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News January 2015

Fall in Construction Output Only Temporary it is no cause for concern that this

November continues the recent trend of the construction sector The growth of output in the construction industry for November 2014 has seen a 2% decrease

that private new housing and infrastructure reported no decreases and in comparison with November “There are no indications that this

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January 2015 News

Biocity Science Incubator Plans Given Go Ahead

Red Kite Flies In To Tackle Fuel Poverty For Tenants An innovative housing organisation in Buckinghamshire is aiming to tackle fuel poverty for its tenants through the use of renewable air source heat pumps, which are helping save hundreds of pounds a year on heating for each home. Red Kite Community Housing in Frederick Place, High Wycombe is an unusual social housing provider because organisation in the country.

Nottingham City Council approves Biocity science incubator facility plans The development of a major new state-ofthe-art science incubator facility is one step closer today following the approval of planning permission by Nottingham City Council. The new Biocity science incubator facility will be located close to the existing incubator building on Pennyfoot Street, which currently houses more than 70 science start-up companies. It will support up to 200 new specialist jobs and is supported by £6.5M of Local Growth Fund money which aims to expand bioscience facilities within Nottingham. At 50,000sq ft the building will provide move on space for expanding businesses in the a key sector for growth in Nottingham under the Local Growth Deal with Local Enterprise Partnership D2N2. The building will feature a number of biology and chemistry laboratories in varying sizes and ancillary commercial spaces for both start-ups and existing SMEs within the sector. It is hoped that it will be used for expanding existing companies from the city and will attract new ones to the city. The design incorporates a striking facade which will provide the city’s Bioscience cluster with a public face. The architect, CPMG, will be working with a local artist to create a large scale artwork across the elevations to further celebrate the role of science in the city. The planning permission approval came as contractor Willmott Dixon were appointed to the delivery of the building. Nick Heath, operations director at Willmott Dixon in the East Midlands, said: “This is a really exciting project for Nottingham as it looks to grow the bioscience industry within the city and we are thrilled to have been selected as the main contractor.”

The organisation manages around 6,630 properties which were transferred from Wycombe District Council at the end of 2011. Many of the homes are on estates in the urban centres of High Wycombe, Princes Risborough and Marlow, but rural locations and rely on electric heating or solid fuel. Red Kite installed 32 of the market-leading Ecodan heat pump systems just over a year ago in homes that have previously been using solid fuel, and the organisation is now looking at extending this programme to tackle their remaining James Brownbill, Project Manager for Red Kite said: and we chose to go with Ecodan based on the predicted savings and the comprehensive support available from the manufacturer. We’ve now analysed the results of using these over the past year and have been delighted”. When Red Kite was set up, the organisation made a number of promises to its tenants and one of them was to look at the renewable side of energy within properties, to help tackle the rising costs of fuel. “Energy bills were very high for tenants particularly those for us as a landlord because if tenants aren’t able to fully heat their homes, it can cause maintenance issues with condensation and damp.” “When heating needs upgrading, many other housing associations just change like for like, but because we are

Red Kite enlisted the help of Ecodan manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric, to work with local communities to see what system would suit them best and help educate tenants on the best “We looked at other manufacturers but were impressed by the passion of Mitsubishi Electric, especially the support they new technology”. Modern air source heat pumps have been on the market for over six years now but are still new to many people. They they heat radiators to lower temperatures than gas or oil, yet free, renewable heat from the outdoor air.


News January 2015

Hyrdo-Generator At Freeman’s Reach Goes Live Freeman’s Reach in Durham has become the


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January 2015 News

UK Housebuilding Boost Announced UK housebuilding gets a new year boost thanks to schemes in Wales and London The UK housebuilding industry has been given an early 2015 boost by politicians in Wales and London, who have committed to a number of major housing construction schemes. The Communities Minister for

the £170M scheme. Thousands of perspective buyers have already expressed interest in the scheme. 400 homes are in the immediate pipeline. She stated: “As well as helping people buy a new home, the scheme has also proved to be great news for the industry, with builders of all sizes across Wales now equity loans on their properties.”

Help to Buy scheme by announcing that it remains on course to support the delivery of 5,000 new build properties.

In addition to the good news for UK housebuilding from Wales there was an announcement from the Mayor of London revealing plans to support the industry.

homes have been completed since the start of the Help to Buy Wales scheme came from the Welsh Government. workers and around 150 builders

The scheme, which operates a shared ownership model, forms

deliver low-cost housing solutions to 250,000 people within the next ten years. It is hoped that between now and the end of 2025 the fund will deliver 4,000 new homes. In addition Boris Johnson declared that a sum of £40M is due to be handed to a Gentoo Genie scheme initiative will be responsible for the delivery 2,000 new homes over the next ten years. These will be struggling to raise the deposit needed to purchase a house. The Mayor was keen to highlight, through the announcement of these two funding packages, the importance of shared ownership agreements. He said: “Shared ownership is crucial in helping the unprecedented numbers of people in London desperate for goodquality, low-cost housing.”

Eric Wright Completes £3.7M Carlisle College Project Eric Wright Construction has completed a 39-week project to establish a creative arts and media building at Carlisle College. Comprising a 128-seater performance theatre, dance studio, rehearsal spaces, an Apple Mac lab and art studio, the project has been erected on a site formerly known as Swift Mews. The scheme was designed by Broadway Maylan and the construction works included the provision of new build accommodation, as well as the retention of an existing building façade classed as being of historical interest by the local planning authority. Carlisle College celebrates its 60th anniversary this year (2014) and has invested around £30m into its campus during the last decade. based courses operated on a campus shared with the University of Cumbria at Brampton Road, Carlisle.

John Wilson, managing director of the Eric Wright Group said: “This is a visually attractive building that will inspire and encourage the performers, artists, musicians, back-stage workers and technicians of the future.” “Even though we have extensive experience in the to work on something unique and it was a pleasure to deliver this project for the young people of Carlisle and beyond.”

team manager at Carlisle College, said: “The new home for Carlisle College of the Arts is designed to ensure that our students get the best possible learning experience and achieve their goals.” “Our fantastic new building includes a theatre, dance studio, TV studio, music and music technology labs, fashion and textile rooms, art studios and gallery space.”


News January 2015

£2M construction supply chain funding pool to open Research funding to become available in bid to improve UK construction supply chain Innovate UK has launched a £2M funding pool which will give businesses within a variety of sectors opportunity to modernise the way the UK construction supply chain operates. The funding will enable companies to carry out research in a bid to improve integration within the construction supply chain, which is currently leading to lost innovation opportunities. Innovate UK are calling for businesses which have ideas on how to encourage the creation of more collaborative supply chains within construction to bid for a share of the £2M.

The funding should be used to invest in new ways of increasing collaboration in the construction industry supply chain and

The bid process for the funding will open on March 9th 2015 with deadline for registration closing at midday on 15th April. There will be

throughout the construction industry supply chain. It is open for companies of any size working within the construction industry and other industry sectors. The funding will be split across all successful companies. Small businesses could be entitled to up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium-sized businesses could receive 60% and larger businesses could receive up to 50% of the costs. Innovate UK expects projects to last between 6 and 12 months with total costs ranging from £50,000 to £150,000.

19th and a consortium-building January.

Mayor announces £220million funding boost whilst visiting Orbit scheme Johnson, has announced his intention for millions of funding for two new schemes to help ownership and accelerating the delivery of new homes, whilst visiting a major Orbit regeneration project.

The announcements were made rent and shared ownership homes. The Mayor joined two families who will be moving into shared

and the local community. It has

was formerly known as the Larner

to the new houses. He also met one crime levels, making it undesirable of the residents of the former estate for many local families. who moved into her new home in During his visit to Erith Park, in December. regeneration project will deliver to give a £180million funding boost 343 new homes, including three through The Mayor’s First Steps said: “Shared ownership is crucial and four-bedroom family homes Challenge Fund, which aims to in helping the unprecedented with gardens, with a three-bedroom accelerate the delivery of 4,000 new numbers of people in London shared ownership house costing shared ownership homes between desperate for good quality low approximately £240,000. Erith Park 2015 and 2020. The fund is being cost housing. Families need will provide a mix of homes for made available on a recoverable larger properties and Erith Park is basis so money can be reinvested testament to the number of welland outright sale, and will include to provide more opportunities for 60 of the original households who family homes with gardens that can have chosen to remain in the area. achieve the aim to assist 250,000 be delivered with good planning, Phase 2 will include 244 homes Londoners into low cost homes by major regeneration and investment. anticipatestarting on site by March 2025. I want the funding announced 2015. today to help thousands more He is also giving up to £40million The report sets out the key issues Londoners own homes and create to increase shared ownership from more developments like Erith Park a new innovative housing product its current 15,000 homes per year where buyers will need no deposit to at least 30,000 within the next properties.“ or mortgage to purchase their home Parliament – around 13% of the and at the end of the agreement The transformation of Erith Park 240,000 new homes England needs customers own 100 per cent of the each year. The full report will be home outright. in partnership with Wates Living published in February.


January 2015

Electric Vehicles Are

Here To Stay

Workers in the construction industry throughout the UK are being reminded of the benefits of catering for drivers of Electric (EV) and Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Vehicles.


incolnshire-based Rolec EV, widely recognised as one of Europe’s leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of EV charging points and accessories, issued the alert after the UK experienced dramatic increases in sales of EVs throughout 2014 - matching a global pattern. The award-winning company, based in Lincolnshire, is believed to provide the widest range of electric vehicle charging points in Europe and has manufactured and supplied over 22,000 charging points throughout the UK in the past two years – including to companies such as Barratt Homes, Persimmon Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Redrow. Nathan Black, Rolec’s PR & Marketing Manager, commented:

for including EV charging points in new constructions to cater for an ever growing numbers of EV drivers. “While we as a company have been actively involved in the EV industry for over 5 years, it is only really in the last 2 years that we have seen a huge increase in EV sales. With almost every leading car manufacturer around the world now introducing new EV and PHEV models, this monumental increase in EV sales is set to continue at an increasingly rapid rate. “The types of electric vehicles available, and the range they can travel before needing a charge, are also constantly growing. 4x4s will be coming out soon and even the sporting world has experienced the high levels of performance on

“The Government is investing heavily too - £500million has already been put into the EV industry in the UK and another £500million has been pledged from April 2015 to further stimulate and support the uptake of electric vehicles and increase the charging infrastructure. 4 years there will be 3.5million EVs on the world’s roads. This clearly illustrates the resources that people will be putting in. “Running EVs is proving very economical for motorists and brings many environmental of all these positives that EVs bring that increasing numbers of motorists are requiring easily accessible EV charging points.”

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Editors Choice January 2015

CHELSEA’S OLDEST PUB IS SET TO REOPEN ITS DOORS The Cross Keys pub undergoes a major refurbishment with fuse design+build project managing the fit out programme to unveil a new look for Chelsea’s oldest pub. Nestled in London’s fashionable Chelsea, The Cross Keys, a 300 year-old pub that has served patrons from Dylan Thomas and Agatha Christie to Bob Marley and the Rolling Stones, is set to reopen early next year after a campaign by residents to keep their local pub out of the hands of developers and remain an integral part of their community. Local publicans, Mark Dyer and Eamonn Manson, the team behind Fulham’s renowned pubs, The Sands End and The Brown Cow, have now added the historical Cross Keys to their award-winning portfolio of gastropubs. The new owners have appointed fuse design+build to project manage the complete refurbishment and ensure the build project meets their design and performance aim to restore the historic pub by the river to its former glory and combine a contemporary, chic antique look and rustic charm that is synonymous with their other highly successful pubs. “We want to maintain the magic of The Cross Keys,” says Manson, Co-founder of DM Group and natural light of the back atrium, but recharge it with a contemporary look.” The new Cross Keys will feature an extensive range of real ales along with British fare-a top to tail menu that will include enticing pub classics as well as delicious signature dishes from executive chef, Oliver Marlowe, of Chez Bruce and The Sands End fame. “Our pubs’ success lies in our attention to detail.” Manson says, “It starts with a truly personal welcome as soon as you walk through the door, the room itself will bring a visual warmth and when


the food arrives, it will rival the best in the area. Essentially, we want to provide our clientele with the best service, outstanding food and a relaxing, comfortable environment full of character and interest to look at and enjoy.” “Pubs are an essential part of British culture,” says Dyer, “and we felt that in resurrecting such an iconic pub that we are able to contribute to our British heritage in some way, while keeping the community happy with a truly good local.” The surrounding community agrees, having appealed through Twitter and securing thousands of signatures on a petition to prevent developers from turning the property into a single multi-

Dyer and Manson of DM Group are working closely ready to relaunch the pub late January 2015 that will welcome back the pub’s loyal following and maintain its historical place in British pub culture. For more information, please contact us: fuse design+build Susanna Heath, T: +44 (0) 20 8274 0272 / 07944 680 427

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cultural shift is required if BIM is to be properly implemented across the built 2016 deadline for its use on all centrally procured public sector projects. The RICS BIM Conference returns for the 4th year with clear guidance from of implementing BIM in practice. Assess

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Surface Design January 2015

Surface Design Show Discover the latest innovations in surface design at Surface Design Show 2015 Returning to London’s Business Design Centre between 10-12 February 2015, Surface Design Show is the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces. With an 80% increase in exhibitor uptake the breadth of new products to discover in 2015 will be astounding. Since its inception in 2005 the show has become the destination for industry people to see, touch and explore the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with like-minded designers, architects and suppliers. Next year’s event is already proving to be a huge success. All of the leading the organisers to extend the show to the BDC’s balcony area to meet the demand for space. There will be over 120 exhibitors including Mundy Veneer, specialists within the veneer industry and the exclusive UK distributors of Tabu products, CD (UK) who for over 30 years have been the sole distributors of Corian in the UK. Knauf whom specialise in limestone, lime, chalk and cement related products and Spectral a lighting company whose luminaires have received coveted international awards including iF and Reddot will too be among the selection of top quality exhibitors. Surface Design Show is also delighted to be welcoming new exhibitors to the show including RAK Ceramics the world’s largest ceramics manufacturer, Hi Con a leading European brand of high performance concrete whose properties are used to create super thin balconies and staircases as well as Jotun the World’s leading manufacturer of paints, coatings and powder coatings which have been used for a number of prestigious international projects


Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia and the Buri Khalifa in Dubai. ‘This year we’ve seen an 82% increase in sales which proves that Surface Design Show is getting bigger and better year on year. It’s great to see the enthusiasm of all those involved, the inspiration it provides and the creativity that comes out of the show’, said Event Director Christopher Newton There will also be a packed programme of events and entertainment including the Preview Evening’s Live Debate hosted by RIBA Journal on Tuesday 10 February. The ever popular PechaKucha Evening will take place on Wednesday 11 February and will provide an informal and fun presentation of inspirational slides for the onlooking architects and designers. BIM4FitOut, a special interest group to the government BIM Task Group, out sector will again be organising an engaging workshop at the Show. New event highlights to the Show include ‘Materials Speed Dating’ the 2015 version of Future Thinking, hosted by Materials Council which is a fun and interactive way to be rapidly introduced to new surfaces ‘perfect materials match’. Light and surface are inseparable partners; the interplay between light and surface can change a building’s interior or exterior dramatically creating breath taking results. Hosted within Surface Design Show and presented by Light Collective and the Institution of Lighting Professionals is Light School, an area dedicated to lighting. Light School consists of three parts: The School Room, Product School and the School Newspaper all of which are designed to educate and inspire

visitors about the latest in lighting design and lighting products. more than two days of lessons in the School Room featuring hands on demos with top UK lighting designers who will be taking on the role of lecturers. Global Color Research™ will also return to the Show. Following the success of the 2013 and 2014 Trend and creators of colour forecasting with acclaimed surface designer Giles Miller to present Colour Collaborations. The exhibit, located in and outside the Business Design Centre is designed to inspire and give insight, focusing on the vital colour and material trends for 2016 and their importance within design. Part of the outstanding success of the Show is the commitment to recognising excellence with the Surface Design Awards. The Awards recognise examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and internationally. Categories cover projects in Retail, Commercial, Housing, Public Building, Light and Surfaces and Temporary Structures. Launched in 2013, the Awards have grown quickly both in stature and the number of entrants. This year, 181 projects were entered, a record number increasing by a staggering 62% with a third of entries from overseas making it the UK's leading award scheme to identify innovation in surface design. The Awards presentation will take place on Thursday 12 February 2015 at the Business Design Centre in London on the last day of Surface Design Show. Registration to attend is free for professional visitors via the Show website:

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Design & Build January 2015

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or washrooms in high risk areas such as mental health wards, Robert Pearson & Company Ltd provide a range of high security shatterproof sanitaryware, together with reliable and robust electronic

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Strata Tiles: A Look Ahead.


hanks to loyal customers and a strong supply chain,

virtues of a busy marketplace in 2014. The expansion of both their customer services department and marketing team last year, allowed the commercial tile supplier to focus on creating and launching the ‘Colour Selector Wallet Collection’ , the ultimate

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This year, Strata Tiles will be the only UK commercial tile company to work exclusively with Living Ceramics; supplying the UK construction, design and architectural community with eight beautiful collections of tiles all with a rich blend of

As the Strata Tiles team take positive steps into 2015, cofounders and Directors Paul Wallis and Jonathan Wiles discuss their plans for the year ahead:

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January 2015 Design & Build

Yeoman Shield Goes Back to School Yeoman Shield Provides Protective Wall Panels to Sutton Academy Yeoman Shield returned to Sutton Academy, a busy school in St Helens, Merseyside which caters for 1300 children aged 11 to 18 years, to install a further phase of wall protection.

Not only do the wall panels protect from costly and unsightly damage but they add colour, warmth and a design interest to what would otherwise be a sterile, cold looking area.

Works had been carried out previously by Yeoman Shield over a year ago which proved to be so successful in protecting the walls in corridors around the school that they were awarded further work.

Corridors to the science areas which were susceptible to damage not just from the passing footfall but also from the movement of wheeled equipment and trolleys, also had the Yeoman Shield HessianEx in the same Lilac colour

“The wall protection initially supplied and installed by Yeoman Shield was in the student reception which has turned out to be such a success that we decided to roll out the wall protection to the Design & Technology plaza area and the Science corridors” explained Manager Ian Morris, Director of Network & Information Service. Yeoman Shield HessianEx 2.5mm thick wall protection panels in a Yeoman Shield directly employed plaster walls that were wide open to damage and marking caused by heavy footfall throughout the plaza.

“Having the walls protected with Yeoman Shield will amount of time and money that we spend in the future on redecoration costs to the maintenance budget” concluded Ian Morris. Sutton Academy will be carrying out a full refurbishment of the dining hall during the Summer break for which they will be appointing Yeoman Shield again to supply & install the wall protection panels.


Design & Build January 2015

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KARNDEAN DESIGNFLOORING Looking to create an engaging and interesting space for residents, the UK’s leading residential and nursing care specialist The Fisher Partnership looked no factor’.

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Design & Build January 2015

Forbury Hotel Reading chooses


stoneCIRCLE was chosen of the bathrooms at the upmarket Forbury Hotel Reading, and worked directly with the hotel’s own project manager to establish theme. The eventual choice was to use Trevisan, a marble composite white colour for the walls, but as cladding rather than as tiles. This material gave the luxurious feel of natural stone but without the variations in colour and patterning that are an inherent quality. Each of the thirty seven rooms and this meant that they all had to be surveyed and the stones cut


to enable strips of rectangular glass mosaics in shades of beige to Trevisan was also used for the vanity tops, bath tops and shower stoneCIRCLE factory. The basins were inset in to the vanity tops and the glass strips were used again as an accent for the edges. In keeping with the natural theme of the stone, dark wooden frames with recessed lighting were placed around the basin and mirror area providing a visual break within the room. The treatment of the shower area depended on the layout of

the room, with some recessed into a niche completely clad in Trevisan stone with a shower tray in the same material and others with more of a wet room feel, consisting of a shower tray divided from the rest of the area by a glass screen. Areas not covered by cladding were painted in a dark beige tone which complemented the colour of the stone and the browns and beiges of the glass and wood; the whole creating a calm, airy, sophisticated space in which to relax. The same material was also used for the public washrooms where the stone washbasins were carved Trevisan engineered stone.

Bathrooms January 2015

Lakes Bathrooms launches new site for mobile web Shower specialist Lakes Bathrooms has launched a brand new website with a fully responsive design to adapt to mobile and small screen

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much wider choice for product selection, categorised not only by Collection, but also allowing visitors to browse based on space available and shape or type preference.

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year saw the landmark switch when internet access via mobile outweighed traditional access and desktop computers (at that Lakes Bathrooms reviewed the usability of its site and chose to adopt a fully responsive design. Introducing the new site, sales and marketing director, Clive Organ, commented, “Our statistical data gives us a clear indication on the browsing preferences of visitors and we’ve used this insight to completely

Whilst Lakes Bathrooms is understandably enthusiastic about its new site, it also continually evolving and there’s a plan to further develop various social media sharing via its news page, whilst favoured options such as the stockist locator have been retained. Summarising the appeal of its new site, Clive Organ concluded,

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Bathrooms January 2015

Dart Valley Systems Ltd has been working closely with Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, Capital Engineering Manager; Paul Humphreys to improve infection control measures. An initial trial set was set up at North Devon District Hospital using the AquariTherm™ Manual tap. As the AquariTherm range was designed with healthcare environments in mind, it was a great match. One of the taps main selling point, was the patented isolation feature, which allows the tap to be removed for servicing or exchange without the need to isolate the water or remove any panels. This unique feature reduces any down time during servicing or disinfection,


can be removed, replaced or

cleaned in a matter of seconds. The AquariTherm™ manual tap also includes a mechanism to ensure that the hot water is mixed before being delivered to the users’ hands, ensuring the user of the tap. Additionally the tap body stays cool during use, even with prolonged running of hot water. As the trial was a proven success, Capital Engineering Manager; Paul Humphreys then installed them on two refurbishment projects in the Lundy Ward and Roborough Suite. DVS look forward to continued work with Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust by supplying innovative products that perform to exceptional standards.

January 2015 Bathrooms


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January 2015

Unlimited Kitchen Design Creativity thanks to James Latham When it comes to design innovation, James Latham’s latest range of contemporary surface solutions will enhance any kitchen project, allowing Interior Designers, Architects and Installers almost limitless creativity. HI MACSŽ 30

January 2015 Distributed exclusively in the UK and Ireland by James Latham, HI-MACS速 solid surface is a highly versatile and extremely durable material which can be easily machined and thermoformed to almost any 3Dshape imaginable, Even large-area installations have the appearance of a single application and this non-porous, completely smooth surface means that liquid penetration is practically impossible, making it completely sterile, easy to clean and

kitchen environments and these exceptional technical features mean it will not look tired or deteriorate in terms

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designs which are completely in tune with current are also supplied in separate 3-ply veneer sheets, perfect for curved surfaces as well as doors or other interior

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Lifts & Stairs January 2015

Easy Stair

temporary staircase Easy Stair is a temporary staircase which makes life on site much easier by reducing the need to climb up and down ladders prior stairs. be installed due to the building not being watertight, or it is desirable to leave installation until later in the project to prevent damage, Easy Stair is the perfect solution. Safety is also improved by removing the need for site personnel to climb ladders to

insulation to mention just a few. Easy Stair is delivered to site fully assembled, it is simply lifted into position secured by two screws and the handrails inserted into either side. The stair unit weighs only 25kg and is available delivery service. When used with suitable stairwell edge protection, stairwells can be safer, easier and improve productivity from the very start of the construction process. The stairs are 600mm wide and from 2.65m to 3.05m.


January 2015 Lifts & Stairs

Stannah Xtralifts Bring XtraAccess In A Va-Va-Voom Car Park A pair of Stannah Xtralifts 2.0 has brought bumper access to people of all mobility levels in an exciting new multi-storey car park servicing Chequers Court retail centre in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. Part of an ongoing £5m investment in the redevelopment of Huntingdon Town Centre, the 400-space car park, located opposite a supermarket, is a dynamic timber-clad, slabs, high ceilings, and few cross beams. The duplex pair of 21- person, stretcher passenger lifts are wall mounted within concrete lift shafts in a dedicated scenic glass structure. Traction-driven, the lifts operate at a speed of 1.0m/s between four Located opposite the stairs, each 21-person passenger lift complements the light, spacious design aesthetic whilst addressing the demanding environment: Double height stainless steel bump rails; Exteriors, full-depth architraves and call textured, linen stainless steel; Suspended downlighter ceilings, car extractor fan, hand rails, rear-wall halfheight mirrors; Two opposite facing car operating panels with Braille pushes

The Xtralifts’ oil- and vibration-free, highperformance, gearless traction drive ensures a smooth ride. The low noise, energy use and running costs are ideal for increased usage and higher travels. Importantly, there is no need for a machine room, as all the necessaries are contained in a small cabinet. Stannah worked with both the customer and project requirements, providing the supply and test of lifting beams and full depth landing architraves for additional robustness to the large passenger lifts. Projects & Assets Manager at Huntingdonshire District Council, Chris Allen, comments: “The Stannah Xtralifts represent excellent value for money and provide the heavy duty, high volume people movement needed in this distinctive, busy car park servicing the growing retail needs of Huntingdon town centre. Reassurance is part of service courtesy of the local branch of Stannah Lift Services.” Installing, owning and operating a Stannah Xtralift helps to meet all building standards and regulations, including the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 – all with the reassurance of 24/7 emergency lift callout and continued lift maintenance by the local East Anglia branch of Stannah Lift Services, part of a nationwide network providing comprehensive lift servicing and support.


Lifts & Stairs January 2015

Italian Fashion Stairs Italian Fashion Stairs: quality, professionalism and innovation in the Italian stair’s craftsmanship I have recently had the opportunity of visiting the fabulous world of the stairs. A context perhaps unexplored and isolated in the interior design, and maybe partly underestimated, as they buy or rent a house, the stairs are already there, done for bringing us up or down. Italian Fashion Stairs, with its experience in the sector, has guided me to the discovery of a new consciousness where the staircases are no longer a static and immutable object of home furnishing in our own residence, but a quality product, which we can personalize according to our necessities, and that can style, such as classic, country, essential, or contemporary. The professionalism of Italian Fashion Stairs, and its big range of products, have inspired me to the materials it employs for they have made me understand the importance of the concept of quality, which has to stay inevitably between the one of stair and the one of security. The precision and the attention through which the producers


serve their customers,and through which they analyse and prepare the custom-made projects, basing attracted my attention and has put me in contact with a growing Among the various models proposed by Italian Fashion Stairs, such as spiral stairs, spiral staircases in glass, helicoidal stairs steel, stainless steel, wood, and glass, has particularly drawn my attention the ASTRALE V. This is a spiral stair basically created with a steel girder, glass treads, steel handrail, stainless steel circular bars, and a central pole in steel. This model is certainly the optimization of restrained spaces, without renouncing to the modern design and the

elegance, suggested in particular by the central helicoidal structure, harmoniously climbing up by accompanying the trads, and by the simple, functional and modern stair balustrade. The competence and the quality products and services satisfying their customers, can be easily perceived in every step of their producing processes, and everybody can prove it by simply observing their stairs, the care and the customers satisfaction. Italian Fashion Stairs has teached me that the Made in Italy is not only a synonym of aesthetic taste, but also quality, innovation and customer care. If you are a retailer or a seller and you are interested in collaborating with Italian Fashion Stairs, you can

January 2015 Lifts & Stairs

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Lifts & Stairs January 2015

The Outstanding Optimum 100 Platform Lift The Optimum 100 is a high quality, reliable, chain driven vertical platform lift that is supplied complete with its own small footprint enclosure. The lift now comes with a 36 month warranty on all major drive components. This is a self-supporting platform lift which will enhance the value of any building. Installation costs are kept to a minimum ensuring excellent value with a low ownership cost. The unit is compliant with Part M of the Building Regulations and has the following features as standard: 13 metres maximum travel; serves up to

footprint; 1400mm x 1100mm platform; 60mm deep pit; longevity – expected chain maintained; easy to use; speedy Ability Lifts are specialists in platform lifts located in The company’s team are highly experienced and are specialists in the installation of platform lift solutions. It Installation and platform lift servicing.

Solutions are available for many platform lifts and stair platform lifts, to external lifts and much more. We highly competitive prices. All of the lifts are in compliance

Platform Lift For Landmark Building The Halston Aparthotel in

At the heart of this great building is the main staircase wrapping around a stairwell climbing 13 metres. achieved by the installation of an Optimum 100 Platform Lift which now takes visitors on a scenic expedition around the century old staircase, as every side of the lift structure is fully glazed., or give their


January 2015 Lifts & Stairs

HOME LIFTS AND DOMESTIC LIFTS FROM STILTZ The Stiltz Lift is an innovative and unique lift that is designed for the home from Stiltz – The Home Lift Company. With more people looking to install domestic lifts in their houses, the Stiltz Lift is the perfect addition to any home for architects, house builders, building contractors, interior designers and property developers designing or building homes.

within a day and require minimal building work. Stiltz’s home lifts range consists of three the premium Vista Lift and Trio Lift – Stiltz’s wheelchair lifts. an intelligent dual rail system which creates a self-supporting structure with the weight of the lift carried in compression through is powered by a roped drum-braked gear motor drive system that plugs straight into a normal 13-amp power socket like any other household appliance.

anywhere in the home. This is also because the home lifts’ footprint measures just and its rectangle shape. The Trio wheelchair a deeper footprint and wider opening.

a number of safety features such as weight and out of balance sensors, and come with options. The lifts also comply with all relevant European standards with no full planning permission required and government grants available. For further information visit:

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Case Study January 2015

A LEADING manufacturer of bespoke special effects for blockbuster films has reduced its lighting energy consumption by 73% thanks to a new LED solution from MHA Lighting.

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“We are delighted that this has been such a successful project. It has been a pleasure to work alongside the scheme for their brand new laboratory.”

engine can also be driven at a range of wattages to increase or decrease light levels. More follows… MHA’s sealed LED lighting units have been designed to stop dust and insects from gathering around warm the production of materials for medical devices like contact lenses.

Steve added: “Vickers Laboratories Ltd manufactures production chemicals for some of the biggest pharmaceutical and contact lens companies in the world, so quality assurance is absolutely essential.

that there is no need for regular maintenance and bulb replacement, which again stops dust from being distributed into the atmosphere. The lifespan can further be increased to a minimum of 109,000 hours if

“Complicated chemical processes are required to take place to create these products and so it is imperative that light quality and light uniformity is at the highest standard possible for our precision working.

In addition, MHA’s installation included two occupancy sensors, further maximising on lighting energy costs Steve Foster, Vickers Laboratories Ltd’s Managing Director, said that switching to LED lighting was part light levels in their labs whilst ultimately reducing associated energy costs and Co2.

“We knew that we needed to source lighting that would not only cut our lighting costs, provide a short payback

“MHA handled the proposal and installation process the results.”


Software January 2015

Man And Machine

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ensure architects and designers can collaborate within a development and into construction documentation, the course programs will help you streamline the design process

develop a wide variety of services that address the needs of our customers’ across multiple industries to enable them to Man and Machine’s professional training centre is a fantastic environment where customers can learn from industry

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Software January 2015

Evinox Launch Web App for Billing Customers We are delighted to announce the launch of the Evinox Residential Billing Web App, for use with Smart phones, tablets and other web enabled devices. Our new Residential Web App allows Evinox billing customers to login to their account at anytime, anywhere with internet coverage. This enables them to check current energy credit / debit balance, view latest meter

details, payment history and downloadable documents & user guides. Residents can also make payments for energy using a credit or debit card with our simple and secure online payment facility or set-up a Direct Debit using our online sign up form. The Evinox web App is available to download now simply visit www., click on the web app icon at the bottom of

the page and follow the instructions on screen. The launch of our new app coincides with an update to the Evinox Residents website. The customer login area has been redesigned and updated to include lots of new functionality. For further information please email us or visit our website:

Colour Choice Made Easy

With Crown Paints’ New App time for a client can now be achieved with a new app from Crown Paints. Set to transform the way painters and decorators explain colour to clients, the MyRoomPainter™ app will enable tradespeople while using a smartphone or mobile tablet to show how any palette will look in situ. Available for free download, the new online tool is designed to illustrate how any room decorated with Crown Paints’ products will look in any spectrum of shades.


Debbie Orr, Crown Paints’ Marketing Manager, said: “MyRoomPainter™ will be a helpful tool to aid the way painters and decorators approach colour. “By using the app, decorators can take pictures of a room and show their clients exactly look in whatever shade is chosen, taking away the fear factor from choosing colour.

It also contains a colourmatching function, a handy paint calculator and an inspirational library.

“It’s instant colour scheming on the job and alongside other tools such as the paint calculator and colour-matching tool, we think it will prove an invaluable asset in our bid to provide the best possible support to those in the industry.

Projects can be saved and shared online too, giving clients the chance to consider their options before selecting a scheme.

“Colour choice is one of the most vital aspects of any job whether the client is looking to preserve an historic feel,

bring opulence into the space or make a dramatic statement. “MyRoomPainter™ will enable painters and decorators to show their clients how the latest looks would appear in situ – allowing people to make help to those looking to be really adventurous with colour.” The app is now available to download free of charge for smartphone or tablet from the App Store or Google Play. MyRoomPainter™ will work alongside other tools from Crown Paints, such as the powerful online resource, PaintSpec Finder®. Available at

the facility delivers instant and technically-detailed plans for exterior and interior projects through

a user-friendly format that enables the user to of technical information to pinpoint exactly what products – from Crown Trade, Sadolin and Sandtex Trade – they need for their chosen projects. For more details please contact the Crown Trade Customer Relations Team:

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January 2015

Stunning milk shed conversion harnesses Stiebel Eltron technology to create home of the future


The end result for the new owners of the two barns are homes full of character and original features, but harnessing the latest technologies to ensure minimal running costs the Government’s Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

The former milking shed – part of the Hall Farm Barns development on the edge of the village of Scraptoft – was converted to the highest

The savings for the converted milking shed

Homes in conjunction with Staniforth Architects and main contractor Brown and Green.

annual running cost for oil would have been £2,610, compared to £1,954 with the air source heat pumps. When combined with the solar thermal saving of £200 it makes a combined annual saving of £856.

with leading manufacturer Stiebel Eltron UK providing installer Flogas Renewables with two

and solar thermal is a staggering £3,213,

solar thermal panels.

the project with almost no impact on the development’s overall design.


“From the outset, our aim was to exceed the prevailing Building Regulations and create

January 2015






Roofing January 2015

Alumasc waterproofing and green roof success at new Glasgow development.

A mixed-use development in Glasgow has been successfully completed using Alumasc’s as well as a green roof solution from the company. 185-221 Buchanan Street is a new £70m development comprising 11,400m2 of retail space and 49 residential units. Owned by Land Securities, the development features a large rooftop garden that required a robust Alumasc says BDP Architects system and green roof due to the solution and the quality of the products. The architects’ intricate roof detailing meant that it had to work very closely with Alumasc’s technical team from the outset to overcome the challenge. As a hot-melt system, and due


to its versatility, Alumasc says Hydrotech was ideally suited to accommodating this and was perfect for use under the green roof. The green roof system from Alumasc addressed the need for a suitable growing medium to be supplied that could be deposited

guaranteed system. To date, we are very happy with the results." Hydrotech is a BBA approved, fully

designed to last the lifetime of the structure it is applied to. It has European Technical Approval and is also FM Approved. Alumasc in large volumes. This was required green roof systems, under the as a result of the development Blackdown brand, are available in being in a busy city-centre location. intensive, biodiverse and extensive These issues were overcome and application categories with a wide the intensive green roof garden range of planting options. was installed. John Kelly, area manager for In total, over 4,000m2 of Hydrotech added: "It was great to be installed. involved with such a celebrated development in this major area of Kath MacTaggart, landscape Glasgow. The Hydrotech system architect at BDP, said: "As with any will ensure the integrity of the roof garden project, the challenge roof for many years to come, is in the detailing of all interfaces and logistics to ensure that a an attractive outdoor space for system is watertight. We used residents to enjoy." Hydrotech at Buchanan Street as it was part of the proprietary

Roofing January 2015

SIKA LIQUID PLASTICS Sika Liquid Plastics introduces ‘the next generation of liquid applied roof membranes’

Sika Liquid Plastics has launched what it calls the next generation of liquid applied roof membranes. Decothane Ultra is a low odour that achieves more than 80% minutes after application, and greater than 95% reduction after just one hour against a similar one-component competitor. According to Sika Liquid Plastics, these results were established by independent testing. Decothane Ultra utilises a range of new curing agents developed and patented by Sika. The company versatile platform from which to formulate extremely low solvent content and low odour liquid applied membranes for a wide range of applications. Field tests were undertaken on the product prior to launch and a large number of these applications were in odour sensitive areas such as food manufacturing plants, hospitals and schools. They were all successfully applied without disruption to activities within the buildings. Nigel Blacklock, head of technical at Sika, said: “Over the past decade, concern about construction product emissions


from those involved in their supply and installation. European regulation now imposes strict controls on Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) contents, together with a growing focus on ensuring relating chemicals are non-hazardous in their use. development challenge for us but we were keen to achieve a successful outcome without compromising other aspects of the product. In particular, there are problems that occur with low solvent and solvent free products which often handle poorly, exhibiting high viscosity at lower temperatures and sagging on vertical applications at elevated temperatures. Additionally, they do not permit the use of glass that can be more time-consuming to install. Our goal with Decothane Ultra was to tick all the boxes and make no compromises.” During the development of Decothane Ultra, Sika Liquid Plastics worked closely with a consultancy specialising in the testing of occupational health exposures to develop a test method intended to replicate the ‘worst case scenarios’ on roofs

using a closed test area without ventilation. A cross-section of single component polyurethane liquid membrane products were tested under these conditions and all were found to breach workplace exposure limits, while Decothane Ultra was found not to breach any. Nigel Blacklock added: “We see this as the new benchmark for liquid applied roof membranes.” Sika Liquid Plastics quality assured contractors have been trialling the product prior to launch. Martin Eyre from Surface Protection said: “Surface Protection has worked with Sika Liquid Plastics for many years and so we were more than happy to take part in trialing Decothane Ultra, testing it in sensitive areas, such as hospitals where we’ve now used Decothane Ultra in more than 15,000m² on various hospital roofs.” The company says it was also able to use the new solution at a highly sensitive nuclear site. Daniel Devlin of Designed Roof Systems added: “I would happily recommend Decothane Ultra, as it’s an excellent product, applying it is even easier and the odour is hard to detect.”

January 2015 Roofing

EASI INSTALL FOR COLCHESTER COUNCIL Easi-Dec, the working at height safety specialist, has provided a roof top safety solution to an installation company who is carrying out maintenance work on a £6m Council housing project in Colchester.near the heading like this in less than 30 minutes and the use of telescopic legs gives height companies” commented Peter adjustment in 30 mm increments Statham, Commercial Director at DMD Installations. “There are many making it easy to use on sloping

DMD Installations, specialists in service to domestic, trade and commercial outlets, was appointed by Axis, the main contractor on the Colchester Borough Homes project, to carry out maintenance work on a housing development. The project, which is currently in its fourth year and due to be completed in March 2015, includes a combination of social housing and leasehold properties, all requiring both internal refurbishment and external maintenance work. DMD Installations was contracted to on the 3,500 properties. The company opted to work with product provides. systems gives us independence

stable work place combined with it reduces the costs to the client and enables us to work in a safe and secure manner. The system allows us to be more competitive and there isn’t the hassle of leaving allows the freedom to carry out work at a moment’s notice without having to liaise with a third party completed.” company. The system does not require any tools for assembly, The development consists of making it quick and simple to construct. properties, including bungalows and three storey homes. The varying style of properties required demonstrations of their products to ensure that the customer can to complete the maintenance work get the most out of the equipment by knowing exactly how to erect however DMD Installations chose the platform and gain access to the roof level safely. The demonstrations can be held at time consuming and expensive. either the Easi-Dec premises, the DMD Installations employees are premise of the customer, or on trained and approved in the use site. With each system sold there system has been used throughout the whole duration of the project, keeping the installers and public safe. comprises one or more Easi-Dec platforms linked securely with the Catwalk to form a continuous fully-guarded platform. The 8 or 10 metre system can be erected

people. For more information on the Easi-Dec range, please visit where full product information, pricing and further details, please call 01767 691812 or email:


External January 2015

INNOVATION COMES AS STANDARD Today’s modern methods of construction require a totally new approach to methods that have been used for centuries, none more so than the installation of paving and decking over Roof terraces, Balconies and podium decks.

Support heights range from 25mm to 550mm and the resulting airspace beneath can be used for the installation of service pipes and conduits with easy access being available for maintenance.

to keep bringing innovation to this market place. InStar’s adjustable paving and decking supports of installing paving and decking and maintain drainage at the underlying surface level. Roof falls can be accommodated enabling the the accurately spaced gaps between pavers allows for the escape of rainwater to the surface below. Several unique features exist including ready scored base plates enabling removal of sections to enable the support to be used right up against a wall and the ability to be able, by the use of a height even after the paving has been laid, often “chatter” of the slabs. InStar Managing Director Nick Mills says “We have built our business around a small range advantage to the end user in terms of speed of installation and ease of use ultimately resulting and helpful and our UK stockholding results in fast turnaround and happy customers” Full details of InStar’s range of decking and paving supports and other products can be found at or by phoning 0118 9832405 or emailing and asking for a full portfolio of products.


January 2015

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Zigma® Ground Solutions introduce Zigma® Ground Solutions is once again pushing the boundaries of product innovation with their


compared to alternative mats of comparable performance – a great way for businesses to as well as helping to support their sustainability objectives and reduce their carbon foot print.

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optimum safety, performance and value, coupled with total commitment to sustainability and the environment. Lighter in weight at just 180kg per mat and with a surface area measuring 2.5 LiteTM ensures that more mats, and therefore more roadway surface, can be loaded per lorry


construction and features the unique chevron traction® surface to improve the grip and forward movement of heavy vehicles and plant, which also reduces side way slippage, even in the most challenging weather or ground conditions.

January 2015 ‘We thrive on pushing the boundaries of product innovation and continually question the status quo,’ remarked Zigma®’s founder & Managing Director Iain Brown. ‘Our philosophy is to listen carefully to the needs of our clients, monitor the demands of the market and develop products that feature new design, new techniques, new materials and new construction. Put simply, Zigma® leads and others follow!’

by Zigma. Market leading EuroMat® provides a heavy duty performance but with a load bearing of up to 80 tonnes/m2. Easily installed for easy of handling and a wide selection of connectors to suit a variety of applications. Alternatively Economat has been developed for jobs where our customers want a low cost, easy to deploy and reusable temporary access solution. A position usually taken by plywood however, risk of slippage and falls, injury from splinters, the increasing costs of plywood, short lifespan and the increasing environmental costs of disposal, make reusable Economat a safer and more economical alternative. RubbaMat delivers a variation on the theme of heavy duty to ground conditions whilst delivering ground protection to delicate surfaces making it ideal for use around construction sites and for use internally during maintenance work where heavy plant is to be used.

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Timber January 2015

British Hardwood Resurgence It’s widely understood that wood is one of the most sustainable building materials available. As a nation we have become overly reliant on imported hardwoods to the detriment of not only the UK hardwood industry, but also our own native woodlands. There is a long held belief amongst architects and designers that the UK timber industry is both limited in its capability and expensive. But as Tom Barnes of Vastern Timber explains, this is not the case. Specifying British Regardless of the size of the project – from the humble kitchen chair to the largest timber constructed building, wood delivers sustainability on almost all fronts and the very process of growing trees, forests and woodlands epitomises the core of sustainability. As well as absorbing 800kg of carbon per cubed metre of timber, trees and woodlands fauna and have an important role harvested it is a simple and natural process to plant another tree to replace it. The cycle of sustainability continues in the most natural way possible. The processing chain for timber is basic timber into a wood product requires little in the way of energy, but often much in the way of skill, care and dedication. And once a can last many years, even centuries. But is that enough to allow us to tick the sustainability box? Why have we become so reliant on imported hardwood over domestically grown hardwood and how does this work against the idea of sustainability? A big part of the reason for our reliance on imported wood is that the level of demand can’t possibly be met by the UK timber industry alone.


In reality the UK would have trouble satisfying perhaps a quarter of the demand for hardwood. According 43% of all timber products used in the UK in 2013 were British grown. But that includes softwoods, for which we certainly have a great deal of capacity. When you look at hardwoods, only 6% of hardwoods used in the UK are native. Unfortunately we have only 13% forest cover in the UK and this Europe. 72% of British woodlands are privately owned and of these 64% are unmanaged with only 22% of private woodland independently industry that does not appear to have the capability to deliver on demand. By using British wood we are protecting, valuing and putting something back into our own woodlands. We are also supporting our domestic industry and put an economic value on all of that, but we all want those woodlands to be there, we all want to reduce our environmental impact, and we all want to protect our own economy, so we should be using what’s on our doorstep and reducing the amount of timber we are importing if we want wood to be a truly sustainable material. This localism aspect of sustainability is what we as a nation should be focussing on. Simply having a mark on timber saying it comes from a sustainable source isn’t good enough when the timber has travelled thousands of miles around the globe. Is it not more sustainable to take timber from a properly managed woodland 50 miles away

where we can see how well the woodland is managed and can be reassured that there are no negative impacts to ecology or communities? The





that the wood you use comes from well-managed woodlands, but that the wood comes from British woodlands and that is an important distinction. By supporting the Grown In Britain movement and specifying British hardwoods, architects and designers have it within their ability to directly help to grow and protect this most important and historic industry, creating and safeguarding jobs and our woodlands and helping both local and national economies. But ultimately, by supporting the UK timber industry they will be helping to close the loop on sustainability. That’s a powerful message and a convincing driver for cultural change.

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January 2015

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challenge and it is a bold claim to be the and products. Despite the wide choice, the customer very short life protection with inadequate resistance to algae and vermin attack, discolouring and splintering of the timber surface and poor protection of people, pets and the environment. Sioo are leaders because we have approached old oil based solutions with their harmful biocides and drawn on nature to provide a wood of all types. The result is a solution that gives long life, a beautiful natural surface and is completely friendly to people and the environment. Sioo’s natural ingredients centred around the mineral silicon combine to quickly protect wood of all species, enhancing both appearance and performance. Sioo has been specified in Scandinavia by world leading

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Sioo gives wood beauty and durability with minimum effort Sioo Wood Protection AB are based in Gothenburg, Sweden. They are the developers of a break through wood protection process using silicon technology providing a unique combination of benefits for the care of timber. The Sioo products are in wide spread use across Scandinavia for all types of timber. The Sioo treatment is totally environmentally friendly and provides a beautiful smooth natural finish, strengthens the surface fibres, kills and prevents algae formation and insect attack, retards water and provides long life. The Sioo products are being specified by architects and customers across the UK.

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Construction Update - Jan 2015  
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