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MAGAZINE April 2018



Marble work for Oracle

Kitchen by Chamber Furniture

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Marble, marble everywhere! Leading natural stone and terrazzo specialist Diespeker & Co has launched a new initiative that sees a big change in the supply and delivery of an expanded range of high quality marble and stone. With many more slabs available at its London premises, architects and designers can now specify materials and expect a much faster delivery. Diespeker currently has around 3,000 slabs on site, offering over 140 different types of marble, from Travertine Classico and Calacatta to Rosso Francia and Pietra Savigny. In addition, available stock includes several types of opulent onyx perfect for high end interiors, sought-after granite and sustainable material Lithoverde Bianco Carrara, a recycled stone texture that is 99% composed of offcuts. The company’s factory includes state-of-the-art cutting, grinding and polishing machines, and the business boasts an experienced team of estimators, draftsmen, craftsmen and installers, meaning Diespeker can fulfil contracts from initial order to installation, giving one point of contact throughout each project. Diespeker has dominated the UK terrazzo market in recent years, and the increased range of natural stone has a positive impact on the company’s award-winning, bespoke terrazzo service, with a wider choice of aggregate available to facilitate unique surface design opportunities. As well as the marble stock, Diespeker is looking to increase the amount of standard terrazzo for superfast delivery by keeping more slabs available to call off as needed.

Along with high-status, luxury residential interiors, Diespeker’s flooring, cladding, countertops and detail work can be found in prestigious offices, retail environments, restaurants and landmark building. End customers include the London Coliseum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Museum, Harrods, Selfridges, Whistles and boutiques in Mayfair and Sloane Street. Diespeker has also built up a reputation overseas, with materials supplied and installed in major cities in Europe, North America, the Far East and Asia. The company enjoys working on smaller projects, too, with up and coming designers, artists and sculptors - as well as one-off unique projects. Diespeker is updating its website to reflect the wider range of natural stone available for fast delivery, with an option to request samples and order products. Enquiries can be made directly to the Diespeker office on 020 7358 0160 or by email to sales@diespeker.co.uk

See it. Feel it. Stunning natural stone and terrazzo at your fingertips. Explore our extensive range and order your free samples online.

+44 (0)20 7358 0160 • www.diespeker.co.uk • sales@diespeker.co.uk

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CONTENTS April 2018

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The easy way to transform your bathroom – waterproof wall art on acrylic glass and Alu-Dibond even large-format pictures are very light and can be hung without a frame. The key difference between acrylic glass and AluDibond is their distinctive aesthetic finish. The high-gloss surface of acrylic glass gives the motif a luxurious touch, while the semi-matt look of Alu-Dibond creates an understated result with no reflections. As the mounting brackets attached to the back of the panel are completely concealed, this allows the picture to appear as if it is floating on the wall, evoking the elegance and feel of a gallery. Alternatively, the picture can be hung using matt-look stainless steel spacers. It is important to always use rust-resistant spacers in bathrooms. Stylish motifs for your wellness oasis

Alu Dibond

Did you know that we spend up to 30 minutes in the bathroom in the morning? To start the day feeling relaxed, creating a calming atmosphere of well-being is therefore paramount. When designing a bathroom, even the most passionate decorating experts run out of creative ideas, which is why bathrooms often tend to look a little neglected. We’ll show you a few decor tricks that can be easily implemented, ensuring your wall decoration is tailored to the challenging conditions of the bathroom. A stylish shower curtain, creative mosaic tiles and a fluffy bathmat are not the only way to transform a plain, functional room into a wellness oasis.

Alu-Dibond and acrylic glass – two versatile solutions, glamour factor included Alu-Dibond and acrylic glass are both completely resistant to moisture – splashes of water are no match for these robust materials. The easy-care products can be easily wiped clean, without damaging your favourite motif. Wall pictures made of AluDibond and acrylic glass are even immune to the effects of UV rays. Both products are composed of plastic, which means

Many people shy away from decorating the bathroom because it is a wet room. However, there is a simple solution for wall decoration in rooms with high humidity and a risk of splashing: wall pictures made from Alu-Dibond and acrylic glass are the ideal way to brighten up bathrooms.

For maximum impact, opt for high-contrast photographs in bold colours on Alu-Dibond or acrylic glass. Motifs on acrylic glass benefit from the impressive depth effect of the material. Not only does the white background ensure radiant colours, it also provides added protection. Underwater pictures, sea motifs or idyllic beach scenes are especially well suited for decorating home bathrooms. Other popular motifs include relaxing orchids and Buddha figures – perfect for dreaming of faraway places and escaping from the daily grind. If you feel like breaking away from the light look typically used in bathrooms, go for vibrant colours and added pep with witty illustrations. Cloud motifs are also great in bathrooms – in a room normally associated with water, why not introduce the opposite element on the walls by adorning them with celestial images? For more ideas, the Posterlounge online shop has a dedicated bathroom category full of inspiring motifs.

The composition of the printed panels even highlights the matt or shiny surface of bathroom tiles, allowing pictures to be perfectly integrated into any design concept. Posterlounge, an acclaimed art publisher and online shop for high-quality wall art, offers a wide range of bathroom motifs available on Alu-Dibond or acrylic glass.

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Don’t risk your reputation Trust Seamsil ® from Delvemade Other cut edge corrosion treatments are available. They come and they go. The original, ‘Delvemade Seamsil’, is the only one you need and it’s here to stay. Seamsil is the UK’s leading Cut Edge Corrosion Treatment. More professionals specify Seamsil for good reasons. It’s the product they trust, it works and It has stood the test of time. Today, Seamsil and Delvemade’s other protective coatings are actively maintaining hundreds of roofs, right across the country, many for decades after application. Invented by Delvemade, Seamsil has a proven, unbeatable reputation for quality that stretches back a generation. This fact enables Delvemade to provide a long and meaningful product guarantee. Itac Limited, Delvemade’s parent company, exclusively manufactures all Delvemade products. Both businesses operate closely, working

together, from Itac’s new, ‘state of the art’ production facility, in Manchester. Established over 100 years, Itac has a wealth of adhesives and coatings manufacturing experience. An Investor in People, with ISO 9001 and ISO 140001 accreditations, Itac is the perfect manufacturing partner for Delvemade, ensuring the highest quality plus rapid supply on demand, and interim warehousing for all Delvemade products. The current Delvemade range includes all the well-known names. Seamsil, Delcote, Delcote HPG and Delglaze.

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Itac’s Research and Development team are actively working with Delvemade as it invests and expands, to bring further new and exciting building and roofing surface coatings to market.

Delcote/Seamsil Project 32,500m2 roof Spade Lane , Sittingbourne

Delvemade offer a free 2 hour CPD Cut Edge Corrosion Seminar at your premises. Email CPD@delvemade.com Or for full Delvemade product and CPD information visit delvemade.co.uk or simply call 01204 868604

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Derbyshire Specialist Aggregates THINKING OF SPECIFYING RESIN BOUND? Resin Bound is the fastest growing surfacing application in the last 5 years. Thanks to its hardwearing and natural finish it makes a stunning alternative to block paving, tarmac, concrete or loose gravel. As a low maintenance, permeable paving solution, it is fully SUDS compliant making it ideal for new build as well as renovation.

Specialist Aggregates DALTEX range, you can rest assured that every aggregate has been produced to the highest quality.

Highly versatile, it can be easily applied to slopes and areas with limited access and is ideal for any size of area - from a small patio or winding path to a grand sweeping driveway.

Always in stock

It can be used indoors as well as outdoors and the system easily lends itself to unique design features for highlights or the demarcation of individual areas. Come direct to the UK manufacturer of DALTEX dired aggregates for all your resin bound requirements. Only the cleanest, driest aggregate delivers a consistent finish. With over 30 years experience, we have refined and honed our processes and invested considerably in equipment to ensure that DALTEX dried aggregates are the premium quality aggregate for all resin applications. We also offer a quality DALTEX UVR resin alongside our aggregates. We partner with all the major Resin Bound system providers, contractors and designers in the UK and beyond and when you choose to specify from the Derbyshire


As the manufacturer of DALTEX dried aggregates, we guarantee 100% stock availability. In order to keep high stocks ready for delivery when you need it, we operate large production runs of up to 300 tonnes per product. We also ensure DALTEX Bound Resin and Bound Plus are in stock at all times, so aggregates and resin can be delivered to site together.

Choice Our range is the largest available in the UK. Our huge variety of colours and different textured aggregates can be mixed together to produce an unlimited palette of colours and textures to satisfy any client’s requirements.

Samples We are able to supply any size samples to enable you to show your client the resin system to its best advantage. If you are looking for a contractor to install

the system for you, we can also help by directing you to a contractor suitable for your requirements.

Technical and product support With over 30 years of experience, we can advise confidently on any query you may have, either through our in-house technical team or through field based managers. Our Knowledge Centre on our new website www.resinbondedaggregates.com is designed to quickly answer many of the most frequently questions asked.

Come visit us! We may have grown in 30 years (we now have 5 sites nationwide) but we still believe in making time for all our customers – big or small. If you’d like to visit our manufacturing site and see how we produce the cleanest, driest aggregate available, give us a call or just drop in. We’d love to hear from you.

For more information: www. resinbondedaggregates.com



Permeable SUDS compliant paving system for driveways, paths and patios


Ideal for new builds and renovations


Low maintenance


Ideal for any size area


High quality DALTEX aggregates for beautiful consistent results. Combine with DALTEX high quality UVR Resin


The largest range of colours in the UK


We are happy to help – 30 years of expert advice and technical support


Come direct to the manufacturer of DALTEX aggregates www.resinbondedaggregates.com

TEL: 01629 636500 Arbor Low Works, Youlgrave, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 lJS

5 storey cabin platform lift for Sefton Park Sefton Park House is a half way house based in Weston-Super-Mare offering a therapeutic community to support and challenge people with drug and alcohol addiction. The building had an existing passenger lift with a full counterweight which had reached the end of it’s life and was uneconomical to repair, so they contacted Invalifts to enquire about the possibility of replacing the lift with something better. Invalifts recommended their M6000LS platform cabin lift which could travel the five floors and comes complete with a self supporting shaft which could be fitted within the existing shaft. The client approved this, and Invalifts began by removing the existing lift and associated mechanisms. Then followed some remedial work to alter the pit, as only 100mm was required, and the floors were adjusted to suit the requirements of the new lift, before the installation of a new M6000LS lift was completed. A shaft size of 1100 x 1400mm allowed the space efficient lift to have an internal cabin size of 900 x 1250mm, whilst just a single phase electrical supply powers the lift. The cabin was specified with automatic centre opening doors, single press button operation and an autodialer as standard, whilst due to the internal building restrictions, bespoke 1900mm doors were installed at each landing in place of the standard two metre doors. To find out more about the M6000LS platform cabin lift, you can give Invalifts a call on 0845 468 2543 and speak to one of their friendly experts, or visit the website.

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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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High safety rated glass and stone cladding offers new design opportunities

A new set of products, now available in the UK for the first time, is widening the design and application opportunities for high specification glass and stone cladding on projects throughout the country. The innovative and visually striking DynaPanel Glass and Stone Systems from Dynamic Cladding provide the highest rating of fire and blast protection of any UK products of their kind. They are only available in the UK via an exclusive partnership with SPSenvirowall, one of the country’s leading external wall insulation and render suppliers. The lightweight and versatile DynaPanel Glass system has the highest A1 noncombustible fire and bomb blast rating. Its superb safety record has already resulted in it being specified for use in high profile UK transport projects. Available in a range of colours and finishes, including gloss and matt, the panels are scratch, graffiti and fade resistant, combining aesthetic appeal and functionality. The DynaPanel Stone system tackles some of the main challenges faced when using stone cladding - weight and depth. In keeping with tradition, the natural texture


and appearance of the stone is preserved, but the panels are up to 70% lighter than traditional stone systems and up to 50% thinner, allowing for greater versatility and a wider range of applications.

a range of environmentally-friendly external wall insulations and rendering solutions for new builds and refurbishments, supported by expert advice, guidance and training to contractors, architects and self builders.

Both systems are frameless, without face fixings and suitable for both new builds and refurbishments. They are also ETA approved, which meets and goes beyond BBA requirements. DynaPanel Stone Veneer for interior wall linings and feature areas is also now available in the UK for the first time.


“We wanted to create glass and stone systems that not only had the highest possible safety ratings, but were also beautiful to look at and practical in use to give them as many application opportunities as possible,” said Daniel Thompson, Development Manager at Dynamic Cladding. SPSenvirowall, which is the only UK supplier of Dynamic Cladding’s decorative rainscreen cladding products, also supplies

Fire Sprinkler Valve Systems Applications Engineering specialises in creating high quality fire sprinkler valves. We have developed innovative, compact and easy to install valves for sprinklers that cover all the relevant requirements for modern domestic and residential properties. Our products are of the highest standard and represent fantastic value for money. We additionally offer everything from single and double check valves that can be used in a range of applications, as well as a pump cyclic test unit.

Fire Sprinkler Valve sets 1”~ 2” Applications Engineering can supply fire sprinkler valve sets in sizes 1” and 1 1/4” in dual port versions and sizes 1 1/2” and 2” in single port fabricated versions. We are able to supply valve sets with pvc glue fit adaptors, single or double check valves or a combination prefitted; please give us a call to discuss your requirements.

Dual Port Fire Sprinkler Valve Set Applications Engineering Ltd have developed an innovative, compact and affordable fire sprinkler valve set that covers all the requirements of a modern domestic and residential property fire sprinkler system and offers the following benefits and features Benefits and Design features • Dual ports that enable the flow switch to be mounted on either side. • Uses the Sika flow switch which has been designed specifically for the valve set to operate at 25 L/min • The flow switch has a ¾” union nut for simple, hand tight, installation. No need for tools or awkward 360° rotation of the whole switch. • Available with optional CPVC mating sockets.

• 100% pressure tested. • Supplied with DIN 43650 electrical connector as standard • Lockable inlet valve handle • Glycerine filled 16 bar pressure gauge • Easy access for servicing • Space saving – compact size • Less joints minimise risk of leaks

Available in 1” (25mm) and 11/4” (32mm) versions.

PumpCheck – Fire Sprinkler Pump Cyclic Test Unit Applications Engineering introduce the PumpCheck fire sprinkler pump cyclic test unit, an easy to use and low cost all-in-one test unit to monitor four different inputs : flow switch, pressure switch, minimum tank level switch and maximum tank level switch. PumpCheck has a clear back-lit LCD display and an easy to use menu and features a 30 event log, selectable input types, ability to measure pump motor current and has outputs for drain and pump plus an external sounder output and open collector signal output.

Visit our website for further information at www.appeng.co.uk or if you would like to discuss how we can help you with your control and instrumentation needs call us on 01825 764737.

The revolving door is made up of three (or four) doors that are attached to a central shaft. A small motor is used to allow the doors to rotate at a specified speed. Most businesses that employ the use of revolving doors do so because of heavy traffic entering and exiting their facilities. Revolving doors have been around for quite some time, and their architecture has not changed much since they were first conceptualized. The very first model for revolving doors was patented in 1881 by a German inventor named H. Bockhacker. However, it wasn’t until inventor Theophilus Van Kannel got the U.S. patent for his three-way storm door in 1888 that the idea of revolving doors became more widely accepted. Kannel’s model contained weather stripping as a way of making the door more energy efficient. He formed his own manufacturing company—Van Kannel Revolving Door Co.—and eventually sold it in 1907 to International Steel (currently named International Revolving Door Co.) We see a lot of jokes about people getting stuck walking through revolving doors, but these doors are for more than just comedy. They have a significant environmental impact when they are used. For starters, revolving doors reduce the amount of air that circulates in and out the building. Therefore, your business will be able to keep a constant temperature, which is another benefit for the environment. To put it simply, having revolving doors saves on energy costs, and here’s why. Heating and air systems and the increase in high-rise buildings have increased energy usage. In 2006, MIT conducted a study to determine how much energy is wasted when people go in

Revolving Doors: Opening the Door to a Better Environment


and out of a building. Their findings indicated that 36-watt hours of energy—the equivalent of a half-hour of using a 60-watt light bulb— was used by a person when they came in and out of the facility. When that figure was multiplied by all the people who come in and out of the building, the figure was 80,000-watt-hours of energy. Because office facilities use up to 40% of the total consumed energy in the U.S., having resolving doors to cut energy costs will have a profound effect on the environment. However, few people are actualizing the impact of having revolving doors. According to the MIT research, no more than 30% of people employ the use of revolving doors when given the opportunity. If people were more informed about using revolving doors, then more people would embrace the use of the product and appreciate its many benefits: •

Creates a continuous seal between the air outdoors and indoors, which also translates into more suitable and consistent temperatures.

Reduces the strain placed on heating and air conditioning systems, which reduces the energy usage and utility bill cost for the facility.

A reduction in air change occurrences, which keep the entry sealed. `

A reduction in pollution and noise.

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RINNAI HOT WATER instant, continuous, limitless and sensibly economic for every type of commercial site Installers, specifiers and end users’ installers have the most practical and economically viable solution for all domestic and commercial hot water heating and delivery needs in Rinnai’s comprehensive range of energy efficient A rated, electronically controlled continuous flow gas fired units and systems. •15•

All Rinnai internal HDC condensing continuous flow water heaters, are room-sealed, power flue appliances while the external weatherproof models have forced exhaust which enables them to be compact, saving both floor and wall space. The natural gas or LPG water heaters guarantee a limitless supply of accurately temperature controlled safe and useable hot water, time after time after time to any type or size of site or application. The Rinnai range delivers energy saving performance and low greenhouse emissions through new low NOx burner technology. All units and systems can be installed as stand-alone or manifolded to provide unlimited hot water for the largest of all commercial sites such as big hotels, busy gyms, high rise offices etc. Water temperature is and can be pre-set through easy-to-use built in digital controls, eliminating the risk of scalding and potentially eradicating the need for thermostatic mixing valves. Water can be used simultaneously at several points of delivery with no fluctuation of temperature. The newly updated Rinnai Infinity range is designed for use directly off the mains, with no need for large, ungainly and energy inefficient storage vessels. For example, Rinnai’s Infinity 16i continuous flow water heater is designed to meet the hot water needs of domestic and light commercial applications. The Infinity 16i, weighing just 18kg and measuring less than 675mm (H) x 139mm (W), has a delivery capacity of 15.2 litres per minute, at a temperature rise of 25°. Rinnai Heavy Duty water heaters are high efficiency gas continuous flow water heaters with outputs up to 69kW. The Rinnai Heavy Duty HD50i Internal water heater is a wall hung, gas fired, continuous flow water heater capable of producing hot water at 770 litres per hour at a 50°C rise. The HD50i has a 125mm concentric flue which can be extended up to 15m, less 1m per 45° bend. Compact and reliable, the HD50i operates between 1-10 bar pressure, which is suitable for mains and systems with boost pumps. Incoming water temperatures in excess of 60°C are accepted, making the HD50i suitable for secondary return systems. Water can be delivered at high volume with minimum gas consumption. All models have full electronic ignition with no pilot light and operate on demand only, consuming no gas when not in use.


Rinnai’s unique condensing technology incorporates two heat exchangers to achieve optimum water heating generated from every cubic metre of Natural Gas or LPG. The condensing process delivers up to 95% thermal efficiency, which translates to significant energy savings when compared to standard on-demand water heaters or conventional stored systems. For applications where the use of stored hot water cannot be avoided, i.e. in refurbishments where there may be a constraint on the amount of gas available, usually through the gas main size, Rinnai’s ‘pack’ system covers this shortfall by fitting a small amount of storage capacity. Rinnai Gas Hot Water Storage Pack represents the best value-for-money solution on the market today with everything delivered direct to site in one complete package The pack consists of up to five heavy duty water heaters with an equal number of flue kits (for internal heaters) or an equal number of pipe cover boxes (for external models) and sufficient valve packs. Also included is one hot water storage vessel (stainless steel 300L, 500L or 800L glass lined steel) along with necessary valves and one primary pump with valves and one unvented kit. Add to this an expansion vessel of either 50L or 80L capacity, and all relevant valves. Common header flue systems are also available to further stream line the installation. Typical applications for the commercial ranges include cafés, nurseries, factories and offices, laundries, hotels and restaurants, sports clubs, shower blocks in caravan parks – and many more. Rinnai has also embraced renewables in the form of the Rinnai Booster, which, it claims, is the most energy efficient boosting solution on the market today. The water heater maximises solar gain, as it only functions and consumes energy when more hot water is needed to boost the solar gain, meaning that the true impact of solar is being achieved. The rest of the time the unit is inactive.

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Rinnai continuous flow hot water systems deliver on all levels in a cost effective and practical manner. Easy to install and operate the units provide a flexible and energy efficient solution for domestic applications and for all sectors of business and industry. For more information on the RINNAI product range visit www.rinnaiuk.com


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New product design!


Forms a 25mm clear cavity Space for extra insulation Helps lower U-Values 100% recycled material


Suitable for all masonry finishes

Brick Stone Flint Slate

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Why build the old way like this?

When you can accomplish THIS with SureCav25! SureCav25 (25mm cavity)

Stone Backing block 50mm Cavity 75mm Insulation


Stone, brick or other masonry


75mm Insulation


Internal leaf

Internal leaf Reduces the wall width by 125mm!

This feature of SureCav25, in maintaining a perfectly consistent, clean and moisture-free clear cavity, opens the way for a brick outer leaf to be specified. Ordinarily, it would not be possible to keep the cavity clean with just a 25mm gap. However, with SureCav25 the wall can be built with full confidence as SureCav25 is the only building product permitted by LABC and NHBC that allows a 25mm residual cavity - the perfect solution with a brick ● Lowers U-Values by outer leaf! making room for more A reduction in wall thickness of 25mm will increase the insulation in the cavity internal dimensions of the property by 50mm in each ● Protects against winddirection and result in an average of 1.25% increased driven rain in any floor space over two storeys. Already an additional 5% exposure zone floor space will have been gained by removing the need for 100mm concrete backing blocks. This can rise ● Ensures clean cavities that are permanently to upwards of 6% or more additional floor-space in free from mortar cases where random stone is used in very severe contamination weather zones. ● Maintains a moistureNow drive down U-Values! SureCav25 allows for more free environment, room in the cavity for insulation, thus enhancing the protecting the envelope thermal performance of the wall. of the building ● Suitable for all masonry Consider this: finishes With just a 1.25% gain, this is equivalent to the floor-space of 1 extra house on an 80 house site! ● 100% recycled material


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An Easy Way to Design in a Renovation or When considering renovation or new build, then Isokern’s Pumice Double Module system is highly recommended. The easy, put-together blocks provide a zero distance to combustibles due to their volcanic insulation and different range of diameters suitable for any project. The lightweight blocks are easy to handle. The outer and inner blocks are laid at the same time but with staggered joints for safety and stability. The double layer of pumice separated by an air gap maximises the chimney insulation. This has been used in a number of renovations as well as new build projects throughout the UK. The features of the Isokern DM include: • Unique Features of the Isokern DM system • Zero distance to combustibles on straight rendered chimneys (when using top ring terminal) • Quick and easy to assemble • Lightweight materials, easy to handle • Highly insulating pumice for better draw and minimum heat loss • Staggered joints for maximum safety and stability • Air gaps between outer casing and flue prevents surface staining • Good resistance to temperature variations gives the maximum performance for your appliance. • CE Certified to EN1858 with the designation T450, NI, D, 3, G (00). And combined with a Schiedel Isokern Magnum Firechest, the results can be amazing.


a Chimney New-Build

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One such remarkable installation of a Magnum Firechest with a Pumice Chimney System took place Down Under in the Australian Bush. The project was undertaken by the Volcanic Chimney Company, based in Wales (it’s a long story, continued on our website). An old patio was replaced with a roaring fire, using a Magnum Fire Chest and an Isokern Double Module Chimney System. All chosen due to the insulation properties and easy construction. Another project, a little more closer to home, was undertaken by Billing Chimneys, which saw an Isokern Pumice Liner installed, with the construction of a register plate to support the liners, going through a thatched roof. Billings chose Isokern in this particular situation because of its longevity, durability and excellent insulation. The insulation was very important because it kept the inside of the flue hot, but also prevented damage from any external heat transfer into the adjacent structure. For more information on our Isokern range, please feel free to email us on info@schiedel.co.uk or give us a call on 01202 861650 – you can also visit our website, www.schiedel.co.uk which has a wealth of information, including a number of video instruction guides.


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Made from volcanic pumice | Lightweight A natural insulator | Easy to install Isokern is made from natural pumice sourced from the Hekla Volcano in Iceland. Lightweight, simple to install and highly resistant to temperature change, Isokern reduces the possibility of cracking and structural damage due to expansion and contraction. What's more, as a natural insulator, pumice is highly effective at keeping flue gases warm, while not transmitting heat to the outside.

Why not see what it could do for your next project?

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Rinnai Tackles Rugby Sponsorship With Widnes

Rinnai, the UK’s leading manufacturing supplier of commercial hot water heating systems, has a major sports sponsorship with one of Rugby Leagues most historic clubs - Widnes Vikings.

Comments Chris Goggin, “We are absolutely delighted to take a very active sponsorship with Widnes Vikings. We share a common belief in approach and values of excellence, innovation and responsibility to the wider community. “Rinnai is a worldwide brand name in its field and has taken some major global sponsorships – including the Queensland Reds, The World Club World Cup event held January this year in Tokyo, the World Ice Skating Championships and the US Nascar competition held in Daytona, Las Vegas and other major American venues. “The Widnes Vikings are also local to our own UK headquarters so it is all an excellent fit.

And a big part of that sponsorship is on two community-based programs called “Rinnai match day experiences”. This is targeted at enabling young kids to play rugby tournaments before Super League matches are played or televised. “Getting kids into sport is what we want to achieve together with Widnes Vikings,” says Rinnai Operations chief Chris Goggin. “The first of these took place recently and had more than 100 kids playing, and 250 people involved in all – the program is advertised not only in our local area but within the areas of the opposition team. This means that the Rinnai match-day experience is promoted across the country.


“The second element of Rinnai’s commitment to the community through Widnes Vikings is to help people within our local area that are having a hard time at present – we give them a trip to meet their favourite players, a behind-the-scenes look at the facilities, meet the Sky Sports team and have match-day passes with hospitality. Just recently it was the turn of local lad Robert, who was recently diagnosed with motor neurone disease. The sponsorship also takes the form of the Rinnai logo and brand name on the back of the playing shorts. This will be the second season both parties have taken this unconventional but innovative style of sports sponsorship.

Installers, specifiers and end users’ installers have the most practical and economically viable solution for all domestic and commercial hot water heating and delivery needs in Rinnai’s comprehensive range of energy efficient A rated, electronically controlled continuous flow gas fired units and systems. The natural gas or LPG water heaters guarantee a limitless supply of accurately temperature controlled safe and useable hot water, time after time after time to any type or size of site or application. The Rinnai range delivers energy saving performance and low greenhouse emissions through new low NOx burner technology. All units and systems can be installed as stand-alone or manifolded to provide unlimited hot water for the largest of all commercial sites such as hotels, busy gyms, high rise offices etc. Water temperature is and can be pre-set through easy-to-use built in digital controls, eliminating the risk of

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League Vikings scalding and potentially eradicating the need for thermostatic mixing valves. Water can be used simultaneously at several points of delivery with no loss of heat. The newly updated Rinnai Infinity range is designed for use directly off the mains, with no need for large, ungainly and energy inefficient storage vessels. For example, Rinnai’s Infinity 16i continuous flow water heater is designed to meet the hot water needs of domestic and light commercial applications. The Infinity 16i, weighing just 18kg and measuring less than 675mm (H) x 139mm (W), has a delivery capacity of 15.2 litres per minute, at a temperature rise of 25°. The larger Rinnai 26i continuous flow water heater is one of the company’s best-selling internal water heaters worldwide and has a flow rate of 19.6 litres/min, raised at 33°C. Rinnai Heavy Duty water heaters are high efficiency gas continuous flow water heaters with outputs up to 69kW. The Rinnai Heavy Duty HD50i Internal water heater is a wall hung, gas fired, continuous flow water heater capable of producing hot water at 756 litres per hour at a 50°C rise. The HD50i has a 125mm concentric

flue which can be extended up to 15m, less 1m per 45° bend. Compact and reliable, the HD50i operates between 1-10 bar pressure, which is suitable for mains and systems with boost pumps. Incoming water temperatures of up to 60°C are accepted, making the HD50i suitable for secondary return systems. Water can be delivered at high volume with minimum gas consumption. All models have full electronic ignition with no pilot light and operate on demand only, consuming no gas when not in use. All Rinnai internal HDC condensing continuous flow water heaters, are room-sealed, power flue appliances while the external weatherproof models have forced exhaust which enables them to be compact, saving both floor and wall space.

Rinnai’s unique condensing technology incorporates two heat exchangers to achieve optimum water heating generated from every cubic metre of Natural Gas or LPG. The condensing process delivers up to 95% thermal efficiency, which translates to significant energy savings when compared to standard on-demand water heaters or conventional stored systems. Rinnai continuous flow hot water systems deliver on all levels in a cost effective and practical manner. Easy to install and operate the units provide a flexible and energy efficient solution for domestic applications and for all sectors of business and industry. For more information on the RINNAI product range visit




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Vectaire’s range of residential ventilation products is one of the most comprehensive available for improving indoor air quality. High performance, low energy, economical, and environmentally friendly products with EC motors, (together with other low carbon products) all tackle the problems of condensation and pollution in dwellings. Products provide low level, continuous ventilation, often with heat recovery with up to 93% heat exchange efficiency, and are for installation into lofts, cupboards, ceiling voids and walls. All Vectaire products are designed to provide the degree of ventilation necessary to combat indoor air pollution and battle the ailments it causes.

Vectaire has three, 3-speed products with EC motors for single room installation. The Elegance 1003 axial fan is for wall, ceiling, or window (with additional window kit), and the Elix 1003 is a centrifugal model for walls or ceilings. Both fans run continuously at a choice of 2 lower speeds and allow the user to boost fan capacity when required. They are available with comfort timer (to avoid unnecessary nighttime operation) and humidity control. Their design ensures low noise levels and optimum performance guaranteeing energy saving, cheap ventilation. They have low specific fan powers, are IPX4 protected, and are SAP PCDB Listed.

Vectaire’s range of MVHRs – vertical and horizontal – are all low energy products with EC motors and are manufactured to ensure both optimum ventilation and air quality combined with low noise levels, running costs and excellent SFP ratings. They can now be commissioned via an LCD screen. The upright whole house heat recovery units – the Midis and the Maxis - offer the option of either an integral LCD or a remote LCD commissioning unit, whilst the in-line EVO250 and Mini can be commissioned using the remote unit. Thus, the commissioning engineer can easily adjust detailed unit functions including, for example, the trickle, purge and boost speeds for each motor, the length of the boost speed over-run time, the time delay before the boost speed kicks in, holiday mode and night-time boost inhibitor times. The user can see the speed at which the fan is operating, the relative humidity etc, and when the filters need replacing. The user can also set the unit to holiday mode for energy saving when the dwelling is not occupied. These units are all manufactured in our Andover factory to ISO9001 and are also SAP PCDB Listed.




SUMMER IS AROUND THE CORNER Now that the Beast from the East has retreated and the thaw is well set in thoughts turn to the summer. Returning to Manchester this July is the Manchester Furniture Show (15-17 July, Manchester Central), which already has a strong exhibitor line-up with plenty of new names showing new collections in furniture and interior furnishings. For 2018 the show has combined with the premium MidPoint Furniture Show and brings a host of new exhibitors to Manchester including trendy Caligaris, Italia Living and Gala Collezione from Italy, Polish giant SITS and the UK’s high-end upholstery company Tetrad.

highland retreat. In interior furnishings lighting, mirrors, art, rugs, glassware soft furnishings will be on display are from some of the UK’s most imaginative accessory companies, including Kelston House, CIMC, Wilde Java and SHH Interiors.

Other new names include bed manufacturers Slumberdream and Divine Sleep, luxury furniture provider Kesterport and The Great Chair Company.

Commenting on the 2018 event Show Director Laraine Janes, “We are already looking forward to a vibrant show this July, we have some great new names joining the Manchester line-up giving visitors the chance to see some of the very best new designs on the market. The show is growing and attracting more buyers every year.”

There are also many major brands returning, including Westbridge, Ashley Manor, Baker Furniture, Whitemeadow, VIDA Living, and Furmanac. Over 150 exhibitors will fill the show with colour and new collections in living, dining, sleeping and interior décor all on display. Mixed textures are still in demand, as are the sophisticated industrial look, the urban chic and the


The venue is the award winning and iconic Manchester Central. A building which combines stunning Victorian architecture with 21st Century facilities, to provide an easy to visit modern exhibition space with a relaxed atmosphere. 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 from traditional to contemporary, colours from soft cool to vibrant bright, visit the Manchester Furniture Show, Manchester Central, 15 -17 July. It’s only 2 hours from London by train and it’s where you’ll find the best new products on the market. For a full list of exhibitors and further information visit www.manchesterfurnitureshow.com





Now in its fourth year, Vision has become an essential resource for thousands of Architects, Technologists, Designers, Specifiers and their clients The show provides an international focus for innovative products and building solutions, bringing together some of the best designs and leading figures from across Western Europe for two days of business, learning and networking.

Now in its fourth year, Vision has become an essential resource for thousands of Architects, Technologists, Designers, Specifiers and their clients working on live projects in health, education, retail and commercial building.

Some of the 2018 highlights will include; over 100 major brands and innovative start-ups, hundreds of cutting-edge products and building solutions, including research and development into the latest software and over 70 hours of free seminars providing a unique industry insight across five Theatres. Vision are also focusing on international conversations - an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with our continental counterparts, presented through a collection of pavilions from Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Latvia. Ambitious plans are in place to grow the exhibition and extend Vision’s Educational Programme, whose supporters include the RIBA, CIAT, BRE, New London Architecture & the London Festival of Architecture. Vision will play host to over 160 international industry experts to deliver another highly acclaimed seminar programme. The free Evening Drinks & Networking Reception at Vision will again be sponsored by Architecture Today. Alongside the reception, you will see PechaKucha sessions curated by NLA and International Conversations & Keynotes, delivered by the most innovative, admired and forward-thinking architects, engineers and consultancies from across the globe. You can find out more about Vision by calling 0203 409 0623, or visit www.visionlondon.com Alternatively, to book your stand click here.


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Accessibility and Inclusion - The Future of the Built Environment at Naidex 2018 Accessibility is still an issue in 2018. Lack of inclusion in the built environment comes as a challenge to many in their daily lives, and a great deal more than you’d think - 13.3 million people approximately. In light of this, Naidex - Europe’s leading disability event - has decided to address the issue in a bid for positive change. This year, Naidex will be introducing the Home, Design & Build Summit - an area of the show dedicated to the exploration of accessibility in the built environment. Industry leading experts will be delivering seminars looking at today’s situation and finding the solutions of tomorrow. Here is a look at some of the topics that will be covered at this year’s Naidex…

The New Look of Inclusion A new wave of inclusive architects have emerged to change the way people perceive accessibility. Inclusive Home founder Vaila Morrison will explain how and why accessible designs need to be promoted more within home design media, so that both people with and without disabilities can understand the need for inclusive homes. Elaine Hollerhead the founder of DESIGNATE will explain how architects and designers are looking to combine functionality, safety and inspirational concepts to make homes more attractive to potential buyers, increasing both well-being and property value in her seminar at Naidex.

Technology taking over Accessibility Smarthomes are becoming more prominent and are a great tool of independence for people with disabilities. Macro Level Smarthome’s founder, James Kinsman, will explore in his seminar the advances in commercial smarthome technology, and the ways in which it can be used to assist in gaining independence, by integrating standard consumer equipment as opposed to requiring expensive custom designed “accessible” hardware. Technology in the built environment’s benefits also span to the healthcare sector. Sensory Guru is a virtual and augmented reality brand renowned for creating technology that is redefining the boundary between the virtual and physical worlds. Its CEO, Lee Blemings, will be uncovering the advantages that these emerging technologies can have for people with ASD and dementia, living in residential settings.

Naidex Naidex will once again bring over 12,000 visitors from all over Europe together for the 44th time, on the 25th & 26th April, at the NEC Birmingham. Providing educational insight into future trends in accessible designs, world-class speakers, product demonstrations, 1-2-1 advice, networking opportunities and new interactive features, Naidex will showcase the future of the built environment.

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V4 WOODFLOORING ENHANCES NORTH WEST SALES TEAM V4 Woodflooring has appointed Lee Harris to its sales team. Lee will work across the North West, including Cheshire, Manchester, North Wales, Cumbria, the Isle of Man and Merseyside. Lee, 51, who lives in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, joins V4 Woodflooring from Cormar Carpets. He has 35 years’ experience in the flooring sector and a reputation as one of the top performing sales people, priding himself on excellent customer service. Chris Vincent, managing director of V4 Woodflooring, said: “We’re delighted that Lee has joined V4. His trade experience is second to none and we are confident that he will grow our presence and sales across the North West. “Lee joins the company at an exciting time. We have invested significantly in new display stands for key retailers to ensure we are supporting them to be able to give the best possible customer experience, and offer professionals and consumers choice in how they can discover and select the best products for their needs. “Listening to retailer feedback there was a definite demand to introduce improved display material for their stores, which would enable them to show customers larger samples of our wood floor collections in a more impactful way. We have designed our new stands to showcase all of our ranges with easily accessible larger sample sizes, combined with a more engaging brand and information output.” Lee Harris said: “I am excited to have joined a company that is innovative and forwardthinking, with very high quality products. “I am looking forward to working with customers to grow V4 Woodflooring sales and ensure that the brand is the number one choice across the North West.” Selling to retailers, V4 manufactures and provides quality, hardwood flooring to a network of approved dealers throughout the UK. It has a range of flooring products, which come in three ranges, three grades, ten collections, three finishes and six surfaces.


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What do the MHCLG, Bristol City Council, Shelter and RIBA have in common? They’re all speaking at Housing 2018. Hear from… Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP Secretary of state Housing, Communities and Local Government

Terrie Alafat CBE Chief executive CIH

Ben Derbyshire President RIBA

Rt Hon John Healey MP Shadow secretary of state for housing

Fiona MacGregor Executive director for regulation RSH

James Murray Deputy mayor, housing and residential development Greater London Authority

Marvin Rees Mayor Bristol

Joanne Roney OBE Chief executive Manchester City Council

Ruth Cooke Chief executive Midland Heart

Anthony Hilton Economist and broadcaster The Independent and Evening Standard

Polly Neate Chief executive Shelter

Sarah Weir Chief executive Design Council

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Bathrooms, Washrooms & Kitchens The Ouse 520 was the second rail we designed and is still amongst our most popular rails. Standing at 700mm high and 520mm wide it is available in both a polished and satin finish. It is in fact the baby brother of the Ashdown 520 rail, our most popular rail. It is available in 3 formats across the range: central heating, dual fuel and electric only. It is also available in 4 widths: 300mm wide, 400mm wide, 520mm wide and 620mm wide. his highly popular rail works aesthetically in most bathrooms making it both versatile and practical. It is particularly popular amongst contractors. The bar configuration works well within most bathrooms and compared to a number of similar rails within the market place our rail has 12 horizontal rails as opposed to the standard 10. This leads to a greater heat output and a more substantial visual impact.


We specialise in stainless steel rails and all of our rails are manufactured from 100% stainless steel with the added practical advantage that they will not rust, flake or corrode meaning they can be utilised in all systems including open. Manufacturing from stainless steel provides 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 is the

ethical durable choice, manufactured from over 90% recyclable material and being 100% recyclable in itself. It is furthermore not subject to ecologically harmful plating processes. This all adds to the ecological impact of your development be it large or small. The recommended retail pricing for the Ouse rails in central heating format is as follows: Ouse 300 £189.95, Ouse 400 £198.95, Ouse 520 £205.95, Ouse 620 £239.95 (all prices are ex VAT). For electric only format: Ouse 300 £269.90, Ouse 400 £278.90, Ouse 520 £285.90, Ouse 620 £319.90 (all prices are ex VAT). Should you require any further information please visit our website, www.sussexrange.co.uk with its extensive range of gallery shots or call our friendly staff on 01444 831200. We thank you for your interest in our products.

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MINIMALISM AND CLEAN LINES With a whole host of exciting product features, such as showering height of 2000mm, through to the minimal matt black, matt white of polished chrome profiling giving the enclosure a sleek and luxurious look. Coupled with the rise and fall door mechanism and the versatility to be installed on a shower tray or tiled floor, the Young collection gives you a multitude of showering options and fantastic value for money. Combine this with our Novosolid stone shower tray andfast flow with its anti-slip stone texture, stain and UV resistant, hiddenDesigned 90mm manufactured waste and can be cut down to size on site to fit difficult spaces. in MANTOVA

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Flexi Fix toilet seat It’s a tale as old as time itself. You think you have found the perfect toilet seat but then the inevitable happens, it starts to slip and slide which is not only very uncomfortable but can also be dangerous. Croydex has created a solution for this everyday problem with the grip pad technology and ‘V’ plate hinges designed to adjust to most toilet pan holes and can be fitted from above or below with ease.

By combining adjustable chrome-plated hinges, secure grip adhesive and our unique patented ‘V’ plate, they have created a durable, stylish seat that will always fit and never slip. In three simple steps the seat can be applied, the collapsible supports hold the hinges away from the pan while the seat is aligned and screwed into place. Once some pressure has been applied, the supports collapse and the selfadhesive pads grip the toilet pan for a secure fit. As the grip pad technology is a pressure sensitive adhesive, it is easy to re-position the hinges should the supports accidently collapse. Not only do the hinges make the Flexi-Fix seats a great addition to any bathroom, there are a wide range of added bonus features. The anti-bacterial treatment helps to keep the toilet seat bacteria free and if that isn’t enough some seats come with a quick release feature which allows the seat to be completely removed from the pan for easy cleaning. Other seats within the range also come with soft close hinges, meaning that there aren’t any loud bangs or trapped fingers. From durable moulded wood to sleek thermoset plastic, there are a range of finishes and styles to suit any bathroom décor. If you want to see the full Flexi-Fix toilet seat range then go over to our website at www.croydex.com.


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You’ll be spoilt for choice when trying to decide which bathroom suite will fit well in your new room. A contemporary Freestanding Bath tub will instantly give any bathroom the wow factor and if you’ve got enough space to place it under the window then give it a try. This will become the first thing friends will notice when they walk into your bathroom and the light coming in from the garden will be a natural back light.

Freestanding Taps

To complement your gorgeous bath tub why not combine it with it’s very own statement piece such as a freestanding bath and shower mixer tap. Not only do they look elegant, but they also give you the freedom to decide whether you have the tap at one end of the bath tub or perhaps in the middle. Having the two separate shower and bath heads are also great for practical reasons such as washing hair and cleaning the bath tub too.

Modern Bathroom Design Ideas from Bathroom Takeaway.co.uk The key style tip to creating a modern bathroom is to keep your look simple and clean by choosing a matching white unit with perhaps a rectangular finish. You can always add a touch of colour through ceramic jugs, towels and even artwork. Adding a touch of greenery is a great trend and an easy addition to any bathroom. You could include a hanging plant or just a simple potted cactus which is easy to look after and also has relaxing qualities too. Adding a recess for holding candles and trinkets is also a modern trend that is easy to create just by adding a stud wall behind your bathroom suite.

LED Mirror

No modern bathroom would be complete without light, mirrors and storage. Your bathroom should be a place where you can retreat to after a long day in the office and the last thing you should be looking at is half used bottles of shampoo. If space is an issue then perhaps choosing a mirror that has light and storage would be the best idea such as the 800 x 600mm illuminated led mirror with demister shaver socket.

Toilet and Basin

When choosing a toilet and basin try to keep the same shape as the rest of your bathroom items. If you’ve chosen a gorgeous modern rectangular freestanding bath then a rectangular toilet and basin will finish the look perfectly.

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INSINKERATOR® INTRODUCED FOUR BRAND NEW TAPS AT KBB BIRMINGHAM 2018 InSinkErator® launched its most technologically advanced taps to date, the 4N1 Touch at KBB Birmingham 2018, alongside a Satin Black addition to its add-on range of steaming hot water taps. introduction of the HC3300 steaming hot water tap in Satin Black; offering an on-trend finish while delivering a number of convenient benefits to present-day busy lifestyles.

The brand new collection of 4N1 Touch taps offer instant, filtered steaming hot water and instant filtered cold water, as well as regular hot and cold water, from the same combined fixture. At the touch of a button, the 4N1 Touch provides a stream of filtered cold water for 30 seconds. If the user wishes to stop the stream before 30 seconds is up, a second touch of the dedicated button will instantly stop the flow of water. Consumers are drinking more and

more filtered water and a water filter jug is another item to clutter the kitchen worktop. The 4N1 Touch enables users to get rid of the kettle and the water filter, while the versatility to switch easily to steaming hot water, and regular hot and cold water, within the same fixture contributes to countless kitchen tasks too. The 4N1 Touch tap is available in three different shapes; the L Shape, the J Shape or the U Shape, to complement a variety of kitchen styles. All three 4N1 Touch shapes are available in traditional finishes of Brushed Steel or Polished Chrome. Monochrome tones continue to be popular in kitchen design, whether it’s the décor, a bank of appliances or subtle accents. InSinkErator® has responded to this trend with the


The InSinkErator® HC3300 steaming hot water tap, now available in a Satin Black finish, instantly dispenses steaming hot water, between 88 and 98°C, and ambient cold filtered water. The 360° swivel spout makes the tap handy and highly versatile, and features an easy-to-use lever control. With a convenient 2.5 litre capacity, the hot water tank supplied with the 4N1 Touch taps and the Satin Black HC3300, the NeoTank, is compact enough to fit discreetly beneath the sink. This makes it ideal for where space is at a premium. The range of 4N1 Touch taps and the HC3300 steaming hot water tap in Satin Black form part of the InSinkErator® Showroom Collection.

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Showering – ‘At the Push of a Button’ from Hudson Reed

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Hudson Reed, one of the UK’s leading bathroom specialists has launched a stunning range of precision engineered ‘Push-Button’ showers called ‘Ignite’. The new range of intuitive shower valves are the ultimate in bathroom style and technology allowing complete controllability – ‘at the touch of a button’. Functions such as start/stop activation, on/off flow controls and, depending on model – single, twin or triple valve, the ability to direct flows from dedicated outlets such as overhead shower, body jets, and the hand-held shower. Available in both round- and square-button chrome options, the showers are a slimline design with all controls hidden behind the almost flush-mounted concealing plate and are built around the innovative in-house, UK manufactured, Valquest shower valve for thermostatic control and safety, performance and durability. The shower valves work from as low as 1-bar water pressure and concealed installation maximises space for small or compact bathrooms. A wide selection of shower kits and accessories are also available from Hudson Reed to fully coordinate with the new push-button valves. As featured on the front cover of the new Hudson Reed consumer bathroom brochure, out in April, the new push-button showers complement Hudson Reed’s comprehensive bathroom collection of ceramics, furniture, baths, enclosures, showers, brassware, heating and mirrors. For more information about the range or to request a brochure please Contact us for further information on Tel: 01422 417100 or visit the web site, www.hudsonreed.co.uk.


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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 2018 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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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. Aston Martin; Josh Berger, president and managing director of Warner Bros; and renowned entrepreneur Deborah Meaden.

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


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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Addex Group - the innovative Based in Surrey, specifically situated on Blenheim Road in the Longmead Business Centre, the Addex Group is a specialised supplier of dust management solutions and other such components that focuses its activities primarily on the construction, refurbishment, facilities and service markets.

Having been established in 1998, the company boasts decades of refined industry experience and it is this level of involvement and understanding (as well as its exceptionally large product portfolio) that has made the Addex Group a choice supplier with many clients. Its ever-growing customer base, as a result, comprises the likes of major corporates, local councils, independents and those working within the hire trade. Addex specialises in all dust management solutions from on tool extraction to large extraction systems. It has a range of mobile dust blockers for removing airborne dust that hasn’t been captured at source. Addex also offers the Arbortech brick and masonry saw for low dust cutting and removal of bricks or blocks in new build and renovation projects. It is approved for use on heritage sites.


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Lastly Addex Group offers the Portamix “Hippo” & “Pelican” which are available to the UK and European markets, designed for mixing and applying Epoxy, Latex, Resin’s and more making self-levelling easier, cheaper and faster. The exemplary tool and equipment provider dedicates its attention to the supply and delivery of innovative products and proven safety solutions of a noticeably high calibre. The equipment has been well received principally by workers operating amidst the construction and utility industries, although it has also been utilised by individuals in other fields. Regardless of the application in question, the Addex Group do their utmost to source, develop and provide suitable products that will perform well within the given environment. The fully functional resources will enable organisations not only to increase their productivity but also to enhance their compliancy and improve their profitability whilst creating, in essence, a better (and safer) working atmosphere.

To find out how the Addex Group can make a difference to your business, or to enquire about a specific product, please don’t hesitate to contact the company today. Contactable via telephone or email, any enquiries you broach will be met with an appropriate and timely response by an informed representative who is more than happy to assist you. For further information you can also access the website www.addex-group.com/en or social media pages, as these will keep you fully updated with any significant news and developments.


Walkability: The 11th step Variation on a theme - following in James Speck’s footsteps: “Walkable City - How downtown can save America, one step at a time” Curiously, this experience is shared by most of us in the modern era. We are travelling the world, “expecting” to find our way, with some obvious mundane difficulties. In an ideal world, it shouldn’t really go unnoticed. But it is. In my view, walkability should incorporate better common rules for outdoors wayfinding signage so that the average person may expect better orientation even in unfamiliar urban spaces.

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alkability, a relatively new term in modern Architecture and sustainable urban design, measuring how friendly an urban area is to walking. It pertains to health, environment, and economic benefits and discusses, among other things, the presence or absence and quality of footpaths, sidewalks or other pedestrian rights-of-way, traffic and road conditions, land use patterns, building accessibility, and safety.


In Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time (public library), city planner Jeff Speck argues that walkable cities would improve lives for American urban dwellers to greater extent than any attempts to create “greener” living conditions in the personal space. I found Kaid Benfield summary of Speck’s ten steps of walkability quite comprehensive for my further argument, and although I somewhat do


not agree with Benfield’s latter analysis, I think that one more important step is required. I am talking about wayfinding signage. One may argue that this is included in the entire concept of attractive building faces, traffic and road conditions or “comfort”. Yet it is often noticed only by its absence. Good wayfinding signage may encourage people to walk the city, to a greater extent than realized by many. Imagine that: You travel to a foreign country, unfamiliar with the language, trying to get from A to B using a somewhat inferior city map supplied by your hotel or local tourist office and simply cannot locate your current location and direction you need to go to. Sounds familiar? Wouldn’t better wayfinding signage (including street names, visible numbers, traffic signs, directions and building names) improve your orientation and comfort? Wouldn’t you give anything to be able to easily locate and read the signs?

Not only in America, but worldwide, inadequate wayfinding signage is often emanating from budget considerations, without realizing the human aspects of the issue. A beautiful building, complex, shopping mall or neighborhood is being built in the urban sphere - but around it and inside structures, people get lost. I challenge you to read Speck’s work with a fresh look at his previously suggested 10 good steps, thinking how wayfinding signage fits the overall scheme of things. Written by Pnina Kedar Feldman, International Business Development and Sales Manager at Vista System

For further information, visit www.vistasystem.co.uk or contact Client Service at Vista System Ltd., Tel: 080-0051-8885, Email: info@vistasystem.co.uk

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SCHUECO’S NEW PANORAMIC SLIDING DOOR HAS ADDITIONAL DESIGN BENEFITS Leading sustainable building envelope specialist Schueco UK has just launched a new version of its highly successful ASS 77 PD panoramic door system. Designated the Schueco ASE 67 PD, the new door provides the same minimal sightlines with an outer frame that remains concealed in the building structure, resulting in a huge panoramic area of clear glass. However, it offers a number of additional benefits. First, the door can now be configured in a variety of opening combinations utilising two, three or four leaves, each up to 3.2 metres wide and 3.5 metres high. Depending upon the particular specification and the level of insulation required, the moving vent can be double- or triple-glazed. Using a simplified method of construction which makes it easier to manufacture, the Schueco ASE 67 PD door is available in two options with different outer frames. The slimmer of the two options, which has a 57 mm frame, is especially suitable for use in renovation projects; it offers a lower overall frame cost but without impacting on excellent levels


of sound insulation (up to 46 dB). A completely flat threshold is designed to eliminate the possibility of accidents, while still allowing the door to deliver watertightness to 300 Pa and wind resistance to Class C3. The deeper 90 mm option caters for even greater weather performance as it delivers watertightness to 600 Pa while maintaining the aesthetics and sound insulation of the 57 mm system. Both versions offer a very slim central mullion width of 31 mm and can accommodate glass widths ranging from 36 mm to 49.6 mm. A choice of two locking options, one in the centre and one on the side, ensure that this new system offers maximum design flexibility and a high level of security. For full details of the new Schueco ASE 67 PD panoramic sliding door, please email mkinfobox@schueco.com

Open a Schueco sliding door and you’ll know straightaway Open 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 have hidden frames that 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.


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If you still think of blinds just as blinds, chances are that you are somewhat left behind with your CPD’s. Should have tried harder ! The World has moved on; over the years when we thought of sunblinds it was simply a matter of fitting any old venetian or cloth in the window and we didn’t think any more of it, other than complaining it was still too bright, too dark or too hot in the rooms. This problem has become bigger over the years. Think about it ; floor to ceiling glass and lots of it. We let in natural daylight so we don’t have to switch on the lights, which of course is very ‘green’. We then conveniently forget we need to start cooling all that hot air and switch on the air conditioning, thereby consuming many more KiloWatts than a bit of lighting would have used. So, ‘blinds’ are out and ‘Solar Shading’ is in! The old wisdom that said internally fitted blinds was no good as the heat is already in has gone out of the windows with the advance of Solar Shading fabrics that can now achieve g-values ( Total energy penetration degrees) of less than 20%, and that is almost, within a few % , on a par with external shading but without the maintenance issues.


Solar shading has become highly technical and there really is no ‘off the shelf’ solution or a ‘one fits all’ scenario. We can go from light transmissions of 50% down to Blackout materials, albeit the most used ones these days are the 1,3,5 and 10% open fabrics, depending on whether we deal with private dwellings or office buildings. Solar Shading; there is a lot more to it than meets the eye and we will happily come to see you to explain and make your building an environmental success. Contact us at info@deleeuw-ltd.co.uk

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Vicaima Reaches New Heights

Getting to the top is not easy. But with the rising demand for grey and on-trend tonal colours epitomised by the new Visual Sensations’ Mountain from Vicaima, specifiers can take their vision to new heights with doors that reflect the latest fashions within interior design. Leading interior door manufacturer, Vicaima has launched four new and stunning Visual Sensation finishes into its ever popular Dekordor SD range. Mountain, being one its latest grey creations, has given designers some new creative inspiration. Stimulated by dramatic landscapes, Mountain allows specifiers to incorporate the peaceful essence of nature within their chosen interior space. Since its introduction, the Visual Sensations (VS) collection has heralded a new era for foil faced doors, with bespoke models being created and manufactured by Vicaima that offer unique design solutions which are in-step with the latest design trends. Visual Sensations Mountain is just one in a selection of eight new finish options in the 2018 VS collection, which also includes


Tundra, Alpine and Desert, all of which available in both vertical grain and cross directional woodgrain designs. Dekordor SD is favoured by specifiers not only for its aesthetic appeal and its ability to provide a cost effective alternative to real wood veneers, but importantly that as a Vicaima door product there is no compromise on performance characteristics. Whether the requirement is for doors only, matching doorsets (door, frame and architrave) wardrobes or even wall panels, a consistent and matching finish can be achieved. All Vicaima doors are FSC certified for environmental peace of mind and can meet a range of performance specifications, such as fire rated, security, and acoustic requirements.

Along with a variety of standard products, Dekordor SD Visual Sensations are also available in non-standard dimensions, giving you the ability to meet a wide range of project specifications. In addition design freedom is further accommodated with specific customisation made easy with glazed options, grooves, inlays, pairs, over height dimensions, mobility widths and other individual provisions. If you would also like to know more about Visual Sensations, or are interested in any other Vicaima products, visit the website www.vicaima.com. Alternatively call 01793 532333 today for a copy of the new Interior Door Selector or perhaps a face sample.

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Looking for beautiful slim line metal windows and doors?

Met Therm manufacture and install the AG210 range offering the slimmest thermally broken ‘A+10 rated’, Part L 2010 compliant metal windows and doors available. Perfect for restoration and renovation projects, replacement windows and Part L compliant for new builds*, our windows and doors are handmade to measure by our skilled craftsmen. Recognising the distinctive and coveted features of steel windows and doors, the AG210 range offers a product which counters the issues traditional windows


can create whilst offering welded corners, weld-on hinges, multi-point locking and polyester powder finish. Once installed, the range requires minimal maintenance and your home will be lighter, brighter and warmer. Our windows and doors make ideal replacements for traditional steel windows. We can ensure an excellent match for your home, achieving the traditional styling of the originals and providing a seamless blend of old and new. Once completed, your new windows and doors are almost indistinguishable from the original.

Windows Our windows (and doors) can be installed direct to brick, stone or wood surrounds and we can replicate beautiful leaded lights, small Georgian/cottage panes or the classic lines of the 1930s window and also offer bespoke designs.

Met Therm Windows Met Therm is a family-run business and our dedicated team draws on extensive experience within the replacement steel windows industry to meet each customer’s needs and focus on ensuring a quality service. “Met Therm were prompt and helpful throughout. Thank you for a first-class job, we would definitely recommend your products and company.” Mr and Mrs S, Hamble. Call Met Therm on 01730 894 745, email info@metthermwindows.co.uk or visit www.metthermwindows.co.uk

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Contemporary orangery with bespoke rooflights transforms family home This elegant extension, designed by award-winning practice Chris Dyson Architects, not only significantly increases the footprint of the client’s North London home, but also delivers a uniquely versatile living space for use all year round. The pure scale and the innovative use of glazing for the extension as well as for the new top floor dormer cannot fail to impress, and yet the architectural language reflects the calm, understated style for which Chris Dyson Architects have become acclaimed. Bespoke rooflights, supplied by Glazing Vision, not only flood the ground floor with natural light, but they also help moderate the temperatures throughout the house. The client was seeking to refresh the property by adding an extension to the rear, which would enable the existing ground floor spaces to be connected through a single flowing space, creating a welcoming and flexible environment for hosting their growing family and for entertaining guests. The top floor bedrooms were accessed via a narrow hallway where a small dormer window provided minimal daylight and restricted views of the garden. Creating a living space on this floor where the family could relax and enjoy some downtime was also part of the client’s brief to Chris Dyson Architects.

Glazed openings for harmonious integration The design for the extension was a solid and robust structure that would integrate harmoniously with the main body of the house and would serve as more than just a “sunroom”. The traditional proportions of the classic orangery have been achieved by Chris Dyson Architects through the use of precast stone columns and five glazed openings, which connect the new internal space with a raised external terraceleading to the rear garden. New internal glazed doors enable the formal dining room and the breakfast room/kitchen to be opened or closed to the main orangery space, providing flexible spatial and acoustic barriers without compromising the natural light entering the entire area. For entertaining and parties the space is ideal, allowing people to freely move between rooms and out onto the garden terrace.

Maximising daylight, moderating room temperatures The insulated walls and the energy efficient double-glazing of the orangery would serve to keep the space warm in the winter months. In the summer opening the doors would help keep the space comfortable. To further regulate the internal temperature a full width rooflight from Glazing Vision was installed, equipped with sliding elements. Chris Dyson Architects chose Glazing Vision due to the high quality of their products and their ability to create beautiful bespoke solutions. The architects worked closely with Glazing Vision’s specialist CAD designers and technicians to


design custom rooflights to meet the exacting requirements of the orangery roof as well as the new glazed dormer. Given the exceptional size of the extension roof, 3320mm x 10900mm, Glazing Vision’s factory precision-engineered a special Dual Sliding Over Fixed Rooflight,comprising 8 sections. The 2 end sections were manufactured to slide over the 6 fixed central sections, traversing in a side-to-side, rather than an up-and-down slope operation. Normally supplied in a RAL7015 slate grey to the exterior and RAL 9010 pure white to the interior, the entire framework of this super-sized Dual Sliding Over Fixed Rooflight was supplied in a

bronze finish, which was a key part of the architectural design. With such a complex rooflight, with fixed and sliding sections, a quiet and efficient operation was fundamental to the specification. Electronically controlled at the touch of a button, each of the 2 sliding sections of glazing can be retracted easily, revealing generous openings, and sky-only views. An added safety feature is the manual override should the electronic control system stall.

Innovative use of rooflight for dormer application On the top floor the existing narrow hall has been opened up and extended to create a new living space. The bespoke glazed dormer by Glazing Vision provides expansive views across the garden, and an abundance of natural light. A large Bi-parting 1-wall Box Rooflight, measuring 4850mm in the width, was set into the sloping roof. At a total height of 1700mm the rooflight also enhances the feeling of loft in this relaxation area. Supplied in 6 sections, the Glazing Vision Box Rooflight was configured such that the 2 central

sections were bi-parting, sliding over 2 adjacent fixed sections. Two additional fixed sections and 2 fixed end panels completed this fully glazed, customised dormer. In order to provide privacy from the neighbouring properties, and conform with Planning Regulations, these end panels were manufactured in satin etched glass. Once the 2 sliding sections are retracted, there is a handsome opening, giving an almost balcony-like effect, and encouraging the user to appreciate the garden vista during the day and to delight in the starry landscape at night. The Glazing Vision Bi-parting 1-wall Box rooflight helps to regulate the temperatures and the air quality throughout this upper floor, allowing copious amounts of fresh air to circulate when it is open. Rain sensors, offered by Glazing Vision as optional extras, were also installed to provide additional security should the weather suddenly turn inclement. Chris Dyson Architects are to be complimented on the sensitive integration

of a contemporary orangery in this family home as well as on the bold extension of the top floor. Form and function are in perfect harmony and the Glazing Vision rooflights will ensure that there is an everchanging canopy to the spaces below! For more information on Glazing Vision’s range of rooflights to suit a variety of applications, contact us on 01379 658 300 or request a CPD.