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emco entrance mat systems The secret to a safe, clean and inviting reception is created at the start by specifying a bespoke entrance mat system from emco.

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emco Bau Entrance Matting emco Bau focus on sustainability and resource-saving


arket leader in Germany, number one matting provider worldwide – this is the standard emco have achieved for many years in the field of custom-made building entrance mats. Customers rate us as a reliable and high-performing partner known for its high-quality, individually designable products in combination with a high quality of support and comprehensive service provision. However, the last thing we want to do is rest on our laurels. Our activities as a company are constantly focused on sensible solutions and strategies with which we consistently meet the requirements of the market and at the same time increase our commitment to producing ecologically faultless and resource-saving products. Sustainable buildings and modernisation call for an integrated approach where all component parts, component manufacturing and products are taken fully into consideration. For this reason we proactively pursue the goal to be recognised as a strong, sensitive decision making company while supporting the need for sustainability and resource-saving in the area of entrance mat systems. With an appropriate product and service support, we want to become the trailblazer in this segment. Accordingly, we are, for instance, the first manufacturer of high-quality entrance mat systems to become a member of the German Society for Sustainable Building Construction (DGNB).

Exceptional variety of design and styling When developing our solutions, we are above all else, guided by the customer with their corporate or individual wishes and needs. Consequently, our product range comprises of a wide choice of components, designs and colours, which enable custom-made solutions to be put together easily to meet quality architectural standards in any combination of profiles. Thanks to the flexible production methods employed in our World Wide production facilities in Germany, France, Turkey, the Czech Republic and China, we can manufacture any individuality designed - bespoke matting system incorporating unusual shapes combined with a wide choice of colour, even logo’s. Whichever system is chosen, it is always manufactured to suit the exact requirements of the building concerned. We take into account, frequency of use, levels and type of dirt being deposited on the mat, which emco system will maximise its cleaning ability using the best inserts to create a mat that performs at its best. We also support, as the best possible solution for preventing dirt trafficking into a building, a systems designed on the principle of 3-zone cleaning by a single provider. This is a combination of external matting, (zone 1), an internal aluminium mat with a carpet insert, (zone 2) followed by a secondary carpet without aluminium profiles, (zone 3), this triple system is by far the most efficient way of removing course, damp and fine dirt protecting your internal floor finish. Alongside high functionality, our systems stand out for their individual design ability, which enables system variants optimally designed to fit in with the structure of the building and the entrance area. A wide variety of colours promotes both harmonious tone-in-tone combinations and exciting contrasts to their surroundings. Furthermore, many of our entrance mats can be printed individually and so this means they can be used as advertising, image and information media in addition to being a great mat. The use of the versatile Cromojet printing technique allows motifs of any kind to be reproduced in an exceptional variety of colours and to a high quality. There is also great flexibility as regards styling. Our entrance mats can be designed as visual eye catchers or to suit structural conditions by giving them curves, oblique’s or cut-outs. We have also developed a radially curved mat specially intended for harmonious integration into entrances with revolving doors or just as a fantastic feature to make a great impression.

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The overall effect and individuality of an entrance area can also be visually upgraded by the use of unique additional components. The Lumina LED light-frame system, for instance, gives the building entrance an ambience through elegant illumination, making entry to it a special event. A further possibility for visual accentuation is offered by a stainless-steel profile with an individual name or lettering applied to it and integrated into the entrance mat to make a purposeful attention-grabber. We have made the once rather lowly “doormat� into an exciting, innovative, ecologically unobjectionable product, which is now a firm feature in the building construction sector. And we shall also strive to be an innovator within our industry by continuing to increase our technological, quality and service while ensuring our future products are in line with the Green issues and standards that are a big part of our future so that we can remain the world’s best problem-solver in the area of custom-made entrance mats for any buildings.

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Industry News July 2018 The Maritime Knowledge Hub will create a place for innovation, collaboration, learning, training, and business development in the maritime sectors, and will put Liverpool and the UK on the marine and architectural industries’ global stage.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects wins competition to design the Maritime Knowledge Hub, Liverpool Danish architectural firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects won an invited competition to design the Maritime Knowledge Hub, a 6,400-square-metre facility dedicated to marine engineering research and development, survival training, business incubation, workspace, and events at the heart of the Wirral Waters redevelopment project in Liverpool.

Peel Land and Property, in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, Mersey Maritime, and Wirral Council, selected Schmidt Hammer Lassen, together with local firm Ellis Williams Architects, to design the £20 million Maritime Knowledge Hub. The firms will work with Parkinson Inc., the master planner for Wirral Waters. The Hub’s centrepiece is the historic Hydraulic Tower modelled after the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, that now lies largely derelict, having been bombed in World War II. A second, new building, located adjacent to the tower, will comprise new office, incubation, teaching, and cultural space, and will house a tank for a state-of-theart Offshore Survival Training Centre. “Designing a complex that is one of the most transformative new developments in the Liverpool region called for thoughtful architectural design that respects the heritage of the existing building, while looking towards the future,” said Morten Schmidt, Founding Partner of Schmidt Hammer Lassen. “Our design brings the Hydraulic Tower back to life while creating an architectural expression that connects new and old through beautiful courtyards, a unifying façade, and complementary building volumes.”

Ellmer lands revamp of Whitechapel office block Byrne Group company Ellmer Construction has bagged the deal from Great Portland Estates to transform its Cityside House site in Whitechapel. The developer said: “At Cityside House, E1, having improved the design we inherited, we have now stripped out the building, commenced demolition and awarded the main construction contract. “Our activities will transform the existing building into 74,700 sq ft of Grade A office and retail space. “We are targeting average office rents across the building of around £51.40 per sq ft, with delivery expected in Q4 2019 following the opening of the nearby Whitechapel Crossrail station.”


Construction information specialist Glenigan has recently confirmed Ellmer as main contractor with John F Hunt carrying out demolition work.

July 2018 Industry News

Makita Launches New Tool for Its CXT Cordless Range Makita has introduced the first tool of the ever expanding and popular CXT cordless range – Makita 12v TW140D impact wrench. Its impressively small size allows easy access in tight locations and underlies its powerful performance, delivery and speed. Weighing only 1.2kg, including a Li-Ion CXT battery, and measuring just 161mm in overall body length, the TW140D impact wrench will deliver 140Nm of fastening torque and 270Nm of nut busting blitz, will run up to 2,600rpm and will deliver up to 3,200ipm.

quality, performance and durability in rigorous industrial use. Operating for 45 years, it is Britain’s number one professional power tool manufacturer, offering an extensive inventory of over 620 products and accessories.

This model features an electric brake and variable speed trigger; forward and reverse rotation and an LED job light. It also has an ergonomic soft grip handle for operator comfort and a convenient belt clip. The TW140D CXT impact wrench is available with two 2.0Ah Li-Ion CXT slide batteries and DC10WD charger (offering a 60 minute charge time), or as a body only machine. Moreover, Makita’s new, premium quality, 3/8” drive CR-MO impact sockets, made from high strength chrome Molybdenum alloy steel, offer a combination of durability and impact resistance and for best results are recommended for use with the TW140D. Makita also launched its 12v-MAX SDS-Plus HR140D cordless rotary hammer drill that generates one joule of impact energy and up to 4,900ipm. Weighing just 2.6kg, this model will run up to 850rpm. It features two operating modes – rotary only and rotation with hammering – and a vibration absorbing grip handle assembly, which cuts drilling vibration transmission to protect the operator for up to six hours use. The HR140D 12v CXT rotary hammer is currently available with a 65 piece accessory kit containing wood and metal bits, a tape measure, two 2.0Ah CXT Li-Ion batteries and a charger, all packaged in a convenient and protective carrying case. Makita is a leading world class brand of professional power tools, accessories and workwear known for


Industry News July 2018

astudio ‘housing crisis’ abstract sculpture on display at Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition Award-winning architecture firm astudio has been invited to exhibit its model on the UK housing crisis by the Royal Academy of Arts for at its prestigious Summer Exhibition. astudio views modern modular housing as potentially a key part of the solution to the lack of affordable housing in the UK. The innovative and abs trac t sculpture creatively made from 3D printed modular units, replicates an offsite modulated and prefabricated housing system. Constructed with six types of unit, stacked in different orientations, the design stands at two metres high, incorporating the equivalent of 150 homes in a range of one-bed, two-bed and three-bed apartments. Created over a three week period, the sculpture entitled POP.U.LATE symbolises the impact of fsite manufacturing could make in tackling the UK’s housing crisis. Using design for manufacture and modern methods of assembly, modular homes can be built to high quality, more efficiently than traditional practices and they have the potential to be an important part of the solution to the issue

that the UK is unable to meet the demand for 105,000 affordable houses to be built annually. The UK needs 300,000 new homes every year. The efficiency and speed with which this unique design was made, using the latest CAD/CAM software and 3D printing, mirrors the ease and efficiency with which homes can be engineered using a modular approach. The totem-style design is symbolic of the key advantages that come with utilising existing space so that people can access property in dense, popular urban areas by building upwards. The sculpture illustrates astudio’s propriety approach to housing, which revolves around on- site assembly. astudio produces a unique standard ‘chassis’, that gives the firm the ability to design, manufacture, supply and install volumetric offsite manufactured homes. It also allows continuous and repetitive production that

reduces costs, time and defects and has environmental benefits, including low carbon and energy usage through the use of new forms of renewable energy along with heat recovery systems.

B&K to build new £15m Essex home for PERI Bowmer & Kirkland has been appointed by formwork and scaffolding specialist PERI for a £15m redevelopment of its Essex office and depot. The scheme will help PERI serve a growing number of projects across the south east. Director of B&K, Adrian Grocock, said: “We are really delighted to be constructing this facility for PERI UK and look forward to building a long lasting relationship with everyone involved in the project.”


The redevelopment will provide improved facilities for the site’s 80 employees, including a modern two-storey office covering 2,700 m² of floor space.

Two separate buildings will replace the current warehouse, one accommodating cleaning and repair, the other storing plywood stock. Plans also include a showroom designed to display and demonstrate formwork and scaffolding equipment to customers, schools and colleges. On completion of the build, the existing office will be demolished, creating additional yard space to accommodate a larger stock profile on site. Managing Director of PERI UK, Alasdair Stables said: “This is an exciting time for PERI UK. The redevelopment is a significant

investment by PERI into its Brentwood office and depot. “It will provide new and improved facilities for staff, and additional services for customers including a plywood and timber store, equipment showroom for training, and a dedicated pre-assembly hall to complement our existing service in Rugby.”

July 2018 Industry News

Design Engine goes green in Winchester Design Engine’s University of Winchester West Downs Building has become the first UK campus development to secure green finance Design Engine’s new landmark West Downs Building at the University of Winchester has secured a £30 million loan from Triodos Bank, Europe’s leading sustainable bank. This is the first UK higher education project to secure green finance and the support from Triodos will ensure that the development, which includes a 250seat auditorium and will increase teaching and support floor space by 20 per cent, will be completed for the 2019-2020 academic year. Once complete, the building promises to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating in sustainability and contribute to the University’s ambition to become the most sustainable higher education institution in the UK.

The £50m development will also feature an art gallery, café, food hall, library and social learning areas and will house the University’s Digital Futures computer and digital-related degree programmes. Professor Joy Carter CBE DL, ViceChancellor of the University of Winchester said: “We think it’s incredibly important that higher education institutions take social responsibility seriously. That’s why we put our ambition to be the most sustainable university in the UK at the centre of all the decisions we make. It is reflected in everything we do from the courses we offer, to the The University projects that the highly-efficient new building will business decisions we make. help to deliver its ambitious interim “This project – the most ambitious in 2025 carbon reduction targets, our history – typifies our commitment having already achieved a 45 per to this cause and is made even better cent reduction in carbon emissions by receiving funding from such a like- by floor area across its estate since minded and values-driven bank.” 2006/07.

SPRA Conference & Awards applauded by industry The fourth Single Ply Roofing Association (SPRA) Conference and Awards Dinner was held on June 20, at Eastwood Hall in Nottinghamshire. The conference speakers delivered presentations on a wide range of sustainability issues relevant to the single ply roofing sector. Under the title ‘Sustaining single ply challenges and champions’; topics included specification & design, the circular economy, waste management research, environmental policy, employment law, training and industry accreditation, changes to CSCS visitor cards, mental health and wellbeing and staying professional and safe on social media. The revised SPRA Design Guide 2018 was launched, along with new Welding Guidance and updates on many other SPRA guidance and quality standard documents. At the conference these documents were provided on special credit card-sized flash drives but are freely available to download from the SPRA website. Congratulations must go to all the SPRA Award winners, SIG D&T, Protan, Danosa UK and IKO Polymeric. Jim Hooker, SPRA technical director got a standing ovation when he was presented with the very first SPRA Award for Outstanding Achievement by SPRA CEO, Cathie Clarke. Full details of all SPRA Awards can be found on the SPRA website. On Thursday, June 13, 2019, SPRA will be holding its annual conference at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire to celebrate the event’s fifth birthday. It promises to be another very special day, so make a note in your diary now!


Industry News July 2018

Tradespeople shake off stereotypes by choosing work over World Cup

For years, tradespeople have been unfairly tarnished with the reputation for prioritising football over work. Many members of the public see them as being a bit too eager to down tools and head to the nearest big screen. Nearly 20 million viewers tuned in to watch England in their first world cup match on Monday 18th June, however, it is the daytime games that will put loyalties to the test in a clash of the World Cup vs work. However, recent research shows that 75% of tradespeople, including builders, carpenters and joiners, will always choose work over football if the two ever conflicted. According to a poll of more than 1,000 IronmongeryDirect customers, the vast majority of tradespeople claimed they would never consider skipping work to watch their team or the World Cup. Many poll participants are planning when and where they will be watching their team – but outside of work. If they were to ‘pull a sickie’ to watch their team play during the day, tradespeople offered some of the best excuses they would give, with the more elaborate ones including: • • • • •

“I’ve been called up as a late replacement by Gareth Southgate” “My boyfriend’s in labour.” “I’ve got soap in my eyes and can’t find a towel.” “I’ve been delayed at the airport on holiday…in Scarborough.” “My Auntie’s Gerbil is about to give birth and I’m the nominated birthing partner.”

Some of the more convincing examples included:


• • •

“I have a dentist appointment.” “The children are poorly.” “I’ve got the flu.”

Employers are recognising that the World Cup is important to many of their staff. Many responded to the polls saying they would be more than happy to be flexible by offering them time off. One respondent stated: “As the boss, I always give my team the time off. It also saves them giving me the daft excuses!” The research also revealed ongoing optimism among tradespeople, with more than half believing England will make it to the Quarter Finals. Also, half of those polled (49%) said they would give up alcohol for good to see England win the tournament. The UK’s leading online trade supplier, IronmongeryDirect, ran a series of polls to find out more about tradespeople’s attitude to work during the World Cup in June. Andy Wood, football enthusiast and Marketing Director of IronmongeryDirect, said: “The World Cup is an exciting time for many of us tradespeople are no exception. We wanted to find out how our customers were preparing for the year’s biggest sporting event. The research was carried out in the name of fun, but it was great to see results challenging the outdated stereotype of contractors and other trades professionals neglecting their jobs for football! Tradespeople in Britain work hard, and we hope they enjoy watching World Cup 2018.”

CONSTRUCTION DUST: DO YOU KNOW THE FACTS? 97% of construction workers are not fully aware of the risks associated with dust created on building sites Take our online quiz to see how much you know about the hazards of construction dust – and for your chance to win one of our new M class wet and dry vacuum cleaners which features improved filter technology to help control dust and protect you and others around you. www.karcher.co.uk/dust

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Safety, it’s a matt Kärcher expands its range of safety vacuum cleaners and presents two new machines in the M and H class categories1.


Developed for use in the construction trade and industrial environments where there are large volumes of fine dust, this new generation of robust, wet and dry vacuum cleaners quickly make achieving maximum cleaning performance easy and safe.

any loss of suction power. They also optimally select the filter cleaning interval, depending on the quantity of dust being vacuumed: this enables large quantities of dust to be collected without the need for manual filter cleaning.

Featuring the new sensor-controlled, automatic filter cleaning system (Tact), the vacuum cleaners detect when the flat pleated filter needs to be cleaned and quickly reverses the air flow, to blow air through the filter, enabling continuous operation for the user without

Suitable for collecting large volumes of safe as well as hazardous substances, such as asbestos dust, the PTFE-H flat pleated filter (HEPA 13) used in the H class models, is the first cleanable filter in a wet and dry vacuum cleaner for this dust class: with a filtration level of 99.995%.

1 Dust class L: Low-risk hazardous dusts such as lime or plaster dusts. Max. transmittance: ≤ 1.0%. Dust class M: Medium-risk hazardous dusts such as wood (beech, oak) or paint dusts. Max. transmittance: < 0.1%. Dust class H: High-risk hazardous dusts such as carcinogenic dusts or mould. Max. transmittance: < 0.005%.

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As well as the outstanding features of our existing NT vacuum cleaners, these new models also include: electronic filter detection and air flow monitoring, so the vacuum cleaner only starts when the filter is correctly installed, which ensures optimal safety for the user. If the air flow falls below a certain value, a warning signal sounds that indicates a blockage or full container. Thanks to its grounding conductor and conductive accessories users are effectively protected against an electrostatic charge, which can occur when vacuuming dry dusts. Sturdy housing with a bumper at the front and large metal castors provide ultimate stability, transportability and a long service life â&#x20AC;&#x201C; making it easier to move the equipment from site to site. The flat, non-slip top provides a secure hold for the userâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toolbox, and slots on the machine allow accessories to be stored securely.

Additionally, new bayonet locks and large clips on the floor nozzle allow the quick change of accessories between wet and dry applications, without the need for any tools. The suction hose now connects directly

into the container head allowing maximum use of the container space, and a significant reduction in noise when vacuuming small quantities of dust make these machines a powerful ally.


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Wrightstyle brings Farringdon art to life Wrightstyle, the advanced steel and aluminium glazing system company, recently completed three elevations of structurally-glazed curtain walling measuring over 50 metres as part of recent work on the eastern ticket hall of Crossrail’s Farringdon station.


s part of Crossrail’s Art Programme, British artist Simon Periton designed an artwork for the curtain walling featuring an intricate pattern that reflects the elaborate Victorian metalwork of the historic Smithfield Market directly opposite. During the day, the artwork will allow passengers to see inside to the coffered ceiling that echoes the Brutalist architecture of the nearby Barbican, whilst changing shadows will be cast across the interior space. In the evening, the station lights will illuminate the design from inside, offering a dramatic new perspective to those on the nearby streets. Wrightstyle is currently working on seven out of the 40 stations on the Elizabeth line, including Bond Street, Paddington, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel and Woolwich. The new Farringdon station is expected to serve 82,000 passengers every working day.


Specialist glass from Hero Glass was chosen for the project “which pushed the capabilities of normal glass

design, but which also successfully fuses art and architecture in this remarkable building,” according to Lee Coates, UK director, Hero Glass. The glass panel artwork was created using a silk screen print process in Hero’s factory which gave the visual result the artist was looking for. Wrightstyle’s glazing systems offer great durability and protection, having live tested its systems against both car and lorry bomb attack, using up to 500kg of TNT-equivalent high explosive.

“Crossrail is the largest construction project in Europe and passenger safety is, of course, the paramount concern of the design team,” said Wrightstyle contracts manager, John Woodcock. “That’s the reason why our systems have been specified across several new stations on the Elizabeth Line. We have great experience in the transportation sector, and our systems have been subjected to international testing in Europe, the USA and Asia,” he said. The artist Simon Periton talks about his inspiration here.

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Bright future beckons for Birmingham door manufacturer Leading door manufacturer, E & SW Knowles, are continuing to bolster their business after significantly investing in their processes, equipment and workforce as part of wider expansion plans.

The Birmingham-based business has just spent £ 250,000 on a brand new State of the art coating line, which will improve the quality of the lacquered finish of their doors as well as reducing their lead times by 2-3 days. It’s anticipated that the new line - which meets the latest health and safety standards, is cleaner for the environment and designed to help reduce waste - will enable E & SW Knowles to increase their door volumes, production quality and drying times. The lacquer that’s used is also known to contain enhanced fire and scratch resistance properties.


“This new investment forms part of our long-term plans to grow and increase our turnover to £10million a year. It also means we’ll effectively be able to double the number of

doors we can lacquer in a day,” said Steve Horner, Managing Director.

“The new equipment means we can run the new line, using just one member of staff rather than three.

“These latest changes all add up to a significant increase in productivity and output, which is crucial as the UK’s manufacturing sector becomes increasingly competitive. It will also help make sure we can compete on a global scale too.”

“However, this doesn’t mean we’re putting people out of jobs by automating our production process, we will be redeploying our production staff and investing in retraining them to work within other areas on the factory floor.

In addition to introducing the new line, the family-run business has invested an additional £25,000 in automated handling systems, which are designed to help factory floor staff work smarter, safer and swifter.

“We’re focused on improving manual handling and increasing job functionality, as well generating more jobs in Birmingham, which historically, has had higher unemployment.

Steve added: “We want to be able to continue to provide our customers with quality products without them being impacted by long lead times, particularly for bespoke products.

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Case Study July 2018

From today, homeowners can for the first time ever tell their roof windows to open or close for a better and healthier living environment. Global roof window leader VELUX and smart home company Netatmo launch VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO, the first ‘plug-and-play’ smart home solution for remote sensor-based operation of roof windows, blinds and shutters. VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO is the first smart roof window system that connects with Apple HomeKit, allowing homeowners to manage indoor climate control at home or remotely across all Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and HomePod. The system can be controlled using Siri®, Apple’s voicecontrolled intelligent assistant, or with the touch of a button on the Apple Home app.

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According to research we spend a staggering 90 per cent of our time indoors and often forget to ventilate our homes. But now if it’s too hot or too cold in your home, if the air starts to smell or it’s damp, the new smart home system from VELUX automatically airs out the room for you. “We are extremely excited to see how consumers will respond to our smart home innovation that makes it easy to have a comfortable and healthy home,” says Kent Holm, SVP, global product management, the VELUX Group.

Sensor-based automatic operation Built on the newest smartsensor technology, the VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO system, developed in partnership with the leading smart home company Netatmo, thinks and acts on your behalf. Smart indoor sensors monitor the temperature, humidity and CO2 concentration inside the home and activate a gateway to open or close the roof windows to improve the climate indoors. “Few are aware of the impact of indoor air on their health and wellbeing, but the air we breathe is just as important as the food we eat or the water we drink. An average adult breathes in around 15,000 litres of air every single day and spends up to 90 per cent of their time indoors. A healthy indoor climate goes way beyond simple convenience, which our new smart home solution ensures,” continued Holm. The smart home device is pre-programmed so that roof windows automatically

July 2018 Case Study open to let fresh air into your home when needed. The device also prevents homes from overheating by proactively closing shutters and awning blinds.

Effortless control giving you peace of mind in your pocket VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO works along with a control app for iOS and Android. Therefore, you can manage and monitor your windows with a few touches on your smartphone using the Apple Home app across all Apple devices and VELUX ACTIVE’s own app. “VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO is the result of two stunning technologies: high standard VELUX windows and Netatmo’s know-how for creating simple and useful products

and applications. By automating the opening, closing and shading of roof windows, we can make a big difference and improve indoor climate so users don’t have to worry about it. We created a smart sensor-based solution that is not only easy to use and reliable, but also beneficial for user’s wellbeing,” added Fred Potter, founder and CEO of Netatmo.

Health and wellbeing added to smart homes The market for smart home solutions which can connect electrical devices in your home to the internet is booming. Worldwide the smart home market is predicted to grow to around $53.45 billion by 2022 (Statista 2018). Smart home technologies enable you to control household appliances

like refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, clothes driers, coffee makers and kettles through apps and automatic regulation. “Smart homes continue to be an important consumer trend and are expected to be mainstream within the next four years. By digitalising the operation of roof windows to automatically improve your indoor climate, we’re adding a health and wellbeing dimension to the intelligent home and pushing innovation in this area to the next level,” continued Holm. Through the integration with Apple HomeKit, VELUX roof windows, blinds and shutters become part of the growing smart home product family that’s improving health, comfort and convenience in homes.


Interior Design July 2018


ritain’s leading provider of accessible intimate hygiene solutions is fully Construction (Design & Management) 2015 compliant. The compliance compliments Closomat’s already proven ability to deliver a comprehensive project management service. The combination means that architects, construction companies etc can contract Closomat to execute a project- from a home adaptation to a major upgrade of accessible toilet/bathroom facilities including assisted accessible Changing Places toilets- secure in the knowledge it will be done in a timely and safe fashion, and be fully in accordance with all relevant Regulations. “Many of the projects with which we are involved are refurbishments or upgrades, on sites that are still open/ operating, and often frequented by disabled people. It means it is even more critical that we are fully aware, and comply with, CDM,” says Claire Haymes, Closomat CDM Compliance & Project Co-ordinator.


“To our knowledge, we are the only specialist provider of assisted toileting solutions that offers the full service, in that we don’t just supply the equipment, we can offer design advice, and then manage the whole process with the highest level of management and professionalism.”

SIMPLIFIED ACCESSIBILITY CDM The potential complexity of creating a compliant, accessible facility is simplified with the latest service from Closomat. Closomat is already the ‘go to’ provider for away from home accessible toilet provision. Its website www.clos-o-mat.com is acknowledged as a key resource to help take the first steps towards efficient accessibility provision, including design guidance, white papers, CAD blocks, NBS

specification clauses and case studies. The expertise within the company represents the combined wealth of knowledge amassed from over 55 years’ helping disabled people optimise their dignity and independence in the bathroom, at home and away.

Interior Design July 2018

Bluetooth Network Controls DANLERS’ new range of “Casambi-enabled” occupancy detectors use Bluetooth Low Energy communication to control lighting without the need for any wiring between the controls and the luminaires. Any number of Casambi-enabled luminaires and controls in a building will automatically form a mesh network, and the Casambi app can be used to quickly and simply set up any required control system. This has major advantages in cost, ease of installation and flexibility. Casambi networks are both reliable and secure, and devices can be added or taken away at any time. They can also be integrated with existing DALI or 1-10VDC systems. Tel: 01249 443377 Email: sales@danlers.co.uk Website: www.danlers.co.uk

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Fire Protection July 2018

Wrightstyle introduces leaf and half leaf fire resistant door system One of Europe’s leading advanced glazing system suppliers has introduced an innovative leaf and half leaf fire resistant door system.


he new system complements Wrightstyle’s existing unlatched door range, which was the first unlatched advanced glazed system on the UK and international markets. The doors, which have leafs of different sizes, provide integrity and insulation, for either 30 or 60 minutes (EI-30 and EI-60). There can be several reasons for having a double leaf door with different leaf sizes – for example, where the opening is restricted in width, or for other ascetic, design or space restriction reasons. The system therefore allows for easy pedestrian traffic using one operating leaf, with the other leaf coming into operation if bulkier equipment is being moved through the doorway. One leaf (the master) is the access door that is used for pedestrian traffic, into and out of the building or offices and can either be latched or unlatched. The other smaller leaf (the slave) is a fixed door held closed by flush bolts at the top and bottom, but which can be opened to make a wider opening for furniture and equipment to pass through.


Wiltshire-based Wrightstyle used 23mm Pyrostop glass for the EI-60 test, in a very large master leaf of 1472mm wide x 2450mm high, to cover for all configurations. This latest door system follows the introduction of a series of thermally broken fire doors earlier this year, and which are fully compatible with Wrightstyle’s SR60 curtain walling system, to provide 90 minutes of integrity and insulation (EI90). Together, they add further options to Wrightstyle’s already extensive range of fire and smoke resistant doors, which include unlatched doors in double or single leaf format – a breakthrough fully-glazed fire door system. All Wrightstyle’s unlatched doors are therefore now available in single or double leaf format, or leaf and half leaf, and fully glazed using non-selective door leaf push/pull technology, offering a wide range of surface finishes including stainless steel.

Wrightstyle was the first company to develop a glazed unlatched door system, and has since raised concerns with government about the inadequate enforcement of fire specifications contained within the Approved Document B and the usage requirements of certification data. “We have first-hand experience of unlatched doors with untested or incompatible fire-resistant glass are being accepted as fire doors within the regulatory definitions despite the fact that they are clearly not within the permissible limitations of their supplied test certification,” said Denis Wright, Wrightstyle’s chairman. “Our new door system means that we now offer a complete range of fire doors, for internal and external use, and which are fully tested and compliant,” he said. For further information: Jane Embury, Wrightstyle +44 (0) 1380 722 239 jane.embury@wrightstyle.co.uk

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Case Study July 2018

Panasonic Air Source Heat Pump efficiently heats Grade II 17th Century Barn renovation The restoration of a Grade II listed 17th Century barn in Broxted, Essex ably demonstrates the strengths of Panasonic’s Aquarea air source heat pump by supplying hot water and heating to the stunning property via under floor heating. Energy specialists, Eco Installer, completed the installation of two 16kW Panasonic Aquarea T-Cap three-phase heat pumps.



eatured on Channel 4’s “The Restoration Man with George Clark” programme, this 17th Century barn that was originally used for storing and threshing of crops and now renovated to a residential family home was a complex project, as Roland Gurner of Eco Installer explains: “This was a major restoration project, with the client looking for an alternative to an oil or fossilfuel based system, a 4,000m² agricultural barn featuring high ceilings with performance and efficiency being key to a successful specification. The two 16kW Panasonic T-Cap heat pumps were chosen as a perfect solution for the large internal areas and to provide a reliable and efficient source of heating. The property already had three-phase power installed with the units working well as a cascaded system, being highly efficient and providing energy when needed. Not only that, but we had to accommodate the filming crew, and work around their schedules.” The Channel 4 programme highlighting the initial build was first aired in Autumn 2017.

Barn-storming challenges… The Barn was originally owned by and part of the nearby St Mary’s Church Estate and built in the 17th Century for storing and threshing of crops such as wheat, which required very high ceilings and sloping floors for drainage, with large, tall doorways to accommodate stacked horse drawn carriages riding into the building. The property had not been used for some time prior to the current owner Jude McKelvey purchasing it in 2014 with the aim to renovate the property to a residential family home. The roof structure needed repairing and the original beams required strengthening with some of the old timber having to be replaced – after a long planning and approval process, work finally began in March 2016 and the roof installed – it took eight weeks, four roofers and 44,000 roof tiles (many being reused from the original building). It took a further 16 months before the heating system was installed and the Barn ready for occupation. The new owner, Jude McKelvey, had a dream to renovate and convert

the abandoned barn into a domestic dwelling for herself and her two sons to live in. She was heavily involved in all decisions, including the provision of heating and hot water, as Jude comments: “I was looking for a reliable, efficient and cost-effective heating solution for the barn, but one that also didn’t detract from the beauty of the amazing building. Also, we wanted to avoid having to install an oil tank, and therefore looked for a system based on renewable technologies that would also keep our running costs down for heating such a large space. We were pleased to work with the team

July 2018 Case Study ventilation changes were unknown. Tony Holland from Oceanair, the distributor of the Panasonic system commented, “The Panasonic Aquarea T-Cap was the ideal solution for such a large renovation project, as the system provides a reliable and constant nominal capacity output and excellent energy rating with a COP of 5.08. The quietness of this system was also a deciding factor on selecting this product. As well as being a reliable and efficient heating and hot water solution against alternatives such as boilers and oil burners, this Total Capacity system maintains heating capacity, even with cold outdoor temperatures, maintaining 16kW of heating, even when outside is as low as -15oC.” Tony further mentioned “This project also gave us the chance to continue our excellent and important business relationship with Eco Installer on such a unique and iconic property and we are delighted with the result.”

at Eco Installer to advise on the most appropriate solution and then design and install the air source heat pump system.” Renewable energy, plumbing and heating specialist, Eco Installer, provide plumbing, heating, renewable energy and ventilation services in Cambridgeshire. The team headed up by Roland Gurner includes heating and plumbing professionals with extensive knowledge and experience of mechanical and electrical engineering, renewable energy

and technical consulting services. As such, they were able to take on this demanding project and devise a system to deliver its complex requirements. The challenges for the installation of the heat pumps was that the structure was large with the beams of the whole building exposed and open plan, everything was visible, (beams/ structure etc), therefore the neatness of the installation was critical to the project. Sizing the heat pumps, carrying out heat-loss calculations were all a challenge as the barn was very large, old, and

Panasonic’s Aquarea is a reliable, sustainable, intelligent and extremely efficient heating and hot water solution compared to alternatives such oil-fired burners or gas boilers. The Aquarea T-CAP (Total Capacity) maintains heating capacity, even when the outdoor ambient temperature is cold – maintaining 16kW of heating down to -15°C outdoor temperatures. Sean Graham – Area Sales Manager at Panasonic further added “The Panasonic Aquarea T-Cap system was selected for this project because of its ability to operate down to low temperatures and still maintain full capacity, even at -20°C”. Jude concludes: “Working with Roland at Eco Installer, we were delighted to find the Panasonic Aquarea T-Cap. Having now experienced our first cold winter we found that the heating solution installed kept the barn at a comfortable temperature throughout – and we had no surprises when it came to the fuel bills.” For more information on Panasonic’s air conditioning and heating solutions, please visit www.aircon.panasonic.eu.


July 2018

A Toast to Scottish Architectural Excellence GEZE UK raised a glass to toast Scottish Architectural Excellence when it sponsored the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards Dinner for the fourth consecutive year.


welve award winners were revealed at the prestigious black-tie event which took place at The Hilton, Glasgow, in June. They were selected from a shortlist of 25 which encompassed a diverse range of projects. Andy Howland, sales and marketing director for GEZE UK, presented an award to Allan Murray Architects Ltd, for Boroughmuir High School, Edinburgh, which was noted to have an “excellent relationship between inside and out.” The £26.3m project for the Children & Families Department of City of Edinburgh Council saw the development of a four-storey building with state-of-the-art facilities. The judges were unanimous in their view that this was an exceptional project with impressive compact planning, that created large welllit spaces, excellent acoustic treatment and a very intelligent fire/smoke/ventilation strategy mean that both large multi-height atria are not enclosed by walls or screens. The school which opened in February this year, has capacity for 1,165 students and boasts a range of hi-tech facilities including a new rooftop social area, outdoor dining space, soundproof dance studio, recording studio and new classrooms complete with interactive touch-screen boards.


The project also took one of the RIBA National Awards along with Lochside House, West Highlands

(L to R) MC Sally Magnusson, Andy Howland, GEZE UK, Ken Thomson, Associate and Project Architect, Conor Pittman Managing Director of Allan Murray Architects and Stewart Henderson, President of RIAS.

and Nucleus, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Caithness Archive, in Wick. Another winner was LDN Architects whose development of the 19th century McEwan Hall, for The University of Edinburgh, which incorporated GEZE products. The 12 RIAS Award winners will form the shortlist for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, to be presented in November. Said Andy: “The RIAS Awards again delivered an eclectic showcase of projects which were diverse in purpose, function and design. I was

delighted that GEZE UK could again sponsor the awards dinner and witness the talent demonstrated through these works.” Stewart Henderson, President of the RIAS, said: “When shortlisting this year’s entries for awards the panel were struck by the continuing high standard of submissions. The quality of architecture being produced the length and breadth of the country is hugely impressive.” For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic and manual door closers call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk.

July 2018 Heating, Ventilation & Energy Efficiency

• 3D DC inverter technology offers significant energy savings • The Climate 5000 ranges can be used alongside larger commercial air conditioning systems such as the Bosch Climate 5000 VRF • The units provide hot and cold air to meet requirements, all year round


roviding efficient, effective and environmentallyfriendly temperature control, Bosch Commercial and Industrial has launched its comprehensive range of residential air conditioning (RAC) solutions. The Bosch Climate RAC air conditioning units, suitable for new installations in domestic and small commercial properties, come paired with a comprehensive after-sales service. This comprises of five years parts and labour warranty, a contact centre open 364 days a year, and Bosch trained engineers providing national coverage and quick onsite response time. The new range can also be used in conjunction with larger commercial air conditioning systems, such as the Bosch Climate 5000 VRF, to support temperature-critical areas. Included in the series are the Bosch Climate 5000 RAC standard Split and the 8000 RAC premium Split air conditioning unit, which are both available in outputs of 2.6kW, 3.5kW, 5.3kW and 7kW. The systems feature five operating modes, which can be adjusted to application and comfort requirements in order to offer greatly improved performance and efficiency. Using 3D DC inverter technology, the Bosch Climate RAC air conditioning units offer 40% lower energy usage, compared to conventional systems. A compressor and fan speed electronic drive allow units to produce hot and cold air to meet the requirements of the property, while the brushless 3D

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DC inverter interior and exterior fan motors are both quieter and more energy efficient than traditional units. The systems utilise R410A refrigerant, which is highly efficient, non-flammable, and can withstand high operating pressures. An in-built purifying filter also eliminates up to 95% of dust particles, smoke, and pollen, in order to provide cleaner air flow and maintain air quality. In addition to these features, the premium range of air conditioning systems offer a swing function for better distribution of air, an intuitive display, and a fault diagnostics function. What’s more, these systems have low energy consumption in stand-by mode and can offer energy savings of up to 60% on normal operation during ECO mode. Installation is simple for qualified refrigeration engineers, with a mounting template for the interior unit. Crucially, the units are extremely simple to operate too, with various

integrated functions and the option to use remote controls. Shaun Mansbridge, Business Development Director at Bosch Commercial and Industrial, comments: “We are really excited to launch a new range of Split air conditioning systems. Improving efficiency and reducing energy costs, while ensuring a comfortable environment for occupants is a key challenge for any building, and these new units offer an effortless solution. With the ability to supply both cool air and heat, the Bosch Climate RAC range is suitable for a whole host of applications. The innovative systems are also compact, quiet, and stylish, helping them to fit seamlessly into any building.” For more information on Bosch Commercial and Industrial and its range of heating, cooling and hot water technologies, please visit www.bosch-industrial.co.uk or call 0330 123 3004. Alternatively, follow Bosch Commercial and Industrial on Twitter and LinkedIn.


Heating, Ventilation & Energy Efficiency July 2018

NEW PIV UNIT PROVIDES ENERGY EFFICIENT CONDENSATION CURING The launch of a new intelligent Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) unit is set to give housing providers a more flexible and energy efficient way to manage the risk of condensation. Elta Fans’ SANO Intelligent PIV unit represents a significant stepchange in PIV technology thanks to its ability to automatically adjust air flow according to the temperature and moisture content of the incoming air.


The unit’s Eco-LoFlo mode checks moisture content when the incoming air is less than 10°C to reduce airflow to minimum, and provide the most energy efficient, ventilation rates. By utilising this function, occupants can benefit from improved comfort levels, as well as reduced demand on their heating. Additional Normal and Summer modes, plus the ability to override the unit’s automatic controls, ensure performance can always match user preference.

The SANO Intelligent PIV is available in both a loft- and wallmounted unit. The loft-mounted model boasts a low maintenance, large G4 grade filter, while the wall-mounted equivalent contains a G2 filter. Both models have a discreet appearance designed to blend well within any home. An industry-leading choice of six different settings can be chosen by the installer from the wallmounted unit’s integral controls, with a further two speed settings available on the loft-mounted version. This ensures each unit can be fine-tuned to suit the specific size, layout, thermal properties, and moisture production of the home. Such flexibility also ensures each setting matches

the corresponding ventilation rates prescribed by Part F of the Building Regulations. John Bradley, Head of Sales at Elta Group Building Services, said: “PIV technology has largely remained the same for decades, so it’s with some excitement that we can unveil a PIV unit that marks such a significant leap forward. Social housing providers in particular can have full faith in the unit’s ability to control condensation without compromising occupants’ comfort levels or energy bills.” For more information on Elta Fans’ SANO Intelligent PIV Unit, visit www.eltafans.com.

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Heating, Ventilation & Energy Efficiency July 2018

AET Flexible Space, underfloor air conditioning specialists have just completed a Cat-B Fit-out of the first floor at 11-12 Hanover Street for incoming tenant, Canadian property investor, Quadreal. The underfloor system at the prominently positioned Mayfair offices was originally installed in the year 2000 for Japanese construction company Teisei and has proved to be an adaptable services solution for the building over the past 18 years.

Underfloor Air Conditioning Fit-out at Hanover Street The system at Hanover Street is the CAM-C system with underfloor supply air and underfloor return air. Each floor is effectively one zone, with a single CAM downflow unit supplying conditioned air to the underfloor plenum. This conditioned air is supplied into the workspace via fan terminal units, known as Fantiles which are recessed into the floor plenum. Approximately 80 standard size TU4 Fantiles are located over the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five floors and a fully stringered Nesite raised access flooring system supplied by AET is installed throughout.


The original refurbishment of the property was specified to a high standard, designed by Architect, D.E.G.W offering a large, open plan floorplate, a generous floor to ceiling height of 2.7m, featuring full height glazing, 600mm2 carpet tiles for added flexibility and a high specification metal tile ceiling. M+E Consultant, Roger Preston & Partners specified the underfloor services solution to permit this high specification and offer maximum flexibility for future change and reconfiguration according to tenant demands.

AET engineers worked with fit-out contractor Think-inside on the recent Cat-B works. The space had been returned to Cat-A status after the previous tenancy ended, leaving a blank canvas for new first floor occupier Quadreal. An initial validation survey of the UfAC system on the first floor identified repairs required to the underfloor baffle and a number of damaged return air grilles to be replaced. The underfloor baffle being essential to maintain properly as it divides the underfloor plenum into supply and return air paths. As well as the essential repairs, three additional Fantiles were supplied to cater for occupational increase and Quadreal opted to install sound attenuator boxes beneath all Fantiles in order to minimise noise transfer between cellular offices and grant additional privacy. Five Flextouch wall controllers were installed in the boardroom and offices permitting users easy control of temperature and fan speed as well as CO2 monitoring. The services upgrade and interior fit-out works were completed in

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Russia transforms its infrastructure for World Cup Russia’s flexible steel-framed football stadiums ensure a sustainable, post-World Cup sporting legacy allowing light shows to be projected through its translucent shell. The Fisht Olympic stadium used 8,000 tonnes of steel in its translucent roof

Following on from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is playing host to the 2018 football World Cup. Global sporting events such as this are massive undertakings, representing huge challenges for a nation’s transport, tourism and sporting infrastructures. With 1,000,000 tourists expected to visit the country across the fourweek tournament, Russia has laid on more than 700 trains that are free to use for ticket-holding fans. These trains will move the supporters across the more than 5,500km of railway lines that connect the various stadiums.


This year’s football tournament, which will feature teams and visiting fans from 32 countries, has also become one of the driving forces behind a boom in infrastructure and construction projects across the 11 Russian host cities. The stadium preparations have been making the most of Russian steel to ensure

the ongoing sustainability of the venues post-World Cup In 2015, to meet this growing demand for construction, a new steelworks plant in Chelyabinsk was opened. In addition to its work for World Cup projects, the JV Konar-Cimolai foundry provided the steel for the 462m-high Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg – Europe’s highest building – as well as an elegant steel pedestrian bridge in Chelyabinsk. The stadium preparations have been making the most of Russian steel to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the venues post-World Cup. The Fisht Olympic Stadium, named after Mount Fisht in the Caucasus mountain range, combines steel underpinnings with other materials to give it a flexible format. An 11,000 square metre steel-supported structure acts as the roof for this impressive stadium,

With 8,000 tonnes of reinforced steel dedicated to just the roof and rigging, it’s a stadium that has been built to last, but not entirely in its present state. Its initial use at the 2014 Winter Olympic in Sochi was for 40,000 observers, but the removable steel roof makes it an adaptable and extendable venue. The addition of outdoor seating at either open ends of the stadium will increase its capacity to 47,000 for the FIFA World Cup, before shrinking to around 25,000 for Russian domestic football games after the international tournament ends. Fisht Stadium isn’t the only structure to be influenced by the sporting stadium industry’s trend for reconfiguration. Reminiscent of the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, the steel-latticed Volgograd Arena will hold over 45,000 spectators before being scaled back to a 35,000-seat venue. The VTB Arena was originally included in the bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with the

stadium slated to host the opening game. Though it was subsequently dropped by the Russian Football Federation as a host venue, it too has enjoyed a renovation. Designed by Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat and Russian architect Mikhail Posokhin, it was built on the demolished foundations of the historical Dynamo Stadium with an overarching, unique steel structure used to frame the seating bowls, concourses and super trusses at the building overhangs. Its capacity is 27,000, with a possible reconfiguration of up to 45,000 spectators. With a nod to its longevity, the steel was specially coated with an anticorrosion primer based on activated zinc to ensure long-lasting protection against the extremes of the harsh Moscow climate. These transformable structures are the result of some of the most cutting-edge engineering and design concepts, but there’s a more traditional message of ‘make do and mend’ behind these innovations, ensuring the 2018 World Cup is in keeping with modern society’s shift towards recycling and sustainability.

July 2018

Builders could do more to recycle the 120 million tonnes of waste they throw away each year. Experts at JunkHunters are urging the construction industry to clean up its act by doing more to recycle waste and minimise landfill. Harsha Rathnayake from JunkHunters says the bulk of what they disregard could and should be recycled and reused. Builders Could Recycle Waste Thoughtless builders could do more to recycle the 120 million tonnes of waste they throw away each year in the UK, according to experts. The building and construction industry is the UK’s largest user of natural resources, and is responsible for more than a third of the nation’s rubbish. Now a leading expert is urging the construction industry to clean up its act by doing much more to recycle waste and minimise landfill. The bulk of what they disregard could and should be recycled and reused, according to expert Harsha Rathnayake. Mr Rathnakaye is the founder of JunkHunters, a UK waste management service that has been collecting commercial rubbish in London for over a decade and recently opened a second centre in Birmingham.

The company works with many construction sector clients, visiting sites and collecting waste, 75% of which is subsequently recycled. Yet Mr Rarthnayake says that the majority of construction sector companies fail to consider using a service such as his or taking other steps to recycle their waste. The amount of waste material generated by the sector is slowly falling, but Mr. Rathnakaye says by sorting through rubble, metal and wood and selling on any unused materials, builders could make a positive difference to the environment. Mr. Rathnayake said: “Businesses are slowly becoming more conscious of the waste materials they produce but this change isn’t happening quickly enough. “In a sector like the building industry, where it is possible to recycle the bulk of materials, then there really should be no excuse.

“If materials can’t be reused, then we assess whether they can be recycled and we work closely with contractors across the UK to ensure materials reach the relevant processing and recycling centres. “We’ve been operating in London for over ten years now and have seen the demand for our service grow rapidly. Having just opened in Birmingham as part of our UK expansion plans, we have had plenty of commercial enquiries already. “Where we stand out is that we offer a personalised service that is a lot cheaper than hiring a skip and you can be sure that materials are reused and recycled if possible.” JunkHunters provides a fully accredited and reputable building waste disposal service that helps remove all building materials from construction sites as quickly and ethically as possible. All waste clearance teams adhere to strict green business credentials which guarantee the recycling of materials where possible. Since its beginnings in 2008, the company has seen the number of customers in the construction industry grow and its existing customers in the sector include Renlon Limited, Michael Brady Ltd, Refurb It all and PMP Construction Ltd.


July 2018 Case Study

Unusually large balconies no problem for Schöck It is not necessarily the the largest projects that provide the bigger challenges and this was certainly the case for structural thermal break specialists Schöck, at 83-85 Weston Street in Bermondsey. Located a short walk south from London Bridge station, in an area with very disparate architectural styles, the Weston Street development is an intriguing minimalist, modern aesthetic design. It comprises eight interlocking split-level apartments, with two and three bedroom apartments arranged over half levels; and stacked above 5000 sq ft of commercial space on the ground floor. The external envelope features a brickwork outer skin over a load-bearing concrete inner skin and amenity space is a combination of stepped roof terraces – and unusually large cantilevered concrete balconies. It was these heavy balconies that provided the challenge for Schöck, who have a reputation for solving demanding structural thermal break connectivity issues. Working closely with the precaster, the decision was taken to optimise the solution by utilising two different types of Schock Isokorb. The first, for concrete-toconcrete connectivity, was cast-in along the back edge of the balcony and then into the slab. A second type, more commonly used for steel structures, was also introduced to provide further support at the top of the precast concrete handrail. This was bolted back through the wall. To anchor the Isokorb into the precast balcony, especially long bolts were manufactured, which spanned the wall thickness and enabled the units to connect with a cast-in steel plate designed and manufactured by the precaster. The extremely comprehensive Schöck Isokorb range provides totally verifiable connectivity solutions for concrete-to-concrete, concrete-to-steel and steel-to-steel. Products meet full compliance with the relevant UK building regulations, have NHBC approval and offer LABC Registration. There is also the security of independent BBA Certification. Contact Schöck on 01865 290 890; or visit the website at www.schoeck.co.uk for a free copy of the Schöck Thermal Bridging Guide; the Schöck Specifiers Guide and to view the full range of downloadable software.

Above: The south elevation of Weston Street Left: Large and heavy cantilevered concrete balconies


Coatings & Paints July 2018

TAKE IT EASY WITH SIKACERAM FIX & GROUT Let Everbuild – A Sika Company take the hassle out of tiling with SikaCeram® Fix & Grout; a ready mixed waterproof wall tile adhesive and grout for use in bathrooms, showers and kitchens. Coming ready mixed and ready to use straight from the tub, SikaCeram® Fix & Grout is incredibly easy to apply with none of the mess associated with traditional powered products, and as it can be used as a grout as well as an adhesive, there is no need for two separate products saving valuable time and money.


Non slip with very high bond strength, Sika Ceram Fix & Grout is ideal for use on vertical surfaces and can be used for all ceramic tiles including porcelain, vitrified tiles and mosaics.

Available in three handy sizes; 750g, 1.5kg and 3.5kg, SikaCeram® Fix & Grout dries to a brilliant white finish with the high quality anti-mould formula ensuring that the product stays white for years to come. For further information on SikaCeram® Fix & Grout or any other product from the Everbuild and Sika brands, contact your sales representative, call the sales office on 0113 240 2424 or visit www.everbuild.co.uk



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July 2018

WHY YOUR EMPLOYEES NEED A ‘MENTAL HEALTH DAY’ An employee calling in sick to work is considered completely acceptable if it’s for a migraine, stomach bug or physical injury. But what about the days a member of staff is at work and although they’re not physically ill, mentally they are absent? 2. Communication “It’s important to encourage employees to talk openly and freely about how they feel mentally. This can be encouraged by line managers by ensuring they are approachable and have an open door policy. Organising social activities is a good way to help colleagues get along outside work whilst making them feel more at ease when it comes to talking about their mental health.” 3. Encourage staff to get out the office

It’s estimated that mental health-related presenteeism costs employers up to 3x the cost of mental health related absence1. This equates to an annual cost of £16.8bn to £26.4bn for UK business. So does it make sense to treat a mental health absence with the same approach as a physical sickness day? Last year, Britons took 137million sick days, of these, 15.8million were for mental health issues (stress, depression, anxiety, bipolar or anything else). ‘Mental health days’ are a way of ensuring employees are 100% mentally present at work meaning they will inevitably be more productive. Director of Wellbeing at Westfield Health, Richard Holmes, explains how employers can prevent mental health absences and why it’s important for employers to allow for ‘mental health days’ off work. 1. On-site stress busters “Work is the most common cause of stress in British adults, with 59% of employees suffering from stress in the workplace2. By reducing stress at work, it will prevent employees taking mental health-related absences in the first place. Businesses can introduce schemes and techniques such as relaxation sessions, chill-out zones and exercise classes to help employees unwind and switch off from their workload.”


“Not only is eating at your desk bad for your body, it’s bad for your work and your mental health. Getting fresh air and a change of scenery will mean employees return to their desks feeling recharged and less stressed. It is also a good way to encourage employees to get out the office and exercise. When exercising, endorphins are released which have been proven to reduce stress, boost self-esteem and ward off feelings of anxiety and depression.” 4. Create a flexible work environment “Employee benefits aren’t just about a high salary or extra holiday days. Businesses that have a flexible work schedule are more likely to retain staff as it gives them the ability to manage a work-life balance3. By businesses adhering to employees individual needs (e.g. school runs and participating in hobbies), it will reduce the stress and pressure of everyday life. Likewise, if businesses allow staff to work from home when feeling mentally unwell, it will reduce the stigma behind mental health absenteeism.” 5. Introduce a workplace wellbeing programme “A surge in over stressed and over worked employees has led to a rise in mental health absenteeism. One way that businesses can improve this is by introducing a workplace wellbeing programme which encourages staff to manage and speak openly about their physical and mental health. By introducing initiatives like this, businesses are more likely to have a happier and healthier workforce, reducing avoidable absenteeism.” For more information about workplace health and wellbeing, please call 03331 227343 or visit www.westfieldhealth.com/business.



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Case Study July 2018

Create stunning, durable exteriors with Trespa Pura NFC® Cladding Trespa Pura NFC® cladding was the ideal choice for Performance Panels’ customers Westclad Ltd on high-specification, prestigious homes in Plymouth, and I J Murray Architects who used the smart system of planks, fasteners and accessories for a stunning self-build on Hayling Island. 44

Highly weather resistant and easy to install Trespa Pura NFC® has an enhanced wood fibre-based core combined with a closed surface, thus ensuring a high impact and scratch resistant finish which cleans with a simple wipe. Easy to handle and cut to size, this superb cladding system needs no paint or lacquer and maintains its attractive real-wood look without the worry of unsightly stains or rot. Trespa Pura can also be used to provide traditionally ventilated façades; making it a highly energy efficient solution for commercial, residential and industrial buildings.

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External Works & Landscaping July 2018

Ecodek, part of the Epwin Group of companies, manufactures an innovative board system made entirely from ethically sourced hardwood waste and recycled high density polyethylene. Established in 2002, Ecodek have been manufacturing Wood Polymer Composite Products since 2004. As the UK’s market leader in WPC decking materials, the firm manufactured over 1 million linear metres of decking in 2017, consuming 3200 tonnes of recycled wood and plastic. In addition, Ecodek have achieved “carbon negative” status for the production of its composite decking system. A life-cycle assessment programme, undertaken by the BioComposites Centre of Bangor University, considered production of the decking on a cradle to factory gate basis, accounting for all significant materials, transport, energy use and packaging inputs. Results showed that production of ecodek® actually had a net effect of removing carbon

dioxide from the atmosphere rather than adding to it – hence carbon negative - a huge achievement in modern manufacturing and one that clearly illustrates the company’s environmental credentials. This important achievement, believed to be a first for a UK based polymer company, and follows years of painstaking development of its design, manufacturing and distribution processes.

The company works with a wide range of clients including house builders such as Barratt Homes, Telford Homes, Redrow PLC; leisure parks such as Butlins and Centerparcs, and many schools across the UK as well as supplying ecodek® a variety of locations across the globe. As suppliers to the Construction Sector, delivering a supply solution is the firm’s aim. Their USPs include bespoke lengths, a quick response to customer demand and solid technical advice. With a dedicated resource on site, the R&D team excel in creating sustainable answers for the lifestyle challenges of today and the future. The Ecodek Technical Team have direct input with architects and specifiers, who need support and solutions to problems. With unrivalled expertise in extrusion tooling, Ecodek can customise and create to any design or specification.


Thanks to its vast range of products and client focused approach, Ecodek is the market choice for high end residential developments in London where the majority of apartments feature a balcony. ecodek® material can be found across much of the redevelopment zones in London

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such as Greenwich Peninsula, Elephant and Castle, Nine Elms and Fulham Wharf. Offering ecodek® in bespoke lengths to suit each project, the company can ensure that waste is kept to a minimum on site. Any material that is redundant on site can be bought back by Ecodek to be ground up and fed straight back into new material as ecodek® is 100% recyclable. The boards are fast to install as they are supplied straight and true with no knots. The material requires only very minimum maintenance and no staining, so no risk of dripping through to balconies below, plus nothing the leach onto rendered walls, as is common with timber balconies.

Based in North Wales on the Wrexham Industrial Estate, Ecodek is at the heart of a thriving hub of industry where things seem to be booming. There is a good variety of engineering other ancillary services on the doorstep. The firm attracts the very best talent on the market, helping it to ensure that clients receive the very highest standard of customer service. Ecodek’s aim is to continue to be the UK’s Number 1 WPC manufacturer and to lead the way through innovative use of materials whilst maintain carbon negative product credentials. To achieve this, looking ahead the company’s focus will be on continuing to and using R&D to drive innovation.

Contact Details Company: Ecodek Contact: Felicity Hodgkinson Contact Email: Felicity.Hodgkinson@ecodek.co.uk Address: Unit 13 Abenbury Way, Wrexham Industrial Estate, Wrexham, LL13 9UZ, UK Phone: 01978 667 840 Website: www.ecodek.co.uk


External Works & Landscaping July 2018

LANDSCAPE Show is back with another exciting lineup featuring the launch of the Future Gardeners Competition Website: www.landscapeshow.co.uk Email: info@landscapeshow.co.uk Phone: +44 (0)20 7821 8221 @LandscapeEvent



The LANDSCAPE Show is bringing together the Landscaping community. Unifying a diverse group of experienced industry professionals all under one roof to select, source and network! From Garden Designers, Contractors and Landscape Designers to Architects, the show features the best people in the business sourcing the latest innovations and technologies in the landscaping industry. This year LANDSCAPE is launching the ‘Future Gardeners Competition’. In conjunction with the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL), we will be showcasing the growing talent of young upcoming gardeners. An ‘against the clock’ event with UK World Skills class mentors including Keith Chapman MBE and a panel of judges including APL’s Phil Tremayne and Mark Gregory from Landform Consultants. The contestants will be creating a garden from a set of drawings created by RHS Chelsea Gold Medal Winning designer Kate Gould. For this launch event, LANDSCAPE is working together with colleges such as Moulton College, Reaseheath and Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) to name a few each to compete with a four person

team. The winners will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to work on a Show Garden at the Ascot Spring Garden Show 2019. LANDSCAPE has also carefully planned a CPD Accredited Seminar Programme covering current topics that are integral to the industry, featuring big names in the business such as Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Carolyn Willitts, Arit Anderson and Naomi Ferret-Cohen. With over 200 exhibitors both returning and new, LANDSCAPE 2018 is shaping up to be an unmissable event for any landscaping professional. The show is open from 10am-6pm on Tuesday 18th September and from 10am-5pm on Wednesday 19th September. Register for your free ticket at:



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External Works & Landscaping July 2018

SCX powers the articulated steel façade of high-profile London redevelopment Sheffield specialist engineering firm SCX Special Projects has opened the door on a stunning articulated steel façade at a high-profile office and residential development in central London. mechanism is on display in the building’s foyer, behind polycarbonate panels. Max Titchmarsh, founder of MAX Architects, adds: “The Portico at the main entrance to this significant development was crucial to creating a buffer from the busy street and delivering the impact the entrance required. The design of the Portcullis doors exposes the mechanism and frames the artwork in way which adds real interest to the principal interest. It is unique and we’re very pleased with the result.” It supplied the façade and designed, built and installed the mechanism that allows two huge decorative portcullis panels to open or close in just 15 seconds. The company worked closely with MAX Architects and Kier Construction as part of a regeneration project for Royal London Asset Management at 25 Wilton Road - opposite Victoria Station in one of the most desirable and visible locations in the capital Kier, renowned for delivering high profile property redevelopment projects, sought SCX’s expertise and flair in mechanical handling and lifting solutions to enable the portcullis doors to be lifted and lowered whilst remaining in full view. The two panels on the building’s distinctive front elevation are predominantly polished stainless steel and have a stunning stencillike design by artist Chloe Steele


SCX Special Projects supplied the panels, cut to the artist’s design using high pressure water jets. They are 15mm thick, measure 3m by 2m, and weigh over 800 kg each. The company, which is based in Wincobank, Sheffield, was also responsible for the mechanism for the façade. The engineering challenge went further than mechanical, including electrical systems and ensuring safety controls. Using hand-power alone, the panels can be lifted or lowered in just 15 seconds, safely held by mechanical locks whilst in the raised position. The doors function as security shutters when closed, and when raised they remain in full view above the entrance. SCX’s innovative design cleverly integrates into the slim metal framework, while the innovative counterweight

Kier Construction’s senior quantity surveyor, Martin Melges, said: “The articulated panels add both form and function to the front elevation of the building. SCX’s mastery over moving structures combines effortlessly with Chloe’s striking design to make the steel doors look as graceful as the architect intended.” Danny Pickard, lead engineer at SCX Special Projects, comments: “Clients such as Kier look to us to solve unique mechanical engineering problems. The articulated façade at 25 Wilton Road is no exception. We are seeing a trend towards more moving structures in architecture. It’s a new route for architects to take – no longer do buildings have to be rigid and static. The façade looks fantastic, and it was a pleasure to work with everyone involved.”

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

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From Pool to Party at The Haymarket Hotel The Haymarket Hotel is at the heart of London’s theatre district and is situated next door to the famous Haymarket Theatre Royal. The seventh property opened by Firmdale Hotels, it offers a unique townhouse style of decoration courtesy of Kit Kemp Interior Designs. From Pool to Party at The Haymarket Hotel

can be used in both fresh water and salt water pools. What we did Stage Systems Project Manager met with the client on site in order to discuss requirements and allow the client to view samples of the product. After an initial discussion the client decided that they would like to match their new Pool-dek cover with their interior design, which was a beautiful oak finish.

The client also decided that they would like a parquet finish to the decks, as this would add further character to the bar area where the pool is located. Once the final decision had been made, the decks themselves were sent to the flooring company Schotten and Hansen in Germany in order to provide the parquet oak finish that the client required.

Upon first contact by Firmdale Hotel’s contractor, a solution was needed in order to use the Hotel swimming pool area as an additional function/events room which would then be used for conferences and weddings. With a proposed pool size of 18m x 5m and depth of 1.5m, Stage Systems were asked to provide a versatile solution that could be assembled and stored with ease. The Pool-dek system is designed using a metal framework and engineered timber panels and


Case Study July 2018

Stay out in the evenings for longer with tansun heaters This busy sporting season, Tansun is helping bars and restaurants to make the most of their outdoor areas when the sun goes in with its range of high powered infrared heaters. The summer months and current heatwave are the prime time for alfresco dining, and Tansunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no glare and non-intrusive designs allow the heaters to blend in with their surroundings while providing a comfortable temperature for diners. They can also be operated by a selection of switches and heater controls designed to suit almost any situation or need.


Many restaurants and bars are not utilising their outdoor areas during the cooler spells on hot

days and are not installing effective heating solutions to maximise their true potential. This has resulted in many outdoor spaces not being used because their ineffective heating systems are not keeping the areas warm. Tansunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s larger Double and Triple infrared heaters are designed to cover bigger outdoor spaces and are extremely durable, weatherproof and energy efficient. Their ability to effectively heat these spaces is unrivalled by other types of heater.

Tansunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s infrared heating solution is designed to bring the inside temperature outside long into the night. Temperatures dip even on the hottest of days and with many visitors dressed in clothing suited to the heat earlier in the day, they are looking to the restaurants and bars to keep them comfortable as the night draws in. With the World Cup in full swing and Wimbledon now gracing the screens of millions of tennis fans across the country, the UK is also

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enjoying a heatwave that is set to stretch into the next few weeks. With more and more people venturing out and alfresco dining becoming more popular as the summer weather continues, the added pressure of the high profile sporting events is pushing bars and restaurants to make the most of their outdoor areas. If done right, they can maximise their revenue significantly by installing an efficient heating solution alongside their streaming of the football and tennis matches. Due to Tansun’s high quality heaters using advanced infrared shortwave technology, the infrared heat emitted by the heaters is not affected by air or wind movement and is designed to directly target those who require the warmth. The infrared heaters are fully IP rated, meaning they are weatherproof and with the range of bracketry can easily be mounted and installed into any outdoor area.

The elegant heaters are available in any RAL colour and can be custom branded, allowing them to discreetly fit into a restaurant or bar’s outdoor area. The time lag switches and controllers that Tansun offers allow full controllability of the heaters, making them some of the most energy efficient heaters on the market. Tansun also provides a free heating scheme design service to fit each individual business’s requirements. All of Tansun’s products are made in the UK and are designed using premium components. The company has been established for 35 years and pioneered the concept of infrared electric heaters alongside Philips technology. Tansun has the largest range of commercial, industrial and domestic infrared heaters in the world, providing maintenance-free, safe and healthy shortwave heaters for many different types of heating applications.

Tansun heaters are available with a full range of energy-saving controllers which further enhance the efficiency of the products. Further information is available from Tansun on 0121 580 6200, by emailing sales@tansun.com or by visiting the company’s website at www.tansun.com


Tools, Equipment & PPE July 2018

Avoid mixing tower components urges WernerCo When building a tower there is a wide range of solutions available, suitable for a variety of tasks. However, there are concerns being raised in the industry over the practice of mixing components from different manufacturers when erecting towers. It has become apparent that it is now common practice but this can create serious safety risks. Supplier of access towers, WernerCo, which manufactures the marketing-leading brand BoSS, is urging users to consider the potential dangers of mixing product components. Many important factors are considered when manufacturing and designing towers, such as the strength of materials used and performance of the towers and their components. Many users may be unaware that the practice of mixing different manufacturersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; components will mean a structure will be non-compliant to specific standards, typically EN1004:2004. While it may appear all structures are similar in appearance and are constructed in the same way, the different manufacturing processes mean the strength and performance of such components can be compromised if elements are mixed. It is not common practice for manufacturers to share performance and strength data. This means rigorous testing, calculations and manufacturer assessments would need to be carried out to determine the safety and reliability of every conceivable component mix. Not only is this impractical, it is not something BoSS carries out, therefore the liability will lie with those who authorise the build of the towers if a fault was to occur rather than with the manufacturer. Mixing tower components is a practice that is strongly advised against, as the safety of the structure canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be guaranteed. Most brands will offer product liability insurance on their components and by mixing different elements this may cause it to become invalidated.


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Tools, Equipment & PPE July 2018

Snickers Will Stretch Your Visibility. A Superior Range of Hi Vis Working Clothes – for all kinds of light conditions. Snickers Workwear takes personal protection very seriously. That’s why this new range of cool and functional Hi-Vis summer clothing is streets ahead of anything else. With an extensive range of Jackets, Trousers, Shorts, Toolvests, Shirts and Fleeces from Snickers’ LITEWork, FLEXIWork and ALLROUNDWORK families, there’s a host of different garments in the range to satisfy the specific requirements of Classes 1, 2 and 3 protection levels. These ‘outstanding ’ produc ts combine Snickers’ unrivalled hallmarks of functionality and comfort with the requirements of the EN471 standard for high visibility warning clothes. With advanced designs and high-tech fabrics, all the garments haver durable, colour-fast protection that will last for wash after wash, retaining shape and comfort throughout the life of the garments. Added to which, all Snickers Hi Vis garments can be custom-profiled to ensure ‘stand out’ coverage for your corporate brand.


Getting more information on the Snickers Workwear range of Hi Vis Workwear is easy. You call the Helpline on 01484 854788; check out www.snickersworkwear.co.uk and download a digital catalogue; or you can email info@snickersworkwear.co.uk

Snickers’ ‘Climate Control’ Workwear The onset of summer and warmer weather calls for a change of focus on what you choose to wear on site. From keeping warm and dry in winter, warmer weather brings with it a need for professional craftsmen and women to be cool and dry - to maintain well being and working efficiency. That’s why Snickers’ new working clothes for the summer uses 37.5® fabric technology which is really good at ‘wicking’ moisture away from the body and keeping you dry. In the Snickers Workwear FLEXIWork, LITEWork and RUFFWork product families, there’s NEW Shirts, Shorts and Work Trousers that are super-light and quick-drying with advanced ventilation to keep you cool in the heat. They’ve all got superb, body-mapping designs for an amazing fit, outstanding functionality and long-lasting comfort – all day, every day. Getting information on the Snickers’ summer workwear is easy. You can call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788, checkout the website and download a digital catalogue at www.snickersworkwear.co.uk or email info@snickersworkwear.co.uk

July 2018

ISO CHEMIE TAPE HAS NEW LOW CARBON HOMES SEALED Andy Swift, ISO-CHEMIE’s national sales manager, said: “Developers like Citu are looking at new ways to deliver low carbon homes, which use sustainable technologies. Our sealant tape technologies support this approach. “Involvement in this and other ground-breaking projects reinforces our strong environmental credentials and showcases the long term airtight, acoustic and thermal benefits of sealing tapes.”

ISO-CHEMIE’s expanding foam sealing tape has been specified for a low carbon housing project, which incorporates the latest developments in sustainable building technologies. More than 240 properties at Little Kelham on Kelham Island, on the banks of the River Don in Sheffield, feature ISO BLOCO ONE tape, which provides a high performance airtight, acoustic and thermal seal for hundreds of new doors and windows. Developed by sustainable urban developer, Citu, in collaboration with Historic England as part of a city regeneration project, the houses have been built combining Scandinavian design and renewable construction materials to lower the carbon footprint of the occupants. Sustainability is a key driver of the scheme, so self-adhesive foam tape has been used to seal the expansion joints and gaps around the window and door frames. This will significantly help to achieve a Passivhaus target of <0.69 m³/hour/ m² measured at 50 Pascals airtight seal per completed building – a

good standard for the construction industry is anything between 3 – 5 m³/hour/m². The external seal area provides weather resistance and breathability with a minimum resistance of 1000 Pascals (hurricane forces). The intermediate seal area provides extra thermal and acoustic properties, with a U-value upwards of 0.8, while the tape installation itself gives less than 0.01 m³ air loss when tested at 1,000 Pascals air pressure difference. Kelham Island features in the top 10 hippest places to live in the UK, and Little Kelham is right in the heart of it, said Mark Fox, operations manager at Citu. He added: “ISO-BLOCO ONE is an excellent product, meeting the requirements for an easy-to-install, cost effective and extremely reliable sustainable sealing solution.”

ISO-BLOCO ONE offers a single product ‘fit and forget’ solution for fast and effective sealing based around the European RAL principles of three level sealing - the inside seal area is more airtight than the external one, allowing any trapped moisture inside the joint, or within the wall, to escape outwards rather than into the building. Once installed, ISO-BLOCO ONE ensures a building is better protected from elemental factors like wind, dust and moisture ingress by accommodating the changes in structural movement caused by environmental, cyclical and settlement factors. Product, which has Passivhaus certification, has CE marking and complies with energy saving regulations (EnEV) on windows and doors as well as the RAL quality assurance association, has an EC1 rating for very low emissions and a B1 fire resistant rating. It can accommodate extremes of temperature changes – from -30°C to + 80°C and is available with a 10-year performance warranty. More at www.iso-chemie.eu/en-GB/home


Tools, Equipment & PPE July 2018

Experts in Textile Solutions For more than 85 years, workwear from F. Engel™ has been selected by customers from all over Europe as the first choice for all-round protection and maximum comfort no matter what a work situation may demand.

Founded in 1927 by Carl J. Engel Senior and now 4th generation family-owned, the company has 850 employees based at its Headquarters in Norgesvej, Denmark and 2 factories in Lithuania. Since it first began, with the importing of denim from the U.S. as a hard wearing fabric, the company’s aims have always been the same – to provide superior quality, value for money workwear designed for a perfect, flexible fit and to give long lasting, reliable service. The original fabric was called Bull Denim which was made from 100% cotton. Over the years the materials and manufacturing processes have been continually developed to incorporate many new practical and beneficial design details with the versatility of the fabric improved by adding the yarn combination of polyester and cotton. New colours have been introduced and many businesses are now recognized by the specific colour combination and design of their Engel corporate workwear where not only is it valued for its practical uses but also as a significant part of a company’s professional statement.


Development is an ongoing process as new smart colour combinations and materials are continuously created and tested, with a constant emphasis on product quality, innovation, flexibility and environmental awareness.

The company has an impressive seven collections (along with a large range of accessories), all of which are ‘tailor-made’ for a wide range of industries including manufacturing, offshore, building & construction and the commercial sector. Each item of clothing is designed to be a perfect, comfortable fit whilst giving maximum freedom of movement and reliability. As an example, one of the main names under the F. Engel banner is ‘Combat’; geared to cope with any season and designed for action, this durable and stylish, uni-coloured collection has contrasting and reflective piping for greater visibility on jackets and trousers, many of which are made from 100% cotton. Almost all the trousers in the range feature such useful detail as ruler-pockets, hammer straps and mobile phone pockets, whilst the leg-length can be extended an extra 4-6cm if required. Other names to look out for, each with their own unique benefits, include ‘Cargo’, ‘Galaxy’ and ‘Work Zone’ and the ‘Light’ range for warmer weather. All Engel garments are available from The Workwear Trade Centre, Milton Keynes; Telephone: 01908 561569; email: sales@wtc-workwear.co.uk and Anchor Safety, Ipswich; Telephone: 0800 328 5028; email: sales@anchorsafety.co.uk For more information visit: www.fe.dk/en/ email: Mark McBrayne at mmc@f-engel.com or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197

July 2018 Tools, Equipment & PPE


STRETCHED TO THE X-TREME X-treme cool-stretch trousers and all Engel workwear available from www.wtc-workwear.co.uk and www.anchorsafety.co.uk For more information visit: www.fe.dk/en email: Mark McBrayne at mmc@f-engel.com or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197


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Construction Update - July 2018  

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