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Twisted roof for Songjiang clubhouse Chinese firm Archi-Union Architects has completed a campus for an art school on the outskirts of Shanghai featuring a clubhouse building with a twisting roof.

Towards one edge of the campus next to the river is the clubhouse building, which features a form that responds directly to its context.

Songjiang Art Campus is located in the Shanghai suburb of Xingiao Town. It comprises facilities including offices, art studios and social art spaces, interspersed by existing roads, gardens and a river.

The building is separated into two parts that relate to its main points of entry, views and internal programme. One side faces the river and another looks towards the main street.

Archi-Union Architects used a modular architectural system for the majority of buildings, which are arranged in rows. Green spaces slot into the gaps between them, offering a connection between the built environment and the waterway.

These two sections are linked by a curving roof that results in unusual angular facades and an evolving section.

“The landscape system, which is an important element of this project, is considered as an infrastructure system of the whole project,” said the architects. “It connects traffic, views and service facilities in the campus, brings unique value to individual buildings, and realises the traditional Chinese scenery of garden, lake and laneway,” the architects explained.

“The twisted roof of the clubhouse at the entrance of the campus proposes a powerful gesture to the public,” the architects stated. “The relationship between the twisted roof and sky varies via changes of observing location.” At the northeast corner, which is surrounded by buildings, the roofline has been lowered to enable sunlight to reach the street and the residences at the rear. Details including the concrete beams, columns and the facade panels are left exposed to display the methods used

to construct the complex geometric form. Red brick panels between the building’s windows feature sweeping relief patterns created by laying some of the bricks with their longer ends protruding slightly. Computer models were used to ensure the accuracy of the pattern, which was translated into a simple system that the bricklayers could recreate using a suspended length of string as a guide. The material palette of brick, concrete and glass extends throughout the campus and the relief surfaces also appear on the facades of the other buildings. Each of the buildings is also given a unique character by its relationship with outdoor spaces including balconies, terraces and courtyards, which can be used for working or exhibiting artworks.

UNESCO unveils cultural centre design for heritage site in war-torn Afghanistan A proposal to carve a cultural centre out of the landscape has won the UNESCO design contest for a Bamiyan Valley site where two seventh-century statues of Buddha were destroyed by Taliban militants. UNESCO named an Argentina-based team led by architect Carlos Nahuel Recabarren as the winner of the competition, which asked entrants to design a building for the edge of a valley in the central highlands of Afghanistan – a key Buddhist site on the ancient Silk Road trading route.

the centre will foster,” said the team in a statement. The foothills of the cliffs along the valley feature several caves dating from between the third and fifth century, which were used as Buddhist monasteries, chapels and sanctuaries. The cliffs themselves once housed two giant seventh-century carvings of Buddha, standing at 55 metres and 35 metres high, but these were destroyed by Taliban forces in 2001.

The proposal, named Descriptive Memory: The Eternal Presence of Absence, envisions a public park that extends out to the meet the rooftops of a sunken building complex. These structures will surround a public plaza with a reflective pool on one side.

Following an intervention to prevent an unauthorised team of German archaeologists from reconstructing the statues, UNESCO teamed up with the Afghan government’s Ministry of Information and Culture to launch a competition for a new building on the site at the end of 2014.

“Our proposal tries to create not an object-building but rather a meeting place; a system of negative spaces where the impressive landscape of the Buddha Cliffs intertwine with the rich cultural activity that

The winning design was anonymously selected from 1,070 proposals by a jury of seven experts, including Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair and the Cooper Union’s acting dean Elizabeth


O’Donnell. The jury praised the concept for its well-conceived plan, sensitive site strategy, choice of brick as building material, elegant curving passageways, and appropriate consideration of scale. With financial support from the Republic of Korea, the project will immediately move towards construction on a budget of $2.5 million (£1.6 million). In connection, the Afghan government plans to launch a national programme to support cultural diversity, which will include a nationwide archaeological survey and targeted activities to safeguard minority rights across the country. “This competition was an opportunity to create a new pattern for architecture, design and cultural development in Afghanistan,” said Paolo Fontani, director of UNESCO’s Afghanistan office. “It is one of our objectives to make sure that the Afghan people recognise themselves in the design concept.”


Bosco Verticale wins International Highrise Award as ‘prototype for cities of tomorrow’ A high-rise ‘urban forest’ in Milan has been selected winner of the International Highrise Award 2014 as presented by the City of Frankfurt am Main with Deutsches Architekturmuseum and DekaBank. Bosco Verticale was designed by Boeri Studio (now Stefano Boeri Architetti and Barreca & La Varra) with developer Hines and engineers Arup. The awards jury stated that they viewed the design as ‘a prototype for the cities of tomorrow’.

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Luca Buzzoni, Project Manager at Arup, explains: “We are proud of having had the opportunity to work on a project where innovation has been developed in a completely new integrated way. The technical skills we can provide as Arup have been used to support an original idea, with the aim to improve the environment and the biodiversity in the very centre of a crowded city like Milan.”

The integration of foliage into the design is not purely for aesthetics; the plantlife creates oxygen and humidity, and the plants absorb CO2 and dust particles. Arup provided structural and geotechnical designs, and advised on acoustics, vibrations, ground-borne noise and tunnelling. A base-isolation system is also in effect as there are two railway tunnels that run beneath the site.

Record-breaking concrete pour at One Blackfriars The largest concrete pour completed in a continuous 24-hour period marks a significant milestone in the construction of One Blackfriars Residential developer, St George, has recently celebrated a significant milestone in the construction of One Blackfriars after they completed a mind-bogglingly huge concrete pour, which took place over a continuous 24-hour period. Once completed in spring 2018, the iconic tower will stand at 50 storeys high and encompass approximately 57,000 tonnes of concrete structure, providing 274 new homes, a boutique-style hotel, landscaped piazza and retail and food outlets.

newly-formed raft slab will carry the weight of the full concrete structure, distributing the weight evenly across 36 large diameter bearing piles. It is estimated that the concrete will take 56 days to achieve its specified target strength. The overnight pour, brought forward a week to avoid disruption to a nearby hotel over Valentine’s weekend, filled an excavated hole 18m deep, resulting in a raft slab up to 4.5m thick. This concrete slab will provide the stability for the 170m-high tower in the face of wind resistance, creating an internal lever arm across its base and providing a large mass to anchor the form.

The concrete, delivered by a fleet of 400 trucks, covered an area of 3,200 m3. The

The soaring, asymmetrical design of the building was created by Ian Simpson

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Experts from the University of Edinburgh are creating a unique visual archive of every tower block in the UK to help restore their reputation A group of social and architectural historians from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) are creating a publically accessible catalogue that celebrates Britain’s post1945 building boom, at a time when high-rise homes are seen as a blight that are being targeted for demolition.

Among them are the Red Road and Gorbals schemes in Glasgow, the Everton flats in Liverpool, Birmingham’s Chelmsley Wood, Manchester’s Hulme redevelopment, and London estates such

Architects and features a dynamic double envelope façade with two distinct layers. This double-skin helps fresh air to circulate, reducing the need for further cooling systems and giving the building an unusual curved form, adding an impressive new silhouette to the London skyline. Michael Bryn-Jones, Managing Director of St George South London, said: “We are delighted with the ongoing building progress at One Blackfriars. The vast concrete pour marks a significant milestone in the construction of the tower and it is thrilling to see a record-breaking pour conducted at a St George site. Work will now commence apace and Londoners will be able to watch as One Blackfriars begins to take shape on the city skyline.”

as Broadwater Farm, Thamesmead and Roehampton. Professor Miles Glendinning, head of the Scottish centre for Conservation Studies at Edinburgh College of Art said: “We hope this project will help contribute to the ongoing shift in public attitudes towards the post-war Modernist housing heritage, which is fast turning from an object of dislike and alienation into a force for potential community empowerment. The project will be completed in late 2017.


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The 40,000 sq m development is formed of two residential towers at 110m and 76m in height. Lush and verdant foliage is integrated throughout the project up to level 27, including 900 mature trees between 3 and 6m in height, plus 5,000 shrubs and 11,000 flowering plants.

two-room apartments to penthouses and duplexes, but regardless of size, greenery and nature play a fundamental role in the design. A balcony is the key feature in each flat, stretching 3.35m outwards to ensure optimum space for foliage as shown in the photographs to the left. Since the initiation of the Bosco Verticale project, 70% of the surrounding area has been assigned as a public park.


Persimmon ramps up site openings before Election House builder Persimmon is stepping up its site opening plan to deliver 400 active sites this year. The firm said that the General Election would likely disrupt the spring selling season spreading demand further into the year. Announcing another year of strong profit growth on the back of a 17% rise in completions, Persimmon said it was now building on every available site with planning. Nicholas Wrigley, Group Chairman, said: “The typical seasonality of trading in the industry may be disturbed this year with sales rates picking up into the autumn depending upon the implications of the result of the General Election.

“To mitigate the risk to sales rates in the short term we are working extremely hard to open new sites as early in the spring season as possible. “While planning-related pre-start conditions continue to increase the time taken to bring new outlets to market, we are pleased to have already opened 60 of the 120 new outlets planned for the first half of 2015. He added: “We are working hard to increase our active outlet network to around 400 sites by the middle of 2015 up from 375 sites at the start of the year. Persimmon increased home completions in 2014 by 17% to 13,509, bringing the increase in the volume of new homes brought to market over the last two years to 36%.

At the same time average selling price increased by 5.3% to £190,533, and helped to deliver a 44% increase in underlying pre-tax profit to £475m. Group turnover rose 23% to £2.6bn. Persimmon’s operating margins steadily improved over the year with the second half performance peaking at 19%. The house builder generated £388m of cash during the year despite acquiring 26,822 plots of new land across 156 locations, representing 200% of current consumption. As a result the board also announced it would bring forward its 95p a share cash hand-back payment from July to April.

Stretched fabric hides the windows and balconies of an artist’s Hampstead home A painted fabric screen concealing windows and balconies merges with the crisp white facade of this artist’s house in north London by local firm Guard Tillman Pollock (+ slideshow). The Hampstead property was designed to replace an early 20th-century house that was in a state of disrepair. Planning regulations stipulated that the new house should maintain the size of its predecessor but didn’t necessarily have to look like it. Guard Tillman Pollock instead proposed a minimal boxy form and plain white finish to reference the heritage of 1930s Modernist properties in the area. A section of the front facade that projects outwards from the first and second floor levels is a nod to an attribute typical of other local Modernist properties. “The screen establishes the floating box aesthetic which is a reference to the 1930’s Modernist buildings in Hampstead,” architect and studio co-founder Mark Guard told Dezeen. “There is no reference to the adjoining Victorian buildings other than to acknowledge the verticality of the Victorian terrace with the vertical glass corner window and the vertical louvered element that connects the new house to the adjoining terrace.”


The main double-height space houses the reception area, with a library and study accommodated on the galley above. The owner requested that the studio be located in the basement, which opens onto a courtyard at the front of the house. A metal grate covering the courtyard allows light to filter down to the basement level and creates a second outdoor space connected to the ground-floor living area. A narrow pond runs along the base of the boundary wall at this level to create a buffer between the house and the street, while a perpendicular surface extends from the facade and separates the courtyard from the entrance. The plot’s vicinity to neighbouring properties determined the positioning and treatment of windows, which aim to maintain privacy for the residents. The PVC-coated fabric panels – similar to those used for advertising on buildings – screen the largest areas of glazing. The spray-painted fabric restricts views into the house during the day but allows the occupants to look out. “It’s a similar effect to that achieved by a net curtain or voile blind, except that it is outside rather than inside the window,” added Guard.

At night, the fabric panels enable movement within the house to become visible from outside. Vertical blinds inside can be closed to ensure privacy when required. At the rear of the house, the fabric protects the reception space from unwanted solar gain. Glazing that extends around the corner of the dining area and kitchen encloses a small terrace slotted in front of the brick boundary wall, while the frameless corner windows projecting from the front facade offer views from a study space on the ground floor and a bedroom on the first floor. Concealed doors minimise interruptions to the pure white-walled rooms, integrating storage designed to meet the requirements of each particular space.


Perforated brick house based on termites’ nests Perforated brick walls enclose the concrete structure of an old house in central Vietnam, which has been remodelled by architecture studio Tropical Space Vietnamese architects Tropical Space refurbished an old two-storey house occupied by a family of three in Da Nang, a coastal city in Vietnam. Retaining only the concrete slab structure, the architects enclosed the space with a perforated grille of brickwork to create a new residence named The Termitary House.

This arrangement is designed to deal with the fluctuating climate of the area, which varies between two extremes – a dry hot season and a rainy season with several tropical storms each year. Glazing set behind the perforated walls creates a double skin that protects against wind and rain, and also makes space for two slim gravelled patios at the front and back of the house that help control ventilation. “In the evening and at night, the house looks like a giant lantern with lights here and there from the holes,” said the architects.

Plans launched to speed up section 106 agreements

Bovis Homes hit by subcontractor shortages

The Government has launched a consultation on plans to speed up section 106 agreements.

A shortage of subcontractors has contributed to a 12% rise in Bovis Homes’ house building costs in the south east and caused production delays.

The proposals would see a time limit set on processing section 106 deals of a maximum of 13 weeks. The need to contribute to social housing could also be removed from student housing developments. Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Section 106 planning agreements can bring great benefits to local communities but too often they drag out planning applications for months. “That’s why today I’m proposing measures that will speed up the process, get planning permissions granted quicker and workers on site earlier, all the while keeping the community benefits that these agreements can bring.” The proposals include: — setting clear time limits so section 106 negotiations are completed in line with the existing 8 to 13 week target for planning applications to be processed rather than letting them slow the whole planning process down — requiring parties to start discussions at the beginning of the planning application process, rather than the current system where negotiations can often start towards the end — a dispute resolution process where negotiations stall preventing development

The firm admitted this morning that building costs and labour supply shortages were biting although strong house price growth in the region continued to outstrip cost inflation. Despite these pressures, Bovis Homes managed to sell a record 3,635 homes in 2014, 29% higher than in the previous year, with the average sale price up 11% to £216,600. This helped to deliver a 69% rise in annual profits to £133.5m on turnover up 46% to £809m. Improving activity levels and higher sales prices in the new homes market has led to increasing construction costs, with the main driver being subcontract labour. Bovis Homes’ average construction cost for legal completions rose 12% last year, compared with an increase in private sales prices of 14%. The group estimated the market driven element of this build cost increase was around 7% with the balance coming from increasing size of its average home, specification improvements and the ongoing impact of switching the mix of homes to the south of England where subcontractor rates are higher. Bovis admitted shortages of subcontract labour had presented challenges as it attempted to ramp up production during the last eighteen months.

— using standardised documents to avoid agreements being drafted from scratch for each and every application

Resulting production delays had an adverse effect on the customer experience leading to the group’s internal “recommend a friend” score reducing to 82% in 2014 from 90% in 2013.

— potential legislation in the next Parliament to give new measures teeth

“We are on track to deliver this strategic plan, supported by record land investment in 2014 at the right point in the cycle.”


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According to the architects, the orange-red bricks reference the baked-brick towers built on sacred sites in the region during the Champa Kingdom between the 4th and 15th centuries, while the plan – with a living space protected in its centre – was inspired by the earthen chambers of termite nests.

“The special design of the baked-brick walls with a lot of holes, together with the large inter-floor space, allows breeze and light to get to all the corners of the house, even the hardest-to-access areas,” explained the architects.

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Therefore, it has become all the more important to implement space into the planning, design and management of any given project. The Government is now introducing minimum space standards to ensure that London properties, such as Vintry Court, provide sufficient space for the contemporary household.


For Vintry Court, Alan Camp architects implemented the use of a three wall box rooflight in order to transform the flat roof into a communal terrace for all residents. Glazing Vision were delighted to supply their standard three wall mounted box rooflight for this project, measuring over 4 metres wide and almost 2.5 metres in span. Supplied in two sections, the box rooflight creates an approximate 50% clear opening, with one pane of glass sliding over one fixed. This

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The functionality of the rooflight itself also offers other safety features. One pane of glass slides over the top of a fixed section, meaning that the fixed section provides a permanent barrier to cover any voids over the stairwell.

This type of rooflight ensures that glass areas are maximised with comparatively little visible supporting framework, resulting in a clean, contemporary external aesthetic. Internally, the high distribution of glass ensures that large volumes of natural daylight are able to pervade the stairwell, uninterrupted by dense framework. A white powder coated frame also matches the interior décor of the building. Safety concerns for the new fixture Glazing Vision installed dual proximity sensors to cover both horizontal and vertical edges. This means that if the beam is broken, the rooflight automatically stops. Glazing Vision also provided their standard current override safety system, which senses additional draw on the motors and will stop the rooflight closing if an

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MyRider 1 and MyRider 2 are a two wheel and four wheel scooter with a top speed of 12km/h and a light weight design of 22kg.

A "self balancing device� that can turn on the spot. It’s collapsible handlebar design allows you to transport and store it almost anywhere. Stores away easily in a train, boat, car boot or bus etc... Powered by eco-friendly light weight lithium batteries, the modern balancing 25km on a single full charge. Try the MyRider from Sasaki. This performance scooter can easily run at up to 25km/h. With a welded steel frame and full suspension system it can carry up to 120kg. It is easy to use with its simple lean forward/backwards commands. It is designed using Aluminum-magnesium alloy being one-third of the weight. The MyRider 1 has two wheels and can hold up 100kg while MyRider 2 has four wheels and can hold up 120kg.


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increasing visitor numbers allows us to launch new products well in time for the busiest 6 months trading period, and also allows us to review the year so far with our existing customer base.”

Serene Furnishings, rapidly becoming one of the UK’s leading suppliers of beds, are presenting their new living and dining furniture. Serene’s founder and managing director, Tasleem Tasab, said: “The timing of the Show, along with its geographical location, makes it ideal for presenting the new Serene Living range of recliners and dining furniture. The Show has a strong list of both major UK and international exhibitors. New signings from the UK include Mark Webster Designs, It will be the first time the Serene Living range has been exhibited in the UK so Willis & Gambier and Serene Furnishings. International flavour is increased with the addition Nolte Mobel, Capellini Salotti and African we are very excited to be involved and anticipate strong interest across all Track Woods from Zimbabwe. designs.”

An increased number of the furniture industry’s most prominent brands have signed up for the Manchester Furniture Show taking place from Sunday 19 – Tuesday 21 July.

Mark Webster Designs are a welcome addition to the Show with a wide variety of their UK made upholstery and their in-house designed imported cabinet furniture. Jonathan Webster commented, “Mark Webster Designs is delighted to be returning to the Manchester Show this July. Having a second major show in the year with

Nolte Mobel, the German innovative designer and manufacturer of ultra modern bedroom furniture is showing at Manchester for the first time bringing

a new dimension to the show. In contrast Cappellini Salotti, the long established Italian manufacturer of highly modern leather sofas and upholstery, offers another side of the best of European furniture manufacture. African Track Woods from Zimbabwe, add further international variety with their unique living and dining furniture made from railway sleepers. Their furniture, offered in three different styles presents an original and very different look. With the main hall now over 90% booked with some of the UK’s foremost suppliers of upholstery and cabinet furniture exhibiting, including Ashley Manor, Buoyant, Lebus, Westbridge, Whitemeadow, Baker, Furnico, Furniture Origins and the Morris Group among others, Manchester 2015 looks like being the best yet. Event Director, Laraine Janes said, “We are offering everything a furniture buyer could want, great names old and new, showing interesting and stylish products in a great venue in the heart of the city. We look forward to welcoming buyers from all sectors to this relaxed and not to be missed show.” The Manchester Furniture Show 19-21 July 2015. For a full list of exhibitors and to register for your free entry, visit



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We specialise in the sale and restoration of original English & French cast iron baths, traditional accessories and sanitary ware. We take an unloved & neglected cast iron bath and via our comprehensive and rigorous restoration process, lovingly restore it to its former glory Our Marlborough showroom contains a range of fully renovated original cast iron baths, along with a traditional range of Brass and Chinaware. We offer a collection and delivery service throughout the UK to cater for our renovation service, or purchase from our wide selection of showroom or yard baths, allowing you to create your own relaxing sanctuary. We are always on the lookout for original unwanted cast iron baths which we can restore.

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Miele names Grand Designs competition winners The kitchens were judged on style, innovation and how the appliances had been incorporated, with a supporting 500word document about the design.

Appliance manufacturer Miele has announced the winners of its Grand Designs Live competition, where kitchen retailers could win a stand at the London event in May 2-10, 2015. To enter, studios had to design a kitchen for either less than £20,000 with five Miele appliances, less than £30,000 to include seven Miele appliances or less than £60,000 with 10 Miele appliances, including MTouch.

Ben Russell of Arlington Interiors scooped the prize for under £20,000, while Violet Nankervis of Ruach Kitchens won the category for under £30,000. Richard McGee of Holloways of Ludlow was presented the best kitchen for less than £60,000 (shown). Each retailer has been presented with a 30sqm space worth around £16,000 at the event which attracts 100,000 consumers. In addition, the prize includes the Miele appliances for the kitchen displays, 100 complimentary tickets,

publicity on the Grand Designs Live website and editorial coverage in the pre-show newsletter. The judging panel included TV broadcaster and Live show host, Kevin McCloud; acting editor of Grand Designs magazine, Sophie Vening and marketing director for Miele UK, Dominic Worsley. Marketing director for Miele UK, Dominic Worsley said: “Once again we have had some fantastic entries where the kitchens would transform the way a customer would cook and entertain at home. We are thrilled to be able to work with some exceptional designers and give them the opportunity to showcase their talent at Grand Designs Live.”

Bosch takes to the road with training Appliance brand Bosch is taking retail training on the road, using its Mobile Training Academy, ahead of the consumer launch of its Serie 8 range of built-in appliances on April 1. The Mobile Training Academy features the full range of Serie 8 built-in ovens and dishwashers, hoods and hobs. It will educate on the latest features, including PerfectRoast, PerfectBake, PerfectResults and 4D Hot Air for cooking. Onboard will be a team of trainers and home economists, who will travel the UK for 12 months running live cooking demonstrations and training for retailers and consumers. Over the next eight weeks, the vehicle will visit retail parks to allow retailers to take part in a training sessions on the new appliances. From May, onwards, the vehicle will also be open to consumers and will stop at major shopping destinations including the


Bullring in Birmingham and Lakeside Thurrock in Essex. CEO of BSH Home Appliances, Andreas Meier said: “Bosch’s new built-in ovens offer revolutionary technology. To ensure consumers are able to experience the full potentail of the features and benefits it is very important for us to invest time and resource in providing training to all our retail partners. “Training will also be available at our Milton Keynes showrooms, but for those further afield the Mobile Training Academy is perfect. It also enables retail teams to experience Bosch’s new technology in their local area for added convenience.” Group marketing manager of Bosch, Rosalinda Pisani, added: “This is the first time Bosch has been on tour. The launch of our new built-in range was enthusiastically recieved in November and we hope retailers will have a similar reaction to the Mobile Training Academy. We also look forward to unveiling this to consumers from May.”

Whirlpool introduces induction oven The 6th Sense Induction Oven (AKZM 8790/IX) claimed to save 50% energy Whirlpool has launched an induction oven (AKZM 8790/IX), which is claimed to save users up to 50% time and energy. The 73-litre oven uses a shelf to offer induction heating and also works as a multifunction model, when not in induction mode. In addition, it boasts the company’s Cook3 function, allow the user to cook three different dishes at the same time without transference of flavours, plus the Ready2Cook function negates the need for preheating the oven.

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Voting Open For Magnet Trade’s Community Champions


agnet Trade, the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of kitchens and joinery products, has launched ‘Community Champions’, a national campaign that will see ten community causes across the UK rewarded with cash prizes. A total of 179 charities, each representing a local Magnet Trade store, have been challenged to describe what makes them a ‘Magnet of the community’, with £10,000 split regionally between the ten most voted for causes, and an additional £1,000 awarded to the public’s overall favourite. Voting is now open at community. until 31 March.

Builder, baker (…not candlestick maker!) and Bake Off star, Richard Burr, is the face of the campaign, so the overall winner can also expect a visit from him bearing a very special Community Champions cake! Richard Burr commented: “I’ve been a customer at Magnet Trade for quite some time, so it’s great to be supporting this worthwhile campaign which rewards unsung community heroes. I urge everyone, tradesperson or not, to visit the website and cast your vote to support a community champion in your area!”

Alison Coleman, marketing manager, added: “In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in our staff taking up charity and community challenges to raise money. So, Community Champions is our way of acknowledging the efforts of our staff and rewarding local good causes close to our trade stores.” You can find out more about the campaign at community. Please help to spread the word by posting and sharing on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag ‘#MTCommunityChamps’.


New Build features Stunning Bronze Windows and Doors This substantial new build features bronze windows from Architectural Bronze Casements which have an abutting detail and vertical transoms. These are fitted into either stone or brick surrounds. All windows are from the Advanced System. Bronze doors complement the windows and are set within timber frames. t34t

The Advanced System was designed to accept a deeper double glazed unit over the Heritage system. A decorative bronze beading secures the glass in place, resulting in a particularly attractive profile when viewed from outside. The Advanced System is designed principally for double glazing units ranging between 18mm and 20mm.

This system can be designed with vertical and horizontal transoms allowing for individual double glazed units. It can also be bent to form most curves. Advanced is available in both rebated and equal leg profiles.


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. |


Contemporary Home Exceptional furniture and functional sculpture, tailored for discerning clients

BEHIND THE SCENES | A Unique Kitchen for Top London Restaurateur We are thrilled to share with you some images from a recently completed kitchen in a London townhouse. It was an ambitious project that commanded masterful space planning, with subtle detailing and highlights of functional sculpture, in what was a very challenging space set over two levels. We started by studying the lines of sight through the building to ensure the best possible connection between the kitchen, dining table and living area whilst maintaining views out across the mature garden. This was ultimately achieved by ingeniously protruding the kitchen out into the living area on a plinth, which we curved to soften its impact on the space. On the back of this curved section we purposefully placed a raised breakfast bar so as to bring some informal seating to the fringes of the working area and blur the boundaries of the zones. This effect is reinforced by the stepped levels of the counter, which fall away from the centre in terraces down towards the living area, going with the natural flow of the space. Having set up the geometry of a curve at one end, it was then continued through the rest of the kitchen which breaks up the rectangular room and provides the benefit of additional space at the far end to conceal a much needed walk-in broom cupboard. In a continued effort to avoid long, straight runs, we offset the high level cabinetry around the cooking so that it fans out from the centre point of the curved cabinetry. As well as its aesthetic benefits, this arrangement allows for shallower depth of cabinets overhead when cooking but gives the greater depth required for a larder and wine cooler at the ends. Splinter Works are always very keen to incorporate some sculptural element to the kitchen and the island is usually a good place to do this. It can be integrated into the functionality of the space without having to conform to the aesthetics; allowing for a backdrop of more conventional cabinetry. This project was no exception, but the room was always an awkward width; too narrow for a conventional island, yet too wide to be left open.

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With the clients’ interest in cooking, we wanted to include a permanent, generous-sized preparation area with a large chopping board and so, over a series of conversations, the idea of a chopping board that was a sculpture in its own right took hold. In this case, the staves of wood that make up the chopping surface continue down towards the floor, some making it all the way, morphing into legs.


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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 t38t

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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Making Light Work in the Home The Project

A magnificent family home in Surrey, this 5 bedroom property boasts exceptional features such as, split levels, glass walls, high ceilings and pocket doors. The layout of the building offers spacious ground floor accommodation (kitchen/breakfast/family) plus five further reception rooms. It has a grand curved staircase that leads to the upper level and a self-contained annex.

The Brief

The property required a lighting control solution that could effectively control a multi-room LED based installation. Flexibility was key with the ability to tailor the lighting requirements for individual rooms essential, and the look of the system needed to complement the quality design and fabulous finish of the project.

The Solution

Hamilton worked alongside the developer to design a bespoke system based upon its Mercury® Lighting Control system. This intuitive system enables the user to create an incredible variety of lighting scenarios; from simple dimming to scene-setting programmes, which can be set, stored and recalled with ease.

The installation included a master control hub and wall-mounted control plates which are available as ‘Capacitive touch controllers’ and ‘Mechanical button controllers. In this case mechanical button controllers in a Sheer CFX® plate design, finished in polished chrome were selected across the property to reinforce the minimalist and contemporary design theme. With Mercury installed, on leaving or arriving at the property the homeowner can simply operate all pre-sets at the touch of one button. A remote control facility via iPad/iPhone using a downloadable app was also integrated into the system.

The Result

The homeowner has a system which can be controlled by the push of a button, or remotely by the swipe of a finger, giving them full control of the lighting throughout the property even when it’s unoccupied. Plus Hamilton’s bespoke design and production service, Savile Row, ensured that every control plate was unique in both function and form – tailor-made coming as standard!

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ADD UP TO A BIG BOOST IN ENERGY SAVING Timeguard has done it again and come up with another great idea to put people in the driving seat when it comes to controlling their energy use. The latest addition to the Timeguard range are unique single-gang devices that combine the 13A fused spur with energy-saving electronic time control. They are a direct replacement for, and improvement on, ordinary fused connection units. Wherever you need an F.C.U (fused connection unit), it makes sense to provide the added benefit of “energy-saving time control” with the flexibility of push-button manual over-ride and programmable On / Off times. By taking advantage of new technology developments, these new designs provide larger and clearer back-lit screens, intuitive and logical programming, with plain-English text prompts, and clear LED indicators for both mains power and timed on/off status.


In a world where style and design in electrical accessories are increasingly important, the Timeguard fused spur timers are attractive enough to feature on any wall, where the large displays and on/off indicator lights make programming easy and clearly show the user if power is on or off. Naturally, users can over-ride the programme to switch On or Off at a different times whenever required and at the push of a button. A useful Boost button gives an extra 1 hour or 2 hour supply for hot water tanks, heaters, office and household equipment etc., with the reassurance that the supply will always switch off again automatically and the devices will revert to their programmed timing. These units are covered by a Timeguard 5 Year guarantee.

Another big boost With safety and energy efficiency at the top of any occupier, landlord or employer’s mind, Timeguard has also introduced a 13A fused spur with an electronic Boost Timer that automatically turns appliances off after a preset time. As with the fused spur timeswitch, it’s all encased within a single gang F.C.U and fitting within a 25mm back box for easy installation. Users simply press one button to select how long they want the power On for: 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour or two hours, and then the device counts down and switches off. Pushing the boost button again will refresh the timed output. There’s no danger of people leaving appliances such as heaters, fans or towel rails switched on for hours on end. Please visit:


Chelsom Joins UKTI

as 2015 Export Champion In the wake of their double award success at the 2014 Be Inspired Business Awards where they won the prestigious Exporter of the Year accolade, Chelsom have been selected as one of the 2015-16 Export Champions for UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) North West. The UKTI Export Champions programme, now in its third successful year, is unique to the North West and involves recruiting successful international firms to help new companies on their export journey, offering peer to peer support in addition to the wide range of individually tailored professional services available from the UKTI team. The announcement follows what has been a momentous 12 months for Chelsom with the continued expansion of the export division of the business seeing exclusive sales representatives being appointed in Russia and the UAE, a succession of prestigious project wins across the international hospitality and marine sectors including Mondrian London at Sea Containers, Rosewood London, Beekman St NYC, Crystal Symphony, Ritz Carlton Dubai, Sanderson, Movenpick Paris, Sheraton Creek Dubai, Hilton New York, P&O Cruises’ Britannia and Arora along with the incredibly successful launch of their new collection, Edition 24, brand overhaul and completely redesigned website. Export Manager, Jon Shaw says, “Being appointed as 2015 Export Champion for UKTI is undoubtedly a huge honour and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the New Year and continue what has been a fantastic 12 months for Chelsom as a whole and more specifically where the export side of the business is concerned.” “As a company we have put a lot of effort in to bolstering our export division in recent years and have worked closely with UKTI to help maximise our international trading capabilities. Their advice, coupled with the tools they have provided, has been invaluable so this is a great opportunity to give something back and to hopefully inspire non-exporters to get started and encourage new exporters to do more by promoting the benefits of export via our own successes along with sharing our knowledge and experience.”


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Luxonic has expanded its range of LED lighting specialised for the retail sector with its latest addition, Teardrop LED for Linearlux®. Highly efficient LED’s provide gentle and appropriate light levels that combine with sleek design aesthetics in order to offer an all-encompassing lighting solution for retail environments.

TEARDROP LED SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR RETAIL The carefully designed Teardrop LED allows for integration with the Linearlux® trunking system. The extruded aluminium trunking system permits lighting to be suspended, therefore providing a design solution for areas without ceilings and the long, slim design of the Teardrop LED makes it suitable for use in aisles and open areas. The Teardrop LED, which is only 47mm deep, achieves up to 110 luminaire lumens per circuit Watt to ensure high efficiency to contribute significantly to the overall energy efficient lighting scheme. A soft opal appearance lens is used to create a well-lit yet controlled environment. The aesthetics are further enhanced with the use of translucent end caps that can provide an unbroken lit appearance when installed in a continuous line.


The clever adoption of the Linearlux® trunking system allows the Teardrop LED greater versatility for use in retail areas. The trunking system can be used for single runs or complex grid patterns with corner, T and cross sections. This element of flexibility means that it is able to incorporate linear lighting with spotlights, offering greater creativity in the lighting design. The Teardrop LED benefits from the self-contained power distribution the Linearlux® trunking provides, further simplifying ease of use in even the most sophisticated lighting schemes. The result is a lighting scheme that provides optimum light levels while retaining an ambience that showcases the retailers’ goods in a way that increases the chance of purchase.

Further information is available from Luxonic Lighting on 01256 363090, by emailing or by visiting the company’s website at:

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.



The warmth of summer, all year round Summer may feel like a long way away — but it’s warmth can be here now. A Jetmaster inset stove gives your home a welcoming warmth that cannot be compared to a gas or electric fire. No heating solution comes close to the ambiance of a roaring log fire. Light up a Jetmaster and you’ll feel the difference. Through the colder months, a wood stove fire could light your home with tones of glowing warmth. And with Jetmaster’s blazing fuel efficiency of up to 86%, heat is released into the room, not lost up the chimney. The inset stoves carry a focused, clean line appearance. The main design element is it’s large glass window — an eye in to the soul of the stove, delivering a full view of the flame picture. A proficient airwash system protects this view with a one inch thick air curtain, warding off dirty deposits that obscures the glass of many other stoves. The visual delight of the fire is always kept at the forefront.


Each Jetmaster inset stove is a convector stove by design, circulating warmth to the corners of the room. Cool air is drawn around the firebox before returning as warmed air through convection. This heats your room faster and more efficiently than by radiant heat alone. Burning wood on the inset stoves is one of the most environmentally friendly methods of heating. The 16i, 18i, 50i and 60i models are already approved by Defra to burn wood in smoke controlled areas where necessary. But wood isn’t the only way with Jetmaster’s inset stoves. Choose a solid fuel that’s right for the area — whether coal, briquettes or smokeless fuels — a huge range of our inset stoves burn multi-fuel. Crafted lovingly in Hampshire, England, Jetmaster stoves are British-made, designed for British homes. Each stove carries a five year guarantee. 02380 629513

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Infinite Realism

New to the Infinity range of suites is the 880FL Rembrandt. The surround is hand crafted from the finest Portuguese limestone with carved details that set it apart from many of the simple designs that have become the standard.. At the heart of the suite is the ultra realistic Infinity 880FL conventional

flue gas fire. Shown here with the black ceramic firebox liners and a fire basket giving regency feel to the fireplace. For more details please call our sales office on 0845 519 5991or contact the marketing department at

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Fired Up For GROWTH Newton Aycliffe-based fireplace manufacturer CVO Fire is targeting expansion over the next 12 months after launching a new product line and completing a number of significant contracts. The company has launched its first range of electric fires due to market demand, and has also teamed up for a project with an outdoor fireplace manufacturer in Italy. In addition, CVO has recently completed a number of new installations for businesses including Quaglino’s in Mayfair, Greene King pubs in Dublin and various Wetherspoons pubs.


As a result of such a successful year, the company has plans to expand in 2015. Managing director Andrew Munro said: “Demand in the sector is constantly evolving and we must keep up with that, hence we have now fully launched our first range of electric fires. “Outdoor fires are also enjoying a revival, especially amongst bar and hotel owners who use their outdoor spaces to increase capacity, so we have also decided to expand our range.

“Our own ranges continue to thrive as well and we have plans to add to this in 2015 as we know we can offer the best quality combined with the designs our customers want.” The company employs a team of 16 and it is hoped this number will increase with the expansion in sales and new products. For further iunformatiuon please see our website:

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EcoSmart Bio-Ethanol Fire Boxes Homes without a chimney are now able to bask in the glow of a fireplace thanks to revolutionary new bio-fuel technology. The EcoSmart Bio-Ethanol Fire Box is completely self-contained, and requiring no chimney or flue, can be installed in any home. The fireplaces are available from Smart Fire UK, the only UK distributor for EcoSmart Fire. The fire is fuelled entirely by bio-ethanol, a clean burning liquid, sourced from agriculture. Because of this, the fire box needs no chimney, flue, or extraction system, meaning its design possibilities are virtually limitless. As such, the EcoSmart Bio-Ethanol Fire Box has become a popular choice for new-build homes. The fires have been designed to compliment a wide range of building materials to create a traditional or modern look. The fuel is stored in the device’s internal reservoir meaning that there are no pipes or cables required during the installation process. All the workings of the fire are managed from inside the box so they can simply be

installed into a standard frame or inside an existing fireplace. The fire box also comes with a Wind Screen Static. This barrier protects the flame for gushes of air that could cause over burn. The fire boxes come in 14 different shapes and sizes and can contain single or multiple burners. Smart Fire can also make boxes to your bespoke design. Company bosses believe they are the perfect fit for any new build project wanting a working fireplace without the hassle associated with running a traditional fire. Paul Holt Business Manager at Smart Fire UK commented: “The EcoSmart BioEthanol Fire Box is absolutely fantastic for new builds or for anyone with a creative flare.

“Because no fume extraction is required you are not limited if you don’t have a chimney or a flue. Not only will this save you money by not having to have one created, you’ll also save through lack of heat loss as well. “We’ve been amazed at how the demand for green heating solutions has grown the business. “New technology like bioethanol is opening up the possibilities for creative fireplace designs with little or no environmental impact. “Also, the all-in-one nature of the fire mean the design opportunities are virtually limitless.” The fire boxes start at £2750 plus VAT. Fore more information visit the Smart Fire UK website:


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WHEN CHOOSING A PLATFORM LIFT Choosing a platform lift can be a daunting process, with many elements to consider. We’ve put together a helpful top ten of things to consider when choosing a platform lift. 1. Should the lift be open or enclosed? An open type platform lift does not have a shaft whereas an enclosed platform lift has a shaft for the entire length of travel. An open style platform can only be used up to a maximum travel of 3 metres.

2. How much space do I need? It is vital that the footprint of the lift is considered in relation to your building, but also the arrangement of doors and the space required in front of each door to ensure safe access for wheelchair users. The manufacturer will also state the installation space required, this is usually 30-100mm more than the footprint sizes.

3. What drive system is right for me? The main drive systems used are guided chain, hydraulic and screw drive. It is important that you discuss the type of drive system with the manufacturers so that you can fully appreciate the differences in how the drive system will affect the ride, longevity of the components and other space requirements – for example, hydraulic units will require space for the fluid tank.

4. Does the lift shaft need to be fire rated? The local planning office/architect should be able to advise on this. Generally platform lifts can be manufactured with fire doors but the shaft would need to be clad to provide the rating.

5. Should I choose a pit or ramp? Platform lifts usually require a pit of 50mm – 150mm. However, many of the manufacturers offer a ramp at the bottom door if a pit cannot be provided. If a ramp is chosen consideration should be given to the ramp being a potential tripping hazard.

6. What should I consider about door hinging? The way in which the door opens on to each landing should be considered. Will the door conflict with another door? Will the door opening to a particular side then put the wheelchair user at risk of falling down stairs?

7. Do I need remote landing call buttons? If the access to the lift is tight or restricted in a corridor then remote landing call buttons could be considered. This would make the space in front of the lift door easier for the wheelchair user to negotiate.

8. What about automatic doors? Automatic doors are often chosen where the lift will be used by individuals that will find pushing or pulling a door to be difficult. There are different types of closer which will react differently when the door comes into contact with an object and these should be discussed with the lift provider to ensure it meets with your requirements. Again the location of the door with an automatic closer should be considered carefully, for instance, a door opening on to a busy corridor could potentially create a hazard for those in the corridor when it opens automatically.

9. What colours are available? Manufacturers can provide lifts in many different RAL colours. Doors can be different colours to the shaft (colour contrasting) which help the visually impaired to identify the lift. The ability to colour the lift enables the lift to be either made into a feature by contrasting the colour with its surroundings or blend the lift in by matching the surrounding colour.

10. Should I choose a glazed shaft? If the lift is not to be fire rated then a glazed or partially glazed shaft could be used. Some manufacturers can glaze all 4 sides of the shaft whereas some can only glaze 3 sides due to drive system used. So if glazing is important to the lift design this will need to be discussed early with the manufacturer in relation to their particular drive system. If a glazed shaft is required then ensure that items such as cover plates for the underside of the platform and back panels to the platform console are included to maintain the aesthetics of the glazed lift.

Here at Invalifts, we can help provide answers to all of the above questions. Just give one of our friendly experts a call on 0845-4682543 and we’ll be happy to guide you through the process of choosing your own lift. t50t

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UK’s Oil Capital Taps Into The Low-Carbon District Heating Revolution A city heating network has been awarded £1 million to help cut energy bills and provide cheap power to thousands of homes across the UK’s oil and gas capital, Aberdeen. Aberdeen Heat & Power Ltd will expand the network to nondomestic properties with commercial heat sales revenues ring fenced to heat households in the city.

The combined heat and power scheme captures heat when electricity is created. Once channelled through underground hot water pipes and pumps, heating and hot water is pumped out to homes. The funding comes from the Scottish Government’s District Heating Loan Fund, which has awarded a total of £2.7 million to 12 projects across Scotland.

storey blocks, low rise sheltered housing complexes as well as 13 public buildings.

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February 2015

February 2015 Case Study

Case Study February 2015

Vale Park Bandstand Hyperkote Waterproofing and Protection

The doric-columed bandstand with a domed roof was created in 1926 and it provided a majestic backdrop to the concerts which took place there on a regular basis. During the 1970’s and 80’s most features requiring maintenance were eliminated from the park but the bandstand remained and is still used to this day. In 1999 restorative work to the Bandstand was undertaken to provide waterproof treatment to the dome roof and rainwater channels, refurbishment of performers changing facility, re-laying of staging, exterior painting and re-cladding to the rear elevation to improve security of the structure.

Vale Park is situated in the New Brighton area of Wallasey in the Wirral, North West England. The park was created in 1899 to give the population of the area green space to enjoy amidst the grime of the industrial revolution.

not stand the test of time and it became necessary for this work to be repeated. A project to repair the bandstand was carried out in August 2014 by North West Construction approved applicator of the British Board of Agrement (BBA) Dow. “We took the decision to use the it was a concrete dome on a skeletal steel frame and movement was an issue. The dome had been repaired some years ago but the system wasn’t a patch on the Dow system and leaked a short time afterwards. When I had a site meeting with Wirral Borough Council (WBC) I set out all the advantages and the longevity of the Dow product and reminded them of work carried out on Wallasey town hall which had the same system applied 6 years ago and had never leaked since.

Preparation and Repairs Removal of old bitumen coatings and sheet membranes. E4 100% solids epoxy primer from Dow was applied and dressed to refusal with quartz sand to give excellent intercoat adhesion. Repairs to the structure and channel detailing were carried out using the E4 primer and graded quartz. By using this method overcoating was able to take place within 4 hours of the repair mortar being placed and cured. specialist spray equipment to fully encapsulate and seal the Dome from the elements. have a fully self contained 7.5 ton wagon so are able to drive the spray equipment, heated hose, materials and power to within 400 feet of the structure they are coating.

implications of this job, working at height dome and still being able to apply any sort of covering. With the HYPERKOTE™ spray Hydraulic MEWP.

Now the Vale Park bandstand, which has overlooked the River Mersey and the Port of Liverpool for nearly 90 years has the protection of the BBA certified HYPERKOTE™ waterproofing system to help it withstand the sea swept elements for many years to come. 36

The work is now complete and looks also written a letter to the chief executive of WBC saying how pleased everyone is with given by Chris Glaysher of Dow this gave us Quote from the Mike Ross, Director of

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Six Bedroom Mansion


Buckinghamshire based property developer transformed a dated bungalow into a deluxe 6 bedroom mansion by completely rebuilding it and introducing premium quality bi-folding doors and windows, manufactured by Origin. After buying the detached bungalow in a small village in Buckinghamshire in January 2013 and gaining subsequent planning permission in July of that year, Mr. Chambers proceeded to begin with this hugely impressive project. With 5 large scale detached houses and in excess of 20 town houses already in his portfolio, Mr. Chambers has amassed considerable experience in house building and renovating. Equipped with this knowledge, he set about planning the build with a local structural engineer who would help offer the practical and technical advice where it was needed. After all plans were confirmed, the bungalow was demolished and the rebuild began. The bungalow was demolished in July 2013 and the rebuild took place until May


2014, which is when the windows and doors were installed. For Mr. Chambers, the bi-fold doors and windows were an early consideration given the fact that they have been placed as the focal points in many of the rooms. For example, you haven’t even pulled up on to the drive and you are faced with the striking Origin gable window, standing tall at almost 2 metres high and 4 metres wide and looks into the grand hallway, glass and walnut staircase and three tiered chandelier. Also hugely visible on the front of the house is the stunning bay set, compromising of 2 layers of 7 window frames coupled together. Mr. Chambers comments “one thing that I have always wanted but have never had is a bay window overlooking a dining room, so I made sure that I could incorporate that style into this house�. For a symmetrical look from the outside, the two bedrooms on the first floor which are located on the front of the house both feature Origin French doors with a fixed pane either side,

allowing the occupants of those rooms to enjoy a stunning view from their bedroom. Then, as you enter the house, the first room you see is the main living room which comprises of lots of creams, beiges and golds for a truly luxurious feel, though your attention is immediately drawn to the huge 6 door set of bi-fold doors which span across a huge aperture of 4950mm, making it a huge focal point of the room. Leaving the living area and turning left, you walk through the dining area with the bay window and are led into the kitchen, where your focus is drawn to the open plan living area which offers a stunning contrast between the whites and woodgrain dining area and the dark silver metallic (RAL 9007M) window panes, corner set of bi-fold doors and conservatory style roof. The window style featured in the kitchen is becoming increasingly popular in modern design. They compromise of 5 fixed window casements with one opener in the middle, giving an effective way to offer a wall of glass for a stunning view where entry is not needed.

Makeover In fact, this effect has been used in 4 other rooms of the house including the games room, the downstairs bedroom, office and the secondary living area (which also includes another set of Origin Bi-fold Doors!). The corner set of bi-fold doors in the kitchen has a 3+2 configuration, which are able to be completely opened up to reveal a full panoramic view of the garden. Moving upstairs into the bedrooms, the master bedroom which faces the garden hosts the largest set of French doors with fixed panes out of the 3 sets that Mr. Chambers has, spanning across 3600mm of the room. The remaining bedrooms, apart from those with French door sets in, have 3 windows coupled on together, with top openers on the left and right and a fixed pane in the middle. Each bedroom has its own ensuite and have been designed with different coloured marble tiling to offer an elegant contrast between the rooms. The ensuites also include

a fixed sash window with a top opener on top, finished with smoked glass to ensure the room still gets light, all while maintaining privacy at all times. The décor throughout the house, and bedrooms especially, are neutrally coloured to enhance the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere that is felt within them, boosted by the natural light that floods in. All in all, no expense has been spared in the entire process of the new build for Mr. Chambers. He has wanted the very best for this home, so he has specced it out with reliable, premium quality products, which is one of the reasons why he chose Origin to provide all of the windows and doors. “If you want to make money from a build, you build it with quality” he claims.

When asked about his criteria for buying, he said “I will buy something if there’s value to it. There are usually cheaper options available, but more often than not, they don’t live up to the service and quality you come to expect, but I will always evaluate the options”. Mr. Chambers is looking to sell the house in February for in excess of £3million, and will be moving abroad for the next 6 months after this happens for a well-deserved break!


Roofing and cladding

Fakro Conservation Windows For Low Roofline Installation With over 250 size and glazing options, FAKRO not only offers the largest standard range of roof windows in conservation style but routinely manufactures products to bespoke requirements. Planners are becoming increasingly prescriptive in conservation areas, so FAKRO’s choice of 3 installation depths and scope to fit either direct to rafters or battens is attracting considerable attention. Such facilities are not offered by any other manufacturer and for slates in particular, installing roof windows low within the roof line gives them a neat and unobtrusive appearance. For deeply profiled tiles too, however, the facility to raise installation depth is similarly effective. When specifying for the restoration of the Co-Operative Pioneers’ Museum in Rochdale, architects Loop Systems selected FAKRO windows to replace 8 old rooflights set within a traditional stone slate roof with diminishing courses. The mid-Victorian building is within a conservation area and has considerable historic significance so the new windows were specified with a bespoke double mullion bar to match those they replaced. An EZJ flashing provided the required low profile when the roof build-up was upgraded to comply with current Building Regulations. Characteristic features of conservation roof windows are their black vertical mullion bar, cladding and flashing but from the home owner’s perspective windows offer the same internal features and contemporary styling in either natural pine, white PU-coated pine or PVC. Windows can be fitted with ease from inside the roof and with the operating handle in the base of the sash they can be positioned closer to the apex to enhance availability of natural light. Operation of the windows is also far easier as the handle is easier to reach, requiring far less frequent use of an extension rod. For further information please contact: Fakro GB Ltd 01283 554755 t56t

‘External Stone Special’ Stunning Courtyards & Patios

York Stone Old York Stone or Reclaimed York Stone has been around for hundreds of years and is well known for it’s excellent durability. Extremely hard wearing and a particularly popular natural product – both features highly required for use in building construction and landscaping trades. If you are looking for a superior quality, damage resistant stone then York Stone has got to be the perfect choice. Providing you have the budget and the patience, you will be rewarded with one of the most attractive patios/courtyards whilst adding something very special to your home or garden. In these settings, reclaimed York Stone is known for creating a peaceful, natural atmosphere – just what you need when taking time out in your garden. Used indoors as well, it will look particularly good as a kitchen floor. It’s hardwearing nature means it will resist spillages and will not break if anything is dropped on it (it’s 3”-4” thick!). Ensure the floor is laid evenly, you may need an expert on the job. Old York Stone is sourced from the quarries and mills in the North of England, most of ours is from an old rubber mill in Lancashire that was built in the 1740’s so it’s 270 years old. It has marks on it showing where the original machines may have been bolted to the floor on the odd one or two but, most just have the aged patinated surface that I think you will love.

York Stone Patio Being a Natural product, no two tiles are ever the same. This is part of the character and when combined they form a rich tapestry of colours for your enjoyment.

As it happens, we have several pallets of York Stone in stock and with Spring on the way what better time to sort out that Patio/Courtyard.

Sandstone is also well suited to the British climate, these natural tiles are frost resistant. Over time, natural aging will enhance the overall look of you patio/pathway creating a relaxing and enjoying outdoor experience. To complement the look why not add in a focal point with one of our circles.


Granite Setts/ Cobbles

Natural Sandstone is a formation of course grained sedimentary rock going back millions of years. All of our sandstone has a natural riven surface, providing a hard wearing, stable tile - perfect for patios, pathways or even leading into the house. Why not bring the outdoors indoors!

Granite Setts, sometimes called cobbles have been used since Roman times. Hard wearing to withstand a high degree of traffic, these stones were and still are the main feature of many streets in Britain. Whether reclaimed or quarried, granite setts offer authentic- natural characteristics. They are often used to create impressive patterns such as fan or circular designs found in areas of civic paving and they are also highly desirable for landscape architecture or even for window returns. Whilst popular for driveways and courtyards for their durability and strength, they are also largely used for path/ border edging and feature surrounds. For more details, please do check the website or telephone to discuss. Available in Grey or Pink, tumbled or cleft – from £23.50/ m2 + vat. We hold -IN STOCK a range of sizes from 100mm x 100mm x 50mm up to 300mm x 150mm x 50mm.

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For more details please call 01837 83573 or visit

For something different to the norm, visit Winkleigh Timber.

We sell stone, not just Timber From wood to stone, yes we have a separate yard full of slate and stone products too! Winkleigh Timber is the name but, over the years we have expanded largely into the hard materials as well. The list is endless – Slate sills, worktops, floor tiles, roofing slates to Granite cobbles, gateposts, worktops, external anti slip flooring, garden troughs and much more. We hold all of the materials listed in stock therefore no long lead times and we can offer a full nationwide delivery service.

For more details please call 01837 83573 or visit

A specialist mobility kerb that was installed across regions of South Yorkshire has proven so successful that manufacturer Brett Landscaping, has added the product to its standard paving catalogue, making it freely available to national developers and local authorities alike.



he kerb, which features an upstand of 30mm between carriageway and footpath provides adequate channel drainage, and also aids mobility for wheelchair users and pushchairs; while a protruding lug at the rear of the kerb helps to hold it reliably in place. This subsequently provides greater stability throughout the kerb’s lifetime. So far, the kerb style has been successfully put to use across four districts of South Yorkshire, predominantly throughout private development sites, which have and will be adopted by the local authority, as Jamie Gledhill, Northern Specification Manager at Brett Landscaping explains: “In modifying this traditional style of kerb, we’ve developed a product that is extremely high quality, has proven capability and is also cost effective. So far, it has been introduced across adoptable roads throughout Barnsley, Doncaster & Rotherham, with the most


recent installation having been completed within a private housing development by Persimmon Homes.” The Brett Landscaping kerb is also among the solutions used by Sheffield City Council Highways Adoption Group. Jamie goes on to detail why the concept for developmental improvement was made: “We felt that introducing a nib at the rear of the kerbstone would be a progressive development; one which would be beneficial, not only to aid level setting, but actually increase the longevity of the stones; as a more stable installation is far less likely to be affected by potential vehicular impact.” He explains that the success of and demand for, the re-designed kerb in South Yorkshire has spurred Brett Landscaping’s impetus to feature the adapted product within its standard catalogue, and continues:

“In reconfiguring this kerb solution to better mobility solutions, we have developed a more appropriate option than some of our alternative block paving kerb units, namely due to the unique rear lug element that benefits installation wherever mobility access is required. Our success in South Yorkshire has given us confidence that it is, of course, appropriate for use anywhere in the country. “Because its design makes it eminently suitable for so many applications we’ve now decided to roll the mobility kerb out into our standard Commercial Range catalogue, enabling many more contractors to gain from the improvements we’ve made in this vital area of mobility access.”


BETTER THAN WOOD Water resistant, sustainable and low maintenance – all these characteristics open a variety of possibilities when using Resysta.


lready today, Resysta meets tomorrow´s technical and ecological demands. Owing to the high durability and sustainability that Resysta offers, completely new applications are possible. The fibre reinforced hybrid material is produced of approx. 60% rice husks, approx. 22% common salt and approx. 18% mineral oil, which makes it both environmentally friendly as well as extremely weather resistant against sun, rain, snow or salt water. At the same time, Resysta requires minimal care and offers the look and feel of wood. Water resistant surfaces with the look of wood are Resysta´s future.

Resysta is not subject to any fluctuations in size caused by humidity and therefore is perfectly suitable for surface treatment.

Reysta decking can be used in its raw form. The material is naturally durable and resistant to water. If desired, the material can be lacquered and sealed to suit the client’s project and taste. It’s one of Resysta’s truly unique properties. Unlike WPC’s (Wood Plastic Composite’s) in which the colour is infused into raw material. Another truely unique property of Resysta is known as ‘water bipolar’. This means that whilst the material is impervious to water (rain, salt or chlorinated), it will accept water based lacquer, allowing the colour to adhere to the surface. Once applied, the colour fade is marginal and does not need to be reapplied. For more information about this exciting new product, please visit:


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Delivers high traffic performance, prevents peeling or flaking for 5 years

Works on new and weathered wood and for recoating old applications Protects against moisture damage, with excellent adhesion and flexibility

Available in a wide range of attractive colours to bring new life to any decking

Home Designer and Architect - March 2015  
Home Designer and Architect - March 2015