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Industry News September 2016

Tallest residential tower in Western Europe planned for London Docklands Greenland Group, one of China’s largest premium residential developers, is launching Spire London designed by HoK in London Docklands. The building is a 235m (771ft) high 67-storey residential tower, with a GDV in excess of £800m, the tallest in the UK and Western Europe, with concierge, retailing, residents’ gardens and five-star lifestyle amenities including a 35th floor Spa and Club Bar. Located in Hertsmere Road, adjacent to Canary Wharf and directly fronting onto the 30 acres of water in West India Quay, Spire London is designed by architects Larry Malcic and Christopher Colosimo of multi-award winning architectural practice HoK, and by leading interior designer Nicola Fontanella of Argent Design. The tower will provide 861 apartments of which 765 are for private sale. The private sale apartments include luxurious suites, one, two and three bedroom apartments, and three bedroom duplex penthouses. The tower has been designed to provide uninterrupted panoramic views over the whole of London – the highest and most far-reaching ever provided by apartments in the capital – capturing the Thames, Canary Wharf, the City of London, and numerous famous and historic landmarks. The striking and unique architecture is inspired by the nautical history of the site and by the orchid, a flower cultivated in China for more than 3,000 years. Three petals form the spire, creating faceted glass façades and nautical style ‘prow’ and ‘bow’ contours. The angled roof of the tower allows for outside terraces in the premier and penthouse apartments, whilst feature louvres allow for natural ventilation throughout the building. Bronze coloured metal detailing on the lower floors and bronze coloured feature fins on the pair of pavilion buildings either side of the tower complement the tan brickwork of the adjacent historic buildings around the dock basin. The dynamic façades and flowing interiors provide a refreshing and appealing contrast to the traditional tower and lowrise architecture of many buildings in Docklands. On Thursday 13th October the public launch of Spire London will take place in the state-of-the-art sales exhibition suite created by Argent Design in Warehouse Number One, directly adjacent to the development site in Hertsmere Road. For further information please visit


September 2016 Industry News

Network Rail to Unlock Space for 12,000 New Homes by 2020

Network Rail is set to unlock land for 12,000 new homes by 2020. The company is in the process of finalising plans to release the land for the development of around 12,000 new homes to play its part in meeting the government’s target to release enough land to build 160,000 homes.

a major scheme at Chesterton near Cambridge which will release enough land for more than 800 homes, and the former Exchange Station site in Manchester which will deliver enough land for 700 homes.

Almost 200 sites throughout the country have been picked out as suitable for housing development.

Network Rail will partner with developers to release land on a site by site basis over the next three to four year period.

Included in this is enough land space for around 5,000 homes in London, 3,600 in Manchester and the North, 1,700 in the Midlands and East of England, and around 1,400 homes in the South of England. The ambitious scheme has already started with the biggest 20 sites. The projects earmarked include

The firm is also considering an accelerated approach which would see some sites grouped together and sold as multi-site developments. These sites could go to market as soon as spring next year. Managing Director of Network Rail Property, David Biggs, commented:

“As we now ramp up our land release programme to deliver thousands more homes, we will be working closely with the Homes and Communities Agency, London Land Commission, local authorities and developers to bring identified sites forward to help meet the country’s housing needs.” Meanwhile, two thirds of the new London Bridge station concourse was officially opened to commuters at the end of last month. The redevelopment is part of Network Rail’s railway upgrade plan and the governmentsponsored Thameslink programme which will transform north-south travel through London by 2018.

PM to back move from Parliament for £4bn upgrade

Prime Minister Theresa May is set to back plans for MPs to move out of the Houses of Parliament for at least six years as part of a £4bn restoration project. Major work to save the crumbling grade I listed Palace of Westminster is scheduled to start in 2022. It will be the first time MPs have moved out since the Blitz. Vacating the building for the refit is the cheapest solution of three considered by a special Parliamentary Committee of MPs and peers. This is expected to be recommend by the committee today as its favoured option. The other choices are a partial move-out, which would take 11 years and cost £4.4bn. The third option would allow the MPs to stay put – which would cost £5.7bn and the work would last 32 years.

A study by Deloitte last year highlighted the appalling condition of the Palace of Westminster, with potentially deadly fire risks, collapsing roofs, crumbling walls, leaking pipes and large quantities of asbestos. According to The Times today, the Prime Minister will back the call,

increasing the chances that it will happen, but the final decision still rests on a parliamentary vote. MPs would relocate to the Department of Health while the House of Lords would decamp to the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in Westminster.


Industry News September 2016

Welsh rebar engineer scoops £100m+ Hinkley C order Rebar engineer Express Reinforcements has been named preferred bidder for a 200,000 tonnes order for the Hinkley Point C project. The order, which will be placed by the Bouygues and Laing O’Rourke joint venture main contractors, on the project is understood to be worth over £100m. Rebar will be supplied from the firm’s Neath and Newport manufacturing centres using rod supplied by CELSA Steel in Cardiff minimising the transport carbon footprint. Martin Westbury, project director BYLOR said: “The Bouygues TP/ Laing O’Rourke joint venture is delighted at the prospect of working with Express Reinforcements as our preferred

supplier to the Hinkley Point C project. “The choice supports our strategy of working with the UK supply chain wherever possible, using UKsourced materials. He said: “BYLOR is currently working closely with EDF Energy to prepare the site at Hinkley Point C for the main construction programme, so that when full Governmental approval is received, work can commence in earnest without delay.“ Andy Lodge, Managing Director of Express Reinforcements said: “We

are pleased to be the preferred supplier of reinforcing steel to this contract through BYLOR. “It cements long-term relationships and puts Express at the forefront of reinforcing steel supply, having already been a major supplier to other key infrastructure projects such as Crossrail and Heathrow Terminal 5.

Felmoor Park receives Premium Protection from Remmers The Scandinavian log cabins and lodges at the picturesque Felmoor Park in Northumberland have been given a striking new finish thanks to Remmers wood coatings.

Remmers HK Stain was selected to provide not only effective weather protection but protection against blue stain, rot and insects. HK Stain is a “2 in 1” product which eliminates the need for an additional wood preservative primer and is perfect for both soft and hardwoods. The product penetrates deeply into the wood whilst leaving it fully breathable and as it doesn’t flake or peel. Available in a wide range of traditional colours or the alternative HK Stain ‘Grey Protect’ range of natural grey shades, for a more modern look.


September 2016 Industry News

Cumbria Submarine facility gets go ahead McBains Cooper designs new submarine training facility for BAE Systems. Planning permission has been granted for the construction of a new training facility at BAE Systems’ site in Barrowin-Furness, Cumbria. The proposed new facility has been designed by UK-based property consultancy McBains Cooper. McBains Cooper secured the project via competitive interview last year. BAE Systems’ site in Barrow is home to the design and build of submarines for the UK Royal Navy. The new mixed-use facility is due to contain craft training workshops and teaching classrooms. McBains Cooper director Mark

Leeson said: “We’re delighted to have won BAE Systems as a new client and that planning permission has been granted. It’s been a very complex process to design this

BSRIA welcomes government plans to launch a multi-billion pound funding package aimed at tackling the housing crisis

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A new government fund, which will be administered through the Homes and Communities Agency, will offer loans to developers across the residential sector, including the Private Rented Sector (PRS) and will be aimed primarily at SMEs and developers using modular construction.


The government is currently considering whether to launch a fresh fund or increase the £3bn Home Building Fund announced by then chancellor George Osborne in the Budget in March, and confirmed in the Queen’s Speech – to £5bn. The fund is intended to support the construction of between 160,000 and 200,000 homes. The aim was to boost the numbers of homes of all occupation types, including starter homes, intermediate rent and market rent. Full details of the new housing package are expected to be announced in the autumn statement. Chris Knights, general manager, BSRIA Compliance, said: “Any incentive which continues to boost housebuilding is welcomed by BSRIA. The country is crying out for more houses – in all shapes and forms.

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September 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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Aluprof’s Glass Fins

September 2016 Editor’s Choice

UK leading systems supplier, Aluprof, have recently supplied a bespoke aluminium glazing solution for the ÂŁ3.3m office redevelopment of 6 East Parade in Leeds. The “Avatar Mullion Featureâ€? principle installed is a newly designed principle that incorporates an external glass structural fin which sits within the SR50-N mullion. The “finâ€?, the first of its kind to be installed in Europe, was designed in a joint venture with Aluprof. Fabricator and installer H-K-L Specialists, designed and sourced the bespoke steel cradles and associated supports to carry the glazed fin. Located in the heart of the city of Leeds, Associated Architects have designed a new facade for the existing concrete structure using a dark red glazed terracotta cladding with full height aluminium windows. Having a contemporary appearance the new facade is carefully designed to blend in between existing office buildings in this sought after conservation area of the city. MB-SR50 from Aluprof is a high performance curtain wall system that can be supplied in various guises, both for vertical and roof applications and to suit a wide

range of project requirements. The MB-SR50N EI Fire Rated System offers the same sight lines but can offer up to EI160 rating for vertical glazing. MB-SR50 is a tried and tested system used across the globe that can easily be modified to offer specifiers bespoke requirements. At one time bespoke aluminium solutions were limited to large facade projects; the new structural fin detail from Aluprof shows that bespoke solutions can now be efficiently developed for much smaller projects.

Aluprof systems are increasingly being specified on a wide range of residential and commercial projects across the UK. Systems are designed, fabricated and installed by selected, specially trained companies to ensure each fabricated product meets the Aluprof exacting standards. Further information is available on the company website at and specialist advice is available directly from Aluprof’s UK offices on 0161 941 4005. HKL Specialists can be contacted on 01623 550357.




















September 2016

This month sees the launch of a new fire alarm panel for Bull Products’ successful range of Cygnus wireless fire alarms systems. The new CYG6 fire alarm panel has been designed for smaller construction sites, where it can connect up to 32 devices in one zone. Like all Cygnus systems, the product is CE marked and is used in conjunction with a choice of units including fire alarms, smoke detectors, heat detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and first aid call points. Housed in a robust case with push button controls and display screen, the CYG6 fire alarm panel is mains powered and also has an internal chargeable battery which will last 7 days when fully charged. Amongst other features the new CYG6 fire alarm panel has a site evacuation option which can be used in case of emergency. The new CYG6 has been developed from Bull Products’ original Cygnus CYG1 to be a cost-effective option for smaller construction sites. The CYG6 is fitted with only limited software to handle up to 32 devices situated around a site whereas the original CYG1 has impressive capability of managing 480 units into 15 zones. Nevertheless, the CYG6 can be used in conjunction with other Cygnus control panels but with reduced network capability. Designed specifically for use on construction sites, the CE marked Cygnus system works in dense concrete and steel structured building areas where there are many other radio frequencies in operation. Particular attention has been given to achieving impressive connection range. A major feature of the complete Cygnus system is the optional CYG6 or CYG1 control panel which provide advanced capability with an event log function which records any events such as alarm activation, low battery warning and signal faults, all of which can be viewed as necessary on the history folder held on the panel. The system also has the ability to test all units and has an evacuate function which will act as a call point to the rest of the alarm units. Each unit in the system can provide the panel with information at regular intervals. This explicit information confirms the unit is still present and what the battery status of each device is. Known as the ‘heart beat’ this message is monitored by the control panel where fitted and if the ‘heart beat’ is not heard for several intervals, the control panel logs a full status for that unit. A PIR option is now available on any of the modules which can detect an intruder and alert off-site personnel for added safety protection. Bull Products offers a full one-year guarantee on all Cygnus devices and provides high levels of technical, on-site and after-sales service support in addition to its standard maintenance contracts. Further information on the Cygnus wireless alarm system is available from Bull Products on 01432 371170 by emailing or by visiting the company’s website at



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Construction group SDC s money with new SMART O Customer Background SDC is a construction company group that works across a variety of sectors including research and development, commercial, manufacturing, automotive, healthcare and education. As a result, it often has around 20 to 30 concurrent live projects on the go – each with their own temporary site manager’s office.


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separate photocopier, all causing space restrictions in an already limited workplace.

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September 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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he course has been designed to assess installers against set criteria, formed from the relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS) and has been approved by Summit Skills - the Sector Skills Council for the building services engineering sector.

Johnson & Starley to Offer NICEIC Training Package

It runs over two days and comprises a theory and practical exam as part of the final assessment. Paul Collins, Technical Services Manager at NICEIC said: “We are delighted to be working alongside such a prestigious brand in the ventilation arena. Johnson & Starley is a name that installers of ventilation systems will all recognise and this partnership will benefit the industry immensely. It is essential that any installation of Mechanical Ventilation systems is carried out by skilled and competent persons. By forging this link consumers can be confident that the systems will be installed correctly and perform at the levels expected.” Poor air quality has been highlighted as a major contributor to respiratory issues and skin disease. The most widely recognised technologies for dealing with the issue of poor air quality are whole house mechanical extract ventilation (MEV) and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR). NICEIC expects the installation of ventilation systems be a key area for growth in the next few years as awareness of poor air quality grows. Those with the skills to install ventilation systems will be well placed to take advantage. Dave Hadfield Technical Services Manager for Johnson & Starley: “As a leading manufacturer of ventilation products we are keen to ensure they are installed to the highest standard and in line with our own guidance.


Johnson & Starley has become the first manufacturer to offer a new training and assessment package from NICEIC for installers of ventilation systems. Accuracy and attention to detail is vital to ensure the systems perform at their optimum level and we are pleased to be working alongside NICEIC to offer this training package to installers.” “This scheme offers us the opportunity to work alongside installers and this can only be good for us a company and the industry as a whole”. Johnson & Starley will host the course at their headquarters in Northampton. Once installers hold the qualification then they can apply to NICEIC Competent Persons Scheme for Ventilation so they can self-certify their ventilation work in England & Wales.

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


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


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

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

September 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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September 2016

RINNAI WALL HEATERS ARE A BLESSING FOR ST MARY’S Rinnai, manufacturer of the Energysaver super energy efficient range of gas fired wall heaters, is keeping the congregation of St Mary’s Church in Saltcoats, Ayrshire, nice and warm. Ayr-based installer O’Neil Gas Services was asked to specify and install a new heating system to replace St Mary’s old ducted warm air set up. O’Neil Gas Services is a family-run company founded by John O’Neil and now presided over by his son, Brian. The company, which offers domestic and commercial services, covers the whole of Ayrshire, East Kilbride and South Glasgow and has four separate divisions – installation, service & repair, care and retail. O’Neil operates a fireplace and bathroom showroom at its office designing and planning bathrooms from start to finish. Amongst its other commercial work, O’Neils recently won the Irvine Housing gas maintenance contract for an initial 5 years and a 5 year Gas maintenance contract for Cunninghame Housing Association. Ross McWhirter of O’Neil’s explains that like most churches St Mary’s sees the bulk of use is at weekends with maybe a few mornings in the week, so the important factor was to design a system that would give instant heat when required, quickly and efficiently and not wasting fuel when not in use. Ross McWhirter comments, “We used six Rinnai 1004T units siting them in the best location for effectiveness and for the convenience of the customer. The biggest part of the job was lifting the floors and running the gas and electricity supply to the units.

The heaters also come with a tiny 80mm flue for a neater finish and the heaters themselves sport safer low temperature casing so there is no danger of burns. Warm air is delivered at floor level for greater comfort and coverage even in large spaces like churches and the units can be time controlled for added economy. The Rinnai 1400T is also suitable for central time control. Chris Goggin, Associate Director, Rinnai UK comments: “A major problem in heating a church or other large public space is the pattern of usage, the age of the building and the building envelope materials. “For example a church may be heated for a Sunday service, or possibly a mid-week meeting. Then there are occasions when heat is required at fairly short notice. The buildings often have high ceilings, and the size and distribution of the occupants can vary from time to time. “Rinnai provides an innovative solution to these issues by heating from the floor up and by modulating gas usage in relation to room temperature, enabling Rinnai to provide unparalleled levels of comfort and efficiency. “They provide safe, controllable heat with maximum energy efficiency, combined with flexibility of location and they can do this very quickly indeed.”

“Everyone I have spoken too at the church since we completed the installation has said that it has never been as warm as it is now. St Mary’s should also see a big difference in gas usage as the Rinnai units are more economical to run than the old system. “This was the first time we have used the Rinnai heaters and I was very impressed with the outcome of the job. They are very quiet while running and get the church up to temperature very quickly,” says Ross. Energysaver 1004T units run on Natural Gas or LPG and as the units are fully modulating, heat output is reduced as the space temperature rises.


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September 2016

Two models from Air Vent Technology’s extensive range of heat recovery units are being installed on the roof of the new primary school at the Severalls site in Colchester. The products chosen are from AVT’s bespoke heat recovery range. The STR03s with heat recovery will ensure that the school is properly and economically ventilated, whilst making sure there is the minimum loss of heat during the winter. These units are available with either an EHB or LPHW heater battery, and are only some of AVT’s extensive range of ventilation products (air handling – heat recovery - energy efficient with EC motors – cabinet and twin fans and emergency smoke extract units. AVT has an extensive knowledge of the requirements of the custom-build market and caters for unique specifications such as hospitals and schools, whilst meeting the increasing demands on space and performance. AVT provides a “one-stop shop” for all requirements, with a high standard of service and flexibility on product design combined with speed of delivery resulting from an extensive stock of components and finished goods. Tel: 01264 356415 Web:


September 2016



Isorubber resilient layers

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

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

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

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

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

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September 2016

Thermaskirt Chosen For Heating German ‘Energie Plus’ School


hen Rostock High School in Germany undertook a major refurbishment, the local education Authority decided it should become an ‘Energie Plus’ project - a project that generates more power and energy than it actually consumes - and Discrete Heat’s ThermaSkirt was chosen as the heating solution.

To achieve ‘Energie Plus’, the school was renovated using solar PV panels to the roof and front elevation, and two wind turbines. The school also became connected to the Municipal District Heating system, using warm water from the cooling system of the nearby power station. Windows were upgraded and where there was new build to the rear, this was constructed to very high levels of insulation. However, with two thirds of the building at least 20 years old it was clear that a conventional heating emitter solution was not going to suffice.


Torens Hillinger, the school Facilities Manager explains, “When the engineers decided to remodel the school, they had to also consider the heating. Radiators were not wanted as we have had trouble with space and also waste materials getting inside. Underfloor heating was not possible as the building is not new and quick on and off heating is very difficult”. The mechanical consulting engineers were interested to find an alternative to traditional radiators as the design flow temperature from the district heating system was only 45°C. This would have meant using very large units to compensate, and as classroom space was at a premium, difficult to accommodate. Underfloor heating was also initially considered, but being mostly an existing building, uplifting the floors would have meant considerable extra cost and time. Also experience in other schools had taught the engineers that controllability and over-heating is a major problem as class sizes can vary wildly.

Osturburg High School in Saxony, some 200km south of Rostock and to the west of Berlin had already successfully installed radiant skirting heating in their refurbishment project, and so the engineers approached ThermaSkirt Germany who had provided the system. Manufactured in the UK by Discrete Heat Ltd, ThermaSkirt is a radiant heating system that is designed to replicate a skirting board trim or profile. Made from aluminium, the warm water from the primary heat source passes through integral tubes on the back of the profile. The front face then heats up and radiates heat from a low level all around the room. This not only has the advantages of providing a very evenly distributed comfortable heat, it is also very responsive to the rapidly changing heat demands of a busy school. With very low water content compared to a radiator or even underfloor heating, it is an ideal emitter for use with renewable energy or low grade heat sources such as heat pumps.

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ThermaSkirt Germany suggested a new profile, Deco PR which has a unique centre mounting enabling a very quick installation. With stainless steel covers at the joints, it is a very durable and robust heating solution. Supplied in 6 metre lengths and cut on site, most walls are done in a single length, minimising joints for a clean, sleek, continuous emitter with no nooks or crannies for detritus to accumulate. The ThermaSkirt system has now been running for over 18 months without problem or incident. Torsen commented, “Apart from marks from the children’s shoes, there is no maintenance required with ThermaSkirt. It works and noone notices it. Before we had trouble with children hitting into the radiators and sometimes we had problems with things getting insider the covers. Now all we have to do is sometimes clean off the black marks from the shoes”. With a flow temperature of only 45°C and a return of only 35°C, the ThermaSkirt system is still able to provide enough heat to comfortably warm the classrooms to the target temperature of 20°C, even in the winter months as Rostock is on the

Baltic coast. However, being above ground, ThermaSkirt can operate at higher temperatures, if it is ever required, without the risk of damaging the floor as would be the case with underfloor heating. Perry Schmuck, ThermaSkirt Germany’s Managing Director concludes, “This is a very important and famous project and we are very pleased to have been involved. Many

schools are considering the Energie Plus model, and so we believe this will be the first of many more across Germany”. Further information on ThermaSkirt is available from Discrete Heat on 0845 1238 367, by emailing:, or by visiting the company’s website at


Facilities Management September 2016

Kawneer systems help university deliver world-leading research and innovation

Kawneer systems help university deliver world-leading research and innovationnear the heading like this. Architectural aluminium systems by leading supplier Kawneer have played a key part in the design of the facade of what was the largest construction project in South Wales. Kawneer’s curtain walling, windows and doors feature on several buildings on Swansea University’s £450million Science and Innovation Bay Campus site, one of the few global universities with direct access onto a beach and its own seafront promenade, which is being delivered by the UK’s leading regeneration specialist and University partner St. Modwen. The project comprised a 1,000,000ft2 development in Neath Port Talbot on the exposed shores of Swansea bay, including 465,000ft2 of academic space and 1,462 student residences, associated retail space, highway works and on-site infrastructure for the 5,000 students and 1,000 staff.


Designed to BREEAM standards, the Kawneer elements on Phase 1 by main contractor VINCI Construction UK were installed

by approved specialist subcontractors APiC UK and AB Glass. These include Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling with 50mm sightlines, AA®541 top-hung, open-out casement windows and series 190 heavyduty commercial entrance doors on the School of Management (pictured), Great Hall and Bay Library buildings.

weathering and aesthetics of the buildings,“ with their aluminium make-up contributing to the BREEAM scoring. He added: “They were a key part of the architectural appreciation, meeting the requirements of the technical brief with pleasing aesthetics. Skilful detailing by the designers ensured the weathering characteristics were achieved.“

AA®110 mullion-drained curtain walling, with 65mm sightlines, is being installed on the School of Management. The education element apart, Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling and AA®541 side-hung, open-out casement windows were also used on the student residences.

Typically constructed of steel frame cladding and precast masonry systems, the academic part of the 65-acre campus on the former BP storage and transit site is formed of low-rise, modern-style buildings incorporating teaching space and R&D facilities, the latter in partnership with international and national companies.

In addition, Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling and AA®541 top-hung casement windows were installed on the Institute of Structural Materials (home to Swansea Material Research and Testing Ltd ‘SMART’) and Engineering East (home to Engineering Manufacturing Centre) – part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. Glyn Parker, associate with frequent Kawneer users Powell Dobson Architects, said the Kawneer systems were „key to the

The student residences are traditionally-styled collegiate blocks arranged in courtyard configurations with fabulous views across the Swansea bay area. Designed by architects Prophyrious (site master planners and concept architects) with Hopkins, the project is aimed at delivering world-leading research, innovation and education facilities to the city and surrounding community. Development work will continue up to 2020.

September 2016 Facilities Management


Portsmouth International Port has become the most accessible major sea hub in the UK with the opening of a “life-changing” toilet. The Port is the first major sea travel hub in the country to open a Space to Change specialist toilet and changing facility, which delivers the space and equipment needed by potentially five million people with complex needs*. Enhancing a conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet, the Space to Change- supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat- includes more space, plus an adult-sized height-adjustable changing bench and ceiling tracking hoist. Kalvin Baugh, Ferry Port Manager, said: “One of our frequent travellers Sarah Brisdion- whose son Hadley has Cerebral Palsy and needs the extra equipment of a bench and hoist- made us aware that standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of people with severe disabilities or additional needs. Even more shockingly, that they often have to lie on toilet floors to be changed. We felt very strongly that nobody should have to endure this and so worked closely with Sarah to find a solution.

“Because Space to Change enhances existing conventional wheelchairaccessible toilets, rather than being a ‘stand-alone’ facility, we were able to address Sarah’s request without the delay, cost and disruption of significant building work. To our knowledge, no other seaport in the UK can offer its travellers such fullyaccessible facilities.” Sarah elaborated, “Something as simple as some extra space in a toilet, with a bench and a hoist, is nothing short of life-changing for families like mine. It enables us to use the toilet when out in public – something that most people take for granted. “Like a huge number of other children, and adults, with complex needs, my son is faced with the undignified and unhygienic situation of having to lie on toilet floors or spend prolonged periods of time in his own bodily waste, because toilet facilities that also have a bench and hoist are so rarely available. It’s heart-breaking to have to lay somebody you love on a toilet floor to change them. It’s distressing and disgusting for him and really physically difficult for me. And it gets harder, the older he gets. Portsmouth International Port has been incredibly supportive, to ensure that the terminal building was accessible to all.”

Space to Change toilets plug the gap between conventional (Building Regulations Approved Document M 2013) wheelchair-accessible toilets, and the ‘desirable’, additional, larger and better equipped Changing Places+ toilets. The concept enables venues that are limited financially and/or on space to meet the needs of up to three million British children and adults* who need changing and lifting facilities for their personal hygiene. It encompasses a 7.5m2+ (3m x 2.5m min) wheelchair-accessible toilet that further includes an adult-sized changing bench and a hoist. Space To Change has been developed with leading Changing Places campaigners- including Sarah Brisdion- and Clos-o-Mat (Britain’s leading supplier of disabled toilet solutions at home and away). Firefly Community, an online special needs community, will drive the campaign, supporting campaigners and raising awareness of the need for accessible toilets that include height adjustable changing benches and hoists. Full details of the Space To Change concept, plus technical support, CAD blocks etc, can be found by clicking here


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September 2016 Project Management

TenderSpace is the only free cloudbased solution for everyone involved in any stage of the construction process. Our ToolBox simplifies effective project management and collaboration and can be used to build new teams and source materials. It improves efficiency and adds value by having everything in one place. TenderSpace connects clients, contractors, professionals and suppliers via its unique ToolBox which has been developed in conjunction with experts from the sector. The ToolBox provides a large suite of mostly free tools which allow you to efficiently connect, analyse and manage the complex workflows and processes involved in any construction related project The Toolbox remains as relevant to large developers or property owners as to someone opening a shop or to an individual embarking on a residential project. From feasibility to design, procurement and construction, TenderSpace simplifies and solves your problems, reducing risk and adding value. For property owners, occupiers and their advisors, the ToolBox helps you find the right resources for projects large or small. Contractors and specialists whether large or small, from sole traders to main contractors, also have the opportunity to manage existing workflows and relationships, while developing new ones. A low cost subscription unlocks the Work Finder tool, allowing contractors to directly tender for jobs before competitors, allowing organisations to expand their business network, gaining market intelligence at a fraction of the cost of competing alternatives, opening the door to new work opportunities at the best possible stage – early and ahead of the game. All registered users can enjoy the free use of our Profile Builder tool – an intuitive and simplified version of the industry standard PAS91 Pre-Qualification Questionnaire, designed to eliminate wasted time, effort and investment involved in completing repetitious questionnaires. Thanks to TenderSpace, you only need to fill in our form the once and share it with all your potential clients. That’s it!

use of a unique tool that allows you to promote your products and innovations to potential specifiers and customers early in the procurement process, allowing the business to come to you rather than waiting to be found, which is especially important in a time of increased competition from overseas. No matter what your role, TenderSpace has been designed for everyone and takes care of the problems that are holding your business back. For more information and your free registration, please visit or call 0845 468 5000

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

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September 2016 Fire Management

Save space and time with the new Hilti firestop cast-in device

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

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

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


September 2016

Welsh Slate helps students with a new roof over their heads New student accommodation at Newcastle University features 32,000 Welsh Slates.

Some 32,000 Welsh Slates have been used to roof the £13 million development of new student accommodation at Newcastle University. The 500mm x 300mm Penrhyn Heather Blues from the Lagan group company were used on Park Terrace, an exciting development situated in a prime location on campus, close to the city centre, in a Conservation area overlooking Newcastle’s Exhibition Park. Accommodation is spread over up to six floors with lift, on-site entryphone systems and CCTV. The apartment blocks provide students with en-suite bedrooms in self-catered flats varying in size from six to 11 bedrooms. Each flat has a fully-equipped, contemporary kitchen and comfortable common area with Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, onsite laundrette and bike storage.


Together with the refurbishment of 10 period houses on Kensington Terrace, some 350 en-suite undergraduate bedrooms have been added to the university’s portfolio.

specified as second hand Welsh but due to the large amount required it was not possible to source enough material of quite the right quality and so new Welsh Slate was used, some 2,000m2 of it.”

The existing buildings on Park Terrace were demolished to make way for two new buildings including a mews block to the rear of the existing terraces. The project, under a novated design and build form of contract, comprises the construction of the building frame using a pre-fabricated structural framing system. The external finish of the buildings is largely traditional masonry and slate, similar to the buildings they replaced.

The Welsh Slates were installed by M&C Roofing for main contractor Graham Construction and were supplied by Burton Roofing Supplies.

Park Terrace was the first phase, with Kensington Terrace following a year later. Welsh Slate sales representative Alex Grant said: “The job was

Kensington and Park Terrace received Highly Commended status at the Newcastle University Excellent Contractor Awards 2013. The award scheme recognises contractor excellence based on a range of KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) assessed by the university. The project was nominated by Barry Cottrill, project engineer at the university, and Luke Gardner, senior project manager.


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Doors, Walls & Floors September 2016

Wall to wall inspiration with MATCH panels Rarely can we say that a new product, changes the face of interior design for professionals in the commercial world. However with MATCH, that statement is entirely true. This new designer panel range from Vicaima removes the limitations experienced with more commonly used decorative finishes and allows limitless design possibilities with multiple applications ranging from wall panels to furniture. MATCH is a revolutionary decorative panel that uses innovative H2P technology and advanced production processes to create tailor-made graphic or pictorial solutions directly onto veneered and other base layers. In this way a collection of dĂŠcor elements can be brought together to create synergy to a theme or chosen style, such as wall panels, integrated door systems, displays and furniture, untethering creative flair and removing the boundaries to realising unique concepts. Depending upon the desired application, Vicaima MATCH is available in a selection of panel types with differing physical and mechanical properties,


appropriate to their desired performance and covered by EN standards. These include plywood, MDF with improved resistance to fire or moisture, among others. The combination between the composition of the product and the advanced manufacturing technology used with the surface materials, allows Vicaima to achieve unparalleled results. This is perhaps particularly illustrated in the use of surfaces utilizing natural veneers, where the product is able to reproduce colors and original and unique designs to spectacular effect. These new MATCH panels have been designed to provide a flexible answer to a broad scope of commercial project requirements with an offering that includes: choice of base materials including MDF, Superpan and Plywood; selection of surface layers and coatings, all in a choice of industry applicable dimensions. With outstanding performance, product flexibility and the ability

to create a truly unique space, MATCH introduces a new level for commercial interior design. It’s the ideal inspiration for hotel and leisure applications, corporate environments, schools and public places, industry display and exhibitions together with so much more. For specifiers needing a little steer to spark their imagination and who may not wish to create a totally bespoke design, MATCH also provides a wealth of stimulus with some truly creative collections. Containing 36 individual patterns within 6 contemporary and inventive themes, these include the opulence of Black Marble, the optically challenging Origami through to the traditional and authentic Portuguese Tile. For further details about how Vicaima MATCH can inspire you, technical specifications or to download a catalogue visit the Vicaima Match website today

September 2016 Doors Walls & Floors

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 reimagined 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 contrast to wall and floor coverings. Inside the apartments Vicaima Satin White doors with Easi-Fit frames were selected. These ultra-smooth white lacquered doors

Apartment interiors showing Vicaima grooved Satin White in Easi-Fit door kit

provide a luxurious look and feel at every turn. The design has been further embellished with the addition of a refined groove pattern, which was also carried through onto the architraves to add yet another design element. Vicaima offer an extensive range of innovative design options, with fire, acoustic and security performance for luxury housing and modern apartment living space. For further details visit


Doors Walls & Floors September 2016 up to 55 dB Rw from a single layer system and thereby reducing costs and partitions width) and fire respectively, BB93 for schools, HTM08 for healthcare and CE Marking (ETA). The CPD also advises where fermacell can be used – in drylining applications where highperformance is required in one or more areas such as acoustics and resistance to impact (a single layer achieving severe duty rating BS 5234: Part 2), fire (A2/Class 0) and moisture (up to 80% humidity resistance).

Fermacell CPD Promotes Modern Materials For Modern Construction Fermacell’s CPD tells specifiers all they need to know about gypsum fibreboards.


nformation on why gypsum fibreboard should be the material of choice for internal and external walls, and floors and ceilings, is contained within a CPD from specialist building board manufacturer Fermacell.


density and resilience. This makes it ideal for ceilings and dry-screed flooring as well as partitions as it also offers high performance in areas such as acoustics and impact and fire resistance.

The “Modern construction needs modern materials” CPD explains how fermacell is made, how it conforms to relevant standards, where it can typically be used, what product options are available, and its performance characteristics and installation process.

The CPD explains how and where fermacell is made (four factories throughout Europe) and how its manufacture is environmentally friendly, the panels being comprised of 90% recycled material, fully recyclable themselves and accredited by Robust Details and the BBA and ETA.

Currently celebrating its 45th year of production, the unique fibrereinforced gypsum-based board offers the performance properties of solid blockwork when used in partitioning due to its strength,

Product options include a variety of standard and custom sizes, four thicknesses and square or tapered edges, all of which comply with Parts E and F of the Building Regulations for acoustics (giving

In addition, fermacell has also been tested to CWCT standards for use externally as a backer board in a ventilated rainscreen application and is an ideal racking board in timber frame construction, being stronger than OSB and offering fire protection. This strength (up to 50kg load) can eliminate the requirement for plywood pattressing, saving time on installation and money on materials. Whether used internally or externally, fermacell boards are low maintenance, with minor dents easily touched up and part-panels easily replaced. In addition, the lack of angle beads on external corners makes them particularly suitable for schools, hospitals, airports, student accommodation, sports halls and other high-traffic areas. They do not even require finishing to accept paint, tiles or wallpaper, although a fermacell skim-like FST (Fine Surface Treatment) is available which does not require a plasterer to apply and dries in 45 minutes. The CPD also includes FAQs and independent cost comparisons which show that taking into account multiple board layers, pattressing and skimming, fermacell is a very cost-effective alternative to performance plasterboard. It is available on request from 0121 311 3480 or


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


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

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

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

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

September 2016

Green Light for Transformative Redevelopment of Crawley Town Centre Highlights • Outline Planning Permission Granted for Transformative Redevelopment of Crawley Town Centre • Planning Committee approved The Arora Group’s application• Will see the area, known as Station Gateway, completely transformed in a residential led regeneration scheme • Development includes 308 high quality apartments with a new train station and plaza, full disabled access and multi-deck car park. The Arora Group (“Arora” or the “Group”) in coordination with Crawley Borough Council is pleased to announce that outline planning permission for the highquality development on the site of the Overline House office building and Crawley railway station has been granted. The scheme promises to transform the Crawley gateway area into an attractive, inviting and safe environment, truly reflecting the town’s opportunities as a place to live and work.


This step follows extensive consultation with multiple parties including the Southgate Residents Association, Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex County Council Highways and open dialogue with the Arora Group’s fundamental partner, Network

Rail. The plans include a new, modern station building with a completely new station entrance, ticket hall, footbridges and multistorey car park. The development will also have a coffee shop, retail kiosk and a small start-up business hub, all designed to support Crawley Borough Council’s ambition to create a network of business hubs and enable small and start-up enterprises in the town.

Arora Group said: “The Arora Group has been part of the community in Crawley for over a decade, providing employment for local residents at the Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley. With this important next step in the process achieved, we are fully committed to this complex development and look forward to working with all involved, including Network Rail, as we work towards improving the town for everyone.”

Alongside the transformative benefits the development will bring, the Arora Group are also making significant financial contributions that will fund enhancement of local sports pitches, play areas in Memorial Gardens and/or Southgate, and local allotments . There will also be an educational contribution, which will provide for primary, secondary and sixth form school improvements.

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said: “This is a fundamental part of the town; it’s a gateway into Crawley and as such, the first and last impression people get when they travel by train. At the moment it’s very much giving the wrong impression; it’s grey, tired and dominated by a dual carriageway.

Modernising Station Gateway to make it compatible with 21st century use, including living and working, is highlighted in the Town Centre Regeneration Programme which can be seen online at uk. The site is also specified in Crawley’s Local Plan and allocated for residential / mixed use development. Surinder Arora, Founder and Chairman of the

“I’m so happy these plans have been given the green light as it will make such a huge difference to the town centre - helping to create an environment which is modern, attractive and safe, providing good links from the station to the town centre, particularly for people walking, riding bikes and catching public transport. This application is also a great example of the council working with the private sector to encourage the right kind of regeneration.”

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Case Study: Tattershall Castle Tattershall Castle is one of Indigo’s more challenging case studies to date, with two separate installations to the ship over the period of a year.


uilt in 1934, Tattershall Castle was once used faithfully throughout the Second World War. After long service as a passenger and goods ferry, in 1973 the ship was retired and towed to London, where it was converted into a floating art gallery and subsequently the extremely successful pub and restaurant that stands there today. With views of the Houses of Parliament and London Eye, this floating pub and restaurant is moored on the River Thames at Victoria Embankment, one of Britain’s most iconic locations. Indigo’s involvement with Tattershall Castle began in 2014, with a discussion about refurbishing the ship. Soon after this, Indigo conducted a site survey. There were standard, folding arm awnings fit to a goalpost structure installed on the ship; these were badly damaged, and the initial intention was to either repair or replace them altogether. After viewing the site, Indigo concluded that, due to the exposed nature of the location, awnings


would not be suitable for the ship and recommended a Pergotex fixed structure with a retractable heavy duty PVC roof instead. Tattershall Castle agreed to go ahead with Indigo’s recommendation, and as part of a multi-million pound refurbishment to the ship, it was concluded that the fixed structure would be added and the awnings removed. In January 2015, just before the ship was taken to Hull, Indigo removed all awnings from the site. Once it was taken to the dry dock, a detailed survey was conducted to assess how best to secure the structure to the deck. At this stage, it was discovered that this would be far from straight-forward; on the deck, there were two 2 metre tall ventilation shafts obstructing the installation area. Due to the fact that the ship is listed, the shafts could not be removed and would need to be worked around. In addition, the decks curved from the centre outwards, meaning the measurements had to be

millimetre-perfect – a very tough feat. A Pergotex fixed structure with a heavy duty PVC folding roof was added to the area at 7 metre width by 3 metre projection on either side of the goal post structure. On 11th May, the front deck installation was competed in line with schedule and budget, despite the difficulties faced. The clients were so delighted by the transformation that in early November, a repeat order was placed for a matching fixed structure to be installed on the back deck. This second installation was bigger than the first: a total of four units were linked together with a fully integral rain water draining system, measuring at 5.2 metre width by just over 3 metre projection on either side of the goalpost, totalling a covered area of 60 square metres. This structure was fitted at the beginning of January 2016; once again, the clients were blown away with the installation and levels of professionalism for dealing with the complications faced, and have stated that ultimately they will enlist Indigo’s services to infill the sides of the structure with glazed panels. 01352 740164

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A contractor approached Indigo Awnings with a proposal to install awnings and giant parasols to the Moët & Chandon pavilion at York Racecourse, immediately in front of the winner’s enclosure.

Case Study: York Racecourse


he project contractor requested the supply and installation of eleven giant parasols and five awnings from Indigo in time for the first major race of the year.

After discussions between York Racecourse and Indigo, ten A8 giant parasols and five awnings branded with the Moët & Chandon logo were installed, in addition to an eleventh giant parasol for Veuve Clicquot. Each A8 giant parasol measures at a huge 7.5 metres squared, providing plenty of shade against all weather conditions. The installations were completed smoothly and successfully in March and April 2015, ultimately attracting attention from other racecourses and leading to referrals of a similar nature. “We were absolutely delighted to have been selected to be a part of this project,” commented Trevor Ruddle, Managing Director of Indigo Awnings. “York is a really high profile racecourse.” To this day, York Racecourse use this installation as a highlight when promoting events. The parasols stand proud, adding finesse to the famed Moët & Chandon experience. Moët & Chandon is one of the world’s largest expansive champagne producers and prominent champagne house, with a royal warrant to supply champagne to Elizabeth II. 01352 740164


September 2016

Yeoman Shield Proves to be the Perfect Recipe for Restaurant Doors A staff restaurant run by catering company Gather & Gather in a prominent business centre in Leeds needed to solve the problem of damaged doors connecting the back of house kitchen area with the front of house dining area.


atering for staff employed by Blue Chip companies whose offices are housed in the centre, the restaurant finds itself very busy at all times throughout the day.

“The long working hours and the amount of customers we serve can lead to the kitchen doors being opened up to 800 times a day and they are usually not opened by hands but by the end of trolleys and carts being pushed through them. This can lead to the doors becoming damaged and looking scruffy and marked.” explained catering manager Martin Bradshaw. The facilities management company in charge of the business centre buildings sourced a solution, to preventing the continual damage that the expensive fire doors were experiencing, from a range of fire rated door protection products from Yeoman Shield. “Over the last 13 years we have had to replace the kitchen fire doors twice, each time costing in the region of £1,200.00. With Yeoman Shield door protection installed this expense will be a thing of the past. We were also confident, due to the fire certification provided by Yeoman Shield that installing these products would in no way affect the integrity of the fire doors.” commented the building facilities manager. Yeoman Shield’s directly employed fixing team installed 2.0mm thick door protection panels with a FalmouthEx finish to both sides of the double swing kitchen doors in a Buff colour. 1 hour fire rated door edge protectors were then installed to both the leading and hinged edge of the doors which were then finished off with a low level kick plate in a contrasting Brown. “It’s important that the doors on show to the public look clean and hygienic giving the customer confidence that what is behind the doors in the kitchen working area will also live up to this standard. We are very pleased with the Yeoman Shield products on the door which still look brand new even though it has been in place for many months.” Concluded Karen Fisher, operations director for Gather & Gather catering company. For more information on Yeoman Shield wall & door protection range go to or email: For press information please contact Sally Moores 0113 2795854 email:


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September 2016

VENTURE CREATES BESPOKE LIGHTING SOLUTION FOR COSTCO UNDERGROUND CAR PARK Venture Lighting Europe has supplied a purpose-made retrofit gear tray to help a Costco store in Birmingham reduce its energy consumption and improve the lighting of its underground car park. The company, working with lighting maintenance contractors Solent Lighting, developed a 50W LED retrofit gear tray to replace 300 150W Metal Halide lamps whilst still utilising the existing fittings to generate an estimated 70% energy saving. The 300 fittings are located in the store’s underground car park, which required high levels


of light to promote a safe and customer-friendly environment. Due to the nature of the car park, fixture replacements would have been extremely expensive and would have required extra drilling into the concrete structure, creating a lot of mess and disruption to the car park. Venture’s retrofit solution eliminated all of this whilst keeping the costs and installation time to a minimum.

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Baber Zaman, Store Manager at Costco Birmingham, commented “As part of a general improvement to the warehouse we decided to switch to LED with the help of Solent Lighting to reduce the running costs of the car park lighting, which was being used as much as 20 hours a day. Solent chose Venture’s LED gear trays as the best solution for our requirements. With the new LEDs we are now getting improved light levels at a lower usage and we are very pleased with the new lighting so far.” The 50W LED retrofit gear tray was created by Venture to meet the light and performance demanded by the car park, and is purposely designed to fit the existing luminaire body. Comprising three of Venture’s high performance linear LED modules and a 50W fixed output driver, the new gear tray delivers excellent and reliable light, with an efficacy of up to 148 lumens per circuit watt.

The new LEDs also offer a light life beyond 60,000 hours to eliminate any lamp failures and replacements. In using the LED retrofit gear tray, the store was able to keep its existing IP65 non-corrosive fixture which is best suited for the application. Being an underground car park it was important to the store to use a robust luminaire that is dust and water resistant and can withstand various temperatures and conditions. The retrofit solution allowed the store to keep the existing fittings, all of which have proved effective since the original installation. The store’s existing non-corrosive luminaire uses a prismatic polycarbonate refractor to allow for excellent control of light distribution. This cover is also designed to be extremely robust and vandal resistant to ensure no damage can be done to the luminaire which may

compromise the performance or distribution of the light. The modules and driver used to create the gear tray is amongst many different options developed by Venture for similar purposes. The company offers a range of LED lighting, including square and linear modules and various fixed output or dimmable drivers to create high efficiency and high performance luminaires for the commercial and industrial markets. Further information on Venture’s range of LED components is available from the company on 01923 692600, by emailing: or by visiting the company’s website at


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

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


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

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

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September 2016

THOMPSON’S LAUNCHES NEWEST RANGE BUILDING CHEMICALS It’s been an exciting few months for the Thompson’s brand. Known for its famous waterproofing range, with the launch of a new range of Building Chemicals products, plus a redesigned website has moved the brand into several exciting new categories. With more than 40 new products, the Building Chemicals range caters to six key areas including; roofing, admixtures, flooring, cement and mortar repair, cleaners, and putties and adhesives. The team at Thompson’s have invested heavily into speaking to end users and merchants to ensure the range is inclusive and makes an impact in store. As Marc Olding, Thompsons Marketing Manager explains: “We felt that it was important


to work closely together with merchants and end users in order to gain a genuine understanding of what they needed and what they felt was missing from the market. “We have taken this information on board and it is reflected in the range and support we’ve brought to the market. Our Building Chemicals range is now complete with 42 products that compliment the rest of the range” The new packaging also reflects end user thoughts on what could be improved in the market. Black packs have been introduced throughout the range to ensure the brand stands out on shelf. Getting the pack right was kay to the project. “End-user insight told us the trade is looking to make

a quick decision in this category. This is why we’ve ensured each product is clearly differentiated from one another, and the product name is clearly highlighted on pack. Another feature that appealed to the trade was including useful technical information on the front of pack as a quick reference guide for mix ratios, coverage etc”. The Thompson’s website has also been relaunched with 9 new categories, updated FAQ’s and easy access to technical data sheets.

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


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

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Lightweight Vertigo Cladding Selected For Eco-Friendly Penthouses Architectural practice Alexander Sedgley has specified a pioneering vertical fibre cement slate facade system for a luxury private mews development in London. The Vertigo slates, from manufacturer Marley Eternit, have been used to create striking projecting bays on the front and rear of the exclusive terraced and semi detached rental properties at William Mews, near Brockley. Built by Proctor Developments, the distinctive eco-friendly homes use timber frame construction, so the architects needed to specify a lightweight cladding material. They also wanted the bays to create a strong contrast against the yellow-flecked London stock brick required by planning. Although zinc or render were initially considered, Alexander Sedgley architects selected the new Vertigo system for its aesthetic and lightweight properties. Project architect Stephen Alexander explains: “As we were using a timber frame, getting a lightweight material to clad the projecting structures was very important and when we saw the Vertigo system, we knew it was perfect for this development. “The site is surrounded by two-storey Victorian houses and we wanted to create a contemporary contrast, without it being too imposing. As well as meeting our weight criteria, the Vertigo system gives a clean, contemporary slate aesthetic that will stand the test of time, but crucially remains sympathetic to the surroundings. “It was very easy to detail and the other big advantage was that the roofing contractor was able to install it, so we didn’t need a specialist fitter. It was also much more economical than using sheet metal and removed the aesthetic problem of visible seams.”


private residential sector, particularly with developers and architects who want to create striking properties in urban environments. As a lightweight material, it is ideal for adding aesthetic interest to timber frame buildings like this one at William Mews. In fact, using Vertigo with a block and timber frame can be 15% lighter than a traditional brick and block system.” Available in eight different colours from Anthracite to Terracotta, Vertigo slates can be used to create beautiful, distinctive and elegant vertical cladding solutions for a full range of building types. Perfect continuity between the roof and facade can be achieved by using Vertigo in combination with Marley Eternit’s Birkdale or Rivendale fibre cement roof slates.

The first of its kind in the UK, Vertigo consists of small 600mm x 300mm slate like panels which can be quickly fixed onto battens, with the desired amount of insulation in between. The fibre cement slates perfectly adapt to the contours of the building, providing a second protective skin. The Vertigo slate range is very easy to fit and has three different installation methods to give more design flexibility and freedom.

Vertigo also boasts superb sustainability credentials, helping to achieve environmental credits with a ‘very good’ BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing accreditation and its environmental impact is easily reviewed with its own Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). Fibre cement also offers sustainability benefits throughout its whole life cycle, as it can be fully recycled at the end of its use. Waste fibre cement can be ground down and used to replace limestone and shale in clinker production, the essential ingredients for Portland cement.

Charlotte Hughes, product manager from Marley Eternit, adds: “Vertigo is still a relatively new product in the UK market but is already proving popular in the luxury

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Case study September 2016

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


Tools & Equipment September 2016

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


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




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Snickers new ALLROUND ® 37.5 Insulated Work Jacket Performance and comfort are integral features of this water-resistant, padded jacket


op athletes have long enjoyed the benefits of performance wear - now craftsmen and women can too. Snickers Workwear is one of the first manufacturers of working clothes to introduce 37.5® Technology into its clothing. As any athlete will tell you, when it comes to clothing, performance and comfort are closely linked. David Clark, MD of Snickers Workwear in the UK says “It’s proven that an athlete’s performance can improve by up

to 26 per cent through the use of this advanced technology. So the same could be said of skilled craftsmen and women on site” This new 37.5® ALLROUND Insulated Work Jacket is just what the name suggests. A jacket that has all the features and functionality of the other Next Generation working clothes, but without the heavier weight fabrics. It’s a super-light, quick-drying garment that will keep you looking and feeling comfy wherever you are on site in colder weather.

Snickers’ ALLROUND garments have quickly become known for their contemporary designs packed with must-have features that focus on fit, comfort and freedom of movement as well as using innovative fabrics that deliver long lasting protection. To get more information on the Snickers range of Next Generation Work Jackets is easy - call the Helpline on 01484 854788; check out and download a digital catalogue; or email


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

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

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

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

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

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



DUST 13,000 deaths

Around every year from occupational lung disease and cancer.


Construction dust can cause to lungs and airways.

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


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


September 2016

Men’s Oxford Weave shirt – the working man’s shirt Dickies Oxford Weave Long Sleeved Shirt has been tailored into a smart, practical cut with all the features of a classic shirt. It has a 60/40 nice-to-the-touch cotton and polyester mix and looks business smart with button down collar and a chest pocket. This smart design is versatile, perfect for uniforms and comes in blue, navy, white and a cool silver grey. The shirt has been adapted for women and comes with an inverted pleat in the back for easy movement and a stylish hem.

Sika Multi Stick ®

- The Multi-Talented Grab Adhesive You Need In Your Tool Box Sika® Multi-Stick is a new generation in hybrid polymer grab adhesive from Everbuild – A Sika Company, designed especially for the trade with the ability to bond virtually anything to everything. Solvent free and based on new SPUR technology, Sika® Multi Stick boasts incredible initial grab, high bonding strength and excellent slip resistance and is capable of bonding almost all materials, both porous and non-porous including glass, marble, brick, concrete, metals and hard plastics. Suitable for both interior and exterior applications, Sika® Multi Stick is completely waterproof


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

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

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


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

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

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


Landscaping September 2016

Europe’s premier trade event for interior & exterior landscaping! Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th September 2016, Battersea Park, London From country homes to city apartments, from urban lofts and public spaces to luxury hotels…..the indoor-outdoor phenomenon affects all types of living spaces. The boundaries have been broken. With weather proof rugs, outdoor kitchens, showers on the terrace and sofas in the garden, the indoor spirit is flowing through our outdoor spaces and creating a new focus for architecture and technology. The only trade event dedicated to qualified landscape designers & contractors, architects, local authority landscaping professionals, facilities managers and interior designers from all over the UK and beyond. It is a platform for them to network and source market leading products to use in high end projects worldwide. Across all seasons we are mixing things together and bringing the outside in and taking the inside out.

Free CPD Accredited Seminars LANDSCAPE is again delighted to host an entirely FREE seminar programme of truly international standing with some of the most prestigious names in the industry featuring over 50 different speakers. We have some of the biggest names in the industry already confirmed talking about the topics and projects that are making a real difference. Already confirmed we have Peter Murray from New London Architecture, David Lunts


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

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

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

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

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

Landscaping September 2016

Kebony adds sustainability to city hang-out Last year, the Malmö Municipality in Sweden unveiled the opening of Slussplan, a brand new urban park. One year on, Slussplan Urban Park has proved to be a great success, offering a public space without the use of tropical hardwood, ensuring sustainability at its core. The park combines a unique stairway providing access to Malmö’s historic canal, green space for the residents of the surrounding neighbourhood and triangular seating made from sustainable Kebony wood. Bordered by the existing buildings, the triangular park is divided into two parts featuring circular vegetation beds adorned with shrubs and plants on one side and an active urban square on the other. The park vaunts an art installation by David Svensson, which was unveiled at the park’s opening last year by Ola Melin, director of Urban planning division in Malmö. Designed by Mandaworks for the Malmö Municipality, this project is a triumph of landscaping architecture, weaving together infrastructure to create a new area for urban ecology and recreational space. Following the outright ban imposed upon tropical hardwood in Stockholm, and a growing trend in European cities of legislating against, and voluntarily avoiding the use of timber imported from the tropics in public projects, Mandaworks wanted to ensure that the materials chosen were sourced from sustainably managed, non-tropical


forests. Kebony’s sustainable wood was therefore selected for the ‘urban hangout’ benches along the promenade, due to the material’s positive impact in reducing demand for high performance tropical timber. A recent study by environmental consulting firm Bergfald & Co. demonstrated that Kebony has a substantially lower carbon footprint than its tropical hardwood equivalents. The study shows that the carbon footprint for clear-fell Brazilian Ipê is in the range of 7,500–15,000 kilograms per cubic metre; whilst the carbon footprint of Kebony is approximately 459 kilograms per cubic meter, both figures include treatment and transportation to Northern Europe. This paves the way for a future in which wood is an integral and, most importantly, sustainable part of the construction industry. Developed in Norway, the patented Kebony technology is an environmentally friendly process, which modifies sustainably sourced softwoods by heating the wood with furfuryl alcohol – an agricultural by-product. By polymerising the wood’s cell wall, the softwoods permanently take on the attributes of tropical hardwood including high durability, hardness and dimensional stability, without the need for tropical deforestation. For Kebony, this waterside urban

landscaping project follows another recent project at Fjord City, Oslo, a publically accessible park and bathing complex. Here there was a similar effort to capitalise on Kebony’s strong eco-credentials and durability to transform a post-industrial waterfront into a recreational space of this nature. In both cases, Kebony’s versatility as a material has rendered it invaluable for the construction of everything from street furniture to public boardwalk. The silver-grey patina that the wood develops over its elongated life-span has also singled it out as a popular material for architects in marine settings like these, where its matured colour is frequently a perfect complement to the setting. Martin Arfalk of Mandaworks commented “We wanted the park to be a lasting space for public recreation and Kebony’s wood is suitably durable that it will stand up to wearing and weathering. Its attractive natural aesthetic also perfectly complements the park’s character.” Per Thyberg, Country Manager of Kebony Sweden, commented “It is gratifying to see Kebony once again selected for the development of a recreational public space like this where its durability and beautiful aesthetics will contribute to the public’s enjoyment of the Slussplan Urban Park.” Visit and for further information

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Just a few of the benefits at a glance: t ‘Floating floor’ – installation over single ply membranes. t Eternal product - zero maintenance required – offering massive over-life savings. t Highly abrasion and stain resistant.


- Porcelain Paver & Pedestal System The Levato Mono paver system is the pinnacle of external raised flooring technology; enabling architects to specify lightweight, slip resistant and attractive raised flooring solutions, which combine incredible technical properties with uncompromised aesthetics, making them the ideal choice for commercial and domestic use alike. High load and impact resistance; extreme wear and scratch resistance; frost and fireproof; colour fast and extremely resistant to staining; resistance to mould and algae growth–these qualities ensure an extremely low maintenance and trouble free flooring solution. Matching internal tiling options are also available allowing for seamless visual transition between internal and external spaces. Available in 40+ plus colours and finishes in both ultrarealistic timber and stone pavers, combining 3D printing and mould making technology, to reproduced identical copies of natural materials and with up to 30 prints available for each paver range , once laid, the eye is unable to discern any replicated pattern allowing for a completely natural looking surface.

Specified for external dining areas at London Zoo as well as for the new Portico Terrace at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane; one of our Levato Mono sandstone effect paver ranges was considered so similar to natural sandstone material, that is was sanctioned for use on this grade 1 listed building by English Heritage.

t High slip resistance; R11 and achieved up to +65 wet in the BS pendulum test. t Lightweight – 45kgs per m2. t High load bearing and impact resistance. t Timber & stone effects; 40+ finishes available. t Ideal for balconies, roof terraces, pools and piazzas, for both commercial & residential use. t Completely non porous. t Fire & frost proof.

Used in conjunction with height adjustable fixed head or self- levelling pedestals or fixed height paver support pads, the Levato Mono system makes it possible to create perfectly level surfaces over uneven sub-surfaces. Ideal for installation over all waterproof membranes our support systems cover height ranges from 9mm to 550mm and incorporate a patented selflevelling slope correction facility with the convenience of height adjustment after the pavers are installed.

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Outdoor Living September 2016

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

The OrganoWood wood protection system consists of OrganoWood® 01. Protection which offers rot and flame protection, OrganoWood® 02. Repellent to provide a dirt and water repellent surface and OrganoWood® 03. Cleaner, an organic wood cleaner for general and intensive cleaning and maintenance of the wood. For use on all exterior wood, including decking, cladding, fences and garden furniture, OrganoWood products are a low cost, sustainable alternative to chemical treatment. Through its proprietary technology, which mimics the natural fossilisation process, the wood is modified by the attachment of protective silicon compounds to the wood fibres. As well as protecting the wood, OrganoWood gradually ages with an aesthetically pleasing silver-grey hue over time.


“Following its success in the Nordic region, we are excited to launch this product range to the UK market,” comments Steve Grimwood, Managing Director of OrganoWood UK. “OrganoWood prides itself in providing the same long term wood treatment that is achieved through pressure treatment, minus the harmful ecological effects to the timber and environment alike. In the UK, architects, professionals and end users look favourably on environmentally friendly products, and the OrganoWood range ticks this box and many more. Launching OrganoWood allows us to provide this audience with a high quality product range that is reliable.”

unique wood protection that is entirely non-toxic - without the use of harmful heavy metals, biocides and solvents. OrganoWood products are classed as a Good Environmental Choice by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, one of the highest eco-classifications in the industry.

Manufactured in Sweden, OrganoWood has employed some of nature’s own tricks to develop lasting, effective and

For stockists and more information on OrganoWood®, please call 01296 481220 or visit

The test proven products from OrganoWood® meets all relevant European environmental and performance standards and has received EN113 and EN 13501-1 certification for rot and fire protection respectively. All OrganoWood® products are ecologically sustainable according to FSC® (FSC-C120532) and PEFC™ (05-35-168).

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was conceived out of founder Nick Negus’ dissatisfaction with standards in the composite decking industry. We spoke to Nick and director Darren Field on their desire to better the sector through Woodbörd.


ick Negus went from installing composite decking to supplying it following a few bad personal experiences with the quality and delivery of the product from other companies. He founded Woodbörd with the main aim of improving the standard of customer service. The main complaint Nick had with other companies was the state of the materials when they arrived on site, along with the delivery process as a whole. With Woodbörd, he aimed to improve this: “We deliver our decking in our own vans with our own staff, with real people at the end of the phone if there are any queries. We aim to be courteous, to deliver quickly and efficiently with good presentation of the product itself on arrival.” Managing director Darren Field summed it up by 01235 854093 saying: “Our aim is that the customer journey, from start to finish, is one to be remembered for all the right reasons.” So why composite decking? Nick tells us: “We chose it because we wanted to create a decking material that looked and behaved like wood but didn’t have the same drawbacks. We wanted it to last longer than wood without risking splinters or slipping.”

Woodbörd is a composite decking product that has been engineered to look and feel just like wood

Woodbörd’s composite decking is made from recycled materials, using recycled wood powder and high density polyethylene created from plastic bags, bottles, and other similar items. Nick explains that some companies print woodgrain onto composite decking, whereas Woodbörd ingrains the woodprint, increasing its non-slip ability. In terms of pricing, Nick says the decking is midrange, though a 20% discount is available for trade customers. “Considering we offer a 20 year warranty on our product we think it is pretty good value. Our prices are a bit more expensive than some, but we provide a great product alongside a fantastic warranty.”

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So what else can we expect from Woodbörd in the upcoming months? “We are always working on new ideas. At the moment we are developing a range of garden studios using our own material, and these will be available to the trade on a supply-only basis.”

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Woodbörd will also be attending FutureScape this year on 15 November, where visitors will be able to see the products and get advice on specifying Woodbörd in their projects.

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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:

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

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Turning Outdoor Space Into Profitable Space. LeisureBench Ltd was established fifteen years ago and rapid expansion has seen us grow into one of the country’s leading suppliers of outdoor furniture and garden buildings. Through years of experience of supplying the pub trade with a range of products specifically for this market, we have gradually brought our expertise into all other marketplaces requiring outdoor furniture and accessories, including specifiers. Indeed, if there is a specific product specification that is required, we pride ourselves on being able to work with them to develop products tailored to their requirements ,right the way through to delivering to the end user if required. The LeisureBench range of products is extensive, starting with our stunning range made from Grade ‘A’ premier teak. For a more comfortable relaxed situation, take a look at our Oasis Rattan collection which is modern, If you require furniture that is easy to move, take a durable, very strong and is virtually maintenance free. look at our aluminium range. It is both lightweight and Construction 130x92mm.qxp_Layout 30/06/2016 11:20 Page 1 weatherproof. Our hardwood range is carefully selected This range Update is suitable for outdoor or1 indoor use. from trusted and certified sources and our heavy duty picnic tables are available in round and ‘A’ frame designs. ☎ 01949 862 920


Our range of furniture made entirely from recycled plastic is tough, long lasting and good for the environment. For those wanting a splash of colour we have introduced new Tolix Style chairs and new ISOTOP sleek table tops. The chairs are available in an exciting colour range and are made from extra thick plate for commercial strength and durability. Unlike most on the market, the steel has been electro-galvanised before powder coating, which helps to prevent rust. Again this range is suitable for outdoor or indoor use.

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

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

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

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

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


Landscaping September 2016

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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September 2016

Charcon appoints new National Specification Manager Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has appointed Clinton Young to the role of National Specification Manager.


linton joins the business after 21 years with Marshalls, where he was pivotal in the growth of specifications in London and the South East, including project managing Marshalls’ specification and supply of £10m of landscaping products to the London Olympics. In his new role, he will be responsible for growing the specification business, including building relationships with key customers, advising on and delivering best practice and further developing the experienced team. Commenting on his new appointment, Clinton says: “I am delighted to join the Charcon and wider Aggregate Industries team. Charcon is recognised as a major player in commercial landscaping, testament to the strong team in place and the company’s customerfocused approach. “My extensive experience means I have a deep understanding of the procurement process, from conception through to completion, including how specifiers operate and what makes them tick. I’ve got a strong network in both specification and landscaping, the benefits of which I hope to bring to this new role.” In addition to a National Specification Manager, Charcon has also recruited two further Territory Sales Managers. Rachel Thurman, who covers the Wales and West Midlands region, spent 10 years with the Saint Gobain group, most recently working for Jewson as a Civils Development Manager. Martin Mullan, who covers the London and South East region, joins Charcon from Mea Drainage and has also worked for Brett Landscaping.


Mark Barter, Sales Director at Charcon, comments: “We are thrilled to welcome Clinton to the team. He’s got huge credibility in the sector, with clients and trade bodies alike, and we’re very excited about the experience, fresh thinking and best practice he’s already bringing to our team. We’re also delighted to grow the sales team with the recruitment of Rachel and Martin.” Charcon offers the commercial sector a comprehensive range of paving, natural stone, kerbing and drainage via its hard landscaping product range. It is also able to offer a full design and support service from project concept to completion, and provides innovative and integrated solutions for architects, civil engineers, landscape professionals, house builders and contractors in almost every aspect of the construction industry. To find out more, visit

Resin Bound Surfacing Market leading manufacturer SuDS compliant UV light stable Recommended application 15mm depth, ‘similar’ 18mm systems use 20% more product Tested for slip resistance in accordance with BS 8204 Part 6 Only resin bound manufacturer with FeRFA membership Only resin bound manufacturer with ISO 9001 and ISO14001

For more information: contact 01279 638700

September 2016

LEARN ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF HARD LANDSCAPING WITH BITUCHEM found the presentations beneficial for their upcoming projects.” The Bituchem Group, based in Gloucestershire, manufacture and supply a range of asphalt materials, including its popular Natratex Cotswold and Colourtex, which have seen a number of applications in Royal parks, including Kew Gardens, the Hurlingham Club, and the Duke of York barracks, to name a few.

Surfacing specialists, The Bituchem Group, is offering architects and specifiers the opportunity to receive a free, informative presentation on the features and benefits of hard-landscaping materials. The company has created the presentation as part of its customer service ethos in order to update and educate industry professionals on the latest hard-landscaping and surfacing technologies and solutions. The presentations are hosted by Bituchem’s Marketing Manager, Mark Stott, who has been delivering the presentations to architect practices and other companies for the past year. The presentations are available to companies in England and Wales at no cost and can be held at their offices or another convenient space. Mark Stott commented, “We have formed these presentations to show people what we have to offer and


how our products can be used in a range of applications. We hold them at a place convenient to the client and take the time to present our products, giving an overview of the various hard landscaping options and answer any questions they may have. We think that it is important for people to be fully educated in these materials so that they can be confident in the products that they are specifying.” He continued, “We have had a great take up this past year and I have had the pleasure of meeting with many great companies in the industry. We have also received some exciting new applications as a result of these presentations and it is great to see that people have

Bituchem has also supplied its materials to housing developments, to create attractive, contemporary roads and footpaths, as well as school playgrounds, highways regenerations, retail spaces and other domestic or commercial spaces. Last year, Bituchem advanced on its Natratex Cotswold product to produce a porous alternative to the natural-looking asphalt material in response to the demand for Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS). The Natratex Cotswold Porous replicates the natural process of water infiltration without the need for conventional drainage systems. The company has also developed Natratex Heavy Duty 10mm especially for highways applications that see heavy vehicular use. Further information on the presentations and how to book is available from Mark Stott on 01594 826768 or 07584 311266, by emailing: or by visiting the company’s website at

The UK Architecture & Building Design Exhibition and Conference

Exhibition Centre Liverpool

FREE-TO-ATTEND CONFERENCE FOR ARCHITECTS, DEVELOPERS, CONTRACTORS & SPECIFIERS Supported by Liverpool City Council and the Chartered Institute of Building, the first day of the event will seek to address design innovation, place making, housing and the pipeline of development in the region. Day two will focus on business essentials so practices can understand how they can win more work and develop better relationships with clients.

CONFERENCE SESSIONS INCLUDE: & !  – exploring the technical and creative developments that are pushing the boundaries in the built environment. &   "  – the latest thinking and practice in urban design and strategies for creating success in the North West &!  West – hear from developers from both the private and public sector, presenting their plans and pipeline for the next five years.

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

Products • • • • •

Toughened glass Processing CNC shaping Laminated glass Toughened and laminated constructions • EVA and Vanceva coloured interlays • Fabric and decorative interlays • Saflex DG41 structural interlay

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Specialist insulating glass units Anti–slip glass Fire rated glass UV bonding FIRMALITE electric switchable glass Heated glass Decorative glass Sandblasting ColorfirmTM back painted glass

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Staircases Treads and stringers Shower screens Shelving Glass doors Acoustic reduction Fire rated

Applications • • • • • • •

Structural glazing Glass floors Partitions Roof lights Balustrades Full height barriers Canopies

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Decoration Wall cladding Splashbacks Privacy Technical Support Nationwide Coverage

Further information is available from our sales and technical offices or visit Firman Glass,19 Bates Road, Harold Wood, Romford, Essex RM3 OJH Tel: 01708 374534 Fax: 01708 340511 Email:

Construction Update - September 2016  
Construction Update - September 2016