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Construction Update July 2017



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Industry News July 2017

Plans advance for £400m Harlow science hub Public Health England has bought pharmaceutical giant GSK’s vacant site at Harlow to build a £400m laboratory complex. The Government body aims to re-locate staff and facilities to the research complex from Porton in Wiltshire and Colindale in north London as well as its headquarters functions from central London. It will submit a planning application in the next few weeks to refurbish several current buildings and construct new ones on the Pinnacles Estate site. The plans include new and converted laboratories and a visitor centre.

after careful consideration of the advantages and represents best value to the British taxpayer. This includes reduced running costs and the ability to carry out a number of further specialist additional surveys which will save us considerable time and money and provide invaluable information for the more detailed design work planned for later in the year.”

The site and assets were purchased for £25m. It is anticipated that the first staff will move to Harlow in 2021 with the site fully operational by 2024. At that time up to 2,750 people could be based at the Science Hub with scope for further expansion to 3,250. Richard Gleave, PHE Deputy Chief Executive said: “Our move to Harlow will create a world-class science campus for public health, of international significance and real benefits for the local community. “The decision to buy the site now has been taken

Votes pour in for the best companies in construction More than 4,000 people have already picked their favourite firms in the first week of voting for the 2017 Construction Enquirer Awards. Thousands of construction professionals are having their say on the best companies to work for and do business now. The awards reward the best in the business and Top Ten winners in each category will be decided by the online vote. Firms are fighting it out to be recognised as leading contractors, specialists, clients and suppliers. And you still have a few weeks to vote for your employer or favourite firm to work with. Simply click here to see all the nominees and cast your vote. Companies are competing to be the best places to work and the best firms to work with. This is your chance to vote for your own company if you think they are a great employer. And you can vote for main contractors, specialists, clients and suppliers who are a pleasure to do business with. Construction is full of great companies who deserve recognition so step forward and vote for your


favourites today. Voting is quick and easy – just tick the box of firms you enjoy working for or with. Winners in each category will be decided by the number of votes in relation to the size of their workforce and turnover to make sure everyone has an equal chance. Online voting on the awards website will be open until the end of July when Top Ten winners will be revealed. Winners will be presented with their prizes at the awards evening on October 10 held alongside UK Construction Week in Birmingham. Supreme winners in each category will also be revealed on the night which promises to be another great evening for the industry. Sponsors are lining-up to have their names associated with construction’s newest and most innovative awards. The current role of sponsors includes Engage, Torsion Group, JLT, Hadley Group and Screwfix as a host of other firms look to join them.

July 2017 Industry News

RHP unveils first accommodation milestone at University of Cambridge’s new district, Eddington

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Swirles Court, a development of 325 en-suite rooms, purpose built for students, has been completed by award winning architects R H Partnership (RHP), at the North West Cambridge Development of Eddington. Leased to Girton College, this is the first completion of many scheduled for 2017 at the new community, which is setting the standard in sustainable living and delivered by the University of Cambridge. Swirles Court – named after mathematician and physicist, Bertha Swirles (Lady Jeffreys), a Girton alumna, Fellow and Benefactor – is itself a microcosm of the sustainable ethic which underpins Eddington as a whole. With a total construction value of £26m, Swirles Court sits at the heart of Eddington, a 150 hectare site which will comprise 3,000 homes (private for sale and for rent to University and college key workers), 2,000 student rooms, 100,000 sq m of research facilities, a community centre, shops and a primary school. Girton is the first Cambridge College to establish

RHP completes student accommodation in Cambridge

a base in Eddington, offering state-of-the art facilities to its growing graduate community.

their own produce in the integrated allotment areas.

The complex is linked to the sitewide sustainable urban drainage system, the largest water recycling network in the country, and to the district heating system, and benefits from the underground waste storage system. Students will be encouraged to grow

Innovative features like solar shading screens to prevent overheating in summer and perforated window surrounds to allow natural ventilation help cement Swirles Court, and Eddington, as an exemplar of sustainability.

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Industry News July 2017

Galliford Try submits Lords £150m £14m Manchester retirement home flats project block approved Galliford Try Partnerships has submitted plans for a 105-apartment scheme on Manchester’s Princess Road.

Central & Cecil Housing Trust has got the green light to build a retirement home block next to Lords Cricket Ground in London.

The £14.2m mixed-tenure project has been designed by architect IDP and will be faced with red brick.

The housing association plans to demolish the existing Dora House block in St John’s Wood and construct 156 homes catering exclusively for senior living.

The stepped six storey complex will feature a landscaped roof terrace above the fourth floor. Galliford Try will start on-site early in 2018 with completion set for summer 2019, pending planning approval Darren Leary, development director at Galliford Try Partnerships, said: “This distinctive scheme will transform this part of the city, provide a high quality housing offer to the local community and deliver a contemporary and exciting new piece of architecture, responding to the local character of the neighbourhood.”

Part of the site has been sold for a 10-storey private block of 43 luxury flats to help fund the 12-floor retirement homes block. The £150m development scheme has been designed by architects Ryder Architecture and MAKE. Planning consultant Montagu Evans advised on the scheme and the disposal of part of the site, which will be used to build 44 private apartments – the revenue from this will fund the construction of the new Dora House.

Meldrum Construction wins £12m revamp of Auckland Castle North East contractor Meldrum Construction Services Limited has landed a £12m contract to restore 900-year-old Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland. The award from the Auckland Castle Trust is part of a wider £70m programme to regenerate the historic site. Meldrum has an annual turnover of around £30m and specialises in Grade I and Grade II listed buildings. Managing Director Dave Meldrum said: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious contract and are now looking at ways in which we can involve the local community and maximise the opportunities we can offer them while working in Bishop Auckland.” Around half of Meldrum’s current 190 employees, including time-served carpenters, bricklayers, welder/fabricators, ground workers, plant operators and electricians, will be involved in the Auckland Castle project.


Meldrum will be working alongside overall project managers, Turner & Townsend and lead consultant and conservation accredited architects, Purcell. Geoff Brown, Area Manager for Turner & Townsend, said: “The restoration of Auckland Castle is a significant project for us, incorporating both a wide range of repairs, replacements and redecoration to the existing castle, and the construction of an extension to create contemporary gallery space.” Work is set to start on site in September.

July 2017 Industry News

Groundworks bosses banned from running another company

Bovis sets aside another £3.5m to fix faulty homes

Two directors of an Inverness-shire construction and civil engineering business have been disqualified from running or controlling any further companies.

Bovis Homes has set aside another £3.5m to fix faulty homes following a string of complaints about build quality from buyers. The firm spent £7m on “legacy issues” last year.

The Inverness Sherriff Court handed an eight year disqualification to Donald Cameron, 37, while his fellow director Steven Cameron, 36, signed an undertaking agreeing not to run or control a company for seven years. Both were directors of Highland Groundworks Limited. In April 2015 Highland Groundworks went into liquidation with liabilities of £41,786. Steven Cameron and Donald Cameron were joint directors at that time. Following the Liquidator’s appointment the investigation found that from 1 September 2012 to 29 December 2014 the company books and records were inadequate to: •

Verify the position with regards to assets owned by the company at the date of liquidation, especially with regards to fixed assets held at 31 August 2012 compromising plant, machinery and vehicles with a net book value of £102,194 and debtors in the sum of £64,098

Verify expenditure from the company bank account totalling £493,351

Verify whether receipts into the company bank account between 01 September 2012 and 29 December 2014 totalling £404,639 are a true representation of the total of the total sales achieved by the company.

The investigation found that from at least 7 August 2013 the company traded to the detriment of HM Revenue and Customs, in that VAT returns were submitted up to the quarter ended 30 June 2013 disclosing an outstanding liability, including surcharges, of £9,955 which remained outstanding at liquidation. The Company failed to submit VAT returns for the quarters 30 September 2013 to 31 December 2014 resulting in an estimated liability, including surcharges, totalling £28,844 which remained outstanding at liquidation. Robert Clarke, Head of Company Investigation at the Insolvency Service said: “Directors have a duty to ensure that their companies maintain proper accounting records, and, following insolvency, deliver them to the office-holder in the interests of fairness and transparency.”

And Bovis is making another provision during the first half of this year following a review of the business by new CEO Greg Fitzgerald. In a trading update to the City this morning Bovis said: “We have made good progress addressing a high level of customer issues in the first half. “Following the CEO’s review of the business, the Group has taken a further £3.5m of provision in the first half, taking the total one-off costs related to these legacy issues to £10.5m, of which £7.0m was provided for in 2016. “This further provision will ensure we are fully resourced to complete the works identified as swiftly as possible whilst at the same time delivering the appropriate high level of service to our new customers. “We are confident that all legacy issues are now identified and that where possible these issues will be fully dealt with and the related costs incurred during this financial year.” But homeowners are still contacting the Enquirer with complaints about their Bovis properties. One said: “I moved in six months ago and I’m still battling to get things fixed. “It was all promised to be sorted within six weeks but has been rumbling on for months.” Bovis has slowed its rate of new construction by 1015% as it “re-sets” the business. Fitzgerald said: “The trading performance in the first half of our financial year is in-line with management expectations. “In the past 11 weeks I have spent a good amount of time with each of our operating regions, visited 85 sites and met the vast majority of our people. “We continue to identify and implement operational improvements and I am very confident we can deliver a successful turnaround, returning Bovis Homes to being a leading UK housebuilder.


Industry News July 2017

Planning Permission Granted for the Nine Storey Building at 262 York Road Planning permission has been granted for the nine storey building at 262 York Road which will take place on the former site of a Shell petrol filling station. This site is the final one located in Battersea Reach to receive the correct permissions as a part of the development that sits on the bank of the River Thames. The Battersea Reach project is a mixed used development that is taking place in the borough of London and includes the iconic power station. The Multi Disciplinary consultancy Meinhardt UK has been involved in the 262 York Road project by utilizing their modern methods of construction and structural engineering in order to bring the architect’s vision of the project to life. The architects have designed a build to rent development, however the project has a range of specific challenges involved in the construction.

on ground floor of the construction with retail space and a lobby. The project will also have ground floor parking access and a one-storey partial basement that will be used for bike storage and back of house space. This is the second of the PRS scheme that uses MMC in London and has been consulted on by Meinhardt during the pre-planning process. The other project that the multi disciplined engineering company has been involved in was the Greenford Green in Ealing which is known for being the largest build to rent scheme that has been purpose built in the UK. The Ealing project will create nearly 2,000 new homes.

The clients of this construction project are Angle Property and to begin with the architects TP Bennett and Meinhardt were asked to explore the possibility of a project that could rise above the petrol station. This permission was granted however the client decided to acquire the lease for the petrol station and demolish it instead, which in a revised application has now been approved. The building as a part of this revised design has around 10,000 sq m of floor space. The project will see the creation of a commercial unit

Construction output suffers sharpest fall for 5 years The run-up to the General Election saw the largest three-month drop in construction output for five years, according to latest official figures. New figures for May showed all work output slipped by 1.2% month-on-month, driven mainly by a 4% fall in infrastructure, equating to a real value fall of £61m.

Other notable downward pressure on construction output came from private commercial work (down 1.6%), and non-housing repair and maintenance. The only sector to show growth was social housing, up £6% or £21m in cash terms. TheOffice of National Statistics three-month trend figures also slipped back 1.2%, which represented the sharpest fall for five years, albeit after a sustained period of growth. This fall was driven mainly by infrastructure and private new housing, which dropped 1.3% and 1.8% respectively. Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive, said: “Theresa May’s election gamble has so far been a disaster for the construction industry. ‘The run-up to


the General Election saw the largest three-month drop in construction activity in five years, and most worrying was the lack of new work in the infrastructure sector. He said: “The reality of a vulnerable minority government is that the uncertainty around big projects could continue for some time. The Government and MPs of all parties should nevertheless see infrastructure delivery as a top priority, as it is essential to maintaining economic growth and supporting local supply chains. The latest announcement on new bypasses is therefore extremely positive and the government should push ahead on this and other schemes. “We must not let up on the most ambitious ‘oncein-a-generation’ infrastructure projects either – our latest research shows that if the Government were to consider reforming the UK’s procurement rules it could mean local supply chains would benefit from up to £11.2 billion over the lifetime of the HS2 project through public contracts.”

July 2017


July 2017

The Dangers of Switching Specification! By Wojciech Brożyna – MD of Aluprof (UK) Limited

Why do we specify products and services when we design our buildings or building refurbishment projects? Part of the reason is performance; it can be crucial to have the right products in the right places to ensure that they are fit for purpose and offer a qualified life expectancy with minimal maintenance. This is one of the main reasons behind the UK’s rapid take up of BIM and it is hoped that the maintenance aspect of BIM will enable us to economically run our buildings in the future. If this was the only issue, then the specifiers job would be quite straightforward and the ‘equal or approved’ standpoint in specifications would be relatively simple to action at the time of procurement. Some products can be switched for similar products with little impact on the building, but one of the crucial areas where this late switch can, and often does go wrong, is in the façade or window specification. Few buildings are designed in the same way, so the application of say a curtain wall system requires both specification and careful detail design. Furthermore, the design of the external envelope is critical both for initial waterproofing the building for second fix and the avoidance of latent defects such as interface leaks. This is the most critical area of design, the façade interface with the rest of the buildings external envelope. Different

systems will require alternative details, it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. If we allowed detail design to occur late, at the procurement stage, all but the best of the façade installers would struggle with detailing, however, this is exactly what is happening today every time we make a late switch to a facade system close to its anticipated order date. If the specification is to be changed, then the design team really need to ensure that it is not only done on cost alone, but the same or better quality solutions are found which can be procured with a complete package such as warranties, acceptable lead times, quality of finish, performance, etc. At the point of early design, often the aluminium systems company specified has a crucial input into product selection and design. Today, design input often


July 2017 leads to some bespoke profile design, which is often cost effective offering a simple solution to a complex design requirement. This critical detailed design can be lost as soon as the system is switched unless the systems company providing the replacement system is consulted and can meet the requirements of the project. Whether client driven, or contactor driven, savings are often sought during a build programme and often the main contractor just goes out to tender again. This action assumes that the specified system, or supplier, is not able to reduce costs. ‘Value Engineering’ often concentrates on what material content can be reduced, however, ‘Value Management’ looks at materials and the wider supply chain processes this can help reduce costs by reaching solutions and compromises which would not affect the final build quality. Value Management looks at every process on the programme of work through to completion. In the facade industry in the UK, the principles of Value Management have been adopted by Aluprof to deliver competitive installations in conjunction with their extensive network of experienced fabricators and installers. To begin with, a review of the complete project programme is needed, with each of the processes and deadlines for completion itemised. It is at this stage that options can be discussed. One of the obvious choices is that of the

system to be used for the façade. As with other high end systems companies, Aluprof offer their systems in various designs to meet the exact needs of the building. An example of this can be seen in Aluprof’s popular MB50 Curtain Wall system, far from being a single system there are many options to choose from, these include various insulation levels, capping options or structural arrangements, each choice represents a cost or, a cost saving. It’s a little like specifying options on a new car taking the base model of choice as a starting point. A further consideration is the optimisation of aluminium profile cutting. To reduce wastage on fabrication, profiles can be extruded to special lengths which offer high levels of cutting optimisation which in turn reduces material waste, which in turn reduces costs. These are just some of the important issues that are reviewed in the Value Management process which ensures that the completed project performs exactly as specified and perfectly meets with the clients’ expectations. With a large systems company such as Aluprof, working on the Value Management of a project at the very early stages, options such as choice of fabrication location can be explored to offer the best value and quality. An example of this could be complex details within a unitised project where a local fabricator could produce all the standard units and where complex, say curved units, are manufactured competitively elsewhere where specialist equipment is available. The key to any programmes would be to add value, not in cost terms, but in quality and time performance. As we are all too aware, time delays on site carry significant costs for both main contractor and consequently sub-contractor. On all projects, the systems company has an important part to play. If using a commercial installer for the first time, a discussion with the systems company supplying the material will always ensure that they are involved and committed to the final supply chain. The systems company can play a big part in cost savings, but the main thing to remember is that aluminium used remains at a fairly constant cost, and that it is the processes and detailing of these systems that can save costs. To deal with the growing number of facade specifications calling for Aluprof’s high performance architectural aluminium systems, the company has recently opened a London office. Based at the Business Design Centre in Islington, the location is ideal to offer advice to architects and contractors across the city and the South East. Staffed by two full time architectural advisors, the office also offers a ‘drop-in’ centre for specification advice and support. It is recommended that early specification advice is sought very early in the initial design process.


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

July 2017


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A versatile solution to the problem of services passing through walls, floors and ceilings, offering up to 4 hours protection

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Adjustable brackets can be bent flat to fit flush against flat surfaces such as walls or ceilings, or kept at a right-angled position to fit in corners

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Application Instructions For standard open areas, simply place the box over the services, use the smoke seal if required, and screw into position. If the services are already in place, remove the detachable section, fix the ‘U’ section first then slide back the detachable section and fix the smoke seal if required. When the unit is flush against a ceiling, floor, wall, or corner simply bend the fixing brackets flat and screw into position. When using multi-purpose box to fit around existing services in a tight corner, simply remove the detachable section and fix the ‘U’ section into position. Fixing brackets can be bent flat if required. Replace the detachable section and fix to finish. Insert the smoke seal if required.


A detachable section allows the unit to be used in tight corners.Adjustable brackets allowing multiple fixing options.

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July 2017

KODA launches in the UK KODA, a free-standing concrete house that can be assembled and disassembled many times in different locations, is launching in the UK


stonian developer Kodasema, who were recent winners of the WAN Urban Challenge 2017, is launching its revolutionary KODA house in the UK on the BRE Innovation Park. KODA aims to shake up the UK and international property markets by providing a multi-purpose self-build structure that can be used as a city centre home, a lakeside summer house, a café, an office, workshop or studio or even a classroom. The sustainable factory made modular home, which can be erected on site in a day for as little as £150,000, will be present on the BRE’s Innovation Park in Watford for would-be purchasers and those in the construction industry to take in the 25 sq m building. KODA has been designed to allow stacking, with multi-storey modules scheduled for release in 2018. John O’Brien, Associate Director for Construction Innovation said: “The simple yet effective design could help alleviate the pressures of the housing crisis on local authorities, providing temporary homes or workspaces on empty sites. This trend of short-term

use of derelict land, which can be left untouched for years, even during the planning stages, is becoming more common, especially in London. KODA would provide a cost-effective option to house those on the waiting list for affordable accommodation or offer temporary rental apartments for young professionals, students and those looking to downsize. “On a wider point, it could also be the perfect housing solution for those that move regularly for their jobs and require medium term tenancies in cities across the UK. You could pack your suitcase and move from KODA to KODA and be in a familiar environment in another town or city with all the usual amenities.” Already in-use across Holland and Estonia, KODA addresses a gap in the market for ‘meanwhile planning’ situations. Using ‘lift and shift’ technology, the building allows easy mobility, creating an effective solution for under-utilised land before it is permanently developed. The structure provides the perfect opportunity for local authorities to provide affordable housing or commercial space on empty sites in key areas. The open-plan living space features a full-height quadruple-glazed window at the front, providing thermal and acoustic insulation, whilst filling the interiors with natural light. The bathroom and mezzanine bedroom are located at the back of the building for optimal use of space, with a living and dining space to the front, and also a terrace at the front. Designed to be highly energy-efficient, KODA also features photovoltaic panels to generate energy to reduce its carbon footprint. Key features include: •

Smart home systems (alarm systems, entry system door lock, programmable mood lighting, climate control)

Thin, vacuum-insulated concrete walls (keeping the building cool in the summer and warm in the winter) and noise insulation

Innovative LED lighting design

KODA house does not require extensive digging or laying foundations, taking less than a working day to assemble on a chosen site at a minimum cost, and materials can be disassembled and reused easily. Kodasema is a recent winner of WAN Urban Challenge 2017, a global ideas competition with a focus on London’s housing crisis.


For further information on the launch of KODA in the UK contact BRE on Tel: 0333 321 88 11 or visit www.

Bull Products

July 2017

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

As one of the leaders in construction site safety equipment, Bull Products’ has just launched its Fire 360° service for construction companies, starting with a free site survey. Fire 360° is a twelve-step plan to provide companies with an effective and comprehensive fire strategy. From an initial enquiry to Bull Products, a BAFE certified advisor will arrange to attend your site within 48 hours to accurately assess requirements and provide expert advice on fire safety strategy. Site plans are fully assessed by the engineer and clearly marked outlining what fire protection is required and where it should be located, saving valuable time and ensuring your site is compliant. Following the site visit, Bull Products returns quotations within one hour and subsequent orders acknowledged within an hour of receipt. Once commissioned for the project, Bull Products ensures that all products are fully serviced and/or programmed before despatch to ensure compliance as soon as the equipment arrives

on site. Configuration of alarms can take place before despatch or on-site if there is an addition to an existing system.

to remind you when your equipment is due for servicing to ensure compliance throughout your project.

To ensure peace of mind, all fire equipment supplied meets all relevant standards with full certification of the alarm systems, and portable fire appliances are installed and serviced in accordance with the relevant BS standard.

Another bonus of the Fire 360° plan is that Bull Products can take care of your asset management. Under this part of the service, once the fire equipment has been finished with on a project, Bull Products is able to arrange equipment collection from site for free of charge stockholding until you require its re-use on a future project.

Once the fire equipment is fully installed and commissioned, Bull Products is able to train site personnel in the use of fire extinguishers and on alarm system familiarisation so that it can be used to its full potential hence eliminating any user error and false alarms. To back up its professional expertise with fire equipment, Bull Products prides itself in providing nationwide technical support for all areas of construction, from 6a.m. to 5p.m. every day to assist with any on-site queries. On becoming a Bull Products’ customer, an automatic servicing schedule will be in place designed

This useful service saves companies having to find space to store the fire equipment themselves and equipment re-use clearly saves on the purchase of new equipment. Bull Products also clean and service all fire equipment before despatch to your next project to ensure that fire protection equipment remains compliant. Further information on the Fire 360° service is available from Bull Products on 01432 371170, email or by the website


C July 2017

omar Architectural Aluminium Systems were selected to provide the façade with curtain walling, windows and entrances. The key element of design for the Rofuto Sky Bar was to allow diners to enjoy clear uninterrupted views across the city, a double height Comar 6EFT Curtain wall was selected as it offers strength with a sleek 50mm sight-line. This ground breaking system, leads the way by offering a 50mm stick system with the capability to span further as the mullions and transoms have the highest Ix and Iy values on the market today. The design is also in keeping with the hotels minimalist Japanese Interior which echoes the “Byoba” art of Japanese screens. The curtain wall grid was off-set with symmetrically staggered mullions and transoms which create the typical lattice effect found in Japanese interiors.

Comar Case Study - Park Regis Hotel, Birmingham. International hotelier Park Regis have opened their first European hotel in Britain’s second city Birmingham. Towering over the skyline at 16 storeys the £50 million pound hotel offers 254 rooms, a gym, various bars, business and conference centres and a 2 storey glazed terrace sky bar delivering high end dining to Birmingham. The profiles where finished in RAL 7016 Matt Grey which seamlessly blends into the mahogany, cream and gold interior. All structural calculations were carried out by Comar’s Special Projects Team who ensured all Comar bracketry and fixings will withstand any sway, dead or live loads. The cladding to the façade below the Rofuto Sky Bar was a palette of Ruukki panels, polished stone rain screen, and Kingspan Benchmark, A. Comar’s interface range of adaptors allowed the Comar 5Pi Advanced Windows to seamlessly integrate with the differing cladding elements. The design detailing of all these elements ensured that the façade had no thermal bridging and will maintain it’s air and water-tight solution.


July 2017

Moving to the base of the building, Comar 6EFT capped curtain walling was used. Comar 6EFT interfaces with the dramatic angled cantilevered entrances. For this element of the face design the detailing and installation had to be precise to ensure that drainage and seals create a future-proof water tight solution. Integrated into the curtain wall the entrances have to provide both a statement of welcome and ensure uninterrupted access. Often the first experience of a hotel is the entrance, which needs to provide form as well as function. The Comar 7P.i Commercial Door system is one of the most comprehensive on the market today. Sections are robust and offer an ideal solution for high traffic entrances. The doors selected were auto sliding which allow uninterrupted passage into the double storey entrance lobby. APiC, a Comar Approved Fabricator were involved throughout the specification stage with both Comar and the Architect. APiC also worked closely with the Contractor to ensure that the

Developer: Colmore Tang Construction project programme was met to ensure the time critical opening of March 2016 was achieved. Steve Tycer Managing Director of APiC UK, said. “We enjoy working with Comar as I know we can reassure our clients that site deadlines will be met. Comar’s Market Leading delivery is a key factor when we are up against a tight programme.“

Architect: BDG (Building Design Group) Tamworth Project Value: £50million Comar: Designed for Performance, Backed by Delivery For further information about Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, please visit call 020 8685 9685 or email


Floors & Walls July 2017

Leisure Accessibility Extended Accessibility to Midlands leisure is being taken to new heights with the opening of a further two assisted, accessible toilet facilities in Leicester.


he city is now perhaps the most accessible in the UK in terms of the toilet facilities- known as Changing Places: it has 15 in the city with a further seven across the county, in venues ranging from community centres to major new developments such as the city’s new Haymarket Bus Station. Under current regulations, it is desirable for Changing Places toilets to be installed in any building to which members of the public have access. The Changing Places in Leicester are part of an investment by the City Council that is approaching £1m to improve disabled access to community facilities. The latest two, again supplied and installed by Britain’s leader in disabled toilet facilities, Clos-oMat, on behalf of local contractor F Stimpson, have been opened at Leicester Leys Leisure Centre and Aylestone Leisure Centre. Each features more space than a conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet, and extra equipment


including a hoist, height adjustable adult-sized changing bench and a height-adjustable washbasin. Observes Kelvin Grimes, Clos-oMat’s Away from Home project manager, “Potentially up to 14million people need some or all of the additional features delivered in a Changing Places*; without the space and/or equipment, they cannot access appropriate toilets away from home.” Deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer, who is responsible for adult social care, said: “We have come a long way in just three years, with 22 Changing Places toilets now available in Leicester and the surrounding area, but we know there is still more that needs to be done. * Potential users of a wheelchair-accessible toilet with space, bench and hoist eg Changing Places include: - 1.5m wheelchair users - 6.5 million people who have either bladder or bowel incontinence

“Each Changing Places toilet we complete is another step towards ensuring that the city’s attractions are welcoming and accessible to all visitors.” Clos-o-Mat is Britain’s leading provider of disabled toilet solutions, at home and away. Uniquely, the company can provide an in-house, ‘one- stop-shop’ complete package for ‘away from home’ assisted accessible toilet facilities, from design and commissioning, through to project management, supply and installation, and can also provide subsequent maintenance and repair. Its website www.clos-o-mat. com is the most comprehensive resource available about Changing Places for campaigners, providers and specifiers alike, with a raft of support information including white papers, calling cards, CAD blocks, video and case studies.

0161 969 1199 - 13,000 people with acquired brain injuries - 8,500 people with multiple sclerosis - 5000 people with motor neurone disease - 8,000 people with spina bifida - 120,000 people with a stoma

-1.5million people with a learning disability

- 3.8million adults morbidly obese

- 1.2million people living with stroke

- 0.8million disabled children

- 62,000 amputees

- 8.7million people with osteoarthritis

- 30,000 people with cerebral palsy

- 400,000 people with rheumatoid arthritis

July 2017

New Blowerproof Liquid set to transform air-tightness of buildings Airtightness is a dominant factor affecting a building’s energy performance. It can be argued that airtightness is more important than insulation in terms of thermal performance. Even small gaps in doors and windows can cause significant heat loss and once a building is constructed, stemming unwanted air flow can prove difficult and expensive. When deciding how to seal construction gaps, one common option is to use a polyurethane-based, spray foam filler or silicone or acrylic sealant to ensure airtightness, but there are acknowledged problems, with shrinkage and adhesion being the main disadvantages. A new, BBA-certified, liquid air-tight membrane called Blowerproof is a clever, quick, easy and costeffective way to ensure outstanding air-tightness. Blowerproof has been used widely across Europe for many years as a proven and effective method of achieving high levels of airtightness, in many different buildings on a wide range of substrates. Simply brushed on, Blowerproof quickly forms a permanent, secure and continuous air-tight seal across a range of draught-prone points: wall/floor/ceiling connections, fenestrations, pipe connections including water, electricity, gas and data; all with no need for primers. Applied as a blue, thick liquid, fibre reinforced ‘paint’, Blowerproof Liquid Brush quickly cures to form a black sealed membrane which is highly resistant to punctures. Blowerproof is also available in white, so it doesn’t show through a plaster finish. Brushes rinse out under cold water, making Blowerproof Liquid Brush quick to deploy and pack away. It’s safe to use in high risk environments such as food, childcare and medical environments as it is free from both volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and harmful chemicals. A building that leaks air is always thermally inefficient. These air leaks cost the building owner, so it’s easy to make the case for using Blowerproof. It quickly justifies both its product and labour costs. An easy way to ensure leaks are sealed, helping limit applicator error is a major step forward to improving building performance. Blowerproof can’t be beaten for how quickly, easily and effectively an


applicator can achieve a permanently secure and continuous seal. Blowerproof helps deliver energy performance well beyond building regulations. Blowerproof has recently been awarded BBA (British Board of Agrément) Certificate 17/5410. Jack Georgiou, project manager at BBA, says: “Blowerproof was subjected to a rigorous assessment by the BBA. The results of stringent tests were assessed including fatigue testing after accelerated ageing to verify the efficiency and durability of the air-tight seal. “Blowerproof performed satisfactorily in all aspects of the assessment and tests so we’ve certified it as being an effective way to improve the airtightness and consequently the thermal efficiency of buildings.” BBA certification is recognised by Government departments and throughout the construction industry as confirmation that a product is fit for purpose. Only products and systems that have passed a series of comprehensive assessments – including laboratory tests, on-site evaluations, quality management checks and inspection of production are awarded a BBA Certificate. Once a Certificate has been issued, six monthly surveillance of production and comprehensive three yearly reviews are required to maintain its validity. In addition to the BBA, Blowerproof has Certification from a wide range of recognised European bodies, a full list can be found on the Blowerproof website. Blowerproof is also available as a roller application which can be used directly on blockwork, brick, masonry and as a spray which is ideal for larger areas such as walls and roofs. It can be directly applied to mineral wool, sprayed set foams or PIR insulation. For further information, or to purchase Blowerproof in the UK, please visit:


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July 2017

Plan Your Trip to The Flooring Show

The 55th Flooring Show is fast approaching, with over 180 exhibitors preparing for the show and visitors still registering for fast track entry to the show. Plan your trip in advance using the useful links on our website to avoid any last minute rushing and disappointment!

Register Now Entry into The Flooring Show is completely free of charge for buyers and by registering early; you can avoid queuing on the day. To register, simply go to our website complete the short form and plan your trip to make the most of The Flooring Show.

Accommodation Harrogate has an amazing selection of hotels, within walking distance of the Harrogate Convention Centre, to suit every budget and style. For another year, Reservation Highway is the shows official accommodation agent, able to offer rooms at discounted prices for show attendees. Contact them on or 01423 525577.


* PLEASE BEWARE: there are bogus accommodation agents contacting exhibitors from many shows across the UK claiming to get discounted rates for hotels. PLEASE AVOID Convention Housing and Event Travel Planners.

… By Road: Harrogate is easily accessible from most areas of the UK. •

From the South: take the M1 then A1(M), exit Wetherby (9 miles from Harrogate)

From the North: A1, exit Wetherby or Knaresborough (Knaresborough exit is 8 miles from Harrogate)

National Rail enquiries: +44 (0)8457 484 950

From the East: M621 then A1(M), exit Wetherby (9 miles from Harrogate)

You can also use our 25% off Virgin Trains deal. Virgin Trains have teamed up with the Harrogate Convention Centre to offer 25% off advanced tickets for Flooring Show visitors and exhibitors. Use the link on our website to book with this fantastic deal!

From the West: M56 to M62 then A1(M), exit Wetherby (9 miles from Harrogate)

You can find FREE OF CHARGE parking at the Harrogate Convention Centre during the three show days, however, this parking works on a first come, first served basis.

… By Air: Leeds Bradford International Airport is 20 minutes from Harrogate and Manchester International Airport is just under two hours from the town. There are now three flights a day with British Airways from Heathrow to Leeds Bradford, at very reasonable prices.

If you’d like more information on planning your trip, or if you want to know more about any of the features at this years show, please look at our website, we’ve got you covered.

Travel… … By Train: There are trains from most major cities in the UK to Leeds and York, with regular National Rail services running from these stations to Harrogate.


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PURDY SYNTOX™ RANGE REMAINS AT THE FOREFRONT OF SUPERIOR PAINTBRUSHES With more than 90 years’ experience as creators of individual, handcrafted brushes that have become renowned for timeless, professional quality, look no further than Purdy paint brushes to fulfil any decorating needs.

Perfect for applying woodcare products including oil based varnishes, lacquers, shellacs and urethanes, and with both flat and angular brush styles available, the Syntox™ range includes two unique brushes to provide a mirror like finish. The Syntox name stands for ‘Synthetic Ox’ hair, and has been designed to replicate, and in many ways improve, on the finish of the more traditional Ox hair brushes. Benefits to using Syntox include improved brush longevity, a smoother finish, easier to clean filaments with improved brush control. The Syntox™ range, like all Purdy products, has been designed and created by our craftsmen using high quality, raw materials, such as Chinex and Tynex blend synthetic filaments, which will deliver an ultra smooth finish on wood. Designed

for use with all stains and varnishes, the versatile brushes work well with both water and solvent based clear finishes and woodstains. Purdy products are regularly tested by a panel of professional tradesmen to ensure the quality remains of the highest possible standard. We gave our panel the Syntox to use on their projects and 100% of the respondents were very satisfied with the finish Syntox™ brushes gave to their work. More information



eocel Painters Mate is the original brand of choice in the decorator’s filler market. Filling voids both internally and externally has never been easier thanks to Painters Mate. Ideal for use on door and window frames, skirting boards, ceilings, walls, architraves and plasterboard. Application is easy, with no sanding required, Painters


Mate is easy to use and ideal for hairline cracks, as well as being extremely flexible. Painters Mate Flexible Filler can be painted over in one hour, and will resist mould growth after application. Painters Mate is available in three different colours: Brilliant White, Brown and Magnolia.





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July 2017

The ceiling systems manufacturer and distributor mark their 55th anniversary.


ver half a century ago Nevill Long took delivery of its first shipment from America of mineral tiles from the Armstrong Cork Company (now Armstrong Ceiling Solutions). They were transported on barges from docks on the Thames to the interior systems specialist’s warehouse in Southall. The anniversary has sparked a trip down memory lane for the “distributor of choice”, Armstrong’s very first distributor, and its counterparts within the leading ceiling systems manufacturer. Nevill Long managing director Dave Bonner particularly remembers Armstrong’s launch of the MicroLook concept to the UK in 1984. “Everyone thought the tiles would fall out,” he said. “It was visually stunning at the time and transformed the appearance of a lay-in grid ceiling. It has also stood the test of time.” He also remembers one project in particular that involved both companies. “Memorable to me for personal reasons was the De Vere Hotel in Daventry. This was one of the first projects to use the then new Armstrong Galaxy tile, supplied by us. It won me a trip to the States!” He added: “Over this period, Nevill Long has been under four different owners and all have presented challenges and opportunities. Throughout these changes (and Armstrong had some as well) the partnership has remained strong and demonstrated mutual respect. Both companies have also been able to adapt to change. “From a personal perspective, long-term partnerships are key to success and have to be sustainable. There should always be an opportunity to discuss and resolve an issue. If we are not able to do this, the partnership is worthless.” And the future for the ceilings industry? “Design fashions change but there will always be a requirement for parts of the building element to provide acoustic, thermal and performance criteria,” he said. “My view is that ceilings are best placed to meet the performance criteria that is required. I still think that in the future there should be more scope for ceilings to offer more solutions in this digital age.”


Armstrong an team up to ce Armstrong sales director Graham Taylor sees many similarities between the two companies. “Respect, integrity and doing things the right way are our values too. A strong similarity is how we treat our respective employees. I can think of several instances where Nevill Long has acted in a way I would expect our company to - fairly, and with compassion when necessary.” He added: “Business in general has of course changed over all those years. Our partnership has been tested for sure in recent times but the foundation of our partnership has remained strong. I would say getting through the last economic recession was, in part, due to this long-standing partnership. “It is a perfect time to be celebrating the past because the future for our partnership looks stronger today than it has done for several years, in my opinion.” The 1960s were memorable for both companies. The panel side of the Nevill Long business, originally one of the largest softwood importers in the UK, had been purchased, on the retirement of the Nevill Long family, by the manager of the fibre boards division, Hedley J Meek. By 1962 he had divested some of the smaller subsidiaries to concentrate on Nevill Long & Co (Boards) in Southall and imported his first ceiling tile from Armstrong in America. Just four years later Armstrong opened its first manufacturing unit in Europe, in the UK.

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nd Nevill Long elebrate 55 years In the early part of the millennium Nevill Long was sold to Wolseley Plc in 2006 who integrated it as a division of Encon Insulation Ltd which had been acquired by Wolseley a year earlier. Armstrong Metal Ceilings, a leading metal ceiling manufacturer in Europe, had already been acquired by Armstrong in 2000, enhancing the manufacturer’s offering to include custom solutions in metal, and then in 2003 Armstrong pioneered its recycling programme in the UK. Most recently, Nevill Long returned to its independent roots following a management buy-out of the Encon Group led by CEO Stuart Moore in 2011. To mark their long-standing relationship Nevill Long is inviting ceiling contractors to a 55th anniversary celebration on a boat on the Thames, not far from North Hyde Wharf (then Nevill Long’s Southall branch) where those first ceiling tiles were offloaded. The afternoon event on July 19th is destined to evoke a multitude of memories from staff from both companies.


July 2017

The Kent Event Centre welcomes Construction Expo back on Thursday October 5th 2017. Run by the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce it brings together construction professionals from the South East and across the UK, combining a free to attend exhibition, conference and large demonstration areas. 2016 saw over 3,000 delegates and more than 200 exhibitors including some of the UK’s largest contractors. Plans for 2017 will make it the biggest and best event yet.

Project updates and industry challenges discussed Once again, Construction Expo will be hosting keynote speakers, panel sessions and workshops that will update you on major developments and regeneration projects and look at new opportunities along with discussing critical industry topics. Areas that will be covered include: •


Find out how to take advantage of £billions of projects

Meet the Buyer As one of the few completely free Meet the Buyer opportunities in the UK, this year will see over 600 appointments available with 30 top purchasers and decision makers. This is a great opportunity to get your business in front of some of the leading contractors, suppliers and public sector departments. Appointments will be offered initially to exhibitors and then opened to all delegates on a first come first served basis. Construction Expo Dinner

Major developments and regeneration projects update

The latest on digital construction including an update on BIM

Construction in the 2025

How can we develop talent for the construction sector?

This year the dinner will see the brilliant Brian Blessed, OBE speaking. Renowned for his booming voice, he is famous for work on the stage, television, radio and in films. He’s attempted Everest three times and is the oldest man to have walked to the magnetic North Pole. Tickets are on sale now at

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Ventilation July 2017


uilt by BAM Construction, the £20m building at Tachbrook Park, Leamington Spa will house Tata Technologies’ engineering services focused on research & development into emerging technologies for automotive, aerospace and industrial machinery. Designed by architects Webb Gray, the 63,000 sq ft office has been designed to deliver a BREEAM excellent rating. A key element of that energy efficiency is the ventilation; as a result, internal airflow throughout is controlled via Gilberts’ linear slot diffusers and extract valves; integrated into the facade are, Gilberts’ external louvres. The offices have been designed to be adaptable, allowing internal layouts to change with occupier demand. To accommodate this, Gilberts advised its GSL slot diffusers were used in meeting rooms and offices; GX extract valves provide air changes in open spacesreception, the restaurant. All duct back towards the WGF38 façade louvres which provide intake and exhaust facilities. “The diversity of use of the building set alongside the BREEAM target made devising a ventilation strategy that complied with all elements a complex task,” observed Gilberts’ Martin Malyon. “We worked closely with BAM in specifying and selecting the correct items to ensure good air quality consistently throughout the building.” Approximately 135no. GSL linear slot diffusers have been installed, in lengths up to 2m long. They deliver smooth, accurate air distribution, via a discreet directional control vane in each slot that directs the airflow as required- across the ceiling in either direction, or discharged vertically downwards. A choice of slot numbers and widths in each


ENGINEERING EUROPEAN EXCELLENCE Tata Technologies’ new European headquarters is supporting excellence in diverse levels, helped by British engineering.

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unit enable precise tailoring to each area’s specific requirements- be it supply or extract, from 73l/s to 217l/s maximum at Tachbrook.

towards the WGF38 façade louvres, ranging up to 2m long. The compact louvres still deliver 50% net free ventilation area.

most technically-advanced in-house test centres in the country- which it designed and built using internal resources.

Some 45no GX extract valves deliver efficient removal of stale air at up to 200l/s through a fullyadjustable central core, whilst limiting associated noise to below 40dB(A).

Gilberts’ components are designed and manufactured in the UK, at the company’s 85,000sq ft Blackpool headquarters. Gilberts is unique in its ability to engineer componentsbe it standard or bespoke- entirely in-house, from initial design through tooling, production, testing and supply. It also has one of the

Founded 57 years ago, the familyowned company has grown to become the UK’s leading independent air movement specialist.

The used air is transferred to ceiling voids, where it is channelled

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July 2017

Hitachi’s VRF with CS Net system control prevents annoying cold draughts Available across the entire Set Free VRF range managed with CS Net control systems, Hitachi Air Conditioning’s innovative cold draught prevention has been improving the working conditions and productivity of staff wherever it’s installed, and reducing customer complaints and call outs for engineers. In standard VRF systems the control is only on the Return Air Temperature, so when the heat load demand is low the discharge air temperature could be reduced, sometimes below a comfortable level, creating a cold draught. Staff will invariably adjust the room thermostat to increase the room air temperature to compensate, leading to an increase of discomfort effects and with a possible consequent increase in energy usage and end-user energy costs.

Central control Hitachi’s innovative CS Net central controller with off coil protection works in conjunction with its System Free indoor units which each have an Air On Thermistor, Air Off Thermistor, Liquid Thermistor, Gas Thermistor and Electronic Expansion Valve. Via CS Net Systems it is possible to set a minimum Air Off temperature in cooling mode for the indoor units to avoid cold draughts when the discharge air temperature is below the desired one, resetting the unit to Thermo-On once it’s back inside the comfort range.

First to market Hitachi was the first manufacturer to provide off coil temperature control as standard, and with a wide range of System Free indoor unit and heat exchanger combinations available with nominal capacities - which could be as low as 0.6HP (1.7kW) and up to 130% connection ratio (to outdoor capacity) - there is an appropriate combination for any Hitachi Set Free VRF installation. In addition, Hitachi’s Technical Sales team can help customers specify and design a system, or the HiToolKit software along with an effective Schedule tool can be used to plan, select and design a complete VRF system in just a few minutes.

“Using the CS Net system with our Set Free VRF prevents the risk of cold draughts in offices and increases staff comfort and productivity,” commented Pier Giorgio Cesaratto, UK Product Marketing Manager, Hitachi Air Conditioning Europe SAS. “And it could help save end users money as energy costs can finally be reduced. Furthermore Hitachi is very keen to provide customers with full support when sizing systems. We believe the combination of Set Free VRF, System Free indoor units and our innovative CS Net systems sets a new industry benchmark for controlling and preventing cold draughts in a range of applications including offices and shops.” For more information about the Johnson Controls – Hitachi Air Conditioning Set Free VRF range with comfort protection function as standard, contact Hitachi Direct Sales on 020 3901 0912 or the extensive Hitachi distributor network.


Roofing July 2017

RANGE ROOFING SEES RED! Leading north-west roofing contractor Range Roofing is seeing red with its latest project- a new hotel at Emirates Old Trafford.


he £12million, 150-bedroomed, five storey four star hotel at the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club is being made weathertight with some 1000m2 of mechanicallyfixed Protan SE1.6mm single ply membrane, in red, to reflect the corporate colours of the Club. Range Roofing’s Peter Faulkner explained, “Project architect Ica specified red single ply for the roof. We have a long-standing relationship with Protan, built on a cost-effective, quality product and great technical support. In partnership with the developer Galliford Try we agreed Protan SE1.6mm would be appropriate for the hotel at Emirates Old Trafford,


meeting the stringent quality and durability criteria required to help achieve best value.” Protan SE single ply membrane, available in 1.2mm, 1.6mm and 1.8mm, is certified to deliver, and potentially surpass, the energy efficiency requirements laid down in Approved Document L, and, under the Green Guide, achieve a A+ rating. Hot-air welded at joints and mechanically fixed to the roof, the membrane achieves durability in excess of 30 years, with air leakage controlled/minimised in line with latest Building Regulations. Protan SE is one element of the company’s comprehensive range of single ply roofing solutions,

covered at, all designed to protect value for specifier and contractor. All Protan membranes are fully BBA certified. Established some 75 years ago, and still privately-owned, Protan is one of the top 3 membrane manufacturers in Europe. Protan, a member of SPRA, offers a full support service, from a RIBAcertified CPD programme, NBS specification and in-house CAD design through to technical advice and variable warranty depending on specification is provided from the company’s UK offices and training facilities in Warrington. Protan, tel 01925 658001; e:

Roofing July 2017

Why specify Tudor Roof Tiles? Tudor Roof Tile Co Ltd, Britain’s foremost independent handmade clay roof tile manufacturer, has the experience and expertise to add value to your project and make your roof truly unique. Naturally weathered appearance With no two tiles exactly the same, our genuine handmade plain and peg tiles have a much sought after rustic, weather-worn and ‘instantaged’ appearance and are often recommended by architects and conservationists, looking for modern like-for-like replacements. Their subtle muted mellow tones blend naturally with older buildings, and add character and kerb appeal to modern buildings.


In addition, we offer a variety of matching ornamental tiles and accessories, including creasing tiles and specialist bat access tiles.

Bespoke sizes Regular 10” x 6” (255mm x 150mm) sizes are very much a modern phenomenon. However the reality is that the plain and peg tiles found on historic buildings vary in size and shape. Tudor Roof Tiles has created bespoke and non-standard sizes to

help architects and conservationists preserve the historical authenticity of older roofs. We even offer peg tiles with a choice of round or square holes as well as nibs to accommodate both traditional and modern construction methods.

Traditional handmade techniques Tudor roof tiles are made from the finest English clay using age-old skills and craftsmanship. Clay slabs are sanded, moulded and trimmed by hand and then strengthened

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by advanced firing techniques to give the final products exceptional performance and durability. Their traditional character simply cannot be achieved with the modern automated methods used to manufacture mass produced machine-made clay and concrete tiles.

Modern quality standards Roof tiles sold in the UK must be CE marked to BS EN 1304 standards, which include prescriptive tests for

tile strength, water permeability, size and frost resistance, which must be audited by a recognised testing laboratory and certificated. At Tudor, we use LUCIDEON (formerly CERAM) and we publish all results on our website.

Guaranteed to last. When specifying roof tiles, it is important to be certain that they are covered against failure. Tudor roof tiles come with a 25-year performance guarantee (terms available from our website).

Our trading history In roof tile making the life-long quality of each tile is determined by the experience of the manufacturer. Well-established factories with wellproven processes and experience of the handmade tradition tend to produce better quality tiles than recent start-ups.


July 2017

PURDY SYNTOX™ RANGE REMAINS AT THE FOREFRONT OF SUPERIOR PAINTBRUSHES With more than 90 years’ experience as creators of individual, handcrafted brushes that have become renowned for timeless, professional quality, look no further than Purdy paint brushes to fulfil any decorating needs.

Perfect for applying woodcare products including oil based varnishes, lacquers, shellacs and urethanes, and with both flat and angular brush styles available, the Syntox™ range includes two unique brushes to provide a mirror like finish. The Syntox name stands for ‘Synthetic Ox’ hair, and has been designed to replicate, and in many ways improve, on the finish of the more traditional Ox hair brushes. Benefits to using Syntox include improved brush longevity, a smoother finish, easier to clean filaments with improved brush control. The Syntox™ range, like all Purdy products, has been designed and created by our craftsmen using high quality, raw materials, such as Chinex and Tynex blend synthetic filaments, which will deliver an ultra smooth finish on wood. Designed

for use with all stains and varnishes, the versatile brushes work well with both water and solvent based clear finishes and woodstains. Purdy products are regularly tested by a panel of professional tradesmen to ensure the quality remains of the highest possible standard. We gave our panel the Syntox to use on their projects and 100% of the respondents were very satisfied with the finish Syntox™ brushes gave to their work. More information

Hultafors’ New Knives and Hand Axes for Craftsmen and Outdoor Enthusiasts


Robustness, quality and long-lasting sharpness are the hallmarks of these superb products.

The latest additions to the range are the Outdoor Knives for tougher tasks on-site or for those who need a cutting-edge companion out in the bush.

With a selection of toughened, corrosion-proof Heavy Duty Knives, Safety Knives, Chisel Knives and Utility Knives for general purpose tasks on site, there’s also precision products for Electricians, Plumbers and Painters.

They’re all are ergonomically designed with comfortable, secure grips and, made from the highest quality Japanese steel, which is honed and sharpened for durability, effectiveness and to withstand corrosion.

Hultafors Hand Axes for Felling, Carpentry and Trekking activities are all hand-forged with dense, steel heads and hickory handles. They’re all top quality products, highly durable - suitable for smallscale felling, lopping branches or clearing bushes and brushwood and certainly a cut above the rest! To get more information on Hultafors Tools call the Helpline on 01484 854788 or check out


July 2017

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.

COOL COMFORT WITH X-TREME S T R E T C H 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, kneereinforced 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.

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.

Depending on the model number chosen, the Engel ‘X-treme’ SlimFit Stretchable Work Trousers are available in a black, black/anthracite

For more information visit: email: Mark McBrayne at or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197

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July 2017 Arco Comfort Light Grip Foam Ideal for applications such as assembly work, general maintenance, goods picking and packing, this gloves features a foam nitrile coating with nitrile dots for increased grip and durability. Arco Comfort Light Foam Designed to provide exceptional grip for workers in oily environments. Other features include the foam nitrile coating, which is breathable and keeps the wearer’s hands cool throughout the day. Arco Comfort 15g PU

ARCO PRIORITISES CUSTOMER COMFORT WITH NEW ‘COMFORT LIGHT’ GLOVE RANGE Arco, the UK’s leading safety company and supplier of safety equipment and workwear, has designed a new range of gloves which are functional, protective and comfortable. The new range prioritises wearer comfort and satisfaction through ergonomic design and elasticated fabric properties. The range features a selection of gloves suitable for a variety of applications, which have been manufactured from the thinnest, most lightweight yarns. All gloves in the range offer the high level of abrasion resistance, providing improved grip for the wearer, a fluid repellent liner treatment that ensures worker’s hands are kept dry. Spandex has also been used within the design to ensure a better fit and allow worker’s hands the freedom to move.


This tough working glove includes a lightweight liner coated with PU: that provides good abrasion resistance whilst retaining flexibility. This glove is ideal for handling intricate tasks, such as light engineering or small parts assembly. Arco Comfort Light Latex This glove is lightweight, fluid repellent, abrasion resistant and breathable. The lightweight, pliable material provides excellent grip in wet and dry conditions. This glove is ideal when a more robust level of protection is required, such as when working in construction, engineering or manufacturing environments. EN Standards Arco stays informed and up to date with current regulations for hand protection, so customers can rest assured they are in safe hands. Each glove in the new Comfort Light Range has been tested and approved to meet EN 388:2003 Standard,

which assesses glove’s ability to protect against mechanical hazards. The Standard includes a series of four tests which measure the glove’s resistance to abrasion, cutting, tearing and puncture. Tim Emmerson, Product and Procurement Manager for Gloves at Arco, explains: “Hand injuries can seriously impact a workers’ quality of life and their ability to work. The key to keeping hands safe at work is not just the appropriate level of protection, but also comfort.” “If gloves are too heavy, rigid or bulky they might cause the wearer’s hands to sweat more, cramp or grow tired quickly and this raises noncompliance issues.” “If safety gloves are uncomfortable, workers may be tempted to remove them, eradicating hand protection altogether.” “In response to end-user research, we have launched the new Arco Comfort Light Range that offers the wearer protection whilst retaining both comfort and functionality.” Arco has created an interactive product leaflet including all product information and EN Standards. The product leaflet can be found online and is easily accessible for customers to use. For further information about the Arco Comfort Light Range, customers can call their local Arco sales office or visit

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July 2017 With a handy belt clip, a self-zeroing end-hook and a ‘positive action’ brake, these ‘A1-Plus’ Hi-Vis Tapes from Fisco will satisfy most general measuring tasks on site.

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The Festool European Truck Tour is heading to the UK and is coming to a dealer near you! Get hands on and try the latest tools just launched!


e among the first to buy a tool at each event and you could receive one of our limited edition Roadshow T-Locs for your Systainer. Or maybe you’ll take home a Festool Sprit level to add to your kit bag? Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Come and support us with our British Lung Foundation Wattbike Cycle Challenge. We’re aiming to cycle the same distance as the Festool truck will cover whilst in the UK and we’ll need your help! Take part in the challenge and the fastest people to cycle 1 mile, 3 miles or 5 miles will win £500 of Festool tools of their choice! We look forward to seeing you soon! More info to follow on


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External Works July 2017

Aggregate Industries appoints new Managing Director for Aggregates Division Aggregate Industries, part of the LafargeHolcim Group, has appointed Mike Pearce as the Managing Director of its Aggregates division, as the company looks to cement its position as the UK’s leading construction materials supplier. Mike has held senior commercial and operational roles in Aggregate Industries since first joining in 1986, and moves into the role from his previous position as Commercial Director, which he has held since July 2015. As Managing Director for Aggregates he will focus on four of the company’s core pillars: customer service, health and safety, innovation, and sustainability. With operations up and down the UK, Mike will oversee the work that the team is doing to ensure that everything Aggregate Industries does is with the customer in mind – how the company can best serve them and add value. Mike also has a responsibility to ensure the business acts responsibly and sustainably in each and every one of the communities that it is part of. Health and Safety is at the heart of the company’s philosophy, which was recognised when Aggregate Industries was shortlisted as a finalist in the H&S Excellence category at this year’s Construction News Awards. With nearly 50 quarries in the company’s portfolio, Mike will be responsible for the daily welfare of hundreds of operatives and visitors


to those sites, to ensure every employee and visitor leaves as healthy as they arrived. Mike’s vision for the company is to focus on its innovation and the way it can be brought to market. He plans to take full advantage of parent company LafargeHolcim’s world-class research and development facilities. With a rapidly changing industry, and ever-increasing challenges facing the sector, being able to innovate is what enables Aggregate Industries to offer its customers world-leading solutions and products. Commenting on his appointment as Managing Director of Aggregates, Mike Pearce said: “Having been with Aggregate Industries for most of my career, I have witnessed the company’s ability to adapt to challenging market conditions, and it’s this agility that makes it the market leader it is in the mineral products industry. I will ensure that we continue to invest in our people, invest in our sites and innovate and to provide our customers with unrivalled products and services.” François Petry, CEO of Aggregate Industries, comments: “I am delighted to appoint Mike as Aggregate Industries’ new Managing Director for Aggregates.

Mike has been a valued member of the Executive Committee for many years now, and brings with him a wealth of experience, both operationally and at a strategic level, that will prove invaluable in leading the division.” For further information about Aggregate Industries, visit

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The Low Energy Buildings you’ve always wanted…

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 develop sites, like soft ground, steeply sloping land and potential flood plain areas. 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.


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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, housebuilders, 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 self-builders 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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WHAT: The Award winning, multi media supported industry trade show, LANDSCAPE, returns to Battersea this September, promoting the latest products, technologies and innovations to the very best Garden Designers, Landscape Architects, Contractors, Groundsmen, Facilities Managers and Local Authority Landscaping Professionals from across the UK and beyond. The show is proudly supported by over 40 different media titles and trade associations including Construction Update Magazine. LANDSCAPE provides a vibrant environment to select, source and network with contacts from across the industry. With exhibitors showcasing everything from lighting to outdoor structures to living plants and trees. Come along to LANDSCAPE this September to find new and innovative products to transform your projects.

WHEN: Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th September 2017

WHERE: Battersea Park, London

WHO VISITS: Garden Designers, Landscape Architects, Architects, Facilities Managers, Interior Designers and Contractors.

WHAT’S ON: CPD accredited Seminar Programme The 2017 programme is packed with sessions that aim to educate and inspire our visitors and exhibitors alike. With 75 of the industry’s most influential speakers joining the line-up there is definitely reason to come down. The line-up


includes: Ann- Marie Powell, Kate Gould, John Wyer, Roger Platts, Dr Nigel Dunnett, Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Jo Thompson and many more great names. Check out the full programme online at the landscape show website

Architects of the Urban World We welcome an ‘Architects of the Urban World’ afternoon chaired by New London Architecture’s Peter Murray. Peter will be joined by Neil Porter from Gustafson Porter + Bowman, Merrick DentonThompson from the Landscape Institute, Jane Duncan from RIBA and Matthew Short from Martha Schwartz Partners. This session will focus on architecture and the built environment.

PechaKucha Evening For the first time ever we are introducing a PechaKucha evening on Tuesday 19th September hosted by Peter Murray from New London Architecture. He will be joined by a panel of top architects, including James Lord from HTA Design LLP, Holly Lewis from We Made That, Around the Block Ltd’s Sue Morgan, Townshend Landscape Architects’ Andrea Dates, Peter Heath from Atkins Global and Deborah Saunt from DSDHA.

New Starters Conference The New Starters Conference in conjunction with Perennial returns to the show this September, providing inspiration for students and new starters that are looking to get into the industry. We welcome a range of speakers from different areas of the industry to offer advice and discuss why they chose their respective career paths. This session features representatives from: The Garden Media Guild,

DEFRA, RHS and the SGD to name just a few. You can have a browse through our full list of speakers here.

SGD Work Clinics The SGD Work Clinics are returning to LANDSCAPE this year after a hugely successful introduction at LANDSCAPE 2016. If you are a pre-registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers who is preparing for adjudication, then why not come along and take advantage of these free design clinics. These sessions offer the perfect opportunity to discuss the work you would like to present at adjudication and ask the burning questions you may have about the process. Normally priced at £50 per session, these clinics will be free at the show and available on a first come first served basis, please express your interest in advance as places are limited, contact the SGD office on 01159 683 188 or

Balcony Garden Competition LANDSCAPE Show is launching a Balcony Garden Design Competition, a brilliant opportunity to showcase the brightest design ideas. The competition is open to both Professional and Non Professional designers. For more information on how to enter please email:

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Industry News July 2017

Safety first with launch of new campaign from NFRC The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), has this week (3rd July 2017) launched their Safe2Torch campaign. The focus of the campaign is new guidance, developed in partnership with stakeholders across the industry, which aims to reduce the risk of roof fires when using gas torches on roofs. The Safe2Torch campaign will directly affect at least 50% of all the flat roofs installed in the UK. Kevin Taylor, head of technical services at NFRC said: “Roof fires caused by gas torches, no matter how minor, pose a serious threat to life, property, the image of the industry and possibly even the long-term future of torch-on as an accepted method of covering a roof. NFRC believe that by working together, fires of this nature can be prevented, which is why we have launched our Safe2Torch campaign.”

The Safe2Torch campaign is designed to support specification writers to comply with the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015. The CDM regulations state that, ‘The person who selects products for use in construction is a designer and must take account of health and safety issues arising from their use. If a product is purpose-built, the person who prepares the specification is a designer and so are manufacturers, if they develop a detailed design.

points of Safe2Torch for those conducting the surveys as well as tips on how to use the surveying app. The Safe2Torch guidance also covers the reduction of fire risks in general; including drying out decks and hot works permits.

The guidance includes an illustrated document, which is free to download, and includes an updated safe specification checklist. This checklist will form the basis of an electronic surveying app, which the NFRC will be launching. Users will be able to upload photos and notes via a smart phone or tablet, with a webcast setting out the main

Green roofs in London wins top prize at RTPI awards ensuring strong sustainability outcomes.

A programme to install green roofs in the City of London has won at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2017; one of the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. The City of London Corporation’s green roof initiative, which has seen over 60 installed, won in the Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment category at the award ceremony. Over 60 green roofs have been created in the Square Mile, including the ones at the Barbican, the Museum of London and the Grade I listed Guildhall, as part of a City of London programme to help address flood risk, mitigate climate change, improve biodiversity and provide new green spaces for people to enjoy.


Nick Raynsford, former planning and housing minister and Chair of the Judging Panel, said: “Planners were front and centre on this project,

“Despite the small residential population in the City of London, the planners worked hard to ensure strong community involvement. It shows an excellent example of how taking a long term view of a project can allow you to overcome resistance and achieve results.” Andrew Jones, practice leader design, planning and economics at AECOM said: “Those recognised illustrate the best of the planning profession and demonstrate the impact we have on quality and delivery in every area of the built environment. On behalf of AECOM I would like to extend our congratulations to all of the commendations and winners.” The Royal Town Planning Institute champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities. It represents over 24,000 members worldwide, supporting them throughout their careers. The Institute shapes planning policy, raise professional standards and is the only body in the UK to confer Chartered status to planners, the highest professional qualification.

July 2017

Permeable Driveways are no longer just an option


fter 10 years of confusion over Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS), 2015 saw an amendment in the Flood and Water Management Act of 2010 requiring the implementation of sustainable drainage systems in all major developments of 10 dwellings or more. That means on all new building and home improvement projects, the responsibility of ensuring a sustainable drainage system lies with the planning authorities, designers and developers. But most driveway companies have been slow to move on the legislation, or in some cases have ignored it altogether. Not so for the New Driveway Company, the fast-growing driveway and hard landscaping company that’s currently franchising across theUK. Managing Director Darren Field explains: “The driveway to your home has traditionally been made of non-permeable materials, and it’s surprising that a lot of driveway companies don’t offer permeable alternatives to comply with the law. As well as falling short legally, you’re missing out on a number of life-impacting benefits.”

“A sustainable drainage system lowers the risk of local, river and sewer flooding; events made more likely by the growing climate change. SUDS also encourage biodiversity by protecting habitats, and they can also impact our health by decreasing air and water pollution. A reduced amount of water flowing into combined sewer systems means less water treatment costs, and less energy usage from wastewater pumps in treatment plants; the list goes on. It is undeniable that this legislation promotes prosperity environmentally, aesthetically, socially and economically. “ “That’s why we’ve been ahead of the curve on SUDS. We adopted it from day one when we started in 2012. We think it’s imperative to offer not just one, but a number of different permeable options. All of the surfaces we supply and install - gravel, block paving, resin-bonded gravel, composite decking and artificial grass - are fully compliant with SUDS, ensuring that your surfaces don’t just look great, but are solid legally and ethically too” More information at


Industry News July 2017

New CEO appointed for Global Solar Council

ONS figures suggest UK construction industry dipped in April

The Global Solar Council has selected Jodie Roussell to be the Council’s new chief executive officer, which will start on 1 August 2017. Jodie said: “I am honoured to have been elected as the Global Solar Council’s next CEO. It is a privilege to be part of an organization dedicated to building the global solar industry’s markets, developing innovative skills training and doing its part to enable solar energy to serve as a transformational tool for healthy and sustainable communities.”

Following on from a report published by Markit/ CIPS last week, the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics revealed that the UK construction industry dipped slightly in April. Construction output fell 1.6% in comparison with March’s figures, with a drop in all new work and the repair and maintenance sector being the biggest contributing factors.

Prior to her current role as head of public affairs for Trina Solar in Europe, Africa & Latin America, Jodie was co-founder of the American Council on Renewable Energy and the European campaign the Alliance for Affordable Solar Energy. She also served as head of energy utilities & technology at the World Economic Forum, and led Strategy & Corporate Development at JA Solar. STA CEO Paul Barwell said: “I am delighted that Jodie has been chosen to be GSC’s new CEO. We were blown away by her professionalism and commitment when we worked with her and can think of no better global representative for this vital industry.”

There was also significant downward pressure coming from private housing, which fell by 6.9% in April. Public housing also dropped by 7.9%, meaning total housing fell by 7.1% following a robust performance in March. Infrastructure activity, however, saw an increase of 5.7% in comparison with the previous month. Peter Vinden, managing director of The Vinden Partnership, said: ”The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics are a disappointment but it would be wrong to place too much emphasis on them. The Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI statistics from April and May painted a different picture, with strong performances driven by housing, civil engineering and building sub-sectors.”

Bruce Douglas, chairman of the Global Solar Council and chief operating officer of SolarPower Europe, said: “I am excited to work with Jodie to deliver world class member services, including market opening & trade missions, deliver new opportunities for partnerships, and raise the bar for the entire global solar industry.” Constructing Excellence has announced that Phil Wilbraham, Mark Farmer and David Whysall will succeed Murray Rowden as co-chairs with immediate effect.

Constructing Excellence announce new co-chairs

Phil Wilbraham is director of expansion for Heathrow Airport, where he has worked for over 15 years as a champion of collaborative working and intelligent client capability. Phil is also a leading member of the Infrastructure and Project Authority’s Infrastructure Clients Group. Mark Farmer is founding director of Cast Consultancy and the author of Modernise or Die, the independent Review of the UK Construction Labour Model published by the Construction Leadership Council in October 2016. This report challenged the sector to do things differently through embracing innovation in delivery models, which reduce both waste and the demand for increasingly scarce traditional on-site labour.


July 2017

NatraTex, one of the leading brands of hard landscaping products, has recently been used to create a disabled access footpath and viewing area at Cheltenham racecourse. NatraTex Cotswold is the flagship product of the NatraTex range. It combines the key ingredients from their other hard landscaping products to form a durable, fully bonded, buff coloured natural aggregate surface course.

Laying the wheelchair-friendly path and viewing platform at the racecourse was a first for NatraTex, which specialises in residential, retail, regeneration and recreation projects. These include roads, paths, car parks, housing estates and playgrounds. The hard-wearing finish of NatraTex has made it a popular choice for businesses all over the country. The asphalt surface course used to create the smooth surfaces reduces the risk of deterioration, leading to potholes and breakages. On this occasion, it was used because it provides significant programme savings compared to other aesthetic surfaces. It was important to have the area ready for the annual Gold Cup festival.

Cheltenham racecourse plays host to the best jumping action in the world. Over a 19-month period, from 2013-2015, a number of areas at the racecourse were redeveloped as part of a £45million project. This year, the NatraTex Cotswold disabled access path and viewing platform were added to make viewing the races even easier. NatraTex asphalt has been designed and developed to be as straightforward to apply as possible. This great quality has made it popular as it helps to keep projects within the required timescales and budgets. Further information is available from NatraTex on 01594 826768 or 07584 311266, by emailing: or by visiting the company’s website at


July 2017

Chinese Bridge at Dumfries House, Scotland

Chinese Bridge at Dumfries House Recreates Original 1899 Design A bridge originally designed in 1899 but never built has finally been brought to fruition by CTS Bridges in time for a visit by Prince Charles who is the patron of Dumfries House, Cumnock. Land Engineering came to CTS Bridges after securing the contract to provide an ornamental Chinese Footbridge over the Lugar Water at Dumfries House, Cumnock, Scotland. They had a very short programme as the bridge had to be installed in time for a visit by Prince Charles who is the patron of Dumfries House. CTS Director Sally Preston used her expertise to recreate a structure to modern standards whilst keeping the style of the original design. CTS Bridges undertook the fabrication modelling, manufacture, delivery and installation of the bespoke three span bridge. The main central span was lifted onto the two stone piers using a 350t crane. The two side spans were then placed and site welded into position.


CTS utilised their Tekla 3D modelling system to detail the structure that incorporated two side spans of 12m each and an 18m central span that included steps at each side.

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The design for the bridge was taken from an original drawing submitted by Scottish architect Robert Weir Schultz in 1899. This original bridge was never built but now 118 years later, it has been realised thanks to funding from the Dunard Fund.

The decorative canopy was manufactured by Jonny Briggs Joinery under a separate contact and once in place, the Chinese Bridge was complete.

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Construction Update - July 2017  
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