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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE April 2018

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Stunning 33 Glasshouse Street Features Under Floor Air Conditioning AET Flexible Space, leading provider of

underfloor air conditioning has returned to 33 Glasshouse Street in London after completing the initial works of a phased refurbishment early in 2017. 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.


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he 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 was originally specified by Consultants WPP and Architects Buckley Grey Yeoman. This second phase of refurbishment focuses on the third floor at Glasshouse Street, removing the old lift area and extending the space through to 100 Regent Street. 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. The system specified at 33 Glasshouse Street is a CAM-C Direct Expansion system with supply and return air distributed via the floor plenum. The Fantiles 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. In addition to the creation of contemporary office accommodation, the main entrance and reception area has been reconfigured and bespoke features created at selected areas; including a potential roof terrace on floor six. A floor to ceiling height of 3.3m has been 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.

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Wrightstyle appointed to sixth Elizabeth Line station Wrightstyle, the advanced steel and aluminium glazing company, has been appointed to work on a sixth Crossrail station.

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he contract at Paddington station will see the company fabricate bonded doors and blast-rated screens for Craft Interior.

Devizes-based Wrightstyle is also supplying a range of blast and firerated doors, screens and curtain walling to Bond Street, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel and Woolwich stations on what will become the Elizabeth Line. The line is expected to fully open at the end of 2018 and will increase London’s rail capacity by 10% when it is fully operational. The £14.8 billion Elizabeth Line will have 40 stations, including ten new stations, with up to 24 trains running each hour in both directions on its 100 kilometre route. Wrightstyle has completed a number of recent prestigious transportation projects, both in the UK and internationally, including a major railway hub in Hong Kong, the Dubai metro and the iconic frontage of London’s King’s Cross station.

The company is an international leader in the supply of guaranteed systems to mitigate against fire or ballistic or bomb attack – and has live tested its systems against both car and lorry bomb attack. Wrightstyle is also a major supplier to airports around the world, including several in the UK, with its systems providing a high level of protection against a range of threats. “Crossrail is the largest construction project in Europe and our appointment to a sixth station underlines how designers are building in the highest-possible levels of safety,” said John Woodcock, contracts manager, Wrightstyle. “We have worldwide experience in the sector, and our international testing regime provides absolute assurance on the strength and compatibility of both our glazed and framing components,” he said.

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April 2018 Industry News

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Defence chiefs target 20% savings on MoD construction jobs The Defence Infrastructure Organisation has published new building standards which are “expected to save the taxpayer between 15 and 20% on Ministry of Defence construction programmes.” The DIO has drawn-up the new Joint Services Publication (JSP) 315 standards after talking to contractors and other government departments. They are designed to be used by MoD staff and industry partners responsible for the planning, costing and delivery of infrastructure assets. The DIO said: “The new JSP 315 standrads are expected to save up to 20% on construction costs by creating efficient standards, enabling faster and more cost-effective project development and delivery. “They also recognise the success and cost savings DIO has achieved in recent years from increasing the use of modular construction and standardisation of designs, as well as utilising 3D digital and interactive technology. Graham Dalton, DIO’s Chief Executive, said: “The new standards mark a step forward in how DIO enables our military to provide the most effective and efficient solutions and how we work better with the construction industry.

For both commercial and domestic car parks and driveways there are options for concrete grass reinforcement. Specifiers can reportedly turn those large parking areas into sustainable green vistas with sustainability built in.

The new standards and supporting guidance set a series of reference designs for specific defence infrastructure requirements and benchmark capital and operational costs for the planning and delivery of MoD infrastructure.

Grass Concrete says it offers both concrete and plastic varieties of grass permeable paving for parking areas big or small. The permeability features of grass paving are said to address sustainable drainage systems issues, where hard landscaping can provide too much run-off drainage utilities. For regular trafficked areas where regular or heavyduty vehicles can be expected, the company’s Grasscrete is cast on-site, providing ‘structural integrity’ with deep soil pockets to establish the best possible grass coverage. According to the company, an alternative with a strong concrete under-structure for regular parking is Grassblock, which is available as a pre-cast option. It also reportedly provides maximum loadbearing capacity. Grass Concrete says it only recommends plastic paving with Grassroad where light trafficking applications are called for – secondary parking in driveways and grass verge hardening and embankments. www.grasscrete.com

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Industry News April 2018

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- Customers have four weeks left to take advantage of roof window offer – With the prospect of warmer, sunny days ahead, VELUX® is urging people who are planning a home renovation or extension project to take advantage of a roof window offer available during April. The promotion will reward installers, builders and homeowners across the UK and Ireland who choose VELUX white-painted products. The rewards of £25 in the UK are redeemable at a range of retailers and restaurants including M&S, Argos, Thomas Cook, Curry’s PC World and Tesco. Customers have until 30 April to buy whitepainted roof windows, perfect for homeowners wanting a lighter, brighter living space. Richard McArthur, marketing manager from VELUX said: “There are only four weeks left to claim rewards so we’re urging our customers to take advantage of the offer. It includes the entire VELUX range that is available in white-painted, from manual, centre-pivot and top-hung standard to our remote controlled VELUX INTEGRA® roof windows.” To receive rewards from VELUX, upload your proof of purchase at www.velux.co.uk/rewards

Studio RHE to transform The Gramophone Works The restoration of The Gramophone Works in London, formerly a vinyl factory and home to reggae label Trojan Records, has been granted planning permission The redevelopment of The Gramophone Works by Studio RHE will see the currently dilapidated two storeys Art Deco structure restored and transformed into five storeys of offices, studios, a public café and roof garden made from an exposed timber CLT structure and large glazed elevations. The public café enjoys a timber-decked terrace looking onto the waterway, creating a lively meeting point for both the creative industry and the local community whilst re-activating the Canal side. The scheme will give the 120-year-old site a new lease of life, providing a dynamic, commercial hub that will deliver over 85,000 sq. ft. of offices and social spaces, estimated to generate over 1,000 jobs when the site is fully occupied.

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Studio RHE responds to the rapidly transforming needs of the office environment, where adaptability and freedom of

movement are required to accommodate a wider spectrum of activities. Flexible, efficient and functional open plan floors encourage a social working environment for occupants to share knowledge and ideas. Studio RHE’s design approach takes into consideration the long history of the site, tracing back to its origin as a canal side goods loading dock and storage shed at the turn of the century, preserving the history of a building that endured many industrious ages. A sensitive palette was chosen to evoke the eclectic yet evolved industrial form that is true to the site history; grey black brick work to compliment the site context and cladding with an anodised matt bronze aluminium finish is used to capture light while retaining an industrial feel.


April 2018 Industry News

Speller Metcalfe on hunt for specialists to work on school jobs Speller Metcalfe is searching for subcontractors across Greater London to work on its projects up to £12m won through The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) School Building Framework. Speller Metcalfe will host a supplier engagement event in partnership with Constructionline next where specialists can meet its buying team.

Planning consent secured for Trocadero rooftop bar Planning consent has been secured from the London Borough of Westminster for a pioneering new bar venue which will be situated on the rooftop of the landmark Edwardian Grade II listed Trocadero in London’s West End. The project has been designed by award-winning architecture studio Darling Associates for Criterion Capital. The project incorporates a circa 17,500 sq. ft. venue, including a covered bar and a restaurant, as well as a 4,500 sq. ft. outdoor terrace and swimming pool, which will crown a planned 740 room hotel, also being developed by Criterion Capital. It will create a new leisure destination for this prime central London location.

Tom Smith, Procurement Manager, said: “Speller Metcalfe is built upon a strong teamwork ethos and family values. “Those qualities form the building blocks of our great long-term relationships that we have with our current subcontractors. This event provides us with the platform to reach new subcontractor partners that we can continue to rely on now and into the future. “We look forward to meeting you all at the event.” The event will take place at Allianz Park, Greenlands Lanes, Hendon, London NW4 1RL on the morning of Wednesday April 11 from . Tickets are free but the event is expected to be in high demand, so all wishing to attend should book as soon as possible here.

In addition to the architectural design of the bar and terrace area, Darling Associates is responsible for the street level entrance on Shaftesbury Avenue, and vertical circulation in the building. Damion Burrows, Director, Darling Associates, comments, “We’re thrilled that this striking new leisure destination has achieved planning consent. Central London greatly under utilises its roof top assets that have the potential to offer fantastic views and light right in the heart of the city. What makes this development all the more special is that there are no comparable sized roof top venue spaces in the West End, so we are looking forward to delivering a memorable venue that will ably compete with other rooftop experiences across the capital. “The design concept is composed of angular and expressive forms, creating a simple yet very striking architectural geometry. The exterior references a classic mansard roof, with visible façades wrapped in seamed zinc, and at a glance complementing the nearby mansard rooftops. The south-facing façade opens up to a rooftop terrace that’s offers iconic vistas across London. Careful consideration also ensures that light emissions from the venue will be reduced at the street level vistas, ensuring a minimal visual impact especially after dark along Piccadilly.” Darling Associates is also working for Criterion Capital on the Park Mansions development in Knightsbridge.

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April 2018

Prefabrication and Innovative Design Creates Warm Feeling in Wales The scheduled replacement of a heating system integral to a natural gas offtake in Wales has been delivered with a significant cost reduction thanks to an innovative design by Flexenergy and the off-site prefabrication of most of the pipework. Flexenergy specialises in the supply and fabrication of preinsulated pipe for heating, hot water and cooling systems and was called in by contractors Fowler Gas for technical, onsite support and assistance in replacing the heating main at Wales & West Utilities’ North Wales natural gas offtake in Wrexham. The use of heat exchangers warms the natural gas as it reaches the offtake so it can be effectively odourised and distributed to heat homes and power businesses right across North Wales.

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Each of the four heat exchangers on site needed to be served

with a flow and return on each side of the exchanger to allow for balancing and Flexenergy’s Flexalen 600 pre-insulated pipe was selected for its thermal properties, eco credentials and jointing integrity. Using an innovative design, Flexenergy was able to reduce the overall length of pipe required for the flow and returns to each heat exchanger by prefabricating risers with tees, which could then be connected to redesigned pipework on the other side of each exchanger. This effectively removed four runs compared to the previous design – the equivalent of 30m of pipe. The prefabricated heat system was then connected to the new boiler room. In total, 185m of Flexalen 600 pipe was installed, ranging in size from 32mm to 160mm diameter. The material was selected for the integrity of its fusion welded joints. “As a result of the design innovations and our ability to prefabricate, we were able to reduce the number of joints required on site from 70 to

just 13, with a consequent reduction in installation time from three weeks to just three days,” says Andy Watts of Flexenergy. Fowler Gas were enthused by the speed and ease of installation and having been trained on the jointing are in the process of becoming a preferred installer for future Flexalen 600 projects. “The combination of labour saving and reduced pipe runs meant we were able to deliver the project at around 50% of the original anticipated cost.” Wales & West Utilities System Operations Manager Bethan Winter added: “Our offtake in Wrexham is essential to keep the gas flowing to heat homes and power businesses right across North Wales. We appreciate the support of Flexenergy and Fowler Gas to deliver this work safely, efficiently and at a value for money price, helping us deliver for the communities we serve.” For video content, please visit: www.vimeo.com/244313443 www.flexenergy.co.uk


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Schöck software optimises Hollowcore connector usage The Schöck Isokorb structural thermal break for concrete-to-steel connectivity has been widely incorporated into the Islington Wharf project in Manchester. This landmark residential scheme, designed by Ryder Architecture, lies adjacent to the attractive waterside setting of the Ashton canal and is the third phase of an established residential development. The project includes 220 new build dwelling units, comprising a mix of town houses together with one, two and three bedroom apartments. They are all built around a central mewsstyle courtyard – each with a balcony. 10

An Isokorb hollowcore combination To minimise any risk of thermal bridging at the balcony connections, Schöck Isokorb structural thermal breaks are incorporated throughout. Block A is a conventional recessed balcony installation; but Block B had different requirements. The Schöck Regional Sales Manager responsible for the project, Ashley Houlton, explains: “One of the UK’s largest manufacturers of prestressed hollowcore, Acheson & Glover, supplied the flooring and the core diameter allowed many of the Isokorbs to be cast easily inside. This involved casting


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in-lap reinforcement bars at AG’s manufacturing facility and on site, breaking out the cores to suit the balcony steelwork and introducing lap splice reinforcement within the hollow cores. The Isokorb products were installed using a template for accurate spacing, the broken out cores then filled with insitu concrete. Where the balcony span was perpendicular to the Precast Planks, AG offered an unpropped composite PlateSpan system. This allowed a fast, flexible solution to accommodate the Isokorb units within an insitu topping”.

Eliminating undesirable vibration Another factor though was the relatively large cantilever depth, which can easily influence the natural frequency and therefore the vibration behaviour of the steel balconies. To assess how prone to vibration the balconies might be, Schöck has a software package available which uses geometric and material variables. This calculates the Natural Frequency of the steel balconies and by adopting a limit frequency of 7.5Hz for steel balconies it not only eliminates the possibility of undesirable vibration, it also enables the design of cost efficient structures. With Islington Wharf, the balcony geometry, cantilever length and spacing between the connections was critical and by using the ‘Natural Frequency’ software it was possible to optimise the overall number of connectors required.

Verifiable performance In addition to concreteto-steel capability, Schöck also provides solutions for concrete-to-concrete and steel-to-steel. The range meets full compliance with the relevant UK building regulations, has NHBC approval, LABC Registration and independent BBA Certification.

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Heating, Ventilation & Energy Efficiency April 2018 Panasonic has introduced a new range of CO2 trans-critical condensing units, available in 4kW and 15kW, ideal for applications in supermarkets, convenience stores and petrol stations. The unit will be available in the standard version and in the special version, with high resistance to saline atmospheres.

Panasonic celebrated a double milestone at the biennial Mostra Convegno Expocomfort show in Milan this March, marking 100 years of the company and 60 years since the launch of its first air-conditioning product. Panasonic hosted a buzzing stand to showcase new solutions for the residential and commercial markets, while an insightful press conference was the ideal platform to present its global and European growth strategies. Mostra Convegno is the biggest event in Europe for exhibiting excellence in climate control and renewable energies. The show opened its doors on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, with Panasonic hosting its press conference on the first day.

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To open, Laurent Abadie, CEO of Panasonic Europe, shared key milestones in the history of the company, from when it was founded to today. He presented the first residential air conditioner from Panasonic, which was launched in Japan in 1958, and traced the evolution of its heating and cooling business strategy towards the innovative and environmentally-friendly products in the market today: “In the spirit of the company’s founding father, Konosuke Matsushita, we want to develop technological solutions that respond to the philosophy of ‘a better Life, a better world ‘, by always placing them at the heart of people’s lives.”

Enrique Vilamitjana, managing director of Panasonic Air Conditioning Europe continued: “The objective of Panasonic AirConditioning Europe is to become a leader in the European heating and cooling market. By 2020, the Panasonic solutions package will be increasingly focused on the supply of commercial air conditioning and air to water heat pumps (Aquarea), without abandoning residential products. The requirements of the new products will be based on the following key elements: efficiency, air quality, environmental respect and connectivity.” Visitors to Panasonic’s stand had a preview of some of the new innovations and developments for 2018. With an aim of providing a wider range of efficient and more environmental solutions, Panasonic announced a full switch to R32, consolidating all its residential and commercial air-conditioning ranges, including its newly designed RAC floor consoles, split, multi-split and cassettes, to be compatible with this latest refrigerant technology. Thinking about the refrigeration market and the demands of the latest regulations on atmospheric emissions of fluorinated gases,

Panasonic continues to innovate with revolutionary control solutions, including the introduction of Aquarea Service Cloud and datanavi. The Aquarea Smart Cloud interface has been enhanced with the new Aquarea Service Cloud platform, dedicated to installers and maintenance workers, who can now perform servicing and maintenance tasks on Aquarea H Generation heat pumps remotely. New datanavi technology, compatible with the CZ-RTC5B command, simplifies the management of commercial and industrial air-conditioning systems, providing operational, manual and historical data for faster and more efficient servicing.

With 100 years of technical history under its belt and 60 years of heating and cooling expertise, a strong emphasis on environmental awareness and a clear growth plan for Europe and beyond, Panasonic is set to make big strides in the European HVAC market in the coming years. For more information, please visit www.aircon.panasonic.eu.


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The simplest and fastest way to reduce DER rates by up to 24% The house building industry could be saving several thousand pounds per plot by the simple installation of the Canetis GasSaver flue gas heat recovery technology with every combi boiler.

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ecause GasSaver reduces the Dwelling Emission Rate so dramatically, by as much as 24%, it’s possible to dispense with other more costly and time-consuming energy efficiency measures, such as solar panels or insulation, and still achieve the required SAP rating. The catalyst for this opportunity is the imminent introduction of the Government’s new Boiler Plus legislation, part of the Clean Growth Strategy, which comes into effect on 18th April 2018. Boiler Plus specifies that one of a choice of four energy efficiency measures – weather compensation, load compensation, smart controls or flue gas heat recovery (FGHR) - must be included in all new combi boiler installations, but of all these options, only the GasSaver stored FGHR system can deliver such exceptional energy savings. FGHR works by capturing waste heat from the flue gases that vent from a combi boiler into the atmosphere. Escaping flue gases can exceed 70°C during the winter months but this is reduced to between 20-45°C by the GasSaver stored FGHR system. GasSaver creates a self-maintaining thermal store of condensate and this is used to heat mains cold water that is stored for later use.

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As well as the cost savings for developers, GasSaver delivers substantial savings to consumers on their household bills, water as well as gas. Consumers who have a water meter will see a significant reduction in lukewarm water rejection, which represents roughly 20% of UK domestic water consumption, because the water delivered to the tap takes less time to reach a usable temperature. The combined savings on energy and water are officially estimated to be around £100 per annum, substantially more than the other Boiler Plus options, but tests by Canetis show that the realistic savings are as much as £180. Only the GasSaver stored FGHR system can make these savings; a standard FGHR system will only save around £9 per annum. “Profitability can be a challenge for the house building industry but GasSaver can substantially increase the profit per plot, as well as deliver the best value for consumers and significantly reduce emissions,” said Greg Finnigan, Canetis Chief Operating Officer. “Of the plethora of energy saving devices on the market, GasSaver is the only one that can achieve these benefits.” For more information visit www.canetis.io or call 01271 812104


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nanoe™ upgrade Panasonic’s nanoe™ technology has been upgraded to provide enhanced air purification for an even healthier, cleaner environment, making it ideal for many applications including hospitals, schools and hotels.

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ecent research from the World Health Organisation has found indoor air pollution, such as tobacco smoke, occupational dust and fumes, to be a risk factor of respiratory diseases including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease*. nanoe™ X technology is currently available with Panasonic’s new R32 Floor Console and MU2/ PU2 90x90 indoor cassette units compatible with VRF, PACi and GHP heating and cooling solutions. New nanoe™ X technology helps to control allergens, bacteria and viruses, not only in homes, but also in commercial environments. nanoe™ X is a cost-effective way of improving air hygiene by preventing transmission of airborne pathogens. In the hospitality industry, such as hotels and restaurants, often the most obvious cause of concern, for staff and guests, is unpleasant odours caused by cleaning agents, cigarette smoke and kitchens. Air quality can also be impacted by renovation work and the presence of mould within ductwork and behind walls. nanoe™ X technology can manage these factors by reducing odours and harmful mould pathogens within the air, for a consistently pleasant environment.

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Panasonics nanoe™ X, which is ten times more powerful than its predecessor nanoe™, works by generating hydroxyl radicals (OH) for healthier air. The effectiveness of virus/bacteria removal has been drastically improved due to a wider OH production area which can now generate 4,800

billion, per second. OH oxidises chemicals and bacteria in the atmosphere, effectively removing them from the air making it safer to breathe. A higher concentration of OH radicals means that there is an even greater reduction in pollutants, for a cleaner environment. The nanoe™ X technology can work simultaneously with heating or cooling operation to remove pollen, pollution, fungi and even cigarette smoke from the air. It also reduces odours in the room and includes an internal dehumidifier to limit the propagation of mould and bacteria. nanoe™ X is currently available as part of Panasonic’s new MU2/PU2 90x90 indoor cassette units and will be rolled out across all Panasonic air-conditioning solutions in due course. For more information, please visit www.aircon.panasonic.eu.


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Kawneer glazing systems help breathe new life into Heron Hall

Architectural aluminium systems by Kawneer feature on a renovated/new-build academy. Architect and contractor worked together to bring steel-style Kawneer windows to the £17 million rescue of a partly derelict college. Kawneer’s GT70 slimline renovation windows as fixed lights and tophung casements are complemented by AA®100 curtain walling, AA®541 fixed lights and top-hung casement windows and series 190 doors on the redevelopment of a former Middlesex University site in Enfield, north London. Now the 1,680-student secondary school and sixth form Heron Hall Academy, the redevelopment comprised the refurbishment, remodelling and extension of an unoccupied 1930s Grade II listed technical college over two years by main contractor Willmott Dixon. The glazing systems by leading UK manufacturer Kawneer were installed over a year by JPJ Installations – the GT70 windows

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replacing the original steel windows on the Art Deco façade and the mullion-drained curtain walling, AA®541 windows and series 190 heavy duty commercial entrance doors on the concrete frame extension. Katie Robinson, project architect with designers ArchitecturePLB, said: “Willmott Dixon had used Kawneer on a previous refurbishment school project and therefore asked us to work with them to develop the designs. “The Crittall windows are key to the character of the original building and therefore it was fundamental the replacements where faithful to the original design. Window replacement was considered key in meeting current Part L requirements. “It was a contentious issue that was much debated with the planners as it was key to making the project affordable.”

She added: “Aluminium was chosen due to the need to achieve a thermally-broken double-glazed unit with a narrow profile. We were able to keep the profile of the frames to a minimum and replicate the protruding fins on the original windows. “We could also achieve a narrow frame depth which enable us to retain the important heritage item of the existing terrazzo cills insitu during the works. These would have broken up if they had needed to be removed.” Katie further added: “The building’s glazing is of vital importance to its architectural character but was in a very poor condition. Its single glazing and steel frames precluded retention in teaching spaces where modern environmental performance standards were required. “Elsewhere however, we were able to preserve and repair key windows. These included the strip windows in


April 2018 non-teaching spaces, the vertical bays to the tower and stairwells and a curved bay in the northern courtyard. “Where windows had to be replaced, extensive investigations and negotiation with the local heritage officer were required to find an affordable solution that mimicked the frame dimensions of the Crittall originals and allowed retention of the internal terrazzo cills.” In line with current thinking, the new wing was designed to complement rather than replicate the original. Its arrangement reflects that of the original building whereby the major communal spaces, in this case the new dining hall, are arrayed down its centreline to connect the teaching wings to west and east. It is visually separated from the original by new Kawneer-glazed stairwells while Kawneer ribbon windows were used to reflect the proportions and horizontal emphasis of the listed building. ArchitecturePLB’s alternative design solution, following careful and considered analysis of the site and existing buildings, made the project viable. Instead of retaining and refurbishing a range of poor-quality one- and two-storey extensions, they proposed their wholesale removal, allowing them to recreate a previously infilled courtyard, reinstating the original plan form, and bringing daylight and views back into the heart of the building.

and improved orientation. The central assembly hall has been returned to its original function and proportions, with a recent mezzanine removed and the stage and proscenium arch reinstated. The existing listed school buildings were designed to be simple, adaptable and robust. Wherever possible original materials and important features such as the bronze-clad entrance doors were preserved and restored. Externally, the original brickwork, tiling, cast iron rainwater pipes and concrete window cills and surrounds have been left intact and repaired by specialists where necessary. In line with ArchitecturePLB’s “minimum intervention” approach, the decision was made not to clean brickwork to retain its historic patina and avoid highlighting the different brick types used within the existing building. Although an inherently more expensive solution, ArchitecturePLB’s alternative design intensified the efficient use of the site, replacing existing single-storey with new three-storey accommodation. This meant the building took less of the available site, allowing more to be released for residential development. This creative response to the problem delivered a winwin solution - more space for much-needed housing, a larger

proportion of purpose-designed specialist accommodation for the school, and a sustainable future for a fine but neglected heritage asset. Deputy headteacher Sam Orsborne said: “ArchitecturePLB took on the ideas we had as a school and made them fit with the Art Deco design of the existing building. This was an important design element for us all. We now have a fantastic contrast between existing and new building that is beautifully designed.” The original buildings, designed in the 1930s as a technical college by WT Curtis and HW Burchett of Middlesex County Architect’s Department, embody many of the theoretical discussions of modern educational architecture taking place at the time. The design, form and materials show strong links to Dutch and Scandinavian architecture of the same period, notably that of WM Dudok. This is evident through the large glazed expanses, the central entrance tower and the tiled giantorder columns. Technically-advanced materials such as steel-style glazing and the ideological alignment of the modern movement would both have been very fitting design choices for an innovative technological institution. The scheme was shortlisted for a RICS Award 2017 in the conservation category.

The removed elements are replaced with a new three-storey block featuring Kawneer’s curtain walling and AA®541 windows, purpose-designed to connect the original wings and accommodate new dining and specialist teaching facilities. Several key areas, including the original entrance lobby, hall and gymnasium have been carefully restored. The reinstatement of the southern courtyard has created additional external play space and brings daylight and sunshine back into the heart of the building, along with views to the outside

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Quick, clean renovations without closures. immediately. When the covering applied becomes worn after years of use, it can be removed quickly and easily, without leaving any adhesive residues.

Case Study – Shelbourne Care Home Shelbourne looks at ways of keeping noise and disruption to a minimum to avoid disturbing residents when the time comes to refurbish a room.

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ith SwitchTec® by UZIN it is now possible to renovate floors without causing unnecessary disturbances or closing premises.

traffic immediately and all areas are available for use without interruption.

Floor coverings can be replaced quickly, quietly and cleanly, then years later can be removed without leaving any residues. The tape adhesives enables floor coverings to be replaced almost anywhere from shops, offices to hospitals and care homes.

SwitchTec® is a range of selfadhesive tapes which are wound onto rolls. All SwitchTec® products provide an alternative to wet adhesives or loose lay systems when installing floor coverings or skirting.

Ensuring that floors always look good means replacing them on a regular basis. Decsion makers hesitate to take this step, since it usually involves either reducing working hours or closing premises during refurbishment. UZIN solves these problems with its SwitchTec® range of adhesives. SwitchTec® offers a solution that meets the needs of customers and is designed to be used discretely so that normal working conditions are not disrupted during installation. New floor coverings are ready for foot

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What is SwitchTec ? ®

Sigan® is one range of products from switchTec® whereby a variety of floor coverings such PVC, luxury vinyl tiles and carpets can be fitted onto subfloors or existing floor coverings. A new floor covering can easily be applied onto an existing floor covering (or subfloor) without having to remove the old covering. This not only avoids the normal disturbances caused when renovating, but also saves time and money. The new floor covering can then be used and walked upon

In two recent cases the incoming resident required a fitted carpet to be installed where the original flooring was a smooth vinyl. By using Sigan®, Shelbourne were able to install the carpet directly to the original vinyl flooring without the need to renovate the floor. If the next resident requests either a different carpet or a return to vinyl, the carpet can simply be uplifted and replaced with the minimum of fuss. “We are very impressed with Sigan® because it provided a quick and easy solution to the room refurbishments, whilst minimising the disturbance for residents. The fact that it allowed the rooms to be renovated in a clean and tidy manner was also a great advantage, benefiting both our staff and our residents. We would definitely use the Sigan® again.” Maureen Shields, Facilities & Operations Manager | Shelbourne Care Home For more information please visit www.uzin.co.uk


QUICK, CLEAN RENOVATIONS WITHOUT BUSINESS CLOSURES.

• Quick, clean and easy installation. • Businesses remain operational because of minimal disturbance and immediate use once installed. • Saves time and money. • Easy replacement of future flooring coverings. • 5 year guarantee to leave no residues when removed. • Durable and extremely reliable due to rigorous testing. • Free advice and site recommendations. • Solvent free and low emission.

Visit www.uzin.co.uk for more information.

UZIN. THE FLOOR BELONGS TO YOU.


April 2018

CaberDek can be left exposed like this, and remains BBA approved for up to 42 days without risk of damage

CaberDek flooring leads the pack

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aberDek is one of Norbord’s flagship quality flooring products. It is made from the same moisture-resistant particleboard as the standard CaberFloor P5 but has a protective non-slip film applied to its upper surface. In most new-build projects, the upper floors of a house will be installed before the roof goes on, with the inevitable result that the new floor is left open to the elements for days or even weeks. CaberDek’s protective film prevents rain and frost damage to the new floor surface as well as providing a safe non-slip working surface for the construction team.

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CaberDek can be left exposed like this, and remains BBA approved for up to 42 days without risk of damage, provided it is correctly installed with Norbord’s CaberFix adhesives. Even after the building is weather-tight, the floor surface remains protected from following trades such as plastering and painting.

When work has finished, the protective film is simply peeled off to reveal a pristine particleboard floor ready for covering. CaberDek comes in easy-tohandle 2400mm x 600mm panels produced in thicknesses of 18mm and 22mm. Suitable for fixing to traditional sawn timber or engineered-timber joists, including metal-web joists, it can be fixed with nails, screws, and with Norbord’s own speciallyformulated adhesives. Many builders now employ the CaberFix Pro kit, a powerful sealing and fixing system for installing CaberDek flooring. This system consists of CaberFix T&G adhesive, CaberFix Joint&Joist adhesive and CaberFix Tape. CaberFix D3 T&G is specially formulated to produce strong bonds between adjacent panels along the tongue-and-groove joint. CaberFix Joint&Joist is a highstrength polymer adhesive which remains flexible after curing and is

designed to fix a CaberDek floor to the supporting joists. Replacing mechanical fixings, CaberFix Joint&Joist speeds up installation and produces a floor which is guaranteed free of squeaks and creaks. Its flexibility also contributes to noise attenuation, thus aiding in the floor’s conformity with Part E of the Building Regulations governing the passage of noise. CaberFix Tape seals the joints to prevent moisture degrading the T&G adhesives. For floors which are likely to be exposed to the elements during freezing conditions, Norbord’s special X-Treme tape is recommended. For further information, call 01786 812 921 or visit www.norbord.co.uk.


April 2018 options in the 2018 VS collection, which also includes Tundra, Alpine and Desert, all of which available in both vertical grain and cross directional woodgrain designs.

Vicaima L Reaches New Heights

eading interior door manufacturer, Vicaima has launched four new and stunning Visual Sensation finishes into its ever popular Dekordor SD range. Mountain, being one its latest grey creations, has given designers some new creative inspiration. Stimulated by dramatic landscapes, Mountain allows specifiers to incorporate the peaceful essence of nature within their chosen interior space.

Getting to the top is not easy. But with the rising demand for grey and on-trend tonal colours epitomised by the new Visual Sensations’ Mountain from Vicaima, specifiers can take their vision to new heights with doors that reflect the latest fashions within interior design.

Since its introduction, the Visual Sensations (VS) collection has heralded a new era for foil faced doors, with bespoke models being created and manufactured by Vicaima that offer unique design solutions which are in-step with the latest design trends. Visual Sensations Mountain is just one in a selection of eight new finish

Dekordor SD is favoured by specifiers not only for its aesthetic appeal and its ability to provide a cost effective alternative to real wood veneers, but importantly that as a Vicaima door product there is no compromise on performance characteristics. Whether the requirement is for doors only, matching doorsets (door, frame and architrave) wardrobes or even wall panels, a consistent and matching finish can be achieved. All Vicaima doors are FSC certified for environmental peace of mind and can meet a range of performance specifications, such as fire rated, security, and acoustic requirements. Along with a variety of standard products, Dekordor SD Visual Sensations are also available in non-standard dimensions, giving you the ability to meet a wide range of project specifications. In addition design freedom is further accommodated with specific customisation made easy with glazed options, grooves, inlays, pairs, over height dimensions, mobility widths and other individual provisions. If you would also like to know more about Visual Sensations, or are interested in any other Vicaima products, visit the website www.vicaima.com. Alternatively call 01793 532333 today for a copy of the new Interior Door Selector or perhaps a face sample.

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April 2018

Unwanted fire alarms put lives at risk The complexity of buildings, density of occupation and growing user demands are heightening the urgency to introduce governance to ensure that life safety equipment fulfils its true purpose of preventing fire and saving lives. Ben Jeater, Siemens Building Technologies GB Fire Portfolio Manager, highlights key health and safety issues regarding fire safety protection and looks at how these can be addressed. Unwanted fire alarms caused by equipment account for approximately two-thirds of all false alarms, amounting to over 140,000 per annum; a figure that is unacceptably high. The correct design, technology selection, installation and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems virtually eliminate unwanted alarms. False call-outs not only impact the organisations themselves in terms of loss of earnings and loss of reputation, but are also a public safety issue. When alarms go off repeatedly, there is a tendency for people to disregard them and in the case of a real fire, complacency could further endanger lives. Today’s technology resolves this issue and it is false economy to install fire detection systems that put the public and organisations at risk.

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Most needless call-outs are caused either by badly maintained systems, or poor quality technology that cannot distinguish false triggers such as burnt toast, steam or dust from real fire signals. Unwanted

alarm alerts still automatically instigate calls to the emergency services. Due to the high number of unnecessary call-outs, which exert pressure on public sector resources, there is a growing prevalence of fines and regulation. A false alarm is referred to as an ‘unwanted fire signal’ as soon as the fire service is summoned.


April 2018 The pressure on firefighting resources has led the London Fire Brigade (LFB) to introduce a stringent new rule to fine organisations if they have more than nine false alarm call-outs in a year. However, the LFB states that despite a 7.3% drop in the number of callouts after the introduction of the charge, they are still responding to false alerts every fifteen minutes on average. False alarms generated from remotely monitored fire detection and fire alarm systems cost businesses and Fire and Rescue Service authorities an estimated ÂŁ1 billion a year in the UK. There is a strong feeling across the fire industry that more stringent measures need to be taken against repeat offenders, to ensure there is a strong deterrent against tolerating sub-standard equipment and poor performance by installers and service providers. Fire detection systems simply should not cause unwanted alarms; if an organisation suffers from excessive false alarms, the root cause is either poor technology, or poor service and maintenance support, and this is an addressable issue. The effect that false alarms have on business continuity is immense. Lost working hours and the upheaval of evacuating premises add up to significant financial loss. At Siemens we work with organisations across a range of industries to select and apply the correct fire detectors for their location and usage; this alone reduces the chances of an unwanted alarm from the detector itself. It is the responsibility of fire alarm companies to not only install and maintain the technology, but also to advise on best use and minimisation of potential unwanted fire signals. Siemens has developed its own solution to the problem by developing advanced fire detection systems that not only deliver full protection across all buildings, but also ensure there is no risk of false alarms and the subsequent disruption that they would cause. These systems are designed to operate in extremely demanding environmental conditions where immediate and accurate fire detection is vital to life safety and business continuity. Importantly, they also determine false fire phenomena due to issues such as toasters, poor housekeeping, airborne particles, welding, humidity and temperature change, and will not alarm in these instances. It is vital that manufacturers and installers are trained to identify and assist with customer requirements, risks and business operations. Engineering teams must be fully qualified to interpret customer specifications, CDM requirements, relevant legislation and British Standards, as well as the impact on health, safety and the environment. In particular they should be fully trained on all parts of BS 5839, the code of practice that prescribes the manner in which fire systems are designed, installed and maintained across the UK.

Ben concludes: “Our customers and the public rely on the consistent performance of their health and safety operations. As one of the founding global fire safety equipment manufacturers, Siemens understands the challenges facing organisations in managing and maintaining a safe environment, as well as adhering to stringent health and safety regulations. We believe that intelligent technology and engineering skills mean organisations can now take a zero tolerance attitude to the issue of false alarm signals being generated by the equipment that is meant to deliver high level protection.�

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Coatings & Paints April 2018

Rain resistant roof proofing from Everbuild Aquaseal Liquid Roof from Everbuild – A Sika Company, is a new, 1-component, easy to use, all-weather roofing system, ideal for waterproofing flat and pitched roofs. Creating a solid waterproof membrane, which covers the entire area without any seams, Liquid Roof is applied in two coats straight from the tin and has a moisture triggered curing system to allow fast curing. Liquid Roof is completely rain resistant after just 10 minutes and will even cure if a pool of water forms on top of it, perfect for the unpredictable British weather.

Suitable for use on a variety of substrates including concrete, mortar, brick and stone, Liquid Roof can be used on new roofs as well as refurbishing old. Available in slate grey or black in 7kg and 21kg tins, Liquid Roof will leave you with a professional looking, fully waterproof roof in just five easy steps. 0113 240 2424

www.everbuild.co.uk

Select The Best With Sika Pro Select The sealants and adhesive range from Everbuild – A Sika Company is growing with the launch of Sika PRO Select, a fantastic new range bringing the renowned Sika technical expertise to the trade user.

This extensive new range consists of ten products including Sika MaxTack Super Charged, an extremely fast setting adhesive with a fixing time of just 20 minutes and the ability to bond to a variety of surfaces, both indoors and outdoors and even underwater. The PRO Select range also includes Sika MaxTack Ultra Clear, a 100% transparent, high strength sealant and adhesive, Sika MaxTack Ultimate, an extra strong hybrid sealant and adhesive for use on almost every application imaginable, SikaSeal Multi Purpose Silicone and Sika MaxTack Instant Grab SF. So whatever the application, there is sure to be a suitable product in the Sika PRO Select range.

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For more information on the PRO Select range or any other product within the Everbuild and Sika ranges, contact your local sales representative, call the sales office on 0113 240 2424 or visit www.everbuild.co.uk.


High Perfomance

Smoothing & Levelling Compounds

The long term performance of any flooring installation is dependent on the right subfloor preparation. F. Ball’s comprehensive range of high performance smoothing and repair compounds provides the correct subfloor for all types of floorcovering - from heavy duty, high load and high traffic areas to fast track projects and wear coats. For videos and in-depth technical information visit our website at www.f-ball.co.uk

F. Ball and Co. Ltd. Tel: 01538 361 633 • email: mail@f-ball.co.uk • web: www.f-ball.co.uk Cheddleton, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 7RS, UK

GREAT BRITISH INNOVATION


Coatings & Paints April 2018

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kzoNobel Powder Coatings has announced its sponsorship of Materials for Architecture, the conference and exhibition for architects and specifiers coming to London’s ILEC Centre on the 25-26 April 2018.

Powder coatings to feature at Materials for Architecture 2018 The world’s largest manufacturer of powder coatings for architectural applications announces sponsorship of Materials for Architecture 2018

Over the years, some of the most prestigious developments across the world including the Shard, Beijing’s Birds Nest Stadium, and the Pompidou Centre in Paris, have specified AkzoNobel’s Interpon D series, which boasts a track record of over 30 years. The leading supplier of paints and coatings for architectural aluminium and steel is known for continually striving to offer solutions to the architectural market that not only meets existing demand but those in the future. AkzoNobel are pleased to be featuring a new range of enhanced aesthetic finishes which have been developed to meet the standards and aesthetics of contemporary architectural designs. This includes a collection of superdurable metallic finishes providing compelling alternatives to the main shades of anodised aluminium. Specification Manager at AkzoNobel, Naveen Sandhu, said about Materials for Architecture: “The event offers a more intimate platform to engage with specifiers. The opportunity to partake in CPD seminars also allows us to strengthen our presence and raise awareness of the possibilities that our coatings can offer.”

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Powder coating finishes are continually evolving and AkzoNobel are very much at the forefront of meeting architectural trends. They will be showcasing an assortment

of multi-component effects that resemble alternative materials including stone and concrete. These special effect finishes demonstrate variations in colour and patination and offer the benefits that the company’s D2525 technology encompasses. The range offers additional advantages in significantly reducing a building’s weight load and providing ease of installation for cladding contractors.

Click here to find out more or register free to visit AkzoNobel Powder Coatings at Materials for Architecture 2018 on Stand 47. For more information and free registration visit www.materialsforarchitecture.com or click here to subscribe to the Materials for Architecture newsletter to receive industry and event news.


April 2018 Coatings & Paints

Remmers Exhibits at Hayward Gallery The worldrenowned Hayward Gallery is a contemporary art gallery within Southbank Centre in London.

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As part of a two-year restoration project, Remmers restoration products were selected by Cemplas, to complete extensive concrete repair and renovation works to the internal architectural concrete elements of this prestigious major arts venue. Remmers ‘Arte Mundit’ was applied to remove the decades of superficial dirt that had built up on the concrete walls

and ceilings. Arte Mundit is a self-vulcanising cleaning paste that dries into a peelable natural latex. It provides thorough water-free removal of residues to varied substrates and there is no development of dust making it the ideal product for specialised restoration projects.

THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE! • Easy and quick to apply by trowel or spray • Extremely fast drying time • Universal use: internal or external and new & old buildings • Unbeatable flexibility • Excellent crack-bridging capability >2mm • Strong resistance to hydrostatic pressure • Highly adhesive to most common building substrates • Overcoat in just over 4 hours • UV-resistant • Can be over-coated with Remmers coatings • Extreme resistance to frost and salts • Solvent & bitumen free – low odour

01293 594 010 www.remmers.co.uk

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Coatings & Paints April 2018

Dr Schutz PU Sealer

Making Longer Lasting Flooring German floor care company, Dr. Schutz, has the perfect product – PU Sealer – to give flooring a lasting finish, as well as added protection, in areas including sports halls, offices, hospitals and schools. The water based, eco-friendly PUSealer can be applied to most types of flooring, including vinyl, tiled and epoxy resin. The product adds approximately 40 microns of protective thickness to floors, as well as extending the lifespan by up to six times and gives a lasting clear matt finish. Areas which are prone to high traffic, for example shopping centres and sports halls, tend to wear very quickly, and when they don’t have a hard wearing product applied, this could cost time and money to fix problems which could occur. By applying the PUSealer, flooring can be kept in a great condition for many years.

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The Dr. Schutz PU Sealer range also includes PU Antislip and PU Anticolor. For more information phone 01296 437827 for details on products and UK stockists, or go to www.dr-schutz.com


April 2018 Coatings & Paints

The Clear Advantages of Osmo UV-Protection-Oil Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes specialist, has developed a quality finish to protect, maintain and restore exterior wood. Osmo UV-Protection-Oil has been specially designed to preserve the natural colour of the wood, leaving it looking in top condition throughout summer months.

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rotection of exterior wood is of the upmost importance as the colour can fade after harmful UV rays damage the lignin within the wood. Osmo UV-ProtectionOil is a clear, satin finish for exterior application onto vertical wooden structures only such as doors, cladding, fencing etc. Based on natural oil, it does not crack, flake, peel or blister. This natural protective finish has been produced to resist the greying effect on exterior wood due to exposure to the sun, maintaining the wood’s natural aesthetics. The UV-Protection-Oil 410 consists of natural ingredients and is safe for use on children’s play equipment, flower boxes as well as animal housing, whilst UVProtection Oil Extra 420 contains additional activeingredients perfectly blended in order to reduce algae and fungal decay and provide optimal protection during winter periods.

natural greying process. It is advised to select a mid-dark colour tone for stronger UV-protection. Alternatively, choose a colour that is as close as possible to the natural wood’s colour, to preserve the natural appearance. Both Osmo Decking-Oil and Natural Oil Woodstain product ranges offer a wide selection of colours. The Natural Oil Woodstain range can be expertly mixed to any RAL/NCS colour, resulting in over 2,000 options. The transparent nature of the finish allows the natural characteristics and aesthetics of the wood to remain visible, maintaining the natural feel and story of the wood itself.

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For horizontal/flat surfaces, including decking, tables and benches, a pigmented finish is required to protect against the wood’s

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TRACTION ENHANCING NANOTECHNOLOGY

A POSITIVE STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION In the face of some 50,000 injuries treated in NHS Accident and Emergency departments each year - all caused by slips, trips and falls, a company specialising in accident prevention methods has introduced an innovative new product which dramatically increases the traction on most flooring surfaces and is equally effective when applied to the soles of footwear. Using an entirely new and patented

nanotechnology formula within an environmentallyfriendly solution consisting of 96.8% water, millions of invisible ‘nanospikes’ per square inch are formed which give up to 200% increased traction on dry surfaces and 500% on wet, including areas where no shoes are worn such as pool sides, showers and other slippery surfaces.

Called ‘TREADSURE™’ the product can be applied quickly and easily to all solid surface areas with a minimum of interference to usual foot traffic or work environment. All types of footwear can be treated from high-heels, office and sports shoes to work-boots to increase traction and reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents. Commenting on the introduction of his company’s new product to the UK,


Michael Burgess, joint MD of Nottingham based Arkad Health and Safety Limited said :- “Our company’s overall policy is to help prevent injury and save lives and we believe that with TREADSURE™ we will be doing just that. Besides the obvious practical safety benefits for the individual, every business has a duty to protect employees, visitors or customers and has to meet the requirements of public liability insurance in respect of slip, trip and fall hazards. Households are also at risk from claims due to accidental injury. The use of this revolutionary traction enhancing solution will therefore do much to avoid the possibility of litigation and prevent possible life-shattering accidents.”

home and they slip and fall you could also be legally at risk. TREADSURE™ Traction Enhancement treatment decreases the risk of slips and falls by increasing the traction of surfaces WITHOUT changing the physical properties of the treated surface. The unique nanotechnology allows the treatment of indoor and outdoor surfaces where a slip and fall hazard is present. This can be completed in a short period of time with little interruption to the usual foot traffic, minimising downtime and loss of production.

The TREADSURE™ product is currently available direct from Arkad Health & Safety Limited in 500ml bottles at £29.99 RRP (inc.VAT) to treat up to 4 pairs of shoes, and 1 or 5 litre containers with 1 litre covering up to 130sq.ft. (POA). Slip and fall hazards are an ever present danger in our lives. They can be disruptive to our health, families, businesses and profits. They can even be fatal. Whether you are at work or enjoying a leisure activity the risk of slipping and falling is almost always present.

Statistics show that ‘Slip and Fall’ accidents are the most common, damaging to human health, and expensive to business. It is so important to protect against slips and falls that laws are in place to ensure that every business that employs staff or has visitors to their premises protects them against slipping and falling. If you invite someone to your

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Some facts to consider: • During 2015/16 there were an estimated 20,000 slips trips and falls in the United Kingdom workplace • This resulted in an average of 7.8 days off work or nearly 1 million lost days • The cost to our society is over £800 million per year • There are over 50,000 victims of slips (same level falls) admitted to Accident and Emergency each year • Every business has a DUTY to protect their

employees, visitors or customers and MUST meet the requirements of public liability insurance in respect of slip and trip hazards • Injuries create problems for injured persons and have a devastating impact on quality of life for many families. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) created the ‘Shattered Lives‘ campaign to help reduce slip and fall incidents TREADSURE TM • Is inexpensive to treat large areas • Can be applied in high traffic areas with minimal inconvenience • Does not change or damage the physical properties of the treated surface • Is the only product available for the direct treatment of footwear to increase traction. • Has almost no scent and does not change the appearance of the treated surface. • Cannot create ‘trip hazards’ like some other anti-slip solutions • Is easy to apply For more information and to discuss trade distribution opportunities, visit: www.tread-sure.com email: info@tread-sure.com or call Ian Baker or Michael Burgess on 0330 333 7426

“Increasing Safety With Every Step”


Sustainability & Eco Solutions April 2018

Decking that is as Beautiful as it is Durable James Latham is seeing the popularity of its premium quality composite decking, UPM ProFi, soar due to its outstanding performance properties which include minimum maintenance; superior stain resistance; extrahigh impact strength and a high friction surface. These impressive features mean that UPM ProFi - which is manufactured in Finland, Germany and the United States - is perfectly suited to high traffic areas, continuing to perform to optimum levels while looking fresh, smart and clean for years to come. With the addition of two stunning new design styles to the range for 2018 - UPM ProFi Vision and UPM ProFi Piazza - James Latham is predicting that this rise in popularity will continue to grow. UPM ProFi Vision is a uniquely elegant decking, offering numerous features and benefits including an exceptional ‘luxury’ surface texture; class leading fade stain and scratch resistance and an ultra-durable core of heat treated Oak fibres, fully encapsulated with polyethylene. This allows not only ‘on the ground’ and ‘in the ground’, but even under water installation.

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It is made from 95% recycled materials and available in three stunning colours, Sand Stone, Smokey Grey and Spanish Leather, meaning UPM ProFi Vision is as beautiful as it is durable. UPM ProFi Piazza is an affordable, high-performance decking with a modern hardwood look that is remarkably resistant to stains. Again, boasting ultra-low maintenance properties as well as excellent colour durability and fade resistance, it is available in three rich colour shades, Brazilian Walnut, Streaked Ebony and Silver Ash. Richard Mosson, James Latham’s Group Cladding and Decking Manager commented, “As the popularity of WPC decking grows in the UK, these latest range additions are certain to prove popular. “This is a premium quality product that ticks all the boxes. With 10 years

of continued investment and R&D, the quality of the UPM ProFi deck range is exceptional. Long-life and ultra-low maintenance has been engineered into the product and due to the innovative use of recycled materials it has won several international awards, with the product making a major contribution to reducing traditional landfill and incineration which is really important to James Latham and many of our customers.” For more information on these and Latham’s full range of products please phone 0116 257 3415, e-mail marketing@lathams.co.uk or visit www.lathamtimber.co.uk


Thursday 13 September 8.30am - 4.30pm South of England Event Centre, nr Haywards Heath, Sussex FREE Conference and Exhibition

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April 2018 Sustainability & Eco Solutions

BLUE ROOFS

WHAT ARE THEY AND WHERE ARE THEY USED The contribution that green roofs can make to storm water management on a building is already widely understood. However, engineers are increasingly looking for greater water attenuation and blue roofs are becoming more common. A blue roof is specifically designed to store large amounts of rainfall, particularly during intense rainfall events, within the green roof buildup using pre-manufactured boxes or crates instead of a drainage board. The water is then discharged at a calculated rate over a given period via flow control devices placed within the roof outlets. This approach takes pressure off the local surface water drainage system during periods of heavy rainfall and thereby reduces any localised flooding risk. When planning a blue roof, it’s important to consider all the following items: Blue Roof System Calculations A full calculation should be carried out by the Blue Roof system manufacturer to establish the water storage capacity required and outflow rates. Roof Construction Storing large quantities of water at roof level will exert significant additional weight loading on the roof structure. On new constructions this can be factored into the design of the roof. However, on refurbishments the existing roof structure may not have been designed to accept this weight and may require strengthening if possible. Drainage Falls A Blue Roof will work best at zerodegree drainage falls ideally with a surface free of depressions and back falls. If there are falls on the roof this will limit the storage available and possibly the effectiveness of the Blue Roof itself.

Waterproofing and Insulation If the roof construction is inverted the storm water will be attenuated above a water flow reducing layer laid over the insulation. The designer should check that the chosen insulation, which may be regularly subject to water immersion, will provide suitable performance and life expectancy in this situation. Care should be taken to ensure that detailing of waterproofing takes into account the raised heights involved with a Blue Roof construction. Outlets The outlet is a very important part of a Blue Roof system. A control feature will be added to a standard rainwater outlet to restrict the flow of water through the outlet itself so that that water attenuated temporarily can be discharged over, typically, a 24-hour period. This feature will have been optimised to suit flow calculations for the roof and may also be adjustable. Emergency overflows should be incorporated into the design to remove excess rainwater if the design capacity is exceeded or an outlet becomes blocked. Outlets should be situated inside inspection chambers and be easy to maintain on a regular basis.

Surface Finish Blue Roofs should always have a surface finish above the attenuation layer. This can either be a soft vegetated landscaping, hard landscaping or possibly stone ballast. The surfacing chosen should ideally be porous and provide sufficient ballast weight to prevent wind uplift and floatation of the Blue Roof components. Inspection and Maintenance A suitable integrity test should be carried out on the waterproofing layer immediately prior to the Blue Roof system being installed. The installation of the Blue Roof should then be inspected prior to the surface finish being added. Once the roof is completed regular maintenance should be carried out to ensure the long-term performance of the Blue Roof. This should be twice yearly, and all inspections should be recorded with any damage or degradation being reported and remedied at the earliest opportunity. For more information visit www.optigreen.co.uk or contact us via email info@optigreen.co.uk or call 0203 5899 400

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April 2018

Can Your Insulation Really By Will Kirkman, managing director at Ecomerchant

A well-insulated house or office will protect your health, comfort and lifestyle but how many of us know and understand how to achieve this? Ecomerchant and Steico UK have joined forces to launch a protection campaign. It aims to champion the benefits of using natural insulation products. How we select insulation needs to be about having a real choice and for specifiers to be equipped with the right knowledge to compare materials on a like-for-like basis. To design a well-insulated building, you need to make informed decisions throughout all phases of a construction project to ensure your building performs as you envisage.However, selecting the right insulation is about more than just reaching building regulation compliance or ‘keeping in the heat’. It’s about ensuring a building protects its occupants’ entire wellbeing and comfort in the following ways.

How well does insulation keep the heat out? In the UK, thermal insulation to protect from the cold is essential, particularly given ever-increasing energy costs. However, as demand for usable square footage of buildings increases, basement and loft conversions are the routes many now take. However, these parts of a home or office, are the spaces most prone to extremes in temperature. They therefore need more thought – i.e. how do you keep a space warm in winter but, for a loft, how to keep it cool come summer. Compared with synthetic insulation materials, wood fibre insulation has a much higher density. This higher density means that natural insulation makes for a better heat buffer as the high midday temperature will only reach the internal side and be lost at night when the temperature is already cooler outside.

How a building’s breathability is hurting our health A breathable structure is one that allows the passage of moisture. With 90 per cent of all building construction problems associated with water in some way, breathability is essential in measuring a building’s performance and preventing the accumulation of harmful water within the building’s fabric1. These are fundamental in reducing health risks from mould, mites that those suffering from respiratory illnesses such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are particularly susceptible to. For effective breathability, there are four essential components that need to be considered:

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Natural fibre insulation is most effective as it suppresses potentially harmful water by binding and releasing moisture which helps regulate humidity levels as the moisture moves.

Easy-to-fit insulation A well-designed building takes into consideration how a material performs throughout the building’s entire life cycle. This includes ease of installation. Steico’s wood fibre insulation is simple and easy to fit (either packed or friction-fitted), eliminating installer error, keeping construction programmes, tight and costs, low.

How sustainability will save you time and money While all insulation is helping the environment by limiting energy being burnt for heat, natural fibre insulation materials are comparatively more robust. This means that when it comes to disposal, they can be composted – i.e. no specialist waste facilities or landfill. Throughout their lifecycle they will additionally have a much lower, and often, negative carbon footprint.

More than just protecting your home from fire All insulations will meet fire safety standards, but this is a minimum rating. The key differentiator between natural and synthetic is that natural insulations will prevent the spread of fire and if burnt, will not give off toxic fumes such as cyanide as polyisocyanurates (PIR) might.

Will the house be standing in 100 years? Condensation is one of the costliest risks to buildings causing huge maintenance repairs and structural damage. Natural materials are better able to absorb and release water whilst remaining dry meaning it is better able to protect from and buffer moisture thereby becoming a key part of healthy living.

Comfort for occupants When selecting insulation for a building, there are implications for the health of the occupants, the structure of the building, its impact on the environment, its acoustic properties, durability and carbon footprint.

ASTM E 241-77, Recommended Practices for Increasing Durability of Building Constructions Against WaterInduced Damage. Philadelphia, PA: American Society for Testing and Materials, 1977

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Cancelling out the noise for a peaceful night’s sleep The higher density of natural insulations - such as wood fibre - makes them better at reducing noise. Sounds external to the building, such as traffic or music, as well as those from within the building, through walls and ceilings are attenuated better by wood fibre than synthetic equivalents. In providing better protection from acoustic pollutants, occupants often report a building as being more restful and relaxing thereby encouraging better mental health. When a building is well-designed and well-built, occupants should be at their peak comfort. With the average person spending approximately 80% of their lives in enclosed rooms, an occupant’s well-being is imperative. Therefore, the products used to achieve this, should cover all the issues affecting a building’s construction, its impact on both its occupants and nature.

For a free audit of whether natural insulation’s right for your project, visit www.ecomerchant.co.uk/protexion or call 01793 847 445.

INSULATION - 8 ROLES, CAN YOU NAME THEM? Whether it’s protection from the elements, harmful substances or maintenance costs, insulation is one of the most important considerations when specifying products for a building. Insulation isn’t just about keeping a building warm. Natural insulation does much more to improve a building’s performance in terms of thermal, acoustic, health, fire and durability.

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leading impact protection, as are the EN 50365 requirements for electrical insulation when the chinstrap is set to EN397 position. It will also meet the optional requirements of the EN 397 standard for lateral deformation and use in low temperatures. The EVO®5 safety helmet features an extremely robust ABS shell designed for superior protection and an easy to use Revolution® wheel ratchet with a 3D adjustment harness, which offers 1-2-3 point depth settings for a perfect fit. The distinctive five stripe design and the JSP shield shape is a registered badge of trade origin and internationally recognised as a mark of quality.

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the chinstrap a release force of greater than 50kg for EN12492 to limit the risk of losing the helmet in a fall from height. The patent pending EVO®5 Dualswitch™ meets all requirements of the ANSI Z89.1-2009 Type I Class C for helmet safety as well as the Canadian CSA Z94.1-05 Type 1 Class C standards. EN 397 and EN 12492 standards are also met with the robust Expanded Polypropylene liner for class

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April 2018

F Engel Goes Into Combat Firmly established into the UK workwear and PPE market is Danish company F. Engel, one of Europe’s leading workwear manufacturers; workforces across the UK recognise Engel for its high quality, long lasting and superbly fitting clothing ranges and their suitability for almost any kind of work situation or outdoor use.

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One of the best-selling labels under the Engel banner is the COMBAT collection which includes the Engel COMBAT ‘Tradesman’ work trousers with hanging tool pockets (2761-630) and the COMBAT Pilot jacket (232-107). Designed for action to give maximum comfort and flexibility, both items have the brand’s instantly recognisable contrast stitching and reflective piping and are offered in a choice of colours.

and thigh pockets with flaps. In addition there are two flapped back pockets, a reinforced ruler pocket with extra sections, an adjustable hammer strap and Cordura reinforced knee pockets with two knee pad positions. The trousers have an extra deep hem so the length can be increased if required. Made from 65% polyester, 35% cotton, 280 g/m2 and available in a wide range of sizes to ensure a perfect fit.

The work trousers have been designed to be as practical and useful as possible with many functional and easily accessible pockets including a Cordura hanging tool pocket either side

Often sold alongside matching trousers, the COMBAT pilot jacket is made from 100% Oxford Polyester with PU coating 260g/m2, a quilted nylon lining and soft fleece collar; the jacket has pockets for almost

every purpose required throughout the working day so that everything is kept both safe and to hand when needed. It has adjustable cuffs with Velcro, a storm placket and a detachable hood with zipper. All Engel garments are available from The Workwear Trade Centre, Milton Keynes; Telephone: 01908 561569; email: sales@wtc-workwear.co.uk and Anchor Safety, Ipswich; Telephone: 0800 328 5028; email: sales@anchorsafety.co.uk For more information visit: www.fe.dk/en/ email: Mark McBrayne at mmc@f-engel.com or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197


April 2018

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

Founded in 1927 by Carl J. Engel Senior and now 4th generation family-owned, the company has 850 employees based at its Headquarters in Norgesvej, Denmark and 2 factories in Lithuania. Since it first began, with the importing of denim from the U.S. as a hard wearing fabric, the company’s aims have always been the same – to provide superior quality, value for money workwear designed for a perfect, flexible fit and to give long lasting, reliable service. The original fabric was called Bull Denim which was made from 100% cotton. Over the years the materials and manufacturing processes have been continually developed to incorporate many new practical and beneficial design details with the versatility of the fabric improved by adding the yarn combination of polyester and cotton. New colours have been introduced and many businesses are now recognized by the specific colour combination and design of their Engel corporate workwear where not only is it valued for its practical uses but also as a significant part of a company’s professional statement. Development is an ongoing process as new smart colour combinations and materials are continuously created and tested, with a constant emphasis on product quality, innovation, flexibility and environmental awareness.

The company has an impressive seven collections (along with a large range of accessories), all of which are ‘tailor-made’ for a wide range of industries including manufacturing, offshore, building & construction and the commercial sector. Each item of clothing is designed to be a perfect, comfortable fit whilst giving maximum freedom of movement and reliability. As an example, one of the main names under the F. Engel banner is ‘Combat’; geared to cope with any season and designed for action, this durable and stylish, uni-coloured collection has contrasting and reflective piping for greater visibility on jackets and trousers, many of which are made from 100% cotton. Almost all the trousers in the range feature such useful detail as ruler-pockets, hammer straps and mobile phone pockets, whilst the leg-length can be extended an extra 4-6cm if required. Other names to look out for, each with their own unique benefits, include ‘Cargo’, ‘Galaxy’ and ‘Work Zone’ and the ‘Light’ range for warmer weather. All Engel garments are available from The Workwear Trade Centre, Milton Keynes; Telephone: 01908 561569; email: sales@wtc-workwear.co.uk and Anchor Safety, Ipswich; Telephone: 0800 328 5028; email: sales@anchorsafety.co.uk For more information visit: www.fe.dk/en/ email: Mark McBrayne at mmc@f-engel.com or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197

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April 2018

The NEW Solid Gear ‘One GTX’ Safety Shoe The ONE GTX from Solid Gear is a superbly constructed safety shoe with seven integrated layers to deliver excellent comfort and protection. It’s designed and built for active professionals who need a highly breathable, light and flexible safety shoe.

With a GORE-TEX® SURROUND® membrane they’re fully breathable and ideal for warmer weather and combined indoor/ outdoor activities. The shoe’s stretchable upper is waterresistant with amazing performance when it comes to breathability, fit and flexibility. What’s more, it has a honeycombed sole for enhanced grip and a composite midsole. It also has a stabilising heel support to minimise injuries from twisting. The ONE GTX also comes with Solid Gear’s newly developed NANO Toe-Cap. It’s 40% stronger than fiberglass, lighter than other materials and thinner than other non-metallic toe-caps. So get to know more about the quality and innovation plus the top class safety functionality in every Solid Gear product – your feet will notice the difference. To get more information on Solid Gear - the Next Generation of Safety Footwear - visit the website at www.solidgearfootwear.com alternatively, call the Helpline on 01484 854788.

Precision Cutting and Control with Hultafors Tools’ Newest Range of Hand Saws As really professional craftsmen know, Hultafors’ can deliver just about anything you need for measuring, leveling and marking; striking, cutting and chopping; even prying and wrecking. That’s why they’ a range of Tools that can handle tough applications, last for ages and feel right when you’re working on site.

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Hultafors’ HBX and HBS saws are well known for their top quality precision cuts and, to complement those models, there’s a brand new range of cutting and sawing tools that include - Bow Saws, general purpose Short Hand Saws, Hack Saws, a Jab Saw, a Concrete Saw plus a superb Japanese Ryoba Saw which is perfect when you need a tool for the finest cuts made with minimal force.

So what makes these saws really different? Check out the blade tips for an easier start and ongoing sawing motion control; the easyto-use blade exchange system; the extra-stable precision blades and the ergonomic to make sawing an easier and more precise experience. Getting more information on the Hultafors Tools range of Handsaws is easy. You call the Helpline on 01484 854788 or check out www.hultafors.co.uk and download a digital catalogue.


April 2018

ENGEL - COOL COMFORT

STRETCHED TO THE X-TREME X-treme cool-stretch trousers and all Engel workwear available from www.wtc-workwear.co.uk and www.anchorsafety.co.uk For more information visit: www.fe.dk/en email: Mark McBrayne at mmc@f-engel.com or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197

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April 2018

NEW WEBSITE FOR NATRATEX FOLLOWING REBRAND

NatraTex, one of the leading brands of hard landscaping products, has a new-look website following its rebranding last year. The new site is very image-orientated, easy to use and helps customers make the most of their online experience. The modern layout is eye-catching and stylish and gives visitors to the site a glimpse of how NatraTex works behind the scenes. Manufactured by BituChem, NatraTex pioneered the market for durable and coloured asphalt. This has resulted in NatraTex, NatraTex Colour, NatraTex Cotswold and NatraTex ColdLay being widely adopted in many landscaping and development projects across the UK. All of NatraTex products can be easily found using the menu tabs, and include examples of previous projects in various locations around the country. There are sections for NatraTex Cotswold, Colour and ColdLay, so customers can access the service they need quickly. Other tabs include company news and meeting the team behind the brand.

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Known for their aesthetic differences to black tarmac, NatraTex and NatraTex Colour offer a vibrant and exciting finish with the same durable qualities and performance as traditional asphalt. Both materials can be specified in a range of different colours, including buff, red, green, blue, grey and salmon to create a new landscape that complements or contrasts with its surroundings.

The homepage is easy to use and doesn’t overwhelm customers with large amounts of information. It also features links to the company’s social media profiles and partner links, including RSTA and BALI. The simple user-friendly design makes the website attractive to both potential and current customers and now includes a live chat feature to make getting in touch with the team even easier. The website also has an option to subscribe to the company’s newsletter and read through its portfolio. Parent company BituChem prides itself on supplying quality products and aims to be the number one supplier of choice. Customers range from blue-chip multi nationals to private home owners. NatraTex asphalt has been designed and developed to be as straightforward to apply as possible. This great quality has made it popular as it helps to keep projects within required timescales and budgets. Further information is available from NatraTex on 01594 826768 or 07584 311266, by emailing: mark@natratex.co.uk or by visiting the company’s website at www.natratex.co.uk


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