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Construction Update January 2018

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January 2018

Aluprof Expand London Office As the demand for Aluprof systems and solutions continues to grow the company has recently appointed Przemyslaw Federowski as Facade Engineer in their London office. The new post at the London office follows the recent appointment of two new Project Consultants at the company in August. Aluprof’s Managing Director, Wojciech Brozyna comments on the company’s commitment to the new London post; “Our aluminium systems are becoming well known and increasingly specified by architects in London. To ensure that we can quickly respond to specifiers requests for facade engineering support, we felt it was necessary to have a permanent presence in the city.”


A trained engineer, Przemyslaw brings with him a wealth of experience gained in the UK facade and solar shading industry. Working closely with Aluprof’s team of Project Consultants, the support position of the Façade Engineer will assist specifiers in detaining Aluprof systems into any project particularly where challenging details are required. As Aluprof embraces ‘Value Management’ across the project timeline, the Facade Engineers role will seek and design bespoke solutions which can offer

project both cost and time savings whilst benefiting from robust design solutions. Aluprof’s extensive range of systems extend to unitised curtain walling, sliding folding doors, commercial doors systems and a wide range of window systems, all of which are increasingly being specified on a variety of residential and commercial projects across the UK and overseas. All systems are designed and installed by selected, specially trained companies to ensure each product meets Aluprof’s exacting standards. Further information is available on the company website at

January 2018 Industry News

McLaren bags £90m Ashford retail deal

Aggregate supplier GRS snaps up S Walsh & Sons Bulk and bagged aggregates supplier GRS Roadstone has bought London-based construction haulage specialist S Walsh & Sons. Walsh employs around 175 people across London and the South East and has worked on most of the capital’s major infrastructure schemes delivering aggregate supplies, earthmoving and transporting demolition waste. The acquisition takes the total number of GRS Group staff beyond 800. The two businesses will operate more than 50 sites and are expected to handle over 20m tonnes of construction aggregate and other materials each year. Walsh will continue to operate as a standalone business, joining forces with GRS when it works for customers to do so. Walsh directors Nick Walsh, Westley Pickup, Richard Walsh and Tim Wheeler will continue to operate the business day-to-day. Nick Walsh said: “This agreement is a win-win. We’re very proud of the

reputation Walsh has built up over the years – that’s a testament to the brilliant team we have working for us. “The decision to sell has not been taken lightly, but teaming up with a business as ambitious as GRS is a natural step to take the company on to the next stage in its development.” It provdes the GRS Group with access to key strategic locations in the heart of the capital for the import and export of bulk materials, while giving Walsh access to GRS’s national network of customers, supply partners and facilities for construction waste. GRS Chief Executive Jon Fisher, said: “The two businesses have worked together on many projects and in recent years we’ve built a much closer working relationship. “More important is that Walsh has a similar customer-led, can-do attitude as we have in GRS, so I’m confident we’ll work well together.”

McArthurGlen has confirmed McLaren Construction as main contractor on the £90m Phase II extension of the Ashford Designer Outlet in Kent. The Enquirer first tipped McLaren to pick up the job back in the summer. The 100,000 sq ft extension is scheduled to open in Autumn 2019 and will deliver up to 50 additional premium and luxury brands, a new food piazza, an events space and a redesigned children’s play area, as well as 725 new parking spaces. The expansion will also include the installation of Europe’s largest living wall structure and many of the stores in the new phase will be clad in tens of thousands of plants, all stacked vertically. Claude Hargreave, Regional Development Director at McArthurGlen, said: “After four years of meticulous planning we’re incredibly excited to confirm that building works on the extension will commence this January. “Over the next 18 months we will be investing £90 million into the centre to elevate the whole shopping experience for our guests and the retail environment for our brand partners. “Once the extension is complete Ashford Designer Outlet will become one of the UK’s flagship fashion, food and homeware destinations, with over 130 stores, restaurants and cafes.”


Industry News January 2018

South West Construction Summit & South West Built Environment Awards 2018 Returning for 2018, the South West Construction Summit will bring together the regional construction industry and its supply chain to explore opportunities, major projects, client commitments and procurement best practice. The event will guide and help the South West Built Environment sector to define their route map for grasping the strategic opportunities in a lively and structured way, allowing for plenty of input from industry leaders and their suppliers coalescing around a range of key themes. The attendee profile at the South West Construction Summit will include highly influential professionals, creating a rare opportunity to connect with the hardest to reach decision makers within the South West built environment. The Summit will take the form of a combined Conference and Exhibition with significant opportunity for networking. Taking place on 22 June 2018 at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol – the South West Construction Summit’s exhibition is a day brimming with the latest products,

innovations and developments across the South West. If you would like to be involved and have the opportunity to showcase your products and services to 300 decision makers in the industry, click here to view the opportunities available. Speakers at the event will be announced shortly on the website. Click here for more information. Taking place later that evening, The South West Built Environment Awards will reward the very best in the South West built environment. Each year, over 500 construction professionals gather at the prestigious award ceremony to celebrate the great, the good and the simply outstanding. With over 100 outstanding submissions received annually, the South West Built Environment Awards judges have an onerous job of selecting the winners.

Categories for the awards include: • Digital Construction Project/ Initiative of the Year • Health and Safety Award • Innovation Award • Client of the Year • Image of Construction • Integrational & Collaborative Working Award • People Development Award • Preservation & Rejuvenation Award • Project of the Year – Building Projects • Project of the Year – Civil Engineering • SME of the Year • Sustainability Award • Value Award • Offsite Project of the Year For more information or to enter the categories visit The submission deadline to enter the awards is 16 March 2018.

National Homebuilding & Renovating Show returns to drive Midland’s property expansion Latest figures released by the National Custom & Self Build Association reveal that 33,000 people have already signed up to the Right to Build register since October 2017, which means that at least half of the demand for serviced plots will have to be authorised by October 2019. To support more people in their desire to build homes in the region and inspire remodelling projects, The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show is returning to the NEC, Birmingham from 22-25 March 2018. Over four packed days, visitors will benefit from more than 500 exhibitors and 16 free daily seminars and masterclasses in the extended venue. The event is a best-in-class marketplace for all the latest products and services provided by specialist companies in


January 2018 Industry News

Edinburgh Marina set to become the £500 million centrepiece of waterside development To be developed by Edinburgh Marina Holdings, the new Edinburgh Marina development will include a wide range of high-end leisure and accommodation facilities, situated adjacent to Edinburgh’s first ever purpose-built luxury marina. Detailed planning consent has now been granted for the centrepiece marina which forms part of the masterplan consent for the wider Edinburgh Marina Development that was granted for the 28 hectare site earlier in 2017. The new Edinburgh Marina will enable Scotland’s capital to compete with the more established west coast sailing destinations for part of Scotland’s £3.7bn marine tourism industry; creating unique new world-class facilities to help expand the size of Scotland’s overall market. The new Edinburgh Marina has been designed to surpass the 5 Gold Anchors rating of the Yacht Harbour Association, creating a ground-breaking new destination for the global boating fraternity. It will offer 317 full-serviced berths, with visitor berths and additional dry berths for boats up to 30m in length. Edinburgh Marina will offer 24/7 access to the sea, on-demand, on-board food and drink along with concierge service. Marine services

and an extensive chandlery will be located in the stunning new marina office sited within the fully equipped new boatyard. The marina has been designed to accommodate the full-size range of yachts and cruisers, including some of the largest of the world’s superyachts – the first time this has been possible on Scotland’s east coast. Kevin Fawcett, the developer, commented: “The new worldclass Edinburgh Marina at Granton’s Western Harbour is the most important new marina development in the UK for several decades. It harks back to a long and distinguished international maritime connection that Edinburgh and Granton Harbour once enjoyed, it will help to re-

industries ranging from kitchens; bathrooms; doors and windows; heating; energy efficiency; architecture; design; financial services; planning permission and much more. Aside from providing advice and guidance, real case studies will be at the show to discuss the dilemmas they faced during their self-build/renovation experience, helping visitors with similar problems. On site, visitors will be able to book bespoke consultations with celebrity experts who present their favourite TV property programmes. Charlie Luxton, sustainable architectural designer and presenter of Channel 4’s ‘Best Laid Plans’, will be on-hand to discuss homes of the future, new architectural ideas and eco living. Julia Kendell, interior design expert for BBC’s ‘DIY SOS The Build’ and ITV’s ’60 Minute Makeover’, will also be there to meet with visitors and talk about trendy interior adaptions and offer inspiration to anyone who wants to revamp their home. The Advice Centre, a drop-in hub for one-on-one impartial guidance, is open to people who are interested in running ideas past property specialists

establish Edinburgh’s maritime economy as well as creating a vibrant new city quarter that will enhance Edinburgh’s reputation as one of the UK’s most attractive lifestyle destinations.” Detailed planning consent for the remaining elements of this exciting new quarter of Edinburgh are anticipated early 2018 with construction of the marina buildings and associated developments scheduled to begin in the second half of 2018.

with years of experience in their field, including the Ask the Builder zone. Visitors who are interested in free one-on-one appointments with chartered specialists from RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) will want to stop by the Ask the Architect area, which will cover a wide array of topics such as extensions, new builds, internal alterations and much more. For objective tailored advice, the Ask the Expert zone will provide 15-minute consultations via interactive sessions with some of the UK’s leading property specialists. The show app is also available for download on Android and iPhone. Standard tickets are £12 in advance or £18 on the door (children under 16 go free). For further information visit or call the ticket hotline on 0844 854 0503 (calls cost 7p per minute plus network extras).


January 2018

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


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


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

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

January 2018

What is the safest and easiest method to install skirting, capping & coving? Here at UZIN we understand not only the time restraints installers sometimes find themselves up against, but the health & safety risks they can also be exposed to when doing such jobs as installing skirting, capping & coving.


he majority of the trade currently still use solvent based adhesives. This is understandable because the adhesives perform well providing a quick and secure bond. However, due to the ever changing health and safety rules and more call for certified environmentally friendly adhesives is there a better alternative?


The safest and easiest method to install skirting, capping & coving is with skirting tapes such as UZIN U-Tack, a superior multi-purpose

contact tape that can be used to install a huge range of lino, vinyl and PVC products. UZIN U-Tack skirting tape does not become brittle, providing a secure and extremely durable bond. The installation is also quicker, cleaner and most importantly solvent free. The product therefore does not require any special PPE (personal protective equipment) or work protection measures. With solvent based adhesives you would need to protect your skin and airways to exposure of the adhesive and

its fumes. Many solvent based contact adhesives are also highly flammable whereas with skirting tapes there are no explosion risks for the installer during application. Due to the health and safety risks for both installers and clients the use of solvent based contact adhesives are now becoming banned from hospitals and other sensitive environments. We see this trend becoming more mainstream as legislations increasingly aim to improve the safety of products and create a healthy work environment.

January 2018

Some skirting tapes such as UZIN U-Tack have been awarded EC1 PlusÂŽ certification providing the highest possible protection against emissions and guarantees excellent indoor air quality. Certified products are guaranteed to contain no solvents, resins or softeners and meet the guidelines of sustainable building initiatives such as LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] and BREEAM [Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method]. From a time saving point of view, on average using a skirting tape to install skirting, capping and coving can be up to 3-4 times faster compared to your average solvent based contact adhesive. Skirting tapes are also very easy to use and can be simply rolled onto walls. Skirting tapes are also very clean and unlike solvent based adhesives do not leave messy residues on the floor or wall when installing. To summarise skirting tapes are the safest and easiest method of installing skirting, capping & coving. Certain skirting tapes can be used to install textile vinyl or linoleum floor covering strips, flexible vinyl skirting and cove formers. Skirting tapes such as UZIN U-Tack are the perfect solvent free solution for the installation of skirting, coving and capping.


Floors January 2018

OCEAN MEDIA GROUP BUYS THE FLOORING SHOW The Flooring Show, the UK’s national flooring event, which marked its 55th edition this year, has been purchased by Ocean Media Group, a leading provider of exhibitions, events, awards and specialist publications. Owned and organised by Wendy Adams for the past five years, the show has undergone a period of regeneration and growth under her management and is now gearing up for its 2018 edition, which will run on 16-18 September at the Harrogate Convention Centre. The Flooring Show is the biggest event in the industry’s calendar. It brings together the retail and contract sectors and key industry bodies such as the Contract


Flooring Association, the National Institute of Carpet & Floorlayers and the Flooring Industry Training Association. It is widely recognised as a key sales and networking event for the industry and all the Associations have pledged their continued support for the show and its new owners. Wendy Adams commented, “The Flooring Show is a great event which will benefit from being part of such a well-respected organiser. Ocean Media’s forward-thinking leadership, proven experience and extensive resources will allow us to maximise the potential of the show.” From Ocean Media Group, managing director, Tim Willoughby says, “The Flooring Show, with its

long heritage in the industry, is well supported by suppliers and retailers and it will be our job to ensure the show remains relevant and deserving of that support.” “Ocean Media has a strong history of developing specialist events, and we’re delighted to welcome the Flooring Show into our portfolio. With Wendy and her team remaining in place to work with us on the 2018 show and beyond, we are confident all involved will benefit from this new arrangement and we will deliver a seamless transition over the coming year.” The 2018 Flooring Show will take place at the Harrogate Convention Centre from 16 – 18 September.

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SARACEN COMPLETES LANDMARK YORKSHIRE FIT OUT Leading workplace consultant, Saracen Interiors has completed the fit out and refurbishment of fertilizer development company, Sirius Minerals Plc’s new company headquarters at Prospect House - the iconic, former Scarborough Building Society building which stands at the town’s southern gateway.


The project, which began in March this year, comprised of a complete redesign to allow for Sirius’s plans for major expansion. The 55,000 sq ft fit out covered three floors and included the complete strip out of old mechanical, electrical and HVAC systems and the installation of new facilities throughout. The new HVAC design and fit out will bolster Sirius’s green credentials while saving the company an estimated 40 – 50 per cent on energy bills overall. Work also included the installation of suspended ceilings, flooring, furniture, a kitchen and breakout areas, collaborative working spaces, partitioning to create meeting rooms and a new reception layout, including a bespoke reception desk and a living wall.

Director of Saracen Interiors, Michael Page comments: “This is our largest project in the North todate and we are delighted to prove that we can confidently carry work of this scale and of such a high profile. “We pitched against some of the UK’s leading main contractors to win this contract, which was awarded in light of our dedication and commitment to the project and the suitability of our designs, and we hope that the final results will achieve a positive response from those who are familiar with the original interiors, as well as the building’s end-users.” Saracen has established a presence in the North in recent years, covering projects in Yorkshire, Scotland and across the whole of the North West. A prominent player in the South East, renowned for its consultancy and design expertise, the company now hopes to repeat that business model in the North, positioning itself as a national concern with local links and knowledge. It recently opened an office at Manchester’s Media City, providing the team with a base from which to operate.

The company’s recent clients include Coca-Cola Enterprises, CH2M, Yum Restaurants, Tata Communications, WYG, TE Connectivity, Loma Systems, Gray’s Inn Chambers, Libra Group, Creature of London, Aspect Property Group, First Property Group, Audatex, Athena Partners, Motofix, Flight Safety, Countrywide PLC, Knight Frank, Mitie Engineering, Pizza Hut, Redrow Homes, Thames Water, Toshiba, TAG Aviation, Viatel, BAE Systems, Sue Ryder Care, North Surrey Primary Care Trust, Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospital NHS Trust.

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

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Coatings & Paints January 2018

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

Select the Best With Sika Pro Select The sealants and adhesive range from Everbuild – A Sika Company is growing with the launch of Sika PRO Select, a fantastic new range bringing the renowned Sika technical expertise to the trade user. This extensive new range consists of ten products including Sika MaxTack Super Charged, an extremely fast setting adhesive with a fixing time of just 20 minutes and the ability to bond to a variety of surfaces, both indoors and outdoors and even underwater. The PRO Select range also includes Sika MaxTack Ultra Clear, a 100% transparent, high strength sealant and adhesive, Sika MaxTack Ultimate, an extra strong hybrid sealant and adhesive for use on almost every application imaginable, SikaSeal Multi Purpose Silicone and Sika MaxTack Instant Grab SF.


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

January 2018 Coatings & Paints

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

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January 2018

Bespoke Armstrong ceiling stuns in Scotland Armstrong’s new DGS system adds wow factor but cuts costs.


n Armstrong suspension grid for plasterboard ceilings, which is up to 40% quicker to install than traditional systems, has been used as the foundation for a completely bespoke, visually stunning day care centre ceiling that was created at a fraction of the cost of a specialist solution. Armstrong’s Drywall Grid System (DGS) was used to form a curved ceiling at Scottish War Blinded’s new Hawkhead Centre for visually impaired veterans in Paisley, Scotland. Other Armstrong systems have been used in a different new building on the same former garden centre site - the Jenny’s Well care home for older people with sight loss, run by Scottish War Blinded’s sister charity Royal Blind. The Hawkhead Centre designed by Page\Park Architects features 1,500m2 of Armstrong’s DGS facetted system in the atrium/ foyer, formed to a radius and using acoustic insulation above, a black acoustic fabric and finished with birch-faced plywood planks 165mm and 225mm wide. This steel-framed facility provides an easy-to-navigate layout through gymnasium hall, workshop, art room, living skills kitchen, IT room, therapy room and quiet garden room. The Jenny’s well care home designed by the Unum Partnership features Armstrong Ceiling Solutions in the main entrance, reception and manager’s offices, all the corridors, back of house staff


areas, kitchens and toilets. These included 1,000m2 of Armstrong’s Perla and 250m2 of Ultima + dB Cradle to Cradle certified tiles, as well as 350m2 of Dune Max, all mineral with Tegular edges installed on an Armstrong 24mm exposed grid. In addition, it featured Clean Room rated Parafon Hygien tiles to the main kitchen and humidityresistant Hydroboard tiles to laundry areas and toilets, both square-edged 600mm x 600mm in a 24mm corrosion-resistant grid. The use of a 200mm high Axiom profile also provided a solution for ceiling level changes with a pre-finished bespoke upstand. This 54-bed, two-storey facility has been organised in a layout of three “pavilions” to the north east and west and a “gateway” building to the south east providing access. Linking these “pavilions” is a glazed passageway enclosing an inner sensory garden.

The CE Marked and Cradle to Cradle™ certified DGS and other Armstrong systems were supplied by CCF in Glasgow and installed for main contractor CCG (Scotland) Ltd by specialist subcontractor Brian Hendry Interiors, a member of Armstrong’s Green Omega network of sustainablycertified installers, whose squad of specialist fixers completed over a six-month programme. Managing director Brian Hendry said: “This was a very challenging project, requiring careful preplanning, the highest attention to detail and accuracy in setting out. Quality was of the highest standard of installation and required exact sizing to ensure the finished timber planks fitted to the DGS, all aligning through. It is a testament to the quality and hard work of our fixers and the experience of our supervisor that this project looks so impressive. “The DGS system was built using a jig to pre-determined radii and

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then raised and installed at high level to provide a curve. As a unique and bespoke installation we had to constantly liaise with the architects to ensure their aesthetic requirements were met and ensure all the different components which meant the complete ceiling could be built within the tolerances required.

Dalby explained that the DGS system was first covered with 100mm x 6mm plywood strips to which the black acoustic fabric was fixed. Then the fixers used prefinished 9mm plywood perpendicular to the ply lining to provide the finished aesthetic. Acoustics insulation was installed within the void to ensure high acoustic performance to the rooms and spaces below.

“The Armstrong Drywall Grid System facetted system was a perfect fit for this type of bespoke ceiling which could be altered on site, allowing much more flexibility compared to the specified traditional MF predetermined off-site curved grid system. Armstrong’s Drywall Grid System was also quick and easy to install.”

He said: “The advantage of using the DGS on this project was that a very expensive bespoke system to provide the finish was not required. The DGS facetted system had a relatively low lead time compared to other solutions in the market and the components were extremely cost-effective.

Page\Park Architect’s Martin Flett said: “The ceilings are crucial to the visual impact of the building and the integration of building services and acoustics. “The Armstrong system forms the frame for the decorative ceiling linings and building services integration. It dovetailed well with the aesthetic and performance requirements and is clever in how it allows you to form a curve from a facetted framing system.” Armstrong DGS installation specialist (north) Martin

“Fitting the finished timber was the slowest part of installing this system but because of all the planning and setting out work carried out early on in the project with the fitting of the DGS framework, we had avoided all the lighting bays and there was no further work to be done altering the system.” More information is accessible via the Armstrong Ceilings website or the manufacturer’s app which is available from both the Apple store as well as the Google Play store.


Coatings & Paints January 2018

Identifying Damp & Condensation

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

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

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


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Coatings & Paints January 2018

New Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt delivers what matters for today’s decorator Newly launched formulation brings improved in-can consistency for easy application and a high quality finish.*


In response to the changing needs of commercial and domestic appliers and the changing environment that they operate within, Dulux Trade has launched a much anticipated new Vinyl Matt formulation. The formulation is a result of a significant investment in quality, involving two years of research and development work. AkzoNobel’s product development scientists have used the latest technology to offer improved application properties and an even better finish, with the needs of today’s industry-leading professionals in mind.

consistency also supports the delivery of a high quality uniform finish, whilst continuing to deliver outstanding opacity and coverage.

Decorators are under increasing time pressure resulting in demand for a paint that will perform straight from the tin without the need to thin. The new Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt has an improved in-can consistency that can be applied with or without thinning for great results. The new formulation has a smooth flow for easy application and the benefit of reduced fly-off for a more enjoyable and efficient decorating process. The improved

To support the launch, Dulux Trade has also invested in the It MATTers campaign across digital, trade press, social media and in-store to drive awareness of the upgrade amongst professional appliers to encourage discussion and ongoing feedback with the brand.

Suitable for all normal interior wall and ceiling surfaces, the formulation offers great colour retention, and as a low sheen matt, it is ideally suited to covering imperfections for a consistently brilliant finish. With a coverage rate of up to 17m2/l, the new Vinyl Matt formulation also continues to deliver the excellent opacity and coverage that Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt is known for.

Paul Dougherty, AkzoNobel’s Head of Product and Portfolio Marketing, said: “We have dedicated a huge amount of time to understanding

appliers’ and specifiers’ real needs and there’s no doubt that after two years of investment, we’ve produced a Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt range that delivers the level of excellence expected from Dulux Trade. The paint has been put through rigorous testing processes, both in the Lab, through the Dulux Academy and with numerous professional domestic and commercials appliers to ensure that what we’ve delivered will meet their expectations, whether it’s being used for brush, spray or roller application. Producing such a high quality product to meet the high standards expected of Dulux Trade products is further evidence of our continued commitment to pushing the boundaries of paint and coatings technology and supporting the professionalism of the industry”. For more information on Dulux Trade, visit:

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


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

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

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

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


Heating & Ventilation January 2018

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


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

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

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Heating & Ventilation January 2018

Green Light for Underfloor Air Conditioning in Romania AET Flexible Space, leading provider of underfloor air conditioning systems are presently commissioning the system and equipment supplied to German IT and software solutions company, iQuest for their new build headquarters in Cluj Napoca, Romania. AET UK have worked closely with Romanian distributor, Convergo Energy on the first underfloor air conditioning installation in the country, and the high profile project will create first class, grade-A office space for the owner-occupier. Underfloor air conditioning systems use the plenum beneath a raised floor as the ventilation duct, eliminating the need for ceiling duct work, potentially reducing new build construction height by up to 10% and making it easy and economical to adapt to workplace changes. The system supplied to the iQuest project is a CAM-V system, where zonal downflow units feed conditioned air into the plenum beneath the raised floor, and then receive return air at high or ceiling level for re-conditioning. The CAM-V system is ideal for easy reconfiguration as there is no division of the plenum into supply and


return channels. The conditioned air is introduced into the workspace from the plenum using modular fan terminal units, known as Fantiles, which are easily relocated with 600 x 600mm raised floor tiles and feature integrated controllers permitting users to personally adjust temperature and fan speed settings. The project covers an area of 18 200m2 on a former factory site in the centre of Cluj Napoca, approximately 6000m2 of which will be office space situated over five floors, and the building will be surrounded by generous green space and public areas. A total of 34 CAM-V33/V22 zone units and 484 Fantiles were supplied; the Fantiles comprising

386 TU4 and 98 slimline TUS units for the fourth floor with a shallower floor void. All Fantiles were specified with EC fans for enhanced energy efficiency and the whole system is connected together and communicates with the main BMS via the bespoke AET flexgateway module. The phased project has been under construction since 2015, the first phase transforming the former factory building by adding two new wings on each side. The second phase creating the grade-A office space is nearly complete and iQuest intends move its Cluj Napoca workforce into the new building by the end of the year.



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RINNAI SYSTEM THINKING BRINGS BUSINESS SPECIFIC HOT WATER SYSTEMS Rinnai’s bespoke business specific solutions deliver a new generation of fully integrated, high efficiency hot water systems Rinnai UK is spearheading a new concept for economic and efficient hot water delivery that brings together all the components of a system in one handy, bespoke designed pack for any kind of business, large or small. Rinnai UK Associate Director Chris Goggin says that simply supplying a water heater unit (or multiple units) has become an antiquated notion that simply is not good enough. “System thinking is what is going to give us the edge as we head into a future where fuel prices are going to need to be managed with pin-point precision. System thinking has led Rinnai to the point where it can offer a service to design and deliver a complete hot water system in one easy to install, fully specified and energy efficient ‘pack’ delivered direct to site - meeting all the demands of the client in one seamless operation. “Why would busy installers and end users want to waste their time planning and then assembling all the parts of a jigsaw when Rinnai’s water heating experts can specify, design and deliver the total solution?


He says specifiers and designers of both commercial and domestic projects can simply consult with Rinnai engineers and rest assured they will have the right system for the job when they need it and with the minimum of fuss. “What advantage is there in unit thinking when system thinking is so much more effective?” he asks. “And not just at the delivery stage but ongoing through the system’s lifetime.” “With our integrated system concept we have gone far beyond simply manufacturing a product to being in a position to offer a complete turnkey service from planning through installation and commissioning to on-going maintenance,” says Goggin. A total solution including water heaters, flues, scale protection, unvented cylinders, valves, prefabrication racks, advanced BMS controls – even water sampling equipment – can be specified, designed and delivered by Rinnai. “The heat generator on the system is Rinnai’s HDC condensing water heater which offers 95% gross efficiency which is maintained for

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the lifetime of the system due to the design principles and controls. Therefore, the design, combined with the system-thinking approach, promotes best-in-class energy efficiencies. “The principles of system thinking add value to the customer as they take away compliance issues like legionella control, for example. We have already developed these packages for multiple corporate customers and for our distribution partners, and these pioneering projects have been very well received. The system thinking principle applied by Rinnai is now being adopted mainstream meaning more and more efficient systems are in use. “A key demand is to provide better on-site efficiency at point of installation and as the system is supplied to site in a pack, this demand has been answered. Using the principles of system thinking we aim to take the headache out of system design and supply complete solutions that go well beyond the heat generator and offer our customers performance and compliance for many years to come.”

“The water heaters (the complete Rinnai range is A-rated under ErP labelling demands) far surpass the thermal heating credit requirements for domestic and commercial hot water systems in new and existing buildings to ensure current and future compliance,” Goggin says, adding: “It is a complete turn-key solution that guarantees easy installation and tight time and labour control and standardisation of both product and spare parts supply. ‘Customers and end-users can be assured that their system is–G3 compliant and has good practice when concerning Legionella (ACOP L8) guidance as well as being best in class under Part L building regulations. * Rinnai is a BIM steering committee advisor to CIBSE for water heaters, boilers and air heaters and ICOM ‘s chosen expert for the RUK UK review of EN26 and EN89. For more details on RINNAI products visit


Expo January 2018

Dear Industry Colleagues, Welcome to ArchitEx 2018, the 3rd Annual CPD Certified Exhibition, Conference and Networking Reception for the UK Architecture and Building Design Industry. We, as the organisers of the event, are absolutely thrilled that so many of the leading names in Architecture and Building Design from around the UK, including the RIBA Stirling Prize Winners 2017, will be joining us once again in Liverpool in April, and will offer something for everyone involved in the industry, whether they be exhibitors, sponsors, speakers or delegates alike.

1. The Exhibition For exhibitors, ArchitEx 2018 will once again provide significant sales and business development opportunities during the 2 days. An anticipated 1,500 Architecture & Building Design Industry professionals from all the following sectors will converge on Liverpool, and as such represents a rare opportunity not to be missed. • Architects, Specifiers, Technologists, Building Designers & Building Surveyors • Commercial, Industrial & Residential Property Developers • Town, City & County Councils, Local Planning Authorities, Town & City Planners • Construction Companies, Builders & Contractors • Products & Services Industry Suppliers


2. The Conference The 2 day, uniquely free-toattend CPD Certified conference programme, with 26 industry leading speakers, has already become one of the leading forums for the UK Architecture and Building Design Industry. It will bring delegates together with policy experts, real-life case studies and industry award winners, and will address the latest sustainable developments and technology in the design, planning and construction of recent, current and future Architecture and Building Design projects. Availability at this uniquely freeto-attend conference is limited so early delegate registration is highly recommended. To receive further information about how you can take part, or to tell us

what you would like to see on the programme, please contact us.

3. The Drinks Reception / Networking Evening As the exhibition & conference finish at the end of the first day on Wednesday 11 April, we move straight into the complimentary 2 hour champagne drinks reception & networking evening, from 5.00pm - 7.00pm, where further opportunities arise to discuss business with hundreds of industry colleagues. ArchitEx 2018 is your opportunity to join the UK’s leading Architecture and Building Design event. The ArchitEx 2018 Team 3303

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Roofing & Cladding January 2018

The Perfect Finish to Leisure Buildings FIBRE cement provides architects with the ability to bring inspirational designs to life for both new buildings and refurbishment projects, creating striking and contemporary leisure developments.


QUITONE facade materials evoke the unique nature of fibre cement – a mineral composite material with outstanding physical and aesthetic properties. The materials are available in a range of through colours and offer an extensive palette of subtle and inspiring colours in a variety of textures and finishes.

FLAGSHIP LEISURE CENTRE An example of these benefits being applied to great effect is at Rushcliffe Arena, based in Nottinghamshire. The arena was rebuilt and modernised using EQUITONE [tectiva] in Pebble to create a subtle design palette. Ajay Chauhan, architect at CPMG, the project lead designers, said: “EQUITONE [tectiva] provided the specific aesthetic requirements the client was looking for with its fine sanded surface and naturally occurring hues making each panel unique.” The new building brought Rushcliffe Leisure Centre – including a newlyinstalled 25m swimming pool – together with Rushcliffe Borough Council’s headquarters. All materials had to be durable, require minimal maintenance, have an excellent lifecycle and improve efficiency of the development. Mr Chauhan added: “The client wanted to use a material for the facade that was durable and low maintenance. We suggested EQUITONE [tectiva] as it’s hardwearing and has a life expectancy of over 50 years. “We’re really pleased with the overall finish of the project. EQUITONE [tectiva] was the ideal choice for this project – it gave the aesthetic appearance we hoped for, was within budget and is of fantastic quality.”


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LUXURY COUNTRY HOTEL EQUITONE [tectiva] and [natura] were used to create a standout £4.5 million extension at Meldrum House Country Hotel, in Aberdeen. Specified by Lippe Architects, the materials were fitted to the 600m2 building ensuring the exterior harmonised with and complemented the existing structure. The finished aesthetic is a mixture of textured grey tones, which works alongside the stonework on the hotel. Kristen Will, associate and chartered architect for Lippe Architects, said: “It was essential we specified a material that would work well with the original building and complemented the existing stone structure. “That is why we chose EQUITONE as the material helped to create an effective exterior finish. The building’s appearance has a spectrum of surfaces that we wanted to respect, and EQUITONE had the exact texture and durability we were after.” Meldrum House Country Hotel sits within a 240-acre estate and now boasts 51 bedrooms. The new property was built adjacent to the B listed mansion house, which has a textured facade with a wide range of stonework colours. Ms Will said: “We felt EQUITONE not only had simplicity and elegance, but strength in its appearance, and the diversity of the range was ideal for the project.” For more information on EQUITONE facade materials visit


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Skys The Limit For Blood Bikes Roof Tile Manufacturer Hits The Heights

Russell’s parent company Crown Global Equity travelling from Texas, Mexico and Florida who joined local staff, customers and suppliers. Andrew Hayward, Managing Director at Russell Roof Tiles added: “I have been amazed and delighted to see the lengths that the staff have gone across all our three sites. I want to recognise the support of the families of our staff who have been a huge support, also so many of our suppliers and friends who have gone above and beyond this year. All to help these two amazing charities and their dedicated teams who work incredibly hard to provide a vital and lifesaving service.” Both charities operate 24/7 on a totally voluntarily basis and does not receive any government or local authority finance.

Staff at pioneering roofing manufacturer Russell Roof Tiles have pulled out all the stops and raised an amazing £32,500 to help local vital services – close to its factories. Staff from Burton on Trent and Lochmaben have danced, hiked, run and quizzed their way to raising the cash. Russell’s monies raised is being split equally between Shropshire. Staffordshire.Cheshire Blood Bikes and Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes. Both are volunteerled, providing lifesaving medical supplies to NHS foundations, by transporting vital blood products, bone marrow, breast milk for premature babies and other lifecritical supplies to local hospitals via motorbike, where every minute counts in helping seriously ill and injured patients. This takes Russell’s total fundraising efforts for the blood bikes to £56,000 across 2016 and 2017.


Last year generous Russell Roof Tiles 170 staff at its three sites and suppliers raised an impressive £24,000 – smashing the original £20,000 target and enabling both charities to buy a much-needed new motorbike each.

The money was raised by a wide range of fun and challenging fundraising activities. Most of the company’s 100 staff at its two Burton sites, on Wetmore Lane and Nicolson Way and its sister site in Lochmaben participated in some form or other. This included a gruelling 72-mile hike across Hadrian’s Wall, a ballroom dancing competition at Brewhouse Arts Centre “Dancing on the Tiles”, golfing activities and football matches. For the first time a Big Quiz evening, hosted at the Pirelli Stadium in Burton raised a remarkable £8,550. The event was a triumph, and included 48 teams included members from

Jeremy Cartwright, Chair of SSBB explained “We are totally dependent on donations and the goodwill of our volunteers to enable us to provide this important service to the NHS. We undertake over 5000 jobs a year covering over 200,000 miles which of course takes its toll on the bikes we use. This fantastic donation from Russell Roof Tiles will buy us a new bike and go a long way to help keep the service running. We are all extremely grateful to the staff of RRT for their tremendous and very creative efforts to raise this money for the charity.” Telephone 01283 517070 @russellrooftile

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Expectation vs reality: out with the new, in with the old? Steve Mansour, Chief Executive Officer, CRL The UK undeniably faces a housing crisis. It’s not just a political soundbite, it’s affecting lives. New build homes are undoubtedly part of the solution, however, is the consumer perception of reduced quality ‘lego block’ estates stopping people investing, causing them to snub new builds in favour of refurbishment projects?


81 per cent of people are “unenthused” about living in a new-build home while 79 per cent said the government should focus its efforts and funding on refurbishing existing, run-down

properties . In addition, a further report this year found that there are more than 200,000 homes worth a total of £43bn lying empty across Britain . Combined with negative stories in the media relating to the quality of new builds, it’s easy to see why public attitude appears to be shifting to buying refurbished properties over new builds. Refurbishing existing properties will only go part way to solving the crisis. Despite programmes such as Grand Designs promoting the property developer lifestyle, more

often than not, these projects are not as quick or as glamorous as they seem on TV. The question is, why are new builds facing such opposition and what do we need to do to address this? Are new builds really as poorly built as media reports would lead you to believe? With every new product, from houses and cars to toys and gadgets, there is always going to be an element of teething. Stories that create headlines, such as “Couple’s dream home in country turns into ‘nightmare’ after finding

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simply doesn’t meet their idealistic expectations, or expected imperfections, such as settlement cracks, start to appear. Expectations of pristine existing builds are low, but for new builds, the expectation is often higher and unfortunately, simply unrealistic. If the unexpected happens, buyers often don’t know what is protected or how to go about making a claim. This is sometimes the case with structural defects insurance; designed to protect against defects in new buildings, normally for a period of 10 years after completion. Despite insurance protecting the homeowner from structural damage that may occur during the first ten years after completion, many consumers lack understanding of the extent of cover their warranty provides.

150 problems in new-build house” , which are filled with negative terms for new builds, understandably make potential buyers skittish to say the least. Whilst some of these instances are genuine reflections of bad building practices, one of the main barriers the construction industry has to tackle concerns perception. Buying a new home is one of the biggest decisions that an individual is ever likely to undertake, especially as average house prices continue in a longterm upward trajectory . Many buyers purchase off plan and do not see the finished project before they buy. This means that they are often sold on the ‘show home’ factor. The shock sometimes sets in when the buyer collects the keys to their new home - and it

This is bypassing the fact that before a build even gets to that stage, new properties undergo rigorous inspections before the homeowner can move in. A structural certificate is only issued when these inspections are complete and all building control standards have been met. This is why building warranties are a crucial part of the construction process, and why consumers can rest assured that the quality of a new build will stand the test of time. Ultimately, the industry must better communicate the many benefits of new build properties to potential buyers. It must provide reassurance that new builds are completed to high standards, that are often superior to the existing builds that consumers are so keen to invest in. The industry needs to change the public’s view of new builds to that of reliability, affordability and availability. If housebuilders are to increase the appeal of new build homes, and remain construction-oriented, it is more important than ever to emphasise the benefits of ‘out with the old, in with the new’. Today’s new build homes are generally built to the latest environmental standards and are cheaper to run. It’s important to ensure that quality is as much of a priority as quantity, so that each new property meets the needs of the homebuyer of today, and of the future.


Timber January 2018

The Low Energy Buildings you’ve always wanted… develop sites, like soft ground, steeply sloping land and potential flood plain areas.

Intrigued by the claims of this ‘full service’ company we decided to investigate their approach a little more. Value Engineering: First, we wanted to know what was meant by ‘Value Engineering’ (VE). Professor Dr. Michael Benfield, their CEO, explained: “By focusing on the various ‘functions’ of a client’s building and its components, we aim to identify and remove unnecessary costs while at the same time maintaining - even enhancing - its performance.” Comprehensive Knowledge: This approach blends their extensive and rather unique knowledge of all forms of timber structure, building science, regulations, and state of the art products with individual client’s design concepts. “For us, value engineering starts with environmental planning and regulatory impositions as part of our analytical and technical design processes.” he explained. “These feed our drive for, and commitment to, sustainable development through into waste reduction, recycling and lean manufacture. It embraces a ‘Pride in the Job’ and a ‘Right First Time’ mentality that is applied to all our Design & Build (D&B) operations.” Focus on End User: Paying attention to end user demands is central to Benfield ATT’s approach (the ATT stands for Advanced Timber Technologies, by the way). They believe it enables them to deliver highly effective, quality buildings for projects large & small. This includes providing solutions for difficult to


Product Selection: Self-evidently, to value engineer design & build solutions, the selection of the most appropriate products needs the services and methods used to be an integral part of the process. Working closely with architects, building designers, engineers and quantity surveyors, Benfield ATT helps select and specify those which are most functionally appropriate and cost effective. In turn this encourages the delivery of high quality products to be protected, and results in saving time for on-site build operations. All of this, they claim, reduces costs, enhances client’s projects and helps to make them one of the most competitive full service timber engineering design and build firms in the UK. Fabric First: In the current business climate it is perhaps not surprising to find Efficiency, Performance & Cost Effectiveness to be included in their key current considerations. This is most clearly evidenced in their ‘Fabric First” approach to designing really effective building envelopes. “There is a crucial need to deliver highly energy efficient structures with optimum levels of insulation, minimal thermal transmission and appropriate airtightness for floors, walls, roofs, windows and doors.” explains Prof Benfield. Unsurprising, therefore, that in their drive toward Zero Carbon and minimal heating requirements, they offer factory Insulated Panels, SIP’s, Green Oak, Post & Beam, Glulam and Hybrid structures all orientated to achieve what was Code for Sustainable Homes levels 4, 5, 6 and Passivhaus Standards. Specialist Builders’ Merchants: Potentially, the procurement of design specific components can create unforeseen difficulties, for example locating the source of supplies, avoiding delays in delivery lead times, quality assurance, and securing ‘best value’ products and terms. Here Benfield ATT’s long established connections, access and volume

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

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NINE ELMS POINT: Metsec provides design and walling services to regeneration project Nine Elms Point is a former Sainsbury’s site in London’s Vauxhall district that is being redeveloped to house a new Sainsbury’s store and a combination of three high rise and four low rise residential blocks, providing 647 apartments. Sub-contractor Stanmore was appointed as installer to carry out the external façade works for the 10,000m2residential blocks, including aluminium and glass claddings, insulated render systems and infill walling. Specified on the project, voestalpine Metsec plc’s steel framing systems (SFS) infill walling was selected for both its flexibility in terms of sizing, and the additional design services that Metsec is able to provide to projects. The design services were utilised in the early stages of the project to provide the structural calculations and system requirements for the SFS walling in order to adequately support the various external wall cladding systems that Stanmore would be implementing. Metsec was also able to provide solutions and installation details for areas where non-standard Metsec product would be required. To create the solutions, Metsec took the basic design provided by Stanmore, and its dedicated design team bespoke-engineered the sections and connections details. This allowed Metsec to use its standard sections, but in a bespoke arrangement, to form the soffits and downstands. In addition to the design, Metsec was able to provide the structural calculations and loading of the solution, to demonstrate that the bespoke solution is able to sufficiently support the cladding on the project. These design capabilities were integral to the project, with Metsec’s structural calculations used in the approvals process from external consultants for the composition of each wall. A combination of 100mm and 150mm thickness infill walling was used across the project. In total, the regeneration of the site in Vauxhall is scheduled to take five years

with Nine Elms Point due for completion in spring 2020. In addition to the supermarket and residential housing, the area will see the development of the new Nine Elms underground station which will form part of the extended Northern Line. Peter Baker, Director of Operations at Stanmore Contractors, said: “An important part of Metsec’s offering was the flexibility of design. The SFS infill could be designed to suit various wall build-ups and multiple storey heights. “The ability to fit a variety of requirements made Metsec the ideal partner for this project.” Ryan Simmonds, sales director or framing at Metsec, said: “The Nine Elms Point development is a major regeneration project for southwest London and we are pleased to have been involved. “There is a significant amount of investment in the area including the new US embassy, two new underground stations and 20,000 new homes, and the Nine Elms Point willth be a centrepiece to this renewed area.”


Tools & Equipment January 2018

JSP’s VisiliteTM Helmet Illumination System More Vital than Ever to Increase Visibility and Worker Safety As the evenings grow darker each day with the approach of Autumn and Winter, the need for optimum worker visibility on site increases. At this time of year, the nights draw in more quickly, with less daylight in the mornings too. The weather is changing, and is more likely to be bleak, cloudy, stormy and wet, also making visibility trickier. By using the Visilite™, JSP’s unique lighting system for its EVO™ industrial safety helmets, the problem of gloomy and dim light at work can easily be avoided. The revolutionary Visilite™ is a flexible, durable fibre optic lighting system


that increases worker visibility without dazzling colleagues. The Visilite’s™ tough ABS casings ensure it can withstand knocks and scrapes. Effortless and quick to fit, it simply clips securely onto the sides and rear of any of JSP’s EVO™ range of helmets, allowing fibre optic light to shine all around the helmet. The splash-proof Visilite™ can even be used in wet weather. Visible up to 50 metres away, the Visilite™ offers three lighting modes – static, fast flash, or slow flash – so it suits the needs of any user. It works by LED lights shining low-level light down the fibre

optic, which is refracted by the engraved logos on the optic strip. The unit is USB rechargeable, comes with a micro USB cable, and can even be charged whilst fitted to the helmet. To ensure workers are visible at all times, whether walking to or from the site or whilst working, the Visilite™ is a simple, inexpensive, but invaluable asset to keep them safe at work during the darker months.

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Tools & Equipment January 2018

Snickers’ NEW ALLROUND 37.5® Insulator Jacket Sharp, stylish looks and marketleading 37.5® fabric technology make this jacket a must for winter on site or outdoor leisurewear. Snickers Workwear continues to lead the way with working clothes that are unrivalled in design, superb functionality and fit. This great-looking quilted jacket is padded with 37.5® fabric insulation for warmth and climate control to keep your body warm or comfortably cool when you most need it. With a water-repellent fabric, it can be worn on its own or combined with other Next Generation working clothes

such as Base Layer fleeces and shirts or Outer Layer waterproof Shell Jackets. Fashionable and functional, this jacket has long arm cuffs with thumb grips for warm comfort and a high collar that delvers extra wind protection. It’s also got stretchable side panels in for comfort and flexibility with Cordura-reinforced elbows for durability and reflective arm details to provide enhanced visibility for personal safety.

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Snickers Body-Mapping Climate Control Workwear – ideal for the Winter. A change of season means a change of focus on what you wear on site, so Snickers FLEXIWork, RUFFWork, LITEWork and ALLROUND Workwear ensures you keep your cool when the heat is on or warm and comfortable when the temperature drops. Interweaving 37.5® Technology fabric into Snickers’ working clothes means that you’ve got a wide choice of waterproof and windproof Jackets, mid-layer Fleeces and Stretch Hoodies.


Plus base-layer Undergarments, Gloves and Headgear that excel at ventilation and moisture transportation to keep you working comfortably wherever you are on site.

So, to make sure you get the right protection, flexibility, durability and ventilation, check out the newest Workwear in our latest Autumn Brochure for precisely the right garments to fit your workday. For more information, visit the website at alternatively, call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788.

January 2018 Tools & Equipment


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


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

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

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


Landscaping January 2018

Overcoming the bounce in Bristol CTS Bridges Ltd undertook all structural design of Castle Bridge, a 91m long stunning new footbridge at Finzels Reach, Bristol, including its value engineering, manufacture and installation. The new bridge twists its way gracefully across the Avon waterway and provides access for pedestrians and cyclists from Castle Park to Finzels Reach development. CTS partnered with vibration specialists, Full Scale Dynamics, to design, manufacture, install and commission a bespoke tuned mass damper to position in the longest, most eccentric span to ensure comfort performance parameters were met for walkers, joggers and crowds alike. The complex geometry posed challenges for design with regards to both analysis and concept.


The plan curvature generated a low frequency structure easily excited and onerous access constraints during road delivery to site and pontoon delivery down the river under historic arch bridges required the bridge to be assembled in progressive stages. The structure required a design that could be assembled from a kit of parts to create a weaving stiff torsion box spine beam, but also one which could be installed quickly over the river without extensive scaffolding or plant. The bridge combined painted steelwork, hardwood decking with

anti-slip inserts (Hi-Grip Excel by CTS Bridges) and handrail with stainless steel parapet infill; lighting and cladding encompassed the structure, delivering a strikingly prestigious scheme. The eye-catching structure will be a lasting legacy of the Finzels Reach development and will be enjoyed by users for years to come. If you need a bridge as a focal point in your scheme contact CTS Bridges for a full design, build and installation package - 01484 606416

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Landscaping January 2018

Hard Landscaping to Help Shape Positive Visitor Experience at Snowhill Retail Park in Wakefield Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has successfully completed a significant delivery to the new £12m Snowhill Retail Park in Wakefield. Appointed by contractors, Kier and Savills, Charcon consulted with architects, The Harris Partnership, to recommend the best hard landscaping products to complement the aesthetics of the overall project. More than 2,250m2 of Andover Textured Block Paving was specified in a range of grey hues, including Light Grey, Silver Fleck and Chestnut, plus 400 units of Andover Textured Flag Paving in Silver Fleck and Light Grey.


Incorporating uniquely formulated Cornish aggregates to maximise performance, durability and aesthetics, Andover Textured offers the hard-wearing performance of granite at an affordable price. It’s ideal for prestigious pedestrian areas and building developments, including town centres and shopping precincts. It features a finely textured surface, is available in 12 sizes, offering a myriad of design options, and the breadth of shades can be used to complement and contrast one another to dramatic effect. An Infilta concrete block permeable paver is also available where sustainable urban drainage is a requirement. Mike Davies, Sector Marketing Manager for Charcon, comments: “We are delighted to have been able to provide our product

expertise and knowledge to the Snowhill Retail Park project. Charcon is pleased to be supporting Wakefield’s vision for the wider Snowhill development, with beautiful, contemporary landscaping helping to shape a positive experience for people visiting the centre.” Completed in May, Snowhill Retail Park officially opened to the public this summer, bringing with it 250 local jobs. The food anchored retail centre forms the first phase of the wider Snowhill development, along the A650 in Newton Bar, which received planning permission in 2009. For further information, please visit

January 2018 Landscaping

Charcon Supplies Award-Winning Quarry Garden at the National Memorial Arboretum

Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has supplied the Institute of Quarrying with quality commercial flag paving and kerbs to the award winning IQ Quarry Garden at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

UK’s year-round Centre for Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. It is located on a restored former sand and gravel quarry, which was gifted on a peppercorn rent by Tarmac with a 999 year lease.

The multiple award winning garden featured at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show and was designed by garden expert Paul Hervey-Brookes. It won Best In Show, Best Construction and a Gold Medal. The garden has now been reimagined to fit a bespoke space just inside the entrance to the National Memorial Arboretum.

Mark Barter, Sales Director for Charcon, comments: “It has been an honour to be involved in this project and see the garden installed as a permanent fixture within the National Memorial Arboretum for people to enjoy for years to come. Not only does the Quarry Garden aim to convey to the public how efficient quarrying can be, it also fosters young talent by supporting local students on their horticultural journey. It has been great to showcase the wonderfully creative ways of using Charcon’s Eco range products, which with their quality and durability, will truly stand the test of time in the Quarry Garden.”

The National Memorial Arboretum is the

Charcon’s 600mm x 600mm

EcoPave® Textured flag paving in Grey Fleck has been used throughout the garden. This sustainable product, containing 50% recycled or reclaimed materials, incorporates uniquely formulated Cornish aggregates to optimise performance, durability and the aesthetic appeal of granite. In addition, Charcon’s Eco Countryside® Kerb served as the garden edging and likewise replicates the look of natural granite. Being manufactured here in the UK from 82% recycled or reclaimed material content, it boasts excellent environmental benefits and is available in a choice of installed profiles. For full information about EcoPave® and Eco Countryside® Kerb, including technical data sheets, or to view the full Charcon range of products, visit For more information about the Quarry Garden, visit


January 2018

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 . This 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. 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 soak away has failed. We often get asked; 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 old- fashioned 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




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

January 2018 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.

Maintenance, 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 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.

One service visit where all necessary checks are carried out. This includes assessing the aeration pattern, sludge levels and effluent quality. All labour expenses for servicing and call outs are covered so there are no hidden costs. • 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. • 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.

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The service agreement lasts for 12 months and will also help you meet your Environment Agency obligations regarding your Consent to Discharge. This includes keeping records of service, de-sludging and maintenance work for a minimum of 5 years.

Our Other Products include Mini SAF’s (for offices and outbuildings up to 4 persons) Pump Stations (standard and bespoke) Septic Tank Conversion Units (used as secondary treatment for underperforming septic tanks) For a full range of our products and servicing visit or call (01746 781782).

Emptying is NOT included in the • agreement as the Bio-Pure does not require emptying for 3-5 years.

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January 2018

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


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

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

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

January 2018

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

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Construction Update - January 2018  

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