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MAGAZINE April 2017

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1500mm L-shape combination in Grey Avola

The Perfect Combination Combination Bathroom Furniture from Hudson Reed offers a unique range of space saving storage solutions for the smaller bathroom. The range is designed to be flexible, so you can create the look you want that fits your bathroom perfectly. The selection of Slimline and L–shaped polymarble complement the vanity and WC units, giving you the flexibility to add additional storage in even the smallest of rooms. If you have space for a run of units together, our 1100, 1200 or 1500mm sets are the perfect combination for added storage, with a choice of straight, left hand or right hand configurations. Complete the look with a choice of co-ordinating mirror cabinets and bath panels.

1100mm Slimline combination in Hacienda Black

Stand Alone 600mm Vanity & WC unit option in Driftwood

Where space is limited we have a collection of Stand Alone units where the basin unit and WC unit are separate but can be placed together, which are perfect for confined bathroom space. For Stand Alone vanity units choose from 400mm, 500mm and 600mm basin units in both Full Depth and Compact size. Complete with co-ordinating polymarble basins and matching WC tops to complete the look. The Combination furniture range is available in 4 stylish finishes, all with fully colour co-ordinating cabinets and accessories: Gloss White, Driftwood, Grey Avola and the latest on-trend colour Hacienda Black. You can customise your look with either the standard handle that is supplied or you can purchase an alternative handle to tailor your look. All furniture is supplied pre-constructed as standard making this quicker and easier to install. All our furniture is supplied with an integrated soft close system to endure less wear and tear and have a smoother, quieter action, which is ideal for ensuites. Reassurance of quality is essential, so for added peace of mind we offer a 5 year guarantee on our combination furniture. Combination bathroom furniture lets you make the most of the smallest room in the house, enabling you to incorporate essential storage, and will look stunning in any bathroom with the right styling.

1200mm L shape combination in Gloss White

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The Contract Zone Is Coming ocated in Hall Q of the Harrogate International Centre, this exciting new area is supported and sponsored by the Contract Flooring Association, who will also be running a Demonstration Zone with a specific focus on contract flooring in the same Hall. Also located in Hall Q will be the Trends Hub, once again curated by Scarlet Opus, and a specific seminar area, which will host CPD certified seminars, giving visitors from the contract sector a chance to add to their professional development.


After listening to feedback from visitors to the 2016 Flooring Show, event organisers, Wendy Adam’s Associates, have developed this specialised area to meet the huge demand for a Contract Zone. Being such a significant sector in the flooring industry, The Flooring Show is delighted to be introducing, what will hopefully become, a principal area of future shows. For visitors and exhibitors travelling to The Show by train, you can enjoy 25% off advanced tickets, thanks to the Harrogate International Centre and


The Flooring Show continues to grow going into its 55th year, and for the 2017 edition, will be introducing ‘The Contract Zone’. Featuring a central display of the latest trends and innovations in the contract flooring sector, and surrounded by exhibition stands, which will host key brands, this latest development will be one not to miss for architects, interior designers, facilities mangers, developers and contract managers. Virgin Trains. The two have joined together to create this fantastic deal. Make sure you’re registered to attend first, as you’ll need proof of entry to the HIC for your travel. Early registration will also give you fast track entry to The Show on the day, giving you more time in the exhibition.

To keep up to date with the Contract Zone and The Flooring Show, head over to the website In the run up to The Show, keep up to date with everything you’ll need to know by following The Flooring Show Facebook and Twitter, we’ve got you covered.


LAUNCHING 2017 Join us this September at the Flooring Show, to be part of the all new Contract Zone. This dedicated area of the show, will feature contract flooring specialist exhibitors looking to show their products to the contract market, and a central display zone featuring future trends for 2018 and onwards. In addition to this don’t miss our Demonstration Zone showing fitters the latest techniques and skills to make them stand out from the crowd, as well as our CPD certified seminar programme, the ideal way to be up to date with the latest developments in the contract flooring world. All you need to do to be part of this exciting evelopment is register for your free of charge entry badge at

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CRL teams up with Bellis Homes on the restoration of Grade II listed former convent CRL is working with Bellis Homes on the conversion of a Grade II listed former convent into 11 luxury apartments and detached house in North Barnet.

The construction insurance specialist was selected by the Essex-based upmarket luxury house builder to source structural defects warranties for the sympathetic conversion of Littleberries into stunning new homes. Littleberries Estate, a convent school run by the Sisters of Charity St Vincent between 1887 – 2007, is located within the Mill Hill Conservation Area and the North Barnet Area of Special Character in north London. Bellis Homes purchased the site with consent to convert the abandoned school house into 11 luxury apartments and to renovate the West Lodge, a single detached dilapidated building, into a three-bedroom house. The one, two and three bedroom apartments range in size between 1,800 sq ft – 4,000 sq ft. Bellis Homes has submitted a further planning application to provide roof terraces on several of the apartments which will offer spectacular views across the Mill Hill countryside. CRL was appointed at the beginning of the project to source a 10-year warranty certification to protect against any future structural issues. Mark Hedley, Business Manager for Bellis Homes, said: “In the past we worked with NHBC until one of our close contacts suggested that we should consider switching to CRL to source warranties for our developments.

“At the time, we had not worked with CRL before. However, it was their commitment to providing a high quality, flexible, competitively priced, customer focused service that gave us the confidence to work with a new intermediary. We have worked with CRL on six of our developments so far, including Littleberries.”

“The conversion of the existing heritage building meant the team at Bellis Homes has had a lot of restrictions placed on the build, we were able to take these into consideration and find a sustainable warranty solution that fitted our client’s specific requirements.

CRL were able to take the complexities of the conversion, including its Grade II listed status and the more unusual aspects of the build, and assist Bellis Homes in arranging appropriate cover that suited their requirements, allowing them to focus on the restoration.

“Our flexible approach meant that we could offer them a product that ticked all the boxes and that the developer will be able to pass on to their buyers. At CRL we pride ourselves in our appetite for adventure and work with a range of developers and housebuilders on interesting and unusual renovations and new builds.”

Other interesting features of the build include reinstating the shell and core of the original chapel, which is being converted into a five-bedroom house. Bellis Homes is also restoring the ceiling in the guilt rooms, removing the safes in the basement and rejuvenate the avenue leading to a temple in the grounds. Once the building work is complete in February 2018, the 10-year structural defects insurance warranties will be passed on to the new owners of the apartments and house. Mark added: “Working with CRL has been very straight forward. The inception of the policy is very efficient and negotiable, and the building, inspection and completion process is seamless.” Mark West, Senior Customer Relationship Manager at CRL, said: “Our flexible solution of arranging the policy is enabling plans for Littleberries to progress with the assurance of a warranty for the people who buy and move into this outstanding development.

Hampshire Trust Bank is providing Bellis Homes with the funding for this unique development. Glen Trees is the estate agent marketing Littleberries, property prices are yet to be published. Bellis Homes is a family run business specialising in upmarket luxury home builder, with over 40 years of experience in construction, developing and project managing. From London to the Home Counties, Bellis Homes specialises in selecting upmarket developments in some of the most sought-after locations. To view Littleberries visit For more information about CRL please: • Visit: • Email: • Call: 0808 231 2459 / 01256 697 3015

Working with CRL has been very straight forward. The inception of the policy is very efficient and negotiable, and the building, inspection and completion process is seamless.” •7•

Gaia wet underfloor heating allows homeowners to retire in style Specialist retirement home developer, Beechcroft, has installed Gaia wet underfloor heating throughout a new scheme in the village of Theale, Berkshire. The new development comprises an exclusive collection of 27 one, two and three-bedroom apartments plus five new two- and three-bed townhouses.

“We completed our installation works in November 2015 and commissioned the systems for handover in July 2016,” says William. The development is now complete and the houses are fully occupied. For further information on Gaia Climate Solutions, please contact 01359 242400 or visit

On the first day of the scheme’s official launch, in February 2016, more than 40 groups of people flocked to the showhouse and six of the new homes were reserved immediately. Gaia’s wet underfloor heating is used in the ground floors of the five new houses to ensure warm, comfortable and energy-efficient living space, free of the clutter of wall-mounted radiators. “These houses are all high-spec homes intended for private sale and the developer wanted the best possible results,” explains Gaia, account manager, William Theobald. Gaia installed the system over a total floorspace of approximately 330m2 and supplied WT-D digital display manual thermostats for installation in each room, ensuring maximum flexibility for temperature control.

Plentific Announces Instant Booking Service London startup, a rapidly growing home services marketplace, has announced a new feature that will allow customers to book home improvement jobs with just a few taps on their phone. This new service lets customers skip the drawn-out processes of searching for potential tradesmen, comparing quotes and haggling for a fair price just to book a minor home improvement job. Nobody wants to spend hours finding a plumber to fix a clogged sink! Instant bookings are made possible by Plentific’s network of Verified Pros, who are now available to book for more than 90 home improvement services, though this will increase to 450 soon. These include hanging a picture, installing new flooring and rewiring a light fixture. Since only Verified Pros can take on these jobs, customers are guaranteed a top quality trade professional for every project.


Larger and more expensive jobs, which tend to require more consideration, dialogue and planning, can still be booked in the traditional way via Plentific. This is not the first groundbreaking feature that Plentific has introduced to the home service market. Late in 2016 the company launched the ‘Plentific Guarantee’, an insurance policy which protects homeowners when hiring trade professionals. Plentific Co-Founder Emre Kazan, who leads Product and Tech, said: “This is a huge step forward for both homeowners and trade professionals, whereby hiring someone for a repair, maintenance or home improvement project is as easy as ordering food for delivery. It wasn’t that long ago that you had to go through page after page just to find the right tradesman for your home improvement work. Now, any jobs that you need doing can take just a couple of seconds to book.

It will give Pros an advantage as well. Tradesmen have to waste a huge amount of time looking for local leads, preparing quotes and chasing invoices to get paid, when they could be carrying out jobs and building their businesses. “ “Once a Verified Pro accepts an Instant job, it’s theirs. All they have to do then is agree on a date with the customer, do a stellar job and see the payment go to their account without any delay.” Plentific Instant is currently available in the Greater London and will be rolled out nationwide later on in 2017. It will also be available via several Plentific partner websites, including Zoopla, PrimeLocation and HomeOwners Alliance, as well as a number of large consumer brands thanks to several partnerships which will be announced shortly. You can take a look at all of the services on offer with Plentific Instant at:

Schueco sliding doors: form and function in perfect harmony he moment you open a Schueco sliding door – whether it’s a straight slide, tiltand-slide or fold-ing system – you know you’re dealing with quality. The solid feel of the frame and the effortless ease with which it glides open make that instantly clear.


Which is what you’d expect from Schueco UK, the British subsidiary of Schüco International KG, one of Germany’s leading specialists in precision-engineered, made-tomeasure aluminium products for the home.

And of course you’re also totally secure thanks to the option of a multi-point locking system that provides excellent resistance against intruders.

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The APS National Awards are back for 2017 The 10th edition of the APS National CDM Awards is gearing up to be the biggest and best yet. Judged by leading industry figures and the Health and Safety Executive, the awards are a demonstration of excellence in Design and Construction Health and Safety Risk Management. Health and Safety Award The winner will demonstrate both leadership and innovation in consideration of project Health and Safety at either pre-construction or construction phases to produce new schemes, tools, processes or actions that safeguard against ill health and/or injury. The judges will look at entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems, consideration of health and safety during the design phase and clear demonstration of sustainable and effective risk management.

Project of the Year The judges will be looking for a project that embodies the ethos of the CDM Regulations and beyond: fully integrated design teams, strong client leadership, and detailed involvement of the Principal Designer and Contractor. Hazards and risks need to have been highlighted, considered and if possible dealt with during the design process. Buildability, maintainability and usability must be at the forefront with client satisfaction on the final scheme a pre-requisite! This category is open to small, medium and large projects.

Principal Designer of the Year The Principal Designer is a role created under the CDM Regulations 2015. The judges will be looking for an individual or firm that encompass all of the duties this role entails but also goes that little bit extra to further


the principles of the regulations. They should be able to sow how they were fully engaged, add value to the whole process, understanding of design risk management, buildability and maintainability issues and involvement in industry wide initiatives.

Client of the Year Judges are looking for a construction client that has shown clear consistent leadership and commitment to core CDM principles on one or preferably several projects. These principles include clear and considered project briefs, ensuring the provision of full and relevant pre-construction information, strong leadership of the design team with health and safety set as a key driver. Clients who have been actively involved to encourage and reward excellence, and embraced the ethos of CDM 2105 will be acknowledged for their leadership. Submissions from third parties are encouraged but must include endorsement from the client themselves.

Principal Contractor of the year For this category the judges are looking for an organisation that undertakes the Principal Contractor role as defined under the CDM Regulations 2015. The PC will be an organisation that has Health and Safety at its core and be able to show how it is integrated into its business and ensures that its staff and supply chain are fully on board with this.

The 2017 categories are • • • • • • • • •

Health and Safety Project of the Year Principal Designer of the Year Client of the Year Principal Contractor of the Year BIM Project of the Year Consultancy of the Year Health and Safety Innovation Judges Awards for The Health and Cooperation

Meet the Judges The APS CDM Awards 2017 judging panel includes representatives from: • The Association for Project Safety • Health and Safety Executive • Institution of Civil Engineers • Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists • NBS • International Institute of Safety and Risk Management • A Working Well Together Regional Committee Chair • IOSH Construction Group • Representative from The Institution Of Structural Engineers, Health and Safety Panel

BIM project – Integrating H&S design risk management with BIM This category is looking for companies or projects that are using digital processes (Building Information Modelling) to dramatically improve the design, delivery and operation of built assets. Judges are particularly looking for teams who can demonstrate the effective use and benefits of integrated and interoperable BIM solutions that reduce cost, time, and/or risk to the benefit of the client and others without detriment to others. Projects may be in the advanced stages of design, under construction or in full operation. Submissions should highlight how the adoption of collaborative digital processes have dramatically improved planning, design, fabrication, construction and/or operation of built facilities or infrastructure. Entries should demonstrate the use of best practice or new forms of collaboration or partnering, information sharing, innovative new tools/methods and processes, and should describe how these have/will deliver a wide variety of stakeholder benefits over the lifecycle of the asset.

Consultancy of the Year The applicant should be a construction consultancy that has taken on board the roles of Principal designer and designer as noted in the CDM 2015 regulations. They should be able to show a full integration (along with continual review) of design risk management within their processes. Staff should be trained in all aspects of health and safety and show good knowledge of buildability, maintainability and usability issues. The consultancy should have at its core an active and integrated health and safety policy that promotes the industries health objectives.

The Awards Celebration 19th October 2017 Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a prestigious reception at the House of Commons, with an opportunity to meet their local MP and network with peers. Later that day will be the highly anticipated Awards Ceremony held at Gibson Hall, London where the winners in each category will be announced.

Health and Safety Innovation Award This category is for those innovative projects/products/processes within the fields of design and construction. They should be new, something that could be utilised throughout the industry and not simply good practice. The judges are looking for submissions that cover reasons for the innovation, its research and development and it’s testing in the practical world.

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ames Latham is seeing the popularity of its premium quality composite decking ProFi soar due to its outstanding performance properties which include minimum maintenance, superior stain resistance, extra high impact strength and a high friction surface.


These impressive features mean that ProFi - which is manufactured in Finland, Germany and the United States by UPM - is perfectly suited to high traffic areas, continuing to perform to optimum levels while looking fresh, smart and clean for years to come.


In addition to withstanding typical traffic usage such as the constant moving of chairs and tables, ProFi also resists staining from hazards

such as cooking oil, sun lotion and drink spillage, as well as other exterior factors such as birds plus, it can endure extreme temperature changes (-40°C to +40°C) from the extreme cold, snow and ice of Northern Scandinavia to the searing heat and relentless sunshine of the Middle East. 2017 sees UPM ProFi celebrate its 10-year anniversary as one of the leading European WPC decking producers. In that time, the boards have benefitted from continual research and development and this year, UPM are revisiting decks installed during the first years of manufacture which are still looking fresh and modern and performing well 10 years after installation. ProFi Deck comes in two stunning design styles, UPM ProFi Classic Deck and UPM ProFi Design Deck.

UPM ProFi Classic Deck range offers the beauty of a hardwood deck without the high maintenance. Wood and cellulose fibres are encapsulated in specially selected polymers to provide lasting protection from the weather. The advanced composite technology provides superior resistance to UV, frost, stains and impacts when compared to traditional composite or wood decks. The UPM ProFi Design Deck range gives outdoor living a fresh and modern feel. Renowned designers from around the world have been inspired to work with the wide colour range and clean looks. The Design Deck range includes UPM ProFi Deck 150 which offers high impact and scratch resistance, a reversible profile, a closed surface for low maintenance and

Lignin-free colour durability. Plus, it is also manufactured using more than 50% recyclable materials. Richard Mosson, James Latham’s Group Cladding and Decking Manager commented, “As the popularity of WPC decking grows in the UK, customers are looking for a premium quality product that will deliver and UPM ProFi ticks all the boxes. “With 10 years of continued investment and R&D, the quality of the UPM ProFi deck range is exceptional. Long-life and ultra-low maintenance has been engineered into the product plus, due to the innovative use of recycled materials – some of the range is made using up to 95% - it has won several international awards, with the product making a major contribution to reducing traditional landfill and incineration which is really important to James Latham as well as many of our customers.”




Introducing the yummiest colour range from the Perspex® brand that showcases Spring/Summer colour trend: Perspex® Sweet Pastels If this doesn’t tickle your taste buds, we don’t know what will! his newly developed cell cast acrylic sheet collection is made up of eight vibrant pastel colours, available now on a global scale via the Perspex® acrylics’ existing distribution channels. The launch aims to emphasise the brand’s diversity, along with their passion for pigment and adept ability to forecast colour trends.


Perspex® brand headquarters in Darwen, UK is home to their own exceptional colour lab, where they have cooked up these unique colours after recognising a gap in the market. It is evident a push towards the cooler and softer side of the Perspex® colour spectrum was becoming more popular, yet no similar colour palette is currently available in the acrylic sheet market. These fresh pops of colour are set to tempt creators by offering a Pick ‘n’ Mix of mouth-watering flavours; they’re vibrant, fun and inspiring, with an aim to feed consumers’ imagination for their next project. The range has been manufactured in standard sheet size with 3mm thickness. An additional benefit of each sheet is a one sided satin finish and one side gloss, providing the best of both worlds for the consumer. Perspex® brand aims to establish a fresh market persona •14•

with this launch; personable and relatable charisma that will challenge the plastics market as it stands by introducing Characters to represent each colour. All eight personalities will sit alongside one not-sorhetorical question that prompts you to choose your favourite… What’s Your Flavour? Email: Phone: +44 (0) 1254 874 431 Potential. Performance. Perspex®. Perspex® is a registered trademark of Lucite International.

Just one touch tells you all you need to know Operate a Schueco sliding door and the rigidity, effortless action and solid clunk as it closes proclaim one thing: quality. Systems include doors that slide, lift-and-slide and use frameless technology to deliver outstanding panoramic views. Also available: slender-profiled windows, slimline façades and super-secure entrance doors, all with the highest levels of insulation that can be up to Passive House standard. For German engineering made in Britain, there’s only one name. For more information and your nearest Schueco Partner installers:

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NEW SUMMER COLLECTIONS AT THE MANCHESTER FURNITURE SHOW The arrival of Spring means that exhibitors at The Manchester Furniture Show, (16 - 18 July 2017, Manchester Central), are already in full swing with their preparations for the show. Returning this year with new exhibitors, showing more new ranges, the event promises to be a must-see for any buyer looking for items to furnish and decorate interior spaces. Success for visitors and exhibitors at last year’s show meant the main hall sold out quickly and the exhibitor list is again full of some of the leading names in furniture and interior furnishings, including Baker, Westbridge, Nolte Mobel, Ashley Manor, Furmanac, Bluebone, Mark Webster, Buoyant, Rauch and Whitemeadow. Major bedroom manufacturers Nolte Mobel will show their new Concept-Me modular


bedroom range which introduces smaller and easy assembly pieces to their wide portfolio of bedroom collections made specifically for the UK market. Fellow German bedroom furniture giant Rauch will also show new collections. North Wales based upholstery manufacturer Westbridge will show their new easy-living Elements collection which features compact sofas and chairs and the

same luxurious comfort of their larger collections. Ashley Manor, Carlton and Buoyant will also have sofas and chairs on display. There will be new beds in the multifunctioning Hestia collections from Furmanac. Bluebone have design-led dining sets and occasional pieces, VIDA Living will show large scale marble dining tables and contemporary chairs. Furniture isn’t the only star of the Manchester Furniture Show, Lighting, mirrors, art, rugs, decorative accessories and soft furnishings are all to be found in copious amounts with CIMC leading the way with all things decorative. The award winning venue, the iconic Manchester Central building which combines stunning architecture with a relaxed atmosphere, is also a big feature of the event. This former central rail station, with its spectacular arched glazed roof, creates a unique show experience for exhibitors and visitors alike. To see the latest designs in every style of furniture and accessory from traditional to contemporary, colours from soft cool to vibrant bright, visit the Manchester Furniture Show, Manchester Central, 16 - 18 July. Only 2 hours from London, it’s where you’ll find the best new products on the market this summer. For a full list of exhibitors and further information visit:

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Neolith —

An Extraordinary Surface Neolith is one of the largest sintered compact surfaces, and belongs to a new and revolutionary product category born in the last decade with the aim of providing an innovative response to the most demanding architectural and design demands. The sintering technology that TheSize has developed to create Neolith uses a combination of extreme high-pressure and temperature, giving birth to a surface with unique technical features. These include high resistance to scratches and abrasions, stains and hightemperatures, as well as colours that do no change with exposure to UV rays. Neolith’s exceptional durability and aesthetic appeal therefore makes it the perfect solution for kitchen and bathroom surfaces, wall cladding, floor tiles and façades. The modern UV-resistant colour palette ensures that designers can achieve the look they want, whether indoors or outdoors. 100% eco-friendly, Neolith uses natural materials and technologies that respect the environment. This is supported by a 10-year certified guarantee for kitchen countertops. Neolith can now be viewed at the QFD showroom at the Business Design Centre in Islington. QFD stocks a large range of surface finishes in a size of 3200 x 1500mm, in 12 and 6mm thicknesses that include solid colours and stimulating designs. T 020 3457 4949 W


Neolith from TheSize – distributed in the UK by QF Distribution – brings with it new and interesting possibilities for surface design.

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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.

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New for 2017, JIS Europe Ltd introduces the larger version of the popular Hickstead model. The original Hickstead model stood at 1010mm high by 500mm wide with an output of 1291 BTU. The new model, is 1400mm high by 500mm wide and has a BTU output of 1722. We have increasingly found a demand towards the larger rails, with this strongly in mind; we have introduced larger models within our more popular towel rails. The Hickstead is one of the more popular models, its striking styling with the side arm projection and the square bar profiling makes it a popular addition to the Sussex Range. The towel rail is designed to be installed either right armed or left armed, completely changing the appearance of the rail should you favour the verticals prominently positioned at the fore or subtly positioned at the back giving you the ultimate design control. Should you purchase the towel rail in electric only format, it will be supplied right armed as standard, however should you require left armed installation, please note this is available upon request at point of order. All the rails within the Sussex Range are manufactured from 100% stainless steel. Stainless steel is the ethical, durable choice. Stainless steel is a manufactured from over 90% recyclable product and is 100% recyclable in itself. Furthermore there are no harmful chemical plating processes involved in its manufacture. Stainless steel is the durable choice; it will not rust, flake or corrode. This becomes even more important when you consider the very nature of the bathroom, wet, damp and steamy. It is a long lasting, hard wearing product, small scratches can be polished out


and it is easily maintained with water and a micro-fibre cloth. It can be utilised in all systems including open. Its practicability is its first and foremost benefit. There are many others. The Hickstead 1400 is available in all three heating formats; electric only, plumbed in central heating and duel fuel. All the rails within the Sussex Range carry a 25 year guarantee and are available from stock on a next day delivery if your order is place by noon midday. The Hickstead 1400 retails at £687 exclusive of VAT for the central heating model, £766.95 in the electric only format and is available as of March 2017. This rail is also available in satin finish and for this rail, there is no extra charge.

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NEW BUILD OR REFURBISHMENT CHOOSE demista™ and Cosyfloor™ House builders, developers, the self build sector, and the public are looking forward to 2017 with a great deal of optimism. The property market appears to be well on the move, and one item is proving to be of great interest to those building or refurbishing houses and apartments. Added value at minimal cost to any new or refurbished bathroom must the be the inclusion of a demista™ heated mirror pad. This pad is easy to install, and will ensure a steam free mirror at all times, no matter how steamed up the bathroom. The heated mirror pads are available in a variety of sizes, to suit most mirrors and in the case of a particularly large surface,


they can be used in multiples. Running costs are minimal and ideally, once wired in to the lighting system, they will gently warm the mirror when the bathroom is in use. The pads can also be fitted in bathroom cabinets. The range of underfloor heating products, Cosyfloor™, Ecofloor and Ecomat are designed for specific areas of the home. Both Cosyfloor™ and Ecofloor can be used in every room in the house, including areas where the floor may get wet, bathrooms, shower rooms, kitchens and conservatories. Ecomat can be used in hallways, bedrooms and living areas. Underfloor heating means

no unsightly radiators, adding valuable space to smaller rooms, no hot surfaces for toddlers to touch especially in the nursery or playroom. The added space, especially wall space, enhances the aesthetic appearance of your reception and living areas. Whether under timber floors, tiles, slate, marble, vinyl or carpet, underfloor heating is safe, reliable, and offers gentle, comfort heating levels whenever and wherever it is needed. Temperature can be easily controlled via room thermostats to produce the most cost effective and efficient heating. The system is easy to install and maintenance free.

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Purus launch their 59mm Minimax S-Series super low-level floor gully Purus, the Swedish manufacturer of floor gullies, is extremely proud to be launching their brand new product – the 59mm Minimax S-Series floor gully for both vinyl and tiled floor finishes. Due to a change in screed depth requirements across the construction industry, Purus have taken the same successful technology as their Minimax 50 and made the gully even shallower. With a total height of just 59mm allowing it to fit into shallow concrete slabs, the 59mm S-Series gully includes Purus’ combined water and mechanical NOOD trap which was used in the London 2012 Athletes Village. With careful planning from the architect, the contractor no longer has to install a vertical outlet floor gully through the slab. At just 59mm, the brand new S-Series floor gully makes it possible for this problematic situation to now be avoided. The 59mm S-Series gully incorporates the same NOOD water trap technology as Purus’ other floor gullies, so all of the benefits that you are used to with Purus are all still in place; and it also introduces a brand new stainless steel clamping ring designed for screwing either vinyl or waterproof membrane for tiles down into the floor gully. The NOOD combined water and mechanical trap uses a spring mechanism to prevent any foul air from escaping through the gully even when it dries out and it is extremely simple to clean and maintain. A range of stainless steel grate options are available for the 59mm S-Series floor gully. The Drop grate for vinyl floors has a 150mm diameter and slots into the gully above the vinyl flooring once clamped into place; and Purus’ 200x200mm PK200 grates are also available in a selection of patterns for tiled floors. For product codes, enquiries and all the latest product updates, please visit, or contact Purus Ltd. on 0113 289 3172. Products are available to purchase from Purus distributors.



59mm S-Series Minimax super low-level floor gully Purus launch their brand new floor gully with a total height of just 59mm for both vinyl and tiled floor finishes

Purus, the Swedish manufacturer of floor gullies, is extremely proud to be launching their brand new product – the 59mm Minimax S-Series floor gully for both vinyl and tiled floor finishes.

Total floor drain height of just 59mm! Due to a change in screed depth requirements across the construction industry, Purus have taken the same successful technology as their Minimax 50 and made the gully even shallower: the S-Series gully has a total height of just 59mm including the combined water and mechanical NOOD trap, allowing it to fit into even shallower concrete slabs. With careful planning from the architect, the contractor can now avoid the problematic situation of having to install a vertical outlet floor gully through the slab, and can instead use the brand new 59mm S-Series floor gully from Purus. Stainless steel grates for vinyl and tiled floors are available.

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New Platform lift joins exclusive Murrayfield Golf Club Murrayfield Golf Club, situated just a mile and a half from the centre of Edinburgh, is one of Scotland’s most famous courses, blessed with amazing views of Edinburgh Castle from the fairway. stablished in 1896 during a period of blossoming interest in golf, with founder members living locally and membership originally limited to just 300 gentlemen and 200 ladies.


The present clubhouse opened in 1912 and underwent a major extension and renovation in 1988 offering superb views overlooking the 1st tee and 18th green. It has recently undertaken another refurbishment and as a part of this, the lift experts at Invalifts were contacted to

supply and fit a platform lift to allow access to the upper floor of the clubhouse. Invalifts worked closely with the architects to establish the correct specification of the lift to meet the needs of the club members and the MC2000 platform lift was chosen as the perfect solution for their requirements. The MC2000 is a high quality enclosed platform lift with a unique twin guided chain drive system offering a very smooth ride, with no need for a separate machine room which maximises the internal space of the lift.

The lift was installed with a glazed door at each landing to create a spacious, open feel to the unit, and the interior was specified with the ‘exclusive oak’ finish on the platform console for a touch of individuality. For ease of accessibility, automatic doors were chosen, with call buttons positioned both on the frame of the lift door and remotely. The whole installation was completed in just two days, minimising disruption and inconvenience to the club members. To ensure the lift continues operating safely and efficiently for many years to come, Invalifts have also been given the service contract to maintain the lift for the future. 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 MC2000 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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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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How home commissions can benefit from a stylish “access all areas” solution


ith the UK’s well-documented ageing socio-demographic, there’s no doubt more domestic briefs for interior designers and architects will be coming from older clients. Many are adapting, extending and restyling their homes to avoid the stress of moving. Key to this trend is maintaining access and enjoyment to all areas of the property, even if elderly, infirm, or have a disability. What’s the point of building and designing a new first floor bedroom/dressing room suite if clients find it increasing difficulty to reach it?


Fundemental to this “futureproofing” residential challenge is the recommendation of a personal home lift installation. Specifiers may have been put off in the past by the rather utilitarian and bulky appearance of some home lifts; architects being particularly concerned about the structural loadbearing implications, especially in older properties. However, 2016 saw the introduction of the new LiftonDUO Home Lift, which has dramatically improved style and design, presenting an easy-to-install, innovative “stilts” concept which directly takes the strain of all loadbearing requirements.

Style and practicality combined The German-designed Lifton looks great in its own right, with a high quality, curved, compact and elegant capsule structure which looks equally at home downstairs or upstairs. All loadbearing is borne by two elegant “stilts” direct from ground floor to firstfloor ceiling, restricting any building work to a straightforward aperture ceiling opening, with all neat finishing materials supplied. The footprint is less that 1m2, minimising any impact on home interior styling and maximising living space.

Lifts, Stairs & Balustrades This designer home lift has subtle LED lighting for evening use and a choice of full or half doors. If you choose the latter then a light curtain offer full safety protection and the lift automatically stops if it detects any obstruction moving upwards or downward. With “Up” , “Down” and “Stop” buttons on the large control panel allowing ultraeasy operation, there is also a keylock. In the event of a power cut, the lift will slowly returns to the ground floor.

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Extremely quiet when running, the Lifton has a built-in drive powered by a discreet electric motor hidden in the lift car’s roofsapce. The lift glides smoothly between floors with power requirements met by a standard domestic 13 amp plug connection. Installation, Liaison and Servicing Manufactured by the Stiltz Group, one of the most innovative and respected domestic lift brands in the world with offices in the UK and USA, the company uses its own network of builders and technicians who can liaise directly with the client’s architects. The company offers a two year guarantee and a low cost annual maintenance plan. Quotations are inclusive of standard building work and installation, and clients with an ongoing disability may also qualify for a Government VAT waiver scheme. So, if you have clients who want to stay in their existing environment, yet are keen to commission architects and designers to extend, upgrade and restyle all floors of their property, the recommendation of a stylish, compact and simple-to-operate home lift proves be an inspiring, liberating, and forward-looking intervention. For information, brochure and technical specifications of the LiftonDUO Home Lift, visit or call 0808 278 3678

Discerning clients who demand the very best in style, functionality & materials will love the LiftonDUO Home Lift. This German-designed domestic lift turns heads & future-proofs homes. Advanced technology means the Lifton Home Lift is self-supporting, economical, compact, quiet & installs easily.

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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.


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Dual Port Fire Sprinkler Valve Set Applications Engineering Ltd have developed an innovative, compact and affordable re sprinkler valve set that covers all the requirements of a modern domestic and residential property re sprinkler system and offers the following bene ts and features


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Frameless Light Boxes - Elegance Incarnate Recent trends in advertising and film printing led to wider use of backlit film light boxes. The range of use is endless - from shop and brand advertisings, show displays, store fronts and even external pylons mounted with individual light boxes, that create an architectural and designed effect while conveying mundane messages, logos and services rendered. True to form, Vista never rests on its laurels with everything concerning its product lines. Vista Frameless LED Light Boxes, launched recently, caught the market by a storm. Single The innovative single sided light boxes are now available with a large range of graphic substrates from thin 2mm polycarbonate up to 5 mm Perspex, Plexiglas or double pane polycarbonate clear covers, allowing a digitally printed, light transmitting film between them. A perfect solution when backlit signs are required to enhance modern, vibrant graphics. To achieve the frameless appearance, the graphic substrates are inserted into thin lip grooves at the


edge of the Aluminum extrusions. Changing graphics is quick and easy - by just removing one side pane (2 screws) and sliding out the graphic substrate. Multiple changes are encouraged when printed film is used - just slide out the film from between the 2 polycarbonate sheets, insert the new graphic film and screw the pane back into place. Frameless Light Boxes make the displays more popular and dynamic. Conveying messages, images and adding a certain glow and a touch of magic to any setting, is at the heart of this new design. Vista frameless light boxes offer a solid alternative to snap frame light boxes, especially in larger sizes. Safer, cleaner and more versatile. Now more than ever before - Vista offers a complete solutions for any project! For further information please contact: Vista System Ltd., Tel: 080-0051-8885 Fax: 020-3004-1895, Email :

Vision 2017 – The event for architects, designers, specifiers and their clients 6-7 June, Olympia London Aimed at architects, designers, specifiers and their developer clients, Vision is the UK’s premier built environment event, with technology and innovation at its core. With a new team at the helm, this year’s event will bring together some of the best designs and leading figures from across Western Europe. The programme and exhibition is centred around three main themes: Materials Innovations, Technological Insight and Architectural & Design Evolution. Under these umbrella topics a host of talks and events will take place, helping delegates rethink the built environment and the manner in which we can shape places and spaces. The free-to-attend exhibition will take place at Olympia from 6-7 June, featuring established companies alongside the brightest start-ups. The exhibitors at Vision cover a range of products, materials and solutions, including research and development into the latest software, bringing together industry leaders to discuss challenges in today’s complex market and ways to deal with changing legislation. Partnering with key professional, commercial and cultural organisations – such as the RIBA, BRE, the London Festival of Architecture, New London Architecture and designjunction – the exhibition is designed to educate and inspire, with international solutions to local problems. A world-class seminar programme will be carefully curated to present big ideas and create a forum made up of top experts from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines. For this year, Vision will provide a dedicated and fully complimentary matchmaking


service to help facilitate meetings between companies that can work together to create better buildings for the future. Also new this year are International Conversations - a series of international partners from across Europe. Representatives from Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Latvia and the Czech Republic will exhibit at the event through a collection of pavilions, each representing a different member state. Live demonstrations and networking will provide opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with our continental counterparts. Elliot Gard, Event Director, comments: “We are very excited about Vision’s potential to shape the built environment industry by bringing together the biggest names and the brightest talent under one roof.”

“Our aim is to ensure that our exhibitors and visitors can use Vision as their annual meeting place, to exchange ideas and make key connections.” “This year’s partners will help us extend our reach further across the industry and host talks and events that are relevant to today’s practitioners.” Register Today (link to for your free ticket to Vision 2017 (link to

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2017 Home Improvement Trends The start of a new year brings with it new seasonal trends and the opportunity to take a fresh approach to home improvement and interior design. With so many sources of everyday inspiration, from social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram, to the fast-moving world of fashion, what will excite and enthuse style-conscious homeowners in 2017? Here, Mark Farmer-Wright, Product Development Manager, for Anglian Home Improvements, takes a look at three key trends which he predicts will influence home styling in the New Year. Add your Personal Touch Personalisation is set to define home décor trends in 2017. At Anglian, we manufacture each and every window or door to the bespoke specification of the purchaser, so it is a truly individual product; but more and more we are seeing the demand for even greater personalisation. On the colour front, white will continue to become less popular with demand for sophisticated hues continuing to grow as more homeowners draw décor inspiration from their personalities for a look which complements their own unique sense of style. And when it comes to window frames, sage green, grey and cream are set to be some of the key growth colours in the next year. Bringing the Outdoors In Carried over from this year, ‘bringing the outside in’ continues to gather momentum in 2017: look no further than the must-have Pantone colour of the year, ‘greenery’ a vibrant yellow-green shade which evokes the natural environment. The blending of interior and exterior spaces is set to be one of the hottest trends with bi-fold doors in demand - and it’s easy to see why. As a nation of home lovers - and keen gardeners – it seems only right that the current trend for blending inside and outside spaces continues to be on the up. Not only do Bi-fold doors look stunning, they bring natural light into the home and open up the


property for easy access to the garden. In 2017, we will see more homeowners opting for Aluminium bi-fold doors, with slimmer sight lines than PVCU, so even when the doors are closed the room still feels as though it has been opened-up to the great outdoors. As well as adding a stylish modern edge to both the inside and outside of any home, the Anglian range is available in a choice of colours, so homeowners can also tap into the upcoming trend for personalisation, creating a look which suits their own unique style. #ihavethisthingwithdoors Design trends that once took years to work their way around the world now zoom across our radar with dazzling speed. Social media is having a huge influence on home styling, giving us instant access to an evolving host of concepts to pore over and draw inspiration from. More than ever, trends, inspiration and top tips are being driven by attitudes and responses to our changing world from the likes of Pinterest, Instagram and, to some extent, Twitter. It seems today’s house proud homeowner is increasingly obsessed with snapping and sharing photographs of their home; and, when they are not doing this, they are pinning, liking and re-tweeting photographs others have posted! Certain areas of the home are more of a focus than others, and a quick search on Instagram throws up almost 67,000 posts with the hashtag #ihavethisthingwithdoors. It’s unsurprising that doors are having ‘a moment’, given that they make such a statement to anyone walking past, approaching or entering the home. At Anglian, our composite doors have been in high demand and we expect sales of composite doors to increase even further this year, and at some point in the not too distant future overtake uPVC doors. They are seen as more energy efficient and more secure, but ultimately they provide more options for personalisation, with a greater range of colours. For more information, please go to

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Growth of manufacturer recognised at national design impact awards Sealant and adhesive manufacturer Polyseam has achieved the ultimate design accolade for the rebrand of its GRAFT product range. The Yorkshire-headquartered company and its branding agency The Engine Room were both presented with a gold design impact trophy at the glittering DBA Design Effectiveness Awards in London. But the GRAFT project also went on to scoop the ultimate recognition of the evening when it was announced as the Grand Prix winner of winners at the end of the night. Since GRAFT’s launch in 2014, annual sales have increased by a staggering 744% and export levels have risen by more than £1million. In fact, this transformational business exercise has played a significant part in Polyseam now building a 50,000sqm factory which is expected to create a further 50 jobs by 2020. It was this bottom line impact that impressed the line-up of high-profile judges, which included Andy Palmer, CEO of


Aston Martin; Josh Berger, president and managing director of Warner Bros; and renowned entrepreneur Deborah Meaden. Commenting on the win, Polyseam’s marketing manager Olando Salina said: “The evolving challenges in the manufacturing market mean we must continually innovate to drive growth. We therefore focused on the development of an environmentally friendly, all-in-one adhesive and sealant created using our own in-house expertise. “This high-performance technology was already award-winning in its own right. But it didn’t achieve the traction we sought, which is why we engaged The Engine Room to help clarify our market position, overhaul the branding of this product range, and craft the communication materials we’d need moving forward. The Engine Room team has specific expertise in this field, and we were therefore delighted

when GRAFT was ‘born’. The project success is a testament to the collaboration of these forward-thinking business and design brains.” The Engine Room’s managing director Lesley Gulliver added: “The building, construction and manufacturing sectors are perhaps not renowned for their design prowess. But this project goes to show that strategic creative thinking is about much more than just what looks good. The overhaul of this product range and the development of the GRAFT brand has helped to revolutionise Polyseam’s entire business.” Polyseam has been independently manufacturing first-class brands for the majority of the world’s leading suppliers since 1993. The company manufactures more than 150 different products, and exports to 21 countries globally.

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Boxed rooflight specified for Lancaster water tower conversion

Situated within the converted water tower of the former Lancaster Moor Hospital, Glazing Vision’s 3 wall box rooflight was key to unlocking the spectacular views from the apartment. Located just outside Lancaster and close to the Forest of Bowland, this is a designated area of natural beauty. The former asylum has been transformed as part of a multi-million pound housing development by the PJ Livesey Group, and was shortlisted for the LABC NW Building Excellence Awards 2016.

Doors Windows & Architectural Hardware Restoring Gothic architecture for contemporary living space Once described by the writer Alan Bennett as a “gaunt grey penitentiary” due to its Gothic exterior, this huge behemoth of a quadrangular stone building had lain empty since 2000. Three million pounds of investment for essential infrastructure work had already been made by the NW Homes & Communities Agency, who, working alongside English Heritage and Lancaster City Council, had been keen to unlock the buildings’ potential and add to the much needed local housing stock. Manchester based PJ Livesey Group acquired the site from the HCA and successfully presented its Residence scheme to convert the Grade II Listed Building, as well as nearby Campbell House, into an attractive mix of carefully converted mews homes and modern apartments, finished to the highest specification.

Structural challenges for the water tower conversion The conversion of the stone water tower, located above the imposing main entrance, presented a number of structural challenges for PJ Livesey. There was a narrow spiral staircase leading up to two rooms at the top, and positioned high in the tower was a water tank containing ¼ million gallons of water. Before any construction work could take place these obstacles had to be carefully removed, ensuring no damage was caused to the fabric of the building. A roof terrace was an integral element of the design of the planned water tower luxury apartment. This was crucial to capitalize on the panoramic views of the Fells of Bowland and Morecambe Bay, whilst also providing a generous amount of outdoor living space. However the existing roof was deemed to be too high to offer safe barrier height for the intended roof terrace, in relation to the parapet walls.

Glass box rooflight solution for terrace access and aesthetics Initially, a hinged Glazing Vision Skydoor rooflight was specified before PJ Livesey decided upon their innovative box rooflight, which was seen as offering superior head height and removed the requirement for installing a balustrade around the opening.

PJL needed to ensure that the building remained watertight as construction work progressed to the roof top phase. The solution was to build a new roof under the old one. Once an aperture for the box rooflight was created, the old roof was removed. This then allowed for the smooth installation of the glass box rooflight, which had been prevision-engineered to PJL’s unique dimensions by Glazing Vision’s dedicated team. The rooflight was fixed onto 3 walls and as such was enclosed within the existing fabric. No additional balustrading was required and the minimal structural framework of the box rooflight, supplied in a timeless powder-coated grey, guaranteed full use of the sizeable roof terrace and a seamless integration of the exterior and the interior. The retractable glazed section, which slides over the fixed section of glass, is operated at the touch of a button. This provides a clear 50% opening and sufficient head height for easy access. The resident can thus climb the small stairwell whilst the rooflight is retracting into its open position, without having to “bow” his head. The secure manual override also detects movement during the open/close operation to provide the all-important safety features. An access key pad also offers an additional benefit to the resident with regards to comfort and security. In keeping with the development’s contemporary and airy aesthetics, the large glazed sections of the box roof light ensure that the interior is flooded with natural light during the day. The streamlined structure of the box rooflight externally ensures that the resident can enjoy unparalleled daytime views from this attractive roof terrace, over the fells, coastline and later can marvel at the night sky.

Recognition for the Lancaster Moor project For PJ Livesey, their sensitive conversion of the Water Tower and development of the Residence at Lancaster Moor were recognized at the inaugural NW Insider Residential Property Awards in 2016 – they were named Bespoke & Urban Developer of the Year. Find out more about specifying box rooflights or download our Part K whitepaper.

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Pure Delight From Choosing Trespa Pura NFC® Discovering Trespa’s high pressure laminate cladding provided the answer to a design conundrum for a stylish new residence on the outskirts of Aberdeen. Steph Craigie and her husband were looking for something different. So after consulting the local authority planners in the area who wanted the building to be either traditional or more contemporary, rather than a run-of-the-mill suburban design, the couple decided on a contemporary look for their new home. They choose a Scotframe Val-U-Therm kit as the mode of construction and for the external surface treatment the couple selected K-Rend smooth cement render and Trespa Pura NFC® cladding. “The architect’s design called for wood linings and whilst we loved the look we didn’t want the maintenance issue, plus my husband dislikes the grey uneven discolouring of cedar linings,” says Steph Craigie. A visit to the Grand Designs exhibition in London introduced them to timber-effect cladding but still they could not identify a product that met their needs. “Many hours were spent searching for something suitable and my husband eventually stumbled across the Trespa® product online,” says Steph Craigie. “I called to find the Trespa Pura NFC® product was very new to the UK but we soon had our hands on samples and it was immediately clear to us that this was the product we were looking for.”


They chose Aged Ash, one of sixteen finishes available in the Trespa Pura NFC® range. “My husband, and also the joiners who did the installation are very pernickety and so all were delighted with the fixing system that Trespa uses as it ensured that the end result is extremely sharp and precise,” explains Steph Craigie, adding: “It is great to think that this finish will remain the same as it is today for many years to come.” The quality of the Trespa Pura NFC® product was clear to everyone that handled it while the home was being built. So much so that a family friend of the Craigies who runs a large timber wholesale business has decided to stock it and one of the joiners involved on the house building project also went on to install it in his own home. Trespa Pura NFC® is made from up to 70% natural fibres, impregnated with thermosetting resins and a non-porous surface engineered to enhance its weather resistant properties. As with all Trespa® products, Trespa Pura NFC® has been tested extensively against weather, impact and UV resistance.

For additional convenience and easy maintenance, dirt, stains and splashes simply wipe off. The result? No rot or decay and no need to paint or stain. From Slate Ebony through to Classic Oak and White Pine, this versatile new range accentuates the shape and style of both modern and traditional buildings. It is suitable for any exterior façade cladding application, and comes cut to size in easy to handle planks that can be laid horizontally or fixed vertically, either side by side or lap style. Trespa Pura NFC® looks good, performs well, comes pre-packed with a variety of matching components. For further information and samples of Trespa® products, contact the Sales Office UK. Trespa UK Ltd. 35 Calthorpe Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 1TS. Tel: 0808 2340268. Fax: 0808 2341377. Email: Issued on behalf of Trespa UK Ltd by BPS Marketing and PR Ltd. Contact: Jayne Rolfe Tel: 07808 633561. Email: jayne@

Outdoor Living with the Benefits of Indoor Comfort. Screening is playing an increasingly central role in the management of light and the reduction of thermal gain in building design. In addition to traditional HVAC solutions, the use of screens can vastly improve interior climate and occupant comfort, and reduce environmental impact. The use of natural forces to provide light, heat and cooling is an important and progressive building approach. Increasing trends for outdoor living coupled with a warming climate are placing additional demands on architects to deliver sustainable and passive design strategies. Screening has long been acknowledged as critical in improving the energy efficiency of commercial buildings, but the additional practical and aesthetic benefits are now gaining popularity in residential markets. Phantom Screens are helping homeowners experience existing interior and exterior space in completely new ways; maximising their surroundings and extending the enjoyment of summer evenings

without the intrusion of nuisance insects. The state-of-the-art ‘Executive Screen’ is a fully automated retractable system, capable of screening openings up to 7m wide. It is the perfect solution for the growing trend of bi-folding doors fitted to larger openings on new build projects and on contemporary extensions. The Executive Screen can be designed to fully recess from view when retracted and low profile retro fix options, finished in any RAL colour, ensure minimal impact on architectural design. Screening solutions contribute to the reduction of internal temperature and in turn offer savings towards the investment and running costs of HVAC systems.

Thermal comfort gains are also made by retaining heat in the evenings while deflecting energy during the day. A comprehensive range of technical fabrics is available to suit specific requirements - including standard and fine weave insect meshes, solar shading and privacy screens blocking upwards of 55% UV rays. Phantom solar and insect screens have been adding value to property design in Canada and the USA for many decades. As the sole UK distributor, Phantom Screens manufactures in the UK to the highest quality standards with the same level of attention and consideration that the US market has come to expect. A Lifetime Warranty is offered on all screens, backed up by exceptional care and customer service. Phantom UK’s customers are shifting the way they think about their living space, redefining the home dynamic that comes from connecting the interior and exterior landscape, something that to date has only been accessible to a minority. By incorporating screening solutions into the design of new build projects, architects are including the outdoors seamlessly into the sequence of home spaces.

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Be on the Front Line of the Housing Revolution As the industry disseminates the content of the Housing White Paper and the Farmer Report, which called for the construction industry to ‘Modernise or Die’ - one of the foremost themes to emerge is the Government’s commitment to support offsite factory built homes. So, with heightened interest surrounding the sector - the scene is set and the key ‘offsite’ players are lining up to take centre stage at Explore Offsite Housing. To capitalise on this forward thinking and constantly evolving sector, this is your opportunity to hear direct from industry leaders who will be presenting the latest ideas and technologies at Explore Offsite Housing - set to take place on the 04 and 05 April at Inmarsant, London, EC1Y 1AX. The conference and exhibition will present innovative thinking by bringing together industry pioneers to share their views on offsite manufacturing and construction and how the latest innovations can play a major role within the future of the housing industry. The event format provides a dynamic and interactive learning experience for all visitors through presentations and a wide array of exhibitors representing each technology. It is also a fantastic opportunity for construction industry professionals to network with offsite experts. Confirmed speakers include:

Philip Breese - Senior Partner, Weston Williamson + Partners

Jenny Burridge - Head of Structural Engineering, MPA The Concrete Centre

Ben Derbyshire - President Elect, RIBA

Dick Jenkins - Chief Executive, Bath Building Society

Nicky Gavron, Assembly Member, Greater London Authority

Ranj Kaur - Line Manager, Taylor Wimpey

Mark Farmer, Founding Director & CEO, Cast and author of the Farmer Report

Gareth Mason - UK Business Development Manager, Stora Enso

Jennifer Beningfield - Principle, Open Studio Architects

Nick Milestone - Managing Director, B & K Structures

Rory Bergin - Partner, Sustainable Futures, HTA Design LLP

Graeme O’Doherty - Head of Housing, Premier Modular

Andy von Bradsky - Director, von Bradsky Enterprises

Jon Sawyer - Head of Custom Build Housing, igloo


John Skivington - Director, LHC

Andrew Waugh - Founder and Director, Waugh Thistleton

Gavin White - Director, Ramboll

Chris Bowen, Development Director, Liverpool Mutual Homes

Lucie Olivier, Rogers, Stirk Harbour & Partners

This two-day conference and exhibition will create a platform for housing clients and their professional advisers, contractors and project managers to network with industry experts and discuss the latest offsite construction solutions. One day tickets cost just £125 + VAT per day, or book a two-day ticket for just £225 + VAT - prices include lunch and refreshments throughout the day. To book your place visit: or call 01743 290001.

The POD shown above designed by ZedPod Ltd, is a unique solution providing flexible modular accommodation with minimal disruption to local infrastructure. Go to for more information and contact details. The POD, was 90% pre-built at our Cardiff factory, and is now on display at the BRE in Watford. Rentalspec offer full design and certified Fabrication for all your structural steel requirements, with laser profiling and powder coating all available in house, reducing the costs and lead-times associated with bespoke projects. RENTALSPEC CONTACTS Head Office: 029 2045 0128 Email: South East Sales: Leigh Jarvis: 07881 418674 South West and Midland sales: Steve Pesticcio: 07891 961428

17 & 18 May 2017 Alexandra Palace, London

Showcasing new technologies and best practice for over 23 years THE BEST PLACE TO FIND:  The largest dedicated installer series in the UK  Over 100 exhibitors from both the domestic & commercial sectors  Free seminars & training  Latest products & innovations  Expert installation advice  Show offers and discounts


PLACE TODAY! Some of the leading manufacturers involved:

Heating, Ventilation & Insulation

EnviroVent to launch new product innovation at Ecobuild EnviroVent, one of the UK’s leading ventilation manufacturers and suppliers, will be launching a new product innovation at Ecobuild which is set to make commissioning simpler for the installer and offer greater control and flexibility for the end user. The new technology, which has been a closely guarded secret for over two years has been designed and tested for performance and quality within the R&D centre at EnviroVent and complements the extensive range of MVHR units that the company offer. Rory Percival, Technical and R&D Manager said: “Ecobuild always attracts a large number of visitors from across a wide range of sectors and it made sense for us when we first started planning the new product to launch it at Ecobuild in 2017. The team have worked hard to design and develop this new technology, and we can’t wait to be able to showcase it at the event. We are experiencing high demand for our MVHR units and this product will be the first of many innovations to come from EnviroVent over the next 12 months.” EnviroVent will be showcasing a range of ventilation products on stand A197 at the three-day event in London, including the energiSava® range which enables housebuilders to meet System 4 of Building Regulations Part F requirements, boasting highperformance levels in a compact, lightweight design for both small and larger properties. If you would like to book a meeting with one of our ventilation experts at the show to discuss your ventilation requirements or you would like one of our latest brochures, then please feel free to contact us on 0345 27 27 807 or by emailing us at


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We have the complete solution for all your new build needs Speak to the award-winning experts to take the hassle and complication out of ventilation system design. We ensure that the most suitable and effective solution is correctly specified and installed to comply with Building Regulations. High efficiency heat recovery products Whole house energy efficient solutions BIM Compliant system design to meet your bespoke project Extensive technical support and expert advice Dedicated installation service Long warranties

Fast Track Ducting Range EnviroVent believes that quality ductwork should not be dependent upon highly qualified installers and regulatory measures. Therefore, we introduced ventilation ductwork, which can be installed very easily and quickly, even by less qualified and experienced installers. The Fast Track Range is a comprehensive portfolio of semi-rigid ductwork and connectors to make a complete, airtight and easy to install ventilation system. The semi-rigid ducting is available in various circular and semi-circular dimensions and all ductwork types can connect to one universal distribution box by using adapters. This eliminates the need to keep stock of numerous box types and limits costs.

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APOLLO radiators is one of the leading independent distributors of radiators and towel rails in the UK. At APOLLO radiators the emphasis is on quality, and availability from stock. APOLLO radiators distribute throughout the UK to a wide range of independent merchants, as well as the national merchant groups.

APOLLO roma classic steel column radiators come in a wide range of sizes. Fusion welded sections manufactured in Italy with the latest technology and a 10 year guarantee. Over 150 sizes are available in white within 3 working days and a selection of 46 different colours are available in just 7 working days.

roma classic vertical and horizontal wall mounted and freestanding steel column radiators

Heating, ventilation & insulation

RINNAI SOLO – A SPECIFIER’S AND INSTALLER’S FLEXIBLE FRIEND Infinity Solo condensing low NOX water heater is the first Rinnai product for the UK that combines the advanced technology of wall mounted continuous flow water heaters with a stainless-steel storage cylinder in one compact footprint. When the product was first introduced Solo was adopted as a single installation product for light commercial operations such as small hotels and schools. However, Rinnai is now seeing greater penetration as installers are beginning to use them in multiples on larger projects - one installer has utilised three units for a major school academy installation. It seems the market is identifying other areas for the Solo, beyond the target market of new build and refurbishment housing projects, where it is proving its worth in larger three/four-bed dwellings where one can expect to find a family bathroom, ensuite and a downstairs cloakroom/shower. The Rinnai Solo is a versatile product - it is renewables ready so the business/building owner or householder can very easily extend the system to make fuel savings by adding solar thermal later. The 24kW-59.5kW Infinity Solo range is renewables compatible and supplied pre-fitted with a coil, meaning that the primary energy source can be renewable gains such as solar thermal, and the complementary Rinnai water heater will only apply the precise amount of gas to boost the difference in temperature. Because the Solo cylinder is stainless steel it greatly reduces the weight compared to glass lined models, which makes transportation and installation much easier. As well as the difference in weight, the cylinders available also boast extremely low heat loss figures (as low as 1.41kW/h day), which means the customer pays less to maintain the heat within the tank and the system when fitted to a renewable heat source maximises renewable gains. Rinnai’s new Solo range incorporates 35kW and 54kW appliances, ensuring that even sites with a smaller gas meter can utilise its advanced technologies. The larger Infinity Solo model will also act as a high-efficiency alternative to other forms of gas fired storage appliances.

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New Design Strikes From AEON Sculptural Heating Stepping away from conventional home heating design, AEON brings a refreshing twist to the towel warmer and radiator to bathrooms everywhere. Unveiled at this year’s ISH exhibition, the Zig Zag collection of four designs has been causing quite a stir. Striking in stainless steel, Zig Zag (the M model), new to the AEON Collection stimulates the eyes and imagination. Never seen before in radiator design, the jagged, unpredictable continuous line forms an irregular pattern. Short diagonal bars haphazardly interlink to create strength and visual appeal. Much like a maze, Zig Zag (M) leads the eye to follow the cleverly designed pointed path. Smooth hand finished edges provide a premium look and feel welcome in any room daring to be a little bit different. Inspired by a striking lightning bolt, angular zig zags bring energy and dynamism to any interior. The geometric shapes of Zig Zag models E, K and T introduce a simple pattern and form into a room. These hand-finished radiators are designed to be eye catching and provide an opportunity to experiment with new shapes in the home. Traditional radiators limited to functionality can now have a life of their own and create a centre piece in any room. The Zig Zag collection from AEON is available in electric, hot water and dual fuel options. The vertical heated towel rail can be finished in either a polished or brushed stainless steel. 1500mm tall and 500mm wide, AEON valves are also available to complement the installation. The warranty on our AEON Collection is 10 years. Discover the AEON Collection at


With increasing demand and limited availability of many popular concrete roof tiles, which is creating protracted delays within the constuction market, particularly housebuilders who cannot afford to miss planned site completion dates has become a major issue for all concerned. Imerys Roof Tiles are the market leader in France and have become a significant supplier of quality natual clay roof tiles throughout the UK for over 25 years. Imerys are fortunately in a strong position to provide alternative ex-stock solutions from our 12 production sites working in partnership with our network of stockists & distributors. The vast Imerys portfolio includes economical large format interlocking clay tiles with variable 9.5 – 10 M2 gauge are available ex-stock in a variety of colours and textures. Our HP10 & Double HP20 tiles have an attractive tapered thin leading edge which can be installed at roof pitches as low as 17.5 degrees, while the double HP20 in particular with it’s dummy bond, visually combines a small format appearance with large format economics. All Imerys tiles are supplied with a market leading insurance backed


30 year durability guarantee for peace of mind which is over the time span of a typical mortgage. NBS fixing specifications are also provided for each project to ensure that BS5534: +A1 2015 and BS8000 part 6:2013 fixing standards are complied with.


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