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MAGAZINE November 2016

Touch Ironmongery LTd 210 Fulham road, chelsea London SW10 9PJ

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

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

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

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

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



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CONTENTS November 2016

04 Industry News 08 Editor’s Choice 20 Doors, Windows & Architectural Hardware 36 Lifts, Stairs and Balustrades 48 Bathrooms & Washrooms

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A home wrapped in wood Tom Raffield’s steam-bent wooden home in the UK recently appeared on the Channel 4 TV show ‘Grand Designs’ With an experimental workshop set amongst six acres of ancient woodland in Cornwall, UK, Tom Raffield’s furniture and lighting designs are synonymous with nature; each product is hand-shaped using sustainable wood and created as sculptural pieces of art using a pioneering form of steam-bending. Tom and his wife Danielle had long dreamed of living and working among the woodland and after two years of hard work and creative exploration they finished their biggest project to date – a spectacular home designed using an innovative and architectural take on their steam-bent furniture and lighting. The ambitious project caught the eye of presenter Kevin McCloud and the team at Grand Designs who filmed the whole project. “This place has the potential to be Tom’s masterpiece; the summation of his life’s work,” said Kevin McCloud on the programme. The team at Tom Raffield have been overwhelmed with positive response following the show which was first broadcast on Wednesday 5 October. The #GrandDesigns hashtag trended at number four on Twitter following the programme. Set in six acres of woodland at Trevano near Heslton, Tom and Danielle bought the original listed gamekeeper’s lodge five years ago with the idea of building a family home that balanced indoor and outdoor living. Showcasing the couple’s design skills, the new timber-clad extension blends

seamlessly into the surrounding landscape and is concealed behind - and linked to - the original cottage and outbuildings which have also been restored. Tom says: “We wanted to build a house with the same consideration and attention to detail we put into our furniture and lighting.” “Designing objects for other people to put in their home is an incredible privilege, we’d never design anything that we wouldn’t have in our own home, but we’d never had a chance to design for our own space before. It’s a dream come true and we’ve been absolutely blown away with the inspiring feedback we’ve received about the house and furniture.” Danielle says: “The experience of building your own space and creating pieces to put inside has been incredibly liberating. Then being able to share that experience is both nerve wrecking and incredibly exciting. I hope the programme is a little window into the place where we live and work, and also the way all of our products are made.” The programme is available to view online ‘on catch’ up until Friday 4 November at Grand Designs is on Channel 4, Wednesdays at 9pm.

Victorian style windows preserve period look Made-to-order wooden windows and doors from Lomax + Wood have been specified by a London-based property developer for a project in South West London. The period style residence features double glazed Victorian-style spring box sash windows the Kensington & Chelsea collection, featuring a non-bar lower pane with lamb’s tongue mouldings, and an upper pane with a single vertical lamb’s tongue glazing bar, designed in single, double and triple window configurations. Kensington & Chelsea factory-finished, double glazed windows provide modern acoustic and thermal performance which meet and improve upon the requirements of current Part L Building Regulations’. Ideal for both new build and heritage work the range offers a coordinated collection of high performance


wooden sash windows; timber casement windows; single, Bi-folding and timber entrance doors in a variety of designs. Kensington & Chelsea entrance doors meet Part L Building Regulations’ and incorporate a turn-key espagnolette which has been tested to Secured by Design standards. These products offer exceptional U-values that will help to reduce energy consumption and resulting CO₂ emissions. Kensington + Chelsea products are delivered to site and factory-finished with three coats of highly durable, micro-porous paint as standard which is available in white and a choice of fashionable heritage colours, as well as stain and dual colour. These premium quality timber windows and doors have been tested to meet the rigorous security testing

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£1.4bn Brent Cross Blaze destroys shopping mall Renfrewshire expansion unveiled timber homes site The Brent Cross shopping centre in North London is set to double in size providing space for over 200 extra retail brands, 40 new restaurants, a cinema complex and hotel accommodation.

At least five timber frame houses under construction were destroyed last night when a blaze ripped through part of a Renfrewshire building site in Scotland.

The modernisation plan, which is expected to provide 5,000 construction jobs, has been revealed for public consultation ahead of a detailed planning application being submitted next spring.

Flames could be seen for miles around as fire crews rushed to Persimmon Homes’ Spateston site in Johnstone after local residents raised the alarm.

Under the current plan enabling works will begin in 2017, allowing for a 2018 start on site for expected completion in 2021/2022.

The fire broke out at around 7pm and tore through a section of the Scholars Green site before three fire engines and 15 firefighters managed to extinguish it after three hours.

Brent Cross will be kept operational throughout the development process. The scheme is part of a larger £4.5bn regeneration plan for Brent Cross and Cricklewood, for which Hammerson and Standard Life Investments already has outline planning consent, granted in 2010. Brent Cross London will also benefit from an enhanced Sturgess Park, a main town square and riverside landscaping delivering new pedestrian and cycling routes. A new living bridge and a green landscaped boulevard will span the North Circular creating a walkway for people from Brent Cross London to the wider regeneration taking place to the south of Brent Cross London for the very first time. The southern element of the wider regeneration plan, which includes almost 6,700 homes, new parks, offices, and community facilities, is being delivered by a joint venture between Argent Related and Barnet Council. Peter Cole, Chief Investment Officer for Hammerson said: “Brent Cross has been an iconic part of retail in London and the local community for 40 years. “The challenge we have set the design team is to create a destination for the best global brands and experiences and at the same time still retain Brent Cross’ distinctive character and personal touch which can be enjoyed by future generations.”

Persimmon Homes began work on the £13m housing scheme of around 144 homes at the former school site at the start of the year. Just last week a larger timber frame housing site being built by Keepmoat in Manchester was also destroyed by a fire, which quickly spread through the high rise structure. The fire tore through the timber structure on Hyde Road, Gorton effectively destroying the building. Greater Manchester Police are treating this fire as suspected arson.

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Interconnecting Designs For Life A high-end, mixed-use development that forms part of a new urban township called Medini in Iskandar, Malaysia, is nearing completion. The flagship scheme for Medini features over 2.0 hectares of green space designed by UK and Singapore based Grant Associates and aims to promote residents’ and visitors’ wellbeing through therapeutic horticulture. Envisaged by developer Pulau Indah Ventures to offer an oasis of urban wellness, Afiniti covers a total area of 1.9 hectares and comprises five zones; serviced apartments, residential units, a wellness centre, corporate training centre and wellnessthemed retail. Afiniti, with architecture designed by Kuala Lumpar based aQidea Architects, is a key project in the ongoing development of Medini, a township spanning 9.2 sq km that has been earmarked to become the Central Business District of Nusajaya in the southern economic zone of Iskandar, Malaysia. All of Afiniti’s zones are distinct, with each converging on a shared green podium courtyard, which sits upon the development’s three-storey basement car park. Designed and delivered by the Singapore office of Grant Associates, The Oasis is a three dimensional green space with landscape features on multiple levels including a central ravine, colonnade, water walls and overhead walkways.

this concept, the garden takes root and grows in harmony with the architecture. Shoots and stems (paths and linking walkways) create a three dimensional network across the space where fruits and pods (individual gardens) occur at key nodes. These nodes provide protective spaces for seeds and flowers (art, play and water features) The key theme of multi-layered green space continues into the five zones in the form of sky-rise, rooftop gardens and vertical planting.

The overall aim of the landscape concept is to interweave nature into the built Grant Associates took the structure and physiology environment, emphasise the interconnectedness of all life forms and enable people of a fruiting tree as its inspiration for The Oasis. In to experience the healing power of nature.

Hackney’s new social hub Four new buildings in Hackney Wick, London will provide 110 new homes and 6,300 sq m (GIA) of commercial and light industrial space arranged around a central landscaped courtyard Buckley Gray Yeoman has submitted designs for a new mixed use development at Dace Road in Hackney Wick to planners at the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) on behalf of Aitch Group. The new development will replace outdated light-industrial sheds with four new buildings arranged around a central courtyard, creating new public space and pedestrian routes at the south western gateway to Hackney Wick. The new buildings will be up to six storeys in height, containing more commercial floor area than the existing buildings provide alongside 110 new homes. Matt Yeoman, Director of Buckley Gray Yeoman said: “Hackney Wick is one of London’s most interesting and distinctive neighbourhoods. Much has been made of the fact that it has the highest concentration of artists’ studios in Europe and it is also home to a diverse collection of SME


businesses: factories, maker spaces and warehouses, as well as cultural venues like galleries and theatres. The area can rightly claim to be London’s creative workshop and is a hotspot for the entrepreneurial maker culture that many are suggesting provides a model for our future economy. “Our development at Dace Road will provide office space and workshops alongside housing, retail and cafes, providing space for the range of uses that make this multi-faceted neighbourhood a place where culture is produced as well as consumed. ”Buckley Gray Yeoman’s design proposes three brick-built residential buildings with commercial uses on the ground floor, inspired by the converted warehouses typical of the area. The prominent corner of Dace Road and Monier Road will be marked by a contemporary steel and glass commercial building, making the most of the site’s location at a major south western entrance to Hackney Wick. Of the 110 new homes,

8 will be let under intermediate tenure and 14 offered for social rent. 56 of the flats will have two bedrooms or more. 6,300 sq m of commercial and light industrial space will provide opportunities for Hackney Wick’s community of Small to Medium Enterprises. The buildings are arranged around a central courtyard with an anchor café unit to provide a social hub for the development. New mature trees will be planted along pedestrian routes cutting between the buildings and leading into the landscaped courtyard, creating a high-quality public realm with places to linger as well as yard space for the commercial premises.


MVRDV Wins Ilot de l’Octroi Tackling Competition storm water A new mixed-use development in Rennes, France, brings high-density living to the city’s river edge.

The mayor of the French city of Rennes, Nathalie Appéré, announced today that a team of MVRDV, ALL, and Giboire has won a competition for a new mixed-use development called Ilot de l’Octroi to be located on the city’s waterfront edge. The Ilot de l’Octroi project will include 135 dwellings—one-third of which will be social housing, and the rest will be privately owned—within an 8,200-square-meter (88,264-square-foot) complex. “The project is intentionally very open: [It is] open to the Vilaine, open to the city and open towards nature,” Nathalie de Vries, co-founder of MVRDV, said in a release from the firm. “As part of the expansion of Rennes, we designed a dense urban area that offers more public access to nature, private greens and fantastic views. Densification only works when it comes with added qualities, and that is our ambition for these inhabitants.”

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Each dwelling will include outdoor space, in forms that include balconies, loggias, and terraces, arranged in stepped formation such that the structures taper as they rise. A public garden and plaza at the foot of the complex will connect to riverside pathways. Construction on Ilot de l’Octroi is set to begin in 2018, with an anticipated completion in 2020.


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Redrow South West Posts Record Growth 6 October 2016: Redrow Homes has posted record results for the year ending 30 June 2016. The national housebuilder has reported turnover in excess of £1.38bn (up 20%). The housebuilder’s South West Division is also marking a productive year of growth. A total of 486 new homes were completed in the South West in the period, a rise of 25% on the previous year. The number of new homes planned for the current financial year is also expected to rise to in excess of 500. Redrow has acquired five new sites and added over 1,000 plots to the land bank, which once completed will represent a sales value in excess of £360m leading to job creation and added economic benefits for the communities where new developments are located. Eight new development launches are planned for the forthcoming year in the region in Swindon, Corsham, Bishops Cleeve, Leckhampton, Warminster, Bristol and Stroud. Lee Hawker, managing director for Redrow Homes South West said: “As a division we’ve enjoyed another year of growth and are pleased to have played our part in a record breaking year for the Group. It’s set to be another exciting year launching a number of new sites across the region.” Redrow South West employs 150 staff, of which 19 are trainees and 18 are trade apprentices as well as providing work for many subcontractors on its sites throughout the region.


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shines the spotlight on the winners of its Venturous Builds campaign CRL is delighted to unveil the winners of its Venturous Builds campaign – an inspiring new web series that will showcase Britain’s inspiring self-builders and their construction achievements. A contemporary family eco-home, a renovated Grade II listed mansion and a custom built eco timber house have been selected by the structural defects insurance specialist as being truly venturous of spirit.

entries we’ve received for our Venturous Builds campaign. You’ve proved that the UK has some truly venturous self builders and developers. Thank you to everyone who entered.

The campaign, which saw CRL launch its logo into space, aimed to inspire those who have dared to be venturous, brave and unorthodox to share the details of their venturous builds. Winners will have their project filmed and featured on the online show.

“However, we were looking for the one-offs, the inspiring, the ingenious construction projects to feature in our Venturous Builds web series. Our three winners clearly demonstrate they have the courage, determination and an unwavering belief in their ability to create something truly unique.

The filming of these unique projects is now underway, with the first episode of Venturous Builds going live in the coming weeks. The Venturous Builds web series will be hosted by English designer and regeneration expert Wayne Hemingway. CRL CEO Steve Mansour said: “We’ve been blown away by the quality of all of the

“Venturous builds celebrates the pioneering self-builders who, against the odds, have dared to dream big and have created the homes of their dreams.” Commenting on the winners, Wayne Hemingway said: “My wife and I designed and built our own home 19 years ago when

our kids were young and it has been a true life enhancing experience ever since. “Designing and building your own home is about getting something you really want, rather than getting a house someone else has designed or settling for what’s on the market. The winners of CRL’s campaign clearly knew what they wanted when it came to their home and they clearly are revelling in the results. “Venturous Builds celebrates fantastic selfbuilt homes and shows it’s about the spirit of getting on and doing it. It is truly inspiring to witness the people and the love of what they have achieved at the end of the process.” CRL does not shy away from arranging insurance for unusual projects, including new builds, complete or partially completed builds, timber frame constructions, prefabricated properties, mixed-use projects, conversions and insolvent properties. The construction insurance experts recognise that every opportunity is different. With CRL there is no set criteria – just an appetite for adventure.

Venturous Builds – the winners are: Roy Austin – Rosedene, Redruth, Cornwall Roy designed and built a modern, contemporary, family eco-home to meet the needs of their young disabled son after the family relocated to Cornwall five years ago. After failing to find anything suitable on the market, Roy decided on a self-build. Construction got under way in October 2014 and was completed in just eight months later. Built on a 90-degree curve, Rosedene is fully accessible with lifts and wide doorways, and is a happy family home. Roy said:“We’re delighted to have been chosen as one of the winners of the campaign and that our achievements have been recognised. After three years of struggling to find a home suitable for my family, in the right location, we decided on a self-build. “I’ve worked in architecture for 14 years, so have always had an interest in design, especially with bespoke properties. I felt considering the cost of buying a house compared to adapt or extending to cater for my son who has cerebral palsy, it would be more cost effective to build something from scratch to and incorporate everything we needed from day one.


Roy Austin – Rosedene, Redruth, Cornwall

“We are really pleased with the end result and happy to be living in our dream home.”

Berkshire Homes – Holme Hall Manor, Cliviger, Lancashire Holme Hall Manor is a beautifully renovated Grade II listed mansion which has been sympathetically converted into stunning apartments. A family home for more than 200 years, and former retirement home and nightclub, Holme Hall was gutted in an arson attack in 2004. It was derelict for more than 10 years before being bought at auction by Berkshire Homes. The heritage site has now been transformed into 10 one and two-bedroom apartments with impressive views over the Cliviger Valley and a wealth of character. Harrison Kiely, Berkshire Homes, said: “Holme Hall has been an incredible project. It was previously owned by four experienced property developers who gave up on restoring this ruin. Our appointed surveyors advised us to put this property back in the auction and cut our losses because it would take us more than two years to complete and we would lose money.

Berkshire Homes – Holme Hall Manor, Cliviger, Lancashire. Before (right) & After (above).

“However, we said no way. The rebuild took us six months to complete from start to finish. The local residents who have a lot of memories of this magnificent 400-year-old building were thrilled to see Holme Hall restored to its former glory.”

Barbara Fischer-Clark (Stommel Haus) – Heartwood, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire Stommel Haus, a German manufacturer of timber houses, was commissioned to develop a custom built, energy efficient eco timber house. The house, which the owners called “Heartwood” was built only using untreated Arctic Heartwood Spruce from FSC certified forests in Finland. This stunning three-bedroom home is insulated using recycled newspaper and recycled glass. With 216 m² living space, there is also a double height dining room from which you can see the vaulted timber ceiling, with views over the beautiful rolling hills of Deeside, in Aberdeenshire. The house is heated using a heat pump and ground-breaking technology “Heating with Ice”, which uses the ambient heat and solar thermic energy, the energy in an underground water tank and latent energy in ice. Barbara Fischer-Clark (Stommel Haus) – Heartwood, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire

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Barbara Fischer-Clark said: “Heartwood is a fantastic bespoke home and we are delighted to be named as one of the Venturous Build winners. What sets this property apart is the Scottish owners eco-commitment, they have used ground-breaking technology to ensure it achieves the highest in energy efficiency, while working with a German partner to deliver the home of their dreams.”


Systemline 7 Enhances Victorian Home Renovation


PROJECT OVERVIEW Whilst refurbishing his family home, John Dixon opted to install Systemline 7 (S7), the state-of-the-art multi-room audio system. The easy-to-install solution was chosen due to its ability to stream online music services whilst also holding John’s extensive music collection.

THE PROPERTY The family home is an old Victorian building in the Park Parade area of Harrogate. It has nine rooms including an open dining room, lounge, master bedroom with an en-suite and a wine cellar. The property is currently being refurbished with a modern décor.

SYSTEMLINE 7 S7 is built into the fabric of the property and provides high quality audio in up to 24 separate, independent zones. It supports up to and including 24/192 music files for the very best sound quality and facilitates options for personal listening, adding wireless zones and creating a home cinema zone. The platform also incorporates built-in music file storage. Six S7 zones were created throughout the property, including the lounge, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom, en-suite, hallway and wine cellar. Each room has been equipped with a pair of 6.5” in-ceiling performance speakers from Q Acoustics, as well as specially designed wet-room speakers in the en-suite. The system is controlled via KPS11 keypads and an iPad Mini docking station. All the speakers were connected using high quality cables from QED.

THE INSTALLATION PROCESS YESSS Wholesale Electrical Supplies has stocked S7 for more than two years. When John expressed interest in a multi-room music system, Craig Anthony Electrical Services (CAES), who was installing electrics at the property and is also a frequent customer of YESSS, advised John on the benefits of S7. An installer from CAES had previously undergone a one-day intensive training course with Systemline so he could learn how to install and setup S7 correctly. John commented: “I have always wanted a multi-room music system and I was impressed by the simplicity of S7 and the ability to tailor it to my needs. I wanted a product from which I could easily access my CD collection, as well as allowing my family to use online music streaming services such as Deezer and Spotify. I also liked the fact I was able to have TV sound in the lounge and kitchen through a simple control.”



CONTINUOUS FLOW UP TO 7% MORE COST EFFECTIVE AECOM, a major global player in the building engineering services consultancy arena, has concluded a report showing that continuous flow water heating systems have a clear advantage in terms of initial capital costs as well as life cycle costs over 20 years, when compared with stored hot water systems*.

The study** shows that continuous flow water heating systems can be up to 7% more economical than equivalent ‘traditional’ stored hot water systems. AECOM was commissioned to carry out a life cycle study on continuous flow water heating systems, and to provide a comparison with conventional storage systems. Two case studies were provided that are based on projects using continuous flow water heating systems. AECOM then determined an equivalent storage based system for each case study and compared operational and capital costs.


For the life cycle comparison, the analysis period was 20 years, based on the expected service life. The net present value (NPV) calculation is based on a discount rate of 3.5% (The GREEN BOOK - HM Treasury), an inflation rate of 2% for servicing costs and projected retail fuel costs from DECC1. In both case studies the continuous flow system showed a clear advantage in terms of initial capital costs, as well as life cycle costs over 20 years, with the continuous flow system consistently lower in energy use than the two storage systems.

Case study 1 This was a system for a typical, small, pre-fabricated fast food restaurant. It is assumed the system only serves the hot water demand. The life cycle analysis includes the initial capital costs, projected annual fuel costs, and estimated annual servicing costs which are assumed to increase by 2% each year. The annual fuel cost assumes the same daily fuel consumption over the whole year. The servicing cost is based on £130/year per boiler, and £160/ year for a boiler and cylinder. The resulting net present values of the three showed that the continuous flow system is 6 - 7% lower than the two storage systems based on that 20-year analysis period.

**The AECOM ‘Life cycle study of continuous flow water heating systems’

SYSTEMS EMPLOYED IN THE STUDY * Indirect fired storage systems This consists of separate heat source and storage cylinders, where for this study the heat source will be gas fired boilers running on 80ºC flow and 60ºC return with gross efficiency of 89%. As the hot water is stored at 60ºC in insulated cylinders there will be standing heat losses. The standby electricity is assumed to be 15W per boiler, and 60W when operating to cover fan and controls.

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Case study 2 This was a system for a shower block in a holiday camp, with six showers and four basin taps. For the continuous flow option, the analysis is based on a configuration of 4 continuous flow water heaters that each have a nominal output of 48 kW, which, for this particular application, because there is a very short run of pipe work between the water heaters and the fixtures, it is possible for the water heaters to generate water at 40°C. The risk of legionella is overcome by regular flushing of the system. For the energy required to deal with the instantaneous hot water demand the analysis assumes that the bulk of the hot water demand would be due to the showers. Each shower would typically have a flow rate of around 9 litres per minute, which if mixed to 40ºC would equate to an instantaneous load of around 19 kW each, so even if there was only one shower running, the load on a single continuous flow water heater would equate to an efficiency of 95% based on the performance curve. As the hot water demand increases, the modular nature of this particular configuration would allow the 95% efficiency to be maintained for the bulk of the demand. The difference in daily fuel costs between the three systems is around 7%. The usage profile for this case study is particularly suited to continuous flow systems (i.e. high but infrequent demand over the day), which is why there is an advantage in fuel consumption over the storage systems.

This is where the hot water storage cylinder has an integral gas burner to directly heat the water, and the key difference with indirect fired storage systems is that they are designed to operate in condensing mode and generally achieve gross efficiency up to 96%. A disadvantage of direct fired storage systems is that the standing losses are around 3 times higher than indirect storage cylinders.

Continuous flow systems This is essentially a gas boiler that is designed to instantaneously heat mains water for supply directly to water fixtures without any storage. The key advantages with this type of hot water heating, is firstly saving in space needed for hot water cylinders and the associated standing heat losses. The challenge is that instantaneous hot water demand can vary hugely for most systems and therefore the continuous flow heating system needs to have a wide modulation range as well as maintaining efficiency over that range.

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Packed line-up at ArchitEx in Liverpool With over 30 industry experts confirmed to speak in 8 conference sessions and a series of workshops at ArchitEx next month, this free-to-attend event for industry professionals is a worthwhile day or two out of the office. The conference-led exhibition will be held at the new Exhibition Centre Liverpool from Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th November, kicking off with an opening session looking at future of Liverpool and the Atlantic Gateway with speakers Max Steinberg CBE, Mark Kitts, Liverpool City Council and Kate Willard chair of the Atlantic Gateway board.

The exhibition will include a number of products and services from suppliers such as Multimesh, Cadspec, Ensor Building Products, Bluebeam Software, Flowcrete, Renson, A Proctor Group, Wicksteed Playgrounds, Wedge Group Galvanizing, ADO Metal Drainage, The Planning Portal, Heckmondwike and OM Safety Solutions.

Ellen van Loon, Partner at OMA will be flying in to explain how they are creating a cultural anchor for Manchester with The Factory, whilst other topics covered focus on placemaking, the future of housing, the development landscape of the North West and practical advice on how to grow and develop your business.

There will also be a drinks reception hosted by the Planning Portal offering a fantastic networking opportunity for all attendees.

A series of workshops will also run alongside the conference including sessions hosted by The Chartered Institute of Building who will offer career advice as well as looking at building conservation and heritage. The Local Authority Building Control, will also be running workshops to offer practical advice on how to work in a collaborative partnership to achieve compliance without compromise.

The conference will be certified by the CPD certification service for all attendees. If you are a supplier to this industry and are looking to develop further business within the North West there are limited exhibition spaces and workshop slots available.

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Please contact event director Jo Tyler / 01737 855012 for further details.

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FREE-TO-ATTEND CONFERENCE FOR ARCHITECTS, DEVELOPERS, CONTRACTORS & SPECIFIERS • 8 inspiring conference sessions • 25 expert speakers • 2 days of networking • 1 drinks reception • 100s of new ideas, products and services

CONFERENCE SESSIONS INCLUDE: • Innovations in Architecture – exploring the technical and creative developments that are pushing the boundaries in the built environment. • Place making and design for the Northern Powerhouse – the latest thinking and practice in urban design and strategies for creating success in the North West • Development landscape in the North West – hear from developers from both the private and public sector, presenting their plans and pipeline for the next five years.

• Future of housing – the latest on housing design and sustainability, plus updates from local authorities on planning for new homes in the region and issues around the emerging PRS market • Design & delivery – hear from leading architects on how they go about delivering their vision, creating good client relations and tips for delivering on time and on budget • A how to guide on practice essentials – hear from experts on achieving sustained success in your practice, including marketing, contractual advice, efficient working and improving client relations

EXHIBITION & SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE FOR SUPPLIERS Please contact our team for more information: • Andrew Clark - / 0151 722 8600 Paul Fitzgerald – / 07917 324 995 • Jo Tyler – / 07881 585 974 Supported by:

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‘Glass box rooflights installed in high spec residential development’ Listed Kings College Library, whilst at the same time incorporating a sense of the contemporary. In addition Taylor Wimpey was seeking to deliver the optimum sales value per square foot of this development in the increasingly competitive London property market and to maximize the amenities for the residents and investors alike. HLM’s specialist Development Team, in close collaboration with Kings College’s own working group, revised a previously acquired planning consent to significantly improve the efficiency of the site, and also positively enhance the surrounding environs. By adding re-configured and generously sized triplexes at roof level, HLM Architects were able to deliver that all-important roof top space, so highly prized and keenly coveted by homeowners and investors alike, and which comes at a premium in the City of London. Box rooflights provide access to the spacious outdoor terraces Key to unlocking this vital roof top space, whilst simultaneously respecting the roofline in this conservation area, was HLM’s specification of Glazing Vision’s innovative box rooflights. Essentially a free-standing “glass box” these roof lights provided both technical as well as aesthetic benefits for the architects. In addition to four standard freestanding box rooflights, Glazing Vision were able to precision-engineer two bespoke sized one-wall box rooflights to meet the unique requirements of the re-worked layout.

Glazing Vision’s one wall box rooflights were incorporated in Taylor Wimpey’s prestigious, high specification residential development at St Dunstan’s House, Fetter Lane in the City of London. The scheme provides 76 luxury private apartments, a residents’ lounge and library, landscaped courtyard in a historic setting, complete with basement parking and concierge facilities. Taylor Wimpey enlisted the specialist services of HLM Architects to address a number of unique challenges to the development of this site, previously the location of the original St Dunstan’s House, which was demolished in 1976. The site is located close to Grade 1 Listed Buildings and is in the Chancery Lane Conservation area, thus necessitating a very sensitive approach to the development. The design language had to respect the characterful architecture of the adjacent Grade 1


For the contractor these box roof lights, pre-assembled in-house, offered easy installation as they were delivered to site as finished boxes. The physical structure and the specification of the glazing negated the need for additional balustrading, thereby facilitating the full use of the terraced area. A critical consideration for HLM architects, in specifying the Glazing Vision box rooflights, was to optimize the headroom whilst complying with building regulations. The resident, at the simple push of a button, can climb the stairs whilst the rooflight is retracting into its open position, without needing to “bow” his head, and can walk straight out onto the terrace. The secure manual override, and the low profile infra-red proximity sensors to detect movement during the open/close operation provide the fundamental safety features. An access keypad provided an additional benefit to the resident with regards to comfort and security.

Sleek rooflight design, maximal light The minimal structural framework, powder-coated in grey to harmonise with the elegant interior dĂŠcor, and the glass-to-glass joints of the box rooflights reflected the clean, contemporary aesthetics at the heart of this residential development, whilst successfully providing the desired seamless integration of the exterior and interior. The large glazed sections of the box rooflights ensured that these luxurious triplexes are flooded with natural light during the day and crowned with the stars at night. The small stairwell up to the box rooflight, and the wide opening created by the retractable section make access to the terrace very easy. The resident will undoubtedly delight in the use of this highly valuable and generously sized outdoor space, whilst enjoying unadulterated views over the famous landmarks in this historic conservation area. For more information please view our Part K and rooflights whitepaper, book a CPD, or view the new box rooflight range.

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Touch Ironmongery LTd 210 Fulham road, chelsea London SW10 9PJ

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

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

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

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

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The Telguard range of telephone, GSM, and soon to be released, SIP based intercom systems are suitable for new build or retro fit. Designed, developed and manufactured in the UK since 1992 we have provided entry solutions for thousands of projects nationally and overseas. 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 SIP product requires a Broadband connection and a link to the LAN or local Wi-Fi. 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 resident is out, the system is able to divert the call to up to 8 follow on numbers. This could be to a mobile phone or even a Call Centre where access may be granted from. Telguard benefits from an internal battery backed time clock which enables timed access PINs, timed number divert, disable the system to prevent unsociable calls, timed trade access via a ‘Trade’ button or PIN and a number of other timed features. This facility also updates from BST to GMT as required, again removing the need for a site visit. 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 Activity Logs provide a record of every function that the system performs backed up with accurate time and date information. The Logs also provide a ‘Dashboard’ to the installer providing operational information ie. Voltage, temperature. The Telguard system is not only quick to install compared with hard-wired 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. 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 prime position to make the most of these advances thanks to our in-house 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.


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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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Windows have a fascinating history and are handy aids to understanding a property’s past. Crittall’s new HomelightPlus residential window shows just how far they have evolved over the centuries…


The ‘eyes of the home’, windows are a property’s most prominent feature. Through the window design, the type, style, number installed, architectural expression and local identity, they define a home’s character, and its status. With the desire in a home for light, air, views, and social status and making an impression, windows have evolved as fashions and aesthetics have changed; as functional needs, technological advances and materials have impacted. Medieval In medieval times, domestic windows were much simpler, less sophisticated than today, often designed as a symbol of wealth and social standing. Only the richest could afford glass and it was rarely used domestically. For centuries, smaller homes did not have glass for the windows made of wood or stone – they just had internal timber shutters or sack-cloth to keep out the elements, allow smoke to escape. By the 16th Century, windows became larger and taller. Technical innovation made glass more readily available, but still only for the wealthiest. Window shape related to the proportions of rooms – tall mullioned windows for the main hall and horizontal windows for low ceiling, less important, rooms. Georgian There was a revolution in window design during the 18th Century. Notably, Georgian verticallysliding sash windows with vertical proportions suiting grander, taller, rooms were symbolic of houses of that period. Frames were oak or hardwood. Earlier thick glazing bars became thinner and more refined. During Victorian times, cheaper, larger sheet glass became more accessible and sash windows with two or four panes replaced the earlier 12 and 16 pane types. The Industrial Revolution saw enhanced manufacturing processes and revival styles, each with its own window style, like the Gothic Revival. Modern The early 20th Century saw backward-looking revival style windows, often featuring the lead light mullioned style typical of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Those of the Modern Movement were stylish, minimal, steel windows like those made famous by Crittall Windows. Post-war, functionalism prevailed with picture windows and top-hung fanlights, curtain walling by the 1980s, double glazing and PVCu and aluminium frames.

Doors, Windows & Architectural hardware Today Whether it’s a restoration, renovation, extension or a replacement, there’s now an extensive choice of windows suiting every style of home. You can personalise your home’s appearance, bring the heritage of your home to life. Reputable window installers (like those registered with FENSA) will know which aspects of the Building Regulations are applicable to your property. Without necessary consent, altering a listed building is a criminal offence. Listed Building consent is required for internal and external work, including windows, which affect a property’s character. Unlisted buildings too may have permitted development rights removed. This often includes windows so that planning permission is needed for replacement or change. HomelightPlus New from Crittall, the pioneers of steel frame window manufacture for nearly 170 years, is the HomelightPlus range of residential windows. It is the 21st Century enhanced version of the successful Homelight window first made by the company during the 1920s. It brings new-look styling and window profiling, plus higher energy-savings, performance, and enhanced security. Stuart Judge, the company’s managing director says: “With the cold, long, dark nights, we especially start thinking about home comforts, keeping down those energy bills – and security. “You can significantly save on costly energy bills by choosing high quality, well designed, stylish steel windows, and considering the newest in window frame development. “HomelightPlus is a modern, authentic, ‘like for like’ steel window offering significant energy savings- thermally improved to meet Part L of Building Regulations by achieving either a window energy rating Band B or a centre pane U-value of 1.2w/m2k. “An improved, robust, security multi-point locking option ensures the window is especially secure.” For year-round comfort, it features high performance double glazing that retains heat during cold winters, and controls heat during the summer, whilst generally reducing noise levels. Even slimmer ‘timeless’ frame and sight-lines, present a light delicate feel inside and out, creating a welcome sense of airiness and space. To maximise daylight, the window’s design incorporates larger areas of glass than any other window of a similar size. Quality-made, galvanised steel windows like this will last 60+ years.

They are competitively priced, economical to maintain long-term. Polyester powder coated, they ensure a consistent, even, coating, not requiring redecoration for 25 - 30 years. The window is available through Crittall’s network of local Crittall Window Specialists in a choice of styles (including true divided glazing bar options) and colours, plus a dual colour option. The steel window frames can match – or contrast with - your interior décor. Do it in style Stuart Judge adds: “Ensure the windows you choose match the style of the home. They have a dramatic impact on the look

– personality - of your home, even affecting its value. Installed appropriately, quality steel windows can enhance a property. “Don’t spoil the look of a property for the sake of a cheap installation. Install the window brand it says it is only the original, genuine, make. Being the original steel window company, we know there are window companies claiming to be providing that, but are not.” More Crittall Windows/HomelightPlus/ local distributor info: Visit t: 01376 530800; e:


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We Build It Ltd are based in the heart of some of Shropshire's most outstanding countryside. As one of the UK's largest manufacturers of domestic sewage treatment plants, we focus on high quality, affordable products. All of our sewage treatment plants are based on the successful and simple extended aeration method. We design, manufacture, install and service the BioPure sewage treatment plant for single houses, small developments up to 55 pe and larger off mains FlowPath treatment plants for rural industrial units, campsites, pubs, hotels, offices, barn conversions and commercial applications. Our products can also be used after an existing septic tank to enable the effluent to be discharged directly to a water causeway, if your existing soakaway has failed. We offer straight forward, easy to follow advice for your

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

125 PE Treatment Plant, up to 300 PE available as standard other sizes available on request.

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Product information GlassTech Europes stock distressed antique mirror is generally 4, 5 & 6mm thick & the sheet sizes are 2440mm x 1830mm & 2400mm x 1200mm Our mirrors can be supplied as full sheets or cut to size & processed with polished edges, bevelled edges, drilled holes, cut outs & safety backing.

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Flexfurn launches two new modular design collections Under the name X-Design Flexfurn, the Belgian manufacturer of folding and stacking furniture, is launching two new innovative product lines onto the market. The LAZE collection and the FLOW collection have three characteristics in common: they are light, extremely strong and modular. Moreover, they have been designed with the focus on attractive contemporary design and are suitable for outdoor use. They meet the market requirements of catering entrepreneurs, event organisers, offices, shopping centres, care institutions, etc. who are looking for affordable ergonomic and flexible design furniture. LAZE is a collection of seating furniture and FLOW is the table and bench collection. An outdoor version has been added to the popular KUBO collection. For the design of the new LAZE collection Flexfurn worked together with Boonen Design Studio. At the start of this year Frédéric Boonen received a Henry van de Velde Award with his Buggybooker as best product on the market.

The LAZE lounge sets With the LAZE lounge set Flexfurn meets the increasing demand for functional yet exclusive outdoor lounge furniture. Industrial designer Frédéric Boonen worked with the keywords lounge, design, light, modular and outdoor. The result is the surprising LAZE collection. The LAZE chair is the centrepiece of the collection. A particularly light shell-shaped seat with back. The rounded shapes are the result of the rotation moulding production method. The high-quality polyethylene used for this makes the seats light, strong, maintenancefriendly and UV-resistant, four important basic characteristics for outdoor furniture. Because of the fine grain of the 100% recyclable polyethylene, the LAZE collection is very easy to keep clean. A number of clever details provide extra durability and ease of use. There are four durable feet underneath the LAZE chair so that it stands firmly on the ground and does not get damaged. Using the connector you can click the chairs neatly and discretely into the configuration of your choice. The lumen LED lights can be attached


to the connector by a handy magnet, creating surprising light effects. The LAZE chair can be used with or without cushions. Chair cushions are available in high-quality Sunbrella fabrics and are filled with EZY dry foam, a foam with the right specifications for intensive outdoor use. The LAZE table/pouf / ottoman is the perfect addition to the chair. If the word multifunctional didn’t already exist, we would have had to invent it for the table/pouf! The table/pouf can also be used as a small table and as a pouf, but equally well as a small seat, ice bucket, plant container or protection for parasol base. Of course, the features that make the chair so interesting also apply to the table/ pouf: wear-resistant feet, connector, magnetic lumen LED lights and cushions in various designs. As an extra with every table/pouf you receive a table top and a cap at the bottom of the hollow space for easy water drainage. The chairs and tables/poufs can be stacked together on a handy trolley that enables the transport of up to ten units.

The FLOW tables and benches The approach to the design of the FLOW collection was identical to that for the LAZE collection with an extra dimension: the tables and benches had to be folding. For this reason James Verbeeck opted for a lightweight aluminium frame to which he added extra stability with handy adjustable feet. The high-quality white coating is ideal for events and outdoor use. The black coating looks particularly attractive in combination with the tops in bamboo, perfect for trendy urban catering. The FLOW grande is a high and long bar table. The FLOW dinner is the lower and shorter version. These two lightweight frames have easily interchangeable table tops in melamine, bamboo or solid core composite material. Melamine is the standard material for indoor use and is available in a variety of colours. Bamboo not only looks very attractive, but is also suitable for outdoor use in good weather conditions. Finally, the solid core composite tops in white or black are ideal for heavy duty outdoor use. The bamboo version is particularly interesting due to the specific properties of this natural product. Bamboo is 27% stronger and 50% more water-resistant than oak. A bamboo leaf has no knots and is resistant to insects and fungi. Flexfurn ensures that only FSC-certified sustainable bamboo is used for production.

The FLOW benches have exactly the same characteristics as the tables: an aluminium folding frame and interchangeable seats. If required, a wide variety of cushions are also available. For those customers who are a looking for an alternative to the benches with the FLOW grande, there is the KUBO Smart Bar aluminium, a high stacking bar stool with an aluminium frame. The FLOW tables and benches fit perfectly on the Flexfurn trolleys, a useful functional detail! They are very easy to fold and, just like the LAZE chairs, are easy to put up and down.

James Verbeeck, CEO Flexfurn: “Outdoor is a fast-growing segment with a lot of requirements of its own. Outdoor design furniture not only has to be functional, but also attractive, comfortable and affordable. With the LAZE and FLOW collections Flexfurn is responding to the lounge trend. These collections have a very broad application area. Catering and events are the obvious ones, but these chairs, benches and tables also come into their own in gardens or on terraces. This kind of casual furniture is also suitable for meeting rooms, waiting and reception areas, shopping centres, museums, beach bars, etc. So we firmly believe that these new collections will be a huge success as they add an extra design dimension to Flexfurn’s traditional reliability and functionality.” For more information, contact Peter Whiteland (MD, Flexfurn UK),


the Furniture Awards 2016 Upper Level category at last year’s show. For 2017 it will be introducing brand new, innovative designs with huge emphasis on comfort and a natural fibre fabric collection. A collaboration between Whitemeadow and Content by Terrence Conran will be launched at the show. The new Plus Collection harnesses the design and fabric flair of the Conran team with the commerciality of the Whitemeadow organisation. Four new models will be unveiled at the show which are designed to complement the cabinet ranges from Conran. The heritage of the brand will be clear for all to see. Kesterport will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with a return to the January Furniture Show. Established as respected suppliers to leading retailers, interior designers and contract specifiers both at home and internationally, it will be previewing a selection of new ranges with the emphasis on style and value.

DESIGN FOCUS AT JANUARY FURNITURE SHOW Interior designers, architects and specifiers heading to the January Furniture Show 2017 (JFS) can expect an even bigger and better event with extended show space and more exhibitors. The four-day show, which runs from Sunday 22 until Wednesday 25 January at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC), gives architects, designers and specifiers the first chance to see up and coming trends in furniture and furnishings. With over 300 exhibitors already signed up, there will be everything from fabrics, soft furnishings, upholstery, flooring, cabinets and giftware across the five full halls on show. Some of the UK’s major industry names exhibiting their designs, products and innovations for those interested in sourcing furniture and furnishings for the contract and interior design markets, include:

Parker Knoll, Duresta, Collins & Hayes, Libra, Nathan, Celebrity, Kesterport, Cintinque, Lebus, Ercol, Whitemeadow, Willis & Gambier, Gallery Direct, Alstons, Furmanac, Dar Lighting, Michael Tyler, Pacific Lifestyle, Rauch, Tom Schneider and Tetrad. Laraine Janes of the January Furniture Show said: “Designers attending the show will find plenty of inspiration from the many beautiful stands, product designs and concepts. We are excited that the calibre of companies exhibiting is very high for 2017, so it is the perfect show at the perfect time of year to see what trends lie ahead.” Here’s a taster of who you can expect to see at this year’s show. Collins & Hayes was proud to be a runner up and highly commended for its Brooke sofa range in

As one of the largest business to business suppliers of furniture, lighting and giftware, Pacific Lifestyle, will be showcasing its five current trends: Berlin, Harmonie, Urban Jungle, Henley and Elgin Estate. Berlin focuses on the reclaimed, distressed look; Harmonie features chalky pastels offering a calming soft appearance; Urban Jungle celebrates the tropical world with vibrant colours and globally-inspired style; Henley taps into the coastal theme with sandy, driftwood tones and classic whites; and Elgin Estate channels the outdoors through colour aiming to create a log-cabin hideaway look. Visitors to the Dar Lighting stand will, once again, see some of the company’s broad spectrum of designs from traditional chandeliers and large statement pieces to a full range of table and floor lamps, wall lights, exterior lights, decorative lighting, easy-fit pendants and lampshades. British furniture company Ercol, has been designing quality furniture for 95 years, and for 2017 will bring products that are synonymous with quality, timeless, pared down design and excellent functionality. As the Parker Knoll brand continues to grow, it remains committed to designing and developing collections in line with the changing market place and latest consumer trends – while providing the ultimate in comfort. At the 2017 January Furniture Show, it will be launching a brand new collection, honing in on its commitment to continuous innovation, and market leading design. Lovelane continually design and source wall décor and home accessories to suit a variety of rooms and moods. They will be showing their newest trends for 2017 including clocks and canvases, wall art and mirrors. A comprehensive range of modern lounge and dining room furniture will feature on the Skovby stand - known throughout the world for its unique designs, high quality and craftsmanship. Online registration for the January Furniture Show is open and visitors can see the full list of exhibitors for 2017 and secure their free badge by visiting


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Space Saving Wheelchair Platform Lift for Surgery Invalifts were recently approached by an Enfield building company to see if they could offer a cost effective solution for wheelchair access for a rise of 560mm into a doctor’s surgery. The builder was responsible for the construction of a new flight of stairs and had made provision for a flat concrete base for the lift. Invalifts recommended their Inva Flexi Econ unit with an open through arrangement, allowing the user to easily access the lift at the bottom, and then continue out at the top of the lift without needing to turn around. The orientation of the lift was important so that it did not encroach into the car park and take up valuable parking space. Invalifts also specified centre opening doors which helped reduce the amount of space the lift would require along the front of the building. The Inva Flexi Econ wheelchair platform lift was chosen and has proven the perfect solution as a fully compliant disabled access lift with a carrying capacity of 300Kg. The whole unit comes with a hard wearing grey powder coated finish and the lift is externally rated with a smart aluminium chequer plate floor and fixed ramp ensuring a robust and durable finish. The Inva Flexi Econ lift is a great option for a cost effective solution for rises of up to one metre. Invalifts also offer the full Inva Flexi model that allows for travel up to 3M and is capable of an open adjacent arrangement. This lift can also have additional options such as different colours, automatic doors and automatic ramp. This is one of many lifts that Invalifts have installed in commercial locations throughout the UK including lifts at the BBC, Next, Aldi and Wickes. To find out more about the Inva Flexi Econ wheelchair platform lift, you can give Invalifts a call on 0845 468 2543 and speak to one of their friendly experts.


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

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EASY LIVING WITH LIFTON – THE ULTIMATE PREMIUM HOME LIFT The Exciting New Lifestyle Brand By The Stiltz Group a premium lifestyle product. This means our most discerning customers will not need to compromise on functionality, style or quality. We’ve worked hard on the design so it looks fantastic both upstairs and downstairs yet is ultra-easy to operate too. “Our overall aim is to ensure homeowners live life as comfortably as possible. With the LiftonDUO, customers get to retain their valuable floor space and immediately gain greater mobility. It’s the perfect solution for anyone who wants to remain in their family home for longer as well as enhancing the property’s usability and value.

The Stiltz Group, one of the most innovative and respected domestic lift manufacturers in the world, has launched The Lifton Home Lift - a new and inspiring premium home lift brand. The flagship product, the LiftonDUO, is a stylish and luxurious home lift which provides the ultimate upgrade for any home; whether traditional or contemporary. It is an imposing and eye-catching lifestyle product aimed at customers who are looking to enhance their home environment with a solution that provides an easier way of moving from floor to floor at the press of a button. With the LiftonDUO, homeowners can ‘future proof’ their property by living a full life in the family home they love. There is no longer any need to downsize to a single storey home or to build a ground floor extension when upstairs becomes a challenge. Because of its compact and space-saving design, the LiftonDUO Home Lift is very flexible and can fit discreetly into small spaces or room corners. It can be located in the stairwell, a galleried landing or even a cupboard. As it is a highly visual product, customers may also choose to position it centre stage.


The Home Lift travels on unobtrusive and elegant self-supporting stilts using discreet wire rope hoists that guide the lift safely and quietly. In common with all Stiltz Domestic Lifts products, no load bearing walls are required. With a tiny footprint of less than a square metre, the LiftonDUO can beautifully complement any room or décor and allow the home owner to maximise their valuable floor space. The LiftonDUO’s integrated drive system is neatly concealed in the lift roof space, no additional motors or machinery are needed. It uses a standard domestic power socket so is quick and easy to install. Two small, powerful remote controls are included with the lift. These enable the user to call the lift at any time, from either floor. Safety is paramount with the LiftonDUO. Sensors fitted above and below the lift car detect obstructions and smoothly stop the car. Also included is a battery back-up in the event of power failure and the option of a full height door or half-height door with fullheight safety light curtain. It also features attractive contemporary LED lights at the top and bottom of the car for ease of use at night. Stiltz Group Commercial Director, Lachlan Faulkner said: “The new LiftonDUO is the ultimate in home lifts. It is

“At Stiltz Group, we’re very excited about the Lifton Home Lift brand and the introduction of the LiftonDUO to the UK marketplace. We expect it to be a real ‘game changer’ in a number of ways as it breaks new ground in Home Lift design and manufacture. We also hope it will help our customers enjoy the positive benefits of living life in their family home, for years to come.” For more information contact Lifton on 0808 250 4739 or visit

Lifts for the home

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

Stannah Midilift providing access in a multi-level home

Stannah Salise

Stannah Microlift

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

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How to Make a Home Accessible Without Compromising on Style Accessibility of the home is an important consideration in any building project. A home lift provides an easy and stylish solution for those who struggle with the stairs. our 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 that homes are fit for the less mobile. 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 and add value to their property. But how do you choose the perfect home lift for your project and your client’s needs? Space is an important consideration, and so is the design of the lift and its safety features. The Terry Lifestyle Home Lift is a spacesaving, unobtrusive option which provides first-class safety features. Independently tested and certificated by a Fire Research Centre, the Lifestyle Home Lift provides the same fire integrity the house had before the aperture is cut – whether the lift is parked upstairs or downstairs. Designed and manufactured in Britain to the requirements of BS5900:2012, the Lifestyle Home Lift provides the best of comforts in living and is a design element your customer will be proud of. For more information on Terry Lifts’ full range of home lifts, call 0333 241 3093, e-mail or visit the website

Terry Lifts are No.1 Terry Lifts are 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’

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


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


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No lift shaft required so easy installation with minimal building work


30 minute fire and smoke protection between floors whether the lift is in the up or down position - an essential safety feature for a through floor lift


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

Cubbyhole is the UK’s newest online property website which entered the marketplace in May with a fresh and innovative idea for the housing market – to provide all the tools you need to buy or sell a property locally or nationally from just £60 (inc. VAT) per week. With marketing campaigns taking place across the UK through several media platforms Cubbyhole is sure to get your property noticed! As the UK market battles the ever-growing pressures on first-time buyers, interest rates and Stamp Duty, everyone is looking for ways to save money. On a typical house sale, could save people thousands, by not having to pay the traditional estate agency fees you can control your move and control your costs. is one of the first consumer property portal where buyers and sellers can connect and communicate online – without an actual estate agent. The new property portal allows sellers to upload their images, input their own details and most importantly, describe and showcase their home in their own words. In turn, the portal then allows potential buyers to browse the market by location and have direct contact with the seller prior to viewing the property. The portal also features “Useful Tips” and “How To Guides” as well as a “Find a Pro” section which lists services and trades in local areas helping people with every aspect of the purchase or sale. Cubbyhole has entered the market with an introductory offer where sellers can receive 30 days of advertising for just £1! For further information email or call 01304 614631.

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SureCav25 helps drive down U-Values A design feature of SureCav25 in maintaining a perfectly consistent, clean and moisture-free clear cavity, gives rise to the situation where a brick outer leaf can be specified. Ordinarily, it would not be possible to keep the cavity clean with just a 25mm gap. But now, with SureCav25, the wall can be built with full confidence. What is more, where a 100mm overall cavity is specified, U-Values of just 0.18 W/m2K can be achieved by installing 75mm of insulation. Now drive down U-Values with the help of SureCav25! SureCav25 allows for more room in the cavity for insulation, thus enhancing the thermal performance of the wall. SureCav25 will release an additional 25mm space in the cavity that can be used for extra insulation. All the properties of SureCav50 you’ve come to rely on - but now just 25mm deep - with a guaranteed 25mm clean and moisture free clear cavity.

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The SureCav25 Cavity Protection System is currently being used successfully throughout the entire country and is designed to maximise the integrity of the cavity environment whilst providing the best spacer system available on which to construct the outer masonry leaf, be it brick, stone, slate or flint. Testimonial: David Lees, Director, Lees Munday Architects “Brilliant idea you had! All the semi-dry stone walling is on SureCav. The stone is Cotswold Stone, 150mm on bed, laid semi dry to conceal the mortar. We wanted it to look like random walling without regular, level, coursing. The walling craftsmen were able to achieve this random effect with SureCav”.

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Introducing The All New JURA WE8 JURA is a significant innovator in luxury Swiss, beanto-cup technology. Each coffee machine offers the ideal coffee solution for organisations looking to give their customer’s a luxurious bean-to-cup experience. JURA coffee machines are compact and chic, capable of producing volume and quality coffee and make a real impact in any establishment. JURA coffee machines provide customers with that choice of taste, strength and roast with every serve – producing premium coffee that complements changing trends.

Joining the renowned GIGA and IMPRESSA Lines, JURA launches the WE8 machine this summer. The WE8 is compact, powerful and elegant – it makes a stylish statement with effortless operation. Providing the ultimate solution for the workplace or boutique offering, this automatic coffee machine is capable of producing up to thirty delicious coffees, at the touch of a button and offers a choice of twelve different specialities – from latte macchiato to flat white. This automatic, customisable, new coffee machine has a six-levelG3 grinder to ensure that the coffee is optimally ground. It also features a Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.©), which optimises extraction time to guarantee a supreme serve. Heated water is teased through finely ground coffee beans at short intervals to produce a full flavoured aroma. Fitted with a TFT display and buttons on the front of the machine, the WE8 makes operation incredibly simple. This machine is just as easy to care for with its Intelligent Water System (I.W.S.) which automatically detects the filter. The CLARIS water filter also provides optimum water quality and protects the fluid system against limescale. The WE8 will be compatible with JURA’s new ‘Smart Connect’ device. Available on IOS or Android, the JURA Coffee App works wirelessly via Bluetooth technology to operate routine tasks, cleaning maintenance and measure product performance. Smart Connect technology optimises convenience – improving speed, ease and delivering increased productivity.


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The perfect espresso thanks to P.E.P.®. The Z6 from JURA wows even the most discerning coffee lovers like Roger Federer. The Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.®) guarantees espresso and ristretto of outstanding barista quality. By automatically switching between milk and milk foam, it’s incredibly easy to prepare trend specialities at the touch of a button. Front operation and the Intelligent Water System (I.W.S.®), that automatically detects the filter, ensure perfect functionality. JURA – If you love coffee. JURA Products Ltd, Vivary Mill, Vivary Way, Colne, Lancashire, BB8 9NW, Tel: 01282 868266 / Fax: 01282 863411,,

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hower enclosure specialist, Lakes Bathrooms, has launched PureVueHD, an optically superior, low-iron glass that appears entirely clear. This new high quality glass is being offered as standard on shower enclosures, doors and bath screens in both its Classic and Coastline Collection, so no incremental charge will be made for this high-end, ultraclear look.

PureVueHD has minimal iron content, meaning that the glass appears clear, rather than having the green tinge that is visible in standard glass. This is because very high transmission levels, of around 90 per cent, enable as much light as possible to pass through PureVueHD glass, making everything viewed through it appear lighter and brighter. With standard glass the iron content reduces light transmission, which creates the green hue that tints everything viewed through it and is particularly noticeable on the edges of the shower enclosure, door or bath screen. This dramatically clearer glass allows the bathroom’s colour palette to be viewed with untainted accuracy. The difference in colours, sharpness and enhanced clarity that PureVueHD makes in the bathroom is like the vivid quality brought to the living room by high definition TV. Whilst low-iron glass can cost as much as 50 per cent more due to the higher grade of silica that it demands, Lakes Bathrooms is supplying it as standard; without adding to its prices. So this visual luxury is now part of all products in its Classic and Coastline collections (excluding only the Mirror range).

Lakes Bathrooms launches ultra-clear PureVueHD glass without charge


The choice of PureVueHD products includes shower enclosures, shower doors and bath screens, with over 40 styles. The latest walk-in ranges are included, plus heavier thickness glass, which shows even more strongly the contrast between standard ‘green’ and this new ultra-clear glass. PureVueHD products start from £145.00 plus VAT and are detailed in the latest catalogue from Lakes Bathrooms. For more information or to find the nearest stockist visit

Green is so last year

Standard glass has a green tinge

PureVueHD glass is optically superior and ultra-clear

Standard glass always has a green tinge that’s particularly apparent when you view the edge of the glass. PureVueHD by comparison is dramatically clearer. Its reduced iron content reduces the greenish hue to zero levels, so the glass almost disappears and the natural beauty of anything seen through it truly shines. From anybody else this dramatic advance would carry a significant premium. From Lakes Bathrooms, where superior comes as standard, this extra clarity comes with no extra cost. Your local Lakes representative will be pleased to show you a side by side comparison and explain more about the brilliance and immediate availability of PureVueHD enclosures, walk-ins and bath screens.

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Imagery has been retouched to accurately portray the colour difference between 10mm PureVueHD glass and standard float glass under daylight conditions.

Novellini UK is the British branch of Novellini Group The most important shower enclosure manufactured in Italy. A vast range, extremely high quality and probably the most versatile in the market – anything is possible in terms of scale and design. Throughout the world Novellini creates inspiring bathrooms that appeal to individuals at home, via our merchant partners. Working alongside architects and designers, we create beautiful and functional bathrooms that complement the home, helping to create tranquil spaces promoting Well-being within the living environment. Based in the beautiful market town of St Albans, Hertfordshire, we have a small but well stocked Showroom with multiple displays of enclosures, trays, baths and steam cabins. In order not to be disappointed please book in advance of your visit making sure we have the product you require on display. Supported by vast stocks at our warehouse in Birmingham and serviced by experienced staff ready to support your needs. All our products are maintained by our qualified service engineers and supported by parts readily available from stock. Our products are: available nationwide through our merchant partners and retailers. Please use our store locator link on our website to find your nearest dealer or call us directly for more information on: 01727 229922




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Novellini UK offers a full range of shower products including bespoke shower enclosures, wetrooms, steam rooms and much more, why not visit our website for more details. Products available nationwide. FOLLOW US ON:

Bathrooms & Washrooms Vanity units that incorporate under sink storage and integrated basins are also popular and although many people are happy to try some DIY themselves, our experience is that they want a fuss-free way to maximise their space. That’s why Croydex introduced a range of quick-fix bathroom furniture which can be put together in less than 20 minutes. The Click ‘N’ Lock range simply clicks together to create tough, durable vanity units without the use of drills, screws or glue. Croydex offer a variety of other stylish vanity units with a combination of contemporary and classic designs. The collection includes the Danby Vanity Unit, available in both white and grey. The perfect storage solution for those with small bathrooms, the two door unit features four door shelves, two top door trays and two inner storage compartments. Danby Beauty Stations are also available to compliment this collection.


Sturdy yet stylish accessories that hook over the bathroom door, such as Croydex’s Hook Over Three Tier Basket, offer quick and easy fixes for updating the bathroom and adding storage. Also within its range, Croydex has a variety of wireware storage styles, providing you with the perfect fit for your bathroom.

Bathroom accessories specialist, Croydex continues to provide space saving solutions for small bathrooms. As the average bathroom is still small, the demand for clever storage ideas and multifunctional designs, such as those that combine mirrors, lighting and storage continues to grow. Croydex meets this demand with a whole spectrum of different storage solutions. Options include the aluminium Halton Double Door Bi-View Cabinet, which features five adjustable glass shelves and also benefits from increased accessibility due to its 165 degree sprung hinges. This product also comes with Croydex’s patented Hang ‘N’ Lock system which ends the struggle of measuring distances and marking screw holes in one hand whilst trying to support a heavy bathroom cabinet in the other. Simply attach the bracket to the wall without the need for accurate drilling or alignment, adjust using the built-in spirit level, hang the product and lock securely in place.

For more ways to make the most of the space in your bathroom or to request a catalogue, call Croydex on 01264 365881 or visit


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JIS Europe Adds the New Midhurst Side Rail to the Sussex Range of Stainless Steel Towel Rails

Inspired by the traditional Japanese wall screen, the rail has been designed to offer a unique and unusual twist on the traditional rail, standing away from the wall partitioning and screening the bathroom. This elegant rail would ideally suit the larger bathroom, offering quite the style statement whilst being highly functional. As always, the rail is manufactured from 100% stainless steel and measures 1765mm high x 500mm wide with a further 50mm for the feet and has a total projection of 560mm from the wall. •54•

It is available in both a highly polished and satin finish and is available in all 3 formats: electric only, central heating plumbed in and dual fuel. The Midhurst rail has a recommended retail price of £698 + VAT (please add 30% for satin finish) and as always comes with a 25 year guarantee. Please visit for further details or call 01444 831200

Bathrooms & Washrooms

Don’t Waste Energy, Get A Hot ® Tap From Insinkerator Replacing the kettle with an instant steaming hot water tap from InSinkErator® will not only reduce water wastage in the home, but can also help reduce the rising cost of utility bills. According to the Energy Saving Trust, 40 per cent of households boil the kettle at least four times a day, with 75 per cent admitting to boiling more water than they need1; accounting for a significant amount of water and energy wasted every year. Homeowners can save water, and time, with a steaming hot water tap from InSinkErator®. The comprehensive range of steaming hot water taps from InSinkErator® offers savings on utility bills, as well as benefiting the busy homeowner in terms of functionality and convenience.

The exciting L Shape collection from InSinkErator® is available in a variety of finishes to suit many different tastes, consisting of Anthracite, Brushed Steel, Chrome and the brand new, Satin Black.

Instantly dispensing filtered water up to 98°C, a steaming hot water tap from InSinkErator® completely eliminates the time lost waiting for water to boil in the kettle, while the perfect amount of readily available steaming hot water contributes to countless other tasks from cooking to cleaning.

Finished in Chrome or Brushed Steel, InSinkErator® has recently launched the 3N1 J Shape; a stunning, curved design, offering the same convenience and water saving qualities as the L Shape collection.

InSinkErator® offers both additional steaming hot water taps and combined taps, including the HC3300 dispenses both steaming hot water and cold filtered water, finished in polished chrome and brushed stainless steel with a 360° swivel spout making the additional tap handy and highly versatile, with an easy to use lever control. In terms of combined fixtures, the InSinkErator® 3N1 steaming hot water taps deliver instant steaming hot, filtered water alongside regular hot and cold water, utilising the same valuable worktop space and water source.


Kevin Carr, UK Sales Manager, InSinkErator®, says: “Water and energy is needlessly wasted by millions of households every day, with many people unaware of the waste and cost. Our steaming hot water taps are genuinely effective in reducing water wastage and saving homeowners’ money.”

For more information on steaming hot water taps from InSinkErator® please call 01923 375 349 or visit the website at

Glass Bending Excellence

Toughened Glass Bends Firman Glass new toughening plant includes two bending chambers which work alongside the standard flat bed. The smaller chamber will bend glass from 5mm to 12mm thick to a maximum size of 2850mm x 1000mm bent and with the following minimum radii. 5mm, 6mm = 450mm 8mm, 10mm = 1000mm 12mm = 1200mm The large chamber will bend glass from 6mm to 19mm thick to a maximum size of 2850mm x 3600mm bent and with the following minimum radii. 6mm = 1500mm 8mm, 10mm = 1800mm 12mm, 15mm = 2000mm 19mm = 2500mm

Working in conjunction with the flat toughening facility to a maximum flat size of 2850mm wide x 5000mm long. Firman Glass can now offer the Architect, Designer and Contractor a complete service for multiple uses such as balustrades, partitions, shower screens, revolving door enclosures, full height barriers, partitions and shopfronts. Curved Glass can be processed as with flat glass and can be decorated by sandblasting and back painting.

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


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Sole reliance should not be placed on industry certification or similar There’s a legal responsibility to comply being presented to them as evidence that a worker has the right qualities. with CDM 2015. Nationally recognised qualifications, Qualified2Work Ltd. (Q2W )work with clients’ to ensure compliance with CDM such as, NVQs can provide assurance that the holder has the necessary skills, 2015; Regulation 15, Paragraph 162 knowledge and training and experience When a contractor employs or to secure the health and safety for appoints an individual to work on a anyone on site. construction site, they should make Q2W work with contractors and enquiries to make sure the individual: individuals to identify any shortfalls in a) Has the skills, knowledge, training existing skills when compared with the and experience to carry out their attributes they need for their specific work they will be employed to do in job. a way that secures health and safety Visit: for anyone on site; or

They design, research and develop well-crafted, affordable furnishings to endure passing trends and vigorous family use. Whether it’s a one-off statement piece or a complete makeover, we invite you to explore our lovingly curated collection to create an enticing, individual living environment. Supplying both to consumer and trade, we have dedicated websites for both. All we ask if you are a trade customer is that you apply by clicking on the link below: Once approved you will receive a unique login in order gain access to special prices and exclusive one off deals. In addition, because we have a large range of exclusive products we are able to take special orders and large volume orders too. Whether you’re a consumer or trade customer, we have an exceptionally knowledgeable sales team, who will be happy to help with any questions or query’s you may have. Contact or call on 0116 267 0267

Bluesuntree source, design and retail affordable, inspirational, wellcrafted products: furniture, lighting and accessories - everything for the design conscious consumer. Our passion is for exceptional design, whether that’s midcentury inspired or pure contemporary. We believe great design should be both energising and timeless and we pride ourselves on delivering unique products for your home. Our story started 10 years ago, when we began selling statement lounge and dining chairs. Today the business has expanded dramatically and we now offer 100’s of our own exclusive furniture designs. Our highly skilled, dedicated team with over 20 years’ experience in sourcing, buying, product design, interior design, and product technology lead the way. Bluesuntree is now well known in the UK and Europe for distinctive and unique furniture. Stocking a wide range of exclusive brands, we also work closely with the Steijer design brand, as they share our values. Steijer believe that the home is the foundation of any family or individual’s existence.


Although we hope all the information you need will be on our website, our Central England showroom is open Monday to Saturday if you wish to visit us and view our products.

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Claire Bloom Interiors to try out new and innovative products in order to achieve an authentic finish throughout the building. For this project we were effectively working backwards, making a new build look old and established.’

Claire Bloom Interiors is a London based interior design practice specialising in working with developers and commercial clients. Claire is truly passionate about design and has been in the interiors industry since graduating from KLC School of Design in 2001. Her design ethos is to create incredibly livable on-trend interiors that have character and a sense of luxury. ‘Our commercial projects have a distinctive style. They always feel like a home and have a sense of authenticity’ Their clients include a roster of developers with various buyer profiles and budgets, from single dwellings to multiple units; so offering design versatility is key. Recent projects include a development of warehouse flats in EC1. ‘We are particularly proud of this project as the client gave us a great deal of freedom


Other projects include 4 family homes in Acton W3, these also sold in record time. Claire Bloom Interiors not only consulted on the interiors, but also the exterior finish and garden design. ‘We often work with clients on a complete concept, from creating the initial ‘curb appeal’ to the finishing touches of the show home. The style consultancy we offer allows clients to be involved as little or as much as they wish to be, it’s very flexible’ They also undertake bespoke work for commercial and communal spaces, from specialist joinery to

commissioning artwork and murals. Current projects include a development of 4 unique modernist homes in Brixton - these are going to have a luxury retro vibe, plus furnishing a classical period house in North London. For more information about professional specifying and design consultancy email:


Sinclair Matthews design and hand make our sofas and chairs in our workshops in Sussex. Shown above is our Sinclair Corner group with chrome buttoning detail, a 3 seater Malvern Sofa both specified by Anita Rahder. Also shown is the Albany 3 seater sofa and a deep buttoned Sloane group specified by Kathy Weeks. We have provided our bespoke sofas to Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, The FCO, Gleneagles, Chewton Glen, The St James Club, together with other prestigious hotel groups and Interior Designers throughout the UK, USA, Europe and Russia. Come and visit us at our showroom at Thames Ditton, Surrey, or visit our website Ferry Yacht Station, Ferry Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0YB 44 020 8398 5694 | |

Luminous and Architekton Spitalfields project We here at Luminous group are a pioneering 3D technology solutions provider and BIM consultancy, creating truly immersive architectural virtual reality environments using the latest 3D laser scanning and 3D modelling techniques. We’ve recently been working closely with dynamic architect developer Architekton to create VR environments for their latest projects. Known for specialising in creating places that celebrate local identity, mixed use and sustainable communities, they came to us to help visualise their new Spitalfields development in London. The aim was to create a fully navigable VR experience for one of the smallest units in the development and achieve the highest possible fidelity to try and match the vision of the design team. Selling a smaller space such as a studio can be hard due to the nature of size and configuration. By creating a fully immersive VR walkthrough the user can get a much better feel for the environment than ever possible before. Interactive elements can be applied from changing wall colours, time of day and furnishings to interacting with custom units –this allows buyers and designers the ability to amend the design in real time, helping them to connect to the space through customisation - all through our use of Unreal 4 Games Engine. During the process with Architekton it became apparent very quickly how useful it was for the design team to see their ideas realised in 3D. Laura Hattrup, designer for Architekton, came up with a more effective design by splitting the bedroom and living space via glass panels to maximise the space in this one bedroom


flat. Another interesting design choice was to enable the TV to be viewed from both the living and sleeping area by having it rotate accordingly. With our VR creation the innovative use of light and smart use of space is wonderfully realised in a way traditional Architecture and design plans can’t provide, benefiting both the design process and marketing/sales. Going forward we aim to get architects into the created ‘Virtual Space’ a lot sooner to help them make more informed decisions about their designs, increasing efficiency and ultimately reducing cost. With a handful of photographs, reference materials, CAD models and floorplans you can create a showroom in a matter of weeks as opposed to the time and cost of building an actual physical room. Luminous is a pioneering digital technology company specialising in VR, as well as digital surveys and digital architecture. For further information visit

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