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News August 2015

Barratt London to start twisting tower Barratt London is preparing to start construction of a 28-storey twisting tower on one of the last remaining Thames riverfront sites in Wandsworth. Enabling and piling works will get underway this month after the developer gained full planning for the 135 apartment scheme at Lombard Wharf, adjacent to the Grade II listed Cremone Bridge.

The ground level features a double-height glazed residential lobby and a riverfront retail unit. The mezzanine level contains a and management welfare facilities. Bays for 30 cars and 182 bicycle spaces are provided at basement level.

Barratt London has allocated 20% of housing and is committing £1.6m to improve local infrastructure. Designed by local architects Patel Taylor, wraparound balconies, rotated at an angle of two degrees, appear as twist is achieved by the diagonal lines of tapered solid balustrades jutting against the horizontal lines of the balconies.

Homes will achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and a BREEAM Excellent Rating.

Alastair Baird, regional managing director of Barratt London, said: “Lombard Wharf is one of the last remaining plots on the Thames and we are looking forward to which has been vacant since 2012 and currently restricts pedestrian access along the river.”

CIOB announces line up of this year’s finest construction managers For almost 40 years the Construction Manager of the Year Awards, run by the Chartered Institute of Building, and most talented construction managers. Many of whom have gone on to build Britain’s greatest buildings, like Senedd the National Assembly Building for Wales, The London Olympics 2012 and The Shard in London.

against each other as they bid to They represent the successful construction management of a combined £2.3 billion worth of UK building assets. Due to the exceptionally high standards of the judging process, project managers who reach the to become Chartered Construction Managers without undergoing the to recommendation by the judges. Saleem Akram, director at the CIOB said; “The value of professional construction


managers is felt well beyond the construction site. They not only produce outstanding buildings but live our lives and how we interact with the environment around us. “Our congratulations go to the have achieved something very special that will enhance their careers. They have all proved themselves more than equal to a wide range of challenges, combining resourceful and creative application of building technology with inspiring project and team management and top communication skills. “It is very pleasing to see the less well-known companies in construction putting their best people forward and challenging Talent exists throughout the industry and CMYA recognises those who are achieving exceptional work no matter where they operate.” The award has seen some that the CIOB has been recognising

and celebrating management excellence across the construction partnerships, the use of digital technologies and successful solutions to environmental challenges are just a few of them. There are ten categories at CMYA 2015 that range from ‘Residential Build and Refurbishment over for their support in recognising managers. The sponsors are: Asta Powerproject, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Construction Manager Magazine, Hays Construction, IHS and St Winners and medallists will be announced on 8 October 2015 at a prestigious awards dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. To book your place amongst the best construction talent in the UK and to see a full

August 2015 News

BSRIA welcomes Obama’s Clean Power Plan Speech BSRIA has welcomed the key messages in Obama’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ speech. The aim of the revised plan is to cut greenhouse gas emissions from US power stations by nearly a third within 15 years. Obama unveiled what he called ‘the biggest, most important step the USA has ever taken’ in tackling climate change. The measures wind and solar power and other renewable energy sources. The revised plan will aim to cut carbon emissions from the power sector by 32 per cent by 2030, compared with 2005 levels. Julia Evans, Chief Executive, BSRIA, said: “We welcome Obama’s position in confronting climate change and cutting greenhouse

gas emissions by almost a third within 15 years. BSRIA is clearly in support of this perspective, especially the essential uptake of renewable energy. It is evident that Obama’s administration has got a clear direction in which they wish the future US energy market to be heading – which gives me its members and the industry. Such messages will signal huge – from a global perspective. face of the recent UK government announcements where BSRIA is getting the impression that energy and carbon reduction issues are being viewed as a burden to government – which is inhibiting – not only the industry – but the

economy at large. The lack of stability in subsidy means industry can’t plan for a ‘green future’. It is ironic that in recent weeks, our own government has scrapped subsidies for onshore wind and commercial solar – the two cheapest forms of clean energy, budget, lowered taxes on tax on clean energy. Nothing in the Secretary of State’s speech that the government is taking the carbon reduction agenda seriously. The President sees this plan as the cornerstone of his attempt to secure a global treaty on climate change in Paris at the end of the year where he will argue for global reductions in greenhouse gases.


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News August 2015

Aldi plans to open 130 extra stores in UK German discount supermarket Aldi has unveiled plans to pump £600m into expanding its store network over the next two years.

The supermarket chain is also planning several distribution centres to support the growth programme.

The ambitious plan to take on rivals like Tesco and Sainsbury’s will see 130 new stores opened and the UK workforce reach 35,000.

Birmingham contractor DSP Construction Management is about to start work on a 600,000 sq ft regional distribution centre just south of the A6, near Bolton where Imtech is on board as building services contractor.

Aldi has boomed in recent years, and in April it overtook Waitrose as the UK’s sixth-biggest supermarket, with 5.3% of the market share. It has focused on smaller-scale stores looking at build costs of £1m-£3m for each store rather than the £10m+ favoured by the other chains.

Aldi is also presently planning to build a similar regional distribution centre at Sheerness in Kent and a major 1.2m sq ft logistic centre at Sawley Crossroads in Derby. These schemes have been design by Birmingham-based STOAS Architects.

Breaking The Cycle: JP Concrete working with HM Prison Onley JP Concrete Products have just announced they have started working with HM Prison Onley to assist with the manufacturing of some of their precast concrete products. A few months ago, HM Prison Onley got in touch with JP Concrete to see if they would be interested in supplying some concrete moulds to their workshop to be used as part of prisoners’ precast concrete and

to supply the prison with a small number of interlocking block moulds, concrete ballast block moulds and concrete barrier moulds for use in the prisoners’ workshop. Philip White at JP Concrete commented: “HM Prison Onley’s something we really support, so we’re very happy to have been asked to help. Equipping prisoners with skills which they can take away with them is a fantastic way to help them secure themselves a brighter future.” HM Prison Onley in Warwickshire is a forward-thinking facility where great emphasis is placed


work upon their release. In support of the government’s green paper Punishment’, the prison aims to equip prisoners with valuable skills to secure employment on their release, and therefore be less likely Peter Middleton, head of reducing commented: “This partnership presents an opportunity for us to that will increase their employability upon release and help them to not only gain employment but also We look forward to working with JP Concrete products and developing The training is delivered in supervisors and quality control procedures in place. As part of the program, each trainee is set an individual sentence plan. This structured outline takes the prisoner through particular levels throughout their sentence, all the way through to their release. Throughout the plan, prisoners

are actively encouraged to take personal responsibility for their progression through each stage and contribute to their own learning. The areas in which HM Prison Onley are aiming to train prisoners are wide ranging, and include painting and decorating, motor mechanics, carpentry, bricklaying, kitchen work, industrial cleaning, textiles and precast concrete manufacture (as well as forklift truck operation). Onley also has an academy on site where prisoners can learn how to perform bike repairs. JP Concrete’s precast concrete moulds are now in place at HM Prison Onley and prisoners have started working with them as part of their hands-on training. Manufactured to exacting standards, the trainees are able to use these moulds to produce precast concrete products suitable for distribution to construction sites around the country. Philip White continued: “We continue to work closely with HM Prison Onley and we’re looking forward to hearing feedback on how the prisoners’ training is going.”

August 2015 News

Brick stocks recover as shortages ease Brick producers are starting to replenish contractors far more choice again after the surge in demand left reserves severely depleted. published by the Statistics show brick producers have got on top of the sudden surge in demand lifting production by 7% compared to last year.

Simon Hay, CEO of the Brick Development Association said: “The brick industry has reacted swiftly in order to meet new demand by increasing brick production by nearly 7% in comparison to the same period in 2014, a

Stock levels slumped to just 323m last October, down almost a third from 500m in 2012, and more than one billion recorded in 2009.

capital-intensive industry.

The Government’s Help to Buy scheme boosted construction in a bid to meet the ever increasing appetite for new housing which resulted in increased demand for bricks.

“Stock levels have also grown to nearly 450 million, a 33% rise in comparison to the stock

the economic downturn, production is approaching 1 billion bricks in a six month period.

2014, meaning choice in brick is now possible with reasonable lead in times.”

Q-Railing Launches Brand New Website and Web Shop Q-railing’s website and web shop have just undergone a major rebuild. The company has given a lot of thought to user-friendliness. Clear overviews of products and systems show what is available and numerous images of individual products and reference projects give users food for thought and inspiration. remarkable mood board function that lets you collect, save and print images from all over the website to create inspiring “mood boards”. These come in handy when presenting design ideas to clients or for anyone who wants to capture their design vision in images. In addition, the website provides all kinds of downloads, including CAD drawings, brochures, and order forms.

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About Q-railing Q-railing develops innovative, high-grade designer railing systems and glass balustrades. Its products are used to create banisters and railings alongside staircases, as well as safety barriers for balconies and upper Q-railing’s baluster railings and glass balustrades in locations such as homes, shops large public spaces such as museums, stadiums, swimming pools and airports.

Crest Nicholson to develop £88m Milton Keynes site Crest Nicholson has been chosen for an £88m mixed-use development in Milton Keynes The Milton Keynes Development Crest Nicholson Regeneration as its preferred development partner for the 15 acre site at Campbell Park Canalside close to the city centre. Work is scheduled to start in late 2016/early 2017. Crest Nicholson’s proposal comprises over 300 homes of various styles and sizes with car parking, a local convenience store, a café, a restaurant, a nursery and a pub. It also includes a 100 berth marina intended to form the start of the proposed Bedford/Milton Keynes canal link.

MKDP chief executive Charles Macdonald said: “We are incredibly excited by Crest’s proposals for the site and the positive impact this development will have on Campbell Park, the surrounding area and Milton Keynes as a whole.

share our proposals through more detailed public consultation and hope that people who live or work in Milton Keynes will be as delighted as we are with what will be built on the site.”

“While a lot of detailed design work needs to be undertaken, the commitment from Crest to deliver a wide range of facilities early in the scheme’s construction will set the tone for the development to follow. “This process wouldn’t have been possible without the input of many interested, local parties and we are grateful for their time and their valuable opinions.” Peter Cusdin Crest Nicholson Regeneration’s development director said: “We are keen to


News August 2015

SketchUp 2015 BIM Interoperability SketchUp 2015 is the latest edition of the 3D modelling platform from Trimble Buildings Group. Designed for architects, engineers, design and construction professions and with more than 30 million unique activations in the past year, SketchUp is the most widely used 3D modelling software in the world today. The latest launch features a new 3D Warehouse and some interesting integrations with BIM (Building Information Modelling). Elmtec is the UK distribution partner in the UK and advice, support, and provide you with the latest updates. SketchUp Pro is a powerful tool for exploring and presenting your ideas in 3D. SketchUp is intuitive, allowing anyone to model in 3D quickly and accurately. Using 3D models, professionals can make informed decisions, communicate


project details and share ideas with colleagues and customers. People from many disciplines use SketchUp to help them imagine their world in 3D, these include; Architecture and Design, Construction, Engineering, Digital Entertainment, and Education. SketchUP Pro’s interoperability with other commonly used CAD/3D tools and data has been improved In incorporating three new features to export and classify models, the program is making key steps into the world of integrating design. and rigid processes, and we believe they don’t need to be,” said John Bacus, director of SketchUp product management at Trimble. “With the new release, we are enabling users to participate more

information modelling process. We’ve added simple tools for adding structured others on their project teams, regardless of the tools being used.” SketchUp Pro licensing is now friendlier than ever before. Every SketchUp 2015 download starts with a 30 day trial of Pro features. Even better, 2015 Pro licenses can be used on a Mac or PC. Are you visiting Clerkenwell Design Week? We are running sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9am, 11am and 2pm with tips and tricks on using SketchUp. Register here For more information please contact Elmtec on 01844 263750, email or visit

What is SketchUp? SketchUp Pro is like a pencil with superpowers. Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like. More advanced? Start modelling from CAD and terrain data, photographs or even hand sketches.

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August 2015

It’s a feature-rich event, with a great deal to see and do: TWO Demo Zones covering a huge range of the Business Enrichment Theatre featuring sessions by HOUZZ and Vanessa Brady return of the Comedy Night the Wool Trends Centre, featuring the major wool carpet manufacturers the popular design-focused Trends Hub To see the full programme just download the

All elements of the show (other than the comedy night) free parking at the venue for all visitors!

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August 2015

Marble in Bathrooms, the Trend Continues This gorgeous house was built in the village of Medbourne by Langton Homes, a family owned company, who specialise in developing prestigious properties throughout the Midlands. Floors of Stone projects, to create stunning rooms that ooze luxury. In this particular property, the bathrooms were all laid with marble tiles. Marble has been a big trend recently, and shows no sign of slowing down. From the images of this house, it’s easy to see why. The main family bathroom was laid with large, square Bianco White with the same tiles in an oblong


shape taken half way up the walls. A large, stainless steel free-standing bath is the dominant feature in the room, which, along with the polished tiles, helps bounce light around the room. master bedroom, has the Diana Royal Polished Marble throughout. The warm tones of the marble look great against the rich tones of the vanity top and pristine white bathroom suite. A further en suite used the Silver Shadow Honed Marble on the walls, the perfect complement to the white The long tiles help elongate the

room and create a feeling of space. Chrome details and a crisp, white suite help to keep the room looking bright and modern. No expense was spared in this sophisticated, opulent home and the attention to detail can be seen in every room. We love working with local developers here at Floors of outcome looks like this! For more information or images, please don’t hesitate to contact com), our Marketing Manager Tom on 01509 234000, we’re more than happy to help.


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August 2015

Polyflor flooring features in affordable new homes at Pontypridd housing development

A range of Polyflor’s high design and high performance vinyl flooring was recently installed at Rhondda Housing Association’s brand new Llys Graig Y Wion social housing development in Pontypridd, Wales. Formerly a primary school, the stone built Victorian property has been converted by Rhondda Housing Association into much needed affordable yet high quality accommodation for the area. Polyflor’s Acoustix Forest fx, Colonia and Polysafe Verona flooring was installed by Artisan Flooring of Swansea in approximately 29 apartments within Llys Graig Y Wion’s three main blocks and three bungalows. 520m² of Acoustix Forest fx PUR sheet vinyl flooring in European Oak 3345 was installed in communal areas at Llys Graig Y Wion including stairwells, hallways and landings. Featuring a realistic wood design, this hardwearing commercial grade acoustic flooring provides an impact sound reduction level of 19dB for high traffic areas thanks to its closed cell foam backing, exceeding Building Regulations Part E requirements. 1600m² of Polyflor’s Colonia PUR luxury vinyl tile in English Oak 4435 was fitted throughout living spaces in the development’s apartments. Designed specifically for use in the home, the Colonia range features 10 wood and 8 stone effect designs with authentic surface embossing for added realism. These luxury vinyl tiles also include Polyflor’s renowned PUR polyurethane reinforcement for a low maintenance and simple cleaning regime. Polysafe Verona PUR decorative, carborundumfree safety flooring was also installed in apartment bathrooms to provide sustainable slip resistance in these often wet areas. The Café Noir 5204 shade chosen for this project features virtually invisible safety particles and tonal decorative chips to give the look of smooth vinyl with the performance of a safety floor. Members of Rhondda Housing Association Board of Management recently visited the new development and commented: “We are proud of our new Llys Graig Y Wion development. The quality and overall finish of the flooring is really impressive and ensures the new homes are ready for tenants to move in. We are confident that the quality of the flooring will exceed all expectations.”

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Case study 2015 RaMP HeatING ICe & sNow PReveNtIoN

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Case study 2015 RaMP HeatING ICe & sNow PReveNtIoN

The system ensures the ramp can be used all year round... The Goal A Heat Mat ramp heating system has been specified and installed at the Greatmoor Energy from Waste Facility currently under construction in Edgcott, Buckinghamshire. The facility, commissioned by Buckinghamshire County Council, is intended to convert 300,000 tonnes of residual waste to energy at an existing landfill site in Calvert, Buckinghamshire. The household waste will be burned inside the plant to generate electricity and hot water year round. The structure incorporates a concrete pavement and steep ramp for refuse vehicles to drive up, carrying waste to the enclosed reception area. This ramp must be accessible 365 days a year to maximise the plant’s efficiency. Contractor Sir Robert McAlpine approached Heat Mat to supply and oversee the installation of a robust slab heating system (ramp heating) for the entrance to the reception hall. The purpose of this system is to ensure the site remains accessible in any weather conditions.

The system has an output of around 270W/sqm. Due to the steepness of the drive and the power of the heating, there was no requirement to heat the drainage channels as the melt water temperature would be high enough to keep them ice free. A fully automated timer/thermostat was installed utilising a ground-level sensor that monitored the driveway temperature and local moisture levels. The intelligent sensor ensures the system is only turned on when there is a genuine risk of icy conditions. The output is sufficient to heat the area and ensure it remains ice and snow free in temperatures down to approximately -25°C, however it is in temperatures around freezing that there is the greatest risk of precipitation. The sensors also recognise when the system is no longer required and switch off once the area is clear of melt water. This minimises running costs, which are projected to be less than £150 a year in a ‘cold’ winter.

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A high output 7mm In-screed cable system was specified to heat the ground beneath the asphalt. A loose cable was chosen over a mat system as this suited the driveway construction and also allowed the output of the heating to be varied across the ramp as required.

Once calibrated to the local conditions the system performed its task efficiently ensuring the driveway was free of ice and snow, remaining safe for residents and their vehicles.

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Project in detail Date Installed: June 2015 Location: Greatmoor near Calvert, Edgcott Buckinghamshire Client: Sir Robert McAlpine on behalf of Waste Recycling Group (WRG) and FCC Environment

System Supplied Through: Electrical Distributor Installer: Heat Mat specialist installation partner System Specifications: t 7mm In-screed ice and snow melting cable system t 270W/sqm output t Automatic monitoring and control equipment including ground and air temperature and moisture sensors About Sir Robert McAlpine: Sir Robert McAlpine were commissioned by FCC Environment as civil engineers to work on the project for Buckinghamshire County Council. or

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August 2015


Welcomes HBF report on fire suppression systems

The House Builders Federation Information Note of 24th July 2015 crystallises a number of points that have come out of discussions involving HBF, Welsh Assembly Government mandatory in new homes in Wales. Preliminary work undertaken by the HBF has shown that in the event of mandated provision of fire sprinklers in every new home in England there will be far reaching design and cost repercussions. The ‘note ’ was produced to inform HBF members of HBF recommendations for f ire sprinkler systems.

Firebreaker® is mains fed control system for insulated controls yet within a tiny footprint compared with traditional water storage tanks.

Of the six water supply and connec tions t y pes available which include connection to a pressure tank or vessel, ground elevated storage tanks, the HBF which are:Direct mains fed system relying on mains water pressure. Automatic “boosted” systems drawing water direct from a mains water supply. The note goes on to say ‘ In many respects this preference is mir rored by mos t Water Comp anie s in Eng lan d an d supported by the Water Supply Sector’s retained advisor.’ Said Groundbreaker Systems Managing Director, Steve Leigh ‘We are delighted that the HBF is recommending something that we have been championing for some time and are of course delighted to be able to provide an innovative to house builders. A mains fed system is undoubtedly the most cost effective method of providing a safe and easily acce s sible f ire suppre s sion system for new domestic and retrospective installations’.


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August 2015

PROMA An Overview

Proma is a leading European manufacturer of internal doors and doorsets. Founded in 1989, Proma’s pursuit of quality, innovation and service has enabled Proma to achieve the status as one of Spain’s best rated door manufacturer (Dun & Bradstreet). At the same time an important presence has been built up in international markets including Africa and the Far East.



The Product

trained buyers. Also, doors for desired are also available. doorsets constructed from frame and architrave mouldings manufactured Vega range having models with inlays, grooved channels or Aluminium inlays. traditional panelled range and the VEGA are available with complementary doors. Natural wood, prime grade veneers are used including engineered in some of the more exotic species. Veneers are selected by professionally

Finishing with lacquer or primer is performed in a state of the art area of the factory, recently extended to deal with extra capacity. At each stage of production components are checked for quality

August 2015

ALITY TIMBER DOORS FORDABLE PRICES.... Innovation Proma strive to serve a changing market with new models and veneers and aim to meet customer requirements. For example there are now available new ranges of MDF and CPL laminate faced doors to meet customer requirements.

The Environment Proma take seriously concerns over to PEFC sustainability of 100% of materials used in manufacture. Waste material and residues are managed and recycled within the factory where possible. Chemical waste materials are dealt with in accordance with the requirements.

Proma implement and maintain a quality management system to ISO 9001 : 2008. This covers all aspects of production, development and service in the core business area. I.e. areas that can impact the organisation’s ability to meet customer requirements. In regard of the product, Proma manufacture to the European requirement for the CE marking. This covers such aspects as manufacturing humidity.

The work ethos which is at the heart of Proma’s success can be seen everywhere in the factory as the skilled craftsmen combine technology with their inherent knowledge of timber to produce doors to delight visually and to endure.

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The X-LAM Alliance Continue their Award Winning Success Celebrating success has become the norm for the X-LAM Alliance, with a flurry of awards being recently presented to many of their innovative projects. The X-LAM Alliance and their UK partner, B & K Structures, are proud to be a part of such award winning teams including prominent architects and engineers from Hawkins/Brown, Arup Associates, AHR and Engenuiti. BSkyB Believe in Better Building has been commended not once, but five times in recent months – winning the Best Building Award at the Institute of Civil Engineers for Arup Associates as well as the WAN Wood in Architecture Award and taking home BIM Project of the Year at the Celebrating Construction Awards for B & K Structures. This new educational facility for graduates, apprentices and staff training was designed to reflect the company’s sustainable aspirations. Based at the Campus at Osterley, West London, the 3,000m2 development encompasses a three storey linear building with an additional storey accommodating a restaurant and roof terrace - all providing an inviting multi-functional amenity. The X-LAM Alliance and B & K Structures are hoping that BSkyB will continue its award winning streak having recently been shortlisted for the Commercial & Leisure category in this year’s Wood Awards. Keynsham Town Hall also declared multiple victories – taking home the award for Best Corporate Workplace as well as being named Innovation Nominee at the British Council for Offices Awards. But that was not all for Keynsham Town Hall! This outstanding build was also announced winner of RIBA’s South West Sustainability Award. Keynsham Town Hall has also been shortlisted in this year’s Wood Awards, under the category, Education & Public Sector. The £34m redevelopment included the demolition of the existing

Town Hall, outdated 1960’s shops and the library - replacing the buildings with new low carbon council office space for 688 people, 1,858m2 retail spaces, a new library and a one-stop-shop for council and other public sector services. Sustainability was a key aspect of the scheme. Energy efficiency was built into the design which was specified to achieve the top DEC (Display Energy Certificate) ‘A’ rating under the Governments Energy Performance Certification scheme. This is the highest rating possible and is given to buildings producing the lowest CO2 emissions - only a small percentage of office buildings have ever received this accolade. Banyan Wharf celebrated Outstanding Architectural Merit at the Evening Standard New Homes Awards for architects Hawkins/Brown. This record breaking timber tower also took home the Innovation Award at the Celebrating Construction Awards for the X-LAM Alliance. The design and construction of Banyan Wharf required high levels of technical advancement, innovation and rigorous planning through a strict programme of works, as well as the use of BIM technology and CNC machines, to overcome the challenges that were presented to finish the build on time. A complex hybrid steel/CLT structure also makes this one of the most unusual medium rise apartment developments in London.


Both X-LAM Alliance and B & K Structures are hoping to continue their success at this year’s Structural Timber Awards, where they have been shortlisted for the following: — — — —

Private Housing: X-LAM Alliance – Banyan Wharf Product Innovation Awards: X-LAM Alliance - The CLT Construction Specifier Education Project of the Year: B & K Structures – BSkyB Believe in Better Building Retail Project of the Year: B & K Structures – The Bishop Centre, Taplow

The awards will be presented at a prestigious ceremony held on 06 October at the NEC, Birmingham, during UK Construction Week. Ends: July 2015 Contact email:

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Optimised Hybrid Solutions As the UK’s leading sustainable frame contractor, specialising in design and delivery of hybrid structures, B & K Structures offers a complete service from design to installation. Operating since 1974, the company is recognised for outstanding quality, innovative solutions and successful service to the construction industry, delivering a vast range of quality projects on budget and programme. Offering a complete package of material services, across a wide range of structural products including Glulam, Cross Laminated Timber, Timber Cassettes and Steel Frame as part of hybrid structural solutions - B & K Structures have an outstanding, award winning portfolio across all commercial sectors.

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August 2015

Pushing the Boundaries with

Solid Wood After last year’s Solid Wood Solutions was declared a success by attendees and with structural timber buildings reaching new heights of up to 10 storey in the UK – this year’s Solid Wood Solutions is an event not to be missed. Wood is making further advances and continues to push boundaries within the construction industry – clients, engineers and contractors are now realising the extent of where this strong, sustainable, structural material can be taken. With sustainability and offsite construction high on the building agenda - Solid Wood Solutions is the essential event to hear firsthand from industry leaders and innovators. Wood may be one of the world’s oldest building materials, but it is now also one of the most advanced. This one day conference and exhibition will showcase the very best in engineered timber by creating a platform for the industry’s innovators to present some of the most prestigious projects from across the UK and Europe. Following on from the success of the last three Solid Wood Solutions events, this year it will be taking place at the Inmarsat Conference Centre, London on 16 September and will host over 250 delegates from around the world. Speakers for this year’s event include: Dr. Rosi Fieldson, Head of Environment - Simons Group Chair Andrew Waugh, Founding Director - Waugh Thistleton Architects presenting “Timber systems in medium rise housing application” Alex Smith, Associate - Hawkins\ Brown, Nick Milestone, Managing Director - B & K Structures & Clive Fussell, Director – Engenuiti presenting “Banyan Wharf, Hackney - Building a 10 Storey CLT/Hybrid structure in London”


Liam Dewar, Director – Eurban – presenting “More than structure - Design-led solutions in solid timber” Tim Snelson, Associate Director – Arup Associates – presenting Timber in Andy Boutle , BIM Manager - Kier Construction, Eoin McCooey , Project BIM Manager – Eurban – presenting “BIM 4 CLT & Digital Handover – Case Study; UEA Crome Court Student Residences” Simon Brambles, Architect - 3D Reid - presenting“Case study on the Taplow Retail Park” Kate Edmondson, Architect Penoyre and Prasad - presenting “Case study on Middle Row Primary School” Kay Hartmann, Technical Director - KLH, Andrew de Silva, Architect - David Miller Architects, Brian Spencer, Bid Director - Bouygues UK, Gavin White, Director – Ramboll - presenting “Mayfield School project” Rensteph Thompson , Project Manager International - HESS TIMBER - presenting “Leeds waste - to - energy plant” Dr. Robert Hairstans, Director of the Wood Studio - Edinburgh Napier University – presenting “Edinburgh Napier Solid Timber Research, Innovation and Commercialisation” Rupert Scott, Marketing and Membership Manager – TRADA – presenting “Making it easier to specify timber: TRADA’s new National Structural Timber Hans Andren, Växjö – INVITED – Aspire to build whole cities in wood: Case study from Norway: Trondheim

Presentation spotlight; Banyan Wharf, Wenlock Road is an outstanding example of how the use of solid wood in medium rise buildings is being taken to new heights. This ten storey Regal Homes development, situated within the London Borough of Hackney, has taken the title of the tallest cross laminated timber residential building in Europe. As a groundbreaking project, Banyan Wharf will be one of the most important residential buildings in London, providing 50 one, two and three bedroom apartments – A detailed presentation of this project will be provided by a double-speaker combination of Alex Smith - Associate – Hawkins/Brown & Nick Milestone – Managing Director – B&K Structures – demonstrating how the design became delivery. As engineered timber is one of the fastest growing modern methods of construction, this event is designed to inspire through innovation. Tickets are just £125 +VAT Book now to avoid disappointment:



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August 2015

Calls For More Realistic Reassessment of Air and Water Risks Andrew Steel, Managing Director, Airmec Air and water treatment services company Airmec

installations can perhaps

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Kerrock – the material with infinite possibilities.

Amari Plastics, the UK’s leading distributor of plastic sheets, rods, films and tubes are always on the lookout for additional products to ensure that their product offering to the retail and interiors market is as broad as can be. Designers and architects are constantly on the search for products which allow them to make their ideas a reality, whilst also providing functionality and ease of care. Kerrock solid surface material fulfils all of these requirements and is set to make a huge impact on the UK market for retail design. Whether it is for food service areas, checkout counters, display cases, wall cladding, furniture or changing rooms, Kerrock has the versatility and durability to

offer the perfect solution. The colour and texture options are unlimited and its non porous structure means that when properly cleaned, it won`t allow the growth of bacteria. It can also withstand the rigours of high volume traffic areas in your store or shopping centre. Kerrock is a composite material that looks and feels like stone but is actually acrylic based. The composition is made by mixing acrylic polymer with aluminium hydroxide both of which are completely safe to both humans and the environment as a whole. It has been given the fire classification of “fire retardant”, meaning it meets fire classification class B s1-do

according to EN 13501-1 the new European standard norm. This classification is achieved without the addition of halogenated fire retardants, making the material non-toxic. Its fire rating means that it can be used in domestic or commercial applications where increased fire regulations are in place such as airports, metro, shopping malls, shops, exhibitions or interior panelling. Kerrock is a fabricators dream as it can be processed in a multitude of ways. Bend it, shape it, thermoform it, engrave it! What you do with Kerrock is really down to your imagination! Kerrock can be processed in the same manner as wood, using the usual woodworking machinery. You can use nearly all wood processing methods: sawing, drilling, cutting, grinding, milling, polishing, gluing and thermal designing. Kerrock allows you to create virtually seamless structures and sculptures, to match the design you desire. Kerrock Lumino, offers a range of bright, highly translucent colours which can be used to create ambience in your retail space and opens up new possibilities for designers and architects. As Kerrock is solid the whole way through, you have the ability to engrave patterns into Kerrock to show store logos or create signage which can be back lit to reveal your design.

Kerrock available in • 88 different colours and patterns • Standard sheet sizes 3600 x 760 in 12mm • Other sheet sizes and thicknesses available on request

Kerrock benefits At a Glance • Acrylic based composite material • Non porous • Durable enabling use in high volume traffic areas • Flame retardant fire classification class B, s1, d0 according to EN 13501-1, the new European standard norm. • No halogenated fire retardants making the material non-toxic • Ability to carry out all normal wood working processes • Hugely versatile product – a designers dream

About the manufacturer Kolpa are a Slovenian based company and the creators of the solid surface material Kerrock. The company was established in 1978 and they are now one of the leading bathroom equipment manufacturers in central and south Eastern Europe, with a presence in 37 countries including the US. They launched Kerrock solid surface sheet material in 1991 and have gone on to develop a range of kitchen bowls and sink basins to complement their existing range of bathroom equipment. They received an honourable mention at the 2010 Reddot design award event and they continue to expand into Europe, most recently through their partnership with Amari plastics in the UK About Amari Plastics Amari Plastics has been established since 1975 and is the UK’s leading distributor of plastics in sheet, rod, tube and film form to industry and the shopfitting / interiors market. Amari started to work with Kerrock in 2014 when it was appointed as Kerrocks exclusive distributor to the UK market, with access to the full Kerrock range of sheets material and complimentary bowls.

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August 2015

5 Of The World’s Best Restaurant And Bar Interior Designs A good interior design can do as much for a cafe, restaurant or bar as good food and drinks can. We made this list of 20 establishments to show you some of the best bar, cafe and restaurant interior designs in the world, and most of them have even won awards for their interiors. Creating an amazing interior design is anything but simple. There are thousands of factors to juggle – What will your restaurant, bar or cafe’s style be like? How can you make the interior as beautiful and decorative as possible without disrupting the staff’s workflow? Will safety regulations even allow your grandiose designs to take form? When you think about just how much goes into the design of the perfect restaurant interior, you’ll gain a whole new appreciation for these wondrously designed interior spaces.

Joben Bistro, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Truth Cafe, Cape Town, South Africa

The Jane Restaurant In A Renovated Church, Antwerp, Belgium

H.R. Giger Museum Bar,Gruyères, Switzerland


Ammo Restaurant, Hong Kong, China

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Recreation & Leisure August 2015

Pier 2620

Fisherman’s Wharf “We needed to create a special fitness amenity to retain our business guests” Brian Foley Property Manager Pier 2620, a member of the Preferred Hotel Group, is located in San Francisco. While the hotel is located in the Fisherman’s Wharf tourist area, it seeks to keep its business travelers coming back. The property, known for its spacious floor plans, underwent a 2014 renovation to open and modernize the common areas of the hotel. The new fitness facility reflects the design strategy – an open workout space located in a central atrium filled with natural light.


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August 2015

LEARN ABOUT HYGIENE… New Government guidelines on provision of hygiene rooms in educational buildings have prompted development of tools to specifiers get it right…. Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s leading provider of disabled toilet solutions, has put together a CPD training course dedicated to hygiene rooms. The seminar covers the legal and recommended requirements, design, and equipment therein. Thus hygiene room projects can be completed to be fully compliant, deliver ‘best practice’, and meet users’ “Government guidelines require provision of suitable toilet facilities for all pupils, and have recently changed to set minimum standards for hygiene rooms,” explains Kelvin


Grimes, Clos-o-Mat hygiene rooms project manager. “On a daily basis, we deal with installation of such facilities, and all the complex equipment therein, so know all the requirements, considerations and potential pitfalls. The CPD training course consolidates that knowledge in one place, so everyone involved in the process can be best equipped to create a functional facility that optimises pupils’ hygiene needs.” The CPD training course is reinforced with a raft of support material online @, including a white paper, CAD downloads, typical layouts and a video.

Clos-o-Mat has a proven track record in the provision of hygiene rooms, from design advice through project management to commissioning and future service & maintenance, in primary and secondary mainstream schools, special schools, colleges and universities. It has specialised in the provision of disabled toilet facilities since its foundation over 50 years ago, and is now the UK’s leading source for domestic and ‘out of home’ hygiene provision for disabled people.

August 2015 Editor’s Choice

Evinox Energy Future Proof Heat Interface Units Your choice of Heat interface Unit (HIU), for dwellings connected to a communal or District heating network, is a crucial element of the system design. Installing the best solution from the outset can to manage scheme. With advances in technology and growing experience in system design, improved methods of controlling HIU’s and the primary network are available.

Our electronic control strategy Our ModuSat® units use an advanced Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) control logic, in combination with PICV’s and a fast acting actuator, to match the DHW or HTG demand, and respond instantly to the changing loads. This ensures that end user comfort is achieved by providing consistent, safe hot water at the tap, as well as guaranteeing the low return temperature to the primary network at all times.

The use of PID controlled PICV’s in HIU’s means that only one valve is required for

the size and weight of the unit, keeps maintenance costs to a minimum and increases functionality. In addition, Evinox Energy HIU’s are supplied prepayment ready as standard, with a room controller for the end user, meaning there is no requirement for additional controls, sensors or equipment to switch the end user to a debt free Pre-Payment system. The integrated technology also enables remote monitoring for diagnostics and improving the

that the future of HIU’s lies in electronically controlled units that provide full comfort to the

end user, whilst also delivering important information regarding the operation of the system, which can be monitored, adjusted or regulated remotely over the internet.

Discover better communal heating with Evinox Energy.

Evinox Energy Ltd 01372 722277 Communal Heating Specialists


August 2015

Education Estates

10-11 November, Manchester Central

From Design to Delivery

Education Estates brings together everyone involved in delivering education facilities now, and for the future. Now in its third year, Education Estates is the only event of its kind in the UK, covering the primary, secondary, further and higher education sectors, its success is built on three key elements:

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Education Estates. From Design to Delivery.

Join us at the UK’s Leading Education Buildings Event Now in its third year, Education Estates brings together everyone involved in delivering education facilities now, and for the future. Education Estates is the only event of its kind to focus on the design, build, management and maintenance of the UK’s education buildings. The Exhibition is packed full of exhibitors showcasing the latest products, innovations and services designed to enhance education environments.

10-11 Nov

2015 Manchester Central

The Conference features over 60 speakers, with specialist content streams for Schools and Colleges & Universities.

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August 2015

One of the names you are most likely to hear when you enquire about replacing outdoor lighting with has consistently led the way with its combinations convenience. Design The original ultra-compact pan-and-tilt Timeguard LED NIGHTeyes broke the mould and were a completely new concept in outdoor lighting design. Small and yet remarkably powerful, these stylish enough to be used anywhere. A range of more business-like with precision- designed lenses that the light that is emitted pleasing to the eye, but also give more comprehensive coverage for security.

However, successful as the market soon let it be known that nothing is ever going to displace the original, traditional bulkhead design altogether. So then Timeguard designed new LED bulkhead lights that are compact, strong and attractive, with the same design edge as the original NIGHTeye models.




August 2015

door LED lighting

al designs brought up to date This season has seen the addition of New super slim options to the range. Made from solid die-cast metal with polycarbonate lenses for impact resistance, they are tough enough for industrial and commercial even light pattern as do other models in the NIGHTeye range, thanks to the layout of the individual diodes and back yards everywhere win all-round: energy saving with faster payback, good looks, good quality and a straightforward installation job to replace old energy-guzzling bulkheads.

Quality and reliability Of course an LED lamp requires a lot more than the diodes – there is also a driver which needs to be suitable to last the intended life of the product and a heat sink to dissipate the heat produced and the all-important PIR detectors. The quality of these components is as important as that of the diode in building a long-lasting product. For instance, relatively few of the PIRs on the market are actually rated to switch LEDs which, despite their low rating,

Very cheap is rarely very cheerful. The most economical lighting of all is the lighting made forgotten, and that usually means a trusted brand name like Timeguard. Check out the whole range at 43

Outdoor August 2015

Innovative Offers Style an at Award Winn


Decking nd Safety ning Spa

August 2015 Outdoor

An award winning destination spa can now offer guests a new outdoor hot tub and decking that combine style and safety. Titanic Spa in West Yorkshire recently underwent a major extension to ensure it maintains its reputation as one of the country’s leading spa venues. A sunken hot tub boasting innovative decking with built-in drainage is among the many new features along with an outdoor spa garden and bar area. Gripsure Aquadeck™ provides a way of soft surface makes it ideal for bare foot use.

to be slip-proof as there is likely to be water around. but chose Gripsure because the company instantly understood our ethos and plans.” Gripsure Aquadeck™ is a timber board that allows rain water to permeate through to the water course below. Water is absorbed by the board back in to the ground. And with a number of colour choices from teal to is versatile and vibrant.

with the overall design of the new outdoor hot tub.”

and reliable service throughout.


Outdoor August 2015

Gripsure Aquadeck™, which is SuDS (sustainable drainage systems) compliant, is the sixth product created by Gripsure, the UK’s leading supplier of non-slip decking boards. Gripsure Managing Director Mike Nicholson said: “We are pleased to have been able timber decking that is not only safe for its guests but is also attractive to look at. One is that we can produce it in were able to provide a design that blends perfectly with

very best care and using the highest quality products and facilities.” Gripsure will be attending year on the 22nd-23rd of September stand number 6-8th of October stand by and take a look at the innovative decking range that has been keeping customers Alternatively you can view all Gripsure’s product at


The UK’s leading supplier of non slip timber decking

+44 (0)1726 844616

Products: Gripsure Pro Classic with an independent slip resistant rating of 100PTV, Pro Classic achieves the highest safety rating on the market and is ideal for high profile projects.

Why choose Gripsure: • Wide range of deck board profiles • High PTV slip resistant ratings • Range of softwoods & hardwoods • Choice of aggregate or rubber infills

• 15 year in-service life • FSC certified timber • Nationwide delivery • Bespoke cutting service • Custom profiles • Tailored infill service

Meet Gripsure Gripsure will be exhibiting this September at The Landscape show at Battersea Park London and Timber Expo this October at the NEC Birmingham, come and say hello.

Request a free quote or sample today call 01726 844616

Gripsure Aquadeck™ is a unique development in non slip timber decking, allowing rainwater to permeate through the board back into the ground making it SuDS compliant.

Gripsure Boardwalk Urban is a modern looking plain deck board, with one central aggregate strip providing a great level of slip resistance.

View our full product range at You can also find Gripsure products on RIBA Product Selector & Barbour Product Search.

August 2015

The first web-integrated landscape software for Revit© is here:

CS ArtisanRV Plugging the gap in the landscape BIM market, UK landscape software company CS Design are preparing to launch the first BIM-ready, cloud-based solution for landscape professionals using Autodesk Revit© – CS ArtisanRV.

With an integrated plants database, host of the UK’s National Plant Specification and data, images and specs of over 9,500 plants, CS ArtisanRV will hit the ground running this Summer 2015. For landscape professionals using Autodesk products, CS ArtisanRV dovetails with Revit© seamlessly, offering a solution which the industry has been searching for since it embraced the need to collaborate and work with Building Information Modelling (BIM) across the landscape supply chain.  It incorporates hard landscape elements for the complete streetscape, too. Add in a sharp interface and a plethora of landscape tools to accommodate planting centres, mixes and percentages, and the launch of CS ArtisanRV will be greatly heralded by the landscape design fraternity, both in the UK and further afield.   Using CS ArtisanRV will enable a collaborative management of workflow in Revit©, allowing the import of data from Excel and eliminating costly and time-consuming re-entering and manipulation of data received from suppliers, contractors and architects.  And all in the Cloud, too!   CS ArtisanRV subscribers can produce schedules in various formats, allowing continued collaboration with partners and enabling projects to run smoothly and swiftly, saving energy, resources and manpower.  Revit© need no longer be an obstacle to BIM for landscape – it becomes a vessel with CS ArtisanRV’s new functionality.   To enjoy the earliest benefits of the new software, CSD are offering a 25% discount for new subscribers.  To start embracing BIM for landscape with CS ArtisanRV and to follow the launch, landscape professionals can sign up at


August 2015

LIVEN UP LANDSCAPES WITH BITUCHEM’S COLOURTEX SURFACE Hard landscaping specialists, The Bituchem Group has created a colourful and decorative surfacing material to brighten up any project or landscaping scheme. Available in red, green, blue and buff, Colourtex offers architects and specifiers the opportunity to be creative with their projects whilst still offering an extremely durable and long lasting finish. Hard landscaping specialists, The Bituchem Group has created a colourful and decorative surfacing material to brighten up any project or landscaping scheme. The company has designed its Colourtex material using fully bound natural aggregates in a range of vivid colours to give the same durable qualities as standard tarmac with a longAvailable in red, green, blue and to be creative with their projects Designed to withstand pressure the material can be used for many domestic and commercial applications without losing its colour or quality and still maintains a high level of grip for pedestrians.

The decorative material is extremely versatile and can be used to liven up any landscape or area, including domestic or commercial driveways, pedestrian footpaths or school playgrounds. It can also be used to highlight designated areas within multiuse games areas, cycle paths or can enhance safety routes when contrasted against standard black application to be easily completed without needing to apply expensive markers to these areas and will reduce the overall time and cost of the project The colourful aggregates are bound using a clear resin binder which prevents aggregates from coming loose and over time deteriorating into large cracks or potholes, making it a particularly safe material for applications in playgrounds and games areas or other areas used by young children.

Bituchem has seen many successful applications of its Colourtex material, including the Duke of York Barracks in London which applied the material in pillar box red to its statement driveway. The material to the Forest of Dean School to and sports areas for its students. The Colourtex material is supplied hot and can be fully applied in just one application at any time throughout the year. This quick and simple application has made the material a very popular that requires a decorative or multi-functional hard landscaping surface. Further information on Colourtex is available from Bituchem on 01594 826768 or 07584 311266, by emailing: or by visiting the company’s website at


PrimaPorcelain an A-Star School Success


SEPTEMBER THOUGHTS focus on back-to-school- but there’s nothing uniform about the top quality Italian-imported PrimaPorcelain paving at this Comprehensive School café bar piazza. PrimaPorcelain, from Greensquares, is the ultimate design solution. PrimaPorcelain is maintenance free and stain, scratch and slip resistant. No sealing is needed; a wipe clean will leave tiles and paving like new. Even grease, oils and red wine spillages are easily and quickly removed. PrimaPorcelain’s stylish 1cm specialist indoor tiles are complemented by equally good looking, hard-working, textured 2cm outdoor paving, where added grip factor helps prevent slipping and promotes use whatever the weather. They are great for public areas like schools and offices and can be ably accommodated in any new builds or new extensions. The seating area pictured overlooks Cowbridge Comprehensive School’s impressive sports field, which consists of a full-size, allweather 3G football pitch (complete with full floodlights) and a multi-use games area, which is used for rugby, tennis, netball, lacrosse, and a variety of other outdoor activities. The school’s Business Manager, in need of a quality paving product for the school’s new café/outdoor seating area, sought out PrimaPorcelain. The clean, contemporary appearance of the Italian-imported paving won top marks from students and teachers alike. They agreed that, with very few maintenance requirements and superb slip-resistant properties, PrimaPorcelain’s 2cm paving is an excellent flooring option for schools and colleges with outdoor areas. The paved area is now used by the staff and students of Cowbridge Comprehensive every day yet those hard-wearing porcelain slabs keep their stunning appearance- even with all of that foot traffic passing over them. If you would like to use PrimaPorcelain paving in your school or college, call Greensquares on 029 2080 3750 or visit


August 2015

Solarlux looks back on Olympic triumph The success of the London Anniversary Games at the weekend has prompted Solarlux to look back proudly on the triumph of being involved in London 2012


olarlux was noted by the Olympic Committee as the only manufacturer able to

for its Olympic Village making their glazing solutions the clear choice. Sports fans like to get as close as possible to the action to really breathe in the event atmosphere. Solarlux’s glazing concepts are designed with this in mind allowing seamless transitions between inside and outside as they extend almost boundlessly into the open. Plus special safety glass ensures all security requirements for public buildings are met. The SL 25 XXL balcony glazing solution chosen for the Olympic Village is a further development carriage that can bear up to 65 kg in


weight, which mechanically secures tempered safety glass up to 15 mm thick. This makes it ideal for use on balconies and highly exposed locations as it more than meets all the relevant increased wind loading requirements. This frameless against adverse weather conditions and when the glass panels are 100% experience. Martijn Venema Managing Sales Director at Solarlux, said: “Solarlux’s balcony glazing concepts are the atmosphere into buildings; a particular selling point for sporting events which thrive on their special atmosphere”. This ability is an intrinsic element to success, as it is the enthusiastic,

infectious atmosphere which inspires both athletes and spectators. Olympic long jumper Shara Proctor, who broke a British record at the Anniversary Games, is testament to this, she said: “This crowd is what helped me the most. They gave me that extra boost. This place gave me the chills, it’s the greatest place to jump.” The ambience of the Olympic Park will be remembered and enjoyed for years to come. Solarlux’s exclusive glazing solutions excel in this area, as well as providing a superb view and an exceptionally memorable, atmospheric, experience! For further information about wintergarden glass extensions, call Solarlux on 01707 339 970 or email

August 2015

Pushing the Boundaries with Light Steel Frame As the government continues to set ambitious goals for the construction industry, there is a growing demand to construct faster, more sustainably and at a lower cost. But how can this be achieved?

Target 3: Reduce Costs

Light steel frame (LSF) has been revolutionising the construction industry for years, however recent technological advances in Building Information Modelling, and lean manufacturing means that LSF and more accurately. The combination of strength,

There are many ways in which light steel frame is

Factory controlled manufacturing conditions

build. Furthermore, the longevity of light steel frame

Target 1: Faster Delivery Time is a critical factor in construction – as every

designers and builders.

accurate results on time and on budget, resulting in

delivering radically reduced build times, leading to less time onsite and ultimately, a faster return on investment. Target 2: Lower Emissions environment, with national targets for housebuilding,

delivering these targets. Steel is notorious for its onsite waste and thus enabling for a more sustainable future.


assembly and installation onsite. feel free to contact the team direct, they will be very



As pioneers of light gauge steel construction, EOS Facades specialise in the design, manufacture and supply of a wide range of component based and panelised solutions. The technical and design teams like to get involved right from the start, providing advice and guidance throughout the design and construction journey, working with you to ensure specifications are accurate and that the system fits first time. The combination of strength, durability and precision engineering delivers broad parameters to explore innovative solutions and optimise value engineering. Light gauge steel construction provides the benefits of: 5 5 5 5 5 5

Reduced Cost Optimum Performance Faster Delivery Lower Emissions Superior Quality Adaptability and Versatility

The EOS range of systems ensure there is a product to suit most construction requirements. If you have a project in mind then why not challenge EOS Facades to help value engineer the most efficient solution for you?

T: 01325 303030 E: EOS FACADES LIMITED Heighington Lane, Aycliffe Industrial Park, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham DL5 6QG

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August 2015

Steadmans Provides Roof And Wall Materials For Distillery In Remote Corner Of Britain Leading building products manufacturer Steadmans is raising a dram after supplying materials for maturation warehouses at a new malt whisky distillery on the Isle of Harris. The company, a principal UK provider for steel construction in the agricultural, industrial and commercial sectors, provided products for the roof and walls of the buildings on the edge of Loch Bunabhainneada. These will be used by Isle of Harris Distillers, after it begins operations this summer. Steadmans provided over 1,700 linear metres of its 40mm thick AS35 composite panels, in juniper green, for the warehouses. This consisted of almost 980 linear metres for the roofs and over 740 linear metres for the walls. The company also supplied 750 linear metres of Zed purlins, over 500 linear metres of C sections, more than 50 linear metres of eaves beams and 500

The materials were installed by 3b construction which provides a fully integrated, in-house service for building, civil engineering, structural steel and agricultural projects throughout Scotland and supplies steel frame buildings throughout the UK. Iain Barr, a director of 3b construction, said: “We’ve used Steadmans materials for several years and have invariably found the company’s products robust and friendly, and its overall service


The Isle of Harris is one of Britain’s most remote places, standing at the north-west corner of the Outer

Including a comprehensive range

coast of the Scottish mainland. The nearest land west of the island noted for its picturesque terrain, spectacular beaches and some of the world’s oldest rocks – is St Kilda and then Newfoundland, in eastern Canada.

variety of weatherproof and high-quality building envelopes, from commercial and warehouse

Isle of Harris Distillers has raised

and roof lights, the AS35 system

Manufactured in a quality process non-ozone depleting technology, AS35 panels are environmentally-

of its malt whisky distillery in Tarbet, Harris, and the maturation warehouses, with the intention of harnessing the island’s natural assets to create a long term business which provides direct and indirect stimulus to the island’s economy. It employs 10 people, at present, and will start production in early autumn of this year.

thermal performance and have a predicted service life of 40 years. Available in thicknesses ranging from 40mm to 137mm,

In addition to composite wall and roof sheets, Steadmans’ output includes steel cladding, galvanised

In addition to its headquarters site in Carlisle, Cumbria, Steadmans has facilities in: Uddingston, near Glasgow; Fyvie, Aberdeenshire; and Belfast, Northern Ireland. The company employs 150 people

sheeting. All its relevant products conform to CE marking regulations and meet their requirements.

hesitate to specify the company’s

The company’s AS35 composite panels consist of two coated

Isle of Harris Distillers and I am certain we will order from them in the future too.”

of PIR insulation, which are used to form roofs, down to a four-degree pitch, and walls.

achieve insulation U-values, aiding compliance with the latest L2 regulations, and are Loss approved.

part of the SIG UK group. For further information on Steadmans’ full range of products call 016974 78277, email or visit

August 2015 Landscaping

Abbotsford House Long Rake Spar supplied their market leading, specialist dried aggregates to Addagrip approved contractor The Fraser Bruce Group for their installment at Abbotsford House, Scotland. The project was completed using a 6mm Rhine Gold decorative aggregate to achieve a sustainable and SuDS compliant surface, which is both long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing. Abbotsford House has undergone a lottery funded restoration to both the internal and external areas of the property. As part of the overall restoration works, Addagrip approved contractor The Fraser Bruce Group carried out the installation of 6mm

Rhine Gold Terrabound Resin Surfacing at a depth of 18mm to the courtyard and garden pathways totalling 850m2. It was essential throughout the works that the aesthetics of the system were not compromised and the joints were kept to a minimum. The contractors had to follow a layout plan for positioning of the ‘day joints’ which was achieved despite battling with poor weather conditions throughout the period. The project was completed within a short time frame to allow the property to return to regular use as soon as possible and the client was highly appreciative of the work undertaken and the visual


Landscaping August 2015 Bridges Limited were appointed by Aberdeenshire Council to design, manufacture and install a replica of Ladies Bridge in a tidal location at Cruden Bay. The original bridge was constructed in 1922 following a fundraising drive led by local women and thereby named Ladies Bridge. Recently the bridge had been closed for months following concerns it would collapse following sever storm damage Local community groups were again involved in raising funds to secure a new bridge as it is a vital link to the beach and local businesses. CTS carried out a photographic and dimensional survey of the existing bridge and its support trestles. A new structural design was prepared to current design codes whilst maintaining the principles of the original structure.

Survey of original bridge by CTS Bridges

Parapet detail to match style of original bridge

Cosmetically the new bridge adopts the distinctive diagonal paling arrangement for the parapets although the new parapet is not painted. The entire structure uses FSC accredited Ekki hardwood which is naturally durable and well suited to the coastal environment; omitting paint does not reduce the service life of the structure but removes a maintenance requirement.

The footbridge deck has FSC Ekki hardwood Hi-Grip Excel which has two nonslip strips of resin bauxite bonded into two grooves in each deck board. This provides a safe, slip resistant surface on the bridge deck. Hi-Grip Excel decking is manufactured by CTS Bridges Ltd and is available to purchase as a stand alone product.

FSC Ekki

hardwood multi span bridge



52m x 1.5m wide


FSC Ekki hardwood


Ladies Bridge, Cruden Bay, Scotland


Aberdeenshire Council

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a favourite at York Racecourse The New MoeT PavilioN aNd Roof TeRRace aT YoRk RacecouRSe iS NoT oNlY oPuleNTlY STYliSh foR The eNjoYMeNT of Race goeRS buT wiTh The helP of YeoMaN Shield’S New MiNi d-feNdeR The back of houSe aReaS aRe alSo keePiNg uP aPPeaRaNceS. Construction, carried out by The Lindum Group, saw the original wooden bar replaced by the new Moet Pavilion roof terrace overlooking the course and parade rings, as part of the 2nd phase of a multi-million pound redevelopment of York Racecourse. The Moet Pavilion is a very popular and well used meeting point on race days which can see a few hundred people being catered for in this facility. The back of house areas certainly come under the hammer on these busy occasions with the movement of boxes and barrels having the potential to cause damage and marking to walls and corners.

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Construction Update - August 2015  

Construction Update - August 2015