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These impressive features mean that ProFi - which is manufactured in Finland, Germany and the United States by UPM - is perfectly suited to high traffic areas, continuing to perform to optimum levels while looking fresh, smart and clean for years to come. In addition to withstanding typical traffic usage such as the constant moving of chairs and tables, ProFi also resists staining from hazards such as cooking oil, sun lotion and drink spillage, as well as other exterior factors such as birds plus, it can endure extreme temperature changes (-40°C to +40°C) from the extreme cold, snow and ice of Northern Scandinavia to the searing heat and relentless sunshine of the Middle East. 2017 sees UPM ProFi celebrate its 10-year anniversary as one of the leading European WPC decking producers. In that time, the boards have benefitted from continual research and development and this year, UPM are revisiting decks installed during the first years of manufacture which are still looking fresh and modern and performing well 10 years after installation.

James Latham is seeing the popularity of its premium quality composite decking ProFi soar due to its outstanding performance properties which include minimum maintenance, superior stain resistance, extra high impact strength and a high friction surface. without the high maintenance. Wood and cellulose fibres are encapsulated in specially selected polymers to provide lasting protection from the weather. The advanced composite technology provides superior resistance to UV, frost, stains and impacts when compared to traditional composite or wood decks.

ProFi Deck comes in two stunning design styles, UPM ProFi Classic Deck and UPM ProFi Design Deck.

The UPM ProFi Design Deck range gives outdoor living a fresh and modern feel. Renowned designers from around the world have been inspired to work with the wide colour range and clean looks. The Design Deck range includes UPM ProFi Deck 150 which offers high impact and scratch resistance, a reversible profile, a closed surface for low maintenance and Ligninfree colour durability. Plus, it is also manufactured using more than 50% recyclable materials.

UPM ProFi Classic Deck range offers the beauty of a hardwood deck

Richard Mosson, James Latham’s Group Cladding and Decking

Manager commented, “As the popularity of WPC decking grows in the UK, customers are looking for a premium quality product that will deliver and UPM ProFi ticks all the boxes. “With 10 years of continued investment and R&D, the quality of the UPM ProFi deck range is exceptional. Long-life and ultra-low maintenance has been engineered into the product plus, due to the innovative use of recycled materials – some of the range is made using up to 95% - it has won several international awards, with the product making a major contribution to reducing traditional landfill and incineration which is really important to James Latham as well as many of our customers.” For more information on these and Latham’s full range of products please phone 0116 257 3415, e-mail or visit






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Industry News March 2017

UK sees increase in number of high-rise buildings Recent years have seen an increase in the construction of high-rise, with more high-rise buildings being constructed than at any other time. Across the UK there are currently over 270 existing high-rise buildings and structures, of which around 70% are in London. There are just 17 high-rise buildings over 150m (492ft.) in height and just one building – The Shard in London – over 300m, and London itself is considered ‘low-rise’ for a global city and financial capital of the world. However, in recent years, there has been an increase in the number of high-rise buildings proposed and approved for construction in the UK. The UK development pipeline currently stands at around 500 buildings, of which over 85% are planned in London, while the rest are clustered in key cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Salford. In terms of end-use sector, around 70% of high-rise buildings currently under construction or under consideration across the UK are primarily residential, but with an element of mixed-use, e.g. retail, community or leisure. AMA Research has revealed that in London, the high-rise market is being driven by the buoyant private housing sector, especially


at the top-end of the market, and resurgence in demand for commercial property. It suggests that the concept of high-rise living has changed and the majority of high-rise residential tower blocks in UK cities are now being developed as luxury accommodation, with a mixed-use element incorporating leisure facilities, concierge services, restaurants and retail. Such a trend may not necessarily be good for the housing industry, as Hayley Thornley, research manager at AMA Research, explained: “Going forward, the high-rise construction market is set to continue to grow, with the ever-increasing demand for housing. “However, there are concerns about too many projects aimed at the luxury end of the market, which is not matched with housing demand. In addition, the uncertainties surrounding the EU referendum may influence some high-rise schemes, with many projects in the pipeline forecast to exceed stated completion dates.” The proportion of mixed-use schemes in the high-rise buildings

pipeline is set to grow, with around 18% of developments either under construction or proposed with a mixed-use function. In the office market, rising take-up, low availability of grade-A space and increasing rents in cities such as Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and Edinburgh, is helping to boost output in the commercial office sector and has led to more speculative building. Sustained growth in the private rented sector (PRS) is also driving the development of high-rise housing, with increasing financial backing from both domestic and foreign institutional investors. Key factors affecting the development of high-rise buildings include cost, space efficiency, wind & seismic considerations, structural safety, risk challenges both on site and in completed buildings, speed of elevators, new building materials to potentially replace steel and concrete and damping systems. The ‘Construction in the HighRise Buildings Market Report – UK 2016-2020 Analysis’ report is published by AMA Research and can be ordered online at

March 2017 Industry News

New PIR Occupancy Switches with Daylight Linked Dimming and Corridor Function

DANLERS new range of passive infrared (PIR) occupancy switches with daylight linked dimming (maintained lux level) is designed for lighting loads controlled by DALI, DSI or 1-10V dimmable ballasts. These products switch lights on when an area is occupied and maintain a chosen lux level by dimming the lights in response to changes in the ambient daylight level. There is also a “Run-on” timer (corridor function) which allows the light to return to a minimum background level following a period of occupancy. This can either be for a chosen time or as a permanent background light. Each control has a switching relay, capable of switching 2 amps (500W) LED lamps and fittings or up to 6 amps (1500W) of most other types of load. This extensive new range includes flush and surface mounted PIR switches - as well as both surface high bay mounted or batten mounted high bay versions. Additionally, there are versions in either Presence or Absence detection as well as variants in the ControlZAPP and EasyZAPP range. Tel: 01249 443377 - Fax: 01249 443388 - Website:

NEW Controls for Simply Saving Energy DANLERS Limited have recently launched an extensive range of reliable, easy to install, controls for Lighting and HVAC including: NEW HIGH BAY CONTROLS An extensive range of controls suitable across a wide spectrum of high bay applications. NEW EASYZAPP SWITCHING CONTROLS Remotely programmable PIR Occupancy switches by mobile phone / tablet from up to 100m away. Standard ceiling flush or surface mount and high bay mounting options. NEW EASYZAPP DIMMING CONTROLS Remotely programmable controls suitable for either DALI, DSI or 1-10VDC dimmable ballasts. Easy to install, easy to configure. Standard ceiling flush or surface mount and high bay mounting options. NEW DAYLIGHT LINKED DIMMING PIR SWITCHES With adjustable run-on for lower light level when areas are not occupied. Versions for DALI or 1-10VDC ballasts. Standard ceiling flush or surface mount and high bay mounting options. CONTACT US FOR THE LATEST DETAILS.

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Industry News March 2017

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

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

The Conference


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 2017 Industry News

Second glass entrance at Tottenham Court Road Underground Station opens Designed by Stanton Williams, the new north entrance at Tottenham Court Road Underground Station in London has opened. The 9.5m high glass structure joins its counterpart on the south side of the station, also designed by the practice, which opened at the end of 2015. Together they form the entrances of the new Crossrail and Underground station. The project is part of a wider regeneration happening within and immediately around the station. The structures are designed to connect people above and below ground orientating passengers intuitively by bringing daylight into the below ground station and providing views of Centrepoint as wayfinding and are illuminated at night, creating a dramatic and secure environment. The brief was to regenerate the area around the Centre Point tower,

Tottenham Court Road Underground and new Crossrail station by creating a new world-class public space in collaboration with Gillespies. The area is the meeting point of the distinct cultures of Bloomsbury, Soho and Covent Garden. The design aims to unlock the potential of existing

buildings and make them work at street level. Designs were developed for St Giles’ Circus as a major transport interchange, meeting and information point for London. The existing fountain and street clutter are cleared to create a strong and simple streetscape on a raised piazza.

Moda plans £215m Edinburgh build to rent scheme Moda aims to be on-site by end of year, with the first phase completed by end of 2019 and all phases complete by end of 2022.

A joint venture between developer Moda Living and investment manager Apache Capital is planning to build a 525 homes for rent in Edinburgh’s city centre. The joint venture has brought a site in the Fountainbridge area from Grosvenor, where there are ambitious regeneration plans. Designed by CDA architects, the new housing will sit alongside 25,000 sq ft of new shops, bars and restaurants.

The site already comprises 250 completed homes, including homes for sale, affordable housing for the frail and elderly, serviced apartments, two student residences providing accommodation for over 600 students, and 46 private rented homes. It will be Moda and Apache’s second scheme in Scotland having purchased the former Strathclyde Police headquarters in Glasgow in October last year for a £115m redevelopment of the complex into 400 rental flats. The joint venture now has the largest pipeline of any rental developer, with more than £1.1bn portfolio of sites in city centre locations across the UK.

Its flagship £155m Manchester scheme, Angel Gardens, started onsite in January this year. Planning was gained last September for an £85m Liverpool waterfront development, called The Lexington and plans for a £172m scheme on Broad Street, Birmingham were announced the month after. Tony Brooks, managing director of Moda Living said:“Our ambition has always been to build a truly nationwide brand, and with two schemes now underway in Scotland, renters across the length and breadth of the UK will soon be able to benefit from our amenityrich, service-driven offer. “As an investor, developer and operator we are here for the longterm and aim to knit ourselves into the city’s fabric taking on the mantle and ethos of Grosvenor.”


Industry News March 2017

Willmott Dixon teams Task force launched up with council to build to deliver custom and self-build projects 1,500 homes The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) has launched a new Right to Build Expert Task Force with Richard Bacon MP as ambassador. NaCSBA says the task force will help local authorities, community groups and other organisations across the UK deliver large, affordable custom and selfbuild housing projects, and aims to help at least 80 organisations create significantly more affordable homes over the next three years.

The London Borough of Hounslow has signed a deal with Willmott Dixon’s Partnership Homes arm to deliver up to 1,500 homes over six years. The innovative arrangement with the borough’s wholly owned subsidiary Lampton 360 is one of the first of its type and has an estimated devlopment value of around £90m. The homes will be a mix of tenures, with 40% affordable, 40% open market sale and 20% private rent. The first of 11 sites earmarked for development is Nantly House on Lampton Road which will create 74 new homes and commercial space in the heart of the borough. A further five of the identified 11 sites will follow later this year to create a step-change in Hounslow’s target of delivering 7,200 homes in the Hounslow Town Centre and Feltham Town Centre housing zones by 2026.


Howard Woollaston, chair of Lampton 360, said: “The linkup with Willmott Partnership Homes will help Hounslow accelerate the delivery of affordable housing on its sites and generate revenue for the borough by unlocking value within its land assets. “The complimentary skill-sets will see Lampton 360 lead on identifying sites and gaining planning permission, while Willmott Partnership Homes will add its construction, sales and marketing skills to deliver the new homes.” Willmott Partnership Homes chief operating officer Charlie Scherer said: “Our joint venture with Lampton 360 is an excellent example of how a forward thinking London borough can speed up the unlocking of their surplus land to create new homes for their residents by bringing in added capacity that can deliver ambitious, multi-site programmes. “Working in a truly collaborative, 50/50 joint venture will allow us to blend our knowledge together to accelerate the provision of much needed new housing available for all tenures.”

Richard Bacon MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Self Build, Custom and Community Housebuilding and Placemaking, who together with NaCSBA has championed the introduction of the Right to Build, said: “Although we have these important new powers in England, custom and self-build housing will only become mainstream if Local Authorities and other organisations truly harness these powers. “This is where the new Right to Build Task Force comes in, with its experts on hand to help. This may be Councils needing help setting up, or better marketing of their demand registers, or advice in creating planning strategies. Alternatively, it could also include affordable housing providers or community groups who are needing help to engage with Councils. I am confident the Task Force will deliver real change and I am delighted to become its Ambassador”. The Task Force is funded by the Nationwide Foundation which aims to increase the availability of decent affordable homes for people in housing need. Chair of NaCSBA, Michael Holmes, said: “We are grateful to the Nationwide Foundation for supporting NaCSBA’s goal to ensure that people currently in housing need, who want to build their own decent and affordable home, can exercise their Right to Build. The Task Force will deliver valuable support to Local Authorities, affordable housing providers and community groups delivering effective policies and unlocking real projects. We know that English Local Authorities have a duty to grant planning permissions for 18,000 serviced plots by 31st October 2019. And this is only the tip of the iceberg with people registering on the new English demand registers on a daily basis. There is also huge untapped potential in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.” The Task Force was recognised by Government in its recently published White Paper Fixing our broken housing market and is being supported by a number of partners including the Building and Social Housing Foundation, National Housing Federa Federation, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Royal Town Planning Institute.

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


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

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


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

City Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


March 2017

Dulux Trade To Unveil Sustainability ‘Halo’ at Ecobuild 2017 - Stand C161 With sustainability at the forefront of the industry, construction professionals are continually looking for ways to ensure they reduce build costs while improving quality and sustainability. In times of uncertainty, austerity often means budget cuts, so it has never been more important for decision makers to use innovative sustainable solutions and new technologies to break through the challenges. Dulux Trade is set to exhibit a wide range of sustainability products, innovative services and useful tools at this year’s Ecobuild 2017, the leading exhibition and conference for construction, design and energy in the built environment. Introducing Halo, a new specifier tool designed to help professionals easily meet their everyday sustainability needs, Dulux Trade will unveil its commitment to helping the industry move to a brighter, more sustainable future. Join Dulux Trade on the stand to find out more about Halo, view live demonstrations of sustainability products courtesy of Dulux Academy (11am daily) and, of course, meet Herbert, the famous Dulux Dog. Dulux Trade representatives will be on hand to discuss current initiatives including time-saving apps which can help you choose the right colour, finish and product in a few clicks, as well as hot topics, from extending maintenance cycles to sustainable specification and cutting waste costs. Don’t miss out on demonstrations of the durable Dulux Trade Diamond range which has unique stain repellent technology that actively repels stains making cleaning easier. This technology gives professionals a wide range of Matt and Eggshell finishes that are scrubbable, scuff and stain resistant. The Diamond range has been shown to extend maintenance cycles, helping lower costs and reduce the environmental impact of the decorating process. Follow @DuluxTrade on Twitter for live updates from the Ecobuild stand For further information on Dulux Trade specification services, visit


Heating & Ventilation March 2017

Hitachi showcases heat pump product line-up at Ecobuild Hitachi’s Yutaki air source heat pump product range is one of the widest on the market and is being showcased on stand E138 at this year’s Ecobuild. “As a relatively new player in the UK heat pumps market, we’re excited to be showcasing our full Yutaki range of products and promoting the long-term benefits of air source heat pumps to an audience we believe will be key in getting renewable energy sources out into the wider market,” commented Andy Hooper, UK Heating Manager, Johnson Controls – Hitachi Air Conditioning Solutions.

Widest product range Hitachi’s expanded Yutaki air source heat pump product range is one of the widest on the market and includes a total of 70 models which are more compact for small installation spaces and are lighter weight for easier handling. The Yutaki range comprises four models; Yutaki-S split, high temperature Yutaki-S80, Monobloc Yutaki-M and the new all-in-one Yutaki-SCombi. Hitachi’s innovative YutakiSCombi integrated solution has been designed specifically for the UK market. The indoor unit is pre-plumbed and prewired, making the installation simpler with less internal space required.

Best seasonal performance figures Performances have also been improved, with higher COPs, better seasonal efficiencies and higher capacities. All Yutaki models can be supplied with a new Cooling Kit accessory to enable both heating and cooling modes.

Single menu for all Yutaki models


A new multi-function wired remote control is common to all models – meaning a single menu for all Yutaki products with a dedicated installer

view, wizard start up configuration and a more intuitive menu for quick and simple commissioning. All Hitachi’s Yutaki air source heat pumps are MCS approved, eligible for the domestic and non-domestic RHI and have domestic hot water (DHW) Legionella Protection and a five-year warranty as standard. For more information about Hitachi products, please contact the Hitachi sales team: Call 01628 585 394 Email Visit Twitter @hitachiheating

March 2017 Heating & Ventilation


Heating & Ventilation March 2017

BESPOKE ENGINEERING CAPABILITY HELPS DELIVER SUSTAINABILITY IN CONSERVATION “We have a good working relationship with Gilberts, and knew the company could deliver a system that would work, and had the ability and capability, in-house, to develop bespoke terminals that complimented the building’s architecture & design.” Gilberts’ penthouse terminals provide intake and extract at high level, with a 50% free ventilation area. Class A rated, they ensure appropriate flow of air without weather ingress. Cambridge’s leading college rowers are equipped for the future with the completion of a new, state-of-the-art boathouse. The new £3.5m boathouse for Gonville & Caius College- which has won more Headships of the River this century than any other College- features space for 30 boats, a gym, changing rooms and a specialist boat workshop. Its location on Ferry Path puts it in the River Cam conservation area; thus the design reflects the historic setting and uses sustainable strategies withinincluding natural ventilation delivered via bespoke terminals designed and engineered by Britain’s leading air movement specialist Gilberts Blackpool. Thus the boathouse, designed by bb+c architects and built by Cocksedge Building Contractors, features 6no Mistrale 75 penthouse roof terminals.


Five of the terminals provide natural ventilation for the main boathouse space, and feature dampers to attenuate the airflow as required 24/7, 365 days a year regardless of weather; opening rooflights have been included into the roof to maximise summertime

ventilation. The sixth terminal serves as a duct for the MVHR unit serving the changing rooms and showers, where additional ventilation is required to address the additional moisture from showering etc generated within. “There has been much attention to balancing the heritage of the area, and the site, with delivering a building fit for the future,” explained Carl Brookes, engineer/ partner at leading environmental engineering consultants Max Fordham. “We examined a number of cooling options. Detailed environmental modelling was used to predict what the typical summer internal conditions might be achieved with a polished concrete floor and exposed blockwork walls, in tandem with a suitably-sized natural ventilation system. The modelling suggested the 18oC target for a conditioned gymnasium wouldn’t be achieved with just natural ventilation on an especially hot day. However, it was felt the environmental benefits of a natural ventilation strategy outweighed the finite degree of temperature control available by using air conditioning. A couple of large fans have been included to enhance air movement if necessary.

The VN75 damper within is designed to provide accurate and stable airflow whilst presenting a solid thermal barrier with negligible draughts when closed. Mistrale 75 volume control damper is a unique design that offers extremely low leakage, when closed, of just 5m3/hr/m2. In the boathouse, Gilberts’ terminals supplement rooflights at high level, where the terminals can be open when poor weather conditions prevent the rooflights from being used, and fresh air is brought in at low level via manually opened balcony doors and windows fronting the river. Founded 55 years ago, Gilberts Blackpool is Britain’s leading independent air movement specialist, and is unique in its ability to develop componentsbe it ‘mainstream’ or bespokeentirely in-house, from initial design through tooling, production, testing and supply, at its 85,000 ft2 manufacturing facility. Its state of the art test centre, designed and built in-house, is one of the most technically advanced in the country.

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Heating & Ventilation March 2017

UFAC at 20 Soho Square on Track


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


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

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

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

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

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


March 2017

Controlling the levels of moisture which enter and exit a building can be a complex task.

Find out how Vario® XtraSafe smart membrane can tackle the effects of unwanted moisture in your build.


long with airtightness in dwellings, another important factor that influences the comfort of the occupant is the management of moisture. Controlling the levels of moisture which enter and exit a building throughout its lifetime can be a complex and difficult task, yet something that should be carefully observed in order to prevent avoidable damage at a later date. As one of the most technically advanced materials on the market, the Vario® XtraSafe smart membrane has been created to tackle the effects of unwanted moisture on your build.

What is moisture management? When we talk about managing moisture on a build, we are primarily referring to the ability to ensure we can control the accumulation or growth of moisture within its internal structure. With building sites

being often open to the elements, it’s likely there is a fair amount of moisture inside before it has been made airtight. This means the right protection must be used which will allow damp materials to dry out in the right environment, as well as preventing any water vapour from entering again. Water leakage or vapour can cause accumulation within a building, causing potential long term damage to the structure. Warm air that can get caught in between gaps in the building can quickly condense into moisture, leading on to a more complex problem in the form of damp or mould. Additionally, moisture or leakage can also have an impact on the insulation material used throughout the construction, reducing the thermal performance of the building and increasing the risk of severe levels of damp. Moisture management done correctly will ensure leakage is kept to a minimum and occupant comfort levels are kept high.

Let Vario® XtraSafe manage your moisture When it comes to the right tool for the job, Vario® XtraSafe is a tried and tested solution to ensure moisture is kept at the level you’d expect. Compared to cheaper alternatives in the form of plastic sheets, Vario is a breathable ‘smart vapour control layer’ which can easily adapt to external conditions in order to offer the protection that’s required. Here’s how it works: •

Cold and damp weather – during the winter months, it’s likely that the inside temperature of a house is higher, meaning more warmth and moisture. With a low humidity level in the wall itself, the smart pore system will close up preventing everyday water vapour from escaping out of the building.

Warm and humid weather – in summer, the humidity in the walls are likely to increase, meaning Vario’s pores will open to release any accumulated air which has been trapped indoors. This will then keep the external structure dry and it will prevent any further damage to the building fabric.


March 2017 Case Study

Passivhaus Approvals for Aluprof

The Passivhaus standard originated from a conversation in May 1988 between a Swede Bo Adamson and Wolfgang Feist of Germany.


he idea was to develop a voluntary standard for energy efficiency in buildings, significantly reducing their ecological footprint. Today, the numbers of Passivhaus properties are in the tens of thousands across Europe in both residential and commercial properties, in both new and refurbishment projects. As more homes in the UK are built to this very low energy standard there is a need to adopt window and door systems that offer the highest thermal efficiency. Aluminium is an excellent choice of material for its exceptional long life and almost 100% recyclability. With Aluprof’s MB-104 system, both windows and doors can confidently be specified as the system has gained the Passive House Institute Darmstadt certification. The MB104 Passive Aero has excellent thermal insulation performance for an openable window system with a Uw as low as 0.53 W//m2K and for a door a UD as low as 0.62 W//m2K. With glazing widths up to a class leading 81mm in thickness, the doors can also be assembled into panel doors as well as fully glazed. The Aluprof MB-104 system is increasingly being specified on a wide range of residential and commercial projects across the UK. All systems are designed, fabricated and installed by selected, specially trained companies to ensure each fabricated product meets the Aluprof exacting standards. Further information is available on the company website at and specialist advice is available directly from Aluprof UK offices on 0161 941 4005.


March 2017

OSMO MEETS THE DEMANDS FOR WOODEN DECKING Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes expert, offers a range of decking oils to protect and maintain the beauty and quality of exterior decking. The product range provides resistance against water and dirt, while also offering an appealing satin oil-based protective finish. Made from natural plant oils, organic pigments and water-repellent additives, the micro-porous finish allows the wood to breathe, a factor that is essential for exterior wood. The eco-friendly ingredients help to regulate the wood’s moisture content, reducing swelling or shrinking, whilst enhancing the natural characteristics of the wood. The finish also prevents the wood from cracking, flaking, peeling or blistering. Available in range of 10 different shades and one clear Teak-Oil, there is a Decking Oil to complement and protect a number of wood species, including Bangkirai, Cedar, Douglas Fir and Oak. To apply, simply brush the oil onto a clean, dry surface using a stiff bristle brush. For a quick and easy application, we recommend using an Osmo 150mm Floor Brush, which is designed for decking applications, allowing the user to apply the finish while standing. The product is ready to use from the tin, without the need for it to be thinned. For best results, it is recommended to apply two coats. For a less intensive colour and the added benefit of an anti-slip protection, use Osmo’s Anti-Slip Decking Oil for the second coat. Please allow around 12 hours for the drying period. For future maintenance, no sanding is necessary; simply recoat the surface when required. Osmo Decking Oil is available from Osmo UK direct or from its nationwide network of stockists.


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Fire Protection March 2017

On another major London development that’s currently underway, Bull Products’ Cygnus wireless fire alarm system is being used for fire safety during the construction phase.


oyal Wharf is a visionary mixed development located in East London’s Royal Docks on 40 acres of land where nearly 3,400 homes are being created as well as commercial, retail, leisure and educational facilities for a new and vibrant London district. This brand new riverside district of Royal Wharf builds on the success of Canary Wharf and the 2012 Olympics and underlines the movement to the east of London’s centre of gravity. It is due for completion in 2019. The Cygnus system has been installed widely across the Royal Wharf development. Some 249 Cygnus fire call points are located in stairwells and on escape routes, all linked to a central Cygnus CYG1 control panel. Each of the Cygnus fire call point alarms are IP65 rated and so can be used externally. All are linked to the central control panel, and each alarm has a 110 decibel sounder and an LED beacon for visual alerts. The Cygnus control panel captures data wirelessly from all the fire alarm call points and shows active alarms and faults and all events are recorded into a file which can be viewed or downloaded. Amongst other features of the control panel is an evacuate site function which can be used in case of an emergency. Electrical and mechanical subcontractors on the development, EMS are delighted with the performance of the Cygnus system. Sean Gretka, Senior Estimator for EMS commented, “Since being introduced to the Cygnus wireless alarm products, our confidence in this system just continues to grow with every project we install it on. It is easy to use, even easier to install and is fit for purpose in the construction industry. This accompanied with Bull Products’ aftercare and customer support makes them an easy recommendation to any of our clients.”


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The Cygnus alarm system can link as many as 480 alarm and detector units in different zones on a site, and individual units can be fire alarm call points, first aid alerts, combined call points and first aid alerts, smoke detectors or heat detectors. The CE marked Cygnus system has been developed for use on construction sites where there is dense concrete and steel structured buildings and areas where there are many other radio frequencies in operation, and so particular attention has been given to achieving an impressive connection range. Where there are multiple sites within range of each other, the Cygnus system has been designed to operate on different site addresses in order to keep each

system separate and free from interference. A major benefit of the Cygnus system is the optional control panel which provides a very sophisticated capability with an event log function which records any events such as an alarm activation, low battery warning, and signal faults, all of which can be viewed if necessary in the history folder held on the panel. The system also has the ability to test all units and has an evacuate function which will act as a call point to the rest of the alarm units. Every device in the system can provide the panel with information at regular intervals. This explicit information confirms the unit is still present and what the battery status of each device is. Known as the ‘heart beat’ this message

is monitored by the control panel where fitted and if the ‘heart beat’ is not heard for several intervals, the control panel logs a full status for that unit. A PIR option is now available on any of the modules which can detect an intruder and alert off-site personnel for added safety protection. Bull Products offers a full oneyear guarantee on all Cygnus devices and provides high levels of technical, on-site and after-sales service support in addition to its standard maintenance contracts. Further information on the Cygnus wireless alarm system is available from Bull Products on 01432 371170 by emailing or by visiting the company’s website at


Modular Solutions March 2017

Premier Power Partnerships Premier Modular Ltd is experiencing strong growth as it looks to take on new opportunities and expand its footprint in a number of sectors whilst maintaining its formidable longstanding client partnerships in more established markets. Premier Modular takes pride in its exceptional customer service, innovative products and build quality, attributes that mean it has become one of the UK’s premier suppliers of modular building solutions. Celebrating 60 years in operation in 2016, the company boasts a strong heritage and a proven track record for delivering high quality modular buildings to a diverse range of market sectors. Premier Modular has experienced a positive growth trajectory over the last six months, dramatically increasing both turnover and profitability leading to another factory being taken on of around 40000 sqft. Two key factors have been implicit in this success story. The first, a focus on new sectors, has led to Premier’s appointment to provide a series of modular complexes at Hinkley Point C in Somerset. The buildings will provide 38,000 sqm of offices and welfare facilities (1000 steel framed modules manufactured in East Yorkshire), to house all the management and technical personnel required for the construction phase of the new nuclear power station. Part of the buildings will be converted after the construction cycle to remain as high quality offices for the permanent site. The second factor is that the business understands the value and has not lost sight of its current client base whilst looking to the

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future. Premier Modular puts great value on forming strong, mutually beneficial client relationships. One such partnership is with Battersea Power Station Development Company Ltd where they have provided numerous buildings over a 12 year period including offices, welfare and marketing suites. Premier worked with the contractors and investors from the very early stages to help develop a solution, through engagement with the client, they understood that the client needed someone with design flexibility, who could react quickly and reliably to any requirements as timescales are vitally important and provide a truly personal hands-on approach. An example of this teamwork in action was seen during the initial start-up phase of the development when the client required additional office space for an ever expanding project team. In partnership Premier provided a 4 storey building using 38 modules to accommodate 100 additional desks, break out / meeting rooms and bathroom facilities. The design and siting of the building was complex as it was located within a courtyard next to the existing offices with link bridges to enable direct access between the two buildings. The highlight of the facility is a boardroom on the top floor with full height external glazing, which overlooks the Phase 2 development. Premier Modular is a forward thinking company, striving for constant improvement through lessons learnt and client feedback, they have an open and transparent working practice where all ideas are welcome; this is evident internally and in their dealings with clients, industry organisations and the market in general.

Rachel Davis, Business Development Director says “We have maintained success in our established core markets, seen growing success in student accommodation, retail and several commercial sectors, now we are turning our attention to two new markets; by constantly improving and adapting our products and services we ensure they are suitable for each unique market and client.” In striving to provide a solution that suits the client’s unique demands, the flexible and innovative Premier Modular has developed a solid reputation for focusing on attentionto-detail, quality and longevity of the products it delivers – resulting in the company gaining recognition from award bodies in 2016. This included the Offsite Awards where they gained a ‘Highly Commended’ for The Best Use of Volumetric Construction at New Islington Free School, working alongside Conlon Construction; and the Construction News Awards, which named the company’s The Foundry student accommodation, winner of the Project of The Year (Up To £10 million) where Premier were supply chain partner to Sir Robert McAlpine. Having invested in its facilities, people and products over the last 12 months in line with its key initiatives, Premier Modular will continue to push forward with achieving solid growth. Rachel Davis highlights “Over the coming years it is our goal to build on our facilities management/maintenance service, offering our customers more of a one-stop-shop to become the go-to firm for modular hire and sales. Key to this is the continued growth of our reputation in the market through the delivery of excellent service and innovative products.”


Case Study March 2017

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


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

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

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


Bathrooms March 2017 disabled. They spend £80billion a year! So adding 310cm2 to a toilet and providing the extra equipment is a cost-effective use of floorspace, in that it opens the door to almost everybody.” A Space to Change toilet has been developed by campaigners for toilet facilities with an adult-sized changing bench and hoist, as a compromise where there isn’t the space for a full, additional Changing Places toilet facility. A 7.5m2 Space to Change builds on the conventional, Regulatory unisex wheelchairaccessible toilet, further accommodating an adult sized changing bench and hoist.

OPEN YOUR ARMS TO ACCESSIBILITY When you are planning or designing from scratch or for a refurbishment, take a moment to welcome accessibility by opening your arms. That gesture adds more than enough space onto a Regulatory unisex wheelchair-accessible toilet to enable it to accommodate the user, up to two carers, plus an adult-sized changing bench and hoist. That opens the venue to potentially up to 15million people* for whom a conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet isn’t suitable, who need a bench and/or hoist, (Space to Change) “Just 160cm x 200cm: that’s all the space we’re talking about,” says Kelvin Grimes, away from home accessible toilet project manager @ Clos-o-Mat. “Add that onto the 220cm


x 200cm required for a unisex wheelchairaccessible toilet, add a changing bench and hoist, and you enable thousands of people who need extra space, or equipment, to spend time- and moneyat the retail outlet, leisure attraction, cinema… “Without this, people who need the space, or equipment, either have to sit in soiled underwear, nappies, lie on the floor to be changed, or cut their trip short and go home. Or they go to venues that DO have suitable toilets, and spend their time, and money there.” Adds Robin Tuffley, marketing manager at Clos-o-Mat, “Building

Regulations state that where space is limited, then a unisex wheelchairaccessible toilet is the one WC facility that should be provided. In an ideal world, the full ambit of toilet facilities would be provided- male, female, baby change, wheelchairaccessible with left and right hand transfer, and a Changing Places+ facility. But it’s not an ideal world. Space costs. Yet almost 20% of the UK population is

Clos-o-Mat is the only UK company fully equipped, in-house, to provide the resource necessary to provide appropriate disabled changing toilets. It can provide design advice, supply, install, commission, and then service & maintain the facility. It can provide full project management. It can train staff in the equipment so they can help customers. Full details of the Space To Change concept can be found at and the Firefly Friends Community. Clos-o-Mat’s website also includes full support data, including white papers, CAD blocks, video, technical specifications and typical layouts. Uniquely, Clos-o-Mat offers, in-house, a full support service, encompassing site surveys, design advice, supply, installation, commissioning and subsequent service & maintenance.

* potential users of accessible toilets with adult-sized changing bench and hoist: • 1.5m wheelchair users • 6.5 million people who have either bladder or bowel incontinence • 1.5million people with a learning disability • 1.2million people living with stroke • -62,000 amputees • 30,000 people with cerebral palsy • 13,000 people with acquired brain injuries • 8,500 people with multiple sclerosis • 500 people with motor neurone disease •

8,000 people with spina bifida • 20,000 people with a stoma • 3.8million adults morbidly obese. + A Changing Places toilet is a bigger version of Space to Change, being according to British Standards, 12m2, with an adult-sized height-adjustable changing bench, ceiling track hoist, privacy screen, and is provided IN ADDITION To other wheelchairaccessible toilets.

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Case Study March 2017


First research of its kind to look into how emerging smart technologies will revolutionise how older people live at home, and deliver transformative benefits to health and wellbeing

technologies in the home could transform independent living for future older generations. ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’ is authored by the Agile Ageing Alliance (AAA) – a campaigning social business committed to accelerating development of innovations that improve health and wellbeing in later life.

Power suits, robotic assistants, self-stocking fridges, intuitive health care and virtual GPs may all be provided in the comfort of the home - just some of the ‘out of this world’ features to look forward to in our smart Neighbourhoods of the Future

The in-depth investigation concludes that, within the next 20 years, older people are likely to be living in an intelligent ‘Cognitive Home’ that is almost human, and which is able to assess and manage individual needs and desires. It is the first ever report commissioned by the housing sector to look at the role new technologies could play in helping to manage the challenges and opportunities presented by a rapidly ageing population.

Almost 32 million people will be aged 60 or over in the UK by 2039. But what sort of living environment do older people face when they leave the workplace and embark on the next chapter of their lives? McCarthy & Stone, on the 40th anniversary of the opening of its first ground-breaking retirement development, has commissioned a far-reaching report into how smart

Chief Information Officer at McCarthy & Stone, Tracey McDermott, said: “According to the recent housing white paper, helping older people to move at the right time and in the right way could enable them to live independently for longer and improve their quality of life, at the same time as freeing up homes for other buyers and reducing costs to the social care and health systems.


In-depth report commissioned by McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, predicts intelligent ‘Cognitive Homes’ of the future will be able to assess and manage our needs and desires in later life

“The government wants to address the many barriers that exist to building more age-friendly housing, but to make sure the right type of properties are being developed, we need to draw on the know-how of a wide range of expert stakeholders to help deliver outcomes that are better for older people. New forms of technology and ‘big data’ present possibilities for everyone, especially older adults. However, their impact on those in later life is relatively unexplored. This is of great interest to us, and government, particularly how to support this age group to live better at home. “We commissioned this report to influence our thinking, and the thinking of other housing providers. Our aim has been to summarise in one place, perhaps for the first time, what technology is on the horizon and consider how it could empower older adults. Looking to the future, we want technology to be inclusive – for the benefit of everyone – and ultimately to facilitate the creation of new homes that will support happier, healthier and, hopefully, longer lives.” Welcome to the Cognitive Home The report indicates how future retirees are open to the idea

March 2017 Case Study of a cognitive and empathetic home with human qualities. They also anticipate smart nonintrusive, secure connections with friends, family, GPs and/or carers who keep an eye on those who look after them. They expect transparency in relationships and information. They look out for value for money. They also want IT companies to think about consumers’ service experience and the journeys they go on. They love people competing for their business and do not like monopoly suppliers. They are getting used to and want more cool tech and, perhaps most importantly of all, they want providers to focus on them as ‘customers’, not as patients, end users, or care clients. The home that welcomes, updates and warns you When we enter our smarter houses and apartments of the future, we’ll expect an update on what’s going on, in and around our home, and share them with those who help us, should we need to. When problems are imminent, whether in our home or outside, we’ll expect to be alerted, in a way which goes far beyond the warnings about open doors or undone seat belts offered to us by our (current) cars. Technology will update us on news and events in the neighbourhood and when the bus will arrive, all managed via our mobile phone. Even our fridges will talk to us and make sure we don’t run out of ingredients by automatically keeping stocks topped up. Keeping agile and robots providing domestic support With an active lifestyle acknowledged to improve wellbeing during retirement, mobility issues can affect independence, but advances in technology may well address this. The introduction of assistive bodysuits and exoskeletons will remove the strain of undertaking tasks around the house and in the local environment for older

adults. Intelligent walking aids that combine intuitive sensors and e-drive functionality will support those keen to get about, and contact carers if someone falls, while the advent of a personalised mobility assistive robot could see it programmed to provide domestic service within the home. Safe and well Specific health-related concerns, such as the effects of dwindling hearing or sight loss, or the growth of conditions such as dementia, will be supported through ‘sensory-loss’ technologies that make homes safer, easier to manage, lighter and more adaptable. Sensitive design solutions using enabling technologies will help prevent incidents from occurring and address, for example, cookers being left on, baths overflowing or people becoming confused about their whereabouts. Our personal digital assistant may help us to self-diagnose, sparing trips to the GP, or we may be able to talk to our doctors remotely. And ‘holorportation’ may allow users to see, hear, and interact with others remotely as if both are present in the same physical space, via the use of 3D cameras. Home Smart Home The report explores how ‘cognitive living clusters’ will provide an energy efficient solution. Constructed through the integration of unconventional building fabrics with a preinstalled technical membrane, the homes will be independent from external energy supply requirements, and will even be able to produce additional energy to feed into the grid. Technology will be able to sense the target room temperature, pressure and lighting to create the right environment. And as for entertainment, we won’t need our TV or tablets as programmes may be beamed directly onto our retinas or glass eye wear.

Flexibility is essential Homes may also increasingly become intergenerational living spaces. Co-living may become more common, with younger couples needing affordable housing and older generations nearby to offer and receive support as required. Good inclusive design and technology can help to create modern, flexible spaces that can be adapted in the event that adult children need to care for frail parents. Tracey McDermott, added: “It is clear from this report that advances in smart technology will play an increasingly pivotal role in how we look to support those entering retirement living over the coming decades. As the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, we recognise the potential of the concept to revolutionise our industry and we hope this report will inform the thinking of all residential developers as well as the related service and product suppliers. We will be reviewing how its findings will impact our next generation of developments and look forward to the infinite possibilities that ‘Cognitive Homes’ offer for older adults.” The future is closer than we think Ian Spero, founder of the Agile Ageing Alliance which has been leading the Neighbourhoods of the Future project, said: “Some of the ideas covered in our report could be mistaken for science fiction, but they are all based in reality. In the words of science fiction author William Gibson: The future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed. “If housing providers are willing to listen and act, we can look forward to the growth of a new breed of smarter homes in our Neighbourhoods of the Future. Enabling our older selves to enjoy more meaningful, healthy and creative lives, which will in turn facilitate life affirming opportunities for personal development and social engagement.”


Doors & Walls March 2017

New Premises for Expanding aluminium systems company Continued success in the UK market has meant that leading aluminium systems company Reynaers has outgrown its existing office and warehouse facilities in Birmingham.

The new headquarters in Hollymoor Way, Northfield, represents a £6 million investment for Reynaers, and highlights the ongoing commitment the company has to the UK. Its new premises has been extended and completely refurbished, giving more than double the warehouse space and a modern, purpose-built facility. Martin Rennie, from D5 Architects, designed the new HQ. He said: “It was a real opportunity for the building itself to become a showroom for Reynaers’ products, and we emphasied this through the design of the glazing.” Justin Hunter, Managing Director at Reynaers, said: “We’ve moved into the offices after an extension, complete refurbishment and refit of the interiors of the original building, meaning we are now able to double our current capacity. The envelope looks fantastic and features the new Hi-Finity corner solution, Structurally Clamped curtain wall and parallel opening windows. “The building of our new UK Head Office and warehouse is a significant milestone for us as a team, and also for our customers who have supported us over the years. The building will act as a springboard to


further growth, as it will provide us with much-needed space and fantastic new facilities, which will serve us for many years to come.” The premises has more than twice as much warehouse space to allow vast stock holding and will house a dedicated showroom featuring Reynaers’ commercial, trade and high-end domestic products, various meeting rooms and bespoke conference facilities for up to 75 people. There is also a brand new Training Centre and new installation rig designed for development, training and testing. Visitors from throughout the industry are welcome to have a look at Reynaers’ wide range of high performance commercial and residential products. You can see the progress of the build here. Reynaers is exhibiting its products at this year’s FiT Show in May on Stand N10, pop by to find out more, contact 0121 421 1999, email:, or see the website:

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Case Study March 2017

AURA LIGHT IMPROVES ENVIRONMENT FOR TNT Aura Light has been involved in the replacement of a new warehouse lighting scheme at TNT in Croydon.



otherwise known as ‘The People Network’, offers a wide range of delivery services to people and businesses internationally. Aura Light’s PerseaLED luminaires were chosen to be installed at the site to reduce energy and improve working conditions.

Gareth Burge, Operations Manager at TNT Croydon commented “As a depot, we have been requesting new lighting for some time and our previous lighting was dull in colour, making working conditions a potential health and safety hazard. The installation of our replacement lighting

TNT’s preference to install luminaires with energy saving benefits also encouraged the decision to convert the lighting scheme to LED, where Aura Light offers improved and a sustainable lighting solution.

was quick and the new lighting has shown a huge improvement in staff morale, particularly to those working night shifts. The automatic sensors of the Aura PerseaLED’s mean they automatically switch off when no movement is detected so making further energy savings in our warehouse”.

Aura Light’s introduction of the PerseaLED was to provide a modern, energy efficient replacement for 400W high pressure sodium and metal halide high-bay luminaires at the TNT warehouse. The luminaire has been purposefully designed for applications in industry and warehouses.

He continued, “The quality of the images on our internal CCTV system has improved dramatically, giving us a sharper and brighter view of the warehouse. This has made a significant difference in reducing health

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WORKING CROYDON and safety risks and in averting any security breaches in the depot�. Available from 100W to 268W, the Aura PerseaLED has an efficiency of up to 141 lumens per circuit watt. The design offers two beam angle options for both wide and narrow light distribution, which can easily be altered if the arrangement of the environment is changed. The Aura PerseaLED features a highly efficient reflector material and is a maintenance free luminaire to withstand tough environments. Further information is available from Aura Light on 01952 250800, by emailing: or by visiting the company’s website at


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The new £41million Edinburgh Gateway Interchange station is bringing new opportunities and connections for train travel throughout the region as part of the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme. Delivered by Balfour Beatty & Lakesmere for Network Rail Scotland, much of the roofing of the new facility- part of a £742million railway network improvement scheme for the region- comprises single ply membrane, from Protan, specified by IDP Architects LLP. In total, approximately 900m2 of dark grey Protan SE1.6mm single ply, mechanically fixed, forms the five roofs over the platform circulation areas, pedestrian footbridge, plant room, transformer room and station building that connects the platforms to the adjacent tram stop. The roofs over the platform circulation areas further incorporate Protan Progrip R walkway system, to provide enhanced grip for maintenance workers, and Omega profiles for aesthetic interest.


Observed Andy Nelson, Protan’s Northern regional manager, “We have an established relationship with IDP Architects LLP, having worked with the practice on previous Network Rail projects such as the award-winning Haymarket Station upgrade, also using Protan SE and ProGrip. WE also have an established partnership with Lakesmere, so worked together throughout the project to ensure the single ply membrane works proceeded smoothly.” Designed to cope with extreme weather conditions without detriment, Protan SE membrane is independently tested and certified to provide durability and weather protection without degradation for up to 30 years. In addition, air leakage is controlled in line with the latest Building Regulations.

The 14mm thick Protan Progrip R is designed for heavy foot traffic, and is completely impervious to all weathers; cross-directional top ribs and a ‘diamond cut’ top surface deliver the high slip resistance required for potentially risky locations. Protan’s comprehensive range of single ply roofing solutions, produced at the company’s Norway manufacturing plant, are all designed to protect value for specifier and contractor. A full support service, from NBS specification and in-house CAD design through to technical advice and training is provided from Protan UK’s Warrington office, supported online @

March 2017

PLANTWORX PLANTWORX is the UK’s Largest Working Construction Equipment Show, hosted by the CEA (Construction Equipment Association). The 2017 event will be the biggest event to date, where visitors can expect to see the very latest in construction machinery and equipment innovation, which will set future trends. PLANTWORX combines live machinery demonstrations and applications offering an invaluable day out for everybody who works in construction. The event is designed to attract all types of construction professionals

everyone involved in purchasing and operating or who specify plant equipment or services. The 2017 PLANTWORX event will be 20% larger than the 2015 show. More exhibitor stands have been included and there is an increase in demonstration areas to meet the demands of both exhibitors and visitors. To date PLANTWORX has over 311 confirmed exhibitors with all the major leading brands in construction equipment, plant tools and services.

If you want to visit then register on the website Tickets and car parking are free. The PLANTWORX venue is held just south of Leicester in Bruntingthorpe, junction 20 of the M1. There are just 3 months to go for the biggest Construction Machinery event of the year – so make sure 6-8 June 2017 is in the diary!

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March 2017

Charcon Delivers at Ashton Market


art of a masterplan to transform the historic square into a modern and vibrant place, Tameside Council were looking for a paving solution that would preserve the character of the area, add design interest and showcase the space at its best.


Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has successfully completed delivery of over 4,000m2 of natural stone to Ashton Market Square in Tameside, Greater Manchester.

Inspired by Salford City Council’s successful Greengate public realm project, Tameside specified 4,100m2 of Italian Porphyry natural stone paving, including all of its ten distinct colour variations and hues. In addition to its striking aesthetics, Italian Porphyry was selected for its hard wearing, frost and skid resistant properties ensuring it would perform on durability in an area of high footfall.

Mike Davies, Category Manager for Charcon, said: “We were delighted to not only supply Tameside Council with the volume of Italian Porphyry natural stone required, in the full range of hues, but also to support them with design and delivery. Our partnership with Benchmark was also critical to ensure we were able to supply the project in a timely fashion. With natural stone taking care, attention and time to lay correctly, being able to call off smaller quantities at a time really assisted project delivery.

Charcon attended multiple design meetings and provided technical laying and delivery support for the Council’s in-house contracting team. A well-established supply network in Northern Italy meant that sourcing the full range of colour variations from a variety of different quarries was no issue.

“Premium natural stone, such as our Italian Porphyry, is becoming more and more popular in public realm spaces. It’s distinctive and looks great, is incredibly hard wearing and is reasonably easy to maintain because of its low absorbance rate giving it higher resistance to staining. It’s a great choice for high footfall city centre applications.”

As a busy, active market place, open seven days a week, the Council wanted minimal disruption. Upgrade works had to be phased, with parts of the market closed off during certain stages and supporting traffic measures put in place. Partnering with local merchant, Benchmark Building Supplies, Charcon was able to store all of the natural stone to be supplied at their Ashton compound, calling off necessary stocks as required on the job just a couple of miles down the road.

The redevelopment of Ashton Market will see the introduction of new stalls and kiosks, high quality landscaping and trees, a performance area, seating areas as well as new street furniture and lighting. The project will not only provide a brand new modern market for traders and shoppers but will also complement the multi-million pound “Vision Tameside” masterplan. To find out more about the Charcon range of products, visit

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March 2017

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


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

soak away has failed. We often get asked;

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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No. of persons

1 to 5

1 to 7

5 to 13

10 to 16

14 to 22

20 to 27

25 to 32

30 to 36

35 to 42

40 to 55

Max. average daily flow

750 ltr

1050 ltr

1800 ltr

2400 ltr

3300 ltr

4050 ltr

4800 ltr

5400 ltr

6000 ltr

8250 ltr

Max. BOD/day

300 g

420 g

780 g

960 g

1320 g

1620 g

1820 g

2160 g

2520 g

3300 g

In ground depth

2.25 m

2.25 m

2.44 m

2.74 m

2.74 m

2.98 m

2.98 m

2 x 2.74 m

2 x 2.74 m

2 x 2.98

Outside Diameter

1.85 m

1.85 m

2.10 m

2.10 m

2.10 m

2.55 m


2 x 2.10 m

2 x 2.10 m

2 x 2.53

Inlet invert

570 mm

570 mm

700 mm

700 mm

700 mm

820 mm

820 mm

700 mm

700 mm

820 mm

Outlet invert

670 mm

670 mm

800 mm

800 mm

800 mm

920 mm

920 mm

900 mm

900 mm

1020 mm

Weight empty

125 kgs

125 kgs

200 kgs

230 kgs

230 kgs

350 kgs

350 kgs

460 kgs

460 kgs

800 kgs

Total Capacity

2270 ltr

2270 ltr

3000 ltr

3975 ltr

3975 ltr

5610 ltr

6000 ltr

7950 ltr

7950 ltr

11220 ltr

E Range

27 w

42 w

65 w

84 w

130 w

130 w

210 w

230 w

280 w

280 w

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

March 2017 Tools & Equipment

F ENGEL GOES INTO COMBAT Making impressive inroads into the UK workwear and PPE market is Danish company F. Engel, one of Europe’s leading workwear manufacturers; UK workforces are now recognising Engel for its high quality, long lasting and superbly fitting clothing ranges and their suitability for almost any kind of work situation or outdoor use.


eading up the wide choice of brands under the Engel banner is the COMBAT collection which includes the Engel COMBAT ‘Tradesman’ work trousers with hanging tool pockets (2761-630) and the COMBAT Pilot jacket (232107). Designed for action to give maximum comfort and flexibility, both items have the brand’s instantly recognisable contrast stitching and reflective piping and are offered in a choice of colours. The work trousers have been designed to be as practical and useful as possible with many functional and easily accessible pockets including a Cordura hanging tool pocket either side and thigh pockets with flaps. In addition there are two flapped back pockets, a reinforced ruler pocket with extra sections, an adjustable hammer strap and Cordura reinforced knee pockets with two knee pad positions. The trousers have an extra deep hem so the length can be increased if required. Made from 65%

polyester, 35% cotton, 280 g/m2 and available in a wide range of sizes to ensure a perfect fit. Often sold alongside matching trousers, is the COMBAT pilot jacket. Made from 100% Oxford Polyester with PU coating 260g/ m2 with a quilted nylon lining and soft fleece collar, the jacket has pockets for almost every purpose throughout the working day so that everything is kept both safe and to hand when needed. It has adjustable cuffs with Velcro, a storm placket and a detachable hood with zipper. All Engel garments are available from The Workwear Trade Centre, Milton Keynes; Telephone: 01908 561569; email: and Anchor Safety, Ipswich; Telephone: 0800 328 5028; email: For more information visit: email: Mark McBrayne at or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197


Tools & Equipment March 2017

Snickers Advice on ‘What To Wear On Site’ This Spring and Summer Introducing the NEWEST Working Clothes that will best fit your warm weather workdays. You’ll find all need to know about the world’s most innovative range of summer working clothes in this FREE 52 page magazine – plus the latest news on Snickers Wearable Technology revolution. There’s plenty of information to help choose the right working clothes to suit your trade – shirts, lightweight jackets and unique summer WorkTrousers. Whether it’s in the RUFFWork, LITEWork, FLEXIWork or the ALLROUND workwear range, these are workclothes that

deliver superb functionality, comfort, protection and are equipped for any task at hand. Whatever trade you’re in, there’s something precisely for you in the Snickers range – garments that make working on site an altogether cooler experience in summer and every craftsman and craftswoman’s workday easier and safer. To get the catalogue visit the website at alternatively, call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788.

Snickers Classic Series 3 Work Trousers A classic to rely on with superb fit and functionality - whatever work you’re doing on site. You’ll find all need to know about the world’s most innovative range of summer working clothes in this FREE 52 page magazine – plus the latest news on Snickers Wearable Technology revolution. There’s plenty of information to help choose the right working clothes to suit your trade – shirts, lightweight jackets and unique summer WorkTrousers. Whether it’s in the RUFFWork, LITEWork, FLEXIWork or the ALLROUND workwear range, these are workclothes that deliver superb functionality, comfort, protection and are equipped for any task at hand. Whatever trade you’re in, there’s something precisely for you in the Snickers range – garments that make working on site an altogether cooler experience in summer and every craftsman and craftswoman’s workday easier and safer. To get the catalogue visit the website at alternatively, call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788.


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The Wearable Technology Revolution in Working Clothes Snickers WorkTrousers are now getting even ‘Smarter’ Snickers Workwear has always been renowned for its modern designs, innovative functionality and market-leading fabric technology.

suffering from pain in their knees. So we see that there is definitely room for improving their wellbeing beyond just knee protection - and our ‘Smart Workwear’ is one way”.

Now its WorkTrousers are getting even ‘smarter’ with the integration of technology to improve performance and wellbeing at work.

‘Tracker 1’ is Snickers’ first prototype of wearable technology, a chip fitted to a pair of WorkTrousers enabling the user to monitor work place noise levels, heat conditions and knee impact.

Wearable Technology is already woven into our daily lives through smartphones, fitness devices, sports clothing and accessories - to help monitor and improve performance.

Clark goes on to say, “Marketleading technology and innovation have long been hallmarks of Snickers Workwear.

A recent study carried out in Scandinavia* showed more than 50% of the professional craftsmen there are cutting corners at work and don´t use the available health and safety equipment as they should.

We are well known for our KneeGuard System, 37.5 Fabric Technology and technical functionality, but the integration of ‘smart’ wearable technology into our clothing shows the extent to which we are looking at

working clothes and wellbeing on site in a completely new way”. Getting more information about Snickers Workwear is easy. You can call the Helpline on 01484 854788; check out and download a digital catalogue; or you can email

David Clark, managing director of the Hultafors Group UK says, “Our experience is that craftsmen usually are so focused on getting the job done that personal protection tends to be overlooked”. But repeated ‘corner cutting’ over the years definitely creates a long-term health problem – an issue that Snickers Workwear has been continually addressing with its patented KneeGuard System. Clark says, “The study shows that 6 out of 10 craftsmen are


March 2017

Arco Celebrates New Partnership with UK Construction Giant, Wates Expert in safety, Arco, is celebrating a prestigious contract win with one of the UK’s largest family-owned construction, property services and development company – the Wates Group. The partnership is worth an estimated £2 million per annum, and will see Arco supply its quality personal protection equipment (PPE) to Wates for the next three years. Wates employs over 4,000 people, and works with more than 10,000 supply chain operatives and partners, therefore placing a significant need and responsibility on the provision of effective PPE to keep workers safe while carrying out a variety of tasks. Arco is perfectly positioned to fulfil the PPE requirements of Wates, and will be providing high-quality products that have been rigorously tested in Arco’s own independently accredited Product Assurance Laboratory, and that also comply with Arco’s ethical sourcing policy. Bryan Lawrie, Sales and Marketing Director at Arco Ltd, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Wates; not only because the company is a construction industry market leader, but also because a great synergy exists between Arco and Wates. Both are familyowned businesses with a real focus on upholding core values, such as integrity, intelligence, teamwork and performance, as well as a deep respect for employees and the community. This commitment is demonstrated by each company holding the ‘Investors in People’ status.” John Dunne, Group Safety, Health, Environment & Quality Director at Wates, said:

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“Wates has a wide remit within the builtenvironment sector and has a duty of care to protect all employees from harm. We have made a commitment to Zero Harm by 2020 across all our businesses. Working with leading suppliers like, Arco will help us to safeguard our employees with clothing and equipment which will protect them during the working day.”

March 2017

JSP launch VisiliteTM - Fibre Optic Illumination system for Evolution® Helmets

JSP Ltd has launched a unique new lighting system for their Industrial Safety helmets called the VisiliteTM. This fibre optic lighting system has been developed as a method of increasing worker visibility without dazzling colleagues in close proximity. The VisiliteTM has tough ABS casings making it highly durable to withstand knocks and scrapes. It is easy to fit to the JSP Evo range of Helmets –clips slide onto the front sides and rear of the helmet to keep it in place allowing fibre optic light to shine all around the helmet. The VisiliteTM offers three lighting modes – static, fast flash or slow flash to suit the user’s needs and is visible up to 50M. LED lights shine low level light down the fibre optic which is refracted by the engraved logos on the flexible optic strip. The unit is USB rechargeable, comes with a Micro USB cable and can be charged whilst fitted to the helmet. JSP’s Research and Department team commented that the VisiliteTM has been developed in reaction to certain customers who wanted to draw attention to their Construction workers to keep them visible on site and when they are travelling back and forth to their working area.

More information is available from, by emailing or calling +44 (0)1993 826050.


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


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

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


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


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Construction Update March 2017  
Construction Update March 2017