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CONTENTS June 2015

04 News 08 Editors Choice 18 Kitchens, Bedrooms, Bathrooms 32 Outdoor 40 Doors, Windows & Fascades 48 Lifts, Stairs, Ballastrades 58 Lighting & Lighting Design 66 Insulation

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INDUSTRY news Daniele Ragazzo’s Liaison Table is supported by giant pin-shaped legs Milan-based designer Daniele Ragazzo has created a table with a circular glass tabletop supported by thin stainless-steel legs that resemble upturned ball-headed sewing pins. The legs of the Liaison Table are made of hand-polished stainless steel and are kept in place with ultraviolet curing glue – an adhesive that sets instantly when exposed to ultraviolet light. The coloured balls at the base of each support are made of powder-coated steel. Together, the legs look like an assortment of pins used to hold fabric in place before sewing. The pins are angled slightly in different directions to create a solid structure for supporting a 15-millimetre pane of glass.

“The idea came from my desk,” Ragazzo told Dezeen. “I used to have a rubber with some coloured pins stuck into it. I used to play with it and one day I realised that it could stand perfectly and looked like a small table.” “It was something I had in front of my eyes every day when I lived in Turin,” he added. “Then I moved to Milan, and one day that image came into my mind from nowhere.” Designed for everyday use, the table comes with a larger rectangular top or a smaller circular surface that requires less pins. “I imagine it in large living spaces and it is structured to enable people to be seated around it comfortably,” said Ragazzo. “However, it is not a table you can move frequently because of its weight and its balancing logic.”

Nine limited-edition Liaison Tables are available to purchase from the Spazio Rossana Orlandi gallery in Milan and the designs can also be made to order in any size or shape.

A home with big views and lots of privacy

Jonathan Ellis-Miller the architect behind one of the 100 key buildings of the century with his 1993 ‘case study’ house, is about to embark on yet another larger self-build in Cambridgeshire, UK This new design is influenced by the Californian minimalism of the late post-war architect, John Winter, who Ellis-Miller worked for 25 years ago, before starting his own practice. The house will be a home for Ellis-Miller himself and his family. It will be mostly prefabricated off-site with lean, lightweight materials and lowenergy technology. It is set on a gentle upland landscape on the edge of a Cambridgeshire village. The rectangular steel-framed singlestorey house will ‘hover’ 300mm above ground level, cantilevered three metres from an inset grid of 14 columns set on pad foundations. The cladding will be both transparent and opaque insulated glass, making the structure appear as a floating cube in the woodland landscape. The floor and roof frames continue into an open bay to


the west, sheltered by retractable awnings. The roof also projects eastwards to provide a care shelter. The house will develop the areas of the two original 1990s houses, but brought bang up to date with contemporary materials and lifestyle demands. The Prospect House will also make use of advances in eco-technologies, with air source heat pumps, PVA cells and passive solar design techniques. Inside there will be open plan high-ceilinged living and dining spaces at the heart of the house, with bedroom spaces on the southern and western side and cellular spaces including a utility room, study and guest bedroom on the north side. Outside the landscape design complements the natural surroundings and continues a Modernist tradition of contextualising the clean lines of architecture within a softer planting scheme. The design facilitates the long-distance views across the fields by keeping the planting scheme expansive, while also creating privacy for the house.

INDUSTRY news Sustainable homes that reflect their surroundings

Carl Hansen & Søn opens showroom in London’s Clerkenwell Danish brand Carl Hansen & Son has opened a space in London’s Clerkenwell to showcase furniture by mid-century designers Hans J Wegner, Kaare Klint and Poul Kjaerholm.

Bates Smart have designed a unique multi-residential project for Defence Housing Australia (DHA), which reflects its unique relationship with its bush land context The DHA complex is exemplary of how to build functional, energy efficient, beautiful and marketable homes. The architects have taken a new approach to designing multi-residential buildings which reflects its landscape and has sustainability at its heart. Designed in a ‘treehouse’ style, the dual-aspect, single-level apartments are suspended over sandstone cuttings and appear to float amongst the tree tops. Their contemporary, sophisticated look and feel, along with their functionality and comfort, unusual for a multi-residential building, make them appealing to a very wide market. These apartments are also one of the first residential developments in NSW to undertake formal EnviroDevelopment accreditation, achieving the highest 6 leaves rating.

Carl Hansen & Son joins a number of international furniture companies with showrooms located in Clerkenwell, and opened its space on Bowling Green Lane to coincide with the area’s annual design festival this week. “The UK is one of our strongest markets, with customers demanding great quality and craftsmanship in their furniture,” said CEO Knud Erik Hansen. “Also, with some of the world’s best architects and interior designers working out of London, we felt it was time to bring the whole universe of Carl Hansen & Son, as well as Rud Rasmussen, to this design-led city.” The three-storey showroom is located in a historic building once owned by James Johnstone, the proprietor of the Morning Herald and Evening Standard newspapers. The rooms feature large windows on both sides, set within exposed brick walls. Blackpainted columns run through the centre of the long, narrow spaces, with lighting mounted along linear frames on either side. In the ground-floor gallery space, furniture is arranged as small room sets across the pale wood floor. Related story: Carl Hansen & Søn updates Hans J Wegner’s reversible tray table with smoked oak surfaces

Pieces by Danish Modernist designer Hans J Wegner, including his iconic Wishbone chair, are displayed alongside Ole Wanscher’s Colonial Chair and Frits Henningsen’s Heritage Chair on the first level. Designs licensed by Danish company Rud Rasmussen, which was acquired by Carl Hansen & Son in December 2011, are laid out on the second floor of the building – the first time the collection has been shown in the UK. As Denmark’s oldest cabinet-making workshop, the company produces the Faaborg Chair by Kaare Klint, the Mogens Koch Bookcase System, and Poul Kjaerholm’s Professor Desk – all of which are presented here. Danish Modernist design has been growing in popularity with consumers over the past few years. Companies including Carl Hansen and Republic of Fritz Hansen are now reproducing old products by Wegner and Arne Jacobsen, and an exhibition of Wegner’s furniture was presented at Copenhagen’s design museum last year.

Plan Bureau imagines a twin-peaked wooden house in the mountains A mountain setting prompted the design of this conceptual wooden residence, which features two cuboid volumes rotated at 45 degrees. Ukrainian architect Kostiantyn Kuvika, the studio principal at Plan Bureau, designed the house for a mountain setting, although he says it could be adapted for different environments. Despite its unusual shape, he insists it could feasibly be built.

According to the architect, the structure’s diagonal lines create blurred transitions between these spaces. Related story: Clio Capeille imagines architecture that can only be used at night

“We were aiming to create a distinctive and memorable architectural object, which would be economically efficient to construct, highly transportable and installable,” Kuvika told Dezeen. “Its functional and aesthetic characteristics should allow it to be built in different environments such as valleys, woods and mountains.” Named Valley House, the project is visualised on a remote rural site surrounded by mountains – hence the twin-peaked profile. Kuvika sees it as a holiday home for a family, with living spaces in its base and bedrooms in the boxy upper volumes.


INDUSTRY news Government wants zero carbon threshold at ten homes

Bijl Architecture reinterprets the traditional Dutch gable for a Sydney residence

Exempting housing projects of 10 units or fewer from the zero carbon standard when it is introduced in 2016 is confirmed as the Government’s preferred option, but a consultation published this week leaves the way open to alternative approaches. The Government announced its plan to exempt ‘small sites’ from the full scope of revised regulations in the summer, but until now had not clarified where the threshold would fall. It is estimated that a 10-unit cut-off would exempt around 20% of new homes from the zero carbon standard. However, the consultation, ‘Next steps to zero carbon homes: small sites exemption’ makes it clear that the Government remains open to alternative ways of reducing the cost burden on small developers. It is still asking whether a better approach might be to exempt small companies themselves, rather than small development sites. The advantage here would be that larger developers building out mainly small sites would be captured by higher standards. The Government took the industry by surprise with its proposal to exempt small sites, prompting charges that it was further watering down the zero carbon standard, which is already set to allow a proportion of carbon emissions to be offset against energy savings made offsite through ‘Allowable Solutions’. The front-running proposal now is that small sites, or small developers, would have to meet revised Part L regulations in 2016 (a 20% improvement, equivalent to Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes), but would not have to pay for offsite Allowable Solutions. This would have the benefit of requiring all housing developments, large or small, to be built to the same minimum energy standards. This week’s consultation also floats a further relaxation for discussion. This would see small sites (or developers) exempted both from a further strengthening of Part L and any payment for Allowable Solutions – a two-tiered approach to Building Regulations that would amount to a status quo for those qualifying for exemption. The Government says it will review any exemption after five years, by which time the cost of meeting the zero carbon standard would be expected to fall. The consultation runs until 7 January 2015. The RIBA will be responding to the consultation. if members have any queries, please contact Emilia Plotka at emilia.


Sections of brick, zinc, timber and concrete highlight the intentionally irregular form of this Sydney residence – a result of myriad planning restrictions (+ slideshow). Naremburn House was designed by local studio Bijl Architecture for a plot in a Sydney neighbourhood hemmed in by existing properties. A number of planning restrictions dictated the scale of the new building, creating an irregular form that is made up of volumes that vary in proportion. The result represents a mixture of references to traditional styles. “[The house] interrogates traditional typologies, providing a site-specific response with an emphasis on thoughtful spatial planning and a robust materiality,” said the architects. The asymmetric roof was designed as a reinterpretation of a traditional Dutch gable – also known as a gablet roof – which typically is a hipped roof with a small gable at the top. It also features one eave that is lower that the other, referencing a type of roof known as a catslide. “A formal re-interpretation of traditional roof forms, such as the Dutch gable and catslide roof, allows a compact streetscape frontage that matches the scale of surrounding properties, while volumetric opportunities offered by the roof form are exploited to provide a useful and capacious floor plan,” said the design team. “The Naremburn House manipulates the site topography through shifting volumes and geometries, playing with light, materials and form to create a house underpinned by

an intentional irregularity,” they added. The catslide roof features on one section of the upper storey, which cantilevers over the lower storey at the rear and side of the house. It is clad in lengths of red-brown timber and supported by a set of wooden legs at the back of the house, creating a covered terrace between the living room and swimming pool. Internally, polished concrete floors are paired with white walls and timber-framed windows. “Key to the design and realisation of the Naremburn House was the clients’ desire to reside in the dwelling for the long term,” added the architects, describing their choice of hardwearing materials throughout. A double-height wall that follows the ascent of the central stairwell is covered in carved white Corian. Based on parametric drawings, the ridged patterns were CNC machined into the surface of the composite material. Four bedrooms were arranged around the stairwell on the upper floor, which is topped by two angled skylights. Glass balustrades allow light to pass into both the bedrooms and to the open-plan kitchen and living room below. A combination of spot and strip lighting is set into the ceiling and wall of the living room. Sliding glass doors open from this space onto the poolside terrace, and castconcrete steps lead up from the slightly sunken terrace into the back garden.

INDUSTRY news Make Architects unveils new subterranean studio in London May 2015 saw Make Architects open the doors to its new, London studio, a 1,300m2 renovated NCP car park located on the basement floor of Middlesex House, Cleveland Street in Fitzrovia. Pre-let by Derwent London Plc under a 15 year lease, the subterranean space showcases an innovative, bespoke, and sustainable design, reflective of Make’s ambition to design the best buildings, places and spaces in the world. The entrance to the new premises is located to the left of Middlesex House, a five-storey Art Deco-style building erected in 1934 and in use as a garment-making factory prior to its purchase by Derwent in the 1980s. Upon arrival, staff and visitors are directed down to the below-ground studio via a series of stepped platforms - fashioned from the existing vehicle ramp. The grand entrance provides ample break out space for meetings and presentations and will be used as a gallery space showcasing internal and external creative talent. A lightweight, translucent ETFE canopy spans the ramp from street level down to the studio, creating a light, bright and welcoming enclosed space. Illumination and natural light was key to the design of this basement space. In addition to the translucent canopy in the entrance way, generous floor to ceiling heights of 3.7m allowed for full length windows and sliding doors to the east and south walls, with the doors leading into the south-facing garden. There is a central lightwell comprising 8 x 5.5m glass blocks that draws in light from the courtyard space above. And further windows to the sides and the rear also allow natural light to filter down, with lightwells at the front, and restored 1930s Crittal windows along the ramp edge, further increasing daylight penetration. The main office adopts an open-plan layout, in keeping with Make’s nonhierarchical company structure, with four generously-sized meeting rooms and ample break out space throughout, including the garden which provides an informal meeting space during the summer months. The arrangement of circular desks around the existing, exposed car park concrete pillars has created a unique design feature

providing additional desk area and a more collaborative environment. The design of the main studio has maintained the utilitarian, industrial look and feel of the car park – with exposed services, pipework and timeworn columns – while creating a highspec studio space which caters for all 171 employees. The studio is inherently sustainable as a result of its unique design and its retained original features from the existing car park such as the exposed concrete. The installation of an underfloor heating/cooling system regulates the temperature of the studio, and the space operates with 100% LED lights.

Construction small businesses encouraged to attend asbestos awareness safety event Free workshops are being run across Lancashire to help small businesses better prevent the risk of exposure to asbestos. Construction companies and small businesses are invited to attend one of six free half day events so they are aware of how they can avoid work that may disturb asbestos. This will include everyday activities, the risks of disturbing the fabric of the building and items that may contain asbestos. The course is UKATA accredited and provides a comprehensive introduction to the dangers of working with asbestos, helping employers to comply with the law by ensuring that their workers are appropriately trained in order to work safely. It covers: The properties of asbestos and how it can be damaging to your health, possibly giving you an increased risk of lung cancer if you are a smoker; The categories of asbestos, and how it is used in buildings and plants; How to deal with asbestos in an emergency; Avoiding risk from asbestos.

Dorothy Shaw, HSE Principal Inspector, said: “A very wide range of workers could potentially come into contact with Asbestos – ranging from traditional construction trades to the installation of telecommunications and computer equipment or shop fitting. “These free events will provide essential information and advice that could help save lives, so I urge local businesses to attend.” The events, organised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and construction industry’s Working Well Together campaign, are being held at One Stop Hire, Blackburn, 4 June – 9am12.30pm and 1-4.30pm; Skills Construction Centre, Preston, 8 June – 9am-12.30pm and 1-4.30pm; 506 Four Oaks Road, Preston, 11 June – 9am12.30pm and 1-4.30pm. Places are still available but must be booked in advance. For more information and to book your free place please contact Bernadette Barrett on 0151 951 4871;


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etail offers a unique environment. It has a high-density footfall that is concentrated through a series of bottlenecks against a background of constant time pressure and sidetracks, creating a potentially stressful experience to most people. The challenge for retail shops is to enable shoppers to find their way through various departments, via clearly marked aisles, all the way to the checkout register. Combined with this functional challenge is a growing demand for cohesive wayfinding system that can accommodate commercial content in addition to the practical service it bestows. A good way-finding signage inspires trust in shoppers, making them feel at ease and in control of their situation and confidant that they will make it to their required ‘destination’ without trouble. The messages conveyed through that same way-finding system, could also gently ‘guide’ shoppers to a desired idea / product or service offered by the shop.


By: Pnina Kedar Feldman

The rules of retail signage are simple: signs need to be conspicuous, contrasting to their surrounding environment and must help users complete their task. They should be consistent in style and message, clear and easily recognised, especially where they are representative of a brand. Both retail shops and brand promoters have a strong need for durable and flexible signs and displays, this is where Vista Light way-finding signage system comes in, filling the gap between functionality and design.

How to choose the best system? Choose an experienced vendor that can assist you in planning and designing at no additional charge. One that can provide you with highly discounted, if not free, samples to present to the end-user. Find a simple solution, based on high quality materials, that has incorporated a green-policy (a growing prerequisite these days). Finally, pay special attention to the level of service you are receiving in the early stages. It is important to work with a vendor you can count on to deliver the system on time and as per specs. Pnina Kedar Feldman is International Sales and Business Development Manager for Vista System International, For more information, ideas and inspiration visit

With the rising refinement in the Self-Build and Refurbishment arena, the Brookhurst range of roof tiles by Sahtas offer unparalleled level of craftsmanship, quality and individuality. In today’s ‘One size fits all’ marketplace, our commitment to being independent enables us to offer a genuine and authentic handmade product at affordable prices. Our success is based on shunning mass production and remaining faithful to the time honoured methods of making a truly distinctive tile. We still use the traditional Hoffman kilns, in place of the contemporary gas ovens favoured by other manufacturers, which contribute towards producing the mature seasoned appearance of our tiles. This is merely one reason why our competitors can only aspire to replicate our tiles. The Brookhurst tile is available in a wide range of colourways – each tile having it’s own individual shade, with a variation in size and camber. This uniqueness is synonymous with handmade products and secures its continued position as a preferred choice, not only with Self-builders and Developers, but Local Authority Building Control, Conservation & Heritage bodies too. It’s this exceptional standard of traditional craftsmanship, which will unquestionably differentiate your home as a premium product, ensuring it’s admiration from onlookers and visitors alike. We are so confident of their performance and satisfied you will be happy with them for many years, our tiles actually carry a ‘no quibble’ 30 year guarantee. Should you decide the only products for you are Brookhurst, we can supply in quantities to suit from a small house, right up to a large mansion and everything in between. Why not visit our website for a more comprehensive and detailed overview: Sahtas UK Ltd, Galleon Wharf, Old Wolverton Road, Wolverton, Milton Keynes, MK12 5NL 01908 311411 - 05603 446470


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Vision has announced the addition of two major features – the “RIAI London Forum” exhibition and the 2015 “European Copper In Architecture Awards” – to the programme for its Vision London exhibition to be held at Olympia on the 2 and 3 June (2015). Thanks to the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), visitors to this year’s Vision London exhibition will get the chance to see the very best of Irish design in architecture, construction and craft at the RIAI’s London Forum exhibition. Part of the London Festival of Architecture, the RIAI London Forum exhibition will be officially launched at the RIAI stand on Tuesday 2 June at 5pm and will showcase what Dinbych, multi-purpose community facility in Denbigh, Wales. the London Forum believes to the best examples of built and unbuilt projects that RIAI members are working on throughout the UK. As well as the exhibition of over 100 different organisations, Vision London will also consist of a two day seminar programme and Shortlisted entries for the 2015 European Copper in Architecture networking events. Created specifically for architects, specifiers, Awards 17 – the biennial celebration of contemporary architecture end users and construction sector suppliers, the annual event and a showcase for architects working with copper and its alloys – aims to bring these communities together to discuss, debate and will also be revealed at Vision London. showcase the latest innovations and developments. Created to celebrate the very best architectural design of buildings using copper or copper alloys in roofing, cladding and other architectural elements, the extension of these awards over the last two decades mirrors developments in the use of copper in building design.

The seminar streams cover the four themes of ‘Innovation in Architecture and Design’, ‘Future Materials & Systems’, ‘Building Health & Wellness’ and ‘Technology Talks’. There are also RIBA accredited CPD sessions, workshops, talks and debates, all free of charge.

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Polyflor launches Designatex for the home

Polyflor is proud to announce the launch of their latest range of beautifully designed and hard wearing flooring developed specifically for the home, the Designatex collection of textile backed luxury sheet vinyl flooring. The stylish yet practical Designatex vinyl flooring range includes 12 wood effect and 6 stone effect designs to enhance any room in the home. To complement both traditional and modern interiors, the wood collection features a variety of wood species and layouts including three classic parquet designs. These wood designs accurately replicate the warmth, grain detail and natural textures of real wood planks for an authentic finish. Recreating the tones, textures and natural rock formations of real stone tiles, the Designatex stone collection includes limestone, slate and paving effect designs in three layouts: slim tiles, random tile placement and varied tile widths. Each design has been developed to create an eye-catching abstract effect which would be costly to replicate using stone tiles. Available in 2, 3 and 4 metre widths to accommodate larger living spaces, UK manufactured Designatex has a 3.0mm gauge and 0.3mm wear layer with SureTread R10 slip resistance to help prevent slips in the home. The UltraComfort soft textile layer on the underside of Designatex provides warmth and comfort underfoot, whilst aiding in reducing noise transfer between rooms with a 17dB impact sound reduction. The innovative textile backing helps to mask any minor subfloor unevenness or surface texture whilst being lightweight and easy to handle. Designatex flooring can also be loose laid in most homes, eliminating the need for adhesive and allowing for quicker installations. Its textile backing allows it to be laid over damp subfloors where a Relative Humidity (Rh) of 90% is not exceeded. With a 15 year domestic guarantee, Designatex features Polyflor’s renowned CleanShield PUR polyurethane reinforcement which helps prevent stains and scuff marks allows for a simple polish-free cleaning regime. Designatex is 100% recyclable and also achieves Indoor Air Comfort Gold certification for low VOC emissions, an internationally recognised indoor air quality standard. Polyflor’s Marketing Manager Tom Rollo comments, “With Designatex we wanted to offer a high quality floorcovering that delivered in terms of performance and featured a range of fresh and innovative designs to inspire our customers. Creating a statement floor in the home is simple thanks to this new collection of easy to install luxury vinyl sheet flooring.” Now in stock, the Designatex range is showcased within Polyflor’s 56 page brochure, a comprehensive sample presenter and shadecards. Free Designatex product samples are available to order from the Polyflor website or via the 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.

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Extraordinary architectural project in Qatar features Neolith by TheSize Neolith by TheSize, a brand of all-natural, premium sintered compact surfaces, has been used to clad the new Salata Building in the heart of Doha, Qatar. Designed by Elias Bou Raffoul from E-Square Architects, this spectacular construction stands out for its striking geometrical aesthetics. Elias Bou Raffoul, architect, explains: “The irregular lines embody the contrast and the relationship between a full and empty space, between an inner and outer space, and the negative and positive, creating the different structures of the building.” Neolith by TheSize was specified for its lightweight and large slab formats that provide a high performance solution and reduce installation time. Neolith’s ventilated façade system can contribute to a building’s thermal efficiency in terms of energy consumption, with savings reaching up to 40%. Furthermore, the cladding offers insulation since it is resistant to UV exposure and temperature changes, factors that are crucial especially in a region where the climate can reach 50ºC. Elias Bou Raffoul used Neolith Avorio and Nero from the Colorfeel Collection, as well as Rojo Qatar, a colour developed exclusively for the project, to create a unique building that is durable, versatile and sustainable.


INDUSTRY news Build UK To Provide Stronger Industry Voice The new representative organisation for the contracting supply chain, which will be formed as a result of the merger between NSCC and the UK Contractors Group (UKCG), will be called Build UK. Earlier this month, it was confirmed that there is overwhelming support from members of both NSCC and UKCG to join up the contracting supply chain and they will formally vote to effect the merger in June 2015. Government has consistently called for a more unified voice from the industry and over the last year NSCC and UKCG have found that they share a common position on a wide range of issues, including health and safety performance, skills shortages and the image of the industry. They have also worked together on the Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter and the industry-recognised logo for card schemes. Build UK, which will bring together UKCG Contractor Members and Trade Associations currently in membership of either NSCC or UKCG, will be ideally placed to deliver changes in these key areas and so improve conditions for the supply chain as well as the construction industry and its clients. An Interim Strategy Board comprising members of both NSCC and UKCG has been established to oversee the merger and the new organisation will be operational from 1 September 2015. Build UK will be chaired by Kevin Louch (NSCC President) and James Wates (UKCG Chairman) and led by current NSCC Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol. Kevin Louch said: “I believe that by sitting around the same table we will be able to have honest conversations about how projects can be delivered more effectively and Build UK offers the definite prospect of addressing major industry issues such as pre-qualification, skills and of course payment.” James Wates said: “This is a huge step forward for the supply chain and, whilst there are some undeniable anxieties about how Build UK will function, all our discussions to date have been extremely positive.”

Fawcett House Arthur Dyson Architects

Restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1955 Fawcett house in Los Banos, California began in July 2012. The restoration architect studied the original plans, historic and family photographs, and conferred with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives, and members of the Taliesin Fellowship to insure vital colors, finishes and details. Lynn Fawcett Whiting, the owner’s daughter, Frank Lloyd Wright’s grandson, architect Eric Lloyd Wright and Frank Lloyd Wright’s interior designer for the home, Cornelia Brierley were also consulted throughout. Additionally, the restoration closely followed the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Guidelines and Standards for historic preservation. While preserving as much of the original structure as possible, the restoration involved structural stabilization, selective demolition of previous additions and alterations, updating of building systems (including mechanical, electrical and plumbing), and complete interior and exterior restoration – walls, floors, walks, doors, windows, hardware, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed furniture, and fireplaces.

The original design sketches by Frank Lloyd Wright showed several items such as a caldron in the Living Room fireplace and a forecourt for the entry and carport area. None of these were built by the original owners, but were completed as part of the restoration. Although in dire need of refurbishing, the mahogany paneling, doors and cabinets remained otherwise relatively unscathed. Original hardware was refinished and restored. After extensive research and countless color samples, the concrete block walls that had been painted pink were returned to their original color. A serious ridge failure at east end of Living Room was structurally corrected and the original ceiling finish was replicated in the repairs. Failing cement plaster soffits were removed and re-plastered using the original color and textures. Fractured and uplifted colored concrete walks were replaced and extensive grading and drainage was employed to correct flooding and water damage that the home had suffered from its beginning. Today this iconic structure proudly stands as a testament to the later work of this important American architect.

Architects underestimate “potentially sinister” smart-home technologies says Rem Koolhaas Architect Rem Koolhaas has spoken out against the way technology is infiltrating buildings, saying it is “totally astonishing” that people are willing to sacrifice their privacy for convenience and describing the rise of smart systems as “potentially sinister”. The OMA founder claimed that digital technologies represent the most radical shift in architectural practice for over a century – but that architects have become too distracted by the benefits and overlooked the dangers. “The way we architects look at the digital is simplistic, because we see the digital simply as a domain that enables us a greater position and that ultimately – in the form of 3D printing for instance – may offer us a

return to unfettered creativity,” he said. “But in the meantime, a lot of businesses are actually looking at architecture as potential carrier of new technologies.” The Dutch architect described the increasing popularity of domestic systems like the ones offered by Nest, which allow residents to control devices such as thermostats and smoke alarms using a smartphone, as “weird”. “There is a potentially sinister dimension to, before you know it, being surrounded by a house full of sensors that can follow you on the moment of entry, to the moment you set your bedroom temperature, to the moment you set your likely return to your house,” he said.


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BA Components launched their new Glidor range back in February and since then it has went from strength to strength. The demand for Glidor is growing steadily every day as dealers find the attraction in the modern designs and the latest technology. BA Components launched their new Glidor range back in February and since then it has went from strength to strength. The demand for Glidor is growing steadily every day as dealers find the attraction in the modern designs and the latest technology. With BA celebrating 25 years in business this year, they have decided to give their dealers an amazing 50% off Glidor prices. This is to reflect prices in 1990 when they first started in business. The Glidor range brings you the latest in sliding door design and technology with three ranges; Glidor Urban, Ultra and Unique and over 60 colours to choose from. There are no catches with this promotion, simply place your order on BA Components exclusive online ordering system, BA Live and see the 50% discount come off your balance. Sales and Marketing Director David Caulfield tells us a bit more about the 1990 prices “We felt it would be a great idea to link the fact that this year is not only the year we launch Glidor, but the year we celebrate 25 years in business. We researched the pricing of our bedroom doors back in 1990 when we started business and discovered they were on average half the price similar doors are today, hence our half price offer to launch Glidor in style.” •18•

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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.”


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!

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Did you know the kitchen and bathroom are the rooms where we most often listen to the radio!

WOW! HEAR THIS!! Music in every room ltd are specialists in providing audio solutions for the kitchen & bathroom. They are the UK distributor for the popular KB Sound range of radios that are completely hidden in the ceiling and controlled by a remote. The KB iSelect offers FM and crystal clear DAB radio channels with up to 80 pre-sets. You can add a Bluetooth and stream your music from any Bluetooth enabled phone or pad. bathroom there are small downlight speakers in either white, nickel or chrome.

KBiSelect----the “almost invisible” audio partner for your kitchen or bathroom!

Recently launched is the “TENOR BATHROOM MIRROR” It has FM and crystal clear DAB radio with pre-sets. BLUETOOTH is built in allowing full streaming of your favourite music from your phone or pad. Two built in speakers provide a crisp, bass heavy and balanced sound.

Motion activated LED lights provide a brilliant clear display, ideal for In the kitchen the larger 5 and 6” shaving or cosmetics and its heated speakers provide power and bass to prevent misting. The LCD displays for the larger room. mode—(FM, DAB, Bluetooth), radio station text, date and clock. From a KB Space also provides a great solution for the new designs of open fully waterproof remote you can set FM & DAB presets and 6 equalizer plan Kichen/Diner •22•

tone settings. It also has an auxiliary in, allowing you to link and play from your home audio system or maybe improve the sound quality from your bathroom TV. The mirror is easily installed and can be wall mounted or fully recessed. This is not an audio mirror let down by tin-can audio! The powerful amplifier and quality speakers provide a rich stereo sound. This mirror rocks!! For more information please contact: Music in every room ltd 01943 870 395

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Return To Rise Hall This Time The Kitchens Get It!


ranite Transformations has returned once again to Rise Hall, the magnificent 19th century manor house restored by TV’s Sarah Beeny and artist husband Graham Swift, and this time the kitchen makeover specialist has actually helped transform two kitchens, the Butler’s Pantry and an ensuite installation in the hall managers’ live-in quarters. Previously, the home improvements company has focused its skill on beautiful, bespoke bathrooms, styled by Sarah and Graham, the success of which prompted Granite Transformations to diversify into bathroom remodelling, alongside its core kitchen business.


“We found working alongside Sarah and Graham most inspiring, since they explored fresh applications for our surface finishes,” says Chief Operating Officer, Danny Hanlon. “Even on this phase, they’ve managed to challenge us with an ensuite kitchen and elegant upgrade of a classic butler’s pantry.” Rise Hall was the star of two Channel 4 documentaries, chronicling the restoration of this 97-room mansion in East Yorkshire, which is now rated as one of the North East’s finest wedding and conference venues. Sarah and Graham’s passion for Britain’s heritage and their attention to design detail are evident throughout, as is their use of functional and sympathetic new materials like Granite Transformations’ quartz, granite and recycled glass surfaces. This time it refaced the countertops in the Butler’s Pantry, which is used by long-term guests and features a self-catering private kitchen facility for wedding parties. The original stone floor was retained in this high traffic area and a tough, luxurious Sachi granite finish was overlaid onto worktops, extended upwards as grease-resistant

splashbacks and oven surrounds. Simple white shaker-style doors grace the cabinets, transforming the space into a relaxing yet purposeful breakout area for guests. Custodian and curator Helen Davies and her partner, Estate Manager Craig, live on-site and manage the day-to-day activities of the house, wedding venue and grounds. Sarah has transformed what was formerly her sister Caroline’s kitchen into elegant living quarters for the pair and their dog Percy. A sizeable corner of the room has been converted into plumbed-in kitchen space, complete with sink, fridge, microwave oven, base and wall units. The Black Diamond recycled glass work surfaces and full-height splashbacks, installed by Granite Transformations, tone with the marble-effect fireplace and create a corner of restrained style. White cabinets team with the room’s main walls and doors to minimise the visual impact, whilst looking smart and clean. For further enquiries and details of nearest showroom, contact 0800 044 5393 or visit

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ANOTHER UK SUCCES STORY! Our athletes have been superb in recent years. We have the top golfer in the world. British actors come away with accolades galore. And the cache of products manufactured in the United Kingdom cannot be underestimated. The words Made in the UK or British Made stand for quality, reliability, value for money and style. So demistaTM heated mirror pads have proven to be the first choice for both the contract and domestic market. Steamed up mirrors are annoying. You step out of the bath or shower and prepare to shave or do your make up….trying to peer through a fog. Wiping leaves streaks. So is there any alternative? The easy and permanent solution is to install demistaTM heated mirror pads. A problem solved simply and inexpensively. The pads come in a variety of sizes, and can be used in multiples if very large areas need to be covered.

demistaTM heated mirror pads can also be made to order in special sizes. Fitting is easy. Just fix the self-adhesive pad to the back of the mirror and connect to the lighting circuit so that the mirror is warmed when the lights are switched on. The pads are manufactured in the United Kingdom and have proven quality after 23 years in the market world wide. demistaTM is the innovator of steam free mirrors was ideal to keep their homes warm in the cold, wet and the first heated mirror pads climate of Brittannia. sold in the UK. Underfloor heating has been with us for 2,000 years, brought to us by the conquering Romans who found that the system they used to heat their famous bath houses,

The advantages of electric underfloor heating are obvious - no need for unsightly radiators, completely silent, improved efficiency and ease of operation, to name a few. The trend today is for solid floors, whether they are wood, laminate, stone, marble or tile. These, though appealing, can result in uncomfortably cold feet, especially in areas such as the bathroom, shower room and conservatory. CosyfloorTM, ECOFLOOR and ECOMAT, offer a choice of electric underfloor heating systems designed to suit your particular requirements. All three systems are easy to install, are silent, unobtrusive and economical to run. Both CosyfloorTM and ECOFLOOR are earth screened so they can be safely used in areas such as bathrooms, wet rooms, laundry rooms and kitchens where water spillage is expected. ECOMAT is ideal for laminate and wood floor surfaces in areas such as hallways, living and bedrooms, and conservatories. If the rooms have irregular shaped areas, this is not a problem as ECOFLOOR cable kits are designed to fit over the floor space to be heated and can easily be configured around immovable objects to achieve optimum coverage and results. And you can set your own temperature levels with all three systems via a programmable, or simple on/off thermostat. So do as the Romans did, choose underfloor heating and transform those cold surfaces into inviting and warm floors.


Dear Industry Colleagues

Dear Industry Colleagues

May we please introduce you to ArchitEx 2015, the Annual free-to-attend 2 day Exhibition, May we please introduce you to ArchitEx the Annual free-to-attend 2 day Exhibition, Conference Conference & Networking Reception for2015, the UK Architecture & Building Design Industry. & Networking Reception for the UK Architecture & Building Design Industry. Whether you wish to exhibit with us to sell your products and services or establish new business contacts relationships, visityour to products meet potential suppliers or partners, or attend the Whether you wishand to exhibit with us to sell and services or establish new business conference and debate the potential hot topics in UKorArchitecture & Building Design, ArchitEx contacts to anddiscuss relationships, visit to meet suppliers partners, or attend the conference 2015tooffers in the &industry. discusssomething and debate for the everyone hot topics ininvolved UK Architecture Building Design, ArchitEx 2015 offers something for everyone involved in the industry. 1. The Exhibition 1. The Exhibition For exhibitors, ArchitEx willprovide provide significant and business development For exhibitors, ArchitEx 2015 2015 will significant salessales and business development opportunities opportunities whilst also offering an outstanding networking platform. An anticipated 1,500 whilst also offering an outstanding networking platform. An anticipated 1,500 Architecture & Building Architecture & Building Design Industry professionals from around the UK will converge Design Industry professionals from around the UK will converge on Liverpool, and as such representson a Liverpool, and as such represents a rare opportunity not to be missed. rare opportunity not to be missed. Exhibitors and delegates from all the following sectors will include … Exhibitors and delegates from all the following sectors will include ...  • •  •  • • •

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fullday 2 day conference programme, with 24 24 speakers, will become the leading for the UK for the The The full 2 conference programme, with speakers, will become theforum leading forum Architecture &&Building Design Industry. It will bring delegates together withtogether policy experts, real-lifeexperts, case UK Architecture Building Design Industry. It will bring delegates with policy studies and industry leaders, and will address the latest issues in policy and public affairs, consultation real-life case studies and industry leaders, and will address the latest issues in policy and andaffairs, legislation, campaigns and and issues whilst atcampaigns the same time, highlighting the keyatsuccesses made in public consultation legislation, and issues whilst the same time, design, planning, building and housing. highlighting the key successes made in design, planning, building and housing. Availability thisuniquely uniquely free-to-attend conference is limited so earlyso delegate registrationregistration is highly Availability at at this free-to-attend conference is limited early delegate is recommended. To receive further information about how you can take part, or to tell us what you would highly recommended. To receive further information about how you can take part, or to tell us to would see on the contact us. please contact us. whatlike you likeprogramme, to see on please the programme,

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StrongFix by TheSize, an exclusive hidden installation system for ventilated façades The first hidden installation system for slim 6mm panels


heSize introduces StrongFix, its proprietary hidden installation system for ventilated facades exclusive to TheSize. StrongFix is the only one of its kind on today’s market for slim 6mm panels. This new fixing system provides architects with an invisible mechanical solution that helps creating sleek looking, sturdy and secure facades. With StrongFix, TheSize is now able to offer a tailored and customised installation system support to specifiers; starting from the initial choice of Neolith panels, and designing the support system, to cutting and assembling services, and providing architectural recommendations. “Listening to customers’ requirements and surveying the industry, we invested into development of a comprehensive fixing system for an easy and invisible installation of slim panel,” said Alvaro Palencia, Neolith’s Architectural Project Manager, TheSize. “StrongFix not only fills the gap in the marketplace for such installation system, but the direct support provided by our architectural department means that the projects’ lead times and budgets are optimised.” StrongFix is a cost-effective fixing solution that enables an easy and swift installing process. As the Neolith panels are hanged to the supporting structure like pictures on a


wall, all fixations are hidden behind the slabs, creating a smooth and aesthetically façade. The durability of Neolith panels ensures the pieces will not crack or splinter during maintenance or due to general wear. Furthermore, it allows for an easy removal and access to electrical systems, as well as panel replacement without difficulty. Used together with StrongFix, Neolith, TheSize’s brand of sintered compact surfaces, ensures durability and a longlasting resilience to UV, high temperatures and bad weather conditions. Neolith slabs also enable permeability, thermal and acoustic insulation, solar protection, and water impermeability as part of an energy-efficient ventilated façade system. Furthermore, Neolith panels have a nearzero porosity, making them resistant to stains and graffiti. Beyond durability, Neolith by TheSize has expanded its range to a total of 45 colours across its 6 collections and also added new sizes and thicknesses, providing specifiers with further design possibilities. To find out more about ventilated façades and TheSize’s fixing systems, have a look at this installation video here.

INDUSTRY news Heptagon House Steven Christensen Architecture

B.E. Architecture completes a trio of red brick houses for the same family These three brick buildings, featuring deep-set windows and internal courtyards, have been arranged by B.E. Architecture around a cobbled lane in the Australian town of Windsor. Named the McIlwrick Street Residences, the trio of houses was designed by Melbourne-based B.E. Architecture to form a home for several generations of the same family. They interconnect via a series of enclosed patios.

Intended as a rental property to generate supplementary income for the client, this tiny Heceta Beach house on the Oregon coast, designed by Santa Monica, Calif.– based Steven Christensen Architecture, is to be built on an old foundation so as to take advantage of a loophole in local zoning code restrictions: The owners were allowed to rebuild as long as they used the original 195-square-foot foundation. The resulting design is a faceted mini-tower that expands as it rises to increase floor space; it is clad entirely in standing-seam white metal roofing interrupted only by large, blackframed windows that allow ocean views out and daylight into the compact interior. The three-level house has one bedroom and bathroom on the lower level, living areas above that, and another bedroom and bathroom on the top floor, all tucked into a total of 800 square feet. The minimal interior is clad entirely in plywood with simple built-ins and off-the-shelf fixtures adding to the practical ethos of beach house living while streamlining the project’s budget.

Red brickwork and black steel detailing were intended to match the materials used in existing neighbourhood properties. These are paired with contemporary details, including steel-framed windows set within deep brick-lined recesses and flat rooftops. “Like an old European village, the development is a small cluster of buildings you can see through and walk between, such that the significant addition feels as though it could have always been there,” said the architects.

structure has been on the site for years. Enclosed terraces between the three houses provide private outdoor spaces and lightwells for each residence, and wooden gates open onto the communal alleyway. “While the residences are each a building in their own right, there is a closeness that reflect the multi-generational family that inhabits them,” added the architects.

“Built more like early Victorian Australian architecture, it is a quiet integration made from solid materials and time-honoured craftsmanship not typically used in modern developments.”

“They intertwine and open onto the adjacent laneway used as an additional, shared outdoor terrace,” said the design team. “Only accessed by the residences, the laneway is a concealed space for the family to congregate as well as a safe area for kids to play.”

Climbing vines were planted around the bases of the blocks to soften the hard edges and to give the buildings “a sense of time” as they grow. The intention was to create the impression that the

Variation in interior finishes ranging from faux period detailing to grey-toned wood and stark white walls with pouredconcrete surfaces help to give each of the residences its own identity.

Nine Elms on London’s South Bank celebrates its architecture credentials with London Festival of Architecture 2015 Programme Nine Elms on the South Bank is hosting a series of events throughout June as part of London Festival of Architecture 2015 (LFA), which takes place from 1-30 June. As one of the largest regeneration projects underway in Europe, the area perfectly encapsulates this year’s Festival theme of ‘work in progress’. With over 30 schemes either in planning or under construction, Nine Elms’ regeneration will deliver a striking, modern addition to London’s South Bank. New homes, tube stations, public parks, town centres, offices, hotels (and potentially a new pedestrian and cycle bridge) are all certain to play a part in the creation of central London’s newest district. Some of the world’s leading architects and designers, including Rafael Viñoly, Frank

Gehry, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Sir Terry Farrell, Allies and Morrison, Kieran Timberlake, Kohn Pedersen Fox and Fosters + Partners, are reshaping the entire district on a scale seldom seen in an established world city. Building on the success of Nine Elms’ 2014 LFA Programme, this year’s programme will look to reflect the area’s heritage and industrial past which influence the area’s vision and future, incorporating existing architectural icons such as Battersea Power Station and much loved gems like the Tea House Theatre and Brunswick House. The programme of events will showcase the rapid pace of transformation across

this former industrial area, which include: a horticultural spa experience, walking tours which will trace the area’s transformation; an evening reception and panel discussion at LASSCO’s Brunswick House will explore the challenges of creating a ‘sense of place’; an exhibition on the Mezzanine of the UK’s largest flower market will showcase the 74 longlisted designs and technical drawings for the Nine Elms Pimlico bridge design competition and an architecturally-themed pub quiz on Battersea Barge in partnership with Londonist will test the minds of building boffins. Those wishing to attend the free guided walks or panel session must register by email to nineelmsonthesouthbank@



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.

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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.

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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.


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

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

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

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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.

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

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


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


Tel : + 44(0)1306 710120 F ax : + 44(0)1306 713769 E m ai l : s al es @t el guard. c o. uk

Telephone based entry systems using your existing phone. .

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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

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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, ‘Life Engineered’ •44•

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Special school boosted by Ergolet overhead hoist system

Danish mobility company Ergolet has installed its Luna overhead hoisting system, featuring the unique wall-mounted E-track, at Kingfisher Community Special School in Oldham to significantly improve pupils’ access to facilities throughout the building. The installation – the first of its kind at a UK special school - was part of a multi-million pound refurbishment programme at the school, designed to ensure that children with complex and severe mobility needs have the best access to specialist learning environments.

length of each room, a traverse track is fitted to the E-track to span the width of the room, and the Luna lifting unit is connected to the traverse rail. The flexibility of the system allows the Luna ‘pod’ to be transferred simply, easily and quickly from one room, or system, to another.

A total of 18 rooms at the school, including classrooms, toilets and a hydrotherapy pool and changing areas, were fitted with the system. The E-track and Luna system covers the full length and breadth of each room allowing the most severely disabled, who are usually reliant on floor hoists or fixed-track overhead systems, to reach all corners of the room.

A hand-held remote control device controls lifting and lowering, while carers at the school can assist with movement around the room.

An industry leading 5 year warranty is now standard with Luna, a testament to the quality and confidence of this award winning system. E-tracks are installed on opposite walls along the


The installation in the hydrotherapy pool suite is discreet and ideal for disabled access in public swimming pool complexes. The portability of the Luna “pod” and wall-mounted tracking means unsightly and space intensive mobility equipment does not have to be a permanent feature poolside. Fitted just below the ceiling, E track is discrete and the entire system blends into the room.

Ergolet’s David Lomas said his company won the contract based on the ease of installation, use and cost effectiveness of the system. He said: “We were contacted by the school at a late stage because the planned traditional installation of overhead hoists was proving to be more difficult and costly than anticipated.

“The original buildings date back to the 70s so to make the use of overhead hoists work together with the old building and the new build project, it would have been necessary to install additional cumbersome and costly steel beams. By using E-track, installation time can be reduced by 70%, giving a real cost saving”. Cath Croke, Moving and Handling Manager at the school said the installation had made a significant difference to both pupils and staff. She said: “It has certainly made the quality of life so much better for those pupils with more severe mobility issues. “Floor mounted mobile hoists aren’t suitable in soft play areas, for example, so this system literally means that all pupils, whatever their mobility issues, have the opportunity to access all the learning environments throughout the school.”


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Luna, the ceiling hoist that doesn’t need a ceiling! It’s the future.

“we lift the world” we lift the world We lift the world.

Ergolet The Courtyard Wellington Road North Stockport Cheshire SK4 1HT Tel: +44 0161 477 7900 e-mail:

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How to Make a Home Accessible - Without Compromising on Style

With all the blood, sweat and tears that your clients put into their self-build projects and home renovations, they are unlikely to ever want to move. A home lift is an easy and stylish solution for retaining access to the entire home when the dweller’s needs change. Your typical self-build client will invest their heart and soul in their project to realise their dream home, so accessibility should be a major consideration to ensure the lifetime value of the project. Design criteria such as Lifetime Homes are growing in importance, helping to ensure the accessibility and adaptability of homes. There are many considerations; from access into the house, the layout inside, the width of the hallways and doorways and of course, the stairs.

Finding the right home lift for your client’s needs Incorporating a home lift into the original plans will give your clients the means to future proof their dream home, allowing them to stay put well into retirement. With a plethora of home lifts available on the market, it’s important to consider which features are most important to your customer. If space is precious, a self-supporting through floor lift such as the Terry Lifestyle Lift may be the best option. Since this type of lift doesn’t require a shaft they offer a space-saving and unobtrusive option. In fact, the Lifestyle Lift does not even require fixing to a wall. Instead, the lift is fixed to the floor base, to the aperture ring and the ceiling on the first floor. This is not only aesthetically pleasing, it also alleviates the need to fix to a party wall which may back onto a next door neighbour. When choosing a home lift, fire safety should be of paramount importance. The ceiling and floor in the house will almost certainly have an in-built fire rating of approximately half an hour. However, this may not be the case with some very old properties. It is vital to select a lift that can provide the same fire integrity the house had before the aperture is cut – whether the lift is parked upstairs or downstairs. Some companies are not able to offer this, however the Lifestyle Lift has the required fire rating and has been tested and certificated by an independent Fire Research Centre.


Selecting the right home lift can be a daunting process with so many considerations involved. Terry Lifts can help you not just to choose the right solution for your client’s needs, but to also manage the entire project including all surveying, preparatory and installation works all the way through to after-sales support.

For more information on Terry Lifts’ full range of home lifts, call 0845 365 5366, e-mail or visit the website at

Terry Lifts are No.1 Terry Lifts are the only company

independently certificated to the British Standard 5900:2012 and the EU Machinery Directive for a lift travel above 3 metres covering ‘Through the floor fully enclosed Home Lifts’

3 A space-saving lift with a remarkably small footprint for a lift that can carry 2 people with a 250kg capacity

3 Practical & affordable alternative to moving house if the stairs become too much

3 Stylish & elegant with

customisable features and finishes to suit your needs

3 Can be fitted neatly into a corner or against the wall

3 No lift shaft required, so installation is easy with minimal building work

3 30-minute fire protection between

floors whether the lift is in the up or down position - an essential safety feature for a through floor lift

3 Manufactured in Knutsford, Cheshire, meaning short lead times and reliable national service and spares support

To find out more and request a brochure contact us:

0800 247 1811 email: web: tel:

Terry Group Ltd., Longridge Trading Estate, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8PR

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Have I got space Space requirements for a vertical lift


he space or footprint of a vertical lift in the building is decided through your requirements. These requirements broadly fit into two categories; whether the lift is going to be used by ambulant people or whether it requires the additional space to be used by wheelchair users. When considering wheelchair users, the usual floor space on the platform or cabin should be at least 1100mm x 1400mm (as required by part M of the Building Regulations). Smaller sizes can be utilized, especially in private dwellings if the size of the wheelchair is known. The lift manufacturer will then have a shaft size suitable for that floor size of the lift.


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for a lift? Platform size vs shaft size

What about the pit?

The size of the shaft will also depend upon the type of drive system used to power the lift up and down. For example, the MC2000 platform lift by Invalifts has a shaft size of 1250mm x 1560mm which is just a few centimetres larger than its 1100mm x 1400mm platform size. This compact shaft is possible, as a unique chain driven system is used enabling the largest platform size within the smallest shaft.

The other space requirement will be below the lift shaft, as most platform lifts will require a pit of between 55mm and 100mm. The MC2000 needs a 60mm pit, but if a pit cannot be formed then a ramp can be utilised at the lowest door.

If the lift is to be used as a home lift for ambulant individuals then the shaft can be made to very small dimensions. The type of drive system chosen again impacts on the footprint. The Inva Home Lift can be made with an incredibly small footprint size of 950mm x 1150mm. At these compact sizes, a platform lift can easily fit within a stairwell, or other area, taking up no more space than an armchair.

Can I fit an inclined lift in my property?

Don’t forget headroom heights So far we have looked at the footprint space required but we must also consider headroom heights. In particular the headroom height at the top landing will be a crucial measurement. Each lift manufacturer will have a minimum headroom requirement. This measurement is taken from the finished floor level at the top landing to the ceiling or first obstacle. The headroom requirement for a platform lift will usually be less than for a traditional style passenger lift. The MC2000 and Inva Home Lift platform lifts require just 2230mm of headroom whereas the M6000 passenger lift requires 3540mm. Some manufacturers can utilize a smaller door (1900mm high) to bring the headroom requirement down by 100mm.

If an inclined lift for a wheelchair was being considered to deal with a flight of stairs, then the two most critical dimensions would be the width of the stairs and the size of the landing zone (foot of the stairs). There are numerous sizes of platform available but again, the standard for wheelchair use is 1250mm long x 800mm deep for public access requirements. Sizes for private dwellings will vary but can be as small as 800mm x 800mm. When considering any inclined lift the lift manufacturer will provide details of overall measurements depending on the way that the lift is installed including whether it is being wall mounted or stanchion mounted.

For further information on our range of platform lifts please visit or contact us on 0845 468 2543.




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

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

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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

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The Brimstone Hotel, Ambleside, Cumbria Beneath the imposing skyline of the Langdale Pikes lies the Brimstone Hotel. The hotel’s new development of 16 extra rooms called for spacious, high end designer balconies, which Q-railing were invited to create across two floors. A single sheet of glass spans all 16 balconies – or so it appears… Glass fascias were the obvious choice for maximum light and visibility. However, traditional balustrades, often used to connect each glass sheet, would have interrupted the visual field. Easy Glass Slim® was specified to eliminate this problem. The number one concern is the safety provided by the balconies, not just the aesthetics. The technical team calculated that the hotel’s balconies needed to take a line load of 0.74kN. Easy Glass Slim® can achieve a maximum line load of 1kN, so it was a balanced fit. Q-railing specified a bottom mounted channel and 15mm of heatsoaked, toughened glass. Historically, toughened glass has been a concern for architects because on extremely rare occasions, spontaneous breakage can occur. To combat this all glass was heat-soak during manufacture. Therefore, any unfit glass is eliminated in the factories and never reaches the building site. Easy Glass Slim®’s water drainage channel will protect the strength of the balconies over time and because water won’t pool, guests

will be able to use their balconies all year round. The Brimstone’s contractors didn’t need to make fitting adjustments on-site. Easy Glass Slim® is manufactured so that all parts fit together neatly - installation of all 116 metres of balcony took just 2 weeks, with the glass taking only one day for each floor. The balconies didn’t need to be installed until the end of the project as Q-railing manufacture a dry-fit system. This helped to avoid potential damage to materials as they didn’t need to be installed until wet work was complete. Clean, neat lines brought an air of quality to the balconies. Thanks to precision engineering, the balconies matched the hotel’s attention to detail and chic interiors. Easy Glass Slim®’s components are intended to be almost unnoticeable, so creating elegant, sweeping sheets of glass. This attention to design is end-to end, right down to the last cap rail for continuity. About Q-railing Q-railing is known worldwide for its unique railing systems. The design ethos of the company is: safety, simplicity, quality and the ability to be quickly and easily installed. Whether you are designing a striking public space or an intimate private residence, the architectural details always have a significant impact on the end result. With Q-railing systems you can bring your vision to life.

Brimstone Hotel, Lake District Estate.

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.

The project required a baluster free system to allow for unrestricted views of the surrounding landscape. This was achieved by using over 100 metres of Q-railing Easy GlassŽ Slim, a frameless glazed system. For further information about Q-railing products or to order your brochure call: Pictured is part of the award winning Brimstone hotel, 01782 711 676 / 0800 781 4245 or email: located in the Lake District’s stunning Langdale Valley. Q-railing UK celebrates its tenth year. A decade of working with architects & designers, a decade of passionately 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:


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.


Make sure you are part of it this year and visit our website for more details. LANDSCAPE 2015 10am – 6pm – Tuesday 22nd September 2015 10am – 5pm – Wednesday 23rd September 2015 Free admission by registering at Courtesy shuttle bus from Sloane Square Tube Station. For more details on stand space contact Danielle Hernandez on or telephone +44(0)20 7821 8221


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:

lighting & lighting design

Valtavalo has introduced an LED tube with an average 125,000 hours service life backed by a warranty of up to 7 years. Or to put it another way, that’s six times longer than a normal fluorescent tube. “We have been selling Finnish LED tubes for more than three years. As a result of our ongoing R&D work, recent adjustments in our products enable us to offer improved products with even better longevity and warranty. The product’s lifetime and warranty which we vouch for are signs of exceptionally high quality, even by Finnish standards”, said CEO Markku Laatikainen from Valtavalo (pictured). “Key is the energy saving benefit” said Lighting Manager Greg Nourse, from UK distributor Oshino. “Consuming just 0.24kWh of power compared with a conventional fluorescent fitting’s 0.68kWh, saves a remarkable 55,000kWh over the life of the product. And with electricity typically costing 10p per 1kWh that’s a whopping £5,500 saving” added Greg Nourse. Valtavalo’s robotic manufacturing and testing process (pictured) is fully automated to eliminate quality variation. Each LED tube is subjected to an automated test of, among other things, its luminous intensity, colour temperature, colour rendition, spectrum, power factor, harmonic distortion and power consumption. In addition, the breakdown potential is tested in all products. The data on every item is entered into a database where they can be found based on a unique QR code or serial number laser etched on every G3+ LED •58•

tube. This traceability enables customers to register their purchases and extend Valtavalo’s standard warranty of 5 years to a total of 7 years. Valtavalo’s G3+ LED tube is also one of the first LED tubes on the market, which has been manufactured in accordance to the recent LED tube standard. The standard EN 62776, issued in December 2014, contains guidelines for ensuring the compatibility of different manufacturers’ LED tubes and harmonizing testing practices for market supervision.


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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The Altima Path Light shown here lighting the access roads and paths to a group of buildings in west London uses a very efficient 3 watt LED light source. It is die cast in aluminium and is suitable for exterior use.

Altima Offer New Bridgelux Decor LED Light Sources The Bridgelux Decor Series delivers outstanding light quality with very high quality colour rendering across the spectrum form deep red to ultra violet, enabling lighting designers to truly render a full palette of colors over a wide range of light levels to create stunning and sophisticated lighting effects for retail, hospitality, museums and architectural lighting applications.

Altima LED Cabinet Lighting We have new ranges of cabinet lighting available which can be recessed into the carcass or shelf in kitchen units or bookshelves, They are very compact and therefore can fit flush into the material depth available and the cabling is very fine so it can easily be accommodated invisibly to connect the power source.

Altima Dimmable LED Driver Our new dimmer/driver unit is for use with our LED products along with our Wafer Switch system to give full control over light output with soft starting from any of the Wafer push button switches and can be installed anywhere including the bathroom because it uses safe ultra low voltage switch control technology.

Designed And Made In England Altima is based in Park Royal, London. All our products are made there. They are designed by Stephen Hall of the IN.form design consultancy with David Clarke the managing director, both of whom have long experience in architectural lighting. The great majority of our components such as electronic controls, reflectors, housings, cast and machined parts are manufactured in England - in London, the Midlands and the North. Some lamps and LEDs from major suppliers come from outside the UK.

Altima work with clients to produce special solutions for particular lighting requirements. At WorkClub, a media creative agency, we worked with architect John Nordon of IDE-Architects to design and produce a suspended system which combined cable distribution and lighting. The trunking system was suspended above the open work area and carried all power and comms cables. Light fittings could be positioned at any point in the top of the section giving a general uplight over the whole area with tracks and spots fitted into the sides to give flexible accent lighting to areas below and on the walls. Special outlet columns dropped power and IT cables down to the desktop in areas where workstations were clustered and for presentation spaces.


The kitchen is a hub of activity in the modern household, but the food we eat can become a bit dull with the same old brands in every shop across the country. That’s why many people are discovering the joys of artisan food. Food that will literally tantalise your tastebuds with every bite. Why is there a growing trend in artisan food? • •

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It taste amazing, made by dedicated small batch producers who really know their stuff and have a passion for quality. Its unique and rare, meaning it totally different from anything you will have experienced in the shops. From wacky flavour combinations or classics done to perfection you will really notice the difference. It’s healthier, containing few (if any) chemical nasties. The food is created the traditional way, with love care & attention. Its fun; discovering new foods is fun, come on, when was the last time you tasted beetroot ketchup or vanilla sea salt? Give your senses something to play with and feel the zest of life.

But where to find the UK’s best artisan food? Food Discovery Box offers an exciting new way to discover the nation’s best artisan food, which you won’t find in supermarkets. They are a flexible subscription service that actually allow you to choose what goes in your box every month. Sarah Jolley cofounder say “food is so personal, we all love different flavours & textures, that why we found it impossible to have a one size fits all box”. They do throw in a wild card every month to make sure you taste something new. Food Discovery Box explore the food festivals, discover the newest trends and send you amazing foods by rare producers every month. Food so uniques it’s never to be available in supermarkets. You choose your favourite products from an extensive tried and tasted menu, and they’re posted to you at no extra cost. Every box contains recipes, serving suggestions and your artisan food guide: “meet the producer”. Food Discovery Box does all the work for you! Now you too can enjoy the artisan food, go on make that kitchen more exciting. Check out Food Discovery Box (

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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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Neolith Calacatta wins the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015 Neolith Calacatta by TheSize, manufacturer and designer of sintered compact surfaces, has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot award: Product Design 2015. The international jury of experts recognised the innovation and excellent design quality of this unique manmade décor that provides an exclusive and delicate design of luxurious white marbles from Carrara combined with the inherent high-tech properties of sintered compact surfaces.

“We are delighted and honoured to receive this esteemed award,” says Mar Esteve, Marketing Project Manager, TheSize. “When TheSize was founded in 2009, we had the objective of creating a new material category and provide architects and designers with a high-end compact surface with revolutionary physical and technical features. The Red Dot Award is the recognition of our research and development efforts and it will help position our product, as the leading brand in the Architecture & Design community, reinforcing our innovation and technology focus.” The Red Dot award: Product Design is one of the most renowned and distinguished competitions; with brands such as, Mazda, Logitech, Philips, Victorinox or Audi getting rewarded. This year, 4,928 innovative products were submitted to the 38-member jury of experts including, Malaysian-born star designer Datuk Prof. Jimmy Choo, German materials expert Dr. Sascha Peters, tangerine founder Martin Darbyshire from the UK, and German product design icon Professor Werner Aisslinger. The Red Dot Gala will take place at the Essen Opera House, Germany, on 29th June 2015 and, from 30th June to 26th July 2015, Neolith Calacatta by TheSize will be exhibited at the Red Dot Design Museum Essen.


INDUSTRY news Bartlett retakes title of best university to study architecture

The Bartlett has returned to the top of The Guardian’s annual league of UK architecture schools The UCL’s faculty of the built environment, which had topped the newspaper’s rankings for three years in a row until it was knocked from top position by Cambridge last year, has once again returned to the top of the charts. The London school was also rated second best place to study architecture in the world in a recent ranking by higher education data specialists QS. The top ten remains largely unchanged from 2015 and includes regulars the Welsh School of Architecture, Bath, and Sheffield School of Architecture, while last year’s chart topper Cambridge dropped down to fourth place. Huddersfield has crept up nine places making a debut in the top ten and other schools making a significant improvement on last year’s ranking include Coventry, Newcastle, Kingston, and Anglia Ruskin, which shot up the list by 21 places.

New product range helps builders capitalise on home improvement spending surge A leading roof window supplier has successfully launched a comprehensive new range of products, which opens up even more opportunities for builders to win new business.

LB Roof Windows recently added the Sunsquare flat roof range of aluminium skylights to its portfolio to answer an ever more diversified demand for specialist roof products. The Sunsquare range consist of a wide choice of skylights – available in either a fixed version, or hinged opening with both electrical and manual opening systems, roof top access and walk-on units. The company’s sales director, Adrian Cooper, says the new range is already proving popular due to being extremely versatile. The skylights can be specified for any type of application, offering an ideal solution to allow natural light in, while maintaining high energy efficiency performances. Adrian comments: “We offer one of the largest portfolios of specialist roof window products available from one supplier. The addition of the new Sunsquare range confirms our status as a one stop shop, and opens up new opportunities for our customers to explore. We’re constantly in tune with the market to predict future product demand and make sure our offer keeps builders well ahead of the curve when it comes to

roof window solutions and accessories.” With home improvement spending rising ahead of predictions, the company wanted to make sure it provides “above and beyond” in terms of product choice, and Adrian says sales of the modern and sleek Sunsquare range are already picking up speed. “The fact that these products have been so well received by our customers proves how complex current demand is,” commented Adrian. “With information so readily available, homeowners are becoming ever more discerning and knowledgeable, which is why offering a very large choice of products places our clients in an advantageous position. “Our team of roof window experts are also always on hand with technical advice to provide customers with all the necessary facts and input to help them make the best possible decisions for their projects, should they need it,” concluded Adrian. The company supplies one of the largest ranges of roof windows available for next day delivery anywhere in the UK. Their product portfolio includes the Aurora, Dakea and Velux roof windows, all of which are manufactured by the internationally renowned VKR Group, as well as Coxdome flat roof domes and a very wide range of accessories.

New Urban Settlers Flock To Manchester’s Private Rented Sector For several decades, English cities enjoyed a pattern of incoming young professionals renting property, moving up the career ladder and then buying a home of their own. However, a woeful lack of housing, mortgages that are increasingly hard to obtain and rising prices have caused the pattern to change. Now, these New Urban Settlers move to the city, rent a property, climb the career ladder… then rent steadily more luxurious properties. For many, buying is simply out of the question. “With money harder to borrow, larger deposits required, a lack of affordable housing and the impact of the economic downturn, one of the biggest changes we have seen is a strong growth in the number of people renting,” comments Richard Jenkings, senior consultant at Experian Marketing Services. Experian’s research has shown the rise of these New Urban Settlers, known as Nurbs. They are up-and-coming professionals who demand high end accommodation in good locations. In the

South, they flock to the Home Counties, while in the North they head to Manchester. Indeed, Manchester has enjoyed a 19% increase in population over the past ten years and Nurbs are leading the field. Manchester’s Nurbs are driving demand for luxury apartments in the city, explains Ray Withers, Chief Executive of leading property investment specialists Property Frontiers, “We’ve seen a dramatic increase in those classed as New Urban Settlers in Manchester in recent years. The career opportunities in places like Salford Quays are particularly attractive to them and the waterside living that the area boasts is a textbook example of the kind of accommodation that the Nurbs are looking for. Convenient location, high quality interior and excellent local amenities are all essential for the modern professional’s rented accommodation. Priced out of the market, they take the view that if they are going to have to rent, they may as well demand the best.”

The Custom Quay development in Salford Quays is certainly that. The 60 one and two bed apartments and duplexes benefit from a communal roof garden with superb views over the quays, private gated car park and landscaped courtyard. Properties are available from just £127,000 for a duplex, with yields of 8.4% and full management option available. As well as being a thriving area in its own right, packed with shops, restaurants and cultural attractions, Salford Quays is just 15 minutes by train from central Manchester, making it the ideal location for New Urban Settlers looking for high quality living within easy reach of the city centre. Salford Quays itself is booming, meaning that residents can enjoy the area’s prosperity and the career opportunities that such economic advancement generates. Meanwhile investors can sit back and enjoy the buy-to-let property ownership opportunities that the Nurbs are generating for them.








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 •67•


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


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.


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Home Designer and Architect - June 2015  
Home Designer and Architect - June 2015