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Gary Byng and Sons Ltd the owners of the Byng Joinery brand, started trading in the Midlands in 1999. We are family run business creating authentic bespoke joinery. We have an extensive range which includes: t Classic Sash windows with the weights and cords system t Modern Sash windows with the spiral balance system t Contemporary Mock Sash windows t Contemporary Stormproof Casement windows t Traditional Flush Casement windows t Heritage Single doors and French door sets t Bi-Fold sets

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Historic Sash windows with slim line 8mm Laminated glass specifically for Conservation areas Our sash window range comes with a choice of single, double or triple glazed units whilst maintaining the traditional slim line sash box frame. The windows can be manufactured from a choice of full hardwood or Engineered Scandinavian Redwood with an incorporated hardwood cill and can be completely factory finished to any UK RAL colour. The traditional flush casement window with decorative detailed mouldings and slim line frame sections also includes multi-point espag locking gear for ultimate security. All our products include the best technology in draft proofing. Our timber Bi-folding door sets are manufactured using the Brio gearing system and these can be made to any size and layout. We manufacture high quality staircases from basic materials onwards. Every staircase is designed and made to measure to your exact requirements, be it a tight space or the centre of a grand living room. Solid Oak staircases are very popular at the moment because of the beauty of the timber and its durability. We can produce a variety of staircase styles from straight flights to kite winders including open treads, cut strings, bullnose and curtail steps. Flat pack kits are available for self-assembly or fully assembled ready for installation. At Byng Joinery we are happy to undertake projects of any size.

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Your Invitation to Grand Designs Live Excel London 3-11 May 2014 Grand Designs Live sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements is the UK’s No.1, award-winning home show, and returns to London from 3-11 May 2014. Based on the hugely successful Channel 4 TV series, presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, the exhibition brings together design, inspiration and the industry’s top companies. This year’s Grand Designs Live is a must attend event for anyone planning a build project. From specifying, to the finishing touches, this show has it all. The Grand Build section is the UK’s largest self build and design show with an extensive range of exhibitors from well-known brands to independent retailers.

If finishing touches are what you’re after, there are halls dedicated to kitchens, bathrooms, gardens and technology. With over 500 exhibitors you’ll be able to shop for everything you need – allowing you to build and furnish your house all under one roof. Pre-bookable expert consultations are also available with surveyors, RIBA architects, architectural technologists and finance experts amongst others. For information about how to book your free 30 minute consultation, and for a full list of experts who will be at the show, click here. National Custom and Self Build Week is taking place at the show for the second year running. We’ve teamed up with National Self Build Association (NaSBA) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and will be running lots of activities at the show including daily talks in the Grand Theatre on Planning, Self Build and Sustainability. Top celebrity experts including Kevin McCloud and George Clarke plus politicians will be bringing you up to speed with the latest announcements happening live at the show. We also have some great products on show taking part in the Eco Trail. Claim your free ticket now As a subscriber to HDA, we would like to invite you to attend this year’s London Grand Designs Live event on any one weekday from 6-9 May 2014*. To register for a free trade ticket, simply go to the book tickets page on and enter code HDA14. You will then be able to print off your ticket. Click here to book. Visit at the weekend for just £10 With this offer you can save up to £9** off the door rate meaning each ticket will cost you just £10. Click here to book and follow the link to book your tickets then enter the code HDAGDL together with your details. *Offer valid on standard admission tickets only, offer ends 2/5/14 tickets must be booked in advance, max 2 tickets per household, non transferable, all tickets will be checked and verified on entry, print at home tickets only, tickets valid on any one day from 6th-9th May only, subject to limited availability, tickets allocated on a first come, first served basis ** Saving indicated based on the door rate, advanced booking only, offer expires 2nd May 2014, offer on standard tickets only, subject to £1.70 transaction fee. Kids under 15 enter free when accompanied by an adult



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The Wrought Iron and Brass Bed Company. Situated in Harpley, Norfolk is the small family run business, The Wrought Iron and Brass Bed Company. Nestled within the stunning country landscape, and enveloped by the exhilarating country air. Their handmade beds are crafted with care – and come guaranteed for a lifetime! Each year Kevin McCloud personally chooses a hand full of products, that resemble the best eco-innovations in their market and last October, The Wrought Iron and Brass Bed Co were hand picked to exhibit their ‘scaffolding’ inspired bedstead at the Grand Designs Live Show in Birmingham. Made from recycled iron tube and scaffolding junctions, the William hit it off well with the crowds in Birmingham and with Kevin McCloud himself. “When I met Kevin he was very interested in what we had done and by the fact that we are a small family company,” said Amanda Oldfield. It was a great achievement for this small Norfolk family company. “To get this recognition from a spokesman such as Kevin McCloud, felt like such a great achievement” Harry tells us. So for this family run company to hear their ‘scaffolding’ inspired eco-friendly bedstead, had been invited back for the Grand Designs Live show at Excel in May; could only be described as icing on the cake. “We loved the reaction our William bedstead received at the Birmingham show, but following feedback we wanted to slightly change the design; and push the boundaries on what we could achieve” Harry Oldfield tells us. “We came up with the idea of a four poster; one that would boast a more contemporary yet traditional style.” Speaking with the family behind the Wrought Iron and Brass Bed Company, it is great to hear how excited they are about this fabulous and stimulating opportunity. But not only will you be able to see the Eleanor design, at this years show at the London Excel in May. You will also be able to meet the family behind this Norfolk Company on stand L27, where they shall also be exhibiting their two new designs for 2014, Charlotte and Elizabeth.

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CAPITALISE ON DOMESTIC RHI WITH IBD The Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) presents excellent opportunities for self-builders and those considering extensions to their existing properties. IBD can provide the expertise and is approved under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). The company can not only supply the products, but also design and commission the systems as well as providing technical support for any domestic RHI installation. The company can provide Green Deal approved assessors to carry out any necessary inspection and issue a Green Deal Assessment Report (GDAR) which qualifies you for the RHI payment. IBD is a Daikin UK partner for renewable heating and air conditioning products, including the Daikin Altherma air source heat pump and solar systems. IBD’s other renewable product solutions include Gloworm solar panels, Grant wood pellet biomass boilers and Danfoss ground source heat pumps. These

can be supplied with Envirotube underfloor heating systems, the Invisible.AC mini-duct heating and cooling system as well as Polypipe Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery systems (MVHR) to form complete residential solutions. Architect and RIBA member Steve Gregory, Director at the Turnkey Design Partnership, has completed the conversion of an eighteenth century barn into a highly energy efficient family home. The service received from IBD was key to the successful project. IBD designed a system including a Daikin split system air source heat pump, Envirotube underfloor heating using screeds for both the first and ground floors, Daikin thermal solar panels and Polypipe radial heat recovery for each room of the barn. “The fact that IBD designs systems using leading brands was very important. I wanted to use proven products that would withstand the test of time,” Steve says.

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Make your bed a design statement One of the things you notice about many of the modern upmarket spa and boutique hotels is the minimalistic approach to design. Not for these contemporary venues is the design clutter and colour density associated with the more traditional, dare we say, stuffy hotels. It’s not just hotels doing this because interior designers are also moving towards plain simple decors allowing items like pictures and ornaments to add just enough tone and colour to any room. You may well have noticed how beds are also being used to add that splash of colour and design? At King of Cotton we have been quietly adding to our ranges with bed coverings that allow the designer to use the bed as a major factor in colouring and colour coordination. For instance the Diamond Weave range of runners, throws and cushion covers shown, in their 6 statement colours, can bring any room to life and add a focal dimension to any understated bedroom. The Santorini bedding collection in 300 thread count pure Egyptian cotton bedding has a duvet cover featuring ‘polka dot’ design which can be matched or contrasted with the plain grey coloured coordinated sheets. The retro-buttoned pillowcases are available in plain grey and in the polka-dot design with a contrasting grey edge. The key is that the plainly decorated bedroom can accommodate both traditional and contemporary styled bedding and look smart, modern and desirable as shown by the more ostentatious Excelsior bedspread and cushion covers. All the designs mentioned in this article are shown on the page but there is a whole website full of ideas at







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A very interesting new Irish company has come to the market with a completely new range of composite door, in fact this product is so different from any other composite door on the market the company doesn’t even like to refer to it has a composite door. The MONOCOQUE Structure of this door is what sets it apart from all other composite doors. This MONOCOQUE structure gives strength to the door which has to been seen to be believed. We hear and read about composites so much today particularly where low weight and high strength are concerned. For instance in the cockpit of Formula1 of race cars the use of composites have reduced the fatality rate dramatically. Also the use of composites in the aeronautical industries where high strength and low weight are key requirements. But as the saying goes a bird never flew on one wing and strength alone would not be an adequate reason for buying this door, so when the company set about to design this door the key aims of the design team were to create a product which was functional and at the same time ascetically appealing.


Phenomenal Response: The Palladio range of doors has only been in the UK a short time but for those people who have bought the product the response has been incredible and because of the reaction window companies have really embraced the product for the simple reason when they get a sale with this door it also helps them get the sale of the windows and after all when your neighbour comes to visit you it’s through the door they will walk not through the window and this is what they will remember. Response from the Public: Is has been our experience that there are lots and lots of companies selling doors in the UK but the vast majority of them come from the same source and therefore are from the same design and same make up as oppose to the Palladio where it is unique to its design and ascetics. Advantages: One of the huge advantages of buying from Palladio is that the doors are finished in a renolite foil which is extremely weather resistant and also matches the frame and sidelights which are too made from renolite foil, and further to this the side light glass is produced in house and matches the door design. If you want to stand out from the crowd, to be unique, to be different choose Palladio.

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NATURAL INTERIORS WITH OSMO Wooden flooring remains both a stylish and practical solution for modern interiors, but requires a protective finish. Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood experts, provide a sustainable finish specifically formulated to combine perfect protection and creative design. One of the most attractive qualities of choosing wood for interior application is its unique and rustic appearance, making it essential to specify a finish that will not detract from this. Osmo’s Polyx-Oil wood finish is designed to accentuate the natural beauty of timber, retaining its organic appearance, while adding comprehensive protection from within. “There is an on-going trend for the use of natural materials in interior design, which makes it essential that the correct maintenance and protection procedures are followed to ensure longevity,” explains Steve Grimwood, Osmo UK’s Managing Director. “As wood is a versatile, warm, refined material, it is important to ensure that any finish specified is of the highest quality and full of natural ingredients. Our Polyx-Oil product is the ideal wood accompaniment, enhancing the material’s living characteristics without inhibiting any of its natural properties.” With fashions and tastes continually changing, Osmo has also developed Polyx-Oil Tints which adds colour to the original Polyx-Oil line-up. With such a finish, it is possible to embrace almost any style, allowing you to adapt the wood to match the varying and changing requirements. This further adds to the eco-friendly, natural approach, as it allows you to transform pre-existing timber fixtures to reflect an alternative design trend. It also complements the wood’s ability to last a lifetime by providing a solution to refurbish and maintain wood for many years to come. While some installations require an as-natural appearance as possible, Polyx-Oil Tints Raw enhances the wood’s appearance, while adding to its durability. Polyx-Oil is full of natural ingredients that replenish any loss from the wood, allowing it to remain elastic and promoting breathability. Ensuring the wood’s appearance shines through, Polyx-Oil adds resilience against stains, dirt and moisture. By seeping

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Atelier Interiors is your bespoke trade curtain and soft furnishing workroom specialising in the top end manufacture of hand made curtains, blinds, bedding and soft furnishings. All is supervised by Kate who has vast experience in the industry. For 25 years we have been making beautiful curtains, blinds, bedding and every kind of soft furnishing for interior designers, architects and property developers, interpreting your requirements, working with you and your clients to achieve a perfect end result. We are based at Junction 9 on the M25. t t t t t t

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Grand Designs Preview Make the Most of Your Outdoor Area All Year Round with inn-fresco Everyone enjoys outdoor living but the great British weather can make this tricky. For over 6 years Leeds based inn-fresco have been helping homeowners and businesses make the most of their gardens and outside areas supplying a wide range of premium sun shades and retractable roof systems. Duncan Chapman Managing Director of inn-fresco said “over the past few years we have seen an explosion in the outdoor market with people wanting to spend more and more time enjoying their gardens and drinking and dining outdoors. We have a wide range of products to meet differing budget and requirements and work closely with architects and specifiers to help them create useable outdoor space for their clients. However, new for 2014, we have launched our Med retractable roof system with sliding glass panels which is creating lots of excitement with both our domestic and commercial customers as it offers so much more flexibility than a conservatory and adds something new in the marketplace. “ The Med retractable roof system with sliding panels is like a glass room providing all the functionality, comfort and warmth of an outside room - but there’s more.

However if it turns chilly the sliding glass panels fit neatly together to form a wall and if it gets cold or wet the retractable roof can be fully extended to complete the enclosure. It really is a fully flexible, all-season, all-weather solution. For extra finishing touches locks can be added for extra security; the roof can be programmed for remote operation and heating and lighting can be installed to extend the usage of the space. The possibilities really are endless.

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Great Kneighton is attracting much attention for the innovative design of the homes being built, and the site’s emphasis on sustainability – both characteristics of developer Countryside Properties, a longstanding VELFAC client, and renowned for its commitment to the building of high quality, energy efficient properties designed to improve quality of life. At Great Kneighton, for example, many of the homes deliberately exploit the VELFAC slim frame design to maximise natural light while also enjoying the exceptional levels of insulation – both thermal and acoustic – that the VELFAC frame design can provide. With its uniform sightlines, VELFAC glazing also delivers the seamless, stylish and contemporary finish demanded by the Great Kneighton vision, while the versatility of the system allows the same window style to feature across a wide range of different house and apartment designs.


HOME TO OVER 5,800 PEOPLE Situated on the south-east edge of Cambridge, Great Kneighton is one of Europe’s largest new mixed use developments; currently still under construction, the site will feature new homes, community and retail facilities, new schools, and 120 acres of specially created parkland. Great Kneighton will eventually be home to over 5,800 people, living in over 2,500 properties ranging from one-bedroom apartments to six-bedroom homes - and a lot of them featuring VELFAC windows and doors.

19,500 M2 OF WINDOWS In addition to meeting design and performance specifications, the VELFAC team is also managing the staged delivery of over 19,500m2 of windows to date – a major undertaking and one which requires considerable advance planning, together with skilled project management, to ensure windows arrive on schedule, and at the right location. As Catherine Brooking, Countryside’s Associate Director of New Homes and Communities commented: ‘The success of the project depended on VELFAC’s ability to schedule the design and delivery of a high volume of windows; not only are we happy with the product and its capacity to meet a very wide range of design and performance criteria, but also with VELFAC’s performance as a supplier, given that this is one of Europe’s largest building developments.’ T: 01223 897100 F: 01223 897 101 E:

decoflame® bioethanol fires no chimney – no smoke – no mess Committed to exceptional design and quality, the Danish craftsman and designer Kjell Thomsen started to draw his first range of flueless bioethanol fireplaces in 2007. Today, Decoflame is the recognised trademark for eco-friendly, contemporary bioethanol fireplaces which add a style statement to any interior. The exclusive range of decoflame® bioethanol fireplaces has been designed for the discerning customer who values the outstanding quality and functionality of Danish Design and Craftsmanship and the benefits of an environmentally friendly product. Designed and produced in Denmark with focus on quality, functionality and safety, a decoflame® bioethanol fireplace can be positioned literally anywhere - without the need for a chimney, flue or bearing wall.


With the introduction of patented cutting-edge CEVB Technology (Controlled Ethanol Vapour Burning) in spring 2012, the decoflame® e-Ribbon Fire revolutionised the market for bioethanol fires. In close cooperation with architects and interior designers on an international scale, Decoflame has realised a significant number of made to measure bioethanol fireplace installations in restaurants, hotels, offices, spas, homes and palaces worldwide. Decoflame thrives for an optimum of customer service, which is provided by creating a quality product which aesthetically meets the requirements of architects and designers as well as being functional and safe in operation.

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DBA Design Effectiveness Awards 2014 winners announced   Design Business Association (DBA) has announced The the winners of the 2014 DBA Design Effectiveness Awards.  

The sell-out ceremony saw over 500 guests gather to recognise and reward the significant impact that design can have on business success. The ceremony was held at Tobacco Dock in London and was hosted for the second time by BBC business correspondent Simon Jack. A record-breaking 65 projects secured Design Effectiveness Awards, which are notoriously hard to win. 12 Gold, 30 Silver and 23 Bronze Awards were presented on the night across a range of disciplines from packaging to service design. Special awards for International Export, Materials Innovation and the overall Grand Prix were also presented.   Taking home the most prestigious award of the night – the Grand Prix, for the project deemed the most compelling of all the Gold winners by the judges – were B&B Studio and their client Urban Fresh Foods for the much-loved BEAR brand. BEAR has become the fastest growing brand in healthy snacking, delivering over 30million portions of fruit in the UK in 2012. Its pure and natural identity has convinced supermarkets to sit BEAR in the unbranded fresh produce aisle and the brand saw rapid sales growth from £0 to £6.4m in 3 years.   The International Export Award (for the most effective collaboration between a UK agency and overseas client) was presented to DewGibbons + Partners and DHU (Deutsche Homöopathie-Union) for their Mama Natura brand – the world’s first global brand of children’s homeopathic medicine, which has seen a 30% rise in monthly sales, alongside a 10% reduction in production costs.   WPA Pinfold was another big winner on the night, winning a Gold and two Silver Awards. The Gold Award was presented to WPA Pinfold and its client Croots. The rebrand has positioned Croots as a market leader in the country sports accessories market delivering a colossal 17,963% increase in retail sales and growing exports by 250%.   The Design For Society category (recognising design that has impacted people’s lives for the better) saw a Gold awarded to The Team and the Gas Safe Register for Silent Killer – a design solution to motivate long-term behaviour change, which has increased the number of higher risk households having annual gas safety checks by a staggering 300%, helping to avoid the devastating and potentially life-threatening effects of unsafe gas work.   Elmwood held onto their position at the top of the DBA Design Effectiveness League Table for the fifth year, winning another 6 awards, including a Gold for Gressingham Duck, along with three Silver and two Bronze Awards. The League Table is calculated every year based on the results of the past three years, acknowledging the most consistently effective agencies.   The DBA Design Effectiveness Awards are both prestigious and authoritative – entered jointly by the client and design agency, the submissions must present proof to demonstrate design’s tangible effect on a client’s business. The judging panel consists entirely of clients and this year included senior marketers from brands such as Aviva, Diageo, French Connection, National Trust, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, Unilever and Waitrose. The panel was Chaired by Andrew Summers, Chairman of Design Partners.

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PORCELAIN PAVING RANGE EXPANDS WITH CONTINUING SUCCESS Greensquares has introduced two new colours to its successful Refin Porcelain Paving range. An appreciation of this alternative flooring material has seen Refin being adopted extensively in domestic, commercial and public projects. Adding a sense of style and elegance, Refin porcelain tiles and paving are available for both indoor and outdoor use with a thickness of 10mm or 20mm as appropriate for the application. Optional pedestal supports reduce both time and cost of installation and allows Refin to be used as a simple retrofit, eliminating the need for unnecessary heavy machinery and large-scale earth works. The introduction of two new colours, ‘light grey granite’ and ‘dark grey granite’, expands its extensive range of colour schemes as demand for the porcelain flooring to be used both indoors and outdoors is ever growing. The highly finished aesthetics of Refin tiles makes it a popular alternative to kitchen and living room flooring while its ability to seamlessly translate into outside paving allows homeowners to maximise their living space while design and quality is un-compromised. A key advantage of Refin’s porcelain is their low porosity of less than 0.05%, which means they are effectively impermeable to any moisture preventing them from staining. The high porosity of natural stone means it stains and discolours easily and requires regular maintenance in the form of cleaning and re-sealing, while Refin’s paving does not need sealing and is virtually maintenance free, only needing warm water to wash away inevitable dirt and leaves. The highly frost resistant quality of porcelain makes it an ideal material for outdoor applications in cold climates while its slip resistance and ability to be cleaned easily make it a very hygienic flooring option for establishments that demand high cleanliness levels and safety

standards, such as restaurants, beauty salons, health clinics, hotels and leisure centres. Greensquares offers its Refin range with two choices of fixing, installation using adhesive for the 10mm thick tiles suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, and dry installation for the 20mm thick paving that can either be traditionally laid or mounted on pedestal supports. The pedestals offer a design solution for customers who wish to install Refin porcelain paving on an uneven surface. Conventionally such requests would require large-scale earth works to level off the ground, costly concrete laying and difficult navigation or moving of established pipes, however pedestal installation solves the problem in one simple step. Available in two varieties: fixed supports and support pedestals, they enable the paving to be used on uneven ground by resting over the top and therefore allowing any existing pipes or electrical cables to run undisturbed beneath them. Advanced manufacturing technology has allowed Refin to produce the 20mm paving that are structurally capable of withstanding forces up to 757.6Kg, assuring no detriment to the tiles durability by being pedestal mounted. This extra strength means that areas which experience heavy pedestrian foot traffic such as large commercial areas can now benefit from the quality and luxury Refin’s porcelain paving provides. Refin’s Porcelain Paving also has an environmental advantage as it is manufactured using natural raw materials with any waste products being recycled back into the manufacturing process. No chemicals are needed such as waterproofing agents, varnishes or resins due to porcelain’s naturally resilient quality, thus the carbon output is reduced with Refin. The retail price for Refin’s 10mm Porcelain tiles is £46.20 per square metre. The retail price for the 20mm porcelain paving is £74.96 per square metre, however special offers may apply.

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An avalanche of prizes for RIYA

The Bene swivel chair – now the recipient of five accolades – wins the iF product design award 2014 and honours for GOOD DESIGN RIYA is scoring design awards left and right: Bene’s new swivel chair, designed by PearsonLloyd, will receive two more prestigious prizes – the coveted iF product design award 2014 and the GOOD DESIGN prize from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. This makes a total of five accolades for RIYA so far. RIYA represents passion for innovation and improved ease of use. This novel swivel chair adapts to the user’s body and encourages movement around the different zones and areas of the open office. iF design awards 2014 reward the daring Winning the iF label is a distinction that is recognised all over the world. The success story of the iF design awards speaks for itself: the ceremony will be held this year for the 61st time. iF Industrie Forum Design e.V. has been located at the trade fair grounds in Hanover for more than fifty years. In January, 49 international design specialists evaluated more than 4,600 products, communication materials and packaging submitted from 55 countries. Prof. Fritz Frenkler, the chairman of the jury, was impressed by the considerably high quality of the contributions, the passion for innovation and some manufacturers’ courage in forging a new path when it comes to design. RIYA is a good example of this. Product optimisation and the courage to differentiate yourself with design – these topics will continue to be important in the near future according to the iF design awards jury. GOOD DESIGN 2013 – a label for the most important design products worldwide GOOD DESIGN, a design award for excellent products from Europe, Asia and Africa as well as North and South America, also enjoys worldwide renown and a rich tradition. The architects Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann Jr. created this prize in Chicago in 1950. The prize has been awarded annually ever since and is organised by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. This year seven hundred products were selected from 38 countries. RIYA – Recipient of five awards Winning the iF design award and GOOD DESIGN impressively confirms the high design quality of RIYA once again. This means that RIYA is now the recipient of five awards: RIYA has already been honoured with the German Design Award 2014, the FX Design Awards 2013 and the Interior Innovation Award 2014. RIYA – The charming chair With its rounded forms, the friendly design of RIYA is setting new standards that contrast with the cold appearance of typical swivel chairs. The control elements have an appealing and clear design. They intuitively make sense on a tactile as well as visual level and are easy to operate. Each element is assigned a specific function. “In our work, we want to question the overwhelmingly technoid aesthetic that dominates office spaces,” the designer Tom Lloyd explains. “RIYA is the result of this continuous design process. With its deliberately open and appealing design, RIYA can be used in the entire office: at classic workstations as well as in collaborative zones or informal touch-down areas. The design of the control elements is intuitively easy and clear. RIYA fulfils all of the technical requirements and still manages to be inviting and friendly.” In the living office, the time has passed when a chair served as a status symbol with respect to hierarchy. Here social and emotional qualities count for more instead. RIYA embodies this “human touch”: Adaptive, comfortable and versatile, RIYA makes a confident statement with its unique language of form.



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Soaking tubs from Burlington Bathrooms are custom made for a relaxing wallow.

The latest baths to join the collection are the London round and rectangular models. London Round and London Rectangle both measure 1800mm long by 850mm wide and have an attractive deep rim. The baths can be used with floor or wall mounted fillers.

London Round takes 270 litres and weighs 45kg while London Rectangle takes 290 litres and weighs 50kg. Both baths are acrylic so water stays warmer longer and the surface cannot be damaged by cleaners containing bleach. “A freestanding bath is an outstanding focal point feature in any bathroom,” commented Faye Rainey, marketing manager for

Burlington. ”Freestanding baths also help to give an illusion of space as they don’t visually occupy as much floor area as a built in model. London is a style that can be successfully combined with both traditional or contemporary sanitaryware – and what’s nicer than a lovely soak in a big, comfortable bath after a tough day at work or with the family.”

Hotelier & Hotel Design - December 2013

Hotelier & Hotel Design - December 2013



FINN STONE Finn Stone's philosophy is creative contemporary design and art, that is cutting edge, different and eccentric. Finn Stone is one of

seller in UK Contemporary auction sales) to a commercial market through the manufacture of products in polyethylene materials,

Fine Stone Limited sculptural design & products

Handcrafted Kitchens by William Garvey British furniture designer, William Garvey, celebrates handmade quality design and presents a kitchen portfolio like no other. Complete with inspirational and bespoke wooden furniture for the kitchen, William Garvey’s collection ranges from standard and bespoke wood sinks through to an all-wood, tailored kitchen interior. For the height of luxury, opt for a bespoke freestanding kitchen table that will guarantee distinct, minimalist styling. This featured dining table presents an almost earthy aesthetic with its black stained and polished curly maple finish and well-defined design. Highly contemporary, this freestanding design not only offers a place to sit and dine, but also creates another work surface for food preparation. This memorable and bespoke table design guarantees the ultimate in kitchen chic and is designed and handcrafted by British furniture specialists William Garvey. This bespoke freestanding table with four integral drawers both sides cost £5,547 +vat. Further enhancing its kitchen portfolio, Garvey has become an expert in the design and creation of teak wooden sinks. Beautiful in both design and look, you can opt for a Standard Single, Double or Belfast Style option all meticulously handmade by master craftsmen. However, should you require something a little more bespoke simply request a custom made sink; such as the 1.8 metre specially commissioned design recently delivered to Canada! William Garvey’s wooden sinks can be supported from below or designed to become part of your existing kitchen cabinetry. Prices start from £760+vat for the Standard Single Kitchen Sink in teak. With the ability and expertise to work with all types of wood and provide bespoke options to combine other materials such as glass, metal and leather allows William Garvey to fulfil any creative design. This bespoke arrangement of kitchen storage units finished in oak was designed by Catriona Braybrooke who enlisted British furniture designer William Garvey to make and supply this bespoke storage solution. Over 2500mm tall in height by 3000mm in width, this unit comprises a vast 12 cupboards to ensure its design delivers on purpose. The total cost of this project was £4,665 +vat. From wooden kitchen furniture, storage units and cabinetry, through to single, double and belfast style sinks, William Garvey will deliver on product, design and quality that is 100% British handmade.

William Garvey Tel: 01404 841 430 or visit Showroom & Workshop: Leyhill, Payhembury, Honiton, Devon, EX14 3JG

Interior Showcase Handmade Retail Ltd

3rd Floor Springfield House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5BG

Exquisite hand sewn curtains at the click of a button Handmade are delighted to bring their hand sewn made to measure curtains online,


hen it comes to curtains, there is no denying that the talented team at Handmade are perfectionists. Each and every curtain is hand sewn by highly experienced seamstresses combining traditional methods with the

to give the best fullness. As Paul Fisher, Design Director at Handmade says, “Hand sewn curtains are our absolute specialism. We are passionate about what we do and proud of our impeccably high standards resulting in exceptional products�

equipment. Their avid attention to detail results no visible sewing lines and immaculate side and bottom hems. Weights are sewn in to give the best hang and fabric patterns are matched precisely. Curtain headings are created with utmost accuracy and full widths are always used

Based in rural East Anglia, customers can order through their website where they quality fabrics, heading styles and linings to choose from. Each pair of curtains is made to measure to ensure the size or shape of window. Call us on: 01625 837 404


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Nanotech Coatings UK Limited will introduce a Reinvention of Ireland Markets in Early 2014 Industrial Nanotech, Inc. (OTC-PINK INTK), a global leader in nanotechnology based energy saving solutions, today announced that it has created a next generation concrete roof tile which incorporates the energy saving, mould/ mildew/bacteria resistance, and UV resistance qualities of the Company’s well established Nansulate® product line into a premium concrete roof tile product, applied at the tile manufacturer’s factory during the production process is protected by US & international patents and patents industry in the United Kingdom & Ireland in early 2014 and distributed by Nanotech Coatings UK Limited. Nanotech Coatings UK Ltd Managing Director Kevin Buchler stated, “We will be teaming up with some of the most dominant UK & Ireland roof tile manufacturers to market a product that many of them consider to be a paradigm shift in the industry, a disruptive technology. The roof, is resistant to the growth of unsightly mold/mildew/ bacteria which plagues roofs throughout the southeast… without using a toxic moldicide… and incorporates leading edge UV resistant technology that protects the original brilliance of the tile color and therefore the aesthetics of the home. By lowering the maintenance costs of the roof tile with the “stay clean” qualities and increasing the energy that pays for itself.” Per leading industry analysts, concrete roof tile demand manufacturing in the UK is projected to be 125.5 million square meters of roof tile per year by 2016 and 135.5 million square metres of roof tile per year by 2021. For more information and regular updates, visit:

Nansulate® was approved in terms of the European building construction standards in the European Union from the UNI EN ISO 8990:1999 tests, in relation to Ltd has also been provided with a contract with the British use of the product being coating for use on internal walls and ceilings, and external walls in residential dwellings for application over internal plaster and external render. Nanotech Coatings UK is accepting orders and product inquiries now. For more information regarding Nansulate® coatings please visit About Nanotech Coatings UK Limited 20 years of experience within the residential, industrial, commercial and retail property sectors. The company has an extensive client base, as well as ongoing contact with major developers, industrial companies, and other wellestablished organisations within the property development industry, and enjoys the support from seasoned property experts in understanding the implications of economic and environmental challenges on business initiatives. About Nansulate® Nansulate® is Industrial Nanotech Inc.’s patented product line of award winning, specialty coatings containing a nanotechnology based material and which are welldocumented to provide the combined performance qualities of thermal insulation, corrosion prevention, resistance to mold growth, UV resistance and lead encapsulation in an environmentally safe, water-based, coating formulation. The Nansulate® Product Line provides solutions to industrial, commercial, government, and residential clients, and focusing not only on the professional market, buy also DIY (Do-it-yourself) markets. t32t


HEATEC EV INCREASES PRODUCT RANGE Heatec can trace its origins back more than 25 years to a group of designers and engineers who set about solving the then difficult problem of heating sensitive areas whilst ensuring that the young and the elderly where not put at risk. A control unit was developed and patented which gained wide acceptance with local councils responsible for care homes, colleges for student lodgings, the heating of public places and for areas requiring maintained environments such as National Trust buildings and similar.

RC12 Thermostatic Control

The Heatec range of Cast Iron Radiators has been enhanced by the inclusion of three new models to Heatec’s European manufactured ranges of Cast Iron. The Imperial Victorian range now includes heights of 430mm, 580mm, and 980mm as standard, as well as the original 680mm high model. Additionally 5 column, 3 column and 2 column Cast Iron Victorian Radiators are available on request. The very popular Bohemia range has seen the new 990mm high Radiator added to the standard range. Imperial Victorian Electric radiator

BUT offered for the first time is the NEW Designer range of BOHEMIA RETRO Cast Iron Radiators at 640mm high with traditionally patterned cast iron surface suitable for traditional buildings and very modern designer homes The development of refurbishment projects bringing new life to old warehouses and other traditional buildings covered by Class1 and Class 2 preservation orders has been helped by the use of Heatec electric radiators thus minimising the damage to buildings infrastructure. Bohemia Retro

Heatec continues to develop with its latest ranges of Radiators which now include Chrome Plated Radiators and Towel Rails, a new range of designer Cast Aluminium Radiators and Traditional European Cast Iron Radiators.

Slimline Electric Radiator & Remote Programmer

Recent additions include the EV range of Electric Radiators and Panel Heaters manufactured by our Spanish partner and available with both oil filled types and with dry elements. These Radiators can be remotely controlled and offer up to 40% energy saving.

Many Heatec Radiators are also available for use in wet systems - oil and gas fired – together with accessories. A conversion service is also offered for customers own radiators (subject to quality – not second-hand). PROJECTS have included – The Scottish Parliament, Chartwell (home of Winston Churchill), Fountains Abbey, The Argory (in Northern Ireland), Stonehill Manor (Worcestershire), The Vine, Ightham Moat, MOD Cat.3 Buildings, St.Giles Cathedral, Portsmouth Boys School, Snows Hill Manor Broadway, and many others. (NB. Heatec EV is a registered Brand Name licensed to Heating Direct Limited) Digitally Controlled Towel Rails with 7 day timers

Heatec EV, 279, Eastbourne Avenue, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 4NN Tel:0845 8726667 Fax:0845 8726668


Heatec EV Specialist in supplying Heritage Properties and Traditional Homes

Suppliers to the National Trust -

Chartwell (Home of Sir Winston Churchill), Fountains Abbey etc..

High Quality Cast Iron – Only from European Manufacturers Room Temperature Thermostatic Controls or Fixed Temperature controls Painted to blend with the Radiators Electric outputs available from 550– 3000 Watts (1877 - 10236 BTUs) Perfect for Renovation and Refurbishment of Historical Properties Modern & Traditional designs with any RAL colour available Heating Direct Ltd, 279, Eastbourne Ave, Gateshead, NE8 4NN Tel:0845 8726667 Fax:0845 8726668 Email:sales@heatecev.Com




larger domestic and light commercial projects. With the planned



When the Shetland Islands Council needed to upgrade the heating system in its Port Administration Building on Sella Ness, biomass proved the most cost effective solution. Windhager UK has provided a highly efficient wood pellet boiler system to heat the workshop areas of the building, increasing the comfort of users and considerably reducing energy costs. The solution is the most Northerly installation of a biomass plant servicing the heating requirements of a building in the UK. The Shetland Islands Council, as the Harbour Authority, is responsible for the operation and management of every harbour, except Lerwick Harbour, in over 900 miles of coastline on the Isles. All marine operations are monitored and controlled from the Port Administration Building, which is crucial in the smooth running of council business. Windhager UK, a market leader in biomass and heating solutions, has been able to provide a heating system more suited to the council’s needs than the building’s original oil boilers, which were approaching 30 years old. The initial scheme to upgrade the two existing 350kW oil boilers was changed due to the efficiency and cost savings offered by the Windhager solution. The oversized oil system has been replaced by a 180kW cascade system using three BioWIN boilers, which has a flexibility of heat output that perfectly suits the conditions of the Port Administration Building, where major parts of the system are switched off at times throughout the heating season. John Simpson from the Shetland Islands Council explains the importance of this project in assessing the suitability of biomass as an option for other council

buildings. “The Council’s Building and Transport Services managed this trial installation of three biomass boilers to supply the heating and hot water to buildings on the council’s Port Administration site. The objective of this trial is to assess how a biomass system performs in practice, the footprint involved, and the cost benefits to the council with the advent of the RHI scheme.” The Windhager system includes a thermal buffer vessel, meaning that boiler capacity has been reduced from 700kW to 180kW. John Simpson continues, “Although the system has not yet been tested in cold weather, to-date it has performed very well, and we look forward to it continuing to do so.” Specified and installed by Ness Engineering, specialists in electrical, mechanical and building services, the Windhager boilers are set to considerably reduce energy costs for the Shetland Island Council and improve its green credentials. David Williamson of Ness Engineering comments, “We believe this installation highlights the benefits of biomass from all angles. It fulfils our client’s requirement to lower its carbon footprint and save money from its revenue budgets. We have provided a service to our client for many years and the working relationship we have built up has enabled our promotion of biomass to be taken seriously.” The move to biomass in the Port Administration Building is another step for the Shetland Island Council in reducing its high oil usage. David Williamson

continues, “The professional cost analysis provided showed in pounds and pence that biomass is the correct solution. Promotion of biomass in this installation will show over the coming years that biomass is a sustainable and economic solution for commercial heating systems in Shetland as well as in other remote locations.” The Windhager cascade system is developed to maximise fuel efficiency, and each BioWIN boiler allows a metered and economical output through thermal controlled combustion technology. A patented flexible feed system supplies the pellets, which allows, if necessary, the position of the pellet storage room to be independent of the boiler room. The boilers are reliable and efficient with virtually no maintenance, and with long intervals between cleaning. Available in outputs of 35kW, 45kW, and 60kW and in cascade versions of up to 240kW, the high output BioWIN is the ideal heating solution for large buildings, hotels, schools, public buildings, apartment blocks, care homes and district heating systems. The BioWIN system is both versatile and flexible, equipped for use with other systems. It is also available as a prepackaged plant room, BioCabin, for a total turn key solution for an energy efficient renewable heating solution.

Further information is available from Windhager UK on 01225 892211 email: or by visiting the company’s website at


INDUSTRY Essentials

New! Mylands Exterior Masonry Paint, Create A Brighter Outdoors This Spring from Mylands Paints Mylands, Britain’s oldest family-owned and run paint and polishes manufacturer, has unveiled a new Exterior Masonry paint available in a comprehensive range of colours, from Spring 2014. Expertly created for exterior situations using decades of paint and colour expertise, Mylands Exterior Masonry paint combines exquisite looks with outstanding performance for the ultimate in exterior decorating. Specially developed for use outdoors on walls, brickwork and render, Mylands Exterior Masonry paint is hardwearing, weatherproof and mildew resistant. Extremely durable, it resists fading, cracking, peeling and dirt pick-up, leaving your home looking like new for years to come. Its low sheen level (5%) gives a beautiful flat matt appearance, smoothing and hiding small imperfections for a non-reflective, flawless finish. Available in all light to mid Colours of London shades, Mylands Exterior Masonry paint is produced in the same colour palette available for interior paints; choose from neutrals, blues, greens, greys, yellows and pinks. For the first time, you can seamlessly continue the same look outside your home. Highly pigmented and colour rich, Mylands paints are renowned for their ease of application, excellent flow and superior coverage making them a pleasure to paint with as well as look at. The water based, low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) formulations are all environmentally friendly, meaning beautiful homes don’t have to cost the earth. Founded in 1884, Mylands remained a best kept secret amongst trade professionals and scenic artists in the theatre, television and film industry for many years. Since its launch to consumers in 2012 with its signature paint collection ‘Colours of London’ comprising 120 timeless colours, Mylands is quickly gaining a reputation for quality paints with richly pigmented colours, incredible depth, impressive coverage and durability. Mylands Exterior Masonry paint is available from Spring 2014. Priced £56.00 for 5L. Other exterior paints (unique formulations suitable for both interior and exterior usage): Mylands Wood and Metal Eggshell and Gloss, priced £21.65 for 1L, £47.86 for 2.5L and £76.45 for 5L

Mylands paints are available from independent decorating suppliers (search online for your nearest stockist), online at or direct on 020 8670 9161. t38t

INDUSTRY Essentials




Uniform Architectural Ltd has launched uni_one® Termoscudo, its most energy

efficient window system so far. Termoscudo benefits from sleek aesthetic design details as part of the uni_one® range with additional technology that greatly improves its thermal insulation capabilities to certify it to Passiv Haus standards by achieving a heat loss ‘U’ value of 0.79 W/m2K. The advanced engineering design also improves acoustic insulation giving the window system a value of up to 43 rw (dB) providing increased comfort for the occupants. The discrete Termoscudo technology is inserted between the wood and aluminium frames causing no disturbance to the aesthetics and very little visual obstruction for the users while achieving extremely low thermal transmittance values. Passiv Haus is an internationally accepted assessment tool that sets the standards for components to enable buildings to reduce the need for space heating and cooling to eventually achieve zero carbon emissions. The 44 mm thick triple glazing acts to limit heat loss through the window, while the width of the sash and frame are minimal to allow the windows to harmonise with the architectural design of the building. The environmentally sustainable manufacturing of Uniform Architectural products is carried into the Termoscudo window system and the rest of the uni_one® range. The wood featured on the inside of the window is sourced from sustainably controlled forests and is produced using timber engineering and veneer technology allowing optimal use of the tree. The Techno-Oak frames are innovatively produced by a system of finger joints that creates the parquet effect that in turn stabilises windows, particularly larger frames, as it helps to avoid the natural tensions present in solid wood. An aged effect can be applied to the Techno-Oak that gives it an ‘olde-worlde’ charm and is achieved by using special abrasive brushes which remove the softer wood between the hard grain of oak, giving the wood more depth and character. The outside of the window systems are made of re-cycled aluminium which can easily be re-cycled again and due to the high quality protection from the factory applied powder coating paint system, the exterior aluminium on uni_one® windows requires minimal maintenance and provides excellent resistance to water, sea spray and airborne pollutants. The final painting is done after welding to ensure perfectly sealed corners, which are completely protected by the paint, improving not only the aesthetics but also the durability of the windows. The new uni_one® Termoscudo window system along with the rest of the uni_one® range is featured in Uniform Architectural’s new brochure ‘uni_one®, The Contemporary Window’, is available on request. Further information is available from Uniform Architectural Ltd on 0117 959 6456 email: or by visiting the company’s website at



Cambridge based Landscaping and much more!

The Cambs Paving Co are specialists in designing and

building quality gardens. We believe that the garden needs to be not only an extension of the house, an 'outdoor room', a space whose potential is fully realised, but also a place that offers a relaxing and inspirational environment. It is our policy to use only our own skilled and trained staff who have a depth of practical experience. Our foremen strive for the highest standards of workmanship. We offer a tailored package to meet your needs to produce a unique garden. Our clients have one point of contact with regular supervision as contracts proceed. Our staff work to plan and specification, we offer a fixed price quotation, we are fully insured and we guarantee our work. Most importantly we believe we can offer this service at a realistic cost within an agreed budget. If you may have a residential or commercial type of landscaping requirement in Cambridge, by all means take a look at what we could do for you via our website at:


Nature-inspired Danish Home Decor by Rikki Tikki Bring the outdoors in with nature-inspired home accessories by Rikki Tikki. The company has been collaborating with a number of talented Danish designers for over 10 years to produce a large collection of delightful soft furnishings, tableware and home accessories. Rikki Tikki brings the nature to your home with a range of striking cushions, animalthemed storage hooks, tea towels and chopping boards. Rikki Tikki is available from HomeArama in the UK. Click here to view Rikki Tikki's Spring/Summer 2014 Catalogue. t42t


Stunning Lighting Effects With New Led Strip Kits

Newly introduced by Greenstock, is a comprehensive range of LED Strip Kits designed for stunning lighting effects for all interiors from commercial to home. Greenstock supplies a vast range of kit options to suit all lighting needs. The LED kits offer a dimming capability via an easy to install remote control or pushbutton controller and are available in an extensive range of led colours and types. The kits make use of Greenstock’s innovative U-connect wiring system making the kits extremely easy to install and enabling the user to keep building onto the existing installation with a wide range of accessories. All of Greenstock’s LED Strips are supplied on a 5m reel and are fitted with self adhesive backing tape enabling lights to be easily installed. Strips can also be cut to length using pre-defined cut points spaced every 25 or 50mm. All the kits are supplied pre-fitted with Greenstock’s U-connect system enabling parts to be easily connected together without any electrical knowledge. The single colour LED Strip Kits come in a choice of a Warm White, Cool White, Daylight White, Red, Blue and Green with other colours available on request. They come in 5m reels with either 60 or 120 LEDs per metre. Greenstock’s Colour changing Strip Kits incorporate LED chips containing three different colour cells allowing the colours red, green and blue to be mixed. This allows users to change colours, brightness and strobe effects to suit the mood or ambiance at the push


of a button. A colour changing controller is supplied with the kit allowing users to control the different colour effects, dynamic sequences and brightness settings. These colour changing Strip Kits come in 5m reels with 60 LEDs per metre and can be specified as IP65 weather resistant if required. To create different lighting effects and enable dimming of the LED Strips, Greenstock offers a range of controller units, for remote or manual dimming and control allowing various levels of brightness and dynamic mode. All the controllers are easy to operate, have an ultra-slim design and will automatically memorise the last setting before power off. Where required, Greenstock offers aluminium profiles with different diffuser options to enclose the LED Strips. There are also a variety of LED drivers to suit different applications, including the requirement for plug-in drivers and IP rated drivers for weather resistance. The creative possibilities of Greenstock’s LED Strip lights are almost limitless with its innovative U-connect system. Accessories such as extension leads, splitters and distribution boxes mean that the kits are easily expandable with multiple lighting components operating from a single power source without the need for complicated and time-consuming wiring. Further information on Greenstock’s LED Strip Kits is available from Greenstock on 0845 2570 444, email or by visiting the company’s website at


Icds Arch Ltd Announces X House The First Flat Packed Green Home

ICDS ARCH has plans to build the first self-sustainable flat packed home which is greener than any other conventional home built in UK and it recycles itself through internal systems. Subject to local planning permission, the firm is to build the house off-site and to be shipped in container anywhere in the world where the planning permission will allow. The house has built in earthquake proof system that can be sustained up to 9 degree on Richter scale. Mr Andrei Toma, ICDS Arch’s chairman, said today: “We have to think of new ways to build our houses and these have to become more convenient for our pockets as well as for the environment but also to keep up with the growing trends of the century. We worked on the prototype for the last 8 years and we envisage completing the work on the house starting by the end of this year, which will be good news for local firms and workers. It will be built in UK and shipped all over the world through containers.” ICDS Arch, which has its headquarters in London, was founded in 2011. The company has started a fundraising campaign on to look for investors .



Leading organisations sound warning about housing standards review The Environmental Audit Committee launched an Inquiry into the Government consultation to examine the Housing Standards Review and the Code for Sustainable Homes. The following are some key thoughts and views from the submissions of evidence by the UK Green Buildings Council, the Construction Products Association and the Royal Town Planning Institute. We thought it might be of interest to communicate some of the thoughts of important organisations in the sector. All the above institutions acknowledge that there is an urgent need for rationalisation and simplification of the existing housing standards. The UK Green Buildings council and the Construction Product Association concur that CSH was helpful since it set out the direction of travel for Building Regulations and gave a sense of what best practice should be for developers. Therefore CSH complete demise would result in losing a momentum that has shaped the way homes have been built over the years. Although CSH became overly administrative, bureaucratic and more costly that initially expected it has many good points and these should not be lost within new Housing standards.


According to the UK Green Buildings council and the Construction Product Association if CSH is to be phased out a new central scheme, a common framework needs to be developed in order to avoid a chaos of local inconsistent schemes and to further drive the improvement in the industry. The UK Green Buildings council and the Construction Product Association strongly disagree with the omission of any consideration about materials in the new Housing Standards. The Royal Town Planning Institute believes that not sufficient attention has been paid to the potential for higher standards to bring the significant savings for users. Particularly there is a potential for lenders to incorporate the savings as an incentive mechanism into their lending evaluation The Royal Town Planning Institute and the UK Green Building Council share the view that the suitable transitional measures should be put in place by Local Planning Authorities to incorporate standards until the new regulations take over. Want to discuss the changes to the Housing Standards and what it means to you? Join us for Danishes and Discussion with officials and thought leaders.

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Home Designer and Architech March 2014  
Home Designer and Architech March 2014