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Construction Update April 2017



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Industry News April 2017

Contractors mobilise for £100m M5 viaduct repairs A three-way joint venture between Bam, Morgan Sindall and VolkerFitzpatrick has secured the £100m-plus project to replace the waterproofing system on the Oldbury viaduct in the Midlands. The elevated section of the M5 motorway between junction one and two is one of the busiest routes in the country

Highways England delivery manager, Colin Jackson, said: “We will be starting work on a major concrete repair and waterproofing scheme at the Oldbury viaduct, between junctions 1 and 2 of the M5 in the West Midlands, after Easter. “At a cost in excess of £100m Highways England is delivering a huge investment that will support economic growth locally and in the wider West Midlands.”

Work is due to start after Easter on the two-year project which will see the deck slab removed on a 1.5 mile stretch of the motorway. Initially work will start by removing the surface on the southbound carriageway to investigate the condition of the concrete underneath. Once this is complete the damaged concrete will be repaired and a new waterproofing layer applied. This will then be repeated on the northbound carriageway.

New homes can now be built in just five days Construction giants H+H UK Ltd and SIG Offsite have launched a new house building system which sees homes built in just five days. The SIG I-House combines all the speed of offsite construction with the familiarity of a traditional build – from foundations to roof in just five days. The system can encompass the inner leaves of external cavity walls, floors, lintel, cavity closers, insulation and roof trusses. With the inclusion of soffit and fascia, the system delivers the internal skin of a property, fully wrapped and ready for follow-on trades.


The system is a one stop shop for clients – with a single contractor required to deliver the whole house shell. It is intended for the construction of domestic houses of up to two storey height, replacing the structure of the inner leaf of external cavity walls, separating walls and internal partitions with storey height Celcon Elements. Installed by the SIG Offsite team, Celcon Elements are craned into place and fixed using H+H element mortar. Timber I-Joist cassette floors are used in conjunction with the system to maintain the speed of build and roofs are either standard truss construction or the ‘Roofspace I-Roof’ – panelised roof system. All components are raised into position by crane.

April 2017 Industry News

Green light for £140m Edinburgh film studio Scottish Government Ministers have given the goahead for a major new film studio complex on the outskirts of Edinburgh following months of planning wrangles. Ministers overturned recommendations from their own officials and the local Midlothian Council to reject plans for the £140m Pentland Studios project on a green belt site at Straiton.

Simons bags £22m Birmingham private hospital Simons Construction will start work later this month on a £22m private hospital in Birmingham for Circle Health. The hospital will be part of the Edgbaston Medical Quarter and will accommodate six operating theatres, 18 inpatient bedrooms and several large recovery suites.

Developers behind the scheme said: “PSL Land Ltd are very pleased with today’s decision by Ministers to approve the grant of planning permission in principle for Scotland’s world-class Film & TV studio complex, and will be moving forward immediately with the application for planning permission in detail for the Film Studio, Academy and Energy Centre sections of the development. “Working together with Midlothian Council, PSL hope this next stage will be expedited accordingly, recovering the construction scheduling that will enable delivery of the key Studio operation by late 2018. “It is anticipated that a detailed schedule to progress the planning application will be agreed with Midlothian Council in the next few weeks, producing a phased timeframe with the Studio, Academy and Energy Centre as the first buildings to be progressed to full planning consent.”

It will deliver large-scale rehabilitation services, aiming to fill a void in the UK patient pathway. Roger Pulham, health director for Gleeds, the development’s project and cost manager, said: “The leading-edge project incorporates innovative design and planning that responds to the demands of today’s healthcare sector, allowing Circle Health to facilitate the best possible provision for the years to come.” The site is on the former BBC Pebble Mill office and TV studios, owned by Calthorpe Estates. The design separates the clinical and the hospitality functions in two distinct wings, with all departments accessed from the main central atrium.


Industry News April 2017

Deep spending cuts to hit Network Rail contractors

Quartet wins £7bn Scape construction framework

Specialist railway contractors are facing the deepest wave of spending cuts since the 2008 financial crisis.

Procurement group Scape has named Willmott Dixon, Robertson, Wates and Lendlease as lead contractors across the five lots of its new National Construction framework. The expanded and revamped £7bn framework replaces the National Major Works framework, which has an upper value of £1.25bn over four years. The framework introduces multiple lead contractors, supported by an extensive local supply chain, for the first time within Scape’s suite of national frameworks and has the highest value of any framework ever procured in the UK.

Plans to cut a swathe of track upgrades have been revealed in an explosive leaked internal document published in the Independent newspaper. A letter penned by a senior Network Rail official warns of testing times for the remainder of control period 5 up to 2019 because of overspending on the network. He also warns that subcontractors will be hardest hit by the deep cuts, risking business failure in the supply chain. “Because of significant overspends in some areas, including some enhancement schemes and the fact that the routes are more expensive to run than predicted, there is simply not enough money left in CP5 to continue as we have been. “Our sub-contract team members and our supply chain will be hit hardest, as this is the area of the business where we have potential to reduce our workforce quickly and relatively easily,” he warns. “The last time the track renewals industry had a cost challenge of this magnitude, 7-8 years ago, the supply chain suffered massively (we lost a principal contractor and many second tier suppliers)…this is going to be a tough couple of years for the whole industry.” Rail union RMT claimed the cutbacks would see 1000 safety-critical rail renewal jobs threatened. MT has written to Network Rail demanding that the cuts be halted. General Secretary Mick Cash said: “These planned cuts are a scandal and would impact on services and safety at a time when our railways are already running right at the limit of safety tolerances. “Track that is past its safe operational sell-buy date would not be replaced within safe time limits running the risk of repeated failures and possible derailments. That is the Government, through the ORR, playing fast and loose with rail safety.”


Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive, said: “The competition for this framework was fierce and the quality of bids extremely high. Willmott Dixon, Robertson, Wates and Lendlease evidenced the right blend of quality and value offers, along with the expertise and capacity to deliver the diverse needs of the public sector both now and in the future.” He added: “The possible Brexit cost to the construction sector due to a loss of EU talent, the increased costs of building material imports and higher tariffs could be significant, so a robust and stable delivery model led by strong contractors and supported by local enterprise, like the National Construction framework, will be an important delivery option for the public sector as we progress through the next four years.” “The biggest challenge for public sector bodies is continuing to deliver a high-quality, cost-effective built environment with enduring benefits for the local community at a time when resources are stretched to near-breaking point. It is the most challenging environment I have seen in my career.”


Brick problems solved at Materials 2017

Headline sponsor announced for UK Roofing Awards The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) announced SIG Roofing as headline sponsor for this year’s UK Roofing Awards. The event’s grand final, taking place at Park Plaza in London, will be hosted by BBC Breakfast Presenter, Steph McGovern, and the voice of the National Lottery, Alan Dedicote. The Awards covers all roofing disciplines, and runs from October to January every year. It is open to all who are involved in roofing, and entries are judged on degree of difficulty, aesthetics, problem solving, health and safety, workmanship and environmental issues. James Talman, chief executive at NFRC, said: “As hosts of the Awards, we are delighted and excited to once again welcome SIG Roofing as our headline sponsor. As always, its aim is to recognise and reward outstanding standards of workmanship, technical excellence and safety across all aspects of roofing.

Experts on Imperial Bricks’ stand 3/4 at Materials 2017 will help architects, specifiers and developers choose the right bricks for renovation, extension and new build. The Materials show is on 25th-26th April at the ILEC Conference Centre, London. Imperial Bricks offers a wide range of traditional handmade, wirecut, pressed and reclamation bricks and slips available from a single supplier in the UK. Its full range of 35 bricks will be on display with special show discounts and free samples.

“This year’s Awards take on even greater meaning as they coincide with NFRC’s 125th anniversary – an amazing milestone for any organization.” Andrew Wakelin, managing director at SIG Roofing, said: “We are passionate about supporting the roofing industry and the desire to drive innovation and quality workmanship is at the very heart of our business. That’s why we are so committed to the work that the NFRC is doing with The UK Roofing Awards, and we are proud to once again be the headline sponsor.”

Complimentary products on display will include Limetec hydraulic lime mortar, a ‘must’ for traditional handmade bricks, available in regional shades to suit any project. In addition, brick tinting solutions from Bebbingtons will showcase the possibilities of bespoke weathering and its suitability for matching new bricks with old ones. Brick experts will available on the stand to help architects and developers with common problems and issues, for example sourcing the correct materials for conservation areas or on Listed buildings that require imperial-sized bricks. This includes a brick-matching service and advice on how to recognise regional variations in brick size, colour and texture and how to specify the right brick types and sizes for each project. Imperial Bricks was able to exactly match existing brickwork on the RIBA (West Midlands) award-winning restoration of the Master’s House in Ledbury (pictured), a Country Blend mix, which perfectly complemented the original heritage bricks. Jason Hughes, Managing Director, Imperial Bricks said, “We understand the problems architects and specifiers face when trying to source reclaimed bricks or bricks that match the region, age and style of a property. Our in-house facilities can create custom blends with a reclamation finish, but with the added benefit of frost resistance, no wastage and guaranteed quality.”

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Industry News April 2017

Beard bullish about construction prospects Regional contractor Beard Group is confident about prospects for the rest of the year after posting a strong set of results for 2016. The firm – which has offices in Bristol, Swindon, Oxford and Guildford – saw pre-tax profits rise to £4m for the year to December 21 2016 from £2.9m last time. Turnover ticked up from £110m to £136m and the current order book stands at just over £112 million. High levels of repeat work and places on 14 multi-million-pound construction frameworks meant Beard has managed to avoid problem low cost contracts. Chairman Mark Beard said: “Beard’s strong construction performance in 2016 reflects our continued strategic focus on

prompt and faultless delivery, being selective about our projects and work-winning environments which bring out the best in our teams. “Our high-quality construction capability and profitable longterm relationships with our clients and suppliers, have also helped generate high levels of repeat business which we have been able to secure on better terms than lowest cost competitive tendering.” The family-owned construction firm undertakes construction projects up to £16m and has seen its turnover jump from £18m in 1999 to current levels. Beard said: “Given the agility of the business, the strength of our order book, framework contracts and pipeline

of contract opportunities, we’re well positioned to build on our success in 2017. “Along with a strong management team under new managing director David Sershall, we continue to invest heavily in training and developing our own skilled workforce in preparation for new construction opportunities in the new postBrexit market and a continuous drive to be better tomorrow than we are today.”

RG Group takes Hinkley builders £53m Dover scheme could earn £60,000 after Kier exit each a year Kent-based construction specialist RG Group has been confirmed as the main build contractor for the St James retail and leisure regeneration development in Dover town centre. Kier walked away after completing enabling works for mixed-use job in Dover after failing to agree a target build cost on the scheme. The £53m scheme is being developed by Bond City and funded by Legal and General and forms part of Dover District Council’s wider regeneration for the town. The retail element of the 157,000 sq ft scheme is to be anchored by major brands including Marks & Spencer and Next, while the leisure component includes a six-screen Cine-UK cinema, a 108-room Travelodge hotel and six restaurants.


RG Group took possession of the site as the main contractor at the start of this month.

Construction workers at the £18bn Hinkley Point construction site are on course to be the best paid builders in the industry. The Enquirer understands that pay talks have set the bar at nearly £60,000 a year for full-time builders on the site. Talks are currently ongoing between main contractor joint venture Bouygues Travaux Publics/Laing O’Rourke and the construction unions. And the industry’s ongoing skills shortage means the unions are in a strong position. One source close to the talks said: “This is the biggest construction site in the country and everyone wants to get it built on time. “The unions know that and any pay deal will be better than the one at Heathrow T5 where everyone made sure people were paid industry leading rates to get the job done.” It is understood the current average pay offer stands at just under £50,000 with that figure set to rise as negotiations continue.

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Do We Need To Save Traditional Craft Nigel Johnston, General Manager, Lead Contractors Association The returning confidence of investors and funding released for projects previously put on ice during the recession has boosted demand across the industry, especially for new build under a wide variety of commercial and domestic programmes, both urban and rural. However this growing confidence has also led to the revival of overdue restoration and refurbishment projects, perhaps the biggest example of which are the current considerations regarding the Palace of Westminster. Ironically – and perhaps not surprisingly – this upturn in demand has also exposed the skills shortages in the construction industry. It has put the spotlight on contractors that struggled to keep their businesses going during years of economic downturn and now find they do not


have enough skilled personnel to meet increasing demand. This is especially true of those involved in the specialist craft sector, where skills are learned and developed over time and where practitioners are trained to do things right first time in order to provide long term value for money for the client, rather than short term, cut price expediency. The problem is having to allow the time for these skills to be properly developed and in the current fast moving environment, some may question whether traditional skills development should have any priority. Demand on all fronts is here and now and can’t wait. The recent announcement of five Chinesefunded factories across the UK producing modular pre fabricated

buildings that cut building costs by 60% and are intended to produce 25,000 new homes per year by 2022, is seen as one way to address a chronic housing shortage (but at what cost to the long term demand for carpenters, bricklayers, plasterers, roofers, slaters, tilers, etc, etc?) Modern architectural design and specification prioritises the ecofriendly essentials of energ y conser vation, minimum waste, sustainabilit y, recyclabilit y, low carbon emission and all the other green challenges which have arisen as a result of increasing concern for climate, health and environment. The number of tower cranes on any city skyline provide testimony to a robust, fast moving, quality controlled, health and safety conscious, modern construction sector that is (literally) on the up.

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Skills From Becoming History?

But as the skyscrapers grow ever higher, below them is a richly varied and unique tapestry that is our architectural inheritance, one that has been developed over centuries and which still exists for our visual enjoyment today because of the skills and knowledge of those craftspeople entrusted with its preservation. This is not just about the palaces, ecclesiastical buildings and other eye catching structures of prominence and historical significance. It also includes the more humble Victorian terrace, the Georgian town houses and even the later and more maligned Art-Deco designs – they all have their place in creating an incredibly varied backdrop to our everyday lives. It is our specific responsibility today to preserve this wonderful architectural inheritance and pass it on unscathed and unchanged to future generations. To do this

we must also preserve the skills and knowledge that first created and then preserved this building kaleidoscope. The concern is that as we prioritise current new build demand, we lose sight of the need to retain what we already have and in our rush to accommodate modern design, we leave behind and forget about essential specialist traditional building skills. With more than 5M properties in the UK regarded as “heritage� (i.e. pre 1919) and a revived restoration and refurbishment environment, the demand for traditional skills (particularly in roofing) is at a level not seen for decades and the shortages of labour (among the specialists) and gaps in knowledge (among non specialists) that are being exposed as a result is alarming on both counts.

In metal roofing for example, there has for some time been wide recognition among architects of the quality ethic of the Lead Contractors Association and the strict policing of standards imposed on its membership through its entry qualification criteria and annual vetting programme. The LCA will welcome any roofing contractor that works to BS6915 and both supplies and fits rolled sheet (manufactured to BSEN12588) or traditional sand cast lead (i.e. is not solely a labour-only sub contract installer). This quality standard ethic provides an effective barrier of entry to those who do not (or cannot) work to the BS Code of Practice. Equally, it sets a measure by which all existing members continue to be judged and those that fall below this standard have their membership withdrawn.


April 2017 However the current situation of high demand for the services of LCA members – and the increasing necessit y for them to ex tend potential start dates for new work whilst they cope with their existing workload – has brought its own problems and provided a commercial opportunity for those less skilled and knowledgeable in leadwork design and installation. Under pressure specifiers that would like to use an LCA member find it difficult to do so and still meet their own project deadlines. This situation is often then further compounded by an extremely attractive price incentive offered by non LCA members. As a result, general roofing contractors are being engaged to carry out leadwork that is beyond their level of competence. This can mean poor detailing, poor workmanship and little recourse for the client when things go wrong. Evidence of this may not emerge for some time (long after the errant contractor has been paid), as even badly fitted leadwork can appear to be performing as required for several years. So in the short term the plea is for specifiers, architects and the heritage client base to stick to their guns and use the specialist contractor that has the knowledge and skill to do the job right first time. In the case of leadwork, this means using a member of the LCA, whose work is regularly inspected by others to ensure compliance to BS6915 and who, through their LCA membership can offer a unique 25 year guarantee of their work.


If such quality aspirations are to be recognised, applauded and preserved in the face of current market demand, they need to be used and not undermined by unrealistic constraints in deadline or price. Proper forward planning can often overcome availability issues and with regard to price, specifiers should always bear in mind that an LCA member must price for doing the job in accordance with the BS Code of Practice or they would forfeit their membership.

However the longer term resolution to the current skills deficiency in traditional metal roofing is firing new generations with an enthusiasm for the ideal of personally creating something with their own hands that will last beyond their lifetime. To persuade young people to view a career in construction, especially roofing, as a first choice, not an afterthought and for the rest of us to properly recognise the vital importance of practical skills and knowledge as being just as significant as academic achievement. Training in traditional craft skills such as working with lead sheet is addressed elsewhere in this publication by the Lead Sheet Association and is without doubt the single most important challenge the sector faces in securing its long term future. UK construction must continue to strive towards a trained and qualified workforce as a realistic and achievable objective in the next five years and during this period demand for the craft specialist in the heritage sector must not be allowed to waiver or be compromised.

If we do not recognise this as a priority, if we continue to focus solely on new build mainstream construction, then we are consigning traditional crafts skills to the history books, along with the buildings these practitioners are trained to restore and preserve. The architectural inheritance we are charged to protect will eventually crumble and disappear and no longer be there to be appreciated and valued by those who come after us. And at some point in the future when St Pauls Cathedral needs it’s magnificent lead dome repaired or replaced, a plastic membrane look alike will have to be used, because nobody knows how to do traditional leadwork any more…………

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Le Petit Fort, Jersey Glazing Vision’s Flushglaze fixed and circular rooflights were installed within a fortress-like home, located on the shore of St Ouen’s Bay in West Jersey, which has generated in equal measure both glowing accolades and highly negative critique since its completion. The austere, somewhat secretive looking castellated exterior walls hide the two spacious, modern interior wings of the property. These wings flank a central hinge, which houses the three-storey granite entrance block or ‘keep’ and the main staircase. It is above this stairwell that Glazing Vision’s Flushglaze Circular rooflight was key to both maximising the amount of daylight falling into this pivotal central area as well as adding a modern aesthetic to the historical overtones of the ‘keep’. weathered Jersey granite. The resulting enclosure provides both privacy but also essential protection from the bracing winds and rains so typical of this particular shoreline.

Respecting history & accommodating the contemporary The client was acutely aware of the limitations of the original building on this former farmstead, and was keen to embark on an innovative and ambitious design to create a home fit for a family of five. Whilst there was existing planning on this site (drawn up by the late Richard MacCormac’s practice MJP Architects), the design - a large, glazed circular white house, was the antithesis of what the client actually wanted. Through an invited competition she selected Hudson Architects, whom she felt would be able to transform the dark, characterless farmhouse into a unique property where a mixture of both natural and highly engineered materials would add a contemporary note to the property’s historical context.


The house itself, designed as a pair of 2-storey accommodation wings rotated around a helical stair located in the granite entrance block or ‘keep’, was built using a combination of Cor-ten panels, polished micro-cement render and weathered Jersey granite, some of which was reclaimed from the original farmstead buildings. Referencing the nearby Napeolonic Martello towers, the Second World War fortifications and the slits in the 1920’s perimeter wall Hudson Architects conceived the house itself in terms of a castle with only the central ‘keep’ and the first floor being visible to passersby. Using the previous planning to their advantage – by keeping below the heights allowed for in MacCormac’s designs - they encountered no opposition from the Jersey authorities. Furthermore, the local planning officer himself was keen to promote contemporary architecture on the island and proved a useful ally when some local opposition was voiced. To complete the ‘fortification’ of this property, a fourth wall to the east was added to close the gap in the retained and restored perimeter wall, made of

Inside the perimeter walls the 2 wings and the ‘keep’ frame a landscaped pool terrace, a sheltered garden, and an entrance forecourt. Full-height tilt and turn windows on the ground floor fulfill the architect’s vision of merging the courtyard and the house into one space. Sliding doors on the first floor are used where the 2 wings meet and generous windows throughout provide for bright, airy living quarters as well as breathtaking views out westwards to the sea and eastwards to the craggy hillside landscape.

Maximising the light in the property’s central hinge The living spaces on the first floor are accessed from the feature staircase in the ‘keep’. Here the architect has

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successfully interpreted the client’s brief to have synergy between the exterior and interior by combining weathered Cor-Ten steel on the cladding of the staircase with finely crafted oak timber treads and a cement lining. The stairwell is capped with a large, circular Flushglaze rooflight from Glazing Vision. Precision-engineered at Glazing Vision’s Norfolk factory to meet the bespoke dimensions specified by the architect, this circular rooflight offered a number of design benefits: no visible internal framework ensured the amount of light entering this central space was maximized and the high ceiling not compromised. The lack of visible fixings ensured a completely flush external finish. The absence of bulky capping systems meant that the rooflight will not attract dirt or spoil

the view. During the day the stairwell and central space are now bathed in daylight and have unadulterated skyonly views, whilst at night the rooflight reflects the LED lights installed below, and provides a fabulous vista of the stars above. Given the exposure of the property to the ravages of the Jersey weather the Glazing Vision circular rooflight also offered critical technical features: the double glazed unit was BBA certified, proven to resist wind and rain, offering excellent thermal performance, structural integrity and durability of paint finishes and sealants. Two rectangular, fixed Flushglaze rooflights from Glazing Vision were also installed on the property: one above the master bedroom (dressing area) and one above the master en-suite. The architect, having successfully used the Glazing Vision Flushglaze rooflights on previous projects, specified them for the master en-suite and master bedroom dressing area in Le Petit Fort in order to maximise the natural light in spaces where larger openings in the elevations would not have been practical. The minimal and elegant internal finish of these units complemented the modern interior décor as well as enhanced the sense of space and height.

An award-winning, individual property From all aspects le Petit Fort exhibits diverse, often conflicting, characteristics: viewed from afar it looks very much like a historical fortress, from the front it looks vast and imposing, from the beach it is only partially visible, suggesting it is small and “hunkered down”. from the sheltered inner courtyard with its pool and garden it is welcoming and playful, and internally it offers state of the art living, with generous rooms, exquisite finishes and an expanse of light and space. Featured on Grand Design’s RIBA House of the Year 2016 TV series, and the recipient of the RIBA South East Regional Award 2016, Le Petit Fort is a bold and uncompromising architectural expression. History juxtaposed with modernity, traditional materials interfaced with highly engineered steel structures, light and space in stark contrast to heavy, intimidating perimeter walls. Controversial? Maybe, but unquestionably thought-provoking.

Find out more about Glazing Vision’s Flushglaze and circular rooflights by requesting a RIBA-accredited rooflight CPD.


Doors April 2017

Vicaima High Gloss finish on veneered doors and panels

Let it shine with new Vicaima High Gloss The characteristics of a High Gloss finish have long been valued by interior designers. Its ability to reflect light, the perception of luminosity and the illusion of space, all present a comfortable feeling of openness and elegance. The latest Vicaima finish, “High Gloss�, is now available as an option across many of their popular veneered and painted door, frame and wall panel products, allowing specifiers to achieve a premium finish for interior decoration without the burden of premium cost. Luxurious appeal is a term that best describes the new Vicaima


High Gloss finish. Enhancing the natural beauty of real wood veneer or taking lacquered paint finishes to new levels of quality, are the hallmarks of this latest innovation from the Vicaima brand. Once the preserve of a select few, this new high gloss finish enables a touch of refinement to be attainable for many more applications, and all with the superior quality you would expect from a Vicaima product.

The new High Gloss finish can be applied to the wide range of Vicaima product components, including door and frame solutions, wardrobes and wall panels, creating sophisticated elements that connect with each other to fashion environments with character and personality. When it comes to the requirement for high gloss on a paint finish, the array of colours is almost endless. However to make life simple Vicaima use the RAL Color palette, one of the most widely used universal catalogs in the world, so specifiers can easily specify the tone that best suits their desired dĂŠcor. For more information simply download a copy of the new High Gloss brochure from the Vicaima website. For other innovative designs and products from the many Vicaima collections, visit alternatively, call 01793 532333 for assistance.

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on the REHAU stand!

REHAU will be at the 2017 FIT Show in Birmingham this May (Stand J30) to launch the company’s new ‘It’s all in Hand’ vision, showcasing what makes the leading PVC-U window manufacturer stand out from the crowd. Visitors to the stand will discover everything from a giant profile tunnel, to a virtual reality experience, enjoy exciting new on-trend colours and style information, and discover more about REHAU’s industry-leading commitment to sustainability and new information, tools and support for customers.


As well as as providing visitors the chance to enter a virtual world of REHAU products, another of the highlights will be a showcase of colour trends for 2017. REHAU’s

brand new Midnight Black foil will be on show for the first time joining the other 24 solid and woodgrain laminate finishes currently offered. The introduction of this new black follows a surge in demand for shades of grey and black foils to replicate the look of aluminium windows. Visitors will also find new products on stand as REHAU introduces its co-extruded TOTAL70 profiles, which tick the boxes for customers looking to demonstrate their environmental credentials. REHAU has a long history of sustainable manufacturing and has recently purchased a PVCR post-consumer recycling company. This means REHAU is now able to produce coextruded products like the new additions in the TOTAL70 range, which further reduce

waste and maximise resources. A perfect companion to the TOTAL70 system is the AGILA Door range, which launched at the FIT Show 2016. The star of the range and taking pride of place at the stand will be the AGILA Sliding Door. This year REHAU will be showcasing how it is suitable for large single sashes as it has an impressive 4m wide by 2.4m high 2 pane door. And to show it is always on hand to support its customers, REHAU will also be providing information to FIT Show visitors on its Energy Efficiency and 360 Performance online platforms. Visit REHAU on Stand J30 at the FIT Show at the NEC from 23-25 May 2017.

April 2017

Stunning 33 Glasshouse Street Features Under Floor Air Conditioning AET Flexible Space, leading provider of underfloor air conditioning has recently completed commissioning 33 Glasshouse Street in London after supplying to Emico early this year. The building features a Grade II Listed faรงade and is located in a prominent position looking over Regent Street and the Soho area of the West End. The unusually shaped building has a total area of around 52,000 sq. ft. and is currently undergoing full structural reconfiguration and refurbishment to form larger, open plan floor plates and Category-A office accommodation with a floor to ceiling height of 3.3m to be created on floors three to seven. Space saving underfloor air conditioning has been specified by Consultants WPP and Architects Buckley Grey


April 2017 Yeoman. With underfloor systems, fully conditioned air is fed into the plenum by zonal downflow units (CAM), which is then supplied into the workspace via fan terminal units (Fantile). The fantile units feature integrated controllers where users can personally adjust fan speed and temperature to suit their own comfort. Systems can be configured with underfloor or high level return and can easily integrate with passive or other ventilation systems.

In addition to the creation of contemporary office accommodation, the main entrance and reception area will be reconfigured and bespoke features created at selected areas; including a potential roof terrace on floor six. A floor to ceiling height of 3.3m will be achieved on floors three, four and five with the adoption of underfloor

air conditioning enabling the elimination of the ceiling void and subsequently maximising the available space. The final result is fabulous commercial work space suited to corporate headquarters in a prime London location and main contractor’s McLaren are on track for BREEAM Very Good status.

The system specified for floors 3, 4 and 5 at 33 Glasshouse Street is a CAM-C Direct Expansion system with supply and return air distributed via the floor plenum. The Fantiles supplied are standard TU4 fan terminals with EC motors for enhanced energy efficiency. Instead of a rooftop chiller providing chilled water, the building uses Daikin Heat Pump units to maximise use of space and energy efficiency.


April 2017

Controlling the levels of moisture which enter and exit a building can be a complex task.

Find out how Vario® XtraSafe smart membrane can tackle the effects of unwanted moisture in your build.


long with airtightness in dwellings, another important factor that influences the comfort of the occupant is the management of moisture. Controlling the levels of moisture which enter and exit a building throughout its lifetime can be a complex and difficult task, yet something that should be carefully observed in order to prevent avoidable damage at a later date. As one of the most technically advanced materials on the market, the Vario® XtraSafe smart membrane has been created to tackle the effects of unwanted moisture on your build.

What is moisture management? When we talk about managing moisture on a build, we are primarily referring to the ability to ensure we can control the accumulation or growth of moisture within its internal structure. With building sites

being often open to the elements, it’s likely there is a fair amount of moisture inside before it has been made airtight. This means the right protection must be used which will allow damp materials to dry out in the right environment, as well as preventing any water vapour from entering again. Water leakage or vapour can cause accumulation within a building, causing potential long term damage to the structure. Warm air that can get caught in between gaps in the building can quickly condense into moisture, leading on to a more complex problem in the form of damp or mould. Additionally, moisture or leakage can also have an impact on the insulation material used throughout the construction, reducing the thermal performance of the building and increasing the risk of severe levels of damp. Moisture management done correctly will ensure leakage is kept to a minimum and occupant comfort levels are kept high.

Let Vario® XtraSafe manage your moisture When it comes to the right tool for the job, Vario® XtraSafe is a tried and tested solution to ensure moisture is kept at the level you’d expect. Compared to cheaper alternatives in the form of plastic sheets, Vario is a breathable ‘smart vapour control layer’ which can easily adapt to external conditions in order to offer the protection that’s required. Here’s how it works: •

Cold and damp weather – during the winter months, it’s likely that the inside temperature of a house is higher, meaning more warmth and moisture. With a low humidity level in the wall itself, the smart pore system will close up preventing everyday water vapour from escaping out of the building.

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RINNAI GOES SOLO IN UK FIRST Rinnai, the leading continuous flow gas fired water heater manufacturer, launches its latest innovation, the Infinity Solo Re-Circulator water heater with storage combined. The Infinity Solo range of condensing and condensing low NOX water heaters is the first Rinnai product for the UK to combine the advanced technology of its wall mounted continuous flow water heaters with a stainless steel storage cylinder all in one. “The preceived necessity for storage type water heating systems is often derived from historical plant room and service deficiencies, for instance gas meter sizes often dictate technology selection in domestic and light commercial applications. Certain legislations are harnessing a like-for-like replacement environment. Therefore Rinnai has developed this technology to enable the appliances to fulfil a wider market need, allowing the benefits of our technology to be felt by a wider audience,” says Associate Director Chris Goggin. “The addition of the Infinity Solo series bolsters our product portfolio and allows Rinnai UK to cater to every application and installer’s needs. They now have access to the advanced technology of the Rinnai water heater, as well as options to combine units in a cascade system with storage - or have the water heater and cylinder combined in one compact footprint in the form of the Infinity Solo.


“Because the cylinder is stainless steel it greatly reduces the weight compared to glass lined models, which makes transportation and installation much easier. As well as the difference in weight, the cylinders also feature extremely low heat loss figures (as low as 1.41kW/h day) which means the customer pays less to maintain the heat within the tank,” says Goggin. Pete Seddon from the Rinnai UK Technical Department adds: “One other benefit of the Solo utilising a stainless steel cylinder, is that the life expectancy of the material is far greater than that of a glass-lined equivalent as glass suffers from thermal shock causing it to crack after a period of time. Infinity Solo is renewables compatible so the customer can, at a later date, integrate a solar thermal or heat pump system with minimal alterations as the units will come pre-fitted with relevant tap ins to accommodate renewable technologies. Rinnai manufactures the energy efficient Infinity range of gas fired continuous flow water heaters and energy saver space heaters. The Infinity brand carries the widest range of condensing water heaters available today with the most impressive efficiencies in operation, leading the field in technological innovation. For more information on the RINNAI product range visit

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April 2017

The National Homebuilding busiest show in 10 years, re According to the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA), 14,000 homes will be built across the UK in the next year. Reinforcing this commitment, The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC, Birmingham last weekend experienced a four per cent increase in serious self-builders and renovators, delivering the busiest event in 10 years, with over 80 per cent of the attendees working on a live project over the next 12 months. Britain’s largest self-build event, sponsored by Everest, attracted 37,111 engaged, targeted and affluent visitors with average project values of £125,000 for materials alone. Internal data shows that a third of those attending are self-builders and two thirds are renovating a property. In addition, the show has already attracted very strong rebooking figures, which are ahead of last year’s numbers.


Nick Noble, deputy managing director of Centaur Home Interest, says: “The exceptional quality of the visitors demonstrates the UK’s continued commitment to self-

building and renovating. We’re thrilled the show was so busy and that the visitors were highly engaged and relevant, which has translated into an excellent rebooking rate by exhibitors for the 2018 event already. The self-build market has become an integral part of the government’s housing policy and this will, without doubt, add to continued growth in this sector in the years ahead.” The audience was totally engaged with the content, as the event showcased a wide range of businesses equipped with the expertise and product portfolio required to tackle queries from buying a plot to building or

remodelling a home. Over four intense days, the show featured 500 exhibitors, 16 free daily seminars, 35 masterclasses, and one-on-one advice sessions with experts including Julia Kendell, interior design expert and co-presenter of ITV’s ‘Rebuild Our Home’, and Charlie Luxton, sustainable architectural designer and presenter of More 4’s new ‘Building the Dream’ series. One of the highlight exhibitors at the event was Everest, a British company with over 50 years’ experience in double glazed windows, conservatories, doors and more.

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The Homebuilding & Renovating Shows, part of Centaur’s portfolio, attract exhibitors across a wide range of sectors to cater for all interests. From design; architecture; financial services; kitchens; bathrooms; doors and windows; ventilation; heating; planning permission and much more, companies will offer visitors an overview of the latest products, services and technologies available in the UK market. Each year, the exhibition takes place in key regions throughout the UK, and the upcoming events include Glasgow, from 20-21 May at the SEC, and Surrey, from 1-2 July 2017, at Sandown Park. For more details on all events, visit or call the sales team on 01527 834467.


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Vision 2017 – The event for architects, designers, specifiers and their clients 6-7 June, Olympia London Vision 2017 will merge architecture, design, technology and fashion, presenting new ideas, products and materials to a wide range of industry professionals. The programme and exhibition is centred around three main themes: Materials Innovations, Technological Insight and Architectural & Design Evolution. Under these umbrella topics a host of events and activities will take place, helping delegates rethink the built environment and the manner in which we can shape places and spaces. Major architectural practices from the UK and abroad will take part in a talks programme designed to push the architectural debate in unexpected and exciting directions. Zaha Hadid Architects will unveil a new material inspired by the fashion industry for use in architecture, while Woods Bagot will demonstrate how they are rethinking interior spaces for a future dominated by the private-rented sector. From international shores, UNStudio will reveal the findings of a new piece of research that explores the impact of the circular economy on the built environment, and rising star Benjamin Garcia Saxe will reveal how sustainable architecture is being tackled in tropical climates such as Costa Rica. The exhibitors at Vision cover a range of products, materials and solutions, including research and development into the latest


software, bringing together industry leaders to discuss challenges in today’s complex market and ways to deal with changing legislation. Partnering with key professional and cultural organisations – such as the RIBA, BRE, the London Festival of Architecture and New London Architecture – the exhibition is designed to educate and inspire, with international solutions to local problems. In addition, Vision 2017 will provide a matchmaking service to help facilitate meetings between companies that can work together to create better buildings for the future. In 2017, Vision will host a series of international partners from across Europe. Representatives from Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Latvia and the Czech Republic will exhibit at the event through a collection of pavilions, each representing a different member state. Live demonstrations and networking will provide opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with our continental counterparts. Vision 2017 is a CPD certified event and both the Educational Programme and the exhibition are free-to-attend. Register Today (link to H48YUT) for your free ticket to Vision 2017 @visionldn

April 2017

Armstrong Ceilings installers ready for battle Specialist sub-contractors practice to win a namesake Omega watch


ew homes for British Gas, a Welsh ice hockey team and industrial robots are just three of the projects which have seen Armstrong Ceilings installers through to a noholds-barred contest showcasing their fixing ability. The leading UK manufacturer had invited members of its Omega national network of recognised specialist sub-contractors to enter the “Grid off� competition by submitting flagship projects they had worked on. A shortlist of the 20 best projects have been selected to enter a team of two fixers into the competition at Birmingham NEC on April 6th when the teams will go head to head to install a T grid and board-edged 600mm x 600mm mineral tile system in a 7.2m2 space, with commentary by boxing pundit Steve Bunce. The first prize is a pair of Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra James Bond limited edition watches and the runners-up will win four tickets to watch Anthony Joshua fight Wladimir Klitschko for the WBO super heavyweight world championship at Wembley on April 29th. With such prizes at stake, it has been gloves off for the Omegas, with Armstrong inundated with entries and requests for information on the competition format so the competitors can get as much practice in as possible!

Installers shortlisted for their education projects include Diespeker (Interiors) for Damers School in Dorchester, Dorset, DV McColl for Ayrshire College in Kilmarnock, New Forest Ceilings for Solent University, GLJ Contracts for Rednall Primary School in Shropshire, Top Fix Interiors for Wiltshire College, Chippenham, and Grimes Finishings for the conversion of the former media centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to a new satellite campus for Loughborough University. Their peers shortlisted for leisure projects include Richard Kemble Contracts for the new ice arena Wales in Cardiff, Taylor Hart for the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, Newey Ceilings for Wednesfield Library in Wolverhampton, Peveril Interiors

for Bingham Methodist Church in Nottinghamshire, and John Atkinson Interiors for Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds. And installers shortlisted on the back of their commercial projects include Telling Finishings for a new FANUC robot facility in Coventry, Carter Ceilings for a new DC Thompson publishing office in Dundee, H+L Ceilings for a luxury car showroom in Bristol, Coyle Suspended Ceilings for new offices in Belfast, Bellwood Interiors for new offices in Milton Keynes, Great Yarmouth Ceilings for Yarmouth Summit offices for start-up businesses, Lakeside Ceilings and Partitions for British Gas in Oxford, SCL Interiors for the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in Cambridge, and SCI for a waste recycling plant in Derby.


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Yeoman Shield keeps walls fit and healthy at Fife Leisure Centres With the responsibility of 14 leisure centres in the region, Fife Sports & Leisure Trust have the continual duty to keep their venues damage free and presentable to the public whilst keeping a close eye on the maintenance budgets.


s part of the maintenance and refurbishments of their centres Fife Sports & Leisure looked to Yeoman Shield for a solution to the continual marking and damaging of walls. Caused by the every-day use of the facilities, by visitor footfall, the movement of cleaning equipment and the use of sports apparatus, the resulting damage can be expensive to repair. Yeoman Shield’s 2.0mm thick FalmouthEx wall protection panels at 1250mm high were installed by Yeoman Shield’s directly employed fixing operatives to walls in corridors, sports halls, gyms and changing areas in 5 of Fife Sports & Leisure Trust Gyms. These were complemented with the Due to Yeoman Shield’s extensive colour range the leisure fitting of Yeoman Shield Corner Protection Angles centres were able to choose colours that fitted in with the environment, either blending in with colour schemes or used to vulnerable corners. to denote different zones of the sports centres. FalmouthEx panels are manufactured using Vinylac, a specially formulated PVCu material that is “We are very pleased with the outcome of fitting the Yeoman developed to be resistant to impact and abrasion, Shield wall protection which I can see will save us money on maintenance throughout the centres over the years to come.” which is exclusive to Yeoman Shield products. commented Gym Manager, Stuart Bizzarri. Once the panels are in place, the walls will be protected from every day wear and tear for many “The choice of colours has enabled us to bring the centres to life, years to come, halting the expensive cycle of repair with the easy clean, protective surfaces helping to maintain a pristine image for our clients.” and redecoration.


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Coatings & Paints April 2017

Effective Products that Get the Job Done by theWORKS Geocel, expert in quality sealants and adhesives, prides itself on their high performance range, theWORKS, which includes MS Polymer formulated; theWORKS Sealant and Adhesive and the complementary product in the range -theWORKS Spray. theWORKS Sealant and Adhesive and theWORKS Spray work together to make jobs quick and efficient. With no need for additional fixings, both products allow the job to be completed effectively and eliminate hours of clean up time. Preparing the surfaces for a job, theWORKS Spray is an extremely effective, all purpose and non aggressive spray that will remove any uncured and unwanted sealant, and cleans surfaces before re-application. Once the surface has been prepped correctly to make sure it’s free from dust, dirt and grease, theWORKS Sealant and Adhesive can be applied in both wet and dry conditions, or even underwater. It is overpaintable and can be used on virtually any substrate for a quick bond or seal with its fast cure formula. It resists mould growth, and will not crack or shrink, ensuring a lasting seal or bond. Unlike solvent based adhesives, theWORKS Sealant and Adhesive will not attack synthetic material. Once the job is complete, theWORKS Spray is ideal for cleaning tools and equipment and creating a smooth finish after sealing. Fast acting, theWORKS Spray will be sure to remove, clean, degrease and finish.


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Ronseal is launching a new range of woodcare products into the UK trade, exclusively. The Ronseal Trade range will see a BBA certification and a new packaging design introduced in April 2017. The reputable woodcare brand is re-launching its bespoke trade range following research with merchants and end users, that identified an increased demand for Ronseal’s well respected woodcare products in the trade segment. They also identified a need to create packaging focused on end user needs. To reinforce the brands performance credentials the whole range will be independently accredited by The British Board of Agrement (BBA), and is the 1st full woodcare range to receive this accreditation. The BBA is an independent certification recognised throughout the industry as a symbol of quality and reassurance.


In response to the extensive research, Ronseal Trade will launch with newly designed packaging complete with key information featured on the front of the packaging to make the range easier to shop for end users.

The range includes:

Chris Morgan, Marketing Manager at Sherwin Williams, said: “The Ronseal brand is a key player in trade channels and we’re using our end user knowledge to supply market leading products, packaged exactly to their needs.

• Ronseal Trade Crystal Clear Exterior Varnish

“We are delighted to be the first BBA certified trade woodcare range. This important certification offers tradepeople added assurance of quality from an independent body.”

• Ronseal Trade Ultra Tough Polyurethane Hardglaze Varnish

• Ronseal Trade Decking Protector • Roseal Trade Total Wood Preserver • Ronseal Trade Fencing Stain

• Ronseal 5 Year Woodstain • Ronseal Trade Danish Oil • Ronseal Trade Ultra Tough Floor Varnish

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PPE April 2017

The Wearable Technology Revolution in Working Clothes Snickers WorkTrousers are now getting even ‘Smarter’ Snickers Workwear has always been renowned for its modern designs, innovative functionality and market-leading fabric technology. Now its WorkTrousers are getting even ‘smarter’ with the integration of technology to improve performance and wellbeing at work. Wearable Technology is already woven into our daily lives through smartphones, fitness devices, sports clothing and accessories - to help monitor and improve performance. A recent study carried out in Scandinavia* showed more than 50% of the professional craftsmen there are cutting corners at work and don´t use the available health and safety equipment as they should.

‘Tracker 1’ is Snickers’ first prototype of wearable technology, a chip fitted to a pair of WorkTrousers enabling the user to monitor work place noise levels, heat conditions and knee impact. Clark goes on to say, “Marketleading technology and innovation have long been hallmarks of Snickers Workwear. We are well known for our KneeGuard System, 37.5 Fabric Technology and technical functionality, but the integration of ‘smart’ wearable technology into our clothing shows the extent to which we are looking at working clothes and wellbeing on site in a completely new way”.

David Clark, managing director of the Hultafors Group UK says, “Our experience is that craftsmen usually are so focused on getting the job done that personal protection tends to be overlooked”. But repeated ‘corner cutting’ over the years definitely creates a longterm health problem – an issue that Snickers Workwear has been continually addressing with its patented KneeGuard System. Clark says, “The study shows that 6 out of 10 craftsmen are suffering from pain in their knees. So we see that there is definitely room for improving their wellbeing beyond just knee protection and our ‘Smart Workwear’ is one way”.


Getting more information about Snickers Workwear is easy. You can call the Helpline on 01484 854788; check out and download a digital catalogue; or you can email

April 2017

Find out more about Glazing Vision’s Flushglaze and circular rooflights Based in Wigan, JML Hardware combines skill and expertise with years of experience to ensure that each and every product is produced to the highest standards, providing top quality solutions for a whole host of maintenance-related issues. JML now stock a full range of Gas & Electric Meter Repair Boxes and lids. All meter boxes and lids are made from aluminium and come complete with two quarter turn budget locks and full length 316 rust proof stainless steel piano hinge. JML have developed and tested a new range of 60-minute fire rated over boxes to cover existing plastic meter boxes in communal areas. New fire regs insist that the plastic boxes have to be fire rated. Covering them with our boxes is the most cost effective way to satisfy the fire regulations. These galvanised fire resistant overboxes can be used to cover internal and external electricity meter boxes which require a 1 hour fire rating.

1 Hour Fire Rated Overbox

This galvanised fire resistant overbox can be used to cover internal and external electricity meter boxes which require a 1 hour fire rating. It  is tested to and complies with the EN1363-1 & EN1366-3 60 minute fire test. The overbox can be fitted directly onto the surrounding brickwork to cover new or damaged electric meter boxes. FOR USE IN COMMUNAL AREAS IN BLOCKS OF FLATS TESTED TO EN1363-1 & EN1366-3 60 MINUTE FIRE TEST (REPORT AVAILABLE ON REQUEST)

All these galvanised fire resistant overboxes are tested to and comply with the EN1363-1 & EN1366-3 60-minute fire test.


The overboxes can be fitted directly onto the surrounding brickwork to cover either new or damaged electricity meter boxes. This box and other meter boxes and repair boxes can be found and ordered through our online shop here. We supply Councils, Housing Associations, Building Companies and Home Owners across the UK We stock a full range of galvanised pipeprotectors and pipe covers for next day delivery. These include copper pipe protectors, drainpipe protectors, rainwater pipe protectors, wire and aerial protectors and soil pipe protectors. This enables the pipes/ wires to be protected and also stops would be burglars or vandals from scaling the pipe work and gaining illegal entry to properties.





April 2017

Charcon Case Study The quality of our streets and public spaces has continued to move up the agenda to be at the very forefront of Local Authority minds, as they try to improve the quality of life for their residents, as well as the impression they leave on visitors. The general aspiration for a streetscape is a high quality, well-designed place that is vibrant, fun and enjoyable to spend time in. Public realm also needs to be comfortable and safe for pedestrians as well as accessible to all. And of course, with local authority budgets ever tightening, cost is king. Ian Geeson, technical manager for Charcon, considers how clever design and appropriate maintenance planning can add to the longevity of public streetscape, reducing the need for costly repair programmes.


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“Streets account for about 80 per cent of public space in urban areas1. Therefore they are the primary space for public interaction and activity in our towns and cities. Despite their importance to our daily lives, in the late 1990s and early 21st century, it was felt across the UK that our streets lacked investment and good management and needed addressing. Since then, we’ve seen a steady rise of streetscape projects in local authorities up and down the country.

“It’s vital that planners have a common sense approach to hard landscaping design and specification, considering patterns of social and human behaviour, in order to preserve the quality of the streetscape for the longest possible duration and reduce costly and unnecessary maintenance costs. In my experience, planners often look at the overall vision, rather than the detail. They need to consider what it will look like in 10 years’ time, not just what it looks like when it’s been laid.

“When it comes to streetscape design, there’s often a tension between creating a streetscape that fulfils the design ambition and the requirement for functionality, manageability and perhaps, most importantly, longevity. It’s not unfair to say that sometimes planners get so wrapped up in the big design ambition, that consideration to potential areas subject to higher levels of dirt are overlooked and simple solutions missed, which can result in significant expense for local authorities further down the line.

“In the same way that most wouldn’t consider cream, deep pile carpets for their hallway, simple steps can be considered around seating areas, bins, edging to soft landscaping and entrances to shops. You can reduce the impact of dirt by potentially using darker paving around seating areas, bins, areas with high potential of foot traffic or fast food outlets. Equally, textured paving is harder to clean so opt for a smooth surface finish.


“Alternatively you could apply sealant in these areas to reduce

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the effects of staining and improve the effectiveness of any cleaning and maintenance regime that is in place. Benches need to be in sensible, not just convenient, locations. For example, if you put a bench right outside the entrance of a building, people will naturally congregate there – eating, drinking and smoking. Paving is more likely to be stained and before long, your entrance will deteriorate, bringing down the quality of the streetscape surrounding it. “Streetscapes have to be practical on every level, as well as aesthetically pleasing. City centres need plenty of bins so it’s easy for people to dispose of food packaging, chewing gum and cigarettes. If you veer away from providing too many, on a design basis, you’ll pay the price very quickly. “It is surprising how many streetscape schemes are installed that have not been given due consideration to the effects of dirt, look superb for a number of months but then relatively quickly


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deteriorate because two critical things were forgotten - protection and maintenance. Hard landscaping can be treated with a post-applied sealant after it’s laid. It works to protect the surface from everyday staining and damage but it’s too often an afterthought, applied too late or not at all. It’s also vital that a cleaning and maintenance regime is invested in – and whilst a street sweeper is effective in most areas there are other areas where a more concentrated cleaning regime is appropriate to keep the whole streetscape looking good. Far too often, an appropriate maintenance programme isn’t scheduled in, with significant long term consequences. “There’s a whole host of ways that staining can be prevented if it’s considered at the design


stage. In areas where there’s soft landscaping, leaves, bark chippings and dirt can be washed onto paving and stain so design detail such as incorporating a retaining edge or wall can work well. Rainwater can be a big issue because much to people’s surprise, it’s dirty and therefore stains when it is allowed to fall onto concentrated areas, for example, dripping off overhangs onto paving directly below. “Hard landscaping is integral to every streetscape, as is the way in which it interfaces with the rest of the streetscape around it. Simple design considerations for reducing the impact of dirt on the overall project should be incorporated in the design stage instead of simply being specified long after the design has been

finalised and, in many cases, after the product has been installed and opened for public use. Planners need to consult with their architect, contractor and supply chain to understand exactly what’s required and that the detail, right down to individual product specification, is well thought through.”

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Outdoor Living April 2017

Namgrass: the first

choice for artificial grass. Artificial grass has come a long way since the days of greengrocer display mats and the demand has increased every year. As a result, the move over to fake grass has been growing in popularity for some time with landscapers, designers and property developers often using it to create stylish, multi-functioning outdoor spaces all year round. Installing Namgrass artificial grass means that not only will your project look immaculate all the time but the space is far more usable. Whether you’ve designed the space for entertaining or a more functional use such as a low maintenance playground. Why Namgrass? • European manufacturer • 10 year warranty • We design, manufacture and distribute ourselves • Global company, available in over 20 countries • Nationwide Stockist and Installer network • We’re the ONLY UK artificial grass brand that can boast all of the above.


Like real grass, only better • Suitable for private and commercial projects • Looks and feels like real grass • Low maintenance, easy to clean • A perfect looking lawn all year round • Suitable for kids and pets • Adds value to the property All our products are designed, manufactured and distributed exclusively by us. For over 30 years, we’ve researched, developed and tested Namgrass to within an inch of its life to make sure it works and lasts, and as we do it all ourselves we have total control of the quality.

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Back a winner When it comes to quality, the market is quite varied. The two key considerations are the quality of the yarn and the backing itself. All our products have been designed with a special yarn profile to improve the resilience of the fibres. They come in an array of colours and shapes and has the maximum amount of UV stabilisers ensuring our grasses lead the way as the most natural looking, feeling and fade resistant product on the market. To test the quality of an artificial grass, just look at the back. This is what holds everything together. Compared to other grasses, Namgrass is in a different league. Our tuft cloth is 100% UV stable which is unique to Namgrass and the artifical grass market. There is a wide range of grasses available so there is a Namgrass to suit your project whether it’s private or commercial. Our bestsellers are: 1. Vision: most famously used at CBeebies Land and Sky’s Soccer AM. With a pile height of 27mm, this grass is hard-wearing but offers a lighter colour option that’s also easy on your budget. 2. Elise: looks like a meticulous gardener has been looking after the lawn. It’s dense and impeccably smart with a 27mm pile height. Artificial grass doesn’t get much better than this. 3. Meadow: thanks to its fine curly 29mm fibres, Meadow gives you an uncanny natural look for lawns, landscapes and schools. 4. Enigma: our most premium product. The luxury has to be felt to be believed. Unique, advanced fibres and a 37mm pile height give this an incredible softness. 5. Eclipse: with softer and finer fibres than ever before, this grass offers the natural bounce from walking on a well-kept lawn as well as the feeling of silk under your feet with its 30mm pile height. 6. Horizon: Luxuriously dense fibres with a perfectly manicured finish. Horizon offers a vibrant fresh colour of a newly cut spring lawn and delivers an unrivalled look and feel with a 25mm pile height.


Outdoor Living April 2017

Something a bit different Namgrass is a flexible flooring solution which can be used indoors and outdoors. If you have a project that’s a bit different we have a Namgrass to suit. Our ProPutt and Play combined can make the perfect putting green for any keen golfer or event. Or if you want to create interest than our range of Living Colours grasses come in lots of different colours to choose from. There really is a Namgrass to suit everyone. For more information on any of our products and to request some free samples please visit Alternatively, you can email or call us on 01425 627832, we’ll be happy to help.



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April 2017

Sioo Wood Protection – a new wood modification for the UK All too often the appearance of new timber clad buildings is ruined by uneven weathering. It is quite common to see buildings where the shaded areas are still un-weathered whereas the exposed areas have already changed to the silvery-grey colour associated with exposed wood.

The product has been used extensively for cladding and decking protection and has also been used to protect the decks of sailing boats.

For this reason, pictures of timber clad buildings are always taken immediately after construction and not after a year or two! Aesthetics is hugely important in the built environment and this patchy weathering puts people off from specifying timber as a cladding material.

The Sioo system is used as a surface protection system, which is suitable for Use Classes 1, 2, 3.1 and 3.2 according to EN 335 Part 2 (see table). If additional protection is thought necessary for Use Class 3.2 applications, then the Sioo Wood Protection System can be applied to preservative treated wood and to thermally treated wood.

A new product in the UK is the Swedish wood surface modification system, Sioo Wood Protection. This product reacts with the wood to produce a pleasing even grey surface within a few months of application.

When used in interior applications Sioo Wood has the huge advantage of being VOC-free, since it is waterbased and uses silicate technology. Disposal at end of life is not a problem, since the product is non-toxic.

Very importantly, this accelerated weathering takes For further details and information on the Sioo Wood place through a chemical reaction of the Sioo system Protection System please refer to the UK website with the top few millimetres of the wood surface and ( so it is a permanent change. Because the greying takes place due to the chemical reaction, a completely Use Classes accoridng to EN 335 Part 2 even appearance is obtained, since it is not reliant upon exposure to sunlight for the reaction to take Use Class General Exposure Condition place. The Sioo Wood Protection System uses silicate technology in a two part water-based system. The first stage of the treatment uses a mineral silica solution that is able to penetrate the surface of the wood very efficiently. After the first treatment stage, a silanebased emulsion is applied, which cures by crosslinking to form a flexible silica network and provides a water-proof barrier preventing leaching of the mineral silicate.


Over time, the mineral silicate cures by reacting with atmospheric carbon dioxide to precipitate an insoluble silica network within the wood structure.


Interior, covered


Interior, or covered


Exterior above ground, protected


Exterior above ground, unprotected


Exterior in ground contact and/or fresh water


Exterior in ground (severe) and/or fresh water


In salt water

Working with nature Sioo:x are leaders in wood protection using silicate technology. We provide a highly effective proven system to protect wood of all types. It gives long life and a beautiful natural surface with even colouration and is friendly to people and the environment. An example is the summerhouse by architect Leo Quarsebo, Sweden. Read more on


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Cladding April 2017


As the UK’s biggest independent distributor of timber and panel products, James Latham has announced the latest addition to its portfolio, a new range of charred Accoya® cladding.



ames Latham has been a leading distributor of Accoya wood in the UK for more than six years and has seen its popularity grow significantly, to the point where it is now becoming the material of choice for exterior applications as it can be used for virtually anything, from windows to doors, decking to cladding and siding. This latest innovative use of Accoya - developed by Exterior Solutions Limited - pays homage to the traditional Japanese technique of “Shou-Sugi-Ban” in which timber is burned to provide a beautiful, distinctive, unique and long lasting wood cladding and it has already made a big impact with architects.


Richard Mosson, Group Cladding and Decking Manager, James Latham, explained, “The reaction so far from the market and our customers who have seen Shou-Sugi-Ban is astonishing, it really does have the wow factor and the enquiries we are receiving are growing by the day.

April 2017 Cladding

“And because it has been developed using the most durable and stable timber available and has the credibility of a product that is the result of decades of research and development which brought together a long-established, extensively proven wood modification technique and leading-edge patented technology, I have no doubt in my mind that it will be a big success for us.” Richard continued, “Charred timber cladding is becoming increasingly popular in the specification market and this is a modern application of the ancient Japanese art of burning timber to provide a beautiful and long lasting wood cladding. Traditional techniques are used to give uniqueness to each individual project and there are lots of finishes and textures available for both interior and exterior projects from the traditional, highly charred, heavily textured looking cladding to the sleek and contemporary finish.” Shou-Sugi-Ban Accoya Cladding is available across Lathams nationwide network of depots in finished dimensions of 19mm x 145mm (planed tongue and groove profile) and in three charring styles - Shosai, Shizen and Tenki. Other section sizes and profiles are available on request. For more information on Latham’s full range of materials: phone 0116 257 3415, e-mail or visit


April 2017

Organowood®, a leading sustainable wood protection specialist, is fast becoming known as having the ideal solution to protect and strengthen all types of timber cladding. With strong sustainable and aesthetic qualities, OrganoWood provides architects, professionals and end users with an environmentally friendly and durable wood protection system that ensures longevity, without using harsh chemicals.



rganoWood is a tried and tested ecological alternative to pressure treated finishes, producing products that offer aesthetically pleasing and sustainable results. Featuring three leading products - OrganoWood® 01 Protection, OrganoWood® 02 Repellent and OrganoWood® 03 Cleaner – the system provides a wood protection treatment that protects and aesthetically enhances external timber cladding from the exterior elements. “Wood is a strong, reliable and attractive material that can be innately damaged using chemicals”, comments Michael Nicholls, Sales Manager at OrganoWood UK. “We are pleased to offer an environmentally friendly wood treatment system that complements and enhances the wood’s natural and sustainable properties, without using substances that are classified as hazardous or harmful.” As wood is not naturally as resistant to water, dirt and stains than other materials, it is important to specify a treatment that will add durability and protect the building from potential ailments, such as rot and fire. OrganoWood® 01 Protection offers timber flame and rot protection that meets European environmental and performance standards, with EN113 and EN 13501-1 certification for fire and rot protection respectively.


For external cladding installations, precautions should also be considered to protect the timber from water, fungus and dirt. OrganoWood 02 Repellent is a special treatment that has been developed to provide an extremely water repellent surface that prevents any water, dirt and mould from penetrating the timber. As well as offering a high quality and level of surface protection, OrganoWood treated wood keeps its natural characteristics and gradually ages with an aesthetically pleasing silver-grey hue over time that is desired by many. For best results, first apply OrganoWood 01 Protector, followed by OrganoWood 02 Repellent. Once dry, protection will last up to five years. All OrganoWood products are ecologically sustainable according to FSC® (FSC-C120532) and PEFC™ (05-35-168). For stockists and more information on OrganoWood®, please call 01296 323770 or visit

April 2017

New stylish range of market leading Helmet Mounted SonisTM Ear Defenders Continuing their strong commitment to safety innovation, JSP understand that Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is one of the biggest Occupational Health problems facing us today so to help the industry combat this, the JSP Research and Development team have designed a new range of SonisTM Helmet Mounted Ear Defenders which peak at an unbeaten SNR of 36. Developed in partnership with a leading research facility in the field of acoustic engineering, this new range offers unique acoustic performance in an extensive range of industrial applications. The SonisTM Helmet Mounted range moves from the green SonisTM 1 – SNR 26 for low level noise to the Sonis CompactTM 2 with slim cups offering SNR of 31 for substantial Industrial noise through to the market leading SNR of 36 for the red SonisTM 3 to protect against extreme industrial noise. This new SonisTM range of Helmet Mounted Ear Defenders feature adjustable steel arms so the wearer can tilt and adjust the position


of the cup to give an excellent fit to the ear. The force the helmet adaptor applies and the cushion surface area work together to provide optimum cushion pressure and comfort. With 360O rotation onto the Helmet, the wearer can keep the ear defenders neatly parked onto the helmet when not in use but remaining in easy reach. The low profile cups allows for compatibility with other Personal Protective Equipment including

the JSP SurefitTM visor system for maximum protection. The new SonisTM range of Helmet Mounted Ear Defenders easy attach and detach from the universal slot of JSP Helmets and through rigorous testing JSP can guarantee that correct SNR’s are reached when worn with their EVOlite, EVO 2, EVO3, Global Standard EVO5 Olympus Helmet and Skyworker Helmet. Compatibility is key when fitting accessories to Personal Protective Equipment. Manufactured in Oxfordshire, the SonisTM helmet mounted cups can be coloured to meet a corporate identity and can also be printed with a company logo for improved brand recognition and to prevent theft. This exceptional range of SonisTM Helmet Mounted Ear Defenders are Kitemarked, and meet EN352-3.

April 2017

The UK’s Working Exhibition for Construction Equipment, Plant, Tools & Services

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The Sonis™ range of ear defenders have been designed by the JSP R&D team. Working with a leading UK acoustic engineering research facility JSP have developed an ear defender range that peaks at an unbeaten 37 SNR.


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April 2017

Let the Experts Take Care of your Domestic Waste Water Problems When it comes to off mains sewage many people can be blown away by all the information and differing products available on the internet, Google “domestic sewage treatment plant” and the consumer is bombarded by plants of all shapes and sizes .


his is why dealing with a specialist manufacturer, installer and servicer of treatment plants like We Build It Ltd can give the consumer piece of mind and confidence they are getting the right information, the right solution and the right system.

soak away has failed. We often get asked;

We Build It Ltd are based in the heart of some of Shropshire’s most outstanding countryside. As one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of domestic sewage treatment plants, we focus on high quality, affordable products. All of our sewage treatment plants are based on the successful and simple extended aeration method. We can design, manufacture, install and service sewage treatment plant for single houses, small developments, rural industrial units, campsites, pubs, hotels, offices, barn conversions and commercial applications. Our products can also be used after an existing septic tank to enable the effluent to be discharged directly to a water causeway, if your existing

How does it work? What does it cost? Does it use electric? And how much? Do I have to maintain it? How do I install it? How big is it? Do I need to empty it? What can go into the plant? What happens to the waste? Do I need planning permission? Do I need to inform the Environment agency? How long will it last? DOES IT SMELL!!!!!????? All of these questions can be answered by We Build It experts who know their products inside out; ask a middle man with no knowledge of the industry, product or process these questions and the customer is often baffled by terms such as BOD, COD, NH4, but do they really need to know this? All the homeowner, builder

or architect wants to know is that the product will work with the minimum effort from them during the life of the plant. We Build It Ltd offer straight forward, easy to follow advice for your sewage treatment needs. All of our sewage treatment plants come with easy to follow installation and service manuals, as well as free telephone assistance by specialist installers. We can also offer full or assisted installations at very competitive rates. We pride ourselves on offering the best GRP products on the market backed up by proper good oldfashioned customer service - (dial straight through and speak to our specialists, no automated service or queuing system) buying a sewage treatment plant can be quite daunting, which plant is best for my situation?? What are

the regulations?? What about the Environment agency?? Etc. but be assured we will be with you every step of the way, making sure you have the right solution designed around your requirements. You deal direct with the manufacturer, with over 25 years waste water experience, 24-7-365 days of the year For the self-builder the right treatment plant is simple to install providing they have taken the manufacturers advice, be aware some plants need complete concrete backfill which can add to install costs, a well-constructed plant such as the BioPure can be backfilled with pea gravel. Consider whole life costs, not just the cost of the treatment plant, factor in install costs, power consumption, servicing, consumable spare parts, product life cycle (guarantee) and emptying charges, We Build It Ltd offer a 25 year guarantee on the treatment plant and 2 Years on the air pump.

We can design, manufacture, install and service sewage treatment plant for single houses, small developments, rural industrial units, campsites, pubs, hotels, offices, barn conversions and commercial applications.

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


Bio-Pure 1

Bio-Pure 2

Bio-Pure 3

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

Bio-Pure 4

Bio-Pure 5

Bio-Pure 6

Bio-Pure 7

Bio-Pure 8

Bio-Pure 9



Bio-Pure 10 TWIN

No. of persons

1 to 5

1 to 7

5 to 13

10 to 16

14 to 22

20 to 27

25 to 32

30 to 36

35 to 42

40 to 55

Max. average daily flow

750 ltr

1050 ltr

1800 ltr

2400 ltr

3300 ltr

4050 ltr

4800 ltr

5400 ltr

6000 ltr

8250 ltr

Max. BOD/day

300 g

420 g

780 g

960 g

1320 g

1620 g

1820 g

2160 g

2520 g

3300 g

In ground depth

2.25 m

2.25 m

2.44 m

2.74 m

2.74 m

2.98 m

2.98 m

2 x 2.74 m

2 x 2.74 m

2 x 2.98

Outside Diameter

1.85 m

1.85 m

2.10 m

2.10 m

2.10 m

2.55 m


2 x 2.10 m

2 x 2.10 m

2 x 2.53

Inlet invert

570 mm

570 mm

700 mm

700 mm

700 mm

820 mm

820 mm

700 mm

700 mm

820 mm

Outlet invert

670 mm

670 mm

800 mm

800 mm

800 mm

920 mm

920 mm

900 mm

900 mm

1020 mm

Weight empty

125 kgs

125 kgs

200 kgs

230 kgs

230 kgs

350 kgs

350 kgs

460 kgs

460 kgs

800 kgs

Total Capacity

2270 ltr

2270 ltr

3000 ltr

3975 ltr

3975 ltr

5610 ltr

6000 ltr

7950 ltr

7950 ltr

11220 ltr

E Range

27 w

42 w

65 w

84 w

130 w

130 w

210 w

230 w

280 w

280 w

April 2017

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

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

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

A simple Schematic of a BioPure Treatment Plant A BioPure Treatment Plant



The FlowPath Simple solution sewage system We Build it has developed its range of package sewage treatment plants utilising proven SAF (submerged aerated filter) technology for maximum performance and reliability, using the most reliable energy efficient aeration blowers with a prolonged integral FlowPath system to maximise effluent quality. All our Flowpath treatment plants are designed in accordance with the British Water Code of Practice for flows and loads, this range can be designed to meet your population and consent requirements, our standard range can accommodate up to 300 pe. This range of products can be designed for larger scale commercial applications such as camping sites, leisure facilities, schools, hotels, offices and industrial applications. Maintanance, Spares And Servicing The consumer needs easy to follow advice for their sewage treatment

needs especially when servicing their plant, maintaining any sewage treatment plant, is a very important part of ensuring the efficiency of the system and that you adhere to any operating and maintenance manual and annual servicing. We strongly advise servicing the system on an annual basis and this will take on average less than an hour to complete. It will also help you to meet your legal requirements with the Environment Agency. We Build It Ltd Service Contracts

t Emergency breakdown cover for 12 months. If you have any problem with your unit, call us and we will come out and fix it free of charge. t One service visit where all necessary checks are carried out. This includes assessing the aeration pattern, sludge levels and effluent quality. t All labour expenses for servicing and call outs are covered so there are no hidden costs. t The cost of all serviceable parts will be free of charge. This includes rebuilding the air pump, replacing the diaphragms and also the air filters. t Sludge return is carried out as required. This is the removal of settled sludge from the outer scum ring back into the centre chamber to be re digested and treated again. This helps to keep the emptying period low. t Emptying is NOT included in the agreement as the Bio-Pure does not require emptying for 3-5 years. t The service agreement lasts for 12 months and will also help

A simple Schematic of a BioPure Treatment Plant BOTTOM LEFT A simple Schematic of a BioPure Treatment Plant ABOVE LEFT & RIGHT

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

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


April 2017

PLANTWORX PLANTWORX is the UK’s Largest Working Construction Equipment Show, hosted by the CEA (Construction Equipment Association). The 2017 event will be the biggest event to date, where visitors can expect to see the very latest in construction machinery and equipment innovation, which will set future trends. PLANTWORX combines live machinery demonstrations and applications offering an invaluable day out for everybody who works in construction. The event is designed to attract all types of construction professionals

everyone involved in purchasing and operating or who specify plant equipment or services. The 2017 PLANTWORX event will be 20% larger than the 2015 show. More exhibitor stands have been included and there is an increase in demonstration areas to meet the demands of both exhibitors and visitors. To date PLANTWORX has over 311 confirmed exhibitors with all the major leading brands in construction equipment, plant tools and services.

If you want to visit then register on the website Tickets and car parking are free. The PLANTWORX venue is held just south of Leicester in Bruntingthorpe, junction 20 of the M1. There are just 3 months to go for the biggest Construction Machinery event of the year – so make sure 6-8 June 2017 is in the diary!

The UK’s Working Exhibition for Construction Equipment, Plant, Tools & Services

GET IN THE KNOW! PLANTWORX 2017 showcases innovative solutions to construction and civil engineering’s biggest challenges. Come and see what’s new. BE PART OF THE UK’S LARGEST WORKING CONSTRUCTION EXHIBITION IN 2017


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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.

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