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Aluminium systems supplied by UK leading facade company Aluprof, have been specified for the recently completed Hotel Indigo Manchester.

‘Manchesters’ Latest Hotel’

February 2019 Aluminium systems supplied by UK leading facade company Aluprof, have been specified for the recently completed Hotel Indigo Manchester. Located next to Victoria station, at the junction of Todd Street and Corporation Street, the new Hotel Indigo project comprises of a new fourteen story, modern rotunda tower, adjacent to an existing, now sympathetically restored Grade II listed victorian development, known as ‘City Buildings’. Aluprof systems provided their class leading MB-SR50N Curtain Wall ‘effekt’ (cap-less) system in grey powder coat finish from Ground to 2nd floor with their project designed unitised curtain wall system to the 10 stories above. The floor to ceiling glazing offering spectacular views across Manchester. The sub-contract for the design, testing, fabrication and installation of the facade was completed by Aluprof and CSI of Hull. The main contractor on the development were Bowmer & Kirkland. The hotel was opened to customers early 2019.

its design and how well it works in reality. Our talented team has created a remarkable new building that is a welcome addition to this part of the city. It stands at the gateway to the NOMA development and links this area seamlessly with the city centre.” Maarten Kleinhout, director of CSI said, “ In view of the tight site, building movement and rigorous performance criteria, the use of Unitised stick curtain walling to the majority of the façade was obvious. Our early collaboration with 3Dreid, Bowmer and Kirkland and Aluprof technical teams allowed the design intent to be proficiently translated into a viable and performing façade scheme which we are proud to be associated with. The project is considered a success and we continue to enjoy the same colourations on other schemes with Aluprof. It is evident that the construction industry is increasingly turning to unitised façade principles to deliver facades effectively.” James Houlston of BH Group, project owner said, “We are thrilled with the result of the work that has taken place so far. The building looks spectacular and is eye catching for all of the right reasons. We tried very hard to maintain the original fabric of the City Buildings and I am so pleased that we have been able to intertwine this with a modern new tower that reflects Manchester’s newer trends in architecture.”

Let by developer BH Group, the hotel offers 187 bedrooms which are located in both the new fourteen storey rotunda and the existing ‘City Buildings’. The development also boasts a Marco Pierre White, New York Italian themed restaurant and bar which will offer a vibrant new venue for residents as well as city goers. Nab Speakes, Director of Architects 3DReid, said: “Creating a building that perfectly balances modern architecture with old is always challenging and the plans that we designed for the Hotel Indigo project were especially ambitious. Upon seeing the final result, we couldn’t be prouder of

Aluprof UK’s head office and extensive distribution centre is located in Altrincham, Cheshire. Aluprof systems are increasingly being specified on a wide range of residential and commercial projects across the UK. Systems are designed, fabricated and installed by selected, specially trained local companies, to ensure each fabricated product meets Aluprof’s exacting standards.

Further information is available on the company’s website at www.aluprof.co.uk and specialist advice is available directly from Aluprof’s UK head offices on 0161 941 4005

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Industry News February 2019

Cricket Grounds Redevelopment Completed Morgan Sindall has completed the transfomation of the Lucas Lane cricket grounds in Hertfordshire as a new state of the art sporting centre. First opened in 1866, Hitchin Cricket Club and Blueharts Hockey Club’s ground now includes a new twostorey club pavilion, with catering facilities, a bar and a function room and a balcony overlooking a new all-weather hockey pitch. “We are delighted with the outcome of the completed project, the new Cricket Club Ground is a fantastic community asset with professional standard facilities that will support the needs and ambitions of two local teams long into the future. “We are confident that the refurbished facilities will enable

the club to build upon their rich local history at the Lucas Lane site and provide a brilliant community sporting resource for generations to come,” said David Rowsell, Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure’s area director for the Northern Home Counties. New changing rooms, an equipment store, cricket nets, and a brand new scoreboard are also part of the new state of the art centre. Morgan Sindall also demolished the ground’s existing clubhouse, built a new external car park and extensive soft landscaping in order to create an attractive environment.

Wandsworth Development Provides New Homes An additional 21 homes are arriving in Wandsworth with the construction of a new £7 million housing development. The Stag House site on the Putney Vale Estate, which is home to the vacant Stag House Community Youth Centre, will be redeveloped to provide 10 self-contained homes for those with physical and learning disabilities, including accommodation for an on-site support officer. The other 11 homes in the area will be available for social rent. The project is being delivered by Wates Residential, who won the competitive tender project from Wandsworth Council.


The contractor held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction. “It is great to see local authorities like Wandsworth building again on brownfield sites and to be a part of this. Today’s ground breaking event marks an exciting milestone in our delivery of these new homes for Wandsworth residents. It follows months of collaboration with the Council, members of the community and other local stakeholders to really understand their vision for the area and how we

can realise this, both through the design and construction of these homes and by looking at ways that we can create wider local economic and social value. We look forward to strengthening these relationships as we continue to progress on site and to creating a positive lasting legacy for the community long after we have handed over this site,” commented Paul Nicholls, Managing Director of Wates Residential. The Stag House scheme is due for completion in Spring 2020.

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London’s War Memorial Museum Is Open Biggin Hill War Memorial Museum in London has opened its doors to the public, with spitfire aircraft and previously unpublished photos of World War 2 pilots and Winston Churchill being available for at the public display.

The museum aims to creating an environment where people can learn about the Battle of Britain and those who lost their lives in the conflict. “The museum offers a new way of telling for what some people would be a familiar story,” said director of the Biggin Hill War Memorial Museum, Jemma Davey. Other artefacts on display include objects that reflect the lives of those who worked at RAF Biggin Hill and those that reflect the personal stories of service men and women that operated at the airfield. “The history of Biggin Hill goes so much further back than the Battle of Britain. It is one of Britain’s oldest aerodromes and was instrumental to the development of wireless communication technologies,” added Jemma. Called by Winston Churchill his “strongest link” during the Battle of Britain, RAF Biggin Hill is an airfield in South London. Pilots from the airfield took down 1,400 Luftwaffe aircraft during World War 2. Construction work on the £5.3 million (US$6.9m, €6m) museum started in Q4 2017 and the project received funding from the UK Government, the National Lottery, the local Bromley Council and private donors. The historic airfield site is also home to St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance, where those who died working from Biggin Hill sector are commemorated.


Industry News February 2019

McAVOY AWARDED BOPAS ACCREDITATION FOR NEW MODULAR HOUSING SOLUTION The McAvoy Group, one of the UK’s leading offsite construction specialists, has received accreditation from BOPAS, the Buildoffsite Property Assurance Scheme, for its new modular housing solution. This certification is the industry benchmark for quality and durability. It provides invaluable assurance to lenders that the McAvoy steel-framed building system will deliver consistent performance for at least 60 years. The McAvoy offsite housing system for multi-storey apartments, detached, semi-detached and terraced homes was assessed as part of the stringent BOPAS accreditation process. This looked at best practice in key performance areas of each stage of project development – from concept and design to manufacture and construction. Commenting on the new accreditation, Tim Hall, Executive Director of Buildoffsite said, “It is fantastic to see The McAvoy Group expanding into the residential sector and building on their vast experience in other areas. The BOPAS scheme has created a benchmark for modular housing. It is a standards-led framework with manufacturing and design


life assessments to give lenders and insurers the reassurance of best practice. McAvoy is at the forefront of modular housing with its advanced offsite solutions for apartments and houses, independently endorsed with this widely accepted accreditation.” Eugene Lynch, Managing Director of The McAvoy Group said, “More developers and public sector housing providers than ever before are recognising the benefits of offsite construction to deliver affordable, high quality properties in less time. The BOPAS accreditation for the McAvoy building system will ensure mortgageability, giving investors and developers the assurance of the quality, reliability, durability and energy efficiency of our building solutions for housing.” “We have nearly 50 years of experience in the delivery offsite building projects across a range of sectors, including schools, hospitals, airports and offices. This expertise, combined with our extensive design and engineering programme, means we are well placed to help address some of the major challenges facing the housing sector – from the shortage of skilled labour in construction to the need for increased productivity in housebuilding to meet the rising demand for new homes.”

The McAvoy approach to housing will reduce programme times by at least 50 per cent compared to site-based construction. This will allow earlier occupation for public sector housing providers and generate a faster return on investment for private developers. It will use highly efficient and proven factory processes to deliver greater certainty of completion on time, on budget and to higher quality standards. McAvoy works as a principal contractor on its housing projects, providing a full range of services including design, site preparation, building manufacture, fitting out and landscaping to ensure a seamless service and improved quality control for developers and housing providers. BOPAS was established by Buildoffsite, BLP Insurance, the RICS and Lloyd’s Register to provide long-term assurance to lenders and valuers that homes built using nontraditional methods of construction offer longevity and reliability. For further information, visit www.mcavoygroup.com/housing, call 028 8774 0372 or email info@mcavoygroup.com

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Last Chance To Snap Up Luxury Waterside Apartments In One Of The UK’s Safest Counties An iconic luxury waterside development in Lincoln is down to its last few apartments as 84% of dwellings are sold. The One The Brayford development from Jackson Living, part of Jackson & Jackson Developments, resides on the well-lit Brayford waterfront in the heart of Lincoln and boasts panoramic views of the marina, Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle. Located in the top five safest counties to live in England and Wales according to a recent ONS report, the development has high standards of security with a concierge service, monitored CCTV and a private car park for residents. Only 16 properties remain for sale at the development and these include one, two and three- bedroom apartments across all floors as well luxury double floor penthouses, with prices starting from £185,000. The premier location has so far attracted residents from all over the world and benefits from a central city location just a six-minute walk from Lincoln’s High Street. Lincolnshire was ranked in the top five safest UK counties and Lincoln city centre is number 14 in the UK’s most popular cities according to a recent YouGov report. With developments such as the £70 million regeneration of Lincoln’s Cornhill Quarter, the city is set to see significant growth in the future. Dominik Jackson director at Jackson & Jackson Developments: “As Lincolnshire-based developers, we are very proud that our county has been ranked one of the safest places to live in the UK. People from outside the county are choosing to move into Lincoln with its reputation for safety, its historical significance and its streetscape with plenty of vibrant amenities on offer. “One The Brayford includes state-of-the-art security including monitored CCTV, secure parking and a concierge service. Coupled with a stunning waterfront location and close proximity to the High Street – the development is an ideal choice for city centre living.” Homes are available through local agent Pygott & Crone and for more information visit One The Brayford.

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

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Industry News February 2019

SCHUECO UK EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2019 NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES Entry forms are now accessible on the website of Architecture Today, which, for the second year running, is organising the competition. AT’s input into the 2018 Awards included new in-depth digital coverage, on-line advertising, videos of the winning entrants and a winners’ conference. This year the panel of judges will be chaired by Paul Williams of Stanton Williams and will include Julia Barfield of Marks Barfield, Neil Dusheiko of Neil Dusheiko Architects, Clare Wright of Wright & Wright, Steve Mudie of alinea Consulting and Paul Savidge of Wintech.

Schueco UK, Britain’s leading specialist in aluminium and steel systems for the whole building envelope, are calling on architects, main contractors and specialist contractors to submit entries to the 2019 Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation. Established in 2013, this highly regarded annual competition continues to attract large numbers of submissions from all over the UK and Ireland, with Schueco confident that entries for the 2019 competition will top last year’s record total.


The only criteria for an eligible entry are that the project submitted should have been completed before the end of March 2019 and should have utilised at least one Schueco system in either aluminium or steel, with the involvement of a Schueco UK

network partner fabricator. The judges will be looking for evidence of innovation, technical expertise and creative collaboration between all members of the build team. The deadline for entries is 15th April 2019. The categories for the 2019 Schueco Excellence Awards are: Education building; Health building; Commercial building; Cultural building; Individual house; Individual home improvement; Residential development; Refurbishment project; Steel project; and Specialist contractor.

The special Awards Luncheon in June will once again take place at the famous Saatchi Gallery off the King’s Road in Chelsea. Every company that submits an entry to the Awards can attend this prestigious occasion. All shortlisted projects will be included in a special Architecture Today supplement which will be circulated to over 12,500 top opinion-formers, and winning companies will also benefit from being promoted in Schueco UK’s own Partner and Resi magazines (combined circulation 25,000). Further details and an online entry form can be found at www.architecturetoday.co.uk schuecoawards2019/ The closing date for entries is 5 pm on 15th April 2019.

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Hyundai Construction Equipment launch the mighty HX900 L Crawler Excavato Hyundai have recently added a new heavy-line excavator to the HX line-up of machines – the long anticipated HX900 L. suited for quarry and demolition work and on tough construction sites where a powerful ‘work horse’ is required. This latest HX model can be used with a variety of attachments and in various work modes to maximise its capabilities. This 90-tonne machine replaces the R800LC-9 model. Designed for the demands of the European construction and quarry industries, it has been developed using market-leading technology to deliver exceptional productivity. The HX900 L is the second largest Hyundai machine in the stable sitting behind the gargantuan 120 tonnes R1200-9. This machine will be on the Hyundai stand at Bauma Munich in April. Extreme power and performance At the heart of the HX900 L crawler excavator is the environmentallyfriendly Scania DC16 084A - 478 kW (641 hp) water-cooled stage IV compliant engine. The HX900 L model has an operating weight of 88,800 kg (196,000 lbs) and is designed and engineered to handle hard and abrasive materials in challenging working environments. Its robust build is ideally

The high rigidity boom and arm has been manufactured following rigorous testing and provides the operator improved stability working with high and heavy loads. With the strengthened boom - and the installation of the highly wearresistant shims – the HX900 L also offers excellent durability. HX900 L - designed for harsh environments The machine has been designed and manufactured with a ‘Full Track Guard’ which helps prevent separation of the track and strengthens durability by protecting the link and roller when working in harsh environments. The X-shaped lower frame guarantees maximum strength and its reinforced belly pans protect the machine’s internal functional parts preventing damage especially when

working on rugged terrains. The high-rigidity swing motor has also passed strict resilience verification. Enhanced fuel economy, advanced hydraulics Latest engine technologies, a more efficient vertically stacked cooling design, a twin cooling system combining a radiator & Charged Air Cooler (CAC) Fan with a reversible oil cooler fan, and hydraulic system innovations on the Hyundai HX series excavators contribute to an overall fuel efficiency improvement of up to 9 percent compared with previous models. State-of-the-art IT technologies – with Hyundai the future is now The 8-inch high resolution cluster with touch screen provides integrated information on diverse operations and control functions to maximize the operator’s convenience. In addition, intuitive control is made possible with the adoption of haptic control. The Audio System has an integrated Bluetooth hands free feature, and a built-in

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microphone allowing the operator to take and make calls when in the cab. Quieter cabin – improved comfort The new cabin mount has made it possible to reduce cabin vibration and noise significantly and the latest air-conditioning system makes it possible for the operator to adjust the desired temperature through the Air Mix type cooling/ heating system and the APTC (Automatic Positive Temperature Coefficient) with increased capacity and can quickly regulate the air flow in the cabin. A deluxe air suspension seat and a sun roof (application permitting) will also make the operator more comfortable working in his machine. The ergonomically designed joysticks are very responsive and provide

easy manoeuvrability which can minimize an operator’s fatigue when working over an extended period of time – especially on challenging job sites. Ease of maintenance The fully accessible engine hood is designed to ensure there is sufficient space for servicing and to make sure that daily checks and maintenance are simple. Like the other HX series excavators, the Hyundai HX900 L configurations are protected by Hyundai’s industry-leading two-year, 3,000hour standard warranty. Hyundai also includes five years of free access to its Hi-Mate remote management system which provides a variety of remote monitoring and diagnostic services. Hi-Mate helps you operate machines more efficiently you can check the difference between total engine hours and

actual working hours. See how productive your machines are and plan any required cost saving solutions. Hi-Mate offers working information such as working / idling hours, fuel consumption and rate. Operating specifications HX900 L – standard configuration: • Operation weight: 88,800 kg • Standard bucket capacity (SAE heaped): 4,85 m³ • Engine type: Scania DC16 084A • Engine power (gross): 478 kW / 2,100 rpm • Max. digging depth: 7,230 mm • Max. bucket digging force (SAE): 385.4 kN • Max. arm digging force (SAE): 372.7 kN F-gas regulation: The air conditioning system on this machine contains the fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant HFC134a (Global Warming Potential = 1430). The system contains 0.850 kg of refrigerant which has a CO2 equivalent of 1.2155 metric tonne.

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GRAHAM wins £25 million Gramophone Works design and build contract GRAHAM has won the £25 million design and build contract for Phase 2 of The Gramophone Works, a new commercial campus in Kensal Rise, London.

Once home to Saga Records and at the forefront of London’s reggae scene, the 20th century buildings are being developed by Resolution Property to make way for up to 85,000 sq ft of contemporary workspace by the Grand Union Canal. Phase one of the redevelopment, which has completed, features 20,000 sq ft of office space, communal terrace and four outside terraces. As part of the second phase, GRAHAM will deliver an additional 65,000 sq ft of contemporary workspace across five floors, with some of the upper offices benefitting from 6,500 sq ft of rooftop access space. There will also be a new shared reception/event space and canal side café, as well as a cycle hub with 130 spaces.


GRAHAM will adapt and refurbish the existing Gramophone Works building to create the new commercial campus. A fourstorey timber extension above the building will be installed with new brick and glazed façades added to all elevations, while other improvements will include a louvred rooftop plant enclosure, green roof and photovoltaic solar panel installation. Mechanical and engineering works include the installation of a new plant including a generator room and sub-station. Internally, new suspended ceiling lights and heating and cooling systems will be fitted throughout. Mark Owen, Head of Development at Resolution Property, said: “This is a major office project that will further establish this part of West London as a growth area for new and existing businesses. We are pleased to be working with GRAHAM to deliver such a striking and innovative office scheme.” Rob Joyce, GRAHAM’s London office Director, added: “This new development will provide state-of-the-art business facilities and public spaces to support

the needs and talents of the local community and workforce in Kensal Rise. Our aim is to create a modern, fit-for-purpose facility that offers a real ‘London Village’ community feel.” The scheme has been designed to meet the standards set out in the London Plan, as well as aiming to achieve BREEAM ‘Very Good’ certification. The proposal will also comply with ‘Secured by Design National Building Approval’ guidelines. Works are due to commence and will take place over a 120-week programme.

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Revolutionising UK Waste Solutions – Key Appointment Adds Momentum adi Waste Systems When we think ‘waste’ and ‘underground’ in this country, it often conjures up the negatives around landfill. But a Birmingham-based multidisciplinary engineering firm is set on burying our existing perceptions about subterranean refuse in 2019. Welcoming new Business Development Director Mark Burgess, a senior executive with over 20 years’ waste management industry knowhow, to its adi Waste Systems division, adi Group signalled its intent to revolutionise waste storage and collection in the UK and Ireland to usher in a series of environmental benefits. In exclusive partnership with Sotkon Underground Solutions, adi Waste Systems aims to establish itself on the cutting edge of waste management with the design, supply and maintenance of high capacity underground and semi underground waste solutions. Mark Burgess sees great potential for these groundbreaking solutions superseding many of our traditional domestic and street bin systems. “Underground waste solutions provide customers with sustainable and environmentally friendly systems which reduce CO2 impact, improve hygiene and increase recycling rates. It’s true too that the use of underground storage systems is proven to deliver significant financial efficiency gains of up to 30% when compared with traditional waste collection, so organisations looking to make cost savings have everything to gain. Developers and architects engaged in the design of both new and urban regeneration projects enjoy a financial benefit whilst providing a sustainable, environmentally and aesthetically friendly solution enabling local authorities to manage waste into the future in our communities.

We’ve been slow to evolve our existing systems in this country but adi Waste Systems seeks to change that and to become the go-to source of the type of underground waste units that have already benefited a number of major European cities and over 40 countries worldwide. We are working to establish strong relationships with leading developers, local authorities, architects and the likes of Cambridge University, which as a pioneer on so many fronts is already moving away from traditional waste methodologies at the North West Cambridge Development.” The underground solutions offered by adi Waste Systems and Sotkon can help resolve many of the well-documented waste disposal issues faced by the UK. Smart telematic systems sense fullness levels and send alerts and data that assist with collection planning to drive efficiencies and reduce emissions. Sealed subterranean units, emptied by crane, are ecologically sound and have been shown, even during last summer’s UK heatwave, to minimise the bad odours associated with traditional bin systems. And, given they are often more aesthetically pleasing thanks to their innovative design, they can play a real role in urban regeneration efforts. What’s more, in future they can also help rid us of one of our more onerous regular chores – the weekly need to drag heavy wheelie bins to awkward collection points on bin day.

Mark brings a wealth of experience to adi Group, having spent a number of years with leading waste management company, Otto Waste Systems, which supplied vehicles, bin lifts, bins and waste management systems throughout Europe. Having began his career with Michelin, he moved on to senior level roles in general management, sales and business development in the automotive, transport, finance and asset management sectors, before applying his talents to the waste management industry. James Sopwith, Group Strategic Account Director of adi Group, said of Mark Burgess’ appointment, “This is a great addition to our team and demonstrates our commitment to innovation, problem-solving and progress at a pivotal moment for the waste sector. Mark’s knowledge of that sector is second to none, so we welcome him to adi and look forward to seeing the change he can help lead.” For more information on the benefits adi Waste Systems’ underground solutions can deliver to your development, estate or complex, email markburgess@adiltd.co.uk or call 0121 451 2255.


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Surface Design Show 2019 Celebrating the best in new and innovative surfaces From 5-7 February Surface Design Show 2019 will take place at London’s Business Design Centre to provide a platform for architects, designers and specifiers to explore the best in interior and exterior surface materials, lighting design, development and innovation. Surface Design Show is the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces. For more than ten years Surface Design Show has been the place where industry professionals immerse themselves in the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with likeminded designers, architects and suppliers. Since 2013 the Show has hosted the Surface Design Awards, now recognised as one of the most respected events in the design calendar. The 2019 Awards received 197 entries from 22 countries, including America, Italy, China and India. There are 13 awards that recognise exterior and interior surfaces for different sectors of design, including commercial, housing, light and surface, public building, retail, sustainable, and temporary structure. The shortlist for this year’s Surface Design Awards, includes Zaha Hadid Architects, Studio Egret West and Chris Dyson Architects from the UK, Rockwell Group from the USA, and Kengo Kuma & Associates from Japan. The shortlist consists of an impressive 43 projects across seven categories, each entry is an exemplary example of creative and innovative use of materials and lighting in both interior and exterior schemes. Some projects received nominations across several categories, resulting in 48 finalists. Awards Presentation will take place on the morning of Thursday 7 February, at Surface Design Show. Tickets to the Presentation are available via the Surface Design Show website. Award partners include; James Latham, Finsa, Business Design Centre, Soluis and Roof Maker. The 2019 judging panel: Christophe Egret (Co-chair) Paul Priestman (Co-chair) Cany Ash Roz Barr Paul Edwards Studio Egret West Priestman Goode Ash Sakula Architects Roz Barr Architects Airbus


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Surface Matter partners with some of the most inspiring material manufacturers out there and offer a unique range of surfaces - from sheets made of recycled paper to panels that play with light. This year at Surface Design Show they will be showcasing their core materials, alongside a selection from their materials library, through an interactive stand encouraging you to explore and connect with materials and surfaces.


They care about what a building looks like, what a product feels like. The impact on the people that use it, the texture when you touch it. They care as much about design as the materials that make it. They celebrate the brilliant and fight the bland. Materialism is the difference between choosing a material that will ‘do the job’ and the material that will ‘make the job’. Between good and great, bland and brilliant. 

Surface Matter are Proud Materialists. We are passionate about well-made spaces that stand the test of time and make you want to hang around a little longer. We bridge the gap between the creatives who push the boundaries of architecture and design and the joiners and makers who are so good at bringing materials to life.


Surface Matter partners with some of the most interesting material manufacturers out there to offer a unique range of surfaces - from sheets made of recycled paper to panels that play with light. We support designers and makers by working through projects, giving out samples of our materials, supplying the actual sheet material and offering technical and fabrication information. 

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Our love of materials drove us to create a materials library in London Fields that’s open for architects, designers, creatives and material enthusiasts to explore. Some of our core materials are available in stock from our warehouse in Essex, or can be made to order. Any we don’t supply we’ll happily connect you with.


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An Evolution in Colour The beauty of metal itself is making a resurgence as an impressive design feature with recent trends towards naturally weathered metals. Powdertech Corby has responded with its own flagship powder coating collection, Evolution™, offering the organic, natural look of metal patination. The name ‘Evolution™’ reflects the changes in appearance that occur as metals evolve when exposed to the atmosphere. Rust on iron, bluegreen verdigris oxidation on copper, and other metal patinas are all visually attractive but metal in this state is not fit for purpose – it is decaying and losing its integrity. Evolution™ powder coatings offer the best of both worlds; the desired appearance of weathered metal together with high level protection against weathering for your metal. The powders used for Evolution™ are of architectural specification, meeting the necessary Qualicoat and British/European standards. All products used are rigorously tested for durability, corrosion protection and colour stability. Unique processes, carried out under controlled conditions, result in a finish that is suitable for internal and external architectural applications with an authentic variation in appearance that will be unique to every customer. Evolution™ takes patination into new realms with seventytwo different shades currently. Continuing with an evolution theme, shades are grouped into five ranges – Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Steam Age to Modern Day. With Evolution™, designers and architects can employ the strength and versatility of metal and celebrate its beauty by protecting it with a coating that not only ensures longevity but reflects how its appearance would evolve over time, in the natural environment. Specifiers and manufacturers can select the finishes with full confidence in their suitability and performance, confirmed by Powdertech’s twentyfive-year guarantee. www.powdertechcorby.co.uk



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From a background in antiques and restoration, Dominic Schuster Ltd has become the go-to name for gilded and antiqued mirror glass in residential and commercial sectors, at home and abroad. Our studio has recently located to Surrey which has enabled us to take on larger scale projects as well as more complex installations. We work with some of the world’s leading architects, construction companies and designers on projects ranging from small oneoff mirror designs to large scale installations in hotels, restaurants and stately homes. We are also proud to be 100% UK based, with every product and design created by our studio here in Surrey. We do not have overseas factories or workshops, which enables us to keep our lead-times down to a minimum whilst also keeping a very close eye on the quality of our products. Using glass and mirror in varying thicknesses and sizes, our studio creates finishes that authentically replicate the natural degradation of mercury/silvered mirror to bespoke effects incorporating silver and gold for a more contemporary look. One of our current projects has involved multiple samples of a bespoke finish going to the USA for the client to approve – not only did we have to create a finish to their specific requirement, we also had to ensure that the actual glass matched the exact remnant of a mirror that they had found in an antique frame. Because the iron content in glass varies from country to country, we had to source from different suppliers until we found the correct colour. The beauty and quality of our product sets us apart from our competitors but so does our customer service. As a large percentage of our work also involves seeing projects through from conception to completion, we work very closely with the designers, architects and construction companies. The initial site visits involve in-depth discussions to determine the client’s exact requirements as well

as taking technical details. Once the vision and scope has been determined we draw up a variety of options and layouts for approval by the client. We then commence work on the chosen product, with the client often coming to our workshop to assess progress. Only once the mirror and glass has passed our strict quality control, do we deliver it ourselves to site where we personally undertake the installation to ensure that the client’s expectations are fully met. We also work extensively in the super-yacht sector supplying many of the UK’s leading yacht designers with our verre eglomise

and mirrors. Our experience and knowledge of this sector enables us to ensure that no matter the complexity of the installation, we can provide the client with the product that meets their needs, on both a technical and aesthetic level.

projects, last year we completed a highly complex ceiling installation in London, oversized arched mirrors for a roof-terrace project in central London as well as bespoke verre eglomise designs for an apartment complex in Azerbaijan.

We have a loyal team of craftsmen who have worked with us for a number of years, assisting us in supplying and installing our glass and mirror in the UK and overseas. Amongst a number of other

Every project we work on is bespoke and every client is treated individually. Stand: 554 www.dominic-schuster.com


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Pixalux adds a customised touch to the ICC, Birmingham


he client was looking for a flexible design on the walls that would enable a bespoke feel and theme as people entered the conference hall. Alison Monteith, Managing Director of Monteith Scott, architectural interior design practice, was originally looking for a slim light box which would allow the hall to change the colour of the panel. She selected Pixalux LED light panels as they could be made to a bespoke size and the panels were only 16mm thick which meant that the wood and fabric panelling was much easier to integrate into the design.

Derek Matthews, design director said, “Pixalux LED panels were extremely simply to specify and install and this certainly made the project less complicated. The foyer was designed with a neutral pallet of colours and by insetting a Pixalux panel with RGB colour changing facility it has enable the ICC to add a brand colour of an exhibitor or set the colour to create a more welcoming environment to match the time of day. Monteith Scott have now refurbished 5 halls and the ICC has stated that reaction to Hall 11 is the best yet.�

Pixalux LED colour changing panels have been used in the Foyer bar, meet and greet area of the refurbished Hall 11 at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham. Pixalux is ideal for use in reception areas, function rooms and restaurants areas as add a splash of colour to the walls.


February 2019 Surface Design Show The Pixalux panels were installed by MLB Joinery. Luke Burrows, MD stated, �it was a pleasure to work with Pixalux UK. The design process started in April. We made many changes to the design and Geoff Fairfield of Pixalux helped us every step of the way. Once the final decision was made, we only had 10 days to complete the job. Pixalux pulled out all the stops to supply the panels with an incredibly fast turnround. I must say Pixalux is fantastic especially as we have some complicated wiring requirements. The client wanted to control all the panels in the room from one point which meant we ended up with 5 metres of cable to the power supply. Our electricians were delighted when everything arrived as discussed. It all worked perfectly without any headaches or dramas which can often happen with other products�. Pixalux is a totally unique product, as the LED panels are structural with a totally even spread of light, making them extremely easy to work with. In this project the panels have been supplied single-sided which has increased the brightness of the light. The panels have built-in diffusers and what clients love is that you cannot see any dots of light from the LEDs. The single sided Pixalux panels were bonded to the wall, integrating perfectly with the other wall finishes. The only way to fully appreciate the Pixalux LED panel is to see it for yourself. Call today on 0845 299 6466 to arrange to see a panel or visit www.pixalux.co.uk. Pixalux UK is based in Hemel Hempstead with a manufacturing facility in Leeds.


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Artistic Licence launches sunDial, a trailing edge mains LED dimmer Lighting controls specialist, Artistic Licence, is excited to be launching its much anticipated trailing edge mains dimmer, sunDial. The solution that many lighting professionals have been waiting for, sunDial achieves beautiful dimming for all common fixtures, including LED bulbs. The use of LEDs is now commonplace in both task and feature lighting, not least because of recent EU legislation phasing out traditional incandescent bulbs. LED replacement bulbs are particularly convenient, as they are mains-powered and can serve as direct replacements for obsolete luminaires. Unfortunately, however, many are not compatible with conventional dimmers, requiring instead a ‘trailing edge’ approach. While the consumer market has a limited range of trailing-edge offerings, such products do not provide the high levels of performance, reliability and safety demanded by the professional lighting specifier.


sunDial has been intelligently designed and tested against the most stringent criteria. The product

is controlled by DMX (with support for RDM) and provides 4 output channels, each rated at 250 W. If more power is needed, 2 channels can be bridged to give 500 W. The product can dim any type of dimmable LED replacement bulb, along with CFL and incandescent sources. Four user-selectable dimming curves are offered, ensuring optimum results for all types of fixture. Performance is exceptional for LED COB bulbs, with smooth dimming down to 0%. sunDial quad is extremely resilient, with smart features that reduce ongoing maintenance needs. Active de-rating is triggered if the product senses that it is approaching its maximum operating temperature. When the internal temperature sensors detect that it has cooled sufficiently, full operation is resumed. Other premium features include ‘self-healing’ outputs that have the ability to recover autonomously following a fault situation. This may be an over-current, shortcircuit or over-temperature condition that causes the outputs to temporarily shut down for safety. When the fault has passed, normal operation resumes automatically without the need for user intervention.

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align expands City of London workspace interiors for Australian financial services group client For their second project for an Australian financial services group, workspace specialists align were briefed to design 13,745 sq ft of new working, meeting, presentation and break-out space across 1.5 storeys at their client’s City of London offices in order to meet a period of sustained growth and house three divisions of the company, totalling around 150-170 people.


align had previously worked on an office interiors scheme in Reading for the same client, before being instructed to create this new Cat A and Cat B scheme, where the brief was to include integrated, but differentiated, zones that worked within the overall building environment with a pronounced accent on biophilia, agile working and staff wellbeing. The client’s Head of Infrastructure Technology and Business Services - EMEA,

commented on the project: ‘Our objective here was not to just fit-out the space in line with the rest of the building, but to use people-centred design to challenge our thinking and create a number of new inspiring spaces. We aim to create and manage high performance work environments and client spaces that are a consistent representation of our global brand and our spaces are managed to the highest possible standard, reflecting our culture and aspirations.’

February 2019 Case Study Full Scope of Work: The scope of work mostly covered the building’s 8th floor, where general workspaces are located, along with a staff kitchen/pantry; a large presentation and townhall space (which can also be used for other purposes, eg yoga classes); five meeting rooms and a large breakout area with an indooroutdoor feel (‘The Terrace’). The multi-use presentation area was deemed particularly important to the success of the project and is able to be combined with The Terrace area, with a folding wall between the two, in order to allow large-scale events to be held there. The scheme also encompassed a number of private working booths,

as well as a more relaxed work/ meeting area on the storey above, on the building’s 9th floor. ‘The 8th floor space really was a blank canvas when we took the project on, in spite of most of the building having been fitted out for several years already’, Gurvinder Khurana, align Director and Cofounder, commented. ‘The spaces were effectively concrete shells and so could be designed to serve the required functions perfectly.’ Working with the Existing Building: The existing building has a strong statement core, including a red feature staircase created by the scheme’s original architects.


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This new design project needed to acknowledge and talk to this dominant feature. This was achieved via the occasional and well-judged uses of red throughout - from red lines, for example, within a grey carpet from Shaws Carpets used in corridor areas, that also echo the staircase’s angled geometry, with Fegerhold lights directly above further matching the carpet insert angle. A striking red feature was also used on the building’s 9th floor, in the form of a rectangular feature wall area, which is clad in individual, red Muratto tiles in 3D


off-centre pyramid shapes, angled once again to mimic the stair. This idea is continued along a narrow galleried seating area on the same floor, where the tiles this time are arranged as wall art in a series of alternating 4 or 6-tile portraitformat rectangles, accompanying a 6-person meeting space. Natural Light and Sustainability: The client brief also requested the use of glass to maximise natural light and the scheme therefore features fire-rated glass for dividing walls wherever possible. As the more traditional working zones for

February 2019 Case Study the teams also require privacy and security for FCA compliance, privacy manifestations are used for some of the glazed partitions. Further light was created via white-painted ceilings, deliberately exposed, allowing for a very generous 3m ceiling height – almost a metre more than the average office interior – whilst at the same time ensuring a less corporate feel. From an energy perspective, the large elements of glazing pull in as much natural daylight as possible, with cellular spaces confined to inner core areas and the lighting scheme is entirely LED-driven, with suspended up and down-lighting to limit glare to work surfaces. Floor finishes, meanwhile, feature a high degree of recycled content, as do the slatted timber acoustic panels in the presentation space, made from off-cuts of Australian red cedar. Agile Working, Wellbeing & Biophilia: ‘When it came to designing the workspaces themselves, we knew that our client has a strong collaborative relationship with its staff and engages in a number of programmes promoting health, wellbeing and balance within the workplace’ Gurvinder Khurana explained. ‘This project therefore represents the continued evolution of the Group’s people-centred working environments, which support the development of agile, activity-based working practices. A high level of trust is placed in the teams to choose the appropriate spaces in which to work – whether traditionally desk-based, buzzy-and-collaborative or quiet and reflective, with an overall workplace technology infrastructure which allows these to work seamlessly.’ Workspace furniture includes sit-stand desks from Hayworth, along with a mixture of desks and seating by Naughtone, Orangebox and Brunner. Whilst the scheme created a suite of varied workplace environments for an agile workforce, each work zone also encompassed small meeting spaces and work areas, screened with combinations of furniture elements,

hanging planting and open Abstracta frameworks, to create more intimate neighbourhoods within larger zones, along with jump-in jump-out phone booths to provide local quiet spaces. Each area very much has its own character and this approach can also be seen in the different meeting room design treatments, with carpets in two rooms in turquoise, two in green and one in yellow, for example. A commitment to creating a biophilic environment meant an extensive planting strategy for the space too, creating a natural connection via externally-planted roof terraces, which also improve internal air quality and help mitigate the breakout of sound into the building’s shared atrium space. Communal Pantry: A communal pantry area on the 8th floor is surrounded by glass dividing walls, made more dynamic via a film manifestation in a highlycontemporary geometric pattern, applied on two walls in black and white and one in colour. The pattern reflects the geometry of the corridors beyond, with the colours forming a subtle reference to the company’s Australian origins and in particular to the earthy tones of Aboriginal art. Rubber flooring is the pantry area is from Nora with a raised disc pattern.

Multi-functional / Presentation Area: The multi-functional/presentation area also has completely moveable furniture in the form of stacking chairs, along with folding Torino tables from Brunner, that can be wheeled to one side. The space includes a lectern that can be used in different locations and a large screen at one end. A hexagonaldesign carpet here is from Shaws Carpets, whilst the rear wall features a stack-panel cladding system using recycled timber. The carpet continues into The Terrace beyond to link the spaces when the requirement is for a unified, larger space. To see the full project go to www.construction-update. co.uk/2019/02/04/align-expandscity-of-london-workspace-interiorsfor-australian-financial-servicesgroup-client/


Coatings, Sealants & Paints February 2019

Glowing in the dark or not? Fluorescent and luminous paints can be a significant aid to site safety, enabling areas of concern or hazardous objects to be identified, but confusion does exist around the roles and functions of fluorescent and luminous paints. Fluorescent or Luminous – What is the difference?

Fluorescent Paint – Application and Uses

Luminous Paint – Application and Uses

While both Fluorescent and Luminous paints appear to glow, only luminous paint emits light.

The key function of Fluorescent paint is high visibility in both bright and low light, making it extremely useful for safety applications. Fluorescence is used in high visibility clothing and can be utilized further to draw attention to exits, safety and first aid equipment. It can also be implemented to highlight low beams, bollards and protruding objects that may present an injury risk.

Luminous paints possess the ability to remain visible for a limited time in the event of a sudden loss of light, depending on the application this can be anywhere up to 1 hour, but is usually closer to 20 minutes.

Luminous paint works by storing light energy and then releasing it to emit a photo phosphorescent glow when a light source is removed. During the day and in a well-lit environment, a luminous paint will seem dull and will not draw attention, which limits the application of this paint to brightly lit spaces. Its full effect is only visible when the environment is rapidly plunged into darkness, it will then emit its stored light for up to 20 minutes. Fluorescent paint works by enhancing the light, making the colours brighter and extremely visible in both bright and low light. However when there is no light to amplify, such as in darkness, fluorescent paint cannot be seen. Unlike Luminous paint, Fluorescent paint cannot be used to glow in the dark.


The key element of a fluorescent coating is the base; the white base coat is fundamental in capturing the light and providing the reflectivity necessary for the paint to function. The colour should not obliterate the white beneath as would be expected from a conventional coating.

They are particularly useful for safety and security applications – highlighting escape routes, doorways and fire exits in the event of a blackout. They are also often used to produce some interesting theatrical effects. Both products have a large range of applications and are included in the Coo-Var Safety and Security range. For more information: Coo-Var, Lockwood Street, Hull, HU2 0HN Tel: 01482 320853


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Waterproofing Design Recent years have seen a drastic change in how waterproofing design has been approached.


one are the days of architects undertaking the waterproofing design role. British Standard 8102:2009 Code of Practice for Protection of Below Ground Structures Against Water from the Ground (BS8102:2009) recommends that every design team/waterproofing project incorporates a Waterproofing Design Specialist. As set out in Section 4.2 of BS 8102:2009 under the heading “Design Team”, the code states:“A waterproofing specialist should be included as part of the design team so that an integrated waterproofing solution is created. The waterproofing specialist should:a) be suitably experienced; b) be capable of devising solutions that accommodate the various project constraints and needs; c) provide the design team with information and guidance that assists with and influences the design, installation and future maintenance of the waterproofed structure.”


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Do I really require a Waterproofing Design Specialist?

• CSSW as a minimum standard of qualification

In short YES! Waterproofing Design is a complex task.

• Be able to list the principal considerations for a robust waterproofing design

Every construction project is different and will require diversities. It is necessary to introduce a Waterproofing Design Specialist at the earliest stages of design to ensure the structural waterproofing system is compliant to BS8102:2009.

• Offer knowledge on waterproofing systems available • An in-depth understanding of BS8102:2009 and its requirements • Desk top study & risk assessment knowledge – these should form part of any Designers Report and Waterproofing Design • An understanding of sources of water (such as how it flows through the soil and interacts with the structures). • Structural knowledge • Knowledge of Ground Gases

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• Geotechnical knowledge (to be able to understand the implications of a soil report)

A Waterproofing Design Specialist provides expertise in structural waterproofing. Identifying a Waterproofing Design Specialist can be difficult and daunting.

• The ability to produce a Design Report, Method Statements and Waterproof Design drawings.

A Waterproofing Design Specialist should attend site, undertake site investigations, produce reports and manage documentation in relation to the design, ensuring at all stages that sufficient protection is designed into the project. Getting the design correct prior to construction will save significant costs!

February 2019 Coatings, Sealants & Paints Structural Warranty Provider Requirements Structural Warranty Providers such as NHBC stipulate that it is a mandatory requirement that a CSSW qualified waterproofing designer is involved in the waterproofing design process and other warranty providers such as Premier Guarantees and LABC are following suit. Warranty providers also require that a criterion has been accomplished prior to issuing a warranty. If you are developing a property and are intending to sell it, rent it or refinance it - you will need a Building Warranty or a Professional Consultants Certificate (PCC). Mortgage Lenders will only lend on a property if it is covered by an approved warranty policy. What makes a Qualified Waterproofing Design Specialist? The Property Care Association (PCA) runs a successful programme of education and examinations which enables attendees to achieve the Certificated Surveyor in Structural

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Waterproofing (CSSW) and Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments (CSRT) qualifications.

Delegates who attend the PCA education and examination programmes are extensively tested on their competence to produce successful structural waterproofing designs and their abilities to advise others involved in a construction project as to best practice and correct detailing relating to structural waterproofing. Delta Membrane Systems Limited offer CSSW training

and examinations at their fully functional training facilities in Epping Essex, hosted by the PCA. Thank you for reading our article, if you have a question or would like to find out about structural waterproofing or installing a Delta Membrane System, we are happy to provide CAD drawings and information relating to waterproofing solutions in accordance with British Standard 8102:2009, give us a call on 01992 523 523 or email info@deltamembranes.com. All of Delta’s Technical Team are CSSW qualified surveyors and registered to the “Waterproofing Design Register”. Our Technical Team would be delighted to help with your waterproofing designs/ projects.

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innovative foils or even a spectrum of paint lacquers; Vicaima has one of the most comprehensive selections available. As if 80 pages of door models were not enough, the Vicaima 2019 Interior Door Selector goes one step further, offering a wide assortment of additional modifications.   Vicaima customisation provides the opportunity to select a door of choice from any of their Essential ex-stock solid core designs and to transform them with grooves, inlays and glazing plus many other factory servicing options.  Effectively this creates thousands of additional doors patterns, all available with shorter lead times than conventional bespoke doors. Download a copy of the 2019 Interior Door Selector today by visiting the Vicaima website www.vicaima.com. Alternatively call 01793 532333 for further possibilities.


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Cap Free Fire Rated Curtain Wall In what is believed to be a first for the industry, a cap-less, fire rated curtain wall system has been completed on a refurbishment development in Manchester.

would need to be fire rated due to the proximity of other buildings and future developments.

The project, known as ‘The Core’, is located at 24-30 Brown Street in the city centre and uses the ‘MB-SR50N EI efekt’ developed by Aluprof. Originally built in the mid-1980s as the headquarters for law firm Halliwells, the building, also formerly known as St James’s Court, has been given an £8 million overhaul to replace the facade and re-fit the internals. The Core comprises 48,000 sq.ft of office space over six floors including a new 7,500 sq.ft rooftop extension. It is this new upper floor that proved a challenge for the architects PRP as the planners insisted on parts of the new facade

A fire rating of EI60 was required on part of the new cap-less, curved glass facade on the top floor. Aluprof’s new system, MB-SR50N EI efekt, enabled the architect to have a cap-less fire rated system whilst at the same time seamlessly blending in with areas which did not require a fire rating. Dan Holden of facade specialists Caseu Consulto who designed and installed the facade takes up the story, “We were going down the route of a steel system for this project until we were introduced to this new system by Aluprof. To achieve a cap-less fire rated curtain wall system is a big development for the industry, but to be able to have the fire rated system on one side of a mullion and non-fire rated on the other side in a seamless transition, is truly impressive.” With the old heavy red brick facade removed and window openings made much larger, the new office development has been finished to shell to allow tenants to customise

their space, following the trend for more individually designed workspaces. The central light-well has been opened up and windows enlarged to further add light into all floors. The project team for the refurbishment, managed by OBI, included PRP Architects, Russells Construction, Tier Consult as structural engineer, and REDS, M&E advisor. Aluprof UK’s head office and extensive distribution centre is located in Altrincham, Cheshire. Aluprof systems are increasingly being specified on a wide range of residential and commercial projects across the UK. Systems are designed, fabricated and installed by selected, specially trained local companies, to ensure each fabricated product meets Aluprof’s exacting standards. Further information is available on the company’s website at www.aluprof.co.uk and specialist advice is available directly from Aluprof’s UK head offices on 0161 941 4005.


Windows & Glazing Systems February 2019

Steel windows and doorsets complete four-storey tannery conversion Steel Window Association (SWA) member, West Leigh, has won the gratitude and admiration of a client local to its south London premises, for the quality of the firm’s W20 window and door package which completed the renovation and reconfiguration of an old Victorian tannery building.   Dating from 1850, Number 3 Tanner Street in Bermondsey was purchased by Sanjay Sharma ten years ago with the intention of turning it into a permanent home for himself and his family.  Despite the property having undergone a 1980s refurbishment which concealed many of the property’s original features, Sanjay and his architect could see the potential for opening up and extending the building while restoring its character. Having carried out a phase one renovation in 2008, Sanjay and his main contractor, Kraft Electrical, have now completed the transformation; with the SWA’s West Leigh having produced a bespoke package of W20 windows and doorsets to replace the old timber sash windows. Sanjay Sharma recounted, “Having lived in New York for a number of years and being attracted to ‘loft style’ living, we wanted to restore as much of the building’s heritage as possible, including revealing all of the old timbers, but also replacing the existing wooden windows with industrial style steel ones.” “I was also keen on using local companies here in Bermondsey and discovered that West Leigh was located close by, so I got in touch. David Cox met with me and showed me examples of the jobs they have done around the country as well as here in London, so we awarded them the contract.”


Close to London Bridge station and lying within the Bermondsey conservation area, the Tanner Street property has a floor area

of 5,000 sq ft, providing Sanjay with a fully open plan office on the ground floor, while the bedrooms, as well as a study and gymnasium, are on the next two levels. Then, in line with the concept of New York loft apartments, the top floor forms a striking living space where a set of W20 doors open out onto a large roof terrace, offering views towards The Shard. There are three more doorsets in the rear elevation above ground floor level, plus six double glazed steel windows; all finished in RAL 7015 Slate Grey Matt. The front elevation retains the original timber front door, but has a total of seven more W20 windows now filling the old openings. All of the frames contain 4-8-4 IG units which, with a soft coat, low-E inner leaf and Krypton gas filled cavity, provide significantly better energy performance than the fenestration they replaced. Sanjay concluded, “I can’t praise West Leigh enough for the quality of

their work, including the speed with which they produced and installed the windows, working closely with Kraft Electrical, and Southwark Council on the conservation issues. The project has been a real success and I feel very proud of our achievement.” Members of the Steel Window Association offer a UK wide service for the repair and replacement of various types of old metal windows, doors and screens, as well as being able to manufacture new fenestration which fully meets the requirements of the Building Regulations. Choosing an SWA member to manufacture and install your steel windows and doors ensures that you are receiving the highest standard of fabrication, Installation and customer service. For further information on the Steel Window Association, please visit www.steel-window-association.co.uk or call 020 8543 2841.

February 2019 Windows & Glazing Systems

Crossrail and railway fire safety Wrightstyle is a leading UK steel and aluminium glazing company that has supplied systems for transportation projects in Hong Kong, Dubai and the UK. Wrightstyle’s marketing director Jane Embury looks at railway station fire safety.


rightstyle is completing work on six Crossrail stations, reflecting our expertise in transportation projects, with other recent completions across the UK, Dubai and Hong Kong. The final Crossrail element will be at Paddington station for which are fabricating bonded doors and screens. We also supplied a range of firerated doors, screens and curtain walling to Bond Street, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel and Woolwich stations. The line, which was originally expected to fully open at the end of 2018, will increase London’s rail capacity by 10% when it is fully operational – perhaps at the end of this year. The Elizabeth Line will have 40 stations, including ten new stations,

with up to 24 trains running each hour in both directions on its 100 kilometre route. Wrightstyle has recently completed a number of other prestigious transportation projects, both in the UK and internationally, including a major railway hub in Hong Kong, the Dubai metro and the iconic frontage of London’s King’s Cross station. The fire safety measures being installed on the Elizabeth Line are state-of-the-art, reflecting modern fire safety regulations and advances in building materials – including our own fire systems. Significant fires in railway stations are mercifully rare – and that, more than anything, speaks volumes for how far fire safety has progressed over recent years. The last major railway station fire in the UK was at Nottingham in January last year, causing significant disruption and a repair bill of at

least £2 million. It’s believed that the fire was started deliberately. Also last year, trains caught fire while at Plymouth and Grantham stations, similar incidents to others recently at London’s Victoria station and at Sevenoaks in Kent. In each incident, the station was evacuated, the fire contained, and nobody was hurt. But not all station fires have happy endings. The worst modern station fire disaster, in 2003, was at Daegu Station in South Korea in which 192 people died. Of particular concern was how badly the station’s fire compartmentation systems were designed. Instead of containing the fire, but allowing people to escape, the system closed fire shutters and smoke barriers – effectively concentrating the heat into places from which people were desperately trying to escape. It was a reminder of the King’s Cross disaster which fire claimed the lives of 31 people in 1987, and which was probably started by a discarded match or dropped cigarette on an escalator, underlining how most major accidental fires start from something almost insignificant. All Wrightstyle systems are tested as one compatible unit and, as we always emphasise to architects and designers, based on our extensive fire, ballistic and bomb testing experience, the glass and steel components should always be specified as one integrated and tested assembly. The glass will only be as good as its framing system, or vice versa, and if one fails, both fail, with potentially catastrophic consequences. Crossrail may be late and overbudget, but with advanced safety systems in place, including our own, it will be safe.


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Expanding market for brick slips The rising popularity of brick slips is evident from the growing number of companies now selling them. Once considered a niche product, the speed and flexibility brick slips offer has made them a popular choice across the building industry as a whole and has resulted in a rapidly expanding market.


urobrick has been supplying brick slips independently and as part of their own cladding systems for nearly 30 years. In recent years, they have noticed an increase in enquiries for larger projects from construction companies who are now opting to use brick slips and systems. Director Richard Haines tells us more, “The on-going housing crisis along with construction skills shortages, have resulted in a move towards modern methods and off-site construction. Companies are actively looking for ways to do things quicker, meet challenging deadlines and hopefully save on costs, without compromising on build quality. The brick shortages experienced a few years ago forced the building industry to look for alternatives. At the time, we were able to maintain our supply chain, as historically, brick slip manufacturers formed a small, specialised market and were generally less prone to the pressures being experienced


by the industry at that time. However since then, those companies have realised the many advantages that come with brick slips and cladding systems, they have returned time and time again, even when brick shortages were becoming less of an issue. As a result, here at Eurobrick, we have just had our best two years trading ever. Whether it’s a new build, refurbishment or interiors project, there are flexible solutions that can be applied to different substrates and installed on- or off-site. Application in a factory environment has the appeal of allowing for greater quality control and increasing the speed of installation, and means the weather is no longer an influencing factor. Many systems can also be applied using semi-skilled labour, which helps with any issues related to skills shortages too. People may not always think of brick when they think of modular building or modern methods of construction, and yet brick is still a highly

sought after and popular finish within the UK building industry. While modern methods may not necessarily work so well alongside traditional brick building, brick slip cladding provides an alternative that is fast, flexible and easy to transport and we believe the sector will continue to expand in the coming years. Retrofit or refurbishment projects can also benefit from an ever evolving range of brick slip colours and finishes. Whether you want to blend in with an existing building or have to comply with a planning requirement, brick matching or sourcing can help. Older buildings may need insulation and this can be added by retrofitting an insulated system to dramatically improve the thermal performance of a building. Leisure and retail markets have long recognised the benefits of brick slips and cladding systems for interiors too. Whether applied directly to the substrate or as part of a system, the slimline

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profile minimises loss of valuable floor space and provides a finish that is characterful and indistinguishable from traditional brickwork. Just to be clear, our brick slips are still real bricks. Some of our slips are manufactured as slips (extruded slips) using natural clay and fired in the same way as traditional bricks, and some are cut from whole bricks. They provide a real brick finish with the same low maintenance and durability benefits.� Eurobrick was first to introduce a comprehensively designed brick cladding system to the UK in 1990 and include a 25 year guarantee with all of their systems. Find out more at www.eurobrick.co.uk.


Heating & Ventilation February 2019

21st Century Construction, 19th Century Heating? With more and more developers and constructors looking to go modular (or offsite construction), more and more are re-evaluating all aspects of the specification and ways to reduce build time. Space; one of the most valuable commodities in any property, is also becoming more and more important, and technologies that maximise living room whilst staying within budget constraints are highly prized. ThermaSkirt – literally a heated skirting profile- does exactly what most innovative and forwardthinking developers are looking for. By combining the heating and skirting board in one pre-finished

package it saves time on site and improves the aesthetics of the finished property. It frees up valuable floor and wall space by eliminating conventional radiators, but unlike Underfloor heating, is quick and easy to install and is ‘above ground’ for peace of mind. Available in a ‘wet’ central heating and direct electric versions, ThermaSkirt is an aluminium profile radiant heating system, available in several styles and colours, including white, cream, black and even anthracite grey to match windows and doors. Working with a conventional boiler, or renewables such as heat pumps, ThermaSkirt provides all the benefits of underfloor heating

(except warming ta tiled floor) but without any of the drawbacks such as limiting access to rooms, temporary heating to assist curing, restricting choice of floor coverings and slow response times – and the almost inevitable under and overheating. For refurbishment projects, as ThermaSkirt uses conventional pipework like a radiator, retrofitting is considerably simplified. Available in up to 6m (or cut to size to order) most walls are ThermaSkirted in a single section. Manufactured in the UK to ISO 9001 and with up to a 10 year warranty, ThermaSkirt has been tested to all relevant UK and European standards. More than 40,000 systems have been installed over 10 years. www.discreteheat.com


February 2019 Heating & Ventilation

HEATING OUR HOMES - A policy pathway to developing a viable heat pump market NIBE Energy Systems has developed a policy pathway paper for phasing out high carbon fossil fuels in response to the Government’s 2017 Clean Growth Strategy[1], a vision for driving down emissions throughout the next decade, which included phasing out high carbon fossil fuels in off gas grid properties.


his week DEFRA published the Clean Air Strategy 2019[2] which recognises how technology can support multiple aspects of clean growth.

It recommends reducing demand through improved energy efficiency and opting for technologies that mitigate climate change and improve air quality at the same time. NIBE Energy Systems welcomes the continued commitment by Government to tackle climate change, improve air quality and move away from high carbon fossil fuels however, stresses that further work is needed to facilitate greater and smoother transition from fossil fuels to renewables in off gas grid properties. NIBE’s new policy paper, Heating Our Home - Phasing out Fossil Fuels, raises awareness of the need to tackle the decarbonisation of heat urgently and suggests steps which can be taken in the UK now, to move towards cleaner, more efficient heating systems:

Commit to a concrete date for high carbon fossil fuel phase out in the 2020s to provide certainty Low carbon heating must be deployed in buildings capitalising on key trigger points The groundwork for widespread uptake must be set; this means ensuring homes are renewables ready, recognising improvements in energy performance in property values and providing support to enable and encourage adoption. Building Regulations, and specifically the upcoming review of Part L, represent a significant opportunity to drive down the carbon emissions from new build properties. To enable the required uptake of low carbon heating, NIBE recommend: Set tight new build standards that will in effect render renewable heating the primary option for new build where these systems make immediate sense. Where fossil fuel heating systems are installed, these should be low

temperature ready The maximum dwelling emission rate is reduced over time to encourage continuous improvement. It is important that action is taken now rather than later to combat climate change. NIBE Energy System’s Managing Director Phil Hurley said: “We must significantly reduce the role of oil and other high carbon fuels in new and existing buildings by the early 2020s. Setting a clear end date for fossil fuel installations is the low hanging fruit which will drive decarbonisation more widely. “This report looks at policy levers which could be pulled to make it easier to switch and ensure that it happens at the rate required. We look forward to engaging with policy makers in 2019 to make these recommendations a reality through the development of an ambitious policy framework for heat in buildings.” A copy of the NIBE policy paper can be found here


Heating & Ventilation February 2019

Installation advice to help freezing and long-term Paul Greengrass – Business Development and solutions available for disposing and routing Amendments to the building regulations back in 2005 effectively made condensing boilers compulsory for both new build and boiler upgrades. The impact of this has led to condensate routing challenges and exposed pipework freezing.

Rules of thumb Typically, a 24kW boiler will produce around 1.7 litres of condensate per hour, if running at full rate for the hour. Depending on running hours, boiler output and system setup, annual volumes of 600 to 1200 litres of condensate can be produced.

The Big Freezing issue. Many boilers include a siphon, which will dispose around 100ml of condensate at a time. This will help reduce any constant dripping which will exacerbate freezing. Typically, the siphon will activate 6,000 to 12,000 times per annum. There is plenty of guidance in both the latest revision of BS 6798:2014 and the boiler manufacturer’s instructions, on the size of pipe and connection of condensate pipe to existing pipework. The running and connection to external pipework were really defined as a last resort for use in exceptional circumstances, when internal connection is not viable. However, this exception has at times been the rule with some housing associations, experiencing 60% plus of condensate pipe being run externally. The impact of such high levels of external pipe runs created serious problems during extended periods of sub-zero temperatures during winter months. The optimum solution to avoiding freezing is to connect the condensate drain from the boiler to an existing internal sink, washing machine, bath, shower waste pipe or soil pipe.


If immediate access to the internal drain by gravity is not available, the fitting of a boiler condensate pump can offer advantages and flexibility of installation and keep the connection internal.

The Pump House 2 litre boiler condensate pump, which has a drink cycle of 750ml, will provide an 86% reduction in condensate cycles to around 800 per annum, when compared to a 100ml siphon.

Retro fitting options When existing installations have external runs, which have the possibility of freezing, there are a number of options: • Re direct the pipe work and route internally by gravity • Re direct the pipe work and route internally using a condensate pump • Fit a low-cost Boiler Buoy bypass valve on internal pipework • Increase pipe size to at least 32mm and insulate with external grade PVC coated insulation • Fit trace heating kit and insulate with external grade PVC coated insulation

Installation products and options The resulting chaos caused by extended sub-zero temperatures with heating systems locking out, has resulted in a plethora of new options when external runs are the only practical option. The cost of these solutions has been equally wide and varied: Boiler Buoy Bypass Valve – this is a very low-cost solution which incorporates a red ball to indicate when the pipe becomes blocked, and an internal bypass valve which can be switched to allow the boiler to keep working during the cold spell.

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prevent condensate pipes damage to property Director at Pump House explains the challenges boiler condensate.

Boiler Buoy Bypass Valve Insulation and Larger pipework - Increasing to 32mm and using a PVC coated insulation, can provide a reasonable level of mitigation and a moderate reduction in the risk of freezing. It is important to cover all external pipe, as any exposed pipe will be the weak link, especially bends and connectors. Boiler Condensate Pump - the installation of a condensate pump can provide greater opportunity to connect the boiler condensate pipe to an existing internal waste pipe (sink, shower, bath or internal soil pipe) within the property, which can help reduce any risk of freezing pipework. Our standard 2 litre condensate pump, when used in conjunction with external runs, will significantly reduce cycle times by pumping a large 750ml slug of condensate at 7 psi, further reducing the risk of freezing. The pump is typically only on for around 20 to 40 seconds at a time, with run annual times of only 3 to 4 hours and associated electrical consumption of around 200 to 300 watts per annum.

Trace heating - is a higher cost solution and has an electrical running cost impact to the house holder (4m length can be up to 25kW per annum), remember that trace heating still requires the pipe to be insulated (there is not point having an electric blanket in the winter without a duvet). The quality of the external stats on trace heating kit is important; the lower end products have low quality electronic components, the high-quality versions such as Frost Sentry have IP65 rated housings and robust electrical components.

Insulation advice and correct specification The correct grade and thickness of insulation is also very important. The standard grey and silver coloured foam insulation, which is commonly available through most plumbing merchants, is for internal use only as it is not weather and waterproof. Soggy insulation will freeze around the pipe making freezing condensate worse. One of the changes to BS 6798:2014 was to define the type of insulation to be used on external pipework, this should be a weather proof type with a PVC coating. The use of the PVC coated weather and water proof type (19mm thick is recommended), importantly provides appropriate water vapour barrier, weather resistance and the PVC coating provides added strength and UV protection.


Heating & Ventilation February 2019 Pre-slit PVC coated insulation provides outstanding protection against freezing, for external boiler condensate pipework. This new design offers a quick and secure ‘tape free’ insulation, with its peel and seal joint, and its self-adhesive wrap over flap. Fully compliant with the Boiler Installation Standards BS6798:2014, the tough PVC coating is both weatherproof and UV stable.

This insulation is also ideal for use on air source heat pumps or biomass flow and return pipework, to avoid heat loss and meet the MIS 3005 requirements. To prevent cold bridging use it in conjunction with the Pump House TW-KIT a kit designed to insulate copper pipe, this ensures the pipework is fully insulated from the exterior to the interior of the property. See our You Tube video demonstration on: https://youtu.be/63UoH8wq2-Y

Alternative options are to use external grade plastic trunking, which not only protects the insulation but provides a professional looking finish.

Soak Away imperatives The use of a soak away not only provides a drain outlet, but more importantly provides neutralisation. BS 6798 calls for a 400mm deep hole, 300mm diameter, with a preformed plastic drain pot. If installed correctly the soak away should include around 25kg of lime chippings, to provide both adequate drainage and neutralisation.

A Geotextile membrane liner is also recommended to prevent soil and root ingress into the soak away. The pipework to a soak away should be treated in the same way as other external pipe and insulated with the correct external grade and UV stable insulation.


For more information on installation guidance, or for a list of Stockist, please contact Pump House sales on +44(0)115 900 5858 or e-mail: sales@pumph.co.uk

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Kitchens & Bathrooms February 2019

OFFSITE SOLUTIONS AWARDED 6TH BATHROOM POD CONTRACT FOR CROWN STUDENT LIVING Offsite Solutions, the UK’s leading bathroom pod manufacturer, has been awarded a £1.6m contract for Crown Student Living. Crown Place in Swansea will be Offsite Solutions’ sixth and largest student accommodation scheme for the developer and brings the total value of its projects for Crown Student Living to £6.8 million. Offsite Solutions will manufacture 645 GRP composite bathroom pods working with Midas who are main contractor for the £40m scheme on Swansea’s waterfront. All the bedrooms in the nine-storey development will be ensuite and furnished to a high standard. Designed by ECE Westworks, Crown Place will have shower rooms with a tile-effect wall finish, a large mirror, wall cabinet, contemporary dark bamboo-style flooring, and specially-designed access for ease of maintenance. The ensuite shower pods have been designed by Offsite Solutions in collaboration with Crown Student Living. The waterside scheme will have an extensive range of communal facilities including an on-site gym, cinema, hotel-style lounges and 1,000sqft of commercial space. The Swansea project awarded to Offsite Solutions follows its earlier student schemes for Crown Student Living in the university cities of Bristol, Reading, Cardiff, Portsmouth and most recently


Norwich, which is nearing completion. Commenting on the use of bathroom pods, Alan Pulver, Director of Crown Student Living, said, “Our aim is to create an exceptional student experience which is reflected in our approach to bathroom construction. The quality of the ensuite shower rooms is definitely a significant factor in students’ choice of accommodation – which can be their home for up to three years. We have specified Offsite Solutions’ bathroom pods from our very first development – a refurbishment and conversion project in Bristol – and for every scheme after that. We have established a very good and positive working relationship with their team.” “This use of offsite construction allows us to have every ensuite built to the same exacting quality standards. It also gives us the benefit of a much shorter

programme than in-situ bathroom construction. There is no assembly on site, only M&E connections which are extremely efficient and fast. We like dealing with Offsite Solutions and would never consider traditional bathroom construction for any of our schemes.” Offsite Solutions offers the UK’s largest range of bathroom pods to suit different building types and applications. Options include steel-framed pods with porcelain-tiled finishes for highend apartments and hotels; robust and low maintenance GRP composite pods for student accommodation, care homes, social housing and healthcare; hybrid pods for specialist projects, and award-winning demountable GRP pods for ease of installation in refurbishment schemes. For further information, visit www.offsitesolutions.com, call 01278 780807 or email info@offsitesolutions.com.



Kitchens & Bathrooms February 2019

CHANGING PLACES FOR INVISIBLE DISABILITY Have you ever needed to ‘go’ when away from home, and not been able to easily find a toilet? Add to that feeling the fact that you need more space, or special equipment, or that you’ve had an accident because of continence problems. as a minimum, be 12m2, with a ceiling track hoist, peninsular toilet and adult-sized height adjustable changing bed. The Toilets- Provision & Accessibility Bill currently going through Parliament will, if enacted, upgrade that to a compulsory requirement.

Building designers and operators are being urged to “hold that thought” when creating interior spaces. Up to 6million people in the UK are affected by continence issues, according to latest figures from the NHS. For many, conventional ‘away from home’ toilets are still not suitable: they need more space, and/or equipment- a Changing Places toilet. “Inability to access a suitable toilet has a huge impact on a person’s physical and mental health,” explains Alison


Bann, a nurse specialising in continence who is now sales manager for Closomat, the UK’s leading provider of Changing Places toilets, speaking at the annual Loo of the Year Awards.. “At very least, someone who has a continence issue will need to clean themselves. In severe cases, where they need pads or nappies, that will need to be changed. How do you do any of those in a conventional toilet? You need at least more space. You potentially need a suitable surface on which to lie (or be laid) whilst changing a pad or nappy. If you cant find that, you

face the embarrassment of being dirty until you can find somewhere suitable. That impacts on you, the people with you and around you, physically and mentally. Yet it can be avoided so easily, just by changing how we specify and design toilets away from home.” Under current Building Regulations and British Standards, a Changing Places should be provided in any facilities to which numbers of the public have access, and/or spend a length of time. It should be in addition to any wheelchairaccessible toilets, and,

Closomat is Britain’s leading provider of helpful toileting solutions, at home and away, including Changing Places and Space to Change toilets. Uniquely, the company can provide an in-house, ‘one- stop-shop’ complete CDM compliant package for ‘away from home’ assisted accessible toilet facilities, from design and commissioning, through to project management, supply and installation. Uniquely, it can also provide subsequent service, maintenance and repair. Its website www.clos-o-mat.com is the ‘go to’ resource available for campaigners, providers and specifiers alike, with a raft of support information including white papers, calling cards, CAD blocks, NBS specifications, video and case studies.

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IBS Awarded Glass Wave Wall System Contract for North Wales Holiday Park

Speaking about the project, Ray Moulds, Managing Director of IBS Engineered Products, said: “This installation is a particularly interesting one, borne from discussions and correspondence between the park owners and the insurers, whereby continuing insurance cover for the park is reliant on the park owners offering a level of protection of 1:200, which equates to a 0.5% Annual Probability of flooding in any given year.”

IBS Engineered Products Ltd (IBS), one of the UK’s leading contractors specialising in the design, manufacture and installation of flow control and flood protection equipment, has been awarded the contract to supply and install a 1.3m high glass wave wall system along a 170m stretch of West Wales coastline. The project, being undertaken on behalf of Haulfryn Group, is an upgrade to the existing sea defence wall and has been designed by IBS

to reduce the risk of further flood events occurring due to tidal storm surges and high winds, such as those the area experienced during

Winter 2014 and Autumn 2017 (Hurricane Ophelia / Storm Brian). The glass wave wall system will be designed to affix to the top of the existing sea defence wall, to not only provide protection to the holiday park and to the seaward facing holiday caravans and lodges directly adjacent to the wall, but also to preserve as much of the site’s sea view as possible. The project commenced November 2018 and is due for completion April / May 2019. For information about IBS Engineered Products range of flood protection solutions, please call 01302 630015.



As the original inventor of the macerator concept, Saniflo’s parent company, SFA, celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018. Saniflo was introduced into the UK market in 1979 and has become one of the most widely recognised brands in the UK plumbing market thanks to its range of over 50 macerator pumps, lifting stations, condensing units and showering products that allow domestic and commercial customers to install WC and washing facilities almost anywhere – lofts, basements, attics – even if not located in proximity to a soil stack and drainage facilities. Saniflo Domestic Range The Saniflo domestic range consists of a variety of models that can take waste from a single WC or multiple appliances. These include: • Saniflo Up – waste from a single WC • Sanitop Up – WC and washbasin

• Saniwall Pro-up (for use with wall hung sanitaryware)

• Sanislim – slim unit for WC, basin, shower, bidet

• Sanishower + - for electric or gravity mixer showers

• Saniplus Up - WC, basin, shower, bidet

• Sanishower Flat – for use with low level shower trays

• Sanipro Up – WC, basin, shower, bidet

• Sanifloor + - for wetroom shower spaces

• Sanicompact - WC with integrated macerator for small spaces

• Sanivite + - to drain waste water from kitchen and utility rooms through small bore pipework.

• Sanipack Pro Up (for use


with built-in furniture)

The Saniflo Commercial Range For waste discharge waste from larger, commercial buildings the range includes: • Sanispeed + - grey waste pump for lighter commercial applications such as cafes, offices, small shops • Sanibest Pro – WC, basin, shower, bidet - heavy usage in public or commercial situations. • Sanicubics – high volume pumps for multiple appliances • Sanicubic 2XL - multiple WC’s, showers and basins and other appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers • Sanicom - lifting stations for grey water used in busy commercial environments • Sanifos – external, underground pumps • Sanicondens - disposal of acidic condensate This extensive range of pumping solutions has been developed because Saniflo recognises that one solution doesn’t suit all applications and customers can therefore carefully select a product that is best suited to the job in hand.


From attic en-suites to tight-fit utility rooms, you’ll always find a way with Saniflo. We’re constantly enhancing our extensive product range with clever innovations, like easy-access panels and vibration-reducing suspension, so you know you can ‘get it done’ whatever ‘it’ may be. Anything’s possible. Visit saniflo.co.uk to see how.

External Works & Landscaping February 2019

Following extensive research and testing over the past two years in the UK and Scandinavia, this year PoolLock is excited to introduce its new HeatLock Thermofoam canvas with enhanced insulation properties. Thanks to the foamed insulation layer applied to one side of the canvas, heat transfer across the membrane is reduced by a factor of 3 when compared to standard fabrics for similar applications. HeatLock’s closed-cell foam structure ensure that PoolLock covers are not only the safest, but also the most energy-efficient available on the market. PoolLock’s unique hydraulic-drive system means that you do not need to have any electrical components near your pool. The electrical power pack used to operate the cover and drive the two hydraulic motors can be placed as far from the pool as required. Opening and closing the pool is as easy as turning a key switch, which means that the cover (and the pool) are actually used once installed.

PoolLock Safety Covers

PoolLock safety covers provide a solid barrier between the water and surrounding area, effectively preventing any access to the water and making them the safest covers on the market. In addition, all PoolLock covers will reduce the amount of heat, water and chemicals lost through evaporation, which means pool owners can save money on electricity and chemical usage. PoolLock Automatic Covers offer you the safest, most convenient, most reliable and energy-efficient way to cover your pool. With over 30 years of experience, and installations in over 20 countries, PoolLock is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of automatic safety and slatted covers for swimming pools.

PoolLock Slatted Covers

With over 30 years of experience, PoolLock is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automatic and manual safety covers, automatic slatted covers and heat pumps for swimming pools. Thousands of satisfied customers in Britain over the past 10 years bear testament to the quality, service and reliability of PoolLock products. In 2013, PoolLock opened its first UK production facility in Gatwick, London, with installation teams that are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. The result: even better service and faster delivery times for our UK customers.

For more information on our complete range of products, please contact us at www.poollock.com



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External Works & Landscaping February 2019

British manufacturer Ecodek have been producing their unique Wood Polymer Composite boards system for over 14 years. In 2017 alone, the production of ecodek® material consumed more than 3600 tonnes of recycled plastic milk bottles and sustainably sourced hardwood fibres. ecodek® boards are available in three profiles, two finishes and five colours, so suitable for a huge range of applications both commercial and residential. ecodek® can be found across the UK and beyond, in public realm areas such as walkways, bridges, schools, care homes, stadia, restaurants – the list goes on. With the versatility to adapt to urban or traditional design schemes, ecodek® decking systems will allow the designer to transform


outdoor spaces and gardens into feature areas. For podium decks and balconies, we have produced a range of specific screws, substructure bearers and beams that take into consideration the change in outdoor temperature and weather. In addition, ecodek® is prevalent in the major housing developments across London in balconies and roof terraces. With a high material stability that has negligible expansion or contraction, ecodek® offers the perfect choice for balcony applications. Offering bespoke lengths to suit individual projects in both our AT and HD ranges means a welcome

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relief on site to the usual problem of waste materials. As ecodek® material is 100% recyclable, should any waste be generated on site, this can be bought back by the company and put back into the production of new boards. The boards will not warp, splinter or rot, and as ecodek® does not promote mould or algae growth, only require minimal maintenance, and do not require sanding or sealing. ecodek® material comes with a 25 year warranty as standard, giving piece of mind to both specifier and end user.

A recent life-cycle assessment considered the manufacture of ecodek (from cradle to factorygate) showed that production of ecodek® had a net effect of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere rather than adding to it – hence carbon negative - a huge achievement in modern manufacturing and one that clearly illustrates the company’s environmental credentials. Ecodek are members of Made in Britain, an organisation established to promote and support British manufacturers, and proudly bear the Made in Britain Marque.

ecodek® AT and HD Reversible Grooved Ribbed boards are available in bespoke lengths and five colours (Pebble Grey, Slate Grey, Black, Dark Brown and Light Brown) ecodek® Heritage Woodgrain Effect boards are available in standard 3.6m lengths and five colours (Pebble, Welsh Slate, Highland Basalt, Pennine Millstone and Brecon Shale). www.ecodek.co.uk 01978 667 840 enquiries@ecodek.co.uk


External Works & Landscaping February 2019

IBS Awarded Glass Wave Wall System Contract for North Wales Holiday Park IBS Engineered Products Ltd (IBS), one of the UK’s leading contractors specialising in the design, manufacture and installation of flow control and flood protection equipment, has been awarded the contract to supply and install a 1.3m high glass wave wall system along a 170m stretch of West Wales coastline.


The project, being undertaken on behalf of Haulfryn Group, is an upgrade to the existing sea defence wall and has been designed by IBS to reduce the risk of further flood events occurring due to tidal storm surges and high winds, such as those the area experienced during Winter 2014 and Autumn 2017 (Hurricane Ophelia / Storm Brian).

Speaking about the project, Ray Moulds, Managing Director of IBS Engineered Products, said: “This installation is a particularly interesting one, borne from discussions and correspondence between the park owners and the insurers, whereby continuing insurance cover for the park is reliant on the park owners offering a level of protection of 1:200, which equates to a 0.5% Annual Probability of flooding in any given year.”

The glass wave wall system will be designed to affix to the top of the existing sea defence wall, to not only provide protection to the holiday park and to the seaward facing holiday caravans and lodges directly adjacent to the wall, but also to preserve as much of the site’s sea view as possible.

The project commenced November 2018 and is due for completion April / May 2019. For information about IBS Engineered Products range of flood protection solutions, please call 01302 630015. For further information contact: www.ibsengineeredproducts.co.uk

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Tools, Equipment & PPE February 2019

The Perfect Jacket and Trouser Combination For Winter - From Snickers Workwear Stretch-comfort Work Trousers and Hi-Tech 37.5® Work Jackets for optimum weather-protection on site Snickers Workwear is continually improving its working clothes with superb new stretch Work Trousers and Hi-Tech Jackets. With great fit and superb value for money, the brand new comfort fabrics woven into Snickers’ newest street-smart Work Trousers deliver enhanced freedom of movement as well as improved comfort and close quarter mobility. They’re perfectly complimented by the new, Hi-tech range of AllroundWork and FlexiWork jackets. They include 37.5® fabric technology garments for superb working comfort as well as others that are 100% waterproof, plus Hi-Vis working clothes for tradesmen and women that deliver maximum warmth, dryness and visibility when you need it most. These jackets and trousers are the perfect combination - whatever the working environment or weather condition – so check out what’s best for you at www.snickersworkwear.co.uk Getting information on the newest winter workclothes from Snickers Workwear is easy. You can call the Helpline on 01484 854788, checkout the website and download a digital catalogue at www.snickersworkwear.co.uk or email info@snickersworkwear.co.uk


February 2019 Tools, Equipment & PPE

Dr. Martens combines durability, flexibility and comfort for new footwear collection Iconic footwear brand Dr. Martens is continuing to spearhead innovation throughout the work footwear category, with the launch of its Cubeflex boot, its most flexible welted product ever. A unique outsole fuses Dr. Martens welted construction with lightweight cushioning materials to deliver multidirectional flex, slip resistance and enhanced comfort. In a survey conducted of 560 professionals working within the trade industry by On The Tools and Dr. Martens, 92.9% said that comfort was their main priority. Foot Fatigue is typically caused by an imbalance in the footwear or if the boots are too toe-heavy, potentially leading

to sore shins, shin splints and other muscle fatigue. Jon Marchant, Global Category Director at Dr. Martens said: “Workers today demand greater comfort, reliability and durability without sacrificing the necessary levels of protection. In manual trade, workers spend much of their time on their feet and are likely to be lifting heavy materials as part of their job. Wearing the correct and comfortable footwear is especially important in order to prevent serious injury.” The Britton 7-tie Gibson-cut boot combines durability and flexibility for a dynamic work style that has comfort at its core. Its new engineered Cubeflex sole provides multi-

directional flex to move with the foot for enhanced comfort and support on unstable ground, while Dr. Martens resilient welted construction ensures the footwear is tough and built to last. The SoftWair™ sock liner combined with multi-density PU and EVA midsole components achieve superior levels of user comfort featuring increased arch support, improved breathability and supportive heel cup. “I am really excited about the general future of the industry and what it means for Dr. Martens. Improving standards and regulations will drive consumers towards quality, reputable brands. As a brand we will continue to strive for innovative, product solutions with a focus on comfort,” concluded Jon. For more information regarding Dr. Martens, please visit: www.drmartens.com


Tools, Equipment & PPE February 2019

ENGEL’S ‘GALAXY’ WORKWEAR HAS UNIVERSAL APPEAL ENGEL WORKWEAR, manufacturers of comfortable and practical workwear and personal protective equipment suitable for almost every work situation has the ‘Galaxy’ range amongst its collection which offers a comprehensive selection of smart and functional clothing with the emphasis as much on comfort, style and fit as it is on being protective and hardwearing; the trousers are narrower than normal, the jackets slimcut and all garments are available in a choice of three colour combinations.


lso included are soft-shell and winter jackets, a comfortable fleece cardigan, bib-overall and boiler suit with fabrics made from durable, two-ply cotton/ polyester yarns; most items feature several spacious pockets and other shared functional details such as concealed buttons and zippers, adjustable jacket cuffs and CORDURA reinforced jacket elbows. The additional Galaxy ‘Light’ range features a stylish, 210 g/m2 ‘Light’ work jacket (1290-880) which has a longer, pleated back for added freedom of movement and reflectors on both front and back for greater visibility. Available with or without matching trousers (2290-880), each garment incorporates many practical details giving greater comfort, weather protection and quick and easy access to tools and personal accessories; both are made from a 65% polyester/35% cotton mix and are available in all sizes. There’s also a wide choice of Galaxy workwear specifically designed to be both comfortable and stylish for women. Further details can be found by visiting www.engel.eu/en or contact Gareth Bladen at gbl@f-engel.com or on +44(0) 7759 520034.


February 2019 Tools, Equipment & PPE

JCB XSERIES/B Construction Update put the new JCB XSeries boots to the test These Heavy Duty boots combine comfort and safety when on site allowing you to stay to productive. They are lightweight and water resistant which is a big factor for onsite workers especially during the winter months. They have a heat resistant sole, aluminium steel toe caps, a Kevlar midsole and are tested to the highest level of slip resistance. These boots ensure you are safe in all situations. With breathable lining and heavy duty scuff cap protection these boots are just what you need. Head over to the JCB Workwear site to find out more information.







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