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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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Glass Excellence Established in 1975 Firman Glass is one of the leading independent glass processors in the UK, manufacturing toughened glass, laminated glass and specialist sealed units. Based in Harold Wood Essex within 5 minutes of junction 28 of the M25 and half an hour from Central London we are ideally situated to service our ever growing and diverse customer base. Manufacturing all forms of processed toughened glass, with comprehensive stocks of clear float, low iron, satin, body tinted, mirrors, laminated glass, acoustic laminated and fire rated glass. With some of the most advanced capabilities in place Firman Glass is able to manufacture high quality products for all markets sectors including architectural, retail, leisure and domestic.

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CONTENTS August 2017 04 Editors Choice 18 Up & Coming Events 26 Lifts, Stairs & Balustrades 46 Heating, Ventilation & Insulation

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Hub Kitchens presents

The Cut kitchen by Record è Cucine A brand new kitchen concept, Hub Kitchens introduces The Cut kitchen, designed by London-based architect Alessandro Isola and produced by Record è Cucine.

Winner of the Architizer award, The Cut is an innovative kitchen design that features adaptable elements and inspired storage solutions. The Cut has been produced to the highest quality with a beautiful premium finish. Enhancing open plan living, The Cut features an L-shaped central island that houses a hidden wooden dining table. When stationed in the neutral “resting” position, the table protrudes 40cm and is convenient for added worktop space or used as a breakfast bar. The table can be extended in various positions, from 1m, perfect for a dinner for two and up to 2m, ideal for a larger family meal. The dining table can also rotate 90o adjacent to the island base units providing ample space for entertaining. When the table is fully extended, it rests on matt metal support legs which are fitted in the underside of the table. Each element of The Cut has been created with the homeowner in mind. Ceiling-mounted drawers, for example, are an inspired addition to the kitchen, ensuring that the storage comes to you. Using a feather-touch sensory system, a simple push will descend the unit, keeping it secured and suspended in the required position so the necessary utensils, spices and accessories are within reach. This system leaves worktops clear, clean and tidy and condiments and cookware out of sight.


Editor's choice Featuring exposed dividing walls and storage cupboards, The Cut benefits all areas of the open home. The kitchen area will benefit from easy to reach shelving and wine racks whilst the living area can still make best use of the spacious shelving, ideal for decorative accessories.

The Cut is available in an extensive range of worktop, cabinetry and surface finishes. From stone and wood effect laminates, lacquer, melamine as well as beautiful raw materials of knotted oak and chestnut, there are numerous material combinations to create tactile kitchen designs unique to the homeowner. The Cut also offers brand new finish, Fenix. A super-opaque nanotech finishing material, Fenix offers state of the art technological performance. Anti-fingerprint with low light reflectivity, Fenix thermally heals any superficial micro-scratches yet still offers a soft touch and a palette of subtle, organic hues to choose from.

Hub Kitchens guarantees the highest quality finish with particular focus on making any space work for every individual. Visit the Battersea showroom to see how Hub Kitchens can design the perfect kitchen for you or visit the website for further information. Bespoke kitchens start from £40,000. / 020 7924 2285 / Oyster Wharf, 20 Lombard Road, Battersea, London, SW11 3RU


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V4 invests £3 million in Woking development An innovative and exciting new £3 million development in Woking, which will offer the potential for investment and job creation is set to become a reality. In addition 15 start-up units will be built on the site, in three blocks, to encourage new businesses, investment and job creation.

Chris Vincent, managing director of v4 Woodflooring, said: “This is a major multimillion pound investment for the company and one which we are very excited about.

Work will shortly begin on the ‘v4 World’ design centre, which will enable the company to showcase its luxury flooring products and wall panels in an aesthetically pleasing environment, allowing architects, builders, specifiers and customers to see the products in individual room settings.

V4 is the country’s leading supplier to retail of quality and responsibly sourced hardwood flooring, with a unique collection of 50 hardwood floors. It also offers Panneau wooden cladding, which is made from recycled timber ranging from old industrial and farm buildings to reused wine casks.

“The new design centre will assist customers to see the full ranges, locate retailers and talk to our knowledgeable team about the best products for their bespoke project.

The state-of-the-art design centre will be equipped with the latest technology including virtual reality goggles to allow customer to visualise the flooring in place. Customers will also benefit from a café, and the centre will host training days for installers and educational events for schools to discuss how best to protect the environment and sustainability in business.

In addition, the company supplies the innovative and versatile Concreate wall and floor eco-friendly, pre-cast concrete panels, which are lightweight, easy to install and work in almost any interior space without any of the difficulties of traditional concrete flooring

Chris Vincent, owner of v4 Woodflooring, has been granted planning permission to build a 6,000 square foot showroom and office extension to the existing v4 warehouse at Greenbays Park.


“We expect great interest from architects and specifiers of larger schemes, or those working with high-end brands. Our products are exceptional and they deserve an exceptional showcase.” The builder appointed is Mark Wright and the architect on the project is Wokingbased Ray Freeland of BFF Fielding. For more information please visit

Schueco sliding doors:

form and function in perfect harmony


he moment you open a Schueco sliding door – whether it’s a straight slide, tilt-and-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-to-measure 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.

only the colour (and there are plenty to choose from), but also whether the leaves glide inwards or outwards to stack.

Just one touch tells you all you need to know

Just one touch tells you all you need to know

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For more information and your nearest Schueco Partner installers:

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AN ALTERNATIVE TO Centralised plant rooms for heating and hot water systems are a traditional solution and have been so for many years. But we live in different times where economic and energy efficiency – and legislative compliance – are demanded by users, premises owners and managers in both public and private sectors.


An alternative solution that marries high efficiency and wide ranges of modulation with simplicity of installation and design is the gas fired continuous flow hot water heating unit. These can be manifolded into a hot water system capable of coping with virtually any size of site or application. This system is a process of delivering a continuous flow of hot water at a constant temperature, without the need for storage. Continuous flow will only ever utilise energy whenever heat is needed i.e., the turning on of a tap in a washroom or a kitchen. When the units are in operation and heating water - gas is used - when the user is finished, so is the energy usage. With continuous flow systems, the user can set the required temperature of hot water to suit the needs and demands of the site. So, vulnerable users, such as children, the elderly or less able, can be safeguarded from the risk of scalding. Also, where the site has a secondary recirculating system the temperatures can be set at a level to further minimise the possibility of the proliferation of Legionella bacteria.

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O CENTRAL PLANT Condensing continuous flow hot water solutions qualify for additional energy efficiency points, boosting building energy performance as they far exceed energy efficiencies called for in Part L Building Regulations (Conservation of fuel and power). The systems are also ‘A’ rated under ErP. Current thinking on the design of systems is moving towards separating the hot water production from the heating system completely as it can give better efficiencies all round. Buildings need hot water all year round. However, better insulation in most buildings, and a greater

awareness of energy efficiency, means there is a reduced need for heating input. In large commercial buildings, centralised heating and hot water systems have traditionally adopted the thermal storage design. These systems are frequently over-sized at the design stage in relation to actual usage on the not too scientific basis of ‘just in case’. This ‘hedging of bets’ approach to system design often leads to excessive safety margins, which in turn adds to the expense of purchase, installation and running costs. A storage type, conventional system of hot water that must be heated 24/7, 365 days a year to ensure hot water is always available is an anachronism in today’s energy and cost-conscious world. Even if no hot water is drawn off, a standard cylinder, just for example, can lose a maximum of 3Kw of heat a day as a standing loss. All cylinders suffer from this to some extent and it equates, over a year, to 1095Kw of energy wasted. If you also look at the gas saving alone it equates to 101.8m₃ of gas used. Decentralised hot water provision was recently installed at a luxury country club and spa in the leafy and very affluent Cheshire countryside. The site operators, having both the contractor and the consultant make calculations on usage and life cycle costings, was adamant that a stored hot water system was not in the frame for the new fit out as it would be “inefficient and expensive”. The company went on to specify 19 gas fired condensing continuous flow units over the whole site to fulfil its huge demand for 20,000 litres per hour of safe, temperature controlled hot water. The heavy-duty units feed executive soaker showers, poolside showers and all changing room ablutions. Within this complex, the water heaters feed the showers directly so there is no need for re-circulation around the building. With no centralised boiler room having to be incorporated into the plans.

Elsewhere, one local authority in North Wales is currently in the process of replacing its stored hot water systems with manifolded continuous flow systems. The council is set to make considerable savings on running costs. When the water isn’t running the continuous flow, system is not using fuel, which is ideal for the schools’ shut down during the holidays, for example. These claims and assertions have been borne out by independent scrutiny. Recent independent testing - by AECOM - of continuous flow hot water systems showed a clear advantage in terms of initial capital costs, as well as life cycle costs over 20 years, when compared with indirect stored and stored hot water systems. The AECOM findings, after extensive deliberation, found that the brand’s continuous flow water heaters are 7.5% more economical than ‘traditional’ stored hot water systems. Decentralised water heating saves energy and money, but it also offers flexibility. If, for example, a hot water store cylinder should burst or break down, the whole system is shut down - no more hot water until the problem is fixed. With a manifolded system one unit may be at fault but this doesn’t stop the whole system shutting down. The problem of potential legionella proliferation is also better maintained in the design of a manifolded continuous flow system. In a continuous flow unit, water temperature for distribution is accurate to ±1˚C. The fact that there is no stratification as there is no storage ensures permanent even temperature and because of this there is no requirement to heat a volume of water just to ensure the elimination of legionella. Another plus is, if demand grows, additional plant can easily be added in a modular fashion at a later stage if required. In addition, smart controls can be added to commercial condensing continuous flow systems to boost and govern the performance of the hot water system. For more details on RINNAI products visit


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Sliding over rooflight provides ease of access to Victorian townhouse The ensuing creation of a delightful outdoor terrace in a five-storey Victorian townhouse in Chelsea was made possible by the installation of a sliding, retractable rooflight supplied by Glazing Vision. Stephen Fletcher Architects, renowned for their expertise in working with historically sensitive sites, have dramatically transformed this long and narrow townhouse into a stunningly impressive private residence complete with a new basement level beneath the footprint of the house, vaults and most of the rear garden. The internal rebuild was so extensive, with the relocation of an architecturally impressive staircase, that only the front façade and the roof of the original house remain. For Stephen Fletcher Architects the primary objective was to increase the sense of space throughout the restricted property.

Sliding over rooflight to provide space and natural daylight Glazing Vision’s Sliding Over Rooflight was specified as providing the best solution, given the limited roof space and was made to a bespoke size. Supported on tracks installed on the roof, the double-glazed rooflight abuts a fixed wall on one short side, and is framed on the adjacent side by an elegant glass weathered upstand, a nod to the glass balustrade of the staircase below. The external framework in slate grey nuances the polished grey plaster wall of the staircase, whilst the pure white, matt-finished internal framework ensures it enhances the airy ambience of the floor below. Its simple yet sophisticated sliding mechanism is electronically controlled at the touch of a button retracting the entire section of glazing, thereby providing an unimpeded, 100% clear-opening access from the stairwell out onto the roof terrace. In this case, Glazing Vision’s Sliding Over Rooflight maximises the amount of natural daylight within the property and ensures building occupants can make the most of the fabulous vistas over West London. However this multipurpose product is also used in a variety of projects for ventilation purposes to expel heat and allow fresh air to enter the rooms below.


To find out more about design considerations for your project, please call our technical department on 01379 353 741 or request a CPD.


Editor's Choice Q: How can I best maximise light in my home for an increased sense of well-being? A: Consider installing steel-framed windows and glazed internal screens… Don’t you feel just so good when it’s a sunny day outside. The days are longer, brighter… you feel full of life – those darker, winter days long forgotten. Evidence suggests it’s important you get that feel good factor inside your home too. It’s well known that balanced levels of sunlight are crucial for producing essential amounts of Vitamin D in our bodies. But, our positive well-being – physical and mental – also depends on frequent exposure to light. Daylight is the most energy-efficient way to achieve it. “Let the sun’s rays stream in to your home – they’re good for you” says Stuart Judge, managing director of Witham-based Crittall Windows, makers of steel window frames and doors for almost 170 years. “Our homes play a big part in our sense of well-being from the healthy pattern of light, dark and shade. Their design, how they are lit internally, and openings to natural outside light through windows and doors really do impact; to positively balance inside too little, or too much, light, shade, glare and privacy.” Mr Judge continues: “Steel-framed windows are ideal for maximising daylight in the home; steel is three times the strength of aluminium and achieves strong, elegant frames combining the slimmest of profiles. This allows large expanses of glass, bringing-in that essential natural daylight.” Lighten up Very much now on-trend are interior screens, which enable open plan living to take on a different dimension. They allow you to cleverly partition open areas to create contemporary ‘zones’ – without compromising on light or space. Crittall brings a further dimension to interiors through its minimalist style windows and its InnerVision® glazed steel partitioning screens.


LET THE DAY Designed with modern living in mind, they provide a sense of space, light, understated beauty, with clean lines, subtle detailing, excellent technical properties.

Elegantly slender, the slim steel framing, with single or double opening doors, is unobtrusive. Combining style with functionality, a distinguished-looking installation makes a wonderful talking point. Unmatched by other materials, steel windows and partitions possess slim profiling giving retro-looks with contemporary twists.

Cleverly dividing space without impeding light, they are the ideal solution, whether for an extension with dramatic steel-framed glazed screen forming a light-filled area off the kitchen, or a partition from bathroom to bedroom.

Advanced glazing options mean steel framed internal screens can be made to order to maximise natural illumination inside, and with enhanced acoustic properties giving more privacy and reduced noise levels, without compromising on security. And when those dark winter days return, more natural daylight coming in will lessen internal shadows and dark areas.

InnerVision image courtesy of Stiff and Trevillion - photography by Kilian O 'Sullivan.

YLIGHT FLOOD IN… For the kitchen, en-suite or home office they visually enhance living space and functionality. Also, they complement the lounge styling, the kids’ separate play/ games room. That quiet zone for parents. Chilly draughts are prevented, warmth kept-in for year-round comfort. Inside/outside Windowless areas can make you feel stressed, the interior dark and shadowy, which can affect how we feel, quality of life and our vitality. Another key contributor to our well-being is a clear view of the outdoors and being able to see from the inside your planted patio, flower beds, shrubs, trees.

The outside can be dramatically fused with the inside living space. By opening-up living space, a seamless transition between inside and out can be created. Bright, beautifully crafted walls of glazing and slim-profiled windows will reflect the timeless style of a period house, adeptly define spaces in a townhouse, minimalist urban loft, or warehouse apartment. Chris Eaton, associate director at Stiff and Trevillion Architects echoes this, commenting: “Defining a space with natural light is one of the key components of architectural design. The introduction of glazing into walls not only gives a greater sense of space and light, it also

helps render the materiality of a room and creates a strong connection with the landscape beyond. “Our work as a practice commonly deals with the reinterpretation of historic building stock. Using Crittall windows allows us to explore the aspects of space and light within these darker, more sensitive spaces, but also provides a strong visual character and detail which fits well into the original building fabric.”

More Crittall Windows info: t: 01376 530800; e:


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raham Kempton, Designer Contracts’ logistics director was also honoured with Highly Commended in the ‘Recycling Champion of the Year’ category, for an individual who has gone the extra mile to ensure as much carpet as possible is recycled at their organisation. Laurance Bird, director of Carpet Recycling UK said: “We are really pleased with all the hard work Designer Contracts has put into its recycling scheme and the results speak for themselves. The awards are much deserved.” The company initially trialled a recycling scheme, spearheaded by Louise Abbott, Designer Contracts’ merchandise and marketing manager, in conjunction with CRUK, at its central region based in Chesterfield before rolling it out to all 12 of Designer Contracts’ regional offices. The scheme works by diverting 90% of its fitters’ unfitted carpet into felt underlay. What isn’t turned into underlay is used in the equestrian sector for arena flooring. This innovative scheme saves a staggering 250 tonnes of waste going to landfill every year. Said Louise: “We’re delighted to have been recognised, once again, for our recycling scheme and were pitted against some tough competition. We’re helping the environment by transforming our waste into a sustainable solution and from the customers’ point of view, dealing with a contractor or manufacturer that recycles materials is increasingly beneficial.”

Designer Contracts is Recycling Winner Again Fitters are supplied with a builder’s bag to fill with unfitted carpet to drop off at their nearest Designer Contracts regional depot. It is then taken to an approved recycling facility before being transformed into felt underlay. Any waste created is removed from site and recycled wherever possible. Designer Contracts does not use customers’ skips. The programme not only includes flooring. The company has recently invested £40,000 in a baling machine that helps


Designer Contracts has been named ‘Take Back Partner of the Year’ by Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) for the third time at the annual awards and conference held at Aston Villa Football Club.

to recycle 70 tonnes of cardboard and 20 tonnes of plastic every year.

attained Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) accreditation.

At the company’s national distribution facility in Kettering, which holds £2m worth of stock, it uses a computerised planning system to ensure maximum efficiency and reduce waste.

It champions backload transport in all aspects of its business, including collection of stock from manufacturers on return journeys following deliveries to its own regional centres, and getting its recycling waste to the processing plant.

Designer Contracts also closely monitors all its central transport fleet to ensure that every vehicle is driven in a manner that minimises fuel consumption and emissions and has

For more information on how Designer Contracts cares for the environment go to:

Superior strength, lasting beauty As well as improved strength and stiffness, other benefits of SentryGlas® include: • Safety: In the event of breakage, glass fragments remain firmly bonded to the interlayer, reducing the chance for injury • Security: SentryGlas® can be used in glazing that withstands bullets, hurricane-force winds and even bomb blasts • Durability: SentryGlas® is extremely durable and resistant to clouding, even after years of exposure • Design Versatility: SentryGlas® can be used in glass manufactured flat or curved, including annealed, toughened, heat-strengthened, spandrel, wired, patterned and colour tinted glass • UV control: SentryGlas® is available with or without UV transmittance

The SentryGlas® interlayer is five times stronger and up to 100 times stiffer than conventional laminating materials. With this kind of strength the glass can be a more active structural element in the building envelope, opening up design possibilities that didn’t exist before. Besides its strength, SentryGlas® ionoplast interlayer retains its clarity – even after years of service. Unlike other interlayers, SentryGlas® ionoplast interlayer is much less vulnerable to moisture exposure or yellowing over time.

Limitless possibilities Some of the many SentryGlas® interlayer applications include: Minimally supported and open-edged railings, facades and canopies Structural glass flooring, stairs, walkways and pedestrian bridges Hurricane resistant windows, doors and skylights Bomb blast resistant windows, doors and facades SentryGlas® is a registered trademark of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company or its affiliates for its brand of interlayers. It is used under exclusive license by Kuraray and its sub-licensees. For more information please visit

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

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NOT JUST FOR THE GREEN-FINGERED… HOW A GREENHOUSE CAN ADD SERIOUS AESTHETIC VALUE TO A PROPERTY and interest. The glasshouse gives the visual illusion of extending the property, and for the homeowner, provides a convenient all-season section of their garden accessible through a downstairs room. Attaching a greenhouse to a property effectively adds an ‘indoor garden’ extension creating real visual interest around a home. Take this Hartley Botanic Paxton Abutting greenhouse in Verona Stone. The greenhouse’s colour and design means it works as a seamless and unusual addition to the property’s silhouette. The gable roof and intricate glass panes of the greenhouse adds a new, tangible prettiness to the property and gives the illusion of increased overall size.

Lancashire-based greenhouse and glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic has been making its handmade, made-to-order garden structures for over 79 years. The manufacturer is the Royal Horticultural Society’s recommended greenhouse and glasshouse supplier and is the brand of choice for the UK’s leading horticultural institutions and designers with ‘Hartleys’ commissioned by the National Trust, Hampton Court and Kew…to name a few. Many of Hartley Botanic’s clients see their beautiful greenhouses and glasshouses, not just as an indispensable gardening tool, but as a way to add architectural presence and definition to their properties. Here are three inspirational ideas for using a greenhouse as part of an overall home design scheme. With its impressive architectural look a greenhouse or glasshouse can contribute additional drama to an existing property. This is especially the case when choosing a larger glasshouse or those with ornate period features such as cresting and roof finials. This bespoke glasshouse beautifully lends itself to the already imposing façade of this Georgian house in Leicestershire, adding presence


Commissioning a bespoke greenhouse or glasshouse means its design can mirror and reflect a property, or even extend its style and presence into the garden. The contemporary design of this Hartley Opus glasshouse perfectly mirrors the style of the accompanying property, effectively extending its architectural narrative into the garden. This has the effect of unifying both the indoor and outdoor spaces as well as emphasising the overall feel and character of the architect’s original vision. All Hartley Botanic’s greenhouses and glasshouses, whether a Victorian Grand Manor or small lean-to, are handmade to order using the finest materials and representing the highest level of engineering design. The company offers a 30 year ‘lifetime guarantee’ which covers the structure and installation of all its greenhouses, a formal acknowledgement for customers of their longevity. Customers purchasing a Hartley Botanic greenhouse are making an investment which will stand the test of time and be robust enough to travel well. Customers interested in purchasing a Hartley Botanic greenhouse should visit: or call 01457 819 155 for more information.

up & coming events The Kent Event Centre welcomes Construction Expo back on Thursday October 5th 2017. Run by the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce it brings together construction professionals from the South East and across the UK, combining a free to attend exhibition, conference and large demonstration areas.

2016 saw over 3,000 delegates and more than 200 exhibitors including some of the UK’s largest contractors. Plans for 2017 will make it the biggest and best event yet.

Project updates and industry challenges discussed Once again, Construction Expo will be hosting keynote speakers, panel sessions and workshops that will update you on major developments and regeneration projects and look at new opportunities along with discussing critical industry topics. Areas that will be covered include: • Find out how to take advantage of £billions of projects • Major developments and regeneration projects update • The latest on digital construction including an update on BIM • Construction in the 2025 • How can we develop talent for the construction sector? • Improving the competitiveness of the market • What is stopping you building? • Thames Tideway tunnel developments update As ever it will provide a great opportunity for business leaders to meet, network and collaborate.


Meet the Buyer As one of the few completely free Meet the Buyer opportunities in the UK, this year will see over 600 appointments available with 30 top purchasers and decision makers. This is a great opportunity to get your business in front of some of the leading contractors, suppliers and public sector departments. Appointments will be offered initially to exhibitors and then opened to all delegates on a first come first served basis.

Construction Expo Dinner This year the dinner will see the brilliant Brian Blessed, OBE speaking. Renowned for his booming voice, he is famous for work on the stage, television, radio and in films. He’s attempted Everest three times and is the oldest man to have walked to the magnetic North Pole. Tickets are on sale now at To find out more about visiting please go to . If you are interested in exhibiting please call Penny on 01732 758530 or email or if you’d like to work with us please email

FREE Conference and Exhibition

Thursday 5 October 2017 Kent Event Centre nr Maidstone 8.30am - 4.30pm

The leading construction event in London and the South East for the construction industry. The event has been running since 2007 and attracts over 3,000 attendees and 200 exhibitors!



Find out how to take advantage of £billions of projects

Major developments and regeneration projects update

Find out the very latest from our keynote speakers from contractors talking about existing projects and new opportunities. A great opportunity for business leaders to meet, network and collaborate and explore opportunities for improving cost efficiency and sustainability.

The latest on digital construction including an update on BIM

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Construction in the 2025 How can we develop talent for the construction sector?


Improving the competitiveness of the market

What is stopping you building?

Over 600 FREE appointments with 30 leading contractors.

Thames Tideway tunnel developments update


“Excellent day @constructExpo yesterday - constant stream of professional visitors to our stand, great seminar programme thanks #construction” - Construct UK Ltd

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January Furniture Show Wins Trade Show Award Winner of the Interiors Monthly – Best Furniture Show Award, the January Furniture Show is the premier UK furniture and interiors trade show. With the UK furniture market valued at £10.6bn (figures from the British Furniture Manufacturers Association), it is a vital industry to the UK economy. Covering all aspects of furniture and interiors, including fabrics, flooring and lighting, the show has grown in importance and influence in the UK furniture trade since its first outing in 2015. The winning 2017 show featured over 500 UK and International exhibitors and had over 20,000 visitors. Buyers attending included those from retail furniture stores, contract and leisure buyers as well as interior designers and internal specifiers. Winning the award was a great delight to the organising team, especially as it is an award that is publicly voted for, and it was up against major European furniture and interior trade shows including Cologne and Milan. Show Director Laraine Janes said: “The whole team was delighted to receive this award. We provide a platform for manufacturers and suppliers to meet new and existing customers, and to show and sell their products. Our aim is to do that in the most friendly and efficient way possible, and in any easy to access and visit venue. Winning this award proves that we are succeeding in our aim and we are very proud of that, we thank everyone who voted for us. We are already planning to make sure that the 2018 show is just as good, if not better than this year, with the same great exhibitors, plus plenty of new ones, extended feature areas and a friendly environment.” In 2018 the January Furniture Show will again take place at the NEC, Birmingham, in Halls 1 to 5. With a re-booking rate of over 90% from this year’s show, 2018 promises to deliver new collections and models from the best manufacturers and suppliers in the furniture industry. Exhibiting will be major brands and household names including Parker Knoll, ercol, Duresta, Willis & Gambier, G Plan Upholstery, Skovby, Ego Italiano, Gallery Direct, Hestia, Mlily, Dar Lighting. A celebration of the UK furniture trade, the January Furniture Show is aiming to be an award winner again in 2018. Registration for the show will soon be open and for more information about the show, and to see the already extensive exhibitor list please go to


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Plan Your Trip to The Flooring Show The 55th Flooring Show is fast approaching, with over 180 exhibitors preparing for the show and visitors still registering for fast track entry to the show. Plan your trip in advance using the useful links on our website to avoid any last minute rushing and disappointment!

Register Now Entry into The Flooring Show is completely free of charge for buyers and by registering early; you can avoid queuing on the day. To register, simply go to our website complete the short form and plan your trip to make the most of The Flooring Show.

Accommodation Harrogate has an amazing selection of hotels, within walking distance of the Harrogate Convention Centre, to suit every budget and style. For another year, Reservation Highway is the shows official accommodation agent, able to offer rooms at discounted prices for show attendees. Contact them on or 01423 525577.


* PLEASE BEWARE: there are bogus accommodation agents contacting exhibitors from many shows across the UK claiming to get discounted rates for hotels. PLEASE AVOID Convention Housing and Event Travel Planners.

… By Road: Harrogate is easily accessible from most areas of the UK. •

From the South: take the M1 then A1(M), exit Wetherby (9 miles from Harrogate)

From the North: A1, exit Wetherby or Knaresborough (Knaresborough exit is 8 miles from Harrogate)

National Rail enquiries: +44 (0)8457 484 950

From the East: M621 then A1(M), exit Wetherby (9 miles from Harrogate)

You can also use our 25% off Virgin Trains deal. Virgin Trains have teamed up with the Harrogate Convention Centre to offer 25% off advanced tickets for Flooring Show visitors and exhibitors. Use the link on our website to book with this fantastic deal!

From the West: M56 to M62 then A1(M), exit Wetherby (9 miles from Harrogate)

You can find FREE OF CHARGE parking at the Harrogate Convention Centre during the three show days, however, this parking works on a first come, first served basis.

… By Air: Leeds Bradford International Airport is 20 minutes from Harrogate and Manchester International Airport is just under two hours from the town. There are now three flights a day with British Airways from Heathrow to Leeds Bradford, at very reasonable prices.

If you’d like more information on planning your trip, or if you want to know more about any of the features at this years show, please look at our website, we’ve got you covered.

Travel… … By Train: There are trains from most major cities in the UK to Leeds and York, with regular National Rail services running from these stations to Harrogate.

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WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED 2017 will see the launch of the Contract Zone featuring exhibitors from the contract flooring world, contract demonstration areas, CPD Seminars & our Trends Hub.


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Cubicle Signage - Way finding at its best! Ever since Robert Propst came up with the idea of the “action office” in the 1960’s, office spaces were transformed forever. Although the CUBICLE is infamous for being the symbol of corporate oppression, the original idea of Propst, Nelson and the iconic furniture design company: Herman Miller, was to create a warmer, brighter atmosphere amongst office workers. These innovative designers realized that office work is mainly mental and should allow better environment for actual creativity. Even today, 50 years later, the cubicle is getting a facelift and many workplace designers are finding this solution as versatile and refreshing now as it was 50 years ago. Cubicles are often used as the ideal working environment for telemarketers, sales teams, banks and dealerships.. Cubicle office spaces may easily seem as an impossible maze, buzzing like a beehive, populated by a large numbers of employees, noisy and hard to get around in, especially if directional signage is overlooks or entirely neglected. But it does not have to be like that. Cubicle signs and name plates provide a practical way to bring order into this noisy, busy setting, reduce distractions and add a personal touch. Vista System rose to the challenge and created a special line of cubicle signs and name plates, with a variety of brackets suitable for any open-space working environment. True to form, all Vista name plates and signage solutions come in a large variety of sizes and include removable polycarbonate lenses, making it extremely simple to change the graphics. The signs accept either paper graphics or vinyl, film, foil and other materials. Removal of the lenses is done by Vista suction cup, provided with each order Custom designed aluminum hangers and brackets are suitable for either cubicle walls, partitions and floating ceilings in a variety of widths and lengths. For example: A unique pin-held sign is specifically adaptable to felt partitions ... and there is a lot more! All of Vista’s cubicle sign frames are custom fabricated to order with clear, black or custom painted finish, including the end caps. Cubicle signs complement the amazing new trend in office space design, as well as the bold, innovative furniture. One might argue now that the cubicle is more relevant than ever before. For further information, visit or contact Client Service at Vista System Ltd., Tel: 0800051-8885, Email:


Lifts, stairs & balustrades

Platform Lift for the Festival of Speed The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual event for car lovers across the UK and beyond, featuring historic and modern racing vehicles attempting the famous hill climb in as short a time as possible. The festival attracts crowds of over 100,000 visitors on each of three days over the holiday weekend.

The lift needed to travel 3.3 metres with an open adjacent arrangement and glazed doors to serve the hospitality suite.

Due to the nature of the event, temporary buildings are erected to serve the needs of the visitors. Losberger UK Ltd are one such specialist in the supply of Goodwood’s temporary event structures.

With a 400 kilogram capacity and being fully weatherproofed against the unpredictable British weather, the lift was the perfect solution for access to the hospitality suite.

This year, they erected a hospitality suite which required a lift over just four days to assist with access during the Festival of Speed. Invalifts were contacted, and managed to supply and install their external platform lift, the LRH400 within the tight installation deadlines.


After the festival ended, the lift was carefully disassembled and taken back into storage for reuse again next year. To find out more about the LRH400 platform lift or other products, 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 the Hamiltons are Looking Forward and Upwards - to Retirement

How The Hamiltons Are Looking Forward - And Upwards - To Retirement

When Tony and Pene Hamilton, now in their seventies, bought their new house last year in a beautiful corner of Oxfordshire, their list of immediate home improvements had one unusual and key investment.


or, alongside the new kitchen and bathrooms, double glazing and redecoration throughout was a far sighted, yet stylish, addition to their magically restored detached home - that of a personal home lift.

Discreet yes - it nestles in the downstairs study and rises straight into the corner of their first-floor master bedroom, right by their bed. During the day, the lift is “parked” upstairs, taking up very little space with its footprint of just 0.82 metres. Elegant, too, as their online research resulted in them being one of the first families in Britain to install the new Lifton Home Lift. The beautiful curves of this domestic lift are styled in Germany and engineered in soft, warm grey aluminium, with a matching, halfglazed lift car fitted with soothing blue LED lighting for evening use. An innovative design concept makes use of two slim aluminium “stilts” which span ground floor to first floor ceiling and taking all the loadbearing, doing away with the need for a conventional lift shaft. Powered simply with a single 13 amp plug connection to their domestic electricity supply, the quiet electric motor is discreetly hidden on top of the lift. “We may not use it much at present, but as this is definitely our last house, we wanted to be forward looking and avoid any potential household disruption should any future health issues arise,” said Tony, a still-practising chartered accountant. “We know of people who have suffered strokes and are now having to live downstairs - if we had not invested in our Lifton “future-proofing” lift, we would have considered buying a bungalow.”

“Our architects and builders were astonished at the engineering absence of hydraulics and the relatively simple installation process with a small ceiling aperture - yes, some existing pipes and cables had to be slightly rerouted, but the manufacturers and installers, Stiltz Lifts, took care of all of that for us, and it was included in the overall purchase price” “What won us over to the Lifton Home Lift, however, was its beautiful, compact design - light years away from both those unsightly stair lifts and the bulky, square and claustrophobic lifts you sometimes find in shopping centres or offices. It is also multi-tasks, as when we go on holiday, the luggage starts and finishes its journey at home in our lift. Although the lift is not on immediate display to visitors, it is a definite feature, and we find friends are fascinated with its elegant simplicity, and all want a ride in it!” “We are now very content, not only with our retirement house relocation, but also its newly installed facilities which include our Lifton lift - it provides both us, and our family, total peace of mind, and gives us our own independence going forward, which is something we all value,” If you would like to find out more about Lifton Home Lifts, please visit or ring 0808 250 4739. Installation only takes a few days, and the lift comes with a two year warranty and Stiltz Lifts offer a low cost annual maintenance plan.


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Snickers ‘FLEXIWork’ Clothing Better Working Clothes That Really Make a Difference While Fabric, Functionality and Fit have always been hallmarks of Snickers’ working clothes, it’s the innovation and technology in the design of FLEXIWork garments that really sets them apart from other brands. They’re designed for fast-paced working environments with body-mapping designs that ensure superior freedom of movement on site. There’s Waterproof Jackets, Fleeces, T-shirts and Hoodies plus market-leading WorkTrousers made from a durable, stretch and rip-stop fabric and polyamide reinforcements. As well as fashionable looks, all these clothes are packed with comfort and functionality, specially designed for professional craftsmen who are always on the go, always delivering top class work and always a step ahead on site. Designed for professionals who rely on their gear in demanding environments, they’re a must for everyone who takes a pride in their work on site. To get more information on Snickers’ FLEXIWork working clothes, visit the website at where you can download a digital catalogue - or call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788.





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Outdoor and Contract Fabrics for the Creative Designer Kayospruce have been established for 34 Years on the South Coast, starting as a marine technical fabric supplier it quickly became apparent that materials proven in their adaptability and in this harsh environment made them ideally suited to structures, typically Awnings, Walkways, Partitions, Umbrellas etc, and the versatility of Flame Retardant, very high U/V resistance, with 5 & 10 year guarantees against fading and rotting, water resistancy made these fabrics compulsory for any commercial or domestic project or ‘Al Fresco’ Dining. Kayospruce are the UK distributor for Sunbrella Upholstery fabrics, used for shading and garden furniture. These are specialist fabrics designed not to rot or fade, 100% solution dyed acrylic, they combine resistance, comfort and ease of maintenance. Sunbrella quality is renowned in the professional world of furniture, where it has many different applications. DURABLE: Sunbrella superior pigments are added during the production of fade resistant Sunbrella fibre. The final result is Sunbrella yarn and fabric with colour throughout that won’t wash or fade away. EASY TO CLEAN: Sunbrella fabrics can be cleaned with mild soap and water. For tough stains, bleach can be used without fear of damaging the fabrics or removing the colour. Additionally a topical finish is applied to all Sunbrella fabrics to help them repel liquids making it even easier to maintain.


The Sunbrella Renaissance collection compliments the Main Outdoor Collection of fabrics. Constructed from 50% recycled fibres, available in three styles with a wide range of colours and designs. The recycled fibres are taken directly from the factories where the fabric remnants are divided by colour batches, reconditioned as fibres and woven together with fresh, new Sunbrella fibres. This collection provides a vintage feel with a modern twist for an eye-catching, comfortable, environmentallyfriendly outdoor setting. Awnings and canopies to cover those outdoor areas can also be catered for by Kayospruce who are the UK Distributor for Sauleda Outdoor Fabrics, these fabrics rise to meet the challenges of industrial sectors with extremely high technical standards. Sauleda fabrics provide solar protection and high resistance to UV radiation, while taking care of the visual environment and obtaining controlled luminosity.

These easy to clean 100% solution dyed acrylics with exceptional colour resistance and durability, maximum dimensional stability, quick drying, high grade of thermal and visual comfort are in high demand for sail shades, playground shading, restaurant and hotel awning and shading, together with the Sauleda warranty of 10 years coverage for normal exposure to the sun and atmospheric agents you can rest assured you have made the right choice.

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his is where Thomas Sanderson can help. Building on their heritage of over 26 years’ experience in handcrafting conservatory blinds, the company has grown to offer a full range of bespoke blinds and shutters for every room in your home. In conservatories (where they are recommended by many major UK installers) they offer both blind and shutter options. This includes Duette® EnergySmart™, the most energy efficient blind on the market - reducing 78% of heat and 99% of glare in the summer. More importantly, because the blinds are handmade to your bespoke measurements and fitted by a team of local professionals, you can be assured of a perfect fit, regardless of the shape of the window or roof panel.

Choosing the right blinds & shutters for each room in your home Getting the right blinds and shutters for every room in a home is not easy and it is certainly not a case of ‘one size fits all’. Each room will have a unique look and feel but, more importantly, each will also be used differently and will have a different set of needs. Throughout the rest of your home Thomas Sanderson products are equally specific. Water-resistant vinyl shutters for kitchens and bathrooms come with an industry-leading guarantee of 25 years, including a separate 5-year guarantee for the hinges, which are made specifically for these moisture rich environments. Alternatively, upward closing café blinds can provide extra privacy without losing natural light. In the living room, Pirouette® blinds offer a level of sophistication, whilst crush-proof Pleated blinds might be better if little fingers or paws are an issue! Classic Kenilworth shutters will always be a firm favourite too. They are easy to clean and come in a huge range of colours including unique options from the


exclusive partnership Thomas Sanderson has with Laura Ashley. In the bedroom, twin shades will keep out the light and Duette® blinds are ideal for soundproofing. Perfectly fitted blackout shutters are an equally good choice for a great night’s sleep. There really is a Thomas Sanderson product for every need. To help you with the choice, Thomas Sanderson offer free expert advice in your home from a locally based Designer, who will guide you through the full range of their options. This summer, Thomas Sanderson is offering readers three blinds for the price of two*, just visit or call 0800 688 8041 quoting HD990. *Terms and conditions apply.

TRANSFORM YOUR HOME with 3 perfectly fitted shutters for the price of 2* Control the light and shade in your home this summer with handcrafted shutters.

Thomas Sanderson have been handcrafting window shutters and blinds in the UK for more than 25 years.

Request a FREE design appointment Hand-made from superior materials, each shutter is meticulously crafted and precision fitted by the same team of professional installers who measured up. A perfect fit, regardless of shape or size means you have total mastery of the light and shade coming into your home. With a range of materials and finishes to choose from, our shutters add that touch of glamour. We can even colour match to suit your next project.

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New Blowerproof Liquid set to transform air-tightness of buildings Airtightness is a dominant factor affecting a building’s energy performance. It can be argued that airtightness is more important than insulation in terms of thermal performance. Even small gaps in doors and windows can cause significant heat loss and once a building is constructed, stemming unwanted air flow can prove difficult and expensive. When deciding how to seal construction gaps, one common option is to use a polyurethane-based, spray foam filler or silicone or acrylic sealant to ensure air-tightness, but there are acknowledged problems, with shrinkage and adhesion being the main disadvantages.

easily and effectively an applicator can achieve a permanently secure and continuous seal. Blowerproof helps deliver energy performance well beyond building regulations.

Blowerproof has recently been awarded BBA (British Board of Agrément) Certificate 17/5410. Jack A new, BBA-certified, liquid air-tight Georgiou, project manager at BBA, membrane called Blowerproof is a says: “Blowerproof was subjected to clever, quick, easy and cost-effective a rigorous assessment by the BBA. way to ensure outstanding air-tightness. Blowerproof has been used widely across The results of stringent tests were assessed including fatigue testing after Europe for many years as a proven accelerated ageing to verify the efficiency and effective method of achieving high and durability of the air-tight seal. levels of airtightness, in many different buildings on a wide range of substrates. “Blowerproof performed satisfactorily in all aspects of the assessment and Simply brushed on, Blowerproof tests so we’ve certified it as being quickly forms a permanent, secure and an effective way to improve the continuous air-tight seal across a range airtightness and consequently the of draught-prone points: wall/floor/ thermal efficiency of buildings.” ceiling connections, fenestrations, pipe connections including water, electricity, BBA certification is recognised gas and data; all with no need for primers. by Government departments and Applied as a blue, thick liquid, fibre reinforced ‘paint’, Blowerproof Liquid Brush quickly cures to form a black sealed membrane which is highly resistant to punctures. Blowerproof is also available in white, so it doesn’t show through a plaster finish. Brushes rinse out under cold water, making Blowerproof Liquid Brush quick to deploy and pack away. It’s safe to use in high risk environments such as food, childcare and medical environments as it is free from both volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and harmful chemicals. A building that leaks air is always thermally inefficient. These air leaks cost the building owner, so it’s easy to make the case for using Blowerproof. It quickly justifies both its product and labour costs. An easy way to ensure leaks are sealed, helping limit applicator error is a major step forward to improving building performance. Blowerproof can’t be beaten for how quickly,


throughout the construction industry as confirmation that a product is fit for purpose. Only products and systems that have passed a series of comprehensive assessments – including laboratory tests, on-site evaluations, quality management checks and inspection of production are awarded a BBA Certificate. Once a Certificate has been issued, six monthly surveillance of production and comprehensive three yearly reviews are required to maintain its validity.

In addition to the BBA, Blowerproof has Certification from a wide range of recognised European bodies, a full list can be found on the Blowerproof website. Blowerproof is also available as a roller application which can be used directly on blockwork, brick, masonry and as a spray which is ideal for larger areas such as walls and roofs. It can be directly applied to mineral wool, sprayed set foams or PIR insulation. For further information, or to purchase Blowerproof in the UK, please visit:

Blowerproof Liquid Brush simply paint onto the surface to create a secure, flexible and permanent airtight seal

Blowerproof Liquid Brush blue has a unique feature it turns black when cured

Blowerproof Liquid Brush is a fibre reinforced paint-on airtight membrane. No VOC’s, no noxious chemicals, clean down with water

Blowerproof Liquid Spray used to seal a floor wall connection, note the cables first sealed with Blowerproof Liquid Brush

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smo Wood Reviver Power Gel is a jelly-like cleaner that effectively cleans and refreshes greyed and weathered exterior wood. Made from environmentally friendly and biodegradable ingredients, the product is free from harmful solvents, chlorine compounds, amines and harmful odours. Osmo’s special cleaning agent is also biodegradable and odour free. One coat of Osmo Wood Reviver Power Gel is sufficient to revive external wood back to its natural colour and appearance. “Exterior wood can often look jaded and old after being exposed to the external elements for a long period,” comments Steve Grimwood, Managing Director, Osmo UK. “In particular, high UV rays can bleach exterior wood, giving the timber a greyed and lifeless appearance. Osmo Wood Reviver Power Gel has a deep penetrating effect that allows professionals and end users to achieve remarkable results that will bring exterior wood back to its original condition in just 30 minutes.”


Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes expert, brings tired looking and aged wood back to life with its powerful cleaning agent, Osmo Wood Reviver Power Gel. This product has been especially developed to restore exterior wood, including wooden decking, timber cladding and garden furniture, back to its original colour and character. Osmo Wood Reviver Power Gel is ready to apply straight from the tin. After generously applying the product along the wood grain, the solution requires just 20 minutes to gently work into the wood’s surface before being scrubbed with a hard bristle brush. Once rinsed with plenty of water, it is recommended to allow 48 hours drying time before applying a finish, such as Osmo Polyx-Oil, Decking-Oils and Country Colour. On average, one litre of Osmo Wood Reviver Power Gel will cover a 10m2 area. For stockist details and more information on Osmo and its range of environmentally friendly wooden products and specialist finishes, call Osmo UK direct on 01296 481220 or alternatively visit


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Let it shine with new Vicaima High Gloss The characteristics of a High Gloss finish have long been valued by interior designers. Its ability to reflect light, the perception of luminosity and the illusion of space, all present a comfortable feeling of openness and elegance. The latest Vicaima finish, “High Gloss”, is now available as an option across many of their popular veneered and painted door, frame and wall panel products, allowing specifiers to achieve a premium finish for interior decoration without the burden of premium cost. Luxurious appeal is a term that best describes the new Vicaima High Gloss finish. Enhancing the natural beauty of real wood veneer or taking lacquered paint finishes to new levels of quality, are the hallmarks of this latest innovation from the Vicaima brand. Once the preserve of a select few, this new high gloss finish enables a touch of refinement to be attainable for many more applications, and all with the superior quality you would expect from a Vicaima product.


The new High Gloss finish can be applied to the wide range of Vicaima product components, including door and frame solutions, wardrobes and wall panels, creating sophisticated elements that connect with each other to fashion environments with character and personality. When it comes to the requirement for high gloss on a paint finish, the array of colours is almost endless. However to make life simple Vicaima use the RAL Color palette, one of the most widely used universal catalogues in the world, so specifiers can easily specify the tone that best suits their desired décor. For more information simply download a copy of the new High Gloss brochure from the Vicaima website. For other innovative designs and products from the many Vicaima collections, visit alternatively, call 01793 532333 for assistance.

Fisher & Company lead the way with quality and reliability in Solar Belisha Beacons Over 2 ½ years in the making – intense research, development and a huge investment went into our product before we launched our Solar Powered Belisha & Refuge Beacons on the market last year to add to our Mains Powered versions and complete our full range of Belisha Beacons. Amazon Depot – Bristol

MD - Neil Fisher says “ We are extremely proud of our Solar Belisha Beacon range and since its release date in February last year we have secured orders from supermarkets, universities, contractors and wholesalers for delivery to both the UK and overseas. We have even been asked to create some very unique, bespoke Solar Belisha Beacons for a large UK & European client which has required additional research and product development to meet the clients exacting high standards and specification – which we have met and exceeded, to everyone’s delight. Everyone who has seen our Solar Beacon is very impressed with the product, and we’re looking forward to a bright future” Our commitment to quality of product and customer service are an important part of our success story. When it’s right we keep doing it right and if something goes wrong, then we step up to the


challenge and solve the problem until everyone is happy. We put a lot of effort into making our Solar Belisha Beacons the best on the market and continue to monitor and improve the product where we can to ensure we stay at the top. Fisher & Company have been making Feeder Pillars for around 20 years and have established a reputation for excellent quality and service and a niche as an extremely capable bespoke manufacturer. Like our Solar and Mains Powered Belisha, all our metal Feeder Pillars are made from raw material in our Somerset factory to our own drawings and designs and our GRP Enclosures are made for us in Wales to equivalent high standards to complete our full range of styles, sizes and finishes. We supply to a wide and varied clientele across the UK and overseas, from a single Mini Pillar to large batch orders of bespoke GRP.

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.

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Heating, ventilation & insulation

Let us design your renewable system away the headache of the design process entirely. We want to inform customers about renewables as best as we can and help discuss which renewable products are best for your property. With our growing network of showrooms, we provide a local expert advisor to help you every step of the way. As a qualified MCS installation company we help guide you through the RHI and FiT process and provide you with an insured parts and labour warranty for years afterwards.

Air Source heat pumps offer the perfect alternative to traditional heating systems catered conveniently to all sizes of properties and businesses through our extensive range of products. Air Source Heat Pumps are incredibly efficient - for every 2.5kW of heat transferred into your home it only uses 1kW of electricity, which is a performance efficiency of 250%. The way an Air Source Heat Pump works is by simply drawing heat from the air outside,transferringit and then distributing via underfloor heating and radiators. Even when outside temperatures are below zero, 100% of your heating and hot water needs can be generated.A heat pump will keep your home at the temperature you decide, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and reduce your heating bills by up to 50%. Air Source Heat Pump features • • • • • •

Generate your own renewable energy towards targets Reduce running costs and save with the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Simple to design into your building plans Easy installation process and to maintain system Works either as a stand alone unit or in conjunction with other renewables Range of systems available to suit all needs from 4W to 688W

At Green Square our Mitsubishi range of air source heat pumps provides technology to

deliver extremely efficient heating and hot water methods whilst keeping your carbon emissions to a minimum. Our Mitsubishi systems ensure a simplistic, renewable energy solution that can compete with traditional heating methods at any given time. The entire Mitsubishi Electric Ecodanrange cylinders use plate heat exchanger technology instead of an in-cylinder coil. This gives a 17% improvement in DHW efficiency (over the FTC4 cylinders) and advanced heating times. The range features five Cylinder Solutions: Monobloc Packaged Cylinder, Monobloc Pre-Plumbed Slimline Cylinders, Monobloc Pre-Plumbed Standard Cylinders, Monobloc Pre-Plumbed Solar Cylinders and Split Cylinders. As a head start, we always suggest considering the best possible wall insulation, loft insulation and double glazing as these are important factors to keep your home best insulated with renewables – and therefore helping save heating bills.

Our renewable energy experts will be happy to discuss the designing, planning and installation process for Air Source Heat Pumps or any of our other products, making it a clear and simple process. Air Source Heat Pump Installation Costs Monobloc Heat Pump Monitoring pack MCS (RHI pack) Mitsubushi Installation kit Radiators Copper pipework Installation costs - labour Final fitting + commission Joule cylinder Total £10,876.50 (Ex. VAT) Renewable Heat Incentive Payments Annual payments £1,431.43 (paid for 7 years) Total £11,630.00

When initial property development ideas are being drawn up with architects and builders, it’s important to invest in aspects of the building whilst keeping the future in mind. Investing in renewable energy products simply ensures that you can prepare for a more sustainable future, and there’s the added bonus of saving money and cutting usage too. At Green Square we are able to integrate renewables into your property plans, taking


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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


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How Air Conditioning Works Mitsubishi Electric’s air conditioning systems use heat pump technology to provide heating, cooling and hot water where required. Our heat pumps require only a small amount of electricity to harvest, upgrade and move heat from one location to another. To achieve this a vapour compression cycle is used, which has the ability to move heat from one space to another. Low temperature heat from the environment can be increased to usable temperatures inside the building in the winter, or waste heat from a building can be moved outside in the summer, or even recovered in to hot water. The efficiency of a heat pump is known as the Coefficient of Performance or CoP (or Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) in cooling mode). This is a ratio of the heat delivered to power consumed. The operation of a heat pump is similar to a refrigerator. This process is known as the vapour compression cycle and the following is a more detailed explanation and example of the system delivering heat into a building. Cooling is the same, but the heat is taken from the inside and rejected to the outside.

1. Compression – Refrigerant vapour is raised in pressure and therefore temperature. 2. Condensing – This hot pressurised refrigerant vapour is then passed through a condenser, where it liquefies and gives off useable heat that can be delivered to a building by either air or water. 3. Expansion – Liquid refrigerant is then allowed to expand, which lowers its pressure. 4. Evaporation – The low pressure liquid then expands and absorbs naturally occurring heat from the environment (this can be from the air, water or ground) and in doing so changes back to a vapour, which is then passed to the compressor for the cycle to start again.

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A sound effect on people – Ecophon’s acoustics podcast Acoustics, sound, noise. All impact our lives every day. Yet it is not a subject that is often discussed. Until now. Welcome to “A sound effect on people” a podcast series that explores how we are affected by sound and how poor acoustics can be harmful to your wellbeing. We all know that certain sounds can change the way we feel, but can we improve our lives simply by improving the acoustics of the rooms we are in? Our hearing is the one sense we can’t turn off, yet in evolutionary terms it is tuned for outdoor environments. But with many of us now spending up to 90% of our time indoors, we struggle when excessive noise and reverberant echo trigger our ancient fight or flight response. The physiological response to constant loud noise causes fatigue, stress and elevated heart rates, quite the opposite of what is needed for successful healing

or productive work. And if we cannot communicate effectively in schools, teaching will be ineffective and children’s attainment may suffer. In the office we know that some people like to work in quiet, while some feed off the buzz, so we should also explore the effect of personality on the way our bodies and minds respond to the noise that surrounds us. Ecophon are building a series of podcasts to follow discussing acoustics in healthcare, education and office environments; as well as broader topics including biophilia, physiological and psychological factors in office design, silence, creativity and the use of technology. A new podcast is released every month, and available via iTunes, Soundcloud or wherever you prefer to listen. Alternatively they can be listened to at

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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


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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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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

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RENDERING COMPANY EXPANDS OPERATIONS IN THE SOUTH EAST WITH NEW SALES MANAGER One of the UK’s fastest growing external wall insulation and rendering solutions business’ has expanded its operations in the south east with the appointment of a Regional Sales Manager. SPSenvirowall, which has offices across the UK, has appointed Gavin Jaggard to secure new business in the new build market across the south east. Gavin, originally from Bedfordshire, has 10 years experience in the construction industry and previously worked as a Technical Sales Manager. Gavin will work closely with contractors, installers and architects to build SPSenvirowall’s customer base. The role will require a particular focus on SPSenvirowall’s innovative TS Rail System, a durable and crack resistant external wall insulation system for new build housing that can be quickly erected and weatherproofed. The TS Rail System offers high levels of insulation performance and comes in a range of colours and finishes from acrylic and silicone to brick. Gavin says of his new role: “I have first hand experience of SPSenvirowall’s high quality products and services as I used their services when I worked as a subcontractor. The sales team were great and I couldn’t fault the service.


“This is an exciting time to join SPSenvirowall as they have a well-established UK-wide installer network and have introduced a number of new products in recent years including the TS Rail System, which really stands out in the market place. This role is also a great opportunity for me to get back into the new build market, which is where I first started my career 10 years ago. I am looking forward to continuing SPSenvirowall’s great service” Paul Winwood, Managing Director at SPSenvirowall, said: “Gavin brings with him many years of experience and a vast knowledge of the industry. We are excited to be expanding our operations further in the south east and are confident that Gavin will support our continued growth and build on the relationships that we already have in the region.” SPSenvirowall sells in excess of £1 million square metres of external wall insulation per year and has branches in South Wales, West Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Essex and West Lothian, Scotland. The company offers a range of environmentallyfriendly external wall insulations and rendering solutions for new builds and refurbishments, as well as expert advice, guidance and training to contractors and architects. To find out more about SPSenvirowall, visit or call 01535 661633.

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





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Also known as the Contract rail, the Ashdown 520 was the first rail we designed and still our most popular rail. Standing at 1250mm and 520mm wide it is available in both a polished and satin finish. Available in 3 formats across the range: central heating, duel fuel and electric only. It is now available in 4 widths: 300mm wide, 400mm wide, 520mm wide and 620mm wide in order to further utilize your spacing requirements whatever they may be. This highly popular rail works aesthetically in most bathrooms making it both versatile and practical. The bar configuration works well within the family bathroom and compared to a number of comparable rails within the market place our rail has 20 horizontal rails as opposed to the standard 16. This leads to a greater heat output and a more substantial visual impact. We specialize 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 utilized 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 Ashdown rails in central heating format is as follows: Ashdown 300 £269.95, Ashdown 400 £279.95, Ashdown 520 £299.98, Ashdown 620 £349.95 (all prices are ex VAT). For electric only format: Ashdown 300 £349.90, Ashdown 400 £359.90, Ashdown 520 £394.95, Ashdown 620 £455.90 (all prices are ex VAT). Should you wish any further information please visit our website, with its extensive range of gallery shots or call our friendly staff on 01444 831200. We thank you for your interest in our product.

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MODERN BATHROOMS Villeroy & Boch The Villeroy & Boch bathroom collection is the most iconic and prestigious brand in the bathroom industry. Be inspired by the wide range of products from Villeroy & Boch and fall in love with the perfect combination of shape, function, colour and different materials. The huge selection of collections is constantly evolving helping you create your bathroom just like you like it. Exceptional design - modern, unmistakable and timelessly elegant.

includes a broad range of basins that enable all individual needs to be fulfilled. Their minimalist and well thought-out design has been achieved with functionality in mind. Details such as deep sinks or broad shelves provide a high degree of convenience.

Minimalist design maximum aesthetics Perfect lines for the bathroom Venticello bathroom ceramics are the straightforward answer to individual questions about perfect functionality in the bathroom. Villeroy & Boch has the expertise to produce ceramics with an extremely high-quality finish. The fine cabinet sinks combine design and function: a rib height of approximately 18 mm lends the ceramics a light and elegant appearance and the sink depth of 120 mm means no compromises need to be made in terms of functionality. The three toilets are equipped with DirectFlush technology and are quick and easy to clean thanks to the rimless design. With Venticello, bathrooms benefit from a modern slimline design that is high on functionality.

LED lighting and bevelled edges - impressively clear forms Clever details such as integrated LED lighting and the bevelled edges create the impression that the Legato countertop is actually floating. The handle-free fronts underline the elegant design which allows plenty of scope for individualisation thanks to the large number of front colours available. The furniture in this collection radiates sophisticated elegance and is suitable for combining in many different ways - both with the Legato vanity washbasins and various other surface-mounted washbasins.

For bathrooms that are as individual as you are The versatile Subway Collection is characterised by its round and angular forms. This extensive product range offers a wide variety of bathroom design possibilities, even enabling smaller rooms to be utilised effectively. The collection


Stylish minimalism is reflected in the restrained design and clarity of form of the Memento premium collection. Sophisticated colours, such as Glossy Black, emphasise the purity and aesthetics of the ceramics in this collection. The Bright Oak surfaces provide a visual and sensory contrast to the bathroom furniture, thanks to the structural depth of the wood. The character of this timeless design lies in its modern combination of wood and glass.

Pura Bathrooms - Quality Bathrooms At Sensible Prices Step in and experience the beautiful world of Pura Bathrooms, designed for the life that you want to live. A world of elegant design and meticulous attention to detail that sets us apart. There is only one serious choice—Pura—and the only thing missing is you.

Pura Bathrooms is one of the fastest growing, most dynamic and ambitious bathroom product manufacturers in the UK. Founded in 2004, we are family owned and based in East Sussex. We offer independent bathroom retailers and trade customers a choice of brands that are designed to inspire; are beautiful to look at; and are manufactured to the highest quality standards with precision and thoughtfulness. Combine this with superb value-for-money from the top to the bottom of our price range and we believe our products are the benchmark for competitors to aspire to. With a wide variety of bathroom appliances, Arco is just one range from Pura, the company leading the way in bathroom style. Arco, with of myriad classy and minimalist pieces, have bidets & basin perfect to suit your bathroom, no matter what the style or size.

Pure beauty Form and function are ideally combined in the Aveo new generation collection. This new collection forms a logical development of the Aveo collection that was developed exclusively for Villeroy & Boch by the Conran & Partners design studio in the United Kingdom. Aveo new generation uses clear sweeping shapes full of natural lightness. These high-quality ceramics fulfil the most exacting standards in terms of materials and aesthetics. The CeramicPlus surface coating provides optimum comfort and convenience, even when cleaning. Dirt and limescale are simply rinsed away with the water. The bath ceramics appear as if they were cast from a single mould thanks to the optional ceramic waste caps. The smoothly flowing forms of the Aveo new generation turn your bathroom into a calming retreat where you can go to recharge.

Bring a touch of both luxury and style to your home with ease! Pura Bathrooms, as always, have created masterpieces and the Essence series is yet another collection, which includes striking shower heads & shower sets. The entire range of brassware has been painstakingly designed to meet the highest standards of style and performance. The finishes, shapes and dimensions are classy in every setting and bring the utmost comfort while in use, for life. Every piece in the range has been designed with an extravagant beauty and finish, sparkling with style in the bathroom space. Manufactured to the highest quality, the Essence range will give you excellent service for many years.

Sensorbility Ltd. manufacture and supply a unique 'touch' light switch which can safely be used in bathrooms, kitchens, nurseries, or any other room in the home. Our switches can be concealed behind almost any material, including: tiles, mirrors, metal, wood, and are available as a switch, dimmer and timed dimmer.

The Bathroom Switch is a new concept in light switch operation, and consists of a small controller housing that can be hidden in the ceiling cavity, either behind the light rose or adjacent to a relevant junction box, allied to satellite SensorPads. These SensorPads can be adhered to the rear of most materials such as glass, plastic, ceramic tiles, metal, wood etc. and project a proximity sensing field through the material.

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SmartTapTM is capable of delivering either filtered mains water or the worlds purest drinking water with their optional RODI purifier. The Pureh2o Company are the innovators behind these recent product launches and have lead the market with integrated pure water systems since 1991. Whether specified with filtered or pure water, the Quatreau SmartTap’sTM sub-sink Hydrocell® 551 system offers a modular choice of boiling, chilled and sparkling as well as ambient water. The Hydrocell® unit incorporates easy to install and maintain quick fit filters and CO2 cartridges as standard, and multimedia filters to reduce impurities found in mains fed water. Recently installed pre-launch at the Eurostar Paris Business Lounge, the compact tap system delivers 20 litres of water per hour, whichever option is selected. LED lit buttons ensure ease of use, the consistently safe, clean efficient flow and optional safety lock for boiling offers peace of mind. The optional sink drainer with integral drain turns the tap in to a stand-alone counter top drinks station. Infinite

Pureh2o are pleased to announce the launch of Quatreau SmartTapTM, the second tap launch in the Quatreau range benefiting from 7 years R&D, using WRAS approved materials and the only multi-function tap system to be manufactured in the UK. Quatreau SmartTapTM, the new compact drinks point delivering a modular choice of boiling, sparkling, chilled and / or ambient water. Several finishes, a modular approach to water options and upgrades including countertop drainer are offered, for full customisation in all settings domestic and commercial. The Quatreau SmartTapTM, is the latest in the company’s range of multifunction taps, following the success of Quatreau, their 5 function kitchen tap with touchscreen control panel. Like Quatreau, the all-new Quatreau

expansion of the boiling capacity is ideal for high-density environments. Designed to robustly withstand the demands of high use areas, the Quatreau SmartTapTM is manufactured in Great Britain, within 10 miles of the company’s base in Woking, Surrey, with WRAS approved materials including solid 316 stainless steel chosen for strength, longevity and low environmental impact. With energy efficiency in mind, the boiling function uses 33% less energy than other hot water taps and advanced state insulation also made in England. Installed with the optional Pureh2o RODI water purifier, the Quatreau SmartTapTM delivers 99.99% pure water; purer by far than all bottled water brands, obviating the negative environmental impact of plastic bottled water and free from the myriad of impurities found in tap water. The RODI water purifier can also connect to steam ovens, coffee machines, ice makers and fridges for exceptional clarity and purity of taste and appearance, making it an ideal system for restaurants and hotels, as used at Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Oxford and Great Fosters, Surrey. For further information and to order the Quatreau SmartTapTM and optional water purification system, visit or call 01483 617 000







Introducing the Quatreau SmartTap™ from the Pureh2o Company, the compact modular drinking water station for all environments delivering boiling, sparkling, chilled and filtered or pure ambient water*. • • • • • • •

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If you are looking to add a touch of sophisticated glamour to your bathroom look no further than Croydex’s selection of illuminated mirrors. Available in a choice of shapes and dimensions, these mirrors offer both style and practicality. Adding mirrors into the bathroom is a great way of enhancing the rooms natural light, creating the illusion of more space and also a way to add a statement focal point. Features across the range include touch sensitive power switches, heated demister pads, LED lighting strips and a range of options for hanging portrait or landscape. The mirrors are also IP44 Rated which means they are suitable for hanging in the outside of the bathroom. The soft lighting element creates a luxurious ambience in the bathroom reminiscent of relaxing spas and decadent hotels. The lighting will also add an expensive look to bathroom décor whilst enhancing the look of the other accessories featured in it.

There are a variety of illuminated mirrors with a range of different LED placements, so you can choose the mirror that best accents the space it is being used to enhance. For a real statement piece the Oakley Illuminated Mirror packs

a punch. The lighting is remote controlled with the ability to control the selection of colours, intensity and area of illumination. This is an item worth investing in as the many colour ways allow you to match the lighting with your bathroom décor meaning the mirror never becomes outdated. For all but two of the mirrors installation can be achieved via the innovative patented Hang ‘n’ Lock fixing solution which allows for quick and simple single person installation. Simply attach the bracket to the wall, adjust the level, hang your illuminated mirror and then lock into place.


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MATTERS Get The Right Size Hot Water Heating Unit & System To Fit The Site - Rinnai

New from Rinnai, the UK’s leader in continuous flow hot water heating, is a Site Sizing Service designed to give the right amount of hot water delivery to meet existing and planned needs. The new service initiative from Rinnai - available over email, iPhone and site visit - is to give contractors and users the right mix of products and system which fit the needs of the site, rather than a ‘one size fits all approach’ seen with need of the site or user and we have a proven traditional hot water heating systems. record of adding significant value to our customers. “Every site is different, as all installers know, and the tradition of oversizing a system ‘just in case’ is a very costly way for a site to have hot water on demand. The very basis of our product concept is that the end-user only pays for the fuel to heat the hot water at the point of use. There are very few sites that might need a stored hot water facility - but this is very expensive - its rather like keeping a car’s engine running just in case you want to drive it. It is as simple as that,” says Rinnai head of Operations, Chris Goggin. He adds, “We are inviting contractors, designers, installers, end-users and consultants to contact us in person to discuss their new installations so that we can recommend the right system specific to the site. Our product can cope with virtually any size of commercial site - hotels, hospitals, schools, office blocks and larger residential properties and we have proven systems configured to cope with the biggest commercial premises - right through to Government departments such as the Welsh Office or 350 plus bed hotels. The complete, bespoke and personalised system is designed for the specific

The Rinnai product range includes the Infinity HDC1600i, a premium condensing hot water heater tested to below 20 ppm NOx, producing the lowest emissions on the market, with 97% gross efficiencies. Also in this established and proven range of award winning products is the condensing HDC1200 internal and external models which give an energy performance of 107% net efficiency while the larger Rinnai HDC1500 internal and external models have 105% net efficiency. Rinnai Infinity condensing units also exceed all the demands of Part L Building Regulations. The Rinnai HD50i internal water heater and HD70e external water heater offer greater flexibility at the design stage and can offer an alternative solution where flue runs are problematic or internal space is not available. They are excellent units for refurbishment projects. Using a modular system of either internal or external Rinnai HD or HDC condensing water •75•

heaters and a stainless steel storage vessel, demands in excess of 20,000 litres per hour can be satisfied. Rinnai Infinity Plus Storage packs are delivered direct to site in one complete package. Rinnai units are ‘renewables ready’ when used as a gas booster to solar thermal or heat pump installations in maximizing renewable heat gains. It is the only booster that ensures a hot shower or bath any time of the day or night. The rest of the time the gas fired unit is inactive minimizing energy usage. Rinnai’s development and investment in integral smart controls for its appliances enable smart integration with sophisticated BMS systems allowing multi data monitoring which in turn identifies areas where energy, service and breakdown efficiencies can be improved. Each digital remote controller can be individually programmed, to deliver temperature accurate hot water for washing and cleaning however the water heater

can only deliver one set temperature at any time. Remote temperature controllers cannot override the master temperature setting made with the DIP switches within the heater ensuring safety. Controllers can also deliver basic fault diagnosis. Rinnai also fields a common header flue system to streamline manifolded installations of its award-winning Infinity condensing units. Another simple but effective idea which safeguards against lime scale build up occurring in Rinnai continuous flow water heaters a scale control system continually monitors the appliances for lime scale deposits around the heat exchanger. Also in the range is the Infinity Solo. This is a Rinnai hot water heating unit which combines the advanced technology of its wall mounted water heaters with a stainless steel storage cylinder all in one. And it boasts very low heat loss figures.

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Home Designer & Architect - August 2017  
Home Designer & Architect - August 2017