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Industry News January 2017

Hamptons home by Bates Masi features cantilevering upper floor American firm Bates Masi + Architects took cues from a historic lifeguard station while designing this cedar-clad dwelling on Long Island, New York. Called Atlantic, the home is located in the Hamptons hamlet of Amagansett and is just steps from the beach.


relief for shipwrecked sailors, and it was from this station that a guard once discovered Nazi invaders coming ashore during world war two,” said Bates Masi + Architects, a local firm known for its modern beach cottages.

Its design was influenced by a US LifeSaving Service station across the street, which was built over a century ago to help distressed mariners.

Clad in weathered cedar shingles, the historic station consists of a lookout tower, cupolas and elevated decks. Inside, large, open rooms have exposed beams from which boats and gear can be hung.

“The station is part of a network of structures used to provide rescue and

“Taking cues from this structure, the design of the new residence strikes a

dialogue with the landmark to enrich the experience of the new home and celebrate the local history,” the studio said. Topped with a large, flat roof, the rectilinear dwelling has an upper level that cantilevers over the ground floor. A window wall provides sweeping views and is shaded by a deep eave. Weathering steel wraps the base of the cottage, while higher up the exterior walls are clad in thick cedar boards affixed to bronze bars. The team developed a system that enabled the

January 2017 Industry News wood siding to be hung without being fastened into place, allowing the boards to naturally expand and contract as the temperature and humidity levels change.

Encompassing 3,000 square feet (279 square metres), the cottage has two guest suites and a family room on the ground level. A retractable glass wall fully opens up to the backyard.

The materials were selected for their proven durability in coastal environments.

The upper storey contains entertaining and living spaces, along with a roof deck lined with glass railings.

“As each material weathers over time, the appearance of the siding will record the cycles of rain, sun, freeze and thaw,” the firm said. The cedar will lighten, while the bronze will develop a dark brown patina and the weathering steel will further rust.

“To minimise the impact of the footprint on the sensitive ecological environment, the main living area is stacked above the bedrooms, and, like the lookout towers of the stations, an even higher roof deck provides elevated views of ocean,” the firm said.

Inside, an exposed steel structure defines the main living spaces and forms a framework to which “other functions can be hung”. “The main stair is strung from beams above, and the rods used to support each tread serve as guardrail for the stair,” the architects explained. Light fixtures and a swinging chair are also suspended from the overhead beams. Other Long Island projects by Bates Masi include a home with sprung cedar boards that can be acoustically “tuned” and a dwelling whose form references the area’s traditional potato barns.

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Industry News January 2017

Export deal lands steel manufacturer in Cyprus

A steel manufacturer has completed an export deal to supply one of its flagship products to a high profile multi-million pound redevelopment in the capital of Cyprus. Fabweld Steel Products (FSP) has supplied its FAB Pave™ access covers to the project in Nicosia designed by the firm of award-winning architect, the late Zaha Hadid. Hadid’s company won the Europe-wide competition for the revamp of Eleftheria Square, the main piazza in the centre that sits below the Venetian walls of the medieval city. The project aims to unify the ancient parts with the modern centre and is said to be “dramatic and historically significant”. Hadid’s designs include the Aquatics Centre used in the 2012 London Olympics and other major projects worldwide.

FSP, based in Telford, Shropshire, supplied its FAB Pave access covers, which allow access to vital services below ground while blending the floor’s paving with the overall surface, finished in a special hard wearing paint. Managing Director Richard Hilton said: “Securing the contract for Eleftheria Square is testimony to the versatility and stylish design of the FAB Pave series. This is an area that will attract high footfall and it demanded a top quality specification to deliver the aesthetic the architects want to achieve. “The flexibility of Fab Pave access covers meant we could work closely with the contractor to deliver their specific finish. To have our products chosen for such a high profile international project is a huge honour.” The €50,000 contract is one of a number

of overseas deals on FSP’s order book. Export is an area that the firm expects to grow in 2017 with the impending exit from Europe and the strong Euro making British manufactured products an attractive buy. Richard added: “We are currently working on some exciting projects in France and Germany that should come to fruition in the next year. We intend to capitalise on the positive export conditions through 2017 and beyond with a strategic focus to grow the global side of our business. “Manhole and access covers remain our core products but our investment in research and development is allowing us to develop a reputation for providing bespoke access solutions, both at home and abroad.” For more information about FSP, visit www.fsp.co.uk

THE BUILDING BRICKS FOR A CAREER IN CONSTRUCTION With figures estimating that women account for just 1% of workers on construction sites, it’s rare to find a female site manager running the show. But they do exist. And they can bring real benefits to the working environment as illustrated by site manager Charlotte Hale of Neath based Hale Construction. Instead of keeping order by yelling (as might be stereotyped of a site manager…), her approach is different.


“I talk to people” she explains. “If someone isn’t working as well as usual, I’ll ask them if something is wrong instead of shouting”. Yet Charlotte does add that the ability for a woman to shout is still a prerequisite. “You do need to be strong. Construction sites can be dangerous places so if there’s a potential health and safety issue for example, you have to be stern.”

Although Charlotte hadn’t previously planned to join her family’s construction business, she helped out on site during her university holidays and found she loved it. “I really enjoyed being in the thick of things. It suits my mind-set. When problems arise, although they’re construction based, I can see a way out of them through being innovative.”

January 2017

Stay Warm, Stay Dry With Snickers Underwear This Winter Dressing in ‘Layers’ is a top priority for keeping you comfortable on site. Snickers Workwear is pioneering the design and development of amazing ‘First Layer’ underwear that will keep your body dry and comfortable throughout your working day. There’s long and short sleeve T-shirts, Long Johns, Stretch Shorts, Micro Fleece Pullovers and Socks. All the garments work with highly effective fabrics that transport moisture and sweat away from your body to keep you warm and dry all day long. The ‘First Layer’ garments with the 37.5 Technology fabric dry out five times faster than any other to deliver fresh working comfort. The Merino Wool underwear is extremely lightweight and soft for natural warmth and comfort in really cold conditions. While the XTR garments are body-engineered for an effective combination of ventilation, insulation and protection. Whatever product you choose for your workday, you can be sure it’s superbly designed with advanced functionality and amazing body fit that comes from superior designs and the very best in fabric technology. For more information on Snickers Winter Workwear, visit the website at www.snickersworkwear.com or call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788

Multiplex scoops landmark £1bn Nine Elms scheme Chinese developer Dalian Wanda Group has selected Multiplex to build its £1bn Nine Elms development near Vauxhall in London. Multiplex is the third contractor to take on the project after two previous preferred bidders failed to agree a final price. Interserve was originally selected to deliver the mixed-use project comprising two towers reaching 42 and 58 storeys. But the firm and its joint venture partner China State Construction Engineering Corporation abandoned the project in April. Balfour Beatty then beat Multiplex on the project rebid, but also stepped away two months ago after failing to agree the contract price. Tim Gawthorn, Director at Wanda One (UK) said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Multiplex as our main contractor for the delivery of One Nine Elms, which on completion will create 437 high quality residential apartments, a 5 star Wanda Vista hotel, world-class amenities and public spaces for the community to enjoy. “Following the EU Referendum, this important announcement further demonstrates our commitment to deliver an iconic mixed-use development in the heart of London.” Ashley Muldoon, CEO at Multiplex for Europe, Middle East, and Canada said: “We are delighted to be working with Wanda globally, supporting them to deliver in The landmark project will also provide a Australia – and now in the UK on this prestigious project.” further 3,584 sq ft of high-quality retail space and landscaped parkland for the The 1.14m sq. ft One Nine Elms development brings to market 437 homes, as local community to enjoy. well as the first Wanda Vista Hotel to open outside of China. The scheme also includes a business centre, fitness suite and children’s play area.


January 2016 platform for information sharing and we are incredibly fortunate to be able to hear from an exceptionally talented group of individuals presenting at next years’ show. The line-up reflects the growth our industry has enjoyed in recent years despite global economic set-backs, providing evidence that BIM in construction truly does work and our aims for the future are achievable.” The seminar sessions will feature case studies from Sainsbury’s, Capita, BDP and AECOM, all leading international firms with success stories to share on their BIM implementation.

All things BIM and more at BIM Show Live 2017 BIM Show Live 2017 has released its content programme for the show. Through a call for papers process, industry experts from across the globe were invited to pitch their ideas to secure one of the sought after seminar slots, and after receiving a record number of entries, it has finally chosen the speakers for the 32 seminars.

powerhouse for manufacturing and engineering. Following tradition, BIM Show Live will be opened by David Philp, Global BIM/IM Consultancy Director at AECOM and Chair of the Scottish BIM Delivery Group who will set the scene for digital construction, forward thinking and what will be the key takeaways from the show.

With four seminar streams; Data, Stories, Next Generation and Strategy, a diverse mix of speakers will take to the stage to engage, educate and entertain over the two days, on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 February 2017.

David said: “To secure the future of construction in the UK we need to actively encourage innovation and the continued use of digital construction methods. Building Information Modeling (BIM) allows us to streamline processes to bring about changes in productivity and performance through the use of open data and collaboration.

After taking a year out to restructure the show and take it back to its roots, the 2017 show will be travelling north and taking place in Newcastle upon Tyne, a northern


“BIM Show Live provides a unrivalled

Digital master builders and architectural practices, David Miller Architects, Grimshaw, Metz Architects and Swedish based White Arkitekter also present on projects, new design technologies and the benefits both they and their clients enjoy from working in the BIM environment. Technology experts and data pioneers BIM Technologies, coBuilder, NBS and Autodesk share insights on how the industry is transitioning into augmented construction methods and how artificial intelligence has the potential to redefine every aspect of the design and build process. BIM Show Live will deliver content for all industry sectors from manufacturing, design, engineering, building and so much more. The demand on the industry to create a digitally built Britain drives the need to share knowledge, insight and practical experiences so that this future is made possible, starting today. The full details of the BIM Show Live 2017 content programme can be found on the show website at: www.bimshowlive.com

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Premier Power Partnerships Premier Modular Ltd is experiencing strong growth as it looks to take on new opportunities and expand its footprint in a number of sectors whilst maintaining its formidable longstanding client partnerships in more established markets. Premier Modular takes pride in its exceptional customer service, innovative products and build quality, attributes that mean it has become one of the UK’s premier suppliers of modular building solutions. Celebrating 60 years in operation in 2016, the company boasts a strong heritage and a proven track record for delivering high quality modular buildings to a diverse range of market sectors. Premier Modular has experienced a positive growth trajectory over the last six months, dramatically increasing both turnover and profitability leading to another factory being taken on of around 40000 sqft. Two key factors have been implicit in this success story. The first, a focus on new sectors, has led to Premier’s appointment

to provide a series of modular complexes at Hinkley Point C in Somerset. The buildings will provide 38,000 sqm of offices and welfare facilities (1000 steel framed modules manufactured in East Yorkshire), to house all the management and technical personnel required for the construction phase of the new nuclear power station. Part of the buildings will be converted after the construction cycle to remain as high quality offices for the permanent site. The second factor is that the business understands the value and has not lost sight of its current client base whilst looking to the future. Premier Modular puts great value on forming strong, mutually beneficial client relationships. One such partnership is with Battersea Power Station Development Company Ltd where they have provided numerous buildings over a 12 year period including offices, welfare and marketing suites. Premier worked with the contractors and investors from the very early stages to help develop a solution, through engagement with the client, they understood that the client needed someone with design flexibility, who could react quickly and reliably to any requirements as timescales are vitally important and provide a truly personal hands-on approach. An example of this teamwork in action was seen during the initial start-up phase of the


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January 2017 development when the client required additional office space for an ever expanding project team. In partnership Premier provided a 4 storey building using 38 modules to accommodate 100 additional desks, break out / meeting rooms and bathroom facilities. The design and siting of the building was complex as it was located within a courtyard next to the existing offices with link bridges to enable direct access between the two buildings. The highlight of the facility is a boardroom on the top floor with full height external glazing, which overlooks the Phase 2 development. Premier Modular is a forward thinking company, striving for constant improvement through lessons learnt and client feedback, they have an open and transparent working practice where all ideas are welcome; this is evident internally and in their dealings with clients, industry organisations and the market in general. Rachel Davis, Business Development Director says “We have maintained success in our established core markets, seen growing success in student accommodation, retail and several

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commercial sectors, now we are turning our attention to two new markets; by constantly improving and adapting our products and services we ensure they are suitable for each unique market and client.” In striving to provide a solution that suits the client’s unique demands, the flexible and innovative Premier Modular has developed a solid reputation for focusing on attention-to-detail, quality and longevity of the products it delivers – resulting in the company gaining recognition from award bodies in 2016. This included the Offsite Awards where they gained a ‘Highly Commended’ for The Best Use of Volumetric Construction at New Islington Free School, working alongside Conlon Construction; and the Construction News Awards, which named the company’s The Foundry student accommodation, winner of the Project of The Year (Up To £10 million) where Premier were supply chain partner to Sir Robert McAlpine.

achieving solid growth. Rachel Davis highlights “Over the coming years it is our goal to build on our facilities management/maintenance service, offering our customers more of a one-stop-shop to become the go-to firm for modular hire and sales. Key to this is the continued growth of our reputation in the market through the delivery of excellent service and innovative products.”

Having invested in its facilities, people and products over the last 12 months in line with its key initiatives, Premier Modular will continue to push forward with




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A versatile solution to the problem of services passing through walls, floors and ceilings, offering up to 4 hours protection

Detachable face plate allows for the box to be fitted in tight corners

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Application Instructions For standard open areas, simply place the box over the services, use the smoke seal if required, and screw into position. If the services are already in place, remove the detachable section, fix the ‘U’ section first then slide back the detachable section and fix the smoke seal if required. When the unit is flush against a ceiling, floor, wall, or corner simply bend the fixing brackets flat and screw into position. When using multi-purpose box to fit around existing services in a tight corner, simply remove the detachable section and fix the ‘U’ section into position. Fixing brackets can be bent flat if required. Replace the detachable section and fix to finish. Insert the smoke seal if required.

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Fire Protection January 2017

Bull Products When starting out on a new construction project you will want to be sure that the correct fire safety standards are in place from the outset.

As one of the leaders in construction site safety equipment, Bull Products’ has just launched its Fire 360° service for construction companies, starting with a free site survey. Fire 360° is a twelve-step plan to provide companies with an effective and comprehensive fire strategy. From an initial enquiry to Bull Products, a BAFE certified advisor will arrange to attend your site within 48 hours to accurately assess requirements and provide expert advice on fire safety strategy. Site plans are fully assessed by the engineer and clearly marked outlining what fire protection is required and where it should be located, saving valuable time and ensuring your site is compliant. Following the site visit, Bull Products returns quotations within one hour and subsequent orders acknowledged within an hour of receipt. Once commissioned for the project, Bull Products ensures that all products are fully serviced and/or programmed before despatch to ensure compliance as soon as the equipment arrives


on site. Configuration of alarms can take place before despatch or on-site if there is an addition to an existing system.

to remind you when your equipment is due for servicing to ensure compliance throughout your project.

To ensure peace of mind, all fire equipment supplied meets all relevant standards with full certification of the alarm systems, and portable fire appliances are installed and serviced in accordance with the relevant BS standard.

Another bonus of the Fire 360° plan is that Bull Products can take care of your asset management. Under this part of the service, once the fire equipment has been finished with on a project, Bull Products is able to arrange equipment collection from site for free of charge stockholding until you require its re-use on a future project.

Once the fire equipment is fully installed and commissioned, Bull Products is able to train site personnel in the use of fire extinguishers and on alarm system familiarisation so that it can be used to its full potential hence eliminating any user error and false alarms. To back up its professional expertise with fire equipment, Bull Products prides itself in providing nationwide technical support for all areas of construction, from 6a.m. to 5p.m. every day to assist with any on-site queries. On becoming a Bull Products’ customer, an automatic servicing schedule will be in place designed

This useful service saves companies having to find space to store the fire equipment themselves and equipment re-use clearly saves on the purchase of new equipment. Bull Products also clean and service all fire equipment before despatch to your next project to ensure that fire protection equipment remains compliant. Further information on the Fire 360° service is available from Bull Products on 01432 371170, email info@bullproducts.co.uk or by the website www.bullproducts.co.uk

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What’s blocking your Fire Exits? Nowadays it is safe to say that the majority of employers consider the responsibility of Health and Safety high on its list of priorities. Unchecked, blocked fire exits are without a doubt an accident waiting to happen and should be taken seriously. Putting checking systems in place is an excellent idea but as we all know with most routines of this nature fall by the way side all too soon. Some premises are more vulnerable than others and are likely to have fire exits obstructed possibly by pallets, scaffolding, rubbish, vehicles, incorrectly opened roller shutters the list goes on. Electronic security manufacturer Hoyles have not only increased their range of Exitguard fire door alarms but at the same time they have developed a clever way to ensure fire exit doors are regularly checked and available to be fully opened in the event of an emergency. The Exitguard fire exit door alarm is a time served favourite of the security installer and has recently taken on an additional role. The new facility is called Fire Door Checker and is now a standard feature available on all of the keypad operated Exitguards. The Fire Door Checker has the unique facility to alert staff to OpenCheck-Close as soon as

the building is occupied. This is done by causing each Exitguard to give out an intermittent sound whilst strobing. Only when the fire doors have been verified will the Exitguard sounder and strobe stop. This ensures the door is available for emergency use, after which it resumes its normal security monitoring role. This could prove invaluable to management and those responsible for safety and security ensuring that staff incorporates the checking procedure of each fire exit door into the daily routine and at the same time educating against the dangers of blocked fire exits. The Fire Door Checker works simply by a switched signal from the intruder alarm, clocking machine, a time switch or independently. If a more frequent check is required the time switch option will allow the user to introduce a tighter regime of checking suitable to their exact requirements. As well as the unique Fire Door Checker function, Hoyles Exitguard door alarm range provides a comprehensive solution for the security and prevention of misuse of fire exit doors. The different models provide options for battery, 12vdc and mains power source as well as control by either keypad or key switch.

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Surface Protection January 2017

Immerse yourself into this year’s Surface Spotlight Hospitality and Education at Surface Design Show 2017 2017 Surface Design Show will be highlighting two industry sectors as this year’s Surface Spotlight hospitality and education. Materials and surfaces play a significant role in the experience we have with our surroundings, they need to be practical yet still inspiring. In the hospitality sector the surfaces must exude luxe whilst still maintaining the necessary hard wearing qualities for high footfall areas. The education sector again must incorporate hard working surfaces with an environment that inspires learning. Surface Design Show returns 7-9 February 2017 to London’s Business Design Centre with almost limitless design possibilities to architects and designers who are looking for the best in surface design for the hospitality and education sector. There is also a packed programme of events, with many of the seminars focusing on surfaces within the hospitality and education sector including ‘Future Trends in Hospitality Design’ hosted by Sleeper Magazine and ‘Sustainable Design Health and Wellbeing in Higher Education’ hosted by FIS. Surface Spotlight Live debuted in 2016, Trend & design writer Sally Angharad will once again be curating Surface Spotlight Live 2017, which consists of a regular Surface Spotlight Newsletter and an ‘at show’ feature


and presentation showcasing the most innovative materials for Education & Hospitality spaces before they hit the market. Exhibitors with materials specially designed for the hospitality and education sectors include: CD UK (Stand 210) will be displaying Corian - perfect for the education sector and tells a colourful tale in the new ‘Learning Garden’ at Windmill Primary School. A key feature of the space, is an array of colourful posts and blocks made from DuPont Corian hi-tech surfaces and engraved with lettering to suggest the spines of books in a library. Cellecta (Stand 252) have installed HEXATHERM XFLOOR 500 into Bournemouth Art University Accommodation. Similarly ScreedBoard 20 was installed in the prestigious University of Oxford student accommodation development providing minimal sound intrusion and under floor heating. Grestec Tiles (Stand 596) industrial glass wall tiles are complete with a mix of metal and craquele texture effects to form innovative, industrial style wall panels that can be utilised to create an extraordinary effect for hospitality interiors. Spectral (Stand LS360) provided an energy efficient lighting scheme for

University of Hertfordshire’s labs to offer a fantastic quality of light so the students can complete their work and the right aesthetic which the university found appealing. Nora (Stand 240) rubber floor coverings are ideal for schools as the durability means chairs and tables do not cause any damage to the robust covering. Factorylux lighting recently brought the first cycle café to life by combining a café, bicycle workshop, a bar, and exhibition space. The busy space required complex and conflicting lighting to keep up with the film screenings, live cycle sport and even cyclist speed dating. Factorylux will be holding workshops in their mobile space at Surface Design Show 17. BAL (Stand 616) provide innovative fixing technology for fail-safe external tiling on balconies, roof terraces and patios for high-end luxury developments such as hospitality. BAL’s technology helps to provide seamless transitions from inside to outdoors, creating usable outside areas all year round. Register to attend Surface Design Show for free at surfacedesignshow.com

Surface Proection January 2017

Yeoman Shield’s new Guardian Twin Handrail Yeoman Shield’s new Guardian Twin Handrail was installed as part of the ward refurbishment project recently undertaken at Barnsley Hospital, South Yorkshire.

A 350+ bed hospital built in the 1970’s and serving a quarter of a million people in the Barnsley area, the hospital demands a constant regime of maintenance throughout its premises. Maintaining its high standards, Barnsley Hospital have improved the surroundings and facilities in 6 of the hospital wards, including the discharge unit, female trauma and elective orthopaedic unit. As part of the refurbishment project Yeoman Shield were employed to remove the old bump rail and handrails and replace them with the dual purpose Guardian Twin Handrail to corridors and waiting areas throughout the 6 wards. The twin handrail was supplied with a 50mm dia. PVCu upper handrail for support to those who need it and a lower 125mm deep protection rail which standing


slightly forward of the handrail, offers protection to both the wall décor and the handrail itself, minimising on repair and replacement. Supplied in a Pastel Blue colour with contrasting accessories in Pebble Grey the Guardian Twin Handrail from Yeoman Shield was complemented with matching 200mm protection strip and corner protection angles. A member of the nursing staff on the discharge unit commented “Previously down the corridors in this ward we just had a protection rail but now it has been replaced with a system that offers a handrail as well and we have found it a great help to our clients

who attend the unit.” Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust commented that they have worked with Yeoman Shield previously and have always found their products and workmanship to be of a high standard. For further details and options on the Yeoman Shield Guardian Twin handrail and the new Guardian 50mm dia. Handrail range go to www.yeomanshield.com/handrails or call 0113 279 5854

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Surface Protection January 2017

Contra Vision has introduced a series of glass enhancement inventions over the last 30 years and is best known for their one-way vision window films. Come and visit Surface Design Show 2017 where you will find Contra Vision decorative graphics on the glass entrance doors.


he latest invention from the British company offers a permanent solution for one-way vision window graphics which is targeted at architectural applications. Contra Vision® Ceramic XR™ uses a patented method to print two separately coloured layers of ceramic frit dots (other print patterns such as lines can also be incorporated) in exact registration with no overlap, directly onto glass. A simple white on black dot pattern adds solar control, privacy and manifestation to the outside of glass while maintaining a remarkable level of through-vision from inside. Other colours can be used instead of white to provide decoration to building exteriors or internal partitioning glass.


Ceramic white dots are effective at reflecting solar energy and glare, while acting to distract the eye and provide privacy to people inside. However, white (or coloured) dots are less appealing when viewed from inside, giving a milky aspect to the world and accentuating greys. Contra Vision® Ceramic XR™ overcomes the problem by superimposing black dots onto the white dots when viewing the glass from inside. Black dots are much less obtrusive to the naked eye and particularly for diameters of 2mm

or less. The product also avoids the unsightly overlap when white on black dots are digitally printed onto glass (exact registration printing cannot be achieved digitally), which can cause a blurred see-through experience from inside. There are already large buildings in London and internationally with Contra Vision® Ceramic XR™ on the windows. Contra Vision can direct you to a licensed manufacturer and they are also seeking new glass companies to partner with. For architects, building contractors and interior designers looking for a less permanent way of transforming glass, Contra Vision’s range of perforated window films offer some exciting possibilities. The films come in a variety of different transparencies to ensure the best balance of privacy, impactful graphics and see-through experience to suit every situation. Traditionally the films have been printed with colourful graphics but they also look attractive in plain white. The films provide solar control benefits and can even be used as a screen for digital projection at night. This was showcased to magnificent scale on the BBC building in Manchester’s

Media City, for an event inspired by commemorations for World War I.

Unlike conventional reflective/ mirrored window films, Contra Vision® Privacy Window Films™ do not block the view outside at night (these other films turn into mirrors when viewed from inside an illuminated room). Contra Vision® Privacy Window Films™ also avoid the dazzle and uncomfortable glare from reflective films when viewed from the outside and help to minimise bird collisions. A recently extended range includes product options for either inside or outside window application, decorative or stained glass effects. Contra Vision offers a range of solutions, from glass products to window films with a wide range of benefits, for further information please contact Roger Hill, Managing Director, Contra Vision, 0161 439 9307 or email roger@contravision.com

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January 2017

Kawneer systems help regenerate a city Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Smithfield scheme features Kawneer glazing systems. Architectural glazing systems from Kawneer feature on a striking new building that is key to the regeneration of a city and was built using a hybrid of traditional and modular construction methods. Kawneer’s AA®100 and AA®110 curtain walling, both zone-drained but with 50mm and 65mm sightlines respectively, complemented by 451PT framing with 50mm sightlines and AA®540 side-hung casement

January 2017 windows, were used on Two Smithfield, the new £15 million office built as part of the first phase of Stokeon-Trent City Council’s Smithfield scheme. Smithfield is the new mixed-use quarter for Stokeon-Trent by developer Genr8, comprising 1.2 million ft2 of office, retail and hotel space. The project will also deliver more than 270,000ft2 of new public realm. The first phase of the Smithfield project was completed in August 2015 and comprises 220,000ft2 of bespoke Grade A office accommodation. One Smithfield has a new customer hub from which the council delivers its primary services and will also house police and other public sector partners. Two Smithfield includes ground-floor commercial units totalling 7,500ft2 and comprises four floors of offices, two of which have already been let to Water Plus. This is a joint venture between two of the country’s biggest water companies, United Utilities and Seven Trent Water. It is bringing over 400 new jobs to the city. The other floors are currently being marketed by Bilfinger GVA The new buildings are set in stunning new public realm, including a new public square which is available as performance and event space. Much of the 125,000ft2 Two Smithfield building consisted of components utilising modular manufacturing, such as precast concrete panels and brickwork cornices and glazed brick elements which were completed off-site. The four-hectare site was historically a manufacturing area for the brick and ceramic industries and was littered with mine shafts and coal seams which required piling. Design of the masterplan was

conceived in 2009 by Aedas RHWL. Designed by frequent Kawneer specifiers Aedas RHWL architects, Two Smithfield’s curtain walling was used for all the windows and external glazing of the project. Associate Alasdair Mealey said: “As the building was procured using a design and build contract, we produced a performance specification at tender stage, which was then assessed by the main contractor (Laing O’Rourke) who proposed the Kawneer curtain walling system. We assessed the proposal along with the project façade consultant and deemed that it met the required criteria for the building. “The Kawneer curtain walling system had to interface with precast concrete primary structure and façade panels. Key items that had to be resolved were weather proofing, thermal bridging and air tightness and the Kawneer system met both the aesthetic and performance requirements.” “The building had a mixed-mode ventilation strategy so the curtain walling system had to incorporate opening lights.” He added: “The quality of what has been delivered, given budget and expectations, is first class. The Kawneer elements at Two Smithfield, which achieved a BREEAM “Excellent” rating, were installed over three months by approved specialist sub-contractor Bennett Architectural Aluminium. Alasdair said: “The glazed elements were a key part of the design, both aesthetically and from a performance standpoint, so the glazing had to be correct. Inherently we aim to specify all products from sustainable sources and our performance specification for the project listed all relevant standards and best practice which the chosen curtain walling system/product had to adhere to. “There was a commitment to optimising the scheme as part of the design process and gaining a clear understanding of what technical solutions worked. The attention to detail and economy of pre-site manufacture is evidence of a very well thought through development.” Bennett director Rob Bennett said: “This new public realm building was designed to reflect the heritage of the potteries whilst using modern methods of off-site construction. Within a fast-track programme we installed curtain wall screens to give the building impressive verticality.” Further phases are now in the pipeline including Three Smithfield (a 50,000ft2 commercial office building) and a new 125-bedroom hotel.


Heating & Ventilation January 2017

70 new models in Hitachi’s latest heat pump product line-up Completely redesigned to meet the needs of specifiers, installers and homeowners - and utilising common components, common outdoor units and simplified design to benefit both end users and installers - Hitachi’s extended Yutaki air source heat pump product line-up includes a total of 70 new models which are more compact for small installation spaces and are lighter weight for easier handling.

Some of the best seasonal performance figures The introduction of common components and controllers, streamlines product training requirements, reduces the need for carrying multiple spares, and lowers installation and maintenance time. Performances have also been improved, with higher COPs, better seasonal efficiencies and higher capacities. All Yutaki models also be supplied with a new Cooling Kit accessory to enable both heating and cooling modes.

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Hitachi’s expanded Yutaki air source heat pump product range is one of the widest on the market; the Yutaki range comprises four models, Yutaki-S split, high temperature Yutaki-S80, Monobloc Yutaki-M and the new all-in-one Yutaki-SCombi. Hitachi’s developer-update.co.uk

innovative Yutaki-SCombi integrated solution has been designed specifically for the UK market. The indoor unit has a built-in 200 or 260L stainless steel hot water cylinder, as well as the main hydraulic components such as the pump, filter and back up heater, plus a newly-designed controller. The indoor unit is preplumbed and pre-wired, making the installation simpler with less internal space required.

Single menu for all Yutaki models A new multi-function wired remote control is common to all Yutaki models – meaning a single menu for all Yutaki products with a dedicated installer view, wizard start up configuration and a more intuitive menu for quick and simple commissioning. The alarm history is also logged to assist engineers with troubleshooting. All Hitachi’s Yutaki air source heat pumps are MCS approved, eligible for the domestic and nondomestic RHI and have domestic hot water (DHW) Legionella Protection and a five-year warranty as standard. “As a relatively new player in the UK air source heat pumps market, we’ve been delighted by the very positive feedback we’ve received from visitors to our stands at both Ecobuild and UK Construction Week where we were able to showcase the full Yutaki range of products and the long-term benefits of heat

pumps,” commented Andy Hooper, UK Heating Manager, Johnson Controls – Hitachi Air Conditioning Solutions. For more information please contact the Hitachi direct sales team: Call 01628 585 394 Email aircon.uk@jci-hitachi.com Visit www.hitachiaircon.com or www.hitachiheating.com





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RINNAI GOES SOLO IN UK FIRST Rinnai, the leading continuous flow gas fired water heater manufacturer, launches its latest innovation, the Infinity Solo Re-Circulator water heater with storage combined. The Infinity Solo range of condensing and condensing low NOX water heaters is the first Rinnai product for the UK to combine the advanced technology of its wall mounted continuous flow water heaters with a stainless steel storage cylinder all in one. “The preceived necessity for storage type water heating systems is often derived from historical plant room and service deficiencies, for instance gas meter sizes often dictate technology selection in domestic and light commercial applications. Certain legislations are harnessing a like-for-like replacement environment. Therefore Rinnai has developed this technology to enable the appliances to fulfil a wider market need, allowing the benefits of our technology to be felt by a wider audience,” says Associate Director Chris Goggin. “The addition of the Infinity Solo series bolsters our product portfolio and allows Rinnai UK to cater to every application and installer’s needs. They now have access to the advanced technology of the Rinnai water heater, as well as options to combine units in a cascade system with storage - or have the water heater and cylinder combined in one compact footprint in the form of the Infinity Solo.


“Because the cylinder is stainless steel it greatly reduces the weight compared to glass lined models, which makes transportation and installation much easier. As well as the difference in weight, the cylinders also feature extremely low heat loss figures (as low as 1.41kW/h day) which means the customer pays less to maintain the heat within the tank,” says Goggin. Pete Seddon from the Rinnai UK Technical Department adds: “One other benefit of the Solo utilising a stainless steel cylinder, is that the life expectancy of the material is far greater than that of a glass-lined equivalent as glass suffers from thermal shock causing it to crack after a period of time. Infinity Solo is renewables compatible so the customer can, at a later date, integrate a solar thermal or heat pump system with minimal alterations as the units will come pre-fitted with relevant tap ins to accommodate renewable technologies. Rinnai manufactures the energy efficient Infinity range of gas fired continuous flow water heaters and energy saver space heaters. The Infinity brand carries the widest range of condensing water heaters available today with the most impressive efficiencies in operation, leading the field in technological innovation. For more information on the RINNAI product range visit www.rinnaiuk.com

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January 2017

Vision 2017 announces new brand identity for its third edition taking place at London Olympia, from 6-7 June Vision 2017 is the only UK event which is aimed exclusively at architects, specifiers and designers working on live projects in the commercial, health, education and retail sectors. For its third edition, Vision 2017 introduces a new brand identity to reflect its aims and aspirations – to elevate the quality and the credibility of the show and communicate the visual language that resonates and connects with its target audience – architects, designers, specifiers and their clients. Elliot Gard, Event Director, comments: ‘We are very excited about Vision’s new brand identity and feel confident that it will have an even greater impact and appeal to both our visitors and exhibitors alike. As well as visually demonstrating our commitment to and ambition for Vision, we feel that the new identity will help us to better engage with our target audience and ultimately increase the number of quality visitors to the event.'

Vision 2017 will comprise a carefully curated two-day exhibition of cutting edge products and solutions, a worldclass seminar programme delivered by 150 leading international speakers and significant opportunities to engage, educate and network with over 4,000 industry professionals.


With the new brand identity and ambitious plans in place, Vision 2017 promises to deliver even more focused education content, practical solutions and innovative products for today’s busy construction professional. The event’s focus will be on new and innovative building products and materials and ideas for inventive ways to achieve better building design solutions that comply with changing legislation. Make sure you don’t miss this year’s Vision, the place where the professionals across the built environment come together to discuss, debate and showcase the latest innovations and developments in architecture, construction and design.

For exhibiting enquiries please contact Elliot Gard on +44 (0)20 3409 0623. To register your interest to attend please visit www.visionlondon.com


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Case Study January 2017

Award winning architectural firm, Nord Architects, has unveiled its latest design; a contemporary Urban Hospice intended to create a positive environment while offering support for patients in need of palliative care. Located in the tranquil setting of Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, the vision was to provide a warm and protective atmosphere for up to sixteen patients. Kebony, a beautiful wood recommended by leading architects, was chosen to complement this setting and has subsequently been used throughout the build for the decking, windows and shades, door frames, as well as in outdoor spaces where Kebony clad plant baskets bring elements of nature into the Hospice. Krone Vinduer provided the custom-made windows for this project.



The project was designed to adapt to the neighbourhood, presenting a combination of spacious views and privacy for patients. Incorporating both curved and linear elements, the design allows for an impressive functional layout, built around a private inner courtyard.

January 2017 Case Study The design-process involved a close collaboration between the client, architects, an engineer and users of the hospice through an extensive dialogue that heavily influenced the final design. Developed in Norway, the patented Kebony technology is an environmentally friendly process, which modifies sustainably sourced softwoods by heating the wood with furfuryl alcohol - an agricultural by-product. By polymerising the wood’s cell wall, the softwoods permanently take on the attributes of tropical hardwood including high durability, hardness and dimensional stability. For Kebony, this is an exceptional project which demonstrates the versatility of the material. The silver-grey patina that the wood develops over its elongated life-span has also singled it out as a popular material for architects. When it comes to choosing a wood, there is no reason for architects to compromise on aesthetics, build quality, or sustainability. Morten Rask Gregersen, Partner at NORD Architects, Copenhagen explained, “By considering the needs of the users, clients and neighbours, the Urban Hospice sets a new standard of how to build innovative healthcare projects in urban contexts. We have been continuously impressed by Kebony as a material; its subtle tones are the exact look we envisaged from the offset.” Mona Gøtske, Sales Manager of Kebony Denmark commented, “The Urban Hospice is a fantastic example of Kebony’s versatility with its use in an extensive array of applications from windows and door.


Doors & Windows January 2017

New industry website supports timber decking and cladding markets Intent on driving high standards across the industry, the Timber Decking and Cladding Association (TDCA) has recently launched a comprehensive new information website that will support its members in addition to better informing specifiers, developers and contractors. The only independently run timber decking and cladding resource in the UK, the TDCA is a nonprofit organisation that operates to help drive the market forward; informing and advising users whilst allowing manufacturers and suppliers with high quality products to benefit from two well-regarded accreditation schemes – DeckMark and CladMark. The new website boasts a comprehensive approved supplier search facility, enabling users to drill down into very specific categories to identify suitable suppliers – no other online resource offers such a service for this industry. In depth information regarding timber decking and cladding, case studies, informative publications (free and paid for), a gallery and frequently


asked questions all help to enhance this important online resource. Membership of the TDCA comes from all aspects of the supply chain with members including Hoppings Softwood Products, Silva Timber, Arnold Laver, Howarth Timber and Smart Cladding Supplies. In total, there are currently 54 TDCA members plus 83 Approved Retailers. Adam Pulfer, Group Marketing, Development & Technical Director at Hoppings comments: “Membership of the TDCA is valuable to our business. CladMark and DeckMark accreditation helps to elevate our product range in a competitive market, whilst the TDCA offers us a reputable platform to showcase our company credentials. The knowledge and experience of the directors and specialists amongst the TDCA ensures that technical support is always on-hand if required.” In a fragmented market, the TDCA can offer those that use timber decking and cladding peace of mind that they are choosing the right quality and specification of

materials to successfully undertake any project, whether residential or commercial. Furthermore, if problems arise, the TDCA can provide an invaluable Expert Witness / Inspection Service to help resolve disputes. Janet Sycamore, Head of Operations at the TDCA comments: “The new website is part of an ongoing strategy to help our members, small and large, achieve the best possible visibility for their products and services, backed by the solid reputation of the TDCA. We are dealing with enquiries from specifiers, developers and contractors week in, week out and this work really helps to drive up standards in the marketplace and ensure that where timber decking and cladding is concerned, more high quality and correctly specified products are being chosen across the UK.” To view the new TDCA website visit www.tdca.org. uk. For further information about membership benefits call 01977 558147


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RECOGNISED AS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK James Latham has announced that WoodEx®, its premium quality, engineered hardwood and softwood timber product, is now recognised as a registered trademark with the UK Patent Office. Introduced into the market four years ago, WoodEx® is made from European Ash, European Redwood, European Oak, Sapele and Grandis and the UK’s biggest independent timber and panel products distributor is now seeing this versatile timber being specified in more and more joinery projects. WoodEx® offers numerous features and benefits. It has two highquality, clear faces for use in joinery applications and is ideally suitable for use in timber doors and windows as the product offers greater dimensional stability. In addition, Lathams can supply the product either as

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CRL shines the spotlight on an eco-timber house in Aberdeenshire AN ENERGY efficient, eco timber house in Aberdeenshire has been crowned as a winner of a campaign that shines the spotlight on self-builders. CRL is delighted to announce that “Heartwood” in Aboyne is one of three winners selected to take part in its Venturous Builds campaign – an inspiring new web series that will showcase Britain’s inspiring self-builders and their construction achievements. Local couple Vic Kirwan, 68, and Teresa Green, 66, have been selected by the structural defects insurance specialist as being truly venturous of spirit. Vic, a retired broadcast engineer, and Teresa, a dental receptionist, commissioned Stommel Haus, a German manufacturer of timber houses, to develop a custom built, energy efficient eco timber house. The campaign, which saw CRL launch its logo into space, aimed to inspire those who have dared to be venturous, brave and unorthodox to share the details of their venturous builds. Winners will have their project filmed and featured on the online show. “Heartwood” was built only using untreated Arctic Heartwood Spruce from FSC certified forests in Finland. The stunning three-bedroom home is insulated using recycled newspaper and recycled glass. With 216 m² living space, there is also a double height dining room from which you can see the vaulted timber ceiling, with views over the beautiful rolling hills of Deeside. The house is heated using a heat pump and ground-breaking technology “Heating with Ice”, which uses ambient heat and solar thermic energy. Vic, who lives in Aboyne, said: “It was always our dream to build a timber home that was highly energy efficient. Construction is almost complete and we look forward to moving into our new home. Thank you to CRL for recognising how unique and energy

efficient Heartwood is.” Barbara Fischer-Clark, of Stommel Haus, said: “Heartwood is a fantastic bespoke home and we are delighted to be named as one of the Venturous Build winners. What sets this property apart is the owners ecocommitment, Vic and Teresa have used ground-breaking technology to ensure it achieves the highest in energy efficiency, while working with a German partner to deliver the home of their dreams.” The filming of these unique projects is now underway, with the first episode of Venturous Builds going live in the coming weeks. The Venturous Builds web series will be hosted by English designer and regeneration expert Wayne Hemingway. CRL CEO Steve Mansour said: “We’ve been blown away by the quality of all of the entries we’ve received for our Venturous Builds campaign. You’ve proved that the UK has some truly venturous self-builders and developers. Thank you to everyone who entered. “However, we were looking for the one-offs, the inspiring, the ingenious construction projects to feature in our Venturous Builds web series. Vic and Teresa clearly demonstrate that they have the courage, determination and an unwavering belief in their ability to create something truly unique. “Venturous builds celebrates the pioneering self-builders who, against

the odds, have dared to dream big and have created the homes of their dreams.” Commenting on the winners, Wayne Hemingway said: “My wife and I designed and built our own home 19 years ago when our kids were young and it has been a true life enhancing experience ever since. “Designing and building your own home is about getting something you really want, rather than getting a house someone else has designed or settling for what’s on the market. Vic and Teresa clearly knew what they wanted when it came to their home and they clearly are revelling in the results. “Venturous Builds celebrates fantastic self-built homes and shows it’s about the spirit of getting on and doing it. It is truly inspiring to witness the people and the love of what they have achieved at the end of the process.” CRL does not shy away from arranging insurance for unusual projects, including new builds, complete or partially completed builds, timber frame constructions, prefabricated properties, mixed-use projects, conversions and insolvent properties. The construction insurance experts recognise that every opportunity is different. With CRL there is no set criteria – just an appetite for adventure. www.c-r-l.com


January 2016 There are more people looking for a home in the UK than there are houses to choose from, according to the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey. In addition, monthly house buyer demand has risen by 10 per cent since October, outstripping supply. To help address this shortfall, The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show is gearing up to return to the NEC, Birmingham from 23-26 March 2017, sponsored for the first time by Everest, a British company with over 50 years’ experience in double glazed windows, conservatories, doors and more. Over the last couple of years, the UK’s largest self-build exhibition has grown by over 10 per cent and is expected to grow by a further five per cent this year, accommodating over 500 companies which have already signed up from a multitude of sectors including kitchens, heating, flooring and structural systems.

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show, now sponsored by Everest, returns bigger and better with its largest exhibition ever NEC, Birmingham 23-26 March 2017 38

Nick Noble, deputy managing director of Centaur Home Interest Media, says: “We are expecting more growth in visitor and exhibitor figures at the national event compared to last year’s shows. This prediction is based on our strategic marketing activities, the information density we’re continuously updating and also because of the increasing unmet demand in the UK’s property market. This year, we’ve also signed a key partnership with Everest, a trusted British brand which will support our presence in Birmingham; Glasgow; Surrey; Edinburgh and Harrogate. As a result, our upcoming exhibitions are already attracting companies from all around the UK.”

The Homebuilding & Renovating Shows, part of Centaur’s portfolio, attract exhibitors across a wide range of sectors to cater for all interests. From design; architecture; financial services; kitchens; bathrooms; doors and windows; ventilation; heating; planning permission and much more, companies will offer visitors an overview of the latest products, services and technologies available in the UK market. In addition to soughtafter daily seminars and masterclasses, the exhibition will feature in the Advice Centre various areas of interest for keen self and custom builders. This hub will host the Ask the Expert zone, where people can attend a 15-minute consultation via interactive sessions with some of the UK’s resident property specialists. In addition, it will also provide access to the Ask an Architect area, where chartered specialists from RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) will offer free one-on-one appointments covering topics including building regulations and structural engineer calculations for loft conversions, extensions, internal alterations, new builds and more. For practical recommendations, the Advice Centre will be introducing an Ask a Builder zone, where members of the Federation of Master Builders will be offering visitors tips on effectively finding vetted and approved construction workers to commission for a project. During the event, The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show will also support and raise awareness of a new legal duty within

the Housing and Planning Act 2016, dubbed the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Right to Buildâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, which commenced on 31 October this year. Through this, the local planning authorities in England have to ensure the delivery of sufficient serviced building plots to meet local demand for self-build and custom build homes. Visitors who are at the start of their property ventures will be advised by experts on their legal rights and guided on how to find and apply for a plot of land, a step which will influence significantly the pace of their projects. The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show will take place at NEC, Birmingham, from 23-26 March 2017. There are further events held throughout the country each year. For more information on the upcoming exhibitions, visit www.homebuildingshow. co.uk or contact the sales team on 01527 834418.

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January 2017 Doors & Windows

VELUX SEALS ‘SMART HOME’ PARTNERSHIP WITH NETATMO Roof windows of the future allow homeowners to control their indoor climate from a phone Leading window manufacturer VELUX® has announced a partnership with revolutionary smart home company Netatmo to create the windows of the future. VELUX is working with Netatmo to develop a new range of smart windows with integrated indoor climate solutions to meet a growing consumer demand for connected devices in the home. Smart homes and home automation are predicted to be one of the next big trends, with smart home revenue set to quadruple to almost 65 billion USD by 2020 [Statista, 2016] as consumers look to upgrade their homes through smart gadgets and home appliances. The new range of windows, called VELUX Active, will comprise WiFi gateway and smart controls for VELUX INTEGRA® roof windows and sunscreening products, along with a control app for iOS and Android. Based on a range of indoor climate parameters, such as temperature, sunlight levels, humidity, and CO2 levels, users will be able to automate roof window and sunscreen operation, by ensuring the optimum indoor climate in a home at all times. Both the partnership and the product concept are being announced today, in the context of CES Unveiled – the preview to the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, USA. The first VELUX Active products are expected to launch in autumn 2017. “Very soon your home will be able to help look after your health, by ensuring you get plenty of daylight and fresh air exactly when you need it,” says Jørgen Tang-Jensen, CEO of the VELUX Group. “VELUX has been creating better living environments for our customers for more than 75 years, and this collaboration with Netatmo represents an important step forward in providing greater comfort, wellbeing, energy efficiency and security.” “We’re very pleased to develop the VELUX Active solution with VELUX, leader in the roof windows industry. With this partnership, we demonstrate our ability to create solutions that fit into the house infrastructure and to directly address the B2B market”, explains Fred Potter, Founder and President of Netatmo. “Through this collaboration, we bring our skills in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, product software integration, electronics and user experience” he adds. The product concept for VELUX Active has also been awarded two prestigious CES 2017 awards in the Smart Home and Eco-design & Sustainable Technologies categories. As part of its strategy on smart homes and the Internet of Things, VELUX has also collaborated with Apple, to develop products compatible with Apple’s HomeKit smart home platform. www.velux.co.uk


Winners of RIBAJ’s Rising Stars in Association with Origin Revealed Winners of the prestigious RIBAJ Rising Stars awards in association with Origin have been revealed. The international awards, organised by RIBA Journal and sponsored by Origin, the leading British manufacturer of bi-fold and residential doors, windows and blinds, recognise the talents of architects and designers in the early stages of their careers. Entrants were judged on their original thinking, leadership, collaborative approach and hard


work by a panel of judges that were once Rising Stars themselves. This was chaired by the RSA’s Matthew Taylor; Lucy Tilley, Associate Director at Adjaye Associates; Maria Smith, Founder of Interrobang; Patrick Bellew, Principal at Atelier Ten; Gus Zogolovitch, Managing Director of Inhabit Homes; and Eleanor Young, Executive Editor of RIBAJ. It was the judges’ task to pick a shortlist from a pool of talented UK designers which was then cut further to an elite cohort: The RIBAJ Rising Stars of 2016.

This year’s list included: •Ed Dale-Harris stood out for his work on a primary school in an Ebola-affected region of Sierra Leone. •Dan and Max Zielinski won first prize with their plans to reimage Paris as part of the Living Cities design competition by putting in new electric transport. •Brendan Sexton is leading the way on BIM-related practice and research.

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•Bethan Knightson, one of Hampshire County Council Architects, is working on historic buildings such as Winchester Cathedral and Whitchurch Silk Mill. •Rhys Jones is a successful project architect, tutor and mentor, whose talent shows the most in his extracurricular work, such as 2012 pavilion for music festival the Secret Garden Party. He also won with Jestico + Whiles and Canterbury School of Architecture. •Tszwai So was commissioned to design the Belarusian Memorial Chapel in North London, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and spent a year researching the vernacular timber churches of Belarus. •Steven Kennedy is recognised for his stellar architectural work while working on an extensive botanic garden masterplan in the Middle East. •Shireen Hamdan has been trailblazing in major sports venues in the Middle East. •Philip Graham is an entrepreneur passionate about Libya, who has led pioneering research into alternative forms of housing delivery. •Alex Scott-Whitby, Founder and Director of ScottWhitbyStudio, is responsible for a team that can lay claim to a diverse range of projects including a new palace in the Middle East and a homeless shelter in London.

•Charlotte Knight is a young architectural assistant at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios who took on two projects in her free time, The Observatory and Pea Soup House. •Eliot Postma led the design team for the Bombay Sapphire Distillery and has been leading the Heatherwick Studio team for design at all scales at Google’s ‘Terra Firma’ campus at Mountain View, California.

judges, supporters, friends, family and sponsors to celebrate the inspirational work of the talented design professionals. Ben Brocklesby, Sales and Marketing Director of Origin, was on hand to present each winner with a bottle of Champagne and congratulate them on their hard work and creativity. Ben Brocklesby, said: “Origin is proud to be involved in an initiative that recognises the exceptional work of these industry professionals. Innovation and design is something that is very close to us at Origin, which is why the Rising Stars award really struck a chord with us. All entrants were judged by their talent and drive to make things happen and I have no doubt that there are exciting times ahead for each and every one of them. Congratulations to all those who took part and to this years’ thirteen RIBAJ Rising Stars. Eleanor Young, Executive Director at RIBAJ, said: “The RIBAJ Rising Stars 2016 will be defining the architecture of the future - and in some cases already are. We are proud to be able to recognise and reward them in partnership with Origin.’ For further information on Origin, please visit www.origin-global.com. For information on the Rising Stars, please visit www.ribaj.com/ intelligence/rising-stars

The awards ceremony, which took place on the 4th December in Wapping, East London, brought together the Rising Stars with


January 2017 Doors & Windows

Parkrose Fitz the bill for Tasman House:

Parkrose awarded fit-out scheme on former site of London Family Court in Fitzrovia Stortford Interiors’ (UK) in-house joinery division, Parkrose has been awarded the general joinery package for Tasman House, a new build retail and commercial development in the heart of Fitzrovia, central London. The leading name in joinery has been appointed by Wates Construction to deliver its specialist hand crafted joinery package and complete reception and washroom fit-outs for the CAT A scheme. The experience and expertise of Parkrose will be utilised to create a series of high-end finishes, including impressive bespoke stained European Oak panelling throughout.

Parkrose’s work on site begins in February 2017 and is expected to be complete in October that year. Stortford Interiors (UK) is a specialist interior architectural package contractor, focussing in the supply and installation of wall, ceiling and total interior solutions for the commercial workplace across the UK to a superior quality standard. The offerings of their in-house joinery division Parkrose include specialist joinery and washroom fit-out. For further information on Stortford Interiors visit www.stortford-interiors.com or phone 01279 714

Steven Harvey, Joinery Director at Parkrose said: “We’ve worked closely on several schemes with Great Portland Estates in the past and are excited to be doing so again on what will be our fifth partnership since 2012. “Our vast experience sets us apart in terms of the services we offer, so we’re pleased to be able to deliver a range of top quality joinery, washroom and reception fit-outs on another development which will revitalise an old site and turn it into an impressive working space for people to enjoy.”

Tasman House is a new 48,000ft² development for Wates Construction which is set to make a striking mark on Fitzrovia’s eclectic mix of architecture, with unique positioning on an irregular shaped site with large frontage to Wells Street. The new build will replace the current 1960’s building which was previously home to the city’s Family Court and comprise a new basement slab at a reduced level, accommodating predominantly retail space, in addition to plant, cycle and shower areas to support the building’s offices.


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January 2017 Doors & Windows

Classic with a Modern Twist Interior design like all fashion evolves with the times and so the march of contemporary movement can often seem relentless.

Vicaima Classic K Range door in Pastel Cream


f course a sense of tradition and warmth for the past often shapes our thinking with modern decor and so it is hardly surprising that Vicaima has seen a trend for panelled doors making a noticeable return over the past year. In response to this latest vogue, Vicaima have reinvigorated their Classic K range to provide a modern twist to an old favourite with some exciting new finishes. The Vicaima Classic K Range takes elements of shaker styling but with a more upto-date and appealing look for the modern generation of interior panelled doors. Available in 1, 2, 3 and 4 panel designs, together with glazed options, Classic K doors offer a solid construction with real veneer faces, together with white or primed for on-site painting if required. In addition to the ever popular

veneer options, Vicaima have also extended the range to include 6 new factory stained Ash finishes and for that ultra-smooth pure look, a new Satin White finish. All doors are available with fire and security options and can also be supplied as Portaro matching door and frame systems where required. K Range doors are one of three ranges from the Vicaima Classic collection. Classic P, with traditional raised and fielded panels and Classic F, a flat panel design are also available. Download a copy of the new Classic range brochure from the Vicaima website. For these and other innovative designs and products from the many Vicaima collections, visit the Vicaima website www.vicaima.com alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information.

Vicaima Classic K Range door in Walnut veneer


January 2017

Kawneer systems help a n

The façade of the new Camb heavily glazed with

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


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

January 2017

new church win an award

bridge Community Church is h Kawneer systems. integral cross insignia.

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

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


January 2017

Sioo Wood Protection â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a new wood modification for the UK All too often the appearance of new timber clad buildings is ruined by uneven weathering. It is quite common to see buildings where the shaded areas are still un-weathered whereas the exposed areas have already changed to the silvery-grey colour associated with exposed wood.

The product has been used extensively for cladding and decking protection and has also been used to protect the decks of sailing boats.

For this reason, pictures of timber clad buildings are always taken immediately after construction and not after a year or two! Aesthetics is hugely important in the built environment and this patchy weathering puts people off from specifying timber as a cladding material.

The Sioo system is used as a surface protection system, which is suitable for Use Classes 1, 2, 3.1 and 3.2 according to EN 335 Part 2 (see table). If additional protection is thought necessary for Use Class 3.2 applications, then the Sioo Wood Protection System can be applied to preservative treated wood and to thermally treated wood.

A new product in the UK is the Swedish wood surface modification system, Sioo Wood Protection. This product reacts with the wood to produce a pleasing even grey surface within a few months of application.

When used in interior applications Sioo Wood has the huge advantage of being VOC-free, since it is waterbased and uses silicate technology. Disposal at end of life is not a problem, since the product is non-toxic.

Very importantly, this accelerated weathering takes For further details and information on the Sioo Wood place through a chemical reaction of the Sioo system Protection System please refer to the UK website with the top few millimetres of the wood surface and (www.sioo.co.uk). so it is a permanent change. Because the greying takes place due to the chemical reaction, a completely Use Classes accoridng to EN 335 Part 2 even appearance is obtained, since it is not reliant upon exposure to sunlight for the reaction to take Use Class General Exposure Condition place. The Sioo Wood Protection System uses silicate technology in a two part water-based system. The first stage of the treatment uses a mineral silica solution that is able to penetrate the surface of the wood very efficiently. After the first treatment stage, a silanebased emulsion is applied, which cures by crosslinking to form a flexible silica network and provides a water-proof barrier preventing leaching of the mineral silicate.


Over time, the mineral silicate cures by reacting with atmospheric carbon dioxide to precipitate an insoluble silica network within the wood structure.


Interior, covered


Interior, or covered


Exterior above ground, protected


Exterior above ground, unprotected


Exterior in ground contact and/or fresh water


Exterior in ground (severe) and/or fresh water


In salt water

Working with nature Sioo:x are leaders in wood protection using silicate technology. We provide a highly effective proven system to protect wood of all types. It gives long life and a beautiful natural surface with even colouration and is friendly to people and the environment. An example is the summerhouse by architect Leo Quarsebo, Sweden. Read more on sioo.co.uk


15 years!


January 2017

Hard-landscaping specialists, Bituchem, has recently been involved in the creation of a brand new primary school in Leicestershire. The construction of the new Fossebrook Primary School was completed in mid-July ready to open to Foundation, Year One and Year Two students in September. The school was developed by Leicestershire County Council to provide an additional school for early-year students in the area, and is sponsored by the Discovery Schools Academy Trust. The school was designed by Cornwall-based Kast Architects and MeiLoci landscape architects, who specified Bituchem’s specialist Natratex hard-landscaping material in Cotswold and grey to create an informal demarcated area for the playground. The surfacing works was carried out by Gary Fletcher Surfacing Ltd., who have much experience of Bituchem’s materials. Natratex is Bituchem’s flagship product and has been used for various applications in schools due to its modern aesthetics and safety benefits. The material was selected in grey and Cotswold for Fossebrook School to provide a varied surface for the children to play on, with designated coloured areas adding to the fun of playtime. Melissa Ralph, Landscape Architect at MeiLoci commented, “MeiLoci are very pleased with the Natratex surfacing – a great appearance and finish. Natratex really sets off the new timber school building and the warm tones create a welcoming setting for play. I would thoroughly recommend this product and look forward to working with Bituchem again soon.” Natratex is a material manufactured by Bituchem to the highest standards to offer a seamless, high-performing solution for hard-landscaping. The material is created using naturally-occurring aggregates bound using Bituchem’s specialist clear resin binder to give it the complete compactness that it requires. The Cotswold and


grey coloured aggregates offer an aesthetically pleasing alternative to a traditional tarmac finish, with the same durable and long-lasting qualities as asphalt technology. The hard-wearing, compact finish of Natratex has made it a popular choice for school playground applications. The resin binder used to create the smooth surface reduces the likelihood of the material deteriorating and causing potholes or other breakages in the surface so eliminating trip hazards and making the material smoother and safer for young children. Natratex is a very versatile material and can be used for a wide range

of applications, with a variety of colours available to suit all specifications. The material can be used for new constructions, such as Fossebrook School, as well as regeneration and overlay products. Natratex has proved to be a time and cost effective solution as it can be applied quickly and easily using conventional equipment. Further information is available from Bituchem on 01594 826768 or 07584 311266, by emailing: mark@bituchem.com or by visiting the company’s website at www.bituchem.com

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January 2017

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


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

soak away has failed. We often get asked;

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bio-Pure 1

Bio-Pure 2

Bio-Pure 3

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

Bio-Pure 4

Bio-Pure 5

Bio-Pure 6

Bio-Pure 7

Bio-Pure 8

Bio-Pure 9



Bio-Pure 10 TWIN

No. of persons

1 to 5

1 to 7

5 to 13

10 to 16

14 to 22

20 to 27

25 to 32

30 to 36

35 to 42

40 to 55

Max. average daily flow

750 ltr

1050 ltr

1800 ltr

2400 ltr

3300 ltr

4050 ltr

4800 ltr

5400 ltr

6000 ltr

8250 ltr

Max. BOD/day

300 g

420 g

780 g

960 g

1320 g

1620 g

1820 g

2160 g

2520 g

3300 g

In ground depth

2.25 m

2.25 m

2.44 m

2.74 m

2.74 m

2.98 m

2.98 m

2 x 2.74 m

2 x 2.74 m

2 x 2.98

Outside Diameter

1.85 m

1.85 m

2.10 m

2.10 m

2.10 m

2.55 m


2 x 2.10 m

2 x 2.10 m

2 x 2.53

Inlet invert

570 mm

570 mm

700 mm

700 mm

700 mm

820 mm

820 mm

700 mm

700 mm

820 mm

Outlet invert

670 mm

670 mm

800 mm

800 mm

800 mm

920 mm

920 mm

900 mm

900 mm

1020 mm

Weight empty

125 kgs

125 kgs

200 kgs

230 kgs

230 kgs

350 kgs

350 kgs

460 kgs

460 kgs

800 kgs

Total Capacity

2270 ltr

2270 ltr

3000 ltr

3975 ltr

3975 ltr

5610 ltr

6000 ltr

7950 ltr

7950 ltr

11220 ltr

E Range

27 w

42 w

65 w

84 w

130 w

130 w

210 w

230 w

280 w

280 w

January 2017

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Our Other Products include Mini SAFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (for offices and outbuildings up to 4 persons) Pump Stations (standard and bespoke) Septic Tank Conversion Units (used as secondary treatment for underperforming septic tanks) For a full range of our products and servicing visit www.bio-pure.com www.webuildit-ltd.co.uk


Fire rated glass Steel Framed Fire doors and screens

To further compliment our range of fireglass, Firman now offer complete steel framed fire doors and screens. Built to the most demanding specifications for commercial buildings, shop fronts, entrances, interior fire screen walls and virtually any other application. Each system is designed specifically to suit the requirements of the particular application. Sections can be provided in mild steel, finished to any standard RAL colour, stainless steel, satin or bright polished finished. Firman offer a full selection of fireglass, on either a supply only or a supply and install basis, providing fire protection from a basic 30 minute integrity only rating through to the highest levels of integrity and insulation. Firman Glass is FIRAS accredited for the supply and instalation of fire rated glass and framing, giving our clients the confidence and security that fire test evidence has been considered and complied with.

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