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Touch Ironmongery LTd 210 Fulham road, chelsea London SW10 9PJ

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stablished 33 years ago in October 1982, Touch Ironmongery is one of London’s leading ironmongers. Originally called “A Touch of Brass”, the firm changed their name in 2003 in reaction to slowly advancing market changes in architectural ironmongery which is no longer supplied solely in brass, and to also reflect the broader range of products and finishes that they sell. In fact today, Touch can supply a wide range of finishes including Brass, Satin Brass, Polished Chrome, Satin Chrome, Polished Nickel, Satin Nickel, Copper, Bronze -solid and plated, BMA, Antique Brass, Black, Pewter, Ceramic, Leather, Stainless Steel, Satin Stainless Steel, Gun Metal, and the list keeps growing. Whatever finish you require, Touch can help you get the right look. Touch occupy their recently refurbished showroom at 210 Fulham Road, Chelsea, where they display a vast range of their 5,000 products. With a customer base including Interior Designers, Builders and individuals who are interested in the top end of the

Ironmongery market, Touch mainly supply to residential premises but hotel and office properties also contribute to their vast clientele. The company also have a healthy export market to all corners of the world, namely the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Touch’s owner and founder, Bill Benham, has 33 years’ experience in the ironmongery trade, as do his colleagues Jim Haselup and Alan Blanchard. Saleem Qureshi is the newest member of our team and has 10 years’ experience, meaning their knowledge is unrivalled in this industry. The range of products supplied by Touch date from circa 1640 French (Louise XIV) and cover all subsequent periods (Georgian, Edwardian & Victorian), art deco and contemporary pieces also make up the product ranges. In addition, Touch showcases the very best of British manufacturing; the best ranges are still produced in the Midlands by craftsmen in factories dating back 200 years or more. Touch also sell European manufactured goods

which is considered to be of a very good quality and in recent years they have introduced some of the far eastern made products, albeit in a limited range but cost effective. With trends continuously evolving, new innovative products are constantly under development. Touch understand that keeping up with the fashion-shifts is imperative in order to provide every customer with the best solution for their requirements. Ironmongery can be a difficult and complicated aspect of a building project, as a result Touch aim to take this awkward aspect and make it user friendly and clear to understand by offering an onsite service where they carry out a detailed door by door, window by window, room by room Ironmongery schedule, highlighting all requirements and identifying any items that can be refurbished. Refurbishment is a large part of the business; Touch will undertake complete ironmongery refurbishment projects, and can restore old paint covered door furniture to their former glory, looking as new, at a fraction of the cost to replace.

For more information about Touch Ironmongery or to arrange a showroom visit please call 0207 351 2255 or alternatively visit

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CONTENTS November 2017 20 Lifts, Stairs & Balustrades 32 Bathrooms, Washrooms & Kitchens 50 Heating, Ventilation & Insulation

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Acoustic Architecture One of the biggest reasons for the lack of productivity is concentration and with many companies opting for the Open Plan layout which allows freedom of movement, hot desking, a more relaxed environment and many dualpurpose areas, this is quite an issue in larger offices. Luckily there is a solution. The addition of acoustic absorption in key places can turn these noisy, exposed desks, breakout areas into the quietest of places but does this compromise the design? 0845 5480518 •4•

Luckily the acoustic market has grown in the last 10 years to become a recognised addition to the design brief and the options available are many. From acoustic ceilings whether it be suspended or rafted, acoustic wall panels, acoustic quiet booths or simply acoustic plaster, there is a solution for every design scheme and more recently the acoustics are now embraced or at least discussed at design stage.

But why stop there? The market offers solutions now that not only quietly sedate proceedings both aurally

and visually but can also lead the design. Soundtect is one of many companies who has brought out ranges of panels to do just that. From decorative wall panels to ceilings rafts and more, the decision to include acoustic solutions into a Project has never been easier and the results can be stunning. It is still a learning curve for many, the sound is the last box to tick and may be removed from the project on route to the finish line whether it’s down to budget, or otherwise. However, as an easily installed product, Soundtect for one offers acoustic ranges that also are perfect for that last-minute addition. So, if you are planning a new project and need to add an injection of something special or you need a retro-fit sound acoustic panels may be the answer, and Soundtect is one company among many who will be waiting for your call.

RINNAI CPD COURSES FULL PROGRAMME ON HOT WATER HEATING SYSTEMS AND DELIVERY Rinnai, the UK’s leading supplier of hot water heating products and systems, has announced its full programme of approved CPD courses which are now freely available to all sectors of the industry contractors, engineers, specifiers, building services consultants and interior designers.

There are four basic CPD courses: Energy Efficiency On Demand Water Heating; Continuous Flow & The Future Of Water Heating; Continuous Flow and Excellence in Design; Understanding ACOP L8 and Hot Water Design. All are available in one batch or as individual ‘stand-alone’ topics. Venues for course delivery can be either the Rinnai state-of-theart Training Suite by accredited tutors. These CIBSE approved courses are free of any charge. Rinnai supplies the biggest range of continuous flow hot water heater units and systems currently available on the UK market. All products either fully comply or exceed all UK and EU legislation For more details on RINNAI products visit


DESIGNER CONTRACTS INTRODUCES NEW FURNITURE AND LIGHTING RANGES The UK’s largest flooring contractor and interior design experts to the new build sector, Designer Contracts, has launched new furniture and lighting packs, enhancing its current offering.


he furniture packs are available in three options; ‘Choice’, ‘Ideal’ and ‘Supreme’ and tailored to suit individual budgets. There’s also a children’s furniture package, which features a selection of fun designs. The packages have been developed to offer a one-stop-shop furnishing solution, and are ideal for two or three bedroom properties, comprising of bedroom, lounge and dining furniture. The fully co-ordinated packages are available to suit all interior tastes, whether that’s traditional or contemporary, and can be worked to create a custom look. For clients looking for a tailored scheme, the company’s interior design team can create a bespoke solution.


Lighting packages include energy efficient and low energy LED ceiling fittings with matching table and floor options. Lamp shades are also available in an assortment of shapes and sizes to conceal bulbs where a ceiling fixture isn’t required. Packages are available in three styles; ’Select’, which represents excellent value for money, the prestigious ‘Supreme’ offers a more luxurious selection of fittings, while ‘Glow’ is a colourful range – great for a children’s bedroom. Said Designer Contracts md, Peter Kelsey: “The packs are a convenient option for developers, contractors, landlords and even students or first-time buyers. They represent excellent value for money and take the hassle out of shopping about for furniture and lighting.

“They have been designed to save time in the sense that the hard work has been done for the customer, ensuring a quick return on investment.” In addition to furniture and lighting, hardware and linen packages provide all the basics needed, including cutlery and towels, providing a one-stop-shop option. Designer Contracts operates across 12 UK regional facilities. As well as curtain and blind packs, the company provides furniture and lighting packs and operates a showhome design division. The company is also the UK’s largest provider of floorcoverings to the new build sector. Follow us on Twitter: @DesignerContrac or Facebook: Designer Contracts

New version of Schueco’s panoramic sliding door is launched In recent years, Schueco’s focus has been on designing highly insulated glazed systems where the framing becomes ever more minimal, allowing the area of uninterrupted glass to become proportionately larger and thus visually more impressive. Not long ago, however, the dimensions of any sliding door system were limited by the materials used in its construction, with factors such as glass weights and structural tolerances effectively dictating a maximum size. But ‘panoramic doors’ – like those featured in Schueco’s ASS 77 PD sliding door range that can span openings up to 3.2 metres wide and 3.5 metres high– sweep away such constraints, giving homeowners more choice and architects a new level of design freedom. Recognising this trend, Schueco UK is introducing a new, updated version of its manually operated panoramic sliding door system, the ASS 77 PD.HI. Significant innovations include an integrated, full-height handle that improves the appearance of the door and makes it easier to open and close. Schueco has also introduced an optimised locking concept that utilises spring-loaded mushroom heads. In addition, there are some new designs, in particular a 90o all-glass corner and new bi-parting four-pane versions with two sliding leaves and two fixed or four sliding leaves. Installing the Schueco ASS 77 PD.HI system is now also much simpler thanks to a reduced outer-frame installation height of 58 mm and a new ability to fit the frame into buildings with minimal installation space at the side. And to assist with installation, new adjustment devices allow the outer frame to be adjusted without removal of the glass panels. This is of particular benefit when there may be subsequent ceiling deflection. For further information on the new, updated version of the Schueco ASS 77 PD.HI sliding door system, please email or visit the website


Lighting Sensations Supplying the most stunning lighting available. Lighting Sensations supply products from a huge range of top international designers and manufacturers, travelling Europe to find the very best. They have a detailed knowledge of their products, making factory visits and checking the production process from the design right through to the finished piece. Lighting Sensations lead the field when it comes to designing mood lighting schemes, supplying beautiful hand blown glass from Italy and up-to-date innovations such as the Coelux natural skylight effect. Design schemes large or small, simple or complex for any type of project. Lighting Sensations have a passion and enthusiasm for what they do. With nearly four decades of experience within the lighting design and installation business, they can guarantee the best results for your project. With specialist knowledge on how to create lighting for every type of mood and occasion, from subtle lighting effects creating a sense of intimacy for those moments of relaxation to energising even the most challenging of rooms, they deliver the best and most controllable lighting in the most intuitive manner. Installing and implementing ‘turnkey’ solutions Throughout an installation, Lighting Sensations pride themselves on an unparalleled level of support and guidance for the installers and clients alike. They also offer a full installation service, if required, from an expert dedicated team with an in depth knowledge of lighting systems and how best to install them ensuring the smoothest and least stressful journey through to the completion of your project. To avoid the stress and pitfalls that can arise from a lack of lighting expertise, whether an end user or professional, call into the Lighting Sensations showroom (address and contact details below) where they can run through the design process with you, demonstrating how lighting works and the difference it can make. Alternatively contact them by phone or email to discuss your requirements. Lighting Sensations UK Ltd, The Light Unit 1a & 2a Button End, Harston, Cambridge, CB22 7GX Te: +44 (0)1223 874434 Email:

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Cooperage Transformed Into Award-Winning Residence With Sliding Glass Rooflight The impressive restoration and expansion of The Cooperage, a former Victorian brewery, is now one of London’s most exciting cultural and culinary hubs, having already earned the architect Chris Dyson Architect (CDA) a raft of industry accolades. This 4 storey private residence doesn’t just celebrate its’ industrial roots with exposed brickwork and black steel but also espouses the contemporary with concrete floors, a feature staircase and a bronze clad vertical extension culminating in a stunning roof terrace. Glazing Vision’s Bi-parting Sliding Over Rooflight was key to unlocking the daylight in the openplan, triple height living space within the converted basement. •10•


he Cooperage had had a checkered past before the current owners approached CDA in 2015 about making it their dream home. Originally dating from the early 1900’s the building was used for making barrels for local breweries, then had a stint as the HQ of a French polishing company before being unsympathetically converted into a private residence in the 1980’s. The current owners wished to restore the building, retaining its’ period charm, whilst simultaneously seeking to extend it with contemporary spaces and a roof terrace. This brief was not without challenges though - the building was grade-listed, the site was severely restricted with overlooking issues on

all sides, and light was essentially only available from above.

Unlocking daylight in difficult spaces

CDA set about maximising the space by extending the basement laterally and removing the mezzanine floor in order to create a lofty triple-height, living space. This atrium now serves as the building’s core around which much of the accommodation is structured, and through which the imposing steel and glass staircase passes right up to the top of the house. The ground floor is set on a dramatic concrete landing, suspended within the open plan living and dining space in the basement below. The new vertical extension rises from the top of the building, with the elegant Patinated bronze cladding clearly setting it apart from the brickwork of the original building below while adding a contemporary aesthetic. The property houses 3 bedrooms and bathrooms on the first floor, the master bedroom, ensuite and private terrace on the second, and a larger bronze clad terrace on the roof with stunning views of the capital.

The dramatically re-configured basement, whilst offering an impressively large living space, posed a unique challenge. Sitting below street level and with no direct access to daylight it risked becoming dark and intimidating. CDA’s solution was to install a special Glazing Vision rooflight above the dining area. Manufactured at the company’s factory in Diss, Norfolk this bespoke 6m x 3m Bi-parting Sliding Over Fixed Rooflight was supplied in 4 sections and had to be craned over neighbouring buildings. The minimal internal framework of this enormous rooflight ensured it did not impact negatively on the clean white aesthetic of the dining space below, nor detract from the impressively lofty feel provided by the atrium. The huge panes of glazing ensured that the dining area and adjacent lounge and kitchen areas were now flooded with natural daylight.

Maximising ventilation in a basement Of equal importance to CDA was to provide a means of increasing the ventilation in this basement area. The sliding section of the Glazing Vision Sliding Over Fixed Rooflight is electronically controlled at the touch of a button and travels over the fixed section of glazing to provide a 50% clear opening. The added benefit of this particular type of rooflight, especially where roof space is limited, is that its’ footprint remains unchanged whether the rooflight is open or closed.

Attaching lighting feature to Sliding Over Fixed Rooflight One final consideration for CDA and the interior designer, Andrea Larsson Sanchez, was to provide for mood lighting over the 10-seat dining table in the evening. A beautiful chandelier was hung from a framed support attached to the rooflight, manufactured by Glazing Vision especially for this project.

The Cooperage continues to impress Awards’ juries The Cooperage ,already in 2016 the winner of the Sunday Times British Homes Award in the category “ Small Scale Conversion, Restoration or Refurbishment” and earning CDA a shortlisting for “Architect of the Year” , continues to excite the architectural community. In accepting the prestigious RIBA London Award in 2017 Matthew Witts, partner at CDA, revealed that The Cooperage had been a challenging project for the practice, but the result is a “carefully detailed and uplifting building”. Indeed the jury commended CDA and their clients for their “well-considered working of an existing building which successfully revealed elements of the original industrial character and set them off against elegant detailed contemporary additions”. The Cooperage has also just been shortlisted in June 2016 for the AJ Retrofit Awards 2017 in the category “House over £500,000 “. Find out more about specifying Sliding Over Fixed Rooflights for your next project by requesting a CPD at


If you can’t function without your morning coffee then a modern, quality machine that offers top-tier barista style drinks from the comfort of your own kitchen is the perfect indulgence. As technology evolves and appliances become ever increasingly user-friendly, convenient and intuitive, household coffee machines are an excellent choice for those looking for a speciality machine, that will complement busy lifestyles and fine taste of food and drink, and design. In tune with and wishing to satisfy consumers aspirational desires, JURA is synonymous with luxury and renowned for quality, innovation, precision, reliability and service. If you’re looking to transform your home, a beautiful JURA coffee machine promises the best coffee result, the simplest operation and stunning design. Developed by a dedicated team of specialist Swiss engineers, the E8 has revolutionised the way coffee should be enjoyed. Thanks to its unique Pulse Extraction Process – the only one of its kind in the world – the E8 guarantees the best aroma and flavour possible. With an ultra-modern design, touch screen display and 12 programmable specialities, the E8 is the perfect accompaniment in any coffee lover’s home. For more information, please visit:


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The perfect espresso thanks to P.E.P.®. The E8 from JURA wows even the most discerning coffee lovers like Roger Federer with its choice of coffees. The one-touch automatic coffee machine prepares twelve different specialities to professional barista standard. To create the perfect ristretto and espresso, it features a world first: the Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.®). A TFT display makes operation intuitive and convenient. All elements are easily accessible from the front, while the Intelligent Water System (I.W.S.®) detects the filter automatically. JURA Products Ltd., Vivary Mill, Vivary Way, Colne, Lancashire, BB8 9NW, Tel: 01282 868266, Fax: 01282 863411,, JURA – If you love coffee

How long should new build homes last? Steve Mansour, Chief Executive Officer, CRL


When looking at structural longevity, it’s difficult to look past well-known historical buildings that are not only largely structurally secure, but prove a point about how long a structure can withstand the elements. Take the Palace of Versailles as an example. It has been standing since the 17th century and to all intents and purposes, the main chateau building remains essentially intact. So why do we assume that residential houses of a much smaller scale should be any different?

The recent report by the LGA states that one in 10 purchasers of new homes were not happy with the overall quality of the build, and a further one in six would not recommend their construction developer to a friend. So the lifespan of a new build is surely being brought into question too.

step of the build. So, it’s unclear why, considering all these checks, regulations and processes, consumer faith is lacking. Buying a house should fill a consumer with excitement and possibility, not trepidation and nervousness in case of flaws.

Considering that most areas within the UK have more homes built before 1930 than any other period[3], the suggestion is that build quality has declined over recent years due to cost implications and the quantity of builds. However, there are inevitably going to be a small number of cases where there are issues, especially when building tens of thousands of any product, let alone something as complex as a house. Builders don’t have the luxury that those in retail do, to recall a product if there are issues.

There is also the question of lifetime versus commodity to consider. Research from the Land Registry[4] shows that the average duration of home ownership in England has decreased since the core of the recession in 2010. Consumers are moving more often and are looking for a property that suits their style, as well as one that meets their needs. Considering the amount of properties that are being refurbished, it is worth asking the question of whether houses built now are going to be stylistically irrelevant in one millennia, let alone two.

Anomalies aside, there are high standards that must be met. New build properties must meet very strict building criteria to pass all regulations and achieve a 10-year structural warranty certificate. Structural warranty is in place to make sure all new build properties uphold a high level of quality, ensuring a good standard of build and importantly, longevity. In addition, 2017 has seen the specification for new build properties become lengthier and stricter, which may partly be due to the increasingly rigorous building regulations. As a result, those involved in new builds are constantly conducting assessments at every stage of the process; from measurements and materials used, to assessing the potential outcome of every decision at every

The focus now needs to be on the construction of a high amount of quality new homes with efficient structures that will last several lifetimes. Alongside this, developers need to communicate the strict processes in place before a property is handed over, so consumers can be sure they’re getting a quality return on investment, rather than a building that will crumble at the first challenge. Ultimately, a house doesn’t need to last 2,000 years; but the construction industry needs to drive structurally sound properties that inspire confidence in the consumer. Developers must work to best practice, to drive the quality of new build homes and guarantee properties last as long as possible.

The question of how long a property should last is often debated in the construction industry. In 1992, it was suggested that new build properties should have at least a 60-year lifespan[1]. However, just 25 years on, the Local Government Association (LGA) has stated that new-build homes should last at least 2,000 years[2]. This is quite an increase; in fact, 33 times more; and considering that new houses are needed immediately, raises the question: what should the lifespan of a residential property really be? When answering this question, it’s important to look at the issue of demand versus quality, particularly in relation to new builds and developments. The continued housing shortage in the UK has led to an urgent demand for new homes but ultimately, these homes need to be built with the long-term future in mind if they are to address the housing crisis. 0808 271 9045 •15•

EUROPEAN SYTLE AT BRITISH SHOW We may be parting from the EU, but we are not parting from our love affair with European furniture. The January Furniture Show (21st -24th January, NEC, Birmingham) will see over 30 major European brands showing alongside the 470+ UK brands, enticing buyers with swish new collections and new finishes.


talian giants Camel G ro u p , N i c o l et t i , New Trend and Italia Living will bring their sumptuous leather upholstery and sleek living and dining furniture. Joining them will be major brands from Germany, Denmark, France and the Republic of Ireland, including Weimann, Skvoby, Akante and Alfrank, among many others. For over 30 years from their North-East Italian base, multi furniture supplier Camel Group have sent their chic and go-ahead fabric and leather suites, bedroom, living and dining furniture all over the world. With select options for the contract market, theirs will be a hot stand in January. Italia Living has continually developed new standards of style in their long history of making sofas and chairs. The sunshine of their southern Italian location is reflected in both their elegant and funky styles and the quality of their materials and manufacturing skills. For living and dining furniture with Scandi cool and plenty of choice, Skovby is the stand to visit. With uniquely engineered extending dining tables and clean cabinets to match, they offer the ultimate in uber-cool living designs. Catering for large and small spaces, their stand will be a dining treasure trove.


The Germans are well known for their engineering expertise and furniture is no exception in receiving such attention. Weimann are among the list of big-league German furniture producers exhibiting this January, who continually develop integral bedroom storage collections with high flexibility and a vast choice of finishes. Joining them are Nolte and Rauch, who also bring their own individual designs and wardrobe systems giving visitors plenty to see in the world of bedroom furniture. The pull of European furniture is easy to understand, the contemporary styling, modular forms and high-gloss finishes offer a notable alternative to the more traditional styles prevalent in the UK. The January Furniture Show is the only show in the UK attended by so many European brand - so it offers UK buyers the only opportunity of the year to see such a diverse selection of European companies in one place. The full list of UK and European and UK exhibitors is on the show website, where you can also register for your free attendance to the show:

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Technogym Personal Line Design meets tomorrow’s technology to ensure wellness, wherever and whenever The Personal Line is the result of research for a new iconic product family dedicated to Wellness in the home and marks the beginning of a new approach to pursuing physical activity in all environments suited to wellness. The award-winning line of interior design equipment is made using refined materials and top-level craftsmanship, built for places where people live in total harmony with the Wellness Lifestyle. Taking inspiration from nature and science, the Personal line’s stylish designs are born from a collaboration between Technogym, with its three-decades of research experience in developing fitness and wellness products, and world- renowned furniture designer and architect Antonio Citterio. *NEW* Power Personal In the wake of the current hi-performance workout and professional training trend, Technogym has created their latest addition to the collection with Power Personal, consisting of two chic elements: Bench Personal and Rack Personal. Bench Personal is the adjustable professional bench designed to carry out strengthening and toning exercises, characterised by a sophisticated design and top class materials. Rack Personal is the free weight training machine that combines sturdiness, efficiency and a compact design allowing barbells and plates to be supported safely and in style thanks to the ingenious Smart Lock and Precision Glide systems. Like the other elements in the same collection, Power Personal can be used alongside the Technogym App which acts like your own personal virtual trainer containing a rich library of over 300 exercises and multiple training programmes. Kinesis Personal - 200 Exercises in one square meter of Design Technogym® Kinesis Personal is the start of “gentle gymnastics” taking fitness and wellness at home into a new era. As a design object or simply a work of art, Kinesis Personal is an eloquent expression and original piece of design. Perfectly suited to the home environment as well as office spaces, hotels or spas, Kinesis Personal offers 200 exercise possibilities in less than one square metre, to move your body and mind. Designed to enable coordinated movements based on resistance techniques, the graceful, compact Kinesis Personal is specially conceived for strength, flexibility and balance training.


Thanks to the “Fullgravity” international patent, it stands out as a clear example of innovation made in Italy. Kinesis Personal goes back to our origins where man is at the centre of our attention. Cross Personal is the ideal piece of training equipment, suitable for everyone from beginners to professional athletes. The elliptical movement is smooth and well-suited for burning calories thanks to the combined movement of upper and lower limbs. Run Personal is a revolutionary treadmill blending state-of-the-art technology with functional design. Highly innovative, it reveals close attention to the use of elegant and prestigious materials. Both performance and functional features are the result of 30 years of experience that Technogym has acquired by helping 35 million people train across the world, each and every day. Recline Personal received the 2012 “Best of the Best” Red Dot Design Award in the product category and represents the perfect combination of premium design and functionality. Ergonomically, the seat on Recline Personal is highly innovative with both seat and backrest designed together with Vitra and Antonio Citterio to replicate the style and features of Vitra’s new ID Chair. A blend of ergonomics and design makes Recline Personal the ideal solution for both the home environment and the office.

UNITY Cutting-edge technologic interface Recline, Run and Cross Personal are now equipped with UNITY, the latest existing swipe-screen interface. When connecting to UNITY, users can access to a totally customised training experience including their own training programmes data and content, apps, websites and favourite TV channels directly from the Personal line. Thanks to WELLNESS ON THE GO, users can also access their personal data from their smartphones or from the web to keep track of their progress. UNITY and mywellness cloud are compatible with third-party content apps (social networks, news, books, games) and movement tracking apps (Run Keeper, Mapmyfitness, etc.)

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lifts, stairs & balustrades

A Special Lift for a Special House Near the picturesque town of Biggar, South Lanarkshire, nestled in the shadow of Tinto Hill lives Hartree House. This beautiful country estate has been lovingly restored by Mike and Stephanie, the owners, who have been working on the restoration since 2009. The grounds of Hartree House are now used as a wedding venue, but the house itself remains a private residence. The owners wanted to future proof the property with a lift, and Invalifts were contacted by another lift company for their specific expertise, to supply and install a suitable platform lift. The lift needed to be compact in order to minimise impact on living space, but also needed to be stylish to fit in with the interior design of the building. The Inva Homelift was chosen as it had a footprint of just 1350mm x 950mm whilst still having a very useable platform space of 1220mm x 870mm. The lift was powder coated in an anthracite grey (RAL 7016 ) finish, matched with a fully glazed shaft to maximise the light into the area complementing the glazed upper floors and colour scheme. The doors to the lift were also glazed whilst maintaining a 30 minute fire rating in order to comply with the fire regulations for the property. In order to give a modern and clean look, the platform console and handrail were finished in stainless steel. To comply with European safety standards, the lift was required to have a communication device, so an auto dialer was included that would phone 5 preset numbers in the case of an emergency. The Inva Homelift has an encapsulated chain drive system that makes the unit extremely space efficient and can be produced with a footprint of just 1150mm x 950mm. The unit comes with a 12 months parts and labour guarantee, 5 years parts guarantee on the motor and gearbox and a 10 year parts guarantee on the drive chains.


If you would like to know more about the unit or a no obligation quotation please visit the website or phone 0845 4682543.

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

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Woman ‘Trapped’ Upstairs in Her Flat Sees Light of Day Thanks to Innovative Home Lift A 95-YEAR-OLD woman stepped out of her flat for the first time in two-and-a-half years after being ‘trapped’ in her upstairs home. Twenty-five years ago, James Goodwin extended his home in Rugby, Warwickshire, by building a self-contained annex above his garage for his mother, Betty.

footprint, it can be installed almost anywhere in the home.

The compact home included a bedroom, living room, wet room and galley kitchen.

On behalf of his mother, James was able to secure a Disabled Facilities Grant from Rugby Borough Council to help with the costs of lift purchase and installation.

James built a staircase inside the garage which provided access to the flat via its own front door.

James said: “I hadn’t heard of home lifts but when I read about them I thought they’d be perfect for Mum.

This meant Betty had her own independent living space, which was exactly what she wanted.

I contacted the council, they came to the house, looked at Mum’s situation and said we would be eligible for a grant. We were delighted.”

As a safety measure, James also had a door built upstairs which connected with the flat so he could gain access to his Mum’s flat quickly if required. But by late summer of 2014, it was becoming clear that Betty – who was experiencing trouble with her legs - could no longer use the stairs. James explored all the mobility solutions he could think of, including the possibility of installing a stairlift, but none of them were suitable. After several more false starts with stairlift companies, James came across the Stiltz home lift. A Stiltz lift is designed specifically for domestic use and because of its highly flexible, modular sections as well as a remarkably small


Because a Stiltz lift is freestanding and does not use hydraulics or have a need for supporting walls, installation was quick, simple and cost effective. The entire process took a couple of days. James added: “We had the lift installed very quickly. The staircase in the garage was removed and the lift slotted into its place. It couldn’t have been easier. “The first time she went in the lift, Mum found it very daunting because she hadn’t been outside for two-and-a-half years. However, once she was able to feel the fresh air on her face she quickly overcame her concerns and now absolutely loves her lift.”

Lifts, Stairs and Balustrades

The affordable solution to maintain your clients independence Design to future proof and add value to your clients home and do it in style. If your clients want to incorporate high quality or the stairs are giving them problems, a Lifestyle Home Lift is the solution. A Terry Lifestyle Home Lift is great value – and, to be honest, it is the ultimate luxury for their home. Your clients can be upstairs in next to no time from the corner of their room or the entrance hall in their home. The Lifestyle Home Lift doesn’t involve weeks of construction, either – it is fitted in a matter of days, and comes with a complete installation package. And, it can be installed virtually anywhere thanks to its minimal footprint, which fits neatly into the space equivalent to a small armchair. It’s also self supporting on guide rails so doesn’t need any major structural alterations.

of mind whether the lift is parked at the upper or lower level.

ST YLISH: The Terry Lifestyle Home Lift can be installed quickly and the bespoke finish will fit in with your clients home’s décor.

There’s full height door, pressuresensitive safety edges that stops the lift gently if there is an obstruction either above or below the lift. There is a battery back-up provided in the event of a power failure. What’s great is that, because the Lifestyle Home Lift doesn’t sit inside a shaft, it can be sent to the other floor when not in use, so your client can reclaim their

valuable living space. Another bonus is that the weight limit is an impressive 39 stone, with room for a second person or essentials such as shopping, the washing or a vacuum cleaner. It is quiet, too, with its powerful hydraulic system operated by a compact unit outside the house. Independently tested and certificated fire and smoke protection barrier provides peace

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The Lifestyle Home Lift can be matched to specific requirements, customising the interior and exterior colours and flooring to style with the home décor. Other optional extras include a folding seat, telephone, handrail and stainless steel controls. Where a client has mobility issues they can regain their independence and make full use of their home again in complete safety. If your clients are reaching high for that bit extra, wanting a more comfortable home, a spectacular interior, and more time with the family let the Terry Lifestyle Home Lift improve their quality of life. INFORMATION: Call 01565 650 376 or visit for advice and a free home survey.



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Biodiversity Solutions on Display at Landscape 2017 With careful choice of landscaping products, newbuild developments can have a positive effect on local ecology. Visitors to Harrowden Turf Ltd’s stand at the Landscape Show in Battersea will be able to see for themselves how green roofs and wildflower meadows can enhance biodiversity without increasing maintenance costs. The Landscape Show takes place in Battersea Park, London on 19th and 20th September 2017. A large number of exhibitors will be showcasing products and services to enhance internal and external design. Harrowden Turf Ltd will be on stand D3 with samples of their living landscaping materials; lawn turf, Meadowmat wild flower matting and Enviromat sedum matting. Incorporating native species into the planting plan of a new development is a great way to boost the local ecology, help wildlife and indeed can help with the planning process. Not only that – it’s great PR. Wild flower meadow areas with a mixture of grasses and flowering species are both colourful and low maintenance. Grass meadows with wild flowers can be grown in many different situations – in parkland, on slopes, on green roofs or in planters. However, they can be difficult to establish and have a very different appearance to conventional


landscaping. The trick is to select the right species mix for the conditions, to prepare the ground thoroughly and to manage the expectations of the people who will be living and working in the area. To gain a greater understanding of specifying, installing and managing low maintenance wild flower areas, visit Harrowden Turf ltd at the Landscape show this September. Angela Lambert (aka @Ladylawn) is a long-term team-member who was involved with the development of Meadowmat and the promotion of green roof products. She will be on hand to answer all of your wild flower and green roofing questions between 1.30 and 3pm on 19th September and between 11am and 1pm on Wednesday 20th or by appointment. Contact Chris Carr from Harrowden Turf on 01842 826402 for more information or visit

The UK’s leading manufacturer and direct supplier of industrial strength flooring products Formulated by experts, approved by customers Over the last 90 years, Watco’s product range has become synonymous with innovation and reliability. Our uniquely formulated range includes coatings with exceptional durability, rapid cure coatings which halve down time and coatings which will cure in freezing conditions, allowing application throughout the year.

We know that our products are the best of their type on the market Watco floor coatings are rigorously tested to ISO Standards and carry CE Mark. Testing against competitor products includes durability, abrasion resistance, scratch resistance and adhesion.

Our service We can supply our preparation, repair and paint products next day for people tackling their own flooring projects, and for the larger or trickier projects, we can offer the full service, from site inspection and assessment to arranging for the work to be carried out to satisfactory completion. Free product samples are available for site testing.

Problem solving At Watco we are proud that most of our product formulations have been developed from customer enquiries and feedback. Here are a few examples of how we’ve helped our customers:



Getting paint to adhere to Thanks to Watco’s Powerfloat a smooth powerfloated Primer, smooth powerfloated surface. surfaces can be painted without the need for mechanical preparation. Attractive paints that last Our Best Ever Formula concrete for years floor paints now include a ‘diamond hard’ wax and ceramic additive that provides better adhesion and is more hardwearing than before. P ro v i d i n g a n e a s y Achieve an anti-slip surface without maintenance surface for the need to scatter grit into the safe footfall paint with Watco Safety Coat. The product produces an even texture and dispersion making the surface safe and easy to clean. Pro du c ts th at c u re Our chemists have developed many quickly to avoid business rapid curing formulas using the latest disruption polyaspartic resin technology, so you can apply 2 coats in just one day. Products that can be With Watco’s cold cure products, applied all year round paint applications can now take place in the coldest conditions – even as low as -10°c

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Applications Engineering Ltd have developed an innovative, compact and affordable fire sprinkler valve set that covers all the requirements of a modern domestic and residential property fire sprinkler system

Applications Engineering specialises in creating high quality fire sprinkler valves. We have developed innovative, compact and easy to install valves for sprinklers that cover all the relevant requirements for modern domestic and residential properties. Our products are of the highest standard and represent fantastic value for money. If you’re not sure of exactly what you need, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us today

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Growth of manufacturer recognised at national design impact awards Sealant and adhesive manufacturer Polyseam has achieved the ultimate design accolade for the rebrand of its GRAFT product range. The Yorkshire-headquartered company and its branding agency The Engine Room were both presented with a gold design impact trophy at the glittering DBA Design Effectiveness Awards in London. But the GRAFT project also went on to scoop the ultimate recognition of the evening when it was announced as the Grand Prix winner of winners at the end of the night. Since GRAFT’s launch in 2014, annual sales have increased by a staggering 744% and export levels have risen by more than £1million. In fact, this transformational business exercise has played a significant part in Polyseam now building a 50,000sqm factory which is expected to create a further 50 jobs by 2020. It was this bottom line impact that impressed the line-up of high-profile judges, which included Andy Palmer, CEO of


Aston Martin; Josh Berger, president and managing director of Warner Bros; and renowned entrepreneur Deborah Meaden. Commenting on the win, Polyseam’s marketing manager Olando Salina said: “The evolving challenges in the manufacturing market mean we must continually innovate to drive growth. We therefore focused on the development of an environmentally friendly, all-in-one adhesive and sealant created using our own in-house expertise. “This high-performance technology was already award-winning in its own right. But it didn’t achieve the traction we sought, which is why we engaged The Engine Room to help clarify our market position, overhaul the branding of this product range, and craft the communication materials we’d need moving forward. The Engine Room team has specific expertise in this field, and we were therefore delighted

when GRAFT was ‘born’. The project success is a testament to the collaboration of these forward-thinking business and design brains.” The Engine Room’s managing director Lesley Gulliver added: “The building, construction and manufacturing sectors are perhaps not renowned for their design prowess. But this project goes to show that strategic creative thinking is about much more than just what looks good. The overhaul of this product range and the development of the GRAFT brand has helped to revolutionise Polyseam’s entire business.” Polyseam has been independently manufacturing first-class brands for the majority of the world’s leading suppliers since 1993. The company manufactures more than 150 different products, and exports to 21 countries globally.

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Dallmer Creates Luxury in Westminster Seymour Place, in the heart of Westminster, is a vibrant area between Marble Arch and the Edgware Road, which has, like much of London, seen properties undergoing refurbishment and redevelopment over recent years with one newly built apartment complex featuring luxury en-suite shower rooms incorporating Dallmer drains. ARJ Construction Ltd. was the main “Fit out” contractor, for the dozen dwelling development continuing its chosen path of the past two decades, delivering high-end residential developments. For the flats in Westminster, ARJ installed a range of different sized shower channels manufactured by Dallmer, a company which has, as its CEO Johannes Dallmer said, evolved “from a master craftsman business to an architectural brand.” Indeed, Dallmer has created a completely new category of drain fittings that combine superb design and functionality, the CeraLine W Duo shower channels being no exception. The shower rooms have been fitted out in marble and white masonry for the fashionable, ultramodern appearance that is favoured for


many contemporary interiors. Certainly, a conventional drain outlet would not have complimented this look, nor probably coped with the high water volumes flowing from deluge heads. However, the sleek linear drainage channel incorporated within the CeraLine W Duo range, finished in stainless steel, coordinates perfectly with the minimalist design. For the site at Seymour Place, ARJ was able to fit the ideal sized channel for each room, these spanning lengths of 700, 800, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500 and 1600mm, all with a standard cover in stainless steel. Conforming to DIN EN 1253, the CeraLine W Duo linear drainage system is installed at

the wall junction, with two drain bodies to choose from: outlet DN 50 horizontal and a ball-joint adjustable from 0 – 15 degrees. It features sound-insulated height adjustable leveling legs, an integral sand coated flange for secure bonding of under-tile waterproofing and removable trap insert, as well as a 50 mm water seal and tiling gauges
 plus a tile-trim jig. Any made-to-measure length up to 2000 mm can be supplied, while upstands can be on the back, back and one end or back and both ends - these can be set back for stone or marble wall finishes. The shower channels were purchased through Fountain Bathrooms in Derbyshire, which has been a leading stockist of Dallmer’s products for several years. For further information please contact: Mr. John Purser or Mr. Wayne Hailstone, Dallmer Ltd., 4 Norman Way, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9PY.

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JIS Europe Ltd has launched a new offering within its Sussex Range of Heated Towel Rails, the Findon. The Findon Rail has been designed to offer above all else practicality. The Findon has 4 curved bars that protrude by a further 110mm from the front of the rail, thereby increasing the number of towels that can be hung on it. These curved bars are additional to the horizontal bars standard on other ladder rails. This added capacity would particularly suit family bathrooms where the demand for extra drying space is paramount. In fact we think this rail will lead the way when it comes to efficient and spacious towel warming. The Findon towel rail is available in three different heating formats: these being electric only, dual fuel and the ability to be utilized solely within the central heating system. The rails, as always, are suitable for open plumbing systems. Measuring 1210mm high by 540mm wide with an overall projection of 232mm. Should you choose electric only or duel fuel format the JIS element is constructed from 100% stainless steel, with a built in thermostat to prevent the rail from becoming too hot and, of course, to reduce running costs. The heat output for this rail is 2654 BTU or 778 Watts; while each one is manufactured with standard 1/2” BSP tappings and is pressure tested to 12 Bar. Offering a choice of either satin or a highly polished steel surface, all Findon towel rails are hand finished by the company’s craftsmen to ensure the highest quality is maintained; so it is no surprise that JIS is confident enough to offer its usual no-quibble 25 year guarantee. All of the towel rails within the Sussex Range are entirely fabricated from 304 grade stainless steel, of which over 90% is from recycled source and the rail itself is 100% recyclable at the end of its life.


There are no environmentally harmful chemical plating processes in the manufacture of stainless steel, the very fact that is is not plated ensures the rails will not rust, flake or corrode and small marks can simply be polished out. This makes them a durable, as well as an attractive, environmentally-friendly choice. The Sussex Range’s latest towel rails have a recommended retail price of 549.95 + VAT for the central heating only format. Please visit for further information or contact our friendly staff on 01444 831200

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Neolith —

An Extraordinary Surface Neolith is one of the largest sintered compact surfaces, and belongs to a new and revolutionary product category born in the last decade with the aim of providing an innovative response to the most demanding architectural and design demands. The sintering technology that TheSize has developed to create Neolith uses a combination of extreme high-pressure and temperature, giving birth to a surface with unique technical features. These include high resistance to scratches and abrasions, stains and hightemperatures, as well as colours that do no change with exposure to UV rays. Neolith’s exceptional durability and aesthetic appeal therefore makes it the perfect solution for kitchen and bathroom surfaces, wall cladding, floor tiles and façades. The modern UV-resistant colour palette ensures that designers can achieve the look they want, whether indoors or outdoors. 100% eco-friendly, Neolith uses natural materials and technologies that respect the environment. This is supported by a 10-year certified guarantee for kitchen countertops. Neolith can now be viewed at the QFD showroom at the Business Design Centre in Islington. QFD stocks a large range of surface finishes in a size of 3200 x 1500mm, in 12 and 6mm thicknesses that include solid colours and stimulating designs. T 020 3457 4949 W


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Flexi-Fix by Croydex ™

If you have existing holes simply ‘Re-Fix’ into the same position using the ‘X’ plate and then attach your new accessory. This option is perfect for those who may live in rented accommodation or who do not have a suitable surface to create holes into. You can also use the same fixing method but whilst creating new holes to ‘Screw-Fix’ the bracket into place. Finally, if you do not have the option to create holes or screw into the wall then simply adhere the ‘X’ plate bracket to the wall using the ‘Glue-Fix’ method. Once the ‘X’ plate has been fixed the product can be easily attached and is then ready for use. Another major benefit of the fixing plate is that items can be interchanged and moved into alternate locations in a fuss-free manor making each item an investment piece. The integration of the Flexi-Fix fixing method means incorporating wall mounted accessories into any bathroom is fully achievable. Available from the Flexi-Fix collection is an expansive selection of accessories ranging from toilet roll holders and towel rails to robe hooks and glass shelves. Adding simple touches in the form of wall mounted accessories will not only add a stylish finish but increase the usability of any bathroom. Incorporating coordinated accessories is a great way of adding personality and creating a polished finish to the bathroom. Available from Croydex are a wide range of styles and finishes meaning there is something for any décor. For a touch of vintage glamour the 1919 range pays homage to Croydex’s upcoming centenary with a trendy vintage logo, soft edges and a luxury high-end chrome plated finish. Alternatively if you want to make a really style statement the Grosvenor Gold collection, with its solid brass and antique gold finish, is ideal. Contemporary touches can be added with the Cheadle collection which features a fashionable cubist look and bright chrome plate finish. To take a look at the rest of the Flexi-Fix products you can head over or request a copy of their latest catalogue by contacting or +44 (0) 1264 365881.

Flexi-Fix™ is an IP accredited fixing solution from bathrooms accessories specialist Croydex. The innovative installation process, utilising the pioneering ‘X’ plate bracket, allows three methods of fixing ensuring that the products can be added to any bathroom quickly and stress-free.


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SmartTapTM is capable of delivering either filtered mains water or the worlds purest drinking water with their optional RODI purifier. The Pureh2o Company are the innovators behind these recent product launches and have lead the market with integrated pure water systems since 1991. Whether specified with filtered or pure water, the Quatreau SmartTap’sTM sub-sink Hydrocell® 551 system offers a modular choice of boiling, chilled and sparkling as well as ambient water. The Hydrocell® unit incorporates easy to install and maintain quick fit filters and CO2 cartridges as standard, and multimedia filters to reduce impurities found in mains fed water. Recently installed pre-launch at the Eurostar Paris Business Lounge, the compact tap system delivers 20 litres of water per hour, whichever option is selected. LED lit buttons ensure ease of use, the consistently safe, clean efficient flow and optional safety lock for boiling offers peace of mind. The optional sink drainer with integral drain turns the tap in to a stand-alone counter top drinks station. Infinite

Pureh2o are pleased to announce the launch of Quatreau SmartTapTM, the second tap launch in the Quatreau range benefiting from 7 years R&D, using WRAS approved materials and the only multi-function tap system to be manufactured in the UK. Quatreau SmartTapTM, the new compact drinks point delivering a modular choice of boiling, sparkling, chilled and / or ambient water. Several finishes, a modular approach to water options and upgrades including countertop drainer are offered, for full customisation in all settings domestic and commercial. The Quatreau SmartTapTM, is the latest in the company’s range of multifunction taps, following the success of Quatreau, their 5 function kitchen tap with touchscreen control panel. Like Quatreau, the all-new Quatreau

expansion of the boiling capacity is ideal for high-density environments. Designed to robustly withstand the demands of high use areas, the Quatreau SmartTapTM is manufactured in Great Britain, within 10 miles of the company’s base in Woking, Surrey, with WRAS approved materials including solid 316 stainless steel chosen for strength, longevity and low environmental impact. With energy efficiency in mind, the boiling function uses 33% less energy than other hot water taps and advanced state insulation also made in England. Installed with the optional Pureh2o RODI water purifier, the Quatreau SmartTapTM delivers 99.99% pure water; purer by far than all bottled water brands, obviating the negative environmental impact of plastic bottled water and free from the myriad of impurities found in tap water. The RODI water purifier can also connect to steam ovens, coffee machines, ice makers and fridges for exceptional clarity and purity of taste and appearance, making it an ideal system for restaurants and hotels, as used at Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Oxford and Great Fosters, Surrey. For further information and to order the Quatreau SmartTapTM and optional water purification system, visit or call 01483 617 000







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An Introduction to The Bathroom Switch It is all very well installing subtle mood lighting into a new bathroom but how are you going to control it safely within the bathroom?


es there are pull-cords aplenty, even dimmable ones, but when you are spending good money creating your bathroom heaven, a load of pieces of string hanging from the ceiling somehow detracts from the overall design. Queue The Bathroom Switch. Wired to small Sensor Pads, which can be placed behind most materials such as Ceramic or Stone Tiles, Wood, Plastic, Glass, and even Metals, users can create switches or dimmers in virtually any shape and situation. Tiles covering Sensor Pads are adhered with silicone allowing access should it be necessary. In Bathrooms, these Sensor Pads can even be placed behind tiles reachable from the bath or shower (zones 1&2) and thus allow safe switching and dimming. These Bathroom Switch controllers can be activated from up to 12 low voltage (5vdc) Sensor Pads, so for example a Dimmer Controller can be operated from a Sensor Pad by the door and then the lights dimmed by touching a tile whilst in the bath. Most types of lighting can be operated by the Bathroom Switch; this includes incandescent bulbs, halogens (mains and low voltage), LEDs and low energy bulbs. The dimmer controller will work with most leading and trailing edge dimming LEDs and because of the method of output wiring, it is even possible to dim lights as well as switch a fan on and off using the same Dimmer Controller. The Bathroom Switch will also switch other devices (to a maximum loading of 500Watts) such as mirror demisters etc.. If a greater load is present, the Bathroom Switch will switch a slave relay or contactor. Bathroom Switch controllers are usually sited outside bathrooms, they should be installed either in the ceiling/loft space or elsewhere


outside any zoned area. Sensor Pads are connected to controllers using thin cable such as “CAT5” or “CAT6”. Operating the Bathroom Switch is simple: Touch your chosen faceplate (tile etc.) and the lights will turn on. Touch again to switch off. The Dimmer variant operation is also easy; touch your chosen faceplate and the lights will turn on at low level, keep touching and the lights will begin to ramp up to full brightness, remove the hand and the lights will stay at the intensity reached. To switch off, touch briefly and the lights will slowly dim back down and switch off. If required, a further touch at this stage will again latch to the intensity reached and the lights can then be ramped up again. In the timer variant, the delay is set within the controller and the lights will remain on and then switch off once the set time is reached

Applications for the Bathroom Switch include (obviously) bathrooms and wet rooms, but they can of course be used elsewhere; Bathroom Switches have been used in various situations including in domestic situations such as where switches are required to be non obtrusive i.e. mounted behind door architraves etc, and in kitchens etc. Commercial applications include vandal proof switching, commercial kitchens, swimming pools and stairwells where wiring for multipoint switching becomes easy with just 2 wires connecting all Sensor Pads to one controller. With mood lighting becoming a desirable option within bathrooms the Bathroom Switch provides an elegant alternative to pull-cord operation. – 01548 511498

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Bushboard Set to Change Perception of Bathroom Wall Panelling Bushboard is set to change perceptions about bathroom wall cladding. The company’s NUANCE range of bathroom wall panelling products is proving popular with designers, facilities manager and builders that are specialising in small developments, student and residential accomodation as well as general contractors. Paul Findley, product manager for Bushboard, explains: “Bushboard’s aim is to change attitudes to what is an out-and-out alternative to tiling. Advances in materials, technologies, finishes and textures means that NUANCE offers stunning design advantages as well as tangible savings on installation time, budget, and ongoing maintenance. This is proven product fully recognised by specifiers working at the sharp-end of building and refurbishment projects. Until now panelling has had a dreary, cheap reputation with NUANCE we will change that.” NUANCE panels are manufactured using a patented core that is 100 percent impervious to water. The panels can be used for walls, around the bath or basin, inside a shower enclosure or to create a true wet room. Because there is no need for trims or extrusions, Nuance panels present a sleek, seam free look that is especially effective in smaller bathrooms. The panelling is easy to clean too – no grout lines to attract grime, limescale and mould. All that is needed is a wipe down with a damp cloth and mild detergent. The Nuance range is supported by a full-colour brochure that shows the range of patterns and finishes available and has detailed plans on how to create different looks including hotel style, a family bathroom and a wet room. The panels come with a 15-year guarantee and matching laminate worktops are available to complete the look. Captions: Top: Salvaged Plank Elm panelling in Puregrain texture with Naturel Greystone wall panelling in Roche texture. Bottom: Pearl Marble True Scale wall panelling in Etchings texture with Salvaged Plank Elm vanity surfaces. Sample service available from:, 01933 232 242


Innovation in Lifting Keeping up with Building Design Challenging new building designs need new façade construction techniques. That is why innovative equipment supplied by Hird, such as the Winlet glazing and materials handling robot, is in such strong demand.


ini crane, glazing installation and powered access specialist Hird is the authorised UK and Ireland dealer for Winlet glazing robots, which one client has called the biggest step forward in glass installation in 10 years. The Danish glazing robot is compact, light and easy to move. It can lift, carry and place, with absolute precision, glass sheets or any other non-porous panels up to 1,000kg, even overhead. Hird Director John Wilding said: “More than ever before, architects and developers are taking account of advances in construction process, as they seek to minimise development costs by reducing build times, and simplifying construction techniques. “The Winlet increase productivity by 50% on a range of sites, including high-rise towers in London. As well as being faster, it’s safer, and uses smaller installation teams.


“Architects are always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in design. Our aim is to provide lifting equipment that allows structural engineers and contractors to keep up.” Other lifting equipment supplied by Hird include pick and carry cranes and spider cranes, both of which are ideal for a range of construction tasks, including glazing and façade erection. Hird is also a UK leader in vacuum lifter hire, for flat or curved sheets, and loads up to 3,500kg – plus a full range of powered access machines, including scissor lifts, cherry pickers and personnel masts. Hird Managing Director Phil Hird said: “We aim to be a one-stopshop for materials handling and lifting, and working at height, anywhere in UK. “Whether our clients need pick and carry cranes, with a range of materials handling attachments, or all-terrain spider cranes, we can meet their needs.” For more information about Hird equipment, call 0203 174 0658 or email Web:

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Why Compliance and Safety Should Always Come First When it comes to the design and installation of glass balustrades and structural glass, it is paramount that health, safety and compliance are never compromised to save money or time. There have been reports in Australia of externally fitted glass balustrades on apartment blocks exploding spontaneously. Tests have shown they have contained nickel sulphide impurities, which can lead to integrity failure when there are extremes in temperature. Inferior imports, false certification and a lack of safety checks at customs have all been blamed for the problem. It’s a salient lesson for the construction industry in the UK: ensuring that glass balustrades are compliant and meet British Safety Standards has never been so important. Poor quality products, from handrails and balustrades to architectural ironmongery that are not fit for purpose, not only put users at risk, they are also a false economy because replacements are inevitable. Laidlaw has been called upon countless times to rectify some balustrade installations and bad decision-making by


those who have cut corners or simply used the wrong product in the wrong scenario. These include: external handrails with little structural stability that are vulnerable to vandalism; internal stair rails fitted with no corner joints; nylon covered handrails that peel and leave users at risk; and swimming pool rails that corrode in the humidity. When specifying architectural ironmongery and glass balustrades for a building project, it is essential to use a well-established company that has technical expertise and is committed to delivering compliant, quality-assured goods, such as Laidlaw. We use toughened safety glass, which is designed to meet the most demanding line loading requirements of BS 6180.2011 and complies with the guidance of Approved Doc. K. To find out more about Laidlaw’s services or to book an initial consultation, telephone 01902 600400, Email:


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Rinnai Hot Water l Delivery Systems for Large Sites and Demands

arge commercial building owners, in both public and private sector whether hospitality, healthcare, education or office buildings can benefit from fully modulating continuous flow water heating systems. Independent comparisons on the Rinnai range showed 7% savings over the lifetime of the appliances (20 years) against certain traditional storage methods. This follows another independent endorsement of Rinnai energy efficiency claims – ErP Energy Labelling. The ErP A-rating** the Rinnai models have achieved applies over the complete Infinity range – from small domestic models to XXL sized industrial units. Rinnai is said to be the only manufacturer that can field a complete range of gas fired continuous flow water heaters that exceeds the demands of new legislation on fuel efficiencies and yield outstanding reliability throughout the life of the appliance. An example of just one of the Rinnai units is the heavy duty condensing models (HDC), the Infinity HDC1600i. This premium condensing water heater which has been tested to below 20 ppm NOx, produces the lowest emissions on the market and has 107% net thermal efficiencies. The Infinity HDC 1600 renewables-ready low NOx series is the first heater of its kind to utilise Rinnai’s own patented pre-mix burner technology. The newly developed down-firing burner allows increased efficiency and reduces NOx gases. The Infinity 1600i low NOx series is available with an output of 58.4 kw producing 16.2 litres of temperature controlled hot water per minute (or 9.73 per hour) raised at 50°C.

Rinnai offers a range of A-rated energy efficient continuous flow water heating systems that meet all user demand from the biggest sites-as well as reducing fuel costs, maintenance and minimising any possible downtime. •50•

The Infinity Plus solution for large commercial operations has been developed to provide never-ending hot water without costly storage and brings together multiple units of the company’s award-winning condensing continuous flow water heaters into single, easily manoeuvrable modules.

Heating, Ventilation & Insulation The comprehensive Rinnai Infinity PLUS range offers specifiers and end users a system that guarantees a constant flow of safe hot water at precisely the chosen temperature. Operated via an easy to use built-in digital controller, the water heater provides near mains pressure flow for as long as is necessary, without the need for thermostatic mixer valves. For large building operators who have stringent CSR conditions to fulfil, Rinnai hot water systems can help achieve targets. For commercial buildings, Rinnai’s development and investment in integral smart controls compatible with sophisticated BMS Gateway compatibility allows easy monitoring to optimise the whole hot water heating system. As for Legionella control, Rinnai has new technology for secondary return DHW systems where there is a pipework of cooling water that could possibly breed Legionella. This innovation comes in the form of a ‘little grey box’ inside which is both a timer channel programme and a temperature controller. The ‘little grey box’ ensures the timer will over-ride the temperature control for a short period and then revert to safe levels. This combination allows for safe running of water at 42°C core temperature during the day and 60°C at a time when the building is closed. By the time the building opens again, core temperature is back down to 42°C for safe use. It assists in eliminating risk from Legionella bacteria and scalding and is ideal for use in schools, office blocks and sports clubs to name just a few applications. **In an ErP competitor comparison, the nearest competing brand to Rinnai Infinity units were also found to perform strongly in both XL and XXL load profiles. In the non-condensing product band the competitor could only produce a B rating for its XXL model while Rinnai scored A for its XL Infinity HD50i. It was the same story for the Infinity HD55i and HD55e XL units against the competitor’s corresponding XXL units. This is a defining key performance indicator for specifiers, installers and end users alike, giving confidence they are buying the best energy efficient kit available today.

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How Air Conditioning Works Mitsubishi Electric’s air conditioning systems use heat pump technology to provide heating, cooling and hot water where required. Our heat pumps require only a small amount of electricity to harvest, upgrade and move heat from one location to another. To achieve this a vapour compression cycle is used, which has the ability to move heat from one space to another. Low temperature heat from the environment can be increased to usable temperatures inside the building in the winter, or waste heat from a building can be moved outside in the summer, or even recovered in to hot water. The efficiency of a heat pump is known as the Coefficient of Performance or CoP (or Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) in cooling mode). This is a ratio of the heat delivered to power consumed. The operation of a heat pump is similar to a refrigerator. This process is known as the vapour compression cycle and the following is a more detailed explanation and example of the system delivering heat into a building. Cooling is the same, but the heat is taken from the inside and rejected to the outside.

1. Compression – Refrigerant vapour is raised in pressure and therefore temperature. 2. Condensing – This hot pressurised refrigerant vapour is then passed through a condenser, where it liquefies and gives off useable heat that can be delivered to a building by either air or water. 3. Expansion – Liquid refrigerant is then allowed to expand, which lowers its pressure. 4. Evaporation – The low pressure liquid then expands and absorbs naturally occurring heat from the environment (this can be from the air, water or ground) and in doing so changes back to a vapour, which is then passed to the compressor for the cycle to start again.

Condenser Compressor Expansion Valve Evaporator

Heat Exchanger Vapour Compression Cycle

Collecting, Grading, Promoting and Selling Great British Fleece Wool Since 1950 We established a farmer run organisation in 1950

We collect, grade, sell and promote fleece wool

We are a non-profit making organisation

Operations are carried out across the UK and We receive no financial support. Ireland

British Wool operates a central marketing system for UK fleece wool using a fully computerised auction system, with the aim of achieving the best possible net return for producers (farmers).

We are the only organisation in the world that collects, grades, sells and promotes fleece wool. We are also the only remaining agricultural commodity board in the UK.

We operate commercially, but we are also a non-profit making organisation, returning to producers the market price for their wool.

Day to day operations are run from our headquarters in Bradford. We also have smaller regional offices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

British Wool welcomes enquiries from individual producers, or producer groups, who are interested in visiting Wool House. British Wool staff value the opportunity of meeting producers in Bradford and visitors usually find it interesting to learn more about Brtish Wool’s operation. Where possible visits are arranged to co-incide with an auction and also include a visit to see some processing. For further information, please contact your Board Member, Regional Manager or British Wool’s Head Office.

Sign of a great builder: they’re tight, airtight Will Kirkman, managing director at Ecomerchant – the innovative and sole distributor of Blowerproof, the BBA-certified, paint-on liquid air-tight sealant – explains why great builders know exactly how to make a building airtight.

Good buildings are weather-proof from the outside and airtight from the inside. That’s what building regulations are all about but we all know how ‘slack Alice’ they are. The true test is preventing unwanted air from entering a building and keeping warm air in. Airtight buildings are increasingly wanted and important because: • Our temperate climate means the heating’s on for two to three out of four seasons • We like our creature comforts – we want our workplaces and homes to get warm quickly and stay warm • Energy’s increasingly expensive • If you save energy, you save money.


Why airtightness is tricky for builders Many new buildings are designed to leak before they make it off the drawing board. All the might of the world’s best insulation and energy-efficient heating systems will be lost quickly if warm air can quickly leak out of a building soon to be replaced with cold, damp air leaking in. By the time they get built, their poor design has left the unfortunate builder with a whole raft of leaks to resolve. The smallest of drafts can be a nuisance as they cause cold spots. Cold spots are bad news as they’re accompanied by condensation from water vapour which then triggers a whole range of problems.

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Window and door jambs Wall and ceiling joints Wall and floor joints Joist ends Kicker joints Dot and dab Loft hatches Penetrations: pipes, cables or any bridging external and internal walls • Connections: underfloor heating, light fitting switches/sockets • Timber frame • Dot and dab plasterboard.

Once a building is constructed, stemming unwanted air flow can prove difficult and expensive. So what’s the answer? How to stop cold air getting in, warm air getting out Your priority is to stop warm air leaking out of a building which will help stop uncontrolled air moving around. What are the options to remedy leaky buildings? A whole range of strategies are at your disposal but I’d recommend. 1. Have a plan – showing airtightness layers – it says ‘we’re serious about this’. 2. Share it with every trade and get them ‘on the same page’ - ensure every trade knows you’re aiming for airtightness. That may make your electrician punch a hole in a wall differently. 3. Frequently inspect – to check the airproof layer has not been compromised by shoddy workmanship. 4.

5. Beware of dry lining – dot and dab creates corridors for air to move between the blockwork and plasterboard. Plastering is airtight but you still need to ensure all junctions are sealed between floors and skirtings as well as floors and ceilings. 6. Don’t use expanding foam – it shrinks and breaks down over time. 7. Invest in an anemometer - to measure, detect and demonstrate leaks. 8. Here’s a checklist: • Penetrations • Windows (especially dormer) • Door jambs • Cills • Lintels • Heating manifolds (underfloor systems and radiator pipes) • Boiler flues • Water pipes • Gas pipes • Drainage/soil pipes • Electricity cables and meter boxes • Suspended ceilings • Cupboards • Loft hatches • Bath panels • Light fittings particularly downlights, pull cords, switches and sockets.

Help is at hand The good news is that modern materials are now evolving to make airtightness easier and more affordable to achieve. Blowerproof is nothing short of airproofing magic because: • You simply paint it on – whatever your substrate (plaster, steel, masonry,

render, cement, wood, mineral wool, humid surfaces), cables, pipes. Blowerproof creates an uninterrupted membrane which resists puncture. It paints on blue, dries jet black so you can see that a permanent seal has been achieved. There is a white version too that can be used under plaster. It’s a viscous liquid so it seals every nook and cranny no matter how tricky the shape of the gap or hole. You can then plaster, paint or do whatever else you need to over it. Brushes rinse out with water. It’s safe ie VOC free and BAA-certified.

And it costs £50 a tub so quickly justifies both its product and labour costs. So, the lesson is, seal all those small cracks and holes and your customers will remember you well for many years after as they revel in the warm comfort and low energy bills only an airtight building affords. See how to create airtight membranes quickly and easily: Building Regulations (for England & Wales) set a mandatory requirement for airtightness. All buildings must meet ‘reasonable standards’ and newly built dwellings undergo a pressure test. They must achieve air leakage of less than 10m3/ hm2. That is the air leakage rate per hour, per square metre of envelope area. The m3/hm2 figure is the headline ‘pass or fail’ number produced by the air testing engineer and demonstrates how much air (typically by depressurising) is being sucked into the building through ‘leakage’ when the fan is operating at 50 Pascals. The test measures uncontrolled air leakage from gaps and cracks in the fabric of the building ie not air escaping from trickle vents, extract fans or ventilation systems which are sealed prior to testing. Ideal or the ‘maximum’ air tightness you want to achieve is: 4-5m3/hm2 in a naturally vented building – ie using extract fans, trickle vents and windows. Any tighter than that and you’ll need forced ventilation ie a mechanical ventilation system with or without a heat recovery function (MVHR) which extracts and recycles heat from exiting air to warm the incoming fresh air.


WARMSHELL INSULATION WINNER FOR NEW TIMBER Much Wenlock is a beautiful historic town in Shropshire, perhaps best known for being the birthplace of the modern Olympics. Full of gorgeous period properties and with space at a premium, when an opportunity arose for Sandra and Mike to build on a plot in the centre of the town, they leapt at the chance to create their very own dream cottage from scratch.

The site was relatively tight and, with a narrow drive as the only means of access, building on the site was potentially challenging. To avoid the noise and disruption of a constant stream of lorries delivering heavy building materials, the couple opted for a timber framed construction, to be built and customised offsite by Hereford-based manufacturer, Taylor Lane. Keen that the property should blend in as much as possible, they chose Lime Green products for the surface render and, whilst consulting us on what products to use, Sandra and Mike discovered that our highly effective wall insulation system – WarmShell – would be perfect for their new build. It offered an important additional benefit on a small plot over a traditional masonry build. For the same heat U value the timber framed construction has a smaller footprint leaving more space for the garden. Consisting of a unique combination of wood fibre boards and special lime render, WarmShell works by enveloping timber frame structures in a complete



PROVES A FRAME COTTAGE layer of rigid insulation with minimal air gaps, or ‘thermal bridges’, across which cold can travel inwards. However, because WarmShell leaves walls breathable, damaging moisture won’t get trapped in the structure and a healthier environment will be created inside. For Taylor Lane who were also responsible for on site installation of the timber frame, using WarmShell was a good solution. The 100mm. woodfibre insulation boards were fitted to the outside of the stud framework and a 10mm. OSB board on the inside, onto which battens with plasterboard were fitted to form a service cavity and then finished using Lime Green’s Solo decorative one-coat plaster. The joints between the internal OSB racking boards were taped to effectively create an airtight box within the timber frame. A high level of air-tightness was required as a heat recovery system was being installed. Warmshell also provides excellent insulation for heat and sound.

As well as enhancing the very attractive design of the property, the inclusion of oak windows throughout, a green oak porch and the use of local stone create a strong link with period properties nearby. Having specified a highly energy efficient home, when tested for air-tightness, Sandra and Mike were delighted to find that their cottage leaked just 3m³ per hour, much less than the 10m³ per hour that Building Regulations demand. The heat U value achieved was 0.18 W/ (m2K) Not surprisingly, the underfloor heating is only needed a few times in winter, which means that the couple not only have the dream cottage they were looking for, but also a very energy efficient and inexpensive home for their retirement. For more information please visit

Small holes were then drilled into the OSB boards through which loose cellulose insulation was blown under pressure to completely fill the void and every potential air gap in the wall. The cottage now had, in effect, solid walls of insulation that were both strong and provided excellent ‘U’ values. On the exterior walls, Lime Green’s Prepbond base render was applied to the WarmShell boards, with a glass fibre reinforcing mesh worked into it. The walls were then completed with a top coat of Lime Green mineral silicate paint.


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Home Designer & Architect - November 2017  
Home Designer & Architect - November 2017