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Oppenheim Architecture designs Forte Dei Marmi Restaurant, Miami Beach, Florida Housed within a classic, Mediterranean Revival-style building, originally constructed in 1938, Forte Dei Marmi is a new, elegant, two-story villa, Italian restaurant concept, designed by Oppenheim Architecture. The 5,875 sq ft property, and former home of Cavalli Miami, required a complete interior redesign – one that would envisage an amalgam of the enduring spirit of classic Italian beach culture and a contemporary design aesthetic. Drawing inspiration from the Tuscan coast and the littoral Italian resort, Forte dei Marmi’s design reflects the beauty, elegance, and simplicity of its namesake Italian city, as well as the immutable modernist allure of South Beach. A palette of rich materials and textures combine to create a refined, yet comfortable interior – the perfect setting for enjoying the restaurant’s highly-crafted, culinary offerings. The concept for the lounge and bar on the second level was to create an intimate, finelyfurnished environment that promotes a unique sensory dining experience, providing a flexible venue for art installations and intimate musical performances.
Brighton Uni starts £20m Zaha Hadid Architects get academic building bid race the GREENLIGHT in Russia The University of Brighton has started prequalifying firms for an academic building project at its Moulsecoomb campus in the city. The six-floor building will be located on existing car park on the Lewis Road, known as the Watts site, and forms the centre piece of the wider campus regeneration around the former Preston barracks. Architect Hassell has designed a striking tiled facade that is said to echo the flocks of starling murmurations seen over Brighton pier on winter evenings. The proposed academic building will provide 75,000 sq ft of space and will be let as a design and building contract, expected to be awarded by the end of the year for a start in early 2019. Graham Construction has just been appointed by developer, U+I to deliver a new commercial hub for start-up and small businesses as part of the adjacent £200m Preston Barracks redevelopment. Designed by architects Studio Egret and TP Bennett this element of the campus redevelopment include s369 new homes, 534 student beds, shops, cafes and workshops.
The 262,000 square metre Sberbank Technopark is set to become a cradle of IT innovation. Sberbank Technopark at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre in Moscow has been awarded planning permission, receiving the ‘State Expertise’ certification from the city’s planning authority for its innovative design that includes large communal spaces, atria and cantilevered facades. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, enabling works have now begun on the Sberbank Technopark site, with shortlisted contractors soon to be invited to tender for the project’s construction. Established in 1841, Sberbank is the market leader of the Russian banking and economic circulatory system. At the forefront of process innovations and social responsibility, over 70% of Russia’s population rely on Sberbank’s services. The 262,000 square metre Sberbank Technopark will become the bank’s cradle of IT innovations, accommodating 17,000 people working in Sberbank’s information technology and marketing departments. “These are the people who will be responsible for all the bank’s ‘substance’ – its technical content, its brains,” explains Sberbank President German Gref.
Swansea Bay £1.3bn tidal lagoon scrapped account. That could cost the average British household consumer up to an additional £700 between 2031 and 2050, or the equivalent of £15,000 for every household in Wales.
The government has rejected proposals plans to build a tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, saying it is not cost-effective. Ministers were swayed by calculations that showed that the capital cost per unit of electricity generated each year by the £1.3bn tidal barrage would be several times more expensive than new nuclear or offshore wind. It was not won over by arguments that Swansea would be the first of a new generation of tidal energy projects around the UK coast, with capital costs likely to come down on future projects. Greg Clark, secretary of state of business, energy and industrial strategy, told the House of Commons: “The proposal for the Swansea tidal lagoon would cost £1.3bn to build. If successful to its maximum ambition, it would provide around 0.15% of the electricity we use each year. “The same power generated by the lagoon, over 60 years, for £1.3bn, would cost around £400m for offshore wind even at today’s prices, which have fallen rapidly, and we expect to be cheaper still in future.” A government-commissioned report by former energy minister Sir Charles Hendry last year came down in favour of tidal lagoons as a way to “deliver low carbon power in a way that is very competitive with other low carbon sources”. He said that a large scale project would costs each UK household 50p a year for 60 years. The government puts it much higher… Greg Clark told the Commons: “If a full programme of six lagoons were constructed, the Hendry Review found that the cost would be more than £50bn, and be two and a half times the cost of Hinkley to generate a similar output of electricity. Enough offshore wind to provide the same generation as a programme of lagoons is estimated to cost at least £31.5bn less to build.” He continued: “Taking all the costs together, I have been advised by analysts that, by 2050, the proposal that has been made – which would generate around 30 TWh per year of electricity - could cost up to £20bn more to produce compared to generating that same electricity through a mix of offshore wind and nuclear, once financing, operating, and system costs have been taken into
“However, in recognition of the potential local economic benefits that might result from a lagoon in Swansea, I asked officials to go back and consider what additional benefit could be ascribed to a number of other factors, including a beneficial impact on the local economy. For £1.3bn a Swansea lagoon would support, according to the Hendry Review, only 28 jobs directly associated with operating and maintaining the lagoon in the long term. Officials were also asked to make an assessment of the potential for valuable innovation and cost reductions for later lagoons that might come from embarking on a programme of construction. Independent advice concluded that the civil engineering used in Swansea Bay offers limited scope for innovation and capital cost reduction – estimated at 5% - in the construction of subsequent facilities.” The government’s financial analysis shows that the tidal lagoon proposed for Swansea Bay is estimated to have an annual electricity output of around 0.52 TeraWatt Hours (i.e. 0.52 billion units of energy). The developer’s estimated capital cost is £1.3bn. The annual power output of Hinkley Point C will be 26.1 TeraWatt Hours. The developer’s estimated capital cost is £19.6bn. Using these figures, Swansea Bay’s cost, in terms of capital cost pounds per unit of electricity, is £1.3bn / 0.52 TeraWatt Hours. This gives a ratio of 2.5. The equivalent figure for Hinkley Point C using the same calculation would be £20bn / 26TWh, which gives a ratio of 0.8. Secretary of state for Wales Alun Cairns said: “I realise the disappointment this decision may cause, but ultimately this project did not meet the threshold for taxpayer value. The reality is the consumer and industry would have been paying disproportionately high prices for electricity when cheaper alternatives are available. I was an early and consistent supporter of the scheme – and took it to Number 10 – but after months of hard work by officials - the conclusion when taking a responsible approach to taxpayers’ money – is it just did not stack up. It’s important to stress that the issue here is specifically with the tidal lagoon application, not the concept of marine energy itself. The office of the secretary of state for Wales and wider government is committed to renewable energy and we will remain open to different sources of that. However, the priority always has to be that renewable energy represents good value for the Welsh consumer.” Keith Clarke, chair of the developer Tidal Lagoon (Swansea Bay) Plc, was not happy. “In light of today’s statement and having heard next to nothing from government for two years, the board will be meeting in two days’ time to consider its next steps. There has been no negotiation and it is not unreasonable to expect that government will now be willing to meet and discuss its position on Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon in some detail. We have already requested that meeting. Read More...
New Horizons at Landscape 2018 Step outside this Autumn as LANDSCAPE returns to Battersea Park, 18 – 19 September, for a fresh delivery of outdoor design talent.
ANDSCAPE, the highly established trade show of the industry, is back for yet another year. LANDSCAPE is uniting several incredibly talented landscape architects, contractors, developers and landscape designers who are dedicated to sourcing the latest innovations and technologies in the landscaping industry. You’ll find these experienced professionals all under one roof for two days discovering some of the industry’s most ground-breaking products available.
Exhibitors LANDSCAPE SHOW 2018 promises to deliver a range of both fresh and returning exhibitors showcasing a variety of products from structures and buildings, stone and decking, garden furniture and sculptures to name a few. It’s a must visit event for any professional designer or architect looking to source the newest product ranges to use within their projects. Ian Hunter, Materials Council, says ‘The thing that makes the LANDSCAPE Show stand out from other shows for me is it’s setting, its scale, the people and the talks programme.” With typically 86 per cent of the show visitors likely to recommend or use an exhibitor for a future project, the exhibitor list is going from strength to strength every year. There is a promising array of companies to meet and products to discover. Accredited seminars Alongside the main exhibition, there is a free to attend seminar programme. Hosted across four theatres there’ll be over 40 seminars available to attend
throughout the two day event. Each session is CPD accredited and addresses current topics that are integral to the industry. LANDSCAPE has carefully planned the seminar programme to include a representative from each sector of the landscaping world, so there is something for everyone. Some of the esteemed speakers to mention include, Daniel Lobb from Bestique Landscape & Garden Design, discussing the various vital elements of 21st Century Design, as well as Caroline Worthington from the Royal British Society of Sculptors. There is no need to register your interest for seminars, simply turn up on the day. Make sure to check out landscapeshow. co.uk over the next couple of months for the latest announcements on who will be joining the impressive line-up this September.
Project previews In addition to the incredible event, you can stay up to date on the latest cutting-edge news and insight into remarkable projects through LANDSCAPE’s monthly digital magazine, available online. The show is open from 10am-6pm on Tuesday 18th September and from 10am-5pm on Wednesday 19th September. The exhibition and all seminar sessions are free to attend, simply register in advance at: www.landscapeshow.co.uk/register. Landscape Battersea Park London 020 7821 8221 firstname.lastname@example.org www.landscapeshow.co.uk T: @LandscapeEvent I: @Landscape.show
Andura Exterior Coating Transforms Home ina Bressington decided to change the outside appearance of her property in Bristol, which had a red brick exterior like many ex-local authority houses. She chose an Andura coating due to its durability, the no maintenance required and the 20 year guarantee, as well as the professionalism of Andy Gazzard at Protective Wall Coatings, a Registered Andura Contractor, to carry out the work.
“I had a friend who had a similar Andura coating done to their house which had lasted extremely well, compared with a neighbour’s house which had been just painted, and was already flaking after a couple of years,” said Nina. The property is a 1940’s three bedroom semi-detached house, located in a great residential area. Nina has modernised the interior and more recently added a conservatory to the rear, a front porch and a side extension. It was after these additions in March 2018 that Protective
Wall Coatings were brought in and the whole job took just five days on site to complete. When Protective Wall Coatings came to look at the mortar joints and brick faces, there would have been a lot of repairs to do in re-mortaring and so the Andura process was to be a much more effective solution. There was some preparation and repair to be done to the outer surfaces and then the first stage was to apply the GRC base coat, a high performance, breathable polymer render (unlike sand and cement) which gives increased flexibility. As the mortar joints were deep, two coats of GRC were applied, the first a rough coat then a finer flatter coat. Once this base coat had cured, the top coat of Andura Trowel & Roll coating was applied. Protective Wall Coatings find that this coating gives a thicker application and then they use a nylon roller for downward texture ensuring that when it rains, the water runs off and the surface is self-cleaning.
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Continuing over 500 years of lime production on Wenlock Edge, the UK’s leading manufacturer of lime based mortars, renders and plasters, Lime Green Products completed the construction of its state of the art mixing plant in just 3 months, after 3 years of planning! The building frame required over 150 tonnes of steel. Twenty three storage silos holding over 600 tonnes of raw materials provide the capacity for a daily manufacturing
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tonne, which allows us to make a product with greater consistency over time whilst also improving efficiency in raw material and energy use. The bulk storage is cleaner and safer, as materials are contained in sealed, constantly monitored silos. This has also significantly reduced the amount of HGV traffic on and off the site, and eliminated a large amount of packaging waste.
To celebrate the recent opening of its 100 metric tonnes a day capacity manufacturing plant, Lime Green Products held its first Open Day attended by customers, architects and restoration contractors, conservation officers and the Lord The plant has a wide range of Mayor of Much Wenlock, who all enjoyed a tour ingredients available on demand from the silos, everything from of the new factory which impressed all. output of approx. 100 metric tonnes. A sophisticated software system ensures highly accurate computer controlled batching of ingredients for all products. Co-founder and Operations Director James Ayres said: “The plant is designed for very precise weighing and mixing, for some ingredients as accurate as 1 gram per
very traditional roman cement and limes through to modern low-carbon binders. This allows us to switch between products with ease to meet short lead times, a real concern for many contractors in the industry.” For further information please contact email@example.com or on M: 07914 394302
Property deal boosts Stratford regeneration The £2.4bn mixed-use development under construction in Stratford, east London, has received a boost with the forward sale of one of the major blocks being built. oint venture developers Lendlease and London & Continental Railways (LCR) have sold a 278,000 sq ft commercial office building at International Quarter London (IQL) to DWS (formerly Deutsche Asset Management) for £240m. Progress is well under way onsite with the first two residential towers now complete and more than one million square feet of office space already pre-let.
Studio Kyson’s Nomadic Treehouse at Battersea Power Station for London Festival of Architecture 2018 Studio Kyson’s nomadic Treehouse is at Battersea Power Station (Circus West Village), from now until 30 June, as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2018. The striking geometric pavilion of smoked mirror and charred timber is a space to walk in, around, or to simply observe. It will provide festival visitors a place to decompress or re-calibrate at this busy new London destination.
Designed as a free-standing structure, the Treehouse explores the principles of form, light and texture. It expresses these with a series of contrasts; solid and void, dark and light, rough and smooth. The compelling reflective surface means that the Treehouse takes on some of the identity of its site, while offering passers-by a new perspective. On entering, visitor finds a darkened, textured space that invites contrasting introspection. Scott Kyson says, “The Treehouse is designed to be a pavilion of pure pleasure, a space to explore,
relax, or to simply take a moment to ponder contrasts: solid and void, dark and light, rough and smooth; man-made and natural. It’s a one-off not-for-profit – a not-for-anything, a testament to collaboration, a serious folly, and a study-in-process.” Honor Fishburn, Senior Placemaking Manager at Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “We are delighted to host Kyson’s Treehouse here at Circus West Village as we celebrate London Festival of Architecture. We have a long-term ambition to make Battersea a new cultural district for London so it’s great to be able to support initiatives like this that enliven the built environment. With over ten restaurants, cafes and bars now open and a selection of events and activities taking place throughout LFA, there is plenty for people to explore here at Battersea Power Station.”
Investments from DWS and Legal & General totalled more than £615m for the first two commercial buildings, one of which Transport for London took handover of in September 2017 as tenant, and the other the Financial Conduct Authority took handover of in March 2018. The building, which is currently under construction, is located at Redman Place in IQL and will form a significant part of the new neighbourhood being built at the gateway to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. On completion in 2019, the
building will become the new headquarters to both Cancer Research UK and the British Council. IQL reports strong interest from potential tenants for the remaining space in both buildings acquired by DWS. Unicef recently announced that it will move its UK HQ there, taking 25,000 sq ft. Lendlease and LCR will continue to manage the delivery of the building through the Stratford City Business District Ltd (SCBD Ltd) joint venture until delivery is complete, when management will transfer to DWS. Lendlease is also acting as development and construction manager and providing capital markets advice to SCBD Ltd. Dan Labbad, chief executive of Lendlease International, said: “Whether it be the sporting facilities, educational institutions clustered around Here East, or the East Bank – the Mayor of London’s initiative for the arts – this area of the capital is being totally transformed.
MPs call for house-builders’ ombudsman A cross-party group of MPs and peers is recommending the creation of a New Homes Ombudsman to help provide redress for disgruntled home buyers. A report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment, published on 26th June, calls on the government to make it compulsory for all house-builders to belong to an independent ombudsman scheme. The report, Better redress for homebuyers, says that a New Homes Ombudsman should be independent and free to consumers, providing a quick resolution to disputes. The report also recommends that government, warranty providers, builders and consumer group’s work together to draw up a code of practice that would be used by the New Homes Ombudsman to adjudicate on disputes. The report follows on from its 2016 report on the quality and workmanship of new housing in England. That report, More homes, fewer complaints, also called for a New Homes Ombudsman because of widespread frustration and disappointment
from buyers of new homes, both in terms of the number of defects that new homes often had on handover, and also the problems they encountered in getting them fixed. This latest inquiry once again revealed the confusing landscape consumers face when they try to get redress for building defects, with a plethora of warranties, building codes and complaints procedures, none of which put the consumer first. “Buying a new home is stressful enough but buying a defective one, as we heard from submissions and witnesses, can take a massive toll on people’s wellbeing as they wrestle with an almost Kafkaesque system seemingly designed to be unhelpful,” said Lord Richard Best, vice chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment and a former director of the National Federation of Housing Associations.
“The purchaser of a new home in this country should be confident that they are buying a high-quality product, no matter where they are or who built it. Our proposals could help to make this a reality,” he said. To reduce consumer confusion and help ensure consumer complaints are dealt with efficiently, the report recommends a single entry point for ombudsman services spanning the entire residential sector, which would cover the conduct of estate agents through to social housing. Within this overarching service, there would be either a number of specialist ombudsmen or specialist divisions, including one for new homes. Funding for the scheme would be paid for by a levy on house-builders, with larger companies paying proportionately more.
Matheson Whiteley adds pared-back brick extension to Sebastian Wrong’s Victorian house Matheson Whiteley has completed a simple brick extension to designer Sebastian Wrong’s east-London house, featuring a combination of traditional and contemporary details. The studio led by Donald Matheson and Jason Whiteley was tasked with designing an addition to the semi-detached Victorian townhouse that could accommodate a workshop on the ground floor with an en-suite bedroom above. Wrong, who returned to the role of design director at Established & Sons in 2017, and launched his own lighting company Wrong London the year before, lives in the house together with his wife, the jewellery designer Franca Berr, and their two children. The property in the Victoria Park Conservation Area is situated alongside Edward Charles Hakewill’s heritage-listed Gothic revival church, St John of Jerusalem, which was built in 1848.
“We tried to keep the construction very simple and look for moments where we could introduce some refinement,” suggested Matheson.
Planning regulations permitted the addition of a two-storey structure that was required to remain subservient to the existing house. However, the prominent corner site also provided an opportunity to add something worthwhile to the neighbourhood.
One such detail is an acute corner resulting from the building’s angular shape, which was resolved using traditional bricklaying techniques to create a subtle but distinctive junction.
The extension is entirely clad in brick that was chosen to echo The wedge-shaped structure is squeezed onto a previously unoccupied the tonality of the existing house. The brick is treated with a space between the house and its boundary with the churchyard. Its black mineral wash that retains the natural variation in the form is a straightforward response to the plot’s unusual geometry. surfaces.
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A unique and characterful mixed use building has been created by SPPARC at the heart of the Kensington Conservation Area in London SPPARC has completed 145 Kensington Church Street, a 17,000 sq. ft mixed use development in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Featuring three floors of office space occupied by Savills, and four luxury residential apartments, this building draws its design inspiration from the unique candle-making heritage of the area. With this new signature building for joint developer Savills Investment Management and Unbranded Properties, SPPARC has bound together the old and the new and deftly navigated the tight constraints of a sensitive conservation area to create a unique and characterful building.
Shou Sugi Ban House by Schwartz and Architecture Site size 5 acres Project size: 640 square feet (remodel + addition) Program: A single-family house was expanded to include a new guest suite; the existing bedroom, master bath, kitchen, and family room were remodeled. Location: Los Gatos, California Solution: The existing one-story house is anchored by a new two-story volume—a punctuation mark and counterpoint to the existing composition. The design of the expansion and remodeling is inspired by the textures of the site: boulders, bark, and leaves. The addition is clad in traditional Japanese Shou Sugi Ban burnt cedar siding.
Praised by planners as a cohesive addition to the townscape, SPPARC worked closely with the local authority to gain planning approval and to produce an exceptional mixed-use development with a dynamic façade, that compliments the character of the Conservation Area whilst being unapologetic about its modernity. Through a carefully crafted design that reflects on the traditional building hierarchy of the surrounding conservation area, SPPARC was able to successfully integrate a larger scaled building onto this prominent site. The residential apartments that occupy the second to fifth floors feature floor-to-ceiling openable windows and interiors finished with white-washed oak. A terrace situated on the rooftop serves one of the two lateral apartments, whilst the two duplex apartments are served by balcony spaces. The office space which fronts directly onto Kensington Church Street is served with bike storage and shower facilities at the basement level.
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NEW ‘CONTRACT FLOORING ZONE’ ON OFFER The team behind the UK’s largest flooring trade show in Harrogate is launching a new opportunity aimed at contract flooring suppliers. The new ‘Contract Flooring Zone’ will be part of the HOMES 2018 exhibition which runs at Olympia, London on 28 & 29 November 2018.
HOMES 2018 is run by Ocean Media Group, the new owners of The Flooring Show, as part of its highly successful portfolio of events and publications for the housing industry. HOMES has grown considerably in the past five years and is the UK’s only event dedicated to residential development, asset management and procurement. It attracts over 3,500 visitors.
“Our HOMES exhibition offers contract suppliers the opportunity to meet a mix of buyers, specifiers, designers and contractors who already attend the HOMES show,” confirms The Flooring Show event manager Kane Thomas. “And we’ll also be utilising our existing flooring database to invite along any South East based interior designers, buyers, architects and specifiers. “This affiliation with the HOMES show is a good opportunity for some of our Flooring Show exhibitors to grow awareness of their contract offer with a high-quality audience – we felt it was a connection worth developing and reaction so far has been very positive.” In this launch year space to exhibit within the new Contract Flooring Zone will be limited to just 10 suppliers. The area will include access to a communal Meeting Hub equipped with a range of round tables and high desks with plenty of power points and internet. Participating companies will each get a 9sqm shell scheme stand to exhibit in, which will include lighting and furniture and a hospitality package for two employees including lunch at the show and two hotel nights each. In addition, suppliers will be able to offer up to three hotel room nights to VIP clients and 10 VIP entry passes (worth over £1000).
“We are aiming to make this as easy as possible for those involved,” explains Kane. “Our all-in package means that our exhibitors should only need to bring a couple of sales representatives, marketing information and samples to the show to display.” Any company who decides to take part, who is also an exhibitor at The Flooring Show in Harrogate, will benefit from a significant discount for taking part in both shows and will be featured in a special ‘Contract Flooring Zone’ Preview stand at The Flooring Show in Harrogate which takes place 16-18 September. To find out more please contact Kane Thomas from The Flooring Show – details below. Kane Thomas, Event Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7772 8312 The 2018 Flooring Show will take place at the Harrogate Convention Centre from 16 – 18 September. The full exhibitor list to date can be viewed on the show website
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A look inside Benoy’s Luneng CC Plaza Shopping Mall, Tianjin, design Benoy has shared a look inside its latest development in Tianjin, China, Luneng CC Plaza Shopping Mall. enoy is the interior designer for the 120,000m2 retail scheme which celebrated its grand opening in 2018.
The retail development by Benoy sits within the wider 550,000m2 Luneng CC Plaza mixed-use development within the Nankai district. The scheme unites a high-end hotel, boutique shopping street, five residential towers and a Grade A office tower with the shopping mall as well as two underground metro line stations. With its prominent location in central Tianjin and proximity to the Tianjin Water Park and Tian Ta Lake, Benoy developed the concept of a ‘City park’ for the Interior Design of the six-storey mall.
Simon Wong, Director at Benoy, said, “We wanted Luneng CC Plaza Shopping Mall to be a place of recreation for the community. A space where visitors can enjoy entertainment, retail, art, activities and great food with their friends – all under one roof.” The scheme’s ‘City park’ approach is brought to life through two thematic areas – the ‘Spring park’ and the ‘Winter park’. The ‘Spring park’ defines the main six-storey atrium and brings Tianjin’s outdoors into the development with neutral wood detailing and bursts of decorative planting. The ‘Winter garden’ defines the secondary atrium with a cooler colour palette. This design approach is carried through to the mall arcades, with interactive artistic
displays and thematic rest areas providing interesting and comfortable spaces for visitors to experience and dwell within. With its prime location and unique design, the scheme has created a strong brand appeal and attracted over 30 newto-market brands to Tianjin alongside more than 200 stores covering entertainment,
retail, dining, cinema, lifestyle and fitness. “To see so many new brands choose the Luneng CC Plaza Shopping Mall as the platform to launch their presence in Tianjin is always exciting for us as designers – we feel we have succeeded in creating a destination which appeals to both the local community and visitors to the city,” said Simon. The Luneng CC Plaza Shopping Mall joins Benoy’s built portfolio in Tianjin, China which also includes the award-winning Riverside66. www.benoy.com
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VELUX launches competition to recognise most inventive use of roof windows in building projects Leading roof window manufacturer VELUX has launched a national competition that celebrates architects and designers for the most inventive and modern use of roof windows in a residential project. The competition, called The VELUX Roof Window Award, is now open and invites submissions from architects based in the UK and Ireland who can showcase the design, aesthetics and detailing of any completed project that includes a VELUX roof window. The passion VELUX has for daylight, fresh air and better living environments has led them to run the competition for a second year.
“VELUX has a reputation for providing quality products, and this has enabled designers to craft spaces that push the boundaries of design and aid pioneering construction concepts. And it is this commitment to supporting the design and construction industry that has been the driving force behind VELUX extending the competition to across the whole of the UK and Ireland.”
The winner will receive £2,000 in prize money and a VELUX curved glass roof window to use in their next project.
The inaugral award, launched by VELUX for Scottish architects in 2017, saw Stonehaven-based Hyve Architects win the Built catergory with The Gables, an extension and renovation of a period property in the heart of Stonehaven Conservation Area. Mary Arnold-Forster Architects, based in the west coast of Scotland, won the un-built category for their project Sandbank in Iona, a stunning bungalow with four split levels that overlooks the sea to Mull.
Grant Sneddon, product manager for VELUX said: “The VELUX Roof Window Award is a great opportunity for architects and designers to be recognised for their innovative and imaginative use of daylight achieved through using roof windows to transform a building into something quite special.
For more information on the VELUX Roof Window Award and the opportunity to enter, please follow this link: http://designcompetition.velux.co.uk/
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Whether you are looking to do a complete garden re-design or simply want to update the look of your garden, www.oecogardenrooms.co.uk has compiled some of the must have trends to look out for this summer.
a storage area to a multifunctional space, and with technology advancing all the time this popularity is expected to grow.
Bold colours will remain popular
Many people are now choosing to create multi-use spaces which have designated storage areas for garden equipment but also areas for other uses such as greenhouses, outdoor entertainment areas, summer houses and even games rooms or gyms.
Although the use of natural colours and finishes has been a staple of garden design for many years, many people are now choosing bright and vibrant colours to make their gardens stand out from the crowd.
Whether you are planning to adapt your existing shed or build a new one there are plenty of options available, from flat pack self-assembly units to professional installed structures that can be custom made to your specifications and needs.
Muted tones such as browns, greens and greys are perfect for garden fences and sheds, but try switching it up a little with your garden furniture. There is now a whole range of colours to choose from when searching for garden furniture, and you can even update tired looking fixtures and furniture with some bold paint or varnish to create pops of colour and focal points in the space.
Growing your own vegetables
Alfresco Dining The summer months are the perfect time to enjoy the garden, with alfresco dining set to become one of the biggest trends this year. Creating an outside space in which to cook and entertain friends and family will become must-have garden features this year, with dedicated areas for eating and relaxing, and for cooking. BBQâ€™s and pizza ovens are good choices for cooking, while pergolas, gazebos and verandas are popular eating and relaxing areas. The key to creating the perfect alfresco dining experience is providing comfy furniture, heating options if required and mood lighting to create the right ambience.
Multiple use garden sheds A big trend over the past few years was to change the standard garden shed from
With people now looking at eating healthier and wanting to know where their food comes from there has been a big resurgence in growing your own vegetables over the past few years.
Solar hubs also allow you to charge mobile phones, tablets and torches allowing you to spend more time in the garden. Solar lights and hubs are safe and inexpensive, and are perfect for creating the right atmosphere to relax and unwind in.
Welcoming nature into your garden Many gardeners are aware of the declining numbers of bees and
Design trends to make your garden pop this summer
There is a variety of h e r b s a n d vegetables that can be easily grown in the garden from tomatoes and cucumbers to cabbage and spinach, making it a great pastime for green fingered gardeners. Seasonal vegetables can also be planted giving you a variety of food all year round.
Starting to grow your own vegetables is easy, start off with some window boxes of herbs and expand from there. Set aside a patch of garden to do some experimenting or build a greenhouse and start growing.
Solar lighting continues to be popular Solar lights have come a long way over the last couple of years and are now one of the most cost effective and easy to install lighting for the garden. Available in single lights to light pathways and driveways and chain lights to light up bigger spaces, solar lighting is now one of the most popular lighting solutions for the garden.
butterflies, but it is also important to welcome other animals into your garden. Taking time to research and adjust the types of plants and flowers you use in your garden will better support local wildlife, giving them some much needed food and shelter. Some of the things to consider are to restrict or stop the use of harmful insecticides, grown native berries and seed-producing plants and set aside a small area of your garden to let grow; this will provide natural shelter and foraging areas for wildlife.
Executive appointment at Benx strengths technical service across group The Benx Group has appointed a new Group Technical Director in a move that sees technical strength and expertise across the external wall solutions group brought together for the first time.
on Bourne, who has over 20 years of technical experience in the drywall industry, joins the team from one of Europe’s leading plasterboard manufacturers. He will be working across the Benx Group, which includes SPSenvirowall, a leading supplier of external wall insulation and render, building boards and façades specialist RCM, and La Roc, experts in throughcoloured render systems. His appointment aims to build further upon the group’s technical excellence and reputation for innovation and development in the external wall sector. Speaking about his appointment, Jon said: “Our focus is to continue to develop our people and their skills across the group. We have some superb talent in-house and we want to utilise it to the fullest to provide the best technical support and service for our customers. “Innovation will also be a focal point for me. The group is known for its customer-led innovation, ensuring we have the right products at the right price, so we will continue to talk to our customers and the industry to keep on making strides forward in product development and service. “SPSenvirowall, RCM and La Roc all share the same vision for the group and their individual businesses in the market. Their collective strength allows us to push forward and grow even further.” Ian Wilson, CEO at the Benx Group, said “We aspire to be the supplier of choice in our target sectors. We are delighted to welcome Jon to the executive team. His knowledge and experience will further strengthen our technical service and product development capabilities, which are at the forefront of our strategy.” The Benx Group is a leading provider of products and solutions that enhance, protect and add value to buildings through innovation, technology, and practical experience. La Roc (trading as Ecorend) develops and supplies an extensive range of through-coloured render
systems, including monocouche one coat, silicone, acrylic and mineral thin coat variants. Supplying specialist building boards, façades, breather membranes and airtightness solutions, RCM is a leading supplier of complete through wall solutions to the UK construction industry. SPSenvirowall is a leading supplier of external wall insulation (EWI) and façade systems, high-quality decorative renders and cladding to the building and construction industry for new build and refurbishment applications.
The future in cavity wall construction! The SureCav25 cavity spacer system forms a consistent 25mm clear cavity width in new masonry, timber-frame, SIPS, ICF or SFS constructed cavity walls of domestic and non-domestic buildings and is fully BBA approved for all exposure zones, including very severe. SureCav25 creates a fully protected cavity environment that remains moisture and mortar free.
Recycling achievements - half a million sheets! SureCav Limited continues its drive to help the environment. They started production in 2004 using vacuum forming but in 2011 adopted the injection-mould process using 100% recycled polypropylene. SureCav are please to say that since 2011, sales have exceeded half a million sheets of SureCav25 and SureCav50 resulting in replacing the equivalent of 2.7 million concrete blocks. That’s approximately 50,000 tonnes of concrete and 2,500 lorry loads!
SureCav has helped to protect the environment by recycling 675 tonnes of plastic to produce a fully 100% recycled product! SureCav25 – makes room for more insulation!
Now drive down U-Values even further! SureCav25 allows for more room in the cavity for insulation, thus enhancing the thermal performance of the wall. Where heat conservation is the prime concern, by maintaining the original internal and external dimensions of the property, SureCav25 will release an additional 25mm that can be used for extra insulation in the cavity. All the properties of SureCav50 you’ve come to rely on - but now just 25mm deep - with a guaranteed 25mm clean and moisture free clear cavity. For example, using a designed 100mm overall cavity comprising 75mm board insulation and a 25mm clear cavity using SureCav25, you can achieve U-Values as low as 0.18 W/m²K. Alternatively, a 125mm overall cavity width, comprising 100mm board insulation and a 25mm clear cavity using SureCav25, can achieve U-Values as low as 0.15 W/m²K.
Protection in all exposure zones!
It is our experience that a clear section of the cavity should always be present in the construction of the external leaf. The 25mm air gap between the outer layer of masonry and the insulation, coupled with the moisture beating design of the SureCav25 panels, will prevent any water penetration, even in severe exposure zones.
Gain more space with SureCav25!
A reduction in wall thickness of 25mm will increase the internal dimensions of the property by 50mm in each direction and result in an average of 1.25% increased floor space. Already an additional 5% floor space will have been gained by removing the need for 100mm concrete backing blocks. This can rise to upwards of 6% additional floor-space in cases where random stone is used in very severe weather zones. Consider this, with just a 1.25% gain this is equivalent to the floor space of 1 extra house on an 80-house site!
Fresh external appearance
SureCav25 provides an excellent opportunity to upgrade to external face of older building stock or provide a protective moisture barrier behind the render system on timber-frame dwellings. The unique features of SureCav25 form a barrier to wind-driven rain and will further protect the fabric of the building. A vented, SureCav25 cavity will be able to ‘breathe’ and evaporate the moisture, avoiding the problems of interstitial condensation. With the installation of a unique SureCav25 airspace over the top of a degraded wall surface it is now possible to build a new decorative, waterproof rendered surface.
‘SMART DESIGN’ BOXES WARD OFF THE LEGIONELLA THREAT Chris goggin of rinnai looks at how smart design and control options can design out legionella proliferation
egionella control and risk avoidance thereof are top of the list when designing heating and hot water systems.
The whole supply chain – manufacturers and distributors through contractors to endusers – need to plan and design systems to eliminate the risk of Legionella. It is one area where avoidance and prevention are the only sensible action to take to avoid problems further down the road. Our modern lifestyle demands that hot water is available on tap at any time, day or night. So how can installers and designers reduce the fear of Legionella breaking out – and give peace of mind to customers and end-users? Quite simple – limit the volume of storage on your hot water system. A glance through the Health & Safety Executive ‘Approved Code of Practice’ highlights the vast amount of detailed maintenance needed to keep a stored hot water system Legionella free; the level of work involved is time consuming, expensive and must be adhered to religiously. According to the HSE stored hot water systems present an enhanced risk for the proliferation of Legionella, especially at the base of calorifiers where the incoming water merges with the existing hot water. Legionella bacteria multiply where temperatures are between 20-45°C. Water at the base of the calorifier is liable to collect sedimented organic and mineral deposits, which support bacterial growth, including Legionella, which is then distributed throughout the system.
A lot of these problems are solved by choosing to install a continuous flow hot water heating system. With a gas-fired continuous flow system there is no cylinder to cause problems because the cold water enters the water heater directly from the mains and is immediately heated to advisory levels. With Rinnai continuous flow units water temperature for distribution is accurate to ±1˚C. The fact that there is no stratification as there is no storage ensures permanent even temperature. There is no requirement to heat a volume of water just to ensure the elimination of Legionella bacteria as the minimum temperature that a continuous flow unit achieves exceeds advisory levels. However, when considering design parameters that incorporate secondary return systems pipework and dead legs can act as water storage. ACOP L8 (Legionella Guidance) highlights that (continuous forms of instantaneous) systems installed close to the point of use have a greatly reduced risk of legionella proliferation. Despite this in many instances commercial applications are designed around a secondary hot water return. So, when the taps or shower heads stop running, after use, the pipework will be full of cooling water capable of breeding Legionella bacteria; therefore you do have stored water and appropriate safeguards must be put in place.
So, what is a smart design consideration to eliminate any risk of Legionella bacteria multiplying in a hot water system without keeping water circulating constantly at 60 degrees? The technology is available in the form of smart controls linked to the water heating system, inside which is a timer channel programme and a temperature controller. The timer will over-ride the temperature control for a short period and then revert back to safe levels. This combination allows for safe running of water at 42°C core temperature during the day and thermal shock the system at 60°C intermittently at times when the building is not in use. By the time the building opens again, core temperature is back down to 42°C for safe use. Some parts of the hot water system, such as rarely used shower heads or terminal fittings, will require regular maintenance and frequent checks to ensure the hot water system is operating correctly. It is a very simple technology that takes advantage of innate high-tech controls within the water heater, it eliminates risk from Legionella bacteria and is ideal for use in care homes, hospitals and sports clubs - any large or small scale site. For more information on the RINNAI product range visit www.rinnaiuk.com * Approved Code of Practice L8 The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems, HSE, 2000. “Some of the features of gravity hot water systems which influence the risk of exposure to Legionella, such as having open tanks and relatively large storage volumes, can be eliminated by moving to mains pressure systems…Other problems, such as the maintenance of water temperatures throughout the distribution system and changes in demand, can be simplified by changing to point-of-use water heaters with minimal or no storage.” • Guidance on the general principles and limitations of instantaneous water heaters is given in BS6700:1997
To ensure total safety, therefore, the whole water contents of the calorifier, including at the base, must be heated to a temperature of 60˚C for one hour each day.
HI MACS® SPECIFIED FOR IMPRESSIVE HOOVER RESTORATION
One of London’s most iconic art deco buildings has been transformed by IDM Properties as part of a major restoration and renovation project which has seen part of the building converted into 66 stylish apartments. Many of the building’s original art deco features have been retained and restored, including grand staircases with wrought-iron bannisters, high-waisted dado rails, terrazzo flooring in the lobby and the original green colour scheme has been used in the corridors. Of course, the rich heritage of the façade, one of London’s most famous Art Deco landmarks, has also been preserved. Beyond the exceptional exterior and communal surroundings, the interior of the luxury apartments - which are available either as studios, or with one, two or three bedrooms - cleverly combine contemporary style with modern features, creating a unique and striking blend of the old and new. A central element of the design in these luxurious living spaces are the kitchens and HI-MACS® has been used to create impressive work surfaces in all 66
apartments. Contributing to the overall balance of high quality contemporary design with subtle art deco flair, the surfaces, which have been beautifully fabricated by Solid Fabrications Limited and supplied by James Latham, the exclusive distributor of HI-MACS® in the
UK and Ireland, have been created using more than 100 sheets of HI-MACS® Andromeda. Debbie Northall, Specification Manager, Decorative Products, James Latham said, “IDM Properties
have created something really special at the Hoover Building. When you stand inside one of these apartments, you are surrounded by luxurious materials and cutting-edge design. The combination of original art deco architecture and modern styling make them extremely desirable and the specification team here at James Latham are delighted that HI-MACS® Andromeda was selected.” As well as its ability to be joined seamlessly so that it appears to be fashioned from a single piece of material, HI-MACS® is ultra-resistant and completely hygienic, and thus perfect for use with foodstuffs. Its pore-free surface prevents any build-up of waste or bacteria, making the kitchen surface easier to clean. Another nod to the building’s heritage in the kitchen is that the appliances, of course, have all been made by Hoover. 0116 257 3415 www.lathamtimber.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s get one thing straight: Don’t be put off by property subsidence Between 2016/17, 184,000 homes were built in England. During this time, hundreds of homes and buildings across Britain were severely damaged, following extreme weather conditions including heatwaves, flash floods and sub-zero temperatures. According to conservation charity, WWF, the impact of such conditions is estimated to have cost the British economy tens of billions of pounds; this could increase even more by 2050, particularly if buildings continue to be constructed on flood plains.
ne of the most alarming problems following severe weather conditions is the impact this has on the structural integrity of buildings. Wall cracks and sinking floors are both indications of potentially serious structural damage and, if not properly inspected for underlying foundation ground problems, might lead to costly financial and emotional implications. Robbie Blanchfield, UK Manager from global leaders in advanced ground engineering, Mainmark, offers advice and guidance on the best ways to identify structural issues and how advanced technology is offering homeowners, builders and property developers a far more cost-effective solution. “Historically, ground engineering solutions haven’t been the most cost-effective. What’s more, traditional methods have also been time consuming, invasive and an inconvenience for residents or developers. In fact, the thought of having to fix structural issues fills most people with dread. However, advances in technology means that expensive and invasive methods are now a thing of the past, with ‘key-hole’ injection processes becoming a far more viable solution” says Robbie. A prime example of how these advanced methods are offering improved solutions is when Mainmark came to the assistance of a Macclesfield homeowner, whose twostorey brick house had started to subside by as much as 82mm. The homeowner was hoping to renovate the property but needed to fix the structural issues first. There were a number of options considered including traditional underpinning, however, that method would have simply stabilised the property and not lifted and re-levelled it. It would also have taken a prolonged period
of time to complete the work and cost a significant amount of money. Due to the tight timeframe as well as the cost and disruption associated with traditional underpinning methods, the homeowner decided to appoint Mainmark and benefit from its computer-controlled injection grouting process. This solution allowed the homeowner to continue with his renovations in a timely manner, with Mainmark completing the job in less than five days.
Fixing the problem It’s worth noting that not all wall cracks and sinking floors automatically mean the structural integrity of your building is failing, in fact smaller hairline cracks are not usually cause for concern and are typically the result of seasonal expansion and contraction of the property’s walls or foundation ground. These can often be easily patched and repainted. It’s the larger cracks that are wider than around 5mm or cracks that have suddenly appeared that you need to watch out for as these can signify significant structural damage.
As most builders or developers will know, the traditional way of addressing structural issues associated with significant wall cracks and uneven floors would involve excavating or digging up parts of the building’s foundation, pouring in concrete, waiting for it to set and then raising the building on concrete blocks. This traditional method of underpinning is time consuming, disruptive and expensive. With modern methods, it’s now possible for builders and property developers to use non-invasive processes to raise, re-level and re-support a building. Mainmark offers two non-invasive solutions including Teretek®, engineered resin injection and JOG Computer-Controlled Grouting, which delivers a high mobility cementitious grout mix via a multitude of injection ports under precise computer control. The structure is continuously monitored with millimetre precision while the JOG computer controls the grout injection. Injections take place every few seconds to gently and precisely raise, or ''float'', the entire structure back to level.
For more information about Mainmark’s modern alternative to traditional underpinning methods, please visit www.mainmark.com/uk/residential
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Variety and dynamic are the buzz words for this year’s Manchester Furniture Show (15-17 July, Manchester Central). With the high-end MidPoint Furniture Exhibition joining the show for the first time there will be more choice than ever before. From glam dark woods to luxe metallics, and from mainstream to high-end, visitors will have plenty of temptations.
n upholstery over 20 well known UK and International upholstery companies will introduce new designs from robust classic styles to large scale-modular, and compact contemporary models.
expertise produces highend contemporary living and dining collections and the three new ranges on show feature white lacquers, subtle internal lighting and concealed handles.
The UK’s Alpha Designs return to Manchester with new styles designed to charm and delight. Their new sophisticated and colourful sofas Expert Italian producer and chairs ooze comfort and modernity. Calligaris are at Manchester for the first Italia Living shows at Manchester for the first time. Their innovative, time in the MidPoint section. Their luxurious quality driven collections leather sofas are all about aspiration and are renowned worldwide. relaxation. With all the chic of Italian design Their 2018 collection features individually they will be introducing new models in pale styled dining and coffee tables with ceramic greys and light blues with metal accents. tops, and padded chairs in soft velvets. For living and dining furniture the choice is extensive too. Trends from traditional to futuristic and minimalist, and plenty of mixed textures will tempt buyers at every turn with plenty of new exhibitors showing their latest collections. First time Manchester exhibitor Venjakob will be in the MidPoint section. Their German
Beds are always popular at Manchester and there are many new exhibitors showing beds and mattresses this year.
Breasley will show their popular and extensive collection of ‘Mattress in a Box’ and exclusive, statement beds will be on display from Whitemeadow in their new dedicated Bed Studio. Slumberdream will have everything from budget collections to luxurious pocket spring models to introduce to a new audience.
Vogue Beds introduces the Touch collection, it has a unique encapsulated surrounds which offer 100% sleeping area, and their new Airstream collection features memory fibre fillings.
The Manchester Furniture Show is definitely a powerhouse for furniture and interiors this summer bursting with colour, texture and new designs. To see the full exhibitor list and to register go to manchesterfurnitureshow.com
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Traditionally jointed solid wood kitchens
Pineland Furniture is a family owned business and was established in 1987 by Edward Taylor and his son Richard. We mainly design and manufacture bespoke high quality kitchen furniture however we also make freestanding and built in furniture for bedrooms, living rooms etc.
We have two branches which are located fairly centrally in the UK. You’ll find our main outlet in the picturesque market town of Cleobury Mortimer in Shropshire and our second branch in the old salt town of Northwich in Cheshire. Both of these premises are manufacturing centres with comprehensive showrooms.
Our quality and attention to detail means well over half of our business stems from repeat orders and personal recommendations.
appliance details, that would help, as would a daytime contact number should we need to query anything. Don’t worry if you don’t have finalised room or appliance dimensions, plans can be modified up to 14 days before delivery. If sending us details we will send you a FREE (no obligation), detailed hand drawn plan by return – fully costed.
Here at Pineland you’ll find that not only do we use traditional methods and materials to craft our products we also have a more traditional approach to the buying process. We value every customer and will take the time with your enquiry to ensure your project reaches a satisfactory conclusion.
Having received your initial plan, please contact us to arrange a visit to our most convenient outlet.
This is how the process starts:
A visit to see us is not essential at this stage. Many customers having received their plan / quotation are happy to ring us and reserve a production “slot /week” and visit at a later date to fine tune.
Over the years, we have established a satisfied customer base stretching UK wide from London and the South East, throughout Wales to Scotland.
Telephone or email us for a comprehensive brochure / price list. Use the brochure to calculate roughly what your kitchen will cost. Remember in almost every case our final quotation will be less than your estimate as we combine units to effect savings.
If you wish to go ahead nothing could be simpler: –
Our reputation is built on :-
At the outset Pineland recognised the demand that existed for traditionally jointed solid wood kitchens at sensible prices. We feel that too many kitchens today look synthetic and uniform in design – more like a science laboratory than the “engine room” of the home.
• Experienced and innovative design • Highest quality workmanship and materials • Prompt and reliable service • Competitive pricing
If you feel our kitchens are within your budget, either visit one of our showrooms or fax/post or email us a simple layout plan showing in imperial or metric measurements the location of windows/doors and ceiling height and initially where you feel you’d like to position appliances. If you have general
No deposit is required – Payment is on delivery No contracts are signed – We will make your kitchen on trust so to speak and… Deliver it to you on time – Average lead time is 8 to 12 weeks depending on location / factory loading.
To compliment our fitted kitchen and bathroom units we also offer a huge range of free standing wooden furniture. You can choose either from our extensive catalogue, or we can take on a bespoke commissions.
Whatever the design you can be assured that the furniture is built to your exact specifications from the best material and using traditional joints and solid materials. The furniture can be supplied fine sanded with no other finish applied, so you or your designer can add your own finishing touches or we can supply all items fully finished, handwaxed, stained, lacquered or even painted by our craftesmen. Please contact us to discuss your requirement, we will provide hand drawn designs of everything you require and talk you through all the options to arrive at the perfect piece. Below are just a few examples of our hand made high quality wooden furniture. whatever the design you can be assured that the furniture is built to your exact specifications from the best material and using traditional joints and solid materials.
Kitchens, Bathrooms, Washrooms 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. 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. All the above prices are based on central heating format and a polished finish. 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 manufactured from over 90% recycled product and are 100% recyclable in themselves. All rails carry a 25 year guarantee. Please do visit our website for further detai ls at www.sussexrange.co.uk or ring our friendly helpful staff on 01444 831200. Thank you for your interest in our product.
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MINIMALISM AND CLEAN LINES With a whole host of exciting product features, such as showering height of 2000mm, through to the minimal matt black, matt white of polished chrome profiling giving the enclosure a sleek and luxurious look. Coupled with the rise and fall door mechanism and the versatility to be installed on a shower tray or tiled floor, the Young collection gives you a multitude of showering options and fantastic value for money. Combine this with our Novosolid stone shower tray andfast flow with its anti-slip stone texture, stain and UV resistant, hiddenDesigned 90mm manufactured waste and can be cut down to size on site to fit difficult spaces. in MANTOVA
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LUXURY MAJOR DOMESTIC APPLIANCES FROM KITCHENAID KitchenAid empowers those who are serious about food, and has revolutionised the way consumers prepare food for almost 100 years. Combining professional performance with artisan quality and iconic design, luxury kitchen appliances from KitchenAid are more than just tools – they inspire users to express their culinary creativity and fuel their passion for fine food.
KitchenAid has a long history of collaborating with cooking professionals and believes that technology should simplify human work rather than replace it. Designed and developed together with professional chefs, all appliances from KitchenAid offer advanced technology, quality and performance that is found in a Michelin-starred kitchen. Appliances that are developed with chefinspired features make preparing food a truly thrilling experience and provide the user exceptional results at home. Italian craftsmanship ensures each KitchenAid appliance is a unique masterpiece. Created and crafted by highly-skilled artisans, who pursue the highest standards with careful attention to detail, ensure each KitchenAid product is meticulously inspected. Attention is given to even the smallest detail, to achieve absolute excellence every time. KitchenAid artisans perform a sequence of small careful actions to ensure every product meets the highest standards. Unlike the hurried world of today, KitchenAid’s trusted technicians take the time to carefully and meticulously inspect every product for 30 minutes. For comparison, and in a standard production process, the same amount of time is used to inspect up to 50 appliances. The fusion of bold beauty and distinctive functionality is the hallmark of all KitchenAid products. The entire range stands out thanks to its timeless, bold and beautiful design that adds character to any kitchen. All KitchenAid major appliances are modular and can be perfectly coordinated with each other and integrate into the kitchen Luxury built-in cooking appliances from KitchenAid
with ease. The result is a stylish and innovative look that fully conveys the unique style of the brand. KitchenAid was born to serve and strives to support designers, specifiers and architects to proliferate and aid the design of a new kitchen. KitchenAid now provides a large selection of BIM data for its range of major appliances. BIMobject® provides designers and architects free access to manufacturer specific BIM objects via the world’s largest and fastest growing platform for digital building products. Appliances can be easily downloaded and integrated into CAD/BIM applications and software, to significantly ease pressures during the design and specification process. KitchenAid is serious about food and seeks the best insights and suggestions from the professional world to create iconic products that allow the user’s culinary imagination run free. Retailer contact details: KitchenAid Tel: 0800 151 0908 Website: www.kitchenaid.co.uk
INSINKERATOR® WELCOMES VELVET BLACK FINISH TO RANGE OF 4N1 TOUCH TAPS The InSinkErator® range of 4N1 Touch taps is now available in an on-trend finish of Velvet Black.
After the successful launch of the 4N1 Touch taps and HC3300 tap in Satin Black, at KBB Birmingham in March 2018, the InSinkErator® research and development team has created the Velvet Black 4N1 Touch tap. The addition of the Velvet Black finish to the range of 4N1 Touch taps reflect the top trends in today’s kitchen designs, giving homeowners the luxury and style of a premium appliance, at an affordable price. At the touch of a button, the Velvet Black 4N1 Touch provides a stream of filtered cold water for 30 seconds. If the user wishes to stop the stream before 30 seconds is up, a second touch of the dedicated button will instantly stop the flow of water. Consumers with a 4N1 Touch tap can benefit by having instant filtered water readily available in their own home, reducing the need to purchase bottled
water; especially when a variety of re-fillable drinking bottles are widely available. Furthermore, the InSinkErator® 4N1 Touch combination tap instantly and safely dispenses filtered steaming hot water, alongside regular hot and cold water, removing the need for multiple kitchen taps, kettles and water filter jugs. The 4N1 Touch benefits from a push-lever safety locking mechanism, which stops the flow of steaming hot water as soon as the lever is released.
composition, adding extended reliability. Kitchen design has taken an artistic turn in recent years, and consumers are seeking products with incredible functionality that deliver increasing convenience, while adding a striking, sleek look. At InSinkErator®, we aim to cater to this growing demand for style and innovative technology; producing premium, purposeful products that are stylishly on-trend. Retailer contact details: T: 01923 375 349 W: www.insinkerator.co.uk
To complement a variety of kitchen styles the Velvet Black 4N1 is available in three different shapes, the L Shape, the J Shape or the U Shape and forms part of the InSinkErator® Showroom Collection. A stylish, affordable combined fixture; the 4N1 Touch tap is designed and made in Italy with a solid, premium, low lead brass
The ultimate Fast Track Solution for Damp or Contaminated Floors Don’t allow subfloor moisture or contaminated floors to delay occupation If you’re faced with a damp or contaminated floor it could delay occupation of the building, create frustration with the client and of course be costly. Fortunately there is a solution - specify one of the F. Ball range of market leading Stopgap Waterproof Surface Membranes. This range of high performance products are designed to solve problems, eliminate the risk of a failed installation and guarantee peace of mind. Stopgap F76 - a solvent free, one coat epoxy waterproof surface membrane designed for subfloors with up to 92% Relative Humidity (RH) Stopgap F77 - a solvent free, one coat application epoxy system which impedes the passage of construction moisture and rising damp up to 98% RH. Pigmented black for easy application Stopgap F77 can also be applied directly over underfloor heating screeds where readings are up to 90% RH. Stopgap F78 - a solvent free, one component system, which impedes the passage of construction moisture where relative humidity values are up to 95% RH with a two coat application. Pigmented blue for easy application F78
is environmentally friendly and ready to use with no mixing necessary and can be resealed and stored for future use. If applied within 12 hours no priming is required when used with the appropriate Stopgap smoothing underlayment. Isolator Membrane - an impervious loose lay sheet designed to be laid over damp or contaminated subfloors. Available in 2 metre wide rolls Stopgap Isolator Membrane provides the perfect solution in any construction or refurb scenario where damp or contaminated floors are an issue. Trusted by the World’s leading flooring contractors the F. Ball range of products is guaranteed to perform in all types of situations where problem floors are an issue. As well as providing one of the most comprehensive range of products to combat damp or contaminated floors F Ball also provide an innovative Moisture Check System to remove any doubt and eliminate the risk of a failed installation. The system, designed by F Ball’s UK team of specialists has three phases Check it, Measure it, Solve it. Check It The affordable Protimeter Aquant or Protimeter MMS2 quickly indicates
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Timber Frame & The Benefits As its name implies, Timber Frame construction is a method of building which relies on a Timber Frame as a basic means of structural support, Stiffened by sheathing material, the frame is capable of withstanding lateral loads and of supporting Multi-Storey and wide span structures. Factory-manufactured Timber Frame guarantees the highest level of accuracy and quality and significantly simplifies on site Construction. During Construction the Timber Frame walls are filled with high performance non-combustible insulation and covered with plasterboard. Moisture and vapour barriers are incorporated and the outer-leaf of the wall which can be any standard finish such as Stone, Brick, Block and Render, Tile Hanging and Timber completes the structure. Thousands of Timber Frame Homes, Hotels, Flats, Leisure and Public Buildings are constructed in the UK every year and Is one of the most
successful building methods used throughout the World today. Timber Frame is a method of construction which offers designers greater flexibility with cost effectiveness. The NHBC, which inspects and insures many thousands of Timber Frame Homes ever year, “States” our claims records actually show that these houses tend to perform better than Traditional homes as more of the dwelling is made under closely Supervised factory conditions. In the UK there is a heritage of
Timber Frame Houses, built hundreds of years ago, they are a standing testament to the Durability of this method of construction. All of Neatwood Homes packages are manufactured within our own modern Factory premises, all units being individually engineered by a qualified Structural Timber Engineer. Neatwood Homes are able to offer a highly controlled and effective service with a very cost effective package to its clients.
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Carry on caravanning with Rinnai hot water Instant, continuous, limitless and sensibly economic for every type of commercial site innai, the UK leader in hot water heating units and systems for all commercial and residential sites, has recently completed yet another installation at a caravan park and holiday multi-activity centre.
Rinnai HDC 1500e external unit, fuelled by LPG, was installed at a site in rural Herefordshire as part of regular upgrades on the complex. The hot water was for a very specific function - the Disabled, Laundry and Dog Wash rooms providing, and it needed to supply more than 940lt/hr at times of high demand. The unit has a maximum output of 54kW and weighs just 31kG. Due to space and configuration constraints the Rinnai 1500e unit was selected and installed neatly on an external façade and accessorized with a pipe cover box to deter any vandalism and provide weather protection. As this is a pre-manufactured unit, no additional flue or ancillaries required, aside from standard pipe and electrical connections. The installation was easily completed in less than a single day. LPG is increasingly popular for caravan sites as it gives extra flexibility on fuel and very good cost savings for the owners and operators. LPG is one of the cleanest
off grid energy sources and as such is the ideal fuel for water heating applications in rural areas that are off-grid. According to Chris Goggin, Rinnai’s Operations Director, Rinnai Infinity continuous flow water heaters combined with LPG gives end users, such as caravan site owners, for example, an unrivalled energy efficient and environmentally
friendly solution. And our units are delivered to site LPG-enabled.” Rinnai, the UK’s leading manufacturer of the ErP A-rated Infinity range of continuous flow condensing gas-fired water heaters, supplies the best energy efficient range of low-NoX water heating units currently on the market.
Advanced condensing heat exchangers combined with innovative down firing pre-mix burner technology ensures that every cubic metre of LPG is used to the maximum on HDC 1500e. One of the site concerns was Legionella proliferation, therefore a ‘SMART’ controls for the secondary return DHW systems in the form of an advanced temperature control system which allows for safe running of water at 42°C core temperature during the day and 60°C at a time when the building is closed was used. By the time the building reopens, core temperature is 42°C for safe use. Another Rinnai innovation addresses an age-old industry problem with hot water delivery - lime scale build-up. The company’s integrated scale control system is an innovative solution and comes in the form of an LC (lime check) code on the display of the controller. Almost all water-fed appliances, including plate heat exchangers, boilers and water heaters will accumulate scale deposits when used within hard water areas over time. Lime scale consists of calcium carbonate (calcite) with lesser amounts of other calcium salts such as the sulphate. Sometimes lime scale deposits contain corrosion debris and this scale build-up can affect the water heaters by reducing their efficiency and overall performance. Ultimately, ongoing use with hard water may shorten the lifespan of conventional water heating appliances and systems. To safeguard against this Rinnai units continually self-monitor for lime scale deposits around the heat exchanger. If a lime scale build up has being identified, a message is sent to the built-in interface panel on the front of the appliance. The message is displayed as ‘LC’, which alerts the end user that it is time
to call a Rinnai service agent to perform a lime scale flush to clear the potentially harmful deposits. This avoids and eliminates the adverse effects associated with lime scale build up, including lower energy efficiencies and rapid product de-generation. Rinnai’s HDC range offers condensing technology with up to 107% gross efficiency, ultra-lowNox of less than 20 ppm, a widely expansive modulation range of 59.5kW-2.8kW and high flow rates of 37/ltr/min. Add to these benefits are the peace of mind
of an extended warranty, a top A-rating exceeding the demands of eco-labelling legislation, the flexibility of external wall mounting and delivery to site with all relevant accessories and the knowledge that the HDC range is future-proofed against future regulatory and legislative changes.
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DRU introduces new room-sealed versions of its Dik Geurts branded wood stoves Dik Geurts is the brand name for the contemporary wood stoves that are designed and manufactured by DRU in the Netherlands.
All the stoves and insert fires in the range have an A+ energy rating with high energy efficiency and are clean-burning with very low CO emissions, making them suitable for urban smokeless zones. They are compatible with the EU Eco Design regulations and have DEFRA approval. The most popular models are the Ivar stove and its more traditional version, the Aste, together with the Instyle and Prostyle ranges of built-in wood fires. There are 2, 3-sided and tunnel models as well as designer stoves such as the dramatic, circular Odin. Modern homes with Triple A energy ratings are very well insulated and often require the addition of ventilation systems to introduce fresh air into the rooms. If an
ordinary wood stove or fire is installed, the low air pressure in the home can result in combustion gases from the stove or fire entering the room, with obvious risks to the health of the occupants. To eliminate this risk, DRU is producing room-sealed (RS) versions of its Dik Geurts branded stoves. These models have an entirely closed combustion system that draws air from outside the building and expels waste gases to the outside using the stove’s integral flue. This means that there is no danger of combustion gases entering the room and the stoves are both cleanburning and highly efficient. As of July 1, 2018, nine Dik Geurts stoves are available in room-sealed versions, with many more to follow soon. It is all
part of DRU’s commitment to produce the safest, most compatible and most environmentally-friendly wood burning appliances in the fireplace industry. For further information visit www.drufire.com
has for more than twenty five years been at the forefront of building acoustics, supplying quality acoustic products from the UK’s major manufacturers to the building industry and domestic market. Providing technical advice, site surveys and specifications to architects and developers, Trim Acoustics can assist with projects ranging from house conversions and new build properties to bespoke designs for customers who have specific requirements. Trim Acoustics offers solutions for floors, ceilings and walls that can achieve Document E standard and with a wide range of quality acoustics products stocked at their Godmanchester warehouse they are able to offer a prompt delivery service direct to site. Distributing a wide range of quality product for the UK’s major manufactures puts Trim Acoustics in a unique position when it comes to specifications, making it very easy to choose the most suitable product to meet both performance and cost criteria
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Suitable for wall and ceiling applications. The 22mm thick board provides high performance airborne noise reduction in an easy to handle size. The board incorporates a unique self adhesive jointing system.
With more than twenty five years technical expertise and practical experience Trim Acoustics can offer a wide range of solutions
With a wealth of technical expertise and practical experience Trim Acoustics can offer a wide range of solutions via the telephone and on site. See www.trimacoustics.co.uk for more details or call 020-8443-0099.
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Another area of Trim Acoustic expertise is the design of studios, from conversion of a garage or out building to full professional recording studios. Trim Acoustics can also advise on the upgrade of existing home studio or home cinemas.
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The domestic market has for many years been one of Trim Acoustic’s areas of expertise, providing acoustic solutions to people whose quality of life has been effected by noise problems. Offering a suitable solution in plain English often means that the noise problem can be identified and resolved on the telephone and within a few days the materials can be delivered to site.
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The addition of their new production and warehouse facility in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire which Trim Acoustics share with their sister company Coburn Sliding Systems has given them the ability to increase production and improve the quality of their range of acoustics products to satisfy increased demand.
Compact and functional but always eye-catching
Side tables from Thonet make the perfect companions The ideal place for a book, a beverage, a lamp or a decorative object – side tables are often the unsung heroes of a living space. Thonet puts as much thought and care into the creation of such essential pieces as to its famed masterpieces. This unique portfolio includes not only the finest chairs, armchairs and sofas but is also matched by versatile living room tables that offer stylishly functional solutions to complement comfortable seating arrangements in an aesthetic harmony.
Range B 9
Thonet’s history of producing side tables began in the 1920s with Marcel Breuer. Today, the collection continues to offer Breuer’s classic tubular steel B 9 range and the versatile B 97 (also from the Bauhaus era), but also encompasses a selection of contemporary designs. These include the charming wooden table 1025 by James Van Vossel with its playful ‘tripod with a twist’ leg design, and the intriguing side table S 18, a design by Uli Budde from 2017 which acknowledges the tubular steel heritage of the brand. This spacesaving furniture blends beautifully with a variety of furnishing ensembles and living environments, can stand-alone as a distinctive piece or even got to work outdoors in the form of the Thonet All Seasons versions of the tubular steel designs.
The architect and Bauhaus teacher Marcel Breuer is considered a pioneer of tubular steel furniture: in 1925, he conducted initial material experiments with cold-bent tubular steel. Breuer was so fascinated with Michael Thonet’s working method and bentwood technique that he wanted to translate the principles of bent wood as a material into steel. This idea resulted in the series B 9 in 1925, which was presented in Thonet’s 1930/31 catalogue. The side tables and footstools B 9 a-d can create a spacesaving nest of tables and, then as today, are offered individually or as a set.
functional classics in vario us heights The key feature of this range is its functional simplicity – the tables consist only of chrome-plated, bent tubular steel and rectangular surface panels. Over the decades, Thonet has introduced numerous versions: in addition to the classic version with beech wood tabletops (stained or lacquered), the B 9 range is also offered with glass tabletops or in a high-quality ThonetDur® laminate. In the “Pure Materials” series, the tables are available in versions with oiled wood, and the “Classics in Colour” collection presents seven bright
hues for the frames. In the “Thonet All Seasons” collection, the tables B 9 are also available with weatherresistant “ThonetProtect®” surfaces for the frames and tabletops (which are formed of solid core laminate or exposed concrete), allowing their classic beauty and practicality to be enjoyed in gardens and on terraces as well as stylish interiors.
SET B 97 the elegant pair of cantilevered tables More tubular steel classics: the B 97 set is a design by Thonet from 1933. In its dimensions, it is reminiscent of Marcel Breuer’s B 9 tables. The ingenious adaptation of this design is to create a clear opening on one side, and in this way they also resemble the cantilever chairs in the portfolio. This opening allows the pair of side tables (B 97 a and B 97 b), each differing in height, to be positioned as desired over the edges of sofas, armchairs or beds for added convenience. When not in use, one can be pushed under the other to save space. The frames are made of chrome-plated tubular steel and are also available as lacquered in the “Classics in Colour” tones.
The tabletops are offered in different versions too: in stained beech, lacquered or with textured coating, in the silk-matte ThonetDur® finish or in glass. With the weather-resistant “ThonetProtect®” surface for the frames, and for tabletops made of solid core laminate or exposed concrete, the side tables B 97 are can also be used as “Thonet All Seasons” furniture – indoors and outdoors.
The wooden table 1025 produced with high precision and a sculptural appearance The side table 1025 by James Van Vossel represents maximum elegance with a minimalistic essence: three wooden legs placed at regular 120-degree intervals describe an imaginary circle on the floor. On the surface of the tabletop these legs appear as perfectly aligned flush circles. The variations in grain pattern of the three table legs, which taper towards the bottom, create an additional graphic effect to contrast with the tabletop. “The goal was to create a eureka effect. The playful construction aims to arouse curiosity and gives the model a sculptural appearance – an exhibition piece for private living rooms,” says designer James Van Vossel. The side table 1025 is available in ash, oak and walnut and convinces with its high-precision production, where sophisticated technology meets masterful craftsmanship.
Model S 18 a sophisticated design by Uli Budde The side table S 18 introduced in 2017 is multi-faceted and blends both a contemporary and classic character. The circle is the dominant element of this design and can be found in the form of the tabletop and echoed at the base. The frame is made of tubular steel and is reminiscent of an infinite loop, hinting at Marcel Breuer’s typical Bauhaus line management. The geometric appearance of this side table reveals ever-new perspectives. With the graphic and poetic signature of designer Uli Budde, the S 18 symbolises a present day homage to the Thonet DNA. The black side table is ideally suited to lounge and living environments and, due to its refined design, can be combined with numerous pieces from the Thonet portfolio.
Thonet – future-oriented furniture design with a long tradition Thonet Showroom UK 104-110 Goswell Road London EC1V 7DH T +44 (0) 7980 019 194 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org http://en.thonet.de/start.html
TOWEL RAILS AND DECORATIVE RADIATORS – THE NEW ‘NORM’…. The options available to heat a bathroom and keep the towels dry and warm too, has grown exponentially in the past few years. A towel warming radiator of some description is incorporated in virtually every new bathroom and in the majority of en-suites across the UK. Not for most homeowners, the same radiators that are used in all the living and bedrooms, but a special radiator – a decorative or designer radiator - that adds to the ambience and says something about the rooms in which they are installed. The radiator options today are many and the quality is impressive. You’ll find premium and designer radiators that may look very unlike the radiators of twenty years ago. Towel rails of today are not all chrome plated ladder rails although they retain a reasonable part of the market. And bathroom radiators are available in a range of colours too – not just white – the Stelrad range is available in up to 36 colour options – ideal for interior designers and architects or where homeowners want to match or contrast radiators with the tiles and the blinds for example. Today these are the ‘norm’ and Stelrad’s Designer range offers a selection of statement making radiators for use primarily in the bathroom, wet room or en-suite facilities. When it comes to a decorative or designer towel rail in a bathroom, Stelrad believes that a radiator shouldn’t simply be functional. It should add aesthetic appeal to the room in which it is installed, so it’s now offering a range of highly reliable, high performance, good looking radiators to grace any bathroom. Many are in fact extensions of a range of radiators designed for the rest of the home. For example, the Caliente and the Concord ranges have specific bathroom radiator options so that the range can be specified throughout the home, with the bathroom radiators clearly reflecting the similar design and attractive lines of the standard radiators that might feature in the living rooms and bedrooms elsewhere in the house. But equally, there are standalone bathroom radiators that are clearly very specifically designed as design statements for the bathroom on their own – for example Stelrad’s very popular Optia radiator offers more than adequate heating for the room but incorporates cleverly integrated towel stacking spaces to take the towels. Take a closer look at the options at www.stelrad.com .
Fire Sprinkler Valve Systems Applications Engineering specialises in creating high quality fire sprinkler valves. We have developed innovative, compact and easy to install valves for sprinklers that cover all the relevant requirements for modern domestic and residential properties. Our products are of the highest standard and represent fantastic value for money. We additionally offer everything from single and double check valves that can be used in a range of applications, as well as a pump cyclic test unit.
Fire Sprinkler Valve sets 1”~ 2” Applications Engineering can supply fire sprinkler valve sets in sizes 1” and 1 1/4” in dual port versions and sizes 1 1/2” and 2” in single port fabricated versions. We are able to supply valve sets with pvc glue fit adaptors, single or double check valves or a combination prefitted; please give us a call to discuss your requirements.
Dual Port Fire Sprinkler Valve Set Applications Engineering Ltd have developed an innovative, compact and affordable fire sprinkler valve set that covers all the requirements of a modern domestic and residential property fire sprinkler system and offers the following benefits and features Benefits and Design features • Dual ports that enable the flow switch to be mounted on either side. • Uses the Sika flow switch which has been designed specifically for the valve set to operate at 25 L/min • The flow switch has a ¾” union nut for simple, hand tight, installation. No need for tools or awkward 360° rotation of the whole switch. • Available with optional CPVC mating sockets.
• 100% pressure tested. • Supplied with DIN 43650 electrical connector as standard • Lockable inlet valve handle • Glycerine filled 16 bar pressure gauge • Easy access for servicing • Space saving – compact size • Less joints minimise risk of leaks
Available in 1” (25mm) and 11/4” (32mm) versions.
PumpCheck – Fire Sprinkler Pump Cyclic Test Unit Applications Engineering introduce the PumpCheck fire sprinkler pump cyclic test unit, an easy to use and low cost all-in-one test unit to monitor four different inputs : flow switch, pressure switch, minimum tank level switch and maximum tank level switch. PumpCheck has a clear back-lit LCD display and an easy to use menu and features a 30 event log, selectable input types, ability to measure pump motor current and has outputs for drain and pump plus an external sounder output and open collector signal output.
Visit our website for further information at www.appeng.co.uk or if you would like to discuss how we can help you with your control and instrumentation needs call us on 01825 764737.
Growth of manufacturer recognised at national design impact awards Sealant and adhesive manufacturer Polyseam has achieved the ultimate design accolade for the rebrand of its GRAFT product range. Aston Martin; Josh Berger, president and managing director of Warner Bros; and renowned entrepreneur Deborah Meaden.
The Yorkshire-headquartered company and its branding agency The Engine Room were both presented with a gold design impact trophy at the glittering DBA Design Effectiveness Awards in London. But the GRAFT project also went on to scoop the ultimate recognition of the evening when it was announced as the Grand Prix winner of winners at the end of the night. Since GRAFT’s launch in 2014, annual sales have increased by a staggering 744% and export levels have risen by more than £1million. In fact, this transformational business exercise has played a significant part in Polyseam now building a 50,000sqm factory which is expected to create a further 50 jobs by 2020. It was this bottom line impact that impressed the line-up of high-profile judges, which included Andy Palmer, CEO of
Commenting on the win, Polyseam’s marketing manager Olando Salina said: “The evolving challenges in the manufacturing market mean we must continually innovate to drive growth. We therefore focused on the development of an environmentally friendly, all-in-one adhesive and sealant created using our own in-house expertise. “This high-performance technology was already award-winning in its own right. But it didn’t achieve the traction we sought, which is why we engaged The Engine Room to help clarify our market position, overhaul the branding of this product range, and craft the communication materials we’d need moving forward. The Engine Room team has specific expertise in this field, and we were therefore delighted
when GRAFT was ‘born’. The project success is a testament to the collaboration of these forward-thinking business and design brains.” The Engine Room’s managing director Lesley Gulliver added: “The building, construction and manufacturing sectors are perhaps not renowned for their design prowess. But this project goes to show that strategic creative thinking is about much more than just what looks good. The overhaul of this product range and the development of the GRAFT brand has helped to revolutionise Polyseam’s entire business.” Polyseam has been independently manufacturing first-class brands for the majority of the world’s leading suppliers since 1993. The company manufactures more than 150 different products, and exports to 21 countries globally.
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Case Study: Dee Road, Richmond Dee Road, Richmond is the latest venture for Chartered Accountant and property developer, Jay Shah. This redevelopment project saw a mixed use building converted into 4 luxury flats, 1 exquisite penthouse apartment and a modern ground floor office for Mr Shah’s accountancy firm. The open-plan luxurious living spaces, aimed at young professionals working in the city, demanded the very best interior design, “The project is in an affluent area in Surrey and required a high-end finish. Graefe doors looked aesthetically great and give a modern flat a great finish.” A great deal of care and attention to detail has been given to every area of the development, creating the perfect balance between modern and traditional. Mr Shah chose Graefe’s Classic door in American Black Walnut with contrasting white painted stepped architrave and matching skirting to feature throughout, “The doors gave a rich finish and complemented to the colours of the interiors, giving a good mix of contemporary finishes with traditional looks.” Mr Shah is delighted with the doors, joinery and overall service Graefe supplied, “The doors were of great quality and remarkable finish. The service received from start to finish was simply super. Emma was very polite and prompt in her service.” On to the next project, Mr Shah is already planning on working with Graefe again, “We are looking forward to working with Graefe in our future project as preferred partner.”
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SCHUECO LONDON OPENS NEW SHOWROOM AND OFFICE Schueco has opened its new London showroom and office, previously in Islington, which is now in impressive new premises at 153 Great Portland Street, W1. The move has been prompted by the need to expand Schueco’s London operation and to make the Schueco product range and technical support services even more accessible to architects, main contractors, fabricators and end-users. With a total of 3,695 sq ft of space, the new premises – which are also home to the London office of Schueco International – include a spacious showroom on the ground floor with meeting rooms and a further display area and conference facilities on the lower ground floor. The upper and lower mezzanine floors are occupied by offices. The showroom areas contain permanent displays of Schueco façades, windows, sliding doors and entrance doors. In addition, there is a Virtual Reality facility showing examples of Schueco commercial systems and a Product Configurator that displays photo-realistic images and provides easy step-by-step configuration of Schueco sliding-door systems in a variety of domestic settings. The new facility was officially opened on 14th June by Caroline Buckingham, Vice President (Practice and Profession) of the RIBA, Andreas Engelhardt, Managing Partner and CEO, Schueco International KG and Mike Lane, Managing Director, Schueco UK. #Opening hours are from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8.30 am to
3.30 pm on Fridays, with a late opening one evening a week. Design and technical advice is available during opening hours and visitors are encouraged to make an appointment wherever possible. In addition, regular monthly events at which invited expert speakers will address a wide variety of industry topics will be staged.
The full address of the new Schueco London showroom and office is 153 Great Portland Street, London W1W 6QW. The telephone remains the same as before: 020 7704 6704
Lift Double for Battersea Arts Centre Welcoming over 100,000 visitors every year, Battersea Arts Centre is the place people come to see a show, explore local history or simply relax in the beautiful old town hall. Working with the main contractor, 8 Build Limited, Invalifts were contacted for some expert advice on the supply and installation of two lifts, one in the lower hall and the other in the gallery.
It had Umbra Grey solid doors with hidden door closers and the client supplied their own door handles. Travel distance was 4 metres between 2 floors.
After working with the centre, both lifts were specified, and the popular MC2000 lift was chosen as the best solution. The MC2000 platform lift is supplied with its own self supporting shaft and only requires a 60mm pit, and as there are no requirements for supporting walls or machine rooms, the unit is extremely space efficient. The standard Part M sized platform (1120mm x 1480mm) has an overall footprint of just 1250mm x 1560mm.
The Gallery lift had an open front arrangement, where both doors are on the same side of the shaft. It had solid, beige grey doors with long vision panels situated in a Concrete grey lift shaft. Again it had hidden door closers and client supplied their own door handles. As a means of communication an autodialer was fitted to both lifts.
Within the Arts Centre, the lower hall lift had an open through arrangement, where the doors are on opposite sides of the shaft.
To find out more about the MC2000 platform lift, you can give Invalifts a call on 0845 468 2543 and speak to one of their friendly experts.
Platform Lifts Our range of platform lifts includes the MC2000 lift (right) - a high quality enclosed platform lift with a unique chain drive, and the option of glazing on all 4 shaft sides. With a fantastic guarantee, and small footprints available, this is a premier platform lift. We also offer stair platform lifts and a range of platform lifts for both internal and external use.
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Walkability: The 11th step Variation on a theme - following in James Speck’s footsteps: “Walkable City - How downtown can save America, one step at a time” Curiously, this experience is shared by most of us in the modern era. We are travelling the world, “expecting” to find our way, with some obvious mundane difficulties. In an ideal world, it shouldn’t really go unnoticed. But it is. In my view, walkability should incorporate better common rules for outdoors wayfinding signage so that the average person may expect better orientation even in unfamiliar urban spaces.
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alkability, a relatively new term in modern Architecture and sustainable urban design, measuring how friendly an urban area is to walking. It pertains to health, environment, and economic benefits and discusses, among other things, the presence or absence and quality of footpaths, sidewalks or other pedestrian rights-of-way, traffic and road conditions, land use patterns, building accessibility, and safety.
In Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time (public library), city planner Jeff Speck argues that walkable cities would improve lives for American urban dwellers to greater extent than any attempts to create “greener” living conditions in the personal space. I found Kaid Benfield summary of Speck’s ten steps of walkability quite comprehensive for my further argument, and although I somewhat do
not agree with Benfield’s latter analysis, I think that one more important step is required. I am talking about wayfinding signage. One may argue that this is included in the entire concept of attractive building faces, traffic and road conditions or “comfort”. Yet it is often noticed only by its absence. Good wayfinding signage may encourage people to walk the city, to a greater extent than realized by many. Imagine that: You travel to a foreign country, unfamiliar with the language, trying to get from A to B using a somewhat inferior city map supplied by your hotel or local tourist office and simply cannot locate your current location and direction you need to go to. Sounds familiar? Wouldn’t better wayfinding signage (including street names, visible numbers, traffic signs, directions and building names) improve your orientation and comfort? Wouldn’t you give anything to be able to easily locate and read the signs?
Not only in America, but worldwide, inadequate wayfinding signage is often emanating from budget considerations, without realizing the human aspects of the issue. A beautiful building, complex, shopping mall or neighborhood is being built in the urban sphere - but around it and inside structures, people get lost. I challenge you to read Speck’s work with a fresh look at his previously suggested 10 good steps, thinking how wayfinding signage fits the overall scheme of things. Written by Pnina Kedar Feldman, International Business Development and Sales Manager at Vista System
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