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Industry News August 2016

Balfour gets green light Building in the North month, Manchester Central’s doors for £120m Sussex Uni job Last opened for the inaugural North England

Build Expo. Much like the “four seasons in a day” weather, the show delivered something for everyone. Both days saw a 100+ booth exhibition, a high-level conference, CPD accredited training workshops, live demonstrations, VIP networking sessions, the Skills Hub careers zone, entertainment and many fantastic prize give-aways.

Balfour Beatty has been given the planning thumbs up to start the University of Sussex’s ambitious East Slope student accommodation project.

The conference and workshops offered a range of high calibre speakers, with representatives from organisations such as the Cabinet Office, ARUP, CIOB, Confederation of Co-operative Housing, Design Council Cabe, NFB, HBA, Homes and Communities Agency, Skanska, MACE, Futureworks (Yorkshire) and many more key industry professionals.

Balfour Beatty will redevelop part of the campus to create 2,100 new bedrooms as well as a new building for the Students’ Union and social facilities. The new buildings will replace the existing East Slope student accommodation, which dates from the 1970s and currently houses 600 students. Alongside the University, Balfour Beatty will design, build, finance and operate the project under a 50-year contract. The new bedrooms are the first stage of a £500m programme of investment to modernise and improve the University’s campus. Last year the University was granted outline consent for its campus Masterplan, which includes the majority of this new student accommodation. Work on the site will be carried out by a phased approach and is expected to begin in January 2017. The first phase will be ready around September/ October 2018, with all work completed by 2020. The University has been working in collaboration with Historic England, Brighton & Hove City Council and other local bodies to ensure that the campus’ architectural legacy is not compromised. Sir Basil Spence, the original architect of the University, created several highly distinctive signature buildings. These include Falmer House, the Meeting House and the newly refurbished Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. John Duffy, University of Sussex Registrar said: “We will be renewing the original Spence vision with the creation of new and equally distinctive signature buildings, as well as better pathways and movement through the campus, sustaining lines of sight to the South Downs. “The choice of building materials will also echo those favoured by Spence.”


Mark Scott, Futureworks (Yorkshire) commented, “As a small business focusing on encouraging young people into the construction industry, what a fantastic opportunity being involved in the North England Build Expo has been. More companies need to support next year’s event. For the industry to grow, let’s focus on young people being the heart of your future!” The expo also featured four exclusive Meet the Buyer sessions for exhibitors and VIP guests. Sessions included: Meet the Architects, Contractors and Engineers, Developers and Home Builders. The North England Build Expo received outstanding support from the industry, with over 40 official event and media partners, including lead supporters, the CIOB and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Rico Wojtulewicz, House Builders Association, added, “An interesting and open event that brings together the industry to challenge stereotypes and find solutions.” North England Build welcomes readers to join them for the 2017 show, but if you can’t wait that long, join them at London Build on October 26th & 27th at Olympia, London or Scotland Build at the SECC, Glasgow on November 23rd & 24th.

August 2016 Industry News

Graham bags £40m Manchester PRS project Graham Construction has bagged a £40m project to build over 230 private rented flats in three new buildings in Manchester. The firm has got the go-ahead to start work on the Ellesmere Street project in Castlefield, after property developer Glenbrook signed an agreement with investment firm Moorfield to fund the development. It represents the second PRS scheme that Glenbrook and Moorfield have partnered on following the completion of phase one of the Keel in September 2015, a 240-unit project at Queen’s Dock in Liverpool that is now fully occupied.









Designed by AEW Architects, the south Manchester gateway scheme of 200,000 sq ft will involve three buildings, ranging between eight and 12-storeys and was granted planning consent in April. Ian Sherry, director of Glenbrook, said: “We believe the private rented sector to be resilient, a belief which has been underlined by our commitment to bring forward over 750 further units which are in design or planning stages across the North West.”

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Industry News August 2016

Remmers Website – New, Improved & Accessible on the Move! Remmers UK Ltd has given their website a fresh new look and the fluent, responsive design means that it can now also be viewed on both desktop and mobile devices easily. The new site enables all visitors access to a wide range of detailed information quickly and efficiently. Highlights include Remmers product catalogues, technical data sheets, in-house and NBS specification guides, colour charts, literature and system specific project references along with a host of other helpful product and system information. The website also has an up-to-date news section and integrated social media links to Remmers Twitter, Facebook and Linked-In pages. Visit us at

Sika Multi Stick ®

- The Multi-Talented Grab Adhesive You Need In Your Tool Box Sika® Multi-Stick is a new generation in hybrid polymer grab adhesive from Everbuild – A Sika Company, designed especially for the trade with the ability to bond virtually anything to everything.


Solvent free and based on new SPUR technology, Sika® Multi Stick boasts incredible initial grab, high bonding strength and excellent slip resistance and is capable of bonding almost all materials, both porous and non-porous including glass, marble, brick, concrete, metals and hard plastics. Suitable for both interior and exterior applications, Sika® Multi Stick is completely waterproof

and weatherproof and can even be applied to wet surfaces, underwater or in the rain. Available in 350ml plastic cartridges and packaged into eye catching printed boxes, this product is sure to fly off the shelves and into toolboxes everywhere. For further information on Sika® Multi Stick or any other product from the Everbuild and Sika brands, contact your sales representative, call the sales office on 0113 240 2424 or visit

August 2016 Industry News

Bosch Professional Power Tools Used to Build Tough Mudder Course Bosch Professional Power Tools have been used for the construction of the Tough Mudder course, which will see more than 120,000 men and women turn up at events They will climb, swing and crawl over and through each one of up to 25 obstacles together throughout the 2016 Tough Mudder UK season. The obstacle course challenge spans 10 to 12 miles and tests teamwork, mental grit and physical strength and the team has relied on Bosch Professional Power Tools to construct the durable and unforgettable course for its participants. Tough Mudder Senior Construction Manager, David Solan, and his eight course building team have been given the task of turning the greenfield event sites into the energy-sapping tests of courage, strength and teamwork a that are Tough Mudders The team’s tools of choice are Bosch Professional Power Tools, where 18 volt cordless screwdrivers will power through at least 2,000 screws each day and five articulated truckloads of wood, as the crew will have only four weeks to finish the building of the course. As well as the screwdrivers, the team will also use the complete Bosch 18 volt range of rotary hammers, circular saws, brush cutters, angle drills and angle grinders. Solan commented: “Having the same battery system across all of the tools we use and amongst our team really helps to maximise productivity out in the field. “We are often in the middle of nowhere when we begin construction for our events, and so the combination of cordless and super-long battery life is essential. “It means that our tools are always ready to go to build these best-in-class obstacles.” All of Bosch’s Professional 18 volt tools can run on the complete range of Bosch 18 volt batteries and are future-proofed for any new power packs that may be launched. Senior Product Manager of Bosch Professional Cordless Power Tools, Martin Sibley, said: “We’re delighted that the 18-Volt range has had a chance to really prove its credentials with the Tough Mudder construction crew. “I think if it stands up to their rigorous demands, it earns the right to be in anyone’s toolbox!”

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August 2016

SketchUp 2016 has arrived!

SketchUp 2016 has recently launched and with this release we’re integrating Trimble Connect directly into SketchUp.

When you reference a file from any of these services (.skp or otherwise), LayOut will notify you when an update is available for your ‘web reference.’

As a refresher, Connect is Trimble’s platform for storing, syncing, referencing, sharing, and collaborating on design/build projects. Sign up for a free account, then start uploading .skp, .pdf, .dxf, .ifc. files. With this integration, we’re packaging the current Trimble Connect Extension into the installer.

Say goodbye to missing references when different people are working on the same .layout document within a cloud sync folder that also contains the referenced files.

The TC integration is accessible from the File menu, and will allow users to upload, pull down, and update SKP’s from Trimble Connect project folders. As you’re modelling you can even pull in and update reference SketchUp models as if they were locally hosted components. Learn more about Trimble Connect... In SketchUp 2016, a context click on a component gives you the opportunity to reload (or swap out) a new component directly from 3D Warehouse. This action will reload every instance of that component in your model (similar to the same action in the Components Browser), so it’s a helpful method for working with proxy models. And if your component was downloaded from 3D Warehouse, you can also use the context-click to quickly access its 3DWH details page. With this release, LayOut’s reference objects are now web friendly. That means your LayOut projects can reference and update files that are stored and synced with services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Trimble Connect Sync.


We’re proud to announce our first step towards an extension ecosystem for LayOut. Using this new API, developers can now create and customize .layout files from SketchUp models. Practically, this means that other applications can import or export the *.layout file format using the C API. (This includes creating a .layout file from SketchUp.). We have several sample scripts for developers to try out at release, along with a blog post where they can learn more. Learning and utilising SketchUp’s inference engine makes for fast and precise modelling. In this release, we’ve oiled that engine to provide slicker inferencing and locking across the board. This improvement is actually an entire set of smart tweaks we’ve made to inferencing and locking. You can download SketchUp Pro 2016 for free on a 30 day trial. After this time, the software will revert to SketchUp Make. Elmtec is the distribution partner for SketchUp in the UK. Contact us for more information on 01844 263750 or visit

SketchUp 2016 is here!

Connected, refreshed and best of all....still SketchUp.

SketchUp, Connected Reference, sync, comment, report, and share: SketchUp 2016 is more connected than ever to the projects, information, and people you work with.

Simple, intuitive, just right Every day, we obsess over making SketchUp seamless and efficient. Here’s what our obsession yielded in SketchUp 2016. • • • •

Enhanced inferencing and tool improvements Customiseable Utility Trays on Windows Refreshed Textures LayOut Layers

SketchUp Pro licensing is now friendlier than ever before. Every SketchUp 2016 download starts with a 30-day trial of Pro features.

Contact Elmtec, Sketchup’s distribution Partner in the UK


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Editor’s choice August 2016


August 2016 Editor’s choice

Aluprof on Prestigious North West Project One New Bailey is a new office development in Salford on the north bank of the River Irwell, situated next to Spinningfields and close the Lowry Hotel. The development is part of New Bailey, a new business and leisure hub within the growing area of Salford Central and offers 125,000 sq ft of prime commercial space adjacent to Manchester’s central business district.


luprof’s ‘cap-less’ curtain wall system, the advanced MB-SR50N EFEKT was used on all elevations of the new build and the fabrication and installation of the curtain wall was undertaken by CSi, Commercial Systems International, of Humberside. Stuart Green, Managing Director of CSi comments on the installation: “We are proud to be a part of such a prestigious project in the heart of Salford’s new central business district. Our installation team completed a top notch installation and we are looking forward to working with contractor Bowmer & Kirkland on future projects.

owned by Legal & General. The building was designed by Aedas RHWL architects, who also are responsible for the masterplan of the area. With large, regular and efficient floorplates, averaging over 17,000 sq ft (net), designed specifically for flexibility and to facilitate split tenancies, the One New Bailey development has achieved a Grade A, BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

One New Bailey, was developed by English Cities Fund (ECf), working closely with Salford Council and is funded and is

The highly anticipated Menagerie restaurant will occupy one of the ground floor units, making this a truly mixed use scheme.

Leading international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has announced that it will be leasing 80,000 sq ft within the building as the long term base for its Global Centre.

ECf is a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal & General and the Homes and Communities Agency. Aluprof systems are increasingly being specified on a wide range of residential and commercial projects across the UK. Systems are designed, fabricated and installed by selected, specially trained companies, to ensure each fabricated product meets the Aluprof exacting standards.

Further information is available on the company website at and specialist advice is available directly from Aluprof’s UK offices on 0161 941 4005.


August 2016

London’s Iconic Lighthouse Building - From mysterious past to bright future Once a building at risk and on the Historic England’s register deemed unsafe for use, the Grade II Listed Lighthouse building has been transformed into quieter and warmer office and retail space with the help of Selectaglaze. Opposite Kings Cross, stands the iconic Flat-Iron Lighthouse building. No one knows for certain when it was built, but some think it was somewhere between 1875 – 1884. What the building was used for is also unknown. Some guess it once sold oysters, others say the Lighthouse may have been used to spot fires or a camera obscura; it still remains a mystery today. Neglected for over 20 years, UK Real Estate took on the enormous task of revitalising the building for its new life as office and retail space and appointed Balfour Beatty as its main contractor. The project wasn’t without its challenges, with two underground tunnels running beneath; the building’s restoration had to be carefully managed, including tackling the issues of noise and vibrations. The answer to the extensive vibration issues was to isolate all internal fixtures and fittings by inserting elastomeric


bearing pads at all points of contact with the external structure. Secondary glazing was an intrinsic component of this solution as a fully independent internal window system, it allows the full sealing of the internal envelope. Selectaglaze is the specialist in the design, manufacture and installation of secondary glazing, with fifty years’ experience working on all building types. Selectaglaze recommended the use of 8mm toughened glass, glazed to Series 25 and Series 90 vertical sliders and Series 41 lift out units, designed to suit the style and sightlines of the primary window. In total Selectaglaze installed 83 units. When there is a cavity of at least 100mm between the primary and secondary glazing a reduction of 45dB is achievable. An additional benefit of secondary glazing is thermal retention, with the use of high performance twin seals, it virtually eliminates drafts and a U-value of 1.8 is possible.

As all of Selectaglaze units are a fully reversible adaptation and are accepted for use on Listed buildings by most heritage bodies.

For further information, literature or test results please contact Selectaglaze on 01727 837271/e mail: or visit:


OKI’s smart multifunction printers are robust and reliable enough to handle heavy use in tough environments like building sites and are easy to relocate when necessary. Equipped with print, copy, fax and scan and mobile printing compatibility, they feature an easy to use, customisable 7” colour LCD touch screen, to make light work of even the most demanding jobs. Combined with extensive media handling of A6 to A3 and up to 1.3 metres and easy integration into your existing systems, thanks to OKI’s Smart Extendable Platform, they are at the heart of your productivity.



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August 2016

Construction Company SDC Saves

New SMART OKI “Building sites can be a tough environment for any printer. It needs to be able to cope with anything, from dust and mud clogging up its insides to rough-handling by a constant stream of users and being moved from site to site” says Kit Lock, IT technician at award-winning construction company SDC. However, this wasn’t the reason the Bedford-based organisation made the decision to replace its site printers. SDC’s existing OKI models handled the wear and tear, and seemed to thrive on it. “They were at least six or seven years old. We admired their durability and the fact that they just kept going,” says Lock. SDC works across a variety of sectors including research and development, commercial, manufacturing, automotive, healthcare and education. As a result, it often has around 20 to 30 concurrent live projects on the go – each with their own temporary site manager’s office.

Decision to standardise

for several new Smart MC853DNCT MFP’s followed. “The reason for going for that specific device was to have all the functionality in one place – it can print, scan, fax and photocopy. It is very compact so it just sits in the corner and doesn’t take up any desk space,” says Lock. “We also wanted a machine that could replicate the finer details on drawings but – at the other end of

“We wanted a machine that could replicate the finer details on drawings but – at the other end of the spectrum – quickly print out a big Wet Paint sign.”

“These printers came from several different vendors and we had the issue of installing different printers for multiple users as they arrived on site. This was a constant demand on the IT department.”

Lock decided that the answer was to standardise on devices from a single vendor. Because the OKI printers had proved robust and reliable, OKI seemed the obvious choice. Working with OKI partner Abacus Leewell and with OKI itself, it decided to evaluate an OKI MC853DNCT A3/A4 colour multifunction printer (MFP) and check it could cope with the rugged setting and all the different tasks it had to perform.

Although SDC’s existing OKI printers were still in good shape,

The OKI Smart MFP passed the test with flying colours and an order

“So our main challenge was space. We had a selection of devices in each of our site offices including A4 mono, A3 colour printers for the many drawings needed for each project, day-to-day office printing and a separate photocopier causing space restrictions in an already limited workplace,” Lock continues.


they were older models that didn’t have photocopying capability. The company hire division had a number of photocopiers, which were aging and proving an expensive option. Every time a project finished, these photocopiers had to be moved. As there were various types, all set up in different ways and they were sometimes large and heavy, SDC had to get the supplier to pick them up, move them to the next site and set them up again.

the spectrum – quickly print out a big Wet Paint sign. We need these quickly because we are working with the public much of the time. They have to be good quality so people can read them,” he continues. “We also needed it to be a typical office printer for the usual Word documents such as policies and health and safety forms. Now these MFPs do it all.”

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Space, Time and Money with

Multifunction Printers Lock adds that despite the versatility of the MFPs, they are easy to use. “When someone needs to print their time sheet and copy drawings, they don’t want to create lots of settings, they just want to print it out straightaway.”

Significant cost savings So the OKI devices now combine all the functionality needed in one compact device, but what other benefits have been noted? “Definitely cost savings. We are expecting to make savings through standardised consumables and a reduction in number of devices” says Lock. “It has made life in the IT department a lot easier as we are not installing machines right, left and centre. All the devices are set up the same, staff can go to any site and print straightaway. Also there’s no scanning software involved because it’s all done through the machine.” The company’s site users are much happier with the new printing arrangements. “The machines are simple to use and we’ve had positive feedback so far,” he adds. SDC has bought this main batch of OKI MFPs outright but Lock continues to have a close relationship with both Abacus and OKI. “If we do have any issues, we can usually fix it ourselves but if we ever need to we can go straight to OKI’s second level IT support, we don’t have to jump through hoops all the time.” “We have been impressed by the quality, speed and overall performance of the OKI smart printers,” concludes Lock.


Refurbishment August 2016

Flowcrete UK Cements Partn

Flowcrete UK has undertaken the extensive refurbishment of a large garage and car park area owned by Cambridge Council alongside Total Protection, its exclusive applicator partner for social housing projects in the South of England.


his project exemplifies the ability of resin flooring manufacturer Flowcrete UK and specialist coatings contractor Total Protection to provide clients with every product and service required for a largescale social housing flooring project. This holistic approach includes identifying existing issues and delivering a complete package throughout pre-contract specification and inspection to post-contract maintenance and warranty. The site in Newtown consists of a 45-unit garage as well as a twostorey car park and ramp. The


garages are rented to local council tenants and are in constant use.

in the concrete slab’s centre was collecting water.

Cambridge Council could source When Flowcrete UK and Total all of the various repair mortars, Protection reviewed the 1,580m2 screeds, damp proof membranes, site a number of issues were recorded, including water migrating PU injection systems, corrosion protection and resin from the car coatings as well as park’s top deck “This project the multidisciplinary to the lower really showcases knowledge required to deck, cracking, leaking gullies and the benefits of our fix the existing problems and upgrade the site undulations in partnership with directly from Flowcrete the concrete slab causing ponding. Flowcrete UK for UK and Total Protection. One of the main the South’s social This was a significant problems in the housing sector” factor behind the council garage area was choosing this supplier that a 100ml recess

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nership with Total Protection and applicator partnership, as it meant that the client did not have to spend time and resources finding a number of different manufacturers and contractors for each aspect of the project. The Managing Director of Total Protection Ltd, Nick DiCienzo, said: “This project really showcases the benefits of our partnership with Flowcrete UK for the South’s social housing sector, as this was a difficult task that required a wealth of specialist knowledge as well as multiple high performance products. “We always have the needs of the tenants in mind when we undertake any application. We know that the work has to be completed quickly to avoid disruption to the tenant’s day-to-day lives - but the quality also has to be there in regards to what systems are used and how they are applied, in order to ensure that the floor provides many years of reliable, effective use.” Flowcrete UK’s Managing Director, Kevin Potter, said: “We’re excited to be working in partnership with Total Protection, as it means that we can offer an exceptional service to social housing developments carrying out a new-build or refurbishment flooring project. “Previously specifiers and developers would need to spend time assembling a variety of different suppliers and contractor teams before they could embark on a project such as the one at Newtown, however our new partnership avoids all this hassle, streamlining the route to a high quality floor finish.” The combination of Flowcrete UK products used during this project included Flowfast F1 Mortar to bring the substrate up to standard, repair the gullies and infill voids and buried joints. Isocrete Isopol SBR created a waterproof screed on the car park ramp and main garage area as well as a waterproof render band

around the perimeter of the walls and Isocrete M-Bond primer was applied to protect against rising moisture in the garage area. Flowcoat SF41, a hard wearing epoxy resin coating, was applied as a wearing surface across the 850m2 garage, with anti-slip aggregates incorporated into the finish. 700m2 of the fast cure deck coating system Deckshield Rapide ID-HD was installed on the car park’s top deck and ramp to create a robust surface able to withstand traffic, weather and automotive chemicals. The entire project, which was closely monitored by the council’s contract manager throughout, was completed in 2 ½ months, coming in under the client’s 3-month deadline. After the installation the site’s operators were supplied with a comprehensive O&M manual to help maintain and manage the floor area. If you’d like to find out more about Flowcrete UK’s flooring solutions for the social housing sector you can download the brochure “Transforming Social Housing Environments” by clicking here, alternatively ring 01270 753000 or email to talk to one of the company’s resin flooring experts.


Refurbishment August 2016

Dulux Trade Owner, AkzoNobel Helps HACT Launch Social Value & Procurement Toolkit Dulux Trade brand owner, AkzoNobel was named as a key contributor to the development of a new toolkit at its launch last week - Social Value and Procurement: A toolkit for housing providers and contractors - that defines and measures social value through the life cycle of the procurement process. The toolkit developed by HACT with the support of solicitors, Trowers & Hamlins LLP and procurement specialists, echelon Consultancy Ltd alongside contractors and Housing Associations, enables Housing Providers to quantify and measure social value generated through the supply chain. The HACT social value methodology, Wellbeing Valuation , provides a consistent mechanism to enable contractors and manufacturers to identify and respond to the needs of registered providers. AkzoNobel was the only manufacturer on the HACT-led working group that designed the toolkit, demonstrating the company’s commitment to helping Housing Providers and contractors define and deliver social value within procured contracts. The toolkit will enable companies bidding for contracts in the housing sector, including Dulux Trade Contract Partners, to clarify precisely how they will drive social value through delivery of the contract.


Andy Brewin, Social Housing and Social Value Business Manager, AkzoNobel, one of the speakers at the launch, spoke of his optimism that the new HACT toolkit will help the supply chain to achieve ambitious targets linked to social value measures. He also told the audience of professionals from the Housing Provider, Authority and developer community including Northern Housing Consortium, Wandle and Wates that the toolkit will help to positively impact the lives of people living and working within the social housing sector. Reiterating the responsibility of companies throughout the supply chain to drive forward and improve social value ratings, Andy Brewin used AkzoNobel as an example of a manufacturer that not only uses its paints to demonstrate social value but that is committed to driving up and improving training prospects and skills-based learning for housing sector beneficiaries.

Andy Brewin, Social Housing and Social Value Business Manager, AkzoNobel

Andy Brewin, AkzoNobel said: “We are delighted to have been invited to work with HACT and the other partners on the development of the toolkit. It was important to us as a company to contribute to its development from the point of view of a manufacturer as the whole supply chain has to be considered if attempting to seamlessly deliver social value through the procurement process.” “Our participation has allowed us to evaluate our own social value to the housing sector. Our social value will be measured through our future product or service developments, through our brands such as Dulux Trade, our new training facility, the Dulux Academy for professional decorators, trainees and apprentices and through the scheme we run for our Contract Partners. Our participation on the working group has reinforced that manufacturers, contractors, Housing Providers and Authorities need to be aligned so that they can recognise and meet the needs of the people that they serve.” For further information about the toolkit, please visit or

Refurbishment August 2016

Wireless Alarm System for Refurb of Old Post Office Hq Illustrating the flexibility of its alarm systems for construction sites, Bull Products’ Cygnus system is currently being used during the part demolition and soft strip at 148 Old Street, London EC1, where a major refurbishment of a former post office building is taking place.


he so-called ‘cut and carve’ project by demolition contractors Cantillon involves taking out the main spine wall and 2 floors of the main building as well as the demolition of the central wing structure. This 12 month first phase of the project finishes in June 2016. The project will create around 157,000 sq.ft. of prime office space in the City. Cantillon has used the Cygnus wireless alarm system since the project started. A total of 31 alarm units are being used across all six floors of the building, this comprising 16 fire call points and 15 fire and first aid call points


meaning that there is an alarm at every exit. These are linked to the Cygnus control panel in the reception area. John Rimmer, Health & Safety Manager for Cantillon, is delighted with the Cygnus system, commenting, “The Cygnus system enables us to have far more confidence if there is a fire or first aid event, as wherever you are in the building, there is an alarm unit only 15 metres away where a button could be pressed – there is no need for clanging bells or sounding horns.” He continued, “With the central control unit in reception we have instant knowledge as to where an alarm has been set off – for instance, on the third floor, unit

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15 – and we can also press the button on the control panel to check the system is working at any time. Our fire extinguishers box is also fitted with a tamper switch which can set an alarm off which is also visible on the control unit.” As a wireless system, the Cygnus alarm is infinitely portable and thus can be transferred to another site after its initial use. However, as in this case, the Cygnus system has the potential to be taken over by the main contractors as they start the refurbishment programme and fit-out. The Cygnus wireless fire alarm system is a major innovation for construction sites and has been designed and developed in conjunction with major construction companies to incorporate all the features required for larger construction projects. The Cygnus system is able to link no less than 480 units in 15 different zones. Individual units may be either a fire

alarm call point, first aid alert point, smoke detector, heat detector or a combined call point and first aid alert alarm. Where there are multiple sites within range of each other, the CE marked Cygnus system has been designed to operate on different site addresses in order to keep each system separate and free from interference. A major feature of the Cygnus system is the optional control panel which provides a very sophisticated capability with an event log function which records any events such as an alarm activation, low battery warning, and signal faults, all of which can be viewed if necessary in the history folder held on the panel. The system also has the ability to test all units and has an evacuate function which will act as a call point to the rest of the alarm units. Each unit in the system can provide the panel with information at regular

intervals. This explicit information confirms the unit is still present and what the battery status of each device is. Known as the ‘heart beat’ this message is monitored by the control panel where fitted and if the ‘heart beat’ is not heard for several intervals, the control panel logs a full status for that unit. A PIR option is now available on any of the modules which can detect an intruder and alert off-site personnel for added safety protection. Bull Products offers a full oneyear guarantee on all Cygnus devices and provides high levels of technical, on-site and after-sales service support in addition to its standard maintenance contracts. Further information on the Cygnus wireless alarm system is available from Bull Products on 0844 669 1111, by emailing or by visiting the company’s website at


August 2016

Fermacell Set to Debut at Education Estates Partitioning systems from fermacell will showcase at this year’s Education Estates show.


pecialist building board manufacturer Fermacell will debut its schools offer for new-build and refurbishment projects at this year’s Education Estates event (October 18-19, Manchester Central).

Due to their density, partitions made from Fermacell generally do not require pattressing when attaching fixtures and fittings such as wipe boards and TV screens which means that they are much more cost effective and flexible than conventional drywall.

Its stand (E17) will demonstrate the many ways in which Germanengineered fermacell partitions are especially ideal for the education environment, being particularly robust and damage resistant. Even if they are damaged, they are exceptionally easy to repair.

It was the boards’ excellent loadbearing properties which got them specified by specialist timber frame manufacturer Scotts of Thrapston for a start in a new sector.

With this in mind, Fermacell is using the Education Estates exhibition, conference and award dinner event to launch its new lifetime “Impact Warranty” which guarantees Fermacell will supply repair materials or replacement boards in the extremely unlikely event of damage.


In addition, the multiple acoustic and fire requirements as specified in BB100 and BB93 can be met with just six fermacell partition types, simplifying the specification and installation of the product. This compares to many more combinations with conventional drywall systems

Scotts in Northamptonshire have 95 years’ expertise in the equestrian and garden buildings sector but recently decided to try and break into the education sector by supplying modular classroom buildings. They specified 153 of fermacell’s 1200mm x 2400mm x 12.5mm boards for their first such project, Weldon Church of England Primary School, in their home county, and have not looked back since, also using fermacell for another school and an office building. The fermacell panels were used to line the walls and ceilings of a £175,000 replacement for a 20-year-old modular building including a classroom, group room, lobby, toilets and storeroom.

Fermacell boards have also been or are being used at Redbridge and Bank View Schools in Liverpool, Ellon Academy in Aberdeen, Civitas Academy in Reading, Lane End School in Highgate, London, Harrogate High School and the University of Nottingham’s sustainable chemistry building. Fermacell systems are now also available through bimstore. Downloadable in the Revit format, more than 30 Fermacell systems for walls, floors and ceilings can be accessed via the UK’s largest BIM portal,, as well as through The Fermacell BIM components include steel and timber stud partitions, steel and timber wall linings and SFS wall systems as well as dry floor screed and steel frame and timber ceilings. This BIM capability is complemented by a “Modern construction needs modern materials” CPD which explains how fermacell is made, how it conforms to relevant standards, where it can typically be used, what product options are available, and its performance characteristics and installation process.

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Nebula “HPWM” is an innovative, best value, fire protection solution designed to allow open plan layouts to comply with current UK building regulations (BS 8458:2015). Building and housing regulations have traditionally encouraged the creation of fire resistant compartments in homes as to limit the spread of fire, an approach that consumers find increasingly frustrating as they seek open, light spaces to live in. Today however, LACoRS guide, approved Document B, British Standard_8458 and the Scottish Building Regulations all recognise the need for flexibility of layout and all allow open-plan designs as long as some additional features, including fire suppression, are provided. For architects and developers, Nebula “HPWM” allows the modern, open-plan layouts that clients increasingly expect to comply with Building Regulations. For landlords, Nebula “HPWM” can create a safe escape route in an existing open plan house or flat with no impact on rentable space.

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Fire Protection August 2016

Save space and time with the new Hilti firestop cast-in device Hilti has launched the new CFS-CID Firestop cast-in device for new construction in-situ concrete slabs, featuring a thinner, more powerful integrated firestop collar to allow greater tolerances around pipes and a smaller footprint for unmatched versatility. Part of the company’s extensive range of ETA-approved firestop products, it is available in four sizes covering a range of pipe diameters from 40160mm, and has a standard height of 250mm. Modular 150mm extension tubes can be securely attached to increase the height of the cast-in device for use in thicker slabs, these can be stacked and cut to achieve any required elevation. An external thread gives a secure connection to the lid and the ability to add CFS-CID accessories, including a manifold adapter to create a 280x280mm square opening which creates a 75mm void ideal for pipe junctions, manifold or elbows. Designed to work around rebar and to install pipes closer together if required, multiple devices can be clicked together with zero separation. Notches on the base also allow for easy set out on formwork. Fastening is possible with nails or a direct fastening tool, and inspection can be carried out visually after the concrete is poured based on a clear red footprint. The simple, one-stop installation process including firestop, smoke barrier and water containment saves the labour intensive process of shuttering, breaking or coring after the concrete is poured and then backfilling with mineral wool or mortar. Also subsequent firestopping with intumescent collars or wraps is not required. The CFS-CID can be used with wastewater, cooling, heating and drinking water pipes, across a wide variety of plastic pipe materials.


Daniel Romero Cordoba, Northern Europe Product Manager (Chemicals) for Hilti, said: “Based on customer feedback we set out to create the easiest to install firestop cast-in device with the smallest footprint available on the market – and that’s precisely what the CFS-CID delivers. “The device is the latest innovation in Hilti’s extensive firestop portfolio and has been independently tested to EN 1366-3, the report clearly states exactly what can be passed through the product and where it can be installed. “The product itself is very easy to install, so it gives peace-of-mind to the user who knows both lives and assets will be protected should a fire occur.” Hilti has also launched Firestop Selector to help customers choose the best firestop solution for the job. Available at, the user can select penetration type, base

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August 2016

150 Wireless Fire Alarm Devices In Use On Battersea Power Station Redevelopment The Grade II listed building designed in the 1930s by Sir Giles Gilbert-Scott was decommissioned in 1983 and is now subject to an £8 billion re-development within 42 acres of former industrial land. Phase 2 of the development involves the iconic power station building itself, where no less than 150 Cygnus wireless alarm systems are installed to ensure a safe environment for construction workers on site. With the project at groundwork stage and nearly all of the internals demolished, the Cygnus wireless alarm system is there to protect workers in the old wash towers, on ground levels and around all the pedestrian walkways. The Bull Products’ Cygnus system provides a comprehensive network of fire alarm call points, first aid alerts, combined call points and first aid alerts, smoke detectors and heat detectors which are linked together in different zones on a construction site. As many as 480 alarm and detector units can be linked in this way in different zones. Battersea Power Station with its four towers is a massive building which is being redeveloped for mixed use with over 2 million sq.ft. of retail, leisure, offices and new homes. There are six floors of office space, and sky villas at the very top of the building, all offering exceptional views across London. This is a six-year project scheduled for completion in 2020. Darren O’Brien, Security and Fire Systems Manager for Woodlands Site Services, which is working for Skanska UK on the project, was keen to specify the Cygnus wireless alarm system commenting “We have had much experience of using the Cygnus system

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Bull Products’ Cygnus wireless fire alarm system has been selected for use during the re-development of one of London’s major landmarks, Battersea Power Station. on other projects and had no hesitation in using this for Battersea Power Station. It is absolutely perfect, is very solid and robust and does the job extremely well”. Intended purely for use on construction sites, the CE marked Cygnus system has been specifically designed for use in dense concrete and steel structured buildings and areas where there are many other radio frequencies in operation, and so particular attention has been given to achieving an impressive connection range. Where there are multiple sites within range of each other, the Cygnus system has been designed to operate on different site addresses in order to keep each system separate and free from interference. A major feature of the Cygnus system is the optional control panel which provides a very sophisticated capability with an event log function which records any events such as an alarm activation, low battery warning, and signal faults, all of which can be viewed if necessary in the history folder held on the panel. The system also has the ability to test all units and has an evacuate function which will act as a call point to the rest of the alarm units. Each unit in the system can provide the panel with information at regular intervals. This explicit information confirms the unit is still present and what the battery status of each device is. Known as the ‘heart beat’ this message is monitored by the control panel where fitted and if the ‘heart beat’ is not heard for several intervals, the control panel logs a fault status for that unit. A PIR option is now available on any of the modules which can detect an intruder and alert off-site personnel for added safety protection. Bull Products offers a full one-year guarantee on all Cygnus devices and provides high levels of technical, on-site and after-sales service support in addition to its standard maintenance contracts.

August 2016

Yeoman Shield

New Guardian Twin Handrail

Yeoman Shield’s new Guardian Twin Handrail was installed as part of the ward refurbishment project recently undertaken at Barnsley Hospital, South Yorkshire. A 350+ bed hospital built in the 1970’s and serving a quarter of a million people in the Barnsley area, the hospital demands a constant regime of maintenance throughout its premises. Maintaining its high standards, Barnsley Hospital have improved the surroundings and facilities in 6 of the hospital wards, including the discharge unit, female trauma and elective orthopaedic unit.


As part of the refurbishment project Yeoman Shield were employed to remove the old bump rail and handrails and replace them with the dual purpose Guardian Twin Handrail to corridors and waiting areas throughout the 6 wards.

The twin handrail was supplied with a 50mm dia. PVCu upper handrail for support to those who need it and a lower 125mm deep protection rail which standing slightly forward of the handrail, offers protection to both the wall décor and the handrail itself, minimising on repair and replacement. Supplied in a Pastel Blue colour with contrasting accessories in Pebble Grey the Guardian Twin Handrail from Yeoman Shield was complemented with matching 200mm protection strip and corner protection angles. A member of the nursing staff on the discharge unit commented “Previously down the corridors

in this ward we just had a protection rail but now it has been replaced with a system that offers a handrail as well and we have found it a great help to our clients who attend the unit.” Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust commented that they have worked with Yeoman Shield previously and have always found their products and workmanship to be of a high standard. For further details and options on the Yeoman Shield Guardian Twin handrail and the new Guardian 50mm dia. Handrail range go to or call 0113 279 5854.

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August 2016

Wildfowl And Wetlands Trust (WWT) & Thames Water Announce Plans for A New London Development Project

WWT London Wetland Centre joins forces with fit-out specialists fuse design + build to convert their theatre building into a multi-functional venue launching this summer 2016 WWT London Wetland Centre announces development plans funded by Thames Water set to open in time for the peak summer season at London Wetland Centre. Local Barnes-based commercial and residential refurbishment specialists, fuse design + build ( is the appointed contractor to deliver innovative designs in order to convert the existing theatre building into a multipurpose venue. It will appeal to visitors and school groups and provide a unique setting for corporate days, weddings and other event hire all year round. London Wetland Centre, an award winning nature reserve, attracts 200,000 visitors a year to its worldrenowned nature reserve and conservation area at Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT. The theatre space at the London Wetland Centre opened in 2000 as a key part of the visitor centre complex. The aim of the new development project is to cater for the multitude of day to day activities and events that the WWT has to offer in its unique setting. fuse has devised design concepts with WWT with an “eco-chic” theme for the venue using neutral and rustic, earthy tones, compelling graphics and raw materials to create a contemporary indoor, outdoor feel and to emulate the awe-inspiring, natural environment. With a stylish decked area at the rear of the building cantilevered over the water and a covered structure sympathetic to the surroundings, fuse and WWT aim to create the perfect platform


for event hire and provide a stunning entertaining space to compliment and accentuate the beautiful backdrop of the Wetlands. With a strong AV, mechanical and electrical division, fuse will also design and install full cinema capabilities and interactive technology for screenings and presentations during corporate days and for WWT’s on-going formal educational programmes. Plus, various water-saving measures will also be incorporated in this project backed by Thames Water. David Green, Manager of London Wetland Centre, comments; “Bringing this exciting development project to fruition with Thames Water is part of our on-going strategy to enhance and expand our overall offering at WWT. Together with the dedicated and highly professional team at fuse design + build, we look forward to revealing a fantastic new venue that will compliment the natural surroundings and augment our values and efforts in conserving and appreciating the environment around us.” Managing Director of fuse, Lee Heath, adds; “We are extremely proud to be working with WWT and Thames Water in such an exciting development project in London. The designs and flexibility of the venue aim to offer a wide appeal and create a memorable and inspiring place for all ages to enjoy.”

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CONFERENCE SESSIONS INCLUDE: • Innovations in Architecture – exploring the technical and creative developments that are pushing the boundaries in the built environment. • Place making and design for the Northern Powerhouse – the latest thinking and practice in urban design and strategies for creating success in the North West • Development landscape in the North West – hear from developers from both the private and public sector, presenting their plans and pipeline for the next five years.

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August 2016

Don’t allow Subfloor Moisture to Delay Occupation with F. Ball’s Range of High Performance Waterproof Surface Membranes!

As the UK’s premier flooring product specialist, F. Ball has developed a specialist market leading range of high performance products, providing a wide range of tried and tested subfloor moisture control solutions. The technical experts at F. Ball know that the way to ensure the lasting performance of a new floorcovering installation is to deal with any damp or moisture problems from the outset. If not dealt with successfully, not only will the appearance of the new floorcovering be ruined, but the very fabric of its construction and ultimately the integrity of the installation, will be compromised too. Every specifier and contractor knows the old maxim ‘time is money’, so when there are products that can deliver better economy, are easier to apply, and provide time-saving solutions guaranteed to perform perfectly, they’re bound to attract a lot of attention.


Accurate moisture testing in accordance with the British Codes of Practice BS 8203, BS 5325 and BS 8201 is essential to determine the Relative Humidity (RH) level within a subfloor. F. Ball recommend moisture levels be checked accurately by use of their approved Digital Hygrometers. An indication of the presence of moisture can be quickly determined using the Protimeter Aquant or Protimeter Moisture Measurement System (MMS). If the relative humidity is below 75% it is safe to proceed with a fitting. Where the RH is above 75%, the installation should not proceed, as excess moisture in the floor could result in blistering of the floorcovering or complete failure of the flooring installation. This may result in expensive and lengthy remedial work, including the possibility of a costly ‘rip out’. Visual inspection is insufficient as a surface can appear dry while excess moisture is still present. Once levels have been accurately measured

and confirmed, you then need to apply the best Waterproof Surface Membrane available. If the RH measurement is above 75% and up to 92%, F. Ball recommend to use one coat of Stopgap F76 or Stopgap Isolator Membrane. If the RH is above 92%, F. Ball recommend to use Stopgap F77, F78 or Stopgap Isolator Membrane. (Wood floor installations should be a maximum of 65% RH, consult the wood floor manufacturer) The treatment of subfloor moisture problems is very serious to consider before beginning any major flooring project. For further information on the complete F. Ball range of Waterproof Surface Membranes, moisture control and moisture measurement please visit the F. Ball website or tweet us on the dedicated Twitter support profile @ASKFBall

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Islington Customer Centre, London The job/challenge: The client approached Olivers Contracts to refurbish 900 m2 of old flooring which had become contaminated and worn from general foot traffic. There were also a few cracks in certain areas. A floor covering had not been present for several years and instead the old subfloor had been coated with some form of seal and paint. Overall, the floor appeared soft and a little unstable which indicated a weak latex based smoothing compound had been installed previously. It was also clearly visible that small areas across the floor had been patched in suggesting previous failures in those areas. A further concern for Olivers Contracts was that premium luxury vinyl tiles needed to be installed within open and expansive areas containing large windows. Consequently, the floor would be subject to a considerable amount of natural light and potential heat. The floor preparation and installation therefore had to be perfect. On top of this the footfall in these areas was going to be high so the installation system needed to


be strong even though it would be applied over a soft latex subfloor. Olivers Contracts needed to resolve the problems with the subfloor whilst ensuring the subsequent installation of the new floor covering was adequately protected. For peace of mind Olivers Contracts chose a UZIN system because minimising risk was essential.

The solution / implementation: Previous installations had been undertaken by other contractors by applying low strength latex based smoothing compounds. This resulted in a soft subfloor because the seal and paint were applied directly to the latex. Olivers Contracts therefore turned to UZIN’s premium quality product systems to resolve the problem. A Wolff Samba machine with a diamond bits was first used to remove all contamination and loose latex. UZIN NC 888 feather coat was then used in a few small areas before UZIN PE 280 primer was used to create a barrier between the cementitious subfloor and UZIN NC 110 calcium sulphate

based smoothing compound. The luxury vinyl tiles were then installed with UZIN KE 66 high temperature adhesive. Olivers Contracts decided to use UZIN NC 110 smoothing compound as it provided the perfect solution to remedy the projects problems. The product is virtually stress free which dealt with the soft and suspect subfloor whilst offering a strong compressive strength for the new floor covering. The flow and ‘glass like’ smooth finish were ideal and the great coverage provided an added bonus.

The result: The project took place over 4 weekends as planned, without any complications. The client was exceptionally pleased with the finish throughout all areas and there hasn’t been any form of subfloor or product failure since the work was completed. Gareth Jenkins, Project Manager at Islington Council said “I am very pleased with the quality and appearance of the finished flooring and with the performance of Olivers Contracts in laying it.”

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August 2016

Fermacell offers a new duo of flooring guides The MAXifloor system from Fermacell is now supported by two new brochures. Leading specialist building boards manufacturer Fermacell has launched new literature to support its MAXifloor hollow flooring system.

- a future-proof, functional and flexible solution. Sitting on pedestals between a reinforced concrete structural floor and floor covering such as laminate, parquet and tiles, MAXifloor’s 39mm thick gypsum fibreboard performs to fire protection class F30 and to impact sound levels of 13 to 26dB.

A four-page A4 snapshot guide gives a preview of the simple tongue and groove system for new-build and retrofit while its 16-page big brother brochure goes into detail about its characteristics, applications, As well as the pedestals, accessories installation, accessories and finishing. include perimeter strips, adhesive and joint Designed to help specifiers smoothly filler. The boards can be cut to size with integrate building services and just a circular saw, jigsaw or handsaw. Both communications in modern flooring pieces of literature also give guidance on systems in domestic and commercial layouts for working loads of between 2 kN applications, it guarantees the three Fs and 4 kN. The detailed MAXifloor brochure is available to download from


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Case study August 2016

Kawneer Helps Deliver a Pioneering Glazing systems by Kawneer feature on the new Alder Hey


rchitectural glazing from leading aluminium systems supplier Kawneer features on a multi award-winning building which sets a blueprint for nextgeneration healthcare. Two types of Kawneer’s curtain walling – AA®201 unitised (or modular) and AA®110 traditional (or “stick”) system – were used alongside AA®541 SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) integrated window vents and AA®720 and series 190 heavy-duty entrance doors on the £167 million Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. The new hospital is ground breaking in multiple ways, from being the greenest hospital in the UK (it is BREEAM “Excellent” rated), through the first in Europe to be built in a park, to the first “cognitive” hospital, harnessing the power of “big data” with the latest in computer technology.


It was officially opened on June 22nd by Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, some nine months after the 63,000m2 precast concrete building with undulating wildflower meadow green roof and load-bearing façade was handed over following a construction programme of just over two years. Kawneer’s AA®201 unitised curtain walling was specified especially to help with this aspect of the greenfield project as typically it can be installed in a fraction of the time of traditional or stick curtain walling. The AA®110 stick system was used to flood with daylight the atrium concourse which forms the hospital’s public hub while the AA®201 unitised system performs the same function for the sides of three open fingers radiating outwards which alternate with gardens, intertwining building and landscape.

Both curtain walling systems have nominal sightlines of 65mm and at Alder Hey incorporate red and blue coloured infill panels. The brief to architects BDP was for a hospital that engenders well-being and raises patients’ and visitors’ spirits by adding to their quality of life, integrating the hospital and park for the therapeutic benefit of children, their families and staff. The result is a unique concept, recasting Alder Hey as the Children’s Health Park and creating a hospital without precedent, utilising the latest thinking on infection control, patient dignity and privacy, segregation of patient, clinical and facilities management flows, and technological advances. Rising out of the park with its undulating profile, it

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Healthcare Prognosis Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. makes it an instantly recognisable and a striking and iconic gateway to Liverpool, comprising 270 beds, including 48 critical care beds for patients in intensive care, high dependency and burns, together with 16 digitally-enhanced operating theatres. BDP project director Ged Couser said: “It was quite a challenge but I think we have delivered a worldclass building. The trust claims it is the greenest hospital in the country, generating 60% of its energy on site through the use of photovoltaics, CHP [Combined Heat and Power) and closed loop ground-source heat pumps. “The main contractor Laing O’ Rourke was keen to have as much unitised glazing as possible to make the programme work but because of the geometry of the build it wasn’t possible to install unitised curtain walling everywhere so we had a mix of that and stick curtain walling.

“We also had a requirement for the sightlines to be as slim as possible and for there to be no difference between the stick and the unitised systems and that is what we achieved with the Kawneer systems and aluminium’s sustainability certainly contributed towards the BREEAM rating.” Delivered by Kawneer’s special projects team, Alder Hey has already won three awards – RICS North West Building of the Year, RIBA North West Building of the Year and a 2016 RIBA National Award. The RIBA judges said: “The client and architect have created something special here. Not only is this a complete contrast to the previous Alder Hey building, which still lurks next door as an institutional reminder of how most of us think of hospitals, it offers a new model for the design of children’s healthcare facilities far and wide.

“A hugely complex brief and a short delivery timescale were handled superbly well by the design team with an obviously tenacious and astute client team driving forward at every step. “Despite some compromises, the team had managed to maintain the core strength of vision (the underlying theme was ‘if we’ve seen it before it’s not for us’) and the building provides a humanising yet professional backdrop to the lifechanging dramas that unfold beneath its (undulating) roof every day. The land of remarkable people now have a hospital to match their aspirations and this project demonstrates how architecture can make a difference.” To view a five-minute video on the new Alder Hey, featuring interviews with Ged Couser, the interior designer and a critical care consultant, please go to =k5SsMdgkmbo&


August 2016

Fermacell helps Scotts break the boundaries Timber frame manufacturer Scotts of Thrapston has used fermacell on a pioneering school build.


ypsum fibre dry lining boards from Fermacell have helped a specialist timber frame manufacturer make a promising start in a new sector. Scotts of Thrapston in Northamptonshire have 95 years’ expertise in the equestrian and garden buildings sector but recently decided to try and break into the education sector by supplying modular classroom buildings. They specified 153 of fermacell’s 1200mm x 2400mm x 12.5mm boards for their first such project, Weldon Church of England Primary School, in their home county, and have not looked back since, also using fermacell for another school and an office building. The fermacell panels were used to line the walls and ceilings of a £175,000 replacement for a 20-yearold modular building at Weldon in Corby, where pupil numbers have doubled to 200+ in just over 40 years, and have been used throughout the classroom, a group room, lobby, toilets and storeroom. The 18.5m x 6.5m building, which is also clad in timber and roofed in coated steel profiled panels, was constructed as a flat pack over two weeks at Scotts’ production facility in Thrapston, then transported by truck to Weldon and erected by a team of four men using an all-terrain fork lift truck in just six weeks during term time. Scotts estimate this is just a fraction of the time it would have taken for a traditional bricks and mortar build, saving contractors and therefore clients considerable amounts of


money and reducing reliance on good weather. The new, well-insulated building is more than double the size of its predecessor, which even lacked running water, and makes use of fulllength windows to maximise natural daylight and reduce the school’s reliance on artificial lighting. The fermacell boards have helped bring the new classroom into the 21st Century in other ways too as a large new wipe board can be hung from the boards without recourse to pattressing which is time consuming and more expensive in terms of materials and labour. Scotts’ business development manager Philip Goldstone said the fermacell boards were specified by them for multiple reasons. “Their density helped from a structural engineers’ point of view and their robustness provides good impact resistance which is essential in this sector,” he said. “From a fire resistance point of view they have a good burn time and they are moisture resistant. But probably most impressive is their racking ability. Their

holding strength is such that we don’t have to do any reinforcing. The school can hang its wipe boards and shelving without any damage occurring.” He added: “The other benefit we liked was that the fermacell boards didn’t need skimming. We were just able to join the boards and then paint them. The finish it gives was perfectly acceptable.” The company had become familiar with fermacell over time but this was the first time they had used the boards. Philip said: “We had had some training from Fermacell so we knew what tools we would need and there were no issues at all. We were perfectly happy working with it.” They have now also been used on the walls and ceilings at Sutton Benger primary school in Chippenham, Wiltshire, which comprises classroom, lobby, storeroom and toilets, and at stone supplier Digby Stone’s new flagship offices in Halesowen, West Midlands. Click here to view Scotts of Thrapston’s video of Weldon Primary School.

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August 2016

External Door-Kits with PAS24:2012 ….And A 10-Year Guarantee, Classic! James Latham is now offering a range of super-thick, high-performance external door blanks that as well as having been tested to PAS24:2012 at Exova BMTrada, also boast a 10-year guarantee against bowing.


xclusively available on a short lead time though James Latham, FERRO KlassikPlus door blanks, which are manufactured by Moralt in Germany and are available in 68mm, 78mm, 88mm and 98mm thicknesses, can also be supplied as a complete door-kit which includes a 3-part frame, hinges, seals, threshold and multi-point lock, making it a bespoke offering. PAS24:2012 is an accepted UK standard for external doors as it covers a range of enhanced tests including extremes of weather, security and acoustics. Also, the ironmongery used for the PAS24:2012 testing was Glutz which has an excellent reputation within the Architectural Ironmongery industry.


In addition, this product has been comprehensively tested and certified to EN14351-1 - which is the CE marking standard for external windows and

doors - plus, the 98mm door blank is certified by the PassivHaus Institute in Darmstadt, Germany. Steven Dennard, Group Door Manager for James Latham explained, “As the UK market comes to appreciate the impact that a more substantial and impressive front door has to the entrance of a dwelling, it is our strong belief that FERRO KlassikPlus will quickly become the door blank of choice for architects and specifiers looking for a product that is not only ontrend but, from a technical and security point of view, will consistently perform to an extremely high level.” The list of technical features and benefits and certification for the FERRO KlassikPlus is impressive and this is particularly evidenced by the 10-year bowing guarantee which is down to Moralt’s patented flat steel stabiliser running down the lock side of the door. This is not something that could normally be achieved with a timber door because if the door bows it diminishes its weather, security and acoustic performance. Finally, James Latham has also put the FERRO KlassikPlus into the BM Trada QMark Enhanced Security Door scheme. This scheme - like the QMark fire door scheme - is recognised by architects and specifiers as one of the UK’s best third party schemes for doors. Entry into this scheme is possible only with, for example, PAS24 certification. For more information on this and James Latham’s extensive range of door blanks, phone; 0116 257 3415, e-mail: or

July 2016


August 2016

Greenwich development features sustainable systems from Reynaers Nestled in a busy London district, Greenwich Square is an award-winning, striking regeneration scheme at the old site of Greenwich District Hospital. More than 600 new homes are going to be created as part of London’s first major carbon neutral development. The design echoes traditional street patterns, with a variety of amenities surrounding a relaxed public square. Curved, swooping façades work together with undulating islands of woodland landscaping and meandering paths in harmony with a variety of contemporary, high specification housing. The south east London project has utilised multiple Reynaers systems, including CS 86-HI, CS 77, CW 50 and Vision 50. These aluminium windows and doors are well-insulated to control heat and air permeability, thereby reducing costs for residents. Used throughout the £215m development, Reynaers’ CS 86-HI and CS 77 include robust flush door and window systems, which meet the highest requirements with regard to safety, thermal insulation and stability. With unlimited design freedom and maximum transparency, CW 50 is a curtain wall façade and roof system that has been used as part of the buildings in the public square. Vision 50, used in the retail elements of the development, is a non-insulated flush door system designed for ground-floor and shop front constructions.


Hugh Moss, Head of Marketing at Reynaers Aluminium, said:

“This is yet another impressive project which showcases the design freedom, sustainability credentials and functionality of our aluminium systems. “This fantastic development maximises glass and aluminium structures by contrasting them against light, space and greenery. Sustainability has been integral to the design of Greenwich Square and we are proud that our systems have been chosen, thanks to our excellent credentials.” Greenwich Square was designed by Make Architects, fabricated by Fleetwood Architectural Aluminium Ltd and contracted by Mace Plc. In 2014 the scheme won Best Residential Development at The Wharf Awards. The build has now started, using sustainable materials and techniques, including the incorporation of on-site energy technology. Greenwich Square will be complete in 2017. The aim is to deliver a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rated development and to meet Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 standards. Further details are available from: Reynaers Limited, Tel: 0121 421 1999, or email:, website:


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The ABS T-Bespoke is a high gloss black finish with a backlit silicone keypad. The backlight colour can be changed on site and remotely to 7 different colours! It looks contemporary and is extremely low profile and durable. This system is available with 1 call button and a keypad for coded access with 400 codes. The surface back box is matt black and the system connects to a Hub via a single CAT5. The platform can either be GSM or Landline, whichever suits you best! This product benefits from all of the standard features – well we call them standard! This includes forward dialling up to 8 numbers, a battery backed time clock, 9 timed profiles allowing calls to be sent elsewhere at a certain time and date, automatic daylight saving (BST/GMT) and automatic dimming of the keypad. You can even receive a text from the Telguard to inform you that a door has been opened or somebody has activated a passive device at night! (GSM Only) This product will certainly set you apart from the rest of the houses in the your area! And as ever you benefit from proven Telguard reliability and quality associated with British engineering.

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Case Study August 2016

BDG architecture + design was appointed by Sky in February 2015 to create ‘Digital Centre of Excellence’ northern hub for Sky. BDG worked with Sky to review a number of buildings in Leeds leading to the selection and development of an occupation strategy of three buildings along the dock side in Leeds.



undertook the Cat A and B design of the new centre to accommodate over 700 staff in a total of 6,500m 2 of space. The buildings were double height empty shells, previously retail units in a mixed-use development. BDG worked with Sky to develop the internal cores, new mezzanine floors, vertical circulation and flexible workspace creating a dynamic campus with a ‘tech startup’ mentality, to attract and retain new staff from technology graduates to experienced digital delivery professionals.


Specialist facilities include small live to air tv studio; edit suites; user experience lounge and test labs alongside the workplace and support functions of the office.


OF EXCELLENCE FOR SKY Now fully operational, Matt Grest, the Sky director responsible for the centre commented: “A workspace should be considered a productivity tool, not just a box to store your staff in, and this is exactly what we’ve got at Sky at Leeds Dock. We worked very closely with BDG over a period of months to design a workspace that would facilitate the way we wanted to do business, and I’m delighted with the outcome. It looks great, but more importantly, the workspace is contributing to increased productivity across my teams”. Neil Usher, Workplace Director at Sky says: “The simple, striking and vibrant space right on the waterfront is a natural fit with the building and its surroundings, and sets Sky apart as a fantastic place to work in Leeds. It’s up there with the most inspiring tech innovation spaces you’ll find anywhere right now.” Clive Hall, Director at BDG comments: “The brief provided by Sky represented a significant opportunity for them to establish this new enterprise in Leeds, distinct from their other facilities in the city. It is intended to attract people who really want to work for Sky, whilst providing a catalyst to re-energise the products and markets. As such, this new workspace is a trail blazer for Sky in the region.”


August 2016

PHEX Manchester drafts in new players for October show The leading exhibition for the HVAC industry is returning to Manchester from 5 to 6 October, giving visitors the opportunity to meet with manufacturers from across the plumbing and heating industry, helping to keep their business offering at the forefront of the market.

“For visitors with limited time to spend away from the job, PHEX offers them the chance to get a complete representation of the industry, showcasing all the latest product innovations under one roof,” said show producer, Mark Edginton.

PHEX Manchester will be held at Old Trafford stadium, where visitors can learn about new products, ask questions and take advantage of show offers, as well as take a free tour of the grounds.

Among those exhibiting this year are Worcester, Geberit, Viessmann, Ariston, Altecnic, Wavin, Grundfos, Nest, Danfoss, Saniflo, Spirotech and BWT.

With more than 90 exhibitors in total, 16 new exhibitors and the majority of the UK’s boiler manufacturers in attendance, visitors can be sure of a practical and worthwhile day off the tools.

To register and for further details of the full exhibitor list, key product launches and exclusive show offers, please visit www.

Providing easy access to installers in the North, PHEX Manchester is pleased to be playing host not only to large national manufacturers but also more locally based suppliers, covering everything from boilers and showers to pipes and the latest tools. Seminars from Gas Safe Register and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering will also keep visitors up-to-date with the latest technical developments and legislative changes.


“Regional representatives from each manufacturer will be available to speak with visitors on the stands, ensuring relevant conversations and building relationships for the future.”

The event is free to attend and free coach travel is available from participating merchant branches.

August 2016



Isorubber resilient layers

A combination of the Isosonic Screed Plank; high density, fibre reinforced gypsum T&G planks and an Isorubber resilient layer material. The high mass of the ISP combined with the durable resilience of Isorubber provides for the excellent long term airborne and impact sound insulation properties.

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Dry Screed finish, eliminates the pumping and drying out. Reduced floor thickness. High acoustic insulation performance. Ideal for under floor heating; low thermal resistance. Available as a floating floor or as a single structural deck.

Isoedge 6/75

Isosonic Screed Plank (ISP) Isorubber HP3

Isosonic Screed Plank Variants ISP18 and ISP20 18 & 20mm thick planks for use as floating floors over a structural deck in combination with Isorubber HP3 underlay. ISPS18 and ISPS25 18 & 25mm thick structurally spanning planks, for use laid directly to the joist with a 5mm Isorubber Hi Load acoustic separating strip below or with 3mm Isorubber Contract overlay.

Under Floor Heating Pack

The floating floor version is supplied in a kit form which includes the ISP, the Isorubber HP3 and Isoedge 6/75 elements as well as the under floor heating insulation where requried.

Enhanced Ceiling De-coupling The Isosonic Ceiling Cleats provide a further enhancement of the acoustic isolation performance.

For further information please contact us. Sales Department: Technical Department: email:


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Isorubber resilient layers

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The combination of Isosonic Screed Planks and Isorubber resilient layers provide versatile & easy-fit acoustic floor systems.


Isosonic Screed Plank

Isopipe EPS Isorubber HP3 Isosonic Screed Plank

Hard, robust screed like water resistant surface suitable for all types of floor finish. Meets Approved Document Part E sound insulation requirements in both refurbishment and new build applications


Isorubber Hi Load Isosoedge

Suitable for use as a floating floor "dry screed" - saving on construction time and screed pumping. Suitable as a direct to joist self spanning floor.

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next-generation, self-supporting, room-in-a-roof system for pitched roofs has been launched by leading PIR manufacturer Recticel Insulation.

Recticel Insulation launches a self-supporting roof system

The innovative new product, L-Ments ® , comprises cable gap, breather membrane, counter battens and integral structural timber in one PIR insulation panel as a single lightweight cost-effective modular roofing element, making it exceptionally quick and a holistic building solution for the complete building envelope easy to install. that showcases a fabric first approach to construction as well as The underlay felt is pre-glued and vapour Modern Methods of Construction via the use of fewer materials permeable with self-adhesive overlaps, the and speedier installation. counter battens are already fixed to the panel, Available in four different thicknesses and five different lengths, the multi-layered facings act as a vapour and the panels feature shiplap joints. air barrier on the inside, the PIR insulation core performs thermally to 0.023 W/mK, and the timber stiffeners incorporated within the PIR core provide sufficient strength for selfsupport.

An innovative pitched roof system has been launched by Recticel Insulation.

The future-proof system has been designed for ultimate thermal performance, with U-values of between 0.13 and 0.19, as well as fast installation and reduced construction costs, with maximum savings on space and energy usage. Using L-Ments® in conjunction with Recticel’s full-fill cavity wall insulation Eurowall + and high performance floor insulation Eurothane GP provides specifiers and contractors with


August 2016

Air Leakage is the Biggest Single Waste of Energy for Most UK Buildings Modern, low energy buildings, be it, Passive Houses, German Low Energy Buildings, Canadian Super E or any other energy efficient construction, individually and collectively place Airtightness as a primary part of achieving a low energy building. It is really about time that the UK construction industry followed the lead of these innovative methods of low energy construction, and built homes that use significantly reduced amounts of energy. In the past it was very clear that a lot of heat loss through the fabric of the building envelope was as a result of low levels or no insulation and a very low level of draught sealing. Priority in our building regulations is placed on achieving lower, and lower U-values for each elemental area of the building fabric. This inevitably leads to lower levels of heat loss as a result of an increase of the insulation. However, the proportion of heat loss as a result of uncontrolled air leakage through the external envelope of the building has yet to be seriously addressed. Air leakage allows expensive heated air to escape from our homes and buildings.


The most cost effective means of reducing our heating bills and increasing energy efficiency in our

homes is to decrease to level of uncontrolled ventilation in the living space, in other words improved airtightness. Airtightness lends itself to a comfortable healthy internal atmosphere within the living space and ensures that the building fabric can breathe and is maintained in a healthy condition. This is especially achievable with the Pro Clima Airtight System which utilises a ‘world first’ intelligent membrane, Intello Plus, that manages the inherent moisture out of the structure of the building, even after the building is complete. A lack of airtightness dramatically increases the risk of mould growth and structural degradation, particularly in light weight construction, leading to costly structural repairs, necessitated by the development of mould, rot, damp and condensation. This is as a result of the warm moisture laden heated air in the living space, penetrating and rapidly condensing within structural elements.

Levels of Airtightness can be achieved by sealing the building envelope by using Vapour Barriers, Vapour Checks, wood based panels (e.g. OSB and plywood)’ or by plastering, porous concrete block work. These methods of achieving Airtightness have their limitations and do not have built-in Structural Protection or Moisture Management abilities, especially if the structure has a high vapour resistance on the exterior side of the construction Intello Plus is a BBA certified membrane that provides an intelligent vapour check which is humidity variable and vapour permeable so providing a complete solution to potential problems associated with the requirement for airtightness. View the complete range of Pro Clima airtightness products watch the videos, download technical specifications and read more in depth articles on airtightness and thermally efficient construction at

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August 2016

Recticel Insulation helps Grocott & Murfit pioneer Passivhaus A ground-breaking Passivhaus project is insulated with Recticel.


insulation from Recticel has been specified for a groundbreaking Passivhaus project for its cost effectiveness and performance characteristics. Recticel’s premium Eurothane GP insulation was specified for the floors of Lime Tree Lodge in Swaffham, Norfolk, by the town’s Parsons + Whittley Architects and was installed by award-winning Norfolk contractors Grocott & Murfit on their first Passivhaus project. The two-bedroomed bungalow is curved on plan to accommodate the dominant lime tree it is named after. The Recticel Eurothane GP insulation has been used throughout under an oak engineered timber floor or porcelain tiles and 22cm chipboard deck with vapour control layer. The £250,000 home was constructed in eight months of traditional cavity wall on a minipiled raft with mono-pitch zinc roof in the garden of a private client who was downsizing. Faced with both brick and timber it has an external U-value of 0.096 W/


m2K for the timber-faced walls and 0.098 W/m2K for the brick-faced ones. Eurothane GP is lightweight and easy to cut, handle and install. Available in a variety of thicknesses, 40m2 of two layers of 150mm were used at Lime Tree Lodge. Architect Chris Parsons said the Eurothane GP was specified because it was “cost effective insulation.” He added: “Passivhaus requires high levels of insulation and the avoidance of thermal bridging which the Recticel product helped to achieve.” Grocott & Murfit director Jody Murfit said: “The project generally was quite challenging due to the curve but the Recticel insulation was easy to install. We just cut it to size, doubled it up and taped it.” Lime Tree Lodge had to be built to certified Passivhaus standards but was inhibited by a tight site that was further constrained by the protected lime tree. This impacted on the layout of the site as the presence of a deciduous tree can enhance Passivhaus design

by providing shading in summer to avoid overheating while allowing winter sun to penetrate and provide passive solar gain. Having established the spread and root protection zones of the tree, the bungalow is designed as an annulus segment centred on the tree, spaced outwards to avoid the root protection area. The circular nature is then emphasised by three concentric segmental sections of outer brickwork, each shielding the main dwelling, associated smaller rooms and finally the rear wing and covered areas. These latter two are roofed by a GRP flat roof to reduce the mass of the dwelling. The main dwelling is roofed by the monopitch zinc roof falling towards the tree. This shape presents a south-facing gable which was fully glazed both for the passive solar gain as well as the view. Lime Tree Lodge was shortlisted for the Passivhaus Trust Awards 2016. See passivhaus_awards/uk-passivhausawards/

August 2016

Dickies Launch Multipurpose Two-Tone Trousers to its Everyday Workwear Range Dickies have introduced a number of exciting new products and ranges for 2016, with style and functionality offering unsurpassed value for money.


ven if you are just starting out, you can still turn up to the workplace looking trendy while wearing the right kit without breaking the bank. The new two-tone ED24/7 everyday trousers have a 245gsm fabric that ensures they are tough but light enough to retain agility. Most importantly they are free of any exposed metals such as zips and buttons, so no inadvertently scratching surfaces or paintwork. Their handy cargo pockets give easy access to your tools. Conveniently, the two-tone colourways means ED24/7 trousers are easy to match with many other items of clothing in the extensive Dickies workwear range. Redhawk Stud Front coveralls are Dickies most affordable workwear where economy is a requirement. Functional and durable, these garments retain all of Dickies traditional construction standards and have a thoughtfully concealed stud-fronted pocket design to prevent scratches to paintwork. The Deltona Boot may well be the best value safety boot on the market for those for whom the SRC sole unit and anti-slip properties are imperative. The protection within the toe-caps and midsole is completely metal-free, which helps keep the weight of the boot to a minimum. The uppers are manufactured from a water resistant black leather and have a breathable lining too. Also available is Dickies Preston boot, which is a steel-toe cap boot, with the addition of steel within the midsole for underfoot protection. The uppers are a high quality full grain leather with water resistant properties and the product also features a breathable mesh lining. These boots provide a comfortable ride, with a cemented rubber outsole and a shock absorbent heel. For more information, please visit


August 2016

• DEWALT XR FLEXVOLT battery offers unprecedented levels of power • Provides the unique ability to power even heavy duty construction power tools • Completely backwards compatible with existing DEWALT XR 18V products

DEWALT® XR FLEXVOLT: the World’s first 18/54V Convertible Battery Pack System

• O f f e r s marketleading runtime in 18V products, with the option to amplify its voltage to power newly developed 54V heavy duty construction equipment • Battery is accompanied by the revolutionary XR FLEXVOLT range

Launching in August 2016, the revolutionary DEWALT XR FLEXVOLT is a convertible 18/54V battery: completely backwards compatible with existing 18V DEWALT products, yet with the option to amplify its voltage to an unprecedented 54V to be used on bigger construction power tools. Traditionally, when compared with corded power tools, even the most efficient cordless system provided a compromise between increased portability and reduced power, between greater ease-of-use and reduced runtime. DEWALT has recognised the daily frustrations these limitations cause our end-users, and engineered the DEWALT XR FLEXVOLT system to eliminate any and all restrictions, to provide a cordless system that offers zero compromises. The power of the DEWALT XR FLEXVOLT battery opens up new avenues in cordless, heavy duty construction power tools, and DEWALT is delivering the new XR FLEXVOLT product range to accompany this innovation – completely in keeping with the principles of DEWALT technology: heavy duty solutions that remain compact and durable. The ground-breaking new DEWALT XR FLEXVOLT range is comprised of 8 products designed to completely transform the jobsite of tomorrow: a 54V Grinder, 54V SDS plus Hammer, 54V Circular saw, 54V Alligator saw, 54V Reciprocating Saw, 54V Plunge saw, 54V Table saw, 54V 216mm Mitre saw. These are cordless, heavy duty construction power tools with all the accuracy, capacity and power of corded. To take the DEWALT XR FLEXVOLT Table saw as just one example, this is a power tool capable of cutting 50m of 19mm (¾”) OSB from just one charge of a single battery – yet portable enough to be easily moved from room to room, and without the need to search for a power source. Darren Barber, DEWALT Marketing Director UK & ROI says, “To put this simply, the DEWALT XR FLEXVOLT range is the next chapter in cordless technology. DEWALT is launching a range of tools that are not just extremely powerful – they will also provide in excess of a full day’s runtime on single charge for most users. The potential for this technology is limitless: for each and every trade.” Learn more about the DEWALT XR FLEXVOLT battery pack and product range:


Safety August 2016

Award-winning Force 8TM Half-Mask now available in 3 sizes JSP Ltd has introduced three sizes for its popular Force 8TM Half-Mask to ensure a perfect fit and thus guarantee optimum protection for all wearers, wherever they are in the world. JSP’s award-winning mask, complete with Press to CheckTM filters, has revolutionised daily face fit-checking and is the perfect choice for both men and women around the globe. To help you select the correct mask for the shape and size of your face, JSP has designed a Force 8TM Size Guide to indicate whether you require a Small, Medium or Large Half-Mask to help create the very best face fit. To determine the right size for you, simply rest your chin on the guide and adjust the size indicator to where the top of the mask will sit. Check the fit by using the exclusive hinged design of the Press to CheckTM filters, which facilitate instant and accurate checking of face-fitting every time. Steve Sheridan – UK Sales Director at JSP Ltd -- says: “With three sizes of Force 8TM Half-Masks JSP has the perfect solution when it comes to obtaining the perfect fit for all shapes and sizes of face. In particular, we have introduced the small version of the Force 8TM Masks for women.”



DUST 13,000 deaths

Around every year from occupational lung disease and cancer.


Construction dust can cause to lungs and airways.

damage Over 500 deaths every year from exposure to silica dust. Around 4,000 deaths every year from COPD due to past workplace exposures.


More information is available from, by emailing or calling +44 (0)1993 826050. Tel: 01993 826050


Safety & Security August 2016

Dickies Antistatic Coverall offers safety and security against heat and flames


he Dickies Antistatic coverall is no ordinary garment. It is a Pyrovatex treated 320gsm cotton coverall that offers protection against heat and flame and is specially designed with antistatic fibre to guard against electrostatic discharge. Unlike some of the rival products Dickies offers this garment in a full range of chest sizes offering a great fit and ensuring complete comfort for the wearer, extremely important when being worn for long periods at a time in testing conditions. The nordic style reflective tape around

the shoulders, arms and legs ensures enhanced visibility while offering flame retardant technology, making this a garment that offers safety and security at work. There are two back pockets and a flexible rule pocket, as well as side access pockets, allowing access to clothing beneath. It has a sturdy construction with feldlock triple stitching to major seams and bartacks to stress points for increased durability and longevity. The garment is ideal for and routinely worn in offshore environments and in chemical plants.

Snickers new RUFFWork Trousers From the ‘Next Generation’ of working clothes from Snickers workwear


ow, after 40 years of innovation, Snickers Workwear is now launching a completely new generation of Work Trousers for professional tradesmen.


They’re designed for professionals who rely on their gear in demanding environments.

While Fabric, Functionality and Fit are the Hallmarks of this ‘Next Generation’, it’s the innovation and technology in the design of the garments that really sets Snickers Work Trousers apart from the rest.

With all the functionality you can expect from Snickers, these Work Trousers are made from a revolutionary fabric that’s heavy-duty yet extremely comfortable. It’s a polyamidereinforced Dobby Pro+ fabric, featuring 100% Cordura® lining on the Trousers themselves.

The new Work Trousers for ‘RUFFWork’ are based on an uncompromising design for tough work. These are modern heavy-duty work trousers combining amazing comfort and fit with reinforced functionality.

To get more information on Snickers’ Next Generation working clothes, visit the website at alternatively, call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788.

Knee Protection by Redbacks - The Pressure’s Off If you kneel to work - keep your knees working • • •

553,000 cases of MSD’s in the UK 2014-15* 20% increase in knee operations in the last 6 years.* 2,396,000 working days lost in 2014/15 through knee, hip and ankle injury*

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Average time off 25 days.* 50% of all surgicallytreated knee osteoarthritis are related to occupational factors.*

Redbacks® SATRA award-winning knee pads are scientifically proven to reduce the impact forces which enter the body when kneeling; the deceleration and distribution of pressure give maximum knee protection and help prevent Multiple Skeletal Disorders, whilst long term reduction of downtime and increased productivity reduces capital spend.

Redbacks –the pressure’s off! Email for more information or visit *source: HSE report 2014-2015 Work related lower limb disorders

Safety & Security August 2016

60 Year Milestone For Electrical Safety NICEIC, the leading registration body for electricians, celebrates 60 years on 10th August 2016 The NICEIC (The National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) celebrates 60 years as a leading body for electrical contractors in the UK. Originally formed on August 10th 1956 with 3,500 electrical contractors, the company now boasts 19,000 Approved Contractors and an additional 9,000 domestic installers – making it the UK’s largest and most recognised voluntary body within the electrical industry. Emma Clancy, CEO of NICEIC commented: “The 60th anniversary marks a significant milestone in the history of NICEIC. Much has changed within the industry during the last six decades but the values of safety and competence remain at the core of everything we do.” NICEIC employs a team of 70 engineers who inspect more than 50,000 electrical installations each year. Its technical helpline deals with, on average, 60,000 enquiries each year – ensuring that technical standards within the sector are maintained. In addition, NICEIC now offer a range of add-on services for its customers including training, insurance, online


certification, and a webshop offering great deals on tools and workwear. “The electrical contractor of today is very different to one from 1956,” adds Emma. “They are able to carry out a range of different tasks relating to the change in consumer demands and the development of the industry over time. “NICEIC has had to reflect this change in the services it provides. We now offer a suite of professional services including training courses in renewables and smart home technology which provide further opportunities for contractors.” Each year, the NICEIC actively communicate with consumers to encourage a growing understanding of the importance of electrical safety in the home. Contractors registered by NICEIC are assessed on a regular basis to ensure that they are competent and capable of meeting the relevant technical and safety standards, codes of practice and rules of the Schemes they are registered to. For more information on how to find a registered electrician in your area visit

August 2016 Safety & Security

Experts in Textile Solutions GALAXY LIGHT WORK JACKET 1290-880 Functional work jacket with many details. Longer back with pleat for increased freedom of movement. Panel over front zipper. Two spacious cross pockets. Two chest pockets with flap; the right pocket has a strap with a D-ring for attaching e.g. an ID card, and an extra zipper pocket for e.g. a mobile phone. Two large inside pockets with Velcro closure. Adjustable cuffs. Reflectors on front and back for greater visibility. Suitable for industrial laundering. QUALITY: 65% polyester, 35% cotton, 210 g/ m2 COLOUR: 2079 Black/Anthracite Grey 4179 Toffee Brown/ Anthracite Grey 7920 Anthracite Grey 73720 Surfer Blue/Black

For more than 85 years, workwear from F. Engel™ has been selected by customers from all over Europe as the first choice for all-round protection and maximum comfort no matter what a work situation may demand.


ounded in 1927 by Carl J. Engel Senior and now 4th generation family-owned, the company has 850 employees based at its Headquarters in Norgesvej, Denmark and 2 factories in Lithuania. Since it first began, with the importing of denim from the U.S. as a hard wearing fabric, the company’s aims have always been the same – to provide superior quality, value for money workwear designed for a perfect, flexible fit and to give long lasting, reliable service. The original fabric was called Bull Denim which was made from 100% cotton. Over the years the materials and manufacturing processes have been continually developed to incorporate many new practical and beneficial design details with the versatility of the fabric improved by adding the yarn combination of polyester and cotton.

New colours have been introduced and many businesses are now recognized by the specific colour combination and design of their Engel corporate workwear where not only is it valued for its practical uses but also as a significant part of a company’s professional statement. Development is an ongoing process as new smart colour combinations and materials are continuously created and tested, with a constant emphasis on product quality, innovation, flexibility and environmental awareness. The company has an impressive seven collections (along with a large range of accessories), all of which are ‘tailor-made’ for a wide range of industries including manufacturing, offshore, building & construction and the commercial sector. Each item of clothing is designed to be a perfect, comfortable fit whilst giving maximum freedom of movement and reliability, and all are fully certified to EN ISO 20471:2013 standard.

As an example, one of the main names under the F. Engel banner is ‘Combat’; geared to cope with any season and designed for action, this durable and stylish, uni-coloured collection has contrasting and reflective piping for greater visibility on jackets and trousers, many of which are made from 100% cotton. Almost all the trousers in the range feature such useful detail as rulerpockets, hammer straps and mobile phone pockets, whilst the leg-length can be extended an extra 4-6cm if required. Other names to look out for, each with their own unique benefits, include ‘Galaxy’ and ‘Work Zone’ and the ‘Light’ range for warmer weather. For more information on F.ENGEL workwear visit: or email: Mark McBrayne at or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197


Safety & Security August 2016

Risk in Focus:

Director, Turner & Townsend Infrastructure Vinay Shrivastava, Fellow and Group Chair of the IRM Infrastructure Portfolio, Programme and Project Risk Sector Special Interest Group Director Turner & Townsend Infrastructure How did you get your job? I began my career as a civil engineer. A few years later, whilst working as a project manager, I was introduced to the field of risk management. I was intrigued by the high level of technical knowledge and social skills required to deliver an effective risk management role. I thoroughly enjoyed the balance of skills required and needless to say, I promptly applied for my first risk management role twelve years ago and have not looked back since. What’s a typical day like as an Risk Management Director? I don’t have a typical day. I primarily support the development and delivery of a risk management capability for a major UK infrastructure client. This involves risk framework design and rollout, workshop facilitation and conducting risk interviews to validate the data fed into monthly reporting cycles. I also manage a team of highly capable consultants across the South UK region which involves supporting our contribution to the thought leadership space. This year members of my team will be invited to speak on risk management topics at over a dozen events across the UK. I also invest considerable time into ensuring that, as a business, we have a consistent, repeatable product and are cognizant of emerging tools and client requirements. I enjoy public speaking and writing and try to speak at a few events and publish at least one risk related article over the course of a year. What do you enjoy most about your job? It is quite fulfilling to witness our clients’ successes that have been achieved through the optimal management of risks. I also enjoy working with some of the brightest minds in our industry today and really appreciate how my team routinely challenges the status quo to introduce new and better ways of doing things.


What are the challenges? I am continually challenged to source the right people for our available roles. The risk management field is gaining in prominence within the Infrastructure industry, and as a result, clients have developed a very high expectation of the risk management function. In what way is your IRM qualification relevant? The IRM qualifications are a necessary quality benchmark in our Industry. I receive dozens of CVs on a weekly basis and candidates who are CIRM/ MIRM qualified (or equivalent) stand out for consideration for our roles as it indicates that these individuals, beyond having a demonstrable core skill set, take professional development seriously and are committed to a career in risk management. Top Tips The most successful risk professionals possess a balanced combination of social and technical skills. They are articulate, personable and able to inspire confidence in others through written and spoken communication. Further, successful risk professionals need to be genuinely curious about a project or business and adept at building relationships with subject matter experts to ensure that risk data is credible. A good risk professional also recognizes that risk management is change management; effectively changing the way people think and act within a team or organization and is, therefore, equipped with the patience and EQ to effectively drive change. To find out more about the Institute of Risk Management please click here, we have a range of qualifications and training packages to suit those working in risk across all sectors. Find out more about the Institute of Risk Management and our Training, Membership and Qualifications. Infrastructure Risk The Infrastructure Risk Special Interest Group is intended for individuals interested in all aspects of infrastructure risk as it relates to design; construction; management; funding; insurance; technology advances and resilience.

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Landscaping August 2016

WHEN IS A GUARANTEE Following recent concerns regarding the pitfalls of some insurance backed warranties it is reassuring that for projects involving lead that there is a unique scheme offered by members of the Lead Contractors Association. In such a specialist area as lead sheet design and installation the opportunity should not be missed for the client, architect, main contractor, etc to let others be responsible for long term performance, reassured by independent verification and an insurance underwritten 25 year guarantee. LCA members were the first in the roofing industry to offer an insurance backed guarantee period as long as 25 years, but apart from the exceptional extended period of cover, the LCA members’ Guarantee Scheme is unique in containing two clear and critically distinctive features.


Lead sheet is a wonderful roofing material – soft, malleable and relatively easy to work by hand – it is therefore quite easy for a general contractor to appear competent. However more lead fails through bad design than from bad workmanship, so how does the client / architect know the technical details used by the installer are correct? Even if badly designed and installed, lead sheet will often last long enough for the installer to have been paid when any problem appears, so there is little incentive to return to site to correct any faults

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Therefore the first critical distinguishing feature of the LCA scheme is that every project submitted for registration is inspected on completion by a member of the LCA Council and any detail which does not conform to BS6915 (Code of Practice) must be corrected before registration is approved. Secondly, if a problem arises at any point during the guarantee period, the original installer will be notified to return to site.

For more information about the Lead Contractors Association or for further details of the LCA Guarantee Scheme, contact us at: Lead Contractors Association Centurion House, 36 London Road East Grinstead RH19 1AB Telephone: 01342 317 888 E-mail: Website:

Critically however, if the original contractor is no longer trading, or is unwilling or otherwise unable to return to site, under the terms of the guarantee the LCA will nominate another member contractor to return to site and investigate the problem. If a fault is identified that comes under the guarantee, remedial work will be carried out without further cost to the client, financed by a separate Trust Fund (set up by the LCA and ring-fenced from day to day activities.) The Trust Fund itself is insurance underwritten to provide cover against a claim of up to £250,000. Only members of the Lead Contractors Association are able to offer such a unique scheme to cover leadwork installations and by doing so provide genuine long term ‘peace of mind’ for their clients.


Roofing August 2016 The RIBA finalist “Tin House” in London - roof and façade are made from GreenCoat PLX BT having the Bio-based Technology (BT) in the coating.

GreenCoat house named as finalist for the RIBA National Award for Architecture A newly constructed residence in London, made with the colour coated product, GreenCoat PLX BT from SSAB, has been named as a finalist for the RIBA National Award – one of UK’s most prestigious prizes for architecture. The home and office residence named as a finalist has been dubbed the “Tin House” and was designed by the award-winning architect Henning Stummel. The construction features an exterior that is made entirely of GreenCoat PLX BT from SSAB, a company recognized worldwide for producing one of the best steels in the world. The Tin House is one of only 20 other buildings to be named a finalist for the national award and will be featured on the Channel 4 TV programme, Grand Designs: House of the Year, a famous TV


programme in the UK showcasing unique built houses. The winners will be presented later in the autumn 2016. The Tin House design features six interconnected pyramidal pods where GreenCoat PLX BT was chosen as the only material for the exterior of the construction. Typically utilized for long strip roofing, GreenCoat PLX BT was not only used on the roof, but also on façades and for all other exterior details. “The choice to use GreenCoat PLX BT came down to its unique aesthetics as well as leading environmental properties. The tinsmiths who performed the build with GreenCoat PLX BT were very pleased with how easy it was to apply as well as the finished appearance, which utilized 500 mm sections between seams for a crisp look,” explains Sean

McHugh, Sales Manager at Newell Roofing, SSAB’s supply partner for GreenCoat PLX BT products in the UK. Besides being well-known among tinsmiths for its easy hand forming and long colour retention, GreenCoat PLX BT features a Bio-based Technology (BT) with a substantial portion of the traditional fossil part replaced by a bio-based alternative. This unique, patented solution by SSAB reduces the environmental footprint significantly. GreenCoat Nordic quality colour coated products are highly resistant to corrosion, UV radiation as well as scratches. They provide building specifiers with a significantly lighter material compared to alternative solutions and have a low temperature elongation for reduced buckling. The Tin House has already been named a winner of the RIBA Regional Award for the London area. RIBA awards and prizes have been honouring the best architecture in the UK and around the world for the past 50 years.

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Landscaping August 2016

Lining Systems

- The importance of Fabrication By R D Mantle FIoR - Managing Director of Ampteam Limited Sometimes a spark of clarity will result in a “eureka” or “light bulb” moment and an idea will evolve into a unique product.

This first photograph shows part of a fabrication that was probably one of our most complex and certainly one of our largest.

I don’t know how many people get such moments but it is certainly not uncommon as it is one of the things that makes us Human, our inventiveness! Such was the case many years ago when the idea for the Unifold® hinge was born, only I called it my “beer mat” moment, because at the time I was bending a beer mat and you can probably guess where I was when I was doing it! Since those early days of trials, tests, disappointments and triumphs, Unifold® has become a complete system and this has been achieved through an evolutionary process more by necessity than design, most often encountering a problem on site and returning to the factory and solving it in the workshop, employing fabrication techniques and whatever tests were necessary to prove the solution. Most of the fabricated components which are vital to the Unifold® system were designed in the early years of product development and we had many “light bulb” moments in that process along the way, such as the patented Clip Joint used for difficult and narrow applications.

And this is the complete fabrication in situ, 18 pieces in total! And five gutters entering a single space! Not easy, and not a common occurrence, but if you are going to “set your stall” to line gutters then the ability to cope with such circumstances is elemental and vital.

We learned the use of our hinge principle in so many ways to aid the fabrication process and to produce components which would be impossible any other way. From the outset this produced fabricated components fit for purpose and of exemplary quality. We also realised early on that site working inside a gutter cavity could often be very difficult and to expect site operatives to “cut and carve” and then effectively seal a lining system was too much to ask, so our intention was and has been throughout for us to provide all fabrication, factory manufactured with simple gutter joints so the installation is constant and repetitive and as easy as we can make it.

This is a two piece corner detail with an intruding pier section.

We became a “single product company” concentrating on providing product and service excellence. The system has proven to be entirely versatile with the ability to correctly line almost any existing system whether it is a level gutter or laid to falls. Some of our fabricated components are corners, tees, side boxes, sumps and expansion joints and these are just a few! In fact there are solutions for any circumstances however difficult or complex. For quite some time now we have insisted that anyone who installs Unifold must be trained to install the system. This is to ensure conformity and continuity of the system quality on site. This supports our 25 year comprehensive guarantee that includes the installation as well as quality of materials and manufacture. An industry first in gutter lining applications. It is also without doubt that Unifold® is a technical product which the following photographs clearly demonstrate.


This photograph shows a sump unit with two coned outlets and demonstrating that each end is a gutter section for ease of installation. Can you imagine attempting the manufacture of this on site?

The message is clear, any lining system must be able to cope with whatever the site conditions dictate and if a 25 year guarantee is offered then this must warranty that the system is going to work, without leaking, for that period of time and beyond. Our quality and fabrication expertise means we are content with our promises.

It takes a long time to create perfection.

Once in a while a product comes along and changes everything, from the way it’s crafted to the way it works. Products are often copied and many are great ideas that never really see true success in their application. Many years are spent searching for a product that will ultimately surpass expectations, stand the test of time and become recognised as the leader in its field. We created one of those successful products nearly two decades ago and still today it has never been equalled. Why? Because we have never compromised on quality.

UNIFOLDÂŽ Unrivalled excellence in gutter lining technology.

Case Study August 2016

The New Name in Sustainable Wood Protection With a strong reputation in the Nordic countries, OrganoWood is the latest name to hit the wood treatment market in the UK. OrganoWood offers architects, professionals and end users the next generation of environmentally friendly wood protection. The complete system offers flame, rot and fungal protection, as well as extreme water and dirt repellence for any exterior wood surface. A tried and tested ecological alternative to pressure treated finishes, the OrganoWood solution is both aesthetically pleasing and sustainable, and is suitable for domestic and commercial use. 72

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The OrganoWood wood protection system consists of OrganoWood® 01. Protection which offers rot and flame protection, OrganoWood® 02. Repellent to provide a dirt and water repellent surface and OrganoWood® 03. Cleaner, an organic wood cleaner for general and intensive cleaning and maintenance of the wood. For use on all exterior wood, including decking, cladding, fences and garden furniture, OrganoWood products are a low cost, sustainable alternative to chemical treatment. Through its proprietary technology, which mimics the natural fossilisation process, the wood is modified by the attachment of protective silicon compounds to the wood fibres. As well as protecting the wood, OrganoWood gradually ages with an aesthetically pleasing silver-grey hue over time. “Following its success in the Nordic region, we are excited to launch this product range to the UK market,” comments Steve Grimwood, Managing Director of OrganoWood UK. “OrganoWood prides itself on providing the same long term wood treatment that is achieved through pressure treatment, minus the harmful ecological effects to the timber and environment alike. In the UK, architects, professionals and end users look favourably on environmentally

friendly products, and the OrganoWood range ticks this box and many more. Launching OrganoWood allows us to provide this audience with a high quality product range that is reliable.” Manufactured in Sweden, OrganoWood has employed some of nature’s own tricks to develop lasting, effective and unique wood protection that is entirely non-toxic - without the use of harmful heavy metals, biocides and solvents. OrganoWood products are classed as a Good Environmental Choice by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, one of the highest eco-classifications in the industry. The test proven products from OrganoWood® meets all relevant European environmental and performance standards and has received EN113 and EN 13501-1 certification for rot and fire protection respectively. All OrganoWood® products are ecologically sustainable according to FSC® (FSC-C120532) and PEFC™ (05-35-168). For stockists and more information on OrganoWood®, please call 01296 323770 or visit


Landscaping August 2016

Turning Outdoor Space Into Profitable Space. LeisureBench Ltd was established fifteen years ago and rapid expansion has seen us grow into one of the country’s leading suppliers of outdoor furniture and garden buildings. Through years of experience of supplying the pub trade with a range of products specifically for this market, we have gradually brought our expertise into all other marketplaces requiring outdoor furniture and accessories, including specifiers. Indeed, if there is a specific product specification that is required, we pride ourselves on being able to work with them to develop products tailored to their requirements ,right the way through to delivering to the end user if required. The LeisureBench range of products is extensive, starting with our stunning range made from Grade ‘A’ premier teak. For a more comfortable relaxed situation, take a look at our Oasis Rattan collection which is modern, durable, very strong and is virtually maintenance free. This range Update is suitable for outdoor or indoor use. Construction 130x92mm.qxp_Layout 1 30/06/2016 11:20 Page 1 % 01949 862 920


If you require furniture that is easy to move, take a look at our aluminium range. It is both lightweight and weatherproof. Our hardwood range is carefully selected from trusted and certified sources and our heavy duty picnic tables are available in round and ‘A’ frame designs. Our range of furniture made entirely from recycled plastic is tough, long lasting and good for the environment. For those wanting a splash of colour we have introduced new Tolix Style chairs and new ISOTOP sleek table tops. The chairs are available in an exciting colour range and are made from extra thick plate for commercial strength and durability. Unlike most on the market, the steel has been electro-galvanised before powder coating, which helps to prevent rust. Again this range is suitable for outdoor or indoor use.

Florida Set - Part of our extensive range of Rattan furniture. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

The new ISOTOP thin edged sleek designed table tops with an elegant and comfortable satin finish will match any decoration and are resistant against all types of weather conditions. We also stock a range of garden buildings and shelters plus a wide range of accessories, including parasols, cushions and jumbrellas etc.

Nursery Picnic Tables Sturdy, brightly coloured painted picnic tables for ages 2-5, available in round or ‘A’ frame designs.

Eva 1 BBQ Hut A compact double glazed summer house and BBQ Hut. FSC certified Norwegian Spruce, floors plus free delivery. One of a range of Summer Houses and Garden Buildings.

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LeisureBench can deliver nationwide and guarantee delivery from stock mostly the next day, but always within five working days. Visit our website on:, or ring our dedicated sales team on 01949 862920. Email,


Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 September 2016 Battersea Park, London The LANDSCAPE Show returns to Battersea Park in London on Tuesday & Wednesday the 13th & 14th of September 2016. Over 200 manufacturers and suppliers, over 3,000 visitors, over 40 CPD accredited seminars. For more details go to:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7821 8221 Email: @LandscapeEvent #Landscape2016

August 2016

AGGREGATE INDUSTRIES & EDDIE STOBART Announce New Five-Year Partnership Aggregate Industries UK Ltd, leading building materials supplier to the construction and infrastructure industry, names Eddie Stobart as its Concrete Products division’s new logistics supply partner. From October 2016, logistics for Aggregate Industries’ Concrete Products division will transfer to Eddie Stobart’s manufacturing and industrial business unit. The new five-year contract, awarded following an extensive tender, will see the haulier carrying Bradstone, Charcon and Masterblock products from 14 UK sites using a combination of specialist curtain-siders, flat trailers and mechanical off-load vehicles.

This enables Aggregate Industries to monitor arrivals and deliveries for customers and better plan on-site schedules for increased efficiency. The multimodal haulier has become renowned in the UK and internationally, with over five decades operating largely in the retail distribution market, offering exceptional service levels, and exemplary ontime deliveries - all underpinned by its rigorous driver training programme. The two companies share a dedication to providing market leading customer service as well as a commitment to health and safety and quality, making Eddie Stobart the first choice partner for Aggregate Industries.

Simon Marriott, Concrete Products Director at Aggregate Industries explains: “During a competitive tender process it was clear our two companies share a similar ethos, both committed to delivering innovative, tailored solutions and first class service to our customers. We’re delighted to announce Eddie Stobart as the new logistics partner for our Concrete The varied nature of the work requires a very Products division and look forward to working with their dedicated flexible haulage partner with specialist resources manufacturing and industrial team.” and equipment – a key reason why Eddie Alex Laffey, Eddie Stobart CEO, said: “We are delighted to call Aggregate Stobart was chosen. Eddie Stobart’s intelligent Industries our partner in the infrastructure sector. Our multimodal planning strategies and systems and transparent offering also presents a much broader opportunity for Eddie Stobart to operation are supported by the very latest support Aggregate Industries’ efforts in reducing the amount of product in-cab telematics systems, providing industrymoved by road, and helping further our commitment to sector-leading leading accuracy and real time load information. sustainability.” This strategic partnership with Eddie Stobart will enable Aggregate Industries to provide a more personalised and flexible service to meet its customers’ ever-changing needs.

Charcon Wins Contract to Supply Edinburgh’s Prestigious Sports Performance Centre Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has been awarded the contract to supply Oriam, the new Sports Performance Centre at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh campus. The £33m multi-sport centre will provide Scotland’s top athletes with state-of-the-art facilities to enable them to compete at an international level. It will also be open to the wider public and is hoped it will inspire future sporting generations. 1,200m2 of Charcon’s Andover Washed block paving in Anthracite Charcoal has been specified for the external hard landscaping, and will be used to create a contemporary backdrop for the scheme. Offering consistency in colour and texture, Andover Washed allows different patterning effects in adjacent areas to be created. It contains up to 50% recycled materials in the complete mix design for a more sustainable option. Mike Davies, Specifications and Major Projects Manager for Charcon, comments: “With a £33m investment in a state-of-the-art sporting facility, the


external landscaping is an essential component to ensure the overall vision for the project is realised and that it adds to the aesthetic appeal of the building. Our Andover Washed Block Paving is the ideal choice: it has been used on a number of prestigious schemes thanks to its strong credentials, offering a durable and sustainable solution without compromising on design.” The Minister for Sport, Jamie Hepburn MSP, performed the ground breaking ceremony in March and construction is scheduled for completion this summer. When complete, Oriam will include a full-sized indoor pitch with seating for 500, top-level grass and synthetic outdoor pitches, a high performance strength and conditioning centre, a medical centre and hydrotherapy pool, fitness centres, studios and support services. For further information, visit For technical support, please call 01335 372222. More information is available on


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August 2016

Europe’s Premier Trade Event For Interior & Exterior Landscaping! From country homes to city apartments, from urban lofts and public spaces to luxury hotels…..the indoor-outdoor phenomenon affects all types of living spaces. The boundaries have been broken. With weather proof rugs, outdoor kitchens, showers on the terrace and sofas in the garden, the indoor spirit is flowing through our outdoor spaces and creating a new focus for architecture and technology. The only trade event dedicated to qualified landscape designers & contractors, architects, local authority landscaping professionals, facilities managers and interior designers from all over the UK and beyond. It is a platform for them to network and source market leading products to use in high end projects worldwide. Across all seasons we are mixing things together and bringing the outside in and taking the inside out.

Free CPD Accredited Seminars LANDSCAPE is again delighted to host an entirely FREE seminar programme of truly international standing with some of the most prestigious names in the industry featuring over 50 different speakers.


We have some of the biggest names in the industry already confirmed talking about the topics and projects that are making a real difference. Already confirmed we have Peter Murray from New London Architecture, David Lunts

from the Greater London Authority, Jason Carter with the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and Jamie Eagles who is heading up the redevelopment of Nine Elms.

Exhibitors LANDSCAPE exhibitors include manufacturers and suppliers of everything from vases, pots and flag stones to furniture and conservatories, water features and sundials. Our exhibitors provide architectural iron work, planters, sheds and turf; they supply sculpture, soil, plants and paving as well as lighting, heating, trees and tools.

LANDSCAPE New Starter Conference The New Starter conference will start at 11 on Wednesday 14th. With 10 different speakers talking for 10 minutes each, with differing viewpoints and job skills, who will talk to the audience about how they got started and why they chose their respective paths. There will be additional input from Trade Associations on career paths available and study options.

Best in Show This year all exhibitors get the chance to submit a product to be rated ‘Best In Show’. A short list will be selected by our speakers, media partners and trade associations which will then be voted for by the visitors themselves. The winner will be announced on the afternoon of the last day of the show. This is a great extra promotional opportunity for the finalists.

Visitors Our international visitors to the show include Landscape Designers & Contractors, Architects, Facilities Managers, Groundsmen & Parks Officers, Event Florists, Creative Directors, Garden Centres, Contract Gardeners, Hotels and Interior Designers. For more information on being a part of LANDSCAPE 2016 please contact us t: +44 (0)20 7821 8221 e: @LandscapeEvent

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Glass Excellence Established in 1975 Firman Glass is one of the leading independent glass processors in the UK, manufacturing toughened glass, laminated glass and specialist sealed units. Based in Harold Wood Essex within 5 minutes of junction 28 of the M25 and half an hour from Central London we are ideally situated to service our ever growing and diverse customer base. Manufacturing all forms of processed toughened glass, with comprehensive stocks of clear float, low iron, satin, body tinted, mirrors, laminated glass, acoustic laminated and fire rated glass. With some of the most advanced capabilities in place Firman Glass is able to manufacture high quality products for all markets sectors including architectural, retail, leisure and domestic.

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Construction Update - August 2016  
Construction Update - August 2016