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MAGAZINE February 2019

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SURFACES INSPIRED BY DESIGN James Latham returns to London’s Surface Design Show in February, where it will be showcasing one of the biggest and most varied collections of surface solutions for both inside and outside the building.

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reated to inspire architects and designers when looking to specify materials, the stunning collection of decorative panels and timber reinforces Latham’s status as a single-source supplier and has been carefully selected to provide innovative ideas for design and product specification.

During the show, Lathams will be featuring a number of exciting new products and range additions for 2019, both on its usual, eye-catching stand on the ground level (stand:208) as well as in its permanent Product Specification Showroom which is located on the Gallery level of the Business Design Centre at Suite 301. Chris Sutton, Managing Director, James Latham explained, “Working in conjunction with our supply partners, who are among the biggest and most recognised surfacing brands in the World and experts at forecasting trends, we are presenting our take on both interior and exterior surface solutions for the future. “Showcasing a wide range of design-led exclusive and semi-exclusive products, our stand, and indeed our showroom, will act as a hub for providing ideas and inspiration to visiting architects and designers.” Latham’s highly experienced and knowledgeable team of products specialists will be on hand both on the stand and in the showroom, to offer practical support, technical advice and specialist knowledge on selecting products, and to explain how they can offer support throughout the entire specification process.

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This year, James Latham will be showing the latest range additions for 2019 from supply partners including; Decospan, Abet Laminati, Garnica, Egger, Kronospan, AE Core, XyloCleaf, Accsys, LG and Sekisui SPI as well as a range of timber cladding, flooring and engineered timber sections, plus, an exciting, exclusive new product launch will be announced. The Surface Design Show takes place at the Business Design Centre, 52, Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 OQH between 5th-7th February 2019 –

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The beauty of a Schueco sliding door is what you don’t see For instance, you won’t have your view interrupted by intrusive framing because the frames are so slim you hardly notice them. And then there’s the unbeatable insulation (up to Passive House standard) – you won’t see that either, but you’ll feel it. Likewise the excellent soundproofing and the superb watertightness (even with the flush threshold option) and the reassuring rigidity of the doors as they glide effortlessly into place. For German engineering made in Britain, there’s only one name. For more information and your nearest Schueco Partner installers, visit


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current testing facilities are limited and often result in significant delays, without this extra requirement consideration. So this will have to be factored in to the construction programming process and assessments should not be regarded as a way to avoid a test where one is necessary, as this will be a serious breach of legislation.”

The technical changes regarding fire safety aspects now curtails the use of desktop studies and reinforces the need to ensure appropriate tests are carried out on products by independent, fully accredited bodies. It relates to building regulation applications lodged after 21st January 2019, with a requirement that applications made before that date have made a ‘meaningful’ start on site within two months – by 20th March 2019 – for the previous provisions to be valid. The guidance is aimed at all product testing but is a result of the government’s findings last year on cladding testing and fire door testing specifically.

The government has also reiterated its firm endorsement of the Hackitt report on the process of fire safety and building regulations and has committed to bring forward a series of consultations on the process of regulation in the spring. Calls for further evidence have already been instigated on technical aspects of building regulations, which will include additional enhancements on fire safety, considerations around thermal performance (Part L) and ventilation strategy (Part F), along with the need to update accessibility standards under Approved Document M to reflect the new BS8300 recently updated in January 2018.

Bureau Veritas is urging the construction industry to ensure that the practical ramifications of the latest government guidance on the amended Approved Document B are understood and implemented, in order to avoid costly delays or breach of building regulations.

Andy Lowe, technical director of building control at Bureau Veritas, comments: “The government has demonstrated that they are determined to move quickly to enforce building regulation changes, with this latest update coming only a month after the 21st December implementation of the combustible materials ban in external walls in new buildings. That in itself surprised many in the industry, as it extended further than anticipated to include all parts of external cladding in new and change of use buildings with a floor over 18 metres and above and applies to residential buildings, hospitals, student accommodation and dormitories in boarding schools. “The latest guidance will have significant ramifications, as due to the nature of testing it is a more in-depth and costly process, notwithstanding the fact that

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Andy adds: “Whilst this government action and tighter regulation control is certainly welcome, as change is certainly needed in order to adopt a best practice approach to fire safety, the degree and speed of change could prove a challenge. The coming months are going to be extremely busy and time critical and as such there is work to be done to understand how things will play out on a practical level, with tailored support available to those who need it in order to manage the changes and challenges ahead.”


Network Rail Awards Contracts Vivalda Is Urging Contractors To A number of multi-million pound contracts has been awarded by Network Rail in Scotland and the North East. Totaling £467 million, the contracts were handed over under two Control Period 6 frameworks. Valued at £320 million, the most significant contract for a renewals and enhancements framework went to BAM Nuttall. The contractor will replace and refurbish structures across the rail route, as well deliver improvements at stations. Meanwhile, two Geotech frameworks worth a combined £147 million have been awarded to Story Contracting (London North East) and QTS (Scotland) as part of the procurement process. “We are exceptionally proud of the collaborative work QTS has carried out during the last control period, with some outstanding geotechnical projects delivered across Scotland. It is a testament to the hard work of our team during the CP5 contract, and the strong relationship that we have built with Network Rail, that has allowed us to be successful in this CP6 tender process,” said Alan McLeish, QTS Managing Directo. “Our expertise and commitment to finding further efficiencies for Network Rail by using innovative plant and methods, stands us in excellent stead to continue providing a high standard of work over the next five years,” he added. In addition, five-year contracts have also been awarded, with an option of two-year extensions on the Geotech framework. “Work to renew our infrastructure is increasingly important to improve reliability for our passengers, and making sure we have the right suppliers to deliver those improvements is paramount. We look forward to working closely with our supply chain to build on the progress that has already been made and ultimately, build a better railway for our customers,” commented Kris Kinnear, Interim Regional Director for SNE.

Adopt Off-Site Fabrication To Combat The Scourge Of Dust Inhalation Vivalda, the UK’s largest independent supplier of cladding systems, has kicked off the new year with a campaign to encourage contractors to consider off-site fabrication as part of their dust management strategy. Called Breathe Easy, the initiative includes the production of a video – voiced by Vivalda staff from every branch – highlighting the challenges faced by contractors. The campaign follows recent Health & Safety Executive (HSE) announcements highlighting the fact that every week, more than 10 construction workers die from dust inhalation. Moreover, Peter Baker, the HSE’s chief inspector of construction revealed recently that every year, 3,500 people in the industry die as a result of work-related cancers, mainly linked to asbestos and silica. A natural material found in rock, stone and clay, silica comprises tiny particulates that can become lodged in the respiratory system, causing lung cancer, tuberculosis (in those with silicosis), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In addition, silica exposure has been linked to other illnesses including renal disease and even cancers. Ben Jayes, managing director of Vivalda group, said: “Despite guidance from the HSE on dealing with dust on-site, ignorance among both contractors and on-site workers remains remarkably high. In a recent construction industry survey, it was revealed that while only 12% of firms admitted to treating dust as a ‘serious issue’ at work, only 16% of employees were aware of the risks. What’s even more sobering is the fact that there is plenty of legislation – in the form of COSHH and the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) that mandates action here. Call us

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The latest contract awards complete the procurement activity for Scotland and North East, which is anticipated to hold one of the largest work-banks for the coming five-year funding period.


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Heating Shangri-La by the Sea A Connecticut architect turns to the gold standard of heating systems for the owners’ coastal oasis. There are custom homes, and then there’s the custom home on Wamphassuc Point in Stonington, Conn. For the better part of three decades, an area couple has fiercely held to a vision of a dream house on a spectacular pine forested site overlooking Fishers Island Sound. They even purchased the parcel back in the late 1980s in anticipation. The intervening decades were marked by occasional picnics on the idle property to imagine what their conservation practice included a pair of 300-foot-deep geothermal post-retirement life might be like in their magical seaside wells to mitigate energy consumption. McKinley recommended the Shangri-La. ground-source heat pump be paired with a Warmboard radiant heating system which interfaces seamlessly to the heat pump because of the A couple years ago, the family presented their precious system’s low water temperature requirement. dream to award-winning architect Michael McKinley, AIA. McKinley is founder and principal of Michael McKinley No Primitive Openings and Associates, LLC, a regional design and project management firm specializing in coastal homes and family McKinley no longer specifies forced-air heating systems for several compounds. reasons. The first is aesthetics. “We spend a lot of time with floor surfaces, which are usually wood. A floor opening is primitive. A High-Efficiency Performance continuous, uniform wood floor without heating vents is a necessity,” he explains. “Our first-level floor plans are typically open with glazing “It’s a single-family residence located on Wamphassuc down to the floor. Floor continuity is a real aesthetic advantage, with Point. It looks out across some very rocky shoreline and salt no penetrations.” A forced-air system’s noise, dust, and hot/cold spots marshes. It has a wonderful natural panorama,” McKinley also concern McKinley. says. The architect is also aware that the leading alternative to a forced-air McKinley designed a 4,000-square-foot, highly energysystem—in-floor radiant heating—has left some homeowners cold, efficient residence tucked into the sloping waterfront literally and figuratively. “You still hear stories passed around about landscape. The owner’s insistence on best energy radiant systems that weren’t effective,” McKinley says.

SCHUECO UK NOW HAS A DISPLAY STAND IN NATIONAL SELF-BUILD CENTRE Schueco UK, Britain’s leading specialist in aluminium systems for the residential market, now has a permanent static display at the National Self-Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC) in Swindon, Wiltshire. Schueco UK’s stand (no: TV 82) features their very latest slimline sliding door system, a contemporary panoramic design façade with narrow sightlines and glass-to-glass corner, a concealed vent window system, entrance doors with designer panels and door control system. In addition, there is a TV monitor showing a gallery of project installations. Visitors will be able to use a scanning facility to request further information and brochures. The National Self-Build and Renovation Centre – which is the largest facility of its kind in the UK – attracts approximately 17,000 visitors every year, all of whom are actively involved in planning or executing a building project. For further information on the new Schueco UK stand or to arrange an appointment to visit the Centre, please contact the NSBRC.



Plan for 31-storey London tower near the Shard Developer Great Portland Estates has submitted plans for a new tall building in the shadow of the Shard at London Bridge. A planning application has been submitted for the 31 storey office building at New City Court in the London Bridge Area. Designed by AHMM architects, the offices will rise to 139m offering 370,000 sq ft of office and groundfloor retail space. The project would require demolition of buildings at 20 St Thomas Street and would also see the front elevation of existing Georgian buildings retained and Keat House reconstructed.

In a trading update, he said at Oxford House, 76 Oxford Street, W1, demolition of the existing building is complete and groundworks have commenced. At Hanover Square, W1, following the acquisition of the land in October 2018 that sits above the eastern entrance of the Bond Street Crossrail Station, GPE has commenced construction of the main office building at 18 Hanover Square. The scheme will deliver 221,300 sq ft in total, comprising 167,200 sq ft of offices, 41,900 sq ft of retail and restaurant space and 12,200 sq ft of residential apartments. Construction of Cityside House near Whitechapel was progressing well with the 74,700 sq ft Grade A office and retail building expected to open at the end of this year.

The tower will boast a 250-seat auditorium and terrace on the 21st and 22nd floors and an elevated double height public garden within the building on the fifth and sixth floors. Gardiner and Theobald is on board and has drawn up the construction management plan. Toby Courtauld, chief executive, said the London Bridge project was one of its most exciting schemes in a development pipeline of 11 projects equating to 1.3m sq ft. GPE has also committed to three projects in London.

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A world of possibilities with Vicaima doors

The eagerly anticipated 2019 edition of the Vicaima Interior Door Selector (IDS) has now arrived, with an array of products designed to inspire creative interiors for modern living.  

Whether for homes, commercial environments, health or educational establishments, Vicaima offers original style coupled with outstanding performance. The 2019 IDS provides specifiers and distributors with an easy to navigate, priced guide through a myriad of styles and finishes that demonstrate the sheer breadth of possibilities available with Vicaima interior doors and doorsets. All doors are available in a variety of constructional cores, extensive choice of dimensions and of course a colour palette that allows real creative flair for new build and refurbishment projects. Whether the vision calls for wood veneers displaying their natural specie or stained in a contemporary tone, originally designed laminates and innovative foils or even a spectrum of paint lacquers; Vicaima has one of the most comprehensive selections available. As if 80 pages of door models were not enough, the Vicaima 2019 Interior Door Selector goes one step further, offering a wide assortment of additional modifications.   Vicaima customisation provides the opportunity to select a door of choice from any of their Essential ex-stock solid core designs and to transform them with grooves, inlays and glazing plus many other factory servicing options.  Effectively this creates thousands of additional doors patterns, all available with shorter lead times than conventional bespoke doors.   Download a copy of the 2019 Interior Door Selector today by visiting the Vicaima website Alternatively call 01793 532333 for further possibilities.


SAFE, HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS As pioneers of MDF, MEDITE has been helping architects and designers achieve safe, healthy environments for over 40 years. With the broadest range of specialist products available, MEDITE is the perfect partner for your next specification challenge.

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Today’s environmentally aware society is revolutionising the way we think about building, construction and design.


eing environmentally aware doesn’t just mean caring about the outside environment; it also means being conscious of the environments we create indoors.


For developers, publicly displaying ‘green’ credentials is fast becoming a must to win new business, while work on both new buildings and renovations now come with preoccupations over the sustainability of a project, the products used, and the health and wellbeing of the eventual occupants. With advances in technology, this positive environmental focus has led to the production of a wealth of innovative new products to help sustain the creation of

safer, healthy environments for people at home and at work every day, while preserving natural environments outside. It has also led to the formal recognition of many developers and contractors by prestigious environmental building standards, such as the International WELL Building Institute’s WELL Building Standard, BREEAM and LEED, aiming to encourage more businesses to be more conscientious and to build for the future. WELL describes its objective as “optimizing the places where we live, work and play” in order to “advance human health and wellbeing,” while BREEAM aims to “recognise and reflect the value

in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction to in-use to refurbishment.”

added formaldehyde; both are created with safety, compliance and quality in mind.

The American LEED standard is a widely used “green building rating system,” aiming to provide a “framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings.”

Everything is sustainably produced from FSC certified timber with a totally transparent supply chain; just one of the criteria that BREEAM in particular awards credits for.

How can MEDITE SMARTPLY products help you achieve better living environments?

Three products that go the extra mile to help you create a space proudly worthy of WELL, BREEAM or LEED certification are MEDITE ECOLOGIQUE, MEDITE PREMIER FR and MEDITE MR.

All MEDITE products exceed CARB2, which is one of the world’s most stringent tests for omission of formaldehyde gases. While all SMARTPLY products have no

Together, they tackle the maintenance of air quality, fire safety and moisture

resistance respectively, and have been developed with individual sensitive applications in mind. Public buildings, such as schools and hospitals, as well as offices, social housing and high-density apartment buildings have immediate need for such specialist products. Any developer, architect, housebuilder, or contractor working on such a project has the opportunity to achieve accreditation from WELL, BREEAM or LEED when specifying and utilising these products, as well as to become part of a more conscientious community of construction professionals building for the future, with the health and wellbeing of their building’s occupants in mind.


Surface Design Show 2019 Celebrating the best in new and innovative surfaces From 5-7 February Surface Design Show 2019 will take place at London’s Business Design Centre to provide a platform for architects, designers and specifiers to explore the best in interior and exterior surface materials, lighting design, development and innovation. Surface Design Show is the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces. For more than ten years Surface Design Show has been the place where industry professionals immerse themselves in the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with like-minded designers, architects and suppliers. Since 2013 the Show has hosted the Surface Design Awards, now recognised as one of the most respected events in the design calendar. The 2019 Awards received 197 entries from 22 countries, including America, Italy, China and India. There are 13 awards that recognise exterior and interior surfaces for different sectors of design, including commercial, housing, light and surface, public building, retail, sustainable, and temporary structure. The shortlist for this year’s Surface Design Awards, includes Zaha Hadid Architects, Studio Egret West and Chris Dyson Architects from the UK, Rockwell Group from the USA, and Kengo Kuma & Associates from Japan. The shortlist consists of an impressive 43 projects across seven categories, each entry is an exemplary example of creative


and innovative use of materials and lighting in both interior and exterior schemes. Some projects received nominations across several categories, resulting in 48 finalists. Awards Presentation will take place on the morning of Thursday 7 February, at Surface Design Show. Tickets to the Presentation are available via the Surface Design Show website. Award partners include; James Latham, Finsa, Business Design Centre, Soluis and Roof Maker. The 2019 judging panel: • • • • • • • •

Christophe Egret (Co-chair) Studio Egret West Paul Priestman (Co-chair) Priestman Goode Cany Ash Ash Sakula Architects Roz Barr Roz Barr Architects Paul Edwards Airbus Katie Greenyer Pentland Group Jeremy Offer Arrival James Soane Project Orange

Surface Design Show 2019 will once again have a packed programme of events all designed to inspire and engage. The Opening Night Live Debate from 6.30pm, Tuesday 5 February

will be organised in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and New London Architecture (NLA).

‘Exploring design opportunities by using structural LED Light Panels’ taken by Pixalux.

The ever popular PechaKucha Evening will once again be hosted by Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects, taking place on the Main Stage on 6 February from 6.30pm. Speakers include Nigel Ostime of Hawkins Brown; Soraya Khan of Theis and Khan Architects; Alex Scott-Whitby of ScottWhitbyStudio; Stuart Piercy of Piercy and Co; Simon Fraser of Hopkins Architects; and Alison Brooks of Alison Brooks Architects. This year’s Media Partner will be Blueprint.

Each year Surface Design Show introduces a ‘Focus’ into the event. The chosen focuses for 2019 are the workplace and the public realm, both of which have great impact on our daily lives. Through a series of profiles in the run-up to the show, and in presentations at the show, these two specialist areas of design will be explored from a surface specific point of view, providing engaging insight into the best and latest products, materials and applications that impact working and public realm environments.

The Main Stage will also host talks including: ‘The office of the future: virtual or virtuous?’ Studio Tilt’s Oliver Marlow meets architectural correspondent Veronica Simpson to discuss how the configurations of interiors can assist a more fluid, more creative and more effective way of operating; ‘Four key colour stories for Spring Summer 2010, Idyll, Kinship, Mask and Parade’ taken by Hannah Malein of Colour Hive; and ‘Designing for an aging population’ by speaker Gilly Craft, President of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID).

Surface Spotlight Live, curated in collaboration by trend expert Sally Angharad and colour forecasters Colour Hive will return to Surface Design Show 2019. One of a Kind will aim to inspire a kinder approach to design. A series of thought-provoking and

The CPD Hub is Surface Design Show’s forum for learning and professional development whereby manufacturers and industry organisations present a rolling programme of talks covering all aspects of the surfaces sector. The sessions include: ‘Responsible timber procurement’ by Charlie Law, Sustainable Construction Solutions, which is hosted by PEFC; ‘An insight into the world of decorative wood veneer’ by Reliance Veneer; and


innovative products will be showcased, all which go beyond aesthetics to promote meaningful experiences, with highlights for the workplace and public realm. Stone Gallery, which is officially supported by Stone Federation GB whose Stone Knowledge Hub forms a focal point for the event, will also be returning to Surface Design Show 2019. Stone Gallery is an industry-leading event for architects and designers to meet and specify natural stone. The 2019 edition welcomes back returning exhibitors as well as new additions, such as Piedra Paloma, Airemarmores and Marmi Faedo. The Stone Hub hosts a series of presentations bringing the A&D professionals to listen and learn from the leading designers in the sector. Now in its fifth year Light School, the home of architectural lighting, allows architects and designers to touch, compare and learn about innovative lighting and technology products. Confirmed returning exhibitors include Appelec, Optelma, and Pixalux. The Light School arena, Light Talks, will return once again supported by the Institution of Lighting Professionals. Industry experts from Hoare Lea, Nulty+, Atelier Ten and 18 Degrees have already confirmed to share their knowledge at Light Talks. New to Surface Design Show is the New Talent area curated by internationally acclaimed speaker and forward-thinking Chief Creative Director at Trendease International, Jennifer Castoldi. Those chosen will be up and coming designers in the surface and materials sector. New Talent exhibitors can only have been in the industry for five years or less and will be hand selected by Jennifer. Participants include experimental materials studio, MUUNA; Laura Evans Designs; Yi-Han Fu, textile designer; Orla Lawn, decorative panelling and Tomasz Maker, woodworking and metal work.





GEC Anderson Stainless Steel Tea Points for UCL Bartlett School of Architecture The new UCL Bartlett School of Architecture features a number of communal tea points and break-out areas for students and lecturers. central feature to these areas are GEC Anderson purpose-made stainless steel worktops with integral sinks and wet zones. Set within, neutral, birch ply cabinetry, the brushed satin stainless steel worktops provide a practical, attractive and highly durable sink / worktop solution. Stainless steel splashbacks were also included.


Architects, Hawkins Brown, specified a total of thirteen GEC Anderson stainless steel worktops, of varying sizes and configurations, on six levels of the building that is also known as Wates House. The main contract was carried out by Gilbert Ash with M & E provided by Vaughan Engineering Services. Edge profiles, sink sizes, taphole requirements and drainer details were precisely specified by the Architects. GEC Anderson were required to liaise with site for final dimensions, to enable production of the made to measure stainless steel worktops within the required timescale and to the prescribed specification. Martin Tye, Managing Director for GEC Anderson comments “This was a really prestigious project for GEC Anderson. To be specified for the tea points provides us with a tremendous opportunity to show, first hand, the versatility and suitability of our product for use in this kind of environment.” He goes on to say “This kind of installation can only result from a clear design vision, combined with the desire to provide, really, the best and most practical solution possible for the end user.”




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New for 2019! JIS Europe introduces the “Black Edition” Range of Stainless Steel Towel Rails. In answer to the current market demand for matt black finish towel rails, we have decided to introduce the Black Edition by JIS Europe. What stands the Black Edition Towel Rail apart from the competition is that it is, as always, manufactured from 100% stainless steel.


he rail is then powder coated matt black.

As the rail is manufactured from stainless steel rather than the standard, more common mild steel, the rail will not rust, flake or corrode. It can be used in all systems including open. Stainless steel is the durable, sustainable choice, manufactured from over 90% recycled material and 100% recyclable in itself. In order to maintain the ethical sustainability of all of our products across the range, we chose to powder coat the stainless steel. Powder coating is highly protective of the environment, it contains no solvents and emits negligible, if any, polluting VOCs into the atmosphere. Powder coating is a clean process, allowing exhaust air from the coating booth to be returned to the plant. Powder overspray can be retrieved and reused and there is no costly waste disposal equipment as unused powder can be reclaimed and returned to a hopper. All prices are for Central Heating format and do not include VAT, the rails are all available in Duel Fuel, Central Heating and Electric only Format and are available from stock. All rails are available on a next day delivery service when ordered before midday.

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Investing in the latest generation of water softener is vital to protect homes from the negative effects of limescale imescale affects 60% of UK households living in hard water areas, leaving a trail of scum and destruction in its wake. Not only does limescale leave unsightly residue on taps, draining boards and shower doors, but it lines the inside of pipes, coating heating elements in boilers and other household appliances. This scale build up can make them up to 12% less efficient and more costly to run.


With the average annual water consumption for a family living in a hard water area producing around 70kg of limescale annually water softeners should be an integral part of any kitchen or bathroom design.Not only will installing a water softener remove the minerals which cause limescale deposits, but it will eliminate any pre-existing scale too. Softened water will not only reduce breakdowns, increasing the working life of equipment, but will leave householders with softer skin, glossier hair, cheaper energy bills and savings on toiletries and detergents too. Sustainability is an important issue in any house design from both an economic and environmental perspective which is why Monarch Water has drawn on its 50 years of industry knowledge to produce the next generation of HE (high efficiency) water softeners with Opti-Brining®. The three strong range, which includes the MiniAqua HE, Midi HE and Master HE, is the ultimate solution to sustainable water softening using up to 24% less

water and 12% less salt per annum than their equivalent counterparts. They are more compact than their predecessors, making them easier to site, and also feature a speedy eight minute mini top up regeneration. “Installing the latest generation of water softener can extend the working life of household appliances by protecting the sensors and heating elements from the harmful effects of limescale build up,” explains Kevin Johnson, MD of Monarch Water and Technical Director of the UK Water Treatment Association. “This can only have positive implications for home owners such as cost savings and better results.” Water softeners should be viewed as in investment and insurance policy to protect homes from the ravages of limescale. With savings of around £200 a year and running costs of around £8-10 per household member per year, the payback time is


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MAGNET KITCHEN TRENDS 2019 Looking for the latest trends in kitchen design? Well look no further! Magnet has a wide variety of stunning on trend yet classic kitchen ranges that will stand the test of time. Magnet’s top three trends for 2019 offer something for all tastes and will ensure the kitchen is part of the family. Modern Rustic The Modern Rustic trend is inspired by an eclectic mix of industrial finishes with natural textures such as woods, linens and ceramics. This contemporary, rural style is relaxed with earthy tones set against a backdrop of dark grey with richer hues. Magnet’s classic Dunham shaker style kitchen in Pass the Merlot and Truffle Oil has been paired with white worktops for a clean, crisp finish. Alternatively, the warm and inviting Dunham kitchen in Charcoals and Rose Bowl is both modern and classic, decorate with well-loved pieces for a depth of personality. Accessorise with vintage objects like rustic stools, and industrial touches such as wire baskets and ceramic pieces, to create a homely atmosphere in your kitchen.

two debut Magnet Create finishes in varying hues of the contemporary colour: Green Olives and Forest Walk. As a thoroughly modern look, deep forest greens can be balanced out with latte shades, smoky glass and soft metallics. When paired with brushed brass accents, Magnet’s deep shade of ‘Green Olives’ is all about bringing opulence to the kitchen. In particular, make a statement with the brand-new brass hoods, profile trims, handles and taps from Magnet - the perfect complements to those earthy green tones.   
The addition of white marble and brass through design aspects like lighting and worktops, or even accessories, help to bounce the light around the space and offset the heavier hues.”

Modern Luxury

Modern Monochrome

This trend is full of decadent finishes and deep luxurious tones such as forest greens and midnight blues. If you are looking for a touch of modern luxury in the kitchen, look no further than the Magnet Integra Soho kitchen in Green Olives. The sleek silhouettes of the true handleless kitchen pairs perfectly with brushed brass profiles and accessories and marble and velvet touches throughout. This striking kitchen is filled with brushed metallics, mood lighting and dark shades that emulate the modern luxury trend. If deep hues are a bold choice for you and your kitchen, mix and match with lighter colours and white stone worktops as seen in the Integra Dunham in Midnight and Seagrass to bounce the light around. Hayley Simmons, Head of Merchandising for Magnet, said;

Monochrome kitchens will never go out of style. However, slick, industrial and matt finishes keep this trend updated. Play with texture and form rather than colour, base your kitchen on a simple colour palette, incorporating contrasting matt black accents and contemporary whites. Simplicity is key with this trend, pair sleek kitchen design with modern appliances to create a Nordic or Scandi feel. The confident Luna Matt White makes a bold impact with matt white surfaces and minimal smart appliances which complement the matt finish of the kitchen.

“The trend for bold dark hues was prominent throughout 2018, and as we move in to 2019, green kitchen cabinetry is set to be a new, key style. Green can be equally dramatic and luxurious when used in the kitchen, and new for 2019, Magnet has launched


What’s more, you can get all of these kitchens in the Magnet half price cabinet winter sale. With a choice of many beautiful kitchen ranges and colours, and cutting-edge technology, it is easy to update your kitchen with the latest trends at Magnet. If you are looking for modern, stylish designs that will remain timeless, then Magnet is the perfect fit for you and your family in 2019.

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IT’S NO MIRAGE, THE INDUSTRY IS CHANGING FAST… Says Tony Gittings, managing director of Rinnai, a global leader in the manufacture of hot water heating units and systems. And it is the end user that is emerging as the determining force in making changes to suit today’s demands and expectations. n the past several years we have seen some extraordinary changes in our little patch of the wide heating and plumbing arena. Gone are the established supply lines, gone too, is the dominance of the ‘traditional’ products in the supply of hot water in commercial and institutional sites.


Water is the stuff of life, simple as that. It is a very precious commodity that is the foundation of our entire quality of life. In 2013 the Energy Savings Trust completed and issued a major report titled ’At Home with Water’. The report detailed our domestic use of water. It came up with some stunning figures re: the amount of water used domestically – each person uses approx. 140 litres of water daily with the average household using almost 350 litres per day. Just think of a one litre bottle of water, then multiply it 350 times – it’s a huge amount and it is not decreasing. One of the biggest water companies has a consumption guide on its website and it estimates that just one person will use almost 180 litres of water daily. A quick website also shows the per person consumption of hot water when they are away from home. When someone stays at a hotel or hospital, they consume 160 litres of hot water each day! Offices use a measly 22 litres in comparison! So, there is no doubt that hot water consumption is rising and, given the rapid development of techniques building energy efficient homes which require less than 10kW heating, means that hot water provision is getting more and more driven by the end user. At the moment, domestic hot water provision is provided via the boiler, usually a combi type, although those homes with renewables tend to use a water heating appliance as an auxiliary supplement. But the biggest development in the last few years has been the launch of installing companies which are wholly and totally based online. These typically give the consumer a quote, a date for installation and provide finance. The installer is given


a date and time to do the installation - no buying of materials - the domestic heating marketing is now thinking inside the Box because of innovations like Boxt. It really does look like the days of boxshifting are gone. Commercial systems of hot water provision come mainly via the traditional style ‘stored’ system – or the Rinnai continuous flow method where hot water is delivered instantly, economically and efficiently in an engineering sense. But the consumer and the installer - domestic or commercial – are beginning to demand a complete service now. We have seen and even anticipated these changes. Rinnai has made considerable financial investments in the two critical areas of any commercial enterprise - high quality of products and service excellence aimed solely at the installer and their end user. We espouse the concept of complete system efficiency in terms of hot water delivery and we practise that every single working day. Our products are of the highest possible quality, offering long term, robust performance giving useable hot water on demand at the turn of a tap, all at an economic and energy efficient level. Coupled with that is our service – we have a dedicated salesforce dealing directly with installers, contractors, designers,

consultants and facilities & estate managers. We have very deliberately aimed the bulk of all marketing communications direct to these sectors offering instant technical support, design service, comprehensive training courses at either our own tailor-made facility or at a venue of a customer’s choice. We have also initiated five accredited CPD courses. We believe that we are the best valuefor-money units and systems of hot water delivery currently available to the UK commercial and residential market. And we have proof of that in two independent reports from AECOM which show continuous flow as being at least more economic than any other type of system or unit. For more information on the RINNAI product range visit

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HEATING OUR HOMES - A policy pathway to developing a viable heat pump market NIBE Energy Systems has developed a policy pathway paper for phasing out high carbon fossil fuels in response to the Government’s 2017 Clean Growth Strategy[1], a vision for driving down emissions throughout the next decade, which included phasing out high carbon fossil fuels in off gas grid properties.


his week DEFRA published the Clean Air Strategy 2019[2] which recognises how technology can support multiple aspects of clean growth.

It recommends reducing demand through improved energy efficiency and opting for technologies that mitigate climate change and improve air quality at the same time. NIBE Energy Systems welcomes the continued commitment by Government to tackle climate change, improve air quality and move away from high carbon fossil fuels however, stresses that further work is needed to facilitate greater and smoother transition from fossil fuels to renewables in off gas grid properties. NIBE’s new policy paper, Heating Our Home - Phasing out Fossil Fuels, raises awareness of the need to tackle the decarbonisation of heat urgently and suggests steps which can be taken in the UK now, to move towards cleaner, more efficient heating systems:


Commit to a concrete date for high carbon fossil fuel phase out in the 2020s to provide certainty

The maximum dwelling emission rate is reduced over time to encourage continuous improvement.

Low carbon heating must be deployed in buildings capitalising on key trigger points

It is important that action is taken now rather than later to combat climate change. NIBE Energy System’s Managing Director Phil Hurley said:

The groundwork for widespread uptake must be set; this means ensuring homes are renewables ready, recognising improvements in energy performance in property values and providing support to enable and encourage adoption. Building Regulations, and specifically the upcoming review of Part L, represent a significant opportunity to drive down the carbon emissions from new build properties. To enable the required uptake of low carbon heating, NIBE recommend: Set tight new build standards that will in effect render renewable heating the primary option for new build where these systems make immediate sense. Where fossil fuel heating systems are installed, these should be low temperature ready

“We must significantly reduce the role of oil and other high carbon fuels in new and existing buildings by the early 2020s. Setting a clear end date for fossil fuel installations is the low hanging fruit which will drive decarbonisation more widely. This report looks at policy levers which could be pulled to make it easier to switch and ensure that it happens at the rate required. We look forward to engaging with policy makers in 2019 to make these recommendations a reality through the development of an ambitious policy framework for heat in buildings.” A copy of the NIBE policy paper can be found here about-nibe/news/2019/2019-01-16heating-our-homes---a-policy-pathway-todeveloping-a-viable-heat-pump-market

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NEVER RUN OUT OF HOT WATER WITH RINNAI’S 11i MULTIPOINT CONTINUOUS FLOW WATER HEATERS Rinnai’s multipoint continuous flow ErP A-rated gas fired 11i water heater units are the perfect antidote - to more traditional storage systems. roven to deliver high volumes of hot water at any time of the day, the high performance 11i ensures user comfort and safety with 100% accurate water temperature control.


These energy efficient, low NOx units, ideal for domestic and light commercial sites, are neat and compact, with not a tank in sight. Internally wall mounted, the multipoint Rinnai 11i model measures 675 x 370 x 134mm and weighs just 16kg with a gas consumption range between 6.10kW – 21.60kW, and an 11-metre maximum flow. Users of the multipoint 11i water heaters can rest assured that there is no fluctuation in water temperatures, even if, for example, the tap is turned on in the kitchen at the same time as the shower is running in the bathroom, the temperature remains constant. Whilst small, the multipoint Rinnai 11i is tough with a robust heat exchanger, in-built frost protection and user-friendly digital controls. The units are simple to install and maintain in any small or limited space. Ideally placed to replace cumbersome and outdated stored water heaters or multipoint water heaters, these low NOx continuous flow units are proven to be more energy efficient and are the installer and users’ water heating system of choice.


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PETERBOROUGH MAN WITH RARE TREMOR GETS BEAMED UP A LEVEL WITH ‘STAR TREK’ HOMELIFT A man with a rare neurological condition which leaves him with extreme ‘shakiness’ in his legs has discovered how to remain in his two-storey home after becoming the first person to have a new state-of-the-art Stiltz Trio+ Homelift installed. Peter Kilburn, 62, from Whittlesey in Peterborough, suffers from Primary Orthostatic Tremor and is unable to stand or walk for any length of time. There are


only thought to be about 50 people in the UK with the condition, which is otherwise known as OT. There is no cause and currently, no cure. Mr. Kilburn noticed his legs started severely aching seven years ago but was not diagnosed with OT until 2016 when he began experiencing high frequency tremors in both limbs. His condition has grown progressively worse to the point where he was finding it extremely difficult to use the stairs in the four-bedroom detached home he shares with his wife,

Vivien. The Kilburns had been living at the property for 14 years and were very settled in the home and the area. Being faced with the prospect of having to sell up and move from their beautiful home and downsize to a bungalow was very upsetting for them. “My mobility had become extremely limited because of my Primary Orthostatic Tremor,” admitted Mr. Kilburn. “It’s something I’ve had to accept and adapt my life to suit it. When I first wake up it’s

too painful in the morning for me to even take a few steps. “Once I’ve taken my medication, I can usually walk for short distances but it can takes three or four hours for the tablets to start working. When we go out, I use a wheelchair, as it’s just easier and I also have a mobility scooter to get around. We did take a look at moving to a bungalow but it was a frightening thought as we didn’t want to leave our home.” The couple looked at mobility aids but were really against buying a stairlift so instead, after some detailed online research they became the first customers in the UK to have the second generation Stiltz Trio+ Homelift. The attractive and

ergonomic lift has a subtle, contemporary feel and looks like something out of a Star Trek movie. Now Mr. Kilburn can move from floor to floor independently and in style; and all at the touch of a button. Mr. Kilburn said: “We spoke to a couple of estate agents and they sent some details about bungalows on the market but, in the end, we never actually viewed any as couldn’t face a move. Instead, we started looking at mobility aids. A stairlift was not an option for me because we didn’t like the way they look. I also felt nervous at the thought of sitting on a chair on the stairwell. I was familiar with homelifts and decided to go for one of the new Stiltz lifts.”

The couple decided to incorporate the lift into a new extension and extensive home renovation project which involved widening doorways and creating level downstairs access throughout. The extension was on the side of the house and included a new office for the Kilburns to work from and run their education publishing business. The Stiltz travels on self-supporting rails up to a dressing room and second ensuite bathroom. “I don’t use the stairs at all now,” said Mr. Kilburn. “The lift has given me back full access to my home and has improved my life immeasurably. It’s great for carrying things up like suitcases. It looks good and is very easy to use. It’s a great idea.”


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

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Goldsmiths College of London gets a stairlift Goldsmiths College, a full School of the University of London, specialises in the study of creative, cultural and social subjects, and has been teaching students for over 200 years.


he College recently decided to add disabled access adaptations to the music wing of the building, and contacted the lift experts at Invalifts to get advice for the best solution.

Invalifts visited the site for a survey, and noted that with 8 stairs and a total travel height of just over one metre, their Inva Stair Riser platform lift was the perfect solution to enable access. The lift was specified with a fully Part M compliant 1250mm x 800mm fold down platform, which would be suitable for wheelchairs. The unit had a lifting capacity of 300Kg in order to accommodate large, powered wheelchairs. The College required the lift to be wall mounted, so the existing stair wall was utilised and a small wall was formed at the bottom landing for parking of the unit and to mount the wireless landing call buttons. Installation of the lift was completed in just one day, minimising disruption to the occupants of the building. The lift is fitted with barrier arms which fold down behind the platform when not in use, making the lift space efficient and vandalism resistant. The Inva Stair Riser comes with a 12 month parts and labour warranty and a further 2 year parts only warranty (excluding batteries.) To find out more about the Inva Stair Riser platform lift or other lift products, you can give Invalifts a call on 0845 468 2543 and speak to one of their friendly experts.


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A compact home lift for a building conversion Nestled in the picturesque village of Newtown Linford in Leicestershire is the Old Vicarage. The owners had decided to undertake a conversion of one of the outbuildings, to convert into a home for an elderly relative.


s this was a listed building, there were a few challenges, including the extremely tight space in which to fit the lift. Fully glazed doors were chosen to allow as much light as possible into the area, whilst the lift was finished in a specific RAL grey colour to match the colour scheme of the interior. Due to the low ceiling heights, the ground floor of the lift was fitted with a 1900mm high door with a hidden closer. As the travel of the lift was less than 3 metres, a half height door was used at the top landing, which was matched to the height of the upper balustrade, allowing light to flood in. As there can be occassional power cuts in the rural location, the lift was fitted with a UPS to enable continual use of the lift. The owner, Fiona, was thrilled with the lift and had this to say: “Invalifts could not have been more helpful with our installation and backup service. We were not an easy site to deal with, a listed building conversion with limited heights, but they went over and above the course of duty to ensure our lift was installed, had a colour to fit in with the décor and even had a backup unit in case of power failure as we are prone to power cuts.” The Inva Homelift has an encapsulated chain drive system that makes the unit extremely space efficient and can be produced with a footprint of just 1150mm x 950mm. The unit comes with a 12 months parts and labour guarantee, 5 years parts guarantee on the motor and gearbox and a 10 year parts guarantee on the drive chains.

If you would like to know more about the home lift or receive a no obligation quotation please visit the website or phone 0845 4682543.


Platform Lifts Here at Ability Lifts, we offer solutions for many different access requirements, from platform lifts and stair platform lifts, to external lifts, access lifts and much more. We aim to offer top quality service and highly competitive prices. All of our access lifts are in compliance with the Machinery Directive MD 2006/42/EC, EN8141 and Part M, and we’re happy to advise you with any questions you may have about access requirements. The Optimum 100 - The self supporting enclosed Platform Lift Ã

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The Homebuilding & Renovating Show is set to build audience and revenue for trades in 2019 The Homebuilding & Renovating Show experienced one of its most successful years to date in 2018, delivering more than 18,000 engaged and targeted visitors at its last two events covering the North and South West of the UK. he Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show, which took place between 2-4 November at Harrogate Convention Centre, stood out by marking its busiest event yet with an eight per cent increase in visitor numbers year on year.


Data gathered from both the Northern and South West events underlines the quality of the audience profile, with over 70 per cent of visitors revealing plans for a live project which will be underway within the next 12 months, and an average project spend of between £118,000-£125,000. Over 50 per cent of visitors are working on a build project, while 28 per cent are improving their home, and 15 per cent are busy carrying out renovations. Out of these, over 70 per cent of them state they do not attend

any other self-build events, expressing loyalty to the Homebuilding & Renovating brand. The organisers also disclosed that 16 per cent of visitors were trade, an increased figure compared to previous years. These are people interested in discovering the latest industry trends, keen to network with likeminded professionals or wanting to assess the opportunities of exhibiting at future events.

structures, bathrooms and kitchens, and lighting and electrical. Over 80 per cent of guests showed their intention of securing purchases following their attendance at the shows.

Doors and windows were the most popular category overall, with over 50 per cent of visitors sourcing products and services to match their needs, followed closely by the heating sector. Next on the list are flooring and floor

Nick Noble, commercial & events director at Future PLC, says, “Yet again, we have engaged an active, loyal audience who reinforce The Homebuilding & Renovating Show as the market leader in this space. “Last year’s shows highlight the commitment and dedication of our discerning visitors to forge ahead

with their plans in the New Year, which we already expect to exceed expectations as much of our 2019 stand space has been booked months ahead of schedule.” Merry Albright from Border Oak adds, “Border Oak has been exhibiting at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows for almost 20 years and base our marketing calendar around the event dates. “Customer interaction is good and post show results indicate that the shows are an important part of business. You get to meet your potential clients (who may not otherwise travel to see you) in a setting that is appropriate and conducive to self building and fact finding - but not pressurised. I would recommend it to other companies, especially those who have a great product and possibly haven’t tried the shows before as there is a lot of appetite for all industry sectors relating to self build and custom build.” 

For more details on upcoming exhibitions, visit or contact the sales team on 01527 834418.

The Homebuilding & Renovating Show is anticipated to offer more events than ever before this year, including a new show location at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre in January 2019.

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The shows will also be visiting Birmingham from 28-31 March; Glasgow from 1-2 June; Surrey from 29-30 June; London from 4-6 October; Edinburgh from 19-20 October; Harrogate from 1-3 November, and Somerset from 16-17 November. For those who are still planning their 2019 schedule and are aiming to interact with an audience who is serious about its self-build and renovation ventures, space on the floor is still available.

OPEN AND SHUT CASE… New InnerVision® steel-framed sliding doors from Crittall add a further dimension to interiors. Creating a seamless transition between rooms, by opening or closing space is now possible with new sliding doors from Crittall’s range of InnerVision internal screens. These bright, beautifully crafted walls of glazing will complement timeless styles of period property or contemporary homes. On-trend, open plan living takes on a different dimension by partitioning open interior areas to create contemporary zones with steel-framed single or double sliding doors, without compromising light or space. Available in a variety of options, InnerVision screens and doors are designed with modern living in mind, giving a sense of space, light and understated beauty, with clean lines and subtle detailing. The sliding doors feature concealed running gear to provide a sleek finish. Gliding gently Light-in-weight, and with a soft-close feature and floor tracks, they are so easy to use, gliding effortlessly on opening and closing. These new interior sliding doors offer wider opening areas than more intrusive hinged doors, maximising use of inside room space, particularly where it may be limited. Elegantly slender, the slim steel framing is unobtrusive - the distinguished-looking installation makes a wonderful talking point. Natural illumination inside is increased, while enhanced acoustic properties ensure privacy and reduced noise levels. Fully compatible with other InnerVision products, the sliding door option features a secure latch-able configuration. They are available with a wide range of handle styles and brass finishes. Ideal solution Unmatched by other materials, these long-lasting slimline sliding doors look like traditional Crittall windows, providing minimalist retro-looks with a contemporary twist - and larger expanses of glass than others in the marketplace. Cleverly dividing space without impeding light, they are the ideal solution, whether for an extension with dramatic steel-framed glazed screen forming a brighter space for a living room, a light-filled area off the kitchen, or a partition from bathroom to bedroom. More Crittall Windows info t: 01376 530800 e:


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Viiu becomes UK’s first PAS24-2016 accredited slimline sliding door

Viiu (pronounced ‘view), the outstanding slim-line sliding door taking the market by storm, has become the first product of its type to pass the new more stringent security standard PAS24-2016. iiu offers ultraslim sightlines, secure laminated glass throughout and an ingenious, unobtrusive design. With the outer-frame entirely built into the façade, it gives the appearance of a wall of glass, strong enough to support moving glass sections of up to 750kg, and fixed glass sections up to 1200kg.


But it’s the product’s unusually slim but robust interlock section that’s allowed it to achieve much sought-after PAS242016 accreditation. “The PAS24-2016 process is extremely challenging,” explains Viiu Sales Director Rod Tate. “It was recently updated


to stipulate the interlocks should not part by 50mm under 450kgs of force from both sides. As a result, most systems on the market found themselves in trouble. They simply hadn’t been designed to withstand that level of force. “During testing, most slim interlocks bend under the pressure, often resulting in gaps bigger than the magic figure of 50mm – the minimum amount of space a would-be intruder could realistically get their arm through. “Viiu is the first and as-yet only system to stand up to that level of force. A simple look at the shape and size of the Viiu interlock shows that by design it has the strength required to pass the test. We have video

evidence showing there was no gap at all between Viiu’s inside and outside interlock.” Viiu is also a cut above the competition in other ways. A motorised option is also available – and its drive gear is discreetly housed in the unit’s 100m head profile, which itself is hidden behind the building’s façade. Most competitor products, by contrast, require chunky

head profiles up to 300mm in height. The motor can be easily accessed from below for maintenance or repair without the need for ugly internal access panels inside the home. What’s more, Viiu comes with automatic obstruction detection on motorised models, and a choice of wall-mounted or key fob operation. For more information call Viiu Ltd on 0800 877 0077 or visit

Create without restraints Viiu is the ground-breaking ultra-slim sliding door product taking the UK by storm. It’s success is no surprise – few systems can match its ingenious, unobtrusive design, minimalistic sightlines, and patented, PAS24-2016-accredited interlock section. Even fewer offer all that alongside... • Trusted, experienced Viiu installers all around the country • Direct delivery to your site or headquarters • In-depth technical support • Product training

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The complete package The latest laminations from VEKA with a full spectrum of support Industry-leading systems supplier VEKA Group has added another string to its bow, for the benefit of fabricators and installers. The Burnley-based PVC-U giant now offers perfectly colour-matched laminated mouldings. And, as 2018 saw the window systems supplier increase its ex-stock offering to 16 combinations, from its 29-strong Variations colour collection, and launch the Imagine Bi-Fold Door in Grey Base; this latest piece of news that VEKA has created a simple (and fast) supply solution for matching laminated mouldings, further proves the company’s commitment that its customers’ success is integral its own. Marketing Director Dawn Stockell explains: “VEKA Group continues to make significant investment in our lamination department for the benefit of our customers. We know that this is one of the fastest growing areas of our industry, and laminated product currently makes up 39% of VEKA and Halo profile sales, which is well above the industry average. “We’ve partnered with Allied Profiles to create a comprehensive laminated moulding offering that perfectly complements all the colours in our Variations range. This makes for the ideal professional finish to any project. Customers can order online for direct deliveries, so there’s no need to visit a trade counter and, obviously, no longer any need to spray mouldings during fabrication.”

demand grow drastically in specific areas, VEKA has, in turn, stepped up to the plate by adding Anthracite Grey Smooth to its ex-stock list this summer, as well as Cream to the Vertical Slider in both VEKA and Halo systems. The increased lamination capacity though, doesn’t just speed up production and output of the more popular tonal trends, it also means VEKA can respond to smaller runs, and ‘quirkier’ orders faster; getting the profile to fabricators more quickly, so that installers can complete jobs efficiently. When it comes to colour, providing products that fit the bill is just beginning, and each VEKA order also comes with a full spectrum of support from start to finish, as Dawn explains: “Here at VEKA, we go above and beyond to offer a level of support that is unsurpassed in the industry, from marketing materials and guarantees, to sales support, technical advice and much, much more. This is just another example of the team demonstrating our partnership approach in trying to make every aspect of our customers’ working days a little easier.

The significant investment in lamination by VEKA Group was announced earlier in the year as part of a £5M budget allocated for plant and machinery, which included acquiring a building adjacent to the existing VEKA HQ; increasing the former 380,000 sq ft site by a further 40,000 sq ft and expanding lamination capacity by a staggering 50%.

“In the face of a relatively flat market, VEKA is proud to be part of a Group that will continue to invest in order to see our partners succeed. This year’s investment in plant and machinery is not only about increasing the potential volume of our output, but more importantly, supporting customers with flexibility and efficient service. This means that they can further build their businesses upon our reputation, and provide an equally flexible and efficient level of service to delight their customers, be they homeowners or commercial specifiers.”

As a large, and long-established company, VEKA is proud to be light footed and adaptable to changing market trends. As such, as the last few years has seen

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Clip-on cills and large outerframes - even more benefits that make the ‘VEKA difference’ VEKA and Halo’s chamfered and sculptured systems and, as you’d expect, it is available in all 29 colours of the Variations collection to guarantee a flawless finish.” Along with the two-part clipon cill, VEKA Group has also developed a large outerframe in order to help Halo customers achieve a perfectly professional finish on every project. This new, larger outerframe means that installers no longer need to fit a frame extension but instead can use a single profile to avoid any gaps or difference in foil colour.

Alongside its newly unveiled laminated moulding offering, VEKA Group is also proud to offer clip-on cills and a new, Halo large outerframe option; some of the many benefits of choosing systems from VEKA Group. The industry-leading PVC-U systems supplier knows that the perfect product range doesn’t begin and end with the ‘big ticket’ items. VEKA and Halo fabricators and installers can take advantage of all the carefully thought out extra details that make VEKA Group systems so fitter friendly and straightforward to fabricate. The clip-on cill eliminates a host of potential problems that can occur during installation, especially in the new build sector. Marketing Director Dawn Stockell explains: “Construction sites can be hectic environments. With different tradespeople all trying to get their own part of the job completed, prominent door and window cills have the potential to become cracked, scuffed or scraped. “Our two-part cill allows the ‘nose’ of the cill to be added at the end of the installation, when there is less going on and the likelihood of it being damaged has been drastically reduced. It works with

The large outerframe allows more hinge-side plasterline clearance on residential doors without the addition of a 15mm frame extension and means there is no unsightly join line. It also means there are no additional stock items required as it uses the same reinforcing as in the 72mm outer. The minimum order quantity is just one pack, and all hardware used on the 72mm outerframe can also be used on the new 84mm outerframe. Dawn adds: “VEKA Group works tirelessly to make sure our fabricators and installers have all the ‘tools’ they need to simplify their working day and streamline their business for success. Often, we find that the most valuable innovations in our industry can be a dozen smaller things, rather than one dramatic new invention, and we are constantly working on the many helpful details that make the VEKA difference.”


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Schueco UK, Britain’s leading specialist in aluminium and steel systems for the whole building envelope, are calling on architects, main contractors and specialist contractors to submit entries to the 2019 Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation.


stablished in 2013, this highly regarded annual competition continues to attract large numbers of submissions from all over the UK and Ireland, with Schueco confident that entries for the 2019 competition will top last year’s record total.

The only criteria for an eligible entry are that the project submitted should have been completed before the end of March 2019 and should have utilised at least one Schueco system in either aluminium or steel, with the involvement of a Schueco UK network partner fabricator. The judges will be looking for evidence of innovation, technical expertise and creative collaboration between all members of the build team. The deadline for entries is 15th April 2019. The categories for the 2019 Schueco Excellence Awards are: Education building; Health building; Commercial building; Cultural building; Individual house; Individual home improvement; Residential development; Refurbishment project; Steel project; and Specialist contractor. Entry forms are now accessible on the website of Architecture Today, which, for the second year running, is organising the competition. AT’s input into the 2018 Awards included new in-depth digital coverage, on-line advertising, videos of the winning entrants and a winners’ conference. This year the panel of judges will be chaired by Paul Williams of Stanton Williams and will include Julia Barfield of Marks Barfield, Neil Dusheiko of Neil Dusheiko Architects, Clare Wright of Wright & Wright, Steve Mudie of alinea Consulting and Paul Savidge of Wintech. The special Awards Luncheon in June will once again take place at the famous Saatchi Gallery off the King’s Road in Chelsea. Every company that submits an entry to the Awards can attend this prestigious occasion. All shortlisted projects will be included in a special Architecture Today supplement which will be circulated to over 12,500 top opinion-formers, and winning companies will also benefit from being promoted in Schueco UK’s own Partner and Resi magazines (combined circulation 25,000). Further details and an online entry form can be found at The closing date for entries is 5 pm on 15th April 2019.


The beauty of a Schueco sliding door is what you don’t see For instance, you won’t have your view interrupted by intrusive framing because the frames are so slim you hardly notice them. And then there’s the unbeatable insulation (up to Passive House standard) – you won’t see that either, but you’ll feel it. Likewise the excellent soundproofing and the superb watertightness (even with the flush threshold option) and the reassuring rigidity of the doors as they glide effortlessly into place. For German engineering made in Britain, there’s only one name. For more information and your nearest Schueco Partner installers, visit

Waterproofing Design

Do I really require a Waterproofing Design Specialist? Waterproofing design is a complex task. In short YES! Gone are the days of architects undertaking the role of waterproofing design in a project. Getting the design correct prior to construction will save significant costs! British Standard 8102:2009 Code of Practice for Protection of Below Ground Structures Against Water from the Ground (BS8102:2009) recommends that every design team/waterproofing project

incorporates a Waterproofing Design Specialist. As set out in Section 4.2 of BS 8102:2009 under the heading “Design Team”, the code states:“A waterproofing specialist should be included as part of the design team so that an integrated waterproofing solution is created. The waterproofing specialist should:a. be suitably experienced; b. be capable of devising solutions that accommodate the various project constraints and needs;

c. provide the design team with information and guidance that assists with and influences the design, installation and future maintenance of the waterproofed structure.”

What is a Waterproofing Design Specialist? A Waterproofing Design Specialist offers expertise in structural waterproofing. A Waterproofing Design Specialist should: • • • • •

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Be able to list the principal considerations for a robust waterproofing design Have CSSW as a minimum standard of qualification Offer knowledge on waterproofing systems available Have an in-depth understanding of BS8102:2009 and its requirements Have desk top study & risk assessment knowledge – these should form part of any Designers Report and Waterproofing Design Have an understanding on sources of water (such as how it flows through the soil and interacts with the structures). Have structural knowledge Have knowledge of Ground Gases Have geotechnical knowledge (to be able to understand the implications of a soil report) Produce a Design Report, Method Statements and Waterproof Design drawings.

Every construction project is different. A Waterproofing Design Specialist should be introduced at the earliest stages of design to ensure the structural waterproofing system is compliant to BS8102:2009. A Waterproofing Design Specialist should attend site, undertake site investigations, produce reports and manage documentation in relation to the design, ensuring at all stages that sufficient protection is designed into the project. 01992 523 523

Warranty providers such as NHBC require that a criterion has been accomplished prior to issuing a warranty. If you are developing a property and are intending to sell it, rent it or refinance it - you will need a Building Warranty or a Professional Consultants Certificate (PCC). Mortgage Lenders will only lend on a property if it is covered by an approved warranty policy.

Delta Membrane Systems Limited offer CSSW training and examinations at their fully functional training facilities in Epping Essex, hosted by the PCA. All of Delta’s Technical Team are CSSW qualified surveyors and registered to the “Waterproofing Design Register”. Our Technical Team would be delighted to help with your waterproofing designs/projects.

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Delta Membrane Systems Limited provides a full range of waterproofing solutions suitable for all new, retrofit and refurbishment construction. With over 125 years of manufacturing experience Delta is an impeccable partner on every project. Our skills have been mastered through experience in the waterproofing industry. Delta’s trusted Technical Team will offer assistance from concept to completion. Our hands on approach and knowledge is what sets us apart.


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Take three easy steps to keep warmer this Winter and save on your energy bills Three Great Products And A Warmer House In Three Easy Steps From • Ultrotherm For Walls


t’s amazing how much heat we lose through little areas that we don’t ever stop to think about. External walls, floorboards and even your letterbox produce draughts that bring the cold air in prompting you to turn up the thermostat to counteract the chill and resulting in a waste of energy and heavier heating bills. So before winter really gets a grip, why not focus on those neglected areas and take some simple steps to prevent heat loss and help you save money and energy. specialists in sustainable and energy efficient living recommend three products to get you started that are easy to manage and totally DIY so non-professionals can get the job done quickly and efficiently. What’s more these products are installed at HQ so we know they work.

Starting with WALLS: ULTROTHERM Heat loss through external walls can be considerable during winter months and that means your heating bills will be considerable too. Insulating your walls isn’t as daunting as you think. Based on the same principle as wallpapering, ULTROTHERM wall tiles provide compact, easy to install wall insulation that can help reduce your heat loss by up to 40%. And the great thing with ULTROTHERM is that the whole pasting process is totally DIY so you can get the job done yourself in just a couple of days. It’s also the perfect solution if you’ve got coving or any sort of period feature in your property, you can just work round it. And the same goes for exteriors, if you cannot put insulation on external walls because of special features or other conservation issues then use ULTROTHERM on the internal face and the job’s done. How does it work? ULTROTHERM wall tiles come in 12mm or 8mm packs and can be cut to size required to deal with wall brackets, awkward shapes etc. The 12mm tile (10 pack) is ideal for DIY on internal wall insulation and the 8mm reveal tile (5 pack) is designed especially for window and door reveals on internal walls:


• Stopgap For Floors Both offer these benefits: • Reduces heat bills as you need to pump less heat into the room • Can reduce heat loss by up to 40% • Only 12mm/8mm thick so you keep maximum space in your room • No need to alter the aesthetics of your room • Easy to install, as simple to put up as wallpaper • Plastered using traditional skill avoiding the hassle of other insulations • Can be cut to fit around windows, radiators, coving • Bends around awkward shapes • Class 0 fire rating PLUS: ULTROTHERM adhesive is specially designed for use with ULTROTHERM tiles. Available in a 15kg tub (covers up to 10m2 or 20 ULTROTHERM tiles.

• Ecoflap For Doors This neat but super-smart gadget is British engineered to the highest standards but totally DIY and easy to install. It’s designed to the following specifications: • Uses the force of the draught to shut the letterbox tighter • The harder the draught the tighter the letterbox remains shut • No crumpled post, no trapped fingers and no torn newspapers • Use on the inside in addition to your usual letterbox so you can keep all your aesthetics • It’s totally DIY • Available in white, brown or black

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Moving on to FLOORS: STOPGAP

If your letterbox ticks these boxes, the EcoFlap will be the right fit for you:

STOPGAP is a new type of draught seal that solves the problem of draughty floorboards. It can also stop dirt, dust, insects, smells, and noise. It’s also easy to use and won’t affect the look of your floors. • StopGap is made from flexible, springy plastic • Easy to fit so totally DIY • The seal sits invisibly in the shadow at the bottom of the gap, leaving the appearance of your floor unaffected. • There’s no adhesive and no mess • You can reuse • Colour options: neutral and brown. For more information click here.

And now for the DOORS: ECOFLAP We can’t get rid of our letterboxes but we can stop them letting in annoying draughts without crumpling or damaging letters. And more importantly, we want to stop heating loss wherever we can and reduce energy costs in the long term. The answer is simple but very clever – an ECOFLAP letterbox draught excluder which fits on the inside of your letterbox.

• Is your letterbox horizontal? • Is the hole smaller than 255mm x 40mm? • Is the outside of the hole at least 320mm x 100mm? • Are the securing nuts less than 285mm apart? For more information click here. All products installed at HQ so we know they work. Plus all products are available for collection at HQ, just order over the phone on 020 8539 4707 Prices quoted correct at time of issue and may be subject to change Just some of the great ideas from to help you towards a warmer winter, lower energy consumption and lower bills. For ideas, inspiration, products and information visit: And here’s another easy and FREE step you can take to help start saving energy – sign up to the monthly newsletter for help, interesting information, what’s new, ‘tell us about it’ pieces, top tips and ideas:

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A PREMIUM FINISH, AT A SENSIBLE PRICE Polyx®-Oil from Osmo UK is a premium wood finish guaranteed to keep wooden surfaces in top condition. deal for solid engineered or laminate wood floors, it is a high quality, water-repellent and tread-resistant wood finish based on natural ingredients. Available in a matt, clear and satin-matt finishes, the Polyx®-Oil range offers the highest coverage of any oil on the market - a 2.5 litre can cover approximately 30m² with two coats.


Polyx®-Oil is also extremely easy to apply. Simply brush on to the wood surface to achieve deep, long-lasting penetration. Another key benefit of this wax-oil is that Polyx®-Oil has a reduced solvent content. Therefore it is virtually odorless,


Coatings & paints making Polyx®-Oil a much healthier (and also more pleasant) wood care product to use. And for anyone suffering from asthma or other breathing problems, an odourless wax-oil is much preferred that conventional, solvent-based oil or wax finishes. It also contains no biocides or preservatives.

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Osmo Polyx®-Oil Tints brings a touch of elegance and glamour to any room. The range of protective wood finishes includes gold and silver tones which achieve a glitter finish, especially when the sun catches it. Other colours include white, honey, amber, terra, graphite and black.

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. After treatment the wood is strengthened from within and retains its elasticity. It becomes water repellent, stain resistant and more hard-wearing, because it meets the wood’s natural demands and does not

As well as the Polyx®-Oil Original products, Osmo offers a number of other finishes in this range. Polyx®-Oil Tints

Polyx®-Oil Raw Polyx®-Oil Raw is lightly tinted protective finish that provides an original, untreated appearance for wooden floors. This finish is designed to retain this appearance by using a small amount of white pigments to neutralise the permanent ‘wet-look’ that develops after application of a clear finish. Polyx®-Oil Rapid As the name suggests, Polyx®-Oil Rapid provides a superior finish in extra quick time. In fact, the short drying time allows two coats to be applied in just one day – and there is no need to use a primer. And

the wear resistance of treated floors even exceeds that of conventional parquet seals and varnishes. Polyx®-Oil Anti-Slip Polyx®-Oil Anti-Slip increases the slip resistance of frequently maintained flooring areas. The surface retains its natural appearance while the fine structure particles in the finish prevent it from becoming slippery. Polyx®-Oil 2K Polyx®-Oil 2K Pure is a two-part hardwax oil that has been designed for professional use where surfaces are subjected to high traffic. As well as providing more robust protection, the two component system includes a hardener which rapidly reduces the drying and curing times; a major advantage for commercial use such as retail environments. Available direct or from approved stockists nationwide, Polyx®-Oil meets all relevant environmental and performance standards. For stockists and more information, call Osmo UK on 01296 481220 or visit


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NEW RANGE OF INTERIOR PAINTS FROM ANDURA Specialist coatings manufacturer, Andura, have just launched a new range of interior paints under the brand ‘Interiors by Andura’. Designed specifically for trade use and only available direct from Andura, the Pure Acrylic range is available in three finishes of Matt, Low Sheen and Satin and thanks to their in-house tinting machine, Andura offer an almost unlimited range of colours. After many years of manufacturing exterior coatings for many prestigious commercial projects, Andura has drawn on its 30 years’ experience and technical knowledge to develop this new interior range. As a result, the new interior paints are extremely durable, offer outstanding protection against stains and marking, and produce virtually no odour or VOCs. The paints also have a typical recoat time of just 2060 minutes, making them perfect for the trade. All the coatings are suitable for application onto many substrates including all types of plaster, plasterboard, interior timber, MDF, concrete and brick. The high-quality features of the new Andura interiors range come into their own for trade use, in both residential and commercial properties. For example, the new Andura Interiors paint range can be used to decorate a hotel room in the morning, which would be dry and virtually odour-free in time for that room to be back in service later that day. The new environmentally-friendly water based paints boast fantastic coverage rates of up to 18 sq.m. per litre per coat and are available to order direct from Andura in either 5 litre or 10 litre pails Further information on the ‘Interiors by Andura’ range is available from Andura on 01869 240374 by emailing or by visiting the company’s website at


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Concrete Underpinning vs Resin injection Cracks in walls, close to doorways and windows, and sloping or sinking floors are often early indicators that a building has foundation problems that could be the result of subsidence. his can happen for many reasons, including neighbouring construction affecting a building’s integrity or when soil becomes too wet or too dry, which will affect the foundation structure.


The process of underpinning is the most common method to fix subsidence as it strengthens a building’s foundations. The two most popular methods of resolving foundation issues are traditional concrete underpinning and modern resin injection. Both are proven methods, yet they involve very different procedures. Robbie Blanchfield from ground engineering expert, Mainmark, examines both solutions and explains the key differences. Concrete underpinning. This traditional method has been used for over 100 years and has been the goto solution for strengthening foundations affected by soil subsidence. The basic premise of concrete underpinning is to increase the depth of the structure’s foundation to extend it to stronger soil. For this, large holes are dug beneath the structure and concrete is poured into the spaces in accordance with the project specific plan. This process essentially creates new foundations underneath the original, to further stabilise the structure. However, the tried and test methods is slow, labour intensive and thus very expensive. Access is required to the underside of the original foundation, making it an invasive solution that takes time and causes disruption for the building occupier as they are generally required to vacate their home while the work is being completed. A further consideration required for concrete underpinning is the strength of the soil below. Deeper soil is not necessarily stronger, combined with this the area of the concrete underpins is often less than the area of the original strip-footing which might support a longer wall for example, this means the underpinning is likely not as strong as the original foundations. Furthermore, in certain clay soils the use of traditional underpins can cause differential movement between the underpinned sections of the structure and the original foundations of the structure. Resin Injection Although resin injection is a relatively modern method, it is still a proven one, having been used globally for over 20 years. This method of underpinning is highly regarded in countries where ground issues can happen on a large scale, including New


Zealand and Australia. This process involves injecting resin into the existing foundations through small incisions made in the ground, typically only 16mm in diameter from outside a home. The resin then flows into the soil and expands. This compresses the surrounding soil whilst filling any voids and cracks. The injection process is controlled by technicians who monitor the injection and movement using laser levelling instruments; the resin components can be tailored to suit unique soil conditions and the type of performance sought. By eradicating the need to excavate, this process is cleaner than concrete underpinning. As large excavations underneath the original foundation are not required, the project is usually completed within a day or two and occupants can often stay in the building. Modern resin injection solutions can be used to successfully remediate homes affected by subsidence in significantly less time than it takes for traditional concrete underpinning. Mainmark’s proprietary Teretek® engineered resin injection solution is a proven, cost-effective and quick alternative to the more invasive traditional methods. Using a process likened to keyhole surgery, the work can often be completed in one day.  It is widely used to strengthen foundations, re-level buildings and remediate issues for residential, commercial, industrial, mining and infrastructure projects.   For more information regarding injection resin, please visit



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