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Case Study December 2017

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Aluprof Specified in Dublin As Aluprof systems continue to gain popularity with specifiers across the UK, overseas, the system company is also seeing significant growth. Dublin is one of the latest cities to see a growing use of Aluprof systems. Trinity College uses Aluprof MBSR50N in an extensive roof complex which links two parts of the original college together forming an extensive atrium and open space. Right in the heart of the shopping district, Grafton Street sees a new store opening using Aluprof MBSR50N finished in gold anodising with bespoke corner panels completed to a very high level of detail.

OW facade system with large size integrated parallel windows provided by Aluprof.

Large US multinational companies have also made their home in Dublin, ideally located for the European market, one social media giant has recently moved into 1 Cumberland Place. An existing building, the structure has been fully refurbished with MB SR50N

These projects and further highprofile projects using Aluprof systems have been completed in Dublin by experienced local fabricator and installer Gunn Lennon Fabrications, a company with almost 40 year’s experience in curtain wall systems.

Further landmark development are underway, such as Dublin Landings that will provide over 1 million square feet of offices, apartments and shops. Aluprof MB-SR50N system has been specified with various options including structural glazing.

Aluprof’s extensive range of systems extend to unitised curtain walling, sliding folding doors, commercial doors systems and a wide range of window systems all of which are increasingly being specified on a variety of residential and commercial projects across the UK and overseas. All systems are designed and installed by selected, specially trained companies to ensure each product meets Aluprof’s exacting standards. Further information is available on the company website at aluprof. and specialist advice is available directly from Aluprof’s UK offices on 0161 941 4005.

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December 2017

JJI-Joists, the versatile choice. JJI-Joists, from James Jones and Sons, are the market leading timber I-Joist in the UK. With over 60 million lineal metres produced to date, they are used by everyone from the volume housebuilders to self-builders looking for maximum thermal performance and minimum carbon footprint. More and more architects and builders are recognising that using JJI-Joists to construct walls and roofs gives them the opportunity to maximise the insulation they are able to incorporate into a building. The shape of the JJI-Joist, with its 9mm OSB web means that cold bridging is reduced and the wide choice of joist depths make it easy to choose a specification that meets the specific design requirement to suit the building and location.


Both architects and builders are turning to JJI-Joists when looking to build to Passivhaus standards, using the joists in stick build construction or pre-fabricated cassettes. Because the JJI-Joist allows for high levels of insulation and is easy to work with onsite, creating a structure which meets Passivhaus standards for airtightness is more straightforward, aided by the OSB web which outperforms a metal web joist when it comes to controlling air movement.

JJI-Joists are supplied in a wide range of standard sizes, with joist depths from 195 to 450 and flange widths ranging from 47mm to 97mm. JJI-Joists can be specified in lengths up to 12 metres and are ideal where a longer span, lightweight roof is required, in school buildings for example. This means architects, engineers and building contractors know that they can easily specify the right joist for a job. JJI-Joists come with the best design and engineering support in the business with a team of regional technical sales staff backed up by a 12 strong design and engineering resource at our manufacturing plant in Scotland. With impeccable environmental credentials, including being available with FSC or PEFC certification, JJI-Joists are the only I-Beam on the market that can be supplied with independently verified carbon data, meaning that we can accurately tell you the carbon impact of the joists in your job. The JJI-Joist system is designed to make your job easier, whether you are an architect, engineer or builder; choosing JJI-Joists means you are guaranteed total peace of mind. For more information please visit

December 2017

Wates chalks up trio of North West schools The Education and Skills Funding Agency has awarded Wates Construction a £10m contract for a new school building at Maghull High School in Liverpool. The project is the first of three proposed schemes that Wates will deliver across the North West, with a £7m project at Hartford High School in Northwich and a £3.8m project for Upton Heath Primary to follow in June next year. The buildings have been designed by Sheppard Robson. Construction will start on the Maghull High School project in January with the scheme replacing facilities that are no longer fit for use. Once completed in Spring 2019, the existing building will be demolished. The work forms part of the ESFA’s Priority School Building Programme 2 to rebuild or refurbish those school buildings in the very worst condition across the country. The previous frameworks saw Wates collaborate on 56 schools across the country. Tony Shenton, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction North West, said: “We are privileged to be continuing our role in the enhancement of the North West’s education infrastructure and the critical part it plays in the development of the region’s young people.”

Futuristic robot helps deliver construction service Testing experts at the British Board of Agrément have certified the organisation’s first ever construction service delivered by a robot. The award-winning Q-Bot system uses compact remotecontrolled robotic vehicles to crawl around floor voids applying polyurethane foam insulation to the underside of timber or suspended concrete ground floors of new and existing domestic and non-domestic buildings. Q-Bot was put through its paces by BBA experts at their laboratories in Watford, Hertfordshire, and on-site to confirm the system’s fitness for purpose. Working with the BBA, Q-Bot has developed a detailed training programme and fully accountable quality management system to ensure that each installation is delivered consistently and to the highest standards. “We are delighted to issue Q-Bot with its Agrément Certificate (Number 17/5440i1),” said John Albon, head of approvals, construction products at the BBA. “It is a revolutionary approach to improving the energy efficiency of older housing stock and hard-to-treat homes and is creating much interest in the market, particularly with social housing providers.” Mathew Holloway, CEO of Q-Bot, said: “The award of the BBA Agrément Certificate demonstrates that Q-Bot’s process of insulating the floor is robust, meets all the requirements of the Building Regulations and can be consistently and reliably applied across millions of homes. The service will have a fantastic impact on local communities, generating employment as well as reducing fuel poverty and CO2 emissions. The BBA Certificate enables us to deliver these impacts at scale across the UK and overseas.” As detailed by the Certificate, a Q-Bot installation starts with a survey by trained installers to establish suitability. A 3D map is created, allowing the operator to assess and plan the installation, after which the remotecontrolled SprayBot applies the polyurethane foam insulant to a depth of 100 to 150mm. The installation can be monitored, recorded and measured to ensure coverage and correct insulation depth.


December 2017

Lift Off in Nuclear Bunker A family from the suburbs of London have swapped their bungalow to live in a secret Cold War bunker in the West Country with a futuristic home lift to travel between floors in. Richard, 47, and Elizabeth AsareJoy, 55, resided in Sidcup for over a decade with their two children Carl, 21, and Tanya, 20, with Elizabeth’s mother, Pam,73, living next door.


online – a five-bedroom timberclad eco-house in Yeovil which had been converted from a Cold War bunker.

But the Asare-Joys decided the time was right to pack up the whole family and move to Somerset for a complete change of lifestyle.

Previously, the site housed a prefabricated Royal Observer Corps (ROC) centre, which was used to spot German planes during the Second World War, but this was demolished when a new bunker was built.

Despite being on the look out for another, larger bungalow, Richard came across what he thought was the perfect property for sale

Built in 1963, the ROC headquarters at Southwoods was just one of 29 stations where volunteers had spent 30 years

planning for the eventuality of nuclear annihilation. The survivors would have helped rebuild a postatomic Britain in the event of a nuclear attack from Russia. The stations, built with metrethick concrete walls, included bedrooms, canteens, generators, air filtering, and decontamination rooms and three weeks’ food in packet rations. Thankfully, the sprawling stations never served their intended purpose and have been put to novel use instead. After laying derelict following closure in 2001 and being broken into many times, the local council gave developers planning permission to build four houses on the plot at Hendford Hill on the south side of Yeovil.

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Turned Eco-House Converted by the previous owners in 2009, the main building, Observatory House, sits behind three terrace houses and is almost unrecognisable as a nuclear bunker.

“I didn’t know anything about the house’s history until the estate agent mentioned it and he took us down to the bunker but then I started reading up about it and that just piqued my interest in it even more.

It has a staggering 8,000 square feet of living space over four floors including five bedrooms, three reception rooms and a large gym. The Asare-Joys snapped it up this year for just under £700,000.

“As soon as we viewed the property I knew it would be perfect for us. So we’ve ended up with a house with four floors instead of one above a nuclear bunker instead!”

“We love it,” says Richard. “We were looking for a lifestyle change and were originally looking for another bungalow as we liked having everything on one level or a house with an annex for Pam but we couldn’t find one we liked. But then I discovered Observatory House online and I said to my wife we’ve got to view this.

With the previous owners renovating the three floors above ground level to a high specification, Richard was relieved that they had to do very little to the property apart from install a Stiltz HomeLift for his motherin-law Pam, who lives on the first floor above the bunker. Richard explained: “The bunker still has the old generators and

equipment in and this hasn’t been changed. Pam lives on the first floor with her own kitchen, living space and bedroom and we occupy the top floors. But at meal times we always sit down and eat as a family on the second floor. “There was a very narrow steel spiral staircase between Pam’s floor and the floor above which was proving difficult for her to climb so we had a Stiltz lift installed to make life easier for her. “She also has a dog so now all she needs to do is call the lift, hop in and up she goes. I like the lift too because I know it will add value to the property and it just makes the house even more like something a James Bond villain would inhabit!”


December 2017

Career Building Architectural Design Software For over thirty years, SoftPlan has delivered the most complete design solution available by listening to our customers and creating a CAD package that meets their needs at every turn. Easy to Learn.

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SoftPlan’s learning curve is the absolute shortest in the industry. With other CAD programs you draw lines to represent a wall. With SoftPlan you draw with your wall because you’re building a wall. SoftPlan’s smart objects are designed to echo their real world equivalents. When a window is drawn, the shutters, trim, header, and jack studs are automatically added and the rough opening is framed with correct dimensions.

You can choose between the fully featured professional SoftPlan package or the more economic package. ‘SoftPlan Remodel’. All SoftPlan’s products are entirely configurable in Metric or in Imperial measure by users to reflect their methods and materials and those of their client customers.

Tom Docherty FCIOB is the sole distributor for United Kingdom and for Ireland and will be pleased to advise how SoftPlan products can best suit your needs.

As you’re adding all of this information to your floor plans, SoftPlan is assembling a highly detailed digital model. This “BIM” model is used to automatically create floor plans, elevations, cross sections, roof plans, framing diagrams, electrical plans, site plans, detail drawings and more with just the click of a button. Using SoftPlan’s 3D and interior detail options, you will be able to show your clients exactly what their future project will look like.


SoftPlan remodel provides the same level of quality building that professionals expect from SoftPlan, but in a new offering intended for single floor additions and renovation projects such as bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, decks and garages. You will be able to design new plans, update existing ones, and promptly respond to clientele needs using proven, industry-leading technology.

For sales, support and brochures please call me on 01382 532837. You are also invited to view SoftPlan’s web page at www. where you will see the whole product range and related videos. Access to user’s forum, free ‘SoftPlan Studio’ software and trial program downloads are available on line. Please note that SoftPlan Plus is not currently available in Europe.

December 2017

Embracing Ecommerce: Why The Construction Industry is Moving Online Adrian Saunders, Director of eCommerce, Construction Materials Online, analyses the value eCommerce brings to the construction industry, and why it is quickly becoming the first choice when buying materials.


he construction industry has firmly entered an era of connection, with technology radically changing the way materials are being sourced. eCommerce is now a trusted alternative to traditional building merchants, not just offering opportunities for significant cost savings, but also improved productivity, a greater choice of products and access to expert support. We recently surveyed over 200 construction professionals from across trades to analyse this shift in behaviour, with results revealing that over 94% of respondents now purchase building materials online. It also found that buying online is almost twice as popular as the traditional alternative, with 44% opting for online and just 24% preferring high street and commercial building merchants. Construction eCommerce is built on the fundamentals of modern online customer behaviour, offering


a more collaborative and innovative approach to sourcing materials, unrestricted by store opening times. Made to order and bespoke products can also be sourced quickly, whilst expert online support teams can advise on how best a project can meet budgets and exceed building requirements and regulations. Usually offering far greater product selections and competitive pricing, buying online is quickly becoming the first choice for professionals. Respondents agreed, with more than half of those who have visited builders’ merchant chains in the past year experiencing product stock shortages, along with 55% witnessing product price rises. It’s clear that construction professionals want fair pricing and a varied product range, alongside the convenience of an online retail experience. With the quality and variety of materials continuing to advance at a rapid pace, it can be difficult for traditional merchants to keep up. Combined with the

time taken to source materials from the high street, eCommerce is a viable solution which can significantly improve productivity, saving valuable time in an industry focused on meeting tight build deadlines. Our own company growth is evidence of this; Roofing Superstore is the UK’s largest online supplier of roofing materials and we offer over 47,000 products across our three eCommerce brands, Roofing Superstore, Drainage Superstore and Insulation Superstore. The amount of choice across our stores and the growth of our business as a whole is quite simply as a result of the construction industry seeking a smarter way to buy its building materials. We are focused on providing a bespoke, human approach to eCommerce and with demand only set to increase for easier and more efficient methods of purchasing, the industry needs to embrace eCommerce, understanding the value and benefits it brings.

Case Study December 2017

Unconventional thermal break applications from Schöck The Schöck Isokorb is widely recognised for its performance as an adaptable heat-insulating load-bearing element for the thermal partitioning of practically any cantilever connectivity requirement. Two current projects in London demonstrate this adaptabiility in helping to faclitate a solution for applications that are a little unconventional.

…Retrofit solution for major office-to-residential conversion


he Kellogg Tower at Sudbury Hill, in North West London, previously the London headquarters of the international turnkey projects contractor M.W Kellogg, is being transformed into a contemporary residential scheme known as Atrium Point. The existing buildings are being sustainably refurbished, with solar panels, air source pumps and heat recovery units, all contributing to meet CO2 reductions.

It is currently one of the largest office-to-residential schemes in the capital and will realise a mix of a 290 residential units, including studios, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments. Many of the new units benefit from a cantilevered steel balcony, connected to the existing reinforced concrete slab. Structural thermal performance is a key consideration and the Schöck Isokorb type RKS for refurbishment applications offers the ideal solution.

Replace or add balconies to an existing building


The type RKS product has a 120mm insulation element thickness and is a load-bearing thermal break. It allows the replacement, or addition, of balconies to an existing building, by connecting cantilevered steel balconies to the reinforced concrete slab. This is achieved by chemically anchoring the Isokorb to the exterior of the building via the structural floor slab edge. Not only a practical solution, but it also avoids any damage to the internal structure or finishes. It minimises thermal

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bridges at concrete-to-steel connections on cantilever balconies and transfers negative moments and positive shear forces. This offers a number of different options for integrated, energy-efficient building renovation and guarantees enormous scope for design. An additional feature is that the product has been fully certified as an “Energy saving component” by the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt, Germany, which highlights the importance of thermal performance, even for refurbishment projects of this type.

…Connecting to cross-laminated timber at Hoxton cinema Originally opened in 1914, Hoxton Cinema in London’s East End became a victim of the first wave of mass cinema closures in 1956. The next forty years saw the building in Pitfield Street serve as home to a number of different trades, until it eventually fell into disrepair. However, Hoxton Cinema is back in the limelight with plans for a replica of the original 1914 Gaumont façade to be reconstructed. Behind it will be a development of contemporary black-brick one, two and three bedroom apartments – and in the basement, with a nod to the past, the doors will be opening to a three-screen arthouse cinema. The design consists of two distinct elements. A solid concrete ground level to accommodate the cinema and an acoustically insulated cross-laminated timber (CLT) upper residential element. This has a stepped western elevation providing gardens and balconies. The balconies are of steel construction and typically these would be connected to a concrete or steel building frame.

Steel balconies connected to CLT However, the less conventional requirement here is to connect the steel balconies to the CLT, fabricated for the project by KLH UK. Cross-laminated timber performs well thermally, but the steel cantilever with its high thermal conductivity penetrates the insulation layer,

so it is important to minimise the risk of any potential thermal bridging problems. The Isokorb type KST – usually for steel-to-steel connections – has been cleverly integrated here. It is a modular product and can be adapted to all profile sizes and load-bearing capacity requirements. With this particular project, a right angle steel retaining plate has first been fixed to the CLT outer wall and floor using heavy duty screws. The inner face of the Isokorb KST is then bolted to the retaining plate and the steel balcony in turn is then connected to the outer face of the module. The result is a more rigid structure and the prevention of any increased heat loss or, just as importantly, condensation, particularly where it might occur under the steel retaining plates at the connectivity points with the CLT.

Always meeting stringent standards The Schöck Isokorb range allows connections to be made between concrete-to-concrete, concrete-to-steel, steelto-steel, wood-to-steel. There is even a maintenance free alternative to wrapped parapets. All units meet full compliance with the relevant building regulations, provide LABC registration and the have achieved the highest level of BBA Certification. For your free copy of the new Thermal Bridging Guide and / or the Thermal Bridging Solutions brochure – contact the company on 01865 290 890 or visit


Heating & Ventilation October 2017

New fan-assisted radiator from Mitsubishi Electric Mitsubishi Electric has launched a new fan-assisted radiator that works superbly with either traditional or renewable heating systems and delivers a faster heat up time and lower running costs than the equivalent output double panel, double convector radiator. The i-LIFE 2Slim is available in 1kW and 2kW models and offers a high heat output from 50 per cent less wall space (based on 45ºC flow). Paired with a renewable heating system such as an Ecodan heat pump, and choosing lower design temperatures, the i-LIFE 2Slim can also potentially increases the payments homeowners can receive from the Renewable Heat Incentive. “We’ve entered the radiator market with an advanced and stylish unit which is close to being the smallest on the market,” explains Max Halliwell, Product Marketing Manager for the company’s range of heating products. “Not only that but it delivers class-leading sound levels in night setting and allows heating engineers to offer an advanced option for both new-build and retro-fit.” At a slim 13cm deep, the 1kW model is suitable for almost any interior. At 737mm wide and 579mm high, the unit is almost half the size of an equivalent low flow temperature steel radiator. “Weight is also another area where the i-LIFE 2Slim wins hands down over a steel radiator,” adds Halliwell. “This new model uses copper and aluminium and holds about 10 per cent of the water needed for a traditional low temperature steel radiator, which not only drastically brings the weight down but also makes the heat up time so quick.”


A conventional 1kW low temperature radiator would weigh around 48kg when full of water, whereas the i-LIFE 2Slim is just 17.5kg. This makes it easier to install on a wide range of walls and finishes and suitable for almost any property. The equivalent double panel, double convector radiator can also take up to a quarter of an hour to fully heat up whereas the i-LIFE 2Slim will reach operating temperature within about three minutes. Cool air is drawn into the unit by the highly efficient internal

modulating fans which then helps transfer heat from the water supply to the internal heat exchangers and also offer full control of the heated air gently blown around the room. “These are class-leading models for price and output and we are expecting a lot of interest from both traditional and renewable heating installers,” ends Halliwell. For further information on the i-LIFE 2Slim, visit or call the Heating 121 on 01707 278666.

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Heating & Ventilation December 2017

Safety Programme Sees Direct Heating Spares Set New Standards A new safety programme introduced at Direct Heating Spares’ (DHS) distribution centre in Chorley, has significantly reduced the risk of onsite accidents while also enhancing productivity. The ‘Stay Safe’ programme has led to staff being empowered as the owners of safety in the workplace, proactively supporting each other in ensuring they share a safe working environment. Staff themselves now lead regular safety meetings where they work together to ensure safety remains at the forefront of all operations and encourage greater reporting, while a team newsletter keeps everyone updated on the latest reports, thinking and best practice. The motivational behaviour change has also been backed by physical improvements to the site, such as new walkways created to separate pedestrians from forklift trucks, the installation of speed humps, and new lighting fitted. This will help workers avoid hazards and more easily pick and pack from more than 20,000 heating, plumbing, shower and fire spares held in stock. The result has seen the team achieve an almost perfect internal audit score, with DHS exceeding the high safety standards set by its parent company, Travis Perkins.


DHS Operations Manager, Karl Pearson, says: “We process orders seven days a week with next-day delivery, so we need to work safely and efficiently. The Stay Safe programme gives us complete confidence in getting our work done so customers get the parts they need quickly, and with minimum risk.” The centre, which is open 7am-8pm on weekdays, 8am-4pm on Saturdays and 9am-1pm on Sundays, has also benefited from first aid training for

an additional 26 team members to ensure cover is available throughout its extensive operating hours. Pearson said: “Many organisations pay lip service to safety. We are genuinely committed to protecting our team while at the same time responding to the needs of our customers as quickly as possible. The sheer size and scale of our operation often surprises people, and we are always proud to say we don’t compromise on any aspects of safety.”


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Design on Learning About Connectivity between internal and external environments is going beyond the curriculum at a new school on the Isle of Sheppey: it is reflected even in the architectural design.


Literally central to the ethos, at least as far as the building construction is concerned, is the utilisation of natural resources solutions from Gilberts Blackpool. The company has provided eight bespoke high performance penthouse terminals, which, via strategic positioning along the centre of the two-storey

school’s roof, provide an unobtrusive zero carbon solution to maintaining a bright, fresh environment within. Main contractor Kier has designed and built the £5million Halfway Houses School for Education Funding Agency under the Priority Schools Building Programme. As the programme prefers the use, where possible, of natural ventilation, Kier turned to GilbertsBritain’s leading independent air movement specialistto develop a strategy. Gilberts’ team devised an innovative solution that not only capitalised on natural ventilation, but also natural light within. Gilberts in-house designed, tested and manufactured bespoke terminals, each 4.6m x 2.2m, to both draw fresh air into the building via an integrated Mistrale VN75 high efficiency damper, and exhaust the used air, using passive stack principles.

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the Natural Environment Each terminal is topped with a double-glazed ridged rooflight to optimise natural light along the length of the school’s central corridor and break-out learning areas, and further reduce the carbon footprint by reducing reliance on artificial light. Explained Andy Filmer, Kier Senior Site Manager, “Halfway Houses is in a popular catchment area, so needed to provide extra capacity to accommodate intake. It was deemed to be more effective to relocate and build a new school in the vicinity. “Our brief was to develop a sustainable building, to reflect the school’s ethos of encouraging a healthy curiosity in the natural world. Our design reflects that, and provides a natural, welcoming environment with internal connectivity to the outside- hence the use of a wood clad façade, natural ventilation and natural light. Gilberts designed the roof terminals to our exact requirements, to create

an efficient solution that enhanced the internal and external aesthetics and minimised the building’s carbon emissions.” Founded 55 years ago, Gilberts has become Britain’s leading independent air movement specialist, with a range of stand-alone natural ventilation solutions, complimented by air movement components- grilles, louvres, diffusers- for mechanically-operated systems. It develops all its products in-house, from design, through tooling to production, in its 90,000 sq ft Blackpool manufacturing facility. Gilberts is unique in its sector in having, in-house, advanced test facilities complimented by full software modelling to provide unrivalled validation of grilles, louvres and diffusers in situ. For more information contact Gilberts by telephone 01253 766911 or email:


Heating & Ventilation December 2017 The innovation centre has office spaces that can accommodate from four to thirty workers, in addition to shared coworking space. The centre also offers bespoke services for residents, such as discounted PR, law and recruitment, and the campus-led design for coworking and collaboration gives it a distinctly unique edge over comparable co-working spaces in London.

Innovative Underfloor Air Conditioning for Plexal at Here East AET Flexible Space recently supplied a bespoke underfloor air conditioning system to the Plexal innovation centre at Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Here East project announced in 2013 involved transforming the former Olympic Press and Broadcast spaces into Europe’s biggest technology hub. Plexal’s vision was to create new space at the East London campus for technology companies, universities, start-ups and creatives, and AET Flexible Space are delighted to have contributed to this visionary development.

Working closely with M&E consultant, Cundall and M&E contractor, McDowall’s Air Conditioning, AET Flexible Space have supplied and commissioned a total of 13 downflow units (CAM-V) and 146 slimline TUSEC Fantiles to the new 50,000 ft2 workspace located on the ground floor, and on an additional mezzanine level of the former Olympic Press Centre building. The CAM-V system introduces conditioned air into the 190mm depth plenum beneath the raised access floor, and is then introduced into the space via the fan terminal unit (Fantile). The Fantile replaces a standard 600mm x 600mm floor tile and is therefore easily interchangeable. The CAM-V unit receives used air back at high level for re-conditioning. This configuration is ideally suited to the “hangar” style building and enables a flexible offering for future reconfiguration of the space as no division of the plenum into supply and return air plena is required. The underfloor system designed for the cellular office pods was also required to run in conjunction with other services, such as the 4-pipe fan coils used to cool the mezzanine co-working areas and the pre-existing trench heating system installed at the perimeter. Custom floor stands were designed to raise the height of the CAM-V units, located in the central Plexal corridor within special acoustic enclosures. The Here East development in Stratford was officially opened in June 2017 but was already 55% pre-let 18 months before completion. Plexal has created a truly unique and flexible workspace offering for the new generation of digital and tech business occupiers.




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Case Study December 2017

Stay Smart, Stay Safe with As we enter the depths of winter, it’s worth taking a look at what’s new in home security to ensure that you’re fully prepared to offer your customers the best protection against break ins.



uilding on almost 180 years’ experience in quality lock manufacture, ERA, the home security specialist, is combining that expertise with cutting edge smart home technology to deliver stylish and convenient connected security products, including alarms, to give home owners added peace of mind.

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Homeguard Pro from Era Connected and protected – the HomeGuard Pro difference Brand new from ERA is HomeGuard Pro, a high specification cloud-based alert and monitoring alarm system, the first of its kind to combine security with smart living. Operated via a single smart phone app, HomeGuard Pro works seamlessly with Lightwave heating and lighting technology to deliver a fully integrated smart home solution that not only brings all the benefits of home automation but also the reassurance that comes from having a standalone alert and monitoring system. Being cloud based, upgrades can be easily obtained remotely to allow for new product features, a great benefit should the panel be damaged. Smart phone access, realtime alerts and the ability to protect multiple locations, such as a house, office or holiday home, within one account, all accessible literally anytime, anywhere, is now a reality with HomeGuard Pro.

Discrete design, easy installation Designed to provide a nonintrusive security system that blends discretely within any home environment, HomeGuard Pro, being a wireless plug and play system, is quickly and easily installed. This not only provides reassurance for homeowners but also an excellent profit opportunity for tradesmen offering HomeGuard

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Additionally, with the option of pairing with additional sensors, sirens or detectors, HomeGuard Pro will harmonise with other soon to be launched ERA smart products, including innovative keyless smart lock, TouchKey and smart phone doorbell device, DoorCam. This exciting next step means that security

ERA HomeGuard Pro has an SRP of £225.00. For more information on ERA HomeGuard Pro, or any of the company’s wide range of security products, please visit or contact the sales team on 01922 490000 or email


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Remmers Leads the Way With Low Emission Resin Flooring

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Remmers Epoxy OS Color New is a coloured Epoxy Self Smoothing resin system suitable for industrial and commercial applications. Its high mechanical strength coupled with excellent chemical resistance makes it ideal for industrial environments whilst its innovative reduction in VOC’s means it is perfect for commercial applications such as Schools, Hospitals or retail areas. Epoxy OS Color New is one of a select band of Remmers Solvent free epoxy resins that holds AgBB certification thanks to a huge reduction in the use of harmful ingredients when compared to standard resin flooring. These market leading improvements come alongside the usual high-quality product performance that Remmers clients have come to expect. The system is available in a range of standard colours but can also be produced to any RAL, BS or NCS colour to suit the designer’s tastes.

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Polyseam will be exhibiting some new and innovative products from their GRAFT brand at HVAC 2017. Polyseam, the company behind the GRAFT brand of premium sealants, adhesives, fillers and passive fire protection products will be exhibiting some new and innovative products at HVAC 2017, stand no. H260. This is the first time the company will be attending this event and are keen to showcase a few of the new products added to the GRAFT brand.

performance and innovative Inert Polymer Technology (IPTtm). Designed for sealing joints and seams in low, medium and high pressure heating and ventilation ducts.

One product in particular is the GRAFT HIGH PRESSURE DUCTING SEALANT which is VOC, solvent and emission free and has an EI 240 fire rating.

GRAFT HIGH PRESSURE DUCTING SEALANT is available in 380ml rigid plastic cartridge and 200ml flexi tube for easier access to hard to reach joints.

Marketing manager, Olando Salina, said; “We are delighted to be able to showcase at the HVAC Show as it forms a key part of our marketing activity for the GRAFT brand. Our research and development team spent many months developing and testing the GRAFT HIGH PRESSURE DUCTING SEALANT to ensure it ticks all the boxes. I am confident that this product will make a lot of jobs easier, safer and more cost effective�.


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It is a Class C ducting sealant and conforms to test standard EN 1751, HVAC DW144 and EC1 PLUS. Most importantly it is solvent, VOC and emission free making it safer to work with. Background Based in Huddersfield, Polyseam has been developing and manufacturing sealants and adhesives for the own brand market for 25 years and employs over 50 people internationally. In addition, the company is also known for the Protecta Passive Fire Protection

product range, which includes sealants, collars, wraps, and boards that help to ensure that both new builds and refurbished properties meet the latest requirements for air, sound and fire insulation. Polyseam operate in markets across Europe, the middle east, south America, parts of Asia and the South Pacific: Polyseam have manufactured over 150 different types of products, export to over 42 countries globally and are continuously expanding their domestic and international reach.



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Protect Your Most Important Tools With Hand Armour Your hands are your most important tools so keep them protected with Hand Armour, a new multi-use barrier cream from Everbuild – A Sika Company.

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Providing protection against any wet or dry contaminants, it has been designed to help stop the skin from absorbing harmful substances as well as protecting against abrasion. The non-greasy, unscented formula is easily absorbed into the skin, and with only a small amount needed to provide unbeatable protection, a little tube goes a long way. Available in 100ml tubes, Hand Armour is packed into printed display boxes which are sure to attract attention when sat on the counter, bringing builders back for this product time and time again. For further information about Hand Armour or any other product within the Everbuild and Sika ranges, contact your local sales representative, call the sales office on 0113 240 2424 or visit

Select the Best With Sika Pro Select The sealants and adhesive range from Everbuild – A Sika Company is growing with the launch of Sika PRO Select, a fantastic new range bringing the renowned Sika technical expertise to the trade user. This extensive new range consists of ten products including Sika MaxTack Super Charged, an extremely fast setting adhesive with a fixing time of just 20 minutes and the ability to bond to a variety of surfaces, both indoors and outdoors and even underwater.


The PRO Select range also includes Sika MaxTack Ultra Clear, a 100% transparent, high strength sealant and adhesive, Sika MaxTack Ultimate, an extra strong hybrid sealant and adhesive for use on almost every application imaginable, SikaSeal Multi Purpose Silicone and Sika MaxTack Instant Grab SF.

So whatever the application, there is sure to be a suitable product in the Sika PRO Select range. For more information on the PRO Select range or any other product within the Everbuild and Sika ranges, contact your local sales representative, call the sales office on 0113 240 2424 or visit

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Coatings & Paints December 2017

Identifying Damp & Condensation

- How Can Paint Help? Damp and condensation are common problems in a wide range of properties; Housing Associations, Leisure Centers, Schools, Industrial Premises and Domestic Properties all suffer to some extent. There are several methods to control the problems, but ideally one needs to discover the source of the problem. Then it can be treated using the correct control method, let’s say an Anti-Damp or Anti-Condensation coating in a ‘belt and braces’ approach to the problem. We hope the information given will help understand the issues involved.

Damp and Staining Help prevent damp and mould in cellars or areas prone to residual moisture problems using an Anti-Damp paint. The product is based on low odour oil based resins that restrict water movement. The dry film contains an additive which, when wet, reacts to form a water screen within the dry paint film. In addition, unsightly mould is deterred by a film protecting biocide. Obviously a paint film will not solve the original cause of dampness, be it a leak or other water ingress, but it will solve many of the associated problems. It is available in White and will dry with a slight “finish”; it is not completely “Matt”. Ideal on cellars, outbuildings, low rooms, any areas prone to dampness. If required it can be subsequently over-coated with both water based and solvent based systems.

Condensation Condensation is often accompanied by mould growth, black or green in colour, with no real sign of any dampness within the wall. Condensation often occurs around windows, especially single glazed where the temperature drop is large. Cold spots often give rings or patches of mould; often caused by an isolated defect in solid walls. Anti-Condensation paint is an insulation type coating which helps reduce the effects of the cause of condensation; it keeps the wall slightly warmer and hence helps prevents condensation forming by reducing the cold wall effect. These coatings generally have a micro texture and can be over coated with decorative paint which will not affect their anti-condensation properties. The micro texture, which is barely visible, means you cannot repair the wall in patches; you must coat either the entire wall or whole sections of wall. This prevents you simply moving the problem to another patch, for example, on an external wall. Coo-Var would always recommend analysis to discover the root cause of the problem, but, both Anti-Damp and Anti-Condensation paints are a useful tool to have in the battle against dampness and condensation. Even in these modern days where ‘one coat of one paint does everything’, they should continue to be an integral part of every decorator’s emergency kit. For more information or technical advice on our products please contact the Technical hotline on 01482 328053 or email To download more information, visit the Coo-Var Website at


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A look back at 2017 with Armstrong Ceiling Solutions New websites for UK and Ireland launched

New TLS grid system takes installers to new heights A new, highly engineered suspension system that is up to 20% quicker to install was launched by Armstrong. The new TLS metal hook cross tees manufactured from solid steel and engineered with total precision now delivers the three Ss - Simplicity, Stability and Solidity. The superior functionality of TLS is characterised by three key elements. It is simple and safe to install due to a secure hook design. It sets into position with an audible click, guaranteeing ceiling stability and self-squaring, and it features a solid clip manufactured from pre-shaped steel, for stronger and more secure connections.

Armstrong redesigned its UK and Ireland websites to make inspiration, specification and installation resources faster and easier to find than ever before. One highlight of the new mobile-friendly global-styled site is the highly visual global project gallery section which enables customers to search, filter and browse more than 800 projects and almost 5,000 photos from around the globe. The intuitive website seamlessly adapts to mobile phones and tablets and in a new applications section, customers can quickly access the “A ceiling for any space,” innovative online tool which provides ceiling recommendations for almost any type of space in a commercial project.

New green video showcases recycling benefits A look at the value that Armstrong’s pioneering recycling schemes bring to saving the environment, and contractors’ money, was given in a new green video. The two-minute video showcases the numerous benefits for specifiers, main contractors and installers in signing up to Armstrong’s peerless green philosophy. It explains how the company’s recycling programmes for demolition, construction and renovation schemes have saved 15 million m2 of old ceiling tiles globally and diverted 61,000 tonnes of waste from landfill. And with 2,000m2 of recycled ceiling tiles equating to 7.6 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill, that is a 14,000 kWh energy saving.


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Construction Update Company of the Year 2017 Bespoke Armstrong ceiling stuns in Scotland An Armstrong suspension grid for plasterboard ceilings, which is up to 40% quicker to install, was used for a completely bespoke, visually stunning day care centre ceiling that was created at a fraction of the cost of a specialist solution. Armstrong’s Drywall Grid System (DGS) was used to form a curved ceiling at Scottish War Blinded’s new Hawkhead Centre for visually impaired veterans in Paisley, Scotland. Other Armstrong systems were used in another new building on the site - the Jenny’s Well care home for older people with sight loss, run by Scottish War Blinded’s sister charity Royal Blind.

Landmark care home gets a timesaving treatment

A suspended grid system from Armstrong, that sub-contractors have found supremely quick to install, was used on a new state-of-the-art £13 million

CPD explains the advantages of metal ceilings A RIBA-approved CPD which details the benefits of specifying metal systems was made available by Armstrong. The presentation explains the reasons given for specifying metal ceiling and wall systems are numerous and varied, from their aesthetics (a crisp, clean, hi-tech visual in flat, curved or sculptured forms, and linear or modular layouts) to their durability, withstanding rigorous handling, with edges that do not chip and surfaces that do not flake. A variety of coatings also make them dirt resistant (TrioGuard™) and anti-microbial (BioGuard) so they are ideal for most applications, from education and healthcare through leisure to commercial and transport.

New Dumbarton Care Home designed by Cooper Cromar Architects for West Dumbarton Council in conjunction with hub West Scotland, its development partner. Armstrong’s DGS (Drywall Grid System) was used alongside other Armstrong systems for exposed ceilings to give the project a complete wall-to-wall ceiling solution. Morgan Sindall’s Craig Guthrie, general foreman, construction Scotland, said: “We benefitted from the grid going up faster than other systems. Also, it does not get damaged as easily and can be easily repaired.”


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Dune eVo - the next evolution in ceiling tiles

Architects striving to design more sustainable and attractive modern buildings were given a helping hand by Armstrong when the company launched a 100% recyclable range of new ceiling tiles. The range was designed to provide class-leading visuals and improved acoustic performance through a new surface which is both brighter and smoother. Armstrong’s new Dune eVo range includes a full mix and match ceiling portfolio: Dune eVo, Dune eVo dB and Dune eVo Max, giving architects complete acoustic and design flexibility. Dune eVo is also the first ceiling system in the industry to gain Cradle to Cradle accreditation.

SonoPerf D is a unique embossed metal tile A unique metal tile was launched by Armstrong to meet the requirement for acoustics which do not come at the expense of aesthetics. SonoPerf D (D for design) combines specially-designed ultra-discreet embossing for optimal acoustics with a monolithic visual. The latest addition to Armstrong’s portfolio of metal and mesh metal ceiling solutions is particularly suitable for use with radiant chilled ceiling systems. This is due to its 3D fine micro-slotted embossing which allows for a homogenous air flow through the metal panels, improving the performance of a chilled ceiling system while providing good flow in a deflected air stream.


TrioGuard gives metal ceilings dirt-resistant performance

Transport projects are often at the cutting edge of great design. But their very nature means they soon begin to look shabby. Ceilings designed to capture the eye soon begin to capture dirt and start to fade and because they are usually designed at height, cleaning and maintaining them is not an easy option. Armstrong came up with a patented solution called TrioGuard – a unique dirt-resistant powder painted finish with a lasting “just like new” appearance, which means lower maintenance costs and ease of cleaning, and is also colour fast, keeping its original colour for up to 10 years.

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BIMobject is now the portal of choice

BIM objects for the Armstrong range in Europe, the Middle East and Africa became available for specifiers, designers, BIM managers and contractors to download in multiple languages. The worldwide manufacturer re-launched its BIM offer through the global portal to reflect its truly international reach. The files are available to download in two of the most popular software formats used in Europe – ArchiCAD and Revit. Within these BIM objects detailed product specification and information text and links to product datasheets are available in 12 languages – English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portugese, Czech, Dutch, Hungarian, Polish, Turkish and Russian.

New-look offices pioneer use of Armstrong’s bespoke metal baffles

Helping with sound and sight in a new teaching block

Armstrong marked the first UK use of its wood-effect metal baffles in a prestigious £3.9 million office refurbishment. Their VP500 vertical metal baffles with a US Walnut finish were specified by BPR architects for Blake House (formerly Teal House), a three-storey office building on Cowley Business Park in Uxbridge. The 300mm-high metal baffles bring a contemporary linear aesthetic to a new lobby extension and refurbished main stairs alongside metal MicroLook tiles in the open-plan office areas, Armstrong’s new Drywall Grid System (DGS) for plasterboard ceilings in staircase areas, and Ultima+ Vector mineral tiles in the core areas.

A mixture of metal and mineral fibre systems from Armstrong were specified for a new teaching block. Some 2,000m2 of D-H 700 microperforated metal HookOn canopies, Axiom Knife Edge canopies with Ultima+ tiles and MicroLook 8 wood-effect metal tiles were specified by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council for the £12.5 million new secondary teaching block at Ystalyfera

Welsh Medium Comprehensive School in South Wales. The two to three-storey steel-frame building replaces a 1970s CLASP-type teaching block and was designed to BREEAM “Excellent” and BIM Level 2 standards. 35

December 2017

Flagship Art & Design Building Scoops Prestigious Award THE team behind the transformational Vijay Patel Building at De Montfort University, which inspires some of the UK’s most talented art and design graduates, have scooped a prestigious award. Director for CPMG, Nick Gregory said: “We’re proud to have been involved in such a landmark project which has modernised the Art and Design facility on behalf of De Montfort University. “To be recognised by an expert team of judges for this scheme is testament to the hard work of our design team who are experts in delivering transformational projects across higher education campuses across the UK.


ottingham and London-based CPMG Architects were the appointed architects on the project which was awarded the Large Non-Residential Scheme of the Year at the ProCon Awards in Leicester.

The complex project created one building for all art & design subjects by completely refurbishing a 1960’s tower block and constructing a new build wing. The project created spaces to encourage artistic collaboration between students including studios, workshops and break-out spaces. The award recognises the building’s design excellence, visual impact, quality and innovation, sustainability, integration, budget and how well it has met the needs of students and staff since September 2016.


Umesh Desai, director of estates and commercial services directorate said: “The Vijay Patel Building forms a striking centre piece to our £136 million campus transformation project. It is proving to be an inspirational teaching and learning space for our students and staff and I’m thrilled the project has been recognised with this award.”

“Our architects creatively integrated the former tower block and new build aspects of the building. Different floor levels are cleverly coordinated through an impressive floating stair case which acts as a central focal point within the creative space. “As well as breathing new life into the campus, the surrounding area has been completely transformed and has connected the River Soar through to Leicester city centre creating a new public realm for the community.” The project team included project managers Mace, cost managers MDA, structural engineers Curtins, MEP Engineers Pick Everard and main contractor Balfour Beatty Construction. CPMG has more than 30 years’ experience of designing educational buildings. It also specialises in the commercial, education, health, leisure, manufacturing and interior design sectors. For more information about CPMG Architects visit or join the conversation at @cpmgArchitects

Floors & Walls December 2017

New Luxury Vinyl Tile Collection – Level Set – from Interface


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

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

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

UltraFloor and UltraTile used to refurbish Ann Summers store


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

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


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

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enowned for innovation and high technology solutions such as Styccobond F49 HYBRID PS, a high strength, temperature tolerant pressure sensitive adhesive that minimises the expansion and contraction of floor coverings in extreme temperatures. When it comes to customer service F Ball set new standards - they provide technical support by telephone and email; on-site support is provided by a team of Technical Representatives, covering the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands; a dedicated website providing an extensive collection of product information, technical data sheets, installation and application advice, demo videos and much more. In addition F Ball publishes the Recommended Adhesive Guide (RAG) which is the UK’s most respected guide to adhesive selection for the flooring industry and features around 5500 adhesive recommendations from over 200 international f l o o r c o v e r i n g manufacturers. The RAG is available in a printed booklet, on-line and as a smartphone App.


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emco – the first step to a cleaner environment. Entrances can give visitors their first impression of a building and require particular attention to create a sense of harmony in their overall look and ability. As a market leader in the field of customised dirt collection systems, emco has been setting benchmarks within this sector for over 50 years. Thanks to our tried and tested entrance mat ranges Diplomat, Marschall, Senator, Radial and Plaza as well as numerous special designs we offer, emco makes sure that dirt and moisture are left at the door. emco provides a range of entrance mats and clean off carpets that work in harmony with one another and provide protection against coarse, fine and damp dirt, offering a 3-zone cleaning system.

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Case Study: Henry Moore Visitor Centre, Enlightening culture at the home of Britain’s foremost sculptor


The Henry Moore Foundation protects and promotes the legacy of Henry Moore, one of the most renowned artists of the 20th century. At Moore’s former studios and gardens in Hertfordshire, visitors can explore over 60 acres of grounds where his iconic works of art are displayed against the backdrop of the beautiful landscape he created and was inspired by.

Positioned adjacent to the Moore’s family home, overlooking sculptures in the gardens, the new centre features a shop, tea room, ticket desk and education room. It is the culmination of a two-stage plan devised and implemented by Hugh Broughton Architects, who also created a new climate-controlled archive and sculpture stores for the charitable foundation.

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Gianluca Redina, Director at Hugh Broughton Architects Ltd, commented: “We specified VELUX rooflights for the Henry Moore Foundation visitor centre because they are beautifully engineered and they offer a timeless visual elegance that complements our design intent for the project.”

Now visitors can also make the most of a brand new visitor centre, which is bathed in natural daylight thanks to VELUX® Modular Skylights.

Outstanding quality was a key factor in the selection of VELUX as supplier, ensuring watertight and robust performance. Cost-

Grant Sneddon, project manager at VELUX, said: “Velux Modular Skylights are designed with architects in mind; the system allows more time for

efficiency also helped to ensure that the project was delivered on budget. With the specification of motorised venting modules, it is easy for staff to let in fresh air and birdsong – important elements for creating a welcoming visitor experience.

December 2017

Why we should allow daylight to shine Chris Lowe, associate lighting designer at BDP, tells us about the role of natural light in inspirational, interesting and healthy buildings – and why artificial light doesn’t really cut-it. Daylight is important to the human condition. It can improve our health, wellbeing, creativity and productivity in both work and education. How much daylight are you getting right now? If you’re in an average office, it’s probably around 500 lux – less than 1 per cent of what you’d get outside when the sun is out. It’s the same in a classroom. As more and more research shows that exposure to daylight makes us healthier, happier, more creative, more productive and smarter – and as free and abundant as it is – it’s odd that we as a society don’t value it

Great Britain designing solutions and less time spent specifying. “Their intelligent design and daylight maximising properties meant that VELUX Longlight Modular Skylights were the perfect solution for the Henry Moore Foundation visitor centre. The result is a stunning space flooded with natural daylight and a system which the visitor centre team have total control over.” Work on transforming the old administration centre, Dane Tree House, into the new visitor centre commenced in January 2015 and was completed in January 2016. For more information on VELUX Modular Systems please visit: products/rooflights-roof-glazing

Ok, maybe we don’t “choose” to restrict daylight – but it’s a constraint imposed by many of the buildings in which we live, work and learn. As architects and design professionals, we have the power to reverse this – and we can start by engaging lighting designers at project inception. Light has the ability to transform space, and beyond that, it’s integral to our health. According to the Global Human Spaces Report (2015) daylight makes people six per cent more productive and 15 per cent more creative. We have evolved so that our hormonal cycles follow the sun, and ongoing chronobiological research shows that light has a huge non-visual impact on our bodies – especially since the rediscovery of the ganglion cell in the 1990s. For example, exposure to daylight suppresses melatonin (the hormone associated with sleep) in the day and allows it to be released at night for a restful sleep. If people don’t get the right amount of light stimulation during the daytime, it puts them out of sync. On a sunny day outside you might receive <100,000 lux, and on a typical cloudy day in Scotland, maybe 10,000 lux. But inside a school classroom, for instance, you might only receive 300–500 lux – and that’s the biological equivalent of being in

a black box. That can be detrimental to your biology and has negative health impacts. The bottom line is that daylight is irreplaceable, and it can’t be currently matched with artificial lighting techniques. Going back a long way, I think daylight was more highly valued. But then we developed mass construction techniques, cantilevered concrete, and architects believed that natural light could be supplemented or replaced with artificial light. It’s taken a long time for people to recognise that it can’t do the same job. People need natural light, views out and higher illuminance levels. So former technological advances have caused daylight design to suffer – but new ones like reactive façades and modular skylight systems are bringing about massive improvements. The amount of light needed in buildings is very subjective. It’s how the light is distributed throughout the space that’s important and how much light is reflected back from surfaces towards the eye, which can shape people’s perception of space. Daylight design is both a science and an art, but too often we settle for an engineered solution. Daylight shouldn’t be seen as a constraint but as an inspiration. This is where lighting designers can play their part and assist architects in the creation of beautiful spaces that minimize energy consumption whilst benefitting human health.


Healthcare December 2017

Raising the Standards of Healthcare Buildings Over the last few years we have all seen the media reports about bed shortages and extended waiting times within the NHS. Between the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aging population, increasing demand and budget cuts there is a need to invest and deliver quickly in our healthcare estates.


That is why there has been a push towards standardisation in healthcare construction delivery led by the Procure 22+ framework. Standardisation provides better end product quality, reduction

in manufacturing costs, reduced design costs and less waste and can be achieved through the use of standardised components, prefabricated panels and modular construction Premier Modular Ltd has been providing standardised modular building components for both hire and sale to the healthcare sector for the last 10-15 years.

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produce 20 modules a day, approximately 2500m2 per week. As much as 75% of a building is manufactured offsite, this reduces construction traffic and noise in the sensitive health environment. Meaning the hospital can maintain its high quality day to day care standards whilst expanding its service offering. Off-site construction also significantly reduces the risk of accidents on site and modules are manufactured to exacting quality levels in controlled factories. Premier Modular Ltd recently completed a new Cancer Care Centre for Ramsay Health Care at Springfield Hospital, Chelmsford. Business Development Director at Premier Modular Ltd, Rachel Davis, says the use of off-site construction is on the rise within the private and public healthcare sector, as it brings many benefits. The engineered and factory assembled products offer significant advantages in many areas: Faster return on investment due to reduced programmes. As the modules are manufactured on a flow line there is no risk of late delivery due to inclement weather or site restrictions. At Premier’s East Yorkshire manufacturing hub, they can

The innovative new build radiology centre is constructed using 17 modules over two storeys providing treatment rooms, a waiting room, offices, consulting rooms, changing rooms and clean/ dirty utility rooms. The building is finished externally in a modern multi coloured Kingspan panel and the new offsite building is linked to the existing hospital building. The new buildings not only provide state of the art radiotherapy and scan facilities but also upgraded facilities for chemotherapy patients with dedicated light and welcoming spaces. Facilities include a choice of chemo bays or private

bedrooms, giving the choice for those requiring more privacy. Premier’s forward thinking attitude means that they have linked this healthcare experience to their residential expertise to help tackle the extra care crisis which is emerging. Eleven million people living in the UK today will live to 100. A large proportion will need local social care services to live as comfortably as possible for the final 30 to 40 years of their lives. Social care services are vital so older people can live independent and happier lives, at home and in their communities. Rachel Davis says ‘We are always looking for product improvements and innovation, our flexible products and experience combined with market need, made entering the Extra Care market an easy decision’. In a market where shortages exist, building standards are extremely high, sustainability is of growing importance and budgets are tight, standardisation and offsite construction has to be a big part of the solution. 0800 3160888


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Sun shines on new CEO of Solar Trade Association Chris Hewett has been appointed the new CEO of the UK’s solar body, the Solar Trade Association (STA). Chris, who has been leading on policy for the STA since June, brings 25 years’ of experience. Jonathan Selwyn, STA chair, said: “We are delighted to have appointed Chris to the role of Chief Executive. He brings tremendous experience and skills to the Association at this critical juncture. Solar is poised to play a lead role at the heart of the UK’s smart energy transformation, but making the economics of solar work today depends on pursuing every opportunity to boost markets, including securing effective regulatory change. “The Board has been hugely impressed by Chris’s intelligent & strategic approach, and we look forward to working with him in championing solar’s remarkable potential during the coming years.” Chris Hewett said: “I am honoured to be leading the solar industry into its next phase of growth. As we move away from a subsidised market, our role at the STA will be to

showcase the brilliance of the solar and storage industries, to identify and promote effective new business models, to safeguard quality, and to secure a level playing field in terms of policy and market frameworks. “The solar industry is bursting with people and companies who are passionate about what they do and who remain utterly committed, despite current challenges. That is why it is such an exciting sector to work in and why I am confident we will prevail sooner rather than later. There are few more enthusiastic advocates of solar than Paul Barwell, who I am succeeding. Paul led the solar industry in the UK through unprecedented growth which has been a fantastic achievement that I am determined to build on.” Chris will begin his new role at the beginning of January. In the meantime, he will continue to work alongside current CEO Paul Barwell, who will help the transition with the executive and the Board and will leave at the end of January.

Green light for world’s tallest modular tower in Croydon Croydon planners have given the green light for a twin-tower scheme of buildto-rent flats that will become the world’s tallest offsite scheme. Tide Construction, with funding from investor Greystar, is planning to build the 44 and 38-storey scheme on the former Essex House site near to East Croydon station. The 546-flat towers scheme, drawn up by HT Design, will be worth over £150m and will be a trailblazer for modular construction methods. Presently, the tallest prefabricated building in the world is a 32-storey block in New York. Tide is both a development and contracting company, and has delivered several projects in recent years using its off-site manufacturing system, Vision Modular Systems.


VMS has delivered factory built homes for both Pocket and Greystar in recent years. Tide claims its modular based building programme often results in a 60%

time saving, compared with conventional construction schemes. Christy Hayes, chief executive of Tide Construction said: “This project is a huge milestone for both us as a company and for modular developments as an innovative, modern method of construction. “This development emphasises the true potential of modular construction as a genuine solution to the UK’s housing crisis, where high-quality homes can be delivered at pace in sought after urban areas. Both the government and industry are realising the benefits of modular construction, with 101 George Street being a pivotal moment for modular construction in the UK.” Tide developed the 28-storey Apex House, featuring 558 rooms, in less than a year. That development, in Wembley, is currently the tallest modular tower in London.

Building the future of Healthcare The use of off-site construction is on the rise within the public and private healthcare sectors, as it brings many benefits. The engineered and factory assembled products offer significant advantages in many areas: Faster return on investment due to reduced programmes. As the modules are manufactured on a flow line there is no risk of late delivery due to inclement weather or site restrictions. At Premier Modular’s East Yorkshire manufacturing hub, 20 modules a day can be produced, approximately 2500m2 per week. As much as 75% of a building is manufactured offsite, this reduces construction traffic and noise in the sensitive health environment - meaning a hospital can maintain its high quality day to day care standards whilst expanding its service offering. Premier Modular’s range of high quality modular building systems are a range of long-life, steel-framed or cost-effective timber-framed buildings, for either permanent or temporary use in single or multi-storey applications. Ideal for single-storey GP surgeries, through to complex multi-storey ward accommodation, operating theatres, x-ray rooms and MRI facilities – all of which can incorporate our concrete floor option. The company is a Client-focussed solution provider with a strong commitment to R&D, ensuring the most innovative products are available to the market.

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Education December 2017

Modular Off-Site Construction In recent years, there has been a considerable surge in ‘Modular’ or ‘off-site’ construction. This is where, rather than building a development in-situ, in all-weathers and bringing the labor to site, the project is built in a fixed factory location and on a ‘production’ line. There was a general misconception that prefabricated or ‘prefab’ houses were inferior to the more traditional built properties because they were erected in a hurry or used inferior materials. This is because they mainly became a common sight after WWII, when money and labor was scarce and materials harder to source due to the general rebuilding program. Despite the original prefab houses having a design lifespan of only 10 years (prefabricated homes were meant to be a temporary fix), there are still thousands of them in still standing 70 years later and perfectly habitable. This has meant that since the 1980’s prefabricated homes have struggled to gain a foothold, but with the current housing shortage, public opinion is changing and changing rapidly. In recent years, large scale modular housing projects have been designed and approved for development. Household names such as Legal and General have started L&G homes, KeepMoat have teamed up with modular building experts Elliotts to form Ilke Homes, and long time modular construction standard bearers such as Premier Modular, FutureForm Modular ltd, Enevate and Elements Europe have entered the fray. Overseas competitors include We-Link and CIMC – the current world leader in offsite construction due to the adoption and adaption of their own shipping containers into habitable spaces. As a result, modular construction or off-site assembly of new homes is becoming a common sight, on sites the length and breadth of the UK


More and more residential and bedroom accommodation is going modular – using ThermaSkirt

The advantages of modular construction are: • All year round, 24/7 construction is possible whatever the weather • Tradespersons are in continual employment local to their homes • Quality can be closely monitored and incremental improvements implemented • Speed of assembly on-site can considerably reduce build program times. • Materials can be preconfigured reducing waste • Waste removal on site is considerably reduced

ThermaSkirt has been extremely successful in the modular construction sector because for modular builders it ‘ticks a lot of boxes’. When time is of the essence, being able to install two elements at once is a big bonus. Installing the heating system at the same time as the skirting board is a great example of this. Radiators are a 19th Century solution to a 21st century heating problem, and as most modular homes use a timber structure or subfloor, underfloor heating is not practical or economical to run.

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Installed ThermaSkirt skirting heating system in 450 Modular Student Units, Image Courtesy of CIMC Modular Building Systems

The ThermaSkirt system is available in both ‘wet’ central heating and direct electric options.

Thermaskirts’ include:


• Combining the skirting and heating in one to speed assembly times • Provides the skirting boards ‘for free’ to create a very cost effective solution • Pre-finished in a high quality epoxy powder finish reducing painting and re-work • Integral /removable top gasket to eliminate caulking and filling. • Available pre-cut to exact lengths to facilitate a ‘plug ‘n’ play’ install • Available with a matching prefinished MDF dummy for nonheated areas to complete the look • Available in ‘wet’ central heating and electric versions • Suitable for use with renewable heating such heat-pumps and solar thermal. • Comes with a 10 year warranty. • Saves valuable wall space and creates more useable floor area

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What DiscreteHeat can provide to your modular construction project: • 10 years experience and more than 30,000 installations in retrofit and new build • 3 years experience in modular design and construction all over the world • Design proposal including pipework and cable runs • Heat outputs at various flow temperatures • 3D modelling of rooms with ThermaSkirt vs Radiators and panel heaters • Wet central heating or direct electrical heating options

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• Pre-cut skirting lengths to ±3mm • Pre-packaged room kits with all components to facilitate speedy assembly • On site instruction and training to your assembly staff

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Roofing & Cladding December 2017

BURTON COLLEGE An example of these benefits being applied to great effect is at Burton and South Derbyshire University Technical College, which underwent a £8.6 million remodel, refurbishment and new build extension project. Bond Bryan Architects specified EQUITONE [natura] for the building to add a contemporary feel to the renovation, with the red hues marrying modern and traditional aesthetics together. Gonzalo Carmona, project architect at Bond Bryan Architects, said: “As a listed property, one of our key challenges was centred upon creating a new construction that added to and complemented the natural character of the original brick and stone structure. The use of EQUITONE [natura] in a shade of red complemented the brick of the existing building as well as the surrounding properties, creating a crisp, cohesive and contemporary construction. “EQUITONE [natura] cladding was the perfect building solution due to its smooth texture and composition, which allows rainwater to run off and reflects the brick tones of the property.” Bruce Raw, director at Bond Bryan Architects, added: “The Burton and South Derbyshire University Technical College renovation is a fantastic example of how fibre cement materials can add a practical yet visually appealing element to a construction.”


The Perfect Finish to Educational Buildings FIBRE cement provides architects with the ability to bring inspirational designs to life for both new buildings and refurbishment projects, creating striking and contemporary educational developments. EQUITONE facade materials evoke the unique nature of fibre cement – a mineral composite material with outstanding physical and aesthetic properties. The materials are available in a range of through colours and offer an extensive palette of subtle and inspiring colours in a variety of textures and finishes.

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NEW ISLINGTON PRIMARY SCHOOL A newly-constructed primary school, in Manchester, also used EQUITONE [tectiva] for the £4.3 million development due to its low maintenance properties and to help meet the requirements of a modular build. The light shade of EQUITONE [tectiva] in colour Linen reflected the visual aesthetics of the design, while its durability and low maintenance properties created a resilient place of education for many years to come. EQUITONE [tectiva] was specified alongside other contemporary building materials – including aluminium windows and a flat roof covering in grey – to provide a cohesive and modern exterior that encapsulated the new approach to learning that takes place at the primary school.

Frank McCabe, associate at Cassidy + Ashton Architects, said: “Our brief was to create an aesthetic that represented a natural concrete panel, but we also needed a durable material with installation methods to catch our chosen method of building. EQUITONE was the perfect material to help us achieve this. “We are delighted with the end result of the build. EQUITONE [tectiva] perfectly reflects the visual appeal and adds a contemporary touch to the development.”

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


Recognised the World over for its comprehensive range of comfortably fitting, stylish and practical workwear, F Engel build further on their reputation by introducing a collection of slim-fit, stretchable work trousers which allow wearers to be especially comfortable in any work situation – and look and feel smart at the same time. Called ‘X-treme’, the trousers are made from 65% polyester and 35% cotton incorporating a specially developed mechanical stretch factor; they are available in various choices both with and without useful hanging pockets. Designed to offer as much comfort and functional, day-to day uses as possible, each garment has a smooth, inner-crotch seam panel and patches of highly stretchable and ventilated material at the backs of the knees and seat areas to help keep cool and provide maximum flexibility whilst bending or kneeling. There are two spacious slanted pockets at the front, two back pockets and a mobile phone


pocket with a flap on the right thigh; there’s a standard one on the left which has an extra inner, zipped compartment. Engel seem to have thought of everything with more useful features including a ruler pocket with extra sections for tools, tool straps and Velcro-fastened, knee-reinforced pockets with two knee pad positions for height adjustment. Reflector strips are built in behind the knees for greater visibility and the trousers have an extra deep hem so the length can be increased if required. Depending on the model number chosen, the Engel ‘X-treme’ Slim-

Fit Stretchable Work Trousers are available in a black, black/anthracite grey, Forest green/black and Mocha Brown/black in sizes 42-66. Item numbers to look for are: 0360-186, 0361-186, 0362-740 and 0363-740. All Engel garments are available from The Workwear Trade Centre, Milton Keynes; Telephone: 01908 561569; email: and Anchor Safety, Ipswich; Telephone: 0800 328 5028; email: For more information visit: email: Mark McBrayne at or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197

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fter gaining popularity in the town, in 2012 a further £5.9m development fund was raised to be invested in the complex, with £3.9m by way of Arts Council funding. Located next to the Piece Hall in Halifax, the Square Chapel now includes a second 120 seat auditorium, that provides a cinema with live screening facilities.


Today, the Square Chapel forms a popular complex which offers the best in film, theatre, live music, comedy, family shows and workshops complete with a large bright

Built in 1772, ‘Square Chapel’ is a red brick built Georgian Chapel and one of only few square churches ever built. Almost thirty years ago, in 1988, the Square Chapel Trust was set up to save the Grade II listed chapel to convert it back into a place of worship and a performing arts centre in Halifax. foyer, where refreshments are served daily. The foyer comprises of a strikingly designed and decorated arrowhead roof construction, designed by architect Evans Vettori. Aluprof have provided full height curtain walling in their MB-SR50N system which has been supplied in a dark grey powder coat. The curtain walling was designed and installed by the specialist envelope contractor H-K-L of Sutton-in-Ashfield. As the new roof to the foyer could not be loaded onto the existing structures of the Piece Hall or Square Chapel, everything is carried on three central structural steel trees. The tree metaphor is echoed in the leafy colours on the angled canopy soffit, which has led the two entrances to be dubbed either the ‘spring’

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or ‘autumn’ bridges with green being the dominant shade on one, and brown on the other. Completing the theme, the etching of branches on the south wall glazing has been artistically provided to help reduce solar gain. Amongst the characteristics of the MBSR50N system, is a wide choice of 50mm wide mullion and transom profiles complete with substantial assembly cleats that offer single glazed modules of up to 450Kg to be carried. The system includes a continuous thermal barrier made of HPVC insulating material complete with profiled EPDM glazing gaskets which makes it possible for the system to achieve very high levels of insulation to meet demanding BREEAM ratings. Aluprof’s extensive range of systems extend to unitised curtain walling, sliding folding doors, commercial doors systems and a wide range of window systems, all of which are increasingly being specified on a variety of residential and commercial projects across the UK and overseas. All systems are designed and installed by selected, specially trained companies to ensure each product meets Aluprof’s exacting standards.

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December 2017

Class 0&1 is not good enough

Construction Update Company of the Year 2017

For years we have spoken of Class 0&1 BS476 Parts 6&7. Now is the time we asked for 30 & 60 minutes fire protection. Once fire get to a product it is only one minute & it will burn even with Class 0&1. The recent fire at Grenfell Tower had insulation for Class 0&1. This also happened in China a few years ago with the collapse of a 38 storey building. Fire protection for 30 or 60 minutes allows time for most building to be evacuated. Over the years more plastic, UPVC, now a more dangerous product polypropylene. All burning ferociously & giving off toxic smoke. Envirograf developed Product 42. HW02/E Clear & HW01 White intumescent coating that is giving both 30 & 60 minutes fire protection to timber according to thickness & type of timber or timber related products. These products can upgrade old panelled doors to fire doors. Can be coated over existing paints or varnish. These coatings can also be used externally such as stable, sheds & facing timbers. Product 105. A 2 coat white system to upgrade 9mm, 12.5mm plasterboard to over 60 & 70 minutes fire protection. Lath-and-plaster walls and ceilings to 74 minutes fire protection. An ideal product for listed buildings, hotels & guest houses where fire protection is important. British Standard 476 Part 22 1987 state all ironmongery on fire doors should be protected with intumescent product, intumescent paper for behind hinges, round lock areas & behind steel door closers. Envirograf make 3 hinges door closer hinges, can be adjusted to any speed for any weight doors. All in various finishes. Tested for 68 minutes fire door, and have had 80,000 cycle fatigue test twice at 400 & 900 openings. Contact our Technical Team to find out more about our products on 01304 842 555 or email Envirograf Products Saving Lives & Property




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Tools & Equipment December 2017

Construction Update Company of the Year 2017

Keep the chill off this winter with the new JSP Surefit™ Beanie As the chilly weather sets in JSP has launched a new thermal helmet beanie called the Surefit™Beanie which is fully approved to be worn with all the JSP Evo® range of Safety Helmets.


Compatibility is key when combining PPE and this new Beanie will prevent workers from wearing incompatible and dangerous alternatives such as hoodies under their helmets.

Designed to cover the entire ear for maximum comfort and warmth, this thermal Beanie is made from stretchy material making it a good fit for all head sizes. It is lightweight for all day comfort and machine washable at 30oC. The Surefit™Beanie is specifically sized to be worn under the JSP Evo® range of Helmets so no complicated fitting to the harness is needed. The ear flaps can be custom embroidered with a corporate logo for branding purposes. More information is available from or by emailing or calling +44 (0)1993 826050.

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Case Study December 2017

High-Spec Bridge For Luxury Apartments In Chelsea To complete the hard landscaping around the Chelsea Creek luxury apartment development, London developer, Berkeley St George needed a statement bridge. The 24m long bridge comprises a deceptively simple, elegant concept incorporating acrylic rods into the painted steel frame at close centres which, when lit from their base, provide an illuminated enclosure, while a stripped down secondary internal handrail provides pedestrian restraint. CTS Bridges were appointed to undertake design, manufacture and installation and offered different structural options to best achieve the architectural intent, resulting in â&#x20AC;&#x153;hiddenâ&#x20AC;? structural supports to minimise beam depth. They worked closely with Elite Landscapes, the Principal Contractor, to ensure all trades were coordinated to deliver a successful scheme.


To achieve the desired simple lines, careful detailing was required to house the lighting rods and conceal their power supply and driver units discreetly. Precision fabrication was needed to realise this ambition. The final result is a stunning illuminated bridge that provides a stylish focal point over the meandering waterway at the Chelsea Creek development. If you need a bridge as a focal point in your scheme contact CTS Bridges for a full design, build and installation package - 01484 606416

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December 2017

UK chancellor pledges to build 300,000 new homes The UK government chancellor Philip Hammond offers assistance to first time buyers and pledges to build 300,000 new homes by the mid-2020s The UK government chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his second Budget which includes attempts to make housing more affordable and increase housing supply. House building in the UK is rising again after years of decline and Mr Hammond says he wants to use urban land for new homes while protecting the Green Belt: “In particular, building high quality, high density homes in city centres and around transport hubs”. The key points in the UK budget affecting stamp duty and housing in the UK are as follows: • Stamp duty to be abolished immediately for first-time buyers purchasing properties worth up to £300,000 • To help those in London and other expensive areas, the first £300,000 of the cost of a £500,000 purchase by all first-time buyers will be exempt from stamp duty • 95% of all first-time buyers will benefit, with 80% not paying stamp duty • Long-term goal to build 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s • £44bn in government support, including capital funding and loan guarantees, to boost housebuilding • 100% council tax premium to be levied on empty properties • Compulsory purchase of land banked by developers for financial reasons • Review into delays in developments given planning permission being taken forward • £28m for Kensington and Chelsea council to provide counselling services and mental health support for victims of the Grenfell fire and for regeneration of surrounding area


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A rock solid residence Granite has been used to great effect by B.E Architecture on this building’s facade in Melbourne The overall feeling of the threestorey residence in Melbourne, Australia is lightness - almost an ethereal floating quality created by the sun refracting over the granite façade. This is a contradiction to the reality of the 260 tons of granite which make up the building’s skin. The use of materiality and detailing also provides a similar contradiction in the form. The natural texture and irregularity of the split-faced material blurs the hard lines of the stacked rectilinear building. While the building is strong it sits quietly in its surroundings. The use of three types of granite unifies the external and internal spaces. While all the materials are all substantial, when used together, there is evenness through the house. In order for this to work, the architectural detailing was integrated with fine craftsmanship by the builders and stone masons. Working together, we were able to create subtle variation in the materials and intricate details where slight change finish makes the same material fit for different function or application. In a few places this required thinking of atypical applications for the stone working with suppliers to push custom fabrications to add to the overall unification, especially in the master ensuite where a custom bath and basin where engineered from solid blocks of stone. While there is permanence to the structure, the internal spaces are light and open, particularly in the living area where the fully retractable glazed doors open onto the adjacent courtyard. The program for the house responded to the clients who were downsizing from a large family house to one that was more focused. While still accommodating rooms for visiting adult children, the house is centred around its use primarily by the couple. The rooms are purpose-built to meet their needs including shared study and extra-large master ensuite including a private outdoor shower in a secluded Japanese garden. This is a particularly unexpected detail in an urban property. With a holistic approach, the in-house multi-disciplinary design team considered all elements of landscaping and interiors within the architecture plans. The landscaping responds to the clients’ desire to have diverse planted outlooks and terraces without the maintenance of a full lawn. Behind the privacy fence, giving little away to the street, a grove of Mount Fugi under planted with rosemary greet visitors when they enter the site. The kitchen and other living spaces direct sightlines to low maintenance plantings on the terrace.

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THE NEW NAME IN SUSTAINABLE WOOD PROTECTION Michael Nicholls, Sales Manager at OrganoWood UK, comments:

“After developing a strong reputation in the Nordic countries, OrganoWood® is the latest name to hit the wood treatment market in the UK. After launching here in autumn last year, OrganoWood has quickly made a name for itself, offering timber professionals the next generation of environmentally friendly wood protection. “The complete system offers flame, rot and fungal protection, as well as extreme water and dirt repellence for any exterior wood surface. A tried and tested ecological









alternative to pressure treated finishes, the OrganoWood solution is both aesthetically pleasing and sustainable, and is suitable for domestic and commercial use. “The OrganoWood wood protection system consists of OrganoWood® 01. Protection which offers rot and flame protection, OrganoWood® 02. Repellent to provide a dirt and water repellent surface and OrganoWood® 03. Cleaner, an organic wood cleaner for general and intensive cleaning and maintenance of the wood. “To see how OrganoWood performs against another existing solution, please visit the OrganoWood UK YouTube channel, where you’ll be able to access a couple of videos that test OrganoWood 01 and 02 against fire and water respectively. “For use on all exterior wood, including decking, cladding, fences and garden furniture, OrganoWood products are a low cost, sustainable alternative to chemical treatment. Through its proprietary technology, which mimics the natural fossilisation process, the wood is modified by the attachment of protective silicon compounds to the wood fibres. As well as protecting the wood, OrganoWood gradually ages with an aesthetically pleasing silver-grey hue over time. “OrganoWood is already supported by many timber merchants across the country, including Millworks Ltd, and continues to see its support expanding.

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Dounreay drones save thousands of pounds The use of drones to carry out building inspections is saving the taxpayer an estimated £100,000 at the Dounreay nuclear site in Caithness. A recent survey suggests more and more construction-related organisations are catching on to the benefits of these camera-equipped remotely operated aircraft. Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL), the company in charge of decommissioning the nuclear site, carries out around 50 building inspections each year – helping maintain buildings that play an key role in nuclear decommissioning, clean-up and waste management operations.


It was the idea of John Moar, a senior electrical engineer at the site, to look into using drones. Dounreay falls within a strictly enforced air exclusion zone and is protected by armed officers from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary. Mr Moar had to do a Civil Aviation Authority course to secure an exemption from the no-fly zone.

The first £6,000 drone paid for itself on its first outing to inspect two 20-metre high ventilation stacks. Previously, this work would have needed scaffolding and a hired mobile platform, costing thousands of pounds a week. Mr Moar said: “The team were delighted at the quality and detail of the images and how easy and safe it was to get them. Clearly, there are very strict rules in place to protect the safety and security of nuclear sites, so we had to follow a stringent and detailed process to get all required agreements for using drones at Dounreay. The potential for using drones doesn’t stop here. I can see how we’d use similar technology for things like 3D modelling and environmental surveys.” According to a survey by ProDroneWorx, a mapping, inspection and surveying company,

drones are already quite widely used in the construction but are about to become commonplace. Its survey, Drone Technology within the Construction Industry, found that out of 161 companies that responded, 33% are currently using drone technology and of those that are not, more than two-thirds are planning to do so in future. Of the 33% that are using drones, more than half (60%) have only started doing so in the past year. ProDroneWorx managing director Ian Tansey said: “In a world of tight margins and an increasingly competitive landscape, the use of drone technology gives construction firms a significant competitive advantage over their peers through reduced costs, increased productivity gains and the mitigation of risk.”

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THE CLEAR ADVANTAGES OF OSMO UV-PROTECTION-OIL Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes specialist, has developed a quality finish to protect, maintain and restore exterior wood. Osmo UV-Protection-Oil has been specially designed to preserve the natural colour of the wood, leaving it looking in top condition throughout summer months. Protection of exterior wood is of the upmost importance as the colour can fade after harmful UV rays damage the lignin within the wood. Osmo UV-Protection-Oil is a clear, satin finish for exterior application onto vertical wooden structures only such as doors, cladding, fencing etc. Based on natural oil, it does not crack, flake, peel or blister. This natural protective finish has been produced to resist the greying effect on exterior wood due to exposure to the sun, maintaining the wood’s natural aesthetics. The UV-Protection-Oil 410 consists of natural ingredients and is safe for use on children’s play equipment, flower boxes as well as animal housing, whilst UV-Protection Oil Extra 420 contains additional active-ingredients perfectly blended in order to reduce algae and fungal decay and provide optimal protection during winter periods.

as possible to the natural wood’s colour, to preserve the natural appearance. Both Osmo Decking-Oil and Natural Oil Woodstain product ranges offer a wide selection of colours. The Natural Oil Woodstain range can be expertly mixed to any RAL/NCS colour, resulting in over 2,000 options. The transparent nature of the finish allows the natural characteristics and aesthetics of the wood to remain visible, maintaining the natural feel and story of the wood itself. For additional information on Osmo’s range of eco-friendly wood finishes, please visit, or call 01296 481220.


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Marshalls launch New Ethical Risk Index During recent years, improper practice in large organisation’s supply chains have been brought to light in the media, with brands such as ASOS, Mango and Marks and Spencer all being put in the spotlight, with issues including child workers and the exploitation of refugees being uncovered. Ethical sourcing is an issue affecting many industries today, and is not going away any time soon. Issues including slave and child labour have traditionally marred the stone industry’s reputation, but a positive move towards transparent supply chains has been a sea change of late. However, sourcing in the stone industry is still a difficult area in which to clearly identify transparency in supply chains across the world. Marshalls has acknowledged the industry’s need for an allencompassing structure, which highlights potential issues when it comes to stone sourcing in a number of well-known countries, and brought varying measures together in the Ethical Risk Index. The Marshalls Ethical Risk Index (ERI) uses a bespoke, independently audited scoring framework and gives a genuine insight into the multidimensional ethical challenges facing stone procurers to allow for more informed decision-making. It scores its own commercial stone portfolio against the industry ‘cluster’ for the corresponding origin of the stone in terms of ethical sourcing for that particular location. The ERI has been developed in conjunction with Stirling Smith, an independent consultant who specialises in ethical trade and human rights at work. He has worked for DFID, British Council, Fair Labour Association, trade unions, NGOs and several companies. He is a lead trainer for the Ethical Trading Initiative, and his areas of expertise include child labour, HIV/AIDS in the workplace, migrant labour, social dialogue and industrial relations, and health and safety at work.


Stirling has worked in more than thirty countries and his training manuals have been translated into more than twenty languages.

He said: “The ERI is a huge step forward in transparency. Marshalls was the first company in the stone sector to join the Ethical Trading Initiative and has been a leader for more than a decade. The Ethical Risk Index will enable customers to see what kind of problems might exist in a particular country, and whether a supplier is better or worse than the average in that country.” The ERI score is presented on two levels, a detailed breakdown across 10 assessment criteria, with a simple rating system derived from the average score, and consists of 10 different measures, all of which have equal bearing on the overall ERI score. These are:

1. Modern Slavery Act Awareness This measures Marshalls’ journey on implementing the Modern Slavery Act and Marshalls’ declared actions from its Modern Slavery and Anti-Human Trafficking Policy and Disclosure Statement. The measure is scored on the suppliers ‘Awareness’ of the Act, ‘Understanding’ of the Act and ‘Implementation’ of a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) where this has been deemed appropriate This measure is not about the risk of modern slavery in the supply chain, but it is about embedding the awareness of the UK legislation into the Marshalls supply chain.

2. Supply Chain Visibility Supply chain visibility is a measure of the transparency of the supply chain to raw material extraction. It is about how confident Marshalls can be that it knows how and where the product is extracted and processed into finished goods for re-sale. Supply chain visibility gives Marshalls the ability to be confident in assessing the ethical risks.

3. Income & Employment Security This looks at how employees are paid and their contract of work. It is about how exploited the work force are, and gives some indication as to whether modern slavery may be present. The measure has four issues against which it is scored. These are wage levels, payment of wages, working hours and regular employment

4. Health & Safety Health and safety precautions and the welfare of the workers are all considered in this measure. It is about the awareness of potential hazards and the measures which are undertaken to prevent these. The measure has four criteria relating to safe working conditions in the processing of natural stone (control of dust, noise level, and the guarding and personal protection compliance with regards to machine safety) and

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two of welfare facilities (on and off site facilities available).

national reference number, contract of employment etc.

indicate issues with employment rights and potentially modern slavery

5. Social Well-being

7. Empowerment

10. Corruption & Bribery

Social wellbeing measures how the supply chain treats its workers through harsh or inhumane treatment and how it engages with the wider community. The treatment of the workers is another potential sign of the potential of modern slavery in the supply chain.

This is a measure of whether the worker has a voice with no consequences and whether they can join a labour organisation such as a Trade Union with the right to collective bargaining. Evidence of empowerment would suggest a very low risk of modern slavery

This is a measure of the supplier’s awareness, understanding and implementation of standards on corruption and bribery. The highest level of compliance would be the supplier prohibiting these activities with documented evidence including such things as ‘whistle blowing’.

The measure is scored for treatment on evidence for harsh or inhumane treatment through perceived treatment and finally exemplar treatment with good management systems.

The measure is split into two issues, the first being Freedom of Association and the right to collective bargaining and the second is on levels of Discrimination

The detailed scoring breakdown of each of the 10 measures not only illustrates how Marshalls score against the 10 criteria, but also against the score of the industry cluster – where other UK stone distributors draw from. The basic score consists of a simple visual rating, enabling a very quick and easily understood comparator.

The Corporate Social Responsibility program is scored from none in place, through informal and limited up to embedded and exemplar.

6. Employment Freely Chosen This looks at whether or not the workers freely chose to be employed at the location, and is the true indicator of modern slavery. Scored by two issues, child labour and forced, bonded or prison labour, both issues are scored on a scale of evidence for employment not being freely chosen via perceived opinion, to exemplar where formal management system are in place for each worker, documenting name,

8. Environmental This is a measure of the impact of the operation on the environment whether short or long term and what mitigation and future restoration is planned The measure is scored by two issues these being legal compliance and best practice engagement

9. Governance This is a measure of the overall transparency of the supplier, that it is a legal entity with ownership clearly defined, and that it has management control with documentation and policies with management systems. A lack of evidence in governance may

Marshalls is trying to present more of the real picture to customers. The Ethical Risk Index can enable customers to see what kind of problems might exist in a particular country, and whether a supplier is better or worse than the average in that country. Ethical trade is only going to be successful when consumers are better informed, and the Ethical Risk Index is an important step in educating customers. For further information, please visit:


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December 2017

Charcon wins Contract to Supply Cycle Superhighway in Leeds Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has been awarded the contract to supply materials for Leeds City Council’s new Cycle Superhighway between Leeds and Bradford. The £7.9 million-pound project will see segregated cycle routes being created on key roads through Leeds city centre, building on the already well used network for leisure and to access increasing employment opportunities within the city. Work is due to begin in February 2018, with 4,500m2 of Charcon’s Moordale Textured flag paving, Woburn Original block paving and Charcon’s British Standard Kerb specified for the project. Offering consistency in colour and texture, Moordale Textured flag paving incorporates Yorkstone and Limestone aggregates to maximise performance and durability and is ideal for creating large areas of warm solid colour. Complementing Moordale Textured paving, Woburn Original block paving is subtle and stylish with a chamferless profile which creates a smoother riding surface. Charcon’s British Standard Kerb is designed to provide edge restraint in pedestrian vehicular application and complies with British standards, as well as offering a cost effective kerb for all applications.


Mike Davies, Sector Marketing Manager for Charcon, comments: “We’re thrilled to be working in partnership with

Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority on this exciting project. West Yorkshire already has some of the country’s leading infrastructure, and the Leeds Cycle Superhighway will add to that. We have a proven track record in cycleways and our range of cycleway segregation solutions is already proving successful in London, on the Cycle Superhighway 2, as well as Cambridge, Oxford, Bristol and Nottingham.” The project is expected to be complete by next summer and once finished, the new routes will run along Wellington Street to City Square and from Queen Street to Westgage, as well running north-to-south along St Peter’s Street. Mike continues: “It was a real team effort in securing the contract. Our Ashington factory in Northumberland went above and beyond in ensuring that all samples were readily available and delivered to the agreed timescale.” Charcon’s British Standard Kerb for the project will be manufactured at Ashington,

Moordale Textured in Hulland Ward in Derbyshire and Woburn Original will be produced in Burton-Upon-Trent. For further information, visit For technical support, please call 01335 372 222 or email

December 2017

Charcon reports sales growth of linear drainage solution Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has reported continued sales growth for its linear drainage product: Safeticurb. Having relaunched the product in January 2016, the innovative technology vastly reduces the need for conventional underground piping, and offers a discrete solution for removing surface water. The product continues to be specified on a variety of hard landscaping projects, with supermarket chain, Sainsbury’s, the latest name on the list. The product was installed in the Staines superstore in spring 2017, providing an effective and well-priced solution to eliminate standing surface water around the complex. Safeticurb is designed to fit most hard landscaping projects, including car parks, industrial sites and pedestrianised developments. The product is tested to BS EN 1433 standards and can withstand up to 400kN, Class D, in its heaviest specification. To create a perfect balance between cost and effectiveness, the product runs parallel drainage sections at 30-35m intervals across the total drainage area. The system also requires very little maintenance, reducing overheads through smart design. Mike Davies, sector marketing manager for Charcon, comments: “Safeticurb has been a fantastic success and its reputation is still growing today. The system offers substantial cost savings while still providing good performance for the removal of surface water.” For further information, including technical data sheets, visit or call 01335 372 222.

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Construction Update - December 2017  
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