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News March 2015

Government releases land to build over 100,000 homes

Wienerberger reopens mothballed Ewhurst brick works

The Government has announced that it has hit its target for releasing public sector land to build housing, with enough released to build over 103,000 new homes.

Wienerberger’s Ewhurst brick factory in Surrey has been reopened by Brandon Lewis, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, at an event that showcased the housing industry’s revival.

The amount of land sold by the government surpasses the original commitment set by the Prime Minister, and is expected to rise again by the end of March this year.

Officially reopened on 2 March, the factory is

Now, the government is calling on councils and developers to help turn it into housing as soon as possible, and is urging local authorities up and down the country to follow this example and sell their redundant sites and buildings. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “Housebuilding is at the heart of the government’s long-term economic plan. That’s why, rather than leaving surplus public sector land idle, we are putting it to good use by releasing it to build new homes across the country.

have got Britain building again, leading to the delivery of 700,000 new homes since the end of 2009. “I now want to see councils following Whitehall’s example and explore what they can do to release land and deliver new homes and savings for local taxpayers. Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Housing starts are at their highest annual total since 2007, but it’s clear we need to maintain this momentum and build the homes communities want and need. “That’s why for the last 4 years we’ve pulled out all the stops to release formerly-used surplus public sector land for house building – meaning we have now exceeded our own target.”


Property industry urged to take a lead on green infrastructure

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has urged the property industry to play a leading role in promoting green infrastructure in the UK’s towns and cities. The call comes as a UK-GBC Task Group publishes a new report, ’Demystifying Green Infrastructure’, green infrastructure into the built business opportunities – including a potential increase in the value of land and property – in addition to Aimed primarily at property developers and clients, the report failing to incorporate adequate green infrastructure into building projects – such as delays in planning, increased costs and reputational damage. The report, sponsored by Aggregate Industries, Canary Wharf Group and Skanska, sets out a number of tools that can be used to measure the value of green infrastructure – whether economic, social or environmental. It also includes 18 case studies highlighting good practice on green infrastructure conservation or enhancement. These include Canary Wharf’s new Crossrail station which features green infrastructure such as reed beds and water terraces (to provide improved water quality and biodiversity) and a new roof park amenity and wildlife resource).

£25m drive to help alleviate the housing shortage and will contribute to an increase in Wienerberger’s brick production by 200 million units annually – the equivalent of approximately 25,000 new homes. The event at the factory, which was mothballed in 2008 during the downturn in housebuilding, follows the opening of the company’s brick factory in Hartlebury last summer. Harald Schwarzmayr, managing director of Wienerberger UK, commented: “The reopening of the Ewhurst brick factory is not only great news for the UK’s economy but represents a new lease of life for the construction industry. December 2014 saw the fastest paced growth within the sector in six and a half years and marked eight consecutive months of development; moreover, forecasts predict an incremental rise in construction between 2015 and 2018. By investing in materials and the housing sector will be able to reach its annual target of 250,000 new properties.” Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: ”It’s been a key part of our long-term economic plan to get the country building again and it’s working with housebuilding at its highest annual total since 2007, and nearly 192,000 people helped to buy or reserve a new home thanks to Government-backed schemes.

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Terex has issued a new warning about Asian counterfeit cranes Just over a year after warning that copycat crawler cranes were being made in China and having bogus Terex badges put on them, Terex now has evidence that the practice has spread to South Korea. As in China, the 500-tonne class Terex CC 2500-1 lattice boom crawler crane seems to be the crane model of choice for the pirate manufacturers. The units are assembled, branded and sold as used Terex cranes at prices well under market value and are either painted white using the Terex brand or red, using the legacy Demag brand (acquired by Terex in 2002).

because this infringes on our intellectual property but, more importantly, it poses a serious safety risk for our customers,” said Klaus Meissner, director of product these inferior, counterfeit cranes can result in deadly consequences.” While made to look like Terex units, these pirated cranes are often assembled with a blend of older and newer technology and components not designed to work together, Mr Meissner said. The counterfeit cranes frequently have poor weld quality, inferior steel structures and improperly the safety components designed into genuine Terex cranes are missing.

number alone will not determine with certainty you are buying a genuine Terex crane, as these plates can be fake as well,” Mr Meissner cranes were purchased either without an on-site inspection or through an inspection conducted by

Block paving producer Marshalls is spending some of the £20m it has accrued in its bank account on developing intelligent street furniture.

that such innovations and new product development was key to growing the business. In 2014 Marshalls saw its revenues grow 17% to £358.5m (2013:

72% to £22.2m (2013: £13.0m). Cash in the bank rose from £17.6m to £20.3m during the year, while net debt reduced from £35.6m to £30.5m. been a strong year for Marshalls growth. Trading conditions remain positive and the group continues to experience strong order intake and sales growth in all its end markets.” Sales to the public sector and commercial end market, which represent 64% of group sales, were up 20% for the year. Sales to the UK domestic end market (30% of group

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Marshalls is best known for the humble paving block but its research and development teams are focusing on incorporating new technology into street lights, bollards and public waste bins. The technology will enable bins to transmit a signal when they need emptying, for example, and bollards to give directions to pedestrians.



News March 2015

Trimble Buys Specialist Software Company Linear Project provides scheduling software for, as the name might imply, linear infrastructure projects such as highways, railways, pipelines, tunnels and transmission lines. Linear construction projects present unique challenges, because the work is not performed in a single location, said Trimble. Linear’s Tilos software merges both the location and the schedule into one combined time and distance graphical view that changes as conditions change. Design details, construction challenges and the project schedule are incorporated into one view. Trimble has been collaborating with Linear Project since 2014 to create 3D constructible model interoperability between its software and the Tilos software. Tilos expands Trimble’s portfolio of heavy civil construction solutions for corridors by adding time and cost into existing on linear construction projects can integrate Tilos planning and scheduling for time, location and resources capabilities with operating and material cost information from Trimble. “Linear project’s Tilos software is used for linear scheduling of large infrastructure projects for rail, road, tunnel and pipeline projects” said Hubert Geier, owner of Linear Project. “We now have the opportunity to leverage Trimble’s geospatial technologies to record jobsite progress automatically. The addition of Tilos to Trimble’s Heavy Civil Construction portfolio gives us the ability to collectively work on a more robust solution for linear infrastructure planning, execution and production control.”


Morgan Sindall wins £19m Cambridge school deal

Wates improves Nottingham tower blocks

The contractor has started work on the scheme, which involves the construction of the school and associated facilities at Cambridge’s Clay Farm development.

Nottingham City Homes’ Greener Housing initiative, in partnership with the city council, is providing external wall insulation for up to 18,000 homes around the city.



Latest phase is a £7.5m package

a central atrium, alongside a community sports hall and associated changing facilities. There are also a number of external works, including the installation of two multi-use games pitches and

refurbishment of Bentinck Court, Manvers Court and Kingston Court,



will be open to the public. The college will have a focus on science and technology. Construction is scheduled to complete in spring 2016. Bob Ensch said: “The scheme incorporates some great sustainable technology set within a spacious, light contemporary school building. It’s fantastic to be working with the project team to create this inspiring space and we look forward to delivering an outstanding building next year.”

has a long-standing presence in Nottingham and we are pleased to further cement this with this new contract. Our team has a wealth of experience in delivering high quality refurbishment projects and we are looking forward to using these skills to improve the homes of residents in Nottingham.”

The school is designed to achieve a BREEAM rating of Very Good, with photovoltaic panels and ground source heat pumps.

Morgan Sindall wins £19m Cambridge school deal The contractor has started work on the scheme, which involves the construction of the school and associated facilities at Cambridge’s Clay Farm development. classrooms around a central atrium, alongside a community sports hall and associated changing facilities. There are also a number of external works, including the installation of two multi-use games pitches and be open to the public. The college will have a focus on science and technology.

Construction is scheduled complete in spring 2016.


Bob Ensch said: “The scheme incorporates some great sustainable technology set within a spacious, light contemporary school building. It’s fantastic to be working with the project team to create this inspiring space and we look forward to delivering an outstanding building next year.” The school is designed to achieve a BREEAM rating of Very Good, with photovoltaic panels and ground source heat pumps.

March 2015 News

Third of parents say apprenticeship ‘best choice’ Commission finds

A cross-party Commission on Apprenticeships has vocational subject at school to increase the number taking apprenticeships. The cross-party commission, co-chaired by Conservative MP for Harlow Robert Halfon and Labour peer Lord Glasman, found that schools continue to promote academic routes, such as university, more enthusiastically than technical and vocational learning. The Commission on Apprenticeships was launched last summer to make recommendations on how to increase the number of high quality apprenticeships Research for the commission by cross-party think tank Demos found that 75 per cent of parents think apprenticeships are a good option for young people. According to the poll of 1,000 parents of 15 and 16-year-olds, 32 per cent thought an apprenticeship was the “best choice” for their own child, meanwhile 52 per cent thought university was a better route. In 2013/14 there were 8,030 apprenticeship completions in the construction, planning and built environment sector, down from 9,060 the previous year. In January, the CITB’s lastest Construction Skills Network report revealed that the industry will need to recruit an average of 44,690 people each year between now and 2019 to meet forecast demand.

Thieves steal arsenic-coated tunnel blocks

Around 1,000 timber blocks have been stolen from a historic tunnel in Dover. Police have now issued a health warning after it emerged that the blocks may be treated with an arsenic-based preservative. The materials were taken last week from the Dover Western Heights Tunnels which are owned by English Heritage. Police in Dover are appealing for witnesses or any information that may help their investigation into the Dover Community Safety Inspector Guy Thompson from Kent Police, said: `This is a heritage crime where these blocks are more than one hundred years old. It would have taken several trips to remove so many blocks so we’re appealing to anyone who may have seen suspicious behaviour in the area of Military Road over a period of time. Our main concern at the moment is to alert those could be a health hazard, especially if burned as fuel. Dealers, home renovators, collectors and the suspects themselves need to be aware of the potential danger.” Two suspects were seen on 27 February at 11am and one of them was a woman. She is described as in her 20s, about 5ft 2ins tall, medium build with black hair and a blue top. She was carrying a large rucksack.

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CITB, makes 15 recommendations to policymakers to increase the number of apprenticeships (full list below). Among the recommendations are that all 14 to 16-year-olds should have the opportunity to take a vocational subject alongside their academic studies at school, and that there should be a high quality advice in schools. It also recommends that employer bodies should of their industry by building partnerships with schools. To increase employer demand for apprentices, it recommends that the government should trial a “mutual guarantee” at the start of apprenticeships. In this arrangement, the employer would commit to would commit to completing the apprenticeship or To guarantee high quality training for apprentices, it also recommends that the government should support an apprenticeship charter to serve as a quality awarded to employers who demonstrate commitment to apprentices and their progression.

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News March 2015

Balfour Beatty To Build New Housing Development Balfour Beatty has signed an agreement with the London Legacy Development Corporation to build the new East Wick and Sweetwater housing development project.

530 homes for private sale and 500 private rented sector homes.

Balfour Beatty Investments will provide up to £3m equity over eight years, representing 50% of the equity required. The company’s UK branch will deliver all construction, expected to generate about £400m.

and Sweetwater will have up to 650 homes. The buildings will include studios, apartments and family homes with private gardens, a new nursery, library and a health centre.

The transformational project at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London is being delivered in a joint venture with Places for People (PfP). The development will create two new neighbourhoods, to be called East Wick and Sweetwater, including up to 1,500 homes, 450

East Wick will have up to 850 homes including townhouses, mews,

The development will be constructed in phases over eight years. Balfour said about 50 apprenticeships will be created, as well as 350 construction jobs at the peak of construction. Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive said: “This project marks our entry as an investor and developer into the UK’s regeneration

and housing sector. This market opportunities for the Group in the coming years. “I look forward to continuing our strong partnership with the London Legacy Development Corporation to ensure that commitments made as part of the London 2012 Games are delivered by not only creating new communities but also new jobs, and apprenticeships for young people wanting to join the growing infrastructure sector. “With our partner, Places for People, we are very excited to be able to create these new, vibrant, sustainable communities for East London.”

Consultant Appointed For Manston Airport Decision The government has announced the appointment of a consultant to review the process on decisions about the future of Manston Airport. The Kent airport closed on 15 May 2014 and Thanet District Council has been seeking a deal to secure its future. Transport Minister John Hayes was at Manston today with leader of Thanet District Council Iris Johnston and local MP Roger Gale. Minister Hayes said: “I recognise the strong interest in keeping Manston Airport open, which is why the government is leaving no stone

unturned in the battle to secure its future. department will appoint a wellestablished consultant to review the process so far on decisions about the airport’s future. While it is down to Thanet District Council ultimately to agree a deal, the government is doing everything possible to support them in The council is reported to have considered a compulsory purchase order on the site, but has been unable to agree a suitable indemnity

partner. The Department for Transport will now commission an independent consultant to review the process on its behalf. An invitation to tender for this work will be issued on 6 March.

New Theatre & Ward Development: Construction Work Commences The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will commence building works on a £14 million Theatre Ward development! At its Board meeting last Thursday, the Trust approved the scheme ahead to commence the building works. The development will be located alongside the main hospital entrance, enabling the new theatre development to integrate with the existing main theatre suite and will


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Kier will be carrying out the construction delivering best in class treatment facilities in cancer care and state-of-the-art operating theatres, which has been planned

patients. The development has been progressed through the P21+ Partnership Framework and the Trust has been working with its partner Kier for the last 9 months in developing the detailed design. The enabling works are due to begin on site within the next few weeks, with Kier starting construction work in the spring.

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Case Study: World-leading centre of design excellence features AluK twin wall façade system University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea has invested £8 million into the refurbishment, restoration and extension of the Grade II listed former Central Library building to create the new Institute for Sustainable Design. Devised by Powell Dobson Architects, the development incorporates a stunning twin wall façade featuring AluK curtain walling systems, complementing and adding a new dimension to the original design. The modern, double skin façade extension provides additional 657m2, and incorporates a new reception entrance off Alexandra Road, workshops, teaching spaces as well as design studios. The original circular reading room has been restored and made available as a public venue. Yvonne Gibbs, architect, Powell Dobson comments: “Due to the context of the Listed Building, it was imperative that the new extension was as transparent as possible to express the original scale and features of the historic fabric behind. The University was also looking for a truly sustainable solution, to both reduce energy consumption and create an inspiring place to learn.” As the main extension to the Grade II listed building, the twin wall façade runs the full 38 metres of the Alexandra Road elevation. Designed by D2e, a multi-disciplinary engineering and management consultancy, the façade comprises AluK SL60 curtain walling system forming the internal wall, and structurally bonded glazed toughened laminated glass skin forming the outer wall, with an interstitial space between them. “This arrangement provides the transparency that the Listed Building deserves, whilst introducing a number of opportunities for passive climatic control,” says Yvonne Gibbs. “The facade is south facing and therefore through solar gain the space between the two skins heats up naturally. This in turn acts as a thermal buffer, which keeps the building warm in winter months whilst promoting air movement and cross ventilation during warmer periods. It also facilitates the introduction of fresh air into the space, which is attenuated through a series of louvers at the base of the facade to temper noise pollution from the busy road outside.”


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n array of innovative Schlüter-Systems products have been used in the building of a state-of-the-art academic facility at Bath Spa University.

Playing an essential role in the visually stunning facility at the University’s Newton Park campus, Schlüter’s maintenance free movement joints Schlüter®-DILEX-AKWS and Schlüter®-DILEXSchlüter®-DITRA. The world-class development, built by contractors Skanska, will provide students with brand new teaching facilities; technology enabled study and social learning spaces, and a new digital space which boasts the best resources for teaching digital media-related courses in the south-west. The development, which is part of a wider £70m investment in the University’s future, was designed in consultation with English Heritage and Natural England and meets the highest environmental standards. Schlüter’s products were installed throughout the new academic building named ‘Commons’, both in the atrium and in the facility’s

as the stainless steel movement joints ensure that tiles won’t bulge, dent or crack. Whilst Schlüter®-DITRA acts as a universal substrate It remains unique to the market due to its geometry which allows for the absorption of lateral movement in each direction. The work to install Schlüter’s products, carried out over a period of four months, was undertaken by subcontractor South West Decorating Services (SWDS).

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A new, cost effective shelter range designed specifically for schools has been launched by leading street furniture manufacturer Townscape Products.

The Matrix Modular Canopy packed shelter solution for schools requiring all year weather protection between buildings, in playgrounds and outdoor facilities. The shelter can be installed on all types of ground surfaces and provides a high quality, long lasting cover with quick and cost The system comes as an easy selection includes a clear translucent option, perfect for letting in natural light. Instead of having to purchase a made to measure outdoor shelter the Matrix Modular Canopy is a you require. Jonathan Goss, managing director of Townscape Products, said: “This is the quickest and easiest

installation for a shelter we’ve brought to market, making it The canopy provides a durable shelter for any area needing protection from the weather. The area for safe shading with 98 per cent UV protection and also gives good insulation and shelter in the winter, so it’s perfect all year round.

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“It’s been very popular amongst schools and education campuses to link building extensions together, provide cover over entrances and create shelter in outdoor play areas.”

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The launch of the Matrix canopy system is part of Townscape’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Jonathan Goss added: “We have been manufacturing and supplying

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YEOMAN SHIELD SOLVES WALL PROTECTION PUZZLE FOR BLEASDALE SCHOOL Yeoman Shield recently supplied and installed their Imagery wall protection panels – panels incorporating images, shapes and signage - to corridors in the residential block of Bleasdale School, Silverdale Lancashire. Bleasdale School caters for both day and residential pupils aged 2 to 9 years old with profound and

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“The corridors of the residential building, a house dating back to 1910 which has been adapted to contain bedrooms, dining room and also the hydrotherapy pool were in desperate need of

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“We not only wanted to protect the walls from future damage, but to cover up the unsightly marking and damage that was After liaising with Yeoman Shield’s Area Sales Manager, Russell Smith and taking a look at the portfolio of other school projects undertaken by Yeoman Shield,

Yeoman Shield’s Imagery was also selected for the corridors leading to the hydrotherapy pool, this time in a wave design in Dark Blue, Regatta and Powder Blue with matching corner protection “The wave pattern seemed an appropriate choice for the passage is subject to a lot of knocks and bumps, the vibrant wall protection will keep the

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Case Study Butler House Bristol City Council

Butler House is a 1960’s built, high-rise housing scheme that’s been adapted as sheltered housing for older people by Bristol City Council. It’s a place with a good atmosphere, where the tenants keep an eye out for one another and where there are even plans to develop a wildlife garden with disabled access. Like many social housing schemes however, and especially those not purpose-built, running costs are a constant source of concern to the social landlords. The more efficiently they can run the building, the more they can do for their tenants - and the better life will be.



Anthony Mulcahy, Senior Electrical Engineer at Bristol City Council was looking for a simple like-for-like replacement, where those 60 existing luminaires were substituted. FernHoward’s solution was 60 EdgeLED™ P5 luminaires, each of

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Fern-Howard’s patented EdgeLED™ technology places low consumption LEDs around the edges of a precision moulded light guide containing thousands of micro lenses. These micro lenses control how the light emerges from the light guide – ensuring uniform light output and significantly reduced glare. This combination of high optical efficiency with precise light control means that not only is the maximum of light extracted – it is also precisely directed. The result is optical efficiency of up to 95% with none of the 2 Re harsh light spots commonly O du c ti o n i n C associated with LED.




Just as importantly for the residents, there was a desire to get away from any luminaires that looked remotely institutional. This is their home, and the shared areas needed to be as welcoming and friendly as they possibly could be.

The use of LED based technology brought instant energy saving benefits, but it was the elegance of the fittings - and the well-modulated light that EdgeLED™ technology allows them to produce - that really made the difference.

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Not surprisingly for a building originally constructed in 1962, a replacement for the 60 existing 38W 2D fittings in corridors and staircases was being sought, one that would not only significantly reduce energy consumption, but which would also reduce the burden of ongoing maintenance bills.

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Reduced maintenance costs The corridor function, required, to comply with Part L of the Building Regulations, played an important part in reducing energy costs and, as the shared areas are now illuminated to a low level at all times, they are far more welcoming and far less threatening places. But that function would drastically shorten the life of 2D fittings due to the constantly changing current, something that does not trouble LED fittings at all. So the result was not only a brighter environment, but as the EdgeLED™ P5 offers a lifespan of 50,000 hours (L85), there will be no need for lamp changes for the next seven years and zero maintenance costs– an estimated saving of some £3,000 every year.

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Lower energy use, lower energy bills The use of EdgeLED™ technology instantly meant energy savings for the council of 20,000 KWh per annum resulting in annual cost savings of £2,300, CO2 savings of over 27 tonnes in seven years and an overall Payback cost of ownership down by £39,000 in of installation seven years.

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The result has been a lighting scheme that has not only helped Bristol City Council save money in hard-pressed times, but has also significantly improved the lives of some of their most vulnerable tenants - as Anthony Mulcahy says:



Indeed, even though the initial investment was twice that of traditional 2D luminaires, the cost will be recovered in just 21 months.




When combined with cost savings that zero maintenance brings it is estimated that those same seven years will see Bristol City Council save a total of over £65,000.



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“We chose new EdgeLED™ luminaires from Fern-Howard because they ensured maintenance free lighting and were quality fittings manufactured by a reputable and reliable UK company. We’ve already seen energy savings and our tenants have certainly noticed the improvement in their environment – in fact we’ve won on all counts.”

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Design in Mental Health The Design in Mental Health Conference, Exhibition & Dinner will take place on the 19 – 20 May at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. The event is the only one of its kind in the UK bringing together NHS and private care providers alongside architects and contractors to discuss the evolution of mental health facilities across the UK.

The conference speakers include past and present Chief Executives of mental health trusts, leading architects, academics and service users giving multiple perspectives of the built environment and its impact on recovery rates. Meanwhile the exhibition showcases the latest products designed to reduce risk in service user environments while contributing to a therapeutic and welcoming setting for the delivery of care. event, visitors and delegates will


have the opportunity to continue networking into the evening while celebrating the success of a variety of products, projects and individuals at the Design in Mental Health Awards. NHS delegates who attend the conference for two days will have a complimentary place at the dinner to ensure that they can make the most of their visit. Many trusts and private providers attend the conference, whether underway or in the pipeline, to experience of others facing similar challenges. Meanwhile others will utilise the exhibition as an

opportunity to view innovative products that can solve the day basis in managing safety and risk. Early bird delegate rates are in place until 27 March for either 1 or 2 day conference passes or you can register to attend the exhibition only completely free of charge. To register, all you need to do is go to

You can view the full conference programme, preview the exhibitor list and begin to plan your visit and arrange meetings with suppliers straight away.

Design in Mental Health & Care Homes March 2015

DUALWAY – DESIGNED FOR ANY ANTI-BARRICADE DOOR SITUATION Since its launch the unique DUALWAY Anti-Barricade door system from Cooke Brothers has already generated a huge amount of interest leading to a surge in business for the company from a number of industry leading names operating in the specialist Custodial, Secure Units, Mental Health and Hospital Healthcare sectors. applications where individual doorsets are required within an existing facility, the Dual Way Door System provides unrestricted and immediate access into a room in a situation where a patient has barricaded himself or herself in. The Dual Way system utilises a frame within a frame principal, allowing for a standard 44mm or 54mm doorset to be mounted within a secondary high security steel outer frame. In everyday use the standard inward opening doorset operates as a normal door, providing full 90-degree access using a purpose designed full height Anti-ligature continuous hinge. The outer frame is produced from preformed steel providing rigid support, whilst the high level of security engagement is by means of purpose design heavy duty mechanical hook bolt locking as standard or with the option of an electronically powered locking system where required.


In an emergency or barricaded door situation the door and inner frame can be quickly released enabling the complete doorset to swing outwards allowing immediate entry into the room. Access is achieved by releasing the dual hook locks mortised into the outer frame and operated by via an electromagnetic access control system. To discover more about the unique DUALWAY AntiBarricade Door System please contact the sales team at Cooke Brothers Ltd on 01922 740011. Email: or to view the latest DUALWAY video by visiting the web site

March 2015

EASY REFERENCE FOR CLIENT QUALITY OF CARE AND COMPLIANCE IN THE BATHROOM Nursing and care home management and owners know that one of the most timeconsuming activities is taking residents to, and helping them, toilet. And people handlingincluding helping them on and off the toilet- is the most common cause of injury to staff. Good use of toileting aids can address both issues at the same time. A new white paperConsiderations & Impact of Toileting Aids in a Care Environment, published by Clos-o-Matprovides unbiased guidance on equipment selection, taking into account all relevant legislation, guidance and ‘good practice’. The guide is available for free download from Clos-o-Mat’s website, and can be used independently, or alongside a similar white paper covering design advice for an accessible bathroom/washroom.

“There is much talk about delivery of dignity and independence to residents,” says Claire Haymes, nursing/care home specialist for Closo-Mat. “Choosing toilet aids can make a huge difference to not only fulfilling that, but reducing staff exposure to risk of injury through client handling. But an effective solution needs to be properly thought through: our white papers aim to give useful, informative advice that enables a compliant solution to be achieved. “Clos-o-Mat is the UK’s biggest manufacturer and supplier of toilet aids for disabled and elderly people, so know the issues to be addressed, for operator, staff and user.” Clos-o-Mat, founded over 50 years ago, is the country’s only supplier in the sector able to deliver, in-house, design advice, equipment supply, installation, commissioning and ongoing service & maintenance on its range of bathroom/toilet aids. Its Palma Vita automatic shower (wash and dry) toilet and Aerolet toilet lift are the top-selling units of their kind. Full details of Clos-o-Mat’s care package is available on the company’s website, supported by technical information and case studies.


Design in Mental Health & Care Homes March 2015

Arup assists in build of new UK mental health hospital


ersey Care NHS Trust recently opened its new mental health unit in Liverpool, called the Clock View. The new unit provides 80 beds for local patients and is designed to improve the wellbeing of its patients. Arup assisted Mersey Care in the development of Clock View. The involved in the creation of the hospital environment and provided design services. The Clock View is the recently opened £25 million mental health unit of Mersey Care NHS Trust in Liverpool (UK). The unit provides care for local people with mental health issues, including dementia, anxiety and depression, as well as short-term psychiatric intensive care. It holds 80 bedrooms and has been designed to improve patients’ wellbeing with natural light, with safe inner garden courtyards, activity and therapeutic areas.

The new centre replaces the mental health services previously provided at the Stoddart House (Aintree Hospital) and has been built on the site of the former Walton Hospital. To construct the new unit, Mersey Care collaborated with the Liverpool Sefton Health Partnership (LSHP)*, which co-ordinated the programme, as well as with Arup. working on the hospital unit since 2005 and its behavioural specialists and clinical psychologists have been involved in the creation of the hospital environment. In addition, Arup provided the full design services, which included BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment environmental consulting services, geo-technics and transport planning.

Commenting on the opened unit, Garry Banks, Project Director at Arup, says: “Collaboration was the key to success on this project. We worked closely with The Mersey Care NHS Trust and Medical Architecture to ensure that close attention was paid to the details throughout project. And and patients to create safe and calm environment that promotes wellbeing. Right from the beginning, we saw that Clock View was much more than just a building project and the result is a state-of-the-art hospital that marks a step change in the delivery of mental health care in the UK.”


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COM-PLETE BATHROOM CARE DELIVERS RESIDENT AND STAFF SATISFACTION Automatic ‘wash and dry’ toilets are now regarded as the only “proper” hygiene solution by residents at a nursing home. Glenashling Nursing Home in Celbridge, Co Kildare initially installed two of the Clos-o-Mat and one height adjustable Lima units, that automatically wash and dry the user after toileting, has been so positive that owner Garry Gavigan has now had a further 3 accompanying Aerolet toilet lift, installed in communal bathrooms as part of an upgrade programme. “The residents are so pleased with are wonderful,” says Garry Gavigan. “They help ensure the care we give, even in so personal an area The best comment I have had was one of the nurses telling me that room, and the bathroom there, the resident said ‘No Nurse, I want to

“The Clos-o-Mats are so much resident toileting so much safer for us all too. Glenashling is all about providing the highest standard of care, hence our decision when upgrading the older wing to bring even the toilets up to the same quality as those in the new

by the user or carer are eliminated.

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centre of gravity above the feet for balance. After toileting, the lift can be raised by degrees to ease access for cleansing.

warm water washing, followed by warm air drying. As a result all the manual cleansing with toilet tissue

over a standard WC or Clos-o-Mat. It replicates the natural motion of standing up and sitting down, gently raising and lowering the user to position them accurately over the toilet as required whilst enabling their feet to remain in contact

The automatic toilets and toilet lifts are just part of Clos-oMat’s comprehensive bathroom

homes, which further includes body driers, shower chairs, height adjustable baths and basins, hoists and changing benches. The company can advise on design considerations, and provide a raft of support services from supply to installation, commissioning and ongoing service & maintenance. Clos-o-Mat has a 50+ years’ independent toileting for elderly foundation, over 40,000 Clos-o-Mat toilets have been installed, both in and out of the home environment.


March 2015

Building Homes for Life

The Lifestyle Home Lift has been designed to help people adapt their homes to suit their needs, addressing one of the changing demands in the housing market. The housing market is changing. Empty nesters are staying for longer in their family homes, delaying or even

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Vision London

has revealed an extensive speaker programme for the two-day exhibition being held at Olympia on the 2nd and 3rd June Covering the four themes of ‘Future Materials and Systems’, ‘Technology’, ‘Innovation in Architecture and Design’, and ‘Building for Health and Wellbeing’, the seminar programme will see more than 100 influential industry figures speak over the course of the two day event. Key speakers include: Bruce McCelland of the Knowledge Transfer Network; Gary Newman, CEO of the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products; Alex Lifschultz, Director of LDS Architects, Professor Kypros Pilakoutas of the University of Sheffield, and Christopher Jofeh, Director and Global Buildings Retrofit Leader for Arup. “Vision London is not just about showcasing the very latest innovations and developments in design, architecture and the built environment. It has also been created to enable architects, end users and the wider construction community to discuss and debate how we will create the built environments in which we will all live and work,” says Vision Director, Michael Costain. “Our seminar programme will play a key part in this process and we are delighted to have secured such a large number of high calibre speakers from a cross section of the construction industry.” Core seminars will include: —


The ‘Materials of Invention’ seminar reviewing major developments in materials, products and technology and, by




referencing real life case studies, ask how we can use the range of materials available in a smarter, more convergent and efficient way. New London Architecture’s 20 second Pechua Kucha presentations on how are new materials helping to deliver better buildings and projects for London. This lively series of quick-fire presentations will see key London architects, designers and engineers give their views on the new materials that are improving the efficiency, responsiveness and design of London’s buildings. The ‘Active by Design: designing places for healthy lives’ session being facilitated by Cabe at the Design Council to explore the causes and consequences of the epidemic of inactivity, what city leaders can do to make physical activity integral to urban life, and examples of active design from around the world. A “Digital Fabricators” session which explores how, when allied to manufacturing and fabrication technology, the computer has opened up new ways for the designer to engage with the act of building.

For full details of the seminar programme and a list of speakers visit or email or call +44 (0)20 3633 2237 or to register free-of-charge please go to

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Copies of the UK Guide to Good Practice can be obtained direct from the FTMRC office and Profits generated from the sale of the Guide are ploughed straight back in to the further development of training and qualifications in traditional hard metals roofing and cladding. The FTMRC Guide to Good Practice provides a convenient and authoritative technical reference that will assist everyone in maintaining quality standards in traditional metal roofing design and installation.

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aluminium, copper, galvanised and stainless steel and zinc roofing and cladding. Its laminated design format provides a durable publication for use on site, in the office or workshop. Printed versions can be purchased directly from the FTMRC using the contact details below. An electronic version suitable for viewing on laptops, tablets and mobile phones is available to purchase and view online at;

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Roofing & Facades March 2015

Shackerley’s ceramic granite cladding enhances award winning development scheme Shackerley’s Sureclad® ceramic granite cladding system has brought a cohesive appearance to a visionary development scheme comprising two very different award winning buildings on the banks of the River Thames in Kingston. An attractive combination of ceramic granite facade panels, manufactured to give the appearance of natural oak and limestone, has been used to clad the exteriors of Kingston Riverside luxury apartment complex and Kingston Heights, a mixed-use development incorporating a hotel, homes. Leisure Developments who acquired up the detailed plans for the scheme planning




Redrow London subsequently purchased the Kingston Riverside luxury apartments was completed for its new owner and their scheme architects, Sprunt. Kingston Riverside features two blocks six-storey link block. These ‘towers’, with spacious private terraces stepping back from the river, are framed by curved ribs that give the development a contemporary maritime style which is consolidated by Shackerley’s ‘woodlook’ ceramic granite. The building






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Kingston Riverside – a towering complex of luxury apartments overlooking the Thames

remained constant. “We were looking for premium quality cladding that conformed to a very precise colour palette and resembled natural oak and system provided exactly what we stone, ceramic granite has almost zero porosity and is totally resistant airborne pollution so our stunning rot.”

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Berlaymont and the UN Plaza A European project, using Contra Vision® licensed laminated glass louvres has been described as ‘the most innovative and transformative use of laminated glass in an architectural project’ and is now setting the bar for architectural developments, such as the new UN Plaza apartment building, in New York City, designed by Foster & Partners. When Contra Vision® licensed laminated glass louvres were incorporated into the refurbishment of the headquarters of the European Commission the results, in terms of reduction in solar glare, noise ingression and energy consumption were striking; the primary energy consumption of the building was reduced to 218 kWh/m², 50% lower than a similar building. The creation of an active façade reduced solar heat gain and cooling loads and also reduced glare while optimising the use of natural daylight, and reducing noise and winter all year round. housed the headquarters of the European Commission, the executive of the European Union since its construction and has become a symbol of the Commission. The Commission itself is spread over some 60 odd buildings, but the Berlaymont is the institution’s headquarters, being the seat of the President of the European Commission and its College of Commissioners.


By the early 1990s, some renovation was required. heat gain which made working conditions for and resulted in excessive energy costs during the winter. Therefore, the key issues raised were how to ameliorate levels of solar heat gain and glare while not detracting from the overall design of the iconic building and continuing to meet the strictest environmental standards, reusing light, power and heat throughout the building. Architects Pierre Lallemand, Steven Beckers and Wilfried Van Campenhout carried out the 1991–2004 renovation in which the façade was replaced with a curtain wall with mobile one-way vision glass screens or louvres that adapt to weather conditions and reduce glare while still allowing light in and a clear view out. Laminated Glass™ construction comprising a pattern of white on black dots to provide the one-way vision, in the form of motorised glass louvres. The Printed outside and black from the inside, reducing solar heat gain, glare and UV radiation, while still enabling the employees inside to see clearly through the glass. into the building as possible, save energy and create a better working environment. Internal daylight factors act as a sound barrier, reducing noise from outside.

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Flooring March 2015

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MODERN FLOORING MIX FOR COMPANY WITH INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE When Cummins Generator Technologies moved its global headquarters to Peterborough, architects at James Cubitt & Partners used a wide range of Forbo’s

Forbo’s luxurious Westbond carpet tiles in vibrant Poppy were used to create the ‘swoosh’, contrasting starkly with Forbo’s Allura Flex in Concrete, and durable nature.

into a modern, invigorating environment. The architects set out to create a professional HQ with collaborative working spaces and meeting areas for their client’s customers and global teams. Chere Waddington, Interior Design Director says: “We wanted to provide a bright and fun workspace which also expressed our client’s branding and manufacturing heritage. We met this brief by installing a multitude of products from Forbo’s large portfolio in the company’s brand colours and complementing shades.” A striking ‘wow feature’ in the reception hundred years’ experience in building electrical machines. As Chere explains: “A red ribbon ‘swoosh’ glides alongside behind the desk and along the ceiling. depicts the journey or ‘conveyor belt’ of development and progress that the company’s manufacturing process has made over the decades.”

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The architects wanted to fuse industrial elements of the interior design with the more modern working environment, and create easily zones and breakout areas throughout the headquarters. To achieve this they used colour blocks of carpet tiles from Forbo’s Tessera Alignment and Alignment Highlight ranges. These carpet tiles in turn merge seamlessly with the Allura Flex tiles in Ash Oak and Concrete that provide an easy to and kitchen areas.

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Allura Flex in Ash Oak Chere concluded: “With a variety of high quality products and the excellent relationship we have with Forbo, we had everything needed to create an engaging aesthetic that’s thoroughly contemporary in its approach, but with a nod to the client’s history. By supplier it also meant that we could save time and money on the project, and provide our client with less maintenance in the future.”

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March 2015

The O2, home to a great number of entertainment and leisure providers, including the world’s busiest music venue, the O2 Arena, is one of London’s most remarkable state-of-the-art venues. The arena is host to a multitude of internationally acclaimed music acts, comedians and sports events every year and as a result the Anschutz Entertainment Group, operator of the O2, faced a growing demand from corporate clients and businesses looking for new ways to entertain and engage their clients

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frames. For the upholstery luxury fabric brands were selected, such Each fabric was carefully selected to match the décor inspired by The O2’s iconic musical performances and 1960’s design. The bold colours and patterns are the perfect complement to the bare metalwork needs, the seating was designed to create open seating units as well privacy. However, no matter where you are seated in the American Express experience an unforgettable night out, full of entertainment and extravagance.

March 2015 Insulation


March 2015

Ken Munro Appointed Managing Director at Superglass Insulation Ltd Superglass Holdings PLC, the UK’s leading independent manufacturer of glass wool insulation, is pleased to announce the promotion of Ken Munro to the newly created position of Managing Director of In this role Ken will assume responsibility for the running of all operational and trading aspects of the Superglass business and will report directly

Ken joined Superglass in September 2013 with responsibility for Strategic Development and Sales, having held leadership roles in NCR Corporation Commenting on Ken’s appointment John Colley said: “Ken has already

Ken Munro added: “Superglass Insulation is well positioned to take advantage of recovering markets with a strong team and a broadening

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March 2015

How Mobilengine’s mobile workflow solution delivers for McGee Group


March 2015

How the Mobilengine platform saves time and improves accuracy for McGee Group: Daily Resource Allocation Site Managers use the app to allocate labour and plant assets to individual jobs on the demolition site, as well as coordinating waste materials. It makes allocation quicker and easier, reducing the time spent on administration processes. HR tasks including new starter and site induction forms through a mobile or tablet and links to a backend HR system where the HR department can easily process the incoming forms and update records.

Safety inspection Safety managers conduct all necessary inspections on mobile to comply with regulations and improve safety on demolition sites. The results are saved retrospectively and warnings are automatically transferred to relevant managers for resolving. Permits Mobilengine also allows site managers to issue permits quickly and accurately through the mobile platform. Site diary Site managers record site proceedings and weather conditions on mobile to have a retrospective list of events.

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Stock management Site management teams use the app to record incoming and returned goods, giving greater control over site stock to prevent loss of plants and materials.


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

BIM covers all aspects of the project lifecycle and is being driven by UK Government, to ensure that all public sector projects are under-pinned by the creation, collation and exchange or shared 3D models and intelligent structured data minimum requirement for Level a series of domain models and the provision of a single electronic environment to store With the enormous amount of data and press available on the subject, making the right choices to begin your own BIM journey and maximise the return on

a wide range of training courses in the Architectural & Construction space covering 2D/3D BIM modelling, MEP, structures, civil engineering and bespoke classroom based training is available in our training centres, as well as bespoke training being Learning how to get the best use out of the most widely adopted BIM modelling tool in the industry will maximise From preliminary design through design development and into construction documentation, the course programs will help you streamline the design process through the use

solutions and services to help you understand the impact of BIM and the market opportunity Our specialist courses go that it presents throughout like structural detailing and services include BIMand design, as well as based products, modelling and MEP modules covering measurement solutions, BIM the fundamentals of basic deployment programs, training HVAC, electrical and piping/

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March 2015

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

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

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

Armstrong Ceilings Launches Free App Leading interior systems provider Armstrong Ceilings has launched a free app to help existing and potential customers, including architects, interior designers, contractors, distributors and developers, easily access information on their systems on the move. The super-user-friendly Armstrong Ceiling Systems app enables smart phone, IPad and tablet users to very quickly preview and download information such as system and product brochures, installation and maintenance guidance, guarantees, datasheets and more than 20 case studies. It is the latest in a line of technologically-advanced developments including animated micro-sites that position Armstrong at the forefront of nextgeneration service delivery. metal and mesh ceilings and walls, wood, islands, perimeter solutions, the passive energy-saving


CoolZone system and the Tech Zone system which integrates building services such as air conditioning and lighting. The app is so easy to use it barely warrants the included guide on how to use it! And links to the app can easily be shared through email, Twitter and Facebook. The Armstrong Ceilings app is available from both the Apple store as well as the Google Play store, or by clicking on one of the links below with your mobile device: Armstrong for Apple Devices Armstrong for Android Devices



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March 2015

BITUCHEM LAUNCHES NATRATEX NEW POROUS HARD LANDSCAPING PRODUCT leading Natratex product to create a new porous alternative to the popular asphalt material. Natratex Porous has been designed to

Natratex Porous is suitable for areas that see pedestrian and light vehicular use such as car parks, footpaths, recreational parks, residential roads and

with the need for conventional

Porous in response to the demand for Sustainable Drainage and domestic landscaping due to the prolonged periods of rainfall, whilst maintaining the natural aesthetics of the Natratex product.


aggregate and pigments combined with a clear binder hard landscaping surface, suitable for those who are looking to

Natratex Porous is laid as a monolithic surface allowing

the asphalt material with its open structure allows water to permeate through the surface and

material itself. This reduces the risk of trip hazards when compared to other permeable

following the natural process to a river or other water source. Natratex Porous thus eliminates the likelihood of blocked drains from excess rainfall and potential contamination of lakes and rivers

in blocks to allow the water to absorb through the gaps. The smooth textured surface which is kinder to small knees, making

The application and maintenance of Natratex Porous due to the lack of deep earth work needed. The material work area without an additional drainage installation, reducing the overall time and cost of the project. Each application is department to ensure that all of the requirements for the project the material. A demonstration of how works can be seen at For further information on Natratex Porous or to discuss

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March 2015

New D400 ductile iron double sealed and locking recessed cover is designed for UK construction markets Drainage product and access cover leader, Clark-Drain, has launched CD D630J-DSL, a ductile iron recessed cover capable of exceeding BS EN 124 D400 loading requirements. Clark-Drain believes that the introduction of the CD D630J-DSL into UK construction will provide a better, more durable solution to ‘over-loading’ issues in heavily damaged covers, often made from heavy duty steel, can cause public ‘environmental’ concerns or become detrimental to safe working, e.g. in yards or depots. Dave Westacott, National Sales Manager at Clark-Drain comments, “Traditionally, all-steel recessed option in areas experiencing heavy enough - particularly in areas where heavy loads are infrequent, they can be tolerated.

However, when large vehicles are being endured on a regular be gained by using D400 ductile recessed covers, including greater durability which can lead to improvements in ‘whole life costs’ and a better public experience.’ He continues, ‘The CD D630J-DSL has been engineered to cope with frequent heavy duty, slow moving wheel loads of the type found, for example in busy public areas such as bus depots, car parks, petrol stations, municipal maintenance Though we have supplied this product internationally for similar applications we now want to introduce it to the UK construction market as a more appropriate areas’. The CD D630J-DSL has been designed to concentrate the load transfer in optimum areas of the

strain on the surrounding bedding material. Its 100mm drop-in recess tray use including tarmac, paving and concrete recommended for use in estates and commercial and/or industrial areas subject to heavy Standard features comprise corner locking bolts to counteract the problem of metal theft and a double-seal design to prevent the egress of odour. D630J-DSL include a load EN125:1994 and a clear opening of 600mm x 600mm. Integral lifting keyholes enable the tray to be removed for utility access.


March 2015

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


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

Zigma® is recognised globally as a leading designer and manufacturer of temporary access and ground protection products with a philosophy

With a load bearing of over 100 tonnes/m2 of choice for many global market sectors.

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


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

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

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

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March 2015

Ultrascape Flowpoint Proven and Compliant Performance

Sherston Village, where Ultrascape Flowpoint was used to grout the walkway.

Flowpoint has been exceeding the demands of clients for many years. It has been used in a variety of project environments including public realm, landscaping and domestic. The subsequent introduction of the British Standard for ‘rigid’ paving constructions (BS 7533) further strengthen the slurry promoted its use aggressively. Ultrascape Flowpoint is now synonymous with fast jointing. The product is available in three alternatives: the same great features; however you can choose


All Flowpoint alternatives boast the following capabilities:

Joint widths from 5-50mm (3-50mm Flowpoint Smooth) and depths up to 200mm Exceptional bond strength Rapid setting Shrinkage compensated Can be used in the rain and is frost-resistant Suitable for sandstone, limestone, concrete and granite paving types Equally suited to irregular setts as well as large Choice of colours available including Natural Grey and Charcoal

All three are sold individually as fully pre-mixed dry-packs, which only require the addition of water on-site. Once the desired consistency has been achieved, the product is poured over

Ultrascape Flowpoint is the third component of the brand’s BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system.

method causes many to worry about staining;

For further information on Ultrascape Flowpoint or their mortar paving system, please visit or call 01827 871871.

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Construction Update - March 2015  
Construction Update - March 2015