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Editors Choice Solar Slate’s Planning friendly and roof matching Roof Slate matching natural whilst giving unobtrusive free Solar PV Electricity and 20 Years Government Feed-in-Tariff earnings. Solar Slate is changing the face of solar Photovoltaics Electricity generation. Our planning-friendly range of technologies provide solar power from an innovative roof covering that blends seamlessly with traditional slate giving: No planning headaches, No complaints from the neighbours and No unsightly solar panels.

The larger format has reduced costs and allowed faster installation and all round better value. The panel is manufactured to and is effectively 4 slates in a single panel. with new Solar Slate Multi and said;

Even homes in historic or conservation areas can now tap into an endless supply of free, clean energy, with the added long-term Feed-In Tariffs. British-designed and European-manufactured, all of our products Start your journey with solar PV. Every project is a journey so we support our customers every step of the way, from supply and design through to installation and warranty. Start your journey today and allow: Green energy to be generated at the property No hard visual impact Energy cost protection long term Free electricity at the property, whilst Earning from the Government feed in Tariff Whilst protecting your property.

“It is the ideal solution for generating electricity without affecting the aesthetics” Solar Slate is ideal for use in in conservation areas, on historical buildings, new builds, sites where standard solar panels are not in gaining planning approval. This project, being a grade II listed building in a conservation area and an area of outstanding natural beauty, challenged Planners. Standard solar panels were refused by the LPA so samples of Solar Slate were submitted by the homeowners, which gained approval.

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For 6 years the Solar Slate Traditional product is designed to colour match to many types of natural slate, particularly Welsh blue-grey. Now joined by the Solar Slate Multi, offering the same superior aesthetic that the Solar Slate Traditional boasts but in a larger format.

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TURKISHCERAMICS AND FERHAN AZMAN TO COLLABORATE AT 100% Making its UK debut at 100% Design 2013, Turkishceramics is collaborating with Londonbased architect and interior designer, Ferhan Azman, founder of Azman Architects, to design chockablock, a ceramic installation for the International Pavilion that will provide a bar, meeting areas, a private events space and a VIP area. Turkishceramics is the lead sponsor of the new International Pavilion at this year’s event. The word ‘chockablock’ derives from the Turkish word ‘Çok Kalabalık’ meaning a place that is full of people or things. Set to be the new social destination for 100% Design, the 58m long bar showcases the quality and variety of contemporary Turkish ceramics. Colourful, textured tiles cover the installation’s main bar and dramatic columns which establish the chockablock façade. The installation integrates bar space, meeting areas and VIP area with bold accents of colour including black, bronze, green, red and blue.



The Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) has announced the two winning international consortia who will oversee the design and construction of Riyadh’s new $22.5 billion metro system.

OMA’s New York office has been selected in an international design competition to masterplan 680 acres of mixed use development in Bogotá consisting of government offices, residences, educational facilities, cultural venues and retail. The design was led by partner-in-charge Shohei Shigematsu.

The contract awards are the next major step in the development of the largest public transport project in the world, the Riyadh Public Transport Project. Riyadh Metro Transit Consultants (“RMTC”), a joint venture between US firm Parsons and French firms Egis and Systra, has been awarded the first project and construction management contract. RMTC will be responsible for managing metro lines 1, 2 and 3. These lines will be designed and built by the BACS and Arriyadh New Mobility group consortia. The contract is valued at USD 556 million.

The Bogotá Centro Administrativo Nacional (CAN) is positioned as a new civic centre, located at the midpoint of Calle 26 Avenue, the city’s main axis that has symbolically charted its growth from the historic downtown to the airport and the international gateway of Colombia. With a footprint as large as the National Mall in Washington DC, this new city centre will serve as the city’s government headquarters, with additional mixed use programs of residential, educational, retail and cultural developments. Shohei Shigematsu, Director of OMA New York, commented, “Our proposal enables CAN to be a lively node, providing a continuous public domain that curves through the site to connect the park, the university and Calle 26. With a single gesture, the arc achieves a clear urban identity while accommodating programmatic diversity.”


Editors Choice SOPHISTICATED STATE-OF-THE-ART VENUE The new home of AS Roma has been unveiled with plans for a premier state-ofthe-art football stadium, incorporating the industry's most sophisticated spectator technologies, security and fan amenities. With an intimate seating bowl of 52,500 seats, natural grass pitch and a PTFE canopy covering 100% of the stadium seating, Woods Bagot design for Stadio entertainment venue for Italy and Europe. Woods Bagot Sport Design Leader, Dan Meis, said: “The design draws visual cues from the world's most historic spectator venue, the Roman Colosseum. "For an architect who has spent much of his career designing stadiums, and most of his vacations in Italy, the Stadio della Roma truly is a project of a lifetime. “Rome has an unparalleled architectural history. To be able to build anything there is a gift, to build a new home for AS Roma and the most passionate fans in football is heart stopping."

WIEL ARETS ARCHITECTS COMPLETE CAMPUS HOOGVLIET Campus Hoogvliet is located just outside of Rotterdam and composed of six separate buildings that together compose one academic and socially focused community catalyst Campus Hoogvliet is a cluster of six buildings that together compose one academic and socially focused campus, located just outside of Rotterdam. These six new buildings–a sports center, an art studio, a safety academy, 100 residential units within one building, and two schools–have been plugged into a programmed tarmac that communicates the campus’ boundary, and includes custom designed seating, a running track, and other place-making denotations. The campus’ immediate surroundings are characterized by mid-twentieth century housing developments–which were period of post-WWII growth–and the campus aims to rectify the social and cultural deterioration that coupled the demolition of this once historic village. building. Every fence is fritted with an abstracted, pixilated image of ivy, so as to create an exterior terrace that is both private and transparent. The ground

A white ring surrounds every building and denotes the transition from public tarmac to private terrace, each programmed with bike parking and play areas. All six buildings share a similar procession of entry: spaces compress in volume when transitioning from the campus’ tarmac toward the glass-fenced terraces; and compress again when traversing circulation paths toward upper levels.


FINAL CALL FOR STUDENTS OF ARCHITECTURE Monday the 3rd March, 2014 is the last day of registration for the International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture. So far, around 1,500 students or student teams signed up to compete for global recognition and a chance to win the prize of €30,000! In its ten years’ of existence, the Award has gained momentum in the worldwide student community. In 2012, more than 3,200 students from 59 countries registered, and 986 evaluation by the international jury. The award theme is ‘Light of Tomorrow’ that allows exploring much deeper what is light about and go beyond the traditional light idea. The award offer students a unique opportunity to be presented to the worldwide community of architects. The jury of the award consists of Craig Dykers (founding partner and architect of Snøhetta), Catherine Slessor (editor of the AR/The Architectural Review), Per Arnold Andersen (head of the VELUX Group’s Knowledge Centre for Daylight, Energy and Indoor Climate), Roisin Heneghan (founding partner of Heneghan Peng Architects) and Magda Mostafa (associate professor of Architecture at the American University in Cairo).

PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2014 Pantone, the global authority on colour, announced PANTONE® 183224 Radiant Orchid as the colour of the year for 2014. Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows. Likewise, the vibrant colour is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergises almost any colour palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.

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SOLAR SLATE Generating Clean, Green Photovoltaic electricity whilst blending in with Roofing Slates unobtrusively Solar Slate presents its solution for Architects, Conservation and Planning Officers or the Discerning for Electricity generation and an Integrated Roof covering with Discrete Visual compliance. This is Photovoltaics unlike anything else available on the market. Traditional and Multi variants have an unrivalled track record in gaining Planning Approval. The established Traditional is now joined by the Multi which offers: • • •

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Typical applications include Conservation areas, Listed and Historical building, New Build and Renovation projects including Off-grid sites. With the aid of an MCS approved Electrician Solar Slate installations are eligible to receive the government Feed in Tariff reward for the next 20 years so securing the Property owner’s electricity supply.


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A new theatre for The Arts Educational Schools, London (ArtsEd), designed by RHWL Arts Team, has been completed and opened in the presence of President and benefactor Lord Lloyd-Webber and with a performance of one of his most celebrated musicals Evita. The 200 seat horseshoe theatre was created as part of a major programme of refurbishment made possible by a donation of £3.5 million from The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. The theatre’s design was conceived by RHWL Arts Team who was appointed as architect to deliver a contemporary performance space enabling students of the school to more closely experience West End conditions. The interior design aims and the energy and enthusiasm of the students. The new theatre has been completely remodelled within the old space and is now fully accessible at both stalls and circle levels. An orchestra pit and a control room have been added and technical improvements include new show lighting and sound capacity within the enlarged stage house. The proscenium side walls can hinge back and the stage can be extended forward into the stalls depending on the demands of each show.

in China is now starting to complete with two civic projects in Suzhou, one of the country’s most visited cities. Earlier this summer saw the completion of the Suzhou Planning and Exhibition Hall. The building is an 8,000 sqm exhibition facility within the Science and Technology Smart City. The project showcases past, present and and sits on the edge of a new central parkland area, with great views of the surrounding landscape and hills. It houses a 1,000 sqm model of the new displays, conference facilities multi-purpose exhibition halls.


With a spectacular setting overlooking Taihu Lake, the Suzhou Tourist Centre consists of a banqueting, exhibition, conference space for up to 600 people, a centre for local design products and produce, three restaurants, VIP club and tourism centre. The design also creates a new public space which overlooks the lake. The building was ceremony will take place before the end of the year. 2011 and now employs 35 staff there. 2014 will see the completion of the for Inter IKEA, in Wuxi, and also a new Faculty of Medicine at Nanjing Medical University.


The four areas of the project scope, the main theatre and foyers, TV, much improved accessibility facilities and extensive loft costume storage were selected from a larger potential scheme by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. The refurbishment included the improvement of the quality of the performance, rehearsal and studio spaces and the transformation of the main theatre into a new horseshoe form, bridging the gap between the school’s teaching and the reality of a West End stage.


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Editors Choice KSR ARCHITECTS WIN PLANNING BATTLE FOR ST JOHN’S WOOD TOWER KSR Architects maintain their position as the preeminent architects working in exclusive St John’s Wood, North London where they currently have nine active projects. Westminster City Council recently granted planning permission for the redevelopment of a site opposite Lord’s Cricket Ground and next-door to KSR’s own award winning Pavilion Apartments. The sensitive site on St John’s Wood Road has been released for development by UKPN and is one of the few remaining major residential development sites in Westminster and St John’s Wood. The site still includes some infrastructure relating to UKPN, which is carefully integrated into the proposals. KSR has incorporated an impressive 84 private apartments and 47 affordable/ intermediate units into their design, which totals 24,000sqm. An iconic tower facing Lord’s incorporates 300sqm of lateral apartments and a double volume penthouse, based on the New York model. Each has their own private lift stop and with views to the cricket ground. The southern apartment building on Lodge on a south-facing terrace with expansive views over London.

PLANNING GRANTED FOR BLACKHORSE LANE, WALTHAMSTOW Pollard Thomas Edwards architects (PTEa), working with client MacDonald Egan, have been granted planning for a new ‘urban quarter’ in the Blackhorse Lane Industrial area in Walthamstow.

DESIGNING LUXURY An award winning architect has been commissioned to design luxury homes on a prestigious new residential development overlooking one of the region’s top golf courses. Craig Fitzakerly, MD of Fitz Architects said he was delighted to have been given the exciting challenge of creating several of the large

The mixed-use, residential-led regeneration will transform a declining industrial estate into a thriving community to include new homes, student accommodation, community and commercial space.

private development on land at Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club.

“Each of the exclusive homes Director Carl Vann said: “The existing site and edges have a unique industrial on the development will be character which we felt shouldn’t be muted with a conventional suburban scale. Our individually designed and set in approach has been to capture the charm of an evolving, ‘working’ quarter in the scale a unique countryside setting,” and texture of the architecture and landscaping.” he said.

SHH REMODELS TERRACE RESTAURANT AT LONDON ZOO Architects and designers SHH have transformed ZSL London Zoo’s main restaurant (The Terrace Restaurant), by remodelling and extending the 1920s project. The restaurant’s capacity has nearly tripled as a result, from 240 to 700 covers (making it one of the UK’s largest day-visitor restaurants), whilst the building’s footprint has also increased by almost 1,000 sq m, to include two expansive terraces and a hugely-increased mezzanine

illustrious architects who have worked with ZSL London Zoo on the creation of new buildings and enclosures over its 187-year history”, commented SHH Creative Director Neil Hogan. “For our practice, this is an important public building project for us and a strong addition to our portfolio, which has tended historically to feature new-build work in the residential sector, whilst our work in the hospitality sector has been mainly focused on restaurant interiors, on projects such as Café Liberty, the Coach House at Barbican Foodhall and Lounge projects.”

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“The homes we’ve created are contemporary designs and use only high-quality traditional materials such as natural stone, slate and brick. The homes will maximise natural light and space for perfect family living,” Craig added. “We’ve made the most of unique setting with a creative use of glass to maximise the fantastic views over the County Durham countryside and the rolling fairways at Ramside.”



GE to supply LED fixtures to 200 Walmart stores worldwide Asda stores in the UK are leading the way in a global fit out of LED lighting fixtures in the stores of its parent company Walmart. The fixtures are supplied by GE, and Walmart says they will use 40 per cent less energy than the lighting historically used in stores. The project will start this month with Asda, where the fixtures will be used in ten new stores this year. Walmart says that sales floor lighting is around 90 per cent of each building’s total


lighting usage, and the move will reduce stores’ energy use by 5 per cent just in the US. In the US the move to LEDs is expected to produce an energy saving of 340,000 kilowatt hours per store – equating to more than $34,000 in savings per year in each store (figured at 10.13 cents per kWh). In total 200 new Walmart stores will adopt the new GE LED ceiling lighting over the next two years, Walmart says this amounts to total energy savings of 620 million kWh over the next decade.

“We have worked to find and scale energy-efficient LED lighting solutions that are cost effective and high quality, and now working with GE, we’re paving the way to make this a mainstream solution for the retail industry,” said Doug McMillon, president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. “LEDs have become an integral part of our energy efficiency model for our stores and play a key role in achieving our overall sustainability goals. Just as important, the energy cost savings coming from these innovations will help us maintain the low prices our customers depend on us to provide.” In store Walmart will use a range of GE lighting technologies, with Lumination IS Series luminaires being prominently used in ceiling applications.


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NEW Side Table and Table Lamp from Andrew Kornat Designs Ltd Andrew Kornat Designs Ltd is proud to announce the launch of a new side table and table lamp. The Layered Leaf lamp and the Hexagon side table are new this year, launched at London Design Week in March. The Layered Leaf lamp is made of solid cast brass and available in a combination of Matt and Polished finishes including Gold, Nickel, Black, Bronze, Copper – shown is the Polished and Matt Nickel. The Hexagon table is made of hexagonal section legs, finished with ball feet and Hexagonal Bronze detail to the top or the legs, available in many different finishes – pictured in Nickel with Bronze detail.

Andrew Kornat has been in the interior supply industry for nearly 20 years, establishing his own company three years ago. The business acts as the exclusive distributor of a selection of established overseas lighting manufacturers, including Jonathan Browning Studio, Bagues Paris, Cinabre Gallery, Ciani Firenze, Casadisagne & Mazzuccato Murano. Over the last year, Andrew has developed and launched his own capsule brand collection of lighting and furniture, made by hand in Europe, utilizing the skills of experienced craftsmen he has known and worked with for many years.

These pieces are on a rotating display at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour in Andrew’s showcase on the 3rd Floor, South Dome - next to the Design Club. A bespoke service is also available, drawing on Andrews experience of being in the supply industry for so many years and realized by his network of European and English manufacturers. Recent commissions include a 3.5Mt long dining table made of solid brass in a cloud like formation and an 8Mt high Murano glass ceiling light installation for the centre of a spiral stairway.


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Lebus Upholstery and Westbridge Furniture are the latest big names to confirm attendance at this year’s Manchester Furniture Show (July 13 – 16, Manchester Central). For Lebus it marks a return to the main exhibition event with a 260m2 stand in the main hall. Also lined up for Central Hall and its first ever appearance at Manchester is Westbridge Furniture. Said Westbridge md Paul Islip: “We have an exciting launch to make this summer and Manchester offered us exactly the right timing and platform to do so.”

Karl Walker, md for Lebus said: “We are delighted to be exhibiting in Central Hall after years of hotel exhibitions. Manchester is a very important part of our exhibition programme and we firmly believe that our new stand location best suits the needs of our customers and offers the perfect environment to exhibit our latest collections.” The show itself is set to have the most prestigious brand line-up to date with Central Hall heading for an early sell out.

Said Furniture Fairs co-director Theresa Raymond: “We’re delighted to welcome Lebus back into the fold and to have secured Westbridge for the first time. With Corndell, Baker Furniture, Buoyant, Furmanac, Furniture Origins, Morris Group, Greenapple, Kingstown, Wood Bros and La-z-Boy also set to attend we believe the show will be a Must See event for retailers across the country.

“The exhibition provides an opportunity to do business and spend time with customers in an iconic city centre location. The event is known for its relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and the timing is also perfect for autumn deliveries.”

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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 Phone 01753 891676 Mobile 07815 890303

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Simply put – unparalleled experience in all aspects of lifestyle audio together with a careful selection of superlative equipment from accomplished manufacturers. We don’t stock expensive jewellery; we simply demonstrate equipment that really does work at making music, right across the spectrum. Anyone looking for a dedicated media /listening room to seeking a bespoke specialist home cinema environment we have the solutions to put a smile on your face. Whether you are looking for a fully discrete installation or a bold statement we can cater for your requirements. Ranging from the extraordinary beautiful Brodmann Acoustic range of speakers, to the exquisite Oracle Delphi MK VI turntable, the stylish Scherer Evinces’ or the world class TAD Reference Range, as used in Air Studios, Coherent Systems can cater for you, without fuss or compromise to your personal style and tastes. We offer discrete, High End, in-wall speaker solutions for those customers looking for that ‘hidden’ sound, in addition to a selection of exquisite on wall and in ceiling speaker options.


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he block of apartments fit into the seaside town perfectly with its pastel blue cladded finish giving it an almost beach hut effect. The development is only a 15 minute walk from the golden beaches of Bournemouth, a perfect location for those sunny summer months. The sound proofing flooring system ensures occupants enjoy optimum living conditions, thanks to minimum disturbance from neighbours and other sources of noise.


Ticking the Box For any business owner, time is money but D&G Kitchens believes that Unilin’s revolutionary toolless kitchen cabinet, ClicBox, could be the have been waiting for. “It takes me longer to get it out of the box than it does for me to put it together,” explains Steve Borrett, owner of Great-Yarmouth-based D&G Kitchens, when asked how easy Unilin’s ClicBox is to use. “I’ve never come across a product like it. It’s so quick and easy to assemble, anyone could do it.” It’s not every day you hear a than 25 years experience in the trade tell you how simple part of his job is but then again, it’s not every day you are confronted with the ease and simplicity of a Unilin ClicBox. As you walk around D&G Kitchens’ 55 sq mt showroom, it’s clear to see that the independent kitchen retailer about kitchen manufacturing. He’s in demand. So much so, months and, relying solely on word of mouth, he has won orders for more than 20 kitchens and 10 bedrooms in the last 12 months. But, for someone who works predominantly singlehandedly on all his projects,

“In this line of work, time is a valuable commodity. I have no time for gimmicks,” admits Steve. “I like to do a job well. I openly tell people that I don’t make cheap kitchens, I make good-quality kitchens, so I’m sure it’ll come as no surprise when I say I always err on the side of caution when it comes to working with new products.” With the housing market on the move again, Steve didn’t want to turn work away but he desperately needed to he could capitalise on the upturn in enquiries. “I’d been manufacturing my own kitchen carcases for over 15 years,” he explains. “It was labour intensive but with nothing on the market that could rival the quality and effectiveness of my own carcases, I had no choice but to continue making them myself.” After seeing a demonstration of Unilin’s ClicBox at the end of last year during the May Design Series, Steve couldn’t resist giving it a go himself and in under a minute, he had was seriously impressed,” he recalls. “Not only was it quick to assemble, it was just as sturdy as my made-to-order carcases and offered my customers designs.” ClicBox also ticked the box when it came to quality. “I was surprised how much thought

had gone into the design of this product,” he adds. “Even the wall units had been made 30mm wider than a standard base unit allowing for a fullsize dinner plate to be stored easily. It’s this type of thing that gives me an edge over the competition.” Steve’s also impressed with Proud to offer design without limits, he needed a carcase possibilities his customers expected. The smart drilling pattern, which has been designed to match a range of and drawer liners can be added without the need to drill extra holes, providing customers with complete control over their kitchen. And, with help from Unilin’s UK distributor HPP, Steve can order from a range of forty-two cabinet sizes and formats in any colour for next day deliver. Now Steve has time on his side, he’s busy creating a new showroom that includes a ClicBox kitchen display. Without the need to manufacture carcases himself, he’s also had the time to explore new opportunities and opened a new market with a local housing what Unilin, the makers of ClicBox, have been saying for a while: “Thanks to ClixBox, I’m kitchens and less time creating carcases.” And that’s what it’s

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Balustrades Drives Record Breaking Success for SHS Products SHS Products, one of the UK’s leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of both domestic and commercial bespoke stainless steel and glass balustrade solutions, based in the West Midlands, have enjoyed their most successful year to date following the success of two new, innovative market leading products in the UK. The new products, ‘Infinity Railing’ and ‘KeyLink Railing’ both launched in 2013, are a range of new aluminium railing systems for current and future clients that have filled the current void which exists from a lack of quality, innovative products in the UK market between the more traditional stainless steel and glass balustrades and wooden/plastic balustrades. With commercial customers already including the likes of Barclays, Marks & Spencer, Audi, Selfridges, Virgin Active, and BMW and domestic customers all over the country, the new ranges have opened the door to a plethora of new clients with wide and varied balustrade requirements. Mark Busby, Director of SHS Products said: “We have seen with confidence that these new products are revolutionising


what is currently available to specifiers in the UK market, providing our clients with attractive, durable, maintenance free, aluminium railing options which provide style and strength in equal measure at a very affordable price. We expect the success of these products to carry on throughout 2014 and look forward to the exciting new projects which come our way because of that continued success”. The new, innovative, market-leading products have been on show during recent months, most recently at Spatex 2014 – the leading wet leisure industry trade show where they received rave reviews from the thousands in attendance. ‘Infinity’ & ‘KeyLink’ are a hit with specifiers everywhere. Website: Email:

New to the UK Market & Exclusive to SHS Products. Unique, maintenance-free, weatherresistant, aluminium railing system suitable for any home or garden decking area. Stunning and sophisticated. Create a

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unique design that is both radiant and strong. Make a bold statement with ‘Key-Link’. Beauty and strength combine to provide elegant, lasting appeal for a lifetime. Details of the new products, including costs and technical data can be requested by emailing, or by calling 0800 068 6363. For further information on SHS Products please visit

Cubbins new range of Luxury Interior Accessories have been received extremely well by the hospitality and interior design industry. Our three new collections consist of accessories for bathrooms, bedrooms and general hotel areas. painted to match a client’s colour scheme. Useful accessories such as tissue box covers, waste paper bins, laundry bins and amenities trays can all be completed with a clients own branding.

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Accessories covered in clients own fabrics are proving to be a big hit with interior designers For further details please visit the Cubbins website where you can download our latest brochure and


while the larger 5 star luxury hotels are preferring to design their own range of wooden hotel accessories, complete with their own branding.




Building Privacy into your Bangkok Garden Thai Garden Design recently designed and installed this shade pergola and privacy wall for a couple in Bangkok, Thailand. The couple's home had a side garden, which constitutes the main portion of their garden space. To one side the wall was very low and so it was like living with their neighbours who would come out into their garden often, so there was very little privacy between the two houses. The estate management company stipulated clearly that there was to be no construction on top of the neighbouring walls (which the other neighbour had ignored) but the couple wanted to abide by these regulations, and so the team came up with a solution to sit the of the garden without have to interfere one corner was located a waterfall and pond). The other end of the pergola was supported with beams attached to the house wall.


The design completely covers this section of the garden, and even during these hot periods it is very cool due to the amount of shade created. The team also built in a polycarbon roof, to keep out rain, as well as a guttering system to evacuate water into the outer drains. The couple supplied lights and fans, which the team duly If you live in Thailand and are looking for a reliable friendly and professional landscaping and garden design and installation service, you’re in the right place. Contact Thai Garden Design. com for more information on how we can bring your dream garden to life.


Alfresco FLOORS Launch extensive and exclusive range of exterior grade porcelain tiles. Tougher than timber. Stronger than stone. Frost proof, fire proof, impermeable to water and pretty much bullet proof to daily damage – ‘double depth’ 20mm porcelain tiles are already hugely popular for external projects all over mainland Europe, and yet still the best kept landscaping secret here in the UK. All that seems set to change with a company called Alfresco Floors, who are now launching an extensive and exclusive range of exterior grade porcelain tiles to our commercial, residential and domestic markets. Over the past few years two major technological advances have allowed the ceramics industry to create this new

generation of tiles. Firstly, the invention of industrial grade ink-jet printing technology has allowed incredibly high resolution digital designs to be ‘sprayed’ onto the 3D surface of textured tiles, and then ‘baked on’ - to create beautiful, impermeable products that will never fade, never stain, never scratch, never corrode, never suffer from molds or moss and cannot suffer frost damage. Secondly, the introduction of incredibly powerful pneumatic presses now allows these ceramics factories to create porcelain tiles which are 20mm thick and up to 1.2 metres long. These ‘double depth’ slabs are twice the size of a traditional

internal tile and so strong that even when supported on a pedestal raised floor system, each tile will take the weight of a car. In short, these new porcelain tiles are actually better suited to life outdoors than either natural timber or natural stone, and yet cost less than both of those alternatives. Alfresco Floors Limited have now arranged exclusive supply deals with the two Italian manufacturers most experienced and most creative in producing these tiles, and have launched a range of over 50 different products which will provide lighter, cheaper and more durable alternatives to both natural stone and hardwood decking. t39t


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INTERIORS IN 2014 Brick cladding specialist Eurobrick is set to help architects and interior designers keep on trend with its interior I-Clad system. Design trends come and go, but the popularity of brick as an interior finish seems unwavering. It is widely acknowledged that brick is a much-loved building material, but using whole bricks to create a desired interior is not always practicable. Brick slip cladding specialist Eurobrick has a simple system designed for interior use. Known as I-Clad, it comprises a thin backer panel that is fixed to the existing wall and then faced with bricks. The beauty of I-Clad is that the slim profile reduces the loss of much valued floor space. Installation is quick and straightforward, a key factor

when working to tight schedules. The finished wall is low maintenance and robust. The slim profile of Eurobrick’s I-Clad system, and its low weight, makes it an ideal product for application to existing masonry or stud walls. A wide pallet of colours and textures allows designers to achieve a breadth of looks and styles. John Mayes, managing director of Eurobrick, understands the appeal of I-Clad for interior designers saying:

“I-Clad enables designers to add character, warmth and texture to a room’s interior with minimal fuss. They love the wide range of colours and textures we offer and the fact that the pointing mortar also comes in different colours, allowing the designer to strike a contrast or complement the brick choice. “In addition, the price of brick slips varies greatly according to the style of brick, meaning that that the desired finish can be achieved within most project budgets.”

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INSPIRED INNOVATION Whether in a house, apartment or a hospitality venue such as a hotel , guest house, sports club, etc, everyone who uses the bathroom can be frustrated by having to wipe mirrors clear of steam.

There is a very efficient, tried and tested product, originally conceived and manufactured in the UK, the demista™ heated mirror pad. The system is a simple, carbon film element which is maintenance free. The product is adhered to the back of the mirror and connected to the lighting system, so that when the lights are switched on, demista™ is activated. Should this not be convenient, it can be connected to another suitable switch. demista™ is now sold around t44t

the world and is sought after by architects, specifiers and interior designers for new developments, and refurbishments of hotels, luxury apartments, yachts, including some very unusual locations such as an ice rink ceiling, in the Far East.

and if required, can be used in multiples to cover larger and unusually shaped areas. They are safe to use and comply with both UK and international safety standards.

So, finally, there is now an end to the tiresome chore of trying With the beginning of an upturn to clear a steam covered mirror, in the house building market, the and a product that will keep your Company is seeing an increase mirror forever clear….demista™ ! in demand in this sector and the added luxury of this inexpensive Tel: 01932 866600 Email: product is a desirable addition Web: to the new home market. The pads are available in a variety of sizes to suit most mirrors,







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Last year Reco designed a moulded Acrylic capped ABS tile panel and their latest products ‘Reco Tile’ and ‘Reco Space’ really do demand attention. At just 3mm thick these profilefree panels can be attached to any reasonably level surface and even be placed over existing tiles. The new patented system is designed to create totally seamless joints on all Reco products.

Tiling the st 21 Century As there is no grout the panels are more hygienic than tiles and virtually maintenance-free. They are also extremely cost effective as you can cover large areas in a short period of time, saving on wall preparation, materials and labour. Not only are they practical but Reco have also developed the technology to print any design or photograph onto their panels.

The award winning Gabbertas Studio was commissioned to create a range of dramatic range that pushes the boundaries of what has previously be possible with tiles. The Reco Designer Range draws upon collaborations with illustrators and photographers, further demonstrating the breadth of this new medium’s flexibility. Reco’s panels have a low carbon footprint and are 100 per cent recyclable. This ground-breaking product is perfect for both commercial and domestic applications and we are sure you will be hearing more about them in 2014.

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STEAM FREE MIRRORS AND WARM FLOORS TM WITH demistaTM AND Tired of peering through a steamed up mirror when applying makeup, styling hair or shaving? There is no need to wipe clear, or open windows wide on a frosty morning, when you install a self-adhesive demisaTM pad behind the mirror. Simply wire into the lighting system or use a separate switch to ensure a clear view in the steamiest of bathrooms.

Why step out of the warm bath, or shower, on to a cold floor TM when you can have the luxury of under floor comfort heating. The system is safe to use in wet areas, ideal for bathrooms, wet rooms, kitchens and other areas where water may be split. Tel: 01932 866 600 Email: Web:

Benoy Announces New

Marks & Spencer Store Opening

Benoy, the international firm of Architects, Masterplanners, Interior and Graphic Designers, is delighted to announce the opening of an exciting new Marks & Spencer in the Vangarde Shopping Park in York.

it was also completed in record time.’

Benoy was responsible for the internal architecture of this 12,000m2, two storey unit which comprises the very latest initiatives currently being rolled out by Marks & Spencer. The new store also incorporates a number of sustainability ‘Plan A’ features, such as solar PV on the roof, displacement ventilation, green walls to the south and west elevations and rainwater harvesting. The store is targeting a BREEAM rating of Excellent and an EPC ‘A’ rating.

Benoy has a long-running relationship with Marks & Spencer and has been responsible for some of their most significant stores, including their first major development in China.

Benoy Senior Associate Director and Project Leader David Swarbrick said he is ‘particularly pleased with the quality of this project as it is a truly enhanced store with sustainability and environmental responsibility at its core;


This unit will be the largest Marks & Spencer Department Store in the region and an anchor of the Vangarde Shopping Park.

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KAT Design Partner, Trend Installations recently approached KAT to help them find a solution for a fascinating new build on the Isle of Wight. Their client had to conform to local planning rules and needed to replicate traditional barns in the area. This meant that massive frames were needed. Using the Schueco ADS70 HD range of profiles KAT's Pat Watts was able to design 5 single doors and 2 sets of French Doors. ADS70 HD can accommodate individual sashes of 1.5 metres x 3.0 metres or French Door sets 3 metres x 3 metres.


Home Designer & Architect - May 2014  
Home Designer & Architect - May 2014