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CONTENTS March 2017 04 Industry News 18 Doors, Windows & Architectural Hardware 34 Bathrooms, Washrooms & Kitchens 52 Heating, Ventilation & Insulation 58 Lifts, Stairs & Balustrades

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Smith’s and MINIB partner on fan convectors! Smith’s, the UK’s market leading supplier of domestic and light commercial fan-assisted hydronic heat emitters is excited to announce their collaboration with MINIB, one of the leading manufacturers of fan convectors in the Czech Republic. This development is a further demonstration of the Swan Group’s ambitions for the business, since its full acquisition of Smith’s earlier in 2016. The partnership with MINIB allows Smith’s to broaden its portfolio of fan convectors in different strategic markets to grow both companies’ commercial sales by co-promoting their products in their respective markets. Smith’s MD, Gary Haynes stated, “This strategic collaboration with MINIB, based in the Czech Rep. enables Smith’s to broaden its portfolio of fan convectors, including decorative wall standing, decorate free standing and trench heating products for the following markets: UK, USA, Ireland, Holland and Sweden. MINIB will also market Smith’s manufactured products in its core markets and we anticipate a productive and mutually successful partnership for both businesses.” Monika Novakova, Chief Executive Officer at MINIB stated, “We have been seeking likeminded European partners and this opportunity to work closely with Smith’s will provide fresh impetus as we develop our brand within the UK, US and Northern European markets. The synergies we have found between both businesses and the shared values we both espouse, make this collaboration very exciting.” MINIB is one of the leading manufacturers of fan convectors in the Czech Republic, making them the ideal European partner for Smith’s. Since 1999, MINIB has invested considerably in the design and development of their products to ensure that they can offer technically and aesthetically mature solutions to their customers. The company’s growth and success to date is echoed by the fact that they currently distribute to thirty countries in Europe, Asia, Australia and America. Smith’s has further exciting plans for their brand this year. For more information contact Smith’s on 01245 324900; visit; follow @SmithsEP_UK on Twitter, Like Smith’s Space Saver on Facebook or Smith’s EP on LinkedIn; or email via




s carpet remains a staple flooring option for the home in 2017, the company has unveiled a number of new flooring collections. The latest products include some exciting luxurious and super soft carpet ranges. Soft Focus is a new luxury super-soft easy clean collection, manufactured from 100% Finesse polypropylene. With 13 fashionable neutrals to choose from, including a wide range of greys and contemporary beiges, it offers superior comfort underfoot and outstanding practicality and durability. Sensation Twist is a luxury stain resistant twist suitable for all around the home and comes in a range of 10 heather tones. Portobello - a super- soft luxurious carpet manufactured with prestige fibres - has a completely natural look and feel, available in 10 stylish tones. Saxony carpets continue to grow in popularity as long, luxurious pile ranges take the retail market by storm, huge volumes are now being sold when offered in the new build market. As a result, the company has launch Sovereign a sumptuous Saxony. Made from 100% PA Imprel Finesse Bounceback it comes in 11 exciting contemporary tones including additional greys which are more popular than ever. A flooring range without a selection of greys is almost considered outdated! All of these new ranges are made from 2 ply yarn for added resilience. They are also naturally stain resistant and bleach cleanable, making them an ideal choice for family living and pet owners while adding a touch of luxury.

DESIGNER CONTRACTS LAUNCHES NEW RANGES Designer Contracts – the UK’s largest flooring contractor – has added new ranges to its extensive product portfolio.

Forest Twist in 40oz and 32oz weights is created from 80% wool and 20% polypropylene. These affordable wool rich twists in 12 natural shades have wool fibres to provide strength and durability for all areas of the home. All the new ranges come in four and five metres widths. Peter Kelsey, md of Designer Contracts said: “We have established relationships with most major flooring manufacturers. This means we have access to the most up to date ranges and are always aware of new and innovative products, often in advance of them being introduced to the industry.

“As the leading supplier of floorcoverings to the new build sector, it is important that we stay in touch with changing consumer trends in order to ensure that we, in turn, provide our customers with the very latest products.”


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RINNAI GOES SOLO FOR CONTINUOUS FLOW WITH A STORE… Rinnai’s latest innovation in the energy efficient fast delivery of instantly useable hot water is the Infinity Solo Re-Circulator water heater. The Rinnai Infinity Solo condensing and low NOX water heater is the first of its kind for the UK to combine the advanced technology of wall mounted continuous flow water heaters with a stainless steel storage cylinder, all in one compact footprint. The design parameters of this product empowers specifiers, designers, installers and engineers to benefit from unique Rinnai technology in applications it was once not previously possible. For instance, the Infinity Solo will have both 35kW and 54kW sized appliances, ensuring sites with a smaller gas meter can readily use this technology. The larger Infinity Solo model


will also act as a high-efficiency alternative to gas fired storage appliances that exist in today’s market. The cylinder is stainless steel and this reduces the weight compared to glass lined models, and it makes transportation and installation a lot easier. As well as the difference in weight, the cylinders also have extremely low heat loss figures (as low as 1.41kW/h day), so the user pays less to maintain the heat within the tank. One other benefit of the Infinity Solo using a stainless steel cylinder is that the life expectancy of the material is far greater than that of a glass-lined equivalent as

glass suffers from thermal shock causing it to crack after a period of time. The Infinity Solo range is also renewables compatible and supplied pre-fitted with a coil, meaning that the primary energy source will always be from renewable gains and the complementary Rinnai water heater will only apply the precise amount of gas to boost the difference in temperature. Rinnai manufactures the energy efficient Infinity range of gas fired continuous flow water heaters and space heaters. The Infinity brand carries the widest range of condensing water heaters on the market today with the most impressive efficiencies in operation, leading the field in technological innovation. For more information on the RINNAI product range visit

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Tackling condensation on windows & doors Different types of condensation have different effects on your property but they don’t automatically mean that you’ll need to replace your double-glazed windows or doors – in fact, there may be a much cheaper and simpler solution. The different areas of condensation Condensation is caused when water vapour collects on colder surfaces. This creates a misty appearance, which can turn into a covering of larger water droplets in more severe cases. There are three main different ‘areas’ of condensation.: • Inner condensation, which collects on the inside of your windows • Outer condensation, which collects on the outside of your windows • Gap condensation, which collects between the two panes of glass on double-glazed windows and doors Of course, if your windows or doors are single-glazed, you’ll only have either outside or inside condensation. If you have triple-glazed windows, you may experience gap condensation in one or both of the spaces between the glazed panels, but this is unlikely if the unit has not been obviously damaged. Inside condensation is the most common, and outside condensation is a relatively new problem, albeit a relatively harmless one. Why condensation forms on windows and doors Knowing why the condensation forms on your glazing can help you to solve the problem quickly without too much expense. Each area of condensation is caused by something different:


Inner condensation is caused by an overabundance of water vapour in the air inside your home. When the outside of the window gets cold, the warm, damp air hitting the window on the inside will turn into condensation. You are likely to notice this happening more when you are cooking or showering, as well as during the autumn and winter, when the inside of your house is warmer than outside. This type of condensation is very common on single-glazed panels and can easily form on more efficient double-glazed windows and doors too. You may be surprised at the amount of water vapour that your household generates in a 24-hour period. Showering, drying clothes and cooking are all obvious sources of inner condensation, but you also create water vapour by simply breathing and going about your day. Approximately 15.7 litres of water vapour is produced a day by the average four-person household. Without the proper ventilation, this can cause condensation and damp problems.

Outer condensation is caused by the same reaction, just the other way around. It affects properties which have very efficient windows and doors, and is caused by warmer air hitting the outside of your window. This is most likely to happen in the morning, as the sun is coming up and could happen in any season, depending on the conditions. This does not mean that the inside of the home is cold in comparison — it simply means that the glazing is so efficient that the outer pane is much colder than the inner one, hence the condensing reaction with the air outside. Gap condensation happens because of the double-glazed unit failing. All double-glazed windows and doors have a small gap between the two panes. This space is filled with a harmless gas, which creates an insulating layer of air, thus helping to keep the warm air in and the cold air out. If the seal has broken around the edges of the unit, the insulating gas will escape and condensation will occur between the panes. This can, in some very extreme cases, to cause the inner space to fill with water. Related issues Both inside and gap condensation cause problems and should be addressed as soon as you can to prevent further issues and expense. Gap condensation within your doubleglazed units seriously reduces the energy efficiency and will have a noticeable effect on the temperature in your household, not to mention your energy bills. If you have more than one failed unit, you could find that your heating bills are higher and that you experience more issues with damp and condensation on the inside of the window, due to the decrease in energy efficiency. Inside condensation can… FINISH READING ONLINE

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Designed with function and flexibility in mind, Bordeaux can be used as a console, as wall shelving, in the corner of a room or around the corner of a sofa, or even as an alternative to an apartment end table. It’s beautiful without being obtrusive, so it will integrate perfectly whatever the style at home. ‘It’s very hard to give a simple and minimal design a twist so it


becomes functional and stylish. That’s what I wanted to achieve with Bordeaux,’ says designer Morten Georgsen. ‘Corners are always problematic, and I wanted to solve that as well. Bordeaux can turn a useless corner into a practical space.’ The Bordeaux console system has uses well beyond the living room, working equally as well in the dining room, bedroom or entrance. And also works as a spacesaving storage solution for small living.

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New homes warranty specialist CRL is working with housebuilders to provide a higher standard to homeowners New homes warranty specialist CRL is working with housebuilders to drive forward higher standards in the marketplace for the benefit of the homeowner. is cal l ing fo r m o re choice to be available from a wider range of warranty providers, which would lead to increased competition and improved standards.


Steve Mansour, CEO of CRL, said: “CRL has been providing housebuilders with an alternative source of construction warranties and insurance for more than five years now and, in our experience, we have found the sector be a very closed market with so many of the big developers working with one provider.

“This gives us concern as it raises many questions about the independence and credibility about many of the warranties provided. “At CRL, we drive innovation and like to do things differently. We are working with housebuilders to ensure that the warranties sourced by CRL are of the highest standard and offer greater protection for new homebuyers. Buying a new home is typically the greatest single purchase people make, they need to be reassured that if something is structurally wrong with their property, they are covered.” CRL offer an alternative source of warranties that provide greater choice, while the process of securing a warranty is thorough, open and


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Mr Mansour adds: “At the same time we welcome many of the recommendations outlined in the More homes, fewer complaints report put together by the allparty parliamentary group on new build properties, in particular, the introduction of an independent ombudsman to oversee complaints about new homes.

CRL does not shy away from arranging insurance for unusual projects, covering new builds, complete or partially completed builds, timber frame constructions, prefabricated properties, mixed-use projects, conversions and insolvent properties.

“Greater competition in this sector with a wider range of warranty specialists operating can only be a good thing for the consumer, ultimately giving the owner of a new build home increased confidence in the validity of their warranty.” CRL’s specialist team arrange structural defects insurance to protect thousands of new ventures throughout the UK and Ireland. CRL’s in-house team assist in sourcing fast, flexible cover, arranged by the in-house team who are dedicated to providing the highest quality of customer service. Anyone engaged in a building project or managing a portfolio of new-build properties that require mortgages, will require a 10-year structural insurance policy on the property. CRL recognises that every opportunity is different. Any new build project requires a significant level of investment. With CRL’s structural defects insurance, clients are protected against defects in design, workmanship,

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Strong start for construction on the year as housebuilding flourishes The construction industry has started 2017 strongly, with an increase in activity levels as the value of new building contracts awarded in January reached £6 billion, spearheaded by strong figures from the housebuilding sector. According to the latest edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI, housing figures increased sharply across January (see figure 1.1), with construction contract value reaching £2.7 billion, a massive 83 per cent increase compared with January 2016. Of all the type of projects across housebuilding, it was private housing that dominated in January, with 91 per cent of the total construction contract value in January, compared to just 66 per cent a year ago. Market conditions for private housing were also favourable for housebuilders in 2016, with Crest Nicholson recently reporting a 27 per cent increase in full year profits. There are also currently £5.8 billion worth of housebuilding contracts that are nearing award status, suggesting this month’s


growth is likely to continue over the next few months and beyond. London unsurprisingly led all regions based on total construction contract value in January, accounting for 26 per cent. This was helped greatly by the £900 million One Nine Elms Twin Towers development, the largest project recorded on the month. Commenting on the figures, Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI, said: “Whilst the housebuilding sector is performing admirably, we expect to see its growth continue to flourish across 2017. However, other sectors now need to start producing more auspicious figures, such as the commercial & retail sector, which saw a year-on-year decrease of 40 per cent last month. Infrastructure, another traditionally big performing sector, is also in a slump with January figures being the lowest for 12 months.” “On the positive side, the number of projects awarded in January jumped by 50 per cent compared with December and 25 per cent when looking at January last year. These figures are encouraging and would suggest that work is most certainly on the way.”

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Classic with a Modern Twist Interior design like all fashion evolves with the times and so the march of contemporary movement can often seem relentless. Of course a sense of tradition and warmth for the past often shapes our thinking with modern decor and so it is hardly surprising that Vicaima has seen a trend for panelled doors making a noticeable return over the past year. In response to this latest vogue, Vicaima have reinvigorated their Classic K range to provide a modern twist to an old favourite with some exciting new finishes.

The Vicaima Classic K Range takes elements of shaker styling but with a more up-to-date and appealing look for the modern generation of interior panelled doors. Available in 1, 2, 3 and 4 panel designs, together with glazed options, Classic K doors offer a solid construction with real veneer faces, together with white or primed for on-site painting if required. In addition to the ever popular veneer options, Vicaima have also extended the range to include 6 new factory stained Ash finishes and for that ultra-smooth pure look, a new Satin White finish. All doors are available with fire and security options and can also be supplied as Portaro matching door and frame systems where required. K Range doors are one of three ranges from the Vicaima Classic collection. Classic P, with traditional raised and fielded panels and Classic F, a flat panel design are also available. Download a copy of the new Classic range brochure from the Vicaima website. For these and other innovative designs and products from the many Vicaima collections, visit the Vicaima website alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information.


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reate that seamless transition between inside and out, by opening-up living space. Bright, beautifully crafted walls of glazing will reflect the timeless style of a period house, adeptly define spaces in a townhouse, minimalist urban loft, or warehouse apartment. Very much now on-trend, with interior design screens open plan living takes on a different dimension.

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Seen, but not heard If you have a hectic household, you may want screened-off areas to be seen, but not heard. Advanced glazing options mean steel framed internal screens can be made to order with enhanced acoustic properties giving more privacy and reduced noise levels. For the kitchen, en-suite or home office they visually enhance living space and functionality. Also, they complement the lounge styling, the kids’ separate play/games room. That quiet zone for parents. The partitions enable distinct, integral, functions for several areas within a large floor space or cosier layout of older properties. Chilly draughts are prevented, warmth kept-in for year-round comfort. While the outside can be dramatically fused with the inside living space too.

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Boxed rooflight used in unique restoration

Located in the Jumel Terrace Historic District of Washington Heights in north Manhattan, this late 19th century 3 storey apartment house on 432nd W 162nd Street has not only been returned to its former glory, but has been beautifully enhanced with a state-of-the-art kitchen and stunning contemporary bathrooms. The glazed three-wall box rooflight supplied by Glazing Vision is a stunning 21st century addition to this property, helping to successfully unlock that all-important roof top space in this metropolitan city.


ixon Projects, a real estate company with a substantial portfolio of property around New York and New Jersey, were keen to realise the huge potential of this attractive old colonial townhouse. Built in 1899, set on a plot of 1,911 sqft and offering almost 3600 sqft of internal space, it presented an eclectic mix of original features – very high ceilings complete with decorative moldings, huge windows, as well as a plethora of rich historical fittings and fixtures. This included dark hardwood floors and doors, elegant tiled fireplaces, wood paneling to the stairwell to complement the ornately carved balustrade, and exquisite cornices and architraves. The impressive front entrance, reached from the pavement by imposing stone stairs, looked out onto a wide avenue with established trees. The location itself was also superb: just around the corner from Manhattan’s oldest house, the Morris Jumel Mansion and a stone’s throw from the lush playgrounds of Highbridge Park on the River Harlem and Roger Morris Park. Dixon Projects, together with the local architect RMF Bryant, have succeeded in combining the old with the new in this grandiose house right from the basement to the roof. A floor-to-ceiling glass wall opens up the innovative wet-bar and relaxing lounge area on the basement level to the garden and patio. The parlour level exudes grandeur thanks to the top-of-therange gourmet kitchen and renovated dining room, complete with a large decking space for outdoor dinner parties. The impressive hardwood staircase has


been retained and painstakingly restored, and this elegantly links the parlour floor to the upper floors where the luxurious finishes continue into bright rooms that accommodate additional living areas and ultra-modern bathrooms.

Roof terrace accessed by box rooflight It is on the roof that Dixon Projects were especially ambitious and forward thinking. Keen to utilise the huge space on the flat roof top as well as to add further value to the property, Dixon were looking for an innovative and contemporary “glass box”. This needed to maximise the amount of natural daylight coming into the floor below whilst offering easy access to the terrace. A lack of suitable options from American glazing suppliers led Dixon Projects to look abroad. Following extensive research and an on-site meeting with Glazing Vision’s senior management, Dixon Projects

decided upon Glazing Vision’s three-wall box rooflight, which offered both the high quality and technical features that they were seeking. Approval from the “Landmarks Preservation Committee (LPC)” had to be secured for the box rooflight as the house was a listed property; a critical requirement to this was that it should not be visible from the roadside/pathways. Once approved, the box rooflight was then precision-engineered to the size required by the client, manufactured entirely at Glazing Vision’s factory in Suffolk, England, pre-assembled, crated and finally shipped to Dixon Projects in NYC. In addition, the installation of the box rooflight including pre-install surveys and remedial building work to ensure the surrounding walls on the roof top were straight were all supervised by Glazing Vision’s own office in the US.

for terrace access project The box rooflight was fixed onto 3 walls without the need for additional balustrading, thereby facilitating the full use of the roof top terrace. The lack of visible kerb fixings through the use of an extruded external clip-on cover, together with the sleek aluminium framework in a classic slate grey exterior finish and the perfectly edged glass-to-glass joints combined to create a stunning, contemporary “glass sculpture” to the top of this grand property. The decorative balustrade used on the small stairwell up to the box rooflight mirrored the interior design and gave a nod to the history of the house. A critical consideration for Dixon Projects was that the box roof light should be simple and safe to operate. The retractable glazed section, which slides over the fixed section of glass, is operated at the touch

of a button. This provides a clear 50% opening and sufficient head height for easy access. Thus the resident can climb the stairwell whilst the rooflight is retracting into its open position, without having to “bow their head”. The secure manual override also detects movement during the open/close operation to provide the essential safety features. As with the floor-to-ceiling windows on the lower floors, so too the large glazed sections of the box roof light were in keeping with the airy aesthetic that Dixon Projects had created throughout the house. The box rooflight ensured that the interior of the upper floor of the house was flooded with natural daylight during the day. At night the resident could enjoy an unadulterated view of the night sky.

The box rooflight provided the prerequisite easy access to the new roof top terrace, which had been fitted with complimentary decking and a minimal, steel parameter balustrade that added to the sense of openness and light. The full expanse of the rooftop now provides the resident with an additional “room with a view”: an enviable place to entertain guests, to dine in the open and to relax. Most impressively, occupants can enjoy the amazing 360 degree views towards the beautifully restored iron High Bridge, the adjacent parklands running alongside the Harlem River, and ultimately towards the iconic skyline of downtown Manhattan. To find out more about specifying rooflights for access, download our Part K whitepaper, or browse our new box rooflight range here.


Polyseam Launches a new range of interior paint that is decorative, eco-friendly and fire rated! GRAFT® INTERIOR PAINT FR-1 is a hard-wearing interior acrylic paint, formulated to the highest specification and offering unsurpassed intensity of colour. However, this is not just another decorative paint, it also offers excellent coverage and has the best possible fire classification, transforming combustible walls, roofs and ceilings to non-combustible surfaces. By simply painting over existing water or solvent based paints with GRAFT® INTERIOR PAINT FR-1, you immediately upgrade the fire integrity for up to 30 minutes, thus safeguarding against the spread of fire. FILM THICKNESS TABLE (FOR FIRE RESISTANCE) Description

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Between 220μ and 370μ WFT on any wood based substrate with a thick¬ness of at least 10mm and a density greater than 510kg/m3

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280μ WFT as topcoat on existing sol-vent based paint on any wood based substrate with a thickness of at least 10mm and a density greater than 510kg/m3



3,5 280μ WFT as topcoat on existing water based paint on any wood based substrate with a thickness of at least 10mm and a density greater than 510kg/m3


220μ WFT on at least 12mm thick wooden particle boards on both sides of at least 63mm deep timber tracks and studs (see details in GRAFT® INTERIOR PAINT FR-1 Technical Data Sheet)

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The wood based substrate can be installed with a ventilated or a non-venti¬lated air gap behind, as well as without air gap. Some of the values are from upcoming ETA’s. 1000μ = 1.0mm, WFT = Wet Film Thickness. This durable paint contains no hazardous chemicals and is emissions free, with almost zero volatile organic compounds (VOC). It is possibly the first on the market to be CE marked and has full European Technical Assessment (ETA) approval. Therefore, painting offices, schools, hospitals or even your home does not have to be done when no one is around. With a 12-year life expectancy, this paint can be cleaned with just a damp cloth without risk of wash off. All colours are waterbased and provide a smooth, rich and non-reflective finish. Kjetil Bogstad, Chief Executive Office at Polyseam said, “We have invested a lot of time and money in the research and development of this new and innovative paint and I am thrilled to be launching


this product across Europe. I am also extremely proud of the efforts put in by the different departments at Polyseam that made this concept a reality and to be able to introduce another product that is not just useful but can help save lives.” Initially Available in 10 colours (Classic White, Egg White, Cotton, Cream, Seashell, Beige, Coffee Cream, Magnolia, Warm Grey and Steel Smoke. However, with our state of the art tinting machines we have the ability to product up to 4 million colours to match almost any décor. GRAFT® INTERIOR PAINT FR-1: Durable robust and designed to last. 2. Non-Toxic & Emission Free not harmful to you or the environment. 3. Fire Resistant protecting your homes, schools, hospitals and office buildings. 4. Excellent Coverage saving time and money. To find out more about Polyseam visit or follow Graft: GraftSealants For more information about GRAFT visit





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STYLE & FLAIR THIS SUMMER Returning to thriving Manchester this July, the Manchester Furniture Show (16-18 July, Manchester Central), already has a strong exhibitor line-up who will be showing new, on-trend collections in furniture and interior furnishings.


With big names including Westbridge, Nathan, Ashley Manor, Nolte, Whitemeadow, VIDA Living, and Furmanac already signed up to the show visitors can expect enticing designs from some of the best UK and International brands. More big names are signing up to exhibit and the show will boast over 150 exhibitors when the doors open.

Returning exhibitors Nathan and Furmanac were full of praise for last years and instantly rebooked for 2017. Aubane Hilliard from Furmanac said, “We’ve had a really good show. Our new models have been extremely well received. This is always a good opportunity to see our customers and meet new ones, we have been very busy and have hardly stopped. We enjoy this show and will definitely be back next year.” While Kevin Barfoot from Nathan said, “This is our favourite show, it’s a great location and it’s a social show, we get the chance to spend a bit of time with customers and meet other people in the industry. It has exceeded our expectations so we are very pleased.” New ranges will make a big splash with an abundance of colour, texture and inventive design. The current trends for mixed textures, sophisticated industrial looks and smart geometrics will be shown at their best, and it isn’t just furniture that features at the show, lighting, mirrors, art, rugs, decorative accessories and soft furnishings are also on display from some of the most imaginative accessory companies, including CIMC and SHH Interiors. The venue is the award winning and iconic Manchester Central building which combines stunning architecture with a relaxed atmosphere. This former central rail station, with its spectacular arched glazed roof, creates a unique show experience for exhibitors and visitors alike. To see the latest designs from traditional to contemporary, colours from soft cool to vibrant bright, visit the Manchester Furniture Show, Manchester Central, 16-18 July. It’s only 2 hours from London and its where you’ll find the best new products on the market. For a full list of exhibitors and further information visit •28•

They design, research and develop well-crafted, affordable furnishings to endure passing trends and vigorous family use. Whether it’s a one-off statement piece or a complete makeover, we invite you to explore our lovingly curated collection to create an enticing, individual living environment. Supplying both to consumer and trade, we have dedicated websites for both. All we ask if you are a trade customer is that you apply by clicking on the link below: Once approved you will receive a unique login in order gain access to special prices and exclusive one off deals. In addition, because we have a large range of exclusive products we are able to take special orders and large volume orders too. Whether you’re a consumer or trade customer, we have an exceptionally knowledgeable sales team, who will be happy to help with any questions or query’s you may have. Contact or call on 0116 267 0267

Bluesuntree source, design and retail affordable, inspirational, wellcrafted products: furniture, lighting and accessories - everything for the design conscious consumer. Our passion is for exceptional design, whether that’s midcentury inspired or pure contemporary. We believe great design should be both energising and timeless and we pride ourselves on delivering unique products for your home. Our story started 10 years ago, when we began selling statement lounge and dining chairs. Today the business has expanded dramatically and we now offer 100’s of our own exclusive furniture designs. Our highly skilled, dedicated team with over 20 years’ experience in sourcing, buying, product design, interior design, and product technology lead the way. Bluesuntree is now well known in the UK and Europe for distinctive and unique furniture. Stocking a wide range of exclusive brands, we also work closely with the Steijer design brand, as they share our values. Steijer believe that the home is the foundation of any family or individual’s existence.


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Graphics of signs complements the overall design

In one of the recent trade shows I attended, I was approached by an interior designer who, despite his visible interest in our various indoors signage solutions, claimed to have no standing when signage is concerned. Well, I asked: “Don’t you think that a poor choice of signage might ruin the beautiful design you were working on for a long time, and might convey the wrong impression of the entire space?” He was surprised and answered this has never crossed his mind... but it should! How often have you entered an impressively designed building, only to find out that some very bad choices of either furniture, accessories or signage were done by occupants who blatantly disregarded months of planning and expenses poured on architects and interior designers? Or even more so, when the correct signage is chosen, only to be completely ruined by a tasteless graphics, wrong fonts or color scheme? On the other hand, when signage becomes a design choice and graphics are carefully done to match, it blends into the overall ambiance of the space and complements it. A good example to such good design choice is Motel Blue in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, recently refurbished and renewed its exterior wayfinding signage. The sign professional (DesignLab) chose a tranquil color scheme that corresponds with the lush environment, white washed buildings and spectacular location, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The artwork in and of itself, complements the sleek aluminum signs chosen for this purpose, to perfection, making them a part of the total effect in an undisturbing way. The purpose is achieved, welcoming and directing tourists who come there, with ease and comfort, towards a sunny, carefree vacation scene. The writer, Mrs. Pnina Kedar Feldman, is the International Sales and Business Development Manager at Vista System. For further information please contact: or visit our website.


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JIS Europe has launched a new offering within its Sussex Range of 100% Stainless Steel heated towel rails. The Ardingly adds to the existing family which consists of the Cinder, Rusper, Pevensey and Lindfield. The main features of these rails are the larger than normal bar spacing. Of course with this spacing comes further practicability should you require more than one bath sheet or within a larger family bathroom. In fact this rail very much marries practicability with the more minimalistic styling popular within design today,



Offering a choice of either satin or a highly polished stainless steel surface, all Ardingly towel rails are hand finished by the company’s craftsmen to ensure the highest quality is maintained; so it is no surprise that JIS is confident enough to offer its usual no-quibble 25 year guarantee.

a thoroughly modern classic. Favoured by developers in new build developments where the rails are utilized as a secondary source of heating, i.e. drying of the towel rails; these rails are competitively All of the towel rails within priced and extremely practical. The baby of the range, the Cinder the Sussex Range are entirely is also popular within kitchens, as it is small and compact. fabricated from 304 grade stainless steel, of which over This range of towel rails is available in three different heating 90% is from recycled source and formats: these being electric only, dual fuel and the ability to be the rail itself is 100% recyclable utilized solely within the central heating system. The rails, as at the end of its life. There are always, are suitable for open plumbing systems. no environmentally harmful Measuring 1580mm x 520mm with a BTU rating of 2114, the rail chemical plating processes in the manufacture of stainless steel, consumes just 617 Watts; while each one is manufactured with the very fact that is is not plated standard 1/2” BSP tappings and is pressure tested to 12 Bar. ensures the rails will not rust, flake or corrode and small marks can simply be polished out. This makes them a durable, as well as an attractive, environmentally-friendly choice. The Sussex Range’s latest towel rails have a recommended retail price of just £359.95 + VAT in Central Heating format and £439.90 in Electric only format. Please visit for further information or contact our friendly staff on 01444 831200

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17 & 18 May 2017 Alexandra Palace, London

Showcasing new technologies and best practice for over 23 years THE BEST PLACE TO FIND:  The largest dedicated installer series in the UK  Over 100 exhibitors from both the domestic & commercial sectors  Free seminars & training  Latest products & innovations  Expert installation advice  Show offers and discounts


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Technogym Stylish motivation to exercise at home Founded in 1983, Technogym is a world-leading, international supplier of technology and design-driven gym equipment. Technogym’s highly desirable home equipment is created to compliment beautiful interior design and architecture whilst supporting the end-user through their workout.


s an Italian company, quality and design are at the forefront of Technogym’s equipment backed by the deep founded belief that Wellness spaces should complement rather than detract from the design of a building, be it a home, gym, hotel or spa. Technogym’s iconic Personal Line reflects this sentiment: an award-winning collection of sophisticated exercise equipment, created using luxurious materials and the finest craftsmanship, designed for places where people can live in total harmony with the Wellness lifestyle. Taking inspiration from nature and science, Personal Line’s stylish designs are born from a collaboration between Technogym, with its three-decades of research experience in developing fitness and Wellness products, and world-renowned furniture designer and architect Antonio Citterio. The range gives a superior workout feel and technology to inspire and motivate, and comprises of five products: a treadmill; cross trainer; stationary bicycle; weights rack and bench; and an all-body Kinesis training system, completely unique to Technogym. The latest addition to the Personal Line is Power Personal, the designer strength training solution for the home, the first of its kind. The multifaceted attractive adjustable bench and rack are ideal for those who enjoy resistance training – excellent for building muscle and strength, as well as aiding injury prevention. The product also benefits from a virtual personal trainer through the rich library of training programmes and over 300 exercise suggestions available on the Technogym App. The three pieces of cardio equipment feature Technogym’s market-leading UNITY console. Using this full glass large HD-ready touchscreen

a user has everything they want at their fingertips: they can browse the internet, watch live TV or their favourite shows on Netflix, enjoy virtual outdoor routes or catch up with friends and family on Skype. Technogym’s ergonomically designed stationary bicycle, Recline Personal, received the 2012 ‘Best of the Best’ Red Dot Design Award. The recumbent bike allows the user to exercise in style and comfort with the inclusion of an ergonomic Vitra seat. The range’s cross trainer, Cross Personal, is equipped with the latest in entertainment system and high-performance Treble Dolby Surround tweeter speakers creating a multi-sensory experience for the user. Similarly to the rest of the collection, no detail has been missed from Run Personal. This treadmill features a specially adapted, shock absorbing running surface to reduce impact and improve user comfort. With over 30 years of knowledge in commercial gym equipment Technogym’s home equipment is trusted by over 200,000 private home owners worldwide. More than 35 million people regularly exercise on Technogym equipment, including some of the world’s most elite athletes and teams such as Chelsea FC, McLaren, Ferrari and AC Milan cementing them as a leader in the field. Technogym’s revered quality is reflected in its repeated appointment as official supplier to the last six editions of the Olympic Games, from Sydney 2000 through to Rio 2016. For more information about Technogym’s equipment and Wellness solutions visit or call a Wellness Consultant on 0800 316 2496.


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GripIt Fixings, ‘The World’s Ultimate Plasterboard Fixing’ have started a brand-new crowdfunding campaign, giving you the chance to become a part of a growing business by investing in as little as £10. In February 2016, the company did its first crowdfund raise via Crowdcube where it raised £2 million in just 5 days. From that they have now expanded their facility’s, allowing them to make 80% of the components in house, having the capacity to make 35 million GripIts a year. The company grows bigger every day and now they have grown their sales 350% in the last 12 months and have targets of £3.95m sales in 2017. They are looking to add 60 additional products to the Gripit range, to do this they are now back to the Crowdcube Platform once again and be a part of GripIts journey. Jordan CEO says “ It’s great to be back, crowdfunding again! Hoping this time is as successful as the last raise we done back last year. It’s good to get consumers and the public involved to help grow the business and join the GripIt Family” , visit to invest now.


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APS Hackathon The digital future of health and safety With Hack_Construct @APStalk #hackAPS The first ever health and safety event of its kind: this is a chance to get together with digital technology experts over 3 day in March 2017, to produce an actual, or prototype solution to a real-world health and safety problem. And it’s free to attend! Register for a place and you and your colleagues in construction health and safety will work along alongside talented software developers, data scientists and web designers to explore how digital technology can be employed to help workers on site stay safe and healthy.


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Silver Kite`s Arbor range of architectural ironmongery gives specifiers unrivalled choice. Each item of this extensive range is made by combining the beauty of natural wood with the hard wearing qualities of brass components. There are thirteen varieties of wood to choose from, and thirteen different finishes can be applied to the brass components, giving the specifier 169 combinations to select from. In addition, the wooden part can be painted in any colour required, either to blend in with a minimalist scheme, or to add a vibrant colour to an otherwise bland room.

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At Zespoke we are proud to do things a little differently!

Zespoke is a designer furniture company based in Northern Ireland that has its roots in traditional furniture making techniques but with a very retro twist on the design to create something truly unique. Everything is hand-made-to-order here at Zespoke, so it is very rare that any of our customers end up with the same table as anyone else. This is what makes us truly unique. With a wide range of products to choose from like our coffee tables, console tables, side tables and TV stands, all fully customisable, with over 30 different colours, your options really are limitless. So you can feel free to mix it up and go crazy or stick to one solo colour that compliments your interior like no other. We also have a new graphic range with even more options if you prefer a bold print on the inside of your table. Our motto here at Zespoke is ‘Don’t be Dull’, so you can be sure that you are creating that wow factor in your home with one of our tables. We believe that our customers are King at Zespoke and that is why we will always try our best to cater to your individual needs, whether this means customising to fit a specific size that would only fit your space, or even adding your own graphic for that really personal touch. Whatever your request may be, we are willing to provide you with your ideal piece of bespoke furniture. We offer free UK & Ireland Delivery and with competitive shipping all over the world, there really is no reason why you can’t have a little piece of hand-made-to-order bespoke furniture in your home. So why not take a look and try not to fall in love with these bespoke tables…we dare you!


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Next generation airtightness with its customers throughout 2016 “feedback from users has been excellent” said Mark Stenning General Manager he continued “ease of use, versatility and price were the most often cited benefits, plus spray and paint application broadens the potential to achieve better results, by helping eliminate installation errors, this has all the hallmarks of a game changer product” The word “airtightness” wasn’t even a word used in connection with domestic buildings, until it was introduced and formalised through building regulations in the early 2000’s, it is now an established part of Part L (Conservation of fuel and power) and mandatory throughout the UK . It applies to new buildings and certain types of work in existing buildings, and is there to enforce minimum standards of energy efficiency. Airtightness is really about infiltration (the uncontrolled leakage of air through cracks, interstices or other unintentional openings of a building, caused by pressure effects of the wind and/or stack effect) often exacerbated by poor design, poor quality construction, bad choice of materials and a failure to work with an holistic approach. The whole purpose of having a workable definition of, and testable levels of, airtightness is so we build better, more durable, healthier, energy efficient buildings.

and versatile that requires low skill levels to apply is therefore potentially a winner when it comes to helping UK builders get a buildings performance down from 10 m3/ (m2h). This is not only for new build but importantly in refurbishment. Airtightness can be achieved in many ways but now there is another option, popular across mainland Europe but new to the UK, it’s a liquid applied membrane called Blowerproof. Blowerproof is a proven way to quickly and effectively create a permanent, flexible and secure airtight seal and it comes with a wealth of case studies to back it up. Blowerproof is a wet applied airtightness membrane typically used for sealing wall/ floor, wall/ceiling joints, penetrations, connections and window jambs. There are two types: a brush version (thicker, fibre reinforced) and a spray version (more liquid) both currently completing that final stages of BBA certification.

In the UK the Building Regulations are there to provide minimum standards they describe airtightness as ‘…the resistance of the building envelope to infiltration with ventilators closed. The greater the airtightness at a given pressure difference across the envelope, the lower the infiltration.’ Defined as air leakage rate per hour per square metre of envelope area at a test reference pressure differential across the building envelope of 50 Pascal (50 N/ m2). In the UK, current Regs stand at 10 m3/ (m2h) this is not a high standard and is usually met by draught-proofing and the use of mastic. A score below 3 m3/ (m2h) is reckoned to be pretty good. The gold standard of low-energy house building – Passive House – requires an airtightness score of just 0.6 m3/ (m2h).

The main advantages of Blowerproof liquid membranes are: • Simple, quick and easy to apply • Suitable for a wide range of substrates such as concrete, brick, masonry, wood, steel, even direct to insulation • VOC free / water based, no harmful chemicals • Can be applied on humid surfaces • Can be overpainted, plastered or rendered • Only one product needed for all applications • Easy application for cable/pipes for example underfloor heating manifolds • Reduces chances of applicator error • Highly resistant to puncture • Thoroughly tested and accredited (BBA expected by March this year)

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Blowerproof is quick to apply over a wide range of substrates using only one product plus the bonus of solving ‘tricky’ and ‘difficult to reach’ applications such as around ducting, joist ends, kicker joints and penetrations. For anyone faced with making penetrations such as pipes and cables airtight this is a real ‘get out of jail free card’, additionally as clean down is with water there is no mess or worries about harmful chemicals, brushes can be cleaned, stored and reused. As UK construction moves towards ever improving airtightness standards this will definitely be a product to watch. To find out more visit and search Blowerproof to watch the video, download data sheets and application guides and learn more about airtightness plus there are a host of references and case studies many with videos /pictures of the installation.

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Creative Heating Solutions ll of our Aeon wall mounted towel rails are crafted from stainless steel providing confidence in their strength, hygiene and a smooth touchable finish. Intricate, considered designs to bold, striking centrepieces the Aeon range is expertly produced and finished in intimate detail to the highest design standard. Hand finished by skilled craftspeople using the finest materials and techniques ensures the timeless appeal and functionality of these bathroom heating solutions. Streamlined with seamless smooth joins, Tudor (pictured) is offered with a choice of three or four horizontal bars, perfect for warming hand and bath towels. Seen here polished to perfection, Tudor is also available in a brushed matt finish. Suitable for electric, central heating and dual fuel options, avoiding any limitation on use or placement of the towel rail. Proud of what we have accomplished since the launch of Aeon in 2003, we now offer 90 different sculptural radiator and towel rail lines (available in a range of sizes and finishes). Aeon products are fabricated at our in-house workshop which allows us the flexibility to make changes specific to our customers’ requests. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, we are confident we can make it for you. If you have the creative vision for a product that just can’t be found, get in touch with us. We have produced bespoke products and one off pieces for designers and architects to compliment specific projects. Take a look at the broad selection of sculptural home heating solutions available at Email us for more information on, or talk to us 01908 271155. We are excited to be unveiling several new designs at ISH 2017, come along and see us at Stand A24, Hall 3 in Frankfurt in March.


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EnviroVent to launch new product innovation at Ecobuild EnviroVent, one of the UK’s leading ventilation manufacturers and suppliers, will be launching a new product innovation at Ecobuild which is set to make commissioning simpler for the installer and offer greater control and flexibility for the end user. The new technology, which has been a closely guarded secret for over two years has been designed and tested for performance and quality within the R&D centre at EnviroVent and complements the extensive range of MVHR units that the company offer. Rory Percival, Technical and R&D Manager said: “Ecobuild always attracts a large number of visitors from across a wide range of sectors and it made sense for us when we first started planning the new product to launch it at Ecobuild in 2017. The team have worked hard to design and develop this new technology, and we can’t wait to be able to showcase it at the event. We are experiencing high demand for our MVHR units and this product will be the first of many innovations to come from EnviroVent over the next 12 months.” EnviroVent will be showcasing a range of ventilation products on stand A197 at the three-day event in London, including the energiSava® range which enables housebuilders to meet System 4 of Building Regulations Part F requirements, boasting highperformance levels in a compact, lightweight design for both small and larger properties. If you would like to book a meeting with one of our ventilation experts at the show to discuss your ventilation requirements or you would like one of our latest brochures, then please feel free to contact us on 0345 27 27 807 or by emailing us at


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A REAL LIFT FOR 2017 A practical and elegant solution to future-proof your home


one of us know exactly when we might be faced with mobility issues. Whether through illness, disability or advancing age - challenges might strike home at any time, leaving the stairs like a mountain to climb.

people know that”, but with innovative engineering technology coupled with beautiful styling, the new Lifton Home Lift is worth considering as a future-proofing home investment in its own right.

Slim and compact with a floor plan of less than one square metre, the new Lifton Home Lift, with its clear, curved car and soft warm We often leave the solutions to this issue until it is upon us, and grey finish, offers a stylish and intelligently-designed solution. It can then they can seem pretty drastic. But what to do? It could mean carry one or two people with all the loadbearing borne, uniquely, moving house to a bungalow or flat, with the monumental cost and by two slim stilt-like pillars that go from ground floor to first floor lifestyle upheaval involved. Or we might consider fitting one of these ceiling, without any need for further structural support. The lift rather inelegant stair lifts that clearly advertise your difficulties to all uses a standard 3-pin plug domestic electricity supply and has a visitors on arrival, and impede others’ use of the stairs. Or maybe, built-in quiet drive that carries you, standing or seated, from floor if there is enough space, move your bedroom and bathroom to floor in less than 30 seconds. If there should be a power cut, the downstairs, making your home’s first floor rather redundant. lift will gently glide to the floor - and there is an option of a backup battery power unit if you wish. Yet there is another solution that is direct, space saving, practical, easy and now exceptionally elegant in design terms - and that There is a choice of a full height or half-height door, and simple is fitting a home lift. As Michael Caine might say “Not a lot of push-button controls make it easy to operate. LED lights in the


Lifts, Stairs & Balustrades top and bottom of the lift look stylish and offer extra safety for evening use. There is even a floor covering on top of the lift, and ceiling cover on the bottom, so it can effectively disappear! Installation is an easy two step process, each of which can normally be completed in one day. First, our own local builder will cut the small ceiling aperture required, to a supplied template. Then our technicians install the lift in your home with minimum disruption, test the lift’s operation, show you the simple Up, Down and Stop control push buttons, and how sensors stop the lift should there be any obstructions. You can continue life as normal in the family home, with full access upstairs and downstairs (but without the stairs bit). All your family and friends will not only want to continue to visit, but are likely to also want a ride (there is a discreet locking key if you have adventurous grandkids). So look forward to the next chapter of your life in your own home with a Lifton Home lift - you may look up and down a bit more, but you won’t look back! Manufactured by Wokingham-based Stiltz Group, the company also has offices in the Midlands and the North. Stiltz’s own lift consultants operate nationally and are able to show you installation site options in your own home. The convenience and peace of mind the Lifton Home Lift brings can be yours for a total cost of under £20,000 - which is likely to be less than Stamp Duty alone you would have to pay on moving house. The company also offers a low-cost annual maintenance plan, and two-year standard guarantee.

Rise above the ordinary with a home lift Clients who demand the very best in style, functionality & materials will love the LiftonDUO Home Lift. This German-designed home lift turns heads & future-proofs homes. Advanced technology means the Lifton Home Lift is self-supporting, economical, compact, quiet & installs easily. It is an ideal investment & complements both contemporary and traditional interiors. For brochure, specification or quote call

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lifts, stairs & balustrades

Warwickshire Museam Service Photo taken by Elliot Brown

In the heart of Warwick, stands the 17th Century Market Hall Museum, the headquarters of the Warwickshire Museum Service. This is home to the Sheldon Tapestry Map of Warwickshire, the second largest early Roman coin hoard in the country, a live observation bee hive and the famous (tweeting!) Giant Irish deer. Whilst this listed building was undergoing a major refurbishment, the Warwickshire council projects team chose to work closely with Invalifts to establish an area for a disabled access lift, with the lift element funded purely from public donations. After consultation with the lift experts at Invalifts, the MC2000 platform lift was chosen and specified with an open through door configuration to enable easy access upon entering and leaving the lift. The Market Hall building has substantial high ceilings, meaning that the 3 stop lift has to deal with a significant travel distance of over 10M. The MC2000 platform lift only requires a 60mm pit which meant minimal disturbance to the structure of the floor during installation. Interestingly, during the excavation of the pit, a clay tobacco pipe was unearthed estimated to date back to 1660 and is thought to have been dropped by one of the original builders. In order to maintain the ease of accessibility, the lift was fitted with automatic doors at each level with call buttons positioned in readily available areas for ease of use. To restrict access to the top floor office, the lift was fitted with key only access for this level.


To further enhance the aesthetics of the lift within the building, the fire-rated doors on the lift were painted a specific grey colour to match colour schemes for the Museum. The Warwickshire council projects team were very pleased with the smooth and hassle free installation of the new lift, and look forward to it servicing the needs of visitors to the museum for years to come. This is one of many lifts that Invalifts have installed in commercial locations throughout the UK including lifts at the BBC, Next, Aldi and Wickes. To find out more about the MC2000 platform lift, you can give Invalifts a call on 0845 468 2543 and speak to one of their friendly experts.

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

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QWICKBUILD Provides the Perfect Solution for the Structural and Dimensional Stability Required for an Exterior Tiles Outdoor Showroom Elite Outdoor Living’s innovative QWICKBUILD subframe system has been successfully installed to create an outdoor showroom for our client’s exterior tiles range. Casa Ceramica are a leading independent supplier of quality bespoke tiles and have recently relocated to an impressive showroom near Manchester City Centre ( Part of their extensive tile portfolio specialises in exterior ßoor tiles and the owners wanted to extend their showroom outdoors to display these. They had a largely unused outdoor area to the back of the main showroom which would offer the perfect space for their needs. However, the existing surface would not make this feasible due to it being made up of uneven concrete and unstable timber. We were able to recommend our QWICKBUILD marine grade aluminium substructure as the

perfect and most durable solution for our client’s needs. For our initial meeting, we prepared a sample of the frame so they could achieve a better understanding of how their tiles would be Þtted. They were impressed at what they described as a unique concept that made the job of securing and fastening exterior tiles incredibly straight forward. We added that no resurfacing would be required to undertake the work as the adjustable pedestals would accommodate for any uneven surfaces and we could use extra jacks if required to make the surface more stable. We further advised that we could use QWICKBUILD to create a neat step in order to maintain the split level surface. When we added that the job would take just 2-3 days to complete from start to Þnish, the owners at Casa Ceramica agreed that QWICKBUILD wasn’t only the

perfect structural solution, but also a cost-effective one too. Furthermore, due to the design’s simplicity, the owners were interested to know that they would be able to change the tiles they use for display with ease and without causing unnecessary structural damage. This is a great beneÞt of the system for maintenance in general. With the work now complete, the owners are certainly impressed with the outcome informing us that many people have commented on just how secure and stable the tiles feel underfoot. They are now looking forward to dressing their outdoor showroom ready for their ofÞcial Grand Opening with not one unstable tile to be seen. Request an Architects Pack: 08000 385185

Setting New Standards in the Construction Industry‌ VERSATILE: Install over waterproof membrane, concrete, grass, soil, tiles, and/or pavers STABLE: Securely install tiles that don’t rock LEVEL: Adjustable height pedestals make it easy to set the frame level and to the correct height FAST INSTALL: No adhesives, no grouting, no sealants required. Tiles are fastened to the frame using a concealed clip system. Easily repositioned and levelled over uneven surfaces COST EFFECTIVE: Less jacks required, which together with a faster install makes QWICKBUILD comparable in cost to traditional construction methods DURABLE: Manufactured from marine grade structural aluminium for 100% moisture resistance LOW HEIGHT: No concrete slab required for heights from 70mm to 1000mm from ground level

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With increasing demand and limited availability of many popular concrete roof tiles, which is creating protracted delays within the constuction market, particularly housebuilders who cannot afford to miss planned site completion dates has become a major issue for all concerned. Imerys Roof Tiles are the market leader in France and have become a significant supplier of quality natual clay roof tiles throughout the UK for over 25 years. Imerys are fortunately in a strong position to provide alternative ex-stock solutions from our 12 production sites working in partnership with our network of stockists & distributors. The vast Imerys portfolio includes economical large format interlocking clay tiles with variable 9.5 – 10 M2 gauge are available ex-stock in a variety of colours and textures. Our HP10 & Double HP20 tiles have an attractive tapered thin leading edge which can be installed at roof pitches as low as 17.5 degrees, while the double HP20 in particular with it’s dummy bond, visually combines a small format appearance with large format economics. All Imerys tiles are supplied with a market leading insurance backed


30 year durability guarantee for peace of mind which is over the time span of a typical mortgage. NBS fixing specifications are also provided for each project to ensure that BS5534: +A1 2015 and BS8000 part 6:2013 fixing standards are complied with.

Poole Housing Partnership delivers renewable energy vision with Minus7 With decades of experience of installing numerous renewable technologies and operating over 1500 solar photovoltaic systems in Poole, Poole Housing Partnership is not messing about when it comes to leading the way in local low-carbon, low-cost innovation. We spoke to Mike Harrison, Technical Director of Poole Housing Partnership and others about the story so far. “According to government statistics, 10% of all English households were in fuel poverty in 2014, we thought, “this is crazy”. We aimed to lead the way in massively reducing fuel poverty and carbon emissions in Poole and wanted to encourage others to do the same. That’s when we met Minus7. We started to explore their ideas of how to utilise the best of all the renewable technologies available on the market and integrate them together to provide a best in class solution.” says PHP’s Technical Director, Mike Harrison. “Energy efficiency of PHP homes is a key priority and we’re constantly looking at new ways to reduce energy bills so we started with a pilot - two new-build 3 bedroom semi-detached houses built to standard part L building regulations. Essentially we started small to test Minus7’s claims of industry-beating system performance, energy efficiency and low running costs. Minus7’s team constantly monitored the system for us as part of our service agreement, and after an annual cycle we found each house had heating bills of just £200 for the entire year - We couldn’t believe it!” Mike continues, “The theory behind Minus7 when you get into it, is mindblowing - it just makes so much sense.”

So how does it work? “It’s a unique renewable heat, hot water and energy storage solution” says Hamish Wilson from Minus7, “The roof is made up of solar thermal tile planks that harvest energy 24/7 365 days a year down to Minus7 degrees Celsius, and then a clever energy processor allows the system to operate with minimal grid electricity to ensure low-cost low carbon energy to residents. The thermal stores enable tenants to have heating and hot water whenever they want it” Four one-bedroom homes with Minus7’s integrated technology were next on the list for Poole Housing Partnership’s new-build scheme. Not only did this enable tenants to downsize and manage their finances better with low cost energy bills, it released larger council homes that were desperately needed by local families.

Completed ahead of schedule, the team worked hard to minimise the impact of building works on tenants. Local residents were first invited to a consultation event to review the plans and talk about the proposals. Residents were also invited to an exclusive ‘open house’ event to see inside the new homes, meet the project team and “We’ve successfully proven we can offer feedback on their experiences during eradicate fuel poverty with our technology” the build. says Hamish Wilson from Minus7 “Having a happy tenant say ‘thank you, because of “The continued development of affordable you I don’t have to choose between dinner housing across Poole is extremely and keeping my kids warm’ was genuinely important. These properties provide a heart-warming. It just brought home the fantastic opportunity for families to move reality of fuel poverty, this frightening to homes more suited to their needs while situation that so many people in the UK at the same time freeing up additional are in. I was so touched that she felt properties in Poole for families requiring Minus7 was such a big part of changing affordable housing. I must also commend officers and contractors for their hard that situation for her.” work in completing these properties It’s not only the tenants ahead of schedule.” Said Cllr Karen who recognised the Rampton, Portfolio Holder for Housing and importance of Minus7’s Communities, Borough of Poole. innovation in integrating r e n e w a b l e e n e r g y Cllr Xena Dion, Mayor of Poole, added: te chnolo gie s, Po ole “Some of the modern features of these Housing Partnership’s pilot was highlighted homes are really fantastic, and the as one of the Top 60 developments in the insulation and energy efficiency will make UK by Inside Housing in 2015, and they a big difference to people’s energy bills, won several other national awards as well as our town’s carbon footprint. I alongside big brands such as Sainsburys very much hope the people moving in will and EDF energy in partnership with Minus7. enjoy living here and wish them happiness


in their new homes.” Jane Holloway, PHP Tenancy Support Officer, confirmed that “the residents we’ve helped to move are absolutely thrilled with their new homes” Whilst the newest users of Minus7 are enjoying their warm homes and low energy bills, Poole Housing Partnership is already planning their next project with Minus7, including Minus7’s latest product innovation - solar thermal roof planks with discreet embedded photovoltaic cells. “Effectively we’re creating solarpowered heat and power stations that people live in, and including storage offers the secure, clean and consistent energy that UK housing needs” says Emma, “some people have talked about something like this as a vision for what the future of renewable technology could achieve, but Minus7 clients know it’s achievable now.” Visit Minus7 at stand A162, entrance N4 at EcoBuild 2017, Excel London from the 7th – 9th March 2017 or call 01983 282844 to get a free feasibility study for your latest project.

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Minus7 delivers low cost zero net carbon heating and hot water to housing associations, developers, architects and innovators. Optimised for the UK climate, Minus7 renewable hybrid technology is aesthetically pleasing, harvests renewable energy 24/7 and generates savings for decades to come. Award-winning heat delivery performance guaranteed.

VOLTE FACE Lights reach us from above. The sun and the moon, eternal accomplices, rise and set early to illuminate our days and stimulate our nights. And the lights from below boil down to, in such concentration, volcanoes that exult the incandescence of the earth, from far, far away. What violence, what unimaginable beauty, all these rays, direct and indirect.

We want to “VOLTE FACE”, to play with all these interactions, reflections, direct and indirect rays, rays from above, rays from below, brightness, colours. EVERYWHERE, VOLTE FACE, EVERYWHERE Two bulbs UPWARD, two bulbs DOWNWARD, four bulbs UPWARD, DOWNWARD, or two tubes UPWARD, two tubes DOWNWARD, four tubes UPWARD, DOWNWARD


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Fragrances carry properties that Carefully chosen fragrances can trigger various emotional make customers feel welcomed responses such as calming, or and want to come back. invigorating.

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What do you need to get started? Fragrance + Technology + Expertise Technology We have fragrance diffusers suitable for all spaces from 10m2 to over 1000m2. Our specialist will help you choose the best solution for your business. The different specifications our systems can offer: • Scent Marketing Placement • Dry fragrance diffusers • Battery operated • Essential oil diffusers • Mains operated

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Fragrances By choosing the scent that best reflects your company, influence how positively consumers view your brand and all it has to offer. We pride ourselves in providing expertly created French fragances and helping you pick out or tailor the right one for you and your business. Here is a teaser of the many exquisite choice we have on offer.

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Let the Experts Take Care of your Domestic Waste Water Problems When it comes to off mains sewage many people can be blown away by all the information and differing products available on the internet, Google “domestic sewage treatment plant” and the consumer is bombarded by plants of all shapes and sizes .


his is why dealing with a specialist manufacturer, installer and servicer of treatment plants like We Build It Ltd can give the consumer piece of mind and confidence they are getting the right information, the right solution and the right system.

soak away has failed. We often get asked;

We Build It Ltd are based in the heart of some of Shropshire’s most outstanding countryside. As one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of domestic sewage treatment plants, we focus on high quality, affordable products. All of our sewage treatment plants are based on the successful and simple extended aeration method. We can design, manufacture, install and service sewage treatment plant for single houses, small developments, rural industrial units, campsites, pubs, hotels, offices, barn conversions and commercial applications. Our products can also be used after an existing septic tank to enable the effluent to be discharged directly to a water causeway, if your existing

How does it work? What does it cost? Does it use electric? And how much? Do I have to maintain it? How do I install it? How big is it? Do I need to empty it? What can go into the plant? What happens to the waste? Do I need planning permission? Do I need to inform the Environment agency? How long will it last? DOES IT SMELL!!!!!????? All of these questions can be answered by We Build It experts who know their products inside out; ask a middle man with no knowledge of the industry, product or process these questions and the customer is often baffled by terms such as BOD, COD, NH4, but do they really need to know this? All the homeowner, builder

or architect wants to know is that the product will work with the minimum effort from them during the life of the plant. We Build It Ltd offer straight forward, easy to follow advice for your sewage treatment needs. All of our sewage treatment plants come with easy to follow installation and service manuals, as well as free telephone assistance by specialist installers. We can also offer full or assisted installations at very competitive rates. We pride ourselves on offering the best GRP products on the market backed up by proper good oldfashioned customer service - (dial straight through and speak to our specialists, no automated service or queuing system) buying a sewage treatment plant can be quite daunting, which plant is best for my situation?? What are

the regulations?? What about the Environment agency?? Etc. but be assured we will be with you every step of the way, making sure you have the right solution designed around your requirements. You deal direct with the manufacturer, with over 25 years waste water experience, 24-7-365 days of the year For the self-builder the right treatment plant is simple to install providing they have taken the manufacturers advice, be aware some plants need complete concrete backfill which can add to install costs, a well-constructed plant such as the BioPure can be backfilled with pea gravel. Consider whole life costs, not just the cost of the treatment plant, factor in install costs, power consumption, servicing, consumable spare parts, product life cycle (guarantee) and emptying charges, We Build It Ltd offer a 25 year guarantee on the treatment plant and 2 Years on the air pump.

We can design, manufacture, install and service sewage treatment plant for single houses, small developments, rural industrial units, campsites, pubs, hotels, offices, barn conversions and commercial applications.

The Bio-Pure Simple solution sewage system Any plant up to 50 people (pe 50) should be manufactured and tested to EN12566-3, this gives the consumer confidence they are getting the right treatment plant for their application, but always ask to see the certificate and test results as these can be manipulated and not show the true outcome of the test. Model

Bio-Pure 1

Bio-Pure 2

Bio-Pure 3

Sizing the plant for a single house is simple its number of bedrooms plus two, so a three bedroom house is a 5 person treatment plant, for multiple dwellings using the same treatment plant speak to the manufacturer for the correct size unit, most manufactures range are in increments 1-5, 1-7, 5-13 etc. up to 50 person. (See Our Range To The Right).

Bio-Pure 4

Bio-Pure 5

Bio-Pure 6

Bio-Pure 7

Bio-Pure 8

Bio-Pure 9



Bio-Pure 10 TWIN

No. of persons

1 to 5

1 to 7

5 to 13

10 to 16

14 to 22

20 to 27

25 to 32

30 to 36

35 to 42

40 to 55

Max. average daily flow

750 ltr

1050 ltr

1800 ltr

2400 ltr

3300 ltr

4050 ltr

4800 ltr

5400 ltr

6000 ltr

8250 ltr

Max. BOD/day

300 g

420 g

780 g

960 g

1320 g

1620 g

1820 g

2160 g

2520 g

3300 g

In ground depth

2.25 m

2.25 m

2.44 m

2.74 m

2.74 m

2.98 m

2.98 m

2 x 2.74 m

2 x 2.74 m

2 x 2.98

Outside Diameter

1.85 m

1.85 m

2.10 m

2.10 m

2.10 m

2.55 m


2 x 2.10 m

2 x 2.10 m

2 x 2.53

Inlet invert

570 mm

570 mm

700 mm

700 mm

700 mm

820 mm

820 mm

700 mm

700 mm

820 mm

Outlet invert

670 mm

670 mm

800 mm

800 mm

800 mm

920 mm

920 mm

900 mm

900 mm

1020 mm

Weight empty

125 kgs

125 kgs

200 kgs

230 kgs

230 kgs

350 kgs

350 kgs

460 kgs

460 kgs

800 kgs

Total Capacity

2270 ltr

2270 ltr

3000 ltr

3975 ltr

3975 ltr

5610 ltr

6000 ltr

7950 ltr

7950 ltr

11220 ltr

E Range

27 w

42 w

65 w

84 w

130 w

130 w

210 w

230 w

280 w

280 w


The treatment plant you choose should be around 95% efficient thus allowing long intervals before de-sludge is required. The waste water must be cleaned to a standard meeting the usual discharge level requirement, you must apply for either an exemption certificate or permit, before making a discharge we can assist with this and advise on the method of discharge, be it a ditch, stream, watercourse or soakaway. As the system breaks down and aerates the solids, the introduction of non-degradable items such as wipes, sanitary products etc. should be avoided at all times in any treatment plant, this will clog up the system and increase the

need to empty the unit, follow this instruction and typical emptying will be around 3-5 years, it is also recommended no medicines, or

harsh chemicals enter the unit, try to stick to Eco brands and stagger washing throughout the week.

A simple Schematic of a BioPure Treatment Plant A BioPure Treatment Plant



The FlowPath Simple solution sewage system We Build it has developed its range of package sewage treatment plants utilising proven SAF (submerged aerated filter) technology for maximum performance and reliability, using the most reliable energy efficient aeration blowers with a prolonged integral FlowPath system to maximise effluent quality. All our Flowpath treatment plants are designed in accordance with the British Water Code of Practice for flows and loads, this range can be designed to meet your population and consent requirements, our standard range can accommodate up to 300 pe. This range of products can be designed for larger scale commercial applications such as camping sites, leisure facilities, schools, hotels, offices and industrial applications. Maintanance, Spares And Servicing The consumer needs easy to follow advice for their sewage treatment

needs especially when servicing their plant, maintaining any sewage treatment plant, is a very important part of ensuring the efficiency of the system and that you adhere to any operating and maintenance manual and annual servicing. We strongly advise servicing the system on an annual basis and this will take on average less than an hour to complete. It will also help you to meet your legal requirements with the Environment Agency. We Build It Ltd Service Contracts

t Emergency breakdown cover for 12 months. If you have any problem with your unit, call us and we will come out and fix it free of charge. t One service visit where all necessary checks are carried out. This includes assessing the aeration pattern, sludge levels and effluent quality. t All labour expenses for servicing and call outs are covered so there are no hidden costs. t The cost of all serviceable parts will be free of charge. This includes rebuilding the air pump, replacing the diaphragms and also the air filters. t Sludge return is carried out as required. This is the removal of settled sludge from the outer scum ring back into the centre chamber to be re digested and treated again. This helps to keep the emptying period low. t Emptying is NOT included in the agreement as the Bio-Pure does not require emptying for 3-5 years. t The service agreement lasts for 12 months and will also help

A simple Schematic of a BioPure Treatment Plant BOTTOM LEFT A simple Schematic of a BioPure Treatment Plant ABOVE LEFT & RIGHT

you meet your Environment Agency obligations regarding your Consent to Discharge. This includes keeping records of service, de-sludging and maintenance work for a minimum of 5 years.

Our Other Products include Mini SAF’s (for offices and outbuildings up to 4 persons) Pump Stations (standard and bespoke) Septic Tank Conversion Units (used as secondary treatment for underperforming septic tanks) For a full range of our products and servicing visit


Herschel heating:

Herschel infrared is radiant heat Herschel Infrared heats buildings the same way the sun heats objects and the surface of the earth. It uses far infrared energy to warm up the thermal mass of buildings (the walls, floor and ceiling) and all the objects inside it, including people. In turn, these surfaces become part of your radiant heating solution, creating a continually warm, comfortable environment.

Heating used to be boring, not anymore…….. Herschel heaters are available in a number of different styles and finishes depending on the application itself as well as budget and personal choice. Slimline panel heaters have been specially designed for heating rooms, with a choice of finishes including glass, mirrors, picture panels and a discreet white. Indoor and outdoor space heaters providing effective heating for large spaces and those applications requiring zoned heating

Smart efficient control Because they directly heat the thermal mass of the building and not the air,


Herschel is a far more efficient way of heating properties compared to conventional systems such as night storage and convection heaters. However, even greater energy savings can be made because of the ability to zone and control the heaters, providing heat to those rooms only when required. This is impossible to achieve with central heating systems (because the central unit needs to be on even to heat one room). Other electric solutions such as underfloor heating can be zoned but is very slow to react to temperature changes. There has been a lot of hype around “smart/learning” thermostats but they are mostly only reading the temperature at one location within the property. To maximise comfort levels and efficiency each room needs its own thermostat and to schedule the heating depending upon the requirements for that room. Herschel’s new iQ system is the only system specifically developed for infrared heating. The system features individual thermostat controls for control on a room by room basis or a touch screen central control unit which will monitor and control the heating throughout the entire property. Herschel iQ uses

the smart way to heat your homes and living spaces

wireless RF technology keeping wiring to a minimum and is Lot 20 compliant. The system is suitable for either domestic or commercial applications. Paul Morey, CEO comments “The combination of our energy efficient and stylish heaters with our Herschel iQ control system offers a very compelling electric heating solution and should be on everyone’s shortlist whether new build or retrofit. This is a much more cost effective solution than underfloor, heat pump or standard convection based systems and has a whole host of other benefits including reduction in damp, condensation and dust circulation”. See our website for more information.

Herschel Infrared is completely changing the way we heat ourselves Heating used to be boring. Not anymore...

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Home Designer & Architect - March 2017  
Home Designer & Architect - March 2017