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July 2019

Construction Site Broadband Tardis4G continue leading the construction site broadband market by empowering clients whilst on-site. Whether that be for site offices, sales centres or new homes, the Tardis4G temporary connectivity platform enables site professionals to work more effectively, saving time and money for every project. Construction Site Broadband: The Construction Industry’s Biggest Problem The need for super-fast broadband at super-short notice is essential for site teams to work effectively and efficiently. For decades, the lack of connectivity has most certainly been experienced by contractors large and small, however, the frustration doesn’t stop there! Considering there’s 250,000 active developments at any one time, why is construction site broadband still considered to be an after thought? If you do think of connecting your site prior to the start date, you’re already ahead of the pack, but, if either of the below scenarios are familiar, you need a better solution! THE DONGLE SCENARIO


You’re on-site using a dongle or a WiFi device to send emails, download blueprint drawings and communicate with your suppliers, but, numerous contacts have suggested they have not received your email, drawings aren’t coming through quick enough and the download speeds are too slow which holds the project up.

THE FIBRE PROVIDER SCENARIO The technical team have ordered broadband and a telephone line from the fibre provider but it’s likely to be months before the installation takes place... You need to communicate with your regional / head office, sales office (if you’re a developer) and most importantly, regular contact with your suppliers, but how do you do that without a reliable construction site broadband solution?

Tardis4G: The Construction Industry’s Answer We are the leading and most experienced provider of construction site broadband solutions and we’re trusted by the largest brands in the sector.


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Industry News July 2019

Battersea Roof Gardens Residents and visitors to London will soon be able to enjoy panoramic views from one of Europe’s largest roof terraces, part of the transformation of Grade II* London industrial icon, Battersea Power Station. The generous terrace, delivered by LDA Design and designed in conjunction with James Corner Field Operations, tops Foster + Partners’ undulating new building. The gardens have lent their name to the entire phase of this development to be called Battersea Roof Gardens.

provide vital access to much needed green space. In London, they now cover an area larger than Hyde Park, outpacing other global cities. They provide much-needed habitat for our insect and bird populations.

The terrace features picnic spots, sun decks and fitness areas. Recent images show that from this spectacular vantage point, residents will be able to grow herbs, gather to watch a movie, barbeque or exercise whilst enjoying views of the capital.

The terrace is part of ‘Electric Boulevard’, the third phase of Europe’s largest regeneration project. It includes the creation of approximately 1,300 homes to the south of the Power Station together with a new high street also being designed by LDA Design. This phase of the development is expected to complete in 2021.

As development intensifies in our towns and cities, rooftop gardens

LDA Design Director and Battersea project lead, Benjamin Walker,

Work to start next year on £175m East Durham garden village Tolent Construction will begin work early next year on the country’s latest garden village in East Durham. The 1,500-home South Seaham garden village is being developed in a partnership between Durham County Council, Tolent and housing association Home Group. Located close to the A19, on the outskirts of the coastal town, the proposed South Seaham development was granted garden village status earlier this week and already has planning. A new primary school, a park and village square, and a health and wellbeing community hub will also form part of the development.


Working closely with North East based Home Group, Tolent, will build around 1,000 of the new houses, of which 750 will include a variety of new starter homes and homes for older people, as well as those in need of assisted

living and dependent care facilities – a totally inclusive community. Land for the remaining 500 houses will be sold to the private sector, and profit made from the sale will be used to subsidise the affordable housing and community facilities including construction of a school and village centre. John Wood, director of Tolent, said: “Receiving garden village status is befitting of such a great development that really will be a national exemplar. “Our vision to create a truly sustainable community with a mix of distinctive, high quality housing that improves quality of life is what we’re doing here, as well as creating jobs for the next decade and beyond. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Durham County Council for their support

of what has been a shared vision for a long time.” It is anticipated that the development will sustain 500 construction jobs. A training academy will be established on site with the Construction Industry Training Board and will give young people apprenticeship opportunities to develop their skills to become tradesmen and women, and other professions.

July 2019 Industry News

Enter the Surface Design Awards 2020 Entries are now open for the 8th Surface Design Awards which celebrate truly the best and most impressive use of materials in, and on, architectural projects from around the globe.

commented: “The public and private spaces of this incredible site are designed to cater for the communities of the future. We are tackling modern problems such as loneliness, and mental and physical health through a variety of spaces that bring people together physically, emotionally and culturally. We want people to be surprised by their new home; we want them to be proud and to expect the unexpected, keeping the magic of living in London at the very forefront of their minds.” The Electric Boulevard designs are the result of a unique partnership comprising LDA Design, James Corner Field Operations, Foster + Partners and Gehry Partners. Prospect Place is Frank Gehry’s first and only residential project in the UK. It is designed in partnership with LDA Design to deliver private and public gardens, terraces and a large children’s play area. The scale of Battersea Power Station is monumental, and includes 19 acres of public space with a new six-acre riverfront park, a town square and a new Zone 1 London Underground Tube station (Northern Line extension). It opens up a stretch of the Thames that has been sealed off to the public for over a century. Along with more than 4,000 new homes, half the development will be given over to commercial space, including restaurants, shops and offices. When the transformation of Battersea Power Station completes, 25,000 people will be living and working there. Circus West Village, the first finished phase, is now home to more than 1,000 people. WilkinsonEyre’s restoration of the Power Station itself is set to open to the public in 2021.

The last edition had over 197 entries from 22 different countries and the 2019 Supreme Winner was the stunning Maggie’s Centre St Barts by Steven Holl Architects. Projects from Zaha Hadid Architects, Studio Egret West, Rockwell Group, and Kengo Kuma & Associates were among the shortlist. There are two new categories for the 2020 Awards; Affordable Housing and Public Realm reflecting the growing importance these two have on architecture and design. The remaining categories are Commercial Building (Interior and Exterior), Light + Surface (Interior and Exterior), Housing (Interior and Exterior), Public Building (Interior and Exterior), Retail Building (Interior and Exterior), Sustainable Surfaces (Interior and Exterior) and Temporary Structures. The 2020 judging panel of industry experts is Co-Chaired by Paul Priestman from PriestmanGoode and Amin Taha from Groupwork. The remaining

judges are Nikki Barton, British Airways; Sean Griffiths, Modern Architect; Charles Holland, Charles Holland Architects; Glenn Johnson, Collins Aerospace; Daniel Mota Veiga, KEF / GP Acoustics and Steve Webb, Webb Yates Engineers. After entries close they will work in two teams selecting a shortlist and winner for each of the 9 categories. They then join forces to pick the Supreme Winner, the best of the best. The winners will be announced at a breakfast reception on Thursday 13 February at the Business Design Centre, London. The Awards take place alongside Surface Design Show, the industry’s leading event for architects and designers. Projects can be submitted by the client, architect or designer, surface supplier or their representatives. Entries close Friday 27 September 2019. For more details on the Awards and to enter, visit


Industry News July 2019

Slow MMC housing uptake risks 300,000 homes target Government must ramp up efforts to promote modern methods of construction in housing supply or it will fall far short of its target to build 300,000 homes a year by mid-2020s.


hat is the warning from its Housing Committee, which is calling for a host of fresh measures to promote faster construction. As a priority, it wants to see the Government boost confidence among lenders, insurers and home buyers by collecting data to demonstrate the value and durability of MMC homes.

The Committee also backs the creation of an “MMC Scheme”, setting out a single set of standards for warranty providers, to provide greater certainty. It argues that the Government will need to act swiftly to raise supply chain capacity. This includes providing easy access to finance to allow smaller MMC builders to invest in new factories. There should also be a fresh focus on ensuring the workforce has the required skill set for developing technologies. The Government should develop a digital database that records the design, processes and materials.


Committee chair Clive Betts said: “If the Government is to have any chance of meeting its target of 300,000 new homes a year it cannot simply rely on traditional methods of construction.

“This is not simply about shifting production away from the building site and into factories. “It is about seizing opportunities that modern technologies allow, whether it be precision manufacturing, use of new materials or digital working.” He said: “First and foremost they must create the conditions to improve investor and consumer confidence. “Reluctance is understandable. The perception is that the building innovations of the sixties created homes that failed to survive half a century, while rows of Victorian terraces are still standing. “Proving quality and longevity will

be key. That is why we have called on the Government to collect and publish the data that prove new building methods work, and also show if they have failed. “The Government will also need to support the industry to grow the capacity needed for MMC to play a greater role in national house building. “They will need to ensure that the right training schemes and apprenticeships are in place so that we have the skilled workforce that can utilise MMC techniques. “They must also work with the industry to support the development of robust supply chains and support innovative businesses develop.”

July 2019 Industry News

Buckingham Group bags £32m Bristol aerospace hub Buckingham Group Contracting is starting work on £32m R&D facility for GKN Aerospace in Bristol. The 10,000 sq m Global Technology Centre, which will be based in Filton, is expected to open later next year and will focus on the manufacturing and assembly of aircraft structures. Once open the facility will house 300 skilled engineers and will include collaborative space for research and development with universities, the UK’s CATAPULT network and GKN Aerospace’s UK supply chain. The centre will house 300 engineers and focus on maintaining GKN Aerospace’s position at the forefront

of technology development for the next generation of energy efficient aircraft, new additive manufacturing programmes. Welsh aluminium fabricator Dudley’s Aluminium will install advanced curtain walling as well as thermally broken doors in the new research and development facility.

Britain’s oldest building company ‘ceases trading’ Britain’s oldest builder, R Durtnell & Sons, has ceased trading. The company was founded in 1591 and specialises in heritage restoration work.

unique buildings to protect their long-term future in the cultural heart of the city.

One of its largest current contracts was for Brighton and Hove City Council to refurbish the Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre.

“Over the coming days we’ll be exploring practical options for continuing and completing these essential restoration works as soon as possible and taking forward the wider Royal Pavilion Estate project.”

Work on the £21m project has been ongoing since February 2017. A council statement said: “R Durtnell & Sons Ltd, the contractor working on the major refurbishment of Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre, has ceased trading. “We have taken back the site and made it secure. We are committed to completing the refurbishment of these

Calls to the company’s Kent headquarters were going unanswered on Wednesday and the company’s website and social media feeds were down. Latest accounts filed at Companies House show R Durtnell made a pre-tax loss of £700,000 from £51.6m turnover in 2017. During that year the company employed 108 staff.


July 2019

Eurocell makes it a full house for Logik with new Flush Sash range The UK’s leading manufacturer, distributor and recycler of PVC-U window, door, conservatory and roofline systems has a new addition to its already successful Logik window range. The NEW Logik S flush sash is the third sash option as part of the system, the new flush sash design also includes a through-colour grey option. Among the most popular of the PVC-U window systems with the trade due to their strength, reliability and clean sightlines, the Logik Ovolo and Chamfered options from Eurocell are used in a wide variety of new build, commercial and refurbishment projects. Now, with the NEW Logik S Flush Sash design, installers are able to offer the premium clean finish and flat, seamless surface between frame and sash that are increasingly in demand from architects, style-savvy homeowners and self-builders. Adding to the contemporary appeal of the new range is another first for Eurocell: a grey substrate option in addition to the extensive choice of coloured and woodgrain foil finishes already available. This provides a continuous grey colour throughout the frame and sash so that, even with the window open, there is no white PVC-U core to be seen. With the growing popularity of darker colours and aluminium window systems, Eurocell see this as a way to offer the all-grey look to homeowners in a PVC-U frame, without the significant extra expense of an aluminium product. The new flush sash is available to use with both Chamfered and Ovolo outer frames, has 28mm double and 36mm triple glazing options, multiple sash style options

including French Window and a wide choice of colour and woodgrain finishes including the new Woodec foils range. Multi chambered profiles manufactured using post-consumer recycled content offers market leading sustainability and innovative PVC-U thermal inserts work together to reduce heat loss, resulting in u-values down to 0.8 and an A++ rating for energy efficiency. Exceptional air tightness and weather performance, security tested to PAS24 and BS6375 standards, BBA approved with a 10-year profile guarantee, you could say the new flush sash has taken Logik quality, efficiency and performance to a whole new level.


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July 2019

Cantifix launch new rooflight range that will feature in London Landmark is a range of minimally framed rooflights specifically aimed at Designers and Consultants


antifix, a UK design-led business specialising in the installation of architectural glazing, has announced the launch of its range, a collection of exquisitely engineered, minimally framed rooflights. The range will be showcased in the properties of a globally recognised design icon, having been commissioned for over 60 rooflights to uniquely complement the manufacturing prowess of the London Landmark. This is Cantifix’s first standardised, tested portfolio of designer rooflight products. Now for the first time, they are available in a standard package format to make it simpler for consultants to specify and incorporate within their schemes, enabling a more efficient and economical solution for 21st-century living.

Sophisticated rooflight design, optimal light and all fully CE Marked The range of products can fulfill the longest list of demands, providing solutions whatever the challenge or size. Combined with a full range of glass types and available


July 2019 specialist coatings, a wide spectrum of thermal, solar and acoustic criterion can be achieved. Charlie Sharman, CEO of Cantifix commented: “Glazing technology has significantly advanced over the last 5 years. Structural glazing is now not only considered for its aesthetic properties, but also to allow buildings and properties to adapt to their surroundings in revolutionary ways. Smart glazing technology solutions take account of external factors, security and acoustics whilst retaining the ability to flood properties with light and create a sense of space. “What we have managed to achieve with is a range that is designed and installed with the credited standards of Cantifix, but is available in a standard package, making it simpler and much more efficient for consultants commissioned on large-scale projects. “Consultants are guaranteed quality with our rooflight solutions, along with the comfort that they adhere to a strict set of criteria to meet all approvals” The range is fully CE Marked, with performance testing for; weather-proofing, air leakage, fragility, security and acoustic. The range is also compliant with all Building Regulations including Approved Document Q. Various options are included in the range, including; sliding-over rooflights, which are fully glazed retractable rooflights providing the option for class 0 floor specification to form part of a walk-on roof terrace. Double or single stacked rooflights, ideal for limited roof spaces given that they are engineered to slide and stack. The boxed rooflights, which

are freestanding and self-sufficient, requiring just a simple upstand to sit upon and seal to. And finally, the fixed rooflight which is simplicity at its best. These rooflights provide a minimalistic framework, creating maximum natural lighting and expansive views where access is not required. They can be designed as standalone or in combination as required.

The Cantifix Story – Creating the Extraordinary After 30 years in business, you could say Cantifix know exactly what they’re doing. It wasn’t long after inception that Cantifix soon found their niche and that was innovation through glass. From there, they took on some ground-breaking experimental projects attracting much attention and subsequently earning their place amongst the leading names in specialist glazing. Cantifix’s CEO, Charlie Sharman said: “Innovation and creativity really underpins our entire business concept. However, the beauty of Cantifix is that our people truly have an emotional connection with our business, which

translates into a strong connection with our clients. As a family-run business, our roots have always shaped the way we work and continue to remain at the heart of what we do.” While Cantifix is London born, the globe-trotting entrepreneurial founders have extended Cantifix’s presence throughout the UK and in the likes of Dubai and Europe. Despite the scale of operation now, Cantifix remain relatively unchanged in their approach, as they continue to strive for excellence. Their clients are at the centre of what they do, and they are constantly pushing the barriers when it comes to architectural and structural glazing. For more information on Cantifix’s range of rooflights to suit a variety of buildings and applications, please contact us on 020 8203 6203 or email


July 2019

Nominations for the annual UK Construction Week (UKCW) Role Models initiative have quadrupled since last year, according to event organisers Media 10.

Architects flood in to become role models to inspire others into construction


ozens of architects were among the entrants this Spring, attracted to a scheme which provides a schools contact programme and public platform to professionals of any age and background to share inspiring stories of how they came into their career and why they love what they do. UKCW has chosen 98 Role Models out of hundreds of entries, from all professions and at all levels, and has now published its shortlist for 2019. These Role Models include people at chief executive, director and associate director level, but also many more junior representatives who have made a huge impact at the very start of their careers. They include architects, engineers, construction project managers, site managers, quantity surveyors, a wide range of sustainability, health and safety and geotechnical experts, tradespeople and professionals focused on digital construction, administration, finance, HR, learning and communications.


All Role Models will be given the opportunity to speak at UKCW on the main stage of the UK’s largest construction

event, and will take part in the UKCW’s student initiative at the NEC between 8-10 October to advise and encourage those considering a career in construction. The overall 2019 Role Model of the Year will then be announced on Wednesday 9 October by BBC’s Steph McGovern. Last year’s winner, Arleta Andreasik-Paton, a senior project manager at AECOM, said: “I was not from a construction background, but I moved into the industry with transferrable skills. I want to encourage others to do the same. “It’s a privilege to be able to become a role model for other talented young people who can find wonderful careers in construction.” Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, said: “The response to this year’s UKCW Role Model initiative has been overwhelming and covers every aspect of construction, from architecture to bricklaying to digital design and management. “The Role Models really show the diverse range of jobs available in construction and they are all passionate about their jobs and promoting construction as a great career opportunity. “Each of our Role Models has an inspiring career story which will spur others into similar roles. Mentoring is a big part of what a Role Model does, and last year’s Role Models have been out visiting schools and meeting young people to give encouragement, while also promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in construction. “If you want to see the future of the industry, you will want to meet these people and hear what they have to say at UK Construction Week.” Registration for the event is now open. By registering once visitors will have access to multiple sections: Build, Building Tech, Timber, Civils, Energy & HVAC, Surface & Materials and the newly launched Concrete Expo (8-9 October only) and Grand Designs Live (9-10 October only), which will also be taking place at the NEC, Birmingham.



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- tops tips service & maintenance for economical, long working life of hot water heating units Pete Seddon of Rinnai lists the most important points of ensuring that continuous flow hot water heating units are well serviced and maintained to ensure the longest possible and most economical working life.

There are two very distinct perspectives on the service and maintenance of continuous flow hot water heating units and systems - that of the end user and the one of the installer/contractors. Firstly, we will look at the installer’s viewpoint.


technical department to get a better understanding of the servicing routine.

• Make sure of the exact make and model of the appliance before you attend the call. Varying appliances require different service routines. With Rinnai appliances we recommend that a service kit for every appliance is taken and utilised for every service visit. This will also help you to plan the correct amount of time for the job in hand.

• Compliance. If you have never been to the site before it is always worth checking over the installation to ensure the installation complies with regulations and manufacturer’s instructions. Sadly, there are still some sites where the installation and the appliances that do not follow regulations or a manufacturer’s explicit instructions. This could have impact on the performance of the appliances as well as the longevity of the system/ appliance. If you think something is not quite right, we advise that you should inform the customer and make them fully aware.

• Obtain service and install manuals wherever possible. This goes in hand with the above. This will allow you to see the routine that is required. You should be able to acquire this information from the manufacturer and at the same time you can also speak to a member of the

• Water Treatment. There are a lot of areas in the UK that require water treatment for hard water. If you know the area requires Lime Scale protection check that the site has it fitted. There are still a lot of sites that do not have any protection fitted but are in hard water areas. Lime

Scale is a problem that can, if not treated properly, have huge consequences with appliances, systems and health. If you are unsure of the area you can check the Local Water Authority or call the manufacturers Technical Department for advice. At Rinnai UK our website does have a Water Hardness check and we can check the Water Authority for you as well - all we need is the area and postcode. Ultimately if there is no protection fitted, but there should be, then advise the customer of this and make them aware of the potential but probable problems that will ensue. • Detail your work. It is always worth noting down what work has been carried out. If gas pressures must be checked then note them down. If parts must be changed, note what parts have been changed. By just putting “Serviced the Appliance” down on the report may not constitute a proper service has been carried out in the eyes of the manufacturer and could impact on the customers warranty.

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• Technical Advice. If, after all the above, there is still something you are unsure about or you want to double check, call the Technical Department of the manufacturer. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Rinnai UK actively encourages questions and discussion, this way you can get peace and good practise. At the end of the day we are here to help you as much as possible. And there is no such thing as a stupid question when it comes to safety and a gas fired appliance.

For the end user or owner: • Always understand what type of equipment you have, the manufacturer of that equipment and the service requirements and frequencies. Different appliances will have different service requirements at various intervals. It is always beneficial to find this information out because it can impact on the warranty. • Where possible use engineers who are familiar with the appliances. It is always worth contacting the manufacturer direct. With Rinnai UK we have a list of engineers who have undertaken training and are familiar with the Rinnai products. Majority of, if not all, other manufacturers will either have the same or have their own engineers. By utilising engineers who know the appliances you will have confidence that the servicing will be carried out correctly. • Always plan. It is always beneficial to find out when your appliances are due and to book them in a few weeks in advance. If you leave it too late you may not be able to get an engineer when you want them. This way to can plan it around your requirements. For example, if your business was dependant on the appliance you would be best planning this in when it was the quietest period or on days when it is not so dependant.

• Paperwork. Ensure you keep hold of all your records of servicing. You should get a service report from the company who serviced the appliance, if you don’t make sure you request one. This is your proof that the servicing has been carried out. Without this paperwork if your appliance ever developed a fault during its warranty period you might be refused the warranty without this proof of service.



Heating & Ventilation July 2019

Boilers are the new black says Sophie Robinson as Worcester Bosch introduces first ‘designer boiler’ TV presenter and interiors expert welcomes the new Greenstar Lifestyle range as an integral part of the design-conscious home.


nterior Designer Sophie Robinson unveiled the Greenstar Lifestyle range at Bosch UK’s Innovation Hub in Denham today. The result of eight years of development by Worcester Bosch, the new Greenstar Lifestyle range comprises two models, the Life and the Style. Both models feature a slick new design, a whole host of innovative features and are available in combi, system and regular boiler types. Most important for the designconscious home owner is its looks: the boiler no longer needs to be ‘hidden away’ as this stylish new range can be proudly shown off in your home alongside your style savy interior.


“In my 20 years of interior design experience, the boiler often crops up as a design crime, but not any more!” says Sophie Robinson, of BBC 2’s The Great Interior Design Challenge fame. “Often cited in an

awkward place, the boiler can take up precious room housed in unsightly bulky cupboards, previously essential to disguise them. The new Greenstar Lifestyle is a genius solution, making this necessary appliance work seemlessly with the rest of the kitchen design, saving valuable space and enhancing the overall aesthetic at the same time.“

Style and substance Available in black or white the Style‘s high gloss finish creates a premium look and exudes sophistication. The Style features a brand-new full colour text display screen with ‘touch’ buttons for easy control, while the Life range features a push-button LCD display. Full of tech, including wireless connectivity with the Bosch

EasyControl which gives the homeowner complete control over heating and hot water via a smartphone. The EasyControl app also offers peace of mind by allowing users to monitor and control their household energy usage if they’re away from home. “Design has finally come to the heating industry,” says Victoria Billings, Marketing Director at Worcester Bosch. “At Worcester Bosch, we take pride in our work and to hear that Sophie Robinson thinks the Greenstar Lifestyle range is part of the future of interior design is fantastic. Looks are just one element of what we call our ‘beautiful beast’, as it has power and controls to match. We are delighted that the aesthetics match the craft under the cover – it truly is industry defining.”

For more information, please visit: Alternatively, follow Worcester Bosch on Twitter (@HeatingYourHome), Instagram (@WorcesterBosch), and Facebook (@WorcesterBosch).

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Worcester Bosch and CEO of Committee on Climate Change discuss future of heating the heating sector to contribute fully. We believe Hydrogen is has a major part to play so we are happy to have been able to show Chris what our research and development has produced.

Leading boiler manufacturer Worcester Bosch have met with the CEO of the Committee on Climate Change to discuss the decarbonisation of heating and hot water. This was ahead of the recent announcement that the Government was committed to net zero UK carbon by 2050 – following recommendations from the CCC. During his tour of the Worcester Bosch HQ, Chris Stark, CEO of the CCC became one of the first people in the UK to see first-hand the UK’s first fully-functional hydrogen boiler. The prototype runs on 100% hydrogen gas and could


potentially lead the way to a new fuel source for heating and hot water in the UK.

“With the Keele University trials due in a couple of months, the recent Drax coalition on a Humber-based hydrogen facility and our prototype boiler we believe hydrogen is definitely the way forward when it comes to tackling decarbonisation of heating and hot water.” Also, in attendance was Mike Foster, CEO of Energy and Utilities Alliance. He said; “The gas boiler is not the enemy in the fight against climate change but an ally. It’s the use of methane that releases carbon, and that needs to be phased out.

Martyn Bridges, Director of Technical Communication and Product Management at Worcester Bosch said; “It is excellent to see organisations and bodies such as the CCC directly connecting with big heating companies to discuss decarbonisation.

“Using low or zero carbon gas in our homes will keep them warm and keep bills down, as well as saving the planet.”

“Now there is a confirmed commitment on net zero, it is the responsibility of all of us in

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Worcester Bosch will be officially revealing its hydrogen boiler prototype at an event later this year.

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Heating & Ventilation July 2019

Eco2Solar partner with Sunamp on “Homes of the Future” • Solar panels experts Eco2Solar partner with world leading heat battery developer Sunamp on pilot homes of the future in Bishopton • Technologies offer new efficient cost-saving energy solutions for homeowners • Part of Taylor Wimpey’s ground-breaking 2020 project constructing cutting-edge prototype homes


July 2019 Heating & Ventilation Eco2Solar is delighted to announce a new partnership with heat battery specialist Sunamp. The two companies are working together to install innovative renewable power solutions on homes within Taylor Wimpey’s development in Dargavel, Bishopton. The homes will have Eco2Solar’s photovoltaic solar panels connected to Sunamp’s UniQ range of heat batteries, allowing homeowners to capture and store energy from the sun, into the heat battery for later generation of hot water. This greatly reduces the use of the gas boiler, saving money and significantly reducing carbon emissions.

The homes in the Dargavel development are part of Taylor Wimpey’s ground-breaking 2020 project, which has prototype buildings constructed using new build methodologies and technologies, as well as sustainable materials, to meet innovative design, functional and technical requirements. Paul Hutchens, CEO of Eco2Solar comments; “Innovative renewable technological solutions are at the very heart of what we do at Eco2Solar. We are delighted to align ourselves with Sunamp and Taylor Wimpey who have similar ambitions to apply technologies which will save homeowners money on their energy bills and protect the environment.”

Andrew Bissell, Sunamp’s CEO, said; “We work with housebuilders across the UK on incorporating renewable energy systems into housing projects. We are delighted to be included in the 2020 House, our first installation with a national housebuilder. For Taylor Wimpey to choose our compact, high energy density, high power density heat batteries is a huge vote of confidence. We hope to see the partnership with Eco2Solar replicated on many other developments in the future.” Graeme Oswald, Design & Planning Manager from Taylor Wimpey comments; “The 2020 project reflects Taylor Wimpey’s ambition to be at the forefront of truly sustainable and energy efficient homes. We are pleased to be working with suppliers like Eco2Solar and Sunamp who can help us deliver the best energy solutions in these visionary homes.” Eco2Solar is a Midlands-based solar PV panel, EV chargers and energy storage supplier founded in 2007. Over the years, Eco2Solar has grown to become one of the UK’s leading solar installers, and now work with 11 of the top 12 UK housebuilders. On average, Eco2Solar installs solar PV on 750 plots per month across the UK. Based near Edinburgh, Sunamp delivers market leading thermal energy storage to homes, businesses and communities around the world. Heat represents around 80% of household energy usage - Sunamp Heat Batteries are the most compact thermal energy stores available on the market today, saving space in your home and delivering cascades of hot water with highly responsive space heating. Sunamp heat batteries can interface with electrical and thermal energy sources. For more information, visit and


July 2019

Fast and effective paint and varnish removal. The original, authentic Peel Away® range is now available exclusively through Barrettine Products Ltd and approved Trade stockists.


he Peel Away® paint removal system is designed for the complete removal of accumulated layers of paint with up to 32 coats of paint removed in one application. Use will not damage profiles or other surfaces where multi-layers of paint are removed. Peel Away® is available in two different formulations; Peel Away® 1 and Peel Away® 7. Both are Methylene Chloride free (Dichloromethane). The Peel Away® poultice paint removal system was first developed in 1981 to deal effectively with the problems associated with the removal of multiple layers of old lead-based paint, where burning, scraping or sanding would allow lead particles to escape into the environment with the associated health risks caused by such practices. The stripping compound is formulated to turn the lead into lead hydroxide within the paste, so that it can be safely disposed of without endangering the environment or user. The system is designed to work with the special Peel Away® poultice cover supplied which allows the user to extend the time available so the stripping process can be as complete as possible. This is especially useful where crevices and profiles have allowed the build-up of several times the thickness of the paint compared to flat surfaces.


The system will remove paint from many exterior and interior architectural surfaces, including stone, cement, brickwork, plaster walls and ceilings, plain and ornate fibrous

plaster cornices, plain and carved or turned woodwork, plain and cast metal work. Automobile, aircraft and marine coatings are also efficiently stripped with the Peel Away® system.

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The Peel AwayÂŽ poultice paint removal system has been used for very many high profile restoration projects all over the world. In the UK these have included railings and interiors at The British Museum, ornate plaster ceilings at Greenwich Palace, ironwork on the London Underground and delicate panelling at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The system is frequently specified by architects as the only appropriate solution for paint removal, where damage to the surface or risk to the environment is an issue. The chemicals used within the

stripping pastes are carefully chosen to minimise fumes and odours and are biodegradable and environmentally friendly.


Flooring July 2019


THE MAIN STAGE Looking for texture, colour, ambience, finish, performance? You’ll find all these and more at this year’s Flooring Show which takes place from 15-17 September in Harrogate.


This is where flooring in all its forms is given the starring role.

Visit the show and be the first to see…

The show is widely recognised as the UK’s National Flooring Event, and this year marks its 57th edition, a record performance for a b2b trade show, and 2019 is set to be The Flooring Shows best year with a resurgence in visitor numbers and interest in recent years. The perfect show for flooring retailers and contractors, The Flooring Show also attracts plenty of interest across the board from fitters keen to spot new products and offers, and specifiers and designers for whom the show delivers a great overview of what’s new and who’s new as well as great networking opportunities.

Lifestyle Floors return to the show for an exciting few days of networking, join the likes of Cormar Carpets’, Furlong Flooring, Cavalier Carpets, Westex, Abingdon Flooring, Gooch Oriental Carpets and Distinctive Flooring to name but a few. You can catch up with companies from all across Europe including Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. All the big names are here plus over 20 new exhibitors which will continue to grow including William Armes and its well-known Dandy brand, Oneflor-Europe.

Bill Beaumont Textiles Ltd, Barrentine Product Ltd, The Sanctuary Group Ltd and Dri-Tac Flooring Products, LLC will all be attending The Flooring Show 2019. A full exhibitor list from the previous year can be found on the show website Show Essentials: Dates: 15-17 September 2019 Venue: Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate Register: via the show website Travel: Free parking at venue /25% discount off train travel -

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Flooring July 2019

The Brand You Can Trust to Be Waterproof The Best Waterproof SPC Rigid Luxury Vinyl Flooring Using the latest technology, we are launching a range of waterproof luxury vinyl flooring with colours and textures matching our engineered wood flooring. Unlike other versions our backing is made of IXPE with is a foam type plastic which makes it totally waterproof. Other use a cork or cork composite which over time will deteriorate. When choosing you luxury vinyl planks make sure they compare to ours, which with the textured surface are much more like the real think.


Why Choose our SPC Vinyl Flooring: Best prices on the market for comparable quality, latest push fit technology and natural textured surface. The stone composite also has fibreglass to create a stable rigid plank, and because of the width and lengths it looks more natural unlike narrower shorter pieces which is commonly found in vinyl flooring. Sizes available 1524 x 180 x 5mm 10 pieces per carton = 2.76 m2 1524 x 228 x 5mm 6pieces per carton = 2.086 m2 1824 x 228 x 5mm 6pieces per carton = 2.5 m2

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July 2019 Flooring

Natural Light Oak


French Grey

White Washed Oak Finish

• Commercial grade Finish

• Fire Resistant

• 5mm thick

• Scratch Resistant

• Quick installation

• Non-Porous and stain resistant

• Valinge 5Gi push fit system for easy installation

• Waterproof

• Excellent durability with a 15 year guarantee

• Can be installed in unfriendly environmental conditions unlike real wood flooring

• Warm feeling underfoot and sound deadening qualities

• Backing has acoustic and absorption qualities

• No VOC

• Can be fitted without the need for any underlay

• High Density

• Reduced installation time and costs

• High indentation resistance because of the high density of the composite rigid layer

• Rigid construction due to the stone fibreglass composite middle layer.

When fitted our SPC flooring looks like the real thing and yet it is warmer and softer underfoot. Some fitted images can be seen below.

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Project Name: The Gart • Location: Callander, Stirlingshire • Description: Refurbishment of 19th Century exclusive-use mansion with a full BAL tiling solution.

BAL products used: • UNCOUPLING: BAL Rapid Mat • ADHESIVES: BAL Rapid Flex One, BAL Single Part Flexible • GROUT:

BAL Micromax2

• OTHER: Sealant,

BAL Micromax BAL Prime APD

• Tiles: Atlas Concorde marble-effect porcelain tiles, Mirror tiles, Black Granite Floor Tiles

Project Partners • MATERIALS: Collinsons Ceramics • TILING: Atlas Tiling Ltd

Stunning tiling of a 19th Century mansion in the gateway to the Highlands Featuring more than 500m2 of tiling on three floors and seven bathrooms, The Gart is a fabulous example of a high quality, modern tiling, completed despite a challenging design brief from the project’s artist owner. 28


iling in the property took more than a year and was completed by Wesley Geraghty from Atlas Tiling contractors. An outstanding domestic project, The Gart offers amazing contemporary interiors with 13 luxury bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and an array of amenities including a games room, piano room, a 100 foot long reception room and its very own gin and whiskey bar. There is a beautiful kitchen and fabulous dining room , complete with bespoke dining chairs featuring the artist owner’s work from The Savoy in London.

July 2019 Because the cuts on the top section and bottom section wouldn’t line-up, Wes plumped for mirror tiles on the outside of the step – which would highlight the step and provide a stunning reflection. Mirror tiles were also used on the walls to give an impression of extra space.

Valued at £1.75 million, the property required tiling of the highest order with expert craftsmanship to fulfil a challenging design brief that incorporated an array of tile types and intricate designs on challenging substrates. A handsome stone-built Scots baronial country house – it dates back to 1835 – and was rebuilt and extended after a fire in 1901. The majority of the tiling took place on the low ground floor, ground floor and basement – this included the dining room, piano room, reception room, games room and bar – and featured stunning 750mm x 750mm Atlas Concorde marble-look porcelain floor tiles in various shades to match the décor.

Because the substrate was tongue and groove floor boards, potential issues included weight loading, height build-up, deflection and lateral movement in the floor. To combat these potential issue and to ensure the luxury tiles did not experience any failures, BAL Rapid-Mat lightweight uncoupling mat was installed throughout to protect the tiling but also add minimal height to the floors. One of the most challenging but ultimately one of the most inspiring rooms was a secondfloor bathroom featuring a raised platform with a roll top brass bath. Wes Geraghty was tasked with coming up with a design that replicated the splendour of the surroundings and opted for an intricate herringbone design.

All floor tiles were tiled with BAL Rapid Flex-One, flexible rapid-setting adhesive, while wall tiles were tiled with BAL Single Part Flexible. All the tiling was grouted in BAL Micromax2 flexible wall and floor grout. “I was delighted to use BAL throughout the project, as it my trusted tiling-system partner,” said Wes. “I was going to use another uncoupling system, however because of the low build-up required, BAL Rapid-Mat was our only option on this occasion. “I am delighted with how the whole project looks following completion – and so to was the client,” added Wes. “Not only did the tiling need to match his individual artistic tastes, it also needed to match the high-end tastes of his clients who he often hosts in the property, as well as high-end individuals who rent out the property on a regular basis. “In fact we were under time pressure to complete this project, as Ed Sheeran had hired out the property following one of gigs in Glasgow. “It was a pleasure to work on, and we believe we have really brought the client’s work to life in the property.” The Gart was a finalist for The Tile Association Awards 2019 for Best Domestic Project.


Doors & Windows July 2019

P C Henderson’s Industrial Sliding Door Hardware Specified for Unique Boathouse Project in Devon

London based architectural practice, Wimshurst Pelleriti, has recently specified P C Henderson’s Straight Sliding 301 industrial door hardware for a unique Boathouse project on the River Yealm in Devon. 30

The architecture practice was provided with a challenging brief to design a boathouse which could be sensitively built into the steep sided estuary of the river. The new structure would be small in size but used to store a wealth of waterside equipment and water craft, including a 14 foot speedboat. The result was an innovative and sophisticated infrastructure built with galvanized steel and untreated Siberian larch to reflect the woodland setting. To meet the design requirements for optimum storage, using minimal space, a series of sliding doors

were installed on the ground level of the boathouse to enable easy access from both the surrounding land and water. P C Henderson’s Straight Sliding 301 was identified as the best system for the project. Will Wimshurst, Director at Wimshurst Pelleriti commented “Our aim was to not only design a solution which was innovative and aesthetically pleasing but one which could also deliver considerable social benefits to our client. By incorporating seven different sliding door systems throughout the boathouse, we were able to maximise both internal and external space

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whilst also ensuring easy access to the quayside and slipway”.

corrosive resistant without affecting performance”, continued Will.

The project also benefited from a number of other design elements including a hoist so that the heavy yet delicate speedboat could be stored 10ft high in the eaves and easily lowered into the water when required.

Straight Sliding makes up part of P C Henderson’s industrial range of sliding door hardware. The robust system caters for anything from light commercial doors right up to heavy industrial doors weighing up to 2000kg.

“The doors on some of the systems were extremely heavy so it was important that the specified hardware could cater for the additional weight. Due to the surrounding marine environment, it was also important that the material used was highly

Ian Sproat, Technical Development Manager at P C Henderson commented, “Straight Sliding is able to be specified as individual components for varying weights and environments – making it one of our most versatile systems. The

boathouse project is a great example of what can be achieved with this system”. For further information Tel: +44 (0) 191 377 0701 Website: UK Sales: International Sales:


Glass & Glazing July 2019

Nocturnal Newview excels on complex Oxford installation How do you complete world-class installation work at one of the country’s busiest transport hubs without causing major disruption?


n short - very quickly and very carefully, as commercial glazing experts Newview Homes ably demonstrated during an ambitious installation at Oxford Railway Station. Nearly eight million people got the train to or from Oxford in 2018 – an average of almost 22,000 every day – and when station managers decided they needed high-performance glass fitted to a crucial stairwell and gantry bridge, they came to Newview with a challenging request. Five huge toughened and laminated glass units, each weighing almost 100kg, had to be transported to and installed at the site – a big enough task in of itself. But there was a catch. The work would have to be carried out between midnight and 4am to keep disruption to an absolute minimum – and if it wasn’t done by 6am, the company would be liable to eye-watering penalties of £30,000 every minute. Fortunately, Newview are one of the country’s most experienced commercial installers, and take these sorts of demanding and highly complex projects in their stride. An elite team of Newview installation experts used special machinery to quickly but carefully move the bronze-tinted units into position – knowing full well that one slip could cost thousands of pounds. But thanks to their consummate skill and professionalism, it went without a hitch, the work was completed with time to spare, and the station reopened as normal at 6am.


“This is exactly the kind of project that Newview does best,” explains

Sales Director Duncan Wietscher. “After 15 years of working with some of the biggest names in British transport and construction, we excel at taking on complex briefs, meeting strict deadlines, and carrying out world-class installations in very challenging conditions.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank our amazing installers for their incredible professionalism, and the staff and management at Oxford Railway Station for all their support and co-operation. “If you’ve got a glazing project that other companies can’t handle, talk to Newview. We look forward to hearing from you!” For more information call Newview Homes on 01903 244 449 or visit

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July 2019

Putting the health back into health and safety In what is a ground-breaking move for an SME in the waste sector, O’Donovan Waste Disposal have introduced and completed the implementation of an internal wellbeing strategy called the ‘Dynamo Welfare Project’ (Dynamo), continuing their commitment to prioritising the workplace wellness of their 165 employees alongside their physical safety. This huge investment in terms of time and money strengthens the companies unique pledge to staff development and the delivery of the highest standard to clients. The multi award-winning family-run waste management business is widely regarded as an innovator and a champion for health and safety, training and environmental excellence.


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Research by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – Waste Statistics in the UK 2018, found that workers in the waste sector statistically suffered more from workrelated ill-health than other workers across all industries. Dynamo assists staff in maintaining positive health and wellbeing by teaching self-awareness techniques and the tools to manage a range of negative emotions including anxiety. The programme includes interactive ongoing training modules for all staff which is delivered inhouse. The training increases the ability of participants to maintain their composure and stabilise emotions as they face day-today challenges in their work and private lives.

which allows them to deal more effectively with any work-related challenges as well as helping them to manage any struggles they may face in their personal lives. To complement this programme, trained Welfare Champions are also appointed throughout the company, equipped with the skills to support colleagues on a confidential peer-to-peer level.

MD Jacqueline O’Donovan said “Family values sit at the very heart of our business and our employees are our biggest asset. We consider safeguarding their physical and mental health a top priority. We feel that the introduction of this policy sends the strongest message to staff that their wellbeing is of paramount importance. The training we have implemented can help us all manage day to day challenges The aim of the strategy is to take a more holistic and inclusive approach to staff health better, not just at work but in our personal lives too, which greatly benefits everyone - staff, and wellbeing resulting in a safer, more clients and the company” efficient and engaged workforce operating at the highest standards. Staff also benefit by having better physical and mental health


Tools & Equipment July 2019

Quality marks Sell: With such a wide array of tools and work wear to choose from, it can often be tempting to base equipment purchases on price first, quality later. Here John Dabb, Sales and Marketing Director for Hyde, explains why that may be a false economy and could even be bad for your health, as well as your wallet. Saving money and reducing costs is an inevitable part of survival for tradesmen when it comes to balancing the books, but there are some things that it’s simply not worth scrimping on and this includes the quality of your hand tools. We all know the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’, and in the case of hand tools this has never been closer to the truth. Quality tools that come with a guaranteed long life will inevitably cost that little bit extra, but opting for the cheaper alternatives just to save money in the short-term is likely to be a false economy in the long run. That’s because six months down the line you’re likely to need to restock your tool bag once again and end up paying out more than you would have on better quality equipment into the bargain.

Long-life tools Perhaps the most obvious benefit to be gained from investing in quality tools is the durability and longevity they provide. When you consider the amount of times you drop your tools from heights, or they fall out of your pocket during an average working day, the importance of buying hand tools that won’t fall apart easily soon becomes clear. Tools should be manufactured and designed to last, but sadly not all manufacturers take this long-term approach.


Spirit levels are a good case in point. With cheaper models the vial is often held in by glue, making it prone to moving or even falling out completely when it is dropped. This isn’t a problem with Stabila

spirit levels as they have a patented moulding-in process which locks the vial in place. The Stabila Type R 300 is the manufacturer’s strongest ever extruded level, with an easy grip to maximise on comfort, it also ensures the very highest levels of accuracy, which is something else that can’t always be guaranteed with cheaper alternatives. Ideal for working in environments where

normal levels would topple over in use, the Stabila Type R 300 spirit level has an extra-wide base of 4cm to give a whole new level of stability, whilst its unique R-Shape extrusion delivers unprecedented levels of strength and toughness.

Got the know-how Cheaper tools don’t always equate to maximum efficiency and ease of use either, whereas the bigger

July 2019 Tools & Equipment ‘making do’ and the quality of their work often suffering as a result. You won’t just be paying for comfort and longevity though, as the more expensive tools are also far more likely to have undergone rigorous testing to ensure your safety and that they conform to all the relevant safety standards.

manufacturers are more likely to have the expert know-how to put into producing tools that are designed to work harder on the tradesperson’s behalf. Take the Stabila Type 196-2 K spirit level, which has been developed and engineered for the specific demands of bricklayers and has a patented top edge impact protection guard, which means that any out-of-line bricks can be corrected with taps of a trowel. Added to this the hand grips make for easy handling and the tough reinforced aluminium profile precisely aligned with the STABILA locked vial system guarantees accuracy on even the harshest of building sites. And then there’s the Stabila Type 196-2 LED spirit level which has its illuminated vials lets you take accurate readings and keep working even when levelling an object or marking out in poor lighting conditions which would otherwise slow work down.

Are you gripping comfortably? Other advantages of paying that little bit more when it comes to hand tools may not be as obvious at first glance as how well they are made or even some of the main features that they offer the specific trades, but will soon become apparent when you start using them every day. Comfort, for instance, is something that is often overlooked in favour of saving money, with installers soon regretting their buying decisions

when the blisters start to appear. Cheaper tools are less likely to be ergonomically designed, while paying that little bit extra will buy soft grip handles on tools such as screwdrivers, pliers and tape measures. Pay just a few pounds more and you’ll cut down on the amount of blisters on your hands and suffer from less cramping as you’ll be able to get a comfortable grip. This will also mean of course that you can get the job done far more efficiently, as there’ll be less need to down tools while you take a break to rest your hands. By paying just that little bit more you can enjoy innovations that will make your job a lot easier, such as Wiha’s SLIMTECHNOLOGY screwdriver which integrates insulation into its super-narrow blade, making it easy to use on even the tightest of profiles. The result? Fewer blisters and less hand fatigue which in the long-term leads to a better rate of efficiency on site.

Health matters Health and safety is a serious concern for any tradesperson, but it needs to go further than simply donning a hard hat and high vis vest when required to do so. Hand tools that have undergone rigorous testing to conform to all the relevant safety standards are proven to be better for an installer’s health, and there really isn’t a price that can be put on that. The cheaper the tool the less likely it is that it will have been subject to any level of innovation, leaving installers

AGR-approved hand tools for example, such as those from WIHA, feature concepts that can make a huge difference to your health. The secret is in the turn, and without getting too scientific, is based on the development of handles adapted to suit the size of your hand. The four different WIHA SoftFinish® handle sizes, for example, mean that each handle offers the ideal balance of guidance, speed and torque for the respective fastening task. The handle size concept means that the user can both quickly screw in screws and transmit high levels of force. Shorter, thick handles are great for applying maximum power for larger screws with low fatigue levels, while long, slim handles with a thin quick-turning zone optimise the dynamic quick-turning dynamics for small screws. The WIHA SoftFinish® screwdrivers feature soft and hard zones integrated into the handle of the tool to support the hand and reduce pains in the joints and muscles, not just in the hand but throughout the body. No two installer’s tool bags will ever look the same and that’s because it’s important to choose the tools most suited to you - there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Don’t be afraid to try before you buy – hold the tools in your hand and see for yourself how comfortable a grip they offer, rather than just taking the salesman and the packaging at their word. Remember to think quality first and tailor your tool bag to your requirements and you won’t go far wrong. For more information on the wide range of quality tools available from Hyde call 0121 705 7987 or visit


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July 2019 Tools & Equipment

Hellberg Safety PPE and Snickers Workwear – Comfort and Safety Combined.

The Hultafors Group Adds Hellberg Safety PPE products to its premium brand portfolio for professional tradesmen and women. With over 50 years experience in the PPE industry, the Hellberg Safety specialist equipment includes highly advanced hearing protection products, face protection and communication solutions for personal protection on site. From face guards, helmets and passive hearing protection with up to 3 levels of protection from low to extreme noise, Hellberg also supply secure electronic hearing protectors to suit different work environments. Peter Dumigan, managing director of the Hultafors Group UK says, “Hellberg PPE products complement the Snickers Workwear and Solid Gear Safety Footwear

product portfolios so well - in particular the newly launched Snickers Workwear ProtecWork Heat and Flame Protective Wear”. “The Hultafors Group now provides the UK market with an even more extensive range of EN-accredited, top quality premium brand products, ideally suited to protect the personal wellbeing and safety of the discerning professional tradesman and woman”. Getting information on the new Hellberg Safety product range is easy - call the Hultafors Group UK Helpline on 01484 854788 or checkout the website


July 2019

Marshalls Cromwell Walling, Miller Homes – Lindley Marshalls may be better known as the UK’s leading hard landscaping manufacturer having supplied product to some of the most prestigious landmarks in the UK but most recently the walling division has been making the headlines following the acquisition of Britain’s largest independent brick manufacturer, Edenhall. The addition of concrete facing bricks has bolstered Marshalls’ range of vertical products, sitting alongside the already popular reconstituted walling offering. The reconstituted concrete walling range consists of three ranges suitable for a wide range of project types including both residential and commercial schemes. Cromwell, Thistlestone and Epoch walling all offer subtle differences aesthetically, and all are produced to the highest technical standards ensuring products stand up to the test of time.


The popular Cromwell range is available in three finish types across three course heights and four colours allowing the customer greater creativity when designing a scheme. Marshalls Cromwell reconstituted walling range was recently selected to be used on a housing scheme in West Yorkshire. The Lindley Park development near Huddersfield, is now a well-recognised landmark in the local landscape. The scheme wanted to incorporate materials that would provide a sympathetic addition to the surrounding open countryside and wide horizons and given the area’s preference for a weathered sandstone aesthetic, Marshalls’ Cromwell reconstituted

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walling product was the natural choice. The product was selected in the Weathered colourway which gives the buff block a slightly darker tone to ensure it blends into the surrounding Yorkshire landscape. The pitched face also offers the naturally split sandstone look that is so common in the region. Manufactured using locally quarried sandstone aggregates

ensures the block closely replicates the visual and textured characteristics of natural stone, and is wet-pressed for a smoother and more realistic finish. The complementary neutral toned mortar that was used on the scheme creates a beautifully muted blend with the units to allow the characteristic exposed aggregates of the stone to be the focal point. The use of buff sandstone aggregates ensure the base colour is intrinsically maintained, replicating the appearance of natural stone at an affordable price, and as Cromwell is manufactured using a hydraulic press, it has low water absorption which

guarantees a long-term, high quality face appearance. The pressing process also ensures that each unit is of a very high density, which maintains accuracy when the product is split during secondary processing which ultimately results in a more accurate block which is easier to lay. The overall scheme includes a superb selection of attractive, high quality modern houses and apartments into a popular residential neighbourhood. The combination of the reliability and consistency of contemporary production methods with a traditional natural stone product has created a modern yet characterful housing scheme in a delightfully rural environment.

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Why Brits Are Ditching the Lawn Mower and creating the impression of cut grass within the product – it’s more realistic and increases the density.” Prices Start At £9.95/ m². Ultimate Grass sells five ranges within its three artificial grass collections to suit everyone’s needs and budgets, starting from £9.95/ m². Value Range

Artificial grass sales are booming, with one retailer* reporting a growth of 20% already this year – before *Ultimate Grass the summer season has even begun.


ast year thousands of British lawns were scorched, while this year homeowners are tackling boggy and muddy lawns due to heavy rainfall. For many, lawn maintenance is a costly headache, and of course there are those that just want to ditch the lawn mower so there is one less chore around the home. The team at Ultimate Grass ( carried out a survey to really unearth why so many homeowners are opting to fake it, swapping traditional turf for look-alike lawns. From the 1000 UK adults surveyed, nearly a third (29.2%) said their reason for buying artificial grass was ‘not having to cut the grass’. 21.9% said it was because their grass was problematic – mossy, boggy, patchy etc. 15.4% said simply for ‘aesthetic’ reasons and a further 11.9%% said ‘because it’s better for the kids to play on’. Hay fever, affecting around 10million UK adults, was the catalyst for 11.9% of respondents substituting their real grass with man-made. The remaining 10.8% was split between the elderly or disabled who struggle with the upkeep of a real lawn (6.4%) and new homeowners keen to enjoy their garden quickly (4.4%). Daniel Prendergast from said: “As our lives get busier, people are looking for new ways to save time spent on daily chores around the home – like cutting the grass. The maintenance required to manage a garden can be very time consuming, and artificial grass cuts down maintenance time as well as money spent on trying to make the lawn green and ‘carpet like’.


“A big trend this year is to make outdoor living spaces more like our interior decor – we’re adding rugs, lighting and soft furnishings to recreate the indoors

The value range has two different products, Margam and Moreton.

outdoors and artificial grass is part of this trend – to be clean and look fabulous. It’s a bit like ‘Hinching’ your garden! The space is cleaner with a consistent appearance.”

Margam is a cost effective mid-pile grass (17mm including backing) in meadow green colour. It’s the perfect choice for high traffic areas, around pools or on a balcony as it holds less water. It has a weight of 1190gm². Prices start at £9.95/m².

Daniel added: “Artificial grass keeps gardens looking their best all year-round: it looks as good in winter as it does in summer with no scorching or brown patches where it hasn’t grown properly.

Offering the same finish as the Margam, the Moreton is a slightly thicker, highpile grass (35mm including backing). Its weight is 1525g/m² and prices start from £11.95/m².

“It’s a quick fix for new homeowners too, allowing them to enjoy the garden much sooner than seeding a lawn or laying turf. And for those with limited mobility such as the elderly or living with a physical impairment, it’s a safe and easy to maintain solution.”

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“For families with young children and pets, the non-toxic, hard-wearing surface means the lawn stays looking great no matter how much it’s played on and means no more muddy footprints to clean up. Any homeowner knows the frustration when mud is trailed through their house, so it doesn’t surprise me that this ranked in the top reasons people invest in artificial grass. “We’re often asked about how pet friendly artificial grass is with regards to soiling. The product is fine when soiled on. Pet urine passes through it and the pile is easy to clean with mild detergent. “While artificial grass is most popular for lawns and gardens, it’s also ideal for patio and balcony installations (or by swimming pools for the lucky few!). “When choosing artificial grass, longer pile lengths typically (but not always) provide a denser, softer and more luxurious finish. If you want a lush looking, premium finish you should also review the weight per m2 ratings. “All our products have a ‘thatch’ effect - a beige/brown curled pile that sits below the green strands

The premium range also has two different products, Wynyard and Hanbury. The Wynyard is a premium mid-pile grass (32mm including backing) in a meadow green colour, with a weight of 1985g/m². Prices start from £13.95/m². The Hanbury has the same finish but is a premium thick-pile grass (32mm including backing) with a weight of 1190g/m². Elite Range In Ultimate Grass’ Elite range, the Capesthorne offers a darker, more olive shade, than the other products. It tends to blend better with natural turf and is most popular for garden and landscape installs. It is the heaviest and the thickest in the collection and is a luxurious dense-pile grass. Capesthorne grass 40mm including backing and a total weight of 2000g/m². Prices start from £16.95/m².


Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 September 2019

The trade event dedicated to bringing the landscape industry together by introducing its visitors to the latest products, services and techniques.

LANDSCAPE exhibitors include manufacturers and suppliers of everything from vases, pots and flag stones to furniture and conservatories, water features and sundials. Our exhibitors provide architectural iron work, planters, sheds, turf, sculpture, soil, plants and paving as well as lighting, heating, trees and tools.

Our international visitors include Garden Designers, Landscape Designers & Contractors, Architects, Facilities Managers, Groundsmen & Parks Officers, Event Florists, Creative Directors, Garden Centres, Contract Gardeners, Hotels and Interior Designers.

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LANDSCAPE the UK’s premier event for the industry returns to Battersea Park in central London on Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th of September 2019. It is the networking opportunity of the year, with hundreds of exhibitors and a huge array of industry professionals from all over the UK and beyond, including Garden Designers, Landscape Architects and Contractors.


Between the LANDSCAPE exhibitors there are products and services for every aspect of the design and build process spanning from CAD systems and tools to plants and stone. LANDSCAPE features an endless selection of products that are available to source, including Garden Buildings & Structures, Paving & Aggregates, Pools & Spas, Furniture & Outdoor Kitchens, Machinery & Vehicles, and Gates & Metalwork. As well as welcoming a whole host of new and returning exhibitors showcasing their latest products, services and technologies, dedicated to landscaping, LANDSCAPE will once again host a CPD accredited Seminar programme. There will be two whole days of education and entertainment featuring a diverse line-up of top industry speakers.

The accreditation enhances professional qualifications of practitioners and allows visitors to earn up to 11 CPD points with their attendance of sessions.

The LANDSCAPE Seminar Programme is already bursting the seams with over 60 industry leading professionals speaking this year. Some of the recent additions to our programme for 2019 include: Helen Elks-Smith, Matt Keightley, Lucy Hall, Cleve West, Rod Winrow, Philippa O’Brien, Baron Robert Von Susskind, Matthew Pottage, Jonathan Snow, James Alexander Sinclair, Carolyn Willitts, Emma Mazzullo, Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Kate Gould, just to name a few! With a topic for everyone you won’t want to miss any of the sessions this year. Topics include Battersea Dogs and Cats home experts detailing how to ‘Build Gardens with Pets in Mind’ and Parks for London exploring how public parks have changed and what role landscape architects, designers and managers play in bringing about positive change in an age of austerity. Award-winning Landscape Architect Robert Myers will be walking us through his recently completed projects, from identifying problems together with a client through to the creation of beautiful landscapes. In his session ‘Beautiful Solutions’ he will explain that

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good landscape architects are problem-solvers and they are skilled in being able to see beyond the difficulties that clients often have with the gardens or landscapes around their buildings and resolving practical challenges in a creative way. Alongside the exhibition and seminars, LANDSCAPE Show aims to inspire and entertain their visitors with a variety of events. This includes the return of the Pecha Kucha 20x20; an exciting event that derives from the Japanese term ‘chit-chat’. This method was specifically developed for architects to encourage them to ‘talk less and show more’. This discussion will be presented in a simple format, where the industry’s most creative and professional Landscape Architects will be presenting 20 images for 20 seconds each. Additionally, LANDSCAPE is also looking forward to bringing back the Best in Show competition, where exhibitors will be showcasing a particular product from their ranges to introduce to visitors. This is a great opportunity to find out about the hottest products being launched in the industry and find the latest innovative solutions. It’s down to visitors to decide the Best in Show winner of 2019 so make sure you register to attend online so you can have your vote! The LANDSCAPE Show also boasts an impressive number of partnerships within the industry including the prominent associations and institutions such as, Landscape Institute, Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and the International Federation of Landscape Architects, amongst many others. LANDCSAPE also works closely with a vast number of media partners, appearing in many of the leading publications such as Construction Update Magazine. Having such strong alliances allows LANDSCAPE to be at the forefront of cutting-edge

discoveries in the industry and puts them in a great standing to be able to bring you the most relevant topics, news and speakers. Visit the LANDSCAPE website where you can register online for free entry to LANDSCAPE 2019, sign up to hear the latest news on their new speakers and be the first to see the official Seminar Programme when it is released. Why not check out the amazing preview magazine while you’re on the site? The magazine has been created to give you a small insight into the fantastic exhibitors you can meet and the types of products on show at LANDSCAPE this September. The LANDSCAPE Show will be open from 10am-6pm on Tuesday the 17th September, and 10am-5pm on Wednesday 18th September 2019. Both the exhibition and all seminar sessions are free to attend. To register for your free tickets to attend the show, simply visit our registration page at


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Ecodek – more than just manufacturers At Ecodek we are not only manufactures of the UK’s premium WPC building components, but we also have a Research and Development Centre based at our manufacturing facility in Wrexham, North Wales. As such, Ecodek have been heavily involved with several Horizon 2020 development projects – more on this later. Research and Development at Ecodek The Ecodek Technical Team is seven strong, with numerous specialist skills including Engineering and Design, and we have both a PhD Polymer Engineer, and a PhD Organic Chemist. Ecodek is fully committed to continuously improve our products. R&D activities at Ecodek are managed by the highly skilled technical team. To support these activities, we have a fully equipped laboratory onsite, to ensure that the quality and integrity of our products are never compromised. The team are constantly sourcing and trialling process materials, looking for better and more ‘eco-friendly’ sources in order to create stronger and even longer lasting products. Our onsite lab allows us to continually monitor product quality. Production samples are taken daily and tested to European Standards. Incoming raw materials are closely monitored for conformity to ensure only the highest quality. Additionally, the materials are also tested before trials to ensure they can be processed in our WPC specific equipment.



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As our business expands, the team are also working to develop new profiles to further expand Ecodek’s


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offering. An example of a ‘win’ achieved following in-house R&D work includes the development of our Advanced Technology boards – reducing the thickness and weight of the board while maintaining the strength and properties of the board. This in turn led to the development of our Heavy Duty board, slightly thicker and heavier, but allowing greater spans. Horizon 2020 – EU Innovation At Ecodek we are fully committed to our environment, which has led us to get heavily involved in several European projects within the Horizon 2020 platform, the largest innovation platform in Europe. We are exploring alternatives to raw materials, such as wood fibres, cellulose (from waste products), bio-polymers, biodegradable polymers among other waste stream and eco-friendly products. The specific H2020 programs we are involved with currently are Smart Plant, Fissac and Gelclad: •

Smart Plant “Scale–up of low-carbon footprint material recovery techniques in existing wastewater treatment plants”. (in a nutshell… it takes wastewater and recovers usable components such as bio-polymers, cellulose, fertilisers and other intermediates). The Ecodek team have developed processes to incorporate cellulose

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fibres and alternative bio-polymers into different construction profiles for the Smartplant project. •

Fissac “Fostering industrial symbiosis for a sustainable resource intensive industry across the extended construction value chain” (a snapshot of this… it takes waste streams from different industrial processes to use as raw materials in other construction products). As part of the project, Ecodek have developed a process to incorporate recycled truck tyres into profiles. Additionally, several alternative types of waste, particularly “recyclable” polymers, have been optimised to partially, or in some cases completely substitute our own polymer from the process. Ecodek has successfully incorporated different fibre and polymer wastes into construction profiles for the Fissac project.

also submitted to the EU to better help understand the potentials for using recycled polymers and their waste streams. As part of this research, three ecodek® profiles made with completely substituted “standard” polymer, have been sent to Spain to build test sites. These profiles will be installed onto and around two test buildings where they will be monitored, measured & assessed. Similar tests will also be performed here in the UK to compare climate effects on the final products. As you can see – Ecodek do more than ‘just manufacture’ WPC materials, we are at the forefront of the future of Wood Polymer Composites.

GelClad Highly efficient cladding eco-panels with improved nano-insulation properties project. This is to develop a highly insulated external cladding system. Ecodek’s contribution was to develop an external cladding profile, for which we trialled several alternative formulations.

Our onsite lab is used for European projects in solving rheology, material identification & chemical reaction issues when using trial alternatives. Data collected is



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oolLock’s unique hydraulic-drive system means that you do not need any electrical components near your pool. The electrical power pack used to operate the cover and drive the two hydraulic motors can be placed as far from the pool as required. Opening and closing the pool is as easy as turning a key switch, which means that the cover (and the pool) are actually used once installed.


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