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Industry News June 2016

Tower Bridge to close for three months for repair work Tower Bridge will be closed to vehicles for three months from October to allow structural repair and maintenance works to take place. Tower Bridge Road will close to vehicles but a crossing for pedestrians will be maintained by contractor Bam Nuttall. The pedestrian part will be closed for three weekends during the work when a free replacement ferry service will be provided. The City of London Corporation said it will be working closely with TfL and the London Boroughs of Southwark and Tower Hamlets to minimise disruption with “comprehensive traffic management plans”. More than 40,000 people cross over Tower Bridge every day including 21,000 vehicles. This daily heavy use has had an effect on the timber decking of the bridge which was last refurbished in

the 1970s. Significant operations in the schedule of work will include: • • • • • • •

Replacement of the decking on the bascules Corrosion prevention and repair operations Replacement of worn expansion joints Resurfacing of fixed roads and walkways Waterproofing of approach viaducts Overhaul/maintenance of key mechanical and lift components General cleaning/repairs to the towers, as well as replacement of river navigation and traffic signal lights

Chris Hayward, Chairman of the Planning and Transport Committee said: “This decision to close Tower Bridge to vehicles has not been taken lightly, and this course of action has been taken after extensive consultation and planning in conjunction with numerous stakeholders.

Watford Office Market Making Comeback The Watford office market is making a comeback, according to research by Savills. The firm’s study has shown that in May 2016 take up in the town’s office market rose to 104,678 square feet, indicating a rise of 40% on the total take up of 74,683 square feet in 2015. The statistics show the continuing commitment by corporations to the town, while Savills are predicting further take up increases after the completion of the Croxley Green Business Park office building, which is due to be finished by the end of 2017. The 60,000 square foot Threadneedle construction is Watford’s first major development of its kind in over 10 years. There is also another 39,990 square foot of Grade A stock available that has recently been refurbished at The Junction and 45 Clarendon Road, which will help to meet the demand.


Meanwhile, the rising need for office space is shown by various corporate deals that have taken place recently, none more so than TK Maxx last year buying a Clarendon Road site. The company will be developing an office accommodation of 100,000 square foot, with Smith & Nephew developing 60,000 square foot of space at the Croxley Green Business Park this year which will be the biggest lease in the town for 15 years. However, Watford has continued to be considerably undervalued in comparison to other towns on the M25. Grade A office space that has been recently refurbished is £27 per square foot as things currently stand, in comparison to St Albans and Uxbridge which are £30 and £34 per square foot respectively. However this could work in the town’s favour as it is seen as more affordable when compared to other office markets in the South East.

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MEDLOCK REVENUES SURGE TO £25M Leisure contractor Medlock FRB is celebrating a record year which saw revenues soar 35 per cent. Its turnover in the year to December 2015 was £25m, up from £18.54m in the previous 12 months. The construction and fit-out firm bolstered its customer base with the addition of new clients including Casual Dining Group, Thai Leisure Group, Mitchells & Butlers, Empire Cinemas and Langdale Leisure. Medlock also enjoyed strong repeat business with major customers such as Premier Inn, Enterprise Inns, Greene King, JD Wetherspoon and Joseph Holt. The firm, which has its headquarters in Oldham and operates nationwide, is on track for further strong growth this year. Revenues in the first three months of 2016 climbed 14 per cent compared with the same period last year, from £5.5m to £6.3m. Major contracts completed between January and March included the £1m fit-out of Dukes 92 bar in Castlefield, Manchester, and the £1.3m fit-out of the El Gato Negro restaurant in Manchester city centre. Medlock also fitted out a new All Bar One venue at the intu Trafford Centre for Mitchells & Butlers. Finance director Colin Drury said: “We are pleased to report that the company has achieved record sales and further progress against our business plan and strategy of continued long-term growth. “Repeat business with our major customers has been a tremendous success, accounting for 68 per cent of the sales total, while our customer base has been strengthened with the addition of further premium brands. “We have added key staff in the project delivery process, enabling us to deliver our projects safely, on time, to budget and to the highest quality, leading to further repeat business.”


“We will continue to work hard to drive value while consistently delivering customer service and quality across the business.”




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Industry News June 2016

Promising Total Contract Value of £6.1bn Reported in Construction Sector Great news has been reported for construction companies, with figures showing a clear level of confidence in the industry as the value of contracts rose to a new peak for the year last month – the total value of contracts coming in at a notable figure of £6.1bn. In comparison to February, the total value of construction contracts for the month was 10% higher, signifying a considerable increase and perhaps renewing confidence yet further in the continued prosperity of the industry. Should the trend persist, then this will naturally show a considerable strengthening of the construction industry, which comes to the relief of many after previously turbulent economic conditions. The figures outlined for last month also then reflect the CITB’s forecast seen in its Construction Skills Network report, showing that circa 230,000 jobs may be created over the course of the coming five years in line with construction sector growth – a speed of 2.5% each year predicted for this very growth. Of course, concerns are still amidst as to the sector’s capacity to deliver

the increasing workloads coming through the sector, as skill shortages remain a prominent limiting factor in being able to take on a greater workload. As such, CITB conceived GoConstruct alongside prominent construction sector figures to offer an online resource of information for tomorrow’s workforce so as best to support their construction-sector careers. Commenting on the findings, Barbour ABI’s Michael Dall highlighted the results as encouraging, pinpointing housebuilding as one of the key areas within which growth has been seen, storming far ahead within the construction sector as supply attempts to catch up with the ever-increasing demand for residential homes. He added: “With both the commercial & retail and infrastructure sectors increasing their levels of activity in March, it would be good to see this continue and take some of the pressure away from private housing, which has been the only sector that has continually grown and at times propped up the industry in recent years.”

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Industry Lobbyists Fight for Sustainable Draining Systems Perhaps as a nod to events over the past 12 months, it has been reported that a number of lobbyists in representation of industry professionals have been fighting for assurances on the creation of new housing legislation to better protect residential homes from future flooding. As of present, the bill already being passed through the House of Lords will see additional weight placed upon existing drainage and flood defence infrastructure. While it is acknowledged that drainage is one of the primary protectors from flood-related risks, lobbyists have urged for the bill to place restrictions on the right of the developer to simply connect new homes to drainage systems already in place; primarily due to many of these systems already reportedly being overloaded. As a solution, the notion being put forward is the integration of low-cost, sustainable drainage systems to, instead of adding extra pressure to existing capacity, improve the actual capacity of drainage networks as developments are created.

June 2016 Industry News

Continued Success for Willmott Dixon with New £25m Leisure Contract In recent construction news, Willmott Dixon has successfully won a contract with the London Borough of Havering to develop a new skating rink and swimming baths in the centre of Romford town. Having very recently completed greater than £100m worth of municipal leisure facilities over the past 6 months, the news comes to build upon Willmott’s recent success here, with the Romford contract sitting at a value of a further £25m. For the project, Willmott Dixon is working alongside Saunders Boston, Architect, with the view of completing the project in the early stages of 2018. The facility itself is designed to have an eight lane competition swimming pool, in addition to a 56m x 26m ice rink for the London Raiders and an additional fitness suite. In addition, other notable facilities confirmed for at the venue will also be a beginner swimming pool, steam rooms and a sauna, a fitness and health studio, a gym, a café and even a dance

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studio; this proving to be quit the comprehensive offering of all-round sports and fitness for the locality. Highlighting the company’s perspective on the project, Chris Tredget, Regional Managing Director of Willmott Dixon gave an enthused view as to the contract win, explaining how it will allow for the company to deliver a “real legacy” for the community. “We have seen how much effect leisure schemes have on local prosperity and also generating income for councils as people flock to use the facilities,” he explained. As such, it is predicted that the facilities will bring a great deal of potential for the Romford and the surrounding areas. Also nodding to the project, Roger Ramsey, Havering Council Leader commented on the ambitious nature of the project and the delight of the council to be working alongside Willmott Dixon to provide such an important project with great potential for the area.

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In accordance with the recent publishing of governmental housing proposals, as nodded to in the latest construction news; of those residential development sites with ten of more properties, a fifth of those properties will now be required to constitute starter homes, ensuring the provision of affordable housing across varied communities.


As can be expected, starter homes are to be priced at a discount rate of at least 20% less than the presently cited market value to offer opportunities for those looking to get on the property ladder under the age of forty. Of course, the decision comes at a much-needed time, ensuring that there will be the provision of affordable, yet quality homes for first-time buyers across the country. Coming as part of the government’s present commitment to deliver some 1m new homes, the move will see a further dedication to providing quality homes targeted towards those requiring affordability and availability most – effectively, those yet to enter onto the property market as of yet.

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June 2016

SketchUp 2016 has arrived!

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

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

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

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

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


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

SketchUp 2016 is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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Can’t Decide Between Traditional Wood or Composite Timber for Your Deck? Here’s How Both Options

June 2016 Editor’s Choice


ardwood has traditionally been the material of choice when it comes to building a decking area, but recent years have seen ‘manufactured’ wood plastic composite timber grow in popularity. So how do you choose between materials that have higher initial costs and low ongoing maintenance requirements, and materials that are cheaper to purchase but require more maintenance? Deciding which material is best for your new deck or deck renovation project will depend on several factors including colour, available board widths and lengths, your ongoing maintenance requirements, and of course, price. Most of today’s wooden decks are made of cedar, redwood, pressure-treated pine or tropical hardwood. Once laid, all wooden decking requires staining to act as a barrier against the elements, and this process will need to be repeated annually, with the deck requiring stripping and sanding in between to help prolong its life. It’s a time consuming process which can prove costly, and which you may find needs to be done by a professional landscaper. And even with regular maintenance, a traditional wood deck is still prone to cracking and splintering.

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The alternative is to opt for a composite deck made from a high tech combination of wood fibres and recycled plastic. Although the initial installation price for a composite will be more, the actual cost over time is a good deal closer. That’s because composite timber has superb weather resistance, a long service life and the lowest possible maintenance requirements, so all you’ll need to worry about is washing down your deck with water occasionally to remove any debris that’s built up from falling leaves, moss or other organic material. So there’s no expensive treating, painting,

sanding or staining required, and your composite deck will never splinter, rot or warp like traditional wood. Dura Deck from Dura Composites is a popular choice for landscapers and homeowners who are looking for the lowmaintenance advantages of composite timber, but in a wide range of colours, widths and surface finishes to suit even the most demanding of applications. The narrower boards (Dura Deck Type 146, and Dura Deck Type 150) have a more traditional appearance and most closely resemble natural wood planks, so there’s no need to compromise on looks if you’re opting for composite timber over traditional wood. If your priority is maximising the speed of installation then one the wider boards (Dura Deck Type 225, or Dura Deck 295) may be more suitable. With a 10 year warranty and 25 year service life, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you’ve chosen a future proof solution for your decking needs. As well as the low-maintenance, cost effective, durable and versatile benefits of Dura Deck, the products are also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. This is an assurance that the wood fibres contained in the boards was grown and harvested in a legal, sustainable manner— and not illegally clear-cut from a rainforest, so you can have peace of mind that you’re also making an eco-friendly choice. When weighing up the pros and cons of composite timber versus traditional wood, you may find you need some additional help to decide what best fits your home and situation. The best way to do that is to talk with an experienced deck building professional who can ask the right questions. For help and advice on planning your deck or for more information on Dura Deck, please visit


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Distributed exclusively in the UK and Ireland by James Latham, HI-MACS® is now offering its entire range of products for CAD systems, Sketchup, Archicad and Revit for download from the BIMObjects Portal ensuring architects, designers and specifiers achieve future compliance with all projects. HI-MACS® solid surface is widely used in both futuristic architectural projects for external cladding and also for a wide range of interior products in architectural applications. The natural stone material, set in an acrylic matrix, offers ultimate flexibility in terms of 3D forming as well as incomparable durability for both external and internal applications including external wall cladding, facades, counter tops, wet rooms, wall panelling and furniture.

One of the major attractions of HI-MACS® is the extensive choice of colours on offer - there are almost 100 in the portfolio - enabling the widest possible scope for original design, allowing users to achieve inspirational and distinctive creations. Steve Robinson, James Latham’s General Manager for HI-MACS® commented, “BIM is changing the way buildings are designed, built and operated both internally and externally and this will make it quicker and easier for architects and designers to incorporate HI-MACS® into their projects.” He added, “As requests for BIM models on tender documents continues to grow, and they become mandatory for publicly funded projects, this trend is only set to increase so we wanted to make sure we were ahead of the curve.” BIM Objects for all HI-MACS® sheets, For further information on HI-MACS® shapes and colours are available solid surface, please visit the website now for download by clicking here at, email or phone Find out more by clicking on 0116 257 3415.



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io-responsive facades, ceramic-hybrid textiles and the world’s smartest office building are among the top innovations that will be featuring at VISION at Olympia London on 7 and 8 June.

3. Explore 3D BIM at Crossrail’s Tottenham Court Road Station Harbinder Singh Birdi, partner with architect Hawkins\Brown, will outline the role of 3D BIM for design and collaboration on this key project.

The two-day event for Architects, 4. Gaze into the future of Specifiers and their Clients biodesigned buildings combines an exhibition, 2 day Biotechnology and biomaterials seminar programme and networking are changing architecture and events, and is free to attend when design. Find out how from you register in advance. futorologist, design scientist and transformational change strategist Here are some highlights not to Melissa Sterry. be missed: 5. Learn about ways of literally 1. Find out what makes the putting life into buildings smartest building in Europe so Rachel Armstrong, professor smart of experimental architecture at Ron Bakker, founding partner Newcastle University and Emma of PLP Architecture, will talk Flynn, associate and R&D lead about the design of The Edge at architect Astudio will look at – Deloitte’s new Amsterdam HQ the potential for bio-responsive and its smart technologies. facades. 2. Get an insight into carbon 6. Hear about innovations in nanomaterials textiles Nanomaterials present a wealth The latest innovations in textiles of design possibilities, as Dr and hybrid materials for use in the Bojan Boskovic, chief executive of built environment will be outlined innovation consultant Cambridge by experts from Central Saint Nanomaterials Technology, will Martins, University of the Arts explain. London.


7. Get the lowdown on building higher with CLT modules in Finland The eight storey Puukuokka apartment scheme is Finland’s tallest cross laminated timber (CLT) building. Ansi Lassila, director of architect OOPEAA will be outlining the lessons from the project. 8. See how Cullinan Studio put the fab into prefab at Holy Cross School Alex Abbey, partner at architect Cullinan Studio will outline how research collaboration produced a school that met cost constraints, while offering generous, flexible teaching space and elegance in design. 9. Switch on to the Internet of Things Antonio Pisano, co-founder and director of Marcel Mauer Architecture, will give a lesson on the Internet of Things and its implications for the built environment. 10. See the view from The Shard… virtually TruVision VR will offer show visitors the chance to experience the view from The Shard, via an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

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June 2016 Editor’s Choice

Enter Aluprof’s Building of the Year Competition!


he successful ‘Building of the Year with Aluprof Systems’ competition has been launched for 2016 and now, for the first time the competition goes international. Aluprof are requesting entries from any architectural practice which has specified and completed a project in their systems. There is plenty of time to enter as the deadline for entries closes on June 30th, it is free to enter and application is simple taking only a few minutes to complete on-line. First prize is worth £9,000 in prize money, applications can be made online at The spectacular Final Gala of the architectural competition Building of the Year in Aluprof systems 2015 was held on 26th September at the Hotel Warszawianka Wellness & Spa in Warsaw. The corridor leading to the banqueting hall was decorated not only with some breathtaking images of Polish competition entries, but also a wide range of spectacular buildings from across the world whose specifiers applied Aluprof’s systems.

In the UK Aluprof’s head office and extensive distribution centre is located in Altrincham, Cheshire. In London, Aluprof have a dedicated design support office for specifiers located at the Business Design Centre in Islington. Aluprof systems are increasingly being specified on a wide range of residential and commercial projects across the UK. Systems are designed, fabricated and installed by selected, specially trained companies, to ensure each fabricated product meets the Aluprof exacting standards.

the deadline for entries closes on June 30th, it is free to enter and application is simple. Further information is available on the company website at and specialist advice is available directly from Aluprof’s UK offices on 0161 941 4005.


Doors June 2016

Small and Mighty

GEZE UK Launches a Tiny Powerhouse It may be small but it packs a punch! The launch of GEZE’s new sliding door system is a real David and Goliath affair. The Levolan 120 belies its modest appearance – the slimline fitting can effortlessly move internal doors of up to 120kg with elegant ease.


t has twice the load-bearing capacity of its “little brother”, the Levolan 60 which won the Plus X Award and was named the Best Product of 2014, in its category. The Levolan 120 shares its discreet aesthetic: with straight lines and modular composition, it’s a system which is highly adaptable. Its sleek track, which is only 50mm high, includes integrated derailing protection and can be conveniently installed from the front. This means that large panelled sliding doors – made from glass, wood, metal or plastic - which have interior design impact and a real “wow factor” can be put in place in the knowledge that their practical application can be effectively managed. Additional safety is provided by the Levolan 120 SoftStop draw-in damping device which can be incorporated into the track as an option. The sliding door leaves are gently guided into their end position with little possibility of anything hitting the frame or risk of fingers being trapped. The system has specially designed


roller carriers which ensure outstanding load distribution enabling the leaves to move easily and almost silently. Its derailing protection is triggered automatically when the height of the door leaf is adjusted, ensuring that the best possible level of opening and closing is provided. The clamping roller carriage is designed for glass thickness of 10 12.76mm which allows the Levolan 120 to be installed with door leaves made of laminated safety glass. Its compact dimensions make is extremely versatile meaning it can be installed on a wall, suspended from a ceiling or glass fanlight or invisibly mounted within a ceiling. The Levolan Smart fix installation system makes fitting fast and straightforward – just one Allen key and one open-ended spanner are needed to set the height of the cam – and the leaf and roller carriage can be mounted on the track and calibrated from the front. Due to its modular composition, the Levolan 120 can be provided as

ready-made sets configured to the customer’s needs or as individual parts. The modular construction of the Levolan system also means that the parts for the Levolan 120 and the Levolan 60 are interchangeable – reducing the number of parts required for installing sliding door leaves of different weights and sizes. Andy Howland, sales director of GEZE UK said the Levolan 120 was a “tiny powerhouse” capable of moving large sliding doors “easily and effortlessly” “This Levolan 120 is an evolution to our existing award-winning interior sliding door system, with a phenomenal load movement capacity, modest in size and near silent in operation. We are confident that this product will be the ideal solution to large door leaf requirements which are currently very popular within contemporary interior design schemes.” For more information about the Levolan 120 and GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic and manual door closers call 01543 443000 or visit

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A variety of glazing systems by Kawneer feature on a new criminal justice centre The manufacturer’s AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling, with 50mm sightlines, horizontal face caps and gaskets to vertical glass and glass joints at mullion locations, has been used on all four elevations of the £14 million Aberdeen Criminal Justice Centre designed by frequent Kawneer specifiers Ryder Architecture. The curtain walling is complemented by thermallyenhanced top-hung casement windows as inserts on the south and west elevations, AA®110 dry slope rooflights with 65mm sightlines, and series 190 heavyduty commercial entrance doors, all installed by Kawneerapproved specialist subcontractor Linn-Tech Scotland for main contractor Balfour Beatty.

Curtain walling by Kawneer completely wraps a new judiciary building that is as stunning as it is secure.

The 4,518m2 building for Police Scotland via North Hub Scotland comprises a 60-cell custody facility with offices and virtual courts for the criminal justice department and space for an integrated local policing team. The custody facility is placed on a precast concrete plinth which merges with the landscape (former railway sidings) while the office space and local policing team are located in the steel-framed pavilion above - the element wrapped in the Kawneer curtain walling. Ryder architectural director Chris Malcolm said: “The Kawneer systems play a significant part in the project as we needed to have a very clean glazed façade. Aluminium is just recognised as a standard

acceptable finish in terms of sustainability but the SG system allowed us to express the horizontality of the façade. “The glazed elements were integral to the concept of a solid base below and lightweight transparent pavilion above. The Kawneer systems interface simply but well with the other materials used on the project. The curtain walling is continuous round all four sides of the building so is held between the concrete panels underneath and the roof plane above.”


Doors June 2016

New improvements for Reynaers’ stylish Hi-Finity door system

Leading provider of aluminium architectural glazing systems Reynaers has further enhanced its highly successful slimline sliding door Hi-Finity – making it one of the best available on the market. The new features mean that architects can benefit from a huge increase in glass surface, with maximum transparency and minimal sight lines. The latest version of the Hi-Finity system means that there can now be fixed panels of glass up to 1200kg and motorised vents up to 750kg. Where thermal performance is key, even larger triple glass units can be accommodated. Reynaers’ Marketing Manager Rebecca Cope said: “The architectural trend of huge dimensions together with triple glazing has led to very heavy vent weights. “For improved ease of operation


for the end user, we’ve developed a new solid and fully concealed motor for Hi-Finity, in combination with a secure, automatic spring loaded pen lock. The powerful motor can easily slide vent weights up to 750kg at the touch of a button.” With a minimised visible frame of just 35mm for a maximised panoramic view, the Reynaers HiFinity slim frame doors offer the ultimate in contemporary design and cutting-edge performance and allow a vent height of up to 3.5 metres. The new system also means that homeowners can now link their Hi-Finity door to their home automation system. Elegant Hi-Finity aluminium doors are available with double and triple glazing and ensure optimum performance, safety, and comfort. What’s more, the improved Hi-Finity sliding system with triple glazing has achieved the Minergie® sustainability label – a quality indicator for high insulation systems. The Minergie® component label for windows and

doors requires a minimum level of performance and ensures that the building components contribute to low energy consumption buildings. It is now also possible to combine two Hi-Finity doors on adjoining walls using one of a new range of innovative corner solutions. They allow architects to create a wall of glass to let panoramic views flood into homes and – thanks to the unique design of the multi-wheel carriages – even the heaviest of these doors will glide open and closed with minimal effort. All Hi-Finity doors incorporate a state-of-the-art electronic locking system concealed in the outer frame and if automated, operate via a wall-mounted button, remote control or home automation system. Further details are available from: Reynaers Limited, Tel: 0121 421 1999, or email:, website:

Doors June 2016

Vicaima turn on design flair at Electricity House Vicaima innovative door designs have been featured prominently in a landmark city centre project for Crest Nicholson, which sees a modern apartment complex created in a former 1930’s iconic utility building.

Atrium showing Vicaima Dekordor 3D entrance doors on every floor Electricity House has stood in Bristol City centre since its construction in the late 1930’s and was perhaps best known as the home of the South West Electricity Board. Now this bygone treasure has taken on a new lease of life following its lovingly re-imagined and inspired regeneration by Quality developer Crest Nicholson. Of course inspired design requires inspirational products and so Crest chose Vicaima to enhance the apartment entrance doors with Dekordor 3D Portaro matching door and frame systems. This was further augmented by a surrounding and matching wall panelling. Client requirements included


certified FD30 fire doors with a roller lock and eye viewer and Dekordor 3D provided a horizontal and highly tactile grain effect which gave the perfect tonal Apartment interiors showing Vicaima grooved Satin contrast to wall and floor White in Easi-Fit door kit coverings. onto the architraves to add yet another design element. Inside the apartments Vicaima Satin White doors with Easi-Fit Vicaima offer an extensive frames were selected. These range of innovative design ultra-smooth white lacquered options, with fire, acoustic doors provide a luxurious look and security performance for and feel at every turn. luxury housing and modern apartment living space. The design has been further embellished with the addition For further details visit of a refined groove pattern, which was also carried through

Windows June 2016

Kawneer launches guides to architectural framing and sliding solutions Brochures on its framing and sliding solutions are now available from Kawneer. Advice on specifying framing and sliding solutions for architectural glazing is contained within two new brochures from leading aluminium systems supplier Kawneer. Well-illustrated throughout, the new A4 brochures feature a wide range of product detail drawings and applications guidance as well as useful product selectors, product and performance data and project case studies. The 20-page framing systems brochure gives a complete overview of Kawneer’s entire framing systems range, including the 451PT system which was developed in conjunction


with Scape. It is also suitable for newbuild and refurbishment projects in the commercial sector and for large display windows in the retail sector. The brochure also features Kawneer’s AA®4001 semi-unitised framing system, designed in line with the DfE’s BSF (Building Schools for the Future programme), which is compliant with current Building Regulations, acoustics BB93 and environmentally friendly classrooms BB95. Its semi-unitised assembly enables it to meet the demands of fasttrack work schedules and restricted working conditions, particularly in

refurbishment projects where its speedy installation gives minimal disturbance in occupied buildings. The 44-page sliding solutions brochure overviews Kawneer’s sliding solutions for windows and doors and new-build and refurbishment projects in the residential and commercial sectors. These include the AA®3720 folding/ sliding and AA®3572 space-saving lift/slide doors and the AA ®3110 horizontal sliding and AA®3610 and AA®3610LS vertical sliding windows for maximum ventilation, and the AA®3110HW anti-ligature window for mental health premises.

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CMS HELPS DELIVER LANARKSHIRE’S NEW 21ST CENTURY HEALTHCARE FACILITIES A collaborative approach to creating new healthcare facilities in North Lanarkshire has transformed health services provision and access for people across East Kilbride, Wishaw and Kilsyth, and demonstrated how communities can reap expansive benefits when locally based, sustainably focused supply chain partners are appointed. All three construction projects were delivered with the help of Castlecary based CMS Window Systems, which was appointed by main contractor GRAHAM to manufacture and install aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling for the three new build facilities. Working to designs by Reiach & Hall Architects, CMS provided a variety of building envelope elements manufactured using thermally broken aluminium systems ensuring the finished complexes would benefit from the optimal combination of thermal comfort, energy efficiency, longevity and excellent visual appeal. The new £23 million Houldsworth Centre in Wishaw is a three and five storey complex providing NHS healthcare facilities alongside North Lanarkshire council’s new housing office and library, a shop and café. CMS manufactured and installed all the aluminium curtain walling and side hung windows for this contemporary building.

In nearby Kilsyth, CMS provided aluminium curtain walling, windows and doors for the town’s new Community Health Centre. This £7.8 million facility is around twice the size of the health centre it replaced in the town and represents a step change in the quality of the health care facilities and services available to patients locally. CMS played an integral part in delivering the high quality internal environment due to the enhancement of the building layout through a two storey courtyard and light well to maximise natural daylight within the building. The third new medical centre built as part of the project is the £17 million Hunter Health Centre in East Kilbride. Home to six GP practices, a dental practice and a variety of other medical services, the 6300m2 facility features a large glazed central atrium space, intended to create a calming atmosphere and maximise natural light within the building. CMS helped create the four-storey building’s envelope, installing thermally efficient units to regulate its internal temperature which keeps the Hunter Health Centre light and bright.

According to Stephen Anderson, who heads the Aluminium Division at CMS, in choosing CMS as a local supplier the project supports wider sustainability benefits, ranging from environmental to social in supporting local jobs. He says: “We’re delighted to have been involved with these healthcare building projects. They are hugely important to the communities around us in which many of the CMS team and their families live. It was extremely pleasing to have secured the contract from GRAHAM to be part of this building programme, an appointment which contributes to our business success and ensures we can continue to provide more local jobs, including our large number of apprenticeships. ”Our finished products reduce the carbon footprint of buildings during their lifespan, including being fully recyclable at the end of their service life, which will undoubtedly benefit NHS Lanarkshire and North Lanarkshire Council in the long term.” For further information visit


Editor’s Choice June 2016

Armstrong Ceilings sets another recycling record Green Omega recycling installers help Armstrong Ceilings to record heights.


rapidly expanding network of Green Omegas (specialist sub-contractors with equally specialist recycling expertise) has helped Armstrong Ceilings break its recycling records for the second year running.

The manufacturer recycled a total of 142,000m2 last year during which time nine members of Armstrong’s 136-strong Omega network of approved installers proved their recycling expertise to such an extent that they qualified as Green Omegas. That 142,000m2 equates to 495 tonnes or more than 528 skips which would have cost contractors almost £100,000 in landfill tax. All of the returned material has been or will be used in the manufacture of new mineral ceiling tiles, saving the company (which does not charge for the service) more than £28,000 in virgin materials. And not only is the scheme saving contractors money, the Green Omega accreditation is also making them more money. Installers PFP, based in Edinburgh,


have been in business since 1997 and an Armstrong Omega since the millennium while CAP Ceilings and Partitions, based in Exeter, have been in business since 2002 and an Omega since then. PFP managing director Boyd Sinclair said of the Omega scheme: “The benefits of becoming an Omega installer were the closer working relationship with Armstrong, PFP being recommended to clients by Armstrong for projects, and receipt of project leads from Armstrong. “We can project ourselves better as a reputable installer of Armstrong products which is of particular benefit when we are competing against labour only sub-contractors as we do come across a number of main contractors trying to weigh up the choice between buying materials direct and using labouronly sub-contractors (self-employed operatives) versus ourselves to procure and install the materials. “Most labour-only sub-contractors would not be Armstrong Omega certified and so if we can demonstrate to the main contractor that we are a certified installer and a Green one at that this makes a difference. It makes a difference too against those of our competitors

who are non-Omegas. It just gives us a bit of an edge against the competition (albeit some main contractors are only looking for the cheapest price).” The £12 million turnover company became a Green Omega last year on completion of their biggest Armstrong project to date – the

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

in Glasgow – where 10,000m2 or 35 tonnes of mineral ceiling tile off-cuts were recycled over the two years for main contractor Brookfield Multiplex.

Gary Mortimer, project surveyor for PFP, said then: “The sheer size and complexity of this project could have made it an extremely challenging one but the recycling element, particularly with Skipeez on board, went very smoothly. We had never used such a variety of Armstrong systems before on one project but thanks to the level of support we received from Armstrong’s local sales and technical teams and the distributor, we managed to deliver a project we are all very proud of.” CAP, who had recycled plasterboard walls before, also became a Green Omega last year after recycling 7,000m2 of old tiles

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and new tile off-cuts from an office block in Bristol for main contractor Midas. Director Gary Rice said of that: “It was a very tight, congested site so the logistics were challenging.” Of the Green Omega scheme, PFP’s Boyd Sinclair said: “It is definitely worthwhile getting involved. It provides us as a sub-contractor with a very easy route to recycling our off-cuts. It also allows us to add another element to our recycling strategy as we also currently recycle our plasterboard waste on a number of projects. “Armstrong are streaks ahead of the competition when it comes to their commitment to recycling mineral ceilings within the industry. They have ensured that their distribution partners (our suppliers) are fully on board with the scheme and this allows us to work as a team to ensure waste is diverted from landfill. “As more and more main contractors are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious working with Armstrong allows us to present this as a selling point to the client which places Armstrong’s products ahead of the competition and gives us an edge over the competition. At

this stage it isn’t easy to quantify the benefits, especially not in terms of turnover, but it is definitely a strong advantage and selling point for everyone involved in the scheme.” Gary Rice added: “The benefits of being an Omega member are the recognition, being a recommended installer of the market leader. The support from Armstrong has certainly helped us to grow the business from ground zero to £8 million.” And of being a Green Omega, he said: “We are very conscious of our environmental impact so it helps us with that and it helps that we can demonstrate that to our clients. We are looked upon more favorably by clients because we have the recycling system in place. “It’s a no brainer as there are no cost implications but it helps us with cost reduction to a certain point in that we can monitor our waste more and also know that hopefully when the tiles go back in it helps to bring down the cost of new tiles.” Of the future for ceiling recycling, PFP’s Boyd Sinclair said: “The momentum needs to be kept up although with the size of Armstrong as a global player and their commitment to drive this through as

a USP for their business this should not be a problem. “The challenge, which is also an opportunity, is to get more sites taking advantage of the scheme as some main contractors are more conscientious than others. It really comes down to Armstrong and the Green Omegas spreading the word. Commonly when it works on one site that site team/company take the system/process forward to the next one and before long it is the norm or is incorporated into the way they run their sites. So with time it should become common practice.” CAP’s Gary Rice added: “It is making main contractors aware that this is available to them and that we are able to help with that. I think Armstrong have done a good job of covering it off - they are even taking other manufacturer’s ceiling tiles back now. As for the future, perhaps recycling of the grid systems should be next on the agenda and more ways of using off-cuts actually on site, perhaps for additional acoustic flanking.” The other Armstrong Omegas to become Green Omegas last year are Dancor, DV McColl, East Midlands Ceilings, Eastledge, ISEC, Oatley Ceilings and Richard Kemble.



A Show Full of Attractions A

country fair theme give this year’s Manchester Furniture Show (17-19 July Manchester Central), a colourful backdrop to the biggest summer furniture event in the UK. The attractions include some of the biggest and most innovative names in furniture and interior furnishings from the UK, Europe and the Far East, showing new designs and launching new collections. New exhibitors including Panacea, CIMC, Devonshire Pine & Oak, Hookes Interiors, Camel Group, Global Home, Indian Hub, Heritage Furniture and Arthauss will join a whole host of returning major brands in over 100,000 square feet of modern exhibition space. The 130 plus exhibitors will display new and existing best selling collections and pieces in upholstery, cabinet, beds and decorative furnishings, including lamps, mirrors, rugs and accessories. Upholstery In upholstery, Essex based new exhibitor Panacea, who made a big impact at this year’s January Furniture Show, will bring a selection of their modern and retro, design led leather sofas and chairs which have a focus on high levels of comfort. Also showing modern sofa collections are Alpha Designs Upholstery, who return to Manchester for the third year in a row and will showcase new contemporary ranges having had a “resounding success” in the previous two years. ICD (International Contemporary Designs), one of the UK’s newest upholstery companies sources exclusive leather models from Italy. New at Manchester will be their Pisa and Bari models, both typify Italian design flair. Pisa offers modern comfort with a curvaceous silhouette and deep-fill cushions and Bari features classic styling for a more timeless look. Keeping with leather, Hyde Line Furniture, partner to the US giant NHF Leather, is bringing a selection of its multiaction reclining sofas and chairs made in NHF’s Far East factory. The sofas and chairs are traditional in style and with distribution from a central UK warehouse. Returning UK upholstery giants Westbridge, Lebus, Buoyant, Wade, Ashley Manor, Whitemeadow, Scanthor UK, XYZ Agencies and Mark Webster Designs will all be showing new collections at Manchester.



country fair theme give this year’s Manchester Furniture Show (17-19 July Manchester Central), a colourful backdrop to the biggest summer furniture event in the UK. The attractions include some of the biggest and most innovative names in furniture and interior furnishings from the UK, Europe and the Far East, showing new designs and launching new collections. New exhibitors including Panacea, CIMC, Devonshire Pine & Oak, Hookes Interiors, Camel Group, Global Home, Indian Hub, Heritage Furniture and Arthauss will join a whole host of returning major brands in over 100,000 square feet of modern exhibition space. The 130 plus exhibitors will display new and existing best selling collections and pieces in upholstery, cabinet, beds and decorative furnishings, including lamps, mirrors, rugs and accessories.

Upholstery In upholstery, Essex based new exhibitor


Panacea, who made a big impact at this year’s January Furniture Show, will bring a selection of their modern and retro, design led leather sofas and chairs which have a focus on high levels of comfort. Also showing modern sofa collections are Alpha Designs Upholstery, who return to Manchester for the third year in a row and will showcase new contemporary ranges having had a “resounding success” in the previous two years. ICD (International Contemporary Designs), one of the UK’s newest upholstery companies sources exclusive leather models from Italy. New at Manchester will be their Pisa and Bari models, both typify Italian design flair. Pisa offers modern comfort with a curvaceous silhouette and deep-fill cushions and Bari features classic styling for a more timeless look. Keeping with leather, Hyde Line Furniture, partner to the US giant NHF Leather, is bringing a selection of its multi-action reclining sofas and chairs made in NHF’s Far East factory. The sofas and chairs are traditional in style and with distribution from a central UK warehouse.

Returning UK upholstery giants Westbridge, Lebus, Buoyant, Wade, Ashley Manor, Whitemeadow, Scanthor UK, XYZ Agencies and Mark Webster Designs will all be showing new collections at Manchester. Whitemeadow are showing the cool grey trend at its best with new models Sadler and Charleston being launched at the Show. Ashely Manor also show soft greys with their Hobbs contemporary collection and are right on trend with their new Francesca

collection which features pin tucks and studding. Cabinet Living and dining are also full of attractions and contrasts this year with returning exhibitors Baker, Kingstown, Bluebone, Furniture Origins, Exclusive UK, Morris, Rowico, Wood Brothers, Shankar, Value Mark, Kettle Interiors and VIDA Living all bringing new temptations for buyers. New cabinet exhibitor Devonshire, one the few remaining cabinet manufacturers in the UK are bringing new collections in dining and bedroom from their Bideford factory. They will be showing a variety of pine, oak and painted furniture ranges in traditional and rustic styles, which are continually popular with UK consumers.

including flip down beds and sleek wardrobes. With colour choices from deep walnut to crisp white their furniture sets are imaginative and style led. A completely different style again will be on show on the Indian Hub stand. From their Surrey base they are another cabinet exhibitor new to Manchester and following on from a successful January Show, they will be enticing buyers with a great selection of their hardwood furniture. With perfect designs for anyone wanting the on-trend industrial look this is a must see

stand. Regular Manchester exhibitors Kettle Interiors and Value Mark will again use the show to launch new collections. Kettle will be showcasing its latest ranges from an ever-increasing portfolio of commercial and distinctive oak, pine and painted furniture, along with generous wicker storage solutions under the brand The Wicker Merchant. Valuemark’s large occasional and dining collections

In complete contrast another new exhibitor Arthauss will be showing selections from their ultra modern dining and bedroom ranges,


will again feature several new introductions including The Lewis Collection which features black apricot high gloss married with chrome and black their new compact marble dining sets. Beds and Bedroom In beds and bedroom returning exhibitors Furmanc, Gallery Direct, Kingstown, Seconique, Nolte, Slumbernights Ltd, Rauch, Welcome and Corndell are all showing a selection of new and best sellers. Furmanc’s comprehensive adjustable bed collections, including the hugely commercial Hestia Motion range will be on show with new models added to the range. Gallery Direct never fail to deliver a stand full of delights and treats and this year will be no exception with new trend setting designs on display along with accompanying decorative accessories and soft furnishing items. At the end of last year’s show James Hudson, Gallery Direct’s Business Development Director said, “We’ve had a great show, Sunday was very busy with independent stores and Monday saw all the multiples. This is a good show to do business in, in a relaxed atmosphere with good time to talk

to customers. There is definitely a wave from the January Show, which gives Manchester a higher profile than before. New exhibitors include Slumbernights Ltd, Heartlands, Global Home and Heritage Furniture. Slumbernights Ltd. manufacture a whole variety of fabric bed frames including storage ottomans, four posters and headboards in the UK, using velvets, chenilles and other fabrics. The German giants Nolte and Rauch both return after a very successful outing to Manchester in 2015. Both are bringing smooth engineered bedroom collections, which are specifically designed for UK homes. Nolte who showed at Manchester for the first time last year return with new designs and finishes for 2016/17. Decorative Accessories Of course no Manchester show would be complete without a great selection of decorative furnishings and accessories. Attractions here include returning exhibitors Flair Rugs, Wilde Java, Wire Lamps and Keen Classics, all of whom are bringing new designs.

New exhibitors CIMC and Hookes Interiors both known for their flair and unique designs, have with large stands in the Main Hall. CIMC are bringing a comprehensive selection of their home accessories including table and floor lamps, clocks, cushions, funky door stops and occasional furniture pieces. Their stand will be full of colour and sparkle and is not to be missed. Hookes Interiors will also have a notable stand full of mirrors in every shape and size, cushions, tie-backs and tassels in a variety of fabrics and decorative items including perfume bottles and picture frames. This family business will delight buyers with new treats and occasional furniture pieces from their Uxbridge location. Held in the vibrant city centre The Manchester Furniture will inspire and tempt buyers in every sphere of furniture and interior decoration. To ensure you don’t miss the latest from the best register your attendance at


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June 2016

REVIVE WOODEN FURNITURE WITH OSMO Wood has long been a popular material for furniture due to its durability, versatility and striking natural appearance. However, whether it’s 10 or 100 years old, every day wear and tear can take its toll on wood, deteriorating the furniture’s quality and look. Wood finishing expert and Managing Director of Osmo UK, Steve Grimwood, shares his expert advice on reconditioning wooden furniture to its original quality.


nknown to many, one of the most effective and common methods of restoring wooden furniture is simply reviving the surface. Worn wood can be sanded, cleaned and refinished to present a fresh canvas with an as-new appearance. For furniture pieces that have a build-up of wax, unsightly finger prints or white rings, an abrasion technique may be required. Many good furniture finishes are designed to be thick to prevent any impermeable damage from penetrating the wood. For example, white rings are a common wooden stain that has soiled the wax, polish or finish, rather than the wood itself. An abrasion technique will allow you to ‘wear’ away the damage that is on the finish, revealing the undamaged, original wood underneath. To achieve a smooth, consistent finish, the abrasion method will need to be applied on the entire surface of the wood before applying a finish.

Once cleaned, it is important to examine the wood closely to see if there are any scuffs which need to be repaired. If there are any dents or small scrapes, use a wood filler product to even out the damaged wood surface. To finish, it is recommended to use a high quality product that is compatible with your specified finish. This will ensure that once the wood has been cleaned, sanded and the final finishing treatment is applied, the repaired surface will be camouflaged against the rest of the wood without leaving unsightly marks. The natural features of wood can be enhanced with a clear protective finish or can be individualised with colours and different textured finishes. Please see a list below of Osmo UK products, made from sustainable, environmentally friendly materials, that will help restore any wooden furniture: • Osmo’s Liquid Wax Cleaner • Osmo Wood Filler • Osmo Polyx-Oil • Osmo Polyx-Oil Raw • Wood Wax Finish • Wood Protector

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Heating June 2016

District Heating Network Completes at £330m Campus

The University of Northampton is relocating to its new £330m Waterside Campus, located on a 58 acre brownfield site, and Vital Energi have completed the 1,600m district heating network which will carry low-carbon heat and hot water throughout the campus. The £1.25 million design and build contract was scheduled for 35 weeks and Vital were responsible for delivering the district heating network and other utilities including HV cabling, cold water and gas pipework. Contracts Director, Steve Webster said, “This is a major development for the area, so it is fantastic to see that the university have put district heating at the heart of their energy infrastructure, creating a low-carbon, efficient network which can deliver green heat and hot water for decades to come. “It is encouraging to see a brownfield site, which housed a power station and cosmetics factory, transformed into a vibrant and bustling campus and we are delighted to have worked in partnership with the University to deliver the multi-utility infrastructure behind it.”


The new campus, which is scheduled to open in September 2018, will provide state-of-the-art academic facilities for 15,000 students, residential facilities for 1,200 students and leisure facilities. Bob Griggs, Project Director at the University of Northampton said, “Developing the University’s commitment to our sustainability agenda and environmental infrastructure has been a key factor in the development of the University’s Waterside Campus, working with Vital Energi we have a sustainable, future proof heating network which will service the campus well.” For more information visit the Vital Energi website at

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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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Heating June 2016

WINDHAGER HELPS COMPANY TO REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINT WITH LARGE BIOMASS INSTALLATION Windhager has recently supplied a 720kW biomass heating system to a global manufacturer of process plant equipment, based in the UK. Charles Thompson Ltd. has installed three Windhager BioCABINS, each holding a 240kW BioWIN Excel Kaskade biomass system, at its headquarters in Rotherham. The new biomass system, installed by PC Kelly Plumbing & Heating, was chosen by the company to provide a sustainable, carbon neutral solution to heating the headquarters’ offices and factory whilst considerably reducing the cost to heat the large premises. The installation also helps the company to reduce its carbon footprint and achieve its environmental objectives. Windhager’s BioCABIN provides a comprehensive option for sustainably heating large commercial properties, using an off-site manufactured plant room. BioCABINs are designed to provide a bespoke solution for each individual application and is created using a modular cascade system of Windhager’s established BioWIN Excel biomass boilers, as well as an integrated wood pellet fuel storage hopper to keep everything needed to operate the system under one roof. The unit is delivered to site fully equipped and ready to be connected to the mains heating supply for a quick and easy installation to reduce the overall time of an application. Further information is available from Windhager UK on 01225 892211 email: info@windhager. or by visiting the company’s website at


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Insulation June 2016

HOTEL GROUP OPT FOR LOW CARBON HEATING WITH WINDHAGER BIOMASS SYSTEMS The Strathmore Hotel Group is a long established group with hotels in Northern England and Scotland. They have committed to switching their heating to biomass (wood pellet), providing a sustainable, renewable source of heating and reducing carbon emissions whilst promoting the hotel group’s environmental credentials.


The installation of 36 BioWIN Excel wood pellet boilers from Windhager’s commercial boiler range provides the heat and hot water for seven hotels within the group. Completed by Newcastle based installers, Green Guru,

the BioWIN Excels replace their old fossil fuelled boilers with a sustainable and cost effective alternative. Charlie Lamb, Sales Director at Windhager UK commented, “The Strathmore Hotel group are committed to the environment with a very sustainable approach to running their business, we are pleased that we were able to contribute to their aims. With full biomass heating across all hotels there will be a significant reduction in their carbon footprint and a big saving in energy costs.” Windhager’s BioWIN Excel has proved extremely popular amongst commercial installations due to its reliability, small footprint

and cascade application. The biomass boilers can be linked together to match the heat demand of individual buildings in a cascade system comprising up to four BioWIN Excel boilers. This is a particularly popular choice amongst applications such as hotels and leisure facilities that require a high winter demand (heat and hot water) with lower summer demands when hot water only is required. Further information is available from Windhager UK on 01225 892211 email: info@windhager. or by visiting the company’s website at Windhager UK is supported by Vantage PR

Insulation June 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.


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Bathrooms June 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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Bathrooms June 2016

A Steamy Problem Solved with demista™ Why use a demista heated mirror pad?



ver 23 years ago, the innovators of demista™, spotted an obvious gap in the market, and developed the idea for a product that was unknown at that time. After extensive travelling they had noticed that hotels they were staying in had steamed up mirrors after bathing or showering. So the idea of the heated mirror pad came up.

These pads can be used behind mirrors on bathroom walls or on bathroom cabinets. They are easy to fit, have no maintenance requirements and cost a minimal amount to run. No more wiping, and smearing the surface. Just a clear view almost instantaneously once the pad is switched on. demista™ heated mirror pads are the first choice of anyone installing or refurbishing a bathroom, whether it be in private homes and apartments, or hotel developments around the world.

Steam can be a problem. Think steamed up spectacles when out walking in cold weather. Or steamed up car windscreen, heat on the inside, freezing outside, and the bathroom mirror! All that constant wiping, blowing and cleaning. The first two occurrences are difficult to solve, but the steamed up bathroom mirror is a problem that is easily solved. Install demista™ heated mirror pads.

The pads are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, and multiples can be used for extremely large surfaces. They can also be fitted on bathroom cabinets.

The Ritz Paris, The Lanesborough London, The Burj al Arab Dubai, are just a few prestigious hotels who have the product installed in their luxury bathrooms.

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Bathrooms June 2016

SHOWER ‘ONE STOP SHOP’ FROM MX MX Group continues to build its reputation for providing all things shower related – from its leading range of shower trays, to its popular electric and thermostatic shower ranges, its wide range of shower enclosures and screens, its new ranges of brassware and its huge range of shower accessories. MX Group’s impressive ‘one stop shop’ range of shower and bathroom products continues to be welcomed by social housing providers looking for high quality, reliable products for their homes and new developments up and down the country. The response to the new products added in the past twelve months has been phenomenal with current and new customers keen to find out more about the extended offering that features in the new ‘MX Collection’ catalogue, available in printed form or online by visiting the MX web site – at The MX Thermostatic Care QI and Care 2 QI electric shower ranges are fully BEAB Care and RNIB Approved making them ideal for people who require more showering assistance and who have additional safety requirements. Ideal for care and nursing homes, sheltered housing schemes and general needs housing where older and younger people live – they provide an extra level of safety in the shower. They are stylishly designed, with high contrasting controls. They have many benefits and features including minimal touch buttons, large easy to read illuminated temperature display maximum temperature lock for added safety audible user feedback on push button commands and a double bleep indicator when the shower reaches maximum temperature. The Thermostatic Care shower is available with a 1 metre riser rail and a 2 metre hose and Care 2 has a more family friendly adjustable riser rail to ensure everyone can enjoy their showering experience. Both come complete with a multi-mode shower head and wall mounted bracket which is ideal for use with a shower seat or wheelchair. These showers are available in 8.5kW, 9.5kW and 10.5kW with a two year manufacturers guarantee as well as being BEAB approved, RNIB, CE and WRAS approved. MX remains the leading shower tray manufacturer in the UK, manufacturing 100s of different tray sizes, in 6 main product types, meaning that it can cater for the specific needs of customers around the UK. It continues to be a growing influence in the Electric Shower marketplace too. Its wider QI – Quick installation – range of electric showers sets new standards for simple installation. It’s grown with the addition of a number of exciting new models to its electric shower range in recent months. Featuring eight entry points for water and electric – these showers offer the simplest shower installation available.

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New YOUNG bath screen collection from Novellini. Designed and manufactured in Italy. All Young bath screens are fitted with rise and fall metal hinges, double seals and chrome optional anti-splash trim for a secondary seal. Available nation wide.

Case Study June 2016


Chris Goggin, Associate Director of continuous flow water heater manufacturer Rinnai, looks at the fast pace of change in the industry as the Government demands ever-greater efficiencies. Change in the H&V industry over the past decade has been accelerated and the rate is going even faster as pressure builds to find better and more efficient ways of heating and conserving hot water.

Progressively, standards have decreed that building envelopes must be insulated to create greater ‘air tightness’ so that thermal insulation is much improved.

As soon as anybody says the word ‘change’ panic sets in. However, it is not change itself that people should be wary of, but the manner in which change is managed. In the case of change in the H&V world the race to comply with Government goals to lower emissions and conserve energy can only be welcomed as we enter a period of fuel supply uncertainty.

Conversely, the demand for instant hot water has markedly increased and this means we need to adopt a new mindset that separates space heating from hot water provision. There is no need for a big hot water storage unit, for example, to satisfy the needs of large radiators as well as hot water. There is even guidance on the topic illustrating that considerations for separating heating from hot water should be a design consideration for energy conscious consultants.

The way to future proofing against rising energy bills and new legislation, both of which are inevitable, is to concentrate on the best available technologies for heating and hot water design and avoid the inertia that exists around simple direct replacement. For instance you wouldn’t upgrade your iphone to a pager as technology has moved on.


Consideration has to be given to best available technologies and how they can augment hot water supply. Consider an A-rated gas fired continuous flow hot water system, when used as a booster to renewables such as ASHP or solar thermal, an energy

June 2016 Case Study

HEY ARE A’CHANGING efficient gas powered continuous flow unit will be the modulate gas input maximising efficiencies lowering running costs and reducing emissions. However, if we take the domestic setting as a marker, even though demand has changed significantly, eight out of 10 installers will still want to install the biggest combi unit they can find to ensure hot water needs are met with the payback being heat generated for heating. It is not the best and most efficient way forward. For example, a well insulated house swapping from a hot water storage system such as this to a gas fired continuous flow hot water system can save 3kW a day, which equates to around £220 a year. An A-rated gas fired continuous flow hot water system is a real consideration for large domestic properties when coined with a system boiler for domestic heat. Greater gains can come from commercial usage office buildings, large and small commercial premises, hotels, hospitals and care homes and on to leisure centres and caravan sites. A space-consuming and costly cylinder that has to be heated 24/7; 365 days a year to ensure hot water is always available is an anachronism in today’s energy and cost conscious world. Even if no hot water is drawn off, a standard cylinder can lose anything up to 6kW of heat a day. All cylinders suffer from this to some extent and it can equate to over a year, to 2190kW of energy wasted. If you also look at the gas saving alone it equates to in excess of 200m³ of gas used. So not only do we have to encourage a sea change in hot water provision we also have to open up minds to not always replacing like for like and turn to better and more effective systems. A North Wales Council is currently in the process of replacing its stored hot water systems with continuous flow set-ups. The council has done its sums and is set to make considerable savings on running costs. When the water isn’t running the continuous flow system is not using gas which makes it an ideal solution for schools for example that shut for holidays. And, no worries about Legionella proliferating in the lay-off. Even when a continuous flow system is chosen, more efficiencies can be built in by ditching the established mindset that always goes for overkill on hot water capacity just in case it is needed.

Litres of stored hot water just isn’t necessary when designing a gas fired storage system the mind set more often than not is to design in a 15% overcapacity buffer. It is high time we start sizing for actual demand and optimising efficiency for what’s been used, as opposed to sizing for what might happen at worse case and paying for what! – you wouldn’t leave your can running over night. Here is an example: An installer is called on to install a hot water system to serve 14 showers at a gym and some WHBS. SMART thinking will interpret that as needing three HDC1500i continuous flow units to ensure hot water at all times. The intelligence of the system means that the water heaters will only fire when demand increases i.e. only one heater fires when upto 5 showers are in use, ensuring optimum energy usage. If you consider that an A-rated continuous flow water heater will probably not be in use all of the time it is always going to outperform any A-rated storage system as it would by necessity be switched on at all times slowly leaking heat through the cylinder. The use of single or manifolded A-rated gas water heaters can really make a difference to running costs, but step up to a condensing system with a secondary steel heat exchanger within the unit and that is where the very high efficiency figures kick in. The other advantage of a condensing unit is that there is a greater modulation range 58 to 2.4 kW. The condensing process can deliver up to 95% thermal efficiency, which translates to significant energy savings when compared to standard continuous flow water heaters. Controls are also a major step forward in achieving best efficiencies whether local or integrated into a building maintenance system. Finally, the implementation of the Energy Labelling Directive (ErP)* last year means for the first time there is transparency for buyers looking for the best energy efficient range of water heaters. In practice an A-rated continuous flow water heater has even more to offer in terms of efficiencies in operation as the A-rating applies only to when a unit is in use – ie when fuel is being burnt. * All water-heating products sold in the UK need to meet minimum energy performance criteria in order to be legally placed on the market, and require an energy label.

For more information on the RINNAI product range visit


Safety & Security June 2016

The market leading Impact-Bull fall arrest system has just been upgraded to cater for the increased working at height demands in the house building industry and has passed the British PAS 59:2014 accreditation.


esigned 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. 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 ImpactBull 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 Impact-Bull fall arrest system is available from Bull Products on 0844 669 1111, by emailing or by visiting the company’s website at

Safety & Security June 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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safety & security June 2016

Commitment to workplace health and safety awarded British Safety Council announces International Safety Award sector winners and health and safety champions


ynda Armstrong OBE, Chair of Trustees, and Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, announced the names of the organisations that were judged best in sector at the 2016 International Safety Awards Gala Dinner, held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on 6 May 2016. The names of the individual winners of the Health and Safety Champion and Young Health and Safety Champion were also revealed. Congratulating all the winners of the 2016 International Safety Awards, Lynda Armstrong said: “We are here tonight to celebrate the achievements of 444 winning organisations from across the globe. All of them have demonstrated to our panel of judges their commitment to keeping their employees healthy and safe. “Our awards have a number of important roles to play. First and foremost, they recognise the achievements of the thousands of people who have contributed to your success. They also help to publicise, here and across the globe, the tangible benefits that sensible and proportionate risk management has to play in preventing ill health and injury in the workplace. In a world that is full of criticism regarding health and safety, it is good to celebrate and applaud the benefits of getting it right.” Now in their fourth year, the Health and Safety Champion and Young Health and Safety Champion Awards recognise individual commitment to health and safety. They were introduced to recognise individuals, who, through their passion, commitment and dedication, have helped make a difference by keeping their colleagues and others healthy and safe. The Health and Safety Champion award went to David Thomson of CAN Group – Aberdeen, whilst the highly commended award in this category was presented to Greg Abernethy of ISS Facilities Services – Security – Aintree Hospital.


The winner of the Young Health and Safety Champion award was Ben EaleyNewman, Cobham Antenna Systems (Marlow), whilst the highly commended award was presented to Ryan Paris of Vroon Offshore Services – Aberdeen.

• Oil, gas, mining and quarrying – Bahrain National Gas Company – AL SAKHIR 985

Those International Safety Award winning organisations that were considered by the panel of judges as outstanding in their respective sectors were honoured with the Sector Awards. This year, the Sector Awards went to the following companies:

• Local Government, Defence and Public Services – Plymouth Community Homes – Plumer House

• Construction and Property Services – Bachy Soletanche Limited – Burscough • Financial, IT, legal, scientific, technical services and media – Babcock Communications Media Services – Wyvil Court • Hospitality and catering – Whittlebury Hall and Spa Ltd • M a n u f a c t u r i n g – T e x a s Instruments (UK) Ltd – GFAB, Greenock

• Power and utilities – Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd – Dounreay • Transport, distribution and storage – Delhi International Airport Limited

• Education – Kingston University. In their closing remarks, Lynda Armstrong and Mike Robinson referred to the forthcoming 60th anniversary of the British Safety Council. “Next year, we will be celebrating our diamond jubilee. Our 2017 gala dinner will be an opportunity for you to join with us in celebrating this achievement. It will also be a chance to reflect on the immense improvements that have been made in preventing injury and ill health over that time. And we have made progress. You, our members and award winners, have been key in delivering such significant improvements over the past 60 years.”

Safety & Security June 2016

UK WORKER OF THE YEAR WITH INCREDIBLE PRIZES, UK WOTY is in its seventh year and the The competition sponsored by workwear giants Dickies in association with Honda and ASDA has an amazing choice of prizes this year, including £250,000.00 cash, a Honda Jazz car, a Honda Crosstourer 1200cc motorbike, a Honda Marine Rib boat, a year’s free shopping at ASDA, a luxury holiday and many more goodies. UK Worker of the Year (UKWOTY) is open to anyone in the UK who works. It doesn’t matter where you work or what your position and responsibilities are and you can enter yourself or indeed nominate colleagues, friends and family who you think are worthy of recognition of the title. In the past we have had winners and finalists from so many varied industries and it’s so simple to enter and will only take a matter of minutes. All you need to do is go to www. and answer two simple questions about what your job is and why you think you or your nominee should win UKWOTY.


This year’s UK Worker of the Year competition has only recently been launched and runs through to September. This is the seventh year Dickies has run the national competition, with carer and homicide case worker Katie Washbourne from Birmingham coming out on top last year. This year, the Somerset-based workwear company has announced that the 2016 winners’ prize will come from our associate sponsor Honda and be a choice of a Jazz car, Crosstourer motorbike, Rib boat with trailer or Dickies will also offer the choice of a luxury holiday worth £5000.00.

This year’s UK Worker of the Year competition has only recently been launched and runs through to September.

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2016 COMPETITON GOES LIVE INCLUDING £250,000.00 CASH prizes are better than ever Alongside these fabulous prizes, ASDA will give the winner a year’s free shopping and the runner up and third place will also receive 3 months and a month’s free shopping and £2000.00 and £1000.00 holiday vouchers respectively. The winner will also have the chance of winning £250,000.00 in cash, should they predict the top 6 of the a chosen British Superbike race at Brands Hatch in October, which is where the final gala event will take place to announce the recipient of the UK WOTY 2016 title. Kirk Ehrlich, President of WilliamsonDickie Europe Ltd, said: “We are delighted to have opened up this year’s competition and to have the exciting association with two outstanding brands such as ASDA and Honda make for a fantastic seventh year for the UK Worker of the Year competition”.

Katie Washbourne, winner of UK Worker of the Year 2015, commented: “I would urge everyone who hears about the competition to log on to the website and enter. It doesn’t cost you a penny apart from a couple of minutes and winning can change your life. It certainly did for me and I also met some lovely people along the way and really enjoyed the journey.” It’s easy to enter UK Worker of the Year 2016, simply go to the competition’s website: You can also find out more about the competition if you visit our UK Worker of the Year Facebook page or @workeroftheyear on Twitter.


Safety & Security June 2016 Redbacks Cushioning Limited, manufacturers of the award winning, nonfoam based, Redbacks kneepads is one of the co-sponsors of the ‘Building Britain’s Future’ project which was launched at Westminster on Speakers Green in front of the Houses of Parliament on 3rd May this year. The event, which was organised by The National Construction Academy, an organisation set up by Derby construction boss Ian Hodgkinson, highlighted the need to encourage and incentivise apprentices to take up brick laying which, with the constant need for more housing, can offer excellent career prospects and earning potential. Commented on his company’s involvement in contributing kneepads for all the brick layers at the event, Cliff Lockyer, C.E.O. of Redbacks Cushioning Limited, said: “We are delighted to be associated with the ‘Building Britain’s Future’ project and The National Construction Academy which we believe offers apprentices a valuable introduction to the construction industry and in particular the importance of professional brick laying. With a great deal of kneeling involved in this trade it is vital that young people take proper care of their knees right from the start, as unless they do, they will soon face long term pain and discomfort which can lead to injury and loss of earnings in later life”.


There are currently over 104,000 annually registered knee replacement operations in the UK 50% of which are accredited to occupational hazards; within the next 10 years the total figure will therefore exceed over a million people in the UK, many of whom may have damaged knees through inadequate protection whilst kneeling. Redbacks kneepads feature a soft and flexible TPE (Thermo Plastic Elastomer) leaf-spring set within a unique honeycomb matrix. This unique ‘Redbacks Cushioning Technology’ distributes body weight evenly, elevating the knees to relieve back pain and reduce pressure on knee, leg, ankle and foot joints, whilst minimising the risk of possible injury from sharp or penetrating objects.


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Known for its long lasting and superbly fitting workwear with a collection of clothing designed for almost every type of work situation, Danish company, F Engel, is now introducing its range of ‘LIGHT’ garments ready for the Spring and Summer.


Slightly lighter than the company’s standard selections, but still maintaining the same levels of protection and practical benefits, the ‘LIGHT’ two-colour range is made from TC Twill 65% polyester/35% cotton. 250g/m2, ensuring wearers are kept comfortably cool both indoors and when working outside in warmer weather conditions. A stylish, short jacket with a pleated back for freedom of movement, work trousers with reinforced knee pad pockets, service trousers, a light bib overall, and shorts make up the range, all multi-pocketed and available in a wide choice of sizes All Engel garments are available from The Workwear Trade Centre, Milton Keynes; Telephone: 01908 561569; email: and Anchor Safety, Ipswich; Telephone: 0800 328 5028; email: For more information visit: email: Mark McBrayne at or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197


Landscaping June 2016

Registration is open for Europe’s premier trade event for interior & exterior landscaping! 13th & 14th September 2016, Battersea Park, London


rom country homes to city apartments, from urban lofts and public spaces to luxury hotels…..the indoor-outdoor phenomenon affects all types of living spaces. The boundaries have been broken. With weather proof rugs, outdoor kitchens, showers on the terrace and sofas in the garden, the indoor spirit is flowing through our outdoor spaces and creating a new focus for architecture and technology. The only trade event dedicated to qualified landscape designers & contractors, architects, local authority landscaping professionals, facilities managers and interior designers from all over the UK and beyond. It is a platform for them to network and source market leading products to use in high end projects worldwide. Across all seasons we are mixing things together and bringing the outside in and taking the inside out. Free CPD Accredited Seminars LANDSCAPE is delighted to host an entirely FREE seminar programme of truly international standing with some of the most prestigious names in the industry featuring over 50 different speakers. (For an up-to-date seminar schedule please visit our website.) Exhibits LANDSCAPE exhibitors include manufacturers and suppliers of everything from vases, pots and flag stones to furniture and conservatories, water features and sundials. Our exhibitors provide architectural iron work, planters, sheds and turf; they supply sculpture, soil, plants and paving as well as lighting, heating, trees and tools. Visitors Our international visitors to the show include Landscape Designers & Contractors, Architects, Facilities Managers, Groundsmen & Parks Officers, Event Florists, Creative Directors, Garden Centres, Contract Gardeners, Hotels and Interior Designers. Tuesday 13th – Wednesday 14th September 2016 Register for your free tickets to attend at:


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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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NOTTINGHAM’S PASTEL PETAL POWER Cricket fans seeking a place to celebrate

all, adding colour outside the businesses

go to visit the cafes and restaurants. We

England’s Ashes win over Australia were

and homes in Central Avenue and Gordon

had a lot of comments, the flowers really

greeted by a riot of colour after Rushcliffe


added to the ambience of the area and

Council worked closely with Plandscape

Bridgford suburb.

Ltd who installed more flowers than ever before along their city streets. More than







made it more colourful.” Streetwise’s







manager, said: “We were very happy

Plantscape Ltd, said: “The streets around

with the planters and the service that we

Trent Bridge are very popular with

have received from Plantscape. There

visitors and naturally, local residents

were many more planters in place than

and businesses wanted to show it off

in years gone by, including some outside

to its best. There is no better way to do

businesses that had never had them

that than invest in floral displays, which,

before. There was also a couple outside

surveys show time and again, help

They were planted in a light pastel scheme,

Trent Bridge cricket ground and we had

to improve a sense of well-being for

featuring plants such as surfinia and

them installed for about half a mile along

residents and foster a sense of pride in

geraniums, and there were 128 planters in

Central Avenue, where cricket crowds

the local community.”

Last year Plantscape hired out around 12,000

cruise liners for a one-off reunion on the River

email: or visit our

individual planters to councils and organisations

Mersey earlier this year. Whether you would


up and down the country, including Liverpool

like large or small displays, we always pride

City Council, which ordered a series of multi-tier

ourselves on providing perfect plants in public

planters to welcome Cunard’s three “Queen”

places. Call Plantscape on 01335 372785,

100 individual planters, including barrier baskets, hanging baskets and three-tiered floor-standing planters were installed in a number of roads close to Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, which hosted a Test match last summer.

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Bituchem’s hard-wearing Natratex Cotswold landscape material has been used to re-surface a road in the Woodford Bridge area of Redbridge.


pproximately 6000sq.m of the Natratex Cotswold 10mm Heavy Duty in buff was applied by Kenson Contractors to the town’s main street which now offers a durable and aesthetically pleasing highway that complements the surroundings of the London Borough. The specialist heavy duty material is a development of Bituchem’s flagship product, designed especially to withstand the constant flow of traffic whilst maintaining a longlasting natural finish. These highly durable qualities make the material particularly suitable for a wide range of applications that see regular vehicular use. The natural coloured pigments of Natratex Cotswold form a buff finish to create an attractive surface that brightens and stands out in comparison to a traditional black asphalt surface. The material is also reflective of Cotswold stone, which is increasing in use across urban and rural environments to create a modern, elegant setting. In using the natural-coloured material, the newly surfaced road stands out from the surrounding areas, and makes it more aesthetically pleasing. As Bituchem’s leading product, Natratex has proved popular for a wide range of applications due to its durability and low maintenance qualities. The mechanics and functionality of the material is similar to traditional asphalt as it can be laid and compacted at the same nominal thickness, using conventional equipment, making it a top choice for both private and public sector projects.


Available in a variety of aggregate colours, the Natratex material offers a solution to complement or contrast with the surrounding environment, making it a popular specification with landscape architects. The coloured aggregates used to create the vibrant appearance are bound using a resin-binder for a smooth, seamless surface that will not deteriorate in performance or colour. The strong binder also ensures that the material will not create cracks or potholes from frequent use, so that very little maintenance is required once applied. Suitable for both pedestrian and vehicular areas, Natratex Cotswold is a versatile material that can be applied for new construction, overlays or regeneration projects with the heavy duty alternative for heavily trafficked areas. The material has also been developed by the company to offer a porous option for schemes requiring a sustainable drainage solution, doing away with noticeable conventional drains. Further information is available from Bituchem on 01594 826768 or 07584 311266, by emailing: or by visiting the company’s website at

Charcon Launches Premium Yorkstone Paving Range Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping vailable exclusively to Charcon, the new division of premium range is a genuine natural Yorkstone Aggregate from Yorkshire, available in a unique 50/50 colour blend light blue/grey Industries, has and rustic buff. Theoftraditional-style launched Abbey paving comes in diamond sawn and flamed finishes with linear modules Moor natural available, while the setts are available in a diamond sawn, flamed or tumbled stone flag paving finish. and setts, suitable Abbey Moor offers excellent durability and exceptional resistance to wear, for a wide range making it suitable for both pedestrian and Wslip resistant, even when wet, and of applications. retains these properties for the whole life


A full range of matching accessories including tactile paving, kerbs, steps, benches and other bespoke items are available.

of the product.

Quarried and manufactured in the UK, Yorkstone reduces CO2 emissions in manufacture by 50% and is 100% recyclable, meaning less material is sent to landfill after use. Mike Davies, Specifications and Major Projects Manager for Charcon, comments: “Increasingly, we are seeing demand on high profile projects for genuine natural stone sourced in the UK. With a desire to use the very best of British materials on prestigious schemes, we’re delighted to be able to add Abbey Moor to our natural stone portfolio. Its distinctive colour blend is unique to Yorkstone – and excitingly, to Charcon too.”

For further information, including technical data sheets, visit For technical support, please call 01335 372222

Landscaping June 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.

RTD Crawford Ltd MicroPro treated timber has been used for one of the longest wooden boardwalks in the world in Northern Ireland.

MICROPRO Protects Mountain C Boardwalk ®

uilcagh Mountain Park in County Fermanagh is a “Wetland of International Importance” as designated by the Ramsar Convention as well as being a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) and a Natura 2000 site. So when the next stage of development for this area was planned, one of the longest wooden boardwalks in the world, it was vital that timber used would be of the highest quality and an environmentally sound choice. Local Company R.T.D. Crawford Ltd were ideally suited to supply the MicroPro® treated timber with the new MicroShades® brown color additive to fulfil the specification for this 1.6km boardwalk, as they are the only producer of MicroPro treated timber in Ireland. Robert Allen, General Manager, at RTD Crawford stated, “The MicroPro treated timber process is the only timber treatment that is certified as an Environmentally Preferable Product based on Life Cycle Assessment studies. MicroPro is the preferred timber treatment to be used in environmentally sensitive areas.” “This path is solely to protect the habitat. It has taken thousands of years to develop this naturally. The area is botanically rich with a very diverse range of species of birds, plants and insects” says Richard Watson, Manager of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, which is located near the entrance of the new boardwalk. “This is another chapter in the development of the area which continues to bring thousands of visitors to the area to enjoy the outdoor environment which is particularly special in terms of landscape features. The design of the MicroPro treated timber boardwalk means that it sits or “floats” above the terrain leaving it undisturbed. The new treated timber boardwalk protects the rare blanket bog from erosion caused by walkers. MicroPro treated timber was used throughout the project to protect the boardwalk from difficult weather conditions and to protect the sensitive environment of the park.

June 2016 Landscaping The boardwalk provides visitors with breathtaking views of the area with the most impressive site being Lough Atona, a lake nestled at the foot of the mountain which was carved out by a glacier during the last ice age approximately 13,000 years ago. R.T.D. Crawford Ltd is located on a 44 acre site in the heart of Lisbellaw in Co. Fermanagh. The site is home to a modern timber milling facility, producing planned timber for all end uses. The company despatches timber throughout Ireland on a daily basis. For more information, contact their professional sales team on 0044 2866 387315.

“This path is solely to protect the habitat. It has taken thousands of years to develop this naturally. The area is botanically rich with a very diverse range of species of birds, plants and insects�


Landscaping June 2016

The easy path to an instantly refreshed garden Creating a pathway in your garden might seem like a complicated job that requires a lot of backbreaking work, and expert knowledge. Thankfully, it’s easier than you’d think, and according to Deco-Pak - a Yorkshire based family company that supplies everything you would need to lay paths, driveways, patios and more - there are a ton of benefits when choosing to use gravel over other surfaces. Advantages to using gravel on your garden paths • • • • • •

Low maintenance - pressure washing and sweeping not necessary, fewer weeds Low cost (value for money) Instant impact - a tried and tested way of refreshing any outdoor space Added security - the crunchy sound under foot is well known to deter intruders Frost proof – ice won’t go between cracks and break up as it might with paving and setts Effective drainage - particularly on a very slight slope and with ground control fabric

Craig Hall from Deco-Pak says: “You could spend several days and hundreds of pounds, putting in a path made of concrete, paving or tarmac. A gravel path is not only more attractive but it also won’t break your back or budget. Traditionally, decorative aggregate is a path (and driveway) material that takes little skill to install. An afternoon to get it down and you’ll soon have a natural-looking, weedfree way to walk through your perfect landscape.” Easy how to: Create a luxurious rustic path Step 1: Choose a relatively flat, low


traffic site for your walkway and dig out a path to a depth of 2-4 inches. Step 2: Place large stones, single file, along both edges. Deco-Pak’s range of boulders and rockery stones, available from garden centres, are ideal for this purpose. Step 3: You’ll need a permeable landscaping fabric to separate your gravel from the soil beneath - and to suppress weeds. Deco-Pak’s professional grade, heavy duty, Ground Control Fabric (RRP £7.99 for a 10 x 1m roll) is ideal - just ensure there is at least a few inches overlap each side of your path. Tuck the fabric under the stones and you’re ready for the final step! Step 4: Choose a decorative gravel to lay over the path. Some prefer a round pebble style covering as it is less likely to get compacted, others a more angular and crunchy surface. If you aren’t sure how much gravel to buy - there’s a handy gravel calculator on Deco-Pak’s website: Choosing your gravel: Deco-Pak’s Heritage Stone Co. range Canterbury Pink RRP £7.99 for a large pack An angular, multicoloured mixture of spar flint, a perfect foil for terracotta. Cornish Silver RRP £7.99 for a large pack It’s dusty, mottled appearance is a perfect contrast for Deco-Pak’s Yorkstone Rockery and Crazy Paving English Rose RRP £9.99 for a large pack If you’re a fan of pastel colours, this attractive mixture of marbles is the one for you.

Highland Marble RRP £9.99 for a large pack For a truly luxurious path between your box hedging - choose this sparkling and vibrant mix. Old English Pebbles RRP £6.99 for a large pack Transport yourself to a secluded cove each time you follow the path on which these pebbles lay. Pembroke Pebble RRP £6.99 for a large pack Larger than the Old English Pebbles, these retain a similar seaside charm, and would make a perfect border for a summerhouse. Tudor Marble RRP £8.99 for a large pack Highly decorative, this is a gravel that wants to be shown off - not hidden away! An ideal accompaniment to verdant conifers and ferns. Yorkshire Gold RRP £8.99 for a large pack These golden pearls will sit perfectly on pathways and drives - and just like it’s geographical namesake, will either glow in the sun or sparkle in the rain! You can browse products by visiting, connect via twitter @deco_pak, or call the customer service team on 01422 204394 to find your nearest stockist.

Landscaping June 2016

Let the Experts Take Care of your Domestic Waste Water Problems When it comes to off mains sewage, many people can be blown away by all the information and differing products available on the internet, Google “domestic sewage treatment plant” and the consumer is bombarded by plants of all shapes and sizes which is why dealing with a specialist manufacturer, installer and servicer of treatment plants like We Build It Ltd can give the consumer piece of mind and confidence they are getting the right information, the right solution and the right system. We Build It Ltd are based in the heart of some of Shropshire’s most outstanding countryside. As one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of domestic sewage treatment plants, we focus on high quality, affordable products. All of our sewage treatment plants are based on the successful and simple extended aeration method. We can design, manufacture, install and service sewage treatment plant for single houses, small developments, rural industrial units, campsites, pubs, hotels, offices, barn conversions and commercial applications. Our products can also be used after an existing septic tank to enable the effluent to be discharged directly to a water causeway, if your existing soak away has failed.

We often get asked: How does it work? What does it cost? Does it use electric? And how much? Do I have to maintain it? How do I install it? How big is it? Do I need to empty it? What can go into the plant? What happens to the waste? Do I need planning permission? Do I need to inform the Environment agency? How long will it last? DOES IT SMELL!!!!!????? All of these questions can be answered by We Build It experts who know their products inside out; ask a middle man with no knowledge of the industry, product or process these questions and the customer is often baffled by terms such as BOD, COD, NH4, but do they really need to know this? All the homeowner, builder or architect wants to know is that the product will work with the minimum effort from them during the life of the plant. We Build It Ltd offer straight forward, easy to follow advice for your sewage treatment needs. All of our sewage treatment plants come with easy to follow installation and service manuals, as well as free telephone assistance by specialist installers. We can also offer full or assisted installations at very competitive rates. We pride ourselves on offering the best GRP products on the market backed up by proper good old-

fashioned customer service - (dial straight through and speak to our specialists, no automated service or queuing system) buying a sewage treatment plant can be quite daunting, which plant is best for my situation?? What are the regulations?? What about the Environment agency?? Etc. but be assured we will be with you every step of the way, making sure you have the right solution designed around your requirements. You deal direct with the manufacturer, with over 25 years waste water experience, 24-7-365 days of the year For the self-builder the right treatment plant is simple to install providing they have taken the manufacturers advice, be aware some plants need complete concrete backfill which can add to install costs, a well-constructed plant such as the BioPure can be backfilled with pea gravel. Consider whole life costs, not just the cost of the treatment plant, factor in install costs, power consumption, servicing, consumable spare parts, product life cycle (guarantee) and emptying charges, We Build It Ltd offer a 25 year guarantee on the treatment plant and 2 Years on the air pump.

The Bio-Pure Simple Solution Sewage Systems Any plant up to 50 people (pe 50) should be manufactured and tested to EN12566-3, this gives the consumer confidence they are getting the right treatment plant for their application, but always ask to see the certificate and test results as these can be manipulated and not show the true outcome of the test.


Sizing the plant for a single house is simple its number of bedrooms plus two, so a three bedroom house is a 5 person treatment plant, for multiple dwellings using the same treatment plant speak to the manufacturer for the correct size unit, most manufactures range are in increments 1-5, 1-7, 5-13 etc. up to 50 person. (See Our Range Below)

June 2016 Landscaping The treatment plant you choose should be around 95% efficient thus allowing long intervals before de-sludge is required. The waste water must be cleaned to a standard meeting the usual discharge level requirement, you must apply for either an exemption certificate or permit, before making a discharge we can assist with this and advise on the method of discharge, be it a ditch, stream, watercourse or soakaway. As the system breaks down and aerates the solids, the introduction of non-degradable items such as wipes, sanitary products etc. should be avoided at all times in any treatment plant, this will clog up the system and increase

A simple Schematic of a BioPure Treatment Plant

the need to empty the unit, follow this instruction and typical emptying will be around 3-5 years, it is also recommended no medicines, or harsh chemicals enter

A BioPure Treatment Plant

the unit, try to stick to Eco brands and stagger washing throughout the week.

The Flow-Path Simple Solution Sewage Systems We Build it has developed its range of package sewage treatment plants utilising proven SAF (submerged aerated filter) technology for maximum performance and reliability, using the most reliable energy efficient aeration blowers with a prolonged integral FlowPath system to maximise effluent quality. A BioPure Treatment Plant

All our Flowpath treatment plants are designed in accordance with the British Water Code of Practice for flows and loads, this range can be designed to meet your population and consent requirements, our standard range can accommodate up to 300 pe. This range of products can be designed for larger scale commercial applications such as camping sites, leisure facilities, schools, hotels, offices and industrial applications Maintanance, Spares And Servicing The consumer needs easy to follow advice for their sewage treatment needs especially when servicing their plant, maintaining any sewage treatment plant, is a very important part of ensuring the efficiency of the system and that you adhere to any operating and maintenance manual and annual servicing.

assessing the aeration pattern, sludge levels and effluent quality. • All labour expenses for servicing and call outs are covered so there are no hidden costs. • The cost of all serviceable parts will be free of charge. This includes rebuilding the air pump, replacing the diaphragms and also the air filters. • Sludge return is carried out as required. This is the removal of settled sludge from the outer scum ring back into the centre chamber to be re digested and treated again. This helps to keep the emptying period low. • Emptying is NOT included in the agreement as the Bio-Pure does not require emptying for 3-5 years. • The service agreement lasts for 12

months and will also help you meet your Environment Agency obligations regarding your Consent to Discharge. This includes keeping records of service, de-sludging and maintenance work for a minimum of 5 years.

Our Other Products include: • Mini SAF’s (for offices and outbuildings up to 4 persons) • Pump Stations (standard and bespoke) • Septic Tank Conversion Units (used as secondary treatment for underperforming septic tanks) For a full range of our products and servicing visit:

We strongly advise servicing the system on an annual basis and this will take on average less than an hour to complete. It will also help you to meet your legal requirements with the Environment Agency. We Build It Ltd Service Contracts • Emergency breakdown cover for 12 months. If you have any problem with your unit, call us and we will come out and fix it free of charge. • One service visit where all necessary checks are carried out. This includes


June 2016

Welsh Slate helps a landmark gymnasium flex some new muscles

Roof slates from Welsh Slate feature on a refurbished building at the heart of the regeneration of Kings Cross.

Some 6,400 natural slates from Welsh Slate have helped restore to its former glory the roof of the first purposebuilt gym in England, albeit now as a designer restaurant. More than 600m2 of Welsh Slate’s 500mm x 300mm Penrhyn Heather Blue County-grade slates have been used on the main and clerestory roofs and flank roofs of the dormer windows of the Grade ll listed German Gymnasium - a landmark in the King’s Cross regeneration masterplan. They were specified by architects Allies and Morrison to return the roof to its former appearance after the original Welsh Slate roof (which is an important early example of the use of laminated timber to enable broad spans) was removed and the building was left with only a bituminous felt covering across the structure. They also match the slate roofs of the adjacent St Pancras Station and Great Northern Hotels. The new roof over trusses up to 20m wide was installed over four winter/ spring months by Attleys Roofing who were reliant on multiple, small deliveries due to the tight site, lack of storage and range of materials required to bring the roof up to today’s standards – insulation, vapour control layer, counter battens, felt, battens and Welsh slates. After a 17-month rebuild the renovated building was officially opened to the public by restaurant group D&D London in November (2015). Originally designed by Edward Gruning and built in the 1860s, the German Gymnasium was influential in the development of athletics in Britain. The building cost £6,000 and was funded solely by the German community in London with the intention of promoting strength-based gymnastics for men and women. The National Olympian Association held the indoor events of the first Olympic Games there in 1866 and they continued there annually until the White City games in 1908.


After the First World War the building was taken over by the Great Northern Railway and converted to offices, being sub-divided into cellular offices, with first floor, staircase and internal partitions inserted to divide up the overall single volume. It remained in the ownership of the railway operators under various acronyms until it was drawn into the overall masterplan for the redevelopment of King’s Cross. The earlier demolition of the buildings around it and the emerging context have allowed the public realm surrounding it to become a more dynamic space, the building becoming both a way-finding landmark and a destination in its own right. Allies and Morrison were commissioned by developer Argent to restore and repair the fabric of the building to a shell and core finish to enable subsequent fit out by one of three shortlisted restaurant operators. Conran and Partners established the restaurant concept design and completed the fit-out which includes a new steel mezzanine and staircases. Andrew Rixson of Allies and Morrison said: “The design of the roof is complicated by the increased depth of the new roof build-up in that the additional thickness of the roof sets the new slate tiles above the level of the brickwork details of the existing gable parapets.

“To resolve this, our design approach separates the slates from the brickwork by introducing hidden gutters, valleys and leadwork detailing around the perimeters of the roof. These details are adapted into various different forms due to the variety of conditions found within the existing roof and the deformation of the timber roof structure over time but reconcile the precisely constructed new roof elements with the unevenness of the Victorian brickwork.” He added: “Welsh Slate provided technical advice throughout the design phase through telephone consultation and product literature. The slates could be used in a consistent tile size with even colour and their fixings hidden by the overlapping of each tile. We were also able to resolve design problems using the integrated and unobtrusive service penetrations, which are pleasing architecturally and from a conservation perspective, by avoiding the need for a proprietary vent pipe protruding above the pitch of the roof.” Tina Attley of Attleys Roofing said: “The Welsh Slate has provided the aesthetics required by the client and the architect and at the same time has kept it in keeping with the area. Everyone is really pleased with the roof.”

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