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Construction Update August 2014




30 August 2014

04| Industry News 12| Flooring 20| Heating & Ventilation 26| Safety & Security 32| Recreation & Leisure 42| Lighting 44| Bound Surfacing 46| Drainage EDITORIAL LUCY HARRIS LUCY@CONSTRUCTION-UPDATE.CO.UK




£15bn transport vision unveiled by northern cities Five major cities in the north of England are to outline a £15 billion plan to improve road and rail connections across the region.

year he would make a “big commitment” to investment in the transport and infrastructure in the north. He said: “I’m ready to commit new money, new infrastructure, new transport and new science. And real new civic power too. This will be a centrepiece of my Autumn Statement - and part of our long term economic plan for the country.”

The One North Consortium, which comprises the city Newcastle, will unveil the plan today, which is aimed at improving the connectivity between cities across the north, including a new east-west line across the Pennines. The plan follows George Osborne’s speech in June when the chancellor set out a vision for a new trans-Pennine high-speed rail link connecting Manchester and Leeds in a move aimed at creating a “northern powerhouse” city economy. The chancellor argued that better transport connectivity was vital if the north of England was to compete with London and the south east.

Osborne said the government would look at the One North report and work up a plan for delivering its component parts. Osborne said that in the autumn he would also set out proposals for a major devolution of civic power and responsibilities for cities with elected mayors. In October, David Higgins, chair of HS2, is also set to publish his report on the northern phase of HS2, including initial options for an HS3 cross-Pennine fast rail link.

Today Osborne welcomed the publication of the One North Consortium, and said in his autumn statement this

Studio Weave lands £10,000 RIBA research award

Studio Weave has scooped a £10,000 RIBA award to research independence and privacy in co-housing. Je Ahn & Maria Smith, founders of the practice that was shortlisted for last year’s Young Architect of the Year Awards, were among four winners of this year’s RIBA Research Trust Awards. Architect Guan Lee and artist Eleanor Morgan also scooped £10,000 for a project called Clay Robotics: Sustainable practice in a digital world. They said: “This practice-led research project will reconsider the extraction and use of local clay deposits by combining traditional expertise with robotic technologies. Focusing on the geological and cultural sites of clay beds in Buckinghamshire, the aim of the project is to advance sustainable and site-responsive architectural practices… “The objectives of the project include developing a local clay ‘recipe’ that works sustainably with the robotic dispenser, and which can be used with digital technologies to create domestic and architectural forms that are ecologically and Iain Jackson, an architect and lecturer at Liverpool School of Architecture, and architectural and design historian Peter Richmond receive £7,650 for The Architecture of Herbert Rowse: Monumental Modernism of interwar Britain.

And architect Christian Frost was awarded £2,350 for From Medieval House to Palazzo: Dwelling, festival and ritual in late medieval Florence. Meanwhile Matthew Lucraft, currently a part I working as an architectural assistant at Threefold Architects, is the 2014 winner of the RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship. He receives £5,000 for his overseas project Resurget Ceneribus: The Nascent Revival of Detroit. The Boyd Auger Scholarship supports architecture students or recent graduates by providing an opportunity to undergo a period of imaginative and original research and travel. The annual RIBA Research Trust Awards support independent architectural research.


Construction industry 'set for 10% growth in two years'

Future trains shortlist revealed

The construction industry is set to grow by 10% and contribute nearly £11 billion to the UK economy in the next two years, according to the latest predictions. Private



tipped for growth, according to the Construction Products Association (CPA). In the longer term this activity is expected to be boosted by work on schools and hospitals, it said in its detailed summer forecasts report, published this week. Overall levels of activity are likely to return to their 2007 peak in 2017. “The




improving economic backdrop and government policy measures, with housing starts expected to grow 18% in 2014 and 10% in 2015,” said Noble Francis, the CPA’s economics director. “The pending general election, however, will cast the future of housing policies into doubt. Such uncertainty, together with higher mortgage repayment costs, will likely subdue private housing growth to 5% per year from 2016.

the design of Britain’s trains of the future. world’s third-biggest architect according to this year’s World Architecture Top 100 survey. They were selected from a longlist by competitive interview and will now receive up to £75,000 each to fund the next stage in the development of their schemes.

is available per scheme at this stage. The competition to improve passenger rolling stock in the UK – which was – attracted 48 entries.

Bishopsgate towers draw opponents' ire

A local campaign group has said proposals to build new tower blocks at Bishopsgate in east London threaten to wreck the character of the area.

which includes two towers of 33 and 29 storeys by PLP. As well as 1,400

“Commercial, the largest sector, has on the overall outlook for the construction industry and should contribute 23.4% growth over the forecast horizon to 2018.”

Faulkner Browns Architects is the design team working on the retail element Spacehub has the brief for a planned urban park. said: “The towers will destroy the character of the surrounding streets.” The group added the towers will end up blocking out light.

beginning to pick up, especially in Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham, he added.



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NEWLY REFURBISHED IRONMONGER ROW BATHS INCLUDE A LAUNDERETTE EQUIPPED BY ARMSTRONG As part of a major refurbishment by Islington Borough Council of the Ironmonger Row Baths, a launderette has been installed, equipped by Armstrong Commercial Laundry Systems. The baths, originally built in 1931, always included a laundry for public use and so, for historical reasons and to maintain this valuable service for local residents, it was decided to carry this on while also providing a facility to handle the substantial amount of laundry generated by the various facilities within the site. The unit comprises six Primus washer extractors – three 7kg and three 16kg models, six Speed Queen tumble dryers and two Primus ironers. It is open to the public from 0800-2000 on weekdays and 1000-1600 at weekends, with service washes, which and members of the public purchase vouchers from the site’s main reception which are exchanged for tokens from the attendant. Ironmonger Row Baths, now operated for Islington Borough by charitable social enterprise GLL, comprises a comprehensive range of leisure facilities including a gym, two swimming pools and a group exercise studio. It is also home to Spa London, hammam, steam rooms and sauna sited with the building’s original art deco Turkish Baths. Sarah Matson, operations manager at Ironmonger Row Baths, told us, “The launderette is in constant use with the laundry we generate and the members of the public who use it. We have been very pleased with the equipment and the service we have had from Armstrong and overall the unit is a very valuable part of our very popular and busy site”. For further information contact Armstrong Commercial Laundry Systems, Ampere Road, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2AE Tel 01635 263410 Fax 01635 523920 E: Website

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Profits soar at Wilkinson Eyre £2.7 million after a bumper year which saw the practice land a string of major commissions. The architect’s turnover also rocketed by 60% in the year to March 31, 2014, bringing it to £14.8 million. period. The six directors’ pay packets went up by 48% to a total of £1.26 million. The highest-paid (unnamed) director’s pay increased by 53% contributions. The work is spread across sectors and continents, from Canada to Australia via China, though the vast majority of turnover is generated in the UK. Director Jim Eyre said “even if a further downturn in the wider economy means that no further projects are won, a reasonable level of income for the next few years is assured”.



Ministers to discuss appointment of chief architect

Haworth Tompkins to design Trellick housing Haworth Tompkins has landed the task of designing 100 homes in the shadow of the Trellick Tower in west London. The Stirling Prize-shortlisted architect was appointed by Kensington & Chelsea council (K&C) to design a new housing scheme in north Kensington.

II*-listed landmark, has been used as a coach park for several years The appointment of a chief architect, one of after an old people’s home was demolished. the key recommendations of the Farrell Review, is to be discussed by architecture minister Consisting of two council-owned plots at Elkstone Road and Ed Vaizey and the new housing and planning minister, Brandon Lewis. overall design, the site includes parts of the pedestrian walkways, stairs and basement car park and storage areas. The announcement was made in the House of Lords during a debate on the review this week. The pair will also talk about the idea of establishing a Place Leadership Council and design review panels for infrastructure projects, which were also among the 60 recommendations in Terry Farrell’s report. BD understands no date has been set for the meeting. Vaizey will also liaise with the UKTI over the creation of a global built environment forum to promote British creative and construction expertise as a single industry to overseas clients. A potentially powerful select committee focusing on the built environment could also be established, said business minister Lord Bates. He was responding to the debate tabled by Labour peer Baroness Whitaker, who chaired the Design in Public Procurement Inquiry in 2009 and the Design Education Inquiry in 2011.

remainder to be sold on the private market. The council’s deputy leader, Rock Feilding-Mellen, said the ambition was for the scheme to contribute to the wider regeneration of the area and quality. “This is an important scheme for us, on one of the very

“We want new homes, we want regeneration and we want to respect the iconic Trellick Tower.

HCA sets out land sale plans The Homes and Communities Agency has unveiled details of how next two years. Its latest Land Development and Disposal Plan says that up to 200 sites could be made available for development between now and March 2016. The government has said it wants to get rid of enough land for 100,000 homes by next March with the HCA now responsible for selling a number of former MoD sites along with those owned by NHS trusts. HCA chief executive Andy Rose said: “From 2015, the HCA will take on an enhanced land disposal role for government, adding value to surplus public sector sites with development potential and speeding up their sale to help increase the supply of

built on former railway land in the Aintree area of Liverpool. Persimmon is the developer.



Assemble chalks up Goldsmiths London tonic for Rathbone developer win Assemble has landed a ÂŁ1.8 million scheme to build a new art gallery at Goldsmiths College in south-east London.

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Selfbuilder & Homemaker meets Tony and Nicky Maude who swapped their listed manor house for an ultra modern home that’s the model of minimal living. Tony and Nicky Maude lived in a listed manor house but dreamed of building a modern, sustainable home that would be easy to maintain and provide the space they needed to entertain friends. In 2012, their dream came true when they moved into the ultra modern and award winning White Lodge, which they designed with the help of Dyer Grimes Architects. The journey Selling their classic but expensive to run manor house, Tony and Nicky wanted to stay in the area and continue to country living. However, at the same time they also aimed to declutter their lifestyle, simplify their domestic surroundings and reduce their utility bills. Fortunately they did not have to look far and found, only a short distance away, an unloved, prefabricated, 1960s detached bungalow. The almost derelict property was shielded by tall trees and enjoyed panoramic views across the Surrey Downs and beyond. The site appeared to be perfect, apart from being located in an area surrounded by traditional pitched roof properties and controlled by a Council whose strict planning requirements strongly favoured retaining the local vernacular. But when you have a dream, and a good

architect, you can make things happen. So Tony and Nicky bought the bungalow, and its perfect position, not knowing whether they would ever obtain planning permission. The challenges Their brief for the design of the ultra contemporary home and entertainment space, to be illuminated by extensive glazing that would also make the most of the mature grounds, the surrounding countryside and the allessential swimming pool. The home was also to embrace high sustainable standards of build and maintenance. Dyer Grimes Architects’ ultimate design would have to take into account Tony and Nicky’s requirements to persuade a potentially restrictive development control regime to grant planning permission, remodel a site which sloped sharply away to one side and create a contemporary home that would complement the area’s existing, traditional residential properties. One of the early challenges was the local planning authority, which had a long-standing policy that ensured all new build homes matched the immediate area’s traditional vernacular. But this was not to stand in the way of Tony and Nicky who did

not want planning restrictions to preclude their stretching the planners’ imaginations and pushing the boundaries of contemporary design. The proposed home’s design would also have to overcome site, which could have greatly limited the overall size of the building and the planned landscaping. To add to the design challenges the property’s construction had to embrace sustainable features that would be both easy and taking advantage of renewable materials and energy. Working closely with both its clients and the planning authority, over 18 months Dyer Grimes Architects produced a design that won the approval level part of the site and build a contemporary, three-tiered, sixbedroom home, with 480m2 of remaining sloping section. Modern building technologies were combined with the highest quality materials, including hardwood cladding and white render, emphasised by large with natural light and provide visual access to the local area’s panoramic views.



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thereby improving productivity in the workplace. The right device together with the right printing plan and the implementation of print policies will ensure the company concerned pays it can control its costs with no hidden surprises.

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Cities' urban HCA sets out land sale plans gems named The Homes and Communities Agency has unveiled details of how much land it Will Alsop’s Stirling Prizewinning Peckham library is one of 50 sites said to be the UK’s most inspiring “hidden city spots”. Bloggers in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow were asked to name their urban gems. Others to make it on to the list included the Media City scheme in Salford, which was carried out by Wilkinson Eyre, Chapman Taylor and Fairhursts, and listed Trellick Tower in west London. Also featuring is the Custard Factory (pictured) in Birmingham which was redeveloped into a creative hub for the city by Glenn Howells Architects. The results were compiled following a survey carried out Express in an attempt to “reconnect people with their home cities and discover new places of inspiration”.

by next March with the HCA now responsible for selling a number of former

enhanced land disposal role for government, adding value to surplus public sector sites with development potential and speeding up their sale to help increase the supply of housing and increase economic growth.” railway land in the Aintree area of Liverpool. Persimmon is the developer.

London tonic for Rathbone developer The developer behind Make’s Rathbone Square scheme in London has said it is looking at starting on half a dozen new schemes in the capital in the next year.

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CUT FUEL COSTS Thermal Earth has helped reduce the fuel cost of a neighbouring business by installing a biomass boiler heating system. Industrial GRP, a South Wales manufacturer of glass reinforced plastic products, had three Ponast wood pellet boilers installed in a cascade arrangement by Thermal Earth to heating for the warehouse and The biomass boiler system will lower running costs and ensure that Industrial GRP reduce its carbon footprint whilst saving on money on heating bills and gaining an estimated £21,000 annually through the non-domestic RHI scheme.

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The versatility of the Industrial GRP products has resulted in a collaboration between Thermal Earth and the product manufacturers on biomass installations where outbuildings are needed to be found to accommodate the heating system. A brick structure would be time consuming, costly and involve the application for necessary planning permissions. Industrial GRP can build bespoke GRP kiosks to house biomass boilers and

Being an environmentally conscious organisation, Industrial GRP is keen to minimise any impact on the environment its facilities may have. In evaluating its green credentials. Thermal Earth installed the Ponast KP63 wood pellet boilers, recommended for their manufacturing quality and ease of use. The cascade arrangement ensures that while one boiler is undergoing maintenance or repair the other boilers can still run and meet the majority of the building’s demand. The automatic KP63 Ponast boiler is a new product based on the previous KP62 model but with additional features such as the modern control unit with easy to use touch screen monitoring. The sophisticated controls water, accumulator tanks and solar system to be run from one device. Furthermore, the new burner construction comprising a cast-iron exchangeable burner surface and improved insulation allows for higher combustion

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Hanham Hall picks up national design award Barratt’s innovative Hanham Hall development in Bristol is celebrating another award – this time for its outstanding design. The development has won the Richard Feilden Completed Project award at the prestigious 2014 Housing Design Awards. Barratt Bristol’s managing director Richard Gregory said he was thrilled that the landmark development had once again been recognised on the national stage. Richard said: “This award is a tribute to the whole team involved in creating such a great development. HTA Design was behind the design element of the development and the collaborative approach between Barratt, the Homes and Communities Agency and South Gloucestershire Council has

created one of the country’s most important new developments.” Hanham Hall is set within 12 acres of open space – with the Grade II listed Hanham Hall itself as a centrepiece and sales at the development have exceeded all targets with the development hailed as one of the region’s property successes. Richard said location has been key to the success, as has the style of home Barratt is building, the environment and the fact that Hanham Hall is setting the standards for sustainable living for the future. The development features plenty of open space with kick around areas for children, allotments, an orchard, communal outdoor areas and direct access to the Bristol to Bath cycle path.



Casella’s real-time dust and noise measurement system BOUNDARY Guardian set to protect London’s environment A series of major demolition, construction and rejuvenation projects across London will be adopting an innovative noise and dust monitoring technology this summer by using Casella’s pioneering BOUNDARY Guardian. This web-based, remote UK construction industry by ensuring compliance with regulatory limits, including Section 61 restrictions and PPG24. For an example of best practice, businesses can refer to Qatar, where a number of these systems have been provided for the construction of a new underground metro system in the capital city of Doha. Here, they have proved vital in helping contractors meet mandatory limits for noise and dust emissions from construction works. The Doha Green Line Underground construction is part of Qatar’s national Integrated Rail Project, which comprises the construction of a rail line from the main station at Msheireb to the centre of Doha, Education City and the Al Rayyan Stadium, which is being built in preparation for a major international football tournament in 2022. Like many major cities globally, Doha has a number of local guidelines for noise and dust emissions from construction works, especially with regards to more sensitive areas around the site. With additional local challenges, such as sand blowing in from the desert during the summer months and changes in air quality from high volumes of to any breaches of local noise and dust regulations. The BOUNDARY Guardian was selected as the ideal, system-engineered solution to monitor and alert site managers to excessive noise and dust levels. The system will send email and text alerts should dust and/or noise levels be breached so that immediate action can be taken, and can be used to provide all necessary reports showing compliance with local guidelines. The BOUNDARY Guardian is also simple to install and easy to move around the site, requiring only a power source to plug into, after which users simply login online to monitor site conditions.

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UK’s supplier of Intumescent Draught, Weather & Acoustic Seals Firewise Supplies Ltd are proud to be one of the UK’s foremost suppliers of Intumescent Draught,Weather and Acoustic Seals as well as a wide range of Fire Rated products including Fire Rated Foam and Intumescent Mastic, both currently on offer. With over twenty years’ experience within the industry we provide a trusted and reliable service to our customers and one of the widest product ranges available in one place. Enjoying an enviable reputation for both efficient sales and prompt distribution worldwide. We are able to combine our unique expertise and experience within the industry to offer customers an exceptional level of service.

Firewise also provide expert technical advice and are happy to advice on one off or bespoke solutions as part of our customer service. Firewise are committed to the CE mark process and are pleased to announce that fire

tests in accordance with EN1366-3 are now successfully completed for its range of pipe wraps and fire collars. The products are currently being assessed for durability performance in accordance with ETAG026. It is expected these products will be CE marked by November this year. Further details will be posted on our website.’ With an ever increasing change to both products and regulations within the market place, Firewise have identified the need for a ‘one stop’ solution for customers’ requirements. Our extensive range covers the whole spectrum of all the leading manufacturers within this sector, which enables us to provide informed, non-biased, factual information, to ensure products are delivered on time

and at highly competitive rates. Our website is designed to provide our customers with easy access to all our products. You can either search for products using the simple navigation menu system, or use the search engine. Datasheets are available to download for all the products on the site. Just navigate to the product page and click on the download link on the top toolbar. Ordering & Delivery: Most of our products are available directly from stock at highly competitive rates. To complement this, we offer an excellent sales and technical back up service and are always available to assist you with your enquiry or order. Once placed your order will be dealt with quickly & efficiently. Goods from stock are dispatched the same day up to 4.00pm, using either a standard overnight delivery or choose from the various options of ‘AM’ services that we can offer, including Saturday’s. Email: Web:

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key feature of the Southwater Regeneration project in Telford is the construction of a 600 space multi-storey car park with potential for expansion by a further 350 spaces in future years. Associated Architects of Birmingham discussed the cladding requirements with car park specialists Berry Systems at an early stage in the project’s development. This enabled Berry Systems to demonstrate their ‘in depth’ expertise by designing a cladding system that met the pedestrian loading requirements of BS 6180 and so removed the need for additional pedestrian handrailing on interior faces. The expanded metal mesh cladding was then produced and installed by Berry Systems’ own team for contractor Morgan Sindall. They also installed vehicle safety column mounted barrier systems. Installation was completed in April 2014 in good time for the planned August launch event for phase 1 of this £250 million project.

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE - Recreation & Leisure


Brooklyn meets Belgravia At the Belgraves London hotel with bathrooms from Hansgrohe Nestled among upmarket Belgravia residential blocks and embassy buildings, behind a bland 1970s faรงade, is the surprising the intimate appeal of a private club combined with chic city design that brings a touch of Brooklyn to Belgravia. With interior design by Tara Bernerd & Partners, Belgraves has a New York loft feel inside with exposed brick walls, casual-cool combine New York attitude with British hospitality. These include lobby lounge complete with plush seating and library, private dining or meeting space for up to 22 guests and a state-of-theart gym. Eclectic dining, fusing Mediterranean, Californian and youngest female executive chef, in the Pont St. hotel restaurant. The 85 rooms, including 14 suites, are spacious and glamorous warmed by rich textures from grey wool, purple velvet and eclectic artworks. The bathrooms are clad with Arabescato marble and feature dark wood vanity units with smoked glass tops and brass beaded curtains along the glazed wall that divides bathroom and bedroom. The brassware and showers that ensure guests enjoy a pampering and refreshing experience in the bathroom are from German specialist Hansgrohe. Axor Citterio was the collection of choice for the opulent bathroom of the 70m2 Penthouse. Created by internationally renowned architect and designer, Antonio Citterio, Axor Citterio is characterised by a strong geometric design with gleaming, perfectly crafted surfaces. First launched in 2003, its harmonious combination of straight angular edges next to rounded curves have suceeded in elevating this collection to a global design classic for the bathroom that works equally well in traditional and contemporary settings. The 3-hole basin mixer with crosshandles make an elegant statement on the Penthouse wash basin and the handles are easy to grip and turn. The same cross-handle design is echoed in the luxurious shower area and is joined by another celebrated Axor designer, Philippe Starck. Uncompromising minimalism and modularity are the two principles behind the Axor ShowerCollection with Philippe Starck.

Square shower modules, 12 x 12cm in size, can be positioned singly or in groups in order to provide luxurious showering wherever needed. In the case of the Belgraves London Penthouse bathroom, four modules provide stylish and invigorating body 24cm overhead shower interprets the same basic principle of the square to deliver a refreshing downpour. The accompanying hand shower in the Penthouse and other hotel bathrooms is the popular Raindance S100 Air. Using pioneering Hansgrohe technology which infuses water with air, the resulting Air Power delivers a voluminous spray that envelopes the body and feels like natural rain. Available in various sizes and models with multiple spray options, there are also overhead versions of Raindance used througout the hotel for a luxurious shower experience. Metris S from Hansgrohe is found in the bathrooms of the 44m2 Studio Suite and 51m2 Thompson Suite. Created by the studio of Phoenix Design, the single-lever basin mixer is minimalist in its design with clean and exact lines. The horizontal control lever (pin handle) represents a back-to-the-basics ergonomic design that maximises user comfort. Complementary pieces from the 4-hole rim-mounted bath and shower mixer on the Studio Suite bath tub. With the quality of the bathroom ranking highly as a priority for hotel guests, Belgraves London made the decision to install Expert interior design including sympathetic lighting schemes ensure the bathrooms all feel inviting and special. In the Studio Suite, the marble-clad bath is surrounded on three sides by



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The team at Aqua Platinum Projects specialise in the design and construction of luxury areas in the home, with an emphasis on basement construction and swimming pools. and construction project and cover all aspects of a building project, from initial designs, With the quest for more space and with the high cost of land and many planning constraints, Aqua Platinum’s modern techniques can help you achieve a rapid and economical solution. Aqua Platinum have a wealth of experience and all types of swimming pools, from residential indoor and outdoor pools to commercial hydrotherapy and spa complexes. Concrete Pools Concrete pools are a popular choice by clients for shaped pools and are perfect to create a unique pool design tailored to the customer. This material can also be used to design spilt

Insulated Pools Aqua Platinum Projects can alternatively construct the pool using Polypool insulated panels to ensure the best insulation for their clients. Polypool panels have the highest level energy loss in the swimming pool and results in lower running costs for the client as well as being environmentally friendly. Following changes to the Part L Building Regulations in 2010, insulation is now required for all indoor swimming pools in the UK. The Polypool panels exceed these requirements and have been manufactured to this standard for 20 years.

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skylights transform chef’s kitchen with natural light When award-winning French chef, Régis Crépy wanted to renovate his home kitchen, he had a

Sunsquare was appointed by architects, Brown and Scarlett, to design and manufacture two skylights

across the whole back wall of the kitchen, adhering to building regulations on the percentage of glass used in the project, only 3m2

Sunsquare’s SkyView skylights were maximum light with the minimum of The pair of 1000x1500mm skylights elegant lines, whilst allowing an into the room, as well as being BSI

The British Standards Institution (BSI) Aero, Horizon and Pyramid skylight products for their air permeability, weathertightness and wind Régis Crépy was keen to create a closer relationship between his enhancing his multifunctional kitchen:

– the architect and Sunsquare worked together to design a product that

“I was recommended the skylights by our property’s architect, who informed me that our new construction would suit these structures, and bring an enormous

was described by The Sunday Times as ‘One of the best restaurants in England’, and Maison Bleue in Bury St Edmunds which was named in the

a feeling of space and light, with a kitchen where the outside world

Justin Seldis, managing director of Sunsquare, commented: “This project, I which model to go for, issued upstands and after the roofer did his work,

“My architect liaised with Sunsquare who came up with a proposal for “Régis is undoubtedly one of the most talented and acclaimed chefs in East



Shackerley’s cladding helps to turn new academy into civic landmark Sureclad® ceramic granite cladding supplied in an façade specialist Shackerley has helped to make North

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE - Roofing & Cladding



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Luxonic has just completed a ten-month programme and a £¾ million investment in expanding its production facilities in Basingstoke to allow for increase in demand for LED luminaires. Consolidating all the company’s manufacturing onto the Basingstoke site required an extensive re-organisation of the factory. Engineering is at the heart of the factory and two mezzanine assembly areas have been installed increasing production area by 30%. The introduction of a ‘Lean Manufacturing’ programme at Luxonic streamlines the manufacturing process, vastly improves Manufacturing principle is to create production cells for each of the Luxonic product ranges where a team is now responsible for every aspect of that range’s production. Virtually every Luxonic luminaire has been re-designed around LED Luxonic has always prided itself in having full manufacturing facilities to produce the luminaires that it designs and develops. The new investment now sees an additional Trumpf 3000 automated punching station and a Trumpf 85 tonne brake press respectively for the automatic pressing of steel luminaire body parts and the custom built Ercon Finishing Systems powder coating paint plant has been installed. With a continuous track length of 44 metres, it enables double hanging of products at an increased track speed, Luxonic Production Director, Alan Ayres explained, “The changes luminaires”. Nick Tavaré, Luxonic’s Managing Director added, “2013 was a fantastic year for us in terms of sales and we have seen huge increases in demand for our LED products. This major investment puts us in an excellent position to satisfy this need for energy Luxonic employs around 100 people of which half are engaged in production. Now in its 28th year, and with annual sales this year of £11 million, Luxonic ranks as one of the largest British manufacturers credentials, considering the environment and sustainability in every way from design concepts and manufacturing techniques to recycling of product at end of life. It is an holistic approach which leads to enormous carbon and energy savings. Further information on Luxonic luminaries and control systems is available from Luxonic Lighting on 01256 363090, by emailing or by visiting the company’s website at



SIMPLY SAVING ENERGY WITH DANLERS DANLERS design and manufacture a wide range of products including PIR occupancy switches, time lag switches and dimming controls. Many of the technologies are patented and some have become industry standards. In 2010 we were awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation in recognition of the continuous development of our energy saving electronic controls’ range. Since receiving this award DANLERS has continued to invest in the research and development of new products including ‘ControlZAPP’ with its innovative ‘App’ based interface for increased energy saving into combined software and hardware development year at Frankfurt’s Light + Building event. Find out how DANLERS latest range of energy saving the ‘ControlZAPP’ at the Energy Event 2014, NEC Birmingham, 16 & 17 September. Website:

Are you looking to simply save energy? DANLERS UK manufactured, cost effective products are ideal for the automatic energy saving control of lighting and other electrical loads and come with a 5 year warranty. All products are easy to install using the existing wiring - saving time, energy and money. Contact us for more information or a free catalogue.


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44 Addagrip, part of the Terraco Group, are the UK’s leading manufacturers, formulators and suppliers of quality resin surfacing solutions.

For a splash of colour, our Addacolor Resin Bound surfacing system allows intricate patterns and logos to be incorporated into our Resin Bound surfaces which makes it ideal for school playgrounds and personalised schemes.

Established in 1980, Addagrip specialise in producing a wide range of high quality, decorative and hard wearing surfacing systems for external and internal use, installed through our network of approved contractors, to meet project requirements ranging from commercial schemes to domestic installations. Available in a wide range of natural and recycled aggregates, the Addagrip external surfacing range includes our porous Resin Bound paving systems Addaset, Addabound containing recycled content and Terrabound our new commercial grade surfacing product. Our porous Resin Bound surfaces are SuDs compliant, low maintenance, seamless, hard wearing, decorative and suitable for driveways, car parks, access roads, pathways, courtyards, parks and commercial schemes. We can requirements. Our porous Resin Bound systems have recently been installed at Abbotsford House in Scotland, the home of Sir Walter Scott where Terrabound was used for the courtyard and garden pathways, Edinburgh Zoo for the new Meerkat enclosure and Penguin Pool where Addastone TP tree pit was selected for the nesting areas due to its porosity.

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LEADING SURFACING PRODUCTS NOW VIEWED EASILY ON SMARTPHONES AND TABLETS THE BITUCHEM GROUP, ONE OF THE LEADERS IN ROAD AND PATH SURFACING PRODUCTS, HAS JUST LAUNCHED A BRAND NEW WEBSITE WWW.BITUCHEM. COM WHICH FEATURES RESPONSIVE DESIGN, REFORMATTING FOR TABLET, SMARTPHONE OR PC TO OPTIMISE THE VIEWING EXPERIENCE AND PROVIDE USEFUL INFORMATION QUICKLY. All the company’s products are easily found using the menu tabs and different market applications show case study examples of its products used whether for commercial, domestic, parks, leisure or education. The company’s Natratex and Colourtex hard landscaping surfacing products have enjoyed great success for their hardwearing properties and good looking finishes. The website gives full details of the Natratex surface which has a fully bonded surface with a specially formulated clear binder and decorative aggregate. Bituchem’s Colourtex material uses a similar formula and high durable colours in the clear binder combined with complementary coloured aggregates to ensure long lasting colour through product life. As a result, Natratex is specified where natural looking stone finish is required

and Colourtex where colour might be required for demarcation, such as cycle paths and supermarket car parks. Bituchem can now offer its Natratex surface as a porous option for the SUDS market. For the highways market, Bituchem Emulsions has long served the industry and all its main products are featured on the website, whilst FortSeal and LockChip are given special emphasis. Both products have been welcomed by the industry with FortSeal providing a fast solution for preserving existing highways and increasing their longevity. LockChip is a special product which is used as part of surface dressing of roads to improve early and longterm chip retention. The new Bituchem website carries a full news section of product stories, company news and the latest projects and there are links to Bituchem’s social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. From a technical viewpoint there are full media downloads of datasheets available on every single product which are a great help to specifiers looking for the right product on their next projects. There is also a full search facility and an email response form for making an enquiry direct to Bituchem.

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We Build It Ltd are based in the heart of some of Shropshire's most outstanding countryside. As one of the UK's largest manufacturers of domestic sewage treatment our sewage treatment plants are based on the successful and simple extended aeration method. We design, manufacture, install and service the BioPure sewage treatment plant for single houses, small developments up conversions and commercial applications. Our products can also be used after an existing septic tank to enable the your existing soakaway has failed.

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