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LONDON LUTON AIRPORT CONFIRMS CONTRACTORS ON £110MILLION TRANSFORMATION PROJECT McLaughlin & Harvey and Buckingham Group Contracting join Whitemountain as principal contractors on the airport’s redevelopment. London Luton Airport (LLA) has confirmed McLaughlin & Harvey, a UK-wide building and civil engineering company with headquarters in Northern Ireland, will be the principal contractor on an £51million project to redevelop and expand the airport terminal. LLA also confirmed Buckingham Group Contracting secured an £8million contract to construct a new 1,700 space multi-storey car park at the airport. Whitemountain was announced as the first principal contractor in November following a £12million tender to build a new bus interchange, improved drop-off facilities and airport road upgrade. Future development works to the airport’s taxiway network will also commence later this year with final completion in 2026. The contractors have been confirmed on the day the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, visited London Luton Airport to mark the official ground-breaking of the combined £110million project. A recent report by independent consultancy Oxford Economics* predicts the works will add an extra 10,000 jobs and £1billion per year to the economy by 2030. The transformation now underway at LLA will not only significantly improve the experience for passengers, but also increase annual capacity by 50% from 12 million to 18 million passengers by 2020. LLA saw the fastest rate of passenger growth of all major London airports in 2015, up 16.9% in its busiest year on record. McLaughlin & Harvey, whose previous infrastructure experience includes projects at Aberdeen, Prestwick and George Best Belfast City airports, will be responsible for delivering the terminal redevelopment.

The work will see the internal layout significantly expanded and remodelled to increase capacity. When fully complete in 2017, the redevelopment will deliver: • • • • •

A brand new canopied entrance and exit plaza for protection against the weather. Expanded security search, baggage reclaim and immigration areas equipped with the latest technology for speedy passenger processing Double the amount of retail and dining space. A tendering process is underway for 47 units covering Luxury, Affordable Luxury, High Street and Food & Beverage brands Extra comfort and capacity with improved departure gates and a new passenger boarding pier Extensions of the airfield taxiways to improve operating efficiencies

Nick Barton, CEO of LLA, said: “The appointments of McLaughlin & Harvey and Buckingham Group Contracting, alongside Whitemountain, represent a significant milestone for LLA. With construction now well underway, passengers will quickly see the airport being transformed. “As the Transport Secretary made clear at today’s ground-breaking event, expansion at LLA is strategically vital to ensure that we can meet rapidly rising demand for air travel in the SouthEast. Our £110 million transformation is also set to give a huge boost to the local economy and will create thousands of new jobs for local people.” David Larmour, Construction Director at McLaughlin & Harvey, said: “McLaughlin & Harvey is delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract in what is one of the UK’s top airports. The works, which are to meet the increased demand from passengers, will last approximately two years and will reorganise the existing facilities and add additional space to retail and airside passenger capacity.” Ian McSeveney, Managing Director Civil Engineering at Buckingham Group Contracting, said: “We are delighted to have secured this important aspect of the transformation at London Luton Airport. We are looking forward to working with the Airport Team and other contractors to deliver a scheme that will benefit passengers and support the creation of new jobs for local people”


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Gus Robinson Developments Ltd celebrates early contract wins in 2016 GUS Robinson Developments Ltd is celebrating its 40th birthday with some early contract wins for 2016. Deals worth in excess of £13m have already been secured for 2016/17, and Managing Director Steve Bell says the firm is well positioned going into the final quarter of this current financial year. Now into its fifth decade, Gus Robinson Developments Ltd has been boosted by a streamlining of the business which has seen a strong focus on housebuilding over the last two years. Mr Bell added: “We have concentrated a great deal on housebuilding, and that is the key reason behind the positivity in the most recent set of results. “We are currently working on the new Centre for Independent Living in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council, as well as major refurbishment work within Middleton Grange Shopping Centre and a number of good quality housing projects across the North East. “They underline our capabilities working with local authorities and other public sector clients, as we strive to expand our order book by developing new relationships with both public and private partners.

“The backbone of our strong contracts in housebuilding has enabled us to broaden our horizons and be more profitable, and by shifting the focus we have strengthened the business across the board. The aim is to capitalise on our broad experience within all sectors.” Ongoing projects currently being worked on throughout the region by Gus Robinson Developments Ltd with Prince Bishop Homes, ISOS Housing Development, North Star Housing and Thirteen Group have seen continued growth over the last two years and leave the business well positioned going into the next financial year. He continued: “We have guaranteed contracts in the order book which suggest that by the end of March 2017 we could be approaching a turnover in excess of £20m. “The latest figures are slightly up on what we anticipated, everything is extremely positive and the mood is buoyant.” The success of the business over the last calendar year was reflected in the fact it was shortlisted for the fourth consecutive year by ‘Construction Excellence in the North East’ in their SME of the Year category, and reaccredited with a Big Tick in the ‘Business In The Community’ Responsible Business Awards.

ALPHA RAIL WINS CONTRACT TO SUPPLY PEDESTRIAN GUARDRAIL FOR ROAD WIDENING PROJECT IN NORTHERN IRELAND Kirkby in Ashfield based metal railings and gates manufacturer, Alpha Rail has supplied pedestrian guardrail for a £50m road widening scheme in Northern Ireland. The widening project involved upgrading a 3.5km stretch of carriageway on the A2 Shore Road between Jordanstown Road and Seapark to dual carriageway standard. Improvements also included four new roundabouts at Shore Avenue, Shorelands, Station Road Greenisland and Seapark junction.

Phil Ball, Alpha Rail Sales Director, Phil Ball said, “Over a threemonth period, Alpha Rail has supplied large quantities of various types of pedestrian guardrail to Maghera Fencing, who were appointed to manufacture and erect other security and industrial fencing systems on the project. The pedestrian guardrail was installed along kerbways to guide people on foot and cyclists to safe crossing points.” Commenting, Finbar McGilligan from Maghera Fencing said, said, “The work required to successfully deliver this major scheme had a significant impact on the local community so it was important that everyone involved in the project finished on time and within budget. The best thing about dealing with Alpha Rail was that they gave a date for delivery and stuck to it and this helped us to meet our project deadlines accordingly.” The A2 Shore Road is a vital link in the strategic road network between Belfast and Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland, carrying on average around 35,000 vehicles each day. GRAHAM Construction commenced works on the scheme in March 2013 and the new dual carriageway became fully operational in December 2015, when it was officially opened by The Northern Ireland Transport Minister, Michelle McIlveen.


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Looking to Control the Temperature of Your Lobby? With a Boon Edam Heater it’s a Breeze! During periods of cold and windy weather, why allow the temperature in your lobby to drop? Just because it is chilly outside, doesn’t mean your reception area should be cold too. The revolving door has become a significant choice for many architects and facilities managers due to the way they naturally help to keep out draughts and reduce energy loss within a building. The cost saving decision to install a revolving door not only reduces your monthly energy bills but it is also more eco-friendly for the environment due to the reduced amount of hot air that leaves the building with every door rotation. Still feeling the cold? Why not consider adding a Boon Edam heater onto your door? On occasions when the weather is windy, cold air can sometimes become trapped within the seperate compartments of a revolving door and subsequently forced into an internal area, normally the reception area. By combining a Boon Edam heater with a revolving door system this cold air is negated and prevented from entering the building.

When installed, the main body of the heater unit is strategically mounted above the revolving door and using curved air outlets, creates a warm barrier around the inner opening of the doorway which counteracts any cold air infiltrating through the door. With the option to add a Boon Edam heater either from new or as a retrofit, we can ensure that your lobby area is kept at a comfortable climate at all times whilst not impacting on the aesthetics of your entry point. Not sure which heater to choose? At Boon Edam, we understand that our clients’ needs are as varied as they are which is why each of our heaters are created to match the curvature of each specific revolving door type. We are proud to offer a range of air curtains which can be made bespoke for all commercial, corporate or industrial requirements. For more details on the heating solutions offered by Boon Edam, please contact the Repairs and Retrofits team on 01233 505 900 or by emailing

MOD announces TfL and Sport Relief release of 12 sites 2016 team up to get London moving for development In a move that will see £500M generated from the sale, the land will be used to build around 15,000 new homes as part of the government’s target to build 160,000 homes by the end of the decade. The 12 sites that will be sold are Kneller Hall in Twickenham; Claro and Deverell barracks in Ripon; RAF sites Molesworth and Alconbury in Cambridgeshire, and Mildenhall in Suffolk; Lodge Hill in Kent; Craigiehall in Edinburgh; HMS Nelson Wardroom in Portsmouth; Hullavington Airfield in Wiltshire; RAF Barnham in Suffolk, and MOD Feltham in London. The government plans to reinvest the money generated from the sales back into defence spending. The sale of the sites will be the first step in the MOD’s plan to reduce the size of its built estate by 30%. Its estate spans one per cent of all UK land and covers 452,000 hectares. As part of that plan, the Ministry has committed to generating £1 billion through land sales during this parliament and contributing up to 55,000 homes.


The partnership is encouraging staff, customers, schools and businesses to get involved in a range of fun activities to help raise money for people who are living in the UK in the world’s poorest communities. From 1 – 20 of March, Transport for London will pledge to “make their journey more active for Sport Relief”, sharing their activities on social media where daily spot prizes will be given for the best pledges. The activities can range from cycling once a day, to taking the stairs instead of the lift. Everyone is encouraged to get involved, whatever age or ability. TfL are also hosting a guided walk around the original Circle Tube line on Sunday 13 of March, with participants listening to a podcast of well-known Londoners talking about their favourite places on the Circle Line. There will also be free food and drink for those participating in the 14 mile walk. The following weekend, Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and at locations across the Capital will host three events which will give people the chance to walk, swim or cycle themselves proud.


Asset delivers AMP6 pumping chamber project Asset International, producer of Weholite large diameter plastic pipes, is set to deliver a large number of new AMP6 projects in order to help improve the water infrastructure of the UK. As a key player in the water management industry, one of the first projects Asset International have helped to implement is the upgrade of Heage pumping station in Derbyshire, which is owned by Severn Trent Water. Asset has a long history of delivering successful projects for all the UK water companies and were the natural choice for a project that came with a number of complexities, principally that space was extremely limited on site, with restricted storage capacity space for construction materials and waste. Additionally, the pumping station is adjacent to an area of ecological importance, and so green credentials were key. The refurbishment of the Heage works is being led by principal contractors Nomenca, who were charged with the role of upgrading existing facilities at the pumping station. Heage is just one of hundreds of pumping stations across the UK that will be undergoing remedial works as part of the AMP6 investment programme, as water companies look to update the country’s aged water infrastructure. Having previously worked with Asset on a number of projects, Matt Bates, Project Manager at Nomenca, knew that the site’s unique requirements could be met by Asset, whose innovative, approach to solving construction problems, by utilising modular techniques, appealed to the contractor. Part of what the site required was a wet well pumping chamber that could be lowered vertically into the ground, to a depth of approximately 4m, in one lift. To meet these conditions Asset manufactured a 3.5m diameter by 4m long chamber, which was prefabricated and tested at their Newport factory, before being delivered and installed on site in just a few hours. It is believed that adopting such an approach saved Nomenca almost a month on programme and as a result had a major reduction on associated costs. Additional benefits to the contractor were the reduced health and safety risks and environmental impacts. Matt Bates from Nomenca commented: “This contract at Heage SPS was a great example of Production Control. All parties from design, supplier, construction team and the client worked collaboratively to deliver success. The Weholite packaged pump station is the largest size that has been installed at present within STW and achieved the AMP6 goals of 30% quicker, 20% more efficient and 30% more productive. “NMCNomenca are promoting Weholite packaged station within the STW Framework to include both Infrastructure and NonInfrastructure work streams.” Shaun Kalies, Sales Director at Asset said: “Thanks to our superb design team and manufacturing expertise we are able to fabricate products off site and supply them in modular form so they can be installed safely and efficiently on site. This enables us to deliver one of our key client promises – better value. “We have worked with Nomenca and Severn Trent Water for many years. They have an innovative and forward thinking approach to project management and were early adopters of Weholite technology. We look forward to working with them throughout the ongoing AMP period.”

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Overmantels D TV Mirrors: Cutting edge technology meets traditional craftsmanship

Designed the perfect living room but don’t want the TV to disfigure the look? British mirror specialists Overmantels Ltd brings you Television Mirrors, the ultimate design solution for stylish homes.

Combining the latest TV technology with decades of mirror making expertise, Overmantels’ exquisite handcrafted mirrors can now be made to transform from mirror glass to TV screen at the touch of a button! Their TV Mirrors appeal to the desire for practical elegance: the mirror rather than the TV becomes the stand-out piece in the room. Pixel perfect when the television is on and totally invisible when it’s off, TV Mirrors are statement pieces of art with a purpose. When you’ve finished on Skype, shopping online or streaming Netflix from the comfort of your sofa, calm is restored as your TV turns back into a beautiful, classic mirror. For those who enjoy the anticipation of a madeto-measure piece, Overmantels’ highly personal approach allows customers to define their own signature style, whilst working alongside the design team to create their own spectacular and distinctive mirrors. How it works: Each mirror is made to order. Customers can choose a pre-existing style from a large range of timeless designs (from 17th Century to ultra modern) and tailor their size and finish to complement their room. Alternatively, the bespoke project team can set to work on an entirely made-to measure piece. Once a design is chosen and the mirror has been carved and gilded in the workshop, the Overmantels installation team will hang your TV Mirror and install all AV equipment in just a few hours – chasing the cables is painless and totally dust free. About Overmantels: The company recently celebrated their 30th year in business and employ a small team of fifteen talented craftsmen, gilders and carpenters, whose unsurpassed traditional skills have been passed down through generations. Overmantels’ abiding philosophy and brand ethos is one of superlative craftsmanship, distinctive design and exemplary service. Each mirror is made to the most exacting standards and their short lead times; impeccable service and competitive prices have made them leaders in their field. Their highly personal approach and reputation for innovative, pioneering design has led to prestigious and high profile commissions, from Buckingham Palace and Royal Ascot to luxury hotels worldwide.


Glass Excellence Established in 1975 Firman Glass is one of the leading independent glass processors in the UK, manufacturing toughened glass, laminated glass and specialist sealed units. Based in Harold Wood Essex within 5 minutes of junction 28 of the M25 and half an hour from Central London we are ideally situated to service our ever growing and diverse customer base. Manufacturing all forms of processed toughened glass, with comprehensive stocks of clear float, low iron, satin, body tinted, mirrors, laminated glass, acoustic laminated and fire rated glass. With some of the most advanced capabilities in place Firman Glass is able to manufacture high quality products for all markets sectors including architectural, retail, leisure and domestic.

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Toughened glass Processing CNC shaping Laminated glass Toughened and laminated constructions • EVA and Vanceva coloured interlays • Fabric and decorative interlays • Saflex DG41 structural interlay

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Specialist insulating glass units Anti–slip glass Fire rated glass UV bonding FIRMALITE electric switchable glass Heated glass Decorative glass Sandblasting ColorfirmTM back painted glass

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Structural defects insurer CRL are leading the way in customer service. WE know you’ve probably got your plate full with your current building project, but if you’ve not sorted it already – you’ll need to think about securing a warranty for your building. CRL’s team are experts in providing structural defects insurance to a wide range of companies and individuals throughout the UK and Ireland. We provide fast, flexible cover, underwritten by our in-house team who are dedicated to providing great deals and the highest quality service. In fact our latest customer service survey found that 97.5% of our customers would recommend CRL to their friends, family and colleagues. If you are engaged in a building project or manage a portfolio of new-build properties that require mortgages, then your lender will require a 10 year structural insurance policy on the property. Every venture is different and we base our insurance on individual circumstances – no tick boxes and no set criteria – just an appetite for adventure.


We protect your investment Any new build venture requires a significant level of investment. With our structural insurance, you can protect yourself against defects in design, workmanship, materials or components of your property for 10 years after completion. We don’t shy away from insuring unusual projects. We cover new builds, complete or partially completed builds, timber frame constructions, prefabricated properties, mixeduse projects, barn conversions and insolvent properties. Our clients are a discerning bunch from a diverse range of professions across the construction industry. Developers, builders, structural engineers, architects, insolvency practitioners, fixed charge receivers, solicitors, accountants and quantity surveyors all protect their investments with CRL structural insurance.

We don’t just say we’re experts – we prove it Our expertise and proven industry experience gives us the confidence to explore new territory or guide you through well-trodden paths. Clients tell us that our flexible approach, coupled with our speedy turnaround and highly competitive premiums make us an obvious choice for their structural insurance. From start to finish, our super-strong team offers a full on-site technical assessment and regular inspections to ensure your build adheres to current building regulation standards. CRL is recognised by more than 30 mortgage lenders across the UK and Ireland. We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

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Contemporary home design brings you the best of German produced products at the most affordable prices. When you know it’s made in Germany you know its quality, German engineering is unbeatable and lasts for a life time. At CHD we have cherry picked our German brands to ensure we provide our customers a high end quality product with a great price. Luxury living doesn’t have to be expensive with CHD, you can still have the extravagance of luxury home interior at a reasonable price. Our huge range of German kitchen brands include:- Schuller, Next125, Ballerina, Beckermann, Rational and Kuhlmann. You will not find any Kitchen studio in UK to have more than two German kitchen Brands under one roof – this is what makes CHD stand out from the rest. A German kitchen is a kitchen for life, with a warranty provided by the kitchen manufacturer you have will have nothing to worry about. We are all different, and live in different ways, we have different tastes, ways of life, our personalities, our family, work, our friends… Therefore, each person, each couple and each family needs their own space, their own kitchen.

Each of our projects is therefore different, for people with their own perspectives and specific requirements. That is the reason why, instead of showing you collections from which to choose from, we show you an endless number of design and technical solutions to inspire you to create your own space, your own kitchen. CHD also offers exclusive bespoke made furniture for bedrooms and living rooms; part of the bedroom and living room range we have our Italian designer brand SMA Mobili. SMA Mobili is a leader in the furniture industry that uses the most advanced technology and qualified Italian and foreign designers. Why not visit our website or follow us on social media for the latest news and updates on Contemporary home design. 0208 472 1144 120 WOODGRANGE ROAD, LONDON E7 0EW

2016 will see the biggest and best Surface Design Show to date Future Thinking is Surface Design Show’s annual look at the future of materials, highlighting colours, topics and surface trends for 2017, new for 2016 will be Surface Spotlight Live curated by Sally Angharad. The two sector spotlights highlighted will be Health + Wellbeing and Retail Design featuring materials that make a significant contribution to both areas. Retail Design is sponsored by Concord. New for 2016 is Stone Gallery which has been introduced to reflect the importance of the rapidly growing stone market in the UK. Hosted on the mezzanine level, the gallery will focus on natural stone from across the world.

Surface Design Show is the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces, connecting innovative and exciting materials with a specifying audience of architects and designers. Returning to London’s Business Design Centre between 9-11 February, the 2016 show will be the largest and most exciting show occupying both the ground floor and all of the mezzanine level for the first time. 2015 saw 5,586 professional and trade visitors, an unprecedented increase of 49% on the previous year. 80% of the audience came from architectural, interior design, lighting design or multi design practices with 5% of these visiting from abroad. Since its inception in 2005 the show has become the destination for industry people to see, touch and explore the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with likeminded designers, architects and suppliers. Surface Design Show 2016 will be full of new ideas and firm favourites, refreshed to provide our specifying audience with a unique visiting experience. The packed programme of events and entertainment will include the Preview Evening Live Debate and the ever popular PechaKucha Evening - an informal and fun presentation of inspirational slides.


First introduced to Surface Design Show in 2014 Light School has established itself as the UK’s main event for architectural lighting. Light School is presented by Light Collective and supported by the Institution of Lighting Professionals and consists of three parts: The School Room, Product School and the School Newspaper sponsored by Xicato. The School Room, sponsored by iGuzzini will provide architects and designers with education and knowledge about lighting design and lighting products. Registration to attend is now live

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LATHAM EXCLUSIVE DECORS SET TO DAZZLE AT SDS2016 The UK’s biggest independent decorative panel distributor James Latham, is gearing up for Surface Design Show 2016 (stand number: 208) where it will unveil a number of exciting new surface materials - many of them exclusive - that promise to create plenty of interest among visiting Architects and Interior Designers. The surfaces on show will include:


uper Matt New and exclusive to James Latham, Super Matt is a range of highly durable, finger print resistant, MFC decors from Kronospan Italy that are set to change the market. Offering eight ‘on-trend’ colours, Super Matt reduces the need to be constantly wiping away unsightly finger marks and smears on surfaces plus it also has a high resistance to scratches so it’s perfect for home and office furniture, shop fitting and hospitality as well as kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms. Losan Real Wood Veneers James Latham will also unveil its brand new and inspiring range of real wood veneers that allow designers to create environments with stunning effects and finishes which bring a particular depth, texture and individuality impossible to achieve

with artificial materials. Developed over time to give a superior grade with maximum consistency, these real wood veneers - which are all from FSC certified stock – include such on trend species as Smoked Figured, Crown and Rough-Cut Eucalyptus as well as Cracked Oak, Smoked Larch and Satin Walnut. XyloCleaf Now available exclusively through James Latham and unlike anything else on the UK market, XyloCleaf is an innovative and highly textured range of decors which includes a variety of wood grains, linens and other unique materials. With over 60 colours and patterns in MFC and more than 20 in HPL laminate, all of which come with ABS edging as standard, the XyloCleaf collection is suited to premium design schemes within the retail sector and is perfect for furniture, fixtures and

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wall panelling. In addition, it is also popular for high- end commercial, leisure and hotel specifications. KYDEX® Another new product for this year and again exclusive to James Latham in the UK is KYDEX® the exceptionally durable thermoplastic sheet that will enhance virtually any commercial, healthcare, retail or educational styling theme. Supplied in a wide range of colours, textures and patterns, it offers designers the ability to create an almost unlimited variety of flat and three-dimensional effects and it can be formed to compound corners and contoured edges, minimising the need for moulding. Even brand logos and messages can be embossed into the material. Other products on Latham’s stand will include; HI MACS®, the highly versatile and extremely durable material which can be easily machined and thermoformed to almost any 3D-shape imaginable. Plus, Valchromat, a coloured engineered fibreboard in which the colour runs throughout the entire board and Décor Eco, an exciting new range of coloured plywood panels, both of which are proving extremely popular within the UK shop-fitting and furniture manufacturing sectors as well as a selection of the latest additions to Latham’s massive range of Kronospan and Egger

laminates, including MFC decors and CGL. Chris Sutton, Chairman and Managing Director of Lathams Limited commented, “Each year, the Surface Design Show is going from strength to strength for us. It’s an excellent platform for the team to meet with architects and designers from across the industry and discuss their project requirements while at the same time providing inspiration by showing them some of the latest and most innovative surface solutions available to the market.” For more information on Latham’s full range of surface materials: phone 0116 257 3415, e-mail or visit

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V House Guadalajara, Mexico


he land is located in the limit of a closed condominium, with a height difference of 8 meters at the back, which allows us to release the views to the east of the metropolitan area of Guadalajara.To take advantage of the location, the plant plays a staggered, making the space to expand, as the visitor walks deeper into the house. A large window frames the horizon, but preserving privacy due to the change in ground level. In the middle of the field, a patio, which will become the heart of the house, articulates public and private areas, providing lighting and ventilation. In the patio there is a body of water with a tree, which captures light from the south, through a kind of chimney that blends the lightA wooden cross reminiscent Barragan, seems to float in space, framing the patio. Water, tree and light, fill the space with an aura of serenity. The double height of the 3 levels are concatenated, creating a spatial continuity or fluidity. Upstairs, the master bedroom face to the east of the city. Leading the field, facing the neighboring houses, 2 bedrooms are placed. United through a balcony, which allows correctly orient your windows, protecting them from the heat of the setting sun. Formally the house seeks to be a solid with the least possible subtractions. Two subtractions generate the main facade. Downstairs, the entrance and garage, and a balcony, which in turn opens onto the street and the sky. Upstairs, cantilevered staircase leads to the terrace, which seeks to preserve the essence of the regional architecture. Contained by walls and a steel structure which in the future will be covered with plants. The terrace opens to the east, allowing you to enjoy a panoramic view of the city. •17•

Take a look at Technogym’s stunning UK showroom Technogym now has a state-of-the-art Wellness Showroom at its UK offices in Bracknell, Berkshire. Designed to reflect the iconic architecture of the Technogym Village in Italy – the company’s global headquarters and the world’s first Wellness Campus – the UK Showroom is set to be a true Wellness hub. It functions as a training centre for staff and customers; a meeting venue; and a showcase of the equipment and technologies across all of Technogym’s premium home and professional lines of equipment. For those customers who would like to set up their own personal gym in their home, Technogym offers a complimentary consultancy service, Wellness Design™. A dedicated Wellness Consultant works closely with the customer to create their ideal Wellness space, offering advice and assistance during the design phase. This includes a consultation with a Technogym Master Trainer, a highly qualified fitness and wellness professional, who evaluates the customer’s fitness needs and motivations in order to recommend the most appropriate equipment for their specific requirements and available space and help with the following factors that are an important part of any gym design: 1. Position of the equipment based on room lighting and the possibility of controlling light sourcesPlanning and development of apparatus and choice of pieces of equipment that complement one another 2. The best materials for the space (flooring, walls etc). 3. Maintaining safety while retaining style (in terms of space between equipment). 4. The ideal colours to fit with the surrounding environment. 5. Any additional furnishings that will further enhance the space. The Wellness Design™ service also includes the creation of a virtual image of the gym so the customer is able to see how the space would look and compare the different available options. Take a look at the images of Technogym’s Showroom below. It is located at Two the Boulevard, Cain Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1WP. Call or email us at +44 (0) 1344 800236 or to make an appointment to visit.


Technogym offers complimentary CPD training in Wellness Design Designed to help professionals in architecture and design to create stunning and effective Wellness spaces for clients; both commercial and private. Whether you’re designing a home gym, hotel spa or installing into a yacht, Technogym’s Wellness Design CPD will give you the grounding you need to understand better your clients’ needs, and deliver a more accurate solution. Technogym’s in house Wellness Design specialists are on hand to help you with more complex projects, particularly where clients have specific fitness goals. We can support with 2D and 3D renders, walkthroughs and share years of experience in overcoming challenges in design and installation.

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An urbanized study natural lighting and Ashton 6th Form College, located in Lancashire, has recently been awarded ‘Best Commercial Build’ at the Northern Design Awards for the design of their student centre.


he brief for the project was to create a hub for both dining and socialising, whilst also providing a connection between the main building and existing ICT suite to improve the student flow across campus. To achieve this, GA Studio architects designed an open plan layout with an airy and mature feel, creating a relaxed and informal dining atmosphere. The building itself includes a café, private study areas and a roof


top terrace, with the kitchen and ancillary spaces housed in simple block forms to the north of the building. The overall simple box form is made more complex by a series of cut outs and extractions, which create external terrace areas at both ground and first floor. Materials are utilised in their natural state with polished concrete and lacquered OSB combined with the exposed, industrial metals of the structure and services. The integration of such materials helped to create an urbanized and inspirational space for the students. Glazing Vision’s modular fixed

Flushglaze rooflight system was installed to harness large amounts of natural daylight; this was situated above the stairwell leading to the mezzanine level on the north side of the building. The large glazing product sits within the void, casting daylight into an area that would typically have been shadowed, providing a view of the sky whilst simultaneously creating an internal flow of space between floor levels. Each individual glazed section is supported structurally by aluminium back to back angles, which complement and enhance the contemporary style of the building’s interior.

space created with raw materials Externally the project build is just as aesthetically pleasing, surrounded by vertical bronze aluminium fins. These fins help to cast an array of different and unusual viewpoints for those indoors, whilst also providing visual interest to those passing by. Aside from the visual aspect, the aluminium fins help to provide shade and create privacy to the adjacent residences. Ultimately, GA Studio Architects have created a series of spaces inspired by both urban and street food culture; this carefully implemented theme resonates perfectly with the students and provides a unique location to both study and socialise. Whilst achieving their objective to improve student flow across campus, GA Studio Architects have also created a building that stands out as an architectural celebration in its own right. The range of tones and shade created by the aluminium fins, alongside the dramatic lighting via large areas of glazing, has contributed towards a building that fully deserves its award-winning title. To find out more about how to unlock light, air and space in your project please call our technical specification team on 01379 658 300 or request a CPD.


The Radiator & Bathroom Gallery showrooms both in South Woodford and Wandsowrth is pleased to announce the new refit of the bathroom showrooms at both Wandsworth & South Woodofrd branches. They house over 150 radiators in both showrooms in a range of styles and finishes. Another new range recently added to the showroom which now houses over 200 designs is the Vasco range. Vasco pay particular attention to encasing all fixings and valves so that their range gives the client a minimalist design. There are many designs available in horizontal and vertical. They have towel bars and rails that are attached to give that floating effect. Their radiators are available in many natural tones or metallic options to suit all tastes at very affordable prices. The Carre vertically lined radiator is available not only horizontally and vertically but also in a round design to suit columns or a corner design to help the client maximize room space. The natural tones available are very suited to the décor of modern homes. The Arche is a more industrial design available in an array of sizes and colours fro that more industrial style. A popular option from the Vasco range is the Bryce radiator which adds texture through its design to any room. Their varied electric range is also proving popular for those new homes that do not have central heating. The design is neat and compact including wireless controls. The Radiator & Bathroom Gallery is constantly introducing new designs to its display to suit all styles and budgets.The showroom is worth a visit to see how you can enhance your home. They hold a vast range of traditional styles known to most as “the old school type radiator” as well as the contemporary designs including bespoke radiators to suit all their client’s needs. They offer an excellent customer technical support along with sound advice when choosing your radiators. They also have a fantastic range of stylish towel rails and bathroom radiators including electric or dual fuel in their collections. The showroom is the largest in London and the South East offering radiators to suit all budgets. You no longer have to look at a boring long panel radiator, because for a similar price you can add style and warmth into the rooms in your home. Visit the showrooms at 140 Hermon Hill, South Woodford , London, E18 1QH ( 5 minute walk from South Woodford Central Line station, or Wandsworth 621 Garratt Lane, Wandsworth, SW18 4SX (5 minute walk from Earlsfield overground station) or give them a call on 0208 530 7555 or 0208 944 2001 respectively or e-mail Or visit the website :

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Explore Offsite The Housing Sector 23 & 24 March 2016 –NEC, Birmingham

definitely has the potential to play a major role within the future of the industry.

The nation’s media have been reporting on a UK housing crisis for many months. George Osborne’s Autumn Statement promised to deliver 400,000 homes by 2020 and the industry needs to gear up in order to meet this deadline. It is unquestionable that further complacency in this area will result in spiralling house prices and rent rates, with the possibility of homelessness for the worst affected. For many, this crisis has already reached a state of urgency. A recent interim report from the London Housing Commission stresses the lack of action taken so far, with statistics highlighting how the trouble with housing has escalated. Buying a house in London is now out of reach for most, with the average house prices set at 10 times the average wage and the deposits set at around £70,000. For renters, the changes have risen by 16%, while weekly pay has only increased by 2%.

nationwide crisis has potential – the potential to change the norm which governs the way new homes are planned and constructed. Offsite construction brings with it the hope that the industry can beat Osborne’s deadline. Moving construction of housing offsite enables the build to take place both efficiently and economically, making the national shortage of labour less of a concern. There is significant evidence that suggests that the use of offsite construction has been successful in meeting the needs of significant housing developments at scale. In traditionally built homes, high energy bills make paying the above prices harder, but offsite construction facilitates the building of homes that are environmentally sustainable and airtight – a great benefit to housing associations.

The commission’s report notes that London needs 500,000 new homes to be built over the next decade - the statistics show that only 194,000 were built in the last one, posing the question how is the industry going to meet this challenge?

The recent news that the government are to release plots of land with planning consent to small developers should increase the quantity of planned new homes. Utilising offsite construction would speed up the build processes for these projects, as building offsite is not dependent upon environmental conditions.

For those in the construction industry with fresh ideas and technologies, this

As this method has already demonstrated significant innovation in recent years, it


Explore Offsite’s housing event is your opportunity to immerse yourself in the industry’s latest developments and technologies. Taking place on 23 & 24 March 2016 (08.45am - 16.00pm) at the Gallery Suite, NEC, Birmingham - the event will provide a platform for construction clients, architects, engineers and contractors to come together and discuss the latest offsite solutions for the housing sector. Hear from a range of leading industry experts including: • Andrew Orgorzalek - Partner, PCKO Architects • Jeff Endean - Housing Matters, London Borough of Lewisham • Tom Bloxham, MBE - Director, Urban Splash • Jay Shaw - Head of Business Development, Snoozebox • Shelagh Grant – Chief Executive, Housing Forum A number of exhibitors will be present over the two days to showcase and discuss their advances within offsite construction. If you are interested in promoting your company to a captive audience, please contact Julie Richards at julie.richards@ for exhibitor opportunities. The booking for this event will be open shortly. In the meantime, please visit our website at to register your interest.

EXPLORE OFFSITE IN THE HOUSING SECTOR NEC, Birmingham 23 - 24 March 2016 Explore Offsite in the housing sector will bring together technology leaders to discuss the opportunity the housing shortage presents for offsite construction to play a major role in the coming years. The combined conference and exhibition will include exhibitors and speakers from pioneering companies in the offsite construction industry talking about the latest innovations.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE Andrew Orgorzalek - Partner, PCKO Architects Jeff Endean - Housing Matters, London Borough of Lewisham Tom Bloxham MBE - Director, Urban Splash Jay Shaw - Head of Business Development, Snoozebox Stuart Carr - Director, Chapman Taylor Shelagh Grant - Chief Executive, Housing Forum James Pickard - Director, Cartwright Pickard Rory Bergin - Partner - Sustainable Futures, HTA Design

...& more!

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND? The event is aimed at attracting construction clients; construction professionals: architects, surveyors, engineers; facilities managers; building product manufacturers and suppliers.

BOOK Ticket prices for the event are listed below: PRIVATE SECTOR DELEGATES One day ticket - £125 + VAT Two day ticket - £225 + VAT PUBLIC SECTOR DELEGATES One day ticket - £95 ++ VAT Two day ticket - £165 + VAT

OTHER EVENTS IN 2016 EXPLORE OFFSITE 24 - 25 NOVEMBER, BIRMINGHAM With an industry boasting a worth of up to £3 billion per year and accounting for over 5% of today’s new build construction market it is not hard to see why now is the time to become involved with offsite construction.

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40 YEARS IN THE FRAME Designing and creating bespoke picture frames - often for priceless masterpieces - has consumed the lives of Peter and Julia Ashley for the last 40 years.

Late 17th century Rococco inspired carved 24ct gilt frame with heavy relief decoration, centre and pierced corners.

Run by husband and wife team Peter and Julia Ashley, over the years they have framed two original Monets, several Lowrys, paintings by the Bloomsbury artists, (Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant) as well as the St Ives group of painters among many others. Initially based in London, they relocated to a larger workshop in Hampshire. From this base in Waterlooville, Peter and Julia run The Artistic Framing Company and lovingly complete projects for prominent art galleries and many independent artists. Peter said: “We love what we do. It’s hugely satisfying to take clients’ ideas and craft them into reality. Seeing our frames adorn a great piece of artwork still holds its thrills for us. And while it’s fantastic to make frames for prestigious large exhibitions we also thoroughly enjoy working with emerging artists.” The Artistic Framing Company hand-carve, gild and burnish frames to any size or specification. It also refurbishes antique frames and produces bespoke mirrors to commission. Its craftsmanship is currently on display at Messum’s Gallery, London, as part of Peter Brown’s “London” exhibition.

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Late 18th century English corner and centre 24ct gilt frame.

SketchUp 2016 is here!

Connected, refreshed and best of all....still SketchUp.

SketchUp, Connected Reference, sync, comment, report, and share: SketchUp 2016 is more connected than ever to the projects, information, and people you work with.

Simple, intuitive, just right Every day, we obsess over making SketchUp seamless and efficient. Here’s what our obsession yielded in SketchUp 2016. • • • •

Enhanced inferencing and tool improvements Customiseable Utility Trays on Windows Refreshed Textures LayOut Layers

SketchUp Pro licensing is now friendlier than ever before. Every SketchUp 2016 download starts with a 30-day trial of Pro features.

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LED illuminated signs

rules for positioning and installation Written by: Pnina Kedar Feldman – International Sales and Business Development Manager at Vista System International


lluminated signs have b e e n a ro u n d s i n c e 1840. From the first Gas Lighting technique, through Light bulbs, Neon and Fluorescent tubes – illuminated signs enabled wider commercial applications. The introduction of the White Light LED (Light-Emitting Diode) in 1995, marked a significant revolution in the signage world. The developments in illumination techniques were followed by the plastics and polymers industries, contributing numerous new lighttranslucent substrates. Wide format printing on these new substrates became a matter of routine. Easy maintenance and graphics replacement meant that illuminated signs are here to stay. The luminous efficacy of LED compared with older illumination methods, proved irreplaceable. LED longevity, brightness and durability were thus adapted by the signage industry. Lighter, larger and more affordable illuminated signs were available to all. Vista System followed market trends and developed a backlit signage system illuminated first by neon and fluorescent, then shifting to LEDs. Today, Vista System offers sign professionals not one, but three different LED illuminated sign systems: Vista Light – using curved frame aluminum extrusions; Vista Verge – a flat frameless system using stretch fabric technology; and FLB – a flat, light aluminum light box with white translucent polycarbonate graphics substrate. Some important questions that arose during that evolution, were:


How does one determine the quantity / quality / color of LEDs needed per sign?

The first issue is the design and uniqueness of the product. Illuminated signs, apart from their obvious function as directional elements, are highly decorative. Tremendous resources are invested in creating the right graphics that will stand out and convey the message. The type of graphics dictate the color of LEDs used. The size of sign dictates the power of LEDs (W); how many LEDs per 1 meter; and how many lumens* units. The second issue is the ease and cost of maintenance. Since the invention of LEDs, maintenance fees, which have been an essential factor of pricing, spiraled downward as hardly any maintenance is required when using the cost-effective, long lasting LEDs. When large signs are sold, key factors would be location, exposure to the elements and ease of installation. Deciding which LEDs to use, depends on these factors. The third issue, and perhaps the first in the eyes of the customer, is the cost.


It is important to involve the customer in the decision making process. For example, although Vista System’s illuminated signage solutions are NOT considered custom made signs, thus their price is much more competitive and reasonable in comparison to bespoke signage solutions, the amount of LEDs required for a certain sign, as well as the amount of transformers and total electrical power, are key factors in setting the end price of a certain sign. Lastly, ease of installation is paramount. Vista System’s various illuminated signs can be easily installed and mounte. When LEDs are supplied with the sign, it is as simple as A,B,C. All that is left to do is plug it in and… voila! Vista System offers full support to the client who prefers purchasing the LEDs locally.


Where to position illuminated signs for maximum impact?

Once again, the wants and needs of the end user are key elements in taking that decision. The whole process begins and ends with the customer’s request. From a manufacturer standpoint, Vista System, asks for as many details as possible from its clients; size, location and feasibility of the entire project should be weighed and considered. If the end users’ is impossible, the sales person must verify the result is the best possible solution that actually works.


How can the installer make sure the sign has been mounted properly?

If all the previous elements have been taken into account, the installer should have installation drawings and specifications on how to mount the LEDs into place for maximum effect. If all above procedures were done properly, the installer’s job should be a very easy one: physically mounting the sign and illumination elements onto the required spot. it is fool proof!

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Vision London Returns with over 160 Speakers in its Second Year.


aunched in 2015, Vision is the event for architects, specifiers, clients and suppliers. The place where these communities come together to discuss, debate and showcase the latest innovations and developments in architecture, design and the built environment. The event focuses on new and innovative building products and materials, providing ideas and solutions for new and inventive ways to achieve better building design solutions and comply with ever changing legislation. Building on the huge success of last year’s launch event, Vision will return to London Olympia on 7 - 8th June 2016, and promises to deliver even more educational content, practical solutions and innovative products for today’s busy architect.


Through a series of seminars and case studies delivered by over 160 leading international speakers, alongside a carefully curated exhibition of cutting edge products and solutions, Vision is the ideal meeting place for professionals connected to the world of architecture and design and a unique opportunity for suppliers to showcase their products. In Vision’s second year, over 200 organisations will be exhibiting their new and inventive solutions that facilitate the creation of better building design. The event also boasts an extensive CPD accredited seminar programme where over 160 influential industry figures speak on a range of topics covered under the themes, Future Materials & Systems, Technology Talks, Innovation in Architecture & Design, Building for Health & Wellness, Smart Buildings, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Offsite Construction.

Vision has also agreed later opening hours for 2016 – as some busy Architects would like to visit the event in the early evening. Opening hours on the 7th June will be 10am until 9pm, and will incorporate the incredibly popular drinks reception and Pecha Kucha sessions organised by the NLA, open to both Exhibitors and Visitors. On the 8th June the event will run from 9am until 4.30pm. For more information see

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ATTEND VISION AND ACCESS: • Over 200 cutting edge exhibitors • International Meeting Programme • Interactive Show Features • Networking Receptions

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Kitchens, bedrooms & bathrooms

Croydex: new year new range With a new year also comes a brand new range of bathroom products from bathroom accessories specialist, Croydex. Plumbing fittings, illuminated mirrors and innovative toilet seats are among more than 90 new products featured in Croydex’s 2016 catalogue. The bathroom accessories specialist has continued to develop their innovative ideas and have produced two new toilet seats sure to give any bathroom that ‘wow’ factor. At first thought, a self-lighting toilet seat might just seem like a bit of fun or a great secret Santa present, but it is in fact a handy product with many benefits for all age ranges. There is no need to flip a switch and brace yourself for the harsh bathroom light that stuns your sleepy eyes with the Luminoso SelfLighting Toilet Seat from Croydex. A fantastic feature for any bathroom, the Luminoso seat will be a great talking point but more importantly, a fantastic guide for those night time trips to the bathroom. Accompanying Croydex’s range of innovative toilet seats is the Sensori


Self Closing seat which features an automatic lid closure to prevent the spread of germs around your bathroom, there will be no forgetting to put the lid down ever again! Talking about trends for 2016, Product and Procurement Director at Croydex said: “In the past, technology has not been considered to be an integral part of the bathroom but as we move forward more advanced electronics are being included in modern bathrooms to create new and more satisfying experiences.” “Our new range of illuminated mirrors combines the need to be bold in the bathroom with the desire for a more advanced and inspirational lifestyle. All our mirrors our IP44 Rated, suitable for use in the outside zone and come with our patented Hang ‘N’ Lock installation system.” The Oakley Illuminated Mirror is just one in Croydex’s impressive range, the Oakley mirror features multiple colour changes and mood lighting options that can all be controlled via a small remote control. Whether you’re looking to update your bathroom with a few simple accessories or want to splash out on coordinated bathroom furniture, Croydex have you covered.

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QFD presents: QUARTZFORMS The Evolution of Stone into a Perfect Surface

QF DISTRIBUTION LIMITED QUARTZFORMS engineered stone goes one step further than natural stone. QUARTZFORMS versatility, resistance, aesthetic appearance, hygienic qualities, and easy maintenance has won the trust of architects and designers worldwide. QUARTZFORMS made in Germany with precison engineering, innovation and quality, enables their customers to benefit from the SCRATCH, HEAT and STAIN RESISTANCE that comes with every QUARTZFORMS product. London Showroom: Unit 128 Business Design Centre, +44 (0)1245 243929 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH

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JIS Europe Ltd are proud to present the Sussex Range of Stainless Steel Towel Rails. We first introduced the Sussex Range to the market in 1998 and at that time although there were ladder rails on the market we were unique in that the rails were manufactured from 100% Stainless Steel. Where we led, others followed, however being the forerunners has given us the experience and ultimately quality control over this exceptional material. Stainless steel is 100% recyclable and manufactured from over 90% recyclable material. It will not rust, flake or corrode. It is the ecological, durable choice and can be used in all systems including open systems. We offer three formats of rail throughout our Range: Electric, dual fuel and central heating only. We are also able to offer both polished and satin finishes thereby giving you the ultimate flexibility within your heating as well as visual requirements.


The cornerstones of our business are quality, stock holding and ultimately, customer service. The three work hand in hand. We offer an extensive range of sizes and accessories, and constantly strive to bring new and interesting product to the market, whilst always marrying practicality and durability with design aesthetic. We have always maintained a policy of stockholding and all orders are dispatched for next day delivery when ordered before midday. This added to our extensive product range, only goes to further improve the service we are able to offer. Our staff are first and foremost friendly, polite and efficient. Furthermore they are knowledgeable and able to deal with your queries. We do not

operate call waiting systems and there will always be a willing and friendly person on the other end of the line ready to assist you. We have a large selection of gallery shots, showing the visual diversity of our rails, on our website www.sussexrange. Comfortable in both a modern and contemporary bathroom as well as the traditional. We think you will be impressed by the diversity of the images shown. Please do visit. We are confident you will be happy with your purchase and are pleased to offer a 25 year guarantee. Should you wish any further details, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01444 831200 or

Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms


MX Group’s impressive ‘one stop shop’ range of shower and bathroom products continues to be welcomed by the building trade looking for high quality, reliable products for new developments and refurbishment projects up and down the country. The response to the new products added in the past twelve months has been phenomenal with current and new customers keen to find out more about the extended offering that features in the new ‘MX Collection’ catalogue, available in printed form or online by visiting the MX web site – at Shower trays, electric showers, thermostatic showers, shower enclosures, taps and mixers and shower accessories – it’s a huge range of products. In particular, the range of thermostatic shower options has caught the imagination. MX has launched an impressive new range of thermostatic mixer shower valves, offering its usual combination of quality, great looking product, excellent warranties and keen pricing.

MX remains the leading shower tray manufacturer in the UK, manufacturing 100s of different tray sizes, in 6 main product types, meaning that it can cater for the specific needs of customers around the UK. It continues to be a growing influence in the Electric Shower marketplace

too. Its QI – Quick installation – range of electric showers sets new standards for simple installation. Featuring eight entry points for water and electric – these showers offer the simplest shower installation available. Call 01684 293311 or go to the website at for a catalogue or information.

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MX has added a significant number of new options to this range, with options available for every application. From stylish and modern to the more traditional single lever options, they are all fully thermostatically controlled and suitable for both high and low pressure systems. You can select from many different types of showers ranging from bar valves, concentric mixers with concealed or exposed options, to sequential single lever options. The Atmos range comes with three or five year warranties, are ROHS compliant and are manufactured to TMV standards, BS1111 and BS1287. The Options range has a one year replacement guarantee. All materials used are WRAS approved and Phthalate free where applicable.

■ Quick Installation ‘QI’ range ■ Thermostatically controlled for total safety ■ Stylish looks and attractively priced The MX Group* Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire GL20 8JF. Tel: 01684 293311


Kitchens, bedrooms & bathrooms NOVELLINI SHOWER BASES –LEVEL ACCESS

With over 40 Years experience Novellini is the European and a World leader in the production and manufacture of Shower enclosures and trays, Baths, Whirlpools, Steam Enclosures and Wetroom solutions. In the last decade Novellini has made significant investments into environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and continues to strive towards ever more sustainable holistic production and distribution methods for the future.

Over the years Novellini has continually developed shower trays, being one of the first companies to offer fully engineered large format shower trays in a number of sizes and colours as either low profile or more conventional raised with legs trays - all from UK stock.

With the Olympic Plus shower tray - Novellini was one of the first manufacturers of large format shower trays to reintroduce the production of textured shower floor surfaces. For many years the Olympic shower tray by Novellini has been the only slip resistant (non- enamelled) product in the European bathroom market.

Novellini realised the importance of a more engineered shower tray from an early stage and pioneered the use of innovative materials and fabrication methods in the Olympic Plus shower tray, which today is still one of the strongest and most stable large format shower trays. The Metal reinforced composite construction, now also used in the new Custom tray, means that (unlike many low profile resin stone products), Novellini trays arrive On-site Flat and ready to install.

In recent years Novellini has developed the UK’s leading Wetroom and tanking product, with solutions to suit both timber and concrete installations. The Novellini Wetroom systems allow designers to create uncluttered, lowmaintenance, spacious, level access & fully tiled shower spaces


Kitchens, bedrooms & bathrooms NOW NOVELLINI’S LATEST TRAY BREAKTHROUGH –


IN OR ON THE FLOOR –The Novellini Custom Tray can be installed on the floor as a low level conventional shower tray or placed directly onto joists to achieve a flush level-access solution without the need for any further fixing frames. (in addition a raised tray with a void for plumbing including legs is available for surface plumbing)

UK STOCK COLOURS AND SIZES – The Novellini Custom Tray is available in White, Grey, Black & Beige from UK Stock and there are 18 basic sizes – in addition each Custom Tray can be adjusted in Length by up to 200mm offering many more sizes than the basic 18.

ANTI-SLIP – The Novellini Custom Tray is available with an optional Factory applied genuine European standard, Certificated, Anti-slip which is applied to the top surface of the tray - leaving a 10cm Border around the edge so that any Silicone beading is applied to an easily cleaned gloss surface. EASY 2 CLEAN – The Novellini Custom tray IS easy to clean! The

materials used for the Custom shower tray are designed to be cleaned by conventional household bathroom cleaning products, including lime-scale cleaners and bleach. (The Anti-slip is a rough surface and will potentially hold grime and lime-scale – chemical cleaners will be required and unlike enamelled steel surfaces the materials used for the Custom Tray are not adversely affected.)

HIGH FLOW SHOWER WASTE – The Novellini Custom Tray has a specially designed shallow trap waste with a 50 litre/min flow rate. The Waste cover is completely flush with the surface of the shower tray, is easily removed for cleaning and is made from high grade stainless steel which, unlike a chromed waste cover, will not discolour or peel if in contact with bleach or lime-scale cleaning products. ROBUST – Novellini shower trays are built to last. Olympic and Custom

shower trays arrive On-site in their own individual secure packaging which protects them from most handling accidents, avoiding chips and knocks, (a fairly common problem with enamelled steel products). The composite steel reinforced construction ensures that the trays arrive flat and ready to install; they are not subject to the warping, (which is quite likely with low profile resin-cast products).

CUT TO SHAPE – 200mm of one end of the Novellini Custom shower tray is designed so that if required the Custom tray can be cut to fit around a Soil Pipe Boxing for instance or perhaps an Out of True wall?.....

We supply our products within 72hr nationwide via our merchant partners; please visit our website for more details: for brochures and advice email:


Thinking of building a big house extension or your own home in 2016? You aren’t alone! The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) published new research forecasting the main trends in UK housing design for the year ahead.

Over the course of 2015, RIBA Chartered Architects have reported the design trends in greatest demand: •

Sustainable and energy conservation measures demand for sustainable materials, advanced insulation products, water conservation and recycling features

Larger extensions and bigger new build bespoke houses

Adaptable designs - increased demand for homes that can make living easier for ageing occupants and live-in relatives

Family social hubs – multi-functional open-plan spaces are still highly desirable

An increase in land availability and the relaxation of planning restrictions have led to an increase of oneoff single houses and housing extensions. 55% of our Architects reported that bespoke homes and housing extensions are getting bigger in size. As the ageing population increases, more of us are planning ahead for later in life by seeking designs solutions to facilitate easier living. Adaptations to make independent living simpler, or adjusting a family home layout for the addition of an older family member are the two main drivers in this growing market.

RIBA heralds Housing Design


The popularity of generous multi-functional living spaces - combining cooking, dining and living space shows no sign of diminishing – when these spaces are combined with direct access to gardens and outside space, they are even more popular with 66% of our Architects reporting a demand. Sustainability and energy conservation are no longer niche concerns but factor prominently in the design decisions of many clients. 70% of our Architects expect to see an increase in specifying advanced insulation products and 66% expect to see a rise in the use of solar/PV panels. RIBA President Jane Duncan said: “The appetite for building or improving your own home for your family and future shows no sign of abating, with architects experiencing increased demand from creative and ambitious homeowners. This new RIBA report gives a glimpse of what to expect in housing design for 2016 and beyond. It shows the insight, value for money and peace of mind that an architect can bring to any housing project.” Find your own architect in 2016

Trends for 2016

Choosing an accredited RIBA Chartered Practice will give you peace of mind. They comply with strict criteria covering insurance, health and safety and quality management systems.

Use the RIBA’s free ‘Find an Architect’ directory at FindAnArchitect and search for an RIBA Chartered Practice that is right for you. You can create your own shortlist from over 3,000 practices and 40,000 projects.

Architects are highly skilled, and professionally trained to turn your aspirations into reality.


Transform your design interiors with the power of print

Printeriors is Europe’s dedicated printed interiors showcase taking place in Amsterdam, 8-11 March 2016. This dedicated event and conference aimed at interior designers and architects, will give attendees the opportunity to explore a comprehensive range of room sets demonstrating the variety of print applications driving trends in interior décor. Find out more at


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Doors and windows & Architectural hardware

Protect the planet with responsibly sourced doors from Todd Doors With the planet coming under increasing threat from deforestation, resulting in climate change and global warming; Todd Doors has taken steps to ensure that all purchasing procedures are undertaken in the most environmentally responsible way possible and is committed to supporting the European Council’s goals for sustainable development. Todd Doors has sought and qualified for certification under the stringent rules of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). This shows a dedicated obligation as a business to protect the environment and recognises the concerns of customers. It’s always worth bearing in mind the origin of any timber products you buy. All timber doors at Todd Doors are sourced from sustainable and well managed forests and fully comply with European Union Timber Regulations. Under no circumstances


will Todd Doors purchase products from factories that cannot or will not prove the origin of their timber. Rigorous checks are undertaken and evidence obtained to ensure all parts of the supply chain and movement of timber can be verified. From the growing of trees in forests that must meet with the internationally recognised standard for good forest management; to securing documentary evidence that the timber purchased is precisely what is used in the manufacturing of the doors, you can be wholly confident with the provenance of the doors that you purchase through Todd Doors.

With a great range of timber doors to choose from, original designs in traditional and modern styles and a fully bespoke service available — Todd Doors is sure to have the right door for you. Dedicated door experts are available six days a week to help you choose the best doors to suit your home, style and budget - and with all the door furniture and accessories you will need, Todd Doors really is a one-stop destination. Shop on-line, in store or call 0800 633 5050

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stablished 33 years ago in October 1982, Touch Ironmongery is one of London’s leading ironmongers. Originally called “A Touch of Brass”, the firm changed their name in 2003 in reaction to slowly advancing market changes in architectural ironmongery which is no longer supplied solely in brass, and to also reflect the broader range of products and finishes that they sell. In fact today, Touch can supply a wide range of finishes including Brass, Satin Brass, Polished Chrome, Satin Chrome, Polished Nickel, Satin Nickel, Copper, Bronze -solid and plated, BMA, Antique Brass, Black, Pewter, Ceramic, Leather, Stainless Steel, Satin Stainless Steel, Gun Metal, and the list keeps growing. Whatever finish you require, Touch can help you get the right look. Touch occupy their recently refurbished showroom at 210 Fulham Road, Chelsea, where they display a vast range of their 5,000 products. With a customer base including Interior Designers, Builders and individuals who are interested in the top end of the

Ironmongery market, Touch mainly supply to residential premises but hotel and office properties also contribute to their vast clientele. The company also have a healthy export market to all corners of the world, namely the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Touch’s owner and founder, Bill Benham, has 33 years’ experience in the ironmongery trade, as do his colleagues Jim Haselup and Alan Blanchard. Saleem Qureshi is the newest member of our team and has 10 years’ experience, meaning their knowledge is unrivalled in this industry. The range of products supplied by Touch date from circa 1640 French (Louise XIV) and cover all subsequent periods (Georgian, Edwardian & Victorian), art deco and contemporary pieces also make up the product ranges. In addition, Touch showcases the very best of British manufacturing; the best ranges are still produced in the Midlands by craftsmen in factories dating back 200 years or more. Touch also sell European manufactured goods

which is considered to be of a very good quality and in recent years they have introduced some of the far eastern made products, albeit in a limited range but cost effective. With trends continuously evolving, new innovative products are constantly under development. Touch understand that keeping up with the fashion-shifts is imperative in order to provide every customer with the best solution for their requirements. Ironmongery can be a difficult and complicated aspect of a building project, as a result Touch aim to take this awkward aspect and make it user friendly and clear to understand by offering an onsite service where they carry out a detailed door by door, window by window, room by room Ironmongery schedule, highlighting all requirements and identifying any items that can be refurbished. Refurbishment is a large part of the business; Touch will undertake complete ironmongery refurbishment projects, and can restore old paint covered door furniture to their former glory, looking as new, at a fraction of the cost to replace.

For more information about Touch Ironmongery or to arrange a showroom visit please call 0207 351 2255 or alternatively visit

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OLARIA BARCELONA has now come to London Olaria full range is now available from Touch Ironmongery. Olaria are manufacturers based in Barcelona. Est.1934. Suppliers of luxury hardware to the most emblematic buildings of Barcelona such as Casa Berenguer and Casa Mila of Architect Gaudi, Old Hotel Ritz, Hotel Avenida Palace, Hotel Majestic and many commercial and luxury buildings.

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IDS showcase at KBB Live for the 6th consecutive year Since 2010, IDS have been showcasing their products at the KBB Live show in Birmingham. Now, for their 6th consecutive year, IDS are back and preparations for their 2016 stand are now fully underway. IDS are taking a major stand with a large display area, occupying one of the largest stands at the show. With a custom-built exhibition stand costing an estimated £100k, the stand will span across 2 floors and is set to include an exhibit space for IDS’ vast selection of sliding doors and storage solutions, a balcony and coffee shop.

accompanying marketing began in January 2015. With our 2016 KBB stand we’re aiming to meet the needs of Bedroom retailers, house builders, buyers and specifiers within the Leisure industry alongside other diverse potential opportunities. And as always we’ll be using the show to reveal our latest cutting edge designs to all our valued clients.

IDS have made preparations to have interactive elements present throughout their stand in the form of a touch screen presentation and large display screen with a live Twitter Wall, IDS are sure that these interactive additions will create an enhanced user experience. Andy Russell, IDS’ Managing Director, commented on the preparations for the 2016 show,

It’s rare for a company within the bedroom sector to have an exhibition stand so extreme in size and capacity of products and what we have planned for KBB 2016 is simply mind blowing, with the confidence gained during the last 18 months, linked to an exciting marketing strategy, it’s our intention to showcase our company as well as the many exciting products and solutions we manufacture.”

“The KBB 2016 exhibition is a crucial part of the next 2 years for IDS, planning for the stand and

KBB Live began in 1985 and presents exhibiters with an opportunity to showcase the best of Kitchens,

Bedrooms and Bathrooms from across the length and breadth of the UK. The show has grown enormously in size from its beginnings, now with over 400 exhibitors and occupying the Birmingham NEC exhibitor center, the KBB Live 2016 show promises to be bigger and better than ever. The KBB Live show runs from 6th – 9th March 2016, the tickets are free. For more information and the latest updates on IDS follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more details of our Twitter Wall along with the hash tag for you to use on the day.


The real beauty is what you don’t see The quality of a Schueco glazed system isn’t just on the surface. German engineering means sliding doors with concealed frames and narrow central joins. Windows have slender profiles. Façades offer ultraslim mullions and transoms. Entrance doors deliver unbeatable security. Yet all come with insulation that can be up to Passive House levels. If you’re looking for a system that is clearly better, there’s only one name on the frame.

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Hardware Experts Lead the Way in Manufacture and Design UK based engineering company, Loxta Hardware specialises in quality products for both commercial and domestic use. By designing and manufacturing in-house, the company has established its professional service worldwide and has earned much respect within the hardware industry.


eading the way in premium turnkey design and manufacture, Loxta Hardware offers a range of classic and modern door handles, pull handles and architectural ironmongery. Products are available in a choice of high quality materials including hot forged brass, aero grade aluminium and stainless steel for both commercial and domestic settings. With years of experience under its belt, Loxta Hardware understands both the importance of quality and the need for outstanding customer service. With a view that each client and business has different needs, the Hardware experts offer a personalised experience. Unusual design specifications, tailor made products and a bespoke service are a part of the Loxta experience. Loxta’s products are created using a high tonnage hot forging method that delivers enhanced strength alongside a sleek and superior design. Made to last, the Loxta brand is synonymous with durability, making its handles and ironmongery the natural choice for projects where daily wear and tear and exposure to the elements is a concern. ElectroCoat & ElectroCoat+, an organic coating method that ensures even the


most difficult items are coated evenly and smoothly, is used on Loxta Hardware designs to give a long lasting, lustrous finish. The ElectroCoat technology provides a wide variety of colours and a glossy aesthetic for luxe and high specification projects where every detail matters. Tested to withstand over 1200 hours of salt spray, ElectroCoat combines quality cutting edge technology with an environmentally friendly advantage. Shaun Singh, MD commented, “Our aim is to have a high quality product range that works for everyone, from architects and ironmongers to home owners that are undertaking DIY renovations. Our products are built to exacting specifications and sleek, modern designs so the end result is

ultimately one that is both long-lasting and eye catching. We believe that attention to detail is important, from the design and manufacture element of everything we produce, to the rapport we build with our clientele. They feel they are investing in a viable value-for-money experience that goes that extra mile”. Marrying an extensive knowledge of design, up-to-date manufacturing and assembly techniques with a philosophy to deliver designer quality at reasonable prices, it’s of little surprise Loxta is streets ahead of the rest. For more information on Loxta Hardware’s products and to browse the full range of classic and contemporary door handles and architectural ironmongery visit

The versatile choice for architectural design RMIG Expanded Metal is a light, versatile and attractive choice for building applications because of its aesthetic qualities and the creative freedom it offers. Expanded metal from RMIG has become increasingly popular among architects for its wide spectrum of aesthetic and functional advantages, and is often the ideal choice when working with materials such as concrete, steel and glass. It can be used for both practical and decorative purposes and it offers architects a new level of creative freedom when designing applications such as facade cladding, sun screens, ceilings, fencing and protective screening. The high strength and anti-skid qualities also make expanded metal the best choice for walkways, platforms and similar applications.

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made in one piece without joints or welds, which makes it ideal for forming, pressing and cutting.”

RMIG Expanded Metal has a modern yet timeless look, and creates the possibility of designing unique and eye-catching shapes and expressions – yet another reason why architects favour this versatile product. RMIG has its own production facilities for expanded metal where sheets are manufactured from, for example, aluminium or steel. The expansion of the metal takes place in one efficient production process. Expanded metal is made in one piece without joints or welds, which makes it ideal for forming, pressing and cutting. There is no metal lost in the process and, as expanded metal is also virtually maintenance-free, this increases the cost-effectiveness of the material. Combined with its high strength and outstanding anti-skid qualities, there are many valid reasons for using expanded metal.

Sports Hall, Ringsted Campus High School, Denmark Architects: Christensen & Co. Arkitekter A/S Functional facade and sun screens that blend into the surroundings Functional facade and sun screens that blend into the surroundings The sports hall on Ringsted Campus links together the many sporting activities in the surrounding campus area. RMIG have supplied more than 500 m2 of expanded metal in corten steel for the facade and sun screens, giving both form and functionality to the building. The choice of corten steel also makes the sun screens a natural part of the building’s overall aesthetics. Technical characteristics Raw material: Corten Pattern: LT115X48X20X2 Thickness: 2.0 mm


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Bilbao Exhibition Centre - BEC Exhibition centre - Bilbao, Spain Architects: César Azcarate & Esteban Rodriguez Sun screens in expanded metal This huge exhibition building is surrounded by sunscreens in large mesh expanded metal completely covering the walls. To obtain a vertical stripe effect, the sheets are fixed with a constant angle between them. The issue for this project was ensuring that the facade could withstand the Bilbao climate, which was achieved with polyester coating on a hot dip galvanised base. Technical characteristics Raw material: DD11 Mild steel Thickness: 1.5 mm Pattern: Expanded metal LT115X40X20x1.5 Surface treatment: Hot dip galvanising + polyester coating


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EFIA announces record membership despite stringent entry criteria The European Fencing Industry Association (EFIA) has announced record membership numbers at the start of 2016, despite their renowned rigorous entry criteria. With their members typically ‘at the top of their game’, they are known to fulfil not only their statutory obligations, but can demonstrate the provision of the highest quality products and services. The voice of the fencing industry and prominent as a ‘hands-on organisation for a hands-on industry’, EFIA, has been serving the professional needs of the fencing industry since 1982 and has almost 100 members, including fencing contractors, manufacturers, stockists, installers, and other individuals and organisations involved within the industry. EFIA is ‘not a club with badge that can be bought’, but rather a professional trade association with stringent entry criteria representing the interests of the best companies in the fencing industry, as Chairman, Bernard Kilbride explains: “We are recognised across the industry as having very high standards and there are conditions of entry.” he says. “To be accepted as a member of EFIA, businesses are required to demonstrate that they have the support and respect of their suppliers, are established on a sound financial basis, meticulously uphold health and safety obligations and operate both legally and professionally. By maintaining these values, we are assured that each EFIA member is upholding the principles and ideals that we wish the industry to be known for.” In return, EFIA fully supports their members on a daily basis, allowing them get on with the all-important task of selling and installing fences: “We provide free customer credit checks for our members, undertake free CHAS assessments, assist members with training, help members get paid following complex contractual disputes and represent our members’ interests on a range of industry groups and developmental meetings, such as Lantra, BSi, FISS/ CSCS, NHSS, UK Contractors Group, National Specialist Contractor’s Council and ConstructionLine. These are just a few of the many benefits we provide.” explains Kilbride. “In addition, our newly formed partnership with Build UK allows our members to access their professional helplines, which offer guidance on issues such as employment, health and safety, tax, business, training, legal matters and fair payment.” For further information on EFIA member benefits, please visit or call 01873 880808.


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Crest Leather is a multinational producer of high quality finished leather Through our various operations across 4 continents, we use a combination of the latest technology and traditional artisanal techniques to ensure our range of leathers meet even those most demanding of requirements. We currently own and operate tanneries in Brazil, Italy and Thailand and have further operations in London, Manchester and the USA with a total workforce well-over over 800 personnel. Every year Crest Leather processes over 1,000,000 hides, sells over 58,000,000 square feet of finished leather, and moves thousands of containers across 6 continents. And we a growing…


attention to reducing our environmental impact by maintaining strictly regulated procedures to ensure all our operations adhere to the highest level of standards in the industry. CRESTJMT Our facility in Manchester, CrestJMT, offers a wide range of finished leather in stock for order to predominantly UK customers. Currently we hold over 3 million square feet in stock at our warehouse in Rochdale in some 311 different colours across 22 different types of leather. We have recently expanded our range with 62 brand new colours using high quality European pigmented leathers produced at our tannery in Arzignano, Veneto.

QUALITY Maintaining quality is of utmost importance to us, and that is why we tan our leather in an ISO 9001 environment. However, we are very conscious of the fact that quality leather products are only part of what we provide, so we also work hard to make sure that we give the highest levels of customer service.

Our new brochure showcasing these leathers will be available soon and we will gladly send you send a copy upon request; we will also have a pdf version available to be sent over email.

Our sales teams are knowledgeable in all aspects of leather and production, and are always happy and ready to help with any of your professional requirements, however challenging. We are committed to improving our environmental stance, and are continually devoting a lot of

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Along with our existing range, we also offer a bespoke option to customers who wish to madeto-order finished leather.

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platform lift So, you’ve decided that you’d like a lift in your home or property. Whilst the very purpose of a lift is highly functional, it can also be a great addition to the design of a property. Let’s take a look at 9 different ways a platform lift can be personalised to blend in, or stand out from its surroundings. 1. The most obvious way to make a dramatic change to the look of your lift is through glazing. You can choose either clear or frosted glass, to let light through the shaft and lighten the ambiance of the area. 2. In addition to glazing, you can also choose the colour of your lift shaft. A huge range of colours are available to complement the surrounding area. 3. It’s also possible to choose the flooring of the platform lift. You can use patterns, textures and even your own designs. 4. The lift console is available in different finishes, for example an oak effect, or stainless steel finish may work best with the environment. 5. Shaft walls can have design elements added through the use of printed stick on panels 6. LED coloured lighting recessed in the pit and shaft can be an effective and interesting effect, especially on glass panels. 7. You can choose the style of door design too, with a choice of glazed door, or solid door with vision panels. 8. As well as the visual design of your lift, you can personalise the use of your lift by choosing a manual or automatic door closure 9. You can also add restricted access to your lift. This is useful where the building is used by others, but the lift is for the use of a specified individual Hopefully, that has inspired you with ways you can truly make the lift your own. If there’s anything else you like to know, please give Invalifts a call and their friendly experts can guide you through the process of personalising your lift. •62•

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A Hat Trick of New Showrooms Launches for Yorkshire’s Distinctive Chesterfields The husband and wife team behind a Yorkshire-based furniture manufacturer recently celebrated the end of a successful 2015 and the beginning of what is expected to be an even more fruitful year ahead. Clare and Steve Laidlaw, the couple at the helm of Distinctive Chesterfields – situated in Honley, in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire – are thrilled to witness the continued expansion of the familyrun company, thanks to a hat trick of highs in the past year. The whirlwind year began with the launch of the company’s flagship chesterfield sofa firm – located at London’s St John’s Hill – at the end of June, 2015. With new staff on board – including a manager and assistant manager for the newly-opened London premises, it’s been onwards and upwards for Clare and Steve. Expanding the business into America, Australia and Japan and Sweden since founding just eight years ago, the couple recently saw the launch of a New York showroom to mark the second exciting milestone last year alone for Distinctive Chesterfields. Completing the trio of successes for 2015/2016, Clare, Steve and the company’s international sales manager, Mark Denby, are set to open a third showroom in the past year alone – this one in France. And with the company now employing well over 30 staff, 2016 looks likely to be another great year in terms of recruitment, too. After working hard to add to Distinctive Chesterfields’ evergrowing team, Clare and Steve are excited to see what 2016 has to offer. Speaking about the company’s achievements, Steve

had this to say: “The past year has been such a great one for us not just here in our Honley workshop and showroom, but across the Distinctive Chesterfields brand in general – that we really can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for us all. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our staff, who continue to put their all into ensuring the very best quality pieces leave our workshop, as well as the many friends, customers and fellow businesses who have supported us so far.” The newly-opened showrooms give people in the respective area a chance to see the brand’s furniture for themselves, with each premises stocking everything from leather suites and sofas, to wing back chairs and footstools. “We can’t wait to meet everyone who’s planning to say hello at any of our newly-opened showrooms,” added Steve, “…and we’d be delighted to offer tempting discounts to anyone interested in making a purchase.” Of course, customers closer to Distinctive Chesterfields’ West Yorkshire showroom are still welcome to visit the brand in Yorkshire and browse furniture at a more convenient location. Chesterfields can also be viewed online at For more about Distinctive Chesterfields, or to make an appointment to view its collection of handmade furniture, get in touch with Clare or Steve Laidlaw by calling 01484 663 294. Alternatively, head to the company’s Facebook page, or say hello via Twitter.

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he use of tesa® 4952 doublesided tapes to provide high strength and immediate bonding of mirrors to furniture is helping manufacturers to satisfy consumer demand and improve their manufacturing processes at the same time. The increasing use of mirrors as an integral element of furniture design is not simply a product of the modern consumer’s vanity. Mirrors offer an added dimension to any room, strategic positioning will reflect light, enhance the colour values of the décor and open up space to create the illusion of a bigger room. The effect of placing a light source in front of a mirrored surface is to give it an added quality and a mirror next to or opposite a window gives the impression of adding another window to the room.


The good news for manufacturers is that the application of tesa® 4952 offers them a rapid, reliable and efficient element of the production process. At just 1.15mm thick and made of a medium strength PE foam, the recommendation is for 61cm2 of tape to be applied vertically per 1kg of glass. Whether on wardrobes, occasional furniture, dressing and vanity units or bathroom cabinets, the product will give high instant bonding strength and durability over time.

The use of tesa® 4952 also allows furniture manufacturers to provide the best aesthetic results, with the hidden bond offering designers clean, uncluttered lines free from any mechanical fixings. In an industry where cost-effectiveness in production goes hand-in-hand with contemporary design requirements, tesa’s solution meets both sets of requirements.

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APOLLO radiators is one of the leading independent distributors of radiators and towel rails in the UK. At APOLLO radiators the emphasis is on quality, and availability from stock. APOLLO radiators distribute throughout the UK to a wide range of independent merchants, as well as the national merchant groups.

APOLLO roma classic steel column radiators come in a wide range of sizes. Fusion welded sections manufactured in Italy with the latest technology and a 10 year guarantee. Over 150 sizes are available in white within 3 working days and a selection of 46 different colours are available in just 7 working days.

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APOLLO monza is a modern contemporary design of column radiator available in over 80 sizes, both vertical and horizontal. Delivery to merchants is within 3 days. Like all apollo radiators it is manufactured in europe, in this case Italy. The monza is ideally suited to low temperature renewable systems, incorporating heat pumps and underfloor heating. Unlike most aluminium radiators it relies on waterways to conduct heat, and the design and technology is patented, and also suited to high pressure systems. The monza is less than half the weight of steel column radiators, and available at a similar price. There are 46 colour options available within 7 days, the standard colour being ral 9016 white, available in 3 days.

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