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Construction Update December 2016

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Industry News December 2016

Heritage Building & Conservation Launches in Manchester New construction and historic buildings restoration firm, Heritage Building & Conservation (NW) is launching in Greater Manchester. The firm is based in Irlam and has recruited local craftsmen with experience and traditional skills of working with historic buildings. Heritage Building & Conservation (NW)’s Manchester office is led by Adrian Walker, who has a background in stonemasonry and conservation and has worked on heritage restoration projects in the North West with architects and English Heritage, including on the cathedrals in Manchester and Shrewsbury. The new firm also has a York office led by historic buildings specialist, Chris Quinn, who has been active in the heritage building sector for 12 years, along with former

stonemason Sam Weller. Walker commented: “This is an entirely new and separate company with a fresh team, bags of energy, top-level heritage buildings experience and a bright future thanks to our backing from a South African businessman recognised internationally for his work in the historic buildings sector and preserving traditional craft skills.” Heritage Building and Conservation (NW) is a subsidiary of HB&C Investments Ltd and will work along with sister company, Heritage Building and Construction, to support heritage building and restoration schemes throughout the UK. HB&C Investments Ltd is owned by well-renowned South African businessman Gordon Verhoef, who now also owns two companies who

The Sluishuis A new link between the urban district and the harbour areas near Amsterdam’s historic city centre is being designed by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group and Barcode Architects. The City of Amsterdam has selected a team led by VORM/BESIX to develop the iconic Sluishuis in IJburg Steigereiland, an emerging urban district in the Dutch capital. The four finalists of the two-phase competition have been refining their designs since April 2016. The winning proposal by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group and Barcode Architects, was announced today (29.11.16). Sluishuis will be the centrepiece of the IJburg neighbourhood, offering 380 zero-energy residences, approximately 4,000 sq m of commercial and common areas, 240 underground parking spaces, and a comprehensive water-quality program with space for up to 30 houseboats. Sluishuis is the first collaboration between VORM and BESIX. “In January 2014 we launched the goal to settle in Amsterdam with beautiful and appealing projects. And we succeeded. In portfolio size we are currently the number two real estate developer in Amsterdam. Winning a striking project such as the Sluishuis is fantastic and we are very proud of it”, says VORM CEO Hans Meurs.


A promenade with public programs winds around the building and continues into the water, forming

were previously based in York, Hare and Ransome Joinery and Lowery Roofing, which were formerly part of the William Anelay group, which completed a number of high profile historic and listed building projects, but were not affected by its trading difficulties. Heritage has also taken over the restoration of Bradford’s City Hall. The company will employ local craftsmen and key staff who previously worked at the collapsed William Anelay Ltd. One of its first projects is to take on the remaining work in the £4 million restoration of the Grade I listed City Hall building, from Anelay Building and Conservation, an associated business which was unaffected by William Anelay going into administration earlier this year.

A 46,000 sq m mixed-use building named Sluishuis will create a landmark in the emerging neighbourhood of IJburg in Amsterdam

an archipelago of islands with houseboats, a sailing school, and floating gardens. A public passage climbs the cascading terraces of the building, serving as a small rooftop street that eventually loops onto the very top of the building to create a viewing platform over the IJ Lake. The ambitious sustainability parameters of the new Sluishuis design were emphasized by the jury’s awarding decision. The residences will increase social sustainability in the new neighbourhood by reducing environmental impact during the construction phase, limiting total CO2 emissions, and by using renewable resources throughout the building.

December 2016 Industry News

Wall House by UnSangDong Architects A house near Seoul uses a series of walls to create a dialogue between inside and out. When architects—or politicians, for that matter—speak of walls, they usually see them as boundaries dividing one place from another. UnSangDong Architects took a radically different approach at a new house outside of Seoul, punching openings through them, making them portals and creating unique opportunities to bring in light and frame views. Instead of barriers, they’re thresholds. UnSangDong, a RECORD Design Vanguard winner in 2006, has established a reputation for inventive designs that use folded, layered, and faceted forms to create striking identities for buildings. With Wall House, the firm defines the project’s structure and image with a set of five parallel brick walls, each 35 feet high. Spaced at different intervals from one another, the imposing brick planes create a visual rhythm that modulates interior and exterior spaces—from generous living and dining rooms to narrower service areas. The husband, who works for Samsung, made sure the house was equipped with the latest technology, so everything from heating and air-conditioning to lighting and security is networked and automated. Solar panels on the roof provide most of the energy needed to power the house. Although Wall House is modern in the way it functions and looks, its integration of indoors and out is a hallmark of traditional Korean houses, or han-ok, says Kim. Such a blurring of periods is another way Kim has integrated “time and space.”

The programmable EasyZAPP making Energy Saving Easy DANLERS are pleased to announce the launch of their EasyZAPP range of PIR occupancy switches. Designed for the automatic control of lighting or other connected loads, these controls are remotely setup or adjusted using a free app on an Android phone or tablet. EasyZAPP products work as presence detector switches and can be adjusted for settings such as photocell override, time lag and maintained lux levels (dimmable versions only). The phone or tablet can also be used as a remote control on/off override, or to configure a number of EasyZAPP controls at the

same time. The products are straightforward to install and generally make use of existing wiring, making them suitable for either retrofit or new installations. The EasyZAPP range includes switching only controls and dimming controls available for either DALI, 1-10VDC or DSI dimmable ballasts. Mounting options include: ceiling flush, ceiling surface, high bay and batten mount variants. Tel: 01249 443377 Fax: 01249 443388

NEW Controls for Simply Saving Energy DANLERS Limited have recently launched an extensive range of reliable, easy to install, controls for Lighting and HVAC including: NEW HIGH BAY CONTROLS An extensive range of controls suitable across a wide spectrum of high bay applications. NEW EASYZAPP SWITCHING CONTROLS Remotely programmable PIR Occupancy switches by mobile phone / tablet from up to 100m away. Standard ceiling flush or surface mount and high bay mounting options. NEW EASYZAPP DIMMING CONTROLS Remotely programmable controls suitable for either DALI, DSI or 1-10VDC dimmable ballasts. Easy to install, easy to configure. Standard ceiling flush or surface mount and high bay mounting options. NEW DAYLIGHT LINKED DIMMING PIR SWITCHES With adjustable run-on for lower light level when areas are not occupied. Versions for DALI or 1-10VDC ballasts. Standard ceiling flush or surface mount and high bay mounting options. CONTACT US FOR THE LATEST DETAILS.

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Industry News December 2016

Contemporary living in Soho district Selldorf Architects, Atlas Capital Group, Square Mile Capital and CORE have launched the sales of 42 Crosby, a 50,000 sq ft condominium located in the heart of Manhattan’s SoHo district. Selldorf Architects, founded by worldrenowned architect Annabelle Selldorf, is known for culturally relevant and architecturally refined projects, such as the Neue Galerie in New York City, the Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts, John Hay Library at Brown University in Rhode Island, and many others. 42 Crosby’s scale matches its surrounding neighbourhood, mirroring the height and massing of adjacent structures. The design offers a contemporary interpretation of the SoHo neighborhood’s cast iron architecture, articulating traditional characteristics such as uniform composition, column and spandrel vocabulary, and prefabricated construction in a highly modern tone.

cast iron facades. The subtly reflective materials respond to ambient light, varying in tone and shade in concert with temporal and seasonal shifts. The design of the façade creates living spaces with higher ceilings, generous open space, and exceptionally large windows and sliding doors, which open onto private Juliet balconies.

The meticulous attention to each design detail of 42 Crosby reflects the exceptional level of refinement seen throughout the property. Exterior materials, stainless steel, brushed aluminium, metal mesh, and exterior shades, are layered to echo the depth and texture of the surrounding historic

42 Crosby’s state-of-the-art window shading system is an innovative and energy-efficient component of the design, mitigating solar gain and significantly reducing heating and cooling costs. Shades are mounted on the exterior of the building and will automatically raise and lower in

response to exterior temperature and lighting conditions, ensuring overall building efficiency. Tenants will be able to control these shades independently as desired. The integration of landscape is a key element of the design, and when complete, 42 Crosby will house a courtyard with a fully mature Norway Maple tree, which was recently airlifted into its new and final home. The porte cochère contains a green wall, and the building lobby will contain site-specific terrarium gardens and sculptures by renowned artist Paula Hayes, visible to the public and a striking visual amenity for residents.

Conlon Construction Finishes £7m Work on Lancashire Schools Conlon Construction has finished work on two school refurbishment schemes worth almost £7 million in Lancashire. The projects, commissioned by Lancashire County Council, saw the Preston based contractor refurbish Southlands High School in Chorley and construct new facilities for Lancaster Road Primary School in Morecambe. Both were to provide bigger facilities to cope with the growing number of pupils. The £3.6 million scheme at Southlands High School delivered a new sports hall, classroom, changing rooms, offices and reception and increased pupil intake by 30 each year, rising capacity from 190 to 220. Lancaster Road Primary School is now


a three-form entry establishment following a £3.2 million programme of works. The new single-storey building now comprises six classrooms, a multi-use hall, group/ interview rooms, a new entrance and a staff room.

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The project also included extension of the car park and kitchen facilities.

The firm has kicked off the 65 week project for the new private hospital in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

Guy Parker, managing director at Conlon Construction, said: “There is a distinct lack of school places across the UK and demand is set to increase in the coming years in-line with the growing population. “As a main contractor with a raft of experience in the education sector amassed over the last 55 years, we are well versed in delivering school, college and university projects and utilised these skills to provide modern facilities for children in

Lancaster that will encourage pupils to be the best they can be.” Meanwhile, Conlon has begun working on a ground-breaking £40 million Hertfordshire hospital.

The two storey facility is being built on a four acre site close to the University of Hertfordshire’s College Lane Campus. It has been commissioned by One Healthcare and was designed by Manning Elliott. The hospital will have spaces for 21 beds, three of which will be designated for critical care three ultra clean ventilation (UCV) theatres, 14 day-case pods, two treatment rooms and 10 outpatient consulting rooms.

December 2016 Industry News

Hemmingford House

This distinctly modern, slate clad residence unfolds onto the surrounding rural landscape in Southern Quebec Designed by SIMARD Architects in the vast rural fields south of Montreal in Canada a new residence has taken root. Like a fieldstone unveiled amongst the furrows of a ploughed field, a stratified monolith of slate emerges from the earth. Eroded, sculpted and fragmented by time and the forces of nature, this mineral formation becomes the pedestal upon which new life is anchored. Situated in Hemmingford, southern Quebec, this distinctly modern residence unfolds onto the surrounding rural landscape and honours the many features of its rich agricultural past: expansive fields and orchards; weathered fences; an old barn clad in wood; and the ruins of the original farmhouse’s foundations. All these contextual cues influenced the site layout and architecture of this private residence designed for a couple who left their home in the city for a life on the country. The sun’s course throughout the changing seasons, as well as precise views over the fields, guided the home’s orientation and site location, while the old fieldstone foundation walls of the former farmhouse are preserved as artefacts to welcome the visitor and lead them to the main entrance while bearing witness to the memory of place. The house unfolds to the surrounding landscape. This 3,500 sq ft house features interior spaces that are open, fluid and awash in natural light. The residence is composed of two distinct two-storey volumes on

either side of a double-height space containing the main entrance, a monumental stair and a glass-floored footbridge on the second level. With double-height floor-to-ceiling windows at both extremities, this space offers expansive views over the entire property. The composite effect of this threshold is a two-zoned space balancing openness and privacy. On the ground floor, on one side of the stairs, are the open-plan living and dining areas, both enjoying targeted views of the surrounding landscape. On the other side of the stairs, the kitchen leads to the veranda and game room just a few steps higher. A series of sliding windows between the kitchen and veranda open allowing the kitchen counter to transform into an island shared between the interior kitchen and the veranda. On the second level, a glass floor traverses the doubleheight entrance hall at the top of the stairs. This bridge ensures a transition between the second level’s more private side containing the master suite (bedroom, walk-in closet and open bathroom) and the more communal spaces on the other side (library, office and guest suite). Echoing the old barn, wooden cedar planks are employed as a secondary cladding on the house. This material is left untreated and, in the same way as the adjacent barn, will weather and develop its own patina. With the passing of time, the house will become increasingly fused with its surrounding environment.


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SketchUp 2016 has arrived!

SketchUp 2016 has recently launched and with this release we’re integrating Trimble Connect directly into SketchUp.

When you reference a file from any of these services (.skp or otherwise), LayOut will notify you when an update is available for your ‘web reference.’

As a refresher, Connect is Trimble’s platform for storing, syncing, referencing, sharing, and collaborating on design/build projects. Sign up for a free account, then start uploading .skp, .pdf, .dxf, .ifc. files. With this integration, we’re packaging the current Trimble Connect Extension into the installer.

Say goodbye to missing references when different people are working on the same .layout document within a cloud sync folder that also contains the referenced files.

The TC integration is accessible from the File menu, and will allow users to upload, pull down, and update SKP’s from Trimble Connect project folders. As you’re modelling you can even pull in and update reference SketchUp models as if they were locally hosted components. Learn more about Trimble Connect... In SketchUp 2016, a context click on a component gives you the opportunity to reload (or swap out) a new component directly from 3D Warehouse. This action will reload every instance of that component in your model (similar to the same action in the Components Browser), so it’s a helpful method for working with proxy models. And if your component was downloaded from 3D Warehouse, you can also use the context-click to quickly access its 3DWH details page.


With this release, LayOut’s reference objects are now web friendly. That means your LayOut projects can reference and update files that are stored and synced with services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Trimble Connect Sync.

We’re proud to announce our first step towards an extension ecosystem for LayOut. Using this new API, developers can now create and customize .layout files from SketchUp models. Practically, this means that other applications can import or export the *.layout file format using the C API. (This includes creating a .layout file from SketchUp.). We have several sample scripts for developers to try out at release, along with a blog post where they can learn more. Learning and utilising SketchUp’s inference engine makes for fast and precise modelling. In this release, we’ve oiled that engine to provide slicker inferencing and locking across the board. This improvement is actually an entire set of smart tweaks we’ve made to inferencing and locking. You can download SketchUp Pro 2016 for free on a 30 day trial. After this time, the software will revert to SketchUp Make. Elmtec is the distribution partner for SketchUp in the UK. Contact us for more information on 01844 263750 or visit

SketchUp 2016 is here!

Connected, refreshed and best of all....still SketchUp.

SketchUp, Connected Reference, sync, comment, report, and share: SketchUp 2016 is more connected than ever to the projects, information, and people you work with.

Simple, intuitive, just right Every day, we obsess over making SketchUp seamless and efficient. Here’s what our obsession yielded in SketchUp 2016. • • • •

Enhanced inferencing and tool improvements Customiseable Utility Trays on Windows Refreshed Textures LayOut Layers

SketchUp Pro licensing is now friendlier than ever before. Every SketchUp 2016 download starts with a 30-day trial of Pro features.

Contact Elmtec, Sketchup’s distribution Partner in the UK


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At Aluprof we have recently supplied an enhanced version of our MB-SR50N curtain wall system on a new medium secure mental health unit at St Bernard’s Hospital, London. Known as the ‘Three Bridges Medium Secure Unit’, the project was specified using Aluprof systems, with fabrication and installation undertaken by Britplas.

Aluprof Keeps it Safe

by Wojciech Brozyna - MD of Aluprof UK

The main challenge of this design was security of the north and west elevations. It is normal practice to construct a high secure perimeter fence around medium secure units, but in this case it was not possible. The location of nearby hospital building meant that the north and west elevations were adjacent to a car park and other spaces which were publicly accessible, so a secure fence was not practicable. To create a secure perimeter for the new development, the security needed to be built within the building envelope, and specifically the curtain walling system itself.

Security glazing. Testing and classification of resistance against manual attack’. As the MB-SR50N curtain wall system offered a variable glazing depth within its design, these thicker more secure DGU’s was easily accommodated.

Initial draft specifications called for the curtain wall to be made from steel and the glazing supplied to a ballistic level. Working closely with our experienced customer, Britplas, we already had experience of such requirements on previous projects in Europe and so specified the additional use of stainless steel plates within the construction, complete with a revised layout of fixing arrangements for the pressure plates of the curtain wall. The resulting enhanced construction was completed with powder coated aluminium cappings thereby offering a neat external curtain wall appearance.

So why specify aluminium? Some of the reasons that immediately come to mind are ‘strength’, ‘durability’ and ‘recyclability’, it is the latter that makes the specification of aluminium a green choice for architects as aluminium is virtually 100% recyclable many times over. Today over 50% of all aluminium extruded comes from recycled content which uses just 5% of the original energy used to create the aluminium in the first place. So why don’t we just use more recycled aluminium, well, we just can’t get enough to meet demand! Since 1880, when aluminium first became a commercial reality, 75% of all the aluminium ever produced is still in active service, I don’t think many other building materials can boast such credentials.

The installation called for glazing to P4 and P5 levels as described in BS EN 356:2000, ‘Glass in building.


The resulting design was tested prior to installation to ensure that the designed levels of security were achievable and met the clients expectations. The final design offered both a saving in costs over steel whilst still meeting the clients specification required for a medium secure unit using an aluminium system.

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Compared to other materials used in fenestration, aluminium profiles are cheaper and quicker to produce, they are also capable of providing intricate shapes for various requirements and, as realised in this project, can be used with other materials to offer cost effective solutions. These composite designs can help the profiles not only achieve incredible strengths, they can also offer high levels of security performance. When half-scales (the inside and outside aluminium profiles) are coupled with modern multi chamber polyamides and strategically located aerogel insulation profiles, as used in window designs, insulation levels of the frame can easily meet the Passivhaus standard. Thermal insulation performance for openable windows can achieve a UW from 0.53 W/m2K and for a door, a UD from 0,62 W/m2K. So aluminium systems are definitely not behind other materials when it comes to high insulation.


December 2016 Recent studies in the industry suggest that coated or anodised aluminium systems can last the lifetime of a building. There are examples, such as the Bodleian Library, which has now been refurbished and renamed as the Weston Library. Here the original anodised aluminium windows on this building were installed in the 1930’s and when the facade was refurbished, were simply professionally cleaned in-situ within the original facade. These windows have already provided an eighty-year productive life and it is expected that the windows will perform for at least a further eighty years These attributes have helped aluminium become the specified material of choice for architects when it comes to fenestration systems but, it is the ‘bespoke’ nature of today’s facades that really inspires the use of aluminium in architecture. Concept drawings for new extrusions can be completed between systems company and architect, or specialist fabricator, and once agreed, die drawings can be produced. From this approval stage which can take a matter of six to eight weeks for the extrusion die to be made and extrusion to be readily available. These lead times are well within a new-build or refurbishment programme and open up possibilities for bespoke shapes of profiles of mullions, transoms and curtain wall cappings for example. The other areas of bespoke design, could be edge detailing to an existing or a new facade material, detailing to accommodate a special glazing detail, or special profiles which will allow CNC work to provide a unique visual appearance. The only limit to bespoke design is the specifiers imagination. Here at Aluprof we are pleased to look at any specific profile design requirement. With our very wide range of systems and profile portfolio we can quickly develop a specifiers requirement into a credible design. Please feel free to challenge us! Aluprof systems are increasingly being specified on a wide range of residential and commercial projects across the UK. Systems are designed, fabricated and installed by selected, specially trained companies to ensure each fabricated product meets the Aluprof exacting standards. Further information is available on the company website at and specialist advice is available directly from Aluprof UK offices on 0161 941 4005.



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The ABS T-Bespoke is a high gloss black finish with a backlit silicone keypad. The backlight colour can be changed on site and remotely to 7 different colours! It looks contemporary and is extremely low profile and durable. This system is available with 1 call button and a keypad for coded access with 400 codes. The surface back box is matt black and the system connects to a Hub via a single CAT5. The platform can either be GSM or Landline, whichever suits you best! This product benefits from all of the standard features – well we call them standard! This includes forward dialling up to 8 numbers, a battery backed time clock, 9 timed profiles allowing calls to be sent elsewhere at a certain time and date, automatic daylight saving (BST/GMT) and automatic dimming of the keypad. You can even receive a text from the Telguard to inform you that a door has been opened or somebody has activated a passive device at night! (GSM Only) This product will certainly set you apart from the rest of the houses in the your area! And as ever you benefit from proven Telguard reliability and quality associated with British engineering.

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Safety & Security December 2016

MSite launches futuristic fingerprint reader The construction site entry experience is transformed by MSite. A next-generation fingerprint reader which transforms the site entry experience for construction workers has been launched by MSite*, the UK’s leading developer of access control and workforce management solutions. Whereas most fingerprint readers on contemporary construction sites have only a red/green (stop/ go) function and often play up due to dirty hands, the MSite fingerprint touch screen system from HRS combines a rugged, all-weather fingerprint sensor with an intuitive, interactive touch screen to revolutionise the access algorithm. Designed specifically for the foibles and harsh environments of the construction industry, identification speed takes under a second while the MSite fingerprint touch system can match up to 10,000 fingerprint templates. It can even be reconfigured via the MSite website to ask users if they are arriving or leaving before they complete the transaction. The latest option to the marketleading MSite portfolio, the touch screen system supports access control and time and attendance


modes and accepts input from the user to confirm they have understood safety messages before proceeding onto the site – highly beneficial for Health and Safety directors to ensure they get the latest procedural messages across to the workers on the ground. It even gives users feedback about why they may have been denied access, such as an expired accreditation. Available in multiple languages to cater for the construction industry’s diverse workforce as well as wall-mounted and desktop-free; and wireless, cable connected or via 3G/4G, the system can be loaded with a main contractor’s bespoke questions. It can also be configured to allow certain users to enter a PIN code for access, instead of presenting a finger. Built to operate in temperatures ranging from -20˚C to 40˚C, the 12-volt system outputs Wiegand data for integration with standard access control systems.

MSite’s head of product design Simon Appleton said: “The MSite touch screen represents a huge leap forward in the technology required to make fingerprint reading in the construction industry a quick and accurate event. The touch screen element

also adds a whole new dimension of interactivity between individuals arriving and leaving site and the management team. “Add to this biometric advancement the access control and workforce management functions of the original MSite system and you have a system which outperforms anything else on the market.”

December 2016 Safety & Security

What’s blocking your Fire Exits? Nowadays it is safe to say that the majority of employers consider the responsibility of Health and Safety high on its list of priorities. Unchecked, blocked fire exits are without a doubt an accident waiting to happen and should be taken seriously. Putting checking systems in place is an excellent idea but as we all know with most routines of this nature fall by the way side all too soon. Some premises are more vulnerable than others and are likely to have fire exits obstructed possibly by pallets, scaffolding, rubbish, vehicles, incorrectly opened roller shutters the list goes on. Electronic security manufacturer Hoyles have not only increased their range of Exitguard fire door alarms but at the same time they have developed a clever way to ensure fire exit doors are regularly checked and available to be fully opened in the event of an emergency. The Exitguard fire exit door alarm is a time served favourite of the security installer and has recently taken on an additional role. The new facility is called Fire Door Checker and is now a standard feature available on all of the keypad operated Exitguards. The Fire Door Checker has the unique facility to alert staff to OpenCheck-Close as soon as

the building is occupied. This is done by causing each Exitguard to give out an intermittent sound whilst strobing. Only when the fire doors have been verified will the Exitguard sounder and strobe stop. This ensures the door is available for emergency use, after which it resumes its normal security monitoring role. This could prove invaluable to management and those responsible for safety and security ensuring that staff incorporates the checking procedure of each fire exit door into the daily routine and at the same time educating against the dangers of blocked fire exits. The Fire Door Checker works simply by a switched signal from the intruder alarm, clocking machine, a time switch or independently. If a more frequent check is required the time switch option will allow the user to introduce a tighter regime of checking suitable to their exact requirements. As well as the unique Fire Door Checker function, Hoyles Exitguard door alarm range provides a comprehensive solution for the security and prevention of misuse of fire exit doors. The different models provide options for battery, 12vdc and mains power source as well as control by either keypad or key switch.

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Orange Armstrong Ceilings help the sun rise on a regeneration first Orange ceiling and wall systems by Armstrong feature on a flagship office building. Ceiling and wall systems by Armstrong have provided form AND function for an awardwinning Grade A office building at the heart of one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK. Armstrong’s R-H 200 standard perforated metal hook-on planks with acoustic inlay within a concealed grid, were specified by regular Armstrong users Falconer Chester Hall Architects for the feature ceiling of the atrium of the Kingsgate building at Birkenhead in Wirral Waters which was built at a cost of £11.4 million. They are complemented by Armstrong’s W-H 1000 standard perforated metal wall system on the four-storey walls, hooked on in a vertical brickwork pattern to match the ceiling. Both of these systems were supplied by Armstrong in bespoke sizes to aid installation ... and in bright orange! The metal tiles in the atrium are complemented by Ultima+ OP


Tegular mineral tiles and Ultima+ SL2 planks in the open-plan offices and circulation areas. This ceiling system (and the suspension grid too) is Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certified in line with Kingsgate’s BREEAM “Excellent” rating. Manufactured with up to 64% recycled content, the Ultima+ range is available in three core densities that allow specifiers to engineer sound absorption and attenuation for optimum acoustic performance – standard Ultima+ giving medium density, Ultima+ OP giving low density (both of these variables were used at Kingsgate) and Ultima+ dB giving high density, up to 41 dB. Stephen Fieldsend of Falconer Chester Hall said the Armstrong systems were specified to reduce acoustics in the open plan office areas which serve as the core business for The Contact Company in its role as a contact centre and in the main atrium with its feature wall and ceiling.

“We have worked with Armstrong continually on office developments. On this one particularly the Armstrong materials interface fantastically well with the other materials used on the project. We had continual help from Armstrong for the visual aesthetics to the main atrium space,” said Mr Fieldsend. Their brief had been to design an office building of almost 5,000m2 that would set a standard for future development within the regeneration area and also meet the aspirations of both the developer (Longmeadow Estates) and their prospective client. Flexible open-plan office spaces allow greater flexibility for the call centre which takes up three of the four storeys, with offices and meeting rooms on the top floor. While its design concept references Liverpool’s past and the trading vessels that once negotiated the waters on its doorstep, the building remains forward focused on sustainability.

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A heavily glazed façade reduces the building’s reliance on artificial light and this element is further helped by Armstrong’s Ultima+ tiles which feature an even brighter whiter smoother surface that gives 87% light reflectance to help achieve 16% cost savings compared with indirect lighting*. FCH added: “The building has transformed a plot of empty derelict land into a modern, environmentally friendly office development, having been designed to meet the BREEAM Excellent standard for sustainability. All specified materials have significant green credentials. “It has been described as a `strategic flagship development’, and is the new home of one of Wirral’s leading employers – helping to secure their future in the locality and providing a statement of confidence in a new enterprise zone. Another indication of its success is that it was finished on budget and two weeks early, demonstrating a rigorous approach to providing value for money and to construction timetables.”

Built on former dockland in less than a year by Eric Wright Construction of steel frame and concrete floors, the building’s ceiling and wall systems were installed over three months by a team of eight from specialist sub-contractor CLM Drylining. Kingsgate (formerly the Tower Wharf project) is one of the first flagship schemes to be constructed within the 500-acre Wirral Waters regeneration scheme, part of the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone which was one of the first four locations established by the Government designed to attract investment and accelerate growth. The £10 billion development comprises two schemes led by the Combined Authorities and local authorities - Wirral Waters and Liverpool Waters. Located on either side of the River Mersey at Liverpool’s famous docklands, the two projects are among the largest regeneration schemes in the UK.

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Kingsgate won Best Commercial Building in the 2016 North West RICS awards which said: “This high-quality office development, built on a former derelict land site, has added much-needed Grade A office accommodation to the Wirral Enterprise Zone and brought around 400 jobs to the area. Judges praised the project team — Longmeadow Estates, Eric Wright Construction and Falconer Chester Hall — for kick-starting the Wirral Waters Regeneration Project with such an exemplary building whose design echoes the shipping heritage of the area.”

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


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

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

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British and Internatio

The January Fu Returning to 5 Halls of the NEC, The January Furniture Show is the largest furniture and interiors trade show in the UK. From Sunday 22nd to Wednesday 25th January 2017 over 450 major UK and International exhibitors will show in excess of 50,000 new product ranges and models.


or buyers of interiors it is the most comprehensive furniture and interior furnishings show in the UK, with everything from grand sofas to solid wood flooring on display. Each of the 5 halls has a different focus:

Hall 1 – High-end Upholstery and Cabinet Some of the UK’s most recognisable brands are here, Duresta, Parker Knoll, G Plan and ercol. Large creative stands showcasing sumptuous sofas in rich fabrics and in designs from classical to ultra modern will dominate, along with design-led cabinets in a variety of woods and finishes.

Hall 1 also features the Fabric Pavilion, here some of the UK’s best fabric producers including Kobe, The Isle Mill and Barker & Barker will show their newest fabrics for upholstery and soft furnishings. Wools, velvets and silks in colourful stripes and soft geometrics will abound.

Hall 2 – International Major brands from Europe show here, with smart Italian leather sofas and smooth Scandinavian living & dining furniture. Ego Italiano, Italia Living, Ekornes and Skovby will show their colourful leather sofas and beautifully crafted tables & chairs. Ekornes have new styles in their highend and carefully made recliners and

Duresta are introducing the opulent Hermitage and Albert sofas with gold studding and on-trend fabrics. Terence Conran’s designs return to the show with a Whitemeadow collaboration called Content by Conran. Redesigned with new fabric selections, its contemporary essence is empowered. Tom Schneider’s signature curves are well tested with the smooth and effortlessly elegant Crest dining collection. Masterful at shaping wood in spiralling shapes this new collection is one of his best. Long established but still current, ercol has produced two new on-trend dining collections, the Artisan and the Capena, with elegant turned legs and golden oak finishes.


The Crest dining collection

chairs. With colours reflecting their Norwegian backdrop, the Mayfair and Skyline have comfort and quality at their core. Skovby show their Scandinavian credentials with the new clean-lined A-frame dining table and low back chairs in natural oak. The Flooring Showcase is housed here and features some of the UK’s best-known carpet manufacturers and hard flooring producers. Royal warrant holders Axminster and Victoria Carpets will show their latest pure wool collections in soft natural hues. Creating beautiful wood flooring is a skill Woodpecker Floors mastered long ago, they will introduce the new and intricate and pale Goodrich Whitened and the tan and white Harlech Limed Oak.

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Duresta Albert Sofa

Hall 3 – Decorative Accessories and Furnishings A feast of interior furnishings, everything from tea lights to floor standing mirrors will be on show. Over 80 exhibitors including some of the biggest names in furnishing accessories will launch their 2017 collections including Gallery Direct, Libra, Pacific Lifestyle and Dar Lighting. Comprehensive interiors creators Pacific Lifestyle launch 5 new collections including the tropically inspired Jungle with large-scale flora and fauna at its heart. Coast has a gentler appeal with pastel sea colours and natural textures. Gallery Direct’s ever inventive collections will have over 300 new additions including the marble and bronzed Emperor occasional set and the Safari bedroom collection, full of substantial deep and moody woods.

Woodpecker Goodrich Whitened

Dar Lighting are one the UK’s largest and most highly regarded suppliers of lights of every kind and their stand will be glistening with everything from small contemporary lamps to grand contemporary chandeliers.


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Hall 4 – Cabinet Volume Here large UK and International brands including Nolte, Weimann, Rauch and Forte will show new models and best sellers in bedroom and living & dining furniture, which is aimed predominantly at the volume, middle and upper middle markets. The German bedroom cabinet skills will be on full display with the 3 giants of bedroom storage systems going head-to-head. Nolte, Weimann and Rauch’s sophisticatedly engineered wardrobes and beds have a host of new design tricks and finishes. Polish giant Forte continues to produce an extensive collection of ranges for domestic and contract use. Every room of the home is catered for with a variety of contemporary shapes and colours.

Hall 5 – Upholstery Volume & Beds A large hall full of large stands, Hall 5 has giants of the UK upholstery, cabinet and bed industries who supply retail and contract orders. Well-known supersized upholstery brands including Buoyant, Ultra and Lebus will have sofas & chairs in a huge variety of styles and fabrics. Traditional shapes in classic fabrics will sit alongside contemporary shapes in modern geometric and striped fabrics. Joining them are large bed and mattress exhibitors showing every kind of bed including standard, ottoman and motion models. Furmanac’s upmarket Hestia motion range has additions and Vogue Beds have revamped their high-end Hampton range and added the new Ambassador bed. Visiting is easy with an international airport attached to the venue, a train station in the venue and excellent road links with free parking and courtesy bus to the halls. For the full exhibitor list and to register for free go to:


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Stand out from the crowd with interior doors from Vicaima



With house builders and refurbishment contractors looking to find products that will set them apart in an ever crowded marketplace and home owners becoming much more demanding and discerning in their choice of living space, its little wonder that the innovative and designer led inspiration offered by Vicaima door products is more sought after than ever before. With the launch of the new 2016/17 Interior Door Selector, Vicaima offer even more to meets the needs of today’s housing.

s one of Europe’s leading manufacturers, Vicaima interior doors and doorsets offer specifiers a wealth of choice in performance suitability, designer inspiration and cost effective solutions to cater for every budget. Available both in printed format and for download via the Vicaima website, the new 64 page catalogue sets out product ranges in a clear and concise format. Each section includes quality colour imagery to illustrate the range design potential, together with easy to reference individual door pictures to ensure the chosen door is right for the project. In addition it includes a new Price Indicator Tool, which enables easy price comparison across different ranges to help find the right solution within a particular budget.

the K Range shaker style panel in a wide spectrum of attractive face finishes.

Making a first appearance in the Interior Door Selector for 2017 are some exciting new ranges which demonstrate that interior doors need not be confined to the often seen plain painted doors with little or no imagination. These include Stained Ash veneer with groove designs, horizontally embossed Dekordor 3D with new aluminium inlays, Foil faced visual sensations and a new take on tradition, with

As you would expect from such a leading interior door specialist, a comprehensive choice of constructional core options from lightweight hollow core to solid and fire rated doors are offered for most ranges, with each being available in both imperial and metric sizes. The scope and design possibilities make selection easy, with glazed options, extra height dimensions, mobility widths

and even a customised section, where you can create a design to suit individual tastes. If this were not enough, the new Interior Door Selector also includes additional information such as technical advice, a guide to performance and even door care. To download your copy of the new 2016/17 Interior Door Selector, visit and select brochures, alternatively call 01793 532333 to request a printed copy or for further information.

December 2016 Interiors

Dekordor 3D White with Aluminium inlay pattern

Classic K Range showing K3400 in Walnut


CRL provides warranties house restoration in CRL has worked with a north west developer to source structural defects insurance for a beautifully renovated Grade II listed mansion in Lancashire which has been sympathetically converted into stunning apartments.

more than 10 years before being bought at auction by Berkshire Homes. The heritage site has now been transformed into 10 one and two-bedroom apartments with impressive views over the Cliviger Valley and a wealth of character.

The construction insurance specialist was selected by Berkshire Homes to work with them on the restoration of Holme Hall Manor in Cliviger which dates back to the 1700s.

Harrison Kiely, sales and marketing manager for Berkshire Homes, said: “In the past we have worked with other warranty providers who are known to be notoriously difficult when working on old historic buildings.

A family home for more than 200 years, the building has also been a retirement home and nightclub in recent years before it was gutted in an arson attack in 2004. The southern elevation, along with many of the original period features were destroyed. Holme Hall Manor stood empty and derelict for

CRL was appointed at the beginning of the project to source a 10-year warranty certification to protect against any future structural issues.

“We approached CRL having not worked with them previously and they couldn’t have been more helpful. They simplified everything. “They found us the best warranty for our build, worked around the Heritage England requirements, arranged for the surveyor to come to site and promptly issued the warranties once

for 17th century manor Lancashire the build was complete.” CRL were able to take the complexities of the build and assist Berkshire Homes in arranging appropriate cover that suited their requirements, allowing them to focus on this unusual restoration. On completion of the build the 10-year structural defects insurance warranties were passed on to the new individual owners of the apartments. Harrison said: “Without a doubt we will use CRL on all of our developments going forward. They made the whole process so easy.” James Topping, a Customer Relationship Manager at CRL, said: “Our flexible solution of arranging the policy allowed plans for Holme Hall Manor to progress with the assurance of a warranty for the potential purchasing residents. “The conversion of the existing heritage building meant Harrison and his team had a lot of restrictions placed on the build by

Heritage England, we were able to take these into consideration and find a sustainable warranty solution that fitted our client’s specific requirements. “Our flexible approach meant that we could offer them a product that ticked all the boxes and pass this on to their buyers. I have since visited the finished site and the quality and workmanship is incredible and a credit to Berkshire Homes.” Family-run Berkshire Homes started out in 2012 building two homes in Bolton and has since gone from strength to strength with further developments underway in Whitefield, Kendal and Rawtenstall. The company which specialises in homes for first time buyers aims to develop 100 units in the next 12 months. For more information about CRL please: • Visit: • Email: • Call: 0800 772 3200 / +44(0) 20 7127 5198

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nformation on why gypsum fibreboard should be the material of choice for internal and external walls, and floors and ceilings, is contained within a CPD from specialist building board manufacturer Fermacell. The “Modern construction needs modern materials” CPD explains how fermacell is made, how it conforms to relevant standards, where it can typically be used, what product options are available, and its performance characteristics and installation process. Currently celebrating its 45th year of production, the unique fibrereinforced gypsum-based board offers the performance properties of solid blockwork when used in partitioning due to its strength, density and resilience. This makes

Fermacell’s CPD tells specifiers all they need to know about gypsum fibreboards.

Fermacell CPD Promotes Modern Materials For Modern Construction it ideal for ceilings and dry-screed flooring as well as partitions as it also offers high performance in areas such as acoustics and impact and fire resistance. The CPD explains how and where fermacell is made (four factories throughout Europe) and how its manufacture is environmentally friendly, the panels being comprised of 90% recycled material, fully recyclable themselves and accredited by Robust Details and the BBA and ETA. Product options include a variety of standard and custom sizes, four thicknesses and square or tapered edges, all of which comply with Parts E and F of the Building Regulations for acoustics (giving up to 55 dB Rw from a single layer system and thereby reducing costs and partitions width) and fire respectively, BB93 for schools, HTM08 for healthcare and CE Marking (ETA).


The CPD also advises where fermacell can be used – in drylining applications where highperformance is required in one or more areas such as acoustics and resistance to impact (a single layer achieving severe duty rating BS 5234: Part 2), fire (A2/Class 0) and moisture (up to 80% humidity resistance). In addition, fermacell has also been tested to CWCT standards for use externally as a backer board in a ventilated rainscreen application and is an ideal racking board in timber frame construction, being stronger than OSB and offering fire protection. This strength (up to 50kg load) can eliminate the requirement for plywood pattressing, saving time on installation and money on materials. Whether used internally or externally, fermacell boards are low maintenance, with minor dents

easily touched up and part-panels easily replaced. In addition, the lack of angle beads on external corners makes them particularly suitable for schools, hospitals, airports, student accommodation, sports halls and other high-traffic areas. They do not even require finishing to accept paint, tiles or wallpaper, although a fermacell skim-like FST (Fine Surface Treatment) is available which does not require a plasterer to apply and dries in 45 minutes. The CPD also includes FAQs and independent cost comparisons which show that taking into account multiple board layers, pattressing and skimming, fermacell is a very cost-effective alternative to performance plasterboard. It is available on request from 0121 311 3480 or

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New Flame Resistant coveralls from Dickies are hot and available to order At last, the superb value Dickies Every Day range has been joined by two much-awaited coveralls: The FR24/7 and the FR24/7TP – probably the best value overalls of their type on the market. Both offer multi hazard heat and flame protection such as protection against molten metal and excellent flame spread properties, and are also suitable for welding and allied processes, such as cutting and brazing. They come with antistatic fibre to guard against electrostatic discharge and are therefore suitable for use in zones at risk of explosion and the offshore industry. The FR24/7TP has Nordic-style reflective tape around the shoulders, arms and legs, which ensures enhanced visibility, while offering flame retardant technology,

making this a garment that offers safety and security at work. Radio/ gas detector loops add another layer of safety checking. Unlike some of their rivals, both these Dickies garments are available in a full range of chest sizes, offering a great fit and complete comfort for the wearer. This is extremely important when being worn for long periods in testing conditions. Both the FR24/7 and FR24/7TP are also available in ‘regular’ and ‘tall’ sizes. And last, but not least, the 24/7 range is suitable for industrial laundry.

Kawneer launches THE architects guide to aluminium in building A new specification guide to its portfolio of architectural aluminium glazing systems has been published by Kawneer. THE architect’s guide to aluminium in building has been launched by leading UK manufacturer of designer glazing systems Kawneer. The ultimate specification guide is presented as 380 individual and easily updated pages within a ring binder

that is then housed within a slip case to give it additional presence and longevity on architects’ library shelves. The new specification guide details Kawneer’s peerless portfolio of traditional “stick” and unitised curtain walling systems, door and window systems, door and window sliding systems, framing systems, Brise Soleil, and blast enhanced and fire resistant systems. It also features well-illustrated sections on design consideration prompters such as ventilation and windload requirements, building movement, acoustic and thermal performance, DDA compliance, interfaces and finishings. This focus is also extended to sustainability, product materials and finishes, installation, fabrication and site work, services and support, and maintenance and cleaning, and even contains a glossary of terms. Beautifully photographed case studies show the Kawneer systems in stunning use in the residential, commercial, education, healthcare, and arts and leisure sectors. QR codes on the ring binder and slip case link directly to the home page of and the inside front cover features a clear pocket for a business card or memory stick. Designed specifically to be easily updated, the guide includes a registration card for architects to be kept up to date on changes automatically.


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

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Fire retardant coating system for preventing spread of flame on timber substrates.

30 & 60 minutes fire protection to BS476 Parts 20 & 22.

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CAVITY BARRIERS According to Document B of the UK Building Regulations fire barriers must be installed in cavity areas that are vulnerable to the spread of fire. Using the correct passive fire cavity protection system within a building is crucial. We have systems for all types of facades and cavities. Speak to our Technical Team for advice and specification details.



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Vicaima Carbon Grey Portaro door system at Hotel Pestana CR7, Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal


project made possible by the partnership of charismatic football player, Cristiano Ronaldo and the Pestana hotels Group has inspired the transformation of the Hotel Pestana CR7 in Lisboa, Lisbon. The renovation of this historic building has led to the selection of Vicaima door products for their outstanding performance and design appeal. Vicaima, a recognized and international player in the design and production of solutions for the hotel and leisure sector, was selected to equip the Hotel Pestana CR7 Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal. This involved the complete renovation of an historical building. The boutique hotel, inspired by the charismatic footballer, is distinguished by the sophisticated décor for which the carbon grey colour of the Dekordor HD Colours Vicaima range has been selected, creating striking and harmonious spaces in the lifestyle concept of the project Among the many technical and integrated solutions the project demanded, were the installation of Vicaima’s Portaro system, which provides a completely matching door and frame and were used for the


Footballer’s Hotel Chooses Vicaima for Winning Team entrance to rooms. These were required to have high levels of technical performance, with fire resistance, up to 30 minutes, and acoustic insulation, up to 40 decibels. In addition the project also demanded integrated communicating doors between suites and sliding doors in various locations, thus enhancing the maximum optimization of the space. The emergency exits and communal areas were also equipped with Portaro® 30 minutes fire certified products. Dekordor HD in Carbon Grey is just one of 22 attractive and contemporary laminate colour options from this exciting and recently introduced Vicaima range. With its easy to maintain and durable surface the product finish is ideally suited to hotels, student accommodation, medical, educational and commercial applications. Vicaima offer an extensive range of innovative design options, with fire, acoustic and security performance, together with inspirational solutions in its MATCH decorative wall panelling products. For further details about these and other products from the many Vicaima collections, visit the Vicaima website alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information.

December 2016

Cavity Barriers helping to protect Axis Development Axis is a brand new luxury housing development located on North West London’s much sought-after Finchley Road, designed to serve those living and working in the Barnet area. The project, brought together by multiaward winning property development firm, Origin Housing, is due to consist of fashionable and modern apartments, including both 1 and 2 bedroom properties, as well as high-end penthouse suites. On-site application of Envirograf® Product 55 has been carried out by specialist rainscreen cladding supplier, Cladding Design Solutions. Following direct consultations with Envirograf®, Product 55 (RS range of foil-coated cavity barriers) has been used to improve the fire protection rating of the cavity walls. It consists of a 30mm or 40mm strip of non-fibrous fireproof sponge, covered

with a layer of foiled, reinforced craft paper, which can be easily cut to size with a sharp knife. It also provides insulation and is fully water resistant, making it ideal for use in rainscreens and other types of cladding. Envirograf® Product 55 is designed to expand under heat, filling any gaps in the lining of external walls and thus preventing fire from spreading. The product has been tested to BS476 parts 20 & 22 and BS EN 1363-1 (1999) giving fire protection from 60 to 120 minutes. The RS range is available with either frontfacing intumescent material, which expands to fill any ventilation gaps, or holes.


December 2016

When starting out on a new construction project you will want to be sure that the correct fire safety standards are in place from the outset.

As one of the leaders in construction site safety equipment, Bull Products’ has just launched its Fire 360° service for construction companies, starting with a free site survey. Fire 360° is a twelve-step plan to provide companies with an effective and comprehensive fire strategy. From an initial enquiry to Bull Products, a BAFE certified advisor will arrange to attend your site within 48 hours to accurately assess requirements and provide expert advice on fire safety strategy. Site plans are fully assessed by the engineer and clearly marked outlining what fire protection is required and where it should be located, saving valuable time and ensuring your site is compliant. 38


December 2016 ollowing the site visit, Bull Products returns quotations within one hour and subsequent orders acknowledged within an hour of receipt.

Once commissioned for the project, Bull Products ensures that all products are fully serviced and/or programmed before despatch to ensure compliance as soon as the equipment arrives on site. Configuration of alarms can take place before despatch or on-site if there is an addition to an existing system. To ensure peace of mind, all fire equipment supplied meets all relevant standards with full certification of the alarm systems, and portable fire appliances are installed and serviced in accordance with the relevant BS standard. Once the fire equipment is fully installed and commissioned, Bull Products is able to train site personnel in the use of fire extinguishers and on alarm system familiarisation so that it can be used to its full potential hence eliminating any user error and false alarms. To back up its professional expertise with fire equipment, Bull Products prides itself in providing nationwide technical support for all areas of construction, from 6a.m. to 5p.m. every day to assist with any onsite queries. On becoming a Bull Products’ customer, an automatic servicing schedule will be in place designed to remind you when your equipment is due for servicing to ensure compliance throughout your project.

Another bonus of the Fire 360° plan is that Bull Products can take care of your asset management. Under this part of the service, once the fire equipment has been finished with on a project, Bull Products is able to arrange equipment collection from site for free of charge stockholding until you require its re-use on a future project. This useful service saves companies having to find space to store the fire equipment themselves and equipment re-use clearly saves on the purchase of new equipment. Bull Products also clean and service all fire equipment before despatch to your next project to ensure that fire protection equipment remains compliant. Further information on the Fire 360° service is available from Bull Products on 01432 371170, email or by the website


December 2016

Charcon’s Cycle Kerb Wins Top London Innovation Award Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has been crowned the winner of the Innovation of the Year – Materials category at the 2016 London Construction Awards, thanks to its Eco Countryside™ Cycle Kerb Segregation System. The judges were impressed by Charcon’s creativity and expertise in developing a bespoke hard landscaping solution that would serve as a safe and sustainable segregation system which, in the case of the Mayor’s Flagship Cycle Superhighway 2 (CS2), is already helping to reduce the number of accidents on London’s roads. The creation of this innovative product derived from TfL’s significant investment in the CS2 between Aldgate and Bow interchange to make the route safer for cyclists and other road users, following a significant amount of cycle related incidents in the area. The challenge was to create a unique integrated system that reduced both installation time and traffic disruption. The Eco Countryside™ Cycle Kerb Segregation System was subsequently developed by Charcon’s technical team as an alternative to the imported granite kerb configuration with concrete block paving inlay previously used. Replicating the aesthetics of natural granite, it has offered a 33% carbon footprint reduction due to being manufactured in the UK, utilising 82% recycled and secondary material content. Installation time for construction of the cycle route was reduced by 50%, which in turn impacted positively on the cost of preliminaries and traffic management. Winning such a prestigious accolade cements Charcon’s position as the market leader for bespoke cycle segregation systems. The


Eco Countryside Kerb strengthens Charcon’s existing range of cycle kerbs which have been manufactured for various cycleway projects across the country, for the likes of Cambridgeshire County Council and Nottingham City Council. The Charcon team attended the ceremony at London’s Royal Garden Hotel on Wednesday 26th October, with Mike Davies, Category Manager for Charcon, collecting the award. On winning the award, Mike comments: “Being awarded Innovation of the Year for this particular project makes us incredibly proud. We worked hard to develop and supply 24,000l/m of a product that would not only improve the safety of the cyclists and other road

users, but also that of the contractors due to the ease and speed of installation which also reduced the impact on road users during construction. We’d like to thank TfL and Ringway Jacobs for giving us the opportunity to partner with them on such an important project which, quite literally, will help to save lives. “With the growth of cycleway infrastructure throughout the country, the potential for our segregation kerb solutions is significant and we have already seen an increasing number of Local Authorities showing an interest.” For further information about Charcon range of products, visit or call 01335 372 222.

December 2016

ECOBUILD AND UK-GBC OUTLINE CONTENT FOCUS FOR 2017 • Ecobuild and UK-GBC announce strategic partnership for the third year running • Thought-provoking content programme delves deeper into the topics of sustainability, regeneration and industry growth • UK-GBC to host dedicated sustainability hub destination at Ecobuild’s ‘City Hall’


cobuild 2017 has announced the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) as its strategic lead partner for the third year running. Working in close partnership, UK-GBC will support Ecobuild in delivering an exclusive content programme exploring key issues around sustainability, leadership and innovation. The overarching theme for Ecobuild 2017 is Regeneration, with a complete conference and seminar agenda focusing on redefining sustainability, industry growth and tackling the housing crisis. In line with UKGBC’s leadership and innovation focus, the organisation will host the sustainability theatre housed at Ecobuild’s ‘City Hall’ feature, with a programme of seminars and debates on the hot topics of sustainability

including carbon reduction in the built environment, disruptive innovation, and healthy workplaces for productive employees. As part of the Ecobuild Conference programme, UK-GBC’s Chief Executive, Julie Hirigoyen, will also chair a series of thoughtprovoking leadership insight sessions on the future of sustainable housing, workplace and retail. UK-GBC’s Learning and Development programme will be supported by Ecobuild as part of the organisations’ ongoing relationship. Working with UK-GBC and SaintGobain (the strategic partner of UK-GBC’s L&D programme), Ecobuild will help to raise awareness of sustainability and green buildings by promoting courses and events to its diverse audience from across the industry. Martin



Director at Ecobuild, explained: “With a shared focus on championing sustainable construction practices across the industry, the partnership between Ecobuild and UK-GBC is an excellent fit. “The topics of sustainability and regeneration have never been more pressing than in the current economic climate. At the event we’ll be working together to explore these issues, looking at sustainability as a driver for innovation and growth, and as a way for organisations to do better business.” Commenting on the partnership, Julie added: “UK-GBC is delighted to be the lead partner for Ecobuild 2017. We’ll be present at the show’s sustainability hub, ‘City Hall’, which represents the culmination of Ecobuild’s Redefining Sustainability campaign. This focus very much aligns with our own ambition for sustainability to step up a gear and enter the mainstream.

“Drawing on our network of industry leaders, we will be curating a range of sessions designed to provide topical insight across a variety of issues, as well as present the business case for sustainability. We’ll also be showcasing some of our recent work around wellbeing and productivity and promoting the value of strong leadership across our industry.” Ecobuild wants to hear from companies who are championing innovation in sustainable construction, design and energy in the built environment. If you are interested in helping shape the 2017 show, find out more at


Heating, Ventilation & Insulation December 2016

Home ‘N’ Dry Has Positive Affect On Hanover Bungalows


he most recent residents to benefit live in terraced properties located at Crook in County Durham, as well as Killingworth, Tyne and Wear, and are part of Hanover Housing Association’s stockholding in the north of England. Across the North-east region as a whole some 300 of the high efficiency Home ‘n’ Dry units have been installed over the past decade. Steve Taylor, Hanover Housing’s Technical Manager for the region, commented: “Our stock is generally around 25 to 30 years old and quite well insulated, but particularly in the case of our elderly care bungalows we have problems which result from residents closing or taping over trickle vents and switching off single room extract fans. A lot of the bungalows are also electrically heated and the occupants tend to turn off the night storage radiators in the spare bedroom which leads to them being cold, causing condensation. “Along with my colleagues in other areas, we have been fitting the Johnson & Starley PIV units for five to ten years; including sometimes into flats within our high rise blocks. At Crook in Durham we decided to address a group of 14 terraced bungalows, installing the Home ‘n’ Dry units in the loft space, feeding air through a vent in the hallway. “We also did a similar number at Killingworth where there were common issues, and it has had the effect of eradicating the problems where people were complaining of mould growth. As a responsible landlord organisation we have an obligation to consider the well-being of our residents - and with the elderly or vulnerable that is paramount – but also installing the Home ‘n’ Dry to tackle condensation is also looking after our assets.” Johnson & Starley’s Home ‘n’ Dry positive input ventilation systems use energy efficient DC fans to provide a steady flow of filtered, tempered air at an infinitely adjustable speed, so that the performance can be matched to the individual dwelling. They will reduce relative humidity levels as the positive pressure created gently pushes stale, moisture laden air out through the building fabric. They also feature an hour run meter and anti-spike protection, with the five-year warranty from a reputable manufacturer making them an ideal fit for the affordable housing sector. Hanover housing is continuing to install Johnson & Starley’s Home ‘n’ Dry units in properties across the country, for reactive maintenance reasons as dwellings with condensation issues are identified.


Dozens of elderly retirement bungalows managed by one of the country’s largest social housing providers have been fitted with positive input ventilation units manufactured by Johnson & Starley; helping rid the homes of condensation and mould problems.

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New Partnership Set to Boost the Number of Low and Zero Carbon UK Homes More new homes across Britain could become energy self-sufficient thanks to a new partnership between renewable energy system developers, The Zero Carbon Solution and Vaillant, the world’s leading heating technology manufacturer. The companies have joined forces to create an affordable and self-supporting heating system that is easy to install, and compatible with a wider range of property sizes than ever before. Vaillant’s flexoTHERM and 3kW geoTHERM mini heat pumps will form part of the industry-leading solution, by using an inter-seasonal heat store known as the Earth Energy Bank, patented by The Zero Carbon Solution. The technology uses an array of Photovoltaic-Thermal solar panels to collect both thermal and electrical energy that can be stored and used all year round. The system then utilises a Vaillant ground source heat pump to extract the heat from the earth, but unlike traditional ground source systems, doesn’t require long trenches or deep boreholes, making it ideal for properties with limited space

John Bailey, Commercial and Renewable Systems Director at Vaillant, commented: “We were delighted to partner with The Zero Carbon Solution to develop a truly innovative heating solution for house builders. The system has been specifically designed to inspire commercial builders who are looking for new ways to incorporate the ultimate in renewable energy efficiency into their properties, whatever the size. “We encourage anyone who it interested in finding out more about what the next generation in renewable technology can do for them, to get in touch with The Zero Carbon Solution.”

The simple installation process and affordable technology mean that the heating system is ideal for dense housing developments. The Zero Carbon Solution also project manages the installations, bringing together renewable technology providers, architects and building consultants, while Vaillant installers provide the plant room equipment. Michael Goddard, founder of The Zero Carbon Solution, says: “We’re thrilled to be working with Vaillant. Our collaboration means that developers are now being offered a more affordable renewable heating system that is easy to install and compatible with a greater range of new build properties. Our technology is unrivalled and we’re already delivering on our ambition to become the default renewable energy system provider for new builds.”


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Heating, Ventilation & Insulation December 2016

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Kawneer systems help regenerate a city Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Smithfield scheme features Kawneer glazing systems.


rchitectural glazing systems from Kawneer feature on a striking new building that is key to the regeneration of a city and was built using a hybrid of traditional and modular construction methods.

Kawneer’s AA®100 and AA®110 curtain walling, both zone-drained but with 50mm and 65mm sightlines respectively, complemented by 451PT framing with 50mm sightlines and AA®540 side-hung casement windows, were used on Two Smithfield, the new £15 million office built as part of the first phase of Stokeon-Trent City Council’s Smithfield scheme. Smithfield is the new mixed-use quarter for Stoke-onTrent by developer Genr8, comprising 1.2 millionft2 of office, retail and hotel space. The project will also deliver more than 270,000ft2 of new public realm. The first phase of the Smithfield project was completed in August 2015 and comprises 220,000ft2 of bespoke Grade A office accommodation. One Smithfield has a new customer hub from which the council delivers its primary services and will also house police and other public sector partners.


Two Smithfield includes ground-floor commercial units totalling 7,500ft2 and comprises four floors of offices, two of which have already been let to Water Plus. This is a joint venture between two of the country’s biggest water companies, United Utilities and Seven Trent Water. It is bringing over 400 new jobs to the city. The other floors are currently being marketed by Bilfinger GVA The new buildings are set in stunning new public realm, including a new public square which is available as performance and event space. Much of the 125,000ft2 Two Smithfield building consisted of components utilising modular manufacturing, such as precast concrete panels and brickwork cornices and glazed brick elements which were completed off-site. The four-hectare site was historically a manufacturing area for the brick and ceramic industries and was littered with mine shafts and coal seams which required piling. Design of the masterplan was conceived in 2009 by Aedas RHWL. Designed by frequent Kawneer specifiers Aedas RHWL architects, Two Smithfield’s curtain walling was used for all the windows and external glazing of the project.

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Associate Alasdair Mealey said: “As the building was procured using a design and build contract, we produced a performance specification at tender stage, which was then assessed by the main contractor (Laing O’Rourke) who proposed the Kawneer curtain walling system. We assessed the proposal along with the project façade consultant and deemed that it met the required criteria for the building.

Alasdair said: “The glazed elements were a key part of the design, both aesthetically and from a performance standpoint, so the glazing had to be correct. Inherently we aim to specify all products from sustainable sources and our performance specification for the project listed all relevant standards and best practice which the chosen curtain walling system/product had to adhere to.

“The Kawneer curtain walling system had to interface with precast concrete primary structure and façade panels. Key items that had to be resolved were weather proofing, thermal bridging and air tightness and the Kawneer system met both the aesthetic and performance requirements. The building had a mixedmode ventilation strategy so the curtain walling system had to incorporate opening lights.”

“There was a commitment to optimising the scheme as part of the design process and gaining a clear understanding of what technical solutions worked. The attention to detail and economy of pre-site manufacture is evidence of a very well thought through development.”

He added: “The quality of what has been delivered, given budget and expectations, is first class.” The Kawneer elements at Two Smithfield, which achieved a BREEAM “Excellent” rating, were installed over three months by approved specialist sub-contractor Bennett Architectural Aluminium.

Bennett director Rob Bennett said: “This new public realm building was designed to reflect the heritage of the potteries whilst using modern methods of offsite construction. Within a fast-track programme we installed curtain wall screens to give the building impressive verticality.” Further phases are now in the pipeline including Three Smithfield (a 50,000ft 2 commercial office building) and a new 125-bedroom hotel.


December 2016

Steadmans Supplies Largest-Ever Privately-Financed Project at Belfast International Airport Leading building products manufacturer Steadmans continues to fly high after supplying materials for the largest privately financed project ever undertaken at Belfast International Airport. The company’s products have helped build a new £2m, 33,000 square-foot hangar for Woodgate Aviation, Northern Ireland’s largest private aircraft charter, maintenance and aviation fuel supply business, which also has sites in Newtownards and on the Isle of Man.

Woodgate’s new hangar is one of the most modern and best-equipped in the UK and Ireland, with dedicated workshops, meeting rooms and luxurious passenger facilities for its public and private sector clients. It also has 6,000 square feet of offices and is capable of accommodating aircraft up to and including a Bombardier Global Express.

Steadmans, a principal UK supplier for steel construction in the agricultural, industrial and commercial sectors, provided 3,250 linear metres of its 80mm thick AS35 composite panels, in merlin grey, for the hangar’s roof and walls. The company also supplied 250 linear metres of 80mm AS35 roof lights, 2,300 linear metres of Zed purlins, 100 linear metres of eaves beams and over 50 linear metres of insulated guttering, plus fixings and butyl tape.

The building’s fully-equipped maintenance department will enable functions currently carried out at Newtownards Airfield to be brought under one roof with aircraft charter and management.

David Shaw, general manager, Woodgate Aviation, said: “We’re delighted with the robustness, practicality and appearance of our new hangar, and the Steadmans products have to take much of the credit for that. The roof and wall panels in particular give our building a substantial, yet aesthetically pleasing, feel. “We have not only been around for 47 years, but have experienced impressive growth since the recession and are confident that upward trend will continue. We, therefore, wanted the building to be, among other things, a statement to the market about our strength, commitment and belief in our growth prospects. We have no doubt the Steadmans products allow the hangar to communicate those messages loud and clear.” The materials were installed by Lisburn-based Green City Contracts and the project’s structural engineer was Mark Smyth at Belfast’s MLS Design.


Woodgate Aviation operates private charters to British and European destinations, as well as offering medical service, cargo and aircraft handling. It uses a wide range of aircraft, including the Beechcraft B200 King Air, capable of carrying up to eight passengers. In addition to composite wall and roof sheets, Steadmans’ output includes steel cladding, galvanised roofing sections, metal cladding, roofing products and fibre cement sheeting. All its relevant products conform to CE marking regulations and meet their requirements. The company’s AS35 composite panels consist of two coated steel profiles bonded to a core of PIR insulation, which are used to form roofs, down to a four-degree pitch, and walls. Including a comprehensive range of guttering, flashlights, sealants and roof lights, the AS35 system offers swift completion of a wide variety of weatherproof and high-quality building envelopes, from commercial and warehouse premises to office blocks. Manufactured in a quality process certified to ISO 9001:2008, using non-ozone depleting technology,

AS35 panels are environmentallyresponsible, provide excellent thermal performance and have a predicted service life of 40 years. Available in thicknesses ranging from 40mm to 137mm, the panels can be specified to achieve insulation U-values, aiding compliance with the latest L2 regulations, and are Loss Prevention Certification Board approved. In addition to its headquarters site in Carlisle, Cumbria, Steadmans has facilities in: Uddingston, near Glasgow; Fyvie, Aberdeenshire; and Belfast, Northern Ireland. The company employs 150 people overall and benefits from being part of the SIG UK group.

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Roofing December 2016

Multi Award Winning Craftsm You would think a long established lead craftsman that has won the Murdoch Sponsors Award three times in ten years would be livid at losing his “Excellent” grading on a technicality.


owever far from resenting the decision by the LCA Council to reduce his grading for not attending a technical seminar in 2015, Vince McKee of McKee Plumbing in Maidstone, Kent has insisted it was the right decision.

“No individual is bigger than this organisation” said Vince “and we all know what the rules are. Work prevented me from going to the June Seminar in London and I had planned to go to the September seminar in Manchester, but then at the last minute couldn’t attend that one either.” All LCA members must attend one technical seminar each year as part of their Continuing Professional Development and commitment to the quality standards ethic of the Association. The mandatory attendance rule was implemented by Council after discussion with members at the 2011 AGM. It was seen as an essential part of keeping members up to date with technical developments and changes within the sector as well as the opportunity to draw in relevant people from outside the organisation, such as architects and senior representatives from the LSA, the heritage sector and others, to provide their own insight into lead sheet design, specification and installation.

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“It is a clear message of support for the LCA principles and a public declaration that the rules have to apply to everyone – even a master craftsman like Vince McKee.” - Stuart Bailey - LCA Chairman V McKee - Murdoch Sponsors Award winner 2012 Vince’s non attendance in 2015 has therefore resulted in this well known lead craftsman who has won so many awards for the quality of his work being downgraded from an “Excellent” to a “Good”. “I have worked hard on keeping high standards and am very proud of my “Excellent” grading which I have had virtually since I joined the LCA in 1992” says Vince “At first it was very difficult for me to accept a downgrade, but we rely on the Council to protect the high quality standard reputation that the LCA members have collectively and individually all worked so hard to achieve” “I believe in the vetting system and am happy for anyone to come on site and look at my work. But I also know there is more to leadwork than just practical skill and it is vital that all specialists keep up to speed with other things that are going on, which is why the seminars are so important” “If the LCA Council made an exception for me, then it could weaken the case against other non attendees and could undermine the whole quality standard ethic of the organisation” LCA Chairman Stuart Bailey commended Vince’s attitude. “I know it would have hurt for a super lead worker like Vince to be downgraded but it’s great that he can see the bigger quality picture and the importance of the seminar.” he said. “It is a clear message of support for the LCA principles and a public declaration that the rules have to apply to everyone – even a master craftsman like Vince McKee.”

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December 2016

The nation’s first ever construction pay trends index* has been launched to reveal that Wales has seen the biggest (5.3%) yearon-year increase in earnings amongst self-employed tradesman – compared to just a 1.8% uplift nationally across England. The new ‘Construction Pay Trends’ index which can be accessed here has been developed by construction’s leading professional workplace audit and contract solutions provider, Hudson Contract, and harnesses payroll data from over 2,000 building firms across England and Wales. The interactive tool reveals weekly pay differences by region, age and sub sectors such as bricklaying and joinery through to roofing and surfacing contractors. Providing tradesman, building apprentices and other industry analysts with a unique insight into pay levels, it also reveals the impact weather, location and economic factors have on earning potential. The biggest drop in average weekly pay in the building industry was experienced in the North East which saw a 2.1% decrease in earnings year-to-date in 2016 compared to 2015. It was closely followed by a 0.4% decrease in London, with the regional trends illustrated in the following top 10: • Wales (+5.3%) • Yorkshire & The Humber (+4.2%) • East of England (+1.8%) • North West (+1.7%) • East Midlands (+1.7%) • West Midlands (+1.5%) • South East (+1.3%) • South West (+1.1%) • London (-0.4%) • North East (-2.1%) Across all construction sub-sectors, the highest increase in earnings year-on-year for tradesmen was within the Roofing industry which experienced 6.1% growth, followed by 4.8% in Plastering and 4.2% in Scaffolding. Those working in the Equipment and Operator Hire industry witnessed a surprising 4.1% average drop in


earnings year-to-date in 2016 compared to 2015. This was followed by a notable yearly pay decrease of 1% in Bricklaying and only a 1.1% average increase in earnings for Civil Engineering tradesmen. Ian Anfield, Managing Director at Hudson Contract, said: “We’ve developed the Construction Pay Trends index to provide the most comprehensive insight into pay levels across the industry. It has revealed some fascinating trends on both a national and regional level, with tradesman in Wales experiencing the sharpest annual growth in earnings. “The index will update monthly to reveal the latest pay trends - providing the perfect online career resource for building apprentices through to industry analysts assessing the ongoing health of the construction sector.”

To access Hudson Contract’s Construction Pay Trends index, please click here.

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Tools, Equipment & PPE December 2016

It’s winter outside and the cold air has a way of nibbling at fingers, toes and other body extremities. Yet your clients will still brave the chilly weather and hotfoot it to your outlet to get whatever part they need to finish their work in time for Christmas.

T’is the season to cross sell.


o be prepared. Keeping a range of Dickies winter wear such as hats, gloves and socks could nudge your client into buying products they need – or impulsively buy as a gift - but didn’t know you had, from you, rather than from somewhere else.

garb you have on offer. Perhaps add a little tinsel to the display to suggest these make perfect gifts. You may get an impulse buy.

fleece and half-finger gloves with a removable pouch. All three are insulated – the latter with Thinsulate - and very cosy.

Dickies have a range of products endowed with thinsulate – a fabric designed to keep the warmth in and the chill out.

After all you want to get most out of the foot traffic that comes through your retail store don’t you?

So get ahead by offering the knitted Dickies acrylic Watch Cap and perhaps nudge a little further with the polyester fleece Winter neck gaiter which, after all, is so much easier to wear than a scarf.

And the last of the extremities, but not the least, are the feet. Dickies soft-to-touch thermal socks are made from special twisted yarn of acrylic with cotton to ensure warm feet and even come in a value-for-money two-pair pack. They are available in black and grey.

Always keep it honest and relevant and you can do that by being observant. Let’s say the customer is not wearing a hat; they will probably have lost between 20 to 40 per cent of their body heat by the time you see them. Are they wearing gloves? If not, their hands may be feeling a tad numb. Make a note of that. In the meantime, be friendly and once they have identified the part they came in for, the rapport you have built with your customers before they ever get to the merchandise makes all the difference. Right there is an opportunity for cross selling. But stay poised, the art of the cross sell is in the timing. Wait until they are ready to buy their chosen part and then alert them to the warm winter


Cold hands can be debilitating, that’s why Dickies have a range of three winter gloves: thermal,

Also consider the Severn Safety boot. These are slip resistant and come with a padded collar and tongue, water repellent leather, steel toe cap, midsole for underfoot protection and shock absorbent sole. They also come fur lined for extra warmth. Don’t feel awkward about suggesting an upsell to a customer who needs the product you offer, either for themselves or to give as a gift. Think of it as helping the customer beat the winter blues by getting more value from your business, and help your business get more loyalty and revenue from the customer. What better way to spread the seasonal cheer.

December 2016 Tools, Equipment & PPE

JSP launch VisiliteTM - Fibre Optic Illumination system for Evolution® Helmets

JSP Ltd has launched a unique new lighting system for their Industrial Safety helmets called the VisiliteTM. This fibre optic lighting system has been developed as a method of increasing worker visibility without dazzling colleagues in close proximity. The VisiliteTM has tough ABS casings making it highly durable to withstand knocks and scrapes. It is easy to fit to the JSP Evo range of Helmets –clips slide onto the front sides and rear of the helmet to keep it in place allowing fibre optic light to shine all around the helmet. The VisiliteTM offers three lighting modes – static, fast flash or slow flash to suit the user’s needs and is visible up to 50M. LED lights shine low level light down the fibre optic which is refracted by the engraved logos on the flexible optic strip. The unit is USB rechargeable,

comes with a Micro USB cable and can be charged whilst fitted to the helmet. JSP’s Research and Department team commented that the VisiliteTM has been developed in reaction to certain customers who wanted to draw attention to their Construction workers to keep them visible on site and when they are travelling back and forth to their working area. More information is available from, by emailing or calling +44 (0)1993 826050.


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Landscape December 2016

New Footbridge In Seatown, System For Harsh Environments CTS Bridges supply their footbridges with a variety of high quality protective finishes depending on the bridge location, aesthetic aspiration and budget. A recent bridge installation in Cullen, Morayshire required an attractive paint system to suit a harsh environment due to its exposure to the North Sea.

Vierendeel Truss cycleway bridge at Cullen, Morayshire The new cycle/footbridge was recently designed, manufactured and installed by CTS Bridges. It was needed to replace an old concrete structure built in the 1930’s which was in very poor condition. Mr David Walker, a local resident, who kindly sent these photographs, commented “The bridge has been very well received and is something of a talking point among those who use it and who like to visit Cullen.” The new bridge forms part of the Moray Coast Trail and is 3m wide to accommodate both cyclists and pedestrians on what is one of the busiest footbridges in the area due to its proximity to the beach car park and golf club. Due to its location next to the North Sea a paint suitable for exposed conditions was required, and so a Highways Agency Series 1900 paint specification for marine environment, difficult access was proposed which will give the bridge a life to first major maintenance of 20 years.

Footbridge Protective Systems: The type of protective finish is a function of aesthetics, performance and budget. However the specification also depends on the Environmental exposure conditions (usually defined as either inland or marine) and accessibility (described as ready or difficult access). Accessibility defined as “difficult access” is usually specified when future painting maintenance, and inspections would be onerous and involve some form


of traffic management and/or temporary access works. Typical types of protective system available for bridges are painted, galvanised, a combination of both or weathering (Corten) steel. Many truss type forms of bridges have integral parapet infill, in that they are welded to the primary structure. In this instance the protective system would typically be as per the primary structure and not considered a “parapet” as described in Highways Agency series 1900.

Painted finish: CTS typically apply Highways agency approved paint systems to their steel fabrications with the Top coat defined by the Client using a standard colour description and a BS or RAL number The two paint systems most commonly used are:Type 1 for Ready Access, which typically gives life to major maintenance of 15 – 20 years, and Type 2 for Difficult Access which typically provides life to major maintenance of 20 – 25 years, subject to the environment in which the bridge is placed. For Highways bridges or bridges on other trunk roads we supply a completed Appendix 19/1 Form HA/P1 paint system sheet.

Galvanised finish: A galvanised finish lends itself predominantly to bolted frame steel beam bridges- as the maximum geometry of the galvanising tank restricts the system application to larger welded truss forms. A galvanised finish will give an average life of 20 years without maintenance but can

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Cullen Requires Protective Due To North Sea Location: be up to 40 years depending on the environment. The Engineers and Architects Guide to Hot Dip Galvanising states a life of 34 to 70 years depending on area. Our bridges are galvanised in accordance with BS 1461. This finish provides an economical option with minimal maintenance.

Galvanised and painted: To provide as less industrial look, a galvanised and then painted structure is sometimes specified, in accordance with series 1900. The same geometrical constraints apply as the galvanised only option and this is inherently more expensive as the structure is often required to be bolted together to facilitate the galvanising process- a more laborious fabrication- but loses the commercial advantage of a cheaper protective coating. Maintenance is similar to a painted structure as the paint coating requires minor and major maintenance, in a similar manner to a paint only solution.

Corten / Weathering Steel Weathering steel is a high strength low allow steel originally developed in the USA to resist corrosion

and was given the trade name Cor-ten. In suitable environments the steel forms an adherent protective rust patina that inhibits further corrosion. This type of finish is not suitable for bridges in coastal environments. It has very low maintenance requirements and is ideal where access for future maintenance is difficult or dangerous. Weathering steel material is more expensive that traditional mild steel, and it can only be sourced in flat plate meaning beams need to be fabricated rather than rolled. However the additional early expense may be offset by removal of painting requirements and significant reduction in maintenance costs. For more information on Weathering steel see CTS Bridges employ both skilled joiners and fabricators and can therefore provide an extensive range of bridges in a variety of materials including steel and FRP or using a combination of steel, timber or FRP materials. Please contact us for more details on our design, build and installation service for bridges and structures on 01484 606416 or visit our website at or by email

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Tufftrak Saves the Day



Initial construction works halted due to poor ground conditions

The final stages of a bridge construction project had to come to a halt after poor ground conditions meant that the machinery could not access the difficult site location. The job which involved placement of fill under a newly constructed bridge as support, meant the partial closure of a road and the on-site team working to a tight deadline to have the road re-opened. The limited height under the bridge meant that special equipment in the form of a mini loader was needed to complete the works. The site was located at the bottom of a steep hill which was saturated due to recent rains, making the access muddy and slippery. Due to the mini loader’s small tracks it could not maneouvre down the hill safely. With the road partially closed, a solution was needed quickly. The on-site team already had knowledge of the TuffTrak® product range, they were confident they could find an immediate solution.

A Solution Found in Temporary Ground Protection A TuffTrak® representative visited the site location in order to assess the ground conditions, loadings and support, surface traction, area, and project type. Due to the soft ground conditions consisting of thick mud, and the weight and size of the mini loader, the best option was a combination of TuffTrak® XT overlapping heavy duty mats to create a temporary access platform for the work equipment and a sturdy work surface for the on-site

TuffTrak® XT


team. The mat has a foam-filled core and an overlap connection with Four3 camlocks to avoid ingress of water and contaminants. It’s semirigid structure that prevents the mat from bending or distorting even with heavy loads on soft ground conditions were crucial for this type of project as the mats had to provide a firm, secure, and stable surface for the machinery to safely move over them. The use of this type of overlapping connection system meant that the mud wouldn’t leak or force it’s way through the mats, helping to keep the working surface clean and safe to work on. For the loading/staging platform, TuffTrak® XT mats were used. In lab conditions, the TTXT could withstand loads of more than 1184 psi (832 tons/m2). In the field, the load bearing capacity is always subject to ground conditions. Their 4m x 2m size, and Four3 connector options made the TuffTrak® XT a perfect fit for this type of project.

together to form access for the machinery to be manoeuvred under the bridge, and AlturnaMats of 0.91m x 1.83m were also used to create a temporary path on the steep incline to move the mini loader safely down the hill to the TuffTrak® XT staging area. In order to carefully set the TuffTrak® XT in place, a LinkBelt 210x excavator with a hydraulic thumb was used.

VersaMat and AlturnaMat medium duty mats were used as they are lightweight and easy to deploy under the bridge. VersaMats of 1.22m x 2.24m were connected

The combination of these three ground protection products, each with their unique benefits and design considerations meant that the project only came to a halt for 1 hour 45 minutes. The mats took 15 minutes to install, and allowed the equipment to move freely and safely. Thanks to the quick thinking of the on-site team the works continued unhindered for the remainder of the project.

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Landscape December 2016

Bituchem Brightens New Residential Site in Gloucestershire Bituchem’s specialist Natratex surfacing material continues to be a popular choice for new housing developments as it sees more applications across the UK.


ituchem’s specialist Natratex surfacing material continues to be a popular choice for new housing developments as it sees more applications across the UK. Natratex, Bituchem’s leading material, has been used to create footpaths, roads and driveways in residential areas, including a recent development in Quedgeley, Gloucestershire. Approximately 2000sq.m of Bituchem’s Natratex Cotswold was applied around the new site, giving attractive and hard-wearing new roads and pathways to residents. The material contrasts with the traditional black asphalt that surrounds the site, whilst complementing the colours of the newly built houses. Natratex Cotswold is as hard-wearing as it is attractive, offering the same durable, high-performance qualities as traditional asphalt technology. The material is designed and tested to withstand regular pedestrian and light vehicular use and is created using a specialist clear synthetic binder and naturally-occurring, coloured aggregates to offer a fully compact finish. Once applied, Natratex is virtually maintenance-free and maintains its colour for a long-lasting finish. The smooth surface is also considerably safer than other alternatives, such as concrete, as it is resistant to cracks and potholes and does not create a trip hazard to pedestrians. Besides the natural-looking Cotswold finish, Natratex is also available in a range of colours and finishes, including gravel, red and salmon. Bituchem has also developed a striking coloured range, Natratex Prime, to give architects and specifiers extra flexibility when designing new landscapes.


Natratex can be used for new construction, overlays or regeneration projects and is very environmentally friendly with a fast and simple application. This makes it a particularly popular choice for housing developments as its helps to keep within the project timescale. Bituchem has developed Natratex to provide a porous solution for areas that are susceptible to local flooding, as well as a heavy duty option for areas that form a part of a main road or see increased vehicle activity. Further information is available from Bituchem on 01594 826768 or 07584 311266, by emailing: or by visiting the company’s website at


Your Solution for Ground Protection and Temporary Access TuffTrak® XT was perfect for this project having been specifically designed to create interconnecting heavy duty temporary access roadways and working pads. The combination of a foam-filled core and a 200mm overlap connection with Four3 camlocks to avoid ingress of water and contaminants, making it perfect for use in muddy and soft ground conditions. Made of a prime high molecular weight polyethylene, In lab conditions, the TTXT could withstand loads of more than 1,184 psi (832 tons/ m2). In the field, the load bearing capacity is always subject to ground conditions. To find out more about TUFFTRAK® and how our range of temporary access and ground protection solutions can help your project, contact us at

Landscape December 2016

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


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

soak away has failed. We often get asked;

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bio-Pure 1

Bio-Pure 2

Bio-Pure 3

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

Bio-Pure 4

Bio-Pure 5

Bio-Pure 6

Bio-Pure 7

Bio-Pure 8

Bio-Pure 9



Bio-Pure 10 TWIN

No. of persons

1 to 5

1 to 7

5 to 13

10 to 16

14 to 22

20 to 27

25 to 32

30 to 36

35 to 42

40 to 55

Max. average daily flow

750 ltr

1050 ltr

1800 ltr

2400 ltr

3300 ltr

4050 ltr

4800 ltr

5400 ltr

6000 ltr

8250 ltr

Max. BOD/day

300 g

420 g

780 g

960 g

1320 g

1620 g

1820 g

2160 g

2520 g

3300 g

In ground depth

2.25 m

2.25 m

2.44 m

2.74 m

2.74 m

2.98 m

2.98 m

2 x 2.74 m

2 x 2.74 m

2 x 2.98

Outside Diameter

1.85 m

1.85 m

2.10 m

2.10 m

2.10 m

2.55 m


2 x 2.10 m

2 x 2.10 m

2 x 2.53

Inlet invert

570 mm

570 mm

700 mm

700 mm

700 mm

820 mm

820 mm

700 mm

700 mm

820 mm

Outlet invert

670 mm

670 mm

800 mm

800 mm

800 mm

920 mm

920 mm

900 mm

900 mm

1020 mm

Weight empty

125 kgs

125 kgs

200 kgs

230 kgs

230 kgs

350 kgs

350 kgs

460 kgs

460 kgs

800 kgs

Total Capacity

2270 ltr

2270 ltr

3000 ltr

3975 ltr

3975 ltr

5610 ltr

6000 ltr

7950 ltr

7950 ltr

11220 ltr

E Range

27 w

42 w

65 w

84 w

130 w

130 w

210 w

230 w

280 w

280 w

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


December 2016

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


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

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

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

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

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

See our full range at


Large range of furniture at

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

The terrace reinvented

Esthec® Terrace is a high quality decking that can be used for outdoor applications. It is extremely durable, easy to install due to the lightweight click system and requires little maintenance. The led lights designed specially for Esthec® can add something extra to your design as can our latest development - Esthec® Facade; a vertical application that can be installed on doors, fences and even on ceilings. Esthec® Terrace is a blended resin structure that is being incorporated in the designs of renowed architects around the world. Amazing projects such as the Hotel Molitor in Paris, the striking Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai and the famous Eden Roc Hotel in Miami, a landmark hotel for Hollywood actors and public figures since the 60’s. Architects are drawn by the freedom of colour and the creative design possibilities provided by Esthec® Terrace. Discover what our revolutionary material can do for your project...

For more information contact our UK office: T +44 (0)2071298127 IMO Certified / ISO9001, 9002, 14001



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