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Construction Update November 2016



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Industry News November 2016

Arup trials ‘living wall’ scaffolding system Arup has just launched a scaffolding system fitted with a green living wall to make building sites healthier and more attractive for local communities. by Arup and manufactured by Swedish living wall specialist Green Fortune, and is fitted with sensors to monitor its impact on noise, temperature and air pollution. It is hoped the temporary living wall scaffolding being used on the St Mark’s building project will reduce localised air pollution by up to 20% and dampen noise pollution by up to 10 decibels. The new system is being piloted on a Grade I listed Mayfair building project in London with developer Grosvenor. The temporary wall , named ‘Living Wall Lite’, has been designed

Alistair Law, Arup Façade Engineer and the Living Wall Lite’s developer said: “Living Wall Lite has the potential to transform scaffolding and hoardings into much more than just a cover up. By introducing plants and flowers, we can create a more attractive and healthier

environment for local residents, businesses and workers on site.” Mark Tredwell, development director of Grosvenor’s London estate, said: “This is a great initiative and is in line with our long-term ambition to improve the environmental sustainability of the buildings across our London estate, reducing emissions by 50% by 2030. “As the estate continues to adapt and evolve we want to ensure that the impact on the community is positive. As well as reducing air pollution, we hope the living wall will introduce a rich biodiversity to Mayfair and encourage people to linger in the area.”

Remmers Waterproofing Solutions Keep Guests Dry The roof of a busy hotel in the central of Manchester required general repairs and had failing waterproofing to the parapet walls The roof of a busy hotel in the central of Manchester required general repairs and had failing waterproofing to the parapet walls The building had been suffering from water ingress from the roof for a number of years which had gradually worsened over time. This had led to water damage to the interior and had highlighted problems with the parapet concrete wall above. The failed areas of waterproofing required replacing with a flexible water-proof system which could be terminated over the parapet wall and into the existing waterproofing.


Remmers Kiesol was used as an injection agent to remedy the damp in the brickwork and is ideal for fair-faced masonry with high moisture penetration. Remmers Multi-Tight 2K was also applied as it has a crack-bridging capacity five times more effective than the standard flexible mineral based waterproofing systems.

November 2016 Industry News

Rodin 33 The apartment building is located in a narrow site, with the dimensions of 7.8m wide by 28m long, on Rodin 33 street. This condition demands an accurate lecture of the architectural program. To optimize the interior space, we decided to look forward for a structural system that would allow us to enjoy the open space. The living room and dinner room are clearly connected to the exterior terraces taking the widest side of the site (7.8 meters). One apartment is located on each floor, allowing the user to take an interesting view of the Mexico City skyline. The façade is molded by a 20-squaremeter terrace that is contained by a concrete frame structure; this semi-open terrace allows the user to transform the space in an hybrid condition between interior and exterior space. In this way, the inhabitant can increase or decrease the interior space by the displacement of the glass façade. To provide natural lighting for each living space of the building we decided to create an interior 6-meter patio; this void divides the public and private areas. Two lateral walls of reinforced concrete are combined together with ten foundation piles 18 meters deep to support the entire structure of the building. Transversely a series of reinforced concrete beams running side by side defines each apartment floor. In parking lots you can appreciate the constructive system used throughout the development, and in this space the structure remains exposed. This constructive system allows us to optimize construction time. In two basements, we placed the lobby, two parking floors, elevators, engine rooms, water tank, services, and storage rooms.

More focus to be put on the shape and form of new houses Energy demand in new homes could be halved if more focus is put on the shape and form of housing being built, the latest report from the NHBC Foundation has found. The current Building Regulations methodology used to demonstrate energy/carbon compliance does not give credit for the energy efficiency inherent in simple forms of homes, and there has been little incentive for designers to use this as part of their low-energy strategies. This study shows that for the same floor area, the most efficient forms of housing such as mid-floor apartments may have less than half the energy demand of the least efficient forms, detached homes and bungalows. Further improvements in energy efficiency can be demonstrated for simply shaped buildings (rectangular rather than ‘L’ or ‘T’ shaped). The challenge of shape and form: Understanding the benefits of efficient design also shows that focusing on simple shapes does not mean homes have to be bland in their appearance. For example, using different materials can provide as much visual appeal as a complex shape. Additionally a consideration of shape and form can deliver energy efficiency without any increase in the cost of homes. Neil Smith, head of research & innovation at NHBC, said: “Whilst further improvements to the energy efficiency standards of Building Regulations have been paused for the time being, the challenge of climate change will not go away. This report provides a useful insight into an approach which starts by considering the inherent efficiency of good shape and form before adding the fabric insulation and efficient services that area also needed.”


Industry News November 2016

Steelwork contractor Severfield confirmed it has secured the frame contract for the 22 Bishopsgate tower in London as part of a haul of half a dozen contracts worth £72m.

Severfield confirms 22 Bishopsgate tower win Ian Lawson, chief executive officer of Severfield, said: “We are delighted to announce these new contract wins and are excited to be working with Multiplex on such a high profile development as 22 Bishopsgate. “This further demonstrates the breadth of the group’s capabilities and the quality of our order book. “The Group has a longstanding history of working on iconic London buildings such as The Shard, London Bridge Station and Wimbledon No 1 Court. Our design, experience and engineering skills have

resulted in a strong pipeline across a range of sectors.” Previously rival William Hare had been widely held as the likely steelwork contractor to take the job. AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets and development partner Lipton Rogers are developing the building, which will be the tallest in the Square Mile. The other five contracts include a commercial office development in the Midlands; two distribution centres in the South East; a research and development complex in Manchester and an extension to a retail complex in London.

New CPD from Aluprof ‘Thermal Design Choices for Aluminium Fenestration Systems’ is a new RIBA approved CPD from leading commercial systems supplier, Aluprof. The CPD aims to give specifiers the knowledge they need to specify the correct systems and their thermal characteristics on a ‘per project’ basis. Aluminium systems have evolved from the solid profiles of the 60’s and 70’s through the resin ‘fill and debridge’ methods of the 80’s and 90’s to the sophisticated polyamide thermal breaks of today. Whilst thermal calculation can determine a particular U value, does the structure it is being fixed into retain the high performance of the product or will it cold bridge and potentially cause issues? How do you best interpret a thermal simulation graphic to choose the best product? Is solar gain, ‘friend’ or ‘foe’? These are questions the CPD will seek to answer. The CPD will be delivered by one of Aluprofs’ experienced Specification Support Team who will be on hand to


answer any questions on systems and project applications that specifiers may have. With aluminium systems now achieving Passivhaus levels of insulation it is important to understand how these systems achieve such levels of insulation and how the glazing and structure need to be designed to offer clients the most appropriate solution. Aluprof systems are increasingly being specified on a wide range of residential and commercial projects across the UK. 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.

November 2016 Industry News

Historic yard redevelopment approved Aukett Swanke has secured planning permission for a mixed-use redevelopment scheme at the historic Newson’s Yard in London’s Belgravia.

Aukett Swanke has secured planning permission for a mixed-use scheme in Belgravia that seeks to enhance the area’s reputation as a premier design and retail district. Designed for the Grosvenor Estate, the project is situated at the historic Newson’s Yard site on Pimlico Road in the Belgravia Conservation Area. The proposals, drawn up after community consultation, incorporate the timber yard at 61 Pimlico Road, along with five adjoining retail/ residential properties. A series of interventions will see the conversion of the timber yard into a cathedral-like retail gallery retaining the principal fabric and double-height space, along with the brick piers and timber trusses. The design includes integrated light wells, lifts and staircases intended to open up and improve connections between the yard, the shops and the street. In total, four retail units will be provided creating circa 800 sq m of new retail space, while the existing five dwellings will be replaced by seven new homes. Andrew Murdoch, Aukett Swanke UK Director, said: “Most new speculative retail units are single storey boxes with a glass front – we have created two large units out of the old timber yard, which will have a double height, top-lit gallery at the rear, clearly visible

from the pavement. This will suit the current mix of retailers in Pimlico Road, both in terms of critical mass and quality of the internal retail environment by repurposing the historic, albeit unlisted, features.” Planners considered that the new scheme would enhance or preserve the character of the conservation area as well as resulting in additional economic activity and the possibility of more jobs for the local community. Residents of the new properties will be provided with lifetime (25 years) car club membership by Grosvenor to address potential increased pressure on on-street parking as a result of the development. As to be expected in such a significant area, the development scheme has attracted some controversy. Newson’s Yard is the oldest working timber yard in the country still operational on its original site, and current owner Travis Perkins set up a campaign for its preservation. The Pimlico Road Association also raised concerns about the plans, citing the possible loss of independent businesses that have helped the road become a world renowned interior design hub. Earlier this year, a petition was circulated country-wide among members of the antiques trade asking for support in opposing the development.

Persimmon to Build New Brick Manufacturing Facility in Yorkshire Housebuilding firm Persimmon says that the construction of a new “Brickworks” factory was a further investment in its manufacturing capability. The firm said that cost control and procurement discipline provided crucial support to its successful trading performance as it now looks to build a new brick factory in South Yorkshire. The new site, located close to Doncaster, is commissioned for the first quarter of next year and will be manufacturing a significant amount of Persimmon’s brick requirements. The announcement came in a third quarter trading statement that covered the period from July 1, 2016 to November 1, 2016.

Persimmon took encouragement from trading over the summer weeks straight after the EU referendum, with the volume of customers visiting Persimmon sites staying way ahead of the previous year. From then on, at the beginning of the autumn selling season, Persimmon said that customer activity strengthened in line with the traditional seasonal variations of the market. Since the group posted its half year results on August 23, 2016, private sales rate has been 19% ahead of last year, which represents a continuation of the stronger sales rate experienced during the summer weeks. The company is now fully sold up for this year and has around £757 million of forward sales reserved past 2016,

which is a rise of 4% on the same point last year. Persimmon said that the market has benefitted from strong lender support and resilient consumer confidence. However, the business has recognised that the uncertainty regarding the potential impact of the EU referendum result on the UK economy may go on for some time. Persimmon says that it is still cautious with regard to new land investment but has continued to progress attractive propositions on a selective basis. In a bid to support growth moving forward, the housebuilder is planning to open a new regional operating division near Nottingham on January 2, 2017.


November 2016

SketchUp 2016 has arrived!

SketchUp 2016 has recently launched and with this release we’re integrating Trimble Connect directly into SketchUp.

When you reference a file from any of these services (.skp or otherwise), LayOut will notify you when an update is available for your ‘web reference.’

As a refresher, Connect is Trimble’s platform for storing, syncing, referencing, sharing, and collaborating on design/build projects. Sign up for a free account, then start uploading .skp, .pdf, .dxf, .ifc. files. With this integration, we’re packaging the current Trimble Connect Extension into the installer.

Say goodbye to missing references when different people are working on the same .layout document within a cloud sync folder that also contains the referenced files.

The TC integration is accessible from the File menu, and will allow users to upload, pull down, and update SKP’s from Trimble Connect project folders. As you’re modelling you can even pull in and update reference SketchUp models as if they were locally hosted components. Learn more about Trimble Connect... In SketchUp 2016, a context click on a component gives you the opportunity to reload (or swap out) a new component directly from 3D Warehouse. This action will reload every instance of that component in your model (similar to the same action in the Components Browser), so it’s a helpful method for working with proxy models. And if your component was downloaded from 3D Warehouse, you can also use the context-click to quickly access its 3DWH details page.


With this release, LayOut’s reference objects are now web friendly. That means your LayOut projects can reference and update files that are stored and synced with services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Trimble Connect Sync.

We’re proud to announce our first step towards an extension ecosystem for LayOut. Using this new API, developers can now create and customize .layout files from SketchUp models. Practically, this means that other applications can import or export the *.layout file format using the C API. (This includes creating a .layout file from SketchUp.). We have several sample scripts for developers to try out at release, along with a blog post where they can learn more. Learning and utilising SketchUp’s inference engine makes for fast and precise modelling. In this release, we’ve oiled that engine to provide slicker inferencing and locking across the board. This improvement is actually an entire set of smart tweaks we’ve made to inferencing and locking. You can download SketchUp Pro 2016 for free on a 30 day trial. After this time, the software will revert to SketchUp Make. Elmtec is the distribution partner for SketchUp in the UK. Contact us for more information on 01844 263750 or visit

SketchUp 2016 is here!

Connected, refreshed and best of all....still SketchUp.

SketchUp, Connected Reference, sync, comment, report, and share: SketchUp 2016 is more connected than ever to the projects, information, and people you work with.

Simple, intuitive, just right Every day, we obsess over making SketchUp seamless and efficient. Here’s what our obsession yielded in SketchUp 2016. • • • •

Enhanced inferencing and tool improvements Customiseable Utility Trays on Windows Refreshed Textures LayOut Layers

SketchUp Pro licensing is now friendlier than ever before. Every SketchUp 2016 download starts with a 30-day trial of Pro features.

Contact Elmtec, Sketchup’s distribution Partner in the UK


T: 01844 263750


Editor’s Choice November 2016

Project: Islington Customer Centre Location: Islington, London. Contracted company: Olivers Contracts UZIN sales agent: Jon Turbutt Supporting architect: N/A refurbishment. Floor construction working time in hours (approx.): Over 4 weekends.

UZIN installation systems: • Remove all contamination and loose latex with WOLFF Samba. • UZIN PE 280 to form a barrier between the cementitious subfloor and the calcium sulphate smoothing compound. • UZIN NC 888 rapid drying feather coat for small repair work. • UZIN NC 110, low stress, calcium sulphate based smoothing compound. • UZIN KE 66 high temperature adhesive for installing the luxury vinyl tiles.

Islington Customer Centre, London The job/challenge: The client approached Olivers Contracts to refurbish 900 m2 of old flooring which had become contaminated and worn from general foot traffic. There were also a few cracks in certain areas. A floor covering had not been present for several years and instead the old subfloor had been coated with some form of seal and paint. Overall, the floor appeared soft and a little unstable which indicated a weak latex based smoothing compound had been installed previously. It was also clearly visible that small areas across the floor had been patched in suggesting previous failures in those areas. A further concern for Olivers Contracts was that premium luxury vinyl tiles needed to be installed within open and expansive areas containing large windows. Consequently, the floor would be subject to a considerable amount of natural light and potential heat. The floor preparation and installation therefore had to be perfect. On top of this the


footfall in these areas was going to be high so the installation system needed to be strong even though it would be applied over a soft latex subfloor. Olivers Contracts needed to resolve the problems with the subfloor whilst ensuring the subsequent installation of the new floor covering was adequately protected. For peace of mind Olivers Contracts chose a UZIN system because minimising risk was essential.

The solution / implementation: Previous installations had been undertaken by other contractors by applying low strength latex based smoothing compounds. This resulted in a soft subfloor because the seal and paint were applied directly to the latex. Olivers Contracts therefore turned to UZIN’s premium quality product systems to resolve the problem. A Wolff Samba machine with a diamond bits was first used to remove all contamination and loose latex. UZIN NC 888 feather coat was then used

in a few small areas before UZIN PE 280 primer was used to create a barrier between the cementitious subfloor and UZIN NC 110 calcium sulphate based smoothing compound. The luxury vinyl tiles were then installed with UZIN KE 66 high temperature adhesive. Olivers Contracts decided to use UZIN NC 110 smoothing compound as it provided the perfect solution to remedy the projects problems. The product is virtually stress free which dealt with the soft and suspect subfloor whilst offering a strong compressive strength for the new floor covering. The flow and ‘glass like’ smooth finish were ideal and the great coverage provided an added bonus.

The result: The project took place over 4 weekends as planned, without any complications. The client was exceptionally pleased with the finish throughout all areas and there has not been any form of subfloor or product failure since the work was completed.

November 2016 Editor’s Choice


Construction group SDC saves space, time and money with new SMART OKI Multifunction Printers Customer Background SDC is a construction company group that works across a variety of sectors including research and development, commercial, manufacturing, automotive, healthcare and education. As a result, it often has around 20 to 30 concurrent live projects on the go – each with their own temporary site manager’s office.

The Challenge Building sites can be a tough environment for any printer. It needs to be able to cope with anything, from dust and mud clogging up its insides to rough-handling by a constant stream of users and being moved from site to site. The main challenge is space. SDC had a selection of devices in each of its site offices including A4 mono and A3 colour printers for the many drawings needed for each project, day-to-day office printing and a separate photocopier, all causing space restrictions in an already limited workplace.

Why OKI? The decision was made to standardise all devices so that they originate from a single vendor. Some of SDC’s existing units were OKI printers which had proved robust and reliable, so OKI seemed the obvious choice. The OKI Smart Multifunction Printer (MFP) passed the

test with flying colours and an order for several new Smart MC853dnct MFP’s followed.

Customer Quote “The reason for going for that specific device was to have all the functionality in one place – it can print, scan, fax and photocopy. It is very compact so it just sits in the corner and doesn’t take up any desk space,” says Kit Lock, IT Technician at SDC. “We also wanted a machine that could replicate the finer details on drawings but – at the other end of the spectrum – quickly print out a big Wet Paint sign. We need these quickly because we are working with the public much of the time. They have to be good quality so people can read them,”

“We have been impressed by the quality, speed and overall performance of the OKI smart printers.” Kit Lock, IT Technician - SDC

Find out more about OKI Smart Multifunction Printers at

Conclusion “We are expecting to make savings through standardised consumables and a reduction in number of devices” says Lock. “It has made life in the IT department a lot easier as we are not installing machines right, left and centre. All the devices are set up the same, staff can go to any site and print straightaway. Also there’s no scanning software involved because it’s all done through the machine.” OKI MC853dn Multifunction Printer

Arturo by Arturo Studio

A unique floor can determine the atmosphere of a room or workplace. Arturo offers a wide range of possibilities with resin-based flooring systems and pushes the boundaries of flooring designs. For projects that demand performance and beautiful aesthetics, Arturo provides an ideal solution. The huge variety of RAL colours allows designers and specifiers the opportunity to create stunning floor designs. Discover what a floor can do. Unit 2 Mitchell Court - Central Park - Rugby - Warwickshire - CV23 0UY T +44 (0)1788 530080 -

Floors November 2016

News: FSC 100% Sustainable Fully Recycled High Quality Composite Maintenance Free Decking To Match Our Engineered Wood Flooring We are now able to supply to order Composite Decking with composite joists for any outdoor solution where you want the outside to match the interior wood flooring. Because we use recycled plastic and wood waste to make this we can give our client a full FSC 100% chain of custody. With Sustainable Building Solutions at the top of everyone’s agenda it is important for our environment that we recycle as much as possible. Supplied with all fittings and fixtures for easy installation Advantages of WPC: 1. A synthetic material made from waste plastic & wood discharged from mills & factories 2. Non-pollution & energy saving 3. Similar to Natural wood in appearance & feel 4. WPC can withstand extreme temperatures form minus 20 degrees or more to 45 degrees or more. It also has sufficient elasticity for us to be able to mould and extrude into various shapes.

5. Water resistant 6. WPC resists corrosion and is not affected by bacteria or insects such as Termites, beetles etc. 7. WPC can be easily shaped using heat, moulds & special extrusion technology and equipment 8. This is an extremely versatile and durable building material.

Applications: Balconies, Garden landscapes, leisure squares, water parks, wharf waterside applications with post and rail, municipal gardens, construction materials including wall cladding and decking. We can supply a complete solution to order. This service is offered to our major clients and minimum quantities apply. If you specify our flooring and need the “inside out” look we can produce a WPC decking solution that will match our boards in colour. Please call 01666 504015 for more information and prices.


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o add to this growing crisis the removal of the cap on student numbers in UK universities has seen a 3% rise in university enrolment across the country. This has meant a shortage of accommodation with some students having to share bunk bed rooms in halls, whilst others have been given reduced rate hotels with two weeks to find alternative accommodation. The exciting news is people are finally seeing offsite construction as the answer. This month the government announced new plans to build more than 100,000 modular homes to meet the one million homes target by 2020 Music to Premier Modular’s ears. They had already identified this gap in the market back in 2010 and developed an innovative modular building system. This efficient light gauge steel frame, factory engineered product is constructed by skilled assembly teams in the company’s 22 acre site in Yorkshire.

How off-site construction can beat the housing crisis and maximise on investment We have all seen the reports on the ongoing housing crisis. The prediction is that at least 200,000 new homes will need to be built year on year until 2020 to avert this situation. Despite some upturn in house building output last year; many analysts believe the industry remains at least some 100,000 houses a year short to meet demand.

The modular houses, apartments or rooms are assembled not by traditionally skilled tradesmen but rather by manufacturing and engineering trained factory operatives. This opens up the possibility of significantly contributing to the shortage without the need for finding more scare traditional resource. These products offer significant advantages in many other areas: Foremost are the time benefits, as manufacturing is done on a flow line there is no risk of late delivery from outside forces such as the weather. Rooms can be manufactured at a rate of 25 per week and complete houses at a rate of 20 per week, with minimal onsite time.


This speed of construction not only reduces labour rates and prelims but gives a much faster return on investment whether clients are selling or gaining a monthly rental income.

environment and with as much as 75% of the buildings manufactured offsite, the risk of accidents on site is greatly reduced.

Modules are constructed to exacting quality levels in the controlled factory

Premier completed a 5 storey 206 bedroom student accommodation

block for an immoveable Sept 2015 start of term deadline. Located in Newcastle Upon Tyne city centre it consisted of a mixture of 54 studio flats, 105 en-suite bedrooms and 2 accessible en-suite rooms with associated living spaces, kitchens

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and study areas. 300 modules were fitted out and decorated in the factory, whilst the foundations and demolition commenced on site. Premier was the preferred supplier due to speed of programme and the high quality finish that could be provided. Rachel Davis, Business Development Director at Premier Modular said ‘Completing this project using off site construction not only gave the investors a whole year of additional return, it was also a deciding factor in ‘The Foundry’ winning ‘Project of the Year Up to £10m’ at the Construction News Awards’. Premier adapted the same frame to create their housing product which meets all 5 main elements required to achieve a BRE Green Guide Rating of B or above and is designed to achieve a Code for Sustainable Housing Level 3 or above. The dwellings also meet the requirement of Life Time Homes. Premier Modular has now completed several housing projects including their first code 5 sustainable housing development in Hull. To ensure

houses are fully mortgageable Premier offers an insurance backed warranty package.

activity and we have a diminishing pool of skilled tradesman. Offsite construction can be the only answer.

In a market where an increased rate of build is required, building standards are increasing, a reduction of accidents and incidents is expected despite the increase in

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November 2016

TechZone™ from Armstrong Ceilings is now simpler to use.

Armstrong Ceilings has further simplified its ground-breaking TechZone™ system, which was the industry’s first easy-to-specify-and-install ceiling solution with integrated technical services, to be offered as a standard solution. TechZone™, which was pioneering when it was launched in 2009, is now available as four standard layouts which easily organise lighting, air diffusers and returns into 100mm and 150mm wide technical zones. A range of compatible fixtures from Armstrong’s partner companies for the building


services elements (Trox for air diffusers and XAL and Zumtobel for lighting) have also been prequalified for fit and finish to give a clean, monolithic look using standard ceiling panels and suspension systems. All specifiers have to do is design the layout from either Armstrong’s CAD/Revit library or their own imagination, then choose the

field panels, technical panels, suspension systems and perimeter treatments. Field panels are Armstrong’s Ultima+ and Ultima+ OP, Perla and Perla OP 0.95 and Optima mineral tiles and planks with Microlook 90 or SL2 edge profiles. These tiles and planks deliver environmentally and acoustically as Perla OP 0.95 was the first

November 2016 to create inspiring ceiling designs with higher ceiling heights, zero plenum interference and on-centre continuous or non-continuous layouts. The unique solution is designed to be installed as a full new system but it can also be retrofitted to existing 600mm by 600mm ceiling modules to bring an even cleaner monolithic visual to open and closed-plan spaces in buildings such as offices, schools, hospitals and retail outlets. The integrated system allows the high-performance XAL Leno Grid Led luminaire to be installed from below to eliminate the requirement for ceiling re-work when it is specified with factory-finished Armstrong ceilings panels (Ultima+, Ultima+ OP and Perla OP 0.95) and the Prelude 15 XL2 suspension system. It also integrates with Axiom pre-engineered perimeter systems and transitions and can be incorporated into canopies. Architects and designers simply follow the TechZone™ specification phases of choosing a standard layout or creating their own, then choosing their panels, suspension systems, perimeter treatment and accessories. Armstrong’s 600mm by 600mm mineral tiles are typically used throughout, with the 600mm by 550mm brought in when there is a linear light to fit. Lighting strips can be as long as 2,400mm.

mineral tile in the world to be Cradle to Cradle certified, the Ultima+ range was the first mineral ceiling tile range in the world to be Cradle to Cradle certified, and the suspension system – the Prelude 15 XL2 grid – is now also Cradle to Cradle certified, making the complete system (tiles and grid) the ultimate green ceiling system. In addition, Perla OP 0.95, Ultima+ OP and Optima all deliver to sound

absorption Class A. The improved TechZone™ system has enabled Armstrong to meet the growing trend for linear lighting. At the same time, Armstrong has teamed up with XAL Lighting to launch the On Centre linear lighting solution. It makes it even easier for architects and specifiers

The new premium system gives an ultra-contemporary visual with the narrow 100mm linear lighting centred on the grid using standard ceilings and suspension systems to create custom looks. The lighting goes between and parallel to the grid main runners so only requires an additional hanger for installation, making it as quick and easy to install as standard systems. TechZone™ incorporating linear lighting has its own dedicated CAD drawings available from Armstrong’s Architectural Specialities office and is covered by Armstrong’s 30-year system warranty*.


Doors November 2016



rchitectural aluminium systems by leading supplier Kawneer have been used on a RIBA award-winning leisure and community centre for their aesthetics and technical capabilities. Two types of Kawneer curtain walling – AA®100 zone-drained and AA®110 mullion-drained SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) with 50mm and 65mm sightlines respectively – alongside AA®541 topand side-hung casement windows and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors feature on the £16 million redeveloped Ashington Leisure Centre in Northumberland. Designed by frequent Kawneer specifiers Ryder Architecture for Northumberland County Council, the 6,400m2 integrated leisure and community facility was briefed in as the centrepiece for Ashington town centre’s strategic regeneration. The brief was also to design a high-quality facility to replace old leisure centre and library buildings, which would make a real difference in terms of skills, health and work opportunities, acting as a catalyst for economic growth, social improvement and enhanced wellbeing. The dry leisure accommodation provides sporting facilities within a flexible six-court sports hall designed to accommodate an array of sports including cricket, badminton, football and gymnastics. In addition, there are two multi-purpose studios, a spinning studio, a new fitness gym, a library and a soft play area. Wet leisure accommodation includes a 25m six-lane swimming pool with spectator seating, a studio pool and a beauty treatment spa. The building has significant glazed elements to the atrium, including clerestory glazing along its full length and full Kawneer curtain walling facades on the east and west elevations. The pool hall has a fully-glazed Kawneer façade to the west elevation and sits behind a series of feature concrete fins which frame the elevation, while the fitness gym is articulated as a feature projecting glass box. The glazed elements create strong visual connections, provide a sense of activity, and flood the building with natural daylight. This is in stark contrast to the old leisure centre and library buildings which provided very little transparency and natural daylight. Overall, the glazing helps to create a welcoming environment which attracts users into the building and ultimately encourages them to stay for extended periods of time. Operated by Active Northumberland, the new building by Carillion on the 1.4-hectare site of a former supermarket is of steel frame with prefabricated concrete façade, zinc rainscreen and the Kawneer curtain walling which was installed, along with the Kawneer windows and doors, by approved specialist sub-contractor SG Aluminium. Inside, the palette of materials is equally varied, with laminated timber joists within the swimming pool hall, feature timber ceiling, glass balustrades and plywood and stone cladding.

Kawneer glazing helps lick a new leisure centre into shape Elements from all of Kawneer’s architectural glazing ranges feature on a new leisure centre.

Ryder Architecture, who had to design to Sport England, ASA and Cricket ECB requirements, undertook a detailed engagement process with the client stakeholder group to develop the brief. This necessitated a process of concurrent engineering to develop multiple designs which were gradually refined to the final solution. Associate Patrick McMahon said: “As an organisation we are very familiar with the Kawneer range of products and we have used Kawneer on several projects over recent years. In this particular scenario Kawneer was suggested by the contractor as a value engineering option which would achieve the desired quality whilst offering the client a saving. “The curtain walling (including integral doors) has been used extensively within the pool hall, fitness gym and central atrium, with a combination of capped and capless incorporated. We also integrated louvre sun shading within the curtain wall system to both south and west-facing elements of the atrium. “It plays an important part in the overall building composition. A core ambition for the project was to create a highly transparent building which would facilitate passive engagement with the building’s community and sport accommodation. The client has expressed great satisfaction with both the design and built quality of the building.” He added: “We designed the building around a limited palette of robust, highquality materials. The curtain walling system provides very simple, neat, minimalist interface details against the concrete cladding to the façade and zinc rainscreen to the roof. “Responsibly sourced building materials are a fundamental driver within our projects. Our curtain walling specification stated a requirement for BRE Green Guide A+ rating. The installed system satisfied both

our aesthetic aspirations and the technical requirements of the project.” Ashington Leisure Centre won a RIBA North East Award 2016 and was shortlisted in the RCIS Tourism and Leisure awards. The RIBA judges said: “Ashington Community and Leisure Centre is the result of considerable consultation with many stakeholders to replace existing separate facilities into a combined centre. The result is a community and leisure facility that sets a high benchmark and precedent for design excellence, marking the beginning of regeneration for the town centre. “Externally the building stands with civic pride facing the town centre. The scale of the large volumes: the triple height entrance foyer and pool elevation are fenestrated with tall glazed panels bringing elegance and emphasis to the entrance area. “Internally the triple-height foyer space acts as an internal street, connecting the main entrance to rear car park. It is here that the library is found, sharing the foyer with the reception, café and soft play area. This space is a generous and open environment where noise is welcomed but not intrusive. Careful planning separates dry leisure accommodation from wet areas, whilst retaining visual connections between spaces across the foyer. The variety of spaces is complex and varied yet well balanced due to the careful arrangement of the plan around the street, simple detailing and a controlled palette of materials. “It was evident at the time of visit that this building serves its community well. The jury was struck by the variety of people, age ranges and abilities using all parts of the building. It was clear that the original operational targets have been surpassed and that the new centre is significantly contributing to the economic sustainability, social improvement and wellbeing of the wider area.”

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Laing O’rourke Chosen as Preferred Bidder for New Retail & Hospitality Development In Dubai Laing O’Rourke has been selected as the preferred bidder for a retail and hospitality project, developed as a joint venture between Emaar Properties and Dubai World Trade Centre, as part of the EXPO 2020 Dubai South masterplan.


he project comprises of a 216,340 sq metre shopping mall with car parking and two hotels. Construction will begin later this year and the project is scheduled to be completed the second half of 2019, ahead of EXPO 2020, which is being hosted in the Dubai South complex. Mark Andrews, Managing Director for Laing O’Rourke’s Middle East business, commented:


“It’s very exciting to be named preferred bidder for the new retail and hospitality development as it will be one of the main lifestyle hubs in the heart of one of the largest developments in the Middle East. The masterplan for Dubai South is impressive and we look forward to working alongside the client and all stakeholders to ensure this project is delivered to the highest quality.”

Laing O’Rourke has been appointed to work collaboratively with the project team to deliver this fast track project. Dubai South, formerly known as Dubai World Central, was originally launched in 2006 and once complete, it will be a 145 sq kilometre city with a population of one million, and home to what will be the world’s largest airport once complete, the Al Maktoum International Airport. Laing O’Rourke was named preferred bidder for the development, which will serve the 25 million visitors expected for Expo 2020 Dubai, as well as the Dubai South community in the long-run.

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needs and to regulate our working practice accordingly so that we are in step together. We’re happy to have delivered with great results for this client.”

Barry Clarke, technical director for Carweb adds: “We’ve been particularly taken by the Saracen Interiors has completed work for vehicle registration search and technical data supplier, Carweb, team’s sensitivity to our working needs. It was at the company’s new offices in West Malling, Kent. The essential that the fit out was completed as quickly as possible and Saracen recognised full fit out followed on from a project that the leading this and pulled out all the stops to make this workplace consultant completed for sister company, happen while remaining focused on the detail motor claims processing expert, Audatex at the of the job and ensuring that the finished project beginning of this year and has taken just six weeks to met expectation. We’re delighted with the end complete. result !” Valued at £200,000 and covering approximately 4000 square feet of commercial space, the fit out was undertaken Over the past decade, Saracen’s status has as a fast track project to enable Carweb’s team to move into gradually changed from a South East fit out concern to a national full service enterprise. the offices as soon as possible. Its number of staff has grown along with its turnover and the company continues to invest The full project included the installation of six metre in local apprentices, training initiatives and partitioning and LED lighting; the relocation of air industry-specific innovations such as BIM. conditioning systems to complement the new layout; alterations to power and data; the fitting of new flooring Saracen’s recent clients include Coca Cola, and a suspended ceiling; the construction of a new toilet block to accommodate all staff and to allow for future team CH2M, Belvoir Lettings, First Property, Murata, expansion; the supply of all furniture and the installation of YUM Restaurants, Tata Communications, TE Connectivity, Loma Systems, Gray’s Inn electric vehicle charge points. Chambers, Libra Group, Creature of London, Aspect Property Group, Motofix, Flight Joint managing director of Saracen Interiors, Michael Page Safety, Countrywide PLC, Knight Frank, Mitie has been happy to build on existing good relations and to add Carweb to the portfolio: “We managed to strike a really Engineering, Pizza Hut, Redrow Homes, Thames Water, Toshiba, TAG Aviation, Viatel, BAE good working rapport with the team at Audatex and we’re pleased that we were recommended on the strength of our Systems, Sue Ryder Care, North Surrey Primary Care Trust, Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospital attention to detail and high level of customer service. Our aim is to develop a keen understanding of each customer’s NHS Trust.


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November 2016

James Latham has announced that WoodEx®, its premium quality, engineered hardwood and softwood timber product, is now recognised as a registered trademark with the UK Patent Office.


ntroduced into the market four years ago, WoodEx® is made from European Ash, European Redwood, European Oak, Sapele and Grandis and the UK’s biggest independent timber and panel products distributor is now seeing this versatile timber being specified in more and more joinery projects. WoodEx® offers numerous features and benefits. It has two high-quality, clear faces for use in joinery applications and is ideally suitable for use in timber doors and windows as the product offers greater dimensional stability. In addition, Lathams can supply the product either as finger jointed or as one piece. James Latham’s Group Product Sales & Development Manager for WoodEx®, Paul Leach, commented: “Achieving registered trademark status is great news for us, apart from the obvious



Recognised as a Registered Trademark protection and exclusivity it affords, it not only enhances the WoodEx® brand but also demonstrates the support and long term plans we have for this great product. “Demand is increasing all the time and our stock now covers a wide range of sizes and species, providing a versatile addition to our already extensive timber range.” WoodEx® is available ex-stock in lengths of 0.8m to 3m, (6.0m in finger jointed faced Redwood) and in sizes ranging from 48mm x 95mm to 72mm x 120mm. Special sizes and lengths are also available to order.

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Bathrooms November 2016

Lakes Bathrooms launches

ultra-clear PureVue glass without charge Shower enclosure specialist, Lakes Bathrooms, has launched PureVueHD, an optically superior, low-iron glass that appears entirely clear. This new high quality glass is being offered as standard on shower enclosures, doors and bath screens in both its Classic and Coastline Collection, so no incremental charge will be made for this high-end, ultra-clear look. PureVueHD has minimal iron content, meaning that the glass appears clear, rather than having the green tinge that is visible in standard glass. This is because very high transmission levels, of around 90 per cent, enable as much light as possible to pass through PureVueHD glass, making everything viewed through it appear lighter and brighter. With standard glass the iron content reduces light transmission, which creates the green hue that tints everything viewed through it and is particularly noticeable on the edges of the shower enclosure, door or bath screen. According to Lakes Bathrooms, this dramatically clearer glass allows the bathroom’s colour palette to be viewed with untainted accuracy. It likens the difference in colours, sharpness and enhanced clarity that PureVueHD makes in the bathroom to the vivid quality brought to the living room by high definition TV. Whilst low-iron glass can cost as much as 50 per cent more due to the higher grade of silica that it demands, Lakes Bathrooms is supplying it as standard; without adding to its prices. So this visual luxury is now part of all products in its Classic and Coastline collections (excluding only the Mirror range). Enthusing about this innovation, managing director, Robin Craddock, explains “Given how much care goes into the design


and finish in any bathroom, it’s frustrating to see décor tainted by the green shade in standard glass. So we are excited to introduce PureVueHD ultra-clear, low-iron glass, which allows the real beauty of the bathroom to be seen perfectly clearly. We are introducing it as standard and bearing the incremental cost ourselves, to ensure that this clarity and quality is readily available, effortless to choose and essential to specify.” The choice of PureVueHD products includes shower enclosures, shower doors and bath screens, with over 40 styles. The latest walk-in ranges are included, plus heavier thickness glass, which shows even more strongly the contrast between standard ‘green’ and this new ultra-clear glass. Adding to the glass clarity, Lakes Bathrooms continues to treat both sides of its Classic and Coastline products with stay-clean AllClear® coating as standard, it says to maximise the clear PureVueHD advantage. This high performance coating is applied during manufacture and its repellent properties ensure that these products require less cleaning than standard bathrooms surfaces. PureVueHD products start from £145.00 plus VAT and are detailed in the latest catalogue from Lakes Bathrooms. For more information or to find the nearest stockist visit

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CONTINUOUS FLOW UP TO 7% MORE COST EFFECTIVE AECOM, a major global player in the building engineering services consultancy arena, has concluded a report showing that continuous flow water heating systems have a clear advantage in terms of initial capital costs as well as life cycle costs over 20 years, when compared with stored hot water systems*. The study** shows that continuous flow water heating systems can be up to 7% more economical than equivalent ‘traditional’ stored hot water systems. AECOM was commissioned to carry out a life cycle study on continuous flow water heating systems, and to provide a comparison with conventional storage systems. Two case studies were provided that are based on projects using continuous flow water heating systems. AECOM then determined an equivalent storage based system for each case


study and compared operational and capital costs. For the life cycle comparison, the analysis period was 20 years, based on the expected service life. The net present value (NPV) calculation is based on a discount rate of 3.5% (The GREEN BOOK - HM Treasury), an inflation rate of 2% for servicing costs and projected retail fuel costs from DECC1. In both case studies the continuous flow system showed a clear advantage in terms of initial capital costs, as well

as life cycle costs over 20 years, with the continuous flow system consistently lower in energy use than the two storage systems. Case study 1 This was a system for a typical, small, pre-fabricated fast food restaurant. It is assumed the system only serves the hot water demand. The life cycle analysis includes the initial capital costs, projected annual fuel costs, and estimated annual servicing costs which are assumed to increase by 2% each year. The annual fuel cost assumes the same daily fuel consumption over the whole year. The servicing cost is based on £130/year per boiler, and £160/year for a boiler and cylinder. The resulting net present values of the three showed that the continuous flow system is 6 - 7% lower than the two storage systems based on that 20-year analysis period.

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SYSTEMS EMPLOYED IN THE STUDY * Indirect fired storage systems This consists of separate heat source and storage cylinders, where for this study the heat source will be gas fired boilers running on 80ºC flow and 60ºC return with gross efficiency of 89%. As the hot water is stored at 60ºC in insulated cylinders there will be standing heat losses. The standby electricity is assumed to be 15W per boiler, and 60W when operating to cover fan and controls.

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Case study 2 This was a system for a shower block in a holiday camp, with six showers and four basin taps. For the continuous flow option, the analysis is based on a configuration of 4 continuous flow water heaters that each have a nominal output of 48 kW, which, for this particular application, because there is a very short run of pipe work between the water heaters and the fixtures, it is possible for the water heaters to generate water at 40°C. The risk of legionella is overcome by regular flushing of the system. For the energy required to deal with the instantaneous hot water demand the analysis assumes that the bulk of the hot water demand would be due to the showers. Each shower would typically have a flow rate of around 9 litres per minute, which if mixed to 40ºC would equate to an instantaneous load of around 19 kW each, so even if there was only one shower running, the load on a single continuous flow water heater would equate to an efficiency of 95% based on the performance curve. As the hot water demand increases, the modular nature of this particular configuration would allow the 95% efficiency to be maintained for the bulk of the demand. The difference in daily fuel costs between the three systems is around 7%. The usage profile for this case study is particularly suited to continuous flow systems (i.e. high but infrequent demand over the day), which is why there is an advantage in fuel consumption over the storage systems.

This is where the hot water storage cylinder has an integral gas burner to directly heat the water, and the key difference with indirect fired storage systems is that they are designed to operate in condensing mode and generally achieve gross efficiency up to 96%. A disadvantage of direct fired storage systems is that the standing losses are around 3 times higher than indirect storage cylinders.

Continuous flow systems This is essentially a gas boiler that is designed to instantaneously heat mains water for supply directly to water fixtures without any storage. The key advantages with this type of hot water heating, is firstly saving in space needed for hot water cylinders and the associated standing heat losses. The challenge is that instantaneous hot water demand can vary hugely for most systems and therefore the continuous flow heating system needs to have a wide modulation range as well as maintaining efficiency over that range.

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November 2016

GAS APPLIANCE REGULATION I was recently asked by bsi to sit on their panel of experts for a seminar they ran on the introduction of the Gas Appliance Regulation. I think it was a case of them failing to find an expert so they rang me! So, why is the Gas Appliance Regulation in the scope. Manufacturers also have important and what has it go to do with to carry out a risk assessment on their products over the intended use so as Johnson & Starley? to minimise any safety concerns. When Well, there is a piece of European legislation designing and constructing the appliance, that currently exists called the Gas and when drafting the instructions, the appliance Directive which covers the safety manufacturer shall envisage not only the requirements for products across Europe. intended use of the appliance, but also This is really important for consumers as it the reasonably foreseen use. For example sets out the essential requirements that a using a cooker to heat a room. product must meet if it is to be sold in the The new Regulation comes into force on EU. 21st April 2018 and will apply to any new What has changed earlier this year is that product designs put onto the market after the EU has now turned this Directive, which this date. It will not apply to existing designs sets the direction for an EU member state that are already being sold. (e.g. UK) to follow, to a Regulation where our Overall, the changes should help to legislation has to follow it word for word. reinforce the extremely high standards of Some changes have been made to improve product safety we have for gas appliances the directive by including appliance fittings in the UK and the rest of Europe.

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Give the cold shoulder to unhealthy air in your home

It’s a bit of a chilling thought, but did you know that the air in a house could be more polluted than the air in your street outside? And the bleak truth is that there are clear symptoms of a toxic home, including:Condensation

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Heating November 2016

Air Leakage is the Biggest Single Waste of Energy for Most UK Buildings Modern, low energy buildings, be it, Passive Houses, German Low Energy Buildings, Canadian Super E or any other energy efficient construction, individually and collectively place Airtightness as a primary part of achieving a low energy building. It is really about time that the UK construction industry followed the lead of these innovative methods of low energy construction, and built homes that use significantly reduced amounts of energy. In the past it was very clear that a lot of heat loss through the fabric of the building envelope was as a result of low levels or no insulation and a very low level of draught sealing. Priority in our building regulations is placed on achieving lower, and lower U-values for each elemental area of the building fabric. This inevitably leads to lower levels of heat loss as a result of an increase of the insulation. However, the proportion of heat loss as a result of uncontrolled air leakage through the external envelope of the building has yet to be seriously addressed. Air leakage allows expensive heated air to escape from our homes and buildings.


The most cost effective means of reducing our heating bills and increasing energy efficiency in our

homes is to decrease to level of uncontrolled ventilation in the living space, in other words improved airtightness. Airtightness lends itself to a comfortable healthy internal atmosphere within the living space and ensures that the building fabric can breathe and is maintained in a healthy condition. This is especially achievable with the Pro Clima Airtight System which utilises a ‘world first’ intelligent membrane, Intello Plus, that manages the inherent moisture out of the structure of the building, even after the building is complete. A lack of airtightness dramatically increases the risk of mould growth and structural degradation, particularly in light weight construction, leading to costly structural repairs, necessitated by the development of mould, rot, damp and condensation. This is as a result of the warm moisture laden heated air in the living space, penetrating and rapidly condensing within structural elements.

Levels of Airtightness can be achieved by sealing the building envelope by using Vapour Barriers, Vapour Checks, wood based panels (e.g. OSB and plywood)’ or by plastering, porous concrete block work. These methods of achieving Airtightness have their limitations and do not have built-in Structural Protection or Moisture Management abilities, especially if the structure has a high vapour resistance on the exterior side of the construction Intello Plus is a BBA certified membrane that provides an intelligent vapour check which is humidity variable and vapour permeable so providing a complete solution to potential problems associated with the requirement for airtightness. View the complete range of Pro Clima airtightness products watch the videos, download technical specifications and read more in depth articles on airtightness and thermally efficient construction at

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Heating November 2016

New Partnership Set to Boost the Number of Low and Zero Carbon UK Homes More new homes across Britain could become energy self-sufficient thanks to a new partnership between renewable energy system developers, The Zero Carbon Solution and Vaillant, the world’s leading heating technology manufacturer. The companies have joined forces to create an affordable and self-supporting heating system that is easy to install, and compatible with a wider range of property sizes than ever before. Vaillant’s flexoTHERM and 3kW geoTHERM mini heat pumps will form part of the industry-leading solution, by using an inter-seasonal heat store known as the Earth Energy Bank, patented by The Zero Carbon Solution. The technology uses an array of Photovoltaic-Thermal solar panels to collect both thermal and electrical energy that can be stored and used all year round. The system then utilises a Vaillant ground source heat pump to extract the heat from the earth, but unlike traditional ground source systems, doesn’t require long trenches or deep boreholes, making it ideal for properties with limited space

John Bailey, Commercial and Renewable Systems Director at Vaillant, commented: “We were delighted to partner with The Zero Carbon Solution to develop a truly innovative heating solution for house builders. The system has been specifically designed to inspire commercial builders who are looking for new ways to incorporate the ultimate in renewable energy efficiency into their properties, whatever the size. “We encourage anyone who it interested in finding out more about what the next generation in renewable technology can do for them, to get in touch with The Zero Carbon Solution.”

The simple installation process and affordable technology mean that the heating system is ideal for dense housing developments. The Zero Carbon Solution also project manages the installations, bringing together renewable technology providers, architects and building consultants, while Vaillant installers provide the plant room equipment. Michael Goddard, founder of The Zero Carbon Solution, says: “We’re thrilled to be working with Vaillant. Our collaboration means that developers are now being offered a more affordable renewable heating system that is easy to install and compatible with a greater range of new build properties. Our technology is unrivalled and we’re already delivering on our ambition to become the default renewable energy system provider for new builds.”


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November 2016

Specify Polyurethane Foam For By Leonie Onslow, Executive Director, British Urethane Foam Contractors Association

Specifiers may not realise the potential in energy efficiency investment to achieve ongoing cost savings for property owners. In addition to reducing running costs higher market values can be achieved when increasing the property’s energy efficiency performance. Closed cell polyurethane foam insulation for building projects has been around for over 30 years. The polyurethane insulant is a two-component liquid system which produces a highly-efficient blanket of insulation with an exceptional thermal conductivity figure.


Air tightness Polyurethane foam can be installed for air tightness and to help meet Building Regulations as wall insulation, roof insulation, floor insulation or to fill voids and other areas providing a seamless, thermal insulation barrier. Air leakage through the cavity can be reduced to zero. Because of the greater thermal performance and the reduced air leakage PU foam outperforms all other forms of cavity fill. Other

jointed systems give rise to a potentially weak point, leading to a significant loss of insulation value.

Stabilisation Polyurethane foam is not just an insulant – it can be used for stabilisation purposes, for instance to hold tiles in place for a stronger roof structure or to take the place of failing wall ties. The material can often be used when other materials are not suitable.

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Superior Thermal Performance For wall insulation, injected polyurethane foam can be used in the cavity to provide a superior performing insulant which also helps to bond the inner and outer leaves providing strength to the building.

Choosing between materials Closed cell foams are resistant to driving rain meaning that the material stays dry with no loss of thermal properties. The insulant can help act as a barrier to prevent flood waters from entering the building through the walls. The British Board of AgrĂŠment certification approves this insulant for cavity walls in all exposure zones. Closed cell

foams which achieve a Class 1 fire rating when tested to BS476 Part 7 are available. Or, where non-Class 1 materials are used on internal applications these must be covered by plasterboard, or a similar thermal barrier. Conversely, open cell polyurethane foams do not have the high insulation properties associated with the closed cell materials, which is a distinct disadvantage if trying to save space. They do not have the same fire performance as closed cell, so they should never be left exposed and they have no structural strength to stabilise roofs or walls. However, they are better suited

for their enhanced sound attenuation properties. Open cell foam is also useful in situations which require more air and vapour into a building’s interior. Where open cell materials are used, the installation thickness can be increased for better thermal performance but if the primary purpose is energy efficiency, then the closed cell option is normally preferable. The trade association representing the sprayed and injected polyurethane foam industry is the British Urethane Foam Contractors Association. To find a BUFCA registered installer offering excellent advice and quality installations visit the association’s website at:


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At Envirograf® we believe that one of the most important things in life is to feel safe. Therefore we created a range of products that will help you protect people you care about from fire. Our range is designed to mitigate the risk of fire by effectively compartmenting the building and therefore preventing the further spread of fire. You can never predict what’s going to happen, but with us at your side you can be sure that in case of a fire, the spread will be limited, which will allow the fire brigade to take control of the element.

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Fire Protection December 2016

Minimize the risk and spread of fire Building a dream home takes a considerable time and finances, therefore it’s paramount we ensure its longevity by investing in a proper fire protection. Fire prevention and protection are important considerations in the planning stage, and it’s essential we get it right the first time. Fortunately, we at Envirograf have developed a series of products to help you make the right decisions and ensure your property stays protected. This can be achieved by multiple ways, firstly it’s important to halt the spread of flame throughout the property, giving the time for occupants to escape. This can be accomplished by utilizing Envirograf’s Intumescent based surface coatings and door products. For wooden framed structures, Envirograf coatings can provide superior fire protection with our coatings for wood, which are designed to penetrate the substrate, granting the material a superior fire protection, increasing the survivability of the buildings even in case of the worst. With electrical fires making up for the 36% of all fires, it’s vital to ensure all of your electrical appliances are both in good condition and protected from a fire. Envirograf’s dedicated electrical range fits just that purpose, with products ranging from electrical socket gaskets all the way to consumer unit cases, all designed for easy installation, and great all around protection.


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Nebula “HPWM” is an innovative, best value, fire protection solution designed to allow open plan layouts to comply with current UK building regulations (BS 8458:2015). Building and housing regulations have traditionally encouraged the creation of fire resistant compartments in homes as to limit the spread of fire, an approach that consumers find increasingly frustrating as they seek open, light spaces to live in. Today however, LACoRS guide, approved Document B, British Standard_8458 and the Scottish Building Regulations all recognise the need for flexibility of layout and all allow open-plan designs as long as some additional features, including fire suppression, are provided. For architects and developers, Nebula “HPWM” allows the modern, open-plan layouts that clients increasingly expect to comply with Building Regulations. For landlords, Nebula “HPWM” can create a safe escape route in an existing open plan house or flat with no impact on rentable space.

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Fire Protection November 2016 Gypsum fibreboard panels from specialist supplier Fermacell were specified for the new home of one of the most historically significant private collections of fine and decorative arts, for their loading capabilities at least. Some 4,000m2 of fermacell board was used to dry-line the walls, ceilings, bulkheads and external soffits of the award-winning gallery, the new home of the 5,000-strong Portland Collection, on the historic Welbeck estate in Nottinghamshire. Designed by Hugh Broughton Architects, better known for the Halley VI relocatable research station in Antarctica, the £5 million gallery, which exhibits a rarelyshown Michelangelo drawing and a pearl earring worn by Charles I at his execution, is located within the historic walls of the so-called Tan Gallop, a former indoor ¼ mile racehorse training arena. The brief from Welbeck’s charitable Harley Foundation was for a public building with longevity that had to display a finite number of works of art over three exhibition periods, meet the conditions for lending with national museums, and hold its own among the historic buildings already on the estate. Hugh Broughton designed a brick and glass entrance pavilion with two galleries – a barrel-vaulted Long Gallery appropriate for full-length oil paintings and lit by a rooflight running its full length, complemented by a Treasure Gallery with louvered north lights and varying ceiling heights. These elements are supported by office, service, and loading and packing areas. Much consideration was given to the colour for the collection’s setting, with the plain white frequently used for modern galleries retained for the preliminary reception spaces and visitor facilities and the display walls given over to mid tones – mid grey to deep red, supplemented inside individual showcases with green and a rich blue. Its rural location and lack of a gas utility network meant electrically driven plant was required to heat and cool the 880m2 (GIA) building but the use of air-sourced heat pumps and 60kWp photovoltaic array has achieved an A-rated EPC, with the building predicted to emit only 5.04kg of CO2/m2 per annum.


Fermacell was a favourite for The Portland

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Collection gallery

dry-line a unique gallery.

The fermacell gypsum fibreboard panels were installed over five months by teams of up to eight men from The ALD Group for main contractor Caddick Construction onto fermacell steel profiles which allow greater build heights and slimmer walls as well as speedy installation. The panels were then treated with fermacell’s FST (Fine Surface Treatment) to give a skimtype finish. At up to 100% more dense than standard plasterboard, which gives them their incredible racking strength, the 12.5mm square-edged fermacell panels provide a cost-effective single-layer solution to pattressing, being capable of carrying up to 50kg per cavity fixing and 30kg per screw for dead loads. This negates the gallery having to plan particularly carefully in advance where items are to be hung and consequently where specific areas need to be pattressed, making the exhibition design scheme ultimately flexible and futureproof, and the wall section thinner than the traditional plasterboard/pattress combination. ALD Group project manager Karl Angell said: “The project was certainly challenging and highly detailed, with various shadow gap details. These required a high level of thought and technical input. But the Fermacell products were faultless, particularly the FST.” Greg Penate, project architect, Hugh Broughton Architects, who have specified fermacell for other projects including Maidstone Museum, said: “We specified fermacell for all the gallery spaces and entrance pavilion for its direct tile bonding application in wet areas, higher supporting strength per square metre (supporting large art/ casings) and direct external canopy soffit application.” Lisa Gee, director of The Harley Foundation, said: “The finished building and its displays draw on all our ideas and inspirations. The beautiful attention to detail in all of the finishes harks backs to the Harley Foundation’s commitment to craftsmanship and the mark of the hand.” The new gallery for The Portland Collection has already won four RIBA East Midland Awards 2016 and a RIBA National Award 2016.

Photo: Hufton + Crow


November 2016

Marley Eternit Adds Underlays to Create Unparalleled Roof Systems Offer Manufacturer Marley Eternit has launched its own easy-to-install Vapour Permeable and Non Breathable underlays, further enhancing its position as the leading roof systems provider in the UK.


ollowing the acquisition of John Brash, the latest announcement means Marley Eternit now offers the most comprehensive roof system in the market, including roof coverings, fittings and accessories, roofing battens and underlays. This allows specifiers, merchants and contractors to benefit from buying a whole roof system from a single source. The new Universal lightweight underlays incorporate a range of useful features to ensure installation is compliant with the latest requirements of BS 5534. As well as being designed for use in all five UK wind zones, the underlays are marked with guide lines for straight laying and to correspond with the different overlap lengths set out by the British Standard, making it easier for contractors to comply. To meet the British Standard, securing underlay can either involve wastage by requiring larger laps to coincide with a naturally occurring batten course or introduce a health and safety risk with the use of a dangerous fly batten. To overcome these challenges, Marley Eternit’s Vapour Permeable and Non Breathable underlays come with integrated tape to seal and secure the laps. This provides an effective and easy-to-install solution capable of resisting problems associated with wind uplift, whilst meeting the British Standard. Gavin White, product manager from Marley Eternit, explains: “Following our integration with John Brash, the launch of our own range of underlays is the final piece of the jigsaw, meaning we are now the only UK manufacturer to offer as many elements of the roof within one system package. This is particularly important given many specifiers are now looking for a total roof solution and it gives advantages in terms of a single point of accountability and technical support, all underpinned by the peace of mind that comes with our system warranty.” The high performance Universal underlays have been manufactured using the latest materials and processes. They have been designed either to integrate as part of a complete Marley Eternit roof system, or for use in conjunction with a range of roof coverings - regardless of manufacturer. Gavin White adds: “Most breathable underlays have a significant role to play when used as part of an integrated ventilation system. Our new Vapour Permeable underlay is a complementary means of ventilation when used in conjunction with traditional low and high level ventilation products. We feel this is the most effective way of meeting the requirements of BS 5250 and is a tried and tested approach which avoids placing the heavy burden of roof ventilation on one single element. We are also launching a Non Breathable underlay for use when traditional ventilation methods are preferred. Both underlays provide an ultra strong, durable and easy-to-install under-tile layer suitable for warm or cold roof applications. “Choosing a full roof system from Marley Eternit gives peace of mind that all elements meet the highest level of quality and sustainability and have been designed and tested to meet stringent standards, with ease of fitting in mind.”


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Don’t take a gamble on your property, use a CompetentRoofer contractor CompetentRoofer is the Government-licenced Competent Person Scheme that allows professional roofing contractors to self-certify that their roof refurbishment work complies with Building Regulations within England and Wales. The scheme encompasses all roofing types for domestic, industrial and commercial properties and is open to all roofing contractors to apply.

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Homeowner’s Guide Roof Refurbishment - How to comply with Building Regulations In October 2010, the latest revision of Part L of the Building Regulations came into force with the objective of implementing the EU’s Energy Performance of Building Directive. The aim was to reduce energy use in buildings. Part L is concerned with the Conservation of Fuel and Power in buildings.


The regulations come into effect when 50% or more of the roof area is being refurbished. In simple terms, it means that the whole of that roof must be brought up to the thermal efficiency demanded by the current regulations if it doesn’t meet a minimum threshold standard.

A strip and re-roof or even just the provision of a new layer of waterproofing, for example when striping and re-felting a flat roof, will usually necessitate the upgrading of the thermal performance of the roof.

*Remember the so-called “roofer” with a van and a ladder can cost the homeowner dearly if any work carried out is not with the approval of Building Control.*


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Multi Award Winning Craftsm You would think a long established lead craftsman that has won the Murdoch Sponsors Award three times in ten years would be livid at losing his “Excellent” grading on a technicality.


owever far from resenting the decision by the LCA Council to reduce his grading for not attending a technical seminar in 2015, Vince McKee of McKee Plumbing in Maidstone, Kent has insisted it was the right decision.

“No individual is bigger than this organisation” said Vince “and we all know what the rules are. Work prevented me from going to the June Seminar in London and I had planned to go to the September seminar in Manchester, but then at the last minute couldn’t attend that one either.” All LCA members must attend one technical seminar each year as part of their Continuing Professional Development and commitment to the quality standards ethic of the Association. The mandatory attendance rule was implemented by Council after discussion with members at the 2011 AGM. It was seen as an essential part of keeping members up to date with technical developments and changes within the sector as well as the opportunity to draw in relevant people from outside the organisation, such as architects and senior representatives from the LSA, the heritage sector and others, to provide their own insight into lead sheet design, specification and installation.

50 V McKee - Murdoch Sponsors Award winner 2009

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man Insists on Downgrade

“It is a clear message of support for the LCA principles and a public declaration that the rules have to apply to everyone – even a master craftsman like Vince McKee.” - Stuart Bailey - LCA Chairman V McKee - Murdoch Sponsors Award winner 2012 Vince’s non attendance in 2015 has therefore resulted in this well known lead craftsman who has won so many awards for the quality of his work being downgraded from an “Excellent” to a “Good”. “I have worked hard on keeping high standards and am very proud of my “Excellent” grading which I have had virtually since I joined the LCA in 1992” says Vince “At first it was very difficult for me to accept a downgrade, but we rely on the Council to protect the high quality standard reputation that the LCA members have collectively and individually all worked so hard to achieve” “I believe in the vetting system and am happy for anyone to come on site and look at my work. But I also know there is more to leadwork than just practical skill and it is vital that all specialists keep up to speed with other things that are going on, which is why the seminars are so important” “If the LCA Council made an exception for me, then it could weaken the case against other non attendees and could undermine the whole quality standard ethic of the organisation” LCA Chairman Stuart Bailey commended Vince’s attitude. “I know it would have hurt for a super lead worker like Vince to be downgraded but it’s great that he can see the bigger quality picture and the importance of the seminar.” he said. “It is a clear message of support for the LCA principles and a public declaration that the rules have to apply to everyone – even a master craftsman like Vince McKee.”

51 V McKee - Murdoch Sponsors Award winner 2006

Roofing & Cladding November 2016

Forster Welcomes First Female Roofing Apprentice “We need to build more homes in Scotland, to meet an increasing demand, but the industry wide skills shortage presents the greatest challenge to achieving growth” commented Forster Construction Director, Neil McIvor. “At Forster, we have a clear vision to create our own workforce that are trained to the Forster Standard, and taught to work the Forster way”. The two year Modern Apprenticeship in Roof Tiling for New Build combines on-thejob structured learning, with contextualised off-site training at Forster’s own Skills Academy in Brechin. “The qualification was designed specifically to teach and nurture the skills required for roofing new homes in Scotland,” explained Human Resources Director Maureen Douglas, “and is supported by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and the Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC).”


Brechin based national roofing contractor Forster Roofing welcomed 12 new apprentices to their industry leading Skills Academy. The apprentices, who come from all over Scotland, include the company’s first female roofing apprentice, Adelle Martin from Denny.

“Our latest intake of roofing apprentices has grown our total number to 23, all of which have been recruited within the last two years. Looking ahead, we intend to take on and train six new apprentices every year, and we’ve already started recruiting for our 2017 intake.”

a squad.” Ross Henderson, who is also one of the recent in-take of apprentices said “I’ve been interested in working in the construction industry for quite a while. Even before joining the Forster apprenticeship programme, I completed a general construction course at college. My mentor Martin Quinn has been great, and I’ve really enjoyed learning from him.”

New apprentice, Adelle Martin explained “The Forster apprenticeship programme provides a great opportunity to get into construction, and I’ve really enjoyed meeting different people and working as part of

The apprentices are spending the first week (of their ten offsite residential training weeks) receiving training in Health and Safety Awareness and Emergency First Aid and an induction from CITB.

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Welsh Slate wins an A grade at Abington Natural Welsh Slates feature on a new £3 million primary school in Scotland. A contemporary take on the traditional Scottish vernacular has been topped with roofing by Welsh Slate, part of the Lagan Group. Some 1,000m2 or 19,000 Penrhyn Heather Blue Celtic-grade 500mm by 300mm natural slates were specified by South Lanarkshire Council for the new £3 million Abington Primary School, the authority’s fifth project using Welsh Slate. Welsh Slate had been used previously on Lamington and Leadhills primary schools and Lanark Memorial Hall and is currently being used on West Coats primary school. Architect Chris Green, of South Lanarkshire’s housing and technical resources department, said: “We liked the colour and the quality of finish and the fact there is no rusting or staining. We have used it previously when looking to get a matching slate for the Scottish ballachulish slate which is no longer mined. “Slate roofs with stone and rendered walls are in keeping with the local vernacular. Slate roofs with painted timber open eaves is a traditional detail seen on many buildings in the local area.” At Abington, the Welsh slates were installed by Braisby Roofing for main contractor CCG (Campbell Construction Group) who completed within 44 weeks. The 25˚ duo-pitched roof required a larger slate size than usual to give the necessary overlap.


The new school is part of South Lanarkshire’s £800 million school modernisation programme and was constructed on land adjacent to the former school building to offer new, enhanced facilities for pupils in their first years of primary education. A total of two classrooms are provided alongside a separate space for nursery pupils. New office facilities are provided for faculty staff as well as a dual-function gymnasium. This gymnasium space has been designed to be utilised as both an indoor sports areas as well as operating as a dining room during the lunch hour. Out of school hours, the space operates as a community hub with high-specification lighting and sound equipment installed to the stage area at the rear of the hall. Externally, pupils have ample playground space adjacent to a fully-enclosed, all-weather sports pitch. Abington utilised a CCG off-site manufactured closed-panel timber solution for the construction, inclusive of windows, doors, insulation and service zones. Locally-sourced stone was used for the exterior alongside a specially-designed entrance that utilises different colours of glazing to create a unique atmosphere for pupils in the main hallway. The building also has solar PV panels and a ground source heat pump that further enhances the energy efficiency of the building.

Photo: Chris Green

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Residential Vinyl Cladding Ltd import and distribute Royal Building Products. We supply vinyl cladding to the building trade, park home manufactures, refurbishes and the general public.


inyl cladding is used in a variety of projects, from cladding conventional brick homes, covering cracked render makes for a maintenance free solution. Refurbing park homes, building garden offices and garden sheds.

Royal Siding, from Royal Building Products of Canada, is a high quality product. Beautiful low-gloss cedar wood grain that captures the look and feel of natural wood. Low maintenance vinyl, that won’t warp, buckle or sag. It is resistant to changes in outside temperatures, tested from minus 30 to plus 40 degrees. It has also been designed to withstand winds of up to 140 miles per hour winds. It’s extruded from polyvinyl chloride homopolymer resin blended with exclusive DURA technology impact modifier’s. This forms an extremely tough long-lasting cladding. It contains no fibre cement dust, its unique moisture release system allows for application in any weather. It is fully recyclable. The product won’t go brittle, rot, split, crack, dent, peel or flake. It does not creak or groan with temperature changes unlike conventional plastics. And due to its unique form of manufacture the colour goes right through the vinyl so damage and scratches do not show.


It provides insulation of up to 30%, not only saving heat but due to its design it keeps walls dry, thanks to its unique system of ventilation.. The reliability of the system has been confirmed in practice for over 20 years and is backed up by a manufactures guarantee. It comes in a fabulous range of colours, ranging from light shades in cream, blue, sand etc., to the darker shades in brown, grey, dark blue and green, 28 shades in total, that are UV-resistant.

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November 2016

Bringing a 17th century farmhouse to modern standards of energy efficiency and comfort

– Houlston Manor, Shropshire Houlston Manor is an unlisted mainly 17th century box-framed farmhouse, which has been substantially added to and altered over the years. In the early 19th century, the house was also ‘gentrified’ according to the fashion of the day when the timber-framed front wall was replaced with brick to create a unified exterior.


wned by the same family for generations, the current owner was born in the house and has lived there ever since. While the basic structure of the house – including the roof - was in good condition, the windows were in a state of disrepair. In addition, the southern gable end had been letting in wind-driven rain through failed pointing and, despite having central heating (installed in the 1990s) and insulated attic spaces, the house was not a warm one.


The owner’s aims were threefold: to replace the rotten and draughty windows with new; to insulate the walls, and; to improve the appearance of the house by re-introducing the 19th Century symmetry. After choosing timber casement windows to replace the rotten sashes, a number of wall insulation solutions were considered. The owner decided that external insulation would help resolve the aesthetics issue and deal with both the threat of failing pointing and general poor weather-proofing. Houlston Manor is solid-walled and without a damp-proof course and the risk of moisture condensation within the walls was considered to be of

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paramount importance. The use of breathable materials, which would allow vapour transfer through the insulating layer, was essential and the Lime Green Warmshell system, which uses wood fibre board as the insulation layer and lime render as a weather-proofer, was judged to fit the bill. The sustainable Warmshell insulation system is flexible ad perfect for bringing an old traditionally constructed building up to modern energy efficiency standards. To install the Warmshell system at Houlston Manor, wood-fibre insulation boards were fixed directly to the external brickwork after excavating down around the sides of the house at ground level – a precaution taken as the house had different floor levels internally. The insulation boards were then covered by two coats of lime render – a basecoat (with reinforcing fibreglass mesh) and decorative finishing coat. The eaves were also extended to ensure that the roof had significant overhang over the insulation and renders. Houlston Manor is now secure, warm and weather-proof for decades to come. In the first three months following the installation of Warmshell (in winter 2015), the property used 2800kWh for heating, compared to 6821 kWh in the exact same period the previous year. This represents an incredible 59% reduction in energy costs! As the original brick walls dry out and warm up over time, the owners expect to see even greater energy cost savings. Houlston Manor is now ‘fit for purpose’ for the 21st century and beyond, a warm, cosy and energy efficient family home that will last for many more generations to come. For further information on Warmshell insulation systems please visit or call Lime Green Products on 01952 728611


Tools November 2016

Snickers FLEXIWork Jackets for Superior Freedom of Movement The Snickers FLEXIWork range of clothes takes working comfort and flexibility to a whole new level. This is advanced workwear that features stretch fabrics and advanced body-mapping designs - just the job for the fast paced professional, who’s always delivering, always a step ahead. The FlexiWork Jackets are designed for ultimate flexibility and freedom of movement on site. There’s a selection of Stretch Jackets, Hoodies and Fleeces, plus a brand new Stretch Waterproof Shell Jacket. It’s a 3-layer waterproof jacket with taped seams to give great protection from the pouring rain. It’s engineered fit comes

Leaving you free to work better and move fast on site

with pre-bent sleeves and mechanical stretch that combine to ensure optimal freedom of movement wherever you are. It also has 3-layer Cordura® reinforcements at the elbows for enhanced protection and durability plus YKK AquaGuard® Vislon 2-way zippers for extra flexibility and optimal weather protection. To get more information on the Snickers range FLEXIWork Jackets is easy - call the Helpline on 01484 854788; check out and download a digital catalogue; or email

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Whatever trade you’re in, there’s something precisely for you in the Snickers range –Trousers, Jackets, Tool Vests, Shirts, Underwear, Accessories and Tool Carriers.

There’s advice on choosing the right Work Trousers and Jackets to suit your trade – RUFFWork, LITEWork, FLEXIWork and ALLROUND workwear. They’re working clothes that deliver superb functionality, comfort, protection and are equipped for any task at hand.

Complimented by Snickers Profiling and Embroidery services and the UK’s most extensive range of garment sizes, Snickers’ Workwear System delivers the ultimate solution to make every man and woman’s workday easier and safer.

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Dickies’ New Catalogue Has Winter Covered Dickies, the workwear specialists, has just released their new mini catalogue. Inside it has an excellent range of thermal clothing for those exceptionally cold days or freezing weather conditions. Tested in the harshest environments to ensure satisfaction and comfort, it’s been worn throughout cold UK winters for many years. Dickies offer a range of sweatshirts, gilets, bodywarmers, padded coveralls and winter jackets. The hooded tops, or hoodies include full zipped or over the head options and various printed designs are available in core workwear colours and fabrics.

A Dickies fleece, such as the Brookton fleece which was added to the range this year, offers warmth in cold working conditions. With a half zip front opening, it features a number of handy zipped pockets. Dickies introduced an exciting new two-tone range for this year, including two tone soft shell, fleeces and hi-vis gear, with attention to details, such as reflective piping, and high quality functional fabrics, Dickies also offers a range of boots such as the Quebec lined boot and the Medway safety hiker. The latter is thinsulate insulated and water resistant - ideal for winter. The heel is energy absorbing, easing the punishment of busy feet on rough ground.

Stay Warm by Getting Fleeced this Winter The weather may be unpredictable but being warm throughout the winter months needn’t be. Dickies’ sensational range of winter warmers includes a range of gorgeously comforting fleeces such as the Brookton, which is perfect when you need lots of pockets: there’s one on the sleeve, one on the chest and another two hip pockets. Part of the ever-popular two-tone range is the TwoTone Micro Fleece. With a close fit and a handy


thumb hole on the cuff it’s perfect for layering. The Eisenhower fleece is bonded with Sherpa lining and comes with knitted cuffs and hem, side handwarmer pockets and contrast fabric panels on the sleeves. The most versatile winter garment must be the 3 in 1 Abbot jacket. It is waterproof, has a zip guard, concealed hood, reflective piping and a micro fleece inner jacket. The inner and outer jackets can be worn separately.

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KEEPING COOL WITH ENGEL’S LIGHT NEW TREND SETTERS Being practical and looking good at the same time used to be a problem for the more trendy-conscious younger workers but now Danish workwear company F Engel has introduced a new range of comfortable, lighter-weight work clothing that is both ‘cool’ to wear and cool to work in. With a reputation for the importance the company attaches to producing very well fitting, tough and long lasting clothing designed for almost every type of work situation, Engel’s new LIGHT range maintains the same levels of protection and practical benefits as its more traditional collections but now offers a more ‘trendier’ look. Depending on their working environments and tasks, customers can choose from a range of new garments including Galaxy LIGHT work trousers and work jacket, LIGHT Bib Overalls and the EN ISO 20471 Hi-Vis LIGHT jacket./2471; Hi-Vis trousers also available in orange and yellow and two-tone navy. Typical attention to detail includes the Galaxy Light Work Jacket (1290-880) having adjustable sleeve cuffs, neat and stylish reflectors front and rear, an extended, pleated back for increased freedom of movement and additional protection, a panel covering the front zipper, and numerous pockets

some fastened with either Velcro or zips, with even a strap with a D-ring on the right breast pocket for attaching an ID card. Similarly the Galaxy LIGHT work trousers (2290-880) are designed for optimal fit with an inner seam panel for maximum smooth comfort, trouser-hem reflectors and easy-access pockets to cater for most needs throughout the working day.Fabrics are primarily made from 65% Polyester and 35% cotton 245/g/m2. Each item has a water, oil and dirt-repellent finish and is offered in a choice of colours and all sizes. 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


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Keep Ahead of the Game with the Latest U-Power Performance Workwear for Autumn Now that autumn, with its chilly, blowy, dark and damp days, is here, keep warm, stylish and comfortable while being protected at work with U-Power’s prestigious, creative and original safety clothing. Performance is a brand-new line from U-Power, featuring the finest and most comfortable stretch fabrics, designed with U-power’s trademark Italian flair. The range includes the Quick soft shell unlined jacket, which boasts a multitude of up-to-the-minute extras such as an internal multimedia pocket with Free Sound technology, a detachable hood engineered with a reflective rain visor, reflective panels for optimum winter visibility, and a breathable keep-dry membrane that protects from wind and water in autumnal conditions. The detail of the new Performance Flash stretch canvas trousers is equally well thought out, with a tool pocket, many extra pockets, and reinforced inserts in high-wear areas. For those who like their arms free, the new Fast padded gilet is extremely smart, with its choice of trim colours, concealed hood and internal and external mobile pockets. U-Power’s Tasty full-zip fleecy hoody is another fashionable option, made with scuba stretch jersey fabric and also featuring a Free Sound multimedia pocket. Finally, the Performance range boasts a new line of all-natural fine merino wool socks, to keep feet warm and toasty without overheating, owing to their thermo-regulating properties. The Polar and Frozen socks are available in both long and short and all have reinforced heel and toe and front padding. Stuart Thorne, U-Power’s managing director, said: “U-Power continually strives to improve clothing for those at work, creating more high-performance and fashionable products specifically designed to give added comfort, style and all-round durability in the workplace. Workwear doesn’t have to be drab. U-power gives you the option to be both safe and stylish. And of course, most of


our customers are very happy to wear our stylish workwear after work as well.” So don’t wait for your size to sell out, have a look now at the new Performance range at More information is available from:, by emailing, or calling +44 1543 417 241.

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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.


The VisiLite™ has been developed as a method of increasing worker visibility without dazzling colleagues. 50m VISIBILITY EASY SECURE FIT USB RECHARGEABLE

Tel: 01993 826050


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eing a leader in the field of delivering innovative temporary access and ground protection solutions, has led to the latest introduction to the TuffTrak range. Developed following many years of experience gained within the most diverse weather, ground and working conditions, TuffTrak XT is the ‘Extreme’ product in the TuffTrak range, delivering a completely unique set of performance capabilities. Whilst TuffTrak XT shares many traditional TuffTrak elements, including the renowned ‘chevron traction®’ rugged nub surface, it incorporates several new developments that make it distinct from the rest of the TuffTrak range.

Innovative Foam Filled Cellular Core and Overlap Connection

TuffTrak XT Extreme Innovation in Temporary Access Construction projects are time and cost sensitive, with the weather and ground conditions influencing project plans. Checkers Safety Group’s TuffTrak has a strong track record and global reputation in delivering safer working conditions for vehicle and pedestrian access, leading to greater project efficiency and retained profit for your business. 66

Incorporating a unique foam filled cellular core, TuffTrak XT has been specifically designed to create interconnected, overlapped, heavy duty temporary access roadways or working pads. The combination of a hybrid 200mm overlap and an innovative cam lock connection system with the foam filled core, delivers a significant market first. Unlike other cellular matting systems, being foam filled, TuffTrak XT avoids the intake of liquids and reduces the threat of invasive

November 2016 External Works & Landscaping species or cross contamination between sites. A core value of the TuffTrak range.

Unique Four/3 Connector The unique Four/3 connector used with TuffTrak XT is simply to use and highly robust. A simple 1/8th turn of the cam lock ensures ease and speed of trackway or pad formation, locking the two adjacent mats firmly together and creating a semi-barrier to the surface below. With a reversible surface and the simple operation of the Four/3 connector, TuffTrak XT can be installed fast and efficiently in the most adverse ground conditions. Superior strength and durability at the connection point is delivered by the overlap that incorporates multiple fixing points. The unique format of these connection points create the opportunity for positional adjustment of each adjacent mat, allowing the ability for fast and efficient deployment within a temporary roadway formation.

Additional Information Key Features • • • • • • • • • •

Cellular core construction Unique chevron traction® surface nub design for maximum grip Hybrid overlaps for extra strength at connector and corner points Multiple fixing points Reversible surface Unique format of fixing points allows for corner deployment Unique Cam Lock Four/3 connector 6.84m2 (73.625ft2) usable surface area 1,100psi weight load 50 mats loaded per 40ft container / truck

Specifications :• • • •

Length: Width: Depth: Weight:

4000mm 2000mm 90mm 350kg

(13’5”) (6’8”) (3.54”) (770 Ibs)

For further details about TuffTrak or Checkers Safety Group visit or call 0845 643 5388.


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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, highperformance 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 maintenancefree 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


The Weather is Changing!

Reduce Costs – Improve Site Safety

Heavy Duty Temporary Access Solutions DON’T LET WEATHER INFLUENCE YOUR PROJECT? Why take the risk? TuffTrak temporary access solutions, from Checkers Safety Group, have a strong track record and global reputation in delivering safer working conditions for vehicle and pedestrian access, leading to greater project efficiency and retained profit for your business. ENVIRONMENTAL AND PROJECT BENEFITS… • Prevent ground damage and costly reinstatement • Chemically inert and nonabsorbent of oils or other fluids • Easily cleaned, reducing risk of cross contamination between sites • Rugged traction surface for greater vehicle safety in adverse weather conditions SPEED & EFFICIENCY… • Lighter than wood or steel mats - Less trucks required • Range of connection systems to match the application • Fast and easy deployment • Quickly moved around a project from site to site

The largest range of traction surface, size and connection systems, to suit all types of construction project.

TUFFTRAK® Unit 11, M11 Business Link, Parsonage Lane, Stansted Essex CM24 8GF UK PHONE : +44 (0) 1279 647021 / 0845 643 5388 EMAIL : WEB :

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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


Bio-Pure 1

Bio-Pure 2

Bio-Pure 3

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

Bio-Pure 4

Bio-Pure 5

Bio-Pure 6

Bio-Pure 7

Bio-Pure 8

Bio-Pure 9



Bio-Pure 10 TWIN

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


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aterials supplied included just over 6,000m2 of StoneMaster in Mid Grey and Light Grey hues and almost one kilometre of Eco Countryside Kerb. The products were specified due to their high quality finish of lightly etched premium granite aggregate. Working in partnership with the designers, Townshend Landscape Architects, the Charcon specification team added a new 300x100x80 size to the StoneMaster range, specifically for the project. The paving has been utilised in the project’s public realm, including courtyard areas and access roads, complementing and enhancing the buildings it surrounds. With up to 50 per cent and 82 per cent of reclaimed and recycled material respectively, the use of Charcon’s StoneMaster and Eco Countryside Kerb hard landscaping products, is helping client, Barratt London, meet the project’s sustainability targets. With two different paving products supplied in large quantities, the logistics of ensuring the client had what they needed and when within phase one was planned to the letter. The team at Charcon worked closely with the groundworks team to establish a detailed delivery schedule, adhering to a range of strict site rules and regulations.


Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has successfully completed a significant delivery to the first construction phase of Cannon Wharf Business Centre in South London. Mike Davies, Specifications Manager at Charcon, said:

“The Cannon Wharf project is significant for the Surrey Quays area, as development continues along this part of the River Thames, and we’re very excited about the phases to come. “By collaborating early, we were able to bring our expertise and product knowledge to the table to ensure the right solution for the project was specified.” Cannon Wharf is located five minutes’ walk away from Greenland Dock and will replace an existing business centre space to provide new homes, commercial space and public realm. A variety of large and medium scale buildings will comprise 6,588m2 of commercial space and 679 residential units along with an on-site energy centre, 401 car parking spaces, cycle parking and associated landscaping. To find out more about the Charcon range of products, visit Client: Barratt London - Landscape Architect: Townshend Landscape Architects -

The terrace reinvented

Esthec® Terrace is a high quality decking that can be used for outdoor applications. It is extremely durable, easy to install due to the lightweight click system and requires little maintenance. The led lights designed specially for Esthec® can add something extra to your design as can our latest development - Esthec® Facade; a vertical application that can be installed on doors, fences and even on ceilings. Esthec® Terrace is a blended resin structure that is being incorporated in the designs of renowed architects around the world. Amazing projects such as the Hotel Molitor in Paris, the striking Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai and the famous Eden Roc Hotel in Miami, a landmark hotel for Hollywood actors and public figures since the 60’s. Architects are drawn by the freedom of colour and the creative design possibilities provided by Esthec® Terrace. Discover what our revolutionary material can do for your project...

For more information contact our UK office: T +44 (0)2071298127 IMO Certified / ISO9001, 9002, 14001

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A CLOSER LOOK AT ESTHEC® TERRACE A sophisticated appearance and exceedingly strong material: the high quality system of Esthec ® Terrace is incomparable with systems made of wood or other composite products. Esthec® Terrace is made of fibreglass reinforced composite which makes it much stronger and extremely durable. Because of its distinctive product advantages Esthec® Terrace is applied worldwide in gardens of private homes and terraces at hotels, resorts and beach clubs. Esthec® Terrace is also used for balconies, roof terraces, jetties and as decking material around swimming pools and in outdoor spa areas.

Extremely wear resistant The terrace is resistant to different weather conditions and is easy to maintain. In addition, Esthec® Terrace is extremely wear resistant and meets the challenging conditions of the high traffic terraces of for instance hotels and restaurants. Moreover, the lightweight and indestructible material does not warp like PVC or wood, does not splinter and is comfortable to walk on with bare feet. Esthec® Terrace does not absorb water. That is why the material will keep a clean appearance and will not be affected by algae and bacteria. No absorption of water also means that the terrace system remains slip resistant in wet conditions. Whereas wood can quickly become slippery in rainy weather, Esthec® Terrace provides excellent grip. Esthec® Terrace can be used in shaded areas without any problems.


No limits in design and colour For architects and landscape gardeners Esthec ® Terrace offers several functional properties. The material provides the highest level of design freedom, because there are no limits in design and colour. Esthec® Terrace is available in 9 colours, but also custom made colours are available, providing unlimited design opportunities. Due to the computercontrolled processing, the designs end result is known in advance. Also, Esthec® Terrace is easy to combine with other garden materials. The planks come in subtle colour variations, which gives a terrace not only a natural, lively appearance but also a luxurious effect. Esthec® Terrace can be applied horizontally and vertically – then called Esthec® Façade. Esthec® developed in-house a lightweight, patented click system that make Esthec® Terrace easy to install and, if necessary, remove. For landscape gardeners the click system is an important advantage because it means saving valuable time.

Latest development The latest development of Esthec® Terrace is the availability in several widths. The planks are now available in the additional sizes: broad and narrow. If the preferred choice is the traditional 100 mm width this is, of course, not a problem but you can now also choose a 72.5 mm and a 175 mm width or a combination of all 3. These additions will provide architects and landscape gardeners more freedom when designing a stunning terrace.

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Turning Outdoor Space Into Profitable Space. LeisureBench Ltd was established fifteen years ago and rapid expansion has seen us grow into one of the country’s leading suppliers of outdoor furniture and garden buildings. Through years of experience of supplying the pub trade with a range of products specifically for this market, we have gradually brought our expertise into all other marketplaces requiring outdoor furniture and accessories, including specifiers. Indeed, if there is a specific product specification that is required, we pride ourselves on being able to work with them to develop products tailored to their requirements ,right the way through to delivering to the end user if required. The LeisureBench range of products is extensive, starting with our stunning range made from Grade ‘A’ premier teak. For a more comfortable relaxed situation, take a look at our Oasis Rattan collection which is modern, If you require furniture that is easy to move, take a durable, very strong and is virtually maintenance free. look at our aluminium range. It is both lightweight and Construction 130x92mm.qxp_Layout 30/06/2016 11:20 Page 1 weatherproof. Our hardwood range is carefully selected This range Update is suitable for outdoor or1 indoor use. from trusted and certified sources and our heavy duty picnic tables are available in round and ‘A’ frame designs. % 01949 862 920


Our range of furniture made entirely from recycled plastic is tough, long lasting and good for the environment. For those wanting a splash of colour we have introduced new Tolix Style chairs and new ISOTOP sleek table tops. The chairs are available in an exciting colour range and are made from extra thick plate for commercial strength and durability. Unlike most on the market, the steel has been electro-galvanised before powder coating, which helps to prevent rust. Again this range is suitable for outdoor or indoor use.

Florida Set - Part of our extensive range of Rattan furniture. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

The new ISOTOP thin edged sleek designed table tops with an elegant and comfortable satin finish will match any decoration and are resistant against all types of weather conditions. We also stock a range of garden buildings and shelters plus a wide range of accessories, including parasols, cushions and jumbrellas etc.

Nursery Picnic Tables Sturdy, brightly coloured painted picnic tables for ages 2-5, available in round or ‘A’ frame designs.

Eva 1 BBQ Hut A compact double glazed summer house and BBQ Hut. FSC certified Norwegian Spruce, floors plus free delivery. One of a range of Summer Houses and Garden Buildings.

See our full range at Large range of furniture at

LeisureBench can deliver nationwide and guarantee delivery from stock mostly the next day, but always within five working days. Visit our website on:, or ring our dedicated sales team on 01949 862920. Email,


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New Footbridge In Seatown, System For Harsh Environments CTS Bridges supply their footbridges with a variety of high quality protective finishes depending on the bridge location, aesthetic aspiration and budget. A recent bridge installation in Cullen, Morayshire required an attractive paint system to suit a harsh environment due to its exposure to the North Sea.

Vierendeel Truss cycleway bridge at Cullen, Morayshire The new cycle/footbridge was recently designed, manufactured and installed by CTS Bridges. It was needed to replace an old concrete structure built in the 1930’s which was in very poor condition. Mr David Walker, a local resident, who kindly sent these photographs, commented “The bridge has been very well received and is something of a talking point among those who use it and who like to visit Cullen.” The new bridge forms part of the Moray Coast Trail and is 3m wide to accommodate both cyclists and pedestrians on what is one of the busiest footbridges in the area due to its proximity to the beach car park and golf club. Due to its location next to the North Sea a paint suitable for exposed conditions was required, and so a Highways Agency Series 1900 paint specification for marine environment, difficult access was proposed which will give the bridge a life to first major maintenance of 20 years.

Footbridge Protective Systems: The type of protective finish is a function of aesthetics, performance and budget. However the specification also depends on the Environmental exposure conditions (usually defined as either inland or marine) and accessibility (described as ready or difficult access). Accessibility defined as “difficult access” is usually specified when future painting maintenance, and inspections would be onerous and involve some form


of traffic management and/or temporary access works. Typical types of protective system available for bridges are painted, galvanised, a combination of both or weathering (Corten) steel. Many truss type forms of bridges have integral parapet infill, in that they are welded to the primary structure. In this instance the protective system would typically be as per the primary structure and not considered a “parapet” as described in Highways Agency series 1900.

Painted finish: CTS typically apply Highways agency approved paint systems to their steel fabrications with the Top coat defined by the Client using a standard colour description and a BS or RAL number The two paint systems most commonly used are:Type 1 for Ready Access, which typically gives life to major maintenance of 15 – 20 years, and Type 2 for Difficult Access which typically provides life to major maintenance of 20 – 25 years, subject to the environment in which the bridge is placed. For Highways bridges or bridges on other trunk roads we supply a completed Appendix 19/1 Form HA/P1 paint system sheet.

Galvanised finish: A galvanised finish lends itself predominantly to bolted frame steel beam bridges- as the maximum geometry of the galvanising tank restricts the system application to larger welded truss forms. A galvanised finish will give an average life of 20 years without maintenance but can

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Cullen Requires Protective Due To North Sea Location: be up to 40 years depending on the environment. The Engineers and Architects Guide to Hot Dip Galvanising states a life of 34 to 70 years depending on area. Our bridges are galvanised in accordance with BS 1461. This finish provides an economical option with minimal maintenance.

Galvanised and painted: To provide as less industrial look, a galvanised and then painted structure is sometimes specified, in accordance with series 1900. The same geometrical constraints apply as the galvanised only option and this is inherently more expensive as the structure is often required to be bolted together to facilitate the galvanising process- a more laborious fabrication- but loses the commercial advantage of a cheaper protective coating. Maintenance is similar to a painted structure as the paint coating requires minor and major maintenance, in a similar manner to a paint only solution.

Corten / Weathering Steel Weathering steel is a high strength low allow steel originally developed in the USA to resist corrosion

and was given the trade name Cor-ten. In suitable environments the steel forms an adherent protective rust patina that inhibits further corrosion. This type of finish is not suitable for bridges in coastal environments. It has very low maintenance requirements and is ideal where access for future maintenance is difficult or dangerous. Weathering steel material is more expensive that traditional mild steel, and it can only be sourced in flat plate meaning beams need to be fabricated rather than rolled. However the additional early expense may be offset by removal of painting requirements and significant reduction in maintenance costs. For more information on Weathering steel see CTS Bridges employ both skilled joiners and fabricators and can therefore provide an extensive range of bridges in a variety of materials including steel and FRP or using a combination of steel, timber or FRP materials. Please contact us for more details on our design, build and installation service for bridges and structures on 01484 606416 or visit our website at or by email

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THE ULTIMATE PREMIUM HOME LIFT The Exciting New Lifestyle Brand By The Stiltz Group The Stiltz Group, one of the most innovative and respected domestic lift manufacturers in the world, has launched The Lifton Home Lift - a new and inspiring premium home lift brand. The flagship product, the LiftonDUO, is a stylish and luxurious home lift which provides the ultimate upgrade for any home; whether traditional or contemporary. It is an imposing and eyecatching lifestyle product aimed at customers who are looking to enhance their home environment with a solution that provides an easier way of moving from floor to floor at the press of a button. With the LiftonDUO, homeowners can ‘future proof’ their property by living a full life in the family home they love. There is no longer any need to downsize to a single storey home or to build a ground floor extension when upstairs becomes a challenge. Because of its compact and space-saving design, the LiftonDUO Home Lift is very flexible and can fit discreetly into small spaces or room corners. It can be located in the stairwell, a galleried landing or even a cupboard. As it is a highly visual product, customers may also choose to position it centre stage. The Home Lift travels on unobtrusive and elegant self-supporting stilts using discreet wire rope hoists that guide the lift safely and quietly. In common with all Stiltz Domestic Lifts products, no load bearing walls are required. With a tiny footprint of less than a square metre, the LiftonDUO can beautifully


complement any room or décor and allow the home owner to maximise their valuable floor space. The LiftonDUO’s integrated drive system is neatly concealed in the lift roof space, no additional motors or machinery are needed. It uses a standard domestic power socket so is quick and easy to install. Two small, powerful remote controls are included with the lift. These enable the user to call the lift at any time, from either floor. Safety is paramount with the LiftonDUO. Sensors fitted above and below the lift car detect obstructions and smoothly stop the car. Also included is a battery back-up in the event of power failure and the option of a full height door or half-height door with full-height safety light curtain. It also features attractive contemporary LED lights at the top and bottom of the car for ease of use at night. Stiltz Group Commercial Director, Lachlan Faulkner said: “The new LiftonDUO is the ultimate in home lifts. It is a premium lifestyle product. This means our most discerning

customers will not need to compromise on functionality, style or quality. We’ve worked hard on the design so it looks fantastic both upstairs and downstairs yet is ultra-easy to operate too. “Our overall aim is to ensure homeowners live life as comfortably as possible. With the LiftonDUO, customers get to retain their valuable floor space and immediately gain greater mobility. It’s the perfect solution for anyone who wants to remain in their family home for longer as well as enhancing the property’s usability and value. “At Stiltz Group, we’re very excited about the Lifton Home Lift brand and the introduction of the LiftonDUO to the UK marketplace. We expect it to be a real ‘game changer’ in a number of ways as it breaks new ground in Home Lift design and manufacture. We also hope it will help our customers enjoy the positive benefits of living life in their family home, for years to come.” For more information contact Lifton on 0330 222 0334 or visit


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Telephone based entry systems using your existing phone. .

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The ABS T-Bespoke is a high gloss black finish with a backlit silicone keypad. The backlight colour can be changed on site and remotely to 7 different colours! It looks contemporary and is extremely low profile and durable. This system is available with 1 call button and a keypad for coded access with 400 codes. The surface back box is matt black and the system connects to a Hub via a single CAT5. The platform can either be GSM or Landline, whichever suits you best! This product benefits from all of the standard features – well we call them standard! This includes forward dialling up to 8 numbers, a battery backed time clock, 9 timed profiles allowing calls to be sent elsewhere at a certain time and date, automatic daylight saving (BST/GMT) and automatic dimming of the keypad. You can even receive a text from the Telguard to inform you that a door has been opened or somebody has activated a passive device at night! (GSM Only) This product will certainly set you apart from the rest of the houses in the your area! And as ever you benefit from proven Telguard reliability and quality associated with British engineering.

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Glass Bending Excellence

Toughened Glass Bends Firman Glass new toughening plant includes two bending chambers which work alongside the standard flat bed. The smaller chamber will bend glass from 5mm to 12mm thick to a maximum size of 2850mm x 1000mm bent and with the following minimum radii. 5mm, 6mm = 450mm 8mm, 10mm = 1000mm 12mm = 1200mm The large chamber will bend glass from 6mm to 19mm thick to a maximum size of 2850mm x 3600mm bent and with the following minimum radii. 6mm = 1500mm 8mm, 10mm = 1800mm 12mm, 15mm = 2000mm 19mm = 2500mm

Working in conjunction with the flat toughening facility to a maximum flat size of 2850mm wide x 5000mm long. Firman Glass can now offer the Architect, Designer and Contractor a complete service for multiple uses such as balustrades, partitions, shower screens, revolving door enclosures, full height barriers, partitions and shopfronts. Curved Glass can be processed as with flat glass and can be decorated by sandblasting and back painting.

To find out more visit Firman Glass,19 Bates Road, Harold Wood, Romford, Essex RM3 OJH Tel: 01708 374534 Fax: 01708 340511 Email:

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