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Construction Update November 2015


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News November 2015

Mace JV wins programme support for Tube revamp A joint venture between Mace and CPC Project Services is to provide programme support to London Underground on the upgrade of the District, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Lines. Modernisation (4LM), will renew the current signalling systems and bring in advanced automated train control across 40% of the underground network. Its investment to increase reliability and frequency of trains, forms part of LU’s wider £5.4bn investment in its sub-surface railway.

Steve Mole, Partner at CPC, said: “The CPC/Mace team will bring our expertise in leading the delivery of complex systems and projects in transport to 4LM. “We will work in partnership with London Underground and its supply chain to engage collaboratively and drive improvements to services and capacity for the tube.” The appointment extends a successful working relationship between Mace and CPC, who are already working together on Transport for London’s Tramlink programme and as part of joint delivery partner consortium for LU’s Crossrail and stations programme.

Mace and CPC will provide a review of the 4LM programme, develop an integrated programme and support 4LM’s leadership team with collaboration across the programme and look at how the programme partners are incentivised throughout the scheme. The initial commission will run for eight months. David Martin, programme director for Mace, said: “There are already some excellent partners on board and we’re looking to complement their skills, bring insight from our work on major programmes and help deliver this critical scheme for London’s transport network.”

Morgan Sindall MD leaves after ten months

Morgan Sindall’s new managing director for

redundant and he has left the company.”

ten months.

Problem construction and infrastructure contracts saw the company post a pre-tax loss of £27.2m during the

Ian Cheung joined from Kier in January as part of a management shake-up which saw him replace ex Balfour man Tony Dixon who also only lasted ten months at Morgan Sindall. One Morgan Sindall insider told the Enquirer: “It’s all a bit chaotic at the construction business at the moment.” A Morgan Sindall spokesperson said: “As we continue to consolidate our business, Ian’s role has become


and South East operations as it pulls back from bidding in the region. Morgan Sindall said in its latest results that bidding activities in London and the South East have been reduced with the order book down 22% and “regional overhead has been reduced accordingly.”

November 2015 News

Five firms shortlisted for £90m Bristol Arena job One detailed application is for the arena venue and access, and the other is an outline application for the future development of housing, business and leisure uses adjacent to the venue.

BAM Construction, Bouygues, Sir Robert McAlpine, Laing O’Rourke and Buckingham Group Contracting are now preparing to submit bids for the 21,000 seat arena project.

The council aims to borrow £53m against its City Deal and raise the remaining £38m from the arena operator and car parking income.

Firms will submit bids just before Christmas for the two-stage contest with Bristol City Council aiming to George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, said: “This is the next key milestone in the arena programme and takes us one step closer to delivery. “Bristol has waited over 20 years for an arena which will at long last play a key part in the regeneration of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone and will make a vitally important contribution to the local economy. For the winning contractor it will be great opportunity to work with us to help shape the face of our increasingly vibrant city.” International arena design team Populous together with Bath-based architects Feilden Clegg Bradley and

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News November 2015

London mayor approves 25,500-home west London plan A planning framework to deliver more than 25,500 new homes at Old Oak and Park Royal in West London has been approved by Mayor Boris Johnson. Old Oak is set to become a transport hub with both a High Speed 2 and Crossrail Station opened by 2026, The Mayor believes the site could create tens of thousands of new homes and provide almost 14% of Greater London’s employment needs up to 2031, with early estimates of a £7bn annual contribution to the UK economy. The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation was launched in April and will drive the planning and regeneration of the site that straddles the London boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent and Ealing.

Earlier this year, the Mayor published an Opportunity Area Planning Framework for consultation, which sets out his long-term vision for the area. Following the conclusion of that consultation, the Mayor has now approved the document which sets the strategic planning direction for the area. Sir Edward Lister, deputy mayor for planning and chairman of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, said: “London urgently needs new homes and commercial space to meet its ever growing population and there can be no doubt that the regeneration of Old Oak represents a real opportunity to meet those needs. “This strategy will mean we can plan for the future of this vast site as we work to create a new, thriving and sustainable part of the capital, where people will love to live, work, play and visit.”

JCB plans to axe further 290 UK jobs JCB has blamed a rapid deterioration in demand for world construction equipment on fresh plans to cut

the economic situation. The latest proposed redundancies are among shop and in Wrexham. The diesel engine factory in Derby is Discussions over the proposed redundancies began today with the GMB union and a 45 day consultation period has started. JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “Manufacturers in the construction equipment industry are currently facing very tough trading conditions and we have to react to the current market reality to protect the longterm future of the business. “As the global economy shows no sign of improving, the short-term outlook remains very challenging.”


JCB GMB Works Convenor Gordon Richardson said: “This news is obviously very disappointing but it has

been apparent now for some time that global markets have been declining. formulate a plan to mitigate the impact of the proposed redundancies.” Separate consultations over the earlier wave of planned redundancies are continuing. it has been hit by the dramatic slowdown in demand in its markets, which started in the summer and has resulted in a big fall in machine orders from its customers. has dropped by 70%, Brazil by 36% and China by 47%. Parts of Europe are also struggling, with France down by 26%. Even the strong growth in the UK and North America the summer, which has been prompted to an extent by low oil and commodity prices in countries which depend on these resources to drive economic growth.

November 2015 News

Contractors face £20m fines for corporate manslaughter Major contractors convicted of corporate

The Sentencing Council said: “The increase

more than £20m. New sentencing guidelines were introduced Sentencing Council member Michael Caplan QC said: “These guidelines will introduce a consistent approach to sentencing, ensuring fair and proportionate sentences for those who cause Contractors with a turnover of between £10m with a turnover of between £2m and £10m would

or put them at risk. consequences and it is important that sentences The new sentencing guidelines will come into

Race starts for £18m Nottingham Uni building for a main contractor to deliver plans for a new engineering building at its Jubilee campus. The design and build job for the new Advanced

required to achieve a BREEAM excellent rating.

manufacturing in the areas of composites, 3D printing Sciences Research Council. Consultant Turner and Townsend is advising the client on procurement with tender documents expected to Requests to participate should be emailed to Richard Marshall of Turner and Townsend.

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News November 2015

Are you ready for BIM?

It takes many activities and skills to bring the ideas and designs of Architects/

Building Information Modelling (BIM) attempts to standardise the creation and exchange of information to make the design, construction and operational management of a facility or infrastructure asset more It is important to note that BIM is not just about buildings, but in its wildest context is being applied to facility, building, road, railway, and infrastructure It is also now very much impacting organisations throughout the supply chain including manufacturers, The word ‘building’ in itself also doesn’t necessarily describe the full scope of a project – it doesn’t cover policies, assumptions, strategic decisions, supply

All are key parts of the projects ‘information model’

and should be included in the creation of the facility or BIM covers all aspects of the project lifecycle and is being driven by UK Government, to ensure that all public sector projects are under-pinned by the creation, collation and exchange or shared 3D models and intelligent structured data that is attached to

domain models and the provision of a single electronic With the enormous amount of data and press available on the subject, making the right choices to begin your own BIM journey and maximise the return on your

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November 2015

Rodeca helps set a templat Cladding panels from Rodeca form the front façade of a new sixth form centre. Transparent rainscreen cladding from Rodeca has been used on an “innovative, sustainable and economical” template for new school buildings.

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innovative alternative that was a “grown the result of a positive collaboration between the

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November 2015

5 Real Reasons

TO CHOOSE STEAL 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. 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 other materials. 3. It’s really long lived 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:



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Editors Choice November 2015

CRL AND CAPITA LAUNCH INNOVATIVE BUILDING SERVICES PORTAL STRUCTURAL defects insurance provider CRL and Capita Building Standards (CBS), have joined forces to create a new client portal that streamlines building regulations and warranty services. The CBS Client Portal, which launched on October 6 2015, will provide a consolidated service for building regulation and warranty requirements to revolutionise the current building standards procedure. Launching at UK Construction Week on October 6 – 11 2015, at Stand B4/912, the groundbreaking portal will combine CRL’s ten-year structural defects insurance and Capita’s Approved Inspector building control services in a single online product for public and private sector clients. This combined service will not only provide the end user application is progressing,

time saving from application submission to completion. At present the end user would hear nothing from submission until their application was either rejected or approved typically later. The CBS Client Portal will speed up this entire process at the same time providing it’s users with constant communication as to the progress of the application. CRL’s ten year structural defects product was selected as the preferred warranty and for the from the portal. Steve Mansour, CEO at CRL Management Limited, said he’s delighted CRL were appointed as Capita’s preferred ten year structural defects provider and predicted a high level of take-up for the product. “For CRL, this partnership means considerable growth - putting CRL directly in contact with local authorities and Capita’s Approved Inspector customers,” he said. “The opportunity for CRL to work with Capita also brings cutting-edge technology and


key strategic partners together to provide a greater service and transparency for all consumers. “Our strong relationship with Capita is borne out of congruent principles of high quality services, exceptional products, innovation and a venturous spirit. hand to provide a full building standards product that will change the face of the industry.” Chris Jones, director at Capita Building Standards, added: “We have created a holistic building standards product that is both transparent, satisfy the requirements of an ever-increasing competitive marketplace. “The portal will provide all clients and local authorities access to building standards complete transparency of the building regulations application “This pioneering technology not only eases the clients’ headaches with its single point of contact for all building standards needs - but allows customers greater control over their individual building projects, with the ability to view the process and progress of their individual submissions. “We look forward to working with CRL to provide customers

For more information about the CBS Client Portal and Capita and CRL’s products, please visit or contact Chris Jones at or call 07774175075.

To learn more about CRL’s ten year structural defects insurance products, please visit or call CRL on 0800 772 3200.


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There are obvious safety aspects attached to safe and easy access to sprinkler system control valves. This truly innovative product is suitable for all types of plumbing arrangements and can be attached onto a property both for new build and retrospective instillations. suppression management system that is installed.

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Editors Choice November 2015

Diversity in the Construction Industry Purdy comments on the rise of female manual trade workers as the UK gets ready for a new era of house building and maintenance In the 90 years since Purdy

One of the largest employers in the UK – the construction industry has been making National Statistics shows women represented just under 20 per cent of the workforce in 2014, of jobs by 2020. The manual trades have seen an increase in the past year, now accounting for six per cent of the total workforce. Bournemouth and Poole College, for example, has reported an additional 30 per cent of women signing up for painting and decorating courses in the past two years.

companies are on the up following the darker days of the recession. As they look to meet the demands of new homes in the social housing, private letting and home ownership sectors, the demand for skilled painters and decorators will rise – heralding the need for a talent

And the time is right for a new pool of talent across the board. Construction and house-building

The importance of these disciplines to the UK’s future

economic growth is well documented and the social clear. While we have seen a real evolution of working demographics in the past 90 years, we are keen to welcome even more of a transition whereby talented women are entering the industry.

Case study: Sandie Webster, Level Three Female Painter and Decorator I was entered into the national competition CITB Skillbuids, where I came ninth in the UK. I was then entered into the competition again during my In my third year at Lincoln


College I entered again and competition – this was a proud moment and I still remember that great sense of pride and satisfaction to this day.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am so proud I have achieved so much in a short time. Being the

greatest achievement, pressure with over

I actually used Purdy brushes back then and I still do â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I pride myself on my quality of work and they have always helped possible. Shortly after qualifying from Lincoln College I was accepted for a loan from the Princeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trust, which meant I could become self employed. I started my own business in 2013 and have been going ever since. Since becoming self employed, I have been contacted by a few trade titles to write product reviews and have recently appeared in a national newspaper representing tradeswomen. I have also been invited back to Lincoln college to speak to students about how to achieve their dream jobs - using my journey as inspiration. It is important for any women who are training to be decorators to believe in themselves and their ability. It is vital to persevere with people, always be determined and treat There will be times where you will receive negative comments, prove that you are equal, if not

Being a decorator is an extremely demanding job, especially if you are self employed and have a family. However, the job is so rewarding, it makes it all worthwhile. I am so proud I have achieved so much in a short time. Being

over 100,000 spectators. The thing I love about my profession the most is that level of trust I build up with clients who brief me on a project and know they will get a quality

National Skill Show (in 2013) is my greatest achievement, as it was based on skill under extremely high pressure with


Flooring November 2015

Calcium sulphate screeds need UZIN. UZIN is renowned for innovating new products and

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architects and clients. The industry has seen a growth in the use of anhydrite protection against moisture. With this innovative protected against residual moisture up to 95 % RH. UZIN PE 425 primer can be used to protect areas against high residual moisture (with a relative humidity up to 95%) when used in combination with UZIN PE 404 resin DPM.


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Flooring November 2015

Convincing authenticity Rugby, November 2015 - Warmth, comfort, naturalness: These criteria are decisive in interior design – over all areas and beyond the private living space. The feel good factor is growing in importance not only in healthcare and educational facilities, but is turning all the more towards authentic materials.

Perfected for healthcare noraplan valua makes a hospital feel less like a clinic and more like home, thus contributing to patients’ emotional wellbeing. They can also breathe easier and halogens. In addition, bacteriostatic properties provide added peace of mind. disruptive maintenance requirements.

systems now combines two aspects, warm colours and natural surface structure, giving rise to a cosy atmosphere in every room.

Presenting 32 appealing colours – eight with lighter and 24 with heavier marbling – noraplan valua provides the greatest design potential. On the one hand, nora systems based its colour design on nature. On the other, accentuations were selected to meet the greater demand for colour as a design element on

Like all new products from nora systems, the noraplan valua design is the child of international architects’

and tile modules with bevelled edging. Like the other

with life, providing depth and quality. noraplan valua combines the authenticity of the material rubber with an irregularity based on nature. M.D. Guy

thicknesses of two or three millimetres. Authentic, high quality, comfortable – noraplan valua transfers nature to the home and makes every room worthy of living and loving.

new products to market, and this is just the start of some inspirational new initiatives from nora. New valua is a step forward for nora to a more natural aesthetic, pleasing the aspirations of our clients and

Perfected for education noraplan valua is quiet to allow for better student concentration and comfortable underfoot for teachers who stand all day. It is easy to clean without the need

comfort for which we are renowned. With 2 levels of design, valua can be utilised in all sectors, capitalising

to cater for energetic students. The colourful palette also helps create a vibrant and lively learning environment.

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Structural defects insurer CRL is to provide the warranties for a number of construction projects with a combined value of around £31m.

Won through a competitive tender process, CRL has been chosen by the Clanmil Housing Group to provide ten year structural warranties


for more than 300 social homes to be built across Northern Ireland - with a total construction value of circa £31.2million. The contract will see CRL provide its industry-leading ten year structural defects insurance to ten separate Clanmil developments which are being built as part of Clanmil’s ambitious growth programme.

Richard Livingston, president of sales, CRL, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Clanmil, and in wider terms to be playing our part in the upturn in the construction industry. appointment for CRL and testimony to our continual growth in this market. We also hope that by placing this cover with us, Clanmil

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Interiors November 2015

Room featuring Vicaima Marina Grey stained Ash door and wall panels

Room featuring Vicaima Dark Champagne stained Ash sliding door and panels

Experience a new look in veneers with

Vicaima Stained Doors Real wood veneer, with its natural grain configuration is loved by all and adds beauty and sophistication to interiors the world over. Sometimes however, mother-nature needs a little help to stretch colour combinations and allow designers to explore new trends and original ideas for interior dĂŠcor. Now with the new Vicaima stained veneer range all that and more is possible.


vailable in 6 new and contemporary shades, Vicaima Stained doors combine a high

real crown cut Ash veneer base. The tonal spectrum in this latest range includes everything from Pastel Cream to Deep Brown to complete the look. Of course creating a room design need not end with the doors. Vicaima are also able to supply matching frames, architraves, wall panels and even skirting for a coordinated apartment, hotel or commercial project should the scheme demand.


Vicaima are innovation leaders when it comes to interior door design, constantly in-tune with changing trends, fashions and movements in the built environment, particularly in respect to interior design. Since their early introduction, Vicaima stained doors have proved increasingly popular, quality veneers with an compliments the natural properties of wood grain. Now the new Vicaima Stained range takes things to a higher level with even greater scope for tonal and grain combinations.

Vicaima Stained are made on a to order basis and are available in a full range of performance options including; FD30 and FD 60 Fire rated, Security; including SBD entrance systems and easy, with glazed options, pairs, over height dimensions, mobility widths and completely matching door and frame kits and sets, to ensure that individual requirements For further details about Vicaima Stained visit the Vicaima website, alternatively call 01793 532333 for a copy of the new literature or face samples.

Heating November 2015

Free CPD Guide to energy labelling regulations Mitsubishi Electric has produced a free, CPD-accredited guide to the new Energy Related Products Directive or ErP (2009/125/EC), which is a key part of the European Unionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drive to encourage products. The ErP Directive, which came into force at the end of September, now means that commercial and residential heating products will need to display an energy label, so that consumers can quickly

The CPD Guide covers both main parts of the ErP: the EcoDesign regulations and the Energy Labelling regulations. The guide explains how the labelling is designed to help businesses and homeowners

they purchase.

focuses on the importance of ErP in relation to legislation such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

A similar market transformation strategy has already proved highly successful with consumer goods such as fridges and freezers, where it is now very rare to

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The Directive is a two-part strategy. Firstly, the ErP requires manufacturers to produce energy-using products that meet stringent minimum performance standards. And secondly, these products must be clearly labelled using a standard methodology so that consumers can quickly understand the energy

November 2015 Heating

Rinnai Space Heaters Give it Large For Big Spaces

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Editors Choice November 2015


There has always been a strong demand for high-performance, multi-purpose sealant products and interest in Geocel’s range of functional MS Polymers has never been higher. Here Stuart Oakey, Geocel’s Head of Research and Development expands on MS Polymers and their

builders required a product (sealants and / or adhesive) deal with the kind of physical movement common with

Stuart predicts that the demand for MS Polymers will increase in 2015 and comments that it is “Ideal for use on traditional them the ultimate protection and

that once an MS Polymer has been applied, surfaces because of its performance, aesthetic appeal and ability to

porous surfaces and are odourless, neutral and free of


November 2015 Editors Choice


c alants

– they won’t bleed out or lead to discolouration. “The range is completely organic and does not contain toxic chemicals or materials – compared to other materials like polyurethane. They will last as long as other sealants – including silicone – too.” Discussing other Polymers on the

designed as a non staining sealant for natural stone.


Roofind, Cladding & Insulation November 2015

The No. 1 Winter Weather Solution During the winter months many housing refurbishment projects are likely to endure delays as adverse weather conditions cause uncontrollable setbacks on site. This is a particular issue on external wall insulation (EWI) and rendering projects, where the increased chance occur if external renders are exposed to rainfall and / or frost following the application process.

the UK, Wetherby’s EpsiCoat Mineral associated with installing EWI in wet

The product is already causing rain resistance in just one hour and is touch dry within two hours, this

For the application of external render

installations across the UK. At the forefront of the UK’s EWI


for contractors and installers, as Dean Miller, Regional Director at explains: “We applied Wetherby’s

conditions. If the conditions are too render is applied and during the

discolouration, as long as application guidelines are closely followed.

renders, such as silicone, which set by air drying.

did not experience one bit of rain application the rain was running down the surface.”

render, EpsiCoat Mineral Render staining, further reducing application colours, Wetherby has ensured that

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November 2015

Andrew Jones of Foamglas

looks at issues surrounding the prevention of thermal bridging in walls junctions. Cold bridges within the building envelope have a major impact on thermal efficiency and are especially critical in low energy and passive house buildings. If not eliminated, increasing the level of insulation will be a waste of time while moisture within walls will lead to mould growth, corrosion of metal substructures and thermal break needed but one that can support constant compressive loads without degrading. Modern design methods produce complex structures with challenging thermal bridging problems. As a result, Building Regulations have attempted to implement minimum design criteria for elements that are most susceptible. Part L Accredited Construction Details (ACDs) outline ways of designing junctions to minimise air leakage and an energy assessor can quickly establish thermal bridge (psi) values for use in heat loss calculations. Using accredited construction details (ACDs) which incorporate them, psi values have been calculated for wall

building chemicals and once installed insulation properties are sustained for a buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design life. insulation materials, such fumes under the effect of heat and with cellular glass façade and roofing scope to provide safer and more thermally efficient buildings. Manufactured remains the only insulation material to have achieved the high

and thermal efficiency for the whole building envelope, the positive impact of reducing thermal bridging is clearly something

ratios. Being used at the junction of walls, floors, windows and doors, an insulation material Cellular glass insulation meets this need and in block form provides a component which can be laid directly into the structure as a brick course. The structure of Perinsul HL is uniform and lightweight but with exceptional compressive strength, even when cut. The inert nature of glass means it can be used membranes, admixtures, hot bitumen and


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Medite®Tricoya® Extreme this high technology wood - which sees the marriage technology of Medite MDF - has already excited and stimulated composite product manufacturers, designers, architects and the construction industry alike. Characterised by its durability, dimensional stability inspires creativity and discovery in environments where humidity and weather are usually concerns. A highly durable panel product, it is revolutionising the way designers, architects, joiners and fabricators approach wood panels and what they use them for. The potential applications for Medite®Tricoya® Extreme are far ranging and are particularly well suited in areas where wood would not traditionally have been considered. James Lathams’ Timber Director, Nick Latham levels of performance in stability and durability which are produced using Accsys’ proprietary wood both I am extremely excited.

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Timeguard quality LEDs: the next chapter. Buoyed by the continuing success of its NIGHTeye range, which continues to prove that quality counts in the installer market, Timeguard has revealed more new products for range. The new ranges open up huge potential for you as they offer direct replacements for older energy-guzzling designs: 2Ds, halogen spotlights and traditional lanterns. And, as if the energy savings and reliability aren’t enough, Timeguard’s attention to design and detail will make them attractive for use in and around any Engineered for fast, easy installation, with an assured quality from the Timeguard brand, these are a sure revenue earners for wholesalers and installers alike.

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saving choice of their day, they were installed in their millions in buildings throughout the country: that’s now a massive market ripe for an upgrade to LED. The new super slim LED models from Timeguard, available in black or white, homes, and tough and weatherproof enough for commercial and outdoor use. 12W and 18W models, with a compact there is also the option of a 12w oval

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Aura Light is expanding its team of experienced lighting professionals having appointed a new Industrial Sales Manager following the expansion of its UK base and transition into the LED market. Tony Smith has joined the company with a wealth of experience gained in various roles across the lighting and electrical industry as well as being an ex-professional football player with Aston Villa FC. Simon Taylor, Managing Director at Aura Light UK commented, “We are extremely pleased to have Tony join our team to take care of sales within the industrial market. He is extremely experienced in lighting sales and design and has a lot of knowledge of the industry which we have no doubt will assist in our ongoing growth and we are really looking forward to working with him.” Commenting on his new position, Tony Smith said “I am excited to be joining such a professional and successful company and I am looking forward to moving forward with them as they expand further into the LED market, especially with the launch of the company’s new ‘Lighting as a Service’ scheme providing funding for lighting projects.” Tony’s experience in the lighting industry extends over 28 years at many top lighting companies, following 16 years at Interserve as a Senior Contracts Manager.


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Pugin’s Nottingham gem receives paving update with materials from Brett Furthering its sound reputation for supplying Local Authorities with quality hard landscaping materials, commercial specialist Brett Landscaping has been involved with Nottingham City Council in providing appropriate paving for restoration schemes citywide. In the City Centre, Brett has supplied materials for redeveloping two highway facilities – one on Derby Road – serving the Augustus Pugin-designed Nottingham Cathedral Church of St Barnabas, as well as the centrally located Heathcote Street. At Derby Road, 3,500m2 of indigenous Fens Moss laid to replace the existing, degenerated concrete, with supply management for the project overseen by Kevin Jones, who explains what was required, provided, and successfully achieved with the help of Brett and its materials: “The original footpath was in need of replacement, creating an ideal opportunity for a new hardlandscaping design to be implemented; one which would be an aesthetic improvement as well as a “Fens Moss seemed a sound choice for the heritage area installation and was favoured by Nottingham City colour palette of predominantly blue and grey with

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Construction Update - November 2015  
Construction Update - November 2015