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Construction Update April 2015



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News April 2015

McCarthy & Stone to build 12,000 retirement homes

Balfour veteran joins Laing O’Rourke Former Balfour Beatty boss Bob Clark has joined Laing O’Rourke in the newly created position of director for Scotland in its construction division. Bob Clark takes responsibility for all Laing O’Rourke’s construction and specialist businesses in Scotland. He is Mr Clark was with Balfour Beatty for 35 years until August 2014, latterly as executive director of Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK.

Retirement housebuilder, McCarthy & Stone, announced plans to build 12,000 new homes in the next four years.

he said. “Scottish market conditions are clearly improving and there are a number of interesting opportunities arising that are ideally suited to Laing O’Rourke’s innovative approach to DfMA, digital engineering and integrated delivery capabilities. I’m looking forward to driving this

The move comes as the company in the six months for February were up 76% from last year to £32m and revenue was up 26% to £188m. John White, group chairman, McCarthy & Stone said: “The challenges presented by an ageing population means that there remains a pressing need to build more specialist retirement housing, and we have been actively calling on all political parties to focus on this area ahead of the forthcoming general election. It is imperative that they look beyond proactively encourage more and better housing options for our growing elderly population. “We continue to target investment of £2 billion in land and build over four years to deliver around 12,000 new homes across more than 300 locations, support growth and capture a wider share of the active retiree market. Our strategy of business capable of building and selling more than 3,000 units per annum over the medium term The Group buys land and then builds, sells and manages retirement developments. It has the largest share of the owneroccupied market in the UK.


fantastic credentials having been responsible for major projects across sectors in his previous role, including North Lanarkshire schools, Fife

Ardmore lands £48m resi deal in Lewisham Ardmore has won the latest £48m phase of Family Mosaic’s Heathside and Lethbridge regeneration scheme in south London.

added: “We are pleased that Ardmore has been appointed at the next phase of this development.

The latest award will see Ardmore start on site this summer on Phase 4 of the Lewisham scheme after completing phase 2 and the ongoing delivery of phase 3.

opportunities to local people and we look forward to building on our existing accomplishments with them in order to make sure that we continue to play our part in delivering real opportunities for local

Ardmore will build 236 new homes under the latest deal alongside extensive external works to create new roads and external landscaping in the area surrounding the homes. Construction on phase 4 is scheduled for completion in spring 2017. Ardmore development director, Chris Langdon, said: “We have been able to develop excellent ties with the local community over the forward to building further on these, especially in making use of the skills and expertise of our local supply chain to boost regeneration in the Denise Atkinson, Local Labour and Business Co-ordinator for the London Borough of Lewisham,

Rob Warwick, Regeneration Manager at Family Mosaic, said: “Ardmore is extremely experienced in the delivery of complex estate regeneration projects, and we are excited that the next phase of regenerating this area of Lewisham Heathside and Lethbridge is one of London’s biggest estate regeneration programmes, and is planned to be carried out over six phases. The regeneration works being undertaken by Family Mosaic and the London Borough of Lewisham are transforming the estates into an attractive mixed tenure development, with over 1200 highhomes.

April 2015 News

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Mace wins ÂŁ120m Camden Lock scheme

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News April 2015

New Chief Executive Announced For Land Registry A new Chief Executive has been appointed to the Land Registry. Graham Farrant will take up leadership of the organisation that forms the bedrock of the England and Wales property market in June 2015. He will use his skills gained through 15 years at Chief Executive level in both private and public organisations to lead the Land Registry through the next stages of its transformation.

Morgan Sindall starts £107m Aberdeen city centre job

Business Minister Matthew Hancock said: “I am delighted to announce Graham Farrant’s appointment as the next Chief Executive of the Land Registry. His energy and experience transforming complex organisations will ensure Land Registry continues to deliver a top class service while and ease of use that customers expect.”

FMB welcomes small site zero carbon exemption The Government’s decision to carbon mitigation requirements has been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The exemption from the Zero Carbon standard for developers building 10 units or fewer will help small scale housebuilders build more homes, according to the FMB. Brian Berry, FMB chief executive, said: “SME housebuilders are committed to building to the highest standards, not least because they typically compete based on the quality of the homes they build. Yet, for smaller builders building out small scale sites, the move to the zero carbon standard presents particular challenges. The limitations of small sites tend to reduce options for on-site low carbon technologies, and the more complex, bespoke designs typical of smaller developments make hitting building

“As ever, the SME sector will rise to this challenge, but to also add a requirement for payments or actions to mitigate carbon under necessary transitional arrangements small volume builders are, is neither fair nor proportionate. Contrary to the popular misconception, an zero carbon standard will have no impact on the energy performance ease the impact of the policy on the deliverability of small sites. As such, this is a fair and proportionate measure and we very much hope it will be supported and implemented by the next Government, regardless of which party or parties take power.”

Morgan Sindall has started building work on the transformative mixeduse Marischal Square development in Aberdeen city centre creating 300 construction jobs. Appointed by developer and urban regeneration specialist Muse Developments to construct the £107m development, Morgan Sindall has moved on to site to deliver the two-year construction programme. Funded by Aviva Investors, the new mixed-use quarter for the star hotel, cafés, restaurants and civic space, along with public realm improvements around a site once dominated by the former Aberdeen City Council headquarters building St. Nicholas House. Harry Thorburn, managing director of Morgan Sindall in Scotland, said: “This is a key project for us and one which we are proud to be delivering in this unique city.”

Laing O’Rourke tops record March league 2015 were 47% up on the same period of 2014, according to Builders’ Conference data. The Builders’ Conference said that during March 2015, construction contract awards topped £6bn, representing a mammoth 63% rise on March 2014 and a new record high for the organisation’s data gathering service. There were 14 contractors that signed more than £100m of new orders last month. Leading the way was a monthly total of £713m. Balfour Beatty closed 13 new contracts worth a total of £574m.


Builders’ Conference CEO Neil Edwards said: “Received wisdom is that in the run up to a general election, the UK construction industry goes into a voluntary stasis, battens down the hatches, sits on its hands and waits for Westminster to sound the all-clear signal. This time around, however, it appears that the industry didn’t get the ‘sit on your hands’ memo.” He added: “Whether this euphoria will extend beyond 7th May and the subsequent political fallout remains to be seen. Tenders for the post-election period currently appear stable, although Labour’s stated aim to push the HS2 project into the sidings could impact industry

April 2015 News

4,200 Homes To Be Built In Leicestershire A £9.4 million deal has been announced to develop over 4,000 new homes in Leicestershire. The New Lubbesthorpe development near Leicester will provide 4,200 homes as well as shops, schools and a health centre. The deal will get builders on site, and provide hundreds jobs for local residents within weeks. Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “The 2008 housing crash under the last administration led to the loss of a quarter of a million construction jobs, leaving sites abandoned and homes no longer being built. “That’s why we put housebuilding at the heart of our long-term economic plan, and the £9.4 million deal will mean work can get going at New Lubbesthorpe, delivering a new community where local people want to live.”

CITB Invests In Construction Training In Wales The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is to invest £5m towards construction training in Wales. Under the arrangements, the scheme will ensure that industry has access to quality training to meet demand locally. The priority is to ensure that the right construction training is available at the right time and in the right place across Wales, to meet the priorities set by employers. CITB will also work with a partner provider. The new arrangements are expected to be operational by September 2017, with CITB providing set-up funding of up to £3m to support the development of construction training facilities. An additional investment of up to £2m will then be made for training delivery.


News April 2015

New construction safety regulations have come into force this week. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 place greater responsibility on clients for the conduct and decisions of the people they employ to oversee health and safety. All contractors, consultants and clients now face greater liability and risk of legal action if their health & safety management procedures fall short. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 replace the previous 2007 version and are intended to reduce bureaucracy while ensuring safer working practices and environments across the construction industry. The updated regulations came into force on 6th April 2015. Construction clients are now required by law to meet a number of requirements in ensuring health and safety on construction projects. They must:

assemble a competent professional team and ensure that the roles of team members are clear are allocated at appropriate stages of the project to adequately and appropriately deal with health and safety issues mechanisms in place for project team communication and that they work provide suitable welfare facilities for the duration of the construction work. When a client delegates these responsibilities to a professional team or contractor, it must ensure that such parties have the skill, training, expertise and capacity to carry these out. If the wrong party is appointed, responsibility may fall on the client. Also the client is required to appoint a ‘principal designer’. The principal designer will plan, manage and monitor the pre-construction phase


and co-ordinate matters relating to health and safety. CDM co-ordinator. Principal designer is a new role with additional responsibilities to that of CDM co-ordinator, and holders must come from the ranks of designers. This means that existing CDM co-ordinators will not necessarily make sure that they manage the transfer from an existing CDM co-ordinator to a new principal designer correctly. Construction lawyer Charles Brien at HBJ Gateley said: “While the new legislation is designed to simplify health and safety requirements, the onus is now on clients to understand the subtle shift in liability and to change their policies and practices accordingly. “Ignorance will be no defence, and if clients are found to have fallen short of the expected standard, they may be blocked from continuing a project until they can demonstrate they have changed the way they work. “Additionally, clients will be required to appoint identify their current construction contracts that will continue beyond 6th October. If a project’s due to run over this date, there will be a need to appoint a principal designer and manage the transfer from the CDM co-ordinator to ensure that they are satisfying both the earlier and future requirements.”

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VICAIMA ADD TO 1930’s CHARM AT MEYERHOLD OPERA PARIS HOTEL Interior doors specialist, Vicaima, was selected to renovate the 1930’s inspired ambiance of the sophisticated Meyerhold Opera Paris Hotel, one of the most recent hotel properties located in the heart of the French capital. The primary objective of this renovation and rehabilitation project; set in an historic building, located near the Grands Boulevards neighbourhood, was to improve the comfort of the guests and to create a refined environment in an urban setting. Challenged by the Atlani family - the owner of the development and by the designer Anne Gelbard - leader of the project - Vicaima presented exclusive and ambitious solutions for the development, including technical doors with high performance acoustic insulation, unique design and tailor-made details.


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For the room entrance, the choice made was for the Vicaima PortaroÂŽ AC42dB EI30, a solution which includes door, adjustable frame to wall thickness and accessories in one single piece, and therefore, of rapid and efficient installation, due to its adaptation to existing building structures. This solution is certified by accredited international laboratories for 30 minute fire resistance and acoustic insulation up to 42dB, responding to the high demands and regulation standards for this type of hotel projects.

always being attentive to the exclusivity that we seek, "emphasizes Mr. Atlani, owner of Meyerhold Opera Paris Hotel. At the Meyerhold Opera Paris Hotel, each room has its own identity and concept, in a balance between the contemporary furniture and the antique collection that the owners wanted to maintain in the overall decor. Specializing in technical and exclusive solutions for hotel renovation, Vicaima now adds the Meyerhold Opera Paris Hotel to its portfolio of premium projects with acoustic performance. In other recent examples, Vicaima were responsible for two major hotel renovations in southern Portugal, including the Vila GalĂŠ Collection Hotel and a project for the B&B Hotel Group.

Inspired by the hotel's setting, Vicaima door solutions were exclusively developed, in quarter cut walnut veneer with a sunrise effect and matt finish, matching the environment recreated at the hotel and inspired by the Bahaus constructivism. Amongst the solutions provided are also the sliding doors in the interior the suites, with tailor-made details, which combine with the glamorous ambiance of the hotel. "Our contact with international markets enabled us to know and identify Vicaima as the one that best corresponded to the expectations of our hotel project. The Meyerhold Opera Paris Hotel is distinguished by its refined details, which are no more than a reflection of the luxury and refinements sought by our customers. Vicaima is notable for its 'savoir-faire' [experience and knowhow], for the quality of its products and for


For further details regarding Vicaima hotel and leisure market solutions or to review products from the Vicaima interior door collections, visit the Vicaima website Alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information.

Hotels April 2015

Mirror Demisters

Bringing the ‘boutique hotel’ feel to Britain’s bathrooms Heat Mat has added a new size to their Mirror Demister range for 2015 ‘custom-made’ service, enabling demisters to be created for virtually any mirror. MRH-800-0300 is a standard 48W Mirror demister pad and measures 800 x 300mm with an RTP of £51, and M12-800-0300 is a low Voltage, SELV rated, 48W Mirror demister pad with


an RTP of £80.

Mirror demisters are often

As will all Heat Mat Mirror demisters these new models are supplied with a 10-year warranty, are IP44 or SELV rated and are BEAB approved.

hotels, sport facilities or new apartment developments. They provide a ‘boutique hotel’ feel in any bathroom by ensuring mirrors are steam free after baths or showers. There is no longer any need for homeowners or guests to scrub the mirror with a towel!

Mirror demisters are an ideal product line for distributors working with bathroom installers and domestic electricians. A low-cost product and simple to install; they can be wired through the lighting circuit quickly and safely.

For further information on custom sizes please contact Heat Mat on 01444 247020 or email

KARNDEAN TALKS: HOTEL FLOORING Whether you are flooring the reception area, bar, restaurant or bedrooms, Karndean Designflooring can offer you something unique for each area.

Make sure guests are wowed the minute they step into their room. Try teaming our black parquet with zesty modern brights for a contemporary look. Even when walked on by thousands of customers every day Karndean stays looking great without any of the draw backs of natural materials.

If you’re looking for a product that’s quick and easy to install, look no further than Karndean LooseLay. Our new format LVT features a friction grip backing that holds the product in place. No clicking. No Locking. It’s also suitable for raised access flooring and is easy to repair.

If you’re out on site with a customer why not use our new augmented reality app to demonstrate what their floor could look like right there and then. The app lets you select and view different floors in the space of your choice and take images to share and compare. See for more details.

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Try mixing our wood or stone products to create different zones and walkways.

April 2015

An additional eight speaker events have been added to the already extensive seminar programme for the Vision London exhibition being held at Olympia on the 2 and 3 June (2015).

Organised to cover the four themes of ‘Future Materials and Systems’, ‘Technology’, ‘Innovation in Architecture and Design’, and ‘Building for Health and Wellbeing’, the Vision London seminar programme already featured the course of the two day event. Designed to ensure the very highest calibre of debate

authorities face when it comes to providing new and improved schools. ‘Future Concrete’, a seminar where participants will consider whether concrete – as an incredible successful construction material – is the material of the future.

future built environments, the latest additions to the seminar programme include: ‘CEDIA’, a seminar to explore how correct implementation of future-ready technologies will change future households. ‘3D printing’, a seminar which will explore how and which will feature presentations from Salome Galjaard of Arup and Andrew Jones of Materialise.

and other cities are using cross laminated timber (CLT) for large and small scale education and residential projects. This seminar will include of Sustainability (Europe) for Land Lease, and architectural Professor and Founder of Rossiprodi Architects IT, Rossi Prodi.

the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products, the Building Council, Barron and Smith Architects, Wiehag GmbH and Land Lease. Run alongside the NLA’s London Festival of Architecture, Vision London will also feature New London Architecture’s 20 second ‘What is London Made Of?’ Pechua Kucha presentations on how new materials are helping to deliver better buildings and projects for give their views on the new materials that are improving buildings.

For full details of the Vision London seminar and


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low profile design allowing level access, double fast flow traps allowing drainage up to 45lt per minute. The Custom trays can be cut down on site for bespoke solutions. All trays are gloss white which has been treated to give a very high resistance to heavy usage. The optional Anti-slip surface gives peace of mind where customer safety is a key factor.

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April 2015 Hotels

World renowned hotel gets the Schlüter-Systems treatment One of London’s most exclusive and luxurious hotels has used Schlüter-Systems products as part of its grand refurbishment. The Lanesborough Hotel, in Hyde Park Corner, is in the process of extensive renovations which are being carried out by the late world renowned interior designer Alberto Pinto. The new designs will enhance all 93 guest bedrooms and bathrooms as well as all public areas and will honour the building’s architectural heritage as one of London’s most revered Regency landmarks. Schlüter has played its part in the major refurb by providing a host of products to the project including unique tile substrate Schlüter-KERDI-BOARD. The lightweight but extremely solution for creating bonded tile coverings and can also be used as a structural panel. KERDI-BOARD is 100 per cent waterproof, cement free, lightweight and completely substrate for tiling.

As well as being waterproof, temperature resistant and vapour retardant, the product is also thermally insulating, quick and easy to install and contains webbing allows for easy anchoring in thin-bed mortar. The new and improved Lanesborough guest rooms also boast a second-to-none under

commented, “We’re delighted that two of our most popular products have been used in the extensive refurbishment of such a prestigious hotel. “Making installation of under than ever before, SchlüterDITRA-HEAT-E really does tick all the boxes whilst SchlüterKERDI-BOARD makes it quick

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The stand-out product leaves other conventional systems out in the cold as the perfect all-inone integrated solution for use under tiles and natural stone

With over 10,000 products in its range, Schlüter-Systems have an essential role to play in every professional tiling project.

else available due to its loose down to the uncoupling mat free of tape as a result of its optimum freedom for creating concentrated heating zones, as well as providing uniform spacing without the need for measuring and marking, the new system promises to cut installation time by up to 70 per cent.

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Hotel Me and Heston Hyde Hotel are reaping the benefits of Shading by Design’s permanent structure with retractable roof made by Loca a Turkish company. Options for folding sliding doors, lighting, heating including eco slabs, tiles, wood and vinyl plank make a versatile solution for al fresco areas letting the sun shine in on those precious summer days but keeping it cosy and warm for the rest of the year. The system is also ideal for covering swimming pools. The system can be cantilevered, bracket hung or free standing, single or twin with a choice of and comes in modules so almost any size can be constructed. The roof is electrically operated by remote control for easy operation and the latest addition to the range incorporates an insulated roof, ideal for the British climate. The roof system can also incorporate lights.


at the Radio Bar at Hotel Me on the Strand. This involved lifting roof terrace by crane. Great views from the top but a few nail biting moments watching it swinging above the London skyline from the crane. Two systems were installed on the two terraces opening out from the bar. The brand new Heston Hyde luxury hotel at Heathrow saw roof over a courtyard linking two wings of the hotel making an ideal space for large gatherings eg. weddings. The double span roof system can be completely closed, one side open, both sides open or just part open.

Our project at The Boathouse Café on The Barbican Plymouth was approved by planners to replace umbrellas stating that this was the sort of development they would like to see for the cafes and bars in the area. Other projects include projects for Foxton Locks Inn near Market Harborough, Hippodrome Ocean Beach Southend-on-Sea, projects for Individual Restaurant Group’s Piccolino Restaurants and Ilkley plus the roof top bar at Selfridges Oxford St. For more information contact visit us on Facebook


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World class sustainable buildings celebrated at the BREEAM Awards 2015 Some of the best performing buildings assessed under sustainable buildings standard BREEAM, were recognised at the annual BREEAM awards celebration hosted by TV architect Charlie Luxton in London last night. Now in its 25th year, BREEAM

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The Icynene Insulation System The Icynene Insulation System breathable, foam insulation and air barrier system. Icynene expands to 100 times its initial volume in seconds penetration into walls, ceilings Icynene’s formulation sets it apart from other insulation products traditional insulation materials and more modern alternatives. thermal resistance perform identically under laboratory conditions the same is not true in real life; some insulation over time, diminishes their the passage of air through gaps between them and other building components. Installing Icynene ensures no loss of performance and it will remain the same over the lifetime of the building. Minimising air leakage from a building enables the correct design of heating

and ventilation systems, saving money on the initial installation and future running costs. Buildings with Icynene installed have easily reached Passivhaus standards for air leakage without the use of membranes and tapes. Needing only a short installation period, Icynene can save you valuable build time and is therefore extremely cost products, not only that but you airtightness in one application. The Icynene Insulation System is 100% water blown containing no toxic chemicals. Icynene doesn’t contain any HFC’s, CFC’s, HFA or HCFC’s accommodating any normal expansion, contraction or movement within a building. So whether you plan to build, renovate or upgrade the Icynene Insulation System will deliver the performance you can count on for a lifetime of savings and comfort.

The “CARSON” Towel radiator The Italian designed and manufactured Warmrack range of towel radiators which includes the “CARSON” towel radiator shown above will be available from AEL by the 1st May 2015. When in the closed position each luxury towel warmer is a very attractive feature and when each rack is pulled down into the open position each Warmrack radiator provides a capacious and functional airing or drying rack which also provides plenty of heat for your bathroom. Warmrack radiators are available in 12 heights and having up to pulled down 4 shelves. For further details contact: Tel : 01928 579 068 e mail :, Website:


Heating April 2015


The multi-award winning FireWIN Klassik wood pellet boiler has replaced the family’s AGA as the primary heat source for their home, providing central heating and hot water to the property homeowner was spending as much as £1,450 on energy with their oil system from the Government’s domestic RHI

was advised on the products by local the best and most reliable biomass boilers in the market and I am pleased with the performance and eco-friendly reduced energy costs alongside the domestic RHI payments have made this

fuel consumption as it modulates the output of heating required and has a low energy consumption of up to can be manually or automatically fed and has an automatic ash compaction feature requiring it to only be emptied This, alongside the attractive and compact design makes a very suitable and popular choice for domestic installations as it provides the right amount of energy required for a smaller property and requires very little

return for each kW of heat generated, as well as a lower cost of £1,300 spent

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Heating April 2015

Gary Belgium MD of Warmworld UK Ltd was recently asked to assist with a problem heating system in a semi detached property where the controls, a programmable room thermostat and 7 day timer were starting to act up and becoming unresponsive giving the householder no end of cold mornings and a lack of hot water.

cores once we were sure that the original The installation works exactly how it 230Vac supply was no longer on the cable. should straight from the box, the next part of the install is to run through the operation with the home owner and then time to install the wiring centre, this is the unit that provides Dataterm with its water requirements. power supply and switches pump, valves Heating and hot water can be programmed on a daily basis if required it simply replaces the existing wiring centre so should suit even the most demanding lifestyle, there is even a copy facility to that usually contains a birds nest of wires! make light work of programming so that As this was a Y-Plan system it was an easy all days can be the same or you could conversion and made the wiring neater and just alter a certain day or the weekend much more simplistic. So with the mains feed from the fused switched outlet connected to the PCB and the Motorised Valve & Cylinder Now the homeowner has a much easier Thermostat wired it was time to join the to use system than before that will boiler and pump switched live to the PCB so provide a better level of comfort with that when there is a demand the boiler and close temperature control, optimised pump start to circulate the heat around the with fuels savings between 18 and 36% Upon inspection he found a pipes. producing a payback of 12 - 24 months. programmable room thermostat had been installed in the hallway along with a time clock next to the Viessman Vitodens 100 boiler in the utility room. the power is applied! The Dataterm lights up wireless version available for ease of and immediately displays the status of the installation and it is available for multiple heating and hot water based on the factory heating zones too. clock it was agreed with the homeowner set plan that it is already running. Suitable for conventional and to remove all of the existing controls and replace them with a Dataterm IHC. The time and date are correct and the room combination boilers new or old, up to 4 temperature reading is correct so we can heating zones and Hot Water from one By removing the existing time clock, proceed to test the system works correctly. easy to used programmer, the system that pays for itself! programmable room thermostat and wiring centre it would be possible to After pressing the (+) plus button the heating reduce the amount of time spent trying turns on, valve moves to heating only and to programme the heating and hot water boiler and pump run... a press of the hot requirements. water boost causes the valve to go to mid position so we have shared heating and hot Dataterm IHC is an intelligent water, reducing the set temperature of the programmable room thermostat that takes care of all of your heating and hot subsequently the valve motors to hot water water requirements from a single point. only where it is controlled by the Cylinder Thermostat. So with the existing defunct controls programmer, this also doubles up as the temperature sensor so this can go into the same position in the hall that was home to the earlier programmable room thermostat. We have the existing 3 core and earth in the wall so we know that the cable is good for Dataterm as we only need a 3 wire connection for Dataterm to function. Dataterm operates at 12volts DC so we used the existing Blue, Yellow and Red


April 2015 Heating

Holiday Lodges benefit from some Flex love….. Dalby Holiday Lodges called on pipe specialists Flexenergy to take charge of the distribution system for domestic hot water and central heating at their holiday cottage complex in East Yorkshire, using their eco-friendly Flexalen 600 material.

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The all year round complex comprises a main house and four lodges equipped with central heating, double glazing and all furnished to a high standard.

As a result of the new system, the holiday site is delivering savings of over £3,000 per year in heating costs, with each of the lodges now supplied with 40 kilowatts of eco-friendly power in place of the individual 28 kilowatt LPG boilers.

The site owner, chartered environmentalist Andrew Cowley, was looking to replace the individual LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) heating systems within each cottage and in the main house with technology that would not only be less expensive to run, but also eco-friendly. So he opted to change to a central wood-burning Biomass Boiler, with heat exchangers in each cottage and in the main house, with the help of Flexenergy. The Flexalen 600 pre-insulated pipe system installed was the ideal technology for this situation


Andrew is very pleased with the performance of his biomass heating scheme – and particularly with the minimal heat loss being achieved as a result of the Flexalen pipe network. He said: “I chose Flexenergy of their design service and I am delighted with the results. In addition to the cost savings, we are now able to control centrally the temperature in each cottage and there is the added safety aspect of just running one wood-burning boiler instead of individual LPG boilers within the cottages.”

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Heating April 2015

Improvement of Heat Loss Measurement Competition BRE seeks solutions for improving the measurement of heat losses from solid wall homes BRE is launching a competition to identify tools and technologies that can rapidly and accurately measure the heat losses from solid wall homes in the UK. There are over seven million solid wall homes in Great from insulation. Insulating these types of homes is one of the greatest challenges

energy and carbon savings for occupants. Policies to deliver this work rely on modelled estimates of savings from solid wall could measure the heat transmittance through walls would mean savings could be and accurate data. In order to improve the quality and speed of measurements BRE is


seeking innovative solutions for rapidly and accurately measuring wall U-values. The competition opens on 16 March and runs through to 15 May. The winning solution funding to support further testing and development of working prototypes. ‘Dealing with solid walls is one of the biggest challenges in our existing homes. This competition aims to establish a tool that energy assessors can use to quickly and accurately measure the heat losses. Accurate measurement allows us to interventions have been and base future interventions on

robust and accurate data.’ Housing and Energy at BRE. ‘We are looking for solutions from all kinds of places and we’re particularly keen on technology transfer from companies outside the built environment” says Riley. The competition forms part of BRE’s current solid wall research programme which is funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Further details on the competition are available here. For further information please contact

West Bay Apartments The project was an existing residential apartment development made up of three separate blocks, situated in West Bay, Dorset.

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to replace all of the existing badly corroded Mild steel powder coated balustrades. Q-railing worked closely with the BSSA and the Aluminium federation to develop and present a solution to this potentially troublesome The client wanted a guarantee that Q-railing products and more made from would withstand the extreme coastal environment they would be subjected to. The apartment balconies consisted of Easy Glass速 Slim top mount, MOD 6904 glass clamps with rubber set for 19mm toughened monolithic glass. The Channel was clad both sides using 316 grade The balustrade surrounding the rooftop is the Q-line system, formed in 42.4mm diameter mirror


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Q-railing recommended installer WM Ironwork, worked in partnership with Morgan Sindall to co-ordinate the removal of the existing balustrades with the reinstatement of the new Q-railing systems. keeping potential disruption for the residents to an absolute minimum. On successful completion of the project, Q-railing Recommended Installer WM Ironwork received a considerate contractor award from the scheme. About Q-railing Q-railing is known worldwide for its unique railing systems. The design ethos of the company is: safety, simplicity, quality and the ability to be quickly and easily installed. Whether you are designing a striking public space or an intimate private residence, the architectural impact on the end result. With Q-railing systems you can bring your vision to life.

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Case Study: World-leading centre of design excellence features AluK twin wall façade system University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea has invested £8 million into the refurbishment, restoration and extension of the Grade II listed former Central Library building to create the new Institute for Sustainable Design. Devised by Powell Dobson Architects, the development incorporates a stunning twin wall façade featuring AluK curtain walling systems, complementing and adding a new dimension to the original design. The modern, double skin façade extension provides additional 657m2, and incorporates a new reception entrance off Alexandra Road, workshops, teaching spaces as well as design studios. The original circular reading room has been restored and made available as a public venue. Yvonne Gibbs, architect, Powell Dobson comments: “Due to the context of the Listed Building, it was imperative that the new extension was as transparent as possible to express the original scale and features of the historic fabric behind. The University was also looking for a truly sustainable solution, to both reduce energy consumption and create an inspiring place to learn.” As the main extension to the Grade II listed building, the twin wall façade runs the full 38 metres of the Alexandra Road elevation. Designed by D2e, a multi-disciplinary engineering and management consultancy, the façade comprises AluK SL60 curtain walling system forming the internal wall, and structurally bonded glazed toughened laminated glass skin forming the outer wall, with an interstitial space between them. “This arrangement provides the transparency that the Listed Building deserves, whilst introducing a number of opportunities for passive climatic control,” says Yvonne Gibbs. “The facade is south facing and therefore through solar gain the space between the two skins heats up naturally. This in turn acts as a thermal buffer, which keeps the building warm in winter months whilst promoting air movement and cross ventilation during warmer periods. It also facilitates the introduction of fresh air into the space, which is attenuated through a series of louvers at the base of the facade to temper noise pollution from the busy road outside.”


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The transformation of a coastal artillery fort, into a hospital and now high end luxury residences‌

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metamorphosis New life has been brought to the former Bartlet Hospital, with Gipping Homes transforming it into 34 luxurious residences, while maintaining the beautiful features of this Grade II* Historic Site. The location, overlooking the eastern end of the Felixstowe promenade, has had an interesting history. Still standing on site are the remains of the vast walls of Martello Tower, which made up a small coastal artillery fort. The towers were built between 1810 and 1812 to protect England against Napoleonic invasion and were later incorporated into the hospital building. Bartlet Hospital closed in 2008 and had fallen into a state of disrepair, until Gipping Homes took up the challenge of giving it a new purpose.

With the hospital being listed as a building of special architectural interest, serious consideration had to be given to ways of raising thermal performance and comfort levels to modern standards. Draughty, single glazed windows were a particular concern, so Selectaglaze was approached for advice. Selectaglaze developed designs that are sympathetic to the various window styles whilst reducing heat loss, eradicating the discomfort from draughts and reducing energy bills. Peter goes on to say

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April 2015

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BIM instructional video published by Kawneer Glazing systems specialist Kawneer has launched a BIM video.


ot on the heels of the launch of its BIM capability, leading architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer has released an online video showing how to incorporate one of its BIM models, hosted on the bimstore website, into a building design. The 10-minute step-by-step a complete walkthrough of how to incorporate Kawneer’s AA®541 casement window* into a typical project, including into curtain walling.

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Kawneer’s BIM models provide users with 3D images of the products as well as the critical COBie data to provide guidance through the whole design and construction process.

As well as the AA®541 casement window, Kawneer’s BIM portfolio also includes the AA®100 and AA®110 curtain walling, with 50mm and 65mm sightlines respectively, AA®542 pivot and AA®543 tilturn windows*, and series 190

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Armstrong Ceilings marks a milestone with the NBS National BIM Library Armstrong Ceilings has marked a milestone with the award-winning NBS National BIM Library by becoming the 100th manufacturer to partner with the fastest-growing BIM library in the UK.

This latest stage in the global ceiling systems manufacturer’s BIM programme sees the launch of an unprecedented number of BIM objects in the UK where the Government is stipulating that from 2016 all public construction projects are to be built using level 2 BIM.

Downloadable in the BIM formats Revit and IFC, the Armstrong portfolio of a comprehensive 158 BIM objects includes the manufacturer’s passive energy-saving system CoolZone , the Perla range including Perla

Armstrong’s commercial technical manager EMEA Rob Gardiner said: “This BIM capability makes it even easier for our customers to design and specify projects with our ceiling systems. These BIM objects contain all the relevant product information and performance values and provide a new-generation method of sharing our product data within the building supply chain.”

and the new Ultima+ range. Also included are Armstrong’s range of metal lay-in and clip-in tiles and ever-popular Dune range.


Armstrong’s BIM portfolio is available to download from the National Bim Library

April 2015

CHELSEA’S OLDEST PUB REOPENS ITS DOORS The Cross Keys, a 300 year-old pub that has served patrons from Dylan Thomas and Agatha Christie to Bob Marley and the Rolling Stones, following a major refurbishment successfully project managed by fuse design+build ( fuse design+build was appointed to act on behalf of the new owners of The Cross Keys (DM Group Ltd) to project manage closely with them and all relevant parties involved to ensure project deliverables were achieved with regards to safety, quality, programme and cost.

to execute a tightly run programme ready to reopen the doors of this iconic and historic pub. fuse clients vary from hospitality and leisure, media through companies (fuse was the contractor behind the new HQ for Shell and Chevron’s joint venture, Angola LNG in Hanover Square). fuse regularly carries out commercial own over 5.2million square foot of Their most recent project we just completed was part of their new the iconic Metal Box Factory. The

fuse was responsible for managing and allocating resource to deliver the build project of the two storey pub and provide project plans all specialists involved. By providing the right expertise with a dedicated mechanical and electrical engineers,

facilities management and property maintenance for clients to maintain their sites on an ongoing preventative and reactive basis with

maintenance. Lee Heath, Managing Director of fuse design+build ltd, comments; “At fuse design+build, we pride ourselves on our attention to detail With focused and accurate project management and our highly experienced and dedicated team, requirements to complete a successful refurbishment project in the set timeframe. We can deliver either the full design and build inhouse teams to meet set design deadlines and organise and run a For more information, please contact us: fuse design+build Susanna Heath, T: +44 (0) 20 8274 0272 or

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


lets you combine SketchUp models with text and 2D graphics to produce multipage presentations, professional design documents and permit, construction and other dimensioned drawings. People from many disciplines use SketchUp to help them imagine their world in 3D, these include; Architecture and Design, Construction, Engineering, Digital Entertainment, and Education. SketchUP Pro’s interoperability with other commonly used CAD/3D tools and with the latest version. In incorporating three new features to export and classify models, the program is making key steps into the world of integrating design. IFC Export – since the information embedded in information models is often used by other software programs SketchUp Pro 2015 now includes another important industry standard to its roster of supported exports – the IFC Classifer – this feature allows users to classify objects with the pre-loaded IFC

types or create a customised system for Component Options – provides editable type, allowing pertinent data about each object to be managed throughout the information modelling process. and rigid processes, and we believe they don’t need to be,” said John Bacus, director of SketchUp product management at Trimble. “With the new release, we are enabling users to in the information modelling process. We’ve added simple tools for adding structured others on their project teams, regardless of the tools being used.” SketchUp Pro licensing is now friendlier than ever before. Every SketchUp 2015 download starts with a 30 day trial of Pro features. Even better, 2015 Pro licenses can be used on a Mac or PC. For more information please contact Elmtec on 01844 263750, email sales@ or visit

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Evinox Launch Web App for Billing Customers We are delighted to announce the launch of the Evinox Residential Billing Web App, for use with Smart phones, tablets and other web enabled devices. Our new Residential Web App allows Evinox billing customers to login to their account at anytime, anywhere with internet coverage. This enables them to check current energy credit / debit balance, view latest

rate details, payment history and downloadable documents & user guides. Residents can also make payments for energy using a credit or debit card with our simple and secure online payment facility or set-up a Direct Debit using our online sign up form. The Evinox web App is available to download now simply visit www., click on the web app icon at the bottom of

the page and follow the instructions on screen. The launch of our new app coincides with an update to the Evinox Residents website. The customer login area has been redesigned and updated to include lots of new functionality. For further information please email us or visit our website:

Armstrong Ceilings Launches Free App Leading interior systems provider Armstrong Ceilings has launched a free app to help existing and potential customers, including architects, interior designers, contractors, distributors and developers, easily access information on their systems on the move. The super-user-friendly Armstrong Ceiling Systems app enables smart phone, IPad and tablet users to very quickly preview and download information such as system and product brochures, installation and maintenance guidance, guarantees, datasheets and more than 20 case studies. It is the latest in a line of technologically-advanced developments including animated micro-sites that position Armstrong at the forefront of nextgeneration service delivery. metal and mesh ceilings and walls, wood, islands, perimeter solutions, the passive energy-saving


CoolZone system and the Tech Zone system which integrates building services such as air conditioning and lighting. The app is so easy to use it barely warrants the included guide on how to use it! And links to the app can easily be shared through email, Twitter and Facebook. The Armstrong Ceilings app is available from both the Apple store as well as the Google Play store, or by clicking on one of the links below with your mobile device: Armstrong for Apple Devices Armstrong for Android Devices



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Yeoman Launch New Alu Rainwater Systems Yeoman Rainguard have launched their new SL Aluminium Rainwater Systems to the builders merchants and construction markets Finished in a polyester powder coating, Yeoman Rainguard’s SL Aluminium system is a long lasting and robust which once installed will not require any repair, replacement, repainting or

Manufactured from 2mm thick Aluminium the new SL gutters advantages to the builder including “We have developed the new SL Aluminium range with contractors upper most in mind” explained Rainguard Director, Phil Christopher “When on site a quick and easy no fuss installation of a rainwater requires absolutely no mechanical


being the perfect choice for gutters and downpipes when sustainability and the future lifecycle of a building Environmental issues are becoming a larger concern when constructing recyclable and with it’s robust, long life properties minimising the need for replacement the SL Aluminium range becomes an ecologically

SL’s Aluminium gutters and downpipes are not susceptible to colour bleaching from the sun – as are some less robust plastic going to peel or the aluminium beneath rust away ensuring that the exterior of a new building will still be looking pristine and like new “We hope that the construction rainwater system an asset to their building requirements knowing that they can rely on our help and along with the knowledge that the new range is available ex-stock Concluded Phil Christopher

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April 2015

Homes Through the Decades New NHBC Foundation report charts the making of the modern home

A fascinating new guide which charts the history of the modern home from Victorian times to the digital age is being launched by the NHBC Foundation today. Housing has played a pivotal role in our society and has been at the very top of the political over the last century.

Homes through the decades: the making of modern housing examines the political and social drivers, and technological changes that have shaped the modern home and the way we live. From the gadgets we use to the way our homes are built, the guide contains evocative images and periods in our housing history. Homes through the decades poses questions about what our homes might look like in the future – will demographic changes, such as decreasing family sizes and an ageing population lead to new designs of homes? How much further will sustainability targets be pushed in housing design, and will higher levels of automation become the norm? The report notes how people living in modern homes today have greater protection than their predecessors through the introduction of Building Regulations, comprehensive building standards and warranties.


Commenting on the report, Neil Smith, head of research and innovation at NHBC, said: “Since the beginning of the 20th Century, Britain has experienced seismic changes in society, politics, technology and culture. “We are now embarking on a further historically-important step for housing as we seek to establish a generation of new homes suitable for the 21st century. Our thinking should be informed by a clear understanding of what has gone before and an enlightened view of how we should address the challenges of today and tomorrow. “Homes through the decades is an account of the drivers, endeavour and experience that over the last century has shaped the modern home. In its pages, we are reminded of the pivotal events and inspirational people – reformers, planners, architects, designers, technologists and construction teams – who grappled with the pressures and constraints of their time to deliver our unique housing heritage. However, as in the past, British ingenuity will once again be central to our success in overcoming technical challenges and delivering homes that are right for the coming decade.” To accompany the report, the NHBC Foundation has also produced a “Top 10 moments in housing history” infographic, charting a number dates that shaped Britain’s homes.

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April 2015

Tadelakt Plaster

The Revival of an Ancient Art

Tadelakt is a polished as sinks and baths which would plaster originating from burnish with a trowel alone. The the Mediterranean region of Morocco and means ‘to is unique to Tadelakt. rub’ or ‘knead’ in Arabic. The application of Tadelakt had a practical purpose in a hot, arid climate and records indicate that nomads used it to seal reservoirs for retaining drinking water. Over time its use was extended to plastering hammams, riads and palaces, and today is used as an alternative to tiling in wet rooms, showers and bathrooms or as a stunning feature wall. The application of Tadelakt, using a wide range of trowels, hand tools and spatulas, allows the plasterer to follow the lines of the substrate closely, hence it can be applied to curved surfaces such

Once the plaster has been applied, the surface is brushed with olive soap and the burnished with a small, hard stone. Stoning the surface compresses the Tadelakt and this, along with the reaction with the lime and olive soap, makes it water repellent whilst achieving a surface shine at the same time. Although skill and patience is required, with the right guidance and practice it is not outside the realms of DIY. Tadelakt has a beautiful, smooth appearance and is exceptionally tactile. Its versatility means that there are very few limitations in terms of the surfaces and shapes

it can be applied to. Mike Wye & Associates Ltd supply a traditional form of Tadelakt from German suppliers, Kreidezeit, who investigated original forms of the plaster in Morocco and discovered that it was made from an eminently hydraulic limestone found 1.5 metres below ground in the Marrakech Plateau. This lime was added to sand, marble dust and pigments which has been recreated today to make Kreidezeit Tadelakt. For guidance on Tadelakt material quantities, quotations, training courses and instructional DVD please visit or call one of our technical sales team on: 01409 281644.


April 2015

MERSEYSIDE PROJECT AN OVER-ARCHING SUCCESS Merseyside Galvanizing partners with Wigan-based Versa UK


erseyside Galvanizing has partnered with Wigan-based Versa UK, a street furniture specialist, to help create an 8.5 tonne bespoke structure on behalf of Planit Architects, which forms a multi-functional-use canopy installed at the Archbishop Beck Catholic Sports College in Fazakerley.


The plant galvanized steel used for the ‘Encore’ canopy, which is 3.7 metres tall and 10.2 metres by 12.1 metres wide, and forms part of an upgrade project overseen by Wilmott Dixon Ltd. The contemporary monopitch structure was commissioned alfresco dining area which can also be used as a covered amphitheatre for performing arts, and was designed to complement the modernisation of the main building and its overall surroundings.

Ray Bishop, Project Manager at Versa UK, said: “We chose to have the steel canopy galvanised so we could achieve the highest level of longevity for the structure. We have a great relationship with the team at Merseyside and Richard worked closely with us to provide technical support to ensure the structure went through the process without any problems. All concerned were product and the canopy is currently being enjoyed by the students of Archbishop Beck Sports College.”


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