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News January 2016

Lovell to build £100m Cardiff urban village The £100m urban village scheme is being developed by Tirion, a not-forprofit organisation, initially created through a partnership between the Welsh Government and Principality Building Society. Up to 1,000 jobs will be created during construction at the 53-acre former Arjo Wiggins Paper Mill site, in Canton, to the west of the city centre. Work is just beginning on infrastructure for the scheme with building of homes to start in the Autumn. The first phase of The Mill development will create 358 homes for open market sale by Lovell and 102 homes for Tirion which will be for discounted rent, open market rent and social rent.

An additional 340 homes for Tirion will be built in further phases as well as a neighbourhood centre with shopping and community facilities. David Ward, chief executive of the Tirion Group, said: “This is a ground-breaking project which promises to be a blueprint for similar high-quality communities across the country.

Lovell managing director Stewart Davenport said the firm plans “The fact that both open market and to work with the Construction affordable homes are all being built Industry Training Board to establish a Cardiff-based National Skills by the same partner means we will Academy programme which will achieve a consistent high quality across the whole development with deliver apprenticeships and training no distinction between the different placements for local people through The Mill scheme. parts.”

UK-GBC launches building performance research project The UK Green Building Council is launching a new research project examining the way industry currently designs, constructs and operates non-domestic buildings. Examining industry approaches, tools and behaviours, the group will focus on how to maximise building performance, not just in energy terms, but also other aspects of performance that impact both the building user and the wider environment. The research team will work with UK-GBC members to explore what companies are already doing to address the issue of building performance, seek out best practice, and to identify gaps and barriers that need to be overcome across the whole industry. The Delivering Building Performance project is sponsored by BuroHappold, Saint-Gobain and Tarmac Group. Julie Hirigoyen, CEO of the UK-GBC said: “I am delighted that UK-GBC members are supporting this important piece of work. Huge cost, carbon and productivity benefits can be gained through a closer focus on the performance of buildings as we design, construct and operate them. Following the


COP21 deal, this is just one of the ways in which the UK industry is showing its leadership and ambition.” Duncan Price, director, sustainability at BuroHappold, said: “Leading clients are looking beyond compliance to realising the multiple benefits of building performance including improved productivity, lower running costs and reduced environmental impact. This collaborative research will guide us all in how to achieve those benefits.” Mark Allen, technical director, Saint-Gobain UK, said: “We occupy buildings for a considerable portion of time, which contributes significantly towards the climate change agenda and the wider health, wellbeing and productivity in buildings. Following the sponsorship of COP21, our work with the task group further demonstrates our commitment to a sustainable habitat for future generations. If we are to deliver a truly sustainable future, the industry must collaborate and share expertise to find robust

solutions that enhance our habitat and our daily lives.” Emma Hines, sustainable construction manager, Tarmac, said: “We support the aims and ambitions of the task group as it seeks to develop a deeper understanding of how better building performance can be delivered. The research provides an opportunity to explore the actions needed to address the performance gap, and highlights the importance of whole life thinking in designing sustainability into the envelope of a structure to deliver long term benefits.”

January 2016 News

Trump threatens to cancel £700m plans for Scotland Donald Trump is threatening to pull the plug on plans to invest £700m in his Scottish golf course developments.

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In a statement, his Trump Organisation said it had planned The threat comes as MPs are set to to invest more than £200m at debate later this month whether the Turnberry and a further £500m at US presidential hopeful should be the Aberdeenshire course. refused entry to the UK. But it warned that any action to restrict travel would force it to More than half a million people “immediately end these and all backed a petition calling on the future investments we are currently tycoon to be barred from the contemplating in the United country following his controversial call for a temporary ban on Muslims Kingdom”. entering the US. It added: “Westminster would create a dangerous precedent and send Trump owns the Turnberry golf a terrible message to the world course in South Ayrshire as well as

that the United Kingdom opposes free speech and has no interest in attracting inward investment. “This would also alienate the many millions of United States citizens who wholeheartedly support Mr Trump and have made him the forerunner by far in the 2016 presidential election. “Many people now agree with Mr Trump that there is a serious problem that must be resolved. “This can only be achieved if we are willing to discuss these tough issues openly and honestly.”

Mulalley lands £210m Croydon housing deal

The contractor will start mobilising for the programme this month with works starting in April. Mulalley has worked in partnership with Croydon Council for the past ten years delivering its Decent Homes contracts as well as external redecoration and associated repairs work. Mulalley Operations Director Bruce Benson said: “We

are thrilled to have won this significant contract continuing Croydon Council’s transformation of their housing stock. “I think this win highlights the strength of our team, our approach to partnering and the quality and value of the work we have delivered over the last ten years. “We look forward to using our local knowledge and expertise and again providing employment for local supply chains, training and apprenticeships, to make a considerable difference to the Croydon area over the coming years.”

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News January 2016

Sheffield Uni undulating glass atrium plan approved The dramatic undulating glass roof structure will create an Engineering Heartspace below and connect the Grade II listed Mappin Building with the 1855 Central Wing. The new space for the whole of the Faculty of Engineering has been designed by architect Bond Bryan and marks the third phase of the St George’s Campus redevelopment. A contractor is now set to be appointed for the £10m project in the summer with work expected to start in 2017 with a 2018 completion. Both the Mappin Building and Central Wing will also undergo a complete refurbishment under the plans. In order to facilitate the construction of the glazed atrium a degree of demolition is proposed, including the historic Caretaker’s House. The Heartspace development will provide the University with a total gross internal floor area of around 125,000 sq ft of combined new build, refurbished and reconfigured existing space.

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January 2016 News

Torun’s auditorium takes centre stage Spanish Architect Fernando Menis has inaugurated his most complex work to date in the historic Polish town of Torun The new auditorium in Torun (Poland), a UNESCO protected historic town, expresses a fusion of old and new through the use of historical and contemporary materials. The interior uses brick, a material present on nearly all the façades of the historic centre. The exterior is created with an almost white concrete. As it is cut and carved away, shades of red appear as the lining in its holes. The building’s use of material is a reinterpretation of the traditional use of brick, establishing a parallel between the tectonics of the city and the location of the plot. The interplay of colours, red and white, emphasizes the dichotomy between the modern and historic architectures and the innovations in technologies used in construction.

The CKK “Jordanki” will become an international symbol of culture and architecture for the city of Torun. Thanks to its unique location and strategic position, it is not just a new building, but a single object, an emblem and reflection of the pride of its society. Commenting on the project Architect Fernando Menis says: “I wanted to make an auditorium that has the best efficiency possible, one that can adapt to different events and various capacities for public, and even to be able to house several independent acts simultaneously. Thus, able to absorb efficiently a varied number of performances, the kind of symphonic music, chamber music, theatre, opera, cinema, musicals… and, at the same time, a place which citizens of Torun can feel proud of.”

The project site is designed to exist as half of the area of the site. This frees up the remaining area for a park. A green arc is created with views onto the theatre as well as make the park appear larger. In order to assure that the project does not block views to the river it was essential to keep the building’s height to a minimum. This was also in keeping with the historic nature of the neighbourhood, as the building blends with the site and exists as a natural object. The concert hall’s outer skin remains rigid while, inside, the building exists as a fluid that brings together the different functions, its many elements different but existing together, slowly combining and playing off each other. Holes and cuts made in the rigid shell allow the red to seep out to the exterior. The program is carefully considered and flexible in nature, the building allows the theatre to create different capacities allowing it to change from performance to performance. Allowing two rooms to act as the main theatre moving the walls changes the number of seats available. It is a building which, thanks to its flexible acoustic system, can be tuned and adapted to each musical program that is being performed. The concert hall may also be opened to the outside, allowing outdoor performances and the use of the park for events. The design is open and permeable, it allows people to pass though it toward the square, providing a complete and continuous connection to the public.

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News January 2016

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Building Information Modelling (BIM) attempts to standardise the creation and exchange of information to make the design, construction and operational management of a facility or infrastructure asset more efficient. It is important to note that BIM is not just about buildings, but in its wildest context is being applied to facility, building, road, railway, and infrastructure projects. It is also now very much impacting organisations throughout the supply chain including manufacturers, fabricators and interior designers. The word ‘building’ in itself also doesn’t necessarily describe the full scope of a project – it doesn’t cover policies, assumptions, strategic decisions, supply chain, specification, user assessment, regulation and recycling sustainability. All are key parts of the projects ‘information model’

and should be included in the creation of the facility or asset information as the project progresses. BIM covers all aspects of the project lifecycle and is being driven by UK Government, to ensure that all public sector projects are under-pinned by the creation, collation and exchange or shared 3D models and intelligent structured data that is attached to them. UK Government has defined a minimum requirement for Level 3 BIM by 2016, which defines a series of domain models and the provision of a single electronic environment to store shared data and information. With the enormous amount of data and press available on the subject, making the right choices to begin your own BIM journey and maximise the return on your investment is critical. Man and Machine offer a variety of solutions and services to help you understand the impact of BIM and the market opportunity that it presents throughout the supply chain. The solutions and services include BIM-based products, modelling and measurement solutions, BIM deployment programs, training and consultancy. Man and Machine offers a wide range of training courses in the Architectural & Construction space covering 2D/3D BIM modelling, MEP, structures, civil engineering and visualisation. Scheduled and bespoke classroom based training is available in our training centres, as well as bespoke training being available at your premises. Learning how to get the best use out of the most widely adopted BIM modelling tool in the industry will maximise your return on investment. From preliminary design through design development and into construction documentation, the course programs will help you streamline the design process through the use of a centralised 3D model. Our specialist courses go deeper into specific areas like structural detailing and design, as well as MEP modules covering the fundamentals of basic HVAC, electrical and piping/plumbing design. Contact us today for more information, call 01844 263763, email or visit


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January 2016

The Ultimate Accolade for the Leadwork Craftsman At the beginning of October, some 57 LCA members, associates and their guests assembled at the Fawsley Hall Hotel, near Daventry for the announcement of the winners of the 2015 Murdoch Award and Murdoch Sponsors Award competitions.


he Awards are presented each year in recognition of the very best in leadwork design and installation, carried out by the specialist members of the Lead Contractors Association - in effect the ultimate accolade for the craft of working with lead.


Award (for projects under 5 tonnes).

As part of a pre-dinner reception hosted by Jamestown Metals, guests were able to assess the entries for the 2015 Awards and try to pick the overall winner from the keenly competitive and high quality nominations.

In addressing the gathering at Fawsley Hall, Chairman of the Judging Panel Richard Murdoch once again paid tribute to the very high standard of the entries for the 2015 competition. He noted that this year there had not been any large scale, extravagantly decorated entries which might have stood out and distracted the judges, so all entries were subjected to particularly close scrutiny, down to the very fine details, in order to determine the deserved winners.

The panel of Judges had met some three weeks previously and had eventually selected D Blake & Co (Edinburgh), Lead-Tech Roofing (Worcester Park) and Norman & Underwood (Leicester) as the finalists of the Murdoch Award and N Lee & Sons (Whitney), Leadwise Contracts (Co Antrim) and SWG Roofing (Dunmow, Essex) as finalists of the Murdoch Sponsors

Before announcing the winners, Richard again thanked Associated Lead Mills for continuing their long standing sponsorship of the Murdoch Award, in support of the LCA’s quality standard ethic. He noted that once again, all the main Murdoch Award Finalists were being hosted by Associated Lead for the evening as part of their sponsorship.

He also thanked them for their foresight in introducing the Murdoch Sponsors Award in 2006 for projects under five tonnes, which had since given some of the smaller LCA members the chance for wider recognition. Indeed he noted that there were in fact three new members entered for the Sponsors Award and two of them, Leadwise Contracts and SWG Roofing, had made it to the final, although perhaps Leadwise should be regarded as a returning, rather than an entirely new member, having previously been in the LCA from 1998 until 2008. Turning to the actual entries from the Sponsor’s Award finalists, Richard noted that guests had previously viewed photographs of the dome with unusual weatherings from N Lee & Son, the tile replacement leadwork at Stormont Castle from Leadwise and the dome and spire from SWG Roofing and he again commended the consistently high standard of

January 2016 Leadwise Contracts Ltd – The Parliament Building, Stormont, Co Antrim NI

both the design and workmanship that was evident throughout each project. However the judges had to pick a winner and Richard announced that Leadwise Contracts were the winners of the Murdoch Sponsors Award for 2015 and in the absence of Martin Cahalan from Leadwise, Ian Harvey stepped forward to receive the Award on their behalf from Alan Barker of sponsors Associated Lead Mills. Turning to the Murdoch Award itself, Richard noted the presence of two quality leadwork heavyweights who regularly reached the finalists stage, in the form of D Blake & Co (twice previous winners) and Norman & Underwood. Up against them this time was Lead-Tech Roofing who in 2013 had won the Sponsors Award and were now going after the main prize. Again the projects were not eyecatchingly spectacular, with the focus more on precision detailing and consistent setting out, but in all cases completed with fine workmanship.

SWG Roofing Ltd – Dome and Spire – Esher Private House

Whilst the judges had applauded the unusual pitched roofing over a thick stone substrate at Brothwick Castle by D Blake and the work carried out by Norman and Underwood to the flat roof at Staunton Harold Church, in their unanimous view it was the large flat and pitched roofing and cladding project completed by Lead-Tech Roofing at Rygar House in London that deserved to be the winner of the 2015 Murdoch Award.

Paul Mulry, who had worked extensively on Rygar House stepped forward to receive the Award on behalf of Lead-Tech from LCA Chairman Stuart Bailey. Lead-Tech MD Martin Walsh was delighted for Paul to receive such public recognition of his individual craft skills and workmanship and was very proud that his company had continued the quality standards ethos that had enabled them to win the Sponsors Award two years ago. Barry Smith, Managing Director of sponsors Associated Lead Mills, was delighted that this years awards in both categories had featured “new blood” challenging the more established LCA members. “It’s great to see new faces coming through for these awards” he said. “Not only does it show that anyone stands a chance of being a finalist or even winning if their work is good enough, but also that the craft of working with lead is alive and well and in very good hands.”

2015 Murdoch Sponsors award Winner - The Parliament Building, Stormont - Leadwise Contracts, Co Antrim NI In a role reversal of recent trends, lead sheet replaced a failing stepped tile design in a project that relied heavily upon close teamwork between the architect and the traditional crafts Martin Cahalan reports that Leadwise were delighted to be

involved in the project at the Parliament Buildings, Stormont, an iconic Belfast landmark on an elevated site overlooking large swathes of the city and a building that has had, and continues to have today, huge relevance for all the citizens of Northern Ireland. The work itself was to the front sloping pediments and was necessitated by a longstanding failing in the existing stepped tiling arrangement. After discussing the various options, the project team from Hamilton Architects led by Mr Paul Millar took the decision to replace the tiled roofing with lead roofing that would mimic the detailing of the tiled roof as far as possible. It was at this point that Leadwise were able to offer some advice as to the necessary sub-structure, sizing and ventilation needs and these were incorporated into the final design. With the aesthetics now of paramount importance it was essential that the joinery work be of a very high standard and consistent throughout and thankfully this was achieved by the Contractor, Tracey Bros of Enniskillen. With the lead to BSEN:12588 sourced from Jamestown Metals, the 110 sheets of Code 6 lead needed were pre cut, formed and sent to site for installation. A building paper to BS 1521 Class A was laid onto the decking and the wood rolls then put in place as the work progressed. In total there were some 2600 copper nail heads that were individually dotted and everything was checked and rechecked to ensure continuity and it was through this attention to detail and pride in the project that such a pleasing outcome was obtained. Whilst Leadwise are delighted to have their contribution recognised by their peers it’s important to appreciate that it was the contributions of others also that made for overall success. The project Architect, Mr Mark Knight and Tracey Bros can take great credit too for all their input and desire to leave a lasting legacy on this landmark building.


January 2016

Lead-Tech Roofing Ltd – Rygar House, London

2015 Murdoch Award Winner – Rygar House, London - Lead-Tech Roofing Ltd Consistency of design and workmanship was the key to the aesthetics of this large project involving flat, pitched and vertical panels and again working in partnership with the architect enabled design changes to be made to improve the long term integrity of the roof Martin Walsh reports that this new development is set in the heart of Mayfair in central London. LeadTech were appointed through the Main Contractor 800 Group Ltd to install all the roof timbers and new code 6 lead sheet to the crown flat roof, as well as the 70º Mansard Roof and the vertical sections, which also included code 6 lead to dormers and associated flashings. The total project was some 20


tonnes of lead sheet, supplied by Associated Lead Mills. A key factor in securing the project was that as an LCA member, Lead-Tech could offer the 25 year insurance backed guarantee. Once again the contractor and architect worked in close partnership and during the process of building the roof Lead-Tech were able to identify potential technical issues which might arise with the planned detailing and more importantly how the new lead roof would be ventilated. In most cases the Architects Drawings had been well thought out but when approached by Lead-Tech about their concerns, the architects allowed details to be altered as required. Once the main roof construction had been completed and Lead-Tech commenced installing the new code 6 lead, they decided to reduce the setting out of the wood rolls

to 575mm centres, thus ensuring the lead was installed well within its design limits. The wood rolls were staggered and included a ventilation ridge detail which was achieved using the Nicholson Air Track Products. On the Mansard 70º degree pitched roof slope, Code 6 sheet was again installed at 575mm centres and the length of the bays were also reduced to 2.00 lm overall. At the head 3 rows of staggered fixings were installed using 38mm copper ring shanks. The sizing and fixing of the bays have therefore been set well within its design limits, thus eradicating any future problems and potential failure of fixings, which is particularly significant as access would be problematic and costly. It is this attention to detail that was recognised by the Murdoch Award judges

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Integrated solar approach recognised at roofing awards Forster Roofing has picked up the ‘Solar’ award at the National Federation Roofing Contractor’s (NFRC) annual Scottish Roofing Contractor of the Year Awards, for integrated roofing and solar works at Bellway Homes’, Cowdenbeath development. Forster was recognised by the judges for its pioneering approach to integrating traditional roof tiling with in-roof solar Photovoltaic (PV) installation services at the 49 plot social housing development. The electricity generated by each solar array is being fed directly into tenant’s homes, reducing their requirement to buy in electricity from the grid, thereby empowering them to take greater control of their energy bills. Forster Technical Manager, Alan Collins collected the award at a special luncheon hosted by BBC Scotland News presenter and

reporter, Catriona Shearer at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. The award is Forster’s seventh Scottish Roofing Contractor of the Year Award in six years, with previous award winning projects including the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village, Fife Housing Innovation Showcase and Barratt Homes Evolution development in Aberdeen.

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Welsh Slate Launches New Roofing Brochure A guide to specifying and installing natural roof slates is launched by Welsh Slate.


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The 32-page guide advises architects and roofing contractors how to specify and install natural roof slates and includes the revised recommendations in the recently amended BS 5534 code of Practice for Slating and tiling plus all relevant references and standards. It also provides information on slates’ many advantages and details design specifications such as terminology, driving rain index, minimum recommended headlaps, general properties, colours, sizes and weights, coverage, and battening and holing gauges. Technical details are also supplied on the slating process, battening, eaves and verges, valleys, hips,

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January 2016

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January 2016

GALVANIZING COMPANY SUPPORTS URBAN REGENERATION PROJECT A galvanizing company has played a role in the regeneration of a new shopping district in South Wales. Worksop Galvanizing, part of Wedge Group Galvanizing, has partnered with long-standing client, Caunton Engineering, to galvanize over 750 tonnes of steel for the redevelopment of Neath Town Centre. The project, which is being overseen by main contractor, Keir Construction, saw the plant galvanize structural steel including beams and framework to construct a new 600 space multi-storey carpark and a 24,000 sq.ft retail unit, as part of the first phase of redevelopment of the shopping district. Funded by the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales (RIFW), the project is central to attracting more people to the town, and create a vibrant place to live, work, and socialise.


Steven Waterhouse, Divisional Director at Caunton Engineering, said: “We have worked with Worksop Galvanizing on previous projects, and knew the size of the galvanizing bath at the facility would easily accommodate the 16 metre long span beams which formed the main structure of the carpark. Galvanizing the steel was a specific request of the contractor, and will ensure the framework and beams are protected against rust and corrosion for years to come.” Paul Robinson, Commercial Manager at Worksop Galvanizing, explained: “This project was a fantastic one to work on, especially as it will create so many new retail and job opportunities in Neath, which will no doubt strengthen the economy of the town.”


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Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has demonstrated its superb product and logistical capabilities by supplying a colossal 4,200 tonnes of hard landscaping materials to Swansea Bay Campus, all within a tight time frame of just six months. The ambitious £450m project by the University of Swansea has doubled the size of its academic and research facilities, establishing Swansea as a dual-campus university destination. Situated at Neath, Port Talbot on the approach into Swansea, the campus has been developed on St Modwen’s 65-acre former BP Transit site, transforming the bay’s industrial landscape into a modern, hi-tech district that rivals the world’s top 21st century universities. Charcon consulted with contractor Vinci Construction at an early stage of the project. The architecture of the university buildings already


present featured both traditional and modern elements. This was a key driver in the choice of paving products and shades to make sure the landscaping would complement these buildings. Charcon therefore recommended its Andover Textured range for the contemporary public spaces and squares. Offering a premium quality block paving product at an affordable price, the Silver Fleck and Silver Grey shades were combined for maximum visual appeal in 300mm x 200mm blocks, with a total of 10,295m² of Andover Textured being specified.

To contrast, 8,280m² of traditional-style Woburn Rumbled cobble paving in Rustic colour was used for the meandering streetscape. Reminiscent of traditional setts, all three sizes were incorporated to create eye-catching designs. The exterior of the great hall was paved with StoneMaster in Medium Grey (600m x 450mm) from Charcon’s Life range, made from a fine stone mix of up to 50% reclaimed or recycled materials, yet resulting in a granite effect without the expense of using natural stone.

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Alongside the paving, 2,000m² of Eco Countryside Classic Kerbs and edging was also supplied to help add visual appeal to the functional roadside edging. John Sheehan, project manager at Vinci Construction, comments: “Bay Campus has been an immense project that had to be delivered within an incredibly tight timeframe. By working closely with Charcon from the outset, we have benefitted from their technical abilities, as well as the welcome reassurance of efficient deliveries and products of the highest quality.

“At Vinci, we are immeasurably proud of having delivered phase one so successfully, and we would like to extend our thanks to all involved at Charcon in helping to achieve this.”

Charcon will continue to supply products for the second phase of works which is already underway and scheduled to end in 2020, ready for the University’s centenary.

Mike Davies, Specification and Major Projects Manager at Aggregate Industries, said: “Our team worked very hard and liaised closely with Vinci throughout the project to guarantee correct and timely delivery of all orders placed. Overall, we made 188 deliveries of quality-assured products whilst fulfilling additional product requirements along the way.”

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January 2016

BITUCHEM IMPROVE DELIVERY SERVICES WITH NEW ADDITION TO FLEET The Bituchem Group has introduced a new addition to its fleet of delivery vehicles for its specialist surfacing materials to offer quicker deliveries to customers across the UK.

The new tipper lorry has come with the continuing increase in the demand for the company’s Natratex and Colourtex products in a range of domestic and commercial applications. In expanding the delivery fleet, the hard landscaping specialists are able to offer an improved delivery timeframe on applications further afield from the company’s base in Gloucestershire. Mark Stott, Commercial Manager at Bituchem commented, “Our surfacing products are increasingly being used on applications across the UK, with our customer base reaching all parts of England and Wales. We have made the decision to expand our delivery fleet to ensure that we have the resources to reach all of our customers at a time that is necessary to them. It is extremely important that the delivery of the material is on time so that the project runs efficiently and in having more vehicles we can offer deliveries tailored to each application with no delays.” With more vehicles now available, Bituchem can now offer quicker deliveries to sites in London and South East England where projects would often be waiting a longer period of time for the delivery to site. Bituchem’s Natratex and Cotswold materials are supplied to sites hot and can be laid in one fast and simple application to reduce the time and cost of a project. The materials can be laid all year round and require very little maintenance once it has been applied. These qualities have made them a popular choice amongst specifiers for a wide range of landscapes that require a surface that is both hard wearing and aesthetically pleasing.


Considered to be the company’s ‘flagship’ product, Bituchem’s Natratex has proven extremely popular in both the private and public sector and has been used for a variety of applications, including National Trust properties, domestic driveways, decorative pathways, public parks and commercial landscapes. Made using natural coloured aggregates and a clear resin binder, the Natratex range is available buff, salmon or red

offering a long-lasting, attractive surface with the same durable qualities as standard asphalt materials. Bituchem has recently developed a new version of the material and is now offering Natratex Porous a sustainable drainage alternative without the need for pipework or other conventional systems. The company also offers a colourful and decorative material that can be used to liven up any landscape. Colourtex is made using coloured aggregates for a vibrant surface to be used in school playgrounds, MUGA schemes or to highlight designated cycle or foot paths or safety routes. Available in red, green, blue and buff, Colourtex offers architects and specifiers the opportunity to be creative with their projects whilst still offering an extremely durable and long-lasting coloured finish. Bituchem has also improved its company website to offer more product information, company news and details on previous applications to ensure that all relevant material is easily accessible for its customers and specifiers. Further information is available from Bituchem on 01594 826768 or 07584 311266, by emailing: or by visiting the company’s website at

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How to build a low energy building like this one Conker Conservation, developer Camber Consulting, and materials supplier Ecomerchant have all played their part in delivering a genuinely low energy building at a very affordable price.

The design team at Conker worked with the client bringing with them a raft of proven systems and methodology and an inclusive interconnected approach to delivery, in this case study Paul Mallion a Certified Passivhaus Designer at Conker explains how this was all brought together. Conker have been designing low energy buildings since 1999, this is our approach, demonstrated in the photos: Use the free energy available from the sun; passive solar design has been understood for centuries but still new houses are built that make no concession to orientation. BRE guidance from 1971*describes how good orientation can save 10% of the energy consumption in a dwelling, at zero cost. However, don’t forget to consider solar shading and don’t over-glaze, especially on the east and west sides.


Build to the lowest U values possible, aim for at least 0.15W/m2K for all elements, never use building regulation values as a default. Do not rely on manufacturers for your U value calculations, learn to do them yourself, or use our Android app, ‘Wallnuts’. Calculate for thermal bridges such as cavity ties and fixings, and factor in a workmanship value if using ridged insulation boards, as they rarely get fitted really well.

You will need to work with a knowledgeable materials supplier, it is essential to have a secure supply chain this is why we make sure our supply partners are part of the construction process right from the start in this case Ecomerchant, This is particularly true of insulation so you know what is available and the insulation properties, rather than rely on a single type of foamed board for all purposes. Dense insulations like woodfibre are better at limiting heat gain in summer. Compressible insulations like wool are better in between timbers which may shrink over time. Breathable insulations are essential for work on historic buildings. ‘Build tight - ventilate right’ is a phrase decades old, but still true. Make the building airtight, and carry out an air leakage test before completion. Aim for a figure of 1.0m3/m2hr or 1.0 air changes an hour. Don’t confuse draughts with ventilation. Become familiar with airtight membranes and tapes and how to use them. Never rely on builders foam or mastic for airtightness, these will shrink and fail within a few years. Very airtight buildings will need a mechanical ventilation system, which will provide consistent air quality, whereas natural ventilation will constantly vary and rarely be right. Heat recovery ventilation is worth the

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investment when properly designed and installed, but cheap systems are a waste of money. Make triple glazing your default. Costs have tumbled over the last 10 years, and a wide range of options exist. Timber frames or thermally broken frames are best. The improved thermal comfort and noise attenuation is well worth the investment. Triple glazed windows can be icy on the outside, but still warm to the touch inside. Install them using airtight tapes or compression seals, and low expansion window foam which remains pliant and will not shrink. Consider building to the AECB Carbonlite Silver Standard or the Passivhaus Standard, to prove how well your building performs. Enjoy a comfortable low energy building with good air quality.

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Thinking of building a big house extension or your own home in 2016? You aren’t alone! The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) published new research forecasting the main trends in UK housing design for the year ahead.

Over the course of 2015, RIBA Chartered Architects have reported the design trends in greatest demand: •

Sustainable and energy conservation measures demand for sustainable materials, advanced insulation products, water conservation and recycling features

Larger extensions and bigger new build bespoke houses

Adaptable designs - increased demand for homes that can make living easier for ageing occupants and live-in relatives

Family social hubs – multi-functional open-plan spaces are still highly desirable

An increase in land availability and the relaxation of planning restrictions have led to an increase of oneoff single houses and housing extensions. 55% of our Architects reported that bespoke homes and housing extensions are getting bigger in size. As the ageing population increases, more of us are planning ahead for later in life by seeking designs solutions to facilitate easier living. Adaptations to make independent living simpler, or adjusting a family home layout for the addition of an older family member are the two main drivers in this growing market.

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January 2016 The popularity of generous multi-functional living spaces - combining cooking, dining and living space shows no sign of diminishing – when these spaces are combined with direct access to gardens and outside space, they are even more popular with 66% of our Architects reporting a demand. Sustainability and energy conservation are no longer niche concerns but factor prominently in the design decisions of many clients. 70% of our Architects expect to see an increase in specifying advanced insulation products and 66% expect to see a rise in the use of solar/PV panels. RIBA President Jane Duncan said: “The appetite for building or improving your own home for your family and future shows no sign of abating, with architects experiencing increased demand from creative and ambitious homeowners. This new RIBA report gives a glimpse of what to expect in housing design for 2016 and beyond. It shows the insight, value for money and peace of mind that an architect can bring to any housing project.” Find your own architect in 2016

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Ventilation EnviroVent’s ventilation expert Rebecca Mclean gives her five top tips for improving air quality during the winter months.

Tip 1. Act on the early signs of poor indoor air quality When you wake up in the morning, do your window panes and ledges stream with condensation? Have you any signs of mould forming around your windows, on your walls or ceilings, or in cupboards or wardrobes? If so, you may have a problem with a lack of ventilation in your home. As modern homes have undergone many energy efficient upgrades such as adding cavity wall insulation, double glazing and thermally efficient doors, this means that air cannot circulate between the inside and outside as freely and around the home, which often leads to poor indoor air quality. There’s no point ignoring it and hoping it will go away, or trying to remove it with one of the mould sprays you can buy in DIY stores – these simply tackle the symptom rather than the cause. There are a couple of options here; firstly you could leave your windows open for long periods – this is fine in summer, when, incidentally, ventilation is not as much of a problem, but in winter this can impact on the energy efficiency of your whole home, making it cold and uncomfortable. It is worth looking into the options with mechanical or extract ventilation as they can overcome these issues. Find out more information via the website

Tip 2 Consider which rooms are worst affected Look around the different rooms in your home and make a note which areas are worst affected by condensation, damp or mould. Kitchens and bathrooms are traditionally the rooms that experience most condensation and are at greatest risk of mould forming. However, what we mustn’t forget is that moisture travels through the


air and can migrate through to bedrooms, hallways and other areas of the house. It’s a common problem to find mould is inhabiting cupboards and wardrobes too! It is worth looking into ventilation options, such as single room extract fans for kitchens and bathrooms, or systems such as PIV (Positive Input Ventilation) that are effective in reducing the problem throughout the whole house. PIV systems work by drawing in fresh, filtered clean air from the loft-space in a house or from a central position on a landing or the central hallway in a flat or bungalow. The system gently ventilates a home, controlling moisture levels, diluting high levels of humidity, whilst forcing moisture laden air outside. The result is significantly less condensation and reduction in mould growth.

Tip 3 Change your washing, drying, cooking habits There are certain lifestyle changes that can be made to help improve the indoor air quality in the home. For example, opening the bathroom window after taking a bath or shower, making sure the tumble drier has external ventilation, putting lids on boiling pans and avoiding drying clothes inside. These methods can help significantly and are advisable whether you opt to have a ventilation system installed or not.

Tip 4 Identify if condensation, damp and mould is affecting your health Do you feel in winter that your health is worse than summer? Do you suffer from asthma, allergies or any dermatological conditions? It may be that these symptoms are being worsened by damp and mould in your home. Asthma affects five million people in the UK every year. One of the ways asthma is triggered is through household dust mites and their detritus which flourish in damp, mouldy conditions.

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Dust mites thrive in bedding, carpets and other soft furnishings, where there isn’t adequate ventilation and where relative humidity is high. When their detritus comes into contact with skin or is inhaled, it can cause allergic reactions, resulting in asthma attacks, eczema, watering eyes, itching, sneezing and a runny nose. One of the best ways of tackling house dust mites is to reduce relative humidity by installing an energy efficient ventilation system. This considerably reduces the ability of the dust mite population to grow and contaminate the living environment.

Tip 5 If you are worried about the air quality in your home, get it tested! If you are experiencing condensation or mould issues within your home, then it is a good idea to have a home survey carried out by a ventilation specialist. An experienced ventilation expert will be able to carry out tests and advise on the best approach to improve the indoor air quality. For more information on improving the air quality in your home, find your local EnviroVent Specialist Ventilation Advisor via the website or by calling 0845 27 27 807.


January 2016

Closing The Shop Door Makes Good Business Sense

Following predictions of severe temperature drops and a spare capacity of just 1.5% in National Grid energy reserves, GEZE UK is urging retailers, architects and specifiers to consider the environmental and financial impact of keeping shop doors open when specifying entrance systems. Independent research by the Close The Door Campaign, of which GEZE is a sponsor, found that retailers could reduce their winter energy consumption by between 30 and 50 per cent by simply shutting their doors when the heating is on. The retail sector consumed £3.2bn of energy in 2013 and as an industry has the second highest energy consumption in the UK. Research by Cambridge University commissioned by the Close The Door campaign showed that keeping a door open and using air curtains and additional heating significantly increased energy usage, driving up CO2 emissions - figures that were dramatically reduced simply by closing the shop door. An open door also makes it impossible to maintain accepted guidelines for a healthy working temperature for staff. While shutting the door drives down energy use, Kaz Spiewakowski, managing director of GEZE UK explained that specifying the right door will help to contribute to energy efficiency. He said: “By considering the environmental benefits of ‘shutting the door’ during the initial specification process, retailers, architects and specifiers can create an attractive welcoming entrance that offers maximum energy efficiency. “There are a wide range of sliding, swing and revolving automatic doors available to suit every application. Activation products such as unidirectional radar sensors ensure automatic doors are only open when a user approaches, closing again as they depart, which reduces ‘hold open’ time by 40 percent. What’s more automatic


doors allow shoppers to enter and exit a store without needing to break stride, juggle shopping or let go of a trolley. “Ultimately, for retail environments you need to specify an automatic door system that will open and close efficiently, maximise footfall and minimise heat loss or gain.” The need to reduce energy consumption is particularly important this year. In November, the National Grid appealed for more powerfor the first time in three years, whilst energy regulator Ofgem has warned that without action the grid’s spare capacity could fall to zero. At the same time, the MET Office has predicted temperatures as low as -14C in January. Jeannie Dawkins, founder of the Close The Door campaign said: “I founded the campaign after seeing the heat from open shop doors melting ice and snow on the street. It defies common sense you wouldn’t turn on the heating and leave doors and windows open at home, so why do so many businesses do it? “Independent research found that

closing the door makes a huge impact. It reduces energy use and cuts a shop’s CO2 emissions by up to 10 tonnes per annum for heating days alone, the equivalent of three return flights from London to Hong Kong. “But it’s not just about the environment, closing the door makes good business sense too. It lowers winter fuel bills, making shops more profitable and reduces shop lifting. Our research also found that there was no evidence that shutting the door led to a reduction in footfall, one of the most common concerns raised by retailers when defending their open door policies. . There are now thousands of shops of all types and sizes across the UK trading successfully with the door closed – none of which would be doing so if this adversely affected profit.” For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic operators and manual door closers call 01543 443000 or visit To find out more about the Close the Door campaign, visit

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Purus Limited Purus is one of Scandinavia’s leading suppliers and manufacturers of wetroom and level-access drainage solutions for the health, leisure, hotel and hospitality industries as well as domestic and social housing. Purus Limited, based in Leeds, specialises in a range of drainage solutions including floor gullies for vinyl and tiled floors, linear drainage solutions and stainless steel channels for commercial and industrial use. Many Purus products, including the Mini Series Floor Gullies, are featured on BIMobject and are also BBA Certified.

Floor Gullies A wide range of Purus Floor Gullies for vinyl, tiled and resin floors are available in plastic, stainless steel and cast iron. Purus’ most popular floor gully, the BBACertified Minimax 50, is the world’s shallowest wetroom gully incorporating a NOOD no-odour water trap at just 76mm including falls. The patented NOOD will not allow any foul air to leave the drain even when it dries out, making it ideal for use in health facilities, disabled access wetrooms and care homes such as the 67-bedroom Lord Street Care Home in Redcar, Cleveland, where the Minimax 50 was recently selected for installation. The NOOD is also included in the Minimax Two Part – designed for simple installation into former trays – and the Mini Brage 50/110 vertical-outlet floor gullies. Stainless steel grates for both vinyl and tiled floors are available for a premium finish. A range of Security Gullies is also available, with a choice of a stainless steel grate with anti-ligature features, or a lockable plastic grate. The Security Gullies are available with a selection of outlets and all include the NOOD no-odour trap. For any enquiries or to request further information, please visit or call 0113 289 3172, where the Technical and Sales teams will be happy to assist.




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oning enables areas to be heated only when required and to the temperature desired. Combining Herschel iQ with Herschel infrared heaters provides the ultimate and most efficient zoned heating system; each heating panel may either be controlled completely independently or linked together within a zone. Unlike traditional radiator systems, which heat the entire volume of air in a space through convection with the result that the heat disperses uncontrollably, Herschel infrared penetrates the air and heats solids so the zoning is incredibly precise and effective. Herschel iQ offers up to 64 zones so may be used in private homes as well as commercial premises ranging from offices and hotels to public buildings, restaurants and warehouses. The Herschel iQ energy monitor allows energy use to be recorded so is ideal for property managers looking to manage consumption such as rental properties and student accommodation.

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Powered by Lightwave RF, a UK company and market leader in smart automation, Herschel iQ is wireless based and may be controlled remotely from a smartphone using an app. The system can be linked to control existing ‘wet’ heating systems, allowing Herschel heaters to provide supplementary heating, and is easily extended to include lighting and security. Herschel is at the forefront in embracing the ‘Internet of Things’ which is set further to revolutionise the control of building systems. For further information, please call 01743 760 059 or visit

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Infrared heating is the winner when it comes to energy efficiency Incredibly efficient, highly controllable and requiring no maintenance or servicing, Far infrared heaters typically require almost 40% less energy than conventional ‘energy efficient’ electric heaters. This is the message from Herschel, the UK market leader in Far infrared heating which provides solutions for many different environments, including homes and commercial premises. Most electric heating requires around 45 watts per m³, whereas infrared heating needs only about 25 watts per m³. Unlike electrical heaters, which heat the air mainly through convection, infrared heaters heat objects, including people and the fabric of the building itself, making use of the thermal mass of the structure to store the heat. This radiant form of heating means energy is used incredibly efficiently and the heating effect is more comfortable. Infrared heating is much more comfortable for the building’s occupants and does not create drafts like electric convector heaters. The feeling is the same as the pleasant warmth of the sun on your face or the heat from a coal fire.

Herschel infrared heaters are available as ultra slimline wall-or ceiling-mounted panels - available in a variety of designs including glass, mirrors and bespoke pictures - and commercial space heating units and outdoor patio models. All are easy to install and use. Paul Morey, Herschel’s CEO, comments: “Herschel Far Infrared is the future of heating today. Radiant heating is far more efficient than heating air and is a low energy solution that can be combined with solar or wind generated electricity to provide a heating system that is CO2 free.” For further information, please call 01743 760 059 or visit


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RISE UP: THE UNIQUE ELECTRIC HOME LIFT THAT CAN BE INSTALLED IN A DAY The Stiltz Home Lift provides the ideal solution for builders and developers that have clients who are looking for a more convenient way of getting between floors. The range of electric home lifts offered by Stiltz also have an unrivalled ability to fit into spaces other domestic lifts cannot meaning they can be installed almost anywhere in a house. Therefore even if a builder involved in renovating a property has already drawn up plans for the project, a Stiltz Lift, with its small footprint, can easily be included in the designs without any difficulty. Likewise, if a developer is working on a new build, incorporating a Stiltz domestic lift into the outline will not cause any major reworking of the blueprint.

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As the lifts are electric, there are no noisy hydraulics or vacuum systems, and the lift plugs straight into a normal 13-amp power socket like any other household appliance. This means that the Stiltz Lift can be fitted quickly with no major structural alterations needed with a standard retrofit installation taking just one day. Many Stiltz customers enjoy the Stiltz Lift because it has enhanced their lifestyle and made their home completely accessible.


For a builder or developer who has a client in early retirement that is starting to find the stairs difficult, the Stiltz Lift is a perfect and surprisingly alternative to a stairlift with low running costs. There is even a lift available that fits a standard-sized wheelchair.

The Stiltz Lift is so versatile because, thanks to its unique dual rail system, it is a totally self-supporting structure so no

The Stiltz Lift is compliant with all European standards and is assembled at the company’s headquarters in Wokingham,

Berkshire. Features include a remote control to call the lift, a battery back-up in case of a power cut, obstruction sensors, a key lock to stop unauthorized use and the roof of the lift, which is safe to stand on, can be covered with the original flooring so that it does not intrude.

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