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Low profile Lumen Conservation rooflights provide the crowning glory for stylish North London kitchen extension


Low profile Lumen Conservation glory for stylish North London As a lawyer with a keen eye for detail Mr Jones was meticulous in his approach to researching every last component for the family’s new kitchen extension in their beautifully appointed Victorian terrace in North London. With space at a premium the family were able to double the size of their kitchen by making the most of a small side garden with a single story extension incorporating a cleverly designed side return roof. Every last detail of the build, from the high-end kitchen appliances to the light bulbs were researched with rigour to ensure the end finish was to a standard that matched the rest of this beautiful family home. Despite the project being completed under permitted development, the Jones’ opted to install two bespoke designed Lumen Conservation rooflights – a product often specified in Listed properties, barn conversions or properties situated in a Conservation Area. With their low profile and traditional external appearance, the rooflights blend in naturally with the Victorian properties in the street, while providing a modern look and feel on the inside to mirror the stylish appearance of the home. The slender frame of the Conservation rooflights allow the maximum amount of light to enter the new space and despite the close proximity of neighbouring properties, light floods into the new room from above. This was hugely important as the new area forms the hub of this family home - a place not only to cook, but a communal, functional space for the family to come together to dine and the children to play. As with the other components of the build the rooflights were painstakingly researched by Mr Jones himself. He wanted a high quality product that looked visually appealing as they would not only be viewable from upper floors of their three story home, but also from neighbouring properties.

He said: “I did spend a lot (and I mean a lot) of time looking at rooflights. What I just couldn’t see anywhere else was the style (super low profile which was so important to me) and what appeared to be the quality of the rooflights themselves.” The Lumen Conservation rooflights were supplied to the exact specification and size (1600mm x 1000mm), with a black powder coat finish, American ash interior liners, self cleaning highly efficient double glazing units and Lumen’s bespoke lead flashing kit. “The fact that I could get a bespoke size also became important to me in the end and that is what we ended up going for. They have more than lived up to expectations – they look beautiful and the quality is exceptional,” said Mr Jones. The rooflights were delivered on time and were easy to install, even for roofers who had no experience installing Lumen products in the past. “I have not seen anything else comparable anywhere and could not be more pleased. The service (and patience of Lumen) could not be faulted.”

Product Specification: • Bespoke design Conservation rooflight

For more information on the Conservation rooflight or the bespoke Lumen offering, contact

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rooflights provide the crowning kitchen extension


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CONTENTS February 2018 4 Editor’s Choice 18 Events 36 Bathrooms, Washrooms and Kitchens

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Experience the TrueScale of Nature • Create statement pieces in any environment with no pattern repeat across the width of the sheet • Achieve authentic natural stone and wood looks without the sourcing and maintenance issues associated with the genuine article • Available in 28 decors


Statement piece and large application design make an impact. TrueScale laminate gives you the authentic look of premium material such as marble, quartz and wood. Developed by Formica Group, TrueScale captures the subtle variations and patterns found in natural materials but eliminates the high costs of sourcing and maintaining the genuine article. Attention grabbing application is at the heart of TrueScale by Formica Group. Its marble, wood, granite, quartz, concrete and metal decors reflect contemporary design trends with decors being taken from real life examples. Input from the Formica Group design team and findings from events such as Salone del Mobile Milano, the international reference point of the design sector, have also shaped the collection.

For those who think big TrueScale decors do not repeat across the full width of the laminate sheet so you can unveil patterns in their full beauty. Architects, designers and homeowners benefit from a surfacing solution that is more affordable than premium natural materials, readily available and with lightweight, hygiene and stain resistant properties better suited for hard wearing residential application.

Made in Britain Formica Group proudly supports Made in Britain, an organisation designed to promote and celebrate the manufacture of UK-made goods. All other laminate manufacturers have their operations and plants based overseas and import their laminate into the UK which means Formica Group is better positioned to provide stability from exchange fluctuations. Additionally, Formica Group is also better placed to meet UK project deadlines in the provision of supplying materials.

For more information visit www.formica.com. Samples can be requested via email, samples.uk@formica.com, or by phone 0191 259 3512. •5•


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

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


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Combine Reynaers glazing solutions to design your ideal home Valley 21 showcases a range of windows and doors from aluminium systems company Reynaers at Home that offer superior design, security and energy efficiency.

A combination of the Concept Patio 155 door with the Concept System 86 window creates a home that is coherent, both in terms of appearance and performance. Glazing panels at juxtaposing angles follow the sun through the landscape, filling the rooms with light throughout the day and providing spectacular views of the mountain scenery. The project represents a step away from urban landscapes, replacing noise and crowds with serenity and comfort. Specific variants of the glazing systems, a lift-andslide door across the front of the home together with high-insulation windows, allow for vast areas of glass even in the harsh climate of Romania – with matching, black slimline frames that contrast against the brickwork facades. The CP 155 is a premium insulating slide or lift-and-slide aluminium door with multiple variations to suit individual project requirements, facilitating extreme dimensions and glass weights up to 400kg. Whilst the lift-and-slide variation will allow users to open huge doors with ease,

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this can be taken further with automatic opening and a low threshold option for increased building accessibility.

the CS 86-HI can comply with burglar resistance classes 2 and 3, offering an ultimate level of security.

For those homeowners who are conscious of energy consumption, the system can be upgraded to High Insulation (HI) which makes it suitable even for low-energy buildings – a specific version of CP 155 monorail has achieved the sought-after Swiss Minergie® component label, a trademark signifying high quality and low energy in both new and refurbished buildings.

CS 86-HI is compatible not only with the CP 155 sliding door, but also with Reynaers’ CS 86 doors and CF 77 folding doors.

The lift-and-slide door is compatible with CS 86 inward opening aluminium windows, which are also showcased across Valley 21 – specifically the HI variant. The unique insulation concept not only ensures extreme stability and elevated water- and air-tightness, but also makes it suitable for triple glass applications.

Reynaers at Home is a premium brand dedicated to offering the very best architectural glazing products and service to the discerning householder. For more information see the website www.reynaersathome.co.uk, email homeuk@reynaers.com or call 0121 421 9707.

The window is one of the most energyefficient available and has also achieved the Swiss Minergie® and Minergie-P® component label, with a Secured by Design option available. With regard to safety,

Architect: Luca Fornaroli Developer: Lucian Andrei - Dalghias Development S.R.L. Systems: CS 86-HI, CP 155-HI Photographer: Glenn Siegers

This variety of combinations allows designers and homeowners to choose windows and doors that comply with their exact performance needs, as well as their design ambitions.


Rinnai to Headline Tech Symposium Rinnai Hot Water – Instant, Continuous, Limitless and Sensibly Economic for Every Type of Commercial Site

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innai - the UK leader in gas-fired high efficiency continuous flow water heating units and systems - is to be the headline sponsor of the forthcoming Chartered Institute of Building Services Technical Symposium being held this year 12-13th April 2018 at London South Bank University. The CIBSE Technical Symposium 2018 – themed as ‘Stretching the envelope’ will encompass techniques, applications and technologies for healthy and productive environments. “The uncertainties of climate, resources, environment, and security will mean that there is an increasing need for those with a responsibility to deliver healthy and productive environments to stretch beyond ‘business as usual’, says CIBSE. The 2018 symposium theme is aiming to provide the industry with a technical insight into the methods, technologies and techniques that are available, or just over the horizon, that will drive the development of increasingly sustainable future environments. This will include presentations and discussions on both the established and proven, as well as the developmental and cutting edge. Topics presented may include the following: Assessing, assuring and improving occupant health, comfort and wellbeing; Developing and applying

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leading edge products and systems for a sustainable building future; Moving towards net zero energy and net zero water built environments; Delivering human friendly ecosystems beyond the ‘built’ environment; Fusing passive and active building systems; Designing and operating to meet future climates; Creative technologies and systems for an aging population; Intelligent systems and knowledge based tool; Metering, intelligent monitoring and control techniques to predict and manage energy use; BIM (and other information tools) for improved building development and operation; Case studies and measured performance of buildings in use Comments Rinnai Managing director Tony Gittings, “we are an industryleading manufacturer of water heating technologies, products and systems for commercial sites and we have been a main sponsor of the CIBSE Technical Symposium, held in the Spring, for the past several years now. We believe it is the best event of its kind.

“We get to speak in a relaxed and informative manner about continuous flow hot water technology with members from all types of consultancies, building services and academia backgrounds. The fact that it moves around the regions makes it even more attractive to Rinnai - yes the South East has the biggest concentration of population but there is a lot more outside of the M25 area!! “The event is well organised and, more importantly, it is well attended by CIBSE members all looking for new product and practices to improve the industry’s offering to end-users. Rinnai looks forward to continuing our sponsorship of the event well into the future. For more information on the RINNAI product range visit www.rinnaiuk.com


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editor's choice

InventoryBase launch Version 5 of their revolutionary property inspection software Property Inspection and Inventory reporting app, InventoryBase release the latest version of their software.

The following features have been added: 1. Enhanced Performance 2. Embedded Photos 3. Improved Dictation 4. Templates 5. Built-in GPS 6. New Add-Item Menu 7. Improved Navigation

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loud-based property inspection app, InventoryBase have now officially launched version 5 of their market leading property inspection software. Following feedback from users, the developers at InventoryBase have been working hard to provide lots of new features to improve the experience and functionality of the app. Version 5 of InventoryBase is their best update yet, combining written notes, checklists, high quality photos and audio dictation into one flawless app.

The latest version allows the user to tap shortcuts to fill in common descriptions and sentences or pick from the auto-text dictionary, while you type up detailed reports on-site faster than ever before.

Steve Rad, Managing Director of InventoryBase said:

“We’re really excited to be able to share InventoryBase Version 5 with both existing and new customers. We Prefer to dictate? Hit record and have taken feedback from continue to flag notes or take photos, Inventory Clerks and Property pause and continue audio recordings Inspectors around the country and upload to transcribe online using and used this to develop the built-in audio playback tools. and improve the app for all users. We are continuing with You can also take multiple photos further development and will back to back or switch to the HDR be launching InventoryBase camera to get the highest quality version 5.1 within the coming images. months.” InventoryBase V5 is now live and can be downloaded directly from the App Store or Google Play. For more information on InventoryBase and to start a free 14 day trial, visit www.inventorybase.com

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BREAKING NEWS: We’ve increased the floorplan! Bowing to an overwhelming demand for MORE exhibitor space, the SPATEX team have increased the size of the show, making 2018’s main event for the UK wet leisure Industry, BIGGER, BETTER and BOLDER than before. A corking Show awaits you when SPATEX 2018 opens on January 30th. It will feature MORE products, MORE workshops, MORE Experts, More Content, MORE Networking, MORE Gravitas which all add up to it being even MORE unmissable. EDUCATION IS KEY

MEET THE NEW (AND OLD) NAMES TO KNOW SPATEX is looking forward to welcoming 14 new companies to the Ricoh Arena. Hailing from as far away as Canada and America, they add even greater international flavour and representation. One such company is EasyCare Products, based in California, which is looking to introduce into the UK and European markets its pool surface products that require no scrubbing, acids or draining. Other new exhibitors to the Ricoh Arena include: Active Chemical Products, Be Well Spas, Fairland Electra Ltd, Hexagone UK, Humidity Solutions, Meaco (UK) Ltd, Megaspa UK, Plimat UK, Pool Cover Parts Ltd, Reliance Plus Ltd, Spaeuro Ltd, Vitra UK Ltd and Pool Maintenance Ltd.

Repeating the winning formula of a double seminar programme, SPATEX is hosting a record number of seminars - 46 in total! Representing a wealth of free, vital knowledge, the popular ISPE (Institute of Swimming Pool Engineeers) Workshops feature new titles, new speakers and, of course an update of some of the old favourites. The programme covers all areas of the pool and spa trade, both commercial and domestic and includes sessions on new Standards and Guidance that affect all in the pool and spa trade. Attendees receive certificates of attendance and CPD points (on all relevant sessions). PWTAG (Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group) is also holding a one day seminar on the Thursday of the Show. STA (Swimming Teachers’ Association) will also be giving an important Pool Plant Conference on Tuesday.

See the full programme and list of speakers at www.spatex.co.uk

GOLDEN COAST PLANS A SPECIAL LAUNCH SPATEX is famous for its special offers, promotions and new product launches. One of the UK’s leading distributors, Golden Coast, is planning something special for SPATEX 2018. Keeping details closely guarded, Golden Coast Managing Director, Jamie Adams said: “We will be introducing the trade to something very big and very new, but that’s all I can say for now. You’ll have to come along to the Show to find out more...”

REGISTER FOR FREE NOW Book nothing for 2018 until you’ve booked SPATEX! SPATEX 2018, Tuesday January 30th to Thursday February 1st, Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The Ricoh Arena is easy to get to - just 500 yards off the M6 and within two hours commuting time of 75 per cent of the population, it offers 2,000 free on-site car parking spaces.

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This year Lathams will be featuring a number of exciting new products and range additions for 2018 and as well as its usual impactful, eye-catching stand on the ground level (208) it will also be utilising its permanent Product Specification Showroom which is located on the Gallery level of the Business Design Centre at Suite 301. The showroom, which made an immediate impact among the architect and design community when it opened in Summer 2016, has just undergone a major re-furbishment allowing James Latham to feature an even bigger range of its panel and timber products. The suite also hosts a regular program of events including new product presentations and launches, RIBA accredited CPD seminars, networking events and training. Chris Sutton, Managing Director of James Latham commented, “The Surface Design Show focuses on the latest trends and developments in surface solutions, connecting these materials with an audience of architects, specifiers and designers so it is the perfect platform for us.

“And with lots of exciting new products and range additions on the stand for 2018, as well as our impressive new look showroom, we’re predicting an extremely busy and successful show.”

Decospan's 2018 Nordus range will be on show

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As well as Latham’s highly experienced and knowledgeable team of product specialists, during the show, its A&D specification team - who are permanently based in the showroom - will be on hand to discuss the company’s extensive range of products, providing expert advice to architects and designers and helping them to keep abreast of the latest trends and developments in surface solutions. This year, James Latham will be showing the latest range additions from supply partners including; Abet Laminati, Garnica, Egger, Kronospan, XyloCleaf, Valchromat, Accoya, LG HI-MACS, KYDEX and UPM ProFi composite decking plus an exclusive new product launch will be announced with veneer supplier Decospan. The Surface Design Show 2018 takes place at the Business Design Centre, 52, Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 OQH between 6th-8th February 2018 – www.surfacedesignshow.com For more information on Latham’s full range of surface materials: phone 0116 257 3415, e-mail marketing@lathams.co.uk or visit www.lathamtimber.co.uk


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events

Europe’s Largest Disability Event Introduces Home, Design & Build Summit

With 43 years under its belt, Naidex is a well known name in the independent living sector. This year, Europe’s largest disability event will proudly host the Home, Design & Build Summit for the first time, bringing together industry leaders and key decision makers in accessible architecture, the most innovative furnishing solutions and stylish interior design for accessible living. The summit is a comprehensive exploration of the built environment in terms of accessibility, and provides delegates with the opportunity to stay ahead in this progressive and hugely relevant sector of design. Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC on the 25th & 26th April, Naidex is the ultimate independent living experience, and best of all - it’s completely free to attend! A Snapshot of the Home, Design & Build Summit Agenda… Paul Smith, Director of Foundations Trained as a Building Surveyor, Paul has over 25 years of experience in building design, grant administration, policy development and commissioning. Paul is now the Director of Foundations, the national body for Home Improvement Agencies and lead organisation for

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improving the delivery of Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) in England. Through two fascinating seminars, Paul will look at the current concept of DFGs and uncover the myths surrounding it. William and Roland McMorran, Founders of Architectonicus - William is the Lead Design Architect at Architectonicus. Roland forms a key role in developing the insight into supporting wellbeing, dementia and positive accessibility that informs Architectonicus’ team to create ability centred architecture and interiors. Architectonicus offers a visionary approach to designing for accessibility and care, presenting the case for revolutionising standard approaches to architecture and interior redevelopment. Elaine Hollerhead, Founder of DESIGNATE - Elaine is an Interior Designer and specialises in inclusive design. She studied Interior Design at The National Design Academy in Nottingham, and in 2011 founded her unique health-focused interior design company for clients in the domestic and commercial sectors. Using case studies and examples, Elaine will demonstrate that by working with clients and architects it’s possible to create safe, beautiful, functional

and inspirational inclusive designs that will simultaneously enhance well-being and property values. Ensure you’re at the forefront of inclusivity and discover the innovations that are changing the way people live at Naidex. Register for your free ticket now at naidex. co.uk. For sponsorship and exhibiting enquiries, contact paige.lewin@prysmgroup.co.uk or call 01179902092.


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Vision 2018 set to be bigger and better than ever before – now at the Business Design Centre in the heart of London’s design community Vision is the event for Architects, Technologists, Designers, Developers, Specifiers and their clients. Celebrating design, specification and product innovation in creating smarter buildings and better places Join CR Laurence, Nudura, Arbor Forest Products, Belgian Luxembourg Chamber Of Commerce and Aproplan amongst others.... Now in its fourth year, Vision has become an essential resource for thousands of Architects, Technologists, Designers, Specifiers and their clients working on live projects in health, education, retail and commercial building. Ambitious plans are in place to grow the exhibition and extend Vision’s Educational Programme, whose illustrious supporters include the RIBA, BRE, New London Architecture & the London

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Festival of Architecture. Vision will once again play host to over 160 international industry experts to deliver another highly acclaimed seminar programme. With exhibition space filling up fast, now is the time to book your stand - so take advantage of the early booking rate and secure your ideal location by contacting the sales team today on 0203 409 0623. You can also download the 2018 sales brochure by clicking here You can enquire online to exhibit at Vision 2018 here and we will contact you with further details.


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Join us at Construction Expo South East 2018 Construction Expo South East 2018 will be held in Sussex, at the South of England Event Centre which offers a more central and accessible location providing Construction Expo with the opportunity to continue to expand to meet the needs of this fast-moving sector.

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ew for 2018 will be the ‘Construction Village’ which will enable us to accommodate exhibits of any size both inside and out – offering the ultimate in flexibility for our exhibitors and demonstrators. It will take this event to a totally new dimension and make it one of the most exciting Construction Events in the UK. Don’t miss meeting thousands of construction professionals in one day What you can look forward to … • • • • • • •

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Find out how to take advantage of £billions of projects Major developments and regeneration projects update Building a digital future for construction FREE Meet the Buyer with over 600 FREE appointments New Innovations in the Construction Industry Building a more sustainable future for construction How much of the £750 billion procurement spend

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do you want? Social media in construction Marketing tools for construction contractors Health and safety risks in construction

Construction Expo South East 2018 will continue to have FREE Meet the Buyer appointments, great exhibitor packages, brilliant networking opportunities, high quality, sector specific, CPD approved workshops plus the latest news on projects and developments across the UK, keeping you up to date on every aspect of this exciting sector. With 2018 seeing many largescale projects getting off the ground the Expo will also again concentrate on crucial industry issues and offer updates on leading projects making it a must attend event for everyone with the sector.

To find out more about the event, discuss exhibiting opportunities with Penny or if you would like to talk through our flexible sponsorship options with Carole please call 01732 758530. Carole Black from Best Business Events said, “We are delighted to be holding Construction Expo South East 2018 at the South of England Event Centre. Construction output stands at more than £110 billion per annum, accounts for 10% of the UK’s employment and will continue to be a key driver in our prosperity over the coming months and years. We are committed to continuing to support this fast-moving industry with a leading conference and exhibition enabling sponsors, exhibitors and delegates to building lasting business relationships.”


Thursday 13 September 8.30am - 4.30pm South of England Event Centre, nr Haywards Heath, Sussex FREE Conference and Exhibition

The leading construc�on event for the South East a�rac�ng over 3,000 visitors & 200 exhibitors S T O P P R E S S 2017 S AW A 23% I N C R E A S E I N V I S I T O R S

Don’t miss mee�ng thousands of construc�on professionals in one day What you can look forward to … • Find out how to take advantage of £billions of projects • Major developments and regenera�on projects update • Building a digital future for construc�on • FREE Meet the Buyer with over 600 FREE appointments • New Innova�ons in the construc�on industry

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This is where you can really showcase your business Stands are now on sale and going fast. Book now to get the best deals and the best pitches by reserving yours NOW. 91% of senior decision makers attend trade shows to source purchasing information – and if you’re not exhibiting you can’t be part of the purchasing decision (Source: Simmons Market Research) New for 2018 will be the ‘Construc�on Village’ which will enable us to accommodate exhibits of any size both inside and out – offering the ul�mate in flexibility for our exhibitors and demonstrators. It will take this event to a totally new dimension and make it one of the most exci�ng construc�on events in the UK. Exhibi�ng is s�ll one of the most effec�ve forms of marke�ng and an ideal way to: • Meet buyers • Speed up sales process • Get new leads • Showcase your products and services • Network with poten�al buyers, clients and suppliers We target senior decision makers.

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Sign of a great builder: they’re tight, airtight Will Kirkman, managing director at Ecomerchant – the innovative and sole distributor of Blowerproof, the BBA-certified, paint-on liquid air-tight sealant – explains why great builders know exactly how to make a building airtight.

Good buildings are weather-proof from the outside and airtight from the inside. That’s what building regulations are all about but we all know how ‘slack Alice’ they are. The true test is preventing unwanted air from entering a building and keeping warm air in. Airtight buildings are increasingly wanted and important because: • Our temperate climate means the heating’s on for two to three out of four seasons • We like our creature comforts – we want our workplaces and homes to get warm quickly and stay warm • Energy’s increasingly expensive • If you save energy, you save money.

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Why airtightness is tricky for builders Many new buildings are designed to leak before they make it off the drawing board. All the might of the world’s best insulation and energy-efficient heating systems will be lost quickly if warm air can quickly leak out of a building soon to be replaced with cold, damp air leaking in. By the time they get built, their poor design has left the unfortunate builder with a whole raft of leaks to resolve. The smallest of drafts can be a nuisance as they cause cold spots. Cold spots are bad news as they’re accompanied by condensation from water vapour which then triggers a whole range of problems.


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Window and door jambs Wall and ceiling joints Wall and floor joints Joist ends Kicker joints Dot and dab Loft hatches Penetrations: pipes, cables or any bridging external and internal walls • Connections: underfloor heating, light fitting switches/sockets • Timber frame • Dot and dab plasterboard.

Once a building is constructed, stemming unwanted air flow can prove difficult and expensive. So what’s the answer? How to stop cold air getting in, warm air getting out Your priority is to stop warm air leaking out of a building which will help stop uncontrolled air moving around. What are the options to remedy leaky buildings? A whole range of strategies are at your disposal but I’d recommend. 1. Have a plan – showing airtightness layers – it says ‘we’re serious about this’. 2. Share it with every trade and get them ‘on the same page’ - ensure every trade knows you’re aiming for airtightness. That may make your electrician punch a hole in a wall differently. 3. Frequently inspect – to check the airproof layer has not been compromised by shoddy workmanship.

4. Beware of dry lining – dot and dab creates corridors for air to move between the blockwork and plasterboard. Plastering is airtight but you still need to ensure all junctions are sealed between floors and skirtings as well as floors and ceilings. 5. Don’t use expanding foam – it shrinks and breaks down over time. 6. Invest in an anemometer - to measure, detect and demonstrate leaks. 7. Here’s a checklist: • Penetrations • Windows (especially dormer) • Door jambs • Cills • Lintels • Heating manifolds (underfloor systems and radiator pipes) • Boiler flues • Water pipes • Gas pipes • Drainage/soil pipes • Electricity cables and meter boxes • Suspended ceilings • Cupboards • Loft hatches • Bath panels • Light fittings particularly downlights, pull cords, switches and sockets.

Help is at hand The good news is that modern materials are now evolving to make airtightness easier and more affordable to achieve. Blowerproof is nothing short of airproofing magic because: • You simply paint it on – whatever your substrate (plaster, steel, masonry,

render, cement, wood, mineral wool, humid surfaces), cables, pipes. Blowerproof creates an uninterrupted membrane which resists puncture. It paints on blue, dries jet black so you can see that a permanent seal has been achieved. There is a white version too that can be used under plaster. It’s a viscous liquid so it seals every nook and cranny no matter how tricky the shape of the gap or hole. You can then plaster, paint or do whatever else you need to over it. Brushes rinse out with water. It’s safe ie VOC free and BAA-certified.

And it costs £50 a tub so quickly justifies both its product and labour costs. So, the lesson is, seal all those small cracks and holes and your customers will remember you well for many years after as they revel in the warm comfort and low energy bills only an airtight building affords. See how to create airtight membranes quickly and easily: www.blowerproof.co.uk. Building Regulations (for England & Wales) set a mandatory requirement for airtightness. All buildings must meet ‘reasonable standards’ and newly built dwellings undergo a pressure test. They must achieve air leakage of less than 10m3/ hm2. That is the air leakage rate per hour, per square metre of envelope area. The m3/hm2 figure is the headline ‘pass or fail’ number produced by the air testing engineer and demonstrates how much air (typically by depressurising) is being sucked into the building through ‘leakage’ when the fan is operating at 50 Pascals. The test measures uncontrolled air leakage from gaps and cracks in the fabric of the building ie not air escaping from trickle vents, extract fans or ventilation systems which are sealed prior to testing. Ideal or the ‘maximum’ air tightness you want to achieve is: 4-5m3/hm2 in a naturally vented building – ie using extract fans, trickle vents and windows. Any tighter than that and you’ll need forced ventilation ie a mechanical ventilation system with or without a heat recovery function (MVHR) which extracts and recycles heat from exiting air to warm the incoming fresh air.

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wned and organised by Wendy Adams for the past five years, the show has undergone a period of regeneration and growth under her management and is now gearing up for its 2018 edition, which will run on 16-18 September at the Harrogate Convention Centre.

Ocean Media Group Buys The Flooring Show The Flooring Show, the UK’s national flooring event, which marked its 55th edition this year, has been purchased by Ocean Media Group, a leading provider of exhibitions, events, awards and specialist publications.

The Flooring Show is the biggest event in the industry’s calendar. It brings together the retail and contract sectors and key industry bodies such as the Contract Flooring Association, the National Institute of Carpet & Floorlayers and the Flooring Industry Training Association. It is widely recognised as a key sales and networking event for the industry and all the Associations have pledged their continued support for the show and its new owners. Wendy Adams commented, “The Flooring Show is a great event which will benefit from being part of such a well-respected organiser. Ocean Media’s forward-thinking leadership, proven experience and extensive resources will allow us to maximise the potential of the show.” From Ocean Media Group, managing director, Tim Willoughby says, “The Flooring Show, with its long heritage in the industry, is well supported by suppliers and retailers and it will be our job to ensure the show remains relevant and deserving of that support.” “Ocean Media has a strong history of developing specialist events, and we’re delighted to welcome the Flooring Show into our portfolio. With Wendy and her team remaining in place to work with us on the 2018 show and beyond, we are confident all involved will benefit from this new arrangement and we will deliver a seamless transition over the coming year.” The 2018 Flo oring Show (www.theflo oringshow.com) will take place at the Harrogate Convention Centre from 16 – 18 September.

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Growth of manufacturer recognised at national design impact awards Sealant and adhesive manufacturer Polyseam has achieved the ultimate design accolade for the rebrand of its GRAFT product range. Aston Martin; Josh Berger, president and managing director of Warner Bros; and renowned entrepreneur Deborah Meaden.

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

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

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

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Experience a purple patch with Vicaima When it comes to inspiration ideas for interior doors, few companies bring the wealth of fresh design and stand out performance as Vicaima manage to do so every year. Entering a purple phase for their much loved Interior Door Selector (IDS), the 2017/18 edition has surpassed even Vicaima’s high standards, with the introduction of no less than six new ranges and a world of new colour and finish options.

Encompassing 80 stimulating pages, this latest edition is their largest IDS yet and is certain to spark creative interest for their many markets; including housing development and hotels, together with numerous public and private sector applications. Available both in printed format and for download via the Vicaima website, the new Interior Door Selector sets out product ranges in a clear and easy to navigate format. Each range includes quality colour imagery to illustrate the products design potential, together with key facts to ensure the chosen model is right for the project. For specifiers with a keen eye on budgets, the IDS also includes a useful Price Indicator Tool, which enables easy price comparison across different ranges, making final door selection so much simpler. Among the many new and exciting ranges making their first appearance in the Vicaima 2017/18 Interior Door Selector are some exciting door ideas, including: M Range, a refined take on the Classic panel door in a wide section of lacquered colours; EX70 and EX20, two new collections that offer striking grain direction and a fusion of face finishes; The Rustic Collection, real quarter cut Ash veneer in a selection of four new stain finishes to give an open grain appearance. These and many more on-trend and visually stunning finishes make up a truly visionary compendium of interior doors for every application. To download your copy of the new 2017/18 Interior Door Selector, visit www.vicaima.com and select brochures, alternatively call 01793 532333 to reserve a printed copy or for further information.

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Surface Design Show invites you to uncover the newest materials for 2018 Surface Design Show 2018 will be host to a plethora of surfaces that will be unveiled in the UK for the first time. From vibrant coloured wood grains to stunning light systems, visiting architects, designers and specifiers will get the chance to see the latest surfaces to be unveiled for 2018. Taking place from the 6-8 February at London’s Business Design Centre over 170 exhibitors will be showcasing the very best in surface design. Amongst the many launches at Surface Design Show: ColourGrain (stand 334) responds to the increasing demand for both sustainable, decorative design materials and the beauty of visible woodgrain in an innovative new interior and exterior wood cladding. Using a

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variety of timbers that can be FSC-sourced, each hand-finished ColourGrain plank undergoes up to ten different processes, including sandblasting and up to eight coats of water based, non-toxic exterior lacquer in over 50 striking colours. Aecore from Althatherm (stand 524) is a true alternative to laminate. Thermoformable, scratch, finger print and humidity resistant and with solid colour to the core, this easy to work with material is available in over 100 surface designs with the possibility to customise for any project. NeonLux is a brand new neon-style lettering product from Applelec (stand LS432) which can be used to create any graphic LED lit shapes and imaginative

designs from lettering to the outline of a cocktail glass or a lighting bolt. NeonLux features a highly polished application to replicate a true glass finish. DKT Artworks (stand 258) are specialists in the design, production and installation of site-specific artworks and on-site specialist decoration. Launching at Surface Design Show is a new application, Metalled Glass. Traditional gilding methods combined with a redolent of oil on water are used to produce this ultracontemporary effect creating unique pieces with a truly individual bespoke finish. Concreate Flooring (stand 200) returns to Surface Design Show where they will be showcasing the latest developments for


their ground-breaking innovation in concrete surfaces. The engineered ready-made floor and wall panels can be installed in just about any interior space and work alongside any material to create compelling, modern architectural styling. Two new colours will be launched this year; Titanium Black and Metal Grey. FINSA (stand 210) will unveil 12 new editions to the Gama Duo designs, a range of decorative melamines which bring together a diverse collection of classic and contemporary designs. The latest additions consist of a carefully curated variety of fresh new colours and textures. At Surface Design Show 2018 there is an extensive programme of events, lectures and installations some of which will feature new designs for 2018. Trend consultant and design writer Sally Angharad will be presenting Surface Spotlight Trends: The Latest Material Directions with highlights for transport and residential applications, on The Main Stage on Wednesday 7 February at 15.45pm. The largest residential design database in the world Houzz will host Surface & Material Insights with their brand ambassador Melissa McCafferty, on the Main Stage from 16.45pm on Wednesday 7 February. On Thursday 8 February Hannah Malein of Colour Hive will be discussing Four key colour stories for Spring/Summer 2019: Disrupt, Drift, Hush and Worth. Surface Spotlight Live, which debuted in 2016, is an exciting opportunity for architects and designers to discover the newest and best materials in the industry. The 2018 display will be collectively curated by Sally Angharad, Treniq (in collaboration with SCIN Gallery) an international interiors network and Colour Hive who forecast trends and colours. Trend expert Sally Angharad will be showcasing a selection of innovative and exciting materials across all sectors with a specific section for 2018’s focuses; Transport and Residential. Mix magazine and Colour Hive will curate a dedicated installation, The Trend Cluster, focussing on Spring Summer 2019 and featuring a curated collection of inspirational objects and materials with an emphasis on both the luxury residential and transport sectors. Treniq, the international interiors network will present Material Explorations which will focus on popular materials within the architecture and design sector and explore their properties.

Visitors will be able to discover the beautiful, the bold and the innovative in surface design with over 170 exhibitors showcasing 1000’s of different surface designs, many of which will be making their 2018 UK debut. Registration to attend the show is now live.

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Within the Sussex Range Collection of Stainless Steel modern classic Rails, happily sits the family of Fletching towel rails. Although more traditional in styling, these rails are still a thoroughly modern classic. The styling may well be traditional but the lines are clean and therefore current. Being manufactured from stainless steel as opposed to chrome plated means the polished rails have a deep lustrous quality and the satin finish has that modern edge. These rails really are quite stunning in the satin finish. The Fletching rails are all 520mm wide and come in three different heights; 1185mm, 910mm and 635mm. They are priced as follows: 1185mm x 520mm - £689.95 910mm x 520mm - £574.95 635mm x 520mm - £499.95 Additionally, and new for 2018, we have launched the Fletching 1200 Floor to Wall. This model does exactly what it says it does and is mounted from the floor to the wall. •38•

The Fletching floor to wall stands at 1200mm high by 520mm wide has a BTU of 1858 and retails at £749.00 exclusive of VAT.

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The rails are also available in electric only and dual fuel format, please call the office for further pricing details. The rails are offered in both a highly polished and satin finish; there is an extra 30% charge for satin finish. All rails are available from stock. All towel rails within the Sussex Range by JIS Europe are manufactured from 100% stainless steel meaning they will not rust, flake or corrode. They can be utilised in all systems including open. Small scratches and dents can be polished out. They are a durable and environmentally sound product. The rails themselves are

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NEW BUILD OR REFURBISHMENT CHOOSE demista™ and Cosyfloor™ House builders, developers, the self build sector, and the public are looking forward to 2018 with a great deal of optimism. The property market appears to be well on the move, and one item is proving to be of great interest to those building or refurbishing houses and apartments. Added value at minimal cost to any new or refurbished bathroom must the be the inclusion of a demista™ heated mirror pad. This pad is easy to install, and will ensure a steam free mirror at all times, no matter how steamed up the bathroom. The heated mirror pads are available in a variety of sizes, to suit most mirrors and in the case of a particularly large surface,

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

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bathrooms, washrooms & kitchens Having large statement furniture pieces in the bathroom provides not only a stylish focal point but a sleek storage solution. The patented Hang ‘N’ Lock installation method takes the stress out of fitting large products ensuring that any bathroom can be given an injection of luxury in no time at all!

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ang ‘N’ Lock is a simple and easy fixing method from bathroom accessories specialists Croydex. The innovative bracket means that bathroom furniture can be fitted by one person in just four easy steps. Simply attach the brackets to the wall, adjust using the built-in spirit level, hang the product and lock securely in place. “Fixing large bathroom accessories doesn’t have to be a two man job. Croydex’s Hang ’N’ Lock system avoids the awkwardness of having to struggle to measure distances and mark screw holes in one hand whilst supporting a heavy bathroom item in the other,” explains Peter Pegden, Product and Procurement Director at Croydex.”

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Featured within the Hang ‘N’ Lock product collection are a selection of illuminated and non-illuminated cabinets available in aluminium, white steel, wooden and stainless steel finishes. All cabinets feature high quality mirrored glass which enhances light and space in any bathroom. The vast range of finishes, sizes and designs means there is something ideal for any décor. Also included are a collection of mirrors with illuminated options available. From simple mirrored finishes to glamourous frame lit designs the portfolio again offers plenty of options. Another benefit of using the fixing method is that Hang ‘N’ Lock provides the flexibility to change the level of your product after the holes have been drilled. It is also easy to remove brackets and re-fit into new locations. For more information call Croydex on 01264 365881 or visit www.croydex.com


Rinnai System Thinking Brings Business Specific Hot Water Systems Rinnai’s bespoke business specific solutions deliver a new generation of fully integrated, high efficiency hot water systems Rinnai UK is spearheading a new concept for economic and efficient hot water delivery that brings together all the components of a system in one handy, bespoke designed pack for any kind of business, large or small. Rinnai UK Associate Director Chris Goggin says that simply supplying a water heater unit (or multiple units) has become an antiquated notion that simply is not good enough. “System thinking is what is going to give us the edge as we head into a future where fuel prices are going to need to be managed with pin-point precision. System thinking has led Rinnai to the point where it can offer a service to design and deliver a complete hot water system in one easy to install, fully specified and energy efficient ‘pack’ delivered direct to site - meeting all the demands of the client in one seamless operation.

“With our integrated system concept we have gone far beyond simply manufacturing a product to being in a position to offer a complete turnkey service from planning through installation and commissioning to on-going maintenance,” says Goggin. A total solution including water heaters, flues, scale protection, unvented cylinders, valves, prefabrication racks, advanced BMS controls – even water sampling equipment – can be specified, designed and delivered by Rinnai.

“Why would busy installers and end users want to waste their time planning and then assembling all the parts of a jigsaw when Rinnai’s water heating experts can specify, design and deliver the total solution?

“The heat generator on the system is Rinnai’s HDC condensing water heater which offers 95% gross efficiency which is maintained for the lifetime of the system due to the design principles and controls. Therefore, the design, combined with the system-thinking approach, promotes best-in-class energy efficiencies.

He says specifiers and designers of both commercial and domestic projects can simply consult with Rinnai engineers and rest assured they will have the right system for the job when they need it and with the minimum of fuss. “What advantage is there in unit thinking when system thinking is so much more effective?” he asks. “And not just at the delivery stage but ongoing through the system’s lifetime.”

“The principles of system thinking add value to the customer as they take away compliance issues like legionella control, for example. We have already developed these packages for multiple corporate customers and for our distribution partners, and these pioneering projects have been very well received. The system thinking principle applied by Rinnai is now being adopted mainstream meaning more and more efficient systems are in use.

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“A key demand is to provide better on-site efficiency at point of installation and as the system is supplied to site in a pack, this demand has been answered. Using the principles of system thinking we aim to take the headache out of system design and supply complete solutions that go well beyond the heat generator and offer our customers performance and compliance for many years to come.”

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“The water heaters (the complete Rinnai range is A-rated under ErP labelling demands) far surpass the thermal heating credit requirements for domestic and commercial hot water systems in new and existing buildings to ensure current and future compliance,” Goggin says, adding: “It is a complete turn-key solution that guarantees

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‘Customers and end-users can be assured that their system is–G3 compliant and has good practice when concerning Legionella (ACOP L8) guidance as well as being best in class under Part L building regulations.

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Stunning Amphitheatre gets an External Platform lift The disused central dry dock in Hull 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 before Hull’s reign as UK City of Culture. Working with the main contractor, Hobson Porter, 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. This is one of many lifts that Invalifts have installed in commercial locations throughout the UK including lifts at the BBC, Next, Aldi and Wickes. To find out more about the InvaEuro platform lift, you can give Invalifts a call on 0845 468 2543 and speak to one of their friendly experts

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

The Platform Lift Experts

Tel: 0845 4682543 Web: www.invalifts.com


Let the Experts Take Care of your Let the Experts TakeProblems Care of your Domestic Domestic Waste Water Waste Water Problems

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The treatment plant you choose should be around 95% efficient thus allowing long intervals before de-sludge is required. The waste water must be cleaned to a standard meeting the usual discharge level requirement. You must apply for either an exemption certificate or permit before making a discharge we can assist with this and advise on the method of discharge, be it a ditch, stream, watercourse or soakaway. Thethe treatment plant you choose As system breaks down and aerates the solids, the should be around 95% efficient items such as wipes, sanitary introduction of non-degradable thus allowing long intervals products etc. should be avoided at all times in any treatment beforeThis de-sludge required. The and increase the need to plant. will clogisup the system waste water must be cleaned to empty the unit, follow this instruction and typical emptying will a standard meeting be around 3-5 years,the it isusual also recommended no medicines, or discharge level requirement, you harsh chemicals enter the unit, try to stick to Eco brands and must apply for either an exemption stagger washing throughout the week. certificate or permit, before making a discharge we can assist with this and advise on the method of discharge, be it a ditch, stream, Simple solution sewage watercourse or soakaway.

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This helps to keep emptying schools, hotels, offices and system on an annual basis and • Allthe labour expenses for servicing www.webuildit-ltd.co.uk or5 years. minimum of We Build Itapplications. Ltd Service Contracts periodless low. industrial this will take on average and call outs are covered so(01746 781782). call than an hour to complete. It will there are no hidden costs. Our Other Products include Emergency breakdown cover for 12 months. If you• to meet Emptying is NOT included theof all serviceable parts Maintanance, Spares And also help your legal • Theincost Mini SAF’s (for offices and you have any problem with your unit, call us and as the Bio-Pure notof charge. This Servicing requirements withagreement the Environment will does be free we will come out and fix it free of charge. require emptying for 3-5 years. Agency. includes rebuilding the air pump, outbuildings up to 4 persons) Pump Stations (standard and The consumer needs easy to follow replacing the diaphragms and advice for their sewage treatment bespoke) We Build It Ltd Service Contracts also the air filters. • Sludge return is carried out as Septic Tank Units Visit usConversion at required. This is the removal of (used as secondary treatment settled sludge from the outer for underperforming septic scum ring back into the centre tanks) chamber to be re digested and For a full range of our treated again. This helps to keep products and servicing visit the emptying period low. Stand Number www.bio-pure.com • Emptying is NOT included in E217 www.webuildit-ltd.co.uk the agreement as the Bio-Pure does not require emptying for or call (01746 781782). 3-5 years. • The service agreement lasts for 12 months and will also help

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

Lancaster - the most walkable city in Pennsylvania

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

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

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

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

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


V4 Woodflooring takes steps to improve how retailers and consumers experience its products UK wood floor specialist, V4 Woodflooring, is gearing up to an exciting 2018 with a host of product and marketing advances that will be a step-change in how the company interacts with its customers. A refreshed brand, new website, improved retailer displays and the opening of V4 World, alongside the introduction of new wood floor collections, are set to ensure the company continues to be at the forefront in delivering high quality wood floor and wall products for discerning homeowners and professionals. A refreshed brand identity is driven by the core value to Bring Nature Inside. The company will continue to pride itself on offering real wood collections produced from the highest quality woods, sustainably sourced and finished using natural colouring techniques and surface finishes. With the ever increasing range of styles, and listening to retailer feedback, it is about to roll out new display stands for key retailers, offering larger sample sizes for customers to view when visiting V4 retailers. Chris Vincent, Managing Director explains, “Listening to retailer feedback there was a definite demand to introduce improved display material for their stores, which would enable them to show customers larger samples of our wood floor collections in a more impactful way. We have designed our new stands to showcase all of our ranges with easily accessible larger sample sizes, combined with a more engaging brand and information output.

“Initial feedback has been really positive and we are looking forward to rolling out the new stands to interested retailers. We are aiming to create a modular approach as not all stores will have the space for the full stand and we will work closely with retailers to deliver a solution that works best for them and their investment.”

V4 also focuses on driving awareness of its products through its website, allowing customers to see the products available then locate their nearest retailer to visit and discuss specific requirements. Enhancing this experience a new website will launch in the New Year that will provide customers with an improved user experience and more interactive way to discover the collections and identify products that might be right for them. Chris says, “To a certain degree, gone are the days of hard copy brochures and the online experience is the most important first step in the buying process. Consumers want to research online and an easy and informative website experience is essential.

“The new web site will not only be aimed at allowing users to view our products, but will also provide inspiration and design advice. A new search function will make it simpler to shortlist products that are best suited to buyers’ styles and budgets, and we will continue to showcase real life installations so our products can be seen in finished settings.” With these exciting changes in place early in the New Year, later in the year will see the opening of the first V4 World, a unique, design-led space where visitors will be able to experience V4’s contemporary floor and wall products in a brand new way. Situated adjacent to V4’s Head Quarters in Woking, Surrey, the showroom will bring together a myriad of design experiences for visitors. With room sets, virtual technology, large product displays and a café, the showroom will be a design destination for the discerning home and commercial designer. For V4 retailers located across the UK, it will also be an extended showroom, enabling them to send their key customers to the centre to see products in the large room-sets and on virtual displays before placing an order. Chris explains, “V4 World has been in the making for a few years and construction is now well under way on what is a £3m investment for us. It will be a state of the art design centre which will not only showcase our innovative range of flooring and wall products, but bring them to life in a space where people can experience them like never before.

“All of the steps we are taking over the coming months are about us responding to the changing needs of the flooring industry, design professionals and consumers. Interaction and experience throughout the design and buying process is more important than ever, and we want to ensure we are supporting our retailers to be able to give the best possible customer experience, and offer professionals and consumers choice in how they can discover and select the best products for their needs.”


MaxVac - The innovative tool & equipment supplier The company boasts decades of refined industry experience and it is this level of involvement and understanding (as well as its exceptionally large product portfolio) that has made MaxVac the choice supplier with many clients. Its evergrowing customer base, as a result, comprises the likes of major corporates, local councils, independents and those working within the hire trade. Max-Vac specialises in all dust management solutions from on tool extraction to large extraction systems.

source, develop and provide suitable products that will perform well within the given environment.

It has a range of mobile dust blockers for removing airborne dust that hasn’t been captured at source.

The fully functional resources will enable organisations not only to increase their productivity but also to enhance their compliancy and improve their profitability whilst creating, in essence, a better (and safer) working atmosphere.

The exemplary tool and equipment provider dedicates its attention to the supply and delivery of innovative products and proven safety solutions of a noticeably high calibre. The equipment has been well received principally by workers operating amidst the construction and utility industries, although it has also been utilised by individuals in other fields. Regardless of the application in question, MaxVac do their utmost to

To find out how MaxVac can make a difference to your business, or to enquire about a specific product, please don’t hesitate to contact the company today.

For further information you can also access the website (provided below) or social media pages, as these will keep you fully updated with any significant news and developments. T 01432 346850 info@max-vac.com

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Contactable via telephone or email, any enquiries you broach will be met with an appropriate and timely response by an informed representative who is more than happy to assist you.

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Home Designer & Architect - February 2018  
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