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News May 2015

Construction growth slips to 22-month low as election jitters take hold Construction output growth slowed in April amid the weakest rise in new work since June 2013, according to the latest Markit/ CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI). At 54.2, down from 57.8 in March, the seasonally adjusted PMI dropped for the second month running and was the lowest for almost two years. However, the index remained above the 50.0 nochange value and signalled a solid overall pace of expansion. A number of survey respondents suggested that uncertainty related to this week’s general election had contributed to delays in clients’ spending decisions. Residential building activity was the best performing broad area of construction output during April, although the pace of expansion still slipped to a 22-month low. Commercial construction work was the lowest since August 2013 and civil engineering activity decreased for the first time in four months. A key factor weighing impacting construction output growth was weaker new business gains in April. “Survey respondents suggested that underlying conditions remained favourable, especially in the house building sector, but some clients had delayed spending decisions ahead of the general election,” the report said. However, although business confidence regarding the 12-month outlook dipped from the nine-year high seen in March, it remained stronger than its longrun average. A number of firms cited optimism that underlying demand would continue to improve, while others suggested that the removal of election related uncertainty would help support new business gains.


Industry swift with advice for new government With the newly elected Conservative government starting work this week, there is no shortage of unsolicited advice coming its way from the construction industry and business lobbyists. The Conservative Party surprised all pundits and pollsters last week by winning a clear majority of House of Commons seats at the 2015 general election. David Cameron secured another five years as prime minister, this time with a clear majority, winning 331 of the 650 seats. There will be no need for support from a junior coalition party this time and the nation should expect no dilution of Conservative manifesto commitments. Promises include a 1% reduction in government spending next year and the year after, to bring expenditure below income, then from 2019 increased spending only in line with inflation. Some £13bn of investment in transport links in the north of England is promised and the £50bn HS2 rail project remains firmly alive. There is also a commitment to support house-building, including a promise of 200,000 new starter homes by 2020. However, the Conservative manifesto said absolutely nothing about building a new runway in the south of England. The Airport Commission is scheduled to deliver its final report in the next few weeks recommending a new runway at either Gatwick or Heathrow airport. It will be one of the biggest tests of the new government: is it prepared to withstand the storm of protest that is certain to greet any decision; or will it bottle it? Katja Hall, deputy director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), said: “With one of the most unpredictable elections in living memory now behind us, the new government must get into its stride quickly. It should set out clear plans for the next parliament

within the first 100 days, and have a laser-like focus on delivery. “The prime minister should prioritise building on the progress made to get the deficit down, finding more innovative ways to deliver public services and backing the final decision from the Airports Commission so we get diggers in the ground by 2020.” Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) director general Nick Baveystock said: “The cloud of uncertainty that precedes a general election and adversely affects our industry has now lifted and we are confident the new government will move swiftly to reassure industry on the postelection outlook. Continuity is the single most important thing for the infrastructure supply chain and investment community.” Linden Homes managing director Andrew Richards said: “We have worked extremely hard over the last five years to engage with all parties as well as the Conservativeled coalition, to advise how policy and initiatives work in practice in the housebuilding industry. That consultation work has enabled us to understand government priorities and be fully immersed in the National Planning Policy Framework reform, which is now starting to make headway.” Melanie Leech, chief executive of the British Property Federation, said: “We would like to see the government prioritise a coherent plan to deliver increased housing supply; to follow through on the commitment to fundamentally review business rates, and take action to put in place the right infrastructure – including real estate – that will allow our country to thrive.”

May 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.


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News May 2015

German PRS giant plans first 500-home UK project

German property firm Patrizia has revealed plans to build its first private rental scheme in Manchester in the First Street regeneration area. The 500-home development will form the foundation of Patrizia’s plans for a dedicated PRS fund, building on its significant European track record in the sector, which already includes the management of 80,000 apartments worth €7bn. The firm today announced it had bought the 20-acre First Street site, which includes a half-built 180,000 building, to further develop offices and residential on the remainder of the site over the next 5-7 years. Carillion is working on this first £32m North Phase building which includes a four-star hotel, multi-storey car park and retail block, under a contract struck with previous owner Ask Developments. James Muir, Managing Director of Patrizia UK, said: “We have been carefully implementing our strategy of investing in highgrowth locations across the UK.


Pocket Living plans 24-storey first-time buyer tower Ambitous affordable housing specialist Pocket Living has submitted plans for a 24-storey residential tower in south London. The Mapleton Crescent scheme in Wandsworth town centre is the largest to date for Pocket Homes, which sells its homes at a 20% discount off local prices to local first-time buyers earning less than £71,000. Pocket estimates that over the next 10 years it will invest around £500m in delivering new homes, targeting the ever-growing numbers of Londoners who are priced out of private housing and unable to secure social housing to own a home of their own. The new tower project planned for a constrained site will contain 86 flats, 63 of them affordable. The structure will comprise precast concrete columns with in-situ concrete slabs and will be clad with three different kinds of green pleated ceramic panel.

The proposed tower rises to 21 storeys on the east wing and 24 storeys on the southern wing – just above the height of the recently completed 23 storey Argento Tower to the south. Pocket has been awarded £21.7m equity funding for 10 years by the Mayor of London as part of his Housing Covenant commitment to help thousands of working Londoners into home ownership. This funding will see around 400 Pocket homes developed across eight London boroughs in the first two years alone.

New vibration technology to help safeguard buildings Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have developed a new technology which can detect cracks in buildings that cannot otherwise be seen, to help avert emerging structural damage following catastrophic events.

“With this investment, our property assets under management in the UK now amount to more than £1bn.

Using the natural frequencies which occur when concrete vibrates, civil engineers at the university’s School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have devised a way to calculate where unseen cracks appear in concrete to allow for speedier remedial action.

“Driven by attractive economic and demographic fundamentals in Manchester, and the growing trend for urbanisation, we are anticipating strong demand for this centrally located, high-quality accommodation which will be tailored to the private rental sector.”

“It’s imperative that the structural health of a building is monitored thoroughly following damage from a disaster such as a major explosion or an earthquake,” said Mezgeen Ahmed, a postgraduate student who is developing the research at the university.

“But until now a lot of investigations have had to be invasive, meaning that further damage may be caused to a building when accessing the parts which are out of view. “What this technology can give us is the ability to analyse a whole structure by simply attaching sensors to it, which not only does away with the risk of causing further damage but also which creates greater efficiency in repair work.” The technology centres on attaching a number of accelerometers to the structure’s surface which measure its natural vibration frequency and then analyses this via computer. These frequencies – which are created with an impact hammer that provides a precise amount of force – are then checked for any irregularities which illustrate where the damage might be.

May 2015 News

Moderate growth forecasted for healthcare sector Health sector construction output is forecast to pick up slightly in 2015 with value growth of around 4%, though forecasts indicate moderate annual rates of growth to 2019 when output is forecast to reach £3.6bn. Although the latest trend for new orders has been upwards this is unlikely to result in a rapid upturn in output in the mediumterm, particularly while budgets remain under pressure. A slight increase in the NHS capital expenditure budget in 2015-16 to £4.7bn may help to sustain output growth in 2016, and beyond, as financial pressures on trusts to commission new facilities and upgrade existing ones begin to ease. However, the medium-term prospects for health sector output are still severely constrained by continuing low levels of investment, though medium term prospects are subject to the outcome of the Election.


he healthcare construction sector is on course for moderate growth until 2019, according to a new study from AMA Research.

The research found that, having reached a peak of £5.9bn in 2008, health sector construction output has subsequently declined by 48% since. Cuts to the capital budget initiated by the Government since April 2011 have had a significant impact on health sector output, and the outlook remains one of moderate improvement.

“Whilst health spending for 2016-17 and 2017-18 has not yet been announced, the health budget continues to be under pressure. A change of government could also alter the focus of health sector capital expenditure” said Andrew Hartley, director of AMA Research. “Key to the future performance of the health sector is the changing focus from larger-scale regional provision to smaller, locally based services based on LIFT/P21+ procurement programmes. This is set to continue as health and social care services are increasingly integrated at a community level.”

However, despite the decline, healthcare still represents a major area for construction work. In recent years, the mix between public and private sector output has changed, with the public sector share having experienced significant fluctuations due to budget cuts and changing attitudes towards the use of PFI and other private funding sources. With more healthcare services being driven out of the acute setting and into the primary sector, the emphasis is now upon the upgrading and refurbishment of the GP estate. Investment in the primary care estate has generally lagged behind the secondary or acute sector, but in the 2014 Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced a £1bn funding package for investment into GP facilities which will help upgrade current premises to deliver additional services and care outside hospitals. Established methods of delivery of new capital developments, such as PFI, LIFT, Procure 21+ and Express LIFT are now undergoing change under NHS organisational reforms. The broader policies of developing GP-led commissioning have undoubtedly led to greater co-operation between the private and public sectors, and more work with private providers and their construction teams, as financial constraints continue and public sector capital becomes more difficult to obtain.

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News May 2015

Safety report highlights dangers of knocking down walls provide resistance to sway. It is not, he told CROSS, a matter of conjecture that these buildings will eventually collapse. The only question is when. It might be 20 years but he would be very surprised if it were 100. He finds it very hard to believe that it is regarded as acceptable to remove stability of any building, let alone a whole row. The latest Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety (Cross) update highlights the dangers of knocking down walls in terraced housing. Confidential reports that are submitted to Cross are deidentified before being reviewed by a panel of experts. The panel then makes comments that are intended to assist those who may be faced with similar issues. Five of the eight topics covered in the latest report cover issues that occurred during construction. One of them concerns a terrace of four buildings, the third of which is being opened up. Two of the others have no cross walls on the ground floor and the person sending in the report noted that the spine wall in the last building has also been removed. This left the front 8m or 9m metres of these buildings with nothing but the glass windows to

The report comments that it is a well-known problem but such work is often carried out by a jobbing builder, without proper structural engineering input. “Building Control may not be notified which means no one sees the ‘big picture’ of stability which should be considered for even the most minor of alterations. When there is a structural engineer it is their responsibility, even if appointed for only one unit within the terrace, to consider the wider implications of wall removal. A structural engineer becoming aware of the situation as described has a duty to pass on any concerns to building control.” CIRIA is currently conducting a study into “Structural stability of buildings during refurbishment”. ‘Opening up’ may be fashionable but can be fatal, says the commentary in the Cross report.

New housing registrations jump 18% New figures from NHBC show that 18% more houses were registered in the UK in the first quarter of this year than in the same period of 2014. In total, 40,281 new homes were registered - 30,691 in the private sector and 9,590 in the public sector - compared to 34,163 (24,428 private sector; 9,735 public sector) in the first quarter of 2014. This represents a year-on-year 26% increase for the private sector, with the public sector marginally down by 1%. Figures for March show that 17,210 new houses were registered (12,699 private sector; 4,511


public sector), an increase of 32% registered in the same month last year (13,068; 9,051 private sector; 4,017 public sector). NHBC chief executive Mike Quinton said: “Our figures show an encouraging start to 2015 with new housing registrations up 18% on the first quarter of last year. Housing growth levels remain strong across virtually every part of the UK. “However, we have made clear that the UK is still building way below the volumes of homes that we need. NHBC looks forward to working with government to ensure that high quality new housing is a top priority.”

Mott MacDonald takes lead on Croydon redevelopment The consultancy will provide the London Borough of Croydon with the overall multidisciplinary design for the project, with principal subconsultants Rick Mather and Turley providing architectural and planning services. The project will deliver a new scheme for the College Green area of Croydon, including a full-scale refurbishment of the arts, entertainment and conference centre Fairfield Halls. It is intended to transform the building’s commercial capabilities, while being sympathetic to its original design and heritage. The refurbishment will include enhanced and enlarged foyer space with a frontage on College Green, a complete mechanical and electrical refit, improved disabled access and provision of new refreshment facilities. It will also improve the venue’s sound insulation, stage facilities and backstage access so that it can cater for larger and more diverse productions. The wider development encompasses the entire city block and the scheme will provide a route to and from College Green and East Croydon rail station, connecting visitors with places including Queens Gardens, the Clocktower, Surrey Street and the Exchange Quarter. The scheme will include the provision of shops, restaurants, residential accommodation and community and business spaces.

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ketchUp 2015 is the latest edition of the 3D modelling platform from Trimble Buildings Group. Designed for architects, engineers, design and construction professions and with more than 30 million unique activations in the past year, SketchUp is the most widely used 3D modelling software in the world today.

The latest launch features a new 3D Warehouse and some interesting integrations with BIM (Building Information Modelling). Elmtec is the UK distribution partner in the UK and our dedicated team can offer you 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.

Bacus, director of SketchUp product management at Trimble. “With the new release, we are enabling users to participate more effectively at any point in the information modelling process. We’ve added simple tools for adding structured others on their project teams, regardless of the tools being used.”

People from many disciplines use SketchUp to help them imagine their world in 3D, these include; Architecture and Design, Construction, Engineering, Digital Entertainment, and Education. SketchUP Pro’s interoperability with other commonly used CAD/3D tools and data has been improved significantly 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.

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.

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Case Study May 2015


MHA LIGHTING Technical recruiters IC Resources are turning to LED technology to energise their offices

May 2015 Case Study LEADING technical recruiters IC Resources are now also leading the way in reducing their energy consumption. With the help of award-winning lighting manufacturer MHA Lighting, IC Resources have cut their lighting energy bills by 79% at their Grazeley offices, near Reading. In installing the ultra-low energy LED luminaires, the company which specialises in placing candidates in the semiconductor, embedded software and electronics sectors, are set to save £2,510 on their energy bills annually. This will equate to an energy saving of £42,670 over the product’s lifetime and will save 191 tonnes of Co2. Daniel Nash, IC Resources director, said: “As a company operating within the technical arena we’ve been keeping up-to-date with the developments being made in LED lighting and the associated benefits. “After speaking with Litenow lighting consultants it became even more apparent that switching to LED is an investment that can really pay off. “The IC Resources team is hugely dedicated and work at an extremely fastpace so it is paramount that the environment they work in is as comfortable and well-lit as possible. Reducing our energy usage and associated carbon footprint is something we were also extremely focussed on doing.

“Litenow recommended MHA Lighting’s products to us and we are delighted to say that the MHA solution has delivered on all these collective objectives. “Litenow’s installation team caused no intrzusion during installation either, which was completed outside of the offices’ opening hours, causing zero disruption to day-today operations.” Litenow specified MHA Lighting’s WaveStar 202 luminaires (27w including ballast) to replace the existing twin Compact Fluorescents – which were drawing 110w (not inclusive of ballast). Using patented waveguide technology the WaveStar 202 is able to deliver 98 lumens per circuit watt and 5000Kelvin to ensure working conditions are at the optimum for staff. Many studies have been done in work settings where activities such as reading and typing improve under lighting around the 5000K mark as people are able to see things much more easily. The colour temperature of the light and the high levels of uniformity are already enhancing the look and feel of the office for employees. Due to the lighting system’s design and high-reliability, the WaveStar is extremely low maintenance and will run for 109,000 hours of continuous use. With IC Resources 12 hour a day operation over 5.5 days, the lights will not need replacing for 17 years, saving hundreds of pounds annually in maintenance costs over the product’s lifetime and bringing the total savings over the lifetime to £52,628.



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The payback period for this installation is just three year and nine months, providing a Return On Investment of 515%. Tom Harrison, MHA Lighting MD, said: “Given that lighting accounts for 40% of an office’s energy costs, the savings to be had by switching to LED have the potential to have a huge impact on a business’ bottom line. “We are delighted with the savings we have been able to achieve at the IC Resources offices in Grazeley but the benefits of this installation are much more than just the energy saved. “The latest in human-centric lighting research suggests that high quality LED lighting improves the working environment and as our LED lighting does not flicker or hum it meets occupational health standards and contributes to a greater feeling of wellbeing amongst staff. “Our LED technology provides the highest quality uniformly distributed light to create the closest light to natural daylight indoors and the high lux levels we provide can improve employee’s concentration.” Steve Hiscox, MD of Litenow, added: “The feedback we have received from the IC Resources staff has been hugely positive and it has been a pleasure working with an organisation that fully appreciates the benefits that can be achieved with a high quality LED lighting solution.”


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Armstrong Ceilings Following the launch of Phase 2 of the Government’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP), leading interior solutions provider Armstrong has launched a RIBAapproved CPD on ceiling solutions for education. The seminar, which earns RIBA members double points, meets RIBA’s core curriculum subjects of designing and building it (design, construction, technology and engineering) and climate (sustainable architecture), both at a general awareness knowledge level. The CPD is designed to help architects better understand the new PSBP designs for schools and meet acoustic and thermal requirements to create a more energy efficient and comfortable learning environment. And because solutions for both acoustics and overheating have the potential to impact on


each other, it emphasizes that rather than being just useful, it is essential that both are designed and considered together. The CPD advises that among other factors, acoustically the reverberation requirements have not changed from the original BB93 although the introduction of spaces for SEN (Special Educational Needs) students adds the requirement for high sound absorption at low frequencies. Also, that rain noise was not mentioned in the original BB93 and now the PSBP gives a more realistic figure than the BREEAM figure that was sometimes specified. It also advises that thermally, using Armstrong CoolZone Phase Change Material (PCM) ceiling tiles, allows high thermal mass properties to be added to the lightweight construction currently preferred for reducing the cost of construction and on-going maintenance of a school.

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Vision London:

The Construction Showcase With infrastructure and manufacturing industry also vital parts of construction, Vision London 2015 opens its doors for two days on June 2 at London’s Olympia, providing the opportunity to check out exhibitors showcasing the latest products and technology for the affordable housing market. The event brings communities together to discuss, debate and showcase the latest innovations and developments in architecture, design and the built environment. Over 100 organisations are exhibiting their new and inventive solutions that facilitate the creation of better building design. The event also boasts an extensive speaker programme where some 100 influential industry figures speak on a range of topics covered under the four themes of Future Materials & Systems, Technology, Innovation in Architecture & Design and Building for Health & Wellness. Among the raft of highly informative seminar sessions, Future Housing is a prime topic with the UK now facing pressing housing issues. Architects and designers are developing solutions that are practical and affordable, designed with community in mind. Innovation in Architecture & Design homes in on construction themes. The Tuesday session at 2.45pm, provides a Standards briefing: Evaluating the current and future benefits of construction standards. Using standards provides powerful business and marketing tools for organisations of all sizes. They can be used to fine tune performance and also manage


risks faced while operating more efficiently and sustainably. This session covers new trends and innovations that will impact construction professionals today and in the future, including BIM, Sustainable Construction, Infrastructure and Eurocodes. Wednesday sees Geometrically Challenged Timber Structures presented at 1015am and led by renowned timber engineer, Gordon Cowley. The talk features concepts, designs and engineering challenges that have resulted in some of Europe’s most stunning timber buildings. Hear how structural timber allows for imaginative design, resulting in complex and beautiful geometric structures, elegantly curved and revealing nodes and connections that can all be manufactured off-site. The Future Housing seminar at 1pm centres on the UK currently facing pressing housing issues. It looks at how architects and designers are developing practical and affordable solutions, designed with community in mind. A case study will highlight the UK’s first amphibious and flood resilient home designed to tackle increasing flood risk of flood.

material sustainability and responsible sourcing, to the latest in innovation and installation. Following on, Stora Enso delivers its fifth event in the Future City, Future Wood series at 11.45am and looks at how London and other world cities are using CLT, cross laminated timber, for city regeneration. Recognised for its sustainability credentials and inherent structural qualities, CLT is appropriate for large and small scale education and residential projects, including medium high rise developments, currently 9~10 floors, where speed and ease of construction are key. Concrete is a remarkably successful construction material but is it the material of the future? With manufacturers enhancing performance and reducing environmental impact, designers are challenged to use alternatives. Future Concrete on Wednesday at 1030am in the Future Materials sessions questions whether we should fight this or learn to live with it. The forum examines how we use concrete in creative ways and whether we should anticipate a new chemistry for the future.

Materials are critical for the future of construction and the Future Materials seminar stream sets out to deliver a wealth of information.

At 11.45am, Innovating with Low Impact Materials provides a discussion on how low impact materials can encourage the construction of low carbon healthy buildings. It will also provide a knowledge sharing experience on how best to use low impact materials.

Façade Evolution on Tuesday at 1015am, jointly branded with CAB in the UK, looks at the latest thinking/ research on glazed facades. This session ranges from an update on

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Yeoman Shield Joins the NBS revolution

Yeoman Shield’s core group of wall and door protection products have been authored for Building Information Modelling and are now held in the NBS National BIM Library website. all aspects of a building’s design will show construction savings by eliminating the risks of mistakes and reducing abortive costs. BIM becoming the “With prevalent way of ensuring

Building Information Modelling, or BIM for short, has the capability of bringing together all the information about every component of a building in one place. It enables the sharing of this information to be accessible to anyone for any purpose. This effective way of integrating


your products are specified for Government projects by 2016 along with the significant amount of projects we carry out within the public sector, we thought it good practice to establish ourselves within the BIM modelling giving our products greater visibility to specifiers.

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FORE starts highly-sustainable FORE Partnership, the pan-European real estate investment club for family offices and private investors, has begun development of a highly-sustainable, speculative office project by the River Thames in central London.


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e London office development VIEW 58 will provide 47,000 sq ft of Grade-A office space at 58 Victoria Embankment on the north bank of the Thames in Midtown, and is being delivered with development partner Kier Property. The development has been sensitively designed by architects TP Bennett to retain the historic feel of the façade, while providing a contemporary, highly-functional office environment behind it. Each floor opens into a central atrium and has exposed lifts and walkways. Sustainability is central to VIEW 58. FORE and Kier have adopted green construction practices - incorporating technologies not seen before in the UK - and are actively engaging with the local community. On the roof they will install 22 KW in solar photovoltaics that generate power from both the top and underside of the panels, which is the first use of this technology in the UK. During demolition, 99% of waste was diverted from landfills and was recycled. The building is also designed to exceed BREEAM’s ‘Excellent’ sustainability rating. Basil Demeroutis, Managing Partner of FORE Partnership, commented: “The building has been designed with a highlysustainable ethos, underpinning a Grade-A specification. Not only does this future proof the building, but it also cuts the operating costs for tenants by almost a third. “A key part of our philosophy is to bring sustainability

mainstream, to use it as a tool to unlock value just like any other asset management strategy and to widen the view of ‘green’ beyond the traditional narrow focus on energy, water and waste.” FORE has been keen to ensure the development benefits London and the wider community. During the planning process for the development, FORE operated the building as a charity hub with 24 non-profit organisations occupying the building for more than a year at no cost. Phil Sutton, Associate Director at Kier Property, commented: “The building is expected to reach practical completion in the second quarter of 2016. The

location, in the heart of London, is fantastic, and VIEW 58 has iconic views of the River Thames from every floor – including of course the three roof terraces.” Letting agents for VIEW 58 are Savills and Ingleby Trice. For further information, please contact: Tavistock James Whitmore/ Faye Walters T: 020 7920 3150 E: / FORE Basil Demeroutis, Managing Partner T: +44.20.7440.3480 E:


May 2015

STEADMANS WELCOMES NEW CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HEALTH AND SAFETY RULES Leading building products manufacturer Steadmans has welcomed new construction industry legislation which took effect this month. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations are the main set governing the overseeing of health, safety and welfare on projects. The 2015 rules have replaced their 2007 predecessors and impose duties on people and organisations they define as principal designers, designers, principal contractors, contractors, workers, commercial clients and domestic clients. Applying to all building and construction work, from concept to completion, the legislation known as the CDM Regulations - covers projects including new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repairs and maintenance. The new rules include a number of key changes. They now apply to jobs for domestic, as well as commercial, clients and all projects must have written construction phase plans. All people performing tasks must have the right skills, knowledge, training and experience - young or inexperienced personnel, such as apprentices, have to be supervised. The role of principal designer has replaced that of CDM co-ordinator, featuring in the 2007 legislation and principal designers and principal contractors must be appointed on projects with more than one contractor. Principal designers have to coordinate all matters relating to health and safety, while principal contractors are ultimately responsible for operational site safety. Their duties include planning and monitoring pre-construction phases, taking prevention principles into account.


Welcoming the new regulations, Ian Hodgson, divisional director, Steadmans, said: “The 2015 rules are particularly relevant to us as their biggest impact is on businesses working as sole contractors on smaller projects – the kind of customers and jobs to which we supply a lot of materials. Companies in this position will have to act as principal designers and principal contractors, so will need to consider health and safety in designs and produce site safety plans. “It may be tempting for some businesses in this position to see the new requirements as more unnecessary bureaucracy but of the 42 people who died on construction sites in Britain last year, 75 per cent were working on smaller projects. The focus of the legislation is therefore rightly shifting – after all, high-risk features, such as working at height, operating machinery and moving vehicles, aren’t just features of large sites.” Statistics from the Health & Safety Executive show that, although construction has only about five per cent of Britain’s employees, the industry accounted for 31 per cent of fatal injuries and 10 per cent of reported major injuries to workers in 2013/14. In addition to the 42 fatalities, there were an estimated 76,000 cases of work-related illhealth in the sector during this period. The executive adds an estimated 2.3 million working days were lost in the construction industry, 1.7 million due to ill-health and 592,000 to workplace injury, during 2013-14. It says that injuries and new cases of

ill-health resulting largely from working conditions in the sector cost society more than £1.1bn a year. Steadmans is a principal UK supplier for steel construction in the agricultural, industrial and commercial sectors. Its output includes steel cladding, galvanised roofing sections, composite wall and roof sheets, metal cladding, roofing products and fibre cement sheeting. All its relevant products conform to CE marking regulations and meet their requirements. In addition to its headquarters site in Carlisle, Cumbria, Steadmans has facilities in: Uddingston, near Glasgow; Fyvie, Aberdeenshire; and Belfast, Northern Ireland. The company employs 150 people overall and benefits from being part of the SIG UK group. For further information on Steadmans’ full range of products call 016974 78277, email or visit

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EASY GLASS速 SLIM The most popular in the wide range of balustrade systems, Easy Glass速 Slim gives virtually uninterrupted views. The glass is retained by an ingenious safety wedge system making installation and, if necessary de-glazing, straightforward and quicker than alternative products. Pictured is part of the Q-railing headquarters, one of the largest trade organisations in Emmerich am Rhein, Germany.

The Easy Glass速 railing system was fascia mounted along the sides of the stairs and first floor. And to add extra support without compromising on transparency a handrail was mounted to the glass. Q-railing UK celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. We continue to develop new and innovative modular balustrade systems to suit the widest range of aesthetic, loading and installation requirements.

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May 2015

B & K Structures Raising the Roof on Innovative Construction B & K Structures are acknowledged as industry leaders when it comes to optimised hybrid solutions and one aspect that sets them apart, is the company’s continuous design innovation. This is nowhere more apparent than with roofs, as B & K Structures have been involved with some of the most iconic roof structures in the UK, developing a range of stunning designs – all creating remarkable visual impact on both the buildings and the surrounding areas. Scunthorpe Academy, with its unique geodesic roof structure, consisting of five intersecting glulam domes, created a ground breaking sports and leisure facility. This particular structural solution had been successfully executed on the continent, however this design was a first for the UK to be constructed on such a large and complex scale. The domes are formed with short members running between primary glulam to create a structure that supports itself, with steel structural members running through the project where the intersecting domes join. The connections on this build were formed from bolts fixed into the end of the glulam beams from the side of the steel nodes. The glulam beams, complete with resin embedded steel rods, were manufactured offsite and brought to the site for rapid connection to the four way steel nodes, keeping the impact on site programme to a minimum. continued on next page >>


May 2015 The domes at Scunthorpe Academy were constructed using geodesic geometry – a series of polygonal or triangular shapes to achieve a curved surface. Not only does this choice of roofing system deliver a striking visual impact, it also outperforms traditional constructions by allowing for efficient use of materials and greater stability. Another project demonstrating B & K Structure’s innovative roof designs is the renowned Marks & Spencer store at Cheshire Oaks. This was a ground breaking project in terms of sustainability as Marks & Spencer wanted to use a suppler that was able to adhere to their environmental values – as the UK’s leading sustainable frame contractor, B & K Structures had the essential credentials. The most striking and sustainable feature to the build was its ‘wavy’ glulam roof, which was made up of 1,400m2 of curved glulam beams. The steel mezzanine floors and roof were constructed simultaneously in order to ensure all elements fitted together. The connections had bolted steel plates in a traditional format to ensure the project was made as easy as possible to erect on site. The curved beams are supported by a series of steel columns and had to be trimmed on site to fit the holes of the 5,000 steel bolts fixed to the steel work. One advantage of this roof style is that it could be left exposed – eliminating the need for suspended ceilings. This meant that fewer materials had to be used, adhering to the environmental values of Marks & Spencer. The multi directional roof design was formed from semi continuous curved

26 beams comprising two adjacent spans joined together, thereby reducing in span deflection. The curved beams were supported on steel tree columns in a crucifix arrangement with individually designed steel connection plate and bolt arrangement, requiring 24 bolts at every connection point. The steel mezzanine flooring acted as diaphragm – reducing the need for vertical bracing. Not only is this roof design sustainable and environmentally efficient it also creates a visual impact, making the building stand out from the surrounding stores.

The roof comprises semicontinuous and continuous members with some tie members in between to form a consistent grid. Temporary propping was designed to support the structure throughout the construction phase with the inner glulam roof structure being erected first which was supported by the external steel frame. Embedded rod connections were used to enhance visual impact at the steel nodes. BIM modelling ensured the individual elements of the hybrid structure could be installed both accurately and efficiently.

The Moor Market, Sheffield is another excellent example of a unique roof design. Finalist in the 2014 Wood Awards, the iconic structure is located in the city centre and is the flagship of the regeneration of the Moor area. As structural framework provider, B & K Structures proposed an optimised hybrid solution to create a distinctive building. The design was inspired by classic European markets, leading to a modern interpretation of these traditional buildings. By using engineered timber to a dramatic effect – particularly at the entrance where an impressive gridshell structure welcomes visitors – B & K Structures designed a building to deliver a positive impact on the local community and city skyline.

The principles of erection for all three of these frames – Moor Marketing, M&S Cheshire Oaks and Scunthorpe Academy - are similar. Individual towers were used to support the nodal points whilst the structure was in construction; the towers were then removed when the frames were structurally stable which was fully coordinated within B & K Structure’s scope of work, meaning that no fixed scaffold system was required. Nick Milestone, Managing Director of B & K Structures stated, “Here at B & K Structures we like to stay ahead of the game with new and innovative design ideas, our main objective is to provide quality, speed and value as well as offering something different that makes our projects stand out from the crowd.” Batchwood Tennis Centre, St Albans

RENOLIT ALKORPLAN not just a single ply membrane The unique RENOLIT ALKORSOLAR system has brought a step change to the way in which photovoltaics are fixed to single ply membrane. A simple solution, the PVC profile and aluminium box section combination are hot air welded to the surface of the membrane, providing a solid mounting for all types of PV and solar thermal systems. RENOLIT ALKORSOLAR profile is light weight, non-penetrative to the waterproofing layer and omits the need for extra ballast. It works in harmony with RENOLIT ALKORPLAN and particularly RENOLIT ALKORBRIGHT, with longevity and strength guaranteed. Common to all RENOLIT products it is thoroughly independently tested. For information, please contact Sheila Bevan on 01670 718283 or e-mail:

Safety and Security May 2015


romat SUPALUX® has a long track record of success on hospital projects where proven and durable fire protection is required. Following a recent comprehensive Fire Risk Assessment, the decision was taken to upgrade the fire protection around the hospital’s central fire escape staircase and bin storage areas. Promat SUPALUX® boards were used to form a solid partition, 35mm thick. This was made up from 2 layers of 20 & 15mm thickness fixed together with galvanized angle around the perimeter of the opening, which was anchored to the structure.


The result was a solid but slim, independent partition, which could be installed between the metal balustrades of the staircase and a number of adjacent timber screens. The 35mm thick partition now provides an additional 60 minutes of fire resistance around the escape staircase. Standard Supalux® timber stud partitions were used to add a minimum of 60 minutes to the bin stores on each landing level of the hospital. “We specified Promat SUPALUX® for this project because we knew it could be fully relied upon to provide the required level of fire protection,” said Robert Moore, of Lilly Lewarne Practice chartered architects. “It is also straightforward to install, which was another crucial factor as the work had to be undertaken while the hospital maintained its normal daily routine, so disruption had to be kept to a minimum.” The sub contractor installed Promat SUPALUX® to a high standard with minimal disruption, and Promat made regular visits to the site to help resolve any issues which arose during construction. Promat SUPALUX® is a strong and lightweight non-combustible high performance board with a gypsumfree, calcium silicate composition, with excellent moisture resistance and dimensional stability properties. This makes it ideal for a wide range of applications, including internal partitions, external and internal walls, ceilings, floors, roofs, service enclosures and other types of protected zones.


Protection for patients at The Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro has been improved with the installation of a passive fire protection solution from Promat UK.

How many more reasons do you need? As the UK’s leading fire protection board, Promat SUPALUX® is specified for a reason. Light in weight and heavy on performance, its super-durable calcium silicate technology keeps buildings safer, for longer. With 30+ years of proven performance, Promat SUPALUX® is trusted by professionals for its uncompromising product quality and fully supported by Promat’s technical expertise.

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FIVE STAR ACOUSTIC AND FIRE PERFORMANCE Five of Moralt’s high quality, performance door cores are now available with the reassurance of third-party certification from the BM TRADA Q-Mark scheme - one of the most prestigious third party certification processes available in the UK for timber based products. The door cores, which include two Moralt FireSmoke and three Moralt FireSound cores - the only high acoustic fire door cores offering BM TRADA Q-Mark accreditation - are all available nationwide and directly from stock through Moralt’s exclusive UK distributor, James Latham. The BM TRADA Q-Mark scheme provides peace of mind to specifiers and purchasers that timber based products are manufactured to a high standard, guaranteeing their consistent quality and performance. In the UK, there is a legal requirement for manufacturers of fire doors to provide proof of the ability of their products to resist the passage of fire through the provision of test evidence.

Whilst this demonstrates that the door meets the legally acceptable minimum standards, the BM TRADA Q-Mark scheme provides additional reassurance that products are fit for purpose through on-going compliance to the original product specification.

He added, “The FireSound and FireSmoke door blanks deliver numerous features and benefits and now, with this excellent and widely recognised independent accreditation to back them up, they also offer much stronger specification appeal.”

Steven Dennard, Group Door Manager for James Latham commented, “Most manufacturers have several options for 30 and 60 minute fire rated doors, but Moralt has now supplemented their Q-Mark offer with three high end acoustic FireSound door cores (44mm, 54mm and 59mm thick) which not only achieve FD30/FD60 but also 40dB – 44 dB acoustic rating.

As well as the Moralt FireSound and FireSmoke range, James Latham is now also offering a Moralt PassiveHouse compliant doorkits, supplied complete with Meranti frame, ironmongery, and a 98mm thick door blank. The door blank is supplied part processed/CNC'd for the double-rebate detail along with lock and hinge fixings and the kit is CE-Marked – EN14351-1, External Windows & Doors.

“This is great news for all Q-Mark manufacturing members, as well as architects, specifiers and any other Latham door-producing customers. Not only does it demonstrate their commitment to consistently manufacturing high quality timber joinery products but it also shows that they have the confidence that their products will perform to the high standards demanded by schemes such as this.”


Technology May 2015

Vicaima make it snappy with new doors App Deciding which interior door design or finish best suits a particular space just got easier, with the launch of a new mobile application from one of the UK’s leading interior door manufacturer’s. My Vicaima uses readily available Smartphone and tablet camera technology to capture and create a stunning visualization tailored made for the room it’s to be used in. The launch of My Vicaima brings to the UK interiors specification market, one of the most innovative apps specifically designed for use with internal doors. Aimed at everyone from Interior designers to enthusiastic home owners it combines easy to use tools with unique and exclusive features that allows users to provide a customised visual to suit an individual project or customer.


Through the use of My Vicaima it is possible to take pictures of the space where you plan to install a door and then interactively test which Vicaima model or finish best suits the desired décor or ambience you are trying to create, with plenty of scope for individual choice. All the Vicaima products listed are clearly identified with model name, collection and finish and with a simple link to the Vicaima website more information is available if desired. The My Vicaima app also incorporates easy interaction with other platforms, making it simple to save the pictures taken and to share them via social networks or messaging. It’s the perfect tool for a quick, easy to use and mobile way to test your ideas and share them with others.

Should inspiration still prove difficult, the app also provides a gallery of ready made room designs to spark the imagination. My Vicaima is available free to download in android and iOS operating systems for Smartphone and tablet. My Vicaima is available for download on Google Play. The version for iOS is available from the Apple Store.

May 2015

Yeoman Launch New Alu Rainwater Systems Yeoman Rainguard have launched their new SL Aluminium Rainwater Systems to the builders merchants and construction markets

Manufactured from 2mm thick Aluminium the new SL gutters and downpipes offer a wealth of advantages to the builder including longevity, ease of fitting and style.


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 maintenance. This all adds up to being the perfect choice for gutters and downpipes when sustainability and the future lifecycle of a building is being considered.

“We have developed the new SL Aluminium range with contractors upper most in mind” explained Rainguard Director, Phil Christopher

Environmental issues are becoming a larger concern when constructing buildings. Aluminium is 95% recyclable and with it’s robust, long life properties minimising the need for replacement the SL Aluminium range becomes an ecologically sound rainwater solution.

“When on site a quick and easy no fuss installation of a rainwater system is definitely a plus. Our push fix jointing system which requires absolutely no mechanical fixings will noticeably speed up the installation process.”

As well as offering advantages to the designers and constructors of a building the SL system can offer a very important extra to the buildings permanent occupants – that of adding a stylish finishing touch to the exterior.

SL’s Aluminium gutters and downpipes are not susceptible to colour bleaching from the sun – as are some less robust plastic systems. Neither is the paint finish 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 for many years to come. “We hope that the construction industry find our new SL Aluminium rainwater system an asset to their building requirements knowing that they can rely on our help and expertise whatever the project along with the knowledge that the new range is available ex-stock from our warehouse in Leeds.” Concluded Phil Christopher For further details on Yeoman Rainguard products visit or email

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– The Future of House


ousebuilding in the UK is currently at an all-time low. It is predicted that a total of 250,000 homes need to be delivered each year in order to tackle spiralling house prices and the critical shortage of affordable homes. This target has constantly been missed – with figures showing that only 141,000 homes were constructed last year. A substantial part of the problem is that housebuilders in possession of large sites often only release a small amount of homes at a time, as building at a slower pace allows them to maximise the value of their assets. As a result local authorities are now looking at reclaiming and managing the construction of new homes. Councils have largely been removed from housebuilding since the conservative government came into power in 1979, where private construction rose, but not by enough to compensate for the fall in public sector building. So what have local authorities been doing all this time? Council advisors argue that they been exploring ways of getting back into housebuilding after decades of being removed. Both Labour and Liberal Democrats are arguing in support of the state to once


again commission and build new homes. Nevertheless, the current Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, argues that they need to be cautious about the state getting involved in housebuilding – stating that the country must live within its means. It is clear that if the state reclaims house building then cost effective methods of building will have to be utilised. Offsite construction provides the solution. Through the use of offsite construction, the government will be able to deliver houses at a lower cost and a rapid pace. Offsite construction has been around for decades, however, it is only now that its benefits are truly being recognised. It has been stated that a main factor holding up housebuilding in the short term, is a lack of materials. The surge in demand in late 2013 and early 2014 led to a decrease in availability of traditional materials such as bricks. This paved the way for prefabricated materials like timber and steel to be used in housebuilding. There is an urgent need for a mass volume of houses to be constructed in a limited time scale and whether the state takes on housebuilding, or if it is left to private house builders, the benefits of offsite construction could be

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crucial to meeting targets that have repeatedly been missed. Offsite construction provides housebuilders with programme certainty and quality though simplification of site operations and reduced weather dependencies due to the controlled factory-based assembly process. Houses delivered through offsite construction offer enhanced specification standards and build quality which reduces occupancy costs related to energy use, defects and repairs. There is significant evidence that suggests that the use of offsite construction has been successful when applied to meet the needs of significant housing developments at scale with consequential opportunities for standardisation of design details – particularly to meet the need of government led programmes. Explore Offsite is a series of events which take the form of combined conferences and exhibitions – creating a platform for construction clients, architects, engineers and contractors to come together and discuss the latest offsite solutions. The third in the series of Explore Offsite events has a focus on the housing sector. Taking place on 07 July 2015 in Birmingham, the event includes speakers from pioneering companies in the offsite construction industry. Speakers include: John

Skivington, Director of LHC, Steve Wightman, Managing Director of Caledonian Modular, Nick Milestone, Managing Director of B & K Structures and Alex Smith, Hawkins Brown who will be discussing Banyan Wharf – the tallest timber building Europe, as well as Rory Bergin, HTA Design, speaking about Modular Buildings for the Private Rental Sector and Bryan Woodley, Val-U-Therm, sharing his experience in High Performance Building Envelope Design to Achieve PassivHaus Standards to name a few. There is also a wealth of exhibitors who will be available to discuss their latest innovations in offsite construction. Exhibitors include companies such as Balcas, B & K structures, Caledonian Modular, Coillte Panel Products, Crown Timber, Keystone Group, Kingspan Timber Solutions, Metechno, Modularize, Senior Architectural Systems, Structural Timber Association and Val-U-Therm. Tickets are just £95 +VAT. Get 10% off your tickets with the early bird discount code: EXPLORE10 Book now to avoid disappointment:


Case Study May 2015


May 2015 Case Study

5 Real Reasons to Choose Steel We often get questions about comparisons of different materials. Very frequently the choice is between steel versus plastic or aluminum. Our choice at Lindab is, and has always been, steel. We will give you 5 real reasons to choose steel for your rainwater system rather than PVC or aluminum.

Most of these arguments go for all steel systems, but we think that we add even more to this fantastic material. We have been processing steel for more than 50 years and we buy over 200 000 tonnes of steel every year, so we feel that we know what we are doing. We also put our products through rigorous testing. continues...


Case Study May 2015

• 1. Steel has the lowest carbon footprint of all rainwater systems materials

With steel you get a cost effective and environmental friendly installation that is 100 % recyclable. Our Rainline system is made from sheet steel, a raw material that has a natural place in today’s approach towards sustainability.

• 2. Steel stays in shape

Virtually all materials are affected by differences in temperature and grows and shrinks as the weather changes. Compared to aluminum and plastic, steel has a lot smaller movement factor. This means that your installation is much more likely to last as connections and fixation points won’t take such a beating as with other materials.


• 3. It’s really long lived

A rainwater system made of steel can last in excess of 70 years. To aid to the lifespan we rustproof the material with a 275 grams zinc coating. This gives the system a self-healing quality where scratches and cuts are automatically sealed by zinc ions that migrate to re-coat the uncovered steel.

• 4. Strong as steel

Steel is the foundation of all modern construction, and there is a reason for that. Steel is strong. Snow, hail, falling tree branches and other circumstances can easily break a rainwater system made from aluminum or plastic materials. And even though we recommend that you are careful during the installation, a steel system is much more heavy duty than its competitors.

• 5. Steel is actually cheaper than plastic or aluminum

The initial cost for a steel rainwater system is higher. We’re not saying that it’s not. But if you take into consideration the lifespan and maintenance needed for the respective systems, you actually save money. The lifecycle cost for a steel system is considerably lower than any other system out there.

For more information contact Telephone 0121 585 2780 or E-mail:

INNOVATION COMES AS STANDARD Today’s modern methods of construction require a totally new approach to methods that have been used for centuries, none more so than the installation of paving and decking over Roof terraces, Balconies and podium decks. InStar UK have been providing waterproofing components to the flat roofing industry for more than a decade and have the expertise in this field to keep bringing innovation to this market place. InStar’s adjustable paving and decking supports offer a quick, simple and cost effective method of installing paving and decking and maintain drainage at the underlying surface level.


Support heights range from 25mm to 550mm and the resulting airspace beneath can be used for the installation of service pipes and conduits with easy access being available for maintenance.

Roof falls can be accommodated enabling the paving or decking to be installed totally flat and the accurately spaced gaps between pavers allows for the escape of rainwater to the surface below. Several unique features exist including ready scored base plates enabling removal of sections to enable the support to be used right up against a wall and the ability to be able, by the use of a large screwdriver, to provide fine adjustment of height even after the paving has been laid, often this fine adjustment is required to eliminate “chatter” of the slabs. InStar Managing Director Nick Mills says “We have built our business around a small range of flat roofing associated products which offer advantage to the end user in terms of speed of installation and ease of use ultimately resulting in cost savings, our staff are both knowledgable and helpful and our UK stockholding results in fast turnaround and happy customers” Full details of InStar’s range of decking and paving supports and other products can be found at or by phoning 0118 9832405 or emailing and asking for a full portfolio of products.


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A High Performance from Remmers To compliment their recently refurbished showroom, a new ‘high tech’ workshop has been constructed at Charles Hurst Ferrari, the official Ferrari dealer in Northern Ireland. Remmers UK Ltd along with McLaughlin and Harvey Contractors were appointed to


oversee the installation of a flooring system in keeping with the Ferrari brand and suitable for a workshop environment. The existing old concrete floor in the workshop was constructed in several slabs and therefore a high potential for movement existed.

The floor required filling and levelling prior to the application of the new flexible surface finish. The system proposed by Remmers was a flexible 3mm visco elastic PUR resin system with a polyurethane seal coat. The seal coat has integral R11 slip rating and a high degree of chemical resistance.

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Coatings May 2015

ENJOY THE ULTIMATE STICKING POWER WITH DOW’s INSTA-STIK MP Forget lugging heavy bags of dry wall adhesive or messy mixing…Dow’s INSTA-STIK MP takes the hassle out of a wide range of adhesive work.

It’s cost-effective too, with one 750ml can covering the same area as a 25kg bag of dry wall adhesive.

Fast curing (in three to five minutes) and with low expansion capabilities, it’s suitable for fixing most substrates including plasterboard, insulation board and many other common building materials.

Speaking about Dow’s INSTASTIK MP, Marketing Manager, Marc Olding, says: “We all need products that we can rely on to get the job done and INSTA-STIK MP does exactly that.

It doesn’t need mixing so preparation time can be eliminated and you can even work without water or electricity. Once it’s been applied you can start plastering after just an hour and any unused INSTA-STIK MP can be put away and saved for another job.

“Easy to use, easy to apply and even easier to transport, it’s the perfect for solution for anyone looking to get things fixed. It’s an essential part of our hard-working Dow range.”

INTRODUCING THE NEW REVOLUTION FRAME FROM PURDY Introducing the new Revolution Frame, an innovative piece of decorating kit that promises to make the job in-hand easier for professional painters and decorators. Developed by the company’s expert technical team, the ‘cageless design’ has just been launched into the market, offering comprehensive coverage that doesn’t grey streak. Its innovative, durable open cage structure means it will release paint easily – avoiding mess and making it easier to clean. As the latest addition to Purdy’s extensive frame range, it’s the UK’s lightest frame. Compatible with the Powerlock Extension Pole, the Revolution Frame can be dismantled easily using the quick connect attachment, making it an efficient addition to a decorating kit.


Add the Purdy Marathon Roller Cover, formulated with a blend of nylon and polyester fabric, for a perfect finish on interior and exterior walls. Boasting excellent paint pick up and release, it won’t shed fabric and is more durable than other covers, making it a cost-efficient for longer or larger jobs. Speaking about the launch of the new frame, Marc Olding, Purdy Marketing Manager said: “Purdy has a great reputation for delivering high-spec products that always deliver in terms of performance and efficiency. “The Revolution Frame is a welcome addition to our professional range of hand-crafted brushes, frames and rollers, bringing great benefits for professional painters and decorators.”

May 2015 Coatings architects as the only appropriate solution for paint removal, where damage to the surface or risk to the environment is an issue. The chemicals used within the stripping pastes are carefully chosen to minimise fumes and odours and are biodegradable and environmentally friendly.

Fast and effective paint and varnish removal. The original, authentic Peel Away® range is now available exclusively through Barrettine Products Ltd and approved Trade stockists. The Peel Away® paint removal system is designed for the complete removal of accumulated layers of paint with up to 32 coats of paint removed in one application. Use will not damage profiles or other surfaces where multi-layers of paint are removed. Peel Away® is available in two different formulations; Peel Away® 1 and Peel Away® 7. Both are Methylene Chloride free (Dichloromethane). The Peel Away® poultice paint removal system was first developed in 1981 to deal effectively with the problems associated with the removal of multiple layers of old lead-based paint, where burning, scraping or sanding would allow lead particles to escape into the environment with the associated health risks caused by such practices. The stripping compound is formulated to turn the lead into lead hydroxide within the paste, so that it can be safely disposed of without endangering the environment or user.

The system is designed to work with the special Peel Away® poultice cover supplied which allows the user to extend the time available so the stripping process can be as complete as possible. This is especially useful where crevices and profiles have allowed the build-up of several times the thickness of the paint compared to flat surfaces. The system will remove paint from many exterior and interior architectural surfaces, including stone, cement, brickwork, plaster walls and ceilings, plain and ornate fibrous plaster cornices, plain and carved or turned woodwork, plain and cast metal work. Automobile, aircraft and marine coatings are also efficiently stripped with the Peel Away® system. The Peel Away® poultice paint removal system has been used for very many high profile restoration projects all over the world. In the UK these have included railings and interiors at The British Museum, ornate plaster ceilings at Greenwich Palace, ironwork on the London Underground and delicate panelling at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The system is frequently specified by










The Poultice Paint Removal System 1 EASILY REMOVES UP TO 32 COATS of Paints & Varnishes containing Oil, Lead Polyurethane or water.

Suitable for Wood, Brick, Stone, Concrete, Marble, Decorative Plaster, Cornices and Plaster walls.

The Poultice Paint Removal System 7 EASILY REMOVES UP TO 20 COATS

of Architectural, Domestic, Industrial and Marine Coatings. No dangerous fumes or toxic particles. New modern alternative for PEELAWAY 1. Does not require neutralising on application.

Also removes painted wall paper. Water-based Alkaline formulation.

A FREE Peelaway DVD is available on request.


Coatings May 2015

Osmo Protects Inside And Out An extension to a residential property in Buckinghamshire highlights the diverse range of wood finishes from Osmo and how these eco-friendly products provide outstanding protection and aesthetically pleasing results both internally and externally. 46

May 2015 Coatings


uilt in the 1980’s, this fourbed detached home had an unfortunate north facing patio, which, due to lack of sunlight was rarely used. With the prospect of a promising summer, the homeowner decided to make the most of the patio area by erecting an extension and extending the kitchen, utilising the unused space. Jeffrey Powell Associates was the architect for this project and designed an oak framed extension. To ensure the timber would be protected against UV rays and eliminate algae and fungal decay, two coats of Osmo’s Oak UVProtection-Oil was applied to the frame, door and windows. By absorbing into the oak, the finish allows the surface to remain healthy and elastic, preventing it from drying and becoming brittle. As well as protecting the wood, it provided a satin-matt, clear finish which creates a rustic appearance which highlights the benefits of having wood installed, and fits in nicely with the rest of the property. “We understand that wood can start to look grey and tired if not treated correctly” commented the homeowner. Despite this, we were still really keen to use the material for the extension but understood it meant that we had to have a high quality finish applied to protect the material. At the same time, we didn’t want the protective layer to detract from the rustic appearance that wood provides. The Oak UVProtection-Oil ensured all of our requirements were met.” Protecting the wood internally was just as important on this project. Osmo’s renowned Polyx-Oil range was used on the oak frame and on the floor. Polyx-Oil Tints Raw is a lightly tinted finish that provides an original, untreated appearance for wooden surfaces. It not only creates a sought-after look, but also protects the wood’s surface. This finished provided the internal oak beams with a fantastic rustic look. Polyx-Oil was also applied to the flooring. Providing a water resistant, hardwearing surface, any mud or rain that is brought in from the garden, can simply be wiped away.

The extension included a newly kitted out kitchen. The work surfaces were treated with Osmo Top Oil to accentuate the woods natural colours and grains. Resistant to all common kitchen spillages and cleaning materials, it provides and easy to clean and water repellent finish. The new interior doors were treated with Osmo Door Oil. Creating a durable micro-porous finish, which is also water-repellent and nonabrasive, Door Oil will not crack, flake or peel. Both the Top Oil and Door Oil created a glossy finish where applied. “After having the Osmo products applied externally, and being impressed with the quality, we decided that we wanted to stick with its range of products internally as well” continues the homeowner. The finishes have retained the original colour and grain of the wood, something which was incredibly important to us. Not only are we happy with the finishes at this point, we have been advised that as long as we maintain the surfaces, the finishes will remain in top condition for many years to come.”

Finally, Osmo Wood Wax Finish Creativ Snow was applied to all interior skirtings. Requiring only one coat, Wood Wax Finish Creativ was quick and easy to apply throughout the extension, providing a resistant, durable finish. Designed to add colour to wooden materials, it is the great at adding a personal touch to the selected areas in the kitchen. For more information on Osmo’s range of eco-friendly solutions, please visit www., or call Osmo directly on 01296 481 220. For news and updates, follow Osmo UK on: Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn


May 2015

Recycled Plastic

Wood from Crushed

CD Cases


Kedel Limited, a Lancashire based recycled plastics manufacturer and retailer have been shortlisted for the “Best Recycled Product Award”. ‘Materials Recycling World’, the UK’s leading publication on Recycling and Waste Management, will present the awards at the ‘2015 National Recycling Awards’ in the London Hilton on the 1st July 2015 Kedel attracted attention with their Synthetic or Plastic Wood made from crushed cd cases, which would otherwise end up in landfill or incinerators, neither of which is ideal for the environment. The company is unique in the UK in not only supplying planks, tongue and groove, cladding and other recycled plastic profiles to the building and construction industry, but by combining several types of recycled plastic to manufacture a variety of outdoor furniture and children’s play equipment themselves, all designed in-house by a specialist design team and cut precisely from CAD files output to their state-of-the-art flatbed CNC drilling, cutting and routing machines.

These include the usual range of benches, picnic tables and chairs, but also multi-coloured fencing, some of it mobile for outdoor management of play groups, and play dens, robust play kitchens, and specialised raised beds with surround seating for outdoor lessons in schools and nurseries. Kedel’s Plastic Wood Tongue and Groove was used to create the colourful Beach Huts for a coastal redevelopment project on Barry Island. It was specified because this durable UV protected material, does not rot, warp or splinter, and graffiti is easy to remove with WD40 and Ultrafine wire wool.

These recycled plastic products will last forever and look good forever. They aren’t just low maintenance they’re no maintenance. The only cost involved is the initial installation, which is generally recouped in savings on maintenance and replacement in 2-5 years. They both last forever and look good forever. Visit www.kededltrade. or for information, advice or a quotation contact: 01282 861325 or email

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Landscaping May 2015


ard landscaping specialists, Bituchem has completed the first application of its advanced Natratex Cotswold Porous material at the recently redeveloped Royal William Yard in Plymouth. Approximately 2000sq.m of the porous material was applied to the ‘secret garden’ car park, giving both a practical and aesthetically pleasing finish to the site. Designed by Dartington-based Gillespie Yunnie Architects the new car park is situated within a number of Grade II listed walls, formerly a Grade I listed Nursery Walled Garden. The 140-space car park has used Bituchem’s Natratex Cotswold Porous material as well as real grass with plastic trays for reinforcement, to give the entire car park a natural drainage system.


Will Hoare, architect at Gillespies Yunnie, commented. “Due to the nature of the site there were some planning restrictions put in place with the design of the new car park in terms of appearance and sustainability. It was particularly important that the new car park maintained the natural aesthetics of the Nursery Garden without using normal drainage systems. We found that Bituchem’s Natratex Cotswold Porous material offers a solution to both of these requirements and we are really pleased with the outcome.” The Natratex Cotswold Porous material is particularly suitable for applications on sites with preservation restrictions, due to the lack of deep earth work needed. This also makes the application and maintenance of the material significantly easier than other infiltration systems. The application does not require any additional drainage systems which reduces the overall time and cost of the project. Bituchem re-designed its popular Natratex Cotswold material to replicate natural infiltration methods, in response to the demand for Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS). The asphalt material is laid on a porous receiving layer and has an open structure to allow water to permeate through the surface into the ground and eventually finding its way to a natural water source. The material has been designed to remove the need for conventional drainage systems, thus eliminating the likelihood of blocked drains and water contamination. Natratex Cotswold Porous is suitable for areas that see pedestrian and light vehicular use and are susceptible to flooding, such as car parks, footpaths, recreational parks and residential roads. The material is crafted using colour coordinated aggregate and pigments available in a range of colours, combined with a clear binder to provide an attractive and durable hard landscaping surface. The new car park at the Royal William Yard is just one part of the redevelopment of the Plymouth landmark led by developers, Urban Splash. The project has been taking place for a number of years and has introduced a range of commercial, residential and leisure areas, including a large variety of restaurants, making it the perfect socialising environment for locals and tourists. Further information on Natratex Cotswold Porous is available from Bituchem on 01594 826768 or 07584 311266, by emailing: mark@bituchem.comW or by visiting the company’s website at:



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Construction Update - May 2015  

Construction Update - May 2015