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CONTENTS January 2016

04 Industry News 08 Editor’s Choice 09 January Furniture Show 22 Amendoeira review 28 Bathrooms & Washrooms 36 Doors & Windows 42 Contemporary Home 50 Lifts, stairs & balustrades 56 External Works

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INDUSTRY news A woodland home that takes inspiration from simple Canadian style Upon approach, the house has a strong presence, but its build and size give it a traditional look. Wandering through the property, the cedar seems to step back, allowing the indoors to mingle with the outdoors. It is almost like a boat that has come to rest on the banks of a bend in the river. The KL house’s natural cedar siding and tin roof are reminiscent of some of North Hatley’s country homes. However, its elongated and streamlined shape contrasts subtly with the older, opulent homes on the shore of the lake. The house, and its adjacent garage, have a simple and well-assumed volumetry and a slanted roof with a small overhang, but this simplicity is destabilized by subtle shaping.

The clients on this project spoke of simplicity and an open view of the woods. They wanted a house that “looks like a house.” They preferred a more traditional style, reminiscent of Canadian East Coast homes by the sea. They were open to contemporaneity and boldness, even though they wished to retain the traditional country style of North Hatley’s early homes. This duality between the traditional and the modern was to guide the architects throughout the design. The property is bordered by a stream, and the sound of the water is both soothing and inspiring. It is located at the end of a mountainous domain, close to the heart of the village of North Hatley.

The absence of mouldings highlights the authentic character of the natural cedar shingles. The trimmed area’s smooth cedar planks provide a contrast to the textured shingles. In both cases, cedar shingles were chosen for their orange hue, which adds a touch of warmth to the project. The entrance hall leads to a bright transition area that opens up vertically, providing a glimpse of the upper level and its cedar ceiling. The living areas flow through an open, longitudinal space that offers a constant view of the forest. In response to the clients’ wishes, the KL house looks “like a house” but also sets itself apart, in all simplicity, by re-interpreting the region’s early country homes.

David Boyle uses reclaimed brick to build extension to a Sydney terrace Australian architect David Boyle chose recycled brick for this renovation and extension of a psychologist’s house in Sydney, which creates a double-height living room, a mezzanine bedroom and a home office (+ slideshow). The house is hemmed in on all sides by other properties, resulting in a lack of sunlight. So Boyle’s firm added a living area with high ceilings, skylights and glazed doors to help re-introduce light. Named Walter Street Terrace, the property is set within a conservation area in Bondi Junction, an eastern suburb of Sydney. Strict planning constraints dictated that the extension had to be concealed from the street, tucked away at the rear of the building. “This addition to a small workers cottage aims to make the most of this heavily constrained site,” said David Boyle. “A series of voluminous interlinked spaces have been added within the available building envelope to capture the light and extend the perception of each space.” The reclaimed brick used to build the walls and pave the floors features worn paintwork, helping it to blend in with the existing architecture.


“The material palette is simple and robust, and blurs the boundaries between inside, outside and adjoining structures,” said Boyle. “Recycled brick walls and flooring link the house to the neighbouring wall, thereby blurring the extent of ownership and cadastral boundaries.” A mezzanine at the back of the living space hosts a new bedroom and bathroom, freeing up an existing ground-floor bedroom at the front of the house for an

office where the client runs her psychology practice. A narrow hallway with timber floors connects this existing part of the house with the living room – which doubles as a waiting room – at the rear. The mezzanine can be seen bridging the hallway. A timber staircase with a built-in bench links the lounge with the mezzanine, which is lit via an angled skylight. Large sliding doors at the top of the stairs mean this area can double as an extra sitting room.

INDUSTRY news Schneider unveils new Ethernet Gateway system

Space for freedom and liberating minds

Schneider Electric has announced the launch of its Ethernet Gateway Link150. The Link150 serves as an Ethernet Gateway for PowerLogic system devices and any other communicating devices utilitising the Modbus protocol. It is designed to provide a fast, reliable Ethernet connectivity in the most demanding of applications, from a single building to a multi-site enterprise. This gateway supports power and energy meters, circuit monitors, protective relays, trip units, motor controls and other devices that need to communicate data quickly and efficiently. It offers a simple, cost-effective serial line to full Ethernet connectivity, offering complete access to all status and measurement information. Schneider says the key benefits of the Link150 include:, Easy to install, configure and maintain, Secure user interface including user’s name and password for login, Advanced security features to allow users to specify which Modbus TCP/IP master devices may access attached serial slave devices, Compatible with Schneider Electric software offerings (StruxureWare Power Monitoring Expert, StruxureWare PowerSCADA Expert, etc.), Reliable Modbus to Ethernet protocol conversion. “We are pleased to announce the launch of the Link150 Ethernet Gateway. It is the latest addition of top of the range energy management products from Schneider Electric, which will help customers make the most of their energy.

The residence is located in the Hyogo Prefecture of Japan. It sits near the peak of a mountain where picturesque residences blend into nature from long ago. The sloped site, cuts through the mountain, spins a supreme world of trees and greenery, endlessly extending blue skies, refreshing wind that quivers its surroundings and is filled with bright light. Our aim was to tie the blessings of the rich nature to daily lives and enlarge the joy of living by permeating them into deep down minds. Two vertical walls and four horizontal slabs are configured towards the slope, and thus, living spaces are created between them. Each space is different in relation to nature and the difference senses us the latent infinity of nature. Furthermore,the boundary between

nature and architecture—shown by the edge of the slabs and the walls—that define space are scraped off. As one side is bare concrete and the other side is all painted in white, materiality and massiveness is lost and only the meaning as surface remains. Such highly abstract six walls and slabs let the spaces created between them to shift from concrete to abstract and reveal an ‘empty’ world where nothing exists. A perfectly unfilled ‘empty’ world is where only mutable nature and ambiguous mind in reality exist and everything stimulates abstract interrelationship and blends into one. Thus, minds assimilate infinity of nature, are liberated intensely and find great pleasure in life proceeding with nature.

Gaia system heats new state-of-the-art school building Specialist contractor, Kershaw Mechanical Services Limited, has installed Gaia’s wet underfloor heating system as part of its £1.9m mechanical & electrical (M&E) package at the new Further Education building for West Suffolk College. Located on the college’s campus in Bury St Edmunds, the new FE building is the main focus of all FE provision and provides improved study facilities as well as student support and recreational opportunities. With a focus on energy efficiency, the building’s M&E works included a natural ventilation system, a biomass boiler, domestic services, heating, air conditioning and full building management system. Gaia’s underfloor heating system was installed throughout the ground floor of the new building which consists of a social seating area, shop and drop-in computer station. The system was chosen partly for its energy efficiency, but also for the fact

that it offered the most effective heating solution for the space, says John Pritchard, Project Manager: “Underfloor heating is ideal for use in large open plan areas as the heat is distributed evenly throughout the area,” S/HE said. “The Gaia system is well-proven and reliable and the technical assistance offered by Gaia helped ensure a trouble-free installation“. John Pritchard, Project Manager.

pipe loops for each room (or zone) all run from and back to the system manifold.

Gaia wet underfloor heating system utilises water at low temperatures. The water is circulated through a series of continuous pipe loops laid within a screed or between timber joists beneath the floor surface. The

The nature in which heat is radiated across the whole floor surface makes underfloor heating a highly cost efficient and comfortable alternative to traditional radiant heating methods.


INDUSTRY news David Chipperfield Architects, New York

Doddington Hall restoration

Planning consent for a £30m project to restore the Grade l listed Doddington Hall, its surrounding Grade ll* listed stables, Grade II listed park and gardens has been granted. The scheme will provide a five star country house hotel and spa near Nantwich, Cheshire. Doddington main The Doddington Estate is a privately owned country estate, and in 1776, Samuel Wyatt was commissioned to design Doddington Hall as it stands today. Assael Architecture was appointed to design the scheme which will consist of a 120 room hotel, restaurant, bars, function rooms, and the integration of the old stables. A modern three-storey extension will include additional rooms and spa.

HFZ Capital Group and David Chipperfield Architects have launched sales for The Bryant residences in New York City. The Bryant is the first large-scale residential project in New York designed by the internationally-acclaimed British practice and newly commissioned designer of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s wing for modern and contemporary art, David Chipperfield Architects. The residential condominium is being developed by New York based real estate investment and development firm HFZ Capital Group. The Bryant is located at 16 West 40th Street directly on Bryant Park and above a boutique hotel, showcasing master architect Sir David Chipperfield’s vision for city living and granting soon-to-be residents soaring views of the park and the dramatic skyline to the south featuring the Empire State Building. Due to its landmarked surroundings, The Bryant will be the final development site on Bryant Park. A hallmark of David Chipperfield Architects’ design ethos is intelligent simplicity, a trait magnificently apparent with the latest addition to its portfolio. “The idea that the structure and the façade are the same thing, made out of polished concrete, will give the building a tectonic and physical presence. Through this, the building is reduced down to elements of columns and windows, of solid and void, mass and space,” said Sir David Chipperfield. “I think you can make architecture out of very simple things, it doesn’t have to be complicated. The difference between a good building and a bad building normally resides in it being more thought about.” With 57 one-to-four bedroom residences on floors 16 through 34 — including two triplex penthouses — each residence boasts elegantly framed floor-to-ceiling windows, at least one corner exposure, and sleek sliding doors that blur the division between inside and outside. The building’s custom made aggregate terrazzo façade transitions seamlessly into the carefully considered interiors, creating crisp architectural frames to the multiple windows in each residence as well as a border for the warm-toned herringbone floors. Every residence in The Bryant dominates a corner of the tower and offers panoramic skyline or park views. The tower is steps away from Fifth Avenue shopping, is close to the vibrant gallery district, as well as the Midtown office district, and is just minutes from downtown’s thriving restaurant and culture scene. Each residence features bespoke millwork specifically designed by David Chipperfield Architects for The Bryant, which cleverly conceals storage, appliances, and mechanical systems, and allows for generous, uninterrupted ceiling heights throughout the living spaces and hallways. Honed, handpicked Italian marble finishes complement the kitchens and bathrooms. The marketing and sales are being managed by Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group. The Bryant sales gallery can be seen by appointment by calling 212 687 1640, or emailing The Bryant’s sales gallery is located at 489 Fifth Avenue, Penthouse, New York NY 10017.


Assael’s design has been driven by the requirement to create an elegant and sensitive addition to the existing buildings on the site whilst enhancing the character of the hall and surrounding context; executed in a complementary, coherent and sensitive palette of materials. Brick forms the primary material for the new-build elements, with the introduction of copper at roof level. The brief established the requirement that minimal changes were to be imposed upon the internal layout of the hall. The Piano Noblie level, an area of high heritage sensitivity, retains function rooms with historic decorative finishes that will be restored to their former grandeur. Conversion of the first floor into hotel suites requires some of the smaller family rooms to be combined, with en-suite layouts in a ‘pod’ format, to minimise the impact on the existing fabric. Rooms at the lower ground floor and basement level of the hall will be configured for ancillary and back of house functions for the hotel; typically in harmony with their original conception and use. A modern glazed covered walkway acts as a link between the new and existing buildings and forms an important feature of the scheme allowing for an all-weather connection between the main hotel and stable block. Niall Cairns, Director at Assael Architecture said, “We took a fresh approach to the design of the scheme to help bring the estate back to life, whilst protecting the future of Doddington Hall and its surroundings. We placed particular emphasis on sympathetically introducing new buildings intothe historic setting, careful conversion of the heritage buildings and retention of the original features of the Grade l listed hall.” The scheme also includes the sensitive restoration of the Grade ll park and garden by Barnes Walker Landscape Architects.

INDUSTRY news Retrofit LED spotss leave Art In Architecture halogen in the dark The launch of a new range of next-gen LED spotlights has made it easier than ever to replace out-dated, inefficient halogen lamps with cost- and carboncutting LED alternatives. The new GU10 range from leading manufacturer LUMiLife – now available at – offers a like-for-like replacement for traditional spotlights, with no need to compromise on light quality. With unrivalled brightness ranging from 250 to 550 lumens, the latest LUMiLife GU10 models have been developed to match the lighting output of halogen spotlights in the 35W to 70W range, whilst cutting electricity consumption by up to 90% and lasting up to 20 times longer. The new LUMiLife spotlights are designed to work seamlessly with existing GU10 fittings, and each lamp is clearly marked with an equivalent halogen wattage (35W, 50W, 60W, 70W), allowing for straightforward retrofit replacement. With 2,700k, 4,000k and 5,000k colour options, the range offers outputs spanning 3.6W to 7W. Dimmable variants are also available. The new LUMiLife GU10s are now available at LEDHut Trade, along with a range of next-generation MR16s. With prices starting at £1.84, all of the new products in both ranges are backed by LEDHut Trade’s market-leading five-year warranty and are eligible for next-day delivery. For more information please visit spot-light-evolution or call 0161 655 0660.

Housing developer Peabody has recently launched two central London developments that have incorporated high quality contemporary living space with exciting and engaging artwork, unique to each development. Both, More West in W10 and St John’s Way in SW11 are perfect examples of a successful balance between aesthetics, culture, history and practicality. More West is located in the heart of one of London’s best arts and culture scenes near Notting Hill and Portobello Road. Contemporary British artist Nathan Coley was chosen from a shortlist of accomplished artists by Peabody and architects Haworth Tompkins to design and install a piece of public art central to the development’s overall look and feel. Originally drawn to the project because of ‘Peabody’s strong history’, Turner Prize nominee Coley formed his final idea, a seven metre high abstract apple tree sculpture gilded with 24 carat gold leaf, after comprehensive research into the local area. The sculpture, situated on the development rooftop, reflects the intriguing history of a small community that lived on the site in the 1970’s. Visible from Latimer Road Underground

station, Coley’s apple tree plays an important new part in the local landscape, its presence echoing the site’s history, brings a sense of pride to the development and a permanent art fixture in the area. Equally inspiring but with a very different approach, St John’s Way situated near Clapham Junction, features installation artwork in its structural brickwork, created by artist Rodney Harris. “The conceptual basis for the sculptural intervention is to commemorate the philanthropy of George Peabody and celebrate the people, past and present living in the area,” comments Harris. He further adds, “I have created a series of four brick relief sculptures, carved in identical material to the surrounding brickwork resembling the presence of memories and histories.” Both artistic enterprises at More West and St John’s Way have gone beyond visuals. They have taken to heart the social, cultural and historical influences of both areas and created interesting, creative and stand-out installations for not only residents to enjoy but the wider community and all passers-by.

Assemble Wins 2015 Turner Prize Assemble, Architectural Record’s September Firm to Watch, has won the 2015 Turner Prize, Great Britain’s most prestigious artistic honor, issued by the Tate. The London-based architecture collective, founded by University of Cambridge graduates in 2010, is the first design group to win the prize, typically bestowed to an artist, since the award’s inception in 1984. Assemble’s community-oriented projects—which include a playground, a community square, performance venues, and artist

studios—blur the line between architecture, art, and social practice. In 2013, the group teamed up with residents of Liverpool’s Toxteth neighborhood to revitalize several neglected housing blocks, an initiative called the Granby Four Street Project. Musician and artist Kim Gordon presented the firm with the £25,000 prize today at a ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland. Assemble’s work will be on view at Tramway, a local contemporary art space, until January 17.


editor's choice

Innovative new heat pump matches new-build hot water requirements meet demand and the UK Government is now pushing for the construction of more new homes. At the same time, legislation is forcing housing developers to use products and practices that reduce the energy required for space heating and hot water is becoming the dominant load in new dwellings. This means that high-efficiency water heaters are required for new-build dwellings to help tackle CO2 emissions and reduce run costs, with air source heat pumps already recognised by the Government as an important part of that solution. Mitsubishi Electric has launched a new 4kW Ecodan air source heat pump designed specifically to tackle the needs of new-build homes, with a system that matches the hot water requirements, whilst still meeting the lower heating demand of today’s well insulated properties.

Mitsubishi Electric has therefore developed this pioneering new Ecodan model to deliver a viable way of meeting the new hot water and heating demands of these new homes. The Ecodan QUHZ has just been launched to the company’s heating partners and will be available from the end of January 2016.

New homes built today differ from previous ones because the requirement for hot water is likely to exceed the demand for heating for the first time. A reduction in fabric U-values and thermal bridging has reduced the energy requirements for heating and also allows for smaller plant.

New homes are needed in both on and off-gas grid areas but the additional cost of delivering mains infrastructure to new developments can also make the Ecodan QUHZ an attractive proposition for housebuilders within the grid.

“What is needed is a new way of delivering energy efficient heating and hot water”, explains Jordan Jeewood, Ecodan technical expert for the company. “We have engineered the Ecodan QUHZ monobloc system to meet this need by providing exceptionally high efficiency in the production of hot water, along with renewable space heating for the home”. The Ecodan QUHZ unit is MCS-Approved and straightforward to install, delivering water at 70ºC to a packaged 200 litre thermal store. From this thermal store, mains water is heated directly up to 65ºC via Mitsubishi Electric’s unique plate heat exchanger, meaning the homeowner receives hot water on demand. “This model uses CO2 as a refrigerant to ensure a large delta T between the flow and return temperatures to and from the outdoor unit”, adds Jeewood. “This delivers the high levels of efficiency that enable the system to meet the high hot water, low heating requirements of today’s new-build properties”. The fundamental design, application and control of the Ecodan QUHZ is exactly the same as the rest of the range with advanced control logic within the thermal store allowing the system to deliver the high efficiency levels that the market has come to expect from the Ecodan brand. As a nation, we have not been building enough new homes to


Other alternatives to gas such as ground source heat pumps, biomass boilers, LPG, oil, direct electric and coal may incur additional higher install costs, greater maintenance regimes, or may simply not meet targets for energy efficiency and carbon reduction. The UK Government is already committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 80 per cent of 1990 levels, by 2050 and achieving a 34 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Buildings account for 44 per cent of all UK CO2 emissions (more than industry or transport) and space heating and hot water account for almost 75 per cent of total energy consumed in homes.

450 exhibitors, 5 halls, 4 days, 1 January Furniture Show

January Furniture Show

Excitement builds for the January Furniture Show

The wait for The January Furniture Show, (NEC 24-27 January 2016), is nearly over, it is less than 4 weeks until the doors open. The Christmas feast will be a distant memory with a new one full of colour, texture and inspiration taking its place in 5 halls of the NEC. The A list of over 450, UK and International exhibitors will launch 1000s of new designs, new collections and new innovations. There will be everything on display for interior furnishing and décor including upholstery, cabinet, beds, flooring, fabrics, lighting, soft furnishings, mirrors, pictures and decorative accessories. This show is a must for retailers, interior designers, contract buyers, architects and developers.

Sofas and Chairs

In Hall 5 Buoyant, Furnico, and Lebus headline with new comfortable and practical designs in a variety of traditional and contemporary fabrics. Buoyant’s recent Rosa model was very well received and they expand the style with new additions in fresh colours. Furnico adds to its La-Z-Boy collection with a leather option for its best selling Stanford model and will introduce sofabed options for the first time.

The UK excellence in upholstery will be seen at its best with some of the biggest brands revealing new styles and covers. In Hall 1 Duresta, Wade, Collins&Hayes, Parker Knoll, G Plan Upholstery, Westbridge and Tetrad will show everything from classic designs in contemporary geometric and floral fabrics, to traditional designs with a modern spin in aged leather and wool.

International upholstery skill and expertise will best be displayed by some of Italy’s biggest brands in Hall 2, including Tomasella, Ego Italiano, Marinelli, and Maxdivani featuring colours inspired by their cool Tuscan or hot Neapolitan landscapes. Highly contemporary designs in cool greys and soft blues will mix with classic Italian leather designs in creams and blacks.

G Plan Upholstery, Steed Upholstery and Wade will show modern designs with on-trend button back options. Ashley Manor and Mark Webster Designs both build on their new launches at the Manchester Furniture Show in July, adding new covers and shapes. Tetrad led the way with combining aged leather with woven fabrics, they were galvanised by the introduction of Harris Tweeds to their designs and will now debut a collection featuring wools from renowned textile house, Benjamin Thornber.

Other European upholstery experts exhibiting include Belgium’s ROM, also showing in Hall 2. They have supplied innovative upholstery for over 50 years have embraced the 3D configurable design and are a great choice for customisable sofa solutions. From Portugal, FAMA’s brightly coloured leathers covering their highly contemporary designs, are eye-catching and full of modern flair.


Dining and Cabinet Dining - no longer just a sea of oak, made from woods including acacia, mango, walnut, beech, pine, structured board and reclaimed wood will be on display. See Baker, Mark Webster Designs, Willis&Gambier, Ercol and Bentley Designs in Hall 1 or Nathan and Kingstown in Hall 5 for some of the best. As well as a wide variety of woods there will be dining and occasional tables made from marble, stone, glass and metal. Ercol introduces its new Teramo dining collection, featuring shaker elements, which is available in two styles for either a casual or a more formal look. Alternatively, Iain James launches a traditional, highly figured burr walnut collection, alongside a custom made Art Deco inspired line in Japanese ash. Furniture Origins expands its dining, bedroom and occasional ranges and showcases new light oak and painted finishes, while Willis&Gambier offers new additions to their Casual and Moderno dining and bedroom collections. Alfrank, known for its specialism in marble is promising new table innovations at the Show. Another expert in using unusual materials for cabinet and dining is Bontempi, showing in Hall 2, they have a worldwide reputation for contemporary cabinet furniture constructed from metal. Another user of alternative materials is Peressini, who will exhibit at January for the first time. They will show some of their unique tables with ceramic, glass or solid timber tops and will be a major draw for cabinet buyers. From Denmark Bodahl, also experts in non-mainstream looks, will showcase its comprehensive range of industrial themed solid oak

dining sets. Continuing the Danish theme, Skovby bring their uniquely engineered dining tables and cool Scandinavian designs. Their clever lift and flip actions, which allow dining tables to accommodate different numbers of diners, have proved hugely popular in the UK. In complete contrast to the sleek Scandinavian styling is Ancient Mariner’s hand-made Indonesian furniture, in mango, mahogany and teak, the rich colours and free-flowing designs offer a different dining experience. At the other end of the scale is the UK’s Greenapple, whose pioneering glass designs are gloriously modern and beautifully made. They will launch their Rimini range which features matching dining and occasional pieces. Following on from the highly successful launch of their extensive dining range at the Manchester Furniture Show in July, Serene are adding more pieces to their contemporary glass and leather collection, with a focus on pieces for very large and petite spaces. For cabinet with a different style head to Gallery Direct, Libra and Pacific Lifestyle in Hall 3, who bring original themed collections to the cabinet market. They add corresponding accessories including lamps, mirrors and decorative items for a complete interiors look and present their stands with jaw-dropping style.


January Furniture Show

Beds and Bedroom The wide variety of choice in beds and mattresses will be most notable in Hall 5. The UK has some of the best manufacturers and suppliers of beds including Sweet Dreams, Kaydian, Highgate, Serene, Sherborne, Slumbernights Ltd and Vogue. All bring new styles and innovative technology to the Show ranging from Vogue’s vacuum packed mattresses to Sweet Dream’s button backed upholstered bedframes. Beds with motion are increasingly popular and Furmanac’s smooth operating MiBed and high-end Hestia motion collections will have new additions. Even mattresses now have motion technology and Breasley’s new Bionix mattress collection, with its motion drive system, will be prominent on their stand along with the new, boxed YOU mattress collection. Nathan, best known for timeless cabinet collections is introducing high-class beds to its Shades range. In Hall 1 Whitemeadow and Killymoon


will both show fully upholstered and sumptuous beds in lush fabrics. Ercol, Baker, Wills&Gambier and Furniture Origins will show wooden beds and bedroom furniture in traditional and contemporary styles. German giants, Nolte, Rauch and Weimann all have new launches for January focused on the UK market. Their expertly engineered wardrobe and bedroom cabinet systems are highly prized. Weimann are introducing two new finishes Champagne and Nocce, among eight new models, while Rauch will debut their Koblenz, Witten and Homburg ranges as well as reimagined best-sellers. Nolte continue their UK resurgence with several new ranges and new modern finishes. For traditional bedroom cabinet, Kingstown will be showing their new Sophie painted range, along with a full selection of their coordinating bedroom collections. Seconique adds new pieces to its Corona range and Poland’s major brand Forte, is introducing a new nursery and children’s range.

Interior Accessories Completing ‘the look’ with the right accessories and soft furnishings is a skill all of its own and in Hall 3 the exhibitors offer a myriad of inventive, expertly crafted and stunning decorative objects, mirrors, lamps, artwork, cushions and throws. Exhibitors including Gallery Direct, Libra, Pacific Lifestyle, Culinary Concepts, Stone the Crows, PD Global, Hill Interiors, Lifestyle Arts & Crafts, Malini, Complete Colour, Artko and Camelot Pictures are all debuting new collections. Gallery Direct’s glorious 2015 stand is set to be outdone in 2016. They are launching 150 products and 3 new furniture collections. Both Libra and Pacific Lifestyle are introducing a kaleidoscope of new collections. Pacific Lifestyle’s Loft is an industrial inspired collection of lamps and objects. Libra’s Darwin’s Study is a nod to historic explorers, featuring rich leathers and metals. Culinary Concepts have delightful new items in their inspired array of kitchen and dining accessories, their unequalled presentation of dining as theatre is joyous. Hill Interiors, celebrating 40 years in business, are bringing new brass and copper decorative pieces and Malini reflect the increasing popularity of florals with pretty flower designs on some of their colourful cushions and bed covers.


January Furniture Show

Lighting, Flooring and Fabric New for 2016 is the lighting section. Major brands including Dar Lighting, CIMC, Westlite and Red Mud among others, will show new designs reflecting the current trends for edgy industrial, floral and the country retreat. Also on show will be more traditional and classic lighting and lamps featuring ceramics, high-shine and matt metals, coloured and cut glass. For technology and design of a different kind head to the Flooring Showcase in Hall 2, where you will see the newest innovations in hard and textile flooring. Here high-class British manufacturing can be seen at its best, Axminster, Brockway and Victoria Carpets are bringing new carpet designs in a range of colours and textures. Edel Telenzo will show its new Diversity carpet, which has a two-tone loop pile and unique construction method giving it a non-directional woven look. They will also introduce Liberty, which alternatively has a striped loop-pile construction giving it a smooth woven look. In rugs Trinity Creations has a new digitally printed collection while The Plantation Rug Company launched two new on-trend collections. In hard flooring Woodpecker introduce distressed oaks, parquet designs and contemporary grey-washed boards, which will be shown with their extensive solid and engineered wood flooring range. Finally for all things soft, see the colourful, crisp and sumptuous display of fabrics in the Fabric Pavilion in Hall 1. Here well known brands like Swaffer, Kobe, Barker & Barker and Essente will show new weaves and designs in florals, stripes, checks, abstracts, plaids and jacquards among others. Kobe has over 700 fabrics in its portfolio featuring a wide array of textures and colours, Barker & Barker known for beautiful fabrics for both commercial and domestic settings, introduce the Dierama collection which is made up of delicate woven designs based on an oriental theme. Swaffer’s elegant and beautiful new floral collections in fresh summery, or soft greys are proving hugely popular. Fabrics of a different style come from Titley & Marr, who are famed for producing designs inspired by traditional techniques, particularly woodblock printing, will debut their Kalamkari print collection. The Isle Mill’s classic wool designs woven in Scotland feature contemporary and textured plains alongside plaids and intricate jacquard designs. The January Furniture Show is the most comprehensive interiors trade show in the UK. This show has it all! Don’t miss the new designs, innovations and trends for 2016, to register your attendance and see the full exhibitor list go to:

January Furniture Show 2016. NEC Sun 24 - Weds 27 January



Giftware Decorative Accessories Lighting

Hall 4 Dining Cabinet

Bedroom Furniture Wholesalers


Hall 5

Upholstery Beds & Bedroom Furniture

Hall 1

Branded & Luxury Goods Fabric Pavilion

Hall 2


Hall 2

International Exhibitors Flooring Showcase


Hall 4


Hall 3 Giftware

Decorative Accessories Lighting

Hall 4 Dining Cabinet


Hall 5

Hall 1

Bedroom Furniture Wholesalers

Hall 5 Upholstery

Beds & Bedroom Furniture

With so many exhibitors you will want to plan your trip. So, to find out who is exhibiting in which hall, visit the January Furniture Show website:

Getting to the Show

By Road

Hall 3

The NEC is very easily accessed by car. It is 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre, and at the heart of the UK motorway network. The post code for your Sat. Nav. is B40 1NT The NEC has 16,500 car parking spaces. Follow the electronic signage or directions provided by our traffic team to get you to the right car park area for the January Furniture Show. Once you’ve parked you can either take a free shuttle bus or walk to the halls using our sign posted footpaths.

By Rail



The NEC is right next to Birmingham International rail station. You can get to any of our halls quickly and conveniently, without having to step outside. The NEC entrance is on the right hand side as you exit the station, ENTRANCE and clearly signposted.

Hall 4

Hall 2

PLEASE NOTE that Virgin Trains are giving a 25% discount on “Virgin Trains’ Advance Fares” for visitors attending the Show. Simply use this link or click on Virgin logo to access the discount. Whilst on the train you will need to make sure that you have confirmation that you are attending the Show by either producing your hotel confirmation or your unique registration number. As long as you are a few days either side of the Show when you travel then your ticket will be valid. This offer will be open to all our visitors 12 weeks prior to the Show.


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LATHAM EXCLUSIVE DECORS SET TO DAZZLE AT SDS 2016 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.

XyloCleaf offers a variety of wood grains, linens and other unique materials


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Super Matt Super Matt is finger print resistant and available in eight, on-trend colours

The surfaces on show will include:

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.

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 wall panelling. In addition, it is also popular for high- end commercial, leisure and hotel specifications.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Super 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.

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. There will also be 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.”

Going the Extra Mile for Wellness Spaces at Home

Over the past 30 years, Technogym has become a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art fitness equipment, renowned globally for innovative design and technology. Technogym’s Forma and Personal collections fit perfectly into the home, blending high quality materials and performance with features such as Entertainment Support and internet connectivity to keep you motivated and track your progress towards achieving health and Wellness. then assembled in the final location. In a historic property in Fulham, we made sure to dust sheet everything, remove furniture and ornaments in the access route and even worked with a carpenter to safely remove and replace an elaborate wooden doorframe in order to fit the Technogym machines through the doorway. To put our Kinesis Personal machine into a client’s yacht, we made careful calculations of the highest possible rotation point to plan how the machine was carried in to the yacht to ensure it combine design with functionality, even with could be rotated correctly into the space. traditional-style properties.

Technogym’s in house Wellness Design department and our team of sales consultants have worked on many varied and interesting challenges in their years of creating Wellness areas for clients at home. Our strength is not only in fitting Wellness into people’s lives; physically fitting equipment into people’s homes is equally challenging at times, but rewarding!

Digging ourselves in (literally)

Home owners increasingly buy space-maximising equipment and choose our products, such as Kinesis Personal or the Spazio Forma folding treadmill, because they possess a strong design aesthetic that makes them resemble spaceefficient exercise furniture more than simple fitness tools. Kinesis Personal, for example, sits just 30cm away from the wall but the arms fold out to create a unique and stunning cable-pulley machine where you can perform over 200 exercises for a full body workout.

We had to dig a hole in one client’s cellar, which they were converting into a gym. Having consulted with them on the equipment they wanted, our Harrods showroom team decided to reconnoitre the space immediately to ensure that there would be no issues with ceiling height, as basements and cellars generally have low ceilings.

One client specifically selected our Unica multigym for a Wellness space in their garage located under a set of stairs, as the angle of the machine suited the sloping space. It was an ideal all-in-one strength training solution for them: Unica offers over 25 individual exercises in just 1.5sqm, and is one of the best-sellers in Technogym’s range of equipment for the home.

We sat the client down on the Bike Excite 700 in order to measure his head height on the machine and calculated the dimensions, discovering that it was necessary to dig a recess into the floor to ensure the client would be able to use the bike to maximum effect, in safety.

Creating the right solution for each customer

Getting through tight corners We’ve also faced challenges with fitting equipment into spaces with very tight access. Sometimes, we know machines can easily and safely fit the final space, but it’s the access in – tilting into tight spaces or round staircases – which is the challenge, so we have to plan ahead and the site survey is absolutely the key.


Often clients want their Wellness spaces to exactly match the aesthetic of their home design, and we go the extra mile in ensuring they get the desired effect. The Limonta leather on some of our ranges can be chosen from 8 colour ways, and the Personal Line with its polished aluminium accents is designed to match mirrored spaces in most homes. A client in Chiswick, who purchased our Kinesis Personal Heritage for their home study, asked for the leather finish to match a Roche Bobois sofa in light grey with light blue stitching. No problem: we sent a swatch of the material to our Head Office and factory in Italy to bespoke the exact leather for their machine! In contrast, other clients want to replicate their health club experience in their home. One client decorated the space like a gym with matting, mirrors and accessories and included our professional-grade equipment to create a complete replica of the commercial gym they used – but in the comfort and familiarity of their home.

We believe in a fully consultative approach from start to finish. The mix and number of machines we suggest all starts with understanding the Cross Personal clients’ needs and goals. These could range from rehabilitation after an illness, operation or injury; training for specific events such as a marathon; to improve their tennis game or golf swing; to improve their stamina and fitness for team sport; or simply to improve their general health and body tone.

We know there are some clients who want to design their gyms as coveted spaces in keeping with their stunning residences – as such, quality Technogym’s equipment is precision made and design are uppermost. With support and and highly engineered, assembled at our training, they do begin to get the most out of our headquarters in Italy. For sites with very restricted equipment, particularly enjoying the machines access, we trial how far the machines can be with entertainment features and internet taken apart in our premises before we take on an connectivity that allow them to stay engaged installation project. whilst working out. Our Run Personal machine, part of the Personal Line designed by architect Antonio Citterio, comes in 2 sections, which were able to deliver to a client’s conservation town house in Kensington. It was delivered with millimetres to spare, and

Creating a bespoke look and feel

If you’re interested to see how Technogym can work with you to design the perfect Wellness space for your home, visit our website or contact us on 0800 316 2496.

Are you an architect or designer? Take advantage Other clients are so-called ‘early adopters’ who of our complimentary CPD course, ‘How to desire the latest gadgets, toys and technology; for design Wellness spaces’ and visit the architects them, innovation, performance and connectivity and design section of our website. are key. These clients are happy to juxtapose modern, cutting edge fitness machines that

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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Amendoeira Golf Resort: One of the Algarve’s most beautiful sporting resorts Oceânico Golf is now the major player in Portugal´s distinguished golf tourism market, owning and operating one of Europe´s biggest portfolios of courses. Amendoeira golf resort, one of their flagship properties, opened in 2011 and is located in central Algarve near the historic town of Silves. After a short 35 minute drive from Faro airport, the beauty of this complex hit me and instantly had me intrigued to what this hillside paradise had to offer. This award-winning resort is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and offers a mix of high specification modern apartments and villas with exceptional interior design, spectacular balconies with views you could only dream of and every facility you could think of. This is all complemented by a private swimming pool, outdoor furniture and BBQ areas.

The Amendoeira Clubhouse stands proudly above the two championship golf courses, which have been sensitively integrated into this beautiful landscape. The most luxurious clubhouse in Europe stands as the main focus of the resort featuring both the resort and golf receptions. For refreshments and à la carte menu there is a lounge, a bar and a restaurant, with large outdoor terraces overlooking the golf courses. The Garden Deck serves daily buffet breakfast and it is a great location for every type of event Also found at this luxurious resort is the Oceânico Academy 9 hole fun challenge, par 3, floodlit course, which is a small chip and putt course which you can probably get around in 20-30 minutes.

Other facilities also include t Amendoeira Golf Academy & Fitting Suite offering a driving range, practice chipping and putting areas The resort has two championship and tuition programmes for golf courses: every standard The Oceânico Faldo Course with a t Amendoeira Clubhouse length of 6,598 metres. restaurant & bar, spike bar and luxurious changing facilDesigned by Nick Faldo, with straities for men and women tegic play in mind, this course det Pro Shop carrying a range mands careful positioning to score of golfing equipment and well, rocky outcrops, meandering clothing, and convenience watercourses and views to the disitems such as toiletries tant mountains and orange groves t Six Savannah tennis courts defining its essential character. t Gymnasium t Jogging path The Oceânico O’Connor Jnr. course is t Two Astroturf five-a-side slightly longer with a length of 6,708 football pitches metres. t Children’s playground t Sports Bar serving drinks and Perfectly complementing the Faldo snacks Course, whilst taking advantage t Male and Female changing of the rich valley soil in contrast to rooms, showers and lockers the arid hillside with large areas of t Full size natural grass pitch water, lakes and streams which are for football/Gaelic football maintained as a wildlife sanctuary. professional team training

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Sports menus (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are served buffet style at the main Clubhouse restaurant. Pre-match meals and post-match snacks can be provided and specific dietary requests can be accommodated if requested in advance. A typical sample sports dinner menu comprises of: t t



Pumpkin soup with freshly baked bread rolls, Smoked salmon, Greek salad, Mixed salad Grilled sirloin steaks, Fillets of cod, Linguine, Sautéed potatoes, braised cabbage, Carrots & courgettes Basmati rice, Parsley sauce, tomato sauce, pesto, cocktail sauce, grated cheese, vinaigrette & yoghurt dressing Fresh fruit platter, Selection of yoghurts, Apple pie

Visitors to Amendoeira also come here for the Algarve sunshine and are taken by the resort’s location, facilities and level of service that they receive when purchasing second homes within the resort. The residential complex comprises spacious two bedroom apartments, two bedroom apartments with mezzanine and luxurious three, four and five bedroom villas. The influence of Moorish architecture with cool, tiled courtyards, graceful arches and secluded terraces is allied to a comprehensive range of modern amenities, including quality finishes, fully fitted kitchen, air conditioning, under floor heating, electric shutters on the windows and a security system. Plus there is underground parking with lift access from the basement to each floor. The apartment villages are surrounded by luxuriant landscaped gardens each served by a communal pool, while villas boast generous sized plots, lush landscaping and a private swimming pool. The majority of all properties enjoy fabulous views over the golf courses. Owners can make use of the two championship golf courses, as well as the Amendoeira Sports Club and club house with restaurant, bar and golf shop. Price for a two bedroom apartment of 108 sqm with 23 sqm of terraces start from €250,100 whilst a four bedroom villa of 432sqm with 265sqm of terraces starts at €1,267,500. Guests and home owners alike can use Amendoeira Resort as a base to explore one of Europe’s most delightful locations, the Algarve region of

Portugal that is blessed by a superb climate, a spectacular coastline with miles of sandy beaches, intimate coves and rocky headlands. The district of Silves in which Amendoeira is based is a town steeped in history, as it was the capital of the Algarve during Moorish times and became a prosperous town, rivalling Lisbon as a centre of culture. The resort is also in close proximity to Armação de Pêra beach, a popular town with many bars, restaurants and other amenities. Whilst in the Algarve you will be treated to some of the finest seafood in Europe – be certain to make space for a traditional seafood platter. On such a visit the continuous flow of shellfish, crab, prawns and a traditional cut of fillet steak, made an evening of eating, my ticket to revisit this wonderful area. But why not have a true taste of the Algarve and enjoy its famous cataplana. This seafood dish is also the name of the special cookware used to prepare it, which is traditionally made of copper and shaped like two clamshells hinged at one end, sealed using a clamp on either side of the assembly. Now make your own cataplana and attend a workshop such as at Tertulia Algarvia that gives you the opportunity to cook the dish under the watchful eye of the lovely hosts, before sitting down to enjoy your creation. This easy to cook speciality starts with the preparation of fresh vegetables, herbs, fish, and all types of shellfish, which then in a very particular order, steam in the cataplana over the course of approximately half an hour. A traditional Algarve wine is served to compliment the dish. The Algarve is an area now picking up international awards from around the world with wines such as João Clara leading the way. Also during my stay at Amendoeira, a trip to Quinta João Clara located in Vale de Lousas, Alcantarilha is well worth the visit to learn more about their glorious wines from the very knowledgeable owner Edite Alves. Due to its stunning accommodation, array of facilities, friendliness, and high level of service Amendoeira Golf Resort is perfectly suited for a holiday with the entire family. The resort can cater for all interests and with so many great attractions and amenities on its door step Amendoeira is the perfect spot to soak up all the Algarve has to offer.

What 2016 holds for Self Builders WITH the UK housing market booming and the lack of housing stock serving to push demand higher and higher – 2016 could be the perfect time to pursue a self-build project. Steve Mansour, Group CEO of structural defects insurers CRL, talks us through his predictions for the factors that will influence the self-build market in 2016.


THE UK housing market has grown exponentially in 2016, with prices rising by over £20,000 in the past year alone. Average residential property costs have risen to an all-time high and things show no sign of slowing down. One of the main drivers of this trend is the disparity between demand and supply, with Halifax predicting a further increase of between four and six per cent in 2016. On average, UK house prices look expensive compared to incomes but valuations are supported by the low levels of property for sale, low levels of housebuilding, and exceptionally low interest rates,” said Halifax housing economist Martin Ellis. A slight cooling in December has done nothing to dent the trend, with seasonal variations expected over the festive period. Commenting on the meteoric rise, Rightmove Director Miles Shipside branded December 2015 the best post-recession performance for the month to date. “Despite the shortage of suitable stock in many parts of the market, demand for housing is on the up,” he said. “Although the average price of property coming to market is already up by a hefty 7.4 per cent compared to a year ago, Rightmove forecasts that prices will reach and breach new records next year.” The trend is supported by data from the Office for National Statistics, whose most recent findings indicate that the pace of growth is accelerating.Government support In an effort to tackle the growing housing deficit, the government has looked to self-build and renovation as a way to sidestep the lack of supply. And with government initiatives like Right to Build aiming to bolster the amount of plots available throughout the country, the future looks especially bright for self-builders, particularly at a time when many trying to climb the property ladder are struggling. In essence, this initiative has supplied a range of councils with funding in order to identify plots for self-build in their locality, as well as keeping a register of prospective self-builders. Similarly, recent changes to Permitted Development Rights could also be a boon to self-builders in 2016. Policymakers have opted to extend legislation that enables builders to forgo some of the planningrelated red tape when converting former commercial premises to residential properties. This has the potential to be of particular use to self-builders looking to renovate former commercial buildings in village or rural locations, although planning regulations still apply to any major changes to the property’s exterior. “Home ownership is held up as the ultimate aspiration, but just imagine stepping over the doorstep of a home you’ve designed for yourself. There are over 6 million of us with a dream of building our own home. Our £150 million budget boost to self-builders will turn your vision into bricks and mortar,” said Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles during National Custom and Self Build Week. Pickles further demonstrated the government’s emphasis on the self-build sector by exempting self-builders from both Section 106 affordable housing contributions and the Community Infrastructure Levy – a tax paid when builders secure planning permission for a property.

Steve Mansour, Group CEO of structural defects insurers CRL

Don’t forget the insurance Self-build projects can take a number of forms and route you take will define the types of cover you’ll need in place. Structural Insurance policies for residential properties will indemnify you against any defect in the design, workmanship, materials or components of a property within the 10 year cover period. Cover begins on the day of completion of construction of the property. UK mortgage lenders require structural defects insurance from a recognised provider before they release funds for a property purchase, both when the property is brand new and if it’s less than 10 years old. Given that it costs £42,000 on average to repair a structural claim it pays to be protected. Constructing your own home is an exciting, and a highly rewarding, project but it pays to ensure you have the correct structural insurance in place.

And You? Do you have high hopes for 2016 or any questions about the issues we’ve discussed above? If so please get in touch with the CRL team via Facebook, Twitter or using the contact details below. And if you’re looking for more advice, you won’t want to miss our downloadable guide on the ins and outs of the planning process for self-builders which is available from the CRL website.

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Bathrooms & washrooms

The New Year is a perfect opportunity to have a bit of change, so why not make an extra new year’s resolution this year and promise to refresh your bathroom. If your DIY skills aren’t quite up to scratch there is no need to panic, transforming your bathroom into a relaxing, usable space doesn’t have to be a stressful experience.

If you’re daunted by DIY and want a new year’s resolution that won’t come with ample stress, Croydex have the perfect solution. The bathroom accessories specialist have designed a range of bathroom furniture that can be put together in less than 20 minutes. The Click ‘N’ Lock range is designed to be assembled without the use of tools in less than 20 minutes. Ideal for a quick-fix solution, this range is a time friendly way of providing valuable additional storage space. Product and Procurement Director, Peter Pegden explains: “Consumers are looking for a fuss-free way to add clever storage solutions to their bathroom,” “Even if they are daunted by the idea of DIY, our Click ‘N’ Lock range means it has never been simpler, or quick to create smart storage space.”

Croydex bathroom furniture doesn’t just benefit from the Click ‘N’ Lock design, a variety of their products also feature Croydex’s patented and unique Hang ‘N’ Lock bracket. Created by the manufacturer’s in-house design team, the fixing system ends the struggle of measuring distances and marking screw holes with one hand whilst trying to support a heavy bathroom cabinet with the other. The bracket can be adjusted without removing it from the wall, whilst a builtin spirit level provides fine adjustment. Peter Pegden said: “Fixing large bathroom accessories doesn’t have to be a two man job.” With Christmas out of the way and a new year, there is no better time to treat yourself to some much needed bathroom furniture.

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winners of the Supplier of the Year Award


25 incredible years in business

On Thursday November 19th 2015 BA Components crowned their 25th incredible year in business with a glittering celebration, with over 300 staff, suppliers, customers, family and guests attending a black tie gala awards night at the Glenavon House Hotel in Cookstown.

he statistics w e r e impressive; 332 attendees, a 6-piece band, 1000 plates of food, 11 awards and 6 block-booked hotels making it an unforgettable evening. BA Cookstown staff were joined by colleagues from the Doncaster factory, suppliers from as far away as Japan and customers from over 23 countries serviced by BA. The evening followed earlier guided tours of the


Kieran and Brian McCracken receiving their 25 year timeline plaques


Cookstown factory, led by business owners Brian and Kieran McCracken; and was filled with some reminiscing on times past, inspiration for the future, and plenty of laughs in between. Ste Thornley from Thornleys, and winner of both the Best Kitchen Under £15k and Overall award said “The factory tour this morning was brilliant. We were given a great insight into the company and the creation of the products we purchase. Being led through the factory by Brian & Kieran themselves was an honour; being able to absorb their knowledge and experience first-hand.” Following the afternoon’s busy tour schedule, comedian William Caulfield entertained (and sometimes shocked!) guests as he navigated through the black tie dinner and awards presentations with

bathrooms & washrooms his witty humour, while David Caulfield (Sales & Marketing Director at BA Components) co-hosted to oversee every detail of the spectacular night.

from The Liberals throughout the evening and to round everything off, a humorous and entertaining tribute leading to a standing ovation was paid to the twin brothers who have Sponsors and winners made taken the business forward for their way to stage to the the past 25 years, Brian and accompaniment of live music Kieran McCracken. The awards winners were as follows: Best Bathroom: Wittering West Ltd Best Bedroom: Drawers N Doors Best Dealer Use of Social Media: J Sheppard & Sons Most Innovative Use of a BA Product: Glenlith Interiors (Scotland) Ltd Best Makeover/Replacement Project: Upgrade Your Kitchen Ltd Best Kitchen Under £15,000: Thornleys Best Kitchen Over £15,000: David Head Furniture Best Dealer Showroom: Carana Kitchens / Buy Buy Kitchens Supplier of the Year: Hettich Overall Award: Thornleys BAmbassador: Troy Tappenden, Dream Doors

Guests enjoying their evening at the BA Awards

detail David and his army of helpers have gone to in order to deliver this event. We can’t thank him and all who attended enough for the most memorable and glamorous night BA has had to date. (jokingly) We’re looking forward to seeing how the 50 year anniversary celebration will top it!”

Tim Leedham, Managing Director of Hettich UK said, “I cannot believe the level of detail BA have gone to for this event; well actually, I can. The quality of the night reflects their attitude to business – striving for the best they can possibly produce. We have had an incredible time tonight – BA have set the bar HIGH. I can’t imagine I’ll ever be at an event of this quality again any David Caulfield, Sales & Marketing Director at BA time soon.” Components said “This has truly been a night to Brian and Kieran McCracken, Directors of BA Components said remember. A night when customers, staff, suppliers, “Tonight has been incredible. We are blown away by the level of friends and family all came together for one great party and celebration. All the hard work, stress and sleepless nights have been worthwhile just to see the pleasure and enjoyment everyone experienced tonight.” If you weren’t able to attend on the night, or catch a glimpse of the live stream; fear not! The evening was also recorded and will soon be made available to watch for the first time, or to re-live if you were there. We would love to see your photographs from the night, so send them in to kathrynmoore@, or share them on our social media!

Guests enjoying the factory tour led by Kieran McCracken

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Trusted by Discerning Developments, Luxurious Hotels and Private Residences Around The World. Engineered in Birmingham by Marflow Engineering since 1968, The St James Collection is today one of the most comprehensive ranges of hand-crafted traditional bathroom taps, showers, accessories and luxury ceramics available. Providing magnificent presence, the St James Collection is trusted by discerning developments, luxurious hotels and private residences around the world. Presenting an extensive selection of special finishes, distinctive handle styles, aesthetic options and the unique capability to personalise ceramics and brassware with a clients’ branding, the superior quality of the St James Collection is second to none. Crafted with the highest specification materials including solid brass, the finest English porcelain and china clay, no compromise is made in the creation of these hand-finished pieces. These beautiful products allow the creation and development of bespoke bathrooms for clients, supported with unrivalled quality, durability and the reassurance of an industry-leading guarantee.


Recent projects include the spectacular 5-star Hotel Gotham in Manchester, for which Marflow supplied bespoke products from the St James Collection to reflect the Art-Deco design-theme throughout the venue. The individually designed bathrooms including the Sanctrum suite feature the St James Collection wall mounted toilet pans with soft-closing seat, inset wash basins, a range of complementary accessories and basin mixer taps with fine English porcelain London levers. This allowed the creation of a coordinated and tailor-made traditional bathroom in alignment with the uniqueness of Hotel Gotham’s design. In addition, the St James Collection traditional shower valves with overhead shower kit, including a luxurious 12” showerhead for a rainfall showering experience are also present in the hotels bathrooms. All the fine English porcelain levers, basins and showers fitted at Hotel Gotham were personalised to include the hotels branding. Richard Coe of Marflow Engineering Ltd, said “The design elements of Hotel Gotham immediately lent themselves towards the St James, Heligan pottery range. With its tight angles and open spaces, the design was easily complemented by the choice of porcelain handled mixers and showers, maintaining the angular theme throughout.” Richard added: “This prestigious development continues Marflow’s focus on growing contract and specification projects given our capabilities to fulfil the expectations of even the most discerning clientele.”

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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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Vicaima Glacier finish with flush vertical wall panels and CDW door.

Glacier Creates a Visual Sensation Glacier is just one of three new door finishes set to change the landscape for interior design. Introduced by leading internal door manufacturer Vicaima, Visual Sensations provides a new collection and welcome addition to the popular Dekordor SD foils range.

options, pairs, over height dimensions, mobility widths and as part of door and frame kits and sets, to ensure that individual requirements can be appropriately satisfied.

Designed to capture the essence of dramatic landscapes, bringing exterior colour and pattern to an interior environment, these wood look doors bring genuine innovation.

Each of these is available in a choice of designs comprising flush vertical and crossdirectional woodgrain (CDW), plus CDW with a contrasting inlay effect.

Dekordor Standard Duty (SD) finished foil has long been a preferred choice for specifiers, offering as it does, a consistent and economical door finish which is suitable for a multitude of applications from homes to offices, in both the new build and refurbishment sectors.

All doors are FSC certified for environmental peace of mind and can be supplied with If you want to change your interior a range of performance specifications landscape then look to Visual Sensations including fire rated, acoustic and security as for something different. specification demands. For further details about Vicaima To complete the theme, Vicaima are also Dekordor SD Visual Sensations visit the able to supply as part of a matching doorset Vicaima website, (door, Frame and architrave) plus matching alternatively call 01793 532333 for a copy of the new literature or face wardrobes and door panels where required. samples. Dekordor SD Visual Sensations are made on a to order basis and as such can accommodate a wide selection of configuration possibilities to make specification easy, with glazed

Now Visual Sensations create a totally new and unique Vicaima design that sets these doors apart from other products on the market. The Visual Sensations collection comprises 3 totally new and distinct timber grained tonal choices including, Glacier, Canyon and Forest.


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.

Doors & windows

Door Entry... a day! The Telguard range of telephone and GSM based intercom systems are suitable for new build or retro fit. Telguard is a British company and we design, develop and manufacture here in the UK.

The telephone based system plugs in to a standard analogue telephone socket or phone system extension and the GSM system requires a SIM card. The only other requirement is for local power and the intercom can be installed. Installation is not disruptive as the installation takes place at the entrance to be controlled and there is no need to put handsets into flats or houses as they are already in place – their own telephone or mobile. The telephone numbers of the apartments/houses/businesses are programmed into the intercom system with any access codes required and the system is ready for use. A visitor enters the flat or house number into the intercom via the keypad and then presses the ‘CALL’ button. The receiver of the call picks the telephone and can speak to the visitor and allow access by pressing a digit on their telephone keypad. This sends a signal to the intercom that activates the door lock or entrance gate and the visitor is able to gain access. If the receiver of the call does not want to grant access they simply put their phone down to end the call. If the call recipient is on the phone when the call from the intercom is made the call will be seen on the telephone display and the user is able to hold their call and deal with an access request. Any alterations required to telephone numbers or PIN codes can be actioned by the system installer and can be carried out remotely reducing the need for on-site attendance. The Telguard system is not only quick to install compared with hardwired systems but also extremely flexible. Calls can be answered on cordless telephones making it possible for users to answer entrance requests while going about day to day business or it is possible for a


mobile phone to be called for access requests. We are able to provide systems with backlit keypads and buttons, integrated proximity access and video. The video picture can go to a dedicated monitor or into the communal TV aerial for viewing on any television in the premise. Our GSM 3g video system will send pictures to your mobile phone. Telguard provides great flexibility where users are elderly or infirm as they don’t have to get up from where they are sitting to answer an access call as they will have their telephone or mobile phone by their side. They will also be able to hear the call clearly. DDA systems are available with large halo illuminated Braille buttons with big letter, easy to read displays and audio and visual call progress indication. Bespoke applications are also undertaken making it possible to provide almost any style or shape of system. It may be that we have to provide a system to replace an existing installation so we are able to manufacture our panel to fit the aperture of an old, non functional system. We are able to manufacture systems in different finishes and colour schemes, we powder coat stainless steel so as to not impact on the vandal resistance of the panel. As advances in technology arrive in to the public domain, we are always in a position to make the most of these advances thanks to our inhouse development team. We are also able to engineer modifications to software and hardware should a specific requirement be requested. Our systems carry a 2 year return to manufacturer warranty which can also be extended, and our Technical Department provides installers with the very best in support.


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The ABS T-Bespoke is a high gloss black finish with a backlit silicone keypad. The backlight colour can be changed on site and remotely to 7 different colours! It looks contemporary and is extremely low profile and durable. This system is available with 1 call button and a keypad for coded access with 400 codes. The surface back box is matt black and the system connects to a Hub via a single CAT5. The platform can either be GSM or Landline, whichever suits you best! This product benefits from all of the standard features – well we call them standard! This includes forward dialling up to 8 numbers, a battery backed time clock, 9 timed profiles allowing calls to be sent elsewhere at a certain time and date, automatic daylight saving (BST/GMT) and automatic dimming of the keypad. You can even receive a text from the Telguard to inform you that a door has been opened or somebody has activated a passive device at night! (GSM Only) This product will certainly set you apart from the rest of the houses in the your area! And as ever you benefit from proven Telguard reliability and quality associated with British engineering.

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Armstrong Ceilings help transform

A myriad of acoustic ceiling systems from Arm

An unparalleled range of acoustic ceiling systems from one manufacturer – Armstrong – has helped transform a 1970s tower of teaching into an education”. The £13million refurbishment of the 11-storey Parsons Tower which was material ceiling systems in areas ranging from the main canteen through the lecture hall to a bespoke children’s AV space.

and airy feel to the main visitor experience, suspended acoustic rectangular variety and interest to the main refectory, and


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mstrong feature on a new-look college building.


contemporary home

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

CONTACT For more information please contact us on: Crest Leather Head Office: +44 208 457 7129 CresJMT: +44 170 664 3121

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

Contemporary home

Glazing Vision brief was to transform an aging 1950’s bungalow into a modern contemporary dwelling,

Viewed from the street the building has been modernized but remains quite restrained, mixing rendered finishes with painted brickwork to connect parts of the original building with the new. Echoes of the original bungalow can be found within the street-facing windows that maintain their original proportions, coupled with nods to the local vernacular by using a traditional roof finish in reclaimed slate. Glazing Vision’s large modular Flushglaze rooflight is placed within the heart of the house, through a fissure reaching almost three stories high in the main entrance. The rooflight forms a central focal point in the building and is used to harness natural daylight on both floors, transforming the interior space and continuing the buildings dialogue with the surrounding landscape. One important design aspect was the frameless appearance of the rooflight itself; due to its scale the specification of the glass would have been increased to a point where it compromised the budget. Therefore an alternative approach was to split the rooflight into equal sections. Normally this can be achieved with the use of aluminium back-to-back angles, serving as a structural support underneath the joining sections of glass. However in this case the glass fins were used to maximise the minimalist appearance and capture the maximum amount of daylight. The glass fin comprises of two heat-soak tested toughened sections of glass, with a laminated interlayer which provides structural support as well as an interesting architectural feature. It is secured to the interior opening by stainless steel fixings, which were left exposed in keeping with the contemporary aesthetic. The clients’ profession didn’t just influence the project from a creative perspective but also on a sustainable level. The plans managed to maintain 80% of the original structure, with materials being sought from reclaimed sources wherever possible and new elements being designed to far exceed current building regulations. By recognizing the importance of creating a home that satisfied every aspect of the clients’ needs, CE+C Architects were able to create something unusual, a home where the clients’ pride and passion for her work resonated within every aspect of the project build; from the carefully positioned lighting through to the individual hideaways and media rooms. For this reason, it fully deserves the award it has been given. 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

Structural Glazing Specialists

To find out more visit Firman Glass,19 Bates Road, Harold Wood, Romford, Essex RM3 OJH Tel: 01708 374534 Fax: 01708 340511 Email: In association with

Contemporary Home

Switch to Trendi Switch

– for the most distinctive light switches and sockets Trendi Switch is far more pleasing on the eye than ‘conventional’ light switches and plug sockets, difference by design, functionality as you would expect.


he Trendi range has a sleek button unlike any other light switch or plug socket and is available in 4 colours, white, black (gloss & matt), silver & gold, plus in red as a limited edition to the range.

This ‘switch’ or ‘button’ has a design patent we are proud of that enables our Trendi customers to make the change easily from a very basic product to something that looks and feels completely different. Features include: — Screw-less front finish — Easy to clean & install - Simply replace old switch no additional wiring — Suitable for all common lamps & light bulbs i.e. incandescent, fluorescent, LED — Fireproof ABS Plastic module casing — High quality plastic face plate that will not fade — Decorating is even easier: No need for masking tape around your Trendiswitch – simply unclip the front face plate and paint up to the switch. As the face plate clips over the top of your switch and socket, you will always get a nice clean finish All the Trendi switch products are manufactured to CE Certified standard and the double plug sockets to BS1363. Finish off the room design with Trendi switch. Prices from £1.95 to £24.95 Website: Twitter: Facebook:



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Wetrooms made easy


With our featured Maxxus Wet Deck Kit (the strongest on the market), easy-to-use tanking kits or membranes, and a wide selection of drains, it’s easy to install a luxurious wetroom anywhere in the home. Add on our designer grids and extensive range of stylish accessories and it’s easy to find the right product for any environment. Ask for our latest Price List today!

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KALLISTO SELECTED TO EXHIBIT AT ARCHITECT@WORK 2016 Stand 12 Kallisto, the pre-cast concrete spiral and helical division of Milbank Concrete Products, is delighted to announce it has been selected by a judging panel of architects and interior designers, to exhibit at the prestigious ARCHITECT@WORK exhibition, 27th and 28th of January 2016 at Olympia London National Hall, Stand 12. On hand to offer advice on how to achieve stunning, durable pre-cast spiral and helical stair case solutions, visitors to the stand can learn more about how each individual pre-cast staircase by Kallisto is individually designed, manufactured and installed to meet the specific requirements of each unique development. Crafted utilising world class European technology, find out how each concrete staircase from Kallisto is bespoke, with the rise and going tailored to the clients specification; from a dramatic sweeping spiral staircase in a luxury development to a tightly curved helical staircase in a town house, where space is of a premium, all at an affordable cost. What’s more, in addition to finding out how Kallisto stairs can add an element of sophistication and elegance to your project, our dedicated team of specialists will be available to explain the practical reasons behind utilising concrete stairs and how they can prove to be a superior and more versatile alternative to traditional methods. Kallisto prides itself on working closely with architects, engineers and designers to achieve stunning, durable precast spiral and helical stair case installations and has been previously commissioned for staircase installations in some of the most prestigious venues in the UK. Kallisto is a dedicated division of Milbank Concrete Products which offers bespoke spiral and helical stairs, which are an attractive, durable and affordable choice for any residential or commercial property development. Milbank Concrete Products has a trading history spanning more than 60 years and is recognised as one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of high quality pre-cast concrete products. Based in North Essex, Milbank designs, manufactures and installs a wide range of pre-cast and pre-stressed concrete solutions, including spiral and helical staircases. For further information on Kallisto, contact Milbank Concrete Products on 01787 220 564 or visit where you can watch a timelapse video showing a Kallisto staircase being created.


Let your take imagination flight.. When it comes to creating a show stopping masterpiece, it’s what we do best. With skilled craftsmanship, experienced designers and leading European technology we can make your vision a reality. Bespoke precast concrete staircases handcrafted to your specification, let Kallisto bring your creation to life.

Architect@Work Olympia London 27-28 January 2016 Find us at stand 12 Register online for FREE ENTRY using code 11501. We look forward to welcoming you on our stand!

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We’ve installed our range of platform lifts in some great locations throughout the UK over 2015. Here, we’ve highlighted a couple of case studies to illustrate some of our work. Top: Invalifts MC2000 installation alongside the ‘Spry’ river boat at Ironbridge Right: Invalifts MC2000 installation at Liverpool Hope University

Ironbridge - New Exhibit for 2015

Liverpool Hope University Updates Lift

We were asked by a firm of architects to be involved in the development of a new home for the last remaining Severn Trow – The Spry. A completely new building was being designed that would give the visitors a close up and personal view of the river boat. The lift needed to fit in with the overall theme and not be a distraction. It was decided to have as much glass on the lift as possible in order to let light pass through and give the visitors a clear view of the exhibit. We arranged our MC2000 platform lift with a glazed shaft and an open adjacent door arrangement. We are proud to be part of the team that has helped share this wonderful boat with the public.

We were approached by a leading lift consultancy company to look at an old platform lift on the site to see whether we could provide a replacement that would fit within the existing footprint. After visiting the site, we identified that our MC2000 platform lift would fit the existing space with some minor building works at the thresholds. The lift has a footprint of 1250mm x 1560mm and provides a fully compliant Part M platform. The client wanted to keep the look of the previous platform lift and so the MC2000 was fitted with 1m high glass panels and exclusive oak panels on the platform console. This gives a more exclusive feel with a contemporary look. The lift is also fitted with automatic door openers for ease of use and an auto dialer for emergency communication.

To find out more about the MC2000 platform lift, visit or give one of our friendly staff a call on 0845 4682543 to see how we can help you.

Platform Lifts Our range of platform lifts includes the MC2000 lift (right) - a high quality enclosed platform lift with a unique chain drive, and the option of glazing on all 4 shaft sides. With a fantastic guarantee, and small footprints available, this is a premier platform lift. platform lifts for both internal and external use.

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THE MOST VERSATILE ELECTRIC HOME LIFT Due to its unique size, drive mechanism and dual rail technology, the range of stylish domestic lifts by Stiltz Lifts offer architects, interior designers and house builders an easy way of making a home completely accessible. The innovative shape of the Stiltz Electric Home Lift means it is so versatile it can be installed virtually anywhere in a house making it an ideal and surprisingly affordable alternative to a stairlift and conventional residential lift. This is because there is no lift shaft or load bearing walls required and it does not have to be fixed to the floor. Thanks to its unique dual rail system, the Stiltz Electric Home Lift is a totally self-supporting structure and there is no need for hydraulics. Instead it is powered by an electric motor system that is very quiet and housed out of sight at the top of the lift. It plugs straight into the wall using a normal 13-amp power socket.

Most commonly, the domestic lift will be fitted in a hallway or living room and travel upstairs to a main bedroom or landing area. This is a typical retrofit application but there are many other – almost limitless – options too.

lift. Houses with a sloped ceiling can also benefit from a Stiltz Electric Home Lift as the rails of the lift only need a horizontal surface to fix to so simple modifications can be made to complete the installation.

This includes installing the Stiltz Electric Home Lift within a turning staircase and using the dead space in the void which enables the end user to keep the stairs the way they have always been in the house. There is no other home lift on the market that can offer this solution.

For end users looking for quick and safe access from their garage into their home, a construction of a simple shaft can also make it possible for a Stiltz Electric Home Lift to be fitted in this area too.

WATCH: STILTZ DOMESTIC LIFTS VIDEO The Stiltz Electric Home Lift is spacious but compact enough that it can be fitted, for example, in an airing cupboard downstairs, and travel upstairs to a wardrobe in the bedroom. This application is ideal for end users who wish to conceal the lift. There is a ‘thru car’ option which allows users to enter and exit the lift from both sides of the

Stiltz Lifts are compliant with all European standards and is available in different interior and exterior colours. There is also a Stiltz Lift model available which is big enough to fit a wheelchair. Standard features include a remote control to call the lift from any floor, a battery back-up, full height light curtain, full or half height doors, obstruction sensors, and the roof of the lift is covered with the original flooring so when the lift is downstairs it does not intrude upstairs.

For more information about the Stiltz Electric Home Lifts range, contact Stiltz Lifts on 0844 870 9087, email or visit – quoting Home Designer & Architect Magazine


Lifts for the home

Our homes come in all shapes and sizes and so do our Stannah lifts for domestic dwellings. For houses with two or more floors and generously-proportioned internal space a Midilift domestic platform lift may be the chosen product.

Stannah Midilift providing access in a multi-level home

Stannah Salise

Stannah Microlift

When the lift requires only two stops a simpler through-the- floor Salise lift can provide a perfect solution and fits discreetly into the corner of a room. A fashionable town house with multiple floors can mean bringing the groceries home involves many flights of stairs. That's why high-end developers and owners are building in a small service lift to take the strain. Microlift adds both convenience and value to a property.

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External Works

We Build It Ltd are based in the heart of some of Shropshire's most outstanding countryside. As one of the UK's largest manufacturers of domestic sewage treatment our sewage treatment plants are based on the successful and simple extended aeration method. We design, manufacture, install and service the BioPure sewage treatment plant for single houses, small developments up conversions and commercial applications. Our products can also be used after an existing septic tank to enable the your existing soakaway has failed.

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sewage treatment needs. All of our sewage treatment plants come with easy to follow installation and service manuals, as well as free telephone assistance by specialist the best GRP products on the market backed up by proper good old-fashioned customer service - (dial straight through and speak to our specialists, no automated service or queuing system) buying a sewage treatment plant can be quite daunting, which plant is best for my situation?? What are the regulations?? What about the Environment agency?? Etc. but be assured we will be with you every step of the way, making sure you have the right solution designed around your requirements. You deal direct with the manufacturer, with over 25 years waste water experience, 24-7-365 days of the year

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Home Designer and Architect - January 2016  
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