference As part of its ongoing commitment to the merchant sector, Supreme Concrete, the UK’s leading manufacturer of precast concrete products and fencing systems, was a key delegate at the Selco Builders Warehouse 2020 Conference held at the O2’s Intercontinental Hotel in London on 9th January 2020. Delegated attending the conference were given the opportunity to discuss the growing merchant sector, as well as the supplier’s product offering. Mark Swift, Director of Sales for Supreme Concrete, said: “The Selco Builders Warehouse 2020 Conference was a great opportunity for us to meet with customers to showcase Supreme’s growing product range and engage in debates on key industry topics and concerns. “In the past year alone we have expanded our product offering to incorporate Anderton Concrete’s building and fencing products into our portfolio. We took to the conference to discuss this recent update, as well as introduce our newly refreshed stockist guide. The conference was a great event to kick start the new year and we’re excited to meet more customers at future events throughout this year.” For further information on Supreme’s market leading offering, visit: or call 0333 999 2220


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BDG Architecture + Design wins UK project of the year at the International FX Awards 2019

BDG architecture + design has won Project of the Year by a UK based studio for Amsteldok, a new Amsterdam campus for WPP


n the largest agency move in Dutch advertising history, Amsteldok brings together 15 WPP agencies from 11 offices into a single location. The completed project is a world-class example of WPP’s global co-location strategy to bring together its people and agencies into one location, encouraging greater collaboration and giving clients seamless access to all of WPP’s talent and expertise.

international submissions, if you win at the FX Awards you really are World Class. Congratulations to BDG for this fantastic WPP project.”

The judges commented: “Amsteldok is a good combination of old and new with subtle, carefully executed details throughout. Rarely seen”

On the banks of the Amstel river, the 19,000 sq m building, designed by architect Hugh Maaskant in 1973, was originally Europe’s largest office building. It was, however, deeply unpopular, and the renovation aimed to revalue and reintroduce the building to the surrounding community.

Theresa Dowling Group Editorial Director said: “The FX awards are a great accolade because they are truly international. With so many

The previously vacant Rivierstaete building (as it was formerly known) has been transformed from a large traditional office building into a 19,000m2, innovative and creative workplace to support the 1,500 people that work from it.

inside, and green roof terraces encourage creativity. The new feature staircase takes clients from reception to the shared business hub on level one. Shared facilities occupy 40 per cent of WPP’s spaces, while cafes, restaurants and bars are designed to increase staff wellbeing as well as encourage movement, creating opportunities for chance encounters. Aiming to inject a lease of life into the building, a ninth floor, 352 sq m roof terrace offers incredible views over the Amstel river and the city.

Preserving the concrete structure has allowed the building’s character to remain while reducing environmental impact. The entire building meets BREEAM Very Good certification standards – an exceptional score for a renovation project. It has rainwater buffering and retention, green roofs, advanced daylight system control, advanced climate system control, energy-efficient daylight control, a thermal storage system and a class A energy rating. Careful renovation gives office floors maximum heights, with large, open floorplates allowing for flexibility now and in the future. The floor-to-ceiling glass allows natural light to illuminate


Buildings, Designs February 2020

Schöck Combar reinforcement for Eurotunnel power delivery

Already running almost 400 trains a day, Eurotunnel is forecasting a significant increase in traffic. But increasing the power of its network to ensure a constant flow of electricity is critical.


A new Converter Station is being constructed – and it requires substantial concrete groundbearing base units. Traditionally steel rebar has been used as standard reinforcement – but here Combar is the preferred material.

of the Channel Tunnel. Used on alternating current electricity transmission networks, this regulating device provides grid operators with reactive power compensation and an improved range of operational voltage.

With more than 4.2 million vehicles and 20 million passengers travelling under the Channel each year, the Eurotunnel is recognized as the world’s busiest rolling motorway. It takes almost 400 trains a day to transport these numbers and traffic is forecast to increase significantly within the next few years.To meet this level of demand, Eurotunnel needs to substantially increase the power and stability of its network to ensure a constant flow of electricity. This is especially pertinent during peak demand times when up to eight trains can be running simultaneously inside the Tunnel. As a result, Eurotunnel has awarded GE Grid Solutions a contract to supply a Static Synchronous Compensator (STATCOM), to improve the stabilisation of power supply on the catenary traction system

World’s largest for a railway traction system The new Converter Station will be sited at Folkestone in Kent; and when completed will be the world’s largest load balanced STATCOM technology connected to a railway traction system. It is claimed that the solution will reliably power almost double the Eurotunnel traffic capability. Michel Boudoussier, Chief Corporate Officer at Getlink (formerly Groupe Eurotunnel, the public company that manages and operates the Channel Tunnel) commented: ‘Our choice to go with GE’s STATCOM will put Eurotunnel at the forefront of electrical regulation technology for the new generation Velaro trains. It will also enable us to continue to purchase electricity where it is least expensive“.

Steel is not the ideal solution for reinforcement The STATCOM utilises highly dynamic voltage source compensators and along with the reactor and transformers, the Folkestone Converter Station requires substantial multiple concrete ground-bearing base unit slabs. Traditionally steel rebar has been used as the standard reinforcement in constructions like this, but despite its inherent strength, steel is not the ideal solution for reinforcement – especially in electromagnetically sensitive environments. Where high electric currents are concerned, inductive currents are generated within the reinforcing steel. If located too close to these coils there will be a loss of strength as the steel rebar heats up. There are seven base units at the Folkestone site and all have Schöck Combar reinforcement specified, with a minimum design value tensile strength of 445N/ mm2. The elements involved on the project are all part of the Schöck Combar range of ribbed

February 2020 Buildings, Designs reinforcing bars, made of corrosion resistant glass fibre bound by a vinyl ester resin. The reinforcement cages incorporate a combination of prefabricated bent bars, straight bars, tubes and spacers – all installed within the concrete ground-bearing base unit slabs – a total area of around 416 square metres.

A special two-part manufacturing process It is the two-part manufacturing process which enables the ribbed GRP bars to meet the requirements of reinforcing bars. First, in the pultrusion process, high-strength glass fibres, bundled as densly as possible, are pulled through a closed chamber where they are impregnated with a synthetic resin. The parallel alignment of the fibres results in maximum strength of the material. The profiling process then sees the ribs cut into hardened bars and given a final coating. As the vinyl ester resin is diffusion tight and every glass fibre is completely surrounded by resin, the result is a durability in concrete of up to 100 years. Because the product is so highly durable, much stronger than steel, corrosion resistant and not electrically conductive, SchĂśck Combar reinforced foundations can be built near transformer coils and reactors. The enclosures can be much smaller, without hindering the units performance, which significantly reduces construction and operating costs. Combar is therefore also ideally suited for installations in switchyards; steel mills; aluminium smelters; research and industrial facilities. Wider application examples include its easy machinability in tunnel construction and complete corrosion resistance when building bridge parapets and barrier walls.


Buildings, Designs February 2020

FUTURE Designs completes lighting for 22 Bishopsgate FUTURE Designs, the international manufacturer of luminaires and bespoke lighting solutions, has completed the office lighting for 22 Bishopsgate, the tallest tower in the City of London, standing at 278 metres high. The project is developed and managed by AXA IM – Real Assets on behalf of an international consortium of investors, with Lipton Rogers Developments retained as developer. FUTURE Designs has provided the 1.4 million sq ft (130,000 sqm) development, set to be Europe’s first vertical village, with GLOS, a contemporary and minimalist luminaire that results in a perfectly illuminated environment. This linear recessed luminaire was developed in conjunction with HDR | Hurley Palmer Flatt and 22 Bishopsgate’s architects PLP. Wellness and its subsequent impact on productivity of workers is a high priority for the design of this office building, as exemplified by 22 Bishopsgate having London’s largest cycle park and a state-of-theart gym, complete with a climbing window, 125 metres above the ground on level 25, as well as a wellbeing retreat on level 41. It is also the first building in the UK to apply for the Delos WELL Building Standard. GLOS is highly efficient with a lumen per watt value of 157, whilst the careful design ensures the fixtures could be installed in a simple manner reducing install time.


The air handling testing was carried out by BSRIA, an independent research consultancy that provides specialist services in construction and building services. The test confirmed an air handling requirement of 45 litres per second through air slot apertures designed for the maximum pressure drop of 5Pa.

This people-focused building is a complex, 22 sided, faceted glass structure. The design is built and managed to satisfy the changing nature of the City of London in terms of the type, size and priorities of companies based there, including demands for high standards of technology and sustainability. According to the statistics from the City of London Corporation*, while just over a third of businesses were financial services, tech was the fastest growing major sector in the City with jobs growth of 16% , the quality of workspace needed to reflect that in order to attract a more diverse range of tenants. Emphasis has been placed on constructing a building with flexible floorplates, high ceilings and exemplary lighting that compliments the natural light flow, which is enabled with three metres high, triple glazed windows.

The creation of approximately 100,000 sqft of social spaces and services throughout the floors was a key part of the design. There is a 22,000 sqft area of food and dining space on level 2, a members’ club on level 57 and London’s highest public viewing gallery on level 58. Recognising the fact that 99% of City businesses are SMEs, there is an innovation hub for small businesses and start ups on level seven. Levels three and four, meanwhile, will house a new 51,000 sqft events and meeting venue available for use by the hour or day. As well as providing a place for 12,000 people to work, creating a diverse business community, 22 Bishopsgate also provides a range of retail, bar and restaurant units.

February 2020 Industry News

OAKMAN INNS & RESTAURANTS REFINANCES DEBT WITH CYNERGY BANK PROVIDING FIRM WITH MORE CAPITAL FOR BUSINESS PLANS Oakman Inns & Restaurants Limited, which owns and runs 24 pubs, restaurants and hotels in the South-East and Midlands, has refinanced the debt on two of its properties.

These are: The White Hart in Ampthill, Bedfordshire; and The Royal Forester in Ascot, Berkshire. The White Hart is a historic Grade II listed building, which features a wall mural above the bar’s fireplace of the Prince of Wales feathers, created by local artists in 1646. The pub also has a 1930s dining room which was built toward the end of the arts and craft era. The Royal Forester has been a meeting place in the centre of Ascot for over 140 years. The historic building has been refurbished, remade and redesigned since joining the Oakman Inns group. It now has 24 guest rooms, each with bespoke, contemporary interiors.

Cynergy Bank provided circa £11 million in newly negotiated loans for the two properties (£3.172m for The White Hart and £7.809m for The Royal Forester). Both loans were previously being charged at a higher interest rate and the new deals will significantly reduce interest charges. The loans were provided with an initial 12-month interest only period followed by repayments modelled over a 24 year term. Steven Kenee, Chief Investment Officer of Oakman Inns & Restaurants commented: “I am delighted to announce the completion of the refinance with Cynergy Bank. The deal has significantly reduced our cost of capital. Our Relationship Director, Steve Crosswell and all the team at Cynergy proved to be a sensible, pragmatic and

straightforward partner to deal with throughout the process. We are very much looking forward to the next phase of our growth, something that will be much easier with the new financing package in place.” Ravi Sidhoo, Managing Director, Cynergy Bank Private & Business Banking commented: “Cynergy Bank is delighted to have concluded this transaction with Oakman Inns. We pride ourselves on working with our clients to understand their business needs and aspirations. With our local, skilled relationship managers, we quickly learn our client’s needs, we understand the market and, unlike mainstream lenders, can deliver certainty at speed.” Cynergy Bank’s sector head Mark Dearman, Director Healthcare & Leisure commented: “Oakman Inns are a leading independent pub company, operating to the highest standards and we are pleased to have developed a relationship with Steven, Peter and team to become the group’s largest banking lender. We look forward to developing the relationship further in the months and years to come.”


February 2020

The beam is being used for wharf modernization at British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station.

Caldwell Adjustable Spreader Beam Lifts Rothera Wharf Frames in Antarctica U.S.-based The Caldwell Group Inc. has customized an adjustable, 101,413-lb. (46t) capacity lifting beam for the latest phase of the wharf modernization at British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station. Caldwell specifically designed and manufactured the lifting system to suit the harsh, cold environment. 32


he model 24S-46t-315 adjustable bail lifting beam was delivered by Caldwell’s UK-based partner, Bishop Lifting, to BAM, who is working in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), to deliver civil projects associated with the new RRS Sir David Attenborough, a research vessel owned by NERC and operated by BAS for scientific research and logistics projects. Principally, a new wharf will provide safe berthing and efficient operations for the iconic ship.

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The beam packaged for export from Caldwell to BAM Nuttall Limited. The 8,217mm (27ft.)-long beam was designed by Dan Mongan, special application support, new product development specialist at Caldwell. Due to the cold weather in the Antarctic, steel alloy selection, welding processes, and type of paint were all important considerations at the outset, he said. The beam was based on the standard model 24 adjustable bail lifting system, but offered higher capacity. ‘Bail’ refers to the center item that the crane hook attaches to. It was 1,372mm (4.5 ft.) wide, 1,920mm (6.3 ft.) high and weighed in at 10,100 lbs. (4.58t). It was provided along with two patented model 52-58 adjust-a-leg wire rope slings with 6,705mm (22 ft.) reach. The rig will eventually be used to lift 20 wharf frames, the lightest weighing 77,162 lbs. (35t). Ben Gates, business development director at Bishop Lifting

Equipment, said: “The challenge was, in simple terms, to lift heavy loads, each with different centers of gravity. The adjustable bail solved the problem in that it can be adjusted in one direction and the adjust-a-leg slings in the other.” Mongan said: “The successful utilization of the product on such a marquee project showcases our ability to engineer and ship belowthe-hook solutions globally. Further, it serves as an example of what Caldwell and Bishop can achieve together; this project involved an extensive design phase, multiple Skype calls, and a collaboration of all relevant parties to arrive at the eventual rigging solution.” As an aside, Mongan explained that adjust-a-leg slings can be locked into place for constant lifts and are ideal for use in rigging applications and machinery moving. They are often used, he said, for loads that are balanced and symmetrical,

but with lifting points not located in a position for a level lift. They are also suited for use when lifting loads at any desired angle, simply by lifting the with sling legs at that desired angle. Over the next decade, British Antarctic Survey’s Research Stations will undergo a comprehensive modernization program to ensure that facilities continue to enable world-leading research. The new wharf is scheduled to be built over two Antarctic seasons, starting in November 2018 and completing in spring 2020, in order to improve ship and boating operations. The rear section of the new wharf was constructed in the first season, then the front section attached during the latest phase. Gates added: “This is a very interesting project. At Bishop Lifting we have been delighted to play a part—albeit a small one.”


February 2020

Cris puts another cross in the Mercedes-Benz Econic box

Hanson contractor Cris Services Group has underscored its commitments to safety and compliance by adding a sixth low-entry Mercedes-Benz Econic mixer truck to its fast-growing fleet. Like its predecessors, all bar one of which entered service within the last 12 months, the new 8x4/4 chassis was supplied by Dealer Sparshatt Truck & Van, and wears the colours of the operator’s leading customer, Hanson UK. Former driver Cris Calina founded his business with a single truck in 2002. A Gold standard FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) member, Cris Services Group now runs a fleet of 35 eight-wheeled mixers, which also includes five muscular Mercedes-Benz Arocs.


also operates its own workshop business, CS Commercial Repairs, which is an authorised service agent for the German manufacturer of concrete mixers and transport systems. Rather than maintaining his Mercedes-Benz trucks in-house, however, Mr Calina prefers to take out Complete Service Contracts and entrust his Econic and Arocs mixers to the expert aftersales team at the £2-million dealership in Dartford which Sparshatt Truck & Van opened last summer.

The company works from a main base in Purfleet, Essex. Its trucks transport wet concrete throughout the south-east, but predominantly within the area bounded by the M25. While most are under contract to Hanson, nine vehicles – including one of the Arocs – are available for rental by other customers.

Greater Safety is one of the three pillars of Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ all-embracing RoadEfficiency strategy. The Econic is equipped as standard with Active Brake Assist 4 emergency braking technology, which incorporates a pedestrianrecognition capability, and has been awarded a five-star Direct Vision rating by Transport for London.

All are fitted with 8m3 Schwing Stetter drums – Cris Services

The truck’s deep, panoramic windscreen and full-height, glazed

folding side door, afford unrivalled visibility. This, allied to a seating position which is much lower than that of a conventional construction vehicle, allows drivers to make direct eye contact with cyclists and pedestrians at junctions or in traffic queues. Safety-focused Hanson UK, which is part of the Heidelberg Cement Group, runs a substantial fleet of Econics, and encourages its franchisees – particularly those operating in urban areas – to do likewise. Like other approved suppliers throughout Britain, Cris Services benefits from the buying power of its high-profile customer. Hanson negotiates centralised framework agreements for chassis provision with Mercedes-Benz, and these translate into the highly competitive purchase prices enjoyed by its franchisees. Acquired with funding support from Mercedes-Benz Finance, Cris Services’ latest, fully air-suspended Econic is now operating alongside

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four of the others at the Hanson depot in Kings Cross. The remaining example works from another Hanson site at Silvertown, in east London. Mirroring Cris Services’ previous Econics, the new truck is a 3235 L model, and powered by a 7.7-litre six-cylinder engine which produces 260 kW (354 hp). However, while earlier vehicles drive through sixspeed Allison automatic gearboxes, the latest employs a 12-speed version of the fuel-efficient Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated manual transmission. Its ENA configuration – single front steer axle, double-drive bogie and rear-steer axle – gives the truck a surprisingly tight turning circle. The resulting, enhanced manoeuvrability compared to a standard 32-tonne construction eight-wheeler is a major advantage for operation in the capital. As with all new Econics supplied through the manufacturer’s UK Dealer network, the vehicle is covered by a three-year/160,000 km warranty. Cris Calina commented: “Our first Econic has been on the road for a couple of years now and has been

very good – we’ve had no reliability issues with any of our Mercedes-Benz trucks. “There was a bit of initial resistance to the Econic’s low-entry cab from some drivers, but this was quickly overcome. Within a very short time at the wheel they realised how much better the visibility is, and, as a result, how much less stressful the job could be. The Econic is also air-conditioned and flat-floored, which makes it comfortable and very easy to access or exit safely.” He added: “Sparshatt’s new facilities in Dartford are very impressive, and the Dealer provides a highly professional service. Our drivers drop off their trucks at the end of the day so they can be inspected and serviced overnight – they go home in a courtesy van then return next morning, by which time their vehicle is ready for work.”


February 2020

Yanmar dealer announces multi-million pound investment in hire fleet Phoenix Hire and Sales, Yanmar’s approved dealer for Wales, has invested more than £1.5m in expanding its extensive plant hire fleet. The addition of class-leading models includes the Yanmar SV08, SV16, VIO17, SV18, VIO27, SV26, VIO38, VIO50 and VIO80, alongside the B95W wheeled excavator and C30R3TV tracked carrier. As one of Yanmar’s longest-serving UK dealers, Torfaen-based Phoenix is the largest independent hire and sales business in Wales. Employing more than 80 members of staff across five depots in Cardiff, Cwmbran, Bridgend, Pontypridd and Swansea, the company is renowned as the region’s one stop shop for compact construction equipment. Investing in expanding its hire fleet comes as part of a corporate drive to increase access to the latest and most efficient compact plant equipment for operators across South Wales and the surrounding areas. The state-of-the-art models, which arrived at depots in November, will be used for a wide variety of rental applications including landscaping, utilities, recycling, agriculture, forestry and building work.

Jason Derraven, Group Sales Director at Phoenix Hire and Sales, commented: “At Phoenix, we work with hundreds of businesses – from national contractors and housebuilders to independent landscapers and owner-operators. “Our equipment is put to work in a host of demanding environments, making durability, reliability and rental-tough design essential for job site success.

“Investing in the latest compact models from Yanmar ensures our fleet exceeds the high expectations of our clients. Designed with performance and efficiency in mind, the class-leading range delivers an optimum solution for every jobsite application.” David Cockayne, Area Sales Manager UK/IRL at Yanmar CEE, added: “As one of our largest UK equipment dealers, we’re delighted that Phoenix Hire and Sales has chosen to invest in numerous models from across Yanmar’s compact portfolio to further expand its plant hire fleet. “When designing and building our machines, we aim to create the most reliable, safe, robust equipment available. As such, we’re confident that this sizable investment will add a new dimension to Phoenix’s growing rental offer.”


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February 2020

SDLG to exhibit wheel loader versatility at ConExpo 2020 The construction equipment manufacturer will display the L959F and L918F wheel loaders, two of its most popular machines in North America. SDLG will be exhibiting its two most popular wheel loaders in North America at ConExpo 2020, one of the world’s largest construction expositions. ConExpo takes place from March 10 – 14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Festival Grounds in Las Vegas, Nevada. The SDLG booth will be located on the Festival Grounds at number F3432. “We’re very excited to make our return to ConExpo to showcase the durability and versatility of SDLG’s construction equipment,” said Babliton Cardoso, director, commercial sales. “In less than 10 years, SDLG machines have become a mainstay here in North

America, delivering excellent reliability and ROI for customers in a wide range of applications from agriculture and snow removal, to landscaping and material handling.” At this year’s show, representatives from SDLG will be on hand to showcase the L959F and L918F wheel loaders, as well as answer any questions on the full range of wheel loaders that SDLG offers. The L959F large wheel loader is a 4.0 yd3 loader with 5-ton rated capacity, making it the perfect frontend loader for waste and recycling, large snow removal, fertilizer handling and more. Designed to handle corrosive environments, this frontend loader is tough enough to handle massive amounts of snow, salt, sand or gravel — and simple features make the loader easy to operate at a good price point. From moving sand and gravel to salt and snow, the L918F compact wheel loader is suited for all seasons. It’s an economical compact loader option perfect for any small landscaping,


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February 2020

RSS Adds Food Grade Hoists to JDN Range Rope and Sling Specialists Ltd. (RSS) is stocking JD Neuhaus’s (JDN) new range of food grade Mini air hoists. RSS, a supplier of lifting and rigging equipment, secured a partnership with JDN UK in mid-2019 and has since offered its pneumatic and hydraulic hoists, crane systems, and components, manufactured at headquarters in Germany, principally for use in extreme environments. It has added to the portfolio a product for lifting in areas that require extreme cleanliness and hygiene, such as the food and beverage sector.

The new Mini is resistant to corrosion and high levels of humidity.

The “food grade” product includes a motor housing made from uncoated cast aluminium, in addition to stainless steel chain, chain inlet, load sleeve and hooks. The new Mini is resistant to corrosion and high levels of humidity—and is easy to clean. The motor is lubricated by a fully synthetic (mineral oil-free) grease, which is particularly suitable for the food and beverage and other industries where hygiene is a premium concern. Steve Hutin, managing director at RSS, said: “A component of partnering with companies like JDN is alignment with fast-moving innovation and product development at the cutting edge of our marketplace. The food grade Mini hoist boasts the multitude of the benefits of the range we have already been putting to our customers, but is designed for use in sectors, like pharmaceuticals, that have specific requirements.”

Other standout features of the product include chain lubricant that is food grade approved and, thanks to the use of compressed air as a driving medium, the hoists are also explosion protected so that they can be used in areas where organically flammable chemical substances are handled. This is consistent with a range of products especially for use in all manner of extreme environments. Hutin also pointed to twist lock hooks (top and bottom) and the availability of the hoists with 5m height of lift and 4m length of control. Four models comprise the food grade range—the Mini 125, at 125kg capacity; mini 250, at 250kg capacity; Mini 500, at 500kg capacity; and Mini 1000, at 980kg capacity—each offering 6 bar of air pressure. Lifting speeds with full load vary from 6.3 m/min (Mini 1000) to 20 m/min (Mini 125). Lowering speeds with full load also vary from 12 m/min (Mini 1000) to 40 m/min (Mini 125). All models are suited to use in ATEZ Zones 2 (hazardous gas, vapour, and mist environments) and 22 (hazardous dust). As is the case with existing air hoist products, RSS will be solely responsible for quoting on the food grade Mini air hoist range via leads generated by its own endeavours and enquiries forwarded by JDN UK.


February 2020

’Innovation from Aluprof’


February 2020

Innovation comes from the ability to continually review products and services whilst possessing the agility to quickly introduce new systems into the market. Crucial for all companies who wish to be successful, Aluprof now takes this to the next level by continually pushing the boundary of what is currently being achieved in the fenestration market and raising the bar through innovative design. By way of example, Aluprof was the first company to introduce the insulator ‘Aerogel’ into their aluminium profiles to increase thermal efficiency with very little weight gain. Aerogel is a synthetic, porous and ultralight material which is derived from a gel, where the liquid component of the gel has been replaced with a gas. The resultant material is still a solid, but with an extremely low density and low thermal conductivity. The ‘MB-86 AERO’ system by Aluprof was the world’s first aluminium window and door system to use aerogel offering a Uf value from 0.57 W/(m2K) and UW up to 0.8 W/(m2K). At just 86 mm wide the system is capable of carrying quadruple glazing to easily achieve passivhaus standards. Pioneering fire rated aluminium systems for both internal and external use, Aluprof have for some time incorporated both ceramic and gypsum cores within their profiles with various mechanical fixtures to offer screens which give EI120 fire protection for the most robust installations imaginable. System design focusses on narrow sightlines and where required can always be matched in sightline with standard systems for non-protected areas of the building giving specifiers free reign on design. Pushing the boundaries of what is possible, Aluprof have recently worked with high specification glass processors of fire rated glasses to test and achieve glass-to-glass joints within fire screens. This Aluprof innovation allows specifiers to achieve longer runs of glazing which are not interrupted by mullions. Staying with innovation in fire rated system, but this time in external curtain wall systems, Aluprof are the first company to design and test a ‘capless’ stick curtain wall system which achieves a fire rating of EI60. The ‘MB-SR50N EI efekt’ system has been used on various schemes across the UK where fire needs to be contained with the added benefit that the system can be seamlessly linked in with non-fire rated areas of curtain wall, again giving specifiers the freedom of design whilst meeting strict safety issues.

One of the most recent innovations is the development of new transom to mullion fixing arrangements on the company’s popular ‘MB-SR50N’ curtain wall system. Aluminium joints between mullions and transoms are often the limiting factor when using large glazed units in curtain wall. With the dead load being transferred from the transom to the mullion there is also a large turning moment as the glazed units sit to the front of the structural transom. The new development from Aluprof caters for a safe transom to mullion carrying capacity of 550 Kg at each of the transom, potentially allowing for a glazed unit of over 1 tonne in weight being accommodated into the MB-SR50N curtain wall system. This carrying capacity far exceeds many of the curtain wall systems currently available on the market. The key to Aluprof’s innovation is the adoption of a group-wide iterative process that requires feedback on real project designs, requirements and installations, which is then brought back into the design department. Over time, product is enhanced and improved, and, along the way, every so often an innovation or step change will naturally follow. It will be interesting to see what the new decade brings for Aluprof’s systems. Since setting up the Aluprof Project Office at the Business Design Centre in London the systems company has rapidly grown their specification influence in the UK with their high performance and innovative architectural aluminium systems. With overseas growth across Europe spreading into the Middle East and firm roots already in the East of the USA, the company is becoming a global player in facade supply. Further information is available on the companies website at or direct from their UK office in Altrincham on 0161 941 4005.


SECTION NAME February 2020

Keeping your garden in tip top condition this Winter During the winter months it’s easy for us to retreat to the warmth of the home instead of spending time in the garden, but it still requires a little maintenance during these colder months to ensure that it is fighting fit for the year ahead. Here are some handy tips for keeping your garden in great shape over the winter from garden specialists Oeco Garden Rooms so you can start planning your summer garden.

Lawn maintenance Winter is the ideal time of year to prepare an area for a new lawn; simply dig out the proposed area making sure to leave some clumps of soil on the surface. These clumps will be broken down by the frost, creating a great base for the new lawn.


When maintaining your existing lawn it is important to realise that, on warmer days there will be some growth, but this can be kept to a minimum by not feeding the grass. However, if the grass does grow longer than you’d like you can cut it, but we recommend only cutting it down by a third. Grass that is too short can have a hard time surviving the colder weather, whereas grass that is too long can become brittle with the frost, so a happy medium is required.

It is important to keep weeds and moss under control throughout winter as they can quickly take over your lawn. It is also a good idea to regularly rake fallen leaves and other debris so that the grass still has access to the sunlight.

February 2020

Winter plant maintenance

Gardening tool maintenance

As the temperatures drop, the plants that are not killed by the frost prepare to go dormant until the warmer weather comes. Cut off any blackened stems and clear out any dead foliage such as annual flowers and vegetables to prevent diseases from spreading to other areas of the garden.

Gardening equipment such as lawnmowers are rarely needed during the winter, so it is the perfect time to service it. Sharpen the lawnmower blades and ensure that the engine is serviced to keep it in tip top condition. Empty any remaining fuel or check that the electricity lead is well maintained before storing away.

Spread a thick layer of mulch over all of the remaining plants and soil; this keeps the temperature much more even so that the plants can acclimatise much faster without being stressed; fallen leaves from any trees on the property also make a good source of mulch so don’t discard them.

Drain all of your hoses to prevent frost attack and wrap hessian fabric around any external taps and pipes to protect them from the cold. Tools which will not be needed such as lawn edger’s and pruning shears should be wiped clean and all metal parts sprayed with a lubricant like WD40 to prevent corrosion. For tools which will still be in use such as garden spades and forks, these should be cleaned off after each use.


February 2020

The practice of painting doors on site has been getting harder over the last few years. A lack of skilled resource to carry out such finishing work is one factor, but also the spiralling labour and materials costs associated with this, not to mention the drain on time involved, all contribute to concerns for Housebuilders and Contractors throughout the industry. Now a solution has been presented by leading interior timber door manufacturer Vicaima. With the introduction of its innovative Primed 2 Go doors. Painting doors just got easier with new Primed 2 Go from Vicaima. With its revolutionary new surface fi­nish, Primed 2 Go reduces time on site and saves money by removing the need to

sand or prime the face of doors before painting. This development has been achieved with the addition of a specially formulated ultrasmooth and opaque polymer face. The new surface means that even for less experienced painters, a professional fi­nish can be achieved more easily. Developed to accept a wide range of modern paints, and tested to EN ISO 2409/DIN 53151 – grade 0-1, the surface ensures excellent paint adhesion with the majority of commercially accepted paint systems, including water based applications. The face surface of Primed 2 Go flush doors only require a wipe clean to remove particles and dust, before

painting can commence, thereby saving both time and money on site during the installation process.


As a Vicaima product, Primed 2 Go is manufactured to the same high standard as all of their doors. Examples of which include: Hollow core doors with lock blocks on both sides making installation fully reversible and for performance applications

February 2020

Painting made easy with innovative new interior door

Primed 2 Go doors are also available in both half-hour FD30 and one-hour FD60 fire rated. Both hollow core and FD30 doors have timber rails and are lipped on two edges, although these edges would of course require recommended treatment after fitting. Primed 2 Go doors are also available in both glazed options and with decorative

grooves where desired, for added design flexibility. Make life easy for yourself with Primed 2 Go: • Reduces site time and cost • Less materials required to complete fi­nishing • No face sanding required • Easier to achieve a professional ­surface finish • Ultra-smooth and opaque surface

• New polymer face will accept wide range of paint types • Tested to EN ISO 2409/DIN 53151 – grade 0-1 • All Primed 2 Go products are FSC® Certified Download a brochure today or visit the Vicaima website For further inspiration and trendsetting ideas from Vicaima.


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February 2020

EHC Developer’s Collection Electric heating is continually becoming an increasingly viable option for heating properties in the UK. New Government legislation heralds a change in how SAP determines a properties ERP Rating – to almost the same as gas. This change allows widespread use of electric radiators and electric boilers, which are widely understood as having low installation costs, no flue requirement, low maintenance, rapid heat up times and high efficiency. This modern method of heating is shaping up to be the future of home heating within the UK. Specifying an electric heating solution for housing, student accommodation, social housing and private rental properties can be a time consuming and difficult task. Each project includes unique regulations, requirements, budget and time constraints – Which means there is no single solution which can cover all projects. With so many electric heating solutions available, it can be hard to choose the perfect heating system. Whether you are specifying a heating system to meet building regulations or providing an energy efficient upgrade, the Electric Heating Company can provide an efficient and effective solution. Using vast levels of knowledge and experience, we have developed our product portfolio to accommodate almost any central heating and hot water requirement. A combination of our range of quality electric heating products and our professional heat design service can streamline the specification process. Our Internal Specification Specialists provide comprehensive support to specifiers, architects, housebuilders and heating contractors. On receipt of scaled drawings, room dimensions, windows, insulations and construction U values, the professional design team will provide necessary heat loss calculations required for your project. The detailed bespoke design outlines which specified products are required and all designs include costings, dimensions, weight, and warranty information. To quickly and easily upload your scale drawings, visit

The ever-increasing volume of property developer enquiries has urged the Electric Heating Company to develop our new Developer Collection Brochure. The brochure provides useful insights into the services that EHC offer, alongside our most popular products among property developers such as: Fusion Astro Electric Combi Boiler Fusion Astro Electric Combi Boilers are suitable for properties with a shower and hot water outlets for sinks. With no flue requirements, the boiler rapidly provides heating and domestic hot water. Comet Combination Unit The Comet Electric Combination Unit offers the comfort and convenience of wet central heating and domestic hot water for properties with no access to mains gas. It is a fully controllable unit housed within an enclosure, available in 9kW, 12kW and 14.4kW outputs with a 144L internal hot water storage cylinder. SlimJim Electric Boiler The compact design of the SlimJim Electric Flow Boiler makes it ideal for heating applications where space is at a premium. The Slim Jim is a fully controllable Electric Flow Boiler which is designed to maximise cupboard space. Comet Electric Boiler Comet Electric System Boilers are designed to eliminate unnecessary external plumbing and pipe work. They are the ideal choice for wet central heating and underfloor heating systems.

Solaris Panel Heater The Solaris is a modern, slim, stylish and carefully sized Convector Heater which has been designed with a gentle curved front that will enhance any room within the home whilst providing a quick and responsive heating experience. Edge Panel Heater The Edge is a traditional Convector Heater which has been designed with a gentle curved profile on each side of the Heater. It is manufactured using high grade 100% recyclable Aluminium. It produces heat on demand and with the modular construction of the Heater it cycles airflow and emits heat throughout the room. DSR Visage Panel Heater The Visage Panel Heater utilises the perfect balance of convection and radiated heat which in turn warms both you and the room. The aluminium heating element located within the Heater provides fast-acting convected heat, before warming the Magmatic Ceramic Tablets inside the Heater. It is available in any RAL Colour of your choosing. To view the new EHC Developer Brochure – Click here.


February 2020

Sussex to host South East Construction Expo 2020 Sussex will host its third annual South East Construction Expo in 2020 on the earlier date of 28th April 2020 at the South of England Event Centre in Ardingly.

Over 2,500 delegates attended the Expo in September 2019, where 120 companies in the construction industry exhibited the latest technology, ideas and expertise and dozens of workshops and presentations were held on key topics for the industry. The trade show, founded 12 years ago and previously held in Kent, showcases the region’s largest range of construction products and services and is a ‘must visit’ for anyone whose business deals in development, property and construction. An exciting programme of speakers is being put together for 2020 and will be announced over the coming months. Delegates attending can sign up to one of the largest FREE ‘Meet the Buyer’ one-on-one sessions with business leaders and attend a range of useful workshops and networking opportunities. Sussex Chamber of Commerce is supporting the event this year as well as the Institute of Directors. Big name businesses as always will be involved. SOUTH EAST CONSTRUCTION AWARDS 2020 South East Construction Awards 2020 now launched, with six

categories, covering the sector, to be celebrated at a second South East Construction Expo to be held on 23rd September at Sandown Park Exhibition Centre in Esher, Surrey. Closing date end of June. Gill Monk from All Health Matters who are one of the main sponsors of the Awards said, ‘These awards celebrate our heroes in this industry with an exciting panel of judges seeking entries for categories, ranging from best construction project to best architectural design, best contractor to best supplier. We are also looking to celebrate women in the industry and want to reward the

best apprentice on a construction project in the South East.’ One of the main attractions will be The Expo networking breakfast sponsored by

This will offer a superb networking opportunity as one of the largest in Sussex. A great way to kick off the day. Tickets £25 and tables of ten £225 and includes two speakers and full English Breakfast. South East Construction Expo 2020 will take place at South of England Event Centre, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, Tuesday 28th April 2020, 8.30 am - 4 pm. Find out more, register your free place, how to book a trade stand, or become a sponsor Twitter @ConstructExpo or Linkedin: groups/4530020/


February 2020

Pure Safety Group announces more global expansion and results of new brand strategy at WOC Pure Safety Group™ (PSG) announces new availability of its products across three brands into additional global markets at this year’s World of Concrete (WOC) Show.


heckmate®, which has been known throughout Europe as a leader in fall protection product innovation for more than four decades, is now, as part of the PSG family, making many of its products available in the U.S. for the first time. The products include the Xplorer harness, ATOM-Xtreme personal Self-Retracting Lifeline (SRL), FABX series of SRLs, and several rescue and retrieval products, including the TR3 tripod. In Canada, PSG has released 19 CSA compliant Checkmate SRLs with several more to be available in 2020. In Europe, Guardian® and Stronghold® branded products will now be available with new product lines launching in the U.K., France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Sweden and Denmark next month. Guardian products available in Europe will include self-retracting lifelines, horizontal lifelines, shock-absorbing lanyards, and the new Series line of full body harnesses. Stronghold, PSG’s line of dropped objects prevention products, will make available its tool lanyards and tethers, including the innovative Quick-Switch™ system, which is used to keep tools connected at all times, even during handoffs between workers. Making PSG products available throughout the world is now an essential part of the company’s evolved brand strategy for

Guardian, Checkmate, and Stronghold that aligns with end users’ unique needs, environments, and industry segments. This strategy allows the company to focus on innovation and accommodating future growth within a strategic hierarchy of brands that are aligned to each other under the corporate entity of Pure Safety Group (PSG). Guardian represents the company’s professional line, products selected by customers to meet compliance requirements while realizing great quality and value. Checkmate is the company’s highperformance line, the premium category chosen by customers wanting to enhance safety by utilizing advanced design and technology. Stronghold dropped objects prevention products are used across both the professional and high-performance categories. Also, in Canada, the company’s Norguard brand has transitioned to Guardian. PSG will showcase its latest innovations across all brands and categories at WOC, Feb. 4-7 in Las Vegas. The company is starting 2020 on the heels of record-setting growth and product development. Representatives from PSG will be on hand at the show to advise attendees on height safety products to meet their unique needs.

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