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Construction Update October 2017



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Industry News October 2017

BAM Nuttall leads the way in LED site lighting

Squire and Partners reimagine Brixton’s past

BAM Nuttall, the UK based supplier of civil engineering services, has opted to purchase twenty X-ECO lighting towers from the Cambridgeshire supplier, Trime (UK) Limited.

In the process of renovating this Edwardian department store the architects discovered some intriguing layers of period detail that now form part of the fabric of the new look premises

In order to validate the sustainable features that the Trime X-ECO highlights and with sustainability at the heart of their operations, the company evaluated a demonstration unit during a series of extensive field trials over a six week period. Following the conclusion of this trial period, BAM Nuttall’s plant manager, Andy Haythorne said, “We were extremely impressed with the ease of operation of the X-ECO, Trime have succeeded in combining an evident reliable and robust machine with sustainable features and fuel saving capabilities.” “This is our first venture into LED lighting for our sites and we needed a set that helps to maintain our strong commitment to becoming a more sustainable and responsible business, in keeping with our Beyond Zero programme,” added Andy. With storage and delivery facilities at capacity during peak operations, the compact size and relatively low weight of the X-ECO will bring immediate benefits to BAM Nuttall logistics operations. Up to thirteen X-ECO sets can be loaded on one single truck which, potentially, means an increase in their transport vehicle fleet utilisation Trime engineers have calculated that the X-ECO uses approximately £336.00 less in fuel each month when compared to many lighting sets currently available. These savings equate to a reduction in C02 output by around 888kg per month.

Adaptive reuse projects often uncover interesting details from the past and that was certainly the case when London based architects Squire and Partners were launching their new Brixton office, The Department Store. Having purchased a dilapidated Edwardian department store in 2015, the practice has entirely reimagined the space allowing the existing fabric and layers of history to inform the new design. Collaborating with craftspeople and furniture makers, the restored building provides an exciting array of spaces for the various design disciplines within. Stripping the building back to its raw state revealed a decayed grandeur and an extraordinary commitment to craft and detail by the original artisans of the day. The practice sought to reveal and highlight these elements – in their found state – as well as exposing remnants left by more recent inhabitants, whilst adding a series of sensitive contemporary interventions in order to repurpose the building as an inspiring modern workspace. On the exterior, design solutions focussed on reversing years of neglect to reactivate the street level through animation and display. Incrementally added shopfronts and layers of paint were removed to reveal original brickwork, stone, marble and terracotta. A new rooftop level was added comprising a series of oak framed pavilions with copper shingle roofs, and a crafted glass dome to replace a dilapidated existing cupola. At ground level a striking reception area and active modelshop animate the street, while a triple height void and central landscaped courtyard provide breathing space. Generous social and event spaces are at lower ground and the fourth floor, with workspaces on first to third floors supported by a series of meeting and breakout areas. The existing fabric of the interior was assessed in the early stages of the project, ensuring that elements such as original 111-yearold mahogany and teak parquet flooring, a grand tiled central staircase, a series of cast iron radiators and a remarkable patina of colours which document the building’s history could be preserved. A series of voids were cut through the building to create dramatic volumes, and provide vistas between levels.


The office floors offered the opportunity to reveal the many facets of design undertaken by the practice and expose the process of craft and making. Project areas are designed to act as evolving ‘concessions’ - showcases to the process of design and development. Models, prototypes and explorations document and celebrate a project’s journey from concept to realisation. Multiple areas for presentation can be found throughout the office with display cases, shelving, libraries for materials and books, models and explorative studies.

October 2017 Industry News

Orms has created new mixed-use destination in Midtown at Chancery Lane Architecture practice Orms has completed work on the major redevelopment of 79-86 Chancery Lane, comprising 50,000 sq ft of contemporary office space, five one and two-bed apartments and 7,500 sq ft of retail space, including the remodelling of the historic Chichester Rents passage way to create an attractive new arcade. Developed by Raingate Limited, the five floors of contemporary, BREEAM ‘excellent’ office space which were prelet to a chamber of barristers and residential units are all carefully crafted behind a restored Victorian façade.The renovations also include the re-design of Chichester Rents which once formed an open alleyway between 83 and 84 Chancery Lane, the two Victorian buildings which sit either side. In order to reinstate Chichester Rents as an open alleyway from Chancery Lane to Star Yard, existing bridges linking 83 and 84 Chancery Lane have been removed and replaced with a stepped glass and metal infill. Faceted by anodised aluminium panels, the façade of this new build changes in appearance according to the movement of the sun throughout the day due to the nature of its glistening jewel-like quality. At ground level, the facades have been replaced with full height glazed shop fronts to activate a lively street frontage, complemented by new connections that create a thoroughfare linking the nearby Bishops Court. The new retail space, delivered in two larger units and three smaller boutiques, has been designed to attract high-end retailers to Chancery Lane. Orms’ in-fill intervention appears to float above the alleyway between 83 and 84 Chancery Lane which both date back to the 19th Century. Here, Orms has undertaken careful retention to the Victorian facades, enhancing them with terracotta fins to reference the faïence of the Victorian buildings replaced in 1990. An additional top floor of 8,200 sq ft which is part of the prelet office space provides views of Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

Campaign to encourage more into construction Build UK and CITB have launched a new campaign to encourage people to choose a career in construction. Inspiring Construction provides employers with information, tools and advice to promote construction careers, with Build UK and CITB calling on the whole industry to get involved. The campaign aims to channel the passion and enthusiasm from across the industry to promote construction to the next generation of new entrants, including young people and career changers. The campaign is responding to the Skills Hack at last year’s Construction News Summit where employers and industry representatives explored new approaches to recruitment. Employers wanted to see a more engaging approach to recruitment, showcasing the pride and passion which makes

the construction industry so vibrant. Build UK and CITB are asking everyone to: Identify inspirational role models to become Construction Ambassadors and offer their time during working hours to deliver inspiring careers presentations Sign up live construction projects for members of the public to visit as part of Open Doors week in March 2018 Offer site visits, project placements and work experience through the Go Construct Matching Service providing direct engagement with the next generation of talent. Support the new Bridge into Construction college course by offering work experience to give young people a taste of construction.

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Industry News October 2017

Barratt bags 350home London station regen site

Station is an important development site in the context of the wider regeneration of this area.

Transport for London has named a Barratt/London & Quadrant joint venture as preferred partner to develop a 1.8 acre site at Waltham Forest in north east London.

Andy Rowland, Regional Managing Director – East Region at L&Q, said: “We are delighted to be working with TfL to deliver hundreds of new homes on the Blackhorse Road site, with half of the homes being genuinely affordable to Londoners on average and lower incomes.

The duo will deliver 350 new homes at the 1.8-acre site opposite Blackhorse Road London overground station with half the homes due to be affordable.

“We are looking forward to working closely with TfL, the London Borough of Waltham Forest and local stakeholders to ensure the delivery of high quality homes and new commercial facilities that will benefit the entire community.”

“The project forms part of an exciting wider redevelopment of the area and will sit proudly in a thriving new neighbourhood a short journey from central London.”

Currently used as a car park, the site is adjacent to several industrial spaces which are being redeveloped to provide around 1,700 new homes, plus new retail, commercial and leisure facilities. Work is due to begin in 2019 for completion in 2022. Matt Calladine, Regional Land & Development Director, Barratt London, said: “The TfL car park at Blackhorse Road A New Website for a New Era in Composite Covers

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October 2017 Industry News

The use of bold, vibrant colours throughout this house makes a clear statement and has created an exciting place to live. Located on the north east suburbs of Athens in Greece, this house has been designed by Kipseli Architects with vertical axis due to the building coverage ratio. Therefore each floor has a specific use; the ground and first floor are the house’s living space and kitchen area which have both direct access to the exterior landscape due to the sloped lot. The bedrooms, along with a small playroom, are on the second floor and the master bedroom is on the top floor and connected to the roof terrace. This four-storey rectangular volume opens up in order to welcome light and life into the house. The north facade swings slightly in order to absorb the west sunlight and at the same time encloses the main entrance and stairway of the house along with the lift and the house’s atrium. The opening gesture is underlined by using bright orange colour on the hypotenuse wall of the triangle and raising the sense of an “ablaze” space. The coloured wall is light-washed from above, and reflected upon all adjacent walls, creating a warm colour filter that travels through the whole house. This triangle shaped space, is an interstitial void that connects the circulation zone with the private and living spaces, thus becomes the most influential and significant part of the house. The owner is a young man who is just about to start his family dream. His favorite movie is Star Wars and his favourite game is Rubik’s cube. Therefore a colour palette of white, blue, green, red, yellow and orange (Rubik colours) has been carefully chosen.

Boot bags north east’s international advanced manufacturing park South Tyneside and Sunderland City Councils have selected Henry Boot as development partner to deliver for the North East’s International Advanced Manufacturing Park. IAMP has been designated a ‘Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project’ by the UK Government. Plans for infrastructure work have been submitted to the Government and further approvals are expected in coming months. Henry Boot Developments will be responsible for the physical building of the site which is proposed for an area close to the A19 and to the north of Nissan’s existing manufacturing plant. The Sheffield firm will deliver infrastructure works, such as highways and utilities, and floorspace for accommodation on the site, equivalent to more than 100 football pitches in scale. Work could begin next year, subject to further permissions. The councils aim to attract high tech industries, advanced manufacturing businesses, creating more than 5,000 jobs and attracting more than £300m of private sector investment over the next 10 years. The Government has already pledged £42m through the North East Local Enterprise Partnership towards infrastructure at IAMP including new roads, bridges and environmental enhancements.

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BIM Show Live 2018; exploring the digital trends of tomorrow BIM Show Live is best known as the Construction Industry conference which packs a punch. Far from the norm, it’s disruptive thinking elevates this technology-led event to one of the most trusted platforms for learning, knowledge sharing and industry insight for all things digital construction. In 2017, we saw BIM Show Live delivered in Newcastle upon Tyne, an area rich in engineering and manufacturing, with a growing economy and not to mention home of BIM Show Live founders; Space Group. For 2018, BIM Show Live will once again be staged in Newcastle’s the Boiler Shop, Stephenson’s Quarter – on Wednesday 28 February and Thursday 1 March. This two-day conference will wow with its future-thinking and focus on emerging technologies to benefit the construction industry. BIM Show Live is a driving force for the implementation of BIM processes and Space Group CEO Rob Charlton commented: “We’ve been running the show now for six years, and each year we never fail to present the new and the wonderful. Our


industry is progressing at an accelerated rate and we believe at BIM Show Live we have an obligation to bring our visitors the very best our industry has to offer for technology and digital construction, plus what has changed year-on-year and what this means for future projects. “And this year we’re introducing a new BIM Awards programme. This is an opportunity to recognise and reward the achievements of construction industry professionals, those pioneers who are leading the way for younger generations and to pass on the mantel of BIM-excellence.” The BIM Awards will be staged in advance of BIM Show Live,

in London on Thursday 2 November at the Bike Shed. Winners from the awards will then be given the opportunity to present at BIM Show Live and demonstrate why they are indeed the best of the best. This unique set of awards has 17 categories, containing a mixture of categories that invite submissions from organisations and nominations for individuals. Rob added: “We know there is amazing work being carried out in the digital built environment both in the UK and globally, and we want to reward that talent, innovation, determination and tenacity.”

October 2017

Wienerberger launches innovative online platform for Special Shaped Bricks Finding the right building materials can be daunting to say the least, especially when you consider the sheer volume of materials and solutions available.


s the UK’s leading supplier of building materials, at Wienerberger we want to ensure that all of our products are easily accessible and understood by our customers, especially with regard to more technical products like our Special Shaped Bricks. To do this, we have created an online platform that makes selecting the right Special Shaped Brick easy and provides you with all the information you’ll need, regardless of your level of industry knowledge. The Platform Especially for Special Shaped Bricks is solely dedicated to our market-leading range of versatile, unique and outstanding brick specials, which satisfy a multitude of requirements and project types. Regardless of whether you’re an industry


expert or a first-time self-builder, the platform is bursting with information and innovative features to ensure you have full knowledge of the product before buying. For those less familiar with the various different special shaped brick formats available, the Special Brick Showhome tool features an interactive diagram, which explains where each product is customarily used in property design. It’s the ideal online resource for those with a more basic understanding of special shaped bricks. Conversely, for customers who simply want to find a special shaped brick as quickly and easily as possible, the Special

October 2017

Brick Selector is an easy-to-use product browser featuring our full British Standard special shaped brick range, You can explore our entire range, with technical information, detailed images, helpful tips and considerations for the vast majority of special shaped brick groups. As well as providing users with all the relevant information surrounding Special Bricks, we also want to ensure customers are supported in making informed decisions about a product that can often be quite complex. To do this we offer a support service in which customers can liaise with a member of our Specialist Products team who will be happy to ensure all questions are answered and all products satisfy both customer expectations and project requirements. Because of their almost limitless aesthetic capabilities, as well as their functional properties, Special Shaped Bricks should be strongly considered when designing a build. While there is a perception that these bricks are an expensive additional cost, Specials have a number of benefits, such as enhancing aesthetics, protecting brick work from weathering, reducing onsite costs and finally, addressing the skills shortage by reducing the need for cutting on site. Ultimately, our new online platform aims to ensure that all our customers are given clear, accurate and helpful information on special shaped bricks, all in one place; thereby reducing the time spent in the initial stages of the project. And what’s more? The website gives you the chance to see how the Special bricks work – not just to read about it. The site is now live and ready to help you select the perfect brick special for your next project. Visit today to start your search.


October 2017

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

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


Find out how to take advantage of £billions of projects

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

Major developments and regeneration projects update

The latest on digital construction including an update on BIM

Construction in the 2025

How can we develop talent for the construction sector?

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

Improving the competitiveness of the market

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Coatings & Paints October 2017

Dow Corning Launches New, Low Odour Neutral Sanitary Silicone Global leader in silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning, has launched a new, fast acting sealant suitable for sanitary projects in both domestic and commercial settings. The Dow Corning 785N Neutral Sanitary Silicone is a mould and mildew resistant neutral silicone with low odour, high flexibility and excellent adhesion to a range of porous and non-porous surfaces. Non-corrosive to metal, the sealant remains flexible over time for lasting performance and is fast curing as well as ensuring low shrinkage – allowing for quick turnaround with a wide variety of jobs. It can be used on stone, marble and granite, as well as ceramic, porcelain, glass, tile, stainless steel and more. With a matt finish and high resistance against damage, Dow Corning 785N is the ideal product for a range of sealant projects and is available in white and clear 310ml cartridges.

Tackle Large Scale Projects With the Marathon Sleeve From Purdy Purdy’s Marathon™ sleeve is an essential piece of kit, making large scale decorating projects a breeze. Other rollers can leave an uneven appearance when they become worn but the durability and quality of the Marathon™ sleeve means a smoother finish – ideal when working on more challenging projects that need consistent coverage and a great final appearance. Developed by Purdy’s expert technical team, the durable cover will deliver performance over 40 hours of constant use – giving consistently high performance from beginning to end. It is often the tool of choice for contractors working on large scale, professional projects Made using a blend of nylon and polyester fabric, Marathon™ lasts longer, paints further and leaves less lint on the painted surface.


The roller cover series also has brilliant paint pick-up and release properties – which means less trips back to the bucket – and can be used with oil-based or water-based paints for interior or exterior projects.





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Coatings & Paints October 2017

Is it “Damp” or “Condensation”? Damp and condensation are common problems in a wide range of properties; Housing Associations, Leisure Centres, Schools, Industrial Premises and Domestic Properties all suffer to some extent. There are several methods to control the problems, but ideally we need to discover the source of the problem. Then it can be treated using the correct control method, let’s say an anti-damp or anti-condensation coating in a ‘belt and braces’ approach to the problem. We hope the information given will help understand the issues involved. Visual analysis Look for the following symptoms and sketch them on a plan:1. Water leaks from kitchen, central heating system or bathroom. 2. Water stains, discoloured paint, peeling paper. 3. White salts on the surface or pushing the paper off the wall. This is called efflorescence and the salts are mobilised by water and crystallize on the wall surface. 4. Mould. 5. A tide mark, often a wavy line along the wall. 6. Chimney breast stains, which floor? After this look at the outside of the building and compare the results, does that patch of damp in the bedroom correspond with that cracked gutter, or even that patch of weeds blocking the water flow in the gutter. Or the tide mark corresponds to a wall where the soil level is higher... potentially over the damp proof membrane (DPC). Again make a sketch it may just help you to understand the root cause of the problem.


Concentrate on the following:1. Leaking or blocked gutters, downpipes or drains. 2. High external ground levels relative to the DPC. 3. Cracks or pointing issues in the chimney, has someone made off with the lead flashing?

Measuring Ideally test for dampness using a conductivity ‘pin’ meter, again note the readings on the sketch and compare with readings from an unaffected area. If you do not have access to a meter then it is possible to test for damp vs condensation by taking an unbroken layer of polyethylene sheet and taping it to the wall, sealing it completely with a good strong waterproof tape on all

October 2017 Coatings & Paints visible, means that you cannot repair the wall in patches; you must coat either the entire wall or a complete section of the wall. This prevents you simply moving the problem to another area on, for example, an external wall. Once you’ve solved any long term issues around the chimney stack, but as part of our belt and braces approach apply two coats of Coo-Var Anti-Damp paint to the chimney breast and even the surrounding walls. This also has the added benefit that it has integral stain blocking properties and will prevent the staining by salts and chemicals returning at a later date. four sides. Leave overnight before examining. Ideally leave it for a few days; condensation on the inside means there is a damp problem either within the wall or penetrating from the outside. No condensation inside the plastic means we simply have a condensation problem; the condensation is unlikely to form on the plastic because of the insulating layer of air inside.

Analysis of the problem Rising dampness is indicated by readings which start in the skirting board and continue up anywhere between 150mm and 500mm; usually there is a fast cut off from a high reading to zero very quickly. There may well be a tide mark corresponding to this cut off. Penetrating dampness can occur at any height, look for a patch of high readings around the defect. Condensation is often accompanied by mould growth, black or green in colour, with no real sign of any dampness within the wall, i.e. low meter readings. There are other key pointers; condensation often occurs around windows, especially single glazed where the temperature drop is large. Cold spots often give rings or patches of mould; these are often caused by an isolated defect in solid walls. Chimney breast staining is caused by salts and chemicals being slowly washed through the

walls as a result of moisture in the chimney. The moisture can come from poor flashing, poor chimney stack pointing or leaking back boilers. Condensation in the chimney itself is usually the result of a lack of ventilation in the flue.

Belt and Braces Approach Firstly, if there are any doubts at all about the problems encountered, then before you spend a small fortune on repairs, have the dampness assessed by an expert. If you have carried out the above analysis and are confident it is a simple issue. Then, if condensation, consider an Anti-Condensation paint. Firstly, an insulation type coating which helps remove the cause of condensation; it keeps the wall warmer and hence prevents condensation in the first place. Secondly, moisture absorption coating which attempts to absorb condensation and then let the moisture out when the conditions are dryer. Both types of product generally have a film protective additive to stop the mould growth. Please note insulation coatings generally have a micro texture and can be over coated with decorative paint which should not affect their Anti-Condensation properties. The micro texture, which is barely

Both of these products can be painted or wallpapered over as required.

Summary We would always recommend analysis to discover the root cause of the problem, but, both Coo-Var Anti-Damp and AntiCondensation paints are a useful tool to have in the battle against dampness and condensation. Even in these modern days where ‘one coat of one paint does everything’, they should continue to be an integral part of every decorator’s emergency kit. Coo-Var technical services can be contacted on info@ or by phoning 01482 328053 and selecting the Technical services option. For more information or technical advice on Coo-Var Anti-Damp & Anti-Condensation paints contact the Technical hotline on 01482 328053 or email info@ To download more information, visit the Coo-Var Website at Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for regular updates.


Coatings & Paints October 2017

EXPAND YOUR RANGE WITH CONSTRUCTA PRO The expanding foam range from Everbuild – A Sika Company is growing once again with the addition of Constructa-Pro; a high strength adhesive foam designed for use in a multitude of applications. Developed to be fast curing, ConstructaPro is ideal for small jobs which require a quick fix as well as large applications including fixing plasterboard and insulations board, fixing skirting boards or as a mortar substitute for building rough garden walls. Once cured, it is also rot-proof and moisture and temperature resistant from -40˚C to +80˚C.

metal and much more making it a truly multi-purpose adhesive foam for the trade. For more information on Constructa-Pro or any other product within the Everbuild and Sika ranges, contact your local sales representative, call the sales office on 0113 240 2424 or visit

Gun applied and available in 750ml tins, Constructa-Pro can be used on stone, brick, concrete blocks, wood, plasterboard,

RONSEAL BECOMES FIRST UK WOODCARE RANGE TO RECEIVE BBA CERTIFICATION AS IT LAUNCHES INTO TRADE Ronseal is launching a new range of woodcare products into the UK trade, exclusively. The Ronseal Trade range will see a BBA certification and a new packaging design introduced in April 2017. The reputable woodcare brand is re-launching its bespoke trade range following research with merchants and end users, that identified an increased demand for Ronseal’s well respected woodcare products in the trade segment. They also identified a need to create packaging focused on end user needs.


To reinforce the brands performance credentials the whole range will be independently accredited by The British Board of Agrement (BBA), and is the 1st full woodcare range to receive this accreditation. The BBA is an independent certification

recognised throughout the industry as a symbol of quality and reassurance.

The range includes:

In response to the extensive research, Ronseal Trade will launch with newly designed packaging complete with key information featured on the front of the packaging to make the range easier to shop for end users.

Chris Morgan, Marketing Manager at Sherwin Williams, said: “The Ronseal brand is a key player in trade channels and we’re using our end user knowledge to supply market leading products, packaged exactly to their needs. “We are delighted to be the first BBA certified trade woodcare range. This important certification offers tradepeople added assurance of quality from an independent body.”

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October 2017

Coatings & Paints

Hanover Building Unveiled by Remmers The Grade II Listed building located in Manchester City Centre is being refurbished by Quadriga Contracts Ltd as part of the NOMA regeneration scheme to provide Grade A office space, retail and leisure facilities.

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Constructed in 1905; the interior walls have accumulated a thick build-up of dust, dirt, polish and even nicotine residue, all of which needed to be removed. Following trials of various products, Remmers Arte Mundit Eco was selected as it is a selfvulcanising cleaning paste designed for thorough, water-free removal of residues and soiling on a wide range of substrates. The Arte Mundit Eco was applied using a 4” brush and left to ‘set’ overnight. The set rubber-like material was then removed by hand the following day revealing the original white marble finish. The Client is delighted with the results that the product has achieved.

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October 2017

Four Seasons Case Study


October 2017 Date: January 2017 Project: Four Seasons Hotel, Tianjin, China Products: Flexirol Straight Sliding, Soltaire 120, Securefold 150, Husky 100 Location The Four Seasons Hotel in Tianjin, China is a 45 storey, 259 room hotel in the heart of the city’s Central Business District. Currently the tallest building in the metropolis, the high-end hotel is the first skyscraper in Tianjin to achieve LEED Gold certification for its extensive use of sustainable building products and construction methods. Requirements A range of P C Henderson’s sliding and folding door hardware products were specified by the project’s Architectural Hardware Consultant to enhance the bespoke design of the building. The main requirements were for large, heavy doors that offered a distinctive grandeur, while portraying the luxurious look, feel and operation desired by the end user. It was also important that the chosen hardware could cover a variety of sizeable apertures for different uses within the large luxurious development. Part of this included conference rooms and a signature Italian restaurant. Mock up rooms for Four Seasons’ branded residences were also created as well as a grand and impressive ballroom installation. In addition to this P C Henderson’s sliding door hardware was also fitted in the hotel’s lavish 3,434 sq. ft. Presidential Suite. The Presidential Suite is designed with many large openings to provide guests with expansive city views from the highest floors, as well as to create flexible and abundant spaces for entertaining and relaxing. Products Used A total of 31 Flexirol Straight Sliding systems were installed as room dividers in the Presidential Suite and as sliding doors in

the hotel’s conference rooms to create flexible spaces. This system offers a high performance and attractive finish with the option of being face or soffit fixed. Our Soltaire 120 hardware was employed in the grand ballroom, due to its low friction and fingertip operation benefits. Alongside this two sets of our popular Securefold 150 folding door systems were also fitted in the hotel’s Italian restaurant’s entrance allowing the use of folding wooden doors weighing up to 150kg to be specified. Phase 1 of the build also included the installation of 32 Husky 100 sliding door hardware systems, complete with soft close mechanisms in mock-up rooms for the hotel’s branded residences. The 2nd phase of the development will see the fit out of a further 143 branded residences within the same tower. Why Henderson Henderson is renowned for its quality, expertise and customer service across the world. Our Flexirol Straight Sliding hardware systems were specified as they met the project brief which required hardware that could carry heavy doors weighing up to 300kg, while matching the opulent look and feel of the huge presidential suite and grand ballroom. Doors of this size must adhere to stringent safety requirements which our products conform to due to the rigorous testing we carry out. The unique capabilities and recognised quality of our Husky, Securefold and Soltaire product ranges ensured further specification in other apertures within the development where sliding and folding door hardware was required. To find out more about what P C Henderson has to offer, visit or email


Floors & Walls October 2017

CaberDek flooring leads the pack

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CaberDek is one of Norbord’s flagship quality flooring products. It is made from the same moisture-resistant particleboard as the standard CaberFloor P5 but has a protective non-slip film applied to its upper surface.


n most new-build projects, the upper floors of a house will be installed before the roof goes on, with the inevitable result that the new floor is left open to the elements for days or even weeks. CaberDek’s protective film prevents rain and frost damage to the new floor surface as well as providing a safe non-slip working surface for the construction team.


CaberDek can be left exposed like this, and remains BBA approved for up to 42 days without risk of damage, provided it is correctly installed

with Norbord’s CaberFix adhesives. Even after the building is weather-tight, the floor surface remains protected from following trades such as plastering and painting. When work has finished, the protective film is simply peeled off to reveal a pristine particleboard floor ready for covering. CaberDek comes in easyto-handle 2400mm x 600mm panels produced in thicknesses of 18mm and 22mm. Suitable for fixing to traditional sawn timber or engineeredtimber joists, including metal-web joists, it can be

fixed with nails, screws, and with Norbord’s own specially-formulated adhesives. Many builders now employ the CaberFix Pro kit, a powerful sealing and fixing system for installing CaberDek flooring. This system consists of CaberFix T&G adhesive, CaberFix Joint&Joist adhesive and CaberFix Tape. CaberFix D3 T&G is specially formulated to produce strong bonds between adjacent panels along the tongue-andgroove joint. CaberFix Joint&Joist is a high-

strength polymer adhesive which remains flexible after curing and is designed to fix a CaberDek floor to the supporting joists. Replacing mechanical fixings, CaberFix Joint&Joist speeds up installation and produces a floor which is guaranteed free of squeaks and creaks. Its flexibility also contributes to noise attenuation, thus aiding in the floor’s conformity with Part E of the Building Regulations governing the passage of noise. CaberFix Tape seals the joints to prevent moisture degrading the T&G adhesives. For floors which are likely to be exposed to the elements during freezing conditions, Norbord’s special X-Treme tape is recommended. For further information, call 01786 812 921 or visit



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An entrances is an area that can give visitors their first impressions of a building and so it requires particular attention to be paid to creating a sense of harmony in the overall look. As the market leader in the field of customized dirt collection systems, emco has been setting benchmarks within this sector for over 70 years. Thanks to its Entrance-Mat- and Clean-Off Systems as well the numerous special designs it offers, emco makes sure that dirt and moisture are left at the door. emco – designing clean entrances Exceptional variety and designoriented functionality. The first impression on entering a building plays a crucial part in the overall effect on the visitor. Entrance areas therefore require an environment that combines a welcoming atmosphere with aesthetics and functionality. We offer individual, tailor-made dirt removal systems, based on our 3-zone cleaning system concept, that trap up to 90% of dirt and moisture as people walk across them. They make a significant contribution to a pleasant reception environment and longlasting protection of the surrounding floor coverings, as well as to a significant reduction in cleaning work throughout the building.


In addition to our dirt-removal systems, our product range also includes carpet mats made with individually tailored colours and motifs, as well as top-quality gratings for swimming-pool and sanitary facilities. A wide choice of designs and components means we can provide architecturally sophisticated solutions for every type of requirement. At the same time, experienced specialists and a nationwide service network ensure expert, reliable project support throughout the pre- at- and after-sales phases.


emco – the first step to a cleaner environment. Entrances can give visitors their first impression of a building and require particular attention to create a sense of harmony in their overall look and ability. As a market leader in the field of customised dirt collection systems, emco has been setting benchmarks within this sector for over 50 years. Thanks to our tried and tested entrance mat ranges Diplomat, Marschall, Senator, Radial and Plaza as well as numerous special designs we offer, emco makes sure that dirt and moisture are left at the door. emco provides a range of entrance mats and clean off carpets that work in harmony with one another and provide protection against coarse, fine and damp dirt, offering a 3-zone cleaning system.

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Innovative Underfloor Air Conditioning for Plexal at Here East AET Flexible Space recently supplied a bespoke underfloor air conditioning system to the Plexal innovation centre at Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.


he Here East project announced in 2013 involved transforming the former Olympic Press and Broadcast spaces into Europe’s biggest technology hub. Plexal’s vision was to create new space at the East London campus for technology companies, universities, start-ups and creatives, and AET Flexible Space are delighted to have contributed to this visionary development. The innovation centre has office spaces that can accommodate from four to thirty workers, in addition to shared co-working space. The centre also offers bespoke services for residents, such as discounted PR, law and recruitment, and the campus-led design for coworking and collaboration gives it a distinctly unique edge over comparable coworking spaces in London. Working closely with M&E consultant, Cundall and M&E contractor, McDowall’s Air Conditioning, AET Flexible Space have supplied and commissioned a total of 13 downflow units (CAM-V) and 146 slimline TUS-EC Fantiles to the new 50,000 ft2 workspace located on the ground floor, and on an additional mezzanine level of the former Olympic Press Centre building.


The CAM-V system introduces conditioned air into the 190mm depth plenum beneath the raised

access floor, and is then introduced into the space via the fan terminal unit (Fantile). The Fantile replaces a standard 600mm x 600mm floor tile and is therefore easily interchangeable. The CAM-V unit receives used air back at high level for re-conditioning. This configuration is ideally suited to the “hangar” style building and enables a flexible offering for future reconfiguration of the space as no division of the plenum into supply and return air plena is required. The underfloor system designed for the cellular office pods was also required to run in conjunction with other services, such as the 4-pipe fan coils used to cool the mezzanine co-working areas and the pre-existing trench heating system installed at the perimeter. Custom floor stands were designed to raise the height of the CAM-V units, located in the central Plexal corridor within special acoustic enclosures. The Here East development in Stratford was officially opened in June 2017 but was already 55% pre-let 18 months before completion. Plexal has created a truly unique and flexible workspace offering for the new generation of digital and tech business occupiers.

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Underfloor Air Conditioning fits the bill at 8 Waterloo Place No. 8 Waterloo Place, a fabulous Edwardian building with a Grade II listed Portland stone façade, has recently undergone a full refurbishment including structural reconfiguration to the central core and installation of new HVAC services creating 33,000 sq. ft. of prime speculative office space just off Piccadilly in the St James’ area of London. The stunning building constructed in the early 1900’s was once the UK headquarters for the Bank of Montreal, and since 1991 has accommodated a branch of Lloyds bank. AET Flexible Space are delighted to have supplied a CAM-C direct expansion underfloor air conditioning system for this prestigious refurbishment; comprising 8 CAM-C 35 downflow units, Daikin heat pumps and approximately 108 TU4-EC Fantiles. The underfloor system was specified by consultant Watkins Payne Partnership for four floors within the seven floor building. Both the client, Cornerstone Real

Estate and Architect, Morrow and Lorraine, had requested a clean finish with no services at high level to allow the decorative feature plasterwork in the ceiling to be left exposed. The AET Flexible Space CAM-C direct expansion system fits this brief perfectly. The CAM-C downflow unit supplies conditioned air into the plenum beneath the raised access floor, which serves as the ventilation zone. This zone is divided into supply and return air paths using airtight relocatable baffle and then the CAM receives spent air back at floor level for re-conditioning, allowing the total elimination of services located

in the ceiling. Conditioned air is fed into the space using modular, plug and play TU4 Fantile units with the upgraded EC fan option for additional energy efficiency. Completed in April 2017, the refurbishment was successful in creating fully refurbished, additional net area grade-A office space, an enlarged reception and alterations to the top storey to create a roof terrace. The building was also shortlisted for the 2017 BREEAM awards, refurbishment category and Chinese restaurant giant Imperial Treasure has secured 8500 sq. ft. of mezzanine, ground and basement floors on a 25 year lease deal.


Heating & Ventilation October 2017


he 22,500-square foot Emperor House development has been awarded the highest EPC A+ rating and is expected to deliver enough low-carbon electricity to power the equivalent of 40 homes a year, also saving 57 tonnes of CO2 annually. The development, which has been let to the LV= Exeter team, includes insulated cladding, LED lighting and a rooftop solar installation with 128kW capacity. The property is Grenadier’s first EPC A+ rated construction, and was developed in partnership with Somerset based Summerfields Developments. LV= will occupy the building from November. Peter Quincey, Director of Grenadier, said: “Emperor House is one of the most energy efficient in the country, with less than one percent of the entire building stock in England and Wales meeting the criteria for EPC A+ rating. “To receive a rating this high for energy efficiency is a huge achievement for our team and the team at Summerfields. We hope it will serve as an example across Exeter and the South-West of the importance of energy efficiency and low-carbon electricity generation to lower costs and reduce carbon emissions. And we’re delighted the team at LV= will be taking up occupancy in the coming weeks. It’s a real statement of the importance of energy efficiency that such a recognised company is moving into the building.”


Grenadier announces completion of energy efficient Exeter offices for LV= Exeter-based sustainable property developer Grenadier has announced the completion of a new office project to house insurer LV= that is believed to be among the most energy efficient in the South-West of the UK. Jane Dickinson, Head of Protection Operations for LV= in Exeter, said: “At LV= we strive to provide a happy and productive environment for our people to work in. We also take seriously our responsibility to minimise the impact of our operations on the environment and we are really pleased we have been able to do both with our move to Emperor House.”



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Carbon neutral university laboratory gets breath of fresh air Gilberts Blackpool helps deliver a BREEAM ‘outstanding’ rating for Nottingham Labratory The University of Nottingham’s £23million GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry has been designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘outstanding’ rating, and be carbon neutral within 25 years of operation with ventilation developed by Imtech, in partnership with Gilberts Blackpool. The 60,000ft2 building focuses on a timber frame, PV panels and natural ventilation for its green credentials. To improve fresh air within the five research labs and communal spaces, Gilberts’ DGA ceiling diffusers, NV transfer grilles, GSFA swirl diffusers, GX air valves, egg crates and linear bar grilles were selected, with Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modelling undertaken to prove the performance objectives for intake and extract. For the input of fresh air, Glberts’ DGA4 louvred diffusers provide four-way blow with a 12degree cooling differential and up to 0.350m3/s through the suspended ceilings, complimented by Gilberts’ GSFA ceiling fixed swirl diffusers, and aluminium NV vision proof transfer grilles moving air through partitions and doors at a maximum 1.5m/s. Extract of used air is achieved via a combination of Gilberts’ GX steel air valves providing volume flow up to 200l/s, DGA diffusers, and linear bar grilles. All Gilberts’ components were finished in gloss or satin silver to the preferred RAL.

QuanTec condensing boiler range now has eight-year guarantee The QuanTec condensing boilers range from Johnson & Starley has been given a free eight-year guarantee. The guarantee covers all parts and labour for every QuanTec model, adding a further three years of peace of mind for installers and users. QuanTec condensing boilers were recognised in 2016 by a leading consumer magazine as the most reliable boilers on the UK market. Their build quality and energy efficiency applies to a wide choice of combi, system and regular models including the top of the range QuanTec HR 28C (PFGHR). This 28KW combination-condensing model offers exceptional efficiency, thanks to the integral Passive Flue Gas Heat Recovery (PFGHR) function. This technology provides potential extra energy savings of up to 26% over a typical water heater and gives very high domestic hot water (DHW) efficiency levels.


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October 2017

Saracen Completes Work On Mayfair Heritage Site Leading workplace consultant Saracen Interiors has completed a 6000 sq ft fast-track, repair and refurbishment project for global educational charity, the English Speaking Union (ESU) at its prestigious headquarters, just off Berkeley Square in Mayfair. Work was undertaken on the ground floor and in the basement library to make good the damage caused by a leak. Painstaking care and attention was taken by the team to ensure that all refurbishments met the high standards and quality of the current fitting of this high design, Grade 2 listed building. The project took just under five weeks to finish and was completed during office hours, with Saracen taking on board the need for its tenants to resume full occupancy as soon as possible. Director of Saracen Interiors, Michael Page comments: “Taking on any work in a building that has heritage status always requires thought and attention, as well as skill, as there is an onus on respecting and preserving the original design work. We had to be


particularly meticulous, especially when we worked on the ceiling area, as we wanted to make sure that the detailed edging was perfect. “Projects like these usually require some time however we knew that ESU didn’t have this luxury and was keen to reclaim full occupancy as soon as possible. A key part of our role is to accommodate and support our clients and this project involved a certain amount of noise awareness, consideration and communication as ESU staff members were working in other parts of the building. Turnaround time was, therefore, a priority in order to ensure a speedy delivery.” Janet Russ, house manager for the English Speaking Union adds: “We were delighted to appoint Saracen as we were confident that the turnaround times would be excellent and the service equally outstanding – and the team did not disappoint ! They were incredibly professional and reassuring; sensitive to both our needs as a working charitable institution and the design of the building itself. We would happily work with them again.” Over the last decade, Saracen has built a strong reputation with London-based clients, working across a wide range of commercial projects from multi-million fit outs to facilities management

October 2017

contracts and the negotiation of office moves. The company has a proven track record in improving workplace efficiency and corporate standing with its tailor-made, cost-effective solutions. Recent clients include Coca-Cola Enterprises, CH2M, Yum Restaurants, Samsung, Sirius Minerals, Royal Jordanian, Tata Communications, WYG, TE Connectivity, Loma Systems, Newsquest, Nihon Shokken, Solera, Gray’s Inn Chambers, Libra Group,

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Education October 2017

Aggregate Industries All Aboard with McDermotts to create New National College for High Speed Rail

Aggregate Industries has provided the platform for the newly created National College for High Speed Rail, located in the centre of Birmingham. The college, which welcomed students for the first time in September 2017, is a new threestorey building on Birmingham Science Park, and includes hundreds of metres of rail track and space to host a full size 25 tonne Eurostar power car. Part of the £52bn HS2 investment, Aggregate Industries was awarded the contract to supply concrete for the landmark development by McDermotts, the Birmingham based groundwork and civil engineering company. The project saw Aggregate Industries deliver 1,500 cubic metres of ready-mixed concrete for the ground-works of the college, which will train the thousands of skilled workers required for the HS2 rail link.


Terry Doherty, commercial director at McDermotts commented: “With a project of this prestige and scale, it was very important for us work with a concrete supplier who not only had the knowledge of the complex requirements of the rail industry but the capabilities to provide the vast quantities needed within the given deadline. The team at Aggregate Industries didn’t disappoint and provided the seamless service you’d expect from a market leader; we look forward to working with the business again in the future.”

The ready-mixed concrete used is EN 206 and BS 8500 compliant, providing reassurance to architects and contractors that its concrete is produced to the highest standards and does not contain ingredients that could affect the durability of the concrete or corrode reinforcements. Danny King, concrete general manager from Aggregate Industries said: “The National College for High Speed Rail is one of the first completed projects of the new HS2 railway. It was great to work with McDermotts on this high-profile development that kick-starts years of construction as we work toward making the vast ambitions for HS2 a reality. Having a strong local plant network meant we could meet the requirements of the project to ensure McDermotts could complete the project on schedule, ready for the first students this September.” The National College for High Speed Rail is the second recent educational project for Aggregate Industries in Birmingham. The company has also supplied 4,000 cubic metres of ready-mixed concrete for the slip-form construction, ground works and concrete frameworks of Birmingham Conservatoire’s new state-of-the-art £57m teaching and performance facility, which will also open in autumn of 2017. For further information, visit

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Education October 2017

‘Education working in partnership’ The partnerships between independent and state schools in communities have been growing in strength with the deep rooted belief that education is a charitable endeavour.


hese are generally voluntary with mutual reciprocity with a specific aim such as increasing the proportion of top students going to university, sharing sports, music and drama facilities or providing extra curricula activities such as debating and school trips whilst giving pupils a better understanding of different cultural backgrounds. In every successful partnership, everyone benefits which is why Premier Modular replicates this model, putting great value on forming strong, mutually beneficial client relationships. They achieve this through being a forward thinking company, striving for constant improvement and innovation and using an open and transparent working practice where all ideas are welcome. The client benefits from the use of off-site construction, through programme reduction and minimised disruption in an educational environment. As the manufacture of the building is taken out of the critical path on the programme, site works including foundations, services and external works can be completed simultaneously with the building being completed in the factory. This provides a much quicker return on investment when providing extra teaching


space or boarding accommodation to increase pupil numbers. Premier Modular Limited was recently selected to provide a temporary science village to form part of a large re-development project at Tonbridge School; a prestigious independent boys’ boarding school. The project was awarded to Premier due to the high quality of their buildings, their flexibility and willingness to create bespoke solutions, the detail presented at tender stage and the very positive references provided from other high profile private schools. The two storey building provides science classrooms, teaching and prep rooms, staff offices and required a high level of specialist internal fit-out; including full science department furniture, fume extraction systems and complex M&E. This full turnkey project included the installation of associated services and foundations made more complex by the avoidance of a tank trap from WWII.

Another excellent example of partnering in action is the work Premier Modular is carrying out with ISG Construction and Manchester City Council as their preferred supply chain partners. They provided a new permanent classroom block to accommodate an additional form of entry for St Margaret’s C of E Primary School, providing 270m2 of accommodation for their nursery and foundation stage classes. The successful partnership continued with the provision of a dining hall extension at St Matthews RC High School, with several more projects scheduled for this year. So in a market where the key priority is educational excellence, expectation of parents and students is increasing, sustainability is of growing importance and facilities need to be flexible, functional and beautiful; the way forward has to be collaborative, engaged and open partnering agreements. 0800 3160888

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Clegg Construction has completed a multi-million pound scheme to create new student accommodation in Nottingham city centre.


he Nottingham-based company was the main build contractor for the transformation of a 1950s office block overlooking Old Market Square.

The £3.3m scheme, for RedOak Property, saw the upper floors of Norwich Union House in South Parade converted into 88 studio rooms. Simon Blackburn, Managing Director of Clegg Construction, said: “We’re really pleased to have worked on this high quality project with the developer and for it to be ready in time for new students coming to university in Nottingham in September. “Student accommodation is a primary sector for Clegg Construction, this scheme is one of three similar projects our teams have been working on, totalling £23m and providing more than 400 rooms in three cities.”


Construction Management students from Nottingham Trent University visited the site as part of one of their modules, which included a tour by the site manager and the opportunity to gain an insight into the development. Clegg Construction is also on site in Derby’s Friar Gate creating a £10.9m 244 bedroom student apartment building for developers Jensco (Derby). An £8.8m contract for student accommodation in Solly Street, Sheffield, has just been completed for specialist student accommodation provider, Empiric. This involved the design and construction of 107 student rooms in four blocks.

October 2017


Awarded £8.2M Contract to Design and Build New Romford Free School Academy Offsite The McAvoy Group has been awarded an £8.2m contract for the design and offsite construction of a new 630-place primary school for Concordia Academy in Romford. 42

The start on site has been marked with a ground breaking ceremony and children planting a time capsule. The 2,972m2 three-form entry free school will create an exemplar learning environment for local children, reflecting the academy’s vision and ethos, increasing parental choice, and providing a valuable facility for the community. Funded by the Department for Education via the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the school will be operated by REAch2 Academy Trust – the largest primary only academy trust in the UK. The use of a McAvoy offsite solution for the project is allowing the development of a highly constrained brownfield site. The new

building will be just 1.5m from the site boundary to the front elevation. Modular construction will significantly reduce disruption to the surrounding residential area and will cut the build programme to just 12 months. The first of 67 modules will arrive on site in the autumn. McAvoy has also provided a suite of interim school buildings for the academy, until its new building opens in September 2018. Raymond Millar, Construction Director of principal contractor McAvoy, said, “We are delighted to be building this wonderful new school which will provide much needed primary school places for the local community in Romford. We will be using the latest advances in education design and offsite construction to create

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Raymond Millar, Construction Director of The McAvoy Group with a group of children and local dignitaries, marking the start of construction work on site with a ground breaking ceremony and burying of a time capsule.

an inspiring environment for teaching and learning, and an outstanding school to help every child realise their highest aspirations.” “Offsite construction offers clear benefits for the delivery of new education facilities. On this project, the solution from McAvoy is enabling the development of a very restricted and challenging brownfield site, and with much less disruption to the local community. It offers the opportunity for increased value for money, greater quality control and programme benefits because the construction work can progress offsite in the factory while groundworks are put in place on site. Speed of construction is key when the demand for school places continues to rise.” Due for completion for the start of the 2018/19 academic year, the new state-of-the-art school will help to address the urgent need for additional primary places in the South East. The London Borough of Havering has seen a significant increase in birth rates and this is projected to continue. The local

population is set to rise by 11.2 per cent by 2021, further intensifying the pressure on school places. Designed by Blue Sky Architects, the Concordia scheme will occupy the site of a disused nurses’ home. The curriculum areas will be organised in clusters of three for each year group, and with a linear band of classrooms either side of a central corridor. The teaching spaces are designed to be flexible, allowing adaptation to support future modes of curriculum delivery or advances in technology. Facilities will include a music and drama studio, main hall with adjacent smaller hall, 14 classrooms, full catering kitchen, activity room, small group learning rooms, staff room and administration offices. The design solution maximises the external play space within the site and the landscaping will create an inspirational external environment to reflect and support the school’s educational needs. There will be a hard surfaced games area for high-

energy play; an informal outdoor learning area with tensile fabric canopy to provide a shaded area; a garden space with raised planting beds; a dedicated, secure reception play area along the southern elevation, and a natural habitat ecology zone. The contemporary design for the new school combines strong lines, bold geometric shapes and a palette of materials that includes red brick, timber-effect cladding, render and high levels of glazing. Elements of colour provide bright accents to reflect the school’s corporate identity and emphasise the architectural features. There are brick and rendered bays to the curriculum wing, with full height glazing to the recessed areas which allow light into the break-out and circulation spaces. For further information about offsite solutions for schools and academies, visit, call 028 8774 0372 or email


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Flexibility RENOLIT’s 40-year experience in providing all-encompassing waterproof solutions through their ALKORPLAN thermoplastic PVC-P roofing membrane range is renowned and admired throughout the industry. The Spanish Manufacturer receives praise through consistent high quality, crisp and clean detailing, wide colour range and proven longevity. However, the greatest accolade revolves around ALKORPLAN’s famed flexibility ensuring the product range is equally as beneficial within new buildings as within building refurbishments in providing suitable waterproofing for all residential situations. Suitability The suitability of the ALKORPLAN range extends from large apartment blocks to individual properties including complete roofing systems, extensions, balconies, garages and porchways; incorporating all new build types and refurbishments from modern design to traditional and period construction. ALKORPLAN is fully compatible with UPVC accessories such as rooflights, barge boards and cladding and is able to waterproof all roof types: flat, pitched or curved. The clean lightweight material

is available in a variety of colours and involves no exposed flame for installation, resulting in no impact on building users. Benefits and Advantages Cost Effectiveness – one single 30 m2 roll replaces six bituminous rolls in a two-layer system, and its lightweight construction (20% to 40% lighter than traditional multi-layer systems) reduces weight and cost of support structure. Furthermore, ALKORPLAN has low maintenance costs, only requiring biannual visual inspections / gutter and outlet clearance. Physical Properties – one complete waterproof layer which is vapour permeable, flexible, clean to install and incorporates static and dynamic perforation resistance. Thermal Properties – suitable for warm and cold roof details, compliant with (and often exceeding) current regulations, and compatible with all major insulation materials. Fire Resistant – to all European Standards with no naked flame during installation. Installation – nationwide team of Approved Roofing Contractors. Durability – BBA (British Board of Agrément) life expectancy estimated in excess of 35 years. Warranty and Guarantee – insurance backed product warranty for between 10 and 25 years with 20-year insurance backed option covering materials, labour and scaffolding. Environment – ISO 14001 compliant and BREEAM A Plus rated through its recyclability. Colour Range – unrivalled colour choice with particular RAL and Pantone options (for 500m2+).

Appearance, Reflectivity and Efficiency RENOLIT ALKORDESIGN’s profile enhances roof appearance, giving the impression of a standing seam. In addition, RENOLIT’s ALKORBRIGHT (brilliant white lacquered singleply membrane) provides cool roof technology through the highest reflectivity in the world, significantly increasing the efficiency of photovoltaics and the unique ALKORSOLAR profile to attach UPVC systems to the roof surface. A sedum extensive green roof or other specifically-designed intensive green roofs are available; providing both visual and environmental benefits together with a reduced impact on the immediate drainage system. Contact For more information on RENOLIT ALKORPLAN, please visit http://www. products/renolit-alkorplan/. The Group’s UK offices are based in Cramlington (8 miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne). For technical support, please call: 01670 718283.

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New building made with GreenCoat® shortlisted for the Swedish Building Award 2017 A newly constructed apartment complex in Uppsala (Sweden), made with the most sustainable colour coated steel GreenCoat from SSAB, has been shortlisted for the Swedish Building Award 2017 (Stålbyggnadspriset 2017). The apartment complex named Fjärilen (the butterfly), located in a new residential district in Uppsala, Sweden, was designed in order to link the different scales and appearances of the neighbouring city blocks. To achieve this, as well as to create an urban look, a façade and roof made from sustainable GreenCoat PLX Pro BT, from SSAB, was chosen. The choice and use of material as well as the practical, yet modern approach to architecture has resulted in Fjärilen being shortlisted for the Stålbyggnadspriset 2017 award, presented by the Swedish Institute of Steel Construction. “The use of GreenCoat in Fjärilen has supported us to fulfill both creative architectural designs as well as demanding building and environmental requirements,” says Rahel Belatchew, Belatchew Arkitekter AB, Stockholm. Besides being well-known among tinsmiths and metal roofers for its easy hand forming and long colour retention, GreenCoat PLX Pro BT features a Bio-based Technology (BT) with a substantial portion of Swedish rapeseed oil instead of fossil based oils, which are traditionally used. The unique, patented BT solution by SSAB reduces the environmental footprint significantly. GreenCoat Nordic quality colour coated products are highly resistant to corrosion, UV radiation as well as scratches. They provide building specifiers with a significantly lighter material compared to alternative solutions. GreenCoat also offers a lower temperature elongation than competitive materials for reduced buckling and a consistent shape, for decades to come.


“It is an honour to have been a part of this project that is now shortlisted for the award. During installation we experienced GreenCoat PLX Pro BT to be an easy material to handle and form when compared to other metals and even other colour coated products on the market. The quality of the finish stands out and experience tells that this will be the case for years to come,” confirms Robert Eriksson, Erikssons Plåt & Kopparslageri AB, Avesta. The Swedish Institute of Steel Construction awards the bi-annual Stålbyggnadspriset (Swedish Building Award) to a construction project that uses steel in an innovative, sustainable and architecturally appealing way. The aim is to encourage efficient use of steel in construction and give rise to new ideas and inspirational solutions. The Swedish Building Award attracts architects, engineers and companies to use the properties of steel in order to help build a sustainable future.

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October 2017

SureClad Style is Here to Stay at Stansted ®

Handling 24.3 million passengers in 2016 alone, Stansted Airport serves more than 170 destinations. Located just 30 minutes from London by train, the airport has become a popular departure point for both tourist and business travellers, leading to high demand for quality hotel accommodation close to the terminal that combines comfortable guest rooms, with stylish bars and restaurants and flexible meeting and conferencing facilities.


The latest addition to this hospitality landscape is the new 357 room Hampton by Hilton hotel, located just a six minute shuttle bus ride from the airport’s terminal building. Designed by the London office of Leach Rhodes Walker Architects (LRW), the £27 million scheme leverages the architect’s

international experience in hotel design and references the verticality of the terminal building, while providing a stylish and distinctly contemporary aesthetic.

although we wanted to create a synergy of form, we also needed to differentiate the hospitality nature of the hotel building in contrast to the commercial functionality of the surrounding airport buildings. “The broad choice of façade colourways offered by Shackerley helped us to achieve that aesthetic goal while SureClad® ceramic granite’s inherent impermeability and resistance to the elements also gave us the robust finish we needed to withstand an airport environment and retain a quality appearance over time.” Achieving an Italian Aesthetic

The use of Shackerley’s SureClad® ceramic granite ventilated cladding system across all the building’s façades has been pivotal to the success of this vision, which both makes a design statement and provides a subtle, unobtrusive addition to the Stansted landscape.

The largest Hampton by Hilton hotel in the UK, the new Stansted scheme is a ‘C’ shaped building. It has been designed to mirror the terminal building in verticality and modularity and its height has also been restricted to match that of the terminal building and comply with planning requirements.

“The building was inspired by the terminal building,” explains the Director of the London office and lead architect, Alessio Venturi from LRW, “but,

The recessed central section of the hotel is glazed at ground floor level to provide an active frontage that houses

October 2017 the panels to our exact requirements. Where we wanted to emphasise the verticality and modularity of the building, we could articulate these principles with an extended joint between ceramic granite panels.” Long-Lasting Looks In addition to enabling the design team to express its creative vision for the building, the SureClad® ceramic granite façade has also been instrumental in answering the practical needs of the building’s location.

both the hotel’s reception and its bar and restaurant area, with a single front desk and bar providing connectivity through the space. The glazed frontage not only provides a contrast with the ceramic granite façade but also enables guests to look out as they relax and dine and gives onlookers a view of the high specification interior. Shackerley’s SureClad® ceramic granite ventilated façade system has been specified in a variegated grey/white colourway with a natural finish, which is sympathetic to local surroundings. The distinctive panel was chosen to give the façade an appearance that is subtle, while providing a timeless elegance. Explains Alessio Venturi: “The building’s design has been inspired by both its context as part of the wider airport estate and by my own heritage in Rome. The series of columns at the front of the building creates an active frontage that connects with the surrounding infrastructure and draws upon design influences from the buildings of Rome’s EUR district, an area of the city that was constructed for the proposed Universal Exposition of Rome in 1942. The use of SureClad® ceramic granite with white and grey tones follows this design inspiration through to the façade finish bringing a little Italian flair and classic design to Stansted.” Articulating Form Alongside the colourway and finish of the SureClad® façades, the size and spacing of the ceramic granite panels was also central to answering the architect’s aesthetic aspirations for the Hampton by Hilton Stansted project. In total, more than 10,000 panels were cut individually by Shackerley to meet the specific requirements of the

building. They were supplied to the site with fixing straps securely anchored to the rear as part of the SureClad® installation-ready ventilated façade system, with all prefabrication carried out off-site at Shackerley’s ISO900l accredited production plant. The company’s Queen’s Award winning SureClad® Access system was used for the installation, facilitating rapid nonsequential installation and providing the required flexibility in design. The building has been designed to maximise the light within each room with the light penetration always equating to 10 per cent of the room area. However, room size and orientation varies across the building, which has prompted differently sized windows. These design principles have also affected the way the cladding system has been installed. Alessio Venturi explains: “The façade is based on a repeated module placed between the 500mm wide columns which are repeated consistently across the building. Each module is divided into either two or three parts to define the width of the windows and the panels on the façade.” While SureClad® facades are usually installed with an 8mm open joint between each ceramic granite panel. LRW wanted the SureClad® system to express the two or three part division of each module and a design decision was taken to expand the joint to 15mm. This increased gap between the panels provides a visible indication of the geometry used to design the façade. Alessio Venturi continues: “Specifying the SureClad® system provided us with the design flexibility we needed to achieve this approach to the façade as we could trust Shackerley to cut

“The proximity of the hotel to the terminal building, hangars and runway create a tough environment for the façade,” explains Alessio Venturi, “with airborne pollutants that could cause a risk of discolouration or degradation to many façade materials. However, the impermeability of Shackerley’s ceramic granite system means that it will resist the harsh conditions of its location and keep its quality appearance over time with minimal maintenance.” A fully-vitrified material, Shackerley’s SureClad® ceramic granite has virtually zero porosity, as defined by BS EN14411. Panels are completely unaffected by climatic extremes, as they conform to all international standards for freeze/thaw resistance, and they will not fade, however intense the U/V light exposure. The non-combustible (Class 0) material also offers excellent resistance to acids, alkalis and graffiti and does not promote algae growth. Alessio Venturi adds: “We needed a solution that would carry through the design intention of a timeless, classic look over a long service life, supporting the aspirational quality of the Hilton brand. The SureClad® system was the ideal choice to meet those criteria and it looks fantastic on the finished building.” High Flying Impact The use of the SureClad® ceramic granite ventilated façade at the Hampton by Hilton Hotel Stansted builds on the use of Shackerley’s cladding systems at a number of Hilton properties, including the brand’s Wembley hotel completed in readiness for the 2012 Olympic Games and a major extension to the Hilton London Gatwick Airport a decade earlier. It will ensure that the new flagship for the Hampton by Hilton chain provides a high quality, classic new addition to Stansted for use by high flying businessmen and holidaymakers alike.


October 2017

Snickers Next Generation Working Clothes Combine To Defy The Winter Weather Dressing right and staying comfortable when it’s cold and wet on site requires more than your old windcheater, waterproofs and wellies. Continuous, hard work produces body heat and sweat. But when your rate of work slows, the sweat cools and you’ll start to feel cold and damp. The solution is Snickers’ very latest garments that deliver advanced ventilation and the ability to control and regulate the heat from your body. They’re great for both work and leisure activities. Snickers recommend dressing in 3 Layers - just as athletes do when they compete in extreme weather conditions. The new FlexiWork baselayer Undergarments combine Merino Wool with polyamide for warmth, durability and comfortable ventilation. The body-mapping mid-layer Fleeces and Knitwear come in a range of styles and fabrics designed to insulate by creating a pocket of air around your body – keeping you warm all the time. Both these layers are complimented by a high quality ‘outer shell’ of ALLROUND Wind- and Waterproof Jackets that will keep you warm, dry, comfortable and a step ahead of everyone else.


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STRETCHED TO THE X-TREME X-treme cool-stretch trousers and all Engel workwear available from and For more information visit: email: Mark McBrayne at or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197


Recognised the World over for its comprehensive range of comfortably fitting, stylish and practical workwear, F Engel build further on their reputation by introducing a collection of slim-fit, stretchable work trousers which allow wearers to be especially comfortable in any work situation – and look and feel smart at the same time. Called ‘X-treme’, the trousers are made from 65% polyester and 35% cotton incorporating a specially developed mechanical stretch factor; they are available in various choices both with and without useful hanging pockets. Designed to offer as much comfort and functional, day-to day uses as possible, each garment has a smooth, inner-crotch seam panel and patches of highly stretchable and ventilated material at the backs of the knees and seat areas to help keep cool and provide maximum flexibility whilst bending or kneeling. There are two spacious slanted pockets at the front, two back pockets and a mobile phone

pocket with a flap on the right thigh; there’s a standard one on the left which has an extra inner, zipped compartment. Engel seem to have thought of everything with more useful features including a ruler pocket with extra sections for tools, tool straps and Velcro-fastened, knee-reinforced pockets with two knee pad positions for height adjustment. Reflector strips are built in behind the knees for greater visibility and the trousers have an extra deep hem so the length can be increased if required. Depending on the model number chosen, the Engel ‘X-treme’ Slim-

Fit Stretchable Work Trousers are available in a black, black/anthracite grey, Forest green/black and Mocha Brown/black in sizes 42-66. Item numbers to look for are: 0360-186, 0361-186, 0362-740 and 0363-740. 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


October 2017

Marshalls launch New Ethical Risk Index During recent years, improper practice in large organisation’s supply chains have been brought to light in the media, with brands such as ASOS, Mango and Marks and Spencer all being put in the spotlight, with issues including child workers and the exploitation of refugees being uncovered. Ethical sourcing is an issue affecting many industries today, and is not going away any time soon. Issues including slave and child labour have traditionally marred the stone industry’s reputation, but a positive move towards transparent supply chains has been a sea change of late. However, sourcing in the stone industry is still a difficult area in which to clearly identify transparency in supply chains across the world. Marshalls has acknowledged the industry’s need for an allencompassing structure, which highlights potential issues when it comes to stone sourcing in a number of well-known countries, and brought varying measures together in the Ethical Risk Index. The Marshalls Ethical Risk Index (ERI) uses a bespoke, independently audited scoring framework and gives a genuine insight into the multidimensional ethical challenges facing stone procurers to allow for more informed decision-making. It scores its own commercial stone portfolio against the industry ‘cluster’ for the corresponding origin of the stone in terms of ethical sourcing for that particular location. The ERI has been developed in conjunction with Stirling Smith, an independent consultant who specialises in ethical trade and human rights at work. He has worked for DFID, British Council, Fair Labour Association, trade unions, NGOs and several companies. He is a lead trainer for the Ethical Trading Initiative, and his areas of expertise include child labour, HIV/AIDS in the workplace, migrant labour, social dialogue and industrial relations, and health and safety at work.


Stirling has worked in more than thirty countries and his training manuals have been translated into more than twenty languages.

He said: “The ERI is a huge step forward in transparency. Marshalls was the first company in the stone sector to join the Ethical Trading Initiative and has been a leader for more than a decade. The Ethical Risk Index will enable customers to see what kind of problems might exist in a particular country, and whether a supplier is better or worse than the average in that country.” The ERI score is presented on two levels, a detailed breakdown across 10 assessment criteria, with a simple rating system derived from the average score, and consists of 10 different measures, all of which have equal bearing on the overall ERI score. These are:

1. Modern Slavery Act Awareness This measures Marshalls’ journey on implementing the Modern Slavery Act and Marshalls’ declared actions from its Modern Slavery and Anti-Human Trafficking Policy and Disclosure Statement. The measure is scored on the suppliers ‘Awareness’ of the Act, ‘Understanding’ of the Act and ‘Implementation’ of a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) where this has been deemed appropriate This measure is not about the risk of modern slavery in the supply chain, but it is about embedding the awareness of the UK legislation into the Marshalls supply chain.

2. Supply Chain Visibility Supply chain visibility is a measure of the transparency of the supply chain to raw material extraction. It is about how confident Marshalls can be that it knows how and where the product is extracted and processed into finished goods for re-sale. Supply chain visibility gives Marshalls the ability to be confident in assessing the ethical risks.

3. Income & Employment Security This looks at how employees are paid and their contract of work. It is about how exploited the work force are, and gives some indication as to whether modern slavery may be present. The measure has four issues against which it is scored. These are wage levels, payment of wages, working hours and regular employment

4. Health & Safety Health and safety precautions and the welfare of the workers are all considered in this measure. It is about the awareness of potential hazards and the measures which are undertaken to prevent these. The measure has four criteria relating to safe working conditions in the processing of natural stone (control of dust, noise level, and the guarding and personal protection compliance with regards to machine safety) and

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two of welfare facilities (on and off site facilities available).

national reference number, contract of employment etc.

indicate issues with employment rights and potentially modern slavery

5. Social Well-being

7. Empowerment

10. Corruption & Bribery

Social wellbeing measures how the supply chain treats its workers through harsh or inhumane treatment and how it engages with the wider community. The treatment of the workers is another potential sign of the potential of modern slavery in the supply chain.

This is a measure of whether the worker has a voice with no consequences and whether they can join a labour organisation such as a Trade Union with the right to collective bargaining. Evidence of empowerment would suggest a very low risk of modern slavery

This is a measure of the supplier’s awareness, understanding and implementation of standards on corruption and bribery. The highest level of compliance would be the supplier prohibiting these activities with documented evidence including such things as ‘whistle blowing’.

The measure is scored for treatment on evidence for harsh or inhumane treatment through perceived treatment and finally exemplar treatment with good management systems.

The measure is split into two issues, the first being Freedom of Association and the right to collective bargaining and the second is on levels of Discrimination

The detailed scoring breakdown of each of the 10 measures not only illustrates how Marshalls score against the 10 criteria, but also against the score of the industry cluster – where other UK stone distributors draw from. The basic score consists of a simple visual rating, enabling a very quick and easily understood comparator.

The Corporate Social Responsibility program is scored from none in place, through informal and limited up to embedded and exemplar.

6. Employment Freely Chosen This looks at whether or not the workers freely chose to be employed at the location, and is the true indicator of modern slavery. Scored by two issues, child labour and forced, bonded or prison labour, both issues are scored on a scale of evidence for employment not being freely chosen via perceived opinion, to exemplar where formal management system are in place for each worker, documenting name,

8. Environmental This is a measure of the impact of the operation on the environment whether short or long term and what mitigation and future restoration is planned The measure is scored by two issues these being legal compliance and best practice engagement

9. Governance This is a measure of the overall transparency of the supplier, that it is a legal entity with ownership clearly defined, and that it has management control with documentation and policies with management systems. A lack of evidence in governance may

Marshalls is trying to present more of the real picture to customers. The Ethical Risk Index can enable customers to see what kind of problems might exist in a particular country, and whether a supplier is better or worse than the average in that country. Ethical trade is only going to be successful when consumers are better informed, and the Ethical Risk Index is an important step in educating customers. For further information, please visit:


External Works & Landscaping October 2017

Brett Landscaping achieves Excellent rating for BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Some years ago Brett Landscaping were one of the first businesses in their sector to achieve certification to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and BES 6001. Now a concerted effort to continually improve the sustainability of Brett Landscaping has resulted in the business receiving the top classification for responsible sourcing from the BRE Trust - the UK’s leading independent accreditation service for sustainability. During the recent reverification for the BES 6001 Issue 3.1 Framework Standard for Responsible Sourcing, Brett Landscaping was delighted to be awarded the highest overall ranking of “Excellent”, an improvement on the previous ranking of “Very Good”. “This is great news for us because it gives a tangible reward for the efforts that our team have been making in recent years to continually improve our operations” said Rachel Stone, the Lead SHEQ Manager for Brett Landscaping, who had worked particularly hard with the production team to help achieve this result for the business. Andrew Gill, Marketing Manager at Brett Landscaping, commented


“From our customers perspective this result provides a significant benefit in working with us on projects where sustainability is a key consideration. However, this is only a step, albeit a significant one, in our ongoing drive to operate our business in the most sustainable ways to help deliver a greener built environment for future generations. “This result, allied to the availability of our commercial product range as BIM objects via the National BIM Library and free-to-use design tools such as PermCalc really does help make Brett Landscaping the partner of choice for commercial paving projects.” Responding to demand for an independent third party responsible sourcing standard for the

construction industry, BRE produced BES 6001 and it has quickly become the de facto standard by which companies evaluate their efforts to operate in a sustainable fashion. The BES 6001 Framework Standard for Responsible Sourcing is the building industry’s gold standard for sustainability within the supply chain. It focuses on a range of business practices ranging from organisational governance, supply chain management and environmental and social factors to help drive the green building agenda.

October 2017

Charcon reports sales growth of linear drainage solution Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has reported continued sales growth for its linear drainage product: Safeticurb. Having relaunched the product in January 2016, the innovative technology vastly reduces the need for conventional underground piping, and offers a discrete solution for removing surface water. The product continues to be specified on a variety of hard landscaping projects, with supermarket chain, Sainsbury’s, the latest name on the list. The product was installed in the Staines superstore in spring 2017, providing an effective and well-priced solution to eliminate standing surface water around the complex. Safeticurb is designed to fit most hard landscaping projects, including car parks, industrial sites and pedestrianised developments. The product is tested to BS EN 1433 standards and can withstand up to 400kN, Class D, in its heaviest specification. To create a perfect balance between cost and effectiveness, the product runs parallel drainage sections at 30-35m intervals across the total drainage area. The system also requires very little maintenance, reducing overheads through smart design. Mike Davies, sector marketing manager for Charcon, comments: “Safeticurb has been a fantastic success and its reputation is still growing today. The system offers substantial cost savings while still providing good performance for the removal of surface water.” For further information, including technical data sheets, visit or call 01335 372 222.

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New Bridge – New Name

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fabricators, joiners and installation staff were all proud to be working on a local project. As CTS director Sally Preston explained: “Along with meeting Calderdale Council’s project requirements the main design challenge of this scheme was the difficult access into the site which prohibited delivery of a fully assembled bridge and restricted the crane size to carry out the final lift. This influenced the design, resulting in the incorporation of removable elements such as the deck so that the weight could be minimised during the lift and then the bridge completed insitu”.

The historic Copley Bridge near Sowerby Bridge that was destroyed by floods in 2015 has recently been replaced by an all new steel and timber structure supplied by local specialists CTS Bridges. “Wilson Bridge” is the new name chosen by local primary school children and residents for the bridleway crossing. Pupils’ research revealed that the original Copley Bridge was once a toll bridge and that one neighbouring resident – the late Mr Graham Wilson – had done much to maintain and improve the bridge. Thus the name “Wilson Bridge” was a worthy winner. Calderdale Council appointed CTS Bridges of Huddersfield to design, manufacture, deliver and install the 40m x 3m bridge. The single span truss bridge is above the flood


level and avoids reliance on any supports within the river channel making it far less vulnerable if there were to be a repeat of the 2015 flood. Stone from the original Copley bridge was used to enhance the approaches to the new crossing. CTS Bridges deliver designand-build bridge projects for customers all over the UK and boast a portfolio of several thousand bridges of all shapes and styles since their formation in 1988. They don’t always work so close to home and the company’s dedicated teams of structural engineers, steel

The structure was brought into site in 3-sections and welded together on the bank in the weeks before the main lift. To work within the capacity of the 350-tonne crane CTS joiners only fitted the hardwood deck boards after the bridge had been dropped into its final position. The installation over the weekend was organised with Calderdale Council and site contractor BAM Nuttall to minimise disruption to residents - many of whom turned out to watch their new “Wilson Bridge” reunite the two river banks once again. If you require any further information, 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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October 2017

The Clear Advantages of Osmo UVProtection-Oil


Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes specialist, has developed a quality finish to protect, maintain and restore exterior wood. Osmo UV-Protection-Oil has been specially designed to preserve the natural colour of the wood, leaving it looking in top condition.

rotection of exterior wood is of the upmost importance as the colour can fade after harmful UV rays damage the lignin within the wood. Osmo UV-Protection-Oil is a clear, satin finish for exterior application onto vertical wooden structures only such as doors, cladding, fencing etc. Based on natural oil, it does not crack, flake, peel or blister. This natural protective finish has been produced to resist the greying effect on exterior wood due to exposure to the sun, maintaining the wood’s natural aesthetics. The UV-Protection-Oil 410 consists of natural ingredients and is safe for use on children’s play equipment, flower boxes as well as animal housing, whilst UVProtection Oil Extra 420 contains additional active-ingredients perfectly blended in order to reduce algae and fungal decay and provide optimal protection during winter periods. For horizontal/flat surfaces, including decking, tables and benches, a pigmented finish is required to protect against the wood’s natural greying process. It is advised to select a mid-dark colour tone for stronger UVprotection. Alternatively, choose a colour that is as close as possible to the natural wood’s colour, to preserve the natural appearance.


Both Osmo Decking-Oil and Natural Oil Woodstain product ranges offer a wide selection of colours. The Natural Oil Woodstain range can be expertly mixed to any RAL/NCS colour, resulting in over 2,000 options. The transparent nature of the finish allows the natural characteristics and aesthetics of the wood to remain visible, maintaining the natural feel and story of the wood itself. For additional information on Osmo’s range of eco-friendly wood finishes, please visit, or call 01296 481220.

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