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Industry News July 2016

Change starts at home A new energy pilot initiative has been launched that seeks to offer a framework for improving the thermal performance of the UK’s older housing stock through practical renovations and research. Roofzine visited the scheme, supported by Willmott Dixon, the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, which have taken on the task of retrofitting a 1920s semidetached home with the aim of using the property as a blueprint for making older, character homes more energy efficient. Energy efficiency is a key consideration of homes being built today. But older homes constitute a sizeable proportion of the UK’s housing stock and many lack basic insulation, making them costly to heat. Retrofitting these older homes is clearly an important way to bring many people out of fuel poverty but there is a lot that we still don’t know about retrofitting older homes, particularly when it comes to heritage and character properties. The case study home in Letchworth Garden City has received a complete retrofit to improve insulation and thermal performance through a series of affordable upgrades that are in-keeping with the property’s traditional characteristics. With one in five households living in fuel poverty in the UK, the results will inform thinking on the rationale for investment in retrofit projects on heritage and older properties by providing evidence of energy savings. Speaking exclusively to Roofzine, David Adams, technical director for Willmott Dixon Energy Services, outlined some of the upgrades that this particular property has received, and the challenges that they posed. For example, the combination of low doorways and concrete floors meant internal floor insulation was not a viable solution without drastically altering the characteristics of the property as well as incurring significant costs. Therefore an alternative approach was specified, using insulation boards buried several feet below ground around the exterior of the property. In addition, wood fibre internal wall insulation was installed as an effective solution for properties where a build-up of moisture can cause problems. David explained: “There’s no bad insulation. It’s about using the right insulation for the right job. Wood fibre is ideal and it is easy to work with as it is installed in slabs. Yes, it costs a bit more, but because of its ease of installation, you can save on labour and in this instance it’s the right product for the situation.”


New windows, solar PV panels, a wastewater heat recovery system and a demand controlled ventilation system have also been incorporated. Prior to work starting, BRE assessed the house to model its baseline energy performance and gathered energy use data from typical homes in the area. Performance specification options were then developed for the Heritage Foundation in line with current Government regulations for new homes and more ambitious carbon / energy reduction targets. Willmott Dixon and the BRE will carry out monitoring for 12 months to analyse energy use and internal conditions, the performance of various design features and the experience of the property’s residents. Another similar property, without modifications, is being used as a comparison. David continued: “With a significant proportion of people in the UK living in older properties, there is a particular need to explore options that will help people to keep warm and save energy, without compromising the character of the buildings. “By bringing our technical expertise to Common View we have shown that it is possible to apply energy efficiency measures to heritage buildings, bringing them up to modern standards of comfort and efficiency, while conserving their period charm. With this property we’re creating a pattern book which will outline standard problems so we can overcome them in future” Previous Government initiatives have been criticised for being too unrealistic in their targets and putting too much pressure on homeowners to undergo a complete renovation of their property to conform to modern building standards. However, David says this project has been designed with the intention of informing the homeowner of what can be done to improve the thermal performance of a building as opposed to what should or must be done and aims to offer an affordable and achievable model for any homeowner looking to update their property. David concluded: “Will it suit everybody? No. We’re not saying do it all at one time – insulation, solar panels, water heat recovery system etc – insulate and then redecorate, some now, some later; we need to shift mindsets at the right time.” RCI will be tracking the progress of the project through to completion and releasing updates on the energy usage statistics that will reveal how much people living in older properties could save in household energy costs.

July 2016 Industry News

Costs rise by £178m on school building programme Construction costs under Phase One of the Priority School Building programme have risen by £178m since January 2015. An update published by the Cabinet Office revealed cost increases for the programme to rebuild and refurbish 260 schools – taking the total budget to £2,298.8m. The report states: “A number of external factors continue to impact the programme, the most significant being the recovery of the construction market. “Over the last 22 to 24 months we have experienced a lack of interest from the contractors in the new batches being released into procurement and delays on a number of schemes as contractors seek additional funding to cover increasing costs of labour and materials. “This has resulted in delays against our internal delivery programmes, expenditure slipping backwards and an increase in the overall cost to deliver the programme. “To mitigate the risks described above we have expanded the number of procurement routes that we are using: we are now using the EFA Contractors Framework, the EFA Regional Framework, we have procured two batches of schools using the CSS modular framework and we are currently preparing documentation to allow us to OJEU projects.”

Construction safety fines hit £8m since February Construction companies have been fined £8m for safety offences since sentencing guidelines were changed earlier this year.


New guidance was introduced in February instructing courts to consider the size of a company when it comes to imposing safety fines.


Penalties have soared since then including a £2.6m fine for Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions after a worker was killed in a trench collapse. Insurance and risk specialist BLM has been tracking fines since the changes. BLM found that out of 101 health and safety fines issued since February, 38% affected those in the construction sector. The three highest fines alone totaled £5.6m while directors of two construction companies were also given custodial sentences. Helen Devery, partner and head of SHE practice at BLM said: “These new guidelines have introduced fines that are proportional to the size of the company, meaning that both small and large businesses will feel the same impact.

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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, inhouse 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

Manchester 500-flat build-torent towers approved Select Property Group has secured planning permission for two residenetial tower blocks of over 500 flats for private rent in Manchester’s city centre. The two buildings, Riverside and Riverview, will operate under Select’s Affinity Living brand and will be built in a next to the Lowry Hotel on the banks of the River Irwell. The decision marks the third planning approval given for Select’s Affinity Living residential brand, after approval was granted for 677 apartments at Circle Square last month, a joint venture project with Bruntwood, and for 684 apartments at Embankment West in May. Located on New Bailey Street next to the riverside footpath, the 35-storey building, Affinity Living Riverview, will house 318 apartments, while the 17 storey building, Affinity Living Riverside, will comprise of 188 apartments. Enabling works are expected to begin in October with Affinity Living, Riverside scheduled for completion end of Q1 of 2018 and Riverview in Q4 of 2019.


Mark Stott, CEO of Select Property Group, said: “Affinity Living Riverside and Riverview promises to bring something exceptional to a generation of professional young renters in a highly sought after area of the city. We are delighted to have been granted planning permission and look forward to starting work on the site.” Niall Alcock, Assistant Director at Deloitte Real Estate said: “The proposals will deliver significant new high quality residential accommodation from a proven developer and operator and play a key role in securing the long term success of the region. “This will be the third Affinity Living to be granted planning permission in the Regional Centre over the past two months. Having advised Select on all three schemes, it is exciting to reach another key milestone in bringing this new build-to-rent residential product to the market.” The architects working on the scheme are Denton Corker Marshall.

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Worker numbers and environmental issues under the spotlight as clarity called for following Brexit vote The UK construction industry has spoken in response to last week’s EU Referendum, calling on Government to act quickly to reaffirm the country’s position in the global market. Last Thursday, June 23, saw a 52% victory for the Leave campaign as the British public voted to leave the European Union. Since the vote, calls have come from all sectors of industry to clarify the UK’s position in the European and global markets and clear up the uncertainty surrounding how the UK will move forward in other areas addressed in the campaign. With the topic of immigration being one of those key areas covered by both campaigns, interested parties have stated that with the issue of skills shortages still prevalent in construction, the Government must ensure that our new system of immigration provides the sector with enough skilled workers to build the homes and infrastructure projects that it needs. Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders, said: “The UK construction industry has been heavily reliant on migrant workers from Europe for decades now – at present, 12% of the British construction workers are of non-UK origin. The majority of these workers are from EU countries such as Poland, Romania and Lithuania and they have helped the construction industry bounce back from the economic downturn when 400,000 skilled workers left our industry, most of which did not return. “At the same time, we need to ensure that we invest in our own home-grown talent through apprenticeship training. We need to train more construction apprentices so we are not overly reliant on migrant workers from Europe or further afield.”Further concerns came from the industry with regards to climate change and the Call us Learn more environmental challenges that the industry still faces in 01296 481220 the wake of the Referendum, as the UK Green Building Council insisted that the green agenda must not be deprioritised. Julie Hirigoyen, CEO of the UK Green Building Council, said: “Both economic and political uncertainty will have some people asking whether the green agenda needs to be deprioritised while business goes into firefighting mode. This must and need not happen. “The incentives remain strong for business to address climate change and other urgent sustainability challenges. Arguably now more than ever we need to minimise future risk, reduce costs, add value for clients, generate new commercial opportunities and ensure we have the best people working as productively as possible. A sustainable built environment is fundamental to these objectives. “We will take the argument to Government that a low carbon, sustainable built environment is good for UK Plc, and that this requires a clear and consistent policy landscape – in or out of the EU.” With many questions left unanswered and many issues still to be addressed, the call from industry and the public is for leadership. The Government must accept the decision of the British public, reunite to take the country forward in the direction that it has chosen and begin to answer the many questions being posed.


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July 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

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Refurbishment July 2016

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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.


July 2016

Watco wins ECMOD Direct Commerce Award Innovation and excellent customer service are key to Watco’s success in being named Best Industrial and Warehouse Supply Business Watco, the UK’s leading direct supplier of industrial strength flooring products, has won the ECMOD Direct Commerce Best Industrial and Warehouse Supply Business Award. Held at the Hurlingham Club, Fulham, the award was presented to Ed Suthon, Managing Director, Steve Chanter, Product and Operations Director, and the UK Marketing Team by Dermot Murnaghan from Sky News. The ECMOD Direct Commerce Awards, organised by Direct Commerce Magazine and supported by the Direct Commerce Association, was created to celebrate excellence across a


range of categories and is entered by direct commerce and multichannel businesses. Watco were adjudged to have demonstrated excellent performance in key areas of customer service and innovation, to win the Best Industrial and Warehouse Supply Business. Commenting on its success, Ed Suthon said, “Watco is driven by a passionate team of staff and a culture of innovation making us extremely successful in the industrial and warehousing industry. This innovative culture keeps us up-to-date with new technology, but we also listen to what our customers say. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do and many of our products are in response to their requirements, and are often inspired by a customer enquiry.”

Watco pride themselves on their high-quality, trustworthy approach and innovation. With customer service a top priority, the company has invested in web site improvements for easier customer navigation, and investment in product training to offer top quality customer service, resulting in a high level of customer loyalty. The constant drive to improve product offering saw several new products launched in 2015– the main ones including Putty Patch, Powerfloat Sealer and the Protect range. Watco also takes great pride in supporting charities local to their head office in Godalming, Surrey, Support Shooting Star Chase, a hospice dedicated to helping families with children that have life-limiting conditions, and Age UK’s ‘Call in Time’ scheme. ::

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Kawneer systems help university deliver worldleading research and innovation Glazing systems by Kawneer feature on several buildings at Swansea University’s new Bay Campus. Architectural aluminium systems by leading supplier Kawneer have played a key part in the design of the facade of what was the largest construction project in South Wales. Kawneer’s curtain walling, windows and doors feature on several buildings on Swansea University’s £450million Science and Innovation Bay Campus site, one of the few global universities with direct access onto a beach and its own seafront promenade, which is being delivered by the UK’s leading regeneration specialist and University partner St. Modwen. The project comprised a 1,000,000ft2 development in Neath Port Talbot on the exposed shores of Swansea bay, including 465,000ft2 of academic space and 1,462 student residences, associated retail space, highway works and on-site infrastructure

for the 5,000 students and 1,000 staff. Designed to BREEAM standards, the Kawneer elements on Phase 1 by main contractor VINCI Construction UK were installed by approved specialist subcontractors APiC UK and AB Glass. These include Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling with 50mm sightlines, AA®541 top-hung, open-out casement windows and series 190 heavyduty commercial entrance doors on the School of Management (pictured), Great Hall and Bay Library buildings. AA®110 mulliondrained curtain walling, with 65mm sightlines, is being installed on the School of Management. The education element apart, Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling and AA®541 side-hung, open-out casement windows were also used on the student residences. In addition, Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling and AA®541 top-hung casement windows were installed on the Institute of Structural Materials (home to Swansea Material Research and Testing Ltd ‘SMART’) and Engineering East (home to Engineering Manufacturing Centre) – part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

Glyn Parker, associate with frequent Kawneer users Powell Dobson Architects, said the Kawneer systems were „key to the weathering and aesthetics of the buildings,“ with their aluminium make-up contributing to the BREEAM scoring. He added: “They were a key part of the architectural appreciation, meeting the requirements of the technical brief with pleasing aesthetics. Skilful detailing by the designers ensured the weathering characteristics were achieved.“ Typically constructed of steel frame cladding and precast masonry systems, the academic part of the 65-acre campus on the former BP storage and transit site is formed of low-rise, modern-style buildings incorporating teaching space and R&D facilities, the latter in partnership with international and national companies. The student residences are traditionally-styled collegiate blocks arranged in courtyard configurations with fabulous views across the Swansea bay area. Designed by architects Prophyrious (site master planners and concept architects) with Hopkins, the project is aimed at delivering world-leading research, innovation and education facilities to the city and surrounding community. Development work will continue up to 2020.

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Refurbishment July 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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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



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Greenwich development features sustainable systems from Reynaers Nestled in a busy London district, Greenwich Square is an awardwinning, 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:

July 2016

The future of building a smarter city is collaboration What needs to happen in order to live in ever growing, densely populated cities with services and resources under strain. How do we deal with this on an individual level as citizens? How do we deal with this as a workforce? How do we deal with this as a country? And then there’s the deep level saturation of technology, transforming and challenging us on all levels. How does it enhance the mix, what does it elevate and what does it make redundant? All these questions will affect us all no matter where we live and what we do. Initiatives, apps, ‘things’ can be nifty and cute in an opportunistic and clever way; they can be smart and the analytics of them has a probable and

powerful ability to influence behaviour, but without proper infrastructure, all this is just icing on a badly made cake. That’s why SmartCitiesWorld was launched earlier this year. It is a news, opinion and resource website that reports on the infrastructure that is underpinning smart cities: Energy, Buildings, Transport, Connectivity, Data and Governance. It looks at the collaboration across these vertical industries and reports on how businesses are working together for the greater benefit of society. Construction plays a central role in underpinning this infrastructure and forms the backbone of many of the stories that SmartCitiesWorld covers. The editorial team is headed up by Melony Rocque and works alongside strategic

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July 2016

F. Ball Gets Tough On Moisture… F. Ball and Co. Ltd.’s Professional Waterproof Surface Membranes really do ‘Pack a Punch’…


he 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 at the start of the project, 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. As the UK’s premier flooring product specialist, F. Ball have developed a specialist market leading range of high performance products providing a wide range of moisture control solutions. These products are tried and tested and used by the world’s best flooring contractors. Every flooring 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.

Introducing F Ball’s ‘Damp Destroyer’, Stopgap F77… a One-Coat (two-part) Epoxy system that can be used over subfloors with an RH measurement of up to 98%! This dynamic combination delivers a ‘Killer Blow’ and guarantees to leave Moisture ‘Down and Out’ in One Round! Available in 3kg, 7kg or 14kg options, this ‘Damp Destroyer’ is worth its weight in gold as it can even be used with underfloor heating (up to 90% RH) and can be regarded as a Winning Combination in almost every situation. F. Ball’s ‘Hydro-Slayer’ Stopgap F78… Weighing in at 6kg, 12kg or 18kg options, is a Two-Coat (one-part) Water Based System that has proven to be a True Winner as an EcoFriendly – Zero Waste Contender that delivers a ‘Decisive Blow’ to moisture where RH levels are present up to 95%! Both Stopgap F77 and F78 deliver ‘Heavyweight Knockout Performances’ given their Handy Pack Sizes… and they certainly don’t ‘Pull any Punches’ and will deliver the Ultimate Blow in the battle against Moisture. Kilo for Kilo there are no better ‘Weapons of Damp Destruction’ to have in your corner.

Moisture is a tough problem requiring an even tougher solution – something that can ‘Hit Moisture Hard’ and deliver a ‘Knock-out blow’ that will prevent moisture winning the fight… Guaranteed! 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. 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. F. Ball recommend Moisture Levels be checked by use of their approved Digital Hygrometers, the Protimeter Aquant or Protimeter Moisture Measurement System (MMS)… all available from F. Ball and approved wholesale outlets. Once levels have been accurately measured and confirmed you then need apply the best Waterproof Surface Membrane available.


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July 2016 Floors

UNLEASH YOUR BOHEMIAN SIDE WITH OSMO Since summer 2014, Osmo UK has been proudly partnered with rustic European oak flooring specialists, ESCO. The collection includes nine solid oak flooring styles that are available pre-finished with Osmo’s renowned wood finishing product, Polyx®-Oil. Ready to install from purchase, Osmo’s ESCO collection is favoured by architects and interior designers. Those looking for a smooth and alive rustic floor need to look no further than the Bohemian range. The combination of ESCO’s special rustic wood style and Osmo’s smooth finish makes it one of the most popular flooring choices in the range. Available in eight colour options, including Cognac, Natural white to Stone Grey, this stylish flooring will

suit any interior scheme. Bohemia offers a strong rustic wooden style that features open filled knots for a genuine oak style. In addition to this, the floorings surface lines and irregular surface smoothness give Bohemia a unique look and feel compared to other designs. Planed, filled, sanded and finished with Osmo Polyx®-Oil, Bohemian flooring requires no additional coatings and can be ready to walk on in hours, not days, after installation. Osmo’s Polyx®-Oil enhances the floor’s performance with a durable finish that is created with natural, environmentally friendly ingredients. Based on rapidly renewable, natural vegetable oils, Osmo’s Polyx®-Oil penetrates deeply into the wood, keeping it elastic and healthy, whilst preventing it from drying and becoming brittle.

For a more specific look, customers can create their own Bohemian flooring exact to their requirements. After selecting a colour, customers can choose the type, width, thickness and length of the flooring. This includes a choice from solid wood flooring, twolayer parquet or threelayer parquet. For a more personalised touch, the wood can be finished with a range of signature features including an Osmo silver shine, extra old finish, firerating or handscrapped bevel. For more information and to full the whole Osmo ESCO range, please visit and


Floors July 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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DR SCHUTZ PU SEALER – MAKING LONGER LASTING FLOORING Dr. Schutz, the German floor care company, offers PU Sealer, an innovative solution that quickly and easily transforms tired, damaged or old floors, at a fraction of the time and cost of an entire floor replacement. As well as renovating any floor with a fresh and lasting finish, PU Sealer offers added protection for flooring areas prone to high traffic, including sports halls, offices, hospitals, shopping centres and schools. Such areas with a heavily foot volume tend to wear very quickly when they don’t have a hard wearing product applied. Not only can this cost money, but it can be a time consuming issue to fix. By applying the PU-Sealer, flooring can be kept in a great condition for many years. Due to the short drying time, there is a fast return to operational use. Unlike other floor refurbishment services, the process does not produce any noise or dirt. A standard renovation can be completed in a weekend, providing no disruption to the day to day running of the practice. Lothar Schutz, Managing Director of Dr. Schutz comments, “PU Sealer can be applied quickly over a weekend, avoiding the need to close the doors for many commercial buildings. Refurbishing a floor using PU Sealer provides cost savings of up to 50 % in comparison to laying a brand new floor and will prolong the longevity of the floor for many years to come.” The water based, eco-friendly PUSealer can be applied to most types of flooring, including vinyl, tiled and epoxy resin. Adding 40 microns of protective thickness to floors, PU Sealer extends the lifespan by up to six times and provides a lasting clear matt finish. Thanks to the permanent sealing, it protects against friction and discolouration from chemical spillages.

Thanks to the products special water-based substance, the PU Sealer also reduces dirt adhesion and the time needed for dayto-day maintenance. The Dr. Schutz PU Sealer range also includes PU Antislip and PU Anticolor.

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July 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

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Education July 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.

July 2016 Education

From Flights and Battles in the Sky to a Peaceful Learning Environment Metres from where British Hurricanes used to take flight during the Battle of Britain, stands Grade II Listed former NAAFI building. The building creates a part of the Kenley Aerodrome, the most complete airfield, associated with the Battle of Britain to have survived.


uccessful plans were put forward to not only restore a significant part of history, but to refurbish the former NAAFI building for its new life as an independent secondary school.

As the building is Listed and of great historical importance, serious thought had to go into how make it a comfortable and peaceful learning environment. The current primary windows could not be replaced, despite being draughty and allowing noise ingress. Therefore, Unispace Global referred to Selectaglaze, the specialist in secondary glazing to provide a subtle solution suitable for the Listed building. Selectaglaze installed 70 units, using 4 different product types to match the existing primary window styles and sight lines. On the circular windows Selectaglaze used the Series 46 fixed unit, with its discreet slim line frame with neat cover channels that conceal the fixing. All secondary units were finished in white powder coated paint to match the existing frames, making them an unobtrusive adaptation. All of Selectaglaze’s units are tailor made to ensure the tightest fit and use twin seals to virtually eliminate draughts and reduce heat loss by up to 50%. Secondary glazing can also reduce noise ingress creating a quieter environment and a reduction of 45dB is easily achievable.

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The secondary glazed units are a subtle solution, and from the building’s exterior are difficult to notice. Secondary glazing is an independent window fitted to the room side of a building, and as a fully reversible adaptation is accepted by most heritage bodies. Selectaglaze is celebrating its fiftieth year this May. Established in 1966 as a family run company and Royal Warrant holders since 2004, Selectaglaze has considerable experience working on all building types. Selectaglaze continues to evolve and design products tailored to the changing needs of its clients.

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July 2016

5 July 2016 Green Light for Transformative Green Light for Transformative Redevelopment of Crawley Town Centre Redevelopment of Crawley Town Centre


local allotments . There will also be an educational contribution, which will provide for primary, Outline Planning Permission Granted for Highlights secondary and sixth form school improvements. Transformative Redevelopment of Crawley Town • Outline Planning Permission Granted for Transformative Redevelopment of Crawley Town Centre Modernising Station Gateway to make it compatible • Planning Committee approved The Arora Group’s Centre with 21st century use, including living and working, application last night (Monday July 4) • see Planning Committee approved The Arora Group’s application (Monday July 4) is highlighted in the last Townnight Centre Regeneration • Will the area, known as Station Gateway, Programme which can be seen online at www. • Will see the area, known as Station completely transformed in a residential led Gateway, completely transformed in a residential led The site is also specified • regeneration scheme regeneration scheme in Crawley’s Local Plan and allocated for residential / • • Development includes 308 high quality • Development includes 308 high apartments with a new train station and plaza, full mixed use development. apartments with a new train station and quality plaza, full disabled access and multi-deck car park disabled access and multi-deck car park Surinder Arora, Founder and Chairman of the Arora Group said: The Arora Group (“Arora” or the “Group”) in The Arora Group (“Arora” or the “Group”) in coordination with Crawley Borough Council is pleased coordination with Crawley Borough Council is pleased to announce announcethat that outline planning permission for the high-quality development site of the in “The Arora Group has been parton of the the community to outline planning permission for the i Crawley for over a decade, providing employment for high-quality development on the site of the Overline Overline House office building and Crawley railway station has been granted. local residents at the Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley. House office building and Crawley railway station has With this important next step in the process achieved, been granted. The scheme promises to transform the Crawley gateway an attractive, invitingdevelopment and safe we arearea fully into committed to this complex andas look forward working with all involved, The scheme promises to transform Crawley environment, truly reflecting thethe town’s opportunities a place to to live and work. including Network Rail, as we work towards improving gateway area into an attractive, inviting and safe the town for everyone.” environment, truly reflecting the town’s opportunities This step follows extensive consultation with multiple parties including the Southgate Residents as a place to live and work. Peter Smith, Cabinet for Planning Association, Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex Councillor County Council Highways andmember open dialogue and Economic Development, said: This step follows extensive consultation with multiple with the Arora Group’s fundamental partner, Network Rail. The plans include a new, modern station parties including the Southgate Residents Association, “Thishall, is a fundamental the town; it’scar a gateway Crawley Council, West Sussex County Council ticket buildingBorough with a completely new station entrance, footbridgespart andof multi-storey park. into Crawley and as such, the first and last impression Highways and open dialogue with the Arora Group’s The development will also have a coffee shop, retailpeople kiosk and a small start-up hub, all get when they travel bybusiness train. At the moment fundamental partner, Network Rail. The plans include it’s verytomuch giving the wrong it’s grey, a new, modern station Crawley building with a completely newambition designed to support Borough Council’s create a network of impression; business hubs and tired and dominated by a dual carriageway. station entrance, ticket hall, footbridges and multienable small and start-up enterprises in the town. storey car park. The development will also have a “I’m so happy these plans have been given the green coffee shop, retail kiosk and a small start-up business light as make a huge difference tomaking the town Alongside the transformative benefits the development willit will bring, thesuch Arora Group are also hub, all designed to support Crawley Borough centre - helping to create an environment which is Council’s ambition to create a network of business significant financial contributions that will fund enhancement of localand sports areas modern, attractive safe,pitches, providingplay good links in from hubs and enable small and start-up enterprises in the the station to the town centre, particularly for people town. walking, riding bikes and catching public transport. Alongside the transformative benefits the This application is also a great example of the council development will bring, the Arora Group are also working with the private sector to encourage the right making significant financial contributions that will kind of regeneration.” fund enhancement of local sports pitches, play areas in Memorial Gardens and/or Southgate, and •


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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.

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Education July 2016

Kawneer systems help ESRI to achieve

“Outstanding” BREEAM status

A university building with multiple pioneering elements features glazing systems by Kawneer. Architectural glazing systems from Kawneer have helped an exemplar building in sustainable, low-energy design become the first education building in the UK to achieve BREEAM “Outstanding”. The £12.65 million Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) was the final project to be delivered through the 2009-2014 capital projects framework at Swansea University and is a unique centre of research innovation, facilitating ground-breaking work into the safe deployment of new renewable energy solutions. The Kawneer systems were used throughout the 4,500m2 building and comprise AA®541 top-hung casement windows, low/mediumduty swing doors and AA®100 zonedrained capped curtain walling featuring dressed aluminium feature beams. These mimic steel beams by being glazed into the system and insulated to create horizontal emphasis at varying levels. They were installed on the brickwork and rainscreen-clad building with cavity and SFS inner wall construction by Kawneerapproved specialist sub-contractor Dudley’s Aluminium for main contractor Bouygues UK.


Ian Standen, associate architect with regular Kawneer specifiers Stride Treglown said: “The Kawneer systems are a key feature of the design as the window and curtain walling details became the focus of the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community who were advising the university.” Part of the 27,000m2 Engineering Quarter on the university’s new Bay Campus, the building accommodates scientific testing and experimental laboratories, high-quality offices, communal areas, meeting rooms, research offices and a showcase lecture theatre. The ESRI site was part of 40 hectares gifted by BP, one of the university’s major industrial partners. Its funding through Central Government’s UK Research Partnership Investment Fund was contingent on achieving a BREEAM Outstanding rating which made it the first education building to do so. One of its key innovations is a layout that inhibits any form of silo culture within the research areas by placing a strong emphasis on the shared space between research groups. Building users and visitors are able to see into the laboratory

spaces from the circulation areas and gain a feel for the activities going on inside. The state-of-the-art Harvard-style lecture theatre is a fully-serviced space for public events as well as research-based activities. Beyond the entrance foyer a linear form dictates the layout of the rest of the ground floor, comprising three main chemical laboratories and serviced ancillary space together with the main marine laboratory. This facility is unique in Wales, featuring a technically-challenging 30m-long wave flume tank which allows the university to model estuarine tidal flows and silt deposition.

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The building has been designed as a highly adaptable research hub, capable of dealing with future changes in research programmes. The first floor accommodates office and research-based functions. The offices for researchers are located on the southern side of the building with two open-plan research hubs a large seminar room occupying the remainder of the floor plan. The second floor accommodates executive offices where the main professorial suite is located. An executive suite is located on the top floor with a balcony accessing extensive views over the campus.

The design has looked to improve the building thermal envelope performance through passive design (reducing air permeability, U-values and g-values) primarily and has subsequently included additional options to reduce energy consumption and to use and recover energy efficiently.

He added: “By working very closely with the technical team at Kawneer and the sub-contractor providing samples and building mock-ups, agreement was secured for the aesthetic and technical changes presented in using the Kawneer systems, and they work well with the glazed fritted panels and insulated units on the project.”

Ian Standen said: “Material sourcing and recyclability were key issues for the design team. As a result the U-values through the frame and press cap details came under scrutiny to match the design criteria and BREEAM credits for the building’s energy usage and air permeability requirements.”

ESRI was the last of the Bay Campus projects to start and yet had to be the first to finish, hence the build programme of under two years. It was shortlisted for the BREEAM 2016 and regional RICS awards in 2016. WWW.KAWNEER.CO.UK


July 2016

Thermaskirt Chosen For Heating German ‘Energie Plus’ School When Rostock High School in Germany undertook a major refurbishment, the local education Authority decided it should become an ‘Energie Plus’ project - a project that generates more power and energy than it actually consumes - and Discrete Heat’s ThermaSkirt was chosen as the heating solution. To achieve ‘Energie Plus’, the school was renovated using solar PV panels to the roof and front elevation, and two wind turbines. The school also became connected to the Municipal District Heating system, using warm water from the cooling system of the nearby power station. Windows were upgraded and where there was new build to the rear, this was constructed to very high levels of insulation. However, with two thirds of the building at least 20 years old it was clear that a conventional heating emitter solution was not going to suffice. Torens Hillinger, the school Facilities Manager explains, “When the engineers decided to remodel the school, they had to also consider the heating. Radiators were not wanted as we have had trouble with space and also waste materials getting inside. Underfloor heating was not possible as the building is not new and quick on and off heating is very difficult”. The mechanical consulting engineers were interested to find an alternative to traditional radiators as the design flow temperature from the district heating system was only 45°C. This would have meant using very large units to compensate, and as classroom space was at a premium, difficult to accommodate. Underfloor heating was also initially considered, but being mostly an existing building, uplifting the floors would have meant considerable extra cost and time.


Also experience in other schools had taught the engineers that controllability and over-heating is a major problem as class sizes can vary wildly. Osturburg High School in Saxony, some 200km south of Rostock and to the west of Berlin had already successfully installed radiant skirting heating in their refurbishment project, and so the engineers approached ThermaSkirt Germany who had provided the system. Manufactured in the UK by Discrete Heat Ltd, ThermaSkirt is a radiant heating system that is designed to replicate a skirting board trim or profile. Made from aluminium, the warm water from the primary heat source passes through integral tubes on the back of the profile. The front face then heats up and radiates heat from a low level all

around the room. This not only has the advantages of providing a very evenly distributed comfortable heat, it is also very responsive to the rapidly changing heat demands of a busy school. With very low water content compared to a radiator or even underfloor heating, it is an ideal emitter for use with renewable energy or low grade heat sources such as heat pumps. ThermaSkirt Germany suggested a new profile, Deco PR which has a unique centre mounting enabling a very quick installation. With stainless steel covers at the joints, it is a very durable and robust heating solution. Supplied in 6 metre lengths and cut on site, most walls are done in a single length, minimising joints for a clean, sleek, continuous emitter with no nooks or crannies for detritus to accumulate.

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The ThermaSkirt system has now been running for over 18 months without problem or incident. Torsen commented, “Apart from marks from the children’s shoes, there is no maintenance required with ThermaSkirt. It works and no one notices it. Before we had trouble with children hitting into the radiators and sometimes we had problems with things getting insider the covers. Now all we have to do is sometimes clean off the black marks from the shoes”.

floor as would be the case with underfloor heating.

be the first of many more across Germany”.

Perry Schmuck, ThermaSkirt Germany’s Managing Director concludes, “This is a very important and famous project and we are very pleased to have been involved. Many schools are considering the Energie Plus model, and so we believe this will

Further information on ThermaSkirt is available from Discrete Heat on 0845 1238 367, by emailing:, or by visiting the company’s website at

With a flow temperature of only 45°C and a return of only 35°C, the ThermaSkirt system is still able to provide enough heat to comfortably warm the classrooms to the target temperature of 20°C, even in the winter months as Rostock is on the Baltic coast. However, being above ground, ThermaSkirt can operate at higher temperatures, if it is ever required, without the risk of damaging the


Interiors July 2016

Leading interior door and doorkit manufacturer Vicaima has strengthened its communication strategy and user interface for all market sectors, with a complete renovation of its online presence.

New, Fresh and Mobile Compatible website launched by Vicaima With the launch of a new website, Vicaima now combines simplicity, accessibility and innovative design in a platform that meets the aspirations and demands of today’s digital specifier. With responsive technology and mobile compatibility the site provides a valuable resource wherever and whenever needed. The new Vicaima website presents simple intuitive and pictorial navigation to enable customers and specifiers easy access to a wealth information and inspiration. With product facts, latest innovations, digital catalogues and technical advice sitting alongside corporate data and even recruitment opportunities for those wishing to be part of such a modern and vibrant organisation. “Keeping pace with international trends and the strengthening of our brand leadership is the key motivation behind this latest innovation by Vicaima. The launch of the new website, with its completely refreshed and userfriendly platform, is part of our


ongoing strategy to project and position Vicaima through multiple digital channels. We are now closer to our partners, customers and colleagues anywhere in the world with clear and insightful communication, “says Arlindo Costa Leite, President of Vicaima. The launch of the new Vicaima website is the latest in a series of digital developments by the company and follows an upgrading of its presence on Facebook social

network, increased presence and activity on the LinkedIn platform, together with YouTube and Twitter. Vicaima offer an extensive range of innovative door design options, with fire, acoustic and security performance. For further details about these and other products from the many Vicaima collections, visit the Vicaima website alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information.

July 2016

SARACEN COMPLETES LONDON OFFICE FIT OUT FOR JAPANESE FOOD SUPPLIER Saracen Interiors has completed an office fit out in Edgware for Japanese food company, Nihon Shokken. The £65,000 fit out covered 4,000 square foot of office space at Camrose House and was completed within six weeks, by the leading workplace consultant, as a fast-track project for this new client. Work included the installation of partitioning to create a kitchen, meeting room, manager’s office and cloak room with carpeting and floor coverings throughout, including laminate in the kitchen area. All spaces were fitted and decorated and basic plumbing and electrics were installed to meet the agreed specifications. Saracen worked closely with the client from the early planning stages to ensure that the brief was properly translated and understood and that all of Nihon Shokken’s needs were met. Joint managing director of Saracen Interiors, Michael Page explains: “Good communications were key to the successful outcome of this project and we maintained a tight working relationship with the client to check that they were happy with the decisions taken and the progress made at every step. We’re pleased to have been able to maintain our high record of customer satisfaction in fulfilling this brief.” Kosuke Hosokawa, head of UK Property for Nihon Shokken, adds: “Saracen worked hard to keep costs down, meeting the restrictions imposed by our budget and the time allocation set. Nihon Shokken is happy with the outcome and we have enjoyed working with such a conscientious and reliable team.” Over the past decade, Saracen’s status has gradually changed from a South East fit out concern to a national full service enterprise, working across a wide range of commercial projects from multi-million fit outs to facilities management contracts and the negotiation of office moves. The company has a proven track record in improving workplace efficiency and corporate standing with its tailor-made, cost-effective solutions. Its number of staff has grown along with its turnover and the company continues to invest in local apprentices and training initiatives. Saracen’s recent clients include Coca Cola, CH2M, WYG, Belvoir Lettings, First Property, Murata, YUM Restaurants, Tata Communications, TE Connectivity, Loma Systems, Gray’s Inn Chambers, Libra Group, Creature of London, Aspect Property Group, Motofix, Flight Safety, Countrywide PLC, Knight Frank, Mitie Engineering, Pizza Hut, Redrow Homes, Thames Water, Toshiba, TAG Aviation, Viatel, BAE Systems, Sue Ryder Care, North Surrey Primary Care Trust, Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospital NHS Trust. For further information, visit


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Fermacell boards help with a dynamic hotel development Carbon Dynamic has used fermacell to dry-line a hotel’s new garden rooms. When modular timber construction specialists Carbon Dynamic were asked to supply garden units for a four-star spa hotel there was only one wall and ceiling finish they were prepared to use - fermacell. The square-edged gypsum fibreboard panels have been used to line 13 modular 26m2 garden lodges, including one accessible unit, and each comprising a kingsize bed, en-suite and indoor and outdoor seating areas, as well as a plant room module at the luxury Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness. Working with the hotel’s engineers and architects Keppie Design, each of the five-star lodges was manufactured and fully fitted out in Carbon Dynamic’s factory in less than three weeks. They were then delivered to site and installed in less than two days onto preprepared, low-impact foundations in the hotel’s rear garden. With manufacture and site works able to take place concurrently the hotel was able to realise the letting potential much quicker than with a traditional on-site build and disruption was minimal. In fact, weddings continued to be celebrated in the garden throughout the project. The project, managed by Pat Munro Construction as main contractor, is constructed entirely from Scots timber and laid out in an exciting, sculptural curve, each room having a unique view and a high level of privacy as affords the £1 million fourth phase of the nine-year redevelopment of the Edwardian hotel. The hotel’s brief to Keppie Design was to create bedroom

accommodation that integrated the hotel experience with the landscaped gardens and provide a unique experience within the context of the five-acre site. This was met by designing the accommodation as individual units that each had direct access from the landscaped gardens and their own external garden spaces that provided an integration between the internal and external. The garden-facing elevation of each module is fully glazed while a new natural stone wall was constructed as an extension to an existing garden wall to create a bookend to the 400m2 development, concealing it from general view and allowing the new modular constructions to nestle into the landscape. Untreated larch was chosen for the external cladding to create a softer, more rustic and sympathetic aesthetic to blend the building into its environment. The fermacell boards which clad the interior are fire resistant to Class A2-s1, d0 and perform to thermal conductivity 0.32W/mK. Award-winning Carbon Dynamic, who always use fermacell boarding for their projects, completed the detailed design, off-site construction and installation of the

modules from its 4,000m2 off-site factory in Invergordon. Managing director Matt Stevenson said: “We specify fermacell for all our projects except where clients specify a timber finish. We have always resisted a switch to plasterboard. “In this project it was used as a fine, crisp, high-quality modern wall and ceiling finish and as a contributor to the fire resistance and acoustic insulation.” He added: “It give superior performance in terms of fire, insulation, acoustic and environmental credentials. Critically, fermacell does not move or crack when we move our modules and so requires little if any remedial work.” Keppie Design divisional director Mike Lawson said: “The planners were very receptive to the sensitive integration of development into an established garden setting and fully supportive of the utilisation of Modern Methods of Construction.” Quickly becoming the place to stay in Inverness, the garden lodges have extremely high occupancy rates and are often block-booked for weddings and other group events. A video of the project is available via


Insulation July 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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Ventilation July 2016

Atlantic Boilers Expand Heat Exchanger Range Atlantic Boilers have expanded its range for Plate Heat Exchangers for DHW, chilled water, pool and sea water. There are now 16 models available.


he RS TURBOFLOW exchanger plates are entirelymade of austenitic 316L stainless steel with ethylene-propylene-diene-terpolymer high grade jointings ensuring long life and pristine condition. They are designed to result in minimal pumping loss and have been used in scores of applications across the UK from Swimming pools to historic buildings including systems involving condensing boilers. They are extremely compact and provide reliable hygienic hot water whilst avoiding most scale build-up. The RS Turboflow range can also be used for district heating, instantaneous demand and combined heat and power applications.

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Two R22-225kW and one R-22-500 kW year round gas condensing pre-mix modulating boilers.

Alongside the boilers, are two 37kW mini-Expresso plate heat exchangers each fitted with a 2500 litre highly insulated domestic hot water storage. All the boilers have substantial turn down ratio and low NOx levels which earn maximum points on the BREEAM scale.




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Panasonic VRF Selected for High Profile Soapworks Development When looking for a suitable air conditioning system for the sustainable and low carbon regeneration of Soapworks in Manchester, the developers selected a Panasonic VRF system. The site, owned by global asset management company The Carlyle Group and joint venture partners Nikal and Abstract Securities Ltd, is of significant historical importance, so any installation had to be sensitively and sympathetically handled. Soapworks, originally home to Colgate-Palmolive in the 1800’s, is situated in Salford Quays, Manchester. This landmark development to turn the former factory into a modern office space spanning a massive 400,000 sq ft has been divided into three-phases due to its vast scale; phases one and two totalling around 230,000 sq ft, and up to 160,000 sq ft in phase three which is still to be developed. High profile organisations already confirmed to occupy the building include communication giants TalkTalk, MWH Global and The Home Office. When the developers put the heating and cooling contract out to tender almost three years ago, they had very clear objectives of what the system would need to achieve. Due to the structure and historic features within the building, including a vaulted ceiling, the developers didn’t want to install conventional building services hidden above a false ceiling; therefore they needed a system that could be seamlessly installed under the floor. The system needed to be energy efficient to meet modern office standards but also to support Soapworks’ sustainability goals, which include scoring a ‘B’ for its Environmental Performance Certificate. The Intelligent Comfort Group (ICG) won the contract after a competitive selection process, thanks in part to Panasonic’s unique and flexible offering.

Another key requirement was energy efficiency. The Panasonic system was selected for this project because it could guarantee consistent leaving-air control of 16 degrees, 4 or more degrees higher than other manufacturers. This is the ideal temperature for warm air to rise and effectively distribute for a comfortable environment, without the need for additional energy being used. In addition, EVR units offer variable heating and cooling at the same time, which further saves energy as warm air can be extracted and distributed to other areas of the building. This ecological transfer of heat supports the project’s sustainability objectives and modern office standards for energy efficiency. Simon Kirk from ICG explains; “The 3-Pipe ECOi MF2 gave us the armour we needed to win this contract. Leaving air temperature was an important factor for the client to ensure they were being as energy efficient as possible. The 16 degrees offered by the Panasonic system is unique to the brand, and offers the best available option for a project such as this.” For more information on Panasonic’s range of heating systems, please visit

The Panasonic 3-Pipe ECOi MF2 Series provided the ideal solution for the Soapworks installation, thanks to its adaptable design, energy saving attributes and simultaneous heating and cooling capabilities. “Due to the scope and prestige of this project, all of the fittings needed to be reliable, sustainable and of the highest quality. ICG presented the ideal air-conditioning solution that met all of our objectives, and we are very pleased with the results. With a huge space of over 230, 000 sq ft to manage, the Panasonic system provides consistent and comfortable temperature control of the entire building.” Says Jennifer Bamber, Manager of Soapworks. Design flexibility coupled with sustainable heating and cooling Soapworks required a system that could operate impeccably underfloor to suit the interior design of the building. With adequate underfloor space available, MF2 variable static pressure units, which would usually be fitted into the ceiling, were instead installed underfloor to meet the design criteria. Bespoke grills, which have been evenly distributed throughout the floor space, allow the warm air to be dispersed around the room.


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July 2016 Heating

RINNAI GOES SOLO FOR CONTINUOUS FLOW WITH A STORE…. Rinnai’s latest innovation in the energy efficient fast delivery of instantly useable hot water is the Infinity Solo Re-Circulator water heater.


he Rinnai Infinity Solo condensing and low NOX water heater is the first of its kind for the UK to combine the advanced technology of wall mounted continuous flow water heaters with a stainless steel storage cylinder, all in one compact footprint.

One other benefit of the Infinity Solo using a stainless steel cylinder is that the life expectancy of the material is far greater than that of a glass-lined equivalent as glass suffers from thermal shock causing it to crack after a period of time.

The design parameters of this product empowers specifiers, designers, installers and engineers to benefit from unique Rinnai technology in applications it was once not previously possible. For instance, the Infinity Solo will have both 35kW and 54kW sized appliances, ensuring sites with a smaller gas meter can readily use this technology. The larger Infinity Solo model will also act as a highefficiency alternative to gas fired storage appliances that exist in today’s market.

The Infinity Solo range is also renewables compatible and supplied pre-fitted with a coil, meaning that the primary energy source will always be from renewable gains and the complementary Rinnai water heater will only apply the precise amount of gas to boost the difference in temperature.

The cylinder is stainless steel and this reduces the weight compared to glass lined models, and it makes transportation and installation a lot easier. As well as the difference in weight, the cylinders also have extremely low heat loss figures (as low as 1.41kW/h day), so the user pays less to maintain the heat within the tank.

Rinnai manufactures the energy efficient Infinity range of gas fired continuous flow water heaters and space heaters. The Infinity brand carries the widest range of condensing water heaters on the market today with the most impressive efficiencies in operation, leading the field in technological innovation. For more information on the RINNAI product range visit


Case Study July 2016


uno Developments (Poole) Ltd turned to CRL to assist them in finding the best deal on structural defects insurance warranties for the £11 million residential development on Sandbanks Road in Poole. The old police station, renamed The Metropolitan, was built in 1935 and shut up shop in 2009 when Dorset Police moved to a new HQ. The three storey office block, complete with cells, interview rooms and car park, is being transformed into 52 one and two bedroom apartments. CRL was appointed to put retrospective structural defects insurance in place for this arresting development by supplying a 10-year warranty certification to protect against any future structural issues. When The Metropolitan is completed in late 2016, the 10-year structural defects insurance will be passed on to the new individual owners of the apartments. CRL assisted Juno Developments in arranging the appropriate cover that suited their individual circumstances, allowing them to focus on this unique renovation.

CRL has got for arresting FROM police station to luxury boutique flats, CRL Eddie Hill, one of the Directors of Juno Developments, said: “We engaged CRL to work with us on this interesting development, as they are a competitive and professional company. “Unusual and iconic conversions are a speciality of Juno Developments and we know that with CRL they have a one-stop-shop. When sourcing the appropriate cover for our developments, CRL are able to take all of our requirements on board, unusual quirks of a build and ensure they have in place the highest quality standards and cover.” CRL has worked with Juno Developments on five previous developments and is also working with the company on the redevelopment of the former David Lloyd Fitness Centre in Bournemouth, which is being transformed into 74 apartments as a joint venture with Bayview Developments Ltd. Chris Branigan, Relationship Manager for CRL, said: “Our flexible approach meant that we were able to find structural defects insurance for The Metropolitan that ticked all of Juno’s boxes.

CRL is working with Dorset-based Juno Developments on former police station to apartment complex conversion – The Metropolitan.


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it covered apartment complex is working with a Dorset-based developer on this venturous build. “On completion this cover will be passed on to the new owners of the apartments, providing peace of mind to the new owner and to our client that any structural defects are covered for the 10-year term of the warranty. “It is a pleasure to work with Eddie and the team as the projects they take on are usually out of the ordinary – like CRL they have an appetite for adventure.” Formed in 1996, Juno is passionate about transforming unusual and iconic buildings into the highest quality homes. The developer has been involved in the restoration and conversion of important listed buildings and landmark properties in Dorset and Hampshire. Every home from micro flats to luxury houses goes through

a stringent design process, involving interior designers, architects and landscape gardeners to maximise the living environment. When finished The Metropolitan, which is located in a prime position opposite Poole Park, will come complete with communal space, gym, private gardens and bbq area. The eye-catching development is proving a big hit with buyers with more than half of the developments already sold. For more information about CRL please: •



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Fire Protection July 2016

NEW WIRELESS FIRE ALARM PANEL FOR SMALLER CONSTRUCTION SITES This month sees the launch of a new fire alarm panel for Bull Products’ successful range of Cygnus wireless fire alarms systems.


he new CYG6 fire alarm panel has been designed for smaller construction sites, where it can connect up to 32 devices in one zone. Like all Cygnus systems, the product is CE marked and is used in conjunction with a choice of units including fire alarms, smoke detectors, heat detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and first aid call points. Housed in a robust case with push button controls and display screen, the CYG6 fire alarm panel is mains powered and also has an internal chargeable battery which will last 7 days when fully charged. Amongst other features the new CYG6 fire alarm panel has a site evacuation option which can be used in case of emergency. The new CYG6 has been developed from Bull Products’ original Cygnus CYG1 to be a cost-effective option for smaller construction sites. The CYG6 is fitted with only limited software to handle up to 32 devices situated around a site whereas the original CYG1 has impressive capability of managing 480 units into 15 zones. Nevertheless, the CYG6 can be used in conjunction with other Cygnus control panels but with reduced network capability. Designed specifically for use on construction sites, the CE marked Cygnus system works in dense concrete and steel structured building areas where there are many other radio frequencies in operation. Particular attention has been given to achieving impressive connection range.


A major feature of the complete Cygnus system is the optional CYG6 or CYG1 control panel which provide advanced capability with an event log function which records any events such as alarm activation, low battery warning and signal faults, all of which can be viewed as necessary on 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 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. Further information on the Cygnus wireless alarm system is available from Bull Products on 01432 371170 by emailing or by visiting the company’s website at

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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 July 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.

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Fire Protection July 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

material and penetrating services and the software will generate the suitable products to meet the application requirements. For more information and to watch the video visit

Quality Acoustic Seals for Doors & Windows Sealmaster DropSeal An automatic DropSeal which fills the gap between the door bottom and the floor or threshold plate. Suitable for new and retrofit projects the Sealmaster DropSeal provides smoke containment and acoustic sealing. Tested to BS EN 1634-1 2014 BS EN 1363-1 2012 & BS476 Part 22. Durability tested to more than 1,000,000 cycles. Can be used in conjunction with Sealmaster Delta and Double Fin Acoustic Seals. Available in a wide range of sizes.

Sealmaster Double Fin Acoustic Seal Providing excellent acoustic sealing, the Sealmaster Double Fin Acoustic Seal is durable and easy to install. Maintenance free and suitable for both new and retrofit projects the Sealmaster Double Fin Acoustic Seal is BS EN Fire Tested and Acoustically rated to 4db. Designed and manufactured in the UK, and available in Black, Brown and White.

Sealmaster Delta Acoustic Smoke Seal Quality and easy to install acoustic door seal with excellent acoustic sealing. Designed and manufactured in the UK the Sealmaster Delta Acoustic Smoke Seal is BS EN Fire Tested and Acoustically rated to 40db, and suitable for both new and retrofit specifications. The durable Delta comes with selfadhesive tape for standard single or double-lead doorsets. Available in Black, Brown, White and Transparent.

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Case Study July 2016

Fall Arrest Cushions Accredited For 3.1M Working Height The market leading Impact-Bull fall arrest system has just been upgraded to cater for the increased working at height demands in the housebuilding industry and has passed the British PAS 59:2014 accreditation.


he market leading Impact-Bull fall arrest system has just been upgraded to cater for the increased working at height demands in the housebuilding industry and has passed the British PAS 59:2014 accreditation. Designed to protect against falls inside a building during the construction period, the Impact-Bull fall arrest system protects joiners, roofers, bricklayers and many others whilst working on scaffold, joists or trusses. They can be used in brick built properties, concrete structures, and unlike some others can be used in timber frame developments too. Each cushion which makes up the Impact-Bull fall arrest system is filled with ‘sealed for life’ air pockets and are connected together easily by an adjustable interlocking mechanism which allows


flexibility when installing the system in any given area. The cushions are extremely lightweight and durable and are virtually unaffected by weather conditions especially rain, because they do not absorb water. Due to load inflation pressure, the fall is checked by the soft cushioning effect of the system, reducing the risk of accidents or injury to the workforce. With builders now working at higher levels, Bull Products has re-tested the cushions so that they can provide a safe landing from an increased working height of 3.1metres above floor level. The cushions are nominally 600mm deep x 600mm wide x 1975mm long. This latest system has been put through strenuous tests by the BRE test laboratory and conforms to British PAS59: 2014 for filled corrective fall arrest systems.

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Being extremely lightweight, the cushions of the fall arrest system are very easy to manoeuvre into place at the base of walls and partitions and have built in connecting buckles to attach them together. Bull Products can provide a lightweight metal stillage to transport the fall arrest system around sites with a forklift, and this stillage can be folded flat for easy storage when not in use. If serviced annually the Impact-Bull fall arrest will last up to 10 years, making this the longest life product on the market. To achieve this, Bull Products recommends that the cushions are serviced once a year to check for splits in the outer casing, replace any damaged buckles and replenish the air pockets, in case falling objects have landed onto the bags and have burst the filling. The company has a dedicated team of inspectors to assist with on-site annual inspection service and do repairs and they can also provide on-site training on the installation of the system. Further information on the ImpactBull fall arrest system is available from Bull Products on 0844 669 1111, by emailing or by visiting the company’s website at


July 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.

July 2016 Roofing

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Homeowner’s Guide Roof Refurbishment - How to comply with Building Regulations In October 2010, the latest revision of Part L of the Building Regulations came into force with the objective of implementing the EU’s Energy Performance of Building Directive. The aim was to reduce energy use in buildings. Part L is concerned with the Conservation of Fuel and Power in buildings.


The regulations come into effect when 50% or more of the roof area is being refurbished. In simple terms, it means that the whole of that roof must be brought up to the thermal efficiency demanded by the current regulations if it doesn’t meet a minimum threshold standard.

A strip and re-roof or even just the provision of a new layer of waterproofing, for example when striping and re-felting a flat roof, will usually necessitate the upgrading of the thermal performance of the roof.

*Remember the so-called “roofer” with a van and a ladder can cost the homeowner dearly if any work carried out is not with the approval of Building Control.*


Roofing July 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.

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Roofing July 2016

Bracknell Roofing Prepares The Way For Stunning Roof Cladding Design • Channel 4’s Grand Designs showcases year-long build of contemporary property • Bracknell Roofing provides roofing membrane solution to underpin ambitious architectural vision Roofing specialist, Bracknell Roofing has played a crucial part in the development and construction of a striking new contemporary home recently built on the outskirts of Lewes in East Sussex. The subject of an episode of Channel 4’s Grand Designs series, the outstanding five bed detached property was designed by Sandy Rendel Architects. It has been constructed on the banks of a river on an 11m wide plot, and owes its stunning architectural concept to the use of self-weathering steel mesh as the external building and roofing cladding material. The perforated steel mesh provides a vivid bronzed visual effect that is not only striking in appearance, but also reflects the past industrial heritage of the site which had previously housed a cement factory. The cladding requires no further maintenance, but instead is allowed to age and change colour as the steel weathers at its own pace. Bracknell Roofing was tasked with constructing the watertight roofing membrane onto which the steel mesh cladding would sit. Steve Morris, Bracknell Roofing’s Contracts Manager, explains: “This was an innovative and design-led project. With the eventual steel cladding the architectural visual high point of the build, our role was to ensure that the roofing membrane which sat underneath was robust and effective and provided the highest level of waterproofing required, so the project could achieve the design aspirations of all involved.” The property was designed with two low level flat roofs and a two storey main roof expanse which included a 45 degree pitch. The robust solution provided by Bracknell Roofing’s team of highlytrained specialists included a polythene vapour barrier, mechanically fixed 120 mm insulation board and the specification of a fixing system across the entire roof space. This involved the use of lightweight solar rails which would act as the fixing base profiles for the steel cladding finish.


The expert team from Bracknell Roofing worked together to ensure the installation of the roof membrane was delivered on time to enable the full build to stay on track. The team also delivered the project while meeting the specific challenges of the valley gutter, which runs through the middle of the roofing expanse as part of a design intended to reflect the rooflines of neighbouring properties. Marc Bates, Contracts Manager at Myriad Construction, comments: “Innovative construction projects, such as this new house in Lewes, offer particular challenges. In this case, it was the use of the weathered steel mesh as the building and roofing cladding material of choice. We were able to deliver such a striking build thanks to the professionalism and expertise of Bracknell Roofing who delivered a highly-effective and innovative membrane solution that supports the stunning exterior to the building.” Bracknell Roofing is part of the Etex Group, a major European construction company, and works as both a principal contractor and sub-contractor, depending on customer needs. For more information visit

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July 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.

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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.


Landscaping July 2016

Flood Resilience with Energy Benefits The adoption of flood resilience measures is increasing as a key measure to address the growing problem of storm water disposal. Just days ago Amendment 110 was tabled by Baroness Kate Parminter in the House of Lords which would remove the automatic right to connect surface water to the public sewer system, compelling developers to integrate Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) to address the growing problem of storm water disposal. The implementation of SuDS provides a proven and low cost solution to reduce the £1.3 - £2.2 billion of flood damage each year in England. Aquaflow ThermaPave™, manufactured by Formpave, is an ingenious Sustainable Urban Drainage System capable of harvesting surface rainwater, which can also be used as the energy source for ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs) to provide energy efficient heating and cooling for buildings, effectively turning paved areas such as car parks into energy centres. This system provides a highly effective method of flood resilience, is cheaper to maintain than conventional drainage, and represents good ecological and economic reasons for the adoption of SuDS. When compared to the separate costs of a SuDS installation and a GSHP installation, this now multipurpose facility, provides both these functions at greatly decreased overall cost. Incorporating rainwater harvesting, adding yet another dimension and opportunity for on-site cost savings. In fact, the water from the Aquaflow Thermapave SuDS+ design is pH neutral as a result of the filtration properties of Inbitex Geotextile incorporated in the construction, which also eliminates the need for costly “petrol interceptors” required in many other types of systems. A SuDS installation incorporating GSHP ground coils, must account for both civil engineering requirements and energy extraction for the heat pump. The Thermapave design not only caters for these mixed needs, but enhances the civil engineering aspects and heat pump performance without increasing overall costs. From an energy perspective the permeable paving blocks themselves have high thermal absorption properties further enhancing the heat pump energy yield. On top of the heating, water bill savings and flood defence benefits Aquaflow Thermapave brings, the Government provides attractive financial inducements through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which pays companies using ground source heating systems a renewable heat tariff which is guaranteed for 20 years and index linked to inflation.


For more information please visit the website, You can also follow the company on Twitter via @ForterraUK and @Formpave.


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:

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Charcon Delivers Life Saving Cycle Safety Kerb to Mayor’s Flagship Cycle Superhighway 2 Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has manufactured and supplied 24,000l/m of Eco Countryside™ Cycle Kerb for the Mayor’s flagship Cycle Superhighway 2 (CS2) between Aldgate and Bow in London. The contract follows a major investment by Transport for London (TfL) to make the route safer for cyclists and other road users. With more than 60 collisions involving injuries to cyclists recorded on the corridor annually, Charcon was commissioned by TfL in 2015 to design and deliver a solution that would literally save lives. In partnership with Ringway Jacobs, Charcon’s technical department designed an innovative 500mm-wide Eco Countryside Cycle Kerb segregation system as an alternative to granite kerb with a concrete block paving inlay previously used. The bespoke design features a bull-nose edge running along the carriageway, capable of withstanding vehicular impact, while a full batter profile on the cycleway side significantly reduces the chance of cyclists catching a pedal. A frog in the base of the unit improves the key into the bedding material, further reducing the weight of the unit and assisting installation. Being installed on both sides of the carriageway, the unique integrated system safely segregate cyclists from passing traffic, even when on the blind side of a lorry or bus. Mike Davies, Specification and Major Projects Manager at

Charcon, comments: “Cycle use in London has grown significantly since the introduction of the Cycle Superhighway network. CS2, running along the A11 between Aldgate and Bow roundabout, was one of the first implemented and is used by 2,000 cyclists in each direction daily. Cycle deaths on London roads average 16 per year, reaching 33 at its peak. Last year alone, eight cyclist deaths were reported. In light of this, TfL brought forward its improvements to the route, in line with updated London Cycling Design Standards.

is usually achieved using natural granite with a block paving infill.”

“A key factor in the successful construction of the new cycleway was opting for the one unit concrete segregation system. This meant that much of the work could be done off site, thereby speeding up construction by around 50% and reducing impact on road users. Fewer materials were required on site, reducing the space needed for storage.

Installation time for construction of the island was reduced by 50%, which in turn impacted positively on the cost of preliminaries and traffic management. Overall, the development of the new unit has saved approximately £150K over the traditional approach. However, when it comes to quantifying the number of lives that will be safeguarded in the future thanks to the new segregation system, the cost saving is immeasurable.

“Furthermore, the one unit system ensured that surfaces match both across and along the island. The result is a greater consistency of colour between the units than

In total, 24,000l/m of Eco Countryside Cycle Kerb were supplied for the CS2 project. The bespoke design offered a number of quantifiable benefits, including a cost saving of 25% and a 33% reduction in carbon footprint, versus natural granite imported from China. It also reduced the requirement for raw materials, and manufacturing units in the UK reduced the transportation carbon footprint and delivery times.

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July 2016

Shaping the Future of Composite Solutions

Fibrelite Announces New Branding and Global Brand Positioning Fibrelite has grown and evolved through its core values of quality and innovation into a brand whose name is synonymous with product excellence, innovation and great customer service. Fibrelite has announced that they will be launching their new branding this week to reflect their new global market positioning. Fibrelite has led the way in composite technology since 1980 with the design of the world’s first composite manhole cover as a prototype for Esso UK to eliminate health and safety issues associated with traditional heavy metal covers. From there, Fibrelite grew as the retail petroleum industry adopted their covers as the industry standard, now selling to over 80 countries worldwide with manufacturing facilities on three continents. This commitment to innovation continues to drive their approach today, and shape tomorrow, as


they create bespoke solutions that reflect their global reputation and heritage. Growth Across Three Continents, and Acquisition by OPW, a Dover Company Fibrelite continues to evolve, with key events including the opening of a US manufacturing plant in 2005 and Malaysia in 2010, which saw record sales the year immediately following its opening. Fibrelite was then acquired by OPW in 2013, a global leader in fully integrated fuel handling and control solutions which also values innovation, having earned more patents than any other equipment manufacturer. OPW is owned by Dover Corporation, a diversified global manufacturer with revenues of over $8 billion, specialising in the fluids, energy, engineered systems and refrigerated food and equipment sectors.

Growth Through Commitment to Innovation Fibrelite puts their sustained growth down to continued investment in product innovation and commitment to providing customer specific solutions for clients worldwide, frequently resulting in entirely new products. These range from creation of the world’s first composite cover back in 1980, to the first composite multiport covers and the only 90 tonne rated composite trench covers on the market, both of which were created in the last two years. As the experts in their field, they have access to a collaborative worldwide network with almost limitless skills, resources and experience. This breadth of knowledge allows them to consistently deliver forwardthinking, cutting-edge solutions at scale and speed

July 2016

Aggregate Industries’ Contracting division strike Gold The Contracting division of Aggregate Industries UK Ltd, a leading construction materials supplier and provider of national road surfacing services, has joined the exclusive ranks of employers to have been awarded the ‘gold’ Investors in People (IiP) standard – the highest accolade awarded to participating employers. As one of the first construction companies to gain IiP gold status, the team were praised by assessors for their embedded culture of training, coaching and ‘inspirational’ leadership. The report stated: “People have a sense of pride in working for Aggregate Industries’ Contracting because they believe ‘we are the best’. They have a sense of belonging due to the excellent team spirit and a sense of ownership because they feel empowered. There is a lot of talk about being allowed to ‘get on with it’ without being micro-managed. People are proud to work for Aggregate Industries.” Paddy Murphy, Managing Director of Aggregate Industries Contracting, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and we are proud to be recognised externally as an outstanding place to work.” “Our overarching safety values drive everything we do. Incorporating these values into our daily work has helped to make them an integral part of our culture, which has been key to our current and future success and the success of our customers.” Investors in People is a national quality standard which defines good practice for improving performance and realising objectives through the management and development of their people. With more than 400 employees, Aggregate Industries’ Contracting has over 80 years’ experience in highways maintenance, road surfacing and full pavement construction including hydraulically bound and cementitious solutions (SiteBatch). Around 15,000 organisations across 75 countries hold IiP accreditation but only three per cent of these have achieved the gold standard, which identifies ’world class best practice’.


Landscaping July 2016

Bituchem’s specialist hard-landscaping products have proved a popular choice across the education sector with numerous applications in both schools and universities being completed. The company has worked for instance with Reading University and Hertfordshire University, as well as a number of primary schools across the country to provide an attractive and maintenance-free landscape solution using its flagship Natratex and Colourtex materials. Bituchem’s Natratex buff coloured material has appeared to be the most popular choice amongst school and university redevelopments due to its modern aesthetics which complement the colours of Cotswold stone, which is being used more often for new buildings. The vivid colour allows architects and specifiers to create a striking landscape that is more aesthetically pleasing than standard black tarmac, with the same durable qualities, whether it is a brand new playground, pathway or staff car park. Natratex is created sing natural coloured


aggregates, compacted using a specially formulated clear resin binder to ensure that the appearance and quality does not fade from constant use or damaging weather conditions. This compact structure of the material offers a smooth finish that is resistant to cracks or potholes caused by loose aggregates for a safer surface for young children that is also kinder to knees! The strong resistance and durable qualities also prevent the material from needing regular maintenance which could cause lengthy disruptions to a playground or campus. The company’s Colourtex material has also grown in popularity due to its many options of vibrant colours. The material is particularly useful for primary school playgrounds which offer Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGA) or require a bright and fun landscape for children.

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Available in red, green, blue and buff, Colourtex can be used to create all or part of a scheme for a vivid finish that will not fade. The material can be used to highlight sports pitches, designated games or age-group areas or simply a creative imagery without the need for additional paint or marking equipment. This will significantly reduce the overall cost and time of the project as the entire landscape can be completed in one application without the need for separate demarcation painting. Like Natratex, the colourful aggregates used to create Colourtex are bound using a clear resin binder to ensure longevity of colour and performance, whilst also being safe for use in playgrounds or other areas used by young children. For schools or universities that have experienced frequent flooding or minor water build-up, Bituchem has developed Natratex to offer a porous alternative. Natratex Porous replicate the natural infiltration method of water and steadily absorbs all excess water through the surface of the material and into the ground, before finding its way to the natural water course. This sustainable method of drainage eliminates the need for conventional pipe systems and all maintenance and issues associated with them. Bituchem takes into consideration the time and budget restraints that are associated with developments in schools and universities and has ensured that Natratex and Colourtex can meet all requirements. The lowcost materials are extremely easy to apply and do not require on-site mixing or gluing, and can be laid using traditional equipment which will help to reduce the overall time of the project. The company’s design team works closely with its customers to identify the requirements of each application, tailoring the material to meet the specification and desired finish of the project. Further information is available from Bituchem on 01594 826768 or 07584 311266, by emailing: or by visiting the company’s website at


Landscaping July 2016

Natural Solutions CTS Bridges have recently completed schemes at Aberfeldy Village, Tower Hamlets and Kidbrook Village, Lewisham where ecological concerns have driven the landscaping. Timber was the natural choice of material for our footbridges and landscape structures to complement this philosophy and is also an optimum solution for shorter or multi span bridges as it is durable, low maintenance and economical. Ekki Hardwood Bridges and Boardwalks at Aberfeldy Village, Tower Hamlets The new Aberfeldy Village in Tower Hamlets is a £250m redevelopment project which will be delivered in 6 phases incorporating different buildings with their own identity to link community and urban spaces. The scheme incorporates a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) of green landscaped buffer rainwater runoff from the new development. These systems mimic natural drainage solutions allowing water to be stored, drain slowly and allow sediments to settle out to ensure existing drainage systems are not overwhelmed by further developments. In this scheme feature swales were integrated within the hard landscaping and lined with gravels and vegetation CTS were commissioned to provide a number of boardwalk and bridge structures to aesthetically enhance and create pedestrian routes across these areas. CTS supplied the bridges and boardwalks in Ekki hardwood timber with FSC accreditation. The Ekki timber is classed as extremely durable and has a service life in excess of 30 years. The deck boards on the bridges and boardwalks incorporate CTS’s Hi-Grip Excel non-slip inserts that provide a hard wearing slip resistant surface that retains the natural feature of the timber.

Ekki hardwood bridges are low maintenance, durable and vandal resistant.


Bridge has a Type A parapet with additional handrail and lighting.

Hi-Grip Excel non-slip inserts were used on boardwalks and bridge decks.

July 2016 Landscaping

in Central London Softwood Multi Span Bridge and Parapets at Kidbrook Village, Lewisham

Having already supplied four footbridges on previous phases at Kidbrook Village, Lewisham, CTS Bridges were approached to design, manufacture and install this four span softwood bridge with matching off bridge parapet for the latest development for Berkeley Homes. The bridge had an overall length of 22m but was manufactured as 4 No shorter spans with an additional 27 linear m of matching off bridge parapet all manufactured in pre-treated softwood with FSC accreditation.

Matching off-bridge parapet was supplied and installed by CTS Bridges.

CTS Bridges employ both skilled joiners and fabricators and can therefore provide an extensive range of bridges in a variety of materials including steel and FRP or using a combination of steel, timber or FRP materials. Please contact us for more details on our design, build and installation service for bridges and structures on 01484 606416 or visit our website at or by email

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July 2016

Cladding Solution Ensures Isle Of Skye Self-Build Dream Home Sits Seamlessly In Its Surroundings Marley Eternit’s market-leading, corrosion-resistant profiled sheeting has been specified for a striking self-build residential project located at Fiscavaig, on the beautiful and rugged Isle of Skye in Scotland. The three-bedroom family home has been designed by the team at Rural Design Architects, who are based on the island. They responded to their client’s brief by delivering a memorable and robust building that is entirely in keeping with the local agricultural vernacular, with the profiled sheeting exterior helping to reflect and complement the ad hoc buildings forming an important part of the surrounding rural landscape. Gill Smith from Rural Design Architects explains: “The house form and aesthetic is inspired by rural, agricultural sheds and it was therefore important to use a cladding material that was authentic to this vision. In addition, as the project was to be self-built, the materials we specified had to be easy to source, cost efficient, flexible and demonstrate proven performance credentials. That is why we selected Marley Eternit’s Black Profile 6 sheeting.” The company has used Marley Eternit’s profiled sheeting on a number of previous projects, as it sought out a combination of aesthetic appeal and durable performance to work effectively on buildings that are often subject to the rigours of a harsh climate. The single storey, mono-pitched house is called ‘The Black House’ and the use of the deeper profiled Profile 6 option in black from the Marley Eternit range made for a more pronounced sinusoidal curve which, works appropriately with the scale of the building. The chosen black colour provides a good definition to the form.


To help support self-build projects such as ‘The Black House’, the durability and robustness inherent with profiled sheeting makes it ideal to store outside on site (often in inclement weather conditions) until the build requires it, and allows the construction to proceed without undue delay. Marc Vasment, Area Sales Manager for Marley Eternit, comments: “The specification of profiled sheeting for this project highlights its performance and aesthetic appeal to architects, as well as the ease with which it can be installed as part of a self-build project. It has enabled the architectural team to realise their client’s original vision to create a home in a stunning location that is highly in tune with its natural surroundings and the agricultural heritage of the location. “With proven performance characteristics, as well as a sustainable manufacturing process enabling it to achieve A+ or A

ratings in the BRE Green Guide, profiled sheeting provides a perfect solution for projects such as ‘The Black House’ by underpinning architectural aspiration, maximising cost benefits and delivering long-lasting and sustainable functionality.” So delighted were the home owners with the black Profile 6 sheeting they subsequently extended its specification for use on a second smaller-sized, artist’s studio building located next to ‘The Black House’. Gill Smith concludes: “Marley Eternit’s Profile 6 sheeting ticked all the boxes in terms of cost, aesthetics, performance and design options for this residential self-build project. The clients are so pleased with the end result and we are extremely happy that, with the help of the external cladding solution, we have helped them build a dream home set in a dream landscape.”

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Construction Update - July 2016  
Construction Update - July 2016