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

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

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

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

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

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Sheffield firm to supply new Wimbledon roof for No.1 Court Sheffield based engineering specialist SCX has been awarded the contract to build a retractable roof at Wimbledon’s No.1 Court. ir Robert McAlpine is main contractor on the latest £70m project for The All England Lawn Tennis Club. SCX also supplied the new roof at Centre Court to guaranteed play in all weather conditions.


London’s second tallest tower set for approval Plans to build London’s second tallest skyscraper at the site of Aviva’s London headquarters have been recommended for approval. he tower at 1 Undershaft, now nicknamed the Trellis for its visible structural steel cross-bracing, would take the title of the Square Mile’s tallest skyscraper, if built.


Next week the City of London Corporation’s planning and transportation committee are

expected to rubber stamp the project following the chief planners recommendation for approval. Singapore-based developers Aroland Holdings commissioned architect Eric Parry to design the 73-storey landmark building. It will rise to 305m, just above the recently approved 22 Bishopsgate tower at 278m, but a few metres below the Shard’s tallest steelwork point in London Bridge. The 90,000 sq m building would be able to accommodate 10,000 people and boast a viewing platform higher than that of the Shard, and London’s highest public sky restaurant.


SCX Group Managing Director, Simon Eastwood said: “We are very proud to have built the original retractable roof on Centre Court, so to be chosen to work on No.1 Court is a real honour.” The company will be responsible for the design and supply of all the mechanical and electrical equipment and construction of all the components that make up the moving sections of the roof. Much of the construction, assembly and testing work will be carried out at SCX’s new Tyler Street facility in Sheffield. SCX Special Projects Director, Andy Whitworth said: “SCX prides itself on its expertise in the field of precision engineering. We have an amazing team of designers, engineers and suppliers and everyone is excited about working on

such a prestigious project.” The project is due for completion in 2019. Key Technical Facts: • The roof is based on a concertina design with two main sections that meet in the middle. • It will be made of transparent Gore Tenara (a type of Gore-Tex fabric), which is stretched between the steel trusses. • The roof will cover an area of about 5,500m². • The roof is made up of eleven trusses and weighs around 1,100 tonnes. • It can be deployed or retracted in around 8 minutes. Around 220 electromechanical devices (including motors) along with a control system capable of working to accuracies of a fraction of a millimetre are needed to ensure the roof operates smoothly and quietly. The roof is divided into two sections with a total of 10 bays. Each of the bays is clamped on either side by prismatic steel trusses. The ends of each truss are supported on a wheeled bogie that moves along rails that are fixed to the new superstructure of No.1 Court.

INDUSTRY news The airside and landside building frameworks will cover smaller work packages at Manchester, Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth Airports. Previously the airport group had aimed for five-year frameworks but has now plumped for an eight-year term. Firms will need to be capable of a substantial amount of self–delivery and also be capable of servicing airport needs from a £20,000 ‘quick fix’ light touch retail refurbishment carried out over a weekend, through to a multi-million pound business critical, highly-complex modernisation project. Under the plans the regional airport frameworks will be split into four lots.

Take-off for four airport frameworks worth £450m Manchester Airport Group has opened the throttle on bidding for four regional airport frameworks worth up to £450m. Bowmer & Kirkland has been confirmed as main contractor on a second distribution and logistics centre for Great Bear at Markham Vale in Chesterfield. B&K completed the first warehouse for the distribution giant this summer under a £16.2m contract on unit will allow us to further enhance our capacity to service the wider UK the site at J29A of the M1. more effectively.”

B&K to build second mega warehouse at Markham Vale

Building work on the new 479,285 sq ft centre will start in January under a six-month construction programme overseen by Henry Boot Developments. Great Bear operates in 30 locations nationwide providing warehousing and distribution for clients such as PZ Cussons, BMW, Unilever, Mars and Mondelez. Peter Yarwood, Regional Operations Director at Great Bear Distribution said: “Henry Boot Developments has already delivered a bespoke facility for us at the site and we are confident the second

Derbyshire County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Policy, Economic Development and Budget, Councillor Anne Western said: “We’re really pleased Great Bear has chosen to build a second distribution centre at Markham Vale bringing a further 400 jobs.

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“It shows great confidence in the site’s location and in Derbyshire as a place where businesses thrive and grow. “When Great Bear’s second distribution unit is complete, the firm will occupy just under one million sq.ft of land at Markham Vale making them the largest business on the site to date.”

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End in sight for Kier’s challenging Hong Kong projects ier is on course to complete two challenging contracts in Hong Kong early next year. In a trading statement this morning, Kier said the two contracts relating to Hong Kong rail system projects were now drawing to a close.


Go-ahead for £75m student scheme in Cardiff Mace Developments has been granted planning consent for a new £75m student accommodation scheme in Cardiff. onstruction will begin next year on the Glossop Halls project which will see the former West Wing of Cardiff Royal Infirmary demolished and replaced with 644 student rooms.


David Grover, COO for Mace Developments, said: “The current availability of private sector student accommodation in Cardiff is generally considered below expected standards, so in delivering circa 650 new student accommodation beds, this scheme will also help reduce student demand for private housing in the area – a strong local authority preference.”


The development is located in the evolving student quarter of Cardiff, a short walk from the university’s main campus and student union. Designed by The Kalyvides Partnership, Glossop Halls will be up to 10 storeys at its highest point comprising of 181 studios, 453 clusters and 10 apartments. Residents will also benefit from a multimedia room, yoga room, gym, library and study space. In addition, two retail units will serve students and the public. Mace Developments is forecast to have the building ready for occupation ahead of the 2019/20 academic year.

One of the projects is a 2.6m section of rock tunnel for the new high speed link from China to Hong Kong, which started in 2012 and was due for completion in May 2015. Kier holds a 50% stake in the £120m contract which was secured in joint venture with Kaden Construction (Hong Kong) and Spanish contractor Obras Subterraneas. Also Kier is working in joint venture with Laing O’Rourke on the £200m expansion of the Admiralty Station in Hong Kong. The four-year contract also for transport operator MTR Corporation started in 2011. “Internationally, our two Hong Kong contracts remain challenging; however, they are expected to reach completion during the first quarter of 2017 and work is underway to close the final accounts,” said the firm this morning. Chief executive Haydn Mursell said that Kier Group was on course to meet expectations for the current financial year, despite increased economic uncertainty in the UK following the EU referendum


Start date for T Clarke on £56m M&E package Clarke has confirmed the M&E package at 22 Bishopsgate will be worth £56m. The company will start on the massive subcontract for Multiplex next year with a completion date set for 2019. T Clarke will deliver four key packages across the 1.275m sq ft scheme which will be the City of London’s tallest tower. The firm will work on: Electrical Shell & Core, Electrical Cat “A” Fit Out, ELV (Systems Integration) Package (including BMS, ICT and Security) and Fire Alarm Installation.


T Clarke revealed the details in a trading update today which also confirmed a £24m award from Lendlease at Stratford for a £24m M&E fit out project at The International Quarter. The company has also started legal proceedings to recover up to £2.8m allegedly taken by an employee over the last few years from the firm’s account. T Clarke said: “We have now commenced legal proceedings to recover misappropriated funds. It is too early at this stage to confirm the quantum of what will be recovered, but investigations and proceedings are continuing in conjunction with expert professional advisors to recover as much as practicable.”

35 jobs axed as Charter Construction sinks he Harrow-based firm was set up in 1983 and enjoyed a period of rapid expansion in the last  few years under the management of former Balfour Beatty contracts manager Arthur Bennett. Since becoming managing director in 2010, Bennett doubled revenue from £8m in 2011 to just under £16m this year. Charter delivered a range of work from small building projects for London universities to utility jobs with UK Power Networks.


But this year the firm revealed it had suffered two major loss-making jobs, which resulted in a trading loss for the first time in eight years. Unveiling the £1.45m loss this September, Bennett said: “We have also taken into consideration several projects, which have recently been completed or are nearing completion which were secured during a particularly competitive period. “The overall effect is to leave the company with a negative balance sheet.” He added that the company planned to maintain a controlled increase in turnover while seeking to enhance management resources.

Great Portland Estates flags weakening London market Chief Executive Toby Courtauld said: “The referendum result has had a negative effect on business confidence in London which will likely result in lower economic growth. “As a consequence, we can expect London’s commercial property markets to weaken during this period of uncertainty.” Great Portland Estates is currently on site at five schemes and has two uncommitted schemes in the pipeline which “could start in the next 18 months”. At Oxford House on Oxford Street the firm has planning approval

for an 88,200 sq ft major mixed-use refurbishment. As part of the letting at Rathbone Square, Facebook has a right of first offer to pre-let all the anticipated 55,700 sq ft of office space. At Hanover Square, W1, demolition work is currently underway on the western side of the site. The firm said: “These limited works will give us the option, should the market be supportive, to accelerate the construction programme for the wider scheme ahead of delivery of the station structure by Crossrail in 2018.

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Editor's choice Brentwood Tile Boutique is an independent supplier of quality bespoke tiles in Essex and throughout the UK. With over fifty years combined experience within the tile trade, owners Gary Asher and Alan Jones understand the importance of providing inspirational ranges. Here they highlight three of their favourite ranges from their extensive current supply.

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Sands Experience Thanks to the matching indoor and outdoor floor coverings, the lines between floor, wall, indoor and outdoor can be blurred, creating a sense of total freedom through contemporary design. The Sands Experience range of porcelain stoneware surfaces created by Italgraniti meet both the aesthetic and functional needs of modern architecture. Anti-slip surfaces combine beauty with safety and the surface texture and patterning are designed to be safe, pleasant to walk on and lovely to look at. Sands Experience have produced two new exciting sizes: 120x240 and 120x120 which drastically reduce the usual number of joints required. This allows for a more continuous surface, which with the benefit of the high quality porcelain stoneware, helps to overcome any architectural challenge.

Hemisphere Italian tile producers Gambini have produced a superb minimalist solution tile, re-inventing ceramic through metal sheet aesthetic. Available in 4 colours (3 cooler tones: platinum, steel and iron and 1 warmer note: copper) and 3 sizes, these tiles are sophisticated and understatedly classy. As an achromatic backdrop, the Hemisphere range lends itself perfectly to any modern colour scheme.


Unika These high quality, fully body Italian porcelain tiles (by ABK) are inspired by the material and quality of cement. The result is a postindustrial urban trend tile which retains a vintage element of traditional European age-old stone combined with sections of worn concrete. This allows for a fascinating interplay of elements and layers capable of interacting robustly with contemporary architecture. Available in 2 sizes (60x30 and 60x60) and 4 finishes (Unika Smoke, Downtown Ecru, Unika Ecru and Downtown Ivory) their versatility is such that they can be used within both residential and commercial projects with ease.

For more information or for pricing please contact Gary Asher or Alan Jones on 01277 233772 or email Brentwood tile boutique is open 7 days a week. Parking is available. For opening hours please visit

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Centor wins Gold German Design Award distinction

World’s first Integrated Doors receive international recognition for excellence


ollowing its international ly respected Red Dot Design Award win a year ago, Centor is celebrating again after taking Gold in the prestigious German Design Award 2017 competition. Centor’s pioneering Integrated Doors competed against 118 other entries in the Building & Elements division to be awarded a distinction for outstanding design quality and declared ‘best in category’. Bestowed by the German Design Council, the German Design Award is an influential accolade that identifies and presents unique design trends. It is only open to entries nominated by the German Design Council or one of its foundation members. An esteemed jury of 48 international experts ensures that prizes are exclusively awarded to projects


that truly represent groundbreaking contributions to the international design landscape. A total of 1,988 products were nominated for a German Design Award 2017 and the inventive features of Centor’s Integrated 205 Folding Door were deemed to embody exceptional product design quality. Andrej Kupetz, managing director of the German Design Council, said: “The German Design Award is one of the best-known design competitions in the world. Anyone who manages to stand out against the extremely high level of competition has successfully proved themselves to be among the best.” Launched in 2013, Centor Integrated Doors enable homeowners to enjoy all the benefits of inside-outside living, without the compromises. Innovative built-in screens and

shades control sunlight, insects and privacy, providing unprecedented versatility all year round. The seamless aesthetics of Integrated Doors result from cuttingedge design, offering contemporary styling with hinges and locks hidden from view. Thanks to Centor’s cleverly engineered hardware, the doors provide an elegant user experience every time with smooth and reliable fingertip operation. Centor’s Group Manager of Product & Engineering, David Chappell, explained: “With our Integrated Doors, we set out to challenge all aspects of what is typically known as a door today. Each element is designed to work together seamlessly, in a way that had not previously been possible in one system. Winning this Gold award for design excellence gives us the confidence to continue to strive for the best.” Nigel Spork, Centor’s Managing Director, added: “As homeowners increasingly desire to connect with the world beyond their walls, I am delighted that we can provide them with a way to create inside-outside living without the compromises.” Centor will receive its Gold award at the German Design Award 2017 ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany, on 10 February 2017. Winning products will also be showcased as part of the concurrently running Ambiente 2017 trade fair in the city, which is visited by 140,000 design professionals every year.



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As the industry starts the countdown to the furniture event of the year – The January Furniture Show 2017 (JFS) – visitors can expect bigger and better as organisers announce a raft of new names, a partnership with the Society of British Interior Designers, a collaboration with the Great Hospitality Show and a designated new exhibitor zone. Making a welcome return to the show after 16 years, Michael Tyler is the latest high profile name to join the impressive line-up alongside new sign ups Premier Housewares, Celio Furniture, Lifestyle Europe and Gwinner. The next show will also see a partnership with the Society of British Interior Designers (SBID) to host a members area in Hall 2, and a collaboration with the Great Hospitality Show taking place in Hall 9 (23-25 January) – this will allow visitors dual registration so that they only have to sign up once and offers a free shuttle bus in between the halls. Said Laraine Janes of the January Furniture Show: “We are delighted that SBID is involved in the show and creating a designated lounge area for interior designers. It will give them the opportunity to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the show.” The four-day trade show which runs from Sunday 22 until Wednesday 25 January is a must attend event for designers and architects. It gives visitors the first opportunity of the year to see the best of the best in cabinet furniture, upholstery and beds to soft furnishings, flooring and giftware. Said Steve Smedley, managing director of Michael Tyler: “The last time we exhibited at the NEC in January was 2001 but we feel the time is right for us to exhibit once again. The new show offers an ideal opportunity to present our latest collection to a wide audience including designers and architects.

“Exhibiting at trade shows is becoming increasingly important as retailers have less time to leave their stores and visit individual manufacturer’s showrooms.” The next show will also see a dedicated exhibitor zone for smaller companies featuring in Hall 3 along with the return of the Flooring Showcase with companies such as Westex, Edel Telenzo, Victoria Carpets and Think Rugs. The fabric area will, once again, take place in Hall 1 with Kobe, Swaffer, The Isle Mill, Ian Mankin Fabrics, Essente, Barker & Barker and Titley & Marr. Laraine, said: “The show provides designers and architects the opportunity to get ahead of the game by seeing the up and coming trends in one go, under one roof. With a high calibre of exhibitors for 2017, and with the show being bigger than ever before, there will be an array of inspiration from the many beautiful stands, product designs and concepts.”


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With over 450 confirmed exhibitors, other ‘must-see’ stands include the collaboration between Whitemeadow and Content by Terence Conran which will be launched at the show. The new Plus Collection harnesses the design and fabric flair of the Conran team with the commerciality of the Whitemeadow organisation. Four new models will be unveiled at the show which are designed to complement the cabinet ranges from Conran. A new sign up for 2017 is Ekornes – one of the largest furniture manufacturers in the Nordic region. This will be the first time it has exhibited at the show since 2009 and it is looking forward to exhibiting its Stressless range of swivel and recliner chairs and sofas. Leading producer of foam mattresses and pillows, Mlily, has recently announced a world exclusive deal with Manchester United to be its first official mattress and pillow partner. The five-year deal will see Mlily support the club in focusing on the sleep and recovery of its players. It will be showcasing its latest ranges, and will host a special guest from Manchester United on the stand. Abode, the brain child of David Langford and David Imrie brings together years of experience and a unique understanding of the Vietnamese furniture industry and UK trends. Three new collections of upholstery and cabinets are being launched from three new to the UK, factories. Arreda is a collection of shabby chic, casual loose cover upholstery

combining fabulous comfort with a lush modern twist; Ikon features nine dining and occasional ranges in a variety of timbers with a casual, modern style; and Casarredo combines contemporary soft cover and leather upholstery with real style and great value. Established in 1908, Cintique uses top quality materials and the highest levels of craftsmanship in all its UK manufactured products. Visitors can expect to see an exciting new collection as well as new models and fabrics on existing ranges. Furmanac will offer a one stop shop for luxurious, handmade adjustable beds, lift and recline chairs, divans, mattresses, upholstered bedframes and matching occasional furniture. Bringing renaissance, art deco, art nouveau, and retro to the show, Eco Furniture is a fast growing importer and distributor providing a comprehensive range of mirrored furniture and accessories to a wide customer base. It is dedicated to supplying the highest quality products at competitive prices. Building on the success of the Coco and Gabrielle ranges, Duresta has launched the Hermitage and Albert as further extensions to the International Luxury collection. Continuing the Monaco Apparel theme that draws inspiration from the people, places and fashion of the French Riviera the new ranges exude elegance and unrivalled comfort, combined with classic detailing and elegant proportions.


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- Pip 3 Seater Sofa Floss Mocha Lifestyle G Plan Upholstery will be exhibiting two new models at the show designed for contemporary, easy living. Featuring G Plan SnugSit - a unique blend of foam, memory foam, a feather quilt and fibre topper – the ranges offer soft fabrics with a calming colour palette of muted grey, lavender, blush pink and warm mocha. As the Parker Knoll brand continues to grow, it remains committed to designing and developing collections in line with the changing market place and latest consumer trends – while providing the ultimate in comfort. At the 2017 show, it will be launching a brand new collection, honing in on its commitment to continuous innovation, and market leading design. Collins & Hayes was proud to be a runner up and highly commended for its Brooke sofa range in the Furniture Awards 2016 Upper Level category at last year’s show. For 2017 it will be introducing brand new, innovative designs with huge emphasis on comfort and a natural fibre fabric collection. As one of the largest business to business suppliers of furniture, lighting and giftware, Pacific Lifestyle, will be showcasing its five current trends: Berlin, Harmonie,

Urban Jungle, Henley and Elgin Estate. Berlin focuses on the reclaimed, distressed look; Harmonie features chalky pastels offering a calming soft appearance; Urban Jungle celebrates the tropical world with vibrant colours and globally-inspired style; Henley taps into the coastal theme with sandy, driftwood tones and classic whites; and Elgin Estate channels the outdoors through colour aiming to create a log-cabin hideaway look. Think Rugs will be launching its new designer ranges at JFS, including an exclusive range from Michelle Collins and new ranges from previous designers Fiona Howard and Inaluxe and Bluebone will be showcasing unique twists on mid-century design and elegant minimalism inspired by the birdcage look and more. Said Laraine: “It really is a ‘must attend’ event. There’s been a trade furniture exhibition in January at the NEC for the past 26 years, and it continues to be the right venue at the right time for exhibitors, retailers, designers and specifiers. It offers excellent transport links, countrywide connectivity and suitability plus the new Resorts World which opened last year. We’re delighted with the significant growth in exhibitor sign-ups for 2017 and with new partnerships such as SBID, 2017 is set to be bigger and better.”

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he construction insurance specialist was selected by Berkshire Homes to work with them on the restoration of Holme Hall Manor in Cliviger which dates back to the 1700s.

Harrison Kiely, sales and marketing manager for Berkshire Homes, said: “In the past we have worked with other warranty providers who are known to be notoriously difficult when working on old historic buildings.

A family home for more than 200 years, the building has also been a retirement home and nightclub in recent years before it was gutted in an arson attack in 2004. The southern elevation, along with many of the original period features were destroyed.

“We approached CRL having not worked with them previously and they couldn’t have been more helpful. They simplified everything.

Holme Hall Manor stood empty and derelict for more than 10 years before being bought at auction by Berkshire Homes. The heritage site has now been transformed into 10 one and two-bedroom apartments with impressive views over the Cliviger Valley and a wealth of character. CRL was appointed at the beginning of the project to source a 10-year warranty certification to protect against any future structural issues.


“They found us the best warranty for our build, worked around the Heritage England requirements, arranged for the surveyor to come to site and promptly issued the warranties once the build was complete.” CRL were able to take the complexities of the build and assist Berkshire Homes in arranging appropriate cover that suited their requirements, allowing them to focus on this unusual restoration.

On completion of the build the 10-year structural defects insurance warranties were passed on to the new individual owners of the apartments. Harrison said: “Without a doubt we will use CRL on all of our developments going forward. They made the whole process so easy.” James Topping, a Customer Relationship Manager at CRL, said: “Our flexible solution of arranging the policy allowed plans for Holme Hall Manor to progress with the assurance of a warranty for the potential purchasing residents.

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

for 17th century manor Lancashire Holme Hall selected by CRL for its Venturous Builds campaign “Our flexible approach meant that we could offer them a product that ticked all the boxes and pass this on to their buyers. I have since visited the finished site and the quality and workmanship is incredible and a credit to Berkshire Homes.” Family-run Berkshire Homes started out in 2012 building two homes in Bolton and has since gone from strength to strength with further developments underway in Whitefield, Kendal and Rawtenstall. The company which specialises in homes for first time buyers aims to develop 100 units in the next 12 months.

In a nod to the stunning transformation of Holme Hall Manor, CRL chose the property as one of three winners of its Venturous Builds campaign. The inspiring new web series, which can be viewed on CRL’s website, is showcasing Britain’s inspiring self-builders and their construction achievements. The short films charting each of the builds are currently being rolled out on CRL’s website. Berkshire Homes was selected by the structural defects insurance specialist as being truly venturous of spirit, after the developer was advised to walk away from the delipidated ruin of a building. But with grit, determination and a passion to restore the building to its former glory the team defied the odds and succeeded in their goal. Commenting on the win, Harrison said: “Holme Hall has been an incredible project. It was previously owned by four experienced property developers who gave up on restoring this ruin. Our appointed surveyors advised us to put this property back in the auction and cut our losses because it would take us more than two years to complete and we would lose money.

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

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


Urban Front Urban Front design and make hardwood contemporary front, internal and garage doors with steel reinforcement. We specialise in oversized and flush doors. Handmade in Great Britain, delivered internationally.

With a wide choice of front, internal and garage doors to choose from, Urban Front offers high performance, functional style and individual design. Our doors are made in our own workshops in the UK and are shipped all over the world. We work very closely with architects and designers to achieve flexible design including flush doorsets, oversized doors up to 1.5m wide x 3m high, fully glazed doorsets and doors suitable for large and small developments. Our doors can be ordered to work with home automation, fitted into glass curtain walling and can be finished in a variety of hardwoods, RAL colours or metal finishes like Bronze. All of our designs are unique and design registered in the UK and Europe. In the past year, we have passed vigorous security testing and are due to complete our full certification shortly for use within commercial and domestic settings. Our doors are used on schools, hospitals and apartment building main entrances, on dental surgeries and hairdressers and restaurants. We are however most known for the use of our doors for private residences and homes.

We have various designs and types of doors that might suit the project you areworking on please see below for details: Front Doors Our front doors are available as E80 hinged, E80 pivot and E98 Passiv with Uvalues as low as 0.89UV with steel reinforcement for stability, 5point locking as standard for security and double weather sealing for weathering Garage Doors Our garage doors come in various systems including Side Hung, Counter balance, Up and Over and 2 by 2 Folding with automation, and match our front door range. Garage doors are available in sizes up to 2.4m x 7m wide depending on the application. Internal Doors Our internal doors are available hinged, pivoted, sliding or bifold. They match all of the other doors we offer and come in a variety of finishes in addition to FD30 and FD60 and in oversized sizes up to 1.5m wide x 3.2m tall. RIBA certified CPD are available in addition to workshop tours please email for details. For any design advice or further information, please do give us a call on 01494778787 or email


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Decorative Surfaces company of the year


MAKES A BIG IMPRESSION James Latham is seeing the popularity of Xylocleaf - the innovative and highly textured range of premium Thermo Structured Surface (TSS) decors which offers a variety of wood grains, linens and other unique materials – soar within the A&D sector.


nlike anything else on the UK market, XyloCleaf is a highly original and exclusive range of decors which are created using a unique process of thermal fusing in which decorative papers are treated with melamine resins, that under heat and pressure become part of the panel itself, hence the term Thermo Structured Surface. This process provides not only a stunning end result, but also a product that is strong, durable and highly scratch and chemical resistant, meaning that as well as looking great, it will stand up to the toughest of challenges when used in high traffic areas. The sensational and inspiring XyloCleaf collection is perfectly suited to premium design schemes within the retail sector and is perfect for furniture, fixtures and wall panelling. In addition, it is also popular for high-end commercial, leisure and hotel specifications.

The deep textures and intricate detail of XyloCleaf makes it difficult to distinguish from the real material it is designed to mimic and the portfolio includes 60 different colours and patterns, all of which come with ABS edging as standard. Plus, it is also available as HPL in 16 decors. Paul Morson, James Latham’s Group Product Champion for Melamine said, ”XyloCleaf represents a new generation of panel product and one which offers extraordinary potential, delivering a complete solution of innovative products to suit all retail decorative tastes, trends and applications and it has quickly become a real success story for Lathams.” XyloCleaf is available nationwide and directly from stock through James Latham and is supplied in panel sizes of 2800 x 2070 x 18mm. For more information on Latham’s full range of surface materials: phone 0116 257 3415, e-mail or visit


Heating & Ventilation company of the year


CONTINUOUS FLOW UP TO 7% MORE COST EFFECTIVE AECOM, a major global player in the building engineering services consultancy arena, has concluded a report showing that continuous flow water heating systems have a clear advantage in terms of initial capital costs as well as life cycle costs over 20 years, when compared with stored hot water systems*. The study** shows that continuous flow water heating systems can be up to 7% more economical than equivalent ‘traditional’ stored hot water systems. AECOM was commissioned to carry out a life cycle study on continuous flow water heating systems, and to provide a comparison with conventional storage systems. Two case studies were provided that are based on projects using continuous flow water heating systems. AECOM then determined an equivalent storage based system for each case study


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

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

Heating & VentILation company of the year

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

Direct fired storage systems

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

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

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

For more information on the RINNAI product range of high efficiency condensing continuous flow hot water heating units and systems visit •27•

The only product with BBA and NHBC approval to guarantee clean, mortar and moisture-free 25mm clear cavities!

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

Insulation Options using SureCav25 Brick or stone outer leaf - lightweight block inner leaf (0.15) plus 3mm skim on 12mm plasterboard

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Example: 100mm overall cavity width 75mm insulation 25mm SureCav25 “U” value as low as 0.18 W/m2K 75mm insulation SureCav25 25mm cavity board Natural stone or other masonry with no backing block! SureCav25 shown with block inner leaf

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Forms a 25mm clear cavity Space for extra insulation Helps to lower U-Values

Semi-dry stone walling on SureCav® cavity spacer system.

The “wall” of plastic, formed by the SureCav25 panels shields the cavity and inner leaf from water ingress. The unique shape of the pods directs any moisture to the outer leaf, thus protecting the fabric of the building. SureCav25 is proving to be an essential construction element in all exposure zones, including severe.

Example: 100mm overall cavity width 75mm insulation 25mm SureCav25 (clear cavity) U-Value as low as 0.18 W/m2K

SureCav25 25mm cavity board

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

CAVITY WALL PROTECTION …BY DESIGN! SureCav® is a registered trademark of SureCav Limited

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Lifts, Stairs & Balustrades company of the year

2016 - A YEAR OF MANY LIFTS! 2016 has been a year of many interesting lift installations for Invalifts. As the year draws to a close, let’s take a look at some of the unusual places that Invalifts has installed lifts in over the year.


he story starts in the Cors Dyfi Reserve near Machynlleth on the west coast of mid Wales. This is the location of the The Dyfi Osprey Project, a Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust flagship project. The project started with the aim of supporting and conserving the osprey population in Wales. There is a visitor centre located onsite to allow the general public a chance to see these rare birds in their natural habitat. In order for the project to be accessible by all, the two floor centre decided that a platform lift would allow wheelchair access to the upper floor of the centre. They set up a camera and lift appeal to help raise money for the project. In 2016, a grant was awarded that helped cover the cost of the lift and installation. Invalifts was chosen to supply and install the lift, as their MC2000 Platform Lift was available with a glazed shaft at the upper level to maximise light and allow views of the beautiful scenery. Invalifts co-ordinated the installation of the lift with the centre so that the lift would be installed before the return of the ospreys. The Dyfi Osprey Project was thrilled with the results, describing the ability to see Monty the Osprey for the first time in the feather as ‘Priceless!’. •30•


ur story continues at Halfpenny Green Vineyards, a few miles West of Dudley, where 30 acres of vines are managed by Martin, producing award-winning wines crafted by his son Clive. When the Vineyard was thinking of expanding the

shop area of the business, Invalifts were called in to offer expert advice on how disabled access could be fully achieved. The main issue was a significant floor level discrepancy between the new area and the older shop area and the new area was also to have an upper floor accessed by new stairs.

Lifts, Stairs & Balustrades company of the year Invalifts recommended the MC2000 platform lift with an open through configuration. To let as much light pass into the shop they offered a partially glazed shaft and glazed doors. The whole unit was mounted directly on to the concrete floor and a small chequer plate ramp was fitted at the lower ground floor door in lieu of the 60mm pit. The whole installation took just 3 days to complete. The final product blends beautifully with the new overall decoration, helping to bridge the new with the old. The use of glass has let light come into the area and has ensured that older beams are not hidden but rather shown and highlight the architecture of the original building. The new lift is used by the disabled, elderly and parents with push chairs to gain access to all levels of the shop.


inally, we’ll travel to the disused central dry dock in Hull, which has undergone a spectacular transformation into a major outdoor amphitheatre taking centre stage in Hull’s revitalised cultural quarter. The 350 seat outdoor venue required a platform lift to enable wheelchair access from the upper to lower levels. Invalifts supplied and installed their InvaEuro external platform lift, as the larger platform size of 1600mm x 1000mm allowed additional flexibility. The lift was supplied with an open-through configuration and a glazed shaft to complement the open air feel of the site. The lift shaft was finished in a goose grey colour to match with general colour scheme of balustrade, and is now ready for Hull to start it’s reign as UK City of Culture 2017. We can’t wait to see where 2017 will take us! To find out more about platform lifts, you can give Invalifts a call on 0845 468 2543 and speak to one of their friendly experts, or visit their website at


Bathrooms & washrooms company of the year

JIS Europe With the current growing demand for larger rails, with their higher heat output and increased practicability, JIS Europe are proud to present the Beacon rail within its Sussex Range of Towel Rails. Standing at 1650mm high and available in 3 widths, 400mm, 520mm and 620mm the Beacon is as always manufactured from 100% Stainless Steel. Available in central heating, electric only and duel fuel format across the range, it is a high output rail with BTU’s of 2700BTU at 400mm wide, 2932BTU at 520mm wide and 3120BTU at 620mm wide. The rails are available in both a highly polished and satin finish. Additional Shelf Hangers are available as well as a wide range of valves to further enhance the product.The recommended retail pricing for the Beacon rails is as follows: Beacon 400 £489.95 ex Vat; Beacon 520 £539.95 ex VAT and Beacon 620 £589.95 ex VAT. All of the Sussex Range of Towel Rails are manufactured from 100% stainless steel, as well as being the ecologically sound choice, the rails will not rust flake or corrode and are able to be utilised in all systems including open. All rails are available from stock and all orders placed before midday are dispatched same day on a 24hour delivery service. Should you wish any further details please do not hesitate to contact us on 01444 831200 or visit our website

Doors & windows company of the year

The Telguard range of telephone, GSM, and soon to be released, SIP based intercom systems are suitable for new build or retro fit. Designed, developed and manufactured in the UK since 1992 we have provided entry solutions for thousands of projects nationally and overseas. The telephone based system plugs in to a standard analogue telephone socket or phone system extension and the GSM system requires a SIM card. The SIP product requires a Broadband connection and a link to the LAN or local Wi-Fi. The only other requirement is for local power and the intercom can be installed. Installation is not disruptive as the installation takes place at the entrance to be controlled and there is no need to put handsets into flats or houses as they are already in place – their own telephone or mobile. The telephone numbers of the apartments/ houses/businesses are programmed into the intercom system with any access codes required and the system is ready for use. A visitor enters the flat or house number into the intercom via the keypad and then presses the ‘CALL’ button. The receiver of the call picks the telephone and can speak to the visitor and allow access by pressing a digit on their telephone keypad. This sends a signal to the intercom that activates the door lock or entrance gate and the visitor is able to gain access. If the receiver of the call does not want to grant access they simply put their phone down to end the call. If the resident is out, the system is able to divert the call to up to 8 follow on numbers. This could be to a mobile phone or even a Call Centre where access may be granted from. Telguard benefits from an internal battery backed time clock which enables timed access PINs, timed number divert, disable the system to prevent unsociable calls, timed trade access via a ‘Trade’ button or PIN and a number of other timed features. This facility also updates from BST to GMT as required, again removing the need for a site visit. Any alterations required to telephone numbers or PIN codes can be actioned by the system installer and can be carried out remotely reducing the need for on-site attendance.


The Activity Logs provide a record of every function that the system performs backed up with accurate time and date information. The Logs also provide a ‘Dashboard’ to the installer providing operational information ie. Voltage, temperature. The Telguard system is not only quick to install compared with hard-wired systems but also extremely flexible. Calls can be answered on cordless telephones making it possible for users to answer entrance requests while going about day to day business or it is possible for a mobile phone to be called for access requests. We are able to provide systems with backlit keypads and buttons, integrated proximity access and video. The video picture can go to a dedicated monitor or into the communal TV aerial for viewing on any television in the premise. DDA systems are available with large halo illuminated Braille buttons with big letter, easy to read displays and audio and visual call progress indication. Bespoke applications are also undertaken making it possible to provide almost any style or shape of system. It may be that we have to provide a system to replace an existing installation so we are able to manufacture our panel to fit the aperture of an old, non functional system. We are able to manufacture systems in different finishes and colour schemes, we powder coat stainless steel so as to not impact on the vandal resistance of the panel.. As advances in technology arrive in to the public domain, we are always in a prime position to make the most of these advances thanks to our in-house development team. We are also able to engineer modifications to software and hardware should a specific requirement be requested. Our systems carry a 2 year return to manufacturer warranty which can also be extended.


Tel : + 44(0)1306 710120 F ax : + 44(0)1306 713769 E m ai l : s al es @t el guard. c o. uk

Telephone based entry systems using your existing phone. .

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The ABS T-Bespoke is a high gloss black finish with a backlit silicone keypad. The backlight colour can be changed on site and remotely to 7 different colours! It looks contemporary and is extremely low profile and durable. This system is available with 1 call button and a keypad for coded access with 400 codes. The surface back box is matt black and the system connects to a Hub via a single CAT5. The platform can either be GSM or Landline, whichever suits you best! This product benefits from all of the standard features – well we call them standard! This includes forward dialling up to 8 numbers, a battery backed time clock, 9 timed profiles allowing calls to be sent elsewhere at a certain time and date, automatic daylight saving (BST/GMT) and automatic dimming of the keypad. You can even receive a text from the Telguard to inform you that a door has been opened or somebody has activated a passive device at night! (GSM Only) This product will certainly set you apart from the rest of the houses in the your area! And as ever you benefit from proven Telguard reliability and quality associated with British engineering.

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Home Equipment company of the year

Technogym Stylish motivation to exercise at home Founded in 1983, Technogym is a world-leading, international supplier of technology and design-driven gym equipment. Technogym’s highly desirable home equipment is created to compliment beautiful interior design and architecture whilst supporting the end-user through their workout.


s an Italian company, quality and design are at the forefront of Technogym’s equipment backed by the deep founded belief that Wellness spaces should complement rather than detract from the design of a building, be it a home, gym, hotel or spa. Technogym’s iconic Personal Line reflects this sentiment: an award-winning collection of sophisticated exercise equipment, created using luxurious materials and the finest craftsmanship, designed for places where people can live in total harmony with the Wellness lifestyle. Taking inspiration from nature and science, Personal Line’s stylish designs are born from a collaboration between Technogym, with its three-decades of research experience in developing fitness and Wellness products, and world-renowned furniture designer and architect Antonio Citterio. The range gives a superior workout feel and technology to inspire and motivate, and comprises of five products: a treadmill; cross trainer; stationary bicycle; weights rack and bench; and an all-body Kinesis training system, completely unique to Technogym. The latest addition to the Personal Line is Power Personal, the designer strength training solution for the home, the first of its kind. The multifaceted attractive adjustable bench and rack are ideal for those who enjoy resistance training – excellent for building muscle and strength, as well as aiding injury prevention. The product also benefits from a virtual personal trainer through the rich library of training programmes and over 300 exercise suggestions available on the Technogym App. The three pieces of cardio equipment feature Technogym’s market-leading UNITY console. Using this full glass large HD-ready touchscreen

a user has everything they want at their fingertips: they can browse the internet, watch live TV or their favourite shows on Netflix, enjoy virtual outdoor routes or catch up with friends and family on Skype. Technogym’s ergonomically designed stationary bicycle, Recline Personal, received the 2012 ‘Best of the Best’ Red Dot Design Award. The recumbent bike allows the user to exercise in style and comfort with the inclusion of an ergonomic Vitra seat. The range’s cross trainer, Cross Personal, is equipped with the latest in entertainment system and high-performance Treble Dolby Surround tweeter speakers creating a multi-sensory experience for the user. Similarly to the rest of the collection, no detail has been missed from Run Personal. This treadmill features a specially adapted, shock absorbing running surface to reduce impact and improve user comfort. With over 30 years of knowledge in commercial gym equipment Technogym’s home equipment is trusted by over 200,000 private home owners worldwide. More than 35 million people regularly exercise on Technogym equipment, including some of the world’s most elite athletes and teams such as Chelsea FC, McLaren, Ferrari and AC Milan cementing them as a leader in the field. Technogym’s revered quality is reflected in its repeated appointment as official supplier to the last six editions of the Olympic Games, from Sydney 2000 through to Rio 2016. For more information about Technogym’s equipment and Wellness solutions visit or call a Wellness Consultant on 0800 316 2496.


Glass & Glazing company of the year


he conversion of the attic presented the architects with a number of challenges, primarily the need to be sensitive to the character of this conservation area and the requirement to respect the stringent planning restrictions governing the roofline. In addition, the attic itself had an exceptionally low ceiling height of just 2.1 metres, as well as a sloping aspect. Azman Architects’ design for this conversion skillfully optimized the limited space to accommodate a generous ensuite bathroom and an attractive master bedroom. Birch-faced plywood used extensively on the walls, ceiling and bathroom joinery not only lent an elegant and harmonious feel to this contemporary attic conversion, but also helped to subtly set it apart from the main living area of the apartment below. The walk-in shower and sanitary ware were installed below the sloping roof, which incorporated two in-plane rooflights. The bathtub was cleverly accommodated by means of a space-saving box design built onto the birch veneered partition wall, into which a sliding door was integrated, opening out onto the master bedroom. White lacquered fitted wardrobes keep the bedroom uncluttered and bright, whilst the bed, situated to the reverse of the partition wall, faces out onto the newly created outdoor space. The decked terrace offers the clients the opportunity to enjoy the impressive views over the surrounding area throughout the day and evening. Mindful of the need to maintain the roofline, free of any bulky external casing, and yet keen to make the master bedroom feel light and airy, Azman Architects incorporated two large skylights into the roof. Glazing Vision’s Flushglaze flat rooflights, one single unit and one modular unit in two sections were specified for these skylights and were both precision engineered to fit. Their


Loft conversion to increase living space in London apartment Having purchased an apartment in the conservation area of Barnsbury Square, North London, the clients were seeking to add a master bedroom and en-suite bathroom, and to create an outdoor space where they could enjoy the rooftop views. They enlisted the services of Azman Architects, with whom they had already worked on two previous properties. minimalist external finish ensured that the external aspect of the roof remained unchanged and thus adhered to the local planning restrictions. The lack of any external cladding meant that dirt would also not be trapped above the rooflights, which was seen as an important additional benefit. Critically Glazing Vision’s Flushglaze fixed rooflights, ensured that far from negatively impacting on the low ceiling, the room height was actually maximized and the natural light falling into the master bedroom and stairwell thereby optimized. Azman Architects have succeeded in realising the full potential of the original attic. The space now provides the clients with a modern and spacious bedroom complete with a stylish ensuite bathroom and a beautiful outdoor space, whilst the value of the property in this much sought-after location has been significantly enhanced. To find out more about how to unlock light, air and space in your project please call our technical specification team on 01379 353 741 or request a CPD.

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Coatings, Sealants & Paints company the year

There is no doubt that winter is well and truly here. However, dark nights are a great excuse to brighten up those rooms that may get a bit less attention than others. Your bathroom, is one of the most used rooms in your home and also the one that has to deal with moisture on a regular basis. The presence of moisture can have a far- reaching effects on the longevity of the bathroom area and its immediate surrounding rooms, as well as adverse effects on the health of the people using the bathroom.


ne of the biggest problems your bathroom faces is the high humidity levels. Humidity is simply the amount of water vapour in the air and warm air holds more humidity than cold air. The adverse effect in your bathroom is caused by the presence of microbial hazards that grow in damp and dark areas. This is more likely in poorly designed bathrooms or those sealed with cheap sealants. We can’t help with the bathroom design, but we can provide you with a product that will help eliminate the growth of mould and reduce the health hazards. GRAFT BATHROOM & KITCHEN SEALANT has a 25 year mould free guarantee, is CE Marked for sanitary applications, is solvent free, paintable and free from volatile organic compounds. Achieve the perfect finish with the perfect bathroom and kitchen sealant, GRAFT BATHROOM & KITCHEN SEALANT will not let you down. Product Benefits: • • • • • • •


For more information on GRAFT and its range of products please contact: Olando Salina Tel: 44 (0) 7551154480 Email: |






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Signs & Displays company of the year

Architects and Sign Professionals

a prolific relationship At the onset of every construction project, several professionals must cooperate to ensure the project is carried out successfully from paper to practice. Architects, civil engineers, construction consultants, concrete engineers, electric engineers, systems engineers and so forth are prerequisites. But what does a signage professional have to do with construction, you may ask?


ell, any project, be it industrial construction or a residential project, requires way-finding signage at the finishing stage. It is not over until all finishing touches, internally and externally, are completed - including landscaping and signage. Without proper orientation in the space; without proper direction, the project is nothing but a white elephant. While the architect provides the design with proper arrangements for ventilation, lighting, rooms and facilities, land utilization etc., signage professionals contribute from their own experience by way of realizing the way-finding needs and requirements of a particular project, while conceptualizing the right solutions for each space and their functionality. Together, they can create a vision of utilitarian beauty. Often enough, in construction projects, unrealistic remarks are made by patrons: “We will deal with signage at the end of the project” or “The building is not standing yet, why should I bother about signs right now?” The truth is quite the opposite. Any collaboration between architects and sign professionals should start on day one. It must be a part of the overall design and budget structure. Architects and contractors must incorporate the signage requirements into the blueprints and create a strong bond with a signage professional that can provide solutions for the entire project. During the past two decades, Vista System meticulously cultivated and encouraged this unique relationship between its direct clients: sign professionals and decision makers: architects and construction companies. Creating understanding about the ever-increasing way-finding solutions and providing samples and marketing tools to both are at the heart of Vista System’s vision. The Architects’ Kit, encompassing the key systems, is just another link in the chain.


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Creating the perfect winter garden wonderland as some can grow up to 80 feet tall. For a festive touch in your garden, why not opt for a holly tree. Make sure that you get a male bush are these are the ones that produce those signature red berries. For those who do not have the space for a Holly tree, Cotoneaster horizontalis or Pyracantha are a great choice for adding a pop of colour to the garden. The winter scent While the inside of the house smells of cinnamon, spices and oranges to evoke the festive spirit, the garden is largely forgotten, but there are various ways of creating the sweet smell of winter in the garden with scented flowers.


our garden doesn’t have to be a no go area in the winter months, in fact with a little planning and creativity you can create your own winter garden wonderland that the whole family can enjoy. Garden specialists Oeco Garden Rooms have had many years of experience creating bespoke garden sanctuaries that can be used all year round and give us their tips on creating the perfect winter garden wonderland. Garden Layout Having the right garden layout from the get go is the most important thing, not only for the summer months when the flowers are in bloom but also the winter as the plants start to die off; this is where you will see the bare bones of the garden and if it is not laid out properly it can look gloomy and untidy. Wall gardens, hedges and raised flower beds are all great ways of adding structure to the garden, providing designated areas for different activities and can be repurposed for different times of the year.


Planting Witch Hazel is a great choice to add a wintery scent to the garden; its large yellow flowers release a delicious scent of liquorice into the air. Adding seasonal colours to your garden During the summer months flowers explode in an array of bright and colourful blooms, but that doesn’t mean that your winter garden can’t be extraordinarily beautiful too! Adding seasonal colours such as red and white will make the garden more inviting and flowers such as Hellebores are a great choice. These flowers, sometimes known as the Christmas rose are pastel pink and white in colour and produce big leaves that fill the space in the garden. They flower for a long time as well, generally lasting between late winter and early spring. Another white flower to consider is Clematis Jingle Bells; these flowers have a bold white colour and typically flower from December to January. Clematis Jingle Bells will need some pruning to keep the size down as they can grow up to five metres high. Fir trees are the quintessential winter wonderland accessory especially when it snows; they are evergreen and require very little maintenance, but be sure to choose a small species of fir tree

Winter honeysuckle is also a good choice, producing a lemony-fresh scent. For those who want an evergreen shrub that has little maintenance then Sarcococca is the perfect fit. Commonly known as the Christmas Box or Sweet Box, Sarcococca produces small white flowers with a lush, leathery foliage and best of all it exudes a fragrant honey scent during the winter. Decorate your wonderland Your winter garden wonderland wouldn’t be complete without some decoration. Fairy lights and lanterns are a great way of creating light in an outdoor space and can be hung on trees, draped over bushes or hung from outdoor structures like sheds, garden rooms and decking. For those on a budget, there are plenty of things to do that won’t cost a lot of money including tying festive ribbons to tree branches, hanging wreaths around the garden and decorating trees with baubles and tinsel.

Build a Fire Pit Many people give the garden a miss during the winter months because of the cold, but adding a heat source is easy and cheap and provides an outdoor space that can be used all year round. Patio heaters and chimera’s are a great way of adding heat to the garden, and building your own fire pit is a cheap way for the whole family to gather around and enjoy. Attract Robins to your garden If there is one bird that evokes a winter wonderland, then it’s a robin redbreast. These majestic birds are strongly associated with Christmas, taking a starring role in many festive cards since the mid-19th century. Robins will often come when other birds are around, so make sure that you put plenty of food out for all the birds. Black sunflower seeds and seed balls are great for attracting various species of birds, but be sure to avoid dried lentils as only certain birds can eat them. Robins are also fond of crushed nuts so placing some on a bird table is sure to get them knocking.

Air Tight Timber Frames Introducing the latest innovation from leading construction connector manufacturer Simpson Strong-Tie; the timber frame panel closer, or TFPC. This useful connector provides the quickest and most accurate way of drawing together timber frame panels and eliminating gaps – and that’s important, because those gaps contribute to air leakage and insulation issues.


The TFPC features an angled plate which guides a structural screw (included) into the adjacent timber frame panels at precisely the angle necessary to pull them together to form an air tight bond, with the added benefit that it won’t damage the substrate. The special design of the screw cinches the panels together and gives 3kN of shear capacity – keeping them that way. Simpson Strong-Tie Timber Frame expert Fraser Pilkington explains: “It seems such a simple solution, but we put a great deal of thought into making it easy to use, with no room for error. The combination of the guide plate and screw achieves exactly that”. The TPFC is supplied as a kit, which includes the guide plate, structural screw and two square twist nails. Search TFPC at for a demonstration video as well as performance data and installation advice.




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




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

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

Lakes Bathrooms launches ultra-clear PureVueHD glass without charge


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

Green is so last year

Standard glass has a green tinge

PureVueHD glass is optically superior and ultra-clear

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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Elite Outdoor Living Create Spectacular Spa Decking Area Overlooking the Beautiful Worcestershire Countryside One of our recent clients required a complete decking and balustrade system to integrate with two spa pools, a large seating area, and a large expanse of lawn. They owned an existing traditional timber deck and balustrade but this had become tired and dated over the years despite regular maintenance and treatment. One of the main drivers for our client’s renovation was the amount of space they had available to extend their outdoor living areas and the potential to spend more time entertaining family and friends. five metres without supports and offers 100 per cent moisture resistance for vastly superior durability and dimensional stability. They also recommended RESORTDECK as the perfect decking solution for the most natural aesthetics, greatest durability, and because of the incorporated spa pool areas, the greatest slip resistance.

At Consultation, our experts advised that two QWICKBUILD frames would make for much easier installation over timber piles given the complexity of the project at hand. QWICKBUILD is an extremely versatile sub-frame system which spans


Furthermore, we were able to save costs for our client by modifying part of the existing timber frame and strengthening it by adjusting the joist centres to the best positions. Therefore, this part of sub-frame could still be used for the new RESORTDECK and frameless glass balustrade installation. Our frameless mini-post balustrade system was chosen as the most economical solution for ensuring unobstructed views which was high on the design’s priorities. Installation

involved dismantling of the existing wooden balustrade and deck and manufacturing our QWICKBUILD aluminium frame as made-to-measure sections prior to being on site, saving time and money on installation for the client. This along with the unmatched dimensional stability and durability over the coming years has made QWICKBUILD a real winner for our client. The first decking system to eliminate screws for fastening the boards to the frame, when used with RESORTDECK, QWICKBUILD has proven popular with architects, specifiers, and home DIY enthusiasts alike. For more details on QWICKBUILD and RESORTDECK, visit us at or call 01254 825594.


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

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

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

We also offer service agreements, our service agreements not only provide excellent maintenance for our systems, but we also service a variety of our competitor’s treatment plants.

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Zespoke is a designer furniture company based in Northern Ireland that has its roots in traditional furniture making techniques but with a very retro twist on the design to create something truly unique. Everything is hand-made-to-order in our UK workshop, so it is very rare that any of our customers end up with the same table as anyone else. This is what makes us truly unique. With a wide range of products to choose from like our coffee tables, console tables, side tables and TV stands, all fully customisable, with over 30 different colours, your options really are limitless. We also offer a new graphic range packed with designs for Retro, Stripes, Cool Britannia and an option for your own personalisation plus many more. Our motto here at Zespoke is ‘Don’t be Dull’, so you can be sure that you are creating that wow factor in your home with one of our tables in any room.


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

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


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

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

Stockists & suppliers of antique & distressed sheet mirror.

A packaging & transportation service is also available for UK, EU & Worldwide deliveries. If you would like to discuss your project requirements please email or Tel +44 (0) 1298 25338.

NOT JUST HARFA FLOOR WITH OSMO UK Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes expert, offers architects and interior designers with a unique looking and aesthetically pleasing wooden floor. Pre-finished with Osmo Polyx®-Oil, the Harfa flooring range from ESCO flooring is the ideal choice for anyone who is looking for a statement floor. ESCO flooring is available via Osmo UK, following a partnership between the wood finishes expert and ESCO Group in 2014. The ESCO collection includes nine flooring options, including Bohemia, Chateau, Moravia and Kolonial. A favourite amongst architects and interior designers is Harfa flooring. This flooring surface has been designed with a rough-sawn treatment and has been enhanced with cross-wise cuts that are grooved in the surface with great care. Harfa can be combined with many different styles and colours, providing endless possibilities. Harfa flooring is available in eight colours, including natural, natural white, double smoked black, smoked tobacco, smoked natural, washy grey, smoked white and stone grey. There is also the option to choose between 2 or 3 layer parquet and your desired wood style - elegance, superb, classic or original. Harfa Vintage is the so called used old version of the Harfa collection. The boards have a special optic in square saw lines in trendy unique colour variations. The surface can be rough as well as smooth; the lines of the blade of the saw are irregular and give Harfa a vintage look. Harfa Vintage is also available in eight tones, including slate stone, cappuccino white, forest honey and dark chocolate. As with all ESCO flooring, Harfa is finished with Polyx®-Oil, Osmo’s renowned wood finishing product. Polyx®-Oil both protects and accentuates Harfa’s traditional and character filled rough-sawn solid oak flooring. As a premium wood finish, Osmo guarantees to keep wooden surfaces in top condition. It is a high quality, water-repellent and tread-resistant wood finish based on natural ingredients.


Offering all the professional features of a traditional oil-based finish, Polyx®-Oil combines the smooth surface of conventional lacquers, and the ease of application of a water-based finish, while managing to eliminate the inherent disadvantages of these other types of finish. Unlike ordinary oil finish products which form a film on the wood, Polyx®-Oil’s natural components penetrate deeply into the wood to create a micro-porous finish. This allows the wood to breathe, moisture to evaporate and ensures a flawless finish both upon application and for many years to come. Thanks to Polyx®-Oil, ESCO flooring is strengthened from within and retains its elasticity. The surface is water repellent, stain resistant and more hard-wearing, and because it meets the wood’s natural demands and does not crack, flake, peel or blister. Established over 25 years ago, Osmo UK is one of the leading suppliers a natural and environmentally friendly alternative to wood finishing. The products are based on rapidly renewable, natural vegetable oils that penetrate deeply into the wood, keeping it elastic and healthy, whilst preventing it from drying and becoming brittle. As the range is not produced for the mass market, more time can be spent on ensuring all the products are of the highest quality. Founded in 1997 in the Netherlands, ESCO Group has grown from a trader to all-round trading and manufacturing company with official partners, such as Osmo, all over Europe and the rest of the world. The company produces flooring for architects, real estate, builders and wholesales within the wooden flooring markets, specialising in rustic oak flooring in both solid and engineered (3-layer, 2-layer multi).

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How to Make a Home Accessible Without Compromising on Style Accessibility of the home is an important consideration in any building project. A home lift provides an easy and stylish solution for those who struggle with the stairs. our typical self-build client will invest their heart and soul in their project to realise their dream home, so accessibility should be a major consideration to ensure the lifetime value of the project. Design criteria such as Lifetime Homes are growing in importance, helping to ensure that homes are fit for the less mobile. There are many considerations; from access into the house, the layout inside, the width of the hallways and doorways and of course, the stairs.


Finding the right home lift for your client’s needs Incorporating a home lift into the original plans will give your clients the means to future proof their dream home, allowing them to stay put well into retirement and add value to their property. But how do you choose the perfect home lift for your project and your client’s needs? Space is an important consideration, and so is the design of the lift and its safety features. The Terry Lifestyle Home Lift is a spacesaving, unobtrusive option which provides first-class safety features. Independently tested and certificated by a Fire Research Centre, the Lifestyle Home Lift provides the same fire integrity the house had before the aperture is cut – whether the lift is parked upstairs or downstairs. Designed and manufactured in Britain to the requirements of BS5900:2012, the Lifestyle Home Lift provides the best of comforts in living and is a design element your customer will be proud of. For more information on Terry Lifts’ full range of home lifts, call 0333 241 3093, e-mail or visit the website

Terry Lifts are No.1 Terry Lifts are independently certificated to the British Standard 5900:2012 and the EU Machinery Directive for a lift travel above 3 metres covering ‘Through the floor fully enclosed Home Lifts’

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


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


Stylish & elegant with customisable features and finishes to suit your needs


Can be fitted neatly into a corner or against the wall


No lift shaft required so easy installation with minimal building work


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


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

We have “Recently Launched” a new range of Bespoke Designer Radiators which offer tremendous improvement in technical and economic terms, they are so far advanced they now leave competitor manufacture behind. Please refer to our Bespoke LIVINGSTONE Heating Marble Radiators


These are some of our ‘bespoke’ range of electric and Traditional radiators all controllable via WIFI. We are proud to have combined beauty with efficiency in the range of KNX electric heating systems.

The Cali Sense has a LCD built-in 7 day LCD programmer/ timer on the radiator thermostat enabling scheduled times and temperatures to be set for each day over a rolling 7 day period, Real-Time Energy Use Readout, Presence Detection Self Learning settings, Open Window Detection Power Saving Feature.

All Our Electric heating Range (including LIVINGSTONE Heating) can be controlled by our Smart Home APP or Built in WIFI .


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

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


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

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

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

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


Discover the Surfaces Making their Mark in 2017 Surface Design Show; the only event in the UK which focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces returns to London’s Business Design Centre from 7-9 February 2017. The most innovative surfaces that the industry has to offer will be showcased along with a packed programme of events designed to engage the audience of architects, specifiers and designers. From exquisite hand carved stone to the most technological advances in architectural lighting, over 140 exhibitors will be highlighting the best in surface design. Exhibitors include Grestec Tiles; returning for 2017 with Grestec Camp one of five ceramic tile ranges which form the Diesel Living concept. Grestec Camp maintains the well-known military style of the Diesel brand combining canvas, hessian and tarpaulin effects with the glossy glazed surface of ceramics, and the hard surfaces of stone. Whilst textile surfaces come in the form of Rug-maker who will be introducing Green Spectrum designed by Ptolemny Mann; a flat weave Indian rug which won Best Rug Design at the International Wool Carpet and Rug Awards. Light School presented by Light Collective and supported by the Institution of Lighting Professionals, has successfully educated and inspired on the important relationship between light and surfaces since 2014. Light School consisting of 3 parts: Product School, Light Talks and the School Newspaper sponsored by Xicato.


Product School provides architects and designers with a comprehensive review of lighting innovation and the latest technology. Exhibitors include Spectral, Visive and Applelec. A star-studded line-up of speakers at Light Talks sponsored by Luctra ensures everyone attending is sure to ‘graduate’ in the lighting world and every attendee gets a free copy of the school newspaper to take away at the end of the ‘school day’. Visitor registration for the show is now live at www. W: T: @surfacethinking | #SDS17 F: P: I: L:


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