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Wage boost for construction apprentices and trainees Young adult operatives and all apprentices and trainees

Willmott Dixon scoops ÂŁ91m in repair and maintenance contracts

Plasterer has her career ruined by site fall

Kier and Vinci on the hunt for subcontractors

Kier and Vinci are among the firms looking for new suppliers at a Meet the Buyer event in Worcestershire this week. Contractors from across the West Midlands are being invited to the free event at Chateau Impney Hotel & Exhibition Centre in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire on April 10. Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and Worcestershire County Council will also be there discussing how contractors can do business with them on upcoming construction projects.



Crossrail tunnelling marathon shifts to final drives

Laing O’Rourke shortlisted for third PF2 schools batch Bam Construction, Morgan Sindall and Laing O’Rourke have been picked to battle schools in Yorkshire. The Education Funding Agency said the schools, three of which will be built in Bradford.

Crossrail’s train tunnels are three quarters complete following the breakthrough of the Victoria TBM a 24-month construction phase and a 25-year operational term using the into Whitechapel station.

Bombardier boss to head Network Rail infrastructure

The 150m long machine broke into the huge underground space at Whitechapel where work is taking place 35 metres below the surface to create over a kilometre of new platform and passenger tunnels for Network Rail has revealed Simon Kirby’s replacement as new managing the new Crossrail station. director of its infrastructure projects division. The TBM began her journey at Limmo Peninsula in east London at the end Dr Francis Paonessa, currently Uk managing director of Bombardier of 2012 and will now push ahead to Transportation, will take up the job in June when Kirby leaves to become chief executive at HS2. at Farringdon in the last quarter of He will steer delivery of Network Rail’s this year. £25bn of infrastructure renewals and The completion of this 8.3km drive enhancements, much of which already will mark the end of tunnelling on has been allocated to contractors through several major frameworks deals. the massive project. Now the focus is shifting to the Mark Carne, Network Rail chief executive, said: “The scale and complexity of Network Rail’s investment programme stations and tunnels. makes this one of the most challenging and exciting roles in Britain today. Crossrail Chief Executive Andrew Wolstenholme said: “Our tunnelling marathon deep beneath the streets industry, including a strong focus on both workforce and passenger safety.” of the capital is continuing apace with the construction of the new rail Dr Paonessa presently runs Bombardier Transportation, employing around tunnels now three quarters complete. “Over the past two years, our huge He initially joined Bombardier in 2010 as president of UK rolling stock, where machines have built more than 19 he managed the new build facility in Derby, manufacturing mainline and miles of tunnels and removed more underground trains for the UK and for export. than two million tonnes of earth.” While at Bombardier, Dr Paonessa has successfully managed a range of large scale, complex projects, and led a major culture change programme. and led the teams to win orders with Southern Railways, TfL and the £1.3bn Crossrail deal. Dr Paonessa started his career with shipbuilder Vosper Thornycroft in 1992, initially as a mechanical design engineer. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.



Green light for £1bn Westfield London expansion London shopping centre have been granted consent by Hammersmith and Fulham Council. to separate the residential elements from the retail and leisure facilities and include a new John Lewis department store. Enabling works are due to start this year with main construction getting underway in 2015 with an expected opening of Christmas 2017. Residential will be delivered in a number of phases

shopping centre in Europe linking Shepherd’s Bush Town Centre and Kensington and Chelsea to the White City Opportunity Area. The development immediately north of the existing centre includes up to: 61,840 sq m of retail space in the form of an west London four-level department store 8,170 sq m of space for restaurants and cafes

Record Build to Rent deal for 485 London homes

3,500 sq m of leisure facilities 1,600 sq m of community space Up to 1,522 new homes across the site

important part of our £3.5bn+ development pipeline in the UK and Europe. since opening is a testament to the strength of this centre and its market which attracts the best UK and international retailers and generates current annual sales of close to £1bn from nearly 28m customer visits.”

Genesis Housing Association has secured £45.5m under the Government’s Build to Rent scheme to deliver 485 homes for private rent across four sites in London and Chelmsford. This is the fourth deal under the Government’s £1bn Build to Rent scheme – and the largest to date. Overall through this innovative new fund, the Government hopes to get work underway on 10,000 new homes for private rent by 2015.

Costain found guilty over Newbury site death Costain has been found guilty of health and safety breaches that led to the death of a telehandler driver at a Newbury site. Mark Williams was crushed after the machine overturned, spilling its load onto the roadway at the Parkway

by the Health and Safety Executive. These included two counts of failure risk assessment; one count of failure to ensure health and safety and welfare of an employee at work and one count of exposing others to a risk to health and safety.

The 41-year-old from Oxfordshire was employed by subcontractor Attleys not guilty on all charges. Reading Crown Court heard Williams had complained about a crowded working area forcing him to make many short twists and turns, the day before he died.

In a statement after the verdict, the victim’s family told the BBC: ”We’ve sat in court and listened to these safety over productivity.” “It sounds like the perfect site but sadly that is far from the truth. Mark told us it was the worst site he had ever worked on. “The day before he died, he told Costain in a meeting that ‘someone was going to get killed’.

Costain will be sentenced on April 23. “Sadly for us, someone did get killed – him.”



Small builders agree 5.5% pay rise for site workers The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council has agreed a two year pay deal worth 5.5% for thousands of site workers at small and medium sized contractors. The deal thrashed out between the Federation of Master Builders and Unite will see a 2.5% rise from June 30 2014 and a further 3% from June 2015. Annual holiday entitlement will also increase by one day fromJune 2015 from to 22 days, making a total of 30 days including public holidays.

Betting Spy: Long Run for the Grand National year – on the course at least. Back in the stands it’s still the usual joyous mix of boozers and gamblers. But in the middle the toned-down Aintree fences attract a far made the race too much of a lottery for trainers to chance their best horses. Not any more and Long Run looks the classiest runner of the lot and is worth backing each way at 14/1 with our betting

Young adult operatives and all apprentices and trainees place. June 2014, followed by a further 3% rise in June 2015. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “This deal term stability now present in the industry.

from a very low base and remains relatively constrained for many of our members. “Our members are now looking to the future with expectations of growing workloads.

for hard-working employees. “The two year nature of the deal will provide certainty and reassurance for employers and employees alike.”

Blaze rips through Osborne job in Southampton rise student accommodation construction job in Southampton. A cloud of black smoke spread across the city after an explosion was heard at 11.40am on Thursday morning at the student block being built by contractor Osborne.

the building. Several hundred workers were evacuated from the site Leonard said workers “were doing some work on the roof to some of the building material they were using”.

Robert Waley-Cohen’s charge will be ridden by his son Sam who has a cracking record of getting round Aintree. Long Run will be conceding lumps of weight to many of his handicap rivals. But that is only natural for a horse who has won the Cheltenham Gold Cup and The King George twice . Adding the National to that would be quite a feat but the trainer’s horses are in decent nick and Waley-Cohen junior knows how to nurse a horse round the track to leave a bit in the tank for the long run-in. Hopefully our horse will be a welcome change in a recent grim run of losing football tips. But in the best traditions of a fallen jockey let’s get straight back in the punting saddle and have another crack at the bookies. Newcastle players are already in their Speedos for the They were awful last week against Southampton so Man Utd must be the backed at around even money for their visit. That’s a bit skinny for us so let’s team them with Everton in the big match of the weekend against Arsenal. The Everton/Man Utd double pays around 4/1 so let’s lump on that and hope the football and horses all go our way. readers a free bet when they open an account. Just click on the link below to visit construction’s favourite bookmaker setting-up an online, telephone or mobile account Running Total for all bets this season to a £10 stake: £-30.00



Bid race starts for £24m Sunderland College job City of Sunderland College has started the search for a builder for a new campus to teach vocational skills, like construction, catering and hair-dressing. The 120,000 sq ft campus will be built in Sunderland city centre on the land opposite Park Lane bus station. It will be built in two phases and will accommodate up to 2,000 students and The college

Dev Secs to start final £40m Hammersmith office phase Development Securities has raised funding to start the regeneration scheme in west London. The 12 Hammersmith Grove project will provide be built speculatively. Construction will start this May on the project, which is expected to cost £40m to build. line for the second phase, although Development use. Developed on the site of a former car park, 10 and 12 and leisure destination in the centre of Hammersmith adjacent to the underground station. Grove, was completed last July. Julian Barwick, Development Securities, said: “We are delighted to be progressing 12 Hammersmith Grove in partnership with SWIP Property Trust with whom we also developed 10 Hammersmith Grove. such as Hammersmith, on the edge of London’s increasingly price sensitive and yet still discerning with regards to quality.”

was one of the big winners when the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced grants of £194m nationwide to improve further education colleges last week. Sunderland is to receive £10m, which will be added to funding for the new development from the city council and college reserves.

June. Requests for information should be sent to Karen Wade, Sunderland College, tel: 0191 511 6000 xtn 00370.

Scottish Hydro picks four power line contractors

Four groups have been awarded contracts worth a total of £450m to improve connections to the National Grid in the The contractors will deliver new or upgraded power lines to areas including Caithness, Fort Augustus and Beauly, creating more than 600 jobs.

Scotland to invest extra £1bn in infrastructure An extra £1bn is to be invested in Scottish housing, secretary John Swinney announced today. Extra cash will be pumped into capital spending distributing funding method. He said: “We will develop plans to extend our current programme of NPD with an additional £1bn investment taking us through to 2019 – 20. “This investment will build on the successes of the current programme, delivering colleges, schools, roads, hospitals and community health facilities across Scotland. It will also provide the construction sector with the long term certainty of a future pipeline of work.”



Spurs to start £400m stadium tender race this year

Go-ahead for two more Berkeley Homes London towers

The club said: “It is a major development that will present ongoing challenges and subject to these challenges being manageable we anticipate going out to tender for construction late this year which will make a stadium opening date of Summer 2017 feasible.”

Boris Johnson ‘called-in’ the City Forum development on City Road in December 2013

Berkeley Group’s plan to build almost 1,000 homes in Islington Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to start the tender race for have been their new £400m stadium by the end of this year with the approved by new ground scheduled to open by the summer of 2017. London’s mayor.

Phase one of the stadium site was completed earlier this year with McLaren Construction delivering a new 130,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s supermarket. The club is now waiting on a Government decision for a Compulsory Purchasing Order (CPO) for remaining land on the site. McLaren is believed to be planning a joint venture with Spanish giant FCC to bid for the main stadium build.

Islington Council refused the application. Since then, City Hall planners have been working closely with developer Berkeley Homes and the council to bring forward a scheme that can alleviate some of London’s pressing housing needs and regenerate a part of London that is in need of improvement.

The Foster & Partners designed scheme comprises a 42-storey tower block and a Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: “The new stadium is a 36-storey tower block landmark project, of importance not just for our Club , but in an area already to the regeneration of an area which has been our home designated by Islington for more than 132 years and to London as a whole. Council as suitable for locating a cluster of tall “It will be a key regenerative component of the local buildings.

Other bidders are likely to include McAlpine, O’Rourke and BAM.

right. “To anyone visiting Tottenham today, our commitment to delivering the new stadium project and associated regeneration is clear for all to see – Phase 1 is built, the Club-sponsored Tottenham University Technical College is due to open this Summer, 447 jobs have been delivered to date and some 9 acres have been cleared in readiness for the stadium development. “We eagerly await the outcome of the CPO decision by the Department of Communities and Local Government.”

The development will include 995 homes, nearly a third of which will be

Johnson said: “London is enjoying an unprecedented population boom and by city in Europe to be home to ten million people. Building new homes and creating more jobs is absolutely crucial so that we can ensure this growth is sustainable.” Since taking on the role of planning authority, the Mayor’s team has negotiated with Berkeley Homes to ensure that the developer funds all of themselves. Berkeley has agreed

be a 190-room hotel, a space. Berkeley has agreed to start work within two years as a condition of planning.

homes early in the construction process and committed to make substantial progress on the scheme within two years.



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Top Deck Strength at Victory Park Shopping Centre Flowcrete South Africa has been involved in a major re-development project at the Victory Park retail outlet located on Rustenburg Road, Johannesburg.

Featuring a wide range of health, beauty, fashion, art and book stores alongside restaurants, nightclubs and fast-food units, Victory Park represents one of the city’s largest and most convenient retail centres. The shopping complex, owned by the Bentel Group of Companies, has seen a two-year programme of upgrade works take place across the 12,500 square metre site.

deck coating material that is able to prevent thermal cycling over a 24 hour period or seasonal change from causing any cracks, fractures or defects in the surface and ultimately posing any lasting damage to the structure. The system is also capable of withstanding high volumes

Forming part of the overall refurbishment works, parking capacity at the site has been increased through the addition of an over ground parking deck as an extension to the centre’s existing multi-storey basement facility.

within enclosed or tight parking environments. Craig Blitenthall, Managing Director for Flowcrete South

Flowcrete South Africa was approached to provide a highstrength, highly resistant and protective coating material that would be able to withstand the punishing conditions found within an exposed car park environment.

“Our Deckshield ED system is one of the most durable deck coating materials on the market, making it ideal for the Victory Park re-development project as it can


conditions.” Often regarded as the multi-storey car parking structure’s most vulnerable surface, the top deck is open to a wide variety of changeable weather conditions as well as oils, acids, salts and UV radiation. In order to protect the concrete structure from such demanding conditions, a durable, UV-stable and elastomeric polyurethane coating system was required by project architects, Frans Farmer Architects. Over 4,000 square metres of Flowcrete South Africa’s Deckshield ED system were used to coat all external parking bays as well as certain areas subject to high mechanical and dynamic stresses within the basement deck.

warranty on the Deckshield ED system and will return to site every six months to ensure that the material is performing at its best.” The installation, which was carried out by Flowcrete South Africa’s approved contractor, Spec-Floors, based in Johannesburg, took place over a phased period throughout the spring. As a result of a successful installation at the Victory Park





SAFER SURFACING CONTRACT Leading synthetic turf surfacing specialist Notts Sport has secured an exclusive three-year contract to provide safer surfacing solutions for Glasgow City Council. Notts Sport has been the exclusive supplier of safer surfaces for recreation and play to Glasgow City Council since 1991, and in that time has worked with the council on over 650 playgrounds and multi-use games areas. The company won the latest contract – the biggest safer surfacing tender in the UK – ahead of many of its main rivals in a competitive tender process. Many of Notts Sport’s installations for Glasgow City Council to refurbish wetpour rubber playgrounds. Notts Sport’s hard-wearing, vandal-resistant VHAF NottsSward carpet can usually be laid directly on top of an existing wetpour surface and requires minimal maintenance or repairs. Shaun Patrick, Chairman of Notts Sport, says: “We’re delighted to have once again secured the biggest safer surfacing contract in the UK. “Glasgow City Council began working with Notts Sport 23 years ago following a thorough evaluation of all the surfacing options available and has stayed with us for so long because of NottsSward’s tremendous vandal-resistant qualities – a particular concern for the authority – and the durability of the product, with many of our installations in Glasgow lasting over 15 years without the need for repair or replacement. “We look forward to continuing to work with the team to deliver the very best safer surfaces for local users.” Notts Sport has also worked with Glasgow City Council on a ground-breaking new type of play area at Glasgow Green which became the forerunner of the ChildsPlay Active system, which has since been rolled out nationwide. ChildsPlay Active creates new opportunities for active play and encourages healthy living and exercise by combining sport, play and education in one space. >>



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Children at a Greater London school are enjoying two newly renovated outdoor play spaces following the completion of a two-stage development by Sovereign Play Equipment. Cuckoo Hall Academy wanted to improve its outdoor play provision with a number of new installations for the Early Years and Key Stage Two pupils. It had been quoted by two other play equipment companies; however they hadn’t quite captured the school’s needs. Sovereign transformed the Early Years area with a range of physically challenging and stimulating equipment, including a Trim Trail on wetpour surfacing, interactive musical panels, a play lodge and story area complete with imaginative toadstool seating, which provides the children with somewhere to go and simply sit, relax and talk, aiding social skills and inclusion. The story area also makes for a great outdoor classroom, where teachers can read to students in natural surroundings. Nick Efthymiou, Site Manager at Cuckoo Hall commented: “We felt that Sovereign had really understood the brief for our new early years play area and interpreted our needs perfectly. We were very impressed with the design, so much so, that we invited them back to quote for our Key Stage 2 area! The children love their two new exciting play spaces, which they use every day. ” During the second phase of the project, an adventure tower was installed in the Key Stage Two area, encouraging co-ordination, confidence and balance, as well as turn-taking and physical development. Cuckoo Hall Academy now benefits from two new ageappropriate play spaces that encourage the development of physical and social skills in an exciting environment. The children have a mixture of exciting and relaxing areas and the school is prospering from a new learning space. To find out how Sovereign Play Equipment can help your children develop physically, mentally and socially through play, please call us on the number below, email or visit our website:

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Sustainable Seaside Shelters Unveiled at Bexhill, Sussex

The creative force behind the project, Millimetre, chose Kebony wood for this innovative seaside project in light of its excellent quality, durability, versatility, aesthetic beauty and exemplary green credentials. The product of a pioneering Norwegian company, Kebony is designed to withstand severe weathering, wear and decay, making it the perfect choice to provide shelter from the elements, whether its blissful sunshine or blowing gales! Commissioned by Rother District Council, these four seafront shelters are a striking architectural addition to the Sussex coastline. Their steel frames ensure durability, whilst the Kebony Scots Pine cladding and Kebony Southern Yellow Pine bench furniture compliment the natural beauty of Bexhill, evolving over time with their surroundings to acquire a beautiful silver grey patina. Rigorously tested in harsh Norwegian climates for its stability – where is has been installed in numerous coastal summerhouses and mountain builds – Kebony demonstrates comparable, and often superior, properties to tropical hardwood. Through an environmentally-friendly process of ‘Kebonization’ the wood is impregnated with a patented mixture based on furfuryl alcohol, a liquid produced from agricultural crop waste, which then reacts with the wood fibres and permanently strengthens the wood. This inspiring project was selected from some 140 entries submitted for a recent RIBA design competition and is the flagship element of Rother District Council’s Next Wave Seafront Improvement Project – a wider £5m cultural regeneration programme. Jan Terje Nielsen, Director of Marketing for Kebony comments:”Millimetre has come up with a truly original and ground-breaking development at Bexhill, marrying cutting edge architecture with a careful consideration of the area’s traditional landscape and natural beauty. Kebony are thrilled to be involved in such a forward-thinking project, ensuring that our unique wood product is the talk of the town!” Reflecting on working with Kebony, Ivan Clarke, Director of Millimetre comments: “We have found the product, the company and the UK supplier to be great – mindful of our needs and helpful. I particularly liked the Southern Yellow Pine boards that we used for the benches within the shelters as the timber has a great consistency of colour and feels like a furniture grade hardwood.” Architects, contractors and developers alike are increasingly turning to high quality, durable and environmentally-friendly products such as Kebony. Kebony offers a revolutionary wood product that can be used for decking, cladding, roofing, windows, indoor and outdoor furniture, yacht decking and other construction materials. In the UK, Kebony are delighted to be working with Brooks Bros, the UK distributor of its innovative flooring product. Most recently, Kebony was chosen by developers Bliss for their prestigious 25 Hurst Avenue, Highgate project – the first UK residential project for Kebony. Kebony was also used in the redevelopment of Yarmouth Harbour – a pioneering sustainable marine development and the first UK harbour installation to use Kebony’s innovative decking material. Kebony has also been used in several boardwalk projects both in Norway and the United States. Bethany Beach (Delaware, United States) installed Kebony boardwalk a year ago and have been so delighted with the results that a larger order has been placed to extend the boardwalk. Meanwhile, Kebony Maple decking has been used as a substitute for teak for a number of high-profile boats such as the Contessa 32, the Atlantis Verve and Elan, the Windy SR52 Blackbird, W40 Maestro boats.





This was a large townhouse in South Kensington that was a complete redesign and refurbishment. Sophie Paterson Interiors undertook all aspects of the design, from space planning, kitchen and bathroom design, carpentry, lighting to soft furnishings. A similar project would require a budget of ÂŁ300,000, excluding building work.


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Gleneagles Location: Gleneagles golf course, Scotland Date: roughly 3 years duration Architect: Bowker Sadler Partnership Ltd





Design Brief

To capture, respect and compliment the houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position in one of the most world famous respected views of Scotland: the Gleneagles golf course, along with roaming wildlife. To create an enviable country retreat centred around entertaining guests with lavish parties and relaxing getaway breaks with an open plan feel yet contradictory intimate and cozy spaces using many natural materials where possible.


26 Description of the project A substantial new build property nestled between neighbours overlooking the famous Gleneagles golf course with breathtaking views of nature and wildlife. Seven substantial bed suites individually designed, a grand entertaining hall with glass viewing balcony and incorporating a stone toped bar, various snugs, sauna, steam and gym facilities. Obligatory clubs room and wine cellar.

the proportions left little space for lighting, air conditioning and the several miles of plumbing pipe work. Favourite/Key aspects of the project The sheer scale of the two-and-a half storey entertaining hall takes some beating as it easily

balcony seems appropriately scaled to take in the views of partying guests below the wooden A-frame roof trusses. The centre piece doors in the entertaining hall are a grand and foreboding site. Clad in deep faux leather with antique bronze studs around the perimeter, but it’s the spear-like If the Scottish weather kicks up a storm there’s always shell handles in deep anthracite which set the the double height indoor golf simulator to keep you tones of nature’s grandeur that is a recurring theme throughout… take a breath before swinging through matter! to the next experience. Built with all the latest eco advances and intelligent technology for lighting and security and sound in every room (using iPads for control). All integrated discretely of course.

It maximizing the use of the stunning views of the course, wildlife and distant hills from most rooms whilst successfully screening the relatively close proximity of the neighbours.

It’s hard to pick what to describe for fear of leaving out equally worthy mentions. But this ski chaletcome-entertainment lodge has luxurious touches everywhere and yet its whole remains accessible with

There were challenges – akin to many projects of this scale – not the least logistics of a build in Scotland, but The Design Practice revel in a challenge and because the drainage system was precast early on in the build in meant for some thought around constrictions later on in the design process where

of local materials such as stone and oak cladding and exposed timber structure help soften the sheer scale of some of the open plan layout helping lend a warm and tactile atmosphere despite the glimpses of double height vaulted ceilings.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE a similar theme. The over sized wooden headboards with individual – are one of our most enjoyed touches as they capture the eye immediately and set the mood.

table is an almost artistic installment of a ‘Tree sofa’. Cut from one

such harmonious materials it makes you feel instantly relaxed and the respect of the craftsmen from all discaplines and local materias

There are subtle hints of the location and its Scottish roots in every




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Con Tempo Furniture Profile Con-tempo Furniture, based on the outskirts of Warminster, design and manufacture furniture for every room working with an awkward space. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ethos is to design and create beautiful, innovative furniture range in inspiring room sets which brings the furniture to life and helps you imagine the furniture in your own home.


29 The design team at Con-tempo works alongside contract customers supplying them with high quality furniture for a range of interior designers, property developers and architects. They work alongside their contract customers from planning stages right through to installing the furniture. Their ranges vary from traditional right through to contemporary so that we will have a range to suit every setting. The range everyone is talking about at the moment is their stunning new bedroom range ‘Lusso’. Launched in a stunning grey and complemented with an elegant handle, its style would suit everything from a brand new home to a more traditional period property. What’s more, the range is available in 9 colours with the option of fully painted or painted with an oak top. Another option to consider is ‘Ora’, their contemporary new oak range. The concept behind it was to create a luxury looking item with The design, based on their bestselling ‘Quercus’ range, has been scaled down and made from a mixture of solid oak and oak veneers, making or if you are limited for space. If you are interested in becoming a contract customer call and arrange a visit to their showroom. You will get the chance to meet the Con-tempo team, see a large display of their furniture and even have a tour around the factory and see the furniture being made.




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The through floor lifts do not use hydraulics or require load bearing walls and can fitted within a day and require minimal building work. Stiltz’s home lifts range consists of three different types of lift including the Duo Lift, the premium Vista Lift and Trio Lift – Stiltz’s wheelchair lifts.

It is powered by a roped drum-braked gear motor drive system that plugs straight into a normal 13-amp power socket like any other household appliance. Due to its size, drive mechanism and dual rail supports, the lifts can be fitted almost anywhere in the home. This is also because the home lifts’ footprint measures just 0.62m2 (based on the entrylevel Duo Lift) and its rectangle shape.

The lifts are ‘real’ through floor lifts and use an intelligent dual rail system which creates a self-supporting structure with the weight of the lift carried in compression through the rails and into the floor of the home.

The Trio wheelchair lifts are based on the Duo Lift model but with a deeper footprint and wider opening. Stiltz lifts can only travel to one floor (multiple lifts can be fitted between floors), and include a number of safety features such as weight and out of balance sensors, and come with different interior and exterior colour finishes options.


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UK and US Collaborate on Stair Scheme

Stair manufacturerS in the uK and united StateS have Signed an important agreement to coLLaborate on innovation and technoLogy, technicaL StandardS, operationaL efficiency and beSt practice. The Memorandum of Understanding between the British Woodworking Federation’s Stair Scheme and the Stairways Manufacturing Association (SMA) in America will see both organisations signing a reciprocal membership agreement to facilitate the exchange of information.

be working with the BWF and see this collaboration greatest resource of knowledge and tools contributing to the success of our members and the American stair The BWF Stair Scheme is the only accreditation and established in 2011 to raise awareness of timber stair standards, to give recognition to high quality stairs and to improve safety. Ranging from domestic, standard expected of the manufacturers for their stairs is extremely high to ensure quality and safety.

Items for discussion will include market research relating to staircase performance and safety, updates on standards and regulations, environmental matters,

The BWF Stair Scheme now represents approximately 70% of the UK timber stair market, bringing together like-minded manufacturers committed to driving up standards to make the industry more competitive against rival materials and to increase market share.

of conduct, event ideas and publications.

The USA’s Stairway Manufacturers’ Association was

Iain McIlwee, BWF chief executive, says:

prosperity of its stair industry and craft. The SMA has grown to include stair part manufacturers, stair builders, installers, millwork distributors and related ancillary businesses that support the stairway industry.

“Stairs remain one of the most common areas for accidents with over 800 recorded deaths attributed to slips, trips and falls on staircases every year in the UK. Unfortunately, many of these problems are caused by faulty stair design or installation, and often from the use of inferior products. “BWF members continue to report problems in the staircase market which undermine them as quality manufacturers. We hope that, by joining forces with by the SMA, we can form a long-term cooperative relationship and collaborate on new initiatives to grow and strengthen the market for high quality, thirdDave Cooper, executive director of the SMA, says: “The BWF Stair Scheme has taken a strong lead in the UK to ensure higher standards and greater customer

The SMA has successfully led proactive reform of the USA’s building codes throughout the past decade in making stairways safer while preserving the aesthetics of the staircase as an architectural element.



Endless Stair


Londoners and visitors will have a chance to experience the city in a new way this autumn, with the construction of the Endless Stair, a highlight of the London Design Festival which will see a series of interlocking timber staircases rising to a height of several storeys outside the St. Paul’s Cathedral, overlooking the Millennium Bridge.

Endless Stair is only possible as a result of these superior structural properties.

Alex de Rijke describes the interlocking stair design as “a three-dimensional exercise in composition, structure and scale”. He adds, “The ambitious structure is both marker and meeting place, on axis with the Millennium Bridge. The Escher-like game of perception and circulation in timber playfully contrasts The project is the brainchild of architect with the religious and corporate environAlex de Rijke, founder of architects dRMM ment of stone and glass in the city.” and Dean of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, working to a commission from dRMM Architects has pioneered the use of the American Hardwood Export Council, and CLT with projects such as Kingsdale School engineered by Arup. As well as providing an and MK40 Tower. De Rijke has described timexciting experience with several platforms ber as “the new concrete”, predicting that it from which to enjoy views down towards will be the dominant construction material the Thames, the project has a serious tech- of the 21st Century. nical purpose – to showcase the potential of cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels made This is the most recent in a series of innovafrom American tulipwood. tive projects that AHEC has commissioned for the London Design Festival, including CLT is a method of exploiting the structural the Timber Wave, designed by AL_A, which properties of timber to create panels that stood outside the main entrance to the Victoria & Albert Museum in autumn 2011. sustainably. Introduced to the UK by a small With projects like the Timber Wave and the number of forward-thinking architects, of Endless Stair, Arup, which is responsible for - the engineering of both projects, is really en technology that has been used on proj- showing what hardwood can achieve. ects such as the residential Bridport House in Hackney, east London. London-based design practice Seam will Up until now all CLT has been made from softwood, however, using a hardwood such as tulipwood, which is widely available, has great advantages. As a result of its superior structural properties, CLT panels made from tulipwood could potentially be much thinner than softwood panels of similar strength rials and to the possibility of more slender solutions. The elegance of the steps in the

provide a lighting scheme to illuminate the installation. The location outside St Paul’s

for an exciting structure that will showcase the potential to use of hardwoods to make cross-laminated timber that is lighter, stronger and highly sustainable.


34 A ‘stunning’ glazed atrium, glass bridges and curtain walling are bringing together a grade II listed building with a brand new biomedical centre of excellence on the site of the former Royal Eye Hospital in Manchester. The Advanced Facades division of the Saint-Gobain Group company, Glassolutions, has won the £2.5m glazing design contract for the Citylabs building, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The 94,000ft2 development will retain the heritage listed frontage, while building new space to the rear, which has been designed to attract bio health companies to develop new products and services within BREEAM Excellent

modern look and all-glass appearance, a Spiderglass bolted system will be used on two elevations, which form the entrance to an internal atrium. An architectural and practical feature of the development is an external maintenance walkway on each of the four storeys of the new building. An aluminium ‘veil’ will provide access to the outside of the building and also act as brise soleil solar shading, which will reduce glare and overheating in the building. Daniel Birrell, design leader at Glassolutions said: “This is already a landmark building and is about to be given a new lease of life. It’s a vital building for the local economy as well as the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, which have

networking space.

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and the public. The public space around Eastleigh House The entrance and reception area of the adjacent Wessex of this key city centre location.

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Architect Adam Penton designed his own family home and place of work situated on the outskirts of Groombridge village in Kent. This family dwelling is constructed from timber framing, clad in larch and roofed with zinc which complements its natural surroundings. The property replaces a former cottage on the site.

This system has been cleverly designed to provide an additional layer of security using enhanced security components making it one of the most secure systems on the market. It is thought to be the only folding door system on the market which has passed both the European BS EN 1627 and British PAS 24 standards with Secured by Design accreditation.

Adam Penton commented: “The large sliding doors to the central dining space utilise P C Henderson’s performance and ability to be housed into a bespoke glazed timber screen and sill system.”

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The dining room doors open up the side of the house and are used daily during the summer months for ventilation and access to external terracing to create an indoor / outdoor experience for the family to enjoy.

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the whole wall. Bi-folds concertina to reveal an aperture of around 90% of the space in which they sit. The leaves fold back against a single wall or split and stack on both sides, helping to create a seamless transition between home and garden.

doors up to three metres in height and its ultra slimframed Hi-Finity door can even stretch to 3.5m. Hugh Moss says: “As bi-folds are made from several glazed door leaves, a certain amount of their aluminium frame will be on show. Sliding patio doors, such as our CP130 model, can support vast panes of glass and wide

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