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ome lifts specialist Stiltz Lifts recently installed one of their innovative and unique lifts for a retired couple that specifically wanted to ‘future proof’ their home. Although neither had any mobility issues, they were both conscious that, at some point in the future, the stairs in their home may become a challenge. Mr. and Mrs. Flash share a four bedroom detached house in Middlesex which they love. They felt the genuine possibility of having to move to a bungalow or retirement apartment - if the stairs did eventually become too difficult – would not be something they would ever contemplate. Mrs. Flash was familiar with the concept of a domestic lift as her disabled mother had one in her home, but she was looking for a product that was smaller and much more elegant.


The Flash’s decided that the downstairs hall was the perfect location for the lift with it travelling upstairs to the landing area. The simple installation process involved the

removal of an airing cupboard, re-siting of some water pipes and reinforcement of the beams. Mrs. Flash said: “We were looking for a viable way of ‘future proofing’ our home because we were concerned that if we didn’t do something about it, and the stairs became a problem later on, there would be a risk of having to downsize to a flat. I’m not sure either of us would have coped very well with that. “A stairlift didn’t appeal at all as they look weird and you still have to get on and off them! Plus, we have a turning staircase so it can get very expensive. “I would describe the Stiltz lift as a perfect capsule. It’s totally reliable, discreet and has lots of clever safety features. We had it installed in the hall downstairs and as soon as it is upstairs we are just left with two narrow white posts. We are delighted with it.” For further information please contact 0330 222 0334 or visit

than a square metre, was easy for the Stiltz team to install. The entire lift is a selfsupporting structure with a unique internal drive system which bears the load of the lift. This meant there was no need for bulky hydraulics or the need to make use of load-bearing walls.

Unlike most traditional home lifts, Stiltz lifts are powered by the very quiet self-contained drive system which is housed out of sight at the top of the lift. The whole lift plugs into a standard domestic 13amp The Stiltz Home Lift, which power socket – just like any has a small footprint of less other household appliance. The couple came across Stiltz domestic lifts and were immediately impressed with the lift’s understated design, its compact size and the fact it could be quickly installed.

Mr. and Mrs. Flash ordered a top-of-the-range Stiltz Duo Vista Lift which is fitted with a clear body made from structural polycarbonate to give it a more contemporary look and feel.

February 2017 Industry News

£41m Lancaster Uni health campus approved Lancaster University has been granted planning permission for an 85,000 sq ft health innovation building. Planning permission was already in place for a development of land immediately adjacent to the university’s Bailrigg Campus, but approval has now been given for the £41m first phase of the facility. The Health Innovation Campus aims to bring together innovators, academics, businesses and health care providers to drive advances in health treatment. Designed by John McAslan & Partners, the building will stretch over 120m rising from two to 5 storeys. The plan is to clad the scheme in a mix of natural stone aggregates to form robust lightweight concrete panels and bronze toned anodised aluminium mullions and panels. Construction work is due to begin this year with completion in September 2019.

SIKA Now a Aew Affiliate of CPA Industry Principals Council Building and construction corporation SIKA Limited are pleased to announce their new involvement with the IPC division of the Construction Products Association (or CPA). A governing body to which 27 other building and construction companies have a direct involvement with, the CPA is dedicated to ensuring that investment and renovation are the driving forces and objectives of the construction industry in Britain. Indeed, it seems that SIKA Limited are very pleased to have finally decided to join it and Dragan Maksimovic is extremely confident that it will enable the company to have a greater say, involvement and influence in the construction and building trade more than ever before. By working with and sharing common ground with other members of the Industrial Principles Council, it is hoped that they will be able to progress well into the future and meet the coming challenges that the industry will face and is currently facing at the moment, such as the worrying shortage of skilled workers in the trade. Aligning themselves to the council is an excellent way of strengthening their own position within the industry. Doctor Diana Montgomery of CPA itself is similarly pleased that they have made the decision to join the association. She declares

that SIKA are a large and successful company keen to maintain their strong foothold in the building and construction industry by committing themselves to the Construction Products Association. She is hopeful that both industrial bodies will be able to collaborate together and learn from each other in the future. And with 17,000 workers and a successful subsidiary base in 93 different places around the world, SIKA’s partnership will certainly increase the popularity and knowledge of the CPA itself. The decision is therefore a mutually beneficial one for all parties concerned and it is furthermore evident that future collaborations with other current members of the CPA will be encouraged.


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Regen, the 3rd Annual free-to-attend Exhibition, Conference & Networking Event for the UK Regeneration Industry. Regen was launched 3 years ago and is now firmly established as the regeneration industry’s leading forum. Urban & rural regeneration is a massive industry in its own right, and continues to transform the prosperity of every town and city in the UK. Whether you wish to exhibit with us to market or sell your products and services, attract new investment, or establish new long-term business contacts and relationships, visit to meet potential suppliers or partners, or attend the conference to learn, discuss and debate the hot topics in regeneration, Regen offers something for everyone involved in the industry.

The Exhibition For the 50+ exhibitors, Regen will once again provide significant sales and business development opportunities whilst also offering an outstanding networking platform. Delegates from around the UK from all the following sectors, will converge on Liverpool once again, and as such represents a unique opportunity not to be missed. • Urban & rural regeneration industry professionals • M a i n c o n t r a c t o r s , p r o p e r t y developers & construction companies • County, city, town councils & local enterprise partnerships • Housing associations & house builders • Town planners & urban design • Civil & structural engineers, land & infrastructure surveyors • Local & central government agencies • Investment agencies • Product manufacturers, service suppliers & consultants

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After the huge success of the 2 previous events, the Conference has already become the industry’s leading forum for thought leadership in UK regeneration and economic development.

The 26 speaker Conference will once again address the latest issues in urban & rural regeneration, policy and implementation, highlighting the key successes made in major towns and cities, in areas such as city centre and waterfront redevelopments. As Regeneration is about people, place, economic growth and investment which can create sustainable and resilient communities, the Conference will examine the challenges that face towns and cities, in terms of economic development, housing and neighbourhood renewal, and will bring delegates together with policy experts, real-life case studies and industry leaders.

Session 1: Going for Growth • Improving the economic prosperity of the City Region • The multi-billion pound transformation, and now planning and building Liverpool’s future • North West Infrastructure and Assets; how joined up is joined up ? • Delivering Infrastructure in the North • Northern Powerhouse – How are we going to make it happen ?

Session 2: Urban Regeneration & Growth • Pioneering the renaissance of the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal • Shaping a new future for the Wirral with the largest regeneration project in the UK

Session 3: Town & City Centres & Growth • W hat next for under-performing Towns and Cities ? • U nderstanding and improving UK cities’ economic performance • N ew Towns and Garden Cities : Growth & Renewal • H ow to plan for growth across city and county regions • D eveloping shared visions, strategies and action plans for town and city centres

Session 4: Housing & Growth • T urning policy from ideas into actions and results • I nvestment programmes across housing, land and regeneration • Key housing topics in 2017 • B uilding for tomorrow – the route to quality • S upporting housing providers and helping them make the North a great place to live • I nvesting over a billion pounds in regeneration, creating beautiful places for people to live

Session 5: Sustainability & Growth • T ransforming places, for people and planet • S ustainable land management – models for public space • T he responsible use of land, creating and sustaining thriving communities

Session 6: Placemaking & Growth • D elivering large-scale placemaking projects that radically improve the lives of the people • C reating brands that people engage with and how it defines the sense of place • New uses for old mills

The Drinks Reception & Networking Evening As the Exhibition & Conference finishes for the day on Wednesday 22 March, we move straight into the free–to–attend, complimentary 2 hour champagne drinks reception & networking evening with hundreds of industry colleagues, from 5.00pm - 7.00pm.

Regen is your opportunity to join the UK’s leading Regeneration event. The Regen Team 0845 467 3303

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SNICKERS’ ‘NEXT GENERATION’ PRODUCT AND PRICE CATALOGUE This 68 page brochure is now available FREE to the tradesmen and women who need the very best in hi-tech working clothes. It’s got full details of the newest additions to the ALLROUND, FLEXIWork, LITEWork and RUFFWork clothing ranges and plenty of advice on how to choose the working clothes that are right for your kind of work. There’s also loads of information on all the other garments and accessories you can get for working effectively wherever you are on site – and whatever trade you’re in. You’ll find quality, innovation, hi-tech fabrics and top class functionality in

every garment – Trousers, Jackets, Topwear, Safety shoes and Accessories the sign of a brand that knows what it takes to get a job done properly. Getting more information about Snickers Workwear is easy. You can call the Helpline on 01484 854788; check out and download a digital catalogue; or you can email

CRL moves to prestigious new London headquarters to bolster growth plans The move follows a phenomenal 2016, which has seen CRL invest in a new sales centre and training academy at its Horsham office, substantially increase its market share and recruit new staff. CRL now occupies the 15th floor of the iconic skyscraper which has impressive views over Canary Wharf and the city. At 46-storeys, the building is the second tallest in the City of London after The Shard. Steve Mansour, Chief Executive Officer for CRL, said: “The move represents a commitment by CRL to invest in the latest technology and working practices to create an outstanding work space and support the development of our staff.

STRUCTURAL defects insurance specialist CRL has moved into new headquarters in London’s 110 Bishopsgate development (formerly Heron Tower) to support its ambitious growth plans for 2017.

“CRL is a growing company and the time is right for us to establish a base that best represents our values and culture as a business. The new premises are a much more rewarding environment for our team and we also look forward to welcoming our clients to our new home this year. “CRL is now firmly established as a leading player in the marketplace. We are the country’s third largest structural defects insurance arranger and our new headquarters will give CRL the right platform to grow that position.”



February 2017 platform for information sharing and we are incredibly fortunate to be able to hear from an exceptionally talented group of individuals presenting at next years’ show. The line-up reflects the growth our industry has enjoyed in recent years despite global economic set-backs, providing evidence that BIM in construction truly does work and our aims for the future are achievable.” The seminar sessions will feature case studies from Sainsbury’s, Capita, BDP and AECOM, all leading international firms with success stories to share on their BIM implementation.

All things BIM and more at BIM Show Live 2017 BIM Show Live 2017 has released its content programme for the show. Through a call for papers process, industry experts from across the globe were invited to pitch their ideas to secure one of the sought after seminar slots, and after receiving a record number of entries, it has finally chosen the speakers for the 32 seminars.

powerhouse for manufacturing and engineering. Following tradition, BIM Show Live will be opened by David Philp, Global BIM/IM Consultancy Director at AECOM and Chair of the Scottish BIM Delivery Group who will set the scene for digital construction, forward thinking and what will be the key takeaways from the show.

With four seminar streams; Data, Stories, Next Generation and Strategy, a diverse mix of speakers will take to the stage to engage, educate and entertain over the two days, on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 February 2017.

David said: “To secure the future of construction in the UK we need to actively encourage innovation and the continued use of digital construction methods. Building Information Modeling (BIM) allows us to streamline processes to bring about changes in productivity and performance through the use of open data and collaboration.

After taking a year out to restructure the show and take it back to its roots, the 2017 show will be travelling north and taking place in Newcastle upon Tyne, a northern


“BIM Show Live provides a unrivalled

Digital master builders and architectural practices, David Miller Architects, Grimshaw, Metz Architects and Swedish based White Arkitekter also present on projects, new design technologies and the benefits both they and their clients enjoy from working in the BIM environment. Technology experts and data pioneers BIM Technologies, coBuilder, NBS and Autodesk share insights on how the industry is transitioning into augmented construction methods and how artificial intelligence has the potential to redefine every aspect of the design and build process. BIM Show Live will deliver content for all industry sectors from manufacturing, design, engineering, building and so much more. The demand on the industry to create a digitally built Britain drives the need to share knowledge, insight and practical experiences so that this future is made possible, starting today. The full details of the BIM Show Live 2017 content programme can be found on the show website at:

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Architectural glazing by leading UK aluminium systems manufacturer Kawneer has been specified for an award-winning community church for its ability to match performance with cost-effectiveness. Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling, AA®540 top-hung casement vents, and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors and swing doors were selected by Barber Casanovas Ruffles architects for the £5 million Cambridge Community Church (C3). The new church for C3, a vibrant contemporary evangelical church, was built on the site of the previous St Stephens Church on Brookes Road, Cambridge, with a brief to provide a state-of-the-art facility that was large, spacious and welcoming to existing and prospective worshippers. Barber Casanovas Ruffles met the brief designing a three-storey circa 2,900m² steel frame and composite slab building. The main frontage responds to the site and Coldhams Lane


roundabout and is curved on plan to respond to the site boundary and public footpath. The site location is on a gateway into Cambridge. The building comprises a 500-seat auditorium, multi-purpose rooms, full catering facilities, offices, break-out areas and a walk-in café for all members of the public. The heavily-glazed building is also faced with brickwork and is expressed with glulam beams in facetted structural bays. Planning requirements dictated high levels of acoustic control to retain noise within the building. The design responded to this requirement and the building completed to suit. Some elements of the old church were salvaged and inserted into the new building. These included the existing church cross from the top of the original church roof and cast concrete lintels with

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bridge Community Church is h Kawneer systems. integral cross insignia. A Barber Casanovas Ruffles spokesman said: “Kawneer was selected for many reasons. The practice has a long history with the use of the products, their balance of performance, longevity and cost. “The Kawneer systems have a major architectural influence on the project because the frontage needed to be open and inviting and transparent and friendly to encourage parishioners or people with religious beliefs to join the church. The product satisfied the technical performance and the architectural aesthetic required for the scheme. “Aluminium is robust, generally lightweight and recyclable which provides a longevity to the building, an ability to retain the aesthetic over time, to

keep the weight on the structure to a minimum, and is a commercially-available product which suits industry budgets.” The Kawneer systems were installed for main contractor Farrans Construction by specialist subcontractor JPJ Installations who used 150mm flat caps on the curtain walling entrances integrated with additional horizontal pressings around the doors. The C3 Centre won Best Public Service Building in the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2016 for East Anglia. These awards recognise building excellence in the delivery of outstanding construction and workmanship. BCR said: “The client is absolutely delighted with the facility and we as a practice are delighted to have been and continue to be involved with the C3 Centre. We are very proud of the design, the client and contractor teams and the efforts made to ensure the building is a success.”


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Forward thinking and full of innovation, Surface presentations, seminars and features designed Surface Design Show at London’s Business Design Centre 7-9 February 2017, is the only exterior surfaces. Not only are there thousands of new surfaces to discover but a full that the audience of architects, designers and specifiers is both educated and inspired Attendees have the opportunity to choose from three stages during Surface Design Show, they are the Main Stage, the CPD Hub and Light Talks. The Main Stage is home to the headline acts and will host 12 keynote presentations. Light Talks will host a stellar line-up and more often than not the audience is spilling out the door! The CPD Hub gives our professional audience the chance to update and gain points at the latest CPD approved seminars, before transforming into The Stone Hub on the final day to dive deep into the stone industry. Highlighted below are just a few of the seminars taking place over the 2½ day show.

The Main Stage Sponsored by Richetti Group and designed by Anne Kyro Quinn The Main stage is home to The Preview Evening, sponsored by Oikos (Stand 628), which will kick off the Show on Tuesday 7 February 18.00-21.00. The highlight of the evening will be the Live Debate; with this year’s speakers debating the subject ‘Good Design is Narrative Design’. David Michon former editor of Icon Magazine, and former managing editor of Monocle Magazine will chair this year’s debate. David Michon says: “Good Design has a story to tell, and thoughtful use of materials brings depth to form, function and aesthetic. We’ll meet designers and architects who build narratives with their work.”


Other speakers include Julian de Metz founding director of dMFK, ceramicist Matthew Raw and Morag Myerscough from

Studio Myerscough and founding member of Studio Manifold in Hoxton Matthew Raw. Also on the Main Stage on Wednesday 8 February at 11.30am Ffion Francis from Houzz UK will present a Surface Trend Forecast from the Houzz Community. Following on at 12.30pm is a presentation on Future Trends in Hospitality Design speakers include Erik Weber, International Project Manager of Rosskopf + Partner and Jason Cox, Head of Sales and Specification at Isomi. The continuously popular PechaKucha Evening will be chaired this year by Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects on Wednesday 8 February 18.30-21.00. The exciting and inspiring evening consists of a presentation format in which architects and interior designers

show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Speakers include Chris Dyson from Dyson Architects, Elly Ward from Ordinary Architecture and Henning Stummel from Henning Stummel Architects. The long awaited Surface Design Award winners will be announced on Thursday 9 February at 13.00. The Keynote address will be given by Amira Idris–Town and Lee Town of IPT Architects who were the winners of the 2016 Supreme Award with their project Howe Farm. Afterwards Mick Jordan, Editor of Mix Interiors, will be getting the inside scoop interviewing this year’s supreme winner on the Main Stage. Colour forecaster Sally Angharad will be curating Surface Spotlight Live a feature showcasing the most innovative materials for Education

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Design Show 2017 is packed with to educate and entertain event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and programme of events throughout the show ensures in equal measure.

& Hospitality spaces before they hit the market. The accompanying presentation Surface Spotlight Trends: colour, texture and material directions for Hospitality & Education will take place Thursday 9 February 11.30-12.15.

CPD Hub A forum for learning and professional development, there will be 10 varied sessions at the CPD Hub covering all aspects of the surfaces sector. Seminars will include Stone Me! hosted by Stone Consultants, New 2018 Trends and Collections for the Imaginative Mind hosted by Gerflor and Living Walls for Healthy Interiors hosted by Scotscape.

The Stone Hub Running all day on Thursday 9

February, The Stone Hub has an inspirational and educational programme curated by Joe Simpson, Editor of Tile & Stone Journal. A line up of stone experts will share their technical expertise on stone, making The Stone Hub the perfect complement to SDS17’s Stone Gallery.

Light Talks Light Talks, part of this year’s Light School is designed to explore the latest trends and help further the understanding of the relationship between surface and light. Presented by Light Collective, Light Talks will have lessons and hands-on demos over the 2½ days with top UK lighting designers including Light Bureau, Nulty + and Firefly Lighting Design taking on the role of lecturers. Highlights will include a seminar from Benz

Rooz of Spiers and Major on How Light Paints surfaces at 5,15pm on Wednesday 8th February and Human Centric Lighting: The myths and the reality by Mark Ridler of BDP at 2.15pm on Thursday 9th February. For the full programme of events and seminars please visit www. Professionals can attend for free by registering via the website T: @surfacethinking F: P: I: L: H: #SDS17 #LightSchool #StoneGallery


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Neolith - An Extraordinary Surface Neolith is one of the largest sintered compact surfaces, and belongs to a new and revolutionary product category born in the last decade with the aim of providing an innovative response to the most demanding architectural and design demands.


he sintering technology that TheSize has developed to create Neolith uses a combination of extreme high-pressure and temperature, giving birth to a surface with unique technical features. These include high resistance to scratches and abrasions, stains and hightemperatures, as well as colours that do no change with exposure to UV rays. Neolith’s exceptional durability and aesthetic appeal therefore makes it the perfect solution for kitchen and bathroom surfaces, wall cladding, floor tiles and façades. The modern UV-resistant colour palette ensures that designers can achieve the look they want, whether indoors or outdoors. 100% eco-friendly, Neolith uses natural materials and technologies that respect the environment. This is supported by a 10-year certified guarantee for kitchen countertops. Neolith can now be viewed at the QFD showroom at the Business Design Centre in Islington. QFD stocks a large range of surface finishes in a size of 3200 x 1500mm, in 12 and 6mm thicknesses that include solid colours and stimulating designs. T 020 3457 4949 W Neolith from TheSize – distributed in the UK by QF Distribution – brings with it new and interesting possibilities for surface design.


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Surface Protection February 2017

New Year New Brochure from Yeoman Shield Wall & Door Protection

After having celebrated 50 years in the business on 24th November 2016, the launch of the brochure will help to cement Yeoman Shield’s position as market leaders and innovators in the wall & door protection industry. Guided by the requirements and wants of their client base, the updated brochure includes full product data & drawings, case studies and vibrant project photography as well as a full colour range chart. Along with 26 original protection products, it will also showcase 3 newly developed products – The Yeoman Shield Rub Rail, Universal Frame Protector and PVCu or Stainless Steel Footrail.

“We are extremely excited about the new brochure launch” commented Marketing Manager, Sally Moores. “There is a wealth of information we wish to convey to our current and prospective customers to reinforce the quality and versatility of our products and services. The new brochure is the ideal tool for us communicate this in a clean, fresh and non-fussy yet comprehensive way.” The brochure will be supported by extensive fixing instructions, technical drawings, new colour cards and swatches along with data details – all available as hard copy or digital versions.

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Contra Vision has introduced a series of glass enhancement inventions over the last 30 years and is best known for their one-way vision window films. Come and visit Surface Design Show 2017 where you will find Contra Vision decorative graphics on the glass entrance doors. The latest invention from the British company offers a permanent solution for one-way vision window graphics which is targeted at architectural applications. Contra Vision® Ceramic XR™ uses a patented method to print two separately coloured layers of ceramic frit dots (other print patterns such as lines can also be incorporated) in exact registration with no overlap, directly onto glass. A simple white on black dot pattern adds solar control, privacy and manifestation to the outside of glass while maintaining a remarkable level of through-vision from inside. Other colours can be used instead of white to provide decoration to building exteriors or internal partitioning glass. Ceramic white dots are effective at reflecting solar energy and glare, while acting to distract the eye and provide privacy to people inside. However, white (or coloured) dots are less appealing when viewed from inside, giving a milky aspect to the world and accentuating greys. Contra Vision® Ceramic XR™ overcomes the problem by superimposing black dots onto the


white dots when viewing the glass from inside. Black dots are much less obtrusive to the naked eye and particularly for diameters of 2mm or less. The product also avoids the unsightly overlap when white on black dots are digitally printed onto glass (exact registration printing cannot be achieved digitally), which can cause a blurred see-through experience from inside. There are already large buildings in London and internationally with Contra Vision® Ceramic XR™ on the windows. Contra Vision can direct you to a licensed manufacturer and they are also seeking new glass companies to partner with. For architects, building contractors and interior designers looking for a less permanent way of transforming glass, Contra Vision’s range of perforated window films offer some exciting possibilities. The films come in a variety of different transparencies to ensure the best balance of privacy, impactful graphics and see-through experience to suit every situation. Traditionally the films have been printed with colourful graphics but they also look attractive in

plain white. The films provide solar control benefits and can even be used as a screen for digital projection at night. This was showcased to magnificent scale on the BBC building in Manchester’s Media City, for an event inspired by commemorations for World War I. Unlike conventional reflective/ mirrored window films, Contra Vision® Privacy Window Films™ do not block the view outside at night (these other films turn into mirrors when viewed from inside an illuminated room). Contra Vision® Privacy Window Films™ also avoid the dazzle and uncomfortable glare from reflective films when viewed from the outside and help to minimise bird collisions. A recently extended range includes product options for either inside or outside window application, decorative or stained glass effects. Contra Vision offers a range of solutions, from glass products to window films with a wide range of benefits, for further information please contact Roger Hill, Managing Director, Contra Vision, 0161 439 9307 or email

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Flexible Space has recently completed the supply and commissioning of underfloor air conditioning equipment at 20 Soho Square in London’s West End. The 6000 m2 neo-classical building has a stunning Portland stone façade; the most prominent in Soho Square and the iconic colonnade extends across the ground and first floors. AET has supplied a total of twenty five CAM-C (DX) downflow units along with associated Daikin heat pumps and around 360 TU4EC fan terminals; with the underfloor system installed throughout most of the building’s seven floors.


The recent refurbishment was a speculative re-development, however the property achieved notoriety in Q1 2016 by being rated the fourth biggest property transaction by size when Palantir Technologies UK Ltd acquired the whole 64,606 ft2 on a ten year lease at an average rent of £74 per ft2. The incoming tenant has opted to finalise the fit out of the interior finish. With underfloor systems, the whole plenum under the building’s raised access floor becomes the duct, or ventilation zone and each floor is divided into separate zones; ideal for multi-tenancy occupation or corporate division. Each of these zones is supplied

with fully conditioned (chilled or warmed) air, which is fed into the plenum by the zonal downflow units (CAM), and then supplied into the workspace via Fan Terminal Units (Fantile). The Fantile units feature integrated controllers where users can personally adjust fan speed and temperature to suit their own comfort; which can have a positive impact on user wellbeing. Systems can be configured with underfloor or high level return and can easily integrate with passive or other ventilation systems. Working with architect Buckley Gray Yeoman and consultant Hurley Palmer

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to Improve User Wellbeing Flatt, the system specified at 20 Soho Square is a CAM-C Direct Expansion system. The under floor void is split into supply and return air plena using easily relocatable, airtight baffle and air travels back to the CAM for reconditioning via the return plena. The Fantiles supplied are standard TU4 fan terminals with EC motors for enhanced energy efficiency, fitting neatly into the 270mm floor void. These can be easily re-positioned to suit individual tenant needs for heating or cooling, or when the interior layout may require change. Instead of a rooftop chiller providing chilled water, the building uses Daikin heat pumps to maximise space in the

shallow roof space above the top floor. The system is installed throughout the seven storey building with the exception of the ground floor and the seventh floor extension. This historical building dates back to the 1800’s; initially housing musical instrument makers, D’Almain and Company. Soup makers Cross and Blackwell were based there from 1858, expanding into the premises from no. 21 next door. In 1924-6, the original building was demolished and re-built by Cross and Blackwell as their headquarters building. In 2002, the owner developer increased the building’s gross floor area by 16% by

adding a new top floor on the roof of the existing rear extension. At the same time, the office space was upgraded to full British Council for Offices (BCO) specification, including raised flooring and low energy displacement ventilation. The latest refurbishment of the building has squeezed a few more inches of usable space and further modernised the services; removing the majority of the displacement ventilation system and incorporating direct expansion underfloor air conditioning by AET Flexible Space. For more information visit




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ilberts Blackpool has completed the installation of new louvres to all four sides of the BBC Media Village site’s dedicated Energy Centre, to ensure the eight chillers on the roof now have adequate air circulation. The 7,700m2 Energy Centre provides power, heating, cooling and other services to the entire 17acres Media Village site. The majority of the chillers- installed in 2009- needed premature replacement, as an existing, rendered blockwork wall was restricting the passage of air. The solution to the restricted ventilation issue has been to remove large sections of the wall, and replace with banks of Gilberts’ Series 27 acoustic weather louvres secured and supported on a steel framework. Main contractor Wates Smartspace used the Gilberts’ louvres to create four steel screens around the facades, approx 270mm deep, with sizes varying up to 3.6m high x 24m long, and totalling 247m2. “Architecturally, the louvres were to look as continuous as possible, despite flashing around the existing wind post and closing off areas adjoining the structure,” explains Gilberts’ John Hanger. “Our Series 27 was, we felt, the most appropriate solution, balancing sufficient ventilation to the chillers to help prolong their life and their operating efficiency, with sound attenuation protection to the adjacent areas.”

ENGINEERING EXPERTISE HELPS MAINTAIN COOL AT MEDIA VILLAGE The £80million redevelopment of the former BBC White City site is keeping its cool with Northern engineering expertise. Gilberts’ Series 27 louvres are part of the company’s comprehensive range of acoustic weather louvres that directly interface into steel frameworks or into the building facade. The louvres provide accurate noise emission control, with up to 19dB sound transmission loss.

Gilberts’ air movement solutions incorporate grilles, louvres, and diffusers for natural, hybrid and mechanical ventilation. Founded 55 years ago, Gilberts Blackpool is Britain’s leading independent air movement specialist, and is unique in its ability to develop components-

be it ‘mainstream’ or bespoke- entirely in-house, from initial design through tooling, production, testing and supply, at its 85,000 ft2 manufacturing facility. Its state of the art test centre, designed and built in-house, is one of the most technically advanced in the country.


Heating & Ventilation February 2017

RINNAI GOES SOLO IN UK FIRST Rinnai, the leading continuous flow gas fired water heater manufacturer, launches its latest innovation, the Infinity Solo Re-Circulator water heater with storage combined. The Infinity Solo range of condensing and condensing low NOX water heaters is the first Rinnai product for the UK to combine the advanced technology of its wall mounted continuous flow water heaters with a stainless steel storage cylinder all in one. “The preceived necessity for storage type water heating systems is often derived from historical plant room and service deficiencies, for instance gas meter sizes often dictate technology selection in domestic and light commercial applications. Certain legislations are harnessing a like-for-like replacement environment. Therefore Rinnai has developed this technology to enable the appliances to fulfil a wider market need, allowing the benefits of our technology to be felt by a wider audience,” says Associate Director Chris Goggin. “The addition of the Infinity Solo series bolsters our product portfolio and allows Rinnai UK to cater to every application and installer’s needs. They now have access to the advanced technology of the Rinnai water heater, as well as options to combine units in a cascade system with storage - or have the water heater and cylinder combined in one compact footprint in the form of the Infinity Solo.


“Because the cylinder is stainless steel it greatly reduces the weight compared to glass lined models, which makes transportation and installation much easier. As well as the difference in weight, the cylinders also feature extremely low heat loss figures (as low as 1.41kW/h day) which means the customer pays less to maintain the heat within the tank,” says Goggin. Pete Seddon from the Rinnai UK Technical Department adds: “One other benefit of the Solo utilising a stainless steel cylinder, is that the life expectancy of the material is far greater than that of a glass-lined equivalent as glass suffers from thermal shock causing it to crack after a period of time. Infinity Solo is renewables compatible so the customer can, at a later date, integrate a solar thermal or heat pump system with minimal alterations as the units will come pre-fitted with relevant tap ins to accommodate renewable technologies. Rinnai manufactures the energy efficient Infinity range of gas fired continuous flow water heaters and energy saver space heaters. The Infinity brand carries the widest range of condensing water heaters available today with the most impressive efficiencies in operation, leading the field in technological innovation. For more information on the RINNAI product range visit

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Vision announces call for entries for

2017 built environment expo


he organisers of Vision have announced the call for entries to exhibit at the UK’s premier built environment event. Aimed at architects, designers, specifiers and their clients, Vision provides a national focus for innovative products and solutions, bringing together thousands of industry professionals for two days of learning and networking. The freeto-attend exhibition will take place at Olympia from 6-7 June 2017, featuring established companies alongside the brightest start-ups. Now in its third year, Vision has grown substantially and secured its position as the hub for key figures spanning the profession, offering a comprehensive view of what’s available across the market. In 2017 the exhibition has undergone a visual identity rebrand and has a new team with over 40 years of event experience under


their belts. The new brand by TM Studio has been carefully designed to reflect clarity and the contemporary aesthetic of today’s international built environment network. It articulates Vision’s dedication to explore new ideas and communicate them to an informed audience. The exhibitors at Vision cover a range of products, materials and solutions, including research and development into the latest software, bringing together industry leaders to discuss challenges in today’s complex market and ways to deal with changing legislation. Partnering with major industry organisations such as RIBA and BRE, the exhibition is designed to educate and inspire, with international solutions to local problems. A world-class seminar programme will be carefully curated to present big ideas and create a forum made up of top experts from

a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines. Elliot Gard, Event Director, said: “We are very excited about Vision’s potential to shape the built environment industry by bringing together the biggest names and the brightest talent under one roof. Our new brand identity provides us with an opportunity to better engage with our target audience, which will ultimately lead to clearer communication and greater attendance. Our aim is to ensure that our exhibitors and visitors can use Vision as their annual meeting place, to exchange ideas and make key connections.” For more information about exhibiting at Vision, contact Elliot Gard or Andrew Brabazon today on +44(0)20 3409 0623 or visit

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Doors & Windows February 2017

New industry website supports timber decking and cladding markets Intent on driving high standards across the industry, the Timber Decking and Cladding Association (TDCA) has recently launched a comprehensive new information website that will support its members in addition to better informing specifiers, developers and contractors. The only independently run timber decking and cladding resource in the UK, the TDCA is a nonprofit organisation that operates to help drive the market forward; informing and advising users whilst allowing manufacturers and suppliers with high quality products to benefit from two well-regarded accreditation schemes – DeckMark and CladMark. The new website boasts a comprehensive approved supplier search facility, enabling users to drill down into very specific categories to identify suitable suppliers – no other online resource offers such a service for this industry. In depth information regarding timber decking and cladding, case studies, informative publications (free and paid for), a gallery and frequently


asked questions all help to enhance this important online resource. Membership of the TDCA comes from all aspects of the supply chain with members including Hoppings Softwood Products, Silva Timber, Arnold Laver, Howarth Timber and Smart Cladding Supplies. In total, there are currently 54 TDCA members plus 83 Approved Retailers. Adam Pulfer, Group Marketing, Development & Technical Director at Hoppings comments: “Membership of the TDCA is valuable to our business. CladMark and DeckMark accreditation helps to elevate our product range in a competitive market, whilst the TDCA offers us a reputable platform to showcase our company credentials. The knowledge and experience of the directors and specialists amongst the TDCA ensures that technical support is always on-hand if required.” In a fragmented market, the TDCA can offer those that use timber decking and cladding peace of mind that they are choosing the right quality and specification of

materials to successfully undertake any project, whether residential or commercial. Furthermore, if problems arise, the TDCA can provide an invaluable Expert Witness / Inspection Service to help resolve disputes. Janet Sycamore, Head of Operations at the TDCA comments: “The new website is part of an ongoing strategy to help our members, small and large, achieve the best possible visibility for their products and services, backed by the solid reputation of the TDCA. We are dealing with enquiries from specifiers, developers and contractors week in, week out and this work really helps to drive up standards in the marketplace and ensure that where timber decking and cladding is concerned, more high quality and correctly specified products are being chosen across the UK.” To view the new TDCA website visit uk. For further information about membership benefits call 01977 558147


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ward winning architectural firm, Nord Architects, has unveiled its latest design; a contemporary Urban Hospice intended to create a positive environment while offering support for patients in need of palliative care. Located in the tranquil setting of Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, the vision was to provide a warm and protective atmosphere for up to sixteen patients. Kebony, a beautiful wood recommended by leading architects, was chosen to complement this setting and has subsequently been used throughout the build for the decking, windows and shades, door frames, as well as in outdoor spaces where Kebony clad plant baskets bring elements of nature into the Hospice. Krone Vinduer provided the custom-made windows for this project.



The project was designed to adapt to the neighbourhood, presenting a combination of spacious views and privacy for patients. Incorporating both curved and linear elements, the design allows for an impressive functional layout, built around a private inner courtyard.

February 2017 Case Study The design-process involved a close collaboration between the client, architects, an engineer and users of the hospice through an extensive dialogue that heavily influenced the final design. Developed in Norway, the patented Kebony technology is an environmentally friendly process, which modifies sustainably sourced softwoods by heating the wood with furfuryl alcohol - an agricultural by-product. By polymerising the wood’s cell wall, the softwoods permanently take on the attributes of tropical hardwood including high durability, hardness and dimensional stability. For Kebony, this is an exceptional project which demonstrates the versatility of the material. The silver-grey patina that the wood develops over its elongated life-span has also singled it out as a popular material for architects. When it comes to choosing a wood, there is no reason for architects to compromise on aesthetics, build quality, or sustainability. Morten Rask Gregersen, Partner at NORD Architects, Copenhagen explained, “By considering the needs of the users, clients and neighbours, the Urban Hospice sets a new standard of how to build innovative healthcare projects in urban contexts. We have been continuously impressed by Kebony as a material; its subtle tones are the exact look we envisaged from the offset.” Mona Gøtske, Sales Manager of Kebony Denmark commented, “The Urban Hospice is a fantastic example of Kebony’s versatility with its use in an extensive array of applications from windows and door.


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IN PREVIEW: ECOBUILD 2017 Ecobuild returns on 7-9 March with an overarching theme of regeneration, which will be brought to life through an immersive exhibition and conference programme that will redefine sustainability, identify future growth sectors and tackle the housing crisis.


powerful line up of major brands and innovators are preparing to showcase their latest products and technologies at the event, with suppliers including Saint-Gobain, ACO, Mapei, Dyson, Dulux Trade, Recticel, Medite SmartPly, BayWa r.e. and Oventrop. To bring the theme of regeneration to life, this year’s show will see Ecobuild transformed into a ‘city’ – complete with a main street, distinct destinations and special feature attractions. Central to the experience will be Regeneration Drive, a boulevard running through the centre of the exhibition floor, linking different aspects of the show and enabling visitors to experience the very best examples of innovation and creativity from across the built environment. As visitors make their way up Regeneration Drive, they will be introduced to key destinations including The Arena, City Hall, The Campus, The Gateway and Performance Lab.

The Arena The Arena will be home to the Ecobuild Conference, sponsored


by Regeneration Partner Skanska, and will stage a range of keynote speeches from industry thought leaders and innovators across the three days. Among these are Lord Kerslake, Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor, Planning Regeneration and Skills, Greater London Authority, and Dr Diana Montgomery, Chief Executive at the Construction Products Association, amongst others.

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The extensive conference programme will include topics ranging from the implications of Brexit for the construction sector to the ongoing housing crisis and offsite construction. In response to the increased Government and industry focus on offsite construction, Ecobuild has partnered with Cogent Construction and Radar Communications to bring Explore Offsite to Ecobuild, within a dedicated area with leading suppliers and offsite technology masterclasses.

Key topics to be covered within the Sustainability seminar programme include carbon reduction in the built environment, explored in a session by the UK-GBC, as well as possible approaches to deliver a low carbon city or neighbourhood. The former will be focussed on the business case for setting science-based targets (SBTs) within the industry, while the latter will debate the requirement of all major London developments to be zero carbon.

Julie Hirigoyen, Chair of UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), Ecobuild’s Lead Partner, will host daily leadership sessions at the Conference focusing on the future of sustainable housing, workplaces and retail.

The show’s sustainability hub, City Hall, is sponsored by SaintGobain and home to the UK-GBC, representing the culmination of Ecobuild’s ‘Redefining Sustainability’ campaign – which seeks to create an industry-wide understanding of sustainability objectives and drives, and a clear direction for the future.

The Campus Architectural collective, Assemble, will present its award-winning Granby Workshop project through a unique, exclusive and immersive installation created by Assemble for Ecobuild, to tell the story

February 2017 behind the collective’s Turner Prize winning regeneration project. Also within The Campus, visitors can explore Future Materials, a product showcase curated by ARCC, to preview next-generation materials and processes currently in either research or testing stage through a number of universities. The BRE Academy, international provider of training and education programmes for built environment professionals, will run an exclusive series of masterclasses within a dedicated theatre. Daily sessions by industry experts include BIM, Responsible Sourcing, BREEAM, Change Management and the Home Quality Mark.

The Gateway The Gateway offers two focused stages: national and communitylevel infrastructure projects with the ICE, and a separate seminar theatre dedicated to Green Infrastructure, sponsored by ACO and ranging from community green spaces to flooding. Visitors will learn more about the findings of the Institute of Chartered Engineers’ (ICE) national needs assessment. The session will see a panel of experts – Professor Tim Broyd, ICE President; Professor Denise Bower, Executive Director at the Major Projects Association, and Adam Cooper, Director of Policy and Engagement at the National Infrastructure Commission – debate what the UK’s infrastructure priorities should be with a view to the risks posed by Brexit and the need to align infrastructure solutions with the Climate Change Act.

The Performance Lab The Performance Lab, sponsored by BayWa r.e., will cover the latest

in energy efficiency and building performance in association with Ecobuild’s Building Performance Partner CIBSE – the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers. Across the three days, CIBSE will host a daily session on indoor health and wellbeing, exploring how the WELL Standard relates to existing sustainability standards such as BREEAM and LEED. Visitors will also have the chance to attend a daily session around ‘Modelling for Performance and not Compliance’. This will see a panel of experts, including Ashley Bateson, Chair of the CIBSE Homes for the Future Group; Susie Diamond, Partner at Inking LLP and Tom Lelyveld, Regional Director at AECOM, look at how best practice guidance and tools can be applied to the design of homes towards energy efficient, healthy and

comfortable indoor environments. Ecobuild has also announced key partnerships including RIBA, BRE, the Construction Products Association, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and CIAT. Additionally, pavilions will be showcased from associations including the Builders Merchants Federation, Passivhaus Trust and NFRC. With such a wide variety of exhibitors and partners, this year’s show will provide the industry with the perfect platform to collaborate and address the key issues of sustainability and its role in shaping regeneration. Free registration is now open for visitors. For more information on this year’s event, exhibitors and conference topics, visit


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VELUX SEALS ‘SMART HOME’ PARTNERSHIP WITH NETATMO Roof windows of the future allow homeowners to control their indoor climate from a phone Leading window manufacturer VELUX® has announced a partnership with revolutionary smart home company Netatmo to create the windows of the future. VELUX is working with Netatmo to develop a new range of smart windows with integrated indoor climate solutions to meet a growing consumer demand for connected devices in the home. Smart homes and home automation are predicted to be one of the next big trends, with smart home revenue set to quadruple to almost 65 billion USD by 2020 [Statista, 2016] as consumers look to upgrade their homes through smart gadgets and home appliances. The new range of windows, called VELUX Active, will comprise WiFi gateway and smart controls for VELUX INTEGRA® roof windows and sunscreening products, along with a control app for iOS and Android. Based on a range of indoor climate parameters, such as temperature, sunlight levels, humidity, and CO2 levels, users will be able to automate roof window and sunscreen operation, by ensuring the optimum indoor climate in a home at all times. Both the partnership and the product concept are being announced today, in the context of CES Unveiled – the preview to the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, USA. The first VELUX Active products are expected to launch in autumn 2017. “Very soon your home will be able to help look after your health, by ensuring you get plenty of daylight and fresh air exactly when you need it,” says Jørgen Tang-Jensen, CEO of the VELUX Group. “VELUX has been creating better living environments for our customers for more than 75 years, and this collaboration with Netatmo represents an important step forward in providing greater comfort, wellbeing, energy efficiency and security.” “We’re very pleased to develop the VELUX Active solution with VELUX, leader in the roof windows industry. With this partnership, we demonstrate our ability to create solutions that fit into the house infrastructure and to directly address the B2B market”, explains Fred Potter, Founder and President of Netatmo. “Through this collaboration, we bring our skills in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, product software integration, electronics and user experience” he adds. The product concept for VELUX Active has also been awarded two prestigious CES 2017 awards in the Smart Home and Eco-design & Sustainable Technologies categories. As part of its strategy on smart homes and the Internet of Things, VELUX has also collaborated with Apple, to develop products compatible with Apple’s HomeKit smart home platform.


Winners of RIBAJ’s Rising Stars in Association with Origin Revealed Winners of the prestigious RIBAJ Rising Stars awards in association with Origin have been revealed. The international awards, organised by RIBA Journal and sponsored by Origin, the leading British manufacturer of bi-fold and residential doors, windows and blinds, recognise the talents of architects and designers in the early stages of their careers. Entrants were judged on their original thinking, leadership, collaborative approach and hard


work by a panel of judges that were once Rising Stars themselves. This was chaired by the RSA’s Matthew Taylor; Lucy Tilley, Associate Director at Adjaye Associates; Maria Smith, Founder of Interrobang; Patrick Bellew, Principal at Atelier Ten; Gus Zogolovitch, Managing Director of Inhabit Homes; and Eleanor Young, Executive Editor of RIBAJ. It was the judges’ task to pick a shortlist from a pool of talented UK designers which was then cut further to an elite cohort: The RIBAJ Rising Stars of 2016.

This year’s list included: •Ed Dale-Harris stood out for his work on a primary school in an Ebola-affected region of Sierra Leone. •Dan and Max Zielinski won first prize with their plans to reimage Paris as part of the Living Cities design competition by putting in new electric transport. •Brendan Sexton is leading the way on BIM-related practice and research.

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•Bethan Knightson, one of Hampshire County Council Architects, is working on historic buildings such as Winchester Cathedral and Whitchurch Silk Mill. •Rhys Jones is a successful project architect, tutor and mentor, whose talent shows the most in his extracurricular work, such as 2012 pavilion for music festival the Secret Garden Party. He also won with Jestico + Whiles and Canterbury School of Architecture. •Tszwai So was commissioned to design the Belarusian Memorial Chapel in North London, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and spent a year researching the vernacular timber churches of Belarus. •Steven Kennedy is recognised for his stellar architectural work while working on an extensive botanic garden masterplan in the Middle East. •Shireen Hamdan has been trailblazing in major sports venues in the Middle East. •Philip Graham is an entrepreneur passionate about Libya, who has led pioneering research into alternative forms of housing delivery. •Alex Scott-Whitby, Founder and Director of ScottWhitbyStudio, is responsible for a team that can lay claim to a diverse range of projects including a new palace in the Middle East and a homeless shelter in London.

•Charlotte Knight is a young architectural assistant at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios who took on two projects in her free time, The Observatory and Pea Soup House. •Eliot Postma led the design team for the Bombay Sapphire Distillery and has been leading the Heatherwick Studio team for design at all scales at Google’s ‘Terra Firma’ campus at Mountain View, California.

judges, supporters, friends, family and sponsors to celebrate the inspirational work of the talented design professionals. Ben Brocklesby, Sales and Marketing Director of Origin, was on hand to present each winner with a bottle of Champagne and congratulate them on their hard work and creativity. Ben Brocklesby, said: “Origin is proud to be involved in an initiative that recognises the exceptional work of these industry professionals. Innovation and design is something that is very close to us at Origin, which is why the Rising Stars award really struck a chord with us. All entrants were judged by their talent and drive to make things happen and I have no doubt that there are exciting times ahead for each and every one of them. Congratulations to all those who took part and to this years’ thirteen RIBAJ Rising Stars. Eleanor Young, Executive Director at RIBAJ, said: “The RIBAJ Rising Stars 2016 will be defining the architecture of the future - and in some cases already are. We are proud to be able to recognise and reward them in partnership with Origin.’ For further information on Origin, please visit For information on the Rising Stars, please visit intelligence/rising-stars

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Doors & Windows February 2017

Classic with a Modern Twist Interior design like all fashion evolves with the times and so the march of contemporary movement can often seem relentless.

Vicaima Classic K Range door in Pastel Cream


f course a sense of tradition and warmth for the past often shapes our thinking with modern decor and so it is hardly surprising that Vicaima has seen a trend for panelled doors making a noticeable return over the past year. In response to this latest vogue, Vicaima have reinvigorated their Classic K range to provide a modern twist to an old favourite with some exciting new finishes. The Vicaima Classic K Range takes elements of shaker styling but with a more upto-date and appealing look for the modern generation of interior panelled doors. Available in 1, 2, 3 and 4 panel designs, together with glazed options, Classic K doors offer a solid construction with real veneer faces, together with white or primed for on-site painting if required. In addition to the ever popular


veneer options, Vicaima have also extended the range to include 6 new factory stained Ash finishes and for that ultra-smooth pure look, a new Satin White finish. All doors are available with fire and security options and can also be supplied as Portaro matching door and frame systems where required. K Range doors are one of three ranges from the Vicaima Classic collection. Classic P, with traditional raised and fielded panels and Classic F, a flat panel design are also available. Download a copy of the new Classic range brochure from the Vicaima website. For these and other innovative designs and products from the many Vicaima collections, visit the Vicaima website alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information.

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Premium quality in all classes Real benefits are achieved by working together with customers when developing products A technology cannot be an end in itself. For the past 80 years, German company Roto has been developing its products for their customers. The innovative engineering work, the qualityoriented production and the automatization are all serving this goal. The design of the Roto roof windows are discreet and stylish. With its unique design, all functions are available easily with a single move. Roto products are supplied via carefully selected independent and national builders merchants. This is a conscious


decision, this way we can help guarantee, that the appropriate solution is chosen by retailers who have a good knowledge of Roto products. We build professional level products to be fitted by professional installers. Production and environmental management as well as logistics are oriented towards our values such as reliability, thoroughness and foresight, independently of the country of production. German precision in construction and development, quality and process management ensure high-quality products and services. Worldwide and independently of the country of production. The consistent implementation of Roto values in quality standards and norms establishes trust with our partners and customers.

We embrace the perspective of the trade; it is important to us. Seen from this perspective, the product range from Roto can be divided into two classes. The following applies in each case: Roof windows and accessories from Roto always have premium quality. Roto exclusively offers German engineering skill, which stands for reliable, continuous, sustainable quality and precision like none other in the world Regardless of whether refurbishments, new buildings, single-family homes or large commercial projects, we can assist in your planning and take care of the details surrounding the roof window

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February 2017 Roofing & Cladding

REGENERATION SCHEME PRO-TECTS TRANQUILITY FOR ELDERLY IN THE CITY A new lease of life is being given to an iconic tower block in Liverpool city centre.


arwood Tower has been redeveloped by Liverpool Mutual Homes in partnership with principal contractor Willmott Dixon Housing, and John McCall Architects. The existing tower block was refurbished, and a single storey extension built, to provide 81 apartments for the over 55s, complete with courtyard garden, bowling green and outdoor gym. The £9.5m development- in Gt Homer St- one of the city’s main arterial routes- forms part of the £150m Project Jennifer regeneration scheme. A key element of the build is the roof, executed by Churchmore. The advanced roofing technology specialist stripped the existing asphalt roof, and replaced it with a new vapour control layer, insulation, and mechanically fixed 350m2 Protan SE1.2mm standard overlap dark grey single ply to the concrete slap.

Willmott Dixon project surveyor Dave Dobson observed, “Protan membrane gives us the product we wanted with the quality guarantee we required. Also, it offers a lightweight and efficient construction technique, which lent itself well to the constraints of operating on the roof of a 15 storey tower. The flexibility of Protan’s membrane also allowed for the weathering details to tie in nicely with the cladding.” Churchmore managing director Andy Monk added, “We chose Protan because it is a good product, easy to use, and we get excellent service: we can source not just the single ply membrane but the VCL and insulation from Protan, which further facilitates project efficiency.” Protan SE, available in 1.2mm, 1.6mm and 1.8mm, is developed to cope with even the most extreme weather conditions without detriment: it is certified to ≤ -30°. Hot-air welded at joints and mechanically fixed to the roof, the

membrane achieves durability in excess of 30 years, with air leakage controlled/minimised in line with latest Building Regulations. Protan SE membrane is also certified to deliver, and potentially surpass, the energy efficiency requirements laid down in Approved Document L, and, under the Green Guide, achieve a A+ rating. The single ply membrane is just part of Protan’s comprehensive, quality offering, which includes green and protected roofing solutions. Established some 75 years ago, and still privately-owned, Protan is one of the top 3 membrane manufacturers in Europe. A full support service, from NBS specification and in-house CAD design through to technical advice is provided from Protan UK’s Warrington office. For further information: 01925 658001


February 2017

Sioo Wood Protection â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a new wood modification for the UK All too often the appearance of new timber clad buildings is ruined by uneven weathering. It is quite common to see buildings where the shaded areas are still un-weathered whereas the exposed areas have already changed to the silvery-grey colour associated with exposed wood.

The product has been used extensively for cladding and decking protection and has also been used to protect the decks of sailing boats.

For this reason, pictures of timber clad buildings are always taken immediately after construction and not after a year or two! Aesthetics is hugely important in the built environment and this patchy weathering puts people off from specifying timber as a cladding material.

The Sioo system is used as a surface protection system, which is suitable for Use Classes 1, 2, 3.1 and 3.2 according to EN 335 Part 2 (see table). If additional protection is thought necessary for Use Class 3.2 applications, then the Sioo Wood Protection System can be applied to preservative treated wood and to thermally treated wood.

A new product in the UK is the Swedish wood surface modification system, Sioo Wood Protection. This product reacts with the wood to produce a pleasing even grey surface within a few months of application.

When used in interior applications Sioo Wood has the huge advantage of being VOC-free, since it is waterbased and uses silicate technology. Disposal at end of life is not a problem, since the product is non-toxic.

Very importantly, this accelerated weathering takes For further details and information on the Sioo Wood place through a chemical reaction of the Sioo system Protection System please refer to the UK website with the top few millimetres of the wood surface and ( so it is a permanent change. Because the greying takes place due to the chemical reaction, a completely Use Classes accoridng to EN 335 Part 2 even appearance is obtained, since it is not reliant upon exposure to sunlight for the reaction to take Use Class General Exposure Condition place. The Sioo Wood Protection System uses silicate technology in a two part water-based system. The first stage of the treatment uses a mineral silica solution that is able to penetrate the surface of the wood very efficiently. After the first treatment stage, a silanebased emulsion is applied, which cures by crosslinking to form a flexible silica network and provides a water-proof barrier preventing leaching of the mineral silicate.


Over time, the mineral silicate cures by reacting with atmospheric carbon dioxide to precipitate an insoluble silica network within the wood structure.


Interior, covered


Interior, or covered


Exterior above ground, protected


Exterior above ground, unprotected


Exterior in ground contact and/or fresh water


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In salt water

Working with nature Sioo:x are leaders in wood protection using silicate technology. We provide a highly effective proven system to protect wood of all types. It gives long life and a beautiful natural surface with even colouration and is friendly to people and the environment. An example is the summerhouse by architect Leo Quarsebo, Sweden. Read more on


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February 2017

Hard-landscaping specialists, Bituchem, has recently been involved in the creation of a brand new primary school in Leicestershire. The construction of the new Fossebrook Primary School was completed in mid-July ready to open to Foundation, Year One and Year Two students in September. The school was developed by Leicestershire County Council to provide an additional school for early-year students in the area, and is sponsored by the Discovery Schools Academy Trust. The school was designed by Cornwall-based Kast Architects and MeiLoci landscape architects, who specified Bituchem’s specialist Natratex hard-landscaping material in Cotswold and grey to create an informal demarcated area for the playground. The surfacing works was carried out by Gary Fletcher Surfacing Ltd., who have much experience of Bituchem’s materials. Natratex is Bituchem’s flagship product and has been used for various applications in schools due to its modern aesthetics and safety benefits. The material was selected in grey and Cotswold for Fossebrook School to provide a varied surface for the children to play on, with designated coloured areas adding to the fun of playtime. Melissa Ralph, Landscape Architect at MeiLoci commented, “MeiLoci are very pleased with the Natratex surfacing – a great appearance and finish. Natratex really sets off the new timber school building and the warm tones create a welcoming setting for play. I would thoroughly recommend this product and look forward to working with Bituchem again soon.” Natratex is a material manufactured by Bituchem to the highest standards to offer a seamless, high-performing solution for hard-landscaping. The material is created using naturally-occurring aggregates bound using Bituchem’s specialist clear resin binder to give it the complete compactness that it requires. The Cotswold and


grey coloured aggregates offer an aesthetically pleasing alternative to a traditional tarmac finish, with the same durable and long-lasting qualities as asphalt technology. The hard-wearing, compact finish of Natratex has made it a popular choice for school playground applications. The resin binder used to create the smooth surface reduces the likelihood of the material deteriorating and causing potholes or other breakages in the surface so eliminating trip hazards and making the material smoother and safer for young children. Natratex is a very versatile material and can be used for a wide range

of applications, with a variety of colours available to suit all specifications. The material can be used for new constructions, such as Fossebrook School, as well as regeneration and overlay products. Natratex has proved to be a time and cost effective solution as it can be applied quickly and easily using conventional equipment. Further information is available from Bituchem on 01594 826768 or 07584 311266, by emailing: or by visiting the company’s website at

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Landscape February 2017

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

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

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


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

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

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

February 2017 Landscape

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

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

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

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

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February 2017

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


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

soak away has failed. We often get asked;

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bio-Pure 1

Bio-Pure 2

Bio-Pure 3

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

Bio-Pure 4

Bio-Pure 5

Bio-Pure 6

Bio-Pure 7

Bio-Pure 8

Bio-Pure 9



Bio-Pure 10 TWIN

No. of persons

1 to 5

1 to 7

5 to 13

10 to 16

14 to 22

20 to 27

25 to 32

30 to 36

35 to 42

40 to 55

Max. average daily flow

750 ltr

1050 ltr

1800 ltr

2400 ltr

3300 ltr

4050 ltr

4800 ltr

5400 ltr

6000 ltr

8250 ltr

Max. BOD/day

300 g

420 g

780 g

960 g

1320 g

1620 g

1820 g

2160 g

2520 g

3300 g

In ground depth

2.25 m

2.25 m

2.44 m

2.74 m

2.74 m

2.98 m

2.98 m

2 x 2.74 m

2 x 2.74 m

2 x 2.98

Outside Diameter

1.85 m

1.85 m

2.10 m

2.10 m

2.10 m

2.55 m


2 x 2.10 m

2 x 2.10 m

2 x 2.53

Inlet invert

570 mm

570 mm

700 mm

700 mm

700 mm

820 mm

820 mm

700 mm

700 mm

820 mm

Outlet invert

670 mm

670 mm

800 mm

800 mm

800 mm

920 mm

920 mm

900 mm

900 mm

1020 mm

Weight empty

125 kgs

125 kgs

200 kgs

230 kgs

230 kgs

350 kgs

350 kgs

460 kgs

460 kgs

800 kgs

Total Capacity

2270 ltr

2270 ltr

3000 ltr

3975 ltr

3975 ltr

5610 ltr

6000 ltr

7950 ltr

7950 ltr

11220 ltr

E Range

27 w

42 w

65 w

84 w

130 w

130 w

210 w

230 w

280 w

280 w

February 2017

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Our Other Products include Mini SAFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (for offices and outbuildings up to 4 persons) Pump Stations (standard and bespoke) Septic Tank Conversion Units (used as secondary treatment for underperforming septic tanks) For a full range of our products and servicing visit


February 2017

BITUCHEM BRIGHTENS NEW RESIDENTIAL SITE IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE Bituchem’s specialist Natratex surfacing material continues to be a popular choice for new housing developments as it sees more applications across the UK.


atratex, Bituchem’s leading material, has been used to create footpaths, roads and driveways in residential areas, including a recent development in Quedgeley, Gloucestershire.

Approximately 2000sq.m of Bituchem’s Natratex Cotswold was applied around the new site, giving attractive and hard-wearing new roads and pathways to residents. The material contrasts with the traditional black asphalt that surrounds the site, whilst complementing the colours of the newly built houses. Natratex Cotswold is as hard-wearing as it is attractive, offering the same durable, high-performance qualities as traditional asphalt technology. The material is designed and tested to withstand regular pedestrian and light vehicular use and is created using a specialist clear synthetic binder and naturally-occurring, coloured aggregates to offer a fully compact finish. Once applied, Natratex is virtually maintenance-free and maintains its colour for a long-lasting finish. The smooth surface is also considerably safer than other alternatives, such as concrete, as it is resistant to cracks and potholes and does not create a trip hazard to pedestrians. Besides the natural-looking Cotswold finish, Natratex is also available in a range of colours and finishes, including gravel, red and salmon. Bituchem has also developed a striking coloured range, Natratex Prime, to give architects and specifiers extra flexibility when designing new landscapes. Natratex can be used for new construction, overlays or regeneration projects and is very environmentally friendly with a fast and simple application. This makes it a particularly popular choice for housing developments as its helps to keep within the project timescale. Bituchem has developed Natratex to provide a porous solution for areas that are susceptible to local flooding, as well as a heavy duty option for areas that form a part of a main road or see increased vehicle activity.


Further information is available from Bituchem on 01594 826768 or 07584 311266, by emailing: or by visiting the company’s website at


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To further compliment our range of fireglass, Firman now offer complete steel framed fire doors and screens. Built to the most demanding specifications for commercial buildings, shop fronts, entrances, interior fire screen walls and virtually any other application. Each system is designed specifically to suit the requirements of the particular application. Sections can be provided in mild steel, finished to any standard RAL colour, stainless steel, satin or bright polished finished. Firman offer a full selection of fireglass, on either a supply only or a supply and install basis, providing fire protection from a basic 30 minute integrity only rating through to the highest levels of integrity and insulation. Firman Glass is FIRAS accredited for the supply and instalation of fire rated glass and framing, giving our clients the confidence and security that fire test evidence has been considered and complied with.

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Construction Update - February 2017  
Construction Update - February 2017