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Construction Update July 2015


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News July 2015

Tyres that bounce back

Big Names in Broadcasting to Host UK Construction Week


July 2015 News

£100 million boost for small housebuilders

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News July 2015

Farrells Launches Historic Chelsea Waterfront Development Cheung Kong Property Holdings (formerly Hutchison Whampoa Properties Ltd) has announced

stands as one of Chelsea’s best loved landmark buildings. Chelsea Waterfront is the last remaining

for sale at Chelsea Waterfront, a development designed by Farrells.

the north bank of the Thames between Chelsea and the city. When complete, the scheme will comprise ten buildings in total including two stand-out towers either side of Chelsea Creek and

The eight acre site takes in the former Lots Road Power Station, which with its twin chimneys,

scale on London’s north bank, in Chelsea, for 100 years. Apartments will have wide reaching views taking in a stretch of river that extends from Chelsea in the West to Canary Wharf in the East. Due to complete in 2019, Chelsea Waterfront will provide 706 new homes. Commenting on Chelsea Waterfront, Edmond Ho of Cheung Kong Property Holdings said: “We are delighted to be bringing the to the market. This is a prime location in one of the foremost cities in the world. In working with Sir Terry Farrell we are bringing the very best in contemporary living to create a landmark development which seamlessly blends London’s heritage with cutting edge architecture and design.” Farrells Partner, Max Farrell commented: “Chelsea Waterfront

is a landmark project for London, delivering world class architecture and providing much needed new housing for the capital. The two residential towers have been designed to frame the iconic power station and the mouth of the regenerated Chelsea creek.” Chartwell House and Claydon House, set in landscaped gardens with breathtaking views along the river to Battersea and Chelsea come to market. Named after two English country houses renowned for their stunning gardens, Chartwell House and Claydon House will comprise 82 apartments

Chartwell House and Claydon House will sit alongside the iconic Lots Road Power Station which is to be converted and refurbished into 260 apartments. Retail units including a signature waterside restaurant, cafes and stylish shops will line an imposing 100m long mall which will run the length of the Three new bridges spanning Chelsea Creek will link the power station to water gardens designed by one of Britain’s leading landscape architects, Randle Siddeley Associates.

New Ludgate Transforms City block New Ludgate is the transformation of a London City block into a lively new quarter near St Paul’s Cathedral. The new development designed by Fletcher Priest, Sauerbruch Hutton and Gustafson Porter sets up a dialogue between two striking and complementary new buildings: 1 New Ludgate, designed by Fletcher Priest and 2 new Ludgate, designed by Sauerbrucht Hutton. The two practices collaborated to create a new pedestrian route through the site that leads to an urban square or piazza to the east. 1 New Ludgate comprises nine storeys with retail shops and bars under glass


building boasts extensive external private space accessible form every a substantial south-facing terrace that provides uninterrupted views towards St Paul’s Cathedral.

and retail areas. A generously glazed double-height entrance hall continues the space of the street into terrace with sweeping views of St Paul’s Cathedral.

July 2015 News

Cornish company develops pioneering sustainable plaster that looks just like classic polished cement

Second UTC for Sheffield appoints BAM to commence construction


News July 2015

Mitie selects Excalibur Energy to assist with client energy saving projects In many buildings mechanical cooling accounts for the single largest energy cost, in some instances as much as 30%. With over 30 years’ experience, Excalibur provides consultancy, performance analysis and measurement with wholesale replacement, delivering tangible energy savings and improved resilience. Bespoke solutions are based on a combination of the latest highwith advanced condenser cleaning regimes and other technologies. Excalibur typically reduces energy consumption by 25-30%.

The company joins Mitie’s preferred supplier programme following a number of key projects during which the company has supported Mitie Technical Facilities Management in delivering a range of clients businesses including datacentres, banks, NHS sites and call centres. Technical Facilities Management says: “Reducing our client’s energy bills is a major focus for us and Excalibur has supported us as sub-contractor across a number of energy reduction projects over the last 18 months. With this type of business, you keep going back to Excalibur as they are the experts in this area and the work they

complete and the manner in which they do it is of the highest quality. Their preferred supplier status at Mitie is well deserved.” Excalibur Energy recently launched support ESOS consultants and a the wider facilities management energy saving projects. Excalibur Energy commented: “We are delighted to be working with Mitie as a preferred supplier, and with some 20 projects already completed, we are looking forward to delivering further energy improvement projects with other Mitie business divisions.”

Cairo to get 434,000sqm residential development it has signed a deal with Madinet establish a housing project in eastern proposed new administrative capital The project will span an area of 434,000sqm, and is expected to generate revenues worth between

Palm Hills will carry out construction and utilities work, in addition to developing and promoting the project.

desert road, and build internal utilities networks, for the project. The contract states Palm Hills will retain 64% of the project’s revenues, remaining 36%. across four phases, local daily Amwal Alghad reported. apartments, the project’s promotion and unit sales are expected to commence in the last quarter of 2015.


July 2015 Building Information Modelling (BIM) attempts to standardise the creation and exchange of information to make the design, construction and operational management of a facility or infrastructure asset more It is important to note that BIM is not just about buildings, but in its wildest context is being applied to facility, building, road, railway, and infrastructure very much impacting organisations throughout the supply chain including manufacturers, fabricators

Are you ready for BIM? It takes many activities and skills to bring the ideas and designs of Architects/ Engineers to fulfilment.

The word ‘building’ in itself also doesn’t necessarily describe the full scope of a project – it doesn’t cover policies, assumptions, strategic decisions, supply assessment, regulation and are key parts of the projects ‘information model’ and should be included in the creation of the facility or asset information as the BIM covers all aspects of the project lifecycle and is being driven by UK Government, to ensure that all public sector projects are underpinned by the creation, collation and exchange or shared 3D models and intelligent structured data minimum requirement for Level 3 BIM by 2016, which models and the provision of a single electronic environment to store shared

With the enormous amount of data and press available on the subject, making the right choices to begin your own BIM journey and maximise the return on your of solutions and services to help you understand the impact of BIM and the market opportunity that it presents throughout the and services include BIMbased products, modelling and measurement solutions, BIM deployment programs,

a wide range of training Construction space covering 2D/3D BIM modelling, MEP, structures, civil engineering and bespoke classroom based training is available in our training centres, as well as bespoke training being Learning how to get the best use out of the most widely adopted BIM modelling tool in the industry will maximise New to Man and Machine –

X-rays Building Information visualisation and walk in functionality to reveal share that information within the construction team using allows you to quantify the amounts of building materials needed and provides easier maintenance information once the

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CASE STUDY July 2015

Is Offsite Construction the Perfectly Timed Solution for the Construction Industry? The call for a quick and sustainable solution to the current construction to become a key building method to meet the demand in the housing industry. By 2030 we will be looking at a shortage of around two million homes in the UK, if current factors such as population growth remain the same. In order to prevent this and rectify the current shortfalls, modern and innovative methods of construction must homes. Kingspan Timber Solutions' Business Unit Director, Ian the housing industry: by the Construction Industry Council with the help of research partners from across the sector and Government. The most striking aspect of the investigation was the broad level of agreement amongst experts that the solution to the shortfall in housing stock would require the extensive use of prefabricated building techniques. The timber frame industry can certainly answer that call when it comes, which surely it must. The impetus required will undoubtedly be Government led but it’s issues of fuel poverty and climate change. This combination of requirements plays to the strengths of timber frame and structural insulated panels (SIPS), which deliver the sustainable solution.

construction, focuses on the delivery of an airtight building envelope to achieve sustainable and ener

consumption and associated costs. With Governme targets for reducing CO² emissions fast approachin low carbon homes is becoming a central concern, particularly to providers of social housing, housebuilders and home owners across the UK.

In the two years since the publication of this repor expensive and ultimately obsolete eco-bling. The industry has invested heavily in getting fabric solutions that deliver high performance without the future maintenance costs that non-


delivers a predictable performance level, with fewe construction defects or wasted materials. We are able to provide a marked decrease in the build tim with a marked increase in the standard of build. Th

July 2015 CASE STUDY

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reduction in both the initial cost of construction and


CASE STUDY July 2015 The compounded problem of lack of delivery of housing stock during the recession is now reversing to a large pipeline of activity where the pressure is building and the tap is about to be opened. Research barriers to the increased use of by industry professionals that at some point there will be a components increasingly being used in place of traditional sitebased construction methods. Housebuilders have concerns over the declining levels of traditional skills, however as a timber frame manufacturer and supplier, I recognise that new skills are and gaining the right skills will for many.

to meet current demands. The education sector is also facing a shortage of almost 900,000 school places and the government has pledged an investment of circa £2 billion to refurbish and rebuild 277 schools. The speed and ease timeline demands that are unique to schools and the academic year.

better buildings at a rapid rate to enhance lives, minimise the environmental impact and reduce energy costs for occupants for many years to come.”

choice method of building in the education sector, matching similar requirements to the housing industry.

Kingspan Timber Solutions will be presenting a range of innovative solutions developed to deliver high performance buildings at a

higher levels of optimism amongst

technology leaders to discuss the

suppliers, with more positive signs of investment and an increase in activity levels. According to the

construction to play a major role in the coming years. These events are aimed at attracting construction professionals and clients together with architects, surveyors, engineers; facilities managers; building product manufacturers and suppliers.

Currently the majority of housebuilders see no commercial reason to build in energy performance beyond meeting Part L of the Building Regulations.

Structural Timber Association, 74% of the UK’s contractors, developers, architects and registered providers revealed they

of plot registrations to avoid the next round of increased Part L performance. Many purchasers have no clue that their new home

such as thermal, acoustic and sustainability performance, together with speed of build.

as far as energy performance is concerned. The need to bring these matters to the fore is why the BRE developed the customer facing Housing Quality Mark scheme, which includes energy performance. The sooner the house buying public begins to look at home energy running costs in the same way as car buyers look at MPG the better. Yet to deliver improved levels of thermal performance and associated

methods employed. I believe that we are now on the cusp of the predicted ‘sea-change’ and that the time is right for the construction industry to embrace innovative timber technology

The transition to a low-carbon economy presents our industry with great opportunities for growth. Environmental considerations will transform how our buildings are constructed, what materials are used and the

to those who wish to promote the advantages to the market. Nevertheless the trajectory of regulation sends a clear message to developers, investors and housebuilders that the homes of tomorrow must be sustainable. It is not just the housing sector that is looking to exploit the


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Hanson floors the competition at Housebuilder


Leading building material supplier Hanson Building Products has walked away from the Housebuilder Product Awards 2015 with the Best Building Fabric Award, for its New

one of nine categories at the award ceremony, which recognises excellence and innovation in the products and services supplied to the housebuilding industry, at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Hanson recently invested in additional capacity at its Somercotes plant in Derbyshire to help meet growing demand for the product, previous iterations of which have been the market leading solution for thermally

Hanson Building Products, said: “We collaborated closely with our customers and spent considerable formidable reputation to create works for them and their teams on site, and we are thrilled that Housebuilder has selected it as its (L-R) Ben Roskrow, of Housebuilder Media,

updated by Hanson UK to become

thickness leads to savings for developers through the reduction

Products and Cricket Commentator and Awards Host Henry Blofeld

As a result of this win, Hanson Building Products will go forward as Awards, to be held at The Tower

Moduleo Extends Its Select Collection Moduleo is thrilled to announce that it will be extending its Select collection this spring, as part of

The extension of Select will include the introduction of three new products in 14 new colours, addition, all of the new Select products feature an increase in thickness – meaning that they now be unveiling our Next Generation of Select products to the UK market and feel this further establishes


provider for just about any room

managing director at Moduleo UK products to go down extremely

traditional look in your kitchen to a contemporary one in your have something suitable for just

fantastic feedback from the trade, particularly on the increased durability of the product, so we cannot wait to see how they

the Select collection are durable,

products will be available in all Moduleo-approved stockists from

moisture-resistant – making them particularly ideal for kitchens and

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July 2015

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Bringing your Building to Life There is more to life than black and grey. With the recent Valspar paint campaign, people are becoming inspired to colour outside the lines. RCM put the colour back into building with their Cladcolour facades. These spectacular facades are available in a comprehensive pallet range and can be supplied in any standard RAL colour – allowing contractors, architects and developers to bring their buildings to life.

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Informative CPD Events




Stannah: winning access campaigns in Britain When it comes to winning access campaigns, a Stannah Maxilift MRL motor room-less passenger lift has earned its wings in the Battle of Britain Visitor Centre in Folkestone, Kent. Housed in The Wing, the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust’s new building at the Capel-le-Ferne site of the National Memorial to the Few, the 8-person passenger lift brings

attraction that gives some idea of what it was like for the about this major campaign waged in British airspace, open to views across the Channel.

Kent-based Epps Construction as main contractor. Nick “We put our passenger lift requirement out to tender with lift products before and have had Stannah recommended

circular structure, with the stairs sited to the left, winding wall-mounted shaft, the lift operates over a distance of 4180mm, at a speed of .50m/s. The motor room-less

communication between the lift user and the premises’

12 month lift servicing cover, with 6 service visits and nationwide network providing comprehensive lift servicing and support.


July 2015

Construction begins

on new TfL building at Stratford’s The International Quarter With a symbolic first cut of the spade, construction has officially started on the new Transport for London Building at The International Quarter the £2.1 billion development at Stratford, which, at a total of four million square feet, is one of the largest new commercial developments in London. 20

July 2015 Lendlease and London & Continental Railways (LCR), joint venture partners delivering The International Quarter, today (Tuesday 30 June) held a groundbreaking ceremony for the landmark 265,000 square foot building, which sits at the gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and will provide TfL’s third accommodation hub, housing 3,000 TfL workers from autumn 2017. An estimated 1,200 jobs will be created on site at The International Quarter by spring 2018 and to ensure as many of these roles are given to local people as possible, Lendlease has recently partnered with Newham Council, Newham Workplace and Building Crafts College to deliver a ten week training programme to upskill unemployed Newham residents in construction. The programme has jobs at The International Quarter development in Stratford by the site’s specialist contractor Prater. The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by Victoria Quinlan, Chief Joy, Chief Executive, LCR Steve Allen, Neale Coleman, Chair, London

accommodation hub. Over the last decade, Stratford has seen some fantastic investment in transport and the wider regeneration as part of the Olympic legacy and it is great that through our new building, we will become part of that legacy.”

International Quarter, Lendlease International Quarter at Lendlease, said: “Construction starting on the landmark Transport for London Building is a key milestone in our ambition to create the most agile, in the capital. The International Quarter will be London’s newest and most progressive business employment opportunities and cementing a lasting legacy for East London’s economy.”

“We are delighted that the development of our new building has begun as we look to head east in Autumn 2017 for our third

“Newham Council’s commitment to inward investment and regeneration legacy from the 2012 Games is stronger than ever. With Stratford being one of the best connected places in London it is chosen The International Quarter as a new home for thousands of Newham is the place where more and more people are choosing to live, work, and stay.”

would have progressed so far and so quickly with the legacy promises we made. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is thriving and the thousands of jobs coming to The International Quarter show just how much one of the prime commercial and residential development areas in London.” The joint venture partners behind the project, Lendlease and LCR obtained detailed planning by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and developed by joint venture partners Lendlease and LCR, the new TfL building located on Plot S6 at The International Quarter, adjacent to the London Aquatics City shopping centre.

Neale Coleman, Chair, London said: “What better way to mark the 10th anniversary of London’s successful Olympics bid than to see even more land being used to create jobs and boost the economy of east London.

425,000 sq ft within a new 515,000 sq ft building at the development, while Lendlease and LCR are in discussions with a number of other major tenants about moving to The International Quarter.


July 2015

Superglass Holdings PLC appoints Ken Munro as chief executive officer

Ken Munro is promoted at Superglass. The board of Superglass Holdings PLC is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken Munro as chief executive

Prior to joining Superglass as director of strategic development and sales, Ken occupied senior management Havelock Europa plc and a number of

process has concluded, Alex

to thank Alex for his tireless past six years, during the major

considered both internal and external

an extraordinarily challenging

Ken, aged 46, assumed responsibility for all operational

Ken as the best candidate to lead the group through this important stage

Finally, as announced on 18

business in February of this year

endorsed by the company’s principal

position of managing director of the company’s principal trading subsidiary, Superglass Insulation, of overall leadership of the

supporting Ken in implementing the agreed strategy and vision for the

board on 19 June 2015 and the search has commenced for a senior independent director, until a permanent successor is

Distribution group Encon becomes an official supporter of the Rainy Day Trust. Specialist distributor the Encon Group has linked up with the Rainy Day Trust to help support former workers in the home improvement industry. The group and its subsidiaries Encon Insulation, the specialist insulation distributor, and

is experiencing a steady and disturbing increase in applications

UK’s home improvement and includes businesses such as centres and cook shops as distributors and retailers

An estimated one million current and past employees from the home improvement and enhancement industries are currently eligible for help so Encon’s partnership contribution comes at a time of particular


comprising suppliers, retailers, and the trade press, the charity is already supported by many associations and

people in our industry a helping



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Firewise Supplies Ltd suppliers of Intumescent Draught,Weather, Acoustic Seals & Fire Rated products

Now with on line sales and next day delivery Firewise Supplies Ltd are proud to be one of the UK’s foremost suppliers of Intumescent Draught,Weather and Acoustic Seals as well as a wide range of Fire Rated products including Fire Rated Foam and Intumescent Mastic, both currently on offer. With over twenty years’ experience within the industry we provide a trusted and reliable service to our customers and one of the widest product ranges available in one place.


marked in accordance with ETAG 026-2. With an ever increasing change to both products and regulations within the market place, Firewise have identified the need for a ‘one stop’ solution for customers’ requirements. Our extensive range covers the whole spectrum of all the leading manufacturers within this sector, which enables us to provide informed, nonbiased, factual information, to ensure products are delivered on time and at highly competitive rates.

Enjoying an enviable reputation for both efficient sales and prompt distribution worldwide. We are able to combine our unique expertise and experience within the industry to offer customers an exceptional level of service. Firewise also provide expert technical advice and are happy to advice on one off or bespoke solutions as part of our customer service.

Our website is designed to provide our customers with easy access to all our products. You can either search for products using the simple navigation menu system, or use the search engine.

Firewise are committed to the CE mark process and are pleased to announce that fire tests in accordance with EN1366-3 are now successfully completed for its range of pipe wraps and fire collars. The products are currently being assessed for durability performance in accordance with ETAG026. Firewise Fire Collars are CE

Ordering & Delivery: Most of our products are available directly from stock at highly competitive rates. To complement this, we offer an excellent sales and technical back up service and are always available to assist you with your enquiry or order.

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July 2015

Pre-payment Solution Meets New With the recent introduction of the heat network (Metering & Billing) regulations for District and Communal heating systems, building owners, developers and Housing Associations must now ensure meters are installed in each dwelling to accurately measure energy use for residents. Prior to heating and hot water, which was not based on usage but just divided equally by all dwellings. Overview of the Regulations Building owners of multi-let properties where heating, cooling or hot water is supplied to tenants through a district or communal heating network are now legally obliged to do the following:about those networks to the National Measurement and

meter readings and ensure the the regulations The purpose of the Regulations is to allow users of heating, cooling and hot water supplies consumption. The Regulations apply where a payment is made for the supply of heating/ cooling.

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With the launch of the new Zmart Flex, Zehnder, one of Europe’s leading innovators in indoor climate solutions is set to challenge our definition of a flat panel radiator. Combining performance, comfort and sustainability with style, durability and ease of installation, the revolutionary Zehnder Zmart Flex takes radiator design to the next

pressed steel panel the Zehnder Zmart Flex is manufactured from polybutane, a hard wearing polymer, and comprises a network of plastic tubes

radiator to make them invisible As a result the Zehnder Zmart Flex is ideal for use in new build, renovation or refurbishment projects as one solution covers Ecologically



impact of the Zehnder Zmart Flex was a key component As a result independent testing environmental impact across manufacture, transportation, operation and recycling, plus an

What’s more, thanks to the choice of materials the Zehnder

maximum freedom when designing a heating system the

than a traditional pressed steel

with a unique bracket assembly, which caters for varied locations

the Zehnder Zmart Flex can be lifted, positioned and installed by a single person at all times, transport and labour costs on

connections no matter where the pipework is situated, which can be discreetly placed behind the


As for quality and durability,

thanks to its plastic constitution the Zehnder Zmart Flex does not Even when installed within a system with poor quality water, a result it comes with a full 10 year guarantee, providing peace of mind that the radiators will

Available in a comprehensive range of 63 sizes and tested to classic design, with excellent operation, make it the Zmart solution to indoor climate control in both residential and For more information on the Zehnder Zmart Flex please

July 2015 Insulation

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window vents will ensure the supply of fresh air. Further energy can be saved by maximising the use of daylight in the building. That is why we can observe an increase in the glass surface of the buildings. However increased glass areas combined with tighter airtightness leads to higher inner temperatures along with before they pass through the glass and enter the house and therefore minimises overheating. Contact Renson today on 01622 754123, email or visit

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July 2015

Robust and Reliable OKI printers are durable and resilient to cope with tough construction site environments, but they also offer flexibility and creativity into the bargain When it comes to construction sites, printers need to be compact, robust, reliable and hard-wearing to cope with what are often harsh working conditions. They need

email across a drawing that can be

supporting print-on-demand in

Many construction businesses will

space is at a premium, but they also

support faster decision-making.

where space is at a premium and the need for speed paramount.

site plans, construction drawings

brings a wide range of functions such as printing, copying, scanning

capability in place.

compact and robust machine – a true four in one capability which

to the construction operation on-site. Not only can these highbreadth of capability also helps to cut down the paper mountain. and document handling is accommodate a wide range of management technology is built

on demand during construction projects enables organisations to adapt their approach to meet changing circumstances. It is this combination of resilience across the industry, plans were typically using large, unwieldy and

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July 2015

WINDHAGER BIOMASS BOILERS THE IDEAL CHOICE FOR BEST WESTERN’S DERWENT MANOR Best Western’s Derwent Manor hotel, set in 20 acres of rural Northumberland overlooking Derwent Valley, has increased its green credentials with the installation of a

leisure facilities. oil and electricity fueled heating systems to a fully

cottages and all their leisure facilities.

installed carries hot water from the boiler house to the hotel, its cottages and leisure facility. using an electric boiler system, had new wet systems installed within each accommodation to enable them to use the heat from the new biomass system.

system enabling the hotel to make considerable fuel

electric boilers were disconnected and removed with hotel throughout the installation.

hotel with considerable fuel savings along with being

been a great choice for us. Our old oil and electric boilers were costing us over £29,000 each year, so


facilities and service is vital whilst actively investing in


July 2015 Ventilation

TAILOR-MADE SERVICE The evolution of choice in building services with increasing variety in ceilings, ceiling grid models, styles and arrangements mean that the requirement for adapted and special designs has never been greater. Gilberts of Blackpool, Britain’s leading air movement specialist, has expanded its in-house design and fabrication facilities, enabling customers to have grille, louvre and terminal components made-tomeasure, in the UK. explains Senior Technical Manager Roy Jones. “So often, the customer needs a ventilation component that is maybe only a couple of solve a problem. “With many suppliers, getting that made is a major issue. The part may be manufactured overseas, or produced en masse. There isn’t the expertise to hand to think outside the box and develop a practical solution. quickly and easily arrange for “But because we make all our grilles, louvres and terminals ourselves, from scratch, and have our own, in-house design, R&D and test facilities,

capability to quickly and

The versatility of the service is demonstrated in an unusual application. Chester Zoo in creating its new orangutan enclosures wanted the ventilation to mirror air movement in the animals’ natural habitat of tropical rainforest, with air rising and blowing among the branches. But the system needed to be orang-utan proof. Gilberts’ solution, for contractor Crown House Technologies, was to create galvanized plenum boxes each housing 3no jet nozzles, the direction of which can be adjusted to

a fresh atmosphere in the 1400+m3 enclosures. “No other British air movement supplier had the in-house capability to develop a

Founded 50 years ago, privately owned Gilberts is unique in having its own, on-site (85,000ft2) manufacturing facility, producing engineered solutions, with an in-house test centre. Technical expertise is supported by bespoke software developed in partnership with the University of Strathclyde, addressing simulation/ computation


July 2015


Improve acoustic comfort in areas where people work, live and meet - open-plan offices, auditoriums, restaurants, hotels and classrooms.

We have all sat in a café, assembly hall, or food court and the noise is unbearable. With the continuing trend for open services and solid ceilings it’s become more noticeable, and this is where acoustic-engineering is required. Lighting has long been recognised as an art, but combining these two disciplines from two creative specialists, Inox and Aco-shape, is something new. Premium acoustic foam with extremely high levels of sound absorption. Only recognised LEDs and drivers brands are used. They can adapt design and prove lighting levels using Relux light planning software. The foam starts out in 2x1mtr blocks shaped to suit a multitude of combinations of shape, colour, and texture. They are combining engineering, purpose, and design - bespoke collaborations are welcomed by them, so be creative! Typical Classroom case study on – a web site with a simple Acoustic value calculator Lighting Requirements: libraries, and classrooms, have to reach an illuminance level of 300lux. These areas should also have a uniformity ratio greater than 0.8, and a glare rating below 19. With selected luminaire we achieved 427 at 0.8 uniformity, and a UGR (glare) of 17. Acoustics: The maximum reverberation time for school buildings is dictated by the Building Bulletin 93 document for a Secondary school (general teaching area) the maximum times are:

With the selected luminaire we went from a bare-room acoustic value of 2s to 0.97s. Luminaires: Using a direct/indirect suspended linear luminaire, cased with the ‘BARCODE’ ‘Basotect absorption foam’ would create absorbers throughout the room. As recommended by the society of Light and Lighting


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Osram’s new ‘Lightify Pro’. The Lightify Pro system can be easily set-up and controlled by a smartphone or tablet computer and is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. It can also be controlled via switches. Installation is simple, quick and saves costs thanks to wireless transmission protocols.

use lighting to accentuate products displays and windows designs is highly important. In the past, conventional, cabled light is massively reduced due to its complete control of lighting and wireless sensor technology.



A smarter way to save you more energy ControlZAPP is the new energy saving lighting controls range with Bluetooth ‘Smart’ interface (Android 4.3 or later). ControlZAPP can be used to remotely set-up, adjust or override settings such as occupancy detection, time lag, short visit mode, respond to daylight, override ON or OFF etc at different times of day to an accurate schedule, even different holiday and shut down settings. ControlZAPP is easy to install and configure and is ideal for flexible energy saving and end user comfort.


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July 2015

Leisure centre makes a splash Along with Faulkner Brown Architects and Devin Consulting Limited, contractor Willmott Dixon delivered the scheme at Leys Pools and Leisure Centre for Oxford City Council, creating a new community facility accessible to residents of all ages. Matthew Raybould, Operations Director at Willmott Dixon, said: “The Leys Pools and Leisure Centre is an important part of the wider regeneration taking place in Oxford and we are pleased to have delivered what is a fantastic new facility for the local community. “The new leisure centre has been constructed with sustainability at the forefront of our minds, and we have achieved a BREEAM rating of very good EPC A, which is illustrative of the sustainability credentials of the building – for example, we have included solar panels as part of the design.” The project began with the demolition of the existing community hall, which was followed by the construction of the new build 25m eight-lane competition standard The centre also includes a learner pool and children’s play pool, a sauna, spectator seating, wet side changing rooms and an associated plant room. Elsewhere there is a sports hall, a


soft play area, an indoor cycling studio, an exercise studio, a crèche, a cafe and an extended gym with all new equipment. FT Leisure designed, supplied and installed the water treatment and pools as well as a number of fun features for the toddlers’ splash a mushroom feature, an arch spray, two air bubble rings and three water were traditional medium rate sand and UV sterilisation. In addition, FT Leisure designed and system complete with protective length of the pool whilst not very be in use at shallower depths for one activity at the same time as full 25-metre recreational swimming takes place in the remaining lanes. FT Leisure specialises in the provision of innovative products and professional technical services to the commercial, municipal and private swimming pool industries. Their range of services includes the design, manufacture, installation, commissioning and/ or refurbishment and maintenance

and disabled access platforms, ozone and UV sterilisation, wave machines and leisure water features. This is the latest step in the city council’s modernisation and improvement programme for public leisure facilities, following on from the improvements at Barton and Ferry Leisure Centres and the Ice Rink locally. Councillor Mike Rowley, board member for leisure contract and community partnership grant at Oxford City Council, said: “The Leys Pools and Leisure Centre is the centrepiece of our modernisation programme for the city’s leisure facilities. “I am delighted to see this project reach completion, but even more so, by the resounding reception it has received from the community as evidenced by the 12,000 people who attended its grand opening weekend. The pool is a wonderful facility for residents and will go a long way in encouraging more people to embrace healthy and physically active lifestyles.” Formerly known as Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre, the complex has been re-named as Leys Pools & Leisure Centre, and incorporates a wide range of adaptations to support users with disabilities and than its predecessor.

July 2015 Leisure


Spectile is the UK’s leading supplier of Architectural tiling. With over 20 years experience our service begins in the early design stages and completes upon successful delivery. With an in-house Architects, we have supplied a vast selection of tiles across all sectors such as Airports, Shopping Centres, Sports Centres, Healthcare, Hotels, etc Some of our more notable projects include:2012 London Olympic Swimming Pool Manchester United/Tottenham Hotspur/Liverpool FC Training Facility Royal College of Music Gatwick Airport Commonwealth Games (Manchester and Edinburgh) Pools

Architects and Contractors services such detailed layouts, presentation sample boards, on site pendulum and surface roughness testing and slip resistance guidance. We work with some of the leading European manufacturers and are the distributors for AGROB Buchtal who have recently launched a brand new tiling range. ChromaPlural is a completely new ceramic tile system where colours and formats are based on a natural, logical and modular the best of both worlds; freedom and structure - the perfect combination to realise your creative ideas and concepts. Chroma Plural accommodates a huge variety of designs with tiles in 50 shades of the UNICOLOR scale and 29 sizes, as well as a specialist range of Hydrophilic Tiles (HT). These HT tiles are specially designed to be particularly easy to clean, inhibit the growth of funghi etc and helps to decompose air pollutants. Left is the proposed design for the Novoperedelkino Metro Station in Moscow shows a graduation of grey tiles is used to increase light the further one travels from street level.


Leisure July 2015

tp bennett: CitySport One of the largest sports facilities to be developed in central London is now open; tp bennett was the architect and interior designer

facility for City University London. The project is part of a wider mixeduse regeneration scheme for the University. Measuring 3289m2 (35,402 sq ft), CitySport is 80% larger than Saddlers Sports Centre, which it replaced, and incorporates a six-court, multi-purpose sports hall that is able to stage county standard badminton, basketball, indoor football, hockey, volleyball and netball events. tp bennett was originally appointed by City University London to complete a feasibility study and then worked together with developer Generation Estates to fully explore the site’s potential. At the time, it housed a redundant 1960s development, as well as Saddlers Sports Centre and two student residence blocks. The initial scheme sought to replace and update the existing sports centre as well as provide state-ofthe-art student accommodation. After further discussion, a broader strategy was developed to create accessible to the local residential and business communities. This was to work alongside new education space for the university as well as the new en-suite student residences.

The site was constrained on three sides by Goswell Road, Bastwick Street and Peartree Street; tp bennett’s challenge was to deliver onto the site while respecting the adjacent streetscape, and improving the public realm so that urban setting. The brief for CitySport was developed with Kevin Gibbons, Director of Property and Facilities at City University London and Alan Artus, Director of Generation Estates working alongside Bill Thompson, Head of Sport and Leisure at City University London, and Sport England. Bill Thompson, Head of Sport and Leisure at City, said: “CitySport has been designed to provide a local hub for sporting activities, with its large hall for team games, studios for wellbeing classes and

equipment. These fantastic facilities maximise the available space by combining great design with leading edge technology, making it one of the best university sports centres in the country.” Throughout the design phase, tp bennett overcame a number of a way to incorporate the county standard sports hall measuring 36 x 27m, which also needed to seat 400 people from concealed bleacher seating. It required 12m clear headroom to meet Sport England’s standards and in addition a large span structure over the top. tp bennett’s solution involved excavating the hall a full level into the ground. Bill Soper, Principal Director of tp bennett, said: “Our design approach recognises the important role to maintain City University London’s pre-imminence and enhance its market. The scheme relates harmoniously in its setting while still providing high quality, modern facilities for the university and the wider community.” The CitySport building also includes a separate team entrance that enables disabled sport person event to be staged there, as well as meeting space, exercise studios and As well as CitySport, tp bennett completed two student residential blocks which have been occupied since September 2014.


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THE TILE ASSOCIATION’S ONGOING COMMITMENT TO INDUSTRY STANDARDS The mission of the TTA is to promote professionalism and technical standards in the tiling industry. In order to further that aim, the Association is heavily involved in drafting technical standards for the industry, including the BSI. David Talbot of the TTA chairs the BSI drafting committee for tiling, known as B539, and in total nine members of the Association sit on the committee. During the past two years, the committee has revised and extensively updated BS5385, the Code of Practice for the ‘Design and installation of ceramic, natural stone and mosaic wall tiling in normal conditions’. Members of B539 also represent

the UK in European and international drafting committees relevant to the tiling sector. Brian G Newell, TTA director and chair of TTA Technical Committee is the UK delegation leader on European Standards (CEN) and International Standards (ISO). Brian G Newell chairs ISO TC189 WG6 which, during 2013/14 drafted ISO TR17870 Part 1, “Installation ISO TR17870 Part 2, ‘Installation of panels’. Part 2 is of considerable importance to the industry and is being published this month. It guidelines ever published. Later this year the working group will proceed to draft Part 3 of the ISO guidelines ‘Mesh-back

reinforced thin ceramic wall and Newell has also been instrumental in the setting up of an ISO working group, tasked with drafting minimum performance values and test methods for evaluating sheets and boards used for installing In recognition of his work, Brian ‘International Standards Maker’ award for the tiling industry by the BSI at a ceremony in London last year.

MX extends shower range MX Group, the leading UK shower tray manufacturers, have extended their ranges of shower products including an extension to both their thermostatic and electric shower ranges, their accessories ranges – especially their handsets and cables and added a range of taps and mixers and a new range of electric water heaters to their already extensive portfolio of showers and shower related products. In addition the company has launched its brand new catalogue – The MX Collection an impressive brochure that is a must for anyone working in business. The catalogue covers every facet of the company’s product range through thermostatic mixer valves, electric showers, shower trays, shower enclosures and bath


screens, shower accessories and brassware. As well as providing visual references for each product the catalogue includes technical information and dimensions for each product making selection straightforward. “These are exciting times for MX,” says Group Marketing Manager Sasha Davies. “The business goes from strength to strength and we’re expanding the range the demands of our wide and varied customer base.” Take a look at the impressive web site at or call 01684 293311 for more information or to order your copy of the new catalogue.

July 2015

Major Investment for Vicaima in UK Following a sustained period of growth in the UK market for performance timber doors and doorsets, the Vicaima Group have announced a multi-million pound investment and expansion of their British operation. South West based Vicaima Limited, will see their current leased site purchased outright and with plans to refurbish and develop the facility to enable further growth. Vicaima Limited, are based on a 7 acre site in Swindon, Wiltshire and have built a reputation for the manufacture of quality and innovatively designed interior timber doors and doorsets. They supply customers throughout the UK and Ireland with both bespoke and stock products, the latter of which they distribute from their Swindon storage facility, which currently houses in excess of 100,000 doors. Their products are widely solutions for both new build and refurbishment requirements in many applications. Vicaima doors can often be seen everywhere from luxury apartments to 5 star hotels and from commercial premises to public buildings.

Vicaima Group Chairman, Arlindo Costa Leite commenting on the development said, “This is an historic day for the Vicaima organisation, marking as it does the groups continued expansion globally Arlindo Leite, CEO Vicaima Group and in particular strengthening our powerhouse in the interior position within the quality and technical door market. design and performance end Based in Northern Portugal of the UK market”. it has sites in Europe, South America, North Africa and of UK Managing Director, Barry course the UK. In addition to which they export of over Waddell is also excited by 27 countries worldwide. this latest announcement. “We have seen a major surge Their mission and focus is to conceive and manufacture in the popularity of interior doors that combine doors and associated design, functionality and joinery that demonstrates exemplary performance and quality. Renowned for innovation, Vicaima creates and compliments trends, Vicaima is well known for. continuously re-inventing This investment will enable its products. This forward us to increase both our thinking approach has been the recipe for their success new markets for Vicaima products here in the UK and and with such vision and determination the future of throughout Ireland”. He their UK operation is set fair went on to say, “Swindon has been the home of doors for even greater success. here are experienced and dedicated and together we look forward to helping our customers for many years to come”. The Vicaima Group is a European and Global

For further details about Vicaima Limited and their many product collections, visit the Vicaima website alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information.


July 2015

A strong sense of tradition for Wellington Mills urban wayfinding scheme

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buildings that make up the existing estate. The


July 2015 Outdoor

Garden makeover

puts Cornish B&B on a firm footing


Cornish inn and restaurant has transformed a neglected, overgrown garden into a spectacular decked terrace with exotic plants, walkways, ponds and waterfalls. bed and breakfast accomodation, a restaurant and bar in the historic White River valley near St Austell, is creating an idyllic outdoor space as part of the property’s ten-year renovation. Owners Mark and Francesca took over the Waterwheel Inn in April 2011 and are giving the outdoor space an ambitious makeover as part of a ten-year project.

They had assumed that timber decking would not be a viable option for the new terrace, which sits under mature plants and trees in a shaded valley and would become very wet and slippery. The couple they discovered Gripsure – the UK’s leading non-slip decking manufacturer, based just three miles away. Made from FSC-approved Scandinavian Redwood timber, Gripsure decking gives the warm, natural look and feel of traditional decking but its nonslip aggregate strips ensure it stays safe, even in wet weather. The owners opted for Pro Classic, Gripsure’s original design, which achieves the highest safety rating of any nonslip decking available on the market. continues...


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July 2015



ey elements from the glazing systems portfolio of leading architectural aluminium supplier Kawneer feature on the new-build and refurbishment aspects of a secondary school’s £29million redevelopment. Kawneer’s 50mm wide AA®100 zonedrained horizontally-capped and mullion-drained structurally glazed curtain walling, AA®543 tilturn windows, and medium-duty swing and series 190 heavy-duty welded doors were installed by approved specialist sub-contractor Leay on the John Roan School in the Royal London Borough of Greenwich. Funded by the BSF (Building Schools for the Future) programme, the existing John Roan School of 1,400 pupils was extended to 12,700m2 across a split-site campus comprising the Westcombe Park new-build and Maze Hill refurbishment. The Westcombe Park building totals learning environment for the middle years 9, 10 and 11. Accommodation includes a sports and amenity building which can be operated independently for the community.


Generally arranged over three storeys, a large, double-height entrance area connects the main education block and sports block. This level also accommodates classrooms, a central dining space at the heart of the school, design and technology labs, music and drama studios and DSP facilities. The area between the two parallel foyer features stepped seating for informal gatherings, break-out and performance. classrooms at the perimeter, openplan ICT break-out areas at either end hall and changing facilities. Science labs, prep room and classrooms

number of listed items within the twostorey building, including a staircase, ornate stonework and a clock tower. Work to the solid brick construction originally built in 1927 required sensitive restoration work in addition to sympathetic extension plans. Original Crittal windows and face brick required a full overhaul and new materials were selected in conjunction with the client’s key satisfaction criteria, Grade ll listing requirements, and the cost budget. Other works included demolition of the rear elevation and courtyard areas of the main building, rebuilding of the rear elevations and refurbishment of all other areas, including covering one courtyard with an ETFE roof.

accommodation, and a winter garden.

This project also involved the integration of new doors and windows into the existing building as well as the upgrading of existing hard and soft landscaping areas.

Also designed by architects John McAslan + Partners, the £8.6million refurbishment of the Maze Hill building proved more complex, it being a Grade ll listed Victorian building within a Conservation Area and the Greenwich Park World Heritage Site. There were also a

Throughout the works the existing school remained in operation, requiring work-around solutions for peak school term periods such as GCSE and A-level exams. Works by main contractor Wates Construction were divided into six phases to allow the school to function continuously.

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External Envelope July 2015

EOS Facades scoop Value Award! At the forefront of value engineering in the light steel frame sector – EOS Facades was announced the winner of the Value category for the East Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards at an impressive ceremony held at The Nottingham Belfry, on 19th June 2015.


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July 2015

Focus… on the Lead Contractors Association (LCA)

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July 2015

External seating for

St Paul’s Place, Birmingham

St Paul’s Place is a prestige apartment development located in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. With regards environment, St Paul’s Place brings something new to the area. The Thomas Walker Building, as it is known, is one of the most historic and recognised in the city. It is regarded as a statement building, and covers almost an entire block facing the square. A feature of the development is an internal landscaped courtyard which the apartments look out onto. The landscape designers’ concept for this by curved walls, linked together with a series of curved benches. Having contacted Benchmark with their needs, the Centerline range was chosen, as the seats could be produced to follow the exact radii of the sweeping curves of walls and paving layouts required. 316 marine grade stainless steel was used throughout, complementing the railings and staircases of this development.

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As the UK’s no 1 manufacturer of steel stormwater tanks, drainage pipes and culverts, Tubosider’s corrugated steel pipes are put to a wide range of uses, but few like this… In a striking extension to their more traditional roles in water management, RHS Gold medal winning designer Matthew Childs has installed a range of Tubosider pipes as an integral feature of his latest work – an urban Remix Garden on London’s South Bank. Opened on 11 September, Matthew’s garden in the courtyard of the iconic OXO Tower Wharf, right on the Thames, is one of four unique installations for Cityscapes 2013. Since August, a show garden from this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show has rematerialized, remixed into four new gardens in the same way as a song


Materials and plants for his latest project come from the Cloudy Bay Discovery Garden, which won Silver-Gilt at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May. For his remix, Matthew decided to create and plant out large-scale circular beds raised high In correlation to Best Show Garden at Hampton Court Palace, inspired by the principle that water is life and needs to be recovered, he researched the culverts market for the best products to work with. Tubosider easily cut and shaped its products to 2600 to 1000mm in in diameter. Installing the whole garden took just two days, right on time for opening. “The culverts worked a treat and make For more information please email or call 01744 452900.

July 2015 Landscaping

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

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


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

Survey of original bridge by CTS Bridges

Parapet detail to match style of original bridge

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

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

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BAXI COMMERCIAL BIOMASS PACKAGED PLANT SOLUTIONS Baxi Commercial enables Bernard Matthews to reduce energy use and carbon emissions through the supply of biomass packaged plant solutionsnear the heading like this When Bernard Matthews, the UK’s largest turkey producer, decided to upgrade its heating systems from LPG to a biomass solution as part of its carbon reduction and Baxi Commercial was chosen to deliver a prefabricated packaged plant solution. The project, which started in March 2014, will see Baxi Commercial install and commission 108 boiler houses by the end of 2014. Baxi Commercial supplied a full turnkey solution including groundworks and full M&E installation backed up with a longterm service agreement. Aside from substantial predicted fuel and carbon savings for Bernard improved environment for the birds. George Youngs, commercial manager of Green Energy at Bernard Matthews comments: “Our existing heating set-up of LPG spot heaters was proving to decided to embark on a project through upgrading the heating system to something more sustainable. “We’ve been pleased with Baxi Commercial’s involvement, and they have provided excellent communication and consulting throughout the entire process. “Due to the nature of our business, it was essential that the upgrade was completed within a two-day period, allowing our production process to continue as soon as possible. Baxi Commercial successfully met this demand through the supply of Packaged Plant Solutions, which were easy to install, reducing disruption on site.


“We expect to see a substantial reduction in energy consumption from the upgrade to biomass once the project is completed at the end of the year, translating into Andy Green, technical manager at Baxi Commercial, comments: “Due to the size and type of the business, we worked very closely with Bernard Matthews to ensure that we were able to deliver a service that met manner. solution, we were able to complete and deliver plant rooms readymade, enabling fast installation and reducing disruption. “Our involvement also extends into an ongoing service agreement, which will involve regular feedback on the systems to ensure they are running to optimum performance. “Reducing carbon emissions and energy costs is a priority for the food industry and upgrading heating

systems is one way to meet energy to be completed in quarter four of 2014, both Bernard Matthews and Baxi Commercial are looking forward to realising the total savings achieved through the upgrade. The project is also able to take advantage of the RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) scheme. Pre-fabricated heating solutions are perfect for commercial applications where downtime and budgets are limited. The concept is easy and suitable for new and existing plant rooms, as the system will be delivered fully constructed and ready to install – prefabricated systems are essentially ‘drop and connect’ solutions. For larger industrial applications, adding modules enables solutions to be connected in a variety of plant with awkward access and layouts. For more information, please visit

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