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CONTENTS July 2015

04 News 08 Editors Choice 22 Doors, Windows & Fascades 32 Contemporary Home 40 Outdoor 48 Kitchens, Bedrooms, Bathrooms 58 Lifts, Stairs, Balustrades

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INDUSTRY news

£300 Million Fund to Unlock Homes Across Greater Manchester The Greater Manchester Housing Fund was created as part of the region’s devolution agenda and is a cornerstone of the ambition to create a new wave of high quality homes of all types and tenures. Developers are being urged to take advantage of the funding and start building. Bill Enevoldson, Chief Investment Officer for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), which will oversee its dispersal, said: “Access to public funds can be the crucial piece of the financial jigsaw and help get vital housing schemes started. “It is not designed to finance unviable projects but can unlock currently unfundable ones. We are already talking to developers and two projects are currently at the due diligence stage but we want to talk to a lot more. Greater Manchester is in a unique position, this money is at our disposal and we will invest it wisely to help speed up the delivery of much needed new housing of all types right across the region.”

Housing supply continues to lag behind Greater Manchester’s current strong economic and jobs growth and needs to accelerate in order to accommodate a growing population. More than 10,000 new homes need to be built, year on year, to meet demand. Loan funding is fully recoverable and it is estimated that the money could be used 2.5 times over the fund’s life, delivering a total residential development value of £1.5bn. Local Authorities have identified more than 30 sites with an existing planning permission that have yet to start on site and Deborah McLaughlin chief executive of Manchester Place, said: “We cannot afford to sit back when there is a desperate need for new housing.” Previously the HCA’s executive director North West, she added: “In 2014 more than half the 10,030 new homes built in the region received some form of HCA funding which enabled them to be delivered.

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“I believe the Greater Manchester Housing fund has even greater potential and will enable many small to medium sized schemes of high quality to proceed where they are currently stalled.” Councillor Sue Derbyshire, chair of the GMCA’s Housing and Planning Commission, said: “This fund is a positive step towards getting the additional housing we need in Greater Manchester and building the communities people want to live in. Getting the projects currently in the pipeline on site and building homes will be a practical demonstration of Greater Manchester using the devolution agreement to benefit residents.” The parameters of the fund, the type of schemes that will qualify and how to apply will be revealed at an event at City Labs in Manchester on July 2 with Manchester City Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein.

CWA completes Eco-Homes project Fast growing civil and structural engineering consultancy CWA Ltd has completed civil and structural engineering work for one of the most environmentally advanced housing developments in Birmingham. The Birmingham-based consultancy secured the contract to carry out the work on a 23 home development in Moor Green Park in Moseley on the Pitmaston Estate in the heart of the Moseley Conservation Area. The development of four luxury homes and 19 apartments has been carried out by Oxfordshire-based eco-homes company Kingerlee. Kingerlee, founded in 1868, has a reputation for building highly energyefficient homes resulting in very low heating costs. The homes are in the grounds of a 1930s Grade II listed mansion.

Baran Studio’s project was to design a single-family home on an empty lot in a residential district of North Oakland, California. The form integrates this home into a more formally and stylistically traditional neighborhood, while contemporary design elements and materials keep it modern. Elements like the pitched roof and hung windows make the connection to a traditional home, but such elements are abstracted – the roof becomes a skin that is wrapped around the exterior, and the wrap curls up into the entry area, like a breaking wave. The color and material expression on the exterior recall an industrial aesthetic, which further links it to the industrial areas of the nearby context, while the wood maintains the warm residential feel. Elements are carried through from outside to inside to maintain connections throughout the project as a singular experience.

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CWA director Jim O’Donnell said the consultancy was delighted to be involved in such an environmentally advanced project for the city. “This development is at the forefront of sustainable technology, using clay-fired blockwork to deliver highly efficient envelopes built from natural materials with a low carbon footprint, resulting in very comfortable living environments and low running costs,” he said. CWA Ltd – based in Lancaster House in Great Charles Queensway - was established in 2011 as Copeland Wedge Associates. The consultancy provides civil and structural design consultancy services to a wide range of sectors including leisure, residential, education, health, industrial, retail, infrastructure and public bodies. Major clients include Willmott Dixon Construction and Housing, Balfour Beatty, Seven Capital, RO Developments, Prologis, IM Properties, Speller Metcalfe, Wates Construction and Bullock Construction.


INDUSTRY news Johnsen Schmaling Architects

200 zero carbon homes coming to London Astudio takes the leading role in in the creation of sustainable homes across new neighbourhoods at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The irregular ridges of tree bark inspired the pleated cladding that wraps parts of this 1,850-square-foot Door County, Wis., house designed by Milwaukee firm Johnsen Schmaling Architects. The client, an emptynester couple, wanted an unassuming retreat that would defer to the surrounding forest. In response, the architects designed a simple rectangular volume notched by a tapering forecourt and a patio directly opposite. A smaller volume on the second floor contains the master suite. The black and rust tones of the cedar cladding contrast with the serene white and gray interior. Closed-cell foam insulation, a geothermal heat pump, a rain garden, and a green roof up the sustainability of the building and its 4-acre site, while the cuts into the main volume draw in the breezes from Lake Michigan. Architect: Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee. Brian Johnsen, AIA, Sebastian Schmaling, AIA. Project Size: 1,850 square feet. Cost: $281 per square foot.

Astudio are currently working on the design for 200 zero carbon homes as part of a sustainability strategy for the new neighbourhoods of East Wick and Sweetwater within the Olympic Park. As part of London Mayor Boris Johnson’s plan to create thousands of new homes in east London, this sustainable development will include apartments, mews, studios, townhouses, a new primary school and two nurseries, along with shops and public areas, all spread across three sites. Astudio’s designs actively respond to the architectural character and typology of local warehouses and light industrial units around Hackney Wick, featuring large windows to maximise daylight, exposed raw materials and sloped roofs. The design team also looked to complement the materials of the

permanent venues of the Olympic Park, such as the Copper Box Arena, as well as the Kings Yard Energy Centre. Working closely with KHL Sustainability, Astudio has been responsible for actively modelling typical units, challenging the orientation of blocks and in doing so, maximising daylight to apartments and internal courtyards. The remit could be further expanded with the possibility of a mixed use healthcare and residential building at the heart of the area’s master plan. Max Rengifo, Director of Astudio said: “We are fascinated by the relationship between the local scale of buildings in Hackney Wick and their industrial use and character. Our designs will reflect this interplay, whilst embracing the vibrancy of the area’s independent traders, art studios, bars and restaurants.” The first homes will be available in 2017, with completion of the entire development planned for 2023.

Zeller & Moye Designs “Flower Terraces” Housing in Ruichang “house,” rather than a numbered unit along a corridor. Referring to housing traditional Chinese motifs, the Flower Terraces arrange living areas individually as volumes around green outdoor spaces. The individually shaped apartments let the residents sense That They live in a unique “house,” rather than a numbered unit along a corridor. The seasonal warm temperatures of Ruichang allow for private and communal life to happen not only inside but outside Also. The generous terraces Become comprehensive living spaces and an essential and characteristic element of the buildings. Mexico City and Berlin-based Zeller & Moye has won the international competition MOLEWA (Mount Lu Estate of World Architecture) to design new housing in Ruichang. Organized by UIA (Unión Internacional de Arquitectos) and Hua Yan Group, the competition received entries from more than 40 countries. With an “innovative housing design that sets new standards in lowenergy use,” Zeller & Moye’s “Flower Terraces” will be built in the heart of the circular Chinese city by 2016. From the architects: Referring to traditional Chinese housing motifs, the Flower Terraces arrange living areas as individual volumes around green outdoor spaces. The individually shaped apartments let the residents sense that they live in a unique

Similar to overhanging roofs in historic Chinese houses, a series of cantilever slabs create protected outdoor areas in front of the apartments. Foldable wooden shutter elements clad all apartments not only to provide privacy to the interiors but also to protect from direct sun and to allow natural ventilation across the apartments. Sustainability is a key element of the scheme providing a comfortable living environment at the lowest possible energy consumption. A LEED Gold rating is targeted by a series of steps including an energy efficient façade with overhangs against direct sun and individually operable shading elements; natural ventilation in all areas; the integration of low energy LED lighting & a ‘smart home system’; solar thermal panelling on the roof and heat exchange with the ground. Rainwater is collected and reused in the apartments.

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INDUSTRY news

Paul Cocksedge’s staircase includes plants, books, and tea Designer Paul Cocksedge has completed a spiral staircase featuring planters, a library and a tea bar. The four-storey “Living Staircase” gets its name from the plants that grow on top of its balustrades and is located in the atrium of Ampersand, an office building for creative technology businesses in Soho, central London.

Scandinavian simplicity with English history C.F. Møller Architects have recently submitted planning permission for two residential developments in Waddesdon, Buckinhamshire for the Rothschild Foundation. In response to the ambitious brief from the Rothschild Foundation, C.F. Møller’s proposal creates an organic extension to the village that offers a variety of highquality sustainable homes. Waddesdon is a village community steeped in history, with connections to the Rothschild family dating back to the 19th century. At the centre of the village sits the original stately home of the Rothschild family, Waddesdon Manor. Lord Rothschild and the Rothschild Foundation have been patrons of contemporary art and architecture for many years. The main aim of the development was to create an attractive and pleasant environment for residents and neighbours, which offers contemporary and sustainable living, but which blends seamlessly with the village location and existing historical buildings. Each individual home benefits from far-reaching views of the surrounding countryside, and generously proportioned double aspect rooms with good daylight that open up to a variety of options. The design proposal, which spans two interlinked sites, centres around shared groves of coppiced woodland and floral meadow grassland that provide links between gardens, existing trees and views over the fields beyond. The hallmark C.F. Møller simplicity and practicality is evident, however, the design also reflects the unique character of the site and the brief. The quality of the craftsmanship of the homes reflects that found in the local historic buildings. The 65 houses and 10 apartments all share a distinctive roof profile and dormer windows to give an identity within the village and the façade materials of clay tile and timber have been selected to age gracefully with minimal maintenance over an extended design life.

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It features circular social spaces dedicated to different functions at every level and is designed to encourage chance meetings between workers. “We wanted to create a staircase that allowed moments where you could bump into someone or have a conversation with someone who you might never get the chance to talk to if you did move through the building by a lift or a conventional staircase,” Cocksedge told Dezeen. Cocksedge won the commission for the staircase in 2013 with an idea for a spiral stairway without a central column. He worked with engineering firm Arup to create the final design. “It’s a unique space, because you can see the atrium from all of the floors,” Cocksedge

told Dezeen. “We were trying to think of something that could be placed there which would complement the building but also add something.” On the first floor, a small curated library of books selected by the design team is provided for inspiration and entertainment. On the middle level hangs a Zettel’z 5 lamp by German lighting designer Ingo Maurer. Cocksedge hopes that workers will use the pieces of paper that hang from the steel chandelier to leave notes for each other. At the top, a hot-water machine accompanies a group of mint plants to encourage users to brew their own healthy cups of tea. The plants – which workers will be encouraged to look after – add colour and a low-tech feel to the building. “There’s going to be technology everywhere,” said Cocksedge. “We felt that we needed a burst of colour and we needed to bring a natural element into it.” London-based Cocksedge is a multidisciplinary designer whose portfolio includes industrial design, furniture, lighting and large-scale installations.


INDUSTRY news Studio Gil adds stairwell extension to a Modernist home in Primrose Hill This brick maisonette in London’s Primrose Hill has been modernised with a plywood-clad circulation tower and an elevated terrace overlooking Regent’s Park London-based practice Studio Gil was commissioned to remodel, renovate and extend the 1960s property in a conservation area of Primrose Hill. The brick maisonette was originally designed by the late British Modernist architect John Winter, whose self-built home is located nearby. To free up floor space, the property’s original staircase was removed and a new one inserted within a three-storeyhigh extension. This stairwell runs up one side of the brick house and is clad in panels of white painted marine-grade plywood, designed to withstand damp weather. The interior layout was adapted, with the bedrooms, bathrooms and dining areas relocated to the lower floors, and a large living room with an adjoining terrace positioned on the top floor to take advantage of views over Regent’s Park – one of London’s eight Royal Parks. “The new extension was designed as a vertical circulation tower to connect the three floors whilst also adjoining in a sensitive manner to the external brickwork walls of the original building,” said studio architect Christo Meyer. “The choice of cladding was chosen to complement the existing materials of the original building,” he continued. “It sets off the brickwork beautifully.” The panels are arranged to create a gridded pattern that is also replicated in the interior joinery.

Precise measurements were taken so as to avoid waste when cutting the 244 centimetre by 122 centimetre ply sheets. These exact calculations also provided the name for the project – 2 Point 88.

Like the exterior, the stairwell is lined with a grid of plywood panels. This extends out into the adjoining entrance hall and living spaces, where wooden storage units are integrated into the walls and balustrades.

“The name of the project comes from the square area generated from the plywood panels – 1.2 x 2.4 = 2.88,” explained the architects.

Small nooks set into the balustrades are used to display books and ornaments, while a larger unit built by the entrance to the ground floor kitchen is used to store wine and recipe books. The bespoke joinery was constructed on site by craftsmen.

The new steel staircase is affixed to a series of original concrete beams exposed during the renovation works. “For us, the original 1960s building carried a lot of charm,” explained the architects. “These are the original concrete beams, which served the dual purpose of a lintel for the existing window and to carry the load of the infill block and brickwork external walls.” Glazing set into the sides of the tower and into a corner at ground level provides a natural light source for the stairwell.

“The pattern of plywood panels grow out of the stairwell onto the walls of the corridor and ends up forming fixed furniture and storage units,” said the architects, who also included pegs for hanging coats, keys and a lead for Ewok – the clients’ dog. “The use of plywood was a way of having a material reference in the building whether you were on the ground floor or on the top floor; a material orientation point if you like,” they added. Studio Gil was founded by architect Pedro Gil in 2008. The studio’s projects also include a Victorian residence that was renovated and extended for a retired schoolteacher.

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Vicaima Staining Makes Its Mark At Fulham Riverside A major development for Barratt London alongside the River Thames in South West London has been fitted with doors, panelling and skirting from the Vicaima range of stained Oak veneers.

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he ambitious and visionary development at Fulham Wharf covers some 3.2 hectares and includes the transformation of an existing Sainsbury store and derelict warehouses into a modern retail and residential hub with riverside luxury living and cultivated green space. The development also benefits from cafes, restaurants and river front access to create a harmonious environment. The Barratt London development comprises one, two, three, four, five and six- bedroom luxury apartments, penthouses and townhouses. Specialist Joinery fit-out Contractors Atlantic Contracts, worked with the Vicaima Special Projects team from conception through to installation, thus ensuring the exacting needs of the project were fulfilled in every way. For the private apartments, the fit out called for fire and security entrance doors with a complex matching wall panel. This was also carried through to the communal lobby areas and lift surrounds. The finish chosen was a Vicaima white washed Oak stain, which was supplied as part of the Portaro SBD door assembly, together with matching panels and skirting. The social housing was no less luxurious and saw the fitting of a Vicaima Walnut veneered entrance door as part of the every popular

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Vicaima Secure by Design Easi-Fit primed frame kit. All apartment interiors benefited from the clean lines of Vicaima white lacquered door, for a smooth fully finished final touch. Fulham Riverside was a classic example of how Vicaima special projects offer developers and contractors with tangible benefits and real on site solutions to their door and associated joinery requirements. As Danny Miller, Site Manager of Atlantic Contracts put it, ‘we found working with Vicaima made all the difference. They have the experience to understand our goals and worked with us every step of the way to ensure even the smallest issues were dealt with promptly, giving us the peace of mind to know we could rely on their help for a successful project conclusion’. Vicaima offer an extensive range of design options, with fire, acoustic and security performance for luxury housing and modern apartment living space. For further details about these and other products from their many Vicaima collections, visit the Vicaima website www.vicaima.com alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information.

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It’s all about the Display Tricks-of-the-trade in Way-Finding The innovations that have occurred in the way-finding business during the past century have been incredible: From hand painted to custom-made / bespoke directional signage, to modular, durable and green wayfinding systems.

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he first concept of ‘modularity’ can be traced back to the 1990’s, yet the past decade saw a tremendous explosion of possibilities, designs and products in that field.

Several sign manufacturers recognized the upcoming trend a few years ago and have created solutions to meet the demands of the market. Vista System decided to take the modularity trend a few steps further and invested greatly in the design and creation of a greener sign industry. The result is that Vista System’s new 2015 catalogue presents the widest array of modular, way-finding sign systems in existence. Curved or Flat, Internal or External, Table signs , Flag signs, Suspended signs, Directories, Extra Large signs, Illuminated signs and a unique combination of signs for display options. Every sign shop, big or small, needs to have a modular sign system to offer to their customers. Even if you consider yourself a “custom shop” or a specialized manufacturer for specific types of signage, such as electric, shows and displays or vehicle graphics, it’s a good idea to be able to offer a modular sign system.

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Some of your customers are bound to request that you supply them with way-finding solutions. It would be wise to invest some time and research when choosing a favored system, as switching systems too often can prove to be a waste of time and money spent on training, planning, and correction of errors. With this in mind, how does one choose a single, preferred system with the number of systems being offered? The following tricks-of-the-trade should help you choose the system that is right for you: Sample kits - Look for a vendor that offers a number of sample kit options to fit most budgets. Sample kits are crucial for your success, especially if you have sales representatives and receive walk-ins in your place of business. Design - Although there are exceptions, whether the system is flat concave, or convex shaped, it is important that it has a modern, contemporary, and clean look. Quality of materials - It is not always easy to assess the quality of materials used by the manufacturer.


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Make sure to request data sheets that reflect the specifications of the system, its ability to withstand the elements and its compatibility with internal/external usage. How difficult is it to paint or anodize? Check the stability of the components before and after assembly. In addition, Check for compatibility with the types of graphic and sign making equipment you currently have available in your shop without making further investments in new technology and equipment. It is advisable to choose a flexible system that allows for a wide range of graphics and techniques. Simplicity - Try to choose a system that is simple to use, assemble and install. Wide range of sizes -Using a modular system naturally limits the design options to the number of sizes offered by a particular system. Choose a system with a wide range of sizes, as this will reduce the chance of your system to be rejected by the customer or designer. Service and support - It is said, that service is the most important element of all. It doesn’t matter if you choose the “perfect system,” if you receive bad

service from your vendor, it will somehow get passed on to your customer. Pay special attention to the level of service you are receiving in the early stages. Talk to colleagues to get their opinions and impressions and ask about their experience with the products. Don’t hesitate to ask the manufacturer for references. Check to see what fabrication services are offered by the vendor. Display – All of the above eventually comes down to “how well do you display the chosen system/s in your business?” The importance of good marketing tools and a proper display are often overlooked by sign shops. Yet, ask yourselves, how would you offer any way-finding solution to a random client, without actually showing them SOMETHING? Any attempt to explain, show a digital photo or an image could never replace the reality a client gets when holding a product in their own hands, feeling the strength, texture and design. Pnina Kedar Feldman is International Sales and Business Development Manager for Vista System International, For more information, ideas and inspiration visit

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The doors for the 2015 Manchester Furniture Show will open on Sunday 19th July - less than two months time! Held in Manchester Central, this great city centre location will be the place to see over 100,000 square feet of what’s new, different and interesting in furniture and accessories from over 100 exhibitors. There will be over 25 new exhibitors and several major UK launches. This 3 day show is now established as ‘the’ major summer furniture event, supplying every buying sector from the interior design, leisure and retail industries with everything from sofas to pictures. Manchester is the place to see the best of the current trends and innovations. This year’s superb line-up includes some of the best names in furniture and accessories from the UK and abroad including, Ashley Manor, Baker, Lebus, Kingstown, Mark Webster Designs, Serene, Nolte-Mobel, Rauch, Cappellini Salotti and Wade. The majority of this year’s exhibitors are launching new ranges and products at the Show, a sample of What’s New includes: Upholstery - new in upholstery includes Samantha from Lebus, which combines elegant wooden plinths and fine tailoring in striking fabrics. Wade are showcasing 4 new models and 29 fabrics, along with some of it’s most popular designs getting a makeover with new fabric choices. and Carlton are introducing several new ranges featuring solid oak and Harris Tweed. Cabinet - new in cabinet includes Baker’s Sienna dining range, which will be part of their reclaimed series; a series of cabinet collections made from a variety of reclaimed woods. Serene are showing for the first time, their new dining collection which features 12 dining tables, including compact and extendable versions together with 48 different dining chairs. Bedroom - new in bedroom includes Kingstown’s Sophie range, a painted bedroom collection. Corndell are launching new range Arlingham and will feature an updated Annecy painted collection with the introduction of 7 new colour finishes. Beds - in beds there are new developments from Furmanac who are introducing their Hestia® Motion range of beds which features their unique technology designed to create the perfect sleeping style and Whitemeadow are introducing a new range of striking upholstered beds in sumptuous fabrics. To see What’s New and be part of it register to attend now.

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Smart Fire UK part of £1m redevelopment in Knightsbridge When interior designer Dominic Parrish wanted a realistic fireplace for his redevelopment of a luxury basement apartment, he turned to Smart Fire UK.

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he bio-ethanol EcoSmart fire was part of £1M redevelopment of a luxury basement apartment in Princess Gate, Knightsbridge. The project involved excavating an additional floor to the apartment, thus creating a sub-basement. Being a basement apartment with no access to a chimney or flue, the EcoSmart fires were seen as the perfect alternative for heating the room. Having a flat-screen television situated above it, the fire was designed to be the focal point of the contemporarydesign room. Because the fires run on bio-ethanol, a clean burning fuel, they do not require any fume extraction devices, meaning they can be installed virtually anywhere.

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London based interior designer Dominic Parrish has been in the industry for the past 15 years, and chose the fires for their style and ease of use. He said: “I wanted the fire to be the focal point of the room and the beauty with the EcoSmart fires is that they can work in almost any location. “The fire is located in a mood room, which looks out onto the garden. I wanted the room to have a really contemporary feel and the fire helps achieve this. “This is one of the biggest projects I have worked on and am really pleased at how the fire has turned out.” Paul Holt business manager at Smart Fire UK, which is the country’s sole distributor for the EcoSmart Fire rage, was equally impressed with the project.

He commented: “I think the results at Princess Gate look absolutely stunning, what has been achieved there is really brilliant. “Because bio-ethanol is a clean burning fuel the fires emit no fumes, this means they do not need a chimney or flue. “The bio-ethanol fires are great in that their design potential is almost limitless. Also they are one of the greenest ways to heat a room. “Dominic has designed a fantastic space in Princess Gate and we’re thrilled that he is delighted with the outcome.”

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A World Apart: Luxury Living on the Mediterranean Coast


Las Colinas Golf & Country Club, blessed with its prime location, to the east of Murcia in 330 hectares of Mediterranean woodland, has become a leader in attracting second-home owners and international leisure visitors to the region and it is certainly easy to see why. Potential buyers are spoilt for choice at this exclusive residential community that prides itself on offering a world apart experience for residents and guests. Those buyers that wish to purchase a fully furnished property to enjoy straight away need to look no further than Las Colinas’ exclusive 3 or 4 bedroom luxury villas within the Enebro Community. These villas have been designed by renowned architects Woods Bagot and are positioned at the heart of the development.


Available in three unique styles; Abubilla, Mirlo and Milano, all villas blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings, with superb views across one of Continental Europe’s Top 100 golf courses and towards the coast. All Mirlo properties have now been sold but Abubilla & Milano villas are still available to purchase. The Abubilla villas have three-bedrooms, over two or three floors, with a private garden and pool. Offering a unique opportunity to live in the pine forest, the Abubilla Villas nestle gently into the landscape, leaving a light footprint and providing a vertical living experience in harmony with nature with prices starting from €675,000. The Milano is a four-bedroom villa on two floors with a private garden and pool. A sophisticated modern Spanish villa with clean lines, the Milano provides spacious open-plan living. Wide, glazed frontages

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overlook the surroundings, making the most of the coast and golf course views. Living spaces seamlessly connect to outdoor terraces for optimum entertaining opportunities with prices starting from €1,275.000. For those that want something a little more bespoke Las Colinas offer buyers the opportunity to purchase plots to create your own design following the model of quality and standard synonymous with the Las Colinas resort. Olivo Community consists of a collection of fourteen plots which blend seamlessly into the lush surroundings whilst the Palmera Community, located within the heart of the resort, offers an exclusive selection of five plots for detached villas. Following unprecedented success, selling 60% of these plots in less than a year Las Colinas launched


the Adelfa Community comprising of thirty-two plots situated on an island of higher ground. Plots range in size from 1,227 sq. metres to 4,600 sq. metres. In addition to luxury villas and expansive plots, Las Colinas Golf & Country Club boasts world class attractions, including an 18 hole Troon managed championship golf course, golf academy with cutting edge technology, gymnasium, tennis and padel academy, trails through 200,000 square metres of natural woodland, an International School of Falconry, and an ocean front private beach club. World renowned landscape architect, Cabell B. Robinson, designed the distinctive par-71, 6,973 yard championship course, ranked amongst the Top 100 golf courses in Europe. The course boasts perfectly manicured fairways and ideal putting surfaces, set in a

spectacular natural landscape, surrounded by 10,000 hectares of Mediterranean woodland, and with views of the nearby coastline. Upon strolling off the 18th hole following a challenging round, you are greeted with Las Colinas’ clubhouse, with a classic exterior design by RTKL Associates, and modern interior by Pepe Leal, one of Spain’s most accomplished interior designers. Here a wellearned refreshment can be taken on the terrace overlooking the 18th with food served in UNiK CAFÉ. The clubhouse also houses famous Japanese restaurant: enso sushibar that offers its customers the elegance, harmony and simplicity that characterises Japanese cuisine, in the hands of experienced chefs who lavish attention on every detail of dishes they serve – the perfect spot for an evening meal.

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To continue in the same relaxing vain Las Colinas can accommodate guests and residents at their Beach Club on the seafront at La Glea beach in Campoamor. The Beach Club is a private hideaway overlooking the sea and is the perfect spot to get away from it all and soak up the Spanish sunshine. You can recline on a sun bed beside the infinity pool or sit on the deck of the café bar among magnificent palm trees, with idyllic views over the Mediterranean. Even though it is easy to just relax and unwind with a visit to Las Colinas Golf & Country Club, the resort does offer exhilarating experiences throughout and none quite as unique as their International School of Falconry Las Colinas. The Falconry invites you to experience

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the wonderful feeling of flying birds of prey amongst beautiful Mediterranean woodland. Instructors are on hand to accompany you, providing the necessary guidelines and support during your walk with the hawk through the forest. You can fly a trained bird on your own or accompanied by friends or family and experience the unique sensation of seeing the bird obey your call and fly back to you. In addition to the Falconry, Las Colinas Experiences were introduced last year to further emphasise the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding region synonymously showcasing the exceptional hospitality and accommodation at Las Colinas Golf & Country Club. Choose from a range of exciting activities - including scuba diving,


private charter sailing & sea fishing, hot air ballooning, and cultural and wine tours – ensuring the local area can be explored from the land, sea and skies. It is easy to see why European visitors and home owners are so attracted to the resort helped by its ease of access just 20 minutes from Murcia and 45 minutes from Alicante airports. Las Colinas also stands out from those in the area, with its luxury accommodation, a world apart from other properties in the vicinity. The around the clock security is also a serious plus not to mention the level of service throughout. All of which I am sure was taken into consideration when Las Colinas Golf & Country Club was awarded the best Golf Resort

accolade at last year’s International Hotel & Property Awards and has now seen them shortlisted in the World Travel Awards in the ‘Leading Villa Resort’ category and the World Golf Awards as Spain’s Best Golf Course. With an abundance of world class facilities, premium service and the plethora of options available to potential buyers; ranging from immaculately designed villas to blank canvas plots, Las Colinas is vaulting toward a reputation as one of Europe’s most highly regarded and desirable residential developments.

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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

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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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New for 2015

a real KAT Hand Crafted ‘Fit timber

Timber Door K

AT now offer handmade solid timber doors manufactured from Accoya or Engineered Hardwood. The primary KAT offering is 4 styles of door which probably account for 80% of residential doors sold. These doors are available in any height and width; the customer chooses size, colour, glass design and hardware. Mike Sawyer KAT Timber Customer Service Manager comments; ‘we have been pleasantly surprised by the number of KAT customers who want a true top-end product, where price is not the key criteria but choice is governed by quality and aesthetics. It feels good to lead the market towards handcrafted, bespoke solutions’ KAT also offer their Design Partners a totally bespoke service where they are free to create virtually any timber door style by copying a traditional door, a contemporary door or design something completely unique. With a 50 year guarantee on Accoya against warping shrinking and cracking, it’s easy to see why KAT customers are switching on to real timber. If you would like more information, an enquiry form or brochure for KAT Timber Doors, KATpod Roofs, Sliding Patio Doors, Bi-fold Doors, Box Sash Windows and any of KAT’s other Aluminium, PVCu or Timber ranges, please call KAT, one of the customer service team will be on hand to help. KAT has manufacturing facilities in Macclesfield (Cheshire), Hazel Grove (Stockport) and Newhaven (East Sussex), all with factory showrooms. For more information contact KAT on 01625 439666, enquiries@katuk.co.uk

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Polyflor flooring helps create stunning new homes in Bridgend

Polyflor’s market leading commercial and residential vinyl flooring was recently installed at Wales & West Housing’s new housing development in the popular seaside town of Porthcawl, Bridgend. Around 2500m² of Polyflor flooring was installed by Artisan Flooring of Swansea to help create 40 brand new, affordable homes at New Road Court which has been built by local construction company Jehu in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council and the Welsh Government. Consisting of 24 one bedroom apartments and 16 two bedroom apartments, this new social housing development cost approximately £3.9 million to build. Polyflor’s Secura PUR flooring in the bold Antique Herringbone 2129 design was installed throughout the apartments in kitchens, corridors, bedrooms and living spaces. The Secura range of luxury vinyl sheet flooring beautifully replicates the look of natural materials, with this chosen design featuring an inbuilt herringbone pattern and authentically reproduced wood grain and knots to give a rustic feel in a practical loose lay format. The cross linked and UV cured polyurethane reinforcement PUR provides an easy to clean surface and prevents stains and scuff marks, reducing cleaning time and costs. High performance, decorative Polysafe safety flooring was fitted in the bathrooms to provide sustainable slip resistance in these frequently wet areas. Polysafe Wood fx PUR in authentic Rustic Oak 3337 was installed in the ground floor apartment bathrooms whilst Polysafe Wood fx Acoustix PUR, which features an integrated closed cell foam backing for improved acoustic performance (impact sound reduction levels of 19dB), was used in the upper floor apartments. These wood effect designs feature

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virtually imperceptible safety aggregates for slip resistance guaranteed to last the lifetime of the product. Polysafe Hydro Evolve in Indus 4251 with its raised emboss for sustainable wet slip resistance in barefoot areas was also installed in some of the ground floor bathrooms where a walk in shower suitable for disabled use have been fitted. Johann Horton, Development Officer at Wales & West Housing commented: “We are delighted with the finished flooring at New Road Court, as are the residents who have now moved in. The wood effect designs in particular really add impact to the interiors. These new homes comply with the Welsh Government Design Quality Requirement (DQR) standards and achieve a minimum Code for Sustainable Homes level 3+.” All of Polyflor’s flooring ranges included in the project contain recycled material and are 100% recyclable via the Recofloor vinyl take back scheme. Product samples can be ordered free of charge on the Polyflor website or by calling the Polyflor Samples Direct Hotline on 0161 767 2551. Further details of Polyflor’s extensive range of resilient vinyl flooring are available from Polyflor Ltd, Radcliffe New Road, Whitefield, Manchester, M45 7NR. Tel: 0161 767 1111. Fax: 0161 767 1128. Website: www.polyflor.com Email: info@polyflor.com


Form and function in perfect harmony Great design is not just about looking good, it’s about performance too. Windows and façades that are perfectly watertight; secure entrance doors; sliding, folding and panoramic doors that open and close effortlessly. Schueco UK’s range of aluminium residential systems has what your home needs. Superior quality, unmistakable style. Unbeatable levels of thermal and acoustic insulation. The Schueco Contemporary Living Collection: where everything works in perfect harmony. www.schueco.co.uk


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Bringing your Building to Life There is more to life than black and grey. With the recent Valspar paint campaign, people are becoming inspired to colour outside the lines. RCM put the colour back into building with their Cladcolour facades. These spectacular facades are available in a comprehensive pallet range and can be supplied in any standard RAL colour – allowing contractors, architects and developers to bring their buildings to life. Design isn’t all about practicality – however there are many factors to consider when specifying the right system for the job. Key features to look for include implications for thermal performance, fire safety, weather resistance and life expectancy, as well as cost efficiency and aesthetic appeal. Cladcolour is a cost effective cladding solution that is suitable for a range of applications including facia and soffits, rainscreen cladding balconies, infill panels and all other areas where a prefinished panel is required for the design of the build. Cladcolour can be fixed with screws – making it an extremely economical method of installation when fixing onto timber or aluminium support framing. This facade has a density of 1330-1420kg/m3 and offers thermal conductivity of 0.30w/mk. Cladcolour also benefits from an A1 NonCombustible Fire Rating and a Five Star Frost Resistance. Additionally, Cladcolour is highly resistant to fungus and termite attacks and has a 30 year life expectancy. RCM offer a full optimisation service together with full fabrication capabilities.

RCM Supports DIY SOS - Charity Project Special Created in 1972 – The Spinney – a centre in which the Local Community Association could run a play scheme, was founded by Peterborough Development Corporation and the City Council. The building was threatened with closure on numerous occasions but the local community fought hard to keep it open. Sadly, in the summer of 2013 the council made the decision to close the centre, leaving the parents and children without this widely used and much loved facility. However, faith was not lost and local residents, Little Miracles and the Scouts Association decided to create a new management community with the aim to save The Spinney. The community’s hopes were lifted by the BBC show DIY SOS and amazingly the project was accepted to be involved in the programme with aim of engaging with businesses to build a brand new centre built. The project was constructed by hundreds of volunteers from around the UK including decorators, electricians, carpenters, joiners, landscapers, builders, plasterers, plumbers and engineers. The teams challenge was to knock down and rebuild the centre, relying entirely on the use of donated materials. RCM made the decision to donate their specialist Cladcolour facade. The prefinished fibre cement cladding panel which requires minimal maintenance and


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with RCM’s Cladcolour is easy to install, making it perfect for this build. The Spinney was constructed from a variety of the different colours that Cladcolour is available in. This created a fun and playful aesthetic for the children using the facilities. Each of the 238 cladding panels had a unique reference, to allow its location to be identified within the giant jigsaw puzzle in the design. The Little Miracles site was the size of three average homes and was built from the ground up – making it the shows biggest challenge to date. The build was achieved in just nine days, opening on 15 September 2013, with a finished value of £1 million. The Spinney is now a play centre accessible to families with children that have additional needs, disabilities and life limiting conditions. This very special build provides a place for the children of over 800 families in the area as well as other children’s groups like the Scouts. This project was unique as it didn’t just provide a building, but a safe place to help families through the good and bad times of their lives. 83% of the families that use Little Miracles live below the poverty line, and as such all of the services they run are free of charge. For many of the children that use the centre, ‘Little Miracles’ is the only place they are able to communicate freely, make friends, and most importantly, be themselves. Families of the children that now use the facility are overwhelmed by the outcome of this charity project and thrilled that their children can play in a safe environment without judgement as well as providing a place where parents can chat to other parents who understand their situation and ultimately support one another.

Ian Quiton, Managing Director of RCM commented: “This was an extremely important project for RCM, we are honoured to be a part of such a significant scheme for a truly worthy cause. The opening event was extremely emotional and anyone who has watched the programme will have seen burley builders reduced to tears. This has to be one of our most fulfilling projects ever.”

Informative CPD Events For those interested in finding out more, RCM provide informative CPD sessions including: a guide to materials, applications and specification considerations for building boards, internal and external linings and rainscreen facades, covering: What a specifier needs to consider Board materials and benefits Board applications Work on site For more details call 0845 1303725 or visit www.buildingboards.co.uk


Offsite Construction

The Future of House Building

Housebuilding in the UK is currently at an all-time low. It is predicted that a total of 250,000 homes need to be delivered each year in order to tackle spiralling house prices and the critical shortage of affordable homes. This target has constantly been missed – with figures showing that only 141,000 homes were constructed last year. A substantial part of the problem is that housebuilders in possession of large sites often only release a small amount of homes at a time, as building at a slower pace allows them to maximise the value of their assets. As a result local authorities are now looking at reclaiming and managing the construction of new homes. Councils have largely been removed from housebuilding since the conservative government came into power in 1979, where private construction rose, but not by enough to compensate for the fall in public sector building. So what have local authorities been doing all this time? Council advisors argue that they been exploring ways of getting back into housebuilding after decades of being removed. Both Labour and Liberal Democrats are arguing in support of the state to once again commission and build new homes. Nevertheless, the current Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, argues that they need to be cautious about the state getting involved in housebuilding – stating that the country must live within its means. It is clear that if the state reclaims house building then cost effective methods of building will have to be utilised. Offsite construction provides the solution. Through the use of offsite construction, the government will be able to deliver houses at a lower cost and a rapid pace. Offsite construction has been around for decades, however, it is only now that its benefits are truly being recognised. It has been stated that a main factor holding up housebuilding in the short term, is a lack of materials. The surge in demand in late 2013 and early 2014 led to a decrease in availability of traditional materials such as bricks. This paved the way for prefabricated materials like timber and steel to be used in housebuilding. There is an urgent need for a mass volume of houses to be constructed in a limited time scale and whether the state takes on housebuilding, or if it is left to private house builders, the benefits of offsite construction could be crucial to meeting targets that have repeatedly been missed. Offsite construction provides housebuilders with programme certainty and quality though simplification of site operations and reduced weather dependencies due to the controlled factory-based assembly process. Houses delivered through offsite construction offer enhanced specification standards and build quality which reduces occupancy costs related to energy use, defects and repairs. There is significant evidence that suggests that the use of offsite construction has been successful when applied to meet the needs of significant housing developments at scale with consequential opportunities for standardisation of design details – particularly to meet the need of government led programmes.

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Explore Offsite is a series of events which take the form of combined conferences and exhibitions – creating a platform for construction clients, architects, engineers and contractors to come together and discuss the latest offsite solutions. The third in the series of Explore Offsite events has a focus on the housing sector. Taking place on 07 July 2015 in Birmingham, the event includes speakers from pioneering companies in the offsite construction industry. Speakers include: John Skivington, Director of LHC, Nick Milestone, Managing Director of B & K Structures and Alex Smith, Hawkins Brown who will be discussing Banyan Wharf – the tallest timber building Europe, as well as Rory Bergin, HTA Design, speaking about Modular Buildings for the Private Rental Sector and Bryan Woodley, Val-U-Therm, sharing his experience in High Performance Building Envelope Design to Achieve PassivHaus Standards. There is also a wealth of exhibitors who will be available to discuss their latest innovations in offsite construction. Exhibitors include: B & K structures, Caledonian Group, Coillte Panel Products, Crown Timber, Keystone Group, Kingspan Timber Solutions, Modularize, Senior Architectural Systems, Structural Timber Association and Val-U-Therm. Tickets are just £95 +VAT. Get 10% off your tickets with the early bird discount code: EXPLORE10 Book now to avoid disappointment:

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The Key to a Smooth Running Business Loxta - A U.K based hardware company that produces and distributes internal and external door handles, window hardware, latches and locks could hold the ‘key’ to the smooth running of your business. Loxta are looking for hardware shops and distributors to become part of their distribution network. More and more businesses are looking for reliable suppliers in the door handle and lock industry, and now, thanks to Loxta Hardware, business owners will be able to provide a better range of high quality ironmongery products handles, latches and locks to their customers. Loxta’s concise range offers something to cater to everyone’s needs whether you’re looking for a more classic style or you’re wanting to jazz-up the dullness of the office, they’ve got it ‘locked’ down! All models are designed and manufactured by Loxta Hardware meaning that the entire process is managed by the in-house team guaranteeing high-quality finishes and a trustworthy product that will stand the test of time. Loxta design and manufacture high quality products from Aluminium, Stainless Steel, Brass & Copper. To deliver superior strength and touch we utilise “hot closed die forging” in conjunction with our ElectroCoat technology to deliver long lasting lustrous finishes. The new range of high quality door handles and hardware will offer tremendous value to both small traders and large scale distributors. With the support of the new website, a great customer service team and a fantastic range, Loxta are expecting tremendous sales through their distribution network.

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Valtavalo G3+ LED tube EXTREME DURABILITY

Valtavalo G3+ LED tubes are manufactured in the company’s Finnish production plant using the latest automation technology. Each LED tube goes through an automatic and multi-stage electric and light property test. Our clients can be assured of the excellent quality of the products. Valtavalo G3+ LED tubes are also made according to the new standard EN 62776.

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Button-fix — the award-winning secret fixing for panels and more… From Washrooms and fit-outs to exhibition, furniture and display stands, this innovative, secret fixing is a must have for fitters, designers and architects alike! What is Button-fix and how does it work? The concept is simple: the Button is attached to one surface and the Fix to the other. When the two parts are brought together they fit with a satisfying click. Button-fix is designed to be incredibly strong and has been tested and certified by independent test house ‘Sandberg.’ Easy to fix as well allowing the panels to be removable and reconfigurable at a later date. There are two types of Fix depending on your specific application. The Type 1 Fix can be either surface-mounted or rebated and engages with a vertical or sideways sliding action. This version is ideal for applications where load bearing is paramount. The Type 2 Fix connects panels at 90˚ with a simple push/pull assembly and is ideal for applications where the emphasis is on ease of fit rather than strength. To better understand which type is best for your application, please visit www.button-fix.com . You will also fine photography, videos and references for real projects where Button-fix has actually been used. The popularity of Button-fix has been such that not only is it being specified by architects and project/fit-out designers but it is being increasingly requested by the fitters chosen to actually do the fit-out and projects. This means the projects are carried out with increased efficiency and cost savings as well keeping everyone involved happy with the materials they are using.

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Footstools & More F ootstools & More is a small family company based in Yorkshire. With a wealth of experience and knowledge, family has enjoyed three generations in the furniture industry. The company offers a wide, stylish range of everyday and luxury products, available in both standard and bespoke sizes. Whether you already have a style in mind, or are simply looking for a little bit of inspiration, www.footstoolsandmore.co.uk is a great place to start. All products are customisable, with a range of sizes, fabrics, leathers and leg options. With all these options, it’s easy to see why customers love having the choice to order something that reflects their own unique taste.

Personalised service While the website has lots of useful ideas and information, you can’t beat a phone call or email to discuss your ideas in more detail. Footstools & More offers a friendly, personal service, and is always happy to make suggestions or talk through any questions that you may have. “Along with high-quality products, providing a helpful service is the most important part of our business,” says a spokesperson for the company. “We make footstools every day so we always pass on any ideas and advice we think our customers will benefit from.” It’s clear to see that this high level of customer service pays off. The long list of testimonials on the website makes for impressive reading.

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Bespoke Furniture Each and every footstool is handmade to order in a dedicated workshop, and for a particular customer. If you were to pay a visit to the workshop, you wouldn’t see stacks of similar footstools collecting dust, waiting for someone to buy them. You’d see a vibrant range of designs, colours and patterns. You might think this bespoke approach would be prohibitive, but the costs are very competitive and similar to high street stores. So whether you’re looking for a large footstool, bench stool, drum stool or coffee table stool your search is over. Each item has a two-year construction guarantee and fabrics meet fire safety regulations.


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CONTEMPORARY HOME DESIGN Contemporary Home Design began 15 years ago from a small home based office, designing and manufacturing bespoke made kitchens bedrooms and living rooms. As the demand grew in high quality bespoke home furniture, our business grew. At the time we only had an online portfolio, we soon realised our customers wanted to touch and feel our products as well as visualising it, so we decided to open up a showroom. We travelled to Germany every year for 4 years before deciding to introduce the branded side of the business. We chose the leading high quality German brands due to the excellent customer care they provide to us as their retailer and our customers. We are now a well-established lifestyle company, offering our customers all the necessities they require for their desired room. We deal with only the top leading brands in Europe and UK and have the most up to date technology at the best affordable prices. From kitchens, bedrooms and living areas, to flooring, lighting, home automation and central vacuum system; and to complete it with kitchen essentials, mirrors and 3D wall panelling. We have it all here at CHD, come along visit our lifestyle showroom and you will be astonished with what we can do for you!

MADE IN GERMANY We design and manufacture bespoke and custom made kitchens, bedrooms and living interiors. We can make bedrooms ceiling-to-floor and wall-to-wall to give it a very sleek look. The designer and manufacturer work very close with the customer to come up with creative and original ideas to meet the customers’ needs. High quality German material and accessories are used in the manufacturing of the furniture. We aim to provide 18mm rigid carcasses, in a wide range of colours and wood effect finishes. Every fraction of our portfolio is inspected to guarantee our detail for perfection and to ensure that it has met all of our customers’ wishes. We have cherry picked the most well-known and best manufacturers of kitchens and bedrooms in Europe to give our customers a range of choice from design, style and idea. We keep up to date with the technology in and around Europe to make the desired living space extraordinary. We have an amazing range of German kitchen brands –Schüller, Next125, Ballerina and Beckermann. A Kitchen made in Germany is a kitchen guaranteed for life, from the day you purchase your kitchen, the German manufacturers will give you excellent service for up to 15 years and more ensuring your kitchen works and looks the part.

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P C Henderson Building for Education The Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) for school repairs has been extended throughout 2015 with an additional £2 billion fund which schools can apply for. •38•


RIBA’s Building a Better Britain report 2014 highlights the issue of how schools have had to repurpose music rooms and libraries to become classrooms due to lack of space. Fergus Pickard, Product Development Director, P C Henderson looks at how sliding door hardware can be used to alleviate these concerns.

Space for learning The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reports that UK pupil numbers are among the highest in developed nations, with an average of 26 pupils per classroom. A further increase is expected, with the National Audit Office estimating an additional 1 million pupils in the next 10 years. As these increasing numbers put extra pressure on the space available for learning, it is essential for schools to offer flexible, multi-purpose environments that are able to meet future demands. Take for example Ruskin Mill College, an independent specialist further education college based in Gloucestershire. When its woodland kitchen was built, doors were intelligently installed to create an open and welcoming foyer or an extra enclosed and warm classroom, when required. As part of the Ruskin Mill Trust, the College provides residential education for 16-25 year olds from all over the UK with severe learning difficulties, including autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and developmental delay. During festivals, conferences and special events the kitchen is used to serve food and drink to the public. Sliding, folding or pocket door hardware can be used in schools to create multi-functional spaces that can be opened up or divided into classrooms with minimal disruption. This type of door hardware is ideal for light commercial use as it allows for multiple layouts, space saving and offer a safer option to intrusive swing doors. Furthermore, sliding door hardware can also be used to create additional storage areas, taking advantage of unused spaces. Innovative overhead carrying systems by P C Henderson offer versatility as it is suitable for gymnasiums and sports centres and specialist activities such as cricket nets; these allow the area to be split to allow two classes to use a space at the same time. In addition to building regulations, schools need to comply the School Premises Regulations and Independent School Standards, meaning operational noise levels (e.g. of equipment) in teaching and learning spaces should be suitable for the activities taking place, and open plan teaching and learning spaces in new and refurbished schools will need to provide adequate speech intelligibility as measured by the speech transmission index (STI).

Open up learning To further improve the learning environment, schools can use sliding and folding door hardware to open up indoor spaces to the outdoors. These hardware systems allow for the creation of open and welcoming areas that are airy and make use of natural daylight which according to the World Green Building Council’s Business Case for Green Building Report, enables students to achieve 5-14% higher test scores and learn 20-26% faster. Lowther Primary School in the London Borough of Richmond is example of a school maximising on natural light with the use of sliding door gear, installing a system utilising P C Henderson’s Lift and Slide hardware. The hardware allows the sliding doors to function with a simple turn of the handle to unlock the door from its weather tight position. The doors then slide easily on the carriages with minimal friction and can be lowered and locked at any position by moving the handle down. The system can hold doors up to 300kg and offers excellent security and weather resistance with a choice of three CE rated weather levels.

Access to learning As for accessibility, sliding doors offer schools the benefit of larger opening sizes both internally and externally. Various track lengths are available to cover a multitude of opening sizes as well as soft closing mechanisms to create a safe and easy to use system. This is important in creating learning environments that are accessible to all, including wheelchair users and people who use walking aids.

Future proofing With demand for school spaces set to rise, it is important for schools to use the funding available not only to repair, but refurbish and transform their learning spaces to benefit students. Taking into consideration factors such as flexibility, access, light and safety, schools can become adaptable and reactive to future demands. The use of sliding, folding and pocket door systems can transform spaces to create extra classrooms, storage areas and make use of natural light with the use of sliding glass doors.

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Outdoor

Earthwood Easyclean

Lustrous and Luxuriant THE UK’S LARGEST composite decking range welcomes new recruit TimberTech Earthwood EasyClean, the very latest in domestic and commercial maintenance-free decking. Earthwood Easyclean’s unique, impenetrable cap makes it the ideal solution for homeowners, landscapers, leisure businesses and garden designers seeking to maximise good looks and minimise maintenance. Earthwood Easyclean, and its top of the range sister product

Earthwood Easyclean Legacy, from Greensquares, the UK’s outdoor living experts, repel the ravages of the British weather and the rigours or a hectic domestic life. A super-resilient wood and polymer mix, topped off by a

sleek, uncompromising polymer cap, makes it easy to clean as well as easy on the eye. You can say goodbye to annual sanding, scrubbing, sealing, painting and staining. Earthwood Easyclean, part of the TimberTech composite

Earthwood Easyclean comes in Brown Oak and Silver Maple shades and the Legacy option in Mocha, Pecan and Tigerwood. These stylish, elegant highdensity hardwood and polymer boards reflect all of the colour grading and shading contained with natural timber boards but with none of the traditional fuss.

Feel the difference. Order a free sample of Earthwood Easyclean at www.timbertechuk.co.uk

TimberTech - Less Work. More Life.

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decking family, is colour fast, splinter free and won’t split, warp, bend, crack or fade. It’s slip resistant. It carries the reassurance of a 25-year limited warranty for residential and ten years for commercial applications.


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Kayospruce Outdoor Upholstery Fabric In addition to the traditional In/Outdoor Sunbrella collection there is also an environmentally friendly Renaissance collection made up with 50% recycled fibres. The new Sunbrella Renaissnce collection made up with 50% of recycled fibres, is available in 3 beautiful styles with a wide range of colours and designs that can be elegantly mixed and matched, the recycled fibres are taken directly from the factories where the fabric remnants are divided by colour batches, reconditioned as fibres and woven together with fresh,new Sunbrella fibres. This collection provides a vintage feel with a modern twist for an eye-catching, comfortable, environmentally-friendly outdoor setting.

Indoor Contract Upholstery

Dickson - Prado: FR CRIB 5

A complete collection that allows decorators to mix and match, playing up complementarities between various shades, patterns and weaves to dress up any living space from top to bottom. A Natte Construction Panama weave makes this a stylish Crib 5 Upholstery Fabric, supplied in 150cm widths, with to special order 3m width available for whole rolls only. Various colours and finishes designed specifically to furnish any room with upholstery, curtain, cushions, bedding and window shading all from the same range.

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Danish Designed Solar Car Ports in the UK Danish producer Bluetop Solar Parking ApS and Gilkicker Ltd. have launched the Bluetop range of commercial and domestic solar car ports in the UK. Solar car ports have become the innovative way to transform car parks into attractive and sustainable power stations. Bluetop solar car ports have become market leaders across Europe because of their attractive structures incorporating Scandinavian design. The unique design of Bluetop systems gives clear spans of up to 15 metres, much more than other systems and dramatically reduces the number of posts required. Available in a variety of formats and with the ability to orientate the roofs in a number of ways to maximise power generation Bluetop systems combine efficient power generation levels with the best visual appeal.

Attractive Scandinavian design with full functionality. All foundations, drainage and solar equipment are concealed within the steel structure giving beautiful clean lines. There is no need for unsightly protective bollards to prevent damage to support posts. Bluetop canopies use 40% less steel compared to conventional systems and less material means a smaller carbon foot print.

Attractive Scandinavian design with full functionality.

There are many reasons to consider solar parking canopies: • • • • •

Provide a comfortable shaded parking area. Generate sustainable energy at competitive rates. Can be used over existing parking areas. The systems and structures are very low maintenance. A simple and effective way to provide electric vehicle charging points.

Bluetop Systems were used at the official Tesla UK launch in London last year. Technical advice and support is available direct from Bluetop in Denmark and/or via Gilkicker Ltd in the UK. Gilkicker Ltd. offer a nationwide service from their UK locations in Hampshire and Scotland. The common denominators of all Bluetop systems are aesthetics, sound technical support, good craftsmanship and eco-friendly solutions.

Bluetop Solar Parking ApS Bautavej 1A DK-8210 Århus V Denmark Tel. +45 7020 8100 Mail: info@bluetopsolar.com Web: http: www.bluetopsolar.com Gilkicker Ltd 15 Clayhall Road Gosport Hampshire PO12 2BB Tel. 02392 527273 M: 07811 034809 Contact: Andy Pack andypack@gilkicker.org.uk

Bluetop Systems were used at the official Tesla UK launch in London last year.

Gilkicker Ltd F4 Faraday Business Centre Faraday Street Dundee DD2 3QQ Tel. 01382 836811 / 01382 350338 M: 07891 859720 Contact: John Maclean johnmaclean@gilkicker.org.uk

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LANDSCAPE

22nd & 23rd of September 2015

in Battersea Park

LANDSCAPE, the industry’s annual meeting place, is on the 22nd & 23rd of September 2015 in Battersea Park in central London. This year see the trade associations, trade bodies and media bringing the industry together. LANDSCAPE is delighted to once again support the SGD ‘Product of the Year award’. The short listed entries will be appearing at the exhibition itself with the winner announced live at the show. BALI are wholeheartedly supporting the event and again have a Pavilion of Members for you to meet. As part of LANDSCAPE’s ongoing commitment towards uniting the industry and enhancing the professional qualifications of it’s practitioners, all of the ‘free to attend’ seminars at this year’s LANDSCAPE Show qualify for CPD learning points. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is defined as ‘a commitment to structured skills enhancement and personal or professional competence’ and organisations that are granted membership by the CPD Certification Service must clearly demonstrate expertise in their field and provide a place for industry to turn to for advice and guidance. This year there is again a chance to ‘Meet the Media’, - your opportunity to speak direct to the journalists that cover your industry. Alongside them will be a special ‘Meet the Author’ desk. Come and talk to the authors of those publications that have always interested you. Due to high demand from overseas suppliers, we are delighted showcase our International Pavilion. Focusing on the newest trends, innovative products and exciting opportunities, the pavilion will allow visitors to experience ideas from all over the World in one location. Our show attracts over 3000 visitors from across the design world. Our diverse exhibitor list, engaging seminars and backing from key industry associations means we welcome landscape designers, architects, contractors, facilities managers and interior designers to name just a few. Supported by trade associations and media from across the globe, LANDSCAPE is now internationally recognised as the ‘go to’ show for the industry. LANDSCAPE is truly uniting the industry and has something for everyone.

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Make sure you are part of it this year and visit our website for more details.

www.landscapeshow.co.uk LANDSCAPE 2015 10am – 6pm – Tuesday 22nd September 2015 10am – 5pm – Wednesday 23rd September 2015 Free admission by registering at www.landscapeshow.co.uk Courtesy shuttle bus from Sloane Square Tube Station. For more details on stand space contact Danielle Hernandez on danielle@landscapeshow.co.uk or telephone +44(0)20 7821 8221


Landscape I T’S INDOORS ME ETS OUTDOORS

LANDSCAPE SHOW, TUESDAY 22 & WEDNESDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2015 BATTERSEA PARK, LONDON The LANDSCAPE Show returns to Battersea Park in London on Tuesday & Wednesday the 22nd & 23rd of September 2015. Over 200 manufacturers and suppliers, over 3,000 visitors, over 40 CPD accredited seminars. For more details go to: www.landscapeshow.co.uk


Kitchens Bedrooms bathrooms

Thinking of giving your bathroom a makeover this summer but worried your DIY skills aren’t quite up to scratch? Don’t panic! Transforming your bathroom into a relaxing, usable space doesn’t have to take over the holidays; in fact it could be done in just 20 minutes! If you’re daunted by DIY, Croydex have a brand new range of bathroom furniture that could be perfect for you. 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 quicker to create smart storage space.”

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The flat pack furniture simply clicks together to create tough durable units without the need for any drills, screws or glue. For added ease, a number of the Click ‘N’ Lock products also feature Croydex’s unique and patented Hang ‘N’ Lock bracket, which provides a simple and safe solution for hanging units on a wall, without the awkwardness of trying to balance everything by yourself. Croydex have added over 30 new products to their cabinets and storage range to ensure that there is something to suit every bathroom. Whether you are looking for a mirrored cabinet to open up space or a beauty station to store all your toiletries, Croydex have just the thing for you.

With the days getting longer and the weather hopefully getting warmer, the DIY season is definitely upon us, so why not let Croydex help transform your bathroom, the quick and easy way, giving you more time to relax in the sunshine!


For Inspiring Bathroom Furniture www.croydex.com

Tel: +44 (0)1264 365881


PREMIUM SURFACE TECHNOLOGY NOW AVAILABLE AT LATHAMS The innovative and highly textured range of premium, Thermo Structured Surface (TSS) decors - XyloCleaf - which offers a variety of wood grains, linens and other unique materials - is now available through James Latham. Unlike anything else on the UK market, XyloCleaf is a highly original and exclusive range of decors which are created using a unique process of thermal fusing in which decorative papers are treated with melamine resins, that under heat and pressure become part of the panel itself, hence the term Thermo Structured Surface. This process provides not only a stunning end result, but also a product that is strong, durable and highly scratch and chemical resistant, meaning that as well as looking great, it will stand up to the toughest of challenges when used in high traffic areas. The sensational and inspiring new XyloCleaf collection is perfectly suited to premium domestic design schemes such as kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms as well as for wall panelling and furniture and it has already proved particularly popular within high end commercial, •50•

leisure and hotel specifications. The deep textures and intricate detail of XyloCleaf makes it difficult to distinguish from the real material it is designed to mimic and the portfolio includes 50 different colours and patterns, all of which come with ABS edging as standard. Paul Morson, James Latham’s Group Product Champion for Melamine said, ”XyloCleaf represents a new generation of panel product and one which offers extraordinary potential, delivering a complete solution of innovative products to suit all interior decorative tastes, trends and applications. I have no doubt at all that it will become a big success for us.” XyloCleaf is available nationwide and directly from stock through James Latham and is supplied in panel sizes of 2800 x 2070 x 18mm. www.lathamtimber.co.uk marketing@lathams.co.uk


The Sweet Taste of Success Celebrating in style is something BA Components are good at. As they officially marked their 25th birthday on Thursday 4th June, so did their staff and dealers. With the help of a beautifully branded gift box with a tasty cake treat inside, it really was a charming surprise to brighten up anyone’s day. As you can see, it is hard for your mouth not water when you see it! With a strawberry flavour and a cherry option, it would be hard to decide which one to choose.

Well they certainly went down a storm as Kitchen Flair in Preston posted “Happy Birthday BA, thank you for our ingredients of success.” PRO-Fit KBB Limited also shared their thoughts on the cake “ Thank you so much for your sharing your birthday cake with us, it was absolutely delicious. We’ll gladly take leftovers!.”

For more information about BA Components 25 year celebrations visit www.byba.co.uk/25years or follow us on Facebook Kieran McCracken Operations Director at www.facebook.com/bacomponents and BA Components tell us why they decided to Twitter @bacomponents treat everyone; “Twenty-five years is a real milestone in any business and to celebrate and share in our sweet taste of success so far, we thought something appealing straight to the taste buds got the message across in a practical and memorable way.”

Is your mouth watering yet?

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MX EXTENDS PRODUCT RANGE STILL FURTHER!

MX Group’s already impressive range of shower and bathroom products has grown even bigger following the addition of a number of new products and a move into brand new product areas for the company. Already the leading shower tray manufacturer in the UK, manufacturing the widest range of shower tray options and within that, the widest range of shapes and sizes – there has been no change there. Having invested in the latest machinery and materials, and soon to benefit from the new state of the art shower tray factory being built at its Gloucestershire base, MX manufactures 100s of different tray sizes, in 6 main product types, meaning that it can cater for the specific needs of virtually any customer. In recent months, MX has launched an impressive new range of thermostatic mixer shower valves which have proved popular with housing associations, offering its usual combination of incredible quality, great looking product, excellent warranties and keen pricing. On the accessory front, MX Group has long recognised that UK water systems are unique and require specialised products to work correctly. It has been at the forefront of this sector for many years, producing carefully engineered accessories that are used by most of the UK electric shower manufacturers. MX produces high quality shower accessories ensuring that its products meet all health and safety requirements and wherever possible uses WRAS approved materials. From July the range of accessories grows significantly with in particular an impressive additional range of hand sets and cables. MX continues to be a growing influence in the Electric Shower marketplace. Its QI– Quick installation– range of electric showers which sets new standards for simple installation is set to grow in July with the addition of a number of exciting new models. Featuring eight entry points for water and electric – these showers offer the simplest shower installation available. The range is ideal for new build or retrofit opportunities, covering the footprint of most existing electric showers making replacement as simple as it gets. The range has recently been extended still further offering a huge choice for specifiers and installers. From July, MX moves into the taps marketplace for the first time, offering a range of taps – made in solid brass with an all chrome finish. These stylish tap options have been produced in response to specific demand from customers, but will meet the needs of a much wider customer base. In addition MX is introducing its first selection of electric water heaters, a logical extension to the range of electric showers on offer. All the MX products are keenly priced but offer exceptional quality and impressive warranties. The company has just produced a catalogue of all its products and a copy of this is a must for all specifiers in the bathroom area – it’s a hefty tome but it’s a good looking, comprehensive listing of all the products available from MX and one that will provide the solutions for many designers, specifiers and housing managers around the UK. Take a closer look at MX Group – its impressive web site at www.mx-group.com is a good place to start and you can order a copy of the new catalogue from there simply by completing a request form.

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OUR SIGN. YOUR DESIGN.

Vista's diverse product series provide a perfect signage solution for each project. Call now to get a free media pack! +44 080 0051 8885 | info@vistasystem.co.uk | www.vistasystem.co.uk


Boutique Chabrand in features ColorCore® Architects Audrey Marasse and Didier Le Guen of Atelier XY specified ColorCore® by Formica Group for the interior fit-out of Boutique Chabrand, a French leather goods outlet situated in Marseille, France. With solid colour throughout the product, ColorCore satisfies both aesthetic and functional requirements, making it an ideal material for retail projects. The colour palette of the interior of Boutique Chabrand reflects the brand’s sophisticated design. ColorCore has been used in White and Black for the furniture, shelves and display cabinets. This visually striking monochrome effect gives the boutique a modern and distinctive look. Used in Gloss and Matte finishes, the subtle contrast of textures adds depth to this classic colour combination. Architects Audrey Marasse and Didier Le Guen comment: “The glossy finish makes the environment look more elegant and chic. Its reflective surface bounces light into and around the interior, creating the illusion of a bigger and brighter space”.

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n Marseille, France by Formica Group

“Modern and innovative, ColorCore differs from other laminates as the colour is applied throughout the product. This solid colour eliminates the dark line sometimes associated with laminate edges, allowing the creation of monolithic effects” add the architects. In the retail environment, surfaces are exposed to extreme wear and tear, yet displays and furniture must retain their appearance over

time to maintain their visual appeal. “We chose ColorCore as it answers both aesthetic requirements as well as performance demands in terms of quality and durability” explains ATELIER XY. It is essential for materials in high traffic environments to be resistant and easy to clean. ColorCore combines these features with bespoke design finishes in different colours, textures and patterns that can be routered, engraved and

even sand blasted to produce subtle or bold graphic and three-dimensional effects. Working closely with architects, designers and specifiers, and with more than 100 years of unrivalled expertise, Formica Group is ideally placed to offer innovative new products and decors which respond to market needs and complement current design trends. •57•


SAVER

SPACE L FTS 150mm

With a minimum 150 mm pit recess Curti lifts can supply and install the ideal lift design when size is placing a restriction on your lift requirements. Minimising builders work and providing an economical solution. Available as hydraulic or traction drive our virtually pitless lift can turn the impossible into a reality.

For more information contact us on:

01274 690618 sales@curtilifts.co.uk www.curtilifts.co.uk


In order to optimise the space available, here at Curti Lifts, we design and install a wide range of high-quality, virtually pitless lifts. Part M compliant

DDA compliant

Disabled Access

Only 150mm deep pit required

Minimum headroom only 2850mm

Single or Three Phase power

The “Space Saver” has a full lift cabin, is fully automatic and is available in various sizes and capacities up to 1000kg. It can be installed within a traditional lift shaft or within its own steel structure, ideal for timber framed buildings. When a lift is to be installed into an existing building, there can be headroom/ pit restrictions. This is where Curti lifts utilise their many years of lift knowledge to devise a simple and cost effective solution. As the “Space Saver” has a fully enclosed cabin, automatic doors and single touch buttons, passengers using the lift will appreciate all the benefits of a traditional passenger lift. Constant pressure buttons can be burdensome and difficult to operate, especially when carrying shopping or with a pushchair. Suitable for disabled access, schools, commercial, residential and nursing home environments. For more information on how we can make the most of your available space and elevate you in style, please contact Curti lifts and ask for Celine or Carole today on:

01274 690618 sales@curtilifts.co.uk www.curtilifts.co.uk

Curti Lifts | 71 – 73 Moore Avenue | Wibsey | Bradford | BD6 3HJ T: 01274 690618 | F: 01274 690619 E. sales@curtilifts.co.uk | www.curtilifts.co.uk


Lifts, Stairs, Balustrades

What sort of lift do I need? Ever wondered what the difference between lift types is? There are 3 main categories of lifts to carry people which all have their own pros and cons. There are inclined stair lifts, platform lifts and passenger lifts. What is a Platform Lift? A Platform Lift is primarily designed to give reasonably priced access to people who have difficulty with a staircase. Platform Lifts serve between 2, or more floor levels. An L shaped platform moves up and down a fully enclosed shaft (rectangular tube) carrying a wheelchair and/or people, which has smooth internal walls. The shaft can usually be constructed with either solid or glazed walls, or even a combination of both. At Invalifts, our most popular platform lift is the MC2000, offering the following advantages: • • • • •

Suitable for anyone who has difficulty with stairs Relatively low cost when compared to a conventional lift No requirement for a machine room or lifting beam Reliable, quiet, economical to own, and totally safe Requires little in the way of space or building works

What is a Passenger Lift? A passenger lift has a completely enclosed lift car that travels vertically within a specially prepared lift shaft.

Passenger Lift

Passengers are transported between floors at reasonably quick speeds and the control systems are often designed to give the most economical distribution of passengers throughout the building. Our most popular passenger lift is the very space efficient M6000 which is primarily designed for installation in existing buildings where space is at a premium, or the building is not capable of taking extra horizontal loadings. M6000 is provided complete with it's own glazed or solid shaft and offers the following advantages: • • • • •

Quick travel between floors - 0.6 metres per second Extremely space efficient Can have fully glazed shaft Little building works Little, or no horizontal loadings on building

What is a Stair / inclined Lift? In buildings, where space is at at premium, it is sometimes not feasible to provide a vertical lift therefore the only solution is to provide a lift which can be installed on a staircase. This type of lift is ideally designed for straight and curved staircases and can carry both wheelchairs and people. They can Stair Lift be specially designed to cope with mid landings and awkward parking positions at the bottom of the stair. Usually the unit requires a support wall for mounting however stanchions can be provided, on which the unit can be affixed. Our most popular unit is the InvaStair Riser which can be installed either internally or externally. If you'd like to find out which lift would be best suited to your needs, then give our friendly experts at Invalifts a call on 0845 4682543 or visit our website at Invalifts.com.

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Platform Lift


Residence Chiar di Luna, Polignano, Italy.

Q-RAILING. QUALITY, SIMPLICITY & STYLE. Q-railing designs and develops innovative, high-quality designer stainless steel railing systems and glass balustrades, for maximum transparency coupled with excellent fall protection.

Pictured is part of an apartment complex in Polignano, Italy. Easy Glass速 Pro was used throughout the project for all balconies, terraces and staircases. This baluster free system allows for maximum transparency, ensuring unobstructed Easy Glass速 Pro has been designed and engineered to meet the views. call: For further information about Q-railing products or to order your brochure design and functionality requirements demanded for residential 01782 711A676 / 0800 781 4245system or email: sales@q-railing.co.uk balconies. complete, modular offering near total Q-railing UK celebrates its tenth year. A decade of working transparency with simple adjustment of the glass panels with architects & designers, a decade of passionately from inside only saving installation time and cost. creating the best balustrade innovations. For further information, to request a visit or to arrange a CPD presentation, please call: 01782 711 676 / 0800 781 4245 or email: sales1@q-railing.co.uk


insulation

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ARSTYL

insulation

®

WALL PANELS

A NEW WALL-DECORATING EXPERIENCE The ARSTYL® range for wall and ceiling embellishments has now taken its passion for decoration to a whole new level and proudly presents its Wall Panels. These new generation wall decorations will give your interior a highly inspired new look, neat structure or a coloured relief design. • 6 modern designs • Small-sized & light-weighted the panels are easy to carry and install • Unpolished acrylic white the walls’ primary colour ensure optimal adhesion to your finishing touch • Abraded side edges for a neat and perfect finishing • Add your very own touch and reveal your original and refined interior design style.

Assembly Whether they be symmetrically or asymmetrically, horizontally or vertically arranged thanks to a corresponding substructure creativity holds no bounds. They are light (only 2kg on average) but also robust and can be assembled rapidly with Adefix® Plus, the special adhesive from NMC. The high quality processing guarantees a harmonious, deliberately apparent transition from one panel to another through the arrangement of corners and angles.

Sample Solutions Arstyl® Wall Panels not only conjure up an attractive interior atmosphere but with a selection of colours and patterns they can be used to apply subtle, special emphasis and to correct proportions. Vertical patterns, for instance will extend the appearance of the interior while horizontal patterns will make it appear wider and lower. With this convincing new design solution creative interior covering holds no bounds. Arstyll® wall panels are not only attractive, but with a Lambda value of 0.0573 they also have an insulating function. In addition they can be superbly complimented with all NMC decoration products. For technical information, processing instructions and attractive application examples please go to

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The Icynene Insulation System

The Icynene Insulation System is a soft, flexible, breathable, foam insulation and air barrier system. Sprayed as a liquid Icynene expands to 100 times its initial volume in seconds filling every nook, cranny and penetration into walls, ceilings and floors. Icynene’s unique formulation sets it apart from other insulation products offering many advantages over traditional insulation materials and more modern alternatives. While all materials of equal thermal resistance perform identically under laboratory conditions the same is not true in real life; some insulation materials off-gas which, over time, diminishes their effectiveness, others allow the passage of air through gaps between them and other building components. Installing

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Icynene ensures no loss of performance and it will remain the same over the lifetime of the building. Minimising air leakage from a building enables the correct design of heating and ventilation systems, saving money on the initial installation and future running costs. Buildings with Icynene installed have easily reached Passivhaus standards for air leakage without the use of membranes and tapes. Needing only a short installation period, Icynene can save you valuable build time and is therefore extremely cost effective compared to other products, not only that but you benefit from insulation and airtightness in one application.

The Icynene Insulation System is 100% water blown containing no toxic chemicals. Icynene doesn’t contain any HFC’s, CFC’s, HFA or HCFC’s and it remains soft and flexible accommodating any normal expansion, contraction or movement within a building. So whether you plan to build, renovate or upgrade the Icynene Insulation System will deliver the performance you can count on for a lifetime of savings and comfort.


Flood and Water Defence Barriers CPLC Water specialize in the design and construction of flood defences and flood barriers for property level protection (PLP) We have a team of highly trained and experienced design and construction engineers, who are dedicated to providing the best flood mitigation measures for your requirements. In association with UK Flood Barriers, our team of BPEC accredited installers operate throughout the Wessex area and provide detailed residential and commercial property surveys to assess property level flood protection requirements. all products are PAS1188 tested and BSi Kite marked. Flood Protection and Drainage Engineering Services CPLC Water is an independent company dedicated to providing a comprehensive service dedicated to all aspects of flood management, drainage and water engineering. With over 15 years experience within the industry, CPLC Water offers a reliable and professional consultancy, design and installation service for flooding, drainage and water engineering sector. Our services incorporate: • Flood Risk Assessments • Surface and Foul Water Drainage Strategy, Layout, and Design; • Design and installation of SUDS (sustainable drainage systems) and drainage systems • Design and installation of property flood protection • Design and installation of flood alleviation schemes; • Groundwater flood protection • Land drainage • Flood Protection and Risk Assessments If you are considering flood protection solutions for your property, CPLC provide independent, expert advice for the design and installation of flood protection measures, which includes permanent and demountable flood protection products and other equipment and measures prescribed in individual flood protection surveys.

CPLC provide individual flood protection surveys for commercial and residential properties. Our assessments include a full breakdown of mitigation measures required and we provide assistance to clients in designing and sourcing the most cost effective ways of protecting your development or business.

www.floodandwatermanagement.co.uk

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Home Designer and Architect - July 2015