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MAGAZINE July 2019

Durable Colour Coating from Neaco Durable Colour Coating now Available for A1 Fire Rated Aluminium Decking

Durable Colour Coating from Neaco We love aluminium at Neaco, but we know that the aesthetic can sometimes be a bit too much of a contrast from traditional decking, such as timber and composite, for certain developments. This is why we are excited to announce our new durable colour coating range. As part of our standard range, we currently have three contemporary colours to choose from; Deep Bronze, Dark Ash and Cedar Glaze. Of course, if something different is required, we can look at other options. | | 01653 695 721

his coating range is highly durable and was created especially for coating aluminium components used in modern-day external architecture. Additionally, they have all the necessary requirements for approval under Qualicoat Class 2 Category 1, so rest assured our durable colour coatings will stay looking beautiful and new for longer.


The thermosetting powder contains polyester resins cured with fit curing agents specially selected for their hard-wearing properties, outstanding colour retention, and superior resistance to UV radiation and outdoor weathering.

As well as being aesthetically pleasing and highly durable, our colour coatings are able to achieve top marks for fire rating when applied onto any of our aluminium decking options; this means that they are fully compliant with the new building regulations that came into place in December 2018. These building regulations prevent the use of flammable building materials in external wall systems and balconies on residential buildings with a floor above 18m from the ground. As with any coated product, these coatings will be damaged if subjected to the impact of a heavy or sharp object falling or scraping on the surface, but don’t worry, we will provide you with a touch-up kit so if you do happen to make a scratch, you can fix it quickly and easily.

Neaco’s Managing Director, Alan Green says, “we’re very excited about adding the new durable colour coating range to our offerings. It is going to enable architects to closely replicate the look of more conventional decking materials and allow them to produce more varied designs, while reaping all of the benefits that aluminium offers, such as being fire resistant, robust and lightweight”. Although we’re big fans of the natural aluminium, we also love the look that is achieved by applying the durable colour coatings. We believe that these hard-wearing coatings enhance our aluminium products and can increase the aesthetic of any development.

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Wi-fi Smart Radiators for Interior Designers As an Architect or interior designer, how many times have you been restricted in your designs by ugly water filled steel radiators that take up a huge amount of wall space, drawing attention away from the modern image you wish to create?

hindered by an ugly water filled radiator, horrible bits of pipe, or restricted by not being able to use the walls as you wish, please give us a call. We can install them ALONGSIDE any water based system, REPLACE any storage heating or fossil fuel system, and add them to ANY conservatory, home office extension or Granny Flat without any masonry work, first fixing, or lifting of tiled or polished wooden floors. Designer electric heating is light years ahead of the tired old fashioned systems in use today, so enhance your designs with our designer styles!

The Painting on the wall is a Radiator! Hang them above the bed, or on the wall as a set of pictures. In fact, you can have any famous painting or Old Master printed onto the front of it, matching and coordinating with every style of Hospitality venue. Country Pubs can have pictures of The Haywain by Constable, or Van Goughs Sunflowers, and an historic Hotel can have portraits of Kings and Queens, and replicas of the famous battle paintings and landscapes.

How Much and How Long? You may be wondering how this could be affordable, but with no masonry work involved, no floors up, no water pipes and no loss of opening times, it can be done in just half a day.

nevitably, the amount of wall space left to you dictates the positioning of beautiful furniture, AFTER the central heating has been installed. This forced you to at the very least, paint them in your chosen colours in an attempt to disguise them.


It doesn’t have to be like that Have you heard about the designer range CREATIVE RADIATORS supplied up and down the UK and across Europe by Thereford based IntelliHeat? They are designed in Italy and are available in a range of soft or striking colours, like the jet black or passionate red, and also in a range of interesting shapes and designs.


No more pipes! Using these electric radiators, means there is no need for ugly pipes coming out of the floors, down from the ceilings, or across walls – ever again. They simply plug into any standard plug socket, which you can have installed slightly behind them, hiding all traces of wires or plugs.

Each CREATIVE RADIATORS just plugs into a normal socket, no fuss, no bother, It will also save you a large cost on your heating bills, as you only need to heat the places where your customers are, and not every room. With each radiator having its own wireless 7-day programmer, thermostatically controlled, if customers arrive, switch on, if they don’t, leave it off!

Stay in Control!

With each radiator controlled from its own thermostatic programmer at waist height on the top of each unit, your clients will never need to scrabble on the floor to adjust temperatures, making them perfect for all assisted living environments and disabilities as well.

The Smart Radiators also have an automation App, so you can control every radiator in your Hotel, Pub, and external room extensions, from your smart phone or iPad, without leaving the Bar! We can advise on all your heating requirements for large dining rooms and event rooms to individual guest bedrooms, giving you practical and honest advice. We also provide a free specifying service, where our experienced Assessors will look at your projects and provide a total specification for you.

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Swan Housing Association launch modular design guide setting out considerations for designing modular housing Repeatable processes, not repeatable products wan Housing Association, along with award winning architects Waugh Thistleton, have today launched their ‘Modular Design Guide’ at Republic, East India, London.


Swan, which opened its own offsite modular factory in 2017, has already delivered precision-engineered homes to its Beechwood development in Essex and is set to deliver its first mid-rise modular homes to Watts Grove in East London this summer. Based on Swan’s ‘NU build’ modular system, the guide aims to give the design teams of new homes an understanding of the interrelationship between the consultants, the client and the factory. The guide is not a pattern book, but instead provides the tools for the designer to develop their own unique project, whilst thinking about how each module is made, transported and assembled at every stage of the design development. Geoff Pearce, Swan’s Executive Director of Regeneration and Development commented: “Swan is truly committed to delivering innovation. Having opened our own offsite modular factory in 2017, we are convinced that this method will enable us to deliver high-quality homes that people will want to live in, at the same time building local and national expertise in manufacturing and supporting the UK modular industry. This guide, we hope, will encourage others to consider modular, whilst enabling high-quality homes to be built, quicker, more sustainably and at a lower cost.”

Paul Williamson, Managing Director of NU build said: “As the UK moves towards more factory built homes we wanted to provide a guide which prompts the design team to ask the early questions that need to be asked, something which all teams within the process could look at for guidance.” Andrew Waugh, Founding Partner of Waugh Thistleton Architects said: “The NU build guide is the culmination of two years of collaborative work with Swan developing their modular system. Speed of delivery, efficiency of production and waste reduction are at the heart of this book, demonstrating how the construction industry can modernise to meet the 21st century demands for quality, as well as responding to the urgent climate emergency we face.”

Working closely with Ramboll and Waugh Thistleton Architects - specialists in designing in engineered timber and offsite solutions, the guide, which took two years to develop is hoped to encourage more designers, organisations and developers to look at the possibility of delivering homes via offsite manufacturing. To find out more about NU build visit and to get your copy of Swan’s Modular Design Guide contact Rebecca Handley



Funding for £350m Wimbledon stadium and housing scheme Homes England has signed a £150m loan deal to fund a 600 homes-led scheme at the former Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium site in Plough Lane. he scheme being developed by housing association Catalyst and developer Galliard also includes improved public realm and a new sports stadium to be delivered by AFC Wimbledon.


Housing Minister Kit Malthouse will announce the deal today, which is the first to be agreed from the £1bn Housing Delivery Fund.

Southampton to help developer Cannon Capital Developments convert a former commercial building into 56 apartments for private sale in the city’s Ogle Road.

The Housing Delivery Fund was set up between the government and Barclays Corporate Banking to provide loan finance to open up the housing market and help small and medium-sized developers to deliver new homes across the country.

Sir Edward Lister, Chairman of Homes England, said: “We promised to form new, innovative partnerships to shake up the housing market and do things differently to accelerate the delivery of new homes across the country, and this partnership with Barclays is doing just that.

Ealing-based Modebest Builders will be groundworks contractor on the housing element of the site. Homes England also signed a smaller deal for £5.3m in

“This is a real milestone moment as we announce the first loan deals to come to fruition, which will see new housing be delivered in two areas where it is needed most.”

BAM seals £21m Lincoln medical school The University of Lincoln has appointed BAM Construction to deliver the next stage of the Lincoln Medical School. he £21m, five-storey building will sit opposite the Isaac Newton Building and next to the Janet Lane-Claypon Building, create a science corridor of building on the Brayford Pool Campus.


Facilities to be built include lecture theatres, laboratories, anatomy pro-section suites and a dedicated science library, as well as clinical skills suites and a modern-day physics garden.

Working in collaboration with the University and Perfect Circle JV, BAM will create the most sustainable building at the University featuring both a living wall and solar wall. John Phillips, regional director for BAM Construction North East, said: “We have been building in Lincoln since 1945 when we worked on St Swithin’s Power Station, and our CV includes medical buildings such as Lincoln County Hospital 30 years ago, when I was a site engineer and many previous projects for the University.” Works will commence on site later this year and delivery is expected to be completed during Spring 2021.



Architects flood in to become role models to inspire others into construction

ozens of architects were among the entrants this Spring, attracted to a scheme which provides a schools contact programme and public platform to professionals of any age and background to share inspiring stories of how they came into their career and why they love what they do.


UKCW has chosen 98 Role Models out of hundreds of entries, from all professions and at all levels, and has now published its shortlist for 2019. These Role Models include people at chief executive, director and associate director level, but also many more junior representatives who have made a huge impact at the very start of their careers. They include architects, engineers, construction project managers, site managers, quantity surveyors, a wide range of sustainability, health and safety and geotechnical experts, tradespeople and professionals focused on digital construction, administration, finance, HR, learning and communications.

Nominations for the annual UK Construction Week (UKCW) Role Models initiative have quadrupled since last year, according to event organisers Media 10.

All Role Models will be given the opportunity to speak at UKCW on the main stage of the UK’s largest construction event, and will take part in the UKCW’s student initiative at the NEC between 8-10 October to advise and encourage those considering a career in construction. The overall 2019 Role Model of the Year will then be announced on Wednesday 9 October by BBC’s Steph McGovern. Last year’s winner, Arleta Andreasik-Paton, a senior project manager at AECOM, said: “I was not from a construction background, but I moved into the industry with transferrable skills. I want to encourage others to do the same. It’s a privilege to be able to become a role model for other talented young people who can find wonderful careers in construction.” Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, said: “The response to this year’s UKCW Role Model initiative has been overwhelming and covers every aspect of construction, from architecture to bricklaying to digital design and management. The Role Models really show the diverse range of jobs available in construction

and they are all passionate about their jobs and promoting construction as a great career opportunity. “Each of our Role Models has an inspiring career story which will spur others into similar roles. Mentoring is a big part of what a Role Model does, and last year’s Role Models have been out visiting schools and meeting young people to give encouragement, while also promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in construction. “If you want to see the future of the industry, you will want to meet these people and hear what they have to say at UK Construction Week.” Registration for the event is now open. By registering once visitors will have access to multiple sections: Build, Building Tech, Timber, Civils, Energy & HVAC, Surface & Materials and the newly launched Concrete Expo (8-9 October only) and Grand Designs Live (9-10 October only), which will also be taking place at the NEC, Birmingham.


NEW DALTEX TRADE CENTRE OPENS IN BRIGHOUSE, YORKSHIRE Derbyshire Specialist Aggregates, the manufacturer of Daltex has opened a new DALTEX Trade Centre in Brighouse Yorkshire, replacing the site previously used by Resin Drives Trade. Resin Drives will no longer be a wholesaler of resin bound products. The Resin Drives installation business will continue to operate as a separate business under existing ownership. Carwyn Richards from Resin Drives states “In the last few years, demand for resin bound installations has exploded. Having been involved in the industry for many years, we are one of the most experienced and trusted resin bound installation companies in the UK and our exit from wholesale allows us to focus completely on this incredible sales opportunity.” Sam Buckley, Managing Director of Derbyshire Specialist Aggregates says “ This expansion to Yorkshire makes perfect sense for us. Derbyshire Specialist Aggregates gives customers the ability to buy direct from the manufacturer of DALTEX and offers a really strong package including a great brand and product range, fantastic pricing and the full backing of an experienced customer service and technical team. This move is a Win Win for both companies – but, more importantly, for our customers.” The Daltex Trade Centre stocks the complete DALTEX range and is ideally situated 1 minute off junction 25 of the M62 at Unit 4D, Armytage Road, Brighouse, HD 1QF. Collections are available from. 7am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-12 noon Sat. For more information and to place an order: COLLECTIONS 01274 699 233 NATIONAL DELIVERIES 01629 636 500



Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 September 2019

The trade event dedicated to bringing the landscape industry together by introducing its visitors to the latest products, services and techniques.

LANDSCAPE exhibitors include manufacturers and suppliers of everything from vases, pots and flag stones to furniture and conservatories, water features and sundials. Our exhibitors provide architectural iron work, planters, sheds, turf, sculpture, soil, plants and paving as well as lighting, heating, trees and tools.

Our international visitors include Garden Designers, Landscape Designers & Contractors, Architects, Facilities Managers, Groundsmen & Parks Officers, Event Florists, Creative Directors, Garden Centres, Contract Gardeners, Hotels and Interior Designers.

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The Landscape Show LANDSCAPE - the UK’s premier event for the industry returns to Battersea Park in central London on Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th of September 2019. t is the networking opportunity of the year, with hundreds of exhibitors and a huge array of industry professionals from all over the UK and beyond, including Garden Designers, Landscape Architects and Contractors.


Between the LANDSCAPE exhibitors there are products and services for every aspect of the design and build process spanning from CAD systems and tools to plants and stone. LANDSCAPE features an endless selection of products that are available to source, including Garden Buildings & Structures, Paving & Aggregates, Pools & Spas, Furniture & Outdoor Kitchens, Machinery & Vehicles, and Gates & Metalwork. As well as welcoming a whole host of new and returning exhibitors showcasing their latest products, services and technologies, dedicated to landscaping, LANDSCAPE will once again host a CPD accredited Seminar programme. There will be two whole days of education and entertainment featuring a diverse line-up of top industry speakers. The accreditation enhances professional qualifications of practitioners and allows visitors to earn up to 11 CPD points with their attendance of sessions. The LANDSCAPE Seminar Programme is already bursting the seams with over 60 industry leading professionals speaking this year. Some of the recent additions to our programme for 2019 include: Helen Elks-Smith, Matt Keightley, Lucy Hall, Cleve West, Rod Winrow, Philippa O’Brien, Baron Robert Von Susskind, Matthew Pottage, Jonathan Snow, James Alexander Sinclair, Carolyn Willitts, Emma Mazzullo, Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Kate Gould, just to name a few! With a topic for everyone you won’t want to miss any of the sessions this year. Topics include


Battersea Dogs and Cats home experts detailing how to ‘Build Gardens with Pets in Mind’ and Parks for London exploring how public parks have changed and what role landscape architects, designers and managers play in bringing about positive change in an age of austerity. Awardwinning Landscape Architect Robert Myers will be walking us through his recently completed projects, from identifying problems together with a client through to the creation of beautiful landscapes. In his session ‘Beautiful Solutions’ he will explain that good landscape architects are problem-solvers and they are skilled in being able to see beyond the difficulties that clients often have with the gardens or landscapes around their buildings and resolving practical challenges in a creative way. Alongside the exhibition and seminars, LANDSCAPE Show aims to inspire and entertain their visitors with a variety of events. This includes the return of the Pecha Kucha 20x20; an exciting event that derives from the Japanese term ‘chit-chat’. This method was specifically developed for architects to encourage them to ‘talk less and show more’. This discussion will be presented in a simple format, where the industry’s most creative and professional Landscape Architects will be presenting 20 images for 20 seconds each. Additionally, LANDSCAPE is also looking forward to bringing back the Best in Show competition, where exhibitors will be showcasing a particular product from their ranges to introduce to visitors. This is a great opportunity to find out about the hottest products being launched in the industry and find the latest innovative solutions. It’s down to visitors to decide the Best in Show winner of 2019 so make sure you register to attend online so you can have your vote! The LANDSCAPE Show also boasts an impressive number of partnerships within

the industry including the prominent associations and institutions such as, Landscape Institute, Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and the International Federation of Landscape Architects, amongst many others. LANDCSAPE also works closely with a vast number of media partners, appearing in many of the leading publications such as Home Designer and Architect. Having such strong alliances allows LANDSCAPE to be at the forefront of cutting-edge discoveries in the industry and puts them in a great standing to be able to bring you the most relevant topics, news and speakers. Visit the LANDSCAPE website where you can register online for free entry to LANDSCAPE 2019, sign up to hear the latest news on their new speakers and be the first to see the official Seminar Programme when it is released. Why not check out the amazing preview magazine while you’re on the site? The magazine has been created to give you a small insight into the fantastic exhibitors you can meet and the types of products on show at LANDSCAPE this September. The LANDSCAPE Show will be open from 10am-6pm on Tuesday the 17th September, and 10am-5pm on Wednesday 18th September 2019. Both the exhibition and all seminar sessions are free to attend. To register for your free tickets to attend the show, simply visit our registration page at Further information can be found online: Website: Email: Phone: +44 (0)20 7821 8221 Twitter: @LandscapeEvent #LANDSCAPE2019 Instagram: #LANDSCAPE2019


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NEW COLOUR AVAILABLE FROM MILLBOARD: ENHANCED GRAIN BURNT CEDAR Millboard are pleased to announce not one, but two exciting new developments! On the back of customer demand, we’re thrilled to launch a brand new colour: Enhanced Grain Burnt Cedar, and an upgrade to our existing Weathered Oak Embered line. he new colour, Burnt Cedar, has been created to reflect the burnt texture that customers have been asking for and it strikes the right balance between warmth and design flexibility. These atmospheric boards draw their influence from the traditional Japanese Yakisugi technique, a method that produces the charred surface associated with heritage Eastern architecture. Western design has fully embraced the aesthetic, utilising it in prestigious builds across Europe and the USA.


While creating this new line, Millboard developed an enhanced coating, to be applied to Burnt Cedar and also to the existing Embered style. Millboard’s Steven Holmes, Product Manager states that, ‘this new coating is ideally suited to our darkest boards and offers improved stain, UV and fade resistance. It offers improved heat reflection and reduces surface temperatures significantly – an important feature for black toned flooring. This coating also protects against longterm wear.’

Millboard’s Marketing Manager, Caroline Birdsall, states that the new line makes ‘a dramatic statement and complements the existing product range beautifully. As a company, we are very engaged with major design trends and we are already seeing a lot of interest in Burnt Cedar. The colour lends a bold elegance to any design scheme but also looks understated and clean in a contemporary landscape.’ ‘We are also thrilled to offer the newly enhanced Embered style. We are positive that both developments will be incredibly popular with our customers.’ The new Burnt Cedar line will join current best sellers Brushed Basalt and Driftwood. Millboard decking is the only hand moulded decking available and has been featured on Grand Designs, Ugly House to Lovely House, and Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh. To get your free sample, please go to:


We don’t take design flexibility sitting down Millboard decking. Innovatively designed and developed to have the look of natural timber, whilst out-performing it in every way. Our 150mm Bullnose Board is no different. Like our decking, it’s beautiful to look at, yet its curved edge gives you more design freedom than ever before. Ideal for seating, planters or as a finishing touch for decks and steps; its wider profile providing the perfect space for lighting. Resistant to moisture, stains and algae, it won’t rot, warp or splinter. And, like our decking, it’s easy to fit, saving on installation time and cost. Millboard: Live. Life. Outside.

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1 Swimming Pool … 4 PoolLock Automatic Covers To cover the pool surface on this very particular design of pool, PoolLock supplied one automatic slatted cover and three automatic safety covers, including a customized V4XXL safety cover system spanning an 11m width. Thanks to its many years of experience designing and producing automatic covers, PoolLock is able to work with customers and architects to create tailored solutions to cover almost any kind of pool.


oolLock’s unique hydraulic-drive system means that you do not need any electrical components near your pool. The electrical power pack used to operate the cover and drive the two hydraulic motors can be placed as far from the pool as required. Opening and closing the pool is as easy as turning a key switch, which means that the cover (and the pool) are actually used once installed. PoolLock safety covers provide a solid barrier between the water and surrounding area, effectively preventing any access to the water and making them the safest covers on the market.


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In addition, all PoolLock covers will reduce the amount of heat, water and chemicals lost through evaporation, which means pool owners can save money on electricity and chemical usage. In addition to the standard fabric options, PoolLock also offers HeatLock Thermofoam canvas with enhanced insulation properties. Thanks to the foamed insulation layer applied to one side of the canvas, heat transfer across the membrane is reduced by a factor of 3 when compared to standard fabrics for similar applications. HeatLock’s closed-cell foam structure ensure

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that PoolLock covers are not only the safest, but also the most energy-efficient available on the market. PoolLock Automatic Covers offer you the safest, most convenient, most reliable and energy-efficient way to cover your pool. With over 30 years of experience, and installations in over 20 countries, PoolLock is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of automatic safety and slatted covers for swimming pools.

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With over 30 years of experience, PoolLock is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automatic and manual safety covers, automatic slatted covers and heat pumps for swimming pools. Thousands of satisfied customers in Britain over the past 10 years bear testament to the quality, service and reliability of PoolLock products. In 2013, PoolLock opened its first UK production facility in Gatwick, London, with installation teams that are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. The result: even better service and faster delivery times for our UK customers.

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Architects welcome new modular sliding door system aimed at premium and middle market projects Continuous improvements and modifications in the Schueco range of sliding doors help to secure the company’s deserved reputation as the UK’s leading system innovator. The latest sliding door range has the advantage of being modular and fully scalable thus maximising architects’ freedom to choose, whatever the type of project. The new Schueco ASE 60 and 80.HI range of sliding doors is an important development not just for the company but also, more importantly, for clients and end-users. Architects working on medium to high-end projects can specify from a single range and be confident that they will find in it a product of exceptional quality that can be tailored to suit their needs exactly. This will impact favourably on decision-making and should lead to a streamlining of the whole specification process. Covering both sliding and lift-and-slide doors, the Schueco ASE 60 and 80 platform comprises fifteen opening types including six single-track options. The result is greater choice, maximum design flexibility and the ability to accommodate widely differing project requirements. As the name suggests, Schueco ASE 60 and 80 doors have a basic frame depth of either 60 mm or 80 mm with a maximum vent size of 3.2 m x 3.5 m or 3.5 m x 3.2 m, which is the largest currently being offered in the market.


Maximum vent weights are equally impressive, with both systems being able to accommodate loads of up to 350 kg per vent, offering the possibility of enhanced thermal performance through triple glazing. Rollers positioned in the middle of the vent distribute the weight evenly, minimising friction and ensuring that vents move particularly smoothly. The inclusion of SmartStop or SmartClose technology further ensures trouble-free and safe operation, which is especially important for families with young children and schools.

The thickness of the glass that can be used also varies: a Schueco ASE 60 door can accommodate glass with a thickness from 24 mm to 40 mm, while the thicknesses for a Schueco ASE 80.HI door are from 36 mm to 60 mm. Schueco ASE 60 and 80.HI doors all share certain characteristics: for example, profile sightlines have been kept narrow (from 82 mm) throughout, enabling the doors to deliver all the benefits of Schueco’s traditional sliding systems with enhanced transparency similar to a panoramic system. Both systems exhibit exceptional thermal performance. The Schueco ASE 60, in spite of its narrow depth, offers Uw of up to 1.1 w/m2K, while the high-performance Schueco ASE 80.HI meets stringent Passive House standards. Architects are therefore given the freedom to specify the Schueco ASE door system of their choice, knowing that the thermal performance will meet the precise energy requirements stipulated in the client’s brief. Security levels across the range are up to RC 2 and every system features slimline meeting-stiles and a flush threshold that overcomes the possibility of accidents. A Design Line option is available on all the doors. Design Line offers enhanced design benefits such as concealed fittings that leave the visible surfaces of the vent and outer frame completely flush and a slimline interlock with a 40 mm sight-line that delivers today’s preferred ‘more glass, less frame’ look allowing maximum light transmission. Additional features of the Schueco ASE 60 and 80 range include profiles that, being symmetrically identical, enable the vent to be positioned on either the inside or the outside. For further information on the Schueco ASE 60 and 80.HI range of sliding doors, please email or visit


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1930s house transformed by modern, light-filled kitchen extension Ryan and Rebecca lived in a small flat in the pleasant town of Enfield but seven years ago, when their first daughter was born they decided to buy a bigger place. een to remain in the same sought-after area of Greater London they came across a 1930s three-bed terraced house that had great potential to renovate and extend.


The couple made do with their small L-shaped kitchen, which led to an outdoor toilet and old coal store, for around five years before they decided to take on their biggest renovation project to date. By this time, their daughter Isabel was 5 years old (now 7) and Rebecca, 42, was pregnant with her second child Imogen, who is now 2 years old. Ryan, 43, who is an electrician by trade, said: “We realised that we could get so much more for our money if we took on a property that needed a lot of work and could be extended. When we came

across our current home, we could see that a number of houses on the same street had an extension, which was very appealing to us. It took about five years before we seriously started looking into it, by this time my wife was pregnant with our second daughter and we really needed the extra space.” They worked with a local architect who drew up plans for a single-storey extension to create a large, open-plan kitchen and living room with three VELUX roof windows to provide as much daylight and ventilation throughout the day as possible. To access the garden easily, they also added bi-fold doors - a hugely important feature for the couple who enjoy spending time outside with their two young children. Local builders carried out the renovation work, which took a couple of months, with Ryan doing the electrics.

They installed three VELUX INTEGRA® whitepainted roof windows with rain sensors and remote controls providing easy opening and closing of the roof windows and the blinds. They chose a polyurethane finish that’s recommended for rooms prone to humidity like kitchens as the roof windows have no visible joints, ensuring an easy to clean and moisture resistant finish. Ryan said: “The extension has really transformed how we all spend time together. We love taking turns to cook while the other person relaxes and watches TV or plays with the girls and helps them with their homework at the big kitchen table. The roof windows add so much daylight and air flow throughout the day. The rain sensors are great as we don’t need to worry about closing them on a hot, sunny day when we leave the house. Living in the UK, the weather can change in an instant so it’s great to have the reassurance that they will close automatically if the rain comes on when we’re out. We also chose dark grey blinds to tie in with the interiors of the kitchen, which is gloss grey and white.” The couple are already planning a loft conversion next year to add another bedroom and en-suite.


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

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VEKA UK Group rolls out the welcome matt Industry-leading systems supplier VEKA UK Group has unveiled an exclusive ultramatt material unlike anything else in the industry. his innovative surface, called SPECTRAL, is exclusive to VEKA UK Group and was launched at the FIT Show where it was welcomed with fantastic feedback, being hailed the ‘star of the stand’.


Marketing Director Dawn Stockell explains: “This unique product uses ground-breaking technology to create an ultrasmooth, ultramatt finish that has unrivalled performance benefits. “Visitors to VEKA UK Group’s stand at the FIT Show were impressed by its smooth and modern aesthetic; someone admiring the Imagine BiFold in SPECTRAL’s Umbra Grey even asked the team if we had started offering aluminium systems!

original products that not only look great, but offer exceptional performance. We identified a gap in the market for a highly durable matt product that we could guarantee would look great for years to come, and which would bolster our customers’ already impressive product offering. “Matt finishes seem to be growing in popularity on everything from cookers to cars, but rather than just being a ‘fashion fad’, the construction industry has been seeing a steady rise in demand for this look for a number of years. “Matt has long been favoured by architects and designers, and this sophisticated aesthetic is now being demanded by style-conscious consumers.

“SPECTRAL uses next “I’m told that Aztec Windows generation surface technology to create an was already pricing jobs extraordinary finish that using SPECTRAL swatches the day after we launched it simply cannot be matched on the first day of the show. by any other matt PVCu surface on the market. It is “SPECTRAL has been highly scratch resistant, has years in the development, anti-fingerprint properties and has been created with and is also extremely our customers at the very resistant to UV light, heart of the process. We extreme weather conditions understand the need for and harsh chemicals. Dirt

can be wiped away with ease, for a product that stays beautiful for longer. “By absorbing rather than reflecting light, SPECTRAL offers a denser, richer quality of colour, and because it is velvet to the touch, it feels just as good as it looks.” Simon Wade, MD of Rugby Double Glazing, was very impressed with the SPECTRAL products featured on the stand and believes that sophisticated colours and finishes are the answer to further success for installers: “This is the future of our business. “Homeowners that we deal with want to add as much style and personality to the outside of their home as they do with, say, a new kitchen. We need to offer a wealth of different options to stay ahead of the competition. I think the new SPECTRAL finish is phenomenal, and with its aluminium ‘look’, it could also potentially open up more commercial opportunities for us too. I’ve already requested some samples for the showroom.” SPECTRAL is available in four sophisticated shades – Graphite Black, Anthracite Grey, Platinum Grey and Umbra Grey. These specialist colours are made to order with a four week lead time and can be laminated on one or both sides of the product. They can also be complemented with stunning shades from VEKA’s Variations colour range. For more information, or to order a SPECTRAL swatch book, call 01282 716611, email or visit •21•

Vicaima bring an added dimension to William May development The village of Bramcote in Nottinghamshire, has been a popular place for home owners with discerning taste since Victorian times, so it’s little wonder that is now attracting fresh interest for twenty first century living with the select Baxter Green development by William May. nvisioned by internationally recognised Leonard Design Architects and set in the former gardens of Grade II Listed St. Johns College, Baxter Green introduces outstanding low-density luxury housing surrounded by tranquil countryside. Once complete Baxter Green will have 40 residential properties varying in sizes from apartments to five-bedroom houses, with ample sized living space and all fitted with Vicaima quality interior doors.


Long established and regional house builder William May Developments have used Vicaima’s Dekordor 3D finished doors throughout, alternating within particular house types, between a textured grey face with horizontal decorative grooves and a rich Dark Cedar finish. Dekordor 3D adds a new dimension to interior design, with highly attractive horizontal grained textured laminates in a range of on-trend and contemporary colour tones. This durable range can be further enhanced, with the addition of glass panel doors, face grooving or even metallic inlays, to create individual statements for apartments or traditional homes. All of the Dekordor 3D collection come in a choice of cores and can be supplied with added performance including fire doors which are compliant with the most rigorous fire door regulations, acoustics and security doors where required as part of a complete door and door frame kit. For further details about Dekordor 3D or one of the many other inspirational products from the Vicaima collections, visit the Vicaima website alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information.


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What is lime and where is best to use it? by James Ayres, co-founder and operations director at Lime Green.

The UK construction industry is shifting to favour healthy materials over their synthetic alternatives and as a result, the use of lime in buildings is seeing a significant revival.


hat revival isn’t limited to historic building conservation projects though, we’re starting to think about how our building materials are influencing our well-being, prompting us to make healthier choices.

Architects, specifiers and designers are all beginning to recognise the myriad benefits that lime materials offer to building projects. But how are lime materials formed? How are they different? Where is it best to use them?

Mortars, renders and plasters Mortars, renders and plasters are mostly made of sand or aggregate and a binder which holds the materials together. The importance of sand within any mortar or plaster should not be under-estimated. Sand provides a large proportion of the material’s overall volume and acts to prevent shrinkage as it dries out. It’s a key constituent for strength and durability, as well as the overall aesthetic appearance of the mortar or plaster. Equal time should be spent analysing and choosing the sand within the mortar mix as is spent on the binder that holds it all together.

Rushbury Manor, a 400 year old manor house which is still standing thanks to

Different limes after this stage set and harden differently. Non-hydraulic limes (hydrated lime or lime putty) set by absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and hydraulic limes set by reacting with water. Non-hydraulic limes have a much slower setting time than hydraulic limes as exacting conditions need to be met in order to facilitate the absorption of CO2. Hydraulic limes will even set under water. These are made in the same way as non-hydraulic limes but are burnt from a different limestone. These materials initially set when water is added but then harden over time as they absorb CO2 to give harder, more weather resistant mix.

What are the pros and cons of lime materials? Benefits Some of the benefits of lime are long-established such as its natural antiseptic properties reducing the risk of mould growth. But there are many more positive aspects to working with lime materials:

Binders take many forms. They can be clay, cement, gypsum or more recently, synthetic, petrochemical-based plastics like silicone or acrylic. But for a long time – and increasingly more so as we move to build more healthily – the material of choice was lime.

Lime mortars, lime renders and lime plasters Lime, water and sand are the three primary ingredients in lime mixes. Once mixed, these set to form something similar to manmade limestone. Although limes might differ across chemistry and strength, they are all made by heating natural limestone in a lime kiln. This produces the highly-caustic unslaked lime or quicklime to which water is then added to produce the slaked lime.



• Breathability Predominantly, lime materials offer breathability as they are vapour-permeable. This means they allow water, as a vapour or a liquid, to pass through, avoiding the build-up of trapped moisture and therefore reducing the risk of damp, rot or condensation within a building’s fabric. • Durability When used carefully, lime is exceptionally durable1. There are many examples which highlight how lime has stood the test of time – such as Rushbury Manor, a 400 year old manor house built using lime materials. As lime works to keep the underlying structure of a building dry, it allows for a more durable and sustainable building structure.

o its breathability.

Highly efficient mixer where all ingredients are combined to produce the final mortar, render or plaster.

• Workability Lime has amazing workability, with a sticky, ‘fatty’ feel for the applicator. The workability and ease of use of render, plaster or mortar is really important to achieving the desired aesthetics of the end result2. • Beautiful aesthetics Lime avoids the synthetic look of many alternative materials, ageing gracefully over time – sometimes looking even better with age. Lime mortars, renders and plasters can also be produced in a wide variety of colours.

Drawbacks There are, of course, limitations to the use of lime materials and there are some environmental scenarios which make building with lime an unsuitable choice:

Top tips for applying lime 1. First decide which style and finish you want That will ensure you have the right product for your beautiful project result. 2. Ensure you select the right product for your project Is it hydraulic or non-hydraulic lime? How hard is the material you’re using? How exposed will the material be to the weather? This may help click here. 3. Add water carefully Water is only needed for hydration to make the lime mix spreadable, sticky and workable.

• Slower setting Some lime materials require more methodical planning and working practices as some mixes can take longer to set than synthetic alternatives. • Confusing terminology Sometimes, it can be unclear exactly what’s contained within so-called ‘lime’ products, particularly when dealing with imports. It’s important to take care when buying to ensure you’re not paying extra for what is nothing more than white cement. • Fear of use Builders are sometimes wary of switching to lime products – dismissing it as ‘too difficult’ or ‘too slow’. Lime materials aren’t necessarily more difficult to use than others, they’re simply different. It’s more straightforward than you might think. 2

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THE MARKETPLACE FOR HEATING AND HOT WATER HAS NOW CHANGED – TIME FOR THE INDUSTRY TO MAKE CHOICES Tony Gittings of Rinnai looks at the changes that have now become a permanent and developing part of the domestic heating and hot water marketplace – selling direct to the consumer, bypassing the traditional supply route here is a 15 second iPhone video clip on Twitter at the moment of a big lad, full of muscles, destroying a door inside a building. It takes him two punches, one kick and both his hands to wrench the door right off its hinges. Accompanying this is some very stark copy which talks about how he’d had a job booked in to install a boiler, but he had lost out on price to one of the big, direct-to-consumer online brand names. His fury carries over from the film to the text with some very explicit language.


The change in the domestic heating and hot water marketplace is that online buying is now taking over the supply chain. The boiler manufacturers, some of them, want to sell more and more direct to the consumer. It is as simple as that. The traditional route to market of: manufacturer -merchant/distributor – installer-end user/consumer is getting to be less and less and may well soon be gone. The new route to market may well have some casualties – the merchants/ distributors and installers. It may well hit installers hardest in terms of prices being driven down. Boiler producers have traditionally made their margin at the factory gate. – The merchant/distributor may never of made the size of margins, on boilers, anywhere near as much as the manufacturers. Traditionally the merchants/distributors relied on the branded boilers to bring the installer into their sales arena and buy all the materials for an installation and make up the margins on fittings, piping and ancillaries. The fact that life is online now, and that almost all household expenditure goes through the web, is now cast in stone, for time being anyway. The change in consumer spending can be summed up by the following reports> The BBC News website and the Retail Gazette recently extensive articles and reports on the dramatic demise of shopping centres and malls. Dead or dying High Streets, zombie retailing – the clichés were wonderfully employed. continues...


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Heating & Ventilation Retail Gazette quoted some very heavyweight financiers – APAM Asset Management. They reckoned that there were as many as 200 – yes, two hundred - shopping centres that were financially on the edge of business existence. Asset management firm APAM estimates that hundreds of shopping centres worth around £7 billion are in danger of breaching debt covenants. This number has reportedly increased by 75 per cent since last year, as falling market values and increasing numbers of CVAs butcher the sector. Retail Gazette reported that APAM’s executive director Simon Cooke said this was in part due to lack of reinvestment by private equity owners, with the average shopping centre in the UK having changed hands or been refinanced three-and-a-half years ago. The BBC News report quoted Retail Gazette and also added in its own experts. Mr Nelson Blackley, from the National Retail Research Knowledge Exchange Centre, said the growth of online retail in the UK - on sites such as Amazon - had been faster than in almost any other retail market in the world. The demise of “major anchor stores” like BHS and Toys R Us and the rise of online shopping has caused a “downward spiral”, said Mr Nelson Blackley. “If the major anchor store moves out, that has a halo effect on other stores in that centre. It’s a downward spiral and you can’t fill shopping centres with nail bars and vape shops.” Mr Blackley, who is based at Nottingham Trent University’s Nottingham Business School, pointed to research in the Financial Times that suggested about £2.5bn worth of shopping centres and retail parks are up for sale in towns and cities across the UK. “Some of this marketing is unofficial and not in the public domain,” he said. “It’s a trend that’s moving very quickly. You don’t necessarily want to be in the business of owning shopping centres at the moment.” No kidding Mr Blackley…….

A prominent and nationally operating installer friend of mine put it this way in nicely earthy language, “I am not that old, but I remember Woolworths going out of business in the late 90s and look recently at BHS and the House of Fraser going down the plughole - massive names in retailing. As an installer I am so alive to the change in my customers buying habits. You need don’t a PhD in ‘The Blindingly Obvious’ to realise the game has changed. I think it is a matter of concentrating on the ‘new’ and not wasting time on the old ways. They are gone.” We made our own decisions several years ago. Then, about 30% of our total sales were through the distribution route to market. That is now around 15% and that is with distributors which are geographically and strategically placed to deliver - direct to the installer. It is not difficult to envisage that with just a few years that the big brand names will be aiming everything they’ve got direct to the end-user/consumer. But it may well be at the expense of the installer, who may well have to work on an iron-clad fixed price basis which may not be the true value of the job. We have chosen our route many years ago and have continued during all those years to fully and total commit to the installer as our partner – we have stayed connected. Others may try to ‘reconnect.’ But it is the installer that is our future and we see nothing on the horizon likely to change that – after all, all gas fired products must, by law, be installed by a fully qualified Gas Safe person. And that means that the individual must have a high level of expertise and ‘Yes’, we deal with specification and consultants, but that is inevitable on commercial sites which require design and engineering services. engineering savvy…. which is what installers have…. And one final thought - maybe there are even more changes on their way, this time in the manufacturing arena?

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Heating & ventilation Vectaire has three new models in their vertical whole house heat recovery range. To ensure a comfortable user experience, the Midi, Maxi and Maxi Plus are now available with advanced acoustic attenuation. They are lined with superior sound deadening materials for really low sound levels (the sound pressure levels are down to 14.4, 13.2 and 14.4 dBA respectively). Efficiency, performance and economy remain the same as the standard model. All these “AT-BY” models are complete with summer bypass and frost protection, and are commissioned via an integral LCD. Functions, including trickle, purge and boost speeds for each motor, boost speed over-run time, adjusting the time delay before the boost speed kicks in, holiday mode and night-time boost - all easily adjusted. Products are SAP PCDB Listed and manufactured in our own factory in the UK to ISO 9001. Vectaire offers a design service to ensure that units are installed is the best possible way to provide efficient, effective, low energy and low running cost ventilation. Vectaire can also organise installation, commissioning and maintenance of these products and can supply all necessary accessories. All Vectaire’s residential ventilation is detailed in the latest Low Energy Catalogue.

You can have it all with Speedheat Creating an airy, open space for living calls for clean lines and minimum fuss – but you also need to keep cosy. Speedheat electric underfloor heating can help to achieve it all. Installed with minimum disruption and no noticeable build up in floor height, Speedheat’s system is invisible under your choice of final floor finish. It is ideal for new build, renovation and redesign projects and comes complete with state of the art, unobtrusive controls. Speedheat spells the end to ugly radiators or trailing cables, with nothing to spoil the view.


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BOILERS ARE THE NEW BLACK SAYS SOPHIE ROBINSON AS WORCESTER BOSCH INTRODUCES FIRST ‘DESIGNER BOILER’ TV presenter and interiors expert welcomes the new Greenstar Lifestyle range as an integral part of the design-conscious home.


nterior Designer Sophie Robinson unveiled the Greenstar Lifestyle range at Bosch UK’s Innovation Hub in Denham today.

The result of eight years of development by Worcester Bosch, the new Greenstar Lifestyle range comprises two models, the Life and the Style. Both models feature a slick new design, a whole host of innovative features and are available in combi, system and regular boiler types. Most important for the designconscious home owner is its looks: the boiler no longer needs to be ‘hidden away’ as this stylish new range can be proudly shown off in your home alongside your style savy interior.


“In my 20 years of interior design experience, the boiler often crops up as a design crime, but not any more!” says Sophie Robinson, of BBC 2’s The Great Interior Design Challenge fame. “Often cited in an awkward place, the boiler can take up precious room housed in unsightly bulky cupboards, previously essential to disguise them. The new Greenstar Lifestyle is a genius solution, making this necessary appliance work seemlessly with the rest of the kitchen design, saving valuable space and enhancing the overall aesthetic at the same time.“ Style and substance Available in black or white the Style‘s high gloss finish creates a premium look and exudes sophistication. The Style features a brand-new full colour text display screen with ‘touch’ buttons for easy control, while the Life range features a push-button LCD display. Full of tech, including wireless connectivity with the Bosch EasyControl which gives the homeowner complete control over

heating and hot water via a smartphone. The EasyControl app also offers peace of mind by allowing users to monitor and control their household energy usage if they’re away from home. “Design has finally come to the heating industry,” says Victoria Billings, Marketing Director at Worcester Bosch. “At Worcester Bosch, we take pride in our work and to hear that Sophie Robinson thinks the Greenstar Lifestyle range is part of the future of interior design is fantastic. Looks are just one element of what we call our ‘beautiful beast’, as it has power and controls to match. We are delighted that the aesthetics match the craft under the cover – it truly is industry defining.” For more information, please visit: lifestyle. Alternatively, follow Worcester Bosch on Twitter (@HeatingYourHome), Instagram (@WorcesterBosch), and Facebook (@ WorcesterBosch).

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Now available is the Rinnai HDC 1200i continuous flow hot water unit with the capacity to deliver in excess of 1500 litres of temperature accurate hot water per hour, with an overall gross efficiency of more than 95%. These levels of performance, with unbeatable efficiency levels, mean the Rinnai 1200i is more than capable of meeting and exceeding the hot water demands of all applications. This precision engineered unit can also be combined as multiple units into one single, easy to handle module incorporating cascade frames and common flue. Both the HDC 1200 internal and external models turn in a market leading energy performance of 107% net efficiency and offer superlative ranges of modulation. The systems internal analytical system can modulate the burner from 54kw to 2.4kw. The Rinnai HDC 1200i is engineered for minimal energy wastage and maximum energy performance. It is worth remembering that Part L of the Building Regulations 2013 has set minimum thermal efficiency levels of 90% for natural and 92% for LPG, consequently outlawing non-condensing gas fired water heaters for use in new build projects. •36•

Heating & Ventilation appliances will help support the UK drive Rinnai is the only manufacturer that can towards greener industry. supply a complete range of internal and external ultra-high efficiency condensing The Rinnai Infinity HDC 1200i water heater continuous flow water heaters, aligned not uses heat exchanger technology to allow only to comply but surpass changes on the the largest capacity flow rates, thereby regulatory horizon.

guaranteeing all the hot water needed, when it is needed. As well as increasing

Rinnai units and systems are now the number capacity, the Rinnai Infinity water heater one choice for any size of site or large has lower greenhouse emissions because of building or business with a heavy demand

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number of modules can be manifolded, so the water handling capacity is truly infinite Available in both internal and external and there is no risk of the ‘cascade’ of hot versions, HDC 1200i gives end users 107% net efficiency as the condensing process delivers

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SURFACE APPE James Latham has just announced the addition of three new collections to its popular high-end range of decorative panels, Xylocleaf. o m b i n i n g outstanding Italian design with classl e a d i n g standards in melamine processing, for Xylocleaf, the feel of a surface is just as important as the contemporary, on-trend look.


The inspirational new collections include; Mosaico, which offers a weaved leather surface, Duna, comprising a registered, embossed stone surface and Alpaca, featuring a soft cotton texture. In addition, three new products have also been added to the


Fusion collection. Fusion is totally unique in that it has linen textile bonded to its surface, with a thin layer of protecting resin, thus combining a natural surface – the fabric, with the industrial process of creating a decorative panel.  Fusion surfaces were developed in Italy by XyloCleaf and it is the only manufacturer worldwide that can create them. Xylocleaf is already extremely p o p u l a r fo r p re m i u m commercial, retail and leisure specifications as it is strong, durable and highly scratch and chemical resistant, so as well as looking great, it is particularly well suited for high traffic areas.

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These features also make Xylocleaf a popular choice for residential applications as it can be used to manufacture all kinds of interior furniture from worktops and cupboard doors in kitchens and bathrooms to tables, desks, shelving, wall panelling and even internal doors. Paul Morson, James Latham’s Group Product Champion for Melamine commented, “These latest additions offer even greater choice to architects, interior designers and furniture makers who are looking to add dimension, depth and texture to their projects. “Xylocleaf has become a real success story for us and is now one of our most popular decors, particularly with our customers in the residential and leisure sectors.” Because Xylocleaf surfaces are made in the form of panels, laminate sheets and matching ABS edge banding, textures, finishes and colours can be blended, allowing different parts of a commercial or residential design scheme to feature matching or contrasting items, creating a fluid and contemporary finish throughout.

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With 12 branches throughout the UK and Ireland and showrooms in London and

Manchester, James Latham offers one of the UK’s widest ranges of innovative surface solutions - all available from one supplier - and directly from stock. For more information and samples, contact your local James Latham depot or call into Latham’s Product Specification Showrooms in either London or Manchester. Details can be found at:


Trends to take your bathroom to the next level The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the home, a place to clean and groom and a space where you can relax and unwind away from the hustle and bustle of the main house. Bathroom design is constantly evolving as manufacturers use the latest technology and materials to produce an array of bathroom products in a range of styles, from traditional fixtures to ultra-modern designs. ere, bathroom specialists Bathroom Planet have compiled some of the top bathroom trends to inspire you to create a bathroom that will stand out from the crowd. Whether you are looking to update an existing bathroom or start from scratch, these trends are bound to get the creative juices flowing.


Walls and floors Tiles are one of the easiest ways of creating a focal point and drawing people’s eye to specific areas of the bathroom. Showcase the shower enclosure by using geometric tiles on the walls or create a luxurious feel with bright white subway tiles for a traditional look. Statement floor tiles will draw the eye down while using a plain colour emphasises the bathrooms fixtures and fittings. Textured wall tiles provide dimension to the space, while natural stone tiles offer a modern design. Bathroom wallpaper has evolved over the past decade and is now specially designed to stand up to the rigours of the bathroom. It is often a cheaper alternative to tiling and offers an array of designs not possible on tiles. Bathroom wallpaper is also available with a textured finish and is quicker to fit than standard tiles.


Using Bold colours

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Another great way of creating focal points within the bathroom is to use bold colours. The contrast between light and dark has always been a popular choice in bathroom design, but adding pops of colour such as gold, copper and brass to specific areas is a great way of creating excitement in an otherwise monochrome room.

It was only a matter of time before technology made its way into the bathroom and we are starting to see more and more manufacturers using technology to save water, consume less energy and to make our bathrooms run more efficiently.

Fixtures and Fittings Bathroom design has come a long way in the past few years, with statement pieces being in high demand. Forget the traditional rectangular mirror, instead, opt for round or oval mirrors to create an elegant space. Taps and mixers are now available in a range of different styles too, so whether you are looking for something a bit more traditional or something sleek and modern, there is a range of fixtures to suit.

Whether it is smart showers that can be set up for different users, sensor activated toilet flushes or smart lighting options, the technology used in bathrooms is expected to increase exponentially over the coming years, and who knows what the future will bring.

Simple Designs Minimalist designs are becoming popular bathroom trends with frameless shower enclosure doors and screens dominating. These spa-inspired fixtures create the illusion of more space in the bathroom and allow more light into the room. Wet rooms are also becoming a popular choice; these simple designs are especially good for bathrooms that are awkward shapes or for those who need easy access into the bathroom. Warm metal fixtures such as brass and copper inject a sense of luxury and glamour into simple bathroom designs and are available in matte or polished finishes to suit any colour palette.


Bathrooms & Washrooms Following the successful launch of the Black Edition towel rails, and the addition of a further 3 rails, we have now further committed to the Ouse 400mm wide in the Black Edition Range. In answer to the current market demand for matt black finish towel rails, we have decided to introduce the Black Edition by JIS Europe. What stands the Black Edition Towel Rail apart from the competition is that it is, as always, manufactured from 100% stainless steel.

Powder coating is a clean process, allowing exhaust air from the coating booth to be returned to the plant. Powder overspray can be retrieved and reused and there is no costly waste disposal equipment as unused powder can be reclaimed and returned to a hopper.

The rail is then powder coated matt black.

The Black Edition now consists of the following:

We recently added to the range; the Beacon standing at 1650mm high and 520mm wide, and a further two widths in the Ashdown, 400mm wide and 620mm wide. The Ashdown is 1250mm high.

The Ashdown Black Edition 1250mm x 520mm The Ashdown 400 Black Edition1250mm x 400mm The Ashdown 620 Black Edition 1250mm x 620mm The Ouse Black Edition 700mm x 520mm The Ouse 400 Black Edition 700mm x 400mm The Lindfield Black Edition 1275mm x 520mm The Pevensey Black Edition 975mm x 520mm The Ardingly Black Edition 1580mm x 520mm The Rusper Black Edition 700mm x 520mm The Rye Black Edition tilting rail 1800mm x 520mm The Alfriston Black Edition 1250mmx 520mm The Beacon Black Edition 1650mm x 520mm Black Edition Complementary Element Cable Cover

And are now adding the Ouse 400 which is 700mm high and 400mm wide the existing Ouse rail is 700mm by 520mm wide. As the rail is manufactured from stainless steel rather than the standard, more common mild steel, the rail will not rust, flake or corrode. Stainless steel is the durable, sustainable choice, manufactured from over 90% recycled material and 100% recyclable in itself. In order to maintain the ethical sustainability of all of our products across the range, we chose to powder coat the stainless steel. Powder coating is highly protective of the environment, it contains no solvents and emits negligible, if any, polluting VOCs into the atmosphere.

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Bathrooms & washrooms

Croydex celebrates 100 years on innovation Croydex’s new 2019 centenary catalogue showcases 54 new and exciting products to suit any bathroom. t plays homage to the companies’ vintage roots with a journey through time taking inspiration from previous catalogues and logos. After 100 years of trading, the bathroom accessories specialist isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.


Adding sophistication to your bath and shower set up is the brand new range of Amalfi shower handsets, which are available in a selection of functions, and the popular bamboo bath bench, which offers additional storage with a luxurious finish. Also available are a selection of new anti-microbial bath mats and a selection of elegant light pulls. The Croydex Inclusive offerings have also been strengthened by the addition of the Serenity Shower Chair. The chair was developed and tested by the in-house design team to ensure the highest standard of showering experience is had. It features


adjustable legs, a curved back for added comfort and the option of an additional seat cushions in either white or grey. Also available, to help maintain a hygienic and clean toilet, is the new swiper’ loo brush. The innovative design utilises wiper blade technology, which also includes an anti-bacterial brush head to prevent the build-up of dirt and germs, and comes in a contemporary dual colour design to suit any bathroom. All of Croydex’s products are tried and tested to the highest standard, and many come with a number of beneficial features and innovative designs.

To request a copy of Croydex’s new catalogue, call 01264 365881, email or visit


MINIMALISM AND CLEAN LINES YOUNG 2.0, With a whole host of exciting product features, such as showering height of 2000mm, through to the minimal matt black, matt silver or 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 Designed shower andtray manufactured or Novellini Wetroom for the total solution. in MANTOVA

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Can your home make you ill? In short, yes, your home can make you ill. by Will Kirkman, founder of employee-owned Ecomerchant Even if your home complies with UK building regulations, it can still make you ill – both physically and mentally.

housing associations lined up to get regular updates on how buildings will actively keep us well: healthy building newsfeed.

That may sound astonishing but plenty of evidence is emerging to prove the impact our homes (and workplaces) are having on our health.

So what’s driving the interest and why should we be building healthy buildings?

A healthy building is one which enhances the health and well-being of its occupants and its surrounding environment, rather than actively working against it. Read on if you’d like to understand why our homes will be healthier in years to come and to see a practical guide on what makes a home healthy.

In the news – the link between health and buildings It may seem sudden for some but the debate of our buildings’ impact on our health has been going on for decades in the construction sector. But something happened at FutureBuild 2019 – an exhibition where international decision-makers from the construction sector converge to find out what’s new and to be educated about different designs, materials and techniques. As part of the Steico stand, we asked people to commit to building healthy buildings. Over 100 architects, builders and


Losing trust Consumers are beginning to understand that, the homes which meet UK building standards, aren’t always the healthiest. Under existing UK regulations, performance and health of a building are not closely regulated, despite their fundamental impact on occupant health and well-being. Factors such as decrement delay – the time taken for heat to pass through a building, a key indicator that a building may overheat – are currently being ignored. The signs are suggesting that modern homeowners, designers and architects are starting to take more care in choosing building materials. Thinking more closely about how the choices they make will impact the building’s air quality, the occupants’ health and the environment.

The NHS is feeling the cost of people living in damp homes as more Brits are currently dying of respiratory ailments than many of our European neighbours1. Healthy buildings are built of materials which ‘breathe’ enabling moisture to escape the building’s fibres, reducing the risk of damp. An unhealthy building also carries a high cost for its surrounding environment. Under existing regulations, a building is required to undergo Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) or Simple Building Energy Model (SBEM) calculations to predict its annual carbon emissions. However new reports from the GBC2 suggest this calculation is only accounting for one quarter of a building’s CO2 emissions in its lifetime. This means over half of a home’s carbon footprint is produced before the first occupants even move in e.g. pollution created by transporting aggregates and producing insulation materials. Using natural materials would see this high environmental cost decrease.

The high cost of unhealthy buildings Damp is a common consequence of trapped moisture within a building’s fabric and is strongly correlated with respiratory diseases.

Damp within a stud wall showing condensation and timber rot. Photo courtesy of


The construction sector is moving towards a healthier path – sales are at all-time highs for those products which promote good health eg natural insulation, lime mortars, plasters and renders.

Natural is now affordable Prices between natural materials and synthetic materials are narrowing – it’s no longer more expensive to build healthy buildings. It’s a clear decision – would you like to build a home which meets building regulations but has the potential to make you ill? Or one which can enhance your health? All for the same price.

Let’s create a healthy building Creating healthy buildings goes beyond meeting UK building regs. It’s about considering the building’s overall performance and health to ensure the occupants’ thermal comfort and well-being is effectively planned and accounted for. Interestingly, this isn’t about relearning how we do things, it’s just about making small substitutions to create positive health changes. It’s making sure three things come together – design, materials and techniques.

Design Good design is most closely associated with aesthetics but great design is felt in the internal environment of a house. You feel it in the building’s high air quality and acoustics. The air in our homes becomes stale with every breath we take, let alone with the results of our cleaning products or offgassing from our furniture. Breathable walls ‘scrub’ air as it’s drawn into a building – improving the quality of the internal environment they create. There’s an added benefit that your energy bills will drop when you switch to natural insulation in comparison with standard insulation as wood panels fit snugly with the building envelope meaning there’s no room for draughts.

Materials Simply substituting synthetic materials for natural ones e.g. building a breathable wall with natural fibre board insulation coupled with lime plaster will give your building a measurable difference. Your building will be breathable, enabling water vapour to pass through the brick, board and plaster. Your walls become a permeable membrane keeping the weather out - and other elements such as

dust - while filtering and cleaning air and moisture into the building well within the maximum air leakage rate according to building regs (<10m3/(hr/m2)). In this way, your home balances its relative humidity. That minimises condensation risk, mould growth and, in extreme cases, rot. It means your building envelope, fabric or superstructure will remain intact for longer.

Processes and techniques Using natural materials is simpler not more complex. Building healthy buildings is about substituting the synthetic products you’re accustomed to for straightforward, easy-to-use, natural alternatives.

In conclusion One day, science will explain more fully, why we live more happily with natural materials than we do with their synthetic alternatives. In the meantime, relatively sophisticated air monitors serve to demonstrate how our old buildings are still prized and standing thanks to their breathability.

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Floors & Flooring


THE MAIN STAGE Looking for texture, colour, ambience, finish, performance? You’ll find all these and more at this year’s Flooring Show which takes place from 15-17 September in Harrogate.

This is where flooring in all its forms is given the starring role.

Visit the show and be the first to see…

The show is widely recognised as the UK’s National Flooring Event, and this year marks its 57th edition, a record performance for a b2b trade show, and 2019 is set to be The Flooring Shows best year with a resurgence in visitor numbers and interest in recent years. The perfect show for flooring retailers and contractors, The Flooring Show also attracts plenty of interest across the board from fitters keen to spot new products and offers, and specifiers and designers for whom the show delivers a great overview of what’s new and who’s new as well as great networking opportunities.

Lifestyle Floors return to the show for an exciting few days of networking, join the likes of Cormar Carpets’, Furlong Flooring, Cavalier Carpets, Westex, Abingdon Flooring, Gooch Oriental Carpets and Distinctive Flooring to name but a few.


You can catch up with companies from all across Europe including Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. All the big names are here plus over 20 new exhibitors which will continue to grow including William Armes and its well-known Dandy brand, Oneflor-Europe.

Bill Beaumont Textiles Ltd, Barrentine Product Ltd, The Sanctuary Group Ltd and Dri-Tac Flooring Products, LLC will all be attending The Flooring Show 2019. A full exhibitor list from the previous year can be found on the show website Show Essentials: Dates: 15-17 September 2019 Venue: Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate Register: via the show website Travel: Free parking at venue /25% discount off train travel -

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V4 Wood Flooring has opened the doors of its new £3 million design centre in Woking The innovative and exciting 6,000 sq. ft ‘V4 World’ enables the company to showcase its luxury flooring products and wall panels to customers, architects, specifiers and designers in settings that demonstrate how the products can give homes the wow-factor. It also features the innovative and on-trend Concreate floor and wall panels and the Panneau decorative wooden wall panel collection, both of which are a favourite of interior designers.


The ultra-modern showroom is the first phase of the company’s ambitious growth plans, which will also see the opening of a showroom in Clerkenwell, which is renowned for being the home of trendy design centres, followed by a centre in the North of England, with Manchester an option under consideration. The new centres will also support the dealer network with a wider range of large samples for customers to view and product training facilities, including the fitting of the various floor and wall products.Chris Vincent, managing

director of V4 Wood Flooring, said: “It is important that architects, interior designers and specifiers are able to see the products in a setting that has been specially designed to bring to life the creative possibilities of our cutting-edge floor and wall solutions. “We believe we have created a unique space for design professionals and customers to visit and view everything from our latest bespoke flooring collections that deliver the ultimate palette of wood floor finishes, colours and size options, alongside the established stocked V4 collections.” For more information please visit



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15-17 september harrogate REGISTRATION OPEN IN MAY New product launches Design trends Demonstration zones

Project Name: The Gart • Location: Callander, Stirlingshire • Description: Refurbishment of 19th Century exclusive-use mansion with a full BAL tiling solution.

BAL products used: • UNCOUPLING: BAL Rapid Mat • ADHESIVES: BAL Rapid Flex One, BAL Single Part Flexible • GROUT:

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• OTHER: Sealant,

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• Tiles: Atlas Concorde marble-effect porcelain tiles, Mirror tiles, Black Granite Floor Tiles

Project Partners • MATERIALS: Collinsons Ceramics • TILING: Atlas Tiling Ltd

Stunning tiling of a 19th Century mansion in the gateway to the Highlands Featuring more than 500m2 of tiling on three floors and seven bathrooms, The Gart is a fabulous example of a high quality, modern tiling, completed despite a challenging design brief from the project’s artist owner. •52•

iling in the property took more than a year and was completed by Wesley Geraghty from Atlas Tiling contractors.


An outstanding domestic project, The Gart offers amazing contemporary interiors with 13 luxury bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and an array of amenities including a games room, piano room, a 100 foot long reception room and its very own gin and whiskey bar. There is a beautiful kitchen and fabulous dining room , complete with bespoke dining chairs featuring the artist owner’s work from The Savoy in London.

inspiring rooms was a secondfloor bathroom featuring a raised platform with a roll top brass bath. Wes Geraghty was tasked with coming up with a design that replicated the splendour of the surroundings and opted for an intricate herringbone design. Because the cuts on the top section and bottom section wouldn’t line-up, Wes plumped for mirror tiles on the outside of the step – which would highlight the step and provide a stunning reflection. Mirror tiles were also used on the walls to give an impression of extra space.

Valued at £1.75 million, the property required tiling of the highest order with expert craftsmanship to fulfil a challenging design brief that incorporated an array of tile types and intricate designs on challenging substrates. A handsome stone-built Scots baronial country house – it dates back to 1835 – and was rebuilt and extended after a fire in 1901. The majority of the tiling took place on the low ground floor, ground floor and basement – this included the dining room, piano room, reception room, games room and bar – and featured stunning

750mm x 750mm Atlas Concorde marble-look porcelain floor tiles in various shades to match the décor. Because the substrate was tongue and groove floor boards, potential issues included weight loading, height build-up, deflection and lateral movement in the floor. To combat these potential issue and to ensure the luxury tiles did not experience any failures, BAL Rapid-Mat lightweight uncoupling mat was installed throughout to protect the tiling but also add minimal height to the floors. One of the most challenging but ultimately one of the most

All floor tiles were tiled with BAL Rapid Flex-One, flexible rapidsetting adhesive, while wall tiles were tiled with BAL Single Part Flexible. All the tiling was grouted in BAL Micromax2 flexible wall and floor grout. “I was delighted to use BAL throughout the project, as it my trusted tiling-system partner,” said Wes. “I was going to use another uncoupling system, however because of the low build-up required, BAL Rapid-Mat was our only option on this occasion. “I am delighted with how the whole project looks following completion – and so to was the client,” added Wes. “Not only did the tiling need to match his individual artistic tastes, it also needed to match the highend tastes of his clients who he often hosts in the property, as well as high-end individuals who rent out the property on a regular basis. “In fact we were under time pressure to complete this project, as Ed Sheeran had hired out the property following one of gigs in Glasgow. “It was a pleasure to work on, and we believe we have really brought the client’s work to life in the property.” The Gart was a finalist for The Tile Association Awards 2019 for Best Domestic Project.


BEWARE the false economy of a cheap submersible pump

While it is certainly true that it’s possible to buy a submersible pump very cheaply, problems may not be far away. or a one-off use these pumps might just do the job. However, if you need to rely on a submersible drainage pump for constant, day in day out use, for the protection of your basement or essential drainage, then selecting the right make and model is worthy of careful consideration.


If the pump breaks down, how glad will you be that you saved a “few” pounds? One of the best-known suppliers of domestic and commercial submersible pumps is Pump Technology Ltd, who offer a free service giving accurate advice on the pump size and type for any application. There are many small submersibles to choose from. Each one has its own performance and function. Pump Technology who, because they represent so many manufacturers and brands, are a true “One Stop Pump Shop” are perfectly


placed to offer this specialist advice to get the best technical and economical selection for customers right first time. They are the leading authorised UK distributor for the renowned German manufacturer Jung Pumpen/Pentair, whose submersible pumps have been reliably protecting everything from subterranean buildings to fast food chains, such as Costa Coffee, for many years. NEW from Jung Pumpen this year is the MultiDrain submersible pump range. This is suitable for high heads up to 25.5m and flows to 39m3/hr., which can be used for building drainage, water extraction from pools or ponds or removal of floodwater internally or externally to a building. The robust stainless-steel design of these units, which also incorporate internal motor cooling, means that they can operate continually, both fully or partially submerged. The pumps will stop and start

from their own float control and because of their top discharge configuration are selfventing, enabling them to fit into sumps as small as 40cm dia. The combination of these features mean the MultiDrain pumps are very flexible in their use and not affected by abnormal drainage conditions that could see other pumps fail due to dry running, air locking or general wear from grit or similar abrasives. So, before wasting money on a cheap product, it might be well worth a call to the experts at Pump Technology Ltd. for some sound advice and peace of mind! More Information: Pump Technology Ltd. 0118 9821 555



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Fire Safety

“Fire safety must be priority in new-build homes” urges DHF, following BBC nvestigation Tamworth-based trade association, DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) is emphasising the importance of making fire safety an ‘absolute priority’ in new-build homes, following an investigation into potentially dangerous fire safety issues in houses developed by Persimmon Homes and Bellway Homes. he findings, by BBC Watchdog Live, highlighted that a number of new-builds constructed by the firms were sold with missing or incorrectly installed fire barriers, which are used to form a complete seal between different areas of a home, and prevent the spread of fire.  Without them, experts say, fire and smoke can spread five-to-ten times faster.

organisations, widely respected as the industry’s independent authoritative voice.

“The BBC’s Watchdog discovered serious breaches that had gone undetected during the construction process, leaving homes and lives potentially at risk in the event of a fire,” explains DHF’s Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens. “In many new builds, particularly timber-framed buildings, fire barriers are a vital part of fire protection and we would urge house builders to ‘get it right’ at the construction stage and to have a workforce that is trained in, and understands, the importance of installing the fire barriers required to prevent potential problems down the line.  Ultimately, responsibility for ensuring that buildings are compliant with Building Regulations lies with the house builder.”

Additionally, in March 2019, DHF announced a high-profile collaboration with Secured by Design (SBD) and Fire Industry Association (FIA) to publish a guidance document on fire safety. Named A Guide for Selecting Flat Entrance Doorsets; A publication for housing associations, landlords, building owners and local authorities in England, the publication accentuates the key issues of fire safety for those selecting fire doorsets, recommending all fire doorsets are factory-prepared (as opposed to prepared on-site), that all work be completed under factory production control, and in addition, audited by a third-party.


Following the investigation, Bellway Homes stated that it was ‘committed to improvement’ with regards to potentially flawed fire safety issues in developments in Kent and West Lothian, and that mandatory training on, amongst other subjects, fire stopping, has been introduced for all relevant construction staff. Following the Grenfell disaster in June 2017, DHF’s voice has been one of the loudest and most passionate in its call for third-party certification by a UKAS-accredited body of manufacture, installation, maintenance and inspection of fire, smoke and security doors, in order to offer complete assurance on their performance. With a history and heritage dating back to 1897, the federation is undoubtedly one of the most revered


Fierce advocates for appropriate levels of training across all the sectors that it serves, DHF continues to place the importance of training firmly ‘up-front-and-centre’. The organisation works assiduously with BRE Academy to offer fire door training courses; this has been central to its on-going fire safety campaign.

“Since Grenfell, the wider issue of fire safety has been thrust into the spotlight and we are delighted that progress is being made in this regard,” said Patricia. “We continue to stress that the use of fire doors, correctly installed and with robust fire door maintenance procedures, are an essential part of fire safety and urge those in positions of responsibility (such as house builders) to ensure that they are not only fulfilling regulations, as well as legal and moral obligations, but insisting upon appropriate levels of training with regards to installation and maintenance.” For further information about DHF, please visit:

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Marshalls Cromwell Walling, Miller Homes – Lindley Marshalls may be better known as the UK’s leading hard landscaping manufacturer having supplied product to some of the most prestigious landmarks in the UK but most recently the walling division has been making the headlines following the acquisition of Britain’s largest independent brick manufacturer, Edenhall. The addition of concrete facing bricks has bolstered Marshalls’ range of vertical products, sitting alongside the already popular reconstituted walling offering. he reconstituted concrete walling range consists of three ranges suitable for a wide range of project types including both residential and commercial schemes. Cromwell, Thistlestone and Epoch walling all offer subtle differences aesthetically, and all are produced to the highest technical standards ensuring products stand up to the test of time. The popular Cromwell range is available



in three finish types across three course heights and four colours allowing the customer greater creativity when designing a scheme. Marshalls Cromwell reconstituted walling range was recently selected to be used on a housing scheme in West Yorkshire. The Lindley Park development near Huddersfield, is now a well-recognised landmark in the local landscape. The scheme wanted to incorporate materials that would provide a sympathetic addition to the surrounding open countryside and wide horizons and given the area’s preference for a weathered sandstone aesthetic, Marshalls’ Cromwell reconstituted walling product was the natural choice.

The product was selected in the Weathered colourway which gives the buff block a slightly darker tone to ensure it blends into the surrounding Yorkshire landscape. The pitched face also offers the naturally split sandstone look that is so common in the region. Manufactured using locally quarried sandstone aggregates ensures the block closely replicates the visual and textured

characteristics of natural stone, and is wetpressed for a smoother and more realistic finish. The complementary neutral toned mortar that was used on the scheme creates a beautifully muted blend with the units to allow the characteristic exposed aggregates of the stone to be the focal point. The use of buff sandstone aggregates ensure the base colour is intrinsically maintained, replicating the appearance of natural stone at an affordable price, and as Cromwell is manufactured using a hydraulic press, it has low water absorption which guarantees a long-term, high quality face appearance.

The pressing process also ensures that each unit is of a very high density, which maintains accuracy when the product is split during secondary processing which ultimately results in a more accurate block which is easier to lay. The overall scheme includes a superb selection of attractive, high quality modern houses and apartments into a popular residential neighbourhood. The combination of the reliability and consistency of contemporary production methods with a traditional natural stone product has created a modern yet characterful housing scheme in a delightfully rural environment.

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Lifts for the home

Our homes come in all shapes and sizes and so do our Stannah lifts for domestic dwellings. For houses with two or more floors and generously-proportioned internal space a Midilift domestic platform lift may be the chosen product.

Stannah Midilift providing access in a multi-level home

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Stannah Microlift

When the lift requires only two stops a simpler through-the- floor Salise lift can provide a perfect solution and fits discreetly into the corner of a room. A fashionable town house with multiple floors can mean bringing the groceries home involves many flights of stairs. That's why high-end developers and owners are building in a small service lift to take the strain. Microlift adds both convenience and value to a property.

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Lifts & Stairs

Designers and architects can go the distance as Stiltz homelifts reach new heights A nationwide homelift company has extended the distance its latest range of domestic lifts can travel by half a metre to a maximum of 4.5 metres. Stiltz Homelifts has rolled out the product update, which meets the BS EN 81-41 European standard for lifts traveling over three metres, to the Stiltz Duo+ Homelift and Stiltz Trio+ Homelift models. The longer travel option allows the company’s authorised partners to reach out to end users with more varied types of property, such as period buildings or homes with high ceilings. In order for the lift to travel an extra 50cms, the homelift specialist has increased the size of the drum, while the modular, selfsupporting rails can be customised to fit the size requirements of any ceiling. Gino Farruggio, UK Trade Sales Director for Stiltz Homelifts, said: “We’re delighted to have expanded the capabilities of our homelifts as this means we can now offer designers, architects, and building professionals an even greater number of installation options on projects. “Our research and development team in Kingswinford have worked hard on extending the travel distance of our lifts following feedback from our distributors in countries like France and Germany, where properties tend to have higher ceilings than in the UK. “The new 4.5m travel option means we can provide a unique solution to homeowners with higher ceilings who have an immediate need for a homelift.” As part of continuous investment in product development, Stiltz Homelifts has also upgraded its Classic and Vista models with a new control panel which brings them in line with the Duo+ and Trio+ models.


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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Lifts & Stairs

Iconic Listed Building gets a Platform Lift Located just two minutes walk from the historic Gloucester Cathedral is Gloucester Antiques Centre. Spread over three floors, the building, located in the ancient Cathedral Quarter, is one of Britain’s finest examples of a medieval timber-framed house. In addition to displaying a huge range of antiques and collectibles, the building is steeped in history and is said to have been used as a military HQ during the famous 1643 Siege of Gloucester. To enable access to the upper floors and tea room, Invalifts were contacted to provide a disabled access lift for three different levels of the building with a total travel distance of 6.5 metres. After visiting the listed building, our lift experts recommended the MC2000 platform lift with a shaft size of 1250mm x 1560mm providing a fully Part M compliant disabled access platform size of 1120mm x 1480mm. The client requested that the lift shaft was to be finished in a specific dark grey powder coated finish with stainless steel handles, whilst the shaft and doors were glazed to let light into the building. The lift can be specified with doors in different configurations, and the client chose to have the doors on the long side of the lift offering one metre wide openings. As the lift comes complete with it’s own self-supporting shaft, minimal building works were required, and no supporting walls or lifting beams were required for the installation. To avoid disturbance to the floor, a small ramp was fitted in lieu of the normal 60mm pit. The platform lift is supplied with emergency battery lowering and a telephone for emergency contact as standard. The client also chose to include a basic service contract covering maintenance for the first 12 months of use. The lift comes with a full parts and labour warranty for 12 months, with a 5 year parts warranty on the motor and gearbox and a 10 year warranty on the drive chains, providing the Antiques Centre with peace of mind for the future. If you would like to know more about the MC2000 Platform Lift or other access solutions, please contact the Invalifts team on 0845 468 2543 or alternatively, email


Resin Injection Explained - Robbie Blanchfield, Commercial Manager, Mainmark Insurance claims for subsidence damage in the UK rose to £64 million in the summer of 2018, a level not seen for over a decade.1 his increase in subsidence risk and the growing certainty of more hot summers to come means the process of resin injection is becoming an even more compelling alternative to traditional concrete underpinning.


Early indicators that a building has foundation problems which could be the result of subsidence include: cracks in walls, jammed or misaligning doors and windows, and sloping or sinking floors. This subsidence can happen for many reasons, including neighbouring construction affecting a building’s integrity or when soil becomes too wet or too dry impacting the foundation structure.

needed and when the building is back to being level. How quickly is it applied?

To deal with subsidence there are two key methods; concrete underpinning and resin injection. Both are proven methods, yet they involve very different procedures. Concrete underpinning has been used for over 100 years and has been the go-to solution for strengthening foundations affected by soil subsidence. Whereas, resin injection is a more modern alternative and has been used for around 20 years, particularly in regions such as Australia, USA and Asia. What resin is made of? The resin used for dealing with subsidence is a proprietary geo-polymer formula which has been developed over 20 years. The environmentally inert, closed cell material has low global warming potential that complies with EU standards. How is it applied? Using a process likened to keyhole surgery, the resin mix is delivered into the ground via an array of small bore injection tubes around a building or structure. A chemical reaction and consequent expansion occurs as the components mix together, upon entry to the ground. This reaction and expansion strengthens the ground and the structure or building is returned to level in a controlled manner. The resin forms a strong, long lasting and stable material. To control the process, constant monitoring by a laser levelling system is required, this helps to assess how much of the resin is



A key benefit of resin injection is its efficiency in comparison to traditional concrete underpinning. Dependent on the size of the task, most house re-levelling and slab lifting takes less than a day, and once completed, concrete slabs and driveways can often be driven on within hours. Also, given the non-invasive nature of the works there is no need for costly enabling works, such as large excavations. Longevity The lifespan of resin can differ depending on the formulation and the manufacturer’s warranty. Mainmark warrant its resin injection solution for 20 years. Other ground and environmental factors can affect the longevity of remediation works. Making sure that you pay attention to surface drainage, the maintenance of water services and the removal of tree roots will also greatly improve the longevity of the work carried out. Benefits Resin injection as a subsidence solution method has a range of benefits that can be seen almost immediately after its application. Resin injection delivers a fast and non-invasive solution meaning there is no need to leave the premises while the work takes place. For example, when an 800sqm manufacturing facility in Merseyside began to subside causing the floor of the facility

to dip by as much as 280mm it created a hazard that needed urgent repair. This level of subsidence would have required an enormous amount of invasive work if concrete underpinning had been used. The project was on a tight two-week deadline which required the work to be carried out around staff, fixtures and machinery while ensuring that there was no interruption to business. By applying the resin through targeted injection points and using laser levels to monitor the progress the work was completed within the two-week timeframe and caused no intrusion to the manufacturing operations of the facility. This is something traditional concrete underpinning would not have been able to achieve. Resin injection is also used in residential situations, for example a house in Devon, on unsuitable foundations, shifted 40mm causing a wall to separate from the foundation leaving a large crack. Resin injection was used to lift the home’s foundation 43mm and the house itself by 20mm, returning it to its original level and reconnecting it to its foundations. The project took only 3 days to complete, and caused no disruption to other renovation work being carried out on the site. Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of resin injection is that it is a sustainable and responsible solution that focuses on preservation rather than replacement and it doesn’t affect groundwater, soil quality, or local wildlife making the process environmentally neutral. For further information or enquiries please visit:

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Record number of Redrow employees recognised at the Pride in the Job Quality Awards Redrow, one of the country’s leading housebuilders, has received 28 awards at the Pride in the Job Quality Awards, breaking its own record of 27 awards achieved in 2017. he accolade, established by the National House Building Council (NHBC), celebrates the exceptional contribution site managers make in creating homes of outstanding quality.


Redrow site managers from locations including Lancashire, the Midlands, South East, South Wales, the West Country and Yorkshire have been recognised as Quality Award winners. The winners of the prestigious industry award are selected from a pool of 16,000 site managers across the UK. The 12-month selection and judging process identifies site managers who encapsulate skills such as leadership, technical expertise and attention to detail. John Tutte, Executive Chairman at Redrow, commented: “We’re pleased to report that a record number of our site managers received a Pride in the Job award from the NHBC. It’s testament to the fantastic work and commitment from our team that we are able to pick up so many awards this year. “I am proud of all of our awardwinning site managers, including Daniel Cato from our North West region, who first joined us through our apprenticeship programme. I wish all of today’s winners the very


best of luck for the next round in the autumn.” The increasing number of highachievers at Redrow is testament to the company’s commitment to learning and development. Last year Redrow provided employees with over 7,000 training days, delivered by the housebuilder’s dedicated Learning & Development team. Redrow, which this year secured the top Five Star rating by the Home Builders Federation (HBF), based on a survey of its customers in which more than 90% said they would recommend Redrow to a friend, is also the only major housebuilder to have its own dedicated housebuilding degree. The degree is available to all of the company’s employees, including site managers, ensuring that employees not only excel in their role but work towards achieving professional recognition. Following the announcement of the first-round winners, all successful site managers are invited to attend the Regional Award ceremonies held in the Autumn to celebrate their exceptional achievement and go on to compete for a Seal of Excellence and a Regional Award in their respective categories. To view the full list of NHBC Pride in the Job award winners, visit AwardsandEvents/Pride-inthe-job

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