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INDUSTRY NEWS New Face Of Social Housing Karakusevic Carson Architects exhibits social housing projects in a new exhibition at the RIBA In the Making – New Social Housing Projects is the latest exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects. Curated by Karakusevic Carson Architects, the exhibition showcases social housing projects that have been completed for local authorities and housing associations across London. The exhibition, which is open in the RIBA 2nd floor Gallery, explores the evolving world of public housing in Britain. It highlights the need for new thinking in the view of the current housing crisis in London and the past 40 years of neglect. Models and working sketches shows the complex planning work involved in estate regeneration, from schemes including the Colville Estate and King’s Crescent Estate in Hackney. Paul Karakusevic said: “This selection of recent design works explains the working processes of Karakusevic Carson Architects. Aiming to tackle the most run-down estates in London, we work with local residents and leading local authority regeneration teams to deliver a new era of design led, well-built housing that will stand the test of time.” Several major London social housing projects will be on display alongside dwelling typologies, reflecting the exciting challenges of building good quality housing in a challenging economic climate.

Wates Living Space Is Awarded Gbp5.6m Contract To Build 50 New Homes In Coventry The provision of affordable housing in Coventry is to be given a substantial boost, with the appointment of Wates Living Space to deliver 50 high quality new homes for Whitefriars Housing, part of WM Housing Group.

Wates Living Space has been awarded the £5.6m contract to build a range of contemporary two to six-bedroom homes across three sites in the city. Designed by Oakley Architects, 45 of the homes will be built across two sites on Whitworth Avenue in Stoke Aldermoor. The remaining five will be built on Kele Road following the demolition of a former health clinic that currently lies vacant on the site. To meet Coventry City Council’s 10 per cent renewable energy target for all major new developments, the homes will comply with Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. Lee Sale, Regional Director for Wates Living Space, commented: “The shortage of quality, affordable housing across the UK is widely acknowledged, so this project is fantastic news for Coventry and its residents. We are pleased to be continuing our longstanding relationship with Whitefriars Housing, which has seen the team deliver a variety of new-

“The new homes feature attractive and thermally efficient designs that will ensure a secure and cost-effective place to live for generations to come. We are pleased to be providing our expertise on this exciting development and look forward to delivering further projects in the Coventry.” Kevin Willetts, Executive Director of Development at WM Housing Group commented: “This project has come about as a result of partnership working with Coventry City Council and is funded in part by a Social Housing Grant from the Homes & Communities Agency. We are delighted that Wates will be delivering much needed new affordable housing for Whitefriars in Coventry through this project.” Wates Living Space is also currently delivering Gateway, a £6m homeless centre for Whitefriars Housing in Coventry. This is due to open in spring 2015.

Wanda One UK selects main contractor for One Nine Elms One Nine Elms is the first overseas project outside of China to be developed by leading Chinese real estate group, Dalian Wanda Group. After over a year of preparatory works, construction work will shortly commence on this landmark development. CI-ONE has been selected as the main contractor after an international tender process. CI-ONE is a joint venture between UK-based Interserve and China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC). Interserve is one of the UK’s leading construction groups, and recipient of the UK’s Major Contractor of the Year award in 2014/15, with rich experience in the London construction market and supply chain management. CSCEC is the largest construction group in China. It is world-renowned for its high-rise construction expertise and has an extensive global supply chain capability.


build, mixed-tenure regeneration and energy projects over the last 14 years. This development will bring a significant boost to the local economy, by providing opportunities for local businesses to join our supply chain whilst also creating employment and training opportunities for local people.

Wanda One UK believes that the combination of two of the world’s leading contractors for the construction of One Nine Elms will leverage both Interserve and CSCEC’s core capabilities, by using local subcontractor resources, human resources, site management and a global supply chain. The ground-breaking joint venture demonstrates Wanda’s commitment to delivering a world-class development of the highest possible specification. The £900 million One Nine Elms landmark development, which will soon become one of Western Europe’s tallest residential projects, is due for completion in late 2018.

INDUSTRY NEWS Tories to bring back right to buy The Conservatives are planning to revive Margaret Thatcher’s controversial right-to-buy scheme if voted into power next month The party’s manifesto, which is set to be published later this morning, will reveal plans allowing 1.3 million housing association tenants to buy their homes – a resurrection of Thatcher’s 1979 policy for council housing tenants. It is believed the discount for those buying their properties will be capped at just over £102,700 in London and £77,000 for the rest of England.

Olson Kundig Architects: Studhorse Set in the remote Methow Valley, Studhorse responds to the clients’ desire to experience and interact with the surrounding environment throughout all four seasons. The house is composed of four separate detached structures surrounding a central courtyard. Each structure is rotated toward different dramatic elements in the surrounding landscape such as the nearby Studhorse Ridge and Pearrygin Lake.

Public areas, including the family room, kitchen, and bar are grouped together in the main building. Private areas - the master bedroom, kids’ bedroom, and den - are separated in an adjacent structure, with guest rooms in yet another, isolated to allow for independent use. A fourth structure houses a sauna, removed from the cluster of activity frames a view looking out over the valley below.

Council tenants who have been in their house for more than five years already have the right to apply to purchase their home with a 35 per cent discount but this doesn’t extend to those living in housing association properties. The policy would be paid for by forcing councils to sell off their most valuable properties from their remaining housing stock, which the party believes would raise around £4.5 billion a year. Once the homes have been sold, the councils will be required to replace them with affordable stock on a one-to-one basis.

Rural German House features slatted wooden facade with copper fittings explained German architect Michael Kühnlein junior, who runs Kühnlein Architektur with Michael Kühnlein senior. “One becomes the space you pass by as you enter the house from the street, while the other is a terrace oriented towards the wide landscape.” Both the walls and windows at the front of the house are clad with wooden screens to ensure privacy for residents. These are made from slender vertical lengths of larch, with gaps between the slats to allow light into the house.

Narrow strips of wood screen both walls and windows at this house in Bavaria by Kühnlein Architektur, which comprises a pair of connected sheds (+ slideshow). Named Timber House, the rural German residence is made up of two gabled structures – one containing living spaces and the other a series of bedrooms. The two single-storey structures are arranged side by side and connected with a flat-roofed extension. This creates protected courtyards at both the front and the back of the building. “The combination creates two yards,”

Towards the rear and away from prying eyes, floor-to-ceiling glazing is left exposed, allowing residents to open their living spaces out to the landscape. “The windows to the street side are screened with the lamellae of the timber facade, while the windows to the landscape side have a free view,” explained the architect. “The facade is untreated larch wood, so it will grey with time.” The use of wood was not limited to the facades – the building also has a wooden structural framework, and wood-fibre insulation is hidden within the walls. Oak flooring runs through every room, and wooden furniture and joinery is echoed

by the exposed timber wall and ceiling surfaces. The warm tones of the wood are complemented by bespoke copper fittings, which feature on lighting, power sockets, switches, taps and handles. All visible screws are also copper. “We reduced the interior materials to just timber and copper,” said Kühnlein, who also recently completed a wooden shed for his herd of pygmy goats. “The electrical installation consists of copper pipes installed in front of the massive timber walls, so it was not necessary to perforate the walls,” he said. “All the installations were designed by us, including the lamps, switches and sockets.” An open-plan living space occupies the northernmost wing. It includes a woodburning stove that rotates, as well as dining table created using offcuts from the build. A garage sits at the front of this block. Three bedrooms are contained within the south-facing volume, as well as bathrooms. The master suite is positioned at the far end, offering views out over the landscape.


INDUSTRY NEWS Sharp rise in number of new construction businesses There has been a sharp rise in the number of new construction businesses being set up – the first time the sector has seen a net increase since the financial crisis, says NoPalaver Group, a leading provider of accounting services to contractors. Figures show that overall there was a net gain of 5,445 construction businesses in 2013*, as more new firms opened than closed down for the first time in five years. This compares to a net loss of 7,030 construction firms the year before. In total, 38,335 new construction firms opened in the year to December 31st 2013, 31% more than the previous year when 29,295 were set up. Graham Jenner, Director at NoPalaver, says: “These figures suggest that the construction industry has finally reached a tipping point in its fortunes, with the number of new businesses being created on the up and the number closing their doors going down.”

Mirrors emphasise the cantilever of Robert Konieczny’s Liv The cantilevered upper storey of this house in Katowice, Poland, looks even more dramatic than it really is – because the podium that supports it is camouflaged behind a wall of mirrors (+ slideshow). Architect Robert Konieczny and his studio KWK Promes – whose past designs include a fortress-like home featuring thick shutters and a drawbridge – designed the home for a young family residing in Katowice, a city in southern Poland. The two-storey house bears all the traits of a typical suburban property – a pitched roof, red brick walls and a large garage – but the upper floor appears to have been rotated by 90 degrees, so that it balances on top of the lower level and projects towards the garden. Reinforced concrete walls supporting the cantilevered volume are clad with mirrored

stainless steel, designed to reflect the garden and create a “dematerialising effect” that inspired the project’s name, Living-Garden House. The base of the building is long brick structure that provides the living and dining spaces. It sit parallel to the road to provide privacy for the garden. “To ensure maximum privacy, the ground floor was set parallel to the road for the building to isolate the backyard garden from the road,” said Konieczny, “whereas the first floor was shifted at 90 degrees to overhang and penetrate the garden.” “The building has thus acquired two faces,” he explained. “Street-side, it is enclosed, inaccessible, raising the comfort of its residents, guaranteeing maximum intimacy. In turn, garden-side, it is full of glazed

“Housebuilding has really picked up pace as the market has recovered. Demand for new homes is continuing to outstrip supply, moves to make the planning system more favourable are starting to have an impact and initiatives such as Help to Buy have boosted homeowners’ buying power.” “At the same time, commercial property has also rebounded, as more businesses now decide the time is right to upgrade or expand their premises and developers press the green light on shelved projects or see more new opportunities coming on stream.” “Infrastructure projects are also playing a part. After years of underinvestment, there appears to be renewed focus on areas such as transport and utilities. While budgets remain extremely tight, high profile projects such as Crossrail and plans for more high speed rail links are boosting confidence in the sector.” He adds, “This is good news for contractors. As the construction industry gains momentum, their specialist skills and breadth of experience are likely to be in increasing demand.” “New construction businesses especially want to have as much flexibility as possible in terms of capacity while keeping headcount to a minimum as they establish themselves, so using contractors is likely to be a good solution for many.”


Planning received for major new student acco Stride Treglown has achieved planning permission for Howard Gardens, a new student accommodation in Cardiff, Wales Stride Treglown have been granted planning permission for a new 671 bedroom student accommodation in Cardiff city centre. The new scheme, called Howard Gardens, was formerly occupied by the Cardiff Metropolitan University’s School of Art and Design. The proposal for the build seeks to clear the existing site and replace them with two buildings which draw their design rationale from the existing buildings around the site. The taller towers to the

north and the lower-lying terraces to the east reflecting their context. The use of red brick, coursed rubble and seamed metal also reference the surroundings, softening its visual impact. The northern building will contain 2,3,4 and 6 bed apartments whilst the south consists of studios and ‘twodios’, offering students a wide range of accommodation types. There will also be extensive communal facilities including a library, gym and cinema will be provided to complement the students stay. A major component of the scheme is the extensive landscaped external area. The


ving-Garden House surfaces overlooking the environment.” A garage, kitchen and plunge pool are located in the lower floor, while bedrooms are set within the intersecting upper floor. A combined living and dining area occupy the mirrored volume under the overhanging upper storey. Faux-grass carpets the floors of this space to give the appearance that the lawn continues through the house. “Living-garden space underneath the ledge is treated with different materials that emphasise integration with nature,” said the architect. “Flooring becomes reminiscent of grass, and external glass partitions may entirely be removed and hidden in a wall niche.” “On warm days, after removing the glass partitions, indoor space merges with the garden, the flooring transforms into grass,” the architect added. A terrace located on the flat rooftop of the podium and the soffit of the cantilevered structue are both clad in planks of the same timber to suggest that the upper storey has been rotated away from the lower floor. Transparent furniture and staircase balustrades were chosen to draw attention away from the interior towards the garden, while roller blinds and drapes can be used to convert the lounge into a home cinema after dark. Throughout the rest of the space, the floors covered in white polyurethane resin, and both the walls and furnishings are finished with glossy lacquered MDF boards. The small circular pool sits at one end of the kitchen.

Willmott Dixon to develop 650 PRS homes in Barking be:here has agreed to acquire 3.88 acres of the approximately 9 acre Abbey Retail Park site from Estates & Agency Group to develop and manage the purpose built private rented homes, subject to obtaining the relevant planning consent. The site is located in the heart of Barking on Abbey Road, situated a short walk to Barking’s mainline and London Underground station. Estates & Agency Group received planning consent last year to develop a new Sainsbury’s store on the rest of the site, with demolition works on the new store set to start next month. The regeneration of the entire site will create a vibrant new community in Barking and become a key part of the area’s transformation as a place that attracts a new generation of people. This latest deal for be:here comes as the first of its 158 purpose-built homes in East India are about to become available for private renters at the Aberfeldy Village development, with over 500 registrations of interest already. The online letting and management platform that be:here will use as its key interface with tenants, an industry first for the UK PRS market, will go live in the next month. Construction at be:here’s development of 132 homes at the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes is now well underway and will be complete next Spring, while at Kew Bridge the company has over 330 units at the Brentford FC stadium masterplan, which will be one of the biggest simultaneous developments of homes for sale and private rent in London when construction starts next year.

Each of these developments is tailored at the ever growing number of young professionals who want to live in convenient locations close to central London but are frustrated with the poor quality of service that renters are getting from much of the buy-to-let stock available. Andrew Telfer, chief executive of Willmott Dixon’s development division, says, “Barking is a key milestone in be:here’s plans to create vibrant rental communities at scale across London and other major cities. What’s unique for us is that we will be the long-term operator of the apartments first and foremost, so our presence over many years means we have a keen interest in the success and growth of the wider community in central Barking.” John Rosefield, Estates & Agency Group Chairman, said “The agreement with be:here is the next stage of realising the vision for the site’s regeneration. Over the next few years there will be transformational change in this area of Barking, creating hundreds of new homes and jobs. Barking is a great place to invest and Estates & Agency Group is delighted to continue to be playing our part in the town’s ongoing regeneration.” Iceni Projects is lead consultant on the project, supported by Broadway Malyan, architects, and i2 as development managers. Work will now start on a planning application, with the aim to be on site early in 2016. It is anticipated that the first homes will be available to rent in 2018.

ommodation in Wales courtyard nature of the two buildings has created two landscaped areas which allows the common room areas to spill out into these spaces, blurring the boundaries between inside and out. Leo Glass, head of operations at Fusion Students commented: “Stride Treglown has succeeded in designing and gaining planning permission for a large and challenging site, whilst incorporating the latest technology and design. Stride Treglown is a valuable partner in helping Fusion Students expand to new cities across the UK.”


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part of £1m redevelopment in Knightsbridge When interior designer Dominic Parrish wanted a realistic fireplace for his redevelopment of a luxury basement apartment, he turned to Smart Fire UK


he bio-ethanol EcoSmart fire was part of £1M redevelopment of a luxury basement apartment in Princess Gate, Knightsbridge.

The project involved excavating an additional floor to the apartment, thus creating a sub-basement. Being a basement apartment with no access to a chimney or flue, the EcoSmart fires were seen as the perfect alternative for heating the room. Having a flat-screen television situated above it, the fire was designed to be the focal point of the contemporary-design room. Because the fires run on bio-ethanol, a clean burning fuel, they do not require any fume extraction devices, meaning they can be installed virtually anywhere.


London based interior designer Dominic Parrish has been in the industry for the past 15 years, and chose the fires for their style and ease of use. He said: “I wanted the fire to be the focal point of the room and the beauty with the EcoSmart fires is that they can work in almost any location. “The fire is located in a mood room, which looks out onto the garden. I wanted the room to have a really contemporary feel and the fire helps achieve this. “This is one of the biggest projects I have worked on and am really pleased at how the fire has turned out.” Paul Holt business manager at Smart Fire UK, which is the country’s sole

distributor for the EcoSmart Fire rage, was equally impressed with the project. He commented: “I think the results at Princess Gate look absolutely stunning, what has been achieved there is really brilliant. “Because bio-ethanol is a clean burning fuel the fires emit no fumes, this means they do not need a chimney or flue. “The bio-ethanol fires are great in that their design potential is almost limitless. Also they are one of the greenest ways to heat a room. “Dominic has designed a fantastic space in Princess Gate and we’re thrilled that he is delighted with the outcome.”



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The company has built its foundations in the marine sector and as such has gained a successful record with reliable and proven supply chains. Kayospruce is situated on the South Coast in Fareham, Hampshire and has expanded its range of products to become the largest supplier of specialised technical materials in Europe. The company operates with a belief that the definition of Conformity is ‘the fulfilment of a requirement’ and a Requirement is a ‘need or expectation’ and Kayospruce undertake an obligation to provide a quality product that meets the needs of the most discerning Interior Designer or Upholsterer. Ultimately providing the end user with an upholstery fabric that has captured their vision that will stand the test of time in both appearance and quality. More and more Interior Designers are requesting samples and ordering upholstery fabrics and so Kayospruce find themselves in the fortunate position of developing this area. Working with the Interior Designer and Upholsterer by managing to turn their ideas into reality, assisting with choices of fabric in the design of living and commercial environments using the very fabrics that Kayospruce know so well from the marine sector. Materials that can be used to design a space albeit for indoor or outdoor, commercial or domestic, a space with a purpose as well as being visually pleasing.


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the flow of colour or pattern inside to the outside, onto the garden, patio or poolside. The well known Sunbrella Collection is just one of many constructions that Kayospruce can offer with complimenting outdoor rugs.

For the Environmentally Friendly requirement there are 50% recycled fabrics that can Materials that are sophisticated and also be specified without compromising on modern, created with imagination and performance. flare but keeping in mind the functionally of its purpose and the designated use Kayospruce the Interior Designers first point of and the clients overall needs, cultured reference. classics and contemporary designs anything but ordinary. The design collections include 100% solution dyed acrylics from Sunbrella with many great properties, UB resistance, water repellent without detracting from their breathable qualities, mould resistant, easy to maintain with colour stability. The ease of maintenance and longevity of the product make the fabric the perfect choice for those living areas both inside and outside, no longer having to differentiate between the two spaces. The soft feel to the fabric enables the upholsterer to furnish seating, contrasting cushions, curtains and sunshades all from the same collection without loss of style or compromising Sunbrella Indoor and Outdoor - Jacquard Studio Tekhne

PREMIUM SURFACE TECHNOLOG NOW AVAILABLE AT LATHAM Unlike anything else on the UK market, XyloCleaf is a highly original and exclusive range of decors which are created using a unique process of thermal fusing in which decorative papers are treated with melamine resins, that under heat and pressure become part of the panel itself, hence the term Thermo Structured Surface. This process provides not only a stunning end result, but also a product that is strong, durable and highly scratch and chemical resistant, meaning that as well as looking great, it will stand up to the toughest of challenges when used in high •24•

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with ABS edging as standard.

The sensational and inspiring new XyloCleaf collection is perfectly suited to premium domestic design schemes such as kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms as well as for wall panelling and furniture and it has already proved particularly popular within high end commercial, leisure and hotel specifications.

Paul Morson, James Latham’s Group Product Champion for Melamine said, ”XyloCleaf represents a new generation of panel product and one which offers extraordinary potential, delivering a complete solution of innovative products to suit all interior decorative tastes, trends and applications. I have no doubt at all that it will become a big success for us.”

The deep textures and intricate detail of XyloCleaf makes it difficult to distinguish from the real material it is designed to mimic and the portfolio includes 50 different colours and patterns, all of which come

XyloCleaf is available nationwide and directly from stock through James Latham and is supplied in panel sizes of 2800 x 2070 x 18mm.

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Resiblock award excellence in paving and sealing at the 8th Annual Brett Landscaping Awards Resiblock, the world’s leading Manufacturer and Retailer of paving sealers, were once again delighted to be invited back to attend and exhibit at the Annual Brett Landscaping Awards, this year held at The Copthorne Hotel, Heythrop Park in Oxford. A beautifully landscaped, sprawling venue, which gave Resiblock the opportunity to exhibit on

a much larger scale this year. Brett Contractors were given the opportunity to view our stands displaying some of the new products that we offer to the market place and also demonstrated how sealing newly installed and refurbished paving could give them a boost to their income ….. Same customer…. Same site…… Additional income! This was later highlighted when Paul Lamparter, Managing Director at

Resiblock, awarded Marpave Paving Limited with our award for the Best Resiblock Installer of 2014 after an enjoyable Awards Ceremony Dinner. Rob Martin from Marpave received our coveted Resiblock Glass Award along with an Ipad mini. Resiblock were also proud to sponsor the Brett Approved Installer Award for the Best Large Driveway which was awarded to Bowen Paving Limited who also received an Ipad mini. Brett Approved Installers were very responsive to the idea of utilising Resiblock products on future projects and several installers signed up to become a Resiblock Registered Contractor at the event and more have subsequently signed up since. We look forward to working with Brett Approved Installers and hope 2015 will be a successful and prosperous year for all and hope to be invited back to the Brett Awards next year to award more successful installers.



Vision London

The Architect’s Gold Mine

Showcasing the latest building products and technology for design, interiors, and particularly architecture, Vision London 2015 opens its doors for two days on June 2 at London’s Olympia, providing the opportunity to check out its raft of products and solutions. There’s also a highly informative and worthwhile programme of seminars. Vision London brings communities together to discuss, debate and showcase the latest innovations and developments in architecture, design and the built environment. Over 100 organisations are exhibiting their new and inventive solutions, and the event’s extensive speaker programme has gathered together some 100 influential industry figures to speak on a range of topics under the four prime themes of Future Materials & Systems, Technology, Innovation in Architecture & Design and Building for Health & Wellness. Among the raft of highly informative seminar sessions, architecture is the prime component as the UK now faces pressing housing issues. Architects and designers are developing solutions that are


practical and affordable, designed with community in mind. Eminent architects line up to take to the podium with their informative talks. Included are Sunand Prasad PPRIBA of Penoyre and Prasad, James Pickard of Cartwright Pickard and Jim Eyre OBE of Wilkinson Eyre. Core seminars will include: ‘Innovating with Low Impact Materials’. This seminar will discuss how low impact materials can encourage the construction of low carbon healthy buildings and share knowledge about how best to use low impact materials; CEDIA will explore the future of households with correct implementation of future-ready technologies and the latest innovations for the home. This seminar will provide great tools for Interior Designers who would like to expand their portfolio by incorporating the best technologies for their clients without obtruding their designs. Other highlights include: The ‘Materials of Invention’ seminar which will review major developments in materials, products and technology; New London Architecture’s 20 second Pechua Kucha presentations, and the ‘Active by Design’ session being facilitated by Cabe at the Design Council. Register now for Vision London at You can also check out the full seminar programme on the Vision London website.

INDUSTRY NEWS A marvel of wood, stone and glass

BE Architecture has designed this wonderful house on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne The house at Whitehall Road is positioned at the crest of a hill with sweeping views over the surrounding landscape of the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne in Australia. It is one of BE Architecture’s most stunning residential projects. A grove of mature gum trees inform the location of the house; their tall and slender trunks countering the low horizontality of the building and providing shade to the pool and deck areas. The most striking feature is the massive drystone wall running the full length of the house, cut into the earth, anchoring the house and countering the exposure of the site. Orientated to follow the drystone wall, the house is a series of rectilinear pavilions. Downplaying the scale of the five bedroom house, the pavilions allow for a variety of outdoor, indoor and interstitial spaces. The character of the interstitial spaces is further emphasised through the use of fully retractable glazing and delicate can screening. Stone, timber, glass and render are the predominant materials. The heaviness and solidity of the stone and the scale of the timber sections provide a strong contrast to the large expanses of glass which feature throughout. Sightlines are carefully coordinated with the glazing in a sequenced revealing of the vast landscape.

BAM Construction draws businesses together on West Country project Dozens of firms across the West Country and South Wales have been consulted by one of the UK’s largest contractors, in a major engagement exercise to help deliver landmark buildings for the region.

these being supply chain companies. Through its skills academy status, the company also provided hundreds of opportunities for young people and those in need of training or personal development.

BAM Construction drew together its key subcontractors and suppliers this week to involve them closely in how the company delivers a growing workload. Around 60 firms were given interactive voting buttons and allowed to debate the way forward.

Mr Goff also handed out the company’s annual supply chain awards, and he singled out R M Penny of Green Street, Bath, who won BAM’s silver award for ‘Contractor of the Year’.

After the event, held on Tuesday at the Hilton Hotel Bradley Stoke, Bristol, Nick Goff, BAM’s Regional Director said: “Successful construction is about good partnerships. Everybody says they do it, but for BAM, this is not words, it is carefully focused actions. Our supply chain is critical to our ability to deliver the quality we are known for with the non-confrontational, problem solving approach and social responsibility that are our hallmark. “They also need to trade efficiently and profitably. This event was about finding ways to involve them in tenders and on site that enables us to be more competitive together, leaner in management, and raise the bar on performance for our clients. I got a genuine sense that this level of engagement with them was new to many and welcomed by all.” They voted on issues such as tender pricing, getting ready to build, and resolving defects. 84% of the suppliers said they emerged from the event with greater confidence as a result of it. Mr Goff added: “The diversity of our clients and projects means our work can involve painstaking restoration using traditional skills or highly technological buildings, on any scale. Our supply chain needs to take the same journey we do towards the best possible standards of safety, environmental sustainability, efficiency and quality, and this ongoing close engagement with them is the only sustainable way to achieve it.” In 2014, BAM provided work for well over 700 people, three quarters of


The company has provided demolition and asbestos removal services for BAM and worked on several of its sites such as Winterbourne Academy in Bristol, Penrose special needs school in Bridgwater and Exeter University’s Living Systems Building. It previously worked with BAM on Bristol’s Imperial Tobacco HQ. “The award reflects that we’re a very hard working company as is BAM, we’re a good team player and we’ve found that BAM projects encourage that teamwork from us. Our work at Penrose stands out, as it was such a compact site with a very tight programme but it was so well organised. Winterbourne Academy was technically challenging as several blocks that had to be demolished were extremely close to live school buildings, but it was clear from the start that the management team, through engaging us very early and involving us in the planning stages, were committed to working together to deliver the project successfully.” Damien Pick Director of RM Penny It was pipped for the gold award by Welsh contractor Highadmit Projects. BAM’s many projects across the South West include the delicate restoration of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and the Living Systems Building in Exeter, SimplyHealth building and new headquarters buildings for Imperial Tobacco in Bristol, several new academies in Plymouth, schools in Somerset, and offices and a business park for Bodmin Council. Across the UK, BAM is behind major structures like Leeds Arena,Manchester City Football Academy, Riverside Museum in Glasgow, as well as dozens of schools, hospital, offices and universities.

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Modern Twists on Metro Tiles The metro underground station look is a classic tiling concept and whilst it is not a new idea there are ranges of tiles out now that bring the trend back into vogue. Suzi Hambly of Collinson Tiles explains the popular styles, as well as the latest more unusual modern twists, on this unmistakably cool tiling statement. The metro style has many guises – small, large and various textures. One tile that has been hugely popular over the last few years for this look is the brick-shape and bevelled edge tile. It brings a vintage style to both bathroom and kitchen walls. These tiles are small so they are easy to handle, even for tiling novices or the budget-conscious. As nice as this tile looks, it is widely used – so if you are thinking you want something with ‘wow’ factor to stand out from the norm, there are some different things you can do.

Change the size of the tile Rather than the traditional 20x10, use a longer 30x10 or a squarer 15x15 shape in a brick-style. At Collinson Tiles we have noticed a general trend in tile sizes getting bigger and going out of the usual tile dimensions adds a uniqueness and thoughtfulness to the finished look.

Change the finish Rather than gloss and bevel - use a matt or textured tile for a more modern look or even the ‘crackled crazed’ effect. This can add a feeling of quality and really change the vibe of the room.

Change the layout design Rather than a brick style - use subway, parquet or create something unique. To accentuate the design but not look to harsh, use an anthracite coloured grout.

Add a border A border emphasises, underlines and is a great way to add a highlight to the tile effect.

Use bold colours or mix your colours Metro tends to be white or grey so why not mix up your colours or even inject a bright bold colour into your wall to give it a lively zesty update on the theme. Take this Sigma green tile which still looks metro but is something a little different!

Speak to the experts For advice on tiling, tile styles or if you want to source tiles discussed in this feature contact Collinson Tiles: Telephone: 0117 971 5567 or go to the website: or social media:


We specialise in the sale and restoration of original English & French cast iron baths, traditional accessories and sanitary ware. We take an unloved & neglected cast iron bath and via our comprehensive and rigorous restoration process, lovingly restore it to its former glory Our Marlborough showroom contains a range of fully renovated original cast iron baths, along with a traditional range of Brass and Chinaware. We offer a collection and delivery service throughout the UK to cater for our renovation service, or purchase from our wide selection of showroom or yard baths, allowing you to create your own relaxing sanctuary. We are always on the lookout for original unwanted cast iron baths which we can restore.

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Did you know the kitchen and bathroom are the rooms where we most often listen to the radio!

WOW! HEAR THIS!! Music in every room ltd are specialists in providing audio solutions for the kitchen & bathroom. They are the UK distributor for the popular KB Sound range of radios that are completely hidden in the ceiling and controlled by a remote. The KB iSelect offers FM and crystal clear DAB radio channels with up to 80 pre-sets. You can add a Bluetooth and stream your music from any Bluetooth enabled phone or pad. bathroom there are small downlight speakers in either white, nickel or chrome.

KBiSelect----the “almost invisible” audio partner for your kitchen or bathroom!

Recently launched is the “TENOR BATHROOM MIRROR” It has FM and crystal clear DAB radio with pre-sets. BLUETOOTH is built in allowing full streaming of your favourite music from your phone or pad. Two built in speakers provide a crisp, bass heavy and balanced sound.

Motion activated LED lights provide a brilliant clear display, ideal for In the kitchen the larger 5 and 6” shaving or cosmetics and its heated speakers provide power and bass to prevent misting. The LCD displays for the larger room. mode—(FM, DAB, Bluetooth), radio station text, date and clock. From a KB Space also provides a great solution for the new designs of open fully waterproof remote you can set FM & DAB presets and 6 equalizer plan Kichen/Diner •34•

tone settings. It also has an auxiliary in, allowing you to link and play from your home audio system or maybe improve the sound quality from your bathroom TV. The mirror is easily installed and can be wall mounted or fully recessed. This is not an audio mirror let down by tin-can audio! The powerful amplifier and quality speakers provide a rich stereo sound. This mirror rocks!! For more information please contact: Music in every room ltd 01943 870 395

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demista™ and Cosyfloor™

ANOTHER UK SUCCES STORY! Our athletes have been superb in recent years. We have the top golfer in the world. British actors come away with accolades galore. And the cache of products manufactured in the United Kingdom cannot be underestimated. The words Made in the UK or British Made stand for quality, reliability, value for money and style. So demistaTM heated mirror pads have proven to be the first choice for both the contract and domestic market. Steamed up mirrors are annoying. You step out of the bath or shower and prepare to shave or do your make up….trying to peer through a fog. Wiping leaves streaks. So is there any alternative? The easy and permanent solution is to install demistaTM heated mirror pads. A problem solved simply and inexpensively. The pads come in a variety of sizes, and can be used in multiples if very large areas need to be covered.

demistaTM heated mirror pads can also be made to order in special sizes. Fitting is easy. Just fix the self-adhesive pad to the back of the mirror and connect to the lighting circuit so that the mirror is warmed when the lights are switched on. The pads are manufactured in the United Kingdom and have proven quality after 23 years in the market world wide. demistaTM is the innovator of steam free mirrors was ideal to keep their homes warm in the cold, wet and the first heated mirror pads climate of Brittannia. sold in the UK. Underfloor heating has been with us for 2,000 years, brought to us by the conquering Romans who found that the system they used to heat their famous bath houses,

The advantages of electric underfloor heating are obvious - no need for unsightly radiators, completely silent, improved efficiency and ease of operation, to name a few. The trend today is for solid floors, whether they are wood, laminate, stone, marble or tile. These, though appealing, can result in uncomfortably cold feet, especially in areas such as the bathroom, shower room and conservatory. CosyfloorTM, ECOFLOOR and ECOMAT, offer a choice of electric underfloor heating systems designed to suit your particular requirements. All three systems are easy to install, are silent, unobtrusive and economical to run. Both CosyfloorTM and ECOFLOOR are earth screened so they can be safely used in areas such as bathrooms, wet rooms, laundry rooms and kitchens where water spillage is expected. ECOMAT is ideal for laminate and wood floor surfaces in areas such as hallways, living and bedrooms, and conservatories. If the rooms have irregular shaped areas, this is not a problem as ECOFLOOR cable kits are designed to fit over the floor space to be heated and can easily be configured around immovable objects to achieve optimum coverage and results. And you can set your own temperature levels with all three systems via a programmable, or simple on/off thermostat. So do as the Romans did, choose underfloor heating and transform those cold surfaces into inviting and warm floors.


Nika Zupanc Furniture


Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc has added more furniture to her collection for London design label Sé, including an oversized armchair on slender steel legs

upanc has added a sofa, an armchair, dining chairs and a range of mirrors to Sé’s Collection III, as well as updates of previous designs. The new products were presented at Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan during the city’s design week, occupying the same space that the original collection was launched in last year. The collection is the third produced by Sé since it was founded by Pavlo Schtakleff and Marc Sharifi in 2007.


“My vision can be most beautifully portrayed with iconic setting of a private sport club, stadium, Olympics, or even a gym,” she told Dezeen.

“The basis of this collection was very much inspired by the 1950s, a take on the glamour and elegance of the period,” said Schtakleff. Zupanc said she had combined elements from 1950s Modernism with the aesthetics of sports venues.

The Stay Dining Chair comprises a rounded upholstered back and seat. The gold powder-coated steel tubing frame appears like piping on the upholstered cushions, and the same material is used for the chair legs. The chair is available with or without arms and upholstered in a choice of coloured fabrics and leather. The Stay Armchair sits on the same slender legs as the dining chair but much

closer to the ground and has a larger bulging back. Two padded elements stick out at 45 degrees from the matching seat to form armrests. The armchair is also available in a twoseater sofa design. Zupanc has also adapted a mirror design that previously sat atop a dressing table to make it freestanding. The mirror comprises two offset intersecting circles, with a straight central support that is used to hinge a middle panel, providing reflections from different angles. “Following the last year’s success of the Olympia Vanity Table and its triple mirror, we added this mirror in three new variations from a very small one to a very big one,” said Zupanc. “The self-standing one acts almost like an installation in the middle of the room, playing tricks with visual perceptions of the space around you.” The Olympia Mirror is available in three sizes with a frame in acidstained iron, lacquered iron or brushed brass.

The glass-fronted Loyalty Cabinet from last year has been created in a smaller version and also updated with wooden doors. Updates have also been made to other pieces including the Full Moon Lamp, which is now available as a floor version. “I felt I needed to create some sort of unexpected luxury, but within a minimal, clean design

language, with the use of solid, basic, long-lasting materials and basic industrial production techniques,” Zupanc told Dezeen. “The collection finally feels and looks like a complete statement, like a series of strong, elegant, sentences, that make all together a beautiful story,” she added. •39•


FURNITURE SHOW FOR STYLE THIS SUMMER The abundant list of new ideas and products in furniture, home accessories and décor that will be available to see and buy at The Manchester Furniture Show 19 - 21 July continues to grow. The list which includes upholstery, beds, cabinet - living, dining and bedroom, lighting, accessories, mirrors, pictures, rugs and every other furnishing essential for hotels, guest houses, leisure facilities and homes, will be provided by some of the biggest and best names in furniture and accessories from the UK, Ireland, Germany and Italy as well as international brands from Poland and Zimbabwe. Ashley Manor, Baker, G Plan Cabinets, Kingstown, Westbridge, Vida Living, Rauch, Lebus, Buoyant Upholstery, Cappellini Salotti, Serene, Mark Webster Designs and Nolte-Mobel are just a sample of the great exhibitors who will be showing their latest designs in Manchester this July. Although The Manchester Show has a unique and relaxed atmosphere other trade shows, this friendly, but exhibitors take it very seriously, as Karl serious show is not rushed, exhibitors Walker, Managing Director of Lebus said: take time to show their latest designs in detail and take the opportunity to “We are delighted to be exhibiting listen to their customer and potential in the main Hall at The Manchester customer’s needs, aided by the Furniture Show again this year following comfortable surroundings of a well a phenomenally successful show in designed, state-of-the-art exhibition 2014. We always view Manchester as centre. To see every style of furniture the “spring board” to launch the start of and accessory from traditional to the crucially important back end trading period. For this reason the show is very important in our exhibition calendar.” The housing of the Show in the award winning and iconic Manchester Central building, the former central rail station, which opened in 1880 with its spectacular arched glazed roof, adds to the unique atmosphere experienced by exhibitors and visitors alike. Unlike many


contemporary, colours from muted to bright and design from retro to funky, visit the Manchester Furniture Show, Manchester Central, 19 – 21 July 2015 this summer. It’s where you’ll find the best new products on the market. For further information visit

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BA Components launched their new Glidor range back in February and since then it has went from strength to strength. The demand for Glidor is growing steadily every day as dealers find the attraction in the modern designs and the latest technology. BA Components launched their new Glidor range back in February and since then it has went from strength to strength. The demand for Glidor is growing steadily every day as dealers find the attraction in the modern designs and the latest technology. With BA celebrating 25 years in business this year, they have decided to give their dealers an amazing 50% off Glidor prices. This is to reflect prices in 1990 when they first started in business. The Glidor range brings you the latest in sliding door design and technology with three ranges; Glidor Urban, Ultra and Unique and over 60 colours to choose from. There are no catches with this promotion, simply place your order on BA Components exclusive online ordering system, BA Live and see the 50% discount come off your balance. Sales and Marketing Director David Caulfield tells us a bit more about the 1990 prices “We felt it would be a great idea to link the fact that this year is not only the year we launch Glidor, but the year we celebrate 25 years in business. We researched the pricing of our bedroom doors back in 1990 when we started business and discovered they were on average half the price similar doors are today, hence our half price offer to launch Glidor in style.” •42•

If you wish to become a BA Components dealer visit dealer or telephone 028 8676 4600 You better move quickly because this is a limited time offer available until the end of May 2015. If you want to find out more information about this offer then visit Terms and Conditions Apply* You must be a registered BA Components dealer to avail of this offer. Offer available to the end of May 2015.

ARE YOU OPEN TO OFFERS? To celebrate the launch of Glidor and our 25th Anniversary we are offering Glidor at 1990 prices – that’s the equivalent to half price. For more information contact our sales team or log on to BA Live.

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Quality timber doors from Todd Doors Todd Doors is the UK’s leading supplier of quality timber doors. A family run business for more than 60 years, Todd Doors boasts an industry leading range of over 450 original designs manufactured using the very best timber components from around the world. Whether you are refurbishing, renovating or self-building, Todd Doors has a style to complement your home. From the classic white panelled or traditional Victorian Oak to contemporary Charcoal Oak, Todd Doors has something for everyone and every project. If you would like your house to have greater “kerb appeal” consider changing your existing front door. Spring is the ideal time of year to do this and as well as making your house look instantly stylish and inviting, a new front door will keep you and your family warm and dry.


Todd Doors stock a full range of door furniture and accessories too. Door handles can really make a statement and enhance your door, whilst frames, architraves and skirting can be used to blend or highlight your door. At the forefront of design, with an average stock in excess of 25,000 doors and with every type of timber door imaginable; including glazed doors, fire doors, folding doors, bi-fold patio doors, sliding doors, French doors, double doors, external doors and door sets; Todd Doors really is a one-stop destination for all your door needs. Todd Doors also offer a fully bespoke service which is particularly useful for those projects requiring oversized doors or specific finishes. Door Experts are always on hand to offer advice and can even work with you on a particular design you have of your own.

You can visit Todd Doors at this years’ Grand Designs show in London’s ExCeL Centre from 2-10 May in the Grand Build Hall, Stand B120. This is a great opportunity to obtain valuable advice from Door Experts and to see the largest exhibition of doors within the show. For a full range of products and services available please visit or call 0800 987 8667 and speak to a Door Expert who will be happy to help.

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New 2015 KATpod The slimmest thermally broken Roof Lantern in Europe KATpod is the advanced engineering solution in lantern design, allowing in an unrivaled amount of light and providing a feeling of space, uninhibited by bulky roof spars.

KAT customers have a passion for stylish aesthetics, structural integrity and enhanced thermal performance and KATpod meets all these requirements.

KAT only make niche products to a superior specification and KATpod is no different. It is a thoughtfully engineered roofing solution with ultra slim sightlines, excellent structural integrity and unrivalled thermal performance.

KATpod has been designed to allow consumers to use their orangery or extension all-year round with almost zero maintenance. The KATpod Lantern roof is supplied with industry leading thermal efficiency as standard and ‘BioClean’ self-cleaning glass. Designing and ordering is simple – up to a maximum of 5 metres wide, with almost no length limitation.

The choices are simple; choose the frame colour combination, the glazing tint and the roofkit size. The roof is delivered by KAT ready to be quickly assembled on-site and includes an optional bespoke timber upstand kerb, handmade in the KAT joinery shop. KATpod offers solutions for all property types; from sensitive period buildings in conservation areas, spa’s and atriums, to modern new build properties, extensions or refurbishment projects.

Chris Powell, Commercial Director comments, ‘KAT prides itself on manufacturing products that have a combination of innovation and market leading design. Lots of time, effort and consideration went into developing KATpod. We are confident that we have a very desirable engineered Lantern solution that allows our customers to benefit from the very best product available in Europe’.

KATpod is available in White or Anthracite Grey as standard and any RAL colour to special order. Glazing is stocked in either clear glass or with a blue tint.

If you would like more information on the KATpod Lantern Roof or Sliding Patio Doors, Bi-fold Doors, Box Sash Windows and any of KAT’s other aluminium, PVCu or timber ranges, please call KAT, one of the customer service team will be on hand to help. KAT has manufacturing facilities in Macclesfield (Cheshire), Hazel Grove (Stockport) and Newhaven (East Sussex), all with factory showrooms.

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Door Entry... a day! The Telguard range of telephone and GSM based intercom systems are suitable for new build or retro fit. Telguard is a British company and we design, develop and manufacture here in the UK.

The telephone based system plugs in to a standard analogue telephone socket or phone system extension and the GSM system requires a SIM card. The only other requirement is for local power and the intercom can be installed. Installation is not disruptive as the installation takes place at the entrance to be controlled and there is no need to put handsets into flats or houses as they are already in place – their own telephone or mobile. The telephone numbers of the apartments/houses/businesses are programmed into the intercom system with any access codes required and the system is ready for use. A visitor enters the flat or house number into the intercom via the keypad and then presses the ‘CALL’ button. The receiver of the call picks the telephone and can speak to the visitor and allow access by pressing a digit on their telephone keypad. This sends a signal to the intercom that activates the door lock or entrance gate and the visitor is able to gain access. If the receiver of the call does not want to grant access they simply put their phone down to end the call. If the call recipient is on the phone when the call from the intercom is made the call will be seen on the telephone display and the user is able to hold their call and deal with an access request. Any alterations required to telephone numbers or PIN codes can be actioned by the system installer and can be carried out remotely reducing the need for on-site attendance. The Telguard system is not only quick to install compared with hardwired systems but also extremely flexible. Calls can be answered on cordless telephones making it possible for users to answer entrance requests while going about day to day business or it is possible for a


mobile phone to be called for access requests. We are able to provide systems with backlit keypads and buttons, integrated proximity access and video. The video picture can go to a dedicated monitor or into the communal TV aerial for viewing on any television in the premise. Our GSM 3g video system will send pictures to your mobile phone. Telguard provides great flexibility where users are elderly or infirm as they don’t have to get up from where they are sitting to answer an access call as they will have their telephone or mobile phone by their side. They will also be able to hear the call clearly. DDA systems are available with large halo illuminated Braille buttons with big letter, easy to read displays and audio and visual call progress indication. Bespoke applications are also undertaken making it possible to provide almost any style or shape of system. It may be that we have to provide a system to replace an existing installation so we are able to manufacture our panel to fit the aperture of an old, non functional system. We are able to manufacture systems in different finishes and colour schemes, we powder coat stainless steel so as to not impact on the vandal resistance of the panel. As advances in technology arrive in to the public domain, we are always in a position to make the most of these advances thanks to our inhouse development team. We are also able to engineer modifications to software and hardware should a specific requirement be requested. Our systems carry a 2 year return to manufacturer warranty which can also be extended, and our Technical Department provides installers with the very best in support.


Tel : + 44(0)1306 710120 F ax : + 44(0)1306 713769 E m ai l : s al es @t el guard. c o. uk

Telephone based entry systems using your existing phone. .

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The ABS T-Bespoke is a high gloss black finish with a backlit silicone keypad. The backlight colour can be changed on site and remotely to 7 different colours! It looks contemporary and is extremely low profile and durable. This system is available with 1 call button and a keypad for coded access with 400 codes. The surface back box is matt black and the system connects to a Hub via a single CAT5. The platform can either be GSM or Landline, whichever suits you best! This product benefits from all of the standard features – well we call them standard! This includes forward dialling up to 8 numbers, a battery backed time clock, 9 timed profiles allowing calls to be sent elsewhere at a certain time and date, automatic daylight saving (BST/GMT) and automatic dimming of the keypad. You can even receive a text from the Telguard to inform you that a door has been opened or somebody has activated a passive device at night! (GSM Only) This product will certainly set you apart from the rest of the houses in the your area! And as ever you benefit from proven Telguard reliability and quality associated with British engineering.

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GENTLY DOES IT... Two new products to be launched in July show that Schueco’s continuing search for excellence and its determination to stay ahead of the competition, remain strong drivers for innovation. Developed for use with Schueco sliding door systems, Schueco SmartStop and Schueco SmartClose are two new products that employ innovative technology to enhance existing systems for the benefit of end-users. Suitable for use in both commercial and residential buildings, they also underline Schueco’s commitment to safety, operational comfort and engineering excellence. SmartClose enhances the operation of a sliding door by making the closing action effortless. It does this by converting the energy generated by the initial pull on the sliding vent into momentum that carries the vent smoothly along the length of its track until its final soft insertion into the outer frame. The action is similar to the softclosing of drawers in many contemporary kitchens. Schueco SmartClose also makes closing the door quieter and safer and obviates the possibility of damage to the frame by the vent being slammed shut. SmartClose is unobtrusive, being mounted discreetly on the top profile of the sliding vent. Schueco SmartStop employs a controlled braking action that slows down the moving vent gently but effectively and brings it to a stop prior to locking in the normal way. This makes the door safer and more userfriendly. SmartStop, which like SmartClose is integrated in the upper profile of the door, is suitable for vents weighing up to 400 kg. Both products are simple to install and are easy to adjust to suit each particular installation. They are primarily designed as adjuncts to Schueco’s ASS 50 and ASS 70.HI premium sliding doors.


The introduction of SmartStop and SmartClose demonstrates Schueco’s attention to detail and adds yet another element of operational sophistication, further distinguishing Schueco’s comprehensive product offering from those of its competitors.

For further information on SmartStop and SmartClose or Schueco’s Contemporary Living range of aluminium windows, doors and façades, email

Flood and Water Defence Barriers CPLC Water specialize in the design and construction of flood defences and flood barriers for property level protection (PLP) We have a team of highly trained and experienced design and construction engineers, who are dedicated to providing the best flood mitigation measures for your requirements. In association with UK Flood Barriers, our team of BPEC accredited installers operate throughout the Wessex area and provide detailed residential and commercial property surveys to assess property level flood protection requirements. all products are PAS1188 tested and BSi Kite marked. Flood Protection and Drainage Engineering Services CPLC Water is an independent company dedicated to providing a comprehensive service dedicated to all aspects of flood management, drainage and water engineering. With over 15 years experience within the industry, CPLC Water offers a reliable and professional consultancy, design and installation service for flooding, drainage and water engineering sector. Our services incorporate: • Flood Risk Assessments • Surface and Foul Water Drainage Strategy, Layout, and Design; • Design and installation of SUDS (sustainable drainage systems) and drainage systems • Design and installation of property flood protection • Design and installation of flood alleviation schemes; • Groundwater flood protection • Land drainage • Flood Protection and Risk Assessments If you are considering flood protection solutions for your property, CPLC provide independent, expert advice for the design and installation of flood protection measures, which includes permanent and demountable flood protection products and other equipment and measures prescribed in individual flood protection surveys.

CPLC provide individual flood protection surveys for commercial and residential properties. Our assessments include a full breakdown of mitigation measures required and we provide assistance to clients in designing and sourcing the most cost effective ways of protecting your development or business.


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curating fine art photography for your home

Art is an integral element of any interior. Despite this, buying art for the home is often a challenging process relying on the homeowner’s imagination to transport works from gallery walls into their own domestic setting. In response to this the fine art photography gallery LUMAS are offering a radical new way to view and buy photographs focused on the needs of the interior designer called ‘The Collector’s Home’. LUMAS is committed to liberating art from the traditional white cube environment and ensuring that superb photography compliments other design features within the home. To achieve this, each of their galleries is divided into a series of open plan rooms furnished to resemble a living room, kitchen, library, study and dining room. Each interior contains a carefully curated selection of LUMAS works designed to inspire visitors, offering creative ways to hang art and suggesting how each photograph could fill a private home. Alongside this invaluable visual guidance, LUMAS’ art consultants offer a personal curation service selecting the right pieces, frames and hanging to suit each client’s space.

Lost Kingdom, © Roman & Anna Küffner,

The art of interior decorating is celebrated in LUMAS’ exciting selection of interiors photographs. Works by Sven Fennema and Roman & Anna Küffner provide a dramatic window into mysterious grandiose spaces from around the world which have begun to crumble. Pulling the viewer into abandoned homes, they capture each building’s past splendor and opulence providing a remarkable contrast to the modern interiors in which these photographs stylishly sit. Alongside these ‘houses for the home’, LUMAS has an extensive portfolio comprising more than 1,600 works in limited editions. Famed photographers such as Edward Steichen and Horst P. Horst sit alongside a strong selection of emerging photographers, giving both first-time buyers and seasoned collectors the chance to invest in the photographers of the future.

For more inspiration visit or drop into their London gallery at 57 South Molton St, W1K 5SJ. •52•

Chamber Tales, © Sven Fennema,

Printeriors 2015 announces keynote speaker Wayne Hemingway at Printeriors Conference Printeriors 2015 launches its inaugural print for interior design led conference and showcase expo at Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany 1822 May 2015. The conference will take place on 21st May 2015 with luminaries of the design world sharing their expertise and insights with a select audience of industry peers. The Printeriors showcase will run alongside FESPA 2015, the world’s largest dedicated expo for wide format digital, screen and textile print. It will encompass printed interiors within the hospitality, corporate, retail and residential sectors with exhibitors showcasing the creative potential of printed interiors via state of the art room sets put together by cutting-edge print service providers and international manufactures. Printeriors Conference focusses on the myriad of innovative print applications available for interiors. British designer Wayne Hemingway will take centre stage in a keynote session, helping to unleash a wealth of creative potential for his interior design colleagues. Another highlight of the programme will be Universe Architecture Janjaap Ruijssenaars, the renowned Dutch architect with a reputation for cracking the code of innovation in his field. Janjaap will explain how he sees print brought to life in the architectural design sphere and share the secrets of ground-breaking projects including the first ever 3D printed house. Confirmed speakers include: • Mark Burmingham and Peter Morrison, Owners of Arc, will look at cost-effective creativity and how digital print is a productive medium enabling the designer to execute creative campaigns efficiently, cost-effectively and to strict deadlines. • Michael Berman, CEO of Schoos Design, Inc., will explore print in interior design using case studies of work and discussing how he sees print as an important tool for design. This unique visual and tactile experience will highlight the enormous potential for customisation inherent in print, which can be used on every kind of surface ranging from wallpaper and deep pile carpets to floor tiling and glass. Exhibitors at Printeriors 2015 include HP, Mutoh, Alvisual, Neschen, David Bartlett Designs, ATC Groupe, Kornit Digital, Retail Communicators bvba, PONGS Technical Textiles and Sihl. For more information on Printeriors and the conference visit: •22•

decor. application. design. print. installation.

Enhance the ordinary and make it extraordinary with interior design and the power of print. View inspirational printed interiors for retail, home, corporate and hospitality from global brand exhibitors at PRINTERIORS 2015. • Conferences • Product launches

• Application showrooms • Industry representatives

4 events in one location | FESPA 2015 | European Sign Expo | FESPA Fabric | Printeriors 2015



a family kitchen

Top tips for creating the ideal environment. 2. Incorporate an informal dining area to encourage togetherness The formal dining room is becoming a thing of the past, as families now actively use every part of their home, rather than keeping certain areas “for best”. Every family should have a dedicated informal dining space to ensure they sit at a table to dine together at least once a week. This promotes family harmony and communication.

Keeping face to face contact going with our busy schedules can be difficult, so creating an area where everyone will have to spend some time together makes perfect sense. As we all have to eat, a kitchen that incorporates informal dining, homework areas and, potentially, some television viewing space makes a perfect family focal point.

Create as large a dining table as possible to also act as a “homework” area or leisure space for tablets and laptops.

Keep clear definition between cooking & preparation, dining and TV areas. This will ensure that mess in one area does not encroach on another, allowing users to co-exist happily. Clear visual site lines are important to ensure family do not feel isolated when in the same physical space particularly where young children are concerned.


Use a washable paint, such as Little Greene Ultimatt, this is unaffected by condensation and also means family mess and cooking spray impact can be kept to a minimum. The better quality vinyl flooring options, such as Karndean, can look as good as wood and tile, but are infinitely more forgiving on crockery when dropped – an important consideration if you are getting Mummy’s Little Helpers involved in household jobs.

4. Storage and more storage All families collect rubbish and there is nothing worse than work-surfaces covered with clutter that you have to clear to start using the kitchen for its real purpose.

So here is my guide for creating the ideal family kitchen:

1. Have separately defined spaces that are in visual contact

Where choosing soft furnishings or upholstery look at rub tests and choose hardwearing fabrics and finishes to ensure no family area is “too precious”.

3. Keep it easy clean/low maintenance/hard wearing Avoid any surfaces that are too high maintenance so that spaces can stay attractive without being labour intensive. If you opt for a granite work surface use a matt or leather effect surface – these give all the benefits of granite without the intense maintenance of a high shine finish.

Incorporate as much drawer storage as possible to allow the bits of string, tickets, leaflets and other items to be kept in a place with a clearly defined use – so you can find things without them being on show. Have hooks and dedicated shelves with plug sockets to store keys and those all-important mobile phones that need charging.

5. Lighting Incorporate dimmable lighting in all areas and ensure that it is appropriate to the tasks likely to be carried out in those areas (such as food prep or hard book work). This will also help delineate the areas more, both visually and practically. Good lighting is important to avoid eyestrain and accidents. The ability to dim lighting means that the kitchen can quickly be turned from an intense work environment into a calmer dining area or social space. Additional wall wash lighting also helps create a softer visual and moves the kitchen from being a “task” area to an entertainment area if required in the evenings.

6. Electric sockets Never underestimate the amount of sockets you will need. Kitchen

equipment, phones and computers are all increasingly power hungry and there is nothing worse than unplugging one item to fit something else in. Rise and fall multi-sockets can help avoid giving over masses of wall-space to unattractive electrical sockets where gadgets are cleared away. They also provide considerable space saving opportunities in central islands.

7. Do not be afraid to use colour. A plain white kitchen can feel clinical and uninviting. The use of dark, rich colours and natural finishes helps promote feeling of warmth and belonging.

8. Never forget the cook! Gone are the days when the cook worked in isolation in a dedicated room. So, it is important to create large, integrated preparation or cooking areas that face into the room (rather than an outside wall) to allow the cook to easily interact with other users of the space. A major aid to this are the new generation Rise & Fall extractor fans, which facilitate cooking areas in central reservations. They are now far more powerful, less noisy and easier to install...not to mention more affordable.




With a minimum 150 mm pit recess Curti lifts can supply and install the ideal lift design when size is placing a restriction on your lift requirements. Minimising builders work and providing an economical solution. Available as hydraulic or traction drive our virtually pitless lift can turn the impossible into a reality.

For more information contact us on:

01274 690618

In order to optimise the space available, here at Curti Lifts, we design and install a wide range of high-quality, virtually pitless lifts. Part M compliant

DDA compliant

Disabled Access

Only 150mm deep pit required

Minimum headroom only 2850mm

Single or Three Phase power

The “Space Saver” has a full lift cabin, is fully automatic and is available in various sizes and capacities up to 1000kg. It can be installed within a traditional lift shaft or within its own steel structure, ideal for timber framed buildings. When a lift is to be installed into an existing building, there can be headroom/ pit restrictions. This is where Curti lifts utilise their many years of lift knowledge to devise a simple and cost effective solution. As the “Space Saver” has a fully enclosed cabin, automatic doors and single touch buttons, passengers using the lift will appreciate all the benefits of a traditional passenger lift. Constant pressure buttons can be burdensome and difficult to operate, especially when carrying shopping or with a pushchair. Suitable for disabled access, schools, commercial, residential and nursing home environments. For more information on how we can make the most of your available space and elevate you in style, please contact Curti lifts and ask for Celine or Carole today on:

01274 690618

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LIFTS , STAIRS, ballastrades

Building Homes for Life The Lifestyle Home Lift has been designed to help people adapt their homes to suit their needs, addressing one of the changing demands in the housing market.


he housing market is changing. Empty nesters are staying for longer in their family homes, delaying or even eliminating that ‘final move’ to a bungalow or possibly a retirement village. More and more retirees are choosing to stay where they are rather than relocate. Most of the houses that exist today were not designed with this in mind, and are not equipped to cope with the changing needs of their long-term residents. Narrow hallways and staircases make life difficult for those who develop mobility problems later in life, and this fact is now recognised among architects and developers when building new homes. As a result, we have seen more emphasis placed on building homes for life, with design criteria such as ‘Lifetime Homes’ growing in importance.

Style and convenience, customised for the home One of the Lifetime Homes design criteria states that provision should be made in new houses for the installation of a stair lift or through-floor lift.


Terry Lifts’ Lifestyle home lift has been engineered with all of this in mind. Designed especially for the home, it will travel safely and quietly between two floors, enabling people to remain in their homes for longer if the stairs become too much. The lift has a self-supporting structure, so it does not require a fully enclosed lift shaft. Therefore, it takes up a minimal amount of space and can be installed almost anywhere in a home. Customisation of the Lifestyle lift is possible with a choice of colours and finishes for the exterior and flooring, and features such as a folding seat, remote control and different shaped handrails. This enables the lift to blend seamlessly into a home.

For more information, call Terry Lifts on 800 247 1229, e-mail or visit the website at:

Terry Lifts are No.1 Terry Lifts are the only company

independently certificated to the British Standard 5900:2012 and the EU Machinery Directive for a lift travel above 3 metres covering ‘Through the floor fully enclosed Home Lifts’

3 A space-saving lift with a remarkably small footprint for a lift that can carry 2 people with a 250kg capacity

3 Practical & affordable alternative to moving house if the stairs become too much

3 Stylish & elegant with

customisable features and finishes to suit your needs

3 Can be fitted neatly into a corner or against the wall

3 No lift shaft required, so installation is easy with minimal building work

3 30-minute fire protection between

floors whether the lift is in the up or down position - an essential safety feature for a through floor lift

3 Manufactured in Knutsford, Cheshire, meaning short lead times and reliable national service and spares support

To find out more and request a brochure contact us:

0800 247 1811 email: web: tel:

Terry Group Ltd., Longridge Trading Estate, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8PR

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WHEN CHOOSING A PLATFORM LIFT Choosing a platform lift can be a daunting process, with many elements to consider. We’ve put together a helpful top ten of things to consider when choosing a platform lift. 1. Should the lift be open or enclosed? An open type platform lift does not have a shaft whereas an enclosed platform lift has a shaft for the entire length of travel. An open style platform can only be used up to a maximum travel of 3 metres.

2. How much space do I need? It is vital that the footprint of the lift is considered in relation to your building, but also the arrangement of doors and the space required in front of each door to ensure safe access for wheelchair users. The manufacturer will also state the installation space required, this is usually 30-100mm more than the footprint sizes.

3. What drive system is right for me? The main drive systems used are guided chain, hydraulic and screw drive. It is important that you discuss the type of drive system with the manufacturers so that you can fully appreciate the differences in how the drive system will affect the ride, longevity of the components and other space requirements – for example, hydraulic units will require space for the fluid tank.

4. Does the lift shaft need to be fire rated? The local planning office/architect should be able to advise on this. Generally platform lifts can be manufactured with fire doors but the shaft would need to be clad to provide the rating.

5. Should I choose a pit or ramp? Platform lifts usually require a pit of 50mm – 150mm. However, many of the manufacturers offer a ramp at the bottom door if a pit cannot be provided. If a ramp is chosen consideration should be given to the ramp being a potential tripping hazard.

6. What should I consider about door hinging? The way in which the door opens on to each landing should be considered. Will the door conflict with another door? Will the door opening to a particular side then put the wheelchair user at risk of falling down stairs?

7. Do I need remote landing call buttons? If the access to the lift is tight or restricted in a corridor then remote landing call buttons could be considered. This would make the space in front of the lift door easier for the wheelchair user to negotiate.

8. What about automatic doors? Automatic doors are often chosen where the lift will be used by individuals that will find pushing or pulling a door to be difficult. There are different types of closer which will react differently when the door comes into contact with an object and these should be discussed with the lift provider to ensure it meets with your requirements. Again the location of the door with an automatic closer should be considered carefully, for instance, a door opening on to a busy corridor could potentially create a hazard for those in the corridor when it opens automatically.

9. What colours are available? Manufacturers can provide lifts in many different RAL colours. Doors can be different colours to the shaft (colour contrasting) which help the visually impaired to identify the lift. The ability to colour the lift enables the lift to be either made into a feature by contrasting the colour with its surroundings or blend the lift in by matching the surrounding colour.

10. Should I choose a glazed shaft? If the lift is not to be fire rated then a glazed or partially glazed shaft could be used. Some manufacturers can glaze all 4 sides of the shaft whereas some can only glaze 3 sides due to drive system used. So if glazing is important to the lift design this will need to be discussed early with the manufacturer in relation to their particular drive system. If a glazed shaft is required then ensure that items such as cover plates for the underside of the platform and back panels to the platform console are included to maintain the aesthetics of the glazed lift.

Here at Invalifts, we can help provide answers to all of the above questions. Just give one of our friendly experts a call on 0845-4682543 and we’ll be happy to guide you through the process of choosing your own lift. •62•

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 oer stair platform lifts and a range of platform lifts for both internal and external use.

The Platform Lift Experts

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Offsite Construction

The Future of House Building

Housebuilding in the UK is currently at an all-time low. It is predicted that a total of 250,000 homes need to be delivered each year in order to tackle spiralling house prices and the critical shortage of affordable homes. This target has constantly been missed – with figures showing that only 141,000 homes were constructed last year. A substantial part of the problem is that housebuilders in possession of large sites often only release a small amount of homes at a time, as building at a slower pace allows them to maximise the value of their assets. As a result local authorities are now looking at reclaiming and managing the construction of new homes. Councils have largely been removed from housebuilding since the conservative government came into power in 1979, where private construction rose, but not by enough to compensate for the fall in public sector building. So what have local authorities been doing all this time? Council advisors argue that they been exploring ways of getting back into housebuilding after decades of being removed. Both Labour and Liberal Democrats are arguing in support of the state to once again commission and build new homes. Nevertheless, the current Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, argues that they need to be cautious about the state getting involved in housebuilding – stating that the country must live within its means. It is clear that if the state reclaims house building then cost effective methods of building will have to be utilised. Offsite construction provides the solution. Through the use of offsite construction, the government will be able to deliver houses at a lower cost and a rapid pace. Offsite construction has been around for decades, however, it is only now that its benefits are truly being recognised. It has been stated that a main factor holding up housebuilding in the short term, is a lack of materials. The surge in demand in late 2013 and early 2014 led to a decrease in availability of traditional materials such as bricks. This paved the way for prefabricated materials like timber and steel to be used in housebuilding. There is an urgent need for a mass volume of houses to be constructed in a limited time scale and whether the state takes on housebuilding, or if it is left to private house builders, the benefits of offsite construction could be crucial to meeting targets that have repeatedly been missed. Offsite construction provides housebuilders with programme certainty and quality though simplification of site operations and reduced weather dependencies due to the controlled factory-based assembly process. Houses delivered through offsite construction offer enhanced specification standards and build quality which reduces occupancy costs related to energy use, defects and repairs. There is significant evidence that suggests that the use of offsite construction has been successful when applied to meet the needs of significant housing developments at scale with consequential opportunities for standardisation of design details – particularly to meet the need of government led programmes.


Explore Offsite is a series of events which take the form of combined conferences and exhibitions – creating a platform for construction clients, architects, engineers and contractors to come together and discuss the latest offsite solutions. The third in the series of Explore Offsite events has a focus on the housing sector. Taking place on 07 July 2015 in Birmingham, the event includes speakers from pioneering companies in the offsite construction industry. Speakers include: John Skivington, Director of LHC, Nick Milestone, Managing Director of B & K Structures and Alex Smith, Hawkins Brown who will be discussing Banyan Wharf – the tallest timber building Europe, as well as Rory Bergin, HTA Design, speaking about Modular Buildings for the Private Rental Sector and Bryan Woodley, Val-U-Therm, sharing his experience in High Performance Building Envelope Design to Achieve PassivHaus Standards. There is also a wealth of exhibitors who will be available to discuss their latest innovations in offsite construction. Exhibitors include: B & K structures, Caledonian Group, Coillte Panel Products, Crown Timber, Keystone Group, Kingspan Timber Solutions, Modularize, Senior Architectural Systems, Structural Timber Association and Val-U-Therm. Tickets are just £95 +VAT. Get 10% off your tickets with the early bird discount code: EXPLORE10 Book now to avoid disappointment:

Explore the latest innovations in offsite technology


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VENUE: Birmingham A one day conference and exhibition creating a platform for construction

clients and their professional advisers to explore the latest offsite construction solutions in the housing sector providing a dynamic and interactive learning experience for all visitors.

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The event will consist of a conference of circa 200

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Floored by Design Flooring choices are fundamental and a considerable investment. Interior Designer Jamie Hempsall advises how to ensure you do not make an expensive mistake. In the midst of the winter gloom, many of us want to get a hint of spring by freshening up our homes. Flooring often forms a part of that decision and is certainly critical in the success or failure of your look and feel. It is important not to simply replace your flooring with something similar, but to take time to consider the use of the room and people who might therefore be enjoying the ambience. Your key considerations should be: 1) The volume of traffic that the room will be subject to and, therefore, how durable your product needs to be. 2) Is there likely to be moisture regularly present (such as a bathroom or utility room)?


3) How slip resistant does your floor need to be? 4) Does the floor need to act as a sound barrier? A particularly important consideration in upstairs rooms and for those in apartments. 5) Do you want a maintenance free finish? 6) Do any of the occupants have asthma or allergies? Some carpets are more hypoallergenic than others and generally harder floors can be more easily cleaned and, therefore, less problematic. 7) What sub-floor will your surface be laid upon? For example, if you have under-floor heating, then engineered floor boards can be a better choice than solid wood. 8) Overall budget – including installation. The flooring types have very

differing properties, so here are my guidelines to help make an informed choice: RESILIENT FLOORING Items such as vinyl (e.g. Karndean or Amtico) and linoleum can bounce back to their original form after something is dropped on them; helping preserve both the floor and the object. These make a good alternative to hard surfaces such as tile. They are often flexible to lay, hardwearing with minimal maintenance; good in areas with moisture and most finishes are bacteria resistant. Prices can suit most budgets.

PORCELAIN & CERAMIC TILES These are relatively easy to maintain and perfect in areas with moisture or immediate access from the outside. Without under-floor heating they can feel cool and you need to consider slip-resistance. They require a level sub-floor. Fitting costs can be as much as the cost of the tiles, but properly laid tiling can last a lifetime, so is money well spent. WOOD Always gives a warm architectural finish and colour can be altered with staining. Wonderful for a more informal area, must be in good repair for visual interest. Will require regular maintenance depending upon finish, but if cared for can be a very long-term and richly rewarding companion. Wood may stain if in regular contact with moisture so finish and careful cleaning is important. Can be temperamental if used in conjunction with under-floor heating where veneer engineered boards might be a better option. Needs professional fitting to ensure safety

and longevity. One of the more expensive flooring options. LAMINATE A firm favourite in the last decade as a cheap and easy to fit flooring solution. Unsuitable for damp areas and can sound hollow when walked upon, so not recommended in flats or upstairs bedrooms. Some systems are suitable for owner installation. Laminate is easy to maintain and available at a variety of price points. CARPETS & RUGS A particularly good solution in cooler areas as they add warmth and comfort; they also help reduce noise. Carpet may not be as durable as other surfaces, but stain resistant treatments definitely help prolong its life. Available in

a variety of price points, but a good quality underlay and professional fitting are essential for carpets. Rugs are ideal used in conjunction with other surfaces to provide warmth and design contrast. STONE & MARBLE A very permanent solution and ideal in wet areas. Cooler than most other finishes, but ideal with under-floor heating as it retains warmth. Expensive and must be laid perfectly. Ideal for bathrooms; hallways and garden rooms. Jamie Hempsall is a multi-award winning interior designer.


CONTEMPORARY HOME DESIGN Contemporary Home Design began 15 years ago from a small home based office, designing and manufacturing bespoke made kitchens bedrooms and living rooms. As the demand grew in high quality bespoke home furniture, our business grew. At the time we only had an online portfolio, we soon realised our customers wanted to touch and feel our products as well as visualising it, so we decided to open up a showroom. We travelled to Germany every year for 4 years before deciding to introduce the branded side of the business. We chose the leading high quality German brands due to the excellent customer care they provide to us as their retailer and our customers. We are now a well-established lifestyle company, offering our customers all the necessities they require for their desired room. We deal with only the top leading brands in Europe and UK and have the most up to date technology at the best affordable prices. From kitchens, bedrooms and living areas, to flooring, lighting, home automation and central vacuum system; and to complete it with kitchen essentials, mirrors and 3D wall panelling. We have it all here at CHD, come along visit our lifestyle showroom and you will be astonished with what we can do for you!


MADE IN GERMANY We design and manufacture bespoke and custom made kitchens, bedrooms and living interiors. We can make bedrooms ceiling-to-floor and wall-to-wall to give it a very sleek look. The designer and manufacturer work very close with the customer to come up with creative and original ideas to meet the customers’ needs. High quality German material and accessories are used in the manufacturing of the furniture. We aim to provide 18mm rigid carcasses, in a wide range of colours and wood effect finishes. Every fraction of our portfolio is inspected to guarantee our detail for perfection and to ensure that it has met all of our customers’ wishes. We have cherry picked the most well-known and best manufacturers of kitchens and bedrooms in Europe to give our customers a range of choice from design, style and idea. We keep up to date with the technology in and around Europe to make the desired living space extraordinary. We have an amazing range of German kitchen brands –Schüller, Next125, Ballerina and Beckermann. A Kitchen made in Germany is a kitchen guaranteed for life, from the day you purchase your kitchen, the German manufacturers will give you excellent service for up to 15 years and more ensuring your kitchen works and looks the part. |


Lighting & Lighting Design

Pathlight semi circle

The Altima Path Light shown here lighting the access roads and paths to a group of buildings in west London uses a very efficient 3 watt LED light source. It is die cast in aluminium and is suitable for exterior use.

Altima Offer New Bridgelux Decor LED Light Sources

The Bridgelux Decor Series delivers outstanding light quality with very high quality colour rendering across the spectrum form deep red to ultra violet, enabling lighting designers to truly render a full palette of colors over a wide range of light levels to create stunning and sophisticated lighting effects for retail, hospitality, museums and architectural lighting applications.

Altima LED Cabinet Lighting

We have new ranges of cabinet lighting available which can be recessed into the carcass or shelf in kitchen units or bookshelves, They are very compact and therefore can fit flush into the material depth available and the cabling is very fine so it can easily be accommodated invisibly to connect the power source.

Altima Dimmable LED Driver

Our new dimmer/driver unit is for use with our LED products along with our Wafer Switch system to give full control over light output with soft starting from any of the Wafer push button switches and can be installed anywhere including the bathroom because it uses safe ultra low voltage switch control technology.

Designed And Made In England Altima is based in Park Royal, London. All our products are made there. They are designed by Stephen Hall of the IN.form design consultancy with David Clarke the managing director, both of whom have long experience in architectural lighting. The great majority of our components such as electronic controls, reflectors, housings, cast and machined parts are manufactured in England - in London, the Midlands and the North. Some lamps and LEDs from major suppliers come from outside the UK.

Altima work with clients to produce special solutions for particular lighting requirements. At WorkClub, a media creative agency, we worked with architect John Nordon of IDE-Architects to design and produce a suspended system which combined cable distribution and lighting. The trunking system was suspended above the open work area and carried all power and comms cables. Light fittings could be positioned at any point in the top of the section giving a general uplight over the whole area with tracks and spots fitted into the sides to give flexible accent lighting to areas below and on the walls. Special outlet columns dropped power and IT cables down to the desktop in areas where workstations were clustered and for presentation spaces.



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Special school boosted by Ergolet overhead hoist system

Danish mobility company Ergolet has installed its Luna overhead hoisting system, featuring the unique wall-mounted E-track, at Kingfisher Community Special School in Oldham to significantly improve pupils’ access to facilities throughout the building. The installation – the first of its kind at a UK special school - was part of a multi-million pound refurbishment programme at the school, designed to ensure that children with complex and severe mobility needs have the best access to specialist learning environments.

length of each room, a traverse track is fitted to the E-track to span the width of the room, and the Luna lifting unit is connected to the traverse rail. The flexibility of the system allows the Luna ‘pod’ to be transferred simply, easily and quickly from one room, or system, to another.

A total of 18 rooms at the school, including classrooms, toilets and a hydrotherapy pool and changing areas, were fitted with the system. The E-track and Luna system covers the full length and breadth of each room allowing the most severely disabled, who are usually reliant on floor hoists or fixed-track overhead systems, to reach all corners of the room.

A hand-held remote control device controls lifting and lowering, while carers at the school can assist with movement around the room.

An industry leading 5 year warranty is now standard with Luna, a testament to the quality and confidence of this award winning system. E-tracks are installed on opposite walls along the


The installation in the hydrotherapy pool suite is discreet and ideal for disabled access in public swimming pool complexes. The portability of the Luna “pod” and wall-mounted tracking means unsightly and space intensive mobility equipment does not have to be a permanent feature poolside. Fitted just below the ceiling, E track is discrete and the entire system blends into the room.

Ergolet’s David Lomas said his company won the contract based on the ease of installation, use and cost effectiveness of the system. He said: “We were contacted by the school at a late stage because the planned traditional installation of overhead hoists was proving to be more difficult and costly than anticipated.

“The original buildings date back to the 70s so to make the use of overhead hoists work together with the old building and the new build project, it would have been necessary to install additional cumbersome and costly steel beams. By using E-track, installation time can be reduced by 70%, giving a real cost saving”. Cath Croke, Moving and Handling Manager at the school said the installation had made a significant difference to both pupils and staff. She said: “It has certainly made the quality of life so much better for those pupils with more severe mobility issues. “Floor mounted mobile hoists aren’t suitable in soft play areas, for example, so this system literally means that all pupils, whatever their mobility issues, have the opportunity to access all the learning environments throughout the school.”


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The Icynene Insulation System

The Icynene Insulation System is a soft, flexible, breathable, foam insulation and air barrier system. Sprayed as a liquid Icynene expands to 100 times its initial volume in seconds filling every nook, cranny and penetration into walls, ceilings and floors. Icynene’s unique formulation sets it apart from other insulation products offering many advantages over traditional insulation materials and more modern alternatives. While all materials of equal thermal resistance perform identically under laboratory conditions the same is not true in real life; some insulation materials off-gas which, over time, diminishes their effectiveness, others allow the passage of air through gaps between them and other building components. Installing

Icynene ensures no loss of performance and it will remain the same over the lifetime of the building. Minimising air leakage from a building enables the correct design of heating and ventilation systems, saving money on the initial installation and future running costs. Buildings with Icynene installed have easily reached Passivhaus standards for air leakage without the use of membranes and tapes. Needing only a short installation period, Icynene can save you valuable build time and is therefore extremely cost effective compared to other products, not only that but you benefit from insulation and airtightness in one application.

The Icynene Insulation System is 100% water blown containing no toxic chemicals. Icynene doesn’t contain any HFC’s, CFC’s, HFA or HCFC’s and it remains soft and flexible accommodating any normal expansion, contraction or movement within a building. So whether you plan to build, renovate or upgrade the Icynene Insulation System will deliver the performance you can count on for a lifetime of savings and comfort.


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Delivers high traffic performance, prevents peeling or flaking for 5 years

Works on new and weathered wood and for recoating old applications Protects against moisture damage, with excellent adhesion and flexibility Available in a wide range of attractive colours to bring new life to any decking

Is This The End For Plain Paper Plans? With an increasing number of engaging home design TV programs and gorgeous lifestyle publications, building your dream home or adding new space to your existing home has never felt more within reach. Our own ideas are increasingly the driving force behind creative build projects, but are traditional architectural plans really the way to begin? Expensive, difficult to understand and uncompromising in flexibility, it certainly seems like there must be a more sensible alternative.

Sam Evans seems to think so and his exciting solution makes a lot of sense! A builder turned architectural designer, Sam set up SketchUp Architectural Design in 2013 with 20 years of experience designing everything from treehouses to garden studios, new builds to barn conversions. With a degree in fine art, building experience and a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) affiliation, his solution utilises both build and design knowledge. Whether you are looking to interpret existing plans or to start afresh, Sam makes the architectural design process practical, cost-friendly and accessible for everyone. He offers a new and holistic way of planning and reviewing design and build ideas – which makes changing your mind a lot less expensive! So how does it work? Sam produces an accurate 3D CAD model of the building, which you are able to ‘walk through’, clearly visualise and easily amend. As he explains, it’s “a very fluid way of designing a building, altering and adjusting things until they feel just right, rather than always having to go back to the drawing board.” This ensures the space works in the right way for the client before costly build work starts. Once complete, 3D models of both the existing and the proposed buildings are easily and quickly rendered into the traditional 2D drawings required for planning applications and building specifications. Accessible, flexible, cheaper and more time efficient - it looks like traditional architectural plans have met their match. For more information on SketchUp Architectural Design please visit the website Or call us on: 07814 685519 •74•

Using glass rooflights to enhance home design and use of light Glass rooflights can be expertly used to enhance light and space within any given building project, and the choice of options for bespoke rooflight designs are now greater than ever. There are many opportunities to incorporate glass rooflights into residential properties; they can be used as a bespoke feature to create a modern, contemporary feel to the building or simply be used as a source of light for single property renovations with minimal space to extend.

Walk on Rooflight Berkeley Homes was a prestigious collection of three impressive contemporary 4/5 bedroom apartments at Terrace Yard, Richmond. The development has been meticulously built by Berkeley to its award-winning standards, with the sumptuous new showhomes designed by the international interior designer Chris Dezille, founder and owner of Honky Design. Contemporary interiors flow seamlessly throughout the homes demonstrating their stunning accommodation and flexibility. The use of a walk on rooflight has brought an elegant touch to the cleverly designed outdoor space and is used to generate natural daylight through to the lounge below. Glazing Vision’s fixed modular Flushglaze rooflight with a walk on specification to comply with building regulations loading requirements, was used to achieve the quality and finish expected of such a high specification development. Product used: flushglaze fixed rooflight Dimensions: 4865mm x 1510mm [overall weathered upstand]

Fully opening skylight This property on Owlstone Road consisted of an uplifting renovation to a drab and dreary existing kitchen and diner area, with the additional design challenge to not significantly increase the floor space.

The main feature of the space was an electrically operated fully opening skylight which allows natural light to be brought into the main living space. In a very densely populated area with space a premium, this approach has brought light and importantly sunshine into the west facing property.

Broombank, Eaves Flushglaze Rooflight

The skylight has created views of the sky above and beyond the neighbouring terraced properties and enclosed garden space. Product used: skyglide sliding rooflight Dimensions: 2000mm x 1500mm

Eaves flushglaze rooflight The location of this RIBA award-winning new build remained a strong focal point throughout the entire project, with design plans intended to accentuate the stunning views of the River Alde. As much outdoor space as possible was incorporated into the design using a bespoke ‘eaves’ Flushglaze rooflight to make the most of natural daylight.

Owlstone Road, Fully Opening Skylight

This was positioned within the stairwell, enabling light to flood a typically dark, enclosed space using horizontal and vertical sections of glass. The homeowner’s requirement for peace and tranquility was fulfilled, primarily due to the carefully planned use of light and space throughout the design build. Product used: Flushglaze Eaves Rooflight Dimensions: 3650mm x 1685mm

As demonstrated in these properties, glass rooflights are the perfect solution for creating a seamless integration between indoor and outdoor space, where natural light can often be disrupted. To find out more about what Glazing Vision have to offer, visit

Berkeley Homes, Walk on Rooflight


Flood and Water Defence Barriers River flood defender barrierCPLC Water specialize in the design and construction of flood defences and flood barriers for property level protection (PLP) We have a team of highly trained and experienced design and construction engineers, who are dedicated to providing the best flood mitigation measures for your requirements. In association with UK Flood Barriers, our team of BPEC accredited installers operate throughout the Wessex area and provide detailed residential and commercial property surveys to assess property level flood protection requirements. all products are PAS1188 tested and BSi Kite marked.

Flood Protection and Drainage Engineering Services CPLC Water is an independent company dedicated to providing a comprehensive service dedicated to all aspects of flood management, drainage and water engineering. With over 15 years experience within the industry, CPLC Water offers a reliable and professional consultancy, design and installation service for flooding, drainage and water engineering sector.

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Flood Risk Assessments Surface and Foul Water Drainage Strategy, Layout, and Design; Design and installation of SUDS (sustainable drainage systems) and drainage systems Design and installation of property flood protection Design and installation of flood alleviation schemes; Groundwater flood protection Land drainage

Flood Protection and Risk Assessments If you are considering flood protection solutions for your property, CPLC provide independent, expert advice for the design and installation of flood protection measures, which includes permanent and demountable flood protection products and other equipment and measures prescribed in individual flood protection surveys. CPLC provide individual flood protection surveys for commercial and residential properties. Our assessments include a full breakdown of mitigation measures required and we provide assistance to clients in designing and sourcing the most cost effective ways of protecting your development or business.



Home Designer and Architect - May 2015