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Industry News August 2017

Bond Bryan Architects project ‘Charles Street’ shortlisted for Brick Awards Bond Bryan Architects is delighted that its Sheffield Hallam University, Charles Street project has been shortlisted for the Brick Awards within the Education Building Award category. The prestigious awards ceremony, hosted at The Hilton, Park Lane, will take place 9 November 2017. The annual Brick Awards celebrates the use of clay brick in every aspect of design and construction. Recognising the excellence of architects, developers, manufacturers and brickwork contractors, the Brick Awards has established a reputation as one of the industry’s most respected and well-attended events. Brickwork is a key component of the Charles Street project and its context; Bond Bryan approached the design and detailing of this element as an opportunity to engage with the immediate context whilst also reflecting the historical significance found within the detailing of the adjacent Grade

II listed Butcher Works building. All bricks for the project were provided and made bespoke by Forterra in the Wilnecote factory in Staffordshire and installed by Marlborough Brickwork Contractors. Working alongside the specialists, Bomd Bryan Architects utilised a

Proposals to Build a New Public Leisure Centre in Egham Have Been Approved Proposals to build a new public leisure centre in Egham in Surrey have been approved. The designs for the project were put forward by Watson Batty Architects and they have received full planning approval. The project has been valued at £19 million. Watson Batty Architects worked closely with their client, Places for People, in order to come up with plans that would transform the 23,400 sq ft facility already on the proposed site, into a purpose built 41,000 sq. ft. space with


pattern of projecting headers with single and double cant brickwork to create depth and to address scale and massing. The completed elevations provide a real sense of place within the city’s Cultural Industry Quarter (C.I.Q.) and ensure a distinct dialogue with the listed building.

state of the art facilities. The proposal is to demolish the existing building and before creating the new leisure centre on the same site. This project will create the town’s first public swimming pool which will feature eight 25 metre lanes as well as a moveable floor and spectator seating. There will also be a 10 meter x 10 meter learner pool that will also have a moveable floor. The leisure facilities will also include a 4-court sports hall and a fitness suite with 110 different stations and an indoor cycling studio. As part of the designs there is also four flexible studios indoor health studio with a sauna, steam rooms, wet and dry treatment rooms. Watson Batty has been working to devise the project with Places for People, Runnymede Borough Council and Active Lifestyle which is the centre’s operators. Also involved in the drafting of the proposal were a number of other consultants in order to make the most out of the developments. The consultation took over a year and a public consultation was also held in order to make sure that they deliver facilities for the local communities and make sure that they receive the optimum capital investment for the project.

August 2017 Industry News

New & improved solar The Invisible reflective aluminium paint Problem – water has added a new formulation to its vapour permeability Coo-Var solar reflective aluminium paint range which now gives an even brighter sheen finish, creating more dissipation of heat and of building materials considerably reflection of sunlight. Moisture can cause complex problems in buildings, especially as all building products and structures, even vapour barriers, allow some vapour through. To meet current regulations you need to measure this permeability for the finished system and / or that of each of the products, barriers and coatings involved. And that’s what Versaperm’s latest water vapour permeability meter can do for you. The latest Versaperm vapour permeability measurement system measures this to an accuracy that can be measured in Parts Per Million (PPM) and is particularly important for both new product development and quality control. It can measure the permeability of anything from a building board to a coating of paint or from a vapour barrier to an entire wall, roof or floor structure. The water vapour that seeps into a building gets trapped and then finds it difficult to escape affecting both the health of the building’s structure and the health of people who live or work inside. It has been linked to asthma, allergies and even the collapse of buildings. Products as diverse as paint, plasterboard, membranes, screeds, laminates and sealants all allow you to control the flow of water vapour throughout a building. Traditionally, measuring this was very expensive and could take several weeks, but with the latest product range from Versaperm it can now be done in as little as thirty minutes for some products, at the same time as being more accurate.

The solar reflective aluminium paint available in Coo-Var’s Specialist Paints range is a bituminous based aluminium paint that gives a highly reflective metallic finish. It is designed to reflect and dissipate heat and sunlight on roofs resulting in a reduction of heat build-up. You can apply direct to roofs including flat roofs. Available in 5 litres and 25 litres, it is suitable for felt, asphalt, wood, brick & concrete. Ideal for large commercial contract work as well as for residential property. The new formulation helps to to decrease the need for air conditioning, fuel consumption, emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants.

Cary Tamarkin constructs Island Creek home in the Hamptons with local materials New York City architect-developer Cary Tamarkin has built a modernist home in the Hamptons using locally sourced wood and stone, to match the area's historic architecture. Tamarkin constructed the Island Creek house in Southhampton, a getaway destination for affluent New Yorkers escaping the city’s summer heat. The design nods to Long Island’s vernacular “beach modernism” architecture. Many homes in the area – including those on Fire Island – were built in the 1950s and 1960s with inexpensive materials sourced from the region.

The equipment can optionally measure vapour permeability not only for water vapour but also for CO2, hydrocarbons, oxygen and virtually any other gas or vapour. Using products with the wrong permeability has caused products to fail, equipment to leak and even buildings to collapse. Versaperm is a world-technology leader and offers, as well as the equipment, a fast turn-around building products laboratory-based vapour permeability measurement service and a technical consultancy.


Industry News August 2017

Leroy Street Studio updates traditional New England architecture for harbour-side Cove House A harbour view is framed through the gap between the two sides of this house in Massachusetts by New York firm Leroy Street Studio. Cove House extends across a sea-facing slope in Woods Hole, a coastal town in the south of the state, overlooking the Vineyard Sound. Leroy Street Studio designed the home as a modern adaptation of the historic shinglecovered buildings found in the area. “The Cove House embodies the client’s desire for a contemporary house that is deferential to the New England vernacular,” said the architects, which also recently completed two houses on Long Island. The building is split into two, with the separate sections positioned at slightly different angles towards the sea. They are buried into the hillside, so they are less imposing from the street but open up fully to the ocean, and are linked below grade. Both sides are two storeys high, although one is a touch taller than the other so their gabled roofs can overlap. “The massing defines an upper utility court and kitchen garden, with a dynamic interstitial space that frames the ocean view,” said Leroy Street Studio. “The resulting form defines the landscape spaces of the site, embodies the tautness and linearity of the shingle style, and references the sailing ships that once anchored in the neighbouring harbour.”

Brighton’s Circus Street transformation begins Shedkm have started work on a new mixeduse development in Brighton that will transform a derelict inner-city site Construction has begun on Circus Street, a £130m innovation quarter on the site of the old municipal market in Brighton in the UK. Architects shedkm in collaboration with developers U+I have created an ambitious new masterplan development with a strong sense of place, distinct yet in tune with the unique city of Brighton and its people. shedkm’s masterplan is conceived as a rich composition of distinctive buildings and public spaces woven together to create a


new destination. The design draws on the ‘patchwork’ of building styles within the Brighton cityscape and reinterprets them as part of a progressive and sustainable new quarter. The result is an exemplar urban design for mixed-use development. Situated on Circus Street at the edge of Brighton’s academic district, the ambitious new 0.73ha mixed-use project is a redevelopment of a derelict municipal fruit and vegetable market. Led by regeneration specialist U+I, in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council and South East Dance, the plans for Circus Street include 142 new homes, 450 student bedrooms, 30,000 sq ft of business and start-up space, and a world-class international Dance Space. Commenting on the new project Hazel Rounding, Director, shedkm says: “The start on site is a major milestone in our journey to create a new urban quarter in Brighton, which, through the belief and dedication of all stakeholders and individuals, has become a significant placemaking venture in our portfolio”

August 2017

Brand new £25m Ayr Academy building is delivered by hub South West on behalf of South Ayrshire Council A new Ayr Academy secondary school, built by Keir Construction and delivered by construction and infrastructure-focused partnership hub South West on behalf of South Ayrshire Council, is set to open when the school summer holidays end later this month. Ayr Academy, whose origins can be traced back to 1233 but did not come to be known by its present name until 1796, has moved to the Craigie Estate from its former location in the town’s Fort Street. The new Ayr Campus will cater for 1,000 school students, with the capacity for a further 300, and will create a modern and inclusive facility where students can learn in a sustainable and well-designed environment. The £25M project is a part of a £94m pipeline being delivered by the authority across South Ayrshire in the next 18 months with the aim of enhancing standards through targeted investment. During its construction the new Ayr Academy was used as a part of hub South West’s bespoke programme, ‘Your Future starts in Construction’, during which it collaborated with the Prince’s Trust and Ayrshire College to enable local youngsters to gain work experience on a live site and achieve a unique accreditation. Ayr Academy was the first project in Scotland to reach

Decorean’s Latest Project is a Redevelopment in Whetstone The construction company, Decorean has revealed information about its latest construction project. Decorean, the full-service construction company has announced that it will soon begin work on a site that will be a residential development of Walsingham House.The construction company has managed to secure the project after a competitive tender process. The development in London, is a GDV residential development that will transform a 9,000 square office block into apartments that are in demand in Whetstone, London.

financial close post European System of Accounts (ESA 10) resolution in January 2016. Michael McBrearty, Chief Executive of hub South West, said: “Ayr Academy Campus is a wonderful state-of-the-art facility that I’m sure all students and teachers will enjoy. “It is the latest project we have delivered on behalf of South Ayrshire Council over the past twelve months andis great tribute to partnership working that we can now celebrate the finished result. The new campus will be a great asset.” Brian McQuade, Managing Director of Kier Construction’s Scotland and North-East England business said; “We are pleased to have delivered this leading, modern Academy with fantastic new sports facilities for students and the wider community to enjoy, building on our track record of delivering quality schools throughout Scotland. “Through hub South West, we have worked with local suppliers and SME’s to ensure that the project boosts the local economy of Ayr and the surrounding area, including training and employment opportunities. During the construction of Ayr Academy we have created 17 work placements, 16 apprenticeships and two graduated traineeships, giving local young people valuable experience of working in this thriving and rewarding industry.”

LEVEL CHANGE SOLUTIONS commercial or residential

There will be 14 one and two bedroom houses built as part of this construction project undertaken by Decorean and the construction firm has managed to get prior approval for the residential construction. Decorean is currently working on 70-80 different sites across the country with plans for 40 more projects in the pipeline waiting to go ahead. The company fort started operating in 2010 and has managed to become one of the biggest and fastest growing construction companies in London. The houses are expected to be ready for sale by the late autumn of next year, 2018. The residential redevelopment will be finished to the highest possible specification and will also have access to a secure car park on the plot. The apartments, when completed will epitomise the focus of Decorean to be dedicated to perfection and the current three story, 1980s building on the site will be given a new lease of life.


August 2017

BIM Show Live 2018; exploring the digital trends of tomorrow BIM Show Live is best known as the Construction Industry conference which packs a punch. Far from the norm, it’s disruptive thinking elevates this technology-led event to one of the most trusted platforms for learning, knowledge sharing and industry insight for all things digital construction. In 2017, we saw BIM Show Live delivered in Newcastle upon Tyne, an area rich in engineering and manufacturing, with a growing economy and not to mention home of BIM Show Live founders; Space Group. For 2018, BIM Show Live will once again be staged in Newcastle’s the Boiler Shop, Stephenson’s Quarter – on Wednesday 28 February and Thursday 1 March. This two-day conference will wow with its future-thinking and focus on emerging technologies to benefit the construction industry. BIM Show Live is a driving force for the implementation of BIM processes and Space Group CEO Rob Charlton commented: “We’ve been running the show now for six years, and each year we never fail to present the new and the wonderful. Our


industry is progressing at an accelerated rate and we believe at BIM Show Live we have an obligation to bring our visitors the very best our industry has to offer for technology and digital construction, plus what has changed year-on-year and what this means for future projects. “And this year we’re introducing a new BIM Awards programme. This is an opportunity to recognise and reward the achievements of construction industry professionals, those pioneers who are leading the way for younger generations and to pass on the mantel of BIM-excellence.” The BIM Awards will be staged in advance of BIM Show Live,

in London on Thursday 2 November at the Bike Shed. Winners from the awards will then be given the opportunity to present at BIM Show Live and demonstrate why they are indeed the best of the best. This unique set of awards has 17 categories, containing a mixture of categories that invite submissions from organisations and nominations for individuals. Rob added: “We know there is amazing work being carried out in the digital built environment both in the UK and globally, and we want to reward that talent, innovation, determination and tenacity.”

August 2017

Farrow Court Sheltered Housing The job/challenge:

Farrow Court is one of Ashford’s older sheltered housing schemes. Planning permission was granted to redevelop the site to provide a new dementia-friendly facility comprising a much larger day centre for use by the local community as well as the residents of Farrow Court.


xden Floors Limited were contracted by Bouygues UK to supply and install floor coverings to 33 flats and communal areas totalling 4000 square metres as part of the new build works of Phase 1. Due to some design oversights, the main contractors were forced to use a pumpable anhydrite screed to the first and second floor levels. A site survey by Oxden Floors Limited identified a number of issues with the screed. There was evidence of laitance on the surface of the anhydrite substrate and areas of damaged floor screed due to ingress of rain and cracks. The flooring contractor also advised the client that moisture measuring was required to establish the moisture content within the screed.

The solution / implementation: With UZIN’s specialist range of products for remedial work and systems for calcium sulphate screeds Oxden Floors Limited approached their UZIN Technical Sales representative, Jon Turbutt, to undertake the moisture testing and provide a recommendation. Jon submitted a written specification to enable the floor covering installation to proceed. Together with the site team it was agreed that the laitance needed to be removed and the damaged areas of screed repaired. This was undertaken by the flooring contractor prior to any further works taking place. Following the results of the moisture testing which took place in each unit and different sections of the communal areas Oxden Floors Limited applied 2 coats of UZIN PE 404, a coat UZIN PE 280 topped with UZIN NC 150 for readings between


75 – 80% relative humidity (RH). For readings between 80 – 90% RH the flooring contractor applied 2 coats of UZIN PE 425, 2 coats UZIN PE 404, a coat of UZIN PE 280 and finished with UZIN NC 150 water mix smoothing compound. This provided a solid, sound and quality base in which to commence the floor covering installation. UZIN 57 carpet adhesive and UZIN KE 2000 S pressure sensitive were used to install the carpet and vinyl floor coverings respectively. All products have been awarded an EC1 plus classification for being very low emission and ideal for use in sensitive environments such as sheltered housing.

The result: Although the complications with the screed added a fair amount of additional work to a challenging 10 week programme, between the site operatives and Oxden Floors Limited the overall hand over date was not compromised. The final finish of the subfloor preparation was well received by all and ensured a quality finish for the carpet and vinyl installation with the use of UZIN adhesives. Due to the professional advice offered and quality of the works Oxden Floors Limited have now secured the contract for Phase 2 of the project and additional 6500 square metres due for commencement in early 2017. “UZIN have the expertise and product range to overcome many issues encountered on site. This enabled us to propose a suitable solution and reduce ongoing delays to this project”. Lee Fox, Managing Director, Oxden Floors Limited.

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UZIN have the expertise and product range to overcome many issues encountered on site. This enabled us to propose a suitable solution and reduce ongoing delays to this project.

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Floors August 2017

New Luxury Vinyl Tile Collection – Level Set – from Interface


nterface has introduced its first Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) collection, Level Set™, allowing customers to explore new design possibilities and create rich textural experiences across virtually all types of applications.

This debut Modular Resilient Flooring offering integrates with Interface’s carpet tiles to create beautiful, functional spaces that blend hard and soft flooring with ease. Level Set™ gives architects and designers, flooring dealers, and end-user customers a curated set of LVT options that evoke distressed, reclaimed and exposed natural materials. The textures, colours and patterns available in the collection meet customer needs for lighter tones in flooring that provide more light reflection, which is ideal for implementing biophilic design elements into spaces and maximising the benefits of daylight. “We’re seeing an increased focus on cohesive design throughout the built environment, as well as a rise in demand for soft and hard flooring that blends well and

functions as part of a modular design system,” said Mandy Leeming, Design and Development Manager for Interface EMEA. “Level Set™ embraces our customers’ interest in flooring that has the look of natural materials with the functionality, durability and affordability of LVT, while ensuring they can select a mix of hard and soft flooring from a single partner to create a unified look and feel.” Available in 28 variations of Natural Woodgrains & Stones and Textured Woodgrains & Stones, Level Set™ is complementary to Interface’s carpet tile offerings and consistent with the company’s global design standards. The collection comes in Interface’s standard 25 cm x 1 m Skinny Planks™ and 50 cm x 50 cm squares.Learn more by visiting:

UltraFloor and UltraTile used to refurbish Ann Summers store


lorspec have completed a new tiled floor installation using UltraFloor and UltraTile as part of the Ann Summers Gloucester refurbishment.

Working in partnership with Oakwoods which is a regular refurbishment contract over the next few months. The Gloucester store was one of the most recent to be reopened in May following the new floor installation. High flow, two component smoothing underlayment, Level IT Two is UltraFloor’s most popular leveller. It is compatible with a vast number of subfloor preparation projects and laid on after 12 hours. Level IT Two is suitable for depths between 2-12mm, can be used with underfloor heating and may be applied before the application of a damp proof membrane or a vapour suppressant. Level IT Two has been on the market for the last ten years.


Level IT Two was used alongside trader’s favourite, rapid setting flexible ProRapid RS cementitious tile adhesive, which was used to fix the floor tiles. Sold in 20kg bags this high strength adhesive can be applied at thicknesses up to 12mm and has a pot life of 1 hour. Contractors may begin grouting 2.5 hours after the application of ProRapid RS, subject to temperatures and conditions. For further product information, please visit or to place an order call 01827 254402.

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August 2017

Flowcrete UK Unveils New Polished Concrete Floor

– Monodec Grande Lux

• New polished concrete system introduced to the UK market. • Monodec combines attractive visuals with easy cleanability and durability. • System designed to bring out the natural aesthetic of the cement matrix and its aggregates. Flowcrete UK has unveiled a new polished concrete system to the construction industry, Monodec Grande Lux.


Suitable for commercial, industrial, new build and refurbishment projects, Monodec Grande Lux is ideal for transforming an existing concrete slab into a visually appealing surface that provides both easy cleanability and durability. Flowcrete UK has developed this new system by

bringing together specialist grinding and polishing techniques with high performance sealers, densifiers, coatings and dyes. A Monodec Grande Lux floor is created by using diamond grinding techniques to remove the surface laitance and expose the natural aggregates in the concrete mix. The slab is then treated to strengthen the concrete and ensure a uniform finish. Designers can even choose between a coloured stain or patterned visual effect. Once treated the floor is then polished down to a super flat, super glossy

surface that will not only achieve a high-end appearance but which will maintain an easy to clean, wear resistant finish for the long term. Additionally, Monodec Grande Lux has a lifecycle cost that is typically 60% lower than traditional floor coverings. Monodec Grande Lux involves several steps of grinding and polishing the existing concrete slab in order to bring out the natural beauty and aesthetics of the cement matrix and its aggregates. Each Monodec Grande Lux floor is unique, as the final result depends on

August 2017 Floors the existing slab’s specific make up. Thanks to its hardwearing nature, the floor’s super glossy, lightreflective finish won’t be spoiled by factors such as rubber-wheeled traffic. Flowcrete UK has added a polished concrete flooring system to its extensive collection of resin flooring solutions to ensure that construction industry professionals have as wide a spectrum of flooring solutions as possible available from a single source. Resin coatings and polished concrete solutions both have distinct advantages and possibilities, if you’d like to find out more click here to download Flowcrete UK’s new white paper Comparing Polished Concrete and Resin Floor Options for Commercial Environments. Architects can even book onto a RIBA approved CPD seminar about specifying polished concrete that explores this type of flooring in depth, compares it to alternative materials and provides attendees with the practical info required to evaluate the available polished concrete options and make an informed decision. Get in touch with one of Flowcrete UK’s flooring experts today if you’ve got a question about polished concrete or want to book onto a CPD seminar.


Industrial Flooring August 2017

Jaymart’s Aluminium Matting, choice is at the heart of everything we do


ot only do our aluminium matting systems keep dirt and grime outside and enhance the appearance of entrances to the building they protect we also have a huge selection of different materials that can be inserted into the aluminium scrapper system such as: fine/heavy duty rubber, nylon on vinyl, nylon piled Lustre twist, micro ribbed cord or polypropylene. We also offer a range of coloured materials so you can contrast your mat to your corporate image as well as shape it to perfectly cover all areas surrounding entrances and exits. Jaymart started in 1967 and has nearly 50 years of experience in getting the right product in place first time. Our sales team in the office are happy to discuss what project you have and the products that we offer to meet your needs. We have installed entrance matting systems in airports, shopping malls, tourist attractions, train stations, shops, cinemas, universities, race course, hospitals, leisure centres, banks, libraries, museums, football stadiums the list is exhaustive. Our products are tried and tested to deal with heavy constant flows of traffic to light or moderate traffic flow. As an additional service Jaymart can also have your corporate logo designed into the product for that extra wow factor, or even a simple hello as your customers come to your store. Have you ever thought about wheelchair, pushchair and high heal friendly products? We have. We can help ensure you can avoid health & safety issues such as slips trips and falls and recommend products that really do meet the needs and requirements of your business. Did you know that Jaymart offer a fantastic range of logo mats…? Giving your reception area or entrance area a dynamic, professional feel, and reinforcing your brand, Jaymart’s wide range of colours and computerised cutting, mean we can reproduce virtually any logo within a mat that will remove the vast majority of walk-in dirt. What’s more, the nature of the inlaid mats mean that the logo never wears out, as a result, a striking Jaymart logo mat helps keep your whole office clean, and keeps it looking great.


Stone & Ceramic surfaces get FILA treatment at 190 Strand FILA surface treatments have been specified, by Stone & Ceramic, for its most extensive project to date at 190 Strand.


he flagship development, by St Edward, includes a collection of bespoke suites, penthouses and apartments set in London’s cultural heartland.

FILAPROJECT worked alongside Stone & Ceramic to provide ‘initial clean’ and maintenance solutions for the multiple tile designs specified, including a dramatic stone feature wall within the development’s private spa complex. Situated within Westminster’s world-famous ‘Strand’, the development spans six iconic buildings, designed by Grid Architects and set within a private, landscaped square. Natural stone and porcelain surfaces feature throughout the luxurious kitchens and bathrooms, and residents’ Business and Leisure Suites. Stone & Ceramic’s installation includes mosaics and porcelain tiles for the stunning pool surround and stone for the imposing 70m2 feature wall. A variety of porcelain and natural surfaces were also installed throughout ‘The Colonnade’ business centre, including a five-metre long stone feature desk. Working alongside Stone & Ceramic, FILAPROJECT recommended a range of treatments for the different surfaces and their specific locations. They included concentrated acid detergent, FILA Deterdek, which has a safe, buffered formulation; degreasing and stain removing FILAPS87; universal, ph-neutral FILACLEANER; organic stain remover, FILASR95, and water-based gel cleaner, FILANOPAINT STAR. All treatments provided high performance whilst safeguarding the surface characteristics.

However intricate your corporate identity may be, Jaymart’s sales team can help you to make the right impression first time.

Fila solutions are recommended by over 220 leading tile brands.

We have pictured a small selection of logo mats that we have produced over the years, so you can feel confident in placing your trust in us to get it right.

For more information, please contact Fila UK on tel. 01584 877286, email or visit

For more information on Jaymart products go to:

To find our more about the installation, please contact Stone & Ceramic on tel. 020 8855 5400 or visit

Specialist Designer Flooring Systems




Resdev’s elegant and classical Mozaico range of resin-based terrazzo flooring systems combines elegance, style and innovation with high levels of durability and practicality, designed to coordinate and harmonise with commercial interior design schemes. •

Elegance, style and innovation combined with high levels of durability and practicality

Resin matrix floorings enhanced by natural stone, mother of pearl, marble and recycled crystalline clear, coloured and mirrored glass

Exciting design options coupled with colour and finish choices in terms of colour and finish

Lightweight product, can be used to create steps, risers and skirtings to enhance visual continuity

Elegant, polished finish to match both classical and contemporary schemes




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August 2017

Plan Your Trip to The Flooring Show

The 55th Flooring Show is fast approaching, with over 180 exhibitors preparing for the show and visitors still registering for fast track entry to the show. Plan your trip in advance using the useful links on our website to avoid any last minute rushing and disappointment!

Register Now Entry into The Flooring Show is completely free of charge for buyers and by registering early; you can avoid queuing on the day. To register, simply go to our website complete the short form and plan your trip to make the most of The Flooring Show.



Harrogate has an amazing selection of hotels, within walking distance of the Harrogate Convention Centre, to suit every budget and style. For another year, Reservation Highway is the shows official accommodation agent, able to offer rooms at discounted prices for show attendees. Contact them on or 01423 525577.

* PLEASE BEWARE: there are bogus accommodation agents contacting exhibitors from many shows across the UK claiming to get discounted rates for hotels. PLEASE AVOID Convention Housing and Event Travel Planners.

Bradford, at very reasonable prices. …By Road: Harrogate is easily accessible from most areas of the UK. •

From the South: take the M1 then A1(M), exit Wetherby (9 miles from Harrogate)

From the North: A1, exit Wetherby or Knaresborough (Knaresborough exit is 8 miles from Harrogate)

National Rail enquiries: +44 (0)8457 484 950

From the East: M621 then A1(M), exit Wetherby (9 miles from Harrogate)

You can also use our 25% off Virgin Trains deal. Virgin Trains have teamed up with the Harrogate Convention Centre to offer 25% off advanced tickets for Flooring Show visitors and exhibitors. Use the link on our website to book with this fantastic deal!

From the West: M56 to M62 then A1(M), exit Wetherby (9 miles from Harrogate)

You can find FREE OF CHARGE parking at the Harrogate Convention Centre during the three show days, however, this parking works on a first come, first served basis.

… By Air: Leeds Bradford International Airport is 20 minutes from Harrogate and Manchester International Airport is just under two hours from the town. There are now three flights a day with British Airways from Heathrow to Leeds

If you’d like more information on planning your trip, or if you want to know more about any of the features at this years show, please look at our website, we’ve got you covered.

Travel… … By Train: There are trains from most major cities in the UK to Leeds and York, with regular National Rail services running from these stations to Harrogate.

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Floors & Walls August 2017

New Blowerproof Liquid set to transform air-tightness of buildings Airtightness is a dominant factor affecting a building’s energy performance. It can be argued that airtightness is more important than insulation in terms of thermal performance. Even small gaps in doors and windows can cause significant heat loss and once a building is constructed, stemming unwanted air flow can prove difficult and expensive. When deciding how to seal construction gaps, one common option is to use a polyurethane-based, spray foam filler or silicone or acrylic sealant to ensure airtightness, but there are acknowledged problems, with shrinkage and adhesion being the main disadvantages. A new, BBA-certified, liquid air-tight membrane called Blowerproof is a clever, quick, easy and costeffective way to ensure outstanding air-tightness. Blowerproof has been used widely across Europe for many years as a proven and effective method of achieving high levels of airtightness, in many different buildings on a wide range of substrates. Simply brushed on, Blowerproof quickly forms a permanent, secure and continuous air-tight seal across a range of draught-prone points: wall/floor/ceiling connections, fenestrations, pipe connections including water, electricity, gas and data; all with no need for primers. Applied as a blue, thick liquid, fibre reinforced ‘paint’, Blowerproof Liquid Brush quickly cures to form a black sealed membrane which is highly resistant to punctures. Blowerproof is also available in white, so it doesn’t show through a plaster finish. Brushes rinse out under cold water, making Blowerproof Liquid Brush quick to deploy and pack away. It’s safe to use in high risk environments such as food, childcare and medical environments as it is free from both volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and harmful chemicals. A building that leaks air is always thermally inefficient. These air leaks cost the building owner, so it’s easy to make the case for using Blowerproof. It quickly justifies both its product and labour costs. An easy way to ensure leaks are sealed, helping limit applicator error is a major step forward to improving building performance. Blowerproof can’t be beaten for how quickly, easily and effectively an


applicator can achieve a permanently secure and continuous seal. Blowerproof helps deliver energy performance well beyond building regulations. Blowerproof has recently been awarded BBA (British Board of Agrément) Certificate 17/5410. Jack Georgiou, project manager at BBA, says: “Blowerproof was subjected to a rigorous assessment by the BBA. The results of stringent tests were assessed including fatigue testing after accelerated ageing to verify the efficiency and durability of the air-tight seal. “Blowerproof performed satisfactorily in all aspects of the assessment and tests so we’ve certified it as being an effective way to improve the airtightness and consequently the thermal efficiency of buildings.” BBA certification is recognised by Government departments and throughout the construction industry as confirmation that a product is fit for purpose. Only products and systems that have passed a series of comprehensive assessments – including laboratory tests, on-site evaluations, quality management checks and inspection of production are awarded a BBA Certificate. Once a Certificate has been issued, six monthly surveillance of production and comprehensive three yearly reviews are required to maintain its validity. In addition to the BBA, Blowerproof has Certification from a wide range of recognised European bodies, a full list can be found on the Blowerproof website. Blowerproof is also available as a roller application which can be used directly on blockwork, brick, masonry and as a spray which is ideal for larger areas such as walls and roofs. It can be directly applied to mineral wool, sprayed set foams or PIR insulation. For further information, or to purchase Blowerproof in the UK, please visit:



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Floors & Walls August 2017

Yeoman Shield Help to Maintain Standards at Oldham School. The new building of North Chadderton School, Oldham was built in 2013 providing facilities for up to 1500no. students aged between 11 & 18 years.

Built without the provision of wall protection to the school’s interior walls, Facilities Manager William Wheatcroft soon noticed that the plastered, white walls, were suffering marking and superficial damage detrimental to maintaining the school’s high standards. “We needed a permanent solution to our problem of continually re-decorating and cleaning the walls along corridors and congregational areas of the school – which was proving to be a drain on the maintenance budgets.” Explained Mr Wheatcroft. Yeoman Shield, manufacturers and installers of wall & door protection products, were called in to survey areas in the school most needing wall protection, where it was decided that 2.0mm thick FalmouthEx protection panels would be the answer to stopping the continual damage. The work was to be phased over time as and when budgets became available. The first area to be fitted with Yeoman Shield FalmouthEx protection panels at 1250mm high, in white, were the dining room, boys WC on the ground, 1st & 2nd floors, reception exit area and along the flat to raking wall of the Assembly Hall Stage. Other areas which have received the same treatment over the past 2 of years have included, staircases, refuse points, sports exit lobby, performing arts and music centre along with staff changing facilities.


“There has definitely been a marked difference in the time spent re decorating and sorting out wall damage which I am sure is resulting in a year on year saving in our maintenance budgets. Our cleaning team have also commented that the wall protection panels are certainly easier to wipe down than the painted wall finish. “We are very happy with the finished products and the workmanship supplied by Yeoman Shield over the years and we will be continuing with the roll out of the wall protection programme in the future.” Concluded Mr Wheatcroft. For more information on how Yeoman Shield wall and door protection products can save on maintenance budgets go to or call 0113 279 5854

August 2017 Floors & Walls The Pinderfields facilities management team work hard to maintain, but splinters, dents and crevices caused as a result of the damage, make the frame work hard to clean leading to a potential build-up of dirt and bacteria. Michael Kenward, Engie Capital Works Co-ordinator at Pinderfields Hospital commented “We have in the region of 3000 door frames on site and a long term alternative to the perpetual and costly refurbishment of the timber frames was required. Having worked with Yeoman Shield on previous wall & door protection projects, we contacted them for a solution.” After a survey carried out by a Yeoman Shield Area Sales Manager Steve Hawke, a bespoke product was decided upon. Post formed Yeoman Shield angles, to the required dimensions, were fabricated from 2.0mm thick FalmouthEx material, for fitting to the existing timber door jambs. Where necessary a timber infill piece was manufactured to fill any gaps between the frame and angle so providing extra support to the internal angle. Supplied in Dusty Grey to complement the existing décor, the formed angle protectors were installed at 1250mm high by Yeoman Shield’s directly employed fixing operatives.

Pinderfields Hospital keep lifecycles on track with Yeoman Shield

“We are very pleased with the quality of products and the installation carried out by the Yeoman Shield operatives who were mindful of the environment they were working in. “Now in place the frame protectors will reduce our repair and maintenance outgoings whilst having a positive effect on the lifecycle of the building.” Concluded Mr Kenward. For more information on Yeoman Shield’s cost saving wall & door protection products go to or call 0113 279 5854.


s part of their lifecycle programme, Engie in conjunction with Consort Healthcare and Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust engaged with Yeoman Shield to provide a solution to the continual damage being caused to door frames throughout the Pinderfields Hospital. – The continual repair of which was proving to be a drain on the maintenance budgets. Door frames are inevitably vulnerable to wear and tear caused by the everyday activity on a busy site, being especially prone to damage from wheelchairs, trolleys and mobile equipment. When damaged the door frames not only look unattractive, detracting from the clean and pristine environment that


Floors, Walls & Furniture August 2017

Lab Systems Furniture are leaders in the design, manufacture and installation of laboratory furniture in the UK and overseas.

Established in 1995 Lab Systems Furniture now boasts an impressive client roster including schools, academies, universities, research establishments, multinational pharmaceutical companies, the Petro-chemical sector and power generating companies. In addition we also work closely in the construction industry with architects, planners, small, medium and large contractors. With our wealth of specialist knowledge and experience Lab Systems Furniture has the flexibility to offer bespoke and off the shelf systems to suit any project and budget no matter how large or small. In this technological era in which the word ‘Quality’ dominates the vocabulary of Scientists and Industrialists and ‘Value for money’ dominates in Construction circles Lab Systems Furniture has created furniture designs and achieved highly efficient working systems to compliment any industrial or educational organisation’s needs in


their new laboratory. We find that visitors to our company are very often surprised at the amount of effort committed by Lab Systems Furniture and their design team in creating individual touches of flair to create properly fitted furniture systems to a high technical and visual standard and giving the client an individual laboratory design of high capability and quality build. Lab Systems Furniture is one of the most experienced companies in it’s sector with numerous laboratory projects completed and many highly satisfied clients. The company’s success is in large due to quality personnel, single point responsibility on projects and adaptation to varying types of client requirements from refurbishments to new build. Our head office and main production operations are based in a modern facility in Hull. It’s here that our furniture is custom built using state of the art tooling and processes with a

meticulous attention to detail. From a preliminary brief our technical personnel create the initial scheme before the final specification and design is drawn by a member of our in-house licenced AutoCAD Revit/BIM team. Starting with raw sheet material the individual panels are dimension cut before passing through our CNC machines for accurate detailing. The next stage is edge banding where all panels are automatically edged using a strong high quality adhesive for a very high quality finish. Once the furniture has been prepared to our exacting standards it’s carefully hand assembled before being prepared for transit to the installation site. For more details about our bespoke service please contact our friendly team on: +44 1482 444650 Email:

August 2017

ANTICOLOR EQUALS ANTI STAIN German floorcare company, Dr. Schutz, has the answer for hairdressers, medical centres, car showrooms and other industries where chemical spillages may be a problem – PU Anticolor.near the heading like this In workplaces such as hairdressing salons and medical establishments, the issue of dye and chemicals being spilt on the floor is a frustratingly regular one, and inevitably leads to the unattractive discolouration of the floor. However, help is at hand in the form of PU Anticolor from Dr. Schutz. Suitable for use on vinyl floors, PU Anticolor is an extremely hard wearing sealer; it has a satin finish that makes it easier to clean and protect. This two-part polymer sealer, which is simple to apply, is mixed with a hardener and then rolled onto the floor in two coats. Without the benefit of using PU Anticolor, there is nothing to stop chemicals penetrating the floor, but by using this sealer, floor stains can be simply wiped away! Providing long lasting protection that helps to reduce maintenance costs and simplifies the upkeep of any floor, the Dr. Schutz PU Sealer range also includes PU Antislip and PU Sealer matt. For more information, visit


August 2017

Aluprof on Refurbishment Back in the late 1960’s, Architect Richard Rogers designed and completed ‘22 Parkside’ with his then wife Su Brumwell, he considers this residential project to be one of the best examples of his early work. He links it to a far more spectacular and famous building, the Pompidou centre in Paris, which he had just begun work on at the time with Renzo Piano. Four years ago, 22 Parkside was granted Grade II listing and is now widely regarded as one of Lord Rogers best examples of his early postmodern architecture. Lord Rogers donated the building to the Harvard Graduate School of Design who appointed architect Philip Gumuchdjian and his practice to refurbish the property whilst maintaining the unique appearance of this iconic structure. One of projects’ features was its design as a kit of parts that could be quickly assembled on site, something that was quite radical at the time. During the refurbishment, one of the main criteria was the replacement of all 36 wall panels. These were the original 2” thick aluminium faced ‘Alcoa’ wall panels, complete with a rigid Asbestolux lining and polyurethane insulated core. With the safe removal of the asbestos filled wall panels, the original aluminium framed doors, windows and ventilators were removed from the panels and refurbished. With the assistance of Aluprof UK, new panels were designed around the company’s high-performance MB-59S system which were of 75 mm thickness and incorporated a rigid polyurethane insulation and fireboard covered with a 2mm powder coated aluminum skin to both sides. The new panels were designed to match the original Alcoa panels and consisted of a new jointing ‘zip’ gasket, again to match existing, extruded from EPDM. The original aluminium framed doors, windows and ventilators were then


refitted into the new panels with new EPDM gaskets. The newly installed panels now have a U value of just 0.4 W/m2K. Aluprof are delighted to have been involved with the grade II listed project which typifies the companies flexible and bespoke approach to all construction projects, either new or of a complex refurbishment arrangement such as this. Aluprof’s extensive range of systems which include unitised curtain walling, sliding folding doors and a wide range of window systems are increasingly being specified on a variety of residential and commercial projects across the UK. All systems are designed and installed by selected, specially trained companies to ensure each product meets the Aluprof exacting standards. Further information is available on the company website at and specialist advice is available directly from Aluprof’s UK offices on 0161 941 4005.

August 2017


August 2017

The Kent Event Centre welcomes Construction Expo back on Thursday October 5th 2017. Run by the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce it brings together construction professionals from the South East and across the UK, combining a free to attend exhibition, conference and large demonstration areas. 2016 saw over 3,000 delegates and more than 200 exhibitors including some of the UK’s largest contractors. Plans for 2017 will make it the biggest and best event yet.

Project updates and industry challenges discussed Once again, Construction Expo will be hosting keynote speakers, panel sessions and workshops that will update you on major developments and regeneration projects and look at new opportunities along with discussing critical industry topics. Areas that will be covered include: •


Find out how to take advantage of £billions of projects

Meet the Buyer As one of the few completely free Meet the Buyer opportunities in the UK, this year will see over 600 appointments available with 30 top purchasers and decision makers. This is a great opportunity to get your business in front of some of the leading contractors, suppliers and public sector departments. Appointments will be offered initially to exhibitors and then opened to all delegates on a first come first served basis. Construction Expo Dinner

Major developments and regeneration projects update

The latest on digital construction including an update on BIM

Construction in the 2025

How can we develop talent for the construction sector?

This year the dinner will see the brilliant Brian Blessed, OBE speaking. Renowned for his booming voice, he is famous for work on the stage, television, radio and in films. He’s attempted Everest three times and is the oldest man to have walked to the magnetic North Pole. Tickets are on sale now at

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Coatings & Paints August 2017

Expand Your Range With Constructa Pro The expanding foam range from Everbuild – A Sika Company is growing once again with the addition of Constructa-Pro; a high strength adhesive foam designed for use in a multitude of applications.

Developed to be fast curing, ConstructaPro is ideal for small jobs which require a quick fix as well as large applications including fixing plasterboard and insulations board, fixing skirting boards or as a mortar substitute for building rough garden walls. Once cured, it is also rot-proof and moisture and temperature resistant from -40˚C to +80˚C. Gun applied and available in 750ml tins, Constructa-Pro can be used on stone, brick, concrete blocks, wood, plasterboard, metal and much more making it a truly multi-purpose adhesive foam for the trade. For more information on Constructa-Pro 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

Purdy’s Marathon™ sleeve is an essential piece of kit, making large scale decorating projects a breeze. Developed by Purdy’s expert technical team, the durable cover will deliver performance over 40 hours of constant use – giving consistently high performance from beginning to end. It is often the tool of choice for contractors working on large scale, professional projects.

Made using a blend of nylon and polyester fabric, Marathon™ lasts longer, paints further and leaves less lint on the painted surface. Other rollers can leave an uneven appearance when they become worn but the durability and quality of the Marathon™ sleeve means a smoother finish – ideal when working on more challenging projects that need consistent coverage and a great final appearance. The roller cover series also has brilliant paint pick-up and release properties – which means less trips back to the bucket – and can be used with oil-based or water-based paints for interior or exterior projects.


August 2017

Crown Paints masters university project Crown Paints has received top marks from a West Midlands-based university after transforming their Students’ Union café. The Pear Tree Café, in the heart of the University of Worcester’s St John’s Campus, has been given a new lease of life with a vibrant new colour palette. Contrasting greys and a teal colour have been used to refresh the space, which Joe Stock – Capital Projects Procurement Officer at the University of Worcester – says had become tired. He said: “The old colours were quite dark so we wanted to give it a refresh and encourage more people to use the Students’ Union building during the day. “We met Crown Paints at a ‘Find it in Worcester’ event and gave them the opportunity to develop a specification. “Crown Paints worked alongside our Students’ Union representatives to choose a new colour scheme and it looks really good. We’re glad we’ve used Crown Paints on this project.” Hankinson Painting Contractors carried out the work, which took three weeks to complete. Crown Trade Clean Extreme Scrubbable Matt has been used on the walls, with a teal colour being applied to the feature wall and a complimentary grey on the others, whilst the metal staircase was decorated with dark grey Crown Trade Fastflow Quick Dry Gloss. Louise Hinett, Specification Sales Manager at Crown Paints, said: “We specified Crown Trade Clean Extreme Scrubbable Matt because of the high-level of traffic that comes through the café. “After cleaning, the walls will return to an ‘as new’ condition, so this will mean that the University of Worcester’s maintenance cycle will be extended. “The café remained open throughout the redecoration, so Crown Trade Fastflow Quick Dry Gloss seemed like

the perfect product for the metal staircase. “It’s fast drying and has a low odour so it meant that when people came into eat their lunch their comfort was assured.” The Crown Trade Fastflow Gloss system was launched two years ago and since then it has built up a following in the specification sector as a break-through innovation based on Crown Paints’ 200 years’ experience and heritage. The system features advanced water-based technology, which means the product feels like a traditional solvent-based gloss, but is quick drying with the benefit of low odour. It’s also been manufactured in line with Crown’s renowned Breatheasy® formulation, which means it is 99 per cent solvent free. Sharon Smith, Crown Paints Trade Communications Manager, said: “Due to the fast-drying qualities of Crown Trade Fastflow two coats can be applied in one day, which is a major advantage for both public and private sector specification projects. “We’ve also expanded the range this year with the introduction of Crown Trade Fastflow Quick Dry Satin, which again performs as a solvent based product with the benefits of being water-based.”

For more information on Crown Trade’s high performance, quality products please contact the Crown Trade Specification Team by calling 0330 0240310, email or visit the website at


Coatings & Paints August 2017

Coo-Vars New & Improved Solar Reflective Aluminium Paint The Solar Reflective Aluminium paint available in Coo-Var’s Specialist Paints range is a bituminous based aluminium paint that gives a highly reflective metallic finish. It is designed to reflect and dissipate heat and sunlight on roofs resulting in a reduction of heat build-up. You can apply direct to roofs including flat roofs. Available in 5 litres and 25 litres, it is suitable for felt, asphalt, wood, brick & concrete. Ideal for large commercial contract work as well as for residential property. Coo-Var’s new formulation now gives an even brighter sheen finish, creating considerably more dissipation of heat and reflection of sunlight. Helping to decrease the need for air conditioning, fuel consumption, emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants. Coo-Var is the leading manufacturer of specialist problem solving paint products particularly floor paint, since 1908, based in Hull, East Yorkshire. Also in Coo-Vars Specialist Paint range they offer both water based and oil based varieties for most surfaces for interior and


exterior use. The range includes Brick & Tile Paints, Heat Resistant Paints, Radiator Paints, Ebony Black for Tudor beams, Glass Shading & Gold Paint. For more information or technical advice on Solar Reflective Aluminium or any other products contact the Technical hotline on 01482 328053. For stockist information, please contact Sharron Drayton in the Sales Office on 01482 328053 or email info@coo-var. To download more information, visit the Coo-Var Website at www. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for regular updates.

August 2017 Coatings & Paints

With more than 90 years’ experience as creators of individual, hand-crafted brushes that have become renowned for timeless, professional quality, look no further than Purdy paint brushes to fulfil any decorating needs.

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erfect for applying woodcare products including oil based varnishes, lacquers, shellacs and urethanes, and with both flat and angular brush styles available, the Syntox™ range includes two unique brushes to provide a mirror like finish. The Syntox name stands for ‘Synthetic Ox’ hair, and has been designed to replicate, and in many ways improve, on the finish of the more traditional Ox hair brushes. Benefits to using Syntox include improved brush longevity, a smoother finish, easier to clean filaments with improved brush control. The Syntox™ range, like all Purdy products, has been designed and created by our craftsmen using high quality, raw materials, such as Chinex and Tynex blend synthetic filaments, which will deliver an ultra smooth finish on wood. Designed for use with all stains and varnishes, the versatile brushes work well with both water and solvent based clear finishes and woodstains. Purdy products are regularly tested by a panel of professional tradesmen to ensure the quality remains of the highest possible standard. We gave our panel the Syntox to use on their projects and 100% of the respondents were very satisfied with the finish Syntox™ brushes gave to their work.

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A new care home in Scotland has used

suspended grid system from Armstrong Ceiling Solutions, that sub-contractors have found supremely quick to install, has been used on a building forming part of a council’s biggestever capital investment programme.

Designed for strength, but using 15% less steel, the CE-marked Drywall Grid System utilises Armstrong’s popular T-shaped grids and can easily incorporate service elements such as light fixtures, access panels and air diffusers or ventilation systems.

Some 3,500m2 of Armstrong’s DGS (Drywall Grid System) was specified for the new state-of-theart £13 million New Dumbarton Care Home designed by Cooper Cromar Architects for West Dumbarton Council in conjunction with hub West Scotland, its development partner.

At Dumbarton Care Home the standard system has been used throughout the 23,000m2 brick and block building on the site of the former Crosslet House alongside other Armstrong systems for exposed ceilings to give the project a complete wall to wall ceiling solution.

The DGS suspension system for plasterboard ceilings gives specifiers the option to use as a standalone, wall-to-wall, or in combination with Armstrong tiles and Axiom perimeter systems as a fully compatible solution. It is available in three versions – standard for typical flat installations, faceted for curved and domed ceilings of any radius, and Shortspan for smaller areas such as corridors.

It complements a total of more than 1,400m2 of Armstrong’s 600 x 600 Bioguard Plain board tiles with 24mm exposed grid to the back of house and staff areas and all toilets/changing areas as well as Armstrong’s 600 x 600 Optima Vector tiles with 24mm exposed grid to the high-level main entrance area, and Armstrong’s 1200 x 300 metal Bioguard Plain tiles with acoustic fleece to all corridor areas within DGS plasterboard margins.

The new care home comprises 84 residential bedrooms grouped in domestically-scaled seven-bedroom clusters. These are arranged in house groups to provide 56 groundfloor and 28 first-floor bedrooms. It also incorporates steel-framed day care facilities for 50 people, along with associated access, parking and communal/courtyard landscaping. The Armstrong systems were installed by specialist sub-contractor Brian Hendry Interiors, a member of Armstrong’s Green Omega network of sustainably-certified installers, for main contractor Morgan Sindall. Managing director Brian Hendry said: “Armstrong’s DGS is without a doubt a good product and compared to a traditional MF system the installation time is reduced, with basically one of the MF installation elements removed completely.” He explained that other MF (Metal Framework) systems involve hangers, a primary channel and a support section beneath which

August 2017

gets a time-saving Armstrong Armstrong’s DGS system. the plasterboard is screwed to. But Armstrong’s system only involves hangers, main bars and cross tees which the plasterboard is screwed to. “Unfortunately it is hard to equate to what extent the system was quicker on this project as other factors slowed the installation down but on other projects we have found it to be up to 25% quicker. “As well as a shorter installation time than other systems the grid is easily altered to accommodate any services requirements and if Armstrong LayIn ceilings were also a part of the installation, Armstrong could warranty the full project. It also makes for easier pre-fab style make-up of window bulkhead details.” Project architect Kevin Fitzpatrick said: “The contractor and their subcontractor proposed the Armstrong system as we wanted to maintain a clean, seamless transition between the necessary grid/panel suspended ceilings and the more domestic MF ceiling finishes.

“So they help to maintain a domestic aesthetic but also provide ease of access in highly serviced ceiling zones. We are very happy with how the Armstrong system has allowed the mix of finishes to work well together and transition from one to another.” The project presented many special requirements for Cooper Cromar. Kevin Fitzpatrick added: “The design was led in conjunction with the client, West Dumbartonshire Council, who set out from the beginning a desire for ‘less clinical’, more ‘domestic’ and ‘dementia friendly’, in particular for the residential portion – the houses, bedrooms and common rooms. “We had to coordinate the architecture and interior design to maintain high levels of dementia-friendly design and meet the stringent statutory Building Control requirements in terms of fire safety and escape. And the client’s requirements for high levels of acoustic performance, controlling the sound between rooms, was beyond what was expected by Building Control.”

Brian Hendry added: “I have worked with Armstrong over the past 18 years and found them to offer an excellent product, whilst at the same time offering good value for money with a very professional and reliable service.” “We receive a lot of support through our suppliers, however the Armstrong technical team are on call for anything more complex. With this project in mind, Martin [Dalby, Armstrong’s DGS specialist in the north] was in direct contact with our site supervisor and attended the site on numerous occasions throughout the duration of the project.” Morgan Sindall’s Craig Guthrie, general foreman, construction Scotland, said: “We benefitted from the grid going up faster than other systems. Also, it does not get damaged as easily and can be easily repaired.”


Fire Protection August 2017

There can be smoke fire!



n many circumstances a building can be filled with smoke without significant heat or even fire. The Government’s hard hitting video, “don’t drown in toxic smoke”, graphically describes how lethal the smoke can be; ‘Just three breathes of toxic smoke and you are unconscious. Your lungs fill up, just like drowning!’ Unfortunately we have all seen very recently how smokelogging can impede both escape and rescue, with tragic consequences. Fire incidents are on the increase in the UK and the behaviour of modern day fires has changed dramatically as building contents are manufactured from synthetic rather than natural materials. In some cases water sprinklers may be a solution for controlling the ‘fire’, but they aren’t activated until the ceiling height reaches a minimum of 58°C, at which point the bi-products in the smoke produced by these fire loads will have seriously jeopardised the occupants’ chances of survival.


Closed Automatic Opening smoke Ventilation systems (AOVs) can remove this toxic smoke from a fire incident; thereby assisting both the safe evacuation of persons within the building and aiding the emergency services in performing their duties. The Naturvent AOV System has been developed for the protection of life from the threat of this toxic smoke. This market leading performance related toxic smoke ventilation solution is being installed, retrospectively and new build, in a wide variety of buildings, from primary schools to care homes, high rise apartment blocks and loft conversions. Naturvent AOV System Operates independently of existing main alarms but can be integrated to work in tandem with them. A comprehensive Monitoring and Maintenance service delivers added security for the residents. Independently tested as being compliant with EN12101-2:2017 and Approved Document B; 2016, Naturvent systems deliver the maximum free air from any

given space, offering up to 40% more airflow than other AOVs currently on the market. Life safety comes at a premium; regretfully we have all recently seen the effects of “Financial Engineering”. The expression ‘False Economy’ does not do the consequences justice! But don’t just take our word for it; have a look at the video on our website. Comparing two identical controlled burns, one without the Naturvent system and one with the system activated, the improvement in visibility around the means of escape is remarkable. In a separate, independent test with uncontrolled burns, the Naturvent system was proven to extend tenable conditions for over 18 minutes longer than with an identical burn without the Naturvent system activated. Full details of these tests are available on request. For more information call John on 07917 769133.

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Application Instructions or standard open areas, simply place the box over the services, use the smoke seal if re uired, and screw into position. If the services are already in place, remove the detachable section, fix the section first then slide back the detachable section and fix the smoke seal if re uired. hen the unit is flush against a ceiling, floor, wall, or corner simply bend the fixing brackets flat and screw into position. hen using multi-purpose box to fit around existing services in a tight corner, simply remove the detachable section and fix the section into position. ixing brackets can be bent flat if re uired. eplace the detachable section and fix to finish. Insert the smoke seal if re uired.


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Fire Protection August 2017

Innovation and learning at this year’s Build Show

The UK’s biggest show for tradespeople, housebuilders and contractors The Build Show, which forms the largest show as part of UK Construction Week, returns for the third year to the Birmingham NEC, 10-12 October 2017. The Build Show continues to establish itself as the voice of the industry by showcasing the latest products and solutions that support the sector. In light of recent tragic events, safety, quality and fire prevention in buildings has become a topic for national debate and the industry needs clear, unbiased, factual guidance. The Build Show has taken the proactive step of providing this information in the form of one-hour workshops delivered by industry experts who will be covering topics from the latest regulation on building materials to advice on fire prevention. These workshops will be free of charge to help ensure that the industry is kept abreast of this fast moving topic. The Build Show has also announced a significant sponsorship deal with leading roofing manufacturer EasyTrim Roofing & Construction Products Ltd. The British manufacturer has signed a four year deal as headline sponsor to support The Build Show, recognising its importance and popularity within the industry, which attracts thousands of construction professionals from tradespeople to housebuilders and contractors. Jamie Govier, Managing Director of Easy-Trim, said: “Since launching three years ago, The Build Show has


managed to carve out a reputation as one of the largest and most popular trade events in the country. Its popularity is based on showcasing the latest products and innovation in the construction sector, and the opportunity to meet with leaders in the built environment. We’re proud to be supporting The Build Show and look forward to bringing everyone together for what is set to be the most significant show yet.” In addition to leading industry debate and discussion, The Build Show will also focus on educational opportunities for the sector with a ‘How to Theatre’ sponsored by providers of surface, personal and jobsite protection products, Trimaco, that will feature product demonstrations and advice for SMEs. An Education Hub will offer CPDs in partnership with BSI, attendees can benefit from learning new skills during the show. In light of recent tragic events, The Build Show will also have a dedicated hub to provide free education, guidance and advice on building safety and quality. Other New features for 2017 include a Regional Development Hub, which will explore development opportunities in the Northern Powerhouse, Midlands Engine, and major cities across the UK. Speakers already confirmed to appear include Pat Smith, Councillor & Cabinet Member for Homes at Bristol City Council, Edward Rowberry, Chief Executive of Bristol and Bath Regional Capital CIC, and Jamie Kerr, Managing

Director of HS2 Growth Partnership. A new and improved layout for 2017 will feature additional zones and theatres, including Health and Safety, Windows & Doors, Roofing & Insulation, Tools, as well as the Builders Merchants Federation Pavilion, Offsite Theatre in association with the Modular and Portable Building Association, and the BIM Prospects Theatre delivered by BRE. A diverse range of exhibitors including Gripple, Jigtech, Knauf Insulation, Portakabin Group, Screwfix, and Velux Modular Skylight are already signed up to showcase the newest products and solutions for construction, with more signing up every day. Nathan Garnett, Event Director at Media 10, which runs the show, added: “The Build Show 2017 comes at a crucial time when there are many questions in people’s minds over building safety, quality and regulation. “The Build Show can provide the industry with a much-needed space to network, develop and learn. We aim to bring people together from across construction so they can benefit from the new solutions and products on offer that will enhance their businesses. We can already tell that this will be our busiest show to date and we’re committed to making it the best platform for collaboration, innovation and education in the built environment.” For more information and free registration visit

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Welsh Slate is music to a city’s ears A former musical warehouse which had to be rebuilt brick by brick to make way for a city link road has been topped with Welsh Slate. Rose House, on the corner of Lincoln High Street and Tentercroft Street, had to be moved 20 feet back within a Conservation Area to allow for the width of the new £22 million east west link road as part of the city centre’s regeneration. Main contractor Balfour Beatty was tasked by English Heritage with taking down the building, most recently the well-known Gadsby’s shop, brick by brick and rebuilding it, as four ground-floor retail units and 11 apartments on the three upper floors, with existing materials where possible. But the Welsh slates, which had been on the roof since the former Rose Musical Warehouse was built in the 1860s, were replaced like-for-like with 650m2 of the manufacturer’s Cwt Y Bugail slates from its Blaenau Ffestiniog quarry in North Wales. A team of up to six roofers from sub-contractor Bracknell Roofing installed the Welsh slates on new, open rafters over 12 weeks. The slate roofing work also included gables pointed with a slate undercloak and anchor points for solar panels. Regional contracts director Ian Bladon who visited the site on a weekly basis said: “Because the property could be viewed from the cathedral we had to use like-for-like, in this case Welsh Slate. “It was a pretty straightforward contract for us. We didn’t have any issues with the Welsh Slate and any challenges on site we met through experience. The main contractor was very cooperative.” In addition to the work with Welsh Slate, part of the Lagan group,


Bracknell had a fibreglass barrel roof, flat roof areas, leadwork canopies, chimneys and Velux windows to contend with. Ian added: “We were able to provide a high level of technical support on site throughout the project. We also ensured that material storage and sourcing was well planned to result in a completed project which was true to the original design and aesthetic of the building. Our use of materials on this project, including the Welsh Slate, shows the range of services and expert skills we have available to us. We’re looking forward to working on heritage projects such as this in the future.” The Rose Musical Warehouse was inherited by Edwin Samuel Rose, youngest son of founder William Rose. The business had stayed in the family for five generations until Jane Kinnear (nee Rose) and John Rose agreed to sell it to Lincolnshire County Council so the East West Link Road could go ahead with sections of dual carriageway

and wider junctions. The new road will connect High Street with Pelham Bridge and Canwick Road. An archaeological dig carried out on the site uncovered evidence of Roman remains and until the beginning of the industrial revolution the land was used for agriculture. The coming of the railway led to an urbanisation of this part of the High Street and Tentercroft Street between the 1850s and 1860s. David Sims, section engineer at Balfour Beatty, said: “We have worked with Bracknell Roofing before so we knew their heritage roofing expertise and ability to site manage would be a major help in the completion of this sensitive project. In particular, the slate specified required a trusted partner to install it. We are really pleased to be able to deliver such a high standard result to English Heritage.” Nick Greenwood, lead consultant at Mouchel, said: “I’ve been very impressed with the attention to detail and quality of the workmanship delivered on the heritage building as part of the East West Link Road.”

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A new animated video on NatraTex explains the versatile and colo


The video has been produced as a creative way of showing the company’s work in residential areas, retail, regeneration and recreation. These include roads, car parks, housing estates and playgrounds.

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 the required timescales and budgets.

The second half of the video shows how the products are made and then laid at different depths. Each area is scanned over to reveal the variety of depths that are suited to each of the surfaces.

Hard landscaping is a vital part of any development. The NatraTex asphalt products are divided into two distinctive lines, NatraTex Cotswold and NatraTex Colour, and are extremely low maintenance and long lasting.

The parent company’s BituChem logo features widely throughout the video as the camera follows the roads to show the asphalt at work, allowing viewers to see both NatraTex Colour and NatraTex Cotswold as they would appear in reality.

To view the video, visit The hard-wearing, compact finish of NatraTex has made it a popular choice for businesses all over the country. The asphalt surface course

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ourful nature of this leading brand of hard landscaping material. used to create the smooth surfaces reduces the risk of the surface deteriorating, causing potholes and breakages and therefore eliminating any trip hazards. The materials are supplied to the site hot and can be fully applied in one application at any time of the year. The application is completed using conventional equipment and sets quickly to reduce any road or facility closures. NatraTex’s design team works closely with its customers and

tailors the aggregate type to suit the contract specification.

effectively by only communicating the most essential information.

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External Works August 2017

Welsh Slate completes a quadruple of schools in Scotland Some 53,000 Cwt-Y-Bugail slates feature on West Coats Primary School.

Welsh Slate has completed the fourth in a series of primary school modernisations for South Lanarkshire Council. Some 53,000 dark blue grey slates from Welsh Slate’s Cwt-YBugail quarry in North Wales have been used to re-roof West Coats Primary School in a Conservation Area in Cambuslang.

“Welsh Slate was specified to meet Historic Scotland’s approval for a close match to the existing slate being replaced and many of the traditional buildings surrounding the school.”

The 16” x 8” slates and 16” x 12” county-grade slates-and-a-half from Welsh Slate, part of the Lagan Group, were installed by Forster Roofing Services as part of the £6 million refurbishment project for the council’s education services department.

“The company advised on the suitable type, size and thickness for the site’s location and to meet Historic Scotland’s approval.”

Welsh Slate has also been used on the new-build Lamington and Abington Primary Schools as well as Leadhills Primary School and Lanark Memorial Hall. Architectural officer Thomas Tallan said: “This is a Grade B listed building so the external fabric refurbishment works had to meet Historic Scotland and planning consent.


The 1,600m2 roof area, including two mitred hip turrets, took 53,000 Welsh slates on lower and upperlevel pitches of 41˚, 49˚ and 65˚ double nailed with copper over a boarded roof on the external visible roof areas, some internal panels and a new turret. Steve Scott, managing director for Forster’s, said: “Welsh Slate performed very well. It was quite a complex build that had to take account of a resident bat colony.”

He added: “This was a distinct project, as it is a historical building with special periodic features including a zinc witch’s hat detail on the tower block as well as lead chimney ducts, and required complete stripping and re-slating of the main roof to help the building comply with the new building regulations. “Careful planning of the new slate positions was carried out in line with Listed Building planning requirements. During stripping we carefully salvaged as much of the existing slate as possible and reused it on the internal roof sections. Bat boxes and an entrance in the existing roof space had to be created to provide a shelter for bats.” The 18-classroom school was constructed of sandstone walls and eaves, with black cast iron gutters and downpipes. Thomas, who found out about Welsh Slate from a client who had used it on several projects, added: “The Welsh Slate finish was well received and enhances the aesthetics of the area.”

August 2017

For over twenty-five years, JML Hardware has been supplying high quality maintenance hardware and especially meter boxes for local authorities and housing associations. 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.





Tools & Equipment August 2017

Keeping Cool with Engel’s Light New Trend Setters Being practical and looking good at the same time used to be a problem for the more trendy-conscious younger workers but now Danish workwear company F Engel has introduced a new range of comfortable, lighter-weight work clothing that is both ‘cool’ to wear and cool to work in. With a reputation for the importance the company attaches to producing very well fitting, tough and long lasting clothing designed for almost every type of work situation, Engel’s new LIGHT range maintains the same levels of protection and practical benefits as its more traditional collections but now offers a more ‘trendier’ look. Depending on their working environments and tasks, customers can choose from a range of new garments including Galaxy LIGHT work trousers and work jacket, LIGHT Bib Overalls and the EN ISO 20471 Hi-Vis LIGHT jacket./2471; Hi-Vis trousers also available in orange and yellow and two-tone navy. Typical attention to detail includes the Galaxy Light Work Jacket (1290-880) having adjustable sleeve cuffs, neat and stylish reflectors front and rear, an extended, pleated back for increased freedom of movement and additional protection, a panel covering the front zipper, and numerous pockets some fastened with either Velcro or zips, with even a strap with a D-ring on the right breast pocket for attaching an ID card. Similarly the Galaxy LIGHT work trousers (2290-880) are designed for optimal fit with an inner seam panel for maximum smooth comfort, trouser-hem reflectors and easy-access pockets to cater for most needs throughout the working day.Fabrics are primarily made from 65% Polyester and 35% cotton 245/g/m2. Each item has a water, oil and dirt-repellent finish and is offered in a choice of colours and all sizes. All Engel garments are available from The Workwear Trade Centre, Milton Keynes; Telephone: 01908 561569; email: and Anchor Safety, Ipswich; Telephone: 0800 328 5028; email: For more information visit: email: Mark McBrayne at or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197


Top: The Engel Galaxy Light Work Jacket 1290-880 Bottom: The Engel EN ISO 20471 LIGHT smart, slimline trousers 2501-525 with knee area reinforcement and pockets and LOXY reflector panels


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Recognised the World over for its comprehensive range of comfortably fitting, stylish and practical workwear, F Engel build further on their reputation by introducing a collection of slim-fit, stretchable work trousers which allow wearers to be especially comfortable in any work situation – and look and feel smart at the same time. Called ‘X-treme’, the trousers are made from 65% polyester and 35% cotton incorporating a specially developed mechanical stretch factor; they are available in various choices both with and without useful hanging pockets. Designed to offer as much comfort and functional, day-to day uses as possible, each garment has a smooth, inner-crotch seam panel and patches of highly stretchable and ventilated material at the backs of the knees and seat areas to help keep cool and provide maximum flexibility whilst bending or kneeling. There are two spacious slanted pockets at the front, two back pockets and a mobile phone pocket with a flap on the right thigh; there’s a standard one on the left which has an extra inner, zipped compartment. Engel seem to have thought of everything with more useful features including a ruler pocket with extra sections for tools, tool straps and Velcro-fastened, knee-reinforced pockets with two knee pad positions for height adjustment. Reflector strips are built in behind the knees for greater visibility and the trousers have an extra deep hem so the length can be increased if required. Depending on the model number chosen, the Engel ‘X-treme’ Slim-Fit Stretchable Work Trousers are available in a black, black/anthracite grey, Forest green/black and Mocha Brown/black in sizes 42-66. Item numbers to look for are: 0360-186, 0361-186, 0362-740 and 0363-740.


STRETCHED TO THE X-TREME X-treme cool-stretch trousers and all Engel workwear available from and For more information visit: email: Mark McBrayne at or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197


All Engel garments are available from The Workwear Trade Centre, Milton Keynes; Telephone: 01908 561569; email: and Anchor Safety, Ipswich; Telephone: 0800 328 5028; email: For more information visit: email: Mark McBrayne at or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197


August 2017

Timber Expo set to address safety and quality in buildings A unique show designed to bring together the leading voices of the construction industry for all in the built environment Timber Expo, the UK’s only event dedicated exclusively to Timber, announces its return to Birmingham NEC from 10 – 12 October 2017. Covering a wide range of timber applications, from timber frame through to plywood, CLT and timber cladding, the show will explore the latest developments across the industry as well as new products and innovations from around Europe, for all in the built environment. Exhibitors from across Europe will be at the show including fastenings and fixings provider, Schmid Scrauben Hainfield; manufacturer, Intumescent Systems, a leader in fire containment technology; Czech


distributor of plywood and packing, Orlimex; Latvian sawmill, Vudlande Sawmill, which will showcase the newest form of sawmilling technology at the show, and Gaujas Koks Ltd, which has 25 years of CLT manufacturing and will operate two major sawmills with a total output of 300,000m3 of finished products. This top quality product is not one to be missed. This year, collaboration with TRADA, the leading authority dedicated to informing best practice design, specification and use of wood and timber in the built environment, will see the Timber Focus Theatre introduce speakers who will explore how the industry is pushing the boundaries on the use of wood, wood for good health, technical timber an how designers are working directly with fabricators.

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Students from the Emergent Technologies and Design Programme at the Architectural Association are also developing an innovative timber installation, co-ordinated by TRADA and sponsored by Hanson Plywood. The design derives from extensive research on plywood composite material systems, focused on the integration of doubly curved plywood forms and tensile cables. The design is a development from an initial understanding of ‘tensegrity’ (or floating compression) systems and departs from a pure tensegrity through a three-dimensional structure, where doubly-curved plywood members coexist in equilibrium. There has never been a more important time to learn about building materials and regulations, which is why the show has introduced a series of free CPDs bringing together leading authorities

to deliver advice and guidance on key issues including: •

Up to date advise on fire prevention in all types of buildings

Changes to Legislation on Safety

Advice and guidance on construction product safety

Your responsibilities in the construction process and protecting you and your employees

Nathan Garnett, Event Director at Media 10, which runs the show, said: “In addition to showcasing the latest products and innovations across the timber sector, the Timber Expo will deliver the latest information on safety and quality in buildings for all in the built environment, from architects, contractors, local housing

authorities, and developers. This is crucial in the current climate and only by coming together, through shared knowledge and learning, will we be able to tackle the issues surrounding building safety head on.” Consisting of Build Show, Civils Expo, Plant & Machinery Live, Energy 2017, Smart Buildings 2017, Surface & Materials Show (featuring Kitchens & Bathrooms Live), HVAC 2017 and Grand Designs Live, UK Construction Week caters for the entire spectrum of the industry from builders, architects, innovators and consultants, each show provides exhibitors with the opportunity to network alongside decision makers and purchasers while showcasing their services and products to thousands of visitors. For more information and free registration visit


August 2017

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.


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


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. For additional information on Osmo’s range of eco-friendly wood finishes, please visit, or call 01296 481220.


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August 2017

How Benfield ATT help you create

The Low Energy Buildings you’ve always wanted…

Intrigued by the claims of this ‘full service’ company we decided to investigate their approach a little more. Value Engineering: First, we wanted to know what was meant by ‘Value Engineering’ (VE). Professor Dr. Michael Benfield, their CEO, explained: “By focusing on the various ‘functions’ of a client’s building and its components, we aim to identify and remove unnecessary costs while at the same time maintaining - even enhancing - its performance.” Comprehensive Knowledge: This approach blends their extensive and rather unique knowledge of all forms of timber structure, building science, regulations, and state of the art products with individual client’s design concepts. “For us, value engineering starts with environmental planning and regulatory impositions as part of our analytical and technical design processes.” he explained. “These feed our drive for, and commitment to, sustainable development through into waste reduction, recycling and lean manufacture. It embraces a ‘Pride in the Job’ and a ‘Right First Time’ mentality that is applied to all our Design & Build (D&B) operations.” Focus on End User: Paying attention to end user demands is central to Benfield ATT’s approach (the ATT stands for Advanced Timber Technologies, by the way). They believe it enables them to deliver highly effective, quality buildings for projects large & small. This includes providing solutions for difficult to develop sites, like soft ground, steeply sloping land and potential flood plain areas. Product Selection: Self-evidently, to value engineer design & build solutions, the selection of the most appropriate products needs the services and methods used to be an integral part of the process. Working closely with architects, building designers, engineers and quantity surveyors, Benfield ATT helps select and specify those which are most functionally appropriate and cost effective. In turn this encourages the delivery of high quality products to be protected, and results in saving time for on-site build operations. All of this, they claim, reduces costs, enhances client’s projects and helps to make them one of the most competitive full service timber engineering design and build firms in the UK. Fabric First: In the current business climate it is perhaps not surprising to find Efficiency, Performance & Cost Effectiveness to be included in their key current considerations. This is most clearly evidenced in their ‘Fabric First’ approach to designing really effective building envelopes. “There is a crucial need to deliver highly energy efficient structures with optimum levels of insulation, minimal thermal transmission and appropriate airtightness for floors, walls, roofs, windows and doors.” explains Prof Benfield. Unsurprising, therefore, that in their drive toward Zero Carbon and minimal heating requirements, they offer factory Insulated Panels, SIP’s, Green Oak, Post & Beam, Glulam and Hybrid structures all orientated to achieve what was Code for Sustainable Homes levels 4, 5, 6 and Passivhaus Standards.


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Specialist Builders’ Merchants: Potentially, the procurement of design specific components can create unforeseen difficulties, for example locating the source of supplies, avoiding delays in delivery lead times, quality assurance, and securing ‘best value’ products and terms. Here Benfield ATT’s long established connections, access and volume buying capabilities as manufacturers and selective builder’s merchants, enables them to secure and supply such requirements in the most timely and competitive manner as part of their value engineered, design & build methodology. Catalysts for Quality: “We believe that our approach to helping you create the ‘Low Energy Buildings you’ve always dreamed of …’ is distinctly different” says Benfield. “We welcome collaboration with other construction professionals in our drive to achieve this.” In doing so, his company aims to help enhance the professional construction team of architects, other designers, engineers, quantity surveyors, contractors, housebuilders, developers, et al, facilitating the delivery of the high quality buildings they and their clients both need and want. And, if end user clients like self-builders and home improvers lack any of these skills, to be the catalyst drawing in those that are most appropriate for each individual project. To compliment this they offer a selective part or full project management service. Professional Partnerships: While they are happy to engage in ‘one off’ projects, Benfield ATT see the greatest benefits to industry and end user occupiers as coming from the establishment of long term ‘partnering’ style arrangements with other construction professionals. This can include Joint Venture arrangements for specific developments, which may be of interest to land owners and those who wish to fund, say, housing schemes, but lack the technical knowledge and industry experience necessary to make them successful. In such cases they believe that their comprehensive team approach can be highly valuable.

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WHAT: The Award winning, multi media supported industry trade show, LANDSCAPE, returns to Battersea this September, promoting the latest products, technologies and innovations to the very best Garden Designers, Landscape Architects, Contractors, Groundsmen, Facilities Managers and Local Authority Landscaping Professionals from across the UK and beyond. The show is proudly supported by over 40 different media titles and trade associations including Construction Update Magazine. LANDSCAPE provides a vibrant environment to select, source and network with contacts from across the industry. With exhibitors showcasing everything from lighting to outdoor structures to living plants and trees. Come along to LANDSCAPE this September to find new and innovative products to transform your projects.

WHEN: Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th September 2017

WHERE: Battersea Park, London

WHO VISITS: Garden Designers, Landscape Architects, Architects, Facilities Managers, Interior Designers and Contractors.

WHAT’S ON: CPD accredited Seminar Programme The 2017 programme is packed with sessions that aim to educate and inspire our visitors and exhibitors alike. With 75 of the industry’s most influential speakers joining the line-up there is definitely reason to come down. The line-up


includes: Ann- Marie Powell, Kate Gould, John Wyer, Roger Platts, Dr Nigel Dunnett, Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Jo Thompson and many more great names. Check out the full programme online at the landscape show website

Architects of the Urban World We welcome an ‘Architects of the Urban World’ afternoon chaired by New London Architecture’s Peter Murray. Peter will be joined by Neil Porter from Gustafson Porter + Bowman, Merrick DentonThompson from the Landscape Institute, Jane Duncan from RIBA and Matthew Short from Martha Schwartz Partners. This session will focus on architecture and the built environment.

PechaKucha Evening For the first time ever we are introducing a PechaKucha evening on Tuesday 19th September hosted by Peter Murray from New London Architecture. He will be joined by a panel of top architects, including James Lord from HTA Design LLP, Holly Lewis from We Made That, Around the Block Ltd’s Sue Morgan, Townshend Landscape Architects’ Andrea Dates, Peter Heath from Atkins Global and Deborah Saunt from DSDHA.

New Starters Conference The New Starters Conference in conjunction with Perennial returns to the show this September, providing inspiration for students and new starters that are looking to get into the industry. We welcome a range of speakers from different areas of the industry to offer advice and discuss why they chose their respective career paths. This session features representatives from: The Garden Media Guild,

DEFRA, RHS and the SGD to name just a few. You can have a browse through our full list of speakers here.

SGD Work Clinics The SGD Work Clinics are returning to LANDSCAPE this year after a hugely successful introduction at LANDSCAPE 2016. If you are a pre-registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers who is preparing for adjudication, then why not come along and take advantage of these free design clinics. These sessions offer the perfect opportunity to discuss the work you would like to present at adjudication and ask the burning questions you may have about the process. Normally priced at £50 per session, these clinics will be free at the show and available on a first come first served basis, please express your interest in advance as places are limited, contact the SGD office on 01159 683 188 or

Balcony Garden Competition LANDSCAPE Show is launching a Balcony Garden Design Competition, a brilliant opportunity to showcase the brightest design ideas. The competition is open to both Professional and Non Professional designers. For more information on how to enter please email:

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August 2017

Chinese Bridge at Dumfries House, Scotland

Chinese Bridge at Dumfries House Recreates Original 1899 Design A bridge originally designed in 1899 but never built has finally been brought to fruition by CTS Bridges in time for a visit by Prince Charles who is the patron of Dumfries House, Cumnock. Land Engineering came to CTS Bridges after securing the contract to provide an ornamental Chinese Footbridge over the Lugar Water at Dumfries House, Cumnock, Scotland. They had a very short programme as the bridge had to be installed in time for a visit by Prince Charles who is the patron of Dumfries House. CTS Director Sally Preston used her expertise to recreate a structure to modern standards whilst keeping the style of the original design. CTS Bridges undertook the fabrication modelling, manufacture, delivery and installation of the bespoke three span bridge. The main central span was lifted onto the two stone piers using a 350t crane. The two side spans were then placed and site welded into position.


CTS utilised their Tekla 3D modelling system to detail the structure that incorporated two side spans of 12m each and an 18m central span that included steps at each side.

August 2017

The design for the bridge was taken from an original drawing submitted by Scottish architect Robert Weir Schultz in 1899. This original bridge was never built but now 118 years later, it has been realised thanks to funding from the Dunard Fund.

The decorative canopy was manufactured by Jonny Briggs Joinery under a separate contact and once in place, the Chinese Bridge was complete.

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Construction Update - August 2017  
Construction Update - August 2017